The President Participates In A Live ‘Virtual Field Trip’

10:50 EDT: The President participates in a live “virtual field trip” with students around the country

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  1. 1 amk for obama
    April 30, 2015 at 10:36 am



  2. 7 Vicki
    April 30, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Hello again.
    I won’t retype it but if you are interested in what actually happened in NYC last night please see my comments on previous thread.

  3. April 30, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Bringing over this exchange between Don and 57 because the new post interrupted it!


    Some here have suggested that if Hillary is the Democratic nominee that we should get behind her and vote for her because she will be better than any Republican. She might be better than any Republican, but the question is will she build upon what President Obama has created. All of President Obama’s accomplishments could have happened under Bill Clinton if Bill was interested in moving towards a more perfect union. Clintoncare could have happened under Bill if he would have had the political courage to see it through. DADT and DOMA happened on Bill’s watch, again minus any political courage. Healthcare and gay rights are two of the most important pillars of any progressive society, but under Clinton they were tossed to the side in favor of political expediency. Now comes word that Hillary is backing Warren’s play when it comes to TPP, the Clintons have learned nothing since they last roamed the halls of the Whitehouse. But I’m supposed to run down to the nearest voting booth and vote for Hillary, Fuck no I’m not ready for Hillary.


    I don’t disagree, Don, but there are some things to discuss. Clintoncare failed because the Democrats in Congress failed. Yes, should Bill have abandoned it after that? That will be a debatable question. Many reasons that Dems didn’t vote in the 1994 midterms was their anger that Dems failed to pass health care.

    I have stated repeatedly that the most progressive the Clintons are are on the campaign trail. However, LGBT rights over 20 years ago cannot be compared to where we are now. I always thought DADT was a terrible compromise, but I just don’t think we can look at political attitudes towards LGBT rights of two decades ago through our 2015 lens.

    I don’t know how old you are, but there was a strong sense in the early 90’s that the Democratic way of doing things had to be moderated with more “fiscal” responsibility, and a more rightward tilt. This was true even for a good many Democrats. We had deficits out of control, etc. Bill Clinton bridged that gap. What we have learned is that those rightward policies are dead-on wrong for the economy and society, but we really didn’t know that then.

    Clinton stood at a point in history when he could have reversed Reagan-era elimination of anti-trust laws and he could have halted the destructive and dangerous alliance of religion (read: religious Right) and government. He put both of those on steroids. A major mistake.

    Worse than DOMA and DADT was his collusion with Republicans to deregulate the banks. We are in this mess because of the law that Clinton championed.

    People do learn. Times do change and priorities and policies must be adjusted. Is Hillary there? I don’t know yet. I hope her eyes and ears are open and she understands that she also stands to move progressive change in a positive direction, helping her country.

    All that being said, your reasons for not wanting (or possibly not voting for) Hillary cannot stand up to what is the most important test: who appoints the next SCOTUS-es and influences the Federal Courts. Literally, nothing else matters. If Al Gore had been POTUS instead of W., we would not have had CU, Hobby Lobby or any other number of horrific decisions. The courts over the next 20 years will decide if we continue to be the America we love – NOTHING is more important than that.

    • 9 donna dem 4 obama
      April 30, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Thank You and heck regarding DOMA and DADT that couldn’t have changed even 10 years ago. I remember what Karl Rove did in the 2004 General Election by putting Same Sex Marriage Laws on each ballot in the battleground states to drive out the evangelical vote that year. Times have changed. Even PBO has evolved on that particular issue.

      My hope is that there is some great Progressive that will capture the Nation this Fall and build a movement for the 2016 election. I’m not holding my breathe my I can dream can’t I?

      • 10 57andfemale
        April 30, 2015 at 11:20 am

        So Bernie Sanders has already pissed me off this morning on the Bill Press Show. He’s never voted for a trade agreement, and he’s against all trade agreements. What century does he live in? He’s in favor of “trade policies that support the middle class and working people.” Okay – so is every progressive and – newsflash, Bernie – so is PBO. Unilateral trade policies? So the rest of the world moves ahead of us and we no longer play a global role? Are you serious?!?!

        Speaking of whether Bernie Sanders is serious, Karl Frisch on Stephanie Miller this morning was excellent. Does Bernie seriously think he can win? Does he think he can cobble together pennies to beat the Kochs? Does he entertain AT ALL finding a mature way to raise some of the cash? Does he take his own campaign seriously, or is he just a protest candidate where he can pick and choose his issues and ignore everything REAL.

        Karl’s answer was hilarious: No, he’s not serious and here’s the proof. GET A COMB and comb your hair and get a haircut and stop looking like a disheveled old man who should be playing chess in the park.

    • 11 amk for obama
      April 30, 2015 at 10:55 am

      because the new post interrupted it!


    • 18 amk for obama
      April 30, 2015 at 11:02 am

      between a rock and a clinton. good luck, america.

    • 19 FoxfireTX
      April 30, 2015 at 11:16 am

      57, thank you for this thoughtful commentary. I agree with many of your points, but I cannot forgive Bill for adopting the Rs line of ending “big government”. That capitulation by him in order to make his legacy violated everything the Dems stood for. And his work with Rs to end Glass Steagall lead us to the financial catastrophe of 2008.

      Has Hillary learned anything? I don’t know, and I don’t think any of us will know until if and when she ever is president. I don’t trust her, and doubt I ever will. But we simply cannot lose sight of the big picture. The only way any of PBO’s accomplishments will be preserved is with a Dem president in 2016. And then there is the courts, as you so aptly note. While I’ve been accused by some here as calling for a ‘kumbaya” moment with respect to Hillary, I think that is unfair. I simply am concerned that we don’t create such a divide in the Dem party that we give the Rs an opening for this next crucial election. If we think things were bad under GWB, I shudder to think of what they would be with this current Congress and a R in the WH.

      • 20 57andfemale
        April 30, 2015 at 11:32 am

        I think we can be wary but as you say, aware of the big picture. I loathed the nastiness by Dems to PBO and especially throughout his first term, I kept saying, “there is a way to criticize without doing damage.”

        We must not to damage to PBO’s legacy and our own wishes for how the country moves forward. I did come to loathe her during the campaign, and I doubt I will ever trust her completely again. That being said, expect me to say nice things about her if it becomes clear she will be our candidate. Because literally, our future is in peril and we must do everything we can to elect a Democrat to the WH in 2016.

        There is something else: Bill Clinton generates a ton of love. He just does. I have close friends who will vote for any Dem who like PBO, but they LOVE Bill. This is not to be dismissed – it can be important.

        I think if Hillary has a brain in her head, it would serve her well to distance herself from the destruction of Glass-Steagall and the deregulation of the bank. To “learn” from NAFTA and forge a new way forward. It’s more important to show her independence from Bill on certain issues than to distance herself from PBO, as if he hasn’t been progressive enough. Bill’s presidency was not progressive at all. She needs to align herself comfortably with PBO voters because many will stay home. The best thing she can do is win the hearts and minds of Democrats – to hell with the fringey “independents” who are non-information voters.

        • May 1, 2015 at 1:22 am

          I would wish that Hillary knew what she stands for without the listening tour. That she could be her own person forging her own path without all this strategizing. When you are aiming for something it is easier to stay on the path. Otherwise you are always testing the waters to figure out which way to go.

  4. 22 donna dem 4 obama
    April 30, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Good Morning TOD

    I hear there is a Birthday today!

  5. April 30, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD family & a very special Happy Birthday morning to you Jackie!! Hope you have all the fun and happiness you can stand & your day filled with sunshine and love. May your health issues be resolved and go away like bursting bubbles. Best wishes for the remaining year. Hope everyone has a lovely day.

  6. April 30, 2015 at 10:51 am

  7. 37 Nerdy Wonka
    April 30, 2015 at 10:55 am

    HEADS UP: First Lady Michelle Obama will be on David Letterman tonight.

  8. 40 JER
    April 30, 2015 at 10:58 am

  9. 44 TrumpDog
    April 30, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Happy Birthday to Jackie. Easy for me to remember; it’s my youngest son’s as well.

    Enjoy your special day! 🙂

  10. 45 amk for obama
    April 30, 2015 at 11:07 am

    no, that’s not jtp.

  11. 51 JER
    April 30, 2015 at 11:11 am

  12. 52 amk for obama
    April 30, 2015 at 11:15 am

    What’s it like living under a curfew?


  13. 53 FoxfireTX
    April 30, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Happy Birthday Jackie G! May your day and this year be wonderful for you.

  14. 54 EricFive
    April 30, 2015 at 11:25 am

    In light of the Washington Post attempting to float the idea that Freddie Grey broke his own neck, I am reposting a comment I made in one of the early morning threads yesterday because I think this latest development lends credence to what I stated:

    Add to that the White privilege to be forever innocent and blameless. Blame always seems to be placed at the feet of the Black victims. When Tamir was murdered by the police lets not forget that newspaper writing about Tamir’s father owing back child support. The sick pathology that lead that paper to print that irrelevant garbage is what I am talking about. Or when Trayvon wearing a hoodie in the rain was presented as the cause of his murder (they said he was wearing the “thugs” uniform). To maintain the myth of White superiority, the myth of Black inferiority must also be maintained. By the same token, to maintain the myth of White inherent innocence the myth of Black inherent guilt must be maintained at all costs. If Blacks were not inherently guilty, then White folks would have to look inward for the reason they have treated Black folks so harshly and unfairly through the centuries. The media’s main objective is to prevent the need for White folks to look inward, it is always the Black guy’s fault.

  15. April 30, 2015 at 11:31 am

    “Next time someone says racism isn’t real, show them this 3-minute video”

  16. April 30, 2015 at 11:34 am

  17. 65 Don
    April 30, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Who comes white kids never have to sing “We shall overcome?”

  18. 68 donna dem 4 obama
    April 30, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Tim Wise’s comment on Facebook this morning:

    The police have no shame, no decency, no honor or integrity. Trying to suggest that Freddie Gray broke his own spine in three places, damn near severing his spinal cord at the base of his neck — the new claim in case you hadn’t heard — is the most outrageous, pathetic excuse of a cover-up I’ve ever heard. The BPD is a criminal gang. Period. And they clearly think we are living in a time when the people will believe whatever they say. But it’s a new day, and their propaganda gun is shooting blanks…

  19. 77 Vicki
    April 30, 2015 at 11:42 am

    regarding earlier remarks
    I said on TOD a week before the TPP remarks she made that I was already tired of Elizabeth Warren
    Martin O’Malley is no longer a consideraton for me
    I am similarly tired on Bernie Sanders

    But I welcome Bernie’s entry into the fray because someone has to open the door to let the notion that there Will be a Primary come through.

    No. He will not beat HRC.
    But just in case another more qualified candidate is taking his time, this opening might be just the push he needs.

    • 78 MightyPamela
      April 30, 2015 at 11:50 am

      I feel as if this is a good thing as well, tho it seems impossible he can raise the kind of money our dismal political system now demands, but he is a voice, and if voices can make a difference, by asking questions, by raising issues people need to be concerned about, he may be strident but he will make some other certain pols squirm as they try not to answer. If he gets in the faces of some who are accustomed to being bowed to, they will not appreciate the pressure. IMO.

    • 79 Don
      April 30, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Unless another Barack Obama type comes along we might be in a world of hurt.

  20. 80 MightyPamela
    April 30, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Happy Birthday, JackieG!! Just enjoy those balloons!! 🙂

  21. 82 donna dem 4 obama
    April 30, 2015 at 11:54 am

  22. April 30, 2015 at 11:55 am

    To learn more about the people who harvest our food:

  23. 85 JER
    April 30, 2015 at 11:59 am

    MightyPamela, the picture that you liked yesterday was not an Instagram. Here it is again — just a bit smaller.

  24. 86 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 30, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Well, there is someone watching…

  25. 87 JER
    April 30, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Senator Bernie Sanders holds a news conference. Click here ► ► http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  26. April 30, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    This is who he is, his essential nature.

  27. April 30, 2015 at 12:24 pm

  28. 98 Linda
    April 30, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Here is the Clinton campaign contact info if anyone wants to tell her to keep away from Eliz Warren or lose the PBO supporters.

    Have a question or an issue? Let us know. The more specific you can be, the better. Please email us at info@hillaryclinton.com or call us at 646-854-1432.

    I think they just hung up on me………good grief.

    • 99 nospin
      April 30, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      I’ll pass. HRC will not be POTUS.

    • April 30, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      i want her to be who she is…so that folks will have no delusions about what they are voting for…

      she says that she is against TPP…seeing as an agreement has been made …what is she against…

        • 102 Don
          April 30, 2015 at 12:39 pm

          She is indeed showing us who she is.

          • April 30, 2015 at 12:41 pm

            so if she becomes the nominee…we will be under no illusions

            • 104 Don
              April 30, 2015 at 12:58 pm

              Right prettyfoot, I know who and what the Clintons are. Ted Kennedy said that Bill Clinton told him that back in the day someone like “Barack Obama would be getting us coffee.” That right there is who the Clintons are. So for those of you that can overlook a statement like that and still go out and vote for Hillary, be my guest.

          • April 30, 2015 at 12:49 pm

            It’s actually kind of weird. We’ve witnessed Hillary Clinton in the public eye for over 20 years, so we know quite a lot about who she is, what she values, the choices she’s made, the people she keeps close.

            But now that they’re trying to repackage her, it appears we know nothing because she’s either being overly cautious and repeating what is obvious or already mainstream or she’s not saying anything at all. So no matter how hard her campaign works to try and gloss it all over with consultants and focus groups, there is a lot of mistrust when it come to HRC.

  29. 106 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 30, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JG! You share the day with some folks I hold in high esteem — Duke Ellington, my brother Jimmy, and God-daughter Sierra. In honor of all of you, there is a little party starting at 1:00 PM. International Jazz Day…

  30. 107 No Child Left Behind
    April 30, 2015 at 12:38 pm

  31. 108 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 30, 2015 at 12:43 pm

  32. 109 donna dem 4 obama
    April 30, 2015 at 12:44 pm

  33. April 30, 2015 at 12:47 pm

  34. 111 GGail
    April 30, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    I know the minute I post this…a new Post will appear, but here goes.

    Moving Forward in 2015/2016

    Hillary Clinton in LA:
    “Every single value we fought for and legislative victory we and President Obama won is now at risk. Losing the White House will lead directly to legislative victories for the Party of Cruz-Bush. And the undoing of ACA and much else. Our analysis is simple; we have to retain the White House to protect what we have won, and give us the ability to build on and expand a progressive agenda. And Hillary Rodham Clinton is the candidate that has the broadest expertise and savvy to win in November 2016 and retain the White House for our values.

    We intend to fight to protect everything we, you, and President Obama, have gained over the past 6 years. And we intend to do everything we can to support President Obama sprinting across the finish line because that will leave President Clinton with the strongest possible starting place. To paraphrase a good friend of ours and the President’s, ‘We stand for a America where people turn to each other, not where they turn on each other.’ That is why we are progressives and Democrats. We know you each feel the same.” Lou and Carol Frillman, 4/25/2015
    Hillary will be in Los Angeles on May 7th. We have already sold out the Unger breakfast event and the Bochco luncheon. However, there is still limited space in the evening reception at the home of Cheryl and Haim Saban. Please RSVP as soon as possible if you plan to attend!! If you cannot attend, please donate anyway — you will be put on the list for the next event with Hillary. Let’s show how much LA supports Hillary!

    A Conversation with Hillary Clinton at the Home of Cheryl and Haim Saban:

    When: Thursday, May 7, 2015, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Where: The Home of Cheryl and Haim Saban, Beverly Hills, California (Address will be provided upon RSVP.)
    Attendee: $2,700 per person
    Event Co-Host: Raise $27,000 (includes host reception with Hillary and membership in Hillstarters program)
    Event Host: Raise $50,000 (includes host reception with Hillary and membership in Hillstarters program)

  35. April 30, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Does anyone know who this is?

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