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On This Day: Maya Angelou receives a Medal of Freedom from President Obama at the White House, February 15, 2011


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    • 2 Allison
      February 15, 2016 at 7:48 am

      Wow!! I just signed in and i’m first!! Hello Chips, hello TOD have a wonderful President’s Day!!

      • 3 mtmarilyn
        February 15, 2016 at 11:04 am

        Congrats on first Allison. Sometimes the stars all align and Gold is there. Have a wonderful President’s Day.

    • February 15, 2016 at 7:49 am

      Good morning, allison. Good morning, Chips and everyone. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Happy President’s Day.

      • February 15, 2016 at 7:54 am

        Goooooooooood morning tnmtngirl!!!

        • 7 jackiegrumbacher
          February 15, 2016 at 8:07 am

          Morning, Chips. Did your two fellas survive the night in one piece? Are you bearing up ok?

          • February 15, 2016 at 8:12 am

            Morning Jackie, we survived the night! Although, Newbie likes to start wailing like a banshee early morning – and it’s certainly not because he needs pee pee, poo poos (he came in from the garden yesterday to poo in the utility-ish room). Danny’s just resigned to him now, can’t believe what’s happened his world. My sister’s letting me know today if she’ll take him ……. fingers and toes crossed!

            • 9 jackiegrumbacher
              February 15, 2016 at 8:18 am

              Wow, that wailing must get on your nerves–must be something in his past life that triggered that. I hope for your sake and Danny’s, that your sister comes through. If so, you’ll have to offer her some extra special big treat as a thank you. On the other hand, if Danny’s getting resigned that’s a first step to acceptance and maybe friendship?

              • February 15, 2016 at 8:25 am

                I have my doubts they’ll ever be friends Jackie, they both see themselves as the boss, neither willing to back down! Danny’s probably handling it better than me, much as I love the newbie I don’t think I’m really ready for a second dog. We’ll see how it goes.

    • 11 No Child Left Behind
      February 15, 2016 at 7:54 am

      Congrats on your perfect landing!

      Good Morning TODVille.

  1. February 15, 2016 at 7:52 am

  2. February 15, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Monday morning. Congrats Allison, on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope that your heart, soul, and mind are energized today to do great things. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  3. February 15, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Congrats Allison 🙂

    Good morning TOD 🙂

    No surprise the US is one of the 9 ….

    But, for sure, Iran is on the march and it’s gates are open to the world ….

  4. February 15, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Could not be more true …. especially Saudi Arabia!!!

    • 28 catrst
      February 15, 2016 at 8:23 am

      Makes me think of the convergence of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge mistfits. Same opportunism masked as religious zeolotry. God protect us from Franklin Graham and what’s her name with the guns strapped to her babies.

      • 29 Judith Fardig
        February 15, 2016 at 10:44 am

        Michele Fiore who is running for Congress in NV and got way too much positive press for the end-game negotiations.

        • 30 catrst
          February 15, 2016 at 12:53 pm

          I was sad about the positive press she got and tried to view the situation with an eye to the long game. I think saving lives comes first and the people, particularly that one relatively young man that asked for marijuana and pizza before he would come out, sounded like they were ripe for suicide by cop. No law enforcement or public employees, nor neighbors, were injured either so Michele F. is a small price to pay I guess. She is really a caricature of a person though. Like I said God protect us from these people and their lousy choices.

  5. February 15, 2016 at 8:08 am

    He’s definitely making the effort ….

  6. 38 jackiegrumbacher
    February 15, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Happy President’s Day to all. I remember when we got two days off in February–Lincoln’s Birthday and Washington’s, which helped to compensate for a long dismal month. School children got cheated when all the presidents got lumped together in one day. Officially, there’s not another day off until Memorial Day.

    • 39 Don
      February 15, 2016 at 8:25 am

      “there’s not another day off until Memorial Day.”

      Jackie, I frequently remind my boss that for me, everyday is a potential Friday.

    • 40 hopefruit2
      February 15, 2016 at 9:00 am

      Don’t the schools now get this entire week off in some states?

    • 43 Obama Grandmama
      February 15, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      When I was in school we got neither day off, but we had lessons on both Presidents on their birthdays in school. After I was out of school myself and teaching there was an official day off for Presidents’ Day chosen as the Monday between the 12th and the 22nd of February. When we talked about Presidents Day we meant only Lincoln and Washington in the beginning. Now it is for all the Presidents, but mostly for retailers to market their goods.

  7. February 15, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  8. 45 Ladyhawke
    February 15, 2016 at 8:31 am

    • 46 Don
      February 15, 2016 at 8:54 am

      This is proof positive of why so many people are tuned off with voting. I think I’m lucky in the sense that I was preached to about the importance of voting ever since I could remember.

      • 47 Betsy
        February 15, 2016 at 10:37 am

        Should hear me in my history class; I’m always talking about the importance of voting; the effects of not voting…They say, but Mrs. K we’re too young, and I say, you may not be able to vote, but you can do the research on each candidate for your busy parents, then sit them down and go over it and because of you, they can make an informed choice! They just grown, but some (very few) have started and tell me what they’ve found out. I pray, everyday, I’m making voters out of them.

        • 48 Betsy
          February 15, 2016 at 10:38 am

          That should be *groan. Damn autocorrect.

        • 49 0388jojothecat
          February 15, 2016 at 12:09 pm

          Hi Betsy, they may groan but you are reaching them. When they say they are too young i hope you remind them they are going to be 18yrs old one day with the responsibilty to vote and must make an informed decision. Unlike other generations they have more tools like the internet to research candidates on youtube, twitter, FB, and their voting records.

    • 51 jackiegrumbacher
      February 15, 2016 at 9:10 am

      These are great tweets from Chris Murphy. Almost makes me want to move to Connecticut.

  9. February 15, 2016 at 8:32 am

  10. 61 amk for obama
    February 15, 2016 at 8:33 am

    this?

    this?

    or this?

  11. 64 amk for obama
    February 15, 2016 at 8:51 am

    LOL.

  12. 68 hopefruit2
    February 15, 2016 at 9:03 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!!!! Congrats Allison on #1 🙂 Happy President’s Day to everyone 🙂

    • 69 SUEDUVALL SMITH
      February 15, 2016 at 10:39 am

      I LOVE MY PRESIDENT…THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER LIKE HIM…THEY BROKE THE MOLD! HE’S GONNA’ PUT A CRACK IN MT. RUSHMORE!

  13. 70 arapaho415
    February 15, 2016 at 9:12 am

    GM TODville.

    Posted this photo from site of today’s ASEAN leaders’ meeting in the wee hours (on overnight thread), but bears repeating during “regular hours.”

    Baby Boomers will appreciate that this is (apparently) the Twitter account of David Kennerly who was as famous for his love life in the 1970s as he was for being Gerald Ford’s Official WH photographer.

    Profile for this account “Canon Explorer of Light, Pulitzer Prize winner, former chief White House photographer” and has only 2,840 followers, no Twitter blue verification check mark, but he posts articles like this:

    He posted a later tweet with a Facebook link (that doesn’t work for me — not sure if it’s deleted or you need to be a Facebook member to see) that says that Nick Ut (who took the unforgettable photo of the Vietnamese girl after she endured napalm attack).

    • 71 arapaho415
      February 15, 2016 at 9:17 am

      Since this isn’t a verified account, don’t know for sure, but it appears that Kennerly pretty liberal based on his tweets.

      And, BillR and Judith Fardig, he lives in Portland.

      And posts photos like this:

      I’ve said before that the 2-hour flight from LAX to Sea-Tac is one the most spectacular in the world (Yosemite on the left, Sierras below, Lake Tahoe to the right — and then [if it’s not cloudy — usually cloudy over Oregon when I’ve made the trip] it’s the Cascade mountains until you land at Sea-Tac with gorgeous Gig Harbor, Mount Rainer and the space needle). Simply breathtaking.

      • 72 Judith Fardig
        February 15, 2016 at 10:50 am

        I’ll ask my husband who is connected with a bunch of Portland photographers. Hmmm …

        • 73 Judith Fardig
          February 15, 2016 at 11:21 am

          Kennerly lives in LA now but has roots in Oregon because of his birth in Southern Oregon (Roseburg) and graduation from high school in suburban Portland. He gives talks around town occasionally.

          Yes, it is amazingly beautiful here.

      • 74 Sandy1110
        February 15, 2016 at 12:30 pm

        Good morning all.

        My nephew and I flew SEA to LAX on a clear day, and he was sitting on the side of the plane that got the flyover view of Crater Lake. I missed out!

        • 75 Obama Grandmama
          February 15, 2016 at 7:36 pm

          When my two daughters were in college one was in Las Vegas and the other in Denver. I would spend a week with each of them flying there and between them. On one of the trips in order to go from one to the other I had to fly through Los Angeles and change planes taking a lot longer than I liked. When I flew East from LA on one of these flights I was sitting on the side of the plane that got a good view of the Grand Canyon in the warm glow of a sunset.

    • 76 jackiegrumbacher
      February 15, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Exquisite photo, Arapaho, and thanks for the background on Kennerly. I can hardly imagine waking up to such a glorious view–it is freezing cold, gray and lightly snowing around here, definitely not the stuff of dreams.

      • 77 arapaho415
        February 15, 2016 at 10:26 am

        GM jackieg.

        I know no one wants to hear me complain about SoCal weather because it’s so dangerously bitter cold in the northeast, but it’s part of the pattern of climate change, unfortunately.

        It’s Feb 15 and I had trouble sleeping last night because it was so warm — windows opened, sounded like rain, but it was leaves straining against 25+ mph winds. Only started cooling off — to 70F an hour ago and now temps are rising (forecast high around 90F 😦 ).

        Plants think it’s Spring or Autumn (plants that usually bloom in Spring AND Autumn are now blooming now) — it’s no joke that SoCal is becoming desert and we’ll no longer have our beloved evergreen chaparral and oak woodland blanketing our mountains with green, but instead our hillsides will become a dull shade of dirt and weeds. 😦

    • 78 arapaho415
      February 15, 2016 at 9:28 am

      Oops, got interrupted…

      The tweet that links to the (deleted?) Facebook post says that Nick Ut was on Air Force One was posted on Friday, so perhaps Nick Ut flew from San Jose to LAX (or LAX to Palm Springs) aboard #AF1.

      • 79 mtmarilyn
        February 15, 2016 at 11:36 am

        I agree arapaho415, it will be in the 40 all this week in Missoula, lows only in the 30’s. Our snow is melting. Not use to it being this warm.

  14. 80 Ladyhawke
    February 15, 2016 at 9:21 am

  15. 81 Allison
    February 15, 2016 at 9:25 am

    • 82 hopefruit2
      February 15, 2016 at 9:36 am

      Oh dear…it’s gonna get UGLY (and I’m putting this mildly). I’m making us all some popcorn!!! 🙂

  16. 83 Edwina3
    February 15, 2016 at 9:29 am

  17. 84 amk for obama
    February 15, 2016 at 9:30 am

    so much for the kitty jail. sigh.

    index
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  18. February 15, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Good morning, Chips and TODers.

    A reminder:

    • 86 CEB
      February 15, 2016 at 11:23 am

      Which is the only reason that I will watch any part of it. The Grammy line-up is another “So white that…” The opening act is Taylor Swift; why does she have a career? What has she contributed to American music that appeals to anyone other than white tween girls?

      • 87 nospin
        February 15, 2016 at 9:54 pm

        I like Taylor and I am a grown black woman. She is a good person, hasn’t hurt anybody, is talented and most of all is very charitable and financially supports many causes.

        Her contribution to music is countless and I like her style.

  19. 88 arapaho415
    February 15, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Surprisingly also heard this on @CBSradionews yesterday (since they take every opportunity [and then some] to #BlameObama).

  20. 91 99ts
    February 15, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Pierce has his take on the GOP debate – which SHOULD be the thoughts of every member of the msm – the latter however prefer to think the wannabees are sane & well capable of doing the job of President

    http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a42147/republican-debate-recap/
    The Republican Debate Finally Proved It’s Not Trump Who Has Lost His Mind
    It’s the rest of them.

    And still, after it was over, serious people got on the electric teevee machine to talk about who had the best night, and who won and who lost, and not one of them mentioned the obvious fact that one of our two major political parties suffered a complete mental meltdown on national television. The big winner was either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Rodham Clinton.

  21. February 15, 2016 at 9:45 am

    ‘My demons won today’: Ohio activist’s suicide spotlights depression among Black Lives Matter leaders

    By Wesley Lowery and Kevin Stankiewicz

    February 15 at 6:00 AM

    A solemn group stood in the shadow of the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, forming a circle on the snow-caked sidewalk. MarShawn McCarrel, 23, a well-known Black Lives Matter activist, had taken his own life on the statehouse steps. Now his friends had come together in his memory.

    As evening turned to night last week, protest organizer Rashida Davidson, 25, recounted the personal toll of two years of activism: Trouble sleeping. Bouts of anxiety. Feelings of despair.

    “This is really getting to us,” Davidson said. “And if MarShawn’s death does not show that… I don’t know what else we need to tell or show to say that this is really going on.”

    Since he died early last week, news of McCarrel’s suicide has rocked the national police protest movement, forcing a round of introspection about a reality that predates the seminal 2014 shooting of a black teenager in Ferguson, Mo.: Some of the most prominent activists and organizers are battling not only the system, but depression.

  22. 93 Allison
    February 15, 2016 at 10:05 am

  23. 96 SUEDUVALL SMITH
    February 15, 2016 at 10:37 am

    GOOD MORNING TOD FAMILY…SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY I HAD AT MY CHURCH SUNDAY…HUGGING AND LOVING EVERYONE….IT MAKES ONE NOT WANT TO COME HOME…………………….I LOVE THE PIX OF JOHN LEWIS AND MAYA ANGELOU…OH HOW I MISS HER…I SENT A HAPPY PRESIDENT’S DAY TO THE ENERGIZER AND I HOPE HE IS FIRED UP WITH HIS SOX. I ALSO SENT MY FB MY OPINION OF CURRENT EVENTS AND THE PRESIDENT’S RIGHT TO NOMINATE A REPLACEMENT FOR SCALIA. YOU ARE LOVED MR. PRESIDENT…I AM KEEPING AN EYE ON YOU AND PRAY FOR YOUR STRENGTH AND WISDOM DURING THIS 2-DAY SESSION..<3

  24. 97 desertflower
    February 15, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Must See TV! Please watch past 11:00 minute mark…..smdh

  25. 98 SUEDUVALL SMITH
    February 15, 2016 at 10:46 am

    THANK GOODNESS…I DID NOT HAVE TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY AT MY HOUSE YESTERDAY..DIDN’T EVEN EAT DINNER..OR FIX DINNER…………….WENT TO BED!

  26. 99 donna dem 4 obama
    February 15, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Good Morning TOD

    Happy President’s Day

    Look who is defending Bernie… Crazy Michele Bachmann

  27. 100 SUEDUVALL SMITH
    February 15, 2016 at 10:52 am

    BBL…WORK TO DO….HOPE WE SEE SOME PIX OF THE WORKING SESSIONS LATER…BLESSINGS EVERYONE!

  28. 101 vcprezofan2
    February 15, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Morning Obots! A blessed Monday to everyone! 🙂 🙂

    I’ve done my 5 minutes of stretching, eaten a huge breakfast, read a little, and washed, folded and put away a load of laundry. That means I now feel free to fritter away the rest of the day between here and the scrabble site, with maybe a bit of online solitaire to balance things out. Life’s good (and exciting in the Age of Obama)!

  29. 102 desertflower
    February 15, 2016 at 11:00 am

    My head swims!! 🙂 🙂

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/02/15/the-gop-s-worst-nightmare-scotus-nominee.html

    Tino Cuellar. California judge. Mexican-American. Harvard. Yale. Stanford. How many Latino votes you think the GOP’d get if they block him?
    Here’s a name you need to get to know: Tino Cuellar. Who is Tino Cuellar? The potential Supreme Court nominee who could tie the Republican Party in the most Gordian knots of any of them, and who could thereby alter the presidential race dramatically as well.
    Yes, yes; Barack Obama should choose the person best qualified for the job with whom he is most intellectually comfortable. But should that person be Mariano Florentino Cuellar, there could be plenty of benefits aside from having a brilliant, young, Latino person on the Court.
    Cuellar, 43, is an associate justice on California’s State Supreme Court. He was born in Mexico. He is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He grew up on the border, and his family moved to California’s Imperial Valley when he was a teenager. He was smart and decided he wanted an education. He got one, all right. Get this resume: undergrad, Harvard; law school, Yale; master’s and doctoral degrees, Stanford.

    Here’s his full Stanford bio, so you can give it a gander, but it’s incredibly impressive. He worked at the White House, he worked in the Treasury Department, he taught law at Stanford. “He’s a brilliant guy,” says Samuel Bagenstos, a law professor at the University of Michigan who knows Cuellar. “He’d be the justice with the most wide-ranging intellect since William O. Douglas.” (Bagenstos asked me to note that he is backing no single candidate and thinks the president has many good choices.)
    He was elevated to California’s high court by a unanimous bipartisan vote, and given the highest possible rating by the California Bar Association. He is married to a U.S. District Judge, Lucy Koh, who is a formidable intellect in her own right—the Senate confirmed her unanimously, 90-0, when Obama nominated her to that position in 2010. And they have two kids.
    Now assuming there’s no skeleton in the old closet, suppose Obama sends Cuellar up to be nominated. Oh what fun it shall be.

  30. 104 No Child Left Behind
    February 15, 2016 at 11:19 am

  31. 106 Don
    February 15, 2016 at 11:21 am

    The Senate has once again boldly announced their plan to obstruct President Obama’s choice for the SCOTUS thereby assuring his victory.

  32. February 15, 2016 at 11:23 am


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