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The First Lady in China: A Photo Essay

First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia visit the Great Wall of China, March 23, 2014 (Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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Day One: Thursday, March 20

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First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, and Marian Robinson are greeted upon arrival at Xi’an Xianyang International Airport in Xi’an, China, March 24 (Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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Day Two: Friday, March 21

Greeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan the Diaoyutai State guest house

Visiting the Forbidden City

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….. greeted by Peng Liyuan upon arrival for a visit to the Beijing Normal School

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…. watching students demonstrating remote control mechanical robots at the Beijing Normal School

…. trying out writing Chinese characters during a traditional calligraphy class at the Beijing Normal School

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Day Three: Saturday, March 22

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 First Lady Michelle Obama greets students at Stanford Center at Peking University

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First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a virtual discussion with Chinese students and American students at Stanford University in California, at the Stanford Center at Peking University in Beijing, China.

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First Lady Michelle Obama delivers a speech at the Stanford Center at Peking University

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The First Lady with staff & their families at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

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Day Four: Sunday, March 23

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A gift presented to the First Lady at the Great Wall.

First Lady Michelle Obama takes a toboggan ride after visiting the Great Wall of China with Malia and Sasha

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Day Five: Monday, March 24

First Lady Michelle Obama with her daughters Malia and Sasha, mother Marian Robinson visit the Xi’an City Wall

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A security guard of U.S. first lady Michelle Obama stands beside a man wearing a Chinese ancient warrior costume during Obama’s visit at the City Wall

…. watching performances while they visit the ancient walled city in Xian, Shaanxi Province

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….. watching a man flying a kite as she visits an ancient city wall with her daughters and her mother in Xi’an

…. visiting the Museum of Terracotta Warriors

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Day Six: Tuesday, March 25

First Lady Michelle Obama chats with students after practicing tai chi with them at Chengdu No.7 High School in Chengdu

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Shopping in Chengdu

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Day Seven: Wednesday March 26

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First Lady Michelle Obama with her daughters Malia and Sasha Obama , mother Marian Robinson visit Chengdu Panda Research Base

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…. visiting Tibetan restaurant for lunch in Chengdu in southwest China’s Sichuan province

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Departing from Chengdu airport


192 Responses to “The First Lady in China: A Photo Essay”


  1. 1 criquet
    March 29, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Hello all.

    • March 29, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      Criqueeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!

      LP? Love ya! Intensely. What a beautiful recap of the First Lady’s China visit.

      • March 29, 2014 at 8:28 pm

        Much obliged Chips! ….and thank you for organizing & adding all the videos making the post fully comprehensive. I always love being able to timestamp the foreign trips our wonderful First Family/PBO takes….it is like having an always accessible photo album :)

        • March 29, 2014 at 8:41 pm

          Superbly done, LP. And, so cool how you and Chips collaborate to make these ‘photo albums’ of our spectacular First Family. Thank you.

        • 5 jacquelineoboomer
          March 29, 2014 at 8:49 pm

          Beautiful post, LP – and Chips! Thanks for showing us what we would have missed, otherwise!

        • 6 nathkatun7
          March 29, 2014 at 11:56 pm

          Thank you so much LP and Chipsticks for this lovely coverage of FLOTUS and her family in China. You guys really put to shame the lazy and unethical mainstream media that are only interested in hype, sensationalism and spreading GOP propaganda. TOD archives will be such a major resource for historians interested in honestly capturing the true essence of the Presidency of Barack Obama.

      • 7 criquet
        March 29, 2014 at 8:47 pm

        Thanks ,Ms Chips and everyone.
        Hope Danny is well.Please give him hugs, pats and kisses for me.

  2. 9 criquet
    March 29, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Thanks for this spectacular selection of photos which capture the warmth and appreciation for the visit to China by many of its citizens .
    Not to mention the style and class the US ladies put on show!
    Great job lovely plains

  3. 10 LDS
    March 29, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Hello, Criquet.
    Congratulation.
    What a wonderful First Lady and girls we have.

  4. March 29, 2014 at 8:09 pm
  5. 17 hopefruit2
    March 29, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Welcome home Mr. President – glad you have safely landed! :)

  6. 18 GGAIL
    March 29, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Beautiful LP!
    I’m.seeing some of these pics for the first time. Thanks!

    Congrats criquet on First!

  7. 20 MightyPamela
    March 29, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Wishing our First Family a happy and joyful reunion tonight. I hope the fires are at, and the first doggies are wearing themselves down enough to sleep at the feet of our Presidential Family! Back in a while, need to make supper! ;)

  8. 21 Nena20409
    March 29, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    LP you did Great.

    Wow. Wow. Wow. <3 this. Thank you.

  9. 22 LDS
    March 29, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    LP, excellent job!
    What a memorable trip for the Obama Ladies and Mrs. Robinson.
    They really know how to spread love, cheer and joy all around the world.
    I am so glad they were able to be together and share this.
    I know Mr. Robinson is so proud of his wife, daughter and granddaughters.

    I pray there will be joy, love excitement ,rest and peace in the WH tonight.
    Thank you everyone here for all the hard work that you do to make this possible.
    Love ya, Ms. Chips.

  10. 28 Judith Fardig
    March 29, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    LP – thank you for arranging such a lovely post. It will be a happy reunion for the Obama family in the WH tonight!

  11. 31 MightyPamela
    March 29, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    So I am looking at the ephemeris and seeing the New Moon (conjunct Sun) is tomorrow: 30 March, 2014. 9 Aries 59. 2:45pmEDT. Fantastic!

  12. March 29, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I think our globetrotting First Family is going to have quite a reunion tonight. So many stories and gifts to share! And Bo and Sunny will be wagging their tails fiercely!

  13. March 29, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    thanks for the recap. wonderful pics…..TOD on top of it….smiling again..

  14. March 29, 2014 at 8:54 pm
  15. March 29, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Seriously, after busting with pride and gaping in awe at all POTUS and FLOTUS managed to do and accomplish this week, nothing makes me happier than knowing they’ll be back together tonight. smh in goodness.

  16. 37 globalcitizenlinda
    March 29, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    thanks for another great post !

    I see a number of new items (photos, videos etc) that I had missed – and I thought I was following very closely!!!!

    ps, in one of the photos, I can see Ms. Malia Obama running up a set of stairs like her father! so the “worrying about PBO stair-running brigade” may brace its self to start worrying about the younger/next-gen Obamas

  17. 38 amk for obama
    March 29, 2014 at 9:03 pm
  18. March 29, 2014 at 9:04 pm
  19. 43 globalcitizenlinda
    March 29, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    senseless acts that makes one really worry about those who don’t stop to think about the consequences of their actions =>

    confession: I do not know WHO the rapper in this story is;

    but: the fact that some imbecile choose to shoot at people in a funeral procession!!!

    and: specifically shoot at this rapper when he was in his mother’s funeral procession) makes really sad and angry at the same time;

    plus : the fact that so many others around could have been hurt by this shooting make one wonder what is wrong with people????

    don’t know how often and how loudly this needs to be repeated => people please, stop the killings – too many lives lost at the point of a gun!!

    ;

  20. March 29, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Snowdenski’s Russia is quite the place ….

    “In addition to its daunting fertility decline, Russia’s public health losses today are of a scale akin to what might be expected from a devastating war. Since the end of the Communist era, in fact, “excess mortality” has cost Russia hundreds of thousands of lives every year.

    The 1960s and 1970s witnessed an increase in mortality rates for key elements of the Soviet population. But Russia’s health patterns did not correct course with the collapse of the USSR, as many experts assumed they would. In fact, in the first decade and a half of its post-Communist history the country’s health conditions actually became worse. Life expectancy in the Russian Federation is actually lower today than it was a half century ago in the late 1950s. In fact, the country has pioneered a unique new profile of mass debilitation and foreshortened life previously unknown in all of human history.”

    Link to the full article is in the tweet:

    • March 29, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      Know your enemy ….

      “Josef Stalin is said to have coldly joked that one death was a tragedy, while one million deaths was just a statistic. This comment seems to apply to post-Communist Russia as well to Stalin’s own deranged regime. For the better part of a generation, Russia has suffered something akin to wartime population losses during year after year of peacetime political order. In the United Nations Development Program’s annually tabulated “Human Development Index,” which uses health as well as economic data to measure a country’s living standards as they affect quality of life, Russia was number 73 out of 179. A country of virtually universal literacy and quite respectable general educational attainment, with a scientific cadre that mastered nuclear fission over half a century ago and launches orbital spacecraft and interplanetary probes today, finds itself ranked on this metric between Mauritius and Ecuador.”

      ibid.

  21. March 29, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Local news just showed lots of people at healthcare fairs today. People waiting but seem happy to get affordable coverage.

    • 50 globalcitizenlinda
      March 29, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      if you can provide any links, please share below – these stories are good for the soul and also to encourage those readers of TOD who may be participating on these outreach efforts on the ground (re-affirms their efforts);

    • 51 Judith Fardig
      March 29, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      Happy to hear that, Meta! Links would be great!

  22. March 29, 2014 at 9:11 pm
    • 53 MightyPamela
      March 29, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      Amen, here, again. Bobfr, I have long wondered if erectile dysfunction is not an attempt by Mother Nature to curb human population growth. I’m sure many will disagree with me, but it seems infertility could be another aspect of this, and modern science/medicine has found ways to create conception where it would not happen in Nature. I’m always skeptical of things which do not synchronize with natural energy forces. I do not mean to stir up a commotion, just expressing a thought.

    • 54 Nena20409
      March 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Yes indeed.

  23. 55 globalcitizenlinda
    March 29, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    the many photos of SoS Kerry at work posted here and the reports that he is headed to France to with Russia’s Lavrov once again reminded me of the message some included in this tweet:

    =>

    ;

    thanks a lot SoS Kerry for choosing to work with PBO to promote diplomacy rather than endless war to resolve geo-political crises

    • March 29, 2014 at 9:37 pm
      • 57 jacquelineoboomer
        March 29, 2014 at 11:07 pm

        Used to spend time thinking McCain “hates the world” because of what happened to him in Vietnam. Can’t say I wouldn’t feel the same. Just glad today that he is NOT the one in the White House, because we truly would be bombing all of his perceived current-day enemies, and he’d probably kick in Vietnam for good measure.

  24. 58 globalcitizenlinda
    March 29, 2014 at 9:32 pm
  25. 62 forus50
    March 29, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Hey TODers!!! So glad the First Family are back safe. That is the definition of globetrotting, huh?

    Ok, I’m looking for someone to be my 50th favorite on this tweet! I don’t want to have to beg Danny for it but I might! :)

    • 63 anniebella
      March 29, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      forus50, don’t you know it isn’t March 31 yet. That was Chucky excuse yesterday.

      • 64 forus50
        March 29, 2014 at 10:43 pm

        anniebella, yeah I saw his dumb comment. wth, that doesn’t even make sense. That’s like winning an election in a landslide but not acknowledging it until hours/days later after all the votes are counted.

        • 65 anniebella
          March 29, 2014 at 11:37 pm

          name one thing about Chuck Todd which does make sense. If the ACA hadn’t reach 6 million you better believe Chuck Todd would be talking about it, and talking bad about it.

  26. March 29, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Just reviewed your wonderful collage of photos from FLOTUS, Daughters, and her Mom during their visit to China. She is all the Ambassador we need for Mothers and Daughters around the world. Her consideration and ability to include her own Mom in these ‘never to be forgotten’ trips warms my heart forever. I have experienced foreign visits in my adult life; but my own Mom was already deceased and my Daughters unable to leave their jobs and accompany me; thus the memories could not be shared. I see and understand the glow in the eyes of these Daughters and Ma Robinson as they view the Terracotta warriors and the forbidden city. This is an education that can no t be obtained from a textbook. Thanks again for sharing these inimitable pics, Ms. “B”

  27. 68 globalcitizenlinda
    March 29, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    looking at the photos of people in long lines trying to sign up for Obamacare is very heart-warming for those who understand that PBO and some Dems were right in fighting for this law to be enacted;

    but these images also make me wonder =>

    imagine if from the start of passing Obamacare (or at the very least the start of open enrollment) media outlets had been educating people about Obamacare and encouraging sign ups instead of relentless bashing this life and death policy?

    • 69 Judith Fardig
      March 29, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      I ask myself that question daily, How any voter could reward these GOP Congressman with re-election for blocking everything good for the middle class and the poor boggles my mind. We cannot let this happen!

    • 70 nathkatun7
      March 30, 2014 at 12:42 am

      You know GCL, based on the way most of the mainstream media treat President Obama, I am absolutely convinced that most of the U.S. mainstream media are absolutely determined to defile President Obama’s legacy. Like Rush Limbaugh, mainstream media wanted PRESIDENT Obama to fail. The media people are s frustrated is still winning, and still has millions of people like me who appreciate and respect his vision.

  28. 71 JER
    March 29, 2014 at 10:04 pm
  29. 72 JER
    March 29, 2014 at 10:05 pm
  30. 74 amk for obama
    March 29, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    7 mil. Gonna happen.

    • March 29, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Yep. And, when the numbers are fully accounted, amk, the total of those obtaining #Obamacare BEFORE 31 Mar 2014, is likely to exceed 10 million due to all the people who have purchased insurance directly from providers, i.e., ‘off exchange.’

      • 76 nathkatun7
        March 30, 2014 at 2:48 am

        Exactly, Bobfr. And if you add to the 10million, the 7 million people who qualified for Medicaid, and the 3 million young adults who were able to stay on their parents’ insurance, Obama Care, from 2010 to the present, has made it possible for about 20 million Americans to
        to get health insurance coverage.

  31. March 29, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    We can only hope …

    • 78 anniebella
      March 29, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      Is Piers going back to England? And I don’t think these cowards on Capitol Hill, will do anything about guns, sad to say. Because alot of them are bought and paid for by the NRA.

    • 79 dotster3
      March 30, 2014 at 12:05 am

      Whatever the complaints about him, he was the only one—-the only one——bothering to mention our “insane gun laws”. And ——–there he goes. Almost according to plan.

  32. 80 amk for obama
    March 29, 2014 at 10:14 pm
  33. 81 amk for obama
    March 29, 2014 at 10:15 pm
    • 82 Nena20409
      March 30, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      But, but, ONLY the states Romney won and the states with Dems as current senators are always featured and fanned 24/7 in the Press. As usual, a one sided affair. Promote the ‘bad’ for Dems and ignore the ‘bad’ for GOPers.

  34. 83 amk for obama
    March 29, 2014 at 10:17 pm
  35. March 29, 2014 at 10:22 pm
  36. 85 forus50
    March 29, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Let’s hit back at some of these clueless people. I’m soooo tired of their DUMB bs.

    • 86 desertflower
      March 29, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      OH LORD! “Nina from Long Island” is a freaking Sean Hannedy stalker:) Read her Past Tweets and you can easily see that she’s certifiable! Loves her some Ann Coulter, too! Nutbag.

      • 87 forus50
        March 29, 2014 at 11:02 pm

        lol, I feel like I was fishing for northerns and landed a carp. Good Lord is right. How does a woman actually have any like for Ann Coultergeist?

        • 88 desertflower
          March 29, 2014 at 11:11 pm

          I’ll be honest…I felt like I needed a shower when I was done! This just cracked me up:

          “You’ll find me in some library. Working hard on a new adventure. Here to learn, exchange ideas, get the real news. #LNYHBT #Hannity”

          Fucking idiot.

          • 89 desertflower
            March 29, 2014 at 11:12 pm

            Oxymoron if there ever was one.

            • 90 forus50
              March 29, 2014 at 11:15 pm

              LOL yes. How about working hard on a new adventure of THINKING.

              • 91 desertflower
                March 29, 2014 at 11:19 pm

                :) Just don’t know how she puts “Library” “learn” :exchange ideas” “get real news” and Hannity” all in the same place and think she’s good to go! They do NOT go together:)

                • March 29, 2014 at 11:50 pm

                  I guess the profits the Insurance companies are experiencing are from made up of pixie dust and unicorn farts…..not dollars from the increase In premiums from the ACA or Obamacare. The insurance companies give you 30 days to pay so the first payments would have come in either Feb or early March. I had to badger them to get me a statement to pay for my brothers premium and the April statement for March arrived last week. The insurance companies are behind in their billings because they don’t want to hire enough people for the increased business…..greedy sobs.

                  • 93 forus50
                    March 30, 2014 at 12:14 am

                    Love this >>> “I guess the profits the Insurance companies are experiencing are from made up of pixie dust and unicorn farts…..not dollars from the increase In premiums from the ACA or Obamacare.”

      • 94 globalcitizenlinda
        March 29, 2014 at 11:30 pm

        yes, she copies almost all tweet to him – she is far too gone from making sense;

        reading bio gives libraries a bad name!

  37. 96 MightyPamela
    March 29, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    I’m gearing down into Earth Hour now, folks. That’s it for me today. Thank you, one and all. Sweet dreams all around. And many blessings. Another go round of Light, it is Always the way through Dark places! http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  38. 97 amk for obama
    March 29, 2014 at 11:03 pm
  39. 98 amk for obama
    March 29, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    The Tea Party crusade against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) hit a huge snag this week. On March 24, 2014, Texas Tea Party Senator, Ted Cruz, decided to put up a ‘quick poll,’ about the ACA on his facebook page. Problem? The Koch brothers don’t control the conversation on social media, the people do.

    Ask a question, get an answer.

    The question Rafael ‘Ted’ Cruz asked on facebook was simple. Are you better off now than you were before the ACA, also called Obamacare, was signed into law, four years ago?

    Nearly 40,000 comments later, the resounding answer from people all across the country was YES.

    People love the ACA.

    People who responded to the question cited different reasons for saying that they’re better off since the ACA went into effect. Some pointed out that the ACA has saved them money, reduced their monthly premiums, and lowered deductibles and co-pays.

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/03/29/ted-cruz-aca-poll-blows-up/

    • 99 forus50
      March 29, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      amk, thanks for posting this. It’s been a long 4 years for the health care law primarily because Democrats, with the lone exception of Barack Obama, seem to really know how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. I think the tide has turned for Obamacare and the GOP are not only stuck with the health care law but are also stuck with the name.

      • 100 amk for obama
        March 29, 2014 at 11:50 pm

        As I tweeted before, the 100% credit for #ObamaCare success goes to POTUS & FLOTUS. If only the boneless dem pols had done their part….

        • 101 forus50
          March 30, 2014 at 12:00 am

          yup. I wish I could give Katherine Sebelius kudos on it because behind the scenes I’m sure she has done tons of speeches, long days, events, conference calls, etc. But publicly she seemed to be always defensive about it; not great at displaying confidence about it. And then the defining moment was when POTUS had to jump in and rescue it when the website failed and she took a back seat. Just my perception…

          Other than POTUS and FLOTUS I can think of one other person that didn’t test which way the wind was blowing on ACA; he just forged ahead and did it on his own in a red state. Steve Bashears, governor of Kentucky.

          • 102 jacquelineoboomer
            March 30, 2014 at 12:14 am

            I would add Nancy Smash, who got the ACA through the House in the first place so the President could sign it, and who staunchly supports it. I think Kathleen did well in one or more of the congressional hearings, speaking up, so I’d add credit to her for that. She’s also always been a PBO supporter, so I’m a little biased!

            • 103 forus50
              March 30, 2014 at 12:25 am

              Agree with Nancy Smash – it could not have been done without her that’s for sure. I do agree that Sebelius did well in the hearings; just was hoping for a more vocally strong sales person on it.

              • 104 jacquelineoboomer
                March 30, 2014 at 12:41 am

                Yes, I know what you mean about her underwhelming sales pitch. She’s a very measured person, and that was perhaps not what was needed at certain points!

          • 105 jacquelineoboomer
            March 30, 2014 at 12:19 am

            Here’s an old song for Governor Bashears, then:

    • 108 anniebella
      March 29, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      Oh I would have love to see Ted Cruz ugly face. Next time he pull that little trick he will go to Fox and ask that question. Egg on his racists tea party face wasn’t it.

    • 109 hopefruit2
      March 29, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      ROTFLMAO! HAHAHAHahahahahaha….

      Serves that fool damn right.

  40. 111 amk for obama
    March 29, 2014 at 11:15 pm
  41. 116 anniebella
    March 29, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    How is POTUS NCAA bracket going? Florida and Wisconsin has made it to the final four so far. I think POTUS pick Michigan St. to win it all. They will have to beat Michigan tomorrow.

  42. 119 vcprezofan2
    March 29, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Would this actually make a difference in Sott’s Wisconsin?

  43. 120 jacquelineoboomer
    March 30, 2014 at 12:09 am
  44. 121 amk for obama
    March 30, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Go Serena. 7th Miami Title.

  45. 123 yardarm756
    March 30, 2014 at 12:25 am
  46. 124 forus50
    March 30, 2014 at 12:29 am
  47. 125 forus50
    March 30, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Whoopee!!! Little St. Cloud State, MN just beat Notre Dame in NCAA hockey semi-finals in overtime 4-3.

  48. 126 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 12:34 am

    Howdy! :-)

  49. 127 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 12:34 am
    • 128 anniebella
      March 30, 2014 at 10:04 am

      A great ACA ad would be what would happen to people like Justine if the Republicans succeed in repealing ACA Obamacare.

  50. 129 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 12:35 am
  51. 130 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 12:40 am

    There can be only one! :-)

  52. 131 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 12:41 am
  53. 140 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 12:42 am
  54. 141 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 12:45 am
  55. 142 vcprezofan2
    March 30, 2014 at 12:46 am

    ~~ :?: ~~

  56. 146 dotster3
    March 30, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Sorry, but what???

  57. 150 jacquelineoboomer
    March 30, 2014 at 12:50 am

    They’re bringin’ ‘em all over – good riddance – not that I’ve watched her in years on CNBC. In fact, for all I know, she’s been on FOX for years, and this is a new format. Since her nickname was “Money Honey,” she’s right for the FOX “News” business plan; that is, if you’re air-headed and a woman, come on down. (Just checked out the comments with this tweet … #stupidparty is all I’ll add.)

  58. 155 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 12:51 am
  59. 156 globalcitizenlinda
    March 30, 2014 at 12:55 am

    It is well known that success has so many parents but failure is an orphan;

    ;

    Obamacare has reached a stage where so many are going to claim it as their “child” and try to marginalize PBO and those many people across the country who have supported it whether its popularity was up or down, when website was working or barely working;

    ;

    Yes , as the Obamacare enrollment numbers demonstrate that it is a success, many will try to lay claim to it and marginalize PBO and those who fought to get us here – make no mistake about it, politicians can lie without blinking or skipping a beat;

    I can see that after being :

    (a) quiet for a while (during the period when enrollment numbers were dismal) ;

    or ;

    (b) being publicly critical (in Dec, when media outlets were helping gop label PBO as a “liar”) ;

    Now, WJC is easing back into the parent mode;

    ;

    ;

    ;

    Well, what he is saying is true that Dems should not run away from Obamacare but rather embrace it.

    However, I am one of those who still remember how WJC helped gop out as they defended the junk policies (the “cancelled”) and accused PBO of something which should have been put squarely in the corner of the insurance companies;

    So yes, I am resentful when I see these reports appearing at the time when PBO has pushed through the major obstacles to get Obamacare to the deadline;

    ;

    ;

    I am aware that we need ALL hands on deck for the upcoming midterm election but please allow me a few minutes to voice my resentment … … then afterwards I can shut up and get with the program

    • 157 jacquelineoboomer
      March 30, 2014 at 12:59 am

      Oh, please, take those few minutes and more, and I will join you. Old WJC’s getting on the bandwagon a day late and a dollar short, again, hoping to “save the day” like freakin’ mighty mouse. He’s a buzzard.

      Don’t let him steal your joy!

    • 158 vcprezofan2
      March 30, 2014 at 1:01 am
    • 159 nathkatun7
      March 30, 2014 at 3:20 am

      You are not alone, Linda! I have had it with Bill Clinton and his calculating and manipulating antics!

      • 160 anniebella
        March 30, 2014 at 9:59 am

        Sure would have been nice if Clinton had stood up for when it was struggling. Bill and Hillary.

        • 161 anniebella
          March 30, 2014 at 10:23 am

          Sure would have been nice if Clinton had stood up for Obamacare when it was struggling. Bill and Hillary.

  60. 162 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 12:56 am
  61. 163 vcprezofan2
    March 30, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Well, JO’B, I’m off to have *my* nap! Catch you later, hopefully.

    Good Night, everyone present! Sweet dreams.

  62. 164 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 1:07 am
  63. 165 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Warrior Princess :-)

  64. 166 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 1:22 am

    :-) :-) :-)

  65. 172 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 1:48 am
  66. 173 lockewasright
    March 30, 2014 at 1:53 am

    Sometimes you encounter a thing that is done as well as it can possibly be done.

  67. 175 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 1:54 am

    Anybody remember the Trinity movies with Terence Hill? Aw man, I loved those!

  68. March 30, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Solidarity and Total Commitment to Freedom ….

    #TrustBarack

    Yes We Can

  69. 181 Bill R.
    March 30, 2014 at 2:23 am

    i love the Tibetan custom of the exchange of silk scarves as a sign of blessing. My sister married into the Tibetan culture, and has a Tibetan daughter who is married to a Tibetan refugee. When we had my mother’s 80th birthday, everyone present came forward and bowed before my mother and she placed a white silk scarf over their neck and shoulders. It was a very sweet ceremony, honoring and empowering her.

  70. 182 amk for obama
    March 30, 2014 at 2:32 am
  71. 183 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 2:32 am
  72. 184 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 2:51 am
  73. 185 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 2:57 am
  74. 186 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 2:59 am

  75. 187 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 3:20 am

    and other classic from Astrud…

  76. 188 amk for obama
    March 30, 2014 at 3:31 am
  77. 189 Dudette
    March 30, 2014 at 3:59 am

    March 30 is also the birthday of Eric Clapton and Celine Dion. Really need another thread opened for them.
    More celebrations to come. :-D

    Goodnight All.

  78. 190 susanne
    March 30, 2014 at 5:03 am

    ‘ BEIJING — Japan and North Korea started high-level government talks on Sunday for the first time in more than a year that were expected to focus on abductions of Japanese by North Korea decades ago.

    The fate of at least a dozen people who Japan says were abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s is likely to top the agenda of the two-day talks in Beijing.
    ~
    North Korea admitted in 2002 that its agents kidnapped more than a dozen Japanese in the 1970s and 1980s. It allowed five of them to return to Japan, but said the others were either dead or had not been abducted to begin with. Japan believes there could be other Japanese abductees still alive in the North. ‘

    http://t.co/fv3dHLlC2n

  79. 192 globalcitizenlinda
    March 30, 2014 at 9:11 am

    ok


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