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Events For Today

10AM EST: First Lady Michelle Obama hosts the Reach Higher & Counselor of the Year Event

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11:10AM EST: President Obama Sits Down with Vox on the Affordable Care Act

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12:45PM EST: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest

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1PM EST: Vice President Biden Presides Over a Joint Session of Congress to Count Electoral Ballots


144 Responses to “Events For Today”


  1. 1 PrayerWarriorforObama
    January 6, 2017 at 9:30 am

    A blessed Friday to theobamadiary family everywhere. To our US brothers and sisters who now live with apprehension as you await the presidency of Trump, please know that we, outside the US, are praying for your survival and ultimate victory over the evil that is trumpism.

    In your endeavor to appeal to McCain and those other republicans to change their minds on voting to repeal the ACA, ask them if their hearts have become desperately wicked, as the Bible predicted would happen to men’s heart in the final days, that they would prefer to see people die for want of health insurance? I note that these republican politicians like to pretend that they are living out the precepts in the Bible. Are they now willing to demonstrate by their voting that not even God can reach their heart?

  2. 2 desertflower
    January 6, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Thank you, Nerdy:) I sleep (WHEN I sleep!) with a pad and pen beside my bed…as I was flipping channels last night, there was a commercial for a special that will be on ABC next Thursday called, “Taking the Stage” about President Obama…Just FYI 🙂 Set those DVR’s !

  3. 8 desertflower
    January 6, 2017 at 9:44 am

  4. January 6, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Good morning and thank you, Nerdy!!

  5. January 6, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Nerdy Wonka you are the BEST!!!!! Good morning and thank you for all you do and who you are. You bless us many times a day.

  6. 12 desertflower
    January 6, 2017 at 9:52 am

  7. 13 Nerdy Wonka
    January 6, 2017 at 9:52 am

  8. 15 desertflower
    January 6, 2017 at 9:53 am

  9. January 6, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Coming soon:

  10. January 6, 2017 at 9:55 am

  11. January 6, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Friday morning. TGIF>> Congrats PrayerWarriorforObama, on being first this morning.

    Nerdy, thank you so much for helping Ms. Chips and for the sacrifices you are making for us TOD’ers. 💫🙏👌👊❤

    To all, I hope you have a wonderful adventurous, enterprising, and innovative day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Notwithstanding the nightmare of BuffoonTrump in the Whitehouse, I am more than ever, Thankful to God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

    • 21 desertflower
      January 6, 2017 at 9:59 am

      I just wanted to congratulate you on your Tweet being front and center on the floor of the US Senate yesterday:) I think that got overlooked as others posted….That was pretty amazing! Can you share that again for those that didn’t see??

  12. January 6, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Thank you NW…the Legendary One….

  13. 25 JER
    January 6, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

  14. 27 desertflower
    January 6, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Just a nice chat:)

  15. 28 JER
    January 6, 2017 at 10:21 am

  16. January 6, 2017 at 10:35 am

  17. 36 JER
    January 6, 2017 at 10:37 am

  18. 39 JER
    January 6, 2017 at 11:02 am

    NOW: Rep. Nancy Pelosi Holds News Conference — http://abcnews.go.com/live?stream=3

  19. 42 hopefruit2
    January 6, 2017 at 11:11 am

    G’morning Nerdy & TOD! Have a lovely Friday everyone 🙂

    You can watch PBO in live interview on the ACA here. It has just started!

  20. January 6, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Hmmmm…….

  21. 45 No Child Left Behind
    January 6, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Good Morning TODVille!

    Good Morning Nerdy Wonka! You are on a roll! Thanks for all your efforts. Please extend my appreciation to Chips.

    Nancy Pelosi is on a roll, too. She has just accused the media of complicity into the e-mail Russian scandal. Wow!

  22. 46 desertflower
    January 6, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Called both my senators regarding ACA and told them to leave it as it is. Make the call..

  23. January 6, 2017 at 11:19 am

  24. 48 JER
    January 6, 2017 at 11:19 am

  25. 50 hopefruit2
    January 6, 2017 at 11:22 am

    As Jodi Kantor would say: “hmm…”

  26. 51 hopefruit2
    January 6, 2017 at 11:27 am

    More Jodi Kantor: “hmm…”

  27. January 6, 2017 at 11:55 am

    I’m trying to listen to POTUS and FLOTUS.

  28. 53 hopefruit2
    January 6, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Wikileaks is NERVOUS as hell! They’re unhinged here.

  29. 58 Allison
    January 6, 2017 at 12:09 pm

  30. January 6, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Wow. I almost cried with FLOTUS. Yes First Lady Michelle Obama you made me proud and I am going to miss you, the President and your family. Thank you. Thank you Thank you.!!!!!

  31. 63 No Child Left Behind
    January 6, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    I wonder what sacrifices he made to the gods to get that interview, this Ezra klein, Mr. Know-it-all!

  32. January 6, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    I LOVE my FLOTUS.

  33. January 6, 2017 at 12:35 pm

  34. January 6, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    • January 6, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      if the DEMS/Indies hold…along with these 2 GOPers that will be 50/50 and if Rand Paul votes no…that will kill that bill for now….more than likely McConnell will table it

      • 77 Bill R.
        January 6, 2017 at 1:37 pm

        If these two plus Collins, Paul, Cotton, Capito, and others oppose repeal without replace this bill will die.

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  37. 97 JER
    January 6, 2017 at 1:04 pm

  38. 99 Don
    January 6, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    So in a span of three days the Republican controlled Senate and House failed at closing the Office of Congressional Ethics, and are about to fail at the repeal and replacing of Obamacare. And to top it off Trump wants the taxpayers to foot the bill for the building of the great wall of stupidity. And last but not least Trump is meeting with the heads of the spy agencies to tell them to fuck off.

    • 100 desertflower
      January 6, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      I’m going to lunch with some friends, at which point I will have a cocktail or two….then I will come back to see what other “promise” was broken…personally, so glad those “promises” are being broken….hope his voters are paying attention! WE ARE!

  39. 106 desertflower
    January 6, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    THANKS OBAMA!! 🙂

  40. 108 Linda
    January 6, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Wait…

    If Congress repeals Obamacare won’t all of them and their families also lose their health insurance since thanks to Sen. Grassley they all had to enroll in the DC exchange ? Did something change ?

  41. 109 No Child Left Behind
    January 6, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Multiple people were killed in a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter.
    The gunman is in custody and was a lone shooter, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief told CNN.
    “We have no evidence at this time that he was acting with anyone else. He is currently in custody and we’re investigating,” Sharief said. Investigators are looking into the suspect’s motive, she said.

    • 110 arapaho415
      January 6, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      GA NCLB.

      More horrific, senseless deaths because of guns.

      How the hell did the shooter get a gun into the baggage claim area (never been to Fort Lauderdale, I wonder if the airport is small like Long Beach CA’s — baggage claim is outside).

      Of course I’m shocked and grieved for all those involved, but the worse part from a PBO perspective is that he will be a ripe target for more RWNJ/Breitbard/Drudge ODS abuse — expect those outlets and MSM to loudly whine why PBO isn’t in Fort Lauderdale tomorrow instead of Jacksonville FL.

      • 111 Don
        January 6, 2017 at 3:28 pm

        Been through FLL many times, most baggage claim areas are accessible without going through a metal detector or through any type of security checkpoint. FLL is pretty big airport also.

  42. 112 Allison
    January 6, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Hillary Clinton possibly mulling a run for New York City mayor, source says

    Hillary Clinton left open the possibility of running for mayor of New York City this year in a private conversation with a top Democrat, a well-placed source told the Daily News.

    Clinton, who is being pressed by many New York Dems to get back into the game by running for mayor, did not rule out challenging current City Hall occupant Mayor de Blasio in that conversation, the source said.

    Although de Blasio has close ties to the Clintons — having worked at different points in his career for both of them — their relationship frayed during the 2016 White House race, when he initially refused to endorse Hillary’s bid.

  43. 115 globalcitizenlinda
    January 6, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    the instagram post, about FLOTUS, above, has already had 1million – or am I seeing wrong

  44. January 6, 2017 at 2:53 pm

  45. January 6, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    From Russia With Love: How Republicans Willingly Joined Forces with Three Foreign Adversaries to Undermine American Sovereignty

    Trevor LaFauci
    January 6, 2017

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

    On the night of Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, roughly 15 Republican congressmen and party officials met in the Caucus Room, a high-end Washington, DC establishment, to begin what would be an eight-year battle against President Barack Obama and the Democratic agenda. It was this very meeting that would set the tone for the duration of President Obama’s presidency and would lead unprecedented levels of obstruction, the likes of what our country had never seen. Time and time again, Republicans placed party ahead of country while simultaneously earning back representation, first by retaking the House of Representatives in 2010 and then retaking the Senate in 2014. These tactics earned the ire of Democrats and progressives but Republicans were never in the business of making friends. They simply wanted to do everything in their power to ensure that the country’s first African-American president would be as unsuccessful as possible.

    Including working with our enemies, both foreign and domestic.

    Now, to openly work with our adversaries is outright treason. But Republicans know the power of information and more importantly misinformation in the 21st century. In knowing this, they began embracing a policy of deliberately undermining President Obama in an effort to weaken him and his administration. This policy became clear in 2013 when disgruntled NSA employee Edward Snowden decided to steal 1.7 million documents and distribute classified information to a trio of journalists including notorious Obama critic, Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian while he fled to Hong Kong. While in Hong Kong, Snowden came on the radar of Vladimir Putin who allowed him to meet with Russian representatives and eventually plot safe passage out of Hong Kong. Thanks to financial assistance from Julian Assange in June, Snowden was able to depart Hong Kong to find refuge in Russia, accompanied by Sarah Harrison, a Wikileaks journalist.

  46. 120 JER
    January 6, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    ICYMI…
    President Obama Sits Down with Vox’s Ezra Klein on the Affordable Care Act

  47. January 6, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Trump Meets With Intelligence Community Then Lies To Protect Russia
    By Jason Easley on Fri, Jan 6th, 2017 at 3:26 pm
    President-elect Trump met with the intelligence community on Friday and then released a misleading statement that verged on baseless lies to protect Putin and Russia.

    President-elect Trump met with the intelligence community on Friday and then released a misleading statement that verged on baseless lies to protect Putin and Russia.

    Here is the statement from Trump about the meeting:

    I had a constructive meeting and conversation with the leaders of the Intelligence Community this afternoon. I have tremendous respect for the work and service done by the men and women of this community to our great nation.

    While Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations including the Democrat National Committee, there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election including the fact that there was no tampering whatsoever with voting machines. There were attempts to hack the Republican National Committee, but the RNC had strong hacking defenses and the hackers were unsuccessful.

    Whether it is our government, organizations, associations or businesses we need to aggressively combat and stop cyberattacks. I will appoint a team to give me a plan within 90 days of taking office. The methods, tools and tactics we use to keep America safe should not be a public discussion that will benefit those who seek to do us harm. Two weeks from today I will take the oath of office and America’s safety and security will be my number one priority.

    Keeping America safe is Trump’s number one priority. Unless the attacks come from Russia and help Trump, then he is going to defend the attackers who weakened American democracy while looking the other way.

    Trump’s claim that the Russian cyber attacks didn’t influence the election is based on nothing but his own opinion. The Russian attacks did influence the election because the hacked emails dominated the media coverage and melded with Republican conspiracies about Hillary Clinton’s emails to drown out any serious discussion for months on end.

  48. January 6, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Trump Attacks on Clinton and CIA Director Brennan Lead us Down a Slippery Slope
    By Hrafnkell Haraldsson on Fri, Jan 6th, 2017 at 8:06 am

    This is a slippery and dangerous slope down which Trump and his surrogates have embarked. This is how dictatorships function, not democracies

    With Donald Trump as their guidepost, there isn’t much Trumpists will hesitate to say. When Sean Hannity used Wikileaks to claim Russian hacking isn’t the scandal but rather “how corrupt the liberal news media is,” he took his cue from Donald Trump.

    Roger Stone, no doubt inspired by Trump’s denigration of US intelligence services is claiming CIA Director John Brennan is a Saudi mole. He tweeted Brennan’s alleged Muslim Brotherhood sympathies back in December with a call to jail him, and what better time to do it than when it is looking more and more like Donald Trump is a Russian mole:

    Obama CIA Director ,pro-Muslim Brotherhood Islamist John Brennan- a proven liar with NO proof of Russian hacking of the 20016 election #jail

    — Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) December 17, 2016

    Appearing on Alex Jones’ InfoWars, he repeated the claim and again called for the jailing of the CIA director, saying Brennan is the “progenitor of” Russian hacking claims and that Brennan “is a mole, a Saudi mole.” It is no coincidence that this claim comes at the same time Trump is saying he will gut the nation’s intelligence agencies, including the CIA.

    …………………………

    This is a slippery and dangerous slope down which Trump and his surrogates have embarked, where facts are punished and lies are the basis of criminal charges. This is how dictatorships function. It is not how the world’s first modern liberal democracy was meant to function.

    Remember, Donald Trump isn’t just suggesting Brennan & Co. are wrong, but that they are inventing the Russia connection out of whole cloth to delegitimize he, Donald Trump. He isn’t accusing Brennan of incompetence. He is accusing him of what amounts to the old charge of Lèse-majesté – of plotting against the reigning monarch.

    This is scary territory for a democracy and people should be fully aware of just how terrifying a spectacle it is as a precedent.

    Donald Trump is just as willing to destroy that democracy to further his ambitions as he is the careers and lives of the people who get in his way, and his followers like Roger Stone, are willing to zealously push any insane scheme to accomplish those goals.

    Remember, witch hunts don’t require evidence either. They require only an accusation.

  49. January 6, 2017 at 3:55 pm

  50. 128 hopefruit2
    January 6, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    BOOM:

  51. 129 hopefruit2
    January 6, 2017 at 4:07 pm

  52. 134 Nena20409
    January 6, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Hello TOD Community.
    Cold in MN all week. I am not complaining, just stating a fact 😉
    TGIF
    Wishing all a blessed Weekend.
    I will catch up Tomorrow.

  53. January 6, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    back to work … btw, no tweets yet from Trump since his briefing began (note: Comey is scheduled to be present at the briefing) …

  54. 136 desertflower
    January 6, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    THIS ELECTION IS A FRAUD. THIS WAS NOT THE WILL OR THE VOICES OF THE PEOPLE. WE ARE ENTITLED TO ANOTHER ELECTION THAT WAS NOT INTERFERED WITH BY THE RUSSIAN GOVT AND PUTIN!

  55. 139 No Child Left Behind
    January 6, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    If this doesn’t shake every American, I don’t know what will.
    ——–

    The US intelligence community concluded in a declassified report released Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an “influence campaign” aimed at hurting Hillary Clinton and helping Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

    The report was the first official, full and public accounting by the US intelligence community of its assessment of Russian hacking activities during the 2016 campaign.

    “We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump,” the report said.

    Trump earlier Friday downplayed Russia’s role in the election after what he called a “constructive meeting” with top US intelligence officials.
    Trump tried to defuse controversy over his criticism of the intelligence community and said he will appoint a team within 90 days to figure out ways to stop foreign hacking.

  56. 140 No Child Left Behind
    January 6, 2017 at 5:16 pm

  57. 141 No Child Left Behind
    January 6, 2017 at 5:21 pm

  58. January 6, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    GE, TOD. Just saw skelator’s presser; my response:

  59. 143 GGail
    January 6, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/06/politics/electoral-college-vote-count-objections/
    11 times VP Biden was interrupted during Trump’s electoral vote certification


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