President Barack Obama smiles as coach Erik Spoelstra presents him with a gift as he hosts the 2013 NBA champions Miami Heat in the East Room of the White House
Miami Heat player Ray Allen shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama after giving him a jersey
Helloooooo Miami Heat!
Hi, Joy. Despite all the idiocy the president has come back to in DC, he still looks well-rested and relaxed. Probably even happier this week because FLOTUS is back.
He looks fantastic as ever.
@WendyDavisTexas FANTASTIC. You deserve it Senator Davis!!! And, Yes You Will Turn Texas Blue!!! #FORWARD cc @OFA @OFA_TX— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 15, 2014
Isn’t it illegal to have so much awesomeness in one room?
Thank goodness it isn’t!
Goooooorgeous photos UT, thanks a gazillion!!!!
It makes me melt to see everybody smiling so broadly. Mr. President, you are loved.
So, I got over thinking Cory Booker was a shameless showboat self-promoter and embraced his Senate win. That did not turn out well.
Now I am over “The Announcement” and embracing the Heat’s enthusiasm in the White House and am grateful to LeBron and Company for brightening POTUS’ day.
Sure hope this personal change of mind ends up better than the first one!
Our POTUS is certainly looking fine! Thanks for the posts!
Fantastic Pictorial Threat.
Look at those Tall, Lean and Young Looking men. Holy Smokes What is Not To Love
Pictorial Thread. Pardon me TODable TODbots
I went there willing and I plead G U I L T Y as charged Yardarm, Sir
Shoulda kept yer mouth shut, eh?
Joy To The Gold …….
Now I like that Nena, Would have loved to win a gold in figure skating at the olympics. hmmmm, never got that chance. lol
I look at these photos and it fills me up.
Hiya everyone, hate to add a concerned message to a beautiful post, but just wanted to check again if anyone has heard from Dudette?
I emailed her at the address she uses for TOD and haven’t heard back, but it might not be an address she uses regularly, so that might not mean anything.
Has anyone had contact with Dudette outside of TOD before? Would you have an address for her that doesn’t begin with ‘Dudette9t9′?
It could very well be that Dudette is away, or is just taking a break from here and Twitter, which would be completely understandable, but just hoping we can find a way of checking she is okay.
I think several have asked about Dudette. I know I have missed her.
Hiya Marilyn, just hoping someone might have a personal email address for her, just to make contact to see everything’s okay.
I’ve tried on the personal email with no response on that either. Haven’t seen any traffic on twitter either.
We’ll find her shipmate, she’s most probably cruising around the Caribbean or some similar beautiful spot, taking a well-earned break from the madness!
I pray so Admiral…..How’d ya like my tweet about Danny and diamonds?
Shipmate! I missed that – going to find it right now!
I think it was yesterday.
Ooooooooh Shipmate, I ADORE it!!!!
@TheObamaDiary Admiral Chips and Danny no doubt. http://t.co/PrVKb9KL9p— Nelson (@Yardarm756DD) January 14, 2014
Absolute truth Shipmate ….. except when, for example, he eats my socks. Had to go out today to buy a whole new supply, couldn’t find the pair for my favorite blue and red dotty socks, until I found it in ….. the toilet. But apart from that, yes, true!
Spray a bit of cologne on the socks. Dogs don’t like the taste or smell too tough.
Ah, okay, thank you Shipmate, will try that …. although I’m not sure I’ll like the smell either
Okay. Just keep on buying socks or pick up after yerself, eh?
I asked for that, didn’t I?
I’ll take the fifth on that!
As I suspected, a wise man!
Thanks for mentioning this and for trying to contact her. Yesterday I Googled her name number of different ways and as sad as this sounds did an obit search in Atlanta. Would so love to hear from her,
thank you for asking this Chips, I too have been concerned about her – have tweeted her, but know nothing of her personal info. I really hope all is well with her and that as you say she is merely taking a happy break.
I keep thinking about her… Though I mostly lurked, late nights aren’t the same without her. All I can add is I remember her coming back to posting right after Christmas, after relatives and friends had left. She was so glad to have the time back to visit, and yet I think that’s the last we heard from her. Don’t like this. Sad to be reminded how limited our connections are. After a certain # of posts we should have an automatic In-Case-Of-Emergency sigh-up, she says only half sarcastically. Come back, Dudette!
ha! *sign*-up, not *sigh*-up.
She’s my go to gal in the middle of the night, too, Kathleen .
We have all been missing Dudette & the late night music – do hope someone has contact
Thanks 99ts, hopefully she’s DJing Las Vegas or somewhere, we’ll find her!
It has been vacation time – which was my first thought – if she’s in Las Vegas I hope she’s winning the millions
Hoping she’s just vacationing too 99ts. Actually, I always feel bad about putting out this info-seeking-alerts, it’s like ‘how dare you take a break from Twitter and/or TOD without asking for permission in advance’. Way more intrusive than the NSA!
Definitely not intrusive – TOD is family – and family cares
Ah, that’s true 99ts, but you know what I mean? I feel like a cranky school mistress scolding people for being absent without a good excuse!
I do know what you mean – sometimes life changes and people drift apart – real time as well as online – but family still worries, and asks around – and that is as it should be.
It also reminds us that the world is not like Gov Christie – most people care about their friends.
“It also reminds us that the world is not like Gov Christie – most people care about their friends.”
Oh, you speak the truth 99ts, every time.
Chipsticks, you are not being intrusive – we are family! And I love you for your concern!
I too have missed Dudette, but have no personal contact emails or phone numbers for her.
Love ya gal. I know she’ll burst through the door any time soon, ready to spin a record or two (Am I showing my age? When I was born, in 1991, records were still quite popular).
It all depends….were they 45s or 33 1/2s ????
love ya more!
If you’d suggested this is what I listened to growing up, you would’ve been soooooo outta here:
Doesn’t anyone remember 78s? But those were mostly classical.
VC does, Lynn, she grew up with them.
‘VC does, Lynn, she grew up with them.’
Chips, can you ever keep a secret?
Nothing to add, but it would be so good to know she is okay.
Thanks Pamela, we’ll get there.
sorry, no info, but grateful for this community.
School shooter today in N.M. was a 12 yr. old boy in 7th grade!
UPDATE: 12-year-old in custody after 2 students shot at New Mexico middle school nbcnews.to/L1jWPH— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 14, 2014
This is too sad – 12 years old & problem solving with a gun!
Nice title. Chris Christie is referred to as the Master of Distractions as he claimed that he didn’t want to be distracted today in his speech.
The Mask is Finally off.
He is Not Fooling anyone anymore. Unless that person is JoeScar per the comments on Early Bird and R&S
You are not kidding about Joe Scar. I heard him this morning and he is spinning like a top over this.
So did I – and he keeps saying “IRS – that was a true scandal” – despite that it was not a “true” scandal – Joe’s brain realizes that most stories on the President are lies – he just can’t bring himself to accept this fact
No doubt Christie has a gig waiting on Fox – he can be a co compere with Palin – might take him a while to learn the language – but the job will pay well.
Baby Come Back
Players Huge Hit for Duddette
I hope that She checks in Chips.
Jay Carney’s 1-13-14 WH presser. Today’s has not been uploaded yet.
Nice pics, Utal! You’ve got a good eye.
Love seeing #44 smack dab in the middle. Yes, our President is surrounded with love.
In Huge BOLD Letters, you see. Fantastic.
Rep. Sean Maloney (D-N.Y.) announced this week that he is engaged to Randy Florke, his partner of 21 years.
“After 21 years together, we are excited for the next step in our journey as a family,” the couple said in a statement released by Maloney’s office. “For decades, we’ve fought to ensure that all families can experience the joys of loving commitment and we are proud to have our friends and family share this special moment with us in the near future.”
According to The Hill, the couple was engaged on Christmas Day. They have yet to set a date for their wedding.
At the Cabinet meetings today……1-14-14
PBO speaking as the Cameras Click sounds are heard.
I’m so glad that Bob Gates is no longer member of the cabinet.
Seeing POTUS smiling happily, and thinking of FLOTUS, I’ve decided to post my birthday wishes for her ‘early’ here, for you guys to see. I was going to try and make a YouTube video all by myself, then caved because it was waaaay beyond me! (I don’t know how Chips, and DonnaD, and the other TOD experts make them look so ‘easy’.) Instead I gathered some pictures together, then begged offspring to help. Check it out.
Nice job vc…..I could not even do that much.
TY. In truth, Linda, all I did was ‘find’ the pictures. The rest of it was beyond me in the end.
Excellent! This will find its way to FLOTUS’ timeline, I’m sure!
You did a excellent job vc !!!!!!!!!!!
Happy Birthday FLOTUS.
Damn good job vc.
Thanks to all of you, Yardarm, Annieb & MP. Now I feel guilty, because *I* still haven’t learned HOW to make and upload a video [though I did find out that I have an offspring who can ].
So now you gotta do what you’ve been tell them. PAY ATTENTION!
Sad to say, YA, even when I pay attention in doesn’t seem to gel for me. And this happens with all technology, going way back! I never did learn how to use my VCR and (don’t tell anyone) I actually have a typed out list of steps on how to watch our current TV. Come to think of it, that might be one reason I don’t watch TV.
Poor baby. That’s a sad.
It is. At least it is on the rare occasions I really care about it working, and no one else is around to ‘help’.
Awesome. Fantastic. Beautiful. Unbeatable. Lovely. Wow.
TY. TY. TY on behalf of the real creator.
Great job, VC!
TY (for my offspring), Terri! (When I understand his music) I’m usually quite proud of him.
Special shout out to your son! I didn,t realize that was your son playing.
Will pass on the message – tomorrow.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind the September 11th attacks who has been in military custody at Guantanamo Bay since 2006, has released a new manifesto that contains a major reversal regarding the use of violence to spread Islam. According to the document, obtained by The Huffington Post, KSM (as he is often called) now believes that “The Holy Quran forbids us to use force as a means of converting.”
KSM spends most of the 36-page document trying to convince his captors to convert to Islam. “It is my religious duty in dealing with any non-Muslims such as the people in the court (the Judge, the prosecution, attorneys, etc.) to invite them to embrace Islam,” he writes. “I realize very well that you have heard about Islam and know much about it. But it is my own belief that Allah will ask me on the Day of Judgment why I did not invite these people to Islam?”
Nena – hope you are still around – thank you for all the comments on the WH Press briefing – I’ve been reading them in my am – much appreciated – also saves me having to listen to the front row fools
You are welcome. I am still here, Lurking, Commenting, taking few breaks and enjoying the TODable Community.
I wish I could type faster.
We need to attend the UT school of speech tweeting
Yes, indeed. UT is one of a Kind. The Lady Can put Tweets Summation faster than Usain Bolt can Run a 100 yard dash.
Yes, thanks for doing the hard stuff, Nena! Very helpful and appreciated.
I'm tellin' youse…I barely knows da guy! #Bridgegate http://t.co/R1JO1wKW09— Sean McCabe (@darthstar99) January 14, 2014
Ha, brilliant Dotster!!
Lies, Lies, Lies, Yeah.
3 months UI failed the Senate. Totally by Party Line votes. Shame on TBGOPers.
They punish the People over their selfish ideology…..well, if the truth be known,their unadulterated hatred of PBO.
Sept 11 memorial & Christie is promoting Christie with help from the bridge traffic contoller
#edshow Wow Christie is a genius-force teachers 2 work longer hours & more days 4 no pay & steal pensions from the retired teachers Wow— Chuck Green (@ujhsteacher) January 14, 2014
He has been hitting teaches since he first appeared on the horizon – obviously another vendetta – probably because a union member didn’t support his campaign. The man has SERIOUS emotional and bulling problems – insane are the democrats who support him, scared of retaliation are the ones who do not.
It was ONLY possible for a few Dems sold their souls for Political back-padding.
Does this have to go through the state legislature? Cause this time around it may not get there
I don’t know. Possibly would be my guess.
A judge has ruled Oklahoma’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, Tulsa World reports.
U.S. Senior District Judge Terence Kern made the ruling, which is stayed pending appeal, on Tuesday. Marriages will not occur immediately in Oklahoma.
But Change Is Coming as Sam Cooke sang
Time to end the Filibuster…a majority of the Senators voted for UI….
THIS x 10,000. Will call Reid tomorrow with that message. How about we all do that?
@SenatorReid @SenSchumer STOP tolerating #SenateGOP Obstruction. #NukeTheFilibuster on legislation. You know they would if given the chance.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 14, 2014
BTW Chips, WordPress is being weird again regarding linking to Twitter – such a pain!!!
Yikes, how do you mean Bob?
I click on the Twitter icon, it launches the app window and stalls … forever!!! Normally, the app window just opens, I click connect and all is well. Thank you Chips.
Grr …… and there was me hoping 2014 would be a glitch-free year
Appreciate your help, Chips and regret that you have to deal with stuff like this. I can just login manually, so please don’t let it be a distraction. Thank you.
Abortion clinic buffer zones go before the Supreme Court. on.msnbc.com/1eBU5GU— The Last Word (@TheLastWord) January 14, 2014
Everyone must have the right to stand within a foot of the clinic – and don’t forget the guns!
This is so outrageous – the harm that the righteous do to the many is beyond my understanding.
Republicans Senators just block Unemployment Benefits. I am just so tired of these sorry ass Republicans.
That’s pretty much all I have. This ridiculously unseasonably hot weather has me cranky.
Snowed-under people? Hunt him down!!
I wouldn’t put up much of a fight. I’ve just been knackered the past two days.
Me too, a yucky worky start to the year
Ugh, I’m sorry, Chiparoo. *I* just want to go home for a long winter’s nap. Except it feels more like summer. All kidding aside, we are in a severe drought. We’d better get a few storms soon.
Lib_L, trying to decide if I should re-offer you the possibility of a home trade for a couple of months. See, we are nice and cool here – I had my winter coat open when I went out today.
Hmmm. …maybe, out of the kindness of my heart, I should. ‘Twould cool you down a little. We-ell….. no, maybe not, ’cause you weren’t willing to trade a week or so ago when I desperately needed some extra heat. Sorry, Lib_L, no go.
The President has the most amazing patience – Idiots like Christie pretend the bipartisan & hit on ANYONE who does not worship at the door of his office – the President for 5 years has been reaching out to republicans and they refuse everything – regardless of the benefit to their own constituents and the press – carry the GOP water – everywhere, every time.
Christie’s overreach is the the first time in 5 years the press has a GOP problem – I hope the President is smiling as he carries on the good works.
But just to show that I’m not a sea of crankiness, I had a wonderful interaction with one of the nannies at Storytime.
She was leaving with her charge, and asked me if I spoke Spanish. I said “Pues si, claro!” and we started talking.
She told me that she had recorded one of my Storytimes to show to her employer. The mom was just floored by my performance, and wanted her to thank me for doing what I did. And the nanny said I had a gift from God and thanked me.
And that, folks, is why I love my job.
:). :). :). You are a blessed man.
So Now Bill O’Reilly is Saying that raising Minimum wage to $10 Bucks is Okay and Lou Dobbs agrees?
Hmm? Hell in the rightie world has frozen?
Now all the little “devils” can go ice skating, eh?
Pure pretense – they can pretend anything – no power to actually implement. Christie says he is non-partisan – then he damages every mayor who doesn’t support him for election.
@SenatorReid Since 20Jan09 #SenateGOP has willfully harmed millions of Americans & endangered our Nat'l Security. #NukeTheFilibuster NOW. TY— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 14, 2014
Tomorrow PBO meets with the Senate DEMs…I would love to be a fly on the wall at that meeting
I am so looking forward to the SOTU address…
First Lady Michelle Obama's inaugural dress goes on display at Smithsonian; Pres Obama *very* reluctant to let it go: http://t.co/yp1ddNN0fa— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) January 14, 2014
This was such a beautiful gown and FLotus looked so beautiful and sexy in that gown….she wore her bangs to perfection….hahaha…she was absolutely PERFECT that night….and from the look on PBOs face…he agrees with me….hahaha…I loved this moment so much…
I know it’s hinky, but I could eat them both with a spoon!
Mentally and artistically speaking. Oh heck. They are just fab!
Great pics. I love Pres. Obama.
Judge Callie V.S. Granade, of Federal District Court in Mobile, used a mechanism in the law that the Supreme Court had left untouched, Section 3, which allows jurisdictions that have intentionally discriminated against minority voters to be “bailed in” to the oversight requirements.
Judge Reinstates Federal Oversight of Voting Practices for Alabama City nyti.ms/1ckCUGZ— Pretty Foot (@PrettyFootWoman) January 14, 2014
Great news. I will read it off line. Thanks pretty foot
No Democracy thrives without Voting Rights and a True Honest Factually based Mass Media.
Finally Jay’s Presser at the WH today, 1-14-14
Have a Great evening. Over and Out for a While.
Tampa movie theater shooter may try a “stand your ground” defense——-saying he was in fear of his life because the man in front of him threw popcorn at him after an argument escalated about the victim texting during the previews. The victim, at the movie with his wife, was texting their babysitter who was home with their 3 yr. old daughter. Shooter’s gun jammed after the first and fatal shot or he might have shot the wife too. insanity.
Sheriff: Victim in Fla. theater shooting was texting babysitter, not daughter; gun jammed after 1 shot: abcn.ws/1eBZo94— ABC News (@ABC) January 14, 2014
PopCorn? With Hot Oil or Needles? Seriously?
The jackass left the theater to tattle on the texter. If he was so afraid, why didn’t he just leave for good?????
I blame the people who allow folks to carry conceal weapons, the NRA and the lousy sorry ass politicians, who have not an ounce of backbone.
THE OSTRICH !
A man walks into a restaurant with a full-grown ostrich behind him. The waitress asks them for their orders. The man says, “A hamburger, fries and a coke,” and turns to the ostrich, “What’s yours?” “I’ll have the same,” says the ostrich.
A short time later the waitress returns with the order. “That will be $9.40 please” The man reaches into his pocket and pulls out the exact change for payment.
The next day, the man and the ostrich come again and the man says, “A hamburger, fries and a coke.” The ostrich says, “I’ll have the same.”
Again the man reaches into his pocket and pays with exact change.
This becomes routine until the two enter again. “The usual?” Asks the waitress. “No, this is Friday night, so I will have a steak, baked potato and a salad,” says the man. “Same,” says the ostrich. Shortly the waitress brings the order and says, “That will be $32.62.” Once again the man pulls the exact change out of his pocket and places it on the table.
The waitress cannot hold back her curiosity any longer. “Excuse me, Sir. How do you manage to always come up with the exact change in your pocket every time?”
“Well,” says the man, “several years ago I was cleaning the attic and found an old lamp. When I rubbed it, a Genie appeared and offered me two wishes. My first wish was that if I ever had to pay for anything, I would just put my hand in my pocket and the right amount of money would always be there.”
“That’s brilliant!” says the waitress. “Most people would ask for a million dollars or something, but you’ll always be as rich as you want for as long as you live!”
“That’s right..Whether it’s a gallon of milk or a Rolls Royce, the exact money is always there,” says the man.
The waitress asks, “What’s with the ostrich?”
The man sighs, pauses and answers, “My second wish was for a tall chick with a big ass and long legs who agrees with everything I say.”
One of your best ever, sailor!
#asshole! The Time Chris Christie Shut Down a Public Television Station That Did a Tough Story on Him nym.ag/1d1RSoT— Steve Weinstein (@steveweinstein) January 15, 2014
it amazes me that the same people who rage about president obama’s ‘interference’ in their lives and liberty (from health care to improved education) think it’s boyishly cute for christie to run rampant over public services.
I wonder how he treats his family. What an arse.
Getting the word out about healthy eating with @KingJames, @DwyaneWade, @ChrisBosh and Ray Allen. #LetsMove, http://t.co/7r7w7jxXQS— (@FLOTUS) January 15, 2014
Good Company. Yes
Is that our FLOTUS? I have been thinking of a piece of chocolate cake all evening, but looking at them I guess a apple would be better for me.
‘King of the Road’ has always been my mom’s fav. I’m partial to ‘Can’t Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd’ myself.
Daaamn! Now those words are echoing…
The truth always does.
I still remember the words! Seems like Roger Miller and Will Rodgers were the precursors to Molly Ivens and George Carlin. JMPO.
Unbelievable shameful list. Again, for me this is the #1 issue in this country—-this runaway gun violence——#1 by a million miles. Something has to be done to rein this in. We just can’t be ok with a shooting a week in our schools —–etc. etc. etc.
List of shootings on school campuses since Newtown in Dec. 2012 – via @ABCWorldNews: http://t.co/kG3I8KOesK— ABC News (@ABC) January 15, 2014
ABC had this. Good for them. ABC news is headed by a Female. NBC and CBS should report this too. Why didn’t they? The two Anchors have children. What we need is publicity. CodePink group could do US a world of Good if they focused on this issue.
WOW Wow WOW
Sen Wendy Davis raised How Much and and
UPDATE at 5:50 p.m.: Wendy Davis, the leading Democratic contender for governor, announced Tuesday that her campaign and a joint effort with a Democratic voter turnout group raised more than $12.2 million for the race.
Go Wendy, Go, Go
Terrific! I am so silently wishing that she wipes her feet on the GOP opponent.
From 71, 843 contributors. WTG Senator Wendy Davis.
RT @BOR: BREAKING: @WendyDavisTexas announces $12.2 million raised across 3 committees since July 1; 85% of donations were $50 or less.— Daily Kos Elections (@DKElections) January 14, 2014
She works hard for her Money…. Donations, Yes indeed.
Couldn't agree more. #ncpol #ncga http://t.co/oDDjDHZ9sk— Kevin J. Rogers (@kevinjohnrogers) January 15, 2014
Holy smokes, we need a new post – give me 12 minutes, 42 seconds.
Chris Christie’s administration has not released any numbers relating to New Jersey residents displaced by Superstorm Sandy. In September, The Ocean County Planning Board estimated that 26,000 Ocean County residents remain displaced. Andrea Kassimatis lives in the neighboring county of Monmouth.
Part I: Before Sandy
We bought our house in September 2009, we closed on the house the same day I started Nursing School. Mike and I both worked two jobs to save up for the down payment and had 12 cents leftover in the bank after closing on the house.
Pres Obama at Cabinet Mtg today (for camera buffs, the 85mm at f/1.2) http://t.co/bHt6gwDdNU— (@petesouza) January 15, 2014
Only POTUS is In Focus. Just perfect art form by the Photographer and of Course, PBO looks determined. Pure Art.
Sorry about the double post! I should have refreshed the page.
The More the merrier.
For the photographers out there, check this out!
This is especially for Bobfr….who’s been screaming this from the rooftops for ages:)
Thank you df!!
@VP @GabbyGiffords Put 'WELL REGULATED' back in the 2nd. Require manufacturers, sellers & users of guns & ammo to have #LiabilityInsurance.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) January 15, 2014
Yes We Can
My pleasure:) Thank you for being so tenacious…
For dotster, upthread.
We as a society are becoming inured to school shootings. MSM has declared they won’t cover shootings for fewer than 10 victims.
Roswell NM feels much more like Texas than New Mexico. Their street lights look like alien heads and a converted downtown movie theater is now a UFO museum. It’s also Linda Ronstadt’s hometown, but I didn’t see any reference to her when I was there, which is surprising for a small southwest town.
P.S. Thanks, BobFR for mentioning WordPress Twitter problem. Been having Chrome/Twitter problems, so I’m never sure if the problems I experience are just for me and my ancient Windows OS.
Staff member at Roswell school talked student into putting down gun. via @michaelcoleman
abqjournal.com/336371/abqnews…— Arapaho415 (@arapaho415) January 14, 2014
US: Defense contractor tried to smuggle F-35 blueprints to Iran; arrested before flight: abcn.ws/1alllH2 http://t.co/iGcfAEMHSA— ABC News (@ABC) January 15, 2014
Evening approaches here in SF:
The Moon – worth checking out now! Full moon tomorrow night 8:52pm. http://t.co/NZ8ODhqXff— Sandhya Patel (@SandhyaABC7) January 15, 2014
I bet that as soon as I call it a night, a New spanking Thread will emerge
I am waiting. Anticipating. Patiently.
Hello my Chips, Danny and TOD family. I have been taking care to prepare for two medical appointments for this week. Tomorrow is the first. Please keep me in your thoughts. I will be fine.
I hope all is well with Dudette. Love all of my TOD family. Thanks for your love as well. Our POTUS is looking fine as always. Moving FORWARD with Action. HZ
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