125 Responses to “#FarewellAddress: A Call To Action”


  1. 1 whenpamelawandered
    January 11, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Okay

  2. 3 Nerdy Wonka
    January 11, 2017 at 7:52 pm

  3. 4 Judith Fardig
    January 11, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Congrats, MP! The Senate is trying to ram through their ACA repeal right now. Call your Senators and demand they #ProtectOurCare. #CareNotChaos. President Obama still needs us to act, and this is timely.

  4. 6 arapaho415
    January 11, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    GE TODville, congrats on #1, MP.

    Missed the opportunity to reply to BobFr on the previous thread, who said “All we have to do is watch what is ‘leaked’ in the coming hours, days …. because learning that any of those hypotheses is true subsequent to Trump being Inaugurated will be way to late to matter to humanity.”
    https://theobamadiary.com/2017/01/11/our-ability-to-create-change/#comment-1622114

    Does this planet’s humanity hinge on DJT not being inaugurated president?

    (MSM continue to jovially treat DJT in an unserious matter.)

    • January 11, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      “Does this planet’s humanity hinge on DJT not being inaugurated president?”

      In my opinion Arapaho, which I’m sure is no surprise to you or anyone at TOD, is – Yes.

      For a little joviality ….

      Take care everyone … back to work …. may be too late to return tonight ….

  5. 9 desertflower
    January 11, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Evidently there is a webinar from OFA NOW…re: Protecting Obamacare

  6. 11 vcprezofan2
    January 11, 2017 at 8:14 pm

  7. 13 carolyn
    January 11, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Part 2 of my Transcendent moments with President Obama. Going through these has helped me emotionally. Hope they help some others too.

    One classification of transcendent moments are the times when PBO had to be Mourner-in-Chief after our gun massacres. The first one I remember was Gabby Giffords. Of course POTUS went to Arizona, and comforted people. And I remember the moment in his speech when he smiled and looked up and said: “Gabby opened her eyes. Gabby opened her eyes.” That was exciting. He ALWAYS found the positive to encourage us. I remember the sad, sad, sad pictures of him at Newtown, and the picture of him watching Sasha’s ballet rehearsal, writing his speech, because he had to miss the recital the next day. His speech at Fort Hood, his marvelous speech in Boston…..he and Deval Patrick were quite the tag team. All the times he rallied us and comforted us. His wells of compassion seem never to run dry. God bless him.

    The last comforter time I remember he mentioned last night: “I found grace in a Charleston church.” That was the last event my husband and I were able to watch together. We watched the entire event. Other people spoke, and then POTUS sang Amazing Grace. I still get tears thinking of that. That time is special, because it also comforted us, knowing what was probably coming for us.

    The 2012 election night. He made this low key…..always sensitive. We all knew the 2008 night could not be replicated, and he didn’t try to. Remember Sasha asking him to look behind him at the people? His second inaugural. I watched that one with as much anticipation, joy and pride as the first one. He had overcome so much by then.

    Every international summit…..all the other leaders wanted to stand by him. You could tell…..he was the magnet. The Paris Climate Agreement, the Arctic agreement he and PM Trudeau signed…..I’ll probably think of more, but it is so good to have these images and memories to hold on to.

    Last night was another transcendent moment. I was so glad he detailed the progress made and gave us the way forward. His inner resources are quite amazing. Complimenting US???? What a person. Seeing once again the love between the family members, seeing sweet Malia cry at his tribute to Michelle, and then at his tribute to her and Sasha. They definitely have not become hardened and cynical. Amazing Grace.

  8. 19 vcprezofan2
    January 11, 2017 at 8:20 pm

  9. 20 Nerdy Wonka
    January 11, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    • 21 betseyc
      January 11, 2017 at 11:03 pm

      Hello Wonder Woman! A couple of weeks ago I sent you an email at the TOD email address. Do you check that? Is there a better way to get in touch? I literally just set up a twitter account and am being followed by an old friend and one of my nephews, so I don’t think that will help. :))

  10. 25 No Child Left Behind
    January 11, 2017 at 9:04 pm

  11. 27 No Child Left Behind
    January 11, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Good Evening TODVille.

    I am going to buy me a small piece of land along the south border to watch the “build the wall Mexico will pay for” program.

    • 28 arapaho415
      January 12, 2017 at 12:39 am

      GM NCLB.

      What I heard on the radio today is that DJT plans on building the wall by taxing remittances from the US to Mexico.

      So his plan is to screw hard-working people here, doing jobs that few would care to do — breaking your back picking vegetables from low plants in 100F heat with unrelenting sun (Central Valley CA, Arizona, etc.) or slaughtering animals and packaging them for sale in supermarkets.

  12. January 11, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Evening TOD folks! Still breathing deeply, hoping it was all a dream and Barack Obama is still president for four more years.

  13. 30 JER
    January 11, 2017 at 9:47 pm

  14. 31 jacquelineoboomer
    January 11, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    This guy – Walter Shaub, Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics – is a hero.

    • 32 CEB
      January 12, 2017 at 3:18 am

      All of this! He made it plain and covered all of the basis. The Deplorable One ran for office to increase his coffers, now he will be forced to loose money if he wants to keep it (unless the gutless, sycophantic GOP guts more watchdog entities and come up with ways to let DT keep his businesses that indicate a conflict of interest; anything is possible with this group, even the unimaginable). The beautiful irony.
      I hope that Director Shaub lawyers up and get protection because you know that the Crook-in-Chief and his minions will be coming for him.

      • 33 jacquelineoboomer
        January 12, 2017 at 10:10 am

        Well said. And, yes, I’m sure Director Shaub (whose original tweets on Trump’s conflicts of interest were fabulous) is in Trump’s sights. And – good for him – he does not care, since it appears he’s a REAL American.

  15. 34 jacquelineoboomer
    January 11, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Not sure if this is “news,” but will check it out.

  16. January 11, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Trump is an embarrassment to this country. That press conference was terrible.

  17. 36 JER
    January 11, 2017 at 10:36 pm


    Military aides carry the nuclear football as they walk to Marine One to travel with President Obama from the White House, on January 10, 2017.

  18. January 11, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Good evening everyone,

  19. January 11, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Did any of you hear the ethics lawyers on PBS and also Chris Hayes earlier tonight? The segment on PBS was rather long segment. Naturally, they said the same things on both shows. They are livid, well, beyond that, I think. I believe it was on CH’s show that at the end one of them INSISTED that “We are not going to let this happen.” (The Constitution being ignored.) I think he said it twice. I’m wondering, wondering, wondering………Bob, if you see this, think there’s anything ‘in the works’ along these lines?

  20. 41 Obama Grandmama
    January 11, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Rachel Maddox had an opening segment about Russia, Exon, and Tillerson. Quite detailed explaining the incredible conflict of interest Tillerson represents.

  21. 43 jacquelineoboomer
    January 11, 2017 at 10:55 pm

  22. 44 jacquelineoboomer
    January 11, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    The Tonight Show … with FLOTUS and Stevie Wonder … coming up …

  23. 54 jacquelineoboomer
    January 12, 2017 at 12:38 am

    Apparently, the President and First Lady will make an appearance on the show …

    “Hailing the crowd at Washington’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Oprah Winfrey looked joyous — and fittingly so. The spirit inside the center — the site for ABC’s Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America special, airing Thursday (9 ET/PT) — was one of affirmation. Taped last September in honor of the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture, the two-hour special reflects on our nation’s history through the lens of the black experience, paying homage to African Americans’ cultural impact through dance, spoken word and musical performances.”

  24. 55 globalcitizenlinda
    January 12, 2017 at 1:29 am

  25. January 12, 2017 at 1:43 am

    8 days and counting ….

    goodnight TOD ….

  26. January 12, 2017 at 6:38 am

    OMG, this is incredibly beautiful. ENJOY!!

  27. January 12, 2017 at 7:01 am

    This is such a horror show:

  28. January 12, 2017 at 7:30 am

  29. 69 desertflower
    January 12, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Morning (mourning) everyone. Just spent the last 1/2 hour writing to both my senators…

  30. 70 desertflower
    January 12, 2017 at 8:47 am

    They can NEVER claim to be “pro life” again!! People will DIE and DIE SOONER for what they are trying to do.

  31. January 12, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Nice idea but Trump will never have the integrity or the impulse to do the honorable thing:

  32. 72 desertflower
    January 12, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Worth a read.

    https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/preamble/giving-meaning-to-the-preamble-by-erwin-chemerinsky/interp/37

    Second, the Constitution exists to create effective governance for the nation. The Preamble states that the Constitution exists “to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, [and] promote the general Welfare.” The emphasis on establishing a “Union” and a successful government for it is not surprising because the Constitution was created in response to the failures of the Articles of Confederation which was a compact among the states where there was a weak national government with little power. Throughout American history there have been battles over federalism and the authority of the federal government to take actions of unquestionable desirability: limiting slavery, banning child labor, prohibiting race discrimination, protecting the environment. The guidance of the Preamble has been overlooked: the Constitution exists to ensure that the national government has the authority to do all of these things which are part of a “more perfect Union” and “the general Welfare.”

    Republicans NEVER do ANYTHING to promote the general welfare of the American people. That is why they can do the work of corporations and ignore that we need clean air and water, and safety rules and regulations etc.

    • January 12, 2017 at 10:08 am

      this is why they have to lie to the American people…this is why they always have use smoke and mirrors…because if the American People…namely some white voters knew what was really taking place…they would not be so easy to fool

  33. 74 globalcitizenlinda
    January 12, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Good Morning Everyone!

  34. 75 JER
    January 12, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Good Morning Everybody.


    Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will appear on The View Friday January 13 2017.

  35. 76 desertflower
    January 12, 2017 at 9:02 am

    PISSONUS. Fixed it

  36. 77 desertflower
    January 12, 2017 at 9:10 am

  37. 78 desertflower
    January 12, 2017 at 9:11 am

  38. January 12, 2017 at 9:13 am

  39. January 12, 2017 at 9:13 am

    I love Stevie Wonder tribute to FLOTUS. He sung “Isn’t Sh Lovely” and he sung My Cherie Amour, but he change the words to My Michelle, it was lovely.

  40. 82 globalcitizenlinda
    January 12, 2017 at 9:16 am

    I just finished making my first calls of today to my US Senator’s local & DC offices. I have one Dem & one gop. The Dem, I thanked. The gop, I cussed out! Told the gop’s assistant that we didn’t elect him to destroy people by taking away their Obamacare. Reminded him that we are watching ALL the votes he is casting – even when he does so in the dead of night. Told him that if he is proud of that vote then he should take it in broad day light when everyone is watching not in the dead of night like the thief & coward he is. Told him that we know what the budget vote exactly meant & that I would be on the phone again. Now off to send email & letter

  41. January 12, 2017 at 9:17 am

    How the Trump dossier came to light: secret sources, a retired spy and John McCain
    What began as opposition research during the Republican primary slowly grew from a covert investigation into an extraordinary but unverified global story

    The extraordinary but unverified documents published on Tuesday on Donald Trump’s ties with Moscow began life as a piece of opposition research, which has become as much a part of US politics as yard signs and coloured balloons.

    There is a small industry of research and investigative firms in Washington, typically staffed by a mix of former journalists and security officials, adept at finding information about politicians that the politicians would rather stay hidden. The firms often do not know who exactly is hiring them; the request could come from a law firm acting on behalf of a client from one of the parties.

    In this case, the request for opposition research on Donald Trump came from one of his Republican opponents in the primary campaign. The research firm then hired one of its sub-contractors who it used regularly on all things Russian: a retired western European former counter-intelligence official, with a long history of dealing with the shadow world of Moscow’s spooks and siloviki (securocrats).

    By the time the contractor had started his research, however, the Republican primary was over. The original client had dropped out, but the firm that had hired him had found a new, Democratic client. This was not necessarily the Hillary Clinton campaign or the Democratic National Committee. Opposition research is frequently financed by wealthy individuals who have donated all they can and are looking for other ways to help.

    By July, the counter-intelligence contractor had collected a significant amount of material based on Russian sources who he had grown to trust over the years – not just in Moscow, but also among oligarchs living in the west. He delivered his reports, but the gravity of their contents weighed on him. If the allegations were real, their implications were overwhelming.

  42. January 12, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Trump’s trainwreck press conference ushers in a shambolic presidency
    Richard Wolffe

    It’s safe to say that the Trump administration already looks clueless – and it hasn’t even started yet

    Donald Trump is not what he seems. The supposed master of media manipulation stumbled so often at his first press conference, it is hard to recall why anyone thought the TV star was good at this stuff in the first place.

    If the potentially explosive story embroiling him weren’t so salacious, you might say this is a case of the emperor’s new clothes. Instead, it’s safe to say the Trump presidency is already in shambles. And it has yet to reach its official start.

    For a showman who promised to restore the Reagan era – and even ripped off Reagan’s slogan – this is just one of the most surprising revelations of the past few days.

    Reagan and his advisers knew how to project a sunny image that kept the presidency separate from whatever the pesky media wanted to focus on, such as high unemployment or secret gun-running to enemy states.

    Judging from Wednesday’s trainwreck press conference – the first since July – Trump and his handlers have no self-discipline and no strategy to deal with the Russian crisis that has been simmering for the best part of the past year.

  43. January 12, 2017 at 9:45 am

    About Those Meetings Between the Trump Campaign and Russian Officials
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    January 11, 2017 3:59 PM

    In light of the allegations that the Trump campaign had direct ties to Russian officials, Steve Benen reminds us of something important today. Back in November, this was pretty widely reported in the press:

    Russian government officials conferred with members of Donald Trump’s campaign team, a senior Russian diplomat said Thursday, a disclosure that could reopen scrutiny of the Kremlin’s role in the president-elect’s bitter race against Hillary Clinton.

    The statement came from Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who said in an interview with the state-run Interfax news agency that “there were contacts” with the Trump team.

    “Obviously, we know most of the people from his entourage,” Ryabkov said.

    “We have just begun to consider ways of building dialogue with the future Donald Trump administration and channels we will be using for those purposes,” Ryabkov was quoted as saying.

    Ryabkov provided no further details, and his remarks drew a swift denial from Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks, who said the campaign had “no contact with Russian officials” before Tuesday’s election.

    As an aside, I’ll point out that this might be the one and only time that Trump and/or his spokesperson has ever contradicted something a Russian official said. Nevertheless, it is important to keep this statement from Rybakov in mind when they categorically deny any contact with Russia prior to the election.

    The documents released by Buzzfeed name three Trump staff/advisors who held meetings with top-level Russian officials on behalf of the campaign: Paul Manafort, Carter Page and Michael Cohen. At the news conference this morning, it was alarming that Sean Spicer said this about Carter Page:

  44. 89 jacquelineoboomer
    January 12, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Mornin’. Couple thoughts on all the Senate hearings today. First, we see two-time-presidential-campaign-loser McCain, bringing all his bitterness and “I could have done it better” with him, had to mute him, then the nice William Cohen and the throwback Sam Nunn, the latter of which may or may not still be a Democrat … then in another hearing, Bob Dole comes in to endorse …

    I checked the calendar, and it still says “21st Century.” Hmmm. #WhyICantGiveUpChocolateDonutsJustYet

  45. January 12, 2017 at 10:09 am

  46. 97 rikyrah
    January 12, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Congressional GOP has a (health care) bridge it wants to sell you
    01/12/17 08:43 AM—UPDATED 01/12/17 08:51 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Senate Republicans did not vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act overnight, but they did take the first important step down that road. If you’re wondering what’s at the end of that road, you’re not alone.

    Following the so-called “vote-a-rama,” in which senators considered a series of amendments in rapid secession, the chamber voted 51 to 48* in support of something called a budget resolution. How does this affect “Obamacare”? Substantively, it doesn’t. Last night’s vote was largely about process: the Senate got the ball rolling on giving itself the ability to use reconciliation to repeal key parts of the ACA with 50 votes instead of 60.

    The bill now heads to the Republican-led House, which will almost certainly approve it tomorrow. Because it’s a legislative blueprint, the bill does not go to the White House for a signature. (This is effectively an outline Congress is creating for itself.)

    Of course, for the GOP, this was the easy part. The party still has no health care blueprint, despite seven years of effort, and Republicans remain divided over their legislative strategy. In an instantly memorable line, Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) said overnight, ”We’re loading a gun here. I want to know where it’s pointed before we start the process.”

    But at least for now, most Republicans are content to worry about where the bullet will end up later.

    Republicans say the 2016 elections gave them a mandate to roll back the health care law. “The Obamacare bridge is collapsing, and we’re sending in a rescue team,” said Senator Michael B. Enzi, Republican of Wyoming and the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. “Then we’ll build new bridges to better health care, and finally, when these new bridges are finished, we’ll close the old bridge.”

    Congratulations, America. You’ve elected a Congress that actually has a bridge it wants to sell you.

    • 98 jacquelineoboomer
      January 12, 2017 at 10:32 am

      *a Congress that actually has a bridge it wants to sell you

      Yep. And Chris Christie’s living under it.

  47. January 12, 2017 at 10:14 am

  48. 100 jacquelineoboomer
    January 12, 2017 at 10:21 am

  49. 101 Allison
    January 12, 2017 at 10:22 am

    • 102 GGail
      January 12, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      I love how the writers on Blackish are not afraid to go there and say what we really feel. I must confess, when it first aired, I thought that based on the title, that it would be a shuck n jive comedy, but it has really been a pleasant and enjoyable program to watch.

  50. 104 JER
    January 12, 2017 at 10:23 am

  51. 105 jacquelineoboomer
    January 12, 2017 at 10:29 am

  52. 106 Allison
    January 12, 2017 at 10:47 am

  53. 107 jacquelineoboomer
    January 12, 2017 at 10:48 am

  54. 108 Anjo
    January 12, 2017 at 10:54 am

    R – REPUBLICANS
    A – ARE
    T -TRASHY
    S – SHIT

    Get busy on the tshirts, stickers etc, feel free to readjust as needed

  55. 109 jacquelineoboomer
    January 12, 2017 at 10:58 am

    A name and story, apparently, we should get to know, for those of us who don’t already … guy sounds like Trump-Lite.

    Niyazov became a substitute for the vacuum left by the downfall of the communist system, with his image replacing those of Marx and Lenin. He renamed the town of Krasnovodsk “Turkmenbashi” after himself, and renamed schools, airports and even a meteorite after himself and members of his family. His many, sometimes erratic decrees, and the doting actions of the official Turkmen media gave rise to the clear appearance of a cult of personality. The eccentric nature of some of his decrees, and the vast number of images of the president led to the perception, especially in western countries, of a despotic leader, rich on oil wealth glorifying himself whilst the population gained no benefit.
    Despite emphasizing a need to move from central planning to a market economy and to a full democracy during his reign, neither plan progressed. Yearly plans set forth by the government and a centralised economy gave little indication of moving away from state-dominated economics, and the dictatorial nature of many of his decrees and his declaring himself “President for Life” gave little hope as to much progress in these two areas.

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

  56. January 12, 2017 at 10:59 am

  57. 111 jacquelineoboomer
    January 12, 2017 at 11:23 am

  58. 112 jacquelineoboomer
    January 12, 2017 at 11:27 am

    How in the hell, with his background, would he think Secretary of HUD was his new calling? It’s a slap in the face, which – just to be in the “IN” Trump crowd – he’s probably not even admitting to himself.

  59. 114 jacquelineoboomer
    January 12, 2017 at 11:53 am

  60. January 12, 2017 at 11:59 am

    As the Media Clutches Its Pearls About BuzzFeed…
    by Martin Longman
    January 12, 2017 11:50 AM

    Obviously, different rules apply to retired intelligence officers who are working on a private contract basis than apply to active officers of our clandestine services. And, of course, there’s a difference between blowing the cover of an American intelligence officer and that of a British intelligence officer. But the concerns are the same when it comes to the possible harm that will come to that officer or his or her sources.

    By revealing the identity of Christopher Steele, the Wall Street Journal has sent him scurrying for a bolt hole. He’s left his cat with a neighbor, sent his family somewhere, and gone to ground. The Telegraph reports that he’s terrified that the Russians will come after him.

    But that’s not the only problem. Armed with his identity, it should be a fairly simple matter for the Russians to deconstruct his investigation, figure out who was talking to him, and bring the hammer down on the individuals who were providing him with information.

    Marcy Wheeler recently went through his dossier and identified (in rough terms) who these sources were. They included a “senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure with knowledge of intelligence the Kremlin was feeding Trump,” a “former top level Russian intelligence officer still active inside the Kremlin,” an “official close to (former) Presidential Admin Head Sergei Ivanov,” and a “Kremlin source close to Dmitri Medvedev.”

    Those individuals must now hope that they can’t be retroactively connected to Steele or his investigators.

  61. January 12, 2017 at 12:16 pm

  62. 117 JER
    January 12, 2017 at 12:45 pm

  63. 119 JER
    January 12, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    “I don’t think he’s done enough and he may sink in the swamp,” Biden told NBC News, referring to Trump’s refusal to release his taxes and other issues concerning his vast business holdings. “If you don’t drain it, you sink in it.”

  64. 121 JER
    January 12, 2017 at 1:16 pm

  65. 123 JER
    January 12, 2017 at 1:21 pm

  66. 125 JER
    January 12, 2017 at 1:23 pm


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