125 Responses to “President Obama On The Fatal Shootings Of Alton Sterling And Philando Castile”

  1. 1 MightyPamela
    July 7, 2016 at 10:13 pm


  2. 7 jacquelineoboomer
    July 7, 2016 at 10:22 pm

  3. 8 jacquelineoboomer
    July 7, 2016 at 10:24 pm

  4. 10 jacquelineoboomer
    July 7, 2016 at 10:28 pm

  5. 11 jacquelineoboomer
    July 7, 2016 at 10:33 pm

  6. 13 desertflower
    July 7, 2016 at 10:35 pm

  7. 14 ouapiti
    July 7, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    I cannot bear the thought of not having President Obama as our moral compass after this year. The country and the world will not be the same without him.

    • 15 MightyPamela
      July 7, 2016 at 11:45 pm

      {{{ ouapiti }}} I know, me too, but remember he has told is he’s not going anywhere, he will be Citizen Obama, and he will continue to be a force for good all over the world! I’m thinking there is not a single country anywhere which wouldn’t welcome the Obamas! But they love this country, so we are blessed! ❤ Keep you the Heart, TOD, there is much work to do, we must not allow anticipatory grief to slow us down!

  8. 17 magapie
    July 7, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    I believe something like 85%-90% of cops are decent and dedicated and perform a difficult, important and dangerous job well. Americans are appreciative and grateful of them. But that leaves 10%-15% that are bullies and cowboys, many are racists. Many are young and were immersed while growing up in violent movies and video games. THAT’S NOT AN EXCUSE, just part of the backdrop of these losers that have power they should never have. THEY SHOULD NOT BE IN THE JOB. Video after video reflects that these unhinged cops are TERRIFIED in the job, especially with African-American men. Of course being a cop is inherently dangerous and they must be alert and clear-eyed to the dangers they have accepted. But they must be calm, focused and highly trained. We see hysterical, repetitive screaming and fear from these cops in these videos. Of course the job has a scary aspect. But if an individual is THAT TERRIFIED in THAT job, they need to find different profession.

    • 18 amk for obama
      July 7, 2016 at 10:57 pm

      People world over don’t appreciate cops, they fear them. It is adversarial by design. I don’t believe in benign cops bs.

  9. 19 amk for obama
    July 7, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Barack Obama still liked around the world, survey suggests.

    Global support for US President Barack Obama appears to have lasted through his two terms in office, a survey of 18,000 people for the BBC suggests.

    More than 70% of people in 18 countries polled by Globescan think that his election was a good thing.

    Of the 19 countries surveyed, only the Russians had a negative view of him, with an approval rating of 18%.

    Countries with strong pro-Obama sentiments included Kenya, South Korea, the UK, France and Australia.

    The poll also asked whether the election of a female American president would change people’s view of the US.

    Nearly half said yes, but they did not specify whether this was negative or positive.

    More than 18,000 people worldwide were surveyed between December 2015 and May 2016.

    Last week, a global poll by Pew Research also indicated high approval ratings for Barack Obama around the world.


  10. July 7, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    I look at that first picture of POTUS and I am more convince. No 4 more years. POTUS need time to just relax and be with his family without all this added on pressure.

    • 22 Obama Grandmama
      July 7, 2016 at 11:17 pm

      Doris Kearns Goodwin, Presidential Historian speaks frequently about how stressful the job of the presidency is and of the importance of a way to deescalate the stress level. Indeed the two term limit is a necessity for the health of the person willing to take on this tremendous responsibility. She has mentioned the advanced speed of the aging process for these job holders. We will all miss the Obamas, but will appreciate their service to us and their continued volunteerism.

  11. 24 Dudette
    July 7, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Good stuff here!

  12. 25 Anna Luc
    July 7, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Hi TOD Community — I am re-posting this from the end of the previous thread. I am traumatized by these videos of murder. So I offer this link on self-care from Colorlines.com titled “4 Self-Care Resources for Days When the World is Terrible”. We must remember to heal our wounds in order to fight on.

    I really appreciate everyone who works to maintain this site. It is a source of information and comfort. Bless you.

  13. 28 desertflower
    July 7, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Watch. (NSFW)

  14. 29 Dudette
    July 7, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    So now there’s an active shooting going on in Dallas.

    I’m just numb!

  15. 35 desertflower
    July 7, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    Off to bed soon…cocktails have taken the edge off this day. We have to do better than this. A lot better.

  16. 41 Dudette
    July 7, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    What the hell is wrong with people?!!

  17. 42 amk for obama
    July 7, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    via bj

    When our elected officials treat the 2nd amendment as the most important part of government, nobody should be shocked that both the public and police resort to it to solve all problems.

  18. 44 vcprezofan2
    July 7, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    G’Night folks

  19. 45 Dudette
    July 7, 2016 at 11:54 pm

  20. 49 Don
    July 8, 2016 at 12:01 am

    This is a tough situation, you can’t ask me to recognize your humanity when you constantly fail to recognize my humanity.

  21. 50 Don
    July 8, 2016 at 12:13 am

    You want open carry, no problem.

  22. 55 Don
    July 8, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Now four officers have been killed.

  23. 56 Obama Grandmama
    July 8, 2016 at 12:15 am

    This sniper action in Dallas further complicates the injustice of the problem. Just as public sympathy that could help promote change is evident in yesterday’s murders the snipers’ actions will cement some attitudes in the opposite direction splitting the influence and causing alienation of public opinion. I hope this does not influence some people to go into the Donald Trump camp due to his toughness on terrorists talk.

  24. 58 Don
    July 8, 2016 at 12:21 am

    My family and I just got back from a cruise this morning, we took a five day cruise to Cozumel and Progreso. This time yesterday we were playing bingo with other cruise-goers. Life has a way of interrupting life.

  25. 59 Sandy1110
    July 8, 2016 at 12:29 am


    The police forces, police unions, and prosecutorial systems/juries REFUSE to hold these individual offenders accountable.

    Police keep committing heinous unjustified killing after heinous unjustified killing of black people, and the law enforcement system does everything possible to exonerate the offenders or ignore their actions.

    Do they really think people will just sit and take it? They plant ugly seeds of civil unrest and don’t think of the consequences.

    Holding the individual offenders accountable will start to ease tension. Arrogantly and defiantly ignoring murder after murder will not end well.

  26. 60 Don
    July 8, 2016 at 12:30 am

    Lawrence, don’t be an asshole, a person of interest is a suspect. Police might say he’s a person of interest, but they consider him a suspect.

  27. 61 Dudette
    July 8, 2016 at 12:31 am

    Media has been circulating photo of a guy as a supposed “person of interest” for like an hour. Black guy walking around with an assault rifle on his shoulder.

    I’m so glad my skepticism kept me from retweeting that photo as video has now surfaced showing him milling around confused along with the rest of the crowd.

    In fact he turned in the gun to police when the shooting took place. That poor guy could’ve been killed.

  28. 67 Obama Grandmama
    July 8, 2016 at 12:31 am

    I hope you’re right about the attitudes already cemented. I know a lot were. I am just a worry wart hoping some situation like the hostage situation during Carter’s run for his second term does not happen changing the outcome of the race. People are so easily manipulated by fear.

    • 68 arapaho415
      July 8, 2016 at 12:54 am

      GE OG.

      The last few days have truly been horrific, and this month will be a living hell.

      Trump blasts NATO, PBO is at NATO, (at least) one former Congressmen is threatening the fabric of our society, Trump will stir up more righteous anger from the a**holes who believe that bullying, ignorance and guns are the answer, and both Dem and GOP conventions are this month.

      Lots of people are comparing this to 1968, but aside from the horrific Vietnam War (which I was adamantly against), it seems worse now. More people, more rudeness, more guns, more lying by right-wing media while MSM treat this election as entertainment and a joke.

      I pray to the Heavens above that you’re wrong. Trump would be worse than when Palin was potentially a heartbeat away from the Presidency. He’s certifiably crazy, cares ONLY about himself and has zero impulse control.

      The hostage situation was a significant factor in Carter’s defeat — young’uns don’t remember, but we were bombarded with images of those blindfolded hostages every. single. day. But inflation was truly awful — young’uns don’t remember double-digit inflation (had friends back then who took out reverse amortized mortgages [meaning their balance *increased* every month] because mortgage rates were 21% APR) and the 1979 gas crisis, while not as bad as 1973 was still fresh in voters minds.

      The country and this world cannot afford a Trump presidency…

  29. 69 Dudette
    July 8, 2016 at 12:34 am

  30. 71 globalcitizenlinda
    July 8, 2016 at 12:35 am

    I always refrain from tweeting photos of a “suspect” when an incident is progress or has just happened because there is a potential to make a mistake during the initial reporting

  31. 72 Dudette
    July 8, 2016 at 12:36 am


  32. 78 Don
    July 8, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Oh lord, here comes Brian “Richard Pryor” Williams.

    • 79 jacquelineoboomer
      July 8, 2016 at 12:49 am

      I think it was yesterday Bri-Wi referred to President Obama as “President Reagan.” He just mentioned the area of the shootings in Dallas is near where President Kennedy was killed. I’m cringing that he’ll be calling him “President Kennedy” at some point tonight.


  33. July 8, 2016 at 12:36 am

    11 officers shot in Dallas Texas, 4 officers dead. What is going on with our country?

  34. 82 desertflower
    July 8, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Calling it a night…later guys.

    • 83 Don
      July 8, 2016 at 12:44 am

      Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite, not that you have bed bugs……um…..okay goodnight.

  35. 84 Dudette
    July 8, 2016 at 12:43 am

  36. 85 Dudette
    July 8, 2016 at 12:46 am

  37. 90 Dudette
    July 8, 2016 at 12:46 am

  38. 91 Dudette
    July 8, 2016 at 12:48 am

  39. 92 Dudette
    July 8, 2016 at 12:52 am

  40. 94 Dudette
    July 8, 2016 at 1:00 am

  41. 95 Dudette
    July 8, 2016 at 1:07 am

    A wise calm voice.

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  43. 98 Dudette
    July 8, 2016 at 1:12 am

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  45. 103 99ts
    July 8, 2016 at 1:15 am

    Dear heavens – I just saw all this on our news. But I keep reading that guns don’t kill and open carry is allowed in Texas. Talk about an upside down society.

    Stay safe out there my friends online – may you be close to your loved ones tonight

  46. 107 Dudette
    July 8, 2016 at 1:19 am

  47. 108 Dudette
    July 8, 2016 at 1:28 am

    • July 8, 2016 at 6:18 am

      Idiots like these right wing folks don’t get it, we have compassion, hurt, and yes anger when blacks are kill by police, and when police are kill by anyone. Right wingers only care about the officers being kill. I still believe if black cops were shooting down white folks these right wing haters would be having a dam fit.

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    • 112 99ts
      July 8, 2016 at 1:46 am

      Is the suspect white? Officers are negotiating? Why don’t they try this with other “suspects”

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  52. 118 Dudette
    July 8, 2016 at 2:17 am

    Not involved in the shooting

  53. 119 susanne
    July 8, 2016 at 4:57 am

    Meanwhile, an actually armed and crazy man is peacefully subdued because, well golly gee, he didn’t mean nothin by it.

  54. July 8, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Watch the right wing haters start talking how it’s President fault, it’s the people fault who was protesting, it’s the people fault who is against police officers. Stupid hateful people like that don’t understand no one is against police officers. If anything blacks feel let down by them. We know they have a tough job, we know that their are alot of good officers, we are just tired of seeing any interaction black folks have with officers end up with blacks folks dead. I am 100% sorry for the eleven officers shot, and six of them dead. But I also am sorry for that young man in Minnesota and Louisiana who were shot dead. And all the others.

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