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A little bit of this, but not much of that

President Barack Obama returns to the White House following the Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., Dec. 5, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Thursday:

5:05: The First Family attends the National Christmas Tree Lighting

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President Obama hugs Brian Cladoosby, President and Chairman of the Swinomish Nation, as he arrives at the White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Interior Department in Washington, December 5

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‘Barack Black Eagle: He Who Helps People Throughout the Land’ (Link)

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Hey, this pic can never be posted enough …. the look PBO gave Scott Walker at the White House yesterday. #Win

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Completely random pics:

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Completely random videos:

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Whaddya mean it’s obvious this post was a rush job when it contains absolutely no news, only a few pics and videos. Well. :???:

Will catch up with the news in the morning. Promise. Ish.


213 Responses to “A little bit of this, but not much of that”


  1. December 5, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    What’s the matter with me, I don’t even ~want~ to be first. well, let’s see how this goes. xoxo

  2. 9 Pamela
    December 5, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Hey, number 2!

  3. December 5, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Congrats on first Sara.

  4. 12 amk for obama
    December 5, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    • 13 susanne
      December 5, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      had to look him up–from wikipedia, which has much more:

      ‘ In a 2012 meeting of the House Natural Resources Committee, Gohmert stated his strong support of a trans-Alaskan pipeline, as a means for caribou to have more sex.[7][8][9]

      According to Gohmert, “When [the caribou] want to go on a date, they invite each other to head over to the pipeline. So [his] real concern now [is] … if oil stops running through the pipeline … do we need a study to see how adversely the caribou would be affected if that warm oil ever quit flowing?” Gohmert’s comments were not favorably received by the rest of the committee; reportedly, Alaskan representative Don Young was forced to stifle his laughter in response.[10][11] ‘

    • 16 utaustinliberal
      December 6, 2012 at 7:24 am

      Well, obviously being as he is one.

  5. 17 Betsy
    December 5, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Congrats on First Sara!!!

  6. 18 Pamela
    December 5, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    What was the name the Tribal Nations gave to PBO, before he was PBO? It was beautiful, but I can’t recall what it was.

  7. 27 amk for obama
    December 5, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Great ‘random’ pics and vids.

    Also. Too. Promise.ish doesn’t cut it.

  8. 37 amk for obama
    December 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    On popular demand (well at least susanne’s), repost

    https://twitter.com/TeamBBN/statuses/274904038414376960

    click the pic to enlarge

  9. 40 susanne
    December 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    bringing this over–check it out, from mental floss.

    thinking of sending a christmas present to the first family? here’s some background:

    ‘ Every time the commander-in-chief makes a public appearance, someone’s handing him a gift. What happens to his loot?

    A gift’s fate comes down to who gave it and how much it cost. ‘

    Read the full text here: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/154397#ixzz2EEbWGyqG
    –brought to you by mental_floss!

  10. December 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    HaaahLoooo, loco TODer chicas, chicos, bros, babes, amigas, amigos, MY FELLOW COUNTRYMEN, ladies con gentlemens, SCHOLARS…..Mi CAMARADESssss!…… aaaaaand….

    Did ya miss me??

    DO NOT answer that!!!

  11. 85 amk for obama
    December 5, 2012 at 9:39 pm

  12. 92 amk for obama
    December 5, 2012 at 9:40 pm

  13. 93 amk for obama
    December 5, 2012 at 9:41 pm

  14. 95 amk for obama
    December 5, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Why do men fall in love at first sight?

    It saves them a lot of time.

  15. 96 amk for obama
    December 5, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    A wealthy man came home from a gambling trip and told his wife that he had lost their entire fortune and that they’d have to drastically alter their life-style.

    “If you’ll just learn to cook,” he said, “we can fire the chef.”

    “Okay,” she said. “And if you learn how to make love, we can fire the gardener.”

  16. 99 anniebella
    December 5, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I just finish listening to the fantastic speech the First Lady gave at the DNC in September.

  17. December 5, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Going to be on the Swinomish (the gentleman with the fascinating hat above) reservation on Friday. Very cold and wet there, but beautiful.

    • 102 theo67
      December 5, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      I clicked on a few more of the Top Ten, and found out that Queen Ann’s convention night dress was an Oscar de la Renta – the same character who has attacked Michelle Obama on a few occasions (from her “too casual” outfit to see the real Queen, to the fact that she hasn’t worn any of his clothes). Well, I’m sure Oscar de la Renta was hoping Queen Ann would bring him in to the White House, but I bet he can now rest assured that he won’t be getting an invitation from First Lady Michelle Obama any time soon.

  18. December 5, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    David Letterman is in love with POTUS :)

  19. 111 Smoothscotch
    December 5, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Good evening all. Thought I’d see what’s up lately, besides the cliff,slope,hill whatever.

    Hope you all are well.

  20. December 5, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Is it just me, or did anyone else experience having to log back into everything after updating to Firefox 17?

  21. 115 amk for obama
    December 5, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    About time to start cutting this bloated defense budget.

  22. 116 amk for obama
    December 5, 2012 at 10:08 pm

  23. 120 ScottyUrb
    December 5, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Hey, it’s a good post – news or no news!

  24. 121 amk for obama
    December 5, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Excellent. Fuck this libertarian fucktard. Now you know what a good gobinment means, you tax-dodge.

  25. December 5, 2012 at 10:16 pm

  26. 130 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    December 5, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Hahaha! Letterman: “You are a very attractive man!” Poor Dave. I would probably blurt out something equally inappropriate. :D

  27. 131 anniebella
    December 5, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    I really enjoy the Michelle Obama…..The Rock of our Family video, and the winds of change is blowing wild and free, I like that one too. And the competely random pics of the First Couple are sexy and nice.

  28. December 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Im not sure if this posted earlier today, but is so good its worth seeing again :-)

  29. 136 Bill R.
    December 5, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Let me just say, as an admiring older married male (39 years), what a perfectly lovely First Lady we have. The photo above of her embrace of the POTUS displays an upper back and shoulders that takes my breath away.

  30. 142 cman
    December 5, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Some holiday beer brewing.

  31. 143 amk for obama
    December 5, 2012 at 11:45 pm

  32. December 5, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Ok, I’ve had a horrendous culinary night. Our favorite local Indian joint, unbeknownst to us, changed hands. It’s now a Pakistani restaurant, same name. Now, we love Pakistani food as well. But of course they have a new cook. Oh.My.God. Dinner was atrocious. We couldn’t finish it, it was that bad. We called back, and that’s how we found out about the changes. Awful. We checked Yelp, and there was a review on there from yesterday bemoaning the changes. When a Pakistani or Indian restaurant can’t make a decent chicken tikka masala, it’s not going to last long.

    Of course, I blame amk.

  33. 145 desertflower
    December 6, 2012 at 12:10 am

    I’M BAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyone home???????????????? My ass is sore from sitting on a plane for 4 hours straight, and that was just ONE plane ride today:) To make matters worse, I had to set the teabagger straight that sat next to me on that 4 hour ride tonight!! Dear God, REALLY???? Why me? Is it because I have a big mouth I can’t keep shut? I made the man’s head spin….told him things he had no idea about….and told him to lay off the liars on the radio that he listens to everyday for his daily dose of BS propaganda. I was pointed, yet civil. Our work is never done, is it?

    I missed my TOD family. The parentals have no internet….it was a long 5 days….I think I’m a little shaky…..stupid me,said that I would be back to work tomorrow…what was I thinking? I should have taken another day just to recuperate an get caught up here:) Good to be back. Oh…and I had that Key Lime Pie:)

    • December 6, 2012 at 12:15 am

      DF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Welcome home!!!! Sheesh, just as I’m going to bed :roll: Not sure whether to laugh or cry at you having to sit beside a Teabagger on your flight …. okay, I’m laughing. Great to see ya, we missed you!!! Catch up tomorrow, gotta go sleep!

      • 147 desertflower
        December 6, 2012 at 12:19 am

        I hear you, Missy on that bedtime, tired thing:) Pretty wiped myself, but have to peruse the webs just a little bit….I missed SO much news! Night, night…see you in the am! Yes…laugh at the teabagger….it was funny:)

    • December 6, 2012 at 12:18 am

      First, welcome back to “reality” desertflower! Second, breathe …. as my therapist husband would say. And then catch up, rejoice, forget the teabagger and just stick with TOD …it will get you there!

    • 150 amk for obama
      December 6, 2012 at 12:23 am

      Welcome back df. Good of you set right one teabagger. Let’s hope for a ripple effect.

      • 151 desertflower
        December 6, 2012 at 12:28 am

        Why thank you, amk! Good to BE back:) One is not enough…I hope I got to curious enough to fact check that heaping dose of BS the RWNJ’s on the radio served him everyday! He had ALL the talking points down….gas prices, auto bailout, federal spending BALLOONING under PBO, drilling,…..let’s not forget those college transcripts! I literally looked him right in the eyes and said, “Are you fucking kidding me!!!????” I think I shocked him…..

    • 156 theo67
      December 6, 2012 at 12:38 am

      Welcome back, df! You survived the TOD withdrawals! I hope you had a lovely time with your family. Good job with the tea bagger.

    • December 6, 2012 at 1:36 am

      Welcome home df and hope you do not have too stressful a day at work, tomorrow.

    • December 6, 2012 at 10:02 am

      Welcome back df, how we’re your parents? I hope all went well.

  34. 161 carolmaewy
    December 6, 2012 at 12:34 am

    So much for a new person to watch. Having fun… ;)

    • 163 Lovepolitics2008
      December 6, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Ouch, the republicans will jump on this like dogs on red meat. This is ten times, a hundred times bigger than “Fast and Furious”.

      When President Obama talks about having to make decisions between bad and worse, this is the perfect example. When rebels are begging for help, can you say no and create a backlash of hate that will take decades to repair ? And when you say yes, how do you proceed when the rebellion is struggling and you can’t send troops on the ground ? Can you allow the rebellion to be crushed? Of course not. So you end up with very imperfect and risky solutions…

      One thing that is very important to note: the NYT doesn’t give numbers. What percentage of the arms went to extremist groups ? Is it 10%, 20%, 50% , or more ?? Because the consequences, and the political fallout, are not the same.

      Of course, the republicans will treat this story as if 100% of the arms went to the extremists… The emoprogs will do the same. This is going to be demagogued big time, and say goodbye to the 53% approval number for POTUS.

      • December 6, 2012 at 9:48 am

        Mclame was the main one saying to arms the rebellion so I don’t thank this will hurt Obama that much.
        Because you know they said he was leading from behind, and yelling for him to arms the rebellion.

  35. 165 susanne
    December 6, 2012 at 12:44 am

    gov brewery punches reporter who asks her about climate change (hufpo, but still… :) )

    Days before Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) slipped out of her state on an unannounced weeklong work trip — reportedly to Afghanistan — she punched a reporter for asking a question about climate change, one news photographer claimed in an email to Jim Romenesko.
    ~
    “Brewer took her left hand, balled it into a fist and with the back of her hand she slugged the reporter on the back of his right arm,” Claweson wrote in an email to Jim Romenesko. “Not hard, but with enough force that he spun around to see what was going on.” ‘

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/05/jan-brewer-reporter_n_2247350.html

    • 166 theo67
      December 6, 2012 at 12:49 am

      She’s lost her mind – I saw this headline earlier today, and thought it was a spoof! And, what the heck is she doing in Afghanistan? Can’t the State department stop these troublemakers from going on these publicity tours when the troops are busy fighting for their lives?

      • 167 desertflower
        December 6, 2012 at 12:54 am

        We don’t want her here. I think she should stay.

      • 169 susanne
        December 6, 2012 at 2:26 am

        there’s a photo with her and mc lame next to a chopper, and someone in uniform. maybe an assignation??!! :)

        • December 6, 2012 at 2:33 am

          I think the picture is from a different event back in November – it’s the only picture I’ve seen so far. In any case, both of them have no real business being in Afghanistan, when they’re busy destroying freedom at home.

          • 171 susanne
            December 6, 2012 at 3:14 am

            i find it suspicious that gov brewery would make a ‘secret’ trip to afghanistan–she’d surely want to pump all the publicity from it she could. maybe she’s bringing back poppy juice? or there’s a cheap plastic surgeon she’s heard about….

      • 172 Obama Grandmama
        December 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm

        Anyone think she is exploring the idea of running for POTUS in 2016? Familiarizing herself with Afghanistan and upping her foreign affairs knowledge maybe for the run? She could be hilarious as a candidate on parr with Michelle Bacnman only possibly worse in that she has MANY senior moments where she cannot remember what she is talking about.

        • 173 theo67
          December 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm

          I hope the GOP (and the media) can start to take the process more seriously from now on. Running someone who is so clearly and obviously unstable and craven would just make another circus, avoiding the discussion of serious topics that this country will certainly need – and that might be their objective. Run through the primaries without any serious policy discussions and then enter the general election with nobody any wiser about their dubious and deviant plans.

  36. 174 desertflower
    December 6, 2012 at 12:59 am

    I’m off to bed…long day. See you all bright and early………………

  37. December 6, 2012 at 2:01 am

  38. 176 susanne
    December 6, 2012 at 5:06 am

    here’s a lovely idea from nate silver: alaska as swing state!

    ‘ The state where Barack Obama most improved his performance from 2008 was Alaska. He lost it by “only” 14 percentage points this year, considerably less than his 22-point margin of defeat in 2008.

    Part of the reason is that the former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, was on the Republican ticket in 2008 but was not this year. That probably doesn’t explain all of the shift, however.

    Consider that in 2000 — also without Ms. Palin on the ballot — the Democratic nominee, Al Gore, lost Alaska by 31 points.

    There are reasons to think that Alaska could continue to become more competitive in the coming years. ‘

    http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/05/alaska-future-swing-state/

  39. 177 amk for obama
    December 6, 2012 at 6:17 am

  40. 178 amk for obama
    December 6, 2012 at 6:26 am

    :)

  41. 179 amk for obama
    December 6, 2012 at 6:38 am

  42. December 6, 2012 at 6:49 am

    • 190 utaustinliberal
      December 6, 2012 at 8:11 am

      Finally Russia is willing to at least listen to reason. Syria is threatening to load up Sarin which is a deadly chemical nerve gas and use it against their people on the order of Assad. This is insane.

  43. 191 amk for obama
    December 6, 2012 at 7:06 am

    The Senate passed a sweeping overhaul on Tuesday of the U.S. government’s wartime contracting procedures, the largest such reform in decades. Sen. Claire McCaskill’s (D-Mo.) amendment, included in the national defense bill, is aimed at improving oversight and cracking down on the rampant waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars in contracting practices.

    “While these wars wind down, we can’t lose the urgency to correct these mistakes and prevent them from being repeated in the future,” said McCaskill in a statement. “Protecting taxpayer dollars isn’t the flashiest issue. But it’s a promise I made to Missourians, and it’s something I pledge to continue fighting for, with dogged determination, until this legislation is signed into law.”

    Wartime contracting was not the headline issue in McCaskill’s recent Senate race, where she spoke out on the reproductive rights of women after her opponent, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), made his infamous remark about “legitimate rape.” But the topic is near and dear to the heart of McCaskill, who was previously Missouri state auditor.

    McCaskill has been leading a six-year effort to crack down on wartime contracting abuses. For example, there was the $345 million spent on health centers in Iraq that went largely unused. There was also the $300 million the United States spent on building the Tarakhil Power Plant in Afghanistan, without considering whether the country would be able to afford the expensive fuel to run the plant.

  44. 193 amk for obama
    December 6, 2012 at 7:36 am

  45. 195 amk for obama
    December 6, 2012 at 7:42 am

  46. December 6, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Morning everyone. Hope this bill also addresses banning of companies such as Blackwater for such abuses.

    • 197 susanne
      December 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      just the opposite:

      ‘ U.S. Special Operations Forces have a brand new home in Afghanistan. It’s owned and operated by the security company formerly known as Blackwater, thanks to a no-bid deal worth $22 million.

      You might think that Blackwater, now called Academi, was banished into some bureaucratic exile after its operatives in Afghanistan stole guns from U.S. weapons depots and killed Afghan civilians. Wrong. Academi’s private 10-acre compound outside Kabul, called Camp Integrity, is the new headquarters for perhaps the most important special operations unit in Afghanistan.

      That would be the Special Operations Joint Task Force–Afghanistan, created on July 1 to unite and oversee the three major spec-ops “tribes” throughout Afghanistan, which command some 7,000 elite troops in all. It’s run by Army Maj. Gen. Raymond “Tony” Thomas, a former deputy commander of the Joint Special Operations Command, and is already tasked with reforming how those elite forces train Afghan villagers to fight the Taliban. And its role is only going to grow in Afghanistan, as regular U.S. forces withdraw by 2014 and the commandos take over the residual task of fighting al-Qaida and its allies. Perhaps that’s why Academi’s no-bid contract runs through May 2015. ‘

      http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/12/academi-special-operations/

  47. 198 amk for obama
    December 6, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Americans voters trust President Obama and Democrats to avoid the fiscal cliff by a wide margin of 53 percent to 36 percent, a Quinnipiac University poll out Thursday finds, providing further evidence that Democrats have the upper hand politically as debt-deal negotiations continue.

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    The poll also gave Obama his best approval rating in three years, 53 percent to 40 percent.

  48. 200 amk for obama
    December 6, 2012 at 8:38 am

  49. 201 amk for obama
    December 6, 2012 at 9:01 am

    “Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he’s taking steps to run for president in 2016. In fact, this week he’s meeting with donors. He better hope they’re brain donors.” –Jay Leno

    “Since losing the election, Mitt Romney is reportedly bored. After hearing this, Ann Romney said, ‘You’re bored? I’m sitting around all day with Mitt Romney.'” –Conan O’Brien

    “A lot of dissension among conservatives. One of the leaders of the Tea Party has resigned after a major split in the movement. The Tea Party is now divided between angry whites and even angrier whites.” –Conan O’Brien

  50. 202 amk for obama
    December 6, 2012 at 9:02 am

    “Mitt Romney of course lost the election. Think about it this way. One day you’re the Republican candidate running for president of the United States, and the next day you’re sitting in Applebee’s blowing on your soup.” –David Letterman

    “Mitt Romney has a new job. He’s going back to work. He got a job at a Marriott. When you’re at the front desk arguing over your mini bar bill, Mitt will be the guy that comes from out back and says, ‘I understand there’s some trouble?'” –David Letterman

  51. 203 PhillyinJA
    December 6, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Good Morning Ms. Chips. I adore the black and white photo of POTUS and FLOTUS in the elevator. I pray when I marry my husband and I look that content and so into each other. Every time I see that picture my heart races and I get a warm glow. TMI? TMI?

  52. 205 amk for obama
    December 6, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) fierce resistance to reforming the filibuster isn’t fazing Harry Reid, who insists that he will weaken the minority party’s power to obstruct legislative business with Republican support or without it.

    “There are discussions going on now, but I want to tell everybody here: I’m happy, I’ve had a number of Republicans come to me and a few Democrats,” the Democratic majority leader told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “We’re going to change the rules. We cannot continue in this way. So I hope we can get something Republicans will work with us on.

    “But it won’t be a handshake,” Reid added. “We tried that last time; it didn’t work.”

  53. 208 Soca Sweet
    December 6, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Good morning folks,

    I am not very tech savy and there is a website that I know that you would all love very much so I am going to type the address and hope that someone will do the needful and bring it on to the blog for everyone to see. It is http://www.caslight.org/michelle.html

  54. 210 Soca Sweet
    December 6, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Hi,

    Seems like the blog did it for me. Just click and enjoy.

  55. December 6, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Up and at ‘em all you O’s!!!!! Another great getting up day to gather on the TOD stoop don’cha know! I’ll be happy when the end of the yeargets here so we can move off of the cliff and onto the next manufactured crisis.

    Oh well, plumber coming back today again today. The original, ‘I’ll have to remove your counter top and sink’ has turned into me running downstairs after hearing saws buzzing and seeing sawdust flying, to find my all my cabinets GONE!!! The explanation? Well, cookemom that leak is in more than one place and the pipes are so old, and the rust, and the….. So how much is this gonna cost? Well, cookemom how about you give me $$$$$$ to get started and we’ll see once I get all up in there, btw Merry Christmas cookemom!!!!


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