102 Responses to “Who Does He Love?…Michelle!”

  1. August 14, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    cause she’s awesome

  2. August 14, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    GE TOD’ers…….

    The authors start by figuring out what the initial, upfront cost of insurance will be for people buying coverage on the exchanges. Based on Congressional Budget Office projections, the average across all households—that is, individuals and families, of all ages—works out to $8,250 a year. That’s not a bad price for comprehensive coverage: It’s in the same ballpark as policies that employers provide employees. Still, it’s more than some families buying coverage on their own might pay today, because they have skimpy policies or benefit from preferential pricing for the healthy that Obamacare prohibits. That’s why conservatives insist people won’t want to sign up for Obamacare’s insurance options. But, again, those are the initial premiums. According to the Kaiser study, the subsidies on average will reduce premiums by $2,672, or about a third of the price.

    Premium subsidies (in the form of federal tax credits) will be available for people buying their own insurance in new marketplaces or exchanges who have incomes from 100% up to 400% of the poverty level (about $24,000 to $94,000 per year for a family of four in 2014). Those with access to affordable employer-provided insurance or Medicaid are ineligible for tax credits.

    The amount of the tax credit is based on a benchmark premium, which is the cost of the second-lowest-cost silver plan in the area where a person lives. The tax credit equals that benchmark premium minus what the individual is expected to pay based on their family income (which is calculated on a sliding scale from 2% to 9.5% of income).

    Here is how the calculation might work for a 40-year-old individual making $30,000 a year:

    Estimated benchmark premium for a 40-year old = $3,857 per year (which will vary from area to area)
    Person is responsible for paying 8.37% of their income = $2,512
    Tax credit = $1,345
    The tax credit can be used in any plan offered in the health insurance marketplace, so the person would end up paying less than $2,512 to enroll in the lowest cost silver plan or a lower cost bronze plan, and more to enroll in a higher cost plan. A calculator from the Kaiser Family Foundation provides subsidy estimates for families of varying characteristics.

  3. 9 vitaminlover
    August 14, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    “When a maaaaaaan loves a womaaaaan!

  4. August 14, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    A collection of the life and times of “The Butler” articles/testimonials/pictures that span 8 presidents up to the inauguration of PBO to his death in ’10

  5. August 14, 2013 at 10:02 pm

  6. August 14, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Hi everyone, trying to catch up. I really missed so much.

  7. August 14, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Interview & Op-Ed by Piper Kerman, who wrote “Orange is the new Black” on her true story, and the current inequalities of the criminal justice system.

  8. August 14, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    “……Then, as on Easter morning at the tomb of the crucified Jesus, there was the sound of a woman’s voice. King had already begun to extemporize when Mahalia Jackson spoke up. “Tell ’em about the dream, Martin,” said Jackson, who was standing nearby. King left his text altogether at this point — a departure that put him on a path to speaking words of American scripture, words as essential to the nation’s destiny in their way as those of Abraham Lincoln, before whose memorial King stood, and those of Thomas Jefferson, whose monument lay to the preacher’s right, toward the Potomac. The moments of ensuing oratory lifted King above the tumult of history and made him a figure of history — a “new founding father,” in the apt phrase of the historian Taylor Branch.”

    “I say to you today, my friends … even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream,” King said. “It is a dream deeply rooted in the American Dream” — a dream that had been best captured in the promise of words written in a distant summer in Philadelphia by Jefferson. “I have a dream,” King continued, “that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”

    • August 14, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      I don’t remembering hearing or seeing the speech, but I do remember asking my Dad what MLK JR meant by saying he had a dream. Did he actually have that dream, Dad? He said no it was more like a hope, a vision for the future. Now I wonder what Mahalia Jackson meant by “tells hem about the dream Martin.”

        • 28 HZ
          August 14, 2013 at 11:58 pm

          CarolMaeWY, you have captured it beautifully. I remember hearing the speech. I was a finishing up my freshman year in college. Then when the beautiful book came out in 1993, I rushed to the bookstore in a well known town in Cali., and got it to read for my students for a program. I also wanted to have a copy of the book to have in my personal library to pass on to my youngest great niece.

          If you can get a copy, it is so worth having it. Most people do not remember the entire speech. The book that I have is a beautiful small hard copy and it is so special also because one of his daughters’, Rev. Bernice A. King wrote the Forward. She writes it in such a beautiful manner. A must read, IMO.

          I will always cherish the book. I remember when President Barack H. Obama was sworn in as our 44th President, I went downstairs and read this beautiful speech again, and I sat quietly and wrote a note in my copy to my great niece. It is very special to her and to me as well.

          I think it would be a great idea to read the book before the speech that President Obama will be giving on August 28th. HZ

          • August 15, 2013 at 12:15 am

            Thanks HZ. I think I will buy a copy. I have since read the speech and heard it once on CNN. It brings me to tears. I was much younger, 6th grade. I must have heard it on radio.

  9. August 14, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Here’s more fodder for blue New Jerseyans:

    1) Christie stumped for anti-voting rights Gov McCrory (article is from last year):

    2) But McCrory’s approval is sinking:

    3) Reminder from yesterday:

  10. August 14, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Here’s my media push-back of the day, HRC 2016:

    • 34 99ts
      August 14, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      Is he serious – only thing folks knew about Eisenhower was as a General & “Supreme Commander” in WWII

  11. 35 hopefruit2
    August 14, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    LMAO! Devin wants PBO to break out in flight suit and rush to Egypt.

    • 36 jacquelineoboomer
      August 14, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      That guy’s from ABC? Who the hell does he think he is?

    • 37 jacquelineoboomer
      August 14, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    • 38 jacquelineoboomer
      August 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      This effer has some nerve! He sounds like a little kid, or he wrote down what he heard the big boys say in the head.

      • 39 Nena20409
        August 14, 2013 at 10:51 pm

        And what is this guy doing….tweeting?

        What authority does he have? Is he elected? We The People didn’t elect this bozo.

        How again does to golf or not to golf hurt his tweeting skills exactly?

      • 41 hopefruit2
        August 14, 2013 at 10:52 pm

        Indeed Jacqueline. I could have gone on a RW website and read similar comment from some anon poster…

        This is why I am of the notion that a lot of nasty anti-Obama online comments are posted by media employees, not random site users.

        • 42 4morefor44
          August 14, 2013 at 11:36 pm

          and we know for a fact the same people who pay for all the “think tanks” that get unlimited time in “the news” pay to have people troll comments sections on sites. several have admitted that over the years.

          i see this guy devin dwyer is ready to shoot right up the media ranks though. here’s something he posted just a couple days ago:

          “President Obama knows something about being a low-level, nonviolent drug offender, such as the kind the Justice Department today exempted from harsh mandatory prison sentences.
          In a sense, he was one himself once, although the young Barry Obama was never arrested or charged with a crime.”
          (refuse to link to this twit at ABC “news”)

          this twerp is going to have his own show and become a millionaire (assuming his isn’t already from a trust fund) within the year if he keeps that up. bravo, devin!

          • 43 vcprezofan2
            August 14, 2013 at 11:47 pm

            The title of this article alone told me a lot about this reporter! Thank the good Lord, PBO and AG Holder have the strength of character and purpose to #PRESSON while their detractors plot, scheme, and write garbage about their motives!

  12. August 14, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Sitting here watching Annie with my fav Miss Hannigan…Carol Burnett!!!

  13. August 14, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Since he doesn’t love me it is perfectly perfect that he loves Michelle because I love her too!

  14. August 14, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    These pics make me smile 🙂

    love our First Couple 🙂

  15. August 14, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Obama admin has been working on this for awhile with other countries. This part of it looks like it could be very important and extra whoot it will take place before the 2014 elections. Me likee.

    Cayman Islands, U.S. reach pact to fight tax evasion

    (Reuters) – The United States has cut a deal with the Cayman Islands that will smooth implementation in the Caribbean island nation of a new U.S. anti-tax evasion law, while pressuring other low-tax and no-tax countries to follow suit.

    Criticized by President Barack Obama and others as a tax haven, the Cayman Islands said it has agreed to cooperate with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), enacted in 2010 and set to take effect in July 2014….

  16. August 14, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Oh, and I loved the pictures of the President and First Lady, UT. They warm my heart. Thank you!!

  17. 55 globalcitizenlinda
    August 14, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Saw Mr. Reggie Love’s name trending and I wondered what happened.

    So this is the new rightwing pre-occupation.

    Bracing for the hysteria and a re-play of his words in a loop (24/7).

    In the meantime I will also be preparing a detailed list of what PBO does EVERY minute of his working!

    • 56 vitaminlover
      August 14, 2013 at 11:53 pm

      Something about him writing a memoir and telling how nervous President Obama was when he was killing Bin Laden. he had asked Mr. Love to play spades with him because he allegedly was too nervous to watch the whole bin laden thing go down. At least that’s what I heard on radio this evening. However I don’t feel that my President was too afraid to watch. he is not cowardly to me. If he was nervous then so what he is human. Felling some kind of way about whether this is true or not. BUT I LOVE MY PRESIDENT!!

      • 57 globalcitizenlinda
        August 15, 2013 at 12:14 am

        Like everything the right & media hypes about PBO, in the end there is nothing there to be hysterical about.

        In addition they never know when to stop their hysteria.

        It just gets tiring.

        • 58 vitaminlover
          August 15, 2013 at 12:23 am

          Totally. They are always fishing for something. But we know the real deal. President Obama has my loyalty–he has more than proven himself if just on the way he love Michelle alone. He is a very unique and special person. He broke the mold.

  18. August 14, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Please proceed GOP

    Michael Steele: Impeachment talk ‘asinine’

    Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Tuesday that Rep. Blake Farenthold was “flat wrong” when he claimed there are enough votes in the House to impeach President Barack Obama, and Steele said doing so would give away the 2014 election to Democrats.

    “I think the congressman is flat wrong. He wouldn’t get the votes in the House because I can’t think outside of a small pool of people who would actually tolerate that process to the point of a vote in the House,” Steele said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Hardball.”….

    Steele said those who want to impeach the president can go for it and give the House to the Democrats.

    “If you really want to give away the House, go ahead, start impeachment,” Steele said. “Because the fact of the matter is the republic, the public as a whole, would repel against that so much that it wouldn’t even be funny … you wouldn’t even bother with 2014. Just skip right to the next election.”…

  19. August 15, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Must Read: From the author of “Black Hawk Down” and the best sourced reporting on the OBL raid, Mark Bowden…

    …..All of this requires the collection and manipulation of huge amounts of data, which, James says, is the most difficult technical challenge involved.

    “Take video, for example,” he says. “ESPN has all kinds of tools where they can go back and find Eli Manning in every video that was shot over the last year, and they can probably do it in 20 minutes. So how do we bring those types of tools [to intelligence work]? Okay, I want to find this red 1976 Chevy pickup truck in every piece of video that I have shot in this area for the last three months. We have a pretty hard push to really work with the Air Force Research Lab, and the commercial community, to understand what tools I can bring in to help make sense of all this data.”

    To be used effectively, a drone must be able to hover over a potential target for long periods. A typical Predator can stay aloft for about 20 hours; the drones are flown in relays to maintain a continuous Combat Air Patrol. Surveillance satellites pass over a given spot only once during each orbit of the Earth. The longest the U-2, the most successful spy plane in history, can stay in the air is about 10 hours, because of the need to spell its pilot and refuel. The Predator gives military and intelligence agencies a surveillance option that is both significantly less expensive and more useful, because it flies unmanned, low, and slow…….

    No American president will ever pay a political price for choosing national security over world opinion, but the only right way to proceed is to make targeting decisions and strike outcomes fully public, even if after the fact. In the long run, careful adherence to the law matters more than eliminating another bad actor. Greater prudence and transparency are not just morally and legally essential, they are in our long-term interest, because the strikes themselves feed the anti-drone narrative, and inspire the kind of random, small-scale terror attacks that are bin Laden’s despicable legacy.

    In our struggle against terrorist networks like al-Qaeda, the distinction between armed conflict and law enforcement matters a great deal. Terrorism embraces lawlessness. It seeks to disrupt. It targets civilians deliberately. So why restrain our response? Why subject ourselves to the rule of law? Because abiding by the law is the point—especially with a weapon like the drone. No act is more final than killing. Drones distill war to its essence. Abiding carefully by the law—man’s law, not God’s—making judgments carefully, making them transparent and subject to review, is the only way to invest them with moral authority, and the only way to clearly define the terrorist as an enemy of civilization.

  20. 61 jacquelineoboomer
    August 15, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Goodnight, TODville. Play on!

  21. 62 vcprezofan2
    August 15, 2013 at 12:11 am

    I’m yawning like crazy so I’m taking myself out . G-Night! Sweet dreams!

    ‘Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only standing still.’ ~ Chinese proverb

    • 63 jacquelineoboomer
      August 15, 2013 at 12:17 am

      Let’s call a night a night, VC, shall we? Somebody else can call a coup a coup, tomorrow.

      And, as my great grandson would say, time to go “night night” because “the moonball” is out!

    • 66 HZ
      August 15, 2013 at 12:53 am

      Good Night jacquelineoboomer and vc. I am going to listen to some music and read a little. I have been having a long day dealing with my paper work business thus creating some stress to the pain in the legs. But nothing like a little cocoa butter to shine them tomorrow, if by the grace I am able to grace the morning sun.

      Everyone have a great evening and lots of loving (((((((())))))))) coming into your space. Amk, Layla, vc, gobrooklyn, tnmtngirl, and all of my beautiful TOD family. ((((((( Love you, Chips for this beautiful haven)))))))) Our POTUS is going to be fine with our beautiful First Lady by his side. We will move FORWARD with him all the way.

      O/T I was on the Maestro Conference call this evening. Wonderful. Topic on: Minimum Wage. Great infor. and we just need to continue to press Congress. Send in your personal stories about how the current minimum wage is affecting you and your family. Also how a higher minimum wage/living wage will affect you and your family. Brandon will be sending out infor about this as well. If any other TOD family member(s) were on the call, please give information to our family here. We are going to make this work for our great President and the middle class.

      Judy gave some interesting stats: 62 % of Republicans support raising the minimum wage; 74% of the people feel we should raise it period. And 51% will likely vote for a candidate who would raise the minimum wage. There is a bill in the senate and they possibly could have the votes there. They have a challenge with getting a bill to be brought to the floor in the House however we will work to press the House to get to work. So we are encourage to work hard to speak out.

      “We have to work hard as a grassroots group to create a climate for this Bill to get done,” stated Judy. Questions came in from Mich., Fla., and Utah that they answered while we were on line. Great call. Stay tune for our next call. Abby and Brandon were great. HZ

      Judy stated, “As a nation, we have 19 states that have a minimum wage above the national which is currently $7.25 which is about $15,080 per year. WA state is at $9.19.” Check out the Bill that is being presented by Sen. Harkins, if I heard Judy correctly. “The Fair Minimum Wage Bill.”( Sometime next spring to be considered.) So we have our work cut out for us beginning now. Use your time wisely. I hope that I did justice to this. If any corrections, please do share. Love you all, HZ

      • 67 Judith Fardig
        August 15, 2013 at 2:09 am

        Thanks, HZ. I missed this one and appreciate your summary!

      • 68 vcprezofan2
        August 15, 2013 at 8:57 am

        HZ, that’s a lot of good information, thank you. I’m sure folks will be able to refer to this throughout the day and share as appropriate.

        Enjoy your Thursday!

  22. 71 dotster3
    August 15, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros——just saw them sing this song, Life is Hard, on Letterman. Wow. It was extraordinary, completely mesmerizing.

    • 83 arkluvspbo
      August 15, 2013 at 9:23 am

      This was our song at our wedding, AND I walked down the aisle to it as well 🙂
      Dudette, you have no idea how auspicious your posting of this is.

  23. 84 Dudette
    August 15, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Leonard Cohen!!! 😀 😀 😀

  24. 91 Dudette
    August 15, 2013 at 2:45 am

    ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

  25. 95 Dudette
    August 15, 2013 at 3:18 am

    Sigh!!! Drifting on a memory

  26. 96 Dudette
    August 15, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Last one for tonight! Peace and love Family!

  27. 97 Layla
    August 15, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Good morning all! Have a wonderful day!

    • August 15, 2013 at 7:01 am

      Same to you, Layla. 🙂 btw, I saw on another thread that you are also a lefty. As someone pointed out, so am I!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You’re not a Leo though, right? That would be waaaaaaaaaaaay weird!!! 🙂 I met someone new yesterday and she was having a difficult time remembering/understanding my name so I spelled it LaYla and she got it! 🙂

      • 99 Layla
        August 16, 2013 at 6:06 am

        hey Lala, lefties rock!!!!! not a Leo unfortunately…Cancer. Had my birthday on July 11, but did not mention it on TOD. Also a great sign! Lala and Layla, 2 wonderful names!!!!!!

  28. 101 arkluvspbo
    August 15, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Good morning TODers! Wow, these boards fill up fast!

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