94 Responses to “The President at the Paramount Theater, Austin”


  1. 1 Allison
    July 10, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    OMG! 1

    • 2 Allison
      July 10, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Hi Chips, TOD Family!

      Thank you for all that you do!

    • July 10, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      Allison!!!!! Hellooooooooooooooo!

      • 4 nathkatun7
        July 10, 2014 at 8:22 pm

        Thank you so much Chips for posting, in its entirety, President Obama’s incredible speech in Austin, TX. He certainly poured his heart out in this speech. I feel so blessed to be alive during his presidency. I am also deeply grateful that you took it upon yourself to create a blog that makes sure that President Obama is covered completely without unnecessary filters. I don’t care what any one else says, President Obama is, without a doubt, the best and the most caring President in my lifetime. And I have consciously known 10 U.S. presidents.

        Again, thank you, Nerdy Wonka, and all the other BT for this incredible site!

    • 5 nathkatun7
      July 10, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Congrats on #1

  2. 6 Judith Fardig
    July 10, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Alison!

  3. 8 donna dem 4 obama
    July 10, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I’ll be contacting every syndicated black radio station starting tomorrow morning to ask them to spread the word to their listeners that the First AA President is being sued by our Do-Nothing-Congress for doing his job. That.Is.All.

    • 9 Cindy
      July 10, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Hi Donna,
      Hope you’re having a good day.

      Good for you! I did the same thing when Mark H. called the President a dick on morning jokester. I contacted the President of MSNBC and jokester.
      THANK YOU!

    • 10 jacquelineoboomer
      July 10, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      I think I am sensing your rage. Luckily, the President has all of us! RWNJs have nothing but each other, and that’s nothing to brag about.

    • 11 GGail
      July 10, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      Donna, please be sure to include The Steve Harvey Morning Show. He comes on out here, but it’s the east coast feed, so if you post it or send it tonight, they’ll have it for the morning show. Thank you very much!

      • 12 donna dem 4 obama
        July 10, 2014 at 7:26 pm

        I’ve got em all GG. Steve Harvey, Tom Joyner, Michael Baisden, Mark Thompson, Joe Madison, TVOne etc…

    • 13 mtmarilyn
      July 10, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      Good for you Donna. This is all so crazy. They won’t do their job, so they sue this President for doing his. I will do some phone calls tomorrow.

    • 14 nathkatun7
      July 10, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      Way to go Donna! Thank you so much for all you do to support this incredible man we elected President.

  4. 15 donna dem 4 obama
    July 10, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    • 16 99ts
      July 10, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      “President Obama is such a fail. First he wins a Nobel Peace Prize and now he’s been nominated for an Emmy for the interview he did with comedian Zach Galifianakis on his Web series “Between Two Ferns”. This is proof that the entire world hates Republicans. ”

      PBO can truly do anything – and yes indeed – the entire world has little good to say about the Republicans.

      “But Republicans told Americans that Obama was going to kill their babies with death panels and the government was taking over their medical decisions.”

      This should be SHOUTED over and over – we now have Gov Perry armed to the teeth pointing guns at children (talk about a death panel) and SCOTUS has determined that corporations should take over medical decisions, which is apparently OK to the GOP. Funny that the media doesn’t scream this from the rafters.

    • 17 GGail
      July 10, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      I know!!!

      Isn’t it SWEET!

  5. July 10, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Hey, Chips! I got one for the archives:

    • 20 Layla
      July 10, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      Caption: Am I so drunk I poo-poo’ed my pants!

    • 21 99ts
      July 10, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Hi gb – he does have the face of a toddler who was just told no cookies before dinner!

    • July 10, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Ha, that’s a keeper GB!!!!

    • 23 Cindy
      July 10, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Can We Keep It Real – Cause I Want to Be Real For A Moment?

      I apologize in advance, as I asked for forgiveness in advance, and will ask again, but I want to be “REAL.”

      If I could kick John Boehner “ass” at this precise moment, I would do it, and I would do it to the front and back to make sure the pain last for awhile.

      These SOBs waste the taxpayers money day in and day out doing NOTHING. This is how they spend our money; suing the President because he is working and they are doing nothing?

      Are we going to sit back and be quiet? I AM NOT!

      I am going to write my letters and voice my opinions. It is time that the American people wake up and make some NOISE. This is unacceptable; they closed down the government, asking for another $3,000,000.00 dollars to continue a fake Benghazi investigation, millions have lost unemployment benefits, they haven’t worked all year, and this is how they are going to spend the rest of the year?

      I say; O HELL NO THEY CAN’T! Yes, we must vote but we must let these jackasses know that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

      If someone has a list of phone numbers of those we can call or e-mails, “please post them.”

      I don’t know about anyone else but this BS has hit my last nerve, and it’s time for us to raise our hell against this, “DO NOTHING SORRY ASS EXCUSE OF A CONGRESS.”

      ****************************************************************************************************
      It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled,
      or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

      The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena;
      whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
      who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again;
      who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause;
      who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst,
      at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid
      souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

      Theodore Roosevelt quotes

  6. 24 dotster3
    July 10, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Does this make sense to anybody? Kochs, the largest funder of efforts to prevent African Americans from voting——-but their money is ok?

  7. 26 Nena20409
    July 10, 2014 at 6:56 pm

  8. July 10, 2014 at 6:56 pm

  9. 32 dotster3
    July 10, 2014 at 6:56 pm

  10. 33 dotster3
    July 10, 2014 at 6:58 pm

  11. 34 jacquelineoboomer
    July 10, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Rev. Al said looks like the RWNJs in Congress think the President is “a perfect political punching bag to try to score points with their base.”

    Oh no he isn’t.

  12. July 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    • 36 Layla
      July 10, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      April, you are 100% correct! I have commented a couple of times that if a lawsuit was filed, the countersuit would be a thing of beauty!

  13. 37 Nena20409
    July 10, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    This is In IN…..a state now controlled by the TBGOPers…. passed what? Seriously?

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/indiana-ethics-state-officials-state-property-elections

    Indian elected officials are allowed to use state-owned property for political purposes, state authorities decided Thursday, as long as they have drafted a formal policy permitting it.

    The Times of Northwest Indiana reported on the decision after the state ethics commission approved an inspector general’s recommendation.

    As part of an investigation, the inspector general concluded that a statewide-elected official “could not use state materials, funds, property, personnel, facilities, or equipment to engage in political activity unless there was a policy or regulation that expressly permitted him to do so.”

    In other words, as the Times reported, if the official did draft a policy that expressly permitted the use of state property for political purposes, then it would be allowed.

  14. 39 jacquelineoboomer
    July 10, 2014 at 7:03 pm

  15. 40 carolyn
    July 10, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Fort Sill in Oklahoma is one of the sites being used for the children coming from Central America. Some people in Lawton, the town where it is located were originally upset, but not to any big degree. The governor went to check on it, and never said a word about it.
    Today, the anchor of the local NBC affiliate went with media people. He just reported on it, a very good report. He even explained the reason the kids are here from noncontiguous countries. He said the facility was clean, bright, the kids were involved, attending classes, playing soccer, and as he said they seemed happy. One boy told him “Hola!”
    They were not allowed to take cameras or cellphones to photograph the children, and he explained why: many of these children are targets of kidnappers, or gangs, and their faces cannot be shown. He did, however, show a picture of the sleeping facility and a classroom. They are bright and pleasant.
    I was pleased with his report.

    • July 10, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      Did Fort Sill open its doors to refugees recently?

      Local @knx1070 radio station reported these updates to the (GOP hyped) “border crisis” today:

      1) St. Joseph Catholic church in Fontana CA is provided food and shelter to 46 women and children refugees.
      2) Texas ICE has redistributed its workload and has suspended all flights to San Diego of refugees. So far, three planes carrying 142 passengers each has landed there, and the refugees are being housed in San Ysidro CA aka Tijuana North.

      More proof that MSM are led by the nose by the GOP squeaky wheel. I haven’t watched MSNBC since May, but it sounds like they’re carrying GOP water too.

      Check out Vicki’s post on the previous thread, where she compares the situation in Central America to that of Jordan and the overwhelming number of Syrian refugees.

      America must look especially heartless and hypocritical (think of France’s gift of the Statue of Liberty to the US) now.

      • 42 Vicki
        July 10, 2014 at 8:09 pm

        Thank you for the mention, Arapaho. Isn’t it striking that America is sympathetic to Syria’s refugee/victims but outraged by victims/refugees from Honduras El Salvador and Guatemala?
        We send $$$ to Jordan and Lebanon to assist them and here, in Murrieta, CA we appear to have lost our minds.

        • 43 carolyn
          July 10, 2014 at 9:05 pm

          Fort Sill became a site for housing the children about two weeks ago. At first there was “outrage” but everything’s calmed down, because it has been handled well, and the feds are handling it well. Now, since the local news media have checked it out, people will know this is a good thing. So, yes, Oklahoma is doing its part. Catholic Charities is spearheading the faith community’s participation…..they are asking for volunteers for teaching, legal help, medical help, etc. Our pastor announced this in church Sunday. There will be response.

          I’m going to make the same request about Oklahoma I made about Texas last night: Do not tar all of us with the same brush. This state is filled with generous, progressive, liberal, loving people. We just don’t get the publicity.

  16. 44 donna dem 4 obama
    July 10, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    From a year ago:

    “The Administration has not postponed the employer mandate out of policy opposition to the ACA, nor to the specific provision itself. Thus, it’s misleading to characterize the action as a “refusal to enforce.” Rather, the President has authorized a minor temporary course correction regarding individual ACA provisions, necessary in his Administration’s judgment to faithfully execute the overall statute, other related laws, and the purposes of the ACA’s framers. As a legal as well as a practical matter, that’s well within his job description.”

  17. July 10, 2014 at 7:14 pm

  18. July 10, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    HOME!!

  19. 52 Nena20409
    July 10, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Yahoo and Reuters?

    Why the deception? These lazy, lame and liars are just not even trying any more.

    Minnesota is more like where the event too place.

    • 53 Cindy
      July 10, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Hi Nena20409,
      Thank you for posting.

      This is a fake of course, spewing deception, but this is what I have been saying all along.

      They are looking for a picture of him at the border so that they can make some eye catching headline about his “Katrina moment.”

      No credibility at all.

  20. 54 Nena20409
    July 10, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Here’s a worthy reply ;)

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  22. 56 jacquelineoboomer
    July 10, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Posting so we all keep our spirits up, despite the stupid.

  23. 57 jacquelineoboomer
    July 10, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    The President reads Chips’ Obama Diary!

  24. July 10, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Again?

  25. July 10, 2014 at 7:46 pm

  26. July 10, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    In their efforts to derail the Obama administration, it seems that the GOP is all over the place as to what they support/don’t support to the point that when they attack PBO about a policy or action, there is some documented evidence showing where they were at some point in agreement.

    The GOP is a live political cartoon where, individually and collectively, they are playing tug-of-war and are on both ends of the rope.

  27. 75 hopefruit2
    July 10, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    • 76 Vicki
      July 10, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      Hopefruit, I’m glad you posted this. I have been holding my breath for days now that the 7/20 deadline is approaching.
      The press has largely been ignoring this which leads me to believe that something wonderful may actually happen.
      Laura Rozen posts about it but I don’t know whether her words are trustworthy.

      • 77 hopefruit2
        July 10, 2014 at 8:36 pm

        The problem I have with Rozen is that she too often confuses facts with opinions – opinions that are almost always WRONG and veer gratuitously towards the negative on PBO’s foreign policy.

  28. 79 japa21
    July 10, 2014 at 8:05 pm

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    WHOA!

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  32. July 10, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    This is a very powerful video & beautiful song:

  33. July 10, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    These are killing me:

  34. July 10, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Everyone seemed so happy to see the Prez :)

  35. 91 0388jojothecat
    July 10, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    OT: Good evening TOD family. I was watching late/night early/morning teevee and PBS had a series on about The Road To Civil Rights. It featured a man I had never heard of, Charles Hamilton Houston. He dedicated his life to overturn the damage Plessy v Ferguson did to tNegro. Much like our current SCOTUS these men were the result of thousands of deaths, injustice, and misery to Blacks in America. The current SCOTUS is trying to do the same for women and gays today in 2014 and we must not allow it. If it had not been for Mr. Charles Hamilton Houston there would be no Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King or President Barack Hussein Obama. Every person in the world should know his name and celebrate what he has done. If you ever get a chance to see the PBS series please do. This was an eye opener. Just think what he could have accomplished if he’d lived to old age.

    Charles Hamilton Houston (September 3, 1895 – April 22, 1950) was a prominent African-American lawyer, Dean of Howard University Law School, and NAACP Litigation Director who played a significant role in dismantling the Jim Crow laws, which earned him the title “The Man Who Killed Jim Crow”.[2] He is also well known for having trained future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

    Early years[edit]

    Houston was born in Washington, D.C. His father worked as a lawyer. Houston started at Amherst College in 1911, was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society,[4] and graduated as valedictorian in 1915. He returned to D.C. to teach at Howard University. As the U.S. entered World War I, Houston joined the then racially segregated U. S. Army as an officer and was sent to France. He returned to the U.S. in 1919, and began attending Harvard Law School. He was a member of the Harvard Law Review and graduated cum laude. Houston was also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

    Career[edit]

    Through his work at the NAACP, Houston played a role in nearly every civil rights case before the Supreme Court between 1930 and Brown v. Board of Education (1954). Houston’s plan to attack and defeat Jim Crow segregation by demonstrating the inequality in the “separate but equal” doctrine from the Supreme Court’s Plessy v. Ferguson decision as it pertained to public education in the United States was the masterstroke that brought about the landmark Brown decision. In the documentary “The Road to Brown”, Hon. Juanita Kidd Stout described Houston’s strategy, “When he attacked the “separate but equal” theory his real thought behind it was that “All right, if you want it separate but equal, I will make it so expensive for it to be separate that you will have to abandon your separateness.” And so that was the reason he started demanding equalization of salaries for teachers, equal facilities in the schools and all of that.” Houston took a movie camera across South Carolina to document the inequalities between African-American and white education. Then, as Special Counsel to the NAACP Houston dispatched Thurgood Marshall, Oliver Hill and other young attorneys to work to equalize [1] teachers’ salaries.

    From 1935 to 1940, he served as special counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), arguing several important civil rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Missouri ex rel. Gaines v. Canada (1939), Houston argued that it was unconstitutional for Missouri to exclude blacks from the state’s university law school when, under the “separate but equal” provision, no comparable facility for blacks existed within the state. Houston’s efforts to dismantle the legal theory of “separate but equal” came to fruition after his death in 1950 with the historic Brown v. Board of Education (1954) decision, which prohibited segregation in public schools.

    Death and legacy[edit]

    Houston died from a heart attack on April 22, 1950 at the age of 54.[5] He was posthumously awarded the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal in 1950 and, in 1958, the main building of the Howard University School of Law was dedicated as Charles Hamilton Houston Hall. His significance became more broadly known through the success of Thurgood Marshall and after the 1983 publication of Genna Rae McNeil’s Groundwork: Charles Hamilton Houston and the Struggle for Civil Rights.

    Houston is the person for whom the Charles Houston Bar Association and the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School—which opened in the fall of 2005—are named. In addition, there is a professorship at Harvard Law named after him; Elena Kagan, formerly the Dean of Harvard Law School and now an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, was the Charles Hamilton Houston Professor of Law.

    In 2002, scholar Molefi Kete Asante listed Charles Hamilton Houston on his list of 100 Greatest African Americans.[6]

    The Washington Bar Association annually awards the Charles Hamilton Houston Medallion of Merit to an individual who has advanced the cause of Houstonian jurisprudence

    • 92 nathkatun7
      July 10, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      Thank you so much, jojothecat, for sharing this story about one of the most unsung heroes of the struggle for justice in America. It is important to highlight the fact he was the teacher and mentor of Thurgood Marshall who later became the first African American Justice to serve on the Supreme Court! It’s really a shame that our educational institutions do not teach us about people like Charles Hamilton Houston, one of the most brilliant lawyers this country has ever produced. From 1934 until his death in 1950, Charles Hamilton Houston was instrumental in winning court cases that created the precedents that eventually led to the Supreme Court’s 1954 “Brown v. Board of Education,” which overturned “Plessy v. Ferguson.” I have a copy of Ms. McNeil excellent biography of Charles Houston. I also have a copy of an excellent video, entitled “Road to Brown” that documents Mr. Houston’s impressive work, as well as the work of a cadre of lawyers he trained, like Thurgood Marshall, who carried out his work after he passed away. By the way, Charles Houston, a graduate of Harvard Law School like President Obama, was the first black person to serve as one of the editors of the Harvard Law Review.

      • 93 0388jojothecat
        July 10, 2014 at 11:23 pm

        Thank you Nathkatun7. I think that was the show I was watching “The Road to Brown” which was a fascinating documentary of Mr. Hamilton. I must buy Ms. McNeil’s biography. In reading Wiki page our very own SCOTUS Elena Kagen received the professorship at Harvard Law at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute of Race and Justice.

        • July 11, 2014 at 1:06 am

          Jojothecat, it is you who really deserves all the thanks for sharing the life of this extraordinary man. I am absolutely certain that you will definitely be enlightened, as I have, by reading Ms. McNeil biography of Charles Hamilton Houston. Unlike most lawyers who pursue careers in the legal profession so as to make tons of money, Charles H. Houston dedicated his life to using the law to promote justice and to improve the lives of oppressed people. He is one of my heroes.


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