140 Responses to “President Obama Delivers Remarks At The Veterans Day Ceremony”


  1. 1 CEB
    November 11, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Thank you, Nerdy.

  2. 2 desertflower
    November 11, 2016 at 10:55 am

    • 3 Obama Grandmama
      November 11, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      I hope Mark does not suffer retribution from The Donald now.

      • 4 desertflower
        November 11, 2016 at 12:39 pm

        I’m pretty sure that Mr. Cuban can take care of himself with all things concerning this bozo

        • 5 jacquelineoboomer
          November 11, 2016 at 1:08 pm

          Totally agree. He has no fear of Trump and nothing to fear. Mark Cuban has totally impressed me during this campaign, and I hope he continues doing the good work.

  3. 6 desertflower
    November 11, 2016 at 10:59 am

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  6. 20 Judith Fardig
    November 11, 2016 at 11:24 am

    I don’t know if our Constitutional scholar President will feel he is on solid ground to go ahead and seat Merrick Garland, but it cannot hurt to sign this petition on We the People: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/we-people-ask-president-obama-immediately-appoint-merrick-garland-supreme-court

  7. 23 CEB
    November 11, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Why is the good fight always so hard? We fight and bleed and no battles are ever really won. That which is good and right lasts for barely a season, while all that is dark and evil lasts for eternities. But then, when you are at the bottom, the only thing that you have is the battle to climb up. Time for civil disobedience with a plan to regain and wield political power. The DNC is not the vehicle for this, however.
    I am going back to my real life. My mother called with the news that one of my cousins has died; this will be the third death in the family this year. Let the world do as it will for awhile.

    • November 11, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      i think that the forces of evil will always be with us….those forces that seek to enslave and control us will always be afoot….many times #WeThePeople think that a battle won means that the chapter is finished..when those forces just re group to fight another day…

      this must be how we see this…

      the DEMS squandered their chances in 2010 and 2014 to build on progress that was made by running from the President….

      In this election cycle the President told us what was on the ballot….many of us heeded the warning…but some of us did not vote and others sought to teach us a lesson and voted for 3rd party..

      as for the DNC…there is a place for it..it is up to us to make it what it needs to be…takes local involvement…along with coalition building with other grassroots movements and vehicles…there is no one way to move forward…there are many….

      but move forward is what we must do…

      #YesWeStillCan

    • 25 whenpamelawandered
      November 11, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      ❤🙏

  8. November 11, 2016 at 11:32 am

    • 27 sherijr
      November 11, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      Hell NO. Why on earth would she, would anyone give this man a chance? He’s been endorsed by the worst of the worst, he takes advice from the dredges of society. I guess she’ll be okay, so wtf.

    • 28 GGail
      November 11, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Wonderful tweet ranman!

    • 29 desertflower
      November 11, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      {{{RanMan}}} I’m DONE making nice! Look where THAT got us! No thanks

    • 31 purpleshoesla
      November 11, 2016 at 3:01 pm

      Oh puhleaze. 1 HOUR of him “leading” from either of the two multiple personalities Navarro thinks he has still spells the country is F’d. Thank you for “bringin’ da receipts” RanMan. I was wondering how long it was going to take this Republican to do a 180 and show her true colors. Right on schedule!

  9. November 11, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Bringing this over so folks don’t miss it.

    Adding this to the discussion about head of DNC. First, I’m not black, but think it was pf who said she wanted a black female…….I agree with that.🙂 Second, I heard a long interview couple weeks ago on Progressive Talk radio with Donna Brazil and ????. Don’t remember which show it was on/the host. Anyway, he asked her about staying on as the head of the DNC. She emphatically said “NO!” She went on to talk about it being time to bring in YOUNG ‘blood’, young ideas. She said there’s so many new, creative, promising young people in the DNC and that it’s time to hand it over to them……that they are our future, not just DNC’s future, but the country’s future. She ended that part by saying she wantd/planned to return to doing what her absolute passion is: teaching. She spoke to some extent to that, her passion for doing that, the rewards, etc. It was a very good interview and insightful.

  10. November 11, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Standing Ovation…..for our GREAT President…

  11. 34 arapaho415
    November 11, 2016 at 11:40 am

    GM TODville.

    The standing ovation for PBO at the Veteran’s Day ceremony has me in tears.

    Everyone there seems to grasp the fact that this is last of these ceremonies headed by a decent, caring person for the foreseeable future.

    • 35 FoxfireTX
      November 11, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      Me too Arapaho. I made it through yesterday without breaking down sobbing, but alas not today. I also thought for the first time that I have ever seen, when President Obama was waiting to speak he looked defeated. Given how we feel, I cannot begin to imagine what this is doing to him and Michelle. They deserved so much better than we gave them.

    • November 11, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      I felt that, too. Choked me up. These next couple of months will be very, very tough.

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  14. 39 No Child Left Behind
    November 11, 2016 at 11:46 am

    F** Y**! Bernie, you are all BS this morning.

    Your progressive talks only continue to divide the fragile democratic party.

  15. 42 arapaho415
    November 11, 2016 at 11:47 am

    First the media, now knowledgeable diplomats.

    DJT (Paul Manafort?) has already begun dismantling democracy, and obviously has a direct line to Putin.

    Already posted my dystopian vision here, won’t repeat myself, but DJT is beginning with the stifling of our First Amendment:

  16. November 11, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    I actually love this idea:

    • November 11, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Get this: I posted a comment on Stephanie Miller’s page, same thing I shared here about the Donna B. interview. There was a regular caller, Casey, who said he did NOT believe we should run Bernie in 2020…..that that would be a disaster from the get-go. Now, the replies to my post are rolling in. OMG! A Bernie supporters. Calling me out, the DNC, all libs/progressives, demeaning……Sigh…..

    • November 11, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      hmmm Harry Reid….

      sigh…

    • 46 arapaho415
      November 11, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      GM Meta.

      We’re still suffering from our November heatwave, though thankfully cooler last night. But weather.com tells me our highs will be near 90F until at least Wednesday. 😦

      Frustrating for a novice gardener trying to figure out when I can prepare perennials for winter and adjust watering schedule appropriately for my succulents. Some spring-blooming plants are in flower now. Will tweet photo this weekend.

      I know I’ll get pushback here because I’m a blue dog Dem, but Keith Ellison would be exactly the wrong choice — a person sure to inflame as many people as possible, and what this country truly needs are Dems and SANE GOP (i.e., those willing to set aside their egos and personal agendas) to unite in a common goal: obstruct DJT from the godawful damage his handlers are trying to inflict on the US and the world. (See my post upthread about Putin/McFaul).

      Harry Reid or Joe Biden would be PERFECT candidates, change we can believe in now.

      • 47 Don
        November 11, 2016 at 1:28 pm

        I think Keith Ellison is a little shaky also, besides that, Ellison believes that the sun rises and sets on Bernie Sanders’ ass.

      • November 11, 2016 at 2:13 pm

        I don’t have cable so I get a lot of my info from twitter and videos. Ellison blocked me years ago for asking him a question about a bill. I wasn’t challenging him, just asking for information. So I don’t get good vibes from someone like that. PLUS, he’s a Bernie acolyte, and I don’t want to have anything whatsoever to do with those guys. I saw way way way too much racism and sexism on twitter from their ilk and now their trying to throw fits to gain power from a party they despise? NOPE.

        • 54 arapaho415
          November 11, 2016 at 2:44 pm

          Really unconscionable for an elected official to block someone who isn’t spewing vulgarities or threats.

          DNC needs a seasoned veteran who knows the players and how the layers of Congressional/Senate negotiations actually work. Harry Reid would be an inspired choice, and Catherine Masto can learn from him to carry forward his prowess.

          But Joe Biden (if he wants the position, of course) would be excellent at appealing to reluctant lawmakers who are afraid of their constituents.

          The global future is literally at stake, Dems need to step up to the challenge and nominate the right person to be the head of the Dem party for the next two years.

          • 55 arapaho415
            November 11, 2016 at 2:48 pm

            Didn’t mean to imply that Barack Obama isn’t the leader of the Dem Party.

            But the official head, the go-to person for Congress and Senate needs to be someone else.

            Barack Obama is, and will be the voice of the party, but please, let’s give him a break from the daily freakouts and abuse he’s had to suffer on an hourly basis for 8 years.

      • 56 purpleshoesla
        November 11, 2016 at 3:14 pm

        There is no SANE GOP. Craven, racist, sexist, psychopathic behavior just won the GOP all 3 branches of our government.

      • 57 GGail
        November 11, 2016 at 5:09 pm

        The only reason you’re getting push back from me is because of this statement you made: “I know I’ll get pushback here”.
        Simply state your comment without all of these preambles

        • 58 arapaho415
          November 11, 2016 at 5:21 pm

          Pardon me?

          I’m sorry if providing my background as a left-leaning Independent offends you.

          Provided background so that people are aware of the reason for my opinion.

          May need to erase the “left-leaning” from my Independent status, if this is how I am greeted by Dems.

          However, I will forever worship Barack and Michelle Obama for everything they are, the great goodness and decency and forward-looking vision.

          • 59 GGail
            November 11, 2016 at 5:28 pm

            And that’s all that we need to know arapaho – that you love Barack & Michelle – as we all do. ❤

            • 60 arapaho415
              November 11, 2016 at 8:37 pm

              Thanks for the reply, GGail.

              I’m so frustrated and angry now, of course not at you or anyone in TODville — this is a true haven, especially when I see what is going on now, everywhere in this country and the world.

              It’s really not my intent to offend or raise anyone’s blood pressure here — Lord knows just opening the Internet is enough to do that now. And because I try my human best to do that, I get the sense that others think I’m trying to impose my opinion, which is NEVER the case. I’m not an expert on anything at all, and honestly believe that you can learn so much by listening.

              I learn so much from everyone here, enjoy hearing observations on all topics here.

              But man, oh man, this week, just absolutely unbelievable, and has to be simply devastating for all the decent and big-hearted people in the Obama Administration, especially for our beloved Barack who has been betrayed by the media and so many others.

  17. 62 FoxfireTX
    November 11, 2016 at 12:33 pm

  18. 63 desertflower
    November 11, 2016 at 12:46 pm

  19. November 11, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    WOW

  20. November 11, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    WOW how would this change electoral politics

    • 83 Obama Grandmama
      November 11, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      I heard Howard Fineman say something like the electoral college would be easier to deal with if each state legislated how their electorates would vote than something that had to be ratified. It was said last night on either Rachel or Lawrence’s show as those are the only two I am watching anymore. There are so many GOP run states I do not see how that could work though.

      • 84 arapaho415
        November 11, 2016 at 1:36 pm

        GM OG.

        My twitter timeline for MSM today basically says, no way, no how.

        See my comment to DF on last night’s overnight thread:
        https://theobamadiary.com/2016/11/10/chat-away-885/#comment-1607765

        … in response to this tweet:

        * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
        From the article:
        “Some Electoral College voters have publicly voiced that they may refuse to vote for Trump, including in conservative states such as Texas. One Texas elector was a first responder on 9/11, and according to an August article in Politico, has ‘reluctance to cast a vote for Trump is due to the nominee’s security rhetoric,’ fearing ‘Trump’s approach on military issues,’ in particular his seeming penchant toward war crimes.”

        The article was written by Tobias T. Gibson, associate professor of political science at Westminster College in MO, who wrote in August that “‘it appears to many that the Trump candidacy imperils both party and country.’ And it is important to remember the purpose of the Electoral College. Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist No. 68 that ‘the immediate election should be made by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation’ who ‘possess the information and discernment requisite to such complicated investigations.’”

    • 85 Nena20409
      November 11, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      Per Thom Hartmann today, there are now 13 States with laws like MD. He claims that another 12 are needed to upend the current system w/o going through the Constitutional Amendment or through Congress. This has never been my understanding of the Electoral College. Not mentioned by Hartmann, today, there are 1 Rep to nearly 700K. US Population is 320M. The Constitution had provided 1 Rep to 30K. Then it was Amended to 300K, then to 600K and now, loosely agreed to 700K. How about fixing this 1st? This way, smaller States like: WY,ND,SD,MT,ID,RI,DE, etc are not overly represented over Bigger States.
      Last, I am not sure, but the Electoral College as invented, was to get all 13 Original States to some form of Equality in terms of solving dominance from States with larger Population.
      Hartmann also said today that the Exit Polls had Clinton winning in PA,MI,NC & FL by 2%-5% points. If true, this is ONLY happening in USA now. Exit Polls work well in other Nations, but in US? All those 4 States had GOP State Control. Only PA had Dem Gov.
      Finally, I read somewhere that in US history, there has been FIVE Times when the Person who won the Popular Votes and or Electoral Votes were denied the presidency. All five to Dems. Twice now in the 21st Century. Is this Sustainable? I highly doubt it.
      I seriously doubt that had GOP suffered this one time that the Electoral College would still be part of the system. One of the 2 major Party is Sane and the GOP is Insane.

      • 86 arapaho415
        November 11, 2016 at 3:13 pm

        GA PF58.

        Exit polls are just that, polls, they’re not actual votes. Don’t forget the #BradleyEffect, which I scoffed at before the election, but am now convinced that many who responded to polls simply lied about who they would/did vote for. Saw a clip of Frank Luntz from Wednesday morning who said he asked his cab driver who he voted for, and the man didn’t want to answer, but finally admitted that he voted for DJT. When asked about his reluctance, the cab driver responded, “I don’t want to be judged.”

        Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade made this prediction early on election day — alas, the Bradley effect was greater than he predicted:

        In all 5 cases where the popular vote exceeded the electoral college count, it was CA that pushed the Dem popular vote over the GOP’s.

        From yesterday:

        For more info on electoral college, see Madame Soph’s comment below, and the tweet I posted in response to her.

  21. 87 arapaho415
    November 11, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Even before Tuesday’s debacle, didn’t trust polls a bit — IMHO, just a means for MSM to justify endless campaign coverage, but there’s this:

    From election night:

    • 88 Don
      November 11, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      And that was the disconnect for me, how can 54% of the voters have a positive view of President Obama’s presidency and turn around and vote for Trump. For this to be true 54% of the voters must have sadomasochistic tendencies.

      • 89 desertflower
        November 11, 2016 at 1:40 pm

        exactly. That, and Americans are stupid as shit. We are.

      • 91 Obama Grandmama
        November 11, 2016 at 8:20 pm

        I also do not understand how Americans can vote for the party that obstructed PBO’s requests for infrastructure spending, additional taxes on the top 1% to help pay for it and then listens to that opposing party complain about no infrastructure spending and high deficits then goes out and puts them in charge of all branches of the government. Just like when the GOP ran the country into the ditch with their policies and they re-elect them to do it again.

    • 92 FoxfireTX
      November 11, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      This is just sick. As I said the other day, give it six months and this country will be screaming for Barack Obama. But it will be too late, and the GOP will be well on its way to undoing everything he accomplished for us.

  22. November 11, 2016 at 1:46 pm

  23. 98 GGail
    November 11, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Hillary wants to say thank you to those of us who worked on her campaign…

    Thank you, Gail.

    You worked hard to make this campaign something special — while we didn’t get the result we wanted, there’s so much to be proud of.

    We talked to millions of voters and brought new people into the political process — this experience is something no one can take away from us.

    Hillary wants to get on the phone this evening to personally thank you for all your hard work. Can you join us? We’ll get started at 8:00 p.m. ET. All you have to do it RSVP here, and you’ll get everything you need to join the call:

    • 100 mtmarilyn
      November 11, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      Thank you Gail for this notice. I am not ready to listen to her say thank you. I haven’t even been able to listen to PBO. I am not ready to totally put this behind me. I am still so mad, upset, angry, etc. I haven’t been on Facebook and only read the tweets here. I haven’t read any paper and watched tv. This is the only place I can go as of yet. I so worry about everyone this is going to affect. I can’t sleep at night, So far I have listened to 4 audio books at night. I know I must get myself together, But I guess I need to grieve alittle longer. Then it’s to see what I can do to help the Obama legacy and all the folks who will lose much with this Republican rule.

      Thank you Gail for all that you did. So thankful for this community. I so miss Chips, but thank you Nerdy Wonka!

  24. November 11, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    LOVE our Joe

  25. 103 Nena20409
    November 11, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    • 104 FoxfireTX
      November 11, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      I do not know how you can possibly look at this number and the election results and NOT think misogyny played a huge role. Yes, Hillary does not have PBO’s charismatic personality but she pledged to continue his policies. The only thing that does make sense is that it is the messenger more than the message.

  26. 105 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    November 11, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    I STILL CAN’T EAT………….SICK TO MY STOMACH!

  27. 106 No Child Left Behind
    November 11, 2016 at 2:16 pm

  28. 109 FoxfireTX
    November 11, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    For those who are talking about the electoral college, as I said the other day I cannot see this happening–at least not in time to reverse the results of this election. But after this same issue in 2000, a movement was started to get the states to enact laws that commit their electors to voting in accordance with the national popular vote rather than the popular vote in each state. They need to get this passed in enough states that would take it to the 270 electoral votes needed to become president. They have gotten this law passed in enough states that comprise 165 electoral votes but obviously a ways to go. I was not aware of this push until LOD mentioned it last night. The website for this is here:

    http://www.nationalpopularvote.com/written-explanation

    Please spread this far and wide as so many people seem to unaware of it. Bottom line, it will not undo the travesty that occurred on Tuesday. But perhaps we can ensure that this never happens again by working in our states to get this passed. At least it gives us a path for the future.

    • 110 arapaho415
      November 11, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      GM MadameSoph.

      Here’s an opinion article by the chair of that organization:

      • 111 MadameSoph
        November 11, 2016 at 3:17 pm

        Good Morning Arapaho! I was just thinking about this subject. I think you thought Foxfire was me, or maybe you are psychic and knew I would be peeking in just now looking for info on this subject 🙂 Either way, you gave a little bright spot to my morning.

  29. 112 desertflower
    November 11, 2016 at 2:19 pm

  30. November 11, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Shouldn’t we be pushing for an investigation into the Russians tampering with our votes before the Electoral College meets? I don’t know where to start but we need to start somewhere.

  31. November 11, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    A damn shame this has to be done at all.

  32. 117 jacquelineoboomer
    November 11, 2016 at 2:58 pm

  33. November 11, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Our man, SOS John Kerry!!

  34. November 11, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    We’re so screwed.

  35. 122 FoxfireTX
    November 11, 2016 at 3:32 pm

  36. 123 MadameSoph
    November 11, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Good Morning TOD!

    I just got off the phone with my health insurance company. I am insured via Covered California, the California version of the health exchanges. It was a routine call, just had to answer a question. To my surprise, I broke down in the middle of it, telling the woman through deep sobs, “I don’t know why I’m bothering with any of this; they’re probably going to take it away anyway.” I guess I’m not holding it together as well as I thought I was.

    I am in the position of being a yoga therapist and having to try to come up with some comfort for my clients during this time, while I am searching for my own. Most of my friends and family are also in a deep state of shock and mourning, and I am praying to be a conduit of God’s healing love and light, as I am utterly without solutions, myself.

    Most of all my heart aches for the President and First Lady, who got this in response to all of their hard work, and also for Hillary Clinton, who has to hear, once again, how unlikable she is.

    In spite of all this, I awoke this morning with a small ray of hope. I remember how depressed and defeated I felt when GWB was re-elected in 2004 (not like this, of course). Little did I know that Dems would take both houses of Congress 2 years later and that we would get Barack Obama as our President in 2008. Our President has had a ray of protection with him. So many times the Obama coalition looked to be defeated, the ACA looked to be defeated, but PBO and we have found a way. I feel like he is blessed with some extra support from on high.

    I don’t know how it will play out. But, something in me tells me that ultimately it will be o.k. and that PBO’s work will not be erased – that he will be triumphant in the end. I don’t know how, but I will go forth with this tiny bit of faith that is sitting in my heart at the moment, and hopefully, growing.

    • 124 No Child Left Behind
      November 11, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Comforting thoughts. Thank you for sharing.

      I am still physically sick. Very sick because I take things I love very seriously. I haven’t digested this new face of America, yet can’t escape it nor ignore it. At least not yet.

    • 125 Obama Grandmama
      November 11, 2016 at 10:10 pm

      Madamesoph, So much of your message hit home with me. At first I was in denial, followed by despair, now I have progressed to angry. I am so mad at those I know that voted for Trump, especially my brothers, niece and her husband. My four adult children and their spouses all voted for Hillary and have expressed similar feelings. My youngest daughter is expecting her second child in February. She expressed worry over bringing children into this America she no longer recognizes. That snapped me somewhat out of it. I immediately said that is her hormones affected by her depressed state that she cannot give in. We have to work harder and my little two year old granddaughter will see a woman President in her lifetime. In trying to talk her down I talked myself down. Still mad, but not giving up. Maybe we can flip the Senate next time and get the Presidency back in four years.

  37. November 11, 2016 at 3:42 pm

  38. November 11, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    This is called reinventing the wheel

  39. November 11, 2016 at 4:07 pm

  40. 130 FoxfireTX
    November 11, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Just finished reading the Vogue article on our FLOTUS. It is beautiful. Can’t imagine not having these two incredible people in our daily lives.

  41. November 11, 2016 at 4:18 pm

  42. 132 desertflower
    November 11, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Ironic and sad that a guy that is a walking scandal factory, full of sleeze and shady characters in his circle…replaces a man that has lead an exemplary life with grace and class…and a scandal free 8 years. It’s worse than a bad movie.

  43. 134 JER
    November 11, 2016 at 4:25 pm

  44. November 11, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    He broke the mold:

  45. November 11, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Chuck Schumer is backing Keith Ellison. OMG, I can’t.

  46. 140 Lynn
    November 11, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    better yet…why not Harry Reid!!!!


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