First Lady Attends the Counselor of the Year Event

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  1. 1 amk for obama
    January 30, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Hi, bye.

  2. 3 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 30, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Good afternoon, TOD!

  3. 4 Don
    January 30, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Congrats amk! I’m sure Chips gave you he heads up when the new posts was ready. Hey, I’m only saying out loud what everyone is thinking.

  4. 5 Judith Fardig
    January 30, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Bye, Golden Guy – AMK!

  5. 7 Nena20409
    January 30, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    The sole Au ⭐ winner, Sir Amk 😉

  6. 8 JER
    January 30, 2015 at 1:34 pm

  7. 9 Nena20409
    January 30, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Pardon me, Josh “The Voice” Earnest is LIVE, already in progress with the WH presser on 1-30-15

  8. 10 Nena20409
    January 30, 2015 at 1:37 pm

  9. 12 Nena20409
    January 30, 2015 at 1:37 pm

  10. 16 MadameSoph
    January 30, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Good Morning/Afternoon TOD!

  11. 17 Linda
    January 30, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Israeli Ambassador Throws John Boehner Under The Bus After Disrespect Of Obama Backfires


    I would really like to see the timeline on this mess.

  12. 18 Nena20409
    January 30, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    • 19 jackiegrumbacher
      January 30, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      Does anyone know whether Strickland has a chance against Portman? There should be a decent Ohio Dem turnout in 2016 and I hope that helps him. Would love to unseat those GOP gasbags.

  13. 20 Nena20409
    January 30, 2015 at 1:56 pm

  14. 21 Linda
    January 30, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    The Mitt Media Fail: These News Outlets Blew The Call On Romney 2016

    Several media outlets on Friday were forced to walk back articles announcing a definite presidential run by Mitt Romney for 2016.

    The spark began with Bloomberg News, which published a scoop early Friday morning by Mark Halperin reporting that Romney would declare his intentions about whether to run. That of course turned out to be accurate.

    But then the trouble began.

    A brief, unbylined article by Bloomberg News followed with the headline “Romney To Formally Announce Third Run For Presidency,” which contained a lede and a short paragraph linking to the original article by Halperin.

    However, by about 9:30 a.m. ET the article’s headline had changed, sourcing the report that Romney was running to The Daily Beast.

  15. January 30, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Baby danny 🙂

  16. January 30, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    I have notice that some schools in my area have done away with school counselors. I remember when I was in high school, counselors were a help to me. I am so glad Mrs. Obama our First Lady is showing them that they too are appreciated for what they do.

  17. 29 Ladyhawke
    January 30, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Romneyism is an Empty Lie

    By Booman (January 16, 2015)


    Another thing that I feel compelled to mention is that Ronald Reagan had some problems with the truth, particularly the truth of what happened in real life and what happened only in some movie he had seen. But he was a pillar of honesty compared to Mitt Romney, who lies with a shamelessness I have never encountered in any other human being outside of a Saturday Night Live parody sketch.

    Simply put, Mitt Romney is the biggest liar that I know about currently living and breathing on this planet. I’ve written about this over and over and over again, but I had sincerely hoped that I would never have to point it out again. The most dispiriting thing about another Romney campaign is that it will continue this pathological assault on any semblance of civil political discourse based on at least some mutually agreed upon facts.



  18. 30 Nena20409
    January 30, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Etch-A-Sketch Toon? Any finders yet?
    Now you see Willard and now, Mitterrand disappears?
    I can’t wait to see some Toons on the In and Out of the presidential race of Romney since 1994. 21yrs people dreaming of the Oval Office.

  19. January 30, 2015 at 2:21 pm

  20. 33 57andfemale
    January 30, 2015 at 2:22 pm

  21. January 30, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Like does it really matter whether Romney runs or not…and who put the pressure on him to bail out of the race….

  22. 35 57andfemale
    January 30, 2015 at 2:23 pm

  23. 36 57andfemale
    January 30, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Huh. I have never had anything go to moderation. A tweet about GOP against paid sick leave?

  24. January 30, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Re: VP Biden…if he is running…i hope he gets on it soon….

    Re: Deval Patrick being head of the DNC…how does that happen…is he voted in or appointed?

    • 40 jackiegrumbacher
      January 30, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      If the president wants it, it pretty much happens, Pf. Technically all the state Dem committees could rise up in protest and say no, but that’s not likely to happen. Deval Patrick said yes, I would be dancing in the street–well maybe when the weather gets warmer.

  25. January 30, 2015 at 2:27 pm

  26. 43 Nena20409
    January 30, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    You bet.

    • 44 jackiegrumbacher
      January 30, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      Honestly, some people are nuttier than fruitcakes. Wonder how “thrilling” it would be to get buried under all that ice.

  27. January 30, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice on his door and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won’t get them vaccinated.
    “Parents who choose not to give measles shots, they’re not just putting their kids at risk, but they’re also putting other kids at risk — especially kids in my waiting room,” the Los Angeles pediatrician said.

    • 46 CEB
      January 30, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      These parents who refuse to have their kids vaccinated are so damn irresponsible and ignorant! Why should other people suffer because of their beliefs and/or carelessness? Schools are petrie dishes for all kinds of communicable diseases. my school district does not play this; no vaccinations; no admittance. One year in the late 90’s, they went through all of the records of the 9th graders who were entering high school and anyone whose vaccinations were not up-to-date were sent home and not allowed to return until it could be proved that the parents had taken care of this. There was also an outbreak of measles and mumps on Florida university campuses in the 90’s as well. I was an over 30 grad student who had had measles and mumps in the past, but I still had to get a booster mmr shot (I really felt ridiculous sitting in a clinic with babies). Vaccinations save lives; it is time to stop indulging ignorant parents who are putting so many others at risk.

  28. 47 Nena20409
    January 30, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    The Trump claims he trumped Mittens…..this is so fun 😉

  29. 48 Nena20409
    January 30, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Poor Jake Tapper, he really can’t QUIT Willard yet…… 🙂

  30. 49 Nena20409
    January 30, 2015 at 2:48 pm

  31. 50 Nena20409
    January 30, 2015 at 2:54 pm

  32. January 30, 2015 at 3:55 pm


    Jackie…i wondered why was stepping down…he had some support for governor…early on…what a mess that would have been

    • January 30, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      • 56 jackiegrumbacher
        January 30, 2015 at 5:41 pm

        Pf, I am so angry about this. Rob McCord had everything going for him–he was respected and had earned a solid reputation as Treasurer. I also thought he was a much better speaker than Wolf and I liked his more progressive ideas. Then he goes and pulls an idiotic move like threatening donors and loses everything –his reputation, his job and his future. This is an elected position, so I don’t know if there will be a special election this Spring or whether Wolf can just appoint someone for the remainder of McCord’s term. I hate it when Democrats do these things. We don’t need this mess.

  33. January 30, 2015 at 3:57 pm

  34. January 30, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    This is so impressive:

  35. 60 kid kanga
    January 30, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Nut N yahoo, the orange man, and this sniveling GOP operative will all get their commupance in good and due time when OUR president and leader is ready to dish it out. PBO is a better man than I to tolerate this disrespect.

  36. 61 vcprezofan2
    January 30, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Looking back in January

    January, 1956 – Dr. Martin Luther King’s House Bombed

    On the evening of January 10, 1956, one month after the beginning of the Montgomery bus boycott, the Montgomery, Alabama, home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was bombed while his wife Coretta, seven-week-old daughter Yolanda, and a neighbor were inside. No one was injured but the front of the house was damaged.


    January 11th, 1960 – Georgia Governor Threatens to Withhold Funds From Integrated Schools

    After the United States Supreme Court struck down public school segregation in Brown v. Board of Education, many Southern states rushed to implement new laws to circumvent the ruling. In 1955 and 1956, the Georgia legislature passed a series of laws that prevented any integrated school system in the state from receiving or spending state funds.
    …………………… //

    January 29th, 1883 – Supreme Court Upholds Anti-Miscegenation Laws

    In November 1881, a jury in Clarke County, Alabama, convicted Tony Pace, a black man, and Mary Cox, a white woman, under section 4189 of the Alabama Code, which criminalized “fornication” and “adultery” between persons of different races and outlawed interracial marriage. Pace and Cox were sentenced to two years in prison.

    On January 29, 1883, in Pace v. Alabama, the United States Supreme Court unanimously upheld their convictions, reasoning that the anti-miscegenation statute was not discriminatory and did not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment because the penalty applied equally to each member of the interracial couple.


  37. 62 Gazelle
    January 30, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    [Nice story, hope it hasn’t been posted.]

    Georgetown University soccer star turns down MLS, large contract to pursue degree


  38. 64 vcprezofan2
    January 30, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    // ……………………..

    But the result wasn’t merely a reversal of everything JJDPA** had tried to do. This myth fed into the escalating “war on drugs” and “get tough on crime” mentality of the 1990’s that spurred things like “three strikes” laws in our criminal justice system, “zero tolerance” policies in our schools and “stand your ground” laws in our communities. Over the last 20 years, it meant that thousands of young lives (primarily black and brown ones) were interrupted at best and ended at worst.

    Due to a lot of hard work by community members, efforts by the Obama administration and concern from Republicans that this trajectory is not financially sustainable, we’re finally seeing some sanity re-introduced – like this bipartisan effort to reauthorize JJDPA**.

    Knowing the toll our detour into hysteria exacted, it’s a bit hard for me to celebrate this turn of events. I’m still caught up in grieving our losses. But this is one of those “teachable moments.” As a country, we’ve seen our tendency to buy into the hysteria of fear + anger take its toll on our sanity several times. The obvious ones that come to mind – in addition to this one – are the McCarthy red-scare and the invasion of Iraq in response to 9/11.
    …………… //

    ** JJDPA = the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act


  39. 65 57andfemale
    January 30, 2015 at 4:24 pm

  40. 68 Linda
    January 30, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Jeb ‘Put Me
    Through Hell’

    Michael Schiavo knows as well as anyone what Jeb Bush can do with executive power. He thinks you ought to know too.

    For years, the self-described “average Joe” felt harassed, targeted and tormented by the most important person in the state.

    “It was a living hell,” he said, “and I blame him.”

    Michael Schiavo was the husband of Terri Schiavo, the brain-dead woman from the Tampa Bay area who ended up at the center of one of the most contentious, drawn-out conflicts in the history of America’s culture wars. The fight over her death lasted almost a decade. It started as a private legal back-and-forth between her husband and her parents. Before it ended, it moved from circuit courts to district courts to state courts to federal courts, to the U.S. Supreme Court, from the state legislature in Tallahassee to Congress in Washington. The president got involved. So did the pope.

    But it never would have become what it became if not for the dogged intervention of the governor of Florida at the time, the second son of the 41st president, the younger brother of the 43rd, the man who sits near the top of the extended early list of likely 2016 Republican presidential candidates. On sustained, concentrated display, seen in thousands of pages of court records and hundreds of emails he sent, was Jeb the converted Catholic, Jeb the pro-life conservative, Jeb the hands-on workaholic, Jeb the all-hours emailer—confident, competitive, powerful, obstinate Jeb. Longtime watchers of John Ellis Bush say what he did throughout the Terri Schiavo case demonstrates how he would operate in the Oval Office. They say it’s the Jebbest thing Jeb’s ever done.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/01/jeb-bush-terri-schiavo-114730.html#ixzz3QLIAKDER

    This….plus the first Governor to sign a Stand Your Ground Law . I doubt he could win Florida unless they are all brain dead down there.

    • January 30, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      By the time Jebbers, Crispy, Randster, ScottKoch, Cruzer, Snowzilla, Huckchuck, et al get finished with each other Reince will probably be begging Richard Lugar to step in to prevent an unprecedented landslide; a total wipe out of the GOP at the Federal and State level.

      • January 30, 2015 at 4:57 pm

        BTW, I think #BainMitt was not too subtly informed that his Damon, Chinese slave labor, IRS, off-shoring, etc. history were going to come back big time during the GOP primary. I have no doubt his fellow Republicans were going to go after him viciously. They will never forgive him for losing to the black guy. The same would happen to McWar if he were to hint at another go.

        • January 30, 2015 at 7:56 pm

          Bush clan at work I think. Romney has been totally protected in the 2014 campaign because he was the republican’s only chance to take back the White House.

          Not this time. Jeb seems to want it. And the Bush clan is much, much more powerful than Romney and his acolytes. Game over for Romney.

      • 73 57andfemale
        January 30, 2015 at 5:03 pm

        I thought they were going to control the clown car in 2016. How’s that working for them so far?

    • 76 57andfemale
      January 30, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      They are all brain dead down there. They elected Medicare Fraudster Scott twice.

  41. January 30, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    The Flower Show is always so beautiful…however it has become quite Pricey….

  42. January 30, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    • 81 Linda
      January 30, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      The West Virginia explosion was from a pipeline only one year old.

    • 82 vcprezofan2
      January 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      1. These people have no interest in facts, just in $$$$.

      2. I doubt any of the explosions are likely to be in locations that would harm them in any way (like sending other people’s children to war)

      Since taking a closer interest in U.S. politics, one of the hardest things for me to understand, and accept, is how Immaterial facts seem to be to (GOP) politicians, the media, and voters. Each group seems to go merrily along writing its own stories and endings, irrespective of known results, and irrespective of the possible national harm. smh

      • 83 Vicki
        January 30, 2015 at 5:28 pm

        Sadly, you are entirely correct in all of this vc. A future America with children raised without history or facts or science—not a pretty picture.

        • 84 vcprezofan2
          January 30, 2015 at 5:31 pm

          Vicki, in truth, we don’t have to anticipate this for ‘a future America’ since it’s sadly already in play in some states.

      • 85 GGail
        January 30, 2015 at 5:33 pm

        I think that’s true of politics all over the world vc. Facts & truth are immaterial when you want things to go your way.

        • 86 vcprezofan2
          January 30, 2015 at 5:43 pm

          At least in *some* places you have more of the media pointing out the discrepancies and a few more voters willing to educate themselves before voting.

          • 87 GGail
            January 30, 2015 at 5:57 pm

            You’re beating up America vc. First, the politicans, then the Media and lastly the Voters. Don’t you like me anymore 😦 😉

            • 88 vcprezofan2
              January 30, 2015 at 6:13 pm

              I’m not. Not really. I’m actually remarking on my ignorance of what make you guys tick politically (as well as bemoaning the blows I’ve taken since I joined in US politics). There has been a handful of times when I was so sure what the ‘natural’ outcome would have been and was sucker-punched. I’m still trying to understand though.

    • 90 GGail
      January 30, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      They think we can’t connect the dots…

  43. 91 Nena20409
    January 30, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    • 92 desertflower
      January 30, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      Is he going to tell us that he didn’t inhale?

      • 93 Nena20409
        January 30, 2015 at 5:21 pm

        Not at all.
        Remember GW Bush refused to talk about his Alcohol, Cocaine and DUIs.
        Now that President Obama truthful told his Marijuana use, watch the media Never asking JEB and if they did, watch JEB not answer and talk about Pres Obama.

    • 94 99ts
      January 30, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      I would think that is the least of reasons to reject Bush as President. The horror of his “christian” pro live activities while Governor should have him forever locked out of political leadership.

      If US elects another Bush they will lose all the friendships regained by PBO.

    • January 30, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      We are going to have to show Jeb Bush that 2000-2008 was enough. No more, his darn brother left this country in a mess and we have had enough of his family.

  44. January 30, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    “Republicans have pushed votes on Keystone as a way to try to split Obama from the environmental movement and also to embarrass Democrats over the fact that he was taking a long time to say whether or not he’d approve it. (In early January the president let it be known that he’d veto the pipeline.) Thus, the pipeline is a useful election tool. It’s the kind of “hot button” issue that Republican consultants love: by forcing the votes, the Republicans seek to portray Democrats who oppose Keystone as “elitist” supporters of the environment (as opposed to the interests of workers). They ran ads in 2014 portraying Democrats who’d opposed the pipeline as being against jobs and economic growth.”

    worth the read

    • 99 99ts
      January 30, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      Given the dramatic fall in the price of oil it seems to me that keystone is not the issue that the GOP is trying to make it. This GOP congress will always be a mile and a half behind the reality of today.

  45. 100 57andfemale
    January 30, 2015 at 5:13 pm

  46. 101 Nena20409
    January 30, 2015 at 5:17 pm

  47. 103 MightyPamela
    January 30, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    http://speakingofdying.com/ Forgive if I have posted this and just can’t remember, but the film is a major work by a few of my colleagues, and several of us will be featured in the final cut. (maybe even MP). It is a beyond worthy endeavor, a couple years in the making now, highlighting the important topic of death with dignity and compassion. It is an honor to be involved with this level of work, it most assuredly comes from the heart! Check it out! ❤

    • 104 forus50
      January 30, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      That’s very important work MP, thanks for sharing it. Death with dignity is so important; quite frankly anything less than death with dignity is so cruel l for the deceased and so hard on the family and friends who witness it. For me I will never forget the horror of having to watch my 50 year old brother dying of skin cancer literally choking to death because no doctor would administer morphine. Animals are rightly given drugs for a dignified death but still in only 3 states (Oregon, Washington and Vermont) is it recognized by law for people. It’s an odd world we live and die in…
      What something is named is all too important. Doctor assisted suicide vs. death with dignity. The media hysteria around Dr. Kevorkian set us back 20 years.

  48. 106 vcprezofan2
    January 30, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Yesterday, Yahoo! released a list of “The Nation’s Worst National Parks,” but we think these stunning pics prove these national parks are some of the most beautiful places in the U.S. — and are definitely worth the visit!

    Called “America’s Best Idea,” our national parks protect some of the most spectacular places in the U.S. From Alaska to Florida — and every state in between — the more than 400 national parks help preserve local history and provide visitors a chance to explore America’s great outdoors. We think all of them are pretty special and worth preserving.

    Photos from top to bottom:
    ………………………….. //

  49. January 30, 2015 at 5:36 pm

  50. 108 GGail
    January 30, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    I will be so glad when we are OVER Mitt Romney. It was cute this morning, but has gone stale as the day wears on

  51. 109 vcprezofan2
    January 30, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    New way to look at that road travel sign. Problem is how much choice do you have when you’re on a long trip?

  52. 110 forus50
    January 30, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    I saw Nena’s post with Jim Messina tweets and wanted to highlight this one too:

  53. 111 Elly in Maryland
    January 30, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    I love seeing Connie Britton with the First Lady. If you have never watched “Friday Night Lights,” please do. She plays a high school counselor for much of the series. Love the casting, love the show. And don’t forget that Connie Britton wrote a great open letter for the 2012 campaign supporting President Obama. She said the people of Dillon, TX would be well served by the policies of President Obama. She also publicly supported Wendy Davis for governor of Texas (sigh about that one).

    • 112 vcprezofan2
      January 30, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      Wendy was one of those candidates whose loss was a real blow. I don’t get how people could have voted for Abbot, or whatever his name was, over her and for a while after I was convinced that there had to be some tampering with the votes.

  54. January 30, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    i hear that Morning Joe is on at night…wow…what is this about….they bombed in the morning…so now MSNBC wants to see if they bomb at night too..??

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