124 Responses to “The Ghoultacular Pete Souza”


  1. October 31, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Awesome photos! I love the President’s orange shirt as well! :-)

  2. 4 utaustinliberal
    October 31, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    • 5 jackiegrumbacher
      October 31, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      UT, what a magical night for children at the White House. The little ones are adorable and the princess in the bubble? What a wondrous treat for that child.

    • 6 a4alice
      October 31, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      i hope glenda the goodwitch can breath in that crazy bubble thing she’s rolling around in.

  3. 7 utaustinliberal
    October 31, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Yup. I trust David Plouffe over the gossip that Mark Halperin is trying to peddle in his new crapfest book.

    • 8 jacquelineoboomer
      October 31, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      Love it when President Obama’s “inside people” put out the truth like this.

    • 9 nathkatun7
      November 1, 2013 at 12:59 am

      UT, I too trust David Plouffe! Once again these tabloid gossip mongers, masquerading as journalists, are trying to stir up stink and division within the Democratic Party. I hope their book fails miserably!

  4. 10 amk for obama
    October 31, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    So that girl in the bubble ? Is she for realz? If yes, how does she breathe?

  5. October 31, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks for the lovely photos. Makes me feel happy to see these photos.

  6. October 31, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    As Mitt’s dog, I’m going to lift a leg to all the RWNJ and MSM as they leave Halloween party!
    For Boner and Andrea Mitchell. . .

  7. October 31, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    …..Thus began several references, each more painful than the last, to Oz, Kansas, following the yellow brick road, pulling back the curtain, the wonderful things the Wizard does — and, for good measure, something about Chicken Little, although he did not appear in the 1939 classic. And, sure enough, the Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee went after Sebelius like so many flying monkeys. But — spoiler alert! — the film doesn’t turn out well for Dorothy’s persecutors, and the hearing, likewise, didn’t turn out to be the humiliation for Sebelius that Republicans had in mind. Dorothy melted the Wicked Witch with a bucket of water; Sebelius doused her questioners with an unexpected and extended confession of responsibility…..

    The chart portrays the degree to which Republicans(News orgs) and critics of Obamacare have amplified the media’s coverage around the relatively small percentage of Americans who have received cancellation notices for stripped-down individual market plans that failed to meet the benefit requirements of the ACA.

    For the idiots in the media: The Health Insurance Lobby, who tried to kill the ACA initially, have actual guidelines for what constitutes redeemable policies. Maybe try getting some facts before printing/reporting on-air about fake Obamacare scare stories

  8. October 31, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Back to Bobfr …

    We need a TOD campaign to bring intense pressure on Senator Reid to do the deed – #NukeTheFilibuster

    No excuse not to. If the GOP ever regain control of the Senate it will be the FIRST thing they do. Any doubt, look at what Boehner and Cantor did to House Rules on 1 Oct 2013 that enabled them to shutter the government and do mega-harm.

  9. 33 jacquelineoboomer
    October 31, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    a4alice, aka John Boehner, this is for you:

    • 34 a4alice
      October 31, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      Bah ha aha hahaha! Good one Jacque!

      • 38 jacquelineoboomer
        October 31, 2013 at 10:43 pm

        Evenin’! Wouldn’t be a party without you.

        • 39 Dudette
          October 31, 2013 at 10:54 pm

          Aw, thank you! :-)

          I’m exhausted. Driving really really slowly through multiple neighborhoods trying to avoid little munchkins running around in the dark is so taxing on the body. Lemme tell ya! :-)

          • 40 jacquelineoboomer
            October 31, 2013 at 11:10 pm

            I remember that feeling, dodging the little ones! Glad you made it.

            Last year, we had a gazillion munchins visit on our street. This year? Not so much.

            It rained all day and night here, so there were only three knocks on the door and six trick or treaters, total (that sounded like Mark Knoller’s counting). My son lives several houses away, and he called me TWICE to ask, “Did you get any more kids?” – like I was keeping my kids away from his house – Ha.

            ^^^ THIS was my excuse for eating all the chocolate candy I did tonight. It might have melted, otherwise.

            But, perfection, granddaughter in Florida kept calling us about what my great grandson was doing and saying, trick or treating as Buzz Lightyear, and he told us all about it when he got home. Sweet!

  10. October 31, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    “Within the next three weeks, the Senate is expected to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, which would provide basic protections from employment discrimination to the nation’s 8 million lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, workers. ENDA builds upon an enduring American value that workers should be judged on their merits and not their identity. It is past time for Congress to ensure basic fairness for every American, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

    There were a lot of lowlights yesterday when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, but this from Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., starting at 1:50, is where the sky officially went black. (Video in link)

  11. October 31, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Well it’s time for Rafalca to literally hit the hay! It’s true, the old grey mare, she ain’t what she use to be, but Miss Ann was bound and determined to represent you people.

  12. 57 jacquelineoboomer
    October 31, 2013 at 9:43 pm
  13. 58 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 31, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I see you folks are taking your queues for RNC2012 — if you don’t want me at the party, just say so — don’t just up and move to another page. Anyhow, Three-Way is the way to go… THREE WAY!!!! Even the DNC is getting on board:

  14. 61 hopefruit2
    October 31, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Seeing the WH so beautifully decorated for Halloween makes me wish I was there!

  15. October 31, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    A couple of personal items….. Random stuff that interests me :)

  16. 72 hopefruit2
    October 31, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    UT, you must be exhausted from playing Karl Rove AND keeping up with the TOD posts! Thanks a million for everything and helping to make TOD what it is. :) :) :) I guess Chips has gone to put Danny to bed, and has passed out on the couch…LOL!

    • October 31, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      hf, Chips, UT – thank you all for creating such a fun TOD Halloween celebration!!!!!

      • 74 hopefruit2
        October 31, 2013 at 10:02 pm

        Thanks Bob – you did a phenomenal job as Mr. Ezra “know-it-all” Klein! To say it was hilarious is an understatement :)

        • 76 GGail
          October 31, 2013 at 10:43 pm

          Hopefruit, thank you for making this a FUN day!

        • November 1, 2013 at 12:12 am

          I have been reading negative info here about Ezra Klein and Steve Kornacky for awhile. The accusations were a little hard to believe from remembering their reporting from a couple of years ago, but I am in agreement with those here so I assumed it was correct. I am not watching many MSNBC shows these days since they are getting close to being as bad as FOX by being negative and only caring about being first instead of correct. I had my tv on that station and accidentally heard Steve Kornacky lamblast PBO and the ACA tizzy including the new lower poll numbers. It sickened me and I immediately turned my tv off. Thanks to all of you that are combatting that kind of reporting. I do not intend to give either of them any ratings.

      • 80 utaustinliberal
        October 31, 2013 at 10:17 pm

        You’re welcome, Bob.

    • October 31, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      UTA has definitely been putting in looooooong hours caring and nurturing this blog.

      Much thanks, UTA, for all your hard work, above-and-beyond. You and Chips are truly appreciated by TODville, and I hope you know we recognize how much effort you both do to keep this such a humming salon.

      All BTs are appreciated, but seems like you’ve been doing overtime and then some.

      Gorgeous photos. Glad the Red Sox won for Pete Souza last night, and that he was at the White House tonight. I join everyone else wondering if his new bride will see much of him before Jan 21, 2017.

      Grateful to him as well.

    • 83 utaustinliberal
      October 31, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      Oh wow. Thanks for the kind words HF. It’s my pleasure.

    • 85 99ts
      October 31, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      Beyond democracy is this one – where is the media supporting the veterans? They were so keen to demand access to a memorial – but don’t care about access to food. This is where hate is taking what used to be a country that cared.

  17. 86 PrayerWarriorforObama
    October 31, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Halloween is not part of my culture in this tiny part of the universe, but what a hilarious evening I have had with you, the residents of Todville. My stomach is still aching from the amount of laughing I have done from reading your party entries. What a versatile group you are – super funny when necessary and ultra reflective when required. Hats off to all of you; enjoy the rest of your celebration.

  18. October 31, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Here’s a couple of foreign policy updates:

    Carolyn, Zizi2, and everyone else who has spoken about this Administration’s belief in win-win solutions (which don’t match up with the MSM’s black-or-white, winner-or-loser, horse-race mentality):

    And no one in this era can beat VP Joe in turning on his charm with the Senate:

  19. October 31, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Good Evening Folks!. Are there any REAL Americans out there?
    Marcus and I are just in from Trick O’ Treating (also known as Takers Christmas)…. Heheheh, but I kid.

    Listen, I tell ya, I wish the American media would look into the candy-eating habits of some of these kids out there. Ha! Badumdup!

    I kid. I’m a kidder!

    • 89 susanne
      October 31, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      ahem, ed schultz here, formerly of a little place known as……fargo. all real americans up in there! just ask ‘em:

      • 90 a4alice
        October 31, 2013 at 10:28 pm

        yah! :-)

        Handing out candy to small goblins and ghosts is tiring my TOD friends. So to bed I mus-

        zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

        Nite TOD

        • 91 Dudette
          October 31, 2013 at 10:33 pm

          Well hello there neighbor, Michele here.

          Ya know we have to be very careful who we let bring their children into our neighborhood. We made sure our outside security cameras were trained on all of them. You know, just case.

      • 92 Dudette
        October 31, 2013 at 10:31 pm

        Ah yes. That’s near the border with Alaska, right? Great, I here you folks don’t have the unfortunate um, “immigrant” we in Minnesouwta have. Guess they don’t like the cold weather up there, eh?

        Does my hair look okay? [Wait, let's make sure the camera stays on my good side.]

        • 93 susanne
          October 31, 2013 at 10:55 pm

          honey, are you sure you have a good side? :)

          • 94 Dudette
            October 31, 2013 at 11:03 pm

            You’re right. I look good on all three sides!
            [[Isn't that right, Marcus- Honey? Tee-hee-hee!] Marcus, that’s my husband, you know. My very best friend. He takes such good care of me. [Right, Honey? ] :-)

  20. 95 globalcitizenlinda
    October 31, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Katrina Nation here:

    The world needs to thank Putin for his exceptional leadership otherwise PBO and his White House Team would NEVER have let Halloween happen or decorated the grounds in such an exceptional manner.

    As for PBO’s choice of shirt tonight – it is us, the base, that made him do it – there is no doubt about it,

    • 96 hopefruit2
      October 31, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      LOL! whenever you hear “the base” coming from a critic’s mouth, you know right away they are an EMOprog. LMAO!

  21. 97 anniebella
    October 31, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    I was watching Hardball this evening and Matthews were talking about Ted Cruz’s father and some of the things he have said about President Obama. Now remember Cruz’s father claim to be a preacher, and the senior Cruz said that Barack Obama refuse to say the words “under God”. Well Matthews showed several videos of Barack Obama saying “under God”, so doesn’t that make the preacher Cruz a liar.

  22. October 31, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    I know this topic has been covered today, but once again the GOP are driven blind with rage against this Administration that they continue to alienate all voters except for white males.

    Yesterday:

    Today:

    • 99 jacquelineoboomer
      October 31, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      It’s all so very disgusting. Not one week goes by when Republicans are not obstructing in some way. Make it stop.

    • October 31, 2013 at 11:52 pm

      The GOP legislators know blocking judges the Dem Prez picks and stalling leaving the positions open could mean if a GOP Prez gets in they can get a GOP judge there. We all know what it is like having a majority of GOPs on the Supreme Court. Look at the Republican run states like TX and what harm the Conservative Bench just did there.

  23. 102 LDS
    October 31, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Dr. Ben Carson checking it at this late hour.
    Sorry, I have been in surgery all day. Dick Cheney needed another heart. We finally got the sucker to stay in. Every time his proceedings from Haliburton would go up the heart would pop right out. He is resting well. We might have to go in there again after B&N dump his books in the bargain basement section.
    See you later, these gifted hands are for rich , white old Republican men only who on are on Meidcare and their privileged grandchildren still on their parents’ insurance thanks to Obamacare.
    Thank you, Bro.
    Fox News will televise Cheney’s next heart transplant. Yours truly will be there.
    Just keeping it real. I made it and now, I am a Republican. That’s how we do it.

  24. 103 anniebella
    October 31, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    I hope you all saw O’Donnell and his guess talking about the media and it’s lying about Obamacare, CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC lying and misleading the people about Obamacare,. It’s the dislike the media have for this President. But that’s okay because Obamacare will survive and more on.

    • 104 cos
      October 31, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      Wow, Anniebella, I just finished watching that segment and I was so impressed with the reporter who called out other incompetent reporters who are trying to cover the ACA by hauling these citizens around from show to show to complain. He was fantastic and Lawrence let me talk and get his point across.

  25. October 31, 2013 at 10:36 pm

  26. 108 jacquelineoboomer
    October 31, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    David Corn is still reeling in the ACA stories.

  27. 109 Dudette
    October 31, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Michele B. here. Yes I DID say this and I stand by it, cuz it’s true:

    “I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under another Democrat president Jimmy Carter. And I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.”

  28. 110 hopefruit2
    October 31, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I guess MSNBC is realizing that the nonstop Obama bashing is just not right….

      • 112 hopefruit2
        October 31, 2013 at 10:57 pm

        I’m so sorry Sabreen, I missed quite a few TODers’ names, it appears. Some came and joined towards the end. Didn’t mean to leave out anyone, and please know that EVERYONE is always more than welcome to join in any TOD party – whether your name is on a list or not!!

        I think you would have been great as Morning Joe, since Jovie did not come in his assigned costume, although he was at the party. :)

  29. 113 yardarm756
    October 31, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    A feel good story.

    • 114 HZ
      October 31, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      Chips, Hopefruit, and UT, thanks for a wonderful evening tonight in our TOD family. Everything was so brilliantly produced. TY, TY, TY.

      This is surely the place to be informed, converse on the important issues, and do it in such a fun, yet very respectfully manner. Chips, you are a very important part of this being a serious and enjoyable place.
      UT, Hopefruit, and all who contribute in your own brilliant manner, ((((((((((((( We love you, We Appreciate you all)))))))))))))))). Thank you for the plan, Hopefruit. So much fun. So many brilliant people in our family. All of you, in fact. It is an honor to be living during this time and being a part of such a wonderful family as TOD. ((((((( Good Night, TOD family.)))))))))HZ

  30. October 31, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    How much do I hate the GOP and the MSM that allows the plutocrats in this society to run amuck, without the hint of accountabililty?

    “Much has already been said about the farm bill going through Congress. It’s bloated, it redistributes money from taxpayers to relatively wealthy farmers, it hurts young farmers by artificially inflating the price of land, it ends direct payments but substitutes another kind of subsidy, and so on and so forth. But there’s always more: For instance, the replacement of direct payments with a new crop-insurance subsidy will prevent the names of many members of Congress who get farm payments from being publicly disclosed.”

    So, of course, MTP has R-money on this weekend. R-money whose most famous skill is tax evasion, who hasn’t held public office in nearly a decade. (posted earlier today, but this article has me steamed:)

  31. 117 itgurl_29
    October 31, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Mariah Carey’s daughter knows who her President is! LOL, so cute.

  32. 119 WilTal
    October 31, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Popping in to say Mega thanks to Chips and this wonderful TOD family. Y’all are an absolute hoot and you’re fantastic too! I so much enjoyed all of the costumes…y’all are spot on with everyone. Chips and UT, the White House photos are awesome. Hopefruit2, thank you and also for posting the link to last year’s party a few days ago…I thoroughly enjoyed that one too! Thanks so much for all that y’all do every day!

  33. 121 WilTal
    October 31, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Correction, it was the link for the party in 2011. Thanks

  34. October 31, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Michelle Malkin here, checking in after watching that Evil Thug Witchy Witch “Kathy” Sebellius try to force the” Obnoxious Breath-takingly Awful Malicious Atrocious Cruel Absolutelty Rotten Enraging” ObummerCare down our throats. ThIs Servant of the Anti-Christ has the gall to make insurers ACTUALLY PAY OUT MONEY FOR ACTUAL CARE!!!!! Did yo know that some people are actually having to move from their cozy middle class homes into hovels because of their exhorbitant payments now? Depriving them of the zest and adventure that comes from wondering if they will lose that house trying to keep a loved one alive! I’m sorry, I just can’t go on. It’s too, too unspeakable!!!!

  35. October 31, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Actually, I had never read any of Michelle Malkins’ stuff before so I had to actually go to her website to read up on her. Wow. It was so vicious it was beyond parody – although I kept starting to laugh at the ridiculousness of it – how anyone could pay attention to that is beyond me. I have to go take a bath now – pat on some disinfectant – and run my brain through the bleach cycle now.


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