The President’s (Equal Pay) Day


President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the newly-designated Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument. The historic house on Capitol Hill has been designated a national monument, honoring National Woman’s Party benefactor Alva Belmont and founder of the party, Alice Paul










104 Responses to “The President’s (Equal Pay) Day”

  1. April 12, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    GE TODers! Thanks, Nerdy!!!

  2. 3 Don
    April 12, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    I enjoyed President Obama’s speech today, it was very inspiring, he has the power to energize in a good way.

  3. April 12, 2016 at 7:21 pm

  4. April 12, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    “On April 19, New York Democrats will have unusual say over the party’s nominee. They have in Clinton a superprepared warrior realist. They have in opponent Bernie Sanders a fantasist who’s at passionate war with reality. By choosing Clinton, Empire State Dems would powerfully signal that the party has gotten real about achieving long-sought goals.”

    Boom. Thank you.

    • 12 jackiegrumbacher
      April 12, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      I’m very glad the NYDN has delivered such a resounding endorsement. After Sanders’s terrible performance before the editorial board and Clinton’s stellar one, there really was no other choice to make.

  5. 13 jacquelineoboomer
    April 12, 2016 at 8:19 pm

  6. April 12, 2016 at 8:19 pm

  7. April 12, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    According to Nate Silver, the chances of Hiilary Clinton winning the New York primary have increased from a low of 95%-5% to today’s high of 99%-1%. Have a nice time in Rome, Sen. Sanders.

    • 19 jackiegrumbacher
      April 12, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      No matter what the numbers, Mary, Sanders supporters will insist that they still have a chance in New York and beyond. If he loses, they will say that New Yorkers weren’t smart enough to vote for the winner, which is always a tactic that endears them to those they insult.

  8. April 12, 2016 at 8:27 pm

  9. April 12, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    I love this event,,,,

  10. April 12, 2016 at 8:33 pm


    • 24 catrst
      April 13, 2016 at 7:33 am

      I love this. Watched an old film dramatizing the life of Peter the Great in Russia. Different times, different culture but one thing struck me. He could not get enough of innovation. So excited to move forward. I think in some ways our President is just like that. He is absolutely awed by the creative mind and its results and is so proud of his country’s ability to build and invent. I think its why from the space program, to the floors of auto manufacturers to the glories in the national parks and monuments, and the stellar artists and performers that have found a way to the White House, the Obamas have shown us how they see us, as amazing people with potential that simply cannot be described in words. Recently, the President visited an auto show where innovations were being showcased and he visited with a group of engineers, manufacturing production people and you could see the absolute pride and excitement in the faces of those folks. I cannot stop the tears sometimes when I think how much this President believes in us and what a difference that trust makes. He would never block a voter from exercising their franchise even if they didn’t support him or his ideas. He just doesn’t roll like that. Is it possible to love him even more? I don’t think it is and then that love and admiration grows to new heights.

  11. April 12, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    “The House Republican bill is a backdoor effort to kill net neutrality by taking away the FCC’s power to regulate broadband providers and enforce net neutrality rules”.

    • 26 MadameSoph
      April 13, 2016 at 2:31 am

      Yay PBO! Dudebros’ twitter feeds should be applauding PBO. Not holding my breath.

      I’m so glad I can SEE this President and that I am able to enjoy every history making moment.

  12. 28 JER
    April 12, 2016 at 8:45 pm

  13. April 12, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Heading to watch Jackie Robinson.

  14. 31 vcprezofan2
    April 12, 2016 at 9:09 pm

  15. April 12, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Part 2 tonight!!

    • April 12, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      The last time I saw Jackie Robinson on television was the 1964 GOP convention. He was interviewed and very disheartened about the right wing takeover of the party by the Goldwater people. At that convention essentially the progressive wing of the GOP, the Nelson Rockefeller wing of the Party, was purged, and that included those who were supporting civil rights. In Oregon the Rockefeller Republicans were in charge until the 1970s and 80s. Our best governor was Tom McCall, who was a pioneer and leader in environmental protection and public access to our beaches, clean air and water, land use planning. Mark Hatfield was the governor before him and became a very successful Senator who was noted for his opposition to war and helping to negotiate successful legislation on wilderness preservation. He was very pro civil rights. In 1964 was the beginning of the end to any semblance of progressive Republicanism. They purged Jackie Robinson and other prominent black leaders in the party. Senator Edward Brooke of Mass. was the first black senator in 1966, and a good one, but by then the NE centers of progressive Republicanism were on the wain.

      • April 12, 2016 at 11:48 pm

        Bill R, I came to Oregon to go college during Gov. Mark Hatfield’s last year in office. The six years I spent in Oregon, Tom McCall was the governor. He was indeed an excellent governor. During the Sixities and Seventies, there were many rational and progressive Republicans such as: Sen. Charles Percy from Illinois; Sen.Jacob Javits from New York; Sen. H. John Heinz from Pennsylvania; Sen.John Chaffee from Rhode Island; Sen. Margaret Chase Smith from Maine; and, as you pointed out, Sen. Edward Brooke from Massachusetts. Even your Senator Bob Packwood, with all his terrible shortcomings when it came to his treatment of women, was more progressive than any of the current Republicans in the Senate.

        • April 13, 2016 at 12:10 am

          Yes, so many don’t realize the incredible depths the GOP has fallen from. At least one sector of the Party was rational and forward thinking. A good list and a good memory you have.

  16. 42 desertflower
    April 12, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Interactive map…to see what has happened to democracy without a functioning VRA. Pass along.


  17. 44 No Child Left Behind
    April 12, 2016 at 10:09 pm

  18. 45 Ladyhawke
    April 12, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Staying Relevant: Why Anti-Obama Progressives Have Jumped Aboard the Bernie Sanders Bandwagon


    Which is why for the past seven years we’ve also seen a number of progressives jump on this bandwagon. There is money to be made in being a turncoat, and we’ve seen a number of so-called “progressives” chose to turn their backs on President Obama in an effort to remain relevant as the world passes them by. Among these Democrats-in-name-only are people such as Bill Press, Thom Hartmann, H.A. Goodman, Cornel West, Ben Jealous, and Cenk Uyger just to name a few. This ragtag group of faux liberals have been staples on the media circuit for the sole reason that they present an anomaly: they are all people who should be supporting the president but simply aren’t. They have become a safety net for the networks anytime they want to criticize the president but don’t want it appear to partisan. Instead of saying, “Of course Karl Rove disapproves of this, he disapproves of everything Obama does!” viewers instead are left saying, “Wow, if a progressive like Cornel West says that, maybe he might have a point!” It’s a win-win: networks can claim to be unbiased in their reporting and each of the six men mentioned above has a chance to keep their name in the spotlight for the time being.

  19. 58 desertflower
    April 12, 2016 at 10:44 pm


    Yes, Republicans Actually Push These 5 Policies

    *Denying millions of the hardest working, most desperate Americans Medicaid expansion, for no good reason.
    *Trying to delegitimize the Veterans Administration after overloading it with suffering servicemen.
    *Unmooring struggling communities with the destruction of public education.
    *Purposely keeping wages as low as possible.
    *Doing whatever they can to make global warming worse.

  20. April 12, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    • April 12, 2016 at 11:07 pm

      “A good friend of mine transitioned from being near homeless to becoming a student and now he’s doing great,” Fortt said. “When I see him he always reminds me that he got his first suit from me and that he needed that vote of confidence.”

  21. April 12, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    MuscatineGal, one of my favorite vocalists is headed your way for a FREE concert!

  22. 64 4morefor44
    April 12, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    oh my goodness. to think about the conversation the obamas had with rachel robinson aboard a.f.1 on the way the cuba! the amount of history those people have and continue to live through is breathtaking, and i bet she had some useful wisdom for the obamas. amazing.

    • 65 Dudette
      April 12, 2016 at 11:25 pm

      POTUS and FLOTUS speaking some truth about how important having a partner to help you through stressful times can be. Don’t they know about it?

    • April 12, 2016 at 11:24 pm

      Nice article about the gardening gloves FLOTUS used to plant her last WH kitchen garden. Do anyone remember when POTUS was on a trip to Toledo, Ohio, POTUS stop by a store and he bought FLOTUS a pair of gardening gloves, and when POTUS came back FLOTUS met him and he gave her the gardening gloves.

      • 68 MightyPamela
        April 12, 2016 at 11:38 pm

        I remember that. AB. It was lovely! ❤️❤️

      • April 12, 2016 at 11:38 pm

        2011 POTUS stop by Fred’s Pro Hardware in Toledo Ohio to buy a gardening gift for his wife. He selected a pair of green Dirt Digger gardeners for Michelle. I think everyone remember FLOTUS greeting POTUS as he got off Marine One and POTUS gave her those gardening gloves.

  23. April 12, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Why are my lips pursed people?

    What is this phuckery?

  24. 73 Dudette
    April 12, 2016 at 11:47 pm

  25. April 12, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    “The darkest thing about Africa has always been our ignorance of it.” – George Kimble

    What does the world really know about Africa? In the West, if you were to turn on the T.V., you would be hard pressed to find any news coverage regarding Africa other than starving children, political chaos, and exotic wild life. Despite being the second largest continent with a population of almost a billion people, Africa is usually relegated down to the bottom of the barrel when it comes to social and geopolitical importance on the international stage. What is perplexing though, is how Africa can be the most resource rich continent on the planet, yet also be the poorest continent on the planet. In reality, Africa should be prospering, and the envy of the rest of the world. Something isn’t adding up and its time people started to figure out why.

  26. 76 Dudette
    April 12, 2016 at 11:50 pm

  27. 78 Dudette
    April 12, 2016 at 11:50 pm

  28. 79 Dudette
    April 12, 2016 at 11:51 pm

  29. 80 Dudette
    April 12, 2016 at 11:52 pm

  30. 81 jacquelineoboomer
    April 13, 2016 at 12:08 am

  31. 82 jacquelineoboomer
    April 13, 2016 at 12:29 am

    Goodnight, TODville and all the ships at sea! Sweet dreams, all around.

  32. 83 Dudette
    April 13, 2016 at 12:56 am

  33. 84 Dudette
    April 13, 2016 at 1:04 am

  34. 85 Dudette
    April 13, 2016 at 1:05 am

  35. 86 Dudette
    April 13, 2016 at 1:11 am

  36. 87 Dudette
    April 13, 2016 at 1:13 am

  37. 88 Dudette
    April 13, 2016 at 1:16 am

  38. 89 Dudette
    April 13, 2016 at 1:28 am

  39. 90 Dudette
    April 13, 2016 at 1:40 am

    In case you were wondering: Basically, earth is not the center of the universe, but part of a solar system which revolves around the sun.

  40. 91 Gazelle
    April 13, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Dearest Chips, it seems that WP darn ate my comment to you. Payback for drive-by-posting, am still working my way through posts, now at April 6th threads. Catch up is glorious & a heck because I don’t want to miss anything! Hope your Mum is doing okay, recovering, hoping you are too. HUGS!

  41. 92 Dudette
    April 13, 2016 at 1:43 am

  42. 93 Dudette
    April 13, 2016 at 1:44 am

  43. 94 Dudette
    April 13, 2016 at 1:45 am

  44. 96 Dudette
    April 13, 2016 at 1:51 am

  45. 97 Dudette
    April 13, 2016 at 1:58 am

  46. 98 Dudette
    April 13, 2016 at 1:59 am

  47. 99 Dudette
    April 13, 2016 at 2:24 am

    Only a week after the Obamas thrilled the world with their tango skills in Argentina, Coldplay was in Buenos Aires to kick off their Head Full of Dreams album tour.

    As some of you Coldplay fans may know (looking at you, Bobfr 😀 ), Chris Martin was so moved by the President singing Amazing Grace at the funeral of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the Charleston shooting victims, that he sampled a clip of it in the band’s song Kaleidoscope. The song is the lead in to “Army of One” on the album. I found a video from part of the concert on YouTube.

    At about 1:30 in the video, you’ll notice the crowd lets out a huge roar. It’s at that point when the video screens in the stadium show President Obama as he’s about to start singing Amazing Grace. Their reaction is really quite something to behold.

    Check it out. This is Kaleidescope and Army of One by Coldplay.

    • 100 Dudette
      April 13, 2016 at 2:26 am

      A little background

      Published on Nov 23, 2015
      Coldplay has a presidential cosign for its upcoming album, A Head Full of Dreams. The band’s song “Kaleidoscope” will reportedly feature none other than President Barack Obama, sampling a clip of him performing “Amazing Grace” at the funeral of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was one of the nine Charleston shooting victims. Chris Martin recently told the Sun, “We have a tiny clip of the President singing ‘Amazing Grace’ at that church. Because of the historical significance of what he did and also that that song being about, ‘I’m lost but now I’m found.’” A Head Full of Dreams will be released on December 4.

  48. 101 Dudette
    April 13, 2016 at 2:34 am

    Okay, I’ve hogged the blog enough for one night/morning! See you later! 😀

  49. April 13, 2016 at 2:35 am

    Loved the Jackie Robinson special! A portrait of such a brave man, who endured so much, even attacks from black leftists in his time. He was so right in so many ways. And his wife,such a powerful, good soul. He helped pave the way for Barack Obama to be our President.

  50. 103 57andfemale
    April 13, 2016 at 6:56 am

    So the grumpy, substantless jackass got his first Senate endorsement: Jeff Merkeley.

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