73 Responses to “President Obama Honors The 2016 NCAA Champion Villanova Wildcats”

  1. 1 jackiegrumbacher
    May 31, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Hi Nerdy. Hope you’re doing well.

  2. 2 Ceb
    May 31, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Nerdy, thanks so much for the yeoman’s service you have done so well in substituting for Chips while she is away caring for her Mum. We are so lucky to have you.

  3. 3 MadameSoph
    May 31, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Thanks for keeping TOD running Nerdy! Your extra time and attention on our behalf is appreciated!

  4. 4 MadameSoph
    May 31, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Hear you go Dudette…. Just keep on walking; nothing to see here 🙂

  5. 7 hopefruit2
    May 31, 2016 at 4:57 pm

  6. 8 desertflower
    May 31, 2016 at 5:20 pm


    Paul Ryan is angry with Donald Trump, not so much for failing to espouse conservative values, as for exposing America’s dirty little secret — white rage: that deep-seated determination to block black progress in this country. For years, conservative politicians have relied upon the cover of high-minded principles and slogans – “protecting the integrity of the ballot box,” or waging a “war on drugs” — in order to cloak their determination to restrict African Americans’ citizenship rights. The racism fueling Trump’s campaign and his followers, however, is so overt, that it is undoing decades of hard covert work by the GOP.

    When Trump didn’t immediately disavow an endorsement from Klansman David Duke; when the GOP front-runner condoned the beatings African Americans endured at his campaign rallies; and when 20 percent of his followers insisted that the Emancipation Proclamation, which ended slavery, was bad policy, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan’s carefully stitched plan of “racism with plausible deniability” began to unravel.

    Shortly before he died, Reagan’s strategist Lee Atwater explained the game plan of the Southern Strategy in a matter-of-fact clinical policy. “By 1968 you can’t say ‘n***r’ — that hurts you, backfires,” Atwater emphasized. “So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff. And you’re getting so abstract now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.” But Donald Trump doesn’t do abstract and that is what has sent the GOP into a tizzy.

    • May 31, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      this is what I’ve been saying…

      this isn’t about the POLICY positions of Trump..

      it’s that he doesn’t speak in dogwhistles.

  7. 10 MightyPamela
    May 31, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Within 2 minutes of posting, the WH post on being prepared for disaster has 137 likes. Because, well, Obama, eh? ❤️🌹🙏🏻🌹❤️

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  9. May 31, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    this is Incredible…

  10. 16 Ladyhawke
    May 31, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    • 17 MightyPamela
      May 31, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      For sure the giant meteor would do less damage to the planet than electing an a-hole like this to ‘lead’…

  11. 18 mtmarilyn
    May 31, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Good afternoon TODville. After 6 days without the Internet I have missed TOD. I did find out if you have 1x and 1 bar on your phone you can read Twitter and Facebook. You can text but no calls. We had a wonderful time but am ready to be home. Another 2 hours before home. Anxious to catch up.

    Is Chips mother worse? Have kept all in my prayers.

    Now to see how much reading I can get done before home. I do love my phone.

  12. 19 vcprezofan2
    May 31, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Hey, JO’B, did you see this?


    To her credit, Clinton (and her team) realized that what she had said wasn’t enough. So she set about trying to fix it. She called in to Chuck Todd’s “Meet the Press Daily” on Thursday and offered this up:

    I said this many times, it was still a mistake. If I could go back, I would do it differently. And I understand people have concerns about this, but I hope and expect voters to look at the full picture of everything I’ve done and stand for. And the full threat posed by Donald Trump. If they do, I have faith in the American people that they will make the right choice.

    Why is this so much better than Clinton’s answer to Univision? Let’s count the ways:

    1. She says she made a mistake: Every time Clinton talks about her email issues — particularly in light of the State Department IG report — she should make sure to include the phrase “I have acknowledged and continue to believe this was a mistake.” Even if she doesn’t believe that — and it’s virtually impossible to know whether she does — saying it disarms people. It shows them that she gets it — that she “would do it differently” if she could go back. Contrition in politics is a very good thing. It can buy you tons of goodwill. And Clinton needs that.

    2. She doesn’t dismiss people’s concerns, but adds context:

    3. She reminds people that the only other choice they have in this election is Donald Trump

    Ideally, Clinton would have offered this response as soon as she was asked about the IG report on Wednesday. She didn’t, but she deserves some credit for figuring out the right answer — eventually.


    • 20 99ts
      May 31, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      Given what she knew then, I don’t think it was a mistake. It was the best way to get the information needed. If it has the result of sorting out government computer systems – that is a good thing.

      Did Powell ever say what he did was a “mistake”? Not that I have ever noticed.

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  14. May 31, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Has there been any commentary about Roots on the any of the shows today…

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  17. 25 Dudette
    May 31, 2016 at 6:58 pm

  18. 26 Dudette
    May 31, 2016 at 7:01 pm

  19. 27 Dudette
    May 31, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Roots Part 2 is tonight at 9:00

  20. 30 Dudette
    May 31, 2016 at 7:24 pm

  21. 31 Dudette
    May 31, 2016 at 7:25 pm

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  24. 34 jacquelineoboomer
    May 31, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    This is so great. Can’t stop chuckling over it. I could just see the look on the President’s face!

  25. 35 FoxfireTX
    May 31, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Good evening TOD! I haven’t posted in quite some time but still check in nearly every day. Came across a very interesting article on Hillary that I haven’t seen posted here. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/05/hillary-clinton-candidacy.html?mid=twitter_nymag
    This question really brought me up short.

    “It’s worth asking to what degree charisma, as we have defined it, is a masculine trait. Can a woman appeal to the country in the same way we are used to men doing it?”

    And it made me wonder, how much do we push our girls to be “out there” in the same ways boys seem to be? As a litigator, I was in the spotlight often but never was truly comfortable with it and to this day prefer a behind the scenes role. And while I was thrilled my daughter was a poet and performer at a young age, I never made a conscious effort or asked myself this question. But I will now be more conscious of it with my grand-daughter and may well do some things differently with her.

    In any event, thought it may well be of interest to many of you as it was to me. One of the many ways in which sexism in this country still plays a significant role.

    • 36 arapaho415
      May 31, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      GE FoxfireTX.

      Haven’t read the article, and need to tend to my gardening chores while it’s still light on the west coast now.

      But recall seeing an article quite some time ago (20 years, maybe?) in Psychology Today — the cover story was about charisma, and they offered examples of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck as having that indefinable “something.”

      Either could walk into a room and drew people to them with their grace, elegance and charisma — the same thing that Barack and Michelle Obama possess — they’ve got that indefinable “it”… charisma.

      What’s changed IMHO over the past 20 years is that role models for young women that tabloids and MSM push down our throats now have thrown grace and elegance out the window. It’s pretty hard to be charismatic when you’re essentially naked — just my opinion, sure there will be resounding dissent.

    • 37 MadameSoph
      May 31, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      Thank you FoxFire! This was excellent! Just read the entire article. It’s a long read, but worth it – very detailed and intimate.

      The question of female “charisma” is interesting. It occurs to me that for women, the idea of “charisma” usually invokes a sexual element. I think that is why, when we are trying to be taken seriously, or remain safe, we pull back rather than put ourselves “out there”. If women or girls are attacked sexually, any display of confidence or “charisma” is usually pointed to in an effort (conscious or unconscious) to blame her for being a target. I think that is one of many reasons why we reduce ourselves, why we surrender being the center of attention, in the public sphere.

      Some of my fave quotes from the article:

      “Clinton’s holistic view of intersecting challenges and multi-tentacled solutions — tax incentives, subsidies, wage hikes, pay protections — is weirdly thrilling in its expansive perspicacity. But it does not fit on a T-shirt. It does not sound good at a rally. You cannot even really show it on the local news, because it is not as simple as, say, “Free college!”

      “She talked grimly about the health center we had just visited, and about the Republican governor’s efforts to dismantle Kentucky’s health-care exchange, one of the most successful in the nation. She mused about how sad it is that voters’ anger toward Obama in 2012 left them here, four years later, about to lose the health-care benefits he fought for. ”

      “Of course a woman who wants to land in the Oval Office is going to have to get past an aggressive reality-TV star who has literally talked about his penis in a debate. For all the hand-wringing about how she will hold up against a bully who has already made it clear he will attack her in the most shameless ways imaginable, Clinton seems extremely pleased about the prospect of running against him. “I’m actually looking forward to it,” she told me. “See, I don’t think it’s as fraught with complexity as some people are suggesting. I think the trap is not to get drawn in on his terms. We saw what happened to those Republicans who tried.”

      When asked about red or purple states that might be in play for the general:

      “Texas!” she exclaimed, eyes wide, as if daring me to question this, which I did. “You are not going to win Texas,” I said. She smiled, undaunted. “If black and Latino voters come out and vote, we could win Texas,” she told me firmly, practically licking her lips.”

      • 38 MadameSoph
        May 31, 2016 at 8:48 pm

        P.S. Could her comments about Texas being in play be a signal that Tom Perez (my personal pick) or Julian Castro might be the VP choice?

      • 39 FoxfireTX
        May 31, 2016 at 9:16 pm

        MS, glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. One of the better pieces I’ve read in quite some time. Your question on sexuality is part of it, that always comes into play no matter how it is or is not played up. I remember in those old attacks on Hillary the quote by many that she was unfuckable, and we still see it in comments today in various ways. The other part is simply having to deal with the fact that our sex in and of itself has to be discussed. For most of my career, I was usually the only woman in the courtroom other than the court reporters and possibly legal assistants. I will never forget my anger in one very high profile case and hearing where the first thing the judge commented on that day was my appearance. And he was a progressive! He meant it as a compliment but then it got worse when he apologized and later brought me back to chambers to apologize again. Sigh. It’s not just doing it backwards and in high heels, but everything else that goes along with it. I was not an HRC supporter in 2008 but during this election cycle I have come to admire her in addition to supporting her. She seems much more comfortable in her own skin this time around, I suspect in part it comes with being a grandparent. Many of us are now at that age where it just doesn’t matter the way it used to.

        I agree that Michelle has that charisma factor as well but there aren’t many women it is applied to in a non-sexual way. As you noted, there were so many interesting things in that article, it really struck a chord with me. And I will much more consciously seek to influence young women to put themselves out there.

        But alas, I find it hard to believe that TX could really be in play this election cycle. We worked so damned hard for PBO here and it had little impact. And now we have Cruz……..who I am afraid will be re-elected here. At least in North Texas, even the Dems are Republican lite to my ears:-)

        • 40 MadameSoph
          May 31, 2016 at 11:47 pm

          Thanks for your thoughts and story Foxfire! I have had a similar experience getting comfortable with HRC’s candidacy this time around and I have made the exact same observations about her. At first I was like, “No, not the Clintons again. We need someone fresh!” But now I’ve come to feel that HRC is exactly what we need after PBO. I mean, realistically, no one would be able to follow PBO’s record of transformation; no one could be the leader he has been to people around the world. He is a once in a lifetime leader. Can you imagine any other politician dropping the mic (literally!) and not coming across hella goofy? Expecting an equally inspiring and transformative figure after PBO would be setting ourselves up for disappointment.

          HRC’s experience and relationships in Congress, with business people and with world leaders, as well as her years of experience in the political game, and, yes, her mistakes, gives her the skills required to keep the ship steady after the PBO years of transformation. Plus, for children growing up during the first part of this century, the idea that US Presidents only look a certain way will be completely shattered.

          Michelle does have charisma and is an accomplished professional and an inspiring speaker herself, but we have seen how vile she has been treated, even as FLOTUS. If she were running for office it would be exponentially worse!

          It’s just growing pains I guess. We have seen 8 years of racism exposed and now we can look forward to another 8 years (knock on wood) of misogyny. But we are growing, and those ceilings are shattering.

          You’re probably right about Texas, but hey, I can dream….PBO won Indiana in 2008! 🙂

          • 41 FoxfireTX
            June 1, 2016 at 12:37 am

            You are so correct, it IS progress. I was so shocked at the blatant racism in the 2008 campaign and in some ways there has been less misogyny this time around than I expected. And when you think back to how the “face” of America has changed it is miraculous. My grand kids have only known a black President and First Family in the WH! And hopefully what they will see next is a woman in that chair. I also think you are correct that HRC is in fact the best person to follow in PBO’s footsteps. I took a break from here and politics after Joe decided not to run. Just couldn’t bear the thought. But HRC has grown, as both a candidate and person, and I am now comfortable with her as the nominee. But I am counting the days until November, just can’t take much more of DT. And I am confident that PBO is correct when he says that DT will never be president. I just hope the entire Republican party blows itself up in the process. I cannot ever forgive them for the damage they have done to this country in their efforts to take down President Obama.

  26. May 31, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    NW, does this apply to your situation?

    • 43 Nerdy Wonka
      June 1, 2016 at 7:46 am

      Hello Meta.

      Thanks for the update.

      I don’t think so.

      I’m not the only one experiencing the GIF issue when using the add photos or videos button. I asked other Mac users and they are experiencing the same thing and all they’re trying to upload is animated GIFS. The same GIF will upload on an iPhone but not a Mac. I’ve even tried using various types of GIFS I’ve used in the past and it works perfectly well on the iPhone but not on Mac.

      PC users aren’t having that issue on their desktops, tablets, or laptops. Their GIFS work well on their PCs and Android smartphones.

  27. 44 Nerdy Wonka
    May 31, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    6 minutes until the unvarnished Roots remake.

    *braces self*

    My body is ready.

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  29. 52 vcprezofan2
    June 1, 2016 at 12:23 am

    10:39pm our last comment!!! TODobots are aging rapidly – they can no longer stay awake at night. G’Night & sweet dreams!

    • 53 jacquelineoboomer
      June 1, 2016 at 1:00 am

      Don’t kid yourself – I was just waiting for you!

      Actually, just coming back here to say goodnight to TODville and all the ships at sea! Sleep well, VC!

    • 54 Dudette
      June 1, 2016 at 1:54 am

      Whatchoo talkin bout, Willis?

  30. 55 Dudette
    June 1, 2016 at 1:51 am

    POTUS sing’s Rihanna’s “Work” 😆😆😜


  31. 56 Dudette
    June 1, 2016 at 1:57 am

  32. 57 Dudette
    June 1, 2016 at 1:58 am

  33. 58 Dudette
    June 1, 2016 at 1:58 am

  34. 59 Dudette
    June 1, 2016 at 2:00 am

  35. 60 Dudette
    June 1, 2016 at 2:04 am

  36. 61 Dudette
    June 1, 2016 at 2:06 am

  37. 62 Dudette
    June 1, 2016 at 2:20 am

  38. 63 Dudette
    June 1, 2016 at 2:25 am

    Good note on which to end the day/night!
    See you soon! 😄


  39. June 1, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Good morning TOD!

    The collateral consequences of war are always deplorable …

  40. June 1, 2016 at 7:44 am

  41. June 1, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Very sweet …

    Take care everyone … bbl ….

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