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23 years ago: ‘Down the road, he plans to run for public office’

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Barack Obama on the day after being elected the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review, Feb. 7, 1990

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New York Times, February 6, 1990

The Harvard Law Review, generally considered the most prestigious in the country, elected the first black president in its 104-year history today. The job is considered the highest student position at Harvard Law School.

The new president of the Review is Barack Obama, a 28-year-old graduate of Columbia University who spent four years heading a community development program for poor blacks on Chicago’s South Side before enrolling in law school. His late father, Barack Obama, was a finance minister in Kenya and his mother, Ann Dunham, is an American anthropologist now doing fieldwork in Indonesia. Mr. Obama was born in Hawaii.

”The fact that I’ve been elected shows a lot of progress,” Mr. Obama said today in an interview. ”It’s encouraging.

”But it’s important that stories like mine aren’t used to say that everything is O.K. for blacks. You have to remember that for every one of me, there are hundreds or thousands of black students with at least equal talent who don’t get a chance,” he said, alluding to poverty or growing up in a drug environment.

….. Professors and students at the law school reacted cautiously to Mr. Obama’s selection. ”For better or for worse, people will view it as historically significant,” said Prof. Randall Kennedy, who teaches contracts and race relations law. ”But I hope it won’t overwhelm this individual student’s achievement.”

Full article here

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Harvard, 1990

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LA Times (March, 1990): Barack Obama stares silently at a wall of fading black-and-white photographs in the muggy second-floor offices of the Harvard Law Review. He lingers over one row of solemn faces, his predecessors of 40 years ago. All are men. All are dressed in dark-colored suits and ties. All are white.

It is a sobering moment for Obama, 28, who in February became the first black to be elected president in the 102-year history of the prestigious student-run law journal.

The post, considered the highest honor a student can attain at Harvard Law School, almost always leads to a coveted clerkship with the U.S. Supreme Court after graduation and a lucrative offer from the law firm of one’s choice.

Yet Obama, who has gone deep into debt to meet the $25,000-a-year cost of a Harvard Law School education, has left many in disbelief by asserting that he wants neither.

“One of the luxuries of going to Harvard Law School is it means you can take risks in your life …. You can try to do things to improve society and still land on your feet. That’s what a Harvard education should buy – enough confidence and security to pursue your dreams and give something back.”

After graduation next year, Obama says he probably will spend two years at a corporate law firm, then look for community work. Down the road, he plans to run for public office….. :idea:

Full article here

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Feb 6, 1990

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Boston Globe (1990): Barack Obama became the first black president of the influential Harvard Law Review last week, after a marathon 17-hour selection process that pitted him against 18 other candidates. But he says he felt the full significance of the honor only after a rival candidate, also black, embraced him.

“He held onto me for a long time,” said Obama, 28, a second-year student at Harvard Law School. “It was an important moment for me, because with that embrace I realized my election was not about me, but it was about us, about what we could do and what we could accomplish.”

It is entirely characteristic of Obama, a man of substantial accomplishments, that he would view his success in terms of American blacks and minorities in general rather than as a personal victory.

….. “I thought, ‘This guy sounds like he’s president of the country already,'” said John Owens, a former co-worker from Chicago, during a telephone interview. “I’ve never met anyone who could leave that impression after only five minutes.” :idea:

Full article here

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Harvard Law Review, 1990-1991

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Vanity Fair (June 1990): The new president of the Harvard Law Review was somewhat taken aback by the deluge of media coverage that followed hard on the heels of his election. The New York Times ran a “First Black” headline, which probably won’t be the last time that label is affixed to Barack Obama.

The twenty-eight-year-old law student says he wasn’t going to run for the office until a black friend talked him into it. “There’s a door to kick down,” the friend argued, “and you’re in a position to kick it down.”

The job does give him a great forum, but there’s a trade-off. “I like to read novels, listen to Miles Davis,” he says. “I don’t get to do that anymore. I don’t get dates anymore.” Still, he’s philosophical, even briskly cheerful, about his lost leisure….

…..he responds warily to the assumption that he himself will run for office. “If I go into politics it should grow out of work I’ve done on the local level, not because I’m some media creation.”  Though, as media creations go, he’d be a pretty good one.

Full article here

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Several gazillion thanks to Alycee for the reminder about the anniversary and the link to the NYT article


249 Responses to “23 years ago: ‘Down the road, he plans to run for public office’”


  1. February 5, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Avoiding work here

  2. February 5, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    My President’s hotness is ridiculous.

  3. February 5, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    To repeat from the previous thread as I just finished posting it when it became obvious our dear Chips had created a new one :)

    Evidently, Maddow needs to do some serious reflecting as well as Ed Schultz on what it actually means to take the Oath of Office of the President of the United States of America ….

    None of these people have any spine or have any idea what type of courage it takes to defend the innocent from people who would literally nuke Manhattan, Paris, London, Tokyo, Sydney tomorrow …. and be eager to do more the next day. They are truly clueless.

    #FORWARD

    • 39 anniebella
      February 5, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you Bobfr. Because Ed and Rachel have really piss me off tonight. We are dealing with people who would do whatever they could to harm Americans, they don’t give a dam if it’s kids, women, babies or tv pundits, black, white, gay, straight, whatever. Just long as it’s Americans. And when you go over and join a group of people who mean us harm, who mean to kill us, you are not Americans as far as I am concern, you are the enemy.

      • February 5, 2013 at 9:58 pm

        Agree Anniebella, and as noted earlier this evening ….

        #TrustBarack

        • 41 amk for obama
          February 5, 2013 at 10:06 pm

          Excellent tweet, Bob. These loony left nutz do not seem to live in reality.

        • 42 yardarm756
          February 5, 2013 at 11:29 pm

          I’m with you as you know. Ferret the weasels out where ever they are. We have seen what they’re willing to do so get ‘em where they are and anyone that hides them. There are some in this country now that would do us harm and if they can’t be apprehended, terminate ‘em.

      • 43 Walter
        February 5, 2013 at 10:51 pm

        As a Vietnam combat vet, I agree with you totaly. All these media types have weak minds. Ex. If you are in a car with drugs, guess who goes to jail. If you are with a friend who commits murder while trying to rob someone guess who goes to jail.

        I don’t know why but some americans have a deep seated hate for the U.S. and join these groups willingly.

    • 45 theo67
      February 5, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      You know – I would have less of an issue with this latest manufactured outrage if they specified that their concern was with ANY President having those loosely defined criteria for using extreme force to defend Americans. The way they’re describing this “scandal” is as though President Obama is some nefarious character, who’s just itching to blow away Americans at the slightest provocation – which is what we hear from the loony right. This President is responsible, and trustworthy. If they’re worried that some lesser character will use these guidelines to harm “innocent” Americans who have sworn their allegiance to a terrorist organization, taken a leadership position with that terrorist organization, and are actively plotting terrorist activities – well then, they should say so. But, the fact that they’re implying that this Administration has been gunning down Americans willy-nilly – I can’t stand for that.

    • 48 nathkatun7
      February 5, 2013 at 11:19 pm

      Well said Bobfr! To be honest, I do not understand the mentality of some of these so called progressives. I’ve yet to hear from them what they would do concretely to protect innocent people from the terrorists.

  4. February 5, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Chipsticks incredible thread. Bravo!

  5. 58 amk for obama
    February 5, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Excellent work, Chips. Great collection of articles. The man has stayed focused on what he wanted to do with his life. The second harvard photo reminds me of young Mandela.

  6. 59 Bill R.
    February 5, 2013 at 9:48 pm

  7. 62 sherijr
    February 5, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Holy smokes Chips, this is wonderful ! :) thank you~

  8. February 5, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Great stories and wonderfully prophetic.

  9. 64 Bill R.
    February 5, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Corrected tweet!

  10. 65 Bill R.
    February 5, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Gosh, I remember those Black History Month minutes. Little did I know…..

  11. 66 Dudette
    February 5, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Wow, Chips! This is WONDERFUL!! Just WOW!

  12. February 5, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    A little blog pimping before dinner:

  13. 68 amk for obama
    February 5, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    The New York Times ran a “First Black” headline, which probably won’t be the last time that label is affixed to Barack Obama.

    What prophetic words from VF.

  14. February 5, 2013 at 10:05 pm

  15. 72 Bill R.
    February 5, 2013 at 10:08 pm

  16. 73 lisalovesobama
    February 5, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    GOP Copycats. First community organizing, now PBO’s policies lite. :roll:

  17. 74 Pamela
    February 5, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Talking away on the wrong thread! HaHa! My comment was how brilliant! He should definitely run for public office down the road! :oops:

  18. 83 lisalovesobama
    February 5, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    $10 says Dem losers will ask PBO about the white papers at that meeting tomorrow. :roll: my fantasy is he’ll tell them he’s the C-in-C and that they should go fuck themselves.

  19. February 5, 2013 at 10:12 pm

  20. 98 Dudette
    February 5, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    I would like to request a “Where Are They Now” story about the people sitting directly beside, in front, and behind young Mr. Obama in that HLR photo. Who are they, where did they end up? Are any of them in his administration? Who’s that chick sitting next to him who had the nerve to close her eyes while taking a picture with him? … Her shoulder is touching his. Did she feel a spark when they touched? Is that why her eyes are closed (because she was savoring the moment)? What did he smell like? Did she happen to shake his hand? Was it soft…

    … oh sorry, I got a little cared away there!

    • February 5, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      Your questions today have been very interesting, Dudette… Not sure yet whether to be worried or amused… ;)

      • 100 Dudette
        February 5, 2013 at 10:28 pm

        Well I was going for “impressed” but either of those will do. You know what they say… uh, okay, I forgot exactly what they say — something like any attention is good attention. [whatevah] :-)

        You see, I’m taking my cues from our intrepid reporters in the mainstream media. Thought I’d try it out, maybe switch to reporting as my 2nd career. I’m learning from the cream of the crop — The White House Press Corps.

        How’d you like the strategy for my 5-part series on the White House apple scandal? That oughta get me noticed by the corporate execs all all the news outlets, don’t ya think? ;-)

      • 105 carolmaewy
        February 5, 2013 at 10:47 pm

        There has been an obsession with his hands a lot lately. :cool:

    • 109 sherijr
      February 5, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      Lol Dudette..

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  22. 111 kasai
    February 5, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Just Wow!!! Wow!! Chips what a beautiful set of picture of our young Obama:-)
    Thanks a million dear one:-)

  23. 129 Obama Grandmama
    February 5, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Send the posts above to poor uninformed Donald Trump. Lol

  24. 132 Ladyhawke
    February 5, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    FLASHBACK MAY 2008:

    AND THE KICKER, “THE REPUBLICAN BRAND IS IN THE TRASH CAN…IF WE WERE DOG FOOD, THEY WOULD TAKE US OFF THE SHELF.”

    GOPer compares brand to bad dog food

    By Mike Viqueira (May 4, 2008)

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    We are hearing a lot today from Republicans and their concern about their “brand,” and Davis takes it to another level in his memo; “a congressional GOP brand tied to George Bush is struggling”; “…deep seeded antipathy toward the president, the war, gas prices, the economy, foreclosures and, in some areas, the underlying cultural differences that continue to brand our party.”

    And the kicker, “the Republican brand is in the trash can…if we were dog food, they would take us off the shelf.”

    And just in case anyone is laboring under the illusion that the party can remake itself in the image of John McCain, Davis asserts, “McCain has his own branding and it is not consistent with congressional Republican branding.”

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    http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2008/05/14/4436302-goper-compares-brand-to-bad-dog-food?lite

  25. 134 amk for obama
    February 5, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    • 135 anniebella
      February 5, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      Maddow and Ed rather sit on their high horse and rant and rave while this President do all he can to keep them safe.

      • 136 carolmaewy
        February 5, 2013 at 11:50 pm

        We heard all this months ago, didn’t we? Didn’t Jon Stewart ask him about it when he was on Daily show? I know Jon has mentioned it on his show in some form. Didn’t they discuss it soon after announcing the guy was dead. I only remember one, but that’s me. Lawrence never mentioned it. But he did talk about Malala. She is a walking, talking miracle and Nobel Peace Prize nominee. Don’t know how well she hears though. Best to her and her family and Adam B. Ellick, of NYT. He wrote about her in 2009.

        • 137 theo67
          February 6, 2013 at 12:00 am

          Malala is amazing! I think the last operation was to help her hearing. She’s such an inspiration – so heartful. I know that’s not a word, but it seemed to fit in describing her.

          • 138 carolmaewy
            February 6, 2013 at 12:07 am

            Yes, she is. She is so wise at 15. I can’t help but wondering if Prince Will and Princess Catherine have met her. It’s hard to know protectable, but Princess Diana would have dumped protocol. :smile:

            • 139 theo67
              February 6, 2013 at 12:10 am

              I wonder, but maybe they’re just respecting her privacy, since she’s been undergoing several surgeries – and Princess Catherine has her own health issues. They may have visited her on the sly, though, out of the prying media eyes. In any case, I’m glad little Malala is making such a steady recovery.

              • 140 carolmaewy
                February 6, 2013 at 12:15 am

                Yes, I’m sure it was on the sly if they did. Maybe Harry will now that he is home, but I don’t think her dad would allow that.

            • 141 carolmaewy
              February 6, 2013 at 12:13 am

              Protectable was supposed to be protocol too. Back to my corner. 😟

    • 142 nathkatun7
      February 6, 2013 at 12:05 am

      Another great tweet, AMK! These so called progressive media people are clueless.

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  28. 146 Ladyhawke
    February 5, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Eric Cantor Rebrands the Republican Party by Plagiarizing a 2011 Obama Speech

    By: Jason Easley

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    Majority Leader Cantor thinks that America will support the same Republican policies that have been rejected for years if he adopts Barack Obama’s uplifting language.
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    Eric Cantor is the perfect example of the idiom, “If you can’t beat them, steal their language, attach your lousy ideas to it, and hope nobody notices.”

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    http://www.politicususa.com/eric-cantor-rebrands-republican-party-plagiarizing-2011-obama-speech.html

  29. February 5, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Fact ….

    And, needed to educate this dude a bit …

    http://twitter.com/Our4thEstate/status/298997927878205441

    #FORWARD

  30. February 5, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    so incredibly prescient. The part where he is looking at the wall of all the white men in suits who preceded him….just like in the White House today! This interview is so telling of who he is. Even at 28, he was already talking about what a Harvard Education should provide, not how high he could go or how much money he could make, but rather, what are his dreams and how can he give back. It’s just who he is. It’s what’s always been important to him. His detractors just don’t get him and they never will. We are blessed to have this man, this good man as our President.

  31. 155 Ladyhawke
    February 5, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    TERRORISM AND THE “GLOBAL BATTLEFIELD”

    The issues the white paper does and doesn’t raise (updated)

    By Smartypants

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    UPDATE: Of course Glenn Greenwald has written about this. He makes his usual bombastic points that we’ve been reading from him for years now. But he also makes one point that I think is important to consider about the “global battlefield.”

    That theory is both radical and dangerous because a president’s powers are basically omnipotent on a “battlefield”. There, state power is shielded from law, from courts, from constitutional guarantees, from all forms of accountability: anyone on a battlefield can be killed or imprisoned without charges. Thus, to posit the world as a battlefield is, by definition, to create an imperial, omnipotent presidency.

    With that Greenwald is giving the very argument the Obama administration is making…that the relevant rules are those of war, not domestic civil liberties.

    But he’s right that opening up a global battlefield is a dangerous proposition. And yet, if we are going to have any coherent response to terrorism – which is very different from conventional war carried out on a “battlefield” – we need to struggle with this question in a way we haven’t had to in the past. The kind of “war” Greenwald envisions is not likely to be the kind of war we face now or in the future. That’s exactly why this conversation is so important.

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    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-issues-white-paper-does-and-doesnt.html

  32. 156 desertflower
    February 5, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    This is SUPERB, Chips!! I love this amazing thread…..so glad that years down the road he ran for public office :)

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  35. February 5, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Now this is FUNNY!!!!

    :D :D :D :D

  36. 164 Pamela
    February 5, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Okay, here goes. No one may jump on my head for venturing an opinion, as we are each entitled to have ONE OF: I think these beautiful photos of the young and maturing Barack Obama are very fine (as in foine) indeed. And perhaps it is only my own ‘maturity’, shall we say, but IMHO the 51 year old Barack Obama is far and away more foine, (hotter than hot) and just incredibly more good-looking; wisdom sits on his brow so naturally, kindness reflects in his eyes and his smile, genuine compassion and a profoundly heart-centered Consciousness emanate from him now, which was there, but, well, younger. If that is possible. So, I have said it.

    • 165 theo67
      February 5, 2013 at 11:33 pm

      I don’t know why anyone would jump on your head for this, Pamela. I can’t decide whether I prefer him then or now, but everything you’ve described is so true. In those early days, there was a “je ne sais quoi” about him, a brashness. And time has added all those distinguishing characteristics you describe – plus, he just seems more settled into himself now that he’s a husband, father, successful-at-life person. There’s a softness and empathy there now. I like both ‘then’ and ‘now’. Because he was clearly exceptional back then, too.

    • 166 Dudette
      February 5, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      No head jumping here. He was a cutie-patootie back then, but the man he has become is infinitely more… MORE!
      He is afterall “The Most Interesting Man in the World” and we had the good sense to elect him twice. So that makes us smart and sexy too (some of us anyway)!

    • 168 jackiegrumbacher
      February 6, 2013 at 8:06 am

      Good for you, Pamela. I agree. He was a brilliant young man and very mature for his age, as his sister said. But his life, his marriage, his children, his incredible career have given him a wisdom that’s impossible to have in your 20’s. And yes, that makes him more beautiful and more “attractive” in every sense today.

  37. February 5, 2013 at 10:53 pm

  38. 170 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 5, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    WOW! Send Chips a three word email with a NYT link and you get the above cornucopia! THANKS! You rock!

  39. 173 desertflower
    February 5, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    OH HELL YES!! http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/06/us-usa-guns-colorado-idUSBRE91504320130206

    Owners and makers of assault-style weapons would face civil liability under a package of measures unveiled on Tuesday by top lawmakers in Colorado, a state shaken by some of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history.

    The bills, introduced by Democrats who control the state legislature, could push Colorado to the forefront of a national gun control debate reignited by several mass shootings last year, including massacres of schoolchildren in Newtown, Connecticut, and moviegoers in suburban Denver.

    Other states such as New York have moved to further restrict military-style assault weapons. But if the measures become law, Colorado would hold owners, manufacturers and distributors of firearms more accountable for gun violence.

    Owners of semi-automatic rifles would be subject to strict liability for civil damages caused by their weapons, and state statutes that shield manufacturers, importers and dealers from such liability would be lifted.

    • 174 theo67
      February 5, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      I dream that one day we’d see one state actually make a law like this retroactive. Alas…

    • 175 susanne
      February 5, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      excellent news!

    • 176 PoliticalJunkessa
      February 5, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      YESSSSS! I have been hoping and wishing that financial liability would be attached to these weapons. The only thing Americans worship more than guns is money. This would be a major step toward getting this situation under ontrol. I also want to see liability insurance required for all gun purchases — that would open up a whole secondary level of scrutiny on gun purchasers.

      My wild dream is that we get a GPS locating type of chip embedded in every gun manufactured and sold in this country so they can be tracked by law enforcement…..

      • 177 carolmaewy
        February 6, 2013 at 12:45 am

        And the identifier on the trigger so only the owner can use the gun. You know Skyfall, Daniel Greene, the hot James Bond? Anybody, anybody? Adele? Help?

    • 178 Dudette
      February 5, 2013 at 11:59 pm

      Woooooooooot!

    • 179 nathkatun7
      February 6, 2013 at 12:21 am

      Great News! Go Colorado!

  40. February 5, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    • 182 carolmaewy
      February 6, 2013 at 12:47 am

      Bush and judgement don’t belong in the same sentence unless it’s said by Jon Stewart or Stephan Colbert! :twisted:

  41. February 5, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    • 184 Joy
      February 6, 2013 at 1:18 am

      You know this shocks the shit out of me, I followed Glenn Greenwald for awhile around 2 and maybe 3 years ago, during what was happening with wikileaks, Julian Assange and Bradley Manning. The strange thing to me was that at that time he seemed to be against Bush, this idiot changes his mind like he changes his underwear.

  42. 185 kasai
    February 5, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    That Kenyan is whooping some Republican’s butt…LOL!

    https://twitter.com/Kahsai/status/298990529566367744

    • 187 kasai
      February 5, 2013 at 11:10 pm

      oops…sorry for the double post…..

      • 188 anniebella
        February 5, 2013 at 11:25 pm

        Lawrence O’Donnell did not say one word tonight about the white paper memo drone strikes, it was only Rachel and Ed running their mouth.

      • 190 HZ
        February 5, 2013 at 11:43 pm

        Chips, thanks for the beautiful work that you do here to make this a place to discuss, take in wonderful information daily about issues that we are so grateful to be involved in helping support POB. We will always remember that we are going to enjoy him in his second term.

        We have worked so hard to get POB re-elected for a second term, and we will do all that we can to debunk the lies and always search for the truth to support him. He deserves our best in our support. Remember that he will not always please all of us all the time, but as he said,”I will tell the American people the truth.”

        I know that it is difficult at times to watch some of the pundits on tv screaming about their issues with POB, but I have learned the hard way, mute, or completely turn them off, especially when I find myself getting upset and stressed. He will be fine, I know that. But remember we will take each day and enjoy it and try to work with him to make this a better place for when he leaves us, and we will be a part of this great presidency.

        I want to thank Chips for keeping this a place for us to make history with him. We still have much work to do, and our time is very important with him, so let us keep our eyes on the goals of his agenda. Enjoy when we can. Do not allow the naysayers to steal our joy. We speak power to our words with love, compassion, truths, knowledge of what our brilliant president is trying to accomplish for the people. POB is a good and decent man, and we will speak up for him when we hear and see him being wrong. Thanks to all who send out the great tweets, especially Bobfr, UT, Amk, Dudette, Lisa, Tally, LL, Edwina and so many of our TOD Family.

        I am going to say goodnight to my beautiful Chips and all of my TOD Family. Doing a little reading. Got a few e-books to read and finishing up the Hagel read, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s, “My Beloved World.” All great reads.

        Keep our thoughts of goodness going out for POB’s State of the Union Speech for next Tues. We will stand with him throughout this journey. What an honor to be a part of this beautiful history. (((((( Thanks Chips))))))HZ

    • 192 Dudette
      February 5, 2013 at 11:21 pm

      Lovin’ it! Ssssss… burn it, Girl! :-)

  43. February 5, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    WHERE IS THE LOVELY TALLY?!!!!!!! HAS ANYONE SEEN HER!!! (yes i am yelling….this is serious).

  44. February 5, 2013 at 11:28 pm

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    • 200 susanne
      February 5, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      that would be perfect, except it needs to be out in some barren corner of texas, so the thing can fill up with tumbleweeds.

    • 202 jacquelineoboomer
      February 5, 2013 at 11:52 pm

      I’d give him a big graffiti-filled cement wall-to-nowhere, with “Bushisms” spray painted on it by struggling artists who’d be paid by the Republican Party out of super-donor funds. I could go on, but I had to stop ’cause I was laughing too hard at his finding out at the dedication, when he, Laura, and the twins showed up. I’m bad.

  46. 203 anniebella
    February 5, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    I’m gone to bed, I’ve had enough of talking about Maddow and Ed.

  47. 208 desertflower
    February 5, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Night all:) Night anniebella…

  48. 209 anniebella
    February 5, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Good Night everyone. Have a Bless Night.

  49. 212 jacquelineoboomer
    February 5, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    *down the road, he plans to run for public office*

    ^^^ Yeah, how’s that workin’ out for ya, Mr. PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!

    So glad we’re all going down the same road with you, sir.

    Thanks for the lovely post, Chips!

  50. 213 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 5, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    For AMK & Yardarm…

    Husband takes the wife to a disco.
    There’s a guy on the dance floor giving it large – break dancing, moon-walking, back flips, the works.

    The wife turns to her husband and says:
    “See that guy? 25 years ago he proposed to me and I turned him down.”

    Husband says: “Looks like he’s still celebrating!”

  51. 217 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    February 5, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    That is one good looking future President.

  52. 219 PoliticalJunkessa
    February 6, 2013 at 12:04 am

    I must say, this post really has me feeling some sort of (good) way. Barack Obama’s constancy of purpose and vision —- and how evident that was to everyone he met — is really exceptional. I am quite touched by the prescient/prophetic nature of it all. I will need to reflect on this for a little bit….

    Thanks Chips and Alycee for this poignant trip down Memory Lane.

  53. 220 Joy
    February 6, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Fantastic photos of your PBO! What a handsome man he was back then and still is today. He looks like he was already on his path. I would love to know when and at what point he felt he would run for the Presidency.

  54. 221 carolmaewy
    February 6, 2013 at 1:16 am

    A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside. “That laundry is not very clean; she doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.” Her husband looks on, remaining silent. Every time her neighbor hangs her wash to dry, the young woman makes the same comments. A month later, the woman is surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and says to her husband: “Look, she’s finally learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this? ” The husband replies, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.” And so it is with life… What we see when watching others depends on the clarity of the window through which we look.

  55. 224 carolmaewy
    February 6, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Only law school students have probably read this, but I like real-life non-fiction. Back in my one room school house on the plains, the history I got was a little distorted. Mostly left out women and many other things were whitewashed. And history was being made! ;) Any way in later years as the kids were in school, I hade more time to read. I picked up a book at the library that was actually Thurgood Marshall arguing in front of the Supreme Court in Brown v Board. It was the transcript. I hope I spelled Thurgood right. It was so interesting.

  56. 225 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 6, 2013 at 1:46 am

    I’m probably a day late and $$$ short with this…

    https://twitter.com/jazziz2/status/299046007113654273

  57. 227 taiping1
    February 6, 2013 at 1:54 am

    http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/18c820kjdsg4bgif/original.gif. While trying to get back to this page after retweeting BobFr’s masterful tweets I found this gif of the Obamas in the reviewing stand (kissing and the sisters fooling around). It’s a keeper

    Thanks for such a great round-up. It’s striking how many people at the time (in the ’90s) commented on the likelihood that he would be the first Black President.

  58. 228 99ts
    February 6, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Hello any night owls – very busy day in my world – quick TOD reading before dinner time. Wow – I watched Rev Al – serious President Obama talk reiterated by Cantor. Long last the GOP sees the light.

  59. February 6, 2013 at 2:13 am

    A letter to our President, submitted via whitehouse.com:

    Dear President Obama,

    You are a proven master writer. You have outstanding ‘speech writers’ assisting you. What is suggested, below, is offered in the fullest appreciation of those facts.

    During your SOTU you will likely address several major issues and perhaps have already decided how to assure the American people that you not only comprehend your single most important duty to protect them, but you have acted accordingly every day of your Presidency.

    Beyond that affirmation, please consider being blunt about the following (forgive the impertinence of my using the first person):

    “As President & Commander-in-Chief I have no greater responsibility than ensuring the safety of every American citizen. Moreover, I know the law and would never consider acting in any way that violates it.

    What I want each of you to know is that your life is sacred to me and I will protect it and your rights to the fullest extent I possibly can. That commitment to protecting each of your lives also extends to the brave, selfless women and men who risk their own life, every day, to protect you. I will never place them in harms way if I have any, absolutely any mechanism, to avoid doing so while at the same time protecting each of you from harm.

    In that context, irrespective of place of birth, if any person plots or participates in any action that threatens the safety of even a single American, they are the enemy of ALL Americans and I will do everything available to me to stop them before they act.

    Specifically, whether such a terrorist is born on a ranch or in an urban area of America or in some distant, foreign village, if they threaten the safety of even a single American, they are the enemy of ALL Americans and I will do everything available to me to stop them before they act.

    And, if I can stop that terrorist without endangering a fellow patriotic American I will do so by whatever means available to me as President and Commander-in-Chief.”

    Yes, Mr President, paragraphs 3 & 4 are repetitious – intentionally.

    Hope you find this helpful.

    Thank you,
    Bob

    #TrustBarack He’s Earned It

    ———————————————————————-
    Just wanted him to know many of us have a clue.

    #FORWARD

  60. 233 Gazelle
    February 6, 2013 at 2:51 am

    If you’re in DC Metro area, FELA! is at the Shakespeare Theatre (OK, Fela at Shakespeare … had to pause to LOL). Nevermind my quirky sense of humor, saw FELA! when it opened in NYC & it’s a good show. Here’s the info:

    .

    http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/plays/details.aspx?id=315&source=l

    .
    OK I have to admit, I’ve never seen this rendition of “Lady” but, you go YolanDa w/ your bad sax:

    .

  61. 234 amk for obama
    February 6, 2013 at 3:17 am

  62. 236 amk for obama
    February 6, 2013 at 3:20 am

  63. 237 prettyfoot58
    February 6, 2013 at 6:59 am

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/02/05/obamas-voting-reform-push-is-doomed-because-it-would-mean-more-dem-votes/

    It should be said that this wasn’t an accident. Since 2010, Republican legislatures around the country — and particularly in swing states — have passed laws meant to reduce in-person voter fraud. Of course, there’s a wealth of information to show that this fraud is extremely rare, if not nonexistent. Rather than stop fraud, the practical effect of these laws was to erect large barriers around the franchise — voters had to contend with stricter identification requirements, fewer opportunities for early and absentee voting, and shorter deadlines for voter registration…..

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I wonder if this idea of limiting who has access to the vote and disenfranchising that vote by gerrymandering not only the Congressional districts but the Electoral College will get the attention of the Whpress corps or any of the so-called media…the way this topic of drones has….

    • February 6, 2013 at 7:05 am

      pf, short answer: NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :( :(

      • 239 prettyfoot58
        February 6, 2013 at 7:15 am

        For all the outrage about civil liberties..from the so-called progressive ledt…..this systematic effort to block specific citizens from voting is a greater challenge to our democracy than the drones…

        • 240 kathryn kivett
          February 6, 2013 at 7:33 am

          Va just passed stricter voting requirements and NC is in the process as we speak…we do not have voter id requirements in NC right now but have been taken over by R’s thanks to 2010….they just “reformed” unemployment and medicaid at the same time as introducing a bill to limit the amount of women’s nipples that can be shown (heading to be compared to Miss)…..elections have consequences prof. pol. left…I’m talking to you Ed and Rachel

  64. 241 utaustinliberal
    February 6, 2013 at 7:29 am

    British lawmakers voted Tuesday to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed, siding with majority opinion in the country but exposing major divisions within the ruling Conservative Party.

    Nearly seven hours of debate in Parliament culminated in a 400-175 vote in favor of a bill that authorizes same-sex marriages but also exempts religious organizations from having to perform them. The measure puts Britain on track to join other European nations, including Spain, Denmark and the Netherlands, in opening up marriage to homosexual couples.

    The bill now goes to committee and then to the House of Lords. But its approval in the House of Commons makes it highly likely that it will eventually become law.

    But that is no longer enough, said Maria Miller, the government minister who introduced the legislation.

    “A legal partnership is not perceived in the same way and does not have the same promises of responsibility and commitment as marriage,” Miller said. “All couples who enter a lifelong commitment together should be able to call it marriage.”

    Polls here show a clear majority of Britons to be in favor of equal marriage rights for gays and lesbians. Despite the revolt by his backbenchers and vociferous opposition by some religious groups, Cameron is hoping that the brouhaha will quickly fade and that voters will be left with the impression of his government as a modernizing force.

    “We live in a society now where most people are perfectly happy with gay people and gay relationships, and it seems the right moment to acknowledge that gay relationships are every bit as loving, stable and rich as straight relationships,” said Andy Wasley of the gay rights group Stonewall. “It really reflects 21st century British values.”

    http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-british-parliament-approves-same-sex-marriage-20130205,0,221016.story

  65. 242 desertflower
    February 6, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Morning! USPS says no more Saturday mail delivery….someone needs to redo the rules of the USPS…they are getting screwed. Big time.

    • 243 globalcitizenlinda
      February 6, 2013 at 8:47 am

      I think the Post Office’s role should be redefined to focus on export promotion of products made throughout the country. – especially shipping products made in more rural areas. I am composing a note to send to PBO and the US Postal Master

  66. 245 Linda
    February 6, 2013 at 8:26 am

    WASHINGTON — The CIA conducts lethal drone strikes against al-Qaida militants inside Yemen from a remote base in Saudi Arabia, including the strike that killed the U.S.-born al-Qaida operative Anwar al-Awlaki.

    The location of the base was first disclosed by The New York Times online Tuesday night.

    The Associated Press first reported the construction of the base in June 2011 but withheld the exact location at the request of senior administration officials. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because portions of the military and CIA missions in Yemen are classified.

    Any operation by U.S. military or intelligence officials inside Saudi Arabia is politically and religiously sensitive. Al-Qaida and other militant groups have used the Gulf kingdom’s close working relationship with U.S. counterterrorism officials to stir internal dissent against the Saudi regime.

    —-

    Now they have put our soldiers in harms way…..what idiots

  67. 247 dotster3
    February 6, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I see Rove’s Crossroads already has a vid out attacking Ashley Judd—-must be really worried about The Turtle. Not posting link because vid is too stupid.
    Ashley likes Obama! Yikes! Run for your lives! (summary)

  68. 249 Nena20409
    February 6, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Awesome Job, Ms. Chips. Wow. Thanks :)


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