The First Family’s Day

The President and First Lady at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington today, marking the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday (Photo by Pete Souza)



(Pete Souza)


(Photo by Doug Mills)



(Photo by Doug Mills)

111 Responses to “The First Family’s Day”

  1. 1 Nerdy Wonka
    January 19, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    What a wonderful family.

    We’re lucky to have them.

    Thanks, Chiparooo!

  2. 5 sjterrid
    January 19, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Congratulations, NW!

    I was too busy looking at the photos before I posted a comment.

  3. 6 yardarm756
    January 19, 2015 at 5:28 pm

  4. January 19, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Hey, I remember when Bush II would go to do a day of service on MLK Day! Liberal bias!

    (Oh, wait, no I don’t.)

    • 8 jacquelineoboomer
      January 19, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Bush II on a day of service:

      1. Look in the mirror
      2. Say to the ghastly image: Today I serve me, myself and I!

  5. January 19, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    I think I need to write an essay on this topic.

  6. 14 yardarm756
    January 19, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    • 18 Vicki
      January 19, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      This is good news for sure.

      Not so good is the record-breaking attendance this weekend for “American Sniper.” NRA and GOP must be over the moon.

    • 19 jackiegrumbacher
      January 19, 2015 at 5:47 pm

      57, the truly shocking thing about this poll is that 16 percent of Americans actually approve of this Congress. These are people I would never want to meet. What do you want to bet that the president’s approval rate has always been this high, but was systematically distorted to discourage Dem turnout for the midterms.

    • 20 99ts
      January 19, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      I’m wondering where this 50% were on Election day? Lots of other good polls around – why is it that a truly ghastly congress/parliament has to be elected before people will realize that the GOP are the anti-people party?

      • 21 arapaho415
        January 19, 2015 at 7:58 pm

        Several reasons for this.

        1) MSM, the GOP propaganda machine, resolutely refused to allow any good news to leak, but when they were forced to, they always framed the headline to reflect negatively on PBO.They did this in lockstep, so it didn’t matter which channel you flipped on or website you visited, all you saw was how PBO “bungled” ebola, Syria, ISIS, war on terror, etc.

        2) Instead of setting the record straight and embracing the jaw-dropping accomplishments by this Administration, Dems ran away from PBO as if he had the cooties.

        3) #POTUSunleashed has been on a non-stop tear introducing new measures every.single.day since the Nov elections (immigration, net neutrality, China climate change, broadband for all, K-14, housing initiatives, tax reform etc. MSM is unable to bury this onslaught.

  7. 22 jackiegrumbacher
    January 19, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Even a brief time with a wonderful, caring adult can change a child’s life. It becomes a reference point, something they can hold on to as a way of affirming that they’re okay. Some of us have had this in our lives–a teacher who says the right thing at the right time, a family member, or some special adult we’ve encountered. The time our President, FLOTUS and Malia took today could end up paying emotional dividends for these kids for years to come. So no effort is too brief or too unimportant if you give yourself to it fully.

  8. 23 forus50
    January 19, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Wow — 61%!!! That’s another 10% more than voted for him in 2012. God, the GOP is beyond stupid.

    • 24 Nena20409
      January 19, 2015 at 6:18 pm


    • 25 arapaho415
      January 19, 2015 at 8:08 pm

      Heard an interview with a Dem (sorry, can’t remember who) and he said something to the effect that Keystone will provide jobs and oil to China, Japan, or some other place in the world, but not here in the US.

      Sooner or later Americans are going to realize they’ve been hoodwinked by the GOP. It’s unfortunate that there are some emoprog Dems who refuse to support PBO on “No KXL” because they disagree with him about ____ (fill in the blank: drones, NSA, etc.).

  9. 26 Judith Fardig
    January 19, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Amazing how much at home the Obamas look whether with heads of state or small children. They are REAL! It drives the media nuts that newsmakers can’t find anything substantive to criticize, so they have to manufacture faults.

  10. 27 Vicki
    January 19, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Right on cue AOL news has a story about the diminishing interest and importance of the SOTU.
    Right in line with their voter suppression efforts.
    And the GOP response having at least 2 and last year 3 separate speakers.

    They will do anything they can to separate POTUS from the American people. If they could figure out a way to turn off the electricity to the USA from 9-11 tomorrow night they would do that, too.

    • 28 0388jojothecat
      January 19, 2015 at 6:16 pm

      Notice they only talk about DEM presidential SOTU viewership but not GOP presidential viewer ship. I bet Rethug presidential viewer ship was much lower especially W’S.

    • 29 jziglar
      January 19, 2015 at 6:19 pm

      LOL ! That is so true. If they could find a way to shut off the power they would do it.

    • 30 Don
      January 19, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      I didn’t even know that AOL was still around.

    • 31 idon
      January 19, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      Geez. This stuff just makes me laugh now. I’m going to have both TVs tuned to non commentary coverage of SOTU plus I’m gonna fire up both laptops with one tab for live whitehouse coverage of SOTU and the other for TOD.

    • 32 arapaho415
      January 19, 2015 at 8:10 pm

      It’s not just AOL.

      It’s the MSM talking point, and they have all latched onto this. Example from last week:

  11. January 19, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    A preview of tonight’s menu:

    More-or-less traditional Cuban picadillo (I don’t put in green olives)
    Steamed white rice
    A cocktail or two

  12. January 19, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    I am enjoying the pictures of our First Family at the Boys and Girls Club.

  13. 35 Nena20409
    January 19, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Good Evening TOD.
    Au ⭐ for Nerdy Wonka 😉
    Great Post, Lady Chips 🙂

  14. 36 Nena20409
    January 19, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    The Reason American Football Reigns Supreme.

    Holy Smokes!

  15. 38 Nena20409
    January 19, 2015 at 6:31 pm

  16. 40 Nena20409
    January 19, 2015 at 6:33 pm

  17. 41 Nena20409
    January 19, 2015 at 6:35 pm

  18. 42 Nena20409
    January 19, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    • 43 idon
      January 19, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      I really struggle to understand why MSM reports on stuff that requires the teller to break the law and the hearer to receive information obtained through a criminal conspiracy. Of course these I don’t RT.

      • 44 laraofzhivago
        January 19, 2015 at 7:19 pm

        I can’t stand that sort of news either. We don’t need to know what computer they break into and what info is gathered. By Zeus! The media is sick.

  19. 45 yardarm756
    January 19, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    I’m watching Legends on OWN TV and water works is on full force.

  20. 57 jacquelineoboomer
    January 19, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Didn’t know you were all on a new thread. I just left the answer to “The Secret to Life” on the previous post.

    #Kidding #IfIOnlyKnew

  21. January 19, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Thanks for a day of beautiful pictures.

  22. 69 idon
    January 19, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Beautiful pictures – thank you so much.

  23. 71 yardarm756
    January 19, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    The talking heads are elbowing each other for room on the Obama bandwagon. Hilarious!

  24. 74 yardarm756
    January 19, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    This needs to be updated for sure


    2003 Iraq War Donald Rumsfeld on the cost of the war, “Well, the Office of Management and Budget, has come up come up with a number that’s something under $50 billion for the cost.”

    1979 Watergate Former U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell is released on parole. He was the last Watergate convict in prison.

    1977 Tokyo Rose Pres. Ford pardons Tokyo Rose (Iva Toguri D’Aquino). In 1949 she was sentenced to 7-10 years in prison for treason during World War II.

    1975 Nuclear Regulatory Commission The government body to regulate the use of nuclear energy is established.

    1955 First filming of a Presidential press conference Pres. Eisenhower is filmed for television and news reels.

    1915 World War I – First air raids on England German Zeppelins begin bombing towns in East Anglia.

    1903 First regular transatlantic radio broadcast Broadcasts begin between Cape Cod, Mass. and Cornwall, England with greetings exchanged between King Edward VII and Pres. Roosevelt.

    1861 Civil War Georgia becomes the 5th state to secede from the Union.

    1840 Antarctica The Wilkes expedition discovers the continent and claims it for the U.S.

    1825 Tin canning The process of preserving food in tin cans is first patented in New York.


    1968 Kimberly Bergalis d. 1991 American AIDS victim. It is believed that she contracted AIDS from her dentist, Dr. David Acer, during a tooth extraction (December 1987). She won a $1,000,000 settlement from his insurer (January 1991).

    1953 Ricky Ricardo Jr (Little Ricky), the fictional son of TV’s Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. 68% of all US television sets were tuned in to watch.

    1953 Desi Arnaz Jr American child actor. TV: I Love Lucy (Little Ricky).

    1949 Robert Palmer d. 2003 British singer. Music: Addicted To Love (1986).

    1946 Dolly Parton American country singer, actress. Music: Here You Come Again (1978, #1), 9 to 5 (1980, #1). Film: Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) and Rhinestone (1984).

    1944 Shelley Fabares (Michelle Fabares), American actress, singer. TV: The Donna Reed Show (Donna’s daughter Mary) and Coach (Christine). Music: Johnny Angel (1962, #1).

    1944 Laurie London American singer. Music: He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands (1958, #1).

    1943 Janice Joplin d. 1970 American singer. Music: Piece of My Heart (1968) and Me and Bobby McGee (1970, #1).

    1942 Michael Crawford (Michael Dumble-Smith), British actor. Film: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1972, the White Rabbit).

    1939 Phil Everly American singer, with brother Don. Music: Bye Bye Love (1957, #1), Wake Up Little Susie (1957), and Gone, Gone, Gone (1965).

    1935 Tippi Hedren American actress. Film: The Birds (1963). TV: The Birds II (1994).

    1931 Robert MacNeil Canadian-born news correspondent. TV: PBS’s MacNeil/Lehrer Report.

    1926 Fritz Weaver American Tony-winning actor. Stage: Baker Street (Sherlock Holmes) and Child’s Play (Tony).

    1924 Nicholas Colasanto d. 1985 American actor. TV: Cheers (Coach).

    1923 Jean Stapleton (Jeanne Murray), American actress. TV: All in the Family (Edith Bunker).

    1913 Minnesota Fats d. 1996 (Rudolf Wanderone Jr), American billiards wizard.

    1905 Oveta Culp Hobby d. 1995 American government official. She was the first secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, first commanding officer of the Women’s Army Corps, and the first secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. She was the first woman in the Army to receive the Distinguished Service Medal.

    1848 Matthew Webb d. 1883 Navy Captain, first person to swim the English Channel without a life preserver (Aug 24-25, 1875). He died attempting to swim across the Niagara River. Source: Guinness Book of World Records

    1809 Edgar Allen Poe d. 1849 American poet, horror story writer. He created the literary genre of the detective story with The Murders of the Rue Morgue (1841). Writings: The Raven (1845).

    1807 Robert Edward Lee d. 1870 American soldier. He turned down the command of the U.S. Army to become commander of the Virginian forces during the Civil War.

    1749 Isaiah Thomas d. 1831 American printer. He published the first U.S. novel written by an American (1789, The Power of Sympathy).

    1736 James Watt d. 1819 British inventor, for whom the unit of power the ‘watt’ is named. He invented the modern condensing steam engine (1765).


    2013 Stan Musial b. 1920 (Stanisław Franciszek Musiał), American Hall of Fame baseball legend, “Stan the Man.” He was the first three-time winner of the Most Valuable Player Award (1943, 46, 48).

    2006 Wilson Pickett b. 1941 American American R&B and soul singer. Music: In the Midnight Hour (1965, #1), Mustang Sally (1966), and 634-5789 (1966, #1).

    2006 Anthony Franciosa b. 1928 (Anthony Papaleo), American actor. TV: The Name of the Game (Jeff Dillon) and Matt Helm (title role).

    1997 Adriana Caselotti b. 1916 Italian-American singer, actress. She was the voice of Snow White in the 1937 Walt Disney classic, for which she was paid $970.

    1993 Reginald Lewis b. 1942 American businessman, was the richest African-American man at the time of his death. Motto: “Keep going, no matter what.” Writings: Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?

    1990 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh b. 1931 Indian guru. During the 1970s, he had hundreds of thousands of followers known as the orange people – they wore only orange clothing. He once remarked, “So many religions look after the poor, leave the rich to me!”

    1952 Curly b. 1906 (Jerome Howard), American comedian, one of the 3-Stooges.

  25. January 19, 2015 at 7:23 pm

  26. 76 vcprezofan2
    January 19, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Dudette shared a clip from this on the Early Bird thread ( so , I’m late – what else is new?), BUT this is the extended version. I found it really, really interesting. Check it out for yourself…

    • January 19, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      That is so sweet, and powerful. What a lady!

      • 78 vcprezofan2
        January 19, 2015 at 8:13 pm

        Indeed, Bill! I also appreciated her reminder that MLK ‘knew’ what he was/minorities were fighting for.

    • 79 yardarm756
      January 19, 2015 at 8:10 pm

      It’s sometimes called “Divine Intervention”!

      • 80 vcprezofan2
        January 19, 2015 at 8:15 pm

        If only more of us would ‘respond appropriately’ when the intervention occurs!

        • 81 yardarm756
          January 19, 2015 at 8:39 pm

          Many are called but few are chosen.

          • 82 vcprezofan2
            January 19, 2015 at 8:57 pm

            I’m tempted to edit that to read ‘Many are called but few respond positively (to the call).’ She could just have easily had ignored the two men who were the ‘messengers’ and go off to the role on Broadway. How you respond when you are called makes a difference….arguably to many lives. That freedom of choice option, is an important human piece. How many times have you or I been ‘chosen’ AND ‘called’ but we found excuses to ignore the call [We are not equipped/qualified. We’ve had enough! We don’t fit here. We’re tired of this. Yada-yada]?

  27. 85 jacquelineoboomer
    January 19, 2015 at 7:46 pm

  28. January 19, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      January 19, 2015 at 8:47 pm


  29. January 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Here’s link for a story done on a cousin of the young woman from here who is going to be in the box with Michelle tomorrow night. Chelsea Davis is the young woman going. she met PO and got a picture with him when he was here. The young folks Mammaw is a big “Obama” supporter and Chelsea is taking her Mammaw with her. The report ends saying that this cousin has motivated him and he plans to also attend college.


  30. 89 MightyPamela
    January 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Just love the platinum highlights on that beautiful head ~ a crown of age and wisdom. ❤ PBO ❤ The First Family are making a difference on every level, in many places, in many lives. Bless them. Thank you.

  31. January 19, 2015 at 8:04 pm

  32. 92 amk for obama
    January 19, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Looks like the kid with scissors is asking out flotus for a date.

  33. 93 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 19, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    For those interested in the Pope’s visit to Philly: http://www.worldmeeting2015.org/

  34. 98 amk for obama
    January 19, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    see girls? this is how cleaning is done.

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic


  35. January 19, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Been seeing the speech Romney has been giving for better financial profits for poorer Americans. Another words he is taking the side of the 47% he once was against. Flip flop Romney is now turning back flips. Someone needs to ask him how hiding his own money from paying taxes has helped those people he now pretends to advocate for?

    • 101 jacquelineoboomer
      January 19, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      If and when they announce, I think presidential candidates can get Secret Service protection.

      I pity the Secret Service, if Romney does make another run. How in the world would they stop themselves from using a Taser on him, every time he opens his dumbass mouth? They’ll be dreamin’ about it. Hell, I’m dreamin’ about it.

  36. 102 Anna
    January 19, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Thank you MKL for all your efforts that paved the way for the President we have today. Two men with great strength, resolve, insight, intelligence to move civilization ahead even as so many oppose them.

  37. 103 amk for obama
    January 19, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    no way that left hand is for realz.

  38. January 19, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Rev Barber starts at 1:22:02

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