As I said on the Tweet Machine, I wasn’t going to post this ‘On This Day’ photo because of the horror of Charleston, but then…. it’s imagery like this, of our wonderful *black* First Couple, that drives the bigots insane.

So, **** them:

Our President.

Our First Lady.

Endless love for them.








A rare honest voice:


She’s since deleted her account.

We’ll wait to see if the ever ethical Miami Herald …. 🙄 …. deletes her as a contributor:


81 Responses to “Charleston”

  1. 1 taiping1
    June 18, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    We are together. Prayers, blessing and unite against racism

  2. 2 ouapiti
    June 18, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Beautiful post, and you’re right, we need it now. Thank you.

  3. 4 taiping1
    June 18, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Just donate to Mother Emmanuel. Pleased to see diverse community of mourners at the church.

  4. 5 arapaho415
    June 18, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    Further proof of GOP ODS:

    Perhaps HRC will force MSM at least address the gun crisis in this country. Of course PBO opened the door (again) today, but the press as we know are pretty much all-Hillary-all-the-time.

  5. 6 Dudette
    June 18, 2015 at 11:16 pm

  6. 7 Dudette
    June 18, 2015 at 11:18 pm

  7. 8 Dudette
    June 18, 2015 at 11:22 pm

  8. 9 amk for obama
    June 18, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    their targets/hatred isn’t usually church going african-americans?

    Talk about total white washing. ut is absolutely right. The fifth columnist fourth estate are the aiders and abettors of institutional racism.

  9. June 18, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Because our First Couple is Beloved worldwide – that is what the haters hate most. ❤

  10. 11 Dudette
    June 18, 2015 at 11:23 pm

  11. June 18, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    • 13 0388jojothecat
      June 18, 2015 at 11:45 pm

      I wonder what they are thinking….”what if we just don’t go back there…”?

      • June 18, 2015 at 11:59 pm

        Wow, jojo, do you see where my comment to this landed? Way up above, completely out of context to anything and everything! I’d better sign off. Blessing and Light all around us all, in these dark days, may the Dawn be just ahead, around the next bend in the road. Chipsticks, I emailed you a pic of an incredible double rainbow in Sydney, maybe you would share it here. It may bring some small healing energy. Goodnight {{{{{ TOD }}}}}

  12. 16 idon
    June 18, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    Thank you for posting We Shall Overcome because I really really needed that song.

  13. June 18, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    AND endless love to you, Chips. One of my favorite photos of POTUS and FLOTUS. XOXO

  14. 18 amk for obama
    June 18, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    A message from the Pope: Hey you, stop ignoring climate change.

    You could be forgiven for thinking the reason the world isn’t doing nearly enough to fight climate change is that the American Ostrich Politicians are holding us back.

    You know these guys: Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush. These AOPs have their heads stuck so far in the sand that they aren’t willing to see that climate change is real, that we’re largely causing it — and that failing to act puts the entire world at serious risk.

    But when I read Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment and climate change, I was struck by his mention of a more pernicious threat.

    It’s not really the climate change deniers who are preventing action.

    It’s the rest of us — those of us who are too oh-whatever to care.

    “Regrettably, many efforts to seek concrete solutions to the environmental crisis have proved ineffective, not only because of powerful opposition but also because of a more general lack of interest,” the Pope wrote in the much-anticipated document. “Obstructionist attitudes, even on the part of believers, can range from denial of the problem to indifference, nonchalant resignation or blind confidence in technical solutions. We require a new and universal solidarity.”

    Think about that stinging critique.


    “Nonchalant resignation.”

    Those terms, at various points in time, easily could describe me.


    • 19 jacquelineoboomer
      June 19, 2015 at 1:36 am

      Thanks for that one, which I would have missed! Tomorrow I hope to read the fully encyclical, plus this story!

    • 20 Obama Grandmama
      June 19, 2015 at 6:40 am

      I know I refuse to give Walmart my business and buy from more employee friendly stores such as BiMart which is employee owned in Oregon. I would also boycott companies that add to the climate problem, but it seems impossible to figure out where to buy in that case. Even though I preach to others not to buy from Walmart those I know prefer the prices so keep buying from them. Seems it needs to be a very large swatch of the population participating to be able to get to change. Bless the Pope for his voice.

  15. June 18, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Report on the first fundraiser PBO attended:

    Obama Addresses Gun Violence at Hollywood Fundraiser


    • 23 amk for obama
      June 18, 2015 at 11:38 pm

      Yet another dry statistics reinforcing what we all know already.

      • June 18, 2015 at 11:43 pm

        But dry statistics can be powerful. Looking at the bar graph of the rate at which black people are killed compared to the rest of the developed world is stunning, i think. One of the things people do to minimize these deaths is to regard each one as a separate incident. Dry statistics and powerful graphic representations can help to show the falsity of that argument.

  16. June 18, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you.

  17. 31 Nerdy Wonka
    June 18, 2015 at 11:54 pm

  18. 32 amk for obama
    June 18, 2015 at 11:55 pm

  19. 33 paulita
    June 18, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Hi TOD. Can I just say how very much I have missed you all? I have been unplugged since mid April, no tv, internet; I just got around to updating my 5 year old phone just so I could reconnect with MY Obama Diary! My network connection is hit and miss where I live but hopefully I can post this comment. Please know that I love you all and care what happens in TODland, with the Obamas of course, but I miss my Chips and Nerdy posts, and I really miss following the threads and keeping up with the flow of my peeps. 🙂

  20. 35 Dudette
    June 18, 2015 at 11:57 pm

  21. 36 pickle48
    June 19, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Thank you for that beautiful picture of POTUS and FLOTUS. It is one of my favorites and I NEEDED it tonight.

  22. June 19, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Evening / morning, friends.

    Signing off for tonight. Had a long, productive staycation day. Nephew of LL helped with the garage. He’s such a good guy.

    All thoughts to all victims of hatred and racism. See everyone tomorrow.

  23. 38 Dudette
    June 19, 2015 at 12:06 am

    • 39 Dudette
      June 19, 2015 at 12:07 am


      When Great Trees Fall

      When great trees fall,

      rocks on distant hills shudder,

      lions hunker down

      in tall grasses,

      and even elephants

      lumber after safety.

      When great trees fall

      in forests,

      small things recoil into silence,

      their senses

      eroded beyond fear.

      When great souls die,

      the air around us becomes

      light, rare, sterile.

      We breathe, briefly.
      Our eyes, briefly,

      see with

      a hurtful clarity.

      Our memory, suddenly sharpened,


      gnaws on kind words


      promised walks

      never taken.

      Great souls die and

      our reality, bound to

      them, takes leave of us.

      Our souls,

      dependent upon their


      now shrink, wizened.

      Our minds, formed

      and informed by their

fall away.

      We are not so much maddened

      as reduced to the unutterable ignorance
      dark, cold


      And when great souls die,

      after a period peace blooms,

      slowly and always

      irregularly. Spaces fill

      with a kind of

      soothing electric vibration.

      Our senses, restored, never

      to be the same, whisper to us.

      They existed. They existed.

      We can be. Be and be

      better. For they existed.

      ― Maya Angelou

  24. 40 desertflower
    June 19, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Until tomorrow. Thoughts are with Charleston…and America.

  25. 42 Dudette
    June 19, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Both hands raised to the sky! This right here is 100% Grade Choice BEEF! I say Bravo!

  26. 43 susanne
    June 19, 2015 at 12:34 am

    thank you for this lovely photo of pbo and flotus. it brings some peace to my heart– and if it reeeally pisses off some racists, well that’s also good.

    like many of you, i suppose, i have ‘friends’ on facebook who are not able to see pbo’s greatness yet. extended family who vote republican. when i logged on today (always half a day behind here) there was not a single reference or link or rant about what had happened in charleston. nothing!! some recipes, some funny dogs, some motivational tripe, but not a thing about this shocking, horrifying, sickening destruction of good people whose color was not pleasing to a man with a gun.

    all day, i’ve linked, i’ve ranted, i’ve referenced, and i’ve pushed to open a conversation there. the impression i get (from the fact that just one person ‘liked’ one link) is that it’s not polite to bring this to facebook. or maybe it’s too uncomfortable. my family is mixed race, so maybe (hopefully) the conversations are happening off line.

    but why shy away from a more public statement? fear of seeming radical to work friends? or not wanting to get involved in something dangerous? i don’t know. but for what it’s worth, i didn’t ‘like’ anything today that wasn’t related to the president’s response, the history of racism in this country, or other items of related news (all from followed sources).

    a very small, and probably unnoticed, protest. hopefully the stream of powerful images and links i put up all day has had an impact on someone. i want them to be uncomfortable. not one american should be comfortable today.

  27. 48 Dudette
    June 19, 2015 at 12:34 am

  28. 49 Dudette
    June 19, 2015 at 12:37 am

  29. 53 Dudette
    June 19, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Fear is the root of it all

  30. 55 jacquelineoboomer
    June 19, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Chips – Just getting back here to see this, but thank you for all the love and care you put into this post … and every post. Brava for the first glorious photo. We’ve got to try to keep our “eye on the prize”; otherwise, we’ll be too saddened to support our President as much as we’d like, and need to, on a daily basis.

    Didn’t have a chance to talk with my 46-y/o (white) son earlier in the day, but he came in this evening and saw I had the TV turned to the coverage from SC. He said he’d watched it late into the night, last night, and said to me with a stunned look on his face, “He sat there for an hour WHILE THEY WERE PRAYING before he killed them!” My son has a lot on his mind and has some current health issues but he still took the time to follow the coverage and didn’t just “go about his business” – I’m so proud that he still has his own moral compass intact. We just all need to keep talking about it, and not putting it aside because it’s too painful to think about.

  31. 58 Dudette
    June 19, 2015 at 1:16 am

    • 59 Dudette
      June 19, 2015 at 1:17 am


  32. 65 Dudette
    June 19, 2015 at 1:34 am

  33. June 19, 2015 at 1:36 am

    As anyone frequenting TOD knows, I’m not a fan of Jon Stewart, however, tonight he did good, for real ….

  34. June 19, 2015 at 1:44 am

    Spend lots of time viewing and thinking about what you see in that image ….

    Can anyone even begin to comprehend the incessant fear that those three persons have and continue to experience about the person they love more than anyone else?


    good night TOD ……….

  35. 73 susanne
    June 19, 2015 at 1:46 am

    don’t know if all of you saw this, with everything else going on. an excellent reminder that the end of the civil war was not the end of slavery, much less the end of racial and oppression– in spite of the laws and efforts of the federal government. tomorrow is juneteenth, a good day to remember this history.


  36. 74 Dudette
    June 19, 2015 at 1:48 am

  37. 75 Dudette
    June 19, 2015 at 1:51 am

  38. 76 Dudette
    June 19, 2015 at 1:52 am

  39. 77 Dudette
    June 19, 2015 at 1:54 am

    Goodnight Family!

  40. 78 Dudette
    June 19, 2015 at 1:56 am

  41. June 19, 2015 at 5:50 am

    So this Roof guy was a evil crazy guy who decided to go kill some black folks, and part of that might be true. I talked about this early, but the blame doesn’t like with Roof alone. It lies with these politicians who are afraid of the NRA , who makes it so easy for a evil crazy guy to get a gun. These politicians who doesn’t stand up against racism, who condones racism through their silence or because they are racists too. And I am talking mostly about the Tea Party Republican Party. It lies with media folks like FOX so call news, it lies with right wing hate radio who sat on the airwaves and spread their racists hate for people like Roof to hear. People like Rush Limbaugh, who Republicans are afraid of. I do not believe that Dylann Roof did it by himself. He had plenty of help.

  42. 80 Obama Grandmama
    June 19, 2015 at 6:56 am

    I love the photo of PBO and Michelle. If ever there was a photo that proved one picture can be worth a thousand words this one does prove that. When my late husband and I were marriage prep counsellors in our church I remember liking the saying that parents duty to their children was to love one another so they could see that love and learn from it. To me this photo is a testament to our First Couple living that advice for their daughters benefit.

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