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Photos: ‘Christmas in Washington’ with the Obamas

Diana Ross

That dress :???:

Conan in pain

Gangnam Style: President Obama meets PSY

Christmas in Washington, 2012

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231 Responses to “Photos: ‘Christmas in Washington’ with the Obamas”


  1. 1 Allison
    December 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Thanks Chips for the pics!

    • 2 anniebella
      December 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Yes, thanks for the pictures. I’ll be coming back for more.I ‘m disappointed we can’t see the program till it comes on TNT. Why does TNT have to be so much different from PBS, the Christmas Tree lighting will be shown on PBS, but we still watch that on the computer.

    • 3 hopefruit2
      December 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Congrats Allison on #1!

  2. 4 GGail
    December 9, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Chipsticks – you’re faster than a speeding bullet!

    Congrats Allison on 1st :-)

  3. 6 Allison
    December 9, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Good evening all

  4. 9 susanne
    December 9, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    so precious! thanks chips~

  5. December 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Love it that the girls are wearing cardigans, just like their Mom so often does. So great that they always appear to be such a REAL AND ‘REGULAR’ FAMILY!

    Gato
    http://www.partyandsoul.wordpress.com

  6. 11 vitaminlover
    December 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    I like the shiny attire of the First Lady and the girls. While our beloved President looks soooo content.

  7. 13 hopefruit2
    December 9, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I can get used to four more years of our First Family in the WH at during the holiday season. That suits me just fine – thank you very much. :) :)

  8. December 9, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Our First Lady continues the GOLD theme for this season.

    • 18 utaustinliberal
      December 9, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      Yeah she really is. She’s worn two Gold Michael Kors outfits. I see she dug into her closet again for this dress and her closet is F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S. The whole family looks gorgeous and the elves are the cutest.

  9. 19 jacquelineoboomer
    December 9, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Merry Christmas!

  10. 22 desertflower
    December 9, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-ideas May be the holiday season, but these would be welcomed anytime.

  11. December 9, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Neat photos, Chips. Thank you!

    Context …

  12. December 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    POTUS and Boehner met today on fiscal cliff negotiations

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/100293554

  13. 41 prettyfoot58
    December 9, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Thank you Ms Chips for the Beautiful pics of the First Family….i just love them…

    i got my White House Christmas Card yesterday….amazing how such a small thing can bring JOY to my heart….smilin

  14. December 9, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Senate filibuster challenged in court
    By Pete Williams, NBC News justice correspondent

    Filibusters in the US Senate have become the parliamentary maneuver everyone loves to hate. The technique may be losing its luster, but is it unconstitutional?

    A federal court in Washington on Monday takes up a legal challenge to the Senate filibuster brought by four House Democrats and the political reform group Common Cause, which calls the procedure “an accident of history, not included in the Constitution and never contemplated by its drafters.”

    http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/09/15795362-senate-filibuster-challenged-in-court?lite?ocid=twitter

    • 43 jackiegrumbacher
      December 9, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      Interesting development. Would be fascinating if this form of obstructionism were unconstitutional. I’m sure it was intended as a tool to given minority views a voice. But only a crazed Republican mind could turn that kind of tool into a bludgeon, used repeatedly to beat the majority. Hope it goes down on two fronts–the courts and from Harry Reid.

  15. 44 GGail
    December 9, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Hey! I spy Diana Ross

  16. 45 Left-Indie
    December 9, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    There’s this pathetic black chic by the name of Crystal Wright on C-span. She’s got her head so far up her…. Never heard of her and sorry I came across her. She’s cute, though. What a shame. Back to football.

  17. 54 idon
    December 9, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Oh I love the pics. I’m addicted. And Diana Ross is there!!

  18. 55 hopefruit2
    December 9, 2012 at 8:34 pm

  19. 83 donna dem 4 obama
    December 9, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Good evening TOD!

    Hope everyone had a great weekend. I spent the weekend in Atlantic City, NJ with cousins and other family celebrating one of my dearest Aunt’s 80th birthday. Let me just say that the Casinos are making a remarkable recovery up in Jersey from Hurricane Sandy.

    The Christmas in Washington pictures of our First Family are wonderful. I am so looking forward to watching the broadcast of this event later this month.

  20. 85 amk for obama
    December 9, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    CoCo Conan seems to be a permanent fixture in WH christmas gala. Is he an Obot?

  21. 87 amk for obama
    December 9, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    “They spotted Mitt Romney at Costco. One day you’re running for president f the United States. The next day you’re shopping at Costco for giant jugs of mayonnaise. While you’re at Costco, go ahead and return that Oval rug you ordered” – David Letterman

    “Mitt Romney got a job at a Marriott hotel. President Obama’s trying to stop us from going over the fiscal cliff. Mitt Romney is trying to stop people from stealing towels.” – David Letterman

  22. December 9, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    It may be that our dear and esteemed Nelson Mandela is making his way out of this world.
    I don’t know anything for sure, except for a report that he has stopped talking.
    We can stay present to his spirit. xoxoxo

    • December 9, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      Sara, I am keeping him in my thoughts. Have been following reports since he first entered the hospital. He is a giant in my world.

    • 91 globalcitizenlinda
      December 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      I am keeping my fingers crossed for a Mandela recovery – although I last read when he was hospitalized.

      I am so hoping that Pres Mandela would be around for a while longer so that PBO could visit him as POTUS – what a symbol they would make to those who treasure both. All PBO’s previous trips to SA were before being POTUS and since then the one trip was interrupted by world events

      • 92 hopefruit2
        December 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm

        At least I am glad that FLOTUS and the girls got a chance to visit when he was still well enough to meet with them and appreciate their company. Realistically, it may no longer be possible for a POTUS visit, but you never know. Fingers crossed.

        • 93 anniebella
          December 9, 2012 at 9:45 pm

          I remember that visit to South Africa by FLOTUS and the girls. And I will never forget that picture of FLOTUS, Sasha, Malia, sitting on the couch with Mr. Mandela .

  23. 95 amk for obama
    December 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has set the record for most goals in a calendar year by scoring his 86th goal of 2012.

    The 25-year-old Argentine overhauled Gerd Mueller’s tally of 85 – set in 1972 – to set a new benchmark which includes goals for club and country.

    Messi’s path to the record has included 74 goals for Barcelona and 12 for Argentina in 66 games. He still has two league matches and one King’s Cup tie to add to his tally before the end of the year.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/20661031

  24. 106 amk for obama
    December 9, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    To all the gals here. You better be hoping that flotus doesn’t read this blog.

  25. 116 amk for obama
    December 9, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    A young single guy is on a cruise ship, having the time of his life. On the second day of the cruise, the ship slams into an iceberg and begins to sink. Passengers around him are screaming, flailing, and drowning but our guy manages to grab on to a piece of driftwood and, using every last ounce of strength, swims a few miles through the shark-infested sea to a remote island.

    Sprawled on the shore nearly passed out from exhaustion, he turns his head and sees a woman lying near him, unconscious, barely breathing. She’s also managed to wash up on shore from the sinking ship. He makes his way to her, and with some mouth-to-mouth assistance he manages to get her breathing again. She looks up at him, wide-eyed and grateful and says, “My God, you saved my life!”

    He suddenly realizes the woman is Cindy Crawford!

    Days and weeks go by. Cindy and our guy are living on the island together. They’ve set up a hut, there’s fruit on the trees, and they’re in heaven. Cindy’s fallen madly in love with our man, and they’re making passionate love morning, noon and night.

    Alas, one day she notices he’s looking kind of glum. “What’s the matter, sweetheart?” she asks, “We have a wonderful life together, I’m in love with you. Is there something wrong? Is there anything I can do?”

    He says, “Actually, Cindy, there is. Would you mind, putting on my shirt?”

    “Sure,” she says, “if it will help.” He takes off his shirt and she puts it on.

    “Now would you put on my pants?” he asks.

    “Sure, honey, if it’s really going to make you feel better,” she says.

    “Okay, would you put on my hat now, and draw a little mustache on your face?” he asks.

    “Whatever you want, sweetie,” she says, and does.

    Then he says, “Now, would you start walking around the edge of the island?”

    She starts walking around the perimeter of the island. He sets off in the other direction. They meet up half way around the island a few minutes later. He rushes up to her, grabs her by the shoulders, and says, “Dude! You’ll never believe who I’m sleeping with!”

    /Warning. This joke will be repeated whenever I feel like ‘cos it so good.

  26. December 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm

  27. 125 PoliticalJunkessa
    December 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Look at our sparkling First Family!

  28. December 9, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    • 127 hopefruit2
      December 9, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      That’s PSY wanted… a lil’ love and attention from our President.

      Remember, he sang the controversial rap song in ’04 when pretty much every one abroad was angry at the US. He wants to make amends now that PBO is in charge.

      • 128 amk for obama
        December 9, 2012 at 9:37 pm

        I don’t know why he apologized for singing the dixie chicks song. Coward.

        • 129 theo67
          December 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm

          Actually, I think he apologized for singing that he wanted Americans to die, slowly and painfully. He said he was younger ad more emotional then, and has now realized that one has to think carefully about the words one uses, even though free speech is available to all. It seemed like a heartfelt apology.

      • 130 globalcitizenlinda
        December 9, 2012 at 9:38 pm

        it was interesting to see ppl demanding that PBO cancel his appearance because of PSY and that song he sang. I read about the lyrics but had never heard of it.

      • 131 susanne
        December 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm

        ‘ “As a proud South Korean who was educated in the United States and lived there for a very significant part of my life, I understand the sacrifices American servicemen and women have made to protect freedom and democracy in my country and around the world. The song I was featured in – eight years ago – was part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two Korean schoolgirls that was part of the overall antiwar sentiment shared by others around the world at that time. While I’m grateful for the freedom to express one’s self, I’ve learned there are limits to what language is appropriate and I’m deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted. I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused by those words.”

        “I have been honored to perform in front of American soldiers in recent months – including an appearance on the Jay Leno show specifically for them- and I hope they and all Americans can accept my apology. While it’s important that we express our opinions, I deeply regret the inflammatory and inappropriate language I used to do so. In my music, I try to give people a release, a reason to smile. I have learned that thru music, our universal language we can all come together as a culture of humanity and I hope that you will accept my apology.” ‘

        and here’s the rap in question:

        ‘ Kill those f****** Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives

        Kill those f****** Yankees who ordered them to torture

        Kill their daughters, mothers, daughter-in-law and fathers

        Kill them all slowly and painfully ‘

        ‘ As many have noted, it’s important to remember the context here: the protest concert came shortly after two middle school girls in Korea were killed after they were struck by an armored vehicle operated by U.S. soldiers (the soldiers were later acquitted of charges related to their deaths). And the 2004 rap came in the wake of the beheading death of a Korean missionary in Iraq, after South Korea rejected the kidnappers’ demands that it withdraw its troops. ‘

        http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/12/07/gangnam_style_rapper_kill_those_f_yankees

    • 132 anniebella
      December 9, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      In the first picture, is it my eyes or does it look like FLOTUS dress is torn over her left chest area. Maybe it’s just my eyes.

  29. 138 lisalovesobama
    December 9, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Dayuuuuuuuuum! Michelle is FOIIIIINE!!!!! :lol:

  30. December 9, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    #FORWARD

  31. December 9, 2012 at 9:47 pm

  32. December 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    So, on the menu for tonight:

    Homemade salisbury steak
    Baked potatoes
    Honey-glazed baby carrots

    And, miracle of miracles, wifey and I are cooking together! She’s taking point tonight. I’m the assistant.

  33. December 9, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    • 157 theo67
      December 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      That is hilarious!

    • 158 globalcitizenlinda
      December 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      funny stuff – wonder what jokes he would make if this was another person with such a pained expression!

      • 159 susanne
        December 9, 2012 at 10:16 pm

        showing my ignorance: who is the singer in the blue dress to conan’s left? maybe she’s hitting a sour note?

        • December 9, 2012 at 10:19 pm

          Here you go Susanne (I didn’t know either!):

          President Barack Obama, third from left, with his daughters Malia Obama, from left, and Sasha Obama, join host, from third right to right, Conan O’Brien, singer Megan Hilty, South Korean rapper PSY and other performers, during the Annual Christmas in Washington presentation at the National Building Museum in Washington

      • 162 hopefruit2
        December 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm

        LOL! Methinks TNT will be editing out that part. I can’t imagine what would make the guy wince like that on stage in the middle of a Christmas carol. It must’ve been something physical and unavoidable, like a sharp pinpoint headache, nerve pain, or such…

    • 163 anniebella
      December 9, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      In these last picture of the people singing I don’t see FLOTUS anywhere. Did she decide to sit out the singing or she just isn’t in the picture.

  34. December 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Exceptionally cute!!!!

  35. December 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    • 172 globalcitizenlinda
      December 9, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      given their routine complains about whatever PBO is doing won’t the O-haters fuss about watching video’s while on the job?

      • 173 theo67
        December 10, 2012 at 12:01 am

        Personally, I’m always happy when I see the President doing fun stuff during his workday. With the amount of stress he’s under on any given day, it’s amazing that he’s able to so effectively compartmentalize his day. He’s only human, after all.

  36. December 9, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    So, I’m watching Sunday Night Football. And it’s snowing in Green Bay. But is the snow sticking to the ground? Noooooooooo. They have some fancy Nancy heaters that keep the snow from sticking. I’m pretty sure that’s unconstitutional. I’m joining the Tea Party!

  37. December 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Ok, so I think Malia is going to be the studious one who might follow her father into politics/service. Sasha just looks like the vivacious one who might do something artistic with her life.

  38. 181 vcprezofan2
    December 9, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    I just went to the OFA site and the first thing I saw was a sign up in support of the Jobs Act. I wasn’t aware that there was a current push on that, were you? Or is my laptop charting its own path?

    http://www.barackobama.com/american-jobs-splash/

  39. December 9, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Monday Dec. 10, 2012
    Previous
    Next
    9:45 AM
    Obama and Biden receive the presidential daily briefing.
    10:50 AM
    Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews.
    11:45 AM
    Obama departs Joint Base Andrews.
    12:30 PM
    Obama arrives in Michigan.
    1:35 PM
    Obama tours Daimler Detroit Diesel plant.
    2:00 PM
    Obama delivers remarks at Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant, Redford, Michigan.
    2:55 PM
    Obama departs Michigan.
    4:15 PM
    Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews.
    4:30 PM
    Obama arrives at the White House.

  40. 186 vcprezofan2
    December 9, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Is it really after 11pm? I didn’t realize it was so late, no wonder the village is so quiet.

  41. 190 amk for obama
    December 9, 2012 at 11:44 pm

  42. December 10, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Diana Ross’ dress actually doubles as an emergency bomb shelter for the entire White House staff.

  43. 208 vcprezofan2
    December 10, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Good night, folks. Gunnite, Amk. ;)

  44. December 10, 2012 at 12:30 am

    The Afghan government is pursuing an ambitious new peace initiative in which Pakistan would replace the United States in arranging direct talks between the warring sides and the Taliban would be granted government posts that effectively could cede to them political control of their southern and eastern strongholds.

    If implemented, the plan would diminish the role of the United States in the peace process, but would still leave Washington with input on a number of critical issues, including the terms for initiating negotiations. Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Great Britain also would be involved.

    The plan envisions ending the war by 2015 through a ceasefire and negotiations in the second half of next year, most likely in Saudi Arabia. Pakistan would help select the leaders of the Taliban and other rebel groups who would take part in the negotiations with the Afghan government. The effort, the plan says, should be conducted “through one consistent and coherent channel,” a measure that would secure a role for Afghan President Hamid Karzai after the end of his term following April 2014 elections.

    Another provision would give the insurgents a voice on “issues related . . . to the withdrawal” of the U.S.-led NATO force by the end of 2014.

    The plan foresees the United States working with Kabul and Islamabad in determining which insurgent leaders would participate. The United States also would be critical to approving the removal of the insurgent negotiators from the U.N.’s list of terrorists.

    Entitled “Peace Process Roadmap to 2015,” the blueprint represents a decision by Karzai – in close coordination with Pakistan – to assume the lead in peace-making efforts following the collapse earlier this year of an Obama administration bid to persuade the Taliban to participate in direct talks with Kabul.

    http://m.mcclatchydc.com/dc/db_97944/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=R5SCOy5q

    This should be breaking news, but it puts the President in a good light so they ignore it!

  45. 211 vcprezofan2
    December 10, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Hey Pamela, it’s Dec 10th where I am.
    ………………….. ♥ ♥ ♥ HAVE A WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY!!!♥ ♥ ♥ ………………
    Is this your 21st , your 29th, or the 16th anniversary of your 29th? Whichever it is, have yourself THE VERY BESTEST ONE!

    I just got called to work so won’t be able to participate in all the celebrations! Save me a small slice of Chips’ cake, please (not the fish head tho)!

  46. 212 vcprezofan2
    December 10, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Gooood Mooorning, TODville! Good Morning, Ms Chips! Wishing you all a lovely Monday (and saying a behave yourselves prayer). Enjoy your Monday!

  47. 213 dotster3
    December 10, 2012 at 7:27 am

    David Ignatius just called Cheney “a figure of universal hatred”.
    Yep.

  48. December 10, 2012 at 7:31 am

    The News is turning a stupid op Ed about Zero Dark Thirty into a discussion on Torture and how waterboarding led to the killing of OBL.
    So, the way it is now being framed, Tirrure is GREAT, waterboarding and sleep deprivation awesome, drone strikes under this President only horrible, and the suspension of Habeus Corpus under Lincoln horrible. But Tirture is Great.
    WTF? Do they know how ridiculous they sound?
    The issue is not if Torture sometimes gives you correct information, because it does, but if their are better ways of extracting intel. You know Human Rights issues come to mind.
    And btw, you just knew the Republucans were going to find someway to take credit for OBL. Torture is the new buzzword of the Morning. (talk about suspending Habeus Corpus to the means justify the ends)?

  49. 216 desertflower
    December 10, 2012 at 7:39 am

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/daimler-to-announce-investment-in-us-plant-during

    German automaker Daimler will announce on Monday increased investment in a Michigan plant during President Obama’s visit to the facility, the Detroit Free Press reported:

    The White House said the investment is expected to be $100 million or more and, with it, Daimler Trucks North America will become the first heavy-duty vehicle equipment manufacturer on the continent to build a fully integrated powertrain from on production facility.
    :) Happy Monday!

    • December 10, 2012 at 7:52 am

      But but but no raising the debt limit unless you cough cough reform Medicare and shut down all the national parks and get rid of food inspectors allow fracking to infect our water supply get rid of the EPA and Dept of energy allow Meecury from our Power plants to infect our air and dud I mention get rid of Big Bird?
      Do they realize how ridiculous they sound? These negotiations have everything to do with the debt ceiling otherwise a deal would have been struck by now!

      • 218 anniebella
        December 10, 2012 at 9:53 am

        When I hear some people,or the media talk about how messed up Washington is, it is not Washington, it’s does dam crazy ass Republicans. The debt ceiling has never had any trouble being raise before, till these crazy ass Republicans got in town. And the media knows this is not the same Republicans of old.

  50. 219 vcprezofan2
    December 10, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Hey Amk, I’ve pushed my time to the limit – gotta run now, so give Ms Chips, and birthday girl, Pamela two hugs each for me. And try to deliver Chips’ hugs without any lip – in other words, play nice! Yeah, yeah it’s hard for you, but you’ve got to try. Here’s your example….just pass it on!

    {{Chips}} {{Pamela}}

  51. December 10, 2012 at 8:22 am

  52. 221 dotster3
    December 10, 2012 at 8:27 am

    For a minute I thought—-oh isn’t that nice that the Today Show is covering the holiday concert last night with the Obamas? But of course the only reason was to show President Obama with PSY and post in bold his every anti-American utterance. (some of it is pretty sick)

    • 222 hopefruit2
      December 10, 2012 at 8:53 am

      Did they let viewers know that the performers for this concert are NOT selected by the President or the WH? Did they also give the context under which PSY made those remarks almost 10 years ago after 2 Korean schoolgirls were killed by a US war vehicle? Did they show the apology he made? I’m willing to bet that the answer to all my questions is “no.” And this is what I mean when I say that the media is part of a disinformation campaign.

  53. December 10, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Sadly in 2004 – just about everyone hated us! Thank Bush and Cheney for that!

  54. December 10, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I watched MSNBC on election night, so I missed this on CNN :-)

  55. 226 hopefruit2
    December 10, 2012 at 9:21 am

  56. December 10, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Good morning TOD & Happy Birthday Pamela! Have a great day.

  57. December 10, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Alphacat at it again :-).

    • 229 anniebella
      December 10, 2012 at 9:43 am

      I don’t think this guy is very good, but he is better than the one on Saturday Night Live, maybe they should consider hiring this guy.


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