Shave Ice Time!


President Barack Obama enjoys shave ice with First Daughter Malia Obama at Island Snow in Kailua, Hawaii





104 Responses to “Shave Ice Time!”

  1. 1 desertflower
    December 28, 2016 at 11:54 am

    John Kerry is teaching with no holds barred right now. Bravo!

    • 2 Judith Fardig
      December 28, 2016 at 11:58 am

      Congrats, DF! What a sweet bond our President has with his daughters! I would like to rebut every one of the orange menace’s outrageous lies about how he could have beaten PBO and bragging consumer confidence is due to him, not the rightful reason: also PBO, but I refuse to give him any numbers on twitter. Trying to ignore him on social media as much as possible and give positive reactions to all things Obama.

      • 3 misspat
        December 28, 2016 at 1:44 pm

        Good morning folks. I was told to stop re-tweeting positive things about the president. I have to,to counteract all negatives out there. I am a fierce protector of the president and his legacy. I also try not to mention the name of the demagogue if at all possible.
        Starting January 1st I will be weaning myself off social media and by the 20th I should be off entirely. Those of you who remain, please counteract the negatives and do everything to stay positive and full of hope.
        Nerdy, thanks for all you do here and for all the folks that keep me sane with their positive tweets and energy.
        I hope this place will still be here so I can come to get renewed.
        Chips and Danny, miss you lots….

    • 4 jacquelineoboomer
      December 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      It’s just and fierce – and, truth be told, a little frightening. This is what truth sounds like, out loud. This is what courage looks like, from a true diplomat who is invested in our country and the world at large. This is what the Obama principles look like. (I could go on, but you get the gist of what I’m thinking.)

      • 5 desertflower
        December 28, 2016 at 12:09 pm

        Agreed. He is laying it all out on the line, for all to hear. Whether they LISTEN is another question. I am so proud of him. He has been an exemplary SOS.

        • 6 jacquelineoboomer
          December 28, 2016 at 12:23 pm

          He has. And, as I often repeat, the President “sure can pick ’em.”

          • 7 Mary
            December 28, 2016 at 12:29 pm

            I have thought that a million times but that’s the first time I’ve seen it online. He has picked some amazing and competent public servants who have been loyal to him with not a whiff of scandal in 8 years. Why? Because their leader models ethical behavior. Things usually rot from the top down.

            • 8 jacquelineoboomer
              December 28, 2016 at 1:59 pm

              Well said, Mary! And when the top is as great and gracious as the President, it can only get better for those who follow his lead and his path.

          • 9 susanne
            December 28, 2016 at 3:05 pm

            He would have been a great president. President Kerry.

    • 12 carla4obama
      December 28, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      Love SOS Kerry. A true Statesman. He has done so much, worked so hard these past 4 years. He leaves the office dignified, and with a strong moral path. Where the next administration takes it remains to be seen.

  2. 13 jacquelineoboomer
    December 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Thank you, Nerdy, for the fun post! Have a great Obama day.

  3. 14 jacquelineoboomer
    December 28, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    The disgusting part is Trump would never have had the attention span to listen to Kerry’s full remarks, nor the interest, so he might learn something. Never.

  4. 16 CEB
    December 28, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    I love the relationship that PBO has with his daughters, but especially the one that he has with Malia. These two enjoy each other so much that she is even willing to ask him about his day during dinner and to listen to his answers (this gleaned from MO’s remarks in a recent interview). On an Ellen show episode he refers to her as “one of my best friends” and even though he can barely stand the idea of her leaving to go to college, he sees her as a “grown woman.” (Michelle is not there yet; she said Malia is still a baby). Some of my favorite video and photographic moments with the two of them are: when she encouraged and cheered on her parents to kiss at the basketball game for the Kiss Cam, when she stopped by the Easter Egg hunt, car keys in hand, to let him know that she was leaving, how PBO embraced her as they walked around a New York museum, and the one of the two of them in the Oval Office when she wiped something fro his face (again with keys in hand getting ready to leave). It is so obvious that there is love, mutual respect, friendship, and camaraderie between the two. She is an independent young woman who has the confidence and strong sense of self and purpose, that is due in part because of the nature of her relationship with her father. PBO always demurs and gives MO all of the credit, but it is easy to see his influence in how Malia has turned out.

  5. 17 desertflower
    December 28, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Hypocrisy all around

  6. December 28, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Good morning/afternoon Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Wednesday morning/afternoon. Congrats df, on being first this morning/afternoon.

    Nerdy, thanks so much for helping Ms. Chips and the sacrifices you are making for us TOD’ers. 💫🙏👌👊❤

    To all, I hope you are rewarded with good health, great success, and lasting financial security today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Notwithstanding the nightmare of BuffoonTrump in the Whitehouse, I am more than ever, Thankful to God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  7. 20 jacquelineoboomer
    December 28, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    When truth is on your side, the takedowns are almost cathartic to write!

    • December 28, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      Indeed, they are.

      Birther is insolent and incapable of the tinniest of social mores. There is something deeply lacking in this man-child. So grateful for PBO, will miss him so very deeply in the WH. But lord knows, he needs to rest after giving his all and then some more to this country these last 8 years.

      • 22 jacquelineoboomer
        December 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm

        Yes, I will be so glad to see (or hear about) him resting. Well deserved and needed, to rejuvenate before the next phase of his life. And that’s gonna be great, too.

  8. 26 desertflower
    December 28, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Well deserved standing ovation for SOS Kerry. His wisdom, intellect and dedication to public service as a force for good and peace is something truly special. I will miss him.

  9. 29 whenpamelawandered
    December 28, 2016 at 12:40 pm


  10. 30 JER
    December 28, 2016 at 12:41 pm

  11. 31 globalcitizenlinda
    December 28, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    tried to respond to the deplorables who were attacking SoS Kerry even before his speech began & of course during it …. but I decided it is futile because these rightwingers here and abroad are out of their minds

  12. December 28, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Good Morning Everybody

    Nice pictures, thanks again, Nerdy, as always!!


  13. 37 desertflower
    December 28, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Steve Benen at MaddowBlog:) ” Boycott of Gallup lol

    * Gallup’s newest report shows President Obama remains the most admired man in America, beating out Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama were the most admired women. Whether this will lead to some kind of far-right boycott of the Gallup Organization is unclear.

  14. 38 desertflower
    December 28, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    I’m going to have to improve my tolerance for stupid…maybe not.


    The idea that Israel is being treated “with such total disdain and disrespect” by the Obama administration is a bit rich, given the amount of US aid the country receives and the fact that Netanyahu has ignored and disrespected Washington whenever he has felt like it over the past eight years—an attitude that predated the Iran deal, whatever you think of it. It’s especially rich coming from Trump, though, whose entire political career is based on treating Obama, who he said was not born in America, with “total disdain and disrespect.”

    But let’s not put the cart too far in front of the horse. Trump has also tried to use a “not” joke—possibly for the first time in American political history. But, while Trump’s best tweet pats himself on the back for not falling for Sacha Baron Cohen’s schtick, it seems that he could have learned something from the movie Borat.

  15. 41 GGail
    December 28, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Thanks meta for the heads up. I found it.

    Congresswoman Maxine Waters has taken off her bedroom slippers and has on a pair of steel-toe boots! You go Maxine!!!
    The California Democrat told MSNBC corespondent Jacob Soboroff that her party has a problem of bending over backward to work with Republicans.
    “I tell you, that has been a problem in my party,” Mrs. Waters said. “That when we’re in power, we’re nice. We bend over backwards to work with people. Trump has stepped on everybody. He has no respect for his own colleagues, let alone those on the opposite side of the aisle.
    “He’s called names, he’s lied. He’s done everything to show that he doesn’t have good values and he can’t be trusted,” she continued. “Why should we work with someone that we can’t trust? He’ll tell you one thing today and another thing tomorrow. As a matter of fact, those people who voted for [him] ought to be really concerned about the fact that he has already backpedaled on some of the promises he made.
    “I have no intention of pretending everything is all right, that we’re going to work together,” she added.
    Mrs. Waters said she has a duty to fight Mr. Trump on his campaign promise to repeal some of the reforms that came about after the 2008 financial crisis.

  16. 44 desertflower
    December 28, 2016 at 2:08 pm

  17. December 28, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Hope everyone had a Merry X-mas! …..not sure if this has been posted but FLOTUS will be on VICELAND tomorrow 10 EST on “Balls Deep” ….really interesting show to go along with some awesome original programming on VICELAND: http://ew.com/article/2016/12/07/michelle-obama-viceland-balls-deep-clip/

    I have AT&T U-Verse, it is channel 1257(HD)

    DISH: 121

    DTV: 271

    Verizon: 697

  18. 50 desertflower
    December 28, 2016 at 2:40 pm


    President-elect Donald Trump is going to continue firing off unfiltered tweets even when he heads to the Oval Office next month, and conservative radio host Charlie Sykes thinks it’s emblematic of his limited intellect.

    Via Daily Kos, Sykes appeared on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show this week and explained that Trump simply lacks the discipline and curiosity to think beyond 140-character blurbs on social media.

    “This is really going to symbolize the quality of this man’s thought,” he said. “I mean, there was a time when we had presidents who read books. Now we have presidents who write in 140-character messages.”

    In fact, Sykes hinted that it wouldn’t make sense for Trump to try to use more traditional means of communication as president because his thoughts aren’t big enough to make them necessary.

    HEY! I agree with a conservative!!

      December 28, 2016 at 2:50 pm


    • 52 susanne
      December 28, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      I’m confused– didn’t the Secret Service require PBO to give up his beloved Blackberry? DuRT can have his fun for now, but soon he’ll have to send his tweets out on scraps of paper, blown out the window.

  19. 53 jacquelineoboomer
    December 28, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    December 28, 2016 at 2:54 pm


  21. December 28, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    ICYMI: Maxine Waters lets it FLY and spills the TRUTH. We need to call our Senators and Reps and tell them to listen to her.

  22. 62 jacquelineoboomer
    December 28, 2016 at 3:02 pm


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  24. December 28, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    • 74 susanne
      December 28, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      I love this statement so much. He has profoundly changed the conversation, and brought it to bear on all nations dominated by religious factions.

      • December 28, 2016 at 3:21 pm

        I believe Sec Kerry has been a magnificent SOS. He is indefatigable and a true statesman.

          • 77 carolyn
            December 28, 2016 at 5:40 pm

            I have respected SOS Kerry for many years. I was distraught in 2004 when the peabrain GWB defeated this towering man. I am thankful for him.

            I LOVE Shave ice! We discovered it in 1985 on our first trip to Hawaii. We’ve tried it here on the mainland…..but it just is not the same. It is a Hawaiian treat, not duplicatable here. Kind of like gelato in Italy.

            Happy New Year to all of you. You are writing such thoughtful pieces. PBO is so amazing. Yesterday was a landmark day. What a change from my childhood.

            • 78 carolyn
              December 28, 2016 at 6:02 pm

              Just heard one more reason to respect SOS Kerry: he used the correct plural of “forum” He said “fora” which is the correct plural for the Latin word. A little pedantic, I know…..but I LOVED Latin, and am always pleased when people use the words correctly.

  25. December 28, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    You’ll want to bookmark this:

  26. 80 desertflower
    December 28, 2016 at 3:34 pm

  27. 81 desertflower
    December 28, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    • 82 0388jojothecat
      December 28, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      Steve Martin, who reportedly tweeted, “When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher as the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. She turned out to be witty and bright as well.”

      Steve Martin got a lot of backlash for saying this….GIVE ME A BREAK PEOPLE! There are so many contrarians on twitter, FB, Blogs that just drive me crazy.

  28. 83 arapaho415
    December 28, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    GA TODville.

    NerdyW, JER, Susanne and everyone (catching up, as usual), thanks for keeping us up-to-date on the First Family’s last, glorious vacation (as FF) in the warm, welcoming embrace of Hawaii.

    This is a must-see — we love when #TheBearIsLoose, and the excitement for these lucky Ohio residents is palpable.

    Footage from 2010, but posted today by @WhiteHouse:

  29. 84 desertflower
    December 28, 2016 at 3:45 pm


    AZ worst for electoral integrity. I’m just shocked.

  30. December 28, 2016 at 3:47 pm

  31. 93 arapaho415
    December 28, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    More good news (crossing my fingers that @RalstonReports is correct):

    Long article (posted here earlier this month) about new designations that may be in the pipeline before PBO leaves 😦 office:

  32. 94 CEB
    December 28, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    I am tired of the fear peddling donation emails that are flooding my inbox. Only a few list tangible things that they have done for the cause of social justice (the NAACP is Not one that does so) and fewer lists steps that will be taken for the so-called resistance. Too many people are going to wound up being the patsy that so many GOP donors became this past year. I know which organizations have a long-history and a success record (currently as well as in the past) in fighting for the most vulnerable in our society and have donated accordingly and did so before I was ever contacted by anyone. It is a great turn off to be inundated with all of the screaming, fear-inducing emails that have landed in my email since this election. Too many organizations on both sides are ginning up fear to the extent of making too many feel desperate and anxiety-filled. I consider this to be a form of abuse. Sure there is real cause for concern, but we will not have anything concrete to combat (and it will only matter if congress joins the fight) when the carnival barker and his staff of deplorables are formally in office. We need to be informed and ready with tangible steps on how to protect and to extend rights, and so far there is little that I have seen from the dunning organizations that send these emails. Furthermore, I am of the opinion that white people created this problem and it is white people that need to fix it. However, when most see that their privilege is not endangered, the silly hashtag resistance calls will end and most will settle into their lives relieved that they are not one of the targeted groups. Black and brown people have seen this show in one form or another since we have been on these shores and we do not expect anything to be different. We suffer no matter who is the White House or the State House. It’s funny how I have been getting all of these emails from the ACLU and other organizations about how to protect Muslims, particularly the hijab wearing women, when they are harassed, but I know that if I tried to intercede, when the cops show up, any Black people who are around will be the ones who will be handcuffed and hauled off to jail. A-A citizens have been dealing with real, unrelenting threats and danger everyday since we have been here with few standing up and certainly not for any sustained period of time. I will continue to give to organizations like the SPLC that is all-in and completely dedicated with the record (receipts) to prove what they have done and continue to do so effectively, and take political actions as necessary because icare about all of our citizens, but please, the so-called resistance will get no farther than Spring 2017 if that long.

  33. December 28, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Running through the tape!!

  34. 96 GGail
    December 28, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Our local OFA chapter is forming. Are U in??? I’ve confirmed my attendance.

    These are being organized all over the USA. Go to Organizing For Action and find an Event near you. Please don’t sit on the sidelines and wait for someone else to do the heavy lifting. Get involved. I know citizen Barack and Michelle will be involved and I’ll be right there with them.

    Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley Community Action Meeting
    (Action Planning Session)
    A preliminary community action and planning meeting focusing on how progressives can build for the future, through hyper-local organizing and strategy. We’ll talk about potential targets and goals for 2017, familiarize ourselves with other organizations doing the work, and discuss where we can each make change and how to move forward. Bring a friend, bring your worries, bring your best ideas, bring your hope, bring a notebook and something to write with. About your host: I’m a 33-year-old, white, temporarily-able-bodied queer transgender person (pronouns: ze/hir or they/them), and a 2nd generation middle-class person who’s made it a point to get out a lot. I’ve been involved in left-leaning and progressive politics and activism since 2001 or so. I am ALL IN for building a more just and inclusive future for America, and if you are too, I’m looking forward to making action plans with you. 🙂
    Time: Wednesday, January 4, 2017 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Starbucks (Pasadena, CA)
    575 S Lake Ave
    Pasadena, CA 91101

    • 97 Judith Fardig
      December 28, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      My team is holding one while I’m back in D.C. at the protest march, but they are popping up all over. Thanks for alerting us to look for one on barackobama.com/events

    • 98 globalcitizenlinda
      December 28, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      a few days after the election, I had to decide to take the leadership in our local OFA.

      there are some things I can’t personally do, but I am looking to designate to others with those specific talents.

      together with the rest of our team, we intend to get a lot done.

      good luck to others who are taking this effort with the seriousness it deserves.

      • 99 whatisworking
        December 28, 2016 at 10:31 pm

        Thanks you so much for taking this on, it is so important that we grow our OFA groups so we can push back against the Trump agenda. I am so grateful for your efforts and look forward to hearing about your team’s events.

  35. 100 desertflower
    December 28, 2016 at 6:09 pm

  36. 102 desertflower
    December 28, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Huh. I say poor people are more than grateful for any help they can get. Rich people think they can get away with murder….like in the middle of 5th Ave… Crooks and liars

  37. 103 desertflower
    December 28, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    For those who missed SOS Kerry’s speech today, some thoughts and compare/contrasting from former Presidents….


    There is also a link to his speech at the link.

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