#BeatingTheOdds: First Lady Michelle Obama And Tyler Oakley



173 Responses to “#BeatingTheOdds: First Lady Michelle Obama And Tyler Oakley”

  1. July 24, 2016 at 12:52 pm

  2. 16 No Child Left Behind
    July 24, 2016 at 12:55 pm

  3. 23 Dudette
    July 24, 2016 at 12:56 pm

  4. July 24, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    The way Pokeman Go is ruining the world 😀 😀 😀 😀

  5. 25 vcprezofan2
    July 24, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Hello, folks. May your Sunday be a peaceful one, filled with the things and people who bring joy to your heart.

    This past week @Interior included a reference to TPP.

  6. 34 No Child Left Behind
    July 24, 2016 at 1:15 pm

  7. July 24, 2016 at 1:15 pm

  8. 36 amk for obama
    July 24, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    bo & sunny !!!

  9. 37 No Child Left Behind
    July 24, 2016 at 1:20 pm

  10. 45 Anna Luc
    July 24, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Good morning! I just want to share this wonderful video of Sen. Tim Kane returning home to cheering neighbors from the FL rally yesterday. He gives an impromptu speech on the roll of VA in US history that’s the bomb. Stay cool everyone!


    • 46 HZ
      July 24, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      Love the Kaines. Beautiful couple and beautiful neighbors. I think Hillary and her team made a great choice. Now let us make it happen in Nov. ((((((((My TOD))))))))) family. HZ

    • 47 globalcitizenlinda
      July 24, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      thank you very much for sharing this video. I loved it

    • 48 jackiegrumbacher
      July 24, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      You can’t fake this kind of reception from your neighbors–the people who know you best. Kaine is obviously loved and admired by those closest to him and that tells you a lot about him.

    • 49 GGail
      July 24, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      Anna Luc, thank you for posting this video of the Kaine’s coming home. It was awesome to see their neighbors waiting for them. I do believe that we have a great combo for the Dem ticket. Tim knows the history of America very well and seems to be able to speak easily without notes (reminds me of PBO) and he’s not afraid to talk about the wrongs and how he wants to be a part of making America better for the future.

      I’m truly encouraged

  11. 50 No Child Left Behind
    July 24, 2016 at 1:26 pm

  12. 53 No Child Left Behind
    July 24, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    … the same way they are now with e-mail leaks and e-mail server.

  13. 54 No Child Left Behind
    July 24, 2016 at 1:32 pm

  14. 56 JER
    July 24, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Senator Tim Kaine During Filibuster: We Have To Stop Being Bystanders To The Carnage Of Gun Violence

    During a more than fifteen-hour filibuster on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine added his voice to the renewed push for legislative action to combat gun violence. Kaine reflected on how Virginia has been affected by gun violence…

  15. July 24, 2016 at 1:40 pm

  16. 59 No Child Left Behind
    July 24, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    I can tell you right now that is ONE SPEECH I will not watch. Nor that I watched any of the rallies of the Senator from Vermont with his legions of young revolutionaries.

  17. 61 hopefruit2
    July 24, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Sorry, but anyone who RT’s Wikileaks stuff into my TL is getting unfollowed and/or blocked.

  18. July 24, 2016 at 2:00 pm

  19. 64 amk for obama
    July 24, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    It just occurred to me that more political / executive repubs have left their what was clearly becoming a racist batshit crazy party have joined/sided with dems since 2008 (thanks, mcangry) than the other way around. Starting with colin powell, his assistant whasshisname, charlie crist, arlen spectre to bloomberg and others I forget. Pretty damning evidence.

  20. 65 No Child Left Behind
    July 24, 2016 at 2:22 pm

  21. 69 Dudette
    July 24, 2016 at 2:28 pm

  22. 70 FoxfireTX
    July 24, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Loved PBO’s interview on Face the Nation! Dickerson gave him plenty of time to speak without interruption.

    Just went back to Michelle’s Car Kareoke video. It now has more than 28 MILLION views! No wonder the Rs hate this family so much. They are one of the most popular First Families in history, even near the end of their time in the WH and after 8 years of unrelenting hate directed at them.

  23. 71 arapaho415
    July 24, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    GM/GA TODville.

    Hope everyone’s staying cool under the lower 48’s #HeatDome.

    Just listened to a press conference update of #SandFire in LA county’s Santa Clarita area (18 structures burned, 1 death — reporter asked one of the officials [and their were 7 local and federal agencies represented at press conf] why the death was considered related to the fire and the official responded that the body was found adjacent to a vehicle which had sustained significant fire damage — very scary stuff).

    I think every single official mentioned that they’ve never seen a fire explode like this one — due to the ongoing 5 year drought 😦 .

    Most surprising to me is that the wind is blowing from the south and southwest — which, before #ClimateChange meant cool breezes from the ocean. In my 40+ years living in the LA area, devastating fires have been fueled by Santa Ana winds which blow from the desert (from the north and northeast, NEVER from breezes from completely opposite directions).

    And it’s only July — before #ClimateChange, our fire seasons were in September and October.

    re: tweet posted upthread by Meta re: John Allen speaking at DNC. Every tweet I’ve seen is that this is a BFD, but I have no idea why. Can anyone here help me out?

    In response to:


    • 72 arapaho415
      July 24, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      NYT reporter in response to @ddale’s tweet above:

      Another from WaPo reporter…

      • 73 Dudette
        July 24, 2016 at 4:07 pm

        Yeh I wondered where military voice would fit in to bolster her Command-In-Chief cred. Enduring memory for me from 2008 was all those retired military folks lining up on stage to support then-Senator Barack Obama. My family that whole night of his acceptance were just tickled as we watched all the checkboxes being checked on by one. It was glorious!

      • 74 Betsy
        July 24, 2016 at 4:13 pm

        Sorry, do people know why he resigned, and why this is a big deal. I don’t know anything about Allen 😦

    • July 24, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      4 star general who led in Afghanistan, was deputy commander of CENTCOM, Allen will likely speak to the qualifications necessary to be a CIC at a time of state and non-state global conflict. He also probably knows HRC well and can testify to her temperament and judgement. We’ll see!

      • July 24, 2016 at 5:24 pm

        Don’t think he resigned. Believe he is retired. Would need to fact check though.

        • July 24, 2016 at 5:32 pm

          Yeah, the tweeter made it sound like he resigned in objection to something or other when he in fact just moved on. PBO asked him to be his global ISIS emissary and he did that next.

      • 78 a4alice
        July 24, 2016 at 5:30 pm

        Thx Meta! 🙂

      • 79 arapaho415
        July 24, 2016 at 5:31 pm

        Great, thanks for the info, Meta!

        MSM have such personally held agendas that it’s hard to tell if whether or not they’re being snarky.

        Pisses me off that they have such a low opinion of PBO that they cling to the belief that military all love GOP — military brass like the GOP because they get more toys to play with and don’t have to face the realities of the 21st century.

        Good for General Allen, and am looking forward more to his speech than from billionaire blowhard Bloomberg.

  24. 80 amk for obama
    July 24, 2016 at 2:56 pm

  25. July 24, 2016 at 3:47 pm

  26. 92 globalcitizenlinda
    July 24, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    I know who I have to work to defeat on Nov/8th 2016 … and it is NOT DWS or the DNC;

    wasting precious energy and creating unnecessary headlines when there is so much at stake;

    DWS was going to end her term when HRC took over; so why waste time and energy on this when we are just over 100 to the election?

    she may not have done the job as good as we wanted her to but I suspect that she thought she was doing her best.

    I don’t know how I personally could have handled the venom directed at her from the illusion-filled BS revolutionaries.

    I am just grateful to her that as a cancer-survivor, she chose to serve when PBO asked her.

    having to deal with medical challenges, I am aware that it is a struggle just to get up everyday, put your fears of mortality and its implications behind, and try to keep up let alone lead in this rat-race that is surviving and thriving in the US.

    It is easy to complain when you are not leading a diverse and high-stakes organization;

    I thank DWS for serving and wish her well in whatever the future has for her.

  27. 93 No Child Left Behind
    July 24, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    This is the news that will make Nina Turner and her Great Supreme Leader Bernie Sanders happy. I can’t wait for November.

  28. 98 JER
    July 24, 2016 at 3:58 pm

  29. 99 Dudette
    July 24, 2016 at 4:01 pm

  30. July 24, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    From BooMan:

    Picking Kaine is Taking the Pot Off Boil
    by BooMan
    Sat Jul 23rd, 2016 at 12:40:22 AM EST

    Here is what I said about Tim Kaine when he was just one of several names being floated as a running mate for Hillary Clinton. Here is what I said about Virginia being a very important state for blocking Trump’s stated Electoral College strategy.

    My immediate take is that Clinton just took the heat of this election down a notch. She didn’t look to polarize it further by picking a liberal firebrand or try to win some demographic arms war by responding to Trump’s anti-Latino legions with a Latino running mate. She didn’t pick someone who can throw bombs with Trump, like Al Franken.

    She went with steady, likable, qualified, compatible, and uncontroversial. Kaine can tick off a lot of boxes, too. He has the unusual ability to disarm detractors with his faith. His religiosity invites people in without putting them off. He’s bilingual and fluent in Spanish, and he has experience living in Honduras as a missionary. He’s well-liked by both labor unions and business interests, making it just a little easier for Clinton to capture the monied interests from Donald Trump at minimal cost with her base or as the cost of winning their support. He has more executive experience (as a mayor, lieutenant governor, governor, and head of the DNC) than any of the names that made it onto Clinton’s short list. He’s extremely well-liked and respected by his Republican colleagues in the Senate.

    He’s popular in his home state, too. He has never lost an election.

    Naturally, people will nitpick him. He isn’t from the left fringe of the party, and he’s probably temperamentally moderate by nature. He didn’t win all those elections in Republican-leaning Virginia by letting his liberal freak flag fly. He represents an extremely pro-business, pro-military state that until five minutes ago was culturally conservative to the core

  31. 101 FoxfireTX
    July 24, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    DWS was not high on my list, but making her the fall guy for this to appease the BernieBros pisses me off. If Bernie thinks he wins himself any further support for this little stunt he is a fool. I hope he is happy he did the Trump camp and Putin’s bidding.

    All that said, it had to be done. But giving in to these people irritates me to no end. I will be happy when I never have to hear from this people again.

    • 102 Dudette
      July 24, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      She should have been gone in 2014. It was clear from the start she favored HRC, which honestly, who wouldn’t expect that. But with the stupidity demonstrated over the course of this primary, I’m fine with her going now. Rip off the bandaid quickly. Then move forward.

      So the Berniebots get some satisfaction out of it. Whatever. Hillary’s the nominee. We got people to register, voters, to educate and organize, and some
      votin’ to do.

      Bernie either fulfills his pledge to do all he can to help Hillary win or he’s toast in the Senate.

    • 103 57andfemale
      July 24, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      I’ve been deeply unhappy with DWS for years; but it irks me to no end to see BS get her head. He used and abused the party, stole data, sued, insulted the party at every turn. Then, in INTERNAL emails, she had the temerity to be annoyed with him, while being gracious and letting him get away with his disrespectful shit. I sure as hell hope they made damned sure that he doesn’t pull any tricks tomorrow night.

  32. 104 4morefor44
    July 24, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    as the child of an english teacher, it pains me to see the dept of education using the word “ain’t” in a tweet.

  33. July 24, 2016 at 4:20 pm


  34. July 24, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    White privilege: it’s nearly August, Donald Trump could be President, and you’re in the street for Bernie.

  35. July 24, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Obama: Donald Trump’s nomination ‘says something’ about the Republican Party
    July 24 at 11:57 AM

    Eight years ago, Donald Trump lead the birther movement against then-President-elect Obama. Now, Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for president.

    In a taped interview with CBS’s John Dickerson that aired Sunday on “Face the Nation,” Obama said that fact “says something about what’s happened to the Republican Party over the course of the last eight, 10, 15 years.”

    He went on to say that past Republican leaders such as Bob Dole, Jim Baker, Howard Baker, Dick Lugar and Colin Powell were conservatives who “also understood that our system of government requires compromise, that Democrats weren’t the enemy, that the way our government works requires us to listen to each other.

    “And that’s not the kind of politics that we’ve seen practiced,” Obama said.

  36. 113 Dudette
    July 24, 2016 at 4:23 pm

  37. 114 JER
    July 24, 2016 at 4:30 pm

  38. 119 FoxfireTX
    July 24, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    In addition to wasting time on this DNC stuff, these people are incredibly short sighted. Assuming Clinton/Kaine are elected, and we retake the Senate, do they think that any Democrat is going to feel favorably toward Bernie in terms of committee assignments, etc? Cut of your nose to spite your face, as my mom would have said.

  39. 120 Dudette
    July 24, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Winning! 😀

  40. July 24, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    ohhh myyy…..worried about this….

  41. July 24, 2016 at 4:43 pm

  42. July 24, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    • 130 CEB
      July 24, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      I have another name for them, but have decided not to sully this place with foul language (at least for today).

      • July 24, 2016 at 5:53 pm

        tweeted that tweet to Capehart who announced his guest shot on MSNBC…i suppose the blk foks don’t want to rock the boat…they do not want the fate of Melissa Harris Perry…..

        it is rather disgusting tweet…that lays bare the white privilege and racism that is the media…

        interesting No Chris Hayes and No Lawrence O’Donnell in that pic…

    • 136 Obama Grandmama
      July 24, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      Where’s Lawrence O’Donnell in the MSNBC photo. I always considered him as one of the important team members.

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  45. 139 globalcitizenlinda
    July 24, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    • 140 globalcitizenlinda
      July 24, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      I am sorry but my I am not letting Bernie, Russia, Asange, and WikiLeaks determine my political focus => Eye on the Prize (Nov 8th);

      one thing I know about extremists: you yield and give them one thing, then they blindly move on and demand another, all without skipping a beat and with one constant => venom and rabid accusations to those who they think have slighted them.


      • 141 CEB
        July 24, 2016 at 5:44 pm

        True. Especially since the average Dem. knows little or nothing about most of this. They are working, caring for their families and wishing that the nightmare that we call the 2016 election will soon be over. PBO told us to keep our heads down and to work until the goal is reached. Everyone should know by now not to get played by the opposition.

        • 142 cd4biden
          July 24, 2016 at 6:14 pm

          Oh, how I love the wisdom of TOD. I keep coming back here to remember. To remember heads down, focus on the goal, and don’t get played. Thank you CEB

  46. 143 Nena20409
    July 24, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Hello TOD on a Sunday Afternoon.
    Congrats to all the Au ⭐ winners since last Evening.
    Thank you, NW for all you are doing, Keeping it 100 for TODville.
    {{{{ ❤ Chips ❤ }}}}
    I am not a fan of DW-S but the Sanders Team have been gunning for her. They finally have their DW-S' "Head" on a Platter, I guess. What such little minded losers! It's always about them, never about The Dem Party. Shameful. Bernie was on at least 3 Sunday shows today. Seriously? Just Pathetic.

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  52. 153 Nena20409
    July 24, 2016 at 5:12 pm

  53. July 24, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    By Emily Nussbaum
    JULY 22, 2016


    Then there’s Donald Trump with Ivanka. Poised and polished and smiling, she’s the lovely daughter whose good manners have been lauded ever since she appeared in the 2003 Jamie Johnson documentary “Born Rich.” In a truly addled form of grading on a curve, when it comes to kids from Ivanka’s background, simply being polite, graduating from your father’s alma mater, and then going to work for him are all perceived as remarkable achievements. Marketing her low-end designer clothes on Twitter, Ivanka is a sub-brand of her father, a walking aspirational life style: the Lean-In Working Mom. She is also pretty clearly not a Republican. She should be likable, a role model. In fact, if Trump weren’t her dad, it’s easy to imagine her #WithHer, working alongside her former friend Chelsea.

    Instead, Ivanka’s made the choice to use her gifts to prop up her father’s ugly and xenophobic campaign, employing her charm as a kind of weaponized graciousness. She’s his consort, because Melania can’t be. And could Donald be bad, if Ivanka is good? Where Donald is rude, Ivanka is polite. Where Donald makes piggish insults, Ivanka shrugs: “Oh, Dad!” In last night’s seductive speech, with her corporate-P.R.-wiz delivery, she offered the same anodyne generalizations that her siblings and stepmother made in their speeches. Her dad inspired them; he taught good values; he can be trusted. It was like a Mad Libs compiled from Successories motivational posters, very different from the rambling but endearingly specific stories delivered by one of her father’s old business cronies, just before she took the stage, the one who described himself as “an anchovy on an Ivanka Caesar salad.”


    Before Ivanka’s performance, her brother, Donald, Jr., predicted that his sister would succeed, because she “does the princess thing very well.” Her royalty is what makes her father’s royalty feel real. You’re not supposed to criticize someone’s daughter—and, if the press does, Trump will surely be able to score points by defending her. But this is the ugly truth: Ivanka has made a conscious choice to deodorize the stink of her father’s misogyny, to suggest that because he loves her that means he loves women—to erase the actual policies he supports. She could have stood by his side and smiled in mere family solidarity. She could have used her newborn or her work as an excuse to stay away from active campaigning. Instead, she’s stepped forward to blind female voters to who her father is and what he stands for.

  54. 156 Nena20409
    July 24, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    • 157 No Child Left Behind
      July 24, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      I wish I could make you go away, you and your supporter Nina Turner.

      Only God knows what Sanders will say at the Convention.

      • July 24, 2016 at 5:41 pm

        Get out the crying towels……..WAAAAHHHHHH………

        Really, how long does it take to let go? The race has been done for months.

      • 159 Obama Grandmama
        July 24, 2016 at 10:14 pm

        So glad the BS crew did not get their way with trying to get Hillary to pick Nina Turner for VP. Heard her say something today about the DNC trying to blame Russia and that she wants Hillary to apologize for the DNC emails and promise under her Presidency nothing like that will happen again. Her demands are insane and nothing is ever enough. She would be a big pain in the butt if she were VP.

  55. 160 No Child Left Behind
    July 24, 2016 at 5:30 pm

  56. July 24, 2016 at 5:31 pm


    • July 24, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      GAH, like pulling teeth……You’d think anyone with half a brain could figure out the landscape here. The choice is CLEAR. But you know they just have to have their 15 minutes. AND guarantee their footing as HRC complainers when she wins. Same with Nina Turner, Corny West, etc, etc.

    • 165 Dudette
      July 24, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      Really? He was squirmy over the Tim Kaine pick yesterday. Did just having DWS resign do the trick?

  57. 167 globalcitizenlinda
    July 24, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    there are days when I get very angry at a group of self-important and delusional dominating the airways and trying to push the nation’s agenda in a short-sighted direction.

    time for me to chill; this too shall pass

  58. July 24, 2016 at 5:44 pm

  59. July 24, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Elsewhere in the world …

  60. 171 Nena20409
    July 24, 2016 at 5:47 pm

  61. 172 globalcitizenlinda
    July 24, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    I predicted earlier (before DWS’ resignation announcement) that giving in to these BS revolutionaries on one thing will just serve as a signal to them that they are 100% and that they will quickly move on and demand more concessions;

    I see now that BS surrogates Nina Turner and Shaun King are quickly doing that => demanding more;

    this will just give the news media more ammunition to ignore the DNC convention message and try and maximize the perceived Dem division propagated by a few loud mouths ;

    the DNC convention is the one time that the networks would have been forced to give time for the Dem message to be heard outside us political junkies before they go back to their regular Cheetos 24/7 programming;

    this drama should not have been allowed to happen NOW; especially when we know the motives of WikiLeaks.

    I am disgusted by playing into the hands of these manipulators!

  62. July 24, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Iowa DE Faith Ekakitie stopped by police at gunpoint over mistaken identity
    10:19 AM ET ESPN.com news services

    Iowa defensive lineman Faith Ekakitie wrote that he “feared for my life” when stopped by police in a park Wednesday while playing the popular mobile game “Pokemon Go” in a case of mistaken identity.

    Ekakitie wrote in a Facebook post that approximately five Iowa City police officers stopped him and four guns were pointed at him as police searched for a suspect who had robbed a nearby bank 10 minutes earlier.

    “My pockets were checked, my backpack was opened up and searched carefully, and I was asked to lift up my shirt while they searched my waistband,” Ekakitie wrote. “Not once did they identify themselves to me as Iowa City Police officers, but with four gun barrels staring me in the face, I wouldn’t dare question the authority of the men and woman in front of me. This is what happened from my point of view.”

    Ekakitie said he did not initially respond to police orders to stop because he was approached from behind and was wearing headphones.

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