The President’s Day

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama sort toys and gifts donated by Executive Office of the President staff to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, December 10


Text of the First Lady and President’s remarks here
















President Obama hugs nine-year-old local resident Alajah Lane after he was introduced by her during the White House Summit on Early Education at the South Court Auditorium at Eisenhower Executive Office Building, December 10



Text of the President’s remarks here



Attorney General Eric Holder Addresses a My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge Event:


97 Responses to “The President’s Day”

  1. 1 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 10, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Good evening, once again!

  2. 14 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 10, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I hope some of you had the opportunity to dip in to the “Strange Fruit: Seven Last Words of Seven Black Lives” program that I posted on the last thread. It was POWERFUL! It was organized by POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, & Rebuild) http://www.powerphiladelphia.org/ The organization has been actively involved in supporting PHL airport baggage handlers, fair funding for schools, immigration and a host of other issues.

  3. December 10, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Truly savoring every single photo…….

  4. 16 kasai
    December 10, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    With Meta…Every single photo indeed…
    With all the hatred going on…It warms my heart to view these beautiful pictures:-)

    Thank you Chips.

  5. 21 JER
    December 10, 2014 at 9:27 pm


    The U.S. is producing the most oil in 31 years, economic growth is picking up and crude prices are plunging. …

    Higher production has allowed the U.S. to import the least oil in almost two decades, build more chemical plants and increase fuel shipments abroad to 3.6 million barrels a day, the most in the world. Combined with lower prices, rising output has spurred calls for the government to lift restrictions on most U.S. crude exports.


  6. 22 yardarm756
    December 10, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    What some of us have known for years.

    • 23 jackiegrumbacher
      December 10, 2014 at 10:09 pm

      This man has a lot of wisdom, Yardarm. If we could find several like him, they might together come up with a decent way forward for our nation’s police forces. Operating from fear is not the way to live, let alone function as a policeman. The whole paradigm of policing has to change.

  7. 25 GGAIL
    December 10, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I would like pic #3 for a wall picture or a Christmas card.

    • 26 vcprezofan2
      December 10, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      Here you go – early Xmas ‘present’!

      • 27 jackiegrumbacher
        December 10, 2014 at 10:10 pm

        Well, I must say that is the best looking Santa I have ever seen.

      • 30 GGAIL
        December 10, 2014 at 10:20 pm

        VC!!!!!!! ❤
        Hugs & kisses 😀
        Best gift evah!
        When I get to work, I'm gonna print this on sturdy card stock in 11×17 paper! 😀 😀

        • 31 vcprezofan2
          December 10, 2014 at 10:28 pm

          You mean Chips and I also cheated the postal service out of the stamp money? O dear, that wasn’t our intention.

          Reminds me that I got a letter recently from the PO that coming soon I (well my neighbourhood really) will no longer be getting direct home delivery. Now they’ll be installing a communal mailbox nearby and I’ll have to walk (horror of horrors) to the box to check it for mail. Ticks me off! Of course it’s due to loss of $$$.

          • 32 GGail
            December 10, 2014 at 10:37 pm

            They floated that idea around here for a hot minute and it quickly and quietly went to “file 13” 😀

            • 33 vcprezofan2
              December 10, 2014 at 10:50 pm

              I’m not surprised it finally caught up with me, since all newer homes have been on that system for years and years and years now – even before I moved here as a matter of fact. I escaped it to date because I am in an older area, but I guess falling income has caused them to bring everyone onto this system. All that will happen in my case is that my snail mail (which is primarily bills) will get treated like my email. I’ll check it on the rare occasion when I remember its existence. 😀

              • 34 GGail
                December 10, 2014 at 10:55 pm

                Uh Oh, I know how often you check your email 😀

                I’m turning in now. I sincerely thank you vc for posting the pic in two different forms for me. Good night sweetie, pleasant dreams.

          • 36 canadabarb4obama
            December 11, 2014 at 1:41 am

            we’ve had the communal mail boxes for at least 25 years; they work very well.

            • 37 vcprezofan2
              December 11, 2014 at 10:22 am

              Probably as long as they have been phasing them in in my surrounding area. However, they started out doing ONLY new subdivisions (you wouldn’t believe how many have gone up in the last 15 years), leaving door-to-door delivery for those people who already had it. Most homes are used to it because that’s all they’ve had since buying a home; me, I don’t like going ‘forward’ in this instance. I can see me simply forgetting about mail all together, CBarb. Heck, I rarely ever open the ones delivered to my door, so why go *pick* them up off site! 😉

  8. 65 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 10, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    “The protest is scheduled for Thursday at 3:30pm on the steps in front of the U.S. House of Representatives. Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry Black, who is also African American, will pray for peace, and for the grieving families affected by the grand jury decisions.” (Personal note, I served with Adm. Black in DC)

  9. 67 isonprize
    December 10, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    I got my Christmas card from the White House yesterday!! YAY!! Very cool, the first-ever interactive White House Christmas and of course, it features Bo and Sunny. The video is of POTUS and FLOTUS!


    • 68 jackiegrumbacher
      December 10, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      Since I don’t have either a smartphone or a tablet, I missed the whole interactive part. Thank you Isonprize for letting all share in this wonderfulness.

    • 70 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      December 10, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks, Ison. Opened mine, bragged on here, then as my phone was dead, tucked it safely back into the envelope…

    • 71 GGail
      December 10, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      OOOOOh, isonprize – good for you!
      I can’t wait for mine to arrive at my new address (peeping out the window..)

    • 72 MightyPamela
      December 11, 2014 at 12:04 am

      I didn’t get last years’ because I didn’t have any money to donate. Nor this year, so not hopeful I will find a card in my mailbox. Sigh.

  10. 73 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 10, 2014 at 10:12 pm

  11. 76 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 10, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Cartoon ran in the Bucks County Courier Times. Bucks County is predominately white (85 – 90%; too lazy to lookup…); I’d estimate that the Black population is less than 5%. Needless to say, folks are mad; how dare the paper run a political cartoon that reflects current events…

    • December 10, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      The comments section shows how TONE Death folks are re: the plight of Blk folks in America…

      one letter to the editor describes the killing of Mike Brown and Eric Garner as police making mistakes and using poor judgement….

      this is my response…
      Those mistakes and poor judgments led to the deaths of unarmed blk boys and continue to do so…instead of railing at the newspapers and wishing ill on them…The police should be join with citizens that they have promised to serve and protect to ensure that no more unarmed blk boys lose their life due to “mistakes and poor judgement”


      and of course there are comments about blk on blk crime….

      this is my comment to that…

      This is not about crime in perspective communities…there is crime in every community…(no one ever talks about white on white crime)…what this is about is racial profiling…racial harassment…the killing of unarmed blk boys and young men…and the un-accountability of police officers…it would seem to me that the police would be first in line wanting police officers to be held accountable for what Kim Deforest called “mistakes and poor judgement”….


  12. 78 desertflower
    December 10, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    kasai…if you’re still here, i have a very important ‘work of art” question:) How do I properly hang a large African bark cloth? I have one that is in the spare room and I would like to hang it in the dining room…how do I do this the right way? Any help would be welcome..thanks so much!!

  13. December 10, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Chips, I’m watching RTE1 as I type. My theory that I’m James Joyce’s reincarnation so far holds.

  14. 83 desertflower
    December 10, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Night all:) If anyone has some suggestions for the bark cloth, I’ll check to see if anyone responded when I get up tomorrow…

  15. December 10, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    And now I’m watching a program on an Irish naturalist whose day job was as a… LIBRARIAN. We rock.

  16. 88 amk for obama
    December 10, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    wimminz. gotta have everything only their way. / smh

  17. 89 amk for obama
    December 10, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    United States House of Representatives passes a bill that will impose sanctions on Venezuelan officials who violate protesters’ rights.


    complete cd.

  18. December 10, 2014 at 10:54 pm

  19. 91 amk for obama
    December 10, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Why interrogators prefer the soft approach.


  20. December 10, 2014 at 11:03 pm

  21. 95 vcprezofan2
    December 10, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Off to bed I go! G’night one and all.

  22. 96 sjterrid
    December 10, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Chips, thank you so much for the President’s day threads. I’m so glad you posted Attorney General Holder’s speech at the Mr Brothers’ Keeper Event in Memphis. You would never know the amount of work he and the President do to expand justice for everybody, if it wasn’t for you and Smartypants.

  23. 97 arapaho415
    December 10, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    On Thursday’s schedule:

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