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First Lady Michelle Obama: A Champion For The World

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Jonathan Van Meter: Michelle Obama: A Candid Conversation With America’s Champion And Mother in Chief

Once she got her daughters acclimated—she routinely referred to herself as “Mom in chief”—the Harvard-educated lawyer took on issues like support for military families and healthy eating. “It was pooh-poohed as a sort of soft swing at the ball,” she says. By the middle of the second term, she had become more ambitious—launching two education initiatives, Reach Higher and Let Girls Learn—and over the past year and a half finding her métier, turning herself into the First Lady of Popular Culture, mastering social media (thanks to her proximity to a certain couple of teenage girls), appearing as herself on shows like NCIS and Parks and Recreation, singing karaoke with James Corden, and basically charming the pants off of everyone. Somewhere along the way, she became the greatest political communicator of our time—better than Bill Clinton, better than her husband—someone whose speeches actually start national conversations. And throughout all of this, she has remained one of the most glamorous women in the world—admired by teenagers and grandmothers alike—

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whose daring fashion instincts have won her near-universal accolades from an industry that had a champion in the White House for the first time in decades. When she wore that showstopping Atelier Versace rose-gold chain-mail column to her final state dinner in October, the Internet worked itself into a state of collective mourning over the fact that there will be no more Michelle Obama fashion moments to obsess about. The White House has changed quite a bit in the past eight years, becoming much warmer, far less formal, and distinctly more diverse. Obamalot, if you will. They have created an ecosystem that is so effortlessly inclusive that, for example, Joe Mahshie, a trip coordinator for the First Lady, and Brian Mosteller, director of Oval Office operations, were married by Joe Biden at his home just a few months ago. Mahshie, my minder today, tells me that he first met Mrs. Obama when his then boyfriend Mosteller took him to join the SoulCycle class that the First Lady goes to once a week with White House staffers. Mahshie and Mrs. Obama struck up a conversation; one of her staffers was taken aback by his forwardness: “Do you know her?” No, we just met, he replied. “Was I not supposed to talk to her? Should I have curtsied?” He laughs. “She creates that possibility.”

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153 Responses to “First Lady Michelle Obama: A Champion For The World”


  1. 1 GGail
    November 18, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Lunch time is a wonderful time to decompress by viewing our lovely and oh so intelligent First Lady Michelle Obama.

    Thanks NW 🙂

  2. 2 desertflower
    November 18, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Wow! Beautiful as always:)

  3. 7 GGail
    November 18, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    The article is sweeter than the apple I just finished eating, but equally as good. It was relaxing to read it – while at work.
    Shhhh, don’t tell on me 🙂

  4. 8 GGail
    November 18, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I love this woman!
    “I always touch people,” she says, “because I know that there’s a level of anxiety, people are teary or they’re nervous, and I just try to physically hold them and bring them down and say: ‘We’re here. I’m just Michelle.’ I want them to be able to walk away from that moment feeling like it meant something to them. And if they’re too nervous, if it feels too . . . formal, people can’t breathe.” She pauses for moment. “So that’s what I try to do with my interactions: a hug, a touch. It’s like music. It’s like friendship.”

  5. 9 mtmarilyn
    November 18, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Such class and beauty. There will never be another FLOTUS like her. Thank you NW for keeping us going.

  6. November 18, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Michelle Obama is such a lovely elegant woman. I’m so glad she is being honored in this way.

  7. 14 susanne
    November 18, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    I hope they printed double the number of copies of this issue, because the millions and millions of us who love her and PBO will need a clean one to keep, and an everyday one to pore over 🙂

  8. 15 JER
    November 18, 2016 at 5:22 pm


    President Obama surveys the landscape just off the tarmac at Lajes Air Base, Azores, during a refueling stop en route from Germany to Peru. My grandparents are from the Azores, a group of nine Portuguese islands, in the Atlantic. Political Director David Simas and Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz also trace their roots to the Azores. — Pete Souza

    • 16 susanne
      November 18, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      I love how he takes it all in, appreciating each moment. Like a lot of Hawaii people, he seems to be fed and enriched by nature.

    • 17 GGail
      November 18, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      I feel like he’s taking this opportunity to just be with his thoughts – whatever they may be. Poor man hardly has a waking moment of total solitude which is very important for all of us.

  9. 18 FoxfireTX
    November 18, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Manchin would sell his own mother to keep his Senate seat. And Schumer just added him to the Dem leadership.

  10. 24 FoxfireTX
    November 18, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    One of the things I have cherished more than anything about the Obama Administration is its integrity and his “no drama” mantra. That along with our beloved president himself restored the grace and dignity to the highest office in the land. Given the developments this week, I hope he comes back from his trip, does what he can to finish the things he wants to do, and enjoys their remaining time in the WH. Given what we’ve seen this week, there seems little reason to tutor the FOOL any further. He is surrounding himself with the worst of the worst so just let him wallow and figure it out for himself. Perhaps it just may slow him down a bit.

    • 25 globalcitizenlinda
      November 18, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      you remember that while you so correctly predicted that PBO would do what he could to make sure him and his administration enable the in-coming team to learn, my suspicion was always that he would not take the help that was offered.

      we have seen that he is not interested in learning, not intellectually curious at all, is very arrogant, thinks he knows it all. he would rather surround himself with people who can daily reaffirm how great and brilliant he is .. even if both parties know the assertions are false

      • 26 FoxfireTX
        November 18, 2016 at 7:22 pm

        That’s what he needs Linda, a constant babysitter which is why he wants his SIL in the Oval with him. It makes me shudder to think of it.

      • 27 99ts
        November 18, 2016 at 8:47 pm

        I agree 100% with your suspicion linda – no way does Trump want help – he wants someone else to do the work. Reminds me years ago when I was working in IT – new employee was studying & announced he needed “help” with an assignment – lots of folks offered to help – turns out he was looking for someone to write the assignment for him. This is the nominee.

      • 28 Obama Grandmama
        November 18, 2016 at 10:10 pm

        I just saw a photo showing Trump’s daughter, Ivanka was with him in NY when he met with the Japanese Prime Minister (not sure that is the correct title). No press was allowed in according to the article.

  11. 30 hopefruit2
    November 18, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    I saw on Twitter that one designer who dressed FLOTUS refuses to do the same for Melania Trump. I say BRAVA!!! Hope more people will have the fortitude to say disassociate themselves from a presidency built on hate, exploitation, lies, and moral bankruptcy.

  12. 32 globalcitizenlinda
    November 18, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    FoxFireTx,

    you told us unequivocally what the path and the endgame of the fraud lawsuit would be and of course you were right.

    so kudos to you!

    I must admit that today’s end result did not shock me because I understood the stakes once you explained the maneuvering given your experience and training.

    thank you for saving me a lot of consternation that would have resulted if I had not paid attention to what you laid out here.

    this TOD village is so lucky to have so many people holding each other up through life’s challenges and blessing and also sharing insights about subjects that some of us lack.

    thanks everybody for your presence and contribution … I have learned so much over the years I have been part of this diverse and multi-talented community.

    • 33 FoxfireTX
      November 18, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      I took no joy in doing it Linda, I prefer to lift people up. But the stakes simply are too high to waste our time on strategies that have no chance of success. We have so much talent in this group, and I love to come here to learn. Just happy when I can make a small contribution.

      In a somewhat similar vein, I’d love to see some discussion here about what we do going forward. My biggest fear, which I talked at length about with a friend last night, is that come January the media, protesters and any form of resistance is going to be overwhelmed with the amount of things coming at us. We will have the executive doing heaven knows what, Ryan determined to gut the social safety net and I have no idea what McConnell’s game plan is, tax cuts most likely. But with huge volume, it is easy to imagine the one thing or piece of legislation that gets buried in the landslide and makes it through with little resistance. This, by the way, is also a litigation strategy:-) Have a few memos you’re concerned about? Give them 100,000 and hope they don’t find or overlook the golden nuggets.

      As I posted the other day, I am extremely concerned about the FADA after reading about it. But despite being a vociferous consumer of news, I had never heard of it before and yet it is already drafted.

      So I would love to see some discussion about do we pick a few things to focus on, discuss what the Dems in Congress will take care of on their own (personally, I think there is little need for public involvement on the confirmation side, they know how to do this), how do we make our voices heard, when is the best time to make them heard, etc. Not sure if there is interest here in doing this but I suspect we can be a force if we choose to make some noise.

      Finally, I know there are many others here who work in states with strong organizations so they may have other resources. That’s fine too, I am just stuck here in TX with a very weak Dem party in my area:-) It that is the case, then I’ll just continue to make phone calls, etc when people raise issues.

      • 34 joyfulmeme
        November 18, 2016 at 11:05 pm

        I agree. I’m in Texas also. Texas Dems are almost nonexistent here. As Dems we need to forcefully call out the lies especially those coming from legislators. they poison the debate and we should should not continue to let them get away with that any longer.

  13. November 18, 2016 at 7:05 pm

  14. 38 globalcitizenlinda
    November 18, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    anyone who is in contact with Dudette, can you please check on her?

    the last time she was here she indicated that she had some health concerns.

    thanks in advance.

  15. 39 whenpamelawandered
    November 18, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Heads up!! breaking news from the eastward coast: NewsHour brother is actually going to be in FRONT of the camera instead of behind it: in the Tribute to Gwen, starting at about 0:45 after the hour, says to look for himself! That’ll be a first, afternoon working there over 30 years and counting! 👊🏻✍🏼️👏🏼🙏🏻👁👁

  16. November 18, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    • 44 arapaho415
      November 18, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      GE Dr. Bob.

      For NerdyW, Firefox, Don, all other Texans — hope this lights a fire under Dems in that vast, deep red state:

      • 45 FoxfireTX
        November 18, 2016 at 8:54 pm

        Yup, TX and FL and those bribes. But hey, they just keep electing these idiots, and it actually has gotten worse. The current admin in TX is far more radical than those years under Perry and Bush before him. And they’ve gone from Kay Bailey Hutchinson who-while always voting R-wasn’t personally radical to Cruz and Cornyn. What will be interesting over the long term is the Latinos here. There a lot of Hispanic Rs, primarily because Bush and Perry worked with them. We’ll see how long that holds in the current environment. But it is a big part of the reason it was a fantasy to think TX would turn purple in the near term. Many, many Hispanics have been Rs forever because policies were generally welcoming to them. Remember what knocked Perry out in his first run was advocating for in state college tuition for undocumented kids. Now we’ve got clerks in many counties who will not provide BIRTH CERTIFICATES to kids born here if their parents can’t provide appropriate paperwork.

        • 46 arapaho415
          November 18, 2016 at 11:11 pm

          I remember that — I’ve watched as many primary debates as I could, both GOP and Dems, and was shocked at the reaction of crowd when Perry said he supports in-state tuition — it made no sense to me — these kids *are* residents of the state, regardless of their documented status. It’s as if GOP *really* think “illegal aliens” are aliens from another planet.

          And the thought they think it’s a good idea to completely shut off opportunity for youth in their state to live up to their full potential is simply mind-boggling.

  17. November 18, 2016 at 7:27 pm

  18. November 18, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    You guys think the Obama family will still head to Hawaii for Christmas.

    • 49 susanne
      November 18, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      I sure hope so– it’s a family tradition, and anyway, why not?! 🙂

    • 51 Obama Grandmama
      November 18, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      The holidays are traditionally a time that families can gather due to school vacations. Since the Obamas gather with their extended family the other members of the family would not have a better availability of gathering time after the Inauguration. My bet is they go as usual unless an emergency arises. I know, I know, Donald Trump becoming President is an emergency.

    • 52 FoxfireTX
      November 18, 2016 at 11:10 pm

      It’s hard to tell. We know they’re heading there in January. Given they have never stayed in DC for the Holidays, they may decide to do Christmas at the WH or Camp David while they still can.

  19. 53 globalcitizenlinda
    November 18, 2016 at 8:01 pm

  20. November 18, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Sad news.

  21. November 18, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    • November 18, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      I think Russia help Trump steal this election. Trump was so right it was rigged. Through voter suppression, idiots who voted for Trump, idiots who wasted their vote in voting for Johnston and Stein, and idiots who did not vote. That is how Trump won.

  22. November 18, 2016 at 8:23 pm

  23. 68 arapaho415
    November 18, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    PBO is in Lima Peru now. 🙂

  24. 69 Obama Grandmama
    November 18, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    I remember when Nixon traveled somewhere in South America and people there booed him and threw food at him. I do not remember if he was VP or President though.

  25. November 18, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Listen to this

  26. November 18, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    FYI –

    David Remnick is on Charlie Rose tonight talking about his article in the New Yorker, the time he spent with President Obama before and after the election.

    • 73 FoxfireTX
      November 18, 2016 at 11:17 pm

      Thanks meta! I really like Remnick. Discovered recently he has a podcast/show each Fri on a NYC station. He did an incredible discussion on Syria a few weeks ago.

      • November 19, 2016 at 7:33 am

        You’re very welcome. I know he’s fairly close with PBO and I trust his thoughts on these matters.
        And you could hear and see his distress for our country.

  27. 75 FoxfireTX
    November 18, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    This is really petty but I am so angry tonight with these appointments which are an absolute slap in the face to anyone in this country who is not a poor white male. I cannot STAND to look at Melania Trump. I find her more repulsive than that pig she is married to. I usually stay away from family but this family just makes it impossible. That half closed eyes look she always wears–I guess she thinks it is her bedroom, sexy eyes look–is about the most phony thing I have ever seen in my life. Everything about her just screams fraud through and through.

    I saw something somewhere today where Amal Clooney is out there bashing the statements he has made as potential human rights violations. If he engages in the actions he has indicated he will, I hope she goes after him hard. Someone needs to stop this man.

    OK, I feel better!

  28. November 18, 2016 at 11:26 pm

  29. 78 FoxfireTX
    November 18, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Speechless. Brazen.

  30. 85 FoxfireTX
    November 18, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    And for anyone who still tries to maintain that this entire group isn’t about bigotry….

    • 87 arapaho415
      November 18, 2016 at 11:50 pm

      Thanks JER.

      Gorgeous photos, so happy for Peru to be PBO’s final 😦 foreign trip.

      Does it seem like PBO has been outside the country for 217 days?

      • 88 jacquelineoboomer
        November 18, 2016 at 11:58 pm

        This is “vacation days” (although they take the White House with them!), but telling as a comparison with President Obama’s days outside the country:

        Bush’s total for his two terms in office is 533 days, which includes 490 at the ranch and the rest at Kennebunkport.

    • 89 FoxfireTX
      November 19, 2016 at 2:52 am

      Thanks for the gorgeous photos Jer! Hope that PBO has great weather while he is visiting.

  31. November 18, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    A better view.

  32. 95 jacquelineoboomer
    November 19, 2016 at 12:09 am

    Whoa.

  33. November 19, 2016 at 12:10 am

  34. 99 jacquelineoboomer
    November 19, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Ha.

    • 101 arapaho415
      November 19, 2016 at 9:31 am

      GM JO’B.

      Absolutely stunning how east coast MSM (elite) have closed ranks to protect a champion of white supremacy, inequality for all.

      I can always count on @mattdpearce for a laugh. He’s like the Charlie Brown of journalists (in a good way).

      This is what he tweeted after Pence arrived at Hamilton last night, LOL.

      • 102 99ts
        November 19, 2016 at 10:15 am

        Don’t remember the NYT telling folks they couldn’t insult POTUS by claiming he was not born in the USA – and the million other times he was insulted. Did they ever abraid Trump supporters for their attacks on Hillary. Of course not – the rules are different for republicans.

        • 103 arapaho415
          November 19, 2016 at 10:35 am

          Exactly right, 99ts.

          Has driven me nuts for years (back to the turn of the century [2000], IIRC), but now it’s downright dangerous.

          Tweeted this last night while multi-tasking, meant to say “spare us” not “save us,” but the meaning is clear I think.

          In response these incredibly stupid (or #WhitePrivilege) comments from people who should know better (and who are paid handsomely to do so):

      • 104 jacquelineoboomer
        November 19, 2016 at 6:34 pm

        Ha. That’s great – I’m following him now, too!

  35. 105 jacquelineoboomer
    November 19, 2016 at 12:24 am

  36. 106 jacquelineoboomer
    November 19, 2016 at 12:42 am

  37. 107 Obama Grandmama
    November 19, 2016 at 1:46 am

    I was noticing that Trump is still tweeting. He is reframing what happens in his own best interest even if it is totally untrue just like he did in the campaign. He is shutting out the press so he can control the message. Guess I thought that could not happen once he got in office. I have been scared all along, but felt hope in getting a Dem Senate in two years then replacing him in four years. Now I worry if he keeps tweeting his supporters telling them everything is great now they will believe him and re-elect him. I intend to join ACLU and SPLC as well as keep in contact with Senators and Reps.

  38. November 19, 2016 at 3:18 am

    I have vowed to enjoy the serene security and peace of knowing that our President Barack Obama is leader in these next 60 days.It is such a gift.

  39. 109 Anjo
    November 19, 2016 at 6:03 am

    Reports from friends and family – lots of for sale signs went up after the election, those who can, refuse to live under a Trump presidency – lots of black americans refused to vote because of the vitriol and lack of respect shown to President Obama especially by Democrats who refused to defend their President, their is a lot of silent resentment because of the horrible treatment of our first black President – naked pic of Melania on a billboard next to a highway, with words ‘our next first lady’ cant be moved as its on private property – underlying resentment of black America about the vile treatment of President Obama at some time will have to be dealt with – some refuse to vote for any whites at all – don’t know how effective not voting white or at all will be but the resentment at PBO’s treatment is bitter and real; have a great day all

    • 110 Don
      November 19, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Black women were Hillary’s largest voting block with over 90% followed by black men with over 80%. White men voted for Trump over 60%, and white women voted for Trump with over 50%. So yes, African Americans were upset with the treatment of President Obama, but we still went out and did our civic duty. We’ve always done our civic duty, African Americans didn’t put Trump in office. The so called “white working class” that constantly vote against his and her own best interest put Trump in office. The Bernie bros put Trump in office, the democrats that were constantly never satisfied with whatever President Obama tried to do put Trump in office. And finally the Republicans, rich and poor put Trump in office.

      • November 19, 2016 at 8:45 am

        I believe this as well. It’s the Sanders crowd emoprogs and their stubborn righteousness that have undermined all of us, along with the third party idiots.

      • 112 Obama Grandmama
        November 19, 2016 at 9:23 pm

        Add in the voter suppression, Citizens United, Facebook fake news, FBI intrusion, Russian intrusion, the idea that the population rarely votes for one party for three consecutive terms, crazy campaign promises, possible voting computer hacking in important districts, media wanting ratings and controversy over truthful facts, and depressed voting.

    • November 19, 2016 at 8:43 am

      I truly understand the deep frustration about the ongoing lack of respect of President Obama.
      I understand the disgust about decades of white people in charge.
      I know how deep the hurt runs every time our President Obama is smeared.

      But I’m sorry, choosing not to vote is truly infuriating.
      President Obama calls not voting the breakdown of democracy.
      Not voting affects ALL of us.
      Not voting has gotten us a literal fascist in the WH.
      Not voting has gotten us a raging racist and bigot running our DOJ.
      Not voting has gotten a rollback to the 50s era for anyone who isn’t a Republican.
      And maybe everyone believes it’s OK since we’ve been here before but we just crapped all over 8 years of President Obama’s hard work.
      We just robbed President Obama of his proud legacy.
      We just rolled over and let Trump and his insane cadre of the worst in America take over all our institutions, top to bottom.
      If you think it can’t get worse, I invite you to pay closer attention.

      Not everyone has the luxury of picking up and moving to another country. Not everyone can flee what is coming.
      We can never just dismiss the gains made, however slowly, and the people who gave their lives so we could vote.
      We shouldn’t ever choose not to vote. Never.

    • November 19, 2016 at 8:50 am

      Good morning TOD. Anjo, such a shame that these same black folks “refused” to listen to PBO’s urgent request to keep moving forward. As I see it, their refusal also was ” horrible treatment of our first black President” , akin to the ridiculous behavior of those who always opposed him. They let their own color animosity blind them to the best possibilities for stability. I won’t feel sorry for their sorry lot here on out. They’ve shot themselves in the foot.

    • 115 desertflower
      November 19, 2016 at 8:50 am

      If they’re mad now, just wait to see what happens in Jan! Sorry, but if they were upset about the treatment of the President, as we were, then they should have voted to keep his hard fought policies in tact.There’s a difference between staying mad and staying mad and woke.Agree or not…the loons voted. Now these people will have nothing. So sad. So preventable. Was this kind of faulty reasoning that got us the monster. Now what?
      Morning, Anjo…this stuff infuriates me….especially when the President the adore and admire so much TOLD THEM to get out and vote!

    • 116 Don
      November 19, 2016 at 8:56 am

      Anjo, to lay Trump’s victory at the feet of black people is both absurd and asinine. As if black people were so demoralized by how President Obama was treated that somehow we just gave up and stayed home and sulked is ridiculous. We came out and we voted, and I’m going to keep saying this “over 60% of white men voted for Trump, and over 50% of white women voted for Trump” those are the facts, not speculation, but cold hard facts. And I will not sit silently here at TOD and let someone lay Trump’s victory at the feet of African Americans.

  40. 118 Anjo
    November 19, 2016 at 7:43 am

    ‘there’ not ‘their is a lot…..

  41. 119 desertflower
    November 19, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Hell, NO!

  42. 120 desertflower
    November 19, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Thank you, Lisa Bloom.

  43. 121 Don
    November 19, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Maybe Broadway isn’t the place for Mike Pence.

  44. 125 Anjo
    November 19, 2016 at 9:11 am

    I agree with everything said here most people i know vote however there are always those in every society who don’t vote, those who know the issues and just refuse for no reason, those who don’t care, those who know the issues but want someone to personally hold their hand and take them to vote, those who are educated deadbeats, those who think the govt is not their concern, those who genuinely want to vote but don’t understand the issues and those who just don’t pay attention, i can assure you i have met them all and the trick is to know them and not waste your time even speaking to some much less convincing them, the discouraged and the ones who are genuinely confused are the ones we should try to reach, also the ones i was shocked to discover who spend their time with their little social media clicque and have no idea whats happening outside of their phone

    • November 19, 2016 at 9:23 am

      I hope you don’t feel we are aiming our response at you. We are all sick at heart right now and doing what we can to clear the air. It’s soul-crushing to deal with all this at the moment. And I truly believe we are stronger together, a slogan first uttered by President Obama.

  45. 128 Anjo
    November 19, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Not blaming blacks for Trump at all just stating feedback on some of the ignorance to be dealt with going forward

    • November 19, 2016 at 9:23 am

      I understood what you shared with us, and it is all true. Been listening to a bunch of nonsense on my local AA radio station—-too many were definitely not paying attention to PBO’s requests, for various reasons. I give no one room for excuse, unless you’re on your death bed. Serious times call for a balancing act. Now I hear the panic- we have to come together, have to do for ourselves. We all had the chance, too many were selfish. To hell with them.

  46. November 19, 2016 at 9:18 am

    This is just absolutely heartbreaking.

  47. 138 desertflower
    November 19, 2016 at 9:31 am

    We now will have Pay to Play….but IOKIYAR. Read the entire thread

    • 139 99ts
      November 19, 2016 at 10:23 am

      I was reading this report from South Korea – sure reminded me of Trump

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-19/thousands-of-south-koreans-rally-again-to-demand-president-park/8040198

      Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Seoul in the fourth straight weekend of protests against the President Park Geun-hye over a political scandal.

      Ms Park has been resisting calls to step down, amid a political crisis in which she is alleged to have let an old friend, Choi Soon-sil, meddle in state affairs.

      She has been suspected of interfering with state affairs despite having no government job, and, with the help of presidential aides, bullying companies into donating tens of millions of dollars into foundations she controlled.

  48. 140 desertflower
    November 19, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Herein lies our opening for the education of poor, white America. The very people that voted for the monster. Shits about to get real. Real fast.

    • 142 Don
      November 19, 2016 at 10:29 am

      Someone posted an article yesterday about why the white working class always vote against their own best interest, it was a very interesting read. I’m holding out hope that racism can’t be the main reason why the folks in Clay county voted for Trump. But it is shocking to see so many people that could least afford to vote for Trump actually go out and vote for Trump.

      • November 19, 2016 at 10:33 am

        Don I could but wrong, but I don’t think so.

        • 144 Don
          November 19, 2016 at 10:48 am

          Bella, racism might be the only conclusion left. Once the facts have been exhausted and peeled away, what you are left with is something that doesn’t make any sense. And racism doesn’t make any sense, like someone that depends on Medicaid voting for the guy that wants to do away with Medicaid. We can try and explain away the reasons those people in Clay county voted for Trump, but it just might be that they are racist, I really don’t like using that world, I really don’t, but I don’t have a problem using it.

  49. 145 CEB
    November 19, 2016 at 10:20 am

    The disaster that is the DT presidency has to play out, with all of his worst traits being so amplified that everyone will see him for what he is. People like him go on and on believing that the good times will not end, that he is a god that Fortune cannot touch, and all that he wills shall be so. This kind of hubris, whether in literature, religion, or human history, always bring about a downfall. He has a long rope, but eventually he will hang himself with it. All that we need to do is to give support to watchdog organizations that can bring lawsuits, bombard congress members with calls, light fire under the DNC to find, develop and to support those who can run for office,especially in the mid-term elections. We also need to stop showing our fears and concerns to the enemy who feeds on them with joy, mockery, and laughter. We should emulate PBO who smiles, goes about his business, and never let them see him sweat. Stop panicking and go to work; time for the pity party and breathless anxiety to be over. As for people moving, why give the racists what they want? My ancestors did not suffer all that they did for their descendant, who has benefitted from their sacrifices and their stubborn insistence on surviving, to act like a whiny baby ready to pack my shit up and head out like a coward. We stay here and we fight for what is ours.

  50. November 19, 2016 at 10:30 am

  51. 149 desertflower
    November 19, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Off to tutor….bbl

  52. November 19, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Keeps your eyes open for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, the partnership President Obama is forming with AG Holder.

    National Democratic Redistricting Committee is a 527 organization that focuses on redistricting reform and is affiliated with the Democratic Party. The chair, president, and vice president of the umbrella organization will be former Attorney General Eric Holder, Elizabeth Pearson, and Alixandria “Ali” Lapp.

  53. 153 globalcitizenlinda
    November 19, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    good day everyone


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