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76 Responses to “1995…..”

  1. 1 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Say what?

  2. 6 globalcitizenlinda
    May 5, 2015 at 10:17 pm


  3. May 5, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    My streak is broken to a worthy adversary… 😎 Congrats, Dudette!

    After hearing one of his biggest fans needed help, Indiana Pacers star Paul George stepped up in a big way. The family of 11-year-old Daisy Esterline, who has cerebral palsy, had been trying to raise money to buy a wheelchair-accessible van. The family had set up a GoFundMe page with the goal of raising $12,000. Howard Esterline sent George—who had previously met Daisy—a tweet this past weekend to ask him for some help. On Monday, George came through for the family via the GoFundMe page—with an incredible donation of $10,000.

  4. May 5, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    It’s no breaking news that Auburn legend Cam Newton was back on campus this spring semester. For students and fans, seeing his face around brought back the excitement of the 2010 season, the 28-27 Iron Bowl, the SEC Championship win against Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks, and, eventually, bringing home the BCS National Championship trophy for the first time since 1957. Countless selfies from eager fans flooded social media while students crowded his classrooms just for a peek at the now-Carolina Panthers quarterback. Since his first day back, the attention from student fans has been hard to avoid, but Newton said it’s relatively normal for him. “It’s something that you just have to get used to,” Newton said. “Every time I come to Auburn, it’s nothing but love.”….

    Newton said his return to school was under his mother’s wishes, regardless of his success as an NFL quarterback. “It was a promise that I made to her,” Newton said. “My mom was more compassionate about how I would be treated off the field. Throughout the process, before I even knew what school I was going to go to, she wanted me to vow to her that whatever school I do decide, I would graduate from. She wasn’t playing, she was serious, and I was sincere.” When Auburn hands him the sociology degree he’s been working for, he said he has special plans on where to keep it. “When I do get my diploma, I’m going to put it right above my mom’s door, so she knows her words were not in vain,” Newton said. “All my awards that mean the world to me are implanted (in her house), and this is no different. If anything, it’s going right along next to the Heisman.”
    Although he received his diploma for his mother, he said it’s not only for her sake. “I was always asked, ‘Cam, why?’” Newton said. “’Why are you coming back?’ And as I get more educated about sociology, and education as a whole, shame on me if I don’t use my influence in a positive way. Someone may look at my situation and say, ‘He may be financially set, but yet he’s bettering himself.’ Maybe I can encourage somebody else who is in my situation or is down and out [to] always strive for a better you and that’s what this was pretty much all about: making myself better.” ….continue”

  5. 28 vcprezofan2
    May 5, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Smartypants gave a little background to this video

    // ………………………………

    In the discussion after the reading, Obama talks about how he has reconciled the anger he experienced as a teenager and how his faith gave him an optimism about our ability as Americans to deal with the racial divide.

    If you can find the time to watch this video (introduction and reading until 25:10, then Q&A), you will be reminded that we have a President who has had his own unique experience of racism and taken a deep personal journey to not only understand himself, but how his life is part of the greater American story.


    • May 6, 2015 at 1:09 am

      Well said, VC. The U. S. was very lucky to elect President Obama. The depth of his knowledge and understanding of the world, but especially the complex issue race/ethnicity/tribal, etc., is unmatched by any of the Politicians I know, including the previous presidents. It’s truly a shame that he has faced such hostile obstructionism, and hatred, from small minded people. Here is a man who from an early age had such a vision, if people who opposed him were not so petty, that would have worked for the betterment of this country and the world.

  6. 30 vcprezofan2
    May 5, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Mr. Obama looks more like a teenager here than a husband and father.

    • May 5, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      So true, VC ….

      Thank you, Chips, and @Freefree0Bobbie for bringing this gift to us.


    • 32 Vicki
      May 5, 2015 at 10:57 pm

      Chips, I am so glad you posted this reading/Q & A again. I hope everyone takes the time to watch it. After 6 years in the eye of the storm I wonder how, if at all, The President’s views on the future and possibilities on race relations have changed.
      The part where he reads from his book about coming to understand white privilege were as powerful as anything I’ve ever heard.

      • May 5, 2015 at 11:43 pm

        I so agree. It is well worth watching. I watched it a couple weeks ago and was so moved. The anger he must have felt. What struck me is how he has endured that pain, risen above it all, just to have all the hate thrown at him during his Presidency. He is such a great man.

      • 35 Betsy
        May 6, 2015 at 12:21 am

        I thought the same thing.

      • May 6, 2015 at 1:16 am

        Vicki, I second your comment 100%. It’s very sad that there are many Americans, almost half of the country, who still don’t realize how lucky this country was for electing this smart, thoughtful, and empathetic man as President of the United States.

  7. May 5, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Very disappointing…had high hopes for AJA

  8. May 5, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    The NFL & Roger Goodell said they were going to change the culture around the league…..

    On top of that…. teams are sending players to recruit LSU OT La’el Collins (b/c coaches/GM/scouts can’t until May 9th) He was a guaranteed top 10 pick this last weekend but went undrafted because he is wanted for questioning after his former pregnant girlfriend was murdered…the child was delivered, but subsequently died Saturday. Collins has been asked to take a paternity test to see if the child was his and police want to know to what extent he may be involved in the child’s death.

  9. 40 amk for obama
    May 5, 2015 at 11:02 pm

  10. 41 amk for obama
    May 5, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    US approves ferry service between Cuba and Florida.


    gulpo rubio prezinent yet?

    • 42 theo67
      May 6, 2015 at 12:04 am

      So, are they abolishing that rule about wet foot/dry foot – or whatever it’s called?

      • 43 Vicki
        May 6, 2015 at 8:53 am

        Common sense, reason, and compassion spread thoughout the realm—-Thank You President Obama!

  11. 44 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 11:09 pm

  12. 46 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 11:46 pm

  13. 47 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 11:51 pm

  14. 49 Dudette
    May 5, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    This woman can do no wrong musically. She is e’rthang!

  15. 50 GGail
    May 6, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Thank you Chips. That was wonderful. I grabbed my copy of the book and read along with Barack. Hearing him speak on these topics of economics, racial equality, etc from 1995 and knowing his words of 2008 till now shows just how consistent and awesome human being he really is. I have much respect for President Barack Obama.

    I thought to myself, “young man, you’re going to be our black President and here in 1995, you don’t even know it”.

  16. 51 vcprezofan2
    May 6, 2015 at 12:11 am

    A bit of ‘horror’ to wake you up while I slip out the side door. G’Night folks!

  17. 52 globalcitizenlinda
    May 6, 2015 at 12:27 am

    thanks a lot for sharing this video – thought I had watched everything about PBO that was in the public arena;

    it is indeed a “must watch”

  18. 53 vcprezofan2
    May 6, 2015 at 12:28 am

    ‘All I want to say is that they don’t really care about us!’ = beautiful choreography

  19. May 6, 2015 at 12:38 am

    If anyone is even remotely paying attention …..

    …. they know PBO and VPB are preparing to #RockTheVote in 2016 🙂





    #FiredUp ……… #DamnStraight

    good night TOD

    • 55 jacquelineoboomer
      May 6, 2015 at 12:59 am

      Don’t toy with me on that rock the vote stuff – Ha! I’m IN all the way!!!!!!!!!!!


    • May 6, 2015 at 1:13 am

      Thank you, Mr. Bobfr.
      I am paying attention.
      I thank everyone who sent congrats to me earlier today for being #1.

      I am so disgusted with what is happening in B’More and Beyond it is hard to concentrate. Lurking is a comfort place right now.
      I must get out the house early and walk to calm my mind and keep thinking, feeling and loving positively.
      I just wish the good cops and righteous people will #speakthefuckup!
      I am tired of rhetoric, hypocrites and assholes…….

      Okay. Let me stop now. It’s too late to go for a walk.
      I come here late at night to retweet your latest tweet so that I can finally sleep.
      Your tweets keep me focused.
      Thank you.
      Good night TOD.

    • May 6, 2015 at 1:32 am

      Thanks for sharing this, Bob. The moment VP Joe Biden announces that he is running I will pledge to do everything necessary to make sure he is elected. Like you, I “Trust Joe” and I am “Ridin’ With Biden.”

  20. 62 FoxfireTX
    May 6, 2015 at 1:45 am

    Good evening TOD! Just catching up on all of today’s happenings. BEST NEWS? VP Biden’s team was/is in touch with the DNC on debate scheduling! So hoping he will decide to run. But too bad the DNC is limiting it to six debates. While I thought 20 in 2008 was a little much, six seems like too few. But again this is being done for HRC. Too bad.

    Just saw a tweet where Jet Blue is the first major airline to schedule service between JFK New York to Cuba! By the time PBO leaves office, lifting the embargo will be a formality. Loved his discussion of race with Letterman last night. He is on the loose, and I am so looking forward to these next 18 months.

    Hope the day was good for everyone!

  21. 63 vcprezofan2
    May 6, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Well, well, there seems to be quite a bit of action in the village this morning. 😉 However, I do believe that I should shut down and go to bed (I was watching old clips of America/Australia/Britain’s got Talent, focusing on the child singers; it was lots of fun).

    G’Night, Bobfr, JO’B, LDS, Nathk and Foxfire! Sweet dreams!

  22. 64 99ts
    May 6, 2015 at 2:08 am

    My world is upside turkey at the minute. There I was coming second and screaming furst & then the phone was buzzing and the texts were flying and the tradies were making this worst mess on the planet & I just got back to TOD – sigh

    • 65 vcprezofan2
      May 6, 2015 at 7:10 am

      O dear, TS, don’t say the tradespeople are back! You must be making some strong friendships with them! They’ll be done for the day by now though…..right?

      • 66 99ts
        May 6, 2015 at 9:10 am

        I think they will be here forever – one is about to get the heave ho but then we will have to find a replacement – sigh

  23. 68 susanne
    May 6, 2015 at 2:40 am

    wow! absolutely loved the video of a young obama speaking so beautifully and intelligently about the very issues we’re facing right now. thank you for posting this.

  24. 69 vcprezofan2
    May 6, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Good Morning, future Pres O. We ❤ ❤ you, but you know that!

    Good Morning, TODobots! Looks like it's going to be a sunny and quiet day.
    So, I woke up this morning thinking specifically of Carolyn and Africa + their husbands and family, GoB, HZ, and JackieG. May you all have a really healthy Wednesday!

  25. 70 vcprezofan2
    May 6, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Boy, you guys can sleep (hear the envy?)! I’ll go have breakfast.

    • 71 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      May 6, 2015 at 7:43 am

      Morning, VC! Been up for an hour. Was talking to my Grandson via direct msg on facebook… the wonders of technology… now off to make coffee

  26. 72 amk for obama
    May 6, 2015 at 8:28 am

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  27. 73 amk for obama
    May 6, 2015 at 8:28 am

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