All set for a very beautiful couple of days?



Updated schedule:



Photos and bits and pieces in the morning, if I wake early enough πŸ˜•

Monster huge best wishes to the TOD gang who will be in DC this weekend, hope you all have the most blissful time. I’d say ‘behave’, but ….. πŸ™„

241 Responses to “All set for a very beautiful couple of days?”

  1. 1 vitaminlover
    January 19, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    4 more glorious years!

  2. 10 ber6964
    January 19, 2013 at 9:03 pm


  3. 11 Proud Former White House Intern
    January 19, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Can’t wait

  4. 12 hopefruit2
    January 19, 2013 at 9:03 pm


  5. 13 carolmaewy
    January 19, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Fired Uo, ready to go.

  6. 14 Sweet peg
    January 19, 2013 at 9:04 pm


  7. 15 Dudette
    January 19, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Neat! That GA Dems graphic does look mighty fine up there! Thanks Chips! πŸ™‚

  8. January 19, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Congrats vitaminlover!!!

    Thanks for the beautiful imagery Dudette!!!

    Thanks for the new thread, Chips.

    Fact …


    Yes We Can

    • 29 Dudette
      January 19, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks Bob!

    • 30 vitaminlover
      January 19, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks, Bobfr.

    • 31 jackiegrumbacher
      January 19, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      Thank you and Amen, Bob. We need to repeat this until every school child in the US knows it. I want to get to the point where people start to routinely question the second amendment and it someday becomes an embarrassment. We may not see its repeal in our day, but our children are going to do it someday because its inclusion in our constitution will be be a thing of shame for decent people.

    • 32 nathkatun7
      January 20, 2013 at 4:35 am

      Great tweet, Bobfr!

  9. 39 Dudette
    January 19, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    MA Gov Deval Patrick on CNN with Piers Morgan now…

  10. January 19, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Evening Chipsticks, TOD!
    Beyonce, Far East Movement, Smokey Robinson, James Taylor, Black Violin, Brad Paisley, Walt Whitman and Soul Children of Chicago…….. HD quality sound/ All 22 performers, multiple albums. If you dont have Spotify easy sign up or sign in through facebook. Hope you enjoy!

  11. 45 amk for obama
    January 19, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    “President Obama’s inaugural parade will feature eight floats, including a Hawaii float to honor his birthplace, an Illinois float to honor the first lady’s home state, and a Kenyan float just to mess with Republicans.” –Jimmy Fallon

    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  12. 52 carolmaewy
    January 19, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Congrats to vitamin lover. A weekend to remember.

  13. 54 Xtine
    January 19, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Hello all! Don’t know why this song came to me this evening! Sharing!

  14. 74 LunarSea
    January 19, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    As much as I loved the Kennedys in the WH, and they seemed to have this nice happy family, the connection the Obamas have was missing. I don’t remember John fawning over Jacqueline or visa versa.

    Anyway, I love their interactions. It is not lost on me how much that image means to couples and families everywhere. Not just in the USA. And not just with families of color. A loving relationship like that is something everyone wants. And as our leaders, it is refreshing to have them as role models.

    • 75 vitaminlover
      January 19, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      Yes and I credit Michelle with much of that because she grew up in such a loving, stable family. Also Barack had maturity on him when he married her and has the best manly heart. They are not fake but so real.

    • January 19, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      JFK had a wandering eye and wasn’t entirely focused on Jackie. Too busy chasing other skirts.
      PBO and FLOTUS were made for each other.

      • 77 amk for obama
        January 19, 2013 at 9:26 pm

        Yup. No comparison at all. Actually, I find it insulting.

        • 78 jacquelineoboomer
          January 19, 2013 at 10:19 pm

          You may be looking back at it. Actually, if you lived through that time, it was all like a fairy tale. The press kept any hint of trouble in their marriage (if they knew about it) to themselves. His wandering eye wasn’t known by his adoring public, nor her adoring public. All they saw was a bright, young marriage with small children. She was a role model for women at the time (it was a much different time). He was the first President born in the 20th century, and more to the liking of the ’60s culture. It all worked then.

          Today, we know the two couples are nothing like the other. But not back then; hence, the “Camelot” story is still remembered by people my age. Jackie went on to raise two wonderful children, and remained well loved until her death.

          • 79 jackiegrumbacher
            January 19, 2013 at 10:26 pm

            And JOB, wasn’t it wonderful to be named “Jacqueline” in those days. It wasn’t a common name and it felt great to have such a beautiful first lady named after you. That’s something you and I both shared.

            • 80 jacquelineoboomer
              January 19, 2013 at 11:35 pm

              Well, yes, Jackie, it truly was! We got lucky. My parents could not have known in advance how lucky, that’s for sure. I remember trying to do my hair like hers when I was in high school, and I had a dress with a neckline like one she wore, and I added (costume jewelry) pearls. And I was ultra thin then, there’s that! I’ve always loved “our” name – haven’t you?

              • 81 jackiegrumbacher
                January 20, 2013 at 1:43 pm

                Well, JOB, I wish I had done as you did and used Jacqueline. I never like Jackie, but everyone called me that when I was little and it stuck.

                • 82 jacquelineoboomer
                  January 20, 2013 at 5:13 pm

                  Everyone called me Jackie at home, too, but I went to Catholic school K-12 and you weren’t “allowed” to have a nickname (I kid you not!) in the ’50s and ’60s, the good ol’ days.

      • 83 0388jojothecat
        January 19, 2013 at 9:59 pm

        Yep, she was not looking and he WAS. He had to EARN her love and there were NO games. If he truly wanted her, he HAD TO PROVE HIMSELF WORTHY. She had a strong mother and father who taught her and her brother good family values and their parents lived it. Barack wanted a stable family and an independent strong woman like the ones who raised him.

      • 84 jackiegrumbacher
        January 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm

        All true, meta. His infidelity was a constant insult to Jackie and must have hurt her terribly. While the Kennedsy were beautiful to look at they were not affectionate in public. That was also a more formal time–note the top hats for the Inauguration–and expressing affection for your spouse in public would have been frowned on.

    • 85 taiping1
      January 19, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      Unfortunately JFK was a womanizer: multiple affairs and women in the WH; often spirited out as Jackie was returning to WH.

  15. 86 Pamela
    January 19, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Whew, bless you Chipsticks. You may take first turn on the naughty mat…. My iPad was weepin’ from the weight of that thread, but I made it struggle on! πŸ™‚ hey everyone! A good day. (except for all those gun crackpots….)

  16. January 19, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Chips, just for that Chelsea crack, here’s tonight’s menu.

    Broiled tilapia, seasoned with Magic Dust from Hitching Post II
    Sauteed brussel sprouts
    Wild rice

  17. 121 lisalovesobama
    January 19, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    New thread! And not a moment too soon! Thanks Chips! Certain elements on the previous thread were getting a skosh risqué what with all the songs with innuendo and all. My my, what pervs we have here at TOD!! I had to cover my innocent eyes and ears! My, oh my! 😯

  18. 128 amk for obama
    January 19, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    “President Obama’s half-brother is running for political office in Kenya. Donald Trump has already accused him of being born in the United States.” – Conan O’Brien

  19. 132 Dudette
    January 19, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Did I just hear Doris Kearns Goodwin (historian and author of the book on which the movie “Lincoln” is based) just say she hopes PBO gets the House back in the 2014 midterms? πŸ™‚

    She’s on Piers Morgan talking about the President’s “Place In History”

    • 133 Pamela
      January 19, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      If she did say it, I know what she means. The GOP have stolen the past two years, and if we DO regain the majority, the last two years of second term will be massive accomplishment. But as it is, the 4 years squished in the middle of PBO’s terms equals a waste of his time and talent by those who don’t give a shit about this country. It will be critical to us all to make this regain, so after this weekend of partaying, we all really really need to buckle down and get to work on those 2014 elections.

    • 134 utaustinliberal
      January 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      Yep. She’s a Democrat so she obviously wants it back.

  20. 135 LunarSea
    January 19, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Someone on previous thread mentioned that CSPAN was showing the 2009 inaug and it reminded me of how Cheney made the Obama’s stay at a hotel while his kids were in school and while awaiting the inaug because he claimed the guest house was occupied and it turned out not to be true. Then they had some schmuck stay there when ppl called him out. SMDH

    I hope he and his evil spawn rot in hell.

    Okay with that ugly thought out of the way, it’s back to our regularly scheduled, heartwarming, forward thinking, unifying, program.

  21. 141 amk for obama
    January 19, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    When Claire McCaskill set out to crack down on waste and fraud in wartime contracting six years ago, the newbie senator from Missouri figured that finding ways to save taxpayer dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan would be a no-brainer project, even in the highly partisan halls of Congress.

    β€œLike most who come to Washington for the first time, I assumed that this would not be a heavy lift,” McCaskill said in a recent interview with McClatchy. β€œI assumed that cleaning up war contracting and profiteering would be a consensus item that would fly through the process, and I learned quickly that that was very naive.”

    This month – after half a dozen years of hearings, reports, overseas fact-finding trips, painful compromises and some last-minute, round-the-clock negotiating – the first substantial overhaul of the federal government’s wartime contracting practices since World War II finally became law, with McCaskill as its chief architect. The president signed it Jan. 2 as part of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, the day before McCaskill, a Democrat, was sworn in for her second Senate term.


    Wedding out venality & corruption, step by step.

    • January 19, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      Thank you McCaskill, but dang woman, I could of told you that wasn’t going to be easy.

    • 143 LunarSea
      January 19, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      great news. The military industrial complex is the biggest drain on our resources and most is so unnecessary. Remember when a cool billion went missing in Iraq? While we were arguing about providing affordable health care which some deemed wasteful spending. SMDH

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  23. 149 vitaminlover
    January 19, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    This is getting more and more exciting as the weekend rolls along.

  24. 150 Xtine
    January 19, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Dudette, look up thread a tad! πŸ™‚

  25. 152 vitaminlover
    January 19, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I’m so excited…and I just can’t hide it! I’m about to lose control and I think I like it!!

  26. 153 Pamela
    January 19, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I’m posting this link for 99ts, as there are still a few tickets left and it is going to be a memorable day in Sydney! Hope you can attend! http://seaflavour.com.au/

  27. January 19, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Ding … ding ….

    …. the madness & irony of it all ….


    Yes We Can

  28. 172 Obamaperson
    January 19, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    I was thrilled at the 2008 inauguration of President Obama. Our first African-American President in part, but also our first really interesting, compelling speaker in my lifetime. (I was not a fan of Ah, shucks Reagan. He was ok. But avuncular.)

    This time I am bubbling over with excitement, because I know what we are getting because I know what we got. I have seen him in action, in the daily life of the nation, including its traumas and great moments and immense frustrations. I will be in my home far away, but absolutely glued to the inauguration of this President.

  29. 173 amk for obama
    January 19, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    I have a seekrit that I am dying to tell.

    No, no, amk. Sit down.

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    • January 19, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      Specifically ….

      • 198 jackiegrumbacher
        January 19, 2013 at 10:42 pm

        I’m so with you on this one, Bob. A filibuster should be such a big deal that anyone proposing it should face the prospect of physical exhaustion and constant public exposure of his/her idiocy. I want to see sore throats, and sweaty brows and I want I want every senator who supports the filibuster to have to sit through it all. Why should it be easy to throw a monkey wrench into the smooth operating of our government. Faced with the prospect of having to make fools of themselves, the number of senators willing to call for a filibuster would drop like a stone.

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  36. 209 dotster3
    January 19, 2013 at 10:05 pm

  37. 213 utaustinliberal
    January 19, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    C-SPAN One is airing Pres. Obama’s 2009 inauguration in its entirety throughout the night. Memories.


  38. January 19, 2013 at 10:06 pm

  39. 216 Allison
    January 19, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    2009 Presidential Inauguration on C-Span now. Great memories.

  40. 217 Dudette
    January 19, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    CSPAN is running the 2009 Inaug arrivals of dignataries. Bush just walked in… ugh (didn’t need to seee that). VP Biden coming now! Yay!!!!

    • 218 EDP4BHO
      January 19, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      Hey Dudette, TOD. Yes, but they showed Bush entering twice. Threw me for a loop. Complete scene repeated. Think C-Span is drinking ala Diane Sawyer ? Just delaying PBO. Now they’re showing repeat of him coming through the hall. Oh, here comes Biden again πŸ˜€

  41. 219 amk for obama
    January 19, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Ok. Gotta run. Work to do. Yeah, me worky sundays too. (chest thumping)

    Gunnite folks.

  42. 221 Dudette
    January 19, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Yay! CSPAN — PBO coming in to take the oath behind Nancy Smash and Diane Feinstein. πŸ˜€

    Look at the crowd!!!!

    • 222 0388jojothecat
      January 19, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      Does the Boner annouce the President this time?

      • 223 Dudette
        January 19, 2013 at 10:22 pm

        I hope not. Really, he could just stay home (at that bar down the street from Capitol) as far as I’m concerned.

        • 224 Obama Grandmama
          January 20, 2013 at 2:49 am

          I have to say I did feel the bitter cold but those of us standing felt it from the ground into our feet. Maybe sitting would have been easier. Those sitting were either family members, politicians or VIPs. They were not in their seats as long as we were standing either.

  43. 225 Dudette
    January 19, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I met a lady today who sat on the platform behind Tom Hanks during the first inaug. She said it was so surreal and awe-inspiring, she didn’t feel the bitter cold at all until it was time to leave.

  44. 226 Dudette
    January 19, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    The crowd goes wild as he walks out and his name is announced “Ladies and Gentlemen, the President-Elect, Barack H. Obama”

  45. 229 Dudette
    January 19, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Chants: O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  46. 231 kasai
    January 19, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    I am an emotional mess today…crying again watching 2009..

  47. 232 LunarSea
    January 19, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I have a confession to make. You know all those emails from politicians and their groups asking to sign cards, or petitions or ‘show my support’ by signing things? Well sometimes I wonder about their motives. I think some of them are fishing to create their own database of names, much like the OFA list and that makes me reluctant to sign some. I call and fax as requested but when I think of all the grief some of these people have created for this president, I pause.

    And yet I always respond to PBO’s campaign people and close advisors, but the DCCG et al, well I’m reluctant. So I give and sign sparingly. Why? Because not all of them support the president’s agenda and some actually seem to fight him in things that I care deeply about.

    So bottom line is I’m happy for Organizing for Action. I plan to help in anyway I can. And I’m really grateful that they are keeping the ‘Obama/Biden’ list to themselves. A while back I read somewhere in the interwebz a really nice comment that paraphrasing went something like, “I don’t stand behind my president, I stand before him, to shield him and to pave his way.” I see OFA as his army that is sent out before him and I’m ready.

    #4morefor44 #Forward #inaug2013

    • 233 Lana
      January 20, 2013 at 3:55 am

      I agree with your concerns, especially when you look at some of the emails from various people and the way they request money for everyone up to Daily Kos! Well said!

  48. 234 0388jojothecat
    January 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Mute Rick Warren…

  49. 236 hopefruit2
    January 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    On Monday, Charles Schumer will be doing what Diane Feinstein did in 2009.

  50. 237 Dudette
    January 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Rick Warren Invocation — I forgot how he got basically just light, polite applause. LOL!

  51. January 19, 2013 at 10:25 pm

  52. January 19, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Hey, does anyone else remember last year that (I think it was) Jay Carney suggested the next time we’d hear the President singing was at the inauguration? Wonder if anyone’s been practicing around the White House… πŸ˜‰

  53. 241 canadabarb4obama
    January 19, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    IMHO, cheney signaled the GOP it was ok to disrespect PBO, by showing up in a wheel chair at the 2009 inaugural. No way did he hurt his back moving (as if people at that level would be lifting boxes). He did it to gin up the racists; no need to stand for “that one”. I believe that was the start of their evil tactics.

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