116 Responses to “The First Lady At Simmons College”


  1. 5 No Child Left Behind
    April 5, 2018 at 9:22 pm

  2. 9 Jey
    April 5, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    So thankful for the Obamas! For being a constant reminder of humanity.

    Congrats Tally!

  3. 10 No Child Left Behind
    April 5, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    • 11 Sandy1110
      April 5, 2018 at 11:07 pm

      Thank you, Mr. DeNiro.

      Anyone supporting him after all this is either 1) good with his agenda; 2) turning a very willful blind eye to his venal, corrupt nature.

  4. 12 purpleshoesla
    April 5, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks for this Jer and Legend Nerdy W!!!. Our forever first lady is dropping truth bombs and knowledge left and right. Direct, straight no chaser, no filler. I’m only about half way through but dayum. Her talking about how in college life there is all kinds of affirmative action students on campus, it’s called legacy, it’s called sports, and out in the world, it’s called privilege. It’s only when affirmative action is talked about in terms of color that oh that’s problematic. I had to re-listen to that portion a couple of times; it was deep. Dayum. I ❤ ❤ ❤ our forever first lady.

  5. 17 Dudette
    April 5, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    I need… heck, we all need this phenomenal woman in the governor’s mansion. 👇🏾

    • 18 purpleshoesla
      April 6, 2018 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks for posting. Great interview with her. I hope she wins. Her accomplishments so far are quite impressive (high school valedictorian, magna cum laude Spelman grad, Yale Law Grad, 1st AA woman party leader in GA state assembly and she’s written romance novels on the side involving physics, ethnobotany and a cognitive scientist, who I’m assuming was the heroine. Gurrl!) 😆 I will have to also add her memoir to my reading list. She sounds like another hope and change public servant, you know the guy with the big ears and the funny sounding name? 😆

  6. April 6, 2018 at 12:32 am

    Goodnight TOD ….

  7. 23 Dudette
    April 6, 2018 at 2:25 am

  8. 24 desertflower
    April 6, 2018 at 8:38 am

    Morning everyone. We made it to Friday!

  9. 26 desertflower
    April 6, 2018 at 8:52 am

    About time

  10. 28 desertflower
    April 6, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Sadly, I believe this is a feature, not a bug. Maybe Betsy can put some private/for profit schools on the island. That would really complete the circle.

  11. 29 desertflower
    April 6, 2018 at 9:23 am

    I know how some of my TOD family feels about Steve Schmidt…but I think that this is spot on

  12. 31 desertflower
    April 6, 2018 at 9:50 am

  13. 32 desertflower
    April 6, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Good point. Words matter.

  14. 33 rikyrah
    April 6, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Icahn role shows common thread in Pruitt ethics, policy scandals

    Rachel Maddow looks at the relationship between Donald Trump adviser Carl Icahn and EPA chief Scott Pruitt and how Icahn’s business interests intertwine with Pruitt’s ethics scandals and peculiar EPA policies.

  15. 34 rikyrah
    April 6, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Wallace: Pruitt scandal is a White House dysfunction story

    Nicolle Wallace talks with Rachel Maddow about why the scandals surrounding EPA chief Scott Pruitt have outgrown the bounds of his agency and are now part of the story of the dysfunctional Donald Trump White House.

  16. 35 rikyrah
    April 6, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Mueller not done with Manafort, also scrutinizing Michael Cohen

    Rachel Maddow reports on new court filings that show that Robert Mueller’s prosecutors have executed another search warrant on Paul Manafort as recently as a month ago, and a new report that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has come into the investigative spotlight.

  17. 36 rikyrah
    April 6, 2018 at 10:35 am

    With two indictments already, Mueller still digging into Manafort

    Joyce Vance, former U.S. attorney, talks with Rachel Maddow about understanding special counsel Robert Mueller’s strategy as he continues to execute search warrants on Paul Manafort and interviews Donald Trump’s lawyer and business associates.

  18. April 6, 2018 at 10:46 am

  19. 38 JER
    April 6, 2018 at 11:32 am

  20. 39 rikyrah
    April 6, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Dow down 326

  21. 40 No Child Left Behind
    April 6, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Yes. Because we want him out! Gone, Dotard, gone!
    —————————
    1 in 5 Americans have joined protests or rallies in past two years, often in reaction to Trump, a Post-Kaiser poll shows

    A new Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows tens of millions of Americans have joined protests and rallies in the past two years. Their participation is often driven by admiration or outrage toward President Trump and offers evidence of new activism that could affect November’s midterm elections.

    Twenty percent of Americans report they have participated in political rallies or street protests since the beginning of 2016, and 20 percent of that group said they had never before joined a march or a political gathering.

  22. 41 sjterrid
    April 6, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you Nerdy and Jer!
    Good morning/afternoon TOD!

  23. 42 whenpamelawandered
    April 6, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    I find myself wondering about the still-oh-so-invisible and deviously treacherous Steven Miller. I presume he is still undercover in a men’s room back of the Oval Office, on the phone with bannon, working hard towards planetary destruction.

  24. 43 whenpamelawandered
    April 6, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Am missing our AMK for a considerable length of time now, so to let him know, saying Hey, AMK! 💐

  25. April 6, 2018 at 12:18 pm

  26. 47 canadabarb4obama
    April 6, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    An important, albeit sad, post from our precious friend Jacqueline:

    A message from Jacqueline O’Boomer
    … My dear son Steve passed away on March 29, 2018, in a circle of love from his family ~ after a courageous battle with cancer and its recurrence over these last many months. Yes, I’m “biased,” one might say that, but there was no better son, father, grandfather, or friend, whom any of us had the pleasure of knowing and loving. He was fully prepared to let go of his Earthly battle, and be welcomed into the arms of his soulmate, Jesus. We are all at great peace because he prepared us so well, although we hated to let him go. His five children, two grandsons, and many other young people whom he loved and helped raise in his 49 years, will never forget him or how he inspired all of them toward guaranteeing their own “life well lived.” His family and I donated his body to medical science, via one of the universities in Chicago. I know many in TODville helped me these last few years, both through your prayers and good company. In a couple of weeks, after I rest my heartstrings, I plan to return to TOD (although you may spot me on the anonymous Twitter now, as I find a distraction during the days), to continue paying attention to matters that concern us all. My son kidded me back in ’08, “You love Obama more than you love me!” – not true, President Obama, but I did think of you as my “other son.” And, if you had known my “real son,” you would have wanted to spend time with him, too. Love all of you in TODville, and I’ll “see” you soon!

    • 48 rikyrah
      April 6, 2018 at 1:02 pm

      Prayers to you and your family.

    • 49 Nena20409
      April 6, 2018 at 1:21 pm

      I am so sorry for your loss.
      RIP, Steve.
      {{{ ❤ ❤ ❤ }}}

    • 50 0388jojothecat
      April 6, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      Prayers and much love to you and your family. May his spirit be at peace but with you always.

    • April 6, 2018 at 2:03 pm

      I’m so deeply sorry for your loss, dearest JO’B. I know how much you both stayed so positive and fought together through each treatment. May Steve forever rest in peace. And may you and your family begin to heal the depth of pain you feel now in time. Please know we are all always here for you, through thick and thin. {{{{{{{{JO’B}}}}}}}}

      • April 6, 2018 at 2:17 pm

        JO’B, I was so so sorry to read your post. You (and Steve) were always so positive. Even when he was having all the surgeries, your posts were uplifting and encouraging–to us–as we prayed for him and your family. May your memories sustain you and bring you peace and comfort. We will be awaiting your return to TOD…..and I’ll look for you on Twitter. 🙂 ((((((((((HUGS)))))))))

      • 53 misspat
        April 6, 2018 at 3:00 pm

        So sorry for your loss I know you are heartbroken right now. So glad your son had a mother like you. You were so blessed to have him in your life.

    • 54 donna dem 4 obama
      April 6, 2018 at 2:28 pm

      Oh JOB, my heart hurts for your loss. Please know that I will keep you and your family in my prayers that the Lord will continue to provide you peace.

    • April 6, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Many Blessings Jacqueline to you and your family!

    • 56 Sandy1110
      April 6, 2018 at 2:52 pm

      So sorry for your loss, Jacqueline.

    • 57 Gazelle
      April 6, 2018 at 3:01 pm

      Oh Bless JO’B ❤ RIP, Steve, you fought the good fight.

    • 58 Nerdy Wonka
      April 6, 2018 at 3:19 pm

      Please let Jacqueline know that we are sending her and her family all the good the universe has to offer and may Steve rest in eternal peace.

      • 59 JER
        April 6, 2018 at 8:38 pm

        My condolences to you Jacqueline and your family upon the passing of Steve. May you always hold fond memories of his life with you.

    • 60 Don
      April 6, 2018 at 3:49 pm

      Peace be unto you and your family, Jacqueline.

    • 61 pkayden
      April 6, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      My sincere condolences to Jacqueline and her family for this sad occasion. May he R.I.P.

    • 62 nathkatun7
      April 6, 2018 at 4:33 pm

      My deepest Condolences, J’OB! May the almighty bless you and your family to find strength to cope with the loss of your precious son.

    • 63 desertflower
      April 6, 2018 at 5:02 pm

      My heart aches for you, but he’s ok now…and, in time, you will be ok too. Hugs and love to your family

    • 64 GGAIL
      April 6, 2018 at 5:09 pm

      Much love to you J’OB and your family. Our play brother Steve is indeed in the arms of Jesus and has no more pain.
      Please know that we are thinking of you and know you will return to us when you are able.
      We all love you ❤️

    • 65 No Child Left Behind
      April 6, 2018 at 6:20 pm

      Deepest sympathies to you. May your family find solace knowing that your son’s pain and hurt are no more.

    • 66 Mtmarilyn2
      April 6, 2018 at 6:27 pm

      Thank you Barbara for bringing us this news. I have always kept Jacqueline and her son in my prayers. My love and prayers for her and the family.

    • 67 whenpamelawandered
      April 6, 2018 at 8:27 pm

      {{{{{ ♥️ JO’B ♥️ }}}}}

      Dearest Steve, rest now. Walk with God. Be at peace.

      ❤️🕯

    • 68 Betsy
      April 6, 2018 at 8:42 pm

      I am so sad for you in the loss of your son. I know he’s in a better place, but I also know how difficult it must be to let him go. My prayers are with you that you will continue to surround yourself with wonderful memories you have of him and would love to hear his stories, so please share them if you can. May God continue to be with you every minute of every hour.

    • 70 sjterrid
      April 7, 2018 at 12:54 am

      JOB,I’m so sorry for your loss. May he RIP. Prayers for you and your family.

      Canadabarb, thank you for letting us know.

    • 71 Judith Fardig
      April 7, 2018 at 6:19 pm

      So very sad ti hear this news!

    • April 7, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      You and your family are always in our thoughts, dearest {{{{{{{{{{{{Jacqueline}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

  27. 73 canadabarb4obama
    April 6, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    RIP Steve and God’s blessings to you Jackie.

  28. 74 Nena20409
    April 6, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    TGIF
    ❤ to all TODbots across the Globe.

    • 75 carolyn
      April 6, 2018 at 5:09 pm

      What a beautiful tribute, J O’B….Your love for each other shines through, and the goodness he spread is obvious. Take your time. We will hold you in our hearts.

  29. 76 Nena20409
    April 6, 2018 at 1:24 pm

  30. 77 Nena20409
    April 6, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Revised numbers for Jan was 50K.
    So much winning, I guess?

  31. 78 Nena20409
    April 6, 2018 at 1:36 pm

  32. 79 Nena20409
    April 6, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    I will be crying, but I will be watching this, come Sunday.

    • 80 CEB
      April 6, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      Monuments like this one are the types that we need in this country that reflect the truth, the good, the bad and the ugly of American history and life. We cannot heal and rebuild if we hide/deny the truth of who we are and what we have done. I will tape it and watch at a later time when I am able to steel myself to get through it.

  33. 81 Nena20409
    April 6, 2018 at 1:56 pm

  34. 82 Nena20409
    April 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm

  35. 83 Nena20409
    April 6, 2018 at 2:20 pm

  36. 84 Nena20409
    April 6, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Finally.
    Oh, BTW, the Dow is off 600pts+ now.

  37. 85 rikyrah
    April 6, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Dow down 722!

  38. 87 rikyrah
    April 6, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    Meet Benjamin Sparks, Would-Be Slave Owner
    By Josh Marshall | April 5, 2018 6:53 pm

    35 year old Benjamin Sparks, a prominent Republican political consultant who has worked for Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and Scott Walker among others, was engaged to an unnamed woman. Sparks had his fiance sign a five page contract in which she agreed to be his “slave and property,” shortly after they started dating last November. This involved kneeling, looking at the ground while she spoke to him, being nude at all time, engaging in sex on demand at any time and wearing a collar. At the end of March he began to demand that she have sex with other men, while bound and blindfolded, while he watched. She refused. That led to a fight in which he allegedly attacked her. Sparks himself then called the police and then fled the scene. He apparently absconded to Texas where he is currently hiding out while there is a warrant for his arrest in Nevada.

  39. 88 rikyrah
    April 6, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Trump to reportedly meet evangelical leaders to discuss Stormy Daniels
    Meeting will address concerns on how the midterms will be affected by Trump’s divisive style and alleged affairs, according to sources

    Evangelical leaders are planning a meeting with Donald Trump in June following continuing developments in the scandal over his alleged affair with pornographic actor Stormy Daniels, it was reported on Friday.

    Four anonymous sources told radio network NPR that the meeting was intended to address concerns about how the midterms might be affected both by the president’s divisive leadership style and his alleged sex scandals.

    As well as the claims by Daniels – real name Stephanie Clifford – former Playboy model Karen McDougal has claimed an affair with Trump.

    The president on Thursday denied knowing about a $130,000 payment his lawyer, Michael Cohen, made to Daniels to buy her silence.

    When asked why Cohen made the payment, Trump said: “You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen. Michael is my attorney. You’ll have to ask Michael.”

  40. 89 Nena20409
    April 6, 2018 at 3:55 pm

  41. April 6, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Green Party and Jill Stein…the gift that keeps on giving!!

  42. April 6, 2018 at 4:04 pm

  43. 93 pkayden
    April 6, 2018 at 4:25 pm

  44. 94 pkayden
    April 6, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    The shoes continue to drop.

  45. 95 Nena20409
    April 6, 2018 at 4:44 pm

  46. 96 Nena20409
    April 6, 2018 at 4:51 pm

  47. 97 Nena20409
    April 6, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    I don’t know if this is photoshopped. That is the Boss holding the sign…..I just know that real or fake, I love it!

  48. 98 Nena20409
    April 6, 2018 at 5:13 pm

  49. 99 pkayden
    April 6, 2018 at 5:27 pm

  50. 100 JER
    April 6, 2018 at 5:31 pm

  51. 101 Nena20409
    April 6, 2018 at 5:42 pm

  52. 102 Nena20409
    April 6, 2018 at 5:56 pm

  53. 103 Nena20409
    April 6, 2018 at 6:10 pm

  54. 104 Nena20409
    April 6, 2018 at 6:15 pm

  55. 105 Nena20409
    April 6, 2018 at 6:20 pm

  56. 106 No Child Left Behind
    April 6, 2018 at 6:23 pm

  57. 107 No Child Left Behind
    April 6, 2018 at 6:26 pm

  58. 108 Nena20409
    April 6, 2018 at 6:49 pm

  59. 109 Nena20409
    April 6, 2018 at 7:11 pm

  60. 110 PrayerWarriorforObama
    April 6, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Sending wishes of comfort and solace your way JO’B. Your son is most likely singing the following song to Jesus, “Thank God for a mother like mine.”

  61. April 6, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    My sincere condolences to Jackie O. I was always in hopes that your son was progressing through his long ordeal. Peace to you and your family.

  62. 113 Jey
    April 6, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Jacquie … I am so sorry for your loss. May Steve rest in peace, and the love you have for each other see you through forever.

    {Hugs}

  63. 115 sherijr
    April 6, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Oh dear (((((JO’B))))) I am so very, very sorry at the news of your loss, please accept my condolences to you and your family. (((((Steve))))). I’m so sorry.

  64. 116 jacquelineoboomer
    April 11, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    To CanadaBarb for posting and to all in TODville for your comments about my son Steve’s passing, thank you so much. I’ve caught a cold over this last week and can’t shake it. But I shall return soon, to continue our Obama chats.

    Pretty much resting and chatting with the grandkids and great grandkids every now and then, as we keep my son’s love in our hearts forever! I love my “crazy family,” as my oldest granddaughter always puts it!


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