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The Vice President and President’s Day

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Vice President Joe Biden tours the Kilmainham Prison, where many of those who participated in the Easter Rising in 1916 were held, in Dublin, Ireland, June 23, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden tours the Kilmainham Prison, where many of those who participated in the Easter Rising in 1916 were held, in Dublin, Ireland, June 23, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden and grandson Hunter Biden tour one of the cells in Kilmainham Prison, where many of those who participated in the Easter Rising in 1916 were held, in Dublin, Ireland, June 23, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden and grandson Hunter Biden tour one of the cells in Kilmainham Prison, where many of those who participated in the Easter Rising in 1916 were held, in Dublin, Ireland, June 23, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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Vice President Joe Biden looks at James Joyce manuscripts in the Trinity College Library, in Dublin, Ireland, June 24, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden looks at James Joyce manuscripts in the Trinity College Library, in Dublin, Ireland, June 24, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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Vice President Joe Biden and his grandchildren tour the Trinity College Library, in Dublin, Ireland, June 24, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden and his grandchildren tour the Trinity College Library, in Dublin, Ireland, June 24, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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President Obama’s day started with the designation of Stonewall as a National Monument

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Full Video of President Obama’s speech and panel discussion


123 Responses to “The Vice President and President’s Day”


  1. 1 Dudette
    June 24, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    No! It can’t be me!

  2. 4 Nerdy Wonka
    June 24, 2016 at 6:27 pm

  3. 7 JER
    June 24, 2016 at 6:28 pm

  4. 8 MightyPamela
    June 24, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Yes

  5. 9 Dudette
    June 24, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Uh huh! That’s right!

    • 10 CEB
      June 24, 2016 at 6:54 pm

      He told them this just a few months ago. More folks should have listened; now the UK is shit out of luck for anywhere from 2 to 5 years. Everyone should have learned by now that PBO does not say anything lightly. At this point, I only hope that we will not suffer from their short-sightedness.

  6. 11 Kanga kid
    June 24, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Its pride weekend here in the “sin cities” aka minneapolis and st paul. ;p wishing everyone a great pride and wonderful weekend. The fight for gay rights is also a fight for womens rights and minority rights IMO! They are linked in my mind. Together we can dump trump and continue to make this a more perfect union as the prez would say.

    Thanks to all for the news and links here and keeping the light on for all of us TODers.

  7. 12 JER
    June 24, 2016 at 7:19 pm

  8. June 24, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    This makes me a bit nervous..

    • June 24, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      Me, too, pf. I’m not understanding something here. If it’s a close race and there are no superdelegates, then does it just turn into a floor fight?

      • June 24, 2016 at 9:04 pm

        why were super delegates put into place?… i have only heard a few folks voice the “scrap super delegate” sentiment…i think Sen Warren was one..but not too many

        • 16 99ts
          June 24, 2016 at 9:18 pm

          an outside opinion – super delegates are all members of congress & office holders in the party. These are people who are committed to the democratic party & should have a say in who is the nominee. It means if someone like Trump won the majority in primaries they could reign in the stupid and select someone else. At this point in time the GOP want super delegates in their system

          In my world these are the majority of people who have ANY say in who becomes a candidate. Most countries don’t have primary elections. Candidates are chosen by local committees of the party, with input from MPs and party officials.

        • 17 Zekke LyDonna
          June 24, 2016 at 9:23 pm

          My understanding is that Superdelegates are predominantly officials WE ELECT. Presumably, we elect people we trust with decision-making. Not sure dumping them would be a great idea. Brexit people.

          • June 24, 2016 at 9:32 pm

            yes….i do understand who the super delgates are…i wondered why they were put into place….because there were not always super delegates

            • June 24, 2016 at 10:32 pm

              The Super Ds were put into place after a near miss with a George Wallace candidacy and the debacle of the George McGovern candidacy where candidates that were or would be disasters could be averted through the intervention of the Super Delegates.

        • June 24, 2016 at 9:35 pm

          I don’t know the history but I find that even people I admire (say, Christine Pelosi) are in favor of eliminating them. I don’t understand this. And I know that the CBC is dead set against letting them go. So I’d like to hear the legitimate arguments on both sides. But until I’m persuaded otherwise, I’m inclined to keep the system as it is, with the only exceptions of eliminating caucuses and open primaries. But that’s all up to the states, so I don’t see that happening with great speed anytime soon, especially in places like Iowa.

          • June 24, 2016 at 9:44 pm

            i posted something down thread about the history of the super delegates…it seems they were set up as some kind of fail safe…

            i understand why the CBC wants to keep them…the black elected officials may sometimes be the only blk voices that may be heard…it is an interesting issue…i lean to keeping the super delegates…esp in the age of Bernie…

  9. June 24, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Good Evening, Everyone.
    Everyone else has done a great job in picking up the slack in Chips’ absence.

    Prayers and positive thoughts for Chips.

  10. June 24, 2016 at 7:43 pm

  11. June 24, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Incredible!!!

  12. 28 MightyPamela
    June 24, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    He’s here. The whole place is energized in a positive, serene way. Can we keep him?? Please?

  13. June 24, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Why Black Voters Are the Most Rational Voters of 2016
    While portions of the white electorate go mad over Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, black voters remain cautious skeptics.

    Charles D. Ellison
    BY: CHARLES D. ELLISON
    Posted: May 24, 2016

    Let’s face it. Black voters are about the only folks in 2016 who haven’t lost their damn minds.

    Contrary to some nimble-minded pop-culture notions that either we’re not politically sharp or we don’t care about elections or we just vote for people who look like us, black voters (for the most part) are a rather strategically sound bunch. But that’s because the stakes are always ever so high for us. There’s little margin for error, little wiggle room when the wrong people are put in power. When election outcomes go south—or, in our case, symbolically Deep South—we can’t accept it because we’re so busy mentally preparing to pull our political rip cords on a proverbial parachute.

    We’re not simply jumping out of a crashing national plane, so to speak (because where else can we go, considering our statistical lack of social mobility, anyway?). Yet we do suddenly find ourselves escalating communitywide survival mode.

    When the nation’s political condition hits the fan, it predictably hits us first. In recent polls, we can see the sharp differences between rising, practical black anxiousness and the largely distressing white callousness over just how high the stakes are. When YouGov asked (pdf) likely voters last week if they could understand why someone would vote for Donald Trump, nearly 70 percent of African Americans couldn’t grasp it. Yet 60 percent of whites could see why (along with, interestingly enough, 35 percent of Latinos, nearly double the percentage of blacks polled).

  14. June 24, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Britain allowed its populist right to rise. America should heed the warning
    Richard Wolffe

    …This is what happened to the British Tories as they struggled through two decades of a rising and rebellious anti-European faction. We’ve been watching the Republican party do the same with the emerging Tea Partiers and Trumpers over the same period

    In London, Conservative leaders tried to co-opt extremists instead of pushing their far-right Euro rebels to join the UK Independence Party. David Cameron’s pre-election promise to hold an EU referendum was a colossal miscalculation designed to appease his own extremists. That short-term tactic led his own country to economic crisis and ended his career.

    In Washington, congressional Republicans thought the Tea Party’s anti-establishment and anti-corporate spirit was fine to ignore as long they helped undermine President Obama.

    Instead of ejecting them to join a third party, they embraced them, including their conspiracy theories about the president’s birth and religion. Now, after alternately ignoring and ridiculing Trump, they are shocked that the leader of the birther conspiracy is their nominee. The GOP’s short-term appeasement has imperiled its own future.

  15. June 24, 2016 at 8:26 pm

  16. 34 donna dem 4 obama
    June 24, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Just to bring a smile to your face. 😉

  17. June 24, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Comparing the buyer’s remorse BREXIT voters to those telling us that ‘ Trump really doesn’t mean what he says.’

    I will say it again…

    As a Black person in America longer than three days..

    I.DO.NOT.HAVE.THE.LUXURY.TO.NOT.TAKE.THE.MAN.AT.HIS.WORD.

    Folks kill me thinking that people mean something other than what they say. He doesn’t speak in dogwhistles. How can you even utter that he doesn’t mean what he says?

    • June 24, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Telllllllllllllllllll IT!

    • 41 Obama Grandmama
      June 24, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      The best indicator of what a person will do is from what he has done in the past. That is why Donald Trump’s history is relevant.

    • 42 nathkatun7
      June 25, 2016 at 12:45 am

      “I.DO.NOT.HAVE.THE.LUXURY.TO.NOT.TAKE.THE.MAN.AT.HIS.WORD.”

      Go ahead and speak TRUTH, Rikyrah!

      As a Black person and a student of history I am well aware that what appears to be progress can easily turn into a nightmare! All Americans, but especially Black people, must go back and read the history of this country from the end of the Civil War, which supposedly ended Black enslavement, and at least granted Black males, 21 years and older, the right to vote the right to run for office, From at least 1866 to 1877 in some states the period was much shorter) the former slave states that had seceded from the United States saw unprecedented Black participation in politics as voters and office holders on local, state and federal levels. But during this period, known as the Reconstruction period, white supremacists used every means, including terror and violence, to restore white supremacy. They eventually succeeded because by the beginning of the 20th century, Blacks, and especially in the former slave states, had been systematically deprived of their citizenship rights and reduced to social and economic conditions that were very similar to the slave condition. To accomplish this, demagogue politician used the language of fear to mobilize whites of all classes to view all Blacks as the enemy standing in the way of their social and economic progress.

  18. 43 mtmarilyn
    June 24, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Good evening everyone. My Bernie loving friend on Facebook just posted this on Facebook,

    Truth – Dems pick a racist bill and run with that trying to move more to the liking of the GOP instead of focusing on the real need for us to do something about all the WHITE men.

    Have any of you heard anything about this.

    • 44 desertflower
      June 24, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      Ask for explanation please….curious. Hi, mtmarilyn….hope all is well:)

      • 45 mtmarilyn
        June 24, 2016 at 9:48 pm

        I really don’t want to have a conversation with her on Facebook. I am afraid we would cease to be friends. She is so rabid. I’ll do some more checking.

        • 46 desertflower
          June 24, 2016 at 10:23 pm

          Well, if Prettyfoot is right, that IS some kind of derangement!

          • 47 mtmarilyn
            June 24, 2016 at 10:37 pm

            Good evening DF. I am all for a west coast meet up. I’d show up.

            I do think they have gone into derangement. What is this suing the DNC. They must hate the Dems more then the Repubs.

    • June 24, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      nope….some kind of derangement….

      after the House DEMs stood up by sitting down…Bernie bros try to create a distraction….a law firm in FL is filing a class action suit against the DNC…they don’t mention Bernie…but his hands are all over it

      • 49 mtmarilyn
        June 24, 2016 at 10:32 pm

        I just can’t understand how they can call it a racist bill, if John Lewis is supporting it. I am so upset with these Bernie bros they have such hatred for the Dems and Hillary they have lost all reason.

        I am so proud of the Dem sit in. We just missed it didn’t we.

  19. 50 hopefruit2
    June 24, 2016 at 9:01 pm

  20. June 24, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Uh huh
    Uh huh

    Criming while white: Frat bros ran massive campus drug dealing operation — right in plain sight
    24 JUN 2016 AT 16:07 ET

    A network of young, white, privileged people ran hundreds of thousands of dollars-worth of cocaine, pills and other substances through downtown Charleston’s roaring party scene in plain view, the Charleston Post and Courier revealed in an investigative report.

    The ring had been “hiding in plain sight” for years with wealthy young drug dealers — some of them fraternity members — profiting off the area’s booze and drug-filled college town culture. But the ring was sophisticated and large, with different dealers focusing on specific substances. In a raid executed in relation to a connected murder, police turned up $214,000 in cash.
    …………………………………………………..

    The dealers operated steps away from the College of Charleston campus out of multi-million dollar homes, with students and former students packaging pills with a factory-grade press and ingredients bought online. They found drugs via a variety of online and street sources, then found thousands of buyers by way of the college’s downtown night life.

  21. 55 hopefruit2
    June 24, 2016 at 9:04 pm

  22. 56 jacquelineoboomer
    June 24, 2016 at 9:07 pm

  23. 57 desertflower
    June 24, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Bravo, Hawaii!

  24. June 24, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    What a terrific round up! Thanks a million LP!

  25. 62 amk for obama
    June 24, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    So, limeys (and welsh), you all caught up with the car bigotry & hatred. What now?

  26. 63 FoxfireTX
    June 24, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks LP for this amazing compilation! What a treat, and glad NW is getting a bit of a break.

    So, Bernie is going to vote for Hillary but not endorse her, and his supporters are suing the DNC with the hopes of filing just before the Convention to get some additional news attention. I am in shock, I tell ya. This is what you get when a NON DEMOCRAT takes over your party with your permission. Sure hope we keep those superdelegates, and never allow someone else to do this again. At a time when we have a chance to retake the Senate and possibly the House, the DNC is going to be spending money defending a ridiculous lawsuit.

    And apparently I am totally dense because I cannot understand WHY Hillary will not adopt Bernie’s positions when she garnered nearly 4 million more votes than he did. Duh…….

  27. 65 amk for obama
    June 24, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Time to update this daily mirror?

    z
    jpg images

  28. June 24, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Further soul-searching took place among party leaders, who argued that the pendulum had swung too far in the direction of primary elections over insider decision-making, with one May 1981 California white paper declaring that the Democratic Party had “lost its leadership, collective vision and ties with the past,” resulting in the nomination of un-electable candidates.[8] A new 70-member commission headed by Governor of North Carolina Jim Hunt was appointed to further refine the Democratic Party’s nomination process, attempting to balance the wishes of rank-and-file Democrats with the collective wisdom of party leaders and to thereby avoid the nomination of insurgent candidates exemplified by the liberal McGovern or the anti-Washington conservative Carter and lessening the potential influence of single-issue politics in the selection process.[8]

    Following a series of meetings held from August 1981 to February 1982, the Hunt Commission issued a report which recommended the set aside of unelected and unpledged delegate slots for Democratic members of Congress and for state party chairs and vice chairs (so-called “super delegates”).[8] With the original Hunt plan, super delegates were to represent 30% of all delegates to the national convention, but when it was finally implemented by the Democratic National Committee for the 1984 election, the number of super delegates was set 14%. Over time this percentage has gradually increased, until by 2008 the percentage stands at approximately 20% of total delegates to the Democratic Party nominating convention.[9]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superdelegate#History

    • June 24, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      Now, see, this makes total sense to me, especially as we witness the hideous nightmare takin place in the GOP.

    • 72 MadameSoph
      June 24, 2016 at 11:23 pm

      How much you want to bet the GOP will have a reckoning like this after DT ? They probably would love nothing more than to have the Dems get rid of SD’s while they go forward with that safety net, so they can switch places and have us go back to a McGovern level loss candidate. Beware of rat fornicators trying to infiltrate the process and accomplish this very thing in the name of “reform” of the DNC!

  29. 73 JER
    June 24, 2016 at 9:55 pm

  30. June 24, 2016 at 9:56 pm

  31. 76 desertflower
    June 24, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Hilarious:) ” Mangled Apricot Hellbeast” LOL

  32. June 24, 2016 at 10:10 pm

  33. 84 amk for obama
    June 24, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    EU referendum: Moody’s cut UK’s credit outlook to ‘negative’

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36626201

    doing heckuva job, wingnutz.

  34. June 24, 2016 at 10:54 pm

  35. 87 jacquelineoboomer
    June 24, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    This is so me. Ha.

  36. 91 MadameSoph
    June 24, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    This is so weird! I had a dream last night that Bernie (Sanders) passed away after his interview on LSSC. Just saw this on the Late Show timeline. My subconscious mind must have confused the two in my premonition.

    There is some heavenly funk about to be played on the other side of the veil:

  37. 93 jacquelineoboomer
    June 24, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    Another year down …

  38. 94 sjterrid
    June 24, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    LP, thanks for this collection of amazing clips and photos of the President and Vice President’s day.

  39. 95 MightyPamela
    June 24, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Gotta wrap this day, it has not been one of my best, eased somewhat knowing PBO will rest here tonight, may see his aura on the astral plane, if I’m blessed! One thing i feel confident saying: if Jesus Christ was walking in earth among us today, he sure wouldn’t be supporting some know-nothing, blowhard wanna be, foolish self-aggrandizing whacko. You know who I mean, cannot and will not type that name. Ever. Night TOD, big hugs all around. Love and Light with our Chipsticks, we are here for you. 🕉💞

  40. 97 desertflower
    June 24, 2016 at 11:38 pm

  41. June 24, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    If you’ve ever done an email campaign, this is what disaster looks like:

  42. June 25, 2016 at 12:06 am

    Please please please, YES

  43. 105 jacquelineoboomer
    June 25, 2016 at 12:16 am

  44. 106 globalcitizenlinda
    June 25, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Karma Scenario:e

    since he has demonstrated that he is willing to do anything to gain power, what if fate turned against Boris Johnson so that a backlash stops him from ever becoming PM of UK;

    an ambitious “political Judas” could one day be at the receiving end of the scheming of an equally ambitious “political Judas”

    • 107 jacquelineoboomer
      June 25, 2016 at 12:37 am

      I like the way you think, Linda! 🙂

    • June 25, 2016 at 12:38 am

      Brexit may turn so quickly unpopular that Boris is forced out, and enough votes are in parliament to call new elections. Already petitions are circulating around the UK do undo Brexit, buyers remorse.

    • June 25, 2016 at 12:44 am

      I just watched Charlie Rose and his panel of Brits from all positions discussing BREXIT. It’s worth watching as they present multiple and varying views about consequences. None of the them agree.

      They also speculated that Boris Johnson will not be next PM because he has no head for details and the negotiations for the foreseeable future are going to be complex and laborious. They seem to think Theresa May has a better chance.

  45. June 25, 2016 at 12:40 am

    CA TODers, FYI –

    • 111 nathkatun7
      June 25, 2016 at 1:22 am

      Thanks Meta for sharing this! I need to know more about him. Issa’s district is part of San Diego County, which borders Scott Peters’ district: CA50. It would be glorious if we fielded a Democratic candidate who can defeat the criminal, Darrell Issa!

      • June 25, 2016 at 10:52 am

        You’re so welcome, nathkatun! We must all strive to make California even better than it is every day. I would love nothing more than to see Issa hit the road!

        Hope all is well. Miss crossing paths with you in real time!

  46. 113 desertflower
    June 25, 2016 at 12:42 am

    http://www.juancole.com/2016/06/trump-islamophobia-european.html

    The hysteria about Muslim immigrants is irrational in a number of ways. Some of it derives from a fear that Turkey will be let in by the EU and Britain would be flooded by Turks. But neither thing was likely to have happened.
    Immigration to the UK is evenly divided between EU nationals and those from the rest of the world, including former British colonies. It is the second source of immigration that accounts for most of the Muslims coming in, not the EU. If Britain didn’t want Muslim and Hindu citizens, it shouldn’t have ravaged India for 200 years.

    There it is.

  47. June 25, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Attention all TOD in DC peeps! I think I have figured out the picture sharing thing. If your email was on the final list for the trip (+ a couple of others) you should have received an email asking you to join the TOD in DC page in Shutterfly. It’s free. If you didn’t receive the invitation or are having trouble uploading your pictures, please let me know. My email address is on the list but I will write it out here.

    marylynne1atgmaildotcom, replacing the “at” and “dot”. Once we see the link is working and people can upload, we can invite anyone else on TOD who wants to see the pictures.

  48. 119 99ts
    June 25, 2016 at 5:12 am

    It is desolating to see UK as the first country to kick a home goal. In a world where millions have no place to call home, they would do this to keep from sharing their wealth with others. This is the home of my roots – where they sent out those they did not want to colonise other countries and now they build political walls to ensure they keep out the others. The politicians who convinced their people to do this deserve all that the world will give them – the disservice they have done for their people will not be undone for generations – if ever.

    I truly hope it is a wakeup call to the US and to my country to stop the divisions & look for solutions, other than hate and walls, for the horror that the 21st centry wars have foist upon us. If Tony Blair had just said NO to GWB, none of this would be happening. Together (with a few others including my government) they legitimised lying to their people to achieve a goal that had no value & no morality.

  49. June 25, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Good morning TOD 🙂

    Yes They Can

    long day ahead, hope to be back much later … take care everyone …. {{{{{Chips}}}}} you’re always in my thoughts and I hope you are as well as possible ….

  50. June 25, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Good Saturday, TOD Family!

  51. June 25, 2016 at 7:36 am


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