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A Farewell


188 Responses to “A Farewell”


  1. 1 Judith Fardig
    January 2, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    This is so hard to face!

  2. January 2, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Evening TOD folks. This is the one speech I will not look forward to.

  3. 5 jacquelineoboomer
    January 2, 2017 at 7:57 pm

  4. January 2, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    This is going to be a tough one. Yes We Can!

  5. 8 mtmarilyn
    January 2, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    There are going to be many tears.

  6. January 2, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    I know this will be among his great speeches but it is quite painful to even contemplate.

  7. 13 globalcitizenlinda
    January 2, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    • 14 globalcitizenlinda
      January 2, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      • January 3, 2017 at 9:35 am

        From the Website:United States Office Government Ethics-preventing conflicts of interests in the Executive Branch

        Mission and Responsibilities

        Vision – To achieve a high level of public confidence in the integrity of
        executive branch programs and operations.
        Mission – Provide overall leadership and oversight of the executive branch
        ethics program designed to prevent and resolve conflicts of interest.

        The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) oversees the executive branch ethics program and works with a community of ethics practitioners made up of over 4,500 ethics officials in more than 130 agencies to implement that program. When government decisions are made free from conflicts of interest, the public can have greater confidence in the integrity of executive branch programs and operations.

        ***************

        GOP in Congress knows what a hot mess of conflictinterests is Donald Trump…they are taking a preemptive strike to protect him….and adding another nail in the coffin of our democracy

  8. January 2, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    A ‘farewell’ but also the BEGINNING of the next phase of THE OBAMA ERA!!

  9. January 2, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    FYI – I just saw upcoming on CNN at 8:00 CST a show called “The Legacy of Barack Obama”. I hope it’s a true depiction of all PBO has accomplished. I’ll watch it (of course), but with some skepticism considering the source.

  10. January 2, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Can they catch a clue before it’s too late?

    What an amazing time to be alive and to know WE ARE THE RESISTANCE on a scale unprecedented since the signing of the Declaration of Independence – no joke.

  11. 24 jacquelineoboomer
    January 2, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    For those of us not from Chicago or not familiar with McCormick Place, the venue for the President’s Farewell Address:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCormick_Place

  12. 27 jacquelineoboomer
    January 2, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    • 28 susanne
      January 2, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      also the white house, the dept of interior, the state dept, the atty general, o.m.g.

      • 29 jacquelineoboomer
        January 2, 2017 at 10:55 pm

        Not to mention – first off – not watching any part of our nation’s uninauguration via cable news (yuck) and trying not to see T-rump’s face all day, my own personal goals. I will, however, find a way to see President and Mrs. Obama at the event.

        • 30 susanne
          January 3, 2017 at 12:42 am

          yes– let me suggest my son’s strategy when watching the first Star Wars movie (he was 4 and scared of the Darth Vader images he’d seen in ads)– he put his jacket over his head, and used the sleeve opening like a focus lens, to just see the part of the screen he chose. very effective 🙂

  13. 33 globalcitizenlinda
    January 2, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    as more extreme positions are taken by the gop & their homegrown demagogue leader, ….. it is hard to get one’s head around the fact that millions voted for third party …. & those who chose not to vote although they were not constrained by voter-suppression laws.

    all the coming pain to many of us, all the institutional damage, and national embarrassment could have been avoided by the power of the vote;

  14. 34 JER
    January 2, 2017 at 9:21 pm

  15. 36 JER
    January 2, 2017 at 9:24 pm

  16. January 2, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Yet you have Trump asslickers Jonathan Allen and Matthew Dowd bleating that going to Chicago instead of giving the address in DC makes PBO “arrogant”. I swear I’d wring the venomous necks of these despicable pundits’ necks if I got hold of them . Our country is about to burn down under kleptocrats Trump and yet these ne’er do wells only see PBO’ race and resent his brilliance.

  17. 40 mtmarilyn
    January 2, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Way to go USC! The Rose bowl was the best bowl game so far. That and the Rose Parade have made my day. Have such wonderful memories of the Rose Parade. Spent 3 New Years Eve’s on Colorado Blvd waiting to watch the Rose Parade. Also attending college at Azusa Pacific. College we played a few football games in the Rose Bowl. Let me tell you 2000 people barely can be seen in that stadium. It was fun though. Great memories.

    Now watching Auburn. Wish The Lovely Plains were around. Sure miss him.

  18. 48 isonprize
    January 2, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    I haven’t been here in a while. I’m just so bummed about Orange cheeto face getting ready to soil the office that my president so proudly held. Honestly, I think that this has affected my health. Sigh….

  19. January 2, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    I am so excited about POTUS’s address to us a week from Tuesday. I hope some TOD peeps in Chicago or who worked so long and hard and faithfully in his election campaigns are able to go and share the story with us. I am sad too — I don’t want these days to come: But I think of the terrible burdens of hatefulness and nasty lying sorry contemptuous disrespect and venom that has been part of their lives for these two terms, and there I find the peace to let what is happening happen. It is hard, indeed, as Judith (FIRST!!! Go Judith Go!) says above; but I am working on choosing my thoughts and attitudes more of the time; not a perfect process, but if I let myself watch it all and observe the behavior of the scoundrels and hatemongers, it becomes unbearable. Every day is a challenge but thinking POTUS is President! and comeing to TOD is the cure for what ails me. The last thread was particularly fabulous and moving and rich — I have to go back to it later. SO much there. I loved Pretty Foot’s post, and the report from GGail on the CA TOD Party complete with Charades. What a gift to be able to come here and be reminded of so much. RanMan always gets my little ship right back on course. NerdyWonka: SuperHero.

  20. January 2, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    JER: thank for posting wonderful things on TOD. Especially arrivals and overseas travels and especially returns home to us. I am always uplifted and relieved. And all who find and bring special things to us here. I take it for granted, and then I think about it and it’s like How Does That WORK? How can we be so lucky? What passes for “news” and info is simply dreck and popcorn and elevator music so much of the time (here’s to excellence and noble exceptions but it is fair to say what I said and I stick with it, honoring the exceptions always) ; here we get links and photos and commentaries and updates and speeches and live info and archived info for later —- priceless precious goodness. I immediately forget who does what but you know who you are and I hope you feel the gratitude and love for all that you do. And NERDYWONKA???? DANG!!!! We are blessed.

    • 56 catrst
      January 3, 2017 at 3:05 am

      I have to say that you put this so well I’d like to just hook my wagon to your comment. Thank you everyone, especially NW of course, for every comment, every post, every prayer, every shared tear and hearty laugh. God bless you all.

    • January 3, 2017 at 7:17 am

      Indeed Nancie. Fortune did smile on me when I stumbled upon this blog.

  21. 58 jacquelineoboomer
    January 2, 2017 at 10:48 pm

  22. 61 jacquelineoboomer
    January 2, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Lawrence had Michael D’Antonio on his show tonight, the author of “A Consequential President.” The author mentioned President Obama’s “decent and dignified presidency.” It sounds like a mighty good read, not that I’m plugging any particular book! There will be a gazillion.

  23. 62 GGAIL
    January 2, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Yesterday I picked up the Time magazine Special Edition titled “Barack Obama, Eight Years. It has a special video and audio interaction thingy. I purchased the last two copies and gave the other one to jojothecat.

  24. 65 jacquelineoboomer
    January 2, 2017 at 11:32 pm

  25. 66 amk for obama
    January 2, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    my inner kenyan. fuck you, murkkka.

    • 67 jacquelineoboomer
      January 2, 2017 at 11:56 pm

      Well, I must go buy a lottery ticket. Must be my lucky night to be on TOD around the time you are! Happy New Year, despite your potty mouth, sir!

    • 68 globalcitizenlinda
      January 3, 2017 at 12:07 am

      Mr AMK, Happy New Year to you and your family!

    • 69 whenpamelawandered
      January 3, 2017 at 12:12 am

      Yeah we are, along with the entire world. 😩🙀😾👎🏼🤞🏼

    • 70 Judith Fardig
      January 3, 2017 at 1:33 am

      Hi AMK – we missed you around here.

    • January 3, 2017 at 7:24 am

      Glad returned for the President’s Farewell

    • January 3, 2017 at 9:50 am

      {{{{AMK}}}} You were deeply missed my friend!

      I’ve been in read-by, lurk mode, as I deal with the consequences of a dryer fire in my home. Restoration company is almost finished inventorying my personal property; home to start gutting the place at the end of the month, and hope to be finished restoration in time to host my 4th of July shindig.

      As soon as things slow down to a dull roar, I’ll go back to November 15th and start reading forward — I’ve missed so much. Benefit of catching up is I’ll be able to ignore the opening days of the orange disaster!

    • January 3, 2017 at 10:19 am

      Happy New Years amk.

    • 74 Nena20409
      January 3, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Happy New Year, Mister Amk.
      Miss you.
      Come back, you hear. You made TOD Funner 😉

  26. 75 whenpamelawandered
    January 2, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    😥😿💔💔💔

  27. 79 whenpamelawandered
    January 3, 2017 at 12:14 am

    💤💤💤💤💤

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  36. 92 amk for obama
    January 3, 2017 at 12:57 am

    furstly, thank you, Mr President and family for being totally presidential over the past 10 years. May your new year and subsequent years be filled with happiness, peace and respect you all deserve.

    sekindly, thank you, Uncle Joe for being his (and our) loyal Man Friday and Aunt Jill for your services to the Vets along with the First Lady. Wish you both a happy and peaceful retired life.

    turdly, thank you, bt (where the hell are thou, though?) and wish you and your family a happy and healthy new year and future.

    forthly, thank you, toddys and wish you all the happy and healthy new year. You won’t have amk’s ass to kick around any more.

    finally, fuck you, fuck you, fuck you, rethuglicans, fifth columnist corrupt media ass kissers, lazy ass dems, loony left and the fucking boneless entity called the dem establishment. May your new year and coming years be filled with the horror that you have inflicted on rest of us. even fucking god ain’t gonna fucking save your sorry lil racist asses.

  37. January 3, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Goodnight TOD …

    #TheResistance

    #YesWeCan

  38. 104 CEB
    January 3, 2017 at 7:35 am

    We must continue our fervent prayers for the safety of PBO long after his term is over. Putin and others who wish to bring him down know that he will still be a force to be reckoned with. He is the only one who can spearhead the type of sustained organization needed to make systemic change in our elections process, the only one to whose banner many would come, the only one whose term in office and character serve as a rebuke to the deplorable one coming. If he never says a word or does anything, his record, his very life and very being stand as a brilliant contrast to the dark, nasty governance that all indicators predict is coming. Darkness hates light and does everything it can to eradicate it. PBO has been the most prayed up president that we have had in decades and we will need to continue to lift Citizen Barack up in our prayers. The hate will continue and so must our vigilance.
    Lord, Please continue to bless and protect Barack Hussein Obama. Give him strength of heart, mind, soul, and body as he embarks on this next stage of his life. Open your storehouses and shower him with all good gifts and bless his efforts as he continues to serve. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

  39. 105 CEB
    January 3, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Before I leave:
    I read an article from the Hill that is all about how giddy the GOP congress is about getting everything on their wish list; how excited they were after meeting with Deplorable One and how they feel so confident that he will work with them, and all of the maneuvering that they are doing (gutting their own ethic commission, short procedural methods to rush things through, etc. and all I could think was that they are setting themselves up to be played. This whole move by the Con-in-Chief is classic; find out what people most want (especially those who have been suspicious of you) to use it as leverage to get what you want. And like any devil’s bargain, the mark wounds up being the big loser; his situation often worse than it was. The game is a little different, but the con is the same. The Deplorable One has been successfully pulling this con for most of his life, it even got him to the highest office in the land, it not the world, and he will see no reason to change his methods. Additionally, always in the back of my mind is that 90’s video in which the DO says that if he ever ran for office he would run as a republican because their voters are stupid. This One stands for nothing; he will only do what will benefit him whether it is feeding his desperate need for attention and praise or filling is coffers. The republicans in congress are nothing more than a mark. It will be interesting to see what they will do when they realize that they have been had.

    • January 3, 2017 at 8:47 am

      CEB…i wish you could put this in a tweetstorm

      the Office of Gov Ethics @OfficeGovEthics…according to their twitter account says…U.S. Office of Government Ethics — Providing leadership in the executive branch to prevent conflicts of interest.

      so the GOP wants to mute them re: the many conflicts of interests that Trump has…take a look at their timeline

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  42. 111 desertflower
    January 3, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Morning everyone. Come on…it’s not like all of us didn’t KNOW they have always wanted to do this! IOKIYAR!

  43. January 3, 2017 at 9:16 am

    If It’s Not Treason, What Do We Call It?
    by David Atkins
    January 1, 2017 5:39 PM

    When Donald Trump takes the oath of office, it will mark the third time in the last half century the United States has installed a Republican president who allegedly worked with a hostile foreign power to sabotage American interests and the sitting U.S. president, in order to get himself elected. Read that sentence again slowly and consider the implications.

    In 1968, Republican candidate Richard Nixon worked behind the scenes to scuttle Vietnam peace talks. Nixon knew that if the incumbent president LBJ agreed to terms with the South Vietnamese government, the resulting peace would benefit not only American soldiers in danger but also his Democratic opponent Hubert Humphrey. So Nixon’s camp sent private messages to the South Vietnamese promising better terms if they waited until he was elected president. When LBJ learned of the sabotage, recordings show that he described it as treason. Nixon won the election, and the Vietnam War continued for years afterward.

    …………………………………………….

    In 2016, the entire American intelligence community, alongside private cyber-security firms, have been unanimous in accusing Russian intelligence services of hacking the private communications of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta–as well as over a dozen Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives. It was an electronic burglary of private campaign data that dwarfed the Watergate break-in by orders of magnitude. The resulting disproportionate media coverage of the released emails was crucial in helping to give Donald Trump a narrow electoral college victory, despite losing the popular vote by almost 3 million ballots.

    We will not know the extent of the Trump campaign’s cooperation and involvement with this activity for months or even years. But we do already have some very disturbing facts. First and foremost, during his last press conference of the campaign Donald Trump explicitly asked Russia to hack 30,000 of Clinton’s emails (he later claimed to have only done it in jest.) There are reports that Russia has been cultivating Trump for years. There is the bizarre communication between a server in Trump tower and a Russian bank tied to the Kremlin that may or may not be innocent, but so far no one in the Trump organization has provided a credible explanation for it. Rather than condemn Russian interference in the election as it might have been wiser politically to do if he were the innocent beneficiary, Trump has taken the bizarre strategy of denying and minimizing it entirely. We know that Trump’s one-time campaign manager Paul Manafort worked for the Kremlin while living in Trump tower, and was only fired when the outrage over his Russian connections became too much to ignore. It’s possible that Trump is innocent in all this, but the preponderance of the evidence suggests otherwise.

    • 113 desertflower
      January 3, 2017 at 10:03 am

      A comment from this piece. Read it all, then read the last paragraph again. Chilling.

      esmensetoo sanityismine • 13 hours ago
      In the case of Nixon’s treachery — which he engaged in knowing it would most likely cause many additional American deaths — the matter is proven. Notes that his aide Haldeman kept at the time, as Nixon gave him instructions for things he wanted done to “monkey wrench” the peace talks, were revealed by a Freedom of Information request in 2007 and are part of the historic record.

      It is an open and shut case; Nixon simply believed his personal ambition justified sacrificing other people’s lives.

      A deeply amoral man (who led an amoral administration and party and thought nothing of indulging in immoral acts to serve his self-interest) his long shadow of duplicity and dishonesty has shaped the modern Republican party and its propaganda arm — through the long careers of people like Cheney, Ailes and many, many others.

      Close to 30,000 Americans had already died in Viet Nam by the time those peace talks were in the works. More than 28,000 more would die in the years after Nixon scuttle those talks.

      The “secret plan” he claimed to have, and ran on in that campaign, to end the war was a lie too.

      Now that kind of lethal dishonesty is just what the party’s supporters expect and applaud in Republican leaders.

      When Trump said that he could shoot someone in the middle of Times Square and his Republican supporters wouldn’t care, he wasn’t bragging about himself and his power over them — he was just talking honestly about how completely immoral and unconcerned with the sanctity of human life — OTHER people’s lives — he knows Republican voters really are.

    • January 3, 2017 at 10:12 am

      “It’s possible that Trump is innocent in all this….”

      Like hell !!

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  45. 116 GGAIL
    January 3, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Good West Coast morning NW & TOD family.
    Today is my first full day of work in the new year. I’m going to make a point to think of something positive and optimistic that will sustain me through the day.
    Have a great day everyone 🌹

  46. 117 desertflower
    January 3, 2017 at 9:17 am

  47. January 3, 2017 at 9:47 am

    The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 is a United States federal law that was passed in the wake of the Nixon Watergate scandal and the Saturday Night Massacre. It created mandatory, public disclosure of financial and employment history of public officials and their immediate family. It also created restrictions on lobbying efforts by public officials for a set period after leaving public office. Last, it created the U.S. Office of Independent Counsel, tasked with investigating government officials.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethics_in_Government_Act

  48. January 3, 2017 at 10:10 am

    More Fake News about VA Hospitals
    This time, the hapless New York Times is the culprit.

    by Phillip Longman
    December 30, 2016

    Donald Trump met with the heads of several monopolistic private health care corporations in Palm Beach on Wednesday. Bloomberg reports that “A person close to Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter said he also participated.” Trump was soliciting their advice on whether he should force the Veterans Health Administration (VA) to outsource more of the care of our nation’s veterans to monopolistic health care corporations. The comic book executive at least had no apparent conflicts of interests.

    America’s major veterans groups, including the American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, and Paralyzed Veterans of America, which all strenuously oppose any moves to privatize the VA, were not invited. Stay tuned for the rest of the story.

    But meanwhile, let’s just dwell for a second on how we got here before it’s too late. In the New York Times‘ story about the meeting, reporter Michael D. Shear offered this background: “The Department of Veterans Affairs has struggled to provide timely care to many veterans….News reports in 2014 said that dozens of veterans had died while waiting for care at a V.A. hospital in Phoenix.”

    Here we have the New York Times once again mindlessly repeating a devastatingly effective piece of fake news that may yet lead to the dismantling of the VA. It was put in motion by the Republican-controlled House Veterans Affairs Committee during hearings it staged over the summer of 2014. The committee’s chairman, Rep. Jeff Miller, claimed to have uncovered as many as 40 veterans who had died while waiting for care at the Phoenix VA, a claim that was endlessly repeated in the press and that did enormous damage to the image of the VA with the American people.

  49. January 3, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Even Glenn Greenwald And His Fans Should Fear the Trump-Putin Alliance
    by David Atkins
    December 31, 2016 8:00 AM

    On December 19th Glenn Greenwald went on Fox News to do what he and his Intercept-libertarian acolytes have done since Trump’s victory: minimize and deny the evidence that Russia was responsible for the hacking of Democratic officials that helped deliver the election to Trump. But why the protestations?

    Contrary to the assertions of many Intercept fans, the evidence that Russia was responsible is as damning as it can be in cases of international cyber-espionage. It’s true that it’s possible, as Matt Taibbi suggests, that blaming Russia is a bogus political play. But the Obama Administration has been nothing if not overly cautious in this arena, and flailing desperately and deceitfully isn’t this president’s style. Numerous intelligence services have confirmed Russian involvement, detailing as much evidence as they can without compromising their methods. The New York Times has its own comprehensive report. Russian intelligence services tried to cultivate Donald Trump for years. Donald Trump explicitly asked Russia to hack 30,000 of Clinton’s emails during a July press conference that turned out to be the last of his campaign–showing that at least at the time he believed Russia was behind the Watergate-style theft of private email data from Democrats. And we know that Putin has been openly backing Trump while mocking the Obama administration and the Clinton campaign.

    In light of all this, continually and actively denying Russian involvement as Greenwald and crew have done goes beyond Taibbi’s healthy skepticism of government officials and smacks of ideological fervor. Even the Trump campaign has stopped questioning the unanimous judgment of American intelligence services, and moved on to a “who cares?” approach that is already falling apart under pressure and scrutiny. Pretty much only the Russians themselves, the conspiracy theorists at WorldNetDaily and the Intercept libertarians are actively objecting to the evidence against Putin.

  50. January 3, 2017 at 10:12 am

    I had confusion of which ethics committee was gutted…it was the Office of Congressional Ethics…not the Office of Government Ethics which is charged with ethics in the Executive Branch..

  51. January 3, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Trump Is Calling His American Opponents “Enemies” While Praising Putin
    by David Atkins
    December 31, 2016 8:14 PM

    Donald Trump took to Twitter on this New Year’s Eve to taunt his American opponents as “enemies”:

    Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2016

    Baiting and trolling one’s opponents on a holiday after losing the popular vote by almost 3 million votes is just another sign of Trump’s narcissistic insecurity. No one lost “badly” to Trump; he won a very slim victory by virtue of a rigged and archaic electoral college system. The man is a sore loser, a sore winner and a terrible human being.

    But he didn’t just taunt Americans who oppose him. He labeled them as “enemies”, which is unusual and alarming from a man who is about to control America’s surveillance and law enforcement apparatus. American presidents usually shy away from calling their domestic opponents “enemies” because that sort of rhetoric is the realm of dictators, not presidents who anticipate having to work with their opposition to pass legislation. It is reminiscent of Nixon’s “enemies lists” and other dark times in American history, and a very far cry from President Obama’s unifying rhetoric.

    It’s even worse, though. Trump is using this language on his domestic opponents while simultaneously praising a foreign nuclear-armed dictator who allegedly committed a malicious electronic burglary of the private communications of Trump’s political opposition. This is beyond unprecedented to the point of surrealism. It’s not technically treason, but it’s definitely subversion of American democracy and the national interest.

  52. January 3, 2017 at 10:18 am

    ” time to get back on the horse.

    With the impending fascist administration set to take the Oval Office on January 20th, Democrats can waste no time in gearing up for political races over the course of the next calendar year. Traditionally, off-off year elections generate the least amount of enthusiasm and lowest turnout numbers of any year of a typical election cycle and with many Democratic supporters being downtrodden over the most-recent election results, 2017 seems likely to fall into that same pattern. However, if Democrats truly want #TheResistance to be effective, they need to challenge Republicans at all levels of government and they have multiple races throughout the country where they need to mobilize and help elect Democratic candidates to elected positions.”

  53. January 3, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Obama’s Top 50 Accomplishments, Revisited
    The comprehensive legacy of the 44th President.

    by Paul Glastris and Nancy LeTourneau

    In March 2012, we compiled a list of what were, at the time, President Barack Obama’s greatest achievements, to accompany our cover story, “The Incomplete Greatness of Barack Obama.” Today, at the end of his second term, Obama’s legacy is far more complete. Indeed, items from the original list—such as increasing national service opportunities, creating the Race to the Top education reform program, and expanding stem cell research—fell off in order to make room for new ones.

    But his legacy is also under threat. Donald Trump and the new Republican-dominated Congress have pledged to undo much of what the president has achieved, including repealing the Affordable Care Act and reversing important executive actions on immigration and climate change. So it is with this caveat that we offer the following updated list of Obama’s top accomplishments.

  54. January 3, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Lips pursed.

    Quick Takes: Trump and Obama on Lincoln
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    January 2, 2017 5:10 PM
    POLITICAL ANIMAL BLOG

    * There are times when it is hard to comprehend the distance this country will travel from Obama to Trump on January 20th. To illustrate, let’s take a look at how the two of them describe our greatest president. On the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, President Obama wrote this about what Abraham Lincoln means to him, and to America:

    Always thoughtful, always eloquent, Lincoln’s writings speak to me as they speak to so many Americans, reminding us what is best about ourselves and the Union he saved: that though we may have our differences, we are one people, and we are one nation, united by a common creed…

    …Lincoln termed the United States, in one of his early messages to Congress, “the last best hope of earth.” Considering that our fragile Union was not 100 years old and stood a good chance of dissolving, it was an improbable thing to say. But Lincoln saw beyond the bloodshed and division. He saw us not only as we were, but as we might be. And he calls on us through the ages to commit ourselves to the unfinished work he so nobly advanced—the work of perfecting our Union.

    * Back in April 2016, Bob Woodward asked Donald Trump why Lincoln succeeded. Here is his response:

    Well, I think Lincoln succeeded for numerous reasons. He was a man who was of great intelligence, which most presidents would be. But he was a man of great intelligence, but he was also a man that did something that was a very vital thing to do at that time. Ten years before or 20 years before, what he was doing would never have even been thought possible. So he did something that was a very important thing to do, and especially at that time.

  55. 130 JER
    January 3, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Good Morning Everybody,

    • 134 desertflower
      January 3, 2017 at 10:56 am

      GM response to the fool.

      • 135 desertflower
        January 3, 2017 at 10:59 am

        hat said, this is part and parcel of what the people that voted for this fraud need to understand. We will see this daily I’m afraid.

        • 136 GGail
          January 3, 2017 at 12:15 pm

          DF, it is the half-truths and mis-information that sends people into tailspins, like the confusion between the House’s Office of Congressional Ethics and the Office of Government Ethics. While it is sad, but, predictable that the GOP would want to do away with an Ethics committee, it would be disastrous if they were trying to dismantle the OGE.

          Trump is an expert as carnival barking and the GOP are experts at setting up or dismantling anything that will benefit them.

          We have to be doubly careful what we read and post here.

  56. 137 desertflower
    January 3, 2017 at 11:07 am

    http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2016/11/14/way-to-stop-trump-lessons-of-war-on-terror/

    Much of what Trump has proposed is patently illegal. Torture violates the Constitution, international law, and the Geneva Conventions. Deporting or singling out Muslims for discriminatory treatment violates the freedom of religion. Congress cannot expand libel, whose contours are determined by the First Amendment. The right to terminate a pregnancy remains protected by the Constitution, and the Supreme Court strongly reaffirmed that right just last year. A bipartisan Congress ended the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone metadata in 2015, after a court of appeals ruled the program illegal. And the terms of our climate change treaty preclude backing out for four years.

    There is no way to guarantee that Trump will not try to implement at least some of his campaign promises. He has already vowed to deport two to three million people, and to repeal and replace major parts of Obamacare. The time to stop him in his tracks was at the voting booth, and we failed to do that. But as the fate of the Bush administration’s counter-terror measures illustrates, even when the executive seems most invincible, he can be checked. Doing so will take an engaged citizenry, a persistent civil society, a vigilant media, brave insiders, and judges and other government officials who take seriously their responsibility to uphold the Constitution. (I look forward to taking part in this effort myself, as I become the National Legal Director of the ACLU in January, a few days before Trump takes office.)

    We live in a constitutional democracy, one that is expressly designed to check the impulses of dangerous men. It will do so if and only if we insist on it.

  57. January 3, 2017 at 11:16 am

  58. January 3, 2017 at 11:20 am

    There will be a GOP super majority in the PA State Legislature House….it becomes imperative that PA DEMs stick close to the Governor and support him as much as possible…as well as increase voter turn out in the mid terms…

  59. 141 No Child Left Behind
    January 3, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Ford is canceling plans to build a new plant in Mexico. It will invest $700 million in Michigan instead, creating 700 new US jobs.

    Ford CEO Mark Fields said the investment is a “vote of confidence” in the pro-business environment president-elect Donald Trump is creating. However, he stressed Ford did not do any sort of special deal with Trump.

    “We didn’t cut a deal with Trump. We did it for our business,” Fields told CNN’s Poppy Harlow in an exclusive interview Tuesday.
    —————–

    Good Morning TODVille. Happy New Year again to all of you!

  60. January 3, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Good morning TOD ….

    Take care everyone … great to see you amk!!! …. hope you are as well as possible {{{{{{{{Chips}}}}}}}} ….. back to work ….

  61. 143 desertflower
    January 3, 2017 at 11:48 am

    {{{{amk}}} I saw you!

  62. January 3, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Republicans make more health care promises they can’t keep
    01/03/17 11:01 AM—UPDATED 01/03/17 11:21 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Kellyanne Conway, who’ll soon serve as a senior advisor to the president in Donald Trump’s White House, was asked on MSNBC this morning about the Americans who’ve gained health security under the Affordable Care Act, and whether they can expect to keep their coverage going forward. Conway may not have intended to make news with her answer, but it’s worth keeping these comments in mind as the “repeal” crusade advances:

    “We don’t want anyone who currently has insurance to not have insurance. Also, we are very aware that the public likes coverage for pre-existing conditions. There are some pieces of merit in the current plan.”

    In an interview with NBC’s “Today,” Conway added that Trump “is committed to retaining those pieces [of the Affordable Care Act] that his advisers will say are working.”

    Just on the surface, it’s striking when a Republican acknowledges – out loud and in public – that there are elements of the ACA that have “merit” and “are working.” These truths generally go ignored by the right.

    But let’s not brush past the details. According to one of his top aides, the Trump White House will not take away any American’s current coverage and doesn’t intend to drop protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

    About a month ago, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) made similar commitments, telling CBS News, “We will give everyone access to affordable health-care coverage,” and adding that protections for consumers with pre-existing conditions is “a very important feature of any health-care system.”

    The Speaker added, in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, that the Republican approach will make sure that “no one is left out in the cold” and “no one is worse off.”

    Once again, it appears Republicans are writing checks their party can’t cash.

  63. 145 No Child Left Behind
    January 3, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    House Republican leaders have pulled a proposal that would gut an independent ethics panel amid widespread criticism of the plan, multiple lawmakers told CNN.
    ————————–
    Mark Halperin, jackass at the Morning Joke table, said that he was sure the proposal would be repealed. So sorry to hear that because DEMS could have used this strategically to paint the Rethugs for what they are.

    Next!

  64. January 3, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    GOP congressman says his pro-hacking comments were ‘misconstrued’
    01/02/17 10:40 AM
    By Steve Benen

    A handful of congressional Republicans have expressed tacit support for Russia’s alleged espionage operation attacking the U.S. presidential election, but no member went quite as far as Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.).

    “If Russia succeeded in giving the American people information that was accurate, then they merely did what the media should have done,” the far-right Arizonan told MSNBC late last week.

    As we discussed soon after, Franks’ argument is genuinely bizarre. According to the Republican congressman, so long as Russia was stealing actual materials – as opposed to, say, falsifying documents – in order to further its own interests, Franks is satisfied with the results. In fact, the GOP lawmaker seems to believe news organizations should also start committing similar crimes.

    This is a bit like saying the Washington Post’s Woodward and Bernstein should have spent less time investigating the Watergate scandal and more time breaking into the DNC headquarters in order to give the American people “information that was accurate.”

    A day after the interview, the GOP lawmaker seemed to back away from his own assertions, at least a little.

    [I]n an interview with CNN’s Jim Sciutto on “Wolf,” Franks argued that he has been a harsh critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime and that his comment was misinterpreted.

    “Those comments were completely misconstrued,” Franks told Sciutto, adding that “nobody has been harder on Russian than me.”

    Franks did not elaborate further on how his comment had been misunderstood.

    I’ve checked the transcript, and Franks made no effort to explain how or why his comments to MSNBC had been “completely misconstrued.” He emphasized his concerns about Russia’s government, but that’s largely irrelevant in this case – because the question is whether Franks supports Russia’s alleged espionage operation that subverted the U.S. presidential election.

  65. January 3, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Conservative lawyers have a roadmap that leads to Texas
    01/02/17 09:20 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Yesterday, an important Obama administration regulation was scheduled to take effect that would have prevented discrimination based on “gender identity” or the “termination of pregnancy” in health care services. BuzzFeed reported, however, that policy was blocked over the holiday weekend by a conservative judge in Texas.
    The lawsuit – brought by Texas, a handful of other states, and some religiously affiliated nonprofit medical groups – challenges a regulation implementing the sex nondiscrimination requirement found in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). […]

    Explaining the lawsuit, [U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor] wrote, “Plaintiffs claim the Rule’s interpretation of sex discrimination pressures doctors to deliver healthcare in a manner that violates their religious freedom and thwarts their independent medical judgment and will require burdensome changes to their health insurance plans on January 1, 2017.”
    In other words, if medical professionals can’t discriminate on the basis of gender identity or abortion history, those medical professionals’ spiritual beliefs are being violated.

    The Obama administration will now scramble, as the BuzzFeed report added, to either appeal the injunction or ask O’Connor “to limit his order to the plaintiffs in the case,” as opposed to targeting the federal regulation nationwide.

    • 148 Don
      January 3, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      “those medical professionals’ spiritual beliefs are being violated.”

      but these same medical professionals never let a chance to overcharge Medicare interfere their spiritual beliefs.

    • January 3, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      In other words, if medical professionals can’t discriminate on the basis of gender identity or abortion history, those medical professionals’ spiritual beliefs are being violated.

      *************

      The GOP uses the courts to thwart Democracy…and equal justice under the law

  66. 150 No Child Left Behind
    January 3, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    What a good start for the GOP controlled Congress!

    From WaPo:

    Republicans back off gutting of House ethics office after critical Trump tweet

    House Republicans abruptly reversed course and pulled language to weaken the independent Office of Congressional Ethics and subject it to internal House rule.

    The decision came after President-elect Donald J. Trump tweeted that the move should perhaps not be the House GOP’s first priority.

  67. 151 Don
    January 3, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Either the Republicans can’t even get their own bill passed or this was all a plan to make Trump look good by criticizing the bill.

    • 152 arapaho415
      January 3, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      GM Don.

      Yep, GOP stumble over themselves to curry favor with DJT, knowing it will be financially lucrative for them personally.

      Posted two hours ago, before proposal was dropped:

  68. 153 desertflower
    January 3, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    We are NOT POWERLESS! Claim your power!

  69. 154 arapaho415
    January 3, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    So media adds fuel to perception that DJT “gets things done,” completely ignoring the fact that Congress works for the American people, not DJT.

    And from last night:

  70. 155 JER
    January 3, 2017 at 12:53 pm

  71. 156 JER
    January 3, 2017 at 12:56 pm

  72. January 3, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    well…what do you know…

    • 159 Don
      January 3, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      Megyn Kelly is no better than Ann Coulter, both of them are vile and nasty and they both add to the decay of journalism.

    • 162 pkayden
      January 3, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      I already have cut the cord and no longer watch television news (cable and non-cable). I’m done with the coddling of Rightwing extremists, White Supremacists and Trump. Done.

    • 163 Nena20409
      January 3, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Hired by NBC.
      GretaVS is hired by MSNBC.
      The View has a Foxer as a Host.
      While the left continue to pretend that the US Media is Left Leaning, GOP are meticulous in making sure that 321M Americans are getting a News apparatus that is catering for their Ideological Rwing point of view. Shame.

  73. January 3, 2017 at 1:03 pm

  74. January 3, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Blacks Threaten To Boycott JCPenney After Employee Allegedly Tells Black Family “They don’t belong there” And Puts Girl In Headlock : Mishawaka, IN

    According to reports, the girl was with her family when they were told to leave by the suspect after telling them “they didn’t belong there.”

    On their way out, the girl knocked over a display as retaliation and the man jumped at her and wrestled her into a headlock.

    While many people shouted, “let her go” the family was bargaining with the man offering him money for the sign she knocked over.

    When mall security finally arrives they took the girl away in handcuffs.

    The mall refuses to respond saying they cannot speak about incidents that happen on premises.

    Video credit: Katryana Wilson

    • 167 Don
      January 3, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      JC Penneying while black, every time I see a video like this of some African American being manhandled by a citizen it makes me not give one fucking bit about Donald Trump fucking up this country. I wonder what would I do if I’m out with my wife and kid and some person like this were to put their hands on my wife or kid what would I do. Scenes like this make me think of a Langston Hughes quote “Negroes – Sweet and docile, Meek, humble, and kind: Beware the day they change their mind”

    • 169 0388jojothecat
      January 3, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      If the family was in there window shopping or walking through to JC Penny to enter the mall area or go to their cars, once he said that I would have asked for management and would not budge. Two wrongs do not make a right. It was wrong for her the teen to knock over the display and it was wrong for him to say what he said. Sometimes cooler heads have to prevail. NO, he had NO RIGHT to touch her and obviously they let her go without any charges. IF ANY store employee tells me “I have no right to be in a store minding my own business, I will immediately ask for the store manager to explain to me WHY!

      • 170 pkayden
        January 3, 2017 at 3:29 pm

        I wonder why the older members of the family didn’t immediately demand to see the store’s manager. Unfortunately, that kid knocking over the sign just gives the police/racists the chance to do what they wanted to do. Sigh.

  75. 171 JER
    January 3, 2017 at 1:16 pm

  76. 172 JER
    January 3, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Kamala Harris ‏@KamalaHarris 2 hours ago
    It’s up to all of us to defend and build on the progress made under President Obama these last eight years.

  77. 174 Anjo
    January 3, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone i have been so busy just getting here since the Old Year, what happened to Lovelyplains someone said the missed him did he just leave the TOD village or is it more ominous i am sooo busy have at least 2 weeks to catch up LOVE and HAPPINESS to AMK and units so Happy to see you here, back to work,,,geez i am swamped

  78. January 3, 2017 at 1:32 pm

  79. 176 desertflower
    January 3, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    FYI:) Pay attention…

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/house-republicans-reverse-course-following-ethics-fiasco

    There are multiple angles to a story like this one, but here are just a few key elements to keep in mind:

    * Shame works. Most of the time, Trump seems immune to shame and public pressure, but this morning is a reminder that congressional Republicans occasionally care about public humiliation. Had there not been a public backlash, there’s little doubt the rules gambit would have been approved by the House GOP majority.

    And in the process, an interesting precedent has been set. If there are similar public backlashes when Republicans consider gutting health care plans, eliminating Wall Street safeguards, slashing tax rates on billionaires, or any number of other far-right priorities, just how far will GOP members stick out their necks to pursue unpopular ideas? This debacle over ethics serves as a reminder of what pressure can do.

    * It’s not over. Trump’s modest pushback against changing the ethics rules had nothing to do with the substance and everything to do with the timing. Why is that important? Because House Republicans have shelved last night’s plan, but that doesn’t mean GOP members can’t bring back the idea when they think no one’s looking.

    * The leadership challenge. House Republican leaders urged their members not to pursue this, but rank-and-file GOP lawmakers did it anyway. For six years, there have been tensions between the Republican leadership and its radicalized members, and those tensions haven’t gone away.

    This creates all kinds of challenges, and not just for the Speaker’s office. If you’re Donald Trump or Mitch McConnell, and you want to work out a deal with the House, who do you negotiate with? If Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy aren’t calling the shots in the lower chamber, who is?

    * History repeats itself. Twelve years ago, after Republicans won a clean sweep, their first action was to weaken their own congressional ethics rules. Soon after, in the face of public pressure, they reversed course on some measures.

  80. January 3, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Deval Patrick taking on Sessions.
    That’s what I’m talking about.

  81. 179 No Child Left Behind
    January 3, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    I notice that 2016 is gone but has left a lot of wicked Congressmen in DC… and one Jackass-elect.

  82. 180 No Child Left Behind
    January 3, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    That’s what you say now after you pulled a YES, Mr. Trump Man, I’ll be constructively working with you.

    • 181 pkayden
      January 3, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      Do your job, Schumer. Obstruct, delay and fight back. Don’t give in to the Trump agenda. Don’t normalize the Trump regime. Resist.

  83. 182 No Child Left Behind
    January 3, 2017 at 2:35 pm

  84. 183 No Child Left Behind
    January 3, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Will someone wake me up when THE APPETITE TO BE SEEN ON TV is over?

  85. 184 No Child Left Behind
    January 3, 2017 at 2:45 pm

  86. January 3, 2017 at 2:57 pm

  87. January 3, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    I saw a tweet that the President and Mrs Bush were attending the inauguration…and now Hillary will be there will Bill…interesting that FLOTUS will NOT be there…

    i plan to watch it if i can…

    • 188 Nena20409
      January 3, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      It’s been part of US tradition for past POTUS & Spouse to attend. GWH Bush did for PBO in 2009. He didn’t in 2012 for health reasons. He was in the Hospital, If I recall. GW Bush didn’t for his dad was ill.
      During 1995 WJC’s inaugural, Ford, Nixon and GHW Bush attended. Reagan didn’t for he was sick. I am going by my Own memory. I could be wrong here.


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