The President’s Day

@petesouza: Pres Obama and Medal of Honor recipient SSG Pitts during benediction as his wife and son watch

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Rabbi David Saperstein claps as President Obama approaches to sign an executive order to protect LGBT employees from federal workplace discrimination



Surrounded by LGBT supporters, including Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, President Barack Obama signs executive orders to protect LGBT employees from federal workplace discrimination in the East Room of the White House. President Obama’s executive orders prohibit discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested by some religious organizations

President Obama arrives to make a statement on the situation in Ukraine and Gaza

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President Obama attends a town hall meeting to discuss his My Brother’s Keeper initiative while at the Walker Jones Education Campus in Washington. President Obama announced that leaders of 60 of the largest school systems have pledged to expand minority boys’ access to better preschools and advanced classes and to try to prevent grade retention, suspensions and expulsions

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President Obama listens as he is introduced by the president of the NBA Players Association and Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul


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President Obama bestows former Army Staff Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts with the Medal of Honor in the East Room of the White House. Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation’s highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan




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Chips butting in on Nerdy’s post:

A year ago today, the weirdest thing happened: Manchester United and Chelsea teamed up.

Well, me and Nerdy.

Yup, it’s exactly 12 months since Chelsea Girl took over the running of TOD with me, and I don’t have to tell you how much she has contributed since then, or how much work she has put in to the site with wonderful posts like this, every single day. And without her, TOD honestly wouldn’t even exist any more.


Thank you for everything – your intelligence, your energy, your passion, your determination, your dedication, your friendship, and your support.

It was a very, very happy day when you came in to TOD’s life, and mine.

Thank you Chelsea Girl.

131 Responses to “The President’s Day”

  1. July 21, 2014 at 7:21 pm

  2. 11 donna dem 4 obama
    July 21, 2014 at 7:23 pm

  3. 13 jacquelineoboomer
    July 21, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Oh, Nerdy will love it, Chips. Ha.

    Thanks to both of you for these delightful images!

    • 14 Nerdy Wonka
      July 21, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      Thanks, Ms. J’OB.

      • 15 jacquelineoboomer
        July 21, 2014 at 10:59 pm

        Your one year “at it” with Chips has been superb, NW! Hope you never get bored hearing all the “thank you” comments, daily, because – I don’t speak for anyone but myself but I do know – none of us ever want you to think we take either of you for granted.

  4. 16 Dudette
    July 21, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Awesome! Happy Anniversary to Nerdy and Chips!

    It’s quite the ride this year! I’m forever grateful for all you do. Thank you so much!

  5. July 21, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Happy Anniversary to TOD’s finest! Truly truly, I say you are SO appreciated!!

  6. July 21, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    to NW
    Thank you for everything – your intelligence, your energy, your passion, your determination, your dedication, your friendship, and your support.


  7. July 21, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Happy Anniversary to Ms Chipsssss & Nerdy Wonka,,,

    clink >-l

  8. July 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Let’s see if this gets verified.

  9. 31 Nena20409
    July 21, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Here’s to Chips and the bt formerly known as UTAL 😉 then UT and Now, Nerdy Wonka 🙂

    May you two Ladies continue to Light Up TOD for many more years to come.

    🍸 🍸 🍸

    ❤ + Respect + Friendship = Happy Clappy TODville

    The 🐻 I am sure ❤ s TOD too.

  10. July 21, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    • 34 vcprezofan2
      July 21, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      I appreciate this tangible support for the Palestinians but I resent the fact Netanyahu and his government, acting like vengeful children, willfully create havoc and the US has to go in and pay for (some of) the resulting damages.

    • 37 nospin
      July 21, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      I am grateful for this. It is the right thing to do.

      Thank you for sharing Meta.

  11. 38 vcprezofan2
    July 21, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    😯 😯 Wow, NerdyW is a whole year older (at TOD)!!!

    Don’t worry, Ms Wonka, you have worn the year EXTREMELY well (like fine wine?), and we are so, so grateful for all you have done within that time! Our village has grown along with you and Ms Chips, and all our lives, including yours, have been forever changed, I think.

    {{{{{Ms Nerdy Wonka}}}}}

  12. 47 yardarm756
    July 21, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    OT and a tad raw but on point.

  13. July 21, 2014 at 7:34 pm

  14. July 21, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    THANK YOU, Chelsea Girl!!!! You’ve been a HUGE savior for all of us every day and we love you dearly!!!!

  15. 58 Nena20409
    July 21, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    • 59 Nena20409
      July 21, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      1909 wow. That woman is a walking History. Just a quick look 😉

      WWI, Women’s Rights to Vote, the Stock Market Crash, Labor Crisis, Depression, 12 yrs of FDR, Fairness Doctrine, Social Security, WWII, Korean War, JFK was Assassination, Electrification, Highway Expansion, Brown Vs Board of Education, Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Medicare, Vietnam, Space, Voting for 18yrs old, EPA, OSHA, Busing, Watergate, Nixon Resignation, ERA failed, Cold War ended, Savings and Loan, Dismantling of Depression Banking Rules, NAFTA, CAFTA, Media Dismantlement in Equal Time, SCOTUS installation of GW Bush, Doc Com Bubble, 9/11, Financial Meltdown, Election of Pres Obama, ACA, SCOTUS’ ugly rulings and now Throwing out a Ball at 105yrs.


  16. July 21, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Fantastic summary of the President’s Day, NW.

    Congratulations to the partnership for truth, justice and tons of fun that Chips & NW have forged over the past year!!!! Thank you for all each of you do, every day, to enable the TOD community to persist.

  17. 64 sjterrid
    July 21, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Happy Anniversary to Chips & Nerdy Wonka. You both have made this a place to come to learn the facts of what this president & his Administration are doing to move this country and the world forward where everybody should have an equal say, not just the wealthiest few and tyrants. Whenever the President makes a speech or goes on a trip, this is the place to witness it all.

  18. 68 hopefruit2
    July 21, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Happy Anniversary to Nerdy Wonka formerly known as utaustinliberal 🙂 This place has been made and continues to be all the richer because of your outstanding contributions!

  19. 70 anniebella
    July 21, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    The head of the GOP had some T-shirt that ask if you missed W yet? Here’s another reason why that answer is Hell No. What was it that G.W. Bush said about Putin? VP Biden said he don’t think Putin has a soul.

  20. July 21, 2014 at 7:52 pm

  21. July 21, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    • 73 vcprezofan2
      July 21, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Near the end of his term, Pete Souza and PBO should arrange a photo op with the first 50 babies/toddlers that BHO/PBO were photographed with in the first year of his campaign/in WH – purely for me…..oops..us of course so we could see how they have grown.

  22. 74 hopefruit2
    July 21, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    So after ~30 minutes she has less than 400 retweets but #askhillary is the #2 trend on Twitter. Tell me that these hashtags aren’t manipulated…

  23. July 21, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I would be curious about her answer

  24. 79 Nena20409
    July 21, 2014 at 8:04 pm


    This makes me smile 😉 🙂

    For the fourth consecutive morning on Friday, CNN’s New Day came out ahead of MSNBC’s Morning Joe in both the 25-54 demo and total viewers. Bolstered by breaking news out of Ukraine and Israel, New Day had its highest ratings of week on Friday with 136K in the demo and 429K total viewers. Morning Joe came in third with 76K in the demo and 342K total while Fox & Friends remained #1 with 234K in the demo and 1.069M total viewers.

    And it is the Fox 1.069M that drives the News.

    ABC, NBC and CBS
    5M pls for ABC.

    4-5M for NBC

    3M for CBS.

    Fox since 2002 is the driver of how News is Covered? That is the shame.

    • 80 jacquelineoboomer
      July 21, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      I like that Joe is going down, but Chris Cuomo of CNN’s New Day is a (I’ll leave the word out there; it’s not nice).

  25. 81 donna dem 4 obama
    July 21, 2014 at 8:11 pm


    Congratulations to NW and Chips on your anniversay. They are the bestest BT’s on the internet.

  26. 83 nospin
    July 21, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Happy Anniversary Chipsticks and Nerdy Wonka. I can’t believe a year has passed.

    Thank you for all the work you do.

  27. 85 forus50
    July 21, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Sadly, the black box will probably hold less information than a Ukranian farmer out in his field. The pilots probably had/gave zero warning before the missile hit.

  28. 87 forus50
    July 21, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Happy Anniversary You Two Wonder Women. So was it only a year ago? Wow. Chips I was thinking it was back when you were not loving the responsibility of it all back when POTUS had the first debate with Romney –which I guess would have been Oct. “12. I am waaayyy off. Not the first time lol!

  29. 88 jacquelineoboomer
    July 21, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    I can’t force myself to read this about Dianne, but sounds like a conversion story to me. Somebody must have whispered in her ear, under that pageboy fluff.

  30. July 21, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    If, when you’re making Chili, you slice your thumb while cutting onions, is that a bad thing – or should I carry on and chuck the bloodied onions in on top of the mince?

  31. July 21, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Chris Paul is adorable – and he seems like a good guy.

  32. 108 hopefruit2
    July 21, 2014 at 8:45 pm

  33. July 21, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Three Musketeers may be the world’s most perfect non-Belgian, non-Swiss chocolate.

    • 111 jacquelineoboomer
      July 21, 2014 at 9:01 pm

      That is one of my all time favoritist candies in the world which I gave up on June 23 along with other sugary products thanks so much for the reminder. NOT.

    • July 21, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      yes…my all time favorite….I like to freeze the miniatures…yum yum…..I have a few in my freezer Right Now….hahaha…I would get one…but I had two already….haha

  34. 113 Vicki
    July 21, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Ayman Mohyeldin on with Chris Hayes told me something I did not know. Please keep reading.

    Shocking, is that there has not been and Ayman now covering his Third Israeli Palestine War has not seen any evidence that Hamas uses human shields.
    “Hamas uses human shields” is the #1 Israeli talking point and the first answer Mark Regev gave on the day the boys were gunned down on the beach. Implying that the boys were put there to protect hamas fighters. Sick!

    According to Ayman— there has also never been corroboration that Hamas hides weapons in homes or schools or hospitals. No proof. No evidence. Never. None.
    Not just Ayman’s observation, he told us, but from any regular reporter in Gaza for this war or the two previous wars. A claim here or there. Never substantiated. But no corroboration. Just the Talking Point endlessly repeated.
    My thought is
    The Bush doctrine of pre-emptive war.
    The Israeli doctrine of pre-emptive demolition.

    No wonder NBC tried to shut Ayman Moyheldin down.

  35. July 21, 2014 at 8:47 pm


    If the @LATimes sources are right, President Obama and FLOTUS could be spending way more time in Cali after Jan 2017.

    Looks like Malia and Sasha may be interested in Cali for their undergraduate eduation?

    Worth a click to see the gorgeous photos in the article. (Note: If you hit the paywall, you can close the site, clear your browser history of cookies, and the link in the tweet should work for you.)

    • July 21, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      Thought just occurred to me.

      Is LA about half way between Chicago and Hawaii (or as close to half way and still be on mainland US)?

      Could there be TWO Presidential Libraries for PBO?

      I’m keeping my fingers crossed for “Yes.” Would love to see the Hawaii Presidential Library become a must for scholars/tourists from Asia, and perhaps build upon some of the anthropological work that was Ann Dunham’s passion.

    • 116 forus50
      July 21, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks for posting this Arapahoe. That rumored plan seems to make a lot of sense. As much as it would be great for them to come back to us here in Chicago, it’s not always easy to “come back home” and this place would give them a huge amount of personal freedom that I just can’t see them having as easily here in the city.

    • July 21, 2014 at 9:01 pm

      I would love for them to live in California!! But I’ve also read that they’ve bought a house in South Carolina. LOLz. So who knows?
      The house looks like it’s surrounded by beautiful mountains – very restful. And it’s secluded enough for them to have lots of privacy.

    • July 21, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      …my strong feeling is that the President will not go into a easy peasy retirement when his presidency is over….I believe that he will head up the OFA and continue to organize about those issues that he feels strongly about…..Just. Imagine. That…. 😀

    • July 21, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Just a thought (that I thought I posted earlier, LOL).

      Isn’t LA as halfway between Chicago and Hawaii as you can get and still be on the mainland US?

      Wouldn’t THAT be great, to have TWO Presidential Libraries?

      Chicago makes most sense for the majority of Americans, but I would love to see a Hawaiian Presidential Library that would attract scholars and tourists from Asia. It could also provide a tribute to Ann Dunham and the work she was so passionate about. Perhaps a foundation to promote archipelago anthropology?

  36. 123 sherijr
    July 21, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Congratulations Nerdy Wonka on your 1 year anniversary~ you are pretty darn amazing… and to Chips for making such brilliant choices 🙂

  37. 125 desertflower
    July 21, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    I just had an adventure..but I got back in time to say congratulations to Nerdy and our Chips, for this wonderful marriage that the two of you have here at TOD…we are so lucky to have your both and all the other BT’s that help make this such a special place that runs like a well oiled machine!!! Hugs to all…I have to mix myself a cocktail now. Cheers!!

  38. 127 MadameSoph
    July 21, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    I’ve been working a lot these days and so mostly lurking, but I just had to say happy one year and thank you so much to Nerdy for being Chip’s VP! I don’t know what I would do without this beautiful place. I am always informed and uplifted by coming here.

    As I hope to one day say to the President, but today I will say to Nerdy Wonka, “I just want you to know that all of your hard work is recognized and appreciated.”

    O.k., back to lurking for awhile… MS >^..^<

  39. 130 taiping1
    July 22, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Thanks to the mighty Chips and the incredible indefatigable NerdyWonka for anchoring the go-to blog, amazing community, and source of the information on the Obama Presidency for all of us who are grateful for the opportunity to support the best President in our lifetimes. This blog will be a essential source for future historians. Thanks for your dedication and love!!

  40. July 22, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Time really does fly! Congrats. Chips and NW for a one year anniversary! You both have been such a powerful force in keeping oldies like me educated and tuned in on everything about the Obamas. My schedule is so crazy and that’s why I usually come here late at night. Nevertheless, I always make sure to read everything posted. I hope all your posts will be preserved for future historians, because they will serve as a major antidote to all the vile negativity and false narratives, which have been routinely promoted by the right wingers and their mainstream media enablers, about the Obama presidency.

    Thank you for all your tireless work and all your love in producing this incredible blog.

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