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News Of The Day

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President Barack Obama signs the FY2014 Budget Bill this afternoon in Hawaii

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127 Responses to “News Of The Day”


  1. 1 desertflower
    December 26, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    1st?

  2. 7 utaustinliberal
    December 26, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Awesome, POTUS!

    {snip}

    “President Barack Obama has signed into law a comprehensive defense bill that cracks down on sexual assault in the military.”

    “The bill signing caps a yearlong campaign led by the women of the Senate to address the scourge of rape and sexual assault in the military. Under the bill, military commanders no longer will be permitted to overturn jury convictions for sexual assault.”

    {snip}

  3. 8 Anna
    December 26, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Congratulations on first desertflower. Hello Mr. President ‘Barack Obama.

  4. 10 hopefruit2
    December 26, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    This reminds me of a cute pup that we all know…how he probably looked about a month or two ago :)

  5. 21 whatisworking
    December 26, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    WH Holiday Party Photos and Story

    Sorry for the delay in getting these to the blog. the video starts with the last slide of and ends with a repeat of 2 slides, but overall it will give you the idea of what a magical place it was. I wish I could have taken all of you with me.

    It all started with an email invitation. My reaction after opening this message swung from excitement and serious tingling, to disbelief and suspicion. I could not imagine what I had done that was wonderful enough to earn an invitation to the White House for a party. Our team had an event every week, I faithfully listened to briefing calls from our state and national leaders, we had been involved in some innovative projects – but a holiday party at the White house was over the top.

    I had fantasized about meeting the President, when he was in the SF area, shaking his hand, mumbling something coherent and trying not to pass out. Going to Washington DC, being able to attend an event at the White House with the President and Mrs. Obama was way beyond anything I had ever imagined.

    Then that dark voice that lives in my head began to emerge. I kept looking at the part of the invitation that asked for my social security number and date of birth. Was this just a clever scheme to steal my identity? Drats… I called the number on the invitation but it was an answering machine. I wrote to my Regional Field Organizer asking her if she knew anything about it – Nope. I wrote to another volunteer asking if she had received an invitation, Nada…

    After several days I wrote to the California Field Organizer and 4 days later she wrote back.
    “This is for real and very well-deserved. Apparently Stacy nominated you way back in September and then didn’t hear anything more until now. I hope you can go. This is in honor of all your hard work. The people I know who have been invited before had a wonderful time.”

    I still couldn’t believe it. I sent in my information in, and received an email with instructions on when to arrive. Later that day the State Leader who had nominated me, sent an email saying I was on a list of folks who had not RSVP’d and I had to do that right away or I would loose my spot. Yikes – I called the White House switchboard and they transferred me to the Office of Public Engagement. Feeling a bit like a country bumpkin I asked him to verify my attendance, and miracle of miracle, I was told my name was indeed on the list and I could go to the party.

    After confirming my ticket – I turned my attention to the issues that really matter, a hair appointment and finding something to wear. My hairdresser got me in the next day and then I began the search for an outfit that is flattering to a short middle aged woman with big hips. I ended up going to Macys in Union Square (SF) and after 4 grueling hours emerged with 5 possible outfits. I headed home for a consultation with my daughter Jennifer and my guest Shirley. Fortunately they both agreed on a winner.

    My daughter Jennifer was not satisfied with my buying just a “party outfit”. She insisted I get a new coat for the cold DC winter, new shoes, and makeup. This was turning into a “Cinderella goes to the ball” event and I was starting to get excited.

    We left for DC on Dec 11th, and spent the 12th as tourists. We toured the Capitol in the morning, got tickets to the House gallery and saw them debating the budget bill. This was truly a historic day since this congress hardly ever passes anything. I saw Chris Van Hollen, Keith Ellison, John Lewis and heard a Congressman from Michigan who said “shame on you for cutting off Unemployment at Christmas”. We also saw the Fasting for Families Tents. I have so much admiration for those folks.

    fast families

    Next we took a trolley tour to all the DC monuments, went on the Georgetown tour. By then we were exhausted and chilled to the bone. It is really cold in Washington compared to California.

    The next day was the day of the party. We had a briefing at the Eisenhower Executive offices from 9 – 10:30. What a beautiful building. It was huge, ornate, and filled with architectural details that folks out here in California just don’t see. After going through extensive security, we found ourselves wandering around the 4th floor and finally found the magnificent “Indian Treaty Room”.

    eisenhower offices

    We say back and listened to Brad Jenkins from the Office of Public Engagement, Esther Olivarria – Immigration, Jessica Shahin – SNAP program, Aviva Aron-Dine – Economic Policy, and Melissa Rogers – Director of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

    I left the briefing with several impressions.

    1. The folks who work for these agencies are smart as a whip, extremely dedicated, and deeply respect President Obama.

    2. These issues are more complex than the news media and general public realize

    3. These folks will continue to plug away at problems while the media and Republicans spew their nonsense. At the end of the day smarts and persistence wins every time.

    I have a little confession to make. At the end of the briefing they took questions. There were a few folks who were all moan, groan and complain – especially about the ACA website. I was a bit perturbed so I raised my hand – my comments were “Here is what OFA can do to help you and here is how you can help us be more effective. Our most meaningful events have been the ones here we shared personal stories, so help us by put a face on the SNAP cuts, folks who loose Unemployment Benefits, and Immigrants. In return we will work every week to get these stories out. We are a slow and steady group. We do something every week – pass out ACA info, call about immigration and register voters. Just remember, we won’t quit until the President quits.”

    That last sentence choked me up. It was so embarrassing to cry and sniffle at a meeting. I was in the front row so many folks may not have seen the tears but my voice cracked. I think at that moment I finally realized I was in DC, I was talking to folks who worked with the President, and I was going to the White House and the President and Mrs. Obama would be there too. After lots of blinking and a little sniffling, I was back.

    exec office wh

    Shortly after that the briefing broke up, I got a hug from Jessica @ the SNAPs program and a lot of smiles from the panel. Brad Jenkins commented it was nice to end on a positive note. If I ever go to a briefing again I will try and be a bit more composed. I wonder if it ever gets easier, it just seemed like such a “big deal”.

    Next we were back at the hotel to do some serious “primping”. It is amazing what a girdle, lots of makeup and a curling iron can do. Shirley and I were doing our best to “clean up nice” and I was talking to myself about not crying and streaking my mascara.

    We lined up to go in and after lots of security checks of our IDs, being sniffed by a sweet German Shepard, and a trip through the metal detectors we were at the Southeast Entrance to the White House. Even the gate and the door are decorated.

    The White House is so beautiful at Christmas I would recommend visiting and taking the tour if you can. This is a beautiful home any time of the year, but adding holiday decorations really made it special.

    Once we were in the White House it was pretty overwhelming. We entered on the first floor where these repeating arches were the perfect spot for a picture.

    arches

    From here we visited the Library, the China room and the Mural Room. The ladies powder room is also pretty amazing.

    Our final destination was the second floor where we were greeted by the Marine Band playing Christmas favorites. We wandered through 2 ballrooms, the Red Room, Blue Room, and Green Room. It was a lot to take in. Each ballroom had food, drinks and tables so we were able to sit down, and meet folks from all over the country.

    The food was superb, lamb, beef, shrimp, quiche, event the green beans were delicious. The dessert table was my favorite stop with a praline cookie, peach cobbler, and toffee pudding that were just scrumptous.

    I had been wondering when the President and Mrs. Obama would be arriving and how we would know what room they would be in. Fortunately we ran into a young woman who knew the schedule. They were due to speak in the foyer at 4pm. We headed that way and it was already packed.

    Every once in a while you realize how short you really are – this was one of those times. We managed to squirm our way into a spot where we could see them walking down the stairs. I was about 3 rows back from the front so I did a lot of peeking over shoulders and squirming my way forward whenever anyone moved.

    Promptly at 4pm the Obamas arrived to cheers and applause. The President spoke for 30 minutes, he was funny, warm and very grateful for all the folks who had helped him during his Presidency. He thanked OFA twice, told everyone to have fun – but not too much since the house was a rental and they were hoping to get their deposit back. He also let us know that we could take napkins but that they counted the silverware. He is very thin in person. Mrs. Obama is just radiant, her skin glows. I would love to know how she does it. She wore a cream colored beaded sweater over a cream skirt. They both have infectious smiles and were very kind and gracious. I was able to get glimpses of the Obamas during the speech, but it required a lot of standing on my tip toes and bobbing and weaving as folks shifted position.

    After the speech the President went to the part of the room where we were and began to shake hands. I squirmed my way to the front of the line and was able to shake hands with Mrs. Obama and then the President. It was a mad crush and as soon as I turned around someone else took my place. My only regret was that Shirley was not able to get to the front, and the pictures we have of the Obamas are shaky at best.

    After the Obamas left we saw Brad Jenkins from the briefing that morning. He was very kind and we posed for a picture taken by one of the President’s speech writers. I also saw Aesif Mondi from the Daily Show, in the ballroom and was able to shake his hand but did not get a picture.

    It was a magical day, the memories will last a lifetime. I will always be eternally grateful to the members of our OFA team in Sonoma County for all their work and support. Alsolet me give a shout out, to the wonderful folks at the Obama Diary who keep my spirits up everyday.

    • 22 utaustinliberal
      December 26, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      Wow. This is a wonderful summary. Thanks so much, Linda and thank you for all that you do. I’m glad you had a great time and thanks for the TOD shout-out! :D

      p.s. You looked gorgeous!

      • 23 whatisworking
        December 26, 2013 at 7:34 pm

        It is amazing the trickery that can be accomplished with an inch of makeup, a can of hairspray, and a very strong girdle. :->

    • 24 desertflower
      December 26, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      OMG, Linda! This was so wonderful:) As I read this, I felt like I was right there with you! So happy that you got to have this amazing experience….and the memories that will last a lifetime! Congratulations to you, for all your hard work….that you ALWAYS do…could not have been given to someone more deserving:)

      • 25 whatisworking
        December 26, 2013 at 7:37 pm

        I still fantasize that someday there will be a TOD reunion, we will all get together at an OFA meeting after PBO retires, the President will walk in and the tears and pictures will flow. HOpe to see you there.

    • 26 dotster3
      December 26, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      Ooooooh—-thanks for this—–a fun and delicious tale. An experience of a lifetime! Did you manage any coherent words to the pres? or was the line moving too fast? I probably would have been able to only manage a nervous smile while telling myself to remain conscious.

    • 27 dotster3
      December 26, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Loved the slide show—–everything looks so elegant and as beautiful as can be. Linda too! Lovely!

      • 28 whatisworking
        December 26, 2013 at 7:39 pm

        Hi Dotster

        The massive crunch to shake his hand did not resemble an orderly line. I as just able to shake – make eye contact – smile – and then let go before being trampled. If I ever go again I am taking a big tall person with me.

    • 30 hopefruit2
      December 26, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Oh my. Thanks for Linda sharing this wonderful experience with us! I’m glad you got to meet the Obama’s in person and shake FLOTUS’ hand!!! I echo the gratitude expressed by ut, df and others for all the work you’ve done in supporting PBO and spreading news about the positive things he’s accomplished.

    • 32 vcprezofan2
      December 26, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      A very, very thorough and lovely report – THANK YOU, Linda! It sounds like a wonderful ‘reward’ for your work and commitment, and I so appreciate you sharing the details with us.

      • 33 whatisworking
        December 26, 2013 at 7:42 pm

        My pleasure. I so appreciate this blog. I don’t think I could continue to do the work without the inspiration I find here.

        • 34 vcprezofan2
          December 26, 2013 at 7:45 pm

          Linda, I do believe you would continue, (I think of you as a worker bee), but I’m glad you don’t need to. {{Linda}}

    • December 26, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      Wow! What an experience! Very grateful for all you do with OFA

    • 36 GGail
      December 26, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      Linda, I’m smiling and laughing! You look so calm and so very elegant!!!
      Thank you CA OFA Team member for representing us so proudly. Stacy reads the numbers very closely and rewards accordingly – so good job!!!

    • 38 africa
      December 26, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      WOW!! Thank you for sharing.

    • December 26, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      Wow, Linda, I’m speechless! I had no idea you’d received this honor and I’m absolutely thrilled for you. Thank you so much for sharing the whole experience. Just incredible.

      • December 26, 2013 at 6:31 pm

        Your slide show is just stunning. I’m in awe of all of the gorgeous details. What a visual feast! You look beautiful and I’m so thrilled you got to shake PBO’s hand. BRAVA and thanks for everything you do for our nation.

        • 41 whatisworking
          December 26, 2013 at 7:46 pm

          Thanks Meta
          I didn’t want to tell anyone before it happened because I was afraid I would jink it. I am a silly sally at times. Now that it really happened I can share the juicy details.

          • December 26, 2013 at 7:57 pm

            Ah, I understand! Well, you’ve had a once-in-a-lifetime experience with our beloved POTUS & FLOTUS in their home. What an incredible treasure you possess!

    • 43 99ts
      December 26, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      WOW – wonderful story – wonderful experience – and so deserving – every time we hear, you are out working for OFA – karma is so good when people get the rewards so earned as this one.

    • 45 mtmarilyn
      December 26, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      Linda, no one deserved it more. You are a wonderful, dedicated worker. We are so thankful for all you have done. Thank you for sharing your time with us. The pictures and the description is amazing. What is so great about this is that PBO is rewarding the everyday folks who have worked so hard to get him elected. You are a jewel.

      • 46 whatisworking
        December 26, 2013 at 7:51 pm

        mtMarilyn – ditto. There are so many great folks here who make this place special. I am grateful for them everyday.

    • 47 Vicki
      December 26, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      The slideshow was wonderful. Thanks so much, Linda for sharing this. President very thin? “Not too thin, I hope” said the jewish grandmother worryingly.

      • 48 whatisworking
        December 26, 2013 at 7:53 pm

        I think he just has a fast metabolism, everything he eats he burns. If it were me – I would put about 10 pounds on him, all of it through PIE. Maybe in 2017 he can slow down and get a little pot belly. :->

    • December 26, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      Wow. That was lovely and awesome for you. Thanks for the recap

    • December 26, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Linda, you have shared a treasure with us and I am so grateful that you did, but am even more delighted that your diligence and dedication to the President and every American was recognized by the OFA leadership. Thank you!!!

      • December 26, 2013 at 7:04 pm

        Chips, UT – hope you decide to ‘front page’ Linda’s fantastic adventure!!!

        • 52 99ts
          December 26, 2013 at 8:11 pm

          My thoughts too Bobfr – a wonderful story – and I can imagine the initial thoughts – “Is this for real!”

      • 53 GGail
        December 26, 2013 at 7:11 pm

        Bob, our OFA leaders here in CA are very supportive. It’s how I got to stand and wave when POTUS & George Clooney drove by and how I got a ticket to see & hear POTUS at a dinner at the Beverly Hilton with Ellen as the MC.

        Linda is very deserving and I’m so proud to say I’m on OFA Team CA – yea!!!!!!!

    • 56 MightyPamela
      December 26, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      And now I, too, and crng happy tears of joy and wonderment! Your story-telling skills are highly effective, LindaWIW, and you have mDe it easy to think I was there as well! I grew up just outside DC, field trips with school were always to the beautiful monuments and public buildings, and often we took our out of town guests to tour. I have been on the WH tour at least 3 times in my life, none were ever so memorable as this one you have shared with us! Good for you, and you have earned every special memory!

      • 57 whatisworking
        December 26, 2013 at 7:57 pm

        Thanks Mighty Pamela. DC is truly an amazing city. I want to go back when it is warmer and linger over the Smithsonian, the monuments, and take a WH tour.

    • 58 jacquelineoboomer
      December 26, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Linda – Your words – not to mention your photos and captions – made it “so real” for the rest of us. I’m extremely happy for you – you deserved that treat!

    • December 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      thank you for sharing this experience with us :)

  6. 60 utaustinliberal
    December 26, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    HEADS UP: In many local markets, President Obama’s news conference interfered with this interview. It will be re-aired tomorrow.

  7. 63 jackiegrumbacher
    December 26, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Wiw, I can’t thank you enough for this report. First, your invitation was very, very well earned and I’m glad you got a chance to go the White House. Second, your video helps us to get a better feel for the White House at Christmas than anything I’ve seen so far. And finally, you words to the group were inspirational. It’s so easy for people to gripe, but to actually do something positive to get the word out and to do that every day, that’s what only the truly dedicated and hardworking do. You have been working tirelessly for the country and for this president for as long as I can remember and you have made a difference. Bless you!

    • 64 whatisworking
      December 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks JackieG – you and the folks here are such a source of inspiration to me. After having an event and feeling tired and grumpy, I always come to this blog to lift my spirits. This place is so important. So glad to have met you and all the others who post here. What a wonderful community.

  8. 65 Nena20409
    December 26, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Happy Boxing Day TODbots ;)

    Beyonce and a terminally ill girl

    A Real Tearjerker

  9. 76 yardarm756
    December 26, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

    • 77 Nena20409
      December 26, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      In FL at a shell station, there was in Technicolor, a hanging of an effigy of POTUS. This is In FL.

      I blame the Talk hate, TBGOPers elected and unelected officials and the Media that helps them to spew Hate, encourage dehumanization and total overly inappropriate political discourse. I have a twitpic, but have refused to post it for it is wickedly racist.

      • 78 yardarm756
        December 26, 2013 at 6:44 pm

        YOU SHOULD POST IT ALONG WITH THE ACTUAL LOCATION ADDRESS. MAYBE THE SECRET SERVICE WILL BE INTERESTED.

      • 86 dotster3
        December 26, 2013 at 6:45 pm

        Saw that earlier—people investigated because they wanted to know what Shell station for retribution–turned out that was from a tweet from a year ago—-and questionable—not that that excuses that awful hate.

      • 89 hopefruit2
        December 26, 2013 at 6:59 pm

        I’ve heard a slightly different story from you Nena. Apparently the effigy was not posted by or at the Shell station. It was posted by an individual who resided near the station and who hung effigies of local, state and federal authorities he had grievances with for not investigating the death of his relative. These were PBO (who represents the federal gov’t), NC governor, local TX sheriff and state Judge for not investigating the death of his relative as he wanted. A Shell customer who was probably getting gas at the shell station, took pics of the effigy and the Shell station background was unfortunately part of the pic and thus that’s how the gas station came to be associated with it.

        • 90 Nena20409
          December 26, 2013 at 7:20 pm

          I appreciate more information.

          Information is Power. I would rather know that not know. That is the ONLY way racist, evil and wickedness are curtailed, reduced and totally destroyed.

          I respect the rights of those who wish not to know. But the rights of those who wish to know should also be respected too.

          The reason I didn’t want to post the twitpic. But Sir, Yardarm requested for it to be posted. I did. He served our nation. He put his life on the line. I would honor his request as long as I am allowed to post here.

          I am sorry Meta and Layla.

  10. 94 africa
    December 26, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    UT, I’ve got one word for this round up: Fantastic!!!

    Gracias!!

  11. 96 Nena20409
    December 26, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    22, 986, 875 hits.

    Okay so my prediction was off slightly. I have confidence that 23, 000, 000 would be here within the next 30 hours.

  12. December 26, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Evening TOD peeps.

    It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so I just wanted to share an update.

    Well, it has happened again. So I went on my job interview in NOLA today and I didn’t make it half way home before they sent me an email saying they wanted to offer me the job!

    The interview went well. They had scenario-like questions for me, I didn’t have that many questions for them. I didnt have any bad feelings walking through the lab and I did actually feel like I could def see myself working there. Now the question becomes, will the money be right. I refuse to accept less than I currently make, and my stated asking rate was $2 more than that. The lab manager said, salary negotiations will be all up to HR, but I have heard the parent company that handles human resources can be low ballers.

    Still if the money is NOT less than what I currently make, then the PROS for taking the job def outweighs the CONS. It’s all up da Lord now.

    Best part of the interview, I gave them my former Lab Managers number as a reference (I did see her last month and the welcome from her was such that I figured she’d be good for a recommendation, but she could be pretty bitchy and hardcore. I was never sure if I even really liked her while I was working under her, but I digress). The Lab Manager for the new position was able to get in contact with her and he said that she gave me a “glowing” recommendation and she told him they’d “be lucky to have me”!

    • December 26, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      I’ve gotten much more comfortable in interviews since I’ve gotten more experienced in my capabilities and my skills. I used to get by in the interview process on my personality alone. I’m much the same as I am online, so I just have a way with other people.

      A co-worker of mine once told me I have a voice that just really calming and make one feel safe. She likened it to a voice like Morgan Freemen where she could just sit and here me read a book and she’s love it…lol.

      So couple that with my now years of experience, I tend to make really good impressions in interviews.

      The best part for me was actually hearing that my former Lab Mgr spoke so highly of me, like someonee said, it always feel good to know that your former bosses and/or co-workers appreciate you and the work you have done.

    • December 26, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      It has been almost 10 years since Hurricane Katrina (10 years in 2005), and this time next year, I’ll have FINALLY come full circle. From having to leave my hometown, to having to live in DFW for 7 years, to living here in BRLA for 1 year and there is a strong chance that I will be formally back in NOLA! I feel like Maria in Sound of Music when the Mother Superior said “When God closes a door, He opens a window!” I’ve done my part, now it’s up to Him. He’s gonna make this work the way it should.

  13. December 26, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    And now for the silly…a pic of me and my sisters, circa 1982. I was 5 years old and they were 3 years old. I’m the oldest. I basically look the same, just “fuller” in the face and the body.

    https://twitter.com/psddluva4evah/status/416325259470454784

    • 101 mtmarilyn
      December 26, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      Congrats lamh36!!!! You have had quite the journey. I truly do believe that when a door closes God does open a window. You have to be ready. Love the picture!!!

    • December 26, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      Congratssssss on your Journey….I have come to understand…that sometimes it is not the destination…but the Journey that becomes important….

      love the pic of you and your sisters…..smilin

    • 103 cookemom
      December 26, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      too cute lamh36 and good luck on the interview results. Start packing, cause it’s in the bag.

  14. December 26, 2013 at 6:37 pm
  15. 105 yardarm756
    December 26, 2013 at 6:39 pm
  16. December 26, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I love our tech team.

    • 107 vcprezofan2
      December 26, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      This is great, Meta. They are putting in our hands information needed to help share the O-Admin hard work this past year. Not that we did before, but we actually have no excuse not to pass on the facts of what happened in 2013. Thank you for alerting us to the one-stop location of this info. :grin: It’s very helpful.

  17. 110 hopefruit2
    December 26, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    This narcissistic jerk thinks he will always have good health. Fast forward 40 years from now and that fool will be regretting what he just tweeted – if he lives that long.

    • December 26, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      UGH. I really can’t believe people are willing to pay a penalty and will STILL not have health insurance. Stupid!

    • 114 Nena20409
      December 26, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      The simple way to make this fool THINK is to ask him if he has Car or Home Insurance. And if he does, WHY? And if he doesn’t, we should ask him to prepare a Living will and should he fall sick, then No treatment he Can’t afford financially.

    • 115 dotster3
      December 26, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      Why would Lawrence, or whomever is doing his show tonight, feature this guy? Ridic. There’s a million satisfied people, but here’s one who isn’t! Let’s turn the spot light on him. Apropos of nothing. Stupidity reigns.

      • 116 hopefruit2
        December 26, 2013 at 7:46 pm

        And based on his Twitter page self-description, I’d wager that he’s part of the 1%. Does not even represent the majority of America.

  18. 117 cookemom
    December 26, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    For Linda, what a wonderful story on your visit to the WH and meeting PBO and the Missus. It sounds like a well deserved reward for the fantastic work you do with OFA. I’m amazed how well you were able to keep your focus and composure. I would have been a blubbering idiot, complete with a most unlady-like swoon akimbo on the floor…legs, arms, skirt, and shoes spread out in every direction.

    You done good, represented the TOD family well, and here’s my kudos with a bonnet tip to you.

    • 118 whatisworking
      December 26, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      HI cookeman

      Being 5’1″ in a crowd keeps you upright. The excitement of the moment also helps. After I shook their hands and then had left e just had to sit fdown and stare into space. Sometimes you just get overwhelmed.

  19. 119 hopefruit2
    December 26, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Another great piece from Spandan!!

    Glenn Greenwald’s Heart Cries Out at MSNBC’s Failure to Promote the Republican Agenda

    // By now, everyone probably has heard of the comments by Glenn Greenwald appearing with Kristen Welker on MSNBC. The most reported parts of his comments deal with his charge that MSNBC is essentially a mouthpiece for the Obama administration – proving, of course, that he doesn’t watch MSNBC, a channel whose agenda, if there is one, is far better aligned with his own – that is to say to undermine the president from the faux Left.

    But here is the part of the his comment that are failing to be highlighted in the coverage: when lashing out MSNBC’s “viewpoint” and “agenda,” Greenwald did not merely beat up on the channel’s perceived partiality to President Obama. In defending his admiration for Snowden’s cowardly acts, Greenwald grieved MSNBC’s perceived lack of promotion for the Republican agenda: //

    http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/12/glenn-greenwalds-heart-cries-out-at.html

  20. 120 dotster3
    December 26, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    What websites are doing to curb anonymity and end much of the vile hate and repugnant ugliness in comments sections——a much overdue and welcome change, imho.

    http://jacksonville.com/breaking-news/2013-12-26/story/bye-bye-bile-websites-try-nix-nasty-comments

  21. December 26, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Hope everyone in TODville had a wonderful Christmas and/or other holidays (the Kawanza parade was today in Los Angeles, 80 degree weather — feels like Arizona on the coast here now). Trying to catch up, only two days behind. :(

    So much to savor on a single post.

    Slow news day, not…

    Linda, thanks for sharing your amazing story with your TOD family!

    For BobFR, Japa21 and others who have connected-the-dots between our President and @Pontifex:

    Ignore the MSM required “Obama’s tough year part of this tweet…”

  22. 122 Nena20409
    December 26, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Amk HP has The Hope and The Pope.

    My hunch is that they trolled your Twitter account and added “THE” so as not to be accused of plagiarism? Yes…. ;)….. that is it.

  23. 123 HZ
    December 26, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    First, thank you so much UT for another lovely giving of your beautiful and brilliant talent within this beautiful and wonderful TOD family. Chips has such a brilliant and talented group of contributors. Thank you, UT.

    Second, thank you Linda for sharing your wonderful gift with all of us as you spoke so elegantly of your gift trip. Your work for this president and all of us will always be remembered by me with great gratitude. I am so elated that you were chosen for this most wonderful trip to the White House. You certainly did deserved every moment of it.

    May we all continue to lift up each other to make sure that we are heard, seen, and never forgotten for the wonderful work that we all try to participate in for our president and our nation. A wonderful time to be living in during this presidency.HZ

  24. December 26, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    God bless all my Obama Diary friends that I connect with here and on Twitter! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Much love!

  25. 127 Bill R.
    December 26, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Dear Chips and Friends, This site is a refuge for me and for many. Please do not allow it to be desecrated with an image of our dear President being lynched in effigy. There is never any justification for that kind of behavior in my view. Please remove that image ASAP.


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