Holy smokes, what a very lovely thing the post below was to wake up to!
Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge thank yous to the incredibly awesome UT, who now even speaks Irish, the one-of-a-kind poet that is VC, and the cake-maker supreme Meta – and to you all for the completely beautiful comments that made me go all blushy.
UT is doing today’s R&S while I have a cheesy puff birthday breakfast, but I’ll be in and out all day to make sure you’re behaving. Huh.
As the sun prepares to rise this August 13th day, TODobots all gather with words to say. Our bright mayorial light celebrates another year. Undimmed, resplendent, undaunted by fear. Faced with political lies, hate and hypocrisy Mayor Chips highlights them for all to see. As the sun rises on this very special birthday, TODobots all gather with words to say ‘Chips you are special. Chips you are dear; Not expensive, not costly, just a cherished dear. Chips you are special. Chips you are rare. Rarer than mankinis, Benghazigates and …GOP fear.’
As TODobots gather for this special day’s unfurling Some are eager to share the mem’ries they’re a-holding:- - Chips’ pictures are delightful! Remember the ‘potties’ That earned acclaim from gracious celebrities? -Charmingly, eagerly seeking a virtual mate Our Mayor cajoles in dresses first rate. -Sprinkling marriage proposals aloft like confetti She lures Japa, Bobfr,…. plus others I’ve forgotten. ‘Chips you are special. Chips you are dear. Not expensive, not costly, just a precious dear. Chips you are special. Chips you are rare. Stronger than mankinis, Benghazigates and …GOP fear.’
Mayor Chips built TODdy-town by the sweat of her brow; Razing the trolls as she patrolled the town alone … till now. Then reflecting, reassessing, Mayor Chips picked helpers, Thus teaching and taunting and nurturing great bloggers. Next the Mayor decided to cede some space; so Utal Climbed up – a scouting-pics, zapping-trolls kind of pal. Behold, the sun rises on this long-awaited birthday, And TODobots are here with words to say:- ‘Chips you are special. Chips you are rare. More loved than mankinis, Benghazigates and … GOP fear. Chips you are special. Chips you are dear. Not expensive. Not costly, … just endearingly dear!’
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ A VERY, VERY HAPPY ‘21st again’, Mayor Chips! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥♥ ♥
Hey Chiparoo, UT here. How much do I think you’re a bundle of loveliness? So much that I willingly put up a picture of Wayne Rooney for you to stare at in delight all day. You, my friend, deserve all the happiness and joy in the world. Thank you for TOD. Thank you for creating a community of pretty darn awesome people. Thank you for never closing up shop even when you were constantly hit with a barrage of crap. Thank you for your humor, thank you for your dignity, and most of all, thank you for being a Manchester United fan because our football interactions have brought many a smile to my face.
From TODers to you: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!
The pretty wonderful Meta made you a cake!
TODers chipped in and got you a couple of gifts. We had a feeling you might be craving some cheesy puffs.;)
Four years ago – Pete Souza: “I was sitting in the reception area outside the Oval Office when Sasha walked by and headed to the Oval. I suspected something was up, so I followed her. Sasha then crawled into the office, hiding behind the sofa, and when she reached the far end, jumped up and yelled trying spook her dad.” Aug. 5, 2009
Today (all times Eastern):
12:45: Press Briefing by Jay Carney
6:0: The President meets with former Negro League baseball players
The Week Ahead:
Tuesday: The President will travel to the Phoenix, Arizona area to continue talking with Americans about his better bargain for the middle class
That afternoon, the President will travel to Burbank, California, to tape an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Wednesday: The President will travel to Camp Pendleton to visit with troops and their families
Thursday: The President will welcome Prime Minister Antonis Samaras of Greece to the White House
Friday: The President will attend meetings at the White House
USA Today: President Obama has a string of meetings on his schedule Monday, one of them with a group of legends.
Early this evening, Obama meets with former Negro League baseball players at the White House.
The president will honor the players’ “contributions to our nation’s history, civil rights, and professional baseball,” says the White House schedule.
WCHB: Minnie Forbes Owner of the 1956 Detroit Stars Honored by President Obama
The Michigan Chapter of Negro League Baseball Players celebrate one of their members, Minnie Forbes. She is the former owner of the 1956 Detroit Stars Baseball Team. Forbes is credited with being the third woman in the United States to own a team in the Negro Leagues. After 1958, Forbes went on to be the fourth woman to play baseball in the Negro Leagues. She was the third basemen for the Kansas City Monarchs.
Louis Manley, Jr is a well-known Detroit historian and the president of The Michigan Chapter of Negro League Baseball. He is excited to be recognized nationally as a leader in Negro League Baseball. As he prepares to meet and greet President Obama on Monday August 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm in the White House, he is delighted to accompany Minnie Forbes.
Dallas News: Obama order in wake of West blast a ‘game-changer’ in chemical safety, senator says
Barbara Boxer, chairwoman of the U.S. Senate’s environment and public works committee, sat visibly frustrated in a June congressional hearing. She finally told the Environmental Protection Agency official that “lives are being lost” while the agency failed to better safeguard the fertilizer chemical that blew up West.
Weeks later, Boxer wrote to the nation’s governors. She implored them to do what they could to improve the security of ammonium nitrate. Finally, the California Democrat turned to the White House. The results of her efforts became public last week when President Barack Obama issued an executive order directing the federal government to improve safety at chemical facilities.
“For me, it’s a game-changer,” Boxer said in an interview with The Dallas Morning News. “I saw the intransigence of some of the agencies. I saw them arguing and not committing. … We asked the president to help make sure this [type of disaster] never happens again.”….
Eric Cantor’s lengthy interview yesterday on Fox News Sunday is really worth reading in full and pondering at some length. It perfectly captures why it’s looking more and more likely that we are genuinely headed for a government shutdown this fall.
In the interview, Fox host Chris Wallace practically begs Cantor to have a reality-based conversation about the coming shutdown fight, the sequester, and Obamacare. Again and again, Cantor steers the conversation back into pure fantasy….
Last week House Republicans voted for the 40th time to repeal Obamacare. Like the previous 39 votes, this action will have no effect whatsoever. But it was a stand-in for what Republicans really want to do: repeal reality, and the laws of arithmetic in particular. The sad truth is that the modern G.O.P. is lost in fantasy, unable to participate in actual governing.
Just to be clear, I’m not talking about policy substance. I may believe that Republicans have their priorities all wrong, but that’s not the issue here. Instead, I’m talking about their apparent inability to accept very basic reality constraints, like the fact that you can’t cut overall spending without cutting spending on particular programs, or the fact that voting to repeal legislation doesn’t change the law when the other party controls the Senate and the White House.
Am I exaggerating? Consider what went down in Congress last week….
On July 24, Pete Souza, Chief Official White House Photographer, joined Instagram. However, his first photo was not of the President, but the instantly-recognizable Presidential Seal, along with the caption: “My maiden voyage on Instagram. Will bring you behind-the-scenes of the Presidency.” His second picture? Presidential grapes.
Since then, @petesouza has documented the inner workings of the White House and it’s staff, from Marine One’s shadow to the Presidential dog – Bo. Souza talked with TIME’s international picture editor, Patrick Witty, about Instagram and what we can expect to see on his feed (more Bo) and what we won’t see (selfies).
What made you take the plunge and open an Instagram account?
The digital folks here at the White House have been asking me to do this for some time and I thought the time was right to finally take the plunge.
In recent weeks, progressive activists in Florida have pushed a very specific message: in the wake of the George Zimmerman trial, state policymakers need to revisit the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. Their task hasn’t been easy — Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has refused to consider changes to the status quo.
Late last week, however, there was an unexpected breakthrough….
MooooOOOOoooorning everyone! I’m half way through my break but reckoned after all her stupendous posting UT deserved a Monday morning lie-in – endless thank yous to her for the brilliant posting the past week, she’s like Wayne Rooney and Cheesy Puffs rolled in to one.
President Barack Obama, with daughter Sasha, looks at the card given to him during a birthday party with his staff in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, on Aug. 4, 2009. Daughter Malia and First Lady Michelle Obama look on at left.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama jokingly points out cake crumbs that Vice President Joe Biden dropped on the floor in the Oval Office following a birthday celebration for the President on Aug. 4, 2009.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama holds the birthday card given to him during a group photo with interns on the South Portico of the White House, on Aug. 3, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama presents cupcakes with a candle to Hearst White House columnist Helen Thomas in honor of her birthday in the James Brady Briefing Room, on Aug. 4, 2009. Thomas, who turned 89, shares the same birthday as the President, who turned 48. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama watches the flame on the candle as he walks to the Brady Briefing Room to present cupcakes to Hearst White House columnist Helen Thomas in honor of her birthday, Aug. 4, 2009. Thomas, who turned 89, shares the same birthday as the President, who turned 48. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama tries out the fly fishing rod given to him on his birthday by a group of avid fisherman on his staff, on Aug. 4, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)