“I knew I was going to sing… I was just trying to figure out which key”

An amazing conversation with Valerie Jarrett on what has transpired in America over the last two weeks through the eyes of President Obama



~10:45 Valerie Jarrett‘s response “why is it all on him?”

98 Responses to ““I knew I was going to sing… I was just trying to figure out which key””

  1. 4 Nerdy Wonka
    July 3, 2015 at 2:49 pm


    • 5 hopefruit2
      July 3, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      Nerdy – looks like someone stole your tweet almost immediately after you posted it! LMAO…

      • 6 Nerdy Wonka
        July 3, 2015 at 2:55 pm


        I blocked that moron a while ago. He/she always steals tweets. Can’t come up with an original idea.

        If TOD people are following, it would be wise to hit the unfollow button.

        Once a tweet thief. Always a tweet thief.

        Thanks for the heads up, HF.

        • 7 hopefruit2
          July 3, 2015 at 3:00 pm

          Anytime Nerdy. I’m not following that thief – thank goodness!

          I happened to be following the “Serena” trending topic and saw your tweet, and then a few minutes later thought I was seeing the same tweet…except that it was from a different sender. Geez these people have some nerve…

      • July 3, 2015 at 3:15 pm

        Serena and Venus will be playing against each other next time they play. Oh no!!!!

      • July 3, 2015 at 3:26 pm

        It’s usually Venus that has me going for the oxygen! LOL! This why Serena is the GOAT…she’s a Warrior champion who NEVER gIves up. Venus is a Warrior as well…I really hate it when they play each other. History could be made no matter who wins their match

    • 12 CEB
      July 3, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      The Williams sisters are the only reason that the U S has had a winning international presence since the days of Pete Sampras. Everyone should be celebrating them as an American success story. One of the things I like most Serena and Venus is that they go their own way, living their lives as they choose and not giving the haters not one iota of their attention and energy. Serena especially should be celebrated from sea to shining sea as the holder of more tennis championships that anyone, male or female.

    • July 3, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      Well, Serena did tell the crowd not to try her! When you come for the Queen…

    July 3, 2015 at 2:49 pm


    July 3, 2015 at 2:53 pm


  4. July 3, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Congrats theo on 1st !!! 🙂


    Interesting article ….

    “This week, the prince, who has a penchant for texting influential people and has James Murdoch on speed-dial, announced he will donate all his wealth to charity, including empowering women through his own Alwaleed Philanthropies organisation, modelled on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As he invited the world media for a briefing in Riyadh, he also used the opportunity to push his version of the size of his fortune, which he says is $32bn (£20bn). That is still at odds with Forbes’s 2015 estimate of $22.6bn, which puts him 34th on its list.

    Alwaleed, a nephew of King Salman and a grandson of Saudi Arabia’s founder, Abdulaziz, is unlike other big Saudi princes. He often appears in public with his tinted glasses and wearing suits instead of the usual ankle-length thawb. The prince, who is obsessive about calorie counting and usually has no more than 1,100 a day, has progressive views on women, music and cinema and has called for the Arab world, Saudi monarchy included, to implement reform.”


    Be sure not to miss the video from FM Zarif posted on the bottom of the previous thread ….

    July 3, 2015 at 2:55 pm


  6. July 3, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Go 4th and hav a lovely weekend. Will be cheering for the US women’s soccer team on Sunday.

  7. July 3, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    I made some remarks about Bernie Sanders today on twitter and quickly got swarmed by his stans. So I posted his record and all of a sudden all of them scrammed. So just in case you might need it……..Heehee.

  8. 26 hopefruit2
    July 3, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    I think some people on Twitter need to be honest about where their vitriol towards Serena Williams is really coming from. And it’s not a good place. It’s coming from a place of unadulterated bigotry. Misogyny & Racism. All the nasty slurs about “testosterone” and “gorilla,” etc are not about her behavior/attitude. It’s about these people’s angry, petty reactions to the fact that a black woman is competent at what she does.

    We know if she were not Black the same behavior would be coded by these losers as “spunky” and “spicy” etc… Let’s be honest here…

    • 27 Nerdy Wonka
      July 3, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      Bravo, bravo, bravo, HF!

      The hate and vitriol that is leveled against her is unprecedented. Even by some sports journalists. Sometimes the crowds at these tennis matches are like a freaking lynch mob. It’s disgusting.

      I applaud and love how she perseveres and keeps being number one over and over and over again.

      Black Girl Magic is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L and her haters will deal because she is a superstar and she is not going anywhere.

    • 28 0388jojothecat
      July 3, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      I find that some white males and some females when it’s an AA (male or female) or other minority that does will in sports, politics, beats whites, or exceeds their records ( see Tiger Woods, Hank Aaron, Serena Williams, A-Rod, Debbie Thompson Olympic ice skating, PBO, etc ) they feel it necessary to hope they fail. I don’t get it.

    • 29 sam uk obama supporter
      July 3, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      Some people are so shallow and bigoted, I agree with you. Serena and Venus are out of this world. However this game was so hard to watch because it really was a case of divided loyalty. I wanted Heather Watson to win because of my loyalty to the UK BUT also I wanted Serena to win because of my loyalty to the USA! I guess either way I would have been happy with the result. I just hope one of the Williams sisters wins the tournament.

      Also thank Goodness that there will not be the same divided loyalty in the football! GO USA!!! I can’t wait to watch it even if it does mean an extremely late night for my son and I on a school day (my son is rooting for the USA also).

      I wish you all here a happy 4th of July tomorrow and I will be thinking of you all as we celebrate here at home with friends and family.

      • 30 hopefruit2
        July 3, 2015 at 3:52 pm

        Indeed Sam. And of course we would expect the home crowd to show support for the home player. Heather Watson deserved the full support of her home crowd. And she played a fantastic game, no doubt. But that’s not my issue here.

        There’s a difference between rooting for someone because you want that person or team to win, and being vitriolic to their opponent for reasons that have very little or nothing to do with the game – attacking their very essence, hurling all kinds racial and misogynistic epithets at them while they’re playing. That’s what I meant about Serena. And a lot of the nastiness directed at her is because of her race & skin color, not because of her behavior – as some people love to claim.

        • 31 sam uk obama supporter
          July 3, 2015 at 4:05 pm

          I completely agree with you hopefruit2. I absolutely abhor the treatment Serena gets, racists and bigots have no place in civil society. I do not use this word lightly but I hate racism and bigotry in all forms. I do apologize if my comments made light of this treatment, it really wasn’t intended to and I am sorry if they offended anyone. The last thing I want to do is upset or offend anyone here, I love you all!

    • July 3, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      I’ve always maintained that if Venus and Serena were blond girls with pont tails, the slobber fest would have been relentless and beyond sickening. It’s historic what this family has accomplished (two siblings that are multiple GS winners and held th number one ranking) with love, dedication and positive attitudes. And they’ve accomplished these heights in face of relentless hostility and racism. That’s why I believe that their achievements overshadow everyone because no player has had to endure this kind of treatment ever before. And that’s why people who support them are so relentless as well.

      • 34 hopefruit2
        July 3, 2015 at 4:02 pm

        Well-said Dakota. EXCELLENT POST! Everyone should read it. I have nothing more to add because you’ve said what needed to be said. 🙂

      • 35 CEB
        July 3, 2015 at 4:18 pm

        This is it exactly. I remember how sportscasters and others slobbered over this blonde Russian who has never won a championship. She was showered with magazine covers and endorsement deals, while scorn was heaped upon Serena and Venus. But the sisters have had the last laugh; they will be Tennis royalty for the rest of their lives because they are winners. In the words of Papa Pope, who echoed every A-A parent, including mine: ” We have to be twice as good to get half of what they have.”

        • July 3, 2015 at 4:33 pm

          And to this day Sharapova makes way more money in endorsements than Serena does. This woman hasn’t beat Serena in 11 years! No matter, Serena is the GOAT and nothing will change that.

      • 37 Edwina3
        July 3, 2015 at 5:30 pm

        Exactly, this Amy Schumer tennis match skit says it all.

      • 39 Betsy
        July 3, 2015 at 5:58 pm


  9. July 3, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    • 41 theo67
      July 3, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      I have no problems with the Greek staying true to their democratic process. I do wonder where paying back their debt falls into this process – since there’s no message re: debt repayment in those tweets. They owe the money. Their previous leaders made those deals. And if they don’t pay back the money, someone else will have to (namely, the other European people). I don’t get where democracy comes into the mix, other than the fact that the prior leaders who negotiated the arrangements they’re now rejecting were voted in through a democratic process. I’m clearly missing something.

  10. 42 jackiegrumbacher
    July 3, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    LP, I can’t thank you enough for finding this video and bringing it here. Jarrett has been very close to our President and knows his frustrations, hopes and struggles as well as anyone. Her statement, “Why is it all on him?” is something each of us has to ask each other when we want instant change via government action. The fact is that the most dramatic change starts at the local level and builds upward. It involves a slow consensus of opinion that then becomes convention wisdom that then becomes law. Most of us get tired and give up too early in the process, but if we really want change in our gun laws or in racial justice, then we have to commit to that goal every day.

  11. July 3, 2015 at 3:16 pm

  12. July 3, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Some maniacal LP randnomness 🙂

    “The Navy’s new Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) is a fully electric and railgun-like way of launching fighter jets and drones off an aircraft carrier and into the sky (distinct from the Navy’s literal railgun). A unit on the USS Gerald Ford started testing with a weighted sled earlier this month, but a recent video shows a new, impressive feat: Making a weighted sled that weighs as much as a car literally skip like a stone.

    The sled in question here appears to be the same 7,900-pound sled launched in the system’s inaugural test, but the EMALS system has the capability to scale much higher. These dead-load tests will eventually see the electromag catapult flinging payloads of 80,000 pounds, more than the average fighter jet. The system isn’t perfect yet. The first shot of yesterday’s first public test didn’t work according to the Navy Times, though after media left there were some successful fires, including the one that sent four tons of steel skipping across the water. Once its perfected, the electric EMALS system will replace the steam-powered catapults that have traditionally launched fighters off aircraft carriers, catapults that require a ton of space as well as stores of fresh water because salty sea water is too caustic to be used straight from the ocean. Whats more, those catapults couldn’t handle drones whereas these can…continued”


    “A RUNWAY IS a terrible place to repair an airplane engine. It’s outside, where you’re exposed to rain, snow, cold, and heat. You need dry, temperate conditions to do this kind of work, and of course want to keep your engineers free of heat stroke or frostbite, if not totally comfortable. That’s why repairs usually are done in aircraft hangars. But hangars are not always available, and they are not cheap—meaning that when an engine needs unscheduled maintenance, they’re not always the best solution.

    Airbus has noticed an increase in delays around unscheduled engine maintenance, it says. So it came up with a solution for airlines that fly its long-range jets: An inflatable tent that can be carried anywhere and set up in minutes. It’s portable mini-hangar for doing work on airport aprons (the areas where planes are usually parked for loading and unloading, refueling, and boarding). It works a lot like an air mattress: Unfurl the deflated structure, lay it on the ground, hook up the blower, and let it come to life. Four people can erect it up in just five minutes, Airbus says….continued”


    “Malloy Aeronautics researchers said they believe their hoverbike has excellent potential for search and rescue, cargo delivery, and even surveillance. The U.S. Department of Defense apparently agrees….The dream of a manned, truly functional hoverbike is a step closer to reality after British and American engineers announced a deal with the U.S. Department of Defense to develop and build the vehicle in the States. Developers Malloy Aeronautics says its Hoverbike prototype is built to do many of the jobs that a helicopter is used for, but without the problems inherent with helicopter design. Malloy have joined forces with U.S. firm SURVICE, 30 year veterans of defense research and development, to develop the vehicle in the U.S. state of Maryland. According to Malloy’s marketing sales director Grant Stapleton, “there are a lot of advantages of the Hoverbike over a regular helicopter. Primarily there’s safety.

    With adducted rotors you immediately not only protect people and property if you were to bump into them, but if you ever were to bump into somebody or property it’s going to bring the aircraft out of the air. So there’s a considerable safety level which is a considerably high level of safety involved there. The other thing is cost. This is much less expensive to buy a Hoverbike and much less expensive to run. “Most of the frame of the original bi-copter hoverbike design was hand crafted from carbon fiber, with a foam core. In subsequent years the technology evolved to such an extent that it was adapted to a quadcopter design. As a proof of concept, Malloy and his team of engineers built a one-third scale model of the hoverbike in Hampshire in the UK. The team then decided to market the small scale model to help raise funds to continue the development of the manned version. The full-scale Hoverbike features advanced stability and maneuverability, and can be controlled to fly by itself on a pre-determined flight path, return to home, loiter and follow the controller. It also features a humanoid figure that can be attached to it, complete with mini-cam mounted in its head….continued”

  13. July 3, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    • 52 jacquelineoboomer
      July 3, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      I saw that segment – she was very, very likable, the real deal, and not looking for any credit for just herself. I could see following her up a flagpole myself (or trying to).

      • 53 jackiegrumbacher
        July 3, 2015 at 4:13 pm

        Well, JOB, I can see myself WANTING to follow her up a flagpole, but I doubt I could make one foot without falling on a tender spot and injuring something vital. Still the inspiration is there. How’s your son today?

        • 54 jacquelineoboomer
          July 3, 2015 at 4:23 pm

          I “guess” I’m with you on that “only dreaming” part of the flagpole climb, jackieG! I don’t intend to injure anything, either. Son’s doing great today, thanks so much. Eating well and laughing at my jokes, or pretending to (my first two indicators of “doing great,” apparently), etc. Thanks for askin’.

  14. 59 jacquelineoboomer
    July 3, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks for this find, LP!

  15. July 3, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Whatever key POTUS sung the song “Amazing Grace” in, he did a good job. One of my favorite gospel song.

  16. July 3, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Sighs. US men’s tennis used to produce names like Sampras, Ashe, Agassi, Connors, McEnroe. Now? Isner and Querry. How the mighty have fallen.

    (I know, I know, the Bryan brothers. But, eh, doubles.)

    And the women’s game? Aside from the Williams sisters, bupkiss coming down the pike. Our one hope, Sloane Stephens, seems to be regressing.

    • July 3, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      Madison Keys is 10x better than Sloan Stephens and will be the next great American player & Coco Vandeweghe just beat the 11 & 22 seed to get to the quarters as well.

      • July 3, 2015 at 3:52 pm

        Oh, that’s heartening. Still, nothing on the men’s side. Although, as I just tweeted:

        • July 3, 2015 at 4:06 pm

          Donald Young was supposed to be it…dind’t pan out either, but keep an eye out for Denis Kudla, 22yr old who just made it to the quarters (will play Joker next most likely) Jack Sock has got some legit game, and this the future on the men’s side: http://www.si.com/tennis/2014/05/23/francis-tiafoe-french-open

          “Francis Tiafoe has become the brightest U.S. tennis prospect in a generation. He has won the 18-and-under titles at the top two U.S. junior events, the Orange Bowl and the Easter Bowl, becoming the first player to pull off that double since John McEnroe in 1976. Though he doesn’t turn 17 until next January, Francis is the No. 2-ranked junior in the world…continued”

    • July 3, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      The only reason I started watching tennis was because of the Williams sisters. When is the last time the American men have had anyone worth watching?

  17. 71 FoxfireTX
    July 3, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    I suspect the Iran talks have hit a snag. There is a reason Zarif suddenly is suggesting working together on extremist issues. Up until now, the parties have been very clear that they will not talk about other issues (at least publicly) until a nuke agreement is reached. But hopefully the right parties are there and the will to get this done. Saw a photo of our beloved Sec Kerry. He look exhausted. Difficult negotiations under any circumstances with little sleep, and much harder when recovering from an injury and surgery.

  18. 72 CEB
    July 3, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Truer words regarding PBO and his tenure have never been spoken: “Why is it all on him?” In other words: What about the millions of ther est of us? What are we doing about all of the problems that beset this nation? When will you get up off of your behinds and DO something instead of whining? When will we grow the f**k up and start dealing ? PBO is doing more than his part against great odds working around the ass holes that we elected by omission and commission. Valerie Jarrett was on point throughout this session.

    • 73 jackiegrumbacher
      July 3, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      Couldn’t agree more, CEB. PBO has done so much for us, we’ve become lazy. Remember he told us WE, not HE are the change we are looking for.

    • 75 theo67
      July 3, 2015 at 9:13 pm

      Plus, the 500 people elected to work on these problems – what have they done to earn their keep?

  19. 76 JER
    July 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    President Obama has returned to the White House after golfing.

  20. July 3, 2015 at 5:55 pm

  21. 81 desertflower
    July 3, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Think they learned from this?


    A vote by Wisconsin’s budget committee to dismantle the state’s open records laws has caused an uproar across the Badger State.

    Under these measures, lawmakers would be able to draft bills in secret and hide their communications from the public. The changes would also apply to local government officials, including school board members.

    No other state in the country would have similar statutes, according to the Legislative Reference Bureau, a nonpartisan agency that helps legislators draft laws.

    The Joint Finance Committee passed it 12-4 on a party line vote. Republicans refused to say who initiated the measures and the reasoning for it.

    Before becoming law, both houses of the state Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker must approve the measures.

    • July 3, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      The disaster that Wisconsin is becoming….going back to being unable to recall Scott Walker….

      • 83 desertflower
        July 3, 2015 at 6:29 pm

        I know…I certainly hope they finally figured out that the Republicans in that state DO NOT have the interests of the citizens at heart. They are bought and paid for. Every one.

  22. 84 desertflower
    July 3, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Back to my ” woe is me” story about the washer….not fixed. Trashed. Kept finding other things wrong. Will get a voucher for $500 toward the cost of a new one. Anyone LOVE their washer and want to recommend? I’m lost as to what to buy…this one wasn’t that old, but no one stands by their products anymore…this has been my experience with major appliances. Remember when they lasted 25-30 years?? No more.

    • 85 99ts
      July 3, 2015 at 7:11 pm

      Sounds like my dishwasher more & more df – fortunately mine is being repaired under warranty, which doesn’t help with not having it to use, but there are no costs involved in someone trying to find out what’s wrong – I’m waiting to see if they are ever going to offer a replacement! I don’t know what brands you have available & don’t think my recommendations would be worth much regardless, being as I bought this disaster of a dishwasher.

      • 86 desertflower
        July 3, 2015 at 7:22 pm

        We have always loved Bosch dishwashers. Mine is new because the other one we had bit the dust. It’s so quiet you never hear that its on….and there is no heating element in it….we love it. I would recommend Bosch highly:) Now I have to go look at washers. In the spare time I don’t have:)

        • 87 99ts
          July 3, 2015 at 7:28 pm

          Our new unit has Bosch kitchen appliances – so sounds good to me. I use Fisher & Paykel in the laundry – NZ company – don’t know if they are available to you.

  23. 88 forus50
    July 3, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    I’ve been wondering why Nutandyahoo and his GOP Congress here hasn’t been lying and fear mongering about POTUS and the negotiations.

    • 89 0388jojothecat
      July 3, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      Someone has been running commercials on how the negotiations with Iran is a bad deal and how Iran can go back to developing nukes in ten years and there are no inspections. I assume it is being run by the KOCHS or some Israeli group.

      • 90 FoxfireTX
        July 3, 2015 at 8:37 pm

        I read somewhere it was AIPAC running the ads. Supposedly some other Jewish groups were countering them but I haven’t seen them on the tube. I understand they also have been running ads in NYT.

      • 91 Obama Grandmama
        July 4, 2015 at 11:44 am

        I looked up the name of the group online and saw it was sponsored by a bunch of GWB past advisors and The Venetian rich owner that funded Newt Gingrich’s presidential run.

  24. 93 Debra
    July 3, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    The difference between Netanyahu and President Obama.

  25. July 3, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Worth noting ….

    Some context from Gaza ….

    bbl …..

  26. 95 forus50
    July 3, 2015 at 8:13 pm

  27. 96 Nena20409
    July 3, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Hello TOD…….
    Dropped in to post this……It’s been a Hectic Day, to say the least.

    I will be seeing you all on the 4th of July, 2015…….knock on wood 😉

  28. 97 yardarm756
    July 3, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Some close of the day inspiration from my in-box.

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