127 Responses to “Early Bird Chat: NPR And President Barack Obama: The Obama Years”


  1. 1 COS
    July 2, 2016 at 8:35 am

    GM NW and Chips, wherever you are. Thanks NW.

  2. 4 99ts
    July 2, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Our elections have been closer than expected but the RW seems to be winning. My state does not help – sometimes it’s like living in Texas. A bigoted anti immigrant perpetual candidate seems to be doing well. All candidates get government funding – this one seems to use it as her only source of income – except this time she might get a seat in the senate – sigh.

    It seems in Australia each state votes the opposite of their current state government in the Federal elections.

  3. July 2, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Good Morning TOD
    Congratulations COS
    Thank you NW

  4. July 2, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Good Morning 😆, Everyone 😄
    Off to swim 👙and run errands. 😇

  5. July 2, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Good morning and thank you, NerdyW. Good morning, TODville.

    An interesting read on a very interesting man, our POTUS:

    • July 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      there are not many accolades that i can express about our Beloved President that hasn’t be stated already….but this article showed how much they are well deserved…i ventured over to the comments…yeahhhh i know. 🙂 ..but i was pleasantly surprised by what i found….i liked many of them…but this one in particular gave me real satisfaction…

      ************************
      JGrau
      This man was meant to be President. Academically, physically, psychologically, and emotionally, the best Commander in Chief we’ve had. The blueprint for future presidents…

      *******
      Barack Obama was meant to be President….i believe that…and thanks to the Obama Coalition…we made it happen…not once but twice…. >3

      #YesWeDid….

    • 9 hopefruit2
      July 2, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      Such a moving and inspiring read. And there’s a little bit of humor as well! 🙂

      // “There is time, too, for fantasy about what life would be like outside the White House. Mr. Emanuel, who is now the mayor of Chicago but remains close to the president, said he and Mr. Obama once imagined moving to Hawaii to open a T-shirt shack that sold only one size (medium) and one color (white). Their dream was that they would no longer have to make decisions.” //

      http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/03/us/politics/obama-after-dark-the-precious-hours-alone.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share&_r=0

    • 10 cd4biden
      July 2, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      I love this article. It made me feel very safe inside, to know that such a wonderful, intelligent man was working away into the night to keep us all safe and to better our lives. Thank you for posting this.

  6. July 2, 2016 at 9:19 am

    GM, TOD! Happy Canada Day to VC and all of our Canadian TOD family!

  7. July 2, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Bringing this over from the end of last. Break’s over; back to work I go…

  8. 13 JER
    July 2, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Good Morning everybody.

    • July 2, 2016 at 11:01 am

      Most people with any sense knows exactly what that Benghazi investigation were all about. Trying to damage Hillary run for President. I hope the security for the other embassy around the world have been improved.

  9. 15 hopefruit2
    July 2, 2016 at 9:24 am

  10. 16 MightyPamela
    July 2, 2016 at 9:32 am

    ❤️

  11. 17 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    July 2, 2016 at 9:40 am

    DONE!

  12. 18 desertflower
    July 2, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Good morning everyone:) Happy Long Weekend! Just read this article that Bobfr posted on the last thread…too important/interesting a read not to post here…MUST READ. PASS

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/15/neoliberalism-ideology-problem-george-monbiot?CMP=share_btn_tw

  13. 19 desertflower
    July 2, 2016 at 10:03 am

    So just bear with me….what’s going on here…and I’m pretty certain this is illegal….

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/welp-that-s-weird-but-of-course-it-is

  14. July 2, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Quick break again. Just found out that two of my neighbors died in a house fire this morning. Just two blocks behind my home, and I didn’t hear a thing… Asking prayers for the family and loved ones of Ted and Barbara Fine. They will be missed…

    • 21 desertflower
      July 2, 2016 at 10:21 am

      How awful, jazziz2! Thoughts go out to the family…good time to check the smoke alarm!

    • 22 jacquelineoboomer
      July 2, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Oh goodness. So sorry to hear that, and will be praying for the family. Hugs to you.

    • 23 Dudette
      July 2, 2016 at 11:54 am

      Oh no! So sorry to hear about your neighbors Alycee! Sending you and their family love.

    • 24 jackiegrumbacher
      July 2, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      Oh, Jazz, that’s horrible. My heart and prayers are with the Fine family.

    • 25 sjterrid
      July 2, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      I’m so sorry Alycee. My thoughts and prayers for you, the family and friends of Ted and Barbara Fine.

  15. 26 magapie
    July 2, 2016 at 10:23 am

    GM. There was a nice graphic posted here showing critical differences between Bernie’s positions and G. Johnson. Can anyone please post that again or a link to it? I’m seeing tons of outreach from the Johnson people to the sandernistas. I don’t like it. Thanks!

  16. 31 desertflower
    July 2, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Reading DU, I see that Randi Rhodes is back…will launch her radio show this Tuesday for real….seems like she has built her own production studio and will not be beholden to any corporate media to air her talk show…(about damn time). I think she is a Sandernista…but I know damn well she won’t vote for DT…nutball incompetent that he is. Thought that you all might want to know:) Here’s a taste…

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017389877

  17. July 2, 2016 at 10:41 am

  18. 34 japa21
    July 2, 2016 at 10:45 am

    GM everyone. I know I haven’t been around for quite a while. Doesn’t mean I have forgotten the TOD family. I wanted to wish all of you a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

    And remember, if you have a fifth on the fourth you may not go forth on the fifth.

    • 35 desertflower
      July 2, 2016 at 10:49 am

      If you have a fifth on the fourth you could be dead on the fifth. Goodness! Morning, japa:) Long time, no see! Hope you have a relaxing and wonderful holiday!

      • 36 japa21
        July 2, 2016 at 10:52 am

        I hope to, although Mrs. Japa has a lengthy honey-do list. I retired the end of April and I think I having been working harder than when I was actually working for money.

        • 37 desertflower
          July 2, 2016 at 10:55 am

          That’s how it works, as I understand it! 🙂 Enjoy!!

        • July 2, 2016 at 11:24 am

          YUP! Been retired 21 years and found the same. Have considered getting a job just so I have some TIME for myself…

        • 40 jackiegrumbacher
          July 2, 2016 at 3:55 pm

          Hi Japa. The to do lists never end. Today I stained my deck–still have one third to go and yesterday I weeded and mulched. It’s physically exhausting to retire. I still remember fondly the days when I had a staff to do mundane things and I dreamed of retirement. Ha! Now I know why people say, “Be careful what you wish for.”

    • 41 jacquelineoboomer
      July 2, 2016 at 10:56 am

      Right back atcha, japa!

    • 42 hopefruit2
      July 2, 2016 at 11:10 am

      Welcome back japa, and Happy 4th of July! 🙂

    • 43 sjterrid
      July 2, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      Good to see you again, Japa! I hope you and your family have a Happy Fourth of July weekend, too. My husband, also recently retired, officially on June 23rd, and he’s been keeping real busy. He was let go from his job in March, and was getting 3 months severance pay.

  19. 44 jacquelineoboomer
    July 2, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Thanks for the video AND the transcript, NW. And Happy Saturday, TODville!

  20. 46 desertflower
    July 2, 2016 at 10:56 am

    • 47 Dudette
      July 2, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      Not an ideal slogan since it can be taken the exact opposite of the intended sentiment. Plus its first two words say you love the opponent. I think HRC team has backed off using it.

  21. July 2, 2016 at 10:57 am

  22. 50 desertflower
    July 2, 2016 at 10:57 am

    • July 2, 2016 at 11:28 am

      I love love this video….This is what we do as women….oftentimes we are made to feel not as competent because we care..because we are not afraid to show emotions…to show love…but this is one of our greatest gifts greatest strengths…

      Right On….Hillary

    • 52 jacquelineoboomer
      July 2, 2016 at 11:28 am

      Truthfully, why not? If President Obama’s theme was Hope and Change (which worked out beautifully for sane, normal people), Hillary’s could then be Love and Kindness. It not only compares favorably with what Trumpster offers, but it’s a great follow-on to everything President Obama stands for, in my opinion. And it’s a necessary worldwide theme.

  23. 53 hopefruit2
    July 2, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Babies. Fourth of July, 2012. See more: Time.com/Lightbox

    A post shared by Pete Souza (archived) (@petesouza44) on

  24. July 2, 2016 at 11:36 am

  25. 58 JER
    July 2, 2016 at 11:44 am

  26. July 2, 2016 at 11:49 am

  27. 62 JER
    July 2, 2016 at 11:54 am

  28. July 2, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Zika numbers are growing by alarming numbers week by week.

  29. July 2, 2016 at 11:59 am

    The secret of Rosewood. NEVERFORGET. The account of survivors of what happened during the Rosewood Terror attack when ameriKKKans destroyed a thriving Black community and why its important to tell the young the truth no matter how painful it is so they won’t forget it either….‪#‎NEVERFORGET‬

  30. 66 Dudette
    July 2, 2016 at 12:11 pm

  31. 67 Dudette
    July 2, 2016 at 12:14 pm

  32. 68 jacquelineoboomer
    July 2, 2016 at 12:23 pm

  33. 72 Dudette
    July 2, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Ha! Love it!

  34. July 2, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Tell blacks folks why they should fear ISIS, blacks folks have dealt with their form of ISIS right here in the United States, call the racists white man. How many more Rosewood were they in America?

  35. 76 desertflower
    July 2, 2016 at 12:32 pm

  36. 77 Dudette
    July 2, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    USA USA USA 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸

    Wooooot! Go Sam!

  37. 78 desertflower
    July 2, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    BFD

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/states-easing-requirements-for-military-wives?utm_content=buffer80e94&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House campaign to help military families has hit a new milestone: All 50 states have eased the requirements for military spouses whose careers require a professional license.

    Michelle Obama said just three states accepted licenses from other states when she and Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, launched a broader initiative in 2011 to help military families.

    Military spouses seek new employment every one to three years, on average, and more often than civilians, based on when their enlisted husbands or wives are deployed to new posts in a new state, the White House said Saturday in a fact sheet. About one-third of military spouses have careers that require a professional license, such as nursing or teaching.

  38. 82 Dudette
    July 2, 2016 at 12:36 pm

  39. 83 desertflower
    July 2, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Planting seeds of antisemetism…

  40. 86 Dudette
    July 2, 2016 at 12:37 pm

  41. 87 Dudette
    July 2, 2016 at 12:45 pm

  42. 88 Dudette
    July 2, 2016 at 12:46 pm

  43. July 2, 2016 at 1:11 pm

  44. July 2, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    My neighbors. You never know what will be the day or the hour…

  45. 95 jacquelineoboomer
    July 2, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    O/T – Speaking of my five-year-old great grandson (and thanks for asking – Ha!) … his Mommy just told me they were talking about his first day at Kindergarten, coming up in August. She asked if he wanted her to pack his lunch for the first day. He said, “No, Mom, well I don’t know maybe.” She said, “I can give you whatever you want.” He said, “Can you dress up like a little kid and come to school with me?”

    After I told her how cute that was, I asked her, “What are you going to wear?” LOL.

  46. 96 Dudette
    July 2, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Baller! Shot caller! 🏀

  47. July 2, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Worth remembering ….

    http://www.ethicsdaily.com/an-accurate-look-at-timothy-mcveighs-beliefs-cms-15532

    Bottom line ….

    What we are witnessing with Trump is merely an extension of the “Christian Identity” hate cult that was McVeigh’s only “faith.”

    And, the emergence of the conditions that enable folk like Trump to recruit zealots are precisely those described in the Neoliberalism treatise I posted in the previous thread – something I hope all of you read and spread widely.

    back to work … take care everyone …. many hugs Chips!!! ….

  48. 99 Dudette
    July 2, 2016 at 2:37 pm

  49. 102 Dudette
    July 2, 2016 at 2:48 pm

  50. 103 Dudette
    July 2, 2016 at 2:50 pm

  51. 104 Dudette
    July 2, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    • 105 jackiegrumbacher
      July 2, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Christie is almost a caricature of an ‘evil governor.’ Has he ever done one decent thing in his tenure? And people used to tell me that he “tells it like it is.” No wonder he follows Trump around like a puppy dog.

  52. 106 Dudette
    July 2, 2016 at 2:55 pm

  53. 110 Dudette
    July 2, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Apologies for the peurile humor, but had to share this video of the cussin’ cuckoo! LOL! 😂

  54. July 2, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    I hope FLOTUS,Grandma and the girls have gotten home by now.

  55. 114 Dudette
    July 2, 2016 at 3:29 pm

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  57. July 2, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Sadness for the world…..

  58. 119 Dudette
    July 2, 2016 at 3:35 pm

  59. 120 Dudette
    July 2, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    More than one way to get it done.

    • July 2, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      This is their suit…

      Lawyers for three people who survived the attack and the estates of five who were slain inside the Emanuel AME Church say the FBI negligently failed to thoroughly check Roof’s background before he bought the gun last year.

      If the agency had done its job, Roof’s prior drug arrest would have shown up, and the bureau would have denied his purchase, the lawsuits filed Thursday allege.

      **********************

      why the FBI….i don’ t get this….the NC GOP controlled state house and the Congress are responsible for the lax gun laws…the Senate has held up the nominee for the ATF chief….

      these are the folks who should be held accountable for lax gun laws……..

      • 122 Dudette
        July 2, 2016 at 4:18 pm

        They’re suing over the effective maintenance and implementation of current checks in place that didn’t work. It’s winnable and the remedy is to make the system work better.

        • July 2, 2016 at 4:25 pm

          this remedy blames the government for a system that has been obstructed by gun nuts and the gun lobby…and those legislators who do their bidding….

          the folks who make out will be the attorneys…

          • 124 Dudette
            July 2, 2016 at 4:43 pm

            I agree with you in general but even in this specific case the FBI admits some mistakes were made, plus there was a local clerical error that resulted in his drug arrest not being caught. Sometimes the only fix for legislative negligence & malfeasance is to go through the courts. If it reaches federal level, which admittedly will take some time, the outcome could be far-reaching.

      • 125 nospin
        July 5, 2016 at 6:54 pm

        I think this was very smart and could be effective. I can see this forcing a change.

  60. 127 Dudette
    July 2, 2016 at 4:13 pm


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