On This Day


President Barack Obama, with Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and Marty Nesbitt, founding board member of The Barack Obama Foundation, listens to a recording of a President Johnson phone call during a tour of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, April 10, 2014. Photo by Pete Souza


President Barack Obama walks across a lock after touring the Control Tower at the Panama Canal Miraflores Locks in Ancon, Panama, April 10, 2015. Photo by Pete Souza


President Barack Obama talks on the phone in his office aboard Air Force One, April 10, 2014. Photo by Pete Souza


President Barack Obama views a replica of the Oval Office at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, April 10, 2014. Photo by Pete Souza

104 Responses to “On This Day”

  1. 1 GGail
    April 10, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    I’m back home 🙂

  2. 3 GGail
    April 10, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    How did ManU lose???? HOW???!!!!! SMH

    • 4 amk for obama
      April 10, 2016 at 9:14 pm

      they lost it in six minutes. 3 goals in 6 minutes? poor, poor defense.

      Foxes are in CL, yay.

  3. April 10, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    “…Part 1 of “Jackie Robinson,” Monday on PBS, revisits this history, with Robinson’s widow, Rachel, the principal guide. It remains one of the pivotal stories of 20th-century America, simultaneously stirring and infuriating, with Robinson blazing a trail despite blatant and entrenched racism. But it’s in Part 2 on Tuesday night that venture into the less clear-cut part of Robinson’s life, when he became more outspoken about civil rights yet wasn’t always viewed heroically. He had begun being more vocal even during his playing career, and after he stopped playing — 1956 was his last season — he used his fame more aggressively in the public arena.

    “Part of what I admire about Jackie Robinson is precisely his ability to approach baseball and those first two years of integration in ways that were contrary to his character, or his fundamental sense of what was right and wrong, in service of a larger cause,” President Obama says at the start of Part 2. “But that’s not something that made sense for him to sustain. He had purchased the right to speak his mind many times over.”….“Jackie Robinson in the 1940s is the symbol of black masculinity,” the historian Yohuru Williams notes. “By the 1960s, that narrative has changed, and what you see with people like Muhammad Ali and Jim Brown is a much more militant, in-your-face view of black masculinity.” So the second half of Robinson’s story — he died in 1972 — becomes a fascinating study of fame during an era of tumult. It’s almost impossible to stay ahead of a wave of rapid change; today’s heroes are tomorrow’s afterthoughts. Only with the passage of time does the lasting import of a life like Robinson’s become clear again.”

  4. 13 Nerdy Wonka
    April 10, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    • April 10, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      But racists bigots does not matter.

      April 10, 2016 at 8:06 pm


    • April 10, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      Great, great tweets, Nerdy Wonka! I am so sick of Bernie Sanders’ disrespect of Black people. He thinks that winning in the predominantly white Red States like Kansas, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Nebraska, Alaska and Oklahoma, is more important than winning in the South where Black people are are the base of the Democratic Party! In 2008, President Obama won three Southern States: Florida, North Carolina and Virginia. In 2012, President Obama won both Florida and Virginia and narrowly lost North Carolina. Since LBJ, I can’t recall any Democratic Presidential Candidate who won Kansas, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Nebraska, Alaska and Oklahoma.

  5. April 10, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    “Evy and Ricky are not the average household pets. These dogs are dutifully serving in the U.S. Coast Guard as explosive detection dogs. Just this week, the pair finished helicopter proficiency training by completing helicopter operations and hoist training with the California Air National Guard 129th Rescue Squadron. The exercise required Evy and Ricky to jump on board a HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter and perform several hoists, according to the U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team. The “canine Coasties” have protective eye wear and ear wear to protect them from rotor wash, sea spray, foreign debris and engine noise.” Coast Guard K-9 teams “routinely conduct proficiency training with military, federal, state and local partners to ensure our teams can respond and deploy from a variety of aircraft and vessels,” according to the Coast Guard. Evy and Ricky have been with the Coast Guard since 2008.

  6. April 10, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    This might be a dumb question but I actually do not know. Foundations are alwas founded for / by outgoing presidents, right? Is their main purpose to start the presidential library? or are they usually about like…a favourite cause?

    • 20 Roberta in MN
      April 10, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      The foundation is the start of is Library. They start raising money to build it and keep it up.

  7. April 10, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Thanks 🙂 Is it going to be in CHicago? Have they decided yet? Since CHicago is actually a city that I have a shot at going to every other year due to an exchange programme that would be neat 🙂

    • 22 Betsy
      April 10, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      I believe it will be built on the grounds or near by of the University of Chicago but am not 100% sure.

  8. April 10, 2016 at 5:44 pm

  9. April 10, 2016 at 5:44 pm

  10. April 10, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    ummmmm…good luck with that.

    04.08.16 12:15 AM ET

    The Secret Movement to Draft General James Mattis for President

    Gen. James Mattis doesn’t necessarily want to be president—but that’s not stopping a group of billionaire donors from hatching a plan to get him there.

    An anonymous group of conservative billionaires is ready to place their bets on a man dubbed “Mad Dog,” hoping to draft him into the presidential race to confront Donald Trump.

    Think of it as a Plan B should Trump be nominated by the Republican Party in Cleveland: swing behind retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis and press him into service yet again as a third-party candidate.

    Mattis is the former commander of Central Command, which includes the strife-afflicted conflict zones of the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, and has developed a reputation among troops as a general officer who cares about the little guy. This reputation blossomed into the political realm during the 2012 presidential contest, when a Marine Corps veteran started an online campaign to write-in Mattis on presidential ballots—it ultimately lacked the backing to take off.

  11. April 10, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    GE, TOD!

  12. 32 Dudette
    April 10, 2016 at 6:49 pm

  13. 33 Dudette
    April 10, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    You didn’t tell me you was married to no black man…

      April 10, 2016 at 8:36 pm


  14. 35 Dudette
    April 10, 2016 at 7:14 pm

  15. 37 Nena20409
    April 10, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Hello TODable TODbots on a Sunday Evening. It’s 55F, Sunny & Windy 😉
    Congrats, GGail for Your Au ⭐ Welcome back.
    Congrats to all the Au ⭐ winners since Friday Afternoon.
    Saw this Toon, Loved it.
    Today US Media:

  16. 40 Nena20409
    April 10, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    I taped Fox Sunday today for the 1st Time ever. I have NOT watched Fox in years. #ThanksObama! Funny how Chris Wallace didn’t play all the Interview in full. He wanted folks to go visit Fox Website. That is where I drew the line. No Clicks. I hope someone here is able to get the Full Interview and Post it here at TOD. Thanks, whoever You are 😉

  17. April 10, 2016 at 7:29 pm


    Not only is Africa home to the world’s oldest continuously functioning library, this remarkable institution was also founded by a Muslim woman – challenging commonly held assumptions about the contribution of women in Muslim civilisation.

    Founded in 859, the al-Qarawiyyin Library in Fez, Morocco, is the first degree-awarding educational institution in the world according to UNESCO and Guinness World Records. Ancient manuscripts dating back as far as 12 centuries can be found here.

    The al-Qarawiyyin, which includes a mosque, library, and university, was founded by Fatima El-Fihriya, the daughter of a rich immigrant from al-Qayrawan (Tunisia today).

    more & photos at link: http://puku.co.za/News/11617

  18. 47 Nena20409
    April 10, 2016 at 7:31 pm

  19. 48 Nena20409
    April 10, 2016 at 7:37 pm

  20. 50 Nena20409
    April 10, 2016 at 7:44 pm

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  22. 52 Dudette
    April 10, 2016 at 7:54 pm

  23. 53 Nena20409
    April 10, 2016 at 8:00 pm

  24. April 10, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Take care everyone ….


      April 10, 2016 at 8:33 pm


  25. 67 99ts
    April 10, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    1st world problem – my dentist moved!!! 2 years ago my dentist since forever retired – so I went to the suggested replacement & she was awesome. Then I ring for latest appointment & she is gone!! So using the google I tracked her down – fortunately not too far away.

    Now I have to call back the original practice and cancel the appointment I made – sigh.

  26. 68 amk for obama
    April 10, 2016 at 9:20 pm

  27. 69 amk for obama
    April 10, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    this one has become a meme in just 3 days.

  28. 70 amk for obama
    April 10, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    • 72 0388jojothecat
      April 11, 2016 at 9:45 am

      LOL, Art of Politics by DT, when you use GOP talking points, when the most states and lose the nomination whine whine whine…..

  29. April 10, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    all by design.


    Reviving a Hollowed-Out High School

    Thanks to Chicago’s school-choice system, many local campuses are struggling to survive, burdened with too few students, poor funding, and bad reputations.

    APR 8, 2016

    Austin High School on Chicago’s struggling West Side is a proud school with a bad reputation and too few students. It likely has just one more shot at survival.

    Austin has hollowed out in recent years, as have dozens of similar schools across Chicago’s poor and mostly Latino and black neighborhoods. With 391 students, including just 57 freshmen across three academies in a building meant for nearly 1,700, Austin is one of 35 Chicago public high schools that are well under half full. Ten schools aren’t even a quarter full.

    These schools face a set of woes that make a turnaround all but impossible. A citywide school-choice system leaves these mostly open-enrollment schools with some of Chicago’s most challenging and low-achieving students. Deeply strained budgets fueled by declining enrollment hurt staffing levels, teacher retention, and programming. Mix in a stubborn reputation for violence at many schools—unwarranted in the case of Austin and some others—and these schools are in a death spiral.

    In a high-school universe defined by choice, these schools and students are the clear losers. Chicago’s neediest students are clustered at the bottom of the pecking order of the district, in the most under-resourced and embattled schools.

    Chicago has a poor track record of delivering for its weakest students but this latest chapter, arguably an inevitable and predictable consequence of school choice, may be a new low. Students who need the healthiest and most stable schools are segregated in the most unstable institutions, often with the most troubled classmates. Victims of a set of powerful and destructive forces that have undermined their schools and neighborhoods, these students and their schools face an increasingly bleak and uncertain future.

  30. 74 amk for obama
    April 10, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    • April 10, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      Donald J. Trump is a product of the Republican party, they made him. Don’t try to act like he is an embarrassment because when you Republicans leaders look in the mirror you see Trump and Cruz.

  31. 77 amk for obama
    April 10, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    • 78 Sandy1110
      April 10, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      How poetic that for all the gerrymandering they’ve done to cheat Democrats out of their votes, the GOP would probably have to disenfranchise their most fanantic voters by figuring out a way to deny Trump the GOP nomination.

  32. April 10, 2016 at 9:33 pm


    just dust…just dust in the eyes.

    Father’s labor of love puts 5 kids through Boston College
    By Michael Levenson
    APRIL 10, 2016

    It was past midnight, and all was quiet inside Robsham Theater, a sprawling performance space at Boston College.

    Fred Vautour sponged down sinks, scrubbed toilets, and polished mirrors. Pushing a yellow cart loaded with a mop, broom, and cleaning supplies, he moved on to the hallway, where he swept up paper scraps and cleaned the large windows looking onto the campus. In the distance, the Gothic towers of Gasson Hall and Bapst Library faded into the dark sky. In a little more than 12 hours, Elizabeth Warren was coming to speak on economic inequality.

    For the last 15 years of his long working life, Vautour, 62, has performed his painstaking rounds on the graveyard shift at Robsham Theater as if they were a calling. And, in a sense, they are.

    Next month, his youngest child will collect her nursing degree from BC, and Vautour’s triumph will be complete: The night-shift custodian will have put all five of his children — Amy, John, Michael, Thomas, and Alicia — through Boston College.

    “It kind of gives you the tingles,” Vautour said. “We became a big BC alumni family.”

    Vautour said he never could have afforded a college education for five children on his salary of $60,000 a year. His wife, Debra, was a homemaker who now works the front desk at the Waltham Senior Center.

    But because Vautour is a BC employee, all five children were able to attend the college tuition-free, which knocked about $51,000 off of BC’s $66,000 annual price tag. After scholarships, Vautour said, each child’s college education cost him about $3,000 per year.

    Knowing that five college degrees were in reach kept him going, he said, night after night and year after year.

  33. 85 amk for obama
    April 10, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    you got 30 seconds.

  34. 90 amk for obama
    April 10, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    aaand I am outta here.

  35. 91 Gazelle
    April 10, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Not sure if this will post properly, hoping I don’t mess it up. It’s such a lovely tribute to POTUS, FLOTUS. If it’s messed up, please feel free to delete this comment, Chips, NW, BTs.

    • 92 Gazelle
      April 10, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      Ooooh, it posted! There are some pics in there I haven’t seen before! Hugs all!

      • April 10, 2016 at 11:29 pm

        “8 years of Black Love in the White House” INDEED!

        Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much, Gazelle, for sharing this with us. Speaking for myself, I don’t think the White House will ever be the same without the Obamas. They brought so much love, so much fun, and so much caring to White House!

    • 94 vcprezofan2
      April 10, 2016 at 10:31 pm

      😎 très, très 😎

      Thanks so much for sharing this, Gazelle. 🙂 🙂

    • 95 CEB
      April 11, 2016 at 12:28 am

      It’s fine; thanks for posting this. It only needs Dudette to add music to it.

    • April 11, 2016 at 7:28 am

      Thanks! I tried to post this last week but it didn’t work. It has my favorite – the girl with the blue flower.

  36. 97 vcprezofan2
    April 10, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    ~~ 😕 ~~

    Goodnight/day, people!

  37. April 11, 2016 at 7:29 am

    So this is happening in New York. They are trying to get the primaries switched to being open primaries. First allowing 17 year olds to vote at the last minute and now this. I don’t like these last minute end runs.


    • 100 cd4biden
      April 11, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Hi Mary1,
      I’m betting this probably won’t make it through the system for the NY primary next Tuesday. There is way too much work the Elections Dept in each county in NY would have to do to the voter rolls for each polling place, extra ballots to print, etc, to allow all the undeclareds to vote in this primary election. I am on the elections commission in my county, and I know the elections people in NY will be soooo busy with just getting the normal stuff ready for Tuesday at this point in time that they can’t do what this law wants, at least until the next primary.

      • April 11, 2016 at 8:53 pm

        Good to know. I’m not an alarmist, but I’m ticked off about all these shenanigans. I hope they don’t switch to open primary at all.

  38. April 11, 2016 at 7:35 am

    I saw this on facebook today. This is Sanders’ Congressional ‘team’. There are five people, two who are listed as Democrats or at least running for a Democratic seat, one is a third party candidate (didn’t say what party), and two are not identified as to party. One of them is challenging Nancy Pelosi!!! And he thinks the super delegates are going to switch to him??? It beats me how all these ‘revolutionary’ people are taking out all their anger on the Democrats rather than the Republicans who are actually causing the damage. It’s like the people in the red states voting for Republicans despite the fact that Republican policies harm them. I realize a third party unknown candidate is hardly likely to unseat Nancy Smash, but it galls me that Sanders would call him part of his ‘team’. I wonder if he is funneling any money to these people’s campaigns? My guess is not.

    “Preston Picus is running as a third-party independent candidate in California’s 12th Congressional District against Democrat heavyweight Nancy Pelosi. Picus is unhappy with the current state of the Democratic Party, likening current Democratic moderates to Republicans of forty years ago. Running on a progressive platform, Picus says the system is broken and a change is necessary to get things done that the majority of the country want. Mr. Picus is ideologically aligned with Bernie Sanders, as a consequence of his principled stances on social, economic and foreign policy.”


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