“if i had a son, he would look like trayvon”

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Stunning. Pitch perfect. No idea how it’ll play. Don’t care right now. Maybe I’ll care later. But for now, I just felt it was a stunning exercise in political minimalism. That’s a compliment.

359 Responses to ““if i had a son, he would look like trayvon””

  1. March 23, 2012 at 11:45 am

    I’m proud of PBO

    • 6 Kim
      March 23, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      I am proud but does anyone think that in an election year after he had already commented on this previously … this might have been unnecessary and even a bit detrimental in the long run. Truth is this should be about the young man, not the ‘leaders” of one community pushing an already extremely overwork President comment…. again simply because of his ethnicity. ( before you criticize me know that i am also a woman of color but i am sick of people pushing the President to comment on every issues pertaining to race)

      • 7 virginia
        March 24, 2012 at 11:13 pm

        Actually the President had NOT commented on this previously, his press secretary did earlier this week. They knew, of course, that he would eventually be asked about this, because stories about it have been running 24/7 for the last couple of weeks. How would ANY President have come off by saying, “No Comment”?

        This President would surely have been accused of ducking the question of race at a time when it was the number one topic in the nation.

        AND, what “leaders of one commmunity” are you talking about? I’ve been watching this story unfold on TV, mostly on MSNBC and a few times on CNN. I didn’t hear any “leaders of one community” asking the President to comment. (which would have been OK with me–and I’m a “woman of color” too.) I may have been listening to the wrong programs, but I didn’t hear “leaders”– Al Sharpton, any members of the Black caucus
        and if you’re talking about Tavis or Cornel West. They are NOT leaders of any community.

        The way it happened was, the President was asked a question and most people agree that he gave a masterful
        answer. How can that be detrimental? (and before you bring them up, NOBODY listens to Newt Gingrich or Geraldo Rivera.)
        Pres. Obama is the President of ALL the people, including members of “one community”.

  2. 8 desertflower
    March 23, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Love this man

  3. 9 symmetry11
    March 23, 2012 at 11:45 am

    I love PBO!!

  4. 11 hopefruit2
    March 23, 2012 at 11:51 am

    HEADLINE: New World Bank chief shows that elections have consequences

    // It’s very difficult for me to imagine John McCain, had he won the presidency — or a President Mitt Romney, for that matter — reaching out beyond the usual bankers and recycled government officials to choose someone like Kim. But it’s not at all hard to picture Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden or Chris Dodd picking him. //


  5. 14 desertflower
    March 23, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Booman nails it. http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/3/23/94322/7401

    The GOP Nomination Was Rigged

  6. 16 GGail
    March 23, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Well said Mr. President.

    Good west coast morning Chipsticks.

    Good west coast morning TOD family.

  7. 19 politicaljunkessa
    March 23, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Couldn’t have been a more perfect statement. Thank you, President Obama. We love you, Trayvon.

    • March 23, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      I love President Obama, and his statement was a genuine and caring one. I am a Black Parent, and I have two Black Sons, this Is ohhhh sooooo frightening ;-( 😦

      • 22 vcprezofan2
        March 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm

        I hear you, Luci. To be reminded in this way that your sons can’t walk anywhere they want in a free country, in THEIR country, is frightening. I confess that I can’t read/watch everything that’s shared on this incident because I find the very fact of it so upsetting.

        • 23 politicaljunkessa
          March 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm

          (happy belated birthday, VC :-))

        • 24 politicaljunkessa
          March 23, 2012 at 12:38 pm

          VC, I wasn’t able to watch ANYthing on this case until two nights ago. I haven’t listened to the 911 tape, or read transcripts of it. I was just too mortified. Just looking at his beautiful face….. 😥

          • 25 vcprezofan2
            March 23, 2012 at 12:50 pm

            Thanks, PJ, birthday was a good one.

            I listened to a bit, but every time I see Trayvon’s face I think ‘he looks so young, so innocent’. I know ‘looking’ innocent doesn’t mean much, but his face just screams ‘this is all wrong’ at me. The first thing that struck me when I first listened was that Zimmerman actually identified Trayvon as a teenager from his first description to 911! So he chased down a teenager who was running from him, whom he was told not to chase, and killed him. None of it makes any sense to me unless Zimmerman was determined to kill him and thus prevent another ‘ _ _ _hole’ from getting away. The very thought of the deliberateness of it burns inside. Sigh.

      • 26 politicaljunkessa
        March 23, 2012 at 12:36 pm

        I feel you, 100%, luci.

      • 27 anniebella
        March 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm

        I have young nephews and I am so concern about them, all I can do is pray for them.

      • 29 betseyc
        March 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm

        Luci, your simple statement tears my heart. My beautiful son had, for a variety of reasons, a very rocky adolescence. For about three years, my days were stalked by fear that he would never make it through that treacherous passage. But he did, and he’s now a luminous young man of 25, with way more insight and empathy than if he had sailed through adolescence. And though I would never have chosen to go through that, like so many challenging times with our children, I now know more about love (and letting go!) than I knew there was to know.

        But I don’t think I will ever forget how that fear felt. The idea that African American parents know that persistent terror every time they see their wondrous sons simply go out the door just breaks my heart to smithereens.

  8. 30 Liberal Librarian
    March 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    And in his own, dignified way, PBO drops the mic on the jackals.

    • 31 utaustinliberal
      March 23, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Yup. Everyday he shows us what dignity looks like. His response was definitely from the heart.

    • March 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Indeed. They were so nned, they didn’t even try to ask him another question.

      • 33 Liberal Librarian
        March 23, 2012 at 12:21 pm

        Really. There was a slight look he gave as he turned around that said “Don’t try to spin this, you schmucks”.

        • 37 elo4obama/biden
          March 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm

          thank u BWD, I was trying to figure out what word you meant to use 🙂 Wow! This president, all I can say is I’m constantly awed. He spoke from the heart. When he can, I’m sure he will speak with Trayvon’s family. However long this pursuit of justice takes. I’ll have to watch the whole biefing. I’m glad one of the jackals posed the question giving the prez an opportunity to respond in such a manner. From the heart, aknowledging the braod concerns without the specifics of the case.

          Yes Trayvon seemed to radiate a sweet joy. A child man comming into his manhood. Something in his eyes and face reminds me of pics I’ve seen of the president in his cool, hip youth. The broader notion is that Trayvon could be a child of any of us. What are we willing to do THIS time to address gun control, racism and police racial profiling and woeful lack of equality in the treatment of crimes. How could this man not have been seriously questioned, his clothes confiscated, gun tested and really by this time a case put together to try him.

          Ok, I meant to be brief, but Trayvon was on my mind comming from work today,as I stopped by a neighborhoo QT for some popcorn and played what if…I have nephews, always big for their ages and the sweetest kids… now young men.

  9. 38 lamh31
    March 23, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    It was pitch perfect.

    Ya know what, I don’t care if idiots try to make hay out of what the POTUS said. First of all, genetics is pretty straight forward, barring some anomaly (albinism), if POTUS and FLOTUS had a son what the hell would he look like? I certainly don’t expect a child of their to look like Santorum’s. So yeah, is they had a son, they’d probably superficially look like a Black child!

    2nd, it was a very measured response. he made sure he mentioned that he is part of the executive branch, it is the DOJ who has direct involvement in the case and he wants to be careful that what he says does not reflect or harm the DOJ investigation in any way.

    The statement was pitch-darn-perfect.

    POTUS is darned if he does and darned if he doesn’t, so it’s way better for him to be on the good foot than not.

    • 39 GGail
      March 23, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      lamh31 – I agree wholeheartedly with what you’ve said

      “it was a very measured response. he made sure he mentioned that he is part of the executive branch, it is the DOJ who has direct involvement in the case and he wants to be careful that what he says does not reflect or harm the DOJ investigation in any way.”

      and yet, I just heard a news report on msm about what POTUS said and his mentioning of being part of the executive branch and the DOJ doing their job was not used.

      That’s slanting the story – and that is WRONG.

      • 40 jacquelineoboomer
        March 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm

        I’ve learned that when President Obama says “something for the ages,” as he did today, to just turn off the news for a few hours. I just go off and savor what he says, all by myself, so nobody with an agenda among the news media can “ruin it” for me. Or come to TOD, where we appreciate him, and are willing to give him an actual freaking break.

        • 41 GGail
          March 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm

          jacque, I was just stunned at how a profound statement could be cut into a snippet.

          • 42 jacquelineoboomer
            March 23, 2012 at 9:12 pm

            GGail – Just getting back on TOD – I agree so much with you – it’s shocking. Good thing people with minds know what a great President we have!

        • 43 0388jojothecat
          March 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

          I agree jacquelineoboomer, I don’t watch cnn, msnbc, or any news shows after the president speaks. In fact I ONLY come here (TOD), Randi Rhodes, Stephanie Miller or go to the WH website. I could care less what any of the tee vee pundits, so-called journalist opinions are or need their interpretations of the president really said…as if his statements are not clear enough. It was GWB who never made any sense so someone had to interpret what he really meant.

        • 44 jackiegrumbacher
          March 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm

          JB, that’s extremely wise advice. Don’t let the jackels tear apart something precious to you. The hateful media can’t help themselves, they’re paid to turn the beautiful into ugly and distort every good, comforting, profound statement our president makes. This great democracy stumbles along on a crutch because we do not have a media that lives up to its role to deliver the truth to the nation’s people. Instead our so-called journalists are bought and paid for by a few mega-rich corporations. Rather than serve the role of the fourth estate, they are propagandists for a political party that caters to the elite. As a result the American people live in profound ignorance of the world around them.

          We have would not be grieving the tragedy of Trayvon’s murder if our politicians had not ceded their judgment to the NRA. These insane gun laws came about because politicians fear a well–funded lobby more than they care about the death of Americans. In so many areas of our lives–gun control, the right to vote, the right for women to control their own health care–the desires of narrow powerful interests are placed above the rights of people. Americans have been passive for a very long time. Because they are kept in ignorance, they seldom protest; many don’t even vote; and only a tiny number have ever bothered to call or write their representatives. But we can’t afford this passivity anymore. The times call for a massive outcry and massive action to march, to lobby, to vote. As we’ve heard many times, the time for action is now, this year, this day. And we have to do everything in our power to make that action happen.

  10. 45 vcprezofan2
    March 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I look at PBO, I listen to PBO, and I think –
    ‘Thank you God for the wisdom, intelligence, empathy, patience, love, etc embodied in THIS person, and thank you for giving us this unforgettable and VISIBLE example that this is possible!’
    From here on, no thinking, truthful person can deny that a politician can embody these traits AND show strength, without giving in to those who crave excitement. Godspeed as you head out tonight, Mr. President!

    (shakes head to come back to the moment)

    Good Morning Chips & TODville! The plants in my part of the world are having a great spring shower and the grass outside is looking quite green and perky. I guess spring is indeed staking its claim. Hope you are all having the best Friday possible!

  11. 46 Linda
    March 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Is anyone seeing what people are saying on twitter about Mike Viera asking that question……????

    • 47 hopefruit2
      March 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      The Twitter focus wasn’t on Viera – it was more on PBO’s eloquent and pitch-perfect response.

      • 48 amk for obama
        March 23, 2012 at 12:21 pm

        except cucky toady who high gived his colleague. what a pathetic thing for a human being.

        • 49 Liberal Librarian
          March 23, 2012 at 12:22 pm

          It’s just a fucking game to them. No humanity, no compassion for a murdered boy and his devastated family.

          • 50 amk for obama
            March 23, 2012 at 12:34 pm

            These oevrpaid stenos and nincompoops have killed the field journalism with 24×7 two-bit hackery.

        • 51 Linda
          March 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm

          Yes…that was my point…Why did he even ask that question ?

          Yesterday…when Karen Finney was trying to do a live report with him on the campaign…she could not even get his attention because he was to busy laughing it up with the other Jackals in the van.

  12. 52 Liberal Librarian
    March 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    The Dish Network tech is here setting up my new system. Just had a wonderful conversation about snoring and upset wifeys. I snore like a chainsaw, so wife sleeps in the other bedroom after we’re done canoodling for the night. I really need to get a sleep study done.

    • March 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      You really should. Lots of things cause snoring, most of them easily remedied. After all, what if you want to some canoodling in the middle of the night? Easier when she is right there with you.

      • 54 Liberal Librarian
        March 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm

        I’m just afraid they’ll make me wear one of those godawful masks. Wifey wore one for a couple of months. She decided she preferred to snore.

        • March 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm

          My wife wears one as well. She wears it for a couple nights, than off for a couple nights. Not as bad when it is off now.
          However, they can’t make you wear one of those masks. And there may be another solution.

    • March 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Yes, you do. First and most important, sleep apnea is extremely and can lead to death. I know that is a very direct statement but it is a fact. Remember Reggie White, pro football player? Thats what killed him. Secondary, it is your overall health and both of you getting a good night’s sleep–together. It was affecting my husband’s memory very badly plus he was exhausted all the time. Do it and don’t put it off, LL.

      ….extremely dangerous…..

    • 60 Don
      March 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      Get the sleep study done LL, I had a study done and found out I had sleep Apnea. I sleep with a c-pap mask on, it took some time to get used to it, but now I sleep like a baby.

      • 61 Liberal Librarian
        March 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm

        Hopefully they’ll find out I don’t have apnea, and something that can be corrected with an insert.

        • 62 Don
          March 23, 2012 at 12:33 pm

          PLEASE DO!!! my blood pressure went down, the headaches went away, and now I sleep throughout the night.

    • 63 sabreen60
      March 23, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      Please do. My husband has a C-PAP and it has made all the difference in the world! Besides sleep apnea can be very dangerous. Please have hubby tested. Put your foot down and make him have the test.

      • 64 sabreen60
        March 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm

        Disregard last sentence. I wrote it as though I was speaking to the wife. I meant YOU should have the test and I HOPE wifey MAKES you have have it 🙂

        • 65 Liberal Librarian
          March 23, 2012 at 12:40 pm

          LOL, I was about to say! I do have a feminine side, which wife loves, but there are more moments than not when she sighs exasperatedly and says “You’re such a guy.”

    • 66 57andfemale
      March 23, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      I need to upgrade my dish system, too. Another thing on the To Do list. Keep me posted on the awesomeness (or lack thereof) of the new system.

    • 67 Dudette
      March 23, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      You really should get one done LL. Snoring has many causes. Sleep apnea is one of them and untreated, it can be deadly. I lost an uncle to it. Here’s one of thousands of articles on the interwebs to give you some background:

      Do yourself and your wife a favor — get the study done and do it SOON!

  13. March 23, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    He is a gift! Thank you POTUS!

  14. 69 itgurl_29
    March 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    This was a beautiful and heartfelt statement.

  15. March 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Every time I think I can not admire him any more…

  16. March 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    PBO’s The World Bank President nominee is one cool dude. here’s a video of him singing and dancing as Dartmouth’s President. Very funny.

    March 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm


  18. 78 AJ
    March 23, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Didn’t someone mention in the last thread that VPBiden had a campaign speech going on today at 12:15?

    • 79 anniebella
      March 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      I got back home in time to hear VP Biden and he was right on. I love VP Biden, what a decision POTUS made to select him as VP.

  19. March 23, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Obama’s pick for World Bank chief shows that elections have consequences

    It’s unlikely that very many of the people who volunteered on phone banks and went door to door for Obama in 2008 were thinking about the future head of the World Bank. But it’s probably safe to say that most of them will be pleased to see an expert on global poverty take over an organization that can really do something about it. It’s decisions like these that remind us why elections matter….

  20. 89 hgerhard
    March 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Reading about Trayvon, it strikes me how certain people are trying to justify the actions of one self-appointed vigilante by pointing out crime in the neighborhood. A “black youth with a hoodie” becomes an automatic suspect. I thank God for our President who reminds them in his deeply felt comment that Trayvon was little more than a child, someone’s son, and that ultimately, in his untimely death, he should be seen as the son of every American. No one should tolerate the circumstances that are at the heart of this tragedy. If “liberty and justice for all” are so easily set aside, our democracy cannot survive.

  21. March 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Santorum at a shooting range in LA when a woman in the crowd said, ‘pretend it’s Obama!’. Santorum didn’t hear it, but did say when asked, ‘it was a very terrible and horrible response.

    These folks have gone stark raving mad. I hope the secret service there with Santorum gave this woman the what for.

    • 92 Liberal Librarian
      March 23, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      I posted that in the last thread. I hope we beat them so badly that they won’t be able to get up off the mat for two generations.

    • 94 anniebella
      March 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      You know what, Santorum is full of alot of B.S. he claim he didn’t hear that woman, I’m not buying it. These right wing nuts are sick.

      • March 23, 2012 at 2:28 pm

        Indeed – he didn’t push back the last time someone said something questionable in his presence, when he was standing at the microphone, for heaven’s sake. And now, we’re expected to believe that he didn’t hear such a dangerous and irresponsible and hateful thing shouted by this woman? Santorum’s very existence on the presidential campaign is dangerous – he brings out the worst in people and justifies their prejudices. I’ll be glad when he finally drops out.

    • March 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      And almost as bad as the woman’s vile comment was that Ricky’s crowd all laughed!!! at what she said. These people—-you would think the hate would just eat them alive. And Ricky’s supporters are supposed to be the religious faction????

  22. March 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Romney gives a statement. A statement that he damn well could have given days ago when he was asked instead of ignoring the reporter:

    From TPM:

    In a statement, Romney said: “What happened to Trayvon Martin is a tragedy. There needs to be a thorough investigation that reassures the public that justice is carried out with impartiality and integrity.”

    • 101 hopefruit2
      March 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      Not to mention that this is a very generic template comment that Zimmerman himself could have written. FAIL.

    • 102 Ladyhawke
      March 23, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      Wow, how many campaign advisers and strategists had to huddle to come up with that statement?

    • 104 MsKitty (@michelec64)
      March 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      He probably didn’t even write it. I’ve gotten form letters that have more emotion.

      • 105 jackiegrumbacher
        March 23, 2012 at 5:37 pm

        Yes, ms, the form letters that say ‘I’m sorry you’re cancelling your subscription’ have more heart.

    • March 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      How brave of him. Never takes a step until he’s put his finger to the wind.

    • 108 anniebella
      March 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      So the thing with me is when you lie all the time like Romney, I can’t believe anything he says. Keep it Mitt it’s as phony as you are.

    • 109 jackiegrumbacher
      March 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      The Romneybot was made without a heart. The guy has five sons–he could have mustered up a little sympathy for the parents. There is not an ounce of empathy in this statement or in the guy himself. R2D2 was a more evolved and emotive robot.

  23. 110 Linda
    March 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann owes more than $1 million from her unsuccessful bid to become the Republican presidential nominee.

    Bachmann detailed her finances through late January in a federal campaign report filed this week. The report had been due Feb. 20.

    She left the GOP race after finishing last in Iowa’s leadoff caucuses. She is running for a new term in Congress.

    Half of the debt is owed to a fundraising consultant and her campaign manager is also due a large chunk.

    • 111 0388jojothecat
      March 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Hope she does not have enough money to fight for a new term in Congress. I hope the people in her district get rid of her.

  24. 112 carolyn
    March 23, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    President Obama is a man of such heart and compassion! I never cease to be amazed, but shouldn’t be. Thank you Mr. President for your care for all of us, and concern for our young people! Each parent…..of whatever color…..should feel what you expressed. Again,thank you.

  25. 113 Don
    March 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Has anyone seen Dr. Cornel West or Tavis Smiley lately?

    • 114 hopefruit2
      March 23, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      No where to be found. Their Koch masters who are paying them to bash POTUS are also paying them to keep silent on this issue.

    • 115 COS
      March 23, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Good question. I wonder if they were at the Florida rally yesterday.

    • March 23, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Folks on Twitter went after them about their silence on Trayvon’s murder.

    • 117 yardarm756
      March 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Why do you ask?

    • March 23, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      Good question, Don. My daughter and I were talking about this yesterday. These two corporate shills that have earned millions by portraying themselves as “spokesmen for all black folks” are MIA. This tells me a lot about these fair weather types. They are “chicken, guts, feathers and all” as my mom used to describe those suffering with a severe case of cowardice.

  26. March 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Good Morning My TOD Family. First, do not worry about me. I am still going through more testing and consultations. The test on Tues., with off with just a few new snags, but I will keep my focus and trust of faith that this too will be taken care of with wisdom and patience. Yesterday was another test, and consultation with doctor will be days ahead when the tests results are revealed. Other appointments have to be made, but I have to be strong, and most of all I daily asked for wisdom and try to keep my faith up front, and keep close to those who love me, and I must say, I find so much love here with my TOD Family. (((((((((((((((((((((((Thank you, Chips and family members)))))))))))))))))HZ

    One more comment as Vcprezofan2 so beautifully stated about POB. I was so moved by what came out of POB’s heart and mouth as he spoke about the young man, Treyvon Martin. VC hit it on the nail. My constant prayers for POB is that God will give him wisdom, grace of favor in performing his duties to this country, empathy, physical strength, and the courage to speak with truth to the issues, and the fortitude to carry them out with grace, and intellect that will support the trust that we have in this beautiful President, Barack Obama.

    This morning was a moment for all of us to witness in that POB is truly a great gift to us as our POTUS. I believe that our support in our meditations, quiet moments, prayers, and more prayers in support of POB and his Administration is imperative at this time. So we give thanks for the depth of intellect, courage, grace, and wisdom of this beautiful man. I love our President.HZ

    • 120 politicaljunkessa
      March 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Love ya, HZ!

    • 122 desertflower
      March 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      Beautiful music. Thinking of you, HZ.

      • March 23, 2012 at 3:27 pm

        ((((((((((((((((( Love you back so much, DF.)))))))))))))))))) Music is a healing instrument indeed. Hope that you are enjoying your vacation this week. Enjoy!!!!HZ

        • 124 desertflower
          March 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm

          I’ve been a stressed crazy woman on vacation…..still no husband job and I’m so afraid. Terrified to be honest.

          • 125 yardarm756
            March 23, 2012 at 4:17 pm

            My dear df some words for you may be a bit inadequate but here goes: WORRYING does not take away tomorrow’s TROUBLES, it takes away today’s PEACE.
            All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don’t worry, they can’t last long either.

            • March 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm

              DF, yardarm756’s words are a comforting message to both of us. Remember our dear one, you will not bring into your life and your hubby’s life, a job with “stressed crazy woman on vacation.” Period. However, I understand that feeling so very much. I have been there, really. But you can be a” full throttle crazy woman of praise” who will walk in the energy of hopefulness (because your husband is already qualified with his degrees ) and see for your hubby’s future, an abundant energy of success waiting for him.” Okay.

              Now, relax often, think in future terms of total hope for the best job possible waiting for your asking for your hubby, and see what happens. Speak out good energy of ,”Hope, faith. Say to these two, “You two, I need the best job out there for my dear husband now. I need you two to show up, and show out for me, my hubby, and our family now. I am counting on you both to be my solace for this crucial time in my husband’s career. And in conclusion, I pray, I meditate on the fact that you will not let me down.”

              When the stress comes Desertflower, be mindful of it, but do whatever you can in a restful manner, crying if need be, and clear your mind, and move into a space of “I need to send out my best energies for this job, and I will not give in to this, because I need for him to have a job. I act in hopeful and grateful energy. Show up for me.(((((((((((((((((((Hugs to you DF)))))))))))))))))))))HZ

          • 127 geeja
            March 23, 2012 at 6:58 pm

            desertflower tell him to try usajobs.gov. I was laid off for two years and was able to get a job through them, I was 55 at the time and was very discouraged. Good luck! It is only part time but I am on a waiting list for a full time.

    • 128 Pamela
      March 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      Hello HZ, good to see you here today, Love and Light all around you, angels on your shoulder!

      • March 23, 2012 at 3:24 pm

        Pamela, it is so good to be here. I need the love and great energy that Chipsticks provides for all of us. You all are so special to me.HZ

    • 130 GGail
      March 23, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      HZ, it is so good to see you!!!!!
      I am keeping you in my prayers for your strength, wisdom, and patience while undergoing your tests.
      You are indeed much loved here at TOD 🙂

      • March 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm

        GGail, your prayers and thoughts of strength, wisdom and patience for me is so precious to me. I need all of the above daily to get through this, but I am here to help and continue to help within my community(which is difficult at times) to get the message out, and walk and speak boldly about what POB has done to make life better for all Americans.

        (((((((Thank you, GGail)))))))HZ

    • March 23, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Blessings and Hugs, HZ

    • 134 0388jojothecat
      March 23, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Love you too HZ, prayers, {{hugs}} and thanks for keeping us update.

    • 136 mtmarilyn
      March 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      HZ, so glad to hear from you. You are always in my thoughts and prayers. We do have a very special President. Such compassion. I am thankful everyday he is in the White House.

      • March 23, 2012 at 3:15 pm

        Hi mtmarilyn. Thank you so much. Keep those prayers coming my way. I appreciate you so much for thinking of me. Yes, we have to do all that we can to make sure that POB will be re-elected. With our personal pains, and trials throughout our daily journey, it surely is an honor to be able to work to get POB reelected. I will do all that is within my power to do just that.HZ

    • 138 jackiegrumbacher
      March 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      I love all the love you have in your heart. It’s like fresh water for the thirsty. Stay strong and get well. We need you.

  27. 140 proudmemberofglobalzero
    March 23, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Hope this posts! I am so proud of the youth in Florida:


  28. 141 desertflower
    March 23, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    • 142 miss pat
      March 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      This man is not for real. Wonder if he is gonna say he likes gumbo? Just be yourself, that’s what I told my kids.

  29. 143 desertflower
    March 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Another MUST SEE graphic about ACA 🙂

    Click to access memo_on_gop_plans_for_ss_and_medicare_6.pdf

    thank you, eclectablog!

  30. March 23, 2012 at 12:57 pm

  31. 150 edwina3
    March 23, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    From a commenter Ta-Nehisi Coates blog on the Atlantic: ( a good blog, btw)

    I take Obama’s comment as saying to boys who look like Trayvon: “Geraldo Rivera may say you look like a threat. I say you look like a President’s son.” And whatever happens from here, him saying that right now seems worth it.


  32. 158 sabreen60
    March 23, 2012 at 1:10 pm

  33. 161 hopefruit2
    March 23, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    For those of you who were wondering here are the last 6 tweets from Tavis Smiley (based on his Twitter line) in the last 24 hrs.

    Notice what is conspicuously absent from any of those tweets? That’s right.

    • 162 nintendowii10
      March 23, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      And the emoleft cheered on this house negro (YES I AM BLACK AND I AM CALLING HIM A HOUSE NEGRO) when he challenged the President a year ago. The emoleft NEVER FAILS to demonstrate their COMPLETE STUPIDITY when it comes to people they support: Kucinich (lost his primary bid), Grayson (lost his House seat), Feingold (lost his Senate seat), Olbermann (fired from MSNBC), Uygar (fired from MSNBC), Ron Paul (a footnote in the primaries), and now Tavis Smiley. Assholes!

  34. 170 FireFly
    March 23, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    That’s MY President!!

  35. 171 desertflower
    March 23, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    O/T…just an observation from AZ…..while the inept, and corrupt to the core Gov and legislature is busy taking away women’s rights, worker’s rights, and bashing brown people…THIS goes on:


    My daughter has been to this club MANY times. I forbid her to go anymore…and made her read about this shooting. She was scared.

  36. 172 utaustinliberal
    March 23, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    VP Biden is going to be such a huge asset in the swing states – including the Mid-West – during the 2012 campaign. The way he talks about healthcare reform and brings it back to how high healthcare costs – before healthcare reform – affected his life and his mother’s life – may she rest in eternal peace – is so heartbreakingly touching. I sincerely hope – hopefully the SC doesn’t screw us over by throwing out the individual mandate – that the Obama team keep going around the country and talking about healthcare reform, because the more you know, the more you love the bill.

    p.s. The media black out – except C-SPAN bless their hearts – is disheartening. They’ve been reading poll after poll where a majority of people supposedly want ACA dismantled because they don’t understand what the bill entails, Morning Joe read an email this morning from a 93 year old woman who lives in a heavy #GOP voting bloc in FL who was begging them to dedicate at least an hour of their show – since they were whining about the “complexities” of the bill – to explain about the benefits of ACA so that the elderly GOP voters in her district learn about the benefits of the law and stop voting against their interests. They basically laughed her off. They – all pundits – scream about the complexities of the bill yet they don’t give airtime to VP Biden’s event where he talks about ACA and how it benefits Medicare and Medicare recipients and they don’t explain the facts of the bill. It’s so bloody messed up. PBO’s team is fighting against a hurricane known as the GOP media.

    • 173 nathkatun7
      March 23, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      “PBO’s team is fighting against a hurricane known as the GOP media.”

      Thank you UT for another of your excellent reports and commentary. It is really important to keep exposing the complicity of the media in promoting the GOP agenda. They do that both covertly (by completely ignoring, and omitting from coverage the President’s accomplishments, such as the ACA) and overtly (by distorting the president’s record or repeating GOP talking points).

  37. March 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm

  38. March 23, 2012 at 1:21 pm

  39. 176 Ladyhawke
    March 23, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    TRAYVON MARTIN’S FACE (poignant and powerful commentary)

    By James Fallows (The Atlantic)


    A reader sent this message after he read an item yesterday:

    Looking at your note on this online and seeing Trayvon Martin’s picture juxtaposed by Obama’s picture on the Atlantic cover made me think – this kid could have grown up to be President.

    In the same vein:

    The effect of Trayvon Martin’s photo at the top of your blog post was quite stunning, on me anyway. More powerfully than any of the very well written commentary I’ve read so far, it said to me simply: Who would find this person so threatening as to shoot him – apparently while *walking away*? And who could find that shooting not to be worth a homicide investigation?



  40. 177 desertflower
    March 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Powerful. Powerful. Powerful. Please send out to the Universe. It’s important…and it will be seared into your brain.

  41. March 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    His advisers are gaffe machines!

  42. 196 collegekay
    March 23, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Santorum just made a statement about Trayvon. Before today they didn’t give a damn about him.

    • 198 desertflower
      March 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      I made a statement this morning when someone here asked if any of the R candidates had made a statement about Trayvon. I said that I didn’t give a shit if they did or not…the reason I don’t care, is because their words(and deeds) wring hollow. They never mean what they say(unless it’s more screwing of ordinary people…they ALWAYS mean that) and they never DO what they say (unless, again…it means taking from the have not’s to give even more to their HAVE friends)
      This is about what looks good politically for them. These guys are the very same people that would have applauded this law as one that expands freedom! Where were they when this happened? If not in Feb, then immediately after this came on the news again? To say that the President didn’t do that, is a false equivalence. The President is part of the Executive Branch of govt….we have no idea what is conversations were with the DOJ or any division of govt involved in civil rights. He could have directed this from the Oval Office weeks ago…but we don’t know.I doubt that PBO would have ever let this slide…not that kind of person. He says what he means, and means what he says.Anyone doubt that can ask OBL.
      No. I don’t care one bit what they say…they are ALL Etch a Sketches now.

      • March 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm

        Thank you Desertflower. You just spoke volumes of truth on this issue. (((((((Hugs to you))))))HZ

      • 200 nathkatun7
        March 24, 2012 at 2:17 am

        Go ahead Desertflower: Tell it like it is! I just love and appreciate the way you speak TRUTH without apology! These GOPs have been sowing the seeds of vigilante lawlessness for quite sometime. They must not be allowed to escape the consequences of their actions. As the Holy Book says (the one that they supposedly revere): “You shall reap what you sow.” Jeb Bush must be held accountable for signing this vigilante law! And, until Romney, Santorum, Gingrich, Paul, denounce the people who enacted this law, which made legitimate to gun down Trayvon, then whatever statements they make are hollow and empty! They statements are nothing but a thin veil to cover up their complicity.

  43. 201 Claire
    March 23, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    The President’s comment were heartfelt and authentic. He is the best! Of course the hateful baggies will bash him no matter what he does or does not do. They are to be ignored because they are racists and bigots.

  44. 202 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    March 23, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Thank you President Obama …

    And ….


  45. 203 yardarm756
    March 23, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    G’day TODers. I arose very late today. Couldn’t sleep with all the trouble in the world (as if i could solve them). Started searching through some old files for a “pick-me-up” that I keep for just such a reason. Then I ran across this piece and about friends here who are dealing with challenges:

    Potato Chips

    A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with a bag of potato chips and a six-pack of root beer and started his journey.

    When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old man. He was sitting in the park, just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to him and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the old man looked hungry, so he offered him some chips. He gratefully accepted it and smiled at him.

    His smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered him a root beer. Again, he smiled at him. The boy was delighted!

    They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.

    As twilight approached, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave; but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old man, and gave him a hug. He gave him his biggest smile ever..

    When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, “What did you do today that made you so happy?”

    He replied, “I had lunch with God.” But before his mother could respond, he added, “You know what? He’s got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen!”

    Meanwhile, the old man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home. His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he asked, “dad, what did you do today that made you so happy?”

    He replied “I ate potato chips in the park with God.” However, before his son responded, he added, “You know, he’s much younger than I expected.”

    Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime! Embrace all equally!

    Have lunch with God…….bring chips.

  46. March 23, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    WH press Corp- why did Obama weigh in on the Trayvon incident?

    Because you guys asked him a question.

    WTF? Really?

  47. 214 edwina3
    March 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Even Geraldo’s son think his warning that children of color should not wear hoodies.

    “My own son just wrote to say he’s ashamed of my position re hoodies [sic],” Rivera tweeted on Friday. “Still I feel parents must do whatever they can to keep their kids safe.”


  48. 219 Liberal Librarian
    March 23, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Hopefully my treatment of the Trayvon Martin tragedy does it justice.


    • 220 yardarm756
      March 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      You nailed it LL. It’s tweet time. This old black man thanks you for your insight.

    • 223 geeja
      March 23, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      You really have a gift with words. Thanks for expressing what many of us feel but do not know how to say.

    • 224 Elle in MI
      March 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Thank you LL, for so eloquently summarizing what I am feeling in my heart. I am the mother of two AA sons, Like all AA parents, my husband and I tell them to be aware of all the pitfalls and dangers they will face because of the color of their skin, something they have absolutely no control over. MLK said that his dream was to be judged by the content of his character and not the color of his skin. I too have that dream…maybe one day it will come true. In the meantime, we (AA) live in fear of what can only be termed as domestic terrorism. Elle in MI

  49. 228 lisalovesobama
    March 23, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    So, looks like the rats came outta the woodwork once PBO shed some light on The Trayvon Martin case. Knew that would happen. The difference is only PBO’s response was done sincerely and without political motivations.

    • 229 hopefruit2
      March 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      Yet these same rats want to talk about “leadership” when all they do is try to copy everything that PBO does – while doing a very poor imitation job at that.

  50. March 23, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    By ALEXANDER BURNS | 3/23/12 12:59 PM
    Rick Santorum dismissed as “absurd” a supporter’s suggestion Friday that he imagine President Barack Obama as he went shooting at a gun range, as the Secret Service told traveling reporters they may look into the shouted remark.

    And this from Gingrich-

    Why does Obama act like everybody would think he is a Muslim?

  51. 231 amk for obama
    March 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm
  52. 234 amk for obama
    March 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm
    • 237 a4alice
      March 23, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      clear concise – He’s a gem!

    • March 23, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      The important part of this clip is not the etch-a-sketch piece, but the information to seniors that they should care about the fact that the GOP plans will deprive their kids and grandkids from getting social security and Medicare in the future – all for the sake of giving a new trillion dollar tax cut to the wealthiest among us.

      • 239 conlakappa
        March 24, 2012 at 8:27 am

        As he says, the Rs are depending upon people to care only about themselves. What I remember from making calls was that people were very concerned about what cuts meant to future generations.

  53. 241 57andfemale
    March 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm


    “Ta-Nehisi Coates, who has done as much as anyone to bring the Trayvon Martin case to national attention, said of President Obama’s comments this morning:

    Stunning. Pitch perfect. No idea how it’ll play. Don’t care right now. Maybe I’ll care later. But for now, I just felt it was a stunning exercise in political minimalism. That’s a compliment”

    Just wow. What makes me sad is that 45% of Americans have absolutely no clue how blessed we are to have this man as POTUS.

  54. 242 Bill R.
    March 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    The President always brings us back to our common humanity. That’s his wisdom.

  55. March 23, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    This was published by James Fallows last Tuesday but is especially prescient today:


  56. 244 amk for obama
    March 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm
  57. March 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Biden tells crowd to read POLITICO
    By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 3/23/12 2:02 PM EDT
    Vice President Joe Biden encouraged his audience at a speech Friday in Florida to visit POLITICO’s website and offered some praise for our five-year-old entreprise.

    “All of you are adept with computers,” he told a crowd of senior citizens in Coconut Creek. “Go online to an outfit called POLITICO.com, an extremely well-respected publication that all the major papers look to.”

    “Go on POLITICO.com and read an article that’s in yesterday’s or the day before that says, ‘How Paul Ryan sold his budget plan.’ He sold it to all of his Republican colleagues there’s a new way to talk about what they’re gonna do without getting hurt politically.”


    • 246 hopefruit2
      March 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      Trust me Jovie, there’s a method to VP Biden’s madness. Floridians are moderate Repub or swing voters for the most part, so for them, POLITICO is quite a “liberal” outlet. These people are used to reading FOX NEWS.

  58. 247 desertflower
    March 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Oh shit stains, Etch a Sketch Man!!!

  59. March 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    WASHINGTON–Vice President Joe Biden makes the second of a series of four pure campaign speeches on Friday, in the battleground state of Florida–where he defends the Obama administration policies and a central issue to Florida’s issues–Social Security and Medicare. Biden also takes swings at GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney who, after his decisive Illinois win on Tuesday is the solid frontrunner for the nomination.

    click below for speech excerpts….


  60. 249 amk for obama
    March 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm
    • March 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      They are trying to divide the Hispanic community and the AA community. You know, the Presidents Base…?
      That is Fox News for you.

      • 251 Lorraine
        March 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm

        I believe Rivera said, Hispanic and African-American boys shouldn’t wear hoodies.

        • 252 anniebella
          March 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm

          Tell Rivera to shut the heck up, those hoodies had nothing to do with Trayvon being murder, it was something he can’t remove which was the reason he was murder, the color of his skin.

        • March 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm

          IMHO, all this will do is pizzz off Hispanics and African-Americans and drive more of us toward the democrats in November. Being AA myself, every time one of these bozos disparages any group of my fellow Americans, it makes me even more determined to get as many people as I can to the polls in November to vote for PBO and democratic candidates. People like Geraldo live in their very own bubbles in gated communities, with security guards that go everywhere with them, and they have no idea what it is like to live without these “perks” in the general society. This is why Geraldo can sit on his azzzz at Fox News and make the claim that a hoodie caused a racist to kill an unarmed kid. Spare me!

          • 254 yardarm756
            March 23, 2012 at 6:48 pm

            RIGHT ON! We must focus on the vote and registration.

          • 255 nathkatun7
            March 24, 2012 at 3:53 am

            Thanks for speaking TRUTH, Majji! This morning I had a class full young students who were wearing hoodies, mainly because it was cold. Since when is it legitimate to justify the taking of an innocent life on the basis of what the person was wearing? As a father who lost a daughter who was barely 16 years old, I grieve with the parents of Trayvon Martin. There is nothing so overwhelming than the loss of a child. I mean nothing! In my case, cancer was the culprit. Even so, twenty years later, I still have not been able to completely conquer the grief, especially during holidays and on her birthday. But to unexpectedly loose a child because of vigilante terror, condoned by the government, must be devastating to the parents and the rest of the family. Frankly, I just don’t know how I would react, if that were my son who was killed, listening to these spoiled, fat cats, media pundits spew ignorance about his attire. I don’t care if the media pundit is black, brown, or white; no one, with any minimum sense of morality and humanity, would justify the killing of an innocent 17 year old boy because of what he was wearing! That’s just despicable! In my humble opinion, Mr. Rivera has outlived his usefulness, that is if he ever had any. I would call for his firing, but I know that won’t happen since he is working for right wing FOX News. The only alternative is for us to shame and ridicule him for the callous idiot that he is. Thankfully, I’ve sworn to never again watch the TRUTH CHALLENGED FOX News. NEVER!

        • 256 conlakappa
          March 24, 2012 at 8:33 am

          Right, but it could just as well be a dogwhistle: separate yourselves from “them” or you run the same risks as they do. The message intended for Hisoanic boys first but to all other young men who, frankly, are adherents to an aesthetic forged by black young men.

    • 257 anniebella
      March 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      amk for obama, Finally we see the real Newt, Mitt, and Rick. The GOP dress style.

  61. March 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    WASHINGTON–First Lady Michelle Obama plants her spring White House garden on Monday, and in this election year is inviting guests from crucial battleground states President Barack Obama needs to win in November.
    This is the fourth year of the wildly popular garden; the first time it has been turned into a blatant political tool.
    As in past years, students from Washington D.C. will be invited to the planting. New on the invite list for 2012; kids from Iowa, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania who, the White House said, “wrote her letters about their gardens.” Each state except New York are battlegrounds.


    • March 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      Sounds to me that the only people considering this invitation as political are the so-called journalists. These children from the apparent “battle ground states” are too young to vote! Maybe she’s just inviting American children to the people’s White House to participate in something that will benefit their health and their futures? Not everyone is so jaded.

    • March 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Lynn Sour only thinks politically.

    • 264 Linda
      March 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      So what ?

    • 265 57andfemale
      March 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      She’s the white version of Tavis and Corney, in that she never felt she got enough attention from PBO when he started his campaign.

      I’m so weary of petty people.

      • 266 Linda
        March 23, 2012 at 3:14 pm

        Maybe she didn’t get attention because she was trying to link President Obama to the Blago scandal…

        • 267 57andfemale
          March 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm

          And Rezko. It was noun – verb – Tony Rezko.

        • 268 Lorraine
          March 23, 2012 at 4:17 pm

          I’m coming to Lynn Sweet’s defense. She never tried to link then Senator Obama to any scandal involving Blago or Rezko. When people were trying to link him, she told the facts. She is a hard nose reporter and I’ve questioned her motives a time or two but she has always been fair to President Obama.

          • 269 Chi
            March 24, 2012 at 3:54 am

            Oh come on Lorraine…

            Please stop. Lynn Sweet is the worst of the worst and there’s ample evidence to support her never-ending vicious, sneaky anti-President Obama propaganda…

            “Hard-nosed reporter” my foot…

            • 270 conlakappa
              March 24, 2012 at 8:38 am

              Seriously. Wasn’t she the one who made her bones on “G*d and guns” or some such? I know that I had never heard of her before the 2008 campaign though she wasn’t exactly, chronologically, a cub reporter.

    • 271 57andfemale
      March 23, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      The man walked into the lion’s den called “Oklahoma” and talked to whomever wanted to hear him. Was it ‘political’ that there was never an open speech of GWB? That people either had to pay and in a few cases actually give loyalty pledges to the Republican Party? That anyone criticizing Bush was called a ‘traitor’ in a time of war, but it’s okay to drive up oil prices with insane rhetoric when you’re a RWNJ runnning for the Repub nomination?

      Frankly, I don’t care if it is political. I don’t care if a little thought was given to the local coverage of children getting their hands dirty planting vegetables with the First Lady of the United States. Get snippy about voter suppression instead of the vegetable garden, you petty little beast.

      • 272 sabreen60
        March 23, 2012 at 4:08 pm

        WOW! I soooo agree with you. The stupid just doesn’t stop. So only Repubs are allowed to do anything political? I hope POTUS & FLOTUS invite a zazillion people from swing states to the WH and serve them caviar & champagne! I love to watch the rightwing nutjob heads explode.

    • 273 anniebella
      March 23, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      Looking forward to the garden being planeted, hope their will be coverage on white house.gov.

    • 274 COS
      March 23, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      Lynn Sweet gets on my nerves. She is the one who looks at everything as being political. So what if they are from battleground states. If I recall,I think she was the one who asked the question about Henry Gates long time ago, at one of PBO’s press conferences.

    • 275 elo4obama/biden
      March 23, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      Wow! What a jump of logic, and if this was the plan why waste space with NY. Why not FL, or Co, In or Mo. I wonder if these non-voting kids had to sign a pledge that their parents or guardians are registered independents or pursuadable repubs.

      A stretch of logic here.

    • 277 nathkatun7
      March 24, 2012 at 4:20 am

      I am sorry but this woman is really petty! She is accusing FLOTUS of political motivation with absolutely no proof to back it up. I actually regret clicking on the link because I realized, after I read it, that it serves absolutely no purpose on this magnificent blog, other than trying to raise my blood pressure.

  62. 278 Linda
    March 23, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    This is a powerful image.

    LeBron James tweeted a picture of the Miami Heat wearing hoodies, with their heads bowed in support of Trayvon Martin, the slain teenager whose killing has become a national news story.


  63. 289 LDS
    March 23, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Thank you, Mr. President. I have not been unable to sleep for the past week and I realize that this feeling has been a part of my life. Everytime I hear, read about a young AA male missing, in jail or killed unjustly I cannot sleep. Unless you have AA fathers, uncles, brothers, friends, sons , nephews, it will be hard to grasp this feeling of loss of appetite, anger, fear that causes you to really just want to be alone until it had pass.

    The President expressed just about everything that I have felt and I am so grateful. The terror you feel when your sons close the door and a feeling comes over you just maybe the last time you will ever see his face again, leaves you empty and numb in a place that you have to fight with all the love and strength you have just to keep going.
    Jews are taught never forget. Blacks are taught never remember. I will have never forgotten the picture of Emmett Till’s open coffin. And I will never forget the faces of Emmett and Trayvon. I have sons and their sons and their sons that are unborn……..they all look alike.

    The President spoke truth and from his heart. My sympathy and prayers go out to his parents.

  64. 290 Ladyhawke
    March 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm


    Now that the GOP presidential candidates have weighed in on the Trayvon Martin murder case in Florida, the Republican Party can get back to DISENFRANCHISING AFRICAN AMERICAN VOTERS in Florida and across the country.

    • March 23, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      and the poor and Latinos and the elderly……

      • 292 Ladyhawke
        March 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm

        exactly, and the college students. I can’t tell you how angry I feel right now. I am enraged. I loathe the Republican Party. They are depraved. What they are doing is against everything we stand for. It’s unpatriotic and Un-American.

        • March 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm

          I am right there with you. I am furious over the degradation of our democracy these idiots have caused. They are ruining this country with their bigotry.

  65. 296 susanne
    March 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    aloha chips and toddies
    i’ve been away from the site for a couple of weeks–and thank you for your prayers and expressions of sympathy over the recent deaths in my ohana. i hope you’re all well, and i know you’ve been taking care of the president in my absence!

    i can’t begin to catch up on the threads i’ve missed, but i did scroll through chips’ posts, and the fabulousness of this site is so striking! it’s funny being out in the ‘real world’ and hearing snippets of news through ‘normal channels’–you’d think our president was just a sad little man, stumbling along with his worries, and the repug candidates were fascinating powerhouses. here we get the actual video of the speeches, the true story of how pbo is working successfully to bring this country back up to speed, and the hilarious snarking about the ridiculous repugs–oh, how i’ve missed you!

    • 297 whatisworking
      March 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      Welcome back Susanne, we are glad you are with us.

      • 298 susanne
        March 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm

        thank you so much. just like our president, everyone here seems to get up every day thinking, how can i be of service. it’s an honor to participate, even in my small way. it’s a true community of hearts and minds.

    • 299 mtmarilyn
      March 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      Glad to have you back. Know the last few weeks haven’t been easy for you. You will always have your wonderful memories close to your heart! I still miss my mom and dad.

      When I can’t get here every day I really get behind. It’s still a fight, but we have the most wonderful President ever.

      • 300 susanne
        March 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm

        thank you, mtmarilyn. death of someone we love and share a life with feels like being in a new, less vivid world. but there are indeed memories, and in the case of one dear lady who left us, lots of video, too. i’ll link to a piece done in her honor, and know her gifts to the world go on.

  66. March 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm

  67. 302 phoenixriz
    March 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Time to let me in to join the discussion. Let’s see if it does.

  68. March 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Hopefully, I will still be alive. I am in my 40s, ya know?

  69. 310 phoenixriz
    March 23, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I have been locked out for a week. Chips is working on it. Let’s see if this works. Thanks yardarm for passing my message along. I love you all.

  70. 311 phoenixriz
    March 23, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I can’t believe this. I am in!!! Thank you, thank you, Chips and Yardarm

  71. March 23, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Wow! Trending number 1!!!

  72. 318 desertflower
    March 23, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    🙂 damn WordPress is back talking me!

  73. 319 phoenixriz
    March 23, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Chips is a miracle worker. I love you Chips. Yardarm the caterpiller turned into the butterfly thanks to the Master.

  74. 320 sabreen60
    March 23, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    So some beeyatch on a rifle range says as she is getting ready to shoot “lets pretend this is Obama” and the others laugh. I understand that Santorum pushed back, but I have not heard what he said. Sometimes I wish President Obama would get on national TV and say “you stupid MFs can go to hell and take this job and shove it – cause y’all don’t deserve me after I’ve worked my ass off for 4 years”.

    Then I selfishly say I don’t want to live here for 4 years with an idiot in the WH.

  75. 322 Ladyhawke
    March 23, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    MITT ROMNEY NEEDS THERAPY (There is something seriously wrong with this man)

    Mitt Romney is such a prolific liar, that Steve Benen has a weekly column that documents his mendacity for the week. As Rachel Maddow has said, this amount of lying should disqualify him for office.


    By Steve Benen


    To help drive the point home, take a look at the 11th installment of my weekly series, chronicling Mitt’s mendacity. Unfortunately, it’s one of the longest editions to date.

    1. Romney argued this week, “There’s no question that when [President Obama] ran for office, he said he wanted to see gasoline prices go up.”

    No, he didn’t.

    2. Romney told Fox News, “[President Obama] said that energy prices would skyrocket under his views and he selected three people to help him implement that program: the secretary of energy, the secretary of the interior, and the EPA administrator.”

    That’s not even close to being true.

    3. Romney also told Fox News’ Bret Baier this week about President Obama, “This is a president [who] simply does not have experience in tough situations.”

    That’s ironic coming from a coddled multi-millionaire from a powerful, wealthy family, but it’s also blatantly untrue. Obama has experience leading the nation during a time of multiple ongoing crises. Love him or hate him, the economic crisis, the war in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, the strikes on bin Laden and al Qaeda, and the offensive in Libya count as “tough situations” — tougher than anything Romney has ever seen in his entire life.



    • 323 yardarm756
      March 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      This s.o.b. needs help(mental) and I’m sure he can afford the treatment.

    • 324 desertflower
      March 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      He’s been noting these blatant lies FOR WEEKS, and keeping track of the most outrageous ones…..you can find the link to all of them at the bottom of his post…..in Roman numerals. There are SO MANY!

    • March 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      The toughest situation Mitt has been in was when he had to clean the dog shit off his car, and I am sure even then, the toughest decision was which of his kids was going to do the dirty work.

    • March 23, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      Didn’t the media call every one of these crises “Obama’s Katrina”? There are so many examples of various crises that could rival the next from these past three years – you could split them up into foreign, domestic, political – and I’m sure you’d come to at least 20 major incidents in each category. The BP oil spill alone was one that the media salivated over for ages! Mitt Romney is an idiot.

    • 328 a4alice
      March 23, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      this is good!

  76. 331 phoenixriz
    March 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I agree sabreen60. It’s for the sole reason that I don’t want one of those idiots in office that I pray that Obama gets in again. Our President doesn’t deserve this grief.

  77. 332 utaustinliberal
    March 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Hey TOD. I Like ObamaCare is trending on twitter with people saying why they like ACA. Wooohoo!!!

  78. 333 utaustinliberal
    March 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Even celebrities like Jack Black are tweeting about why they like ACA using the hashtag #ILikeObamaCare. Freaking sweet! We’re owning this anniversary!

    • 334 desertflower
      March 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      Reading some of the comments. Some people just don’t get it. Think this ADDS to the debt, rather than decrease it. Think people want to be freeloaders….all the normal RW lies….

    • 335 Ladyhawke
      March 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      thanks ut, I am so touched by this. It’s so nice to see these celebrities making their voices heard. This is great. To all of the naysayers who said President Obama was trying to do too much in his first term, do you really think it would have been a good idea to hold off on Healthcare Reform until 2010?? PBO knew he had to strike while the iron was hot. The American people should be grateful for his leadership and tenacity. ACA is a stunning accomplishment. I could not be more proud of President Obama.

    • 336 phoenixriz
      March 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      TOD…………the site of the best twitter team. Yeh!! UT!!!

  79. 337 phoenixriz
    March 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I am Barb and the name phoenixriz has let me in and I’ll just keep this name cause I don’t want to mess with WordPress.

  80. March 23, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Twitter is curating some if its more memorable moments;


  81. 346 Tally
    March 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Just in case anyone missed this last night –

    • 349 lisalovesobama
      March 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      Dumb associated. Always doing what’s politically expedient. One day, it’s gonna come back and bite him on the assumption. Please let that day be soon.

  82. 351 Tally
    March 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I had some requests last night for shirts that say: NEWS FLASH: SLAVERY IS ILLEGAL AND WOMEN ARE NOT PROPERTY

    – I’m torn….. Keep in mind I’m doing two versions of whatever I come up with (white letting on black shirts, and black lettering on white and color.) I made one that was two lines – ‘NEWS FLASH’ on top, then the rest below, and it looks very small on the shirt, even when I make it as large as possible. Then I made one that took up more of the body of the shirt (front or back where possible) :



    we will not go back!

    – now, which one? Both? And with or without an Obama2012 or Obama logo on it at the bottom? help.

  83. 356 Linda
    March 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    House Republicans Accidentally Accept The Constitutionality Of The Affordable Care Act

    On Thursday, House Republicans stripped language from their own health care bill that could “undermine their argument that the Democrats’ 2010 healthcare law abused the Commerce Clause of the Constitution,” The Hill’s Pete Kasperowicz reports. That language, included in H.R. 5, a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), read:

    Congress finds that the health care and insurance industries are industries affecting interstate commerce and the health care liability litigation systems existing throughout the United States are activities that affect interstate commerce by contributing to the high costs of health care and premiums for health care liability insurance purchased by health care system providers.




    • March 23, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Truth is: unless they are going to pass a law that states that hospitals cannot treat people without insurance, then it’s really hard to make a Constitutional argument against the need for anyone who might use healthcare from purchasing health care – especially when the law gives so many options for subsidies, and even allows for exemptions. The fact that this has gone to the Supreme Court while a majority of people don’t even know what’s in the law (and how they’re shooting themselves in the foot) is a crime in itself.

    • 358 desertflower
      March 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Would love for the lawyers for PBO to slap a copy of that down on the desks of the Supremes and let them know that Republicans now agree with the ACA. Sorry we wasted the Courts time. Next!

  84. 359 overseasgranny
    March 23, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    If this will help anyone having problems as I did with Shockwave crashing all the time. There is Adobe Shockwave and Google’s Chrome version of Shockwave. If both are on your pc and both enabled, then they will compete and both will lose. Open Chrome and type about:plugins into your address bar. Look at all your plug-ins and see which Shockwave programs you have and which are enabled. You want Chrome’s version disabled and Adobe’s version enabled. That will let you see any video on here and most other places, except the orange place. Many of DK’s respond to Chrome instead. To see those you have to enable Chrome’s plug-in and disable Adobe’s, and then reverse that when finished. If you don’t have Adobe’s version, disable Chrome’s and then go to the Adobe website and download their version for your pc.
    Having done that, and signed in using WordPress, I am not having problems anymore.

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