President and First Lady Host African American History Month Reception

4:40 EST: President Obama and the First Lady Host a Reception in Recognition of African American History Month

105 Responses to “President and First Lady Host African American History Month Reception”

  1. 1 Allison
    February 18, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Hello Chips, Hello TOD!!

      • 3 57andfemale
        February 18, 2016 at 5:07 pm

        Any news on the doggie front?

        • February 18, 2016 at 5:28 pm

          Getting more complicated by the day, 57. My brother’s daughters want him – and have taken him home for the weekend. But their parents are less keen (they already have a little dog) and say they’ll return him on Monday. I feel for the little fella because he needs stability now, and all this isn’t helping. I would love if my brother kept him because the girls are sweethearts and he really took to them today, they’d shower him with love. But I’m not hopeful.

          • 5 jackiegrumbacher
            February 18, 2016 at 5:35 pm

            Maybe your nieces will be very persuasive. Never underestimate girl power in pursuit of a goal. If they fall in love with him this weekend, you never what will happen.

            • February 18, 2016 at 5:43 pm

              They were absolutely hilarious, Jackie. My brother was refusing at first to allow the dog stay the weekend because he said he knew what would happen, he’d never leave. They promised they wouldn’t pressure their Dad (and Mom) to keep him, so my brother got them to sign his scribbled ‘legally binding contract’ agreeing that he would return on Monday …. they did, but deliberately spelled their names wrong 😆

          • 12 57andfemale
            February 18, 2016 at 7:13 pm

            This really dismays me. They know when they are not wanted. He so needs a family that will commit to him unconditionally. I’ve rescued so many adult dogs without a clue what their life was like before. Even knowing Pearl’s history – it just meant I knew the hell she had been through for 7 years.

            He is a beautiful dog and will blossom when he feels that he has found his forever home. I wish I could come get him right now!

            • February 18, 2016 at 7:27 pm

              But it’s so hard finding permanent loving homes for unwanted dogs, the world is jammed with them, breaks my heart. If I thought it could work out with Danny I would keep him, but it wasn’t, Danny stressed out, Newbie snarling and nipping at him all the time, trying to become the boss, not sure if that would ever change. The consolation is that whoever he’s met the last couple of weeks, he’s warmed to them instantly when they showed kindness, and there are none kinder than my two nieces. We’ll see how it works out with them, but I do expect him back on Monday. We’ll take it from there.

              • 14 57andfemale
                February 19, 2016 at 10:29 am

                A friend of mine found who would become our Harvey, in the parking lot where she worked. She knew she couldn’t keep him, and called me. I got there within 15 minutes. I put him in the car, and he was already looking back for Rhoda, who had shown him kindness for no more than a half an hour. I will remember this day as long as I live: He looked for her frantically out of the car window, then he turned to me, trying to look at me through a mat on his ear that was – I kid you not – about 8 inches long, and I swear, Chips, he said to me, “Are you nice?”

                He full of weird red bugs. It looked like he’d never had a bath. For the first three months we had him, he only expected to be fed if he sat on his hind legs – someone had trained him but abandoned him.

                There is someone out there for him. I wish I could get on a plane and rescue him right now!

    • 17 No Child Left Behind
      February 18, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      Hello and Congrats Allison.

      Good Afternoon, TODVille.

  2. 18 Roberta in MN
    February 18, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks Chips, just trying to catch up. BBL.

  3. 19 No Child Left Behind
    February 18, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    • 20 amk for obama
      February 18, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      No, he doesn’t. He had done enough shite for the racist nation.

      • 21 pkayden
        February 18, 2016 at 5:38 pm

        Yes he does. Can you imagine how President Obama will feel if this country falls into Republican hands? He has worked so hard and his legacy must be continued and strengthened, not torn down by bigoted Republicans.

        • 22 nospin
          February 18, 2016 at 7:27 pm

          Why does he? It’s not like the Republicans changed over night and no one demanded a democratic president “run like he is campaigning again” to save our ungrateful asses. And what happens after the next four years??? You demand he “run again like he is campaigning?

          Whoever is running for POTUS needs to do their own campaigning and pay their own way. Obama, doesn’t have to do sh*t. Entitled BS.

        • 23 Obama Grandmama
          February 18, 2016 at 9:02 pm

          I am with you on basing my whole reason for my support in the election to continue Obama’s achievements. It does make a difference. Having four more years for the public to get to know personally the ACA should make it less likely for the GOP to discard it.

      • 24 nospin
        February 18, 2016 at 7:24 pm

        amk you are right. He has done enough for this ungrateful nation. and it wasn’t like…oh I wish POTUS would campaign…it is Obama will have to campaign like he is running… fuggem’

  4. February 18, 2016 at 4:57 pm

  5. 28 amk for obama
    February 18, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    furst the kenyan. now the argentinian. love the trolling of the racist pos.

  6. 29 No Child Left Behind
    February 18, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Mr. Sanders’s popularity extends across the aisle!

    • 30 pkayden
      February 18, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      Republicans are pulling for Senator Sanders to win because they believe he’s easier to beat than Secretary Clinton. Not sure if they’re right about that.

      • 31 57andfemale
        February 18, 2016 at 7:10 pm

        I expect BS to now say he can work across the aisle. Doing what, exactly? RWNJ’s bidding?

        • February 18, 2016 at 7:56 pm

          If he thinks he can work across the aisle, that means he’s willing to compromise. Oh, wait. There is no compromise…it’s all or nothing; right? Unless working across the aisle means he wants what they want.

  7. 33 arapaho415
    February 18, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    GA TODville.

    Loved FLOTUS at this event (see Chips’ tweet upthread).

    She is so genuinely loved, all over the world.

    Ben Rhodes made this point at this morning’s daily WHPB, when a reporter asked about the First Family accompanying PBO to Cuba and Argentina next month, (the itinerary is under development now), but what wonderful news that FLOTUS will be able to share #LetGirlsLearn to those girls in Cuba who have little interaction with the world outside of their island lives.

  8. 34 arapaho415
    February 18, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    For those who engage with BernieBots on Twitter (which I avoid), here’s more to add to your arsenal:

  9. 35 JER
    February 18, 2016 at 5:19 pm

  10. February 18, 2016 at 5:20 pm

  11. 37 arapaho415
    February 18, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    And here’s push-back to MSM chiding President Obama for not attending Justice Scalia’s funeral on Saturday (I didn’t read the article, so if its wildly offensive, I apologize in advance — bbl).

  12. 43 vcprezofan2
    February 18, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Hi, everybody. Hope everyone has been having a good week! 🙂 I know I have a lot of catching up to do so I’m going to get right on it.

  13. 44 Wilson Michael
    February 18, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    I love it that the hardline repblicans are losing it over PBO’s constant stream of success despite every effort to obstruct his efforts. The latest stick fate has given PBO to hit them with is the ability to make one more nomination to the supreme court to reverse the SC’s “republican friendly” orientation. I have been following PBO through TOD since 2008 (Well firstly BWD, then via that to TOD).
    Inspite of the rabid & deliberate obstruction of PBO’s administration by all of his opponents, to me, it’s almost as if God has rewarded PBO with this grand gift to undo years of the republicans carefully crafted grab and hold on power.

  14. 48 99ts
    February 18, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Hi TOD
    Could someone please tell me
    When are the SC primary & the Nevada caucus
    When is “Super Tuesday” & what does it signify?

    I’m obviously not up to scratch on these type of events

    • 49 arapaho415
      February 18, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      GM 99ts.

      As with most everything in these “united” states, there’s 50 ways of doing things…

      Here’s what I know so far, will find the Wikipedia links where I got the info…

      NV caucuses and SC primaries are on different dates, depending on GOP or Dem.

      NV caucus… this Saturday, Feb 20
      SC primary… next Saturday, Feb 27

      NV caucus… next Tuesday, Feb 23
      SC primary… this Saturday, Feb 20

      Super Tuesday is Mar 1:
      American Samoa
      Dems Abroad

      Saturday, Mar 5
      GOP caucuses

      Dem caucus


      Tuesday, Mar 8:
      GOP caucus


      Saturday, Mar 12
      Marianas Islands

      Tuesday, Mar 15
      North Carolina

      And so on… my notes are scattered about, so may be errors in this list, but you get the gist.

      The big days are Super Tuesday Mar 1, and five big states votes on Mar 15.

    • February 18, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      Super Tuesday is when the greatest number of states hold their primary elections. This year, it’s March 1.

    • February 18, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      here you are 99

      in the United States, Super Tuesday, in general, refers to the Tuesday in February or March of a presidential election year when the greatest number of states hold primary elections to select delegates to national conventions at which each party’s presidential candidates are officially nominated. The phrase “Super Tuesday”[1] has been used to refer to presidential primary elections since at least 1976.[2] More delegates can be won on Super Tuesday than on any other single day of the primary calendar; accordingly, candidates seeking the presidency traditionally must do well on this day to secure their party’s nomination. In 2008, Super Tuesday was February 5; 24 states held primaries or caucuses on this date, with 52% of all pledged Democratic Party delegates and 49% of the total Republican Party delegates at stake.[3] The 2016 Super Tuesday will be held on March 1.

      Super Tuesday in the 2016 election cycle is scheduled to be held on March 1, 2016. This date has been dubbed the “SEC Primary”, since many of the participating states are represented in the U.S. collegiate Southeastern Conference.[4][5]

      The participating states include: Alabama, Alaska Republican caucuses, Arkansas, Colorado caucuses, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota caucuses, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming Republican caucuses.[5]


      • 57 99ts
        February 18, 2016 at 6:40 pm

        Thanks pf – why there are primaries vs caucuses is also confusing to an outsider – but I’m beginning to think caucuses are more like how we choose our candidates – with the difference that few people actually join a political party in Oz & it is the members of the party who choose the candidates.

        • February 18, 2016 at 6:57 pm

          not just to an outsider…me too….i have never paid as much attention to the workings of my government…sorry to say…as i have since Barack Obama has been President…and i considered myself rather savvy…

          • 59 99ts
            February 18, 2016 at 7:16 pm

            He has been responsible for much more political understanding (on both sides of the aisle) which long term is a good thing. Sadly the media have adjusted the message for the GOP. I never even realised there was a GOP primary in 2008 – thought the whole thing was BHO vs HRC 🙂

  15. 60 JER
    February 18, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    VIDEO: http://www.c-span.org/video/?404926-102/president-obama-meeting-african-american-leaders

    FEBRUARY 18, 2016 – President Obama delivers remarks in the Roosevelt Room following his meeting with African American leaders to discuss a range of issues, including criminal justice reform, equality, and economic opportunity.

  16. February 18, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    • February 18, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      Yes! Yes! Yes! So true, all the right wing Fox loving so call christians did was question if they thought President Obama was a christian? But President Obama carried on with class and dignity, unlike that Donald J. Trump, he doesn’t know what class or dignity means.

      February 18, 2016 at 6:59 pm


  17. February 18, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Dirty tricks?

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  22. February 18, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    They’ve got this Cuba thing firing on all cylinders 🙂

  23. February 18, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    That’s a reasonable perspective ….

    • February 18, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      Thank you Mayor Read for speaking so much sense. Thanks Bob for sharing this. I’ve been asking this question: Why did Bernie all of a sudden become a Democrat when he has been an Independent for all the 25 years he has been in Congress?

  24. 90 99ts
    February 18, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Ted Cruz – born in Canada – child of an immigrant – wants to deport all immigrants – the mind cannot comprehend the utter hate he must have for himself.

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  26. 92 vcprezofan2
    February 18, 2016 at 7:41 pm

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  29. February 18, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    VP Biden is being interviewed by Rachel Maddow…dang…missed most of it

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  32. 103 Ladyhawke
    February 18, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    What it Really Takes to Fight Income Inequality: Lessons from President Obama


    So, the question must be asked: why have we not heard any of this from Sen. Sanders on the campaign trail? For any self-described “democratic socialist”, Barack Obama’s successes in combating income inequality through actual policy should be a proud badge to wear. Why isn’t Sanders wearing it and running on it?

    Consider the following. Admitting what President Obama has done has worked – not just in a lip-service sense but in a real, specific policy sense – would undermine the two key justifications for the Sanders campaign: the anti-establishment shell, and the revolution-peddling. If he admits that President Obama’s specific policies have addressed his core campaign issue, there is no case to be made as to why a drastic course correction (revolution) is needed, nor is there a reason to run against “the establishment” if the current system, with the right leadership, works.

  33. 104 Dona
    February 18, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Hi everybody!!! I am a major lurker, who comes here at least three times a week for your calming influence.
    So Mitch McConnell had a wish “Barack will be a one term president!”. When that did not work, he wished for a “repeal and replace” of Obamacare, (countless times). Still on the loser side, he stamped his feet, and declared that no more judges will be confirmed for lower courts.
    Goodwin Liu ( Supreme in waiting) had to withdraw. McConnell felt that everything was going according to Koch’s plan. After all, regardless of how many votes Barack received in his re- election, he was being contained. He can’t close Gitmo, he can’t lift the embargo in Cuba, he can’t get money for shovel ready projects, he will not get paycheck fairness, and Climate change policy? No hope in hell.

    Then Scalia died.
    For a nano- second, McConnell panicked. Barack now has the power to effect a seismic shift. After furtive calls to his “Dear Leaders”
    (Kochs), and a quick check of the constitution, he suddenly realized that the solution was staring him in the face the whole time. Indeed
    all he had to do is declare “Barack will be a three- fourth president”. After all, didn’t the constitution call him a “three fifth of a person”?
    This is an improvement. McConnell was so excited, he forgot to express his condolences to the Scalia family. But he was sure they will understand.
    Losers never learn.

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