158 Responses to “Welcome Home, President And First Lady!”

  1. 1 Believe Again
    February 8, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Wow Really??

  2. February 8, 2017 at 6:28 pm


    • 10 Believe Again
      February 8, 2017 at 6:31 pm


    • February 8, 2017 at 6:32 pm

      I do too Tally. I know the Presidency is a huge job, but I wish he could be our President forever.

      • 13 Believe Again
        February 8, 2017 at 6:44 pm

        That is the one thing I do not wish for him. That would be punishment. The country never deserved him, I know this sounds insensitive but I will say it, the country deserves 45.

        I understand innocents and those around the world will pay for this but there is no use for a good man or woman to face what President Obama faced in the last 8 years indefinitely.

        There were checks and balances built into the system to prevent this but they all failed to prevent 45 from being inaugurated because people did not have the will to act when they should have.

        • 14 idon
          February 8, 2017 at 6:48 pm

          I totally agree with you. It’s my way of saying I miss him so much.

        • 16 57andfemale
          February 9, 2017 at 9:05 am

          Listening to progressive radio this morning, it was heartening to hear how wonderful PBO was. There was a panel on LGBT issues, and they all sang PBO’s praises. Which is a far cry from the whiners during his Presidency who said it wasn’t enough, it wasn’t done soon enough, etc.

    • 18 Betsy
      February 8, 2017 at 10:07 pm

      Me too Tally!!

  3. 19 Judith Fardig
    February 8, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    There are so many groups popping up to protect the Obama legacy and resist #45. We had a fantastic turnout at our OFA meeting last night. I also went to a noon Indivisible action outside Senator Wyden’s office to thank him for opposing the awful cabinet nominees and to ask him to get Bannon off the National Security Council,and preferably, out of the White House. People are gathering friends and writing postcards to So-called President ***** or President Bannon. Big actions to be postmarked on Valentine’s Day and the Ides of March (3/15). Shepard Fairey’s images of three beautiful women made for the marches on 1/21 are widely available. I ordered custom postcards from my local Kinko’s to use.

  4. 21 jacquelineoboomer
    February 8, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    They are home? How wonderful that wherever they go, it’s not with the awesome responsibility of being POTUS and FLOTUS from this point on. So happy for them!

  5. 23 Nerdy Wonka
    February 8, 2017 at 6:39 pm

  6. February 8, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    • 25 jacquelineoboomer
      February 8, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      Just heard on Chris Hayes’ show that his office did, in fact, confirm that he said demoralizing and demeaning. But hearing HIM say it (1) to the cameras, and (2) to 45 would be much, much better.

  7. February 8, 2017 at 6:52 pm

  8. February 8, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Sooooooo happy! Good morning TOD folks!

  9. February 8, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    • 30 GGail
      February 8, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      LOL!!!! Damn Bernie

      • 31 whenpamelawandered
        February 8, 2017 at 8:56 pm

        Yeah, for sure! Crazy as a verified lunatic. Every single chance to suck off the attention – like pretending he supported Standing Rock, knowing he is a wellsfargo shareholder. Conflict of interest much, bern?

  10. 32 donna dem 4 obama
    February 8, 2017 at 7:17 pm

  11. 33 donna dem 4 obama
    February 8, 2017 at 7:18 pm

  12. 36 donna dem 4 obama
    February 8, 2017 at 7:38 pm


  13. February 8, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    This guy makes my blood boil. UGH.

    • February 8, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      Joe Manchin is not a Democrat. I can’t stand him at all.

      • 43 COS
        February 8, 2017 at 8:04 pm

        I was just saying the same thing. He is not hiding his bigotry anymore. If you vote to confirm Sessions, that means that you are against voting rights and everything that Sessions stand for. I have a feeling that he voted for Trump. He makes me sick.

  14. February 8, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    [Once again, Stephen Curry has found himself in the middle of a political issue. Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, in an interview with CNBC, said President Donald Trump is an “asset” to the country. “I agree with that description,” Curry said, “if you remove the ‘et’” from asset…continued]

    My Under Armour stock is already down 25% after earnings last week….so I’m stuck with it until it gets back to my by price of $25…smh 😦

    • 46 sherijr
      February 8, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Kevin Plank put an under armour here in Baltimore.. how can he even think this way when multitudes of people of color live and work here in this city? rhetorical. I just bought a back pack and socks (Under Armour) for my youngest son… I won’t buy anymore of his stuff now.

      • February 8, 2017 at 10:42 pm

        Baltimore is Under Armour HQ. (see Michael Phelps) Kevin Plank is a University of Maryland alum. Auburn was the first major program to sign on with UA in its infancy. tThey just re-signed an 10-year $100 million+ equipment deal for all Football, Basketball, Softball, athletics, etc. Part of that deal was an additional 10 million in UA shares at $100, before it split. Auburn’s athletic department just had a Board of Trustees meeting last week about expansion of the Engineering, Aviation schools/buildings and $28 million dollar upgrade to the football stadium including a new locker room, recruiting lounge and Olympic training facility. It was revealed that Auburn has lost $5 million in UA stock value in the last week alone!

  15. 48 desertflower
    February 8, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Your metaphor for the day…

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  17. 50 Nena20409
    February 8, 2017 at 8:21 pm

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  19. 52 Nena20409
    February 8, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    • February 8, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      It looks bleak right now, but I am still going to keep the faith, because I believe there is a higher power and these racists evil Republicans will be brought down.

      • 54 Believe Again
        February 9, 2017 at 4:12 am

        Like I said earlier, if he is not confirmed that will be the surprise. So not discouraged. Only EMPOWERED!.

  20. February 8, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    An important thread:

  21. February 8, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    • 58 Believe Again
      February 9, 2017 at 4:19 am

      Truer words were never spoken. That is it in a nutshell.

      Finding new and creative ways to push back is key. Do not rely on congress either.

      The republicans in congress always seemed to figure out a way to stop Democrats in the last admin, so far the Dems have not figured out a way to stop them.

  22. 59 carolyn
    February 8, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Turtleface may think he is very smart, but he obviously has no idea about women. If he had let Sen. Warren read that letter without interrupting her or stopping her, very few people would have even known that she did so, or have known what Coretta Scott King’s letter said. By stopping her, he enabled the letter to gain nationwide recognition and ensured total anger at him.
    I just read that Sen. Durbin said that Cornyn and Turtleface had wanted to do this to her to get back at other speeches she’s made, and they chose this. Hahahahaha. Turtleface should know that he is not dealing with his rollover and play dead constituents. We are AWAKE!!! We are paying attention! We SEE. She gets under that skin. That little epigram of his ending in She Persisted does not sound like an extemporaneous off the cuff remark. I think he had his speech writer work that up. She has garnered more sympathy and support by his treatment of her than could ever have happened any other way. Turtleface deserves every bit of contempt and abuse he’s getting.

    • 60 Betsy
      February 8, 2017 at 10:36 pm

      I want him gone. I want him humiliated for the way he treated President Obama for the past 8 years. I want him in jail for treason, in solitary confinement after the whole world finds out what a despicable human being he is, rotten to the core.

  23. 64 desertflower
    February 8, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    🙂 🙂

  24. 66 No Child Left Behind
    February 8, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    If it can happen here, it can happen everywhere.

  25. 67 No Child Left Behind
    February 8, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    • 68 sherijr
      February 8, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      this is so effing wrong. I am the saddest I’ve been, over this Sessions confirmation, I knew it would happen, but it sickens me to my core.

      • February 8, 2017 at 9:20 pm

        This is one of the worst days in American history. Many more sure to come. I don’t know how we get through this except to keep our eyes focused on the prize we will have one day.

        • 70 sherijr
          February 8, 2017 at 10:12 pm

          Yep I agree-worst of days. I take breaks and try to do stuff to take my mind off it all.. but I cry a lot too. I will never understand these people and what they’re doing to fellow human beings. ((((thanks meta)))).

          • February 8, 2017 at 10:16 pm

            It’s super important for us to try and take our mind off of this whenever necessary to regain our balance. It’s so overwhelming for our brain, our heart, our soul to process all of it. Unfathomable.

    • February 8, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    • 75 amk for obama
      February 8, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      abc news wantonly missing a r there.

      wwc = p t barnum proved right. every fucking time.

    • 76 99ts
      February 9, 2017 at 1:24 am

      Never fear – he’ll bill somebody for the accommodation & it won’t be himself. Quite unreal that neither trump nor his “wife” live in the White House.

      • February 9, 2017 at 8:54 am

        i think that Trump does not trust the WH….he wants to do things in a space that he controls…when will the media stop just reporting these kind of things and speak put against it

  26. 78 No Child Left Behind
    February 8, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    • 79 Sandy1110
      February 8, 2017 at 9:39 pm

      The Trump cabal in a nutshell: Ignorant AND arrogant.

      Their downfall can’t come fast enough.

      February 9, 2017 at 7:15 am


    • February 9, 2017 at 7:23 am

      There is something really wrong with that guy. I can’t get past more than 5 minutes of the DPB. He is an ignorant snake who can’t answer a straight question.

  27. February 8, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    America is entering the second (some historian would say that it is 3rd since the American Revolution) Jim Crow period.

  28. 84 FoxfireTX
    February 8, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    During the transition, I tried to heed PBO’s words that we need DT to succeed for the country to succeed. No longer. With every move he makes, he seems determined to destroy this country and every one of its institutions. These cabinet appointments are nothing short of horrifying. I now hope and pray every day that they fail, and meet internal resistance at every turn. While the GOP will still inflict unheard of damage on the country, we might at least survive this. If DT also “succeeds”, it means there will be nothing left to save. With these nominations today, I can’t even begin to put on any kind of a good face, and don’t dare go near social media other than here where its safe. I am sick. How the hell we could get from PBO to this nightmare in a mere three weeks is beyond comprehension.

    • February 8, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      Trump is incapable of succeeding. He lacks every basic skill and he lacks human decency. He has demonstrated every single day that he is severely cognitively impaired and mentally ill. Like you, I simply cannot comprehend this nightmare.

      • February 8, 2017 at 10:43 pm

        Agreed Meta. We have a deranged man in the White House. People around the world are taken aback by his insolence. Here, most people I talk to are aghast at the collusion or of the GOP. Many people in my immigrant community are not believing what they are seeing.

        The man is an incompetent ignoramus.

  29. 87 magapie
    February 8, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Hey TOD folks! Question: The picture of Reptile McConnell in front of the confederate flag, is that J. Beauregard Sessions with him? I thought so, but…..

  30. 88 CEB
    February 8, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    The coup is complete.

  31. 90 CEB
    February 8, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    These racists are doing everything they can to “take back their country” from anyone who is not white or straight. The wealthy has scapegoated minorities to get as many whites as possible, from all economic groups to support and to fund this hard right turn. 45 is just the figurehead and he will be in this position as long as he is useful. He did not know the people whose names were submitted to hi for these positions and neither is he an ideologue. He wanted the big chair for ego and economics and as long as these things are fed, he will happily sign anything he is given and let these poisonous people run the country as they see fit. The republicans now have everything that they have wanted for the past 50 years. They planned for it, worked on it while liberals and progressives fought each other and thought that the culture wars had been won and with PBO’s election, we were a post-racial society. The monster of hatred, intolerance, and envy grew and fed waiting for a chance while we danced and played in the sunlight. Democrats gave them the opening that they had been waiting for by tearing at each other and not supporting the candidate. Many were looking for others to do the job of voting because they could not imagine that such an obviously flawed person could win. Many did not understand that republicans have never required the purity that democrats require because they know that it is all about power. All of the disparate groups who voted for this creature knew what he was and did not care because they knew that through him they could get everything that they wanted. 45 is neither intelligent, nor well-educated, but he is wily. He knows how to use people to get what he wants from bank owners to politicians, to the religious right, to poor whites, to educated and powerful ones. All involved made a devil’s bargain that is already wrecking havoc that will take decades to undo. This is our new reality. Various groups are gearing up for the fight, but let’s not fool ourselves into thinking that there will be instant victories or that any victories we have will stand without vigilance. There are millions of people who are learning some hard lessons about what happens when we disengage. I hope that we all learn them well and move forward to take on the responsibilities of citizenship.
    I would also like to plug the Southern Poverty Law Center as a worthy social justice organization to donate to. They have been in the trenches for a long time.
    Thanks for listening/reading.

    • 91 Betsy
      February 8, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      You’ve said it all Ceb and very well. I am so disheartened by what America has come to after the wonderful years of President Obama. I hope the resistance grows; that we are vigilant; that the courts will do their job. But the faith and hope I’ve had in our democratic institutions to stop Trump is being undone by the actions of McConnell and Ryan. I am very sad today.

    • 92 mtmarilyn
      February 8, 2017 at 11:53 pm

      I so agree . This has been so disheartening. To have a white tacit in charge of our laws, a women who doesn’t believe in public education etc. We must keep all that PBO has taught us. These last days and months have been very stressful. We must stick together because there are more of us than them.

  32. 93 whenpamelawandered
    February 8, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    And then there’s those gol-darned hand towels on Air Force 1, which are never going to be soft enough to wash the dark stain of black money and theft from US taxpayers off those filthy orange hands.

  33. 95 globalcitizenlinda
    February 8, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    I more position of power for a renowned racist ….

    but remember

    …. the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice


    ….we live to fight another day

    reassuring our selves that

    …#WeShallOvercome ….. #The StruggleContinues ….. #Forward ……….. #YesWeCan ….. #ShePersisted

  34. February 8, 2017 at 10:52 pm

  35. 98 No Child Left Behind
    February 8, 2017 at 11:06 pm

  36. February 8, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    GN TOD 😎

  37. 103 No Child Left Behind
    February 8, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    • 104 sherijr
      February 8, 2017 at 11:26 pm

      eff him. too little too late.

    • 105 jacquelineoboomer
      February 8, 2017 at 11:33 pm

      Who cares what you think, Manchin? Tell the Republicans not us.

      I’ve personally never forgiven Manchin for his disrespectful treatment of President Obama at Senator Robert Byrd’s memorial service in 2010, when Manchin was governor of WV. First time I knew of Manchin’s existence back then, and I have figuratively spit in his face every time I have seen or heard him since.

      Ha. If only President Obama knew we are all still out here protecting him! (He knows, of course, just maybe not how many of us act a little over the top.)

  38. 106 jacquelineoboomer
    February 8, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    This is a very nice, respectful – hopeful – story. With that cute pic attached!!!!!

  39. 107 ydavis00
    February 8, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    House Republicans Just Voted to Eliminate the Only Federal Agency That Makes Sure Voting Machines Can’t Be Hacked


    • February 9, 2017 at 2:10 am

      They need to make it illegal to audit the machines… and if Trump gets his insane Voter Fraud investigation, the machines might actually get audited, along with the tabulation servers including data trails, (neither of which has EVER happened), and their coup would be discovered, and code laid bare for all to see.

      But no. They’re making it ILLEGAL to forensically make sure our elections are FAIR.

      E-voting is what should be abolished (along with the Electoral College), because it’s the easiest way to hack an election.

      All of the GOP “Voter suppression” they did, was all slight-of-hand distraction from the internal hack by Putin.

      Note McConnell’s statement a few days ago regarding “no tax payer money for Trump’s investigating the 3 million illegal voters” wasn’t enough. They have to kill the department that oversees our elections, and who would run the audit, so they can MAKE SURE THEY NEVER LOSE POWER – and why they’re acting with such bold impunity while doing completely insane things and dismantling the Constitution.

      They’re literally in a place where they could pass a law making it a crime to NOT vote GOP, or get rid of elections full stop, and the SCOTUS would uphold it with Trump’s new nazi judge that they’ll illegally install in short order by nuking the filibuster, even though the time for rule changes has passed.

      I honestly believe we’ll never see another national election ever again. The ones at the top aren’t scared – not Ryan, not McConnell. They’re both in on it, and it’s why they’re passing this insanity, and Trump will rubber stamp it, because he’s already admitted he doesn’t read anything they put in front of him – he just signs them.

      • 109 ydavis00
        February 9, 2017 at 9:14 am

        “They’re literally in a place where they could pass a law making it a crime to NOT vote GOP, or get rid of elections full stop,…
        I honestly believe we’ll never see another national election ever again.”

        I have a sister who keeps saying this as well.

  40. 110 globalcitizenlinda
    February 8, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    I suspect that many of us could use some motivation or morale boosting right now;

    I will start with some of the things PBO said:

    …. democracy is not a spectator spot …. but we have to want it …. and to work for it ….

    … one voice can change a room, .. and if it can change a room, it can change city, … and if can change a city, it can change a state ,…. and if it can change a state, it can change a nation, … and if it can change a nation, then it can change the world;

    … we are the change that we have been waiting for;

    ….. the world is not over until it is really over;

  41. 113 whenpamelawandered
    February 8, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Too tired now, but will share stats on the approaching Lunar Eclipse, occurring on Friday

  42. 115 jacquelineoboomer
    February 8, 2017 at 11:53 pm

  43. 117 Judith Fardig
    February 9, 2017 at 12:46 am

    • 118 99ts
      February 9, 2017 at 1:33 am

      One point of interest Judith – Pres Obama could go anywhere & be met by rejoicing. People have to go to see trump – his is going to be met by protests for the next 4 yeas everywhere he goes. “No more years” will be a good chant.

      I love your picture and the message.

    • 119 sherijr
      February 9, 2017 at 8:24 am

      Yay Judith! For calling them out on this.

    • 120 Believe Again
      February 9, 2017 at 4:28 pm


  44. 121 FoxfireTX
    February 9, 2017 at 1:19 am

    Could this day be any more depressing/

    She has 2 US born kids, 14 and 16.

  45. February 9, 2017 at 1:36 am

    Goodnight TOD ….

  46. February 9, 2017 at 2:24 am

  47. February 9, 2017 at 7:34 am

    So Nordstrom and Teen Vogue are WOKE. Congress not so much.

  48. 127 desertflower
    February 9, 2017 at 8:02 am

    THREAD. Morning everyone

    • 129 desertflower
      February 9, 2017 at 8:08 am

      My fellow Americans, I have a favor to ask you.

      Today is November 18, 2016. I want you to write about who you are, what you have experienced, and what you have endured.

      Write down what you value; what standards you hold for yourself and for others. Write about your dreams for the future and your hopes for your children. Write about the struggle of your ancestors and how the hardship they overcame shaped the person you are today.

      Write your biography, write down your memories. Because if you do not do it now, you may forget.

      Write a list of things you would never do. Because it is possible that in the next year, you will do them.

      Write a list of things you would never believe. Because it is possible that in the next year, you will either believe them or be forced to say you believe them.

      From this piece…

      • 130 desertflower
        February 9, 2017 at 8:12 am

        More from this piece. Pay particular attention to HIS words….

        You can look to the president-elect himself for a vision of what is to come. He has told you his plans all along, though most chose to downplay or deny them. You can even look back to before his candidacy, when in February 2014, he went on Fox News to defend Russia. Why a reality TV host was on Fox News defending Russia is its own story, but
        Listen to what Trump said already back in 2014. here is what he said about his desired outcome for the United States:

        “You know what solves it? When the economy crashes, when the country goes to total hell and everything is a disaster. Then you’ll have a [chuckles], you know, you’ll have riots to go back to where we used to be when we were great.”

        This is what “Make America Great Again” means to Donald Trump. It is how he has operated his businesses, taking advantage of economic disasters like the
        Read more on Trump being “excited” about the crash. housing market crash for personal gain. It is why, during a long and painful recession, he made “You’re fired” a national catchphrase, because he understands that sometimes it feels good to know that the person getting fired, for once, is not you. He said he could
        Read more about Trump’s “shoot somebody” remarks here. shoot someone on 5th Avenue and people would still vote for him, and he said he could
        Read the full transcript of Trump’s taped comments at the New York Times. grab women “by the pussy” because “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”

  49. February 9, 2017 at 8:06 am

  50. 132 desertflower
    February 9, 2017 at 8:20 am


  51. 133 desertflower
    February 9, 2017 at 8:23 am

    This mindset IS THE PROBLEM!

    • 134 sherijr
      February 9, 2017 at 8:36 am

      I despise John McCain, he runs around to media talking all kinds of tough and yet votes lock step w/ the maniacs. Sick of his BS holier than thou crap. No doubt he’s sexist through and through, no man who isn’t would have hired a Sarah Palin.

      • 135 amk for obama
        February 9, 2017 at 8:56 am

        he is a cowardly pos alright. here is another cowardly thug kicking his teeth and the corrupt craven coward lies taking it down.

    • 137 sherijr
      February 9, 2017 at 8:40 am

      Because John McCain has never gotten over losing to the black man… none of them have.. thus we need to remind them constantly how they do not measure up to one President Barack Obama.. and will never reach that extremely high bar.

  52. 138 desertflower
    February 9, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Support them

  53. 139 sherijr
    February 9, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Spoke to my mom yesterday… she’s 84 and like all of us, sick over all of this ‘ish’. What did give me a chuckle though is how she wants to slap the smirk off of Paul Ryan’s face 🙂 She “persists” in being feisty.

    • 140 desertflower
      February 9, 2017 at 8:33 am

      🙂 We ALL want to smack the smirk off his face! Trust me:) Bucket list!

      • 141 sherijr
        February 9, 2017 at 8:38 am

        I know we do, I actually thought it was just me, df. Every time I see his mug I say just that to myself. 🙂

        • 142 desertflower
          February 9, 2017 at 8:42 am

          Not just you, sherijr:) I’d get great pleasure wiping that off his face. His mother should have done that years ago.

          • 143 sherijr
            February 9, 2017 at 8:49 am

            exactly. I was going to write that his mom has a lot to answer for.. but then thought, naw she probably did teach him better.. he’s the kind of man who believes he’s superior to women, he probably just never listened to mom. None of them did. Greed is their mama.

  54. 144 desertflower
    February 9, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Great quote.

    “It’s not about supplication, it’s about power. It’s not about asking, it’s about demanding. It’s not about convincing those who are currently in power, it’s about changing the very face of power itself.” — Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, 2012

  55. 145 desertflower
    February 9, 2017 at 8:48 am

  56. 146 desertflower
    February 9, 2017 at 9:05 am

  57. February 9, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Fun fact: We didn’t always have a Justice Department. President Grant created it in 1870 to protect black civil rights and smash the Klan.

    — Matt Ford (@fordm) February 9, 2017

  58. 149 desertflower
    February 9, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Sometimes they make me proud:)

  59. 150 desertflower
    February 9, 2017 at 9:08 am

  60. February 9, 2017 at 9:09 am

    After today, we’ve definitively established our ruling party is racist, now we’re just arguing about just exactly how racist.

    — Schooley (@Rschooley) February 9, 2017

    • 152 sherijr
      February 9, 2017 at 9:30 am

      I can guess: extremely. all the way. The only thing stopping them, will literally be us… and they are far more sophisticated in the use of weaponry, laws; etc than they were in the 60s, but so are we.. and truly I believe we are more substantial.. and the world is still watching. We have the benefit of very good and decent people on our side. But it won’t be easy.

  61. February 9, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Spicer tries to squelch criticisms of Trump’s failed raid in Yemen
    02/09/17 08:45 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Two weeks ago in Yemen, the first military raid ordered by Donald Trump went horribly wrong. The plan was to acquire intelligence and equipment at an al Qaeda camp, but the mission quickly went sideways: Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owen, a member of SEAL Team 6, was killed; several other Americans were injured; and by the end of the operation, multiple civilians, including children, were dead.

    It’s been described as a mission in which “almost everything went wrong,” a dynamic made more complicated by U.S. military officials suggesting to Reuters that Trump approved the mission “without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations.”

    Worse, some of the Trump White House’s claims about what transpired have struggled to stand up to scrutiny, and when the president’s Defense Department tried to present evidence of the raid’s value, that went wrong, too.

    The consequences of the events continue to reverberate: the New York Times reported yesterday that Yemen “has withdrawn permission for the United States to run Special Operations ground missions against suspected terrorist groups in the country,” which is an important setback for the Trump administration.

    Despite all of this, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said last week that the operation was “successful” and “well-executed.” Yesterday, Spicer went even further.

    The White House said Wednesday that anyone who questions the success of last week’s deadly U.S.-led raid in Yemen “owes an apology” to the Navy SEAL who was killed there. […]

    Spicer said that “anyone who undermines the success of that raid owes an apology and [does] a disservice” to the life of Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, who was killed in a firefight…. Spicer repeated his declaration that the Jan. 28 strike – which also left an 8-year-old girl and an unknown number of other civilians dead – was a “huge success.”
    Wait, it gets worse.

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told NBC News this week after a briefing on the raid, “When you lose a $75 million airplane and, more importantly, an American life is lost … I don’t believe you can call it a success.”

    Yesterday, Spicer suggested McCain was among those who should apologize for having done “disservice to the life of Chief Owens.” The senator was not amused.

    • February 9, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      Yemen is exponentially worse than Benghazi.

      Benghazi was not initiated or caused by the US, it was an attack on a US outpost. (And could have had a better outcome if the Congressional GOP had not turned down Sec Clinton’s request for more Security funds.)

      Yemen was something WE initiated, without proper planning or intel, and completely fucked up to the point that as a result, Yemen now wants us to now STAY THE FUCK AWAY and has zero interest in our “help” since we caused more damage than assistance because it was such a clusterfuck of ignorance from our FakePOTUS™.

      Yemen could and should have been avoided, and would have been better NOT to have happened at all. But Trump has the temperament of a 5-year old, and everything is a competition to him, and about HIM, and his impossible dream of being better than Obama – which will never happen in any reality, including Trump’s warped brain.

      Where is the investigation? When are we getting a special prosecutor?

      I think we need to start openly questioning every Republican in office – When are you outlawing elections?

  62. February 9, 2017 at 9:27 am

    The GOP Just Corbetted Themselves
    by Martin Longman
    February 7, 2017 3:40 PM

    As a Pennsylvania resident, I was perplexed by Gov. Tom Corbett’s persistent unpopularity which led ultimately to his political defeat when he sought reelection. To be more specific, I saw many reasons for the citizens of the Commonwealth to oppose him, but most of those reasons applied with equal or greater force to Republican governors in Maine, Florida, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin who all managed to maintain better approval numbers and who were all ultimately given a second term in office.

    Eventually, through talking to knowledgable people who are more engaged in state-level politics than I am, I came to understand that Corbett had crippled himself in his first year in office by how he handled education. In doing a post-mortem on Corbett’s defeat, G. Terry Madonna and Michael Young made this exact point.

    Every governor to seek re-election but one since 1968 had a bad first year, and all won re-election. Milton Shapp, Bob Casey, Tom Ridge and Ed Rendell all had tough first years and low job approval ratings. But each recovered by the end of his second year. Corbett never did. Corbett’s major first-year challenge was the education budget that dominated the press coverage and the polls, ultimately becoming fodder for campaign commercials, and framed subsequent political discussions. Corbett lost control of the narrative that he needlessly cut education spending, resulting in property tax hikes, faculty layoffs and program curtailments.

    Democrats are frustrated that they couldn’t stop the confirmation of Betsy DeVos to be the Secretary of Education, but (setting aside the damage she will surely do) this could be a very Pyrrhic victory for the Republicans. There were already big problems with the Democratic Party before the stunning election loss in November. Primary among them was that the party was built to win presidential elections but increasingly incapable of winning control of the House of Representatives or control of most state legislatures. But, just as their blue Electoral College wall unexpectedly crumbled in Pennsylvania and parts of the Midwest, the Republicans’ advantage in supposedly red districts could fall apart over how they handle our public schools.

    • 156 arapaho415
      February 9, 2017 at 9:48 am

      GM rikyrah.

      Posted this earlier on TOD, but education is something that affects all American families that have children within that family, or within their extended families.

      GOP will undermine the lives of their core (rural) voters:

  63. 157 MaewholoveourCIC
    February 9, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Making America great again is synonymous with taking America back to the Jim Crow era where segregation was king and the white man makes the rule. This is why they are rushing to dismantle federal agencies that protects and promotes that every person is equal under the Constitution. We will fight until there’s is no more fight in us. We know what freedom feels like and we are not going to settle for anything less.

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