A Graduation And A Birthday!






104 Responses to “A Graduation And A Birthday!”

  1. 1 FoxfireTX
    June 10, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Nerdy, just want to add my heartfelt thanks for your Herculean efforts to keep us all going in Chips absence. You are the force!

  2. 9 Grab a Mop Grace
    June 10, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Congratulations on 1st FoxfireTX.
    A big day in Obama Family!
    Special congratulations to Malia on her accomplishments! All the best to her in the future. Great things are ahead for this lovely young woman!
    And Happy, Happy Birthday Sasha!

  3. 10 Ladyhawke
    June 10, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s (R-Nev.) communications director, Kristen Orthman, said in a statement soon after Perdue’s remarks, “If Republicans are still wondering why Donald Trump is their nominee, look no further than today’s Faith and Freedom conference where a sitting Republican Senator left the impression he was praying for the death of President Obama and then the Republican Leader followed him on stage and did not condemn him.”

    • June 10, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      Another example of the racists Republicans. These are the reason they have a disgusting racists nominee for President, the reason their base are racists bigots, because of people like this senator.

      • June 10, 2016 at 8:37 pm

        Where are McConnell, Ryan, and all the Republicans leaders, why didn’t they stand up and condemn that kind of talk? This is the kind of right wing, tea party, conservative so call christian crap we have been hearing for seven and a half years. But yet these people have the nerve to blame Obama for racial division.

      June 10, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      PIGS~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..I’M SPEECHLESS…YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW..ENJOY YOUR RIDEI PERDUE!

    • 14 amk for obama
      June 10, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      gotta love da bible. such an inspiring book.

  4. 15 Ladyhawke
    June 10, 2016 at 2:41 pm

  5. 16 Dudette
    June 10, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Valerie Jarrett is attending Ali’s memorial service today. The WAVE news folks on BounceTV are reporting Ms. Jarrett will read a message from the President during the ceremony.

    • 17 arapaho415
      June 10, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      GA Dudette.

      Apparently Canadian reporter @ddale8 is in Louisville today:

  6. 18 MadameSoph
    June 10, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Working today; I’ll have to catch up on these wonderful posts later.

    So Cal TODer here. I also didn’t feel the earthquake. I was in bed but awake at 1 a.m. Didn’t feel a thing.

    5.2 isn’t that big for us 🙂 The quake was centered in Palm Springs, so maybe that’s why I didn’t feel it.

    Thanks everyone for your concern 🙂

    • 19 Dudette
      June 10, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      Glad it wasn’t worse and that you’re okay.
      {{{ MadameSoph }}}

    • 20 arapaho415
      June 10, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      GA MS.

      5.2 is equivalent to some of the larger aftershocks of the 1994 Northridge earthquake, so yeah, it’s no big deal.

      Grew up in the San Diego area and did feel some earthquakes that happened back then in the general area of Anza-Borrego (epicenter of today’s earthquake).

      Living on solid bedrock in Ventura county, haven’t felt any LA-area or east earthquakes, except of course for the 1994 Northridge quake (I worked a short block from the Northridge Fashion Mall where unfortunately an employee there was crushed by a collapsing parking structure 😦 ). THAT one seemed to last forever, and I remember thinking at the time (thank God it’s 4:30am, it will be light soon — would have been far more terrified if it had happened during the early evening and had to have sat/paced around until daylight (all power, telephone [no cell phones then] and water service out).

      Of course MSM would like Angelenos to panic about something that happens regularly here:

      On that note, here’s something that is a BFD 😉 :

  7. 21 Dudette
    June 10, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Here is the complete order of events:
    Quranic recitation, Hamzah Abdul Malik, founding imam of Midtown Mosque in Memphis (3 minutes)
    English translation, Ayah Kutmah, Louisville (3 minutes)
    Introduction of Speakers by Imam Zaid Shakir, Islamic scholar and founder of Zaytuna College, a Muslim liberal arts school ege in Berkeley, Calif. (3 minutes)


    Dr. Kevin Cosby, senior pastor, St. Stephen Church, Louisville (5 minutes)
    U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, senior U.S. senator from Utah, in his seventh term, a decades-long friend of Ali who was asked by his widow Lonnie to speak (5 minutes)
    The Rev. Msgr. Henry Kriegel, the pastor at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Erie, Pa., the home town of Ron DiNicola, who was Ali’s attorney for 30 years (5 minutes)
    Dr. Timothy Gianotti, Islamic Studies scholar, theologian, interfaith advocate and Director of Islamic Studies at the American Islamic College in Chicago(5 minutes)
    Rabbi Michael Lerner political activist, the editor of Tikkun, a progressive Jewish interfaith magazine based in Berkeley, California, and the rabbi of Beyt Tikkun Synagogue in Berkeley (5 minutes)
    Indigenous rights activists Sidney Hill, chief of the Onondaga Nation, and Oren R. Lyon, faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Seneca Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy (5 minutes)
    Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport, senior rabbi, The Temple, Louisville (5 minutes)
    Venerable Utsumi and Sister Denise (5 minutes)


    Reading from Ambassador Shabazz, producer, writer, diplomat and eldest daughter of Dr. Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X Shabazz (3 minutes)
    Statement of President Obama, read by Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to the president (3 minutes)



    Lonnie Ali, widow of Muhammad Ali (10 minutes)
    Maryum Ali, daughter, Muhammad Ali (5 minutes)
    Rasheda Ali-Walsh, daughter, Muhammad Ali (5 minutes)
    Alessandra “Ali” DiNicola, daughter of Ali’s longtime attorney, Ron DiNicola (3 minutes)
    Natasha Mundkur, University of Louisville student (3 minutes)
    John Ramsey, Ali’s friend (5 minutes)
    Billy Crystal, actor and comedian (10 minutes)
    Bryant Gumbel, sports broadcast (10 minutes)
    Bill Clinton, 42nd president of the U.S. (20 minutes)

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  9. 24 MightyPamela
    June 10, 2016 at 3:26 pm


    What a day! What a wonderful, wonder-filled day!

  10. June 10, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    New episode airs at 8 on Nickelodeon

    Cam went to the White House last week to take a kid to meet FLOTUS Michelle Obama, that will air later this summer.

    • June 10, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Listen to what he had to say about our wonderful First Lady:) ” No wonder the President is so cool….I’m so envious of them as a couple..#Relationshipgoals”

      Cam telling kids participating in his foundation’s football camp some hard truths….If you live in Charlotte, his charity kickball game is today

  11. June 10, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Congratulations to Miss Malia Obama on her graduation. And Happy Birthday to Miss Sasha Obama. Words fail me as to how wonderful I think these young women are.

    Watching Muhammad Ali’s memorial service. Sigh!

  12. 28 Daiseymay
    June 10, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    TOD warriors. Sen. David Duke has referred to the scripture in Psalms 109:8asking that the days of POB be numbered. Please Twitter, Facebook and call his office at 202 224 3521 to voice your complaints. This man is an entitled POS from Georgia. A mean, hateful man. I talked to his office and they doubled down that what he said was not bad. Told them that the Psalm scripture has been used since 2008 to “pray for POB”. So mad I could spit him in the eye!

  13. 31 FoxfireTX
    June 10, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Next to VP Joe, HRC most likely is the person who could best follow PBO into the White House. But no matter how good of a president she turns out to be, there just is so very much about the Obama family I will miss. It has felt like a national treasure to watch these two incredible girls grow up and in some small way to share it. And both PBO and FLOTUS have just been so out there in so very many ways from their work with kids to things like the shows last night. It feels to me like there is going to be this huge hole where they once allowed so many of us to get joyful glimpses of them as people. Just don’t see the Clintons filling that gap. At the same time, they have lived in this fishbowl for so many years I suspect they will be thrilled to once again feel that they have some privacy. But in so many ways I will miss all of them.

  14. June 10, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Congratulations to Malia Obama and Happy Birthday to Sasha Obama. I know your parents are so proud of you and so are we.

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  17. 37 vcprezofan2
    June 10, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Yea, NerdyW! To me these two young ladies will always be American princesses – like their parents they have been models of …. family values, love, authenticity, groundedness, etc. etc. I am so very, very proud of them and I will love them all until the day I pass on!

  18. June 10, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    It has been such a joy, watching these girls blossom into beautiful, poised young ladies. 😁😊

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  22. 47 Nerdy Wonka
    June 10, 2016 at 6:10 pm

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  24. 51 Nerdy Wonka
    June 10, 2016 at 6:14 pm

  25. June 10, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    ICYMI, largest paper in Iowa has called Grassley out on judicial nominations!

    ” “The president is only one-half of the process,” the Iowa senator said Monday, “and the Senate’s the other half. And we’re a check on the president.”

    But what sort of a check would Sen. Grassley be as head of the Senate Judiciary Committee? Just how diligent would our senator be in reviewing the nominees chosen by a man who has categorized Mexican immigrants as rapists and who initially refused to disavow support from white supremacists?

    Just a few weeks ago, Grassley expressed confidence that Trump would nominate the “right type of people” to the U.S. Supreme Court. And this week, Grassley didn’t seem at all perturbed by Trump’s remarks about Judge Curiel, which have been widely denounced and described even by House Speaker Paul Ryan as the “textbook definition of a racist comment.”

    The best Grassley could muster was this: “I would not say what Trump said.”

    As Edmund Burke said, the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. And when it comes to Donald Trump, there are invertebrates that have shown more spine than Sen. Charles Grassley.”

  26. June 10, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    since i know some people here like him, it’s getting down to wire to send al giordano to vermont. you can pitch in here:

    June 10, 2016 at 7:02 pm


  28. June 10, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    David Plouffe is GENIUS

  29. 57 arapaho415
    June 10, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    GE TODville.

    Catching up on Twitter, and the first tweet I see is this:

    “According to the probation report, the officer who evaluated the former Stanford swimmer wrote that ‘when compared to other crimes of similar nature’ the case ‘may be considered less serious due to [Turner’s] level of intoxication.'”

    So this probation officer (no doubt male) thinks violent, forcible rape in public next to a dumpster is “less serious?” No woman in their right mind would submit such a report. Simply appalling.

    This is exactly why our judicial system needs to be more representative of the constituency it serves; of course PBO is well-aware of this fact, and why he’s been inclusive when selecting judges, but obviously outreach to staff other justice positions such as probation officers is sorely needed.

    Can you believe this country’s FIRST Native American judge was appointed only recently? And I saw a tweet a few days ago (unable to locate now) that said Trump doesn’t have to worry about being heard by a Muslim judge because there aren’t any. No idea if this is true or not, but shocking if true.

  30. 58 jacquelineoboomer
    June 10, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Every get that feeling? Ha.

  31. 61 mtmarilyn
    June 10, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    What a wonderful service that was for Ali. Tears flowed thru the whole thing. The only person I knew personally was Chief Oren Lyons. He was here in Missoula for a conference for 4 days. I spent most of those 4 days with him and took him to the airport. I encourage all of you to look up his bio. He is a very important chief. I feel so honored to have met him and able to spend time in his presence.

    Now back to laundry and getting ready for next week.

    • 62 cd4biden
      June 11, 2016 at 10:48 am

      Mtmarilyn, I also had the undeniable joy of spending, in my case, one day with Oren Lyons, and I completely agree with you about him. A wonderful and very wise man. It is truly one of the highlights of my life to spend 8 hours in his presence. And I loved seeing that he spoke at Muhammad Ali’s service.

  32. 64 jacquelineoboomer
    June 10, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Joan Walsh was on MSNBC saying she wondered if Bernie Sanders would show up with them, when the President and Hillary are in WI next Wednesday. Was thinking the same thing. (Hoping, actually.) That would blow the minds of the GOP.

    • 65 arapaho415
      June 10, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      GE JO’B.

      Great idea, hadn’t thought of that possibility.

      HRC and PBO’s staff members cannot have forgotten PUMAs, an embarrassment to the Dem party.

      MSM has absolutely NOTHING political to report for at least month when the conventions take place. Between now and then all they have is blather and speculation, while PBO has visits to spectacular Carlsbad NM Caverns and Yosemite Park next week, a visit from TODville after the First Family returns on Sunday (know that he’s eagerly awaiting everyone 😉 ), the 3 Amigos Summit in Ottawa (Jun 29), NATO conference in Warsaw Poland with a stop in Spain (Jul 8-9).

      The Supreme Court adjourns at the end the end of this month, and Congress will barely be in town between now and Nov, so PBO will have lots of elbow room to do what he can possibly do without Congress while the GOP implodes.

      Looking forward to it all.

  33. June 10, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    WHOA…..Michelle and the girls????

  34. 76 jacquelineoboomer
    June 10, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Apparently, now Romney has said about Trump, “I don’t want to see trickle-down racism.”

    Little late, Mitt. By about 7+ years. And no doubt what you mean is trickle-down OUT LOUD racism by your front runner.

  35. June 10, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    We’ve got our meme for 2016 and you won’t guess who coined it 😉


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  37. June 10, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    And that they would become very, very good friends…….

  38. 84 hopefruit2
    June 10, 2016 at 8:53 pm

  39. 85 jacquelineoboomer
    June 10, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Chris Hayes on MSNBC said they lost the feed from Trump’s “remarks” in Richmond, VA, and mentioned he didn’t know what “divine intervention” caused it, chuckles all around.

    Hey, nothing else has worked!

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  42. June 10, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    My TW to David Perdue (@sendavidperdue) regarding his grave mistake relative to his prayer against President Obama. Prayers against a righteous man, results in total clan elimination of he who thinks he can take on the “Omniscience Attribute” of God. May God have mercy on their soul.

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  44. 90 Ladyhawke
    June 10, 2016 at 9:14 pm

  45. 91 jacquelineoboomer
    June 10, 2016 at 9:17 pm

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  48. 97 amk for obama
    June 10, 2016 at 9:53 pm

  49. 98 amk for obama
    June 10, 2016 at 9:57 pm

  50. 99 amk for obama
    June 10, 2016 at 9:58 pm

  51. 100 amk for obama
    June 10, 2016 at 9:59 pm

  52. 102 amk for obama
    June 10, 2016 at 10:01 pm

  53. 103 Neena20409
    June 10, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    What a Great Post, NW.
    My 1st appearance on the Web today. TGIF. Very busy day. Lots of things to catch up on.
    WH Presser with Josh “The Voice” & a Guest; earlier today.

    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners, starting with this excellent Post and several posts back.

  54. June 10, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    It is so beautiful to see such lovely and gorgeous First Daughter. Happy Birthday to lovely Sasha Obama and The Best Future to lovely Malia Obama. Blessings to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and Grandmother Robinson for all that the instilled into these lovely young ladies. HZ

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