A Word from the President

134 Responses to “A Word from the President”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    January 1, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Hi. Bye.

  2. 3 Nerdy Wonka
    January 1, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Happy New Year to you too, President Obama!

    I’m going to savor every second of his last year in office.

    • January 1, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Neeeeeeeeeeeeeeerdy! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    • 7 hopefruit2
      January 1, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      “I’m going to savor every second of his last year in office.”


      • 8 sherijr
        January 1, 2016 at 12:32 pm

        Couldn’t agree more! Happy New Year President and Mrs. Obama… I hope it’s a very longggg year 🙂

    • January 1, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      HAPPY NEW YEAR, NW!! We are ever indebted to you and Chips now and for the year ahead!

    • 10 Roberta in MN
      January 1, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      Happy New Year Nerdy. Thank you for all your posts on TOD. all BT’s are the greatest.

    • January 1, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Happy New Year, Nerdy Wonka! I hope you enjoyed a sweet farewell to 2015, and that your shiny brand new fresh bright new year is off to a wonderful start. Your incredible work and creativity and tenacity and energy here at TOD kept me going throughout this extraordinary year gone by. I counted on you time and again for the scoop, the story, the humor, the truth, the insights, the score. Do not know how you do it, but it means the world that you do, that TOD is here, lights on, motor running, all systems go 24/7/365. Thankful for you and blessing you every day.

    • January 1, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      Happy New Year Nerdy… Thank you for all you have done on this site throughout the last year. We really appreciate it.

  3. January 1, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Love our POTUS!

    Now I have to go watch my Volunteers and party!!!!!!!!!! Got a houseful coming to yell for our Vols. bbl………..

  4. 14 GGail
    January 1, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Happy New Year!!!!!

  5. 19 MightyPamela
    January 1, 2016 at 12:21 pm

  6. 20 Asher in Boston
    January 1, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Happy New Year, Village. How I love our Potus. God, can’t imagine how it’s going to be after he leaves office. Most of us will have withdraw symptoms and will need therapy.

  7. 22 MightyPamela
    January 1, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Man, the flipping trolls never give it a rest, do they? Must be well paid for the selling of their worthless souls.

  8. 23 JER
    January 1, 2016 at 12:27 pm

  9. 29 SallyinMI
    January 1, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Thank you, Mr. President! What you have accomplished despite zero GOP support is astonishing. The USA is forever grateful. Let’s make the last year another one to remember!

  10. 30 GGail
    January 1, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    May she RIP
    Singer Natalie Cole, the daughter of music great Nat King Cole who became a recording star in her own right with hits that spanned three decades, has died, according to the Associated Press.

  11. 34 JER
    January 1, 2016 at 12:33 pm

  12. 40 jacquelineoboomer
    January 1, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    • 41 Dakota
      January 1, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      I saw Natalie in concert and was blown away by her back up singers. They had powerful voices and Natalie let them soar! And she soared right along with them. So generous, so gracious…many stars are not. I gained even more respect for her talent after that.
      May she Rest In Peace.

      • January 1, 2016 at 2:05 pm

        I was Blessed to see Natalie perform on several ocassions; the most memorable was the 2001 Newport Jazz Festival. The weekend was sort of ho-hum; too many of the performers were just “phoning it in;” I was feeling I could have stayed home, listened to cd’s and had a V-8! THEN — Natalie hit the stage! Girlfriend SET IT ON FIRE! Ray Charles closed the festival following her set — not only did he keep the fire burning, when she came out to join him on one number, they were having such a good time that she stayed for 3 or 4 more! Natalie and Ray SAVED the 2001 Newport Jazz Festival!

  13. 45 jacquelineoboomer
    January 1, 2016 at 1:08 pm

  14. 47 sjterrid
    January 1, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Happy New Year, TOD!

    Happy New Year Mr. President to you and your family!

    So sorry to hear about Natalie Cole. May she RIP.

  15. 48 donna dem 4 obama
    January 1, 2016 at 1:50 pm


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    • 51 0388jojothecat
      January 1, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      Happy New Year Lovely Tally!

    • 52 GGail
      January 1, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      Happy New Year ❤

    • 55 jackiegrumbacher
      January 1, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      Oh, I’d love to know who paid for that skywriting so I could write him/her a thank you note. Brilliant idea.

      • 56 arapaho415
        January 1, 2016 at 5:39 pm

        Good and prosperous 2016 to you and your family, JackieG.

        Heard a report on Stan Pate from Alabama on the radio at 2pm PST (5pm EST).

        @cbsradionews said that he’s paying for similar protests at the Sugar, Orange and Cotton bowls and hasn’t decided who he is supporting for President in 2016, but is favoring Marco (ugh) Rubio. 😦

        “The messages’ tagline was “anybodybuttrump.us,” a barebones website belonging to a Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based group called the “We the People Foundation.” The site is registered to Pate, who The Huntsville Times once referred to in a profile as “an edgy force in Alabama politics.”

        “This is not over,” Pate told CBS News. “This is just beginning.”

        Pate said that he has bought similar, smaller banner ads at the Orange Bowl, the Cotton Bowl and the Sugar Bowl. AirSign, the Florida-based airborne ad firm contracted to fly the anti-Trump messages, confirmed the buys.”

        Donald Trump, now known as #ButtRump.

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  20. 61 aquagranny911
    January 1, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Hola! I usually just lurk but I wanted to wish everyone here FELIZ Y PROSPERO ANO NUEVO! (A HAPPY & PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!)

      January 1, 2016 at 2:40 pm


  21. 63 jacquelineoboomer
    January 1, 2016 at 2:34 pm

  22. January 1, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    So yes, there is power in symbolism. But to assume that marginalized voters can be reduced to one demographic factor is why the word “token” was introduced into discussions about diversity. It is demeaning to think that’s all that matters.

  23. January 1, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    This will send a powerful message if they can hold his feet to the fire….the DEMs have already refused to sanction his re-election….as Maddow says…”Watch this Space”

    January 1, 2016 at 2:52 pm


  25. January 1, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Yes Timothy McGinty need to go. He is a disgrace. He only stands up for the police officers. 12 year old black kid he doesn’t give a dam about.

  26. January 1, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Good afternoon, TOD! H.A.P.P.Y.N.E.W.Y.E.A.R! Been so on the go since Christmas Eve that I only had a chance to glance at the front page once or twice. Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year! Mine was fantastic; busy, but fantastic! God-daughter came from Texas; grandson and former D-i-L#1 were hear from RI. Only thing missing was grand-daughter and former D-i-L#2. All of my house guests left on Wednesday, I’ve been in clean-up/inventory mode since. As I ended up in the hospital after last year’s party, the gear was put away by others and NOT inventoried, hence, it made setting up for this year a little challenging… Don’t intend to ever have that problem again. Am labeling all sides of the boxes with titles and pictures.

    Break’s over; will be back to read you later (I hope!)

    • 80 99ts
      January 1, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      Mr 99 is impressed with your labelling and inventory. He photographed inside the boxes when we moved. I wrote on the outside “kitchen/living/bedroom stuff” – and simply wrote “santa” on the Christmas boxes – I was not his favorite person.

      Happy New Year jazziz

  27. January 1, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    pointing to examples of mummers groups wearing black face in the past – and, in this year’s parade, one group in a Mexican theme that wore “brown face” – Mines said that the city allowing the parade to continue was a “slap in the face” to minority communities throughout Philadelphia

    . https://twitter.com/PrettyFootWoman/status/683019983249653761

    This parade had been touted for many years as the racist institution that it is…the parade members have been know to parade in blk fce and today one group had a Mexican theme and appeared in brown face….

    BLM shadowed the parade in protest….
    as i read the article i cannot remember a time that there was a physical protest against the parade…yes there was statements of outrage about the Mummers Parade…but i do not ever remember any physical protest at the parade….

    my grandmother hated the mummers parade for all the aforementioned reasons and we were never allowed to watch it on TV….

    more on the mummers

    At 9 a.m. Friday, before a thin crowd of revelers, the brand-new Philadelphia Division kicked off the strut down – not up – Broad Street.

    The division, which includes two new Hispanic performance groups and a new African American drill team, brought some diversity to what has long been a white Philly tradition. They joined the LGBT Miss Fancy Brigade, which marched for the fourth year.

    Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20160102_A_novel_year_for_the_Mummers_Parade.html#TVvezUtD9RcGiJT3.99

    • January 1, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      • January 1, 2016 at 4:19 pm

        Correction…there was a demonstration that took place in 1964…led by the NAACP….

        Being largely based in silliness and stemming from so far back in American history, many of the amateur actors, made up of average citizens, typically wore blackface. The practice was allegedly curbed in 1964 after protesters led by the NAACP pressured the city into giving up the formal inclusion of blackface in the parade, but the practice, while not officially sanctioned, still occurs year after year, even as recently as 2015. This year, one should not expect any different. The tradition of blackface goes back so far that even founding father and first president of the United States, George Washington, participated.

  28. January 1, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Because this skit NEVER fails to crack me up

  29. January 1, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    This is so heartbreaking. I can’t believe it.

    RIP, Ms. Cole.

    Thank you for the music that will live on.

  30. 103 Anna
    January 1, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    As always, late to the party! Happy New Year to absolutely everyone, every TOD family member. A big, the biggest, Thank You to the founder of this place, The One and Only Chips. Thanks to all who contribute to this wonderful place. You all make my day.

  31. January 1, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Like with WWII and American Soldiers……the Civil War could not have been won without the participation of the Black Soldier.

  32. January 1, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Just got back from seeing Star Wars. There’s another generation added to the fandom: Peanut loved it too 🙂

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  35. 112 donna dem 4 obama
    January 1, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Prettyfoot here is the calendar.

  36. 116 Dakota
    January 1, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Natalie Cole and Whitney Houston singing “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” will take your breath away!


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  38. 121 MadameSoph
    January 1, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    On my way to a New Year’s Day party. I made caramel chocolate chip cookies and frosted the backside of each with maple caramel chocolate glaze.

    Just thought I’d drive some TODers crazy with the description (and yes, they are yummy, if I do say so myself 🙂 )

  39. 124 JER
    January 1, 2016 at 4:46 pm

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    The Cumberbatch back in all his glory…

  42. January 1, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    • 128 vcprezofan2
      January 1, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      I find it *interesting* that the twins’ mother is the only parent whose age was shared, including the fact that she also had a 3 yr. old child; wonder what’s behind that?

  43. January 1, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Evidence of what hopeful, courageous humans can accomplish ….

    Far, far different from the Maidan of 2014!


  44. 130 desertflower
    January 1, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Seems Sen. Murphy was correct. Sadly.


    The Sun Sentinel reports:

    Officers responded to a church in the 800 block of South Kirkman Road after receiving reports of a shooting victim.

    The girl, who police have not identified, had just left church when she was hit in the right arm by the bullet, police said.

    She was treated at the scene by the Orlando Fire Department. No bullet was recovered at the scene, police said.

    Officers have no suspect information because the round “seemed to be from the voluminous amounts of gunfire” happening at the time.

    The unidentified 9-year-old will remember the first day of 2016 as the day an irresponsible gun owner shot her.

    On Dec. 30th, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said celebratory gunfire is illegal and dangerous.

    “There are many ways to enjoy the New Year, but firing random shots in the air should not be among them,” Demings said in a statement.

    Charges for firing a firearm in public or on a residential property range from a first-degree misdemeanor to third-degree felony, Demings said.

    “Voluminous” amounts of gunfire?? Really?????

  45. 131 desertflower
    January 1, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Ummmm…. http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2016/01/01/trump-stars-in-jihadist-recruitment-vid.html

    Donald Trump’s rhetoric about Muslims and Syrian refugees is at the center of a new terrorist recruitment video put out by the Somalian jihadist group al Shabaab. Trump’s guest appearance is preceded by an old clip of U.S.-born al Qaeda cleric Anwar al Awlaki warning that the West will “become the land of “religious discrimination and concentration camps.” It then cuts to Trump reading his promise to stop Muslim immigration aloud at a campaign rally. “And so remember this, so listen: Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the [expletive] is going on,” Trump says to a cheering grown. The video cuts again to Awlaki, who was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011. “The West will eventually turn against its Muslim citizens,” he warns.

    Wonder if he’ll apologize to Hillary now?

  46. January 1, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    //petesouza Happy New Year 2016. I’ll be working as hard as I can this year whether my boss is in the Oval Office, another country, or hiking the Koko Head Crater Trail. Please follow along my/his last 55 weeks. //

    Very emotional words I just copied from Pete’s instagram.

  47. January 1, 2016 at 6:06 pm



    You kidding me.

    how many homeless people could she have fed?

    how many kids could she have put through college?

    and yet, she’s posting bail for this piece of criminal shyt.

    she is too stupid for words.

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