This tiny bird is too cute for words.
This tiny bird is too cute for words.
How do you hope to spend your 20th anniversary on Oct. 3?
The President: Well, I don’t think we can get too wild because our 20th anniversary is a month before the election.
Mrs. Obama: Do you want me to dream? Okay. I’d want to retrace our honeymoon. We started in San Francisco and spent a week driving through some of the prettiest-
The President: Napa and Big Sur and Carmel-
Mrs. Obama: We would stop, go to a nice dinner. I really loved that trip.
And reality check: Since California’s not a swing state, what do you think you’re really going to get?
The President: We will get dinner.
Mrs. Obama: That would be heaven. If we’re in the same place. Hear that, schedulers, Oct. 3!
“Barack and I are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary today — and we’ll be spending it in a way I never could have imagined when we first got married. That’s because tonight, I get to watch my husband on stage, on national television, standing up for everything we believe in.”
gifsfln: A little bit of miscommunication between last night’s headlining speakers at the GOP convention.
Weirdly, back to back speeches: “I… Love… You… Women!” It sounds like Oprah Romney is trying to obscure that infamous quote of hers, when she said not long ago: “I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids. Thank goodness that we value those people too.” And it sounds like Chris Christie was telling the orphans they’ve had enough free porridge — start hustling, ya little bastards.
Also, since Ann loves women now, is Ann (and her robo-husband) suddenly in favor of equal pay for women? Do they understand the importance of Planned Parenthood for poor women? Do they care what the passage of the ACA means for millions of moms? Or does Mitt still want to take away these things from America’s wonderful women? Eh.
Kevin Drum says,
According to Ann Romney, it’s all about love and all about our nation’s great women. According to Christie, love has paralyzed us and, anyway, it’s only for the womenfolk. Is it any wonder that Ann Romney looked distinctly frosty throughout Christie’s speech?
On a more substantive note, did anyone else notice that even Ann Romney was almost entirely unable to humanize Mitt? She talked about the things he had done, but hardly at all about the kind of person he is. There was a brief reference to Mitt being “warm and loving and patient” — and helpful to friends in trouble — but after that it was all about Mitt being hardworking and successful. In other words, pretty much the corporate drone we all think he is. I doubt very much that this really helped the Republican cause with women much.
Soonergrunt: Is it just me, or does anyone else here watch Ann Romney and think that maybe Mitt’s the expressive one?
Political Wire clarifies the Republican double-speak from last night:
“I want to talk to you tonight about that one great thing that unites us, that one thing that brings us our greatest joy when times are good, and the deepest solace in our dark hours. Tonight I want to talk to you about love.” – Ann Romney, at the GOP convention last night.
“I believe we have become paralyzed by our desire to be loved.” – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, giving the keynote address last night.
David Corn: (Newsflash: Ann Romney Endorses Husband!)… This was her big finish: I said tonight I wanted to talk to you about love. Look into your hearts. This is our country. This is our future. These are our children and grandchildren. You can trust Mitt. He loves America. He will take us to a better place, just as he took me home safely from that dance. Ann Romney was comparing the entire nation to a high school girl being escorted home from a dance. That was her pitch: I love him, you should, too. Don’t worry your pretty little heads about the details.
[...] If the theme of Christie’s speech was “respect,” what the governor had in mind appeared to be respect for his own political stylings. Romney was mostly an after-thought. In fact, Romney was the moon to the two suns of the night. Ann Romney told America’s women that all they need to know is that because she, a woman, loves Mitt, they can trust him. Christie’s main point was similarly self-centric: Because he’s a tough SOB who commands respect he can vouch for this other guy.
DailyKos: Romney reacts to Christie’s speech:
A devoted farmer created this touching heart-shaped meadow as a tribute to his late wife – by planting thousands of oak trees.
Dedicated Winston Howes, 70, spent a week planting each oak sapling after his wife of 33 years Janet died suddenly 17 years ago.
He laid out the fledgling trees in a six-acre field but left a perfect heart shape in the middle – with the point facing in the direction of her childhood home. The labour of love has now blossomed into a mature meadow – a peaceful oasis where Winston can sit and remember his wife of 33 years.
His meadow cannot be seen from the road and has remained a family secret until a hot air balloonist took this photograph from the air.
Mr Howes said: “I came up with the idea of creating a heart in the clearing of the field after Janet died. I thought it was a great idea – it was a flash on inspiration – and I planted several thousand oak trees. Once it was completed we put seat in the field, overlooking the hill near where she used to live. I sometimes go down there, just to sit and think about things. It is a lovely and lasting tribute to her which will be here for years.”
Mr Howes, who owns an 112-acre farm near Wickwar, South Gloucestershire, decided to seed housewife Janet’s legacy after she died from heart failure in 1995, aged 50. The pair got married in nearby Stroud in 1962. He created with the wood using small oak trees next to his farmhouse in the months after her death – marking out an acre-long heart with a large bushy hedge.
The entrance to the secret heart is only accessible from a track leading up to its tip.
Mr Howes said: “We got people in especially to do it – there are several thousand trees. We planted large oak trees around the edge of the heart then decided to put a hedge around it too. The heart points towards Wotton Hill, where Janet is from. We plant daffodils in the middle that come up in the spring – it looks great. I go out there from time to time and sit in the seat I created. I also flew over it myself about five years ago.”
Mr Howes’s memorial was shown in all its glory after keen hot air balloonist Andy Collett, 42, from Wotton-Under-Edge, Glos., soared over the wood last week. The transport businessman could not believe his eyes when he discovered the symbol of love hidden among the trees.
He said: “I have my own balloon and am quite a regular flyer – but this was the most amazing sight I have ever seen from the sky. It was a perfect heart hidden away from view – you would not know it was there. You can just imagine the love story.”
Remember Sparky, the dancing corgi? This little corgi only responds to her owner when he talks with a British (Beatles-like) accent. ha! Corgis are completely ADORABLE!
This chihuahua doesn’t need to do anything — just sit and smile. CUTE!