Happy Father’s Day!: A Sweet Image To Warm The Heart

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  1. 1 a4alice
    June 21, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Happy Father’s Day to all the TOD dad’s out there! 😀

  2. 2 hopefruit2
    June 21, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Happy Father’s Day Mr. President! 🙂

  3. 3 Judith Fardig
    June 21, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Congratulations a4alice, and a million thanks, Nerdy for posting my all-time favorite photo of our President with his darling daughters. That one requires a naughty mat!!

  4. June 21, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Dammed WordPress. For those of us whose fathers are long gone (1983) for me..May good memories make this day special. And honor those men still living in our lives.

    Obama is a good example for all of us to follow. One of the reasons the press and some sections of DC society don’t think he’s very social is that he prefers spending time with his kids to them. A man with priorites that will serve him well long after his terms end with people who will love him despite all of the changes.

    • June 21, 2015 at 5:34 pm

      Crossposted from Balloon Juice-my comment on why getting rid of the Confederate flag matters (Maybe I should reactivate my old blog:): I am right. Notice that after World War II, the Germans were banned from using Nazi symbols. Symbols are a form of non-verbal speech,and evil symbols are a form of non-verbal hate speech. Those who its directed too feel intimidated and those who share those views feel justified in feeling that there are others who share those views.

      The swastika ban worked to tamp down neo-Nazi and warmongering tendencies, allowing Germans to finally cleanse themselves of the hatred and move on. Germany is far more humane and civilized now-and Jews are even moving back to places like Nuremberg and Berlin.

      Unfortunately, there was nothing similar done after the Civil War here, and we see the result a century later.

      You would be hardpressed to find a swastika cup, license plate, or flag flying over a house. Even though there’s no ban on any of these things here. The message got sent a long time ago that those things-and the attitudes with them, are unacceptable. And the Nazis killed relatively few Americans compared to the Confederates.

      Its time to do the same with all of the Confederate stuff.

    • June 22, 2015 at 1:31 am

      Thank you so much, Prettyfoot, for sharing this video clip. The Rev. is absolutely spot-on his analysis of history.

  5. 11 jacquelineoboomer
    June 21, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    See y’all later, folks. Enjoy your day! Been nice spending time here. ❤

  6. 12 Judith Fardig
    June 21, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Happy Father’s Day to all the TOD dads!

  7. June 21, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    In other words, Democrats are reclaiming the turf. That means having the conversation on our own terms and running on issues that have traditionally been the staple of a Democratic agenda. That they also happens to align with the views of a majority of voters in this country means that it is the opposite of tea party extremism. The mirror Mr. Milbank sees is the one Democrats are holding up to reflect the views of the people they’re running to represent.

    That’s what is making it cool to be a liberal again.

  8. 14 HZ
    June 21, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    A beautiful Father’s Day to our President and all of the fathers of TOD. Have a wonderful day, my TOD family.HZ

  9. June 21, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Congrats on 1st Alice!!

    Happy Father’s Day to all TOD dads …. and to all dad’s everywhere ….

    Lots of updates via RTs in the sidebar

    bbl ….

  10. 16 Judith Fardig
    June 21, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Today is also OFA day of action on solar power. #PutSolarOnIt. Let the sun shine in (and on your roof)!

  11. 17 hopefruit2
    June 21, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Happy Father’s Day, Mr. President: Obama’s 5 Cutest Daddy-Daughter Photos

    // President Obama may have grown up without a father, but that doesn’t mean he’s not determined to be a good parent. In honor of Father’s Day today, first lady Michelle Obama tweeted out a photo of her husband posing in swim trunks with baby Sasha and Malia. “Being a dad is one of the most important jobs a man can have,” the president wrote in a Father’s Day proclamation released Friday. “Where our own fathers fell short, we have an obligation to rise up and do better.” //


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  14. 23 Dudette
    June 21, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Thanks for this adorable post! It warms the heart! 🙂

  15. June 21, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    What a lovely tweet from FLOTUS to POTUS on Father’s Day.

    • June 21, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      I look at the two little girls in that picture with there Dad, then I see the pictures of the young ladies with their Mother in England and Italy, and I know Mom and Dad are proud of them both. Baby Sasha looks like baby Michelle, in the picture were Mrs. Robinson is holding baby Michelle as little Craig is sitting next to Mr. Robinson.

  16. June 21, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    love the pics of POTUS

  17. June 21, 2015 at 3:57 pm

  18. 33 desertflower
    June 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    How absolutely clueless this man is.

    • 34 pkayden
      June 21, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Thankfully, this idiot (and supporter of child molesters) will never be President. So he’ll never have to worry about presidential issues.

  19. June 21, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Bob, maybe someone has been listening to your tweets…

    • June 21, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      Thank you so much, Alycee, for posting the link to Rev Gary Hall’s profound, articulate call to action!!

      And, how neat it is that he is on Twitter!!

      He states, with zero ambiguity:

      ” The shooting of nine Christian martyrs in Charleston calls each of us to examine our own participation in systemic and cultural racism. It calls all of us to forge real relationships outside the comfort zones of our own racial identities. And it demands that we, as a cathedral community and as a great church for national purposes, act to lead church and society into a new way of being together in America.

      It is time for America to face into the open wound of race relations in our nation. It is time for Washington National Cathedral to reach out to our churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques to build a new community of love and justice that can help all of us do right by the nine who died in Charleston and for our nation, finally, to do the right thing.”

      And, most importantly, he’s ready to LEAD!!

      “I will dedicate the rest of my time here as your dean to that purpose. I ask that all of you join me and my cathedral colleagues in this work.”

      Amidst the horror of the terrorist attack at “Mother Emmanuel” perhaps we will find the courage and fortitude to persist in doing all that will be required to heal the several century’s long festering wound inflicted by white supremacists on African Americans, First Peoples & other POC.

    • 39 carolyn
      June 21, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      I mentioned on a previous post that our minister today spoke on this, and what she said was very much like what this Dean is saying. She was blunt…she said this is a white culture problem, and it is our responsibility to change this. She also spoke about gun violence, and the dean links the two: racism and violence. This was in Oklahoma City……how many other ministers preached like this across the country? This is where it begins.

  20. 43 JER
    June 21, 2015 at 4:09 pm

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    • June 21, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    • 46 0388jojothecat
      June 21, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      His response comment boiled down to: “So what, I made people angry and that’s good for my ratings”.

      I am glad Eugene Robinson spoke up. Apparently he was totally surprised that a so-called “color blind look at gun violence” means white = blind. Upchuck is a total disgrace as a human being and I am glad he is getting called on it by the public. Apparently none of the white folks on the show found fault with it….

    • 48 pkayden
      June 21, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      His apology is breathtakingly obtuse. In his last paragraph, he speaks about making people uncomfortable. No acknowledgment that featuring only Black shooters at a time when the whole nation is mourning the racist shooting of Black people was insensitive at the very least.

  22. June 21, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Okay, just had two of Mitt’s missionaries show up at my door, wanting to share a “god news” video for Father’s Day. “No thank you, I’m good with MY Christian faith; Have a Blessed day!”

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  24. 51 JER
    June 21, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    @MyDesert “I love that man,” said Dwight Halvorsen, 62, as he biked by #cvobama Air Force One departure. @emdons 17 minutes ago

  25. 54 itgurl_29
    June 21, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Look at baby Sasha! Was she not the cutest little butterball baby every?!

  26. 56 Dudette
    June 21, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    • 57 Nena20409
      June 21, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      I agree 1001%.
      I have Never used the Racist Terrorist’s name.

      • June 21, 2015 at 5:04 pm

        NO…i want us to rememmber his name…i do not want him to fade into the nothingness along with what he did…i do not want the folks who influenced him to be nameless…shout their names….let every know who is responsible for the radicalization of hate that inspired him to kill
        9 people…

        • 59 Nena20409
          June 21, 2015 at 5:09 pm

          I hear you. Thank goodness, the Internet and History have documented that. It is just my personal preference.

  27. 60 yardarm756
    June 21, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    The only difference is that the “n” word is no longer spelled out.

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  29. 63 PoliticalJunkessa
    June 21, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Of course I absolutely adore the picture FLOTUS used to shoutout her hubby 😉 !!!

    Happy Father’s Day to the Dad-In-Chief and to all the wonderful fathers here at TOD, there, and everywhere! ♥ ♥ ♥

  30. 67 JER
    June 21, 2015 at 4:49 pm

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  32. 73 Nena20409
    June 21, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Color-blind, the Racial Barometer according to on Chuckles Todd ?
    Go directly to a fiery Blaze.

  33. 76 JER
    June 21, 2015 at 5:10 pm

  34. 78 Nena20409
    June 21, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    • 79 pkayden
      June 21, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      DeRay’s home is the U.S. He’s already home. I don’t tweet so I assume that hashtag is the work of racists. Won’t work on DeRay though. He appears to be strong enough to handle the foolishness thrown at him.

  35. 80 gretty
    June 21, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Hello everyone! I hardly comment here, but I’m a long time everyday lurker. I love TOD and it is here where I get updates on the President and read your great comments. You all are my life line when I need to get the facts because of some MSM hysterical harebrained story about President Obama and I also come here for laughs (Amk :-)) when need be.

    I comment today because my heart is broken because of the tragedy at Mother Emmanuel AME. I grew up in Emmanuel and it’s been a part of my family for generations. I’m so sad for the victims, their families, my Emmanuel family and my family in Charleston. They are torn up and they all have some connection to the people that were killed. Although I’m on the other side of the country and can’t be there during this tragic time, my heart and soul is in Charleston.

    Also, I want to share my story and brief moments with Rev Pinckney and Rev Simmons. I thought people should know how these two kind and thoughtful men helped me during a sorrow time of my life.

    My mother passed away and her funeral was held at Emmanuel AME on June 1st. Before she passed, my mother was in & out of the hospital since March. When she first went into the hospital she was diagnosed with kidney failure. At that time the doctors wanted me to decide to either put my mother on dialysis or to place her in hospice. I wasn’t ready and couldn’t make that decision for her. I told the doctor he needed to talk to her and let her make that decision. My mother decided that she wanted to live a little longer. Since then, she has been in and out of the hospital. Her health was getting worst. The last week she was in the hospital, her doctor called me with more bad news. He said they found cancer in her lungs and again asked me to make a decision, because other than dialysis there was nothing more they can do for her. Knowing my mother’s health had gotten worst, I became scared, upset and heartbroken. I didn’t know what to do. I told the doctor I couldn’t make a decision just yet, I needed time to process and talk to my family. The next morning, I woke up thinking I should call my mother’s church and speak with the pastor; he would be able to help me. I don’t know why I had that thought, but something in me said to call. I haven’t communicated with Emmanuel since I left Charleston over thirty years ago.

    When I called that morning, I reached the church secretary. I told her that I needed to speak with the pastor about my mother who was a long time member and I gave her little background of why I was calling. She said she knew my mother and she was going to contact the pastor as soon as possible. Nervous and anxious, I hadn’t heard from him for a couple of hours, so I called back. The secretary apologized and said the pastor was in Columbia, SC in session, but she’ll make sure he calls me as soon as possible. An hour later, my phone rang and it was Rev Pinckney. He greeted me with his strong voice and said he was so sorry to hear about my mother. He had just visited her at the hospital the week before. He said that they had a good time talking and she made him laugh. He also went on to say that he understood my dilemma and asked was I ready to make the decision, did I talked to the doctors and family members? I told him, I had not made a decision and yes I spoke to my family, but they left it up to me. I cried and told him I didn’t know what to do, I didn’t want to let my mother die, but I also didn’t want her to be in pain or suffer. He told me it’s going to be alright and he prayed with me. He said overall, he couldn’t tell me what to do, it’s up to me and the family, but he would be there for me anytime day or night.

    My family and I eventually decided that we couldn’t let my mother suffer any longer so we put her in hospice. When I arrived in Charleston I called Rev Pickney and told him we made a decision and it would be a matter of time. Again, he prayed with me and asked if I needed anything. A week later she passed.

    Rev Pinckney called me and told me to Rev Simmons will be contacting me about the service. I met with Rev Simmons at Emmanuel. He greeted me with open arms and told me that he was there for me. While planning the service, Rev Simmons knew I was too distraught, so he guided me through the process. There were a few times I called Rev Simmons for some reason or another and without hesitation; he took the time to talk. Last week I received a voicemail from Rev. Simmons checking up on me. I called him back and we talked briefly. He asked will I be coming back to Charleston and I told him not anytime soon, but I was so grateful for his help and thanked him for everything.

    The Saturday before my mother’s funeral we met with Rev Pinckney. It was a very busy day for him, he had a wedding to officiate and family events to attend, but he text me to let me know he would be running late but come to the church and he’ll meet with my cousin and I shortly. We waited for only a few minutes. When we finally met face to face, he greeted us with a big smile and hug. He told me it was finally great to meet me and again asked if I needed anything. We prayed and talked for a while about our decision, his eulogy and my mother. While in his office, I noticed he had a picture of Rev Pinckney and Vice President Biden, I smiled to myself and realized we had a lot in common. I didn’t ask him about the picture because it wasn’t the place or time, but I assured myself that mom’s eulogy would be in good hands and it was. He gave a beautiful eulogy and after the services, he greeted the family and I gave him a big hug and thanked him for everything. After the burial, although he was very busy he stayed, chatted and laughed with us at the repass and that was the last time I saw him.

    I will never forget Rev Pinckney and Rev Simmons. They helped me get through a very difficult time in my life and I deeply appreciate it. I know it is part of their jobs to be there for families when a church member passes away, but I didn’t perceive it that way. The time they took with me and my family was genuine, sincere, generous and thoughtful. God bless them!

    Thank you Chips for allowing me to share my story.

    • June 21, 2015 at 5:47 pm

      Oh Gretty, what a wonderful tribute to Revs Pinckney and Simmons, their humanity and kindness shone through in your words. Endless thanks for sharing this with us, may they and your mother rest in peace and may you be comforted by the special memories you have of these special people in your life.

    • June 21, 2015 at 5:54 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing your special story. You really convey the heart and soul of the man this church has lost. Wow, what a heart.

      May your mother forever Rest in Peace.

    • 84 idon
      June 21, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      Yes just beautiful. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • June 21, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      ohhhhhh …what a wonderful testimony…i am so glad that you and your family received comfort and strength…((huggs)))

    • June 21, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      Oh Gretty, thank you for sharing the kindness, solace and compassion Rev Pinckney & Rev Simmons gave to you and your family. It is in memories and stories such as yours that their legacy will live long, long after their untimely, tragic departure from us.

      Please also accept my condolences to you and to your family on the loss of your mother.

      Thank you

    • 87 0388jojothecat
      June 21, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      Thank you Gretty for sharing a wonderful experience with Rev Pinckney and so sorry for the loss of your mom. I am sure she was glad you and Rev’s Pinckney & Simmons was there to comfort her. We are so thankful you are part of our TOD family and if you recall more recollections, please feel free to share.

    • June 21, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      Thank you for this beautiful story.

    • 89 hopefruit2
      June 21, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      Welcome to TOD Gretty and thanks for coming out of lurking to share your heart-warming story about Revs Pinckney & Simmons with us! May your mom rest in peace, the same for Rev Pinckney. I hope to see you post some more here in the future! 🙂

    • 90 a4alice
      June 21, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      Gretty – thank you so much for telling us about the kindness of these gentlemen and how they took care of you and your mother. I can’t imagine the schedule that Rev Pinkney must’ve had being a pastor and a state senator. Both of them sound like wonderful, caring men. Thanks again, and my sympathy on the loss of your mother.

    • 91 gretty
      June 21, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      You’re welcome everyone. Thank you for your kind words.

    • 92 99ts
      June 21, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      thank you so much for sharing your story – and wishing eternal peace to your mother

    • 93 jacquelineoboomer
      June 21, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      Gretty, I’m both sad for your loss and exhilarated by your story – that you and your family, and, in particular, your mother, were in such good hands. If you’ll excuse my sharing my personal thoughts, I believe your mother led the welcoming committee in heaven for the new souls who arrived from Charleston. May they all rest in peace.

    • 94 sjterrid
      June 21, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing this, Gretty. I’m so sorry for the loss of your mother. May she RIP. My prayers for you and your family.

  36. June 21, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Sending love and very best wishes to all the TOD fathers out there who do their thing each and every day. Thank you.

  37. 96 JER
    June 21, 2015 at 5:45 pm

  38. June 21, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    • 99 99ts
      June 21, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      Amazing how they do it – every single time. So today I awake to Chuck Todd displaying his white privilege all over the media – NOTHING the media does will surprise me any more.

      Jesus wept is such an understatement when attempting to describe what these people do.

      • June 21, 2015 at 6:53 pm

        Morning 99ts! Just when I thought I’d heard it all, along came that Chuck Todd segment. No matter how awful I knew he was, this beats all, absolutely astonishing.

        • 101 99ts
          June 21, 2015 at 7:01 pm

          So much that has happened in the past week has me with the same comment – “No words”.

          I so admire those who can articulate the impact of the horror of the deaths and the response from white privilege.

  39. June 21, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Deray gives witness ….

    Can’t imagine how many threats to his life he receives, every day. Sure hope the FBI is monitoring, closely.

    June 21, 2015 at 6:28 pm


  41. June 21, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    😀 😀 😀

    June 21, 2015 at 6:33 pm


  43. June 21, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Wondered when O’Malley was going to speak

  44. June 21, 2015 at 6:51 pm


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