110 Responses to “President Obama Holds A YLAI Town Hall”

  1. 1 FoxfireTX
    November 19, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Cspan1 is scheduled to broadcast PBO’s town hall (2:20 est) for those like me who are dvr-ing all I can of PBO’s final appearances:-)

  2. 2 FoxfireTX
    November 19, 2016 at 2:19 pm

  3. 7 FoxfireTX
    November 19, 2016 at 2:20 pm

  4. 8 FoxfireTX
    November 19, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    • 9 MadameSoph
      November 19, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      All this! There has been a disturbance for good in the force, TODers! Can you feel it? That Hamilton thing lifted everyone up. All my neighbors and clients have been buzzing about it all morning. The President told us we could mope for a week and a half, maybe two. Thanks to the cast of Hamilton and the collective power of our coalition, turns out it was a week and a half!!

      We will continue moving forward!

      Now, to watch my hero, PBO…

    • 10 hopefruit2
      November 19, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks for posting FireFox. I agree with Tom Watson. We can protest AND pay attention to what Trump is doing. The two things are related – they aren’t mutually exclusive!

    • 12 99ts
      November 19, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      mmmm – when the front page news is ALL about “Trump demands apology” and the Trump U settlement is small print at the bottom of the page – or on p 16 if mentioned at all – I don’t thank the media. The money side of the incoming administration has to be front and centre all the time. The conflict of interest and the illegal events are only mentioned – if your name is Clinton.

  5. 13 hopefruit2
    November 19, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    The townhall has begun! 🙂

  6. 14 FoxfireTX
    November 19, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Only the best……

  7. 16 hopefruit2
    November 19, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    The townhall audience erupts in cheers/applause for our President even before they’re supposed to!! 🙂

  8. 19 Nerdy Wonka
    November 19, 2016 at 2:36 pm

  9. 20 Nerdy Wonka
    November 19, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    • 21 Dudette
      November 19, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      Um, someone’s forgetting a few folks:
      Tom Bradley
      Willie Brown
      Ron Delluns
      Kevin Johnson
      and others.

      He’s first AA mayor of Stockton, right?

  10. 22 hopefruit2
    November 19, 2016 at 2:39 pm

  11. 23 carolyn
    November 19, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Good afternoon. I have to admit I was feeling lonely and depressed this morning. I have reason to feel lonely, because I am alone, but I usually don’t feel lonely. However, my birthday and Thanksgiving are coming up and I miss my husband desperately.
    However……today is the day my church feeds the homeless a good solid noon meal. (we do this every other Saturday.) I have participated in this for over a year now, and it has done more to help me through this time than anything else, I think. I love the people I serve with, and enjoy the work. All of us are pretty liberal and progressive, so our conversations are fun. Today was the first day since the election, and after our pastor’s wonderful sermon Sunday, we are all, fortunately, at a different place than a week ago.

    The talking now is WHAT CAN I DO? One friend said she has decided to get actively involved in climate change programs, most of us have donated to Planned Parenthood and will be joining and contributing to the ACLU. Also, our biggest activist said that the day after the election, 133 Democrats called the headquarters asking what they could do to help. I wonder if they were active before…..but something jarred them.

    Then, I talked with one of our members who ran for the State House of Reps. He is a wonderful man. He lost, but his wife explained they are in a 70% Republican district, and he did increase Democratic votes by 6% from the election two years ago. This is the kind of steps PBO knows we need to make. I think he will run again. The husband of our associate minister won a seat in the State House of Representatives this year, which he lost two years ago. His district is pretty well purple, but they worked the way PBO did and won, not a huge margin, but more than enough so there was no challenge.

    Another thanks to Arapaho for the Wheaton article. These little incidents from my life are part of that whole picture.

    I can honestly say now, that my depression lifted, and I am alone for the day, but not lonely. Giving to others is the best medicine.

    • 24 GGail
      November 19, 2016 at 4:09 pm

      {{{{carolyn}}}} it is so good that you feel comfortable enough to come here and discuss your feelings. We love you and want you to be able to come and lean on us for strength. We need to know what day is your birth date????!!!!! 🙂

      • 25 carolyn
        November 19, 2016 at 8:04 pm

        My birthday is Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. However, I was born on Thanksgiving, and I checked next year’s calendar and it will be on thanksgiving then 🙂 Think of you often Gail, and our wonderful time in D.C. A never-to-be-forgotten time.

    • 28 FoxfireTX
      November 19, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      Carolyn, I’m glad you found a way to work through it, and are feeling better. And happy that you felt comfortable enough to share here.

      Sometimes, it is just getting through each day and knowing the next day will be better. It was my birthday on Monday, and it was a horrible day. A friend had called the night before to chat, and something in that conversation triggered a sexual harassment/discrimination memory from 40 years ago that I had not thought about in probably 35 years. Funny the things your mind does to cope. In any event, didn’t sleep all night and my actual birthday was miserable. But had a long talk with my sis (we share a birthday) I cried through it, and by the next day I was better. I’ve had a number of these incidents that have been resurrected courtesy of DT and they don’t get any easier. But I am learning the pattern, and time and perhaps finally remembering is healing eventually.

      This campaign has taken such a huge toll on so many of us, and I fear it is just a preview of the horrors to come. But we will survive and move on!

  12. November 19, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    I wish you guys could listen to Jessie Jackson youngest son Jonathan Jackson talk this morning on this gospel channel call The Word channel. He talk about how this election was stolen because of voter suppression.

  13. 30 Nerdy Wonka
    November 19, 2016 at 2:52 pm

  14. November 19, 2016 at 3:11 pm

  15. 32 whenpamelawandered
    November 19, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    26K watching over on FB – because 👊🏻👁👁

  16. November 19, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Our President, President of the World.

  17. November 19, 2016 at 3:56 pm

  18. 46 globalcitizenlinda
    November 19, 2016 at 4:03 pm

  19. 47 GGail
    November 19, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    NW, thank you so much for posting the yali town hall. After a morning of busy life 101, this is a treat to slow down and watch. 🙂

  20. 48 desertflower
    November 19, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Con artist


    Rather than “suport” this sham, Dems need to call this con out for what it is.

  21. 50 desertflower
    November 19, 2016 at 4:18 pm


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  23. 54 Dudette
    November 19, 2016 at 4:31 pm


  24. 57 Dudette
    November 19, 2016 at 4:45 pm

  25. 58 globalcitizenlinda
    November 19, 2016 at 4:47 pm


    I have zero expertise in the law.

    But like I said earlier, the people who know the law are set to play a crucial part in determining how much damage the demagogue does to this country.

    Ms. Meta has put some FYI above about the Emolument Clause … I had just read about it from Prof. Laurence Tribe’s tweets;

    To my amateur mind, it seems a viable option to prevent the country from becoming a Banana Republic without all kinds of conflicts, nepotism, and pay-to-play that has already been displayed .

    I do not know if my pleas for Prof. Laurence Tribe, can make him consider to get involved in pushing this … but hey what do I have to lose by asking him to get involved.

  26. 62 Dudette
    November 19, 2016 at 4:54 pm

  27. 64 Dudette
    November 19, 2016 at 5:03 pm


  28. 65 desertflower
    November 19, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Do Tell!

    • 66 99ts
      November 19, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      And who is going to prosecute? Sessions?

      • 67 Obama Grandmama
        November 19, 2016 at 11:02 pm

        The problem is all the government will be under GOP control.

        • 68 99ts
          November 20, 2016 at 12:55 am

          It didn’t stop the republicans attacking every piece of legislation in 2008 – when the dems had full control – just seems the dems can’t get it together to do the same.

          But that doesn’t answer the Sessions problem if the dems don’t vote 100% against him.

  29. 69 desertflower
    November 19, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Agreed. Can’t complain if you said ok to the party nominee! God, I wish he lost. It was Waaaaay past time. Party before country.

  30. 71 desertflower
    November 19, 2016 at 6:10 pm

  31. 72 desertflower
    November 19, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Yes! Keep the pressure up for ALL of his crappy nominees! He’s already a weak President Elect….

  32. 79 globalcitizenlinda
    November 19, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    of course it hasn’t escaped my mind that the same gop which criticized PBO for taking FLOTUS to watch a play in the early part of his administration did not hesitate to go to NYC to do the same thing;

    these are hypocrites who envy PBO yet try very hard to be as cool as he is … but fail miserably each time;

    has someone considered the possibility that most of the rightwingers demanding to #BoycottHamilton do not even know what it is …;

    why do i get this feeling that some might think it is a retail store or a fast-food place;

  33. November 19, 2016 at 6:43 pm

  34. 83 FoxfireTX
    November 19, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    DF posted this above but I am reposting. This is incredibly important to read, and shows just the beginning of the conflicts that are so problematic in this new administration.

    The Trump organization has no less than five projects in India. Both India and Pakistan are nuclear armed states, who recently had a heated conflict at their border. How could this administration ever hope to act as a neutral mediator?

    Second, government policy from both Indian government and the US government was discussed at the meeting.

    Third, all knowledge about the meeting came from the Indian press, not the US press who apparently was wholly unaware of it.

    Finally, the recently appointed ambassador to the US from the brutal Duterte administration in the Phillipines is the Trump Organizations PARTNER in the Phillipines.

    In short, this is insane. There simply is no way the Trump organization can be untangled sufficiently to not taint the US dealings with foreign governments once he assumes office.

  35. 88 JER
    November 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm

  36. 89 JER
    November 19, 2016 at 7:36 pm

  37. 90 FoxfireTX
    November 19, 2016 at 7:44 pm

  38. 91 FoxfireTX
    November 19, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    PBO and his team have been fighting for us all along but of course you’d never know it based on our media. Funy, sure never saw anything like this when DT was railing during the campaign.

  39. 92 desertflower
    November 19, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    I feel like the US will not be first on the world stage anymore….countries will go on without us..especially in the areas of trade and the environment…since the ignoramous understands nothing about how the world works

    • 93 jacquelineoboomer
      November 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      Yes, it’s “only” been less than two weeks, and we see the fallout already. This is why it’s so important for all of us “left” after the election to listen to, read between the lines of, and be inspired by what the President is saying – here and abroad. As you know, of course.

      • 94 desertflower
        November 19, 2016 at 8:26 pm

        I cling to his words, his lessons, his hope. They will be what propels me forward.

        • 95 jacquelineoboomer
          November 19, 2016 at 8:38 pm

          We’ve been so very lucky. And the beauty of it is that so much of what he’s said and exemplified and epitomized (I could go further!) is already in writing or on video. We don’t have to look far, for a boost in our spirits going forward.

  40. November 19, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    If what this GOP senator says is true, the promise to “repeal and replace” Obamacare on day one is totally bogus.

  41. 98 jacquelineoboomer
    November 19, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Take a minute.

  42. 100 desertflower
    November 19, 2016 at 8:12 pm


  43. 101 desertflower
    November 19, 2016 at 8:34 pm


    We let a minority of voters give Trump the presidency by not turning out to vote for Clinton. (Trump didn’t even get as many votes as McCain and Romney, but Clinton received nearly five million fewer votes that Obama in 2012). But if we now and for the next four years insist that he honor our most fundamental constitutional values, including equality, human dignity, fair process, privacy, and the rule of law, and if we organize and advocate in defense of those principles, he can and will be contained. It won’t happen overnight. There will be many protracted struggles. The important thing to bear in mind is that if we fight, we can prevail.

    Read the rest at the link…

    • 102 desertflower
      November 19, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      More…You owe to to yourself to read this entire piece

      For much of his first term, Bush did indeed get away with such tactics. But much to his dismay, Americans did not sit back and accept that the executive was above the law. As I describe in my recent book, Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law, they protested, filed lawsuits, wrote human rights reports, lobbied foreign audiences and governments to bring pressure to bear on the United States, leaked classified documents, and broadly condemned the administration’s actions as violations of fundamental constitutional and human rights. Human Rights First organized retired generals and admirals; the Center for Constitutional Rights and Reprieve, aided by an army of pro-bono lawyers, brought the plight of Guantanamo detainees to the world’s attention; the Bill of Rights Defense Committee sparked a grassroots protest through local referenda on the Patriot Act; and the ACLU used the Freedom of Information Act to dislodge thousands of documents detailing the CIA’s torture program, which it and PEN American Center then disseminated in accessible form. The academy, the press, and the international community all joined in the condemnation.

      As a result, the course of history changed. By the time Bush left office in 2009, he had released more than five hundred of the detainees from Guantanamo, emptied out the CIA’s secret prisons, halted the CIA interrogation program and extraordinary renditions, and placed the NSA’s surveillance program under judicial supervision. His claims of uncheckable executive power had been rejected, and the Geneva Conventions applied to all detainees.

      Bush did not introduce these reforms because he came to realize his wrongs. His memoir, like that of his vice-president, Dick Cheney, is entirely unrepentant. But Bush was nonetheless checked—by American civil society, international criticism, and, for the first time in history, the Court and Congress.

  44. 104 jacquelineoboomer
    November 19, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    I messaged my son earlier today that – in anticipation of my hitting the exercise bike all winter (and “soon”) – I have started walking 30 steps from point A to point B and 30 steps back, a few times an hour, counting as I go. I hope to increase the number of steps, I told him.

    When he congratulated me later in the day, I added that “unintentionally, however, now I am counting EACH of my steps all day long, like ‘one, two’ from the desk to the sofa and such, ending at the sofa, after the two steps, no turning back.

    Ha! #The70YearOldBrainStillHasIt

  45. 105 jacquelineoboomer
    November 19, 2016 at 8:47 pm

  46. 107 hopefruit2
    November 19, 2016 at 8:54 pm

  47. November 19, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    The United States apologized for locking up Japanese Americans. Have we learned nothing?

  48. 110 FoxfireTX
    November 19, 2016 at 9:15 pm

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