The President and First Lady’s Day





President Barack Obama addresses an audience of armed forces at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. President Obama thanked the troops for their service and marked the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan. ahead of the upcoming holidays













President Barack Obama returns a salute as he steps off Marine One helicopter upon his return on the South Lawn of the White House



First Lady Michelle Obama reads โ€œTwas the night before Christmasโ€ to patients, families, and staff at Childrenโ€™s National Health System in Washington


Video Here





First Lady Michelle Obama and First Dog Bo




First Lady Michelle Obama greets patient 14-year-old Nataya Miller while she visits patients, employees, and volunteers at Children’s National Health System in Washington DC

128 Responses to “The President and First Lady’s Day”

  1. 1 desertflower
    December 15, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    All the tireless warriors:)

  2. 5 amk for obama
    December 15, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    How in the world the senate approved the surgeon general?

  3. 26 yardarm756
    December 15, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    From the end of the last post….Sorry.

  4. 27 amk for obama
    December 15, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    The Russian central bank announces a huge rise in its key interest rate – to 17% from 10.5% – to try to stem the rouble’s fall.


  5. 28 arapaho415
    December 15, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    GE TODville,

    Heartbreaking update from today’s Australian hostage siege:

    • 29 arapaho415
      December 15, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      And… the person who wrote this note has handwriting very similar to our President’s:

      • December 15, 2014 at 10:57 pm

        “The hero manager of a Sydney cafe was killed Monday along with a mother of two after trying to wrestle the shotgun off a radical Iranian refugee who held the place hostage during a 16-hour standoff, according to reports.

        โ€œThey made the call because they believed that at that time, if they didnโ€™t enter, there would have been many more lives lost,โ€ said New South Wales state police Commissioner Andrew Scipione.

        The gun fire that prompted the raid apparently came after 34-year-old Tori Johnson attempted to snatch the weapon from a dozing Monis, 9 News in Australia reported.”


        BTW, Barrister Katrina Dawson died in route to the hospital from cardiac arrest. 3 other people were shot; 1 was a police officer who was shot in the face.

  6. December 15, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Nerdy? Loooooooooove ya!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  7. 33 arapaho415
    December 15, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Special delivery to @NerdyWonka… thanks for everything you do for TOD and to support our President and #BlackLivesMatter:

  8. 39 amk for obama
    December 15, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    The families of nine of the 26 people killed in a 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School have filed a lawsuit against a rifle manufacturer.

    The negligence and wrongful death suit was filed in Connecticut against Bushmaster Firearms International.

    The families allege the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used by Adam Lanza, 20, in the incident should not have been made publicly available because it was designed for military use.


    Finally, some accountability.

  9. December 15, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    As we all know, NEVER mess with President Obama ….

    • December 15, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      If you don’t have time to read the excellent article, then I want to be sure you do not miss the last paragraph …

      “”Putin does not have good cards, and he has not played them as well as the Western press seems to give him credit for. Putin will succeed if he creates a rift in the Trans-Atlantic relationship, if we see Europe divided from the United States. That would be a strategic victory for him and I intend on preventing that.”” — President Obama

      • December 15, 2014 at 11:32 pm

        Hi there, Bob. I read “the excellent article.” Thank you so much for sharing it with us. As always, our President demonstrates how he is so well grounded in reality. I wonder, where are all those admirers of Putin-both from the right and the left?

      • 43 Lynn
        December 16, 2014 at 6:01 am

        Thanks for the link, Bob. I’m kinda partial to Tim Ash’s quote as well. “Moves like this create systemic risks, the risk of panic among the general population, and surely risks major deposit flight. It makes you think whether they forgot to read the manual which came with the bazooka.” BOOM.

  10. December 15, 2014 at 9:11 pm


    In response to the vote, my choices are: Jan-C; Feb-E; March-C; Apr-A; May-B; Jun-B; Jul-B; Aug-C; Sept-D; Oct-A; Nov-C; Dec-B.

    Good Evening TODVille.

  11. 46 arapaho415
    December 15, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    The restriction that got me that @JamieDupree linked to is that small/rural post offices cannot be consolidated.

    Which is an admirable thought, but hasn’t Congress hamstrung the USPS by underfunding them?

    • 47 idon
      December 15, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      I replied to this tweet with this question: where’s the restriction on raising the salaries of US House and Senate members and on number of days in recess?

  12. 48 globalcitizenlinda
    December 15, 2014 at 9:23 pm

  13. 49 GGAIL
    December 15, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    You can’t help but smile when you see First Lady Obama smile.

    NW, this is the best after-work tonic. Thank you!!!

  14. 55 globalcitizenlinda
    December 15, 2014 at 9:26 pm

  15. December 15, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    I love this visit were FLOTUS go read to the kids, Tis as the night before Christmas, and she take questions from the kids. That is so cool.

    • December 15, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Child: Do Bo and Sunny have stockings? Mrs. Obama: They do. Everybody has a stocking in our house. Grandma, Malia, Sasha, the President, me, Bo and Sunny.But we’re not going to tell them what we’re putting in their stockings,okay. It’s a secret.

  16. 62 arapaho415
    December 15, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Iran makes @nytimes home page tonight:

    @ThomasErdbrink (the article’s author) RT’d this:

  17. 63 arapaho415
    December 15, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    To BobFr:

    I sent this tweet this morning because you are so right that only those in power can initiate the change we need:


  18. 68 globalcitizenlinda
    December 15, 2014 at 9:49 pm

  19. 71 MightyPamela
    December 15, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    {{{{{ POTUS โค FLOTUS }}}}} So, so lovely, strong, kind and genuine. โค

  20. 72 arapaho415
    December 15, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    More on Russia and its relationship with oil (as oil prices plummet):

  21. 73 MightyPamela
    December 15, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    News next: Winter Solstice begins with the Sun moving into Capricorn at 6:03pm EST (3:03pmPST) on 12/21/14. Followed in short order by the new Moon conjunct the Sun at 0.06 of Capricorn at 8:36pm EST (5:36pmPST), also on 12/21/14. Let the Candles be alight, let the music flow ~ May our beloved First Family enjoy the event in the seclusion of the Hawaiian Islands, safe, warm and together.

  22. December 15, 2014 at 10:06 pm

  23. 75 amk for obama
    December 15, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    hmmm, wonder if law of averages is about to catch up.

  24. December 15, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Do I have brain damage? I do not understand this. . .
    AP: Manhunt Not for Suspect in Pa. Killing Spree
    The search for a Pennsylvania man suspected of killing six family members and injuring his son continued into the night Monday. (Dec. 15)

  25. 84 amk for obama
    December 15, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Man Utd can win the title – Phil Neville


  26. December 15, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    “My question for Senator Brown would be to ask how his proposed legislation would affect wage stagnation and job creation. Anything that destabilizes financial institutions could seriously disrupt the positive trends we’re beginning to see there. Overall, when it comes to income inequality, I tend to support efforts to build up from the bottom rather than tear down at the top. But I’m open to being persuaded that both might be necessary.”

  27. December 15, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Ok fine folks, I have an early and busy morning, so see everyone on the flip.

  28. 94 amk for obama
    December 15, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Dr Vivek is only 37? The youngest SG? daymn.

  29. 97 amk for obama
    December 15, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Two frat boys were stranded at sea in a life boat. On the 4th day, a mermaid came up out of the water and offered them one wish to save their lives.

    The frat boys thought about it and one shouted out,”I wish the ocean was a sea of beer.” And it happened.

    A litle while later the other one shouted,”Great, now we have to pee in the boat!”

  30. 98 amk for obama
    December 15, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    To Bob

    !rotinom ruoy edisni kcuts m’I ,pleH

    • December 15, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

      tough luck

    • 101 arapaho415
      December 16, 2014 at 12:42 am

      Late as usual, so you probably won’t see this — my first job was as a teller in a bank, and we had those phones with clear buttons that you pushed to get the phone line you wanted.

      A customer asked to use the phone, and I said sure. His response was “What line should I use? HELP. I’M. TRAPPED. IN. HERE.?

      Some local kids had slid the paper that showed the phone line numbers, flipped it over and written those words and replaced it in the phone. I was in hysterics, but the customer didn’t seem to get the joke. I told him to press the HELP button.

  31. 102 jacquelineoboomer
    December 15, 2014 at 10:52 pm

  32. December 15, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Did anyone see the Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell tonight? At the end of the show O’Donnell talk about the boy scouts at a church in Alabama who raised over $18 thousands dollars for the K.I.N.D Fund in Africa. It is to help kids in Africa get desks to set in when they are in school, they usually have no desk and they would set on the floor. Well those same boy scouts raised over $15 thousands this year. How wonderful, it just made me smile with joy that those kids were doing this to help those kids over there. I don’t know either one of them, but I’m so proud of them.

  33. 107 Gazelle
    December 15, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Just dropping by & sharing this which you can play as you go through traffic as you drive to your loved ones for the holidays, or cooking, or whatever:

  34. December 15, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Seriously ….


    bbl ….

    • December 16, 2014 at 2:56 am

      Returned before departing for the night to note that this tweet is not hyperbolic.

      What we’ve witnessed in the actions of Russia’s Central Bank may well be the signal of the total collapse of a Nation State’s solvency.

      Remember how fast Lehman Brothers and Bear, Stearns disappeared? Those were banks, not Nations.

      Should be an interesting next few days.

      #TrustBarack (and, don’t ever mess with him).

  35. 110 arapaho415
    December 15, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Late as usual (there’s less than a half-hour to go on the east coast), but I just listened to Ryan Seacrest’s 8-minute radio interview with President Obama.

    It was pretty entertaining, with PBO saying Michelle never wears any of the clothes he gets her for Christmas :(, but Malia is easy to shop for and at the end, PBO gets (another) plug in for ACA.

    Note: Annoyingly you either need to sign up on the radio website or login using either Facebook or GooglePlus (which involves sharing your email address with them) — wish more sites allowed Twitter logins.

  36. 112 Gazelle
    December 15, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    And then there’s Scott Joplin:

  37. 113 MightyPamela
    December 15, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Goodnight, oh Mostest and Bestest Blog and bloggers, ever! This day is done. โค

  38. 114 Gazelle
    December 15, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    OMG! I just love this! At a shopping mall in Philly no less, Opera Company of Philadelphia “Hallelujah!”:

    • 115 HZ
      December 16, 2014 at 1:41 am

      TY, Gazelle!. I always love these. This reminded me of the wonderful Christmas part of the Messiah. I had to direct this one as part of my final grade in my conducting class. I received an A+. Always love the holiday music, especially the Messiah.

      Maybe Chips and all of our gifted lovers of art, science, music, poetry in our TOD family will have an “Evening of Thanks To Our Troops For The Holidays..” during this celebration for 2014. In great honor of support for our great President , Vice President, this too could be our gift of TODers gift of deep appreciation to our men and women coming home from Afghanistan. Beautiful dance, poetry, choral music, great art pieces etc.,
      To share an evening with our TOD Family with a “TOD’s Evening of Elegance” in music, poems, quotes,, beautiful national parks, our parks, lakes, rivers, mountains, buildings, and all that our service men and women have kept safe for us during these last ten years plus. Sharing the Fine Arts and the Performing Arts at TOD during the holidays for our troops. Just saying. HZ

  39. 117 lockewasright
    December 16, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Dinner tonight was homemade gnocchi served in a homemade roasted garlic, bacon alfredo sauce. I ate too much.

  40. 119 yardarm756
    December 16, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Getting in the mood.

  41. 120 Gazelle
    December 16, 2014 at 12:15 am

    OK, I promise to stop this after this one! LOL! ๐Ÿ™‚


  42. 128 desertflower
    December 16, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Morning! Anyone awake?

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