148 Responses to “President Obama On The Benefits Of Precision Medicine”

  1. April 15, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Thanks a trazillion Nerdy, you’re the best.

    Off to visit my mother, see you all in a bit. Love and hugs.

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      April 15, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Love and hugs to you, CC, and to MC. I’m only now reading your comments re Mama C on ‘Early Bird’. Am joining my wishes to others here for a speedy recovery in therapy so MC can soon get back to her regular surroundings where she will feel more relaxed.

    • 3 Judith Fardig
      April 15, 2016 at 10:18 am

      Have a reassuring visit with your mum, Chips! Cpngrats to Rikyrah and thanks to Nerdy for the post. Precision medicine will change our lives remarkably.

    • 4 sherijr
      April 15, 2016 at 10:54 am

      Hugs to your mom & to you, Ms Chips… from all of us (I don’t think folks will mind me saying ‘us’) Take care & best healthy wishes.

    • April 15, 2016 at 10:56 am

      Hugs to you and extra hugs for mum!

    • 6 Nerdy Wonka
      April 15, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      You’re welcome, Chips.

  2. April 15, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Morning NW 🙂

    Have a good day Everyone 😉

  3. 9 vcprezofan2
    April 15, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Good Morning NerdyW and friends! (I see my timing’s a bit off as Ms. Chips was here ahead of me.)

    Ms Chips, It’s so great to see your smiling face this morning! It means Mama Chaps is progressing well! {{{MamaC}}}

    April 15, 2016 at 10:13 am


  5. 11 57andfemale
    April 15, 2016 at 10:43 am

  6. 12 57andfemale
    April 15, 2016 at 10:45 am

  7. April 15, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Good morning, TOD! Chips and MamaChips, you continue to be in my prayers. A the eldercare guru for my family, I know the path you are treading with the rehab facility. I always feel like I have to move-in i order for family members to get the care they deserve… Shouldn’t be that way…

    • 14 jacquelineoboomer
      April 15, 2016 at 11:06 am

      I know what you mean! When I saw how my mother was reacting in the regular hospital, I had ’em pull in a reclining chair and I slept there overnight with her, more than once! The first time I had to leave her overnight in a hospital (her mind wasn’t good, her last couple of years), I drove home crying. Kept thinking of the story about when I was born and there was a flu epidemic in the nursery. The doctor said my mother could go home, but he recommended that I stay so they could watch me, in case I had caught the flu. My mother said, “I’m not leaving without her,” and had to sign a waiver before the doc would let us both go home. The joy of helping my mother was knowing that she would have helped me, were the roles reversed. Best thing I ever did for her last five years, no matter how sleep deprived I was! Also think it was a good signal for her great grandchildren (who loved her dearly), on “how to treat an older person.” (Ha. I’m getting to that point, myself, if ya get my drift.) I applaud Chips – and you – and all the other caregivers who get it. None of us are perfect at it, but when we can get to the point where we can say this, life is good: #NoRegrets ❤

  8. April 15, 2016 at 10:48 am

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    • 21 Judith Fardig
      April 15, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      They can turn those people cages into community gardens or solar farms or some other thing that will actually benefit the community.

  10. 22 57andfemale
    April 15, 2016 at 10:50 am


    • 23 donna dem 4 obama
      April 15, 2016 at 10:56 am

      Yep 😉

      Somebody isn’t happy…

      • 24 57andfemale
        April 15, 2016 at 11:02 am

        When you’ve pissed off Scahill…… Despite the forced cheers from the room the stacked with supporters last night, you could feel the “cringe” half the time. And seriously, if I saw BS walking down the street, I’d stop to help him cross the street and ask if he was okay.

        I’m liberal. I understand and agree that income inequality is out of control. But how is it possible that millions don’t understand the complexity of being POTUS? Of what has to be juggled & assessed and decided every damned hour of the day? Who can possibly think Bernie Sanders is up to doing the job?

      • April 15, 2016 at 11:08 am

        I couldn’t stand to watch more than 20 minutes of that debate. Irritating beyond belief. For the life of me, I honestly don’t see how anyone thinks Sanders belongs in the Oval Office. He acted like a child with the face smirking, finger wagging, lip smacking, eye rolling, inappropriate laughing. Not to mention he HAS NO ANSWERS. What in the world are people thinking???

        And Clinton was OK, she stood her ground but she looked and sounded very defensive during the portion I watched. She’s very able and smart but she seems tired. And who wouldn’t be. But some of her FP rhetoric worries me greatly.

        Sometime I can’t help but feel…..we are so screwed. I know we’ll never ever have the grace and dignity of PBO again. I guess it’s just hitting me harder and harder each and every day.

        • 26 57andfemale
          April 15, 2016 at 11:16 am

          Hillary was by no means perfect, but she did better than hold her own. She looked strong, engaged, knowledgeable and competent. Mr. 57 cannot believe he once was a Sanders supporter.

          I didn’t think she looked all that tired. But maybe that was compared to Sanders. He looks and sounds downright feeble.

          I can’t for the life of me see why people would entrust the Presidency to him. It baffles me.

          I’m engaged, meta, because I know that’s what PBO expects of us. His legacy must be preserved and continued. We are fortunate to have seen such a POTUS in our lifetime, and he will a major statesman for decades to come. But the work continues.

        • 27 Don
          April 15, 2016 at 11:26 am

          Yep, it is hitting me harder and harder every day as well. You know, I did not like the debate at all, but I watched. If I had any sense I would have joined my wife in the bedroom as she watched LL Cool J’s lip synch battle t.v. show.

          • April 15, 2016 at 11:38 am

            I’ve been seeing more and more people – especially AAs – asking the question, “what will it look like when the Obamas leave the White House?” And it produces a deep pain in my heart to even imagine it. Hard to feel anything but bereft when you see how horribly this current campaign is going.

      • 30 57andfemale
        April 15, 2016 at 11:12 am

        The tweet from my above comment shows how frustrated Scahill is with Bernie.

  11. 31 MightyPamela
    April 15, 2016 at 10:52 am

  12. April 15, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Good morning and thank you, dearest Nerdy. I hope everyone is having a fabulous FriYAY.

  13. April 15, 2016 at 11:04 am

  14. April 15, 2016 at 11:11 am

    “Speaking of November, my other thought last night was about the gulf between what Sanders and Clinton were sparring about and what the conversation will look like after the conventions. For example, the question about who is more progressive with their proposals to fight climate change is going to be a distant memory when the Democratic candidate squares off in a debate with a climate change denier who scoffs at the idea that it is more of a threat to our security than ISIS. The question about whether to raise the minimum wage to $12 or $15 will become a question about whether to raise it at all. We’re in a state of suspended animation right now and reality is going to break through sometime around the end of July.”

    • 36 57andfemale
      April 15, 2016 at 11:24 am

      Excellent points, pf.

      I’m going to sound downright moderate on the FEDERAL minimum wage. I’ve spent most of my working life being a small business or working in small businesses. I learned how to make a living as a teenager by working part-time jobs. I’ve worked in the mom and pop restaurants, stores, quilt shops that should be the creative fiber of a vibrant economy.

      Not all employers are McDonald’s or Verizon. And not all jobs require that you be able to support a family. But people who have to support a family should be making a living wage. One size does not fit all.

      Every quilt shop I’ve worked in would never get off the ground if their payroll had to more than double. There is a reason for $12 as the minimum – study after study shows that businesses large and small can weather that. But over that, we just do not know, and it depends on the locale.

      I know from my own experience that people starting creative businesses out of love would be unable to survive the difficult years if payroll costs were onerous. And I’d hate to see teens pushed out of the labor market in favor of an adult in all instances.

      I think Hillary’s position is extremely progressive. See how it works. If the economy can weather higher wages, let’s go as high as we can.
      But then again, I think incremental, stable change makes for sound politics & governance. But that’s just me.

      • April 15, 2016 at 12:41 pm

        Likewise…. my Italian grandmother ran a little restaurant. She voted GOP back in the days when the GOP in Oregon was progressive on most things, but looked out for the small business people. Restaurants, especially these little ethnic places, always operate with the smallest margins of profit. Hillary understands that small business are the backbone of our economy so she wants to steer a course that allows for that.

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  17. April 15, 2016 at 11:46 am

    For our AZ TODers:

  18. April 15, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Good to see she’s having some fun:

  19. 53 57andfemale
    April 15, 2016 at 12:20 pm

  20. 55 Neena20409
    April 15, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Hello TOD.
    It will exceed 70F today 😉
    Sunny. Blue Sky. Light Breeze.
    Glad to read that Chips is back. {{{{ ❤ Chips & Mom ❤ }}}}
    Congrats to all the Au ⭐ winners since last night.
    4-15-16 Tax Day 😉 well, until 4-18-16
    WH Presser LIVE, already in Progress with Josh "The Voice" Eranest

    Back to catching up.

  21. 56 57andfemale
    April 15, 2016 at 12:40 pm

  22. 57 Neena20409
    April 15, 2016 at 12:48 pm

  23. April 15, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    • April 15, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      • 62 MadameSoph
        April 15, 2016 at 2:14 pm

        This is cool! I cut the cable cord when I moved last year and got a TIVO Roamio OTA (over the air) DVR. I get all the free over the air channels (local and PBS), access to YouTube and whatever streaming services I want to subscribe to independently are available as well, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO GO, MHZ Choice, HULU, etc. So far, I have plenty to watch with DVRd programming from my OTA channels and YouTube, so I haven’t felt the need to subscribe to any streaming services ( I’m being frugal 🙂 ) Someone else might want a box that accesses more sports channels, or some other cable channels. I like the idea of moving toward the box being universal, as opposed to being owned by the content providers.

  24. 65 desertflower
    April 15, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Morning everyone.


    Most Bernie Sanders supporters aren’t willing to pay for his revolution

    In other words, it’s all BS.

  25. 66 Neena20409
    April 15, 2016 at 1:12 pm

  26. 68 Dudette
    April 15, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Hi Everyone!

    Gotta share some of this Twitter exchange between me and a Bernie supporter from TX.

    Context: This tweet.

    • 69 Dudette
      April 15, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    • 70 Dudette
      April 15, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      I meant 3 decades…

    • 71 Dudette
      April 15, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      • April 15, 2016 at 1:29 pm

        Excellent! Just Excellent!

        • 73 Dudette
          April 15, 2016 at 1:46 pm

          Thanks Bill. Early on I was kind of okay with Bernie, but the more I’ve seen of this man, the people he surrounds himself with, and the people who support him, the appeal has diminished to next to nothing.

          • 74 Don
            April 15, 2016 at 1:54 pm

            You are better than me, Dudette, I’ve never felt anything for Bernie. He’s a professional whiner, always complaining about what should get done but never comes up with a plan to get it done. As Hillary said last night, he can diagnose the hell out of a problem, but he doesn’t know how to fix a problem.

            • 75 Dudette
              April 15, 2016 at 2:07 pm

              I can’t begin to tell you how hard it was not to throw in few choice expletives. The man is a flim-flam artist with a bullhorn.

            • April 15, 2016 at 2:44 pm

              From the start, I saw Bernie’s candidacy as a platform to air his issues. And I was okay with that. But the crowds went to his head, and I believe, the money is too good for him to walk away from. I still don’t believe he truly wants to be POTUS/CIC. But he will continue to put on the show, use the Democratic Party, and take advantage of his [young] supporters so that he and Jane can milk this for all he can.

          • 77 57andfemale
            April 15, 2016 at 2:24 pm

            I was, too, Dudette. The more I see of Sanders, the more I dislike him, question his intelligence. I am terrified that he actually believes his nonsense.

            PBO would have been hounded by the press to rein in his rabid followers. BS is no leader; or even more terrifiying, he approves of this behavior.

            And BTW, he now is supporting a few candidates who have already endorsed him. So who’s playing quid pro quo?

          • April 15, 2016 at 2:38 pm

            I’ve been saying the same thing of late…though he wasn’t my first choice — not even my second choice — but he was tolerable.

            Sanders, like many others, is a one hit wonder whose one claim to fame labeled him *a* voice for liberals/progressives. He has been drinking his own Kool-Aid to the point that he thinks he is always right and is offended when he is challenged.

            He continues to show us that he can only think in black and white…no shades of gray. He is quick to point out what is wrong…slow to admit to what is right. He doesn’t acknowledge progress. He can’t conceive of alternatives. He doesn’t know the meaning of compromise.

            He has made it hard to conceive of him being the Democratic nominee.

      • April 15, 2016 at 1:55 pm

        RIGHT ON, Dudette!! Thank you.

      • April 15, 2016 at 2:21 pm

        Tell it, Dudette!!!! Tell it!!!

        I *might* be a tad more tolerant with him if he were 1) a REAL Democrat, and 2) weren’t being so divisive.

        It’s like we invited him into our homes and he is slandering us, destroying our property and acting as if he is doing us a favor. On top of that, he’s taken up a “squatters” status, making it hard to kick him out.

      • 86 MadameSoph
        April 15, 2016 at 2:32 pm

        You go Dudette! If he can’t even acknowledge the entire United States, however would he manage as leader of the free world?

        And, moreover, how would Starfleet Command ever come into existence? 🙂

      • April 15, 2016 at 2:50 pm

        Well done Dudette! I would have added all the Red caucus States the Birnie has won and is so proud of! At least 3 of the Southern States Clinton won (Florida, North Carolina; Virginia) voted for President Obama in 2008. Compare that to 7 Red States Bernie won (Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming) that haven’t voted for a Democratic presidential nominee since 1964.

        • 88 Dudette
          April 15, 2016 at 3:02 pm

          Exactly Nath! All this is just whining and pouting, because he’s not leading in delegates. I will be glad when Hillary clinches the nomination and we can be done listening to his whining & pouting.

          • April 15, 2016 at 6:26 pm

            I am with you 100%! I’ve heard and seen enough from Bernie and his bully supporters! Thank you for the wonderful job you are doing on Twitter pushing back against Bernie’s BS! Bernie and his supporters are going around denigrating loyal democrats in the South who happen to be predominantly African Americans. No Democratic candidate was able to win the Presidency without winning any of the so called “Deep South” states that Bernie and his supporters are dissing!

      • April 15, 2016 at 3:52 pm


      • 91 Neena20409
        April 15, 2016 at 6:11 pm

        Brava 🍸 Brava 🍸 Brava 🍸

  27. 92 Neena20409
    April 15, 2016 at 1:14 pm

  28. 93 Neena20409
    April 15, 2016 at 1:15 pm

  29. 94 No Child Left Behind
    April 15, 2016 at 1:19 pm

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  31. 102 Neena20409
    April 15, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    • 103 MadameSoph
      April 15, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      Can I just say how proud I am that our first Gen-X President is Barack H. Obama!? He is so cool and forward-thinking!

      And yes, I know that Brokaw and others later came in and defined us as being post 1965, but that is not how the author of Generation X, the book that coined the term, saw us. That book was about folks born in the late 1950s and 1960s, those who were too late to be part of the 60s “revolutions” and counter culture. Anyone born in the early 60s (or very late 50s, for that matter) does not have the same experiences as someone born in the 40s or mid 50s. Gen-X childhoods were shaped by watching the Boomer teenagers and young adults rebel, but they were too young to participate in that experience. The author of the book Generation X, Douglas Copeland, said that he wrote it because he felt that those of his age group were being lumped into the Boomer generation but were something else:

      “I just want to show society what people born after 1960 think about things… We’re sick of stupid labels, we’re sick of being marginalized in lousy jobs, and we’re tired of hearing about ourselves from others.”

      Anyway, my point is that President Obama (born in 1961) is a very cool representative of my generation 🙂

      • April 15, 2016 at 7:45 pm

        The Boomers were supposed to be babies born in the afterglow of troops returning home. I was born in 1950 and always considered my self in the mid to late part of that. It seems as though the Baby Boomers were extended into the late sixties – way too late to be an effect of the war.

        • 105 MadameSoph
          April 15, 2016 at 9:34 pm

          Exactly, Maryl1. Many born in the 60s had parents that were Boomers (hence all of the hippy names my friends have 🙂 )

  32. April 15, 2016 at 1:25 pm

  33. 112 Dudette
    April 15, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    • 114 Dudette
      April 15, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      • 115 Don
        April 15, 2016 at 2:10 pm

        Degree, schmgree, all that fancy book learning don’t teach you how to skull a seal and eat his blubber and live off the land. Bill Nye is a fancy New York type that’s not a real America from the sea and land towards the founding fathers our truths are not falsehoods based on something that’s not real and so we yearn to see this great country full of vegetables and grains for our leaders are not beholden to special interest.

  34. April 15, 2016 at 1:50 pm

  35. 118 carolyn
    April 15, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Chips, hoping today is a better day for your mother. I know this is difficult….emotionally and physically taxing. You are in my thoughts.

  36. 120 No Child Left Behind
    April 15, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Jersey united against the Bridgegate Governor.

  37. 121 57andfemale
    April 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm

  38. 126 Dudette
    April 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm

  39. 127 No Child Left Behind
    April 15, 2016 at 2:16 pm

  40. April 15, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    the folks over at TPV…have a sense of humor!

  41. 129 Dudette
    April 15, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Not political

    • 130 Don
      April 15, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      A private jet you say, was it a corporate jet?

      • April 15, 2016 at 6:49 pm

        You mean the common man’s champion did not fly commercial with the folks and had to fly by a private jet? George Orwell was spot on: even in a socialist Utopia, “some animals are more equal than others.”

    • 132 MadameSoph
      April 15, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      “The Vermont senator was joined by all four of his children and four grandchildren, as well as his wife Jane. A small group of staff, Secret Service detail, and members of the press were also accompanying him for the trip on a chartered plane.”

      How many $27 donations did he spend on the photo op/family vacation? If I were a supporter I’d ask for a refund (apparently, you can do that).

    • 133 MadameSoph
      April 15, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      BTW, since his family took this as a mini-vacation, does this count as a paid speech?

    • 134 Dudette
      April 15, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      Sorry, that first tweet above was the wrong one. Here’s what I meant to post…

    • 135 COS
      April 15, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      This op is worse than Sanders accusing HRC of taking Wall Street money. He touts the $27.00 donations from working people, and decides to take all of these family members to the Vatican on campaign donations. He is such a hypocrite.

    • April 15, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      Burned through 16,500+ gallons of jet fuel for a ten minute speech at a conference concerned with the effect of fossil fuels on climate change. Instead of a video conference.

  42. April 15, 2016 at 2:30 pm

  43. 138 Dudette
    April 15, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    • 139 MadameSoph
      April 15, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Yes, “Breaking up the Banks (TM)” “Free College” and “Single Payer Healthcare” will come about because “Revolution” but standing up to the NRA is too much.

      And when asked about reparations for slavery, his response was,

      “No, I don’t think so. First of all, its likelihood of getting through Congress is nil. Second of all, I think it would be very divisive.”

  44. 142 CEB
    April 15, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I am so tired of the ignorant ass, morally corrupt fuckers who have polluted our airways (thanks, msm), public discourse and politics. This country is better than this! Our PBO has been shoveling the shit for almost 8 years, trying to clear a path to lead us into a much better future, but he and the rest of us are continually trying to avoid the shit piles that keep on coming. This is one of those days when the stupid is almost too much to bear and my heart fails at the idea of PBO leaving us even though I know that it is right and proper that he does so. I hope that he will leave us with words (I am sure he will) that will lift us up and help us to gird our loins for the fight that is still enjoined; the fight for the very soul of our nation. When so many of us were so down-hearted after the 2014 mid-terms, he rallied us as a good leader does, and sent us on our way to keep fighting the good fight. I am trying to emulate PBO’s attitude and example, but some days it is harder than others. Rant over.

  45. April 15, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Bernie has to poo poo Dodd-Frank in order to remain relevant…can Dodd-Frank be improved? sure it can…However it is working…but keep in mind… to make improvements you have to have a willing Congress…

  46. April 15, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Big trip next week!!

    • 145 jacquelineoboomer
      April 15, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      Wonder if the First Lady will attend the Queen event with the President … the Queen loved her when they met last time!

      (Asking for our dear bella. Ha.)

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