138 Responses to “President Obama Holds A Press Conference”


  1. 1 Judith Fardig
    November 20, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Sigh. It’s peachy with me if the Drumpf family never lives in the White House! They were never going to be our First Family anyway!

    • 2 carolyn
      November 20, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      Judith, I’ve been thinking the same thing. I don’t want Melania redoing the White House in that horrible cheap, fakey gold way lie their apartment. I do know the historical commission governs what is done, but I DON’T want her hands on the house. I firmly believe she has no idea of the significance and importance of the white House to Americans.

    • 4 99ts
      November 20, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      I can’t stop feeling so sad that every known precedent/protocol in the US – that makes it a democracy – is being overturned by this horrible family – and it is becoming acceptable as the media turns them into “normal” humans. I am only comforted by the fact that PBO knows exactly what is happening – and as for the last 8 years, he will be working to save his country from itself.

    • 5 arapaho415
      November 21, 2016 at 2:42 am

      GE Judith, congrats on #1!

      Couldn’t agree with Carolyn more. Can you even imagine?

  2. 6 Judith Fardig
    November 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    What private school would want the litigious lech as a parent in their school? More convenient for the boinga-boinga parties down the street in the Trump Hotel in D.C.

    • 7 vcprezofan2
      November 20, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      I don’t know this child and I know we stay away from children, but I confess that when I read the not wanting to change his private school bit the first thought in my mind was to wonder if he, like his dad, needs a ‘special’ school for behaviour reason. Even the idea of her stressing that she never left him with a nanny, or whatever, raised questions in my mind. [Of course, you have to bear in mind that I’m inclined to be critical of her/him so *every*thing raises questions. 😉 ]

      • 8 jacquelineoboomer
        November 20, 2016 at 8:02 pm

        I, too, stay away from children, but sure looks like somebody should be concerned. The few times we’ve seen their son – a very good-looking young boy – had me wondering, too, strictly as an observer. At first glance, he looks shy and not used to the big lights. I recall at the convention the happy look on his face when he saw all the balloons on stage, but how he played with them seemed a bit immature. (Okay, truth be told and forgive me for this, but Bill Clinton had the same look with the balloons.) As his father was making his post-election speech, he seemed more to have other symptoms. Obviously, I’m no expert. He could just be lonely for the company of others his own age, once he gets out of the prep school, and/or not used to being “with the grown-ups.” If the stories that surround Trump’s father and how he parented Don Jr. are true, he may also be the victim of at least one rough and uncaring parent. There did not seem to be any closeness between father and son – but how could one really tell that after just a few minutes in the bright spotlight, I ask myself – so I’ll stop there. Better to keep him in his current school, if he’s progressing, than to pull him out. Nobody cares if Melania ever leaves Trump Tower, there’s that.

        • 9 vcprezofan2
          November 20, 2016 at 8:41 pm

          I’ve felt similarly on all the points you’ve made. Despite his ‘sharp’ dressing on the occasions I’ve seen him I can’t once remember him smiling or looking relaxed. And yes, I did wonder about the seeming absence of ‘closeness between father and son’. But then, over the years I’ve often wondered about the lack of warmth between children and their (Republican) campaigning fathers. In their efforts to look ‘perfect’ or well-behaved or whatever, they often just look cowed….IMO. Well, in this case I hope the little lad is happy and ‘normal’ despite being surrounded by all that space and all that *gold*, and despite having a dipstick for a father.

          • 10 jacquelineoboomer
            November 20, 2016 at 8:52 pm

            I so agree with you. He may be the one that is a true success in life!

            • 11 vcprezofan2
              November 20, 2016 at 8:55 pm

              Would indeed be good if *he* grew up to be the conscience of the trumps (because as far as I’ve seen so far his adult siblings are lacking something)!

  3. November 20, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Good evening TOD folks! Enjoying all these bitter sweet moments.

  4. 13 Nerdy Wonka
    November 20, 2016 at 6:49 pm

  5. 14 globalcitizenlinda
    November 20, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    • 15 arapaho415
      November 20, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      GE GCL.

      Posted before, but something else US MSM is completely missing:

      • 16 99ts
        November 20, 2016 at 7:26 pm

        Most folks who want to forgo a salary – take the salary & donate it to charity

      • 17 FoxfireTX
        November 20, 2016 at 10:29 pm

        GE Arapaho. These are unrelated. First, he cannot waive his salary. It is required by law, supposedly so that he understands he works for the people. Ha, ha. Second, there is nothing that requires a president to disclose his tax returns. This is another “norm” we’ve relied upon that will be breached. We will never see a return from him. As I have said before, I am very fearful that we are going to find just how fragile our democracy is by relying on norms rather than laws.

        • 18 arapaho415
          November 21, 2016 at 12:13 am

          I think we’re in agreement, FFTX.

          The article I tweeted says that George “Washington had declined a salary as commander of the revolutionary army (though he did have a lavish expense account)” and that Washington said “he would continue that tradition and once again serve [as President] for free.”

          But, as “representative John Page of Virginia put it, ‘the Constitution requires that he shall receive a compensation, and it is our duty to provide it.’ Note that Congress did not try to evade the spirit of the Constitution by providing him a token salary. Congress voted Washington an annual salary of $25,000; the president backed down and accepted the payment. It was an implicit recognition that future presidents could be corruptible, and should be bound to the public interest as tightly as possible.”

          The tweet was a response to Meta, who I think was snarkily suggesting that to DJT’s way of thinking (which is generous, since most of doubt his ability to actually think) would give him yet another excuse to never. release. his. taxes.

    • 20 Obama Grandmama
      November 20, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      Either he thinks if he does not take a salary none of the rules apply to him as he is not taking tax payers money or it will be an easy re-elect strategy.

  6. November 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Congrats Judith … and I concur!

    DM’d with Jim to be sure he was ok with my citing his important essay … he is 🙂

    Trumpism must be stopped, now. Thinking it’ll be somehow more doable in the future merely gives witness to zero understanding of human history.

    Yes We Can

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  10. 31 desertflower
    November 20, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    read the entire thread

    • 32 FoxfireTX
      November 20, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      I posted the whole thing DF! Important!

    • 34 idon
      November 21, 2016 at 1:01 am

      If you haven’t seen HBO’s Nixon by Nixon, you should definitely watch. It’s Nixon on tape which is much much much much much much worse than his Watergate tapes. He even recorded his wife without her knowledge. TRUMP is the EVIL in plain sight. And you learn something about hkw they keep track of the president.

  11. 35 JER
    November 20, 2016 at 7:55 pm

  12. 37 desertflower
    November 20, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Bravo! stupid asses! The void will now be filled by CHINA!

    • 38 Obama Grandmama
      November 20, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      What is so sick about China taking over the US spot in TPP is the many years it took PBO and his team to put it together to bypass China. China had been dominating trade in the world. The TPP was a way the US could economically rise in the trade world. It addressed what was wrong in the NAFTA deal including fair wages and pollution control. Those that disagreed with it probably never read it.

  13. 39 FoxfireTX
    November 20, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Absolutely cannot believe how stupid the voters are in this country. The damage they have wrought will impact us for generations. No Dem president will be able to just come in and “fix” this.

    • 40 arapaho415
      November 20, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      GE FFTX.

      It seems the MSM is withholding the slightest hint that DJT could possibly be personally indebted to China and Russia, choosing instead to focus on the gossip/speculation-based reporting that got us into this mess. The MSM continue their complicity with DJT to the extent that it’s possible that by the end of DJT’s term, the US may be an isolated satellite of China and Russia with no true powers of its own — and its citizens completely ignorant that the rights of women, minorities and LBGT have been stifled during this transition.

      Everything associated with this monster and his minions gets worse by the day. Unbelievable.

      From Meta’s Twitter timeline:

      From Aug:

      • 41 FoxfireTX
        November 20, 2016 at 10:38 pm

        This is finally changing, Arapaho, both the WaPo and NYT have articles up about his conflicts of interest and how they are going to affect his presidency. At least one, and possibly both, mention that we have no idea who he owes because of his failure to release his returns. One of them goes into a detailed discussion about the concerns with his loans with Deutsche Bank because it is under US regulatory investigation for violations during the housing crisis, and expected big fines, possibly in the billions. Interestingly, one of the interesting tidbits I saw the day after the election was that Deutsche Bank stock soared on the election news with the expectation that it would get more favorable treatment under a DT presidency. It is incredible how this is playing out.

        Indian Business Partners Hope to Exploit Their Ties to Donald Trump http://nyti.ms/2eUYjUU

        A scramble to assess the dangers of President-elect Donald Trump’s global business empire http://wpo.st/cLjF2

        But there is also this:

        • 42 arapaho415
          November 21, 2016 at 12:55 am

          Thanks FFTX.

          Agree that NYT and WaPo will not relent in pursuing DJT’s misdeeds. My bigger concern are those platforms that actually reach people, since both of those publications are essentially behind paywalls — they offer a token number of articles free, but it’s not many (I don’t read many articles on either site, pretty much rely on others to regurgitate what NYT or WaPo says).

          Have no idea what CNN or MSNBC are saying since I don’t have a TV. The only radio station in the Los Angeles area that I’m aware of which reports “news” is a CBS affiliate, and they might as well be on DJT’s payroll — started listening again over the weekend, and they continue to cheerlead for DJT. Also see stories on Microsoft’s Windows 10 “start” page, and they too are on DJT’s bandwagon.

          Example from this morning when I logged on (typo in tweet– should be CNBC — article was about Clinton foundation may have trouble raising funds from previous donors — 100% speculation, but it was the lead story on Windows 10 this morning — absolutely NOTHING about DJT’s conflict of interest, China/Russia ties, etc.):

          Looks like @EricLiptonNYT will continue digging into DJT’s quest for personal gain at the expense of his country and its citizens:

  14. 43 desertflower
    November 20, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Every day its something else.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2016/11/20/megyn-kelly-drops-bomb-confirms-media-secretly-bag-trump.html

    Kelly claims that certain television hosts were in the tank for Trump. These hosts would arrange with Trump in advance to ask him critical questions to certain hits on him so that they would appear to have some credibility. Kurtz asked Kelly about this, and she answered, “Yes, they were acting.” Kurtz added that Kelly claims that this happened at more than one network, but she couldn’t tell us who. Kelly continued, “No, because these are off the record conversations that I was privy to that I’m not at liberty to reveal, so while I’d love to tell you who it was, I have this information, and I’m not allowed to name the names. But, trust me. This did happen, and it has been confirmed to me by more than one television executive.”

  15. 47 FoxfireTX
    November 20, 2016 at 8:13 pm

  16. 48 FoxfireTX
    November 20, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    • 49 FoxfireTX
      November 20, 2016 at 8:28 pm

  17. November 20, 2016 at 8:28 pm

  18. November 20, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    From Propane Jane

    Once again, we find ourselves overruled by a system that pays no deference to the will of the popular majority. Once again, we see a corporate media all too eager to acquiesce to the seedlings of fascism, and much too incestuous to see the immense danger in its groupthink. To add further insult to repetitive injury, this latest theft is accompanied by the joyful noise of white supremacists, and the wanton normalization of their very existence in close proximity to the Oval Office. As each day passes, I find myself more angry than I was the day before, rather than gradually settling into numbing calm. Another light bulb. The anger isn’t dissipating because the crisis won’t allow it.

    http://m.dailykos.com/story/2016/11/20/1600820/-You-have-the-right-to-be-mad

  19. 58 desertflower
    November 20, 2016 at 8:41 pm

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  21. November 20, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    True ….

    • 62 jacquelineoboomer
      November 20, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      Separate and apart from how RWNJs treated President Obama, I intend personally never to give Trump “a break.” He won’t be changing, so I do not intend to “give him time.” Working through the five stages of grief since the election, I will never hit “acceptance.” (These are all the usual patterns of good-hearted liberals, IMHO.) None of it. I will, however, stay alert to any possibilities to stop him.

      • 69 nathkatun7
        November 21, 2016 at 2:37 am

        I am with you J’OB! More importantly for me is the fact the majority Americans voted against Donald Trump. Moreover, Hillary Clinton received 1.5 million (it may end up being 2 million) more votes than Trump. That’s more than entire population of Alaska and Wyoming combined. And, after all the votes are accounted, she ends up gaetting 2 million more votes than Trump that would be about the total population of 4 states, and not just eligible voters, that voted for Trump.

        Trump is going to be president. But we must defiantly remind him everyday that he represents the minority of Americans who voted. He has absolutely no mandate to destroy our beloved country by imposing his fascist, racist, and misogynistic agenda. By the way the same goes for the Republican Congress, and especially the U.S. Senate.

        • 70 jacquelineoboomer
          November 21, 2016 at 1:23 pm

          We Democrats have definitely gotten the message, and cannot hide our heads in the sand! I’m not waiting until the 2018 election to protest, either, and I think most of us feel the same way.

    • November 20, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      this is a very good read….

      from the article:

      And so the man who thought he was through with politics has, it turns out, one more essential role left: Beginning next year, Obama needs to rally the opposition, to community-organize his coalition, and to exploit his celebrity to make the case for saving his legacy. His visibility alone would serve a vital function. Trump’s election has sent a statement to Americans and the world about the country’s identity. It has been received viscerally, by bullies abusing minorities as well as by fearful allies overseas. Obama is a powerful symbol of rationalism, thoughtfulness, and pluralism — the ultimate anti-Trump, both ideologically and symbolically. Women, religious minorities, immigrants and prospective immigrants, transgender people, young Africans with iPhones, the beat-down opposition in places like Russia and China, and the people who bully all the preceding groups and more — the whole planet, really — need reminding that Obama’s version of America has prevailed before and will prevail again.

    • 73 Obama Grandmama
      November 20, 2016 at 10:44 pm

      My late Mom would have hated the picture of Trump wrapped in the American flag. Mainly because she had studied flag etiquette and taught it for drum and bugle corps. I remember if it touched th

      • 74 Obama Grandmama
        November 20, 2016 at 10:47 pm

        Touched the ground it had to be burned. Wonder what would need to be done if it touched Donald Trump’s body?

        • 75 jacquelineoboomer
          November 20, 2016 at 11:10 pm

          I think once the flag touched Trump’s (eek) big bulbous body, it would have gotten itself in the burn line.

  22. 76 magapie
    November 20, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    And in the near future: Oh gawd damn it! He’s going for the tic-tacs…..

  23. November 20, 2016 at 8:52 pm

  24. 81 WhenPamelaWandered
    November 20, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Sun into Sagittarius, Monday, 21 November 2016. 4:23pm EST. 1:23pm PST.

  25. November 20, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    • November 20, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      • 85 jacquelineoboomer
        November 20, 2016 at 9:23 pm

        WTF will be done about this? Why aren’t ALL voters outraged?

        These are questions that I hope are answered soon … before Dec. 16 (hope I have that EC date right), as you would add!

        • 86 desertflower
          November 20, 2016 at 9:36 pm

          I think its Dec. 19th…

          • 87 jacquelineoboomer
            November 20, 2016 at 9:43 pm

            Yes, thanks – just spotted that on one of the tweets. Coming up way too fast.

          • November 20, 2016 at 9:44 pm

            Correct – the 19th.

            Agree with you Jacqueline.

            This is definitely not a drill and we have a President with all the necessary skills to eliminate the enemies, foreign and domestic, currently staging the most effective take down of American Democracy and Values since the Civil War. It’s just what it is and I’m still 100 % with #TrustBarack.

            Just want him to know that all evidence points to the fact that we are not the only ones aware of the scale of the threat and the very short interval remaining to crush it, mightily.

            Good night TOD!

    • 90 nathkatun7
      November 21, 2016 at 3:57 am

      Why aren’t the Democrats and the media loudly pointing out that Donald Trump has no mandate from the majority of Americans? He is going to be the 5th President, out of 45, who became president without winning the popular vote. Interestingly, of the 5 presidents, including Donald Trump, who lost the popular votes, 4 of them were Republicans (Rutherford B. Hayes (1876), Benjamin Harrison (1888)), George W. Bush (2000), and Donald Trump (2016). The 5th was John Quincy Adams (1824) who referred to himself as a “National Republican,” though he may have been a “Fedralist” like his father, John Adams, who was the second President of the United States.

      • 91 99ts
        November 21, 2016 at 8:30 am

        He ran as a republican Nath – republicans always have a mandate – it is their right to rule & screw anyone who disagrees. Unless the media finds its 1st amendment right to tell the truth – it will remain their right.

  26. 92 desertflower
    November 20, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    • 93 globalcitizenlinda
      November 21, 2016 at 12:32 am

      an issue ignored by most press

    • 94 arapaho415
      November 21, 2016 at 1:20 am

      GE DF.

      Wow, Wisconsin:

      “Donald Trump won the state by fewer than 30,000 votes…”

      snip /

      “Compared to 2012, 60,000 fewer people voted in this year Milwaukee — the county that holds the vast majority of the state’s black population. Statewide, turnout was the lowest it has been for a presidential election in two decades.”

  27. 95 desertflower
    November 20, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    • 96 desertflower
      November 20, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    • 97 jacquelineoboomer
      November 20, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      Hard to believe that previous incoming presidents felt the moral and ethical imperative to divest (or whatever) before entering the White House, so as to avoid conflicts of interest, and did so voluntarily. So many things have come out since bozo got “elected” that apparently need fixing – to fix these imperatives by law and not just good intent. It’s kind of amazing, and really makes it hit home what dire straights we’re in with bozo and his faux win.

  28. 98 desertflower
    November 20, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Night all…thank you for this place

  29. November 20, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    it is this sentiment that Democrats need to address moving forward and they need to be aggressive in doing so. Unhappy with the amount of jobs in your area? Ask Republicans why they consistently blocked President Obama’s job bills? Unhappy about the cost of health insurance in your area? Ask Republicans what they attempted to do in the past half-century to help reform the industry? Unhappy about job wages? Ask Republicans what they have done at the national level to help increase the minimum wage. The people of Macomb who think that both parties are the same, that neither party is looking out for them or their interests, and that think that an outsider is needed to finally listen to them aren’t alone. But Democrats are listening and they are fighting for them from anything from wages to healthcare to paid family leave. They didn’t stop fighting for them after 2012 but rather they were stymied by an opposition party that wanted to see a president fail rather than a country succeed.

  30. 101 globalcitizenlinda
    November 20, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    most of the fourth estate really fell down on the job during this election … many focused on the trivial and ignored the demagogue’s conflicts of interest & crooked characters that surround him.

    the resistance can’t even rest for a day because there are too many battles to fight.

    my only comfort is that if we do this very well, it may provide the nation with the new birth it needs by simultaneously up-ending the bulk of the racism, bigotry, misogyny, religious intolerance, discrimination against the disabled and financial corruption …. I am sure I forgot something

  31. November 20, 2016 at 10:16 pm

  32. November 20, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    I want all the dam idiots to think there was no difference between Trump and Hillary to remember this, the last time the Republicans stole an election was 2000, and we remember what happen then, 9/11…..invading Iraq….and the financial crisis.

  33. 107 JER
    November 20, 2016 at 10:22 pm

  34. 109 jacquelineoboomer
    November 20, 2016 at 10:26 pm

  35. 110 JER
    November 20, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    President Barack Obama gestures during a meeting with students at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in Lima on November 19, 2016.

  36. 111 jacquelineoboomer
    November 20, 2016 at 11:04 pm

  37. 112 FoxfireTX
    November 20, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    One of the things that I’ve been thinking about here is long term strategy. Assuming the electors will not change their vote, we need to find a way to hold the FOOL accountable but I question whether we really want him gone and end up with Pence instead. Notwithstanding what he has said, I think it is highly doubtful that DT is going to enact the Ryan agenda wholesale, particularly with Bannon whispering in his ear. He hates Ryan. Conversely, I have little doubt that Pence wouldn’t think twice about adopting it lock, stock and barrel. Good by Social Security, medicare, medicaid, Obama care, and anything else he can find to privatize. And if they do it with reconciliation, we won’t have the Senate to stop it. I mentioned before, Forbes had an article last week that Ryan is planning to do it all by getting in 2 reconciliations next year, usually you can only do one each year with the budgeting process but it is part of the reason they are looking at a CR for December rather than trying to actually do a budget. Then he can say one is for 2017 because there hasn’t been a budget and the second is for the next year’s budget. He has this whole things planned out.

    These guys are devious!

    • 113 globalcitizenlinda
      November 21, 2016 at 1:00 am

      they always over-reach and then there will be intense blow back;

      trying to immediately do this when millions are already angry increases the chances are that they will fight back.

      good thing they are telegraphing what they intend to do … there is always a way to counter extremism;

      remember, pride always comes before a fall.

    • 114 globalcitizenlinda
      November 21, 2016 at 1:25 am

      each of these scumbags have constituents who depend on these programs … and its also there core base … so we will see;

      it is always easier for these scumbags to cut/eliminate programs that benefit the marginalized vulnerable groups because they expect no political support from them .. now a huge number of their own voters would be affected

  38. 115 FoxfireTX
    November 20, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    The second thing that has been on my mind is how ugly this is going to get quickly. First, he is going to come into office furious because of the planned protests around the inauguration. I’ve seen info on two of them, one on the 16th for MLK day and one on 21st, the day after the inauguration and you can bet there will be many during the inauguration. So he is going to do some big thing to fight back and keep his fans happy. I have nightmares that he is going to send all available ICE agents out the next week to start rounding people up. Or he may think of something else but he is going to be looking for revenge immediately.

    • 116 jacquelineoboomer
      November 20, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      This from the gentleman (one of the heroes of the campaign) who wrote Art of the Effin’ Deal.

      • 117 FoxfireTX
        November 20, 2016 at 11:36 pm

        Unfortunately JoB I doubt it will hold through January as the protests proceed, and he is also going to be furious at the love poured out for the Obamas as they leave the WH. He will be back to being in revenge mode.

        • 118 jacquelineoboomer
          November 21, 2016 at 1:25 pm

          The love that, as you say, will be poured out for the Obamas will burn him badly. And that will only be our second objective. Yay!

  39. 119 jacquelineoboomer
    November 20, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    Sandra Fluke!

  40. 120 whenpamelawandered
    November 20, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    ❤️ {{{ TOD }}} ❤️ There has been no inauguration yet. Keep You The Heart. ❤️ Anchor The Light. Stay strong, and kind, and brave. PBO needs us, he is proud to see us all standing up for Truth and Good. Love Will Prevail. ❤️ Goodnight

  41. 121 FoxfireTX
    November 20, 2016 at 11:50 pm

  42. 122 FoxfireTX
    November 20, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    Amidst all the garbage today, I was so thrilled that cspan re-aired PBO’s town hall so I watched it again and also was able to dvr it along with his press conference. And I was so relieved to hear PBO refuse to commit to remaining silent after he leaves office. It is clear he will give DT some room to run but said if he thinks actions are taken that will threaten our core values he will speak out. So looks like we will have him back with us again after he takes his vacation and some time for thinking and writing. I’m thinking six months? Here’s hoping!

    • 123 arapaho415
      November 21, 2016 at 12:28 am

      I think it might depend on how Malia plans to spend her final summer before starting college. If she decides to work overseas like she did this year, suspect that PBO, Michelle and Sasha might make summer vacation plans to visit her wherever she is. The Obamas might not want to miss out in visiting all the wonderful foreign places he’s been during his presidency, and may plan to visit northern hemisphere locales when the weather is warm and the days are long.

      So maybe after that?

      There’s a lot about this article that didn’t sit well with me, but 2018 has got to be foremost in PBO’s plans:

      “Democrats head into 2018 facing not just the usual expected mid-term turnout problems, but a Senate map that has them so much on defense that they struggled to find someone to chair the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee. That, though, is only part of their problems: starting from deep in the hole across the country, they’ll need to win governor’s races and state legislature seats in order to stop Republicans from gerrymandering them further into the permanent minority in the next round of redistricting following the 2020 Census.”

      Link to article:

      • 124 globalcitizenlinda
        November 21, 2016 at 1:33 am

        when the gop over-reaches, as it is bound to do, all this scenario will be out the window;

        I am sorry to bring this up. but there also people like McCain, Grassley etc, who are not spring chicken …. so if there is one thing we know about politics is that the future is never guaranteed.

        • 125 globalcitizenlinda
          November 21, 2016 at 1:36 am

          just a reminder: after the 2008 election, many talked about a permanent Dem majority … look where we are today => facing a mad man and really big threat to our democracy

        • 126 arapaho415
          November 21, 2016 at 2:11 am

          GM GCL.

          You’re right, politics can get upended very quickly.

          In the @newyorker David Remnick article, PBO talked about when he was elected to Senate in 2004 — that he and Ken Salazar were the only two Dems nationally who won… “it was a very similar period to where we are right now.” He goes on to say that 2 years later (in 2006), Dems won back the Senate and the House.

          However, IMHO, this election has empowered many white voters to think that voting GOP means they are casting a vote for making America the way it was 70 years ago — something that will/can never happen. They may never vote Dem again.

          I pray that they open their eyes to the kleptocracy and chaos being sown by DJT, but that would require dismissing *their* core belief (that DJT “thinks just like I do.”

          Winning the Senate in 2018 will be a challenge because Dems will be defending 25 seats (23 Dems, plus 2 Independents), while GOP will be defending only 8.

          It’s so critical that Dems have a voice in 2020 census redistricting. That’s why PBO and Eric Holder will be focusing on avenues available to stop gerrymandering congressional seats.

          Not sure if png files show up as photos here, but this is from Wikipedia “United States Senate elections, 2018.”:

  43. 128 arapaho415
    November 21, 2016 at 2:21 am

    PBO has returned home, from what is “likely” his last foreign trip as President.

    (Flippant attitude by @AndrewBeatty must be because it’s 2am now on the east coast.)

  44. 129 JER
    November 21, 2016 at 7:50 am

    http://www.lovethispic.com/uploaded_images/122370-Good-Morning-Everybody.gif?1

  45. 130 globalcitizenlinda
    November 21, 2016 at 8:01 am

    good morning everyone. have a great day

  46. 131 desertflower
    November 21, 2016 at 8:14 am

    I’m scared. I’m really, really afraid

  47. 132 desertflower
    November 21, 2016 at 8:17 am

  48. 133 desertflower
    November 21, 2016 at 8:19 am

    I thought that Hillary did exactly this….Oh, I know. Should have been some GUY delivering the message?

    https://twitter.com/LOLGOP?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

  49. 135 JER
    November 21, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Cobell was an advocate for Native American self-determination and financial independence. She utilized her expertise to champion a lawsuit that resulted in a historic $3.4 billion settlement. “Cobell helped found the Native American Bank, served as director of the Native American Community Development Corporation, and inspired Native American women to seek leadership roles in their communities,” the White House announcement states. Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/11/16/elouise-cobell-receive-presidential-medal-freedom-166481?utm_content=buffer5a931&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

  50. 136 desertflower
    November 21, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Friends, favors and loyalty.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/10/world/asia/donald-trump-philippines-jose-antonio.html?smid=tw-share

    The timing of President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines couldn’t be better. Before Donald J. Trump’s election victory, the Philippine leader had already named Mr. Trump’s business partner in Manila as a special envoy to the United States.

    Mr. Duterte, whose colorful and unpredictable comments have drawn comparisons to Mr. Trump, late last month named the chairman of Century Properties Group, Jose E. B. Antonio, as an envoy to Washington for trade, investment and economic affairs, Philippine news outlets reported. Word of the appointment became public this week.

    Stock in Century Properties rose 20 percent on Wednesday on the Philippine Stock Exchange on the news that Mr. Trump had been elected.

    The company is building the Trump Tower at Century City, a $150 million, 57-story apartment building in metropolitan Manila. Mr. Trump has no involvement in the project except to provide his brand name.

    “I’ve always loved the Philippines,” Mr. Trump says on the company’s website. “I think it’s just a special place, and Manila is one of Asia’s most spectacular cities.” The website notes that the project is not owned, developed or sold by Mr. Trump or any of his companies.

  51. 137 JER
    November 21, 2016 at 8:30 am

    POLITICO ‏@politico 4 minutes ago
    Obamacare repeal plan stokes fears of market collapse. http://politi.co/2g978GV via @adamcancryn & @pauldemko


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