163 Responses to “‘The Character Of Our Country’”


  1. 1 idon
    March 23, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    What a beautiful PRESIDENTIAL from the current and former President of the United States. No statement is not a contradiction.

  2. 3 CEB
    March 23, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    The repubs. and 45 are willing to sacrifice millions, many of whom are the people who voted for them, in a vain attempt to hurt PBO. They just cannot let it go that a Black man was so successful and is more revered everyday. He gave the lie to all that they have said and done for years and they want to destroy him and his legacy. PBO came to serve and because he always focused on our welfare, God gave him the victory. One of the worst things about what they are trying to do to the rest of us is that we pay for their healthcare and you can bet they will make sure that they and their families will not suffer the onerous things that the rest of us will suffer if they are successful. It is sick that were determined to deny healthcare to millions on the anniversary of the day that the ACA was passed. Millions of lives saved, jobs created, and family incomes not decimated by health costs does not matter to them. Some days the breadth of their evil takes my breath away.

  3. March 23, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    FLASHBACK:

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    • 7 CEB
      March 23, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      Asking permission automatically puts one at a disadvantage. You are in a subordinate position where the one who deigns to give after you beg and ask prettily can also take whatever it is away. I really admire many of the young women today who live their lives out loud. Ava stopped knocking on doors and opened her own and look where she is now.

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  7. 9 Allison
    March 23, 2017 at 5:32 pm

  8. 10 Nerdy Wonka
    March 23, 2017 at 6:21 pm

  9. March 23, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Nancy Smash

  10. March 23, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    YESSSSSSSS

  11. March 23, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    It is not that the Republicans are inept and could not come up with a good bill…it is that they just don’t believe that everyone deserves health care…esp if the government is involved…for the poor and working poor, they believe it is their own fault that they are poor…and so well…that is why they can come up with what seems like heartless policies…but they have to lie about it…because they have to hide how they really feel (although this bill has been the great reveal)…and invoke the Southern Strategy to keep their GOP voters voting for them

  12. 32 GGAIL
    March 23, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Much needed distractions; Empire on last night and Scandal on tonight. 😎

  13. 33 jacquelineoboomer
    March 23, 2017 at 7:56 pm

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  16. March 23, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Take care everyone ….

  17. 40 GGail
    March 23, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Super quick and easy to do

  18. 41 jacquelineoboomer
    March 23, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    • 42 jacquelineoboomer
      March 23, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      Jokes aside, Nunes’ eyes have that scared shitless look … and Schiff has that “I just got new contact lenses” look of yore.

  19. 43 jacquelineoboomer
    March 23, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    I don’t know if this is a new one or an old one or the 10th one … losing count … but thanks to Trump and his gang for possibly “bringing” all this to our shores.

  20. March 23, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    • 46 jacquelineoboomer
      March 23, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      That was his plan all the way, I think, thusly screwing over the RWNJs in Congress, which is kinda like a reward to him. He can thusly blame them and never himself for not passing any bigly legislation of importance.

  21. 47 GGail
    March 23, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Ladies & Gentlemen, I bring you Keith

  22. 48 jacquelineoboomer
    March 23, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    I hadn’t seen this before – maybe some of you did – but this is how the Stepford Kids spent last weekend.

    • March 24, 2017 at 9:10 am

      I posted about this on the “Tres Chic” thread on yesterday…

      https://theobamadiary.com/2017/03/22/tres-chic/#comment-1646170

      Frustrated by the expense, the president’s policies, and the overall inconvenience of having members of the first family in the area, many Aspen locals have taken to the streets to protest.

      Many of the protesters, shown in the tweets below, are specifically speaking out against the President’s proposed Environmental Protection Agency cuts.

      Others in the area might not be holding up signs in protest, but they’ve still made their irritation known. One New York mother, who is vacationing in Aspen as well, told Vanity Fair that “everyone is annoyed” by the Trump family’s presence.

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  27. 60 jacquelineoboomer
    March 23, 2017 at 9:20 pm

  28. March 23, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    This is ME!

  29. 62 Nena20409
    March 23, 2017 at 9:42 pm

  30. 63 Nena20409
    March 23, 2017 at 9:42 pm

  31. 64 Nena20409
    March 23, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    • 65 sherijr
      March 23, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      eh, it’s never ever been about jobs for the repubs- they’ll be getting $$$ out of it, filling their pockets one way or another.

  32. 66 Nena20409
    March 23, 2017 at 9:49 pm

  33. 68 Nena20409
    March 23, 2017 at 9:51 pm

  34. 69 Nena20409
    March 23, 2017 at 9:52 pm

  35. 70 Nena20409
    March 23, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    • 71 sherijr
      March 23, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      for family visits? We have got to get these people out of our govt. They are ruining us.

      • March 24, 2017 at 9:04 am

        There’s the potential that those family members will decide from the U.S. to a more “family-friendly” country…taking their knowledge, talents, and skills with them.

        • 73 sherijr
          March 24, 2017 at 10:39 am

          I blame no one for not wanting to come here at this point. Yesterday I was ready (just not able) to get out of dodge myself. Feeling very hateful at times these days about my fellow Americans.

          • March 24, 2017 at 10:40 am

            Not to mention many who are afraid of leaving the country — whether for business or pleasure — for fear of not being able to get back into the country…at least without a lot of hassle and invasion of privacy.

            • 75 sherijr
              March 24, 2017 at 10:48 am

              Exactly. I worry about all the people- especially the folks, and the young ones being sent to Mexico- this above all makes me feel very powerless and furious. How will we ever undo this terrorism being done to our people.

              On the other hand my DIL’s mom became a citizen last week- from Jamaica originally. And she was very happy and relieved. I realize this “too shall pass” because that is how all things work, but not without folks fighting it every step of the way- and the fact that many of us are fighting, gives me the only hope I have for us right now.

              • March 24, 2017 at 10:52 am

                “I realize this “too shall pass” because that is how all things work, but not without folks fighting it every step of the way- and the fact that many of us are fighting, gives me the only hope I have for us right now. ”

                That is what gives many of us hope, sherijr.

                I just hate that this has whole ordeal has given license to many in authority to be overly aggressive in carrying out what is really unjust and immoral.

    • 78 jacquelineoboomer
      March 23, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      Not to imply this is the only or most important scenario being hurt in Trump’s “making America tougher” campaign, I just despise Rick Scott and his ilk.

  36. 79 GGail
    March 23, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    THIS!
    I urge you, in the face of what may be the scariest threat yet to our civility as a nation and our freedom as individuals, to consider a new tactic in covering the current presidency.

    Specifically, stop reporting everything they say or do.

    Stop repeating — gratuitously — the lies (or the fantasies). Stop reupping the ante. Stop restoking the flames of idiocy.

    Stop seeking an Oval Office reaction to every misstep.

    Case in point: the president’s insistence that his predecessor wiretapped his phones.

    The claim was absurd from first tweet, but of course we needed evidence, so those initial reports were probably necessary. But when the Senate Intelligence Committee and the (Republican) Speaker of the House said Thursday that no such evidence existed, the story was over. Done. Finished. Or should have been.
    http://billmoyers.com/story/memo-to-the-media-how-not-to-cover-the-president/

  37. 82 Nena20409
    March 23, 2017 at 10:10 pm

  38. 86 Nena20409
    March 23, 2017 at 10:13 pm

  39. 87 Nena20409
    March 23, 2017 at 10:14 pm

  40. March 23, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Shy as he was, Mr. Brent Brown (a Republican who had loudly rejected the ACA and President Obama) decided to speak up for the President and Obamacare. In 2015 he wrote to PBO thanking him for saving his life: “Before I briefly explain my story allow me to first say this:
    I am so very sorry. I was so very wrong. I was so very wrong. You saved my life. My President, you saved my life, and I am eternally grateful.
    I have a ‘pre-existing condition’ and so could never purchase health insurance. Only after the ACA came into being could I be covered. Put simply to not take up too much of your time if you are in fact taking the time to read this: I would not be alive without access to care I received due to your law. Thank you for serving me even when I didn’t vote for you. Thank you for being my President.The Affordable Care Act saved my life. I can now say, after several surgeries, that I’m in recovery from what was a serious autoimmune disease.”

    • March 23, 2017 at 10:47 pm

      Here’s Brent speaking from the podium, thanking the people of Milwauke for bringing the ACA to their communities:
      Thanking President Obama and Obamacare for saving his life:

  41. 91 Nena20409
    March 23, 2017 at 10:49 pm

  42. 92 jacquelineoboomer
    March 23, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Ha. Much of the District of Columbia is filled with chickens. At least the elected kind.

  43. 93 jacquelineoboomer
    March 23, 2017 at 11:13 pm

  44. 94 jacquelineoboomer
    March 23, 2017 at 11:22 pm

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  46. March 24, 2017 at 1:41 am

    From the tweet Gail posted up page…. start here. It’s beyond EPIC.

    • March 24, 2017 at 8:45 am

      It’s beyond epic is right. It’s fabulous. He’s on fire. I’ve despised Faux ‘News’ forever. They’re absolutely complicit in sowing division, fear, and outright hatred in the US (*AND* in Canada – it unfortunately airs here as well, and we have our fair share of dumbed-down and hate-filled people as well). Yes, it would help if people had more damned sense to begin with and didn’t watch it, never mind believe any of it. But Faux has broadcast utter bullshit, complete lies, forever, and maybe that’s all some people have *ever* watched. Question is, how could you get rid of it?

      • March 24, 2017 at 11:59 am

        In Canada, it’s illegal for any legit NEWS outlet to LIE. They can lose their license (broadcast/publishing), fined, and their CEO can end up in prison. The truth is that important.

        • March 24, 2017 at 12:33 pm

          I know, and the continued existence of Faux ‘News’ is just one of many things in the US that *thinking* Canadians (there are many that aren’t!) just can’t understand. There are many Canadians who want it removed from Canadian airwaves and cable tv packages, but that is also unlikely to ever happen, unless it ceases to exist altogether.

  47. March 24, 2017 at 2:06 am

    • 101 99ts
      March 24, 2017 at 10:37 am

      The lies never stop – last I heard the man who wants to be a King – ORDERED Ryan to get health care passed.

      • March 24, 2017 at 10:47 am

        But Ryan is not without blame. He was pretty cocky about having a “replacement” and was giddy about all that this plan would take away from those in need. I hope it is considered a part of Ryan’s failure as Speaker. [Boehner is probably having a drink or two and laughing his butt off.]

        • 103 99ts
          March 24, 2017 at 11:00 am

          Agree 100% – the current bill is all Ryan – and pathetic, with or without amendments. He has had 8 years to prepare this bill, as have all the other republicans screaming for repeal/replace or whatever. They have lost any ability to legislate. This is what happens when folks who say we don’t need government have the job of governing. ALL good things that governments do come from the party on the left (in all democratic countries – not just the USA)

          Boehner probably called up PBO to have talk about Ryan fail.

  48. March 24, 2017 at 2:13 am

    As a result of those amendments, this estimate shows smaller savings over the next 10 years than the estimate that CBO issued on March 13 for the reconciliation recommendations of the House Committee on Ways and Means and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
    The estimated effects on health insurance coverage and on premiums for health insurance are similar to those estimated for the committees’ recommendations.

  49. March 24, 2017 at 4:30 am

  50. March 24, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Sadly, more 45 supporters that are learning that they were only good for optics (large rallies), poll numbers, and unfortunately, votes… oh, and cheap labor at his properties.

    Did you really think that just because you were a supporter, it made you exempt from all the things he said throughout the campaign and after?!?!?!?

    • 107 sherijr
      March 24, 2017 at 8:50 am

      …. and then they came for me and there was no one left…

      • March 24, 2017 at 9:39 am

        Yep! I’m going to go low, and just say you get what you voted for. She voted for the a$$hole. Trump supporters only care when a policy hurts THEM personally. Everyone *else* can literally die as a result of Trump’s policies, and his core supporters wouldn’t care about them.

  51. March 24, 2017 at 8:22 am

  52. March 24, 2017 at 8:25 am

    45 says if AHCA does not pass this morning, he’ll let ACA stay in place. Is this the threat that will get the GOP no-votes to turn or will the Freedom Caucus and moderates continue to stick to their guns?

    The Art of the Con

  53. March 24, 2017 at 8:27 am

  54. March 24, 2017 at 8:35 am

    I wonder how many GOPers really like Ryan; like him enough that they are willing to vote for this bill in order for Ryan to save face. I get the feeling that Ryan doesn’t have he level of respect that many in the GOP perceived him to have when they pushed for his speakership…and that lack of respect extends to 45.

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  56. March 24, 2017 at 8:41 am

    • 128 57andfemale
      March 24, 2017 at 10:01 am

      It is. They are going to eff with ACA anyway and then blame ACA for not being as effective as it should be. Will Dems be prepared for this fight, because it is crucial that for once Dems take control of the narrative.

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  59. 131 CEB
    March 24, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Hope this will be on 45’s tombstone: “who knew healthcare could be so hard?”

  60. March 24, 2017 at 8:48 am

    This is the guy — Ryan — who was supposed to turn the GOP around and unite the party. He’s too busy trying to save himself his constant trip-ups.

  61. 137 desertflower
    March 24, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Morning everyone. Oh look! There he goes MAGA!

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/24/politics/toronto-school-us-travel-ban/index.html?sr=twCNN032417toronto-school-us-travel-ban1015AMStoryLink&linkId=35799161

    Canada’s largest school system announced it will no longer allow student or staff trips to the US, citing uncertainty over the travel ban.

    Toronto District School Board expressed concern over how the US immigration policy could affect students on school trips.
    “We strongly believe that our students should not be placed into these situations of potentially being turned away at the border,” the board’s director of education, John Malloy, said in a statement.

    ITMFA!

  62. 138 desertflower
    March 24, 2017 at 9:17 am

  63. 139 desertflower
    March 24, 2017 at 9:19 am

    • March 24, 2017 at 10:34 am

      this is the kind of stuff that irks me…..have they not been watching the last 8 years…of course they will oppose…they want to take away essential benefits…..

  64. 141 desertflower
    March 24, 2017 at 9:40 am

  65. 145 desertflower
    March 24, 2017 at 9:46 am

  66. 146 desertflower
    March 24, 2017 at 9:47 am

  67. 147 desertflower
    March 24, 2017 at 9:49 am

    • March 24, 2017 at 10:07 am

      LOL. Didn’t they vote for this?! This reminds me of a family experience we had many years ago. My MIL (who was in her late 80’s at that time) needed to move into an assisted living facility. My husband’s oldest brother REFUSED to even discuss it with his other 3 siblings. There were numerous conference calls, etc. and one face to face family meeting to try to get through to him. Finally, my husband, the “baby” and the one who was taking the lead on all this, said to him: Okay, you won’t go along with this. All the rest of us have two-story homes and other issues that none of us can take her into our homes so you take her. (He has a ranch and was retired.) So, he took her to FL. It wasn’t longer than 6 weeks until he began making noises about finding a place for her back in TN. The rest of the siblings took their time on finding a place for her. When my SIL found a place, she told him when HE could move her in. And, my SIL stuck to it even though she was right there in town. She didn’t even go until the next day. We all agreed that the ONLY thing that would teach my BIL a lesson was to experience caring for her himself.

      I see this whole awful mess the same way. Nothing is going to get through to Congress or to the GOP “faithful” except experiencing personally the result of their actions. Of course, that means ALL of us are having to suffer too. Same was true for my mother-in-law. She suffered and was SO unhappy for those few months, but it came to no other choice but what the family did.

  68. 149 desertflower
    March 24, 2017 at 9:49 am

  69. 151 desertflower
    March 24, 2017 at 9:51 am

  70. 153 JER
    March 24, 2017 at 10:00 am

  71. 154 JER
    March 24, 2017 at 10:08 am

  72. 155 JER
    March 24, 2017 at 10:12 am

  73. 156 JER
    March 24, 2017 at 10:14 am

    • March 24, 2017 at 10:36 am

      Rep. Nunes pull his disgusting trick because Trump was getting a lot of bad press from the investigation of Trump-Russia connection. Nunes should be remove from his position, but he will not. Nothing that comes out of the mouth of these Republicans can be trusted.

  74. 158 JER
    March 24, 2017 at 10:16 am

  75. 160 ydavis00
    March 24, 2017 at 10:29 am

  76. 161 JER
    March 24, 2017 at 10:30 am


    VOTE VETS WARNS CONGRESS: VOTE FOR TRUMPCARE MANAGER’S AMENDMENT THAT STRIPS TAX CREDITS FROM VETERANS, AND WE WILL MAKE SURE YOUR CONSTITUENTS KNOW

    …We will make sure that you won’t be able to go to the store, or church, or anywhere, without your constituents pointing at you and saying, ‘That’s the Congressperson who voted to punish veterans with Trumpcare.'” …

    More here: http://www.votevets.org/press/votevets-warns-congress-vote-for-trumpcare-managers-amendment-that-strips-tax-credits-from-veterans-and-we-will-make-sure-your-constituents-know

  77. 162 ydavis00
    March 24, 2017 at 10:30 am


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