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The Girl In The Yellow Dress

President Obama meets a 16-year-old refugee girl from Myanmar who was subjected to human trafficking and will now be moving to the United States, following a tour of the Dignity for Children Foundation in Kuala Lumpur.

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The President:

This young lady here is 16 years old, fled Myanmar on her own when she was eight, and was subject to human trafficking until the United Nations was able to help her resettle. She’s now 16, and intends to be an advocate on behalf of fellow refugees in the future after she gets an education in the United States.

This is who we want to help. This is the face of people all around the world who still look to the United States as a beacon of hope. When we talk about American leadership, American leadership is us caring about people who have been forgotten, or who have been discriminated against, or who have been tortured, or who have been subject to unspeakable violence, or have been separated from families at very young ages. That’s American leadership.  That’s when we’re the shining light on the hill.  Not when we respond on the basis of fear.

Full remarks here

* The White House declined to name the girl out of concern for the safety of her parents still in Myanmar.

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109 Responses to “The Girl In The Yellow Dress”


  1. 4 Judith Fardig
    November 21, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Don, you are a wizard at claiming the top spot – congratulations! Chips, thank you for this moving, beautiful post. XOXO

  2. November 21, 2015 at 11:12 am

    POTUS looks at that girl and he sees Malia and Sasha. He wants all kids to have the chance and opportunities that his daughters have. He and FLOTUS says that all the time. How often do you hear that from the GOP?

    • November 21, 2015 at 11:14 am

      Maybe that young girl can make it to the White House and she can meet POTUS, FLOTUS, Malia and Sasha, Bo and Sunny too.

    • 9 Judith Fardig
      November 21, 2015 at 11:15 am

      Bella, you speak the truth. It is at the heart of all the world’s great religions to treat others as you would want to be treated yourself and to care for the poor and the abused. We never see faithful behavior from the fake Christians in the GOP.

    • 10 Don
      November 21, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Well to be truthful, bella, I hear the GOP say the same things about their kids. They want their kids to have the same tax breaks and the ability to privatize any government entity, and a smaller government than they’ve had.

  3. 11 GGail
    November 21, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family. What a wonderful pictorial to view first in the morning. Thank you Chips💕

  4. 12 Don
    November 21, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Um this is no good…..why are there not one, but two soccer games on my tv this morning?

  5. 14 GGail
    November 21, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Whoooo Hoooooo, ManU 2 – Watford 1
    I wish I was able to post the dancing man. So you all just use your imagination when you read the score 😀

  6. 15 Dudette
    November 21, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Way cool!

  7. 16 desertflower
    November 21, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Beautiful post

  8. November 21, 2015 at 11:50 am

    My mother used to say “your bladder is too near your eyes) and those pictures definitely brought on the tears. To think that after all she has been through she now be affirmed and respected and loved by the President of the United States. What an incredible child – leaving home at 8? She will be another Malala, bringing hope and change to the world. This is what I don’t understand. some folks so quick to throw away other people; to discard anyone on the basis of skin color, poverty level, nationality. Why are we content to let so many lives be wasted? Several years ago I remember a video of a school board meeting open to the community, where severe budget cuts were being pushed and a millage was on the ballot. The superintendent had ten children (they looked like high-schoolers) up on the stage. He turned to the audience and explained what the cuts would mean to the schools. Then he pointed to the kids and said the budget cuts would mean a 10% reduction in the needed student services. ” Which one of these children do you want to throw away? Which one? You choose.” I thought it was pretty powerful.

    Why do we look at children – anybody – and think “You’re worthless”? How do we justify the waste of human potential?? How can people not see the potential for change, the benefit to our society, and simple, basic human dignity we all claim for ourselves when they look at a girl like this, or a black woman knocking on your door for help, or a black man doing – well anything, really – and see only The Other. I try see things from other people’s perspectives, if only to find some sort of common basis from which to reason with them. But the mindset that thinks we can afford to throw away thousands, millions, of humans and still consider ourselves human just utterly defeats me.

    • 18 CEB
      November 21, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      You have eloquently stated what I have often thought. Sometimes I feel so helpless and hopeless about how low we can be as a culture, caring only for ourselves and those who we think are most like us. Then I remember that the only thing that we see in our media is the selfish, hateful voices of a few and like our president, I try to remember that most of us are kind, decent people who would not hurt anyone and we only need to know how to help, how to make a positive difference. It is really true that either we all fail or we all succeed.

      • November 21, 2015 at 12:54 pm

        Deep down I truly believe that too. I just wonder how we trigger that response in people when confronted by the refugee crisis, or Ferguson, and on and on.

    • 20 jackiegrumbacher
      November 21, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      Mary, they can’t see because they refuse to see. For decades the right wing has pumped up the fear and paranoia to the point where people literally can’t think straight. They’ve been told that the cause of all their problems is “the other,” not the billionaires who actually engineered the decline of the working class. They see change all around them and don’t have the coping skills to embrace it and so they fight it and blame everyone but themselves for a world they can’t control. That beautiful, courageous girl in the yellow dress is an “other”–an other religion, an other nationality, a symbol of world that is changing the foundation of their lives. The only thing they know to do is lash out in anger and hatred. The Republican candidates speak horrible, hateful, bigoted things and they feel redeemed because a big, famous person is saying out loud what they’ve always thought. That’s why you hear people say, “he tells it like it is.” Trump and the unholy group of others vying for R nomination have read their id and articulated it. The worst of themselves is affirmed by them and that makes them great “guys” in their estimation.

      • November 21, 2015 at 2:29 pm

        That last part about people feeling affirmed and validated is key. We all want to believe we are good people and when we have doubts about our actions we want people to remind us that really, we are good people. In fact, it extends to thinking “I am a good person and would not do a bad thing, so therefore what I did cannot be bad”. I guess its like the parent who wants her child to get good grades, regardless of whether the child has actually learned anything. Acting like a good person is hard, challenging, and we mess up all the time. Whether you example your discomfort when you “mess up” or try your hardest to believe it wasn’t really a ‘mess up’ makes the difference. Of course they’ve been fed the garbage for 30 or more years. We all have, but some believe it and some don’t. I think that ability to be brave enough to examine your own motives and say “I was wrong” makes the difference.

  9. 22 mtmarilyn
    November 21, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Happy Saturday everyone. I am so disgusted with this whole refugee thing. When did we become so hateful. So thankful for this space.

    I have a question. I have a cousin who wants to get on twitter, but she has no idea how to do it. I have looked for the tutorial that we use to have. Can someone help me find it? Thanks

  10. November 21, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    This seriously just brought tears to my eyes.

  11. 26 desertflower
    November 21, 2015 at 1:10 pm

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  12. 28 MightyPamela
    November 21, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    ❤ Meant to say Hi, and was so profoundly moved by this man and his work, I took it over to Facebook and got a bit stuck there. Day by day, moment by moment, he takes every opportunity to shape the future, save the children, and in doing so, changes the world. How loved is he, and how humbly he accepts the love returned to him, never losing pace with his vision.

  13. 29 GGail
    November 21, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    I love looking at this brave young lady.

  14. 32 Nena20409
    November 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Only 20F with Sunny Blue Skies in my neck of the woods.
    Congrats to Don on his yet again, 🙂 many Gold ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Yup, It’s hard being a Winner ❗
    Thanks Chops and NW for keeping it 100, here at TOD. The US News Media is the pits. Nothing, but Lies and the lying SOBs who tell the Lies.

  15. 33 No Child Left Behind
    November 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Good Morning, TODVille.

    Hope everyone has a great and safe Saturday.

    I’m catching up with POTUS’s latest visits and am so proud of him. His meetings with university students will bear fruits. I may not live to see it but these future world leaders and diplomats will make interaction and collaboration easier with the West and with the USA.

  16. 34 Nena20409
    November 21, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    This Tweet was in response to the Tweet above.

  17. 35 Nena20409
    November 21, 2015 at 2:06 pm

  18. 36 Nena20409
    November 21, 2015 at 2:08 pm

  19. 37 Nena20409
    November 21, 2015 at 2:10 pm

  20. 38 Nena20409
    November 21, 2015 at 2:14 pm


    VP Biden
    Weekly Address
    11/21/15

  21. 39 desertflower
    November 21, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/22/opinion/sunday/who-turned-my-blue-state-red.html?ref=opinion&_r=1

    IT is one of the central political puzzles of our time: Parts of the country that depend on the safety-net programs supported by Democrats are increasingly voting for Republicans who favor shredding that net

    In his successful bid for the Senate in 2010, the libertarian Rand Paul railed against “intergenerational welfare” and said that “the culture of dependency on government destroys people’s spirits,” yet racked up winning margins in eastern Kentucky, a former Democratic stronghold that is heavily dependent on public benefits. Last year, Paul R. LePage, the fiercely anti-welfare Republican governor of Maine, was re-elected despite a highly erratic first term — with strong support in struggling towns where many rely on public assistance. And earlier this month, Kentucky elected as governor a conservative Republican who had vowed to largely undo the Medicaid expansion that had given the state the country’s largest decrease in the uninsured under Obamacare, with roughly one in 10 residents gaining coverage.

    It’s enough to give Democrats the willies as they contemplate a map where the red keeps seeping outward, confining them to ever narrower redoubts of blue. The temptation for coastal liberals is to shake their heads over those godforsaken white-working-class provincials who are voting against their own interests.

    • 40 Nena20409
      November 21, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      Voters’ apathy, especially as it pertains to Dems exclusively.
      There were 3 events at play in 2014.
      1. Children Migrants, unaccompanied by adults from 3 Central American Nations.
      It 1st was reported as……the Obama Administration was detaining children in jails, cells, etc. Then it morphed to what later became a Fear-mongering enterprise.
      2. The ISIL/Daesh Beheadings. The Media hyped than to the highest volume when a handful of their colleagues were murdered. The Right, Fox and the Rightie Talk Hate took the Fear to the next level
      3. Ebola. Once TX Hospital allowed the mistake and a Liberian Man died. The Hysteria went over-drive.
      2014 election morphed into Obama Failed. Dems ran. An election that was about to deliver many GOPer Govs defeat, resurrected all GOPers running and depressed Dems enthusiasm for Dems are always 1st to recoil and buy the BS. Hence, the lowest Voter Turn out in a Mid-term in over 50 yrs.

    • 41 yardarm756
      November 21, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      A lot of this would not have happened were it not for a part-time DNC Chairperson! 😦

    • November 21, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      I will continue to say this…
      The Black working class gets it….
      The Latino working class gets it..
      The Asian working class gets it…
      The Native American working class gets it…

      I refuse to coddle the White working class that continues to vote against their own economic self-interest.

      phuck ’em.

      • 43 sjterrid
        November 21, 2015 at 5:06 pm

        I agree with you.

      • 44 GGail
        November 21, 2015 at 6:40 pm

        rikyrah, I agree with you. The sad part is that the white working class votes – however backward or stupid their choices, they vote, while the black working class does not, thereby making the white working class votes carry the day.

  22. 45 desertflower
    November 21, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Wondering if Louisiana will choose sanity today?

  23. November 21, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Such a heart warming post, Chips. Thank you!!!!

    Urge everyone to listen to ….

    #Hope4ALL

    bbl ….

  24. November 21, 2015 at 2:29 pm

  25. 52 Nena20409
    November 21, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    This is what happens when LIES, Blatant Lies are left unchallenged…….when there is No Truth as the US News Media insist on remaining Mute….by abdicating their Constitutional Job.

  26. 53 Nena20409
    November 21, 2015 at 3:08 pm

  27. 54 Nena20409
    November 21, 2015 at 3:13 pm

  28. 55 yardarm756
    November 21, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Can’t remember if I posted this before……G’day.

    What was #1 on the day you were born?
    This one’s a fun keeper.
    It plays the song that was Number One on the day you were born.
    And, if there is a video available with the artist, it will play it for you.
    This is really a fun site. Enjoy the show.

    http://playback.fm/birthday-song

  29. November 21, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    couldn’t happen to a better bunch of no-good, rotten muthaphuckas

    ………………………………

    The G.O.P. Establishment Has a Big New Hampshire Problem

    NOV. 19, 2015

    The last two Republican presidential primary contests have followed the same script: A conservative candidate wins in Iowa, a relative moderate wins in New Hampshire, and the latter — with broader appeal and all of the establishment’s resources — outlasts the former in a protracted fight for the nomination.

    But so far this cycle, New Hampshire’s voters aren’t playing along. Donald Trump has led every poll in New Hampshire since June. Candidates like Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush have struggled to get out of the single digits.

    The weakness of mainstream candidates in New Hampshire poses a big challenge for the party’s beleaguered establishment. If a candidate acceptable to the party can’t win New Hampshire or Iowa, the G.O.P. will face a bleak choice: undertake the daunting and expensive task of mounting a come-from-behind effort, or grudgingly acquiesce to a candidate it really doesn’t want, like Ted Cruz, but who may be better than someone it can never accept, like Mr. Trump.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/19/upshot/the-gop-establishment-has-a-big-new-hampshire-problem.html

  30. 72 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    November 21, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    I AM SO THRILLED FOR THIS YOUNG LADY…THIS UPLIFTS ME SO…AND LORD KNOWS…I NEEDED THIS……………..

  31. November 21, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    This is how you show compassion…

  32. November 21, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Now for the correct tweet…

    This is how you show compassion…

  33. 76 Nena20409
    November 21, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Now had this happened at any Dem Rally…….the US National News Networks would have all reported this on a loop by now.

  34. 77 Nena20409
    November 21, 2015 at 5:59 pm

  35. 78 Dudette
    November 21, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Grab some tissue before you watch the video in this Facebook post. You’re gonna need it.

  36. 79 Dudette
    November 21, 2015 at 6:07 pm

  37. 80 Dudette
    November 21, 2015 at 6:08 pm

  38. 81 Dudette
    November 21, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Please let it be so

  39. 82 Dudette
    November 21, 2015 at 6:17 pm

  40. 84 Nena20409
    November 21, 2015 at 6:20 pm

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  42. 90 Dudette
    November 21, 2015 at 6:26 pm

  43. 92 Nena20409
    November 21, 2015 at 6:30 pm

  44. 93 Dudette
    November 21, 2015 at 6:30 pm

  45. 94 Nena20409
    November 21, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    • November 22, 2015 at 12:05 am

      Ben Carson is blinded by self-delusion and self-hatred. Poor guy, he is so deluded that he really believes that he has a good chance of being the GOP nominee for president. I am absolutely certain that there is no way white supremacists, who make up a sizable faction of the Republican party, would accept a black nominee.

    • 96 Sandy1110
      November 22, 2015 at 12:15 am

      Such a good House Negro, is Ben Carson…

  46. 97 Dudette
    November 21, 2015 at 6:41 pm

  47. 98 Dudette
    November 21, 2015 at 6:42 pm

  48. 99 Dudette
    November 21, 2015 at 6:42 pm

  49. 100 Nena20409
    November 21, 2015 at 6:44 pm

  50. 101 Dudette
    November 21, 2015 at 6:45 pm

  51. 102 Dudette
    November 21, 2015 at 6:47 pm

  52. 103 Dudette
    November 21, 2015 at 6:48 pm

  53. 104 Dudette
    November 21, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    THIS!

  54. 105 Dudette
    November 21, 2015 at 6:55 pm

  55. November 21, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    An underwater sculpture located in the Caribbean Sea along the coast of Grenada. Honouring those African slave’s who were thrown overboard from a slave ship during the middle passage of the holocaust.

  56. November 21, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    They have called Edwards for Governor of Louisiana.


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