January 18, 2009
Thank you, Chipsticks….you work so hard for all of us. It is more than appreciated:) Hugs to you, and please have a relaxing weekend!
Wonderful Chipsticks, simply wonderful. I absolutely LOVE that song! So appropriate for the Fourth of July and the photos made the point loud and clear!
Adore that song too Joan, it makes my knees wobble every time! The cutest/funniest YouTube video I think I ever saw was a group of kids from Thailand singing the …… Irish version of the song!!!! As if we needed any more proof that it’s a global village we live in!
This land is your land, this land is my land
From the northern highlands, to the western islands
From the hills of Kerry, to the streets of free Derry
This land was made for you and me
Happy July 4 Joan
I love those kids.
Oh Chipsticks this video is soo precious. This is what many republicans don’t get. We are a global village indeed. We are interdependent and we rise and fall as one. They always want to divide us, but videos like this and other good works by great leaders continuously gives me HOPE!
“we rise and fall as one”
Love ya UT.
Love that song as well. When the kids in class ask me to pick their morning choice, it is always my number 1.
Bragging to my husband about all of you today:)
Ooooh no wonder I felt my ears burning. Please please brag about us some more. I am a supermodel in constant need of attention and validation
Yeah, well where do you think the term “supermodel” came from??
Signed, GC, SM
Happy 4th, ut!
Thank you Chipsticks.
My pleasure maritza, thank you.
Beautiful, Chipsticks. Thanks again for All that you do to make this a lovely place to come to. I give thanks for you. Enjoy your time for the remaining of this holiday weekend. I love you back.
Hiya HZ, I’m so sorry I haven’t been in touch for ages, how are you doing?
Wow… this video made me teary eyed. I remember watching it live and it still gets me. Cant wait for Part2 at 2013
Ha, looking forward to part 2 as well well StylishGurl!
stylishgurl, I know I’m getting ahead of myself, but what about the first dance? Last time it was At Last with Beyonce. 2013 what will the song be for POTUS and FLOTUS to dance to? We do have sometime to think about that.
LOL… I dont wanna jinxe anything or tempt faith in anyway! But, I’ll be fun to think about it
Chipsticks, thank you. This does my heart good. I’ve never seen that video before and I got teary eyed, too. As I looked at it I remembered how it felt when he was inaugurated and the hope was all about the promise of what could be. And you know, I’ve never been disappointed in him. Sometimes I think it would be interesting to know the forces he deals with that we aren’t aware of, but truthfully, I don’t want to know. I just know I appreciate President Obama, the First Lady, their family and this administration with all my heart.
I love that video, it had me singing right r along with those words, this land is your land, this land is my land. As I looked at all the people , and the good time being had, I said to myself that is America, not the HATE coming from the other side,
Thanks Chips. Tears rolling down this middle aged man’s face. It brought back so many memories. I went to the inauguration folks. We were cold seeings how it was late Janurary, but being amongst the 1.4 million attendees really warmed the heart. After the parade we left the DC area back to Baltimore where relatives live. I will never forget the experience I had in our nation’s capitol and my birthplace that day in January of 2009.
Oh Keith, I wish i’d met you on that magnificent day! Although I wouldn’t even have been able to say hello, my frostbitten lips refused to function! Oh my, it was the coldest cold I ever experienced, but I’ve never been so warm inside …. if I live to 1,000 I will never experience a more glorious day. See you in DC in January 2013, okay?
Definately Chipsticks. I plan on being at the inauguration in 2013 again as well. Yes it was a bitter type of winter cold, but the all the warm hearts made it bearable. Wish I could had said hello to you too Chips. We will definately be there with another million man/women turnout.
I’m serious Keith, I’ll be there in Jan 2013, I’d love to see you then to give you a suffocating hug! When we get nearer the time we’ll make arrangements, you will NOT leave DC without a hug from me!
I’m serious to Chips. We will stay in contact and exchange personal contact info as it gets closer. It’s on DEAR!!
We MUST to our best to have a TOD meet-up in DC for 2013. I went in 2009, and I have to say, I wore 5 layers of clothes and I needed ALL FIVE LAYERS!! I have never been that cold in my life. God BLESS!!!! my friend who called me the day before and told me to buy handwarmers. The best $5 I ever spent. I thanked the Lord Jesus, Allah, Buddah, and whoever I else I could pray to, for ever invented those things. I know I would have had frost bite without them.
Yep, join the party isonprize. That would be great to have a meet up at the inauguration in 2013. I bought the same thing that day along with neck and head warmers. Best money spent as far as chothing in a long time.:) We should have a coordinated gathering in DC. Im in!
Awwwww, too precious Chips. I could just kiss those little cheeks off!!! Thanks for this. One little man was twisting–I’ll take him.
A few more details about 4th of July at the WH tomorrow:
OMG, I remember being glued to the tv watching, and what a day that was. Four more years!!!!!
Me too Asher. Me too. I woke up at 6am or something and I skipped classes for the first time. I figured this was one time education had to take a back burner. History was being made.
Guys I need your help. Just opened up a twitter account, but lol i dont even know what to do next, as in find friends to follow and even send out a tweet. Dont laugh peeps I am completely clueless. Thanks.
Hey Asher, don’t worry we’re here to help.
1. To send out a tweet, look at the buttons at the top of the page, click Home and it leads you to your timeline. There is a blank space on the left where if you click on it you can write your words and then to tweet it, click the Tweet button.
2. Another way to tweet is; on the top right corner where your twitter name/handle appears, put your mouse over there and it says Tweet. Click on it, write what you want in 140 characters or less and tweet.
3. To follow someone, in the search box type his/her real name or his/her twitter name/handle and when they appear, click the Follow button. It will turn green and that is how you know you are following someone.
4. To unfollow someone, just simply click on their twitter name and click the follow button, it turns red and that’s how you know you’re no longer following someone.
5. To follow a lot of TOD’ers, search my twitter name @utaustinliberal and when my full profile comes up, you will see that I follow 4 lists. @tienle47, a fellow TOD’er created a list of many TOD’ers and their twitter names. Click on the list and to follow each person, simply click the follow button, or type his/her name in the search box and click the follow button.
6. The 4 lists also include other lists made by other TOD’ers, so you can check each list to make sure that you’re following as many TOD’ers as possible.
7. To follow a newsstation, celebrity, or political pundit, simply type their name in the search box, click the follow button when their profile appears and you can follow them.
8 Or, you can look at the news people I follow and if you like anyone of them, you can follow them as you wish.
If you need more help, we’re all here for you.
Thanks, UT. Now off to twitter to do damage.lol.
Also, here is a manual that was posted by someone here (I’m sorry, I forgot who sent it, but thank you, thank you, thank you!!)
Me too Asher, it was the greatest day of my life – honestly. If I live a million years there will never be a day like it. I just LOVE your first family so much. Please, please, another 4 years! I will be watching again when that amazing man is sworn in in 2013!
Here’s an article on the Obama girls ahead of Malia’s 13th birthday:
Obama daughters are handling spotlight with grace and poise
As Malia celebrates 13th birthday, Sasha, 10, prepares to join her at private school campus
Thanks for the article, N. It was a great read.
Thanks for posting. A testament to the parenting and grandparenting. Our president walks the talk: a committed husband, father, son-in-law, and president of ALL of us.
Beautiful article on the young Obama girls, and the wonderful job their parents, Grandmom, and Mama Kaye is doing. May the good Lord continue to watch over them, keep them safe, good kids.
I wish I could view the vids but I’m on my mobile… Nevertheless, I share the same sentiments regarding our First Family and never tire of expressing my joy and pride! An early 4th of July birthday to Miss Malia and a flawless holiday for the Obamas. I hope everyone enjoys the red white and blue!
Let’s keep it to ourselves and donate $13 to the reelection of Obama/Biden 2012, via https://donate.barackobama.com/page/contribute/o2012-donate-main
What a cool suggestion, maritza!!! On my way to doing it now
And, Chipsticks – this song!!! So many memories ….
Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!
So, I made the $ 13 donation and received an automated response from Rufus Gifford at OFA. Thought it only appropriate to acknowledge your suggestion.
Just so you and your colleagues know, the amount of $13 was chosen because of Malia Obama’s upcoming 13th birthday as one of our colleagues suggested, here – http://theobamadiary.com/2011/07/03/from-california-to-the-new-york-island%e2%80%a6-2/#comment-66725
Hopefully, you’ll see that $ 13 appear many times
Maybe you’ll get an invitation to the birthday party
Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together
Thank you guys; I just love our first family!
Since we’re all relieving the wonderful memories of the inauguration, I found a behind the scenes look at the inauguration concert from the White House perspective. Hope this works!
UTaustin. HOW IN THE WORLD HAVE I NEVER SEEN THIS VIDEO???? Can you imagine?? Stevie Wonder just chiilin’ playing his harmonica, waiting for the President of the United States to stroll past? ARE YOU KIDDING ME???
gonna keep on tryin’
till I reach my
Till I reach my
No one’s gonna bring me down.
Till I reach my
Oh wow, ut-aliberal. Still so thrilling and so wonderful and so beautiful. What a moment to savor. WHEW!!
Fantastic video, utaustin! Thank you!!!
OMG!!!! Stevie Wonder gave PBO his harmonica! Awesome! it’s probably encased and sitting on a shelf in his residence Man, that is truly beautiful. I think most every celeb there still support him, except he whose name shall never be uttered. Rat Fink
This land was made for you and me!! Now, to make it absolutely, positively real. Some folks don’t want to believe that. They think it’s just for them. In reality, we are fighting a NEW CIVIL WAR. And it’s not slave vs. free. It’s poor and middle class, work-a-day, everyday, regular people, Of all colors, all nationalities, union and non-union, living in apartments or living on farms. married with kids, or living the single life – WE ARE ALL AMERICANS.
And it’s us, ALL OF US v. greedy, selfish, some VERY rich, and some not-so-rich, close-minded, hateful, actively mean people who are willing to see this country torn apart for their evil purposes. I don’t even begin to understand what those purposes are. All I know if that they MUST be defeated AND WE ARE THE ONES WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR to do it.
these videos bring tears to my eyes…we have to work hard to make sure that our President is relected…the alternative is unthinkable…a repub Sen John Cornwyn (Tex)….says that invoking the 14th ammendment regarding the debt limit is crazy talk….however he did not say that the President could not do it…..and then there is Sen Ryan talking about filibustering the debt limit
these Republicans are so intractable,,,,dangerous,,,,,there is no room for compromise…no room for sanity….i think that the President will take it to the limit and then invoke the 14th amendment….how dramatic would that be…Ooooooooo weeeeeee
That picture is inspirational
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/07/01-14 We should ALL be able to get behind this!!!
WOW!! Hollywood was well represented at the concert. Hope the majority of those stars still support President Obama. Well, we know Tom Hanks and Byonce do.
Oh thank you chips- this was so nice to come home to.. I loved that concert and this video reminded me so much of what we all love an appreciate about our country and about our people. To see that crowd again- that showed up for both the concert and then the inauguration is just so marvelous and heartwarming.. made me tear up all over again. HAPPY 4TH OF JULY HAPPY PEOPLE!!!
Guys, thought I’d share one of my favorite and– incomprehensibly– most obscure videos of the primary.
For some reason it always pumps me up. U2? Pom-pom girl? SS-back-then? PBO’s unbridled enthusiasm? His utterly salt-of-the-earth charm?
Anyhoo, feel like I’ve known you guys all my life, even though this is my first post. You’re all wonderful and Chips — bravo! What an oasis this is.
Really hope you like the clip. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4U2Lp61Eg1w?rel=0&w=425&h=349%5D
Hey Anon. Welcome to the family officially. Thanks for the video. It gladdens the heart. Even as a candidate, people were nuts over President Obama. The one emotion I keep seeing over and over in everyones eyes is HOPE! and boy does that make me happy. Once again thank you, and welcome.
What a wonderful way to end the night! Those videos are amazing. I have always loved Pete Server and having him sing that song at that concert was so moving. I was glued to my TV and internet for all the events. You all are doing such great things. I will check in early tomorrow then it’s off to party.
Thanks for the video Molly. He’s a freaking ROCKSTAR!!!!
Dear Chipsticks and everyone else on this blog,
While the newstainers bloviate and attack the most amazing President in the almost 64 years I have been alive – rivaled only by FDR, Lincoln and the Founding Fathers, if at all – a most amazing event is happening in Libya.
You will never know of that most amazing event because the newstainers and their fellow corporate media script writers and producers have no clue what is actually happening in Libya.
The Libyan people are 24/7 seeking their inalienable rights and suffering and dying, daily, to achieve those rights.
235 years after the moment in our history being celebrated this 4 July 2011, Libyans are calling for the following:
“Update from Benghazi:July 4th, 2011We are planing a HUGE protest on Wednesday that will hold inshaAllah a million ppl. We got a call from
ppl in Tobrok, Derna, Al Baydaa, and Shahaat that told us they they will be coming in the bus loads to join us and stand for Tripoli, Misrata,
Nafusa Mountains, and all other places in Libya that are still being attacked by Gaddafi & his rats. We are asking all other cities
WORLDWIDE to join us and rally for all of the citites of Libya on the same day with us. Please join and help get the word out!!!! Copy and paste this, tweet it, make a youtube vid and ask ppl to join, call ppl and ask them to join.”
You will never hear of this from the newstainers – never.
I have posted this message at OFA, TPV, TOAITR, and here.
I request all of you who happen to tweet to pass the word.
You will never know how important what the people of Libya are achieving if you read or listen to the newstainers. NEVER.
But, that does not matter to them. They are getting the job of their freedom, done. Just as our ancestors did after 1776 and just as those who would not allow our Republic to be consumed by the hatred and bigotry of the Confederate States.
Be proud, America, because you elected a President in 2008 who has enabled the people of Libya to achieve their own destiny – a President who has rejected ‘nation building,’ ‘American exceptionalism,’ and colonialism and has saved the lives of thousands of Libyans whom had he not acted courageously and definitively would today be buried in mass graves, if buried at all.
Thank you Bobfr for sharing this with us. Much prayer for Libya and the other Arab countries longing to be free. They have been inspired by God above and our wonderful President Barack Obama.
Amazing Bobfr, thankyou for this post, I will tweet and post on my facebook page too.
Happy 4th July to you and all TOD.
God bless you all.
Thank you Doris and Sam!!!
Here is the only video clip I’ve been able to find of VP Biden’s speech to the teamsters… It’s only one minute long
Wow, man that was good. I want more, lol. Isonprize, the VP was kicking butt. Let’s try to find it. Thanks for sharing this. Hadn’t heard that he was there.
Here is the address. I will try to find the video.
Happy 4th of July everyone. To this great country of ours, even with it’s problems, Happy Birthday America!!!!! And to our first daughter Malia Obama, Happy 13th Birthday. I know you are a joy, a treasure to your parents. Have a wonderful Birthsay Malia.
Have a wonderful Birthday Malia.
From Twitter @ Fox…..PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS A JOKE…AND IF IT IS A HOAX…WE DEMAND AN IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION!!!!!
I AM JUST SICK TO MY STOMACH…..
BREAKING NEWS: President @BarackObama assassinated, 2 gunshot wounds have proved too much. It’s a sad 4th for #america. #obamadead RIP
#ObamaDead, it’s a sad 4th of July. RT to support the late president’s family, and RIP. The shooter will be found
2 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply
Sorry Chips and all TOD’s .. I didn’t mean to bring this here…But I need help to see if there’s anything we can do…regarding this hatred towards our President….I mean this is just going too far….Can’t sleep, I am so so sick…and been crying all night….I can’t deal with it
have no fear…it is ok to cry….but remain deternined….we will prevail
Kasai, (((((hug))))) I really feel you, please don’t worry about sharing this here, although it is awful, evil and devastating. I can hardly see what I am typing right now through my tears but at the same time I am thanking God that it is not true and hoping that the SS will nail those cretins who are responsible for those evil tweets. (I am sorry for the language I am so upset/angry/disgusted by this) Why do some hate this wonderful man so much.
I will channel these feelings into something positive just as soon as I calm down enough to think rationally. All these evil haters do is make me more determined to do as much as I can (however limited) to get this super-human, exceptional man re-elected. Please also those of us who believe in the power of prayer, please pray for the President and first family.
Dear Lord please protect President Barack Obama, keep him and his family and his administration out of harms way and give him the grace to rise above all the evil and hatred levelled against him and guide him through all his endeavors to help make a better country for all. Amen
God bless President Obama and God bless the USA.
Now MSN is reporting that FoxPolitical News was hacked….Regardless, I think the SS should pay a visit to whomever wrote the tweets…isn’t that a crime??? I don’t believe that it was hacked because, the tweets are still there….and the last time I heard someone tweeter was hacked was Anthony Weiner…..The thought of this evil actions by these hater must be stopped once and for all…We can no longer be silent.
Kasai, what a crazy thing to wake up to. Although I’m glad you saying MSN is now reporting that “FoxPolitical News was hacked,” I agree that this needs to be investigated. What an awful, awful thing to do. And I also agree that these haters must be stopped. I’m going back to sleep. See you later tomorrow . . .
Unimaginable that this type of stuff could be on a mainstream internet news site. The SS must investigate. Hopefully this has got the attention of the administration. There is some real FEAR and HATER mongering swirling around in our nation. God forbid a repeat of 1963 takes place. A year before JFK would have been re-elected.
Honestly, what is going on in this country? Why would any one indulge in such an evil action? For some of us who witnessed the traumas of the 1960′s this is really not funny! The person who wrote this needs to be exposed and punished for trying to traumatize the country. Joking about the assassination of any one, and especially the President, should be completely out of bounds. It is much, much, worse than falsely yelling fire in a crowded theater, and should not, IMO, be protected by free speech. The SS must really look into this because it’s likely to encourage deranged people.
What a horrid thing to put out. All the police need to check that out. The msm needs to do journalism on that as much as they did on Weiner. Get to the sick sobs.
It’s absolutely horrid and disgusting. Fox News claims it was hacked when it sent out a tweet saying President Obama had been assasinated and had died of two gunshot wounds. Then they sarcastically tweeted what a sad 4th of July for the nation. Happy 4th! SS need to investigate Fox News b/c I don’t believe they were hacked. There are sick people who reside over there and call themselves “journalists.”
The other sick thing is that there is a trending topic on twiiter entitled #ifobamadead and these sickos are tweeting about how cool it would be if President Obama was assassinated today. They keep tweeting out different scenarios and which republican they would want as President. I can’t believe Twitter allowed this to become a trending topic. People are pissed off as heck and they’re complaining to twitter and complaining in general and telling the White House to do something about it.
OMG My heart just sanked…..For a few sec. I didn’t know if it was real………………./&”%?(“?/%…what is wrong with people!!
WHAT IS GOING ON? THIS IS HORRIFIC! DOES ANYONE HAVE ANYTHING?
There I was enjoying all the lil snippets, comments and videos until I came to the vile and nasty faux tweet. Hope this evil person is tracked down and exposed. Nothing funny about wishing someone else’s demise.
Happy birthday to Miss Teen Malia and a Happy 4th July TODers!!
THIS IS WORSE THAN DISGUSTING…NOT ONLY DOES THIS PERSON NEED TO BE EXPOSED…THEY NEED TO BE BANNED FROM THE SOCIAL NETWORKS PERIOD AND INVESTIGATED!
My concern is that there could be an actual plot…altho we have not heard much about it in the press…i wonder how many death threats our President has actually received….
as to Fox Cable News….i came to the conclusion that it is not a news network but a propaganda machine….as they all are…This is definetly not Walter Cronkite…
Fox News with this tweet….along with the Halpern’s performance on MSNBC….along with Pat Buchanon saying that the President does not have the b****to call the Republican’s bluff….this is where our so -called news has gone…..pity
before I say anything else I’ll say another long prayer for the President;First Lady;Malia and Sasha’s safety.The devil is on overdrive and the only way to counteract is to pray and light a candle and sing a song for them.There are folks out there with such hatred in their hearts that they’d love to put their hands on them;I know it and ya’ll know it.
Let’s not let this get under our skin too too much but instead pray and give him $ and let’s face it;this could only happen to a Fox affiliated twitter;site or facebook thing.It makes Fox look even worse.
I hope the SS doubles up today and that he wears a bullet proof vest just to be on the safe side if need be but remember GOD is there for and with THIS President and his family.
May GOD bless the President with life;health;courage;calm;peace of mind;joy; luck and the First Lady and Malia and Sasha and may the Holy Spirit always surround and guide them
Happy 4th of July to everyone and I wish Malia a Happy Happy and blessed Birthday
OUR CAT IS IN THE HOUSE SOMEWHERE…IT’S NOT LOOKING GOOD TODAY. THE RESULTS OF HER TESTS ARE BACK TUES.
Oh Sue, sorry to hear about your cat, hoping everything will be okay.
Sue, I will be thinking of you as you await the test results for your cat. I am sorry that you are going through this, it’s horrible when a pet is sick, they are such a part of your family.
They better find who the hell did this……and I’m upset now for a different reason….it is my birthday today, one of my friend sent me a email. I just opened it……
Happy birthday Christianne. I’m so sorry that Obama is dead, you must be devastated…I’ll call you this morning.
I’m so mad at him now because he didn’t check anything……someone sent him a email…it’s spreading..
I’m so glad that I checked TOD before checking my emails. I knew it was a SICK joke.
Happy Birthday Christianne!!!!! Don’t let the scumbags behind this spoil your day, they’re just not worth your energy. Happy Birthday again!
Thank you so much Chipsticks…..you’re right, but it is upsetting…..so much hatred for this amazing man….*sigh*.
Happy Birthday Christi!!!!!. I’m sorry the fake news upset you. It upset me too. Just brush it off, blow out some candles, have some cake, wear a silly hat, eat, drink and be merry!!!! You may be Canadian….. but you’re an American today!!!!!
lol…thanks utaustinliberal. ….I did my share too since I can’t donate in the States….my best friend’s brother lives in the States, he’s married to an american, he’s been there for over 25 years……me and my friend always exchange gifts on our birthdays. I told her to do the same as in 2008…..whatever you would have spend on my gift….call you brother to make a donation for President Obama and send him the money…..DONE!……I don’t want another Georges Bush or worst, it’s scary not only for americans…and I love Barack Obama.
Happy birthday Christianne. I really feel for you, this is so upsetting. Please try to enjoy the rest of your birthday.
Happy 4th everybody and thanks for being here all. Peace
Happy 4th O-People!!!
What a load of evil vile from these people!! they just messed up my birthday morning and I am mad as hell at this disgusting behavior!!
Happy birthday Linda. I know this is an evil and sick thing to witness but please try to have a good rest of your day. I hope these miscreants get their just deserts. I can not put here what I think of them as it is way too obscene to type here. Dont let those b’s get to you though, just have a good day.
Chipsticks, I love the children singing This Land is my land … set in Ireland! And the little ones yelling out the lyrics in the back! Well, you’ve got to work at being heard when you’re little!
On the subject of This Land’s lyrics, I nearly sob at the line, “Near the relief office – I see my people …” because I remember walking to the relief office with my mother when I was not much more than four years old and “helped” her carry one or two of the items in the two bags of groceries she received. It was two miles to and from the place. I remember exactly what it looked like — a former grocery store on a corner. I often dream of it.
My mother was five foot tall, mind you, and she carried two bags full of flour and canned goods, a bag in each arm. My father was doing his usual one and a half mile walk himself to the shipyard to stand by the employment office, waiting to be called back to work. I was little, it was an adventure, but what makes me sad is what the two of them went through until my father, at long last, was taken back on the machinist crew. In fact, he had been a foreman when he was laid off and he was rehired as a foreman.
But I don’t remember the joy of joblessness ended, I just remember the walk to the relief office and back. We got our Christmas tree there, too, as I recall.
Yes, I love the song. It invokes so many memories. How brave they were, the two of them, and both dead in their forties. When asked by friends, I usually say that they died of the Depression. I hope we’ve got past that, though there are many suffering right now. It wears at the soul, weeks and months and, sometimes, years of unemployment. My heart goes out to them all.
Thanks for sharing this story, Joan.
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