101 Responses to “The First Family Attends The National Christmas Tree Lighting”


  1. 5 idon
    December 1, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    I’m here too. I’ve been waiting for this all day. Hope we get to see the entire First Family.

  2. 8 jacquelineoboomer
    December 1, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Freedom of the press, I think it’s called. Used to be called. One of them.

    • December 1, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      Maybe this will put the preas on alert

      • 10 jacquelineoboomer
        December 1, 2016 at 5:30 pm

        Seems as though they’ve been on alert for quite some time — beginning to think they’re too dumb to know what to do about it! They don’t realize the power is theirs to grab. Or they just don’t want to have anything mess up their paychecks.

        • 11 COS
          December 1, 2016 at 6:14 pm

          This is just the beginning. Wait until he actually take the oath. I doubt if he will have a press briefing everyday.

      • 12 99ts
        December 1, 2016 at 5:31 pm

        They don’t even care about their own pf – they have elected a president who will remove any reporter who does not support him 100%

    • December 1, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      The difference in the character of the man. In 2008, after the election, when the press tried to discount Bush, PEOTUS Obama’s mantra was — only one Pres at a time, Bush has it until 11:59:59 20090120… This was in the middle of a crisis!

      Meanwhile, orange-glo is acting like he 1st coming of Christ…

      Was in Swarthmore dollar store today; apparantly, magazine distributors are over the Obamas; Vouge, InStyle, both on rack @1.25… The special edition Rolling Stone with a tag saying display unti Feb 2017 — must have been 75 of them on the rack… folks gonna learn… they will be missed…

      • 14 Obama Grandmama
        December 1, 2016 at 10:02 pm

        Jazziz, I have been thinking of that same contrast of Prez Elect Obama saying “There is only one President at a time.” When asked to give his take on a decision by Bush with Trump’s Victory Tour and gloating behavior. First we had No Drama Obama now we have the inverse of that coming up. First we had carefully made intelligent decisions considering the future impact. Next we will have seat of his pants decisions made with no consideration for the future and with no clue of an ideology, but pay back to his friends. First we had a President that respected others and listened to them. Now we will have a Prez that has said degrading things to others and refuses security briefings saying he knows more than the generals.

    • 15 globalcitizenlinda
      December 1, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      by ostracizing a journalist of Hispanic heritage, the demagogue gets to attack two of his favorite targets;

      I despise that scumbag ….. each day, with each new action or speech, I get even more furious at the people who enabled him to get to the most powerful position in the world.

      • 16 jacquelineoboomer
        December 1, 2016 at 10:29 pm

        I’m hoping we can find a way to turn our collective fury into fighting him, every step of the way.

  3. 17 jacquelineoboomer
    December 1, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    This one’s for Bob!

  4. 18 hopefruit2
    December 1, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    No Grandma Robinson or Malia at the tree-lighting. Just POTUS, FLOTUS & Sasha 🙂

  5. December 1, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Our First Family look so lovely. Hay, they manage to get Sasha to come with them.

  6. December 1, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Yolanda Adams is singing. O Holy Night

  7. 27 JER
    December 1, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    The 2016 National Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Thursday, December 1. The show will be broadcast on the Hallmark Channel on Monday, December 5 at 7 P.M. ET/PT.

  8. 32 hopefruit2
    December 1, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    The crowd spontaneously erupted in “Four More Years!!” cheers 🙂 🙂

  9. December 1, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    how we need a man like our President….how the world does too

  10. December 1, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Can you imagine Trump, Barron, Melania, and those grown Trump juniors up there next year. OMG! Man I am going to miss the Obamas.

  11. December 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Seem like some of the Trump idiots are already buying his B.S. about saving 1000 jobs.

  12. December 1, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    • 41 Obama Grandmama
      December 2, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Most of America does not even realize how much PBO has done for them. They are into lazy sound bites and being lied to as long as it is entertaining. It is true that Trump is better at capturing the moment and attention of the press through the manipulation of the media than Prez Obama is. It seems to be a “Reality” tv format view that entices the public these days. Maybe not in my lifetime, but history will reflect the honorable presidency of President Obama against the unscrupulous behaviors of Donald Trump. My fears are that in the short run his theatrics will work. He will be rewarded with a changed Country and win a second term while the world hates us and moves forward without us. We will become more cynical and less accepting of others and a different place that is not welcoming to others. A place I do not want to live in.

  13. December 1, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Will the Obama family be going to Hawaii for their Christmas holiday?

  14. 43 jacquelineoboomer
    December 1, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Oh look “Andre Rieu: Waltzing Forever” on my local PBS station. Seems about time to switch to alternate programming. Some dictator is giving an eight-hour speech in Ohio, akin to Fidel in his hay day. Ugh.

  15. 52 jacquelineoboomer
    December 1, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    • 53 arapaho415
      December 1, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      GE JO’B.

      Missed the Christmas tree lighting ceremony 😦 , but did see last year’s.

      Interestingly, the earlier version of the Reuters report published yesterday has more details than today’s report. Including:

      “Former U.S. Marine Michael A. Wood Jr is leading the effort along with Wesley Clark Jr, a writer whose father is retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clark.”

      And TODville’s favorite (snark) Dem:

      “U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat from Hawaii and a major in the Hawaii Army National Guard, has said on Twitter she will join the protesters on Sunday.”

  16. December 1, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Saw snippets… I’m just really tired and burned out.

  17. 58 globalcitizenlinda
    December 1, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Just speculating:

    Maybe Ms. Malia Obama is already in Spain for her Study Abroad – noticed that she was not at the volunteering event the day before Thanksgiving & not at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony;

    First Grandma was not at both events too

  18. 59 globalcitizenlinda
    December 1, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Reading the story about that former NFL running back, Mr. Joe McKnight, who was just gunned down in broad daylight (around 2.43 pm ) in LA is heartbreaking;

    to know that at 28 years old, he was shot during the course of a road rage incident leaves me with no words.

    people need to put their guns down and have some respect for life.

    praying for his family and friends who have to deal with this tragic loss.

  19. December 1, 2016 at 10:35 pm

  20. 62 vcprezofan2
    December 1, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Hi. Asking again today – Does anyone know if Jackie Grumbacher is okay? I can’t remember seeing her in a bit, and she has always been such a regular.

    • 63 jacquelineoboomer
      December 1, 2016 at 11:04 pm

      I’m sorry I don’t personally know. But I sure hope she is okay!

      • 64 vcprezofan2
        December 1, 2016 at 11:08 pm

        Hi JO’B, thanks for responding. I’ve missed JG’s presence, and knowing from past experience that she’d often alert us to grandbabe’s visits or her going to visit MIL, etc. etc. I am wondering. Sure hope it has nothing to do with health and that she’s okay.

        • 65 jacquelineoboomer
          December 1, 2016 at 11:13 pm

          Hope so, as well. Some folks are taking short breaks, but – as you said – usually jackieG mentions it, in advance.

    • 66 globalcitizenlinda
      December 2, 2016 at 12:11 am

      I last read her comments a few days after the election.

      If I remember correctly, she was not only disappointed (to say the least) but said she was exhausted and feeling physically unwell (some ailment);

      at least I remember people expressing gratitude to her for all her volunteering work.

      ps,

      the days have been hazy, confusing etc. so please forgive me if my recollection is not the best

  21. 67 JER
    December 1, 2016 at 10:58 pm


    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse of the National Mall in Washington.

  22. 72 jacquelineoboomer
    December 1, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    This is good.

  23. 73 jacquelineoboomer
    December 1, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    • 74 globalcitizenlinda
      December 2, 2016 at 12:17 am

      I don’t know how SoS HRC is able to handle these numbers of her as the real winner of votes …. I just can’t ;

      heavens, to date almost 6 million people wasted their vote on third parties?

      I will not touch the hatemongers who voted for the scumbag ;

      this was truly the hate election

      • 75 jacquelineoboomer
        December 2, 2016 at 12:45 am

        It’s all so amazing … troubling … crazy!

        But that’ll have to be it for me this evening – heading off to bed. Sleep well when you get there, Linda!

      • 76 nathkatun7
        December 2, 2016 at 2:10 am

        I feel the same way; especially for people who voted for Stein and Johnson. Now the whole world knows that the United States is not truly a democracy.

    • December 2, 2016 at 7:12 am

      All those wasted 3rd party votes. Blame Sanders and his demogogery of Hillary

  24. 78 whenpamelawandered
    December 1, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    {{{{{ TOD }}}}} Keep You The Heart, everyone. ❤. There has been no inauguration yet. #trustbarack #neverunderestimatebarackobama 🙏📿🕉

  25. 81 Gazelle
    December 2, 2016 at 4:04 am

    Hello NW, TODers, our darling Chips! Always trying to catch up w/ all the wonderful posts. Here’s a lovely tribute to PBO to cheer you all:

    .

  26. 83 Gazelle
    December 2, 2016 at 4:08 am

    BTW, when I googled & clicked on Youtube, all I got was every wonderful vid of POTUS/FLOTUS, the whole time, even some going back to his Harvard days. No other vids on that first page. Darn, that was cool!

  27. 86 desertflower
    December 2, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Morning everyone…liars lie. Paragraph 3

  28. 89 hopefruit2
    December 2, 2016 at 8:32 am

    BOOM!

  29. 92 desertflower
    December 2, 2016 at 8:36 am

    You don’t say. Thanks, Obama!

  30. 93 desertflower
    December 2, 2016 at 8:37 am

  31. December 2, 2016 at 8:41 am

    From Mayhew over at BJ:

    Defined Benefits vs. Defined Contribution

    by Richard Mayhew
    at8:29 am on December 2, 2016

    I want to explain my thinking on this.

    Right now Medicare is effectively a defined benefit program. The defined benefit is the federal government will make ure that a Medicare beneficiary will get 83% or better actuarial value care. Right now that actuarial value is delivered by either the traditional Medicare Fee for Service System, the CMS controlled FFS derived ACO and advanced payment methodology system or privatized Medicare Advantage plans that have to offer at 83% actuarial value. Drug coverage is provided by privatized Medicare Part D plans. Additional actuarial value can be bought via either private Medicare Supplemental plans or buying up in Medicare Advantage.

    If between year 1 and year 2 we see a 20% increase in the cost of providing 83% actuarial value coverage to Medicare beneficiaries, the federal government and thus society picks up the vast majority if not all of the price increase. In the second year, the beneficiary will still be able to get 83% AV coverage.

    Are there smart ways of doing this? Are there different ways of doing this that optimize different value functions? Are there more and less confusing ways of doing this? Are there more and less expensive ways of doing this? Are there more and less beneficiary friendly ways of doing this?

    Yes, yes, yes, yes, oh my god, yes.

    And those discussions and arguments are very well worth having.

    That is not the argument in the Ryan plan.

    Instead the Ryan plan is switching Medicare from a defined benefit guarantee to a defined contribution. The contribution will be a calculated lump sum that in year one will buy 83% Actuarial value insurance. In normal years of health care cost growth, the lump sum will grow slower than healthcare growth. So in year two, the lump sum buys 82% AV, in year five it buys 76% AV. If there is a shock year where the health care cost growth dramatically jumps up from a trend to a 20% spike, the beneficiaries are now left holding the bag as the federal subsidy might only now buy them 65% actuarial value coverage.

  32. 95 desertflower
    December 2, 2016 at 8:44 am

  33. December 2, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Thankless blue collar workers, people can buy the B.S. that it was all about economics,, I don’t. These same people had no problem sending those people back to D.C. who for eight years during the depth of the crisis they sat on the sideline refusing to do anything to help President Obama as he tried to get this country out of the mess Bush left it in.

    • December 2, 2016 at 8:58 am

      McConnell, Ryan, McCain, and all those Republicans didn’t do a dam thing these pass eight years.

      • 98 Obama Grandmama
        December 2, 2016 at 11:33 am

        Remember in the 2012 election when Obama said “It does not make sense to put the team back in charge that drove the bus into the ditch.”? I do. The same thing should have applied this election especially when they obstructed everything Obama tried to do to help the economy improve.

  34. 99 desertflower
    December 2, 2016 at 8:45 am

  35. 100 desertflower
    December 2, 2016 at 8:46 am


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