Judith’s Thank You To The President

Photo taken by our Judith when she attended the White House event on gun control – and the letter she sent the President after:


146 Responses to “Judith’s Thank You To The President”

  1. 1 desertflower
    January 11, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Love it!

  2. 8 MightyPamela
    January 11, 2016 at 6:37 pm

  3. January 11, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    So beautiful, Judith. Thanks!

    We will never see another like him again.

  4. January 11, 2016 at 6:46 pm

  5. 14 desertflower
    January 11, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Judith…if you’re here…you are a force of nature:) So glad that you got to spend that special and poignant day with the survivors of gun violence…and to hear what the President had to say concerning making it more difficult for dangerous people to have access to weapons. I applaud all your hard work and dedication to the causes that we all hold dear….you walk the walk, and I’m so proud to call you friend.

  6. January 11, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Lots of love to you, Judith.

  7. 16 No Child Left Behind
    January 11, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks for the refreshing post. I love the quote, “We do not have to accept this carnage…” Yet, I am in a panic mode right now. I can’t comprehend the Bernie Sanders juggernaut. I will vote for any Democrat, but I want a Democrat that will win.

  8. 17 Dudette
    January 11, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Way to go Judith!

  9. 18 Dudette
    January 11, 2016 at 6:48 pm

  10. 19 desertflower
    January 11, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    I find that I’m getting anxious already….like I want to crawl out of my skin, just thinking that this is the last SOTU for this amazing and historic Presidency….and this man….It will be bittersweet, to be sure. I know that I’ll cry and that my heart will swell with pride at the same time….kids, we need to make sure that all that was done by him, by us, is not all for naught. We need to win this November in a GIGANTIC WAY. I mean so there is no damn doubt that we mean business and we want to keep moving this country forward! I will not let this man down. I just can’t.

    • 20 mtmarilyn
      January 11, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      I so agree DF. We are staying home not going to any watch parties. I just want to cry yell whatever without worry. I would rather be at home and with the TOD community.

      We do need to win dramatically this fall. We can’t let this country be taken over by the haters.

  11. 21 No Child Left Behind
    January 11, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Of course, with this current POTUS in mind.

    • 22 Nena20409
      January 11, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      Laws passed, especially involving Ca$h spent are usually passed for the Future. Retroactive is not common. If they passed any law denying current President the usual operating funds, SCOTUS will strike it down. WJC had POTUS salary raised from $250K or so to $400K. It didn’t take effect until GW Bush was installed. It also included a 10yrs Secret Service detail coverage. The SService detail coverage was removed because of the 9/11 attacks. The Operation Funds were talked about after WJC’s term. NYC Cost and Partisanship drove those conversations. WJC decided on a cheaper real estate in Harlem, instead of Manhattan.

    • 23 idon
      January 11, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      President Obama will be known as the trillion dollar man so I have no doubt he will not need it.

    • 24 arapaho415
      January 12, 2016 at 5:53 am

      GM NCLB.

      Responding hours after your post, but in this case, the measure seems fair and not directed with animus against the 44th President:

      “Under the legislation, ex-presidents who earn more than $600,000 a year would not receive federal funds for office expenses or travel. Presidential pensions would not be affected by the amount of income earned. The bill would not affect Secret Service protection for ex-presidents or their families.”

      This won’t apply to President Obama because he has a separate Foundation to cover the costs associated with his Library and other endeavors.

      If he decides to accept (exorbitant) speaking fees ala GWB and WJC, he can reliably make up for any needs above $600K/year.

      PBO is nothing if not a longterm thinker, and he and his aides will ensure that his Library will continue to thrive and inspire generations to come.

  12. 25 No Child Left Behind
    January 11, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    If true, we are doomed!

  13. 38 GGail
    January 11, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Judith, you brought tears to my eyes and I had to read the rest of it through my tears. {{{Bless you Judith}}} ❤

  14. January 11, 2016 at 6:57 pm

  15. January 11, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Sorry, this doesn’t even make sense.

  16. 51 ouapiti
    January 11, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Lovely letter, thank you, Judith, and thank you for posting, Chipsticks. We all need to keep up the work our President is trying to facilitate!

  17. January 11, 2016 at 7:11 pm

  18. January 11, 2016 at 7:13 pm

  19. January 11, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    The empty chair:

  20. January 11, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Judith, thank you for your wonderful picture of the President in the East Room during his Gun Violence event. Your words are so eloquent and warm. Your dedication is awe-inspiring.

  21. January 11, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Hugs and Kisses to you …Judith…

    We are Change We Seek!!!

  22. January 11, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    After 8 years of disaster under President Bush, the State of our Union has only grown stronger each year under President Obama.
    Thanks to President Obama’s leadership:
    • Millions of Americans now have health care.
    • Our economy has added more than 14 million private sector jobs in the last seven years.
    • We’ve doubled our country’s production of renewable energy.
    • We’ve expanded access to higher education for millions of Americans.
    • The President took executive action to keep immigrant families together.
    There’s more work to do, and Democrats will continue to lead in offering solutions.

  23. 60 MightyPamela
    January 11, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaOC9danxNo Col Chris Hadfield, cover of A Space Oddity. In case it hasn’t been posted today, he just put it up again over on FB. Love it.

  24. January 11, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Many thanks {{{{{Judith}}}}} for your quite touching letter to President Obama!

  25. January 11, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    wide circles

  26. January 11, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    The very high cost of GOP “governance.”

  27. January 11, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Thanks Judith for sharing with us your deeply moving letter to our President. 🙂 You’re a real trooper and dedicated citizen. Glad you were able to be a part of this important event with our President, and meet with the families affected by gun violence. I’m sure their gratitude to you is bottomless.

  28. 67 vcprezofan2
    January 11, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Judith, thank you so much for your focus and persistence in your work, as well as your generosity in sharing your PBO experiences with us! For some of us it’s a neat reminder that PBO is ‘of the people and for the people’.

    I’m catching up from this morning and cannot resist reposting this vid. 🙂

  29. January 11, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Can we not turn into Firedoglake or the Annoying Orange? Please?

    Here’s a thought…… how about we stop demonizing/belittling/and badmouthing any Dem you’re currently not considering voting for?

    Is it possible to NOT be like the toddlers in the GOP and NOT fight amongst ourselves? How about we stop talking down ANY Dem candidates, unless they’re certifiably insane? And right now, I don’t know of any. The three Dems that are running for POTUS, would actually make a GREAT ticket, even if you boxed them like a trifecta at Churchill Downs.

    I’m a DEM. I’m going to VOTE DEM even if our nominee is a Rhesus Monkey, because it will be better, and safer for the entire planet than anything the GOP has to offer.

    Bernie, Hillary, and Martin, are ALL more HUMAN and POTUS material than ANYONE in the Klown Kar™. You’re free to have your favorite, and you’re free to disagree with any of their points. Just please take what Thumper’s Mom said to heart, “If you can’t say somethin’ nice, (big breath/ankle circle) don’t say nuthin’ at all.”

    I disagree with all three of our candidates about things. Things I will keep to myself, because this year, I not only want as many people to be excited about going to the polls as possible, I want them to still feel that way if their peep ends up not on the ballot.


    We cannot allow a situation where the losers feel so depressed, they withdraw into silence and end up staying home, because a bunch of people made them feel it’s all pointless, or they were talked into hating the other Dems who are running.

    I refuse to poison the pool and make our side stay home – AGAIN – because that is how we lose, and I’m sick to death of it. We tend to fall in love with a certain candidate, then when they don’t win the nom, and the OTHER candidate does, there’s suddenly Firedoglake and all those Hillary spoilsports who railed against Obama, and talked everyone into staying home in 2010 because they didn’t get their sparkle pony who farted progressive glitter, and they wanted to “show” Obama? The Dems? The wanker BlueDogs that fucked us on the ACA? It doesn’t matter – people DID stay home, and we got FUCKED.

    Voting your “conscience” is for children who are too young to vote, and can have the luxury to dream their ideals. Adults in a country that doesn’t have Instant Run-Off Elections cannot afford that luxury. The damage done in 2010 allowed the GOP to redraw districts that may never see another elected Progressive, ever.

    The parties are NOT the same, not even close. One side wants healthcare for everyone, the other wants healthcare for those who can afford it in a profit-driven marketplace. One side wants equality for all, and the other wants to go back to appointing state senators, and not allowing the public to vote for them. One side wants to make Christianity the National religion, while the other wants complete separation of church & state. one side wants everyone to have a gun, and the other side wants gun control. One side has stated publicly that Climate Change is a hoax, the rest of the world knows it’s a fact, and probably too late to save ourselves.

    This isn’t a game. If you don’t want a Theocratic Facist Oligarchy, Don’t badmouth ANY Dem. Don’t stay home if your peep doesn’t get the nom, and FOR THE SAKE OF THE UNIVERSE AND ALL LIFE IN IT, DO NOT ENCOURAGE ANYONE TO STAY HOME EITHER. In the national election vote for your SURVIVAL. And if your entire focus is on the office of POTUS, and not ALL OFFICES, you’re doing it wrong.

    Do NOT allow yourself or anyone you know, to become demoralized and begin hating on ANY of our candidates. That causes people to throw in the towel and not bother. If people stay home, we could get Trump, or any of them, and if that happens, you can kiss your right to vote goodbye, because they all think we’re too stupid to vote anyway. They want to start by going back to the Government selecting State Senators. They’ve been starving Public Education for over 3 decades and sadly, they’ve gotten their dumbed down citizenry, who will come out in droves to vote in The Krazy™.

    It won’t matter who wins our nomination if we get a complete GOP Congress, they’re going to get less done than President Obama.

    • January 11, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      I know what you’re saying Tally, but there’s no comparison between discussions here on the Dem candidates and the nutjobbery of the right about theirs. None. And I strongly suspect that most people here will vote for whoever gets the Dem nomination, even if they don’t like them very much, because they’re fully aware of the cataclysmic alternative.

      That said, I feel no loyalty to Sanders – (1) because the shithole wanted PBO primaried and (2) because he’s not even a Dem.

      But if something bizarre was to happen and he was to win the nomination – yeah, he’d be better than the alternative. He’s still a shithole, though.

    • January 11, 2016 at 8:04 pm

      UM, seriously? This site is NO WHERE even near the disgusting horror show that is Daily BS Kos or FDL. We are not robots but have no fear, we will vote DEM. But we will also not be silenced.

      • 75 Vicki
        January 11, 2016 at 8:44 pm

        I couldn’t believe my eyes at this entire exchange. This website has seemed like a Hillary fan club to me for months.

        Months ago I objected to the negativity towards Bernie because of the voter suppression aspect to it, and that has lessened lately. Now with all the attention he is getting, well we will see how it goes….. it is possible the grumpy guy will put some W’s up on the board.

        • 76 amk for obama
          January 11, 2016 at 8:52 pm

          “This website has seemed like a Hillary fan club to me for months.”


        • January 11, 2016 at 8:56 pm

          I know we all understand the urgency of electing a Democrat. This is primary season and it’s our duty to examine all candidates while we have the opportunity.

    • 78 amk for obama
      January 11, 2016 at 8:51 pm

      While the disappointment over the current crop of dem candies (which includes an indie) after the excitement and a very good tenure of a great president is understandable, folks have to realize there will not be another Obama. He is a once-in-a-blue-moon phenomenon that is not going to happen again in this lifetime for all of us. This 2016 election is unique in the sense that have ya taken a look at all fascists from the other side, jeebers? So, I would even go as far as to say it should be a clinton-sanders ticket just to keep the lazy ass dem base energized for the down tickets also ‘cos the wingers are going to turn our in yuuuge nos. in 2016 ‘cos the kenyan.

      Having said that, this site has definitely has never been a fdl or dkos.

      • 79 0388jojothecat
        January 11, 2016 at 8:58 pm

        I somewhat disagree that we will never see a candidate like Barack Obama. At one time in my life and just like the young AA video posted earlier today, AA’s never thought we’d live to see an AA President in our great-great-great grandchildrens lifetimes. I think the seeds of change have been planted by PBO and maybe someone from his daughters generation will come up the ranks to be the first AA woman president or Asian president. Times have changed so rapidly that anything can happen I just pray we don’t go backwards.

        • 80 amk for obama
          January 11, 2016 at 9:06 pm

          It has taken 43 presidencies to get to a PBO. I too hope it doesn’t that many to get the next one. I have been following politics since my teens.And I have seen none, repeat none, who comes even close to the kenyan. The cleanest and most graceful pol in my lifetime.

        • 82 99ts
          January 11, 2016 at 9:23 pm

          There will be young candidates and candidates of many shapes and colors but I have to agree with amk – I will never see another like PBO in my lifetime – the GOP and the media tried and failed to find ANY negatives that would stick – all they found was an intelligent, educated family man who understands how families work, how an economy works and how the world works.

          He cares for the poorest of his countrymen & talks with the richest. As my father used to say – He is a man of kings and paupers – I cannot believe there is only a year left – I cannot believe that people voted for those who would rob him of the ability to do good for the US and the world.

          I love what Judith had to say – it must be shouted from the rooftops and proclaimed by the callers – this is and was Camelot and I will not see it again.

    • January 11, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      Thank you, Tally. Negativism here or anywhere simply demoralizes. We need a big big turnout in voters in this election so that the historic accomplishments of President Obama are not swept aside, along with SS. Medicare, Medicaid, the EPA, public lands and all the other wonderful things that Dems have accomplished for our country.

  30. January 11, 2016 at 7:58 pm

  31. 86 Nena20409
    January 11, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Wow, Judith! This is Fantastic. What a beautiful photograph! Thank you for sharing your story and the Pics with Us.
    Congrats, DF & MightyPamela for your Au ⭐ ⭐

  32. 87 Nena20409
    January 11, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    My last post on David Bowie today.

  33. 89 desertflower
    January 11, 2016 at 8:07 pm


    Reality TV con man…

    PS…No one here would ever vote for a RWNJ…and they ALL ARE! We may have our preferences, but when the rubber meets the road, we will get behind whoever the Dem candidate is. If we are to honor this President, honor the hard work that most all of us have done to elect Dems and work our fingers to the bone, calling canvassing, registering voters. etc….we will carry on his legacy and honor him, us, and the country by supporting the Dem candidate. End of story.

  34. 92 Nena20409
    January 11, 2016 at 8:10 pm

  35. January 11, 2016 at 8:11 pm

  36. January 11, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    The Brown & Black Democratic Presidential Forum hosted by Fusion is currently in progress…

    It appears to be a format similar to the one Rachel Maddow had in that the candidates are not on the stage at the same time. There are four moderators asking questions.


    Bernie Sanders is currently up.

  37. 102 Nena20409
    January 11, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    • 103 No Child Left Behind
      January 11, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Oh, oh. How come I didn’t think of that! Though not a birther, I am enjoying the birther attacks to one of their own because no GOP defended the insane attacks when POTUS was on the receiving side.

  38. 104 amk for obama
    January 11, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Great letter, JF. Thanks for sharing it.

  39. 105 vcprezofan2
    January 11, 2016 at 8:48 pm

  40. January 11, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Judith, that is so lovely. Thanks for putting my thoughts into words.

    Lord, but I will miss this man.

  41. 107 Judith Fardig
    January 11, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Just got home from painting bookcases in my daughter’s garage to read all your sweet responses to my ardent letter to President Obama. We all love him, so when Chips asked if she could post it, I said yes. I do wear my heart on my sleeve. This has been an incredible journey we are taking together in the age of Obama. Big hugs to all of you! Let’s make the most of it.

    • 108 otter44
      January 11, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      Judith, you have spoken for all of us. Your letter touched me and I cried.

    • 109 jackiegrumbacher
      January 11, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Judith, the letter you wrote to President Obama was beautiful and moving. I am so grateful to you and Chips for sharing it with us. You spoke from your heart and touched all of us.

    • 110 Roberta in MN
      January 11, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      Judith, the picture and your letter were just so heart warming and put into words what we all feel for this Man and his family. Thank you for sharing it with us at the TOD Family. ((((hugs)))

    • 111 Betsy
      January 11, 2016 at 10:56 pm

      Such an incredible letter Judith. Thank you.

    • 112 nathkatun7
      January 11, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      Thank you so much, Judith, for sharing your beautiful letter to the President. Thank you also for all the hard work you do to promote his agenda. You are a great soul!

    • 113 forus50
      January 12, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Love your handwritten letter, Judith. Thank you so much for sharing it.

  42. 114 Nena20409
    January 11, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    • 115 hopefruit2
      January 11, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      WOW… and I’m posting an excerpt from the article linked in the tweet:

      //Chatting with Obama was a dream come true for the Seinfeld alum.

      “Growing up in the 60s my kid dream was always to be an astronaut,” Seinfeld explained in a press release before the episode aired. “Doing a comedy show with President Obama in and around the White House felt like going into space.” //

  43. 117 vcprezofan2
    January 11, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    G’nite Amk. I iz going early tonite in hopes of getting some sleep so that tomorrow night I won’t be overly tired.

    Good night, folks. Sweet dreams! 🙂

  44. 126 MadameSoph
    January 11, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Judith, thank you so much for sharing your letter, your photos and your experience with us. I know you got the opportunity to attend this function because of all your hard work on behalf of change we can believe in! So, although I am more than a bit envious, I want to thank you for everything you do on behalf of us all!

  45. 127 Nena20409
    January 11, 2016 at 9:15 pm

  46. 129 amk for obama
    January 11, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    aqua buddha and lying carly kicked out of pox news ‘debate’. aqua buddha cries.

  47. 133 desertflower
    January 11, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Hillary up next on the DemForum…

  48. 134 Nena20409
    January 11, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    This is No Joke? Wow!

  49. January 11, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Thank you, Judith! Lovely letter to our President.

  50. 142 Gazelle
    January 11, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Just had to say, Judith, this letter touched my soul! Thank you. Just, simply, Than you!

  51. January 11, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    ((((((((((((((((((( Oh, our dear Judith)))))))))))))))))))) Your words spoke to our President our thoughts of thankfulness. Thank you. You are so special and committed.HZ

  52. 144 sjterrid
    January 12, 2016 at 12:09 am

    Judith, I’m coming late to this. I haven’t read any of the earlier diaries yet, so I Just wanted to thank you for writing such a beautiful letter to the President, and sharing it with us here.

  53. January 12, 2016 at 1:10 am

    🙂 Sleep well, friends. SOTU will be one for the ages!

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