Heads Up: It’s (Nearly) National Christmas Tree Lighting Time


5:0 The First Family attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting


Also at….

White House live * CBS * CNN


Christmases past…..









2012 photos later 😉

269 Responses to “Heads Up: It’s (Nearly) National Christmas Tree Lighting Time”

  1. 11 carolmaewy
    December 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    So beautiful. Congrats Tally.

  2. 13 TrumpDog
    December 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Yeah but…Obama hates Christmas trees. He won’t even have one in the White House!
    huff, blerf, dern

  3. 16 vcprezofan2
    December 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Ho! Ho! Ho! to you, Tally, what shall I wear for this occasion? I’m running a little behind.

    • December 6, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      A Beckham jersey? 😉

      • 18 vcprezofan2
        December 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm

        Good idea, coupled with some Beckham underwear, preferably in red of course to celebrate the season! Dang! Now why hadn’t I thought of that? I hesitate to say mine hasn’t arrived yet so I need to borrow ONE of yours. What say you?

        • December 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm

          I have a Beckham t-shirt that LOOKS like a jersey….. I do have a DUNIVANT Jersey (thrown by player), and a MAGEE keeper jersey that Jersey Elf made happen last Xmas. The Becks Tee is tight and cute. That’s my suggestion. 🙂

          • 20 vcprezofan2
            December 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm

            Tally, I have to tell you just picturing myself in any of these get-ups gave me a really good laugh, especially the tight and cute one. 😆 Thanks for your willingness to share, but I’m afraid of the ‘cold’ so need to wrap up more carefully. Maybe if they win again next year, for the 2012 Christmas Tree lighting I’ll screw up my courage and parade in one of their jerseys all decked with garlands and lights to keep me warm. 😉

  4. 22 Japa21
    December 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Well, if we can’t have snow for this thread, when can we?

  5. December 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Do you think they will have it on TV?

    • 27 hopefruit2
      December 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      Yes, not live though. PBS has a schedule depending on where you live – I posted it on the previous thread

  6. 28 PhillyinJA
    December 6, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now back to our regularly scheduled programme

  7. 29 Bill
    December 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Jim DeMint’s chosen successor, Tim Scott, is a 47 year old “confirmed bachelor”. He and Senator Lindsey should get along well.

    • 30 anniebella
      December 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      When is Demint leaving? I want to sent him a good bye gift. That bitch McConnell is next. Excuse me, I meant to say that Mitch McConnell .

      • 31 Bill
        December 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm

        In January. The SC governor will apoint a replacement until an election to replace him in 2014.

      • 32 dudette9t9
        December 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm

        He’s leaving to run The Heritage Foundation. So it’s not like he’s going quietly off into the night. He’s just going straight to the money.

        • 33 anniebella
          December 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm

          Tim Scott, who is he? Never heard of him.

          • 34 Bill
            December 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm

            He is a Congressman from the Charleston area. He beat Strom Thurman’s son in a primary in 2010. He and Allen West are the only two Republican AA’s in the current Congress.

            • 35 Sharon
              December 6, 2012 at 8:30 pm

              I’ve seen him in committee and on the House floor. He comes across as an unflinching cold-blooded killer. I’m not kidding.

        • 36 Bill
          December 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm

          His net worth is only $45,000 or so, and it has been estimated he will make over $ 1 million a year at Heritage.

    • 37 dudette9t9
      December 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      “confirmed bachelor” — ha ha!

  8. 38 donna dem 4 obama
    December 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Here is a direct link to the event:

  9. 51 donna dem 4 obama
    December 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm


  10. 52 sherijr
    December 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    woohoo its snowing again! I’m kinda missing my ND snow a tad bit right now so thank you Ms. Chips~

  11. 53 donna dem 4 obama
    December 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Downtown DC is a traffic nightmare because of the Christmas Tree Lighting. I guess I’ll be camping out here at work for a while watching the event (cough, cough – working). Oh whoa is me 😉

    • 54 vcprezofan2
      December 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      Hi DD4O, sorry to see you’ve caught (the flip side of) GOBrooklyn’s cough. She was out of commission earlier this week too. Take good care of yourself; the cold/cough germs seem to be doing the rounds in TODville. I’m curious, can you see the tree from where you work or are you watching on TV like the rest of us?

    • 62 TrumpDog
      December 6, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      If you voted for Obama, you don’t have to work, silly.
      Us base of the base are living off the gov’ment. Get with the program.

      • 63 donna dem 4 obama
        December 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm

        It’s like that movie Ground Hog Day. I learn this lesson about me being lazy and a moocher and a taker and then I go to sleep and wakeup and go to work everyday only to find out again that I am still a moocher and a taker and I should be at home waiting for my “gifts”. Geesh, you’d think I’d learn by now but somehow I forget every morning and it starts all over again 😉

  12. 64 susanne
    December 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    snow in hawaii!

  13. 65 hopefruit2
    December 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm

  14. 66 anniebella
    December 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Real nice pictures of the First Family. I hope they all button up, cause it might be chill out there.

    • 67 donna dem 4 obama
      December 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Anniebella we had phenomenal nice weather all week and then today it got {{{{cold}}}} just in time to light this tree. I’m sure those poor folks sitting out in that cold are wishing for some of that 70 degree weather we had just 2 days ago. 😉

  15. December 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Ok, It’s now that all relevant parties have been informed, it’s official: I MOVING BACK HOME TO NOLA (well Baton Rouge anyway :-). Turned in my letter of resignation today. I’ll be leaving the DFW area the 2nd week of January 2013. So of course I’ve been whistling this song (which is already my ringtone) since I turned in my letter.. 😀

  16. 76 lisalovesobama
    December 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    there’s a black repuke who isn’t Cross-eyed Christi or Michael Steel on my computer screen. where does Tweety get these freaks?

    • 77 vcprezofan2
      December 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      I saw one in my timeline a few minutes ago and after peeking at her timeline, I decided that I didn’t want to walk with her since we hadn’t anything to talk about.

    • 78 Bill
      December 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      It was former Congressman J.C. Watts. He is thinking about running for RNC Chairman.

      • December 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm

        He didn’t see how they treated the last black guy at the RNC? He hasn’t seen how they’ve treated the President of the United States, who also happens to be black? Why waste his “talents” at an organization full of racist fools? Why?

  17. December 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    When the audience members were talking about favorite holiday memories it reminded me of two. Having my driveway plowed by a horse drawn plow. Any time it snowed, I’d kneel on my brother’s bed looking out of the window waiting for Mr. Ferguson to come with the plow so I could give the horses carrots. And Christmas caroling with my Brownie troop in a horse drawn hay wagon. I’m not really that old am I?

    • 81 dudette9t9
      December 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      What a lovely memory. I could see it so clearly, like something out of a Frank Capra movie. 🙂
      Makes me wanna pull out the It’s a Wonderful Life video right now. Can’t though. People at work my frown on that.

    • 84 vcprezofan2
      December 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      ‘I’m not really that old am I?’ We-ell, Susan, do you want my first answer? I mean, I thought I was ‘mature’ but ‘a horse drawn plow’! I’ve never seen such a thing. 😉

      • December 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm

        Neither had most people in 1955, but the town I moved to was pretty rural though now it’s a Boston bedroom community full of mini-mansions! Is 62 really THAT old VC?

        • 86 dudette9t9
          December 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm

          As my grandma used to say “you’re only as old as you feel”

        • 88 vcprezofan2
          December 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm

          Phew, only 62! No, not old at all, Susan.

          Dudette, I’m very familiar with your grandma’s saying, as *I* have been hearing it applied to myself since my late teens (just because I was a quiet old soul). 🙄

          • 89 dudette9t9
            December 6, 2012 at 6:34 pm

            Well brush the decriptude off and bust a move sometime, I’ll make you feel younger! 🙂

            • 90 vcprezofan2
              December 6, 2012 at 6:43 pm

              Dudes, I might give it a try if you promise to make me feel younger AND if you are willing to act as nurse if while busting the move I bust a bone or two.

              Man, I loved that bit of ‘harmonizing’ if that’s what the guys were doing. 😆

              • 91 dudette9t9
                December 6, 2012 at 6:50 pm

                Doh! I meant “IT’LL make you feel younger”… Haha! I’m strong and powerful, but not THAT much! 😀

                I can’t type (or edit) worth squat today.

                • 92 vcprezofan2
                  December 6, 2012 at 7:12 pm

                  Actually I much prefer the first offer /promise D. 😆 😆 Your subconscious, personal, caring offer is far more of a motivator than the edited version! Thanks. /chuckle chuckle/

    • 93 susanne
      December 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      and i was thinking, as i read your marvelous memory, wow, glad i’m old enough to know what she’s talking about! thanks for bringing it back to life, susan.

      • December 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm

        I”m laughing out loud! I’m certain there are lots in the TOD family who have never even seen what I’m talking about – let alone done them!

  18. 95 donna dem 4 obama
    December 6, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Nice band! I’m really liking the music.

  19. 98 hopefruit2
    December 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    When will PBO & First Family arrive?

  20. 99 hopefruit2
    December 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Kenny Babyface is on now.

  21. 102 sherijr
    December 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    omg I used to have a madddd crush on BabyFace ~ its good to see him & his gray hair 😉

  22. December 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I love Christmas time at the White House.

    Simply love it:)

  23. 110 dudette9t9
    December 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    First Family’s coming out!!!

  24. 111 donna dem 4 obama
    December 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Here they come – Our First Family!!!!!!!!

  25. 112 sherijr
    December 6, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Am I the only one who teared up when the audience stood up for the First Family ?~ I’m betting not.

  26. 120 hopefruit2
    December 6, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Okay…my feed froze as soon as Neil Patrick Harris introduced the first family and when I tried to open another feed, it froze as well. I’m really pissed off!

  27. 121 dudette9t9
    December 6, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Frak, flarn, filth, ack, argggh!!! Somebody walked up just as PBO and family got to the stage to ask me the stupides friggin question!!
    Did I miss the lighting? Arrrrrrrgggghhhh!!!

  28. 125 hopefruit2
    December 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I missed the lighting – I guess so many people were tuned in all at the same time and it crashed the servers and froze the feeds. 😦 😦

  29. 127 utaustinliberal
    December 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Rico Rodriguez from Modern Family. What a doll.

  30. 128 dudette9t9
    December 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Oh cool. Rico Rodriguez sitting with First Family in audience, riffing with Neil Patrick Harris on stage. Says President invited him to go with family to Hawaii for Christmas vacation! Sooo cute!

  31. 129 amk for obama
    December 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    In the spirit of Xmas

  32. 130 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    If it’s that easy, I want to sign-up as First Big Sister to Michelle!

  33. December 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    OMG his voice is SOoooo sexy!

  34. 132 utaustinliberal
    December 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm

  35. December 6, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    How rude to criticize POTUS at this event. Who is that jerk?

  36. 140 dotster3
    December 6, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Does one really need to touch oneself while singing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”? Oddest phenomenon of all time. Don’t get it.

  37. December 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Here’s come another TOD blizzard 🙂

  38. 144 dudette9t9
    December 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    First Lady and Rico are reading Twas the Night Before Christmas!

  39. 145 amk for obama
    December 6, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    • December 6, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      Thank you for posting this although I don’t know what good it will do. I am so distressed about this. I heard this evening that the bill is pretty sure to pass. Then they have a whole selection of bills they are also trying to ram through before the holiday that will destroy public education in Michigan. Making the state one big school district which could claim any unused public school property for a $1, run a charter school, and stick the public district with the bills for utilities, taxes, etc.; these charter schools would have no quality controls and would be exempt from all the testing and standards that public schools are subject to. And they can handpick their students. They are now trying to get all this through before the end of the lame duck session because they lost seats in the election. It is despicable. Governor Snyder lied and said Right to Work wouldn’t be on his agenda, and then at the last minute pulls this. I didn’t believe him of course, but I’ve talked to several people who fell for his lies. He is smarter that Scot Walker – or at least more sneaky, underhanded and dangerous. THEY ARE ALL EVIL BASTARDS! And I don’t say that lightly. I am sorry to rant, but in addition to seeing my job destroyed, I am seeing my state destroyed and all the children in it damaged. I almost didn’t check in tonight because I didn’t want to rant. So I guess I should have stick to that decision.

      • 147 Elle in MI
        December 6, 2012 at 11:46 pm

        I share your pan. I too am so distraught. The people were removed and locked out of the state capitol. This is a sad day for our state.

  40. 148 amk for obama
    December 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm

  41. 149 dudette9t9
    December 6, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    NPH just yelled out “I’ll tell you who the mother is” — WTH?

  42. 158 anniebella
    December 6, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    What is that young lady wearing who is singing Silver Bell?

  43. 167 dudette9t9
    December 6, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Love my cowboy hat-wearing Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar!

  44. 169 Bill
    December 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Colbert, a native of SC, says he would be open to replacing DeMint. I hope he milks this.

  45. 170 utaustinliberal
    December 6, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I adore the friendship, closeness, and respect between Pres. Obama and Sec. Ken Salazar.

  46. 173 Ann_T
    December 6, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I just noticed the snow is back on the site. Thanks Chipsticks! 🙂

  47. 174 dudette9t9
    December 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    “In [the President], I know a heart that illuminates the example of Christ… ” — Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

    Love that!

  48. 177 dudette9t9
    December 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    PBO at the podium!!

    • 178 susanne
      December 6, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      i love that the navy band played the tune from ‘the nutcracker’ as he walked up!! haha! he’s cracking some for sure!

  49. 179 anniebella
    December 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Hay Fox did you hear them talk about talk about Christ, talk about Christmas. Now who has a war on Christmas.

    • 180 dudette9t9
      December 6, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      Then they’ll just switch to the “dems think he’s the messiah” meme – see snip above from Secretary Salazar’s intro of the President

  50. 181 amk for obama
    December 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm

  51. 182 hopefruit2
    December 6, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I love when my President weaves personal stories of ordinary folks in his remarks/speeches.

  52. 185 amk for obama
    December 6, 2012 at 6:34 pm

  53. 186 dudette9t9
    December 6, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Wooot! Sweet Baby James on the stage!!

  54. 187 anniebella
    December 6, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    My guy James Taylor is singing.

  55. 190 sherijr
    December 6, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    This show has been wonderful.. beautiful First Family, loved Ken Salazar’s speech & POTUS of course! But all the singing has been so lovely, anyway best Tree Lighting I’ve seen thus far. And wow Sweet Baby James still has the goods, doesn’t he?

  56. 193 dudette9t9
    December 6, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Hey, Take 6 is there! COOOOOL!!!!

  57. 194 amk for obama
    December 6, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    A very good read.

    John Boehner’s back-bencher purge. House Speaker John Boehner stripped four Republican members of sought-after assignments to two prominent committees (Budget and Financial Services), then warned the rest of the GOP caucus that “there may be more folks that will be targeted … we’re watching all your votes.” Boehner insists the four (Walter Jones of North Carolina, David Schweikert of Arizona, Tim Huelskamp of Kansas and Justin Amash of Michigan) weren’t purged for being too conservative, but rather for not being “team players.” One thing they had in common, though, was a vote against last year’s debt-ceiling deal.

    Boehner’s (and Paul Ryan’s) Ryan-Plan purge. The budget plan Boehner presented to the White House—which contained $800 billion in tax increases over ten years and $1.4 trillion in spending cuts, including cuts to Social Security and Medicare—constituted, among other things, the first formal Republican acknowledgment that Paul Ryan’s House-passed budget plan is dead. Ryan himself has not been purged, however. He is participating in fiscal-cliff negotiations. Indeed, while some House conservatives say the Ryan plan will live to fight another day, there are tentative signs that Ryan himself is done with the budget proposal that brought him to national prominence. He still maintains pride of authorship, however. Amash and Huelskamp, it’s been suggested, were removed from the Budget committee at least partly on Ryan’s recommendation; they both voted against the Ryan plan this year.

  58. December 6, 2012 at 6:42 pm

  59. 197 vcprezofan2
    December 6, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Aaaww, a hugging line! Wish I was there!

  60. 198 dudette9t9
    December 6, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Choir singers are like “but I wanted a hug Mr. President… please, can I have one?”

  61. 199 dudette9t9
    December 6, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    POTUS is SINGING!!!!!!! 😀

    • 200 Grab A Mop Grace
      December 6, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      The President sang “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” into that microphone for nearly the whole song.
      Surely by tomorrow, there will be a recording produced of only his beautiful voice singing that song.
      I hope that the audio mixer recorded his microphone on a separate track for that very reason:)

      Obama/Biden 4 more years!!

  62. 201 dudette9t9
    December 6, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Can anybody tell who that is in the Santa suit?

  63. December 6, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Did the director call in sick?

  64. December 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    That was simply beautiful, The Pres is so cool

  65. 214 amk for obama
    December 6, 2012 at 6:49 pm

  66. 215 anniebella
    December 6, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    A enjoyable program tonight. I just might watch it again when it comes on PBS. I bet the First Family is ready to get back in that warm White House.

  67. December 6, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Baby Face……and the President is singing

  68. 217 hopefruit2
    December 6, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I loved this show! Thanks Chips, and TOD 🙂 Will watch it again when PBS airs it.

  69. December 6, 2012 at 6:51 pm

  70. 222 amk for obama
    December 6, 2012 at 6:52 pm

  71. December 6, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Back in a while 😉

  72. 229 dudette9t9
    December 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    So smart to grab some pics while the show was happening, Chips! You ROCK!!

  73. 230 utaustinliberal
    December 6, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    • 231 theo67
      December 6, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      I was listening to BBC last night, and they had a Morsi spokeswoman on who was somewhat unhinged when the reporter challenged her assertion that the demonstrators were thugs from Mubarak’s regime – he told her “we cannot be expected to listen to you calling these demonstrators ‘thugs'”. She lost it. He finally calmed her down, but it’s clear that some of this seems to be tribal, now. I hope cool head can prevail.

  74. 232 dudette9t9
    December 6, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Swoon alert! Orlando Bloom returns as Legolas in the Hobbit trilogy:

    I don’t know this guy Luke Evans but he’s kinda hunky too!

  75. 236 amk for obama
    December 6, 2012 at 6:59 pm

  76. 239 amk for obama
    December 6, 2012 at 7:01 pm

  77. 241 amk for obama
    December 6, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Was looking at cagle cartoons site. Most of the toons are about bothsidesdoitism or right wing memes. Last visit to that site.

    • 242 jacquelineoboomer
      December 6, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      Not sure but the cartoonists may want to try to get picked up in both right- and left-leaning venues, so may be an earning-a-living thing. I agree it’s not good, but happened to come upon that thought in my mind and figured I’d share it.

      BTW, I think I’m in another silly mood, but I don’t know what I enjoyed more in the early part of this post … the sounds and sights and enjoyment of the Tree Lighting and the succeeding comments, or your attempts throughout to insert some politically minded tweet or piece of information back into the conversation. The juxtaposition just struck me funny. Luckily, everybody else caught up to you in your quest. (None of this may be what you were doing, but – like I said – I’m in a silly mood, and who needs a cartoon, anyway, to laugh?)

  78. December 6, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Good West Coast afternoon all!

    I’ve been a busy bee all day; had my regional youth services pot luck this morning, then a bunch of work waiting for me when I returned to the library.

    At the potluck, as we were eating, we all shared a moment from the past year which made us glad we were children’s librarians. We all had m any, as did I, but one just happened.

    Every year we have a drawing for passes to Disney on Ice. One mom whom I adore, and who has two amazing little girls, said she was praying that they’d win. They’re in a tough spot financially, and winning would pretty much be their entire Christmas. Well, she won, and she just picked up the passes with her girls. The youngest one gave me some yummy chocolate cookies, and the mother almost broke down in tears. I’m getting choked up writing this. This is why I love my job, because I get paid to make a difference in people’s lives, and get many opportunities to do so.

    So, any of you youngins thinking about what to do after your undergrad degrees are done, there are few better ways to go than being a librarian—or, really, any profession which allows you to serve. I’ve become an evangelist for service. It’s the only thing which will see us through as a species.

  79. 253 amk for obama
    December 6, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Hey blog tyrant. New thread, new thread, new thread.

  80. 256 dudette9t9
    December 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Off-topic: Got some time to kill?
    How about donating rice to the World Food Programme, by simply testing/improving your own vocabulary.
    For every correct word – 10 grains of rice are donated; 5 correct words – 50 grains, and so on. The words get more difficult, the more you play.

    I warn you — it’s addictive! You can test yourself on other subjects as well.

    • 257 sherijr
      December 6, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      oh it is addictive alright.. I used to do it everyday & then with all the politics I literally forgot about it- so thank YOU dudette for the link and the reminder 🙂

  81. 258 hopefruit2
    December 6, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Ron Christie is having a conniption on Twitter about Rev Al’s “millions of unpaid Federal taxes” yet nary a peep from him about Romney’s undisclosed tax returns, and offshore accounts. His Twitter handle is @Ron_Christie.

  82. 265 amk for obama
    December 6, 2012 at 7:23 pm

  83. 266 HZ
    December 6, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    This is a lovely evening with our First Family. Always so wonderful to see our POTUS smiling and enjoying his family. Our First Daughters are the “apple of his eye.” We are so blessed to have such an engaging First Family. POB always has the beautiful inclusive spirit about his events where the American people feel his warmth, his compassion, and his love.

    Thanks so much, Chips for all that you do to make this a wonderful time of the year to celebrate the holidays for all.

    I hope and continue to lift up our dear sweet ones within our TOD Family. (((((((( Many lovely hugs)))))))))))HZ

  84. 268 amk for obama
    December 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    • 269 nathkatun7
      December 7, 2012 at 3:19 am

      AMK! This is what drives me nuts about the U.S. political system. How can we call this a democracy when the majority party in the House of Representatives represents a minority voters while the party that received the majority votes of more than 1 million is the minority party. The situation is even much worse when it comes to the U.S. Senate. For example: 10 GOP senators from Wyoming, Utah, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Idaho, can organize to vote against the interests of California, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts despite the fact that the 10 GOP senators from these GOP states represent a total population that is less than 10% of the total population represented by the 8 U.S. Senators from California, New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Right now, the the houses of the U.S. Congress, the Senate (with its filibuster rules) and the House (because of gerrymandering), are being dominated by members who represent a minority of Americans.

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