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The President And First Lady’s Day In Yosemite

US President Barack Obama speaks while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama speaks while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama speaks in front of Cook’s Meadow and Yosemite Falls while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California

YOSEMITE NTL PARK, CA - JUNE 18: President Barack Obama speaks in front of Cook's Meadow and Yosemite Falls on June 18, 2016 in Yosemite National Park, California. Obama is marking the centennial of the National Park Service which began on August 25, 1916. (Photo by David Calvert/Getty Images)

YOSEMITE NTL PARK, CA - JUNE 18: President Barack Obama speaks in front of Cook's Meadow on June 18, 2016 in Yosemite National Park, California. Obama is marking the centennial of the National Park Service which began on August 25, 1916. (Photo by David Calvert/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

YOSEMITE NTL PARK, CA - JUNE 18: A tour bus with he hashtag #ElPREZATELCAP on June 18, 2016 in Yosemite National Park, California. President Barack Obama spoke to a crowd at Yosemite marking the centennial of the National Park Service which began on August 25, 1916. (Photo by David Calvert/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama greets guests after speaking while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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US First Lady Michelle Obama and US President Barack Obama pose with children after speaking to them about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative in Yosemite National Park, California, while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama pose with children after speaking to them about the “Every Kid in the Park” initiative

US First Lady Michelle Obama (L) and US President Barack Obama hand out National Park passes to children for the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative in Yosemite National Park, California, while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama speaks to children about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative in Yosemite National Park, California, while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US First Lady Michelle Obama watches as children help US President Barack Obama stand after he spoke to them about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative in Yosemite National Park, California, while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US First Lady Michelle Obama listens while US President Barack Obama speaks to children about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative in Yosemite National Park, California, while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US First Lady Michelle Obama and others listen while US President Barack Obama shows how to scare a bear while speaking to children about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative in Yosemite National Park, California, while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama shows how to scare a bear while speaking to children

Children help US President Barack Obama stand after he spoke to them about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks, on June 18, 2016 in Yosemite Valley, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Children help US President Barack Obama stand after he spoke to them about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks, on June 18, 2016 in Yosemite Valley, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Children help President Barack Obama stand after he spoke to them about the “Every Kid in the Park” initiative

US First Lady Michelle Obama and US President Barack Obama sit with children after speaking to them about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks, on June 18, 2016, in Yosemite National Park, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US First Lady Michelle Obama and US President Barack Obama talk after speaking to children about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative in Yosemite National Park, California, while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)


58 Responses to “The President And First Lady’s Day In Yosemite”


  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    June 18, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Just getting back on line. Am I first?

  2. 3 desertflower
    June 18, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Breathtaking views! Wonderful photos…thank you, as always…Nerdy! xoxox

  3. 4 MightyPamela
    June 18, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you a gazillion bazillion tines, NW!! I sat quietly and enjoyed every moment of #elprezatelcap!!

    😂❤👀💞💭

    Another bug thunderstorm rolling over, back in a bit –

  4. 6 desertflower
    June 18, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    http://www.politicususa.com/2016/06/18/democrats-turn-tables-republicans-urge-gun-control-passage-national-security.html

    Democrats pushing for gun curbs after the latest mass shooting in the United States are co-opting a Republican mantra to build public support and defang opposition: it’s time to get tough on national security.

    Shoring up national security has long been a pillar of Republican orthodoxy, as has staunch opposition to gun control.

    But the massacre of 49 people in Orlando, Florida, last Sunday, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, by a gunman who pledged loyalty to Islamist militants may be leaving Republicans on shakier ground.

    With national security driving the debate, Democrats see a more powerful argument than simply advocating the need to curb gun violence in a country of 320 million that has more than 310 million weapons.

    Although the Orlando gunman, Omar Mateen, is believed to have had no help from extremist Islamist groups in targeting a gay nightclub, he had been investigated by U.S. authorities for possible links to terrorism and subsequently cleared.

    That prompted Democrats to clamor for legislation to expand background checks and prevent people on U.S. terrorism watch lists from buying guns. Votes on four measures were scheduled Monday in the U.S. Senate, two sponsored by Democrats and two by Republicans. Many Republicans, and some Democrats, oppose strict gun curbs partly on constitutional grounds.

    “Every senator is now going to have to say, whether they’re for terrorists getting guns or against terrorists getting guns,” Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer told reporters on Thursday.

    “The terrorists that we need to fear are not on the streets of Aleppo, or Mosul or Fallujah. They’re on the streets of the United States and they will have guns unless we pass tough laws,” added Senator Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat.

  5. June 18, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    My fucking God. I need to vent.

    I just got called a misogynist b/c I’m not posting all Hillary all the time on The People’s View. Fuck that shit. I kept that blog running for months the last time Spandan went AWOL, and got no thanks for it. I’ll be damned if I’m going to do it again and get slurred WHILE I’M STILL TRYING TO KEEP IT ALIVE.

    This is why Jesus made bourbon.

    How is everyone?

    • 8 nospin
      June 18, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      Hey LL. You have a right to be annoyed.

      Besides, I am sure that the folks on that blog have the ability to post as many “all Hillary” links as they want. Nothing is stopping them from sharing that information.

    • June 18, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      Hi LL. They are a bit over the top there. Went on to keep up with standings- she’s become St. Hilz to them. It took me some to consider supporting her- I”m there- but she is no PBO. I’m looking out for his legacies, supporting her in the good she can do.

    • 10 Roberta in MN
      June 18, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      LL, don’t give up on TPV. It is nice to have you back there and welcome back to TOD. How are you & the Misses and you settling in to the permanent marriage thingy? I have been single for 40 years this year, oh how time flies. Only considered tying the knot once in all that time and backed out. 🙂 Wishing you both happy.

    • 18 Betsy
      June 18, 2016 at 11:28 pm

      WTF? Who would call you that? I’m on there a lot, so I will stand for you!

    • 23 jackiegrumbacher
      June 19, 2016 at 7:54 am

      LL, people say stupid things, but please don’t give up on TPV. We need you to keep things going during Spandan’s long, inexplicable absences.

  6. June 18, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    And on to other matters: What’s the latest on Chips?

    • 25 99ts
      June 19, 2016 at 3:36 am

      We have heard little – and she is very much missed. Always sending thoughts and love.

      As for wedding rings – I had one the first time around & it didn’t keep things together, so gave it the miss 2nd time around – just getting to 40 years – might get rings for the anniversary.

  7. 26 Roberta in MN
    June 18, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Nerdy, thank you so much for the all the pictures and quote from POTUS & family’s trip to NM & Yosemite. I haven’t watched the speech yet, but will be doing that tomorrow. Hi everyone of the TOD family hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and HapPy Father’s day to all our Father’s out there.

  8. 28 Roberta in MN
    June 18, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Guess fingers aren’t working so well “Happy Father’s Day” Good night all while I can still say it. 🙂

  9. 29 Nerdy Wonka
    June 18, 2016 at 10:13 pm

  10. 30 amk for obama
    June 18, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    heh ut.

  11. June 18, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Channeling Ansel Adams with a digital camera. 2 of 2. @yosemitenps

    A post shared by Pete Souza (archived) (@petesouza44) on

  12. 38 GGAIL
    June 18, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Good evening TOD. I’m having so much fun with everyone.
    I’m gonna need a vacation to wind down when I get home!!!

    • 39 Betsy
      June 18, 2016 at 11:49 pm

      Can’t wait to hear all about it. Bill and I are about to leave for LAX ourselves to start on our vacation in South Carolina. Safe travels.

  13. June 18, 2016 at 11:16 pm

  14. 42 globalcitizenlinda
    June 18, 2016 at 11:22 pm

  15. 43 jacquelineoboomer
    June 19, 2016 at 12:36 am

    To all the Dads of TODville: Happy Father’s Day!

  16. 44 cd4biden
    June 19, 2016 at 1:22 am

    As our last day together in DC begins I just wanted to say thank you to everyone at TOD, lurkers included, for helping to create such a warm and friendly place for us all to share our joys about our beloved POTUS and family. And to Nerdy and Chips and everyone else who started and helps to keep this wonderful blog going, thank you so very much. None of this would exist without your dedication and love. I am eternally grateful to you all.
    And I wish for all TODers the chance to meet other TODers in the coming months. It has been so delightful to put faces with names and to learn more about each of these wonderful people whose comments I have read and enjoyed for years. This DC group is from all different parts of the country (even Canada) different backgrounds, careers, etc, but we bonded because of our love of and caring for this site and all it represents. It has been a wonderful weekend, and it ends all too soon. To those who I will not get to say goodbye to later today, I wish you safe travels home and a wonderful rest of 2016. And I look forward to continuing to connect with you all on TOD. Hugs, everyone.

  17. 46 vcprezofan2
    June 19, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Good Day, TODobots. I’m finally able to surface (from all that DC traveling) to breathe….. and see what you guys and gals are up to! /whisper/ Honestly, in retrospect I’m wondering if the intent here was to tire me out so I wouldn’t have much to say.

  18. 47 vcprezofan2
    June 19, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Hey Amk (& TS), yesterday saw some crazy people playing cricket [Yea, go figure…CRICKET!] in DC so I immediately thought of you. I had offspring take a pic although we were in a moving Hop on-Hop off vehicle. If it’s visible that’ll be your ‘My-friend-went-to-DC-and-all-I-got-was-this-blurry-pic’ gift. 🙂

  19. June 19, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Good morning TOD 🙂

  20. 50 jackiegrumbacher
    June 19, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Happy Father’s Day to all fathers, step fathers, grandfathers and father substitutes who have loved and nurtured us. May the love you’ve given to others be returned to you this day. Have a great one!!!

  21. June 19, 2016 at 7:59 am

  22. 52 Dudette
    June 19, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Good Morning All! It’s a beautiful day and all is right with the world, because…
    😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

    • 53 vcprezofan2
      June 19, 2016 at 8:47 am

      Yes folks, *he* did and D-ette has been floating on air ever since! We could hardly get her into the taxi to go back to the hotel.
      .
      .
      By the way, the ‘he’ was Norm Lewis AND Dudette has a picture (and a pen he touched) to prove it. Other TOD folks in like had to settle for a mere autograph.

      • 54 Dudette
        June 19, 2016 at 8:53 am

        [Swoon!] Yes, what can I say? It was my night of magic! I feel a glow and I shall cherish “His Autograph”, “The Photograph”, and “The Pen of Love” until the end of days! 😍😍😍😎😍😍😍

  23. 56 Dudette
    June 19, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Okay it wasn’t POTUS but he’ll do nicely… very nicely!

    [Squeeeeeeee!]

  24. 57 Dudette
    June 19, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Yes Norm! I will go wherever you want!
    😆😍😆😍😆😍😆😍

  25. June 19, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Good morning, TOD! Happy Father’s day to my TOD Brothers!

    Dudette!!! He is fine! So where is the pic of the two of you??? I know you have one… 😉


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