First Lady: Portrait

Official portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama in the Green Room of the White House, Feb. 12, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

346 Responses to “First Lady: Portrait”

  1. 1 carolmaewy
    February 20, 2013 at 1:15 pm


  2. 2 andogriff
    February 20, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    She is so beautiful!!

  3. 3 andogriff
    February 20, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Congrats on first, carolmaewy!

  4. 7 carolmaewy
    February 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    It is a beautiful photo love the dress and bangs.

  5. 8 utaustinliberal
    February 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    This looks like the outfit and pearls she wore on Rachel Ray which makes me think she probably took the picture the same day. It’s also the same outfit and pearls she was wearing the afternoon of the SOTU when she and Pres. Obama along with her CoS Tina Tchen ran into each other along the Colonnade and Pete Souza pictured it.


    p.s. I just saw the date the portrait was taken and it was the day of the SOTU!

  6. February 20, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    So, I’m sitting here admiring that stunning photo, and then I check spam and find an ad for anti-wrinkle cream. Is someone trying to tell me something? Grr!

  7. February 20, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Gorgeous woman, gorgeous smile, gorgeous style. SOOOOO PROUD!!

  8. February 20, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Lovely portrait!!

    #WeDemandAVote is trending

    Yes We Can

  9. 15 Pamela
    February 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness.

  10. February 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    My local anchor is having a blast at the White House!

  11. 32 Perry
    February 20, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Beautiful photo.
    She a treasure.

  12. 33 carolmaewy
    February 20, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    There were comments I wanted to make on last post, but Chips and TOD buddies have so much info for me to check out. Now with this beautiful photo of FLOTUS, I don’t feel the need a screaming room. Is there one here, by the way? But I must tell everyone how I laughed at Lawrence O’Donnell last night. I have written a comment in my local newspaper and asked why the the Republicans were raising taxes? I hit a nerve with somebody in the Mead administration. But no one is happy with this huge increase. I just wanted to point out how hypocritical the rethugs were. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ Not that I’m happy with it either. We already pay a lot for shipping on our goods because we are so remote and scarcely populated. I wish people here would read the history of our state and why things are the way they are. They bring up the strangest ideas. It’s scary and funny.

      • 35 carolmaewy
        February 20, 2013 at 1:45 pm


        • 36 theo67
          February 20, 2013 at 4:25 pm

          Home of Dick Cheney! No wonder these crazy things are happening…

          • 37 carolmaewy
            February 20, 2013 at 4:27 pm

            There are a few not crazy, and we try….

            • 38 theo67
              February 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm

              It’s a breathtakingly beautiful state, though. It has to be, to balance out the ugliness of Cheney… I was there a few years ago, and he was flying out as we were flying in.

              • 39 carolmaewy
                February 20, 2013 at 4:39 pm

                We’re you in the area of Jackson Hole and Yellowstone? It doesn’t get much better than that. We also have the Cloud Peak Wilderness area. That is beautiful too.

            • 42 nathkatun7
              February 20, 2013 at 10:54 pm

              You are truly heroic! Some of us who reside in “blue” states don’t quite appreciate the courage of Obama supporters who reside in deep red states like Wyoming. I appreciate you guys very much because I happen to live in San Diego County which has pockets of extreme right wing crazies. These SD pockets of crazy right wingers are represented in Congress by Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter, Jr.

              • 43 carolmaewy
                February 20, 2013 at 10:57 pm

                Thanks. I never could understand how those two got in. There were weeks when our crew at OFA.WY had my hubby, me and our great leader. Called five hundred numbers though.

  13. 44 Perry
    February 20, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    I mean “is a treasure”

  14. 59 utaustinliberal
    February 20, 2013 at 1:42 pm

  15. 66 anniebella
    February 20, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I Love the First Lady portrait. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. 67 Allison
    February 20, 2013 at 1:44 pm


  17. 68 itgurl_29
    February 20, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Mrs. O’s new photo brought this song to mind:

  18. 71 GGAIL
    February 20, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    FLOTUS Michelle Obama is a beauty!

  19. 72 anniebella
    February 20, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I want the portrait of POTUS and FLOTUS so I can put them on my living room wall.

  20. 74 Jovie
    February 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    The Pentagon has informed congress it will lay off 800k civilians if these cuts go through.
    A monstrous amount, this is not including all the other Agencies that will lose their jibs, if The Sequester happens.
    That’s just incredible!
    This will flip us into a recession, losing that many jobs at once?
    Remember, when the President took over in January of 09, we list 750k jobs that month?

    This is bad, very bad!!

    • 75 Bill
      February 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      I heard somewhere all the layoffs are in the executive branch and none in the congressional branch.

    • 76 jackiegrumbacher
      February 20, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Jovie, this news probably thrilled the hearts of Republicans because they think it will redound exclusively on the president who isn’t up for re-election. It’s up to the Dems to take to the air, get themselves out there and present their case so no one can blame them when it happens. There’s a good chance that if the sequester happens, it will be pulled back in a short time, but who knows when you’re dealing with people who have no regard for the country. They will be clicking champagne glasses if the economy tanks. The more suffering the better in their vile minds.

      • 77 57andfemale
        February 20, 2013 at 2:58 pm

        They’re not ahead of it, IMO. there has to be a soundbite connecting the hostage taking that led to the sequester. Which would have been fine if Republicans had agreed to even one effing dollar of revenue before bolting from the congressional commission.

        That’s no soundbite, but Dem’s get paid to function in government and someone should damn well find a way to remind Americans. Because all I’m hearing is Boehner and the Repubs calling it Obama’s sequester.

        Americans have a frighteningly short memory, and I’m not hearing decent pushback.

        • 78 Betsy
          February 20, 2013 at 8:23 pm

          Chris Matthews showed a poll blaming the GOP for this, as did Bashir. That being said, I do think that Dems should be everywhere!!!

          • 79 57andfemale
            February 21, 2013 at 9:06 am

            We can’t take anything for granted. When Boehner started this “Obamaquester” b.s. the Dem’s should have been screaming from the rooftops. It’s naive of Dem’s to think that common sense will win the day. We should have learned by now that there is nothing they won’t do or say, and we win when we fight outrage with outrage.

    • 81 carolmaewy
      February 20, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      I think that’s a terrible loss all at once, but can they fire the contractors once known as Blackwater first?

  21. 82 Jovie
    February 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Picture of Bo hanging out with local reporters today-

    Look who we found! It's Bo!! #kitvdc

    A post shared by Yunji de Nies (@yunjid) on


  22. 84 donna dem 4 obama
    February 20, 2013 at 2:10 pm


    Stunning, Beautiful, Elegant, Attractive, Striking, Lovely, Dazzling, Magnificent, Alluring, Incredible, Adoring, Amazing, Impressive, Spectacular First Lady -> She is Simply the Best!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. February 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm

  24. February 20, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Michelle is on Fire, she is on fire oh! oh! oh oh!!

  25. February 20, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Haters can try but they will never FORGET her name…its Michelle Obama

  26. 97 japa21
    February 20, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Obamacare is helping reduce projections of Medicare spending by over $500 billion. http://bobcesca.thedailybanter.com/blog-archives/2013/02/obamacare-is-working-4.html

  27. 103 Ladyhawke
    February 20, 2013 at 2:31 pm


    ‘We got that in law’

    By Steve Benen


    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), talking to Fox News in August 2011, on automatic sequestration cuts:

    “What conservatives like me have been fighting for, for years are statutory caps on spending, legal caps in law that says government agencies cannot spend over a set amount of money. And if they breach that amount across the board, sequester comes in to cut that spending, and you can’t turn that off without a supermajority vote. We got that in law. That is here.” [emphasis added]

    These can’t both be true. Either, as Paul Ryan said at the time, Republicans got the sequester in law, or this is all President Obama’s idea
    Indeed, the follow-up question for Ryan should be obvious: if you disapprove of the policy you think the president came up with, why aren’t you making any effort at all to avoid it?

    Even some of Ryan’s allies find this entire line of attack silly.



  28. 104 Dakota
    February 20, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    My First Lady is just so beautiful. Gorgeous photo!

    Apologies if this has been posted earlier. The photo is a scream!


  29. February 20, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    From the White House Council on Women and Girls

    On Thursday, February 21st at 1:00pm Eastern, please join Julie Chavez Rodriguez, the Associate Director of Latino Affairs and Immigration for the Office of Public Engagement at the White House, for a Conference call update on Women, Families & Immigration.

    To access the call, dial (800) 230-1951 and provide the Conference ID- 282860

    Please feel free to share this invitation with others who may be interested.

    If you have questions, you can contact Hallie Schneir in the White House Office of Public Engagement: (202) 395-8796 or hschneir@who.eop.gov.

    Thank you so much for all that you do!

    Note: This call will be off the record and not for press purposes.

    And, FLOTUS is gorgeous!!!

  30. 106 Ladyhawke
    February 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm


    Seeing the sequester forest for the sequester trees

    By Steve Benen


    The Washington Examiner’s Byron York, with whom I rarely ever agree, notices an overarching problem with the Republican message.

    In a Wall Street Journal op-ed Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner describes the upcoming sequester as a policy “that threatens U.S. national security, thousands of jobs and more.”
    It’s puzzling, isn’t it? With nine days to go before this self-inflicted wound begins to do real damage, the Republican message seems to have three parts: (1) the sequester would do real harm to the country; (2) Republicans will allow it to happen anyway; and (3) this is a political winner for the GOP.
    York, a conservative in good standing, added, “The effect of Boehner’s argument is to make Obama seem reasonable in comparison. After all, the president certainly agrees with Boehner that the sequester cuts threaten national security and jobs. The difference is that Obama wants to avoid them.”



  31. February 20, 2013 at 2:48 pm


  32. 108 Bill
    February 20, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Rubio is in Israel and toasted Bibi with a water bottle. He also declared Jerusalem should be the capital of Israel. So he is spending government money to travel with all that is going on here, makes a cute joke, and announces something every other pro-Israel politician does. He is not a serious person.

  33. 115 utaustinliberal
    February 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Off to a great start.

  34. February 20, 2013 at 3:47 pm

  35. 117 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 20, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    FLOTUS hosted a ladies luncheon yesterday; didn’t see it on a public schedule, so I didn’t mention it. However, some of the attendees sent out tweets, one has posted pics…

  36. 133 Allison
    February 20, 2013 at 4:26 pm

  37. 135 Bill R.
    February 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    • 136 57andfemale
      February 20, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      A lot of people don’t know that Medicaid is the provider of long term care for most seniors. Scott would have to be batshit crazy to refuse the expansion. But then again, he’s batshit crazy.

      And remember, seniors voted this Medicare crook into office, for God’s sake.

  38. 137 sonjiaduncan
    February 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I love the above pictures especially the one with our future leaders.

  39. 138 utaustinliberal
    February 20, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    After the whining, they ultimately cave.

  40. 142 Jovie
    February 20, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    The Martin Bashir show loves Chris Cristie, he works with the President blah blah blah.
    Until, he turned down stimulus transportation funds, said he will not set up exchanges for health care bill, said he will not implement Medicaid expansion, etc.
    Thus, Martin Bashir Love fest of Chris Cristie is a Joke.

    • 143 COS
      February 20, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      I love Bashir, but he need to be reminded of the other side of Christ Christie. When I look at Christie, I only see a bully, and I hate bullys and people who talk down to folks just because.

    • 144 Linda
      February 20, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Sarah Palin had an 86 % approval in her State until she was exposed on the National scene.

      How did that work out ?

      • 145 COS
        February 20, 2013 at 4:54 pm

        You are right. I don’t believe Chritie will play well on the national stage for president.

      • 146 hopefruit2
        February 20, 2013 at 7:31 pm

        That’s right Linda – that’s my point exactly about Christie. Barack Obama makes running a presidential campaign look a lot easier than it is. Watch Christie crumble under the pressure. He will have to face far more scrutiny than ever before. Everything will be on the table – including his obesity.

    • February 20, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      I read yesterday that since Sandy, Christie has had an approval at or above 70%.
      I really don’t get it. I guess you have to be from New Jersey.

      • 148 Jovie
        February 20, 2013 at 4:46 pm

        It’s only because the liberals there are impressed, he reminds them of the Mob.

      • 149 hopefruit2
        February 20, 2013 at 7:15 pm

        If Christie actually has to run a grueling sustained presidential campaign, watch that approval drop like a loaf of ….

      • 150 99ts
        February 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm

        Having lived through 2 floods – if you have a politician that supports you, helps you, gets the power back on quickly, fights the insurance companies (who NEVER want to pay) and get federal recovery money – you will think he/she is a good guy. Your complete world is encompassed in the disaster. Those in your state who are not impacted by the events are also supportive of the person who quickly brings help and starts recovery.

        It will take a couple of years for the love to wear away – but rejecting health care will help it along the way.

        • February 20, 2013 at 8:22 pm

          Those ppl need to remember that Christie denied them high speed rail, which will have repercussions for years – loss of infrastructure funding, less attractive to job seekers and employers, more expense in the future when they decide to catch up.

          • 152 0388jojothecat
            February 20, 2013 at 8:58 pm

            When Chrustie runs for President he will change so much you won’t recognize him. He’ll probably take the Obamacare, he will fund schools, colleges, he try to make up with all the people he pissed off. He still has time to undo everything because people have short memories. I would not vote for a Republican anything unless a I only had a choice between a teabagger or a moderate and would have to vote for the moderate.

    • 153 Lovepolitics2008
      February 20, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      Christie has some charisma and a lot of americans can identify with him. Sorry to say it, but this guy can be a challenge in 2016. If someone as informed as Martin Bashir falls for it, just imagine the low-info voters…

      Time to tweet Bashir and remind him that Christie subscribes to the stupid economic policies of the right. The infatuation of the mainstream media with Christie is getting on my nerves.

      • 154 hopefruit2
        February 20, 2013 at 7:14 pm

        Christie will not be a challenge in 2016 if we have solid DEM candidates. PBO always led Christie by double digits.

      • 155 jacquelineoboomer
        February 21, 2013 at 1:10 am

        I’m not 100% sure, but I think Martin Bashir was using Christie just as a reference point to say “Look how much their approval ratings would go up, if they’d work with the President.” He’s totally coming from a liberal perspective on everything else – I just personally have never picked up on a Christie love fest from him.

  41. 156 Jovie
    February 20, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Actress Ashley Judd is moving closer to a challenge to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), meeting in recent days with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic donors and strategists in Kentucky to discuss a potential run.

    A source familiar with the meeting confirmed to The Hill that she met with the Democrats’ campaign arm earlier this week. The DSCC declined to comment on recruitment, but it’s an early indication that Judd is taking the necessary steps to challenge McConnell.


  42. 158 kasai
    February 20, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Good Day Tod’s!!

    Our FLOTUS is exclusively elegant..I can go on and on…Thank you Chips:-)

    Did you hear about this ?


    • 159 Jessica
      February 20, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      The first thing that came to my mind was ILLEGAL!! I’m glad she filed a lawsuit, how ridiculous that they actually complied with that request which is clearly against at least 2 federal laws.

      • 160 kasai
        February 20, 2013 at 6:12 pm

        Me too Jessica…This guy doesn’t care about the law…

      • 161 nathkatun7
        February 21, 2013 at 12:28 am

        If the Hospital complied with this reprehensible request, it should be sued by AA nurses for violating anti-discrimination statutes. Nevertheless, I am not so naive to believe that that suing the hospital will result in a win. With all the right wingers put on the federal courts by St. Ronnie Reagan and the two Bushes, the likelihood that such legal challenge will succeed is not guaranteed. The more likely scenario is that conservative judges will rule that the hospital had an obligation to honor the wishes of the father of the child. And, as the nurse in particular was not fired, demoted, or had her salary reduced, she cannot legitimately claim that she suffered irreparable harm from the actions taken by the hospital. Therefore, I doubt that conservative judges will be at all interested in the emotional and psychological damage inflicted on the black nurse. Let’s hope she gets sympathetic judges.

    • 165 anniebella
      February 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      I heard about this kasai, and the nurse is suing the hospital. The hospital should have told that piece of crap, that all our people are qualified people, who do their job well, and if you don’t want any AA to take care of your baby then you are free to take your baby to some where else. But instead the hospital gave in to that piece of racists crap and took the AA woman off the case, and put a note in the baby’s record that no AA is to take care of that baby. So I hope the woman sue the hospital for every penny she can get.

  43. 166 Jovie
    February 20, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    WASHINGTON โ€“ย Following the successful completion of the first phase, the Energy Department today announced the beginning of Phase II of project development with a new cooperative agreement between the FutureGen Industrial Alliance and the Department of Energy for an innovative carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Illinois.

    “The Department of Energy is committed to the demonstration of carbon capture and storage technologies. We believe FutureGen 2.0 is an important step in making economic, commercial scale CCS a reality,โ€ said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. โ€œThe project is important part of a portfolio of approaches we are pursuing to reduce carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants and perhaps other large, localized CO2 emitters.โ€

    โ€œTodayโ€™s announcement from the Department of Energy that the FutureGen project is moving forward with Phase II shows a strong commitment from the Obama Administration to create jobs and demonstrate the future of low-carbon-emission coal power right here in central Illinois,โ€ said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin.ย  โ€œI thank Governor Quinn and all of the Illinois and industry stakeholders for their continued leadership on this issue. I join them in remaining committed to making FutureGen a reality, and to putting Illinois and the United States at the forefront of cutting-edge technology to improve the environment and create good-paying jobs.โ€

    โ€œWe have shown time and again that FutureGen is welcome, and the project will succeed in Illinois,โ€ said Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. โ€œWe look forward to working with all of the project partners to see that FutureGen 2.0 will move forward, and that the reality of this first-of-its-kind project will be realized in Illinois.โ€


    EPA regulations waiting on this to develop, coming along nicely.

  44. 167 Jovie
    February 20, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Breaking: the President selects Energy dept and EPA nominees/


    • 168 nathkatun7
      February 21, 2013 at 12:35 am

      Two excellent nominees that reflect President Obama’s progressive pragmatism! Thanks, Jovie, for sharing this with us.

  45. 169 Jovie
    February 20, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Renewable energy accounted for all new electric capacity added in the United States last month, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

    In all, 1,231 megawatts of new generating capacity were installed in January. Of that total, wind provided 958 megawatts, solar chipped in 267 megawatts and biomass contributed 6 megawatts.

    That’s a marked difference from January 2012, when coal led the way with 808 megawatts of the 1,693 megawatts added. Natural gas followed with 445 megawatts, and wind tossed in 276 megawatts to take the pole for renewables.

    On Wednesday, President Obama sought to expand promotion of renewable energy by reviving the Commerce Departmentโ€™s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee.
    Deputy Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank appointed 37 private-sector members to the committee on Wednesday. It will feature members from trade associations, private firms and nonprofit organizations from a range of energy industries.

    The panel, originally formed in 2010, had previously worked on strengthening the renewable and energy efficiencyโ€™s industryโ€™s export competitiveness.


    How come I give you guys info on Renewable energy, all the time, and the MSM ignores it?

    • February 20, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Because wind power companies don’t advertise on cable news.

    • 171 nathkatun7
      February 21, 2013 at 12:40 am

      “How come I give you guys info on Renewable energy, all the time, and the MSM ignores it?”

      Jovie, the MSM are as determined as the Republicans to totally ignore President Obama’s accomplishments. Please keep sharing positive news because some of us no longer depend on most of the MSM as the main source of legitimate news.

  46. 172 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 20, 2013 at 5:18 pm

  47. 174 Jovie
    February 20, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    The President to speak at Rosa Parks Ceremony.

  48. February 20, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    There are so many beautiful women in Washington, and then there’s Michelle Obama, one of a kind.

  49. 176 vitaminlover
    February 20, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Am really diggin’ the wedding rock…errr…..ummmm……wedding rings.

  50. 177 Jovie
    February 20, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    CNN now says that a black lady said she voted twice in Ohio.
    Showed who it was, yup She is Black.
    So, they are implying, ban all blacks???
    Fuck CNN!

  51. 183 Karlene
    February 20, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    How beautiful ..Our first Lady..She just takes my breath away..Thank you Chips.

  52. 186 dotster3
    February 20, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Cardinal Dolan to be deposed in Milwaukee sex abuse lawsuits, then heads to Rome to help choose a new pope and has been mentioned as a possible candidate. How can this be?

    • 187 0388jojothecat
      February 20, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      He needs to go to jail….instead of worrying about what grown women do he needs to worry about his pedophile priest are doing.

  53. 188 Bill R.
    February 20, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Here’s the link on the Scott announcement to expand Medicaid under Obamacare in FL: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/02/20/1617971/rick-scott-medicaid-expansion/

    • 189 Bill R.
      February 20, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      And this:

      • 190 Lovepolitics2008
        February 20, 2013 at 6:36 pm

        Ah…. thinking about re-election ?

        I hope this fraud gets creamed in 2014. Ex-gov Christ wants to get reelected, this time as a democrat. He has pretty good chances. He’s still popular, isn’t he ?

        I don’t follow Florida politics that much, but I’ll never forget that Christ extended voting hours in 2008. He may be a bit opportunistic, he may be imperfect, but I think he means well. He must be much happier as a moderate democrat than he was as a member of the delusional, intellectually and morally bankrupt GOP.

        • February 20, 2013 at 6:53 pm

          There was some polling earlier this month that showed Crist creaming Voldemort. So, yes, pretty good chance of him regaining the Gov’s Mansion.

          • February 20, 2013 at 9:36 pm

            Dear LL, tonight, after several weeks of trying to remember to get to the grocery store and get all the ingredients and a last minute trip for something I’d forgotten, I finally made your Cuban picadillo recipe. WOW!!! That was delicious! I really had a hard time not eating the entire thing at one sitting. And it has the three attributes (besides fabulous taste) that are necessary in any recipe for me: it’s cheap, it’s fast and it’s easy. I can see this will be my go-to meal for quite a while (You might gather from these remarks that I am not usually an enthusiastic or frequent cook)

            • February 20, 2013 at 10:43 pm

              Glad you enjoyed it! It really is a simple and nutritious dinner to make. And make sure to cook enough for leftovers.

              • February 20, 2013 at 10:58 pm

                Oh believe me, there are leftovers! I had to improvise a little (used red instead of white wine – i’m not a wine drinker and that seemed to be what I had on hand). I put in lots of garlic and cumin – delicious! Thanks again.

    • February 20, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      I got an email today to the effect that our ‘dear’ governor Snyder will take the funds too.

  54. 196 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 20, 2013 at 6:06 pm

  55. February 20, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Good read when you come across arguments on drones and civilian casualty

    • 198 Lovepolitics2008
      February 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      Thank you very much for this link. There needs to be a debate about drones, (congressional oversight etc.) but it’s good to have this kind of perspective. I knew that drones were more precise and had much less chances to kill civilians, but it’s good to have some data to prove it. Maybe this can tamp down the hysteria.

    • 200 57andfemale
      February 20, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      Thanks for this, very much.

  56. 201 prettyfoot58
    February 20, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    • 202 jackiegrumbacher
      February 20, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      This is a perfect example of “Whistling Dixie,” PF. He might as well have used his time actually whistling as try to change an amendment to the Constitution.

  57. 203 amk for obama
    February 20, 2013 at 6:11 pm


  58. 205 prettyfoot58
    February 20, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    • 206 jackiegrumbacher
      February 20, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      kane has been behaving heroically as PA’s AG. She is doing everything she was overwhelmingly elected to do. This woman has a very bright future. I am counting on her to go after Pat Toomey and defeat him in 2016. She is my new best heroine.

  59. 208 carolyn
    February 20, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Just saw a picture of our NBC affiliate local anchor with Bo in front of the White House. Yes, the station is excited! Also showed a picture of him with Transportation Sec LaHood. His interview with PBO will be tomorrow night.

  60. 210 prettyfoot58
    February 20, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    • 211 amk for obama
      February 20, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      …so that the Senate is as responsive as possible to the will of the people,โ€ Feingold said.


      • February 20, 2013 at 6:41 pm

        A former Democratic Senator proposing to end appointments to the Senate just after a Democratic Governor appoints A Democrat to the Senate.

        Interesting and so typical of Feingold.

      • 216 jackiegrumbacher
        February 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm

        I can think of about a thousand other important issues that Feingold could apply his considerable intelligence to, PF and AMK. This is a waste his time and ours. If you want a Senate that’s responsive to the will of the people, don’t vote R, vote D. It’s that simple.

  61. February 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    • 219 Jessica
      February 20, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      I don’t mean to be blunt but Tiger, Bill C., Beyonce and Jay-Z and various others are close acquaintances not friends. PBO can probably count his true friends on 2 hands, which is all he needs. He’s golfing with Tiger bc he’s one of the best in the game, he’s not getting marriage advice from him.

      • 220 anniebella
        February 20, 2013 at 8:38 pm

        Right On Jessica. So I wonder what was Keli Goff response to what Just Hussein Jo said? I wonder was she tongue tied. I have a feeling Keli Goff was just trying to get some attention so she brought up this.

        • 221 anniebella
          February 20, 2013 at 8:47 pm

          Put it to rest, we all know there lots of people who like playing golf and if given the chance to play golf with Tiger Woods they would play.

        • 222 Nena20409
          February 20, 2013 at 8:55 pm

          So that Howard Kurtz or whoever can book her on TV.

          She was the one Pat Buchanan told to shut up and be quiet on MSNBC years ago. When David Gregory had a show on MSNBC. It was Dr Rachel Maddow who stood up for her and took her segment time to chide Buchanan while David Gregory said nothing. Dr. Maddow was a guest not yet a full time employee at MSNBC.

      • February 20, 2013 at 9:38 pm

        Agreed. Keli Goff and a few others have been writing some ridiculous stories lately.

    • 224 anniebella
      February 20, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      So who should POTUS hang around with Saints. Unless these people remember all have sin and come short of the glory of God. Your sin might not be my sin but we all are sinners save by Grace. If I had a son who loved to play golf and he had the chance to play with Tiger Woods, so what am I to say, oh son he cheated on his wife, so you don’t need to do that. People need to put this Tiger Woods stuff to rest.

    • 225 cos
      February 20, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      PBO has a mind of his own and he does not discriminate against anyone. I applaud him for that.

  62. February 20, 2013 at 6:24 pm


  63. 227 ladyvader
    February 20, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Ahh, Mrs. Obama…if I lose about a hundred pounds I could look like that (hangs head in shame)…

  64. February 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm

  65. February 20, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Afternoon Obots!

    Someone on here made the comment yesterday that what the GOP is trying to do is much like what past US govts have done in countries with regimes they didn’t like: i.e., in the words of Richard Nixon vis a vis Chile electing Allende, “Make them scream”. I had actually begun writing a piece about that months ago, but put it aside to pursue other themes. I think it’s time to dust it off and finish it.

  66. February 20, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    #ProsperNotSequester ….

    Yes We Can

  67. 248 dotster3
    February 20, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    re. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s and wife’s guilty plea appearance today—-the details are really pretty shocking—–3100 items of personal purchases with $750,000 in campaign funds, including a purchase of 2 mounted elk heads at a cost of $7000 paid to a Montana taxidermist. You just wonder what could they have been thinking. Talk about throwing away a life of great promise….

    • 249 Jovie
      February 20, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      He was Manic. His best defense is to get a Psychiatrist to write a letter for him, stating he was Manic and is now stable on his meds, blah blah blah.

      • 250 hopefruit2
        February 20, 2013 at 7:29 pm

        Was wifey manic too? Or was it a case of Folie a deux?

        • 251 dotster3
          February 20, 2013 at 7:42 pm

          Except for the involvement of the Mayo Clinic, which I respect, I would be mighty suspicious of this mental illness issue—-I would think it was all in preparation for this case which they knew was coming down the pike for a long time. I know Blago’s lawyers attempted a mental health issue to get him in more favorable surroundings for serving his sentence. Lots of reasons to doubt.

          • 252 Jovie
            February 20, 2013 at 8:12 pm

            Do normal people do this stuff??

          • 253 0388jojothecat
            February 20, 2013 at 8:19 pm

            I think I went through a period of depression now that I look back at how I was behaving. About 20 yrs ago I was very deep in debt but working and was very able to pay my bills but I just did not. I racked up late fees and would pay right before the threat of what would happen if I did not pay by a certain date. I bought a lot of stuff I did not need instead of paying my bills. It was like a light switched in my head and my behavior just changed and began paying my bills on time and paying off credit cards.

  68. 254 99ts
    February 20, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    WOW – what a photo to start the online day – she is beautiful!

  69. 255 yardarm756
    February 20, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Okay Admiral Chips, I wanna post something but I feel another thread coming on?

  70. February 20, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Evening TOD’ers.

    • February 20, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      Thanks for this. I was watching and couldn’t figure out what was happening because the camera was off to the side. This woman is the widow of a first responder who was given the Medal of Honor and she could barely keep it together throughout the whole ceremony. VP Joe was very compassionate with her.

  71. February 20, 2013 at 7:40 pm


  72. February 20, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    New post soon, meanwhile – Heads Up:

    Join Organizing for Action’s Stephanie Cutter and other supporters online at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time this Wednesday for a policy briefing on gun violence prevention.


    • 262 99ts
      February 20, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      If you must start a new thread – can you please include the FLOTUS photo above – it washes away the negative impact as the media talks about the President, Golf and sequester – but ignores that the congress members are out and about having a vacation. It is hard not to equate PBO and Boehner to Julius Caesar and Brutus.

      “When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
      Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
      Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
      And Brutus is an honourable man.”

    • 263 carolmaewy
      February 20, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      I can’t get on, it just says loading…..

  73. 264 amk for obama
    February 20, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Former Sen. Pete Domenici has disclosed that he fathered a secret child in the 1970s with the 24-year-old daughter of one of his Senate colleagues โ€” a startling revelation for a politician with a reputation as an upstanding family man.


    and wapo wonders why it is circling the drain.

    • 265 99ts
      February 20, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      I have never understood why those in “high places” that enjoy extra curricular sex don’t have a brain when it comes to birth control. Then again – this guy had 8 children with his wife

      • 266 amk for obama
        February 20, 2013 at 7:50 pm

        Ah, ‘family values’ guy, dontchaknow.

        • 267 99ts
          February 20, 2013 at 8:02 pm

          It would seem GOP family values are proven by the number of offspring generated – not by how anyone in the family lives or is treated. I think it is extremely disturbing for a child to hear his father apologize for his existence

          “I deeply regret this and am very sorry for my behavior,โ€ Domenici, 80, said in his statement. โ€œI hope New Mexicans will view that my accomplishments for my beloved state outweigh my personal transgression”

          I don’t have any opinion on politicians or anyone else’s love lives – I hate that it is always the children who carry the burden.

      • 268 nathkatun7
        February 21, 2013 at 1:22 am

        They don’t believe in birth control of any kind. At least in this instance, people like Domenici, are consistent.

    • 269 amk for obama
      February 20, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    • 270 nathkatun7
      February 21, 2013 at 1:14 am

      Another typical Republican hypocrite! Shame on all those who vote for Republicans because they believe that they are for “family values.” These Republican so called “values voters” have been fooled not once, or twice, but all the time.

  74. 271 swbluega
    February 20, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    So Chuck Hagel was beat up about giving a speech to a group that doesn’t even exists!?!?!? And his confirmation was delayed because the RWNJ senators want him to disclose what he was paid by this bogus group!?!?!?


    The revelation could have doomed President Obamaโ€™s nomination ofย Chuck Hagelย to be secretary of defense: He gave a paid speech to a group called โ€œFriends of Hamas.

    Fortunately for Hagel, this claim, which galloped across the Internet, was bogus. I know, because I was the unwitting source.

    In the process, I became part of an inadvertent demonstration of how quickly partisan agendas and the Internet can transform an obvious joke into a Washington talking point used by senators and presidential wannabes.

    • 272 nathkatun7
      February 21, 2013 at 1:28 am

      Absolutely despicable! But again, I say shame on the media. Why didn’t our media, which were so obsessed with the President playing golf with Tiger Woods, spend time and energy to investigate these bogus claims?

  75. 273 hopefruit2
    February 20, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Solve this simple analogy.

    Men:Sex :: Women: _____

  76. 281 Jovie
    February 20, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Grassley: Lew needs to provide more details
    Peter Schroeder
    02/20/13 07:26 PM ET
    The Finance Committee member said he was frustrated by Lew saying he could not recall information pertinent to senator’s questions.โ€ฆ

    Lew’s turn??

  77. 282 Pamela
    February 20, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    has the livestreaming with Stef Cutter started, anyone? Im logged in, but don’t see any action!

  78. 284 57andFemale
    February 20, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Oh my Lord:

    “The federal government has granted the Medicaid waiver Florida Gov. Rick Scott said was his condition for expanding the program, and Scott is following through. The federal government conditionally agreed to allow the state to expand on a pilot project that privatizes Medicaid, and Scott has decided to take the expansion funds.

    The privatization plan expands on a five-county pilot program that has been rife with problems. Critics worry for-profit providers are scrimping on patient care and denying medical services to increase profits. Some doctors have dropped out of the pilot program, complaining of red tape and that the insurers deny the tests and medicine they prescribe. Patients have complained they struggled to get doctor’s appointments. […]

    Lawmakers say they have fixed the pilot program’s shortcomings, with provisions including increased oversight and more stringent penalties, including fining providers up to $500,000 if they drop out. The measures also increase doctors’ reimbursement rates and limits malpractice lawsuits for Medicaid patients in hopes of increasing doctor participation in the program.”

  79. 286 desertflower
    February 20, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Repeat after me. “Climate change is a hoax. Climate change is a hoax.” Phoenix got DUMPED ON WITH HAIL TODAY. So much hail all over the place, accidents everywhere (because this is as close to “snow” as we ever get!) I took pics out my back door…my entire backyard is white! Snow on the mountains surrounding Phoenix….snowed IN Tucson…..when the hell are these deniers gonna get a clue?

    How was everyone today? What did I miss ๐Ÿ™‚ Did amk let us know how his important meeting went? Was the wine ok? Got my gin/tonic…celebrating our pretend snow and cooking dinner…should be on the call with Stephanie Cutter, but I just walked in the door…hope someone that on the call can pass the info:)

  80. 291 Jovie
    February 20, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Thursday Feb. 21, 2013
    9:30 AM
    Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.
    10:45 AM
    Obama meets with senior advisors.
    11:25 AM
    Obama records radio interviews with Al Sharpton, Joe Madison and Yolanda Adams.
    12:30 PM
    Biden delivers remarks at a conference on gun violence at Western Connecticut State University.
    1:00 PM
    Carney briefs the press.

  81. 292 99ts
    February 20, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    So the Dow was down 100 points last night & our market has tanked today (over 1% down). This is nothing compared to what it will be on 1 March & if congress doesn’t get it together the markets will tank earlier – as everyone flees back into cash. Meanwhile no doubt some in the congress are betting against the market – like they bet against the USA

  82. 293 hopefruit2
    February 20, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    • 294 Nena20409
      February 20, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      USA Today who dumped the Gallup Poll after so many years in Dec 2012…..has now picked up the PEW Research Group.

      Only time would tell.

    • 295 Lovepolitics2008
      February 20, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      Happy about that Hope, but if you look at all the numbers, there still are challenges for the President. Can you believe that a slight majority of people disapprove his handling of negotiations with the republicans in Congress ?? What is he supposed to do ? He has made compromises while the republicans are digging in their heels !!

      So the numbers are good, but they’re not good enough to make it easy for the President to win the present showdown. It will be hard. He will definitely need to address the nation, prime time. The media allows so much confusion to take place, he won’t have the choice to bypass it.

      • 296 hopefruit2
        February 20, 2013 at 9:51 pm

        How do his numbers for handling of the negotiations compare to that of the GOP themselves? If PBO is ahead then he will be fine.

  83. 297 hopefruit2
    February 20, 2013 at 8:48 pm

  84. February 20, 2013 at 8:52 pm

  85. 299 desertflower
    February 20, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    You guys HAVE to see these pictures from snow in Phoenix today! AMAZING!!!


    • 300 yardarm756
      February 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      What climate change?

      • 301 desertflower
        February 20, 2013 at 9:15 pm

        I know, right:) Go through those pics…they’re pretty amazing and very beautiful…

        • 302 yardarm756
          February 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm

          Wonder how you folks are driving on snowy roads?

          • 303 desertflower
            February 20, 2013 at 9:22 pm

            Not very well! Tons of accidents…Phoenicians don’t DO snow!!

            • 304 yardarm756
              February 20, 2013 at 9:26 pm

              ๐Ÿ˜† Welcome to my world. I bet your auto insurance companies have their panties in a twist right about now.

              • 305 desertflower
                February 20, 2013 at 9:32 pm

                I’m guessing! We have no plows or any of those amenities, you know:) We’ve had POURING rain, sun, rainbows, sleet, hail and snow…all in one day here!

                • 306 yardarm756
                  February 20, 2013 at 9:41 pm

                  Yeah. I know. We get that for 3 or 4 months up here. Make sure you put some rock salt on your sidewalks in case it freezes overnight.

                  • 307 desertflower
                    February 20, 2013 at 9:51 pm

                    rock salt…you’re so funny, yardarm:) We really aren’t prepared for this….I’m from CT…I know snow, but I moved out here because I was sick to death of snow and ice…..nope, no rock salt ๐Ÿ™‚ Did I say that last weekend was close to 80 ?? WTH….

                • 309 nathkatun7
                  February 21, 2013 at 1:37 am

                  Sorry to hear about your ordeal, DF! We too here in San Diego had our share of pouring rain and bitter cold yesterday and last night. But today the sun finally came out.

            • 310 carolyn
              February 20, 2013 at 9:36 pm

              I flew through Phoenix last Saturday on the way from San Diego home to OKC. Those pictures look VERY different from what I saw! I talked to a couple from Minnesota at the airport on their way for a week in Phoenix…..they aren’t going to be happy with snow!!!

    • 312 susanne
      February 20, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      cool! we’ve had snow on hawaii’s tallest mountains the past few days, which leads to some silly snowmen, too!

  86. 313 japa21
    February 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Soledad O’Brien may be out at CNN.She “is a tough interviewer.”Says all you need to know about CNN. nypost.com/p/pagesix/soleโ€ฆ— john miller (@deaconmill) February 21, 2013

  87. 319 desertflower
    February 20, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Oh yeah…and we don’t need to spend money on infrastructure either!! Check THIS out….stupid Republicans…..


  88. February 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    HI TOD!!!!!

    ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  89. 329 prettyfoot58
    February 20, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    wasn’t there a committee that was set up composed of equal amount of Senators and Congressman from both parties …that was to come up with a deal to prevent the Sequestor from taking place…of course it failed….no one is mentioning that…

    • 330 Nena20409
      February 20, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      Yes. They failed in 2011 and the gang of 6 failed too. They didn’t pass the Simpson/Bowels. We have a dysfunction in DC, manufactured by the election of the TBGOPers in 2010. Since then, We The People have been held Hostage by weeper Boehner and company, SEVEN Times now.

  90. February 20, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Aloha, Susannah! OH Don’t you cry for me ’cause I come from Alabama with my B-A-N-J-O on my knee !!!

  91. 333 LDS
    February 20, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    What a beautiful lady our FLOTUS is!
    POB knows it and he says it , claims it, touches her often, blows kisses at her while giving the SOTU speech, smiles at her when she is speaking. I am so glad he made his way to Chicago……look what the end results afforded all of us!
    Simply marvelous.

  92. 338 japa21
    February 20, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    @davidfrum Hard to see something you loved go to pieces before your eyes.— john miller (@deaconmill) February 21, 2013

  93. February 20, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    OMG! My First Lady is STUNNING!!

    • 340 LDS
      February 20, 2013 at 11:25 pm

      Dudette, don’t you know it.
      What song fits this smile? (If you are still here) I am playing catch up. I had to look at that face one more time.
      How about “Pretty Brown Eyes” or “Brown Sugar”. What do you think?

  94. 341 prettyfoot58
    February 20, 2013 at 10:39 pm

  95. 342 Jovie
    February 20, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    WASHINGTON โ€“ President Obama’s new grass-roots advocacy group will target more than a dozen members of Congress with online ads this week for failing to voice support for his plan to expand background checks to all gun buyers, organizers told USA TODAY.

    The advertising push is part of a so-called national day of action planned Friday by Obama’s backers to rally support for background checks. It will mark the first large-scale test of Organizing for Action’s ability to mobilize the president’s army of 2.2 million campaign volunteers to press for legislative change.

    Obama and a group of his closest advisers launched Organizing for Action (OFA) in late January to transform his campaign operation into a tax-exempt group to advance his second-term priorities, including gun control, immigration and climate change.

    Organizers did not disclose which lawmakers they would target in the first round of advertising but say they could spend as much as $100,000. The goal is to expand criminal background checks on all gun purchasers. The current system applies only to federally licensed gun dealers and excludes guns sold privately. In addition, OFA is sponsoring more than 100 events in more than 80 congressional districts across the country to demand congressional action.


  96. 345 Dudette
    February 21, 2013 at 12:35 am

    African American History/ Aesha Ash

    Aesha Ash was born in Rochester, New York, and started dance at the age of five. At 13 years old she enrolled at the School of American Ballet in New York City. She joined the New York City Ballet at the age of 18, where she remained for eight years. Ms. Ash then joined the legendary Bejart Ballet, in Switzerland as a soloist. After enjoying success in Europe, Ms. Ash returned to the United States in 2005 and joined Alonzo Kingโ€™s Lines Ballet. Since June 2007, Ms. Ash has been a freelance guest artist.

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