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  1. 4 jacquelineoboomer
    April 14, 2016 at 11:44 am

    I’m crying for two reasons … when the President said to the little girl, “Come here, angel,” and when the riders started. God bless all of them, including our dear Vice President, for being at the White House!

  2. April 14, 2016 at 11:46 am

    That was so nice of POTUS inviting the kids over to blow the horn. 🙂

  3. April 14, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Given everything his campaign has done thus far, and now plans by his supporters to cause problems with the NY primaries, Bernie’s campaign seems to be all about promoting chaos, destruction, and obstruction. It is not about solving problems or even about “progress”. And unfortunately, he has too many supporters who get off on wreaking havoc rather than trying to understand the process and play by the rules.

    I trust that he and Jane will live comfortably with the meeelions of dollars he is raising from the beeeelions [maybe] of contributors.

    I hope the moderators of tonight’s debate will be serious about holding the candidates accountable and not employ the double-standard that seems to be in place when it comes to HRC; not make it an “attack Hillary [and Bill]” night.

    • 8 jackiegrumbacher
      April 14, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      Well, SW, since Wolf Blitzer is moderating the debate I don’t have high hopes, but Hillary can hold her own under any circumstances. Bernie Sanders has now crossed over every ethical and moral line, in my opinion. He’s just out to mess up the Democratic Party and I think all of us have to stand up and tell him we’ve had enough.

      • April 14, 2016 at 1:05 pm

        It’s not so much whether Hillary can hold her own. I agree that there’s no doubt that she can, JackieG. I would just like it if Bernie doesn’t get a free pass…hold his feet to the fire about the things that he claims are *his* issues; call him out on all the obstructive/divisive behavior of his surrogates/supporters (just as Hillary seems to have to answer for); challenge him on his transparency (i.e., taxes and even campaign spending).

        The more I see them, the more he and his wife seem shady. They are enjoying their moment of fame and all the material trappings that go with it.

    • 10 Obama Grandmama
      April 14, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      The questions that loom about $10 million in contributions not accounted for, past income tax info lost, and not enough time to do this year’s taxes do hint at shady doings or at the least poor management or unwillingness to play by the rules. The fact that Bernie did not contribute to anyone down ticket in the party as in raising money except for allowing his name to be put on request letters and just recently (after media chiding) asking his contributors to also contribute to other candidates he has chosen, attests to a selfish streak and lack of focus in how to get policy dreams put into action as well as a general disregard for the Democratic Party. It would be interesting to know if those candidates he has spoken up for are Democrats or Independents. When Bernie speaks of a Revolution he must mean having a total disregard for the system which much like Trump’s message is getting through to his followers.

  4. 11 Ladyhawke
    April 14, 2016 at 11:56 am


    House Minority Leader Weekly Briefing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) briefed reporters and responded to questions on her party’s legislative agenda.


  5. April 14, 2016 at 12:05 pm

  6. 13 jacquelineoboomer
    April 14, 2016 at 12:10 pm


  7. April 14, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    POTUS was having so much fun. Love the way he was introduced by the veteran and how he honored everyone in the crowd. The touch at the end with the children was just heartwarming to the max. Great event.

  8. April 14, 2016 at 12:16 pm

  9. 18 Ladyhawke
    April 14, 2016 at 12:19 pm


    Q Okay, thanks. A couple of questions to follow up on Zika from earlier this week. You’ve been pretty critical of Congress over that issue for not acting on the President’s funding request.

    MR. EARNEST: That’s a fair assessment.

    Q Yesterday, the House passed a Senate bill that’s supposed to speed up vaccines and treatments for diseases including Zika, and I wondered if you might be willing — or give you an opportunity to walk back a little bit of your criticism of Congress on that issue since they have passed this bill and it’s now coming to the President’s desk.

    MR. EARNEST: Well, Darlene, I hate to disappoint members of Congress, but the passage of that bill that you described is positive but a rather meager accomplishment. We were talking about earlier, in some ways it’s akin to passing out umbrellas in the advance of a potential hurricane. So an umbrella might come in handy, but it’s going to be insufficient to ensure that communities all across the country are protected from a potentially significant impact. That’s what we’re focused on.

    Darlene, you may be familiar with the expression of being a day late and a dollar short.

    Q I am.

    MR. EARNEST: In this case, Congress is two months late and $1.9 billion short in providing the assistance that our public health professionals say that they need to make sure that they respond appropriately to this situation. The bill that Congress passed yesterday doesn’t include any funding. So that’s not going to do anything to help local communities across the country that carry this virus — or fight the mosquitoes that carry this virus. It’s not going to expand access to diagnostics that would allow people to more easily get tested and get a prompt result from that test about whether or not they have the Zika virus.

    All of these are steps that are critical to ensuring that we’re protecting pregnant women and their newborn children from a virus that we know has a potentially devastating impact.

    So, no, I’m not prepared to give Congress credit for that legislation. It is a positive step, but it is a far cry from what our public health experts tell us is necessary to prepare for the situation.


    • 19 Wilson Michael
      April 14, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      The GOP House is unbelievably irresponsible.

    • 20 GGail
      April 14, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      When we get to DC in June, I’m charging all TOD members and lurkers the responsibility of keeping me away from any member of Congress, especially of the GOP persuasion.

  10. April 14, 2016 at 12:24 pm

  11. 22 57andfemale
    April 14, 2016 at 12:25 pm

  12. April 14, 2016 at 12:32 pm

  13. 25 57andfemale
    April 14, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    I think DWS is an awful DNC chair. I have been furious the whole 7+ years of PBO’s term that the party has not supported PBO properly. I have ignored the mountain of requests I get from the DNC to donate.

    Today, I donated. Sanders is trying to tear apart every accomplishment the Democrats have made. It felt it was time for me to step up.

    • 26 99ts
      April 14, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      It seems to have been just so easy for the GOP to take every position in the country except the top one. The party has certainly let PBO down & Bernie the silly thinks both sides will work with him! Doubt he would get either to agree to anything.

  14. April 14, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    I might have to watch this tonight. Don’t know how much I can take of Bernie, though. He’s like fingernails on a chalkboard for me.

    The two-hour debate will air live on CNN beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern time from Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The debate also will be live-streamed online at CNN.com and across the network’s mobile platforms for all users, with no logging in to an account required. CNN International and CNN en Español also will simulcast the debate.

  15. 28 No Child Left Behind
    April 14, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    JUST IN:
    Democratic Party and Clinton campaign to sue Arizona over voting rights

    During the presidential primary there last month, many Arizona voters waited as long as five hours to cast their ballots.

  16. 29 No Child Left Behind
    April 14, 2016 at 12:39 pm

  17. 30 No Child Left Behind
    April 14, 2016 at 12:40 pm

  18. 31 No Child Left Behind
    April 14, 2016 at 12:41 pm

  19. 32 hopefruit2
    April 14, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    I know there was some discussion here last night/yesterday with reports of Sanders supposedly having larger crowds than PBO in 2008. Exaggerated/FALSE claims as usual…

  20. April 14, 2016 at 12:46 pm

  21. April 14, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    All I can say is, THANK GOD for Jerry Brown.

  22. 46 donna dem 4 obama
    April 14, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Good Afternoon TOD

    Well Mr. Sanders is at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network event and while giving his speech and referencing MLK this happened…..

  23. April 14, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Even Andrea Mitchell calling out Sanders on #DemcraticWhores “You can tell who he meant”

  24. 50 Neena20409
    April 14, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Hello TOD.
    It’s Sunny today. Nice Breeze. It will get over 72F 😉
    It was Pleasant Yesterday. Over 60F 🙂
    Thanks for this Post, NW.
    Congrats, Don on Your Au ⭐
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners since last Evening.
    WH Presser with Press Sec Josh “The Voice” Earnest…….LIVE and half way already in progress. So sorry for the delay in posting this. This is my 1st time on any Internet Platform.

  25. April 14, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    “It’s a good thing President Barack Obama isn’t running for re-election in 2016, because he just lost the massive Game of Thrones voter base. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have admitted that the U.S. president will be getting an early look at the upcoming sixth season of the HBO series. Why? Because he asked. “He’s the leader of the free world,” Weiss said during HBO’s Facebook Live stream at the Game of Thrones premiere. Benioff was similarly defensive about the decision. “When the commander-in-chief says, ‘I want to see advanced episodes,’ what are you gonna do?”

    The pair have good reason to be cautious. The events of the sixth season contain some massive secrets — including the fate of a certain Night’s Watch Commander. It’s also the first stretch of episodes that fully ventures outside the bounds of George R.R. Martin’s Thrones books so far. The intense curiosity around Season 6 is what led Benioff, Weiss and HBO to bar anyone outside of HBO from seeing a full episode prior to the premiere. Even critics won’t be receiving advance copies. Obama is a special case, which officially establishes him as the most fortunate Game of Thrones fan on the planet. Is it too late in his term to demand a recall?”

    • 52 hopefruit2
      April 14, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Ha! Although I disagree that PBO has lost the GoT voter base – if anything, folks are probably just amused and even rather thrilled that the leader of the free world enjoys the same show that they do!! 🙂 🙂

      • April 14, 2016 at 3:49 pm

        He lost me, HF! I’m going to start a ‘We the people’ page on the WH site 😀 😀 😀 ….in all seriousness PBO always gets the hook-up. I remember a story a few years ago about Harvey Weinstein hooking the President up with a bunch of screeners for his Martha’s Vineyard/Hawaii vacations!

  26. April 14, 2016 at 1:42 pm

  27. April 14, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    When the process began two months ago, it didn’t seem especially contentious. The Obama administration requested $1.9 billion in emergency funding to respond to the looming public-health threat. The White House noted at the time, “This sort of falls in the category of things that shouldn’t break down along party lines.”

    But that’s exactly what happened anyway. Congressional Republicans responded to the request by telling the administration to use $600 million that had been allocated to combat Ebola. The trouble, of course, is that this money (a) is far short of the $1.9 billion needed, and (b) still being used to address Ebola in West Africa.

    Press Secretary Josh Earnest compared a Zika bill the House sent to President Barack Obama’s desk on Tuesday to “passing out umbrellas in the event of a hurricane.” […]

    Earnest called the bill (S 2512) “insufficient” because it would not allocate a single dollar for things the Obama administration says are needed to combat the virus before mosquitoes are out in force across the U.S. That list includes targeting specific Zika-carrying mosquito populations, diagnostic testing and other efforts, according to the White House.

  28. April 14, 2016 at 1:48 pm

  29. 57 JER
    April 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Beginning Shortly:

  30. 58 JER
    April 14, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    • 59 hopefruit2
      April 14, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      Heh…I’m guessing it’s because the IRS doesn’t want to be flooded with a bunch of last minute returns on a Friday nite when they are leaving work early for dinner & date!

  31. April 14, 2016 at 2:06 pm

  32. 62 jacquelineoboomer
    April 14, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Charles M. Blow appeared on CNN earlier, and this article was mentioned. This is the part I really agree with:

    “I’m already completely exhausted by this presidential campaign season. The candidates seem to share that fatigue. Nerves are fraying as story lines grow stale … ”

    My campaign exhaustion didn’t start out, to me, just because Obama-Biden aren’t on the 2016 ticket. I realize time moves on, and I would have liked to get excited by a fresh face, or even a fresh turn of a phrase. The main thing this year is to try to convince everybody who’s been turned off to VOTE BLUE in November, as I definitely will do.

  33. April 14, 2016 at 2:26 pm

  34. 64 57andfemale
    April 14, 2016 at 2:28 pm

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  36. 66 Allison
    April 14, 2016 at 2:47 pm

  37. 67 Nena20409
    April 14, 2016 at 2:51 pm

  38. 69 Ladyhawke
    April 14, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Ryan, you’ll recall, is the former chairman of the Budget Committee. In other words, House Republicans chose a Speaker who knows a thing or two about writing and passing budgets. It’s ostensibly the Wisconsin congressman’s specialty.

    And yet, while John Boehner never missed a budget deadline during his tenure, Ryan is all but certain to miss his tomorrow, largely because right-wing House members don’t like the party’s budget plan, and the Speaker hasn’t been able to persuade them.

  39. 73 Nena20409
    April 14, 2016 at 2:59 pm

  40. 74 hopefruit2
    April 14, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Donna I hope you (and others) not adversely affected by this. 😦

    • 75 jacquelineoboomer
      April 14, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Oh my goodness. Prayers for everybody involved.

    • 76 arapaho415
      April 14, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      GA HF2.

      Update on DC Metro (which I preferred while in DC years ago, beats the horrific gridlock — in Aug 1998, aftermath of a hurricane which didn’t hit DC but did cause flooding, took 3 hours to go 5 miles [Georgetown to Capitol Hill]) — DC doesn’t have CA law that prohibits entering intersection when you know you will block traffic, and not a SINGLE person directing traffic; if this had been LA, the mayor would have been immediately recalled).

      And… this:


      • 77 arapaho415
        April 14, 2016 at 3:38 pm

        @GrahamDavidA responded to this tweet:

      • 78 hopefruit2
        April 14, 2016 at 3:47 pm

        Thanks arapaho415 for the update! Glad that the situation was resolved with no casualties.

      • 79 jackiegrumbacher
        April 14, 2016 at 4:11 pm

        So glad people have been safely removed. I would have been hyperventilating if I had been stuck on that train. And how typical of this Republican led Congress that they don’t give a damn what happens to real human beings.

        • 80 arapaho415
          April 14, 2016 at 8:18 pm

          GE JackieG.

          New thread has opened up, so doubt you’ll see this message.

          @GrahamDavidA’s tweet proves the utter contempt GOP has for the citizens of their states and for the citizens of the city they work in.

          Cannot understand how “real Americans” think they can make the country great again by voting for those who have demonstrated that spending billions overseas (on unnecessary wars) yet claim that affordable efficient transportation is waste.

          The country these voters yearn for was made great by the policies and programs enacted by FDR and LBJ.

  41. 81 Nena20409
    April 14, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    • 82 jacquelineoboomer
      April 14, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      Others like it, too, including Dan!

      • 83 jackiegrumbacher
        April 14, 2016 at 4:21 pm

        What a beautiful tribute and so absolutely true. We here at TOD have known this all along and have never once faltered in our love, loyalty, admiration and deep-felt knowledge that we were living in a time of greatness

        • 84 jacquelineoboomer
          April 14, 2016 at 8:25 pm

          Never once! He had me from Springfield! Well, actually from the 2004 convention, there’s that! ❤

    • 85 No Child Left Behind
      April 14, 2016 at 3:25 pm


      You beat me! I was just about to post this brilliant analysis.

      “With Obama, each thoughtful step of the way, from his soaring acceptance speech (“The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep…”) to his epic speeches on race and religion, his responses to the shootings in Tucson and Newtown, the killing of Osama bin Laden, the opening of Cuba (“Todos somos Americanos!”), and countless other momentous occasions, he knew how to speak to our better angels at a time when it was hard to locate any angels.”

    • 87 Don
      April 14, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Interesting read, President Obama in my opinion has always had that “from a different time and place” thing going on. I see him as some sort of figure that presided over a time in which empires ruled the world. He is so regal, and charming, but his enemies know him to be a viper. This author wrote what we’ve been thinking for some time now.

  42. 90 Nena20409
    April 14, 2016 at 3:23 pm

  43. 91 No Child Left Behind
    April 14, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Worth posting again.

  44. 92 Nena20409
    April 14, 2016 at 3:27 pm

  45. 95 No Child Left Behind
    April 14, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    I can’t trust an aspiring POTUS that can’t do simple math!!!

  46. 96 No Child Left Behind
    April 14, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Liars all around, all the time!

  47. 97 Nena20409
    April 14, 2016 at 3:41 pm

  48. 98 hopefruit2
    April 14, 2016 at 3:43 pm

  49. 99 Nena20409
    April 14, 2016 at 3:45 pm

  50. 100 hopefruit2
    April 14, 2016 at 3:50 pm

  51. 103 donna dem 4 obama
    April 14, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    IMO this is what is so different about this years Democratic campaign. Both Sec. Clinton and Sen. Obama were dyed-in-the wool Democrats. The Party means everything to them. So although they had a very shall I say spirited campaign in 2008 they both understood that in the end whoever lost they were going to have to bring their supporters along to defeat the Republicans. Other than Sanders occasional “she is better than any of them” line you never hear him speak of the importance of continuing the Parties values. He’s simply not a Democrat and could care less about the Democratic Party.

    • 104 No Child Left Behind
      April 14, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      I hate to admit that BS is simply riding the Democratic train which, apparently, is full of (supposedly) angry young white voters that were awaiting for a revolution They found BS and BS found them. As for the Democratic Party, neither BS nor his young revolutionaries couldn’t care less.

      • 105 jackiegrumbacher
        April 14, 2016 at 4:25 pm

        I don’t hate to admit it, NCLB, because I know it’s true. BS is exploiting the Democratic Party and he will do whatever works for his ego. What happens to the party, the election or the country doesn’t matter beans to him.

  52. 106 Nena20409
    April 14, 2016 at 4:04 pm

  53. 107 No Child Left Behind
    April 14, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Thank you for the warning.

  54. 108 No Child Left Behind
    April 14, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Only one face projects optimism and hope. The others look like 4 angry white men. One of them is just mad as hell.

  55. 111 No Child Left Behind
    April 14, 2016 at 4:18 pm

  56. 112 JER
    April 14, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    NOW: VP Biden speaks at White House “Champions of Change” event – http://www.msnbc.com/live-online/watch/coming-up-biden-at-it-s-on-us-wh-event-666011203968

  57. 114 Nena20409
    April 14, 2016 at 4:35 pm

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