Happy 4th From President Obama!

89 Responses to “Happy 4th From President Obama!”

  1. 1 Nerdy Wonka
    July 4, 2016 at 3:15 pm


  2. July 4, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Happy 4th, Everyone 🙂

  3. 5 sjterrid
    July 4, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Happy Fourth Of July, everybody.

    Thank you, Nerdy, for all that you are doing to keep TOD running!

    {{Chips & Family}}, thinking of you.

  4. July 4, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Must co-sign those thanking you NW and all the rest of the team for keeping TOD running so well in Chips’ absence.

    You all are doing a fabulous job.

  5. 17 desertflower
    July 4, 2016 at 3:51 pm

  6. 21 GGail
    July 4, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    WOW, I just glanced at the Eagle cam and saw that it’s raining real hard in DC

  7. 22 Sam UK Obama Supporter
    July 4, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Happy 4th of July everyone. I hope you all have a good one. Thank you to everyone here especially NW and Chipsticks, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all.

  8. 23 Anjo
    July 4, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Happy 4th of July everyone. Have a Blessed and Happy Birthday Malia Obama. Thanks to NW for carrying on this space so wonderfully. Greetings to Chips in your hour of distress. Hope everyone endeavours to get at least 5 people registered. THIS IS A MUST. We do not want any unpleasant surprises on the 8th of November.

    Have a great time at the wedding of your niece Donna.

  9. 24 desertflower
    July 4, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    The incomparable Erma Bombeck:)

    “You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”
    ~Erma Bombeck

  10. 26 sjterrid
    July 4, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    I forgot, Happy Birthday 18th birthday to Malia Obama; and thank you to all the other BT’s in helping out.

  11. 27 susanne
    July 4, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Happy 18th Birthday Malia Obama!
    Though this article is ostensibly focused on Malia’s evolving fashion choices, it is a great chronology of her growing up before our eyes. Mahalo for putting up with all the cameras, dear girl!

    July 4, 2016 at 5:08 pm


  13. 29 HZ
    July 4, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Happy Fourth TOD family. ((((((((Loving prayers and hugs to my Chips)))))))). Thanks to Nerdy W., for keeping our TOD family together. ((()))). Happy Birthday to Malia. HZ

  14. July 4, 2016 at 5:43 pm


    Happy 4th everyone … {{{{Chips}}}} …. bbl ….

  15. July 4, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Sad news … just ‘breaking’ ….

    • July 4, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      “Often your films don’t provide us with complete information about the characters or the story, and you’ve been quoted as saying that one reason is because the viewer is part of the creative process. It’s up to us to make sense of the material, and each of us will do that differently. How does this idea—each individual coming to his or her own understanding of a film—match with the idea that we’re all basically the same since we share a common humanity?

      It’s a difficult question. People do have different ideas, and my wish is that all viewers should not complete the film in their minds the same way, like crossword puzzles that all look the same no matter who has solved them. Even if it’s “filled out” wrong, my kind of cinema is still “correct” or true to its original value. I don’t leave the blank spaces just so people have something to finish. I leave them blank so people can fill them according to how they think and what they want. In my mind, the abstraction we accept in other forms of art—painting, sculpture, music, poetry—can also enter the cinema. I feel cinema is the seventh art, and supposedly it should be the most complete since it combines the other arts. But it has become just storytelling, rather than the art it should really be.”


  16. July 4, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Thinking of all you TOD family today, celebrating America’s birthday. President Obama epitomizes the very best of this great nation, and lives and works daily to realize and share and exemplify the American dream. He is here to realize liberty and justice for all. TOD is the place where I get the stories and the insights and the beauty and the sorrow and the truth. Grateful for it, and to Chipsticks who planted this garden and has kept it going and growing. Wishing her comfort in time of loss and sadness. Hoping TOD peeps are enjoying a grand day everywhere you are.

  17. 38 desertflower
    July 4, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    You don’t need to bring your dog to the fireworks. They love you, not the fireworks. Keep them home, safe.

  18. 39 Nerdy Wonka
    July 4, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    LIVE NOW: POTUS, FLOTUS, Janelle Monae, and Kendrick Lamar

    • 40 susanne
      July 4, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      thank you nerdy!

    • 41 hopefruit2
      July 4, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      Thanks Nerdy – streaming has just started! 🙂

    • 42 MadameSoph
      July 4, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      Ooooh! Thanks Nerdy! Watching Kendrick now.

      Damn, the White House will never be this cool again…

    • 43 MadameSoph
      July 4, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      I needed to hear “Alright” today.

      I’m at my limit for negativity, hate, pessimism, gloom and doom and DT’s face.

      Like PBO said, “I continue to believe Mr. Trump will not be President.”

      Time to exhale.

  19. 44 MadameSoph
    July 4, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Darn, spelled my email wrong and my comment is in moderation limbo.

    Oh well, what I said was, thanks Nerdy! Watching now.

    The White House will never be this cool again…

  20. 45 Nerdy Wonka
    July 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm

  21. 47 jacquelineoboomer
    July 4, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    On Independence Day, from our United States Navy:

  22. July 4, 2016 at 7:05 pm

  23. 51 Nerdy Wonka
    July 4, 2016 at 7:10 pm


    Thank you for this, POTUS and FLOTUS.

  24. July 4, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Damon Young, 7/4/16

    It’s been well-established that President Obama discarded the last one of his fucks many moons ago; letting it go the same way Kappas forsake dignity at coed kickball games. We don’t know exactly where he left that last fuck, but my guess would be in a bathroom sink in Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street, which is where fucks often go to perish.

    Anyway, we’re now left with a preeminently fuck denuded Black President. Which matters because when fuck fleeced Black people 1) happen to still be employed and 2) have a predetermined expiration date on said employment, all the Blackness that needed to be suppressed to keep said job has a way of bubbling up. Like a Black-ass, fuck scrapped volcano. And it matters even more today, the day of the Obama family’s final Fourth of July at the White House. Which will undoubtedly be the Blackest thing the White House lawn has ever seen. We already know both Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monae were invited to perform, and you do not invite both Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monae to perform somewhere in 2016 unless you expect that somewhere to be charted in the Guinness Book of Blackness. So the only question that remains is exactly how Black will this BBQ be? Will it be acceptably, but not transcendently Black? (Like Jason Derulo.) Or will it be so Black that it even makes other Black people a little uncomfortable? (Like Kool-Aid at a wedding.)

  25. July 4, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    I kept thinking I saw Malia there dancing when Lamar was performing.

  26. 63 Nerdy Wonka
    July 4, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    They’re are right there in the audience. That’s awesome. 😀 😀 😀

  27. 64 Nerdy Wonka
    July 4, 2016 at 7:44 pm

  28. July 4, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Janelle doing Prince Let’s Go Crazy

  29. July 4, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Because she had the courage to bring charges against the police who killed Freddie Gray…it is unfortunate that the jury did not have the same courage..

  30. 69 nathkatun7
    July 4, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    HAPPY 4th of July, Nerdy Wonka and the entire TOD family. Our thought and prayers are with Chips and her family as they go through a difficult. I join everyone in thank you, NW, for the hard work you’ve put in in keeping TOD going strong during Chips absence. Kudos also to AMK and LP for helping out!

  31. 70 hopefruit2
    July 4, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Aww…so cute when PBO began to singing (albeit hoarsely) “Happy Birthday” Malia for her 18th birthday and she came on stage to thank Janelle and Kenrick. 🙂

  32. 71 Nerdy Wonka
    July 4, 2016 at 8:07 pm

  33. July 4, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Will there be any fireworks tonight or has the weather cancel them?

  34. 73 Nerdy Wonka
    July 4, 2016 at 8:22 pm

  35. 74 Nerdy Wonka
    July 4, 2016 at 8:26 pm

  36. July 4, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    I hope everybody enjoyed the Fourth. It rained here in Maryland, but the rain didn’t stop the bar-b-ques :>)

  37. July 4, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Was that WH concert the coolest or what? I’m going to miss the music and cultural sensibilities of POTUS and FLOTUS a TON. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

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  39. July 4, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Brexit hooligans.

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  43. 88 jackiegrumbacher
    July 4, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Although it’s been a rainy fourth with many of us stuck indoors and local fireworks postponed, it’s been a great day here at TOD with good friends and a chance to peek into the White House celebration. So thank you, Nerdy, and to all TODers for making this a terrific holiday. Time spent with our President and those of us who love him is always the best time of all.

  44. 89 eyecandi
    July 5, 2016 at 9:15 am

    He is the best. I wish he would come to the Bahamas.

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