They love the new hairdo!! 2012 is in the bag!!


Seriously, I’ve never seen a president being treated like this by young people.


78 thoughts on “They love the new hairdo!! 2012 is in the bag!!

  1. It is always so much fun to watch the President and First Lady with children and young adults. They obviously are so open and loving with them and the young ones can tell–they are always smiling and reaching out to shake hands. The younger ones can tell when someone is sincere. It’s always a joy. Love this video, bwd. I always feel uplifted and happier when I see them.

  2. Can you please change the caption of this thread. 2012 is not “in the bag”. You can never let your guard down with thinking like that. There is a LOT of money coming from a lot of powerful places lining up to try defeat him.

  3. Thanks so much for the footage. It’s wonderful to see the president and first lady at an event like this as well as the enthusiasm and appreciation of all the people gathered to meet with them.

  4. I saw your headline before watching the video and my first thought was “President Obama has a new hairdo?” 🙂

  5. With Sen. Conrad retiring, it’s looking more and more likley that the Senate majority will be lost as well. Conrad’s vacancy, Nelson of Ne, Tester are in real trouble, and then Stabenow, Kohl, Sherrod Brown, Casey’s respective states all went hard GOP in 2010. McCaskill and Webb will be in for the fight of their political careers as well, and Florida elected Rubio and Scott for crying out loud, so Nelson isn’t safe there either.

    Maybe the Dems should think twice about the Senate reforms…

    Senate is broken when Wyoming has the same number of senators as California, Texas and New York. When you think about it it’s even surprising that Dems could ever have the Senate majority.

    President Obama could get re-elected and be faced with a GOP House and GOP Senate.

    We have to hope Palin wins the GOP Presidential nod.

  6. Cute video – young people are so attracted to the Obamas – more so than any President since the Kennedys. The girls recording this were so enthusiastic and pleasant….gives us hope for the future, doesn’t it….

  7. The only thing that registered was the “in the bag” part. Upon reflection I get it now. Given the context of this site I assumed irrational exhuberance.

  8. I got it. It’s great that they’re working with teens… who will be voting age in 2012.

  9. Heads up, folks. NOW is the time to be calling your members of Congress to “Protect Our Progress” and make sure they don’t succeed in their effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. All the details in my latest blog:

    Call your member of Congress NOW! Protect our Progress!

    Time is of the essence. Call today or first thing tomorrow. Call after hours if you want and leave a message. Just make sure you let them know you are a constituent and leave your name and phone number and where you live.

    It’s very important, particularly if you have a Republican representing you in Congress. Please do it. It takes only a moment.

  10. We need to stay strong and hopeful going into 2012. With all the positive energy generated by this group I am confident the Democrats will hold the senate and take back the House.

    We will cheer on North Dakota members of the blog and with the help of a strong President and weepy Republicans I think ND will be in the bag.

  11. Go Eclectablog. This post reminds me – what do we want to do with the URL? With Republicans threatening to block funding, it seems the assault will not go away after the Senate votes down this bill.

    I found this site which has stories of how folks are coping with the recession, the photographer also published a book ($25)

    Please share any ideas you have.

  12. Done,

    Called Rep Rob Woodall, of course he is voting to repeal, but could not explain to me why he was voting that way, and how the Republicans plan on helping Americans right now!

  13. And another thing…. :->

    The whitehouse started publishing stories of health care reform. I recieved an email from the healthcare blog.

    I featured their first issue “Cathy’s story” at my blog. How cool is this? Just a voice and photo, but the written story is also included in the post.

    I also just finished a web page that has videos of health care, if you have the time to take a look and send me URLs of ones I’ve missed, that would be great.

  14. Hey, it seems the phones are tied up…here is another message that can be placed directly through his site…
    Contact | Speaker of the House John Boehner |
    To send a message to Speaker John Boehner, fill out the form below or email SpeakerBoehner [at] you are a resident of Ohio’s 8th District, your comments can be submitted via my Congressional Office Website, which you can access by simply clicking here:

  15. Um… the whole point of the Senate is that each state has the same number of senators. I’m not sure what makes it “broken” because of that fact. It’s a design feature, not a bug.

  16. I’m in a True Blue State so instead I have been trying to get thru to Boehner all day to no avail. His line was either busy or they would put you on hold and never come back to take your call.

  17. I had the same experience. I’m in California, in Jane Harman’s district. So, no danger of repeal there. Tried calling Boehner, and after going round in circles, finally managed to leave a voicemail message (but I’d almost forgotten why I was phoning…)!

  18. via HuffPoo:

    Bill Frist urges gop to stop health care repeal.

    Bill Frist urges gop to drop health care repeal

    Said Frist: “It is not the bill that [Republicans] would have written. It is not the bill that I would have drafted. But it is the law of the land and it is the platform, the fundamental platform, upon which all future efforts to make that system better, for that patient, for that family, will be based.”

    He noted the law “has many strong elements. And those elements, whatever happens, need to be preserved, need to be cuddled, need to be snuggled, need to be promoted and need to be implemented.”

  19. I only think and care about this Prez. Because he can work with anybody, Dems as well as Repugs. This and that will loose their seats doesn’t bother me too too much. This is just me, though.

  20. I’d love to see a Hendrix style afro just to watch the teabaggers loose their minds. on the other hand I guess I’ve seen way too much of that.

  21. I’ts important to keep a senate majority or they’ll put all sorts of poison pills in bills sent up to the Prez. Imagine if DADT repeal came along with making ALL abortions illegal.

  22. I get it was designed like that, but when Wyoming has the same two Senators as Texas or California it makes little sense.

    37M people have two senators, 523K people have two senators. You could cut California up into 70 states each with the population the size of Wyoming.

    A citizen in Wyoming has 70x the power than a citizen in California has.

    Was there that level of descrepancy in mind when the Senate was created?

  23. This is why I want the House to vote to repeal. It won’t go anywhere, but it will give Dems a huge issue to ride on to take back the House with. With it being a Presidential year, it will be a referendum on Obama – he’ll be out crisscrossing the country selling the benefits and accomplishments of HCR, not to mention it grows in popularity over time as it is. I believe it will be 55%+ will see it as positive by 2012 – so on the individual house district level, the 60 freshman Republicans will now be on record voting to repeal and can then be directly challenged on it. Remember the 60 seats the GOP picked up in the midterm were 60 seats that went for Obama in 2008, and he’s on the ballot again in 2012. If the Dems can just take a net 25, they’d take back the House.

  24. I tried as well, and like so many, here and everywhere, I have stories he should hear about. I wonder why he was so unavailable today, hmmmm….

  25. I still don’t understand your reasoning. The Senate is intended to equalize influence among the states, regardless of population. The House, on the other hand, is designed to provide more direct representation according to population.

    If both houses went by population, one of them would be utterly unnecessary.

  26. A year ago this March when the Health Care Reform Bill was being voted on the Tea Party bussed in thousands of their supporters and they stormed the Capital and made a lot of noise with the Dems in Congress. They were rude, nasty and unruly at times. A lot of pressure was put on the Dems in Congress from both sides. The President was pressuring the Blue Dogs and Conservadems to vote in favor of the bill and the Tea Party was waging a protest against the bill.

    In the end many (enough) Dems voted in favor of the bill but they knew they would pay for that vote politically.

    Now almost a year later with the Repubs in the majority they set out to Repeal that Bill. We know that this particular move is theatrics but they have a much bigger plan and that plan is through appropriations to defund certain portions of that bill until it looks nothing like the bill passed last year.

    I got this message from a friend of mine this afternoon:

    “just returned from the press conference with
    U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. While many are under the impression that they can’t touch The Affordable Health Care Act, they..the GOP can go after it in many ways such as defunding and picking it apart piece by piece so we have to stay vigilant and keep the pressure on”.

    My question is how are we going to “keep the pressure on”. Making phone calls (that Congresscritters essentially ignore) or signing petitions, and writing letters to the editors are great tools but they cannot be the only tools we use.

    Where is our agitation (not nasty and rude but agitation none the less)? Where is our protest? Will we just quietly sit by and let them defund this bill or will our side finally rise up and make them answer us face-to-face?

    No one reports on the evening news about how many phone calls the Dems supporters made in a given day but protest all over the country in every district demanding our voices be heard now that will make the evening news and give folks something to think and talk about.

    Just my 2 cents….

  27. donna dem 4 obama
    I would be willing to march for Health Care. Seeing the video of Dr. King brought back memories of the peaceful marches he organized.

    I believe many folks would be willing to stand up for Health Care. I wonder if we could somehow have an online protest, we are probably all in different places but could we use the Internet to stage an online protest that makes the news, get’s noticed on You-tube, etc.

    I have the feeling we are close to a good idea, just need some nudging.

  28. To Early to think negative thoughts, Saint R. Let’s work as hard as we can to ensure that the President is re-elected, and the Democrats retain the Senate and regain control of the House. If we start thinking defeat we are more likely to be discouraged and fail to mobilize young voters. Personally, I think the way the economy is trending, and the fact that all U.S. soldiers are slated to be out of Iraq by the end of this year, 2012 could be a very good year for Democrats. Remember, young people tend to turn out in much higher numbers during presidential elections than in mid-term elections. So, I am not discouraged. I remain very positive that Democrats will regain the House once people see that Republicans offer no meaningful solutions to problems facing the country.

  29. donna dem4Obama:

    I am with you. I think it is time for us who support healthcare reform to do everything, including protests, to stop the Republican madness of trying to turn the clock backwards. You are absolutely right: It is time to “agitate.” Exactly what we failed to do when the teabaggers were carrying on with their rude mobs against health care reform. I think, part of our inertia was because of what you folks have named the “frustrati” who were loudly aiding and abating attacks on the President and the Democrats in Congress. I absolutely think that all of us who have faith in this President must earnestly start to mobilize to defend all the progress he and the Democrats in Congress have made in the past two years. Bottom line: I really appreciated your “2 cents….”

  30. Sen. Lieberman is expected to announce he’s not going to run for another term, but will retire at the end of his current term in 2012.

    Former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz has said she’ll run if Lieberman doesn’t. Chris Murphy is another potential candidate.

    Linda McMahon is expected to run again, this time with much more name recognition. She took on an institution like Blumenthal and made it closer than it should have been.

    This comes on the heels of N.Dakota Kent Conrad announcing he will not seek re-election.

    A three way race was not something Lieberman could have won, as the GOP is going to run a stronger candidate this time around.

    Susan Bysiewicz could run into trouble around her 2010 actions, trying to run for AG without having any courtroom experience, and then declaring Gov. Malloy the winner when that was far from a sure thing.

    I think Lieberman not running gives Dems better odds, but it’s also far from a sure thing as McMahon’s dirty laundry has been aired and it will lose it’s stink and thus effect over time. She’ll also have $25M to spend, and I doubt any of the Dem candiates could come near matching that.

    KBH is retiring down in Texas, but that’s not a realistic pick-up. Bill White couldn’t get near Gov. Goodhair, and the Bush name in Texas is still good.

    Ensign could be in trouble, but the GOP have a ready made unbeatable candidate in Rep. Dean Heller.

    Pomeroy has already said he’s not running for the Conrad open seat. Dems bench is pretty thin there as well, couldn’t even get a top challenger to replace Dorgan, though Hovean was seen as unbeatable. GOP already have this one as a win, think Tester is very vunerable as well. Nelson of Ne could be a sitting duck as well.

  31. whatisworking, I don’t know how this happened, but I didn’t know about your site. I love it!!! Excellent. We need to keep the focus on what is working and walk with the President on that path. Thanks for putting your link in your comment. I’ll have to check more tomorrow probably, but I’m excited about it.

  32. We will win with President Obama as our President of the United States in 2012. Amen.
    We will not give in to the breaking news, because just think many said he could not win in the first place, and he did not even know the details of the mess that he was going to be getting. BUT he is there, and he has faith because we we him going into that Oval Office everyday working for All Americans. Let us not rely on the resigns of other men and women. President Obama has been faithful to the people under the huge negative circumstances, but he keeps his eye on the ball, so let us stand with him with our hard work, positive thoughts and faithful prayers.
    We will win in 2012!!!!! Okay

  33. I still don’t get the headline. 😦

    I hope the President does attend the funeral of Sargent Shriver as a reminder to americans what public service is all about.

  34. United Auto Workers President Bob King told more than 1,000 workers and retirees at a political action conference in Washington tonight that unions are under attack — and would face “an onslaught” if President Barack Obama lost in 2012.

    “The labor movement may be most demonized institution in America,” King said “You want to get a sense of how bad things could be: look at Ohio, look at Wisconsin, look at Michigan, look at Pennsylvania, look at Indiana. If we ever in the federal government lose the House and the presidency, you will see an onslaught against unions and working people unimaginable.”

    That’s why re-electing Obama is the top priority of the union. “We should be really clear that Number One on our agenda is doing everything that we can do for President Obama and to make sure that he is relelected,” King said.

    He said Democrats and progrssives often tear down people that support most of their issues. “We have this habit of eating our own — of destroing the people that are most important to us to keep in office. We’ll have five or six issues that we agree with the president — and we have one issue that we disagree — and we’ll focus on the disagreement over and over and over again.”

    “There has not been a president, Democrat or Republican, that has been as open and accessible to labor as President Obama,” King said. He noted that no other president had said what Obama has said “on at least two occasions” — “If I was a worker, I would vote to join a union.

    He said unions must engage in “direct action” to organize new members. “The only way we can suceeed I believe is by recreating the level of activism and mobilization and direct action that we have not seen in 30 or 40 years,” King said.

  35. LOL, look at the little kids trying to act so cool…this blog is a de-light, I must tell you yet again BWD. Terrific video watching a First Couple so wonderful, so mature, so in control of themselves and so loving—this is the Catch-22 of why so many people take them for granting and think they’ll always be there.

    And I must give a shout out to the secret service people. They look stern and severe, but every time I see the serious looks on their faces, I rest assured that the well-being of my POTUS and my FLOTUS are in good hands.

    You’ve done it again BWD; thanks for never failing to bring a smile to my face!

  36. They should also focus on House seats, Dems gaining a net 25 flips the House back.

    If President Obama is re-elected but the Dems lose the Senate and don’t take back the House, then the GOP will control Government for the most part. President Obama couldn’t veto everything.

    The Senate is already looking next to impossible to keep.

    Dems need to do a much better job of recruiting candidates for the Senate. GOP always seem to have a ready bench, whereas Dems have nobody to run it seems.

  37. VERY important that we keep the Senate. Now that they have the House, they decide what comes out of committee, what gets to the floor for a vote. They could launch all sorts of bogus “investigations” just to tie things up, just to stall the business of the People, to try to run out the clock until 2012.
    If they get the Senate, they’ll tie up the committees there as well.
    They just can’t stand the idea of a Barack Obama. He’s making them look bad.

  38. “There are few moments in our lives that call for greater compassion and companionship than when a loved one is admitted to the hospital. In these hours of need and moments of pain and anxiety, all of us would hope to have a hand to hold, a shoulder on which to lean – a loved one to be there for us, as we would be there for them.”

    With those words on April 15, 2010 President Obama directed HHS Secretary Sebelius to initiate rulemaking to ensure that hospitals that participate in Medicare and Medicaid respect the rights of patients to designate visitors. The President further advised that the rule should ensure that participating hospitals may not deny visitation privileges based on factors including sexual orientation or gender identity.

    Today the new Hospital Visitation Regulations go into effect.

    This policy impacts millions of LGBT Americans and their families. The President saw an injustice and felt very strongly about correcting this and has spoken about it often over the years. I want to thank HHS Secretary Sebelius and her team for their resolve to see this rule implemented. In fact, long before this rule was finalized, back in June, 2010 the Secretary laid the groundwork by reaching out to leaders of major hospital associations asking them to encourage their member hospitals to not wait for the formal rulemaking to run its course regarding patient-centered visitation rights suggested by the President.

  39. Love to see the Prez interacting with the kids. But in this clip I am more impressed with the seriousness of the Secret Service. The guys who are constantly scanning the crowd. The guys who are putting their life on the line for our President. And they know it. And they do it. I send them my love and prayers and appreciation…

  40. Not surprising…I knew from when I saw that Baby Doc came back that there was going to be some drama. I’ll leave it to Haitians to opine about this event, but either way, there was going to be drama. Sigh.

  41. 100% agreed, Saint Roscoe. Let the people see the GOP waste time and money rather than doing the people’s business. Partying with lobbyists; truncated work-week; trying to repeal legislation which brings relief to ordinary Americans; let them go on record with this!

  42. Thanks for asking, gn. I’m fine. Getting slowly scared as the time approaches, but perfectly well otherwise. And that’s why Goddess invented Cosmopolitans, LOL. {{{gn}}}

  43. I hope you’re not so scared, as you’re going to come out of this just fine, g. Normally I would be hysterical but I have never felt that way about your situation, it’s going to be okay.


  44. Thanks g and gn it’s a pleasure to supply our fellow supporters with all the viable information we can so that we are all well informed. 🙂

  45. Breathe. Take one day at a time, and know that we are all here for you, wishing you only good things….I don’t know about your particular health issues, but I can tell you, a positive mental attitude is essential. And Cosmopolitians.Hugs to you, g:)

  46. Thank you, Mutt Like Me, for this information.

    And, thank you, Mr. King, thank you, for speaking truth!

  47. Maybe like the little girl who suggested Lincoln wear a beard to look less sad, some child after the 2014 midterm could persuade Obama to wear a fade!

  48. Remember that the voters who show up during presidential election years are more numerous than in midterms. That said, we need to get some real talent running in House and Senate races nationwide in 2012.

  49. And remember to find a way to laugh. It helps counteract the stress hormones, and speeds healing.

  50. I know what you mean. There was something very impressive about the Secret Service in this clip. They hold the well-being of this world in their hands every day, by holding the well-being of this President and his family in their hands every day. And they appear to take that very seriously.


    Wednesday January 19, 2011
    All Times Eastern

    9:00 AM President Barack Obama, VP Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Jill Biden welcome President Hu of China to the White House; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also attends.

    10:00 AM President Obama and VP Biden hold a bilateral meeting with President Hu; Secretary Clinton also attends.

    11:00 AM President Obama and VP Biden hold an expanded bilateral meeting with President Hu and U.S. and Chinese delegations.

    12:00 PM
    12:20 PM President Obama and President Hu hold a meeting with business leaders.

    1:00 PM
    1:05 PM President Obama and President Hu hold a joint press conference.

    2:00 PM
    2:30 PM VP Joe Biden, Jill Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton host a lunch in honor of President Hu.

    3:00 PM
    3:50 PM VP Biden, Secretary Clinton and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack show President Hu a model of the proposed China Garden in the National Arboretum.

    4:00 PM
    4:05 PM Secretary Clinton and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi sign a memorandum of understanding establishing the U.S.-China Governors Forum.

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM The President and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome President Hu.

    6:30 PM The President and First Lady Michelle Obama take official photo with President Hu.

    7:00 PM
    7:35 PM President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, VP Joe Biden, Mrs. Jill Biden and Secretary Clinton attend the state dinner with President Hu; President Barack Obama and President Hu each deliver a toast.

    8:00 PM
    8:55 PM The President and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the state dinner reception with President Hu; VP Joe Biden and Mrs. Jill Biden.

  52. This video brought tears to my eyes. Not sure why but it did. I guess it’s because I share the feelings of the lovely young woman who made the video. I too “love the Obamas”.

    Viva Obamas!!!

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