A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation

7:25 EDT: The President and First Lady host ‘A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation’, East Room


111 Responses to “A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation”

  1. July 31, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Stop! You. Are. Kidding. Me?!

  2. 27 vcprezofan2
    July 31, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    😎 Lib_L, see that?

  3. July 31, 2014 at 7:09 pm

  4. 30 hopefruit2
    July 31, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Let’s try this again:

    Good evening Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats Chips on #1!

  5. July 31, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Agree ….

  6. July 31, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    “Joint Statement by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State John Kerry on Humanitarian Ceasefire Announcement, July 31, 2014

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State John Kerry announce that the United Nations Representative in Jerusalem, Special Coordinator Robert Serry, has received assurances that all parties have agreed to an unconditional humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

    This humanitarian ceasefire will commence at 8 am local time on Friday, August 1, 2014. It will last for a period of 72 hours unless extended. During this time the forces on the ground will remain in place.

    We urge all parties to act with restraint until this humanitarian ceasefire begins, and to fully abide by their commitments during the ceasefire.

    This ceasefire is critical to giving innocent civilians a much-needed reprieve from violence. During this period, civilians in Gaza will receive urgently needed humanitarian relief, and the opportunity to carry out vital functions, including burying the dead, taking care of the injured, and restocking food supplies. Overdue repairs on essential water and energy infrastructure could also continue during this period.

    Israeli and Palestinian delegations will immediately be going to Cairo for negotiations with the Government of Egypt, at the invitation of Egypt, aimed at reaching a durable ceasefire. The parties will be able to raise all issues of concern in these negotiations.

    We thank key regional stakeholders for their vital support of this process, and count on a continued collaborative international effort to assist Egypt and the parties reach a durable ceasefire as soon as possible.”


  7. July 31, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Congrats to all firsts second and thirds!

  8. July 31, 2014 at 7:16 pm

  9. July 31, 2014 at 7:23 pm

  10. 55 99ts
    July 31, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    42nd! The answer to the universe and all that – 42.

  11. 59 Dudette
    July 31, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Good Eeeeeevening Friends! 😀

    • July 31, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      Gooooooooooood evening Duuuuuudette!!!!

      • 61 Dudette
        July 31, 2014 at 7:49 pm

        Warmest Greetings and Reverent Salutations, Most Benevolent Sovereign!
        😀 ❤ 😀

        • 62 vcprezofan2
          July 31, 2014 at 8:18 pm

          ‘Benevolent Sovereign’? ‘Benevolent’? Come on, Dudette, give me a break and stick to titles that are true. 😉 [See, I make a list of your cool titles and I’m already running out of space. ]

          • 63 Dudette
            July 31, 2014 at 8:30 pm


            Look I gotta practice my brown-nosing skills SOMEWHERE!

            • 64 vcprezofan2
              July 31, 2014 at 8:42 pm

              I’m fine with you practising, Sugar, as you generally do an excellent job when you perform. (You just need to maintain credibility in the case of uknowho.)

              For example, these are all true >>>

              Universal Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Wet POTUSia,

              Queen Bee Prima-Bloggah-Diva,

              Great Diva of Blogdom,

              Empress of TODsylvania, etc. etc.

              I draw the line at …*Most Benevolent* Sovereign! I’ll add it to the list, but under a line. 😉

          • 65 Dudette
            July 31, 2014 at 8:32 pm

            Plus she IS nice sometimes — like when you slip her some cheesy puffs! 🙂

  12. July 31, 2014 at 7:32 pm

  13. 67 hopefruit2
    July 31, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    • 68 Dudette
      July 31, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      Now hold it right there! You know durn well Meghan McCain is Tinkerbelle! Stop trippin’! 😉

  14. 69 JER
    July 31, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    STREAM IS UP: President and Mrs. Obama celebrate the Special Olympics. http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  15. July 31, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    An irony, that tragically so many had to die and so much destruction had to ensue, because of it …

  16. 73 JER
    July 31, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Looks like Stevie Wonder is there.

  17. July 31, 2014 at 7:52 pm

  18. 80 anniebella
    July 31, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    I think I saw Stevie Wonder walking in there.

  19. July 31, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Chris Hayes in in Knoxville???!!!! Sure enough……skyline behind. Huh. Very interesting. Guess I’ll keep watching to find out why he is here.

  20. July 31, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Tim! I’m going to cry!!!

  21. 83 vcprezofan2
    July 31, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    ‘Presidents need a hug too.’

    Pick me! Pick me, Mr. President. I’ll give you a hug.

  22. July 31, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Some random items:

    Tampa Bay Rays best player, Vandy graduate, and African American David Price…..gets traded & this is the response from local Fox station:

    what we already knew…..the Bush flaks & their media enablers:

  23. 86 elo4obama/biden
    July 31, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Hi! It’s kinda surreal sometimes reading the blog comments. In particular talking about the Stevie sightings bookending the Meta tweets regarding Cornyn objections. I was also trying to figure out if the bill was the border bill with the amendments that are giving Harry trouble.

  24. 87 vcprezofan2
    July 31, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Is there any sector of our community that President and First Lady Obama have not acknowledged/invited to the White House?

      • 89 sherijr
        July 31, 2014 at 8:15 pm

        lol, Chips… there’s still time 🙂

      • 91 Dudette
        July 31, 2014 at 8:16 pm

        Yeh! Whaddup wit dat? 😉

        • July 31, 2014 at 8:18 pm

          #Shameful 🙄 Inpeech!1!

          • 93 Dudette
            July 31, 2014 at 8:24 pm

            Yeh! Plus he ain’t made a good jump shot since Reggie left! That’s reason enough to boot him, right there! 😀

          • 94 vcprezofan2
            July 31, 2014 at 8:26 pm

            Nah, I think he’s simply saving the best us for last. We’ll be the group for the final no-holds-barred ‘The People’s House Par-tay’ – personal invitation only, no media. Somewhat like MichelleO’s 50th. We’ll be sworn to secrecy about what takes place AND he and Michelle will give us a tiny inkling of where they are headed next. AND no we won’t be sad because we will be celebrating ALL that they have given to the U.S. and the world to date, and anticipating ALL ELSE they will give in the future, UNHAMPERED BY RWHJs AND AN IDIOT MEDIA!

            • 95 Dudette
              July 31, 2014 at 8:36 pm

              Oh! 😀

              Well then…

              • 96 vcprezofan2
                July 31, 2014 at 8:50 pm

                Also means *you* have lots of time to TIME your DJ stint by carefully picking the very best choices, and trying them out leading up to the actual night. Sounds like a win-win, cause being ‘last’ we will know no other group can top that!

  25. 97 Jeff
    July 31, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    So glad about the ceasefire and hope to see peace. It’ll be long if ever that I will forgive what Israel did.

    • 98 Layla
      July 31, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      I’m happy you saw that Jeff! As far as forgiving Israel, I personally will never forgive him and his cronies.

    • 99 Nena20409
      August 1, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      Jeff, I hear you. Forgiveness is what We do for ourselves. For our well being, sanity and our souls. So We must forgive, so we may heal. It is best Never to forget.

      In this world, what goes up, eventually comes down.

  26. July 31, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Because it’s never a bad time for The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown:

  27. July 31, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    So none of my video feeds/links worked……will have to try the FF thing or wait for full video….but here are some pool pics

  28. July 31, 2014 at 8:15 pm

  29. 105 Betsy
    July 31, 2014 at 8:16 pm
  30. 111 HZ
    July 31, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Every time that I come to this wonderful space , TOD, I am just so full with humble gratitude to each of my TOD family members. I know that this is a complete privilege and honor to be in this space with all of you. I do not take not for granted not one second of my time when I come into this beautiful haven that Chips has provided for all of us.

    I humbly give gratitude within my space for all of the brilliant minds who have gathered here to work alongside of our great Chips. Your brilliant writings, respectful comments, and beautiful spirits all have given me so much joy. What a great time to be alive and to be able to enjoy these times in this presidency of our 44th President of the United States. And to have had the honor to work to make that fact go in the history of our nation is such an awesome honor..

    If I should leave this earth tonight, I will be grateful for all of great moments that we all have had in this space. I do not take anything for granted in my life; and I surely will not take this honor to be with young, younger, and youngest beautiful minds who give so much wonderful care in making sure that we lift up, spread out the facts, and respect the facts of all of this wonderful and brilliant president make daily on behalf of humankind.

    Thank you for allowing me to be on this journey, Chips and my TOD family. You all give me hope, encouragement, and joy so that I can pass all of this on to my nieces, great nieces, and my loving brother who is closer to the actions than I will ever be; but what a journey we started and will continue as the TOD family to give our support and respect to our Chips for making sure that PBO receive the due love, support, and respect that he so deserves.

    Thank you all for your love. LL, please give the missus my loving hugs for her accomplishments. Celebrate. CarolMae, I love you. Desertflower, keep loving your memories and enjoy your time of quietness. Yardarm, keep up your beautiful healing progress, and Donna, keep giving out those loving TOD hugs to our beautiful twins even as you are still working so hard to get people prepared to get to the polls in Nov. All of my TOD family: squeeze your spouse a little tighter this evening, and for sure, tell your children, grands, and greats, how much they mean to you. Do not take one minute to put these actions off where you are able to do so.

    Please continue to lift up our great POTUS, FLOTUS, VPOTUS, Dr. Jill Biden, and everyone in President Obama’s Cabinet for goodness to enter their space as well. We Can Do This Together. Remember, Bobfr reminding us: #TrustBarack, and Together We Can. I love you all so dearly. HZ

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