108 Responses to “President’s Obama ABC Town Hall”


  1. 1 Nerdy Wonka
    July 14, 2016 at 8:01 pm

  2. 3 nospin
    July 14, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Nerdy you’re the best. Thank you for all you do. I can’t say enough how we appreciate you.

    • 4 Nerdy Wonka
      July 15, 2016 at 8:17 am

      Thank you, Nospin.

      • 5 catrst
        July 15, 2016 at 4:01 pm

        I’ll throw another thank you in here as well. I am so very appreciative of all your hard work. This site is my home thanks to all our BT’s but particularly you. Blessings.

  3. 6 99ts
    July 14, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Many thanks Nerdy for all the posts/updates

    Here I was thinking I was talking to myself one post back – turns out I was two posts back. By the time I catch up the world has moved on to something new.

  4. 7 99ts
    July 14, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    So my mind is boggling. I’m still catching up on the news. Bernie appoints Cornel West to the Dem Platform Committee & the later now comes out in support of Dr Jill Stein. (via BJ)

    Nothing like making sure Trump wins because you weren’t given pride of place an the inauguration.

    • 8 nathkatun7%
      July 14, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      Cornel West is a pompous, pretentious, politically naive, and a has been black intellectual. Sadly, he is so consumed with envy of President Obama; he has also never gotten over what he considered a major slight for not being given a special invitation to attend President Obama’s inauguration. The “holier than thou” white progressives may worship him, but West has almost ZERO influence and support in the African American community. As far as I am concerned, his endorsement of Jill Stein clearly reveals his ignorance about U.S. Politics. Dr. Jill Stein has ZERO chance of being elected President. Consequently whatever “purity” progressive ideas she is championing would never be enacted into law so as to bring about meaningful change that affects hundreds of million people in the U.S.

  5. 9 cd4biden
    July 14, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    One of the items in the last post said Serena’s father had a debilitating stroke. How terrible for the family. Does anyone know anything more about it?

    And NW congrats on first, which you always are in our hearts, even when you are not first on a post. 🙂

  6. July 14, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Because, we need something to make us laugh, I give you Luvvie:

    ……………………………..

    Dubya’s Sway and Smiles to the Battle Hymn is My Favorite Thing About Today
    Awesomely Luvvie — July 13, 2016 33 91

    There are times when I low-key miss the George W. Bush presidential years. Ok I admit, the only thing I miss about him is the ability to lambast him. Dubya was the guy who invited everyone to the kegger in college and was a BEAST at beer pong. He was not supposed to run to the store, let alone run a country. But he did. For 8 years. And ruined a lot of shit. The only joy we had was in making fun of him because he is so laugh-at-able.

    ………………………………………..
    There was a memorial service for the five Dallas police officers who were killed last week, and POTUS Barack Obama and FLOTUS Michelle were in attendance. Next to them were their predecessors: Dubya and Laura Bush. During the singing of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, which has a chorus of “Glory, Glory Halleluyah” number 43 got his sway and smile in as they all held hands.
    …………………………………………….
    Lawd, we can’t take Dubya NOWHERE. When I tell you I have watched this thing about 15 times, I am not lying. It is the gift that keeps on giving and I have cackled every single time I watched it.

    ……………………………………………

    George W. is the guy your teacher assigns to be your “buddy” on the field trip in 2nd grade so you end up having NO FUN because you spend half the day at the Museum of Science and Industry chasing him around so he won’t step over the rail and ruin the giant diorama of the Chicago skyline. He’s the kid who ruined the $10,000 Lego display when his parent turned their back for 30 seconds. He is the one who Grandma has to mean mug from the other side of the pew on Sunday because he keeps acting up during sermon.

    For 8 years, THIS dude had the nuclear codes. We almost ain’t make it. How many near misses? It’s okay. I don’t even wanna know. We just thank Jah for seeing us through.

  7. 13 amk for obama
    July 14, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    wow, mike teabagger pence? really?

    • 14 99ts
      July 14, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Not looking for the women’s vote – Trump’s black friend will get him through

    • 15 57andfemale
      July 15, 2016 at 7:26 am

      You were expecting a sane choice? Trump needed someone with awesome experience in government, who knows exactly how to ruin lives and deny liberty. Good times!

    • 18 catrst
      July 15, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      I am in Indiana and if there is a teacher movement to stop Pence all over the country you’ll see what I am talking about. He is absolutely hated by the teachers here and for good reason.

  8. 19 Gazelle
    July 14, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    NW, work took over my day, and only got to my TOD fix a little while ago! Left you a comment a couple of posts back. Jumped posts ahead to leave you this message. I am so very touched. Thank you & tons of HUGS! So much to catch up on, going back to do so. These days I’m usually playing joyful catchup! At least I’m not a week back this time! 🙂 xox

  9. 21 TrumpDog
    July 14, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    I am SO tired.

    We keep saying the answer to police brutality and racism is to have an open coversation.
    Yet when we do, no one wants to talk about it, I mean really have a conversation.
    I followed a thread on Twitter regarding Senator Scott discussing how he’s been profiled. A few people were making excuses for the security guard or insisting it did not happen.

    That is a problem. That even if we talk about it, there are folks who will – no matter what – insist it did not happen. And they will forever claim nothing is racist. Or that we lived in a post racial society until Obama came along and messed things up.

    So yeah. I am tired.

    I applaud our president for trying. He is the epitome of grace and class and persaverence. That he is being blamed when he is the one always trying to bridge the divide absolutely baffles me. It hurts my heart because this is a good man. I don’t have the courage or perseverance he does. Yes, it is selfish of me but I wish we at least had four more years of him in office. I am going to miss him. so. much.

    • July 14, 2016 at 9:08 pm

      Agree with you. This town hall was for the benefit of the boys in blue. Eric Garners’ daughter posted comments elsewhere stating the station used her, never let her ask a question. I am not surprised.

      • 23 nospin
        July 14, 2016 at 9:11 pm

        actually she did get to speak with the President and she got a hug after. It is in the prior thread.

        • 24 TrumpDog
          July 14, 2016 at 9:35 pm

          Yeah I saw her comments on Twitter. People responded to one where she said it was a forum to exploit Black grief. And then the right wing trolls responded with their usual Democrats do that to Blacks, Obama doesn’t care about Black people, blah blah. She clarified in a later tweet that she was mad at ABC.

  10. July 14, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Just finish watching the town hall and what I down like is how people assume that President Obama can solve these problems. He can help, but it will take others too, police, protesters, communities, all of us. And we must talk to one another, not over, under, or around each other. .

  11. 26 amk for obama
    July 14, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    via bj

    lol. eats shoots and leaves.

  12. 31 Nerdy Wonka
    July 14, 2016 at 9:35 pm

  13. 33 amk for obama
    July 14, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    gopolitico sez tundra twit not attending the convention. pissed off that deadbeat donnie welshed on his promise? yet again?

    • 35 cd4biden
      July 15, 2016 at 9:01 am

      rikyrah, I am so thankful you posted this here for all of us to read. The truth about what ABC did needs to get out there.
      And thank you for posting in the last thread about Serena’s father, as I did not give you credit for it when I commented above.

  14. 36 amk for obama
    July 14, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    maggie 2.0’s ‘cabinet’ is chockfull of brexiters. god queen save the limeys asses.

  15. 37 Nerdy Wonka
    July 14, 2016 at 9:56 pm

  16. 38 MadameSoph
    July 14, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Nerdy, thank you so much for this and for your mighty and tireless efforts on behalf of all of us. I had meant to DVR this earlier this week, but forgot. Thank you so very much! I haven’t been on TOD as much but, even though I may not comment often, I appreciate you every day!

    I am feeling worn out (soul-wise) tonight. It’s like all of this one thing after another, one sad surprise followed by another tradgedy, then another and another. Then top off that soul-crushing sundae with a cherry of people trying to out-ugly, out-insult and out-hate each other all over social, print, TV and video media. I feel so small at the moment.

    Thank God for President Obama. I feel about him what the First Lady told someone in an interview once:

    “He has never disappointed me.”

  17. 40 amk for obama
    July 14, 2016 at 10:09 pm

  18. 41 amk for obama
    July 14, 2016 at 10:09 pm

  19. 42 jacquelineoboomer
    July 14, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    My take. I did not get to see the town hall, but there’s one thing we know … President Obama would not have wanted to see anyone feel uncomfortable because of his involvement in such a setting. When he learned some were made to feel uncomfortable or otherwise left the town hall feeling badly about their treatment, we all know he would have taken steps to rectify it – as best he could – whether or not he even was told it was going on, in real time. My guess is those who have come forward to say that ABC did not choreograph it right, as they were led to believe, will be invited for a private meeting with the President, or have a private telephone chat with him, so they may feel their voices are heard.

    The President does not do town halls to hear his own voice. Others might, but not he. Even though he didn’t cause the brouhaha and certainly is not responsible for the individual reactions of each and every participant (many of whom are deep in grief), he’ll find a way to fix what he can fix. He’s got this. Sometimes I think he’s the only one who does, which is why we all ask so much of him – and which is why he is always ready to listen to the American people.

    • 43 amk for obama
      July 14, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      Yup. Remember, he needn’t have done this at all and ignored it like incurious & ignoble dumbya.

      • 44 jacquelineoboomer
        July 14, 2016 at 10:19 pm

        You called it. To this day, I don’t know how we survived dumbya’s two terms, nor do I care to dwell on it. Luckily, we can almost fully bury thoughts of that in the backyard, while we still get to see President Obama in action!

        • 45 amk for obama
          July 14, 2016 at 10:40 pm

          seriously, how many presidents before have tried to engage their citizenry directly in the way the kenyan has done in his 8 years? most murkans are fucking crybabies and want a daddy 24×7.

          • July 14, 2016 at 10:58 pm

            Amen about the f’in crybabies, especially !

          • 47 jacquelineoboomer
            July 14, 2016 at 11:01 pm

            Not most – just the RWNJs! Everybody else is getting on with their lives, the best they can, some struggling with one or more jobs trying to pay the rent, or don’t have a clue any of this is going on (and don’t want a clue). President Obama is definitely one in a gazillion, as you intimated! We are so lucky.

  20. July 14, 2016 at 10:14 pm

  21. 52 amk for obama
    July 14, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    so, has nina tuner pulled a cornell west yet?

  22. July 14, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Can’t even comment. Just want to say thanks over and over for Nerdy and TOD.

  23. 55 Nerdy Wonka
    July 14, 2016 at 10:53 pm

  24. July 14, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    ….smh

    just buy out his contract and put him out to pasture for god’s sake!

  25. 61 99ts
    July 14, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Awesome tweets – thank you so much NW

  26. 63 amk for obama
    July 14, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    who is the only resident of 10 Downing Street to have been there since the beginning of the week?

  27. 96 FoxfireTX
    July 14, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    Good evening TOD. Just finished reading all the threads I missed today after watching the town hall. Yes, it many ways it was disappointing and in large part a tribute to cops. But I also found some optimism. You had the last questioner, the chief of police in Milwaukee, acknowledge much of what PBO has been saying INCLUDING the problems caused by all the guns on the street. He clearly is a PBO supporter, asking him to stick with this. Then, watching the DL Hughley interview, you’ve got the Fox News anchor ACKNOWLEDGING that black men are stopped at a disproportionate rate and “by now everyone has heard of those experiences.” Think about that, from a FOX NEWS ANCHOR??????? Doesn’t justify all her other ridiculous statements but that alone is progress. Before the last two years, you would never have heard Fox or its audience accepting this. So it is going to be slow but it is progress.

    Eugene Robinson has an interesting piece up on WP. He has noted for a long time that just watching PBO–a black man–“presidenting” will change this country forever. Combine that with the number of AA people that have risen to prominence the last 8 years from our wonderful attorney generals to our women’s gymnastics team to Misty Copeland rising to the top of the ballet world and Serena as perhaps the best athlete of our time, and it is amazing.

    And for all the anger and pain of the last 10 days, I suspect you will subtle shifts in behavior from both protesters and cops and police departments overall. The Dallas PD and its emphasis on deescalation has been held up as a model for every PD in the US. That will have an impact in the long term. After 10 days of despair, I am feeling optimistic again that change can and will happen. It continues on a daily basis.

    As always, thank you Nerdy and everyone at TOD for the comfort and respite that arises from this place. For me personally, the last 10 days would have been far worse without this place to come to when my soul needed soothing.

  28. 97 Obama Grandmama
    July 14, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    Been watching the ABC townhall style conversation about Race and Policing featuring PBO. I had a thought, I think Hillary should appoint Obama to lead a citizen task force once she is President to do further work on this Race and Policing issue that is being addressed tonight. Maybe more conversations, working together to strategize and come up with a plan of improvement to implement. Maybe even go to different parts of the Country to have discussions. Then bring back videos of the conversations and put the ideas together for a national plan. I know that is starting to happen now, but it will take longer to resolve or make headway on. Hillary is known to be a good listener too. She should of course be involved in the end product.

    • 98 FoxfireTX
      July 15, 2016 at 12:27 am

      I think this is what he has done with his 21 st Century Policing which began in 2014. He brought everyone together to come up with specific recommendations that they could work with and have been trying to push it out to police departments around the country.

      After reading some of black twitter tonight, which seemed to be unanimous in its disgust with this town hall, there is I believe a major disconnect in how and what works. The real change has to come in white people’s attitudes about race and racism. The AA community is frustrated about change not happening fast enough–if at all. But I believe PBO’s impassioned speech in Dallas on Tuesday and his calmly explaining the value in the phrase Black Lives Matter without being defensive about it will change far more white hearts and minds than 500 protests. PBO gets that, he has to meet that constituency where we live to get through to them. And he is indeed doing this. Accusing a white person of racism will immediately end the conversation with no progress.

  29. 99 vcprezofan2
    July 15, 2016 at 12:05 am

    Good night and sweet dreams, everyone!

  30. July 15, 2016 at 12:26 am

    I can’t tell on the down ballot ticket without the R & D besides them.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/753803268057214976

    On the presidential side Hillary doing well in battleground states.

    • 101 Betsy
      July 15, 2016 at 2:25 am

      Bennett & Cooper, Ross & Murphy are all Democrats; so Bennett & Cooper are leading but Ross is the farthest behind (7pts behind Burr), and Murphy is Patrick Murphy and was leading until Rubio came back into the race 😦

  31. July 15, 2016 at 2:29 am

    Q polls can go suck on eggs. They were outliers in 2012 and so they are in 2016.

  32. 103 amk for obama
    July 15, 2016 at 3:02 am

    dahlia lithwick on darth bader (love it)

    But there is a third important reason Ginsburg may have spoken out, and it’s getting less attention than it probably deserves: She may be trying to speak on behalf of the judicial branch itself, a branch that has been almost completely silent in the face of six brutal months of attacks from the right.

    It started on the day of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, when Republican officials immediately stated that they would not fill his vacant seat for purely partisan reasons. In response to these attacks the court was silent. It continued with an assault on the judicial branch by Sen. Chuck Grassley, who claimed that the Roberts Court is openly partisan. In response to this criticism the court was silent. Then there was the contemptuous Republican dismissal of the Merrick Garland nomination, an unparalleled act of disrespect for the president and the high court, shown by those who wouldn’t even offer a respected jurist a hearing. The response from the court? Silence. Then came the fatuous GOP claims that it would not affect the court to be short-staffed for nearly a year. In response the court was silent—with the exception of Justice Ginsburg, who stated at the end of May that the court could not do its job effectively with only eight members. And then there were Trump’s vicious and baseless attacks on a respected federal judge whom Trump claimed was biased against him because he was Mexican (he isn’t) and that all Mexicans are biased against Trump because of his stupid wall. Again, the formal response from the entire judicial branch? Silence. Silence in the face of attacks on the judicial branch is what judges do best, and they’ve made an art form of it this year.

    If you look carefully at Ginsburg’s statements this past week, she wasn’t merely taking potshots at Trump. She was also simply taking Republicans in the Senate to task for refusing to even hold a hearing for Garland, a statement we have yet to hear from anyone of her stature in the judicial branch. This obstruction has been an unparalleled act of disrespect toward her court, and yet nobody on that court aside from her has said so. Ginsburg was also saying that the stakes for this election could not be higher with respect to the composition of the court itself, and that whatever norms and customs preclude judges from acknowledging that out loud cannot be more urgent than the future of the court itself.

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2016/07/ruth_bader_ginsburg_s_improper_attacks_on_donald_trump.html

    Great read.

    also. too. fuck wapo, nyt and emmessem and their pearl clutching.

    where were you venal clowns for the past 8 years with all the rethugs’ tactic of burn it all to the ground and complete abdication of governance? go fuck a rat.

  33. 104 No Child Left Behind
    July 15, 2016 at 6:57 am

    • 105 99ts
      July 15, 2016 at 9:08 am

      So the media is reporting that Trump is making an announcement about making an announcement. No wonder he needs $0 for advertising. He gets it all for free.

  34. 106 No Child Left Behind
    July 15, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Reckless.

  35. July 15, 2016 at 8:13 am

    It won’t end until humanity rejects and repulses those who ascend through their skill at marketing and motivating hate and fear ….


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