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  1. March 5, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  2. 3 Marlz (@marjgra)
    March 5, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Good Morning All.

  3. 5 jackiegrumbacher
    March 5, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Jon Favreau is an enormously talented young man with an obviously deep affection for PBO. I hope he continues to have an influence in the “voice” of the Democratic Party. If I were Hillary Clinton, I would book him right now for her nomination speech.

  4. March 5, 2016 at 9:46 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!!! 🙂 Congrats rikyrah on #1, and Happy Saturday to everyone! 🙂

  5. 8 vcprezofan2
    March 5, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Woot, I’m getting better; it only took me 30 mins t realize you chatterers had moved on! 😀

    Off to eat breakfast. BBL

  6. March 5, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Good morning TOD folks!

  7. 10 amk for obama
    March 5, 2016 at 10:12 am

    gawd, I sure hope so.

    • March 5, 2016 at 10:41 am

      Trump act just like a man who was bully in his childhood and he has never gotten over it

      • 12 No Child Left Behind
        March 5, 2016 at 10:43 am

        In addition to your comment, I must say that his fingers look short to me. Of course, it’s only in pictures. But short, still.

        • 13 99ts
          March 5, 2016 at 5:40 pm

          I would call them stubby – definitely the opposite of a pianist’s fingers. His hands are not small but the fingers are – probably known this since he was a kid & sure doesn’t like it.

      • 14 jackiegrumbacher
        March 5, 2016 at 11:56 am

        And like most bullies, Bella, he’s very thin skinned. He can dish it, but he can’t take it.

    • 15 jackiegrumbacher
      March 5, 2016 at 11:55 am

      What I would love to see is a backlash of women of all colors against his misogyny. He’s offensive and disgusting.

  8. March 5, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Saw this last night and Jon is a really impressive young man. One freaking hour and I could listen to more.
    I just love the people that are around and influenced by our President.

  9. 17 amk for obama
    March 5, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Facebook to pay millions of pounds more in UK tax.

    Facebook is set to pay millions of pounds more in tax in the UK after a major overhaul of its tax structure.

    After heavy criticism that it was avoiding tax, the BBC can reveal that profits from the majority of Facebook’s advertising revenue initiated in Britain will now be taxed in the UK.

    It will no longer route sales through Ireland for its largest advertisers.

    That includes major businesses such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, consumer goods firm Unilever and advertising giant WPP.


  10. 18 amk for obama
    March 5, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Thanks to strong El Niño activity and heavy autumn rains, Death Valley – one of the least hospitable places on Earth – is experiencing its biggest explosion of flowers since 2005.


  11. March 5, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Chipsticks, do I have a comment stuck in the WP void? Lately it seems that my first comments will look like it posted and then disappears.

  12. March 5, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Kool-aid anyone?

    • March 5, 2016 at 10:54 am

      Actually, there are quite a few things that will make Republican voters dump Trump. Any public support for a minority social cause like Black Lives Matter, Flint water crisis, or any praise for the current President….

      Trump hasn’t done any of that, and he knows that if he does, his poll numbers will plummet overnight…

      • March 5, 2016 at 11:00 am

        To be honest, I don’t think that would even dissuade them. This is blind adulation. Any one of those actions and they would then just view him as some kind of saintly humanitarian. The thing about him that is most salient, and that is one of the most admired things about him by his cult, is that he is completely erratic and unpredictable. Their kind of revolution is chaotic and out of control.

        • 25 hopefruit2
          March 5, 2016 at 11:18 am

          See, I don’t think their adulation is blind at all. Trump is a birther and has garnered support from White supremacists. This is VERY important to his current crop of supporters. Their support for him is very much rooted in what they hope and believe Trump will do once he gets into the WH (no matter how delusional and uninformed those beliefs are).

          • March 5, 2016 at 11:41 am

            I just think his supporters are convinced he can do no wrong. His attitudes are so extreme and he only gets more followers. He’s changed his stance on HB1 visas and torture and I don’t hear a peep. He keeps saying he loves “the Blacks” and gets along great with them and will get their votes and that hasn’t changed anything. He can say anything he wants all the while promoting white supremacist ideology.

            I don’t know, I just don’t see his support dwindling for any reason whatsoever. They are a cult!!

            • March 5, 2016 at 12:09 pm

              …when he says that he likes blk folks it is like a wink and a nod….they do not believe that he believes it…

              • March 5, 2016 at 12:12 pm

                Yes. And they fully accept his lies and his pandering, obvious to everyone, as brilliant politics. He is the very definition of a sick, slick snake oil salesman. The cult love being manipulated.

              • 29 hopefruit2
                March 5, 2016 at 1:18 pm

                I agree PF58 – they know Trump doesn’t give a flying fig about “The Blacks.” They know his record and history of hating African-Americans. They know he gave donations to recent Dem presidential candidates (Gore, Kerry, Hillary) EXCEPT Barack Obama. They know he has sympathy for racist cops who would abuse their power to murder Black teens/men. They remember the two-paged oped he wrote in about the Central Park Five, wanting teenagers age 14-16 to be sentenced to death for their alleged crime against a white victim. And they also know how pissed off Trump was in 2014 about the $40 million settlement given to the men.

                Their adulation of Trump is not simply based on blind worship of a celebrity. Ellen Degeneres would NOT have of the support of these folks even though she’s a very popular celebrity. Neither would JayZee, or Lebron James.

          • March 5, 2016 at 12:43 pm

            I think you’re spot on. Let Trump say for instance he likes Cam Newton and hopes one day the guy will win the SuperBowl. Watch his numbers sink.

    • 31 cd4biden
      March 5, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      Also, the lady quoted is from Louisiana. Explains it all. If she is dumb enough to keep Jindal around as Governor for 8 years, what’s the big deal with having Trump be President? Perhaps there is a lot of lead in the water in that state.

    • 32 99ts
      March 5, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      To use one’s grandchildren in such a fashion – and to support a racist bigot.

  13. 33 No Child Left Behind
    March 5, 2016 at 10:44 am

  14. March 5, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Violence and racism a troubling mix in ominous political climate
    Rachel Maddow reports on several recent incidents of racist violence and also a steadily increasing level of violence at Donald Trump political rallies, all contributing to an ever more threatening political climate.

    • 35 jackiegrumbacher
      March 5, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      This is the danger of stoking hate–you can’t control the consequences. People will be seriously injured or even die because this hatred has been unleashed and deemed acceptable in the political discourse of a major party.

  15. 36 MightyPamela
    March 5, 2016 at 11:08 am

  16. 37 mtmarilyn
    March 5, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Good morning TODville. Happy weekend. I am having a wonderful quiet weekend at home. My husband is gone for the weekend for work. Loved sleeping in and having only my agenda today.

    Last night I watched an ESPN show on Netflix about the 1985 Bears. I remember them fondly, then after watching that I read the tweet about Ditka calling Obama the worst President and that he would vote for Trump. This hatred of Obama is really showing us peoples real feelings and thoughts. Nothing is held back. It does scare me, but I still have faith in the goodness of people.

  17. 39 No Child Left Behind
    March 5, 2016 at 11:35 am

    • March 5, 2016 at 11:43 am

      Good luck with that, Kos! I left in 2008 and I will never set foot in that sewer again.

      • 41 mtmarilyn
        March 5, 2016 at 11:58 am

        I do go check it out every now and then and I did read his post and was really shocked. But glad to hear it. I think he realizes that by not voting in 2010 they built this.

    • 42 jackiegrumbacher
      March 5, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Yep, NCLB, and he got a lot of very ugly pushback and threats because of it. The Bernie Kos clan is revolting against Markos’ ‘authoritarianism’ because they forgot it’s his site and he pays the bills.

      • 43 catrst
        March 5, 2016 at 1:47 pm

        I wonder about the overall culture there. It has never seemed friendly to the Obama administration or the Obama coalition. I am always glad to see some kind of information regarding the progress being made but mostly it is ignored. So sad that such an opportunity is being squandered. Thanks, TOD, for being a source of constant good information and discussion. You lift me up.

  18. 44 No Child Left Behind
    March 5, 2016 at 11:39 am

    I wish him God’s speed as he moves on to future opportunities. Right now, I just want these primaries to be over so that we can concentrate on winning hearts and minds to vote Democratic in the fall.

  19. March 5, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Her opponent appears to support Sanders. It would be interesting if he became a serious challenger.

  20. 48 No Child Left Behind
    March 5, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Well said.

  21. March 5, 2016 at 11:53 am

    WH Press Pool says there’s a travel/photo lid so quiet day for POTUS. And us!

    • 52 hopefruit2
      March 5, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      I think he’s holed up at the WH finalizing his SCOTUS nominee selection(s)! 🙂

      • March 5, 2016 at 1:45 pm

        Yes, I do think so! He met with his committee yesterday and I think he’s nearing his decision. Fingers crossed for the best outcome.

  22. 55 JER
    March 5, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Good Afternoon Everybody.

  23. 57 CEB
    March 5, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks for highlighting Jon’s presentation.

  24. March 5, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    I cannot stand the lying shenanigans from this fool.

  25. 59 vcprezofan2
    March 5, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Listening to Jon speak to that group was extremely inspiring (for anyone who wants/needs their spirit uplifted)! It’s an hour well-spent. I ❤ ❤ it all, yet I *particularly* like this point, and I believe many of you here will too. 😉

    Also too, here's the link to the presidential conversation in Illinois that Jon mentioned.


    • March 5, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      That you for linking that piece at the LAT. Really compelling.

      • 61 vcprezofan2
        March 5, 2016 at 1:21 pm

        I truly *love* that LAT piece, Meta, because it shows the President sharing some of *his* thoughts on ……. events. I highlighted a portion and tried to format it in a link for a BT to post, but couldn’t seem to get it right. Oh well!

        • March 5, 2016 at 1:46 pm

          It shows the depth of his thinking about bipartisanship and it reflects his great sense of humor. I’m glad just to get a glimpse at the wonderful relationships he had when he was a State Senator.

          • 63 vcprezofan2
            March 5, 2016 at 2:01 pm

            Meta, I’ve gotten to the stage where if I encounter anyone who worked with PBO who says he was difficult to work with, I’ll show you a liar. (Young) People who have worked *with* PBO seem to all leave with a measure of respect and renewed hope …. for the man and for the future. [The leavers who gripe and complain seem to have had their own personal, and *old* agenda/ideology.]

      • 64 vcprezofan2
        March 5, 2016 at 1:24 pm

        Here’s a tweet I did when I first saw the convo.

    • 65 Dudette
      March 5, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Hahaha! An hour well-spent! GMTA! I could watch this over and over again! This young man is something quite special! I wanna see him on the national stage sometime.

      • 66 vcprezofan2
        March 5, 2016 at 1:56 pm

        I suspect (HOPE, really) that he’ll be one of the principled one who enters politics in the not too distant future. In point of fact, D-ette, it wouldn’t surprise me if several of those *young* people who worked with Senator/President Obama enter politics, AND help to “clean” it up.

  26. 68 JER
    March 5, 2016 at 12:43 pm

  27. 70 0388jojothecat
    March 5, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I am watching Smithsonian Major League Legends featuring Hank Aaron on how what should have been the happiest time of his life beating Babe Ruth’s home run record was the most unpleasant. He got death threats with “N” word and kkk forever and he did it with dignity and grace just like PBO. I noticed that Hank Aarons number was 44 just like PBO our 44th POTUS. Fortunately PBO is shielded from much of the hate mail and thanks to his mom he does not let others define his happiness. He is and has enjoyed every bit of being POTUS.

    • 71 vcprezofan2
      March 5, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      Hi, Jojo; happy Saturday. Did I ever thank you for pointing me in the right direction for playing online scrabble? This has been a terrific way for me to pass the time when I’m online, especially at night. Thanks> 🙂

      • 72 0388jojothecat
        March 5, 2016 at 10:02 pm

        You are welcome vc I ve been playing solitaire most of the time. I tried installing scrabble on my newer cell phone but Norton antivirus doesn’t like it so I play on my old cell phone

        • 73 vcprezofan2
          March 5, 2016 at 10:05 pm

          🙂 Between your scrabble find and offspring teaching me online solitaire, I now have two outlets when things are slow in the TOD village. It’s been great jumping from one to the other lately; I don’t even have time to answer the phone. 😀

          • 74 0388jojothecat
            March 5, 2016 at 10:18 pm

            🙂 🙂 🙂 That’s funny, you remind me of a friend who won’t answer his cell phone if he is in the middle of a solitaire game.

  28. March 5, 2016 at 1:14 pm

  29. 76 Ladyhawke
    March 5, 2016 at 1:20 pm

  30. 77 Dudette
    March 5, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes after spending an hour listening to this enormously talented & inspiring young man. It’s overwhelming to think of how fortunate the world is that providence brought him and PBO together. I expect we’ll continue to see great things from Jon in the future. Thanks so much for highlighting this Chips! Let’s make it go viral!

    • March 5, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      During one of the campaigns (2012, I think), I heard President Obama being interviewed by Yolanda Adams on 102.7 which is a praise and worship station in my area. When Yolanda Adams asked how he was, he answered “Blessed and highly favored, Yolanda!” I believe this to be the case. Despite everything he has been through, he has been gifted and armored to get through it and to accomplish his goals. I believe this is what keeps him going (along with his family, his supporters like us, and speaking to people like the one form the young Republican man). I was so happy to hear Jon Favreau say that he thinks President Obama will continue to be engaged in improving our democracy by working for citizen participation.

  31. March 5, 2016 at 1:34 pm

  32. 81 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Yup – that’s the main subtext of Trump’s campaign.

  33. March 5, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Convo overheard on public transportation between two white people in their 60s:

    “I’ve been a solid Bernie supporter but I’m switching over to Hillary because we really have to beat this Trump mofo.”

    “Me, too.”

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  35. March 5, 2016 at 2:12 pm

  36. March 5, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Let’s support her!!

  37. 89 Ladyhawke
    March 5, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    5 takeaways from the GOP debate


    5. Trump’s awkward dance to the center has begun. It’s not going to be easy — that’s the understatement of 2016 — but Trump will need to do something to cross over to capture swing voters after six months of Mexican rapists, Muslim immigration bans, white supremacist retweets and wisecracks about ladies’ faces. But he’s nothing if not a gamer, and on Thursday night he struck a far more accommodating tone on an array of issues, including his core cause of draconian immigration restrictions.

    In a surprising move that could (but probably won’t) undermine his support on the right, Trump almost casually admitted that his stridency in the primaries is just an opening position — like the first bid in a business deal — and was likely to soften over time. He’s starting with special-worker visas, citing the difficulty in hiring native-born hotel staff. “I am changing it and softening the position” on visas, he said. “We need talented people in this country.”

    In another eye-opening admission, he admitted discussing a more comprehensive review of his immigration platform during his off-the-record sit-down with the Times. “There is always give and take, there is always negotiation,” Trump said. “Without give and take, you’ll never agree.”


    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/03/five-takeaways-from-the-gop-debate-220246#ixzz423dHLPuv

  38. 91 globalcitizenlinda
    March 5, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Ms. Chips, thanks a lot for highlighting Mr. Jon Favreau’s speech and Q & A session.

    this is an hour of my life which was well spent ….

    My conclusion:

    – Jon is a brilliant, realistic, kind and yet calm young man who is very unapologetic about his admiration of PBO.

    – Jon seems to understand more deeply who his former boss is and is trying to do for us all.

    – Jon is also very grateful for his of the opportunity that has enabled him to learn from PBO, contribute to moving the country forward, and participate in public service while encouraging others to do the same.

    no doubt in my mind that I will watch this again…. possibly a number of time.

  39. 97 globalcitizenlinda
    March 5, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    can’t Democrats learn from what is going on with the gop?

    yes, the DNC chairperson, DWS, has been a disappointment to many but I got the signal long ago that PBO is not planning on replacing her any time soon.

    Yes, there is anger at achievements, but at this time in the election cycle, does trying to unseat her in congress, the best use of our time and energy?

    this means she has to spend even more time defending her seat instead of concentrating on preparing the Dem party for Nov;

    have we not also learned something from the gop, about trying to have a purely ideological party and how that can grow into a monster that swallows the who party and breeds chaos?

    are we loosing sight of who it is we should focus on, namely the gop and the promise of extreme damage they will do to the progress we have made?

    priorities, priorities, priorities, => who is your most unacceptable “political enemy”, DWS or the GOP?

    my analogy:

    Dems have a heavily loaded gun pointed at them but a few feel that the best use of their time and energy is to kick and eliminate one of their own who has performed below their expectations in this epic ideological and political battle.

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