The President Checks In On The Troops


Pete Souza: President Obama makes Thanksgiving Day calls to US troops around the world



103 Responses to “The President Checks In On The Troops”

  1. 1 desertflower
    November 25, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Thank you so much, Nerdy. I love these pics:)

  2. 3 whenpamelawandered
    November 25, 2016 at 5:00 pm


  3. 4 desertflower
    November 25, 2016 at 5:20 pm


  4. 5 No Child Left Behind
    November 25, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Congrats DesertFlower!

    But best kudos ever to Nerdy Wonka!

  5. 6 desertflower
    November 25, 2016 at 5:23 pm

  6. November 25, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Hello TODers

    Thank you Nerdy.


    Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving. 🙂

  7. 10 JER
    November 25, 2016 at 5:27 pm

  8. November 25, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    I can’t shake the eerie silence on the things that happened in this election.

  9. November 25, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    • 15 desertflower
      November 25, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      There is something unique that happens when I enter a room filled with people of all races and ethnicities, socio-economic status, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, or disabilities and proudly say—

      “On behalf of our President Barack Hussein Obama, our First Lady Michelle Robinson Obama, and my colleagues throughout the federal government, I thank you for supporting the learning and development of African American students.”

      “The Obama effect,” as some researchers have called it, is especially apparent when I am in community with young people. Black children, in particular, sit up a little taller, smile warmly with glittering eyes, and lean in whenever I talk about the efforts of the First Family to support their learning and to provide greater access to opportunity. For youth who have grown up with Obama, the image of the American president will never be the same. And unlike any other time I can recall, our First Family has managed to make education cool.

      From the very beginning, President Obama has championed the importance of education. With stellar academic careers at Columbia University and Harvard Law School, President Obama firmly believes in the power of a quality education. His stance on education has remained consistent: If our nation makes the investment in education, children will have greater opportunities to compete in a global market and lead happy and productive lives.

  10. November 25, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    open thievery

    • 18 desertflower
      November 25, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      I read TWO FLOORS…at $1.5 million/year EACH! That’s $3 million of our tax dollars to pay for shitgibbon’s family to stay home. Let’s blow a wad of cash of the fraud and his family…smdh.

    • 21 COS
      November 25, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      Taxpayer’s money. This is ludicrous.

    • 22 Obama Grandmama
      November 25, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      When Trump brags about taking no salary we should be ready with all the added costs he is incurring the tax payers due to his whims.

  11. 23 desertflower
    November 25, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Take a hike:)

  12. November 25, 2016 at 5:45 pm

  13. November 25, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    We will see a whole lot of this.

  14. November 25, 2016 at 6:05 pm


  15. 30 a4alice
    November 25, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    It’s time for the XMas Tree at the White House. Here’s FLOTUS and nephews! 🙂

  16. November 25, 2016 at 6:41 pm

  17. November 25, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    “By failing to understand that the assault on labor is global and that it has to be rectified with hard- hitting, internationally-sanctioned trade agreements incorporating labor rights and pay, we are going to reproduce the 19th century sacrifice of labor standards of absolute misery and exploitation.”

  18. November 25, 2016 at 7:59 pm

  19. November 25, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    back to work …. oh, and as they say “it ain’t over till the fat lady sings” …. btw, she hasn’t even entered the concert hall, as yet ….

  20. November 25, 2016 at 8:32 pm

  21. November 25, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    “The world is not amused. Leaders from Asia Pacific countries are responding with the realization that the next occupant of the White House has just conceded the massive growth markets of Asia and South and Central America to China. Don’t take my word for it; China is already advancing its Free Trade Area for the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), which was previously going nowhere but has now been breathed new life by Donald Trump’s announcement that he will withdraw from the TPP.”

  22. November 25, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    uh huh

    uh huh

    Civility starts at home, Trumpies
    Nov 25 2016
    Posted by willykay

    As an antidote to post-election despair coupled with disgust at the endless exhortations to be civil and strive for unity with an opposition that elected an ignorant, narcissistic grifter to lead the country, I wrote a letter to the editor (LTE) of the St. Louis Dispatch that was published on November 16. It was subsequently republished on the blog, Occasional Planet. The letter itself is not the subject of this post, however, but rather the chilling nature of the response it generated.

    A few days ago, I received a phone message from a representative of the Post-Dispatch inquiring about whether or not I had received any “blowback” from the LTE since a gentleman in the same suburb in which I live had been receiving lots of unwarranted and unpleasant attention based on the mistaken perception that he had authored the letter. The mistake is easily explained. My first name “Willy” is a shortened version of a feminine name, and the gentleman in question is named “William,” shares my last name, and lives in the same suburb. Evidently some rabid Trumpie with more anger than brains had tried to look me up by name and city, the only identifiers printed in the paper, and jumped to the conclusion that the first likely name he found was the anti-Trump offender who he/she needed to silence.

    In a subsequent conversation with the Post-Dispatch representative, I learned that the harassment was repeated over time and had reached the level of stalking. The Trumpie thug had informed his “lefty” victim that he knew the type of car he drives and would be watching him. This sort of implied threat, according to my informant, had left the poor man understandably nearly distraught.

    I have never spoken to this man and cannot think of anything to do to help alleviate the distress he is experiencing because of my opinions – which I will, however, continue to express. In the future, however, I will use my full first name in order to avoid implicating the many innocent Williams in the area. Of course I know that small potatoes are the ones that grow in the future when the problem is here and now.

    It’s also true that I don’t want to invite the attentions of this or any other unhinged rightwing crackpot; we’ve already experienced random if minor vandalism on our property in past years and, thanks to the NRA, people have far too much leeway in Missouri to shoot whenever emotion moves them. I also hope that the victim of these implicit efforts to violently repress free speech reports them to the police. If nothing more, we need to establish an official record of threats that are delivered in Trump’s name.

    • 44 vcprezofan2
      November 25, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      Desertf, ‘Now what?’ or some variant is the question I ask myself repeatedly as I watch the aftermath of this bizarre election. Looking from the sidelines, it seems to me nothing effective is ever done even when political shenanigans are discovered around US elections.. Honestly, I keep wondering if this election is simply allowed to stand given all the talk of evidence of foreign tampering, what’s to prevent local or foreign entities from making interference into the norm? With all the seemingly credible rumours that have been floating around, why do I get the feeling that life is going on as normal and Trump is benefiting right, left, and centre? What is the *point* of senior officials reporting that there is evidence of electoral malfeasance if that’s all they tell us? I just don’t get it! 😦 😦

      • 45 desertflower
        November 25, 2016 at 9:37 pm

        My thoughts exactly, vc…with the majority of the people that voted, NOT having their candidate win, the known tampering of this election by a foreign country, the injection of fake news, the Comey mess…I have to ask myself daily if they even WANT to assure us of the integrity of our election process. I fear that because this election process was so fucked on so many levels, they do not want to admit they couldn’t fix this. This is ABOUT the integrity of our elections, for goodness sakes! If the citizens can not feel secure in their election process…there IS NO DEMOCRACY! They need to take a stand and demand an audit and recount to assure the people of the US. If not, people will be even MORE apathetic and well, you know where that leads. Not good.

  23. 47 desertflower
    November 25, 2016 at 9:17 pm

  24. 48 globalcitizenlinda
    November 25, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    I deeply envy PBO’s sense of calm, hope and optimism even when everyone seems to be losing theirs in the face of what seems like an impossibly bleak situation.

    I really could use some of this now … because I don’t see anything good in store for ordinary people when the demagogue takes over.

    I need a sign ….

  25. November 25, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    • 51 99ts
      November 26, 2016 at 12:57 am

      US has way too many police and they have way too much power. Police should NOT be asking to chat to private people in restaurants. Just unbelievable removal of people’s rights.

  26. November 25, 2016 at 9:36 pm

  27. 53 desertflower
    November 25, 2016 at 9:59 pm

  28. 54 desertflower
    November 25, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    • 55 jacquelineoboomer
      November 26, 2016 at 1:26 am

      Selling out our democracy, one “deal” at a time. No wonder he doesn’t want to accept a salary. This way he can convince us he doesn’t work for the American people. And never will.

      • 56 99ts
        November 26, 2016 at 4:06 am

        And this is why so many think the US is about money money money. Nothing else matters to the nominee and his henchmen. Those that voted for him have been so duped.

  29. 57 desertflower
    November 25, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Oh, just wait till the “Rust Belt” finds THIS out! They were all played like a damn Stradivarius.

  30. 58 globalcitizenlinda
    November 25, 2016 at 10:15 pm

  31. 59 globalcitizenlinda
    November 25, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    confusion abounds among the American voter;

    for example, people are very loud and adamant that they hate trade deals.

    millions on both sides claimed to vote against candidates because they supported these trade deals.

    but today is one of those days when they seem to put this disgust against trade apart as they line up and fight for sales bargains of goods that are coming into the US as a result of international trade;

    any country can’t just want to exclusively export to others.

    in addition, no country can produce ALL the goods and services that it needs so some will need to imported.

    most people forget that trade is not unidirectional;

  32. 60 globalcitizenlinda
    November 26, 2016 at 12:00 am

    one idea of the dilemma people in government could be facing (just speculation of a possibility since everything else that was impossible has happened in 2016):


    – based on what we know about the demagogue, he accuses people of the things he is in fact going to do or has already done; after the initial accusation, there is no way to stop him from repeating it over and over, louder and louder;


    – when the demagogue knew that there was a possibility that his cronies could pull off tampering with the voting process, he promptly started talking about rigging …

    remember this issue seemed to appear to come from nowhere;


    of course, once he spoke, almost all elected officials had to comment about it.

    they reassured the nation that the voting process could not be rigged and that there were strong protections in place;


    so now, when there is a voting result that appears suspicious to most people, the same elected officials can’t turn around and say that the system was rigged without producing air-tight proof;


    may be everyone was played by him suggesting rigging in the first place;


    worse still, if anyone knows something, they may be in Russia;

    unless they break for it now and come to the US, they are unlikely to leave later when the chief beneficiary of the rigging (if it happened) is the one who would be in charge of giving them protection …

    just like the guys who blew the whistle on the Russian Olympics scandal knew they would be protected by the US government.


    my bet is that if there is anything wrong, the truth will come out much, much later when there is little anyone can do to reverse it

  33. November 26, 2016 at 12:38 am

  34. November 26, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Goodnight TOD ….


    #NotMyPresident …. ever …

  35. 65 desertflower
    November 26, 2016 at 9:33 am

    They have to learn the hard way…unfortunate that the rest of us are pulled into outcome of their ignorance.

    • 66 Don
      November 26, 2016 at 9:41 am

      As great as man is, from time to time he will be held hostage by the whims and folly of fools.

    • 67 arapaho415
      November 26, 2016 at 9:55 am

      GM DF, hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving (spent on your patio in comfortable clothes I saw 😀 ).

      Hope you’re right, that these people who voted for *actual* POISON checked the box, “Yes, I’ll take that, let’s poison American at home and afar,” are *capable* of connecting the dots and able to ADMIT their mistakes (DJT is unable to, wouldn’t surprise me if his supporters are not capable of doing the same).

      Tweet #1:

      Concluding tweet:

      Here’s where we are now (i.e., since our national day of thanks began):


      An American in Ireland:

  36. 70 Don
    November 26, 2016 at 9:45 am

    How soon before Trump has a hotel going up in Havana?

  37. 71 globalcitizenlinda
    November 26, 2016 at 9:57 am

    • 72 globalcitizenlinda
      November 26, 2016 at 9:59 am

    • 73 globalcitizenlinda
      November 26, 2016 at 10:01 am

    • 74 globalcitizenlinda
      November 26, 2016 at 10:26 am

      Apologies to any TOD members from MI;

      but today is Game Day for one of the great (some say the greatest) rivalry in college sports as The Ohio State University plays Michigan at the OSU Horse Shoe today.

      Of course, I am biased for my current ‘hood and also as an OSU Alumni so I just had to say #GoBucks, beat That Team Up North (TTUN) aka … we don’t say its name here;

      after wagers between different prominent people connected with both schools and a week of competition in various events, normally, the Red Cross blood drive is my favorite competition as each college tries to outdo the other in number of donors.

      this year, Lebron (King James) added an new element with his shoe not only for the OSU players but also the newborns at The OSU Med Center (OSU Wexner Med Center);

      as usual, people have been celebrating since the week began and the who place is nuts.

      now the goal is heading off to the OSU Horse Shoe to enjoy the game.

      it is one small thing to smile about after the OH voters let us down

      • 75 desertflower
        November 26, 2016 at 10:41 am

        Enjoy! Miss those days of sitting in the stadium…going to the Varsity Club after the game….friends, fun, food and lots of drinks:) As I got older and I worked at that very hospital…often times on game day:( Good memories. GO Bucks!!

  38. 76 desertflower
    November 26, 2016 at 10:08 am

    GO BUCKS!! 🙂 🙂

    • 77 globalcitizenlinda
      November 26, 2016 at 10:32 am

      Go Bucks!

      I did not know if you were logged on yet.

      It is going to be a great day here.

      As if the rivalry game with TTUN is not enough, a chance at getting to play for the championship is on the line.

      yes, Buckeye Nation is psyched

      • 78 Don
        November 26, 2016 at 10:43 am

        My apologies, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but respectfully the Buckeyes are going down. I’m not a Michigan fan but the stars and the moon are aligned, Jim Harbaugh shall have his revenge in this world or the next.

        • 79 globalcitizenlinda
          November 26, 2016 at 11:20 am

          there, you went ahead and said something that would earn you a life ban in Buckeye Nation … but it is all good in TOD.


          if you don’t see me here in the next few days, then you should know that I am among those who were carried out from the Horse Shoe on a stretcher and straight to the OSU Med Center next door.

          • 80 Don
            November 26, 2016 at 11:47 am

            I’m just joking, I think the Buckeyes will win going away. Michigan’s starting quarterback is out, and I think the game will be too big for them. The Buckeyes are playing good football and their coach is a winner. 28-17 The Ohio State Buckeyes!

  39. 81 arapaho415
    November 26, 2016 at 10:17 am

    GM TODville, hope everyone enjoyed their holiday with family this year.

    Dr Bob and JO’B commented on Fidel Castro’s passing upthread. Here’s more…

    From this Spring (March 23, 2016):

    Here’s PBO’s full statement:

  40. 86 FoxfireTX
    November 26, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Good morning TOD! Hope that everyone is enjoying the long weekend.

    Interesting statement from the Clinton camp on voting issues: The most striking part:

    “Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves, but now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides.”

    “Listening and Responding To Calls for an Audit and Recount” by @marceelias https://medium.com/@marceelias/listening-and-responding-to-calls-for-an-audit-and-recount-2a904717ea39#.grp24y4m7

  41. November 26, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Good morning TOD …

  42. November 26, 2016 at 11:05 am

    No escaping her responsibility ….

    It’s just what it is.


    No escaping OUR responsibility, as well ….


    bbl ….

  43. 91 globalcitizenlinda
    November 26, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Before I head off :

    I doubt that elected gop are going to lead a demand for the demagogue to stop profiting from the country’s reputation & pay back into the Treasury anything he has gained since Nov/8/2016;

    Other than the bill introduced in the house, I don’t know if Democrats are planning to prioritize this;

    I so wish I had some legal training because the country needs some determined lawyers to pursue legal action for this to cease immediately.

    There should also be an organized demand from ordinary people that this happens;


    • 92 FoxfireTX
      November 26, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      Linda, I feel your frustration. Funny, the GOP that led endless investigations of Benghazi and Clinton emails has gone strangely silent notwithstanding never ending conflicts of interest of the Trump Org and his role as PE. Apparently, the GOP is just fine in letting DT make us into a banana republic. If they maintain that stance, nothing our legislators will be able to do about it given the GOP control of the House and Senate.

      The Dem leaning outside organization on ethics in government is CREW, Citizens for Responsiblity and Ethics in Washington. Its website is here: http://www.citizensforethics.org/ At this point, I suspect this organization is our best hope of taking on what is becoming a national disgrace.

  44. November 26, 2016 at 12:06 pm

  45. 96 GGail
    November 26, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    I’m watching Chelsea and Tottenham playing a match on NBC and I’m missing my dearly beloved Chipsticks so, so very much. GOOOOOOOOOAL ❤

    • 97 mtmarilyn
      November 26, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      I agree GGail. I miss Chips and NW and others going on about soccer, etc. Wish she would at least peek in so we could really tell her how much we love and miss her.

      We are heading out to Gold Creek to get our Christmas tree. 3 families and dogs going for the afternoon. See you all later.

  46. 100 vcprezofan2
    November 26, 2016 at 4:27 pm

  47. 102 vcprezofan2
    November 26, 2016 at 4:30 pm

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