130 Responses to “President Obama Delivers A Statement to the Press”

  1. 1 jacquelineoboomer
    August 23, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Good afternoon, Mr. President!!

    • 2 jacquelineoboomer
      August 23, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      And good afternoon, TODville!

      I cannot believe I was first! Every time my computer sees “Leave a comment,” it starts doing this happy dance, and I must re-gain control. Kinda like me, when I’m left alone! Ha.

      • 3 Judith Fardig
        August 23, 2016 at 2:21 pm

        Congratulations, Jacqueline! Enjoy your happy dance. The common sense from President Obama will be in sharp contrast to T-rump. I hate the media negativists who repeat crap about shaming him into coming. President Obama came when it was wanted and appropriate.

        • 4 jacquelineoboomer
          August 23, 2016 at 2:26 pm

          As the President said, he doesn’t care much for politics at this point. Made my heart glad to hear him remind everybody in the media!

    • 5 Betsy
      August 23, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      Congratulations on being first Jacqueline!

  2. 7 nospin
    August 23, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Nerdy, you are the best!

  3. 10 nospin
    August 23, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Congrats jacquelineoboomer

    • 11 jacquelineoboomer
      August 23, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      Thanks so much!

      That sweetness makes up for seeing Vitter standing behind the President.

        August 23, 2016 at 3:38 pm


  4. 13 JER
    August 23, 2016 at 1:57 pm

  5. 14 jacquelineoboomer
    August 23, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    The President thanked the FEMA Director, and I swear he was trying hard NOT to say “Heckuva job, Craig” – although in this case, he does a great job! All of the people appointed by THIS President do a great job.

    • 15 arapaho415
      August 23, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      GA JO’B.

      Tuned in late 😦 , didn’t see the introductions. Glad whitehouse.gov/live didn’t cut the feed immediately, liked how expressive PBO was with the homeowners.

      Do you know who the man wearing a white shirt and sunglasses (and white hair too) was, to PBO’s right? (I recognized Vitter’s squirrely face to his left, ugh.)

    • 16 arapaho415
      August 23, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      Never mind, went to twitter for my answer (tbh, never heard of Senator Cassidy 😦 ).

      • 17 jacquelineoboomer
        August 23, 2016 at 2:28 pm

        I noticed even Vitter was nodding in agreement with the President. One can’t help oneself, if one has any brain power at all (and I’m not too sure about Vitter, but maybe a scratch of it).

        And GA to you! And now I shall nap. zzzzzzzzzzz

      • 18 jacquelineoboomer
        August 23, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    August 23, 2016 at 2:11 pm


      August 23, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      going to take the puter in this week and get this bastard off…………….RELEASED FROM THE SYRIANS..PROBABLY WORKING FOR THEM! ON MY PUTER WITH MY OLD ADDRESS!

  7. 21 No Child Left Behind
    August 23, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Who was thay guy standing on POTUS’s left? He is a Rethug, no?

  8. 24 sherijr
    August 23, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Oh I am going to miss him so very much.

  9. 25 idon
    August 23, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    President Obama is so awesome. But he made me tear up when he said he had only 5 months left in office.

  10. 26 arapaho415
    August 23, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Completely O/T, but this made me laugh.

  11. 27 Ladyhawke
    August 23, 2016 at 2:24 pm


    Why “Obama’s Katrina” Never Sticks But Won’t Die


    Unencumbered ideologically, and unwilling to allow a natural disaster to unravel his presidency, Obama rebuilt FEMA after Bush left office. His agency has been praised everywhere it has been deployed, by Republican and Democratic governors alike.

    Obama can thus entrust his FEMA director, Craig Fugate, to respond competently to a situation like the flooding Louisiana, and to not be blindsided by predictable disasters, like hurricanes. Obama didn’t end his Martha’s Vineyard vacation early last week because his emergency manager is working ably to respond to the crisis, and Louisiana’s Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards, said Obama would disrupt disaster relief efforts if he traveled to Louisiana. (Obama is headed to Baton Rouge on Tuesday.)

  12. August 23, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Anyone else hear him make a reference to Congress folks who where there and that they are in the majority……..maybe they could help the process to move along quicker. (paraphrase).

  13. 31 JER
    August 23, 2016 at 2:29 pm

  14. 32 JER
    August 23, 2016 at 2:30 pm

  15. 33 JER
    August 23, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    • 34 0388jojothecat
      August 23, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      That’s a really nice house, so sorry that so many homes were damaged. I hope Wendell Pierce will speak out about his home and the recovery efforts. I hear so many people complain about not getting this or that fast enough (Republicans) and all the red tape. When it was another states disaster their representatives dragged their feet. Wanted any recovery “paid with cuts else where” these people sing a different song when it’s THEM begging for help.

  16. 35 Ladyhawke
    August 23, 2016 at 2:50 pm

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  18. August 23, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    POTUS said if anyone wanted to help, make a donation for us to go to where? Do anyone remember?

  19. 41 FoxfireTX
    August 23, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    If he is willing to stay, Hillary would be smart to keep Craig Fugate at FEMA during her administration. He has done an outstanding job in rebuilding this agency and running it.

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  22. 44 Allison
    August 23, 2016 at 3:07 pm

  23. 47 Ladyhawke
    August 23, 2016 at 3:10 pm


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  25. 50 arapaho415
    August 23, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    GA TODville.

    In the news this week is (another) unconscionable price-hike for a life-saving treatment… with a political twist.

    Since my mother was born in Huntington, WV (but her family moved to Dayton OH shortly afterwards), have tried to give Joe Manchin the benefit of the doubt. (I know, TODville *detests* him.) Seemed like a good person, but in no way progressive.

    Now have my doubts about him being a good person if this is how his daughter conducts business.

    Here’s Wikipedia confirmation:


    • August 23, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      This price hike is unconscionable! My allergies are so severe that I have three twin packs on hand (1st floor, 2nd floor, and handbag) at all times. The price will jump from $170 a year to $950! These pens expire in a year; it is one thing to throw away $170 annually, but to throw away a thousand dollars… I’m Blessed, my insurance covers it (however, wouldn’t be surprised to see them place a restriction on number of on hand doses they’ll pay for); my major concern is for those that have no prescription drug coverage!

  26. August 23, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Ex-Aide Suggests Black Communities Not ‘Safe Environment’ For Trump Rallies

    Published AUGUST 23, 2016, 11:35 AM EDT
    Donald Trump’s ex-campaign manager on Monday defended his former boss’ choice to deliver speeches supposedly aimed at black voters while in largely white communities, explaining that the last time Trump tried to give a speech in a black neighborhood it was “overrun” and “not a safe environment.”

    “You know what ‘ amazing to me is that no one remembers that Donald Trump went to go have a rally in Chicago at the university,” Corey Lewandowski said on CNN. “And do you remember what happened? It was so chaotic and it was so out of control that Secret Service and the Chicago Police Department told him, you could not get in and out of that facility safely, and that rally was canceled.”

    In March, the Trump campaign canceled a rally planned at the University of Illinois in Chicago because of protests outside of the venue.

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  28. 60 Allison
    August 23, 2016 at 4:23 pm

  29. 61 JER
    August 23, 2016 at 4:31 pm

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  33. 67 vcprezofan2
    August 23, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Something needs to be done about retraining cops so that they don’t automatically shoot to kill. People who are so afraid of every (potential) movement they are trigger happy ought to seek a different career.

    • 68 0388jojothecat
      August 23, 2016 at 6:05 pm

      Sad, I think that deaf drivers should have something on their vehicles so that other drivers, police, fire dept., knows these people are hearing impaired. The police today are just so afraid especially the men. I don’t think the female police are as fearful because women can recognize facial expressions better than men.

      • August 23, 2016 at 6:15 pm

        Are you sure it’s afraid, or is it they don’t give a dam who they shoot because they know they will get off.

        • 70 99ts
          August 23, 2016 at 7:14 pm

          I think they are afraid bella – used to be the police had the guns – now they are facing people with guns every day of their lives. Their reaction is to SHOOT rather than THINK or SEE.

      • 71 vcprezofan2
        August 23, 2016 at 6:46 pm

        Unbelievably sad, Jojo. So many of these deaths seem preventable if only the officers were not so ‘quick on the draw’. I just don’t get why they aren’t trained to shoot to disarm/delay/temporarily disable.

        • 72 cd4biden
          August 23, 2016 at 8:25 pm

          My thought exactly, vc. Why not shoot them in the leg. They can’t run very far or fast, and then they are still alive. But, no. Straight at the chest. What is up with that?

    • 73 arapaho415
      August 23, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      GE VC.

      This was one of Daily Mail UK’s lead stories yesterday (haven’t looked this site today).

      Not condoning the murder of this person, this young man should not have done what he did, which was to try to escape from police — that’s asking for a world of trouble. He apparently tried to outrun law enforcement (for speeding on a freeway) and didn’t pull over, instead headed home.

      I’m still steamed about the Albuquerque PD surrounding a homeless man on a hiking trail and gunning him down in cold blood for “illegal camping.” In broad daylight, this homeless man was outnumbered 8 or 10 to one and had a pocket knife but no gun.

      This happened 2 years ago, in April before Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson in August 2014.

      • 74 vcprezofan2
        August 23, 2016 at 6:53 pm

        Hi Arap.

        I didn’t get the sense he was trying to outrun the police. If I’m not mistaken, he sped away briefly, then stopped, etc. etc. The police *need* to be better trained! Also, why are they almost always given the benefit of the doubt. Heck, IMO the police officer shouldn’t have done what he did. Shooting to kill should not be the answer to every situation!!!

        • 75 Obama Grandmama
          August 23, 2016 at 7:21 pm

          What ever happened to shooting them in their arm or shoulder to disarm them or prevent them from using that arm to discharge a gun?

          • 76 vcprezofan2
            August 23, 2016 at 7:26 pm

            Exactly, OG! This *fear* the police have of *their* own life has gone way too far over the line to total disregard for the lives of those they swear ‘to serve and protect’. Or do they even do that any more?

        • 77 arapaho415
          August 23, 2016 at 7:28 pm

          Yes, you’re right.

          So many police are trigger-happy, and this young man should not have been killed.

          Also, not sure what they were thinking, opening fire in a homeowner’s driveway, could have hurt (or worse) someone in the neighborhood.

          Hopefully this police department will allow an outside party to conduct a thorough investigation.

          Very sad for the family, something that should not have happened.

          • 78 vcprezofan2
            August 23, 2016 at 7:34 pm

            I’d bet if more officers were held accountable for their actions UNDER THE LAW more of them wouldn’t be as *fear*fully trigger happy. I believe they are murdering citizens without hesitation because they know the majority of them can/will get away with it. Disgusting ….and the cause of real fear for many average unarmed citizens.

  34. August 23, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    • 80 carolyn
      August 23, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      This statistic does not surprise me. In my little corner of the academic world, these women were the most motivated and hard working students. The least motivated and hard working were white males. This was not only my experience, but the experience of other faculty members on my campus.

      • 81 CEB
        August 23, 2016 at 7:20 pm

        It is because we know that we have only one shot and not to waste it. We are also very conscious that what we do will have great impact on those that follow us and we do not want to disappoint our families and our communities. I always forced myself to speak up in class even when I did not feel like it because I did not want the professors to think that I was stupid. The unintentional result of this is that I always wound up being group leader or taking over the class at the professor’s request when he/she was away.

    • 82 CEB
      August 23, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      This has been on the rise since the 70’s, when for the first time, large numbers of Black women, often the first in their families to get college degrees (which was true for myself and the young women who were graduated with me from high school in 1972) after landmark desegregation cases. In the 80’s, while still single, we all bought our own homes. We were 18 years old when that age group got the vote and we have been rocking it ever since. We reached back and got our younger sisters, cousins, and nieces and brought them along as well. No magic; just hard work and dedication.

  35. 84 JER
    August 23, 2016 at 4:53 pm

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    • 89 susanne
      August 23, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      News orgs stir up anti-Dem sentiments, trying to be ‘interesting’. Meaning: they know we’re already bored with T-rump’s escapades, and they have to somehow keep us watching and clicking for the next 3 months.

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  39. August 23, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Trump promised a $100,000 donation to Greenwell Springs Baptist Church…church’s interim pastor is Anthony Perkins, who is also president of the Family Research Council — a powerful and politically active Christian conservative group that condemns abortion, homosexuality and what it calls “transgenderism.”

    Perkins said Tuesday that Trump’s gift had not yet been paid.

    Perkins said he was unsure whether Trump planned to make the donation out of his own pocket, or perhaps from the Donald J. Trump Foundation — a nonprofit group that is largely filled with other donors’ money, not Trump’s own.

  40. 94 hopefruit2
    August 23, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Really? Somehow, I always thought all of these groups were Republican/Libertarian front groups.

    • 95 arapaho415
      August 23, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      GA/GE HF2.

      Media has been in the tank for the odious Greenwald and #Snowdenwald for decades now (at least it seems like eons).

      Even otherwise reasonable and open-minded MSM still don’t question Greenwald’s ethics re: Snowden and his ODS.

      • 96 cd4biden
        August 23, 2016 at 8:44 pm

        What is their purpose for doing this? For hurting hundreds of individuals, and ruining some people’s lives. People who have no connection to government, or anything. I already thought they were pretty dumb a**holes. Now I know it for a fact. This just breaks my heart for these individuals. And as for wikileaks, they can rot in Russia forever.

  41. August 23, 2016 at 5:18 pm

  42. 98 donna dem 4 obama
    August 23, 2016 at 5:59 pm

  43. August 23, 2016 at 6:03 pm

  44. 100 donna dem 4 obama
    August 23, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Eyes on the Prize. The media is trying their darnedest to lower her poll numbers with all these so-called email and Clinton Foundation drummed up allegations so they can have their election night squeaker. We just need to keep working at it like we are 20pts behind right up until the last vote is cast on election night.

    • 101 99ts
      August 23, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      And their continual harping on “low favorability”. This question is a pure oush poll. You don’t have to “like” someone to know they are qualified to be President. Only way the pollsters can get a negative for Sec Clinton.

    • 102 99ts
      August 23, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      AND – they sure as hell pick the photos to use

    • 103 99ts
      August 23, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      The liberal media – this is how to write up a candidate who has a MASSIVE lead in the polls

      “During the latest polling, Clinton faced renewed scrutiny about her handling of classified emails while serving as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013, and Trump’s campaign chief, Paul Manafort, resigned after a reshuffle of the candidate’s campaign leadership team. ”

      So we have the emails & the resignation of a campaign manager. And Trump thinks he is hardly done by. smh

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  47. 107 JER
    August 23, 2016 at 6:50 pm

  48. August 23, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    “Some Facts About the Clinton Foundation”


    First of all, when it comes to foreign donors, that has actually been part of the Foundation’s vision from the beginning.

    A big part of their work is developing public/private partnerships where private money is used to leverage local government investment in their areas of interest (global health and wellness, opportunity for girls and women, childhood obesity, economic opportunity and growth, and addressing the effects of climate change).

    Secondly, based on the Foundation’s 990 and the Clinton’s tax return, it is clear that neither Bill, Hillary nor Chelsea have ever received a salary or any other compensation from the foundation. Quite the opposite is true. In 2015, the Clintons actually donated $1 million to the foundation. In other words, neither Hillary’s campaign nor the Clintons themselves have profited from this work.

    Thirdly, what about the emails that show collusion between Clinton’s work at the State Department and the foundation…

    People in Washington schmooze with people they know to help other people they know? Shocking, isn’t it? My guess is that the average aide to a cabinet member gets a dozen things like this a week. If all we can find here are two in four years—both of which were basically blown off—the real lesson isn’t that Hillary Clinton’s State Department was seedy. Just the opposite. It was almost pathologically honest.

    • August 23, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      On the flip side, what has the Clinton Foundation accomplished?

      The 10-year-old initiative has facilitated programs that aided more than 430 million people in 180 countries, with government, private and civil-society entities working together in 90 percent of the programs.

      Forty-six million children have better educational opportunities, more than 110 million women and children have better access to health care, and clean drinking water is more available to over 27 million people.

      The initiative prides itself on some 3,200 “commitments to action” – concrete plans for a new approach to a major problem – by its members:
      1. financial education for more than 1.2 million poor women and youths and scholarships for more than 10,000 students in Kenya
      2. more than 430 successful online crowdfunding campaigns for projects centered on women and girls
      3. enlisting African-American churches in combatting HIV and AIDS, has trained more than 500 religious leaders.

      According to Charity Watch, the Clinton Foundation only spends 12% of their funds on overhead (fundraising and administration) – which is incredibly low for a non-profit. That is why they receive an “A” rating from that watchdog.

      • August 23, 2016 at 7:07 pm

        I have to wonder if any of the pundits and journalists actually read the emails. Because if they had, they would have noticed, as Kevin Drum has, that this whole thing really is absurd.

        If some of these efforts had succeeded, that would hardly be noteworthy. It’s the kind of thing that happens all the time. What’s really noteworthy about the most recent email releases is that they demonstrate a surprisingly high level of integrity from Hillary Clinton’s shop at Foggy Bottom. Huma Abedin was tasked with running interference on favor seekers, and she seems to have done exactly that. There’s no evidence at all that being a donor to the Clinton Foundation helped anyone out.

        In addition, the media has a problem with math. Case in point, there is a handful of emails between the Clinton Foundation and Abedin. A handful of emails, in four years. There’s not a mathematician in the world who could deduce a pattern of behavior with that small a sampling.

  49. August 23, 2016 at 6:59 pm

  50. August 23, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    The staffers at E.J.I., in addition to their legal duties, attempted to identify every lynching that took place in twelve states. They found records for about four thousand lynchings, roughly eight hundred more than in previous counts. Stevenson became convinced that lynching had a historical and a contemporary relevance that needed to be more visible. At first, he imagined erecting more historical markers, but he soon expanded his plan. “One factor, to be honest, was that we started talking about a memorial for 9/11 victims within five years,” he said. “It’s not as if we haven’t waited long enough to begin the process of a memorial for lynching. So that’s when it became clear to me that, in addition to the markers, we needed to be talking about a space, a bigger, deeper, richer space. The markers will give you a little snapshot, but we need to tell the whole story.”

    • August 23, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      There has been headlines that speak about the real reason for the 2nd Amendment,,,that it was to set up slave patrols to manage slaves…
      in this article…Bryan Stevenson talks about the connection between lynching and the death penalty…

      More from this Important read..

      ..Stevenson believes that too little attention has been paid to the hostility of whites to the civil-rights movement. “Where did all of those people go?” he said. “They had power in 1965. They voted against the Voting Rights Act, they voted against the Civil Rights Act, they were still here in 1970 and 1975 and 1980. And there was never a time when people said, ‘Oh, you know that thing about segregation forever? Oh, we were wrong. We made a mistake. That was not good.’ They never said that. And it just shifted. So they stopped saying ‘Segregation forever,’ and they said, ‘Lock them up and throw away the key.’ ”

  51. 116 CEB
    August 23, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Every evening new show: DT came, why did PBO come to Louisiana so late? and found the one person to complain. PBO sent professionals and dollars while DT took a photo a passed out Play-Doh. WTH is wrong with the media that will search for one unsubstantiated negative little thing while over-looking the thousands of good effective things going on? They so badly want PBO to be the fuck up that Dubya was so they will either ignore what is true or make shit up or both. I am especially disgusted with Lester Holt who is clearly one of those go-along-to-get-along-types. He is in a position to write his own copy and to at least speak up at times the way that Al Roker has done in public as well as behind the scenes for years. Everything out of Holt’s mouth in regard to PBO is a negative, or a qualifier. I do not expect him to cheerlead, but he does not have to be such a creature of those who want to bring the president down, to deny his successes, and to taint h is legacy. There will be a day of reckoning for collaborators like Holt. The A-A community has a long memory.

  52. 117 JER
    August 23, 2016 at 7:32 pm

  53. August 23, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    • 122 HZ
      August 23, 2016 at 11:56 pm

      A class act for sure. Our POTUS is going to be missed for all of his goodness and decency. I know that I will miss him. HZ

  54. 123 vcprezofan2
    August 23, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Pity Bennett hadn’t added “FROM: GOP & MSM” to this ‘toon, because the media do seem to be playing their part.

    • 124 99ts
      August 23, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      Like Benghazi, I’m beginning to think this is well overboiled by the media. Polls keep coming out with Hillary increasing her lead. Guarantee the ratings drop every time these fools start talking emails.

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  57. 127 Allison
    August 23, 2016 at 8:04 pm

  58. 128 FoxfireTX
    August 23, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    The idea that it is TRUMP screaming pay to play and the media buys it is nothing short of insane. Apparently, they have forgotten his two payoffs to the AGs of TX and FL IN EXCHANGE for their not pursuing lawsuits against Trump University. THAT is the definition of pay to play. So where is the coverage of that? Along with his Bank of China loans, loans and dealings with Russian oligarchs, etc etc. They do not have ONE instance of anything being done for the supposed access provided by the Clinton foundation. And it is big on every single media outlet. Absolutely disgusting.

  59. August 23, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    CEB, Regarding your comment about the media and specifically L. Holt. Same thing with Judy Woudruff on PBS. She ALWAYS works in a negative in her comment, report or a question to someone she is interviewing. Repeat: ALWAYS. They are all the same–agenda to show PO in a negative light or question or criticize. And as we all know, they are desperate for a horse race between Hillary and Trump and will do whatever they have to do to make that happen or appear as such. I don’t hate people, but I sure come close to hating the media.

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