President Obama Delivers Remarks at the Toner Prize Ceremony

7:50 PM EDT: President Obama Delivers Remarks at the Toner Prize Ceremony


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127 Responses to “President Obama Delivers Remarks at the Toner Prize Ceremony”

  1. 1 jacquelineoboomer
    March 28, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Filling in for Don.

  2. 10 jacquelineoboomer
    March 28, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Speaker says President Obama “carries himself with a reaffirming dignity … “

  3. March 28, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    wow…what an introduction

  4. March 28, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    another first for me..i never knew of this award…..

  5. March 28, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    great points made by the President

  6. 14 jacquelineoboomer
    March 28, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    • 15 jacquelineoboomer
      March 28, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      • 16 0388jojothecat
        March 28, 2016 at 8:26 pm

        Last week Trevor Noah said if the FBI cracked into the terrorist’s iphone that Apple wanted to know how they did it……and TN in his comedy routine said the FBI held up “one finger”…..I wonder if Apple will demand that the FBI tell them how they did it?

        • 17 jacquelineoboomer
          March 28, 2016 at 8:30 pm

          Didn’t see Trevor, but I kind of thought of something like that! And there’s “no way” their way would only work for ONE individual phone, in my non-tech opinion. If the latter’s the case, I can see why the FBI said “oh, no, hackers, you can’t figure it out, only we can figure it out, and only this one phone.”

  7. 18 jacquelineoboomer
    March 28, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Susan Sarandon segment on Chris Hayes’ show? No, thanks.

    • 19 0388jojothecat
      March 28, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks for the warning…. I won’t watch.

    • 21 Obama Grandmama
      March 28, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      I just watched it and wondered if I heard her correctly saying if Bernie does not win she will vote for Trump because he would bring a revolution. Wowser! I then thought I must have misunderstood what she said, but in the next segment about the LGBT state votes to not allow them in their bathrooms someone named Savage from Seattle was on to comment about that issue, but prefaced it with he would vote for either Bernie or Hillary, but never Trump who would not bring a revolution. So that affirms I was correct to my horror. I knew Sarandon was progressive, but I did not expect she was crazy!

      • March 28, 2016 at 9:04 pm

        So Susan Sarandon does not mind voting for a racists.

      • 27 jacquelineoboomer
        March 28, 2016 at 9:55 pm

        Apparently, Sarandon fell down and hit her head, somewhere along the way. She’s “gone,” now, with all her “causes.” A female Michael Moore, in my book.

      • 28 arapaho415
        March 29, 2016 at 12:33 am

        GE OG.

        Since you’re on the west coast, and it’s not the middle of the night for you, did you see this?

        This government invasion of something so personal, so necessary is beyond belief — who really pays attention to strangers in public restrooms — these laws are lighting a fire of unnecessary confrontation for those so inclined to assault other people.

  8. March 28, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    the president is on point….

  9. 32 jacquelineoboomer
    March 28, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    They’re multiplying.

  10. March 28, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Oh my! What a man!!!! Please, oh please, I hope that someone got his full definition of politics and will put it in a tweet. God bless him!!

    • 38 arapaho415
      March 29, 2016 at 12:42 am

      GE/GM TMG.

      Got home late and missed PBO’s speech — hopefully it’s still available tomorrow, want to see it all.

      PBO has put MSM on notice — wonder if they’re as nervous about next month’s WHCD as Trump should have been for the 2011 PBO roast.

      Chips tweeted some good videos:

    • 39 arapaho415
      March 29, 2016 at 12:49 am

      Sorry about dup posting of Chips’ video. Should read all comments before posting my own. 😦

  11. 40 Ladyhawke
    March 28, 2016 at 8:25 pm


    Over time journalists have developed nine core principles to meet the task. They comprise what might be described as the theory of journalism.


    Democracy depends on citizens having reliable, accurate facts put in a meaningful context. Journalism does not pursue truth in an absolute or philosophical sense, but it can and must pursue it in a practical sense. This “journalistic truth” is a process that begins with the professional discipline of assembling and verifying facts. Then journalists try to convey a fair and reliable account of their meaning, valid for now, subject to further investigation. Journalists should be as transparent as possible about sources and methods, so audiences can make their own assessment of the information. Even in a world of expanding voices, accuracy is the foundation upon which everything else is built: context, interpretation, comment, criticism, analysis and debate. The truth, over time, emerges from this forum. As citizens encounter an ever-greater flow of data, they have more need not less for identifiable sources dedicated to verifying that information and putting it in context.


    While news organizations answer to many constituencies, including advertisers and shareholders, the journalists in those organizations must maintain allegiance to citizens and the larger public interest above any other if they are to provide the news without fear or favor. This commitment to citizens first is the basis of a news organization’s credibility; the implied covenant that tells the audience the coverage is not slanted for friends or advertisers. Commitment to citizens also means journalism should present a representative picture of all constituent groups in society. Ignoring certain citizens has the effect of disenfranchising them. The theory underlying the modern news industry has been the belief that credibility builds a broad and loyal audience, and that economic success follows in turn. In that regard, the business people in a news organization also must nurture–not exploit their allegiance to the audience ahead of other considerations.


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  14. 43 Nena20409
    March 28, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    POTUS once again, delivering Truth to the lazy, lame & Corrupt DC/NY Journos.

  15. 44 PrayerWarriorforObama
    March 28, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Wow! That speech from the president should be placed in every institution that trains journalists, and it should be made compulsory literature.

    • 45 COS
      March 28, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      Also hope someone from Sanders’ campaign saw this speech. Don’t make empty promises which you know that you cannot keep.

    • 46 0388jojothecat
      March 28, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      That is why a “journalism” degree means nothing unless you are related someone at the Nutworks who will give you a job. They only hire pretty people who can repeat what’s written in front of them and smile for the camera, increase viewership, and revenue.

  16. 47 0388jojothecat
    March 28, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    These slimy so-called journalist on cable and regular networks primarily due to the owners’ of the networks first and last principles and obligation is to the shareholders in making money and mo money…..Truth and Citizenry be damned.

  17. 48 Ladyhawke
    March 28, 2016 at 8:33 pm

  18. March 28, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    The entire Sanders operation is full of hypocrites and goal post shifters starting with Tad Devine…

  19. March 28, 2016 at 8:36 pm

  20. 54 Ladyhawke
    March 28, 2016 at 8:38 pm

  21. March 28, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    “Shortly after he was released from the jail, Reza Zarrab, at the heart of Turkey’s colossal bribery scandal, said in a live TV interview that he is prepared to stand a trial before an impartial court. It seems ‘his dream’ has finally come true. He was apprehended in Miami on Saturday and an Indian-born US attorney who is handling Zarrab’s case has rocketed to fame in Turkey. Exulting in Zarrab’s arrest, Turkish social media users had a field day mocking him and hailing the attorney. Preet Bharara, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, had only 8,010 followers before the Justice Department announced on Monday the arrest of Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian businessman accused of evading US sanctions on Iran. The number of attorney’s followers on Twitter was skyrocketed to whopping 230,000 and it is rapidly increasing. His latest two tweets were shared nearly 60,000 times and liked by 85,000 people….Zarrab’s arrest brought into the open the dormant twin investigations that rattled Turkey for over two years. It was these two investigations that forced four ministers to resign, but also left Erdogan with no choice but to significantly escalate the crackdown on critics.

    Bharara was lionized in Turkey largely because corruption suspects are deemed so “untouchable” that any prosecutor or police who go after them may lose their jobs or jailed and any journalist covering them may face prosecution or get fired. As the news came that Zarrab’s bail for release was rejected by the court, Turkish critics breathed a sigh of relief. Finally hope loomed large in the offing. Any idea where the prosecutors and police who jailed Zarrab are now? Of course, in jail…..Zarrab’s arrest came at a time when Turkish critics almost lost their entire hope that their country could get back on track anytime soon. With the arrest, their flagging spirits were instantly revived. Attorney Bharara is the only visible figure involved with the case of Zarrab, who is also accused of violating laws designed to ensure US national security. Zarrab’s arrest has placed Bharara at the forefront of a national debate on corruption. He was deluged with a type of love messages that only fans of Justin Bieber would post…continued…Bharara assumed mythic heroism in a country accustomed to prosecutors unable to stand firm in the face of a relentless government pressure. After the arrest, Bharara tweeted that Zarrab will face the American justice in a Manhattan courtroom. For many Turks, Bharara’s message still sounds more like a hope. Zarrab’s arrest could rekindle the widespread anger at the corrupt officials and help shatter the image that he could be innocent. But one thing is certain: Attorney Bharara is already a rock star and a hero for many Turks.”

    • March 28, 2016 at 8:40 pm


      When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last traveled to Washington, for a state visit in 2013, President Barack Obama praised him for launching peace talks with Kurdish separatists and leading his country into a new era of economic prosperity. Mr. Erdogan can expect a very different reception when he returns this week for the Nuclear Security Summit. Mr. Obama has turned down Mr. Erdogan’s request to join him for the inauguration of a Turkish-funded mosque in Maryland, and the U.S. president has no plans for a formal one-on-one meeting with his Turkish counterpart….Mr. Erdogan has alienated some allies by overseeing a crackdown on domestic critics and waging a new fight with Kurdish insurgents. The allies’ need to work with the Turkish president has tempered their public criticism. This is one of the least bright spots for Mr. Erdogan’s foreign-policy agenda, said Soner Cagaptay, director of the Turkish Research Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “He took a stellar personal relationship with the U.S. president and look where it is today.”….

      …“The White House does not want to make President Erdogan look welcome,” said Max Hoffman, associate director of national security and international policy at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington. “The Gezi Park protests in May 2013 and the ensuing crackdown crystallized long-running concerns about Erdogan’s authoritarianism and the stifling of political dissent,” he said. “The shuttering of newspapers and TV channels has continued, and the consensus in Washington now is that Erdogan is corrupting Turkey’s democracy to pursue his personal ambition.”

  22. 59 Nena20409
    March 28, 2016 at 8:40 pm

  23. March 28, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    I admit I laughed 😀 😀

    Reince’s 2012 GOP autopsy going as planned

    • 61 CEB
      March 28, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      Why did he think he would be treated with respect in a party that hates no group as much as it hates African Americans? They use tokens like him as powerless show pieces, or as in the last 7 years, a weapon (ineffective ones) the Black president. Really, Bro?

  24. March 28, 2016 at 8:46 pm

  25. March 28, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    • March 28, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      What the hell kind of revolution these people want?

      • 65 jacquelineoboomer
        March 28, 2016 at 10:25 pm

        I think some of them want us all to listen to them, do what they say, as though we had no minds of our own, and then feed them grapes. I think it’s something like that.

        • 66 catrst
          March 29, 2016 at 7:08 am

          Well these same types of people certainly wanted that from President Obama all these years. Now its not just him they are targeting. Its every voter that won’t comply with their demands. Spoiled behavior.

      • March 29, 2016 at 12:28 am

        The only Revolution Trump and his supporters want is the complete restoration of “white supremacy.” They want an America that resembles the pre- 1930’s America. Trump and his supporters are not interested in Bernie Sunders’ “proletariat revolution.” Only a naive privileged person would seriously suggest that the election of Donald Trump would bring about a progressive revolution.

    • March 29, 2016 at 12:11 am

      Susan Sarandon knows that the election of Trump won’t affect her. She is a privileged movie star. For her, Revolution is an abstract game!

  26. 69 Nena20409
    March 28, 2016 at 8:51 pm

  27. March 28, 2016 at 8:57 pm

  28. March 28, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Can anyone find the part of PO’s speech where he talks about what politics is?!

  29. March 28, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    So freaking sad:

  30. March 28, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    “Earnest: I do think that president Castro had in mind rather iconic photo with President Obama and his arms raised together. I think President Obama believed that would imply a whole lot more agreement on some priorities than actually exists. So the President was of course entirely comfortable appearing onstage with president Castro. they had important conversations behind the scenes, but I also think their differences of opinion on some really important priorities. It was also pretty evident from that conference. and that’s why the president resisted the idea of a photograph like the one that president castro apparently envisioned.

    Jon Decker: It was pretty quick thinking on the president’s part. Did he anticipate that the Cuban president Raul Castro might something like that at the conclusion of the press conference? Earnest: I don’t think that president Castro has a standard protocol for the end of news conferences because I don’t think they have news conferences as part of their standard protocol. So I don’t know that anybody was expecting him to do that, but I think the President did observe that for an 84 year-old, president Castro still has some pretty quick reflexes.”

    Brother of CO Senator Micheal Bennet 😀 😀

  31. 75 Nerdy Wonka
    March 28, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    • 76 MadameSoph
      March 28, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      Thank you for this Nerdy! I just finished listening to the entire hour of the HRC speech & Q&A in Madison today and I really wanted to listen to PBO’s words here, but I need to eat some dinner! I am a fast reader, so your tweets made it easy for me to appreciate what PBO said now, and I can watch the YouTube of him after dinner.

      Thanks again.

  32. March 28, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    I’mma lock the WH doors and not let PBO out come January 2017.

  33. March 28, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Sanders campaign doxxed the super delegates. This is really irresponsible and outrageous.

  34. March 28, 2016 at 9:45 pm

  35. 97 amk for obama
    March 28, 2016 at 9:57 pm

  36. 98 amk for obama
    March 28, 2016 at 9:58 pm

  37. 103 amk for obama
    March 28, 2016 at 10:07 pm

  38. March 28, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    I haven’t seen the episode, but I gather on this night’s episode Rachel Maddow called out Sanders on a lie about how much he’s spent in states he says he didn’t compete. The people posting this were totally shocked that she was doing this.

    • 105 jacquelineoboomer
      March 28, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      I’ve heard her call him out before, on more than one occasion.

      • March 28, 2016 at 11:12 pm

        I don’t have cable so I don’t watch her. I’m going by comments on facebook, mostly. They were all very shocked she would do this. Other comments I’ve seen think she is completely committed to Sanders. I’m glad to hear things are a bit more balanced than that.

  39. March 28, 2016 at 10:25 pm

  40. 109 MadameSoph
    March 28, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Hi TODers,

    I just finished watching the HRC speech/Q&A from Madison today that someone posted at the end of the last thread. I highly recommend it. The speech goes to about 32min and then it is Q&A. Watch the entire hour if you can.

    “Statesmanship over showmanship”

    This is why I love and admire and respect PBO and, after watching this, I now feel very confident that HRC will take good care of and continue his legacy. This is one of those clinics like PBO gives us.

    Whether you are an HRC supporter, a “nose holder” or an undecided, please take some time to watch this to the end (the volume is low so turn it up). If you care about protecting President Obama’s hard work and legacy, this will reassure you.

    • 110 MadameSoph
      March 28, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      Here is the link:

    • 111 idon
      March 28, 2016 at 10:57 pm

      I watched the speech and thought it was excellent. I thought this is the way President’s speak. I think it will go down as one of her greatest speeches. I’m an HRC supporter but in a positive way.

  41. 112 jacquelineoboomer
    March 28, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    For anyone from TODville still here tonight ~ Would you kindly send up some good thoughts and prayers for my son, who’s off to a pre-op appointment tomorrow with his plastic surgeon, hopefully to schedule his final surgery (to close up the hole in his back, if you’ll forgive that description!). We think it’ll go well, and that he’s ready, but I would so much appreciate prayers. Thanks a million! And GN to all. ❤

  42. 126 HZ
    March 29, 2016 at 12:22 am

    J’Ob may your son’s procedure tomorrow be granted from a healing power that will rest upon his body and peace will rest upon his body. HZ

    • 127 jacquelineoboomer
      March 29, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      To HZ and all you other sweethearts who responded to my request for good thoughts and prayers for my son – thank you so very much for the lovely sentiments! He had a successful couple of appointments today, and his “team” will be scheduling the surgery in the upcoming weeks. He’s relieved and so am I! Thanks again – love all of you!

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