Did we tell a spouse just how desperately we love them?

Hi guys,

This was such a tough and emotional week, I think we all deserve some fluff. It felt sweet to create this video, I hope it’ll feel sweet to watch it. Enjoy, and have a great, quiet and loving weekend.

Oh, volume up, please. :)

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223 thoughts on “Did we tell a spouse just how desperately we love them?

  1. It is obvious they love each other very much!! They seem so good together. As a person married to the same person for 21 years, it takes alot of hardwork to make marriage work but when it work it is a beautiful sight to behold and everyone can enjoy!! You can also tell by the way the girls love and treat their father, how their mom loves and treats her husband!! I love them and pray them as a family everyday!!!

    Thank you for this FLUFF is such a nice change after such a solemn week!! :)

  2. My wish is that everyone find a spouse that is as devoted as these two are to each other. Love the pics & music (very upbeat).

  3. Every time I click on this website it is like getting a gift from a special friend. Thanks for this lovely video BWD. You made my day.

  4. Second that! And it has pictures I have never seen before. What an example of how unrestrained love for another does make you a stronger person, not weaker.

  5. My husband and I took took to heart those words about telling a spouse how deeply you love them. Amazing how all the insignificant stuff fades away when you focus on what’s really important. I doubt the president misses a day without telling his family how much he loves them. He focuses his heart on love and reaches out from there. It’s a good way to live.

  6. It is not fluff to show or to appreciate real love; especially between a couple that is in politics. If a man can love a woman desperately, and if it is returned as these pics clearly show, then he has the capacity to love others and the strength to move mountains. What a wonderful tribute to wake up to. This weekend is about loving and serving our communities, our nation and the individuals that live in them. This video is a good thing to carry with us as we go .

  7. What a fantastic couple who show the true family values, love for each other.This can only spread if we all keep love in our hearts for all.

  8. A very wise person once told me that before you commit to a lifetime with someone, ask yourself who else they love. Because love is a capacity, not a reaction.

    Its been clear from day one that Barack and Michelle have this capacity – big time!

  9. Fabulous video that really tells the story!

    As I was watching it, I thought back through my lifetime and asked myself when we’ve seen a couple in the White House who openly demonstrated this kind of love for one another.

    Its certainly not a requirement for me in a President. But it does give depth to the words he spoke in Tuscon this week. He walks the talk!

    As I said over at my place, he’s Father, Husband, President.

  10. Absolutely beautiful couple. I wish I had what they had. I love the way they love each other. The way Barack’s eyes light up when he sees Michelle. How gentle she is with him. How protective they are of each other.

    Simply beautiful. Thanks for that, BWD.

    On another note, I wanted to let everyone here who knows me (aka marabout40 on Daily Kos &/or twitter) that I’m moving tomorrow. Will be driving a 26′ U-haul truck with my car hitched to it and my Tucker in the front of the truck with me. I’ve never driven anything bigger than an SUV before, so I’m really terrified at the idea of driving that thing…especially with so much snow and ice on the ground.

    As some of you know, the last couple years have been rough for me: divorce, lost my house, lost my job (nearly one year now), survived cancer (in remission 4 months and thankful)… Well, now I’m at the end of my finances and can no longer stay here in Orlando. I’m moving back to NY to stay with family until I get back on my feet.

    Wish me luck and if you’re a praying person, I wouldn’t mind some of that too. :-)

  11. The open expression of love should come easy but for many it does not. So when we see this incredible devotion and respect between POTUS and FLOTUS we are moved deeply by the sheer genuine quality of it. It makes me want to find more of this in my own life. I wish that for all of us.

    Thank you, BWD.

  12. Wow! I would never have known from your enthusiastic posts here that you were carrying so many burdens at once. So much spirit will get you where you need to be, even if it seems a long way off now. Have a safe trip. The first time I drove a truck I was terrified, but after a few miles it was like I’d always been driving them. Except for backing up! We have a very beautiful country (except where we put stuff) and I find long distance driving to be a powerful, meditative time. So my wish is that you will find more joy than you now anticipate, whether on this drive, or in anything that comes after.

  13. To be fair ,I think Nancy and Ronald Reagan did this as well but we never had so many photos, videos etc.

  14. stay strong Hachikō…remember that after a dark night always comes a brighter day. your bright day is coming,i’m sure of it.best of luck to you.

  15. Michelle is his rock (as he has said so many times) and he is strong enough and not afraid to show it. This is also what the other side hates. No matter what they sling at him, he’s got his beautiful wife and girls to love on him. His love for his family is so strong and so true. Nothing fake about how this couple love each other.

    I read that POTUS and FLOTUS are featured in this month’s Ebony Magazine as one of 2011′s hottest couples. I’m going to try and find a copy this weekend to add to my President Obama library.

  16. I will definitely pray for you!! I’ll email you as well, as I often visit my mother in NY, perhaps we can meet for coffee ?? :-)

    I will definitely praying for a light at the end of the tunnel, and hope that another window opens up!! You are such a wonderful person, and someone that wonderful will be noticed by a good company.

  17. Yes, I thought of them as well. No matter how much I disagreed with them, it was always clear that they had a deep connection with each other.

  18. I wish you a safe journey Hachiko.

    This was a wonderful, uplifting video. They are a beautiful couple.

  19. Safe journey and prayers abound. May you look back and understand the “whys” of it all.

  20. Hachikō

    I don’t know you well, but I can tell you are a strong woman who will grow stronger each day. My thoughts and prayers are with you daily. Virtal hugs

  21. Oh my goodness, how strong you are! I send you very best wishes for safety and healing. Something is calling you forward. I hope your new path brings you peace and pleasure with the support of those that love you.

  22. We wish you all the best. Keep us posted. Let us know when you’re safe in NY (I HATE driving in weather even though I’ve lived in the Midwest my entire life). I admire your bravery to drive that truck all the way to a safe haven in NY.

    Please accept my fervent wish that your life starts turning around. You have a lot of friends.

  23. Prayers to all deities, love and light sent your way. You’re one of the people I remember best from the GOS and I’m so sorry the past years have been so difficult for you.

    If it helps I had a life blow-up 2 1/2 years ago that led me to a much better place, starting with a move back to family. After many many years of problematic relations with my dad, I had 5 months to heal that relationship. He died unexpectedly and suddenly, and I can’t begin to imagine what I’d be feeling now if we hadn’t had that mystical time for reconciliation. That was not even a fantasy for me when I moved, I just wanted to not be so alone and scared.

  24. I adore the Obamas as a couple and they are real, not plastic. I remember with great amusement Michelle saying during the campaign that he still won’t pick up his socks and puts on Mom jeans out of the bin sometimes. Clueless. To all my married woman friends out there, Barack Obama is a husband like all husbands. Which I ADORE.

  25. Lovely stuff with which to start a weekend. Many thanks, BWD. Here’s a link to a wonderful Gay Hendricks’ HuffPost article on the importance of a strong marriage — and this couple’s marriage specifically! — in the larger picture of a successful, flourishing presidency. This brings, science, psychology and language to something we innately sense about Barack and Michelle and are so comforted, reassured and inspired by. Enjoy!

  26. I did not know that, but I will look for a copy as well. I have every magazine so far that either one of them have graced the cover of. Thanks for mentioningh it.

  27. How do I attach a photo here on BWD, one, say, from Facebook? Sorry to bother everyone with this…

  28. Positively brilliant! Love it!

    Today is Mrs. E’s birthday so we’re off to walk the dogs in the snow and then head to the Detroit Institute of Arts. Later tonight a nice dinner. Got her a new iPad, too ;)

    We tell each other we love you everyday and talk constantly about how lucky we are to have found each other and to share the life we have together.

    Thanks for the reminder that this is what we should all be doing.

  29. CanadBarb posted this on my blog just now:

    ” Would you agree PBO carries within him, the special Aloha spirit? I’ve seen & felt it with Elders and young Hawaiins who came to Vancouver to participate in a special canoe journey. I saw it in the Kahuna, the dancers, and the Hawaiins who have come to live here; one of whom is my massage therapist & works from my wellness room. There is no other with her talents for LomiLomi, Shiatsu & western massage; you can feel that traditional spirit.
    To me, that special spirit is gentle, loving & effective; it is the same as what I see in PBO..”

    I usualy am not a “chatty person” but CanadaBarb sent me an email asking me to do write up on BWD’s blog on Pres Obama and the “Aloha Spirit” that he lives by so here goes:

    —-

    “Aloha” in the Hawaiian language means affection, love, peace, compassion and mercy. Twenty years ago you would see the “Live Aloha” bumper stickers on people’s cars to encourage people to be civil to one another.

    Yes Pres Obama definitely has the aloha spirit!

    ALOHA

    * A stands for AKAHAI, meaning kindness. *
    * L stands for LOKAHI, meaning bring unity. *
    * O stands for OLU`OLU, meaning politeness. *
    * H stands for HA`AHA`A, meaning humbled. *
    * A stands for AHONUI, meaning enduring. *

    ALOHA

    Respect all elders and children.
    Leave places better than you find them.
    Hold the door. Hold the elevator.
    Plant something.
    Drive with courtesy. Never drive impaired.
    Attend an event of another culture.
    Return your shopping cart.
    Get out and enjoy nature.
    Pick up litter.
    Share with your neighbors.
    Create smiles.
    Create a list and share it.

    You don’t have to be a politician.
    Or the president of a company.
    Or a famous doctor,
    To make everyone’s life better.
    Sometimes the smallest things make
    the biggest difference.

  30. Hachiko- you’ve accomplished so much and beat the odds on so many levels.. you will do yourself proud on this too. My best thoughts and wishes are with you- take care, take your time getting there.. and I believe your future will be quite bright.

    Please let us know when you arrive there safely.

  31. Thanks, CR, for sharing the meaning of ALOHA. It is so easy to see the Aloha spirit in PBO. What a blessing.

  32. I am predicting that once you return to a supportive environment you will begin to bloom again. Your trials have been preparing you for your new life. You need the mental space to start taking chances again

  33. I love Michelle and Barack’s love. I have always loved how they look at each other. What an example they set, a powerful love in evidence at every image of them together.
    Wanted to mention a couple other things. I just saw the Repub Mayor of Tucson interviewed on msnbc. He really seems like a very decent, good guy. He said he couldn’t begin to tell how much the citizens of Tucson appreciated President Obama coming to their city to help them heal. He said for the 14,000 inside and the 20,000 in the stadium, the memorial experience was “almost spiritual”, that their cheering was a release and cathartic. He said President Obama’s speech was one of the finest speeches he has ever heard in his life.
    And I see a bi-partisan group of legislators in Arizona have responded to President Obama’s words and have signed a pledge to tone down the hateful rhetoric. We should all hope that spreads across the country, and that some sort of healing and newfound unity can begin. Because as President Obama reminded, we are all part of “the American family, 300 million strong.” Our future depends on it.

  34. Hachikō, I will keep you in my prayers. I have to say you were my girl on DailyKos, I always searched for marabout40 comments in diaries looking for some amount of reason, and you often backed me on dailykos as well, I was known as jtown. God Bless!

  35. As I reflected on Obama’s speech this week – it became so clear to me that he was using the power of story (self, us and now) to bring us hope for something better.

    If you go back and listen to his speech at the Democratic Convention, you see it as well. And now that I think about it – his speech on racism too.

    So all of his most powerful speeches have been grounded in this story of self, us, and now.

  36. BWD what a beautiful tribute to such a beautiful couple. BWD you are simple the best for constantly lifting up President Obama and us up as well with your wonderful wonderful diary.

  37. Had hoped to meet you in DC at the march in October. Then hoped we could connect sometime in Orlando (sent you an email that might have gotten lost in the shuffle). Now will have to endure our defrauding governor without your sympathetic assistance.

    Good luck. Hope things are looking up for you soon.

  38. Didn’t click on the link because I won’t give them page views any more but my guess is that the author was quickly vilified.

  39. Hachikō, I am so very sorry that you are going through a very difficult time, but your spirit of faith, courage, kindness, love, and compassion WILL BE given back to you. Crying endureth for a night, but joy will come in the morning. Please know that I will remember you in my prayers.
    Blessings, Peace, and Love

  40. My wife is the best thing in my life. Every day I am thrilled to be so lucky that she loves me. I feel like very little else in life matters with respect to whether I am a winner in the end. Everything else could fail and go horribly wrong, her love for me has already guaranteed that mine is a good life.

  41. What an absolute touching and beautiful tribute. Thank you BWD for putting that together. In this time we need these reminders to love each other and to let them know.

    Hachiiko, safe travels, my dear. Please let us know you when you get there.

  42. Now I’ll have to check on your YouTube page as well as this one! You did an excellent job putting the video together.

    When I started playing it, my wife jumped up from her computer and came over to stand behind me to watch. So we were able to share the video, a great way to start our day.

  43. BWD, thanks so much for the “fluff.” The essence of love is what we are able to see when we look at this beautiful couple. Maybe if we saw more of what genuine and enduring love looks like, we could heal the wounds within that keep us from loving ourselves and each other.

  44. Hachiko, Marabout40 was one of the folks I followed back in the Kos days. I’ll think about you as you drive. It’s not that hard. Please stay safe.

    I guess one could say about 2011–It HAS to be better than 2010! If you spoke about all that in the other place it must have been on days when I never got there. (My attendance was always spotty. :-)
    Justice

  45. Hachikō,
    Whispering a prayer that has your name on it. Go with God, and be mindful that the BWD family is thinking of you as you travel. With so many of us, it’s not hard to imagine that different ones will be sending positive thoughts your way at different times all along your journey. May your eyes be clear and your reflexes sharp. May you feel, and know, that you are not alone, and please don’t foret to let us know when you have arrived.

    Vicki

  46. Wow – can’t fake that kind of genuine love, and the haters simply can’t fight love and generosity with rancr and selfishness!

  47. They are the most beautiful couple on earth right now, IMHO. I adore both of them and our president sure made the right choice when he fell head over heels for this fabulous woman. He is so into her! You have great taste Mr. President!

    My husband and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary this Sunday and people are shocked we still hold hands and flirt with each other. Love and respect make things like that last.

    Thanks for this wonderful video! Great way to start the day!

  48. All my prayers are with you, darling! I know things will get better for you and everything will work out. Keep your focus on your best intentions instead of your fears. Love and light to you on this new journey!

  49. So true. Ronald and Nancy Reagan were very devoted to one another. Their family dynamics not so much

  50. Happy birthday to Mrs. E! Sounds like Mr. E. found himself a soulmate.

    Mr. and Mrs. Faith have been married going on 31 years. It’s imperfection is what makes their marriage alive — responding to new conditions and challenges and stretching our ability to love. Ups and downs but always committed to each other.

    P.S. Nice call on the iPad.

  51. Mia, if you think about it, the healing started in 2008, albeit very slowly. While looking at the empathy blog that BWD recently shared from the obamadiary site I realized something. President Obama has already released the love in America. Look at the faces of people, young and old, when they are in his presence! I can’t claim to be an expert since my ‘president watching’ was non-existent before this presidency, other than during the actual voting week. However, I cannot recall EVER seeing so much NATURAL engagement between a politician and those who go to see him. In the pictures I see, people always seem to be aglow while reaching out to him and his wife, and they both always seem to be seeing just that one person they are greeting in that particular moment. I always see love, on both sides, in these encounters! The reason the love is spreading so slowly IMO, is probably due to the oft noted fact that the media hypes up the ignorant hatred while ignoring the love. Yet, the love undoubtedly seeps through in the photography.

  52. That’s really sweet. My aunts friend sister and brother-in-law are like that and they’ve been married over 50 yrs.

  53. We should all be so lucky to find our soul mate to share triumph and tragedy, good times and difficult times, humor and tears – they certainly have it.

  54. Love is a capacity, not a reaction. Wow! I’ve seen many try to define love and I’ve never seen it done more succinctly. Bravo/va!

  55. Marabout, I too have long been a fan of your comments. I knew a little about the difficulties of your life. Just want to say how incredibly brave I think you are. You are an inspiration to us all. I just said a prayer for your safety and continued healing.

  56. You got my prayers, Kiddo and may white light surround you and that truck and keep you safe.

    I’ve moved twice across country in the winter and it isn’t fun. Keep the weather channel on as you go and don’t hesitate to lay up for a day or two if conditions are bad.

    Call “Mom” when you get to your destination. In other words, post here to let us know you are okay.

    Via Con Dios, Sweetie.

  57. Beautiful video. My new favorite mantram is “that which we manifest is before us.” I
    believe that is how the Obamas live their life. I do not believe it is an accident that they are now the leaders in our country right now.

  58. http://theobamadiary.com/2011/01/14/hey-everyone/

    Another great video of the Obamas. Todays theobama.diary also has a 1/09 with video from the We Are One concert, a reminder of the hope and community that emerged from the 2008 campaign that I believe will reemerge in this difficult time. I think most citizens will draw back from the abyss and look to solving problems. I think the personnel changes at the WH are evidence of a shift to focusing on consolidating the gains of the last two years and promoting the continued growth of the economy so the jobs will return.

  59. Safe travels to you, driving this time of year can certainly be cause for concerns. My 27 yo son is moving home to Montana from California this weekend. Driving a pickup and pulling a small trailer, worried about the driving conditions once he hits Denver and continues north.

    Keeping all those who must be out in this weather in my thoughts, hoping for all to reach their destinations safely.

  60. There’s an article in the AZ Republic by Laurie Roberts about how the people of Tucson have hung wind bells and chimes, 1406 of them all around town in memory and celebration for the lives that have been lost.

    The article is worth a read. Sorry, I am no good at posting links but you can find it at azcentral.com.

  61. I’ve been missing you online!

    Folks: This sweet lady has been reaching out to ME this last month, and had no idea she herself was going through a hellish time!

    Mar, what can I do to help YOU?

    Have a safe, safe trip. Stay in remission. Love you, g.

    PS – NY is right next door – my mother is from the Bronx. May be we’ll get together sometime :)

  62. Vyan was a major vilifier.

    They ARE cooling it for the time being. But it will not last, and I will not forget the ugly,ugly verbiage spilled on that site for the last two years. It changed me, but gracias a BWD, I’m coming back to center. Yeah, POTUS wouldn’t hold a grudge, LOL!

  63. “By LULU ~ WHO WAS IN DENVER TO WITNESS HISTORY! GO TO MY BLOG TO READ ALL ABOUT IT! – Sep 1st, 2008 at 11:38 pm EDT
    …I still can’t believe I was there.

    I’m having a hard time processing it. And an even harder time being able to articulate what it was like to be there. Words, spoken or written, do not seem adequate to convey my experiences in Denver. ………”

    Little Lulu, if this is you – it means I finallly have a personal opportunity to say THANK YOU for taking me there!! That was shared when I was just stumbling my way onto the blogs(and away from CNN) and didn’t even know how to respond, so I’d just read. I copied and pasted the whole thing onto my computer, after wiping away my joyous tears! So now that I know how to respond, if it was you, ‘Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking me to that place at that time’.

  64. Congratulations to both of you on 25 years of love, compromise, friendship, listening, caring, passion, etc. etc! May you enjoy many, many, many more years together.

  65. That’s wonderful e. OTOH, my spouse and I both forgot our 32nd anniversary a few days ago :) But we teased and cracked up about it. So, in our own way…seriously though, my husband has been absolutley brilliant (I am hooked on BBC) during my health crises. That is not to say I won’t leave a copy of this video on his Blackberry….

    BTW, I went back and forth a hundred times about doing ANYTHING DK related, but finally did use your link and vote for you and BWD. aAnted to add a write-in for Deaniac as well.

  66. Good day g… I hope you’re doing well these days. Just a gentle correction, it was not Vyan.. but another diarist who’s name began with V (I can’t think of his name).. but Vyan has been a long supporter of the President, has written diaries about the cops being tried after Katrina in LA.. and he’s been frequently disrespected and kicked around for his pro POTUS diaries. The V you’re thinking of was actually one of the reasons I left that site, when his diary advocating that President Obama IS the Manchurian Candidate went to the top of the rec list at the same time MB had a diary at the top of the rec list.. I had enough. Ultimately he was ‘reprimanded’ for that Manchurian diary.. thats been about 2-3 months ago. Just wanted to clarify that perhaps you’ve done what I’d done myself a few times and confused Vyan with the other guy who’s name starts with V- forgive my poor memory on the other guys name. Best wishes & have a HAPPY weekend :)

  67. Thank you CR. And I, coming from a different background, see him as another Thich Nhat Hanh. (Buddhist)

    BTW, I’m chatty enough IRL, but hate writing. If I could communicate telepathically with you all, I would :)

  68. Thank so much, Sheri. I could not believe the “V” I was thinking of had changed so much!

    You are right, there is a “v” person who writes hateful things. I have a LIST of people who are the reason I left, LOL. Some women on the list too. When friends tried to convince me to stay, I’d give a simplistic response: “If I were invited to a party, saw the guest list, realized I could not stand at least a dozen people on it, I’d decline the invitation.” :)

    hope you have a super weekend as well. Isn’t it great we reconnected here?

    Thinking about the video, I wonder if some of the hate out there amongst the Reps is jealosy. Do THEY have marriages like this? I also wonder if racism may play a part. Bigots have this whole ugly mindset regarding Blacks and sexuality.

  69. Carroll Jones, to attach a photo/avatar, click onto the genric photo, it will take you to Gravatar.com, there you will be asked to open an account.

    You will then have the option to attach a photo from the Internet, or from your files, and that becomes your avatar. Good luck

  70. Hi, hi, hi. I’ve noticed you haven’t been posting at the “other site” and I’ve been worried about you. Here’s hoping that your move will help get you further along on the road to health, happiness, employment, wealth, etc. Best of luck to you. I really miss seeing your comments. Take care. Possibly others over there may feel like me, so if you’re inclined maybe you could drop a note once in a while. My suggestion would be in the pootie diaries. :)

  71. Tigerfists88
    How Long,Not long.
    Great speach and great video of Dr. Martin Luther King. Thanks for sharing. I also loved the video Blackwaterdog posted above of President Obama and First Lady Michelle.
    So much love.
    Bless them all.

  72. Thank you Tigerfists- I am embarrassed that I forgot today was his actual birthday and not Monday. My own son celebrates his 30th birthday tomorrow.. and just and FYI for everyone, Monday is our First Lady Michelle’s Birthday :).

    Happy Birthday Mr. King~ Thank you bwd for the ‘love’ video.. we need lots more love, all of us.

  73. The video montage of photos showing the love and affection between President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama made me think of an adorable movie I saw many years ago called “Cinema Paradiso”.

    If you have seen the movie, I think you will know what I am referring to. If not, I am not going to spoil it for you. You will have to see the movie for yourself. I highly recommend it, it’s a classic. It will make you melt.

  74. How Long, Not Long…

    That’s inspiration in difficult times. I still get blown away when I think that speech was given just days after the “Bloody Sunday” incident at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma.

    And so as we go away this afternoon, let us go away more than ever before committed to this struggle and committed to nonviolence. I must admit to you that there are still some difficult days ahead. We are still in for a season of suffering in many of the black belt counties of Alabama, many areas of Mississippi, many areas of Louisiana. I must admit to you that there are still jail cells waiting for us, and dark and difficult moments. But if we will go on with the faith that nonviolence and its power can transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows, we will be able to change all of these conditions.

    And so I plead with you this afternoon as we go ahead: remain committed to nonviolence. Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding. We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience. And that will be a day not of the white man, not of the black man. That will be the day of man as man.

    If MLK and his followers could embrace non-violence – and want to extend a hand of friendship to white people after what he had seen and experience – certainly we honor his memory in learning from his example.

  75. Hachiko, yes I know you as Marabout40 and have appreciated you very much. Many blessings on your new adventure in life. I want to share a beautiful prayer line that I have used many, many times for myself, others, situations in the world, selling my house, finances, health, my cat and for any concern. They are so very positive and loving. I called one time about President Obama and the woman told me that people had no idea how many called and about the millions of prayers that are said for him. She prayed and it was so beautiful I cried. It was obviously a prayer and celebration of him that she said often. This is Unity prayer line. 1-800-669-7729. No charge.

    The angels are with you, dear one.

  76. Yes it is: Great that we reconnected here.. the best of people are right here, and it is so lovely.

    As to the racism, I’m one of the folks who do believe that racism is a driving force in much of the endless nonsense about POTUS.. and most definitely about anything negative said about Michelle. I cannot think of a single thing our first lady has ever said or done that is negative or inappropriate.. and thus imo any criticism of her is grounded in racial bias. I understand folks finding disagreement with POTUS on policy, and even personality- as he ain’t no GW (thank you Jesus/Budha/Mohammad, Great Spirit.. et al)- but I also feel the weird anxiety about him is all about race. And yes I’m certain there must be envy of their relationship.. it puts that whole “family values” crowd to shame, don’t it. Our President and First Lady are the real deal, true loves.

  77. Oh, bwd, the video is absolutely beautiful! It’s inspiring just to know that such love between a couple exists in the world, but even more so that this is our President and First Lady. What a loving family they are. Thank you so much.

    And I wanted to share some raw footage of a sweet moment between the President and Michelle. The guy with the video camera thought it was a beautiful moment, too! “oh, that’s nice.”

    Raw Video: Obamas caught in tender moment

    Thank you again for creating this video.

  78. Several times a day for the 41+ years we have been together :)

    Thank you, BWD, once again for the joy your site brings to all of us.

  79. Wow!! Two men of intellectual heft — from different times, but they both impact our lives in unimaginable ways.

    Both men — Dr. King and his fight for equal justice but with nonviolence, and POTUS’ call to our better angels — wow!!

    Incredible!

    I am still blown away by the most dignified speech POTUS gave the other night. His call to us to live up to our children’s expectations is one of the most important things I took away from the speech.

    I have listened to the speech over and over again. And each time, his words warm my heart.

    Dr. King a man, so far ahead of his time, there is so much to learn. Of his endless works, one that I am drawn to is Letter from Birmingham Jail.
    http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html

    That letter is chock full of so many lessons.

    For example, this speaks to me.

    “…. For years now I have heard the word “Wait!” It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This “Wait” has almost always meant “Never.” We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that “justice too long delayed is justice denied.

    …. We have waited for more than 340 years for our constitutional and God given rights. The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with jetlike speed toward gaining political independence, but we still creep at horse and buggy pace toward gaining a cup of coffee at a lunch counter.”

    Throughout this week, on our website, http://www.thediasporavoice.com, we have honored Dr. King with some of his quotes. Today, we also published excerpts from a speech he made in 1965 at Hunter College in New York, in which he talks about the special relationship between Africa and African Americans.

    As, well, we have a story about POTUS and his administration’s effort to become more engaged in Africa this year.

    If you visit us, please note that we only launched on New Year’s Day, and that we are still a work in progress.

    Our goal is to cover issues devoted to Africans and friends of Africa living abroad and at home, as well.

    Got any ideas or suggestions, send it our way

    Marabout40, here’s wishing you a safe trip. Your resiliency will see you through.

    God Speed!!

  80. ParkRanger,
    I saw that video. I had to laugh when the reporter got SOO involved of them being intimate to the point that I read a comment aimed at the reporter to “go get a room”.

  81. Hachiko, I am so sorry that things were rough for you. I hope staying with your family will give you comfort. I’m also glad your cancer is in remission.
    Good luck and you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  82. I remember that, too. I just love how they show affection for each other, as well as the way they hug on their kids.

    So lovely, so refreshing.

  83. I don’t know if this will work?? (embedding video?)

    Seems like what we really do need more these days is Love.

  84. Can anyone enlighten me, where and when exactly did PBO said anything about cutting Social Security benefits?? I don’t get this new PL preemptive outrage.

  85. Carroll Jones, thanks for the link to Kathlyn and Gay’s article, I read that article previously and loved it. Peace ☛

  86. If I understand the situation correctly, he is not cutting benefits, however the payroll taxes help fund social security so there was concern about how this will affect funding for the program.

  87. Why can’t people just wait and listen to what he’ll say? It’s always the same. Somebody starts some rumor, and it turned into a “fact”, and that is that.

  88. Safe traveling, and my prayers are with you. You’ve overcome a lot, God will be with you still.

  89. I think its the same thing that happened almost daily during the health care debate. Here’s how it goes…

    1. News outlet – usually Politico – publishes some rumor they’ve heard from unnamed sources.

    2. Frustrati go nuts with outrage

    3. When you point out that its a rumor from unnamed sources – they say that means its a trial balloon and pre-emptive outrage is necessary to stop it from happening

    4. If it doesn’t happen, they pat themselves on the back and say that their push back worked

    5. If it does happen, outrage intensifies

    It an endless self-reinforcing loop that maintains a constant state of poutrage.

  90. I’M the wife, LOL :) But thank you so much. He’s Swedish, so Lord knows how he feels about anything, but I admire HIM greatly.

  91. I thought they were influenced by POTUS in Tucson to be more thoughtful, less reactive.

    I gave them a week to revert to type. I wish I had bet Actual Money.

  92. Wouldn’t it be nice if they waited to pounce for once??, the article uses the “some say” ploy ie.
    “Some worry” and then goes on to say so and so has “signaled”. I want to hear facts not speculation, some say a whole lot of things.

  93. Thank you, tigerfists88.

    Dr. Martin Luther King was (was, ugh) just two years older than my parents (19/20th of January 1931 – they’re still with us) and 4 months older than Anne Frank (12th of June 1929).

    I remember how mad I was on the 5th of April 1968 – on the schoolyard we 10/11 year olds discussed the “barbarous nation” where a Nobel Peace Prize winner could be gunned down like that.

    I also remembered how – on TV – he was likened to Moses – hah ! even though I couldn’t understand English at that time !

    “I might not get there with you, but I haaavvveee seeeeenn the Promised Land !”

    Thanks – I really needed this.

  94. Truthfully I believe this will be the case – that the SOTU speech will be a lot about the Debt Commission findings and the need to start paying the bills – America has lived on credit for decades and decades. President Obama has said he’s rather be a one-term President and tackle the real issues, than ignore them out of political expedience and keep kicking the can down the road.

    It will be interesting to see how the GOP greets this, if they stick to their “no tax raises” stance, then they’re not being serious and they’ll try to play politics by demonizing any cuts President Obama tries to make – especially if he mentions Social Security – they’ll use that to scare the old timers, and the left will help them do it.

  95. I’m sure that our political opponents have also noted this tendency and it has given them a wonderful way to plant information that undermines the administration. It would be a classic form of dirty tricks.

  96. Thank you BWD What a beautiful video. They are a wonderful couple, I just love them. Their warmth and empathy inspires me daily. You are truly blessed to have this great man as your president.

    My wonderful husband and I have known eachother since ninth grade and still love eachother desperately. Through adversity (loss of a beautiful baby, disability and depression) we have only grown stronger. I am so lucky to be with such a great man and I can honestly say that I have no regrets choosing loving and caring for him over a career. I guess I had no real choice – I fell madly in love with him and that was it.

  97. Exactly. Spoken truth to power. The speed with which some on our side jump on every issue and run with it is just amazing. I have often wondered if the opposition knew this and were planting their seeds, knowing that the frustrati would jump all over it.

    And what makes it worse is that for every issue almost the same people become instant experts. I used to laugh all the time because I would see the same authors of dairies over and over again expressing pants on fire and telling us to call our representatives right away because the world was coming to an end. And to give their diaries credibility, there would be all these added links, even if they were disputed or some were old information.

    They were just like Howard Fineman, so predictable. He’s another one that cracked me up when I used to watch TV. Every time he appeared on one of those programs, he would tell us how he had just been talking to one of his sources on the hill.

    LOL.

  98. I’m pretty darn sure the President knows this tactic is being used on a regular basis. Other than bouts of rage from the frustrati…does anything really bad ever happen as a result of the rumor tactic?

  99. I think that the SOTU speech will be about the future – education, international competition, focus on science and math, global causes. He alluded to a lot of these themes at the speech in North Carolina (link below). The deficit really isn’t the number one priority – not when the economy still needs investment, and the world is moving forward faster than the US is moving. The deficit is a real concern, but it’s my opinion that the urgency of dealing with it (especially through spending cuts) is a made up crisis by the right wing.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2010/12/06/education-innovation-economy

  100. You are a better woman than I, africa. I took NO amusement from their behavior. In fact, I wanted to charge them my per diem for subbing elementary achool, every time I went over there.

    Today I feel I have more in common with the Republicans who, as reported above, called in to radio show admitting to having a change of heart about POTUS. Yo, frustrati: That is called having an OPEN MIND. Try it.

    The world will “shift and morph” and may even improve under our beloved POTUS, but the frustrati will be stuck in their time warp. Whining. If they go over the top though, esp this week, OUR community may acquire new members :)

    Their choice. And now, a Pastrami on a hard roll awaits. I was so giggling before. I linked to the “raw footage” of the Obama’s above. Led me to a whole page of raw footage (footi?). I adore our POTUS. I now know he likes his hamburgers medium well with cheddar and spicy mustard :)

  101. I don’t think Obama is going there now. He knows that a lot of people have had to retire early because of the economy, and Social Security is just about their only lifeline.

    He knows that it’s better to wait until the economy improves and he gets elected to another term. Then, free from having to worry about anything other than legacy, he will take whatever steps he can take in the first two years to put permanent measures in place to shore up Social Security.

    The easiest is to raise the cap-everything I have read says that if this were done, Social Security would be solvent until at least the end of the Century, and probably forever. Yes. the political trade-off might be that some folks will get 10k Social Security benefits, but that’s not the worst thing that can happen with Social Security.

    The Obamas are the most openly affectionate Presidential couple in my lifetime. They hold hands, stand close to each other side by side, openly laugh and sing and whatever together. They spend just the right amount of time together: they neither live separate lives or are tethered by a chain to each other.

  102. VC, so sorry! I’m not that Lulu. I wasn’t in Denver, though I wish I had been there. I got to see President Obama in person at a Barbara Boxer fund raiser in L.A. where he was sadly heckled by members of the LGBT community to get rid of DADT. Patience would go a long way to heal this country, IMHO.

    Hope you find the right Lulu!

  103. Ladyhawke, one of the best films ever! Thanks for reminding me of it and I know just what scene you’re referring to. :)

  104. That was AWESOME, I didn’t realize there were so many photos out there of these two together like that! What a great love, thank you for sharing that!

  105. A brilliant and truth-telling op-ed from (surprise!) David Brooks:

    President Obama gave a wonderful speech in Tucson on Wednesday night. He didn’t try to explain the rampage that occurred there. Instead, he used the occasion as a national Sabbath — as a chance to step out of the torrent of events and reflect. He did it with an uplifting spirit. He not only expressed the country’s sense of loss but also celebrated the lives of the victims and the possibility for renewal.

    Of course, even a great speech won’t usher in a period of civility. Speeches about civility will be taken to heart most by those people whose good character renders them unnecessary. Meanwhile, those who are inclined to intellectual thuggery and partisan one-sidedness will temporarily resolve to do better but then slip back to old habits the next time their pride feels threatened.

    Civility is a tree with deep roots, and without the roots, it can’t last. So what are those roots? They are failure, sin, weakness and ignorance.

  106. Hello Everybody, & greetings from West Palm Beach. “BWD”, you did a great job creating this Video. Great Job, I loved It. It really Is a nice thing to do, & to also send to our First Family. It gives them a chance to see how they really look In the eyes of others.

    Moving right along here, I also want to say to all of you here, how much I enjoyed reading your comments, & Links etc. I want to wish all the Birthday People, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY”, & many many more. And to the ANNIVERSARY Folks, It’s just a Blessing, & truly hard work to be Marrioed that long. Give yourselves a HUG. My hat Is off to you, as well as a Bow, but don’t forget to Thank God, he gets the Glory.

    Hachiko, It’s obvious that you are a woman, of great Faith. The Word tells us that when we go through the fire, It’s just making us better. Read the book of James. The Word teaches us to Wait on the Lord, for one thing, & to lean & depend on HIM. It Increases your Faith. The book of Hebrews tells us, that “IT’s IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM, WITHOUT FAITH”. Just check out Hebrews 11:6. You just count your many blessings already, & name them one by one. But yes, I’m praying for you now as I type. YOU, gonna be Alright.

    And to C R, Thank you for explaining Aloha, very Interesting, & Obama Is all of that, Yes he Is.

    As for as our POTUS & FLOTUS, huh, I like & love them too. A LOVING Couple. They make me smile, when I hear their voices, & see them too. They are ELECTRIC. They generate Energy, & Genuine Love for People. As far as his speech & thoughts on the Tucson Shootings, It came from his heart. Makes you shed tears, the way he created & layed It out. with such feeling & compassion, & Empathy. Look, They dwelled among the People, & got to know a little about them, who were hurting. They did their very BEST to ease their pain. It was so Real. Makes you want to be a better Person.

    Okey dokey, I’m gonna go now, been here for hours just reading all the comments here. I was glued, I tell you. Take good care of yourselves Everbody, & Love somebody.

    BWD, I want to thank you again for a nice Creation of the Obama Diary. Great Snapshots.

  107. I like your prediction much better. However the right has everybody droning about cutting spending – something will have to be done to address that.

    President Obama likely wrote the SOTU on his Hawaiian vacation, at least the frame work. I believe he did that last year as well.

  108. Dems need somebody with charisma to challenge Brown in 2012, because he’s a pretty likeable guy. Whoever runs will have to hang his 2010 votes around his neck – when he could have been the 60th vote and voted with the GOP, becuase I expect a lot of votes with the Dems the next two years as there will need to be seven GOP votes to pass anything.

  109. The best way to reduce the deficit is to grow the economy: more revenues collected from current taxes. There will undoubtedly be an emphasis on reforming the tax system, cutting down on all the loopholes. Social Security could be simply addressed just by removing a cap on the income taxed.

  110. Keep moving forward Hachiko, like you always do, sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly. See you in NY–you have shown how tough you are already, so you’re ready for us and we’re ready for you!

  111. The important thing is to leave lots of space between you and other vehicles and to avoid the temptation to slam on brakes. Rather, you should downshift if you hit any ice or snow patches. This will slow down your wheels and give you better traction. Even though you’ll be driving an automatic, downshifting is a great way to keep control coming down a hill, particularly if it’s a little slick. If you have to hit the brakes, do so lightly and pump rather than simply ride them. Remember also that you have an emergency brake. If all else fails and you feel you’re headed for disaster, use that, but ONLY if it really is an emergency. Set your mirrors very carefully before starting out so you can be sure of what’s around you, and give notice to other cars of your intentions by liberal use of your turn signals. Keep your lights on – they make you more visible. I’m a middle aged female and when I’m sitting behind the wheel of a truck that large it feels like it might swallow me up, but if you’re relaxed and confident and take every precaution you should do fine.

  112. By downshifting I mean take it as low as 1st gear to get down a bad grade or slippery looking slope. Don’t press on the gas and let it just ride down slowly. Pay no attention to anyone pushing you to go faster. You’re bigger than they are and they’ll try to go around you, but they’ll move out of the way if you’re in the right. Going uphill shift it down to second gear if you’re encountering difficulty. You’ll find this really works quite well.

  113. Thanks for a link to a great article about their body language. I’ve been doing divorces and family law (among other things) for 25 years now and have always been struck by the evident passion and respect this couple has for each other. I’m also a marriage celebrant (talk about mutually contradictory occupations). It is impossible to fake what these people have with each other. They are clearly the great loves of each other’s lives. He so clearly sparks off of her that in moments of high emotion such as what we saw in Tucson he avoids looking at her during difficult moments such as when he was speaking of Cristina Green. Michelle was crying, unable to hold back the tears brimming in her eyes and he was steadfastly avoiding looking at her. Why? Because the depth of her emotion would have swept away the taut control he was struggling to assert over his own emotion at the thought of a child their Sasha’s age being so tragically murdered.

  114. This is such a lovely story. I can just imagine the magical sound of all of those bells. It gives me chills.

    Simple bells lift heavy hearts amid tragedy in Tucson
    —————————————–
    All week long, Tucson residents have flocked to the pottery studio on University Boulevard, the one where Ben’s Bells are made. It’s open year-round to anyone who wants to come and paint and be a part of spreading one simple yet profound message: Be kind.

    At dawn Thursday, hundreds spread out across Tucson, hanging the bells – 1,406 of them, all Maré had. They hung them in parks and at schools, on street signs and in desert washes, at University Medical Center and at the Safeway.

    “We hang this bell in memory of those who died, to honor all of those who were injured and for all of us who live in and love this community,” says the tag, which also carries the message to take the bell home.
    —————————————–

    http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2011/01/15/20110115roberts0115.html

  115. Lucky, lucky couple. I’ll bet he goes through every day thinking about how he’s going to tell Michelle this or that, or wondering how her day’s going, and she does the same. Every time they’re together he always seems ready to say – “Look at my wife. Isn’t she wonderful? Isn’t she beautiful? Do you hear how smart she is?” I’ve seen the “adoration stare” on all the past first ladies, but what I haven’t seen is the mutual admiration society these two have, each one fully respectful of the other and proud as punch to be married to the other. It’s almost impossible to find a man who’s been married as long as he has to her look so much like he’d really like to get her alone for a while every time he sees her. If ever I had a man look at me the way he looks at her I could possibly be talked into remarrying.

  116. I’m going to ask this again because I think it’s worth looking at. Has anything horrible happened as a result of the fits of rage coming from the frustrati?
    I’ve seen people on other blogs trying to blame the frustrati for the Dems losing control in the House, but I don’t buy it. So few people read those diaries and comments, so few people watch KO and Rachel. How could any of them have had an effect on the outcome of the elections? Especially when we know Democrats traditionally don’t vote strongly in the mid-terms for the most part anyway.
    And try as they might, no matter how much the frustrati threw fits, Health Care Reform passed anyway. DADT was repealed anyway, etc.
    I just don’t believe the frustrati have that much influence in this country and that more time is wasted reading and reacted to them than is necessary. Until someone proves me wrong, I’m going to believe they’re just as harmless as the two-year-olds they emulate.

  117. Thanks Little Lulu, I am thrilled you got my comment. I have added Cinema Paradiso to my Netflix queue. I have seen it so many times but it does not matter. I can’t wait to watch it again. It’s like Moonstruck you never get tired of watching it.

  118. I have to disagree. The effect of the frustrati painted Democrats as disgruntled and created a swelling of news coverage — the coverage seeped through to major news coverage — newspapers, network news, etc.

    The Republicans did a masterful job of peddling their lies. That the most vocal ‘progressives’ did not do what successful Republicans have done for 30 years — that is, get behind your leaders and your party and support their actions — there were fissures in the perception that progress was being made. This particular ‘debate’ tamped down enthusiasm for Democrats and their accomplishments nationwide.

    You don’t have to read dKos all day long to be affected by their discourse. The national view was a deflation of support for Obama and the Democratic party which became a self-fulfilling prophesy.

  119. Valid points. I just didn’t see the enthusiasm gap as being created by the progressive complainers, but by the Tea Party. It wasn’t so much that Dems weren’t enthusiastic as it was the Republicans were very enthusiastic. They kept hammering their message and the independents heard them loudly and clearly. Many Dem candidates ran away from the President and the health care debate. I don’t see the frustrati as driving that trend. I see it as the Republicans so effectively demonized the Health care reform that the Dems were afraid to stick up for their beliefs.
    Part of why I feel that way was Patty Murray’s race. She boldly and proudly stood by her votes and explained her reasons in plain precise terms, and ran to the President instead of away from him. Independents believed her and voted for her in large numbers because her message was strong. I think this is why Harry Reid asked her to head the Senate reelection committee. Her campaign was a model for how to get the message out and others can learn from her. Defend your votes with clarity and passion, run with the President. The effect was clear: Democratic vote turnout in King County was off the charts and unusual for a mid-term.

  120. I always like Patty Murray. If I lived in WA State I would have compaigned for her. I told my friend who lives there he better vote for her, which he did. I agree whole heartedly that Dem ran away from the HCR if they had not many would have won like Feingold and Grayson. They were two Dems that I really was sad to lose. I am glad that many Blue Dogs bit the dust like Blanche Lincoln.

  121. In thinking about how the Republicans/Tea Party drove the narrative during the mid-terms, it seems to me that the two most effective clubs they wielded were TARP and HRC votes. They primaried several Republican candidates for their TARP votes and defeated several Dems for both their TARP and HRC votes. Fast-forward to 2012 and it looks to me like they won’t have either of those votes to use against candidates again. If this new Congress is as ineffective as predicted, then they’ll produce little in the way of controversial legislation to vote for that they can use against Dems. They won’t have Pelosi to demonize, only Reid (which seriously…how effective can that be?) I’m guessing it’s going to be all anti-Obama all the time…24/7.

  122. Blanche Lincoln would have voted with the Dems a lot more than Boozman ever will. And in two years time when the Dems have to defend 23 seats and can only lose a net four, holding her seat might be the difference between keeping and losing the Senate majority.

    Feingold lost because he didn’t want to fight for it. He kept on beliving the voters would come around and didn’t realize until it was too late that he was in real trouble.

    What pains me in losing these Senate seats is they’re gone for six years – these Republicans will serve out the remainder of President Obama’s presidency. Senate Dems were woefully prepared, so many unforced errors, gave away three seats – and just damn lucky that the Teabaggers gave us Buck, Angle and O’Donnell. I guess those were three unforced errors of their own.

  123. Tien Le, my opinion has always been that the PL don’t have nearly that much influence, and that’s because they’ve sabotaged themselves over the past two years with infighting. They proved themselves to be fair-weather allies, so many with actual power in Congress don’t really listen to them except to play them for donations.

    My problem has been that because they messed up so badly the past few years, they lost a valuable opportunity to actually BE an influential voice and begin to actually build a media platform to start to rival what the right has been perfecting for the past 30 years. The right never stops just because votes don’t go their way, or if whoever is president doesn’t push their platform. They keep grinding at the local and state level, which is why they keep coming back, THEY STICK TOGETHER. They understand patience and biding their time for years, DECADES even, which the PL has never been able to do effectively. All the internet donation drives in the world will never rival the endless calls and letters that Repub voters continuously pour into their Senate and House reps, whether they’re republican or Democrat. I feel that a lot of the PL has real disdain for conservative and moderate Democrats, and only want to consort with who they think is on their “level”. Therefore, they have no idea how to really get in and organize these type of voters when it counts. Then they whine about WH messaging.

    Truth be told, the right got their messaging together when Clinton came into office. Bush tapped into that, so there was never an issue of WH messaging because they just used what was already in place, and what will be in place if/when there is another Republican administration.

  124. I think a lot of lessons were learned in this last election. I’m encouraged by what I’ve read about the Dems making recruitment of people to run for office a priority.

    Does redistricting effect the Senate? Doesn’t seem like it would.

  125. Hachiko, I’m sorry you’ve been going through so very much over the past two years.

    May God hold you in the palm of His hand and surround you with His guardian angels as you travel to your family in New York. May His blessings, peace, and grace be with you always.

    Godspeed and traveling mercies to you, Hachiko.

  126. Lovely video, bwd!

    A good song for POTUS and FLOTUS (and all couples who love each other!)…

    Dave Matthews Band – You & Me

  127. Excellent points RinaX and building on your observation about the right “grinding at the local and state level”, another thing the right does is run for local offices, school board, county commissioner, city council, and it is not unusual for them to run unopposed.

  128. The Obama’s week was even more difficult than we knew. Just read a piece that said Obama’s liaison to congress, a young man with a wife and three very young children, lost his wife in a bizarre accident at their home Monday. (She was backing out of the garage, hit something that caught fire, and I guess there was an explosion.)

    So they had the Tucson shootings to deal with on top of people in the White House trying to console a staffer with a baby and twin toddlers who’d just lost his wife.

    I was scared for Obama to go to Tucson, scared for him, and then I head that Michelle was going. I can just imagine him wanting her by his side, but not wanting to put her in any danger and her refusing to let him go without her.

    It was clear that they were both trying to prop each other up in Tucson, while also trying to prop up everyone around them.

    The hugs, even the hand-holding seemed so fierce. Watch Michelle holding Mark Kelly’s hand with both of us, so determined, as in… we’re going to get through this together, no matter how hard it is.

    And another photo where she is looking down and to the side, seeming just heartbroken.

    Another story I read said at first Obama didn’t want to call Christina’s parents because he knew if something like that happened to one of his daughters, there was absolutely nothing anyone could say that would make him feel better, so there was nothing he could say to the Green’s that would possibly help.

    Reminds me of an episode of the West Wing, when President Bartlett is making a condolence call like that, and he asks Charlie if he got one after his police officer mother was killed in the line of duty and if it made him feel any better.

    “No,” Charlie says. “Nothing makes you feel better. But it did make me feel proud.”

    I’m sure the things the president said made them proud.

  129. Safe trip Hachikō. When one door closes, another will open up. Keep hope alive and stay safe. Good luck with everything and bless up.

  130. Absolutely fantastic. Thank you BWD. You are awesome.

    I salute the first couple because they exemplify excellence.

  131. What a sad story about the staffer’s wife, and the fact that it was one more heartbreak for the people in the White House. Very sad story.

  132. I was wondering about this. I’m sorry to say that I was so immersed in the news coming from Arizona I didn’t follow up on that. At the time I heard this, they still hadn’t known what caused the explosion. They’re sure it was just some freak accident?? It sounded so… ominous. The timing, explosion. One thought horrible things.

    I always wonder if the Obama’s do as any parent would. They’re going away. Do they check their will – to make sure everything is in order? Especially at times like this? I’m so amazed that even with the more than usual stress that falls on the First Lady and the President just as parents, that they can just, well, function so well as a couple!!!

    I think part of the reason is that the President truly looks at his wife as a full partner, and perhaps she insisted upon this from the moment they met. ;-) She’s a strong strong woman – and absolutely wonderful role model for all girls, young women and women in the world.

  133. Hachiko –

    Wrapping you in white light, protective blessings, for the drive to NY and for all the days following.

    Think the move will be the beginning of something wonderful for you.

    Much love to you.

  134. Thank you for this BWD.

    There is a Celtic phrase that translates out loosely to “soul mate”, the other half of one’s soul.

    “anamchara”

    That is what the President and First Lady have with each other.

    What was so clear this week is that they are each others sanctuary, peace, comfort, hope and joy.

    It’s a rare gift and a delight to behold.

  135. Apologize if this has already been posted. But NYT editorial is a good one this Sunday:

    The Truth and Consequences of Repeal

    Get ready for more theater on Capitol Hill. House Republicans plan to push through legislation this week to repeal the health care reform law.

    In deference to the new vows of civility, the tone of the debate may be a bit more restrained. But Republicans have already said that they will not strip the word “killing” from the bill — which is titled, “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.” Civility apparently goes only so far.

    While repeal will certainly pass the House, it has no chance in the Senate. So House Republicans are already planning other ways to undermine the reforms, like denying agencies enough money to hire personnel to carry out the program.

    Americans will pay a high price if opponents get their way. Reform means that tens of millions of uninsured people will get a chance at security; and many millions more who have coverage can be sure they can keep or replace it, even if they get sick or lose their jobs.

    Repeal would also take away the best chance for reining in rising health care costs — and the government’s relentlessly rising Medicare burden.

    The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that repealing the reform law would drive up the deficit by $230 billion over the first decade and much more in later years.

    For all his claims of fiscal rectitude, John Boehner, the House speaker, immediately dismissed the budget experts’ report as “their opinion.” In a particularly cynical move, Mr. Boehner and his new team have exempted the repeal bill from their own rule that any increase in spending be offset by cuts in other programs.

    Many individuals and businesses are already benefiting from reform, and they will benefit even more once it goes into full effect in 2014.

    Thanks to reform, it is now illegal for insurance companies to deny children coverage because they have pre-existing medical conditions, or to rescind a policy after a person becomes sick, or to cap the amount that insurers will pay for medical care over a lifetime. After 2014, it will be illegal for insurers to set annual limits on the amount they will pay for medical care or deny coverage to adults with pre-existing conditions.

    Young people are now allowed to remain on their parents’ policies until age 26. And insurers are now required to cover preventive care in new policies without cost-sharing, and to spend at least 80 percent of their premium income on medical care and quality improvements, not profits or administrative costs. Repeal would eliminate all of these new protections.

    Repeal would also eliminate federal tax credits that are helping small businesses provide coverage to employees as well as a reinsurance program that is helping more than 4,700 employers, large and small, provide health coverage to early retirees.

    Republicans are getting considerable traction with their claims that the reform law will drive up the price of insurance, and some are blaming the law for recent premium increases primarily caused by medical inflation. Once again, the official analysts and other experts disagree.

    The rest (don’t want to copy in entirety!)- here’s the link:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/16/opinion/16sun1.html?_r=1&hp=&pagewanted=print

  136. I totally did find my soulmate. I’ma lucky EclectaDude.

    The iPad will help with her photography a LOT and was the main reason I got it for her. It’s the only device that can be hooked directly to her camera so she can preview shots she has taken on a larger screen.

  137. I want the 60 new GOP Reps to vote to repeal. Because then they own voting against it just like the rest of their caucus and their party. 60 seats were in Dem hands in 2008 afterall, so when the world doesn’t end because of HCR and folks start realizing the tremendous benefits – they’ll have only one party to thank and realize how the GOP lied to scare up votes.

    So in two years time when HCR is even more popular, the GOP rep will have to defend voting to completely repeal a bill that did so many goo things and didn’t kill any jobs like they’re now professing it will – because “job killing” is the new Luntz buzzword.

  138. Just take your time and trust in God. He will guide you to your desitnation safely.
    Keep the faith as a blessing as big as your challenges is just waiting for you. I believe that the challenges we go through is what prepares us for the great blessings that God has in store for us.

  139. Oh, I’m not looking per se, just got caught on your name and wondered. You are luckier than I’ll ever be because you got to see ‘The Man’ up close. ;)

  140. Just more wonderful demonstration of our President’s level of respect and warm heart that makes him exceedingly capable of connecting with others. One can see the emotional connection in their eyes that has rarely been seen (if ever) with other presidential couples. We are so very lucky that our lovely First Couple and Family are willing to share their joy (with each other) with their county and the world. Thank you so very much for the wonderful video.

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