133 Responses to “‘Empowering Girls And Breaking Barriers’”


  1. August 15, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    God Bless Michelle Obama and President Obama. They have made has made such an enormous impact on our lives.

    • 2 No Child Left Behind
      August 15, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      Congrats Jackie.

      Good Afternoon TODVille.

      I was left on the previous post but for a good cause. I was listening to HRC’s and VP Biden’s speeches. HRC was good, forceful and to the point, with a fresh vigor in her tone. As for Joe Biden, what a smack down of the Donald! And in a way only Biden can do it, with sincerity, empathy for those listening, respect for their opinions but convincing words to show the demagogue that is the Donald.

      • 3 cd4biden
        August 15, 2016 at 3:49 pm

        Thanks for the review NCLB. I’ll have to go back and listen to their talk. And congrats Jackie on first.

  2. 4 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2016 at 2:21 pm

  3. 7 JER
    August 15, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    ICYMI…

  4. 11 Nena20409
    August 15, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Hello TOD Global Community.
    It’s indeed a Manic Monday.
    🍸 NW for all you do.
    Congrats, J4O on your Au ⭐ medal.
    {{{{ ❤ Chips ❤ }}}}

  5. 12 JER
    August 15, 2016 at 2:50 pm

  6. August 15, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Trump is making his big speech about how he will take down the group that Obama founded.

  7. 17 JER
    August 15, 2016 at 3:00 pm

  8. 18 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2016 at 3:06 pm

  9. August 15, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    “I’ve been thinking lately that I don’t mind the idea that Republicans would disagree with President Obama or Hillary Clinton on policy issues related to things like the size of government and the role of this country around the globe. Those are things that we can discuss. What is unacceptable are accusations like the one’s contained in that flier about “treason;” when opponents suggest that Democratic leaders aren’t patriotic and are accused of giving aid and comfort to the “enemy” (no matter how that is defined). That isn’t about political disagreement – it is about hatred being exploited by leaders in order to gain power.”

  10. 20 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2016 at 3:20 pm

  11. 21 CEB
    August 15, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Beam Results;
    Gold: Netherlands
    Silver: Hernandez, USA
    Bronze: Biles, USA

  12. 22 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    • 23 Don
      August 15, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      They thought that they didn’t need to vet Trump as long as he was going after President Obama. The fact that the speaker of the house and the majority leader of the senate aren’t running away from Trump is all you need to know about what they think about Trump.

      • 24 0388jojothecat
        August 15, 2016 at 4:02 pm

        The GOP does not VET anyone because they have the RW newstainers to carry water for them or so they thought. Look at $Palin, Clint Eastwood and his chair, Mitt Rmoney, and now DT, ALL losers.

  13. 25 CEB
    August 15, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    This is the first gymnastic medal for a woman from the Netherlands; she had a flawless, original routine.
    Simone, almost fell off the beam when she went 3rd; had a score in the 14’s.
    Hernandez, had a strong, error free routine.
    There were three inquiries, for Laurie and the women from France and Brazil, but they were all rejected.

  14. 26 Nena20409
    August 15, 2016 at 3:32 pm

  15. 27 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2016 at 3:34 pm

  16. 28 Nena20409
    August 15, 2016 at 3:36 pm

  17. 31 JER
    August 15, 2016 at 3:37 pm

  18. 33 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2016 at 3:46 pm

  19. 34 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2016 at 3:49 pm

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  21. 40 Nena20409
    August 15, 2016 at 4:14 pm

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  24. 45 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    (h/t GburgDem at The Peoples View)

  25. 46 jackiegrumbacher
    August 15, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    It is so reassuring to come back to TOD and once again feel like an informed adult after spending all your waking hours, and some sleeping ones, babysitting and entertaining an almost three-year old. This is day one of our granddaughters week long annual solo vacation with us and we’re still working on the problem of keeping up with her inexhaustible energy. It seems that one thing remains constant no matter what circumstances keep us away–Donald Trump will always say something stupid and dangerous.

    • 47 99ts
      August 15, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Our grandbabes are near twins jackie & they sure act the same way. Does she stand outside the bedroom around 6am & say “Are you awake yet grandpa” – repeat a little louder every 2 minutes.

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  27. 49 JER
    August 15, 2016 at 5:04 pm

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  30. August 15, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Unbelivable!!! I told my husband I’d probably be saying “WOW” a lot between now and Election Day.

  31. August 15, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    YEAH

  32. 56 JER
    August 15, 2016 at 5:38 pm

  33. 59 JER
    August 15, 2016 at 5:41 pm


    ‏@BostonGlobe

  34. August 15, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    back to work ….

  35. August 15, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    now, back to work …. 🙂

  36. August 15, 2016 at 6:46 pm

  37. 70 donna dem 4 obama
    August 15, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Good Evening TOD

    Well, they say kids and animals just know……. this cat proves this to be true

    • 71 No Child Left Behind
      August 15, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      Good one, Donna. LOL.

      Thanks.

    • 72 vcprezofan2
      August 15, 2016 at 10:43 pm

      Good evening, DD. Other than being a whole year older, what’s up in your corner these days? 😀 😀

      • 73 donna dem 4 obama
        August 16, 2016 at 10:19 am

        Hi VC, just peeking in from time to time. Enjoying vacation at the beach this week.

        • 74 vcprezofan2
          August 16, 2016 at 10:41 am

          Sounds good, so do make the most of it. All that running around your body’s been doing over the last few months deserves to be acknowledged. 😉 I trust you are getting great bikini weather.
          It’s been raining a lot, on and off, here since Saturday. Right now I’m trying to decide if I should go get wet buying lumber to build shelves in the garage, or just phone the handyman who’s coming to do the job this afternoon and reschedule.
          Sigh, I suppose I’ll go since I’ll have to eventually get the materials anyway.

  38. August 15, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    WHOA!!

    61 detainees remaining.

  39. August 15, 2016 at 7:11 pm

  40. 78 COS
    August 15, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    And Trump would add more.

  41. 81 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    TIM KAINE at NC rally (paraphrasing):

    – Take nothing for granted. We are the underdog until they call us the winner.

    – If someone tells you their vote doesn’t matter – tell them it matters to the GOP. Why do you think they are trying so hard to prevent you from voting.

  42. 82 JER
    August 15, 2016 at 7:37 pm

  43. 83 JER
    August 15, 2016 at 7:38 pm

  44. 84 mtmarilyn
    August 15, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    I hate this gun culture. I just got word that a friend died today. Her husband shot her and then shot himself. They were going thru a divorce. They have 4 children under the age of 15. Of course they had guns in the house. Needed them for protection right. I want to scream at the NRA how dear they take people lives in such low regard. Each life is precious. You can’t solve problems by shooting someone. Don’t the police know that by now. And all these killings. I am so sick of it all. Life is precious.

    • 85 Judith Fardig
      August 15, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      What a horrid way to lose a friend!

    • 87 purpleshoesla
      August 15, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      How incredibly tragic and sad.. it makes me want to scream too and cry…just like that 4 kids no longer have their parents. How can one possibly think that taking life is a solution to the unwinding of a marriage. Heavy sigh I’m so so sorry for your loss. {{{{{{mtmarilyn}}}}}

      • 88 mtmarilyn
        August 15, 2016 at 9:35 pm

        Thank you.Judith, Carolyn and purpleshoes. It is the children I worry the most about. But second I worry about my friends brother, in this last year he has gone thru a divorce lost his mother to cancer and the kids grandmother, lost his grandfather and now his sister. Theses loses were part of life we all go thru, not easy but part of life. This loss is beyond words. Have I mentioned how much I hate guns, and we have guns in our home.

        Thank you all for your caring and love.

    • 89 jacquelineoboomer
      August 15, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      So very sorry to hear this, Marilyn. We’re all angry and sick over what’s going on – what’s been going on. Sorry it hit so close to home, with the loss of your friend.

    • 90 vcprezofan2
      August 15, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      Aaaaw, Marilyn, that is so awful! What lifelong misery and pain for the children! Sure hope they have options other than foster care. {{Marilyn}}

    • 91 99ts
      August 15, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      So sad for your friend & her family mtmarilyn. Family disputes are so impacted by guns. One of the major reductions in gun violence in Australia after new gun control laws was the reduction in suicide. So some comment sense could also have saved her husband’s life as well.

    • August 15, 2016 at 10:14 pm

      I’m so sorry Marilyn. ❤️ {{{HUGS}}} ❤️

    • 93 sjterrid
      August 15, 2016 at 11:01 pm

      I’m so sorry, mtmarilyn, about your friend. I can’t imagine what effect this will have on their children for the rest of their lives. My thoughts and prayers for you, and your friend’s family.

    • 94 cd4biden
      August 15, 2016 at 11:03 pm

      Oh Marilyn, how terrible for you and for your friend’s family. I send prayers for you all. {{{Marilyn}}}

    • August 15, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      {{{{`Marilyn}}}} So sorry to hear of your loss. For the life of me, I cannot understand the selfishness and hatred that lets a person leave four innocent children, whom they supposedly love, traumatized orphans. Prayers for the kids, family, and friends.

    • 96 arapaho415
      August 16, 2016 at 12:48 am

      ((( MTM )))

      What horrific, shocking news. Cannot imagine knowing someone that this happened to, with children who will never be able to erase this trauma from their lives.

      Just awful.

      It astounds me that a lobby for gun manufacturers has such a stranglehold over the lives of all Americans.

      We so need a Dem President and Congress/Senate just to restore sanity to this country.

      So, so sorry to hear this, wish there was something I could do for you and your friend’s family. 😦

  45. August 15, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    THIS x100000000000000000000000

  46. August 15, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Stay tuned.

  47. 99 arapaho415
    August 15, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    GE TODville.

    @VP was spectacular at his old stomping grounds today. Couldn’t love him more:

    Bonus: Instagram video of @VP with HRC at the Scranton house he grew up in… Love it.

    The video is embedded in this tweet:

    more…

    • 100 arapaho415
      August 15, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      Here’s a photo of @VP’s boyhood kitchen. (see pool report #4 above to see how event was described to the press).

      And here’s the pool report on PBO at Martha’s Vineyard fundraiser for HRC tonight:

      From the pool report:
      “The Goldbergs’ home was perched high atop a hill, with gorgeous views of the water in the distance. Tonight’s event was held outdoors with the temperature hovering around 80 degrees. Guests were seated at round tables under a white tent. Carol Goldberg introduced the president, offering effusive praise.

      Obama looked vacation casual, donning a button-down shirt and khaki pants. He opened with a standard summation of his presidency, touting all the progress that’s been made but noting that more work remains to be done. He ticked off the challenges that the country is facing, from climate change to violence around the world and then quickly segued into making the case for Clinton.”

  48. August 15, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    They don’t know how to ‘win’ any other way ….

    #ALL50

    YES WE CAN

  49. August 15, 2016 at 9:03 pm

  50. 104 Nena20409
    August 15, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    • 105 Sandy1110
      August 15, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      Amazing, the power of ODS!

      It really has been something to watch the GOP implode in an effort to destroy and discredit this President. If only they had something to offer the American people. A party that had something to offer could focus on THAT.

  51. 106 jacquelineoboomer
    August 15, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Love this post, NW.

    In the “empowering boys who don’t really want to leave their Mommy to start school” category:

    Here’s a brief report-out (for all you grandparents!) on my great grandson’s first day of Kindergarten! Let’s just say he apparently had a good day in the classroom, learned the rules (no spitting, no kicking, no biting), colored pictures, played Tag outside with the other kids and got a tiny red mark on his chin from it because he had fallen (apparently the other kids hadn’t heard his Mommy’s rule of not getting hurt – Ha!), thinks his teacher is NICE, and said there were six boys and six girls in the class with him (although Mommy says more like 22 total!). When his grandmother and uncle picked him up from school, he was sitting wearing a hat that said “I rocked the 1st day of Kindergarten” and said school was good and he had fun.

    On the other side of that coin, I had to hear most of this second-hand, because once his Mommy got home from work, he told her he didn’t want to talk to her (apparently for dropping him off in the middle of the big scary you’re-on-your-own-now-kid world) and added, “You do know there’s no school tomorrow, don’t you?” and he refused to speak with me on the phone, but by the time Mommy relayed his responses to my questions, which he pleasantly answered third-hand, he had told her he WAS going to school tomorrow, he liked the teacher (and unlike what the neighbor boy right out of The Omen had told him, she was NICE), and asked what they were having for dinner. Whew!

    I’m sure much of this is being repeated all across America this month! And I felt like crying all day, but I kept that to myself! ❤

    • 107 purpleshoesla
      August 15, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      😆 Thanks for the giggle…. ❤ Kids! 😆

    • 108 vcprezofan2
      August 15, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      This is my little guy, right, JO’B (I noticed earlier that he was off on this new adventure today)? I chuckled at the silent-yet not silent treatment; a man’s gotta let his feelings be known. 😀 😀 ‘told her he WAS going to school tomorrow’ >> Good for him!

      • 109 jacquelineoboomer
        August 15, 2016 at 9:58 pm

        Yes, it’s your little guy, VC ❤ and I have a little update – my son told me that by the time he spoke with them, they were in the car getting ice cream and his grandson was in the background singing a song they were singing in class – "We rocked Kindergarten" – and all happy and such.

        My buddy CanadaBarb said about his meltdown when Mommy got home: " … his retaliatory skills are impeccable" !!!!!! He paid back Mommy for forcing him to go to Kindergarten, but all is well now. Thank God!

    • 112 cd4biden
      August 15, 2016 at 11:24 pm

      As VC said, jackieo, the little man has to make his feelings known. Glad it all washed over so quickly, too. You must be so proud of him, and his parents.

      • 113 jacquelineoboomer
        August 15, 2016 at 11:40 pm

        Awww, thanks. I’d rather have him in an environment where he can make his feelings known than to crush his little spirit (of course, I’m the great grandmother, so why wouldn’t I feel that way?!?).

  52. 114 Nena20409
    August 15, 2016 at 9:06 pm

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  54. August 15, 2016 at 9:18 pm

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  55. 119 amk for obama
    August 15, 2016 at 9:31 pm

  56. 120 amk for obama
    August 15, 2016 at 9:33 pm

  57. 121 amk for obama
    August 15, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Guantanamo Bay: US in largest detainee transfer under Obama.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37090851

    On the day Hillz becomes president, she should announce she is closing down that ugly part of america by exec order. Let the cowards whine.

  58. August 15, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Hi, all. Is Twitter down or is it just me?

  59. 125 amk for obama
    August 15, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    ok vc, what didja do to the twitter now?

  60. 132 amk for obama
    August 15, 2016 at 9:59 pm

  61. 133 globalcitizenlinda
    August 16, 2016 at 1:01 am

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