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A President For All People


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  1. 1 No Child Left Behind
    January 7, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Hello

  2. 2 No Child Left Behind
    January 7, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    … TODVILLE.

  3. 3 No Child Left Behind
    January 7, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Good evening TODVILLE.

    If you are not buried under snow or freezing, you are lucky.

  4. 4 Judith Fardig
    January 7, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Hope you are warm & dry, enjoying your gold medal tonight.

  5. 7 whenpamelawandered
    January 7, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    🕉❤📿❤🕉

  6. 8 jacquelineoboomer
    January 7, 2017 at 10:10 pm

  7. 9 jacquelineoboomer
    January 7, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    John Dean will be on Joy Reid’s show in the morning, with a “scathing assessment of press coverage” of he who shall not be named. Good.

  8. 10 JER
    January 7, 2017 at 10:24 pm

  9. 12 JER
    January 7, 2017 at 10:36 pm

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  11. January 7, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    https://storify.com/IjeomaOluo/identity-politics-and-cake-or-vice-versa
    Hello TOD family. So much goodness here. I love this storify of a tweet-series by a young woman who had the brilliant idea to illuminate the problem with scolding folks for “identity politics” using the concept of cake. Cake!

  12. 22 jacquelineoboomer
    January 7, 2017 at 11:55 pm

  13. 23 jacquelineoboomer
    January 7, 2017 at 11:59 pm

  14. January 8, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Goodnight TOD ….

  15. 25 jacquelineoboomer
    January 8, 2017 at 12:05 am

  16. 31 jacquelineoboomer
    January 8, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Goodnight, TODville – and all the ships at sea!

  17. 32 criquet
    January 8, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Good morning all.
    Have not been able to comment much but I have been reading almost everyday. Thanks for all the info!

    What I can’t understand is why Trump’s and many states’ (e.g. NC, Michigan, Pennsylvania etc ) results have not been challenged in Court by a class action suit from a large representative group of disenfranchised voters. Certain things may have been discovered that forced new elections in those states and forestalled Trump’s inauguration. Either Hillary should have done it or citizens affected who would have standing rather than PBO since it would have been dismissed as ultra partisan, I think.
    The challenge would make the illegitimacy of Trump’s win front and center and give Democrats real ammunition and momentum for the fight in the coming Congress even if the results stood.

    Additionally, it would have exposed much of the Republican actions to suppress voting among POC and maybe forced change for the midterms.
    If Hillary’s campaign did not want to do this then the Democratic Party should have and I think they have been completely negligent and failed to represent its members and constituents.

    I just can’t fathom what is wrong with the Dems and this apathy and acceptance.

    • January 8, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Morning TOD. criquet, some of us hear you and fully agree !

    • 34 desertflower
      January 8, 2017 at 10:17 am

      Thank you for stating this, criquet! Maybe this is part of my quandary….this seems like a no brainer to me, yet NOTHING….I don’t understand how this happens. People just seem to take what they are told is right…never question. Even when we KNOW things went terribly wrong! Still, silence. Stunning to me.

  18. 35 globalcitizenlinda
    January 8, 2017 at 8:55 am

    good morning everyone!

    have a fantastic day

  19. 36 Cathy from MN
    January 8, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Such a difficult reflection to see so many names that I know from making those phone calls during the 2008 election. So many of us linked by the vision of the possible and the tremendous individual we have supported. We are so fortunate to have had PBO as our president and his wonderful family setting the example of family values. I have been so grateful to have an intellignet, poised and honorable leader in whom we could have faith and of whom we could be proud. I am so deeply saddened by this election and the gross juxtaposition. I know we will pivot to a strong sense of dedication against injustice and a return to decency with the same level of rigor; so dislike turning energy into negative versus energy into supporting growth, but it is our path. Thank you PBO and all of you, my friends.

  20. January 8, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Good morning, TODers.

  21. January 8, 2017 at 9:59 am

    • 39 desertflower
      January 8, 2017 at 10:21 am

      We think the same:) I think we talked about this at TOD:) I know I did! They will NOT be allowed to rewrite history!

      • January 8, 2017 at 10:23 am

        President Obama never ever leaves anything to chance.

        • 42 arapaho415
          January 8, 2017 at 11:32 am

          Something the MSM, which seem to only be capable of reacting to soundbites, doesn’t understand.

          Thinking and acting with a long-term vision is something that great leaders do, and PBO’s history is only beginning to be written.

          I watched Friday’s WHPB and the people in that room either didn’t watch or didn’t listen to PBO’s interview with Ezra Klein and Sarah Kliff — no doubt too busy checking DJT’ twitter feed.

          WHPC jackals kept harassing Josh Earnest with “how and when will Barack Obama push back on ACA repeal after Jan 20.”

          PBO made it clear that he won’t be in the forefront. He will nurture and support the actions initiated by young Dem leaders and all of US citizenry. PBO understands what it takes for change to happen in our ocean liner (not speed boat) democracy.

          It’s taken the horrific election of DJT and the utter GOP cowards populating the US House and Senate for this nation’s fever to break.

  22. January 8, 2017 at 10:02 am

    My heart aches for President Obama

  23. January 8, 2017 at 10:26 am

    SoCal TODers, are you in on this huge rain storm?

    It has been pouring here for hours. Flash flood warnings for SF, which is really amazing.
    Trees and lines down in Bay Area.
    Further north, swelling rivers and lots of damage.

    • 65 arapaho415
      January 8, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Long answer to follow, feel free to skip…

      Today’s forecast is “Sunny” all day, and my soggy plants will be so appreciative — confined residents of my patio garden will be so happy (especially the succulents, which I’ve sheltered as best as I could from the most recent rains).

      West and north of LA (Ventura County, where I am), our rain is scheduled to begin this evening.

      Concerned for points north along the west coast… the Pineapple Express (warm streams of rain, which means only the highest elevations will get blessed snow) is dangerous because the ground is saturated, no place for the incoming water to go without flooding and mudslides. 😦

      As you know, I love weather and all things related to nature, and as a life-long SoCalifornian, it’s important for residents to understand that all of the most populated areas in San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura counties were built in the floodplains of our natural rivers — the size of these floodplains is relative to the amount of water that river had to carry for millennia. (San Diego’s is narrow [mountains east top out at only about 6K feet], but Los Angeles’ is enormous (because it has 2 sets of very tall mountains, the San Gabriels and the San Jacintos, and a third set [Wikipedia tells me they’re called Sierra Pelonas, but have never heard them referred to by that name] to the north that is just a bit lower than San Diego’s).

      FWI, TMI (only my opinion, but based on decades of experience).

      1) When it rains in LA, it’s national news

      Someone I met who lives in Alaska (but have since lost contact with) said “Alaskans know when it rains in LA because it always gets television coverage.” This seems to be true, in a state where the southeast (Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka area) is more likely have rain on a Summer day than not (when I was in Juneau in July 1999, the Weather channel 5 day forecast was: H 52 L 52 and five different ways to say “rain.”)

      2) What’s known as the “LA Basin” is basically the LA River flood plain (think Nile delta in Egypt)

      The LA River originates in the San Gabriel mountains (Mt Baldy 11K feet) and meets the ocean at San Pedro. Everything inbetween is subject to flooding when the power of nature moves enormous amounts of water from an 11ft elevation to sea level in a relatively short distance.

      Aside: During our last series of strong February storms (2005 IIRC, might have been 2006) I was on the 210 freeway heading east to get to Brea (Ventura County to Orange County) and COULD NOT believe the force of the water under the 2-mile bridge near the 605 interchange (near San Dimas) — the roar and the violence of the water was terrifying. I don’t travel that route often, but when I have, you pretty much have no idea you’re crossing the LA River — usually bone-dry, no vegetation, only a smattering of rocks in dusty soil.

      3) This area has a history of catastrophic storms

      In one of my geography classes in college, a professor warned of us this fact — and I can personally attest to this, one March in the early 1990s. We a storm that brought absolute SHEETS of rain, and absolute wall of water falling with great force from the sky — those of us who could gathered around the windows at work — no one had seen anything like it — and having since traveled frequently to Orlando FL — where it rained almost every single there I was there, regardless of the season, and the rain would come down sideways — it was nothing compared to that day in LA — where everyone east of Northridge had about a 4 hour commute home because all the streets and canyons north of the Santa Monica mountains (between Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and the San Fernando Valley) were impassable.

      We also had an unrelenting serious of storms with lots of rain and wind (and downed trees, impassable roads, etc.) in the late 1970s and 1980.

      End of geography lesson for today, good TODville.

      • 66 jacquelineoboomer
        January 8, 2017 at 11:47 am

        🙂

      • 67 jacquelineoboomer
        January 8, 2017 at 11:51 am

        Of course, my posted smiley face was because you obviously enjoyed writing all that “weather” stuff – not because of the storms, etc. Just to be clear! 🙂

      • January 8, 2017 at 12:01 pm

        LOVE this. Thank you, arapaho.

        Our long stretch of drought made us hyper aware of any time it rains, even just a few drops. And after the last few years of drops only between long duration of pure dry, this storm is really something. High winds, pouring down hard, texts from SF Emergency Alert system for flash flooding in SF and the stream of emergency vehicle sirens tells me this one is a doozy. I was supposed to meet a friend from Berkeley for a day at SFMOMA and lunch but she just called to cancel because it’s crazy out there.

        I hope when it reaches you it’s calmed down a bit. Be safe.

    • 71 GGail
      January 8, 2017 at 11:40 am

      GM meta. We in SoCal have sunshine currently and the temps expected to hit the 70s today, but, rain, heavy rain is projected for late tonight into tomorrow morning.

      Stay safe up there 🙂

  24. 73 desertflower
    January 8, 2017 at 10:34 am

    THIS!!

    http://www.politicususa.com/2017/01/08/party-life-vote-life-eyes-obamacare.html

    It is time for the party of life to live up to their convictions and stop the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and continue to fund Planned Parenthood.

  25. 74 desertflower
    January 8, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Wow. Not surprising…but wow.

  26. 75 desertflower
    January 8, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Bingo.

  27. 76 desertflower
    January 8, 2017 at 10:41 am

    YES!

  28. 77 FoxfireTX
    January 8, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Good day TOD! Looking forward to watching PBO’s interview this morning. Cannot believe today is the start of his last full week in office.

    Didn’t post yesterday on my Obama Moment but gave it a lot of thought. Like many, I started following him in 2004 after his DNC speech, and signed on to his campaign in 2007. His speeches after the IA win and the NH loss brought me further long. But my total trust in him was won with the Reverand Wright fiasco that lead to his race speech in Philadelphia. When those tapes were airing on never ending repeat on every station, I thought he was done. Few could survive that type of coverage, as demonstrated in this year’s election. But his speech in Philadelphia had so many in tears on the most difficult topic this country faces, and of course his response was pitch perfect. That was the moment for me when he completely won my heart and trust. I knew then that there was no issue facing America that he could not handle with his compassion and intelligence, and he has never once let me down.

    I was young when JFK was our president. i was in 5th grade when he was assassinated. Like many in my generation, we were pretty politically astute from a young age because of Vietnam and the draft. I attended my first protest when I was 17 years old, and never totally disengaged from politics since that time although in the intervening years when life was busy I paid far less attention.

    But I never expected in my lifetime to feel the way about a president that I do about Barack Hussein Obama. His never ending optimism, intelligence, preparedness, humanity and compassion is or should be what every person wishes for in a president. I thought it was a reach too high for any one person to achieve. But he did it–day in and day out–against the most intransigent opposition in history for eight long years. I feel blessed to have lived in the Age of Obama and to have participated in a very minute way. Most importantly, we here have been a witness to a marvelous history that will most likely not be repeated for a very long time.

    • 78 jacquelineoboomer
      January 8, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Beautiful, heartfelt tribute, FoxfireTX. Thank you so much for taking the time to write that and share it with all of us.

      My sister volunteered in her local Democratic Party office during the ’08 campaign, and she was thoughtful enough to send me a commemorative copy of the speech in Philadelphia, which I treasure.

      And good morning, TODville!

    • 79 sherijr
      January 8, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Could not agree more with all that you said, especially your last paragraph FoxFire. You reminded me too how involved we were as youngins’ politically.. we had nightly (heated) discussions at our dinner table regarding Vietnam, Nixon, Civil Rights; etc., with our parents.

    • 80 desertflower
      January 8, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      {{{FoxFire}}} Perfect summation in every way:) Thank you so much for this.

  29. January 8, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Senate Republicans are working diligently to bypass the Office of Government Ethics review process in order to confirm Trump’s corrupt cabinet. Please, make any effort you can to contact your Senate representative via phone and/or e-mail. http://www.senate.gov/general/contacting.htm
    👇👇👇

  30. 84 desertflower
    January 8, 2017 at 10:49 am

    LOOK HERE!

    http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/arizona-lawmakers-possibly-compromised-after-computer-screens-show-up-in-russian

    PHOENIX, AZ – Some Arizona lawmakers may have fallen victim to a hacking scam this week.

    In an email forwarded to the legislature, Mike Lettman, chief information security officer for the State of Arizona, wrote that multiple senators and legislative staff received emails from what appeared to be the state’s human resources department prompting employees to reset their passwords.

    According to Lettman, senators who clicked on the link provided in the suspicious email and changed their passwords received a screen in Russian.

    OK…they hacked into our state election board, too….But there’s nothing to see here. Move along!

    • 85 desertflower
      January 8, 2017 at 10:53 am

      Add this to the mix..

      http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/29/politics/hackers-breach-illinois-arizona-election-systems/

      And considering I live in red state AZ….

      DHS has offered to help states increase security of their systems, but states have rebuffed federal help and largely believe their systems are secure. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson held a conference call recently to discuss whether DHS should declare electoral systems as critical infrastructure, which triggers more involvement from the federal government. States have resisted those moves.

      This is ridiculous!

  31. 86 jacquelineoboomer
    January 8, 2017 at 11:25 am

  32. 88 arapaho415
    January 8, 2017 at 11:38 am

    GM TODville.

    JO’B mentioned on the previous thread some great info from @ABC — good interviews with people brimming with excitement and gratitude for the chance to thank PBO, Michelle, VP and Jill in Chicago this week.

    Most inspiring for us is the attitude of one of PBO’s supporters: What will PBO do in the future, and how can I help?

  33. 90 arapaho415
    January 8, 2017 at 11:46 am

    For those interested, here’s some personal details about the President’s trip to Jacksonville yesterday.

    Special delivery to Cathy from MN:
    Here’s the fairy-tale ending for one volunteer for “Obama For America” in 2008 (Marvin Nicholson’s new bride):

    Absolutely LOVE PBO’s loyalty and gratitude to his friends — PBO invited his lifelong friends for his second-to-last Air Force One trip, on a festive, joyous occasion. 🙂

  34. 92 jacquelineoboomer
    January 8, 2017 at 11:55 am

    • 93 jacquelineoboomer
      January 8, 2017 at 11:55 am

      • January 8, 2017 at 12:09 pm

        I might not turn the tv off, but you can bet I will not be watching that racists, lying, Donald J. Trump. #NotMyPresident.

      • 99 susanne
        January 8, 2017 at 3:03 pm

        This makes me laugh– I ‘turned off’ my teevee during the Nixon administration–got rid of the thing entirely and haven’t had a teevee since. Not sure it’s made a whit of difference in the course of human events, but it certainly has made my life more peaceful. Yes, I do stream and read news online, but for many years just read newspapers and felt very fortunate to be outside the drama-machine that televised news has become.

      • 100 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        January 8, 2017 at 8:22 pm

        I WILL NOT BE WATCHING THIS SWINE…MAYBE THE BIBLE WILL CATCH FIRE!

  35. 101 JER
    January 8, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Good Morning Everybody.


    President Obama This Week FULL Interview – 1/8/17 – ABC – George Stephanopoulos

    • 102 GGail
      January 8, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      JER, thank you for posting the interview. I tried really hard to watch it, but, I HATE George Stephanopoulos and the way he interrupts PBO and how George slants every question in the negative and places blame on PBO. I quit watching after 22 minutes.

  36. January 8, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    FYI –

    • 105 susanne
      January 8, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      Thank you for posting this– I just went over there and ordered it, direct from your link 🙂 Although I so love seeing and hearing our president speak, this collection will be a treasured document that I know I will wear out.

  37. January 8, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Did you guys watch President Obama interview with George Stephanopoulos this morning.

    • January 8, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      To be honest, I could barely get through it. I didn’t like the compromising questions and the effort to get PBO to take the blame for every freaking thing that goes wrong and to make Trump look good. UGH.

  38. 109 jacquelineoboomer
    January 8, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Disgust Alert: Details on T-rump’s non-inauguration, so far … only for those who want to be forewarned so as to avoid participating-by-watching at all costs … for me, it’s to remind myself to recall everything the 2009 Inauguration WAS that this one will NOT be. This will be a total farce.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/what-we-know-about-trumps-inauguration-so-far/2017/01/06/6bb05fb0-d435-11e6-9cb0-54ab630851e8_story.html?utm_term=.6caf5a306aad

  39. January 8, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Good day TOD …

    If you haven’t watched it before, you should now, because you’re living at the edge of the reality described in the video ….

    • January 8, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      BTW, if you watch it in its entirety you’ll discover a little fact at the end …. just note that since that date the sophistication of US, Russian, Chinese, even NK, and others nuclear devices and delivery systems are vastly greater.

  40. 112 JER
    January 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm

  41. 113 JER
    January 8, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    • 114 desertflower
      January 8, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      This is the thing that makes me hopeful…that the younger generation that’s coming up will be the majority and they have the vision for this country that those of us here do. I can not bear to watch the video Bobfr posted of the nuclear winter…the thought of that reality stays in the back of my head now at all times. I never thought of that during any other President, especially PBO…now, I do.

  42. 115 desertflower
    January 8, 2017 at 2:27 pm

  43. 116 desertflower
    January 8, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Consequences.

    • 117 susanne
      January 8, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      To us, that’s a serious consequence. But to the Republicans in charge, it’s immaterial. Because the women who relied on PP are not their own [white] wives and daughters. Deplorable, despicable, and just business as usual to the soulless thugs.

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  45. 120 JER
    January 8, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    … Ford’s CEO cited demand, rather than the policies of President-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed to impose a “border tax” on companies that send jobs abroad. …The move “is a continuation of the efforts already underway to increase production capacity in the U.S.on trucks and SUVs to match demand,” the company said, adding that it would help solidify the U.S. as “a global manufacturing hub” for its flagship brands. …

  46. 122 jacquelineoboomer
    January 8, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    • 123 jacquelineoboomer
      January 8, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      First of all, I don’t think “foreign nationals” can be asked to donate toward our election campaigns. Wonder if anybody followed up with ol’ Trump Jr. about that. Second, this is all I could find on the MP’s twitter feed right around our election, but it says a lot about her thoughts, too, and it’s good to confirm folks are continuing to pay attention outside our “borders” (real or imagined):

    • 124 desertflower
      January 8, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Sweet:)

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    History everyone … History …..

    11 days and counting …. down …….

    back to work …

  57. 142 arapaho415
    January 8, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    GA/GE TODville.

    Completely off topic, but we can all revel in our schadenfreude that the despicable Martin Shkreli is banned from Twitter:


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