129 Responses to ““The Way Washington Changes Is When People Vote””

  1. 13 amk for obama
    January 8, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Yes… to voting.

  2. 14 GGAIL
    January 8, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Good West Coast morning NW, Chipsticks & TOD family.
    Thanks NW for posting the full version. I will listen to it at work 😘
    Hope I don’t get mad again at Coop and cuss out loud at work 😄

  3. January 8, 2016 at 9:21 am

    I just watched this video for 5 minutes and had to stop it. Cooper just parroting idiotic RW memes. UGH.

    • 17 jackiegrumbacher
      January 8, 2016 at 9:32 am

      Meta, as I mentioned on the last thread, I think Cooper was doing exactly what PBO expected him to do. He was showing Americans what they are up against as they fight for sensible gun policy and how to combat it. PBO knows it will take a mighty effort on the part of the American people to bring about change, so he was saying to us, “This is what it will be like. It will be hard, but follow my example of how to deal with it.” Instead of recoiling from this kind of confrontation and tabling gun discussion indefinitely, he’s facing it head on and changing the conversation in this country. He wants us to do likewise.

      • January 8, 2016 at 9:34 am

        I appreciate what you’re saying, jackie. I will get back to it and watch it because I have no doubt PBO shines but I’m really so sick of these idiots.

      • January 8, 2016 at 9:50 am

        This is true,…he is forcing discussions on common sense gun issues…

      • 20 catrst
        January 8, 2016 at 10:35 am

        This is profound and valuable. Its a welcome expansion of the President’s words at his presentation of his new ex. actions on gun sense. He told us again not to expect easy and to never give up fighting for what’s right. We need to help each other in this way, as you have done here. We cannot do this without each other. What I was amazed by was the courage of Daniel’s father, in the face of the Sandy Hook truther insanity and dangerous reactionary behavior towards him and his family. He deserves so much admiration and we should all emulate his courage.

        • 21 0388jojothecat
          January 8, 2016 at 2:35 pm

          bravo catrst….truer words have not been spoken. We don’t give up easy when people repeal us…we keep going. Keep going, watch the master bat away the talking points with such sincerity and make ‘Cooper’ look like the fool that he is by expecting PBO to agree with the nonsense that “if people FEEL there is a conspiracy then it should be acknowledged”. If people believed there are real Vampires and Unicorns should we let them?

      • 22 Dudette
        January 8, 2016 at 11:27 am

        Bravo, jg!
        Bravo, Mr. President!

    • 23 GGAIL
      January 8, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Last night I was getting increasingly irritated at Coop until I decided to just focus on PBO, looking and listening to him helped calm me down. I hope to repeat it again today 😊

      • 24 0388jojothecat
        January 8, 2016 at 2:38 pm

        Me too GGail, I had to focus on PBO and not the nutjobs were plants anyway. I was in awe of PBO’s ability to not get mad or upset until Anderson Cooper went all conspiracy on him then PBO let ‘Luther’ almost take over.

      • January 8, 2016 at 3:16 pm

        What appalled me also was the people he had invited who had been closely affected by gun violence. How do you have the nerve to ask such insulting, fatuous questions in front of those who have lost so much? Yesterday, on my facebook feed, an old friend posted a message from Franklin Graham regarding gun control. We don’t have a gun problem-we have a SIN problem and and until we fix that we will just have to put up with being shot. This lady used to go to my church and we were spiritually very close, although she was very conservative, it didn’t come up. Then she joined an evangelical church and went full tea-party. I rarely see her now, and to be fair she hardly ever posts political stuff and I do all the time and she never challenges or responds to it. However, seeing this Franklin Graham garbage was just too much. I posted back, “Well, until we get the sin problem sorted, why do we get guns out of the hands of the sinners?” Really – how stupid, thoughtless, and cruel. I guess Canada has far fewer sinners than we do despite having gay marriage, government health care, etc.

  4. January 8, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Great job report. Over 290,000.

  5. January 8, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Or how about when DB cooper asked the president is this really a conspiracy?
    No… Bc in twelve months the president is going door to door to confiscate 365k guns in 65k households.
    He’s coming… So get in your bunkers and get your homemade terminators ready. He’s coming for your guns. Lol

  6. January 8, 2016 at 9:40 am

    I don’t know why people keep trying to make rational sense out of Trump.

    • January 8, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Donnie douche loves trump says privately that democrats are voting for him???

      • January 8, 2016 at 10:45 am

        Some might vote for Trump, but if Trump is the nominee, some Republicans might vote for Democrats, even Hillary. Now might I ask, who the hell is donnie douche?

        • 32 0388jojothecat
          January 8, 2016 at 2:40 pm

          He was once on CNBC as a financial pundit. He has a talk show on cable now. He is tanned with white hair or an older but straight Anderson Cooper 🙂

    • 33 jacquelineoboomer
      January 8, 2016 at 10:11 am

      I’d like to have the words in your tweet embroidered on a pillow, meta. Love ’em! Then I’d like to hand out the pillows at Trump rallies. For fun.

      It’s Friday, it’s raining in River City, and I’ve been awake for 2 full hours already. My head will be in the soup by 11 a.m., Central!

  7. 36 Vicki
    January 8, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Good morning, TOD.
    GREAT JOBS numbers posted on previous thread. It is so wonderful when you focus on the fact that the numbers represent families and individuals whose lives are more secure because they found work.
    Unemployment remains low and the number there is 5.
    The Obama Economy is a Big F—-g Deal!!!!!

  8. 39 Vicki
    January 8, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Last night I watched a bit and then couldn’t.
    What got me to Click—-was Chris Kyle’s widow who asked her question and Stood there defiant and challenging POTUS. Until the next audience member was actually speaking, Mrs. Kyle stood there and glared at President Obama. WTF??? Why didn’t someone tell her she could sit now. That the Town Hall wasn’t only about her.
    Anyway, I hit click

    • January 8, 2016 at 9:48 am

      I also read she said something like it’s impossible to make murder a crime. WTH was that?

      • 41 Vicki
        January 8, 2016 at 9:55 am

        I don’t know, meta. I didn’t hear a word she said. I was upset by her stance and attitude. I have the entire Town hall on tape but I don’t think I want to see it.

        • 42 amk for obama
          January 8, 2016 at 10:56 am

          This woman and her husband believe(d) guns is the end all solution for all the life’s problems. And it turned out to be tragically true in their case.

          • 43 Jeff
            January 8, 2016 at 11:58 am

            I don’t consider what happened to Kyle a tragedy. He was a sociopath.

            • 44 0388jojothecat
              January 8, 2016 at 2:44 pm

              It was a tragedy for the young man who clearly had PTSD and Kyle thought taking him to a firing range would help cure him. That young man needed REAL help now he is probably up for murder charges and life in prison if he didn’t kill himself.

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  11. 47 globalcitizenlinda
    January 8, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Seeing his widow utter crap to PBO yesterday, reminded me about the wisdom of the “American Sniper’s” actions – taking a PTSD veteran to a gun range. I will keep my thoughts to myself.

    • 48 Linda
      January 8, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Chris Kyle was no hero…..Jessie Ventura sued him over slander Chris wrote about Jessie. Kyle was killed before the case was settled. Ventura sued his estate and won. His wife is bitter.

    • 49 Don
      January 8, 2016 at 10:53 am

      globalcitizenlinda, don’t keep your thoughts to yourself. This guy suffered with PTSD and his “friends” took him to a gun range for the purposes of trying to treat him. The fact that their best judgment was to take this obviously sick guy to a gun range is all you need to know about this entire sad affair.

  12. 50 No Child Left Behind
    January 8, 2016 at 9:57 am


    What took him so long?

    A leading House conservative delivered a stark message to Speaker Paul Ryan: the honeymoon is over. […]
    “It’s too early to judge the speakership of Paul Ryan […] But, as I have also said, the honeymoon is over,” said [Rep. Raul] Labrador, an Idaho Republican. “I think he needs to start putting up real conservative reform in the House and doing the things that are necessary to show the voters that he is a different speaker than John Boehner because frankly, everything he has done so far is no different than what John Boehner would have done.” […]

    He added, “The question is will Ryan be a good speech-maker or a good policy-maker… The question is not just can you deliver on the speech but can you deliver on the substance. The question is whether the Republican party is a conservative party or not. I’m afraid that so far we’ve shown that [the Republican Party] is not a conservative party.”

    Seriously, it’s been two whole months, which is like ten working days in the House (I joke, it was actually 20, which might be a record for a two-month period with these guys). Apparently getting an Obamacare repeal and Planned Parenthood defunding bill on the president’s desk just isn’t enough for some people.

    The best are the comments. This pack of hyenas are a riot.

    • 51 Don
      January 8, 2016 at 11:18 am

      Poor Rep. Labrador, every time I see him it reminds me of the time that former AG Eric Holder undressed his ass at some sham house of representative hearing.

    • January 8, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      Well, he’s right; the GOP isn’t a conservative party anymore. They’re a reactionary cult .

  13. 53 Vicki
    January 8, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Sit down for this one TOD.
    Front Page of The Jerusalem Post the Headline is “Netanyahu will lead the fight to prevent Barack Obama from succeeding Ban-Ki Moon as the head of the UN”

    POTUS wants his next stop to be head of the United Nations?
    Sounds like a brilliant idea to me.

    Also sounds like Bibi paranoia

    January 8, 2016 at 9:59 am


  15. 61 Allison
    January 8, 2016 at 10:00 am

  16. 66 Allison
    January 8, 2016 at 10:05 am

  17. 67 Allison
    January 8, 2016 at 10:05 am

    January 8, 2016 at 10:07 am


  19. January 8, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Congrats on 1st RanMan 🙂

    bbl ….

  20. 73 amk for obama
    January 8, 2016 at 10:27 am

  21. 74 amk for obama
    January 8, 2016 at 10:34 am

  22. 77 amk for obama
    January 8, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Cliven Bundy still owes the U.S. $1 million. What are the feds doing to collect it?


    egg.sack.lee. I am truly puzzled by the feds inaction in both civil and criminal misbehavior of these kkklowns.

  23. 78 MightyPamela
    January 8, 2016 at 10:45 am

  24. 80 amk for obama
    January 8, 2016 at 10:59 am

    and the tweet

  25. 81 amk for obama
    January 8, 2016 at 11:02 am

  26. 82 No Child Left Behind
    January 8, 2016 at 11:02 am

    This was said by many wise men and women of TODVille.

    May I add that the air around the hostage loonies should be polluted as well.?

  27. 84 No Child Left Behind
    January 8, 2016 at 11:04 am
  28. 87 Don
    January 8, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Last night’s Town Hall illustrated to us perfectly what we’re up against. The foolishness that leaped out of the mouths of some of the questioners was a sight to behold. Was it just me, or did it almost feel like some of the audience members were aiming lightning bolts out of their eyes at the President? These people basically said to President Obama; don’t do anything to prevent another family from going through a senseless and possible preventable gun tragedy.

    • January 8, 2016 at 11:37 am

      This was a staged Town Hall…

    • 89 Dudette
      January 8, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Exactly! Sociopathic bastards, everyone of them!

    • 90 nospin
      January 8, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      i think the townhall was necessary. Regardless of the bullshit those folks said, when they get home and watch the reruns I am positive that some of them will begin to feel like idiots and wonder…did I really say that? In addition it also helped others to see just how ridiculous this resistance to making sure people are safer by allowing background checks really is.

      As a bonus, friends and family member of the participants may tell them that frankly, their objections are stupid. so was worth it.

      • 91 0388jojothecat
        January 8, 2016 at 2:21 pm

        nospin I hope you are 100% right. I pray they re-watch the show and see how sincere PBO was in his answers with not a lot of detail only going by their statements. I pray they see they were peddling a ton of BS and that their family members will tell them the truth that PBO’s EO will not prevent any of these people from going out and buying a gun after he signs it. The woman who was raped and thinks, “if I only had a gun to prevent this from happening”, she should pray she is glad she didn’t because he could have shot her and instead of standing before PBO she’d be standing before St. Peter at the pearly gates. The sherriff who claims criminals will still get guns, well doing nothing they are still going to get guns. If we had a better system like the one PBO wants to put in place with 24/7 background check system Dylan Roofe would not have gotten a gun in his own name to kill those folks in church since his friends were too cowardly to stop him. Someone either on the show or afterwards asked to name one mass shooting that would have been stopped….I would say all of them if we had a better system that allowed more time and background investigations. The after-show on TNN, I think the NYPD or that offensive woman reporter did not believe PBO or the Catholic Father from Chicago about guns coming from Indiana and sold with NO background check. One of them said, they never heard about this….well I have. Chicago police and Mayors has been saying it for years that murders in Chicago have been traced to guns that originated in Indiana. When PBO he got a luke warm reception from the folks clapping and some of them took their time standing when he came inside the studio. It must really chafe their asses to have to stand for a Black man.

        I think PBO did an excellent job in handling all the speakers so much so It reminded me of the time he met with the GOP during their annual retreat. He knocked down all their talking points and he enjoyed it so much he wanted to stay longer. This town hall and that GOP spanking will be engrained in my memory forever.

  29. 92 amk for obama
    January 8, 2016 at 11:09 am

    aand I am outta here.

  30. 93 Dudette
    January 8, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Howdy-do, folks! 😃🙃😄

  31. 94 Dudette
    January 8, 2016 at 11:24 am

    It’s a great day in America!
    Barack Obama is still President of the United States! 🎉😄😘

  32. 96 Dudette
    January 8, 2016 at 11:24 am

    • 97 0388jojothecat
      January 8, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      I was watching C-Span this morning and there was this guy on talking about Public Lands and the host (whos the skinny white guy who cuts people off when they make good points) took a call from this guy in NY who worked for the BLM and said there are plenty of jobs for young people who want to work for BLM. The rouse of the call in was to ask if the Federal Government was a good steward of public lands in the west based on an article in one of the newspapers.

  33. January 8, 2016 at 11:29 am

  34. January 8, 2016 at 11:33 am

    New Orleanian of the Year 2015: Leah Chase
    On the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, we salute a civil rights pioneer
    by Helen Freund

    January 04, 2016

    With its first issue of each year, Gambit honors a New Orleanian of the Year for all he or she has done for the city. This year’s honoree is a familiar one: Leah Chase, the pioneering chef who turns 93 this week and who still can be found working at her iconic Treme restaurant, Dooky Chase’s.

      Though many are familiar with Chase’s gumbo, greens and hospitality, her role in achieving equality for African-Americans is less discussed, at least by those who have bestowed upon her some of the nation’s highest culinary awards for her Creole cuisine.

      On this, the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, we honor Leah Chase for setting a particularly special table: one where much of the Southern civil rights movement was planned.

    You won’t see her memorialized in grainy black-and-white photographs of civil rights protests, holding up protest signs or sitting handcuffed beneath the scornful gaze of baton-wielding police officers. But in June 2014, when more than 100 veterans of the Louisiana civil rights movement gathered in New Orleans to commemorate the Freedom Summer and honor the civil rights activists of the 1960s, it was Leah Chase’s restaurant that everyone remembered.

      ”It was just a place where we felt safe,” recalled Doratha “Dodie” Smith-Simmons, a key figure in the civil rights movement who was a Freedom Rider and member of the New Orleans chapter of Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).

      ”For a lot of the people and students who came down here to work on voter registration, their fondest memory was of going to Dooky Chase’s for a meal,” Smith-Simmons says. “Because of what Leah and her husband did, people didn’t forget that.”

      2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a crowning achievement of the civil rights movement that prohibited racial discrimination in voting. Its passage came a year after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and in the years leading up to both historic events, Dooky Chase’s became a well-known meeting place for leaders and activists.

  35. 100 Dudette
    January 8, 2016 at 11:40 am

  36. 101 Dudette
    January 8, 2016 at 11:41 am

  37. 102 Dudette
    January 8, 2016 at 11:48 am

    For today’s OFA call with the President:

    Thanks for signing up for OFA’s call on gun violence prevention.

    The call will start at 1:45 p.m. EST today. Listen in here:



    Organizing for Action

  38. 103 No Child Left Behind
    January 8, 2016 at 11:52 am

  39. 104 No Child Left Behind
    January 8, 2016 at 11:54 am

  40. 105 Nena20409
    January 8, 2016 at 11:55 am

    TGIF 🙂
    Hello TOD.
    Happy Friday. More snow, cloudy, and colder……it will hit 8F today. But in MN in January 😉 that is GREAT!
    Congrats to Twin Gold ⭐ ⭐ winners on this page: RanMan and Amk.
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners 3 posts back.
    292K Jobs added in Dec 2015 ❓ Thanks, President Obama!
    70 Months straight Private Jobs. 14.1M Jobs Total! Thanks, Pres Obama!

  41. 106 Nena20409
    January 8, 2016 at 11:56 am

  42. 108 No Child Left Behind
    January 8, 2016 at 11:56 am

    As if there isn’t enough…

  43. 109 forus50
    January 8, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Good morning and TGIF!

  44. 110 forus50
    January 8, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    I’m in the minority I think here in thinking it was a really good townhall with POTUS being able to address the bogus issues. To me, it seems that those who are not passionate about politics find that a Q&A from people of different points of view is more compelling than a speech.

    • 111 Obama Grandmama
      January 9, 2016 at 12:41 am

      As much as I hated many of the stupid questions PBO had to address they were the sound bites people are parroting and adopting to form their opinions. Having them asked gave PBO the chance to counter them with facts and truth. Any time that happens that is good.

  45. 112 No Child Left Behind
    January 8, 2016 at 12:01 pm

  46. 113 Allison
    January 8, 2016 at 12:02 pm

  47. 114 Nena20409
    January 8, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Happy Birthday!
    Another Birthday, Today, had he lived, Elvis Presley would have been 81 yrs old.

  48. 116 Nena20409
    January 8, 2016 at 12:09 pm

  49. 117 Nena20409
    January 8, 2016 at 12:10 pm

  50. 118 No Child Left Behind
    January 8, 2016 at 12:11 pm

  51. 119 Nena20409
    January 8, 2016 at 12:12 pm

  52. 121 Nena20409
    January 8, 2016 at 12:15 pm

  53. January 8, 2016 at 12:15 pm


    • 123 0388jojothecat
      January 8, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      The sad part is they did all of this for show….even told their constituents who are benefitting from Obamacare NOT TO WORRY because PBO will vetoe the bill once he gets it from them. These people just make me so sick.

  54. 124 Nena20409
    January 8, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    1-7-16 WH Presser.

  55. 125 Nena20409
    January 8, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    And these People care about FREEDOM of Speech? Less Gov’t Intrusion? Hmm?

  56. 127 Nena20409
    January 8, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    When the Lunatics are making the Laws, this is what Happens.

    • 128 0388jojothecat
      January 8, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      I unfortunately watched C-SPAN this morning and someone was complaining about EPA, VA, and other administrative type government agencies not normally associated with law enforcement, that the Government issued them $74 million for guns and amo.

  57. 129 Nena20409
    January 8, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    33 yrs old and still in diapers? 😉 Yup! But he is playing with destructive Weapons!

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