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  1. 7 57andfemale
    September 7, 2015 at 6:13 pm


  2. 11 Nerdy Wonka
    September 7, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Thank you for fantastic images of President Obama, Chiparoo.

    Frankly, Bernie Sanders can go fuck himself. What a bloody asshole!

    • September 7, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      Outstanding Nerdy, all I can say is: **** Bernie Sanders.

    • 13 amk for obama
      September 7, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      why do all these peeps – from the rethugs to the loony left – think they are running against the kenyan in 2016?

    • September 7, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      tell it NW!!!

      tell it!!

    • 17 Vicki
      September 7, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      Thank you, Nerdy and meta and everyone who responded to this.
      I asked what it was about just before 3:00 and then had to leave before I could see the responses.
      Clearly, we are all in agreement here.

      What got me is the obvious ridiculousness. The community organizer dismissing His Community?!?
      Good that Bernie is getting pushback to his obvious pandering….PBO didn’t include his supporters, but I will?!?

    • 18 Nena20409
      September 7, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      Brava, Brava, Brava, NW.
      🍸 🍸 🍸
      Talk is Cheat.
      Kucinich got hardly anything done. He was a Mayor once, just like Sen Sanders.
      At least, Nader got loads of Safety measures passed.
      Lefties seriously go Rogue…..when there isn’t an Incumbent Dem Pres Running. 1980 was the Only exception in modern times.

    • 19 jacquelineoboomer
      September 7, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      #BernieDidSquat = I’ll try to fit that in, as often as possible!

      How dare he!

    • 22 jackiegrumbacher
      September 7, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      Nerdy, you are an amazing fighter! You have left Bernie on his knees, with his head bent in defeat. His remark was stupid, unbelievably ill informed and nasty and you set him straight. I would want to be on the same side as you in any war.

  3. September 7, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Our next President!!! 🙂

    h/t VC 🙂

  4. 28 Nerdy Wonka
    September 7, 2015 at 6:28 pm

  5. 29 Nerdy Wonka
    September 7, 2015 at 6:31 pm

  6. 34 globalcitizenlinda
    September 7, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Fact: I am biased because of what I have observed VP Joe do and say these last 7 years and how he has never backstabbed PBO. in fact, VP Joe seems to be on of the few politicians who really get PBO, what makes PBO tick and has publicly said so time and again without equivocation.

    My thoughts:

    – From what VP Joe has repeatedly said, he understands that although PBO doesn’t have the character of a “chest-thumper”, POTUS is a very strong person who is comfortable enough to even let the people who hate him have some way to save face once their stupidity has been revealed for the world to see.

    – But, most important of all, it is clear that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done on the issue of racial reconciliation and that VP would be more than ready to continue with the changes and dialogue that PBO started or as Bob calls it, Truth and Reconciliation. I can’t see VP Joe gingerly stepping around this crucial issue without saying out loud some truths people may not like to hear and will demonize him for.

    • September 7, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      “I can’t see VP Joe gingerly stepping around this crucial issue without saying out loud some truths people may not like to hear and will demonize him for.”

      Agree, Linda!!

      VP Biden knows that the unfinished business of racial, economic and educational inequities in our society are the root of the greatest threats to the sustainability of the US, and more broadly, humanity. I think those inequities will be central to his campaign and Presidency.

  7. 36 sabreen60
    September 7, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Nerdy, your tweets about Bernie are so spot on. Bernie Sanders is a phony who likes to hear himself talk. And as you say yapping is all he’s done.

  8. 37 Don
    September 7, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Sometimes I get so mad, so mad at these fuckers for fucking up this country. Then I get even more mad that these people can’t even goddamn acknowledge what President Obama has done to fix to fix this country. What the fuck does a black man got to do to get any credit? This goddamn guy got us healthcare and made it possible for our gay brothers and sisters to get married. Those two things alone should get him on mount Rushmore. If I was a selfish motherfucker I wouldn’t even vote in 2016, I’d say if you can’t recognize what President Obama has done for this country, then you don’t my vote. I’m trying my best to stay engaged, but just as easily as I give a fuck, I could easily not give a fuck. End of rant.

  9. 38 Don
    September 7, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    I’m out for a while.

  10. 41 No Child Left Behind
    September 7, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    NW, your tweets are what keeps me optimistic about these elections, though they are so far from being done with.

    I was never a cheerleader for Bernie even before he announced his candidacy. He is a lot of rhetoric and will make Dems lose the general elections – that is, if he ever got nominated. Though I love his policies, I am also aware that they will never win a majority votes.

    That being said, with POTUS not on the ballot, I’ll vote wholeheartedly for any DEM because any one of the clowns in town scares me to death, Besides, I have never liked nor watched their cheerleader. Nor his hair!

  11. 43 Nena20409
    September 7, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Bill R. and 57andFemale, your Twin Au ⭐ ⭐ shine 😉 brightly. Congrats.

  12. 44 Nena20409
    September 7, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Let us see how Trump, Christie, Sanders, Clinton, Huckabee, etc can run 😉

  13. 46 desertflower
    September 7, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Joe is not a politician in the normal sense of the word..he is in politics for the good of the people. Doing good for the people, doing what’s right, is what drives him. He’s not a bullshitter and calls it like he sees it..which is why he would win if he ran…crossing my fingers and toes….they don’t make people like him in Washington anymore….

  14. 48 desertflower
    September 7, 2015 at 7:32 pm


    With little fanfare, the Obama administration has been pursuing an aggressive campaign to restore protections for workers that have been eroded by business activism, conservative governance and the evolution of the economy in recent decades.

    In the last two months alone, the administration has introduced a series of regulatory changes. Among them: a rule that would make millions more Americans eligible for extra overtime pay, and guidelines suggesting that many employers are misclassifying workers as contractors and therefore depriving them of basic workplace protections. That is an issue central to the growth of so-called gig economy companies like Uber.

    A little more than a week ago, a federal appeals panel affirmed an earlier regulation granting nearly two million previously exempted home care workers minimum wage and overtime protections. And on Thursday, President Obama’s appointees to the National Labor Relations Board pushed through an important ruling that makes it easier for employees of contractors and franchises to bargain collectively with the corporations that have sway over their operations.

    “These moves constitute the most impressive and, in my view, laudable attempt to update labor and employment law in many decades,” said Benjamin I. Sachs, a professor at Harvard Law School and a former assistant general counsel for the Service Employees International Union. The goal, he said, is to “keep pace with changes in the structure of the labor market and the way work is organized.”

    h/t Smartypants

    Hey, Bernie! Bite me! TY, PBO

  15. 49 desertflower
    September 7, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Twitter needs a #bitemebernie

  16. 51 99ts
    September 7, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    So unbelievable that too many dems have taken the GOP’s view on PBO. No idea what Sanders has for a brain – then again – he won’t even sign up for the party

  17. September 7, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Good evening, TOD! Posted this a couple of threads back; of course, five minutes later, there was a new front page. So, incase you missed it:

  18. 60 99ts
    September 7, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Used to say – only in America – but this is Australia

    Syrian migrant crisis: Christians to get priority as Abbott faces pressure to take in more refugees

    The ex-priest who proves the Peter Principle.

  19. September 7, 2015 at 8:30 pm

  20. 62 vcprezofan2
    September 7, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    [This is simply a taste – go read the entire article and pass it along. Your friends, family, and colleagues need to know what Repubs are up to.]

    Today, We Honor Working Americans — but the Republican Budget Doesn’t.

    Summary: We need to honor our workers not just on Labor Day, but by making budget investments in the programs that help them all year long.

    Today, we celebrate Labor Day – a day to honor America’s workers and mark their social and economic achievements.

    Tomorrow, Members of Congress return to work and face a pretty sizeable piece of business — enactment of a budget for the fiscal year that starts October 1. Unfortunately, the Republican budget plans launch a double-pronged attack on the workers we are celebrating today.

    The Republican appropriations bills are stacked with ideological provisions known as “riders” that are unrelated to spending levels and weaken basic protections for workers, the backbone of our economy.
    ……………………………….. snip …………………………………………………..

    Here are eight key ways Republican budget plans would hurt working Americans:

    1. They’d weaken the Department of Labor’s ability to protect wages for more than 135 million workers, costing workers an estimated $70-$80 million in back wages.

    The Senate bill cuts $67 million from the Wage and Hour Division, the part of the Department of Labor that enforces wage protections like the minimum wage, overtime pay, and the right for workers to be paid what they have earned. That’s a 24 percent cut compared to the President’s Budget. The House bill cuts the Division by $62 million, or 22 percent, below the President’s Budget. These bills would weaken the Division’s ability to protect wages in more than 7.3 million establishments for over 135 million workers, including the ability to recover back wages for workers.

    2. They’d cut funding for workplace inspections and enforcement of standards that prevent illness, injury, and fatalities on the job.

    The House would cut funding for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) by $57 million – or 10 percent – compared to the President’s Budget. ……………………………….


    …………………………………………. //


    • 63 vcprezofan2
      September 7, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    • 64 jackiegrumbacher
      September 7, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      Republicans in Congress are literally a menace to a fair and just society. They take glee in undermining workers and making life more difficult and dangerous for Americans. People who vote Republican out of habit have no real understanding of the destruction their candidates wreak once in office.

      • 65 vcprezofan2
        September 7, 2015 at 10:36 pm

        JackieG, for two days now I’ve been trying to figure out how best to voice my disgust with the Republicans in 140 characters, in a way that might cause someone to pause and say ‘You know, this ridiculous and no-so-subtle destruction of progress for average Americans by *taxpayer PAID* GOPs has got to stop!’

        I’m floored that the GOPs are *allowed* to get away with voting ‘no’ *unanimously* on an issue such as the #IranDeal and no major media outlet has questioned *any* of their leaders or members about this strategy…. ON THIS ISSUE! Yes, no’s become the GOP default position over the past few years, but **they have now made it so much the norm that they do not even have to justify themselves. What an insult to U.S citizens!** Thoughts around this have been circling around and around in my head. It simply is not right that Republicans should get away with doing nothing – heck individual Repub. Reps &/ Senators did not even have to give the matter any thought! Despite knowing they are in general a bad lot, it’s hard to accept there is not ONE Republican who has one iota integrity!
        The fact GOPs are heading back to the floor of Congress tomorrow to continue with the same old behaviour is, IMO, unconscionable.

        Is there not one visible thing that can be done to, at least, register our affront? If citizens cannot count on the Republicans to put aside their vengefulness and actually debate a serious issue sensibly, what is their purpose? Senate Republicans should at least have to explain the rationale for their decisions as Democratic senators did.

  21. 66 tnmtngirl
    September 7, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Did anyone here see CBS News this evening? Lead story was election 2016, the candidates, etc. It was the usual stuff about Hillary, Bernie, Trump. When they got to Joe Biden, one thing John Dickerson said put me “in a rage.” He had spoken with some “other Democrats and they don’t think he would be a good president.” UGH!!!!!!!!!! Throw something at the TV time.

    Also, thank you to CarolMae. I had never seen that video she shared on the last thread. By the time it was done, I was both furious and in tears. That’s certainly a keeper. Wrote that down in my little comp book whwwere I keep a running list of links, quotes, etc. Never know when I may need to pull them out for “some folks.” You know…….facts and reality!!!!

    • September 7, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      99.9% of the time, the “other Democrats” in these hit pieces on VP Biden are committed HRC supporters. It’s always in the fine print and you have to dig for it but it’s there.

    • September 7, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      I’ve seen consistent polling that says Dems want Joe to run, even those who aren’t committed to voting for him.

  22. 69 No Child Left Behind
    September 7, 2015 at 8:47 pm

  23. 71 tnmtngirl
    September 7, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Well, this is a first ever. I’m in moderation. Help……someone, anyone.

  24. 72 No Child Left Behind
    September 7, 2015 at 8:49 pm

  25. 75 MightyPamela
    September 7, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Huh, does the look on these faces reflect what is known as “Obama Fatigue”?? 😉 🐻 ❤

  26. September 7, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    What cop union boycott the President today in Boston?

    • September 7, 2015 at 9:03 pm

      The Duke Blue Devils will be at the White House tomorrow, as a North Carolina Tarheels fan I’m not sure I want to see Duke and Coach K. I have to sack myself up to watch them. Do not like Duke.

  27. September 7, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Evening, all.

    Hope y’all enjoyed El día de los obreros. I’ve been fighting insomnia all weekend. So, about to take a trazodone, which I normally avoid, and collapse in bed. See everyone tomorrow. Many blessings.

  28. 79 amk for obama
    September 7, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    andy got andersoned.

  29. September 7, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Sometimes i forget that O’Malley is still around

    • September 7, 2015 at 9:19 pm

      Oh gawd, I’m the same Prettyfoot, saw someone retweeting him today and I was like, ‘oh, forgot him’. A huge disappointment so far, he’s almost anonymous, making no impact, but kinda lost interest when he criticized PBO early on. For all her many faults, Hillary seems to be only Dem candidate who gets that that’s *not* the route to take.

      • September 7, 2015 at 9:21 pm

        You mean after she hit her reset button!

        • September 7, 2015 at 9:28 pm

          Well, yeah, true! I’d guess they’re watching, enjoying and learning from the ‘Obama coalition’ reaction to Sanders’ attacks on PBO, she’s been decidedly complimentary towards our man of late 🙂

      • September 7, 2015 at 9:23 pm

        i feel as you do…i was looking at him…then the issues in Baltimore….and as Donna said..he waited too long…that is what i worry about VPBiden..is he waiting too long…

        • September 7, 2015 at 9:32 pm

          I’d guess there’s a whole lot of turmoil going on in Joe’s head right now, so many reasons to run, so many reasons not to. Such an enormous decision to make, my hunch (most probably wrong) is that those who love him don’t want him to run, but he’s torn. I just hope he does what’s right for him, he’s already given so, so much.

          • 105 99ts
            September 7, 2015 at 10:34 pm

            I didn’t think he would run – and after his son died – just made it moreso. I do believe he wants to support someone & will be a great campaigner – he just hasn’t found the right person to support – don’t see it being anyone except Hillary at the minute.

            Then again, most of my thoughts have been 90% wrong in the past few years. I never ever ever thought Australia could be so stupid as to elect Tony Abbott.

  30. 107 amk for obama
    September 7, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    A man placed some flowers on the grave of his dearly departed mother and started back toward his car when his attention was diverted to another man kneeling at a grave. The man seemed to be praying with profound intensity and kept repeating, “Why did you have to die? Why did you have to die?”

    The first man approached him and said, “Sir, I don’t wish to interfere with your private grief, but this demonstration of pain is more than I’ve ever seen before. For whom do you mourn so deeply? A child? A parent?”

    The mourner took a moment to collect himself, then replied, “My wife’s first husband.”

  31. September 7, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    What’s really important:

  32. 110 vcprezofan2
    September 7, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    QUIZ Time! I think I saw JO’B and DesertFlower earlier and figured I’d help them both prepare for the Pope’s upcoming visit.


    And no, I didn’t try this one! I got the first question wrong and figured if I didn’t know his name there was no point continuing.. :/

  33. September 7, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Perhaps the most substantively important speech of the Obama presidency was the Osawatomie speech in 2011,” said Dan Pfeiffer, a former communications director and senior adviser to the president, referring to a speech that December in Kansas. “It was a set of marching orders to the entire government that increasing income inequality and declining economic mobility are the key challenge of our time. Given the congressional gridlock, the president pushed us very hard to pull every lever possible.

    maybe we should have Bernie Sanders listen to this

  34. September 8, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Haters like Bernie S., have no space in our goodness of PBO and our TOD family. We will not give Bernie one ounce of our time, money, or votes to ANY part of Bernie and his CRAP. Sad ass haters. Excuse me TOD family.HZ

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