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Early Bird Chat

Arrival in Hanoi, Vietnam (by Pete Souza)


148 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    May 23, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Greetings Ms Chips!

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      May 23, 2016 at 8:06 am

      Chips, I’m leaving this here for you for whenever you feel the need for one…

  2. 3 vcprezofan2
    May 23, 2016 at 8:07 am

    A very ‘Good Day’ to EVERYone from my corner of the Northlands. Life’s good (or it can be)! 🙂

  3. 4 vcprezofan2
    May 23, 2016 at 8:12 am

  4. 6 vcprezofan2
    May 23, 2016 at 8:13 am

  5. May 23, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Good morning Chips & the ‘quiet one’ 🙂

    Love that photo, Chips, and those tweets about Sec Kerry are magnificent for so many reasons, VC!!!

    #TrustBarack …. to build the peace!!!

  6. May 23, 2016 at 8:19 am

  7. 24 vcprezofan2
    May 23, 2016 at 8:20 am

  8. May 23, 2016 at 8:23 am

    YUP ….

    “Asked if Ms Mordaunt had been wrong to say Britain would not be able to veto its membership, he replied: “Absolutely wrong. Let me be clear, Britain and every other country in the European Union has a veto on another country joining. That is a fact, and the fact that the Leave campaign are getting things as straightforward as this wrong should call in to question their whole judgment in making the bigger argument about leaving the EU.”

    Pressed on whether she was qualified to remain in government, the prime minister told the programme: “Her responsibilities are in the Ministry of Defence, she is doing a very good job.

    “But on this question of whether of not we have a veto, the Leave campaign are wrong.””

  9. 26 vcprezofan2
    May 23, 2016 at 8:23 am

    • 27 vcprezofan2
      May 23, 2016 at 8:27 am

      IMO one of the nicest strength for Pres O is that he wasn’t born with the silver spoon in his mouth. Consequently, I think people with humble backgrounds or in humble surroundings need not feel intimidated by him – IOW they relax in his company.

    • May 23, 2016 at 8:27 am

      Had Presidents Kennedy and Johnson listened to Bernard Fall – who knew Ho personally – America would never have gone to war against him.

      Ho knew he would win.

      He told Bernard Fall precisely why he would win.

      He won.

      But, he had also told Bernard Fall that he DID NOT WANT TO BE AN ENEMY OF AMERICA or anyone else and he meant it.

      #TrustBarack … because he listens ……..

    • 31 arapaho415
      May 23, 2016 at 8:29 am

      GM vc and TODville.

      Some gorgeous images from PBO’s first day in Vietnam.

      More…

      • 32 vcprezofan2
        May 23, 2016 at 8:32 am

        Arap, I wonder why (given the significance of this visit for/to you) I thought you wouldn’t be up yet! 😀

        • 33 arapaho415
          May 23, 2016 at 8:41 am

          GM vc.

          It’s already getting light here in SoCal (for anyone further north on the west coast, probably been light now for awhile) — was hoping to adjust my schedule to see PBO live in Asia, but just can’t keep my eyes open much beyond 10pm local time. 😦

          This is such an historic trip for this country that is appallingly overshadowed by #fraudsters Sanders and Trump.

          Here’s my comment yesterday after JER posted this video of PBO arriving in Hanoi:

          * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
          https://theobamadiary.com/2016/05/22/the-week-ahead-55/#comment-1536769

          Many in TODville recall Vietnam as THE defining event of our youth, so emotionally stirring to see this sight of our President being greeted so graciously in a place that calls the war that ended in 1975 the “American War.”

          Also grateful that Washington Post has sent one of their reporters who understands Japanese culture to cover PBO’s trip to Japan and Hiroshima.

          More…

          • 34 arapaho415
            May 23, 2016 at 8:46 am

            Putting world events into perspective:

            And this is really true, according to people I know who have been to Vietnam:

            Of course Vietnamese would refer to the 1960s-1970s war as “the American war” (on the heels of “the French war) — if you’re in Vietnam, you might call it a civil war (between north and south), but never “the Vietnam war.”

          • 36 vcprezofan2
            May 23, 2016 at 8:50 am

            Yes, I saw your comment yesterday; also, I know what you mean about keeping one’s eyes open these days, though mine are more often open than closed. I was up until midnight waiting for a visiting teenager to get back home, then I woke up three times during the night!! Finally decided to call it quits around 6:10am.

      • 37 SUEDUVALLSMITH
        May 23, 2016 at 9:48 am

        LOL………..THEY NEED SOME DUCKS!

    • 38 Debz
      May 23, 2016 at 10:10 am

      LOL The way this is worded, it sounds like POTUS and the Chairwoman are walking on stilts.

      • 39 vcprezofan2
        May 23, 2016 at 10:11 am

        True. For a split second when I first read it I checked downwards before realizing it was the house that was so dressed. 😀

      • 40 MightyPamela
        May 23, 2016 at 10:19 am

        I know, eh?? Ha, I went back to look for the stilts while I slowly registered the language usage conundrum! Then I sighed, and moved along to the other photos!

  10. 41 arapaho415
    May 23, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Love this graphic, the illustrations of Air Force One and the people are too cute (click on link to see entire graphic that covers PBO’s three days in Vietnam):

  11. 43 vcprezofan2
    May 23, 2016 at 8:36 am

    • 44 arapaho415
      May 23, 2016 at 9:16 am

      As usual, PBO is two (or more) steps ahead of MSM (re: “unusual” lunch instead of dinner).

      Just like PBO appearing on Bear Gryls Alaska show many weeks after he left AK, PBO will be in the spotlight on a show very popular with limousine liberals, just in time for election season to really kick into gear…

  12. 45 vcprezofan2
    May 23, 2016 at 8:37 am

  13. 46 vcprezofan2
    May 23, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Morning, Meta, you’re probably still baking some healthy muffins for my breakfast, but this one’s for you. (I remember that you have been keeping a good eye on the TPP and are one of its strong advocates.)

  14. 50 vcprezofan2
    May 23, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Vietnam and the U.S. sign multiple agreements
    By VnExpress May 23, 2016 | 11:33 am GMT+7

    After a one hour talk, Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang and U.S. President Barack Obama have witnessed signing ceremonies of bilateral agreements at the Presidential Palace.

    Following the meeting, both presidents witnessed signing ceremonies for various agreements. One is the purchase of 100 Boeing 737 Max by VietJet Air worth $11.3 billion.

    Ministry of Industry and Trade has also signed a memorandum of understanding with General Electric on renewable energy development in Vietnam. Both parties aim to produce at least 1,000 MW of electricity from wind power projects by 2025.


    Vietjet CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao (L) shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) while Ray Conner, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (R) shakes hands with Vietnam’s Presiden Tran Dai Quang (2nd R) during a signing cermony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam May 23, 2016. Photo by Reuters/Kham

    In remarks to Quang, who until recently was head of the country’s internal security agency, Obama congratulated him on the “extraordinary progress” Vietnam had made.

    “Whether we are talking about commercial and economic ties or military-to-military consultations or humanitarian work or our legacy of war issues … Across the board what we’ve seen is increased cooperation for the benefit of both our peoples,” he said.

    Vietnam has long been calling for the arms embargo to be lifted, arguing that buying weapons for self-defence from established trade partners is normal.

    In a series of bilateral meetings with Vietnam’s heads of state, Obama will discuss a range of issues, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP

    …………………………….. //
    http://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/vietnam-and-the-u-s-sign-multiple-agreements-3407567.html

  15. 56 vcprezofan2
    May 23, 2016 at 8:52 am

  16. 57 vcprezofan2
    May 23, 2016 at 8:54 am

  17. May 23, 2016 at 8:56 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Congrats vc on #1, and Happy Monday everyone 🙂 Hearty thanks to vc, arapaho, and Bob and others sfor posing informative videos, pics and tweets from our President’s & John Kerry’s historic visit to Hanoi, Vietnam! I look forward the rest of this impactful trip. 🙂

  18. May 23, 2016 at 8:58 am

    MSNBC and CNN carried POTUS and Quang press conference this morning about 2am.

    • 60 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      May 23, 2016 at 9:47 am

      I KNOW WHERE I WAS AT 2 A.M…………ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ…HUGGING THE LAST LETTER IN THE ALPHABET!..I LOVE MY ENERGIZER PRESIDENT!..<3

  19. May 23, 2016 at 8:58 am

    I spent a lot of time the past two or three weeks talking to women, suburban white women in states like Virginia, also in places like North Carolina and Ohio, and even among women who voted for Romney in 2012, there is just a lot of reluctance about signing up to vote for Donald Trump. They worry about him across a range of issues. And if you think about this election in terms of margins, Barack Obama won 41 percent of white women. Even though he won women overall. If Clinton can hold Obama’s margins with minorities and pick off just a couple more percentage points among white women that makes it very difficult for him to win. ~ Julie Pace, Associated Press

    • 62 Don
      May 23, 2016 at 9:07 am

      I think that Hillary will be able to hold Obama’s margins with minorities. Her probably might lie with the white male of a certain age and economic level. Hillary shouldn’t have any problems getting the white female vote.

    • 63 jackiegrumbacher
      May 23, 2016 at 9:10 am

      Thanks, Rikyrah. I think that Trump will destroy himself with women as the campaign goes on because he’s incapable of suppressing his misogyny. He will say vulgar things about Hillary that will enrage normal women and cause them to think twice about voting for someone who completely devalues them. Of course there will be the devoted followers who will vote for anyone with an R after his name, even if he admits to drinking female blood for lunch.

  20. 64 jackiegrumbacher
    May 23, 2016 at 8:59 am

    President Obama has done more to elevate the image of the US in the world than any other president in my memory. That’s why it angers me when people say ‘foreign policy’ isn’t important in evaluating a president because all the US has to do is show its military strength and strut it’s macho power around the world. They have no idea how complex the world is, how intricate our alliances are or how dependent we are on international cooperation for our survival. Only one candidate understands that interdependence and that’s Hillary Clinton. Sanders is an ignoramus in this area and Trump has no firmer grasp of international issues than a toddler. The US media presses the issue of Clinton’s likeability, but fails to mention how respected she is around the world and how many strong international relationships she has developed. This isn’t just a “nice to have” if the US is going to thrive in the 21rst century. It’s a must!

    • 65 cd4biden
      May 23, 2016 at 9:50 am

      But jg, this is no surprise to me, because that is exactly how these men are (generally speaking) in every aspect of their lives. They strut around their “macho-ness” in business and at home (as in I am the king of my castle) and they have no idea or care about understanding their wives and children other than to have them be just like them. More Stepford wives and children than anything else. They have no idea about how to have a loving relationship that is interdependent with their wives and children, like we see with POTUS and FLOTUS. I’m sure that’s another reason he is so disliked. We always hate the ones we are envious of.

      • 66 cd4biden
        May 23, 2016 at 9:54 am

        And forgive my manners, but GM to everyone, and lovely to see you back with us this morning Chips. I hope your mother is doing much better.

        And thank you to everyone for posting all the beautiful photos and the press conference of PBO’s trip to Vietnam. So happy Secretary Kerry is there as well. Looking forward to more of both during the next few days. Have a good day everyone. 🙂

  21. 67 amk for obama
    May 23, 2016 at 8:59 am

    12-yr-old Tanishq Abraham to become doctor at 18.

    A twelve-year-old Indian-American boy, who was congratulated by President Barack Obama after he became the youngest ever to graduate from a US college, is eyeing to become a doctor by the time he turns 18 as he has been accepted to two prestigious university campuses.

    Tanishq Abraham, a native of Sacramento in California, has been accepted to University of California (UC) Davis and received a regents scholarship to UC Santa Cruz. He is yet to decide in which university he will enroll.

    “I think I’ll be 18 when I get my MD (medical degree),” Abraham was quoted as saying by CBC Sacramento television station yesterday.

    He said he is just an ordinary kid who plays with video games and not just microscopes and just likes to learn.

    Abraham will be a junior transfer student when he enrolls in either UC Davis or UC Santa Cruz.

    http://www.rediff.com/getahead/report/achiever-12-yr-old-tanishq-abraham-to-become-doctor-at-18/20160523.htm

    • May 23, 2016 at 9:09 am

      rikyrah, I listen to that last night and I did not like the way O’Donnell acted during that interview either. She would have never treated Trump like that.

    • 83 mophene
      May 23, 2016 at 9:28 am

      Nora’s Republican bias always manages to shine through during interviews like this. The woman was absolutely ecstatic when she thought Mittens beat the President in the first debate, and looked so disappointed when the President knocked Mitt’s block off in the next one.

    • 84 arapaho415
      May 23, 2016 at 9:53 am

      GM rikyrah.

      Listened to @60minutes last night and was appalled at Norah O’Donnell’s aggressive stance — you’d think Valerie had gotten the US into an unnecessary war, which killed and maimed hundreds (thousands?) of US citizens, unstabilized an already fragile part of the world and shot a friend in the face. Oh wait, that’s the person who the MSM let slide with answers like “So what?” when confronted by the results of his actions.

      Could not believe she attacked Valerie for lawmakers who themselves admit that they would be unelectable if merely seen in PBO’s presence. CBS news is a mockery of journalism (especially because that really annoying and corrupt Lara Logan still reports for them.

      Completely uncalled for — the interview would not have been conducted this way if (rest in peace) Morley Safer had interviewed Valerie.

      Lost any smidgen of respect I once had for Norah last night.

  22. 85 desertflower
    May 23, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Morning….my last week of school!

  23. 87 vcprezofan2
    May 23, 2016 at 9:07 am


    John Kerry at the Presidential Palace. Photo by VnExpress/Viet Anh

  24. May 23, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Good morning, good people. Hope your Monday goes as smoothly as possible!

    This sounds like FUN:

    • 89 Don
      May 23, 2016 at 9:43 am

      My wife likes watching this guy, Bourdain, but to me he seems like a know-it-all prick. If it were up to me President Obama would be dining with the guy from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

      • May 23, 2016 at 9:55 am

        Yeah, Bourdain likes to act sassy but he’s a pretty nice guy IRL. I think the comedy and food chatter with PBO will be off-the-charts!

        • 91 Don
          May 23, 2016 at 10:00 am

          Yes, yes, sassy, that’s the word I was looking for. He’s a not a prick in the true sense of the word, not like a Tucker Carlson level prick.

      • 92 cd4biden
        May 23, 2016 at 10:11 am

        Oh, can you see POTUS and Guy cruising around in Guy’s red convertible, going from one fabulous greasy spoon to the next? FLOTUS would not be happy about it, but POTUS would be in heaven. And so would I if my body would let me eat like that every day. YUM, on several levels, tee hee.

    • May 23, 2016 at 11:28 am

      Meta….

      i am so sorry that you are unable to come to DC…i will miss meeting you…but i do understand…perhaps we can all try to have a TOD-Meet-Up2 in Chitown when the Obama Library and Museum opens.

      • May 23, 2016 at 11:31 am

        Thx so much, pf. I can’t tell you how much I looked forward to meeting all of you amazing people. I think a visit to the Obama 44 Presidential Library would be a stellar follow-up. I’ve never been to Chicago and have always wanted to go!

  25. May 23, 2016 at 9:16 am

    So, in public, he’s all ‘ No, they shouldn’t be let into the country.’

    But now, he’s talking to them on the side?

    Yeah, ok with that.

    …………………..

    Trump camp quietly courts Muslims
    Jonathan Easley

    Donald Trump’s top foreign policy adviser has quietly opened backchannels within Muslim and Middle Eastern communities in the U.S. in an attempt to win over a small but increasingly important voting bloc.

    Walid Phares, a top national security adviser for Trump, has been courting prominent Muslim Republicans and conservative Middle Eastern activists in the U.S.

    Some Muslim Republicans and conservative Middle Eastern activists have also engaged with other top campaign officials about furthering Trump’s outreach to those communities.

    In a Friday phone interview with The Hill, Phares said Trump campaign officials had not directed him to engage with the groups. Rather, he described the talks as a natural extension of the relationships he’s built over decades of policy work on Middle Eastern affairs.

    Phares said that he initiated contact with several individuals and groups to ask them to organize for Trump or to sell them on Trump’s positions in hopes that they’d at some point support the likely GOP nominee.

    • 96 amk for obama
      May 23, 2016 at 9:26 am

      They must think muslims are dumb. I mean the media asshats.

    • 97 mophene
      May 23, 2016 at 10:25 am

      This is only the beginning. This deadbeat is going to walk back, back track, and take back everything he said during the primaries. It’s too damn late to put that Genie back in the bottle, as Jeb Bush and the rest of the party know all too well.

  26. May 23, 2016 at 9:18 am

    I love our curious President.

  27. 105 CEB
    May 23, 2016 at 9:19 am

    GM, TOD ohana.

    So good to see PBO once again overseas making us proud and making the world better. He and his admin. have cleaned up so many of the U S mess of the past 50 years or more. He has given this country many pathways to be truly great in respectful, effective leadership around the world and here at home. I do not believe that God/fate/providence or whatever you may believe in, would have allowed us to get to this point only for us to lose it in a few months. Yes, we must do our parts in deciding the nation’s and to some extent, much of the world’s fate, but I am already claiming the victory. We will not have a trump or a burn (purposeful use of lower cap letters) in the White House in 2017. I am soaking up the goodness and the beauty of these last months of the greatest U S president in modern times (possibly all times) and remembering to “Let not my heart be troubled.”

    • 106 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      May 23, 2016 at 9:37 am

      AMEN INDEED CEB…THE PRESIDENT WHO HAS BEEN SPAT UPON BY HIS OWN COUNTRY…RISES HIGHER THAN THE TAUNTING WAVES OF THE IGNORANT..AND WHILE HE IS AT IT..HE CLEANS UP THEIR ROOM!

  28. May 23, 2016 at 9:24 am

    What is this bullshyt about him PHONING IN to programs?

    I don’t think Hillary PHONES IN to programs, does she?

    …………………………………………………

    Stage set for historic 2016 showdown over guns
    05/23/16 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Over the last generation or so, presidential elections have generally followed a predictable trajectory when it comes to guns: Republicans have partnered with the NRA, warning voters that Democrats are going to pursue dramatic changes to gun laws, while Democrats, feeling defensive, have insisted that little, if anything, will change.

    Indeed, about a year ago, the Washington Post explained, “For at least the past several decades, Democrats seeking national office have often been timid on the issue of guns for fear of alienating firearms owners.” It was an observation rooted in fact: guns have served as a powerful wedge issue, drawing lines Dems were afraid to cross.

    This year is poised to be very different.

    On the Republican ticket, Donald Trump has abandoned some of his previous positions and sworn fealty to a right-wing vision on gun policy. Late Friday, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee spoke at the National Rifle Association’s annual gathering and condemned, of all things, gun-free school zones. Yesterday, Trump went just a little further.

    Phoning in to “Fox & Friends” Sunday, Trump contradicted himself multiple times when asked to respond to [Hillary] Clinton, saying, “I don’t want to have guns in classrooms, although in some cases teachers should have guns in classrooms, frankly,” because “the things that are going on in our schools are unbelievable.” Then, he said, “I’m not advocating guns in classrooms, but remember in some cases … trained teachers should be able to have guns in classrooms.”

  29. 109 MightyPamela
    May 23, 2016 at 9:24 am

    ❤️🌹🙏🏻🌹❤️

  30. May 23, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Fox News…..Scientists: Michelle Obama’s nutrition facts label not based on science . Now all of a sudden Fox believe what scientist says, but when scientists talk of climate change they don’t believe them. Probably the same Fox scientists who say climate change is not real.

  31. 111 vcprezofan2
    May 23, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Isn’t it funny how we rarely ever seem to see the other leaders when PBO is anywhere in the vicinity? I so forgot that *ahem* other leaders were also on the move!

  32. May 23, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Uh huh
    Uh huh

    Donald Trump’s ‘shady’ support for veterans
    05/23/16 09:20 AM
    By Steve Benen

    When Democrats make the case that Donald Trump has a controversial background when it comes to veterans’ issues, it’s not just wishful thinking. The presumptive Republican nominee, for example, has drawn criticism for supporting a privatization plan for veterans’ care. His associations with the sketchy Veterans for a Strong America exacerbated the problem.

    And it certainly didn’t help matters when Trump, who avoided military service during the Vietnam War, said he “felt” like he’d served in the military because his parents sent him to a military-themed boarding school as a teenager. The Republican went so far as to boast that his expensive prep school gave him “more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military.”

    Making matters much worse are new questions about Trump and veterans-related fundraising.

    In January, the New York Republican skipped a debate in Iowa to instead hold a fundraiser for veterans. Trump repeatedly boasted at the time that, thanks to his bold leadership, he’s raised $6 million for vets. Trump added that he’d contributed $1 million out of his own pocket.

    Whatever happened to all of that money? The Washington Post took a closer look.

    • 118 vcprezofan2
      May 23, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Trump is such a charlatan! Seems to me that he is always playing with other people’s money in the sort of sleight of hand used by od-fashioned street corner card tricksters.

      This is the final section from the above article; note the final concluding sentence …..
      “The newspaper found, however, “Not a single one of those donations was actually a personal gift of Trump’s own money.” ”

      // …………………………………………………………….
      Just so we’re clear, there’s ample evidence that Trump did raise millions for veterans and some organizations benefited from the donations.

      There is, however, additional evidence that Trump’s specific claims about the amount of money raised weren’t true, and for whatever reason, the Republican candidate and his team have been reluctant to account for the money in detail. Indeed, when asked for details about how Trump’s $1 million was allocated, the GOP candidate’s campaign manager responded, “He’s not going to share that information.”

      Postscript: To put this in a slightly larger context, in April, the Washington Post reported on Trump’s frequent boasts that he’s given “more than $102 million to charity in the past five years.” The newspaper found, however, “Not a single one of those donations was actually a personal gift of Trump’s own money.”

  33. 119 desertflower
    May 23, 2016 at 9:36 am

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/2016/05/11/veteran-campaign-reporters-stakes-are-too-high-let-trump-get-away-constant-lying/210328

    Veteran campaign reporters are calling on media outlets to sharply increase their fact-checking of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, telling Media Matters “the stakes are too high” to let Trump get away with peddling conspiracy theories and near-constant falsehoods.

    In the week since Trump’s win in the Indiana presidential primary essentially clinched the nomination for him, the candidate has faced criticism from media critics and fact-checkers for his continued embrace of outlandish conspiracy theories. CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday called on journalists to confront Trump “head-on” over his misinformation. Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler hit a similar note in a May 7 article, writing that outlets have “no excuse” to let Trump get away with falsehoods.

    In conversations with Media Matters, Kessler and several veteran presidential campaign reporters highlighted the sheer tonnage of misinformation from Trump, with several arguing that outlets need to be more aggressive when challenging the Republican.

    “The Trump lies are so many and they come out at such a rapid fire, Gatling-gun fashion, it is hard for the reporters to keep up in May. I can just imagine what it will be like in October,” said Walter Shapiro, who covered nine presidential campaigns dating back to 1980 for The Washington Post, Newsweek, Salon and others. “The most important thing is that you don’t put the fact checks in some separate envelope done by the fact-check expert. You have to put as many fact checks as you can in the story of the speech, in the story of the assertion and if necessary don’t resort to euphemisms, like ‘misspoke.’ He did not misspeak, he did not obfuscate, he did not miss the meaning — he lied.”

  34. 120 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    May 23, 2016 at 9:44 am

    THE PASTORS IN OUR CHURCH ARE QUITE AWARE OF THE FACT THAT THERE IS A LACK OF RACIAL UNITY IN OTHER CHURCHES…WE WILL BE HITTING THE STREETS AS AN EXAMPLE TO OTHERS! IT’S GOING TO BE ONE HELL OF A DANCE!….GLAD TO SEE MY PRESIDENT IS ENJOYING HIS ASIAN VISIT..HE IS A MAN OF COMPASSION AND LOVED BY MANY..GET YOUR OWN!

  35. 121 CEB
    May 23, 2016 at 9:57 am

    I usually avoid sharing any negative thoughts that I have because I want this glorious place to be a light that informs, uplifts, and challenges us to be our best selves. But this is something that I have been thinking about: all other minority groups (with the possible exception of Puerto Ricans and Mexicans) until the advent of 9/11 (for Muslim Americans) and Trumpism (for everyone) lived in this world where they thought that they were White. Many anglicized their names (looking at you Bobby Jindal), took on the White racist attitudes toward A-A’s, voted Republican, and walked around in the bubble that was their experience of the American Dream. Now, Trump and his media enablers have rolled up the carpet and pulled the sheets from the heads of the haters to show all other minorities that You Are Not One Of Us. Suddenly they are afraid; the whiteness that they thought that they were so covered in that they joined in the attitudes toward A-A that they now decry because they are being affected by it. At least, they are not being shot down like dogs (yet). When the mob comes for anyone it is always our duty to speak up and to speak put and to act. If we do not, there will be no one around to left to help when the mob turns its hateful eyes on you. While racism, sexism, homophobia or any other hateful -ism is a stain on our humanity and our national identity, a part of me just nods my head and thinks: see, now YOU see and feel only a small part of what A-A’s have lived with since Jamestown; what are you prepared to do?

    • May 23, 2016 at 10:03 am

      you speak all sorts of truth. When Trump came out with the comments about Mexicans, I was there. When he came out with this nonsense about Muslims. I was there. NOT because I have any special affinity towards Muslims, or because they have shown themselves to be allies of the Black Community, but because, I know, that anything that is applied to ANYONE ELSE THAT IS NOT WHITE IN AMERICA….will find its way to be applied to Black folk. So, Black people, by default, pretty much stand up for others, because we know…WE KNOW..that if we don’t stop it at someone else’s door…it will wind up on OUR OWN door.

  36. May 23, 2016 at 10:02 am

  37. May 23, 2016 at 10:03 am

  38. May 23, 2016 at 10:06 am

    I think I’ve been asleep at the wheel because it looks like PBO has a new body man?

  39. May 23, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Good morning TOD folks. Great pics. Look forward to the rest of the trip.

  40. 131 Don
    May 23, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Busting caps in the ass of the Taliban and eating at an outside café in Vietnam.

    • May 23, 2016 at 10:20 am

      I just can hardly believe that I’m cool enough to exist at this moment in time in the same world as President Barack Hussein Obama.

    • 133 CEB
      May 23, 2016 at 10:41 am

      ‘Cause that is how he rolls; get it done and keep it moving. Funny how this mild, even-tempered, intellectual is the baddest MF who has ever sat in the CIC chair. Revenge, justice or whatever you want to call it is indeed a dish best served cold.

  41. 135 amk for obama
    May 23, 2016 at 10:25 am

    • May 23, 2016 at 10:27 am

      that would be amazing. Do you know how many people STILL in this age group, continue to work, but could retire, if only they could be assured of their medical coverage?

  42. 137 amk for obama
    May 23, 2016 at 10:26 am

  43. 139 amk for obama
    May 23, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Excellent.

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  44. May 23, 2016 at 10:32 am

  45. May 23, 2016 at 10:33 am

  46. 143 amk for obama
    May 23, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Yup, it’s not a warning, it’s a certainty.

  47. 145 amk for obama
    May 23, 2016 at 10:36 am

    LOL.

  48. 146 amk for obama
    May 23, 2016 at 10:37 am

    ouch.


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