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Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dance together at an Inaugural Ball, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington

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Today

5:10: The President delivers remarks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, East Room

* First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the 84th Winter Meeting of the United States Conference on Mayors at the Capital Hilton

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136 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. January 21, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Mooooooorning everyone, have to run, out and about for the next couple of hours, see ya later!

  2. January 21, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Good Thursday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

  3. January 21, 2016 at 7:36 am

    • 6 jackiegrumbacher
      January 21, 2016 at 8:00 am

      Unfortunately, many on the far right take pride in ignorance. If a fact is presented, they deny its reality and would rather devise a whole system of conspiracy than acknowledge that their preconceptions are not true..

      • 7 0388jojothecat
        January 21, 2016 at 12:28 pm

        or they argue some irrelevant subject that has nothing to do the subject or facts you present them with.

  4. January 21, 2016 at 7:38 am

    • January 21, 2016 at 7:40 am

      • January 21, 2016 at 7:42 am

      • 14 99ts
        January 21, 2016 at 8:03 am

        A grand jury where the prosecutor is on the side of the defendant is ALWAYS an unusual grand jury. The US media should have been shouting this from the rooftops in all the cases involving police officers where the prosecutor sided with the defense. They are completely abusing the Grand Jury concept – I know this and I live a long way from the United States. This one managed to have an extra twist – just to make sure the policeman never faced a jury.

    • 15 arapaho415
      January 21, 2016 at 8:27 am

      GM swbluega.

      Posted this yesterday, got no comments from TODville, and #GynnyaMcMillen has little traction on Twitter.

      This girl died alone in a jail cell overnight (Jan 10-11).

      The only explanation I can think of for her death (if not a homicide or suicide) is:

      Which begs these questions:

      Why the heck would a girl be arrested, jailed for “domestic disturbance?” Wasn’t there some other course of action available to diffuse the situation?

      Are Black folk no longer safe in their own homes (e.g., Bettie Jones, killed by Chicago police “by accident” on Dec 26 *inside* her own apartment)?

      Why are police in charge of investigation into death of a teenager while in police custody???

      Tweet with link to article:

      • January 21, 2016 at 8:41 am

        Good Morning, arapaho415.

        I’m surprised that we haven’t heard more about this as we did with Sandra Bland. [Possibly being overshadowed by the Flint outrage.]

        It’s scary to think that persons of color are being “arrested” for *questionable* reasons and ending up dead in police custody. And yes, I agree that the police and local prosecutors should not be involved in investigating themselves.

        The list continues to grow. I hope that we aren’t becoming numb in our reaction when hearing about situations like this. Part of the reason we’ve gotten to this point is that over time, we’ve just *accepted* injustices as the way government works and have developed a feeling of helplessness.

        Fortunately, since ~2007, we’ve come to understand that even a single voice and every effort, no matter how small it seems, can make a difference. The establishment is trying to thwart groups like Black Lives Matter, but these groups are more steadfast and unmovable in highlighting injustices and demanding justice.

  5. 18 99ts
    January 21, 2016 at 8:05 am

    GM Ms Chips, TODers – what glorious pictures. I still remember the utter relief when PBO was re-elected. Was so sure he would be – but so liked to see the final vote.

  6. 19 Roberta in MN
    January 21, 2016 at 8:09 am

    GM Chips, and congrats on 1st-est. And Good Morning to all TOD family up and about this morning. Was lurking the last few days and trying to catch up. We have finally got some warmer weather, I have to go out today, so will be back later. Have a great day everyone.

  7. 20 amk for obama
    January 21, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Trevor Noah: Palin’s bonkers speech at Trump rally was like a bag of Scrabble tiles came to life.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/trevor-noah-palins-bonkers-speech-at-trump-rally-was-like-a-bag-of-scrabble-tiles-came-to-life/

    The whole world is watching the shitparade that is gop. Both amusing and scary at the same time.

    • January 21, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Against my better judgement, I listen to some of Sarah Palin endorsing Trump, OMG. What the hell? I could not take listening that woman.

      • January 21, 2016 at 9:47 am

        As far as Palin blaming the President for her son beating his girlfriend, thank you Donna Brazile when you call it for what it is “A Dam Lie”.From a dam liar.

  8. 24 desertflower
    January 21, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Morning everyone:)

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/21/us/flint-michigan-lead-water-crisis.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0

    LANSING, Mich. — A top aide to Michigan’s governor referred to people raising questions about the quality of Flint’s water as an “anti-everything group.” Other critics were accused of turning complaints about water into a “political football.” And worrisome findings about lead by a concerned pediatrician were dismissed as “data,” in quotes.

    That view of how the administration of Gov. Rick Snyder initially dealt with the water crisis in the poverty-stricken, black-majority city of Flint emerged from 274 pages of emails, made public by the governor on Wednesday.
    The correspondence records mounting complaints by the public and elected officials, as well as growing irritation by state officials over the reluctance to accept their assurances.

    It was not until late in 2015, after months of complaints, that state officials finally conceded what critics had been contending: that Flint was in the midst of a major public health emergency, as tap water pouring into families’ homes contained enough lead to show up in the blood of dozens of people in the city. Even small amounts of lead could cause lasting health and developmental problems in children.

    • 25 SUEDUVALL SMITH
      January 21, 2016 at 9:07 am

      PEOPLE NEED TO BE FIRED FOR THIS..AND ACCORDING TO DR. GUPTA…CLEANING LEAD FROM THE BLOOD IS A VERY, VERY PAINFUL EXPERIENCE. FRANKLY THIS……………………………………IS AS BAD AS AGENT ORANGE!..IT’S CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE! AS OLD AS OUR GRID IS IN SEVERAL PLACES ACROSS THE COUNTRY..THE ODDS OF FINDING LEAD IN MANY OTHER PLACES ARE QUITE POSSIBLE.

    • 26 pkayden
      January 21, 2016 at 10:23 am

      Let’s be clear about this. Snyder and his Republican aides didn’t start caring about Flint’s water issues until nation-wide publicity was brought to bear. Now all of a sudden they’re scrambling to save face. Snyder needs to step down as Governor and be indicted for putting the lives and health of Flint citizens at risk.

    • January 21, 2016 at 10:26 am

      Yes…

      a CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE

      with malice, and forethought..

      THEY POISONED AN AMERICAN CITY.

  9. 29 amk for obama
    January 21, 2016 at 8:17 am

    toon of the day.

  10. January 21, 2016 at 8:20 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! 🙂 Congrats Chips on #1, and Happy Thursday everyone. 🙂

  11. 31 amk for obama
    January 21, 2016 at 8:22 am

    the rubes being taken for yet another ride. only this time it is by a different set of corrupt clowns. #totallyclueless

    • 32 jackiegrumbacher
      January 21, 2016 at 8:58 am

      The hayseed coming out of some peoples’ ears gets thicker by the minute. That’s not an aspersion on farmers, it’s about anyone who willfully chooses ignorance because they’re too lazy to think.

      • 33 SUEDUVALL SMITH
        January 21, 2016 at 9:03 am

        THE HAYSEEDS ARE PUTTING MONEY,GUNS AND CHAW HIGH ABOVE THE AUTHENTIC PRIORITIES IN LIFE…THEY WANT TO BATHE THE OUTSIDE IN WEALTH…NOT THE INSIDE WHERE IT COUNTS! SHALLOW PEOPLE WITH STONE SELF CONSUMED HEARTS.

  12. 34 arapaho415
    January 21, 2016 at 8:22 am

    GM TODville.

    Started following @ConversationUS based on LL’s recommendation, and they have a doozy today.

    (Hope I’m not violating copyright by posting such lengthy quotes from article, but it’s such a good history lesson from 1950.)

    From the article:

    “Guthrie’s two-year tenancy in one of Fred Trump’s buildings and his relationship with the real estate mogul of New York’s outer boroughs produced some of Guthrie’s most bitter writings, which I discovered on a recent trip to the Woody Guthrie Archives in Tulsa. These writings have never before been published; they should be, for they clearly pit America’s national balladeer against the racist foundations of the Trump real estate empire.

    Recalling these foundations becomes all the more relevant in the wake of the racially charged proclamations of Donald Trump, who last year announced, ‘My legacy has its roots in my father’s legacy.’”

    snip/

    “For the most part, low-cost housing projects had been left to cash-strapped state and city authorities. But when the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) finally stepped in to issue federal loans and subsidies for urban apartment blocks, one of the first developers in line, with his eye on the main chance, was Fred Trump. He made a fortune not only through the construction of public housing projects but also through collecting the rents on them.”

    snip/

    “For Guthrie, Fred Trump came to personify all the viciousness of the racist codes that continued to put decent housing – both public and private – out of reach for so many of his fellow citizens…”

  13. 35 amk for obama
    January 21, 2016 at 8:24 am

    lol.

  14. 36 amk for obama
    January 21, 2016 at 8:52 am

  15. 41 SUEDUVALL SMITH
    January 21, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I HEAR THE ENERGIZER HAD TO TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME YESTERDAY…LOTS OF SNOW AND IT TOOK AN HOUR..I AM THANKFUL HE IS HOME SAFELY…EVERYONE WITHIN REACH OF THIS SNOWSTORM..PLEASE BE CAREFUL……………BUDGETS ARE SO CUT THAT NOT MUCH ICE AND SAND IS BEING USED…AND JUST LIKE THE WATER TREATMENT SAVINGS IN FLINT..IT’S NOT A GOOD IDEA! I HAVE TO GO OUT LATER TODAY AND PICK UP SOME THINGS FOR A MEMORIAL SERVICE ON SAT…MY NEW PASTOR’S MOTHER PASSED FROM CANCER…WILL BE SEEKING A STATUE OF CHRIST TODAY TO GIVE THEM..NO PLANTS..NO FLOWERS…I ALWAYS WANT TO GIVE SOMETHING THAT LASTS AND JESUS IS ETERNAL! I WILL DEFINITELY BE WATCHING THE MAYORAL ADDRESS LATER TODAY BY PBO AND I HOPE MY FAVORITE GUY IS THERE JOE HOGSETT. I WASN’T ABLE TO HELP HIM WITH HIS ELECTION BUT HE KNOWS I CARE. GOODBYE BALLARD..HOPE TO SEE HIM IN AN ORANGE SUIT SOMEDAY…BBL….I LOVE MY ENERGIZER PRESIDENT!..GET YOUR OWN!

  16. January 21, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Good Morning, Everyone:)

    It was 23 degrees this morning…YES!!

  17. January 21, 2016 at 9:04 am

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 1/20/16
    Snyder e-mails missing key year in Flint toxic water disaster
    Rachel Maddow reports on the release of hundreds of pages of e-mails from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder that show the Snyder administration’s awakening to the Flint toxic water crisis, but points out that key decisions about Flint’s water supply happened in 2013, which is not part of the e-mail release

  18. 44 amk for obama
    January 21, 2016 at 9:05 am

    The murder of ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 in the UK was ‘probably’ approved by President Vladimir Putin, an inquiry has found.

    Mr Putin is likely to have signed off the poisoning of Mr Litvinenko with polonium-210 in part due to personal “antagonism” between the pair, it said.

    Home Secretary Theresa May said the murder was a “blatant and unacceptable” breach of international law.

    But the Russian Foreign Ministry said the public inquiry was “politicised”.

    It said: “We regret that the purely criminal case was politicised and overshadowed the general atmosphere of bilateral relations.”

    Mr Litvinenko’s widow Marina welcomed the report, calling for sanctions to be imposed on Russia and a travel ban on Mr Putin.

    Her husband died aged 43 in London in 2006, days after drinking tea poisoned with the radioactive substance.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35370819

  19. January 21, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Latest GOP NH Polling:

    the latest poll of Republican voters in the Granite State from CNN, WMUR, and the University of New Hampshire.

    1. Donald Trump: 34% (up from 32% in early December)

    2. Ted Cruz: 14% (up from 6%)

    3. Jeb Bush: 10% (up from 8%)

    3. Marco Rubio: 10% (down from 14%)

    5. Chris Christie: 6% (down from 9%)

    5. John Kasich: 6% (down from 7%)

    5. Rand Paul: 6% (up from 2%)

    • 46 amk for obama
      January 21, 2016 at 9:34 am

      another poll has kasich in 2nd place. all these polls are bs at this point. even gallup gave up polling this election cycle.

  20. 47 desertflower
    January 21, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Good little read.

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2016/01/republicans-do-what-i-say-not-what-i.html

    Think for a minute about the agenda that is being articulated by Republicans these days. And then, given the fact that they now control both houses of Congress, think about what they aren’t doing about it. For example:

    * They say that we need to fight ISIS more aggressively (whatever that means). But President Obama has been asking Congress to pass an Authorization for the Use of Military Force against ISIS for months now. Nada.

    * They say that we need to secure our borders. Most of them think we should build an impenetrable wall on our border with Mexico. Some of them even say that we should deport all 10 million undocumented immigrants. Have we seen a bill on any of that in Congress? No.

    * They say that they want to repeal Obamacare. OK, they actually passed a bill to do that. But they’ve also said that they want to replace it. Anyone seen that plan floating around anywhere? Not so much.

    * They say that the problem with gun violence is that we don’t do enough to provide mental health treatment. Congress could do something about that. Have they? No.

    More at the link….

  21. 48 SUEDUVALL SMITH
    January 21, 2016 at 9:09 am

    I’M HAVING PROBLEMS LOOKING AT THESE INAUGURATION PHOTOS………………..IT MAKES ME EXTREMELY SAD…BBL………………..

  22. 49 Ladyhawke
    January 21, 2016 at 9:29 am

    • 50 donna dem 4 obama
      January 21, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Good Morning TOD

      Yep, I pointed this out last week when I saw his profile Twitter page with his supporters waving signs that echoed PBO 2008.

      “Sanders is up with this remarkable new ad in Iowa whose tagline — “a future you can believe in” — conspicuously echoes Obama’s 2008 “change you can believe in” formulation”

    • 51 meta
      January 21, 2016 at 9:45 am

      HELLO, Ladyhawke! Always great to see you here.

    • 53 idon
      January 21, 2016 at 10:31 am

      So this ad suggest two things to me. Bernie is jealous of PBO and he too is sending a not so subtle message that he wants to make America white again too

  23. January 21, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Luvvie goes in on Stacey Dash:

    Dear Stacey Dash, Who Knew Clueless Was a Biopic?

    Awesomely Luvvie — January 21, 2016

    I have chilled on writing ex-actress and current Faux News mouthpiece Stacey Dash a sternly-worded letter for years, as I verbally chin-checked Raven-Symone. So this is overdue. Besides, so many of y’all asked me to that I was afraid that if I didn’t, you might pitch a tent on my eLawn (aka my Facebook page) until I did.

    She has tried it FOR REAL.

    ………………………………………………………

    You know how folks talk about the “Great White Hope?” You’re the Great Black Disappointment, because every single time you open your mouth, stupidity falls out. You burp idiocy. And it’s either you’re doing it on purpose to troll us OR you were the prototype for the Child Left Behind that Dubya tried to save.

  24. 55 JER
    January 21, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  25. 58 JER
    January 21, 2016 at 9:43 am

  26. 59 JER
    January 21, 2016 at 9:44 am

    • 60 JER
      January 21, 2016 at 9:45 am

      • January 21, 2016 at 9:53 am

        Sen. Reid that’s how the hypocrites are, the Government is to big till they need something from that big Government.

        • 62 0388jojothecat
          January 21, 2016 at 12:51 pm

          Yeah, until “THEIR” state needs ‘Big Government Money’, they are ready with their hands out. They do not raise taxes on everyone for “Rainy Day” Funds when a hurricane or tornado which every year hits these states.

  27. January 21, 2016 at 10:13 am

    I somehow missed all these fabulous photos. YES, I know it’s Politico but they are really wonderful takes on how young and diverse and brilliant the staff are at the White House.

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/gallery/2016/01/behind-the-scenes-in-the-west-wing-000603?slide=0

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/gallery/2016/01/west-wing-gallery-000601?slide=1

  28. January 21, 2016 at 10:13 am

    I will not get past the information that in OCTOBER 2014…

    The General Motors Corporation…

    STOPPED USING THE FLINT WATER BECAUSE IT WAS HURTING THEIR CAR PARTS.

    And, these muthaphuckas are gonna pretend that the water would be fit for HUMAN consumption?

  29. January 21, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Good morning TOD and thank you Chips!

  30. 69 Dudette
    January 21, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Goooood Morning Family! Today is #NationalHugDay. Let’s hug it out!

    Can’t stay right now, gotta go, but when I come back I wanna see lots and lots of Obama hugs or Obama-like hugs!

    You have your assignment: Bring forth the hugging! Dame Delicious has spoken! 😀

    https://obamadiary.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/03.jpg?w=762&h=429

  31. 73 MightyPamela
    January 21, 2016 at 10:32 am

  32. 74 Dudette
    January 21, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Team USA 2012 Hug Fest! 😀 ❤ 😀

    • 75 CEB
      January 21, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      That was too cute; these huge, grown men lining up like first graders to get a hug from their favorite teacher. I loved it.

  33. 76 57andfemale
    January 21, 2016 at 10:32 am

    • 77 pkayden
      January 21, 2016 at 10:46 am

      While I am leaning towards Secretary Clinton, I don’t dislike Senator Sanders. Hoping that Democratic voters are prepared to rally around whoever is our candidate and put aside the acrimony which has arisen during the campaign. When you compare our guys to the Republican Clown Car, we should be relieved that our guys aren’t bigoted warmongers and are pretty darn intelligent.

      Looking forward to see President Obama turn over the White House to another Democratic President!! I will miss President Obama greatly and would love to see another President extending and protecting his legacy for the next 8 years.

      • January 21, 2016 at 10:54 am

        Unfortunately nearly every Dem candidate would run away from Sanders. They don’t want to be associated with his marxist background. That’s why he has no chance really of winning the primary, even if he wins Iowa and NH.

      • 79 57andfemale
        January 21, 2016 at 11:57 am

        I’m less happy with Bernie as time goes by, and I fully expected to be won over by him. I like what Clinton is saying, but the Clintons are the most progressive when on the campaign trail. However, I do think that “revolution” and the instant change he is peddling, is dangerous. But one will be the nominee and I will work like hell to elect either one of them.

        • January 21, 2016 at 1:06 pm

          I don’t think he will be the nominee. But if he is, most Dem candidates will not support him, because they don’t want to lose their own election. They will run away from him, and we will have Donald Trump as our next president with huge majorities in House and Senate. That’s why Bernie is such a threat to the Dem party and not only the Obama legacy but the entire safety net of former presidents, including civil rights legislation, environmental protection, SS, Medicare, Medicaid, ACA, same sex marriage, immigration reform, with a large army rounding up undocumented latinos. Bernie Sanders nomination would send the Dem Party and the entire country over a cliff. Americans will not vote for a radical marxist. Period.

          • 81 57andfemale
            January 21, 2016 at 5:44 pm

            Bernie has never given a damn about Dems, or even Congress or government in general. He’s done zero to help elect a Congress that is progressive. I’m beginning to believe he really thinks it all starts and ends with him.

            • January 21, 2016 at 5:46 pm

              “I’m beginning to believe he really thinks it all starts and ends with him.”

              You know 57, I’m beginning to think this fella’s ego is bigger than Trump’s.

              • 83 57andfemale
                January 21, 2016 at 5:52 pm

                And both are menaces. I expected Bernie to win me over. You all know how I felt about Hillary in 2008. I never in a million years she would be the one to make me more comfortable with her as POTUS (although I don’t really trust her). Bernie – the more I see him and his virulent supporters, I trust him less and less.

                • January 21, 2016 at 5:58 pm

                  I’m with ya. I had waaaaay more of a problem with Sanders’ supporters than him until recently, but he’s caught ‘up’. Not remotely enthusiastic about Hillary, but at this stage I’d take anyone to beat Sanders. That he wanted PBO primaried says all I need to know about him, and now we have his targeting of the angry white (largely male) vote. Ugh.

  34. January 21, 2016 at 10:34 am

    So, today is National Hug Day!!

  35. January 21, 2016 at 10:39 am

    WOW

  36. January 21, 2016 at 10:40 am

    PHUCK.OUTTA.HERE!!!!

    Send him a gallon of Flint drinking water and dare him to drink it.

    …………………………….

    Why some Michigan politicians say the Flint water crisis is a hoax
    By Peter Holley January 20 at 4:40 PM

    Even as authorities are still advising residents in Flint, Mich., not to drink or bathe in city’s tap water, leaving thousands to rely on bottled water to survive, some of the state’s prominent political voices think Flint’s water crisis may be exaggerated.

    Foremost among them is Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson (R), who voiced skepticism about the severity of the crisis during an appearance before the Detroit Economic Club luncheon Tuesday, according to the Detroit Free Press.

    “I don’t think we should say or use words anymore like Flint’s been poisoned,” Patterson told reporters, according to Fox affiliate WJBK. “Because I don’t think that’s accurate.”
    […]

    • 89 pkayden
      January 21, 2016 at 10:58 am

      Not surprised that Republicans are trying to spin this story as a hoax or not a big deal. That’s exactly what led to this problem in the first place — they thought they could pretend there was no problem in Flint.

    • 90 GGail
      January 21, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      L. Brooks Patterson must be one hundred years old by now! He and my favorite Detroit Mayor, Coleman Young used to clash over city/county boundary lines where Wayne County & Oakland County meet.

  37. 91 amk for obama
    January 21, 2016 at 10:47 am

    The Bush blame game begins

    With Jeb struggling, supporters, staff and donors start pointing the finger at the super PAC’s chief, Mike Murphy.

    They think he wasted money on everything from an iPad-sized video mailer to direct mail for donors in states that don’t yet matter. They think his attacks on Marco Rubio are doing more harm than good. And they worry that, at the end, all he will have accomplished is the destruction of the Bush family brand.

    The big-money supporters fueling Jeb Bush’s super PAC have found their boogeyman: Mike Murphy, a sharp-witted, Twitter-obsessed veteran GOP ad man who runs Right to Rise.

    If Bush’s campaign ends with anything other than the GOP nomination, blame is certain to be widespread. But that donors and GOP operatives are already sniping at Murphy before the first votes are cast demonstrates the depth of frustration and displeasure with the Bush-world loyalist.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/01/jeb-bush-2016-campaign-blame-218049#ixzz3xtVUl3lv

    More than any body else, I didn’t want this corrupt, criminal family again in WH.

    • 92 pkayden
      January 21, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Don’t worry. Jeb! has as much chance of winning as my Boxer dog, Bruiser. Just not going to happen.

    • 93 MightyPamela
      January 21, 2016 at 11:23 am

      Go Jeb?! You go on and destroy the ‘Bush Family Name’ – it’s a heckuva job, but someone’s got to do it.

    • 94 99ts
      January 21, 2016 at 11:54 am

      The Bush family brand was destroyed years ago – one reason why Jeb! isn’t going anywhere other than home to the family.

      • 95 0388jojothecat
        January 21, 2016 at 12:57 pm

        The Bush Family ‘Brand’ was damaged by GHWB (papa Bush), severely damaged by GWB, and permanately destroyed by JEB!

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  39. January 21, 2016 at 11:02 am

  40. 98 donna dem 4 obama
    January 21, 2016 at 11:02 am

    I went to a symposium last week and there were lots of students from Georgetown and Catholic University there. Every single one of those young mostly white students were Bernie Sanders supporters. I met a young Jewish girl who moved to the US from Israel with here parents several years ago and this will be the first time that her and her parents will be voting in a US election. To quote her: “I told my parents that I will not be helping them to register to vote unless they promise me that they are going to vote for Bernie.”

    He has completely mesmerized the white youth of this country into believing that he can get them all $15.00 an hour jobs while working part-time attending college for FREE. They have bought into him unequivocally. When you press them as to how he is going to get these things accomplished since he will need Congress to pass most of the things he is proposing the answer is that at least Bernie will try. I schooled a few of them on what gridlock looks like when you have a recalcitrant republican party whose only goal is to see your President fail at any cost to the Nation.

    I have to admit that the exciting thing that I was looking forward to with the 2016 election was PBO getting out on the campaign trail stirring up his supporters to vote. My question is that if Bernie by some chance wins the nomination how on earth does PBO campaign for someone who wants to dismantle his signature legislation (Obamacare) and with whom he disagrees with on gun safety? I just don’t see it happening….

    I’ll never understand why Martin O’Malley waited so long to enter the race leaving the door open for Bernie to slide in and steal his thunder.

    Then our number one hope had tragedy befall his family leaving him grieving and unable to give all of himself to a vigorous campaign.

    Leaving us with Hillary or Bernie. I am (very) quietly rooting for her. Not because she has high moral ground or isn’t in bed with the wealthy or the lesser of two evils. I’m quietly rooting for her because she is a Democrat.

    Democrats:

    Believe in Equality
    Fight for Education
    Fight for a Clean Environment
    Support Science and Technology
    Use Economic Responsibility
    Fight for Working America
    Support ObamaCare
    Support a Women’s Right to Choose
    Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform
    Support Multiculturalism
    Support Criminal Justice Reform
    Support Gun Safety
    And Wants Everyone to have easy access to Vote

    Bernie is an independent socialist who thinks that if he just rallies the troops they will somehow force this Congress to give them his dream list of policies. He should be ashamed of leading them down this unbelievable path to nowhere.

    • 99 amk for obama
      January 21, 2016 at 11:08 am

      yup, he is the flipside of donald dreck, make america free again. one worry is bernistas seem to be pinning their all hopes on this one issue candie blindly and how they will react once that wall of reality pretty hard.

    • January 21, 2016 at 11:18 am

      I was also surrounded by Bernie supporters up in northern CA last weekend. They don’t mind that he is not a real Democrat! OMG, it’s freaky. It’s beyond frightening that so many haven’t been paying any attention whatsoever to how PBO’s gotten things done.

      I’m very worried that he may win, especially if he can make headway in CA. I have ZERO faith he can beat Trump and I have no desire to see him become POTUS, flapping his arms and furrowing his brow for 4 years. All the progress we made over the past 7 years for both the nation and our party, up in smoke? I can’t even breathe when I think about that.

      • 101 otter44
        January 21, 2016 at 12:41 pm

        Meta

        I am so with you…. I do not think he can win a general election. He has always been in a safe seat, which does not look like America and the press has pretty much left him alone. What happens when they start digging into his life? He has a short fuse.
        There is more to racial and gender equality than economics. He is blind to those issues. He does not get it.

      • 102 57andfemale
        January 21, 2016 at 12:53 pm

        I know, meta.

      • January 21, 2016 at 1:42 pm

        the greater issue will be….

        if he does not win….will he support the Dem nominee..will his supporters…

    • 104 57andfemale
      January 21, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      Indeed.

    • January 21, 2016 at 1:09 pm

      When his radical marxist past is fully exposed, he won’t be so popular.

    • 106 nospin
      January 21, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      Donna – I don’t think O’Malley stood a chance when DWS *fixed* the race so that no one but HRC would be coronated. Even after the push back on the limited debates etc. Debbie remained firm in her commitment (in spite of push back from her peers) to make sure no one but Hillary would win. Cheating is cheating no matter which side does it and it is wrong.

      You are right about the young people but are wrong on the group. Both black and white kids are caught up with Bernie. My kids are in high school and they came home saying how all the students were rooting for Bernie and they spoke about what Sanders would do if he becomes POTUS. I let my kids know all they had to do was to look at his record and it is easy to see that Bernie is full of a lot of hot air. He speaks a good game but he is not any good at actually getting anything accomplished. However, in spite of all that, Sanders is better than any of the current crop of GOPers and with the very limited options we have on the Democratic side, I would have no trouble voting for him if O’Malley doesn’t make it.

  41. January 21, 2016 at 11:12 am

    FLOTUS is speaking sometime today:

  42. January 21, 2016 at 11:23 am

  43. January 21, 2016 at 11:32 am

    I like this campaign image, Clinton firmly aligned with Pres Obama.

    • 116 nospin
      January 21, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      oh so NOW she wants to hitch her pony up to “that one”

      and Bernie is not the GOP. That kind of unnecessary vitriol will backfire. Just sayin’

      • January 21, 2016 at 1:10 pm

        Hillary hate leads nowhere. I am for the candidate who does align with the Obama legacy, not for the one who dismisses it.

        • 118 nospin
          January 21, 2016 at 1:31 pm

          Bill R – hate has nothing to do with it. Pretending that Hillary’s record isn’t her record and walking like sheep to the polls in spite of that record is not going to happen.

          and Obama has nothing to do with it. He is one man with his own views. I am grateful for his accomplishments and I am proud to live in the age of his Presidency but I don’t need another Obama. I seriously doubt that we will have the same level of leadership in my lifetime.

          I do expect that our leaders have some basic level of integrity. Stand for something. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a different set of views. But I am not going to sit complacently and vote for someone who does not represent me or my values. Where was HRC during all the police violence that was in the news, where was she when Ferguson was happening? Where was she when Baltimore was happening?

          I am pissed that we are even at this point. It is unbelievable. Why the DNC took the steps they did to disallow others to step up and provide voters more options to decide on the next nominee is disgraceful. There are many other qualified people who would have made great candidates to continue the work. But at this point it is what it is.

          It is great that you align with the Obama legacy but I am not convinced that HRC will follow through with that same commitment. With the options so limited, let them fight it out and earn the win. My point is Sanders is not the GOP and he isn’t anti-woman.

    • 120 57andfemale
      January 21, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      She has been surprisingly (and happily) consistent with building on PBO’s success and giving him credit. It’s one of the reasons I think she’s paying serious attention.

    • 121 Cha
      January 21, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      I think it’s great, Bill R! Hillary has been defending President Obama’s record for awhile now.. I think she will build on his legacy.. I’m passing this on.. Mahalo!

  44. January 21, 2016 at 11:34 am

  45. 124 JER
    January 21, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Aloha Detroit.

    A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

  46. January 21, 2016 at 11:51 am

  47. 129 Linda
    January 21, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    This woman is dangerous.

    An Iowa parent accused Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina of using his four-year-old son as a prop Wednesday at a Des Moines anti-abortion rally.

    Chris Beck told The Guardian that his son was on a field trip at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden when Fiorina directed him and more than a dozen other young children in front of a huge banner with a picture of a fetus for her speech about harvesting organs from aborted babies.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/fiorina-preschoolers-anti-abortion-rally

    • 130 0388jojothecat
      January 21, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      I don’t take ‘suing people’ at the drop of a hat, but I would sue this childcare center or force it to shut down. If the owner is a big GOP fan then they need to get permission from parents before making the children in their care props. I know that PBO goes to schools and child care centers but these places are vetted days in advance. I am sure the parents have the choice of keeping the kids at home or allowing them to stay.

      • 131 Linda
        January 21, 2016 at 1:34 pm

        jojo, This was at the Botanical Gardens which is most likely a public building, so why would they even allow someone to campaign there in the first place ?

        • 132 0388jojothecat
          January 21, 2016 at 2:15 pm

          Hard to say but in a state that is pro-GOP, maybe the campaign got permission but the children can’t grant permission and the folks in charge of the kinds should get permission from parents to be showcased for political reasons.

  48. 133 Nena20409
    January 21, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    1-21-16, 6yrs ago, Citizen United was handed down by the Roberts’ Court. Shame!
    Hello TOD!
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners since last night and starting with this post 😉
    3 Mayors are LIVE with Josh “The Voice” Earnest already in progress.

  49. 134 Nena20409
    January 21, 2016 at 1:14 pm

  50. 136 Nena20409
    January 21, 2016 at 1:46 pm


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