President Barack Obama stand-in U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Serpico Elliott and First Lady Michelle Obama stand-in Army Specialist Delondra Rollins participate in the Inauguration dress rehearsal in Washington, DC on January 13


Ooooh, the inauguration is getting mightily close, severely excited.

Meanwhile, while you’re waiting, chat away.

134 Responses to “Rehearsal”

  1. 1 NurseShar
    January 13, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Awesome I can’t wait!

  2. 3 amk for obama
    January 13, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    First. Ha. Ha.

  3. 23 Proud Former White House Intern
    January 13, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    What an honor!

  4. 24 99ts
    January 13, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    First 10? congrats NurseShar

  5. 25 isonprize
    January 13, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    I’ll be there. I am SO THANKFUL that it looks like it won’t be RIDICULOUSLY COLD like it was back on 09. Coldest 8+ hours of my life. OF MY LIFE!!! 😎

    • January 13, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      I’m only defrosting now Isonprize, my mouth actually stopped functioning after a while, which – I must say – came as a relief to my companions. πŸ˜•

  6. 30 NurseShar
    January 13, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Sorry, πŸ™‚ I couldn’t believe there were no comments. I’m ready for the festivities, my hubby will be out of town so I can watch all the weekend festivities and I took off Monday to watch the inauguration.

  7. January 13, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    I laugh with sardonic glee when a recipe calls for “1/8 tsp of salt, or to taste.” My taste definitely doesn’t stop at 1/8 of a teaspoon.

  8. 33 yardarm756
    January 13, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Congrats NurseShar. Rev up the engines and get ready for the party.

  9. 36 anniebella
    January 13, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Stand in is okay, but like Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell used to sing, “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing” baby. Can’t wait till January 21st. Can we not have any Republicans there? I hope Cheney won’t be there, Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, would not bother me if none of the racists bastards showed up.

    • 37 anniebella
      January 13, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      What kind of day are we expecting January 21st? I think I”ll call the weather man on the local news and ask .

    • 38 anniebella
      January 13, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      I don’t think I got that lady who sing with Marvin Gaye right.

    • 40 isonprize
      January 13, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      Annie, they’ll be there. LOLOLOL In fact, I actually LIKE that the Re-thugs will witness all of their hateful, mean, nasty work going to waste.

      I’m not much of a ‘bible banger’ but Isaiah 54:17 is pretty clear: No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, said the LORD.

      That verse is for all the “Re-thugs” that call themselves “Christians”

  10. January 13, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I am very excited too! These next four years are going to be outstanding!

  11. January 13, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Ms Foster evidently stirred some emotions tonight ….

    • 43 lisalovesobama
      January 13, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      She did. She was great. I think I heard her say basically that she will do no more movies. I think.

      • January 13, 2013 at 11:16 pm

        No more movies? She hasn’t been successful for quite a while but she is an amazing actress. Her last effort with Mel Gibson came out just after his troubles. Shame. She’s been around since my kids were kids. Generally I love her movies.

  12. 45 vcprezofan2
    January 13, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Forgive me ladies, but I thought my buddy, Amk, would really appreciate this one.

  13. January 13, 2013 at 10:38 pm


    Article was filled with links of supplemental material.
    Very well written, insightful with balance analysis of circumstances of AA and why PBO cannot talk about race. I found it helpful and just thought I would share.

  14. January 13, 2013 at 10:39 pm

  15. January 13, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Serpico and Delondra… Rock on, US of A! We are changing, god love us all…


  16. 63 amk for obama
    January 13, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    A blonde walked into a gas station and said to the manager, ”I locked my keys in my car. Do you have a coat hanger or something I can stick through the window to unlock the door?”

    ”Why sure,” said the manager, ”we have something that works especially well for that.”

    A couple minutes later, the manager walked outside to see how the blonde was doing and he heard another voice. ”No, no! A little to the left,” said the other blonde inside the car.

    • January 13, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      Evil!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜†

    • 65 vcprezofan2
      January 13, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      Disclaimer – Am not trying to compete with the resident jokester but more to share 2 that favour his style. Here’s the second one.

      As some of you probably know I like adding visuals to my thank you tweets when I can find appropriate ones. I stumbled upon the tweeter featured in the two jokes I shared and s/he seems to have a treasure trove of visuals. I’m in visual ‘heaven’ at least I’ve been for the last 10 minutes or so. πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    • 66 vcprezofan2
      January 13, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      I’ve never thought of this before this very minute, but how come blonde jokes always feature females? Shouldn’t blond guys be equally clueless if the stereotype is to hold any merit? Whatever happened to fair and balanced?

      • 67 amk for obama
        January 13, 2013 at 11:02 pm

        Read the joke carefully again. It’s gender neutral. The stereotyping is in your head. πŸ™‚

        • 68 vcprezofan2
          January 13, 2013 at 11:09 pm

          ‘The stereotyping is in your head.’

          Yes, but not really. I was trained way back when to believe that ‘blonde’ refers to female and ‘blond’ to male, so THAT is in my head. πŸ˜‰ (I find it interesting and funny that you and I have these ‘spelling’ “situations” from time to time. πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

        • January 13, 2013 at 11:11 pm

          Not to be a pedant, but “blonde” is female, and “blond” is male. Just for future reference. πŸ™‚

          • 70 amk for obama
            January 13, 2013 at 11:16 pm

            you ‘murkans’. /smh

            (I really didn’t know that. Thanks, LL & vc).

          • 71 Virginia
            January 14, 2013 at 8:31 am

            When did that English rule happen? Never heard of it, and never noticed the difference.

            • 72 Nena20409
              January 14, 2013 at 9:40 am

              Could it be that Blonde/Blond are French words?

              French, Spanish, Portuguese, etc have the male/female way of spelling and saying things in their respective languages?

    • 73 theo67
      January 14, 2013 at 3:04 am

      Oh, dear! I don’t think anyone can resist laughing at this one (and shaking their heads…)

  17. 74 lisalovesobama
    January 13, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    The main woman from Zero Dark 30 won. I heard she was amazing. It’s fitting that this category was the only one to win tonight. I hope this is repeated at the Oscars. I didn’t watch it and won’t even though I’ve read the reviews for it, the pros and cons, I still won’t see it.
    Ps- Daniel Day Lewis wins

    • January 14, 2013 at 12:01 am

      I watched it Friday nite and came away completely unimpressed. It gave zero credit to Obama administration for reviving the OBL unit at the CIA in 2009 in the first place, after Bush had shut down in 2006. It was truly narcissistically focused on the female agent that Jessica Chastain played, and nothing about the political decisions that enabled her revived work.

      There was nothing about Admiral McRaven who commanded the entire military component of the mission. The SEAL Team characters looked like teaparty loons.

      I didn’t find the cinematography compelling either. Dialogue was bland, flatter than a TV drama script.

      You can tell I reaaaaaaaally luuuurved it ….. πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

      • 76 theo67
        January 14, 2013 at 3:09 am

        The fact that the movie doesn’t credit the people who made the raid happen makes me think it’s just about sensationalizing a pretty horrific event (the consequence of an even more horrific event: 9/11) and making money. Once I heard that it presented torture as an viable tactic, rather than the horrific thing that it is that ruins the tortured and those doing the torturing, I knew I won’t be watching that movie.

  18. January 13, 2013 at 10:52 pm

  19. January 13, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    So, report on my ropa vieja. Fuck, it was good! And, again, when a recipe calls for 1/8 teaspoon of salt, ignore it.

  20. 83 dotster3
    January 13, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    I’m a baby—I don’t like seeing fake Obamas.

  21. January 13, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    wow, Argo won as best drama.

  22. 87 hopefruit2
    January 13, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Indeed. The same guy who said that the Des Moines Register endorsement of Romney meant that Obama was toast….

    • 88 amk for obama
      January 13, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      • 89 jackiegrumbacher
        January 14, 2013 at 7:52 am

        And on a site–the Huff Post– which starts from an anti-PBO bias. No thanks. I could care less what Ariana and her right leaning crew thinks.

      • 90 anniebella
        January 14, 2013 at 10:19 am

        Yea, Howard after all what did the bum really do? I guess bringing this economy back from the brink of disaster is nothing, I guess passing Healthcare is nothing, although other Presidents have tried for many years and fail. I guess saving the Auto Industry is nothing,That bum, that bum. Howard Fineman and Huff Puff can both go straight to “HELL”.

  23. 91 desertflower
    January 13, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    night all…it’s freezing and I just want to go snuggle into bed. Busy week. See you in the am.

  24. 94 dotster3
    January 13, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Good to see police chief add his voice. Didn’t get the line—-‘some are concerned that WH is moving too fast on proposing gun control measures’. Could have just been sloppy reporting, which would not be unusual.

    • January 14, 2013 at 12:06 am

      If the number they give of 300 million guns that means nearly one gun per person in the US, what kind of control will there ever be. Where are all these guns? How can anyone control what is already out there? Just asking.

      • 96 theo67
        January 14, 2013 at 3:13 am

        It’s going to take just putting one step in front of the other on this one. This is just another problem that didn’t happen overnight – it took years and gradual erosion of regulations and sanity. It’s going to take a lot of time to fix it. No silver bullet – pardon the pun.

      • 97 Virginia
        January 14, 2013 at 8:39 am

        Like the President said, just because something is hard, it doesn’t mean we don’t try.

    • 98 jackiegrumbacher
      January 14, 2013 at 7:55 am

      Dotster, and if the president had set a longer deadline for Biden’s recommendations, the same people would be saying he’s taking it too slow. The fact is he has to act while public sentiment is still high. If it wanes because he took too much time, he’ll lose the groundswell of public support. He already said that gun violence can end if people care enough to stop it.

  25. 99 isonprize
    January 13, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    For anniebella

  26. 111 prettyfoot58
    January 14, 2013 at 12:08 am

    GN TODville….

    powerful threads…

  27. 112 prettyfoot58
    January 14, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Did anyone hear from DonnaDem regarding the TOD gathering during Inaugural Weekend….

    • 113 vcprezofan2
      January 14, 2013 at 12:13 am

      Hi, PF58. DD4O is working on it and will be in touch tomorrow or Tuesday. She had about 20 interested folk when she checked in.

  28. January 14, 2013 at 2:22 am

    time for some rest ….

  29. January 14, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Fascinating that the story tellers of both Zero Dark Thirty and Seal Team Six make it very clear that that female CIA analyst connected the dots – and did so over an extended period. For all the misogynist GOP wimps, that’s a message we need to be sure they are never able to escape.

    Just had to address that issue … now, I’ll get some rest.

  30. 118 99ts
    January 14, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Why does it happen? A woman long revered as an amazing teacher of indigenous Australians – charged with frauds of over $AU9 million

    I realize innocent until proven guilty – but also too

    When the financial management of government systems get deregulated – there always seem to be people who take advantage thinking that the government “can afford it”. I liked the days when all the staff at government schools were teachers – that was their role. Now they have to be managers, accountants, psychologists & sometimes (fortunately not in Australia) armed guards.

  31. 119 globalcitizenlinda
    January 14, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Every day makes it more clear to me that all of us who support PBO are going to have to pull out ALL the stops to push back against all the entreched special interests that are determined to maintain the status quo and are funding multiple attacks on his agenda.

    First term for POTUS was one of the greatest ones; the second term promises to be even more exceptional because PBO is going to be breaking even more new ground in areas that have held us all back for so long

  32. 120 globalcitizenlinda
    January 14, 2013 at 7:00 am

    the fill in for POTUS and FLOTUS look great. What an honor for them! Something to treasure for life

  33. 121 dotster3
    January 14, 2013 at 7:33 am

    This is GREAT

  34. January 14, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Mrs. Greenspan gets on my LAST nerve!!

  35. 124 desertflower
    January 14, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Good Monday morning!! Hardball time!!


    The White House’s weekend ultimatum that Congress either lift the debt ceiling cleanly or take responsibility for default puts Republicans in a bind over their goal of reforming entitlement programs.

    In ruling out all executive options, such as minting a high-value platinum coin, the White House put the onus on congressional Republicans to agree to raise the nation’s borrowing limit β€” without spending cuts or strings attached β€” or permit the first ever credit default. President Obama has steadfastly rebuffed their calls to cut social spending in exchange for raising the debt ceiling, and Democratic leaders support his position.

    That leaves Republicans in a difficult position vis-Γ -vis their promise not to raise the debt ceiling without improving the long-run solvency of programs like Social Security and Medicare.

    If they propose safety net cuts that Democrats oppose, risk political blowback. If they back off, conservatives will accuse them of surrender on a top priority.

    The situation has left Republicans flummoxed. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) lashed out at Democratic leaders after they sent a letter Friday calling on President Obama to raise the debt ceiling unilaterally if Republicans block congressional action.

  36. 125 Dudette
    January 14, 2013 at 8:06 am

    • 126 jackiegrumbacher
      January 14, 2013 at 8:18 am

      Dudette, I know that GOP House/Senate leadership plays to a very select crazy and/or ultra rich audience, but could they possible realize how juvenile they appear to the rest of the world? It’s as if they all need diaper changes. Whine, whine, whine and cry, hello Boehner, when things don’t go their way. What a bunch of babies.

      • 127 Dudette
        January 14, 2013 at 8:25 am

        Bunch of babies indeed. Worse yet: They have no shame and they could care less what the rest of the world (or those of us here at home)thinks of them.

  37. January 14, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Cry me a river Mitch ‘ole boy. Be careful what you ask for……….you may get it. IDIOT!!!!!!!!!! Pllllllleeeeeeaaaaassssseeeee, Ashley, jump in, but, yes, at the right time.

    • 129 Bill
      January 14, 2013 at 8:26 am

      Senator Corker’s comment on Chuck Hagel’s temperament is getting a lot of play this morning. Some one pointed out Corker graduated from high school in 1970 at the height of the Vietnam War. Corker elected to avoid the servive. Hagel enlisted in the service and volunteered for Vietnam out of high school. Corker may have made a mistake with his comment.

  38. 130 Dudette
    January 14, 2013 at 8:12 am

  39. 131 Dudette
    January 14, 2013 at 8:30 am

    A little morning romance. πŸ™‚

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