A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words


First Lady Michelle Obama tours the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kan., May 16, 2014. Stephanie Kyriazis, Chief of Interpretation and Education, leads the tour. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)


President Barack Obama kisses First Lady Michelle Obama during her remarks at an Affordable Care Act reception in the East Room of the White House, May 1, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


President Barack Obama adjusts a lapel pin for Vice President Joe Biden in the Outer Oval Office, May 23, 2014. Ferial Govashiri, Personal Assistant to the President stands at right. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


President Barack Obama greets guests during a Federal Judges Association reception in the East Room of the White House, May 6, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Dr. Jill Biden and White House Assistant Pastry Chef Susie Morrison help children plant scarlet runner beans to be presented during a Joining Forces initiative tea honoring military mothers in the State Dining Room of the White House, May 12, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)


First Lady Michelle Obama joins students from Lame Deer Junior High School for a group photo in the China Room of the White House, prior to the White House Talent Show hosted with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, May 20, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)


A soldier hugs President Barack Obama following his remarks at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


President Barack Obama holds a bobblehead doll of himself in the Outer Oval Office, May 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)




President Barack Obama hugs children participating in the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit, in the East Garden Room of the White House, May 29, 2014. The President met with the group indoors when their South Lawn event was canceled due to weather. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



91 Responses to “A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words”

  1. 17 Judith Fardig
    July 11, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Hey you two winners – congratulations! What a nice post to come in first for! No First Family in the White House has ever hugged people with the warmth and sincerity of the Obamas!

  2. 21 vcprezofan2
    July 11, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Hel-looo, AlmaB, way up there! 😀

  3. 25 Nerdy Wonka
    July 11, 2014 at 8:37 pm

  4. July 11, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Congratulations, Almablanca
    You are #1! It is true.

  5. July 11, 2014 at 8:44 pm



    Yes WE MUST

  6. July 11, 2014 at 8:47 pm


    I LOVE my VP and Dr. Jill.

    That is all.

    • 39 vcprezofan2
      July 11, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Hel. lo! What do you mean that is all? What about me the rest of us here?

    • July 12, 2014 at 2:04 am

      You are not alone, Meta! The four of them are the best team in my life time! And I have known presidents and vice-presidents, and their spouses, from JFK/LBJ to BHO/JRB! I hope Chips will preserve all the magnificent posts at TOD. I say that because there are so many media people who are already trying to re-write and promote a false image of the Presidency of Barack H. Obama. TOD must serve as one of the antidote to those false historical accounts.

  7. 41 Cindy
    July 11, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    THANK YOU Nerdy Wonka for this BEAUTIFUL post!

    Have a WONDERFUL Friday evening – ENJOY!!!

  8. 43 japa21
    July 11, 2014 at 8:54 pm

  9. July 11, 2014 at 8:56 pm

  10. 48 yardarm756
    July 11, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Missing Wife Found – An Alaskan Story (Sarah Palin?)

    The day after his wife disappeared In a kayaking accident,
    an Anchorage man answered his door to find two grim-faced
    Alaska State Troopers. “We’re sorry Mr. Wilkens, but
    we have some information about your wife”, said one of the troopers.

    Wilkens exclaimed, “Tell me! Did you find her?!”

    The troopers looked at each other. One said, “We have some bad news, some good news and some really great news.
    Which would you like to hear first?”

    Fearing the worst, Mr. Wilkens said, “Give me the bad news first.”

    The trooper said, “I’m sorry to tell you sir, but this morning we found your wife’s body in Kachemak Bay .”

    Swallowing hard, he asked, “What’s the good news?”

    The trooper continued,”When we pulled her up, she had 12 twenty-five-pound king crabs and 6 good-sized Dungeness crabs clinging to her and we feel you are entitled to a share in the catch.

    Stunned, Mr. Wilkens demanded, “If that’s the good news, then what’s the great news?”

    The trooper replied, “We’re gonna pull her up again tomorrow.”

  11. July 11, 2014 at 9:12 pm

  12. July 11, 2014 at 9:18 pm


  13. 53 criquet
    July 11, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    GE all.

    Important contrast:

    • 54 jacquelineoboomer
      July 11, 2014 at 11:56 pm

      I need to catch up. Hillary actually said that? Wow. I’m with Gov. O’Malley!

    • 55 amk for obama
      July 12, 2014 at 12:34 am

      wow, just wow. I just can’t understand how nations (US & Aus) that were built by and for refugees and immigrants can’t take in a few thousands of kids and mothers. And you expect Jordan & Egypt to take in hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria and Iraq. Hypocrisy too much ? Especially from a former SOS.

      • 56 jacquelineoboomer
        July 12, 2014 at 1:52 am

        Please don’t blame all of America for the views and actions of some of our hypocrites and haters with the big voices – but otherwise I’m with ya!

      • July 12, 2014 at 2:28 am

        It’s amazing, AMK! The two countries, who pride themselves for being “nations of immigrants,” are now the ones who don’t even want to honor International humanitarian laws with regard to refugees and people fleeing from violence and oppression. Some of the descendants of European refugees, many of them vocal and powerful, who have now made it in America and Australia, don’t want to be bothered by other refugees who are fleeing oppression from countries that are non-European. It’s as if the term ” the nation of immigrants” was only meant to apply to European immigrants.

  14. July 11, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    NW, your posts are always informative and wonderful. And may I say, once again, how flattered I was when I saw you quoting a comment of mine in your last post !!

    Thank you also to carolyn and others for your comments. It’s an honor to be part of this community. And, as someone who posts only occasionally, I just want all of you to know how much I appreciate reading so many interesting comments each and every day. And to the “regulars”… you always amaze me with your insight, your stories, and your dedication. It’s a pleasure to read you !

  15. 60 yardarm756
    July 11, 2014 at 9:22 pm


  16. 64 Ladyhawke
    July 11, 2014 at 9:46 pm

  17. 65 Judith Fardig
    July 11, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    GOP/Tea nuts reach new low: pretend to love the fetus and hate the child. Their reaction to the border crisis of vulnerable children trying to get help is heinous!

  18. 67 donna dem 4 obama
    July 11, 2014 at 10:06 pm

  19. 68 donna dem 4 obama
    July 11, 2014 at 10:07 pm

  20. 69 isonprize
    July 11, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I have just listened to Rev. Barber talk to the AFT convention (teacher’s union convention in North Carolina today) He is the Pres. an NAACP North Carolina chapter and a founder of “Moral Monday”

    He needs to have a ‘chat’ with the other NAACP presidents. Rev. Barber is ON POINT!!!
    Regardless of your particular faith, if you are agnostic or atheist, as long as you believe in what is right for people in THESE United States, I believe that you will be able to relate to what Rev. William Barber said to the teachers at the AFT convention today.


    • July 11, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      He is worth listening to. He is an articulate, thoughtful man. I am always impressed whenever I hear him speak.

      • 71 Cindy
        July 11, 2014 at 10:58 pm

        Thank you for posting isonprize,

        Dr. Barber is AWESOME; straight to the point, seeking justice and fairness for all, and no accolades .

        I’ve often thought the same, he needs to have a meeting with the NAACP Presidents across the states. I love his commitment, his energy and love for people. He is a force to be reckon with.

        If the repukes continue with the law suit against the president, and now they are trying to drum up another scandal to impeach Attorney General Eric Holder, expect to see Dr. Barber at the forefront of this fight.

    • 72 kathryn kivett
      July 12, 2014 at 8:24 am

      We are so blessed to have him in NC…

  21. July 11, 2014 at 11:11 pm

  22. 74 jacquelineoboomer
    July 12, 2014 at 12:16 am

  23. 75 jacquelineoboomer
    July 12, 2014 at 12:23 am

  24. 76 jacquelineoboomer
    July 12, 2014 at 1:40 am

  25. 77 Bill R.
    July 12, 2014 at 2:07 am

  26. 78 amk for obama
    July 12, 2014 at 2:23 am

  27. 79 amk for obama
    July 12, 2014 at 2:24 am

  28. 80 amk for obama
    July 12, 2014 at 2:26 am

  29. 81 amk for obama
    July 12, 2014 at 2:30 am

    • 82 Ceb
      July 12, 2014 at 8:32 am

      An illustration of how PBO is slowly winning over, with courage, love and reason, those who have stood against him.

  30. 83 vcprezofan2
    July 12, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Good Saturday Evening, AMk…and 99TS!

    Good Saturday Morning, TODobots!

    • 84 amk for obama
      July 12, 2014 at 7:34 am

      GSE vc.

      Awaiting flight home. And what is worse (for you), I got nearly 3 hours to kill and I have a good internet connection.

      • 85 vcprezofan2
        July 12, 2014 at 7:38 am

        While I never know from one moment to the next whether I’ll be frozen or kicked off – /smh/ life can be so ‘unfair’ at times! 😀

    • 86 99ts
      July 12, 2014 at 7:43 am

      Hi vc – very chilly in my world – coldest morning in 100 years this am – so was handy that I slept in 🙂

      • 87 vcprezofan2
        July 12, 2014 at 7:46 am

        {{{TS}}} I know you don’t have snow, but inform my ignorance – do you have heating in the house, and things like winter coats? What’s the temperature for your ‘coldest’ morning?

        • 88 99ts
          July 12, 2014 at 7:52 am

          Coldest morning 2.5 C – about 36F in US language – got to a max of 22C during the day.

          We have reverse cycle air – so cooling and heating – but not cheap. In southern parts people have oil heating – few, if any have central heating as we had when in the UK – right at the minute I could handle that.

          We turn on the heating for a few hours in the morning & evening if it is below about 15.

          I do not own a winter coat – used to own one when I lived in the South – about 45 years ago.

  31. 89 amk for obama
    July 12, 2014 at 7:38 am


    so true. My nokia used to hold battery for nearly a week. Now? pfft.

    • 90 99ts
      July 12, 2014 at 7:46 am

      I’m still using a phone that looks somewhat like that nokia – 4 years old – battery lasts about 5 days – I believe it connects to the intertubes but I only use it for phone calls and text so who would know.

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