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Oval Office Bilateral Meeting

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Pete Souza: Remember that photograph from last Halloween when the President, lying on the floor, lifted Ella Rhodes into the air? Here’s a couple of frames just before that happened

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213 Responses to “Oval Office Bilateral Meeting”


  1. 3 GGail
    November 9, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Thanks NW for the soothing balm

  2. 4 keltuc
    November 9, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks for the healing visuals, NerdyW!

    I’m so glad to see the regulars still posting here, still fighting the good fight, and I truly hope this site stays put for a very long time (and that AMK returns as well). Even though I rarely comment, this site has been my daily salvation forever! What a horrific, disheartening night. I’m still quite paralyzed by a helpless seething rage, which keeps leaking out my eyes. But reading everybody’s comments is helping to loosen the tight furious knots that I’m filled with. I’ve not yet watched President Obama’s address or Hillary’s, but I did read a transcript of Hillary’s speech and it helped calm me somewhat. I just can’t bring myself to watch them yet.

    I can’t help but think of the Obamas and their two young daughters, one already a young woman. And I want to believe that the president and his legal wizards are going to be spending the rest of their days in office, working as hard as they can to ensure that somehow, some kind of iron-clad unchangeable protections are put in place for the rights of all the people who Trump gleefully demonized throughout his entire campaign. I worry ceaselessly and pray for everybody’s safety in these ridiculous times. As if my African American friends, and non-Trump-voting women haven’t suffered enough as is! 😦

    This morning I was encouraged by something written by one of my facebook friends, a former co-worker, who, although Canadian like me, has many American relatives:

    “I’ll be taking a leaf from my daughter’s book and supporting some organisations that will be under fire in the coming months and years. Maybe you will too. And if this is not the action you take, take some other action. Don’t be paralysed, because that’s how the other side wins. Do something, Please.” Her daughter posted that she has set up monthly donations to Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, and amfAR, and provided links to where donations could be made, and ended her post with “F*ck you, Mike Pence.”

    That was just the kind of soothing tonic I needed at that time!

  3. 11 sjterrid
    November 9, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Thank you so much Nerdy for making me smile today with these photos.

  4. 12 theo67
    November 9, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    I’m going to miss this man and his presidency.

  5. 13 FoxfireTX
    November 9, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Bringing over from the previous thread. My timing always is exquisite….

    Good day TOD. First came here 6 hours ago, saw Nerdy’s heading for posting about PBO and had to turn away, sobbing–again. Of all the cruelty in this election, the fact that President Obama has to transfer power to this despicable man on inauguration day is the most cruel of all. That Michelle has to be in the same room with him at the WH that day is unspeakably cruel. I cannot get my head around this. My faith in this country is broken.

    I am not naive. I was a professional woman in a man’s field and endured everything that came with that. I moved to TX from MN 17 years ago, and was shocked at the racial animosity here as part of a mixed race family. I knew the animosity that existed in this country towards President Obama during his administration. And I knew from watching this campaign that the misogyny was worse. Yet I still believed that there were enough good people who would fight back to avoid this outcome. I was wrong. You put the xenophobia, racism and misogyny together and you can find a winning coalition. I am absolutely shocked at the Latino vote. Trump did significantly better with Latinos than Romney did. Do they not believe him? My heart breaks for the Dreamers who for the first time in their lives had some form of documentation. That will be gone in short order.

    I don’t know if any of you recall, but in October Paul Ryan laid out exactly how he intends to remake this country into his vision in short order. Despite Nancy Pelosi’s skills, I fear that he can do it. It is stunning list of things that ranges from tax cuts for the wealthy, repealing Obamacare, voucherizing Medicare to cutting foodstamps. He is ready to enact his Ryan Revolution and I doubt that he can be stopped. https://thinkprogress.org/ryan-trump-reconciliation-a403c82f87f8#.zbcd6ibs0 and http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/10/paul-ryan-is-planning-a-revolution-and-it-starts-in-january.html. It would be an incredible radicalization of Congress that we have never seen before, and I don’t know that he can be stopped.

    Thank you Nerdy and everyone here for the mutual support and comfort. I am all in for continuing this beautiful blog. We are going to need it in the days to come.

  6. November 9, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Gosh, I sure do love our President.

  7. November 9, 2016 at 4:30 pm

  8. 18 0388jojothecat
    November 9, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    listening to Randi Rhodes she is saying what I thought last night. President Obama and FLOTUS says “we are better than this”, “this is not who we are”…..With the election of DT, America has shown “We are NOT better than this”…..”This IS who we are”…..This IS who/what America is.

  9. November 9, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Hey, So thankful we’re all still here. {{{{{NW}}}}} and {{{{{Chips}}}}}.

    Heard a caller earlier with this suggestion: Dems should go to the Caucus Room Restaurant, call a press conference and explain that they will block anything that harms the American people– ACA, tax cuts for wealthy, SS, Medicare, etc. Explain that they will not blindly obstruct everything but they will block things that harm our people. Be calm, rational and forceful. Doing it at the Caucus Room would be “cool.” Would want them to do it in a way that is not going “low.”

    Do any of you who tweet follow Pelosi or Reid or both? What do you think?

  10. 21 idon
    November 9, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Thank you Nerdy I so appreciate this thread and beautiful hopeful focus on President Obama. I also appreciate and find comfort in the thoughts TODers are sharing. It is encouraging. Thank you so much.

    Yesterday I closed my Tumblr and Pinterest accounts. Today I cancelled my subscriptions to the New York Times and the Washington Post which I planned to keep until January 2017. But after the election results I went ahead cancelled them right away. The NYT person asked me why and I told her the New York TImes helped to elect TRUMP. She then told me NPR is reporting Clinton won the popular vote. Then she said WE’VE BEEN VERY VERY BUSY HERE TODAY, IT’S BEEN VERY BUSY. I MEAN BUSY. I replied I’m sure it has. I took this exchange to mean lots folks are cancelling their subscriptions.

    I going to look for a quality black print news outlet. I just don’t trust the white owned ones. We used to have serious independently owned AfAm newspapers but I don’t know if there are any left.

    • 22 taiping1
      November 10, 2016 at 12:25 am

      I cancelled WaPo also. Tired of newscasters: twitter and blogs have links to anything worse reading. Sad to say but the White power folks will suffer under the GOP regime they voted for. They depend on welfare from the Blue States, disability, medicaid, food stamps, health care, and disaster relief. We will have a Katrina FEMA again with an administration filled with incompetent cronies. Climate change is close to irreversible: the world will suffer. Sad to say the American dream is dead and we are not great.

  11. 23 globalcitizenlinda
    November 9, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    hard to know how many of these young people voted;

    • 24 CEB
      November 9, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      Too little too late; reactive instead of proactive. NC marched for 2 years and what did it accomplish in restoring voting rights, etc.? Very little.

  12. 26 whenpamelawandered
    November 9, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    {{{ ❤️ }}}

  13. 27 Lynn
    November 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    One of the saddest things, imho, is the efforts that President Obama expended to restore our international reputation after the shrub years. I doubt we will ever be trusted again.

    • 28 Obama Grandmama
      November 10, 2016 at 2:28 am

      I used to make an International trip every year. On a trip to Italy right after Bush got us into Iraq my sister-in-law and I had to go through a protest area against America every evening to reach our hotel. We decided to say we were from Alaska instead of the US as I had done that another questionable time as part of an Alaskan travel group. Europeans do not really count Alaskans so much as part of the US. They know it is, but is located very far away. Most Americans are not as aware of the distance involved. When Clinton was Prez we were popular with the world as well as with Obama. Seems like a pattern to me. Now I will be embarrassed to be from the US again when traveling.

  14. 30 Anna
    November 9, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Chips, wherever you are, many thanks for creating this gathering place. Nerdy, much thanks for keeping it going for the time being. You are providing a healing place, a place to regroup, plan the next step. Placing hope on those college students protesting today.

  15. 31 sherijr
    November 9, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    thanks Nerdy.
    I’ve spent most of the day napping on and off. Just numb mostly.
    My 17 yr old just came home from school.. he said no one at school was happy. Such disappointment everywhere.

  16. November 9, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Melania Trump…First Lady or will the First Lady be Ivanka Trump?.

  17. 37 Obama Grandmama
    November 9, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    I just read a post on FB from someone I know that I totally agree with. I did not realize it till I read it. She said she has never felt as low politically except for when JFK was assasinated. Yes! That is it! I feel the same as I did then. Horrible! Stomachaches, head hurts, drained of energy and depressed. My post master had the same reaction. We can only talk politics when no one else is in the office. He knew my preferences from my mail. We started having secret talks when Obama first ran for office. I live in a rural area so we are secretive about our chats.

    • 38 Lynn
      November 9, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      Total truth, OG. President Obama gave me back my heart after 63 and 68 Now….

      • 39 arapaho415
        November 9, 2016 at 6:24 pm

        Lynn, good to see you.

        How are things in central NY? (If this is a different Lynn, please accept my apology — hard to recognize faces here in TODville, LOL).

    • 40 0388jojothecat
      November 9, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      I felt this way when Nixon won twice ( I was only 12 and he was impeached when I was 18), I felt this way Reagan won over Jimmy Carter a good man ( I was about to graduate from college, couldn’t find a job) and I felt this way when GHWB won although not as much. I was too young to realize the loss from JFK’s assassination but when MLK jr then Bobby Kennedy was assassinated I was 11yrs old and felt America will not be the same for a long time. This is a horrible blow because we had the best President in PBO and we had a chance to continue his policies advancing our country into the future.

      This whipshaw of DEMs cleaning up the GOP mess then DEMs join with GOP racist wanting “change” just for the hell-of-it because they don’t “FEEL” like things are better. How the hell does the intelligent electorate combat these people?

    • 41 arapaho415
      November 9, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      GA OG.

      Last night I felt like I did when RFK Jr. was assassinated — woke up to the news, in middle school (called Jr. High then), the day that yearbooks were distributed and signed by friends.

      I was completely devastated, and if anyone still has those yearbooks, I know I didn’t have very much good to say. 😦

      Feeling a tiny bit better, but am no longer interested in DC politics — a carnival sideshow that media will love, until they’re banished from “reporting” on WH.

      Dismal times lie ahead from a media and world event perspective. Two bright spots are that GOP infighting/civil war is not going away (will no doubt get worse) and Nancy Pelosi is determined to move forward (no doubt playing the GOP off one another).

      Posted this earlier, but bears repeating:

      And…

  18. 42 FoxfireTX
    November 9, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    As usual, JoyAnn Reid knocks it out of the park. Well worth your time.

    Wake the Children? And Tell Them What? http://thebea.st/2fCYDHA via @thedailybeast

  19. 44 JER
    November 9, 2016 at 5:31 pm


    petesouza – The President and VP leave the Rose Garden after today’s statement on the election.

  20. 49 CEB
    November 9, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    I will be making donations to: ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center and to Planned Parenthood. The first two will be among the few to defend us in the courts and the other to build their war chests to deal with Pence and others who will be coming for them.

  21. 53 susanne
    November 9, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Part of this CNN post was in a couple of tweets on the previous thread. ICYMI, here is the original link. Be sure to check out the ‘income’ section. Seems it isn’t just the white guys with crummy jobs who elected Trump.
    http://edition.cnn.com/election/results/exit-polls

  22. 54 desertflower
    November 9, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    The fact that Republicans were intent on “saving that SC pick for the next President”…makes me think that they knew something ahead of time. Yes, I’m implying cheating of some sort. They knew damn well that you don’t not let the current president make a choice and have a senate vote on that choice. something stinks

    • 55 0388jojothecat
      November 9, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      I agree desertflower. They knew that rat bastard was going to win and I know in my heart they cheated. It was not so much DEMS didn’t vote, some voted for DT (white men/some women) and some like that young girl in that video that felt PBO did not do enough for the AA community stayed home and didn’t vote, thousands more were disenfranchised who wanted to vote.

    • 58 busbus
      November 9, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      I agree 100%.

    • 59 Anna
      November 9, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      Comey, their secret weapon.

    • 61 keltuc
      November 9, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      I agree that something stinks as well. The timing of the whole FBI fiasco. The fact the none of the numerous crimes by Trump have even been investigated yet, him refusing to provide his tax returns, and everybody being A-okay with all of that. Keeping in mind that *most* of the media is Republican-owned. Not to mention the huge surge in attempts at voter restriction and suppression in just the past few months, extreme gerrymandering, the threatening notes left on cars to scare people away from voting, voter intimidation at the polls on voting day, “lost” ballots on voting day, electronic voting difficulties, at least one polling station experiencing a “threatening package” being discovered, which shut that poll down, and the whole reality of Russian attempts at hacking and interference. I could go on and on, as could all of us! What a total gong show.

      • November 9, 2016 at 8:08 pm

        Totally 100% agree it was rigged. They knew he was going to win. Comey, Russia, Guiliani, suppression, repeat Comey, all the things you mentioned. As I pointed out last night, he didn’t need a ground game. All he had to keep saying is “It’s rigged folks.” That provided his GOTV of the white folks.

        • 63 idon
          November 9, 2016 at 8:17 pm

          the biggest piece was the cyberwarfare piece and then specific states in which they were to hack the vote using remote custom software. Apparently they rigged NC, OH, FL, and two other states.

      • 64 nospin
        November 10, 2016 at 5:59 am

        I hear you but none of that matters. Look at the amount of people who voted for Trump. Look at the amount of people who voted third party even after they were warned by FLOTUS and POTUS.

        Dems didn’t do the job. We failed Hillary and Trump won fair and square.

  23. 65 joybarbados
    November 9, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Hi everyone, I feel your pain. I am not a US citizen but I do have two sisters, one brother, a niece and a nephew who are living in the US. All are citizens so I have a vested interest in what happens there. I have learnt so much by coming to this site and was very heartened to meet some of you lovely people in DC. I do not comment often but I am here daily, sometimes several times daily as time permits.

    I am so sorry that this is how things have ended and I had hope that if the blog ended in Jan 2017, then Chips would have been give a lovely farewell by knowing that the President’s eight years of work would be continued. To Chips, thank you so much, because of this blog I was introduced to the inner runnings of the US elections and governing systems.

    I will try to keep in touch with our DC crew and I do hope that some energetic person or persons will keep our TOD community flames alive.

    Blessings all and keep the faith.

  24. 67 desertflower
    November 9, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Has this been posted here?

    http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/an-american-tragedy-donald-trump

    There are, inevitably, miseries to come: an increasingly reactionary Supreme Court; an emboldened right-wing Congress; a President whose disdain for women and minorities, civil liberties and scientific fact, to say nothing of simple decency, has been repeatedly demonstrated. Trump is vulgarity unbounded, a knowledge-free national leader who will not only set markets tumbling but will strike fear into the hearts of the vulnerable, the weak, and, above all, the many varieties of Other whom he has so deeply insulted. The African-American Other. The Hispanic Other. The female Other. The Jewish and Muslim Other. The most hopeful way to look at this grievous event—and it’s a stretch—is that this election and the years to follow will be a test of the strength, or the fragility, of American institutions. It will be a test of our seriousness and resolve.

  25. 69 JER
    November 9, 2016 at 6:16 pm


    whitehouse – “We all go forward, with a presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens—because that presumption of good faith is essential to a vibrant and functioning democracy. That’s how this country has moved forward for 240 years. It’s how we’ve pushed boundaries and promoted freedom around the world. That’s how we’ve expanded the rights of our founding to reach all of our citizens. It’s how we have come this far.” —President Obama speaking today in the Rose Garden on bringing our country together after the election

  26. 70 0388jojothecat
    November 9, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    It is so comforting to see the names of so many TOD folk who use to post regularly but still lurked come back for what might be our final few months on The Obama Diary. I’ve missed you all. Some have left us to be in much better places which some are taking a break to live their lives as they should. Where ever you are Lockewasright, I hope you and family are doing well.

  27. 75 0388jojothecat
    November 9, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    I often wonder, back in 2008 if maybe it should have been Hillary/Barack or Barack/Hillary combination we might have had 16yrs of DEM leadership. I wonder if she thinks about that?

  28. 76 Nerdy Wonka
    November 9, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    New post.

  29. 77 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    November 9, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    unplugging my puter and land line..done!

    • 78 Betsy
      November 10, 2016 at 12:28 am

      Sue!! I’ve missed you. I am so sorry 😦 I have been feeling like someone died yesterday and the grief is more than I can bear.

  30. 79 whenpamelawandered
    November 9, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Brought this to you for Hope and Solace. It is written by my niece BK in Alexandria VA, for her 5 y/o and 7 y/o daughters. I am very proud of her! Please share!

    “My darling girls. My little women. I dreaded waking you up this morning. Not just because you wake up about as well as a cat takes a bath, but because I had to break the news to you that we had been fearing. I had to tell you that a man who spouts hate, spreads fear, belittles others, marginalizes those unlike his target demographic, makes fun of the disabled, publicly rates women on a 1-10 scale, insults people based on their looks, boasts about groping women without their consent, lies repeatedly and refuses to apologize for any of it, was elected your next President. I am so, deeply sorry. But what makes me feel even worse is there are people in my country, in my own life and therefore your lives, that are celebrating this man. And I can’t explain that to you. There is no explanation that makes rational sense. We’re taught as children to treat each other with kindness, not to tease or take things without asking, not to name-call, to fess up and apologize when we’re wrong, but these adults it seems have forgotten all of those lessons. We can’t control how other people behave, but we do control our own actions and words. This is to remind you that even though the Presidency, a position I used to have such high regard for, will be filled by someone I would never, ever leave you alone in a room with, we still have hope. I’m not a perfect parent, but I am committed to instilling in you values so true and so honorable that you will never forget them. That even when you want to get mad and spew hatred at someone, your being won’t let you because you’ll remember that you have been raised and raised right. You’ll remember that words do hurt and that even after they’ve been said and apologized for, they can never be forgotten. You’ll remember that you need to always treat people the way you want to be treated. And I hope my parenting pays off and you remember these things as well:

    – You are in control of you. Your body is yours and yours alone. No one can touch you without your consent and consent should ALWAYS be respected.

    – Empathy is underrated by our society, but incredibly powerful. It’s easy not to identify with someone else’s struggle when it’s not something that affects you personally, but that gets us nowhere as a society.

    – You are privileged. You have been blessed with an easier life than most from the second you came out of me. You have two parents who are invested in your upbringing, you have a savings account for college and you’re only just starting elementary school, you have a fully stocked fridge in a clean house where there’s always someone home with you. You would think that’s a given but for so many it’s not, and those people are not less deserving than you.

    – You are not a number on a scale or a numerical rating. You are beautiful inside and out and never let anyone tell you otherwise. More importantly, never judge someone on how they look. That’s the same as judging someone based on their disability or medical condition. We can’t help the size of our noses, the color of our skin, we can’t help if we have Down’s syndrome, Autism or any other mental or physical ailment. So never make fun of anyone for something that is out of their control. Never make fun of anyone, period.

    – Own when you are in the wrong. It speaks volumes of your character and people will respect you and feel more comfortable trusting you. Be the first to apologize if you were at fault, it’s not a sign of weakness but rather strength.

    – Some people, it seems, just want to see others torn down. They tease and mock and get others to join in. Never, ever join in. Those that are being persecuted could be anyone; your black cousins, your gay uncle, your hyperactive friend. No one deserves to be bullied and speaking up for them is something you can always be proud of.

    – And on that note, show kindness to the bullies. Kindness is a strength & everyone needs it, whether or not they want to admit it. It may sound like the most hippie line ever, but love is always the right choice.

    I don’t know what’s going to happen in the next few years. It has the potential to take away a lot of rights for a lot of people. You are young and the future is yours to direct. Be a part of the change. Watch me as I protest, vote, petition, advocate, make a hell of a lot of noise to keep America free & equal. You’re incredibly lucky, girls. You have never known the America that has been. The one where your father and I wouldn’t have been able to get married because we have different skin colors. The one where your cousin wouldn’t have been able to sit with you at the lunch counter. The one where people lived in fear of being themselves because it posed an actual threat to their physical safety. The one where your uncle wouldn’t be able to marry the man he chooses. You’re so, so blessed that your country has come as far as it has. We cannot, however, forget how long it took to get here and the real struggles our leaders have faced to drag us towards equality while half of the country dug in its heels. People like Rep. John Lewis, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and so many others. You’ll know these names better as you learn more about our democracy and how it works, but trust me they are pioneers. They work hard for people they don’t know personally, because it helps us all. This Presidency won’t be the last one. We will move forward, however slowly, but what’s important is that we move forward together. Not leaving anyone behind, even if the path is clear for you & rocky for them. Take the road less traveled and make your mark. We’re behind you every step of the way. Especially today, when things seem a little dark, remember there will be light around the bend. And if you don’t see it, be it.” BK, Alexandria, VA. 11/9/16

  31. 84 jacquelineoboomer
    November 9, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Sweetest post ever, Nerdy!

    Then there’s this …

  32. 87 FoxfireTX
    November 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    I LOVE New Yorkers!

    • 88 arapaho415
      November 9, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      FFTX, check out @mattdpearce’s Twitter feed — happening in Chicago and Los Angeles too. Also, I think @mattviser’s feed said Boston too.

      Not as large as Kiev and Moscow demonstrations, but from coast-to-coast.

      And @mattdpearce’s Twitter feed also reminds Americans that:

      So yeah, the coasts are blue.
      Here’s another from @matttdpearce from this morning:

      • 89 FoxfireTX
        November 9, 2016 at 7:17 pm

        Thanks Arapaho! Have we ever seen anything like this before? I certainly cannot recall anything remotely similar.

        • 90 arapaho415
          November 9, 2016 at 8:54 pm

          There were HUGE demonstrations during the GWB years, tens of thousands of participants, but IIRC, not covered much by broadcast news (big surprise, huh?).

          If you haven’t checked out @mattdpearce’s Twitter timeline…

    • November 9, 2016 at 10:43 pm

      I don’t remember protests like this afteran election before.

  33. November 9, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Dipping in for a quick break. True to my word, this afternoon I spent an hour organizing for 2017, recruiting a couple of potential local candidates…

    Wanted to share this email:

    Dear Friend,

    In the wake of last night’s disastrous election results, I’m sure all of us are doing a lot of soul-searching and taking stock as we try to comprehend what happened and what it means for the future. I’ve tried to put this event in historical context and organize my thoughts for what’s next in this column on the Democracy in Color website where I write, “if we who work for freedom recognize that this is a temporary setback on a centuries-long march towards justice and equality, we can pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and move forward towards a new era of progress and justice.”

    As we think about the leaders for the future of the movement, Party, and country, you may also be interested in our podcast with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker.

    Now, more than ever, let’s keep hope alive.

    In Solidarity and Hope,
    Steve

    Links: https://medium.com/@stevepwrites/where-do-we-go-from-here-election-2016-beyond-192619c6bc06#.mz45lt7gc
    Podcast: https://democracyincolor.com/senator-cory-booker-making-our-future-this-election-e795aad8f5f2#.vvk3p9skk

    BBL

  34. November 9, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    I don’t think Trump will last four years.

    • 95 keltuc
      November 9, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Please, please let that be true! Would be even better if he didn’t last even four months! I saw that he got rather frosty “congrats” from both France and Germany. Heads of state around the world are going to be monitoring his every move and word, and I hope they won’t hesitate to publicly rake him over the coals for any and all stupid remarks or moves.

      • 96 carolyn
        November 9, 2016 at 7:22 pm

        I’ve been thinking exactly what bella said about DT. I don’t know what gives me that feeling, but I fully believe it. Pence is no better, maybe worse, but I don’t think he is as erratic as DT, more predictable…..

        I like the idea above of donating to hard working liberal organizations to help them bring down DT Thanks for the idea. Will take care of that next week.

        • 97 keltuc
          November 9, 2016 at 8:30 pm

          I just think of how thin-skinned he has been through all of this, lashing out on twitter (and in debates!) like a toddler, and using the language skills of one, at anybody who rightfully calls him out for anything at all. As so many people have said, a man who can be so easily baited by a a mere tweet, is so unfit to be president. His complete lack of suitability for the job is going to be on full display to the world, and I hope that the barrage of criticism from the entire world makes him crash and burn long before even the next midterms. But hopefully not taking any innocent people down with him at the same time of course.

  35. 98 HHO
    November 9, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    I am a lurker, and I have been coming to this site almost from the beginning. I don’t usually post but this time I felt compelled to express something that maybe others may feel as well. I have thought about this and the fact is that I can’t swallow that Trump is “my president, too.” This noble gesture is not even noble to me because he is not. I didn’t hold my nose to vote. I didn’t vote against the virtues that Christians are suppose to possess. I didn’t vote for a racist, xenophobe, misogynist serial groper who doesn’t pay taxes and is a pathological liar. This is all from Trump’s words and behavior. My spirit does not align with his. So, no, he is not my president. He is “theirs.” He belongs to the people who supported him and voted for him. They own it, completely.

  36. November 9, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Michelle Obama for President 2020, will never happen,but I just thought I would bring it up.

  37. 102 FoxfireTX
    November 9, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Surprise, surprise

  38. 106 FoxfireTX
    November 9, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    So this has me SCREAMING all over again. How, how could this happen?

    • 107 keltuc
      November 9, 2016 at 8:05 pm

      I still haven’t calmed down! The very thought of the best, most intelligent, classiest president and first lady in my 50 years, having to “pass the torch” in PBO’s words, to a piece of privileged white trash, who is manifestly unfit for the office of president, and appears to be the embodiment or representative of the dregs of society, hurts SO much.

  39. 108 desertflower
    November 9, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    For those of us looking for who we can donate money to fight the cause…

  40. 109 desertflower
    November 9, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    I will not care about this new president. I will not watch news conference, look at photos, care where AF1 is or watch it comes and go. I will not care about state dinners, or children, or Easter Egg rolls, or music at the WH, or any of the other things that brought me such joy and made my heart soar with pride during these last 8 years. Call me petty, I don’t care. Not my president.

    • 110 FoxfireTX
      November 9, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      Ya know DF, when President Obama was elected there were signs like that displayed all over TX, on cars, trucks, etc. And I could not imagine ever saying anything like that about any President. While I sobbed when the photos of Abu Grab were released, I still never said “Not my president” about W, it felt traitorous. But this, this, I simply cannot do. I will NOT accept a serial sexual predator, racist, bigot as my predator. Finally, I have hit the point that to do that would be a betrayal of myself. So for the first time in my life, Trump is not MY president.

      • 111 desertflower
        November 9, 2016 at 8:09 pm

        Precisely. All the things that he is..go against my morals. He is nothing to me. A place holder until a REAL one is elected. I would be a hypocrite.Not my president.

        • 112 carolyn
          November 9, 2016 at 8:37 pm

          Agree desertflower and foxfire. He is NOT my president. I do not accept anything he stands for. I too will wait for another president and get rid of this place holder. Disgusting person!!!!!

    • 114 globalcitizenlinda
      November 9, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      you represent my state of mind

  41. 115 Gazelle
    November 9, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    I don’t think you understand us right now.

    I think you think this is about politics.

    I think you believe this is all just sour grapes; the crocodile tears of the losing locker room with the scoreboard going against us at the buzzer.

    I can only tell you that you’re wrong. This is not about losing an election. This isn’t about not winning a contest. This is about two very different ways of seeing the world.

    More here: http://johnpavlovitz.com/2016/11/09/heres-why-we-grieve-today/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=facebook_page&utm_medium=John+Pavlovitz&utm_content=Here%27s+Why+We+Grieve+Today

  42. 116 desertflower
    November 9, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    • 117 arapaho415
      November 9, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      GE DF (know you’re off to bed, but perhaps you’ll see this in the morning).

      It’s far worse than just Planned Parenthood.

      I know I said I’d tone down my negativity, but we Obots must not be surprised when DJT takes his seat in the Oval Office.

      DJT will have full control of 3 branches of government — Roe v. Wade may be scrapped — if so, it’s back to the back-alley abortions that many novels from the 1950s and 1960s incorporated into their plot lines (unplanned pregnancy was so common before The Pill “liberated” women).

      He’s also going to reverse every Executive Order that PBO put in place. His cabinet will be filled with whackjobs and nutcases.

      He will do Putin’s bidding.

      I’ve seen several tweets that think the Dems have a good chance of taking the House in 2018 — which Dems must ensure happens, to limit the damage that DJT will have brought about in two years. Tragically, oil drilling/fracking, oil pipelines and coal mining will be operating full-steam ahead, but I don’t think he’ll have the time to sell (give?) BLM land to Cliven Bundy by 2018.

    • 118 nospin
      November 10, 2016 at 6:10 am

      well, Planned Parent can be funded by the people who are like minded. Maybe they need to consider how to open that channel of financial support to expand their reach and that way, they are not dependent on the will of ignorant people.

  43. 119 desertflower
    November 9, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Night everyone. Benydryl and bed

  44. 120 Gazelle
    November 9, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    [I love Kamala Harris. Have been her supporter since she ran for AG in CA. Posting her letter that I received so all can be uplifted.]

    Friends –

    After nearly two years of hard work and dedication, I am proud to tell you that we won our election last night. I am humbled and honored to serve you and the people of California in the U.S. Senate.

    There is so much to be grateful for in the results coming from our beautiful and diverse state, but it is clear that the cause of justice and equality has never been more urgent.

    I know the way many of you are feeling in this moment. The only thing I can say is this: we must not and we cannot despair. We must not be overwhelmed in our national loss—or focus only on our victory here in California. We cannot throw up our hands at a time that requires all of us to roll up our sleeves.

    We can either retreat or we can fight. I intend to FIGHT for who we are. I hope you join me.

    I intend to fight for a state that has the largest number of immigrants, both documented and undocumented. We must bring them justice and dignity and fairness through comprehensive immigration reform.

    I intend to fight for Black Lives Matter and to ensure truth, transparency, and trust in our criminal justice system.

    I intend to fight for a woman’s access to health care and reproductive rights.

    I intend to fight against those naysayers who suggest there is no such thing as climate change. Now is the time to intensify the fight for our environment, not abandon it. Our children’s future literally depends on it.

    I intend to fight for the civil rights of all people, because no one should be denied housing, employment or the right to marry the person they love.

    I intend to fight for our students and invest in them. We cannot let them graduate with devastating amounts of debt. Education is the only path to success, we must solve the student loan debt crisis.

    I intend to fight for commonsense gun safety because it’s the right thing to do. I have not forgotten the lives that were lost in San Bernardino, Sandy Hook, or the tragic attack on my friend, Gabby Giffords.

    So folks, here’s the deal: our ideals are at stake right now and we will have to fight for who we are. This is a pivotal moment in the history of America.

    I believe it is an inflection point—similar to the time and place when my parents met and were active in the Civil Rights Movement. I believe this is a moment in time when many of us must look in the mirror with furrowed brow and ask ourselves: who are we?

    I believe that answer is a good one. We are a great country. Imperfect, but great because of our values, ideals, and diversity. One presidential election cannot erase that.

    It is important to remember what Coretta Scott King taught us. That the fight for civil rights—the fight for justice and equality—must be fought and won with each generation. It is the very nature of this fight that whatever gains we make, they will not be permanent.

    The same is true of our opponents. The gains they have made in this election are not permanent. That is why we must come together right now—not despair—and fight for who we are and the country we want to be.

    Thank you for everything you have done in this election. I am humbled by the fact that we would not be here without you.

    This campaign for Senate has ended, but the work is just beginning. Please stay involved. Please own a piece of the next four years and help us fight for the future of this country. Together, we can do this.

    Fight on,

    – Kamala

  45. November 9, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    From John Philip Newell, a Scottish Celtic Christian writer and teacher, a prayer especially for today:

    A Prayer for Today

    Be strong, O my soul,

    Be strong this day

    To face this moment and feel its pain

    To cry with our mothers and weep for our daughters

    To stand by our fathers and sons of colour

    And defend our true brothers and sisters of the Qu’ran

    To serve compassion rather than fear

    To invoke wisdom instead of ignorance

    To elect humility over false pride

    Be strong, O my soul,

    Be strong this day

    Be strong this day for love.

    John Philip Newell

  46. 123 vcprezofan2
    November 9, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    // ….

    … writing gives me the opportunity to collect my thoughts and try to organize them. Without the need to do that, I suspect that I’d simply be roiling today from one thing to another with no coherence. What follows here is my best attempt to represent what I’ve put together so far.

    This morning I was reflecting on what it was like in the weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attack. What I remember most is how alone I felt. It seemed like after the shock wore off, the entire country skipped over the grieving process and landed permanently on anger and the need for revenge. I felt left behind with my overwhelming sadness and confusion about what had just happened.

    In subsequent years, I found out that I was not alone. Others told me that they felt the same way. It’s just that we were all quietly trying to heal the wound and sort things out on our own while the voices of anger and revenge were on public display for everyone to see. This country made some major mistakes as a result. So I learned my lesson. As much as I’d like to retreat and try to figure this all out in private, it is through writing that I will try to add my voice to the mix in favor of slowing down and paying attention to the the deeper questions that we need to struggle with.

    I know that personally I have to create some space for that process to happen. So there are some things that I will either do or not do. First of all, I’ll recognize that I am grieving a loss. It’s not the loss of a person – but of an assumption about where we as a country are on this journey of “perfecting our union.” The America that just elected Donald Trump as our next president is not the country I thought we were. Before I get busy trying to figure out who we actually are, I need to give myself the time to grieve that loss.

    …………………………………….//

    http://washingtonmonthly.com/2016/11/09/the-test-we-face/

    • 124 jackiegrumbacher
      November 9, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      VC, thank you for stating what I feel. My grief has overwhelmed me and I have had to step away from everything and give myself time to recover. I’m exhausted from the campaign, have a cough I can’t shake and am feeling miserable. On top of everything else, I haven’t had a decent night’s sleep in days. The sub moronic elements in this country elected a madman as president and the consequences for all of us will be dire. I’m not sure how long it will take to get back on my feet, but I do love you all and appreciate all the energy, spirit, heart and insight you share each day.

      • 125 jacquelineoboomer
        November 9, 2016 at 9:44 pm

        jackieG – So sorry to hear this, darlin’. First, start to feel better, then the rest will fall into place, albeit slowly. The only thing that’s any comfort to me is that we’re all in this together. Love ya!

      • 127 vcprezofan2
        November 9, 2016 at 9:58 pm

        JackieG, you have worked so faithfully and hard over this election that the results had to have been a severe blow. Do take excellent care of yourself!

        The above words are actually from Smartypants’ post-election reflections. I agree with you that she makes some very , very good points and I encourage you to go read her post in its entirety. {{{JackieG}}}

      • 128 globalcitizenlinda
        November 9, 2016 at 10:41 pm

        I pray that you feel better soon.

        may your health improve fast and the fatigue go.

        as for the enormity of the political trauma we experienced, I just don’t know my O-Sister

      • 129 taiping1
        November 10, 2016 at 12:37 am

        So sorry that Pennsylvania was lost to the forces of racism and sexism. Extra blessings to all our community who live in Red States. California is such a bubble: 66 percent for Hillary. Only loss was on the death penalty bill: 50 percent voted to speed up executions.

  47. 130 carolyn
    November 9, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Nancy writes truth. We need time and space to grieve. Making plans, getting up and “doing” something, are pretty well impossible right now. I am 15 months out from my husband’s death, and I know, as do many of you, that the grieving process takes time. It is not accomplished in a day, a week, or a month. It comes in waves and subsides, it enervates and stirs up. This experience will be the same for those of us who are so hurt and dismayed by what happened, and hurt for the Obamas and Bidens and Hillary.

    I do know that the people on this blog helped me through these months, and I believe we will help each other through this dark trial. We can use this place for the time and space to grieve and work through what we intend to do. We cannot make those decisions immediately. I’m thankful for TOD, or whatever guise it assumes in the future, because of the quality and understanding of the people here. We were drawn together by our outstanding PBO, but we have shown ourselves to be people of quality, emulating him as he has called us to our better angels, and we have answered.

    I love everyone here, and am praying for all of us and praying for the Obamas, the Bidens and the Clintons. They are all hurting today.

  48. 135 vcprezofan2
    November 9, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Smartypants has done a couple of “calming” (to me) posts today that I really find reassuring.

    //……………………………..

    “Invariably, it seems it is we in the white community who obsess over our own efficacy, and fail to recognize the value of commitment, irrespective of outcome. People of color, on the other hand, never having been burdened with the illusion that the world was their oyster, and thus, anything they touched could and should turn to gold, usually take a more reserved, and I would say healthier view of the world and the prospects for change. They know (as indeed they must) that the thing being fought for, at least if it’s worth having, will require more than a part-time effort, and will not likely come in the lifetimes of those presently fighting for it.” ~Tim Wise

    I’ve often thought of that during this election as we witnessed the difference between those who understand the long-term battle for incremental change and those who simply want to burn the whole thing down and start over. When people of color are inspired by leaders like Obama and Clinton who espouse the former approach, we shouldn’t be surprised. Not only is it true that they are the most likely to be hurt in the burning down process, but they don’t fool themselves into thinking that it will bring the kind of change we all hope for. The struggle against racism for African Americans in this country has gone on for over 200 years and we’re obviously not done fighting against it yet – even though progress has definitely been made. But how many generations have come and gone as they struggled to plant the dates they will never see?

    ……………………………. //

    http://washingtonmonthly.com/2016/11/09/let-us-not-grow-weary-in-doing-good/

  49. November 9, 2016 at 8:53 pm

  50. 140 globalcitizenlinda
    November 9, 2016 at 9:04 pm

  51. November 9, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    The question is …how do you destroy racism……because unless this is addressed nothing will change

    • November 9, 2016 at 11:08 pm

      It is easy to do as we are not faced with the reality of it every day. But certainly during these last eight year it has become more and more horribly apparent. The important thing is to listen and accept the lived experience of others and then take the responsibility to make changes. We have to own it.

  52. 143 globalcitizenlinda
    November 9, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Sorry PBO.

    I apologize in advance that I will not watch you welcome the homegrown demagogue to the White House … my heart can only take so much.

    • 144 jacquelineoboomer
      November 9, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      I’m thinking I’m going to be walking that trail with you. Couldn’t watch Hillary’s speech. May not be able to watch the welcoming ceremony, although maybe it would help our collective hearts to see it. If we don’t accept it, we’ll never move forward with the Obamas and the Bidens. Dunno.

      • November 10, 2016 at 1:09 am

        I can’t stomach it. I wish I was a better person, but my psyche can’t handle it. I feel broken.

        • 146 jacquelineoboomer
          November 10, 2016 at 8:08 pm

          I think you feel you can’t handle it just exactly because you ARE a better person. Don’t know if it’ll help you, but I’m concentrating on the good things in my life … and trying (not too successfully) to inch my way back to following what’s going on politically. I figure by the end of the week, I MAY be able to watch 15 minutes of coverage, but I’m still about 10 mins. away.

    • 147 hopefruit2
      November 9, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      I meant my response for you (posted a few posts down). 🙂

  53. November 9, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks at the World Jewish Congress Gala

  54. 150 MadameSoph
    November 9, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Good evening TOD,

    Stepping in to share this little grain of hope with my fellow mourners:

    A friend and I were attempting to “talk each other off of the ledge” earlier today and her 14 year old daughter interrupted and told us, “Don’t forget, my friends and I will be eighteen years old in four years and we will vote him out of office for you!”

    Sending love to you all tonight.

  55. 152 hopefruit2
    November 9, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    I will not be watching either. Sorry, my PBO, but I just cannot. I hope there will be separate special send-off event for the Obamas & Bidens (organized by and for Obama/Biden supporters and other Democrats/Liberals who are interested).

  56. 155 jacquelineoboomer
    November 9, 2016 at 9:49 pm

  57. 156 jacquelineoboomer
    November 9, 2016 at 9:52 pm

  58. 158 No Child Left Behind
    November 9, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    • 159 jacquelineoboomer
      November 9, 2016 at 11:35 pm

      Well, there you have it. An elected Member of Congress warning people that Hitler’s Germany will be starting up soon. God save us all.

  59. 160 vcprezofan2
    November 9, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    We’ve made it through the day after, TODobots! Thanks everyone for the gathering and the sharing of thoughts and support here in the village; we *are* stronger together. I’m signing off to read a little and to try for a more relaxed sleep than last night brought.

    Good night, all y’all!

  60. 161 jacquelineoboomer
    November 9, 2016 at 10:02 pm

  61. 162 hopefruit2
    November 9, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Oh…but all we heard about the past four weeks were Hillary’s emails…Podesta…FBI “investigation” Why wasn’t this montage played nightly as it should have been? WHY NOW AFTER THE FACT?

  62. 164 jacquelineoboomer
    November 9, 2016 at 10:11 pm

  63. 165 sjterrid
    November 9, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    I wanted to share with you that I went to the rally in Pa on Monday night. All though I walked awhile to get on line and we started to move only to be told that we wouldn’t be getting in. We walked to 5th and Chestnut and we were able to hear Bruce. We then walked to 4th and Market and were able to see the screen from Independence Hall. So we kind of heard & saw Michelle, President Obama and Hillary. It was incredible that there were so many people there supporting them. I heard it was around 30,000 people all together.

    I was so shocked when I went Canvassing in PA the next day, and going back to the Democratic Headquarters in NJ to watch the results come in. I had to leave around 10:30PM. I couldn’t watch the results coming in. When I got home, I had to comfort my daughter, who’s gay, and try to give her hope. I was so convinced that since the election was so close to call in so many states, that we would win. Only to wake up to Trump winning the vote.

    We have to stay strong and comfort our loved ones and continue to work to improve this nation.

    Thank God for this TOD community, Chips, Nerdy, LL, Bobfr, LP, Zizi, and especially President Obama, Michelle, and VP Biden and Jill.

  64. November 9, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    The more I see these protest the more I believe Trump stole this election, with help from the Republicans and Russia. I believe it was rigged.

  65. November 9, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Dear {{{{{{Friends}}}}}}

    Many of you posted lovely comments in response, earlier today, to my apology. You touched me, deeply.

    My absence through the day had nothing to do with the outcome of the “election” – just a very demanding work day.

    We are all weary so instead of posting a couple of Tweets I managed to send a few hours ago, I’m just going to offer this as a statement of love and immense admiration for the fine people you are.

    Thank you …

    • 173 jacquelineoboomer
      November 9, 2016 at 11:06 pm

      We love you back, Bob!

    • 174 jacquelineoboomer
      November 9, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      By the way, I didn’t see your apology or any reason for you to apologize – so I’m good. And don’t forget to breathe!

    • 175 sherijr
      November 10, 2016 at 6:49 am

      Oh Bob, I thought you had left us, I’m so glad I misunderstood- very pleased to see you this morning! 🙂

    • 176 arapaho415
      November 10, 2016 at 7:50 am

      GM Dr. Bob.

      Thank you for your post, and thank you for sharing the beauty of the world.

      It’s hard to say goodbye to loved ones, especially with the unbelievable outcome of Tuesday’s election. That’s why you, TOD and everyone here is so important to us.

      Some people have had personal triumphs this year, and to them I offer my heartfelt congratulations (JO’B, here’s to your son’s full recovery from his devastating medical diagnosis), but truly, 2016 has been one of the worst years since WWII.

      We here at TOD will forever mourn GoBrooklyn’s passing, and miss those who chose to leave TODville — our most cherished Chips, Danny and amk.

      Good to see you here and now.

    • 177 mtmarilyn
      November 10, 2016 at 8:33 am

      We are so thankful for you Bob! We all will need each other thru all of this. Thank you for all that you have done and will do.

  66. November 9, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Click & read whole thing…

    • 179 Don
      November 10, 2016 at 8:08 am

      Well then we might have to take it to the streets.

      • November 10, 2016 at 10:13 am

        Don….

        so much can happen in the next year….and indeed we will take it to the streets…but there is an election every year….every year we have a chance to change our government for the better….we must use that opportunity…

        Yes We Still Can!

  67. 181 FoxfireTX
    November 9, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    One of the things I am really struggling with, that is somewhat specific to misogyny, is that so many women are as sexist if not worse than the men. How can other women do this to us all? 52% of white women voted for DT. It hurts and makes me angry and a myriad of other emotions. I looked at those women at Trump rallies with those disgusting shirts and felt sad, sad that they had so little self esteem. But today I am angry. Why do you have to make us part of your dysfunction?

  68. 182 jacquelineoboomer
    November 9, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    “Don’t it always seem to go
    That you don’t know what you’ve got
    ’till it’s gone … ”

  69. 183 jacquelineoboomer
    November 9, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    I watched about the first four minutes of Lawrence O’Donnell’s show (only time I had any political crap on today), and he did a wonderful soundbite on how noble President Obama is … would recommend it, but right around the five-minute mark or so, he started talking about DJT and I’m not going there. And I went back to watching American Pickers.

  70. November 9, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    I spent some time at the hospital with my friend Peggy today. Although doing better physically, she seems to be undergoing some mental issues. There were minor things on Sunday, But today there was full blown delusions of people listening to her, recording her, posting of her on the internet, people plotting to push her out of the hospital, and that she thinks she only has 3 weeks to live. It was very hard to listen to and deeply disturbing. I found the resident who had been with her before and told her everything I had heard. Finally I left to get some groceries for her son. I realized how alone she is. I was a bit overwhelmed after last night and trying to cope with the election results too. I canceled all my plans and went over to my friend’s house where we commiserated, and then went to dinner and a movie (Dr. Strange- very good!). Finally I came home to TOD. Spending the day surrounded with good Democrats.

    I felt this way during my divorce. I’ve mentioned that before, emotional abuse was involved. He sued for joint and physical custody and for months lived with the idea that I would have to deal with him and gain his agreement on any decision I made for them. It’s the closest I’ve come to panic attacks, I’d start to shiver and my hands would shake and my stomach would clench every time I thought about it. That was me last night and on and off all day. I have decided to be proud. Proud of the Obamas and Bidens and Clintons, proud of all my TOD friends who are supporting each other here with kind words and beautiful thoughts, and proud of every single American who cast their vote for a future of hope.

    • November 10, 2016 at 12:41 am

      {{{Mary1}}} hugs, love and prayers for both you and Peggy. Not a doctor, however, areas to explore — oxygen deprivation at onset of illness, reaction to medication. Sounds like she needs an advocate to assist. How old is her son?

    • November 10, 2016 at 9:39 am

      Mary, this is very moving. I am so sorry this horrifying shameful sour mess brings up bad old times for you, and of course it would. Your statement on deciding to be proud; to focus on our First Family and all the good people out there in public service and TOD friends and all the many many many people who voted for a Future of Hope — and there were more of us than there were of them — this inspires me today. I’m still reeling and heavy of heart but seeing your words is good medicine. All the best to you and all of our TOD family.

  71. November 9, 2016 at 11:30 pm

  72. November 9, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    • 189 No Child Left Behind
      November 9, 2016 at 11:54 pm

      That’s what you think. Both the elected jackass and Paul Lying Ryan will look at you straight in the eyes and claim otherwise. By the sheer election of the NY joker, they will tell you that he has a mandate. Period.

      • November 10, 2016 at 1:23 am

        Yet they’re going to take him down – and install Pence, because Pence is controllable (and much worse than Trump – with the exception he’s not Why Can’t We Launch Nukes-crazy. My guess is it will be the instant there’s nothing legal to be done about it, perhaps just after the inauguration, but it could be earlier depending on how fast the Trump U fraud case goes which starts next week. It’s why they’ve been silent, they only needed him for the win & Putin’s hackers. It’s also why Ryan was wetting himself with glee this morning, when he gaslighted the entire world with his “work together” nonsense.

        • 191 arapaho415
          November 10, 2016 at 8:01 am

          GM Tally.

          (Finally) read your comment from yesterday morning, which is an excellent summation of the large-scale impacts from Tuesday’s results.

          A wide-ranging assessment of the horrors that await the US and the world with DJT as president — and correctly asserts that president Pence would have worse domestic policies than DJT (and would be much more likely to see his dystopian agenda enacted).

          For those who missed it, here’s the link (click on the photo in the tweet to open Tally’s comment, which is #174 now)

  73. 193 jacquelineoboomer
    November 9, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Years too late, but at least it’s done.

  74. November 10, 2016 at 12:08 am

    I sincerely hope that “The Obama Diaries” will remain accessible to us always. My fear is GOP led by Trump will destroy our President’s legacy and I want these precious diaries, all of them, to reminisce. Not that I shall forget, but to look back on and find comfort that there are men and women with integrity, class, decency, and compassion willing to lead our country. I cannot express how grateful I am to have lived in the time of the Obama Presidency and for his beautiful wife Michelle and exceptional daughters. This is America at it’s finest. This truly was Camelot. I love you all…thanks.

  75. 196 JER
    November 10, 2016 at 12:11 am


    petesouza – The President with the VP talks with staff in the Oval Office this morning about last night’s election.

    • 199 Gazelle
      November 10, 2016 at 12:26 am

      Vote Always!

      Hope they did vote, and not buyers remorse. If not the latter, then it’s not a fad and will be sustained, continue till the message is heard loud and clear.

  76. 200 jacquelineoboomer
    November 10, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Goodnight Nerdy, TODville, and all the ships at sea!

  77. 201 Gazelle
    November 10, 2016 at 2:05 am

    [Lawdy! Might have to play Stevie Wonder’s “Help Us All” a few more times. Among other fellow grifters, is the infamous Wasila Hillbilly:]

    Attorney general picks include Chris Christie, Jeff Sessions and Rudy Giuliani.

    Newt Gingrich, John Bolton and Bob Corker are listed as potential picks for the secretary of State.

    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is the only name listed under chief of staff, while Sessions is also the only one being considered for director of Office of Management and Budget.

    Potential secretary of Commerce picks include Christie and Huckabee, while Carson is under consideration to be secretary of Education.

    Christie is also being weighed for secretary of Homeland Security, and Carson, Gingrich and Florida Gov. Rick Scott are potential picks for secretary of Health and Human Services.

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin also makes a surprise appearance on the shortlist, mentioned as one of seven potential candidates to become the Secretary of the Interior.

    [This is not from The Onion.]

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/preliminary-list-shows-potential-trump-cabinet-picks/ar-AAk6VI3?li=BBnb7Kz

    • 202 Gazelle
      November 10, 2016 at 2:17 am

      Wasila Hillbilly can’t fit in Sally Jewell’s baby booties, let alone run that department. WTF moment #13.

    • 203 sherijr
      November 10, 2016 at 7:06 am

      Republicans have always wanted to drown government in a bathtub- that is certainly the list of folks willing and able to accomplish this goal. The damage they will do to this country- to the people of this country is going to be immeasurable.

      Anyone that believes the folks who voted for Trump will regret their choice once he begins dismantling the Dept of Education, FDA; etc.. then haven’t paid attention to the fact that these voters actually want our government drowned down to nothing.

      The only positive to me right now is that Barack Obama IS still our President and Joe Biden IS still our VP, thankfully.

  78. 204 Obama Grandmama
    November 10, 2016 at 3:03 am

    I have four grown kids who all voted along with their spouses for Hillary. I heard from each of them today. They live in different states and one in Germany. All were upset as well as my teenage granddaughter. My pregnant daughter and I ranted together for awhile. Then she said, “Why would I want my daughter and future son to be raised in this Country? Then I realized I needed to step up and be like Obama. I said that was her hormones talking by the time my two year old granddaughter was older we would have that woman President. We just could not leave it to chance. Seems I gave myself a pep talk while trying to console my daughter. Once again, Thanks Obama!

  79. 205 pkayden
    November 10, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Thanks to all of you who made this website possible. Hoping that TOD continues even when POTUS is out of office. This has been such a wonderful place to visit to get my fill of the First Family.

  80. 206 globalcitizenlinda
    November 10, 2016 at 8:13 am

    good morning everyone.

    have a good day

  81. 207 Don
    November 10, 2016 at 8:17 am

    So we go from a First Lady that graduated from both Princeton AND Harvard to one that graduated from Trump University, nice going America.

  82. 208 JER
    November 10, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Good Morning TOD.

    Today from Bill Bramhall.

    A post shared by New York Daily News (@nydailynews) on

  83. November 10, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Good morning, TOD! Have a Blessed and Obama day!

  84. 213 desertflower
    November 10, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Good morning…well, I took that Benedryl and slept like a baby, so there’s that:) I still think of the horror..talked to my hubby this morning. Although he voted for Hillary, he is of the ignorant, clueless mind that this will all work out. That this is what we do every 4 years and America spoke and we change back and forth ALL the time and we’re still here. How fucking ignorant and simplistic. Now I know that HE doesn’t really understand and I can’t really share my frustrations and anger with him because he will poo poo it. Great! And when the dominos start to fall….I will look straight at him and loudly proclaim “I TOLD YOU!” so that maybe he will get a damn clue to the severity of what will continue to happen. The fact that I LEFT MY JOB in ’08 to volunteer for Barack Obama because I believed in him that strongly…(leaving a job in ’08 was hard! We were losing 800,000 jobs a month) All the blood, sweat, tears that went into the work…the love and care and compassion….GONE! Part of ME feels like it got taken away by this buffoon! He is not my president. Never my president. I will not heal from this. I will plot and go on, but I will NEVER heal from this. I knew that PBO was a once in a lifetime President, but I felt better knowing that at least Clinton would respect the work that was done and preserve his accomplishments. The buffoon will not, and with each dismantling of something that we all worked so hard to accomplish together, it will be a personal affront, a personal tear at my heart, a personal affront to my hard work. OUR hard work we all did together. I will live in fear for myself and others for the next 4 years. I will. I will feel that way because I have empathy for others that aren’t like me. No one would look at me and think that I would need to be afraid of anything, but I will be terrified. For friends, for coworkers, for people I don’t even know…. The fact that I do not feel like I even know this country, scares the crap out of me. I thought I knew, but I was wrong. I thought that the good people outweighed the bad…the thoughtful and caring/compassionate outweighed the ignorant, racist assholes. Call me stupid. Hit me like a ton of bricks. It’s ok, my eyes are wide fucking open now. I see them, yes I do.

    So, first I will savor the remaining couple months of PBO and this amazing First Family. I will revel in the magnificence of this time left. Then, I will train my sights on making sure that the swamp gets drained. We ALL need to make sure the swamp gets drained! Pull out those bedroom slippers and work our asses off to get this done, again. The work toward the more perfect union takes work. Hard, excruciating work…kept up, day after day, month after month, year after year. We can never give up. Never give in to the ugly cynics. We trudge forward because the President that we love and admire wouldn’t have it any other way. I do that in his name.

    Love you all. I need this place to be here. I can’t have another important thing taken from me right now. I hope that NW and Chips can keep the light on for us.


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