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A Letter From The 44th President

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Thank you for writing. I hear your concerns and I want you to know I’m listening.

Our country’s progress has never followed a straight line-for every two steps forward it often feels like we take one step back. But I hope you’ll remember that the long sweep of America is defined by forward motion, and the course we chart from here depends on no one person alone. Rather, our destiny will be decided the same way it always has been: by all of us; by we the people; by selfless and engaged citizens who step forward and speak out to guard the values that make us who we are – not just when there’s an election, but every day.

Our democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted, and change only happens when people get involved. As long as folks like you keep looking out for others and working to defend America’s promise, I’m confident our future will be bright. Please know Michelle and I will continue standing alongside you, and we wish you the very best.

Sincerely,

Barack Obama


124 Responses to “A Letter From The 44th President”


  1. December 22, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    My Forever President will always be an inspiration to me

  2. 3 Nena20409
    December 22, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    • 4 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      December 22, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      THEY WANT THE FBI AND CIA ALL TO BE OPERATED BY THOSE WHO AGREE WITH TRUMP OR TRUMP WILL SEE TO IT THAT THEY ARE NON EXISTENT..THIS IS NOT A GAME..THIS IS THE EFFORT TO ESTABLISH THE FOURTH REICH AND PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY..TRUMP MUST BE REMOVED AT ALL COST OR THE COST IS YOURS!..IF YOU DON’T STAND..YOU ARE COMPLICIT AND GUILTY OF TRAINSPOTTING!…THIS IS WAR INSIDE OUR OWN COUNTRY!

      • 5 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        December 22, 2017 at 9:01 pm

        WE ARE BEYOND MR. NICE…THIS COUNTRY IS IN DANGER…AND THEY WOULD LOVE TO HAUL OFF BARACK OBAMA AND USE HIM AS AN EXAMPLE OF THEIR SINCERITY..THE FOURTH REICH IS ON THE MOVE AND YOU KNOW IT AS WELL.

  3. 6 Nena20409
    December 22, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Worth Reposting Again. Amk posted this on the last Post.

    And this too.

    • 7 Nena20409
      December 22, 2017 at 2:19 pm

  4. December 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm

  5. 9 Judith Fardig
    December 22, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Hope everyone takes a breather and comes back more determined than ever to make 2018 a blue wave!

  6. December 22, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 12/21/17
    Report: Documents show W.H. lawyer told Trump Flynn broke law
    Rachel Maddow shares a report from Foreign Policy that White House counsel Don McGahn informed Donald Trump that Mike Flynn had broken the law, though the official White House line was that McGahn had said the opposite.

  7. December 22, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 12/21/17
    Wait, did Rep. Adam Schiff just drop a big hint?
    Rachel Maddow shares a piece of her interview with Rep. Adam Schiff in which he raises the question of whether Russians laundered money through the Trump Organization or guaranteed loans for the Trump Organization.

  8. December 22, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 12/21/17
    Wyden emphasizes need to follow Trump money in Russia probe
    Senator Ron Wyden talks with Rachel Maddow about why it’s important for Trump Russia investigators to be able to follow Trump’s money, and why the distraction of the holidays is reason to be vigilant for Trump sneakiness.

  9. December 22, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 12/21/17
    Trump appointee would force teen refugee to bear rapist’s child
    Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney at the ACLU’s reproductive freedom project, talks with Rachel Maddow about the fight to defend the reproductive rights of undocumented teens from Trump-appointed anti-abortion zealots in the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

  10. December 22, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Moving Forward>>>

  11. December 22, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    • December 22, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      • December 22, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      • 27 Susanne
        December 22, 2017 at 4:27 pm

        What’s the likelihood that they stopped after the election? Zero. At this point, many of us have a nose for the their concoctions. For instance, all the reports of the plan to fire Mueller, to fire Rosenstein– and the attendant calls for us to take to the streets, rise up, etc. What we need to keep in mind is that the agenda of our enemies is not to promote Republicans; it’s to destroy our nation from within. There’s no easy way to tell what’s true any more. But I trust Nancy Smash and a few others. Most of all, I rely on PBO for guidance, still, always

        • December 22, 2017 at 5:08 pm

          Throughout history most folk didn’t realize they were living at the moment of an inflection point until it happened.

          In_deed, #TrustBarack, but also trust that the messages coming from Sally Yates, Eric Holder, et al, are crystal clear alerts that a major ‘inflection point’ in US & global history is going to become really obvious, soon.

          All the best to you and your family Susanne.

        • December 23, 2017 at 2:13 pm

          Zero. They’re trolling now nonstop on threads relating to the tax bill, ACA, and Mueller.

  12. 31 GGAIL
    December 22, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Oh how much do I love and respect PBO.
    He could totally ignore us, but, instead he sends out words of encouragement.

  13. December 22, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    And, he’s recruited Trump & countless Americans to be an ally for the next 100 years ….

  14. 37 Gazelle
    December 22, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Just because those were the days, my friend …

  15. December 22, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    New thread ….

  16. 41 whatisworking
    December 22, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Testing message box.

  17. 42 amk for obama
    December 22, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    covefefe of craven cowards

  18. 43 amk for obama
    December 22, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    It’s not up to Mueller or Obama or dems to save your asses. It’s totally up to the voters.

  19. 46 amk for obama
    December 22, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    • 47 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      December 22, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      WE NEED TO BE ASHAMED FOR NORMALIZING HIS BEHAVIOR..THAT’S WORSE THAN WHAT HE IS DOING..IT’S COWARDLY AND SHAMEFUL…

  20. 48 amk for obama
    December 22, 2017 at 8:52 pm

  21. 49 amk for obama
    December 22, 2017 at 8:52 pm

  22. 50 Gazelle
    December 22, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Finding joy. Happy holidays TOD! Thank you for keeping us sane. NW I can never have enough thanks in my basket for the gargantuan work you do every day. Our Darling Chips, miss your voice & humor, so wish you a lovely holiday season, & a fab new year! And to all the absolutely magnificent TODers. ❤

  23. 51 Nena20409
    December 22, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    This what every State Under a Dem Control should do, ASAP.
    WI & MN had those. Today, MN is the Only one of the 2 States with such laws in the book.

  24. 53 Nena20409
    December 22, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    • 54 amk for obama
      December 22, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      didn’t the supremes recently rule in favor of the turd on this xenophobic ban?

      • 55 nathkatun7
        December 22, 2017 at 10:41 pm

        The Supreme Court lifted the stay on Trump’s previous travel ban, but it didn’t issue a final ruling on the Constitutionality of the travel bans.

        • 56 amk for obama
          December 22, 2017 at 11:03 pm

          The US supreme court ruled on Monday that a ban ordered by Donald Trump on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and two other countries could be immediately imposed while multiple court cases challenging the ban are resolved.

          The ultimate disposition of the ban was expected to take months to resolve. But the 7-2 ruling by the high court was a blow to anti-discrimination advocates, who vowed to protest against the decision.

          The ban means that the United States would categorically refuse entry visas to prospective travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, plus North Korea and Venezuela.

          https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/04/donald-trump-travel-ban-on-six-mostly-muslim-countries

          The supremes basically allowed the ice thugs to do whatever they and the turd wants. Thanks elena kagan for that.

          So, I don’t see how this latest ruling is a win.

  25. 57 amk for obama
    December 22, 2017 at 9:51 pm

  26. 58 amk for obama
    December 22, 2017 at 9:52 pm

  27. 59 amk for obama
    December 22, 2017 at 9:54 pm

  28. 60 amk for obama
    December 22, 2017 at 10:25 pm

  29. 61 Dudette
    December 22, 2017 at 10:35 pm

  30. 62 Dudette
    December 22, 2017 at 10:50 pm

  31. 70 Anjo
    December 22, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Merry Christmas from now till New Years

  32. 72 Dudette
    December 22, 2017 at 11:50 pm

  33. 74 amk for obama
    December 23, 2017 at 12:48 am

  34. 75 amk for obama
    December 23, 2017 at 12:50 am

    • 76 Magapie
      December 23, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Not counting the 1,000s of dedicated scientists, experts and civil servants at the State Department, EPA, Health and Human Services, on and on….

      • 77 amk for obama
        December 23, 2017 at 10:07 am

        True. Gutting the govt. The rethugs’ main goal so that they and their corrupt corporate buddies can continue to loot.

  35. December 23, 2017 at 1:00 am

    • December 23, 2017 at 1:33 am

      Love that photo and those two magnificent creatures, but before departing the reality that their existence, as well as all life as we know it, is capable of being obliterated in 4 minutes or less BECAUSE AMERICANS DIDN’T VOTE or HATED THE BLACK GUY so much THEY VOTED FOR THEIR EXECUTIONER (as the ‘tax bill’ makes absolutely clear even if he doesn’t nuke the planet tonight or tomorrow or) …..

  36. 81 Gazelle
    December 23, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Trying one more time to post this vid. Wish me luck!

  37. 83 amk for obama
    December 23, 2017 at 9:22 am

    merry christmas, assholes.

  38. December 23, 2017 at 9:55 am

    GM everyone…What Happened with Joan Walsh…she was fired by MSNBC…..WOW

    • 88 Ann_T
      December 24, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      This seemed to happen fast. One day I was reading Joy Reid’s twitter feed about Joan hiring her at Salon (I think) and the fact that she was let go by MSNBC. People took to Twitter and were pushing for MSNBC to keep her, like they did for Lawrence O’Donnell. Then the next day I heard she was hired at CNN. I saw a picture of Joan celebrating with Tamron Hall on Twitter. MSNBC is a mess!!!

  39. 89 desertflower
    December 23, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Morning everyone:)

  40. 90 desertflower
    December 23, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Light it up

  41. 94 whenpamelawandered
    December 23, 2017 at 10:55 am

    ♥️ Keep You The Heart, ♥️, remember there is strength in numbers, and the darkest hour is just before dawn…
    {{{ TOD }}} Big hugs all around! 🙏🏻🕯

  42. 95 Don
    December 23, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Good Morning errrbody.

  43. 96 desertflower
    December 23, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Where’s the snow? Asking for a friend:)

  44. 101 amk for obama
    December 23, 2017 at 11:22 am

    are you sick of so much winning yet, ‘wwc’ folks?

    • 102 Don
      December 23, 2017 at 11:27 am

      So I guess to do business with Trump you show up with an envelope like they do in the mafia movies.

    • 103 Sandy1110
      December 23, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      You can only hope these backchannel relationships are woven into whatever charges Mueller **and Schneiderman** can bring, because the GOP has firmly committed to licking Trump’s boots no matter what he does.

  45. 104 desertflower
    December 23, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Why don’t they ALL go Rapture themselves? Unfuckingbelieveable

    • 105 arapaho415
      December 23, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      GM DF.

      To add to the Christmas theme:

      • 106 desertflower
        December 23, 2017 at 12:58 pm

        little chat between the oligarch and the wanna be?

        • 107 desertflower
          December 23, 2017 at 12:59 pm

          morning, arapaho:)

        • 108 arapaho415
          December 23, 2017 at 2:54 pm

          GM DF.

          Good Winter tidings to you, our favorite season in the desert (and in coastal Phoenix, aka SoCal 😉 ).

          Drives me nuts that we’re not up in arms to do something to REQUIRE the grotesque evil occupying the WH disclose Mar-A-Lago’s visitors’ logs.

          This happened during GEOTWH’s last extended stay there(for Thanksgiving):

          And did you know there’s chunk of change to be made if you can provide tips to the FBI to convict the white supremacists responsible for this (I don’t recall hearing about this derailment at all, but IIRC, it happened right around the time of OJ’s verdict, which was getting saturation news coverage at the time)?

          Derailment happened on Oct 9, 1995 near Palo Verde, AZ:

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1995_Palo_Verde,_Arizona_derailment

  46. 109 globalcitizenlinda
    December 23, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Maybe I am being conspiratorial…
    .

    But I suggest that people should not look at the firing of Joan Walsh in isolation. …… Instead look at the nationwide attacks and firing of the strongest, loudest and most persistent critics of the gop agenda and the homegrown demagogues. …….Consider how these terminations or efforts to have people fired in media relate to WHO owns the media platforms on which they deliver the criticism of the gop scumbags. ….

    Comcast, owned by a known rightwinger, bought ownership of MSNBC. …..

    Remember the recent push to fire Ms Joy Reid and who started it? ………..Remember that in this case, rightwingers pretended to care about LGBTQ rights. …….. Using her words many years ago (which she admitted that they wrong then & uninformed) the rightwingers attacked (and it was not the first attack on her)…… These rightwingers were then trying to use the issue of equality to light anger about Joy so that she could be fired……
    ………..Most importantly it would then be pointed out that the LGBTQ community was the responsible catalyst for firing of a very capable African American female journalist. …….. although they don’t care for women, black people, or the LGBTQ community, you would have seen this story repeated many times on rightwing media outlets. ……
    This was a deliberate plan to divide and conquer the Dem base. …. I was very glad to see that the LGBTQ community accepted her apology, defended her as one of their strongest ally, and did not fall for that plot. …… Remember that recently, Lawrence was almost terminated? Sharpton’s hours were drastically reduced. ……… for those who watch “Urban” or Black media, you may be aware of the recent termination of Mr. Roland Martin’s program on TV ONE. I maybe mistaken but isn’t Comcast somehow involved in the distribution of …

    Roland’s beat was a program that not only focused on issues that are important to the black community but was an unapologetic critical of the homegrown demagogue, the gop and their policies. …….
    It was also a platform to mobilize black voters, and highlight progressive candidates who focus on minority issues. ….. lastly, am I wrong to be concerned that the Dems who have faced the first identification and resigned the current scandal are members of the judiciary committee and that rightwing operatives have played a role in starting this identification???

    • 110 desertflower
      December 23, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      makes perfect sense to me. I don’t think that sounds conspiratorial at all. Sounds like a mission and a purpose on the part of those that would seek to divide and conquer and control

    • 111 Betsy
      December 23, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      I agree with you and I would add that getting Al Franken to resign is part of this. I believe he was set up and Democratic women in senate were conned into rush judgment without waiting for ethics investigation. Franken was a very important voice on Senate judiciary committee.

      • 112 arapaho415
        December 23, 2017 at 3:01 pm

        GA Betsy.

        Our Nerdy W., ever the workhorse, has opened a new thread, but wanted to post this — Manchin gets a lot of grief from Dems (and his greedy daughter doesn’t help), but he’s still a Dem, with no need to kiss the ring of the grotesque evil currently occupying the WH, which GOPers apparently must do.

  47. 113 desertflower
    December 23, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Karma and justice will not be kind to this ignorant racist. This I pray. Amen.

  48. 116 globalcitizenlinda
    December 23, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    • 117 Sandy1110
      December 23, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      Who is Putin planning to install as a replacement?

      This is all coming together.

      Systematic firing of voices in politics and media critical to Trump (on top of the usual enablement of Trump by the MSM due to GOP ownership)

      A gross, MASSIVE display of Trump sycophancy by the GOP Congress. Kompromat, anyone?

      A united GOP shout-down of people investigating Trump (visualize Donald Sutherland at the end of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”

      The confabs at Mar-A-Lago, ignored or normalized by a neutered MSM (see above). If PBO had gone to his personal hideaway with these other figures being shown to arrive in the vicinity at the same time, you can only imagine the conspiracy theories blasting from the airwaves.

      They’re colluding in plain sight because Putin has systematically neutered the US media and the majority GOP Congress, likely with kompromat due to their susceptibility to corruption.

  49. December 23, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 12/22/17
    Trump partner with mob ties interviewed out of range of Democrats
    Rachel Maddow reports on the colorful background of Donald Trump business partner Felix Sater, from ties to organized crime to FBI informant, and wonders why this particular witness was interviewed by House Intel staff in New York instead of D.C.

  50. December 23, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 12/22/17
    GOP attacking witnesses to head off Trump obstruction case
    Rachel Maddow looks at how Republican congressional investigators seem less interested in answering the question of whether Donald Trump colluded with Russia than they are in smearing FBI officials who would be witnesses in a Trump obstruction of justice case.

  51. December 23, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 12/22/17
    Top FBI lawyer James Baker reassigned without explanation
    Joyce Vance, former U.S. attorney, talks with Rachel Maddow about the reassignment of the top lawyer at the FBI and whether this is typical with a new director or evidence of politicizing the FBI

  52. December 23, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 12/22/17
    Pruitt drives out EPA staff, hires unqualified former banker pal
    Rachel Maddow reports on the disgraced former banker Albert Kelly, Scott Pruitt’s friend who he put in charge of an EPA superfund cleanup task force as qualified, experienced EPA staff flee the agency by the hundreds.

  53. December 23, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 12/22/17
    Trump administration hemorrhaging staff
    With several new people announcing their resignation from the Donald Trump administration today, Rachel Maddow runs through the list so far that makes up a 30% turnover rate in under a year.

  54. December 23, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    great interview with Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams to talk about the new political reality of the South, and activist Ady Barkan talks about his plane encounter with Senator Jeff Flake.


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