216 Responses to “Early Bird Chat: Thank You To The Obamas”

  1. 1 desertflower
    November 9, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Oh god…crying again

    • 2 Roberta in MN
      November 9, 2016 at 8:41 am

      Me too DF. Congrats on 1st. Nerdy, thank you for all your hard work. I went to bed early last night and woke up to this shit. It is hard to digest. Gawd, I dislike that man. We will survive, but I think barely. Next election for State Houses. House of Reps. We all have to work
      hard to bring some balance back into the system. I am really concerned for the Supreme Court, that is where it always was. I love all of you here. May not be around for a few days. Take care all. Alycee you looked gorgeous last night, but please take it easy. (((hugs))) to everyone.

    • 3 Judith Fardig
      November 9, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      Through scalding tears –

  2. 4 idon
    November 9, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Thank you for this early morning chat thread. I unfollowed every news source on my Twitter TL because I just can’t endure seeing the evil on my TL. 71% of the US economy is consumerism. I hope people will stop consuming on January 20, 2017 at 12:01 pm.

    • 5 catrst
      November 9, 2016 at 8:55 am

      There will be ways to resist but we have to be careful not to hurt anyone other than those that deserve it. Many many people poured themselves into this election and are bereft and afraid from all walks of life, and all constituencies. What I know President Obama would hope we would do is stay together now, fiercely together and find a path forward, just as he would always do. We’ve had a good teacher and there are millions of good people ready to stay the course he has set. We can forge our own underground movement if we have to, one for good, for truth and for progress. I hate what Trump and his voters represent but they will never be able to make me hold resentment in my heart. They are miserable people. I choose not to be that way. Good can overcome evil and its the only thing that can. Blessings on all who come here and who have not found their way here yet.

      • 6 CEB
        November 9, 2016 at 9:05 am

        PBO is our teacher and a true Christian unlike those who carry hate in their hearts while loudly proclaiming such. I always think about how he behaves, ever gracious and finding something worthy in everyone (the way he handles that protester in Fayettville and how he chastised the crowd for their behavior is a perfect example). He would not want us to disengage, to give up, or to become like the people who have so injured us. He is a hard person to live up to, but we can do it and because we are a part of his living legacy. I know that he will say something, even as his heart is breaking, that will strengthen us for the days to come. In the meantime, the only media for me will be movies and visits here to give and receive comfort. Thank you for your words of encouragement.

      • November 9, 2016 at 11:34 am

        I love your words and only wish I could state them myself. Maybe tomorrow, maybe next week or next month. Right now I am broken and tired. I am 72 and have been fighting for rights for all since age 13 and I am tired. Hope listening to PBO and the courageous folks on this blog that I can get “Fired up and Ready to Go” again. Been hiding and haven’t talked to anyone since last night. I fear for my friends who are Latino, Muslim, Hindu, black, brown and other colors of the rainbow. I am in North FL and I know how strong the hate is

        • November 9, 2016 at 11:46 am

          Thank you catrst for those encouraging words. We have to find a way to move forward and survive this. Right now my heart is broken but we shall overcome. We’ve come a long way to give it all back.

  3. 9 GGAIL
    November 9, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Oh WOW 😳
    What have we done America?

      November 9, 2016 at 9:22 am


  4. 11 Libra800
    November 9, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Good morning friends,
    I don’t usually write comments but I come here often(lurking) (sometimes just for peace). Last night you kept me sane and I would like to say thank you 🙂

  5. November 9, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Here for comfort. I did not sleep. I am devastated. We worked so hard in 2008 and 2012. I can’t fathom all of it going away, and I can’t shield myself from politics since that is the field I am working in. I got into this work because of Barack Obama. I can’t do this. Sorry not speaking coherently. I did not sleep. My mind is everywhere.

    • 13 globalcitizenlinda
      November 9, 2016 at 8:38 am

      Hello CollegeKay,

      there is no sugar-coating it, this is indeed a dark day for our country and for the world.

      now that they have revealed themselves for what they really are, we know what we face.

      we have to come to terms with the things that are hidden in hearts of our fellow citizens.

      but at the end of the day, there are millions of others who voted for progress & these have to combine efforts to try and bend the Arc of Moral Universe towards justice.

    • 15 cookemom
      November 9, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Take care of yourself. This tells me we need you in politics more than ever now.

    • 16 catrst
      November 9, 2016 at 8:59 am

      The last four days I phonebanked with lovely and generous people. I know that among our citizens there are so many like them in every part of the country that have truth in their hearts and love for their fellows and their countries principles. When we fall short, we need to come together, heal and learn. We do that very well because we embrace the truth. I care deeply about everyone here and will do whatever I can to continue the forward progress. Its all hands on deck as usual. That’s what I think. We have to learn from those that never give up even though they don’t see light at the end of the tunnel.

      • 17 Bill R.
        November 9, 2016 at 11:07 am

        And we did win the popular vote. A small majority did vote for Hillary, and I believe many more would have voted for a third term of Pres. Obama.

    • November 9, 2016 at 10:35 am

      Thank you for all your hard work. After a grieving time we will do what President Obama will do, get up and keep working. I can’t imagine what you’re feeling right now, but Barack Obama will still be here working as hard as he can to make things better.

    • November 9, 2016 at 11:52 am

      I hear you collegekay. I did not sleep at all. I live in CA and everyone in the office this morning is miserable. My boss was out of town on business and she asked to come home today, a day earlier because her two little girls (ages 8 and 10) are so miserable and depressed they need their mother to come home now. They are convinced something bad will happen to them while their mother is out of town because they are biracial……. what a sad state of affairs.

  6. 20 globalcitizenlinda
    November 9, 2016 at 8:29 am

    good morning everyone!

    thanks a lot NW for all you do for us & especially for opening this space up today.

  7. November 9, 2016 at 8:31 am

    I don’t know what the plans are for this community, but if others are like me, there is a need for mutual comfort and to integrate the grace that Barack and Michelle Obama have given us these past years.

    • 22 catrst
      November 9, 2016 at 9:03 am

      If my two cents is asked for, I totally agree. We need this now more than ever and I have a feeling the Obamas are going to be leading the path around this hatred and division. I just have a feeling. We knew there was so much malignant insecurity out there. As a domestic violence surmounter I know the blowback can be fierce when one seeks to move away from abuse and disenfranchisement. We have been able to be smart about what to do about it. Kept in touch. Held each other up and shared important news and resources. We will need that even more as we form the resistance to hatred and fascism.

  8. 23 ydavis00
    November 9, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Hi I am a lurking also. I came here as I do everyday, several times a day just for peace and a smile. America has done a very stupid and for now I can not watch the news or social media other than this blog. Thank you for being here.

  9. November 9, 2016 at 8:33 am

    My dear TODville and dearest Chips and Nerdy. I am in full blown shock. I am numb. Just don’t know what to say except I love you all.

    I am going to look to the example my POTUS and FLOtUS set and follow their lead. But I cannot process this nightmare right now.

    I feel sick and lonely.

    • 25 globalcitizenlinda
      November 9, 2016 at 8:44 am

      we are here for each other and to hold our hand in collective reflection.

      for many of us and those we personally know, this election is akin to a death blow & it will take long for us to process its emotional and practical implication.

      please know we are here during this dark time and hopefully, one day we will smile again … but it is just so hard right now

    • 27 Bill R.
      November 9, 2016 at 11:09 am

      I hope this community will continue in some way for this very reason.

  10. 28 No Child Left Behind
    November 9, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Good Morning TODVille.

    Thank you Nerdy.

    Thank you for all who shared their pain. Your company is so valuable now and will remain so in the days ahead as we watch our beloved POTUS and FLOTUS final days in office.

  11. November 9, 2016 at 8:34 am

    What makes me proud is President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will continue to show the class and dignity they have shown for eight years. But when they walk out of the White House in January, I am through with politics. I have a question, how was the turn out? I heard someone say that people didn’t turn out, maybe they meant the people who usually support the Dems didn’t turn out. As First Lady Michelle Obama said voting for the third party is a wasted vote. And not voting is a vote for that thing. I am not going to cry, even though I might feel like it, but I am going to pray, as the Lord to give me the strength, pray for this country because we need it.

    • November 9, 2016 at 8:43 am

      TOD family we will be alright. Yes it’s a slap in the face, no it more then a slap, it’s a several hard punches, but we will be okay. Some time soon I plan to write our President and First Lady, I want to send a letter to the Obamas, I have to let them know how much I appreciate what they have done for this country. How proud I am.

  12. 33 No Child Left Behind
    November 9, 2016 at 8:34 am

  13. 39 desertflower
    November 9, 2016 at 8:35 am

    A truthful reminder. That guy that “won” last night goes on trial in a month for massive fraud. I hope they’re all so proud.


  14. 42 Wanda N VA 4Obama
    November 9, 2016 at 8:37 am

    I cannot nor will I watch any TV coverage of this madness. I’m so glad TOD is here to share with like minds the heartbreak and complete sense horror that I feel. This is still so surreal.

  15. 44 No Child Left Behind
    November 9, 2016 at 8:39 am

    • November 9, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Thing is that I don’t want to turn on my TV. Like most of you, I didn’t sleep, am sick, numb, zombie. Going to attempt to get some food down.

      • 46 sjterrid
        November 9, 2016 at 8:54 am

        Same here.

        • 47 catrst
          November 9, 2016 at 9:09 am

          Haven’t slept. Stayed up after our phone bank ended last night watching at home for the returns. Never went to bed. Can’t rest now. I can’t even imagine what this means for all of us and I am so ashamed for those that voted for Trump. However, I have worked very hard over the years to not feel shame that is not mine to share. The millions of us that worked for good, joined hearts and minds to help elect Hillary and have our President’s back do not need to feel ashamed nor can we waste time pointing fingers. We need to stay together in our expanded coalition and work to bring about a better country and world. There have been devastating developments in the past and others have stayed the course. Its our turn.

          • 48 sjterrid
            November 9, 2016 at 9:20 am

            I went canvassing in PA, then went back to NJ to watch the results come in at the Democratic headquarters. I had to leave around 10:30. I couldn’t even watch the results come in. I was shocked this morning when I saw the headlines.

            Yes, we will get through this.

  16. 49 desertflower
    November 9, 2016 at 8:42 am

    I don’t fit in in my country….hard to come to grips with that. It voted for something I can’t support in any way, shape or form. Aside from all the rest…

    • 50 catrst
      November 9, 2016 at 9:14 am

      I have begun to hear in my head President Obama’s words and Michelle’s in the recent election rally speeches about the good people that they meet every day in this country. I have gone from grief, to anger, to remembering that he is right. We need to find one another, like we do here, and lift one another up, no matter the constituency. Stronger together is still absolutely right. As each one of us finds our way back to that awareness we will find ways to move the country forward. We are still strong, still hopeful. I had several years of hell after leaving an abusive marriage caused by the abuser. These types of people, the malignantly insecure do not relinquish control easily but we won’t succumb to despair. We have been doing all the right things and need to persevere.

      • November 9, 2016 at 10:42 am

        Excellent words, catrst. The most dangerous time is when you decide to leave an abuser. This is the blowback for us and we can’t stop now.

  17. 52 GGAIL
    November 9, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Does anyone know the House and Senate results?

    • 53 libra800
      November 9, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Yes Republicans kept both House and senate. I think Republicans have 51

    • 55 CEB
      November 9, 2016 at 8:50 am

      They have a majority in each. The racists now “have their country back.” Let’s see how that works out for them with 3 bodies that serve only the 1%. They were used again by the elites of their party and dragged the rest of us down with them.

      Goggle had a nice live graphic that was the only coverage that I looked at last night; Dems had 47 in the Senate; I forgot the House number, but it does not really matter since they won.

      • November 9, 2016 at 8:54 am

        The Republicans will do everything they can to erase anything President Obama did, even if it’s something good.

      • 57 arapaho415
        November 9, 2016 at 9:10 am

        Morning CEB.

        Like Meta, I am in absolute shock.

        Posted my horror on previous thread, now that the sun is coming up here, won’t repeat myself.

        Don’t forget the Supreme Court — aside from full control of executive and legislative branches, President Putin now has full control of our judiciary. Free press and privacy rights for citizens is next to go.

    • 58 arapaho415
      November 9, 2016 at 9:07 am

      Morning GGail.

      Full control of all 3 branches belong to President Putin.

      Senate – 51Rs 49Ds

      Three bright spots in Senate contested races:
      IL – Tammy Duckworth
      NV – Catherine Cortez-Masto (first Latina Senator)
      NH – Maggie Hassan is leading

      Dems in closely watched races lost in FL, IN, MO, NC, PA, WI

      House: Rs 236 – Ds 191 (218 for majority)

      Dems won 7 seats in the House

      Will investigate further, but the only Dem I know who won was in FL: Stephanie Murphy (spoke at DNC) in Florida, unseating John Mica.

      Looks like Issa and all the other vocal thorns to democracy will return to their rarely used seats in Congress. 😦

      • 59 Dudette
        November 9, 2016 at 10:08 am

        CA – Kamala Harris

        • 60 arapaho415
          November 9, 2016 at 10:25 am

          Morning, darlin’ Dudette.

          Cannot process how devastating this is for the country (if I do, I’ll start crying).

          Only mentioned Senate seats that changed from red to blue. We knew we’d have a Dem replacing Senator Boxer, only two candidates to choose from, both Dems.

          Completely at a loss to think that the justice department is in the hands of President Putin-elect too.

  18. 61 whenpamelawandered
    November 9, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Yes! with all our hearts. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    And to Chipsticks, and to You, NerdyWonka! ❤️🌹🙏🏻🌹❤️

  19. 62 desertflower
    November 9, 2016 at 8:45 am

    If we ever needed our TOD home, it’s now. We have work to do and need a place to be connected to each other…the regular ways of connectedness aren’t so easy…. Please, please, please keep the light on!

  20. 67 desertflower
    November 9, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Postscript: In the short term, I don’t envy America’s parents this morning. It will be challenging, to put it mildly, to explain to kids that even if they don’t work hard, even if they don’t treat people with decency and respect, even if they lie uncontrollably, they can still become president of the United States.


  21. 69 sjterrid
    November 9, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Good morning, TOD!
    Thank you President Obama and Michelle for all you have done for our country, and most especially your grace.
    I still can’t fathom that Trump will be our next President!
    Nerdy, thank you for all you do.

  22. 70 GGAIL
    November 9, 2016 at 8:52 am

    For my therapy and release, I must speak this…We Was Robbed! 😡

  23. 72 libra800
    November 9, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I don’t know if anyone else agrees with me but I was really agitated when Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn’t retire during President Obama’s first term. Turns out, I was right and am terrified. Anyone else feel the same way? 😦

  24. 75 jey
    November 9, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Stay strong everyone. Take some time to grieve and re-group. Allow you are wonderful compassionate and loving.
    I have tears as I type this. This is a setback. Don’t be fearful. I have long admired HRC … but I definitely under estimated the hate people have for her. It wasn’t meant for her to be president.
    I believe Democrats will have to start with change in their own communities. I traveled to THE US last year. Drove through Detroit and was shocked at what I saw. I wish someone or something can revive that city. Bring prosperity back. I don’t know how or what but there has to be something.
    It’s going to be a painful process but …
    … at this point I say thank you for listening to my ramblings. Once the grieving is done … you will all come back stronger. Have faith. Together Stronger.

    I would also like to request this site to be kept going. Thank you NW for everything.

  25. 77 carolyn
    November 9, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Thank you so much NW for opening this thread this morning. Like everyone else has said, I needed this today. I stayed up last night till midnight, but I watched Netflix, could not turn on any cable or “news” station. Texted with a friend who felt just like I do…..we’re having lunch today. When I finally went to bed, I took an Ativan the doctor prescribed for me a year ago after Darwin’s death, so I did sleep, but I woke up to this nightmare.

    I love the company and support here. This is the first place I check every morning. You are a balm to my soul. Yes, libra, I am terrified…..wondering about my retirement accounts……and wondering about my granddaughter’s future.

    Love you all. We’ve got to keep strong together.

  26. November 9, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Pray for one another and pray for this country. It is the start of the downfall for America.

    • November 9, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Well the North Carolina Governor race is to close to call, or am I wrong?

    • 80 CEB
      November 9, 2016 at 9:15 am

      We fall, but we also rise. This travesty cannot be sustained and more forward change is still coming. Sometimes people have to see just how bad Bad can get before they are moved to evolve. The greedy ones and the haters now ‘have their country back,” now they have to govern and there are no handy democrats or minorities to blame for their failures. There is a cosmic, even kharmic quality to all of this. Be careful what you wish for because you may just get it. Well they have it, but will it be what they thought it would be?

  27. November 9, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I am a minister. The same denomination as Trump, PC(USA). We are looked down upon because we are considered too liberal, so many churches have left
    Us. They have moved to more conservative denominations, or started new ones.
    I am black, and this morning I am contemplating never going to our Presbytery meetings again. This is when all the churches in different geographical regions come together to discuss policy, worship together and conduct other church business.
    I live in Georgia. I know that many white members of my denomination voted for a man who disrespected the man, President Barack OBAMA, with vicious lies and constant attacks. White members of my denomination voted for a man who has the support of the Ku Klux Klan, who is foul, mean, and abusive.

    I cannot join in these presbytery meetings any more. I can never, ever trust a white “Christian” again.
    Because, they represent all that I fear.

    Many of them have repudiated in their vote for their man, a man like Barack OBAMA who governed with more Christian charity and policies than I have ever witnessed.
    Many of my white “Christian” church members have shown me that they do not know who Christ is.
    I have to “stamp their dust” off my feet.

    • 82 carolyn
      November 9, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Dear minister, I was brought up in a minister’s home. I know some of the burdens you carry. You have my prayers and admiration. I would like to invite you to investigate the group I belong to…..the Congregational/UCC. Our motto every Sunday morning is :”no matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.” And EVERYONE truly is. I have found true Christianity in my church, fairly new to me, that I have not seen enacted before. We are in Oklahoma City, a church called Mayflower, and we have a web page. I hope you find something of interest there.

      My whole church feels like you do today…….we are the object of much derision and distrust in this Bible belt community, but we keep plowing ahead, providing for those in various kinds of need, and having joyous services.

      • November 9, 2016 at 10:17 am

        Carolyn, thank you for your response and invitation. I don’t hav to tell you how painful this is.
        I guess right now we have to experience the pain and believe that “joy [ will come on some morning].”

    • 84 idon
      November 9, 2016 at 9:22 am

      Powerful. I used to call myself a Christian but while attending church while living in northern Nevada, the constant references to Obama hate in the sermons turned me off and finally led to my departure from the church and finally a rejection of my identity as a Christian. We still do a bible study several days a week (me and my husband) but I no longer identify myself as a Christian. As a black woman, I have often wondered if it is possible to be white, conservative AND Christian.

      • November 9, 2016 at 10:23 am

        I wonder the same. Somehow many who call themselves Christian seem to be following an imposter. I don’t know their Christ and don’t care to.
        Don’t forget, there are blacks who have swallowed the same kool-aid. I don’t limit this to whites, but there are not many black TRUMP followers in my denomination, if there are any.

    • 86 catrst
      November 9, 2016 at 9:23 am

      I have to say I feel alienated as a white Christian from anywhere but among people who understand what you just said. That has become my way of deciding if there is any kind of sincerity in a person, if they were able to see this man and woman for what they have been, full of grace. Perhaps there will be more that will look up now and wonder why they didn’t understand before. I can’t explain the seeing when others can’t. I know I want to join hands with those that do.

      • November 9, 2016 at 10:29 am

        I can believe you feel alienated. The few white pastors I know have to tread very carefully in their all white congregations, where half or more may have voted for Trump.
        I like your philosophy though, and I hope you find people with whom you can be yourself.


    • November 9, 2016 at 9:36 am

      I can understand exactly what this minister is saying. Character only matter to these people when it’s a black person. They will say we know what Trump is, but he is against abortion, he is against same sex marriage, he will put a conservative on the Supreme Court, so forget all about that he is a racists, supported by the KKK, white supremacists, he disrespect women, anyone who disagree with him, he’s a liar, 12 women have said that they were sexually assaulted by him, no big did to these christians.

      • November 9, 2016 at 10:28 am

        I can believe you feel alienated. The few white pastors I know have to tread very carefully in their all white congregations, where half or more may have voted for Trump.
        I like your philosophy though, and I hope you find people with whom you can be yourself.

      • November 9, 2016 at 10:34 am

        You are so right, Bella. It is so scary to watch so many people lie to themselves, and reject a good and most Christian person like President OBAMA.
        They use catch issues like abortion and gay marriage and more to appear righteous. They are not righteous; they are deceived and they deceive others.

        • November 9, 2016 at 10:50 am

          They have made a idol of politics. Jesus did not come in political power and did not seek political power, nor encourage his followers to do so.

  28. 92 desertflower
    November 9, 2016 at 9:06 am

    This hurts most of all

    • 93 Don
      November 9, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Yep, I saw that in the exit polls last night. As the exit polls came in I was concerned that those with and without degrees were breaking for Trump.

    • 95 Obama Grandmama
      November 9, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Historically it seems people are fickle always searching for something better. Change! Trump represented that change. It seems a lot of the voters do not pay much attention to exactly what the change could be by how they voted this time. Nor realizing why voting for the party that was the causation of their problems by blocking PBO was not a good idea. Many Presidents have gotten a second term, but most times the same party does not get three presidential terms in a row, Reagan to HW Bush is an exception.

  29. 96 PrayerWarriorforObama
    November 9, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Good morning TOD. I too hardly slept last night. My heart is so heavy. I am here at work, and everyone is shocked at Donald Trimp’s victory. We all cannot fathom a Trump presidency.

    I just want to convey my gratitude to this wonderful TOD community who embraced those of us who are citizens of the world. You included us in your love for President Obama and his family; you enabled us to satisfy our need for everything and anything Obama. Thank you. Thank you Chips for creating this space. Thank you Nerdy for your awesome management of this space, especially in recent times.

    I will continue to pay attention to USA’s politics as it affects PBO. However, once he leaves office, that is it for me. I will continue to uphold him, his family and you, TOD family, in prayer daily. And don’t despair that his legacy will be erased. Remember, he is a blessed man, and who God blesses no man curse. We, world wide, are part of his legacy. We will be teaching the generations about him and his extraordinary accomplishments for ever and ever. Peace and blessings to all.🌹🌻

  30. 98 sjterrid
    November 9, 2016 at 9:07 am

    I’m trying to be positive for my daughter, who’s gay, that it’s going to be okay, when I’m not sure myself.

  31. November 9, 2016 at 9:08 am

    After tonight it was good to get out this morning and teach. Mood here in Germany? We´re pretty much speechless. But getting out and talking felt good. I returned home in the early afternoon and, in a need for tension release wrote a letter to PBO. Because I remembered that no matter what, I owe this guy. He has been an inspiration and one of the main reasons why I got so involved with US politics and a US exchange programme at school. I have travelled to the US four times between 2012 and 2015 and met nothing but friendly, awesome and polite people, regardless of political affiliation.
    So I just felt the need to say thanks.
    *leaves to take letter to the mailbox*

  32. November 9, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Good morning, TOD! While devastated, I know I will survive.

    The upside to this bout of illness, my 8 year old granddaughter’s morning call before she goes to school. She was THRILLED that her “I VOTED” picture made it to my walking stick. This morning she wanted to comfort me because of the loss. Her question was “Will WE be alright?” Yes, we will…

    Conversely, I pray regarding my grandson, influenced by a baptized in the kool-aid, full bore trumpster grandfather. Just this week, after knowing the man for 17 years, I realized he’s a bigot… His post to ME last night — “THANK GOD, I GOT MY COUNTRY BACK…”

    I’m an African American woman; I will survive… and ensure my family does also.


  33. 106 arapaho415
    November 9, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Morning TODville.

    Heads up, PBO will speak this afternoon — am pretty much avoiding Twitter and the news now, so hopefully someone here will let us know when PBO will speak.

  34. 108 GGAIL
    November 9, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Forty-eight months of this man as the leader of the free world

  35. November 9, 2016 at 9:21 am

    One more thing before I tackle chores; we need to find a vehicle to share our contact info. I travel a lot, and starting Jan 2018 will be traveling more. I’d love to meet/share a meal with my TOD family members, both domestically and internationally…


    • November 9, 2016 at 10:15 am

      I agree….

      we have the list from our DC Trip….perhaps we could start there …and we can create an new email address for folks who want to be added to the list…

      i do not want to lose contact with the wonderful men and women of this blog…and besides we have a few dates…a visit to the National Museum African American History and Culture in DC….the opening of the Obama Library in Chicago….

      count me in

    • November 9, 2016 at 10:54 am

      I’m all in, but I also hope this blog can survive somehow.

    • 114 globalcitizenlinda
      November 9, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      I too would love to share my information with others here

    November 9, 2016 at 9:23 am

  37. 116 CEB
    November 9, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Signing off for now, but I will be back because we need each other so much. I am going to try to get some breakfast down, listen to music (loud to “dance it out” then soft to soothe. Then I will sit in my favorite chair and read until I, hopefully, fall asleep because like most of you i have been awake for over 24 hours. There is still goodness, kindness, and light in the world even if it seems hard to find right now. Deep hugs to everyone;

  38. 117 No Child Left Behind
    November 9, 2016 at 9:24 am

  39. 119 GGAIL
    November 9, 2016 at 9:28 am

    My heart breaks for Hillary

  40. November 9, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Good Morning, TOD Family.

    Thank you to the Obamas for what they have given this country. Thank you for waking up every day for the past eight years thinking about what can be done to make our lives better. Thank you fighting for us, even with all the opposition from those who were openly your adversaries, but especially from those who were supposed to be your allies. Thank you for raising our standing in the world. Thank you for the sacrifices by you and your family.

    You made the White House the people’s house. You’ve inspired us to hope…to always look for the light in the midst of the dark. You have been an example to us on how to deal with the hostilities, struggles, and conflicts in our lives — to strive to go high when others go low. You have instilled in us your belief that there is good in us all and that as citizens, as a country, we are all seeking the same thing…we may just have different ideas about how to get there. And while I know you don’t intend for us to be foolish and overly credulous, you are always urging us to be optimistic.

    And at this point, that is what I will strive to do…be optimistic…and hopeful. I want to believe that in spite of the politics, there is still some sanity and morality among individuals within the Republican party. I want to believe that your landmark legislation – the ACA – is not truly in danger. That there are many Republicans who are among the many who have benefited and who will also suffer if it is repealed. I am hopeful that much of the outrageousness from this election does not carry over and that there will be some healing from the ODS with which they were afflicted. I want to believe that the progress that we have made is so strong… has been built on such a firm foundation.. that it will be impossible to be taken as far back as our worst fears have taken our imaginations.

    Most of all, I want to be optimistic that, in spite of this set back, we as individuals and as a country are strong and resilient; empathetic and charitable. I want to believe that the hatred and intolerance is characteristic of a relative few; that the majority of us have the values that President Obama often talks about. I hope that this election has been a wake up call of how low we can go as a country and that we have in essence hit rock bottom and will begin to recover and rebuild; that the fallout will be minimal. I want to be optimistic that we *will* survive and eventually again begin to thrive.

    So thank you President and Mrs. Obama for all you are and all you have done. You have been that jewel that many took for granted and did not realize its value… but are slowly coming to that realization and understanding. I appreciated you TODAY…Ultimately, history will give you the recognition you deserve.

  41. November 9, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Good Morning President Obama and family, God Loves you and we still do too

  42. 127 globalcitizenlinda
    November 9, 2016 at 9:41 am

  43. November 9, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Good morning TOD

    I owe all of you an apology. I was not the person I strive to be yesterday evening.

    Awake all night.

    Couldn’t say it any better, for any better reasons than this ….

    #FORWARD Together

  44. November 9, 2016 at 9:46 am

    I wish we here on Obama Diary could put something in the newspaper thanking the Obamas. Letting them know how we appreciate what they have done for this country. But I will be writing a letter to them soon.

  45. November 9, 2016 at 9:47 am

  46. 144 hopefruit2
    November 9, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Good Morning Nerdy, Chips, TOD, everyone. I echo the sentiments of everyone here – I feel disgusted, numb, broken, sad, disappointed, but mostly HORRIFIED.

    I’m so thankful that we have this space here on TOD, where we can be of mutual support to each other. We will need it in the coming months. Thanks Nerdy for every thing you have done and continue to do.

  47. November 9, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Two second break. With permission from my friend, I’m sharing his facebook comment.

    Clay Corely

    My Thoughts (with a quote from a friend)
    Well, The people of the United States have spoken. All of them! Those 2 – 3 million registered democrats that decided to stay home, those that decided to vote for the two political party’s that definitely could not win. Those that decided that HATE trumps LOVE, BIGOTRY out does TOLERANCE, RACISM defeats BENEVOLENCE, BULLYING outshines CARING, SEXUAL ASSAULT OF WOMEN is just good old LOCKER ROOM BANTER, BRIDGES need be replaced by WALLS. I could go on and on but my heart couldn’t get any heavier at this point. But this person is YOUR President.

    The America that a lot of us had hoped that we would continue to roll towards, the one that i feel was on the path of positivity and inclusion, of racial and gender equality, one where regardless of your religious beliefs you would feel just as important as anyone, one that our children, grand children and great grand children would be able to look forward to and be proud of, the path that President Barack Obama had been working so hard for in spite of those that blocked him at every pass, WILL BE OVER!!

    The US Supreme Court will be filled with conservatives that will surely strike down some of the most important laws on the books. The Affordable Care Act will be demolished, Roe vs Wade will be over-turned, Marriage Equality will be turned back, they’ll uphold gun legislation, Citizens United will be safe and the Voting Rights Act will be under a deafening siege. (Exhale) This is what YOU asked for and THIS mess is what you get!!
    A wonderful friend of mine, L. L.- Evans wrote these words of wisdom; “While the transition begins in the White House today, what will you be doing to transition in your own house??!!

    It is time to reassess YOUR HOUSE (your finances – debt, investments, liquid cash), (your faith – do you trust God to get you through?) and (your inner circle – surround yourself with a “village” of like minded family and friends as you WILL need the support of each other)…understand this will NOT be over in (4) years!! The aftermath will go on for (8-16 years); and only the STRONG will survive!! Start with strengthening your mind – giving up when it gets hard is NOT an option (and it WILL get hardER)…BE PREPARED!!!

    There are not enough hashtags to express my feelings right now; but I will say that there is ALWAYZ a blessing in the storm!!! Go get it!!”
    I say; “God Bless America, God Bless My Family and God Bless Us ALL!”

  48. 147 Dudette
    November 9, 2016 at 10:14 am

  49. 148 jacquelineoboomer
    November 9, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Not sure what I’ll be doing today … can’t even turn on the news. Asked my son to call me this morning and break it to me gently. Just wanted to check in to say good morning to Nerdy and our TOD family! Oh, and, thank you, Obamas! Love ya, Chips! ❤

    • 149 arapaho415
      November 9, 2016 at 10:36 am

      With you there, JO’B. Don’t know when the next time will be when I turn on the radio for news.

      Couldn’t stand to hear that awful man (Putin’s puppet) speak before, can’t stomach the thought of hearing him again (ever).

      • 150 jacquelineoboomer
        November 9, 2016 at 10:37 am

        I feel exactly the same way. Not sure I even want to talk out loud about any of it. Coming here to find a little peace of mind. Hugs to you!

    • 151 mtmarilyn
      November 9, 2016 at 10:38 am

      I have not slept either. I have a busy day but want to stay home with the cover over my head. Please we just all stay together. I love you all. We must continue to hold both the Obama’s and the Biden’s in our hearts.

      • 152 jacquelineoboomer
        November 9, 2016 at 10:40 am

        They are in my heart, for sure. I only slept because of the long evening and the fact I forced myself to go to sleep BEFORE anything was announced. Today, I’m just going to drift along.

      • 153 arapaho415
        November 9, 2016 at 10:44 am

        Morning MTM.

        Have a productive day.

        The Obamas and the Bidens will never, ever leave Obots’ hearts. We’re all part of the Biden clan, as PBO said at Beau’s memorial service. 😦

  50. 154 Dudette
    November 9, 2016 at 10:22 am

    I’m not even sure I can watch this. Too painful.

    • November 9, 2016 at 10:28 am

      I will not be watching, but my strong prayers will be with him as he goes through this humiliation.

    • 160 idon
      November 9, 2016 at 10:28 am

      PBO’s statement is not scheduled at whitehouse live events

    • 161 arapaho415
      November 9, 2016 at 10:30 am

      TY Dudette.

      It will be painful — we’re suffering PTSD now.

      But out of respect for PBO as a person, a President and as one of the most decent men to serve as President, I will watch. 😦

    • 162 jacquelineoboomer
      November 9, 2016 at 10:52 am

      Going to try to watch online, myself. I’m pretty sure the only one we can fully count on – to speak to us – is President Obama. In fact, I was thinking about the “we can count on him” part and decided to go find that ol’ song. The lyrics don’t apply to this election … but I’m pretty sure our First Lady is not feeling too great right now … and I’m going to imagine the one she can count on the most is singing this little tune to her! And I’m going to listen from the sidelines to freakin’ cheer up!

    • November 9, 2016 at 11:26 am

      Maybe this I will. But the Inauguration, no way.

  51. 165 vcprezofan2
    November 9, 2016 at 10:22 am

    What does one say? As a member of this TOD family I’m here with you; that’s all – a body and mind in shock, present because I believe we need to have the solace of each other’s presence in the aftermath of this unprecedented attack.

    I haven’t yet read all the comments after signing off twitter, covering my head under the pillow around midnight, and trying to block the horror that was building. I don’t believe I will read them.

    There’s not much I can say today that makes any difference. Right now in my mind there’s the definite feeling that the Republicans know something about ‘rigging’ that the Democrats are too caring and principled to themselves investigate. Repubs (DT being the latest prime example) have always accused others of doing what they themselves are guilty of. I’m remembering McConnell’s calm complacency in his last campaign, Romney not preparing a concession speech, Carl Rove’s certainty that something had gone wrong in 2012, and in this election DT perseverating on the idea of rigging, and his initial declaration that if results didn’t go his way something was wrong. Even DT’s comment that the machines were switching votes seems like a ‘tell’ to me. For the next little while no one will be able to convince me that Repubs don’t have something up their sleeves re voting. They have very little ground game, lousy governing records, yet are always confident of success. Advance analysis shows Dems real close or slightly leading in red areas, yet Repubs get on the winner board. I don’t get it. :/ Today I’m even wondering if Trump campaign’s refusal to let reporters show their smaller crowd in the final days was all part of the strategy, as that would have raised more questions as to their “success”. ……………………………..

    You can see that today I’m a mind wandering, befuddled, angry, and so very disillusioned, so it’s actually best if I sit quietly and say no more. .
    But I’ll be here for most of the day, with you all.

  52. 166 whatisworking
    November 9, 2016 at 10:23 am

    I join you all in sharing your feelings of shock and despair.

    I hope this blog will continue. Although we will not be able to rejoice in the accomplishments of a Democratic President or Senate, we still have issues we can work on, and there will be stories of progress we can celebrate. I visit this blog every day and it keeps me going. We need to have a way to encourage and support each other.

    Next Tuesday Organizing for Action OFA has a conference call for leaders, I am hoping they will discuss our strategy moving forward. OFA chapters throughout the country are making a difference. We can support and celebrate their efforts. We can share their accomplishments at this blog.

    I encourage folks to take good care of themselves these next few days, and then turn your anger and fear into determination to make the change we need.

    I am thinking POTUS and FLOTUS will not give up and if they are willing to keep fighting – I will too.

    {{ }}

  53. 169 Dudette
    November 9, 2016 at 10:38 am

    I can’t. I just can’t!

    • November 9, 2016 at 11:21 am

      I’m crying. For Hillary, for America and all americans, but also for Barack and Michelle. How cruel this must feel. After all the BS. The Birther movement. The obstruction. The hard work of cleaning the mess in a political environment where norms and decency were out the window. I know President Obama feels the responsibility to STILL give us some hope, and will behave like a statesman. I would like for him to ask publicly Mr. Trump to find words of healing and rediscover the value of truth and honesty. Maybe he’ll subtlety allude to that. I don’t know.

      And I hope that every damn national pundit will feel shameful, watching him, for having treated him with so much condescension. As I hope that every damn national pundit is feeling shameful this morning for their OVERCOVERING of the damn e-mail story, and their constant nagging at Hillary Clinton for years.

  54. November 9, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Will there ever be #TruthandReconciliation

  55. 180 arapaho415
    November 9, 2016 at 10:53 am

    So I guess it’s official, Dems took 3 Senate seats from GOP yesterday, but that still leaves the Rs with a 51-49 advantage:

  56. November 9, 2016 at 11:00 am

  57. November 9, 2016 at 11:03 am

    • November 9, 2016 at 11:56 am

      I’m going to spend the next couple of months thanking President Obama for the job he did for this ungrateful nation. And thanking our wonderful First Lady. Enjoying the time he have left in office.

  58. 186 No Child Left Behind
    November 9, 2016 at 11:04 am

  59. 189 No Child Left Behind
    November 9, 2016 at 11:13 am

  60. November 9, 2016 at 11:19 am

    One bright spot in an otherwise crappy election.

  61. 192 MadameSoph
    November 9, 2016 at 11:25 am

    I am completely devastated. I coudn’t sleep but more than a couple of hours, even after taking a Benadryl.

    I kept repeating over and over last night, “I’m sorry Barack Obama; I’m sorry Michelle.”

    I feel like my country broke up with me.

    I will lose my health insurance coverage, and will probably be priced out of private insurance. Thank God I am healthy; hope I stay that way.

    I am an Italian citizen also, and could possibly move there, if i could find a job. However, I am worried for Europe, not only because of Trump’s threats to Nato, etc., but because his victory (ugh) has already emboldened the far right in Europe.

    I can’t follow politcs for a good long while. I don’t want to hear all of the discussions of the “white working class” or that HRC was a “flawed candidate”! She was running against Donald Trump, for God sakes! None of our candidates have been without flaws, except Barack Obama, whose only flaw was apparently being black in the White House!

    Racism and mysogyny won, pure and simple, and also willfull ignorance. There are a couple of friends of mine who I will never feel the same way about again. One of them is a black woman whose kids are half Jewish! SMDH!

    I will listen to PBO later, because he always lifts me up, and I have no doubt he will once again. But right now I just can’t face anything but close, like-minded friends, my kitties and my garden. I live alone and last night I felt it more than ever.

    I had bought “Madame President” buttons to give several older women I know, who had invested so much hope and pride in this campaign. Not sure what to do with them now.

    Thank you to all of my fellow TODers. I know we are all hurting today!


  62. 193 0388jojothecat
    November 9, 2016 at 11:25 am

    For some reason WordPress is angry…..won’t let me post.

  63. 194 jacquelineoboomer
    November 9, 2016 at 11:26 am

  64. 195 idon
    November 9, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Hillary still hasn’t come out to the podium yet. What’s going on?

    • 196 No Child Left Behind
      November 9, 2016 at 11:31 am

      Give the girl a break. I don’t even know how she has been able to sustain the ridicule, the attacks from all sides, the derision, and then the humiliation of an ungrateful people.

      • 197 smoothscotch
        November 9, 2016 at 12:08 pm

        Exactly. Some people don’t know how good they have it until they lose it. AND the fight goes on after the grieving. Can’t give up. I was disturbed early evening yesterday to see what was happening, I turned off TV and went to bed (wasn’t feeling well anyhow). Got up this morning and cancelled my subscription to MSNBC, they don’t report truth and what they report about BS both sides is disturbing. I hope I can still “lurk” here for news and thankfully, I can always use the internet and some “real reporters” twitter etc. Just so disappointing after all the progress I have witnessed. You reap what you sow.

        On another note, President Obama and First lady Michelle have been so inspirational to so many, there is hope. Thank God they made it through safely. I hope that the ACA will not be dismantled as, from what I hear, it is and has helped so many.

        Just stunning!!!

  65. 198 jacquelineoboomer
    November 9, 2016 at 11:28 am

  66. 199 JER
    November 9, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Soon: Hillary Clinton Delivers Remarks – http://abcnews.go.com/live?stream=1

  67. November 9, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Don’t trust polls, it is time to throw them out the window, over the highest cliff.

  68. 202 Obama Grandmama
    November 9, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Tim Kaine just quoted someone, “They kilt us, but they ain’t whooped us yet!”

  69. 203 GGail
    November 9, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Hillary is attempting to speak now, the crowd won’t stop

  70. 204 0388jojothecat
    November 9, 2016 at 11:43 am

    I think someone said they are writing to PBO & FLOTUS I think I will do the same…….

  71. November 9, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Only listening. Me thinks she is sending a message. Proud of her.

  72. 209 Obama Grandmama
    November 9, 2016 at 11:51 am

    I am in tears to hear her speak compassionately and eloquently. She gave kudos to the Obamas. There was a standing ovation for that. She told everyone to not give up fighting it is worth it.

  73. 212 GGail
    November 9, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Hillary is one strong woman.

    • 213 No Child Left Behind
      November 9, 2016 at 11:58 am

      I hope she takes some time to reboot then go on to work on the Clinton Foundation and make it even better, bigger, and around the world. If one listened to the right wing nut job and the media, that foundation was a place for money laundering. Oh, how much I can’t stand the media. My TV will become a screen for Netflix from now on.

      • 214 smoothscotch
        November 9, 2016 at 12:12 pm

        Exactly. Some people don’t know how good they have it until they lose it. AND the fight goes on after the grieving. Can’t give up. I was disturbed early evening yesterday to see what was happening, I turned off TV and went to bed (wasn’t feeling well anyhow). Got up this morning and cancelled my subscription to MSNBC, they don’t report truth and what they report about BS both sides is disturbing. I hope I can still “lurk” here for news and thankfully, I can always use the internet and some “real reporters” twitter etc. Just so disappointing after all the progress I have witnessed. You reap what you sow.

        On another note, President Obama and First lady Michelle have been so inspirational to so many, there is hope. Thank God they made it through safely. I hope that the ACA will not be dismantled as, from what I hear, it is and has helped so many.

        Just stunning!!!

  74. 216 jacquelineoboomer
    November 9, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    President’s about to speak.

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