A Rose For The President


Pete Souza: President Obama smells a rose given to him by Sophia Ahmadi, 2, during the Eid al-Fitr reception yesterday.

163 Responses to “A Rose For The President”

  1. 5 idon
    July 22, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    I love the pic above. A beautiful rose. That’s my President.

  2. July 22, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    LOVE LOVE THIS PIC look at the litter girl. She is awed ♡

  3. 7 susanne
    July 22, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Nerdy Wonka, you are the champion of TOD! Every day I see your name at the top of all the posts, and I hope you know how much we all appreciate your work! We love and miss Miss Chips very much, and we also love and thank you ❤ !!

  4. 9 No Child Left Behind
    July 22, 2016 at 5:06 pm

  5. 10 99ts
    July 22, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    gm from my world TOD. Congrats on 1st Bill. Some random thoughts

    Why does western media report EVERY shooting as if our lives depended on knowing about it. The more publicity these people get, the more they will use guns to spread their rhetoric of hate.

    Yesterday was the hottest July day on record in my world – where it is the middle of winter. Top Temp 29C (84F) minimum this morning 20C (68F)
    This is so much more important to the future of our world than guns in Munich or Donald Trump’s hate, but the media and RW politics still deny we have a problem

    So nice to visit TOD – I don’t see an announcement from Hillary – am I missing something?

  6. 11 jackiegrumbacher
    July 22, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Spent all of the afternoon setting up our Dem presence at our county fair. We were putting up a Hillary cut out and setting out display signs when a teacher came by and asked for all the Hillary material she could get. She said that she and her colleagues were terrified by Trump’s speech last night and were committed to getting Hillary elected. She also took a bunch of voter registration forms so she could register those of her students who will be 18 in November. This is the kind of energy and commitment we have to channel to get the turnout we need in November. I was really elated at the way that Trump helped do our work for us.

  7. July 22, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    I love how the right wing Obama haters were sitting in the audience just loving Melania Trump’s speech, then they learn it was Michelle Obama speech. Isn’t that sweet?

  8. 18 MightyPamela
    July 22, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    My heart, my heart. ❤️🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻❤️ Follow the Child, for their hearts are not yet corrupted and they see clearly through the lens of the Heart.

  9. July 22, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    A little levity before your weekend begins 🙂

  10. 20 Nena20409
    July 22, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Congrats, Bill R on your Au ⭐

  11. July 22, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Still nothing from Hillary Clinton.

  12. 22 jacquelineoboomer
    July 22, 2016 at 5:51 pm

  13. 23 jacquelineoboomer
    July 22, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    I heard somewhere earlier (how’s that for background) that one of the possible lesser-talked-about VP candidates for Hillary’s consideration was Charlie Christ, former FL governor … who just happens to be in her audience in Tampa.

    Conspiracy! Conspiracy! 🙂

  14. July 22, 2016 at 5:58 pm


  15. July 22, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    A beautiful photo, and Pete Souza has taken so many beautiful ones!

    • 35 CEB
      July 22, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      The last part with the children is so precious. I love how fiercely PBO and MO love all children. More importantly, they have set in place life changing policies, programs, and traditions that will help today’s children change tomorrow’s world for the better.

  16. July 22, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    I thought Hillary was suppose to announce her VP candidate. I just finish listening to her and she did not do that.

  17. 38 MightyPamela
    July 22, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    PBO celebrating 55 years on this earth in another 2 weeks. For a change of pace, and some stimulating and thoughtful perspective, I heartily recommend reading the work and writing of my dear friend, Alan Oken:

    Sun into Leo tomorrow (tho I am a little unclear on exactly what time, forgive me. Tricky times for MP) ❤️🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻❤️

  18. July 22, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    well just got the ‘call”
    trump begging for money…. 646 600 8266

  19. July 22, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Love Hillary’s closing statement this afternoon…. REMEMBER “LOVEtrumpsHATE

      July 22, 2016 at 6:39 pm


    July 22, 2016 at 6:43 pm


  21. 47 CEB
    July 22, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    It’s 6:45 EST and still no announcement; I thought sure that she would get it in for the news cycle so that her pick would be everything that was reported and discussed over the weekend instead of the Republican shit show.
    Thanks to NW and everyone else who had the strong stomachs to watch portions of the feeding frenzy this week and to report on it. I needed the distance of print to see what was going on (my stomach literally turns at the sight of the entitled buffoon, his progeny, and the sycophantic media that serve them up.

  22. 48 mtmarilyn
    July 22, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    I guess wiki leaks dumped some DNC emails and all the Bernie people are all upset. Say see the DNC wanted Hillary and rigged the whole thing. I want to scream at them of course they want Hillary, Bernie isn’t a Democrat. Now once again they say they won’t vote for Dems. Now after listening to the RNC for a week they are more concerned about the past and not with what is ahead. What a selfish group of people they are.

  23. July 22, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    A Voting Rights Story
    Injustice in North Carolina
    By Sam Fulwood III |
    Friday, July 22, 2016


    Voting rights in retreat in North Carolina—and across the nation
    On its surface, this is a story about Mickey Michaux and his lifetime accomplishments. But in its full truth, this story is about a simple and basic American right: voting.

    More specifically, it’s about North Carolina’s current effort to retreat from the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This landmark legislative tour de force played a significant part in moving this nation closer to its founding ideals of political self-governance for every citizen of the land.

    Today, North Carolina is at the center of a national struggle to preserve what remains of the Voting Rights Act. In the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 Shelby County v. Holder decision, the section of the Voting Rights Act that required all or parts of 15 states to get the approval of the federal government before making changes in voting law was effectively repealed. Since then, conservative legislators in the Tar Heel state have passed a set of laws that its proponents argue are needed to safeguard against voter fraud, but which actually rescinded voting rights in the state.

    North Carolina is not alone: Several state legislatures are insisting voters show photo identification or imposing other restrictions. One onerous law in Texas could affect more than a half million voters who lack proper ID. In Arizona, lawmakers imposed rules for registering, early voting, and provisional voting, which resulted in widespread confusion and long lines in March’s presidential primary.

    But in North Carolina, the new restrictions did more than just require voters to present photo identification. It ordered reductions in the number of early-voting days, ended same-day registration, and ended preregistration policies that allowed teenagers to qualify to register to vote before their 18th birthday. None of this would have been possible if the Voting Rights Act were still functionally in place.

    “This is not a photo ID bill,” said the Rev. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP, one of the lead plaintiffs suing the state. “The court ruled on the most sweeping, retrogressive voter suppression bill that we have seen since the 19th century and since Jim Crow and the worst in the nation since the Shelby decision.”

  24. 50 jacquelineoboomer
    July 22, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Conspiracy! Conspiracy! 🙂

    • 51 susanne
      July 22, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      lord, I hope so.

      but honestly, is this the ideal time and day for her to announce? Friday afternoon, everybody worn out from the rwnj circus?

      • 52 jacquelineoboomer
        July 22, 2016 at 7:27 pm

        Hi, susanne. Well, Monday starts the convention … maybe she wants to get the VP pick out and about this weekend? Dunno. But you are right – Friday evening is not the best news cycle.

  25. July 22, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Why Have Leslie Jones’ ‘Ghostbusters’ Co-Stars Been So Quiet?
    Mikelle Street

    Since Leslie Jones went through 24 hours of hellish harassment, sparked by the tweets of the now permanently suspended conservative blogger Milo Yiannopoulos, there have been a flood of people rushing to back Jones up. Early on in the ordeal, Twitter user Marissa Rei, the same user who started #BlackOutDay, started the #LoveForLeslieJ hashtag in order to take a stand of support. Soon after, notables like Ghostbusters director Paul Feig and actresses Anna Kendrick, Jada Pinkett Smith and Margaret Cho flocked to it. Even yesterday, Viola Davis added a late addition to the movement. But surprisingly, none of Jones’ Ghostbusters co-stars leant their voices.

    Of the four female co-stars, only Jones and Melissa McCarthy have official Twitter accounts. And while McCarthy’s latest Tweets stop a week ago and are mostly just auto-posts from Instagram, her favorites go up to this past Friday, acknowledging some fan love for the film. Since then, McCarthy, as well as Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig, who round out the cast, have been radio silent. For a group that appeared to band together and battle the backlash of the Ghostbusters reboot as a united front, it’s been strange to see Jones forced to face the abuse sans her co-stars. Especially considering the issue is seemingly so cut and dry. So what’s going on?

  26. July 22, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Willona D. Woods @The_BKC
    My friend just received his voter ID card. He’s never voted b4 & now I have to tell him it will be canceled b/c felon #VirginiaSupremeCourt

  27. July 22, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    • July 22, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      But they aren’t racists bigots are they? What he is saying is that they finally have a racists bigot who is not afraid to say he is a racists bigot.

    • 59 jacquelineoboomer
      July 22, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      Like all the other white male presidential candidates didn’t speak to white men? Nah. He means a whole lot more, including the fact that he knows Trump speaks “for” white men, in this land of diversity. Sick bastard.

      • 60 jacquelineoboomer
        July 22, 2016 at 8:00 pm

        And, by the way, it’s not all white men, as we all know. Some are just like the rest of us – not interested in doing any harm to others!

  28. 61 Nena20409
    July 22, 2016 at 7:27 pm

  29. July 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Damon Young, 7/21/16


    Adding to this diversity is a homeless shelter that sits a block away from my building. In fact, on a given day, I’d estimate that 10 to 20 percent of the people walking through this neighborhood are somehow connected to the shelter. Some live there, some lived there and still hang around because their friends live there, and some don’t live there but hang around the neighborhood because of the numerous food trucks and food banks and other charitable entities that provide food for the residents. And some just hang around because they don’t have anywhere else to go. A couple of them hang out in the coffee shop all day long; playing chess, reading the newspaper, and escaping the heat or the rain or the cold.

    We’ve lived here for a year. And while the shelter definitely attracts some very colorful characters — and my wife and I are each asked for money (or a “ride downtown” or a bottle of water) at least once a week — we’ve never once felt in any type of danger. Partially because we’re both from similar types of inner-city neighborhoods and possess a certain level of learned street smarts. But mostly because these are not dangerous people. They’re mostly just people who happen to be going through some hard times.

    Our building has two two-story loft units. Two weeks ago, a new couple moved into the second one. (A man and a woman.) They look to be in their late 20s or early 30s, they seem to be nice people, and they’re White. And although they’ve been here less than a month, they’ve already called the police on one of the homeless people loitering near the coffee shop. Which drew several cops to our shared ground-level door. And still, a week later, annoys the fuck out of me.

  30. July 22, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Yes WE Can

  31. July 22, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    I have not read comic books since i was a child…but i suspect that when this gets published…the earth will move under our feet…just a lil…smilin

  32. July 22, 2016 at 8:05 pm

  33. July 22, 2016 at 8:11 pm

  34. 70 Nena20409
    July 22, 2016 at 8:11 pm

  35. 72 jacquelineoboomer
    July 22, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    NBC news says it’s Tim Kaine.

    • 73 jacquelineoboomer
      July 22, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      • 74 CEB
        July 22, 2016 at 8:43 pm

        No surprise; a safe choice that will make a certain demographic feel better and allow them to vote (wink, wink) for this particular woman. However, I have respected Tim Kaine in the past and I think that he will be good for the ticket and for the country.

        • 75 idon
          July 22, 2016 at 9:10 pm

          I’m happy with the choice. There’s this pic of Tim Kaine that makes me go awww and smile. I don’t know how to post pics but if you see it, you’ll know right away which one I’m talking about.

        • 76 nathkatun7
          July 23, 2016 at 1:32 am

          Tim Kaine is an excellent choice. I highly respect Senator Kaine.

  36. 77 donna dem 4 obama
    July 22, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Just got the email. It’s Clinton/Kaine

  37. 78 smoothscotch
    July 22, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    its Tim Kane….VP nominee

    • 81 donna dem 4 obama
      July 22, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      We’ve got the best campaigner in the business waiting in the wings to turnout our base.

      One thing I’m not buying is that she picked him to sure up the white male vote. We haven’t won that vote in forever. PBO showed us how to win in PA and Ohio. You turnout your base. I believe she picked him for his resume and because she personally felt comfortable working with him.

      • 82 Obama Grandmama
        July 22, 2016 at 8:25 pm

        And he fits her #1 reason for her pick of being able to be Prez on Day One.

      • July 22, 2016 at 8:34 pm

        Yeah, it’s a bit of that. Don’t get me wrong, it’s terrific that he speaks Spanish. Just try to find a more natural way to use it.

      • 84 Judith Fardig
        July 22, 2016 at 9:50 pm

        Not a surprise that HRC wanted someone she feels comfortable with who may help in an important swing state. He’s a nice guy. Never got the text I signed up for. Hmmm…

  38. 85 Nena20409
    July 22, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    • 86 Obama Grandmama
      July 22, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      Also past Mayor, DNC Head, serves on foreign affairs Senate committee, moral family man.

  39. July 22, 2016 at 8:15 pm


    • July 22, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      another old white man

      • 89 donna dem 4 obama
        July 22, 2016 at 8:23 pm

        Actually he is 58 years old and Tom Perez is 54. There really was not that much difference in their age. Castro was not a finalist because of that Hatch Act violation.

      • July 22, 2016 at 8:23 pm

        Not to be contentious, pf58, because you know I respect you (and everyone here), but …. Joe Biden was an ‘old man’ when PBO picked him in ’08.

        In that case, history was in the process of being made and PBO selected someone he admired greatly and who also had impeccable credentials, across the board.

        Today, and for the past several months, history is once again being made with the 1st woman in the history of the Republic to be a Presidential nominee (by the one remaining legitimate major US political parties). It does not surprise me that Secretary Clinton selected an individual with impeccable credentials whom she knows extremely well. Moreover, that hateful package that is the other hateful package’s VP mate will whither in moments upon any confrontation with Senator Kaine.

        Hope you (and no one else at TOD) takes offense with these comments. You all know how much I admire Sec Castro & Sec Perez and would have been delighted if HRC had selected either of them. But, I have zero problem with her choice.

        #FORWARD Together!

        • July 22, 2016 at 8:27 pm

          not offended…yes i know of what you speak…i will just sit down for a bit…and chill……

          • July 22, 2016 at 8:31 pm

            I feel you. This was a great opportunity to really make some inroads for the future. I’m always hoping that Democrats will support and grow a strong cadre of Latinos for a future presidency but I guess that will have to wait for another couple decades.

        • 95 idon
          July 22, 2016 at 9:12 pm

          I think Sec. Clinton made a great choice. It makes perfect sense.

      • 96 Obama Grandmama
        July 22, 2016 at 8:34 pm

        If someone too young without enough experience was chosen the same argument we had against Sarah Palin could be used. I know, I know Sarah Palin was a special case that would have never been ready for President. Just sayin’.

  40. 98 mtmarilyn
    July 22, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Tim Kaine

  41. 99 jacquelineoboomer
    July 22, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Here’s Kaine’s official bio:


  42. July 22, 2016 at 8:18 pm

  43. July 22, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    oh well…

    let me move on from here

    • 102 jacquelineoboomer
      July 22, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      Me, too. At least we don’t have to put up with a Trump. Or a Pence. But I was personally wishing for Perez.

      (Addressing my pet peeve du jour from earlier today on the teevee: And please, pundits, stop saying “Tim Kaine speaks fluent Spanish.” So do many/most of our very fine Democrats who also happen to actually be Hispanic.)

  44. 104 jacquelineoboomer
    July 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm

  45. 105 Don
    July 22, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    I see she went with the white guy.

  46. July 22, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Folks are circling the wagons…getting everything inorder…..gonna follow along….Forward>>>>>>

    • 108 jacquelineoboomer
      July 22, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      Me, too. I got off my chest what I wanted to (here). Forward.

      • 109 susanne
        July 22, 2016 at 10:53 pm

        same here– had hoped for perez but I know HRC has the very best advisor (PBO) and I also know Kaine will be a good partner for the work ahead.

  47. 110 Nena20409
    July 22, 2016 at 8:24 pm

  48. 113 Don
    July 22, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    It was a tough choice, but she narrowed her choice down between this white guy and that white, and she chose the white guy.

  49. July 22, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    I like Tim Kaine. He’s a very safe choice, someone HRC will feel very comfortable with and feel like he can take over in any event. I understand completely. Hopefully we’ll learn a lot of great things about him in the coming weeks.

    They both had chemistry together at their rally a week or so ago. Only one thing that I thought was sort of off-putting was the way he tried to show he speaks Spanish. It just seemed out of place, like he was instructing us that he was fluent and trying to score points. It didn’t feel natural to me. I know he’s lived in a Spanish-speaking country so I hope he’ll find a way to use the language in a way that’s not so didactic.

    • 115 jacquelineoboomer
      July 22, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      meta – I shared a similar thought in my comment above, although I didn’t see the event you mentioned. My comment was about the fact I found the pundits off-putting about earlier stressing the “oh look he speaks fluent Spanish” part. Trying too hard and all that.

  50. 119 Nena20409
    July 22, 2016 at 8:28 pm

  51. 122 amk for obama
    July 22, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    why do the dems need the feel ‘to be excited’ over a veep pick? have they seen the batshit cray, cray veep pick on the other side, which was a pathetic pandering to their rwnj base? If kaine brings in the notorious VA, what’s the problem?

    • July 22, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      He’s a rock solid choice, amk. Rock solid. And, demonstrates just how seriously HRC is approaching her Presidency …

    • 125 purpleshoesla
      July 22, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      I can’t speak for other Dems but for me, it’s the “back to business as usual” of it all> Meaning until our illustrious Prez came along, my Dem vote (and I’ve voted Dem in every election for the past 35 years) has typically (hell almost always) been a vote AGAINST someone/something rather than FOR someone/something. While I will continue to do my civic duty and vote AGAINST the “discount Mussolini” and the RWNJs cray cray come November and in all elections going forward, it is bittersweet knowing that the pleasure, honor,pride I felt in exercising my civic duty and FINALLY getting to vote FOR someone/something twice in my lifetime who actually rose above the business as usual empty blathering promises, pandering of our politics and got SHIT done, actually moving this country forward, will likely never happen again; let alone in the rest of my lifetime. #WetBlanket #SorryNOTSorry. 🙂 .

      • 126 amk for obama
        July 22, 2016 at 9:21 pm

        kaine seems to have done good things in government over years. yes, he did suck as dnc head in 2010.

      • 127 99ts
        July 22, 2016 at 9:43 pm

        President Obama is a once in a lifetime President. Most are competent, some are terrible. I think (from afar) that Hillary & Tim Kaine both know where there major support lies and they will work for the benefit of those people.

        • 128 purpleshoesla
          July 22, 2016 at 10:54 pm

          In my humble opinion, President Obama’s once in a lifetime presidency has shone the light on the mediocrity, incompetence and downright “unqualifiedness” of a large swath of individuals who have cozily taken up residence in our “representative” government. In my opinion, there are few currently who are actually competent–on both sides of the aisle. I’m confident that HRC and Kaine know where there major support lies and will work it in order to try and win the election. I’m not as confident that will actually translate into working for the benefit of those people after. Should she win, I suppose, we’ll see if that’s in fact the case. Ultimately, my hope is people take away from this once in a lifetime presidency, the empowerment the president has attempted to instill in all of us; namely that we be truly engaged and active citizens/participants in our own democracy and relentlessly push all of our leaders and representatives to excellence, competence, integrity at all times. We the People deserve presidencies like his more on the regular and less once in a lifetime. And I think President O believes that as well.

  52. 129 Nena20409
    July 22, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Tim Kaine was For Sen Obama before most in 2008. The sen Obama wanted Gov Kaine as his running mate earlier on. It looks like Hillary is listening to Pres Obama. That gives me comfort.

  53. 131 Don
    July 22, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Did Hillary and Tim actually do a fist-bump on stage?

  54. 132 Nena20409
    July 22, 2016 at 8:36 pm

  55. 133 amk for obama
    July 22, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Let’s not forget the most important fact in all these fleeting silly veep kerfuffle. The historic first, “Madam President”.

  56. July 22, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Why Men Want to Marry Melanias and Raise Ivankas
    JULY 21, 2016

    YOU can tell a lot about a person by whom they choose to marry. As the nominees selected at this week’s Republican National Convention and next week’s Democratic one take the stage along with their family members, they will display not only stark policy differences, but also two competing views of marriage, kin and the role of women in society. What we saw from Republicans: Men who want their wives at home while they celebrate the professional successes of their daughters.

    The Republican Party has long praised traditional family values and intrinsic differences between men and women, while Democrats emphasize egalitarianism and expanding opportunities for women and girls. Few candidates in recent history have embodied those dissimilarities in such sharp relief as Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump. On Monday night, Mr. Trump’s wife, Melania, spoke about her husband and their family values. The speech was, like the woman herself, fairly unobjectionable on its face, with platitudes about family and country, patriotism and hard work. Like much of the Trump image, though, the shiny veneer hid shoddy construction: The very same parts of the speech that lauded integrity, hard work and honesty were lifted almost word for word from Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech.

    It seems not even purported Trump family values are authentic. To borrow from Mr. Trump: sad.

    One traditional value Mr. Trump does hew to: wanting an old-fashioned wife but a modern, professional daughter. On Thursday, convention-goers heard from the elder Trump daughter, Ivanka, a successful businesswoman whose feminism-tinged speech about the gender wage gap and affordable child care sounded less like any policy positions ever pushed by Mr. Trump and more like her book-in-progress, “Women Who Work.” They also witnessed how the Trump family embodies a very old sexist hypocrisy: Men who want one thing for their wives and another for their children.

    While Trump family values may not be particularly honorable, they are perversely traditional. Melania Trump told the R.N.C. audience that “Donald is intensely loyal to family,” a claim belied by his own marital history — she is wife No. 3, and No. 2 was the woman with whom he cheated on No 1. Mr. Trump has children with three different women; he blames giving his wife too much responsibility in his business for his first divorce, and his wife’s wanting him to spend too much time at home with her and their daughter for his second.

  57. 136 globalcitizenlinda
    July 22, 2016 at 8:41 pm

  58. 140 jacquelineoboomer
    July 22, 2016 at 8:44 pm

  59. 141 Nena20409
    July 22, 2016 at 8:44 pm

  60. 142 Nena20409
    July 22, 2016 at 8:46 pm

  61. 145 Don
    July 22, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Tim Kaine was one of the first supporters of then Senator Barack Obama which took a certain amount of balls going up against the Clinton machine and the DNC, I can see him wiping the floor with Pence during their debate.

  62. July 22, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Interesting minutiae

  63. 150 nathkatun7
    July 22, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    I know I must be a minority on TOD, but I like Tim Kaine. He was an excellent governor of Virginia. He is well versed in both Domestic and foreign policy. He is well respected by both the progressive and the conservative wing of the Democratic Party. I am also impressed with Hillary Clinton because she did not hold a grudge over the fact that in 2007, Gov. Tim Kaine endorsed Sen. Barack Obama who was then running against Hillary Clinton for the presidency.This tells me that she will, like President Obama, seek out the best people for her administration.

    • 151 jacquelineoboomer
      July 22, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      My take is that you may not be in the minority in liking Tim Kaine … but some of us had a “personal favorite” !!!

      I’m on board now, having gotten that out of my system.

    • 152 Ahero62
      July 22, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      Same here. I’ve always liked Tim Kaine, ever since he supported a less know Barack Obama when other people were still waiting to see. I’m excited!

    • 153 nospin
      July 24, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      nope. I like him. I just hoped for Castro or Perez.

  64. July 22, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    This should upstage Trump/Pence in every way.

  65. July 22, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    More from Virginia about restoring felon rights:

    “Despite the Court’s ruling, we have the support of the state’s four leading constitutional experts, including A.E. Dick Howard, who drafted the current Virginia Constitution. They are convinced that our action is within the constitutional authority granted to the Office of the Governor.

    “The men and women whose voting rights were restored by my executive action should not be alarmed. I will expeditiously sign nearly 13,000 individual orders to restore the fundamental rights of the citizens who have had their rights restored and registered to vote. And I will continue to sign orders until I have completed restoration for all 200,000 Virginians. My faith remains strong in all of our citizens to choose their leaders, and I am prepared to back up that faith with my executive pen. The struggle for civil rights has always been a long and difficult one, but the fight goes on.

  66. July 22, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    @GrooveSDC 2m2 minutes ago
    If you’ve been saying you’ll never vote for Hillary anyway, please don’t act like Tim Kaine was the last straw. It wasn’t.

  67. 160 jacquelineoboomer
    July 22, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Haven’t read the entire article, but here’s a little backgrounder on Tim Kaine:


  68. 161 amk for obama
    July 22, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    has giordano weighed in yet? IIRR, he was pro kaine in 2008.

  69. 163 FoxfireTX
    July 22, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Saw a couple of comments floating around that i thought were interesting.
    1. Apparently Kaine and PBO are very close. He was the first governor to endorse PBO and he did a lot of work on getting the votes for the Iran deal. So this is viewed as someone who can form the bridge between the two administrations.
    2. Podesta told her (which I think is great advice), pick someone who you will be happy to see every time s/he walks into the room. She clearly is looking at him for governing, and knowing the battles she has ahead of her she needs someone like this. I mentioned the other day, I think HRC is a little over confident on how she will work with this Congress, even if we flip the Senate. It still will not be a filibuster proof 60 and I think the Rs have gotten much worse and will continue to be worse than when she was in the Senate.

    In any event, IMO this was personal to her and I was and am prepared to support Kaine.

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