Dance Into The New Year


Pete Souza: “President Obama watches the First Lady dance with 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin in the Blue Room of the White House prior to a reception celebrating African American History Month.”

117 Responses to “Dance Into The New Year”

  1. 1 jacquelineoboomer
    December 31, 2016 at 9:13 pm


  2. 2 mtmarilyn
    December 31, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    I love that picture. Virginia was so happy.

  3. 4 jacquelineoboomer
    December 31, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Can anyone think of a song that Dudette might enjoy hearing, if she is able to visit here for a minute tonight and listen to it? I know she likes and has posted many genres and artists, but my mind’s drawing a blank!

    • 5 jacquelineoboomer
      December 31, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      Here’s to Dudette’s love of science – backed with a song! Thinking of you, dear one!

      Eyes On the Skies for New Year’s Eve Comets Currently Zooming Through the Inner Solar System

  4. 6 vcprezofan2
    December 31, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Thank you, Ms NerdyW! May *your* 2017 be blessedly filled with as much joy as you have shared here with us! 🙂

  5. 8 desertflower
    December 31, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Bringing Booms poem over.

    Out with 2016

    Nostradamus in a quatrain
    Couldn’t have made it sound more insane
    That the brightest star in the universe
    Could be replaced by something this perverse
    The omens and predictions and such
    Have really all been a bit too much
    We shall take back our land in 2017
    Stand up taller than the haters have seen
    Pledge allegiance with E pluribus unum criteria
    As Trump ends his days in a madman’s Siberia

    #WeAreUnstoppable #LoveTrumpsHate #Resist

    • 9 jacquelineoboomer
      December 31, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      Thanks, df. I remembered!

    • January 1, 2017 at 1:08 am

      Thank you df!!!

      Jacqueline, I’ve posted a note in the previous thread and a request to NW that she feature your exceptional, timely poem. This one must persist for all to read, for generations to come.

      For me, it all distills to “our hour has come” … and it’s not going to be about tweeting, or blog posts, or marches – though all will be important.

      We are each going to be tested.

      Do we enable or do we place our life on the line to prevent another “purge,” another “holocaust” ….

      Whether anyone is wishing each other “Happy New Year” 365 days from now is no different that what our predecessors must have wondered in 1861 … 1941 …

    • 14 susanne
      January 1, 2017 at 3:13 am

      rocking out to this anthem tonight, and all year long! aloha tods and very best wishes for a new year full of hope and change!

  6. 15 desertflower
    December 31, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Here’s a chat with Propane Jane:) A fierce warrior for thruth


    • 16 desertflower
      December 31, 2016 at 10:36 pm

      What IS thruth, exactly? TRUTH is, that my husband walked into my office as I was typing and got me sidetracked. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it:)

  7. December 31, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Wishing everyone at TOD a very happy New Year and good wishes for 2017.
    So happy to have spent 7 years with all of you TOD folks and enjoyed reading your comments. Special
    Wishes to Nerdy for holding down the fort and to Chips for all her years of creating and building this space for anyone who loved the humanity of POTUS and FLOTUS on their incredible journey into history and our hearts.

  8. 18 desertflower
    December 31, 2016 at 10:44 pm


  9. 19 desertflower
    December 31, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Can you read all of these?

  10. 21 desertflower
    December 31, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Night all. Happy New Year

  11. 23 whenpamelawandered
    December 31, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    {{{{{ TOD }}}}}

  12. December 31, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Happy New Year to the Obamas.

    • December 31, 2016 at 11:52 pm

      Happy New Year’s to you guys too. 2017…….We have to stick together, and what I tell anyone is that “If you pray…….Continue. If you don’t pray…..Start.

  13. 26 sherijr
    January 1, 2017 at 12:11 am

    Happy New Year to all of TOD. Wishing each of you as much goodness as possible for 2017. Thank you Nerdy for making it possible for us to continue visiting this safe harbor.. and to Chips, thank you, wishing you the very best possible for 2017. Sleep tight everyone.

  14. 27 hopefruit2
    January 1, 2017 at 12:12 am

    I’d like to wish everyone a safe, healthy and peaceful 2017! Especially thinking of our Dear Chips & Danny, and hoping that they can find some comfort and and continued healing in the New Year.

    Nerdy I cannot thank you enough – you’ve literally carried this place on your shoulders for the larger part of 2016 – one of the most difficult years since we’ve been following the Obama Presidency on this blog. Nothing I can say or do will match the amount of gratitude you deserve, now and decades from now. You are a remarkable presence, and you deserve the best in every facet of life.

    And to my fellow TODers, let’s begin the new year by following our President’s example, and by continuing to draw inspiration from him and our FLOTUS. We will be vigilant and hold the GOP, the media, and their President-elect accountable 24/7. Let’s work for outcomes that we can be proud of in 2018, 2020, 2024 and beyond!!

  15. 31 Judith Fardig
    January 1, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Happy New Year to TOD! I hope Mrs. McLaurin makes it to 108 and gets to dance with the Obamas again. XOXO

  16. January 1, 2017 at 12:35 am

    Happy New Year TOD! Best Wishes and prayers for Duedette!

  17. 33 mtmarilyn
    January 1, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Happy New Year to all of TOD. We must be together this next year. More than ever we need the Obama future.

  18. 34 Ahero62
    January 1, 2017 at 1:39 am

    Happy New Year TOD family! I’m dreading 2017. May God help us all.

  19. January 1, 2017 at 1:43 am

    toderHappy Happy New Year 🎆🎈🎊 my fellow TODers! I wish you a Glorious 2017. We must all gather our strength to fight the orange menace ahead. Stay strong!

  20. January 1, 2017 at 2:59 am

    Happy New Year TODers!

    Nerdy, thank you immensely for the amazing job you have done to keep TOD afloat. In time of joy, strife, ups and downs, we’ve come to this space to get, if nothing much, a virtual hug, uplift, encouragement. This is a room of family and I am truly grateful for everyone here. Thank you for your every comment, advice, support of each other.

    Chips, I have missed you tremendously and I continue to pray for you daily.

    Dudette, speedy recovery. HZ, much love — always.

    This 2017, more than ever, we must remain strong, vigilant and participatory in some form in the process.

  21. 39 susanne
    January 1, 2017 at 3:24 am

    Happy New Year’s Eve TOD ohana! Just 10:15 PM here, hubby went to bed (wimp 🙂 ) and left me alone with a half bottle of champagne and the sacred duty of banging pots and pans with spoons at midnight. Feeling very nostalgic for 8 years of much happier December 31sts but also determined that all we’ve gained will not be lost. The Great Cheat-o will not, cannot erase over half the nation. My prediction for 2017: he and his minions will be very sorry they messed with PBO’s plans. Out of the White House, the president and first lady will continue to lead the world’s good people toward a better future. BTW, anyone ever had a party where Cheetos were served? You know that mess on the carpet after a few get crunched underfoot? That’s the future of DT and his gang of thieves– ugly orange dust, swept into the garbage can on the first sunrise.

    With much love to you all, and especially to our beloved Chips and our warrior princess Nerdy Wonka– may your 2017s be all you hope for ❤

  22. 40 susanne
    January 1, 2017 at 3:26 am

    Dance party time!!

  23. 51 susanne
    January 1, 2017 at 4:33 am

    Woohoo! 11:30 PM and the neighbors are breaking out the good stuff– bang bang bang booooom! Almost time to choose my best pots and pans– the big wooden spoons really make a good sound, and absolutely, positively scare all the demons away 🙂

    Happy New Year to all and to all a Good Night! ❤

    • January 1, 2017 at 7:31 am

      Good morning, susanne and all the TOD family!!!!!! susanne, Thanks for all these. Memories…….and thoughts of Dudette.

      hopefruit2, May I echo every word you shared?! 🙂 🙂 Truth and perfectly said. Good day wished for all. Happy 2017!

  24. 54 arapaho415
    January 1, 2017 at 8:27 am

    GM TODville, good 2017 to everyone.

    Good tidings and health especially to ((( Dudette ))) disconsolate to hear about her health challenges 😦 , JackieG (hope time is healing the wounds inflicted by DJT [especially his PA supporters]) and Alycee. Love and warm 2017 greetings to Chips and Danny, grateful for NerdyW’s dedication and immeasurable contributions to this community.

    Wonderful to see Susanne festive and bringing music to the party last night.

    Here’s more #2017 celebrations from around the world:

    Sydney, breathtaking … 99ts — are you lurking?

    Prince tribute:

    NY’s day is a big holiday in Japan, here’s a less spectacular welcome to #2017:

  25. 56 pkayden
    January 1, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Thanks for all the music Susanne. I’d add Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” to welcome in 2017.

  26. 59 JER
    January 1, 2017 at 9:11 am

    codeblacklife — Beautiful digital drawing of the #Obamas

  27. January 1, 2017 at 9:30 am

    • January 1, 2017 at 9:30 am

      • 63 susanne
        January 1, 2017 at 5:33 pm

        Excellent list, Africa. I’m writing it down on paper (because I’m old and that’s how I roll) so I can keep it freshly in mind all year– pinning that note right in front of the computer! All the best to you this year, and to all the TOD ohana ❤

  28. 64 desertflower
    January 1, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Morning everyone. Woke with important things on my mind….rainy, gray day here…


    While much has changed since 1789, certain premises of politics and human nature have held steady. One of those truths is that private financial interests can subtly sway even the most virtuous leaders. As careful students of history, the Framers were painfully aware that entanglements between American officials and foreign powers could pose a creeping, insidious risk to the Republic. The Emoluments Clause was forged of their hard-won wisdom. It is no relic of a bygone era, but rather an expression of insight into the nature of the human condition and the preconditions of self-governance.

    Now in 2016, when there is overwhelming evidence that a foreign power has indeed meddled in our political system, adherence to the strict prohibition on foreign government presents and emoluments “of any kind whatever” is even more important for our national security and independence.

    Never in American history has a president-elect presented more conflict of interest questions and foreign entanglements than Donald Trump. Given the vast and global scope of Trump’s business interests, many of which remain shrouded in secrecy, we cannot predict the full gamut of legal and constitutional challenges that lie ahead. But one violation, of constitutional magnitude, will run from the instant that Mr. Trump swears he will “faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” While holding office, Mr. Trump will receive—by virtue of his continued interest in the Trump Organization and his stake in hundreds of other entities—a steady stream of monetary and other benefits from foreign powers and their agents.

    He should NEVER have been allowed to even BE a candidate for President if he wasn’t willing to sell his properties first. Period.

  29. 66 desertflower
    January 1, 2017 at 9:47 am


    “The first thing we need to do is face reality, If Eric Trump is so upset, write a check. We’ve got to stop acting like everything that happens to this guy when they complain about how difficult it is, if they want to give to charity, give to charity. They can write the money themselves, they don’t need to raise it from us.”

    “Secondly, and this is the most important, we have a president-elect who has been treated completely differently from anybody else,” he continued. “The press has unfortunately gotten into this thing where they’re afraid of propaganda outlets like Fox News coming in and calling them biased. There is no bias here. We have got to grow a backbone. We have got to demand press conferences. We have got to stop covering his tweets like they’re news.”

    “This man has some very serious questions to answer, We’re getting to the point we should start to wonder, is the problem he can’t answer? That he doesn’t have the intelligence to answer? That he’s afraid to answer? We have to bear down on him and let the American public know that this is not normal. When the Foxes of the world object to acting like a normal reporter as being biased we should just point them out and say, they’re lying, just ignore them.”

    -Kurt Eichenwald

  30. 67 desertflower
    January 1, 2017 at 10:09 am

    MY resolution!

  31. 70 desertflower
    January 1, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Back to the 1840’s?? How quaint.

  32. 71 desertflower
    January 1, 2017 at 10:23 am

  33. 76 Don
    January 1, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Happy New Year everyone, may all of your hopes and dreams come true more or less.

    • 77 desertflower
      January 1, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Happy New Year…my hope is that it won ‘t be as awful as we fear, and that those of us with caring hearts help others be lifted up. And that we find out gobs of mess on the conjob and he’s impeached along with all his cronies….but I digress.

  34. January 1, 2017 at 10:45 am

  35. 80 GGAIL
    January 1, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Good West Coast New Year’s Day morning NW & TOD family. I’m grateful to NW for keeping the door open on TOD. I’m grateful to Chipsticks for creating TOD and nurturing it as a safe haven for us. It will be a much needed site for this year. I’m looking forward to the OFA meeting to hear the suggestions and to be involved in the plans to help direct our future. My thinking is that citizen Barack will once again be involved and utilize OFA as a platform for his ideas.
    I’m In and Ready.

  36. January 1, 2017 at 10:52 am

  37. 84 desertflower
    January 1, 2017 at 10:59 am

    One thing that keeps me positive is that every day there are new eligible voters watching and paying attention…and the country is demographically changing for the better each and every day. They can not turn back that clock. Children coming of age now or being born now, are multicultural or multiracial and there is nothing that the haters can do. There are more of us than them….soon to be even more. We have a President that will soon be a private citizen that will be able to freely work to make this a better place for all…unchained by the bonds of a President. He has built relationships and forged bonds with so many that share his vision for the future….and all of us will work with him on the vision that he has to bend the arc toward justice….This is a momentous time in our history. A time of turmoil, but also a time to shine the light on the RW vision for America without any shrouds. I guarantee that people’s eyes will be opened…that they will realize that they have been lied to and sold a bill of goods…Nothing worth while ever came easy….we have a legacy to preserve and that’s exactly what we’re all going to do. No time for sitting out…My love to all of you kindred spirits…Yes We Can!

    • January 1, 2017 at 11:16 am

      df, Thank you for that little “sermonette” and words of encouragement and good reminders. Already had the TV on CBS so FAce the Nation is on in the background. I began to listen and David Frum just made some of the same points you did. Different words/phrasing, but his message is the same………that people will wake up, MUST wake up and ACT. He repeatedly used the term Constitutional crisis. He is very emphatic that we have never seen anything like this and that people must not be lulled into “Everything will be okay.”

      Thanks again. Yes.We.Can.

      • 86 desertflower
        January 1, 2017 at 11:25 am

        OH! David Frum has been very vocal and needs to continue using his platform for good…a conservative that gets it. We can not explain away this crisis in our minds so that it fits in a little cubbie…NONE of this is NORMAL!!! Question everything! Demand they be accountable to you. Your reps work for YOU, not the other way around:) We have to step out of comfort zones and be our brothers and sister’s keepers…take care of one another and do the right thing. The right thing is hardly ever the EASY thing! Nothing will “be ok” unless we make it so.

    • 90 GGail
      January 1, 2017 at 11:20 am

      Yes We Can!

  38. January 1, 2017 at 11:02 am

  39. January 1, 2017 at 11:10 am

    • 93 susanne
      January 1, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      This is an excellent read– highly recommended. Surprised to see quite a few good articles on Daily Beast’s site today. Hopefully they’ve decided to do journalism, and not just snarky pop-crap. Joy Reid’s article is a hopeful beginning.

  40. 94 Bill R.
    January 1, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Happy New Year, TODers! Thank you for keeping me sane. Let’s all keep the faith in this new year, and doing all we can to defeat and bring down the Trump monster.

  41. 95 desertflower
    January 1, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Might I suggest that all of us put the contact info for our senators and reps in our phones NOW…if they aren’t there already! You need to KEEP ON THEM and let them know you will be paying attention and holding them accountable!

    • January 1, 2017 at 11:50 am

      All three of mine have been in my phone for a long time. Both numbers, local and DC. Most of the time, I call the local office. Sometimes I call both.

      • 97 desertflower
        January 1, 2017 at 12:57 pm

        good job:) We all need to do this… Make a weekly call to let them know they are being watched…this is not the Big Brother they had in mind:)

  42. 98 Bill R.
    January 1, 2017 at 11:28 am

    My New Year’s wish, from Bob Marley, “One Love, One World, let’s get together and be alright!”

  43. 105 desertflower
    January 1, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Just popped into my head:)

  44. 107 JER
    January 1, 2017 at 11:59 am

  45. January 1, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Thank YOU PBO

  46. 112 desertflower
    January 1, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Huh…don’t say.

    • 113 desertflower
      January 1, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      imo, they injected themselves into the conflict of interest issues…

      • 114 Linda
        January 1, 2017 at 1:30 pm

        Mika and Joe are obviously feeling the snubs from their former viewers. I have seen ads trying to promote Joe and his nonsense trying to make it seems like he is some kind of great journalist with inside information no one else has.

        It is really pathetic.

  47. 116 desertflower
    January 1, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Journos could make things a lot easier on themselves if they began from the premise that the pathological liar is lying….and prove him to be telling the truth.

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