The President Obama Era


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  1. June 1, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Love these tweets Nerdy. Thanks for all you do.

  2. 3 FoxfireTX
    June 1, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    I love that he goes to the heart of the Republican land to do this, and acknowledges that fact! He is READY for this election!

    • 4 Dudette
      June 1, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      Yes indeed!

    • 5 vcprezofan2
      June 1, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      Doesn’t it just make you smile, FfTX! 😀 PBO can proudly and confidently stand in a Republican stronghold because he is speaking nothing but the truth. I dare to believe that there will be intelligent Republicans there who will really hear his message. Also, I loved the way he told them it’s okay to disagree with him and choose whichever approach to governing appeals to them, but they should do it with their eyes wide open. What a leader! What a mighty authentic, intelligent leader! 🙂 🙂

      • 6 No Child Left Behind
        June 1, 2016 at 6:08 pm

        Indeed, VC.

      • 7 FoxfireTX
        June 1, 2016 at 6:20 pm

        And he does it with so much conviction and class. Doesn’t denigrate those who disagree with him. How can you not love this man? He remains such a force when campaigning. It was great to see him in this mode again.

  3. 8 Dudette
    June 1, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Best President Ever!

  4. 9 FoxfireTX
    June 1, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Has anyone else noticed the fact that Trump rarely mentions President Obama by name? I have concluded that PBO is the one person that Trump is afraid of, and should be with his scathing wit:-) He can take him down better than anyone.

    • 10 COS
      June 1, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      Totally agree FoxfireTX. President Obama is going to rip him to shreds on the campaign trail. PBO will be a loose cannon headed in the direction of DT. 🙂

    • 11 arapaho415
      June 1, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      GE FFTX.

      Seems that it’s more common than not for a sitting President not to mention an opponent’s name (elevates that person to his/her level) — in fact, it’s news when this happens.

      However, PBO is always ready for a quick comeback 😉 #BestSenseOfHumorInPresident since at least JFK.

  5. 12 Dudette
    June 1, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Yes! I agree with Eileen!

  6. 14 Dudette
    June 1, 2016 at 5:34 pm

  7. 15 Dudette
    June 1, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    • 16 arapaho415
      June 1, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      GE Dudette.

      Saw your tweets on previous thread about eagles vs. drones (how cool is that??? have ALWAYS loved raptor, and am excited whenever I see one — usually hawks here, but once saw a (golden?) eagle. 🙂

      It’s interesting that HRC will be at San Diego’s Balboa Park, one of the finest urban parks in the US — it’s essentially part of downtown San Diego and is celebrating it’s centennial now (opened for the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition) and is home of The Old Globe Theater and San Diego Zoo (which has a Jurassic Park feel to it).

      If I still lived in San Diego, would love to attend — coastal SoCal April-May-Jun 1 weather has been absolutely perfect (highs in low 70s 🙂 ).

      • 17 Dudette
        June 1, 2016 at 6:59 pm

        Hi Arapaho! Way cool!

        I’ve spent a night in a San Diego hotel eons ago while passing through town. Never got a chance to get out and look around. Really want to go back and visit the city sometime.

        • 18 arapaho415
          June 1, 2016 at 7:15 pm

          Let me know if you do, will give you some insider tips (don’t know anything at all about tourist tips, i.e., places to stay, since I’ve never booked a hotel room there).

          Since you enjoy Shakespeare, I’d recommend purchasing tickets to the Old Globe Theater (Shakespeare plays only in the summer, other plays are performed during other seasons). It can get steamy in August/September if there’s a tropical storm off Mexico, but it’s a tropical kind of heat/humidity, and a lot of venues are outside so there’s almost always a welcoming breeze off the ocean/bay).

          We can exchange e-mail addresses before the end of PBO’s term 😦 — think there will be a lot of that going on here at TODville as Jan 20 draws nearer. 😦 😦 😦

      • June 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm

        Howdy, Arapaho!

        You know how much drones intrigue me….I’m assuming this is the same Dutch firm you were referring to 😕

        “Several U.S. cities and states are currently considering laws to regulate the small, personal-use quadcopters we’ve all agreed to call “drones,” but once those laws are in place, how do you stop drone pilots who violate them? The Dutch National Police are way ahead of us on that one: They’ve been training eagles to take down unruly drones…..continued”

  8. 21 jacquelineoboomer
    June 1, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    • 22 99ts
      June 1, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      That road sure looks like it needs resurfacing – low taxes – no infrastructure, no maintenance – the GOP in action

        June 1, 2016 at 8:19 pm


    • 25 desertflower
      June 1, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      Saw that, vc:) And this…h/t Balloon Juice

      ” The idea that Trump is wealthy to the tune of his oft-claimed $10 billion dollars, combined with his utter lack of transparency regarding his fantasy financial statements left little to go on. For political professionals, due diligence required we assume he could bring serious cash to the game.

      By August of last year, I was working to convince major donors that Trump would be a destructive force and likely throw the race to Hillary Clinton. One moment from that period sticks with me as a turning point in my thinking about Trump’s money; a major Wall Street donor laughed when I told him we’d need to mount a serious and fully-funded effort to take on Trump if he chose to self fund.

      My friend scoffed at the very idea that Trump was worth even a quarter of the mythical $10 billion, much less that he was liquid to the tune of more than $200 million. “He’s not a billionaire. I’m a billionaire. He’s a clown living on credit.”

      The evidence is mounting, and quickly, that his promises to fund his campaign are just one more Trump con; a shell, a hollow edifice of fake-it-til-you-make-it. Trump, is by the standards of 99.9% of Americans, a wealthy man, but he’s not liquid enough to fund an actual modern campaign. It’s not simply that he doesn’t have the money; it’s that his mythos requires that no one ever figure out that he doesn’t have the money.”


      • 26 vcprezofan2
        June 1, 2016 at 7:23 pm

        Somewhat scary that Trump’s been able to get away with using this scam model over and over, Df.

  9. 27 No Child Left Behind
    June 1, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Good afternoon TODVille!

    Peeping to say that today’s speech by POTUS should be THE speech during the summer by the Democratic presidential nominee (or HRC) and Democrats seeking election and reelection at all levels. But, the Great Senator Che Sanderista from Vermont will continue to offer his KILL THE BILLIONAIRES AND MILLIONAIRES speech to the pleasure of his young revolutionaries to no avail.

  10. 28 arapaho415
    June 1, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    GA/GE TODville.


    PBO certainly knows just what to do to get the #ObamaCoalition to wake up out of its doldrums from this appalling (and seemingly endless) primary season.

    Check out Meta’s timeline for great tweets and RT’s about PBO’s inspirational speech (hard to believe it was almost an hour long, compelling from beginning to end).

    And for TODville’s go-getters like JackieG and GGail, here’s some great advice.

    Here’s my twitter commentary on PBO’s #Elkhart speech — new must-have #hashtags for #Campaign2016:

    more about the last #hashtag…

    • 29 arapaho415
      June 1, 2016 at 6:34 pm

        June 1, 2016 at 8:25 pm


          June 1, 2016 at 8:39 pm


  11. June 1, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    The CEO of FX Networks, John Landgraf, and the VP of Current Series at FX Networks, Colette Wilson, join June Thomas and showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields to talk about the process of creating The Americans, the importance of storytellers, and the significance of the movie, The Day After. (In Soundcloud link)

    “For years Donald Heathfield, Tracey Foley and their two children lived the American dream. Then an FBI raid revealed the truth: they were agents of Putin’s Russia. Their sons tell their story….im Foley turned 20 on 27 June 2010. To celebrate, his parents took him and his younger brother Alex out for lunch at an Indian restaurant not far from their home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Both brothers were born in Canada, but for the past decade the family had lived in the US. The boys’ father, Donald Heathfield, had studied in Paris and at Harvard, and now had a senior role at a consultancy firm based in Boston. Their mother, Tracey Foley, had spent many years focused on raising her children, before taking a job as a real estate agent. To those who knew them, they seemed a very ordinary American family, albeit with Canadian roots and a penchant for foreign travel. Both brothers were fascinated by Asia, a favoured holiday destination, and the parents encouraged their sons to be inquisitive about the world: Alex was only 16, but had just returned from a six-month student exchange in Singapore. After a buffet lunch, the four returned home and opened a bottle of champagne to toast Tim reaching his third decade. The brothers were tired; they had thrown a small house party the night before to mark Alex’s return from Singapore, and Tim planned to go out later. After the champagne, he went upstairs to message his friends about the evening’s plans. There came a knock at the door, and Tim’s mother called up that his friends must have come early, as a surprise….

    …At the door, she was met by a different kind of surprise altogether: a team of armed, black-clad men holding a battering ram. They streamed into the house, screaming, “FBI!” Another team entered from the back; men dashed up the stairs, shouting at everyone to put their hands in the air. Upstairs, Tim had heard the knock and the shouting, and his first thought was that the police could be after him for underage drinking: nobody at the party the night before had been 21, and Boston police took alcohol regulations seriously. When he emerged on to the landing, it became clear the FBI was here for something far more serious. The two brothers watched, stunned, as their parents were put in handcuffs and driven away in separate black cars….Alex presumed there had been some mistake – the wrong house, or a mix-up over his father’s consultancy work. Donald travelled frequently for his job; perhaps this had been confused with espionage. At worst, perhaps he had been tricked by an international client. Even when the brothers heard on the radio a few days later that 10 Russian spies had been rounded up across the US, in an FBI operation dubbed Ghost Stories, they remained sure there had been a terrible mistake. But the FBI had not made a mistake, and the truth was so outlandish, it defied comprehension. Not only were their parents indeed Russian spies, they were Russians. The man and woman the boys knew as Mom and Dad really were their parents, but their names were not Donald Heathfield and Tracey Foley. Those were Canadians who had died long ago, as children; their identities had been stolen and adopted by the boys’ parents. Their real names were Andrei Bezrukov and Elena Vavilova. They were both born in the Soviet Union, had undergone training in the KGB and been dispatched abroad as part of a Soviet programme of deep-cover secret agents, known in Russia as the “illegals”. After a slow-burning career building up an ordinary North American background, the pair were now active agents for the SVR, the foreign spy agency of modern Russia and a successor to the KGB. They, along with eight other agents, had been betrayed by a Russian spy who had defected to the Americans….continued”

  12. 34 JER
    June 1, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    The President departs Indiana. Click here ► ► http://www.wndu.com/livestream

  13. 35 Dudette
    June 1, 2016 at 7:06 pm

  14. 36 Dudette
    June 1, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Yay FLOTUS! 😘
    Yay Library and Museum Honorees! 😘

  15. 38 Dudette
    June 1, 2016 at 7:14 pm

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  17. 40 JER
    June 1, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    President Obama departs Indiana.

      June 1, 2016 at 8:22 pm


  18. 42 JER
    June 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    In Colorado…

  19. 45 hopefruit2
    June 1, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Good evening Nerdy & TOD! I think I’m just in time to catch our President’s townhall at 8PM. 🙂

    I have to watch his earlier speech which I missed and could only follow from Twitter! Thanks Nerdy for posting the video 🙂 So much catching up to do…so little time…

  20. 46 Dudette
    June 1, 2016 at 7:38 pm

  21. 47 Dudette
    June 1, 2016 at 7:39 pm

  22. 48 Dudette
    June 1, 2016 at 7:39 pm

  23. 49 Dudette
    June 1, 2016 at 7:40 pm

  24. June 1, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    h/t: BT

    David Neiwert

    Yesterday at 11:23am ·

    Friends may have noticed that I have become very cranky of late on the subject of voting for Hillary Clinton in the general election. Put into simple terms: If you are a ‪#‎NeverHillary‬ voter — or a Trump voter, which in the end is the same thing — just unfriend me now. You are not a friend of mine.

    I have spent the past 14 years trying to warn the public about the proto-fascist threat coming down the road at us through the auspices of the increasingly radicalized conservative movement and its official organ, the Republican Party. I’ve even published two books describing this threat — five and six years before it actually emerged.

    During that time, I’ve received fair amounts of praise from my fellow progressives for the work I’ve done exposing these trends, and lots of pats on the head. But what I’ve noticed is that many progressives are only interested in using this information as a hammer for bashing conservatives with, rather than taking seriously the underlying issues it exposes, particularly the progressive abandonment of rural areas. And I know that, when I’m not around, a lot of these progressives have been happy to characterize me as an alarmist.

    Well, now those trends have all come home to roost, and that “alarmism” has proven precisely accurate. The warnings have come true in no small part not just because conservatives drove their bus over the cliff, but because many progressives — especially those in institutional progressive organizations — did not take them seriously either, and took few steps to address the underlying dynamic. And this is especially true of the leftist ideologues who seem to think that all you have to do is magically elect a progressive president and everything will be better, because their failures to keep the ball rolling in between presidential elections led to the rise of the Tea Party and the enshrinement of the radicalization of the American right.

    And now these same, clueless progressives are insisting that — even with the steam train of extremist right-wing populism, the historical foundation of all fascist movements, heading straight towards them in the form of the Trump candidacy — their Purity of Essence will keep them from ever voting for the last remaining politician capable of keeping him from attaining the presidency.

    Look, I support the Sanders campaign’s desire to take their movement into the convention, since I support most components of their agenda (though not all). I think progressives need to push the Clinton camp leftward — not just now, but after the election too. You’ll not hear me disparage the Sanders campaign and its doggedness.

    But if you can’t understand that a Donald Trump presidency would be an extinction-level event for American democracy — and especially if you are so fanatically blinkered that you think that Clinton and Trump are actually comparable or similar — then you have neither paid any attention to the matters that I’ve spent the past 14 years focused on, and/or you simply have no respect for it. You are, on a very deep level, no friend of mine.

    So you can just go hit that “Unfriend” button now. Because if you don’t, I will get around to it eventually.

  25. June 1, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    POTUS looks great, relaxed and confident!!

  26. June 1, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    So far, Gwen Ifill is making sure we get an overdose of RWNJ talking points.

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  30. June 1, 2016 at 8:30 pm


    As always, the comments are better than the post itself.


    Damon Young, 6/1/16

    They say it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert at something. (They’re wrong when they say that, but they still say that anyway.) Well, iconic actor and professional stately motherfucker Morgan Freeman turns 79 today for the 79th time. Which means he’s had 700,000 hours worth of practice of being 79. Which means no one has ever been or will ever be better at being 79 than Morgan Freeman is.

    In honor of his 79th 79th birthday, lets look at this gallery of Morgan Freeman through the years of being 79.

  31. June 1, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Don’t judge a book by its cover:

    June 1, 2016 at 8:33 pm


  33. June 1, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Twitter Truth:

    The Slaves Singing
    24h24 hours ago
    Why don’t white people “understand” Trump when y’all eat with his supporters? What’s the mystery? Look across the dinner table for answers

  34. June 1, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    h/t @Stonekettle

  35. June 1, 2016 at 9:01 pm

  36. June 1, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Thousands of voters in limbo after Kansas demands proof they’re American
    Wed Jun 1, 2016 9:53am EDT

    After moving to Kansas, Tad Stricker visited a state motor vehicle office to perform what he thought was the routine task of getting a new driver’s license and registering to vote.

    It was a familiar procedure for Stricker, 37, who has moved from state to state frequently in his work as a hotel manager. He filled out a voter registration form and got his driver’s license. He was not asked for more documents, he said.

    So he was stunned when he tried to cast a ballot in November 2014 and was told he was not on the voter rolls. A month later, a letter from the state said why: His registration had been placed “in suspense” because he had failed to meet a state requirement he did not know about – proving he was an American.

    Spurred by Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a national leader in pushing for anti-immigration and voting changes, more than 36,000 Kansas residents have joined Stricker in limbo since early 2013 under a state law that raises a new and higher barrier to voting in the United States: proof of citizenship.

  37. 68 JER
    June 1, 2016 at 9:19 pm

  38. June 1, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Good evening, TOD.

  39. 71 JER
    June 1, 2016 at 9:30 pm

  40. 77 amk for obama
    June 1, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    I see that the fraud donnor dreck’s ‘university’ scam is being exposed at least bbc.


    what about the murkan news media?

  41. 78 Ladyhawke
    June 1, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    On the other side, Republicans have chosen to go in a bit of a different direction. From a field of 17 governors, senators, business leaders, and brain surgeons, the party of Lincoln has chosen Donald of House Trump, Builder of Walls, Banner of Muslims, King of Debt, Father of Trolls, and Little-Fingered Tweeter of Sick Burns, Wack-Job Conspiracies, and White Resentment. In this campaign, Trump has been called “utterly amoral,” a “con artist,” a “fraud,” a “pathological liar,” a “serial philanderer,” a “narcissistic egomaniac,” a “race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot,” the “Kim Kardashian of politics,” “ISIL Man of the Year,” a “cancer on conservatism,” and an “orange-faced windbag” who shouldn’t have access to the nuclear codes. And those are just the views of his fellow Republicans.

  42. 80 Don
    June 1, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    I think secretly some Republicans can’t wait for President Obama to put his foot in Trump’s ass.

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