162 Responses to “Yes We Can. Yes We Did. Yes We Can.”


  1. January 10, 2017 at 10:17 pm

  2. 2 Grab a Mop Grace
    January 10, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Brilliant. I hope that I can survive this.

    Obama/Biden Forever

  3. 3 idon
    January 10, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    OMG! I cannot.

  4. 4 desertflower
    January 10, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    He is forever a part of me…of who I have grown to be. He is in all of us now, we carry on because of him and do right by being the citizens that we need to be. Yes We Can.

  5. 12 Roberta in MN
    January 10, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    This was an awesome speech. Watched it all on C-Span until they started taking calls and the first one was glad he was leaving office and went into the litany of all the RW talking points. And so damned uninformed. Shut it off. Time for a good Night folks. Love you all. Thank you Nerdy for all you do for us. (((Hugs))))

  6. 14 Judith Fardig
    January 10, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    We may never see his like again. SO many tears, hugs, moments of transcendent awe… Love Love Love this family!

  7. 17 GGail
    January 10, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    In keeping with PBO’s request for us to keep working, this is where I will be with my OFA team on Monday, MLK Day:
    On Monday, January 16, 2017 at 1:00 PM PT, members of the Los Angeles Area Congressional Delegation will be at the California Endowment in Downtown Los Angeles to lead “#FacesOfObamacare: Health Care Is a Human Right,” an event in support of protecting the Affordable Care Act, featuring personal testimonials from individuals about how the ACA has improved Americans’ health and strengthened our nation’s economy. Speakers at the event will include Congressmembers Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Pete Aguilar (CA-31), Nanette Barragán (CA-44), Karen Bass (CA-37), Julia Brownley (CA-26), Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), Judy Chu (CA-27), Ted Lieu (CA-33), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Grace Napolitano (CA-32), Linda Sánchez (CA-38), Norma Torres (CA-35), and Maxine Waters (CA-43), as well as individuals who will provide personal testimonials supporting the ACA. The event will be open to the press.

  8. 26 Nerdy Wonka
    January 10, 2017 at 10:31 pm

  9. 32 CEB
    January 10, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    So glad my 87 year old mother has lived through the Obama years (and with an Obamacrat daughter who kept her informed on all things Obama). She called me at the end of the speech bursting with pride and satisfaction in how PBO has conducted himself and in how he has governed.
    “The prayers of the righteous avails much.”

  10. 33 magapie
    January 10, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Michelle 2020!!! (I know she’s not interested. But a guy can dream, can’t he?)

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  13. 42 No Child Left Behind
    January 10, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    So true.

  14. January 10, 2017 at 10:38 pm

  15. January 10, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Wow, I gave a standing ovation, I got teary eye and I was so proud of my President.

  16. 48 No Child Left Behind
    January 10, 2017 at 10:44 pm

  17. 50 CEB
    January 10, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Think about all of the times over the past 8 years that the word “dignity” has been used to describe PBO. Too bad too many people wanted the opposite. They will soon rue their decision.

  18. 52 Betsy
    January 10, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    My favorite: Yes we can; Yes we did, Yes we will.

  19. 55 magapie
    January 10, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    I hate to interrupt this moment, BUT

    MASS MEDIA BLACK-OUT ON JANUARY 20, 2017!

    MASS MEDIA BLACK-OUT ON JANUARY 20, 2017!

    Let’s avoid ALL MASS MEDIA! Folks have suggested avoiding the coverage of the clownstick inauguration, but let’s send a louder message of resistance! C’Mon there’s ZILLIONS of us that are sickened by that jackass and the thought of him as the face of our great country.

    NO NETWORKS! NO CABLE CHANNELS! NO TALK RADIO!

    It’s just ONE DAY and we’ll all suffer the humiliating and disgusting reality for a long time to come.
    • Get in the car and take a day trip!
    • Stream movies!
    • Enjoy a hobby!
    • H*ll anything fun and harmless!

    SHARE and pass the word!

    FOCUS: Even if you avoid the main coverage, this miserable, hideous nastiness will be announced and interspersed during this day.

    (Any of you intrepid TODers that actually KNOW how to make something go VIRAL, DO YOUR THING, PLEASE!)

    MASS MEDIA BLACK-OUT ON JANUARY 20, 2017!

  20. 69 FoxfireTX
    January 10, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    still crying, trying to read through the tears. what more can anyone say? We have been blessed these last 8 years.

  21. 70 No Child Left Behind
    January 10, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    You are so late!

  22. 73 No Child Left Behind
    January 10, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    • January 11, 2017 at 7:25 am

      All these threads about possible interludes, all these questions about Russisn / trump comnections. This speculation. Where is all this going. We are in a mass of confusion and cover up

  23. 75 desertflower
    January 10, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Night TOD family…everything is better with you.

  24. 76 Anjo
    January 10, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    I screamed I yelled. i clapped i shouted for the best President of my lifetime and a speech that generations will be referencing just as they do Lincoln’s… America, stand up and be proud, Leaders like this are once in a lifetime everyone who witnessed this Presidency is truly blessed and priveledged

  25. 77 CEB
    January 10, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Tomorrow morning, I will listen again to savor each word and to pause it at times to make my keeper notes.

  26. January 10, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    ohhh myyy …we will have to unfollow the white house social media….i wonder fir trump plans to take over those social media handles

  27. January 10, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    I think i will watch the inauguration….i will be vigilant but not afraid…

    • 80 mtmarilyn
      January 10, 2017 at 11:48 pm

      You are there for the rest of us. I just can’t watch.

    • 81 jacquelineoboomer
      January 10, 2017 at 11:49 pm

      Good for you. I want to see the Obamas arriving and on the platform. I might even stand when they walk to their seats, out of respect to them. ❤ But I intend to keep the sound muted. No way am I listening to T-rump's remarks – I couldn't stomach it. But I might tune in to the parts before he starts bloviating, just as a matter of history and TO SUPPORT OUR FOREVER PRESIDENT.

  28. January 10, 2017 at 11:00 pm

  29. 85 magapie
    January 10, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Thanks DF. MASS MEDIA BLACK-OUT ON JANUARY 20, 2017! Any of you intrepid TODers that actually KNOW how to make something go VIRAL, DO YOUR THING, PLEASE!

    Parallel meme would be: 100 better things to do on January 20, 2017 than watch or hear ANYTHING TRUMP RELATED. (Root canal?)

    It would be so GREAT to DEFLATE media ratings ACROSS THE BOARD on THAT SPECIFIC DAY!!

    • 86 magapie
      January 10, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      FOCUS: Even if you avoid the main coverage, this miserable, hideous nastiness will be announced and interspersed during this day. BLACK OUT!!!

    • 87 idon
      January 10, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      My family is totally committed to a 24 hour blackout of all electronic devices including Internet and smartphone from Jan 20, 2017 12:01 am until Jan 21, 2017 12:01 am

  30. 88 Anjo
    January 10, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    God Bless President Obama and his family Thank you for your service to the United States of America and the world may your retirement be blessed with peace, rest, love prosperity and the blessed assurance that we love you, are praying for you and whatever the will of the Lord is for your life we are eternally grateful for that portion you have shared with us, Much Love to you Michelle and the girls including grandma Robinson

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  33. 91 CEB
    January 10, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    PBO wants us to stay engaged and to listen even when we have very different views. I am still not sure that I can stomach seeing the smug Deplorable One and his sycophants defile such an important institution (that he makes me sick to my stomach is literal), but I will read the reports/reviews the following days because we cannot disengage. We have been given our orders by our forever leader and I will try to comply.

  34. 92 No Child Left Behind
    January 10, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    I wonder if the Jackass-elect could even be a mole.

  35. January 10, 2017 at 11:15 pm

  36. 95 No Child Left Behind
    January 10, 2017 at 11:20 pm

  37. 97 Nerdy Wonka
    January 10, 2017 at 11:27 pm

  38. January 10, 2017 at 11:31 pm

  39. 99 jacquelineoboomer
    January 10, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    I’m going to read the full transcript tomorrow – too whipped tonight!

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-transcript-of-president-barack-obama-farewell-speech-20170110-story.html

  40. January 10, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    When he called FLOTUS out her ENTIRE name..I just rewind and begin crying again😥😥😥😥😥😥

  41. 106 susanne
    January 11, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Aloha TOD ohana. Just got home, haven’t seen and heard the President’s speech yet, but glanced through the comments here. Of course it’s wonderful, of course it’s for the ages, and of course I’m going to have a box of tissues right beside me. But I just needed to post this hello, because listening to our president is one of the things I do with you folks. This community is where I feel most at home with my steadfast love for PBO. Husband is cooking dinner, so we’ll eat first, then watch. It’s breaking my heart, and I haven’t even seen it yet!!

  42. January 11, 2017 at 12:10 am

    • 110 CEB
      January 11, 2017 at 12:16 am

      Which is why he is most beloved . Additionally, because he has been true, PBO will have the moral authority and the influence after his tenure that no other president has had.

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  44. January 11, 2017 at 12:27 am

  45. 114 jacquelineoboomer
    January 11, 2017 at 12:34 am

    Oh what a night, huh?

    So glad to celebrate it with y’all. Thanks again, NerdyWonderful!

    Booms Out (for the night!) … zzzzzzzzzzzzz

  46. 116 Dakota
    January 11, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Watching this final speech through tears, I thought how fast these eight years have gone by. I flashed to little Sasha at the 2008 convention picking up confetti off the floor and throwing it in the air, picking more up and throwing it in the air as the two families made their way off stage. 8 years of a historic presidency that were filled with pride, love and loyalty through the tough battles. If there was anything I could say to the President, it would be “Thank you for the sacrifice that you and your family have made for this country.” Perhaps WE underestimated how bruising it would be. I don’t think he did. And he and his family handled it all with such intelligence, grace, dignity and class. And accomplished so much in spite of the unprecedented opposition. We won’t be seeing any of that again…especially in the next 4 years.

    Since Nov. 8th, I have also been in a state disbelief, sort of a fog, my energy drained and my spirit shaken. Tired. I went into deep lurking mode. You see, I’m a product of the Civil Rights movement and we worked hard. I never thought I would ever see all of that hard work in danger of being gutted and by whom. I worked on both President Obama’s campaigns and reveled in every accomplishment. After listening to My President speak, I realize that my spirit, though shaken is not broken. I have to re-charge and re-dedicate myself to looking out for my people. You know who you are and you know who you are not. Earlier today I read a quote that went; freedom fighters don’t always win, but they are always right. I’ll modify it by saying; freedom fighters don’t always win, but they always fight.

    God Bless President Barack Obama and his family.

    Peace and Blessings to my TOD Family.

  47. 120 purpleshoesla
    January 11, 2017 at 2:54 am

    Obama Tribute – Holding onto Hope For A Better Day….. sing it!

  48. 124 globalcitizenlinda
    January 11, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Confession: I haven’t been able to sleep tonight – too many emotions going on about PBO. This is really hard!!!!!

  49. 125 catrst
    January 11, 2017 at 5:32 am

    I haven’t watched the speech yet but just read the transcript I didn’t think I could face the farewell idea until I had read the transcript. Now I will watch him deliver it. I believe President Obama did something sublime. I want to use the word perfect but I think only the fundies on the left and the right use that kind of motive for their fanaticism. I am not a fanatic which is why I adore our President Obama. Anyway, the President laid out the entire situation and the remedies to be taken, he helped us realize our system of peaceful transition of office is even possible in this awful situation. He framed what we have been doing in its larger context and helped us see this wasn’t a flash in the pan. He showed us how we look at the long view as the ideal and never question again that we can, yes we can, we did and we will continue to. PS. I love this place too. I can’t thank all of you enough for simply being. This community is a gift from heaven for me. I can face the resistance ahead against a perverted and fanatic group that has ascended in power in the last election much better with you.

  50. January 11, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Good morning, good people.

  51. January 11, 2017 at 7:13 am

  52. 129 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 11, 2017 at 7:23 am

    SO PROUD OF OUR AUTHENTIC PRESIDENT AND OUR FIRST FAMILY…BIBLE STUDY LAST NITE TOOK A SILLY TURN..I THINK THEY WANT ME TO CONFORM TO REPUBLICANISM..THEY THINK GOD HAS A PARTY…HE WILL HAVE A PARTY SOON BUT IT WON’T BE THE KIND OF PARTY THEY ARE LOOKING FOR………………..

  53. 130 desertflower
    January 11, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Morning…Anyone remember this? I do. IMO..they look like sisters. Same smile. Weird

  54. 131 desertflower
    January 11, 2017 at 7:56 am

  55. 133 desertflower
    January 11, 2017 at 7:57 am

    This man is either stupid af, or mentally ill. There are no other choices.

  56. January 11, 2017 at 8:01 am

  57. 138 desertflower
    January 11, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Read the entire thing. It’s ugly and not befitting a president elect (or SELECT/RUSSIA) But those emails!! If there are those that say this thread should focus on PBO and his farewell, I would argue that this is the fight he was talking about. Be a citizen and engage!

    https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3259984-Trump-Intelligence-Allegations.html

    • 139 desertflower
      January 11, 2017 at 8:18 am

      This is why they are rushing everything….so Americans will not see this. Time is not their friend. Make this viral

  58. 140 desertflower
    January 11, 2017 at 8:29 am

    This train has left the station. It will take on a life of its own. He doth protest too much….

  59. 141 desertflower
    January 11, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Karma’s a bitch.

  60. 142 Titti
    January 11, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Nearly broke my neck jumping out of the shower to change the channel when the BBC world service interviewed ODS poster child conell west to talk about what PBO means/has done for the Black community.

  61. 143 desertflower
    January 11, 2017 at 8:34 am

    • January 11, 2017 at 9:24 am

      df…i can never read Klein’s stuff past the first paragraph…because he always has some criticism of the President…he does the same here…

      • 145 CEB
        January 11, 2017 at 11:12 am

        He lost me when he blamed PBO for the racial divide and partisanship. Also tired of people trying to blame PBO for DT. Too many F**kers do not want to take responsibility for what they did (especially the media) to bring us to this point of national disgrace.

        • January 11, 2017 at 12:28 pm

          yes…i agree….i am tired of so called white progressives blaming the President for the racism in this country….you cannot hold blk folks accountable for the racism of white folks…NUFF /Said

  62. 147 desertflower
    January 11, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Coffee nearly came out my nose. DYYYYYYYYING!

  63. 148 CEB
    January 11, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Love,love,love the Obama Tribute by Joey Gallant! The most true words sung by an awesome talent. Thanks to everyone who found and posted it. This is a beautiful epilogue to the speech. In the coming months I will be looking for books and articles from the Obama staff and true insiders who will be able to tell us about the behind the scenes actions of our president. You know that all kind of folks will be writing things for all kinds of reasons, one of which is that our PBO is a one man stimulus, but they will not b getting my money.
    Have a beautiful day, TOD ohana.

  64. 149 Allison
    January 11, 2017 at 8:48 am

  65. January 11, 2017 at 9:03 am

    There is a local march here, too. Check you local listings!

  66. 158 GGAIL
    January 11, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Good morning TOD family. OFA sent out an email right after PBO concluded his speech. If you did not receive the email, you can go to barackobama.com, sign up and get involved.

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