Labor Day: A Letter From President Obama

105 Responses to “Labor Day: A Letter From President Obama”

  1. September 5, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    This needed to be said. I’m glad Christiane Amanpour said it. “Be truthful not neutral.”

  2. 4 Nerdy Wonka
    September 5, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    • 6 Betsy
      September 5, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      You can really tell she’s been campaigning tirelessly as she’s losing her voice, seems to have a cold?, called it allergies to Donald Trump, lol. She never gives up. Loved the shout outs to PBO from Tim & Hillary.

  3. 7 globalcitizenlinda
    September 5, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    NW, thanks for all you do for us and for always keeping us on the cutting edge of the things that really matter.

    here is hoping you have had a great and restful labor day weekend;

  4. 8 globalcitizenlinda
    September 5, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    my plea about the senate and Dems this election:

    a number of people here expressed some worry about the senate race in Ohio;

    like I said, beginning labor day, all roads to the White House go through Ohio;

    a few days ago, VP Biden was in Ohio with senate Dem candidate former Governor Ted Strickland;

    https://twitter.com/Ted_Strickland/status/771381508850479105 ;

    Even Senator Elizabeth Warren has put her support behind this race;

    https://twitter.com/DavidPepper/status/771394559347535872 ;

    today, Sec HRC’s first stop is Cleveland Ohio.

    She and senate Dem candidate former Governor Ted Strickland are at the center of the rally;

    they are being strongly supported by the Dem Senator Sherrod Brown and members of the labor movement;

    https://twitter.com/HillaryforOH/status/772858702114193408 ;

    during the previous two election cycles, Governor Strickland worked tirelessly in support of PBO & VP; he spent many hours crisscrossing the state looking for votes for the presidential ticket and other down-ballot races. among others, he is a strong support of Unions, healthcare (especially mental health), voting rights and criminal justice reform;

    So, my humble request is that if you have resources (time, money advocacy) to spare, then please consider supporting him in the remaining days of this campaign and we on the ground will bring it home for the Dems on Nov/8th;

    https://twitter.com/TheDemocrats/status/772112258994495488 ;

    • 11 cd4biden
      September 5, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      Hillary just was introduced and she is having a huge coughing fit because she has been speaking so much. She caught her breath and said, “Every time I think of Trump I get allergic!” So quick with the humor. She is really having trouble speaking due to the cough. I hope her throat settles down in a minute or two. She is just pushing through it all. Crowd is very supportive.

      • 12 cd4biden
        September 5, 2016 at 3:36 pm

        “Friends don’t let friends vote for Trump” is another slogan of hers that she is handing out today. Also her new book with Tim Kaine, called Stronger Together, is available tomorrow, Wednesday, describing all the policies she and Tim Kaine have for their vision for America

      September 5, 2016 at 6:52 pm


  5. September 5, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Happy Labor Day Bill, NW, TOD 🙂


  6. 18 Nerdy Wonka
    September 5, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    There’s dumb and then there’sGreg Abbott.

  7. 24 Nerdy Wonka
    September 5, 2016 at 2:48 pm

  8. 25 JER
    September 5, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    LIVE NOW: Bernie Sanders Campaigns for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire – http://abcnews.go.com/live?stream=1

  9. 27 Linda
    September 5, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Hillary caught my dry cough……..

    The right will go nuts over her coughing spell for sure.. lol

  10. 31 desertflower
    September 5, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    • September 5, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      I wish I could ask those on tv, to explain to me how that Mexico thing was such a genius. He look Presidential, dam he is running for President, he should look Presidential.

  11. 34 desertflower
    September 5, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    On this Labor Day…just remember, they really aren’t that into you.

    • 35 Linda
      September 5, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      And…this just happened in July…… NO MEDIA COVERED IT!

      Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump seeks temporary visas for foreign workers for 78 positions—including servers, cooks, and housekeepers—at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach and the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter.

      Trump has pledged to restore American jobs, and he repeated that goal last week during the Republican National Convention, when he said, “I’m going to bring our jobs back to Ohio and Pennsylvania and New York and Michigan and all of America.” Still, instead of seeking Americans to work those jobs, he is seeking out foreign workers for the positions.

      The applications filed this month claim there aren’t enough Americans available to do the work. But officials at a career services agency in the area say that Trump’s claims are untrue. One such official told BuzzFeed that he had “hundreds of people in our database that would qualify for a lot of those hospitality jobs” and a database with the names of 1,327 Palm Beach County residents looking for such positions.


  12. 37 desertflower
    September 5, 2016 at 4:38 pm

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  15. September 5, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Important …

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  20. September 5, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    So sad ….

    Take care everyone … bbl … {{{{{{Chips}}}}}} ….


    • 59 globalcitizenlinda
      September 5, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      I will try this again and hope that World Press will not “eat” my comment.

      I do not know if putin and erdogan have not paid any attention to how PBO operates;

      anyone with a keen eye will know that PBO will give you a chance to make a fool of yourself but up to a point;

      beyond this acceptable level of stupidity, PBO will let the hammer come down on you so fast and with such surgical precision that it will leave your head spinning and asking “what happened here, .. , I thought”;

      If I was advising these two arrogant fools, I would tell them to think long-term … ask netanyau …

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  23. 68 Ladyhawke
    September 5, 2016 at 5:47 pm

  24. 69 Ladyhawke
    September 5, 2016 at 5:49 pm

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  26. September 5, 2016 at 6:36 pm


    September 5, 2016 at 6:46 pm


  28. 81 globalcitizenlinda
    September 5, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    it would be interesting to know if there is an active opposition in the Philippines and what they have to say about the geo-political mess their homegrown demagogue just created with his obnoxious statements

  29. 82 JER
    September 5, 2016 at 6:52 pm

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  31. September 5, 2016 at 7:03 pm


    Katie’s momentum continues to build heading into the final two months of this race, as demonstrated by three new polls and a ratings change. Monmouth, Franklin & Marshall, and Public Policy Polling all showed Katie leading, by 4, 5, and 6 points, respectively, and Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball has moved the race to “Leans Democratic.”

  32. September 5, 2016 at 7:04 pm

  33. 86 Obama Grandmama
    September 5, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Watching a recap on MSNBC of the election of Barack O’Bama to the Presidency of the United States.

  34. September 5, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    John Oliver advises Trump to drop out. Hysterical! I do wish he’d gone into ( a line or 2) about WHY HRC’s trustworthy numbers are so low. BS media is why. I loved the tweets above and prove how much people just regurgitate WHAT the msm says, but without any reasons WHY.

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  36. September 5, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    OMG, I love this man so much:

  37. September 5, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Hearing a lot about the pay-to-play with FL AG, but very little about the pay-to-play with TX AG (now GOV).

  38. September 5, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    I did it! I had to sign in again with my new windows10. Yeah! I do hope everyone is doing good. I too want to add my enormous THANK YOU to Nerdy Wonka. I have no idea where I would be without you and TOD these days. I seldom comment, but I am always coming here for the facts, and a laugh, not to mention all the news that our news media misses everyday. There is so much goodness on this thread too. I love the picture from the G20-that one is a keeper for sure.
    I just want to say that my thoughts, prayers and well wishes are always there for all of us TODers who have so needed it lately. It does indeed take a village.

  39. September 5, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    MSNBC is showing a wonderful program on our President. It is quite good. I hope they air it again.

  40. September 5, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Good evening, TOD Family! You are the greatest! Had a lovely, low key day yesterday; actually, slept most of the day away. 🙂 My Mom made a wonderfully LARGE coffee cup for me, and will take me out to dinner later in the week. Life is good.

  41. 102 yardarm756
    September 5, 2016 at 9:14 pm


    Future: Think about it … Imagine it… 2084 or before!!!
    The following ought to keep you thinking for a short while Smiling face (black and white)

    In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide.
    Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt.
    What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 years – and most people don’t see it coming.
    Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on paper film again? Digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore’s law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a long time, before it became way superior and got mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen with Artificial Intelligence, health, automatic / electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs. Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution.
    Welcome to the Exponential Age.

    Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years

    Mind you, Uber is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world. AirBnB is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties.

    Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected. In the US, young lawyers already don’t have jobs. You can get legal advice (more or less basic stuff) from IBM Watson within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% less lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain.

    Watson already helps nurses diagnose cancer, 4 time more accurate than human nurses. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.

    Automatic cars: In 2018 the first self driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete automobile industry will start to be disrupted. You don’t want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and be productive while driving. Our kids will never get a driver’s license and will never own a car. It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% less cars for that. We can transform former parking space into parks. 1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 100,000km, with autopilot driving that will drop to one accident in 10 million km. That will save a million lives each year.
    Most car companies might become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do try the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels. I spoke to a lot of engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; they are completely terrified of Tesla.

    Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.

    Real estate business is bound to change. Because if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood.
    Electric cars will become mainstream until 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all cars will run on electricity, which will become incredibly cheap and clean.
    Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can only now see the impact. Last year, more solar energy stations were installed worldwide than fossil. The price for solar energy will drop so much that all coal companies will be defunct by 2025.
    With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter. We don’t have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.

    Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There are pharma companies building a medical device (called the ‘Tricorder’ from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and your breath into it. It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medicine, nearly for free.

    3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies started 3D printing shoes. Spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a 3D printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used to have in the past.
    At the end of this year, new smartphones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home. In China, they already 3D printed a complete 6-story office building. By 2027, 10% of everything that’s being produced will be 3D printed.

    Business opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go in, ask yourself – in the future, do you think we will have that?, and if the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner? If it doesn’t work with your phone, forget the idea. And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed for failure in the 21st century.

    Work: 70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a small time.

    Agriculture: There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future. Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all days on their fields. Aeroponics will need much less water. The first petri dish produced veal is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows. Imagine if we don’t need that space anymore. There are several startups who will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labeled as ‘Alternative protein source’ (as most people still reject the idea of eating insects).

    There is an app called ‘Moodies’, which can already tell in which mood you are. Until 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it’s being displayed, if they are speaking the truth or not.

    Bitcoin will become mainstream this year and might even become the default reserve currency.

    Education: The cheapest smart phone are already at $10 in Africa and Asia. By 2020, most human will own a smartphone or a device that has access to world class education / information. Every child can use Khan’s academy and other tools for learning art, engineering, design, languages, science, music, mathematics, etc.

    Longevity: Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per year. Four years ago, the life span used to be 79 years, now it’s 80 years. The increase itself is increasing and by 2036, there will be more that one year increase per year. So we all might live for a long long time, probably way more than 100.
    And this is just what we know of today’s science and technology.

    Imagine what FUTURE holds? Challenging?
    Scary ? Exciting?
    All at the same time!

    Enjoy Life!

  42. 104 amk for obama
    September 5, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    308th GS win. Go Serena. Bye fedex’s record.

  43. 105 globalcitizenlinda
    September 5, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    huge thanks to the labor movement

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