119 Responses to “No Please, You First”


  1. 1 Judith Fardig
    November 17, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Could not adore him more!

  2. 4 GGail
    November 17, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Lovely ❤
    Thanks so much NW {{{{HUGS}}}}

  3. 5 Nena20409
    November 17, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Hey, Amk 😉 Hello from MN.
    The fight continues.
    Thanks for a new Post, NW.

  4. 7 Judith Fardig
    November 17, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    It’s not just we who will miss him – the whole world will miss him (minus of few insane ones)

  5. 10 CEB
    November 17, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    They are going to miss each other.

  6. 13 Nena20409
    November 17, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    • 15 a4alice
      November 17, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      thanks for posting this JER – I’ve really been listening to these Keith Olbermann segments. At first it was just because I was happy to see KO but then I got interested in his message.

  7. 16 Nena20409
    November 17, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    • 17 jacquelineoboomer
      November 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for … we are the change that we seek.”

      Never more important to follow! I’m with President Obama – speak up and speak out! We cannot keep our voices silent. We cannot hide out. We have helped him be the change, and we must continue in his honor and for our children and grandchildren. For our country. We are all trying to figure out our individual paths, but the main thing is: get on the path!

      “Two roads diverged in a wood and I … I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

  8. November 17, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Always lovely to have him over here. Can we keep him? 😊

    • November 17, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      Sometimes I wish there were more than one or we could share him, but right now, we really, really, really, need him back.

    • 25 arapaho415
      November 17, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      Hello niliathiel.

      Posted a toon upthread for CEB.

      🙂

      Here’s a quote from this article:

      “Merkel, who’ll have to work with Trump at least through her own elections next fall, took a softer approach. But her affection and admiration for Obama were apparent, as was her skepticism about what’s coming — ‘I am absolutely certain that one day we will come back to what we achieved and build on it,’ she said to the president in her opening remarks, while pledging to work with the incoming administration.”

  9. November 17, 2016 at 5:08 pm

  10. 27 globalcitizenlinda
    November 17, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    PBO is the head of the Democratic party & will remain so until a new Dem president is elected. He understands the need for coalition-building in order to win elections. He has already told us that he is going to remain engaged in organizing us. He also knows Shumer & Sanders well enough to know that what they are proposing now will not work for an increasingly diverse US population. So, i humbly suggest that we contact the two senators & other elected officials & explain to them that we oppose their short-sighted plan to chase after the unicorn. Then spend our

  11. 35 JER
    November 17, 2016 at 5:16 pm


    President Obama reaches to shake the hand of a German police officer as he walks from the U.S. Embassy to his hotel this afternoon. The Brandenburg Gate is in the background. — Pete Souza.

  12. November 17, 2016 at 5:39 pm

  13. 39 JER
    November 17, 2016 at 5:45 pm

  14. 40 JER
    November 17, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    • 42 globalcitizenlinda
      November 17, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      for the sake of him, his friends and family, I hope he can be found at health. the worry is that these stories rarely end as we want them to. fingers crossed for them all

      • 43 sherijr
        November 17, 2016 at 8:11 pm

        I am hopeful too. A female college student here in Baltimore went missing a week ago. She was finally located yesterday in TX, don’t know her story yet, but apparently unhurt and safe. So hopefully he will be found, also ok.

  15. 44 57andfemale
    November 17, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    I want to effing SCREAM:

  16. 45 FoxfireTX
    November 17, 2016 at 6:22 pm

  17. November 17, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    View from the hotel restaurant. Yes, this is with an iPhone.

    A post shared by Pete Souza (archived) (@petesouza44) on

    • 51 GGail
      November 17, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Wow, my iphone pictures never turn out this good. This is beautiful.

      • 52 arapaho415
        November 17, 2016 at 7:09 pm

        GA GGail.

        Simply stunning.

        Wish I had a fraction of Pete’s talent — looks like a spectacular hotel restaurant.

        Nena mentioned that her area is going through a rapid temperature drop (maybe a blizzard soon? brrr…), but it’s plenty cold enough here for me. (And to think just yesterday was grousing about our recent heat wave.)

      • 54 0388jojothecat
        November 17, 2016 at 7:10 pm

        He’s a professional GGail. Remember at my house we couldn’t figure out how to get the camera to flash even with three fabulously bright ladies like me, you, and purpleshoes?

      • 56 FoxfireTX
        November 17, 2016 at 10:10 pm

        We have been so lucky to be able to share his talents. Seeing him move on is going to feel like another loss.

  18. 57 FoxfireTX
    November 17, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Word of WARNING! Wait to read this beautiful long read on our beloved President Barack Hussein Obama when you are alone and have time. I am sitting here sobbing.

  19. 58 jacquelineoboomer
    November 17, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Check out the larger photo at the link. Oh my.

    • November 17, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      Seems more about the dump than about PBO. I’ll pass, except I’m keeping the pic. 🙂

      • 62 FoxfireTX
        November 17, 2016 at 9:14 pm

        Not my reading. David Remnick loves writing about President Obama, and clearly enjoys spending time with him. You can feel his understanding and empathy flow through the beautiful words and expression. And it contains a few interesting insights on the election and PBO’s somewhat changed plans for his post-presidency.

        • 63 jacquelineoboomer
          November 17, 2016 at 10:06 pm

          Didn’t know earlier the article was already posted! but I agree it was a great read. David Remnick did a fine job sharing the insights you mention!

      • 64 jacquelineoboomer
        November 17, 2016 at 9:40 pm

        I thought it was a great read about PBO’s thought processes – but I’m with you on keeping the pic! 🙂

        • 65 FoxfireTX
          November 17, 2016 at 10:15 pm

          Not my favorite photo of PBO. There is a hint of sadness and exhaustion that he rarely shows. While in some ways it provides a different glimpse, I prefer either happier times or some of his sexy photos:-) But for this article it is fitting.

          • 66 jacquelineoboomer
            November 17, 2016 at 10:17 pm

            Luckily, there are enough photos taken of PBO to fit all of our preferences! It is hard to see the hints of exhaustion when we see them. Cannot wait to see what he looks like after a nice trip to Hawaii after January!

      • 67 FoxfireTX
        November 17, 2016 at 10:18 pm

        BTW, it was David Remnick who wrote that incredible piece “An American Tragedy” about the election results. Like us, he made the point of the having DT following someone like PBO into that office is a “revulsion”, his word.

      • 68 arapaho415
        November 18, 2016 at 12:15 am

        GE/GM edpbho.

        Like all @newyorker articles, this is lengthy, and covers a lot of ground TODville was witness to (Veteran’s Day at Arlington National Cemetary, campaigning for HRC in NC and the final stop in Philly the day before the election with Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, FLOTUS, SLOTUS and VP).

        But Remnick is a good writer, and has authored a biography on PBO. He also offers real insight about how PBO views the cultural and media state of America (starting about in the middle of the article).

        PBO is a better analyst than any highly-paid pundit out there:

  20. 69 Nerdy Wonka
    November 17, 2016 at 7:37 pm

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  22. November 17, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    My lovely governor Rick Scott is being considered for health and human services secretary???👎👎👎👀
    He was convicted of Medicare fraud now he’s potentially leading the agency that’s in charge of it???

    Oh trump!!

  23. 74 FoxfireTX
    November 17, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    The double standard employed by these people is shocking. At least Hillary was working for the US. But this????????

  24. November 17, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    #NEVERtrump

    Based on the unrelenting flow of actions by Trump and his storm troopers today, what this conveyed this morning is only more likely tonight and, I assure you more rhetoric and wishful thinking will guarantee it happens!

    Good night, TOD ……

  25. 77 FoxfireTX
    November 17, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Something that will bring a smile to everyone’s face tonight!

  26. 80 desertflower
    November 17, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    He picks the very best people, doncha know…

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/17/politics/kfile-michael-flynn-social-media/index.html

    The son of top Donald Trump adviser and retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn regularly shares conspiracy theories, expletive-filled posts, and racially insensitive sentiments on Twitter and Facebook, a CNN KFile review of his social media presence reveals.

    Flynn’s son, Michael G. Flynn, shared stories alleging top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin had a connection to the Muslim Brotherhood, pushed a conspiracy theory that Sen. Marco Rubio was a closeted homosexual who abused cocaine, and repeatedly used expletives to attack Trump’s political opponents.

  27. 81 No Child Left Behind
    November 17, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    • 82 No Child Left Behind
      November 17, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      • 83 arapaho415
        November 17, 2016 at 10:39 pm

        GE NCLB.

        Very odd, looks like @IvanCNN deleted this tweet, which had been RT’d a zillion times (saw it everywhere on my Twitter timeline an hour ago). I think he may have replaced it with this one:

        But @pourmecoffee captured the moment:

      • 84 arapaho415
        November 17, 2016 at 11:08 pm

        Ahh, here’s the answer, which in itself is problematic.

        DJT is basically relying on foreign governments that he meets with, or has conversations with, to issue press statements.

        So far, his “office” has issued only one or two statements about these “meetings.” Aside from these statements, we must rely on DJT’s tweets (!) for confirmation.

        Which means that the United States must rely on the words from other governments about their meetings with our president-elect. This gives foreign governments carte blanc to lie/issue propaganda about these meetings.

        DJT apparently has no qualms about letting other countries govern the US, if he can just be a home body and entertain guests.

  28. 85 globalcitizenlinda
    November 17, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    I know that in the scheme of things, this is little consolation but I just had this thought:

    – so far, the gop has refused to confirm Judge Merrick Garland to the SCOTUS;

    – unless something happens, Judge Garland will continue to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the DC court.

    – I could be wrong on this (please correct me if I am) but I understand that this is often the court that hears more challenges to the actions of the executive and laws passed by the legislature;

    – if that is correct, then I can see a day in the future when Judge Garland joins a majority and strikes down the laws that gop have passed & signed.

    – if it is correct, then we should not alert these obstructionists about the potential for Judge Garland to have the last laugh.

    • 86 jacquelineoboomer
      November 17, 2016 at 10:10 pm

      Sounds good to me! My lips are sealed!

    • 87 FoxfireTX
      November 17, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      Wish it were that simple. Yes, the DC Circuit hears quite a number of matters but often they have to do with federal regulations and Congressional actions. Because most of the things from the executive branch affect citizens in every state, you “circuit shop” your cases which is how PBO’s DAPA ended up before the most conservative court of appeals in the country coming out of TX District Court. The GOP has used that pretty consistently, they’ve gotten TX to sue PBO’s administration no less than 45 times. But I assume the Dems have learned from this and will do the same. Generally, the 9th circuit is considered the most liberal court of appeals (haven’t checked lately to see how many judges PBO put on that court) and that covers the state of CA which appears to be more than willing to challenge DT. Turnabout is fair play, no?

  29. 91 99ts
    November 17, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Picked this up on youtube from front page of BJ

    He says what so many are thinking – Our PM used Greg f. Norman (who is apparently a friend of the monster) to get a phone number to call up and congratulate him. Our govt is talking about supporting the wars the horror enters, our PM said we can make lots of money because the horror needs weapons of war. I cannot believe any western government that would support this person.

    I am appalled by what has been said, I applaud this irish man for his truths

  30. 92 magapie
    November 17, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    And WHAT are these foreign leaders to do? Seriously they are stuck appeasing an imbecile.

    • 93 jacquelineoboomer
      November 17, 2016 at 11:44 pm

      I secretly hope that as part of normal protocol, all of the “32” or more foreign leaders first ran their calls and the one visit to Trump Tower (as far as we know) through either our State Department or the White House.

  31. 94 Nena20409
    November 17, 2016 at 10:55 pm

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  33. 99 globalcitizenlinda
    November 17, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    throughout all our stages of growth our mother has always cautioned me and my siblings to be humble and not to step on many toes when we are advancing.

    her common refrain is something most of us know: pride comes before a big fall … and that you better have someone to hold you up when things change and you are falling from grace or otherwise;

    it seems like the family that lives in the fake gold surroundings has yet to hear that and learn.

    man, it is going to be a long 4 years of their non-stop nonsense.

  34. 100 globalcitizenlinda
    November 17, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    I have been wondering why the Japanese PM was in a hurry to visit during the transition.

    is this something that typically happens?

    I don’t recall the same thing happening to then President-elect Barack Obama

    • 101 FoxfireTX
      November 18, 2016 at 12:12 am

      Linda, like you I don’t recall anything other than the congratulatory phone calls which were released every day by the Obama transition team. I suspect this year is different for a number of reasons, TPP, and fear given DT statements during the campaign. What the hell is kids are doing in these meetings is what I’d like to know. Isn’t Ivanka in charge of that :blind trust”?

      The complete breakdown in norms, and possible statutory violations, is frightening. Given it appears that the DOJ will be used as a revenge tool, who is going to stop him?

    • 102 arapaho415
      November 18, 2016 at 12:32 am

      GE GCL.

      It’s a combination of TPP up in the air and DJT (nutcase) being pres-elect.

      From article published on Monday:
      “In remarks to parliament Monday, Abe said he would convey his thoughts on free trade in the meeting being arranged for Thursday, adding that it was “unfortunate” that protectionism was on the rise in the U.S. While the Japanese leader acknowledged that it would be “extremely difficult” for the TPP to come into effect, he said the deal was far from finished and it remained important for Japan to show willingness to move forward.”

      http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-14/japan-s-abe-to-make-free-trade-case-to-trump-in-new-york-meeting

  35. 103 jacquelineoboomer
    November 18, 2016 at 12:01 am

  36. 106 jacquelineoboomer
    November 18, 2016 at 12:37 am

    This is one of my favorite tweets today. And the replies are excellent, too.

  37. 111 desertflower
    November 18, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Morning everyone. You know what to do.

    • 112 arapaho415
      November 18, 2016 at 8:59 am

      GM DF.

      This horror knows no bounds.

      re: DJT making plans to profit as US president:

      And of course, info from meeting w/ Japanese PM delegation was released by Japanese press office, not US president-elect.

      DJT has no intention whatsoever to let anyone outside his circle know that the operators of his business (i.e., family members) will know US state secrets to benefit/coerce from classified info.

      But… but… #Benghazi! #emails!

  38. 113 desertflower
    November 18, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Read the TL… The misinformation/propaganda campaign begins

    https://twitter.com/juliettekayyem?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

  39. November 18, 2016 at 8:34 am

    So much horrific news coming out this morning.

    This will go higher and higher:

  40. November 18, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Everyone has their own healthcare story, or you know someone has. In order to fight back against the upcoming GOP attempts at taking away Obamacare, Medicare and Medicaid, we need to tell our stories.

    Please go to COULD HAPPEN TO YOU and leave your story.

    We have to get out in front of these butchers. Have our voices heard.

    Please share on twitter. We need those stories.

  41. November 18, 2016 at 9:28 am

    A new theory for why Trump voters are so angry — that actually makes sense

    By Jeff Guo
    November 8

    ………………………………….

    There’s been great thirst this election cycle for insight into the psychology of Trump voters. J.D. Vance’s memoir “Hillbilly Elegy” offers a narrative about broken families and social decay. “There is a lack of agency here — a feeling that you have little control over your life and a willingness to blame everyone but yourself,” he writes. Sociologist Arlie Hochschild tells a tale of perceived betrayal. According to her research, white voters feel the American Dream is drifting out of reach for them, and they are angry because they believe minorities and immigrants have butted in line.

    Cramer’s recent book, “The Politics of Resentment,” offers a third perspective. Through her repeated interviews with the people of rural Wisconsin, she shows how politics have increasingly become a matter of personal identity. Just about all of her subjects felt a deep sense of bitterness toward elites and city dwellers; just about all of them felt tread on, disrespected and cheated out of what they felt they deserved.

    Cramer argues that this “rural consciousness” is key to understanding which political arguments ring true to her subjects. For instance, she says, most rural Wisconsinites supported the tea party’s quest to shrink government not out of any belief in the virtues of small government but because they did not trust the government to help “people like them.”

    “Support for less government among lower-income people is often derided as the opinions of people who have been duped,” she writes. However, she continues: “Listening in on these conversations, it is hard to conclude that the people I studied believe what they do because they have been hoodwinked. Their views are rooted in identities and values, as well as in economic perceptions; and these things are all intertwined.”


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