105 Responses to “Christmas in Washington”

  1. 7 desertflower
    December 14, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    So beautiful:) I love Malia’s fun stockings with that dress:)

  2. December 14, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Hate to bring this bad news over here. But our embassy is nearby. Hope no connections.

    CNN Breaking News ‏@cnnbrk Β· 16m16 minutes ago
    A major police operation is under way in Sydney, Australia; police advise avoiding Central Business District. http://cnn.it/1wxhCTG

    Live news from Sidney.


    • 9 a4alice
      December 14, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      thx nclb listening in right now trying to figure out what is going on.

    • 10 forus50
      December 14, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      Martin Place is now trending on Twitter. I’m still struggling to understand how we got this so wrong. When bid Laden was killed this branch of al Queda was not affected. It just doesn’t add up how we thought their numbers were in the hundreds or few thousands but now have this worldwide cult following; the type of following where women all over the world, including women here in the US, to be so anxious to move to Syria and Iraq and give up their life for these heinous men. It seems we continue to underestimate their numbers and their ability to continue to gain followers in spite of the unnamed air war coalition we have in place.

    • 11 arapaho415
      December 14, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      See previous thread — TOD was the first places Americans heard about this unspeakable situation via 99ts.

  3. 12 GGail
    December 14, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Hello our beautiful First Family!
    Thanks Santa elf Chips πŸ™‚

  4. 13 Nena20409
    December 14, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    The Pictures are incredibly delightful.
    Thanks Chips.

    Au ⭐ for NCLB

  5. 14 Vicki
    December 14, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Heads up! HBO is playing a remastered for HD version of The Wire—all 5 seasons in order—-starting on Dec. 26. Michael P. Jordan—a very young Michael is Wallace, Idris Elba is Stringer Bell and so on.
    Possibly the best TV ever.
    I’m going to try to catch at least some of it again.

    Also, The Walking Dead, starting on December 29—all the episodes in order. (I don’t think The Walking Dead has many fans here.)

  6. December 14, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Our beautiful First Family! Thanks Chips for this wonderful pics πŸ™‚

  7. December 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    What a beautiful family…I don’t know what I’m gonna do when The Obamas leave the Whitehouse…I so love and admire this family. They have given their all for this country!!!!

  8. 25 Nerdy Wonka
    December 14, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous family! We’re so lucky.

  9. 32 isonprize
    December 14, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    My Lord! This family is just GORGEOUS!! I mean, smart and picture postcard perfect. Can you imagine the grief any boyfriend of Malia or Sasha will have to get past Pops, Mom, AND G-mom!! I almost (almost) feel sorry for the young men.

  10. 33 HZ
    December 14, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I am so grateful to have these wonderful, brilliant, and lovely people representing our nation as our First Family. What an honor to be alive and knowing that we helped make this presidency possible along with so many beautiful people and see and enjoy this Holiday Season with our TOD family this year.

    Thank you Chips for this beautiful space. You make me so grateful and joyful on this day. Everyone have a great evening/morning. Love my TOD family and our First Family. HZ

  11. 35 forus50
    December 14, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    The First Family is stunning in their their warmth, their kindness, their sense of joy, their gorgeous selves.

  12. 36 99ts
    December 14, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Wonderful wonderful pictures – thank you Ms Chips

    • December 14, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      You are enooooormously welcome, 99ts – good morning to ya!

      • 38 99ts
        December 14, 2014 at 8:45 pm

        We are about to go out – the loo has decided to leak all over the floor & Sydney is under siege – but as long as PBO is President of the USA when I wake up tomorrow there are still some good things in the world

  13. 39 99ts
    December 14, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    The hostage event in Sydney is horrific – live video (which is also sad that we can “watch”) – the publicity is just what the perps want

  14. 45 GGail
    December 14, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    This is a great example of children learning to show compassion and empathy from their parents. Thank you President & First Lady Obama.

  15. 52 MightyPamela
    December 14, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Oh. ❀ Wow. ❀ Oh, My Goodness. ❀ If I find my breath again, I may post to say Hello, Y'all. Meanwhile, I am speechless. And in Awe. ❀

  16. December 14, 2014 at 8:36 pm

  17. 67 globalcitizenlinda
    December 14, 2014 at 8:43 pm

  18. 68 Nerdy Wonka
    December 14, 2014 at 8:46 pm

  19. 71 globalcitizenlinda
    December 14, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    • 72 globalcitizenlinda
      December 14, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      reminded me of the many times we also used “banana leaves (and yam leaves) as umbrellas” protecting us from the falling rain;

      recalling the great smell of soil as it received the first raindrops after a dry season;

      oh the simple pleasures of life in natural (not disturbed by many commercial developments) parts of the tropics !!!

    • 73 nospin
      December 14, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      how sweet it is….

    • 74 jacquelineoboomer
      December 14, 2014 at 11:28 pm


  20. 75 arapaho415
    December 14, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Sydney update:

  21. December 14, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    #Thanks Obama!

  22. 77 vcprezofan2
    December 14, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    This is such a BEAUTIFUL post to return to! We can never be reminded too often how fortunate we are in the U.S’ choice of our First Family. Thanks, Ms Senior Blogess of TODslyvania!

  23. 78 yardarm756
    December 14, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Tough but doable.

  24. 79 FoxfireTX
    December 14, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Oh WOW Chips! Thank you for this! What an incredible family. Every time I think they can’t outdo themselves in any way, they pull off another stunner:-) It is going to be so boring come 2017.

  25. 80 PrayerWarriorforObama
    December 14, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Hello VC. here are my choices for your picture poll:
    January = C; February = E; March = A; April = C; May = C; June = B; July = A; August = C; September = B; October = A; November A; December A.

    • 81 vcprezofan2
      December 14, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      {{PWfO}} πŸ˜€ Thanks! You are a dear (like the way you wrote them across); now can you nudge the others to get with it? πŸ˜‰

      • 82 GGAIL
        December 14, 2014 at 9:45 pm

        What???!!! you didn’t like the way I recorded my choices, you didn’t like that I had difficulty picking only One a couple of times…well that’s a howdy/thankee for ya 😯

        • 83 vcprezofan2
          December 14, 2014 at 9:51 pm

          {{Gx2}} Hon, I ❀ the fact you participated! πŸ˜€

          Had already forgotten that you didn't get 'Choose *1*. πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

          • 84 GGAIL
            December 14, 2014 at 10:15 pm

            You made “choose one” too difficult

            • 85 vcprezofan2
              December 14, 2014 at 10:23 pm

              πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Tell me about it! Why do you think some months have more than 3 possibilities? The intent was to have no more than 3 each! I suspect when we get to our chosen 12, it will be equally hard to choose ONE for the year. I mean, I had to restrain myself from adding one of the beautiful pics in the previous post to the December choices. Bless-ed are the TODobots who have such lovely people, in the village as well as in office, to brighten their lives!

  26. December 14, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    • 89 idon
      December 14, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      The First Daughters are so beautiful gracious kind engaging smart – fabulous role models for teenagers around the world. And of course their parents, POTUS and FLOTUS are the greatest role models of all. I love my First Family.

  27. December 14, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Thank you Chips for the wonderful pictures. Such a beautiful First Family!

  28. December 14, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    VC – my votes:

    Jan – A
    Feb – D
    Mar – B
    Apr – D
    May – C
    June – B
    July – C
    Aug – B
    Sep – B
    Oct – C
    Nov – A
    Dec – A

    Thank you!!

  29. 95 PrayerWarriorforObama
    December 14, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Obamas haters: What do you do when the people you hate on become more beautiful inside and out by the day? President Obama and his family are breathtakingly gorgeous.

  30. 97 desertflower
    December 14, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Sadly…I can’t help but think about GWB telling everyone to go shopping after 9/11… not equivalent, but just as thoughtless to me. Hope they are all going to be alright. Terrifying.


  31. December 14, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Been gone all day. But what a sight to see. Exquisitely exquisite. This family is just beautiful.

  32. December 14, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Thanks Chips for this magnificent Post. What a lovely family! I hope future historians will get hold of The Obama Diary archives in order to accurately document the legacy of President Obama.

  33. 100 ouapiti
    December 14, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Could we ever have a more gracious and generous first family? I think not! Love them, always! Thanks for the great post.

  34. December 14, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Malia and sasha = Blossoming beauties.

  35. 103 JER
    December 14, 2014 at 9:53 pm

  36. 104 mtmarilyn
    December 14, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    VC, here are my pics
    Jan C
    Feb B
    Mar B
    April D (one of my favorite of all time)
    May B
    June B
    July B
    August C
    Sept B
    Oct A
    Nov A
    Dec A

    I approve any of the pictures that get picked. Thanks for doing this.

  37. 105 socasweet
    December 14, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    VC, I came out of lurking and left my choices on a previous thread

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