108 Responses to “The President and First Lady Surprise White House Tours”

  1. 1 Grab a mop grace
    November 5, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I love FLOTUS,

  2. 8 dotster3
    November 5, 2013 at 11:44 am

    President Obama was there earlier, had to leave to go to an immigration reform mtg., FLOTUS and Bo carrying on. Bo is allowing everyone to pet him, a well-behaved doggie to all, except——Mark Knoller who said Bo barked his head off at him the other night. hmmmm—-the only person ever annoying Bo was the Knoller. Either Bo was irritated by his constant golf round counting or feared he was coming after his jerky treats. (sorry) Anyhoo—-fun to listen to all the small talk and hear hometowns of the vistors—–lots of Chgo, Florida and Sweden.

  3. 17 yardarm756
    November 5, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I’m going to keep posting this ’til I get it right. It’s important enough, I think

  4. November 5, 2013 at 11:48 am

    That was great! Congrats Grace and thanks Chips!

  5. 30 utaustinliberal
    November 5, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I love that they do this from time to time. It’s so wonderful to watch them generously welcome people into ‘The People’s House.’

  6. 31 amk for obama
    November 5, 2013 at 11:57 am

    In anticipation of today’s dem wins, here are some diwali eats.

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    PS – If the sugar doesn’t kill you, the fat will. Enjoy.

  7. 46 Dudette
    November 5, 2013 at 11:58 am

    So cool to be able to listen to this.

  8. 49 jackiegrumbacher
    November 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Walked three and a half miles to and from our polling place to vote today. Election people said the turnout was higher than expected, which is not always a good news in a heavily Republican precinct. Still it felt great to vote and I came armed with good information about the judges up for retention. At this point, the PA election officials can ask if you have an ID, but you are not required to show one, so I smiled and declined. This afternoon we’re off to make GOTV calls. Our candidates have worked to hard, I’m keeping all fingers crossed that they catch a break today. And please, please, please let the Dem turnout be high in VA and let Christie’s numbers be lower than expected. I so admire the composure of those who met the Obamas on the White House tour. I would have disgraced myself, babbling and probably forgetting where I came from.

    • November 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      At this point, the PA election officials can ask if you have an ID, but you are not required to show one, so I smiled and declined….

      but this can be confusing…folks still think that cannot vote….

  9. 51 Dudette
    November 5, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Hey, where was that FLOTUS just said they’re going to vacation next month? I missed it.

  10. 56 Dudette
    November 5, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Dang, they just ended the feed. 😦

  11. 58 Eveingeorgia
    November 5, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    This is weird: I am watching the lve feed from the Whitehouse. One had Michelle greeting everyone. The other had the president and Michelle.

    How was that possible?

    • November 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      That’s a strange one, Eve! The President was there at the start but had to leave for a meeting, so looks like one of your streams was a repeat! You can watch it all in the video in the post.

    • 60 Dudette
      November 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      One must’ve been recorded. Did FLOTUS have on the same dress (blue/black/white print)?

  12. November 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    What a lovely breath of fresh air the First Couple are!! POTUS was so cool and FLOTUS so warm. And the doggies are very laid back. I just love it when they do these surprise appearances!!

  13. November 5, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Thanks for the birthday wishes so far guys. I’m just geTting up bout to make some breakfast to start my day.

    Alas, my boo Idris isn’t making me breakfast in bed, but I did get one twitter birthday wish granted… Just got a birthday retweet from Chris Meloni…aka SVU DETECTIVE ELLIOTT STABLER!!!!

    Probably just his “intern” but still…I’m easy…lol.

  14. 67 yardarm756
    November 5, 2013 at 12:14 pm

  15. 68 Dudette
    November 5, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Seeing her greet the tour guests reminded me that I might like to hop up to D.C. to take in the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec 6th. Oh well! Just found out it’s too late to get in the lottery for tickets. Winners will be notified by email on Nov 7. 😦

    However, there will be nightly musical performances between Dec 11 and Dec 22.
    That cuts a little to close to my trip to Phoenix, so I guess I’ll have to try for next year.

    Here’s where I found info: http://dc.about.com/od/hoildaysseasonalevents/a/ChristmasTree.htm

  16. 69 donna dem 4 obama
    November 5, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    It’s soooo good to see that these tours have resumed. I’ve put in my request for a tour. I can’t wait!!!!

    Amk and lahm….Happy Happy Birthday to each of you. May you be blessed with peace and happiness as you celebrate another year of life.

  17. 70 Nena20409
    November 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm


    If you consume a balanced media diet, then by now you’re familiar with the following pattern:

    1) A story about an individual insurance policy holder discouraged by a cancellation notice and “rate shock” lands and blows up, all likely with the help of a dutiful GOP public relations professional.

    2) A day or a week later, the story is debunked or a more conscientious reporter finds that the full set of facts paints a much more nuanced picture. But it gets much less attention than the first story.

    I get it. Outraged constituents create much better copy than satisfied or curious constituents.

    But it’s really striking how long it’s taking reporters to realize that these stories are incomplete, and probably inaccurate, unless and until they and their subjects have a handle on all of the relevant information. Read the kicker of this Jonathan Cohn story. It really should be the lede. Dianne Barrette, a Florida woman who became a poster child for the “rate shock” meme, has learned a bit more about her situation, and now says that the cancellation of her junk insurance plan may may be “a blessing in disguise.”

  18. 71 dotster3
    November 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Hope the rest of northern Va. has heavier turnout than the one where Luke Russert was reporting on msnbc—-looked a little bleaky. Know it’s incidental but that particular location in McLean, Va. was reporting a slow and steady turnout, at the same 20%—so far— as a normal Gov. race, said Dems hoping/need a higher turnout than that for some breathing room. I’m going to be mad if people haven’t learned that they have to show up to vote.

    • 72 jackiegrumbacher
      November 5, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      Don’t despair, dotster. Someone on Jeff Gauvin’s twitter site, said the turnout among Dems in VA was higher this year than in 2009. I would not put it past Luke Russert to seek out the slowest time of the day to create a low Dem turnout narrative. Russert would love to see a Dem defeat in VA.

    • 74 57andfemale
      November 5, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      I’m going to be furious. Why is it so hard to get Dem’s to vote? The RWNJ’s are only in power because Dem’s do not vote in sufficient numbers, ceding the govt. to a small sliver of committed crazies.

  19. November 5, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    This is always such a positive, calm place for me to visit. I feel myself relaxing just reading the tweets. I’ve seen comments about Christie. BooMan used to live in NJ and said they liked combative politicians, but in next door PA they think he’s just rude. He’s had so many videos of him screaming at people that could be used against him, recently a teacher. That is not going to play with moderates in Peoria. If Buono won that would be great, but Christie was polling to win so it’s no surprise if he did. I like the idea of the Tea Party being able to focus on him and be happy about 2016 which the Democrats continue to work on down ballot and governors’ races working our way to a sweep in 2014. Yes!!!! BooMan has work on compaigns and I find his analysis enlightening.


    ….Chris Christie is a very socially conservative politician, but he isn’t trying to ban blow jobs in New Jersey. Many Republican consultants and strategists think that Christie is the perfect mix of social conservative and perceptual moderate. I agree that he’s pulled off that trick in New Jersey for now, but I think people need to take into account that New Jerseyans are not like other people…

    …What I do know, because I’m from New Jersey and have lived in the Midwest and on the West Coast, is that the typical Jersey personality-type, which Chris Christie represents quite well, comes off as arrogant and impolite in other parts of the country. It would be a very tough sell in the Midwest in a general election, although it might not hurt him too badly in closed Republican primaries and caucuses.

    If the polls are correct, tomorrow people will start trying to coronate Chris Christie as the 2016 GOP nominee for president. That will be premature. They’ll also contrast his victory with Cuccinelli’s defeat and argue that the Tea Party lost out to the Establishment. That will be closer to the truth, but it will be misleading. It will be misleading because Chris Christie is a very socially conservative guy.

    The narrative will also create some problems for Christie, because the more the Establishment wraps its arms around him, the more suspect Christie will become with the conservative base. And we know how respectful and tactful Christie is to his critics…

  20. 77 Nena20409
    November 5, 2013 at 12:22 pm
  21. 78 yardarm756
    November 5, 2013 at 12:24 pm

  22. 81 57andfemale
    November 5, 2013 at 12:24 pm

  23. November 5, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    CHIP a Useful Guide to ACA Roll Out and Enrollment, Researcher Finds

    ….First Focus identifies important similarities between implementation of the bipartisan 1997 legislation creating the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)….

    ….The brief details that CHIP’s launch was slowed by uneven and inconsistent variations across states, as well as technical and operational problems in individual state systems. Lewit acknowledges that the ACA’s coverage options are more comprehensive and complex than those created by CHIP, and that the ACA faces a tougher political climate. He observes, however, that there are important implementation factors that contributed to CHIP’s ultimate success and would contribute to effective enrollment gains under the ACA….

  24. 83 Dudette
    November 5, 2013 at 12:27 pm

  25. November 5, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    The WH will get a private screening of the new Mandela biopic. As a big fan of both brothers, I’m hoping that Pete Souza’s camera is full of film and I get lots of pics of my fav brothers together.

    Wonder if they will get a screening of 12 Years A Slave with the director and actors

  26. 86 Dudette
    November 5, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Found this cool blog with terrific photos — then and now.

    • 87 Nena20409
      November 5, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      Marlon and Mariam, just lovely.

      • 88 Dudette
        November 5, 2013 at 12:35 pm

        Hey Nena! Did you see the one with David Bowie, Simon & Garfunkel, John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Roberta Flack?
        It seems that video you posted of Yoko’s yesterday wasn’t her and Roberta’s first “collaboration”. 🙂

        • 89 Nena20409
          November 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm

          Yes, almost. I was not able to name many of them now. You mentioned Roberta Flack. I remember seeing……and many others but many of their names escaped my brain at the time. Bowie, I didn’t remember seeing. I do now. Thanks Lady Dudette.

          • 90 Dudette
            November 5, 2013 at 1:09 pm

            Oh I was just making a connection between Roberta being in Yoko’s video in 2013 that you posted and the two of them being together in that photo from 1975 with Bowie, Simon & Garfunkel. That photo is on the same blog page as that picture in my tweet above w/ Marlon Brando and Miriam Makeba above — just scroll down 3 photos below Marlon & Miriam and and you’ll see it here: http://yougottobekidding.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/rare-photos/

            Bowie’s not in Yoko’s video. I’d recognize him anywhere. 🙂
            Other than Yoko, I only recognized two people in the video — Roberta Flack and Ira Glass (I’m a fan of his cuz I occasionally listen to “This American Life” on NPR/PRI.

  27. 92 Nena20409
    November 5, 2013 at 12:29 pm


    But a new study released by the Kaiser Family Foundation suggests that if the website does get fixed, the politics of Obamacare could shift against its foes.
    The study finds that roughly 17 million Americans will be eligible for tax credits to buy coverage in the exchanges, out of 29 million who might seek insurance from them. This includes those who are currently uninsured or are insured in the individual market. Estimating this is complex, because of multiple varying factors, but Kaiser employs a state-by-state analysis using 2012 and 2013 federal data.
    Many experts believe the law will ultimately benefit significantly more people than it will hurt, because it will expand coverage to the uninsured and many who lose coverage will find the replacement cheaper thanks to subsidies and standards designed to minimize financial and medical risk from crappy coverage.

  28. 93 Dudette
    November 5, 2013 at 12:29 pm

  29. 94 GGail
    November 5, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Chipsticks, I missed the live feed. Is there anyway you can post it please???!!!!

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    Happy Birthday (again) to amk. Those treats look delicious!!!

    Happy Birthday lamh.

  30. 100 dotster3
    November 5, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    UGH—Christie is stealing PBO’s line, saying today that people are walking up to him whispering in his ear, “Shhhhh. I’m a Democrat, and I’m voting for you. Don’t tell anyone.” And his crowd laughed like they’d never heard such a thing before. Read Booman’s explanation why Dems are voting for Christie, a real puzzler in my mind given how conservative he is on social issues, let alone all his public school/teacher bashing, economic stats etc. I guess it’s supposed to be because it’s New Jersey——and I guess all of N.J. is supposed to just adore that confrontational, in your face type personality. And he allowed President Obama to come to his state post Sandy without punching him in the face, and so that is supposed to mean Christie = Bipartisanship. No one in N.J. is putting on their thinking caps? And every single news website across the country has a front page story about Christie’s huge popularity, his expected landslide, no mention of Va. or any implications there. He seems to have the entire U.S. media cheering for him. This is going to get sickening.

    • November 5, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      It’s an enigma to me too. When I heard Shaq express appreciation for Christie’s devotion to education…I about died. The man cut so much from the education budget a judge declared it unconstitutional and made him put it back. Where have these people been?

  31. 102 amk for obama
    November 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm

  32. 104 Nena20409
    November 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm


    The media is in a bind here, because they can’t pretend they didn’t know about the grandfather clause, so they must instead pretend the President never told anyone that his pledge was only that the law wouldn’t make people change plans, until people started complaining about higher premiums (that, in almost every case, turned out to be lower premiums).

    But on June 23, 2009, now-CNN anchor Jake Tapper (then with ABC News) asked President Obama about that pledge, and in a terrific demonstration of media narrative-building and goalpost-shifting, it was in the context of people possibly complaining about being put on a cheaper insurance plan, the then-still-breathing public option.

    “It does seem logical to a lot of people that if the government is offering a cheaper health care plan, then lots of employers will want to have their employees covered by that cheaper plan, which will not have to be for profit, unlike private plans, and may possibly benefit from some government subsidies, who knows,” Tapper said. “And then their employees would be signed up for this public plan, which would violate what you’re promising the American people, that they will not have to change health care plans if they like the plan they have.”


    Then he went on to add this….POTUS that …

    “Well, no, no, I mean — when I say if you have your plan and you like it and your doctor has a plan, or you have a doctor and you like your doctor that you don’t have to change plans, what I’m saying is the government is not going to make you change plans under health reform,” the President replied.

    Here’s the Video

    • 105 Nena20409
      November 5, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      At 4:49……the answer is there. President didn’t Lie…..TOD Brigaders please help send this out there. This was in 2010….the question was asked by Jake Tapper, then ABC News.

  33. 106 Dudette
    November 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    PBO is the coolest! Around 19:10 in the video, he meets a little girl who’s birthday was Oct 16th (my Dad’s birthday too) during the shutdown. She turned 4. He called for one of the staff to give her a little something for her birthday. Soooo sweet! I love him!

  34. 108 Nena20409
    November 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Jay’s WHCP press briefer is about to start




    Live….. 🙂 for the Honorable “Clark Kent”

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