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ABC News: President @BarackObama bows as he arrives to hold a YSEALI town hall meeting at Souphanouvong University Auditorium in Luang Prabang. #PresidentObama #Obama #Laos

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  1. 3 GGail
    September 8, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Congrats SW. We tied for First 🙂

  2. 5 Nerdy Wonka
    September 8, 2016 at 2:27 pm

  3. September 8, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Divided We Learn: Swarthmore’s President on What It Means to be Poor, Black and in Prison
    Addressing justice — and injustice

    by Valerie Smith
    September 8, 2016 1:37 PM


    Education has had a powerful impact on my life and in the life of my family. I’m the eldest of three children of parents who were born and raised in the segregated south, specifically in Charleston, South Carolina. Both of my parents were raised in a community that believed in the value of education.

    They were encouraged to excel academically and to attend college because they were surrounded by people who believed that education would lead them from poverty and a limited set of life choices to independence, fulfilling work, economic self-sufficiency, and the middle class.

    The first in their families to go to college, my parents attended historically black colleges. After graduation, they married and moved to New York; like many African Americans they were part of the Great Migration from the South to the North, leaving Jim Crow segregation in search of greater opportunities for themselves and their children. My father went on to get his master’s and doctorate and become a professor of biology; my mother became an elementary school teacher and received her master’s degree.

    Coming from a background shaped by educators like my parents, it is perhaps little wonder that I found my life’s work in the educational field. I’ve spent most of my career as a professor of English and African American Studies, teaching a variety of courses on topics such as modern and contemporary African-American literature, women’s writing of the African diaspora, black film, and literature and culture of the civil rights era. I’ve experienced my greatest sense of fulfillment when I’ve had students who enter my classes wrapped in timidity or self-doubt, shrouded in a sense that they don’t belong, and I’m able to help them discover their own power.

    Although in my first year as president of Swarthmore I wasn’t able to teach, I was fortunate to visit a class where I saw the communal power of the intellectual exchange at work, when I sat in on the final session “The Politics of Punishment.”


    The class was taught under the auspices of the Inside/Out Prison Exchange initiative. Half the class — the women — were Swarthmore students; the other half — the men — were incarcerated.

    The Inside/Out Prison Exchange provides a remarkable opportunity for incarcerated persons and regular college and university students to learn together from dedicated, world-class professors. Both groups of students receive the benefit of working, studying with, and learning from people who may be very different from themselves. Both receive the opportunity to experience each other as human beings — not as stereotypes.

    • September 8, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      Rikyrah, thanks so much for posting this! Reminded me that I forgot to rsvp of their Discussion Group Dinner Series; hope there is still subscriptions available. Ms Smith is the October speaker. https://swatdiscussiongroup.wordpress.com/about-2/

      Less than a mile from my home, it was one of my summer hangouts. I used to sit in on the Upward Bound classes; my Mom, a department store clerk made about $100 too much for me to qualify for the program. While I couldn’t participate in the field trip, nor sleep in the dorms, the director did let me sit in on the classes. For that I was grateful.

  4. 18 JER
    September 8, 2016 at 3:23 pm

  5. September 8, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Does anyone know when PBO is headed back to Washington DC?

  6. 22 CEB
    September 8, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    PBO always does this greeting gesture as gracefully as the people of the various South Asian countries that he has visited. This is probably due to the fact that he lived in Indonesia for awhile when he was a boy, as well as to his habit of always being respectful of the traditions of others.
    On another note, good places to revisit when you need to sweep the refuse of the current election cycle out of your mind are: PBO at Stonehenge (still on the Whitehouse.gov. site or YouTube) and Chips’ 1/1/2016 post of Small People which showcases a video of PBO, MO and their love of babies and children that has Louis Armstrong singing “Only Love” in the background. ‘

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  14. 38 Ladyhawke
    September 8, 2016 at 5:25 pm

  15. September 8, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    • September 8, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      I realize more and more the specific challenge Hillary is confronted with. There is deep resistance, conscious and unconscious, to the idea of a woman as President of the United States. She is definitely treated with a different standard.

      Thank God the republican nominee is a buffon. I doubt she would have had much of a chance against a more “regular” republican. With maybe the exception of Jeb ha ha…

    • 41 GGail
      September 8, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      I think we all (us females) have a story similar to this and for us black females – we receive double resistance & doubt.

      • 42 CEB
        September 8, 2016 at 8:47 pm

        I taught myself not to cry when I was in my early teens because it gave too much power to my abusive father. Next, I was either the only Black person or one of two in most of my university classes and I forced myself to speak up because if I were silent I knew that not only would I be over-looked but that I would be perceived as stupid rather than shy. In my early years as a teacher, I was in schools that were mostly white and I looked much younger than I was (because Black does not crack). My naturally serious demeanor and my awareness of how I was being judged kept me from being anything but business-like for the longest. It was also the era of dress-for-success and I wore these very expensive, executive style suits so that I could be taken seriously. So Yes, I totally get where Hillary is coming from.

      • September 8, 2016 at 11:26 pm

        Girl, you know it! Nothing like being Black and female in a White male dominated environment…

    • 44 arapaho415
      September 8, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      GE Alycee.

      • 45 carolyn
        September 8, 2016 at 8:24 pm

        I appreciated HRC telling this experience. One of the reasons I loved my husband so passionately was because he LIKED smart women. Back in the early 60s, smart women often had to camouflage their brains. When I met him, I had decided “the heck with it. He’ll either like me the way I am , or I’ll move on.” Fortunately, he liked me the way I was. He used to say he didn’t know why so-called smart men would choose to marry women without a lot of brains, because doing that would ensure children without brains. Marry a smart woman, get smart children. He thought brains were sexy. Obviously, PBO thinks so too, as do many other smart men, who are not AFRAID of smart women. The men who taunt Hillary and Michelle are AFRAID of their masculinity and their dumbness. Do they not realize that? Proves they’re not smart.
        DT is a mass of inferiority, fear, insecurity, stupidity……need I go on?

  16. September 8, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Today’s pod: Keepin’ it 1600:

  17. September 8, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Everyone hates paying bank fees. But imagine paying fees on a ghost account you didn’t even sign up for.

    That’s exactly what happened to Wells Fargo customers nationwide.

    On Thursday, federal regulators said Wells Fargo employees secretly created millions of unauthorized bank and credit card accounts — without their customers knowing it — since 2011.

    The phony accounts earned the bank unwarranted fees and allowed Wells Fargo employees to boost their sales figures and make more money.
    “Wells Fargo employees secretly opened unauthorized accounts to hit sales targets and receive bonuses,”

  18. 48 donna dem 4 obama
    September 8, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    I couldn’t be anymore frustrated with the media this campaign season.


  19. 51 JER
    September 8, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Live at 6PM: Hillary Clinton Addresses the National Baptist Convention in Kansas City, Mo. – http://abcnews.go.com/live?stream=2


    • 52 JER
      September 8, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      LIVE NOW: Hillary Clinton at National Baptist Convention, Kansas City, Mo. – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

    • September 8, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      Hey DJT!!! *That’s* how you do outreach.

    • 54 GGail
      September 8, 2016 at 6:15 pm

      That is such a pretty picture of Hillary.
      Thanks JER {{{hugs}}}

      • 55 carolyn
        September 8, 2016 at 7:51 pm

        Hillary is pretty….I’ve seen her in person. Not that being pretty is a requirement, although it seems to be for any woman running for office, but I get sick and tired of people ragging on her looks. It’s not important, but she IS pretty, and she has a great smile!

    • September 8, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      Thank you! So enjoying the devotions.

    • 57 Ladyhawke
      September 8, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      So today we have seen Hillary ………

      1) This morning at that amazing press conference she ripped the bark off of DJT’s hide.

      2) This afternoon she held a rally in NC where she focused on voter disenfranchisement in NC and around the country. Again called out DJT for his abysmal performance at the National Security Forum last night. Stronger Together book.

      3) Tonight she gave a very moving speech on her faith at the National Baptist Convention.

      Not bad for a days work.

  20. 58 Ladyhawke
    September 8, 2016 at 5:50 pm

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    • September 8, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      • 61 sherijr
        September 8, 2016 at 7:15 pm

        I so completely hate this person. He is all that is wrong in the human race- packaged into one awful being. And the people that follow him.

      • September 8, 2016 at 7:48 pm

        And that’s what the racists bigot Trump and his racists supporters want. By the way I wonder were Trump is hiding his wife, haven’t seen her since her reading of Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech. What Trump isn’t allowing Melania to speak.

      • 66 nathkatun7
        September 8, 2016 at 8:04 pm

        Donald Trump’s tweet about President Obama is dripping with vile racism. In the first place, by any objective standards, President Obama has NOT “done such a poor job as president….” I am convinced that historians will regard him as one of the most consequential presidents, mainly because he saved the country from going into another Great Depression and helped enact a comprehensive health care reform that has drastically reduced the percentage of the people without health insurance, In the second place, and most importantly, a president”s performance can’t be judged on the basis of race. If that were the case, then we should never have seen another white president, “for generations,” after the mediocre performances of a great many of the 43 white Presidents that served before President Obama.

        For white racists, like Donald Trump, any shortcomings of an individual black person is a reflection of all Black people. Whereas, any shortcomings of an individual white person has to be judged as an individual shortcoming, which does not apply to all white people. As far as I am concerned, what Donald Trump tweeted is the most insidious form of racism.

      • 67 Obama Grandmama
        September 8, 2016 at 8:21 pm

        Also, from what I have seen of three of the Trump kids that followed into their Father’s business they have learned his lying, cheating ways and his despicable values.

  22. 68 JER
    September 8, 2016 at 5:59 pm

  23. 69 JER
    September 8, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    First lady Michelle Obama speaks during the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities poetry reading to honor student poets.

    • September 8, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      I was so touch by FLOTUS, when she was brought to tears as she said good-bye and thank you to everyone, and how programs like these could make a difference in kids lives. This was this WH last poetry reading.

  24. 71 GGail
    September 8, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Hey Alycee, I emailed you the draft of the letter. Please review. Thanks! 🙂

  25. 73 JER
    September 8, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    President Barack Obama gestures as he boards Air Force One prior to departure from Wattay International Airport in Vientiane.

  26. 81 Nerdy Wonka
    September 8, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    His legacy will be great indeed.

  27. September 8, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Just absolutely and completely absurd.

  28. 83 Ladyhawke
    September 8, 2016 at 6:42 pm

  29. September 8, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    • 85 arapaho415
      September 8, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      Nancy Pelosi is the greatest Speaker of the House since Sam Rayburn, who has a federal building named after him (don’t remember his politics, think he was GOP, but his name was on the radio all the time when I a young’un).

      Dems so need to re-take the House so that Nancy can retire when she’s ready as Speaker of the House.

      • 86 carolyn
        September 8, 2016 at 8:25 pm

        Rayburn was a Demo. He was speaker of the House, when LBJ was majority leader of the Senate. I remember this…..THAT is how old I am 🙂

        • 87 arapaho415
          September 8, 2016 at 9:20 pm

          Oh, great to know he was a Dem.

          Remember hearing his name on the radio all the time in the 1960s, and how he was touted as a giant back then.

          Of course I’m more familiar with Nancy, and she’s a giant in my mind. I recall some handwringing when Dems had the majority in the House (the good old days), but she was always strategic in her approach and always delivered.

          Such a stark contrast between the lightweight cowards/liars who currently head the House and Senate. They have a single agenda, to obstruct PBO and MSM NEVER corrects or mentions that Republicans added riders relating to the Confederate Flag and Planned Parenthood in the Zika bill — so most of the MSM audience believes that Dems are blocking funding for Zika abatement.


    • 88 whenpamelawandered
      September 8, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      Go the Hawks! 12th man!

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  31. 90 JER
    September 8, 2016 at 7:21 pm

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  33. September 8, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Hillary is doing some good speaking, alot better then what that phony liar did in Michigan last Saturday

  34. 93 JER
    September 8, 2016 at 7:31 pm

  35. September 8, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    HRC was in her element in this National Baptist Convention. Very natural and very moving speech. This is the kind of stuff that wins VOTES.

  36. 101 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Years ago, our very diverse workforce enabled me to meet and make a number of friends from Laos.

    Before this, I had never met anyone from Laos but we have since grown very close with some of them => sharing cultural exchanges, meals, laughter, dreams and helping them to interpret their documents (work, medical, immigration, legal, school etc) ;

    During the two campaigns that PBO has been a candidate, I worked with them to register and mobilize voters in their community to vote for PBO.

    I was (and still am) their key outreach as they enroll in ObamaCare and the embedded Medicaid Expansion;

    So you can imagine how exciting the last few days have been as they watched PBO visiting their country. They have shared photos and video of all activities I have seen updated here.

    They even had a video of PBO dancing => until then I had just seen the still photos;

    But most importantly, a lot of gratitude was expressed for the US $90Million to remove the unexploded bombs and help the victims.

    When I explained to them that PBO said that this $90Million was intended for just the 3 years and would most likely increase as needed, they were even more excited and happier.

    What I had repeatedly was this sentence: “President Obama is a very good man and we always knew it”;
    so for those who may hear others say that the US should end foreign aid, please feel free to remind those speakers that use of our taxes in form of “soft power” makes a huge difference in the lives of many people abroad.


    • September 8, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      How wonderful to know this, GlobalcitizenLinda. Moving testimony to the quiet power and strength which POTUS and FLOTUS have demonstrated daily weekly monthly yearly throughout out their time, like farmers planting their fields, tending crops, reaping harvest down the road. Not all in their control (weather! seasons! pollution from outside) but they/ do what they can and it matters and it bears fruit (and vegetables and more) over time. I love knowing this. We’re with them: he is a very good man and we always knew it.

  37. 104 arapaho415
    September 8, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    GE TODville.

    Love that HRC is PBO’s surrogate for another two months:

    And to understand how livid the fact that MSM ignores DJT #Birther-In-Chief status, from yesterday (@jonfavs RT’d a tweet about Pence accepting that PBO is an American citizen):

    • 105 arapaho415
      September 8, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      Actually, just thought of this.

      Not only is HRC running for President like Ginger Rogers danced with Fred Astaire, she has wear two hats when it comes to the MSM.

      Containing the adversarial media without appearing defensive, and doing their job because they roll over and play dead when “reporting” on DJT.

    • September 8, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      Well, given how they grade leaders, Trump and Spence would characterize Hitler as a fantastic, strong leader. And Jesus Christ as a very weak one.

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  39. 108 JER
    September 8, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    • 109 arapaho415
      September 8, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      GE JER.

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  41. 113 Nerdy Wonka
    September 8, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    • 114 arapaho415
      September 8, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      GE NerdyW.

      Stunning tweets, thank you.

      The photos with Aung San Suu Kyi are simply remarkable, and capture PBO’s good-hearted essence completely.

  42. September 8, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Doing the Poetry Program today, FLOTUS said that POTUS regards himself as something of a poet. We’ll see. Maybe when he’s done he’ll write one for me.”

  43. 116 JER
    September 8, 2016 at 8:00 pm

  44. September 8, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    CHERISH this beauty one last time:

  45. 121 Ladyhawke
    September 8, 2016 at 8:11 pm

  46. 123 globalcitizenlinda
    September 8, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    I remember reading a few poems PBO wrote when he was still a student at Occidental College in CA

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  48. 126 amk for obama
    September 8, 2016 at 9:00 pm

  49. 128 hopefruit2
    September 8, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Win or lose, Serena is still the GOAT. Right now, every game is just a bonus as she herself has said. She’s 35 years old with a stunning record and absolutely nothing to prove at this point.

  50. 130 amk for obama
    September 8, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    In the email exchange released Wednesday by House Oversight Committee ranking Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings, Powell appeared proud that he had defied security officials by using hand-held devices in the agency’s secure spaces.

    “They gave me all kinds of nonsense about how they gave out signals and could be read by spies, etc.,” Powell wrote, referring to personnel from State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security. “I had numerous meetings with them. We even opened one [device] up for them to try to explain to me why it was more dangerous than say, a remote control for one of the many tvs in the suite. Or something embedded in my shoe heel. They never satisfied me and NSA/CIA wouldn’t back off. So, we just went about our business and stopped asking.”


    heh, fucking fifth columnists. Here is your real emails!!! scandal.

  51. 133 No Child Left Behind
    September 8, 2016 at 9:56 pm

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