124 Responses to “This Is The Face Of America”


  1. October 13, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    It must chafe that guy with the confederate flag that when he wakes up tomorrow he’ll still be trash, and Barack Obama will still be President.

    • 11 COS
      October 13, 2013 at 11:27 pm

      He will be disappointed once again LL.

    • 12 carolyn
      October 13, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      I hope it chafes him BAD!!! I also hope this disgusting, despicable display today wakes some people up to see what these people are really about. I just cannot believe that the majority of Americans approve of this kind of behavior.
      Bob…..can you point me to the long piece you did on the fact that the civil war is not over and we have to finish the reconstruction? Thanks. I want to show it to my husband…..we were talking about this horrible display at the White House. He said simply, “I just feel so sorry for President Obama sometimes.

    • October 13, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      Must say I was very pissed about the whole confederate flag racist act. I kinda felt like I did when President Obama had to produce his long-form birth certificate. I find it interesting that no GOP elected leader has condemned any racist action against President Obama. I wouldn’t be surprised if they gave these people a pat on the back.

    • 14 nathkatun7
      October 13, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      Great point, LL! I think your comment is applicable, across the board, to all those out there trashing President Obama simply out of pure racist ignorance.

  2. October 13, 2013 at 11:35 pm

  3. October 13, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Congrats on 1st COS!!

    Bottom line ….

    • 19 COS
      October 13, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      As you always say Bobfr, “I Trust Barack”.

    • October 13, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      I just read Hertzberg’s piece in the New Yorker. Makes a compelling case. At the end of the day, PBO will not allow default. And the debt ceiling law directly contravenes the 14th Amendment.

      • 21 nathkatun7
        October 14, 2013 at 12:34 am

        That was an excellent piece that had me thinking that may be people who want the President to invoke Section 4, of the 14th Amendment may have a case. But, as I have been discussing with Bobfr, I am still troubled by Section 5 of the 14th Amendment, which plainly states that it’s the Congress that has the power to enforce all four sections of the Amendment by appropriate legislation. Then there is Article I, Section 8, of the original Constitution, which entrusts the “power of the purse” exclusively to Congress, including the power “to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and the general welfare of the United States.”

        President Obama has been right on the mark: It’s Congress’s Constitutional responsibility to fund the government and honor U.S. debts! By shutting down the government and threatening to default on U.S. debt, the Republican members of Congress are violating their Constitutional responsibilities and mandates. Under Article VI, all members of Congress have to take an oath which binds them to support the Constitution. One of those Constitutional obligation that members of Congress have to support is PAYING U.S. DEBTS!

        By the way way, the best example to show how the Framers of the Constitution placed such high importance on honoring debts is in paragraph 1 of Article VI:

        “All debts contracted and engagements entered into, before the adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation.”

        Amazingly, the revered “Founding Fathers” deeply understood the grave importance of honoring U.S. debts, including debts incurred by the loosely Confederated 13 former English colonies before they had actually become the United States; yet, the modern right wingers, who never tire of reminding everyone about the sacred U.S. Constitution when it comes to the 2nd and 10th Amendments, want to default on U.S. debts that are legally authorized by Congress. And these morons have the audacity to go around claiming that they revere the Constitution.

        Again, even before the passage of Section 4 of the 14th Amendment, Congress, under Article I, Section 8, paragraph 1, was already clearly charged by the U.S. Constitution with the power and responsibilities of financing the federal government and paying U.S. debts.

        • October 14, 2013 at 2:42 am

          “Again, even before the passage of Section 4 of the 14th Amendment, Congress, under Article I, Section 8, paragraph 1, was already clearly charged by the U.S. Constitution with the power and responsibilities of financing the federal government and paying U.S. debts.”

          Dear nath, you have been so insightful and cogent regarding the obligations Congress has to ensuring that the USA never causes anyone to QUESTION the ‘good faith and credit’ of the United States of America.

          As you know, since I’ve been adamant that I’m neither a lawyer or a Constitutional scholar but merely a citizen, my perhaps naive efforts have been focused on trying to bring attention to the fact that the CRIME has already been committed.

          The GOP have caused the ‘validity of the public debt of the United States’ to be ‘QUESTIONED.’

          And, be it the Congress itself – appropriately under Sec 5 of the 14th as you have reminded everyone – or the DoJ or maybe even citizens, those who have violated their Oath of Office by violating the Constitution should be indicted and prosecuted.

          Had I seen your fine comment before posting the tweet at the bottom of this thread, I would have posted it here.

          Bottom line – we are in a Civil War. The enemy could not be more obvious. The next 72-96 hours determine the future of the United States of America in no less a profound way than at its inception, its 19th Century Civil War, WW II, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and 9/11.

          #TrustBarack

          Yes WE Can

  4. 23 a4alice
    October 13, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    wow well what a day.

    Nite TOD 🙂

    zzzzzzzzzzzz

  5. 24 dotster3
    October 13, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Is there a boycott by the MSM on confederate flag waving? I just caught CBS local news in Chgo which covered the protest without a mention of that shameful tidbit. In fact, the only vet they interviewed was AA. Huh. I see what they did there.

    • 25 hopefruit2
      October 13, 2013 at 11:41 pm

      Yes, they purposely are covering up the racist sentiment behind this so-called rally – just like they did with the teaBagger town halls in 2010.

      • 26 carolyn
        October 13, 2013 at 11:51 pm

        After watching our local ABC channel’s bit on the “protests” I wrote them. They actually featured Sarah Palin in their clip. I told them exactly what I thought of that…..and asked why they didn’t show the guy waving the confederate flag, which showed them up to be racists. I was disgusted with their presentation.

  6. October 13, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Oh those beautiful, beautiful people. Great choice of photos UT. I updated a tweet by Rachel Maddow that I sent out some time ago that fits with your pictures

  7. 28 Judith Fardig
    October 13, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    And an absolutely beautiful face it is, too! We need to savor every day of this historic Obama Presidency and fight like our lives depend on it to give him a Democratic Congress in 2014. Enough of this treason by the TEA/GOP!

    • 29 nathkatun7
      October 14, 2013 at 12:42 am

      Well said, Judith! Yes, our #1 priority must be electing a Democratic Congress (both chambers). As abominable as these racists who protested at the White House with the confederate flag are, our payback must be to make sure that they are marginalized and are no longer allowed to hold our country hostage to prevent progress.

  8. October 13, 2013 at 11:41 pm

  9. October 13, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Big Papi just hit a grand slam to tie the ALCS Game2 in the bottom of the 8th 5-5……. Tori Hunter of Detroit almost made the most amazing catch in the history of baseball…….. instead the Boston PD rep in the bullpen was doing a happy dance 🙂

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    • October 13, 2013 at 11:49 pm

      …….And Boston just won in the bottom of the 9th topping of a day of incredible comebacks for Patriots/Sox.

    • 36 globalcitizenlinda
      October 13, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      was Mr. Tori Hunter okay after that move? seems it had the potential for him to get hurt

      • October 14, 2013 at 12:13 am

        He somehow managed to stay in the game! How you ask? I have no clue…….. he was roaming right field for the remainder of the 8th inning looking like he was in alot of pain. Then he had to bat 3rd in the top of the 9th. At 38 he is a gamer…… I would put him with Andruw Jones and Jim Edmunds as the best center fielders of the last 20yrs. Ken Griffey Jr. before this current crop…..

  10. 39 hopefruit2
    October 13, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    • 40 Luna
      October 14, 2013 at 12:12 am

      that form on media is dying. I can’t remember the last time i depended on a tv news source for credible news. the pundits lie and then start to believe their own lie and then are stunned and confused when the truth is revealed. same people who lied about poll numbers until dude ordered fireworks and created a website because they lied to him that he was winning. the truth stay the same.

    • 41 nathkatun7
      October 14, 2013 at 1:21 am

      You know what, hopefruit, it’s incredible how the media are so quicker and eager to find any deluded, dishonest, self-serving and self-hating, Black people to help cover-up right wing racist attacks on President Obama. The media know exactly what they are doing! They are trying to ease the conscience of non black people who may find it very offensive the way President Obama is being treated. The media also know exactly that these Blacks they prominently cover trashing President Obama do not represent the views of the vast majority of people in Black communities. Clearly, the media’s goal is to try to pretend that the attacks on, and the constant trashing of, President Obama has nothing to do with racism.

      • 42 hopefruit2
        October 14, 2013 at 9:16 am

        You are so spot-on Nath about the MSM’s racist agenda – I’m going to have to find a way to break up your comments into tweetable nuggets 🙂 Thanks!!

      • 43 hopefruit2
        October 14, 2013 at 9:29 am

        I have posted the essence of your comment on Twitter, and will post the tweets on the TOD Rise & Shine thread 🙂

  11. 44 desertflower
    October 13, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Let’s review some more:)

    http://exposingreligionblog.tumblr.com/post/34790853235

    Overall, Obama Has Done More For Veterans Than Any President In the Past 30 Years.
    Republicans and conservatives have spent 4 years spreading the lie that President Obama hasn’t done anything for veterans. They have repeated it 100x per day for all 4 years and spent millions promoting their lies. The thing about records is that they are recorded. So let’s set the record straight.

    Can lots of someone’s please Tweet the shit outta this?

  12. 47 anniebella
    October 13, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    The Red Sox came back and won a tough game tonight. Series is tied 1-1. The Sox sure don’t have any black players. Except for David Ortiz. I am not a fan of either team, but it should be a great series. It’s a shame one has to lose.

  13. 54 amk for obama
    October 14, 2013 at 12:07 am

    For those complaining about healthgov.com, I tried to update the apple ios software for my daughter’s latest ipad. Friggin’ 1 gig took 3 effing days and had effing multiple download failures in an effing very high speed internet connection. Now still trying to download other necessary software for word, excel etc. and still not successful. Perspective, peeps.

    • 55 taiping1
      October 14, 2013 at 12:46 am

      The Common Application for colleges has been plagued with glitches and failures for this years. Colleges and students are worried. Grand Theft auto also crashed on its release. Media just trying to help the GOP.

    • 57 theo67
      October 14, 2013 at 2:05 am

      The difference for the naysayers is that President Obama isn’t involved in software other than Healthcare.gov. What’s the fun in putting anything in perspective, if it deprives them of a chance to criticize the President?

  14. 58 jacquelineoboomer
    October 14, 2013 at 12:07 am

    UT – I was over on the last thread, catching up, and when I saw “This is the face of America,” I almost didn’t want to come here, because I was afraid there would be some of today’s negativity mixed in, lining that face. So what a pleasant surprise to see images of the America I want to see, right here waiting! Thank you. Just the right touch.

    Wow, I’m just one little tweeter who maybe gets some R/Ts but anything I sent out or R/Td myself today about that damn confederate flag really took off, like a microcosm, perhaps. I’m sure that happened to all of you who did the same, on your timelines. I am seriously wondering tonight if that one hateful, hurtful, symbolic gesture by the goon with the confederate flag is perhaps going to turn out to be one of the watershed moments we have been needing in our country, most recently since Jan. 20, 2009. God, I hope and pray it is.

    Forget the glass half full (which we really need) … I’m going for the silver lining in that cloud (which we really, really need). God bless President Obama and Vice President Biden, all snug in their beds tonight thinking about what they can do for our country and the world tomorrow.

    • 59 theo67
      October 14, 2013 at 1:57 am

      So right, Jacq. Almost every tweet I saw in my timeline today was expressing disgust and disappointment over this Confederate flag evil.

    • October 14, 2013 at 8:05 am

      JOB, disgust can be an impetus for action and that’s what we need to defeat these creeps in 2014.

      • 62 jacquelineoboomer
        October 14, 2013 at 1:04 pm

        So true, jackieG. We are three days away from debt ceiling disaster, and when I clicked on my teevee just now and was reminded, a very naughty name for the GOP came into my mind … multiply that by gazillions, and we’ll be throwing out the bums in 2014!

  15. 63 susanne
    October 14, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Gabby Giffords Attended Her First Gun Show Since Arizona Shooting

    The former representative toured the show, promoted a new agreement to monitor gun show sales, and held a press conference to speak out against gun violence.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelzarrell/gabby-giffords-attended-her-first-gun-show-since-arizona-sho

  16. October 14, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Consider this a down payment on my much-asked-for Simon & Garfunkel night owl thread.

  17. 66 africa
    October 14, 2013 at 12:34 am

    This is GOP game changer, according to Robert Costa. His sources tells him WWII protest gives GOP momentum. Seriously.

  18. 67 amk for obama
    October 14, 2013 at 12:40 am

  19. 68 amk for obama
    October 14, 2013 at 12:46 am

  20. 72 amk for obama
    October 14, 2013 at 12:51 am

  21. 75 globalcitizenlinda
    October 14, 2013 at 1:05 am

  22. 76 amk for obama
    October 14, 2013 at 1:08 am

  23. 77 globalcitizenlinda
    October 14, 2013 at 1:31 am

    will be a sweet thing if the gop hostage-taking serves as the impetus for ending the sequester;

    some few reports indicate that Dems have included this demand in the behind-the-scenes negotiations between Sen Reid and the turtle;

    have no confirmation that this is indeed the case

  24. 79 globalcitizenlinda
    October 14, 2013 at 1:38 am

  25. 80 Anjo
    October 14, 2013 at 1:49 am

    What happened at the WH today will be the face of America if right thinking, sane Americans do not rise up and take back their country from a dishonest press, crazy politicians and ignorant uneducated citizens, VOTE as if your life depended on it, VOTE for an honest press, VOTE for real education, VOTE for people with sense, listen to your leaders and those who wish to lead you, ask questions, don’t just be an American be an informed citizen, what’s the use of being a proud American if the rest of the world thinks you’re an ignorant hate filled hick…geez this ignorance is frightening

  26. 81 jacquelineoboomer
    October 14, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Yeah, right.

  27. 85 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 1:56 am

  28. 87 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 1:57 am

  29. 90 Anjo
    October 14, 2013 at 2:00 am

    Hi, nice to see I am not the only one up, someone from another planet called and hung up now I cant get back to sleep, best remedy?? TODville

  30. 91 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 2:16 am

  31. 93 carla4obama
    October 14, 2013 at 2:30 am

    What is going on reminds me of the song INSANITY by Oingo Boingo:

    Time to let the world know
    Welcome madness, say hello
    Like a wave we cannot see
    Washing over you and me
    Hiding here and hiding there
    Madness hiding everywhere
    Such a curiosity
    Here it comes to set us free
    Plenty left for you and me
    Say hello insanity

  32. October 14, 2013 at 2:32 am

    Hope this is clear ….

    … it’s the best I can do.

    #FORWARD Together

  33. 95 nathkatun7
    October 14, 2013 at 2:33 am

    In this current political environment of Government shut-down and threats of a possible U.S. Default, my greatest disappointments has been the U.S. corporate media. The U.S. media have, for the most part, failed miserably to tell the American people the TRUTH. That’s why Ted Cruz, the leader of government shut down, is able to get away with speaking to people who are supposedly protesting the government shut down of public parks.

    • October 14, 2013 at 2:53 am

      “…. my greatest disappointments has been the U.S. corporate media.”

      When plutocrats own the media it is no different than when fascists, communists or any other suppressive societal organization does. The bedrock of democracy is a media that enables dialectic and is relentless in ‘fact checking.’

      Thank you nath!

      … time for a bit of rest …

    • 99 99ts
      October 14, 2013 at 3:01 am

      Hello Nath – the media holds equal responsibility with the GOP for what has happened. They have aided and abetted the GOP because the black guy didn’t treat them as they thought they should be treated. Prime example – Ed Henry & Co.

      The media joined with the GOP in Jan 2009 & have been supporting their goal of defeating PBO every single day. Just listening to the sadness in their voices – Nov 2012 – says it all. Despite the polls the media still thought Romney was a shoe in.

      The US default will impact every country in the world – badly – but I would still prefer that no-one pay the blackmailers – their deceit has gone on way too long – I cannot think of one republican who cares about what they are doing to the country and the world. Not one has voted with the Senate dems, the house dems nor has anyone supported their President.

      In some strange way I am glad today happened – the racism was out in the open for everyone to see. The media showed their disrespect of the President by pretending it did not happen.

  34. 101 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 2:50 am

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    October 14, 2013 at 2:51 am

  36. 105 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 3:04 am

  37. 106 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 3:08 am

  38. 107 globalcitizenlinda
    October 14, 2013 at 3:10 am

    Time to bring out the famous photo of Then-Senator Obama sitting in his office with a photo of Muhammad Ali prominently displayed.

    Yes, one is politics and the other boxing but there is a relevant relationship;

    Those who know PBO best say he will let you hit and then he will strike back hard – PBO said so in one interview which we all know.
    So like Mr. Muhammad Ali PBO:
    – has mastered the “Rope-a-Dope” and applied it to politics.
    – Can “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”

    It is therefore a good time to pull out this famous photo and have some fun with;
    I am not one of the creative types here at TODville but I know others are more talented with respect to creativity

  39. 108 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 3:11 am

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    October 14, 2013 at 3:13 am

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    October 14, 2013 at 3:17 am

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    October 14, 2013 at 3:24 am

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    October 14, 2013 at 3:25 am

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    October 14, 2013 at 3:27 am

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    October 14, 2013 at 3:29 am

  47. 117 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 3:35 am

  48. 118 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 3:38 am

    😎 😎 😎

  49. 119 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 3:41 am

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    October 14, 2013 at 3:44 am

  51. 122 Dudette
    October 14, 2013 at 3:46 am

  52. October 14, 2013 at 7:13 am

    I just (purposely) watched the CBS morning news. Quite a bit of video clips of the ‘million vet march’, Cruz and Palin but not one tiny shot of the confederate flag……LOTS of American flags though. Says it all………sigh!!!!!!!


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