139 Responses to “The President Likes To Dance!”


  1. 1 Judith Fardig
    August 4, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    He has natural rhythm and grace, but Michelle is right about who is the better dancer!

  2. 2 Judith Fardig
    August 4, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    They just have such fun dancing together that we can’t help but dance with them.

  3. 3 Judith Fardig
    August 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Everyone must be out eating birthday cake in honor of PBO!

  4. August 4, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    They’ve complained about everything else when it comes to this President.

    Why not complain about the OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHER.

    They are mad because Souza’s work cuts through all the negative that they have tried to spill on this President. It’s because Souza’s work shows this President as he is…and his humanity and goodness, and the love that he has for this country…all shine through.

  5. August 4, 2013 at 6:05 pm

  6. 15 daisydem
    August 4, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    I am a dancer, (not pro just a dancer) : IF I ever got a chance to dance with PBO (this is assuming my legs would support me during this experience) I would be ecstatic, flying high. Oh my, it would be awesome!

    • 16 HZ
      August 4, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      I love seeing our President and First Lady Dancing. They just enjoy each other so much. Our First Daughters get a big loving kick out of seeing their beautiful loving parents dance as well. What a beautiful and loving father to his beautiful daughters on, his 52nd birthday and all future ones. I hope he is still dancing. He has a lot on his mind right now, but we have his back this day and always.

      The best President ever!! Happy, loving, fun and laughter, meditations for the nations and all the beautiful souls who need your help, Mr. President. ; May your loving friends and family who give you all of the support that you need from them always be with you. For all of the moments when you have to sit down and make those calls and call into motion those difficult decision, We Thank you, Mr. President.

      We Ask for Wisdom to be granted to you; We ask for grace and favor to be granted to you; and we most humbly ask for continuous peace and compassion for those who have not peace in their being for you we forgive you all; but we must remember how you have hurt and harmed our President and our citizens

      Almighty, knows your strength, your character, your core being; and your determination to carry your patience all the way on this journey, Mr. President. We are with you. And as you lean in on those of us who have your back, Mr. President; we ask for a measure of strength and patience to walk along side you on this journey.

      ((((((((((((( He knows, trust me)))))))))))) Say a kind thought, a beautiful line from your favorite poem, play a few songs that will lift him up; and say a prayer/meditation for his strength to carry on and perform his duties with persistence. Amen, and Amen. HZ

      • 17 Layla
        August 4, 2013 at 6:37 pm

        Ohhh HZ, ty soooo much…you are a blessing from God!

        • 18 Layla
          August 4, 2013 at 6:51 pm

          HZ, may I ask you for a favor…can you say a prayer for my 3 friends who died, they found tiny pieces of one of them and the 2 other are part of the debris now…ty

          • 19 anniebella
            August 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm

            Layla, I’m so sorry to hear about your friends.

          • 20 Mela in TX
            August 4, 2013 at 9:14 pm

            I’m so sorry to hear of your friends’ deaths. I hope you will soon find comfort in your fond memories of them. ((( Layla)))

          • August 4, 2013 at 9:15 pm

            Layla, I’m so sorry for your loss. you friends well live forever in you heart and mind, and at special moments you well feel touched by the love you four shared. Peace

          • 22 HZ
            August 4, 2013 at 9:30 pm

            Oh, my beautiful Layla. I have been lifting you and your friends up daily. I have been sending out thoughts in my asking about you. Of course, I will have some specifics to ask for in my prayers for you and your three friends. I will be most humble in asking for prayers on their behalf and yours.

            Almighty peaceful goodness of light give a space in precious Layla’s space for sweet peace, calm movements to get through these most hurtful times of what has happened to her dear and precious friends. There are no answers for Layla right now, but there is a well of peace waiting to comfort Layla. Please give comforting and loving peacefulness in Layla’s mind to be able to try to begin to put some sense of calmness with the space that Layla is trying to move through.

            Grant Almighty not why to our questions, but how to all of us who are trying to give comfort to Layla and family of these precious lives who have left us. We greatly need your Strength, your flow of grace to help Layla just to be able to move from one moment to another as the daily task of hearing news of where the remains of Layla’s dear friends are being revealed daily. Almighty, this is so difficult; it is so emotionally draining; it is so tender in Layla’s heart and our space as we think of what Layla is going through now.
            ,Almighty, please allow Layla to be as strong as your strength that you will provide each day while Layla is going through all of this sadness. Let Layla feel a sweet comforting presence in every move as Layla take these “tiny” but most precious remains of Layla’s precious friends into real spaces to deal with now. This is so much to bear, but Almighty, you give us hope, and promise that there is peace, comfort, grace, faithfulness, and new mercies every morning as we rise.

            We ask for comfort, to the degree that Layla will be strong as possible. Give a peace that we cannot even understand, but our quiet meditative and gentle prayers give us hope. So give Layla a constant beautiful spirit of gracious gentleness from a more powerful space that we are in at the moment with our friend Layla.

            We keep the whys to you Almighty, but we do expect to be able to come into your gentle and comforting space to give Layla and us some of that sweetness of peace and goodness for our actions. ((((((( Gently give us favor in our thoughts for healing in this difficult time)))))))))
            ((((((((( Sweetly hug us in our spirits to remain lovingly calm around Layla so that Layla’s space will be filled with those sweetly and calming salves of comforting medicine that lifts up Layla’s spirit even as Layla’s is still waiting for more news.

            We lovingly and humbly ask for grace, strength, and peacefulness in this, Almighty. Please hear our supplications, moans in our crying, and pain when we just cannot take another piece of information. May Layla’s friends rest in the lovely stillness of complete and pure peace that is more powerful than that which took these precious spirits from our space. We give into the space of Layla, gentle kisses of loving comfort. We humbly ask this in a Powerful goodness to help us to make sense of all of this. () () () Lovingly for Layla(((( Healing Hugs)))))))HZ

            • 23 jackiegrumbacher
              August 4, 2013 at 9:42 pm

              HZ, you are a beautiful person inside and out. You give so much comfort to people. It’s a privilege to read your words.

            • 24 GGAIL
              August 4, 2013 at 9:52 pm

              My dear neighbor HZ, we are so blessed to have your loving spirit among us. (((love hz)))

            • 25 Layla
              August 5, 2013 at 8:34 am

              Dearest HZ, I just got home from working a 12 hr shift and read your beautiful, calming words…I thank you from the bottom of my heart and my friends and their families thank you also. I feel God’s healing hands around me when you speak! TY again…sobbing as I read this..Love, Layla

              • 26 HZ
                August 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm

                My precious Layla, first get some rest. Rest your body as well as you mind. You already know that, of course. But just give your sweet mind a little “me time.” Relax in the calm presence of God and the goodness that has already been laid out for your space.

                I just finished praying for you and your friends families. Yes, this has to be so painful, but know this: someone in Cali., is lifting you and your friends families up in prayer. My tears are ones of asking God to bring healing to your spirit so that you can move within your space and your friends families space with as much of God’s grace and mercy as your space can receive this morning.

                Try to release as many of the whys to God, and let God handle the answers in time when your heart and your friends families are open vessels to be able to receive them. Open up to the goodness around you. Do not allow anyone to come into your space who will drain the peace that you are feeling now. You do not have to open any door that does not lead you to a sweeter place so healing will come. Guard your entrance to your mind, and soul.

                Time? We do not know how long this process will take, but I do know that God’s mercies are new every morning. I often wondered why it said “new every morning.” Then I realized that is when God’s breath opens up to a refreshing calm and comforting fresh beginning to the day. So let those beautiful new mercies arrive on your doorstep like a sweet and gentle touch for this day.

                Be gentle on your spirit and within your space. Layla, keep your spirit as peaceful as possible under these circumstances. And rest in that peace. Just try to stand in the space where you are and move gently into the space where you want to be for yourself and your 3 friends families. Embrace, if you are nearby your friends families, and keep the memories of all of the times that you all laughed, cried, broke bread together, talked via phone, prayed together, and just had beautiful fun times together even when it was difficult in all of your lives. Be Still and Know That you and your friends families will get to a place where you all will have some sense of peace. Just try to stand with these beautiful and deepest supporters: Faith, Prayer, and Meditation of thoughts.

                (((((((((((((((( Praying for you, Layla and your friends families))))))))))))))))) Lovingly, HZ

          • 27 jackiegrumbacher
            August 4, 2013 at 9:44 pm

            Layla, I’m so very sorry for this terrible grief you must feel. My heart and prayers go out to you and the families of your friends.

          • 28 Dudette
            August 4, 2013 at 10:07 pm

            Dear Layla, how horrible. Words just don’t seem sufficient. {{{{{ Layla }}}}}

          • 29 HZ
            August 5, 2013 at 1:13 am

            Layla, I left you something. I hope you see it. (((((Hugs for you)))))HZ

      • 30 anniebella
        August 4, 2013 at 6:46 pm

        Bless you HZ for your prayers for our President and first family.

        • 31 HZ
          August 4, 2013 at 9:43 pm

          Anniebella, TY. I am not one with financial means, but I feel rich within the deepness of my core to believe in a higher power that can be centered where we want it, if that is our private and personal choice. I live within that space. I have days when some of my space is disturbed because I see so many people doing evil and awful things toward our President. However, I know the power of prayer and meditation (for me) and I see my space calmed, and filled with things that I have asked in my quiet and loud times when I try to center my soul.

          So that is one thing that I give out into my space daily , prayers and meditations for our wonderful President and my loving brother who is also in a high profile profession. But I feel peace when I go to my space and cry out in prayer. That is my humble gift to our President, First Lady, VP and Dr. Jill and POB’s entire Cabinet. I even pray for his enemies as we see what they do daily ,not just to POB, but to our precious lives who need so much help.

          So this I give to both of them daily. Wisdom, Protection, Kindness, Calmness, Fairness in their Decisions; Laughter to lift their spirits and those in their space. Be true to the core that POB’s mother and grandparents built in his being and the same for my brother. I give my heart in prayer and meditation. Annibella, sometime the tainted actions of others try to enter my space, so I get in a quiet space to cry out to a higher source that I am for those moments. I try to gather to myself the sweetness of beautiful souls of people I see and know into my space daily. I try to set to beautiful compositions of lovely melodies to help me make the harmony to live each day. This I do. HZ

  7. August 4, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Enjoy your evening President Obama!

  8. 38 globalcitizenlinda
    August 4, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    returning from my OFA meeting and PBO’s Birthday Celebration.

    It was well-attended, great presentations about ObamaCare outreach in support of enrollment, great CAKES, great people from diverse backgrounds.

    Amazes me how many people love and respect PBO and will do anything to ensure that he succeeds on behalf of all of us

    • 39 hopefruit2
      August 4, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us Linda :) I saw some pics of various birthday cakes from OFA meetings across the US. Very inspiring indeed!

  9. 40 donna dem 4 obama
    August 4, 2013 at 6:31 pm

  10. August 4, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    UTA thanks for being hostess at the President’s birthday bash here at TOD!

    Stellar work, relentlessly efficient, as always.

    Just had a chance to view the 2012 Plouffe-Schmidt video from last night. Everyone: This 1.5 hour video takes the place of all talking heads pundits until next year around this time. Should be required viewing for everyone. Really wish I could find a transcript so I could quote from video, but haven’t been able to locate.

    At about the 1 hour mark, Schmidt and Plouffe agreed that the candidates are no longer in charge of their campaigns with Citizens United; especially House candidates, but Presidential candidates too (think Adelson’s $100 million).

    Near the end Schmidt said his 1st grade son is now a Democrat (his 1st grade son’s class voted unimously for Obama). Loved Plouffe’s expression.

    Schmidt had some real zingers about the unqualified GOP Senate candidates (Todd “legitimate rape” Akin, Christine “I’m not a witch” McDonnell, etc. — said Sharron Angel was the craziest.) And he was very free with his R-money criticism (not prepared for Bain — you’d think he’d be prepared because he had an 18-year heads up).

    I know it’s long, but definitely worth your while to bookmark and watch as time permits.

    Thanks, UTA, for posting it!

  11. 42 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Happy Birthday to President Obama from FLORIDA!

  12. 43 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Happy Birthday to President Obama from CALIFORNIA!

  13. 44 anniebella
    August 4, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I was reading that POTUS and FLOTUS will be going to Orlando, Florida next Saturday were POTUS suppose to address the Disable Americans Veterans National Convention. FLOTUS wii introduce POTUS. And after that I’m assume they will be on their way to Martha’s Vineyard for their vacation.

    • 45 anniebella
      August 4, 2013 at 8:44 pm

      My only question is why only eight days vacation for POTUS when those do nothing jackasses in the House will have five weeks off.

  14. 47 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Happy Birthday Mr. President from MARYLAND!!

  15. 48 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Happy Birthday to our President from MICHIGAN!!!

  16. 49 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Happy Birthday to our PBO from NEW YORK!!

  17. 50 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Happy Birthday to our President from NEW JERSEY!!!

  18. 51 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Happy Birthday Mr. President from ILLINOIS!!

  19. August 4, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Just a couple of funnies that aren’t related to PBO’s birthday:
    Republican David Frum (Bush 43 speechwriter)

    Chris Hayes is more self-aware than I gave him credit; he understands that he knows he’s a card-carrying member of the emoprog brigade:

    If the MSM had a clue, they would try asking these simple questions of the LOBBYISTS that support “burning their (non-existent) Obamacare card.’ How do these lobbyists get air and print time when they’re just makin’ stuff up? Whether you agreed or disagreed with their actions, Vietnam-era draft card burners were news because these were actions by people, not lobbyists. And if lobbyists had tried to change the narrative back then, they would have relied on Edwardian memes (i.e., reference to something that happened nearly 50 years before the late 1960s):

  20. August 4, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Hmm…

    UTA, I submitted a comment with three tweets that is now awaiting moderation.

    I feel bad about bugging you, as you’ve been a whirling dervish of the care and feeding of this blog all weekend, but wanted to let you know.

  21. 54 amk for obama
    August 4, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    The US has offered Iran a “willing partnership”, after President Hassan Rouhani was inaugurated in Tehran.

    The White House said Iran now had a chance to allay fears over its nuclear programme and meet its international obligations.

    Mr Rouhani used his inauguration speech to promise a government of moderation for all Iranians, but also called for international sanctions to be lifted.

    US-Iran relations soured under ex-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    He regularly made inflammatory speeches denouncing the US and Israel.

    Analysts said Mr Rouhani’s inauguration speech was conciliatory in tone, and he appeared to be reaching out to groups inside and outside Iran.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23570307

  22. 57 Nena20409
    August 4, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    UT…..You have Done Pres Obama proud. Thank you.

    Wow…..The Cakes. The Pictures. The dances. Just Brilliantly done. Thank You.

    I have enjoyed every post.

  23. 58 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2013 at 7:56 pm

  24. 60 Nena20409
    August 4, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Tiger Woods is a tremendous Golf Player.

    He won has 79th tournament in 17 yrs…….3 more and he would be able to tie the most Title holder.

    Saturday and Sunday…..while the talking heads were pontificating……Tiger didn’t see any need to entertain them. He played conservatively and won today with -7 to boot. Congrats Tiger Woods.

    Then his little son, Charlie came on……It was icing on the Cake.

  25. 70 yardarm756
    August 4, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    FOOTBALLLLLL! Miami and Dallas right now………cya later.

  26. 71 amk for obama
    August 4, 2013 at 8:11 pm

  27. 72 Nena20409
    August 4, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    HBD To Pres Obama……

  28. 73 desertflower
    August 4, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Just picked my son up from work and stopped to get a birthday cake to celebrate our President’s birthday today:) Happy Birthday, President Obama!!!!!

  29. 74 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I don’t mean to ruin an otherwise positive thread, but there is a Twitter account by the name of @breakobama that is obviously run by a KKK white supremacist, and has now threatened Goldie Taylor. This account has been up for a while now, tweeting some of the vilest things you could ever imagine, yet Twitter refuses to ban this person, despite numerous reports and requests from other users. Interestingly, Twitter wastes no time banning people for far lesser offenses, but if there ever was an account that needed to be banned it’s this one.

  30. 76 amk for obama
    August 4, 2013 at 8:55 pm

  31. 77 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    This is serious enough that we cannot allow Twitter to stand by and claim “unawareness” when this person is making obvious threats to another person.

    • 78 anniebella
      August 4, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      Such sickos in this world.

    • 79 Mela in TX
      August 4, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      Hopefruit, did you look at that guys twitter homepage? Before I was suspended I retweeted a similar tweet of Goldie’s after seeing the truly vile and racist stuff. Really nasty man! I can’t believe someone like this hasn’t been banned. And yes, before anyone asks, I’m still suspended!!! It’s ridiculous that I’m suspended and a disgusting jackass like that is allowed to spew his hate and threaten innocent people!

      • 80 hopefruit2
        August 4, 2013 at 9:29 pm

        Mela, I have a hard time believing that Twitter is unaware of this guy’s account. Either this account is under some deeper investigation- and they don’t want the user alerted, or someone is getting paid.

        There are simply no other explanations I can come up with at the moment. And I am really sorry that you have been banned for so long. It’s a mystery to me. There’s nothing in your tweets that could come nearly close to what this vile account has been spewing.

        • 81 Mela in TX
          August 4, 2013 at 9:38 pm

          It is horrifying that poor Goldie has to tolerate this crap. I believe she also tweeted they has threatened her grandchild though I’m not completely certain it was this same user. I’m still in the dark as to why I’m suspended. I’m a pretty nice person and although I occasionally engage RWNJ I am always respectful. I never even curse! Not on twitter, anyway ;)

          • 82 Mela in TX
            August 4, 2013 at 9:41 pm

            Had threatened. I hate using my iPad to type. Typos galore!

          • 83 yesteryum
            August 4, 2013 at 11:04 pm

            I’d never heard of this guy until I just looked up his twitter account. My huz and I were in complete shock from this sad sad sicko. After a while of scrolling, it just became too much to even tolerate the constant poop-stream that is his commentary. Being a Canadian, the idea of such hate speech being tolerated is so beyond my ken.

            I was wondering what you did that caused your suspension when this vile traitor to the human race is not suspended.

            • 84 yesteryum
              August 4, 2013 at 11:06 pm

              oh dear…. bad wording. I don’t want to imply that you did something bad. I don’t tweet very much so I don’t know what leads to suspensions.

    • August 4, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      Have any Twitter users seen this button?
      “To help counter abuse, Twitter several weeks ago started letting users click on a single button to initiate a report about tweets they believe are malicious. Some 40 employees review those claims.”

      http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323997004578643883120559180.html?mod=WSJ_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsSecond

      For Twitter, Free Speech Is a High-Wire Act
      As Micro-Blogging Site Expands Globally, It Gets Flak From Many Sides

    • August 4, 2013 at 10:06 pm

  32. August 4, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I didn’t get a chance to wish the President a Happy Birthday here at TOD, so let me do it now.

  33. 89 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2013 at 9:18 pm

  34. 95 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    The ever-gracious Pete Souza.

    • 96 utaustinliberal
      August 4, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      What happened?

      • 97 hopefruit2
        August 4, 2013 at 9:33 pm

        Check my TL from earlier today (and many others as well). Ron Fournier and Glenn Thrush took objection to Pete’s photography – condemning it as “PR” when in their minds, PBO should be photographed with a “Skeptical eye.” They further suggested that news organizations should “refuse to publish” any of Pete’s pictures.

        There was an enormous amount of push-back as you can imagine. Even Jon Favreau chimed in at one point.

        • 98 arkluvspbo
          August 4, 2013 at 11:05 pm

          I find myself using these words quite often when describing these “people” — pathetic, insecure and small in so many ways.

      • August 4, 2013 at 9:34 pm

        Fournier and Glenn Thrush accused him of doing PR instead of photojournalism, saying we need a critical eye in the WH. Just more RW BS. Pete Souza is a White House photographer at the moment, not a photojournalist. IDIOTS!

    • August 4, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      Fournier makes my skin crawl (saw his tweet that you posted earlier).

      He used to be a bigwig at AP, now he’s devolved into the very definition of White Privilege.

      This tweet is in my comment awaiting moderation, but it’s too delicious not to try again.

      David Frum was one of Bush43’s speechwriters:

  35. August 4, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Fournier is now trying to walk back his pettiness in response to Pete’s tweet.

  36. 119 amk for obama
    August 4, 2013 at 9:42 pm

  37. 131 amk for obama
    August 4, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    ut, there seems to be a twitter script that is ruining the site today.

  38. 132 hopefruit2
    August 4, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I see that Mother Nature was on her best behavior today. I know why. :) :)

  39. August 4, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    #FORWARD Together

    • 134 Mela in TX
      August 4, 2013 at 10:03 pm

      Exactly! Very well said, Bobfr.

      • 135 HZ
        August 4, 2013 at 11:47 pm

        Thank you Bobfr and meta. Rt’d. It would be great to give Pete some love. They went too far with President Obama, First Lady, AG Holder, Dr. Susan Rice and so many other. This is getting way out of hand. If we allow them to start in on Mr. Souza, they will just keep this crap up until 2017. Let us counter with our goodness going forth for Mr. Souza.HZ

    • 136 nathkatun7
      August 4, 2013 at 11:28 pm

      Bravo Bob! I love the way you guys on twitter are sending some love to Pete Souza!

  40. 138 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 4, 2013 at 10:20 pm

  41. 139 vitaminlover
    August 5, 2013 at 12:27 am

    My President really enjoys dancing with his lovely wife.


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