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Rise And Shine

President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke look at Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier out an Air Force One window during a flight from Los Angeles, Calif., to Seattle, Wash., Aug. 17, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)za) 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 and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke look out a window at Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier during a flight aboard Air Force One from Los Angeles, Calif., to Seattle, Wash., Aug. 17, 2010. Photo by Pete Souza

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Alan Schwarz: With Clemency From Obama, Drug Offender Embraces Second Chance

Rudolph Norris walked out of Morgantown federal prison two weeks ago carrying a duffel bag like no other. First, he had spent six months hand-stitching it himself from dozens of mottled leather scraps, symbolizing the shards of his life he longed to piece back together. Then he unzipped it and pulled out his invitation to try. “Dear Rudolph,” the letter began, “I wanted to personally inform you that I have granted your application for commutation.” It was signed “Barack Obama.” Mr. Norris’s 22 years behind bars over with the stroke of the president’s pen. Mr. Norris, 58, was one of 22 federal prisoners released on July 28 through a continuing bipartisan push to shorten the sentences of nonviolent drug offenders who, during the war-on-drugs fervor of decades ago, received punishments far lengthier than they would have drawn today.

Mr. Norris immediately called his parole officer to learn his responsibilities and pledge to follow them. (His clemency does not vacate the eight years of probation to which he was originally sentenced.) He applied for food stamps and, because all he had was his Morgantown inmate card, pursued a more marketable driver’s license. His commitment to playing by the rules was so strong that he avoided a day-labor landscaping opportunity because it paid in cash, and he wanted to pay taxes like everyone else. “As I navigate my way back to society and begin a productive life,” he wrote to Mr. Obama in April, “one of the first and foremost thoughts on my mind will be my solemn commitment to prove to you that your faith in me was not at all misplaced.”

More here

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Robert Greene II: Julian Bond And American Intellectual History

Julian Bond personified the Civil Rights Movement, and more broadly, the history of the twentieth century iteration of the Black Freedom Struggle. His death will leave a gaping hole in national leadership on the question of civil and human rights in American society. As historians, we need to recognize the many ways he led during his long—although it feels like it wasn’t long enough—life. And as Bond’s life continued, he never stopped being an exemplar of African American achievement and intellect. He taught at several universities and authored books.

Bond served as a Georgia state representative and senator for twenty years, before losing a controversial Democratic primary race for U.S. Congress seat to John Lewis—a race that included accusations of drug use against Bond and was an ugly episode in the post-Civil Rights Movement legacy of two icons. A consummate Southerner who worked his entire life to change the South, and the nation, into a better place, Bond was a founder of the Institute for Southern Studies in 1970, and later led the Southern Poverty Law Center from 1971 until 1979. He served as Chairman of the NAACP from 1998 until 2009, and also wrote a syndicated newspaper column, Viewpoint, as well as hosted seventeen seasons of the political commentary show, America’s Black Forum.

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Bravo to these two amazing women!

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President Barack Obama holds a round table discussion with local small business owners during a stop at Grand Central Bakery in Seattle, Wash., Aug. 17, 2010. The President met with the group to discuss strengthening the economy and creating jobs for the families and businesses of Washington State. (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.

Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton, right, listens as President Barack Obama holds a round table discussion with local small business owners during a stop at Grand Central Bakery in Seattle, Wash., Aug. 17, 2010. The President met with the group to discuss strengthening the economy and creating jobs for the families and businesses of Washington State. Photo by Pete Souza

Galesburg Senior High volleyball players join in a cheer after meeting President Barack Obama during an unannounced stop in Galesburg, Ill., Aug. 17, 2011, as part of a three-day bus tour in the Midwest. (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.

Galesburg Senior High volleyball players join in a cheer after meeting President Barack Obama during an unannounced stop in Galesburg, Ill., Aug. 17, 2011, as part of a three-day bus tour in the Midwest. Photo by Pete Souza


134 Responses to “Rise And Shine”


  1. August 17, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    • 2 GGail
      August 17, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Congrats rikyrah on First! 😊

      • 3 0388jojothecat
        August 17, 2015 at 10:07 am

        Good Morning TOD family and congrats on being furst rikyrah. Good morning NW and thanks for a weekend of wonderful, informative, and news worthy events we can’t get anywhere else.

        My air conditioner pooped out yesterday and it is still 90 degrees in my condo. It was a miserable night so gotta call the air conditioner folks who probably are booked up. I will never again not get my unit serviced early before summer hits because we will have these hot summers earlier due to climate change. I normally don’t start using my air conditioner until Aug but this year I’ve used it since April.

        Hope everyone have a wonderful day and week 🙂 🙂

        • 4 GGail
          August 17, 2015 at 10:55 am

          Jojo! we talked about your AC unit just a couple of days ago. I’m so sorry cuz I know how hot it was yesterday. If there is anything I can do to help, please call or email me today!!!

    • 5 Dudette
      August 17, 2015 at 10:13 am

      Good Morning and Congrats rikyrah! 🙂

    • 6 Judith Fardig
      August 17, 2015 at 11:25 am

      Congrats, Rikyrah! Missed a lot this weekend but am aware NW did a stupendous job of honoring the extraordinary life and service of Julian Bond.

  2. August 17, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Much thanks to your beautiful tribute to Julian Bond…as always, you are on point, TOD.

  3. August 17, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Oh my! Good morning. First???????????

  4. 11 Vicki
    August 17, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Good morning, Nerdy and TOD.
    It is another sunny day in NYC—very hot—-and I hope the President and his family will be enjoying the same sunshine with slightly cooler temp in Cape Cod. Golf weather, no doubt.

    I am hoping to hear more Senators affirm their Yes on Iran Deal votes this week. Every Yes vote confirmed and in place brings us closer to the end of the propaganda onslaught against the Deal.

    • 12 Judith Fardig
      August 17, 2015 at 11:29 am

      Hear hear, Vicki! Will keep trying to engage faith groups and peace groups to meet in person with as many Senators as possible during the recess. Sen. Merkley at least is trying to hear from as many constituencies as possible. Not sure why he thinks he needs more information to come out for the Iran Deal is hugely anti-war Oregon.

  5. 13 GGail
    August 17, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Good West Coast morning NW & TOD family.
    Where’s that slacker named Chipsticks???

  6. August 17, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Einstein at Lincoln University

    During the last twenty years of his life, Einstein almost never spoke at universities. He considered the honorary-degree ceremonies to which he was frequently invited to be “ostentatious.” Moreover, the abdominal aneurysm that would eventually take his life caused him increasing pain and made it difficult to travel. Given the constant stream of university invitations, he found it easiest to adopt a just-say-no rule. In May 1946, he broke that rule to speak at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Both the year and the choice of school are significant.

    About 60 miles from Princeton, Lincoln University was chartered in 1854 as, in the words of its eighth president Horace Mann Bond, “the first institution found anywhere in the world to provide a higher education in the arts and sciences for male youth of African descent.” In 1946, When Dr. Bond invited Einstein to Lincoln, the student body consisted of 265 men. “It was still a small school,” Mrs. Julie Bond, Dr. Bond’s widow, recalls. “But of course, everyone came to hear Einstein. We didn’t have a hall big enough, so we held the ceremony outdoors in the grove.”

    “On Friday, May 3rd, a very simple man came to Lincoln University,” one student wrote a few days later in the school newspaper:

    His emaciated face and simplicity made him appear as a biblical character. Quietly he stood with an expression of questioning wonder upon his face as…President Horace Mann Bond conferred a degree. Then this man with the long hair and deep eyes spoke into a microphone of the disease [racism] that humanity had. In the deep accents of his native Germany he said he could not be silent. And then he finished and the room was still. Later he lectured on the theory of relativity to the Lincoln students.
    That night, Albert Einstein went back to Princeton…

    Dr. Bond’s son chuckles today when he looks at an old photo of Lincoln faculty members’ children with the famous scientist: “Family lore has Einstein telling me ‘Don’t remember anything that is already written down.’ And although I do not recall this exchange” — he was barely four years old at the time — “I have followed this advice ever since.” (Whether Einstein’s advice helped or not, Julian Bond grew up to become a civil rights activist, State Assemblyman, TV talk-show host and Chairman of the NAACP.)

    In accepting the invitation, Einstein clearly intended to send a message to a wider audience. But the media then — like the media since then — had different news priorities. While almost all of Einstein’s public speeches and interviews were widely covered by the major media, in this case, most of the press treated the address by the world’s most famous scientist at the world’s oldest black university as a non-event.

    http://www.theeinsteinfile.com/portal/alias__einstein/lang__en-US/tabid__3341/default.aspx

  7. August 17, 2015 at 9:05 am

    what a life…

    WEB DuBois, Paul Robeson, Albert Einstein, MLK and every President since LBJ.

    What a life, Julian Bond.

  8. August 17, 2015 at 9:06 am

  9. 18 jackiegrumbacher
    August 17, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Thank you, Nerdy, for your stellar effort to get us to rise and “try” to shine. I hope our First Family enjoys every moment of their second week of vacation and that our President can absorb all the relaxation possible before plunging back into the boiling cauldron of DC. It’s always painful to return to the grind after a vacation and my heart truly goes out to him for all he has to face from an increasingly ugly Congress.

    Yesterday, someone at our Hispanic Initiative meeting tried to tell me about about Trump’s latest anti-immigrant tirade and I told her that Trump was like a smelly odor in a crowded room. Everything he says is noxious and I can’t waste a moment of my time getting outraged about him. I am also sick of Bernie Sanders and wish that he would make his descent into irrelevance sooner rather than later. If VP Biden joins the race, I think that will eclipse BS overnight, for which I will be eternally grateful.

  10. 22 JER
    August 17, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Good Morning NW and TOD. Looks like a sticky day at Martha’s Vineyard.

  11. 32 JER
    August 17, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Here is a fitting selection from President Obama’s Day Time Playlist:

  12. 33 desertflower
    August 17, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Morning everyone…just finally had the time to watch the video and read the story of McCain getting chased off the Navajo Res. That actually pisses me off! The Obama Administration has worked so hard to FINALLY open the govt up to all the Native tribes in this country and tend to their needs…listen to them and work toward a more transparent and cooperative Federal govt with regards to Native Americans for the first time in forever. Now this stupid ass struts onto their land and thinks he’s going to have a secret meeting and refuses to answer for his vote for a foreign company to operated a uranium mine on their land!! Back door deals to undermine progress is what they do…it’s ALL they do! People need to pay attention to what these people DO and not just what they SAY for the cameras…AND VOTE!!! Register OTHERS to VOTE! Get these idiots out!!

    The other thing that I’m hearing from the MSM, is that the spill out west from the mine…was all the fault of the EPA. No it wasn’t!! This is the best explanation I’ve found as to the REAL CAUSE! No surprise..

    “It was an accident. The EPA was trying to fix a problem created many decades ago when businesses were allowed to pollute public land, water and air with no regulations to stop them. The EPA did not create the problem. The mine and the pollutants are the product of the free market economics of the time in which the mine was operational, with little or no regulation or oversight, which caused harm to the public many, many decades after the mine operators had made their fortunes and moved on to exploit other resources.
    But there was regulation now, right?
    There are laws that regulate how human activities impact the environment today. The presence of contaminants within the mine site which were seeping into the groundwater created an environmental hazard that needed to be remedied. The recent mass release of the contaminants into the environment was apparently an accident resulting from the efforts of the EPA to investigate and fix the problem. The EPA and the regulation did not create the problem, they were trying to fix the problem that had been caused decades ago when the mine was operational.”

    I’m pissed already. Must be Monday

    • August 17, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Thank you, df. Do you have a link to the article? I need to share it with some people, but I can also just copy what you have quoted here.

        • 36 desertflower
          August 17, 2015 at 9:50 am

          And then there’s this 🙂

          http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2015/08/11/officials-downstream-from-colorado-mine-spill-demand-answers

          The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took full responsibility Tuesday for the mine waste spoiling rivers downstream from Silverton, Colorado, but people who live near the idled and leaking Gold King mine say local authorities and mining companies spent decades spurning federal cleanup help.

          They feared the stigma of a Superfund label, which delivers federal money up-front for extensive cleanups. They worried that corporations would kill a hoped-for revival in the area’s mining industry rather than get stuck with cleanup costs. And some haven’t trusted the federal government, townspeople say.

          The EPA pushed anyway, for nearly 25 years, to apply its Superfund program to the Gold King mine, which has been leaching a smaller stream of arsenic, lead and other wildlife-killing heavy metals into Cement Creek. That water runs into the Animas and San Juan rivers before reaching Lake Powell and the lower Colorado River, a basin serving five states, Mexico and several sovereign Native American nations.

          • 37 desertflower
            August 17, 2015 at 9:51 am

            Asked if Superfund designation could have helped to prevent this accident, regional EPA administrator Shaun McGrath indicated it could have.

            “Being listed under a national-priorities list … makes available to a clean-up effort resources under the Superfund, which are significant resources,” McGrath said. “And it does allow for potentially more extensive clean-up.”

      • 38 desertflower
        August 17, 2015 at 9:58 am

        The USNews story fits your needs…the EPA had been trying for years to clean this up and the people refused them…afraid the stigma of a designated Superfund site would be bad for business, so they turned the help away…..now they’re all up in arms, blaming the EPA for something they have been trying to fix for years….and Republicans make political theater out of it because that’s what they do….

        • 39 GGail
          August 17, 2015 at 11:00 am

          Thanks DF for the follow up materials. This sounds like a more plausible explanation. They refuse assistance, then blame the government when things go wrong.

        • August 17, 2015 at 11:19 am

          Ah, I see. Thanks very much for both links. I’ve been hearing several people say that it’s a shame, after President Obama has worked so hard to regain the trust of Native Americans, that the EPA has to mess it up. It’s a terrible thing no matter the cause, but it’s good to have more background information. I was also thinking of all the cuts to the EPA so Republicans who are trying to blame them are also just trying to distract from a problem they helped cause.

    • 43 GGail
      August 17, 2015 at 9:34 am

      DF, this explanation should be posted or tweeted because it is not the explanation that was reported on Monday. Thanks for uncovering it!

      • 44 desertflower
        August 17, 2015 at 9:38 am

        I know!! That’s why I’m feisty about this! This was from a forum online and this was someone’s comment…though I DID read something similar in a news story…that one doesn’t fit the meme, so it’s not the one they tell millions of people…because, you know, you must hate your inept govt that can’t do anything right ( their motto!)Let me see what I can find…..

    • 45 misspat
      August 17, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Good morning folks. I spent a weekend in Washington recently and spent a few hours at the American Indian Museum. Time well spent and I learned so much. I’m going back in the fall all by myself so I can spend more time there. This president has done so much to bring the plight of the American Indians to the forefront. What did McCain do for these people in all the years he was in Congress? Not much if anything; I have to go research that. Good for them! I’d run his ass off too.

  13. August 17, 2015 at 9:36 am

    and the difference between Trump and Jeb’s positions?

    Jeb tells them, politely in Spanish, you can stay here, but you’ll never be a citizen.

    that’s pretty much it.

    …………………………..

    Trump eyes mass deportations for millions
    08/17/15 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen
    It was just a couple of weeks ago when Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump first raised the prospect of mass deportations for millions of immigrants already in the United States. The GOP candidate quickly joined what the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent calls the “Cattle Car Caucus.”

    At the time, Trump made no effort to explain how, exactly, he intends to identify, detain, and deport roughly 11 million people, or how he intends to pay for such a massive undertaking. “Politicians aren’t going to find them because they have no clue,” Trump said. “We will find them, we will get them out.”

    As MSNBC’s Anna Brand noted, Trump is now going into a little more detail on the issue that’s helped propel him to the front of the Republican pack.
    Donald Trump on Sunday released his detailed immigration reform plan, encompassing the sentiment he expressed in an interview on “Meet the Press” that aired just an hour earlier: Undocumented immigrants “have to go.”
    Watching the interview yesterday, the exchange pointed to an apparent contradiction. “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd asked the GOP candidate, “You’re going to split up families. You’re going to deport children?”

    “No, no,” Trump responded. “We’re going to keep the families together. We have to keep the families together.”

    Todd followed up, “But you’re going to kick them out?” To which Trump replied, simply, “They have to go.”

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-eyes-mass-deportations-millions

    • 47 misspat
      August 17, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      “They have to go” so says the man whose first wife was an immigrant, his third wife is one,his mother was one and he is the son of an immigrant. How far back is he planning to go? I guess I have to start packing then. I am an immigrant and I guess my children are my anchor babies, but wait, they might have to leave too! Today he wants the “illegal” immigrants to go, next he might ask those of us not born here to leave. Silly man!

  14. 48 JER
    August 17, 2015 at 9:48 am

  15. 50 Vicki
    August 17, 2015 at 9:55 am

    What Trump is proposing sounds like a police state nightmare to me. Walls. Deportations. Denial of birthright. Add in his racism and the picture is alarming, to say the least.
    This appears to be the vision the GOP has been waiting for. At first I ignored Trump.. Much as I’ve discounted Bernie. I am still confident that Bernie Sanders will not be our nominee. But it looks like the Repubs just may be led by The Donald.
    Please tell me this is not possible.

    • 51 0388jojothecat
      August 17, 2015 at 10:10 am

      I can see Trump appointing Joe Arpaio to lead the charge…..I just hope he’s in jail or prison by then.

    • August 17, 2015 at 10:28 am

      I think it highly likely Trump will emerge as the GOP candidate. And, that’s just as it should be. He is the Republican Party.

      Then, the issue before the American People will be as obvious as it could ever be.

      The choice will be ours: a xenophobic, fascist state or an inclusive, equitable democracy.

    • 54 GGail
      August 17, 2015 at 11:06 am

      But if Trump lived in this region, he would know that the people he wants to corral and deport are the very ones who are paying taxes and trying to live productive lives in America. If his plan was to be implemented, we would be left with the undesirables who live in the shadows and don’t pay taxes, don’t work and live off of the Emergency Rooms.

      Also, is he going to apply his rules to the Asians that come over here and do the very same things that the Latino do?

  16. August 17, 2015 at 10:01 am

    A 2nd good morning, TOD 🙂

    Congrats on 1st rikyrah!!

    Thank you NW for starting the week with a poignant R&S!!! + a few cool pics of PBO 🙂

    In other news ….

    more updates on Ukraine, Iraq, Iran Deal, DAESH, …. in the side bar ….

  17. 63 99ts
    August 17, 2015 at 10:29 am

    GM TOD – I got seriously thrown by the article about Sanders NOT apologising to BLM so I read the article

    “I understand that you said a staffer put it out, but you felt an apology was necessary?” Todd pressed the senator.
    “No, I don’t. I think we’re going to be working with all groups. This was sent out without my knowledge,” Sanders said.

    True foot in mouth disease after a staffer attempted to sort it for him.

  18. August 17, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Good morning, NW and TODers. It’s Monday, hope you have a smooth beginning of the week. The Bay Area had a quick but strong jolt earthquake to wake up to about 6:49am. Magnitude 4.2, centered in the East Bay in Piedmont. Felt like we got the tail end whip of it here in SF.

    This is our man:

  19. 83 Don
    August 17, 2015 at 10:46 am

    I can’t wait until my son goes back to school next week, I need some alone time.

  20. 88 yardarm756
    August 17, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Good morning…..Is it safe to come out? It’s awful hot and muggy out.

  21. 93 debz
    August 17, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Question? How can Bernie run for the Dem primary when he is an independent? I can not see how he would qualify to be on the Dem ballot in every state.

  22. 99 jacquelineoboomer
    August 17, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Imani Gandy @AngryBlackLady
    Bernie Sanders: Apology to Black Lives Matter was ‘sent out by a staffer without my knowledge

    ***

    Oh, Bernie, you old dawg. I’m a 68-y/o woman who actually lived through the “women’s movement” of the ’70s, which you may have marched in (probably next to Gloria Steinem) or, possibly, heard about. Saying “a staffer” (male or female) put out your apology to BLM without your knowledge is exactly how the now-old coots of your generation always blamed “the girl in the office.”

    First of all, if anybody’s working on your campaign ON YOUR STAFF and we’re to believe they don’t know protocol in sending out apologies, then we deserve Donald Trump as president. Secondly, man up. You had to know an apology was going out … admit that was the wrong course, if you feel that way. Third, you’re quoted, by the way, as saying, “and, by the way, reforming a broken criminal justice system.” Well, good for you. But there’s nothing “by the way” about reforming our totally broken criminal justice system, by the way. It’s a front-and-center issue. Start NOW working on it, if you have The Plan. Does President Obama have to do EVERYTHING?

    Please have your “staffer” call me. We’ll do lunch. I have some tips for “getting the red out” of your facial tone. It’s ghastly.

    Signed,
    Former “girl* in the office”
    (And BTW we fought to be called women, so excuse that reference*) (red-faced fool)

    P.S. I actually love some of your socialist viewpoints.

    • 100 Don
      August 17, 2015 at 11:22 am

      Oh no, can’t be seen apologizing to those blacks. This guy gets on national television and says a staffer sent out an apology and he didn’t know anything about it, so now he has a rogue employee going around apologizing on his behalf.

      • 101 Don
        August 17, 2015 at 11:28 am

        I just don’t get it, a candidate can have all the answers in the world to correct every issue from healthcare to war to poverty to banking. But when it comes to dealing with African Americans ALL of them stumble about as if they’ve never had to deal with African Americans before.

      • 102 Linda
        August 17, 2015 at 11:37 am

        Maybe hes new African American Press Secretary did it.

        Not a good look to throw her under the bus already.

  23. August 17, 2015 at 11:29 am

  24. 105 Vicki
    August 17, 2015 at 11:34 am

    The “Joe won’t run” nonsense de-bunked.
    1) It’s too late. WRONG. The Iowa caucus is more than 6 months away.
    2) The strategists are all promised to HRC. WRONG. Hill’s people (Jennifer Palmieri, John Podesta, Neera Tanden) returned to her and a few of the President’s workers did join HRC. But not most. Not the best of them.
    3) The big donors went to Clinton. WRONG, again. Plenty of big donors haven’t committed. Many others routinely fund more than one candidate, hedging their bets. The Obama Coalition will be donating to Biden (as I have done several times already.) VP Biden has his own long-standing network of supporters and donors.

    The big issue is how the Vice President himself feels and what he wants to do. We will see within the next month what that decision is.

  25. 107 jacquelineoboomer
    August 17, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Watching Jeb! Bush eat a chicken wing in public is like …

    Eek.

  26. 108 criquet
    August 17, 2015 at 11:48 am

    GM all.

    Why do the Hillary Clinton people keep doing this-taking credit and in some subtle and not so subtle ways trying to diminish PBO?
    It really does seem as if both the Right and ” Left” want to erase his accomplishments or take ownership for someone else.

    It is very annoying and is happening more and more.

    • August 17, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      The global authority is thanks to PBO but I do give her credit for rebuilding the relationships that Bush and Uncle Grunt wrecked.

      • 110 criquet
        August 17, 2015 at 12:22 pm

        As Sec of State, she was carrying out policy not acting on her own. If she did that well fine but don’t take ownership of policy as if HRC acted all on her own.
        It is the same rubbish a number of her supporters write about how she started all the LBGT policy at the State Dept of allowing benefits to partners, access to hospital as a partner etc.. Such policies were enacted across all Gov’t depts not just at State but don’t tell that to her supporters.

        • August 17, 2015 at 12:41 pm

          I’m not saying she did and I’m well aware the Secretary of State doesn’t carry out their own agenda.

          But either you do a good job or you don’t and Secretary Kerry said she did a terrific job rebuilding those relationships. He didn’t say she was just carrying out PBO’s agenda which was a given. For that I give her credit.

  27. 112 MightyPamela
    August 17, 2015 at 12:02 pm

  28. 113 Linda
    August 17, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    no comment

  29. 118 57andfemale
    August 17, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Okay, I’m freaking out. I have a dear friend who is a retired school librarian. She’s intelligent, well-read, empathetic, decent, caring. I’ve known her for 15 years.

    She just “liked” a photo and the FB page of BEN CARSON!

    She just moved from Chicago to central Illinois to be closer to family. Has she perhaps breathed in too many manure fumes from the corn fields?

    • August 17, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      Take a deep breath. Block Ben Carsons page and you won’t see her like him anymore. 😊
      Did you like your new Dr.? Take care.

      • 120 57andfemale
        August 17, 2015 at 12:53 pm

        Don’t know if I can ever look at her the same way again. She was in my quilting group, and we were all staunch Democrats. She’d agree with us on a lot of things but didn’t get into the conversation like we did. At one of our last meetings before she moved, she stood up for Republicans. But we all assumed she was moderate. And sane. Ben Carson? Oh. My. God.

        And now, because CarolMae said so, I am lowering my blood pressure and will not let it bother me.

        • August 17, 2015 at 12:58 pm

          Oh Dear, she hide her real self. That’s tough. My only Dem friends are on TOD & twitter. I’m dreading the get together for MIL 90th BDay tomorrow because they’re rabid Repubs. Don’t know who they like but I’m guessing trump. I’m having panic attack. 😉

  30. August 17, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    h/t criquet for the heads up ….

    bbl ….

  31. August 17, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    #DiplomacyHasConsequences

    These are the folk who can most readily bring an end to the Assad regime and enforce a movement toward inclusive government. Without RU & Iran bought into that vision, the slaughter in Syria and DAESH’s reign of terror will continue.

  32. 134 Roberta in MN
    August 17, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Also, someone of FB wanted to know if the DNC was blackballing Sanders and how come no Dem’s in congress have endorsed him yet. I jsut shook my head and replied” he is not a Dem. he is an Independent Socialist. Big difference. No come bacl.


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