President Obama Commemorates The 50th Anniversary Of The Voting Rights Act


2:10PM ET: President Obama holds a video conference to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

118 Responses to “President Obama Commemorates The 50th Anniversary Of The Voting Rights Act”

  1. 1 Allison
    August 6, 2015 at 2:03 pm

  2. 2 Allison
    August 6, 2015 at 2:06 pm

  3. 3 vcprezofan2
    August 6, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Congrats, Allison! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. August 6, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Nerdy, thanks for all the wonderful work you have done and continue to do in keeping TODville active without missing a beat. Great Job! ๐Ÿ‘ŒโœŒ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ŒโœŒ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ŒโœŒ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ‘

  5. 7 amk for obama
    August 6, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    cook, buttler, bell, root – names of some limey cricketers.

  6. 10 vcprezofan2
    August 6, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Soooo, I’m sitting outside the Costco in my car awaiting Offspring’s return when I see an older white male walking purposely towards the car. He stops, rests his hand on the window casually and let’s me know, with a smile,

    “Barack Obama isn’t going to win, you know”.
    ‘He’s *not*, I returned with surprise!
    “No, he’s just not going to win!” said my new prophet, with certainty. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    We both had a good laugh as he continued on his way. I guess it’s time I take those Obama/Biden stickers off my car, eh? Of course, if he hadn’t taken me by surprise,, or if I was more quick-witted, I might have responded with …’But Joe Biden, will carry on!’ or something similar, but I only thought of that when he was on his way.

  7. 21 amk for obama
    August 6, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    aaand I am outta here.

  8. 24 donna dem 4 obama
    August 6, 2015 at 2:30 pm

  9. 25 Linda
    August 6, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    No network, not even cspan is showing this.

    What a disgrace !

    • August 6, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      That’s an abuse of their right to our airways.

    • 27 Nena20409
      August 6, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      The GOPers and the US Media have categorically decided that the issues of Voting, Civil Rights, Women, etc are Dem issues, therefore, any showing of on TV or Cable would be Media Liberal Bias.
      Until Dems and Lefties build their own Viable Oiled Media Machinery, with ONLY 6 Corporations controlling the News Media, Nothing will change any time soon.
      What Oregon did with Voting is what needs to be duplicated in every State controlled by Dems…….that is how to get the other States to comply.

      • August 6, 2015 at 2:51 pm

        U.S. Congress could at least pass a Federal Law to make all Federal Elections universal for all. Why Dems didn’t make that a priority is anyone’s guess.

  10. August 6, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    I’m in a waiting room without earplugs so I’ll have to wait for the late post.
    Thank you NW for keeping us on our toes.
    What is your secret to your efficiency? ๐Ÿ˜Š

  11. 30 Nena20409
    August 6, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Congrats Allison, Au โญ looks Great on you ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for this link, NW.
    For some reason, I thought this was going to be On Line.

  12. 31 Nena20409
    August 6, 2015 at 2:42 pm

  13. 32 Nena20409
    August 6, 2015 at 2:43 pm

  14. 33 Nena20409
    August 6, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    • August 6, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      and because those of us who Still can vote did NOT vote ion 2010 and 2014….we gave our power over the GOP…who finds it in their best interest to restrict not to expand voting rights….

      until we as Democratic citizens vote in Every election we will continue to see our rights erode…

  15. August 6, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    My connection is so slow. Was wondering if anyone else knew there were 9 deaths this week in and around a small town of roughly 6,900? It is Sturgis, SD, about 100 miles from us.

  16. 36 Nena20409
    August 6, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Oh, Karma has sweetly delivered another Justice, swiftly ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. August 6, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Presented without comment. The RNC’s statement on #VRA50.

    We owe a great deal to those who stood up to discrimination, threats of violence and even death to push for the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Every citizen should have the chance to vote in our elections while we also work to ensure the integrity of the voting process by preventing things such as mistakes, fraud and confusion.

    With national initiatives, including #CommittedToCommunity: Engage, Empower, Uplift, the RNC is engaging with voters in communities that had been overlooked in the past. Across the country, weโ€™re working to identify and register new voters, especially young and minority voters, to bring more people into the political process.

    The Voting Rights Act of 1965 enjoyed broad Republican support, but protecting citizensโ€™ right to vote in free and fair elections is not merely a Republican priority. It is an American priority. Today, as we enjoy more access to the polls โ€“ through early, absentee and weekend voting โ€“ than in past decades, we celebrate the sacrifice, accomplishments, and memory of those who made it possible.

  18. 40 Allison
    August 6, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    WTF! OMG!

  19. 43 Allison
    August 6, 2015 at 2:55 pm

  20. 52 Allison
    August 6, 2015 at 2:58 pm

  21. August 6, 2015 at 3:01 pm

  22. 54 Nena20409
    August 6, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Narrow that idiocy the New Yorker……….down to Republicans……..and it is Only a fraction of Republicans.

    • August 6, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      The New Yorker isn’t sh!t, what kind of popularity does Donald Trump have? Trump has a bunch of loud mouth racists people who hate the Government, hate Mexicans, hate Blacks, hate President Obama. And Trump has the media who loves having him in the race because he is entertainment for the media.

  23. August 6, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    A Big Deal ….

  24. August 6, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Ukraine slowly but surely taking action to counter Russian propaganda ….

  25. 58 Nena20409
    August 6, 2015 at 3:09 pm

  26. 59 Nena20409
    August 6, 2015 at 3:10 pm

  27. 60 FoxfireTX
    August 6, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    For counting purposes, I’ve been using this from Greg Sargent:
    “Taken together, Nelson and Kaine are key because they reduce the size of the pool of Dems thought to be gettable by the opposition. The group of around eight or nine Democrats who backed the original oversight bill have long been seen as the most likely to oppose the accord. In addition to Nelson and Kaine, those include: Chuck Schumer, Heidi Heitkamp, Richard Blumenthal, Joe Donnelly, Michael Bennet, Robert Menendez (who has said heโ€™ll vote No), and Angus King (an independent who caucuses with Dems).

    Take Nelson and Kaine out of that pool, and youโ€™re left with around seven Senate Dems who seem like they could genuinely still vote No (one, Menendez, is already a declared No). Seven others who are thought to be undecided, or at least who canโ€™t be ruled out as No votes: Harry Reid, Chris Coons, Benjamin Cardin, Joe Manchin, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Tom Carper. If all of them vote No, thatโ€™s 14 Senate Dems opposing the deal. Opponents need 13 in order to get 67 Senators to override Obamaโ€™s veto of a measure blocking the accord.”

    Assuming he is correct, PBO has his veto proof majority even if all these were to vote no. Angus King comes out of the first group and now Kirsten Gillibrand from the second leaving only 12 in the mix and the GOP needs 13. Joe Manchin has indicated he is in favor although not declarimed and I cannot imagine Harry Reid will vote against. If this keeps up, GOP may not make it to the 60 they need for cloture on their resolution to disapprove which would make me sooooo happy:-)

    • 61 vcprezofan2
      August 6, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      If this keeps up, GOP may not make it to the 60 they need for cloture on their resolution to disapprove which would make me sooooo happy:-)

      Me too, Ff! It would be great to have this done with without the need for a veto.

    • August 6, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      Thanks for your vote count assessment. Makes sense entirely. It would be nice to just kill the bill with 41 votes.

  28. 63 Allison
    August 6, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    • 64 Vicki
      August 6, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      According to the WaPo counting page I am going by there are 7 no info (D) votes

      Maria Cantwell
      Claire McCaskill
      Amy Klobochar
      Barbara Mikulski
      Patty Murray
      Debbie Stabenow
      Jon Tester

      Leaning No (D) are Ron Wyden, 5
      Gary Peters
      Chuck Schumer
      Bob casey
      Bob Menendez

      Leaning yes, but hesitant 7
      Harry Reid
      Richard Blumenthal
      Maisie Hirono
      Joe Manchin
      Ed markey
      brian Schatz
      Sheldon Whitehouse

      Undecided 8
      Michael Bennett
      Cory Booker
      Ben Cardin
      Chris Coons
      Joe Donnelly
      Jeff Flake (R)
      Heidi Heitcamp
      Mark Warner

      • 65 FoxfireTX
        August 6, 2015 at 4:18 pm

        That only gets them to the 12 I noted above if you take the D undecided (7) plus the 5 “leaning no”. I would be surprised if any of the “no info” opposed. I think he’s got this in both chambers assuming he keeps those 150 that signed the letter saying they support.

        What we keep forgetting is that we should NOT be here to begin with but for those treacherous Dems who supported this bill. Had this progressed the same way as the hundreds of other executive agreements, Congress would have no say in this because it is not a treaty and we would have avoided all of this drama. But in the end, I think Israel is the one who will suffer the most. Congrats Bibi on a job well done. I cannot imagine he and PBO will meet again in the next 18 months and I suspect even phone conversations will be few and far between.

        • 66 Vicki
          August 6, 2015 at 4:49 pm

          Here we go:
          Yes 13+ leaning yes 7+ yes, but hesitant 7=27

          We need 5 out of these 15:
          Undecided 7+ Unknown 8

          Any 5 out of those 15 will insure PBO’s veto is sustained by Senate. The 7 Unknown are our best bets but not the only ones.

  29. 70 Nena20409
    August 6, 2015 at 3:25 pm

  30. August 6, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Must watch …

  31. August 6, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Any of you keep watching after PO spoke and left? Yes, MHP is moderator, but it has been/is fantastic!

  32. August 6, 2015 at 3:36 pm

  33. 83 jacquelineoboomer
    August 6, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Good afternoon, guys! Busy couple of days. My son came home from the hospital yesterday afternoon! But he’s only on a “break” (aka get stronger while surgeon takes a vacay:) ) and has to return for more tests and then the bigger procedure next time. Two procedures last Friday and Monday in the hospital to “super-glue” the fistula in his chest cavity and fix the leak were not fully successful, and a small amount is still leaking. But he’s doing extremely well, walking around, walked to my house this morning, eating, joking, and hugging his kids!!!!!!!!!! More MRIs and PET Scans and stuff all start up again in a couple weeks, pre-op, but he’s home and we’re all doing the happy dance!

    • August 6, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      So glad he is home, Jacqueline, and not only in good spirits but being able to enjoy family and the outdoors!! That’ll do wonders for him.

      • 85 jacquelineoboomer
        August 6, 2015 at 5:27 pm

        Bob – He had been on little jaunts into the sunshine outside of the hospital for the last few days before being discharged, but nothing under his own power. Just to see him walking my way this morning (hooked up to some medical stuff, but all portable!) was FABULOUS. Thanks again.

    • August 6, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      Oh my gosh, I can’t believe what he’s been through and still with the best attitude and strength. SO happy you have him with you, JO’B!! We will keep him in our thoughts as he navigates his healing process. XOXO

    • 87 COS
      August 6, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      I am so happy that your son came home Jacqueline. Especially grateful that he was able to walk to your house this morning.

    • 88 Nerdy Wonka
      August 6, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks for the update, Ms. J’OB. Your son sure seems to have inherited your kick ass disposition. I’m glad he is in high spirits and I wish him and you continued positive news, thoughts, and wishes.

      • 89 jacquelineoboomer
        August 6, 2015 at 5:24 pm

        Yes, my entire family is kick ass, NW.


        I really appreciate your sweet comments, and everybody else’s sweet comments so much. Passing them all on to my son, too!

    • 90 jackiegrumbacher
      August 6, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      Wonderful news, JOB. So glad you brought us up to date.

    • 91 vcprezofan2
      August 6, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Sorry the glue didn’t take fully, but happy to hear Steve’s walking and interacting happily. Will continue to hold him up with thoughts and prayers that he will grow stronger and stronger while awaiting the next round of scans, etc.

      • 92 jacquelineoboomer
        August 6, 2015 at 6:45 pm

        Thanks, darlin’. Appreciate it.

        • 93 vcprezofan2
          August 6, 2015 at 6:51 pm

          {{{JO’B}}} {{Steve …+ the little man in Fl}}

          • 94 HZ
            August 6, 2015 at 8:09 pm

            J’OB right behind vc with lots of loving {{{{{{{{{{{{{{J’OB and Steve}}}}}}}}}}}}}. You are in my thoughts and prayers, J’OB. HZ

          • 95 jacquelineoboomer
            August 6, 2015 at 8:53 pm

            Ha. You have a great memory, VC! We spoke to the little man in FL today, and he asked everybody individually, “What have you been doing?” like a little conversationalist. We all had to give “a report.” ๐Ÿ™‚

            • 96 vcprezofan2
              August 6, 2015 at 9:04 pm

              ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ He’s the best!
              Did the reports meet his expectations – I mean did he question further if he found the answer unacceptable? I swear he always makes me grin, as I can just imagine the seriousness in his tone.

  34. 102 Nena20409
    August 6, 2015 at 4:07 pm

  35. August 6, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Yup …

  36. August 6, 2015 at 4:10 pm

  37. 106 Nena20409
    August 6, 2015 at 4:11 pm

  38. August 6, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Relevant to conversations we’ve been having here for quite some time ….

    “She adds that today, a big part of the Iranian population doesnโ€™t wish the death of any nation. She feels the same. “I think that any slogan that contains โ€˜death toโ€™ represents a xenophobic narrative that doesnโ€™t identify with me or with my generation,โ€ she says.

    This generation, she thinks, is one thatโ€™s young, highly educated and more than ready to join the global community.”

  39. August 6, 2015 at 4:50 pm

  40. August 6, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    This is how it gets resolved …

  41. August 6, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    • August 6, 2015 at 5:17 pm


      Start putting pressure on Senator Reid to block cloture on an Senate legislation opposing the Iran Deal. That’s the fastest way to kill #NEOCONSTER lust for war.

  42. August 6, 2015 at 5:36 pm


  43. 118 jacquelineoboomer
    August 6, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Not sure if anybody’s posted this from Andy yet:

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