167 Responses to “Early Bird Chat: Happy Birthday, Chiparoooo!”

  1. 1 Nerdy Wonka
    August 13, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Happy Birthday to the AWESOMEST. The one and only, CHIPAROOOOOOOOO!

    • 2 Dudette
      August 13, 2016 at 10:38 am

      Yay! Thanks Nerdy! What a joyful tribute to our darling Chips! Hope she sees this and feels all the love today! Hugs to you for having her back and keeping the village humming along. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜˜

    • 3 cd4biden
      August 13, 2016 at 11:05 am

      Congrats on being first Nerdy! You are first in our hearts for doing the yeoman’s job of covering for our dear Chips while she heals. We are so blessed to have you in our family. Hugs to you for holding us all in the warm embrace of TOD. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 4 Betsy
      August 13, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      Congrats on first Nerdy. Happy, Happy Birthday to Chips wherever you are. We love you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. 5 Roberta in MN
    August 13, 2016 at 8:23 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Chips. I hope this lightens up your heart and know Nerdy and the rest of TOD is thinking of you and your family. Love you and have a wonderful day. (((((hugs))))

    Thanks you Nerdy from the bottom of my heart for this awesome Birthday celebration. ๐Ÿ™‚ ((((hugs)))) to you too. Have a good day.

  3. August 13, 2016 at 8:32 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHIPS! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŒนโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’โค๏ธ! We love you! We miss you! Here’s hoping you are renewing yourself and return to us soon.

    Thanks, NW, for keeping us uplifted and informed and moving forward! We love you too. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

  4. August 13, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Happy Birthday to the one and only Chips. You are missed. Take care.

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  6. 10 Marlz (@marjgra)
    August 13, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Happy Birthday to a beautiful and wonderful person who have made a haven for us here at TOD.
    We miss, love and care about you and hope you will pop in soon…

    Count not the candles…See the light they give!
    Count not the years…But the life you live!
    Wishing you a happy and wonderful time ahead!

  7. 11 CEB
    August 13, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Happy Birthday to Chips: the First of her name, Creator of the world-wide Obama Diary Village, Slayer of Trolls, and First Daughter to She who has gone to the Fade (Blessed). Hugs and all good wishes to you. We miss you.

  8. 12 JER
    August 13, 2016 at 8:48 am


    Mom, remember that girl dog I liked so much? Well… I don’t know how tell you this… Half of them look like me. Can I bring them home for your birthday? Love, Danny

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Love you and miss you.

  9. 18 carolyn
    August 13, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Happy Birthday Chips. This wonderful place you created has been an oasis for me, a sanctuary in the craziness. Thank you so much. Hope you are resting well and will be able to come back to us. We miss you.

  10. 19 99ts
    August 13, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Happy 23 and 1/2 Ms Chips – you just get younger every day – miss you and love you

    Many thanks NW for all the cakes – I am wondering as to how looks the kitchen ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. August 13, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Happy birthday Chips and a huge thanks for the vision of all that TOD has become. Good morning TOD folks! Wishing you all a beautiful day.

  12. 21 andogriff
    August 13, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Happy Birthday to our dear Ms Chips!! Hope you have a wonderful day!! ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽโค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜˜

  13. August 13, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Happy Birthday {{{{{{Chips}}}}}}} and thank you for creating this magnificent community!!!

    Thank you so much {{{{{{NW}}}}}} for all you are DOING for TOD!!!

  14. 23 desertflower
    August 13, 2016 at 9:05 am

    What a wonderful sight to wake up to! Happy Birthday, Chips:) Or “Chops” if I type too fast…Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Chipster……Happy Birthday to YOU!! and many, many more. Love you. Miss you. Have a cocktail and some CheezePoofs on me:) {{{Chips}}}

  15. 24 jackiegrumbacher
    August 13, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Have a glorious Birthday, Chips, and know how much we all love and miss you and thank you for putting us in Nerdy’s capable hands while you’ve been gone. Hope you will one day stop by and let us know how you and Danny are doing. We miss your Irish charm, caring heart and quick-as-lightning wit. In the darkness of this most nightmarish of campaign seasons, the gift you gave us when you created TOD shines in the darkness and gives us light. Wish we could shower you with roses, or chocolate bonbons or big buckets full of cheezits!

  16. 25 Ladyhawke
    August 13, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Happy Birthday to our dear, delicious, wonderful, witty, generous, and amazing (((((((Chips)))))))). You have given us a haven from a hostile world. We are forever grateful. You are simply the BEST. I miss you so much. As always, love you madly. LH

  17. August 13, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Happy Birthday, Chipsticks!!! I hope that you have fabulous day full of blessings that will give you memories that bring a smile to your face in years to come. {{{{{Chipsticks}}}}}

  18. 27 vcprezofan2
    August 13, 2016 at 9:13 am

    ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ See Chips, you are always in our thoughts! โค โค
    Have a terrific day sharing love and happy memories with family (including DannyO) and friends!

  19. 30 Wanda N VA 4Obama
    August 13, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Happy Birthday Chips!! I hope you will be able to peek in today so you can see how much we love, respect and miss you! Hugs to you, your family and Danny!!!

  20. 32 catrst
    August 13, 2016 at 9:26 am

    I wish you a happy birthday, too, Chips. I miss you and hope healing is proceeding. Its a long road but there is Light at the end of the tunnel. When you come back to your home we will be waiting with open arms. Your good friend, Nerdy, is keeping the lights on and the furnace going. Love you too, Nerdy.

  21. 33 sherijr
    August 13, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Happy (24th ?) Birthday ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Ms. Chips ~You are so very much missed & loved. I wish I could give you a big birthday hug… Here’s this at least (((((Chips))))) I hope you are taking good care of yourself and that you can make the most of this day and feel some joy. I am so grateful to you for creating the Obama Diary, you will forever hold a huge happy place in my heart.

    P.S. Your Legend, Nerdy is amazing (as you know) thank you for her too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. 34 GGAIL
    August 13, 2016 at 9:39 am

    GOOOOOOOAL! โšฝ๏ธ
    Happy Birthday my beloved Chipsticks. You know how much I love and miss you. I hope you enjoy you day. ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŒน
    My wish is that you come back to us if only for one day.โค๏ธ

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  25. August 13, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Saturday morning.

    Happy Birthday Ms. Chips. I hope this day brings you great Joy and Happiness. ๐ŸŽ‚ ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐ŸŽˆ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿจ ๐Ÿพ ๐ŸŽŠ

    Nerdy, thanks so much for helping Ms. Chips and the sacrifices you are making for us TOD”ders. ๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Šโค

    To all, I hope you have an exceptional, extraordinary, and phenomenal day today. โค โค โค

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. โญ๐Ÿ† โญ๐Ÿ† โญ๐Ÿ†

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  27. 40 FoxfireTX
    August 13, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Chips, wishing a Happy Birthday on a day that will be difficult without your mom. But I hope you can draw on many happy memories to get you through. We miss you.

  28. 41 FoxfireTX
    August 13, 2016 at 9:48 am

  29. 44 whenpamelawandered
    August 13, 2016 at 9:48 am


  30. 45 taiping1
    August 13, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Happy Birthday Chips. Hope you have a wonderful day with Danny, family and friends. Your TOD family holds you in our hearts and blesses you daily.

  31. 46 Don
    August 13, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Good morning TOD! Happy Birthday, Chips, and thank for creating a space for us to come together and enjoy each otherโ€™s company. Every morning when I get to work before I do anything I check TOD to see whatโ€™s going on. Before I found TOD I would go from political website to political website imparting my knowledge, and on occasion Iโ€™d get banned. Iโ€™ve been banned from a few websites; of course it wasnโ€™t my fault. Anyway, I hope you enjoy your special day, toodles.

  32. 47 FoxfireTX
    August 13, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Good morning TOD! In the midst of his attack on PBO the other day, Trump said something in a interview that has far more serious implications and that the media missed. He is willing to send AMERICAN CITIZENS accused of terrorism to Guantanamo for trial before military tribunals rather than in our federal courts. The number of constitutional violations this would implicate is simply mind boggling. But it demonstrates his complete lack of understanding of the US Constitution. Jim Wright of Stonekettle tackles it here:

    • 48 cd4biden
      August 13, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Foxfire, thank you for this article. I know everyone has moved on to the next thread, but I wanted to say how right on Jim is with this part of his article:
      “…when a nation that calls itself exceptional compromises its values for expediency, for rendition, for torture, for indefinite detention without trial or appeal because those things are EASY. Theyโ€™re easy. Theyโ€™re easier than holding fast to high ideals, the very ideals which made us great, which once made us admired and respected the world over. Theyโ€™re easier than facing down the mob, theyโ€™re easier than honor.”

      It is so easy for Republicans to stop compromising, to refuse to act on anything, to lie, to inflame the masses. These things, as Jim says, are EASY.

      President Obama, instead, does the hard work. He holds fast to our country’s high ideals. He works to benefit everyone, no matter their party or beliefs. He constantly faces down the mob and upholds the honor of our nation. He has restored the admiration and respect of the world for the US. I couldn’t be more grateful that he is our President.

  33. 49 PrayerWarriorforObama
    August 13, 2016 at 10:02 am

    A really special happy birthday to you Chips! I know it is a bitter sweet day for you, but know that your Creator is still and will always be in your corner. My prayer is that today and beyond will bring you lasting blessings. Have an enjoyable day!๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป

  34. 50 globalcitizenlinda
    August 13, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Happy Birthday Ms. Chips!

    Hope you know how much we love and treasure you!

    we keep you in our minds and hearts as you try to find some strength and peace;

  35. 51 FoxfireTX
    August 13, 2016 at 10:09 am

    As has been discussed at various times here, while much of Trump’s ridiculous hyperbole is easy to write off, there are long term implications for our country. He is systematically creating divisions and undermining our cherished institutions at a time when many Americans have lost faith in them.

    But even if Trump is just along for the ride, that doesnโ€™t excuse what he is doing. Four years from now, or eight years from now, a more disciplined and self-controlled figure could take up where he left off. If at that time the United States were facing a serious economic or national-security crisis, more Americansโ€”conceivably even a majority of themโ€”might be willing to accept the argument that regular politicians have failed and betrayed them, and that drastic measures are called for. Healthy democracies donโ€™t decay overnight. They gradually rot from within, with termites like Trump undermining their foundations.”


    • 52 Don
      August 13, 2016 at 10:26 am

      It’s quite possible that a less insane Trump could win the White House; it has always been that way. Republicans are afforded latitude that allows them to be ideologues. Trump isn’t the first Republican to spout ideas that run counter to who we are as a nation and still be able to reach the highest office in the land. John McCain sang a song about bombing Iran and it was overlooked, he too almost reached the White House. As uniformed as Sarah Palin was people overlooked her inability to form a coherent sentence. She was a heartbeat away from the presidency. Republicans can almost say and do anything and still get elected, why is that?

      • 53 FoxfireTX
        August 13, 2016 at 11:31 am

        “Republicans can almost say and do anything and still get elected, why is that?”

        As you note, Don, we’ve watched this for years, while our candidates and elected officials are torn from limb to limb. Personally, I have concluded it is due to two factors.
        One, the Republicans have these long term professional attack machines that never give up from ALEC to the Koch brothers. Because these machines are funded and paid for, they roll on incessantly, versus the volunteer efforts of the Dems.

        Two, Dems simply are not hate filled in the way so many GOPers seem to be. I look on in horror and fascination at some of these faces at Trump rallies and I am unable to comprehend their feelings as an American. Regardless of their station in life, we remain the wealthiest, most innovative country in the world and history, with infinite opportunity. How can you live here and be filled with this much hate? But the hate and rage are driving forces that will keep them going far beyond the time that Dems can continue.

        And perhaps there is a third factor. Democrats simply are more patriotic than Republicans, and in the end will always do what is right for the country. The idea that even Nancy Smash could get the entire Dem caucus to vote against a Republican president for 6 straight years the way the Republicans have with President Obama simply is laughable. Democrats always will consider the impact on their constituencies and do what is right for them.

        All of which means we just have to work harder when it comes to elections. And if you look at the number of registrations, the good guys are winning over time.

  36. August 13, 2016 at 10:17 am

    We’re sending you ridiculous amounts of love and healing and peace.
    We love you dearly and hope that you and Danny have each other near in every field you traverse.
    You are the best, so it makes sense that you’ve chosen the best to keep our TODville community up and running, Nerdy Wonka.
    I hope you have a special day filled with love.
    We are saving the special Cheesiest Cheetos for you right here.

  37. August 13, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Good Morning ๐Ÿ˜Š, Everyone ๐Ÿ˜†

  38. August 13, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Happy Birthday, Chips!!! Thank you for all you have done to create this wonderful space. In your journey forward know that you are never alone and that there is more joy to be found. ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. August 13, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Happy Birthday, Chips.
    You are missed.

  40. 66 Terri_georgia
    August 13, 2016 at 10:25 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY (((((((CHIPS)))))) It was a very lucky day for me when I found this place. Reading TOD is the highlight of my day. I love you and love this community and Love my President and First family!! Have a Wonderful Birthday, hope you are surrounded by family and friends. Have Fun, but hurry back to us as soon as you can. We really miss you a lot. Nerdy has done an excellent job of keeping us going but we need you here as well. You’re the GREATEST!!

  41. 69 cd4biden
    August 13, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Just waking up here on the West Coast to wish you a very happy birthday Queen Chipster. And to send you a little gifty of this video. Lots of funnies, and reminders of our dear Danny. I swear he has some relatives around the world. Hope your day is filled with love and hugs. So glad you created this community for all of us. We love you dearly and miss you muchly, as my kids like to say. ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. 72 amk for obama
    August 13, 2016 at 10:37 am

    IS conflict: Manbij residents celebrate liberation.

    Residents in the northern Syrian city of Manbij have been celebrating new freedoms after being liberated from the rule of so-called Islamic State.

    They have poured into the streets enjoying basic rights they had been denied for two years, including shaving off their beards and smoking.

    US-backed Kurdish and Arab fighters fought 73 days to drive IS out of Manbij, close to the Turkish border.

    About 2,000 civilians being used as human shields were also freed.


    Great pics in the linky.

  43. 73 Debz
    August 13, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Happy Birthday Chips!! Enjoy your day, and we miss you.

  44. August 13, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Dearest Chips,

    Miss you terribly. Here is wishing you a Happy Birthday. Take good care of your self.

    (Africa) ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. 75 Dudette
    August 13, 2016 at 10:49 am


  46. 76 Dudette
    August 13, 2016 at 10:50 am

  47. 78 amk for obama
    August 13, 2016 at 10:53 am

  48. 79 Dudette
    August 13, 2016 at 10:53 am


  49. 80 Dudette
    August 13, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Merriment ๐Ÿ˜„

  50. 83 Dudette
    August 13, 2016 at 11:06 am

  51. 84 JER
    August 13, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Grey suit! Great mind! Great President!

    • 85 desertflower
      August 13, 2016 at 11:30 am

      All “Founders of ISIS” wear grey suits, doncha know! Thanks for “finding ISIS” and bombing the business out of them! Love you, Mr. President!

  52. August 13, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Birthday blessings, Chips, we miss you!

  53. August 13, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Happy Dear Chips, Happy Birthday to you! We Love You. We Miss You. {{{Be Well}}}

  54. 89 Obama Grandmama
    August 13, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I want to wish you a Happy Birthday too, Chips. You’re one of a kind. You have added joy to many of our lives by being the FOUNDER of TOD.

  55. 90 betseyc
    August 13, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Happy birthday, dearest Chips! Sending so much love on your day and empathy as you grieve your dear mother. We are so blessed that you started this wonderful oasis, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the energy and love that you have poured into it for so long. And then doubly blessed when Nerdy joined you, as she gifts us now with her loving care of the community you created.

  56. 91 MadameSoph
    August 13, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Happy Birthday Chips!

    You and Dannystix are missed and always loved and appreciated!

    Hoping you have a lovely birthday, filled with all of you favorite things!

    • 92 MadameSoph
      August 13, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      Typo! “Your” favorite things, of course!

      Almost forgot, Pippa the Man United cat celebrates with you ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 95 Dudette
      August 13, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      OMG! Brilliant! ๐Ÿ˜„

    • August 13, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      Oh. My. Goodness. Gracious. Me. MadameSoph, you have won a category I did even know existed. I’m glad no candles for this cake, because I fear it would all go up in a towering inferno. LOVE.

      • 97 MadameSoph
        August 13, 2016 at 1:16 pm

        Thank you Dudette!

        Thank you Nancy, I know, that’s how I felt when I Googled “cheetos cake” and this came up! I will accept “Queen of Google Searches” as my temporary title (knowing full well that some other TODer will take my crown soon).

        Only thing I think could top this as a Chips Bday wish would be a pic of PBO in “the shirt” holding a bowl of cheesy puffs in his hand and gazing lovingly into the camera. Anyone here at TOD good at Photoshop? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 99 forus50
      August 13, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      The best cake ever lol. Wut?! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Birthday Ms. Chips!!!

  57. August 13, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Happy birthday Chips and Nerdy you have been doing a great job thanks for all your efforts keeping O Diary going, thanks again

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  60. 106 sjterrid
    August 13, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Happy Birthday, Chips! I hope too are doing okay. You are truly missed.

  61. 108 Dudette
    August 13, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Dancing ๐Ÿ˜€

  62. 110 Judith Fardig
    August 13, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Dearest Chips – wherever you are, we hope you feel our love on your birthday. We wish you and Danny a day of joy and celebration that you were born. To the Captain Obamabot from all you loyal minions all over the world!

  63. August 13, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Adding to the chorus of love, affection, respect, and dedication to the One-And-Only Best-Ever Top-of-the-World Queen-of-Our-Hearts-and-Minds, Ms. Chipsticks, I hereby launch a rocket chip with a payload of gratitude and good wishes toward the Founder of the Feast, Miss Chips! May you be surrounded by cake, ice cream, candles, confetti, favorite music (see NerdyWonka’s recent musical marvelousness posts), favorite friends and family, and love beyond measure. The gift of TOD sees me through every single day, and I cannot imagine making it without this lovely place, saluting and lifting up a lovely man with his lovely family and all the goodness of this time on this earth. Thank you thank you thank you, Irreplacable Incomparable Chips!

  64. 114 Dudette
    August 13, 2016 at 12:30 pm


  65. 115 jacquelineoboomer
    August 13, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Happy Birthday, Chips!!!!!!

    โค May this new year bring you blue skies, a good laugh, and peace of mind. You are loved! Life is good! โค

  66. 116 Dudette
    August 13, 2016 at 12:33 pm

  67. 117 JER
    August 13, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    LIVE NOW: Tim Kaine Rally In New Hampshire – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  68. 118 Dudette
    August 13, 2016 at 12:41 pm

  69. August 13, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Steady preparations, day by day …..

  70. August 13, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Happy Birthday Chips. Enjoy your day.

    • 123 HZ
      August 13, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Happy Birthday Chips. You have given us so much and personally you cheered me up many days when I was going through some difficult times. May this be a peaceful day for you. (((((((Loving Hugs, My Chips)))))))HZ

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    • 126 cd4biden
      August 13, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      If I were Phelps I would think that is such an honor, to have inspired someone 8 years ago who worked that hard and actually beat me. If I had to go down to defeat I would feel blessed that it was this person.

      • 127 desertflower
        August 13, 2016 at 1:15 pm

        What you describe, is precisely what I saw happen. Phelps pretty much said that in his interview after that swim:) He has humbled and it looks good on him.

        • 128 cd4biden
          August 13, 2016 at 2:28 pm

          So glad to hear that df. I haven’t been watching the Olympics, but I always worry with someone as talented as Phelps that it goes to their head and makes them unbearable. So nice to see he understands the bigger picture.

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  74. August 13, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    The contextual history that surrounds Simone Manuel’s win..some want to ignore it. Fortunately, Simone is not one of them.

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  76. 133 mtmarilyn
    August 13, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday to our dear Ms Chips. Our esteem for you is beyond measure. You have brought us all together with this blog dedicated to the greatest President ever. We are forever in your debt. Sending your our love and thoughts. Know that you have been thru the toughest of times. We want you to know we will always have your back. Know that the tomorrows will come and the sun will shine brightly. Hope your day is beautiful and filled with love.

  77. 135 Dudette
    August 13, 2016 at 1:03 pm

  78. 136 Dudette
    August 13, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Good effort though, ladies. We battle Italy for the bronze medal.

  79. 137 desertflower
    August 13, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    This will make you all just laugh out loud:) Too bad that it’s really serious…in all kinds of ways

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  81. 139 Dudette
    August 13, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    I watched her yesterday. Really amazing!

  82. August 13, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Ferguson’s bumbling court costs Naval vet his security clearance
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch 12 hrs ago

    Fred Watson isnโ€™t that guy who gets picked up for a broken taillight and ends up spending the night in jail because he has unpaid traffic tickets.

    Until a couple of years ago, he had a top-secret security clearance. Watson worked in the cybersecurity field for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, or NGA. He didnโ€™t have a record. He owned his home. He pulled down six figures. The Navy veteran describes himself as โ€œmeticulousโ€ about everything. His records. His clothes. The way he lives his life.

    โ€œIโ€™m one way,โ€ Watson, 36, says. โ€œThere is no in between.โ€

    On Aug. 1, 2012, though, Watson found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. His life has never been the same. It was two years before Ferguson found itself in the national spotlight, and Watson was in that cityโ€™s Forestwood Park, playing basketball with his friends. Watson grew up in St. Louis, but three generations of his relatives lived in Ferguson. He had played basketball at that park for nearly 20 years.

    After five or six games, he sat in his car and cooled off. He changed into dry clothes, folded them neatly in the back, and drove to the parking lot by the baseball field, where a game was going on. He sat in his car, sipped water, cooled down and watched baseball.

    Then Eddie Boyd III showed up. Boyd is, and was, a police officer in Ferguson. He had resigned as a cop in St. Louis after facing multiple internal affairs investigations where he had been accused of roughing up victims. The muni-shuffle brought him to Ferguson.

    Boyd parked his police cruiser in front of Watsonโ€™s car, which was legally parked in the parking lot.

    This is the moment when Watsonโ€™s life changed.

    โ€œHe asked me for my Social Security number,โ€ Watson told me. โ€œI said no.โ€

    Watson, a law-abiding citizen who had done nothing wrong, was well within his rights. He knew what was coming, a form of harassment common in Ferguson, outlined in detail in the Department of Justice report that would come out following the shooting of Michael Brown, which would happen two full years after Watsonโ€™s interaction with Boyd.

    • 141 Don
      August 13, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      I hate reading stories like this because I know it happens all the time, once they get you in that “System” you are stuck in it. No other people are asked to accept this sort of treatment, it is always the victim that is either asked or told to do better. It is always the oppressed that is asked to show empathy to the oppressor. There will come a time when the……never mind.

      • 142 desertflower
        August 13, 2016 at 1:59 pm

        Hurts my heart…should hurt EVERYONE’S heart. We are not exceptional as a nation, until stories like this are gone forever…never to be repeated.

  83. 143 JER
    August 13, 2016 at 1:15 pm

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  85. 145 Dudette
    August 13, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    I watched archery too. Incredibly skilled athletes. Also, I have developed a serious crush on gold medal winner & super hunk, Ku Bonchan of South Korea.

  86. 146 Dudette
    August 13, 2016 at 1:28 pm

  87. 147 Dudette
    August 13, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Look at how far ahead she is! Look at that!

  88. August 13, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    NW, I forgot to share this the other night …

  89. 152 Dudette
    August 13, 2016 at 1:36 pm

  90. August 13, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Another from my current ‘play list’ for when I need to just be …..

  91. 157 nospin
    August 13, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Happy Birthday Ms. Chips. I hope you have a wonderful day. I miss you like crazy!

  92. August 13, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Ms. Chips. You are loved and missed.

  93. 159 arapaho415
    August 13, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Dearest Chips and Danny Boy.

    Bringing up the rear, as usual, but didn’t want to miss this opportunity to let you know we think about you and DannyO daily, and hope you’ll be back soon.

    Speaking from experience, it sucks to be an orphan. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Happy Birthday, Chips hope you’re feeling better every day.

  94. 160 Grab a Mop Grace
    August 13, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Don’t want the day to pass without joining in the chorus in wishing dearest Chips a Blessed Birthday! So grateful to you keeping the TOD family together through these years. I hope that you’re feeling the love we’re all sending today!

  95. 161 canadabarb4obama
    August 13, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Wishing you every ounce of happiness and love your heart can hold. All around the world, you are loved!

  96. 162 donna dem 4 obama
    August 13, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Happy Birthday Dear Chips. We miss and love ya! Hope you had a wonderful day!!!

  97. 165 0388jojothecat
    August 13, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    Happy Birthday my dear Chipsticks. We are so appreciative of The Obama Diary thanks to you and our Nerdy Wonka who has been so gracious to keep things going as well as our other blog tyrants. Chipsticks I pray that this birthday gives you a satisfaction that you mean so much to so many here. That your mum/mom gave us a tremendous gift of YOU! Happy Birthday my dear!

  98. 166 hopefruit2
    August 14, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Happy Belated Birthday Dear Chips! We love & miss you, and hope you were able to have a peaceful day. I echo everyone’s sentiments regarding the deep gratitude for this wonderful space you have created and maintained and nurtured. Wishing you many, many more birthdays where you can be more joyful and celebrate to your heart’s content! ๐Ÿ™‚

  99. 167 Gazelle
    August 15, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Happiest of belated birthdays, dearest Chips! Wishing you love & joy always!

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