Happy Birthday, America. Happy Birthday, Malia

Hi guys,

Happy 4th to you all. WH party starts at 6:30 PM ET, PBO will deliver remarks.

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So yesterday, for the first time in 6-7 months, I clicked on a DK diary, because TiMT is my hero, and he’s doing a heroic job over there, and he’s very very sweet to me, and, most importantly, it seems like there are still many many PBO supporters among the non-stop bashers. I even looked quickly through the comments, and had to bring these two here:

Little Lulu:

This president has saved my friend’s son’s life by bringing him home from Iraq after three re-ups under Jr. This president’s stimulus package saved our small business so we could rehire the employees we had to fire after Jr.’s recession almost shut us down. This president’s healthcare reform has provided health insurance for our employees through their parents’ policies because they’re under 26 years of age and that’s just my personal story. Millions of Americans have jobs thanks to this president saving the American auto industry. Oh, and thanks for killing the bastard who gave Jr. all he needed to hand our economy over to his ultra-wealthy pals.

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hardart:

i appreciate my president….. because he is the one that gave me hope in the political system again. He showed me that if we just get out and vote we can cause real change. I appreciate the president for all he has done on GLBT issues. i write this comment in honor and memory of Thomas Chamberlain, my first love and boyfriend who died of AIDS in 1993. He would have been so proud to have voted for our first black president. When i see Barack Obama’s smile i see Thomas’ smile. I love you thomas.

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Also, if you still didn’t read Zizi’s and Deaniac’s excellent stuff – You really should, and don’t forget: #mediafail.

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Happy Birthday, child.


163 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, America. Happy Birthday, Malia

  1. What beautiful photos of the birthday girl, thanks so much BWD, and for those 2 lovely comments above. Happy 4th of July everyone!

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  3. Happy 4th to you all. Happy birthday Malia. Excellent photos BWD, thanks. Hope you enjoy a great day with family and friends.

  4. Happy 4th Everyone. Malia is a gorgeous girl. They are going to need to keep the SS near her at all times. The boys will be flocking. I can’t wait to see what she grows into. Happy birthday Malia!

    Have a great day everyone.

  5. Happy 4th everyone, and happy birthday to the newest teenager on PBO’s team.

  6. Happy July 4Happy July 4th all of you. Happy Birthday Malia. These are great pics. Thanks BWD. I have read TMT every now and then, he is a loyal Obama supporter. Thank you for the two links.th to all of you. Happy Birthday Malia. What a beauti

  7. Daymn, she’s all grown up and as tall as her mom and as gracious.

    Happy B’day, Malia.

    Yay, the comment box seems to have gotten its own 4th of July.

  8. Happy Birthday Malia Ilove seeing both parents in this beautiful girl.
    BTW TOAITR looks great on my iPad.

  9. Happy 4th to everyone and a special Happy Birthday to Malia. I am so proud of our President and the First Family.

  10. Happy 4th of July to everyone, birthday girl Malia, President Obama & family and especially to BWD!

  11. Happy 4th All!!

    I loved all the comments on why people appreciate our president!! It is rare on DKOS. Some made me cry a little. I appreciate this man very much and he is so unappreciated and disliked by both some on the left and many on the right…it is nice to know there are many who still appreciate what he has done and tried to do even on DKOS.

    That Malia is gorgeous…she looks so much like dad but her mannerisms remind me of mom! I kept that entire family in my prayers always..they love each other so much..this life cannot be easy on such young children but they both handle it with such grace.

  12. HAPPY JULY 4TH EVERYONE…AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY MALIA! THANK YOU FOR THE BEAUTIFUL PICTURES!…THEY SPEAK A THOUSAND WORDS!

  13. Beautiful photos—–love the heartwarming dad and daughter ones. And beautiful 4th here in Illinois, a “honey of a day” as my dad used to say. Hope the weather cooperates for the celebration tonight in D.C.

  14. Happy Birthday, Malia.

    Happy Birthday, America.

    Happy 4th, BWD family.

    And, just a word about Malia. Killer legs! OMG….!

  15. Happy 4th to everyone here.

    What a beautiful woman this child is becoming; in this family, she will be beautiful both outside and inside.

  16. That’s why PreZ O is afraid….very afraid. Forget the debt ceiling, Bush tax cuts, 2012 campaign, high unemployment, I/P conflict…He’s bracing himself for his own “Katrina” right at home!

  17. Happy July 4th to BWD and everyone here at TOAITR . . .

    . . . and Happy Birthday to beautiful Malia Obama! They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree–and that certainly seems true in this case with those two tall and gorgeous trees, Barack and Michelle Obama. At just 13, Malia is growing into a stunningly charming, beautiful, and gracious young lady who is a perfect reflection of her wonderful parents, POTUS & FLOTUS.

  18. oooooohhhh, girl child. Malia!! Don’t hurt your daddy, now hear?? 🙂 Remember when you were little and he had you convinced that the fireworks were just for you? Well, in his heart, they still are…

    Have a great birthday. Eat your favorite foods, and have ice cream and cake. Stay the smart and sweet young lady that you naturally are. very caring and patient like your mom, and thoughtful and tall like your dad. But most of all, be yourself. You’ve done a wonderful job of being YOU, just keep that up and you’ll be just fine.

    Happy Birthday Malia Ann. Enjoy!!!

  19. Sending out birthday wishes to beautiful Malia! BWD, I’m heading over to WhiteHouse.gov to express these same sentiments about Malia, as well as how proud I am of the way that she and her sister are conducting themselves and the good example that they set for other young women. Wouldn’t it be great if others joined me to show her, and her family, that not everyone feels the same way as those who publicly denigrate and demonize her dad, and on occasion her mom…

    Have a great day everyone and stay safe!

  20. What a stunning, poised young woman, so comfortable with her father. These are moments you cannot fake. Happy birthday, Malia!

    And Happy Birthday to our wonderful nation. On this celebratory day, I pray that America returns to its Enlightenment founding principles. Under the leadership of this wonderful President, and if we all pull together to fight the enemies of America, both foreign and domestic, we have a great future.

  21. Thank you for the link to Zizi–it’s a truly inspiring call to action. We cannot let the right wing haters take the meaning of July 4 away from us. This is our own revolutionary moment and we’ve got to be as brave as those who fought for American freedom 235 years ago. I’m sure the president thinks every day of helping creating a safer and better world for Malia and Sasha and it’s a huge source of inspiration and energy for him. I have children of my own (admittedly grown) but I do not want to leave them a United States that has been corrupted by the nutcases on the right and their rich corporate masters. This isn’t what the Revolutionary War soldiers died for and it isn’t what we can accept. When the singing rings out tonight and the fireworks start exploding think of it as the call to a new and more insidious battle to save our country. Whether our children live in a free and democratic country literally depends on us and the millions of people we can reach in the coming months. This is a fight for the soul of the country and winning is the only option..

  22. Let us use this Independence Day as a motivation to commit opurselves to raching a new level of independence from this country, both of material things such as oil, but more importntly from the fear utilized by both the far right and the PL which leads to hatred aand bigotry. Let us motivate ourselves to be independent of the tyranny of extreme ideology, from the power of greed in the hands of a few, and from our own biases which cause us to be blind at times.

    Oh, and Happy Birthday Malia.

  23. I agree. Thanks japa for your thoughts of wisdom. And Happy July 4th to you!

  24. Good Mornin’ One and All,

    HAPPY 4th!!!🙂

    I wish a Happy 235th Birthday, USA and a Happy 13th Birthday, Malia…

    And, may they have many more!

    Wonderfull pics of a father and daughter, Malia has turned into a beautiful, leggy young teenager (in the WH)…

    A daughter any parent would be proud of!

    And, of course, our Prez *IS* lookin’ fiiine!

    BBQ, hamburgers, hotdogs, cold drinks, etc., anyone…No fireworks, please?😉

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!

  25. Happy 4th of July to all of you. I wish you a safe and happy Holiday! Happy 13th Birthday to Malia Ann Obama!

    I know many people are tapped out, but we are having a $13 donation day in honor of Malia’s 13th Birthday. These are OFA Fundraising Pages. If you can spare $13 please choose an OFA FR page on the left hand side….http://www.reelectobamabiden2012.com/

    If any of you have personal OFA FR pages/links and would like them added, please send me a link to your OFA FR page..

  26. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA AND MALIA!! Boy what a beautiful young women she is turning out to be. Growing up from a cute little girl in such a short time. She is so tall like her mother. Dad is going to have young men knocking at the Whitehouse doors. LOL!! I’m sure the Sercret Service has been put on notice.🙂

  27. Ooops…I forgot to say that I love the photo of her and the POTUS where she has her head on his shoulders and the one immediately following where he kisses her on the forehead. No words for the love that is displayed in this family….that would adequate! (:

  28. Happy Birthday America and Happy Birthday Malia!!

    It’s going to be a beautiful day.

  29. Did you guys hear the stupid of FOX hacker that was tweeted today about Prez Obama? How sick are these people? Can they be traced and arrested?

  30. Happy 4TH to all in the BWD comunity

    Happy Birthday to Malia, daddy’s look alike to a tee.

    All have a safe time and a lot of fun.

  31. Yeah, you “made it”…

    HAPPY 4th OF JULY!😉

    More White House FOURTH OF JULY Celebration details:

    FOURTH OF JULY: President Obama Hosts Independence Day BBQ & USO Concert!

    Livestreamed: Rock band Train and singer/songwriter Amos Lee will perform at White House…

    On Monday, PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE FIRST FAMILY WILL CELEBRATE THE FOURTH OF JULY by welcoming about 1,200 military heroes and their families to the South Lawn for an Independence Day barbecue at the White House. The party includes a Salute to the Military USO Concert, and a view of the Capitol fireworks, over the National Mall. Monday also marks Malia Obama’s 13th birthday…

    http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2011/07/fourth-of-july-president-obama-hosts.html

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!

  32. I can’t add anything different than what all of you wonderful people have already said. Happy birthday, Malia! You are an example for all to emulate. Your beautiful parents have raised you well. Listen to them, and keep those values that they have taught you so well, in your heart to touch others with as you go out into the world.Today is your day! PS…some of those fireworks MUST be for you:)

  33. Did you gMeant the stupidity of hackers who twitted from Fox. I still can’t see my screen when typing, hence the typos.uys hear the stupid of FOX hacker that was tweeted today about Prez Obama? How sick are these people? Can they be traced and arrested?

  34. Happy 4th of July everyone. Thanks BWD for the wonderful pics od Malia. The picture of Malia with her mom hugging her, she looks like PBO’s mother.

  35. Happy 235th Birthday, America; Psalm 127:1. Happy Birthday, Miss Malia; Exodus 20:12.

  36. WHAT YOU CAN DO TO SUPPORT MILITARY FAMILIES!

    This morning, THE FIRST LADY SENT THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE to the White House email list, WISHING them A HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY and encouraging all Americans to honor our brave men and women in uniform by volunteering to give back to the military families who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.

    If you didn’t get the email, be sure to sign up for the White House email list.

    Good morning,

    This Independence Day, I hope you’ll join me and my family in recognizing both our brave men and women in uniform and their families for everything they do to protect our country and our way of life.

    We know that when our troops are called to serve, their families serve right along with them. For military kids, that means stepping up to help with the housework and putting on a brave face through all those missed holidays, bedtimes and ballet recitals. For military spouses, it means pulling double-duty, doing the work of both parents, often while juggling a full-time job or trying to get an education…

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/07/04/what-you-can-do-support-military-families

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!

  37. Happy Birthday Malia….and Happy 4th of July America!!

    Thanks for the pictures BWD

  38. Happy B-Day Malia and a happy 4th to everyone . Heading over to donate the 13.

  39. Yeah, WE probably are!

    But, this is still a great idea…

    And, it’s doin’ double-duty, one 4 her and one 4 her father!😉 lol

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!

  40. Malia looks so much like her Dad, but when she stands next to her Mom, well, Malia Is a duplicate of both Mom and Dad. It was nice to see how fast the First Kids have grown, since being In the White House. Wowwwwwwww, so quickly. They are a good looking Family, a nice Family to the core. I just love them, they are truly good and positive examples for all of us. Great pictures also😀

  41. Yes, and yes’ Insoire By BWD soooo perfect thanks TiTM and Thank you BWD.
    Have all of you a very happy 4th, and have fun Relax, and do not panic.

  42. @foxnewspolitics is disgusting. we need to pushback on fox news once and for all. I am appalled.

  43. Happy Birthday First Daughter, may all your dreams come true.
    Happy Birthday America, may all of our dreams come true.
    Happy Birthday to all the Obama supporters on here, have a bang up Sweet sixteen Birthday again. :;):

  44. Thanks for the great photos of Pres Obama and his birthday girl. They are a beautiful loving family.

    Now let’s go register those voters so we can win in 2012 to keep our independence from the repubs!

    Happy 4th everyone!

  45. BWD…the posts you pulled out of TiMT’s diary were beautiful. However, I clicked on the diary and read most all the comments until I got bored, which didn’t take long….you had to wade through some serious muck to get to these jewels! Seriously? Those angry folks are on a hair trigger and it doesn’t take much to distract them from the topic at hand.Thank god for healthcare…these people will be taking advantage of it soon….high blood pressure and anger management classes.I won’t make that mistake again:)Thank you for the fresh air and sunshine.

  46. Yep, everyone has heard Peter. For some reason I don’t believe their twitter was hacked and that this hoax was set up by Fox execs. SICK SICK SICK SICK SICK……If it were a HACK job they would have taken it off twitter by now. I guess they appreciate all the traffic they are getting. SAD!!

  47. I doubt their twitter was hacked otherwise they would have taken that VIAL stuff down. I hope the SS and CIA is on this. Or am I just dreaming? Obama/Biden 2012!!

  48. Hi DF,

    YES.WE.CAN…

    But, WE can also TAKE ‘EM DOWN by way of @mmfa, Stopbeck and his Twitter followers, and others’ activism: (Media Matters is on the TOAITR’s Blogroll.)

    http://dropfox.com/

    How’s that yard work goin’?😉

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
    I’M IN…FIRED UP & GOIN’!😉

  49. Here’s a post from OFA Hello O-family! I hate to keep apologizing for my absence, but I am still recovering from some kind of attack on my central nervous system… plus this is a critical time in the launch of my new venture [which is exceeding everyone’s expectations]. During the past 2 years, I blogged almost every day because there was real legislative activity and real stuff to discuss. With today’s congress, there is nothing to discuss because they are not doing anything of any substance. The House passes a crazy bill and the Senate either ignores it or votes it down. That is not worth my time or attention. I continue to follow the actions of the President… and he and his administration continue to do a fabulous job!

    On the issues of the day:
    1. Debt ceiling will be raised. Quoting John Boehner from last week “no one expects the United States of America to not pay its bills.” Time is up, theater will come to an end, and the agreed upon deal will soon be disclosed.
    2. On the economy (politically): If the GOP thought Dems were not paying attention over the past 6 months, they were sadly mistaken. It was no coincidence that VP Biden called the attacks against public employees a “scam” and Chuck Schumer voiced the concern that the GOP were intentionally stalling the economy for political gain. Just wait until the President gets into campaign mode. Mit Romney has already flip-flopped on saying President Obama made the economy worse after he took office. That is because he was asked about it by the media and knew he was lying!!!
    3. On 2012: President Obama bet on 5 things that will work in his favor: the auto industry, manufacturing (i.e. made in America), increasing exports of products rather than jobs, healthcare reforms (including cuts in Medicare spending while preserving Medicare benefits), and Tea Party over-reach. These things will carry the President to victory! Big business and traditional republicans are already getting leary of right-wing fanatics governing the nation.
    4. 2012 GOP Candidates: crickets… crickets… crickets.. for every single one of them. This is an early prediction, but I would not be surprised if we ended up with a Romney-Bachmann ticket that brings together the establishment and the Tea Party. Not sure where Palin will come out. Will she get behind Bachmann [who has clearly stolen her thunder] or will she come out against her [to stay in the spotlight]? That will be interesting to watch. Bristol is already saying Bachmann is imitating her mom. Wonder where she heard that! A smart move for Palin would be to support Huntsman, who might be the sleeper here.
    5. On Iraq/Afghanistan/Libya: Qaddafi will be taken out if he does not leave soon. All troops will leave Iraq by the end of this year as promised; otherwise, the Afghan timeline will lose credibility. The greater than expected Afghan withdrawal is a huge plus for the President (who gets credit for overruling the generals and setting a firm timeline to end both wars). Unless something major occurs between now and November 2012, foreign policy will be a huge plus in the President’s favor.

    The GOP will be running against a highly successful Commander-in-Chief in 2012!!! That is why the big guns stayed out of the race until 2016.
    show lessand the wonderful Zhana. I love her and I thought you all should read this uplifting message from her. Keep her health and fledgling venture in your prayers. Here it is enjoy🙂

  50. Wow! I am so honored to be featured on your front page, bwd, I’m speechless! Happy 4th of July, indeed, and happy birthday beautiful, radiant Malia!

    I love you all so much!

  51. Happy 4th everyone. What a wonderful country we are blessed to be living in. I am so thankful for the founding fathers who had such great wisdom and foresight. Most of the time I am a proud American until something like the faux noise thing happens but then I look at our President and his lovely family and see we are a great nation with a majority of real good decent people.

    Happy Birthday Malia and may you enjoy many more in the WH!

  52. I have a “Drop Fox” bumper sticker….:) I’m not a Tweeter, so I can only email them…hello and good morning to you, love!

  53. Looks like my opening message got split up. I’m sure you all get the message though. Happy 4th.

  54. You are so correct JoJo. PBO won the Whitehouse in a virtual electoral landslide so America does have plenty of beautiful people residing in it. The chips fall into place I’m sure we will see the same result in November of 2012.🙂

  55. Happy Birthday, America. Happy Birthday to our beautiful Malia. May the celebrations be just perfect for our nation as well as for our first Family. Malie is just beautiful. Thank you Mr. President and First Lady for allowing us to share in this celebration.

  56. Yes WE do…

    Hopefully, the FBI was notified about it, and SS is “on the case!”

    Remember the time a SS hras been “spyin’ on Fox “News”

    But, there’s an ongoin’ process of “TAKIN’ ‘EM DOWN” by @mmfa, @stopbeck and his Twitter followers, and others (like @colorofchange, et al)!

    http://dropfox.com (Media Matters is on TOAITR’s Blogroll!)

    That hashtag #mediafail, definitely, does apply here…Grrr!

    Let’s “TAKE ‘EM DOWN!”

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
    I’M IN…FIRED UP & GOIN’!😉

  57. Ooops, I didn’t finish my thought about the SS…

    Remember a while back, the SS had a tweet, which got out by mistake/”leaked,” showin’ they were “spyin’ on Fox “News”….Yay!😉

  58. Great!

    That’s alright…

    Emailin’ ’em, writin’ ’em, and callin’ ’em *ARE* all good things. They serve the purpose of “TAKE ‘EM DOWN!”

    Let’s do it!😉

    Have an enjoyable, “cool” 4th!🙂

  59. Adding my birthday wishes to all those who are celebrating, with a special shout-out to Miss First Teen!

    “Best Wishes, Malia O!”

    Thanks, BWD, for the photos you have shared! It feels good (prideful, really) to see this young lady growing so gracefully and with such confidence. It’s hard not to feel pride even though I haven’t done anything to assist in her growth.

  60. Thank you. ANY TIME you want to repost Zhana over here will be greatly appreciated. Her voice of reason is an eye in the storm. I do so wish she’d just come here and walk away from the failed main blog at barackobama.com We’re accomplishing as much here as we ever did on that blog. It is, after all, just a blog. The whole site itself still functions. I now have my tweetdeck set up to update anything that comes from OFA_WA by following them on twitter. Any time they post to that blog, I learn about it. Plus this blog follows the main blog in the RSS feed. Why subject yourself to the filth over there when you can be here instead?

  61. Happy 4th of July to all and to Malia Obama.

    This is great stuff.

    Thanks BWD.

  62. Thanks BWD for the Independance Day post with all of the beautiful photos of Malia. Prez Obama had been saying she was 13 before her actual birthday so I could not remember if she was going to be 13 or 14. Also couldn’t remember if it was her birthday on the 4th or Sasha’s. I have always thought Malia looked more like Dad and Sasha looked more like Mom. The photo with Malia in heart sunshades looks so much older. She is so pretty.

    I saw somewhere that the meme that Michele Bachmann lacked experience would be countered by using the lack of experience and unpreparedness of PBO before winning the Presidency. It is not true that he lacked experience as his Undergrad degree was in foreign relations and his law degree and teaching of the US Constitution and his years of Community Organizing inorder to get to know the people and their problems better, his years in the IL State Senate and the US Senate all were direct preparation for the job of President of the United States. If they touted his inexperience as a reason for her to be elected then they’d have to admit he was doing a good job and it worked out.

    Also saw former President Clinton saying how he thought MB was prepared and some moderate GOP candidates would be good. Couldn’t figure out why he said that as it sounded like an endorsement unless it was a reverse psychology thing.

    Happy 4th ALL.

  63. Hopefully, he can make it happen…

    And, he won’t let himself be “bullied” by those “no-nothin'” TeaPublicans…Grrr!

    This would help PBHO’s ‘clean energy’ agenda!

  64. Malia is so graceful and composed and such a nice blend of both her parents. And I love how easy the father-daughter affection is. Somehow I think that she will grow up to become a very special person in her own right . .

  65. Happy 4th of July to everyone and Happy Birthday, Malia. I know your Dad is proud of you, Malia.
    BWD, thank you again for all you do to keep us informed and put a smile on our faces, even as we gear up to fight the battle of our lives. I totally rely on your blog and those on your blogroll to keep me updated and I have started to use Twitter to spread the word. I am truly grateful for all the tips from everyone here on how to be more effective. As we celebrate our country’s birthday, we all need to shout it from the rooftops what being an American really means, what we are saying when we recite: “with liberty and justice FOR ALL.

  66. Oh, my, and in the first few photos, it looks like she’s starting to fill out (she’s getting breasts). Poor President. Nothing freaks out a dad like a daughter with breasts. Can’t hide anymore from the fact that their little girl is growing up.

  67. Thanks Tien Le. As much as I hate to admit it President Obama’s home campaign site is a cess pool of HATE. It’s sad cause it could be very useful for organizing like back in 2008, but with the lack of moderation it makes it totally unreadable and impossible to enjoy. I wish Zhana would come over as well. Same with Gosal, AZGrandma, Anthony in NC, PM Ohio, Archeology Jim, Debbie Willims, Sue, and Dreamweaver just to name a few OFA regulars. Oh well we have a big and perfect family here at BWD. Thank God for this oasis that Blackwaterdog has created. Obama/Biden 2012!!

  68. That was a great comment Lulu and your story could be my daughter’s. Their small business is way improved and they got health insurance for their employees. They were also able to buy some much needed new equipment. They bought that equipment from a small local manufacturer.

    ♥ to you too, Kiddo.

  69. Bill Clinton endorsing Rethugs on the downlow sounds really fishy. I have always had a cautious appreciation for him since PBO has been in the Whitehouse. He is really hard to trust. I would assume he is making Mitt Romney and Huntsman tasteful for the American public. He is starting a big bank venture with the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair over in Europe and so………well you get the picture……….Wall St. Corporate America…………PBO is Black………need I say more?

  70. Bill Clinton is a Republican who wears Democratic clothing when he’s campaigning for office.

    There is a big difference between Obama, who has been forced to deal more right-leaning than he would like, and Bill Clinton who actually believes that crap.

    The pivotal years were the Clinton years: he could have stopped the tide and re-instituted antitrust. Instead he deregulated the banking and the media industries. The Telecom Bill of 1996 is what gave us Fox News and Rush Limbaugh.

    In historical context, a more business-friendly Democrat was what the country wanted in the 90’s. But Bill Clinton just plowed ahead with a lot of Republican policies that he could have changed.

  71. High Treason Jovie. The Rethugs can’t stand PBO’s foreign policy success. Not only are they trying to sabotage the economy, but also sabotage the efforts of are Armed Forces in Afghanistan. Can you imagine them trying to make things worse over there so PBO must rescind his troop withdrawal plans? I wouldn’t put it passed them.

  72. No one cares. Not even Republicans. It’s predictable from this particular Unholy Three, who never met a war they didn’t love and didn’t want to pay for, unless they can cut Medicare to do it.

    Americans want out of Afghanistan. It’s an effing decade, for God’s sake.

    But by all means let’s remind these three that they chose to not pay for this war. So they can STFU.

  73. Bill Clinton is about Bill Clinton. He can’t stand it when the focus is not on him. I don’t care if it is reverse psychology or not. He knows how the media will construe anything.

    I wish he would just keep his mouth shut.

  74. Thanks for telling the truth Faith. Don’t forget NAFTA that he signed into law which decimated the economy in Ohio. He went total Corporate after the failed Healthcare Fiasco of 1993. 1994 is when he started catoring to the Rightwing. To sum it all up he is the Professional Left which really is a Rethug in sheeps clothing. He is Rachel, Keith, Ed, and Bill Maher all wrapped into one person.😦

  75. Did you gMeant the stupidity of hackers who twitted from Fox. I still can’t sYep, Malia has a better work ethic than the 112th Congress!ee my screen when typing, hence the typos.uys hear the stupid of FOX hacker that was tweeted today about Prez Obama? How sick are these people? Can they be traced and arrested?

  76. Peter are you DRUNK? A little Independence Day nip of the bottle? You have asked the same question about the Fox assissination hoax 4 times in this thread. We have answered yes we know about it. Give it a rest, dude.

  77. Happy 4th BWD and TOAITR family. Thanks also for linking to my WSY diary. Cheers y’all!!

  78. Thanks for the great pictures and blog. Love my president, FLOTUS and first family. Although someone on twitter whined that it was childish and silly to love leaders and, by implication, not hold them accountable in democracies, I think, on the other hand, that the mark of a great leader is the love which proletariat have for him/her. If you look at the faces of ordinary people in the presence of our president you see love, enthusiasm, respect, all good qualities. It is from these positive emotions that we are inspired to work together, to change our country for the better. I don’t apologize for loving my president! Loving does not mean not holding accountable. You love your family, give constructive criticism when appropriate.

  79. No, it is my computer. The wordpress is acting out. It splits my messages and sometimes adds together those I sent three hours ago!!!

  80. Amazing isn’t it? Even GWB knows enough to keep his mouth shut now (that he screwed the entire country) and just stay out of it.

  81. Peter, this new comment box saves the last message you typed on it, and that has to be deleted before you can type a new message. No matter how much you complain that you can’t see what you are typing Bwd can do nothing about it nor can any of us. YOU are the only one that can do something. You can either change the background color on your own computer settings or download Google Chrome, either of which will fix the problem. Please don’t complain anymore but fix your own pc yourself.

  82. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MALIA………..HAPPY 4TH TO EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    AMERICA IS BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE THERE’S A MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE THAT CARES DEEPLY FOR EACH AND EVERYONE OF US………LET’S MAKE SURE WE RETURN THE LOVE

    YES WE CAN ….DO THIS…ONE MORE TIME IN 2012!!!!

    MUCH LOVE🙂

  83. Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden invite you all to help out our military families….you can all go to JoiningForces.gov to see how you can volunteer and help those that gave so much for us. Thanks, family:)

  84. I thought you all might like to know that, in honor of President Obama, Moneygall is also celebrating the 4th of July today and they are getting a lot of visitors. The village is festooned with American flags again.

  85. Yeay!!!!!for Moneygall………..Our President is loved around the Globe:-)

    Thanks for the info Overseasgranny

  86. From my twitter timeline:

    RT @gsdavidson: i’m writing more detailed Twitter setup info first posted at @TheObamaDiary – one recommendation is STRONG PASSWORDS. check yours today, ok?

  87. How wonderful is that! Here’s hoping that the spirit stays alive and well in Moneygall!

  88. To all TOAITR family enjoy the 4TH be safe.But tomorrow there will be 489 days to work to Keep the Best President in our lifetime in Office. So stay fired up ready to GO. We should start by sending a note to all those Republican Congress people that They are the Least Productive Congress ever and its about time they stop saying no to everything and do some D*%$n work. You see I got a tweet from one of them wishing a happy 4TH and it set me off because they are ruining this country.

  89. I’m always in and out of here Keith. I am boycotting the OFA site until they do something to fix the mess and stop the hate and lies. When they start deleting the regulars and leave the filth, it’s time to say NO MORE!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MALIA! And….

    ‎*”˜˜”*°•.¸☆ ★ ☆¸.•°*”˜˜”*°•.¸☆
    ╔╗╔╦══╦═╦═╦╗╔╗ ★ ★ ★
    ║╚╝║══║═║═║╚╝║ ☆¸.•°*”˜˜”*°•.¸☆
    ║╔╗║╔╗║╔╣╔╩╗╔╝ ★ 4th of July
    ╚╝╚╩╝╚╩╝╚╝═╚╝ ♥¥☆★☆★☆¥♥ ★☆
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!

  90. OSG thanks for lettin’ us know about that!

    That’s so niiice…

    PBHO *IS* “The President of the World!”😉

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!

  91. Isn’t she gorgeous!?
    Malia seems to be at the end of the coltish awkward age and emerging as a real beauty. Fortunately, she’s being raised by excellent parents and though I’m sure she’ll be surrounded by fanboys, she’ll be very smart about her choices in life.

    (Poor PBO, daddies of teenagers suffer no matter what.)

  92. I am with you Keith. I do not trust Bill as far as I can throw him like my Grandma used to say. He is still and will always be “Slick Willy”.

  93. The whole thing actually made me laugh – in that sad, head shaking way. Those people fight all day. That’s it. It’s their choice, but seriously, life as we know it is finite. 90% of your time having the same arguments with the same people ON A BLOG?!! Wack.

    Happy holiday DF!

  94. Happy birthday to America and to the lovey Ms. Malia Obama! Thank you for the great pics BWD.

  95. So what happen to not critizing the president on foreign soil These 3 traitors, old rich white men, need to dry up and blow away. It really burns them to see the success PBO has had in foreign policy. Their gravy train of contributions from the contractors they have kept in place is coming to an end.

  96. PBO is way ahead of this Clinton nonsense it reminds me of this quote.

    “keep you friends close, keep your enemy closer”

    I remember when Bill Clinton said “Jesse Jackson won Georgia” something to that effect… like it wasn’t a big deal if Obama won, anyway I hope that the resentment has long faded.
    We shall see.

  97. I sent McCain a fax that should blister the paint off his office walls for this. His little visit was front page news in my Repugnant rag this morning. They just love his saber rattling guano.

  98. Kasai thanks for vid clip…

    Yes it is, yes there is (a fiiine one, at that), and yes WE will!

    PBHO, you’re loved! ::Virtual Hugs::

    YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
    I’M IN…FIRED UP & GOIN’!😉

  99. Sorry Peter. Wasn’t trying to be an *ss. That explains it then as desert has said. My wordpress has made my type dark as well. Haven’t took the time to download google chrome yet as suggested.

  100. Any pics or videos to look at? I love the RECEPTION Moneygall gave the President in Ireland. It was simply spectacular.🙂

  101. I understand your frustration wesleya. I got a disgusting Happy 4th from our Teapub Senator Portman by e-mail and deleted it without reading it. Nauseating that they can call themselves PATRIOTS but watch the economy continue to struggle so they can gain power. ABSOLUTELY MADDENING!!

  102. Some major bloggers at the Washington Post, The Washington Monthly, and The Hill are wondering out loud why the GOP hasn’t responded to Schumer’s claim. The general consensus seems to be that the subject of the GOP’s plan to sabotage the global economy is one topic the republicans are NOT willing to discuss. Usually when a democrat says something, the republicans run to get before the first camera they can find and make outrageous rebuttals, but on this one,all we get are crickets. Something tells me that the publicizing of the GOP’s real plan for winning in 2012 is something the GOPers never planned on Americans hearing about, and that the dems have somehow temporarily silenced them with the truth. It isn’t over though, I expect the House republicans to come out after they return to D.C. with some ridiculous statement that blames PBO and the dems for the budget/debt limit impasse because this is their modus operandi.

  103. Amen, Desert, Amen! Thanks for sharing that link. He didn’t mention the racism and bigotry that permeates our society like a pernicious poison so I will. Sorry to be a downer for anyone who celebrates the 4th of July with all the bells and whistles. I would really hope to see our country actually become an “exceptional” place and not just a myth in the ideas of some.

    It’s one thing to wave flags and shoot off fire works once a year. (I ask why we always have to have the fireworks? Is this because Americans just “like to blow sh*t up?) It’s another thing entirely to really believe in and work for the real ideals we just pretend we actually have.

  104. LOL! That old ‘first’ game was so much fun on the really old blog, I was so thrilled on the ONE time I did get to be the first with a comment!

  105. Happy 4th everyone

    I hope you are all enjoying this special day.

    Here is a video clip of our President showing once again what a strong, intelligent and thoughtful leader he is.

  106. She looks like her daddy just spit her out. What a beautiful girl; happy b-day to the first family!

  107. Thanks, aquagranny911! Our very small business bought business equipment as well and we will be getting a tax deduction this year as a result. The things this president has done for millions of Americans must not go without acknowledgement, IMHO. We must stand tall and proudly recount all the good he has done and not let anyone shut us up!

    OBAMA 2012!!!!

  108. 🙂 I’m calling tomorrow. You blistered the paint, so I’ll curl the carpets.The guy is an out of touch wacko.ag….what has he ever done FOR AZ? Can you tell me anything, in all these years that he’s done for this state? I can’t.

  109. :)Get Google Chrome, Keith:)…you’re getting cranky! Trust me…much better, no frustration….:) We got work to do…need to be firing on all cylinders! have to be able to see what you type:)

  110. Exactly. Glad you feel like I have for some time.We can do so much better!

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