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hello hawaii!

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A couple of clips from last night:


488 Responses to “hello hawaii!”


  1. 1 Jessica
    December 24, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Nice tie!

  2. 2 Cathy from MN
    December 24, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Good morning, all…so good to see the President happy in Hawaii. So glad he will be spending Christmas with his family.

  3. December 24, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Top o’the morning ta ya, Chips!

    • December 24, 2011 at 8:21 am

      Morning Lisa! Just leaving soon to start my Xmas shopping ….. and I’m not joking :oops:

      • December 24, 2011 at 8:49 am

        on Christmas Eve Chips, you are a brave brave soul. Good Luck

      • December 24, 2011 at 9:46 am

        Morning, Chips Chica and happy shopping! Hope you get a lot of bargains! :) I suspect shopping won’t take you half as long as normal because you are working with time constraints. ;)

      • 8 waltjack
        December 24, 2011 at 1:17 pm

        Not trying to scold, but X mas = absence of Christ

        • December 24, 2011 at 6:47 pm

          Dang it all, waltjack I had a nice long remembrance of myself at 10 years old or younger hearing this same thing, and that was 71 years ago, but I stopped to look up a word and lost it!

          I never used the X and still don’t, but I did read a couple of decades ago that Xmas was perfectly fine because the early Christians used it. X actually equaled Christ. I also never sent any cutesy Christmas cards with Santa and elves and without the creche and star and shepherds and all that. But in recent years I’ve been sending wolves in snow and other wildlife. The holiday has evolved into so many things now, it’s hard to confine it to creches and stars. In fact the idea of shepherds and three wise men and their gifts and angels heralding Christ’s birth has turned into a warm story that we love to hear because it’s something we’ve always heard from early childhood.

          Even snow in Bethlehem is a European artifact, it didn’t snow in the Middle East — remember ‘In the deep midwinter …” and “the land was hard as iron?” I love that hymn, I think it was a poem by Christina Rosetti set to music. Even knowing the stable didn’t look or feel like that, I still love the hymn. I remember looking out the front, west-facing window with my mother pointing to lights above the Philadelphia Navy Yard and telling me that’s the direction from which Santa would be coming and for sure it would be snowing because it always snows on Christmas (this was in New Jersey, and it sometimes did). Goodness, I must have been five years old in 1935, I haven’t a clue where my parents found the money for gifts — my father had yet to get his job back at the shipyard. The Christmas we celebrate today would have been completely foreign to people suffering through the Great Depression in 1935.

          Incidentally, Chipsticks, paeans to you for putting up these photos and keeping the site going, even through a holiday and, especially, your own (probably) mad dash for Christmas presents! You are a gift, today a Christmas gift, and we love you for it.

          A Merry Christmas to you and yours Chipsticks, walkjack, and everyone from Alan and Melanie and me.

        • 10 lovingandlaughing
          December 24, 2011 at 7:19 pm

          i have never heard that before waltjack. i always just thought it was a cute/short way to write out the word christmas! i am 40 years old even. it is not like I am 12!

      • 11 Puddin'
        December 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm

        Chips….you brave soul, I hope you had a good time Xmas shopping. I came here several months ago by way of Huff & Pluff…I spent the 2008 campaign season there (I didn’t know what I was missing here/had no idea) and then the headlines and comments got uglier and uglier, so I left…thank God I found you all…Chip you and the entire TOD family are such a pleasure and joy…when I let the msm/gop nonsense bring me down, I can always count on coming here to get “lifted”…you all are such a “hoot” …you guys keep me smiling and laughing…and the knowledge and wisdom are among the added blessings…I come here everyday (except Sundays/just because)…most times I don’t comment because more often than not you all express my thoughts/feelings/attitudes/opinions as if you were in my head…I am so looking forward to the 2012 campaign season…spending/sharing it here with you all is going to be a wonderful experience and the four years after that is going to be beyond anything we have ever seen before…can’t wait….OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!!

        MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE AND MAY 2012 BE EVERYTHING WE WANT IT TO BE!!!!

  4. 12 FiredUpInCA
    December 24, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Repeated from the previous thread because I can’t repeat it enough:

    Chipsticks,

    Thank you very much for this space you have created. It is one thing to create something, it is another thing to do what you’ve done: namely persevere and nurture a reliable resource and a refuge. You’ve attracted so many smart and soulful people that I consistently learn from and look forward to teaching me in 2012. Happy holidays to you and yours. I wish the best for the best.

    • 13 Chi
      December 24, 2011 at 7:45 am

      You are such an invaluable part of this wonderful site FiredUpinCa…

      You are smart, insightful and post such excellent commentary…

    • 16 africa
      December 24, 2011 at 7:45 am

      Co-sign. Thank you, Chips!!

      • December 24, 2011 at 7:51 am

        Couldn’t agree more, Africa. I’m an addicted fool about this site. Love to everyone here and a blessed Christmas and New Year to you, Chips. You give us so much that there aren’t ways to say thank you, gracie, gracias, merci, danke, etc.

        • 18 Left-Indie
          December 24, 2011 at 9:06 am

          I’m always amazed how many good Obama supporters I meet that are not aware of this site. I myself found TOD thru BWD’s site. So far turned coupla folks into happy lurkers of TOD. Spread the word.

      • December 24, 2011 at 10:35 am

        I echo everything you all said about Chips.

        • 20 JoJothecat
          December 24, 2011 at 11:58 am

          Co-sign to everything you said FiredupinCA and everyone else here who start and end our day at TOD. Have a safe, quick, stress-free day shopping Chipsticks. I remember doing what you did almost 30yrs ago when I was much younger. I washed my hair at 6 am one Sat Xmas eve, started shopping for presents, food, xmas tree and furniture. I had just moved into my first apartment and was hosting Xmas the next day. Once I got home at 8PM I had to get my presents wrapped, decorate my tree put my dining table and chairs together and press my hair. I look back on that day fondly and wonder how did I do that?

          Merry Christmas everyone!

    • December 24, 2011 at 8:20 am

      Ah FiredUp, thank you so much – and all you other kind people. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you all coming here, you’ve made the place a complete joy for me. I wish you all the happiest of holidays and peace and good health to you and your families. Love ya all.

      • 22 desertflower
        December 24, 2011 at 9:39 am

        And we love YOU, Chips :) Thank you so much for the time, energy, thoughtfulness, and humor you bring to this special place. Everyone that comes here is family. A big, happy family of Obama supporters! We may disagree at times, as we should…but there is no mistake that we understand what an incredible gift that this man is, and that we are blessed to have him lead this country, and the world, to a better place.
        To all the TOD’ers….the lurkers and raucous family members alike,love to you all, and best wishes for a Happy New Year…and whatever you celebrate in between :) Christmas, Hannakah,Kwanza, or nothing at all….Hugs to all of you. 2012 is going to be OUR YEAR!

        • 23 MTmarilyn
          December 24, 2011 at 11:19 am

          And to you desertflower, Have a beautiful holiday!!!. We are actually having a wonderful white Christmas!

          • 24 desertflower
            December 24, 2011 at 11:31 am

            Thank you! Enjoy your white Christmas… here.on the desert floor, the closest thing to “Snow” we get…is Chips flurries, and frost on the rooftops in the morning :) The days are only in the 60′s, but we’ll take it! Have a very Merry Christmas….and a wonderful New Year!

            • 25 utaustinliberal
              December 24, 2011 at 12:32 pm

              Aww.. thanks for the wishes DF. Same to you. To Chips, the TOD family (lurkers included!) Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Festivus, or hey Happy Vacation/Relaxation Time. :D

        • 27 GGail
          December 24, 2011 at 1:12 pm

          Well said df! I am so grateful for this site, the people and especially Chipsticks!

          Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year everyone :-)

        • December 24, 2011 at 2:22 pm

          and merry christmas to you DF here in MN we only have a dusting of snow. Not very Bing Crosby-ish. But that’s OK. Thanks for all of your great contributions too! :-)

    • 30 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      December 24, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      Indeed, FiredUp, Ms Chipsticks has nurtured and grown this very special gathering of fine people. Quite an achievement and one that we are all so grateful. Wishing everyone joyous celebrations of the holidays and New Year.

      #YesWeCanDOMoreTogether – We Must!

    • 31 nathkatun7
      December 24, 2011 at 5:53 pm

      FiredUpInCA, Thank you for expressing so well everything I feel about Chipsticks and all the wonderful people on this site! Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you and your family. And thank you for all your brilliant commentaries and all your contributions to this site.

  5. December 24, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Good morning & Happy Holidays #TOD Family..!! :D

    From my twitter timeline:

    (VIDEO) Pres. Obama lands on Oahu for #Xmas vacation http://bit.ly/rExFkz via @AddThis #TeamFollowBack #news #p2 #OFA #Obama #PressOn

  6. 33 Bill
    December 24, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Newton Leroy, a Virginia resident, and Perry did not qualify for the Virginia Republican primary for lack of signatures. And they say they can run the country.

    • 34 FiredUpInCA
      December 24, 2011 at 8:15 am

      “Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich failed to collect enough signatures to appear on the Virginia primary ballot, the Republican Party of Virginia announced Saturday morning, leaving the longtime Virginia resident without a place on the state’s ballot and raising questions about his campaign’s organization.”

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. *Wipes tears*

      Wait, what? He lives in Virginia and he couldn’t get enough signatures?

      “Gingrich and his wife Callista have resided in McLean, Virginia, a wealthy suburb of Washington, for several years. Callista is active in Northern Virginia organizations, including playing the French horn in a Fairfax, Virginia band.”

      But I could have sworn I heard it reported that this was a done deal?

      “On Wednesday, Gingrich ensured a crowd of supporters he had met the threshold for appearing on the ballot, saying he had gathered anywhere from 12,000-14,000 signatures.”

      Newt you slay me! Baghdad Bob has got nothing on you.

      “Gingrich’s spokesman said Wednesday the effort to secure a spot on the Virginia ballot was meant to showcase the campaign’s ground game.”

      LOL! Cough, choke, gasp, snort.

      http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/24/politics/gop-virginia-primary/index.html

      • 35 24Sass
        December 24, 2011 at 12:49 pm

        Baghdad Bob is the best description of Newt that I’ve seen. He drones on and on, lies and smiles about it.
        Love it!

      • 36 GGail
        December 24, 2011 at 1:15 pm

        The gifts just keep coming :lol:

      • 37 majii
        December 24, 2011 at 4:31 pm

        Late getting here because I’ve been cooking and baking. I didn’t intend to post a comment other than one wishing everyone a happy holiday season, but after reading your post, FiredUp, I decided to share something I found in the on line version of my local GA paper:

        “Gingrich’s campaign attacked Virginia’s primary system on Saturday, saying that “only a failed system” would disqualify Gingrich and other candidates and vowing to run a write-in campaign.”Voters deserve the right to vote for any top contender, especially leading candidates,” Gingrich campaign director Michael Krull said in a statement. “We will work with the Republican Party of Virginia to pursue an aggressive write-in campaign to make sure that all the voters of Virginia are able to vote for the candidate of their choice.”However, according to state law, “No write-in shall be permitted on ballots in primary elections.””Virginia code prohibits write-ins in primaries. He can’t do it,” said Carl Tobias, a law professor at University of Richmond.”

        IMO, this confirms what I have always thought–Newt thinks laws are for other people. A President Gingrich with a majority in both houses of Congress would be a very dangerous thing.

        Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2011/12/23/1836960/gop-texas-rick-perry-will-not.html#storylink=cpy

        Happy Holidays, Ms Chipsticks and TODers!!!!

    • 38 desertflower
      December 24, 2011 at 9:40 am

      Yeah, crazy huh? !

    • 39 anniebella
      December 24, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      Bill, what a joke, these kids can’t even run their campaign right.

    • 41 Pamela
      December 24, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      :) GeeWhiz!

    • 42 anniebella
      December 24, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      What all the GOP candidates should do is give up, and let the outstanding President we have now keep the job, because none of them are qualified for the job. it ain’t just Newt, Perry, it’s all of them. The only one qualified is the guy we have in the Oval Office now. President Obama.

  7. December 24, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Good Morning.

    Happy Christmas eve.

    Be safe. Their was a DUI mandatory trap last night in my area, luckily- I past.

    Phew!

  8. December 24, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Chips just wanna say I came by this site via BlackwaterDog after she left the Great Orange Satan. DailyKos was my refuge daily throughout all of 2008. This is when I, lil ole black lady, became hooked on blogs. My favorite poster was BWD. Then almost as soon as the election was over, people started to turn on BWD with vicious, nasty, “dear leader” comments. Why were democrats fighting each other? I just wanted to look at pictures of my President and read the good stuff being done. HOLLA >>>TheObamaDiary thank God.
    So Merry Christmas Chips and thanks so much for this site I can’t wait til 2012 and I bet your 6M hits will grow to 12M!

    • December 24, 2011 at 8:22 am

      That is because those so called Democrats you mention are not Democrats,, but they are libertarians.
      And they have infiltrated the far left, in actuality, they are far right.

    • 46 Don
      December 24, 2011 at 8:55 am

      I came here the same way via Blackwaterdog, DailyKos was my oasis during the run-up to 2008. Then almost overnight BWD started to get attacked. Then BDW started her own blog which I was a faithful follower, before she left the scene she pointed us towards T.O.D and here we are.

      • December 24, 2011 at 9:03 am

        Followed this same path, Don. Looks as if there are many of us. I do want to say that BWD did a beautiful job and I look forward t her coming back. There cannot be too many voices telling the truth about our president.

        • December 24, 2011 at 9:54 am

          Yep that’s exactly how I got here too. I tell as many Obama supporters as I can about this site because it’s just so wonderful. It REALLY is something about how Chipstah has created this place. I’m sure she’s gotta slog through crap that we don’t see so I’m just very grateful that she has taken on this project.

          thanks chips. merry christmas! and Merry Christmas to everyone at TOD :-)

        • 50 Pamela
          December 24, 2011 at 12:53 pm

          There were a mob of us, who faithful to BWD, did not know where to ‘lurk’ as she was preparing to move forward into another life expression…with our grateful blessing (still, BWD) . When she mentioned TOD, I came in and was both blown away with the high quality content, and reassured that trolling would not be acceptable or tolerated, knew I had found a place to call home in cyberspace! AND, a bright, humorous and tickly family to boot! WhoDa thunk it! Merry Christmas to each and all! Have fun today, Chips, it might be the best day of all to shop, most people are done by now!

      • 51 desertflower
        December 24, 2011 at 9:41 am

        That about sums it up for me:)

      • 52 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        December 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm

        I have take the same rout through BWD. I never did DKos or Huffington Post. My oasis was always the President’s OFA site. But it was taken over by TROLLS and became undbearable to post. BWD was next oasis and then when she left here I AM. Thankyou very much Chips for the FAMILY you have created here. MERRY CHRITSMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all. :grin:

    • 53 Judith Fardig
      December 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      Me too! What a necessary refuge and refueling staton we have all found here. Thanks Chips and all posters, lurkers, & suporters.
      Blessings for the holidays and the new year!

    • 54 Cha
      December 24, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      That is so sweet, aamom, I can totally relate. Only it was DU that became an ignorant hate ground for me..under and otherwise.

      Merry Christmas to you and all of TOD. Thank you, Chips~

  9. 55 Proud Former White House Intern
    December 24, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Man I wish I was there with them. Enjoy the holidays guys.

    • 56 desertflower
      December 24, 2011 at 10:26 am

      HI! Welcome to the family….now give us the scoop, Former White House Intern! THIS White House???? Inquiring minds want to know:)

    • 57 TrumpDog
      December 24, 2011 at 10:33 am

      Yeah. You must dish.

      • 58 desertflower
        December 24, 2011 at 12:18 pm

        PFWHI is leaving us hanging here…………………………………………………………………………………… :)

    • 59 Proud former White House intern
      December 24, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      Hi Desertflower and TrumpDog,

      I apologize for such a late response I just got home from doing some last minute shopping. I was an spring intern 2011 to be exact. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was truly a blessing the hours were extremely long I remember my supervisor telling me to go home at least once or twice a week. I was there for about eight months total I started off in a volunteer leadership program then in October I applied for the internship program again. ( I applied three times on the third time I got it.) In January I was accepted into the White House Internship program. Greatest eight months of my life. The work load is intense but you also get to do fun stuff too. I helped decorate the North Portico and East Room for Halloween. I participated in the take your child to work day event with the First Lady that was fun seeing the First Lady engage the kids was amazing. I didn’t get to go to the Easter Egg Roll because I was stuck in the office but like the President says there is always work to be done. I remember my first day like it was yesterday. I was so excited I couldn’t sleep. All of the interns were asked to arrive at 8:00am I was up and ready to go at 5:30am. I arrived downtown an hour earlier I didn’t want to look overly aggressive so I killed some time at the near by Starbucks. It was freezing cold outside that day and it had been snowing all the interns were trying to figure out if we were to show up two hours later due to the weather but in the end everything went very well. I love the President and the First Lady what you see is what you get they are so authentic and down to earth. I thought as an intern I would be seen not heard but often ignored. That was not the case. Everyone made it a point to make us feel special. I remember the first time I met the First Lady she spoke to me first and introduced herself as if I didn’t already know who she was, it was awesome. I still do not know if I said anything back even though I do remember shaking her hand. Her skin is so soft I definitely think the Obamas use coco butter (LOL). If you all have any questions please let me know.

      • 60 desertflower
        December 24, 2011 at 8:46 pm

        OMG! So glad that you came back and posted your amazing experience and shared it with all of us!!!!!!!!!!!! Just like I imagined it would be. You are very lucky to have had that experience…I think I don’t need to tell you that. You already know :) Cherish that memory for your life. Not many get to do what you did, for this THIS FIrst Family! Thank you so much for letting us peek inside….would love to meet them one day.

        • 61 Proud Former White House Intern
          December 24, 2011 at 9:01 pm

          The pleasure was all mine. If know any college students that are looking for an Internship the sy are still accepting summer applications up until January 22nd. I hope you get to meet them too. Who knowsyou could win the contest to have dinner with them. Now that would be awesome.

  10. 62 walter jackson
    December 24, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I wonder if the SS and travelers with the president are allowed to bring their family’s with them to Hawii. After all they are not on duty 24/7. Bet a lot of people would scramble for that duty.

    • 63 AnitaW
      December 24, 2011 at 11:02 am

      I think some do since one of the captions said friends and family of the SS waited at the airport for the President’s arrival. If true, I’m guessing they enjoy Hawaii much better than Crawford, Texas. Just saying.

  11. December 24, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Good Morning,
    I’m not new to this site,but this is my first time posting. Just want to say that TOD is an essential part of my daily routine. Thanks Chips for your gift of time, talent,and treasure. It’s a blessing for us all.

  12. December 24, 2011 at 8:25 am

    A couple of clips from last night’s interview:

    • 71 anniebella
      December 24, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      Bo is so sweet. And the honoring of the military is real nice. The White House just look so beautiful. And POTUS and FLOTUS, I just think the world of them.

  13. December 24, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Chris Hayes sticking up for Mitt Romney, just like Alex Wagner does.
    What are they up to? Me thinks they just dont like the President, maybe they want a third option?

  14. December 24, 2011 at 8:33 am

    MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!!!

  15. December 24, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Politico says new signs of economic weakness, because consumer spending was down in november.
    How can that be, when black Friday broke records, and so did cyber Monday?
    What are they talking about?

    • December 24, 2011 at 8:57 am

      Unless, the labor dept took their readings before those dates?

    • 88 FiredUpInCA
      December 24, 2011 at 9:11 am

      That’s because at GOPolitico up is literally down. From the article (CAPs mine):

      Heading into an election year, there were new signs Friday that the economy isn’t getting much better — consumer spending ticked UP 0.1 percent in November while INCOMES ALSO ROSE just 0.1 percent.

      Meanwhile, new orders for manufactured durable goods INCREASED 3.8 percent or $7.5 billion in November to $207 billion, the Census Bureau announced. This INCREASE, up four of the previous five months, COMES AFTER A SLIGHT INCREASE in October.

      Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1211/70808.html#ixzz1hSbo02YZ

      Nobody, especially the President, is claiming the economy is doing gangbusters. But every little bit helps and we are a long ways away from the Bush economy. The stock market closed at 7949.09 when he left office. Under the Obama economy it’s at 12,169.65. During the Bush economy we’re losing 750,000 jobs per month.

      Under Obamanomics:

      “With one month remaining this year, the U.S. private sector has now added 1.67 million jobs in 2011, well ahead of last year’s private-sector total of 1.2 million, and the best year for businesses since 2006. Since March 2010, American businesses have created 2.9 million jobs.”

      That’s in spite of unprecedented uncertainty in the European markets, the first credit down grade of the nation’s credit in history and the aggressive, often politically motivated, shedding of public sector jobs.

      GOPolitico can find a cloud in every silver lining. It is a strange and sad gift.

      • December 24, 2011 at 9:39 am

        And if we keep going at this pace, net jobs should be positive by the time of the election.
        That is key!

      • December 24, 2011 at 11:02 am

        Thanks for highlighting this for those of us who don’t go to Politico, FiredUp. As noted by others above, your take is always very informative and valuable. Muchas Gracias. GoP can enjoy their cloud while the rest of us move into the sunlight.

      • 92 relellit
        December 24, 2011 at 1:25 pm

        I think you meant can’t find a silver lining in a cloud . LOL they are so pathetic.

        I see again they are yukking it up over @ the John Birch Society aka FOX NOISE. The bleached blonde momkey girl bimbo and the 2 dunces next to her misinterpret intentionally what President Obama said about “LAZINESS” from the ABC Barbara Walters interview.

        PRESIDENT: Right. But when I’m mad at myself, it’s because I’m saying to myself, you know what, you could be doing better; push harder. And when I — nothing frustrates me more than when people aren’t doing their jobs. Although — sorry, I shouldn’t provide two answers. The thing actually that I most dislike is cruelty. I can’t stand cruel people. And if I see people doing something mean to somebody else just to make themselves feel important, it really gets me mad. But in myself, since I tend not to be a mean person, if I get lazy, then I get mad at myself.

        =============================================================================

        Notice the fools mentioned nothing about the cruelty comment. Why? Because the haters @ FOX NOISE ARE THE MOST BIGOTED, INTENTIONALLY CRUEL, AND VITRIOLIC GROUP OF NEWS CASTERS ON THE PLANET.

  16. December 24, 2011 at 8:57 am

    The Queen has had a fright:

    Queen visits Prince Philip after heart surgery
    Duke of Edinburgh in Cambridgeshire hospital recovering after stenting procedure to remedy a blocked coronary artery

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/dec/24/prince-philip-good-night

  17. December 24, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Like many of today’s posters, I found this blog via the same route. I am so grateful to have this uplifting, truth-telling site to regain my sanity. A thousand thanks for all the time and effort that is put into this site, may you be rewarded many times over.

  18. December 24, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Good morning, Chips: Let me join in and thank you for saving me from self-destruction in 2011. I was an avid follower of Mrs. O. com. And I still think it is a great site. But after the debt ceiling in August, I felt personally that I needed more information on why this beloved family was so hated. I am AA , so I am well aware of the racial slurs. I just could not understand why some Democrats were vile, disrespectful and mean.

    Well, after lurking here for months, I got all the answers to my questions and much more. I thank you for the peace in knowing that opinions are welcome, but hate is not tolerate. I have learned so much here and still learning. As a volunteer, I am able to share this knowledge to people who are just misinformed, hard to embrace change and just plain fearful due to eight years of brainwashing the repugs& co. along with msm hae fed us for decades. So thanks to our President, I am eager to learn about ours and others government. Slow to judge and crticize. And truly welcome and embrace the hope and change that our President consistently speaks of since he was Senator Barack Obama.

    Thank you everyone here who lurks and posts. Merry Christmas to all. God bless you and your families. Thank you, Ms. Chips for all the sacrifices you make that helps so much to keep me sane. I am a better person. My family, friends and community are reaping the benefits.
    Happy New Year!

    • December 24, 2011 at 9:36 am

      Happy new year, to you too!
      The so called democrats that you say hate the Prez, are either from the appalacia area, PUMAS or are libertarians masking as far lefties!

    • 99 desertflower
      December 24, 2011 at 9:46 am

      That was so nice, LDS….one person at a time:) Don’t forget your local blogs/media outlets to inform others!

    • December 24, 2011 at 9:59 am

      What a beautiful comment, LDS. I also love Mrs. T and all she’s doing at Mrs. O. Cheers to you!!

    • 102 L3
      December 24, 2011 at 11:40 am

      Good morning and Merry Christmas everyone!

      Like LDS, I found this site through Mrs. O during the South America trip. I lurked for months and then decided to join the conversation. It was this site that led me to BWD and both blogrolls have helped me find other sites that I really enjoy like POU, TPV, ABL and The Reid Report. During 2008 my go-to sites were the Huffington Post, Daily Kos and, believe it or not, Mark Halperin’s The Page. After the election, I could not understand why they all went sour on PBO so quickly. It was TOD, TPV and BWD that helped me to understand what was going on and I am grateful.

      Thanks, Chips for all you do and thanks to everyone for being so smart and well-informed. Whenever I’m talking to someone about politics, they are gobsmacked by my wealth of information almost to the point of speechlessness. I take great pleasure in that because once they’re quiet, I know they are listening and are ready to be persuaded.

      Again, Merry Christmas Chips and thank you for TOD.

    • December 24, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      Lovely message, LDS – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    • 104 GGail
      December 24, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      That was so nice LDS!

      I loved it when you said “I am a better person. My family, friends and community are reaping the benefits. ”

      I believe many of us feel the same way.

  19. December 24, 2011 at 9:33 am

    NFL footbal today instead of Sunday.

    That is all!

  20. December 24, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I forgot. Aloha, Mr. President. Enjoy your well-deserved vacation with your lovely family. And Fred, if you are there, I am praying and fasting for you, Mom and brother during this season of love. May God bless you and keep you real good……

  21. 107 carolyn
    December 24, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Thanks Chipsticks for this marvelous site. I, too found this through BWD. Forget how I found her…a long trail no doubt. This morning on my Facebook page, the link from the President’s site is to THE OBAMA DIARY, with a little picture of the president going down the steps of Air Force One. So…another way for people to find you, and to know that people in important places are very aware of this wonderful site.
    I’m so glad the President finally made it to Hawaii. The air feels so wonderful when you arrive there! A totally different feel than anywhere else…soft, ethereal, invigorating and relaxing al lat the same time. The people there LOVE him too…just makes me feel good to know he’s there for a while.
    Thank you to all the posters here…I learn and laugh and sympathize at various times, and thoroughly enjoy this. A blessed holiday season to every one.

  22. 108 luci1119
    December 24, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Well, good morning everybody, how are you, and I hope everything Is well with each of you :-) Have a great Christmas Eve, and a Merry Christmas, celebrate Jesus Birth, have fun, and enjoy your families :-)

    It’s soooooooooo nice to see PBO joining his Family, after such hard, hard negotiating with our *Do Nothing Congress* :-(

    Chips, please have yourself a Merry Christmas, and happy shopping today :-)

  23. 109 waltjack
    December 24, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Happy holidays to all TOD fsmily members

  24. December 24, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Happy Christmas Eve, one and all! May you enjoy the last minute flurries that seem an integral part of the day before Christmas! For those who are traveling, be alert AND safe! [I'll save my Christmas wishes until tomorrow. ;) ]

  25. December 24, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Hey chip,
    It seems the lurkers are coming out of the woodwork this morning.
    Welcome to all.
    With the election a little over a week away, we are going to need all of you.
    So, get your game faces on, and let’s do this thing!

  26. 125 desertflower
    December 24, 2011 at 9:56 am

    A video from Political Carnival….don’t know how to post the video…..just have to go check it out! Note that PBO, the one that never says “Merry Christmas”……tells EVERYONE to have a Merry Christmas!

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2011/12/24/raw-video-president-obama-starts-delayed-hawaii-vacation/

  27. 126 busbus
    December 24, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Just a note to all the members of the TOD family…I wish you the best of the holiday season and hope that the peace and love of this season will follow all of you through the new year. May God continue to bless you and your families.

    On several occasions I have made comments on this site; however, for the most part, I am a lurker. I must admit that my entire routine changed during this year. There were three sites (two were pro President Obama and Pro First Lady Michelle Obama) that I visited everyday. Actually, both of these sites lead me to this site. As a result and because I became disgusted with the comments made on the site which I did not mention, I began to gravitate here. Coming to this site has helped to eradicate the divisive and ugly rhetoric that I was reading on a daily basis on that particular site. So, thank you for the peace and calmness that you afford your readers.

    I am looking forward to a spirited 2012. We, pro Obama/Biden 2012, have our work cutout for us. It’s going to take a whole lot of effort and prayer from all of us to ensure that this team is re-elected. This country cannot afford to have a GOP/TP executive at the helm of our government. Mr. Romney is not the one! In my opinion, he will serve as a puppet for the extreme right-wing. In my opinion, he is running for the presidency, not to govern; but, to enjoy the pomp, perks and prestige that comes with the office. (My view of Mr. Romney is a conversation for another time.)

    Happy holidays, TOD family.

  28. 129 desertflower
    December 24, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Take a moment to look at this piece. It’s the faces of young men that have gone to war…before, during and after they have returned. As Mrs Obama so thoughtfully said in the weekly address, if you have time to give back to someone in the military, someone that has served, please do it. These men and women deserve our respect and help…getting back to life. Back to a new normal. Thank you all, veterans…we are so happy that so many can be home this holiday. We still have work to do.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2077117/Afghanistan-trauma-war-Portraits-Marines-service.html

    • 130 busbus
      December 24, 2011 at 10:46 am

      Thanks for the link. The “eyes are a window to the soul.” The war has taken its toil on our young men and women as shown in these photographs.

      Made the mistake of reading some of the comments; then, the “worst ratings.” Wow! I wonder about our fellow human-beings!

    • 132 prettyfoot58
      December 24, 2011 at 11:53 am

      Goooooood Morninggggggg…….everyone….

      Feelingggggggg…..Good….

  29. December 24, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Well, thank the good Lord the Obamas have all arrived safely. I echo the TOD’ville prayer for peace ON EARTH so that Prez can enjoy some renewing time with those he loves most! May there be NOTHING that demands his personal attention over the holidays so that he can focus on ‘his girls’ and on himself.

  30. December 24, 2011 at 10:05 am

    To everyone who loves and appreciates TOD – and especially to our beloved CHIPS – I want to send a big hug and the very best of the holidays to you and your families. This has been a real home for a wonderful community of loyalty, friendship, fun, ideas and truth. Please enjoy every morsel of your cake, PIE, cheesecake, pudding, cookies and chocolates!! WHOA, just had some snow fall on my keyboard!! Love you all.

    • 135 FiredUpInCA
      December 24, 2011 at 10:20 am

      Meta I want to thank you for this comment and for all your comments. They keep me fired up. Have a great holiday and in 2012 I look forward to your insights and tenacity and not-having-any-nonsense whether you see it coming from the left, right, center or wherever Romney is.

      Put more succinctly:

      Word!!!

      • December 24, 2011 at 10:26 am

        xoxo!!

        BTW, you are seeing this massive FAIL from the GOP to even get their jerks on the ballot. When OFA volunteers roll out, they won’t know what hit them. Our volunteers stats are growing very, very impressively week by week in every area of activity. It won’t be easy but we will be READY.

  31. December 24, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Now, msnbc is saying November sales are through the roof.

    But Politico said the opposite.
    Then, if you have noticed a good story or a good poll for the President, just wait a day, their is a horrible story and poll!
    I am so confused!

    • 141 africa
      December 24, 2011 at 10:34 am

      Politico and Fox never see the glass half full when it comes to PBO. Wonder what they will say about the stock maket!!

    • 142 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      December 24, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      Jovie are you actually trying to provide us comic relief? I followed your posts for a couple years over at OFA. The same style. You know the Rightwing rags aren’t going to post positive information. What, you don’t believe our economy is recovering? It is young lady. It is so nice to come to TOD to get the truth. I since long ago have stopped trying to seek validation and approval from the MSM bogosphere and tv to make me feel good about supporting PBO. I believe in this man and everything he as been doing cause I see the results myself. I don’t need pundits, GOP nutjobs and their articles, and the PUMAS or EMOPROGS of the world to inform me. Hope you are ready for the campaign season my love. :wink: Obama/Biden 2012

  32. December 24, 2011 at 10:12 am

    DUBAI (Reuters) – A U.S. drone attack killed a relative of al Qaeda’s leader in Yemen in one of the group’s strongholds in the strife-torn country, a security source said.

    The drone struck a district in the southern town of Zinjibar on Thursday evening, killing at least one man called Abdulrahman al-Wuhayshi, residents told Reuters.

    A Yemeni security source said the man was related to Nasser al-Wuhayshi, a Yemeni who leads al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the joint Saudi-Yemeni branch of al Qaeda.

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE7BM0QG20111223?irpc=932

    But but but the ny times feels sorry for al Qaeda and…

  33. 146 vitaminlover
    December 24, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Thinking aloud, President and First Lady Obama smile a lot. Reasons–They are deeply in love and happy with each other, they are blessed with 2 lovely daughters and third, he knows that he and Vice President Biden will win in 2012.

  34. 152 mtmarilyn
    December 24, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Merry Christmas Eve Chips and TOD family! I also want to add my voice of thanks for this place and everyone who contributes. We sew a a wonderful family who loves this country and this President. Can’t wait to see all the pictures of them relaxing and having fun in Hawaii! Now off to finish wraping presents.

  35. 153 Proud of Obama
    December 24, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Merry Christmas Eve, TOD family. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday full of love and joy. Chips, thank you for the wonderful job you do making this site a place where we can shower our outstanding President and his lovely family with love and support.

    I am so looking forward to 2012. We are going to kick the evil, hateful GOP into oblivion.

  36. 154 Julie
    December 24, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Good morning all!

    What great messages from everyone, as usual. I will add my part: I appreciate this site like no other. While I haven’t posted long I’ve been coming for some time. It really is a family and by reading your thoughts and now posting a bit, I feel a part of it. I hope you all have great holidays filled with love and happiness.

    Absolutely loved all the clips this am, seeing the President and First Lady together is always an uplifting thing.

    Julie

  37. 155 desertflower
    December 24, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Don’t forget to track Santa tonight!!

    http://www.noradsanta.org/en/index.html

    • 156 utaustinliberal
      December 24, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      Last I checked, Santa had just left Cambodia and was in Laos. Collecting all the cookies and milk so he can shake his belly like a bowl full of jelly. ;)

  38. 157 desertflower
    December 24, 2011 at 10:41 am

    The differences are stark. Read VP Biden’s OP ED in the Des Moines newspaper

    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011312230020

  39. 160 desertflower
    December 24, 2011 at 10:42 am

    AH!!! And Chips is Christmas shopping! My post got locked in the ????

  40. 161 desertflower
    December 24, 2011 at 10:44 am

    VP Biden’s OP ED in the newspaper…the differences are STARK about how we want to move our country forward!!!

    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011312230020

  41. 162 desertflower
    December 24, 2011 at 10:46 am

    DAMN! It will not post….VP Biden’s OP ED can be found through a link in this article….MUST READ! Stark difference of what opportunity means in our society….

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_12/that_is_how_we_define_opportun034307.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+washingtonmonthly%2Frss+%28Political+Animal+at+Washington+Monthly%29#

    • 163 desertflower
      December 24, 2011 at 10:49 am

      This worked :) That was crazy….Chips, when you get home from shopping…just throw those stuck posts in the trash:)

    • December 24, 2011 at 10:53 am

      Ed played an excerpt from VP Biden’s article on his show yesterday and showed Romney going off the rails. If Romney is the nominee, PBO is going to wipe the floor with him. He doesn’t take criticism well.

      • 165 anniebella
        December 24, 2011 at 12:15 pm

        COS you are right about that. Mitt might not have to answer for his lies now, but he will if he is the nominee. People keep saying no President have been re-elected with unemployment over 8 percent. I tell them there is always a first time for every thing. And 2012 will be that first time.

  42. December 24, 2011 at 10:52 am

    We all have so much to be thankful for. We have a wonderful President and First Family that are truly fighting for us, and we have Chips and each other standing up for what is right and just. Bless you all. HOPE you all have a wonderful Holiday Season.

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and the Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

    • 171 MTmarilyn
      December 24, 2011 at 11:30 am

      Jackie, I have missed you and the gratefulness candles. I forget if you aren’t here. Have a very blessed Christmas!

    • 172 Pamela
      December 24, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      Candle alight, thank you, Jackie 4 Obama! Signed mine from Australia as we want to light up the world, and so many people love our PBO DownUnda, plus with my only child living there, it goes without saying my heart is there too! A Merry and Blessed Christmas to all!

  43. 174 dotster3
    December 24, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Adding my xmas and holiday greetings to chips and all my kindred spirits here. Grateful for all of you and your enthusiastic and smart support of President Obama. Off to my Chgo daughter’s for the eve with my 2 yr. old adorable grandson et al. He just told me “fun Christmas party” on the phone. (he also spelled “Bears” for me, as in Chicago Bears—-he said “B-E-E-R-S, Bears” :) I told him “Bears/Beers”, it’s all good.” Then more out of town daughters and families arrive soon after we get back home tomorrow. Ay. See you all— whew–later. Get ready to gear up for Crunch Time.

  44. 175 desertflower
    December 24, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Good read! (Reid:)

    http://blog.reidreport.com/2011/12/ezra-klein-explains-it-all-the-white-house-won-2011/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reidreport%2FbHvp+%28The+Reid+Report%29

    The Republicans clearly won 2010. They took over the House of Representatives, several key governorships and legislatures, and therefore will get the better of Census-triggered redistricting. They got the mainstream media to join their fixation on “cutting spending” and talk about it ad infinitum, rather than talking about jobs. But 2011? It was pretty much a straight sets win for President Obama and the Democrats…

  45. December 24, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Happy Holidays to all in the TOD Community hope all is great and peaceful to One And All.A special Thanks and Happiness to Chips for all you do to keep us all sane through these trying times, just Bless You.

  46. 181 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    December 24, 2011 at 11:16 am

    WATCHED THE WA-WA INTERVIEW…BARBARA HAS ALWAYS BEEN A LITTLE STRANGE! BEAUTIFUL WEEKLY ADDRESS FROM OUR FIRST COUPLE…AND I AM SO GLAD THEY ARE AWAY FROM DYSFUNCTIONAL DC!

  47. 182 Dudette
    December 24, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Heading out to finish my last bit of Christmas shopping. [See Chips, you're in good company]. Just wanted to wish Chips and the rest of the TOD family the Merriest Christmas ever. God Bless Us… Everyone!!

  48. 183 africa
    December 24, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Ron Paul says don’t believe your lying eyes and ears, even as he discusses his newsletter, a very profitable one on video.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2078217/Newly-uncovered-videos-letter-Ron-Paul-promoting-racist-newsletters–long-said-knew-them.html

    • December 24, 2011 at 11:37 am

      He never read them or wrote them but he profited off of them as he published them?
      Is he nuts?

      • 185 isonprize
        December 24, 2011 at 11:49 am

        Yes. He really is nuts. For real!

      • 187 anniebella
        December 24, 2011 at 12:07 pm

        I’m not buying Ron Paul explanation.

        • 188 anniebella
          December 24, 2011 at 12:08 pm

          Wonder what all the Ron Paul Lovers have to say about the newsletters?

          • 189 majii
            December 24, 2011 at 5:01 pm

            Someone who recently “friended” me on FB didn’t like the links to articles I posted that were discussing Ron Paul and racism and took it upon himself to go OFF and write a nasty rant. that he now says was’t directed towards me when he and I both know I was the object of the rant. This person knew I was black when he sent the “friend” request. He is a young white guy I know through one of my co-workers. He went nuts in his rant, and I guess it’s because he likes Ron Paul. It’s okay with me if he likes Ron Paul, but he needs to learn to face the truth, and he needs to learn to accept that people are different and can post whatever they want on their FB pages. When I let him know how disrespectful he had been in his rant, he tried to walk it back. That $h!t will not work (excuse me.) He revealed himself in a way to me in his rant that he is totally unaware of. I’m good at reading between the lines and drawing the right conclusion about people, their positions, and motives. He says he’ll “unsubscribe” but remain a “friend.” NOPE. One only has one time to show his azzz to me and from that point on, I know to disassociate myself from him/her. Evidently, he thinks it okay for a politician and/or POTUS to embrace racism, if he’s Ron Paul. PBO has never shown himself to be a racist, but this guy would never entertain the thought of voting for him. I have zero use for anyone who is unwilling to view all people as human and equal. He is no longer one of my FB friends.

            • 190 desertflower
              December 24, 2011 at 8:55 pm

              I find it best to disassociate myself from toxic people. You did the right thing, majii. Maybe you gave him food for thought.

        • 191 desertflower
          December 24, 2011 at 12:14 pm

          Nobody with a brain would.

    • 192 FiredUpInCA
      December 24, 2011 at 11:38 am

      This is not a campaign crisis where the candidate must disavow a racist-tinged tirade from an associate. Ron Paul’s crisis is self-inflicted. Ron has to disavow Ron Paul. But before he can do that he first has to take responsibility for the words that bear his signature over and over.

      I’ll be standing by to see if the media has a non-stop film festival of his tapes as they’ve done for others.

    • 193 Mary
      December 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      Paulies are VERY organized online. I keep wondering who they are going to support when Mitt gets the nomination.

  49. 194 Fred
    December 24, 2011 at 11:37 am

    good morning TOD family.
    Been MIA for a while but I got THE best Christmas gift ever.Mom’s insurance called late last night and agreed to mom’s rehab but it won’t start until the 1st or 2nd week of January
    they agreed to 20 sessions as long as it doesn’t go beyond $ 30.000 :roll:
    we are still talking to mom’s attorney to see what he can do about all the insurance company’s shenanigans because they agreed to rehab;then they denied 1 day before she was due to go to that place.These folks knew that we had talked to the attorney . . .
    got treatment done on Monday and came down with a cold so needless to say with cooking;getting up at night to give mom her medication;helping her I feel exhausted.
    I wanted to welcome all the “newbies” and thank those who have had kind words for my family and I
    ALOHA POTUS and enjoy XMAS with the family and keep on kicking teabagging arses
    I might stop by again today if not tomorrow
    have a wonderful day and love you all

    • 195 desertflower
      December 24, 2011 at 11:56 am

      Fred!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There you are :) I asked if anyone had heard from you the other day…we all knew what you were having to deal with at home, just wondered if you had popped in and I missed you!
      So happy to hear the great news about your Mom. Such a relief for you and your family. Don’t forget to breathe :) Wishing you all the best, a great recovery for your Mom, and some well earned R&R for YOU! Hugs, Fred….be well. Merry Christmas.

    • 196 prettyfoot58
      December 24, 2011 at 12:05 pm

      Wishing you and your mom the best…Fred…..

      • 197 luci1119
        December 24, 2011 at 12:33 pm

        Hello Fred, so glad to hear from you, you and your Family have been In my prayers and thoughts. So very happy to hear that your Mom can get rehab. with her Insurance. :-) Listen Fred, try to have yourself a Merry Christmas, enjoy being with your Mom, and do take good care of yourself :-)

    • 198 Dakota
      December 24, 2011 at 12:43 pm

      Good to see you Fred. Good news regarding your mom’s care. Peace and Blessings to you and your family. Merry Christmas.

    • 199 JoJothecat
      December 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm

      Good to hear from you Fred…so glad your mom will be getting the rehab she needs. I am glad you are talking to an attorney. With the HCR act I thought they can no longer limit how much can be spent on healthcare? Have a very Merry Xmas and New Year!

    • December 24, 2011 at 2:18 pm

      Hey, Fred!! So good to hear your GREAT news. What a relief that must be for your Mom and your family.
      I hope you have a moment to take a deep breath and enjoy the day. We are thinking of you!!

    • December 24, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      Fred we were wondering and worrying about you yesterday, – I think (I’ve come to believe there is such a thing as “Blog-time” because I lose track of “real-time”) Anyways good to hear from you I hope you are eating! and getting rest when you can. that is good news about your mom getting treatments. Happy holiday dear.

    • December 24, 2011 at 3:53 pm

      Happy to see your update and to hear that your mother will get her needed rehab. Sending a hug your way {{FRED}} to remind you that you have been in our thoughts and prayers. Merry Christmas to you and to all the members of your family!

    • 203 GGail
      December 24, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      Fred! it’s so good to get a positive report from you. Take care of yourself so you can be a support for your mom.

      Merry Christmas and God bless you and your family. When prayers go up….blessings come down!

    • 204 nathkatun7
      December 24, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      It’s great to here from you Fred! We all missed you. It’s wonderful to hear that your mom will be getting the care she needs. I pray that she gets better.

      Merry Christmas to your and your family! May the new year bring you good health and happiness!

      • December 24, 2011 at 10:50 pm

        Hi Fred, so good to hear see you here with your TOD family. Such wonderful news about your mom. Oh, I am so happy to hear that. I will continue to keep you and your mom in my prayers and thoughts.

        I hope that your Christmas will be a beautiful one, Fred. Tell you mom that we all send our love and thoughts of goodness to her.

        Please enjoy your time with her and have a joyous Christmas with your family. I also hope that you will be able to get some rest as the situation permits.

        Keep your thoughts positive and know that we love you and will lift you and your mom up in our thoughts and prayers. Much love to you for these holidays, Fred. Love you back.HZ

  50. 206 carolyn
    December 24, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Chipsticks…I have an idea for this coming week. Could you post a Sticky ( I think they’re called) in which we can all write what we love and appreciate about the President and FLOTUS. That sticky is how I found BWD on a link from DailyKos last year, when the days for our beloved President looked dark. That lifted my spirits so much and it is still in my Favorites file. Then, from BWD I found TOD. That chain has all come back to me now.
    We would enjoy doing that, and perhaps that would relieve you for a while. We would have no lack of good things to say.

  51. 207 Ladyhawke
    December 24, 2011 at 11:41 am

    LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM & OUR FECKLESS MEDIA

    As everyone knows Mitt “Who Am I This Time” Romney is not only a flip flopper he is a prolific liar. He lies with ease and it is really disturbing. The problem is that the media rarely calls him out for his lies. I am sure this is why he does it. It is a sad commentary on the media that a presidential candidate can just make stuff up and not be challenged for his dishonesty. This is a character flaw that I am sure President Obama will be highlighting as the campaigning gets started. But any “journalist” worth his/her salt should be doing their homework and challenging outlandish claims. That seems like the bare minimum the public should expect from the media. Report the facts and let the chips fall where they may.

    ‘Welcome to post-truth politics’

    =======================

    Krugman concludes by predicting that Romney will face “no real penalty for running an utterly fraudulent campaign,” which will only encourage more dishonesty.

    As regular readers might imagine, I strongly agree with all of this. The only point I’d add is that it’s ultimately going to be up to reporters and major news organizations to decide whether a campaign built on deliberate deception is allowed to thrive.

    =======================

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_12/welcome_to_posttruth_politics034291.php

  52. December 24, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Fred, glad you got good word on the insurance. I hope you can enjoy your Christmas, despite all the stresses and exhaustion,and feel the peace of a the season.

  53. 209 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    December 24, 2011 at 11:43 am

    SO HAPPY PBO IS IN HAWAII…HE IS TREATED WITH THE RESPECT HE DESERVES THERE!

  54. 210 desertflower
    December 24, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Thanks for posting this, africa. This is quite damning, and quite repulsive.How will his supporters “explain this away”? THIS man is a doctor????????????????????

    said that AIDS sufferers ‘enjoy the attention and pity that comes with being sick.’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2078217/Newly-uncovered-videos-letter-Ron-Paul-promoting-racist-newsletters–long-said-knew-them.html#ixzz1hTGjGato

    Not only that, but it would seem, from the letterhead, that he advanced his cause and hateful rhetoric, ON OFFICIAL GOVT LETTERHEAD! That should be illegal! Mr. anti-govt hypocrite! He’s never going to be POTUS. EVER. HE seems to run every single 4 years….and frankly, this is the first time that so much ugly has surfaced about him….only because the RW /LW nutbags think he’s the one. Thanks for this….it needs to spread like a virus…seems that THIS GUY…HAS A VERY BAD PRE EXISTING CONDITION!

    • 211 isonprize
      December 24, 2011 at 11:54 am

      Desertflower, I have often wondered how this man ever became a physician, What about the “First, do no harm” belief that doctors are supposed to espouse? This guy is mean, hateful, spiteful, hypocritical, racist, homophobic, sexist….. Where does the list stop?

      Wow, just wow. Yesterday I posted a link to his hateful newsletters. That stuff was sickening to read. SICKENING!!! Whoooo.

      It is such a pleasure to have Pres. Obama as the leader of the free world. I will work my tail off to make sure that we have him for a precious 4 more years.

      • 212 desertflower
        December 24, 2011 at 12:12 pm

        Yes, isonprize…I believe that’s the Hypocractic Oath (though I’m guessing HE thought that he was taking the HYPOCRITICAL OATH, and said, “Sign me up!”) This man is nothing more than all that you described, and the worst of our society.He’s a liar and a fraud. He will NEVER sit in the White House.

  55. 213 Linda
    December 24, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Happy Holidays everyone ! Thank you Chips for this site……

    Early Saturday, Gingrich’s campaign released the following statement from Campaign Director Michael Krull:

    “Only a failed system excludes four out of the six major candidates seeking access to the ballot. Voters deserve the right to vote for any top contender, especially leading candidates­. We will work with the Republican Party of Virginia to pursue an aggressive write-in campaign to make sure that all the voters of Virginia are able to vote for the candidate of their choice.”

    Newt thinks he is a ” top contender “….. I guess it must be in the Heavy Weight Division.

    • 214 isonprize
      December 24, 2011 at 11:55 am

      Um, yeah, okay. What kind of campaign doesn’t get their candidate on the ballot IN THE STATE WHERE THE CANDIDATE RESIDES????

      EPIC FAIL.

      • 215 FiredUpInCA
        December 24, 2011 at 12:49 pm

        “Only a failed system excludes four out of the six major candidates seeking access to the ballot.”

        No only a disorganized campaign led by a whiney, snively blowhard candidate fails to rally enough support WHERE HE HAS BEEN LIVING FOR SEVERAL YEARS to get himself on the ballot.

        “President Obama became the first presidential candidate to submit his signatures for the March ballot.”

        http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/virginia-politics/post/obama-submits-signatures-for-virginia-ballot/2011/12/02/gIQAtHPpLO_blog.html

        He delivered 15,000 signatures in the first week of December.

        By the way, he has been living in D.C. for several years, yet he somehow managed to pass the first test of electability — getting on the ballot.

        To use a Newtism, that’s fundamentally fundamental to get your name on the piece of paper.

        If I was his manager when it became obvious nobody wanted to show up for free to get Newt on the ballot, I’d either Tiffany giveaway or hit Romney up for the 10,000 bucks he doesn’t need and pay a dollar per signature. Done and done.

    • 216 GGail
      December 24, 2011 at 4:40 pm

      Newt wants to twist rules to his benefit.

      That’s not how GOVERNMENT works!

      • 217 isonprize
        December 24, 2011 at 11:07 pm

        GGail, I get your point. but unfortunately, in many places, that IS how government works. THAT’S part of the problem. Sigh…

  56. 218 anniebella
    December 24, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I just love watching the videos of POTUS and FLOTUS. I have been watching them over and over this morning.

  57. 220 donna dem 4 obama
    December 24, 2011 at 12:15 pm

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    ★HAPPY HOLIDAYS and MERRY CHRISTMAS ★
    ♥Warm hugs, lots of love to our Chips and the TOD family.♥
    May you all be blessed with good health, food, warmth and shelter.
    ♥ Many wishes for a more prosperous NEW YEAR.♥

  58. 228 desertflower
    December 24, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Tens of thousands in the streets of Russia protesting Putin (their very own Dick Cheney)

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/24/us-russia-idUSTRE7BN04420111224 Russian Spring?

  59. 229 rikyrah
    December 24, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    glad to see you home, Mr. President.

  60. 230 isonprize
    December 24, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Chica, Chica, Chica! I hope that your Christmas shopping is going well. As others have said, and I wholeheartedly agree, thank you for this site. This refuge from the madness. I am wholly addicted to checking it, not only every day, more like every hour!!!

    I think the rest of the world is coming around. Check that, the rest of the US — the world already loves our President. It’s the teahadists and nutjobs (both on the right AND the left) that are hateful and mean. But that’s okay, because love will prevail. We, Obamabots, will see to that!

    Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!! NORAD tracks Santa. And of course, there is an APP for it! :lol: :lol:

    http://www.noradsanta.org/en/

  61. 245 nintendowii10
    December 24, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Happy Holidays TOD!!!

    I just happened to come across and understand the emoleft ranting about the “indefinite detention bill” that doesn’t exist. So they want President Obama to veto the ENTIRE NDAA over language that doesn’t give PBO any new powers?

    The emo left is just as unhinged as the teabags, anything to complain about regarding PBO. I could give a rat’s patooey if these emo left are “former” Obama supporters and support “I didn’t write those letters with my name on them, but I did take the money” Ron Paul, but they do need to be called out and exposed.

    • 246 desertflower
      December 24, 2011 at 12:35 pm

      You forgot a part. “I didn’t write those letters ON MY CONGRESSIONAL STATIONARY, but I did take the money” Ron Paul. Fixed :)

  62. December 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Good morning Chipsticks and TOD family and to all Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy Holidays however you celebrate. It’s the holiday that reminds us of the universal commandment to love one another as brothers and sisters in the human family. It is the time of year when I sorely miss my sister and family living across the ocean. But there is also so much to celebrate: my friends and the many wonderful volunteers I have met this year, my own four-legged family (6 cats and 1 dog – all rescues) and, of course, my haven of sanity, my daily dose of encouragement and source of so much valuable information – The Obama Diary. I have been very busy these last few weeks. In adddition to building our teams locally, OFA-MA is also heavily engaged in the New Hampshire Primary. We have organized phone banks and canvasses in New Hampshire and will continue to do so right up to the primary on January 10th. But even though I don’t post very often, I visit here every day. I often spend hours late at night catching up with all the developments and commentary. I know I can always count on TOD to let me know that our President has arrived safely wherever he is traveling (yes, I do worry every time just like so many of you). I enjoy the pictures and the videos, the obvious regard for one another on this blog, the humor and the steadfast commitment to re-electing our remarkable President. So thank you, Chipsticks and all posters – you all contribute so much. I can truly say that my life is better because of you.

    • 248 desertflower
      December 24, 2011 at 12:38 pm

      Big hugs to you, hgerhard! That was beautiful. We DO have a wonderful family here, don’t we? Have a very Merry one, and a Happy New Year!

    • December 24, 2011 at 5:48 pm

      Thank you so much for all you do, hgerhard. You are an inspiration! Happy Holidays everyone. Still lovin’ the snow.

    • 250 GGail
      December 24, 2011 at 6:07 pm

      Thank you hgerhard for all that you contribute to this loving TOD family. Merry Christmas to you too!

    • December 24, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      hgerhard – it’s late and you probably won’t read this but THANKYOU for all the good work you are doing in OFA. All of these things add up and it’s happening because of people like you. Happy Holidays!!!! :D

    • 252 nathkatun7
      December 24, 2011 at 11:40 pm

      Thank you so much, hgerhard, for the wonderful work you are doing on the ground. On Monday (12/26) I will be meeting with one of San Diego (CA) coordinators of OFA. I am really looking forward to being actively involved in phone banking, voter registration, and canvassing. You, and others on this site who are actively involved in OFA, have really inspired me. This is why this space is so special ! We get to hear from people like you who are busy doing the hard work of making sure that our beloved President is re-elected.

      Happy Holidays for you and your family!

  63. 253 desertflower
    December 24, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Trying to post that link about Ron Paul over at CNN.com…can’t seem to find how to post comment there. Would someone like to take the lead here and do that for me? They need to see that, ASAP. Thanks. I don’t know why I can’t seem to figure that out this morning :(

  64. 256 desertflower
    December 24, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Stupid is as stupid does!

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2011/12/24/michigan-city-turns-down-millions-of-dollars-saying-federal-money-is-not-free/ This is what TP mayor gets them. Wonder how they like her now?

    • 257 JoJothecat
      December 24, 2011 at 1:32 pm

      “Government money is not free”? I guess “corporate” money is free money with no strings attached. The mayor needs to be replaced she is doing harm to the town…I hope a DEM mayor gets the money, sorry citizens of Troy but there are consequences to not voting or voting dumb.

  65. 258 desertflower
    December 24, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Economy is awful the MSM say…that’s why shoppers will spend $469 BILLION

    http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2011/12/24/20111224buying-surge-tops-strong-shopping-season.html

    Seriously. Why does anyone listen to them anymore?

  66. 261 Dakota
    December 24, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO CHIPS AND MY TOD FAMILY!

    Chips, thank you for everything you do…making this a place of sanity for all of us. To the rest of my TOD Family, thank you for keeping me so well informed and well armed!

    PEACE and BLESSINGS to you All.

  67. December 24, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Well what can I say that hasn’t already been said about Ms Chips and this wonderfully entertaining, informative, educational and pictorial blog?
    Merry Christmas to You and Yours Ms Chips. Thanks again for your stellar input and especially for keeping this space ‘trash free’. Christmas Greetings to the TOD family from the sunny isle of Trinidad and Tobago. Hope everyone has a relaxed and festive season, ready to rock and roll with all the punches coming up in 2012.

  68. 264 desertflower
    December 24, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Must read!!!!!!!!!!!! Did I say how much I love and appreciate the work that Steve Benen does? A gift to all of us.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_12/understanding_suicidal_politic034309.php

    I found all of this quite compelling, but it got me thinking about why Republicans, especially in the House, would be so cavalier about their own electoral futures. Usually, elected politicians want to win re-election, and take some steps while in office that voters will respect and appreciate. As part of the efforts that make it seem as if GOP officials “really trying to off themselves” politically, congressional Republicans appear to be making themselves less popular, almost on purpose.

    Couple all these reasons with arrogance, and those are precisely the reasons why

  69. 268 rikyrah
    December 24, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    December 24, 2011 11:10 AM
    Understanding ‘suicidal’ political episodes
    By Steve Benen

    It wasn’t a great week for congressional Republicans, who ended up hurting themselves twice — they looked bad fighting to raise middle-class taxes, and then looked worse caving when the heat was on.

    Jon Chait argued this week that GOP policymakers were so far around the bend, they looked politically “suicidal.”


    The payroll tax debacle is now the third suicidal episode undertaken by the House Republicans since they took control of it at the beginning of the year. The first was when they voted almost unanimously for Paul Ryan’s budget, which was filled with grist for attack ads — huge cuts to Medicare, big tax cuts for the wealthy, deregulating Wall Street — despite it having no chance of passing this term.

    The second was when they played chicken with the debt ceiling and turned a once-routine procedure into a white-knuckle game of chicken with the world economy.

    And then this week, when they attempted to extract concessions in return for extending the payroll tax holiday, an anti-recessionary measure with strong support from economists, businesses, and voters. These are not just gestures. The right-wingers are really trying to off themselves.

    I found all of this quite compelling, but it got me thinking about why Republicans, especially in the House, would be so cavalier about their own electoral futures. Usually, elected politicians want to win re-election, and take some steps while in office that voters will respect and appreciate. As part of the efforts that make it seem as if GOP officials “really trying to off themselves” politically, congressional Republicans appear to be making themselves less popular, almost on purpose.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_12/understanding_suicidal_politic034309.php

    • December 24, 2011 at 2:55 pm

      They don’t think they’re unpopular. The same people who clap at death sentences at the Republican debates call these guys and urge them to “fight” against the president. They think they’re warriors since they only really hear the cheers of their own supporters. The most diehard among them have zero experience in DC, were elected in a fluke and have a deep animosity toward anything the president does. Because they are freshmen, they don’t even have the wisdom of experience to draw on, so they think in action movie terms. Don’t back down. Shoot em. Show em who’s bigger. Politically, they are children.

      • 270 L3
        December 24, 2011 at 3:43 pm

        Yes. Have you noticed their constant reliance on movie references like Braveheart and The Town and games like High Stakes Poker. It’s as though they are children re-enacting their favorite movies and games. They are thrill seekers, immature and many of them are wealthy which makes them less concerned about being voted out. But, there are those like Duffy from Wisconsin who need that check and he was one of the first teabaggers to break ranks and publicly urge support of the bill. I also think some of them are concerned about being primaried by people who are even more radical than they are. Finally, hatred of PBO has driven them crazy and they are determined to defeat him no matter the cost. Unfortunately, sometimes when you want something so desperately the opposite of what you want results.

      • 271 desertflower
        December 24, 2011 at 8:58 pm

        THIS!

  70. December 24, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Lol! Lmao!

    Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich’s campaign attacked Virginia’s GOP primary election system on Saturday for keeping him off the state’s March 6 Super Tuesday ballot, a significant setback for a candidate who has surged in popularity but has struggled to organize his campaign.

    The state party said that Gingrich had failed to submit the required 10,000 signatures to appear on the ballot. Texas Gov. Rick Perry also failed to qualify, the Virginia GOP said.

    The Gingrich campaign responded that “only a failed system’’ would disqualify Gingrich and other candidates. It said Gingrich would pursue an aggressive write-in campaign in Virginia.

    “Voters deserve the right to vote for any top contender, especially leading candidates,’’ Gingrich campaign director Michael Krull said in a statement.

    http://mobile.boston.com/art/35/news/politics/articles/2011/12/24/gop_gingrich_perry_will_not_be_on_va_ballot/

  71. December 24, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    It’s CHRISTMAS MORNING here in NZ!!! Merry CHristmas TOD fam!! Chips, thank you for a wonderful blog! I just watched POTUS and FLOTUS interview with B.Walters, they were lovely together as always!

    Not sure if people have seen this video that was taken I think the same day by 20/20 staff while Walters was doing her interview? : http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2011/12/kids-describe-president-obama/

    Happy Holidays people and be safe if you’re out and about today!!

    Time to connect laptop to television for some NFL and watch my team online @ 07:00 NZ time right now LOL Back later :)

  72. 289 rikyrah
    December 24, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    December 24, 2011 10:45 AM
    Remember the Mayberry Machiavellis?
    By Steve Benen

    For all of the times American Crossroads, Karl Rove’s attack operation, is truly exasperating, once in a while, the group’s hatchet jobs are actually rather amusing — in an unintentional sort of way.

    Yesterday, Crossroads released a memo accusing the Obama White House with prioritizing politics over economic policy, and allowing political strategists to replace economists.


    President Obama has no real economic team. And that’s why his economic agenda is a political agenda, propped up by political slogans (“Pass this bill! We can’t wait!”) and promoted by political means (taxpayer-financed political rallies and DNC-financed TV ads). The entire structure and focus of the Obama White House are centered on reelection, not recovery.

    Need evidence? Where is the current head of Obama’s council of economic advisors? The head of Obama’s National Economic Council? Can most Washington reporters even name them? … Instead, this Administration’s “economic team” is David Axelrod and David Plouffe and Jay Carney, because all they want to do — all they can do — is politics.

    Even for American Crossroads, this is deeply stupid.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_12/remember_the_mayberry_machiave034308.php

  73. 291 Linda
    December 24, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    ok…now I am confused…..I could have sworn there was video of him getting off the plane with Senator Akaka last night. Did the media use old footage ?

  74. 293 auni
    December 24, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I had spent a year commenting DAILY on the Glenn Beck blog. I received plenty of hate (one guy even saying I LOOK like a communist), but got so much encouragement from folks asking me to keep up the battle that I did it for as long as I could stand it. Came reeling away from there looking for an oasis–found this wonderful site. My appreciation to the wonderful Chips and the insightful, smart, funny posters. To the lurkers-come on in–sometimes I worry a bit about my poor spelling and think I won’t be able to express myself as well as I would wish–but none of that matters here. We are people of good heart and good intentions and that’s all that’s needed. You never know when your idea is just what someone is waiting for. Have a wonderful holiday Everyone. If you are having a bad patch in your life, nest year might be a whole lot better.

    • 294 desertflower
      December 24, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      auni…YOU ARE A SAINT! A YEAR of ignorance and poison? Ouch. My head hurts. You have found your refuge here, thank goodness, and we love that you’re here….spread the truth, spread the facts, but try not to soak your brain with the ugly :) I AM having a rough patch, and I hope that 2012 will be a new beginning. Keep us in your prayers (as so many others need them as well) for a brighter day around the corner. Have a wonderful holiday, and Happy New Year, auni.

    • 295 Pamela
      December 24, 2011 at 2:11 pm

      auni, what a tremendous feat….. Bless you, and hope you are healing well from the effort you have made! I imagine not very many of us would have had that kind of fortitude…. Well, I know I would not have been able to do what you have done!

    • 296 TrumpDog
      December 24, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      ONE YEAR? OMG, how could you stand it?
      You deserve a trophy or something.
      Thank you for combating the lies.

    • December 24, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      A YEAR? OMG auni that is amazing. so glad you found a haven here and what fortitude you have!! Happy Holidays to you! :-)

  75. 299 JER
    December 24, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Has anyone here clicked on the snowflake on the bottom of some of the videos?
    Click play first. Then click on the snowflake. Snowflakes start to fall. If you get too much snow, click the snowflake again. The snow disappears. No shoveling! Chips, did you put the snowflakes there?

  76. 301 24Sass
    December 24, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Merry Christmas Happy Holidays to Chips and all here at TOD.
    What a special place with such special people.

  77. December 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Cuba to free 2,900 prisoners ahead of visit by Pope Benedict XVI
    December 23, 2011 21:40

    Cuba will release 2,900 prisoners ahead of a visit next spring by Pope Benedict XVI, the Cuban government reportedly said Friday, citing humanitarian reasons. President Raul Castro called the move was a goodwill gesture prompted by appeals from relatives of the prisoners — many of them unwell, women or elderly — and religious institutions, the BBC reported.

    ~snip~

    Anyone convicted of a serious crime like murder, espionage or drug trafficking were also not part of the amnesty. However, those convicted of political crimes — viewed by Havana as “crimes against state security” will be, The Guardian reported, citing the news agency Prensa Latina. “All of them have completed an important portion of their sentence and shown good behavior,” Prensa Latina reportedly wrote.

    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/cuba/111223/cuba-prisoner-release-raul-castro-pope-benedict-xvi-havana-alan-gross

  78. December 24, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    ♥ ♥ ♥ Aloha Chips! Aloha TOD Family! ♥ ♥ ♥

    Barack Obama Quote O’ The Day

    Each year we’ve come together to celebrate a story that has endured for two millennia. It’s a story that’s dear to Michelle and me as Christians, but it’s a message that’s universal: A child was born far from home to spread a simple message of love and redemption to every human being around the world.

    It’s a message that says no matter who we are or where we are from, no matter the pain we endure or the wrongs we face, we are called to love one another as brothers and as sisters.

    –from Remarks by the President at the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree, December 9, 2010

    Have a wonderful Christmas Eve, everyone! :-P

  79. December 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Lobbyists Plan Holiday Travel to Early Primary States
    By Kate Ackley and Janie Lorber| Dec. 22, 2011, 7:30 a.m.

    While most of political Washington is eager to get out of town for the holidays, a group of die-hard Republican lobbyists will use their recess for something decidedly not relaxing: volunteering in the early caucus and primary states for their favorite presidential campaigns. Whether they’re holding signs, knocking on doors, observing polls or making local media appearances, rewards abound for these lobbyists.

    Some are angling for jobs in a future administration, while others hope renewing old ties and making fresh connections with campaign aides will boost their future K Street business. For others, the thrill of the trail is enough. There’s a whole bunch of folks going up from K Street,” said Brad Card, a lobbyist at Dutko Grayling and longtime Mitt Romney devotee.

    ~snip~

    http://www.rollcall.com/news/lobbyists_plan_holiday_travel_early_primary_states-211221-1.html

  80. December 24, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    48 States Have Elected Openly LGBT Lawmakers |
    By Igor Volsky on Dec 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Denis Dison notes that “last week’s news that Southhaven, Miss., Mayor Greg Davis informed a local newspaper that he is gay means just two U.S. states remain on the list of those with no openly LGBT elected officials — Alaska and South Dakota.” “That doesn’t mean these states aren’t served by LGBT elected officials, just that none have self-identified publicly either in speeches or in the media,” he says.

    http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2011/12/23/394876/48-states-have-elected-openly-lgbt-lawmakers/

  81. December 24, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    The GOP Makes America Pay For Their Dysfunction and Inability To Govern
    By: Rmuse| December 24, 2011

    The public will not forget how Republicans nearly cost them their payroll tax cut by holding out for more unrelated concessions than they secured. This is not to say John Boehner cares about the American people, because he does not. What Boehner cares about is the wealthy and the false perception that Republicans are protecting the wealthy to benefit the American people. Eric Cantor and House tea party Republicans do not care about the people either, and were willing to let the cuts expire to prove a point that they are not to be trifled with where protecting the wealthy is concerned regardless of the political consequences. It is so tragic that one political party is so intent on helping the wealthy that they are willing to let their different approaches cause rifts in the party in plain sight of the American people. The good news is that the public now understands that regardless the tactics, Republicans are not on their side.

    ~snip~

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/gop-dysfunction

  82. December 24, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Wowzers, not bad for a holiday season:

    (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s campaign set a goal of raising $60 million in the fourth quarter of the year to benefit the Democratic incumbent’s re-election and the Democratic National Committee, a campaign official said on Saturday.

    Obama’s campaign, together with the Democratic National Committee, had raised roughly $155 million through the end of September.

    If it reaches its goal for the fourth quarter, the campaign will surpass $200 million in fundraising for 2011.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/24/us-usa-campaign-obama-idUSTRE7BN0CW20111224

    The campaign raised $86 million in the 2nd quarter and $70 million in the 3rd the quarter, even with the cancellations due to the fake GOP debt crisis.

    • December 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      I was just wondering about this. Campaign usually exceeds the goals they make public as well, but given Pres Obama will not fundraise the rest of the year himself I wondered how the Q4 numbers will look.

      $200M heading into the election year does make the ridiculous $1B campaign far out of reach though as there is no way he’d average $200M a quarter in 2012. Unless that $1B number was taking into account third party money – to Priorities USA and the like.

      Regardless being the sitting President means he needs to spend much less on advertising etc – as everybody knows who he is and has a pretty set opinion on him. So the vast bulk of his fundraising will go to the ground level organizing and targeting and getting out his vote.

      • December 24, 2011 at 2:41 pm

        I feel sure that the financial analysts at the Chicago headquarters have worked everything out. If $60 mil is their goal this qtr., then they are seeing a path to raising all that they need. I do think that fundraising will pick up dramatically once the campaign season starts and they’ve probably worked out precisely what pace they have to set. The president does not have to spend money on primaries, so in essence everything he gets is for the general and for keeping the ground game building.

    • December 24, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      It must be all small donations. He has nit done that many fundraisers!

  83. December 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Happy Holidays to TOD, as well as the sister and brother sites on the blog roll! Be safe, everyone!~

  84. December 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    WooooOOOOOooooot, I have my Christmas shopping done, I’m brilliant!!!

    True, it wasn’t very successful shopping – eg I got my brother-in-law perfume and my sister shaving cream – but hey, it’s done, and that’s the main thing.

    Okay, I’m off to celebrate with a cup of tea, will be back soon to see if you’re all behaving.

    • 315 desertflower
      December 24, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      You’re funny! Mighty quick work you did there :) I do that every year. Surgical strike. I know what I want, where it is….I get it and leave. DONE! 3 hours max. Enjoy your tea….we’ve been really good today. Can we have a treat now????? Please!

    • 318 Pamela
      December 24, 2011 at 2:15 pm

      Cup of tea, that sounds good! I will join you, and anyway, they can swap or share their gifts, right! And yes, if pouring love and blessing all over the place and each other counts, yes, Chips, we are all on our very best behavior!

  85. 319 desertflower
    December 24, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    GOP disaster laid bear:

    MINDMELD from senior Democratic aide: “There is no point in rubbing it in. No aide can say anything that the Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove, or Senate Republicans haven’t already said about what an unmitigated disaster House Republicans’ strategy has proven to be. I don’t think there is a sober Republican who doubts that this week set them back significantly for 2012.”
    –Another senior Hill Dem.: “From Rove to Krauthammer to the Journal editorial board, the Republican establishment hasn’t been this freaked about a House speaker hurting their chances in 2012 since Newt Gingrich was leading the polls in Iowa.

    Sweet.

  86. 325 Obama Grandmama
    December 24, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Here I am on Christmas Eve sneaking a quick look at the TOD blog. Two of my adult kids are here (one with fiance) to spend the holidays with me. They have taken a drive to the beach which is a half hour away while I fix the Xmas Eve meal for eleven so I have to be off here and onto my preparations. I have it prepared ahead as much as possible so didn’t need their help putting it together.

    I’m blessed to have most of my family with me this Xmas. I had the others at Thanksgiving. I am also blessed to have found this blog after being on the OFA blog during the campaign and for awhile afterwards till I found the safe haven of BWD then here. Thanks Chips and bloggers for your positive stories, informing us, and engaging us in being proactive. May you all experience a blessed Christmas and a time to be with family.

    • December 24, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      You sound as though you have a wonderful family. You are indeed blessed. Enjoy them and make them clean up :-D :-D

    • 327 Pamela
      December 24, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      ObamaGramdmama, I so love seeing you over here, along with Donna, JO’B, others I recognize from BWD, and even earlier from the blog Lace set up for us, but which over time seemed to lose its magnetic and dynamic quality… Don’t think that will ever happen here, love to you, and very Merry Christmas, I wish my daughter was here, well, I wish I was there in the Solomons with HER! Maybe next year we will be together for Christmas….meanwhile, I find solace and good company here with you all!

  87. 328 sosena
    December 24, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.

    • December 24, 2011 at 2:31 pm

      You’re right. A man this low is beyond contempt and beyond words. Does the Republican Party have no depths to which it won’t sink? To even contemplate this idiot for president is a travesty. And you can bet if Romney thinks it will win him points he’ll be right behind Newt, no matter what he said in 2008.

      • 331 desertflower
        December 24, 2011 at 2:37 pm

        well, if Romney wants to add this to his looooooooooooooooooooong list of flip flops, let him have at it. He’d be a fool, or should I say MORE of a fool than he already is. The whole lot of them thoroughly disgust me.

    • 332 isonprize
      December 24, 2011 at 6:32 pm

      Here’s a comment I got from POU, from Guns300 ….

      Lets just take slavery and racism out of it for second. Someone please explain to me. If you fight war and win how in the world does someone make an argument about flying the loser’s flag over the winner’s government buildings? A war was fought you lost as far as I’m concerned that flag should be illegal to be flown anywhere.

      Facts and logic…. Whew.!! Lost on ol’ Leroy Gingrich and more than a few South Carolinians..

      • 333 nathkatun7
        December 25, 2011 at 4:28 am

        Isonprize, the question as to who actually won the Civil War has bothered me for quite some time. But, for me, the more important question is: what was the Civil War all about? If the Civil War was about ending slavery, and by extension the ideological justification for slavery which was racism, then flying the Confederate flag, which stood for the defense of a race based slavery institution would absolutely be out of the question. On the other hand, if you take slavery and racism out of the discussion, then it is not that difficult for Southerners to justify flying a Confederate flag on the grounds that it is represents Southern culture. Please correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that the only logical way to attack the Confederate flag is to associate it with the Southern defense of human bondage based on the racist doctrine of black inferiority and white superiority.

        Attacking the Confederate flag on the grounds that the North (representing the idea of the Union) won may be logical but it’s not that compelling. After all, going back to ancient history, there are examples where the conquerer allowed the conquered to retain their cultural identity. A good example is ancient Egypt where the King (Pharaoh) wore the “Double Crown” representing the kingdoms of upper Egypt (conquerer) and lower Egypt (conquered). Basically, my view is that the Confederate flag is not just a symbol of a unique Southern culture. Rather, it’s a symbol of a culture based on racial slavery. The South did not secede simply because it wanted to maintain a unique Southern culture. The South seceded because it wanted to maintain a race based slavery. Insisting on flying a Confederate flag means that you want to perpetuate a symbol of a war fought to maintain a culture that was based on race based slavery. That is why you can not “take slavery and racism out of” the discussion of the Confederate flag.

  88. 334 lexusv
    December 24, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    LOLOL Chips, I was just gonna write you and tell you of your mix up LOLOL I see them mean streets have done you like they did me ;o) There is a new poster with OBAMA spell out with inspirational words….It is great, how do I get it to show on the thread?

  89. December 24, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    While Christmas is a time to get together with family and friends who are near and dear to us, it also gives us an opportunity to celebrate with our extended friends online who have become a part of our “Virtual Family.” Here’s wishing Happy Holidays to my Virtual Family here on TOD. That includes our wonderful Chipsticks, regular posters, invisible lurkers, naugthy mat occupiers ;) and even our First Family who may just peek in on us from time to time (thanks to DonnaDem4Obama). May the New Year be a happy and successful one for all of us as we prepare to deliver enough electoral votes to win “4 More for 44″! :) Obama/Biden 2012!

  90. December 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Things are getting pretty wild out there:

    Gorbachev urges Putin to step down.

    http://bit.ly/rvu2gw

  91. 338 AJ
    December 24, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Just want to add my heartfelt thanks to Chips and all the wonderful work she does to keep us informed. I got here via a different route, from mrs-o.com: I came for the videos and pictures, but I stayed for the discussion and insights.

    Happy Holidays to Chips and everyone here…because of you all, I learn new things every day.

  92. 339 Linda
    December 24, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Gingrich Will Run An ‘Aggressive Write-In Campaign’ In Virginia Primaries, Where Write-Ins Are Illegal.

    teehee

    http://thinkprogress.org/

    • December 24, 2011 at 2:37 pm

      I actually threw my head back and laughed for a full minute over this one. This guy was SPEAKER of the House, and he didn’t know that? And now he wants to sign laws into being, as President of the United States? Sign treaties that govern interactions between countries. Rule over 300 million people. But, he couldn’t even get his act together to get 10,000 legitimate signatures and finally tops it off by suggesting illegal actions, on his behalf? You can’t make this stuff up. You just can’t. It would be entertaining, if the stakes weren’t so high.

      • 341 desertflower
        December 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm

        I KNOW! Crazy. AND he LIVES in VA! He couldn’t have figured this out? Lord….the stupid hurts.

      • December 24, 2011 at 3:08 pm

        You know, I put Newt in the same camp as Herman Cain. I don’t think either was serious about running for President. I still don’t think Newt is serious.

        • December 24, 2011 at 10:59 pm

          This is exactly what I’ve been thinking. I wonder if he’s just trying to up his earning potential. Some of the things he says are just too outrageous for me to believe he really is courting presidential candidate votes. I almost feel like he’s laughing at the electorate while thinking ‘I can say what I want during this campaign ’cause I don’t give a kick about your reactions. Who wants to do the work of the WH when I can give a speech or two and be paid a monstrous sum.’ A serious contender would couch all his answers in a more appropriate tone.

      • 344 nathkatun7
        December 25, 2011 at 4:32 am

        Indeed! Very well said, Theo!

    • 345 Pamela
      December 24, 2011 at 3:24 pm

      While sporting a leopard-skin mankind, just for effect!

  93. December 24, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Seasons Greetings to everyone who graces TOD with witty and informative comments and links, and welcome to all my fellow mostly lurkers;-) I am ever grateful to the extraordinary work that Chipsticks does to keep this site intelligent, neighborly and positive. Please stay well—all of you—as we Press On! toward another Obama victory!

  94. December 24, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Re: the Virginia GOP primary — I think it’s obvious why only Willard and nutty Ron are eligible: the rest of them aren’t running serious campaigns — they’re running book tours or just showing up at debates. Willard has been running for president since forever, so of course all his homework is gonna be in. A month ago, I saw a Paulite asking for signatures in front of a grocery store here. Of course I didn’t sign for that nutjob to get on the ballot, but at least they were doing the legwork. Leroy, Uncle Herman, Crazy Eyes Bachmann, Sanitorium, Oops Perry — they’re all grifting or are simply incompetent.

    I’m glad it’s happening here in VA. Maybe it will depress GOPers in the state enuf that their feelings will be too hurt to vote in November. :lol:

  95. 351 Don
    December 24, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Chips, I need to see pictures of our President and his family enjoying themselves in Hawaii. Can you get to it please?

    • 352 desertflower
      December 24, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      That could be “our treat” for being so good while Chips was Christmas shopping………….just sayin’………..

  96. 353 desertflower
    December 24, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/12/21/obama-s-latest-poll-numbers-force-a-change-in-gop-rhetoric.html

    Even millionaire Republican presidential candidates like Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich seem to sense something is amiss in the American economic structure, as evidenced by their recent Kinsley gaffes, which acknowledged that the super rich aren’t always the magnificent benefactors or “job creators” the GOP tries to pawn them off as. Yeah, I’m talking about you, Mitt Romney.

    Too bad for them that embracing reality counts as being “off message” in the Republican Party.

    • 355 desertflower
      December 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm

      Smart children. The good news is…they are the future, and I dare say…they WILL make us proud :) Good for them.

  97. 358 auni
    December 24, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Want to thank LDS for her fine post earlier–you said it well!

  98. 359 isonprize
    December 24, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    The cherub giving President Obama a high five is just TOO precious!!!

  99. December 24, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    To all TODers …may each of you have a blessed holiday season. And a special shout out
    to our tireless wonderful Ms. Chips. Thank you for all your hard work and for creating
    this wonderful oasis in a desert of news negativity. I am also one of those that’s addicted
    to this site. Even though I don’t post very often I am always reading and being informed
    by all of you. Thank you all so much.

    We will be ready to roll in 2012 and we ask God’s blessing on our President and his supporters
    as we all undertake our role in re-electing PBO.

  100. 361 Betsy
    December 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I found DailyKos after the 2008 election and quickly found BWD due to the many people criticizing her for supporting PBO. So I found her site, and spent all my time there, occasionally coming to TOD, and now I will never leave this wonderful place until Chipsticks says goodbye, which I hope will not be for another 4+ years :D

    • 362 Betsy
      December 24, 2011 at 3:35 pm

      Oh, I forgot. I wish you all a safe, peaceful and loving Christmas and a most wonderful year as we all gather here, Nov 6, 2012, crying because President Obama has been re-elected!!!

  101. December 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Some serious BAH HUMBUG going on at the New York Times:

    http://www.saveourtimes.com/

    • 364 isonprize
      December 24, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      DAMN, That’s some serious stuff going on. BAH HUMBUG, indeed. No wonder the NYT has slipped in it’s reporting of real news…

  102. 365 AnitaW
    December 24, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Just tweeted:

    I trhink the Jets are being punished for hving Chrisp Christie in the owners box.

    This of course came after the announcers praised Christie and then Sanchez threw an interception.

  103. December 24, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I read three articles that said November consumer spending is through the roof.
    Then, I went to the Washington post that said November consumer spending is below estimates.

    Well, which is it?

    I am sick of one story saying the opposite of another!

    Is this planned?

    • 369 Linda
      December 24, 2011 at 4:03 pm

      Did Murdoch buy the Washington Post in secret ?

    • 370 hopefruit2
      December 24, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      It is planned and designed to confuse the people and depress enthusiasm. But they WON’T succeed because more people are on to the media’s deceptive antics and are tuning in directly to the President to get their info.

      I’ve finished my Christmas shopping – and spending a nice evening with family. I’m ready for 2012 – Merry Christmas/Season’s Greetings/Happy Holidays!

  104. 372 carolyn
    December 24, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I guess the NYT is called The Gray Lady for a reason! If MSNBC is touting high numbers, after all their negativity, I’d sure believe them! Haven’t checked, but know some one of our excellent researchers will.

  105. 375 louc1
    December 24, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2012 to all of the TOD family and a special shout out to Ms.Chips!!!! Thank you all for making my day brighter each time I click on this blog!!!
    2012 is a special year and I know we are all Fired Up and Ready to Go All IN for OBAMA/BIDEN 2012 !!!!

  106. 376 desertflower
    December 24, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Behold! The Job Messiah!

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/12/24/395139/romney-if-im-president-all-college-grads-will-have-a-job-if-obama-wins-they-wont/

    What’s he going to tell them? If they’re willing to move overseas, he can hook them up?

    • December 24, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      He is saying anything to win.

    • December 24, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      If I am President, everybody will have one million dollars.

      • 379 Pamela
        December 24, 2011 at 4:39 pm

        Jovie for President ~ 2016! (Since she is not silly enough to run against the best President EVER!)

      • 380 Pamela
        December 24, 2011 at 5:00 pm

        Now, Jovie, a question: when you become President in 2016, and give everyone a million dollars, with the possible exception of incarcerated felons, you will only be giving away about 330 million$, right? That’s pocket change for some of these big greed mongers, but everyone would be on a more rational footing, and everyone could own a house; and so, then, what would happen to the economy? You don’t have to answer this until after you are elected, but it occurred to me after reading your comment. All responses are welcome.

    • 381 Linda
      December 24, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      What a fool……the unemployment rate for college grads is about 5 % right now.

  107. December 24, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I rarely comment, but am here reading all the time. All of your comments, etc. have been extremely helpful as I campaign for the president here in Wisconsin. So, thanks to all and hope you all have a very Happy Holiday!

    • 383 Linda
      December 24, 2011 at 4:56 pm

      Wisconsin ! Woot ! How is the recall going ?

      • December 24, 2011 at 5:05 pm

        It’s going well. I’ve been working at our UW site in Milwaukee collecting signatures. It was announced that our group alone (WI Dems) got 10,000 signatures. Hopefully, we’ll be successful!

        • 385 Linda
          December 24, 2011 at 5:19 pm

          Great News……

        • 386 FiredUpInCA
          December 24, 2011 at 6:32 pm

          jbwidem you all are doing great work. Thank you for it.

        • 387 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
          December 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm

          Congratulations on your efforts!

          Happiest of holidays.

          #PRESSON

        • 388 nathkatun7
          December 25, 2011 at 4:53 am

          Thanks, jbwidem, for all the hard work! You may not be aware of this, but what you are doing in Wisconsin has inspired many of us. Instead of sitting home complaining, you decided to go to work to fight against the teabag-Koch machine. This is what all of us must do if we want to protect and advance the interests of working people.

          I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    • 389 desertflower
      December 24, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      Fingers crossed for WI….You all deserve thanks and hugs for your hard fight against that tyrant Gov of yours. You are in our thoughts…press on!

    • December 24, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      way to go jbwidem! That sad sack sincerely needs to be shown the door what a jacka$$. You guys are doing great work :-) happy holidays

  108. December 24, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    FILE – In this Dec. 24, 2010 file image provided by noradsanta.org, the official NORAD tracking of Santa Claus is shown on a satellite map of the world. NORAD Tracks Santa, the official name of the exercise, began in 1955 when a Colorado Springs newspaper ad invited kids to talk to Santa on a hotline. The phone number had a typo, and dozens of kids wound up dialing the Continental Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs, the predecessor to NORAD. Volunteer Santa-trackers at NORAD are bracing for tens of thousands of calls and emails on Christmas Eve this year.

    http://mobile.boston.com/art/35/news/nation/articles/2011/12/24/norad_santa_trackers_having_record_holiday/

  109. 395 CEB
    December 24, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Chips and everyone who posts and lurks. I found this wonderful site after leaving Huff and Puff early in 2009 when Arianna and the Clintonites turned on PBO (well, when they pulled the sheets off and revealed who they were all along). It has been such a joy to laugh, to learn, and to love our First family and the admin. without reservations, with all of you.

    A special shout out to UTaustinliberal, HZ, donnadem, Tally, meta, desertflower and most of all, our Ringmistress, Chips; for the inspiration and the information and the laughter.
    Be safe everyone and enjoy the time with family and friends. Will “see” you later.

    “God bless us, everyone!”

  110. December 24, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Merry Christmas Folks!!!!!!!

  111. 401 vitaminlover
    December 24, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I sincerely pray that everyone here at TOD have a Blessed and Merry Christmas and a tremenously prosperous New Year, in Jesus Name Amen.

  112. 402 Linda
    December 24, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    2012 Presidential Candidate Scorecard……Can you say Landslide ?

    http://secular.org/content/2012-presidental-candidate-scorecard

  113. 404 Claire
    December 24, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays TOD family!

  114. 405 nathkatun7
    December 24, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Dear Chipsticks,

    I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family -including your wonderful TOD family-a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. One of the things I am thankful for this year is having discovered this site and all the wonderful work you do to support our great President.

  115. 406 sjterrid
    December 24, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Chips, all TOD commenters, and lurkers I want to wish you all a Merry Christmans, Chanukah, Kwanza, Winter Solstice or whatever you celebrate, and hope you all have a happy and Healthy New Year.

  116. 409 Linda
    December 24, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    The Land of the Misfit Candidates

    http://vimeo.com/33792768

  117. 410 auni
    December 24, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Somebody get Newt’s Christmas card quick!!!! I found a link on mudflats but don’t know how to bring it here. It’s the Newt’s with an plush elephant!!! Hurry–it’s not to be missed!

  118. 418 ChristiMtl
    December 24, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Happy holidays Chips and TOD’ers….Be safe and enjoy!….Joyeux Noël

  119. 419 AnitaW
    December 24, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    To Chips and TODers,

    I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to those celebrating in some other way.

    I give thanks to this haven Chips has provided for us and to all my fellow TODers for their diligence in seeking out the truth that our corporate media refuses to bring to light.

  120. December 24, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Very sweet photo!!!!

    In Hawaii, First Lady helps hi-tech Santa tracking operation…
    While President Obama hit the links in Hawaii on Christmas Eve, First Lady Michelle Obama took calls from kids across the US who were looking for Santa Claus with the NORAD Tracks Santa program. Above, in a White House photo, Mrs. Obama reacts while talking on the phone; she answered the kids’ calls from Kailua, where the First Family is staying in a beachfront rental. The holiday program is run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

    http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2011/12/michelle-obama-answers-phone-calls-from.html

    So grateful for our POTUS and FLOTUS!!

  121. December 24, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Wishing all of you here a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    • 422 desertflower
      December 24, 2011 at 9:06 pm

      Hi, Sam! How are you??? Haven’t heard from you in awhile :) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you :)

    • December 24, 2011 at 11:25 pm

      Nice to see you, Sam! Since you have already started your Christmas Day I’ll say “Merry Christmas to you, Mr. Sam, your dad, your son and the rest of the family!” May you all have a lovely day together!

  122. 424 lovingandlaughing
    December 24, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Chips, wishing you a splendid Christmas. Please know that there are people all over the world sending love and thanks to you. Your work makes such a difference and we are forever grateful to you.

  123. 425 PurpleShoesLA
    December 24, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Happy Holidays Chips and my fellow TOD Peeps!

    I truly hope everyone’s holiday is filled with laughter, good food, holiday libations and loved ones. I am thankful for whatever divine forces in the universe led me to this site just a few short months ago. I’ve learned SO MUCH here; as well as laughed, gotten teary eyed, fired up, inspired and even put my naughty mat to good use! :lol: Chips thanks for your tireless efforts in creating this oasis, where we too can recharge our batteries and then set back out to fight the good fight for our illustrious Prez, his family and his administration.

    To our troops returning from Iraq (including my goddaughter who is now home safe and sound!!), WELCOME HOME! Peace and blessings y’all…

  124. 427 Linda
    December 24, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    So this is Christmas
    And what have you done
    Another year over
    And a new one just begun
    And so this is Christmas
    I hope you have fun
    The near and the dear ones
    The old and the young

    A very merry Christmas
    And a happy New Year
    Let’s hope it’s a good one
    Without any fear

    And so this is Christmas
    For weak and for strong
    For rich and the poor ones
    The world is so wrong
    And so Happy Christmas
    For black and for white
    For yellow and red ones
    Let’s stop all the fight

    Lennon/Ono

    War is Over …..if you want it.

  125. December 24, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Happy Holidays my virtual family. I love it here and you all make this such a great place to be. Thank you for that.
    Chips, you rock my world, darlin’. Be warm and snuggly and apply chocolate this festive time.

    • 431 Pamela
      December 24, 2011 at 7:56 pm

      Oh my. Oh my. Oh my. How lovely. Thank you Linda, thank you BWD! I hope there is some way the President sees this!

    • 432 Mary Gray
      December 24, 2011 at 8:14 pm

      Wow, this is my favorite.

    • 433 isonprize
      December 24, 2011 at 8:19 pm

      This is perfect, JUST perfect.

    • 434 EDP4BHO
      December 24, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      Well that video was my clue to comment to you all, a very peaceful, happy, healthy Christmas day tomorrow, and much strength and foresight in the coming year. I thank you, Chips, for your tremendous input and loyalty to the cause of sanity in keeping us informed, engaged, and simply charmed by what we would not get from msm……..the true representation of who our President really is. You serve us and him very well. Bless you :-D

  126. December 24, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO MY OBAMA DIARY FAMILY…LETS GET READY TO RUMBLE IN THE COMING YEAR!!!!
    WE MUST STAY FOCUSED ….AND WORK HARD FOR OUR PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT 100%… .ALL THE WAY TO THE FINISH LINE!!!!

    PEACE AND LOVE EVERYONE!!!!!!!

  127. December 24, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Merry Christmas Chips and TODers.

    Sending some B.B. King love to all, and I’m quite sure POTUS will be greeting FLOTUS tomorrow with this song in mind
    :D :D

  128. 438 Mary Gray
    December 24, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Thank you so much Chips for the site, the hard work you do and for being such a great “community organizer”. Your efforts and those in the TOD family will surely help 2012 be a joyful year. Merry Christmas, Happy Hannaka, Happy Kwanza and Happy New Year to all.

  129. December 24, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    HEY, MY MOVIE IS ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 440 Linda
      December 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      hahahaha…..One of the Greats!

      • 441 JoJothecat
        December 24, 2011 at 8:54 pm

        In the L.A. Times the writer said “The Christmas Story” is a true depiction of Christmas and ranks right up there with “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street” and I agree. My other favorite christmas movie is the one with Linda Hamilton, Home by Christmas” on Lifetime Network.

  130. 442 Linda
    December 24, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Well… I am off….I have a 96 mile drive in the Morning,

    Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night. And a special thank you to Chips…who keeps us sane.

  131. December 24, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Merry Christmas Eve everyone. I played hooky all day. Shopped for food, crocheted presents, and just been lazy.
    I missed you all and have had a great time catching up.

    Many thanks to Chips for her tireless efforts to keep us informed and help us stay strong.

    Went to CBS and found this headline which made me smile.

    Combat troops out of Iraq back at Fort Hood
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57348173/combat-troops-out-of-iraq-back-at-fort-hood/?tag=stack

    Promise kept

  132. December 24, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Finally sitting down and what’s the first thing I do? Why, I check The Obama Diary for the latest updates on my President and his family.

    Merry Christmas, TODDERS and to you, Chips, for all your work here. This site is such a joy and I love tweeting with everyone. Hope our First Family has a restless vacation and a Blessed Christmas.

    And, I hope Santa is as good to y’all as you’ve all been this year.

  133. December 24, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    A BJ poster

    Shorter Ron Paul: “We must fundamentally respect the rights to property that rich, white men attained by stealing it from Native Americans and denying it to blacks and women for generations!”

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2011/12/24/remember-that-barack-obama-newsletter/#comment-2951291

  134. 457 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    December 24, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    America – If we are committed to nurturing the middle class, to the American Dream, on 24Dec2012 let’s be celebrating 44For4More + Blue113th

    #44For4More #Blue113th #OutPerform1936

    #YesWeCanDoMoreTogether – We Must!

    Merry Christmas dear TOD family …..

  135. 459 desertflower
    December 24, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2011/12/24/dear-santa/

    Dear Mr. Claus,

    As Christmas Day draws near, we, the Republican Party, have a few requests: Go on, read it…you know you want to:)

  136. 461 FTL
    December 24, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you all have a great Christmas. I think it is so funny that some of these repug candidates can’t get on some state ballots. Especially considering they were/are trying to keep President Obama off some state ballots. I mean I just have to laugh. This proves that God is watching and does take care of the evil doers. I am very confidant that President Obama will serve another 4 years and it will be greater than any of us can imagine.

  137. 463 lamh35
    December 24, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Merry Christmas Eve TOD!!!  Sound of Music on ABC!  Holiday tradition.  The hills are alive with the sound of music.

  138. December 24, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Started off the night watching Sound of Music and ending the night watching It’s A Wonderful Life. Been helping my aunt cook for tomorrow and gave my god baby her Christmas present early:

    Maddie’s new scooter

    Merry Christmas!!!

  139. 472 vero804
    December 24, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Merry Christmas, folks. Finally settling down and catching up. The Babwa Walters interview was sweetness. Not very long, though??? Or is there more than what’s on the abc website. Anywhoooo…I’m going to get in on the Chips love – this is a great website and your spirit and humor is what makes it so special. Thanks for putting in the hard work, and thanks to all who comment and share their thoughts and ideas.

  140. 473 isonprize
    December 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Chica, I think somewhere around 450 – 500 comments, the thread starts to have problems loading… Or maybe it’s just my “not so new” computer…..

    Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!!

    • 474 desertflower
      December 24, 2011 at 11:29 pm

      You need a new “birthday computer” like I got:) I was certain that I was going to murder the other one I had….my husband got so tired of me screaming at that old POS, that he got me a new one…..it”s so FAST! Scream at yours, maybe someone will get YOU a new one!

  141. December 24, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    An Iowa Christian conservative leader who bestowed his highly sought-after endorsement on presidential candidate Rick Santorum this week is now at the center of a controversy over whether he asked for cash in exchange for his public support.

    Less than 48-hours after receiving the backing of Bob Vander Plaats, the head of the prominent evangelical group The Family Leader, Santorum disclosed that the prominent Iowan told him he needed money to make the most out of the endorsement.

    And sources familiar with talks between the conservative heavyweight and representatives from several of the Republican presidential campaigns went a step further, describing Vander Plaats’ tactics as corrupt.

    “Clearly the endorsement was for sale — without a doubt,” one source said.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/12/iowa-conservative-leader-mired-in-controversy-after-rick-santorum-endorsement/

    When will america fights its second freedom fight against these evangelical corrupt fascists ?

    • December 24, 2011 at 11:12 pm

      At least this is one good thing Santorum has done. I wonder if he offered to endorse the others for cash, but Santorum was the only one who went public. He’s horrendous and vile in every way, and his views sow hatred and value ignorance, but I have to give credit to Santorum for coming clean on this.

  142. 478 FiredUpInCA
    December 24, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    In November Ginrich and the others were warned about the possibility they may not it on the ballot. There is no excuse for their negligence and failure:

    Could GOP Presidential Candidates Fail to Meet Ballot Requirements in Virginia?

    By MARK BENJAMIN | November 15, 2011

    “Some of the smaller campaigns, they need to be organized,” says a Virginia GOP official who is directly involved in overseeing the primary process there. “We have been trying to send the word out to these guys. There are legions of chances to screw this up.”

    When asked if some candidates might not make it on the ballot March 6, the official acknowledges, “Yeah. It is very much a possibility.”

    Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2011/11/15/could-gop-presidential-candidates-fail-to-meet-ballot-requirements-in-virginia/#ixzz1hW1aX6bS

  143. 479 eveingeorgia
    December 24, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Chips, just want to wish you and everybody in the TOD family a very happy holiday season! I want to say to you again, Chips, how much I appreciate the work you do on behalf of those of us who are so firmly in PBO’s camp.

    You will never know how what you do impacts me. It is just so good to know that there are so many who feel as I do. Your work gives us a place to come and rejoice, and worry, and fuss, and learn.

    You deserve a place in the history of this incredible, historic time! God bless you.

    • 480 jacquelineoboomer
      December 24, 2011 at 11:13 pm

      Good evening, Eve! May I add on to your lovely thoughts for Chips and everybody in the TOD family, with my own sincere wishes for happy holidays!

      So glad the President and his family are together in Hawaii for Christmas!

  144. December 24, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone! Enjoy the day tomorrow.

  145. December 24, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Good Evening Chipsticks and my TOD Family. Just wanted to say thanks to our Chips for this beautiful gift, The Obama Diary. What a wonderful place to come to each day and be refreshed with great news, factual information and a loving family. I feel so blessed to be here.

    Chips, you have given me so much life to enjoy here with all of my TOD family members. Our President has brought together a very talented person as Chips who created this beautiful haven for all of us. See how one beautiful person leads to another beautiful person of good works, you our beloved Chips. Thank you so much for ALL that you do for us.

    I wish you a lovely and restful Christmas, Chips. I hope that you will enjoy your family and friends tomorrow and the days ahead because you surely deserve all of them. You have given us soooooooooooooooooooooooo much of yourself. I thank you, we thank you.

    Merry Christmas, my beloved, our beloved Chips. ((((((((((((((((((((((((( We Love You, Our Dear Chips)))))))))))))))))))))))))) Merry Christmas.HZ

  146. 485 S. Holland
    December 24, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Merry merry Christmas to everyone here in this wonderful place! Chipsticks, I thank you for giving us such an unbelievable place! every day I’m inspired and motivated…thank you all!

  147. December 24, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    There’s a flurry of reports in the blogosphere today on whether first dog Bo was flown back from Hawaii to the nation’s capital for a photo op after President Barack Obama and Bo appeared Wednesday at a store in Alexandria, Va.

    Scott Miscovich, who lives down the street from the Obama vacation rental home on Kailuana Place told the Star-Advertiser Sunday, “My wife saw Michelle and the kids passing by and we’ve seen Bo (the Obamas’ dog) walking.”

    A White House spokesman told the Star-Advertiser that Bo did not travel to Hawaii with the first lady and daughters Malia and Sasha.
    –//

    Stay classy, Red State, stay classy!

  148. December 25, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Merry Christmas (Mele Kalikimaka) to all! May there be peace, understanding, comfort and love for everyone!


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