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The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama speaks at an event for the Senior Executive Service at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC. The Senior Executive Service (SES) is composed of the senior leadership of the Federal workforce

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President Barack Obama takes a question about immigration reform during a visit to Casa Azafran in Nashville, Tennessee. Casa Azafran, located in Nashville’s most international and socially diverse district, is a community center and home to a number of immigrant-related nonprofits

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The President is greeted by Lilia & Carlos Yepez at their restaurant in Nashville after he spoke on immigration reform.


104 Responses to “The President’s Day”


  1. December 9, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Good Evening NW. Thank you for the post!!!!

    May God bless our POTUS and save him from acid reflux. May he have a safe plane ride home.

  2. 14 jacquelineoboomer
    December 9, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Evenin’.

  3. December 9, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Thank you sooooooooooooooooooooo much Nerdy!!

  4. December 9, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Our Prez must still be nursing a sore throat.

  5. 19 JER
    December 9, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    • 20 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      December 9, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      TIME FOR THE ENERGIZER BUNNY TO WIND DOWN AND DANCE WITH THE GUACAMOLE….I’M GOING BACK TO THE FLATSCREEN AND NURSE MY SORE THROAT WITH SOME HOT TEA,GINGER AND HONEY….:)..IT IS REALLY COLD HERE!…BRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!

  6. December 9, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Congrats NCLB on #1 🙂 Our President as usual, was in fine form at this townhall. His responses were thoughtful, sensible, and comprehensive. The participants asked great questions – they were there to listen, learn and obtain information about their issue. They were not there to “TELL Obama” or to get their faces on camera. They respected him as he respected them, and they appreciated the exemplary way in which PBO has conducted himself.

  7. December 9, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    • 25 CEB
      December 9, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      She looks like my grandmother. It always amazes and delights me to see how so many people, from the very young to the most elderly, just clinging to him. There is just something about him, maybe it’s empathy or just plain goodness that so many people see in him and what to hold on to for awhile. He and Michelle are so real and so themselves. I just love them.

  8. 27 Vicki
    December 9, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    From Linda on last thread re: Richard Engel spouting CIA/RW talking point of the day. “POTUS is killing people with drones.”
    Yes, that is the Corporate cultures response to a horrific report that shames us all.
    Moral equivalence.
    If you turn on media tonight you will hear them all echo how our drone program is terrible.

    Richard Engel turns my stomach.

    • 28 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      December 9, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      THE ANSWER TO THAT…DRONES SPARE SOLDIERS’ LIVES!!!!!!

      • 29 Vicki
        December 9, 2014 at 7:03 pm

        Yes, exactly Sue. RWmedia don’t even try to make sense. They just want to try to smear PBO and divert shame and blame from themselves.

    • 30 Linda
      December 9, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      I truly believe he is CIA …..

    • 31 idon
      December 9, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      I cannot stand Richard Engel’s sorry ass. But here’s the thing. How is it a no name journalist most of us have never heard of loses his life while Richard whose face and spew are everywhere manages to keep his head. It is a mystery.

    • December 9, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      Nice way for Engel to try “both sides”.

      Of course it’s a steaming load of BS, but expect to see it come up on “progressive” sites, along with calls for Obama to immediately prosecute Bush and Cheney or else!*

      *Of course, it won’t be easy, even with this mountain of evidence. And you can bet your bottom dollar that the GOP and the MSM will fight it tooth and nail, and don’t count on the emoprogs to have the President’s back.

  9. 33 vcprezofan2
    December 9, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I am totally, totally lost and too weary to actually educate myself by reading all of today’s previous posts. Came in near the bottom of the ‘PBO holding a town hall’ post, read a couple of comments and realizing quickly I was so far out of the loop almost sat down and wept. This is one day I’m going to move forward and (TRY to) forget what passed before.

    O, congrats, NCLB!

  10. 37 Nena20409
    December 9, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Saw this and Thought of LL and his Mix-a-logist capabilities.

  11. December 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm

  12. 39 Vicki
    December 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    I watched the Colbert report again and it was just as wonderful the second time. Also i caught some nuance the second time. PBO was doing Steven’s facial expressions as well as mimicing his speech. PBO did a pretty fair job of the raised eyebrow thing Steven does.

    • 40 forus50
      December 9, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      Yup, he nailed it! I just watched it for a third time. The mashup painting of Lincoln and Colbert hanging behind it was classic. For anyone who missed it here’s the link.

      I just LOVE Stephen Colbert. I will never forget him trying to cover his emotion when POTUS won in 2008.

    • 41 idon
      December 9, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      Oh LOrd. PBO was magnificient. And since everyone is confessing about the number if times they viewed the vid I will confess I have watched at least several times.

  13. 42 Nena20409
    December 9, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Au ⭐ for NCLB.

  14. December 9, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Deal reached on massive $1.1 trillion spending bill

    Congressional leaders have reached an agreement on a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill that will keep most of the federal government funded through next September.

    Months of protracted negotiations between Democratic and Republican leaders concluded on Tuesday night, with passage expected in the coming days, according to top aides.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/massive-spending-bill-hits-snag-in-congress-as-deadline-draws-near/2014/12/09/981a81b4-7fa7-11e4-81fd-8c4814dfa9d7_story.html?wpisrc=al_comboPN

  15. December 9, 2014 at 7:16 pm

  16. December 9, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    And because everything can’t be death and destruction:

  17. 52 Nena20409
    December 9, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    US News Media is beyond a Joke.

    The Media were good about Snowden unlawfully stealing and wickedly releasing Classified Documents. They could not get enough. They didn’t mind that those Documents released some of them aided the very people this TORTURE Documents were going after.

    The Media were happy to get the Pentagon Papers. Their Go to Guy…….McCain…..spoke out against Torture.

    But the MSM’s continued complicity and their endless duplicity in protecting GW Bush and Cheney is unprecedented.

  18. 53 Nena20409
    December 9, 2014 at 7:25 pm

  19. 54 Nena20409
    December 9, 2014 at 7:28 pm

  20. 56 MightyPamela
    December 9, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    ❤ Jumping in at the bottom as I'm still on the wing, but now I have a newer iPhone to challenge me, so only heaven knows when I'll really be back! Meanwhile, big hugs all around, I'm at a meeting tonight, will peek in after! If I can keep my eyes open! ❤ 🐻 🙂

  21. 57 Obama Grandmama
    December 9, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    I was listening/watching Rev Al and left MSNBC on with CM on Hardball. I usually turn his show off. He came off to me as being on the GOP side about torture. Michael Steele seems to know how to use the “we” statement referring to both of them being Catholic getting Chris on his side. Joan Walsh was a bulldog and right on! The question does torture work is being used to whitewash it and defend it. I remember two wrongs don’t make a right.

    • 58 Linda
      December 9, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      CM is terrified of terrorists………he has become very confrontational with anyone that challenges him….

  22. 59 Nena20409
    December 9, 2014 at 7:34 pm

  23. December 9, 2014 at 7:38 pm

  24. 61 arapaho415
    December 9, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    GE TODville,

    Here’s some updates about CIA/torture:

  25. 63 FoxfireTX
    December 9, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I had to change the channel from MSNBC given Richard Engel’s unfailing attempt to indict PBO for the drone program rather than GWB for torture. What a fucking idiot. But it also caused me to go back to Jim Wright’s article at Stonekettle about the drone program after Anwar al-Awlaki was killed. There are some very relevant points including this, given we are at war with AQ:

    “Targeted killing. I have never understood the moral objection to this. Oh don’t get me wrong, sure it’s immoral. So what? Killing is killing, you can gussy it up all you like, it’s still killing and it’s all immoral. That’s the way it is, you’re just arguing over semantics. If you’re on the receiving end, it doesn’t make one good goddamned bit of difference if death finds you from some random bit of shrapnel or if the bullet has your name written on it. Dead’s dead. Trust me on this, I’ve been there. After a decade of war, so have a hell of a lot of us. Killing people on the battlefield, zapping them in the electric chair, putting poison into their veins, or dropping hellfire on them from the sky – it’s all killing. Morality has got not one damned thing to do with it. Frankly I fail to understand how it was more moral or honorable or even economical to let thousands of people die during the revolution in Libya, for example, than to just drop a Tomahawk on Khaddafi on day one. Bang! There, the asshole’s dead. Toss his body over the balcony railing and let the mob use it for a piñata, we brought sticks, no pushing there’s enough for everybody. War’s over. Long live the Arab Spring and don’t forget who your friends are.

    ….

    Bottom line, they could have surrendered. They could have surrendered at anytime, right up until 9:55AM last Friday morning. Even then, they could have faced the Predators, threw down arms and raised their hands and claimed their rights as citizens of the United States of America.

    They didn’t.

    They chose to die.

    They chose to die as martyrs to a cause hostile to their own country. They welcomed it.

    They chose to die as terrorists, not as Americans.

    They made their choice, let them suffer the consequences.”
    http://www.stonekettle.com/2011/10/consequences.html

    Bottom line, when you choose to fight a war people get killed. That fact does NOT justify–nor is it equivalent to–torturing the people in your custody. Every civilized nation recognizes this distinction. And I’d much rather have these terrorists killed by drones than see our troops put in harm’s way to stop them. Wish someone would tell Engel to STFU!

  26. 64 JER
    December 9, 2014 at 7:59 pm


    LIVE NOW: President Obama Returns to Andrews – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  27. December 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Still laughing at a cranky email from a TOD lurker who complained about the profanity in some of the tweets we post, especially from the Tweet of God (“who is NOT funny”), and that we were insulting the President by posting them. And that me and Nerdy should show more respect considering how much money we’re making from TOD 😆

    Nerdy? Apparently we’re RICH!1!1!

  28. December 9, 2014 at 8:07 pm

  29. December 9, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Fuck me. (That’s for the cranky lurker. Eat me, asswipe.)

    Just got an email from the missus. Her dad may be having surgery tonight. His wound got infected and now his hand/arm are swollen.

    I”m just gutted, not only for him, but for me and the missus. I don’t know when she’ll be home now.

  30. 90 forus50
    December 9, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I had to cut out during the town hall today so missed the Q/A with the priest.

  31. 93 carolyn
    December 9, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Oh, LL…..I am so sorry, for all three of you! I know you miss your missus terribly, yet you know her father needs her, and you know she’s rather be home in Cali, and, and , and……..how complex these situations become, especially when health is involved. Please keep us posted.

  32. December 9, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    And mom always comes through, even when she annoys me. She has arroz con pollo waiting for me, so I don’t have to cook.

    • 96 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      December 9, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Aren’t Moms great? My Mom drives me nuts at times, however, I feel so Blessed to still have her mentally in her right mind, physically sound for her age, and able to still live independently… I’m especially grateful this year because we’ve lost about 20 folks in my tiny little community. My 2014 social life has consisted of funerals…

  33. December 9, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    “All of this is to say that – if we are serious about wanting to “expose the CIA’s dark side” – we have to take a long view backwards. What the Bush/Cheney administration did was despicable. But it didn’t spring up out of whole cloth during their 8 years in office.”

  34. December 9, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    I’m serving some homemade pie from CarolMae – LL can have some for dessert after he polishes off his mom’s delicious arroz con pollo. 🙂

  35. 100 jacquelineoboomer
    December 9, 2014 at 8:43 pm

  36. 101 Jeff
    December 9, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    I read the torture reports, more skimmed. I don’t know if I have it in myself to read the evils that Bush and Cheney brought to this country. It’s painful to know such is allowed to flourish like it was by a corrupt media and congress. The president did the right thing on much of this.

  37. December 9, 2014 at 8:57 pm

  38. 104 globalcitizenlinda
    December 9, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    yu


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