What About Me?

President Obama kisses first lady Michelle Obama as he takes the stage to speak about college education at the White House, January 16



Chat away – more in a bit.

128 Responses to “What About Me?”

  1. 1 Cindy
    January 16, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Could it be?

  2. 12 57andfemale
    January 16, 2014 at 12:59 pm


  3. January 16, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Yes it is Cindy. Hey TOD. What’s up?

  4. 18 utaustinliberal
    January 16, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Duuuuuude. The video is private.

  5. 19 Cindy
    January 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    When you love someone, and or just care about someone, and they move on without a word; their privacy is respected but our hearts are burdened because we haven’t heard.

    Reasons I enjoy the TOD family; Chipsticks, UT, LL and others present the news with truths and facts. However, you take time out to enjoy good music; create a good laugh, and the human side of the TOD family that cares causes you to worry.

    Because of that, unapologetically I say, we’re waiting for you Dudette, please come back to your TOD family in a hurry.

  6. 20 Don
    January 16, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Maybe it’s just me but Christie has lost the gleam in his eyes that he used to have. He doesn’t talk with the same emotion that he used to; his energy seems to have left him. He avoids looking people in the eye like he used to. Poor fella, he almost made it out of Jersey.

    • January 16, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      Well, let’s urge him to continue trying to make it out of NJ …. preferably to a Federal Prison …

      Yes We Can

    • 22 Nena20409
      January 16, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      All an Act when One is found Not to be as Good as He/She was led to believe.

      Christie knew and knows that he was telling Tales. He is surprised that so many do care to know more about his abuse of POWER.

    • 23 Cindy
      January 16, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      He is scared as S _ _ _ _.
      Happy Thursday!

    • 24 MightyPamela
      January 16, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      It’s sometimes called ‘Guilt’.

    • 25 jackiegrumbacher
      January 16, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      Don, I think Christie fed on hurting and bullying people like it was red meat and now that he’s under “observation” and has to curtail his nasty streak, he’s feeling the strain. If he had focused on actually helping people–creating jobs, improving education, fixing the state’s infrastructure, ‘helping,’ rather than hindering, people from getting health insurance and embracing Medicaid expansion, he could be riding high right now. Some commenter on The People’s View summed it up nicely, “Christie is a putz.” It wasn’t a compliment.

  7. 26 utaustinliberal
    January 16, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    This is fun stuff. Find out what city you should actually live in.


  8. 32 Nena20409
    January 16, 2014 at 1:02 pm


    Jay Is LIVE already 😉

    Okay then. I could not listen to it today for my time today is not permitting me to listen to his presser.

    • 33 Don
      January 16, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Actually I listen to Jay’s pressers in the evening when I get home from work and after I’ve had a chance to eat and decompress, its almost the highlight of my day after spending time with my wife and kid.

  9. 34 Ladyhawke
    January 16, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Members of Congress Introduce New Fix for Voting Rights Act

    By Ari Berman


    The bill is certain to have its critics, including on the left. Voting rights supporters will argue, justifiably, that the new Section 4 formula does not apply to enough states and wrongly treats voter ID laws differently than other discriminatory voting changes. Despite these flaws, the legislation represents a significant improvement over the disastrous post-Shelby status quo, which has seen states like North Carolina and Texas rush to pass blatantly discriminatory voting restrictions after being freed from federal oversight. The legislation strengthens voting rights protections in a number of tangible ways and gives the federal government and voting rights advocates new tools to combat voting discrimination.
    But now that there’s legislation on the table, members of Congress face a choice: do you want to make it easier or harder for people to vote? The question, and answer, is really that simple.



  10. 35 utaustinliberal
    January 16, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    This is disgusting. Slavery was fun for Black people because white people offered them a richer and more prosperous way of life. The whitewashing of America’s ugly history is incredible.

    • 36 japa21
      January 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Totally misreading the question.

      • 37 utaustinliberal
        January 16, 2014 at 1:29 pm

        How is he misreading the question? This has been an ongoing battle between educators and others who want to whitewash the history of America by providing textbooks and core curriculum that teaches students a false history of the United States.

        Is it okay to ask, did the holocaust offer Jews a better way of life and a share of the prosperity?

        Is it okay to ask, did 9/11 offer Muslims a better way of life and a share of the prosperity?

        Is it okay to ask, did internment offer Japanese-Americans a better way of life and a share of the prosperity?

        So, they want some students to write that yes, slavery was hilarious and so much fun for Black people. Yes, white people used slavery to offer Black people a better way of life and a share of the prosperity. Yes, it’s wonderful when you enslave, torture, and kill human beings because you hate the color of their skin. That’s just the American way.

        The underlying point is that the premise of the question is offensive; especially in light of recent events in the news about how how some school boards are dumbing down education.

    • January 16, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      Oakland USD should read “King Leopold’s Ghost”, about the Belgian rule over the Congo, and then see if it would ask that same question.

      • 39 utaustinliberal
        January 16, 2014 at 1:33 pm

        Exactly, LL. This is nothing new but the brazenness of the question had my jaw dropping. There’ve been movements across the country to whitewash the history of America in terms of slavery, internment, treatment of Native Americans, war, etc. It’s horrible. They’re using covert tactics and faux concern to try and dumb down education.

        People should be taught the proper history of their country so that we don’t repeat the evils and ills of the past and also, so that we progress forward as one.

        • January 16, 2014 at 3:19 pm

          When I was educated in a one room country school most of history was whitewashed. I think I was in fourth grade before anyone in SD was taught algebra and we thought we were going to learn the metric system but for some reason that went away. Just when schools got better something changed and whoever runs things doesn’t like it. They want the truth hidden again. Hopefully we can continue moving forward. The question is stupid.

    • 41 jackiegrumbacher
      January 16, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      UT, this is obscene. What state is this? Even if you interpret the question to mean “imperialism” in the sense of invading, taking over and running someone else’s country, rather than slavery, it’s still stupid and outrageous. I’d like to ask an African whose country was “run” by the British, French, Dutch or Germans how much ‘shared prosperity’ they got out of it. Imperialism in any form was, is and ever shall be vile.

  11. 42 Obama Grandmama
    January 16, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    The article I was checking the title of in my last post which ended up on the last thread is called The Dark Side of Dubai in the Independent. I had mentioned my son’s MBA class just back from a trip there. I had mentioned the article. I should also mention if you know of anyone planning to go work there they should read this article as my son’s class observed some of these things and worse. It reminded me of the GOP ideology having come to fruition with all of the negative impacts involved.

    • 43 Obama Grandmama
      January 16, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      This actually fit in nicely under the slavery topic since a lot of the article involved modern day slavery in Dubai. They lure in people to work there telling of great wages. They take their passports upon arrival. They are required to work a number of years to earn back the fee they needed to get the job. The hours are long with no time off and if they get in debt they go to jail.

    • January 16, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      If I recall, there recently was a case of a French national who played football in the UAE. As with all foreign workers, he was at the mercy of his employer. His team stopped paying him, he sued, and then the team didn’t let him leave the country. Took him months and the intervention of the French govt to get out.

    • January 16, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      I’ve heard an antidote of one person in the travel industry in SD experiencing something similar. I had no names or even a town, so there was no way to check it out. The person was from a county in Central or South America.

  12. 46 utaustinliberal
    January 16, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    First Lady Michelle Obama could give President Obama a run for his money in speech giving. 😀

  13. 47 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 16, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    GA, TOD.

    • 48 Nena20409
      January 16, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      Ans In Spite of their efforts…..Hurting Americans…..the nation and our Economy, ACA Continues to Thrive.

      The media and the TBGOPers are mercilessly destroying US. Dems Need to speak, scream, shout and then Win more elections to change this dysfunction.

      • 49 Nena20409
        January 16, 2014 at 1:17 pm


      • 50 jackiegrumbacher
        January 16, 2014 at 3:37 pm

        Nena, I just came back from a meeting of local Dems and Progressives on the whole issue of “speaking out” and we all agreed that it starts with us because we can actually Do something about it. We decided that we would put together the kinds of messages we want to push–actually create talking points that would apply to all Democratics at any level and then stick to them. We would hand them out at events, send them to newly registered Dems, post them at our booths at fairs and echo them in our LTEs. In other words, actually “model” what we want our candidates to do. That’s going to be our project and I’m anxious to see how it works.

        • 51 Nena20409
          January 16, 2014 at 3:41 pm

          Great news Jakiegrumbacher. Since the MSM is no longer reporting accurately and since Dems have No Real Liberal Media Echo Chamber, the messaging has Got to improve.

          Thank you. Thank You.

  14. 52 utaustinliberal
    January 16, 2014 at 1:14 pm

  15. 53 utaustinliberal
    January 16, 2014 at 1:15 pm

  16. 54 utaustinliberal
    January 16, 2014 at 1:17 pm

  17. 55 utaustinliberal
    January 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm

  18. 56 utaustinliberal
    January 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm

  19. 57 utaustinliberal
    January 16, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    • 58 jackiegrumbacher
      January 16, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      UT, this is a brilliant summary. Do you know where the list of the 100 colleges and universities can be found? One thing I hope is part of the discussion is the cultural orientation that is so vital for kids from lower income backgrounds who transition to colleges. It’s tough for many students to feel comfortable and accepted in a college environment. The so called ‘elite’ schools can be especially unmerciful this way. Many, many moons ago, I won a full scholarship to a super elite liberal arts college and I can tell you that the disorientation–the sense of not belonging–is real. It takes a lot of good on campus mentors and wise advisers to help students to adjust.

      • 59 utaustinliberal
        January 16, 2014 at 3:48 pm

        Thanks for the real life experience, Jackie. I don’t yet know if the white house has uploaded the list, but if the white house’s Twitter or blog does so, I’ll alert you.

  20. 60 Jovie
    January 16, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    This would be awesome!

    • 61 jackiegrumbacher
      January 16, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      Oh wow! That would be a huge boost to American workers and a super boost to the economy. Go PBO!!!!

  21. 62 Nena20409
    January 16, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    You’ve Got to LOVE VP Biden, Lovable Joe


    Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday thanked the executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. for “saving our ass,” according to a pool report.

    Biden was touring the American International Auto Show in Detroit with Ford executive chairman Bill Ford Jr. and Rep John Dingell (D-MI). The pool reporter couldn’t make out Ford’s response.

  22. 63 Linda
    January 16, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Wolf Blizter used to work for AIPAC……

    I think he still does……he is going overboard in support of new Sanctions on Iran.

  23. 64 Nena20409
    January 16, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Sen Feinstein…..For the 1st time in years I say: Thank you.

    She called out those Marching To War. She said on the floor of the senate Yesterday…..that Israel Can Not dictate to US when she goes to War.

    That was The Truth. I applaud her. I am still searching for a clip.

  24. January 16, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    We may be losing a progressive blog:

  25. 76 Ladyhawke
    January 16, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry to issue a statement on Syria at the daily press briefing.


  26. 78 utaustinliberal
    January 16, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Hmmmm….watching closely to see how this unfolds.

    The legislation draws a new coverage formula for Section 4, thereby resurrecting Section 5. States with five violations of federal law to their voting changes over the past fifteen years will have to submit future election changes for federal approval. This new formula would currently apply to Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Local jurisdictions would be covered if they commit three or more violations or have one violation and “persistent, extremely low minority turnout” over the past fifteen years. The formula is based on a rolling calendar, updated with a current fifteen-year time period to exempt states who are no longer discriminating or add new ones who are, creating a deterrent against future voting rights violations. It’s based on empirical conditions and current data, not geography or a fixed time period—which voting rights advocates hope will satisfy Chief Justice John Roberts should the new legislation be enacted and reach the Supreme Court.

    The new Section 4 proposal is far from perfect. It does not apply to states with an extensive record of voting discrimination, like Alabama (where civil rights protests in Selma gave birth to the VRA), Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, which were previously subject to Section 5. Nor does it apply to states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin that have enacted new voting restrictions in the past few years. Moreover, rulings against voter ID laws—like in Texas in 2012—will not count as a new violation. Voter ID laws can still be blocked by the Department of Justice or federal courts in the new states covered under Section 4, but that will not be included as one of the five violations needed to keep the state covered. This exemption for voter ID laws was written to win the support of House majority leader Eric Cantor and other Republicans.

    • 79 57andfemale
      January 16, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      I’m not exactly doing cartwheels over this legislation, based on this report.

    • January 16, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      Well, I have been waiting for voting rights legislation, but I certainly wasn’t waiting for this bullshit!

      • 81 57andfemale
        January 16, 2014 at 3:20 pm

        Thank you! I thought it was just me! What, again, did Republicans actually give up?!?!

        • January 16, 2014 at 4:50 pm

          My guess, 57 is they simply want to be able to claim they did something to protect voting rights, when this crap obviously does nothing to advance anything. Why Democrats latch onto this kind of insulting, hypocritical crap is beyond me. They are giving Republicans a tremendous advantage…once again.

          • 83 57andfemale
            January 16, 2014 at 4:59 pm

            It’s show, it’s not addressing a huge, dangerous issue to this country. I’m sick of this from Dems. And they call me, asking for money, at least 10 times/week. Then they can do their damn jobs. Scream from the rooftops about this travesty, support PBO, support ACA, support diplomacy as one voice. Act more like Republicans: show some righteous outrage and look like you’re pulling together for the common good.

  27. 84 Jovie
    January 16, 2014 at 2:01 pm

  28. 85 forus50
    January 16, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    UT!! OMG that survey is hilarious! I felt like I was contradicting myself with every answer but maybe I’m just a bundle of contradictions naturally. Because….I’m moving to Paris in 2017 and guess what city the survey said I should live in?!?!? Yup! PARIS!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Damn, that just seems to perfect, huh? What did everyone else get?


  29. 102 Linda
    January 16, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    New Jersey Assembly voted 75-0 for the investigation of Christie to move forward.

  30. 106 Linda
    January 16, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Christie lawyers up – who gets that bill?

    Randy Mastro (bio) will head up the legal team. He was chief of staff and deputy mayor when Guiliani ran the city on the other side of the GWB. Guiliani is one of the few Republicans on record backing Christie through this scandal. Among prominent clients Mastro has represented is Home Depot. Ken Langone, the company’s billionaire co-founder, will host a private gathering for Christie on Sunday in Florida – Christie’s first test of scandal-era GOP loyalty. It was also Langone who convened a meeting of GOP bigs to sell Christie on a 2012 White House run (that convo included David Koch and Henry Kissinger).


    • 107 Linda
      January 16, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      Update : Randy Mastro specialty is ” organized crime “

    • 108 jacquelineoboomer
      January 16, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      I like how stories are geographically representing where Christie’s allies are, using the very same ” … on the other side of the GWB … ” that got him into the fix he created and is stuck in, now. Ha ha.

  31. 109 Linda
    January 16, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Does Congress really believe that if they sit with a member of the other party during the State of the Union again that we will fall for it ?

    They treat us like we have no intelligence at all.

  32. 110 yardarm756
    January 16, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    • 111 Linda
      January 16, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      He can only do it Federal Employees…not the general public.

      As usual…..they ignore facts.

    • 113 Nena20409
      January 16, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      And Cruz is an Ivy educated man and a Harvard or Yale Law graduate? Hmm?

      Imperial? Hmm? How come this POTUS have to fight against a Blockade of TBGOPers wall of Nos since Jan 20, 2009? If pres Obama was behavior as an Emperor or with Imperial tendencies, Cruz would Not have been able to spread his lies nor shutdown the Fed Gov’t.

  33. 116 yardarm756
    January 16, 2014 at 2:53 pm

  34. 118 Linda
    January 16, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Food stamp recipients will have their grocery store humiliation compounded by having to show a photo ID in order to buy food if Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) gets his way.

    Under a bill Vitter introduced Wednesday, beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would be denied their food if they are unable to show a photographic identification card at the register. For millions of low-income Americans who don’t have an official photo ID and can’t necessarily afford to buy one, Vitter’s bill would mean being cut off from their primary food source.


    No wonder so many call him a #loser on twitter.

  35. 125 Don
    January 16, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Poor Booker, his first attempt at statesmanship and President Obama puts a clown suit on him.

  36. 126 Nena20409
    January 16, 2014 at 3:53 pm
    • 127 jackiegrumbacher
      January 16, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      Oh, God, so heartbreaking. Such a precious little girl with her whole life ahead of her. This has to stop!!

  37. January 16, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Just sent a note to the WH with a birthday greeting for the First Lady and praise for Obama for the ACA. What is this love? Sometimes I just gotta send a note of love and appreciation to President Obama. Best POTUS ever— even in foreign policy— never thought I’d see the day.


    Never had it so good.

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