On This Day

President Barack Obama sits with daughter Sasha during a barbecue with family and friends in celebration of his 49th birthday on the South Lawn of the White House, Aug. 8, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama sits with daughter Sasha during a barbecue with family and friends in celebration of his 49th birthday on the South Lawn of the White House, Aug. 8, 2010. Photo by Pete Souza

130 Responses to “On This Day”

  1. 6 amk for obama
    August 8, 2015 at 12:57 pm


  2. 8 MightyPamela
    August 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm


  3. 12 idon
    August 8, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I love this pic of POTUS and precious Sasha. On of my all time favorites.

  4. August 8, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    One of my favourite pictures!

  5. 14 JER
    August 8, 2015 at 1:11 pm

  6. 16 Dudette
    August 8, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Howdy Folks! 😀

  7. 17 Dudette
    August 8, 2015 at 1:13 pm

  8. August 8, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Congrats df!! 🙂

    From the bottom of the previous thread ….

    Erdogan is simply EVIL. Period.

  9. August 8, 2015 at 1:19 pm


    As noted ….

  10. 29 jacquelineoboomer
    August 8, 2015 at 1:41 pm

  11. August 8, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    • 32 jacquelineoboomer
      August 8, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      Bill – Would you know if Cory Booker is threatening to vote against the Iran Deal? I’m getting ready to send him and others an “Et tu, Brute?”

  12. 38 jacquelineoboomer
    August 8, 2015 at 1:50 pm

  13. 39 jacquelineoboomer
    August 8, 2015 at 1:58 pm

  14. 40 jacquelineoboomer
    August 8, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    As one of those grandmothers, I agree: Pass it on. Please. And then sit up straight. 🙂

  15. 41 Don
    August 8, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Apparently a white woman’s monthly cycle is where the line was drawn, because it damn well wasn’t drawn at the systematic murder of black men and women at hands of the police. I have no sympathy for Megyn Kelly, she and Donald Trump breathe the same rarified and racist air. Megyn Kelly works for a station that on a daily basis disparages African Americans, so excuse me if I don’t light a candle and say a prayer for her.

  16. 43 a night owl
    August 8, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    In addition to contacting Harry Reid, be sure to contact your *own* Senators and urge them to support “Anybody But Schumer” for Senate Minority Leader, because the position is decided not by Reid but by a vote of Senate Democrats. And let Schumer know you’re doing this. He can vote “No” on the Iran deal, or he can be Minority Leader; but he can’t do both. Harry Reid’s successor will be an important Democratic Party leader and spokesperson; his/her commitment to Democratic ideals should not be in question. It certainly shouldn’t be Trumped by loyalty to the AIPAC lobby.

  17. 44 jacquelineoboomer
    August 8, 2015 at 2:41 pm

  18. August 8, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Help! Free me from moderation please!

    • 49 vcprezofan2
      August 8, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      There’s much in this article that would be great tweeting points but I keping getting blocked when I choose one or the other. However, if you haven’t yet read this article, I’d encourage you to.

      // ………………………….

      Politicians and propagandists who oppose the deal have spoken of fifteen years as if it were the blink of an eye; but fifteen years is a long time in the history of a nation; and Americans should know it. Fifteen years ago George W. Bush had not yet won the presidency and delivered to the world his vision of a new Middle East. Destruction makes faster work than rebuilding or reform, but much that is good can happen in fifteen years.

      Schumer is following the Dr. Tellers of our age, but they have invented nothing, improved nothing, are good at nothing except starting wars. They are, however, trained and seasoned by experience in the art of spreading fear. By joining their ranks again in 2015, as he did in 2003, Chuck Schumer has made much harder the fight against the chief hope today for lowering the risk of nuclear proliferation. He has done it for reasons no more compelling than those that drove the feverish opposition to Kennedy in 1963.

      Meanwhile, 58 members of the US Congress have landed in Jerusalem, on a visit set to last from August 4 to August 10. Their trip was bought and paid for by the charitable arm of AIPAC. The lawmakers obeyed the command of Prime Minister Netanyahu to visit him instead of their own constituents in early August if they want support in the future by prominent Jewish donors. A gesture of more abject servility cannot be imagined. By agreeing to take the trip at this time — so easy to decline if only for the perception of the thing — these captive representatives have in effect declared their confidence in Netanyahu and their dependence on his favor. He will come back for more.
      ………………………………….. //

      • August 8, 2015 at 3:44 pm

        I felt sick to my stomach reading this article. It rings true for me but I’m sure it will cause some sort of controversy.

        • 51 Vicki
          August 8, 2015 at 4:51 pm

          The DNC has announced that they are accepting lobbyist $$$ for their 2016 Convention. Guess who that is.

        • 53 vcprezofan2
          August 8, 2015 at 7:10 pm

          Meta, at first I thought it must have been written by an anti-Israel/pro-Palestine individual until I read further. It does ring true, truer still because there really is nothing about this deal, and its intended goal, for the naysayers to oppose. One of the points I was touched by was Schumer’s interpretation of his name and intent, and another was the FACT that 58 members of Congress are not in their districts, but are instead being feted in Israel. No question that they have literally been bought!

      • 54 GGail
        August 8, 2015 at 4:13 pm

        I read this article and must commend the writer for he reveals quite a bit and backs his thoughts with sound justification.

  19. 56 vcprezofan2
    August 8, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Some of us are hoping and longing that that “real personable” “regular guy” chooses to run in 2016, Okay, VPJoe?

    // ………………………..

    Rep. Tim Madden, a Nantucket Democrat who also represents the Vineyard, said people on the islands are accustomed to visits that create buzz and raise the profile of the area. Madden said people tend to give space to Obama and other famous vacationers.

    “I think it’s just respect. We get excited about it but at the same time we understand they’re here trying to relax, unwind,” Madden told the News Service on Friday. Madden said he saw the Obamas fly off in Air Force One one year, describing the send-off as “lowkey.” The lawmaker shook the president’s hand and gave him a signed copy of the book “In the Heart of the Sea,” by Nantucketer Nathaniel Philbrick.

    “Thank you. I look forward to reading it,” Madden said the president told him after receiving the book – a historical account of the disastrous journey of the whaleship Essex.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has a house on Nantucket, as does former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist, and Vice President Joe Biden has for years visited every Thanksgiving, Madden said. “He’s out on the street. He’s happy to meet people,” said Madden, describing the vice president as “real personable” and “just a regular guy.”


    – See more at: http://www.capecodtoday.com/article/2015/08/08/225719-Whats-ahead-state-government-week?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    • August 8, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      Bet he makes his decision this week.

      • 58 vcprezofan2
        August 8, 2015 at 3:12 pm

        Bill, I’m tempted to say ‘I can’t wait’, but I can actually wait a week of two IF he’s leaning ‘no’. 😀 😀

      • August 8, 2015 at 3:20 pm

        He will be surrounded by his family. My feeling is that it’s up to Dr. Jill. They have their grandchildren and will have to decided is campaigning is something they can do and still care for them. Joe also has to decide whether he can do what he needs to do as VP and still campaign. If they decide yes, I do think he has to get in very, very soon.

        • August 8, 2015 at 3:47 pm

          Interesting… I don’t envy anyone who decides to run for President. It will be good for the country if he does, even if he doesn’t win nomination it will activate Dems and he will be an advocate for the President’s accomplishments.

        • August 8, 2015 at 4:07 pm

          Agree with you meta with one exception. President Obama ran for re-election.

          VP Biden will have all the tools of his Office at his disposal making him a formidable candidate especially since – as opposed to Gore, Clinton – his relationship with PBO is frictionless.

          PBO will bust his butt to help Joe win, of that I have zero doubt, whether the public sees it or not.


  20. August 8, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Climate change is real, part 189034678488

  21. 66 vcprezofan2
    August 8, 2015 at 3:04 pm

  22. 67 Dudette
    August 8, 2015 at 3:08 pm

  23. August 8, 2015 at 3:10 pm

  24. August 8, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    this is one of my all-time favorite pics of POTUS and Sasha.

  25. August 8, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Now getting into a car accident is punishable by DEATH

  26. August 8, 2015 at 3:16 pm

  27. August 8, 2015 at 3:22 pm

  28. 81 JER
    August 8, 2015 at 3:31 pm

  29. 82 Dudette
    August 8, 2015 at 3:37 pm

  30. August 8, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    h/t @Dudette

  31. August 8, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Be prepared …

  32. 86 Nena20409
    August 8, 2015 at 3:47 pm

  33. 87 Nena20409
    August 8, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Now, this made me chuckle.
    Roger Ailes has been a Bush Family apologist, propagandist and Fox was the 1st Network to declare GW Bush a Winner in 2000. Fox then has a Bush Family member running Fox under Roger Ailes.

  34. 97 globalcitizenlinda
    August 8, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Yes, deaths of unarmed people (aka black people and other minorities) are largely the fault of a trigger-happy police;

    However, if we continue to ignore the role of the ordinary people who routinely call in the police because they see a “suspicious (read black)” person, then we are not dealing with the totality of the problem;

    Yet it very true that if ordinary people had not labelled their fellow human beings as “suspicious, then Tamir Rice, John Crawford, Travvon Martin, would not be dead today. Calls from ordinary citizens initiated the events and had these people labelled “suspects” in the eyes of the responding police.

    The kids at the pool in McKinney were labelled “suspicious” by ordinary citizens.

    I do not know the full details of the #ChristianTaylor case that has been spreading through social media. But from the little I have gathered, it appears once again, that ordinary citizens called the police because Mr. Taylor “looked into the window of a car for sale in a dealership”.

    If reports are correct and that he didn’t even try to enter any of the cars in the dealership, then WHY was the police called? Would people have called the police if Mr. Taylor was not a black man???

    For now, reports seems to indicate that greatest of the blame is with the police officer who fired a shot in less than a minute after arriving on the scene.

    But someone started the chain of events with THAT call …… and it was a person whose first thought was that a car robbery was in progress;

    police needs to be cleaned up but so do the hearts of all of us so that we don’t immediately judge others

  35. 99 Nena20409
    August 8, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    I favor the name change, not the cancellation.
    Dems need to upgrade their events.
    It can be named FDR-Truman event or FDR-JFK event or FDR-LBJ event or FDR-Carter even or FDR-WJC event.
    That is moving #FORWARD as time passes. This way, it might be named, JFK-BHO for an example.

  36. August 8, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Have a great time, POTUS!!

  37. 105 Nena20409
    August 8, 2015 at 4:16 pm

  38. 115 Nena20409
    August 8, 2015 at 4:39 pm

  39. 116 globalcitizenlinda
    August 8, 2015 at 4:39 pm

  40. 120 Nena20409
    August 8, 2015 at 4:40 pm

  41. 121 Nena20409
    August 8, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Later TOD 😉

  42. August 8, 2015 at 4:53 pm

  43. 127 Vicki
    August 8, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Chuck may not sink the Deal but since he announced his No vote only Bernie has come out in favor. Current Yes vote is 15. Yes needs 34 to sustain PBO’s veto.
    DNC has much too much influence on this country. The best way to stop them is a Joe Biden candidacy.

    DNC convention in 2016 run by DLC and AIPAC. OMG. NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. 128 Vicki
    August 8, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Larry David playing golf with PBO sends the right message. Very few American Jews support AIPAC, let alone DLC candidates. (See 2014 election results.)

  45. 129 Nerdy Wonka
    August 8, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    New post from a special guest! 🙂


  46. 130 Dudette
    August 8, 2015 at 5:20 pm

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