Tree Time

11:0 ET: First Lady Michelle Obama receives the official White House Christmas Tree

White House live * CBS * CNN

63 Responses to “Tree Time”

  1. 1 desertflower
    November 23, 2012 at 10:47 am


  2. 14 desertflower
    November 23, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Looks like it’s going to be a beautiful nation’s tree!

  3. 18 desertflower
    November 23, 2012 at 10:52 am


    Throughout his trip in South East Asia he was constantly on the phone with both Morsi and Netanyahu, before and after his meetings with the leaders of China and Japan. The president even made time to speak with both leaders during a dinner held as part of a summit of East Asian leaders.

    His goal – creating the conditions needed for a ceasefire. Publically he praised Morsi and Netanyahu, and behind the scenes he was pressuring them to bring the conflict between Israel and Hamas to an end.

    Egyptian incentive, American sentiment
    Morsi, for those who don’t recall, needs money- and lots of it.

    The Egyptian economy is on the brink of collapse and the newly elected president is no longer a member of the underground opposition but rather a president who now has 85 million mouths to feed. Obama can grant him financial aid and help him receive additional funds from the IMF.

    Obama and other high ranking American officials, such as Hillary Clinton and Leon Panetta, have warned their Egyptian counterparts that Egypt is at risk of losing its aid from Congress, which is beginning to lose patience with Egypt.

  4. November 23, 2012 at 10:52 am

    WOOOOOOOT!!!! FLOTUS and the girls!!!!

  5. November 23, 2012 at 11:00 am

    YouTube streaming has started

  6. 25 lisalovesobama
    November 23, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Morning everybody! Bo did not like the horses, especially once they started to get fidgety. He was like: “Sasha! Girl, get me away from these huge four legged beasts!” πŸ˜† πŸ˜† poor Bo. What a sweety! πŸ™‚

  7. 30 sonjiaduncan
    November 23, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Christmas already? I am still cleaning up from Thanksgiving. I love all the great photos. Just what I need to get in the mood for Christmas.

  8. 31 mtmarilyn
    November 23, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD family. I am moving very slowly this morning. I missed the tree arrival. I know I video will be up shortly. Now to finish cleaning up last nights dinner and get ready for our big family dinner tonight at our son’s. I love Christmas but not ready for it yet. Hope everyone has a nice lazy day today.

  9. 32 GGail
    November 23, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks πŸ™‚

    I tried to view the video above and on UTube and it’s marked Private.


  10. 33 jacquelineoboomer
    November 23, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I’ll use desertflower’s “Chipness” to say good morning to ya, Chipness! And TODville. On the day after!

    My visiting granddaughter said to me the other day when I was trying to watch MSNBC, “Why are you still watching the political stuff? He won!” Uh, duh, followed by a little lesson in presidential loyalty from me! πŸ™‚

  11. 40 Pamela
    November 23, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Bo! He is so dog-goned adorable! πŸ™‚

  12. 41 utaustinliberal
    November 23, 2012 at 11:42 am

    • 42 jacquelineoboomer
      November 23, 2012 at 11:48 am

      Excellent. Funny they needed the entire pool to keep us informed of something we might have figured out for ourselves. Glad the Prez is enjoying his “day off.”

    • 43 lisalovesobama
      November 23, 2012 at 11:48 am

      I bet Walter is Marvin’s dad! I love how PBO does the whole old thing with his staff! Other people would probably just invite bigwigs and money men. PBO invites his staff. Fricking awesome!! πŸ˜†

    • 45 anniebella
      November 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      Good for POTUS. Where is Mark Knoller complaining?

  13. 46 utaustinliberal
    November 23, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Hell Yeah!!!

  14. November 23, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    • 51 utaustinliberal
      November 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA……I swear, half the time parents have kids is so they can dress them up in costumes and act out fantasies. The picture is so cute.

  15. 53 Bill R.
    November 23, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    • 54 jacquelineoboomer
      November 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Two people (of a bunch) I believe in: Santa and President Obama.

      One person who offers not-so-much believable stuff: Markie Knoller. Like if he says it’s 19 ft., I say prove it, fella! πŸ™‚

  16. November 23, 2012 at 12:07 pm

  17. November 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    This 2010 video shows what it takes to prepare the Blue Room for the Christmas tree:

  18. 57 proudmemberofglobalzero
    November 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Good Morning all. Hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving. Hubby and daughter are at work. I worked last night from 2am until 7am. I had to get up at 11am to take my daughter to work. Pharmacy was closed but they needed someone to work the Service Desk. The shift called for someone they knew would show up. I am there for guest questions, returns, money and cashier issues. I twiddled my thumbs for 4 hours. The other hour I did just a little work. Had a great time talking with my co-workers….

    Chips, thank you again for giving me a place to go with such a great TOD Family. I check in here 1st thing every morning and several times throughout the day.,

  19. 58 cluny
    November 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Happy thanksgiving to all TOD pals. Off topic but just wanted to share this observation – Marco Rubio sounds just like Daffy Duck when he speaks. He really does.

  20. November 23, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    THANK YOU forus50, desertflower, Bobfr, jackiegrumbacher, HZ, jaquelineoboomer, for your words of support and thanks…LOVE THIS COMMUNITY! The dinner yesterday went really well, lots of great food (I’d never done Thanksgiving at a restaurant, and it was unbelievable the lack of stress about cooking!), all around lovely experience. We told stories about Mom, who passed away three years ago now (remember my original story of her saying “Barrrr-ack!” with her italian accent, she really loved him), we all over-ate β€” as per usual. The only thing political that came up was my liberal brother in law was talking about the lush agriculture in the valley in California where he grew up and I mentioned being disappointed that Prop 37 hadn’t passed. He asked, “oh really, what’s that?” I kept it light, saying oh, it was just so that GMOs could be labeled.” My niece pipes in, without missing a beat, “But that would cost too much money!” And I said, very calmly, “Yeah, but, shouldn’t people know what they are getting?” And her conservative father agreed with me (!)…Also good conversation with my niece’s boyfriend, also conservative, who hadn’t heard of the Dust Bowl and I told him about the brilliant Ken Burns doc which aired recently (and if you go to pbs.org, you can view both episodes in their entirety).

  21. November 23, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Good Day all you O’s!!!!! What a great day after Thanksgiving getting up day in TOD town……burp….

  22. 63 CEB
    November 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    The video is marked as private for me. I tried three different browsers (safari, google chrome and foxfire) but to no avail. Any ideas?


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