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Rise And Shine

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President Barack Obama talks with paralympic athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Facility in Colorado Springs, Colo., Aug. 9, 2012. Broadcast of the gold medal ceremony for the U.S. Olympic women’s soccer team plays on the TV in the background. Photo by Pete Souza

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DeRay McKesson: Ferguson And Beyond: How A New Civil Rights Movement Began – And Won’t End

Mike Brown should be alive today. He should be home from his first year at college, visiting friends and enjoying summer as he prepares to return to campus. The movement began one year ago as Brown’s body lay in the street of Canfield Drive here in Ferguson, Missouri, for four and a half hours. It began as the people of St Louis came out of their homes to mourn and to question, as the people were greeted by armed and aggressive officers. In the past year, the movement has focused primarily on police violence that can be seen and its impact, centered on broken bodies and death. But the police are violent in ways that cannot always be seen – the violence against the hearts, minds and souls of black folk. We must begin to address the sexual and emotional violence inflicted upon us by the police, too. We must begin to address the assaults on our self-worth and potential, too.

Naming this violence means one thing: the police and the state must change. It is not our job to shift the skin and identities into which we were born. It is up to systems of law enforcement, and the systems and structures that sustain its presence, to change. As much as this fight is about systems and structures, it is also a fight about hearts and minds. We will work hard to teach people that the safety of communities is not predicated on the presence of police – that safety is a more expansive notion than policing. Safety is strong schools, access to jobs, workforce development and access to healthcare, among many other things. The solution-work will likely fall into two separate but critically related areas: removing barriers, and building and rebuilding. There is much to be done to tear down systems and structures that oppress people, like mandatory minimum sentencing, broken-windows policing and police contracts that provide officers with protections that ensure they will never be held accountable for the crimes they commit.

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President Barack Obama talks on the phone with President François Hollande of France in the Oval Office, Aug. 9, 2014. Photo by Pete Souza

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President Barack Obama looks back towards a group of students before signing H.R. 1911, the “Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013,” in the Oval Office, Aug. 9, 2013. Photo by Pete Souza

Members of the audience listen as President Barack Obama delivers remarks on higher education and the economy at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, Aug. 9, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

Members of the audience listen as President Barack Obama delivers remarks on higher education and the economy at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, Aug. 9, 2010. Photo by Pete Souza

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President Barack Obama walks to the podium on the South Lawn of the White House to deliver a statement on Iraq, Aug. 9, 2014. Photo by Amanda Lucidon

President Barack Obama, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, Mexico's President Felipe Calderon, second from left, and  governor Emilio Gonzalez, right, walk across the main courtyard at the the Cabanas Cultural Center during the North American Leaders' Summit in Guadalajara, Mexico, August 10, 2009.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon, second from left, and governor Emilio Gonzalez, right, walk across the main courtyard at the the Cabanas Cultural Center during the North American Leaders’ Summit in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Aug. 10, 2009. Photo by Pete Souza

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Paralympic swimmer Michael Prout watches as President Barack Obama signs a board for athletes during a visit to the U.S. Olympic Training Facility in Colorado Springs, Colo., Aug. 9, 2012. Photo by Pete Souza


113 Responses to “Rise And Shine”


  1. 1 COS
    August 9, 2015 at 8:38 am

    GM NW and TOD. Thanks NW.

  2. 2 globalcitizenlinda
    August 9, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Good Morning NW!

    Good Morning Everyone!

    Have a great day.

  3. 3 Nerdy Wonka
    August 9, 2015 at 8:50 am

  4. 4 Nerdy Wonka
    August 9, 2015 at 8:50 am

    • 5 nospin
      August 9, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Tell it Nerdy Wonka. The response and cognitive dissonance reeks of entitlement. They better get on their knees every night until the end of August or however long and pray that VP Biden makes the decision to run for POTUS in 2016. Otherwise it will be a blood bath in 2016.

    • August 9, 2015 at 9:08 am

      I know, right. Privilege oozing in the ether.

    • August 9, 2015 at 9:58 am

      I’m honestly not for anybody being heckled and talked over regardless of who they are. But I tell you what. If you are so weak that you let two people stop you from talking to a crowd of thousands than you might as well suspend your campaign right now.

      Sanders wants the White vote. Exclusively. There are no minority outreach programs on the horizon. He can deny it but the fact of the matter is he’s exactly like Jim Webb. He doesn’t even pay it lip service. Bernie pretends while calling up Liberty University and asking for a speaking engagement. In a lot of ways he’s worse than Webb. Telling everybody he gets while his actions say he could care less.

      • August 9, 2015 at 10:00 am

        “he gets it while his actions say he could care less”

      • 9 Nerdy Wonka
        August 9, 2015 at 10:36 am

        “Sanders wants the White vote. Exclusively. There are no minority outreach programs on the horizon. He can deny it but the fact of the matter is he’s exactly like Jim Webb. He doesn’t even pay it lip service. Bernie pretends while calling up Liberty University and asking for a speaking engagement. In a lot of ways he’s worse than Webb. Telling everybody he gets while his actions say he could care less.”

        THIS….THIS…THIS!

        I look in askance at the Bernie folks as they seem not to want to comprehend that Bernie cannot win anything without a huge minority support. He can fill up all the university halls in Vermont, Washington, Oregon with white people and he and they can pat themselves on the backs but it doesn’t mean zip.

        President Obama and his team knew that and that’s why they went to different demographics, listened to them, put forth a comprehensive plan, EARNED their vote, and won twice.

        But hey, don’t learn from the guy who won twice with great numbers. What does he know, right?

      • August 9, 2015 at 11:40 am

        I don’t think he doesn’t care. He’s just lived his political life in a bubble. Being a successful politician in a state where problem of races are not at the forefront. And after that in a safe senate seat where he can criticize without having to deliver results.

        He’s not really interested in becoming president, despite his saying he wants to win ( he’s having some success so he would be a fool to confess he doesn’t really want to win.) He entered the race believing that Hillary had it in the bag. He just wanted to make a statement. To push Hillary, and the democratic party, to the left.

        Now that his campaign is going better than he ever dreamed, now that he’s entering the big leagues, the tunnel view of his political action is showing. He’s lost on how to deal with BLM. And how to deal with protestors period.

        He’s an honest man. He expresses rightful anger at income inequality and at the destroying of the american democracy by the power of money. I also applaud him for having been on the right side of history during the Civil Rights struggle in the 60s.

        But his statement relating to the heckling incident says it all I think. What a golden opportunity he missed. Have you noticed how his statement is centered on HIM ? “The two hecklers are bad, I’m outraged they heckled me because I’m the best candidate when it comes to race matters.” That’s ALL he said when you look carefully at it.

        Mr. Sanders, how about using your statement, when you’re not in the heat of the moment and you have plenty of time to ponder every word, to acknowledge THE PROBLEM ? To express that you care, that you want to listen to the suffering of people of color. And AFTER THAT, ONLY AFTER THAT, you say to hecklers that it’s not productive, that you’re on their side and you want to work together.

        I can understand that an inexperienced presidential candidate didn’t know how to react in Seattle. And let’s not forget that not everybody has the political skills of a Barack Obama. However, the statement after the fact is really disappointing and illustrates how much Mr. Sanders needs to work if he wants to really connect with people of color. He has to work hard if he wants to be seen as their champion too, and not only the champion of people who are fed up with the plutocracy.

        By the way, I LOVED the article from Al Giordano. He summed the “emoprogs” meme beautifully.

    • 11 Judith Fardig
      August 9, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Nerdy Wonka, thanks for the tweets of truth. Bernie is coming to my fair city for a stadium speech today which I will NOT be attending. I fully suspect his usual dismissive pattern will play out here too, unless someone on his campaign has suggested to him that he sit down with members of Black Lives Matter and listen to their concerns and invite them to speak at the basketball arena with him. It located in the historically black neighborhood of Portland which has been gentrified mostly for the benefit of white people.

  5. 12 carolyn
    August 9, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Good morning TOD from our very hot southern plains. Today one of my former students…..my “second daughter” flew in from Colorado to be with me a few days, and we are driving to Dallas to see my son and family. We need to see each other and see that we are doing okay. Also, I need hugs from all five of them! I’m taking a group of photo albums for them with pictures of their dad at all ages…..I’ve had them long enough, it’s time for them to carry the family memorabilia. Also, they’ll see that their grandma and grandpa weren’t always old!

    Will see you all Monday. So glad to see POTUS relaxing.

    • 13 CEB
      August 9, 2015 at 8:54 am

      Safe journeys, Carolyn.

    • 14 nospin
      August 9, 2015 at 8:59 am

      have fun carolyn

    • 15 jackiegrumbacher
      August 9, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Carolyn, I’m glad you’re going to be with people who love you and share memories of your husband. I don’t think it’s possible to heal from pain and grief without hugs and love and both you and your son need each other to get through this impossibly difficult time. Be safe and let us know how you’re doing.

    • 16 desertflower
      August 9, 2015 at 9:49 am

      {{{carolyn}}} Safe travels and enjoy your family time together…

    • 17 99ts
      August 9, 2015 at 10:35 am

      safe travel caroline

    • 18 Nerdy Wonka
      August 9, 2015 at 10:40 am

      Wishing you safe travels, Carolyn.

      Have fun with the family and friends.

    • 19 Judith Fardig
      August 9, 2015 at 11:06 am

      So glad you have this family time together. You have built a lifetime of sweet memories, and they will sustain you along with the love from your family and friends. Be well, Carolyn!

    • 20 sjterrid
      August 9, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      {{Carolyn}}, safe journey. I’m so glad that your “second daughter” is driving with you to Dallas to see your son And family. That is great that you will be sharing these memorable photos. Carolyn you are a wonderful teacher, and your students are lucky to have you.

      • 21 HZ
        August 9, 2015 at 4:02 pm

        Carolyn, you have to be an awesome and loving teacher to have touched so many hearts like the “daughter” who will be making the trip to be with you and your family. What a gift you are, Carolyn. It is so beautiful of you passing on the photos to the grandchildren for them to enjoy now as well. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, Carolyn. You keep your space open to the loving healing touch of God to give you strength. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Carolyn}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

  6. August 9, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Awesome Tweets…telling it like it is….

    thank you for highlighting this article…A must read…

    i like their updatted tagline….

    #We Will Win….

    from Lift every voice and sing….

    Facing the rising sun of our new day begun

    Let us march on til Victory is won…

    #WeWilWin!!

  7. 23 africa
    August 9, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Good Morning TOD family.

    Hiya NW.

    Been lurking here for a while now. See you doing yeoman work with Chips gone for a bit. Thank you for the excellent compilation each day. Sure helped me keep up with what’s going on.

    Hope all is well with everyone.

    Have a blessed Sunday.

    • 24 Nerdy Wonka
      August 9, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Hello Africa,

      *waves*

      Thanks so much for blessing us with your presence. I continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts and send positive wishes your way.

      Hope all is well.

      Wishing you a great Sunday and upcoming week.

    • 26 desertflower
      August 9, 2015 at 9:51 am

      {{{africa}}} How are you doing? Thinking of you/ hoping you are being good to yourself

      • August 9, 2015 at 11:15 am

        Hi DF. I have missed you guys so much. I am taking it one day at a time. Getting used to living by myself for the first time in more than 20 years. I am blessed to have very good supports. Thank you!!!

    • August 9, 2015 at 9:54 am

      Good morning, africa. Best wishes to you and your son.

      • August 9, 2015 at 11:18 am

        Hi Meta. Thank you so much. Son is off to college. He started this summer, which just ended. He is now at football camp. Hope to see him next week when I go for fall orientation.

    • August 9, 2015 at 10:33 am

      Good morning, Africa! So happy to read you. You and your son continue in my prayers.

      I sent you an email, via Chips, a week or two before your husband passed; when you get a chance, please take a look at it. Thanks.

      • August 9, 2015 at 11:22 am

        Hi jz2. I never did get to see the e-mail. I went back to look but amazingly, I don’t have anything in my e-mail after 6/10/2015. It jumps straight to 1/15/2015. I am a novice at these things. In any case, I was wondering if you still have the e-mail so you can resend it to me. I would love to read it. If you have twitter handle, I can DM you my e-mail address or perhaps GGail can give it to you if she still has it. Thank you so much for your kind words and prayers.

    • 33 Judith Fardig
      August 9, 2015 at 11:08 am

      Hugs to you, Africa!

  8. 46 jackiegrumbacher
    August 9, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Thank you, Nerdy, for this powerful Sunday morning compilation. I don’t know how Michael Brown’s family survived the last year. The thought of what might have been and what was must tear them apart.
    I hope that the Black Lives Matter movement adopts the principles of community organizing and becomes a major presence in every municipality in the country. For too long America’s communities have been taken over by right wing extremists who manage to shape decisions about policing, housing, and education without any regard for their impact on the black community. Then they go on to wreak the same havoc at the state level. Our shame as citizens is that we have for too long stood aside and let this happen. It’s long past time to flip this script and take control of every process of governance. This is a massive undertaking of coalition building and citizen activism, but it can and should be the work of the 21rst century.

  9. 49 hopefruit2
    August 9, 2015 at 9:44 am

    G’morning Nerdy, TOD, lurkers, even amk, and congrats COS on #1! 🙂 Happy Sunday everyone!

    Thanks Nerdy for these tweets of truth and for this wonderful Sunday R & S round-up. May Mike Brown RIP, and may his family/friends find peace and healing.

    Welcome back africa – and hope you & your family have also been able to find some comfort and peace during this difficult period.

  10. 51 Roberta in MN
    August 9, 2015 at 9:49 am

    GM TOD family. Thank you Nerdy for all the wonderful information this past few days. Just getting caught up. Congrat COS on winning the Gold this morning. Have a great day everyone. BBL

  11. August 9, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Good morning TOD folks! Thanks Nerdy. This is an amazing post. Your tweets ring bells all over. We need young people to be prophets of the future There is still a lot of truth to be told.

  12. 53 desertflower
    August 9, 2015 at 9:58 am

    And then this….smdh

  13. August 9, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Good morning Nerdy, Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Sunday morning. Congrats GCL, on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope you have an absolutely blessed, joyous, and relaxing day today ❤ ❤ ❤

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  14. 57 Nerdy Wonka
    August 9, 2015 at 10:05 am

    What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

  15. 60 PrayerWarriorforObama
    August 9, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Hello Nerdy! I’m here in London having lunch and watching Westham up two against Arsenal in a house that is filled with Chelsea fans. You would love the pro Chelsea conversation.

  16. 62 hopefruit2
    August 9, 2015 at 10:15 am

    The major difference between the current BLM protesters and the PBO hecklers is that the protesters are mourning the deaths of real people who should be alive today but aren’t, SIMPLY because of their skin color/race. And these BLMers have a right to question Sanders’ agenda as a potential president because Sanders has RECENTLY shown himself to be insensitive about urgent matters in the Black community and condescending to people of color – with his bullcrap about Blacks voting for PBO based on race, or racism being over, it’s all about economics not race, among other things. I don’t care how much marching he did back in the ‘1950s-60s.

    The PBO hecklers on the other hand are privileged attention-seekers, who inorganically tag on to whatever pet cause du jour, mostly to show their “friends” that they could stick it to Obama – even though he was (usually) the ONLY or the MAIN one fighting for said issue with very little assistance and much opposition – be it LGBT rights, Keystone pipeline, immigration reform, Wall Street reform. When people like Sanders, Grayson, etc., were yapping on TV about single payer, public option, unicorns, etc., it was PBO who was actually walking the walk – and accomplishing what could be done in the real world.

    This is not to say that the BLM movement doesn’t have its share of attention-seekers and misguided efforts (like when they heckled PBO during his Selma speech earlier this year, or when some of the Twitter BLMers summarily declare everything PBO says or does is “not enough”). But they are called out appropriately when they step over the line – and PBO himself is NEVER rude, dismissive of, or condescending towards them. Sanders is.

  17. 63 Nerdy Wonka
    August 9, 2015 at 10:25 am

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    • August 9, 2015 at 10:58 am

      What really piss me off is aren’t the police officers able to take these black men into custody with killing them. Shooting first seem to be their answer when it concern black men, teenagers, and sometimes children.

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  20. August 9, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Israel’s nuclear doctrine, marked by ambiguity, was established to fit the requirements of an era that is now passing.

    In the wake of the deal with Iran, international challenges to Israel’s undeclared capability and calls for a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the Middle East can be expected with greater energy than has been the case until now.

    • 70 vcprezofan2
      August 9, 2015 at 11:35 am

      Could this be what’s really at the root of Bibi’s grandstanding re the deal – great reluctance to have Israel’s nuclear capability scrutinized closely?

      • 71 Don
        August 9, 2015 at 11:42 am

        Maybe Bibi has been exaggerating the size of his weaponry, it’s not uncommon.

      • 73 Nena20409
        August 9, 2015 at 11:50 am

        The Jewish Community in USA are the most Liberal and they back Dems and Liberal causes with Funding. That irritates people like Netanyahu.
        Many in his party have said so over the years.
        The angle this time is PIGMENTATION. The EndTime Ideology by the Fundamentalists in USA is no longer working. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Last Divisive issue in USA is Race. Netanyahu has been whistling that Dixie for nearly 7 yrs now. What Netanyahu and his follow haters didn’t count on is that Pres Obama is Not made of their idea of a Bendable, Breakable, Moldable and Replaceable Pottery…….hence, their angst and ultimate demise.

        When You underestimate your Enemy…….you fail. Deal with it, Netanyahu.
        2nd Term! 2008 and 2012! Winning!

        • 74 vcprezofan2
          August 9, 2015 at 11:56 am

          The sad thing is that Bibi hasn’t been smart enough to recognize that PBO is not his enemy – a colleague disdainful of his persistent shallowness, bullheadedness and ignorance but never his enemy.

        • August 9, 2015 at 12:48 pm

          The angle this time is PIGMENTATION.
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          TELL IT!

  21. 76 Deb
    August 9, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Some Bernie Sanders supporters think the BLM Protestes should shut up and be happy that there existence is even acknowledged. Unarmed black people young and old are being killed. This is a major injustice. Bernie Sanders should be able to take some protests. When President Obama was heckled they thought it was great and President Obama was actually working on the issues. They thought it was great when GLADD gave an award to Clinton for gay rights when President Obama had to work to get rid of DOMA that Clinton had signed into law.. These progressives have no problem with it. Bernie Sanders does not have a diverse campaign staff and his rallies are mostly all white audiences. I am sure a lot of them go to work and hardly ever see a black face or go home to a neighborhood that has no diversity, or send their children to schools with very little diversity and don’t even think about it. Look at progressive Hollywood there are hardly even black actors or diverse movies. I am not saying people are racist but this country is built on institutionalized racism. It is going to take acknowledgement and hard, continuous work to change that. Bernie Sanders did not even realize his staff was novt diverse or his audience was mostly white until the protest. If he cannot take the activism shown by BLM that he thought was so great before he should not run for President

  22. August 9, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Just finish watch POTUS on CNN

  23. 78 Deb
    August 9, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Some Bernie Sanders supporters think the BLM Protesters should shut up and be happy that there existence is even acknowledged. Unarmed black people young and old are being killed. This is a major injustice. Bernie Sanders should be able to take some protests. When President Obama was heckled they thought it was great and President Obama was actually working on the issues. They thought it was great when GLADD gave an award to Clinton for gay rights when President Obama had to work to get rid of DOMA that Clinton had signed into law.. These progressives have no problem with Bernie Sanders not having a diverse campaign staff or all white audiences. I am sure a lot of them go to work and hardly ever see a black face or go home to a neighborhood that has no diversity, or send their children to schools with very little diversity and don’t even think about it. Look at progressive Hollywood there are hardly even black actors or diverse movies. I am not saying people are racist but this country is built on institutionalized racism. It is going to take acknowledgement and hard, continuous work to change that. Bernie Sanders did not even realize his staff was not diverse or his audience was mostly white until the protest. If he cannot take the activism shown by BLM that he thought was so great before he should not run for President

  24. 81 Don
    August 9, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Can you imagine all the bullshit Barack Obama had to endure his entire life? Can you imagine walking up to Harvard as a young man of color and having to prove yourself almost on a daily basis? Can you imagine all the bullshit Michelle Robinson had to endure her entire life? Can you imagine walking up to Princeton and then Harvard as a young woman of color and having to prove yourself almost on a daily basis? I remember President Obama once commenting that when he has a senator he went to cocktail party and someone there thought he was a waiter. Bill Clinton himself told Edward Kennedy that someone like Barack Obama would be getting them coffee back in the day. Can you imagine all the bullshit that Barack and Michelle had to endure, all the slights, all the whispers? Some of those whispers were spoken behind their backs, and some spoken to their face. But you know what, Barack and Michelle never complained, they never once held a pity party. In the face of madding disrespect they kept their composure, they kept their heads held high and went about their business. Even some in the African American community went after Barack and Michelle, and they’re still going after Barack and Michelle, and still Barack and Michelle aren’t complaining. And now SOME white Liberals are fainting en masse because Bernie Sanders is being made to feel a little uncomfortable by having to deal with all this black stuff, which is perplexing because all I hear is that Bernie walked with MLK. The one thing I can say about Hillary is that she won’t run from a fight, she will stand and fight and she will use everything and anything at her disposal to fight you with, which makes Barack beating the Clinton machine even more remarkable. Bernie Sanders cannot run a campaign like this; his supporters cannot act as though just because he walked with MLK fifty years ago he’s paid his dues. Every time he’s confronted by a black voice up pops the “Bernie walked with King” line, someone needs to tell Bernie that line is getting old.

    • August 9, 2015 at 11:17 am

      Don, I agree with you 1000%. Why don’t Bernie Sanders and some of his supporters agree to sit down with some of the people protesting him, and just talk with them. See what they might be able to do to help. Instead of complaining, try talking to them.

      • August 9, 2015 at 11:57 am

        I can tell you AnnieB that if Sanders gave any time and attention to BLM or any other group in the movement he is afraid he will lose white votes. Simple as that! Economics is a user friendly and safe platform.

        • August 9, 2015 at 12:51 pm

          And as someone pointed out on another blog pocket book issues is not the answer. Otherwise white voters would still be voting for Democrats in landslide numbers. PBO saved the economy, saved the auto industry, built the alternative energy industry and has had the longest consecutive period of job growth in history.

          2012 they voted for Romney who made no secret that he was going to drive them to the poor house then foreclose on it But they never believed they were part of the 47% he was talking about.

          2014 Republicans keep the House and take the Senate even though they never offered one jobs bill after promising to deliver in 2010. The massive jobs bill PBO introduced was blocked with only a couple of components passing.

          Any Democrat or whoever is running for the nomination is only kidding themselves if they think economics is the solution to getting back the white vote. Reagan destroyed that myth when he stood on the grave of 3 civil rights workers and said he believed in states’ rights.

    • 85 Deb
      August 9, 2015 at 11:30 am

      You are so right. That line is tired. He needs to recognized the injustice and racism right in his face today.

    • 86 CEB
      August 9, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      ALL of this! You have expressed so beautifully what I have been thinking.

    • August 9, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      He acts like walking with King is his automatic pass go card. It’s good for whatever happened after August of ’63.

    • August 9, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      I know it is going to be hard to be satisfied with the next president no matter who it is. Barack Obama has personal characteristics that are totally suitable for the presidency. Not that many people actually listen to others like Obama does. Many are just quiet thinking about what they will say next. Many do not even give others the respect or credit that what they might say would have any value or could rise to their own level of importance. Is it any wonder that international diplomacy usually has not been as successful as this current agreement?

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  26. 90 vcprezofan2
    August 9, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Good Morning/Day TODobots & friends!

    Thank you again, NerdyW, for keeping the ship cruising so stately, so proudly!

    Very lovely to see several of those whom we hold high in our combined thoughts for health, comfort and peace!

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    Joe Biden is still mourning the death of his son 2 months ago, but now he’s also mulling a presidential run.

    Vice President Joe Biden and his wife are retreating from Washington for a week in South Carolina with little on their schedule but a momentous decision to make: whether he should run for president.

    Biden’s advisers say he hasn’t indicated which way he’s leaning. The vice president is still mourning the death of his son barely two months ago. But since reports surfaced saying he was taking a fresh look at running, potential campaign staffers have begun sending in their resumes, aides said, and longtime Biden donors have offered to help if he gets in the race.

    And while Biden has yet to ask staff to organize on his behalf, he has started showing interest in details like filing deadlines and what it would take for him to raise enough money to build a campaign structure in the limited time left, said the aides, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to comment publicly.

    So shortly after Biden returns from his vacation, his aides and supporters are expecting a decision about his political plans.

    A Biden candidacy is still believed by his associates to be unlikely. It would dramatically reshape the Democratic race and undercut the sense of inevitability surrounding Hillary Rodham Clinton. Although still the clear front-runner, Clinton has seen declines in her favorability ratings just as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has been drawing large crowds, demonstrating the appetite in the party for a Clinton alternative.

    In the few months left before the primaries begin, it would be tough for Biden to put together a viable operation — but not impossible, said Hank Sheinkopf, a New York-based Democratic strategist.

    …………………………….. //

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-joe-biden-presidency-20150809-story.html

  27. 91 Nena20409
    August 9, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Hello TOD on a Sunday, Aug 9th, 2015.
    For nearly 2hrs, our area lost Power……there was No Thunder, Wind or any other climatic activity going on. Now, all is back on. Hot, Humid and Partly Cloudy.
    Great R&S, NW. You are keeping it 100 as Larry Wilmore would say 😉
    Congrats to the Gold ⭐ winner of this post and winners 2 posts back.

  28. August 9, 2015 at 11:39 am

    the world is NOT alone

  29. August 9, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I really don’t think it would be tough for Joe Biden to get into the race. Instant recognition from the base. Instant favorability. There are plenty of big and small donors still. He has been a popular VP in a great presidency. Probably biggest factor is his own willingness to undergo the terrible rigors of being a candidate when he and his family are grief stricken. One never knows. Having gone through the loss of a son myself, sometimes having a focus, a task before you, can be a way of coping.

    • 97 vcprezofan2
      August 9, 2015 at 11:48 am

      I’m with you, Bill R. But I wonder if I agree with you because I want it so badly! I’d dare to say many so desperately want this that it would likely not be hard for VPJoe to tap into millions of small donors.

  30. 98 Nerdy Wonka
    August 9, 2015 at 11:44 am

  31. 99 Nena20409
    August 9, 2015 at 11:52 am

  32. August 9, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Good morning, afternoon, evening TOD global community 🙂

    I had an early morning greetings to Senator Reid ….

    And, after digesting the #BlackLivesMatter total FAIL by Senator Saunders it became obvious to me what his core problem is ….

    #TrustBarack …. Diplomacy opens many dimensions that war destroys ….

  33. 103 Nena20409
    August 9, 2015 at 11:59 am

    NW, I am sure that there is a Full Video on this…..I have not been able to locate it yet.
    You may have a better way of finding that much quickly. Please Help 😉

  34. 108 Nena20409
    August 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm

  35. 112 globalcitizenlinda
    August 9, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I am anxious to know what VP Biden decides.

    It has been and will still be a long wait …. but that is the least I owe him and his family as they contemplate HOW they are going to continue their service to the nation to which they have already given too much

  36. 113 Nena20409
    August 9, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Wow….


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