President Obama Holds a Town Hall (Part 2)

11:05 EST: President Obama Holds a Town Hall, Baton Rouge, LA


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  1. January 14, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    TOD holding it down and giving it to us in a way the MSM NEVER EVER WOULD.


  2. January 14, 2016 at 12:13 pm


    He wanted the President of the United States to coon on national tv.


    Morning Joe 1/14/16
    ‘I wanted him to be bolder,’ says writer on Obama
    Author Eddie Glaude Jr. joins Morning Joe to discuss ‘Democracy in Black,’ his new book which looks at, in part, how President Obama has failed black America. The National Urban League’s Marc Morial also joins the discussion

    • 3 MightyPamela
      January 14, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      Follow the money.

    • 5 GGail
      January 14, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      Where do they find these uncle tom’s?????

      • 6 MightyPamela
        January 14, 2016 at 4:52 pm

        Some of these types are realizing they had better cash in on PBO while he is in office, as they will all disappear in the haze once the next (gulp) (unless it’s VPB) person is elected.

      • 7 nathkatun7
        January 14, 2016 at 6:30 pm

        I think he is with prophet, Doctor, Corny West at Princeton. Many of these ” blackademics” are trying to make money.

    • 8 Nena20409
      January 14, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      Would the Invite have been made, had the book be supportive of Pres Obama on Mourning Joke?
      Watch every utterance of any of these people on Cable TV……for a while now, it is very difficult to find any strong supporter of Pres Obama. So those invited are always on a programmed, robotic mindset…….they will equivocate and apologize for forgiveness should their brain freeze and utter a Fact, Kind or Positive word in support of Pres Obama. This behavior, sadly has been happening with Comedians too. That is just wicked.
      It’s like they are shy, scared and embarrassed to be found out that They are Publicly supporting Pres Obama. That irks me the most; hence my 1st Tweet was to Romney and his tweet about Birtherism……linking Cruz’s Canadian Birth to Pres Obama’s Hawaiian Birth.

    • 9 pkayden
      January 14, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      He hasn’t failed this Black woman. I’m very proud of his accomplishments and would vote for him again with joy.

      • 10 nathkatun7
        January 14, 2016 at 6:37 pm

        I am a Black man and he hasn’t failed me either, pkayden! I am also a senior citizen who has lived under many presidents and President Obama is best in my lifetime.

  3. 11 Anjo
    January 14, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    What’s with these folks always talking about Obama failed black America, no one can fail you, unless you let them. Kneegrow please is right

    • January 14, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      This is the theme of many folks…who pimp off the President…smh

    • January 14, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      Part of the problem is a lack of understanding of how government works. There was probably an expectation that PBO would come in and say “thus” and it would be so. Apparently, they haven’t been paying attention to the obstruction that has been taking place since he’s been in office. Nor do they remember the state of the country — especially financially — on day one of PBO’s presidency.

      Also, there seems to be the expectation that PBO would do all the work, and we would just sit back and reap the benefits. As, he said in the town hall today, he didn’t say, “Yes *I* can.” He said, “Yes *WE* can.”

      This administration has achieved many accomplishments that have been beneficial to *ALL*, which includes black America. I suppose if he didn’t specifically say, “I’m doing this for black America,” it didn’t count.

      • 15 nathkatun7
        January 14, 2016 at 6:48 pm

        “Part of the problem is a lack of understanding of how government works.”

        If that’s the case, swbluega, then that’s a terrible indictment of our educational system. If Iam not mistaken, Eddie Glaude Jr., like Corny West, is a professor at Princeton. If professors at prestigious Universities lack an understanding of how government works,” we are in deep trouble!

        • January 14, 2016 at 7:15 pm

          Nathkatun7, I was primarily thinking about how often PBO has been criticized because of a belief that all he had to do was issue an executive order. They seem to discount the role of the legislative branch and ignore the limitations of the executive branch.

          I often wonder when people –who are assumed to have some degree of intelligence based on their level of education — say things that make no sense or is lacking in fact, if they really believe what they are saying, or if they are just trying to be controversial…knowing that there are those who take every word that comes out of their mouth as gospel.

        • 17 Betsy
          January 14, 2016 at 8:20 pm

          I teach the Constitution to 8th graders and it amazes me, even after 6 weeks of teaching who does what, that they still think the President can do things he constitutionally is unable to do so. They are always so surprised when they realize how limited the executive branch, and the president, really are; how it takes all 3 branches of gov’t to work together that makes government work.

          It makes it even more egregious how the GOP has destroyed the benefits of good government, maybe for a long, long time. “We the people” indeed need to do something about this, first by voting out these a$$holes.

  4. 18 Judith Fardig
    January 14, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Congrats, Rikyrah! Couldn’t agree more! Chips, you always do a fantastic job, especially with President Obama’s joyous road trips. THANKS!!

  5. 19 MightyPamela
    January 14, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    I must be coming in at the very end, sigh. Oh well. Busy morning. Nevermind. I am watching and thinking how far beyond counting must be the number of people all around the world Barack Obama has touched, hugged, kissed, held the hand of, shaken hands with. It must be way over several million by now. And he is going strong, Light in his Eyes, Strength in his Heart. He gives, he receives in like kind. ❤ 🐻 ❤

  6. 28 57andfemale
    January 14, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Okay – hurricanes in the Atlantic in January?!?!?!

    • 29 MightyPamela
      January 14, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      And named after my beloved Alex _^..^_ who left for Heaven last February 13th. (but she sent me Beatrix, a little white and black miracle worker. Not sure who has rescued whom!) _^..^_

      • 30 57andfemale
        January 14, 2016 at 4:58 pm

        Oh, my dear friend. {{{{{MP}}}}} They rescue us, of that I am sure. I have found a much better “me” because of my dogs.

        • 31 MightyPamela
          January 14, 2016 at 5:03 pm

          🙂 I keep meaning to tell the story of magical Beatrix, but it is almost unbelievable, yet true. Having said that, I guess I’d better get on with condensing it and not leave us all wondering, rather tell the tale and leave us in wonder! (she did not like the vacuum cleaner anyway, she is quite alright with it blowing up!)

  7. 34 JER
    January 14, 2016 at 12:50 pm

  8. 36 JER
    January 14, 2016 at 12:55 pm

  9. January 14, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    I realize that this is borderline incorrigible 🙂 but ….

    … why not, it’s for a good cause!


  10. January 14, 2016 at 12:58 pm

  11. 45 Nerdy Wonka
    January 14, 2016 at 12:59 pm

  12. 47 JER
    January 14, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    • 48 JER
      January 14, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    • 49 MightyPamela
      January 14, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      Some serious fodder for trolls here. They, too, shall disappear into the haze once PBO changes out of the WH. May they begin to realize how much of their lives they have wasted on vicious hatred and bile. It will be a long way back from irrelevance for them all. If they thought their lives were empty before PBO, ha, too bad for them.

  13. 51 Nena20409
    January 14, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Thanks TOD for being here.
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners, since last night, starting with this post.

  14. 52 JER
    January 14, 2016 at 1:17 pm

  15. 53 JER
    January 14, 2016 at 1:21 pm

  16. 54 Nena20409
    January 14, 2016 at 1:22 pm

  17. 55 Nena20409
    January 14, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    • 56 57andfemale
      January 14, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      & weren’t the Cruzes residents of Canada? Was it temporary? Did they settle there when they had the Spawn of Satan (oops, did I say that out loud?) Did they intend at the time of his birth to live in the U.S. of A.?

    • 59 pkayden
      January 14, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      It’s an issue which needs to be litigated. Serves Republicans right for harassing President Obama about his place of birth for years.

    • January 14, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      I believe Cruz is an American Citizen.
      I do not believe that he is a ‘natural born’ citizen.

      There is a difference.

      I want the answer to the question.

      Like you, I think that Military Installations are considered like American Embassies – America proper.

      But, I do want the answer to the question

  18. 62 arapaho415
    January 14, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    GM/GA TODville.

    Any updates on this?

    January 14, 2016 at 1:36 pm


  20. 65 JER
    January 14, 2016 at 1:41 pm

  21. 66 JER
    January 14, 2016 at 1:44 pm

  22. 68 JER
    January 14, 2016 at 1:53 pm

  23. 71 Dudette
    January 14, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Heads Up Tweeps!

  24. 72 JER
    January 14, 2016 at 2:05 pm

  25. 74 Dudette
    January 14, 2016 at 2:09 pm

  26. 75 Dudette
    January 14, 2016 at 2:12 pm

  27. 79 otter44
    January 14, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Was Ms Cruz a citizen of the US when her child was born?

  28. 80 Dudette
    January 14, 2016 at 2:16 pm

  29. 86 Dudette
    January 14, 2016 at 2:21 pm

  30. 88 57andfemale
    January 14, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    • 89 57andfemale
      January 14, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to read this article. Bernie would be a disaster.

      • 90 idon
        January 14, 2016 at 4:28 pm

        I have read the article and posted to DU. This is my primary concern about Bernie Sanders. He cannot get anything done because he lacks the political capital and leadership skills to do so. And then there’s the problem of down ticket Dem candidates.

        • 91 57andfemale
          January 14, 2016 at 5:05 pm

          I have come to dislike him more and more. There is an arrogance and a willful lack of understanding that terrifies me. The campaign acts like a bunch of petulant children, and is fostering a leftist “us or them or nobody” mindset that is terrifying. He’s Nader on steroids. His entire career, he has said how much better he could do things, and he isn’t yet prepared with policy positions and an acceptable definition of “Democratic socialist” that won’t terrify Americans into voting for Ted Cruz? I’ve heard reporters say that he is awful, difficult, and grouchy all the time. He doesn’t have the temperament to lead, to persuade, to work with people. Of course I believe in 98% of what he believes, but believing isn’t achieving. I expected to be happy with him as a candidate, and I have growing concerns.

      • 92 MightyPamela
        January 14, 2016 at 5:19 pm

        Read. Shared. I’m with you. And more than a few others.

  31. 93 Dudette
    January 14, 2016 at 2:24 pm

  32. 96 Dudette
    January 14, 2016 at 2:26 pm

  33. 102 Allison
    January 14, 2016 at 2:29 pm

  34. 106 57andfemale
    January 14, 2016 at 2:34 pm

  35. 107 Allison
    January 14, 2016 at 2:35 pm

  36. 108 Dudette
    January 14, 2016 at 2:38 pm

  37. 110 Dudette
    January 14, 2016 at 2:39 pm

  38. 113 Dudette
    January 14, 2016 at 2:42 pm

  39. 115 Dudette
    January 14, 2016 at 2:46 pm

  40. 116 Dudette
    January 14, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    League of Women Voters – How to Judge a Candidate

  41. 117 Dudette
    January 14, 2016 at 2:52 pm

  42. 119 Dudette
    January 14, 2016 at 2:57 pm

  43. 120 Dudette
    January 14, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    • 121 Dudette
      January 14, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      Five Steps To Get Ready For Primary Season

      We are less than a month away from the start of the 2016 presidential primary and caucus season. On February 1, the Iowa caucuses will kick off the 2016 election cycle. A little over a week later, the New Hampshire primaries will follow. The process goes on through spring as both parties choose a presidential ticket for the 2016 election.

      As a U.S. citizen, your vote is not only something politicians compete for, but your constitutional right. And exercising that right is as American as the stars and stripes. Before election year officially takes off, USAGov wants to help you get ready with these steps for participating in your state’s primaries or caucuses:

      1. Mark the calendar. Primaries and caucuses take place from February to mid-June leading up to the November 8 election. Find out when your state’s will be and make sure you don’t miss them.

      2. Register to vote. If you’re not already a registered voter, look up your state on Vote.USA.gov to begin the process. States have different deadlines, so check with your state’s election office to see how soon before its primaries or caucuses you have to register.

      3. Research candidates. Debates, town halls, speeches and campaign events–election year is many things, but boring is not one of them. Study the issues, learn how to research candidates, and find out what to look for before, during, and after a debate.

      4. Make a plan. It may sound obvious, but having a voting plan is one of the most important things you can do after registering. Work, school, picking up the kids and grocery shopping can make any day hectic. Making a plan to get to your polling station is key. Are you driving? Taking the bus? If you know you won’t be able to make it, you may be able to vote absentee ahead of time. Active military members can also vote absentee and make their voices heard at the polls. Plan ahead and make sure you get your vote in on time.

      5. Spread the word. Friends, family and acquaintances often talk politics, but sometimes don’t make it to the ballot box. Make sure those around are as prepared as you. If they haven’t registered, send them to Vote.USA.gov to register. Be the informed one in your group.

  44. 122 Dudette
    January 14, 2016 at 3:03 pm

  45. 124 Dudette
    January 14, 2016 at 3:12 pm


  46. January 14, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    I’m waiting for the house mom yo return to the group home where my cousin lives. (Had a good trip down and a good visit with Sue.). Anyway, just checked Facebook and saw that my church’s Recovery pastor is at a big community meeting with the WH drug czar, Michael Boticelli. Our Recovery program is one of the largest in the country. Knoxville area has a huge problem with drugs, mainly prescription drugs. The D mayor of Knoxville has a close relationship w/ the WH so she got him to come for this meeting. So proud that Mark got invited.

    Thoughts/Prayers for my safe return home.

  47. 128 Dudette
    January 14, 2016 at 3:30 pm

  48. January 14, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Walking -While-Non-White.

    That was this man’s crime.



    Judge throws out case against police officer charged in takedown of Indian grandfather
    Jan 13, 2016

    There will not be a third trial.

    Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala just threw out the case against Madison police officer Eric Parker, who faced up to 10 years in prison for excessive force in the sidewalk stop of an Indian citizen.

    Judge Haikala late Wednesday filed a 92-page opinion, ending with: “The Government has had two full and fair chances to obtain a conviction; it will not have another.”


    • 130 Linda
      January 14, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      If I remember correctly, it was a neighbor that called the police to report ” a suspicious person ” walking .

  49. 131 Dudette
    January 14, 2016 at 3:39 pm

  50. 132 Dudette
    January 14, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    • 133 Dudette
      January 14, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      ❤ ❤ ❤

      While home in London for the holidays, James Corden picks up his friend Adele for a drive around the city singing some of her classic songs before Adele raps Nicki Minaj's "Monster."

  51. 135 donna dem 4 obama
    January 14, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Every time I think it can’t get any worse….it gets worse! 😯

  52. 140 No Child Left Behind
    January 14, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    One can’t make this stuff up!

    Rubio Asks Court To Dismiss Complaint Arguing He’s Not ‘Natural Born Citizen’

    As legal experts and politicians continue to question whether it’s clear that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is eligible to run for president, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Monday asked a Florida court to a dismiss a complaint that argues the Florida senator is not a “natural born citizen,” the Tampa Bay Times reported on Thursday.


  53. 144 JER
    January 14, 2016 at 4:14 pm

  54. 146 Allison
    January 14, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      January 14, 2016 at 5:20 pm


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