Happy 13th Birthday, Sasha!
MoooOOOooorning – Happy Tuesday! A very early bird today, have to go out for a bit, will be back with Rise and Shine – but it might be late-ish.
Good morning vetivera24
CONGRATS on 1st, wtg
HAVE AN AWESOME TUESDAY and ENJOY ALL OF IT!!!
Good morning Cindy! Lovely day to you.
Happy birthday to a sweet girl.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SASHA….SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PORTRAIT OF LOVE!
Good Morning and Congrats!
Good morning Chipsticks, Danny and TOD Family….
WISHING EVERYONE A VERY BEAUTIFUL AND AWESOME DAY!
GO OUT AND ENJOY IT ALL!!!
Sweet Sasha is 13! Happy Birthday to the new teen!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FIRST DAUGHTER SASHA!!
WE LOVE YOU and THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR AWEDSOME DAY WITH US!!!
CORRECTION….Need more coffee.
WE LOVE YOU and THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR AWESOME DAD WITH US!!!
Goooooooooooooood Morning…..Msssssssssss Chips…..Nerdy Wonka….BTsss…and all the members of the TOD Village…..
I loveeeeeee…loveeeeeeee this pic of The President with his daughter Sasha…so very precious!!!….
As primary season has spread across the land…the turn out has been low!!…
it was low here in my district…. across Philadelphia and the State….
As Bob says and as LL & zizii have written about…we are in the struggle of our lives….it is imperative that “We the People” take our Democracy in hand….
we must become involved in grassroots campaigns in our communities….register new voters and then get them out to vote….
Organizeeeeee….block by block…..Motivate…block by block…GOTV…Block by Block…
Moving Forward Together…..
Morning, PF, you’re right about mobilizing and getting out the vote. As you know there is a lot of reorganizing at the county level right now as local party chairmen come to the end of their terms. That also means that a lot of silly politicking is going on (in some cases vicious) that’s distracting attention away from the main prize. I hope this ends quickly and whoever is chosen to lead county parties can rally the troops together. This is the time of year when there are lots of local opportunities for street fairs and other community events and we should be organizing to register voters. That’s why it’s so important that we sign up to volunteer at these events. Whatever issues we may have with our local parties, we need to put them aside until November.
You already made my day with this heartwarming photo … perfectly content to leave it on my monitor for quite a while … thanks.
Happy Tuesday TODVille!
Now heading to work. Behave.
G’morning Chips & TOD!
Wishing Sasha a great 13th birthday! :)
Happy birthday baby girl :)
Morning all. It’s so difficult, yet so exciting to turn 13. You feel so grownup and try so hard to be sophisticated, with it and above it all, while still being very vulnerable. The Obamas–mama and papa–must be secretly groaning about what lies ahead. Malia learns to drive this summer and Sasha enters the “attitude” period when parents become so out of touch and embarrassing.
Good Morning Chips and TOD.
Happy Birthday to Sasha Obama (born June 10, 2001), daughter of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. http://t.co/kgtNYJ3U71— ♪ Sunshine Brown ♪ (@_MusicalOne_) June 10, 2014
May you continue to be richly blessed and granted the wishes of your heart on this your 13th Birthday. #SashaObama http://t.co/YghirQm2T7— Donna NoShock (@NoShock) June 10, 2014
You beat me to it :)
Heheh…I was thinking just that – “I beat donna to it!”
But thanks for this wonderful tweet and birthday tribute our younger First Daughter :)
Good Morning TOD
Off to work I go. Everyone have a great O’Day!!
Aww, lovely birthday card Donna!
I love that picture. It is so precious. Happy Birthday to Sasha Obama.
All the pictures of Miss Sasha are nice, but I was talking about the one of POTUS, wait a minute let me change that, I was talking about the one of Dad and his precious little girl Sasha.
@markknoller Only 28% approved of Martin Luther King when he was assassinated. Certain polls (like the one you just cited) don't mean SQUAT!— (@aspirational12) June 10, 2014
“mission accomplished” for knoller and his fellow “news” people. doing just what the republicans owners pay them to do.
Too true – with 90% of the media screaming “deserter” it is easy to see that a poll might return such a result. I have no idea how one forces the so called 4th estate to stop lying – it is truly ghastly what they have done to Sgt Bergdahl. I hope there is a hell and they all rot there.
Actually, I don’t even buy those polls – media screaming or not. Just check the samples, methods, and there is little to no transparency about the actual responses and how they are tallied.
Many of these polls (especially in the Obama era) are designed to shape opinion, not report it with accuracy. They tried this with the Presidential polling back in 2012, and with the ACA…Two areas where the media and GOP were caught blind-sided by the end results because they relied heavily on their polling and someone forgot to let the “believers” know that the polling was manipulated, and not accurate…
I see your point. But in case the poll is not far from the accurate situation, what these polls demonstrate is that a great majority of the american population have been MISINFORMED or not been really INFORMED about the details. We can’t avoid them hearing lots of republican lies and distortions. But AT LEAST if journalists were fact-checking republicans talking points, if the public heard more about THE OTHER SIDE of the argument, if they knew more about the REASONING of the president, the DETAILS of the deal… Wanna bet almost nobody is aware that the prisoners will be monitored by the Quatari government for example ?
The mainstream media rarely INFORMS people. The GOP feeds them a daily dose of controversy and since it’s so much easier to talk about “controversy” than doing actual journalism, they do the bidding of the republicans every. single. time.
I’ve said it before: one of the main problems with the media is that not only they rarely fact-check the republicans talking points, they also lie by OMISSION. They never cover the details on every policy, on every decision. The public forms its opinion on a VERY TRUNCATED version of the facts. Is it any wonder why they end up in disapproval ?
Just look at the disconnect between how the public approves of most of the specific elements of the ACA, while the ACA in itself polls much lower (it’s finally changing fortunately.) A big chunk of people will say that they want the ACA to stay but with changes to make it better. Just ask them “what changes” and they won’t be able to name something specific. They’ve only heard for years that “the ACA is flawed”.
I could go on and on. You get the idea…
Rachel had a spot yesterday about fact checking by some organizations being incorrect and how people and journalists need to check for themselves using Google instead of relying on fact checking organizations. It reminds me of those using Cliff Notes in college instead of reading the books and using their own brain to answer the test questions.
Excuse me for what I’m about to say, but to hell with that poll. I have one question to ask that 56%, if it was your son or daughter would you say the price were to high? Or would you want America to move heaven and earth to get your child back? Let’s ask that question and see what they would say. With the war ending as commander in chief one of POTUS main job is to see to it that no American soldier is left behind. By the way thank you hopefuit2 for your tweet to Knoller.
It seem that everyone has tried and convicted that soldier thanks to the sorry ass media and disgusting, racists tea Republicans.
I say bring the American soldier home, if during the process we learn that he did wrong try him in our military court of law and not the court of public opinion.
And if these are the polls that the MSM think are worth highlighting, it sends a negative message to our troops [the ones we claim to support and are always thanking for their service] about their worth to us as a country… unless your daddy is an admiral,
Well veterans, who are incredible vastly conservstive, are overwhelmingly against deal 66-16. According to said poll.
Their “opposition” to this deal has NOTHING to do how they feel about the troops or POWs returning home – it has EVERYTHING to do with how much they’ve been brainwashed and encouraged by RW media and politicians in their racism against President Obama.
If PBO had given a speech on May 31st saying that he’s not going to return Bergdahl based on X, Y and Z, this poll would be reversed….66% of the veterans would be FOR returning him no matter what the cost, and 10% would be against.
See, it’s not about their principled beliefs, it’s about doing/saying the opposite of what they think President Obama is doing/saying.
I agree with you hopefruit2, and I hope the President don’t back down. Stick to his principals.
Thank goodness he doesn’t govern based on polls. And he’s proven right every time.
The thing I keep noting is that the *reporting* is skewed towards those opposed to agreement which brought Sgt Bergdahl home… to the point that you would think that there was no one who supported it. [I heard that there will be veterans marching in front of the White House today in support of the President's action. I bet it won't be covered...unless there is opposition present.]
I find it hard to believe that even those “veterans” who think that Bergdahl was a deserter would not at least think that he should have been brought home and then go through the military’s due process. Those same veterans should be outraged that this soldier’s family is being threatened and vilified. Just more evidence of what it’s REALLY about.
he thing I keep noting is that the *reporting* is skewed towards those opposed to agreement which brought Sgt Bergdahl home…
My point exactly – had PBO decided *not* to bring home the Sgt, the reporting would have skewed the opposite direction.
The media is so transparent and just like the GOP, if Pres Obama appears to be for something, the media stakes out a position at the opposite side of the spectrum…reality be damned.
Their claim (at least for some) is that they don’t won’t to give the appearance of being too pro-Obama. Instead they are over-zealous in their efforts to prove that they are impartial. However, they didn’t seem to have a need to prove their impartiality during the previous administration.
Which is why I don’t buy that claim. It’s bogus. Reporting facts should never be subject to the perceptions of the rabid right. Facts are facts, and if reporting the facts makes one appear to be on the President’s side, then it should reassure that the President is doing the right thing, not frighten people away from reporting the facts.
Based on today’s Republican Party and corporate owned media using the airwaves to shape and influence what the public thinks, PBO is constantly in a no win situation regardless of what decision he makes. I am thinking it is much bigger than Racism. I think it is about power and influence and writing and controlling the laws to give unprecedented advantages to the wealthy class. PBO started out trying to work with the other side now he just has to go it alone trying to get whatever he can to help the average American or to stop the take over of the wealthy as best he can. He sticks to his convictions. What worries me are those Dems who have no convictions and just want power and do whatever is necessary to keep their job and are dully influenced by the public polls. This is what has me worried about the next President. Yes, the GOP is the real problem as we all know, but they are a given. You know what you get and know you do not want it. They do try to hide it and often times succeed with those not keeping track of events. We need to keep those around us aware of the situation.
Again, what do people know about the story ? The administration has looked at every angle. They’ve surely considered every possibility to bring back this prisoner. I’m sure they’ve considered a rescue operation, pondered the risks for special forces if they tried to rescue him.
The Taliban were moving the prisoner very regularly. A rescue operation would have been extremely difficult and would have cost many lives.
And the prisoner exchange has been in the works for a couple of years. Again, the administration must have looked at every angle, must have worked hard to find a way they could mitigate the danger of releasing those Taliban prisoners. (And anyway all the prisoners will have to be released but that’s another story…)
When you ask the question to vets if “the price is too high”, of course they will say yes. The military have fought the Talibans and they’re the enemy. Their friends have been killed or wounded by the Talibans. A prisoner swap like that is not their first idea of a solution. But those vets didn’t participate in the long process of examining what could be done. They were not “in the room”…
Very easy to criticize from the outside.
@markknoller I have one question to ask that 56%, if it was your son or daughter would you say the price were to high? h/t Anniebella— Pretty Foot (@PrettyFootWoman) June 10, 2014
Perhaps MKnoller and his pollsters should ask the 56% whether they personally wish to have Sgt Bowe Bergdahl be sent back to the Talibans? After the decision, then here comes Johnny or Molly come lately. Decisions are easier then for they NEVER have to be held accountable, EVER!
Small businesses confidence is at highest level since '07, even though O-care was supposed to ruin that for everyone: read.bi/1qn97Xo— (@igorvolsky) June 10, 2014
A small business in the oilfield employes my son and for the first time ever they offer health insurance to employes because of Obamacare and almost no small oilfield in WY does that.
I don’t think the republicans or some in the media realize what screaming deserter means?
In a time of war, according to the Uniform code of military justice, a Deserter is punishable by firing squad.
This was first put to test during General Washington and valley forge, where his troops were freezing, no food, disease etc, and some just left ! George Washington meant to make example and he shot them!
And Today one is Not a Deserter until one has been gone for 30 days. Sgt Bowe Bergdahl was reported to have been gone twice and came right back.
While in captivity, Sgt Bergdahl tried escaping 2X.
Good Tuesday Chipsticks…TODers!
Everyone have a FABULOUS day. :-)
Happy Tuesday TODers
Sasha!! Happy Birthday to a young lady that’s grown up right before our eyes. Poised and graceful. Enjoy your day, Sasha!!
Reuven Rivlin elected by Israeli parliament to be country's next president – @IsraelMFA breakingnews.com/topic/israel/— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) June 10, 2014
A rightie or leftie?
Good morning, TOD family! A lovely June day. Fresh and new, never used. Birthday greetings to one fine 13 year old American who comes from a deeply fine good family. Glad to know it and celebrate it. Amen to Pretty Foot’s post. Forward! We have lots to do and we are fueled by love of this nation and all its people. Liberty and Justice for all. We can do this.
@davidaxelrod @CecilyKeating No we are not numb. It's the congress GOP who are wedded to their $$$ from gun lobbyists like NRA. Be honest.— (@aspirational12) June 10, 2014
Axelrod knows damn well that it’s the GOP in congress responsible for this mess. Not only are they addicted to cash bribes from the NRA, but they also help to fuel extremist anti-government views held by those domestic terrorists.
Stop blaming this on “we the people” and start holding the GOP accountable!
That’s when pigs will really be flying.
Not just the GOP, though.
Most of our politicians dance to the munitions industry tunes.
So according to jim nbc from pentagon, the president is a big fat liar berghdahl health not in danger. He sites officials at the pentagon.
So, the pentagon is against the White House and the president now?
Is that what he’s saying?
That’s a coup, ladies and gentlemen !
Is that named officials – or “officials” cause the latter is b.s. and the pundits love their “official” sources.
BS alert ……
Whatever…Tell Jim NBC to have a donut! Will help elevate his blood sugar and keep him calm for the next 30 minutes…
Hmm donut from Hess ? That actually sounds ok to me HF.
Me likey! :)
I think I remember reading that he is good friends with Liz Cheney.
Well there you go…connect the dots is all that’s needed!
Well, that also contradicts the Defence Secretary and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs so that source or those sources better be careful.
Jovie, you can always get somebody in any agency to say something stupid and you can call them an “official,” even if they’re just a paper shuffler. Only the doctors treating him know Bergdahl’s condition, which includes both physical and mental. The Pentagon is just as leaky as any other agency and just as filled with loose-lipped idiots.
Yes but he’s spouting this on tv, if I were in the pentagon and did not push back on this, then…
The Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chief of Staffs have already commented in full support of the president. If Pentagon “staff” defy their leaders and are found out, they are in for a world of hurt.
When someone high up….blah, blah, blah is used what makes it harder to just fabricate what is said by an imaginary person? No one knows who or if someone actually said it.
Of course PBO is a liar Jovie and isn’t Hillary wonderful….Just let them talk as PBO says! The trick is for us not to get tangled up in their lies. PBO knows the truth, they on the other hand speculate and LIE
Egg sack lee
It is most likely the ” official ” cleaning staff.
PBO never said “health” was in danger but that Bergdahl’s life was in danger. It is quite possible Taliban was starting to consider Bergdahl a negative and basically said do the deal or we kill him.
And your comment above is correct, people crying “deserter”, including some veterans, don;t understand the meaning of the word. There is no evidence Bergdahl deserted yet. And there is plenty of evidence that Bergdahl hated the Taliban and wanted to take the fight to them more. The evidence is that he cared about the Afghan people and was devastated to see what was happening to them.
I didn’t see your reply before posting mine Japa. You say PBO never said “health”. Is that so ? If yes, the many uses of “health” in reports would come from interpretation by the reporters… If you don’t think about the possibility of the Talibans executing their prisoner, you immediately assume that “life in danger” means “health in danger”.
I’ve read that the administration was especially concerned that the Taliban would feel that Berghdahl wasn’t an asset anymore, that holding him prisoner was difficult and costly, that they were beginning to think he didn’t have much “value” anymore because prisoner swap wasn’t happening.
In short, the administration was getting more concerned for his life.
As I’m writing this… it’s true that at first the administration mentioned his “health”. The “fear for his life” thing came a little bit after…
So I’m wondering if , for whatever reason, the administration didn’t want at first to say the real reason for the urgency, that is they were afraid the Talibans would kill him. So they made a more vague argument that they were “afraid for his health”.
Good Morning, Everyone :)
Good Morning and Happy Birthday Sasha!
Happy Birthday to Sasha!
Btw article 87 UCMJ is desertion for military.
Foxx news doesn’t know squat…
Morning again everyone!
G’morning Chips and welcome back from your early morning chores :)
Thank yoooooou Hopefruit! This was meant to be a day off work ….. and then the crack of dawn call came. Grrrrrrrrrr.
Funny how when you’re 3, your parents are superheroes; when you’re 13, parents are clueless, goofs; but when you’re 23, patents get smart – all of sudden. :-D
Morning, Dudette, I was hoping before we get too far into June, that you would post, June is Busting Out All Over. I’ve been wanting to do this, but not sure how. It’s the first thing that came to mind on June 1 and I’ve been humming it ever since. Flowers, trees, bushes never look better than they do in June.
@PentagonPressSec Jim on Nbc covers Pentagon says that @whitehouse lying about berghdahl condition. Says sources inside @DeptofDefense. ????— Jovie (@jovie_jovie656) June 10, 2014
Don’t follow this is a sports twitter account so I don’t get susoended! :) :) :)
Which one should we follow? Mark Knoller would love to count all the accounts you’ve had so far… :)
See my comment above. And BTW, what difference does it make what his health condition was. Are we only supposed to work to get back POW’s when they are on their death bed?
Couldn’t agree more – the pushback should be one comment – we bring our soldiers home. It shouldn’t ever be in doubt.
You mean Jim Miklaszewski? Stupid BS.
Good morning Chips, Danny and TOD. Thanks Chips for that adorable pic of Sasha and her daddy.
As I continue to read and hear all the criticism and lies thrown around about our President, Bowe Bergdahl and anything else the GOP and it’s media says and does, I remember that the more they talk, the more they dig themselves into a bigger hole. Despite all this nonsense, Obamacare is a success, we have recovered all the jobs lost due to the recession, the President is our President (elected twice), the stock market has nearly tripled, the car industry and housing are back, and Bowe was rescued alive. I believe once Bowe is able to talk, these people will be shown as the fools they really are. The White House is quiet, which tells me they know what they are doing. There are more of us than there are of them.
Kount Knoller counts the number of bills. This is what you do when all you can do is count.
By my count, the two bills bring to 771 the number signed by Pres Obama (or Autopenned). & its the 42nd bill-signing ceremony on his watch.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 10, 2014
Poor thing! He must have gotten up reaaal early to do all this counting!
Is he writing a book ? The title will be ” Barack by the Numbers ” ?
Hi TOD Family, Happy Birthday Lady Natasha! Hey Chips on my way into the WH I saw Mark Knoller yesterday it took my everything I had not to laugh.
Was he counting….
Was he eating?
PFWHI, do you see what I ask you? Was Knoller eating? :)
Yep looked like a pastry, I guess Potus wasn’t the only one that made a Starbucks run yesterday.
1 in 6 Americans is tracking November's elections "very closely" wapo.st/Sv4ZbX— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 10, 2014
People must have lives…
Election polls R the only 1s that matter/These polls are meant to depress us/to cause fear & despair/Organize/Motivate/GOTV— Pretty Foot (@PrettyFootWoman) June 10, 2014
It’s too early, Jovie. Kids are graduating; summer programs are starting; people are going on vacation; primaries are still taking place. After Labor Days, everything goes into overdrive and it’s hard not to pay attention. Right now we have to concentrate on registering voters and increasing our numbers.
LOL! They said the same thing about the Presidential election in June of 2012…in fact..the enthusiasm gap narrative was the biggest selling media point until the day of the election…
Morning everyone:) Happy Birthday to beautiful Sasha!
Good morning, TODville!! AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our astonishing First Daughter, Sasha Obama!!
This magnificent young girl is now 13 years old. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Sasha Obama, the light in her father's heart. http://t.co/yIv8cNSKk4— meta (@metaquest) June 10, 2014
Beautiful soul, just like you!
Good morning, kind Layla!
#DonaldSterling backs out of deal to sell @LAClippers, will sue the @NBA. cnn.it/Uq8F0F #5Things #NewDay http://t.co/ApIk4kHbZj— New Day (@NewDay) June 10, 2014
2 billion isn’t enough to live on, Jovie, we all know THAT! right?!
I hope he gets less money from the next deal
Joining in with The Obama Diary to wish Sasha Obama a wonderful 13th birthday! Fantastic age, lovely girl! Back later, everyone, enjoy this day! :)
G’day……..Has anyone heard from the NRA ?(jingle)
The NRA should get Taps. . .
How Republicans Made the Congress Stupid .
Sasha Obama at 13! We all remember her from 2008…..the perky, mischievous little bright eyes who has now grown into a beautiful, poised young lady. So glad Mama Bear Michelle keeps them protected from the ugly and out of the public eye! She is doing a magnificent job.
On a personal note, Our grandson Isaac turned 13 May 30…..so I feel like we are kin to Sasha :-) We got him, as our first grandchild when our son married his wonderful mother. He was 2 1/2 and sat on my lap at the wedding…..now, he’s taller than I am, and a wonderful young man.
He will be first chair saxophone in the honors band next year…..wow! He taught me the joys of being a grandmother.
We got started late on the grandparent thing…..we had our children a little later than average, and our son did too, but we have learned that being grandparents is the most wonderful state in the world, as so many here attest to. Our Eric just finished second grade and won the Computer Award in his class, and a citizenship award. No surprise about the computer award, his dad owns his own networking company. Emily is a little diva who will be five in November, and they are all just wonderful.
Wonderful words Carolyn and wonderful grandchildren – like you, I came into the grandmothering rather late – never imagined the joy it would bring – whatever their age – they remain our grandbabes.
“He taught me the joys of being a grandmother.” Oh, Carolyn, you started the wonderful water works going for me, when I read that sentence. How lovely to speak those words. Enjoy every moment with your grand children, Carolyn. Love you, HZ
Carolyn, you sound grateful. What a blessing to have all that love in one heart!
May God continue to bless you and your family.
Conservative Logic 101 #UniteBlue http://t.co/eHDQq0zqZR— Republicans R Evil (@CanProveIt) June 10, 2014
RT @DrMatthew The flag of cowards and #copkillers #tcot #tgdn #teaparty #nra #2a #UniteBlue #opslam http://t.co/HmpT6DgGjX— Griffith (@ross917) June 10, 2014
Good Morning my Chips and TOD family. It is a beautiful day to wake up and see our President with his lovely baby daughter, Sasha. When I see that photo, it always reminds me of PBO’s mother. What a lovely moment between a loving father and his baby daughter.
May Sasha who has grown up in our very presence as a beautiful young lady celebrate this birthday in such a lovely manner. Sasha, may your day be one of total celebration of your 13th birthday. Enjoy your day, our beautiful First Daughter.
What a joyful day for our First Family. She is such a lovely young lady . Be happy, our beautiful Sasha. Happy Birthday Sasha. HZ
Happy Birthday to the one and only:
Natasha “Sasha” Obama.
She is Now a Teenager.
Good Morning TOD!
I’m free as a bird. I was trapped in WP downstairs!
Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.