Barack Obama: This is what #WhatRepealMeans—and why we can’t go back.





113 Responses to “#WhatRepealMeans”

  1. 1 Vicki
    April 23, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    What? me/

  2. 4 Nerdy Wonka
    April 23, 2014 at 1:53 pm

  3. 5 Nerdy Wonka
    April 23, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    First there was Rapper’s Delight and now there’s Gin and Juice.

  4. 7 Vicki
    April 23, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Couldn’t resist—-sorry.
    Cheers, Nerdy Wonka. Every way every day promoting the ACA and our President.

  5. 9 Nena20409
    April 23, 2014 at 1:57 pm


    The Truth as delivered at TOD by NW.

    Great job!

  6. 11 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 1:58 pm

  7. 15 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 1:59 pm

  8. 16 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    People are still hurting out there due to GOP incompetence and indifference

  9. 21 jacquelineoboomer
    April 23, 2014 at 2:17 pm

  10. 22 jacquelineoboomer
    April 23, 2014 at 2:20 pm

  11. 25 Nerdy Wonka
    April 23, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Well, lookey here.

    President Obama’s America.

  12. 28 jacquelineoboomer
    April 23, 2014 at 2:26 pm

  13. April 23, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    This is a very good piece:

  14. April 23, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    • 31 jacquelineoboomer
      April 23, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      She can handle whatever lies they toss at her. She’ll be in the history books as a great Supreme Court Justice, and the naysayers will all fall by the wayside. Brilliant “dissent.” Go, Sonia!

    • 34 jackiegrumbacher
      April 23, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      Meta, she spoke truth and hit a nerve. Sotomayor is brilliant, forceful and absolutely unafraid. Nothing racist pundits more than a powerful, smart woman who tells the truth and will never back down. Add the fact that she’s Latino and they can’t handle it.

    • 35 jackiegrumbacher
      April 23, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      This so-called bitter “ideological chasm over race in the Obama era” means the GOP, TP and assorted racists are bitter at seeing powerful racial and ethnic minorities succeed. The other side of this so-called chasm knows their number and just calls it as it is.

    • April 23, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      I hate how pundits always frame the so called race discussion in the Obama Era…as if there was no racism before PBO was elected…give me a break!

      • 37 nathkatun7
        April 23, 2014 at 9:19 pm

        Well said Prettyfoot!

        • April 23, 2014 at 9:46 pm

          yanno…I am so fed up with all this BS from the right and the left….on the right….you have folks dictating to blks folks how they should talk about racism….aka….”stop playing the race card”….and then on the left you have white folks comparing everything to slavery….argggggg

  15. April 23, 2014 at 2:35 pm

  16. April 23, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Important given its strategic location …

    • 41 jackiegrumbacher
      April 23, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Bob, this is heartening. I read the article you posted yesterday and it frightened me to think that the Russians would start an open, all out attack in Ukraine after May 9. I hope Ukrainians are prepared.

  17. 42 desertflower
    April 23, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    REMOVE ISSA NOW. http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2014/04/23/3429722/irs-records-tea-party/

    A series of IRS documents, provided to ThinkProgress under the Freedom of Information Act, appears to contradict the claims by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and his House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that only Tea Party organizations applying for tax-exempt status “received systematic scrutiny because of their political beliefs.” The 22 “Be On the Look Out” keywords lists, distributed to staff reviewing applications between August 12, 2010 and April 19, 2013, included more explicit references to progressive groups, ACORN successors, and medical marijuana organizations than to Tea Party entities.

  18. 45 jacquelineoboomer
    April 23, 2014 at 3:22 pm

  19. April 23, 2014 at 3:34 pm

  20. 47 vcprezofan2
    April 23, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Entering on a ‘bit of good news’

  21. 48 Nena20409
    April 23, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    During the 2008 election and in 2009 after the swearing in of pres Obama there was/were Town/s or City/ies in Japan named OBAMA.

    Here is a sample 6 yrs ago

    Another example 5 yrs ago

    • 49 vcprezofan2
      April 23, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      ‘His words touch people’s hearts.
      It’s really fantastic.’

      And there you have it in a nutshell!

  22. 50 Nena20409
    April 23, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    After the win…..

    Now, I wonder if POTUS is closer to this Town?

  23. April 23, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    President Obama must be more seriouser about climate change. 🙄

  24. 57 jacquelineoboomer
    April 23, 2014 at 3:52 pm

  25. April 23, 2014 at 3:55 pm

  26. 59 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 4:01 pm

  27. 60 Nerdy Wonka
    April 23, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Hahahahahaha….Alex Trebek’s expression and response is hilarious.

  28. 62 vcprezofan2
    April 23, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Not exactly TOD afternoon fare, but what the heck! If you like ballet, you’ll like it, and if you don’t (shrug), you can still marvel at the dancer’s balance.


    • 63 Dudette
      April 23, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      😯 Holy Mackerel! That was astonishing!

      Hey, I wanna try it.

      VC, I’m gonna need you stand really still while I put my… (agh)… Here, put your… No… your arm should go.. (ugh)… Now lift me… Will you hold still and stop crying?
      :-D. 😀 😀

    • April 23, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      wowwwwwww…VC…simply awesome…I shared with my daughter and granddaughter who takes ballet!

      • 70 vcprezofan2
        April 23, 2014 at 7:49 pm

        Glad you liked it, PF58 – ’twas one of those things that find their way into my personal email.

  29. April 23, 2014 at 4:26 pm

  30. April 23, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    He is really suffering and I hope he stops pushing himself and takes a break and recovers …

  31. April 23, 2014 at 4:55 pm

  32. 80 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 5:03 pm

  33. 81 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    • 82 Dudette
      April 23, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      Let ’em stay in dreamland

    • 83 99ts
      April 23, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      That preventative care is not free – it is simply covered by an insurance policy – time that all obamacare discussion dropped the word “free” – health care insurance is subsidized for those on lower incomes, specific issues are mandated to be covered – but nothing in the law makes any health care free.

  34. 84 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 5:06 pm

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  36. 87 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 5:07 pm

  37. 88 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 5:08 pm

  38. 89 Nena20409
    April 23, 2014 at 5:13 pm


    Residents in Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina chose improving the law over repealing it and replacing it by significant margins: 52 percent to 41 percent in Kentucky, 52 percent to 44 percent in Louisiana, and a whopping 60 percent to 35 percent in North Carolina.

    In a fourth state, Arkansas, a plurality said they wanted their congressional representative to work to improve the law (48 percent) instead of work to repeal the law and replace it with something else (46 percent).

    The same poll found Democrats in a stronger-than-expected position in the Senate races in those four states, which will be key to determining control of the chamber next year. For context, President Obama lost three of them by at least 15 percentage points; North Carolina, where he lost by 2, was the exception.

  39. April 23, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Key Republican: Obama’s New Clemency Initiative Proves He’s Lawless

    Sahil Kapur – April 23, 2014, 4:28 PM EDT

    The House Republican chairman who oversees the Justice Department slammed President Barack Obama’s huge new clemency initiative unveiled Wednesday, characterizing it as a symptom of the president’s lawlessness, even though Obama has been stingier on pardons than his modern predecessors.

    “In an unprecedented move to dramatically expand the clemency process for federal drug offenders, President Obama has again demonstrated his blatant disregard for our nation’s laws and our system of checks and balances embedded in the U.S. Constitution,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

    The initiative makes federal inmates — mostly non-violent drug offenders — eligible for clemency if they’re serving longer sentences than they would if convicted today, and meet five other criteria. Goodlatte posited that it could apply to “drug offenders who may have possessed a firearm during the commission of their offense” and “[m]embers of gangs and drug trafficking organizations.”

    In fact, Obama has granted clemency more rarely than his predecessors, including George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, according to an investigation by Pro Publica. The pardon power flows from Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, which says the “President … shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.”

    Goodlatte’s spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to a query about Obama’s historically low clemency record.


    • April 23, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      I may be no constitutional scholar, but I do know that a president’s power to pardon is ABSOLUTE. He can pardon anyone for any reason who has been convicted in a Federal court. Mr. Goodlatte may want to read that clause.

      • 92 Dudette
        April 23, 2014 at 5:52 pm

        Guess what? PBO IS a constitutional scholar . He’s got this! 🙂

      • 93 nathkatun7
        April 23, 2014 at 9:37 pm

        I am not a Constitutional lawyer/scholar, but I also know that you are absolutely right! The President can even pardon a person accused/indicted of a crime, but who may not yet have been tried and convicted. Both Presidents Gerald Ford and G.H.W. Bush issued pardons pre-empting trials.

    • 94 Ladyhawke
      April 23, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      Pardon attorney steps down as part of drug-offender clemency push

      By Liz Goodwin


      Yahoo News first reported Monday that Rodgers would step down as part of the new clemency initiative. Rodgers, a former prosecutor and military judge, was censured in 2012 in an internal watchdog report for misrepresenting the facts of a commutation request from a nonviolent drug offender to the White House. At the end of his first term, the president became frustrated with how few clemency petitions Rodgers’ office was approving, and demanded change.

      Advocates see the replacement of Rodgers as a sign of just how serious the president and Justice Department are about significantly increasing his use of his pardon power. By the end of his first term, Obama had pardoned fewer people than any modern president.



    • 95 Linda
      April 23, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      Let me get out my pocket Constitution…..aka Wikipedia

      ok….Article Two, Section Two : Presidential Powers

      Clause One

      The President, furthermore, may grant pardon or reprieves, except in cases of impeachment.Originally, as ruled by the Supreme Court in United States v. Wilson (1833), the pardon could be rejected by the convict. In Biddle v. Perovich 274 U.S. 480 (1927), the Supreme Court reversed the doctrine, ruling that ” pardon in our days is not a private act of grace from an individual happening to possess power. It is a part of the Constitutional scheme. When granted it is the determination of the ultimate authority that the public welfare will be better served by inflicting less than what the judgment fixed


    • 97 Lovepolitics2008
      April 23, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      There has been a consensus on BOTH sides the sentencing for some drug offenses has been much too harsh. But the minute President Obama wants to do something, the consensus disappears. When I heard the news this past week that President Obama was considering the commute of thousands of sentences, especially in the cases where the sentences would be SHORTER if people had been condemned RECENTLY (because the laws have changed), I immediately became concerned that republicans would jump on the occasion to use demagoguery, because it’s very easy to do so with prison sentences.

      Now that President Obama is “for it”, they will be “against it”. The repubs will see a chance to win back some momentum, since they are losing the debate about the ACA, a debate they thought could win them total control of Congress in november.

      Mark my words. They will make this a big subject in the campaign for the mid-terms. And they WON’T GIVE A DAMN about the injustice to thousands of people who have spent too much time in prison.

      Sorry to say this, but the republicans have lost any sense of justice and decency they might have had in the past. It’s a party morally corrupt, and obsessed with power.

    • 98 Ladyhawke
      April 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      In case you missed it, good background on reason for PBO clemency numbers …….

      RACHEL MADDOW 04/21/14

      Obama could drastically expand drug clemency

      Rachel Maddow discusses President Obama’s recent promise to extend clemency to potentially hundreds of drug offenders currently serving harsh sentences, and the overhaul to the presidential pardoning process that will precede it.


  40. April 23, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Um, big news, perhaps?

  41. 107 Vicki
    April 23, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Poor poor GOP/MSM
    Still quoting Nate Silver’s gloomy senate prediction of March 23.
    Hahahahaha todays polls show the Democrats ahead—surging, as they would claim if they could.

    • 108 Nena20409
      April 23, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      Today is April 23rd…….Time Passes By…..and Polls change as people get new information.

      Nate Silver will change too as he did in Aug 2012.

  42. 109 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Shakepeare’s birthday tomorrow. Hope @bardgal pops in for a visit. Ohhh Tallyyyyy…!

    • 110 Nena20409
      April 23, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      He did it all.

      Read by the world.

      Literature is nothing without him.

      He was also comment through his plays what was happening.

      Actors who want to be noticed without Shakespearean Theatrical experience is Not as well regarded.

      • 111 carolyn
        April 23, 2014 at 6:07 pm

        Without Shakespeare, our language, and the entire world would be much poorer. His contributions to the English language are numerous. He coined new words, made metaphors and similes part of our language we use every day, and don’t even realize we’re quoting him.

        Other writers constantly make allusions to his writing, and the more familiar one is with Shakespeare, the richer the understanding will be.

        The beauty of Shakespeare is that his plays can be transported to any age, and the humanity and the story come through fresh. He is not bound by time or location. Remarkable.

  43. 112 donna dem 4 obama
    April 23, 2014 at 5:57 pm

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