167 Responses to “Scientist-In-Chief”

  1. 3 Anjo
    December 15, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Seasons Greetings Hi #1 Don hope you are having a fantabulous day

  2. December 15, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Greetings Don! Congratulations on FIRST! Hello Anjo, and all the best to you on this Thursday afternoon. Scientist In Chief —- Well-said and brilliantly observed as always NerdyWonka. We are richly blessed to learn from and gain inspiration from and see greatness in our mighty leader, whom we elected TWICE.

  3. December 15, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    THANK YOU, Nerdy. President Obama is pure genius.

    Please hold the families who’ve suffered so much in your thoughts and prayers.

  4. December 15, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Hello everybody,

    Noting will be the same again with PBO’s exit. I am just so glad that he is young and spry and that he and Mrs. Obama will be around to keep on inspiring us and doing great work. I really love his man and his beautiful mind.

    Nerdy, thanks, as always!!


  5. December 15, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    They never knew what they had. They never saw what we saw or their privilege never allowed them, but those of us who paid attention, always saw the man for what he is and what he has been.

    We appreciated, respected, cherished and understood all that he tried to do. And we know there will be much more he will do to inspire us. Thank you so much, President Obama.

     “I miss him already. Say what you like, President Barack Hussein Obama is supremely intelligent, witty, humane, reasonable, elegant, a great writer, a model father, a good husband, a decent human being. He has empathy and humor. He is sane and calm. He gave us eight years free of scandal and drama: no interns, no corruption, no jobs handed out to outrageously unqualified people (a hallmark of the George W. Bush years—remember “Heckuva job, Brownie”?). Although it’s unfashionable these days to care about dignity and decorum—we’re all vulgarians now, living inside a perpetual reality-TV show— Obama brought seriousness and purpose to an office that had been a kingdom of dimwittery and darkness for eight years. He acted as if knowing what you’re talking about actually mattered. And he did all this as a black man in white America, which went crazy whenever it remembered he was black—for example, when he spoke up mildly in support of a world-famous Harvard professor who was challenged for being in his own home by a local cop. Obama persisted, with grace, in the teeth of a Senate that treated him as so illegitimate that it even refused to hold hearings for his last Supreme Court nominee. To tell you the truth, I don’t know how he could stand it.”


    • 9 Judith Fardig
      December 15, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      Absolutely, Africa!

    • 10 catrst
      December 15, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      Even in this article most of it seems to be a list of all the reasons the left was “disappointed”. They never write anything about this President without qualifying their praise and they still have no clue what a giant among men he is. They are fools and have missed what all of us here have cherished, following him every day in wonder at his leadership. God bless President Obama and all those that have sincerely helped him.

      • December 15, 2016 at 7:11 pm

        Evening TOD. catrst, thanks for mentioning the negativity. Saves me from reading it. If it’s not fully appreciative of PBO, I don’t bother with writings such as these. He bent over backwards for this country and they still don’t deserve him. Never did, never will. Thankfully, we had the sense to see the beauty in all his efforts.

  6. 12 Nena20409
    December 15, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Hello TOD.
    I am still awaiting to be taken off the Moderation land.
    Please Help, NW. Thx.

  7. 13 Nena20409
    December 15, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    I am now able to post again. Thx TOD.
    Thanks NW & LP.
    My 3 posts, including the WH Presser are gone.
    I will post Video when WH Uploads it.

  8. 15 Nena20409
    December 15, 2016 at 2:40 pm

  9. 17 whatisworking
    December 15, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Hi Everyone

    I wanted to share what we are doing in Sonoma County to organize. I am hoping others will do the same.

    OFA had a planning meeting on Dec 7th. We were fortunate to have 22 in attendance with 8 new members and 2 representatives from our coalition partners.

    We listed all the issues we were concerned with and the each person could vote for 2.

    ACA had 20 votes, Climate and Voter suppression had 8, with Immigration, and ethics, coming in with 5 votes each. We want to fix everything but I urged folks to focus on a few key issues so we can have a strong voice.

    Our 2 major goals are to
    1. protect the progress we have made over the past 8 years
    2. ensure fair and free elections

    OFA will be well positioned to develop a strategy for fighting back on issues like ACA and Climate, it is not clear how involved they will be in voter suppression, russian hacking, voter registration, etc. If we need to work with another group on these issues we will.

    Since we are a very blue district we agreed to do export work. If we call out of our area we will be calling into an area with a vulnerable Rep. and we will try and build a strong OFA team that has volunteers that take off their OFA hat and work in electoral politics in 2018 and 2020.

    The mood of the group was one of dread, fear, and also a need to DO SOMETHING. They all seemed grateful that a group like OFA exists and that there are others who are willing to fight back.

    A few days later a large group of us attended a meeting of our Congressman – Mike Thompson, 6-7 new folks approached me at that meeting as well. People who have not previously volunteered are stepping up.

    Areas of CA that did not previously have an OFA team are forming one.

    I am concerned, yet hopeful that if we all raise our voices we can make a difference.

    I hope to hear stories from others on this blog who are organizing in their community.

  10. 20 whatisworking
    December 15, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Does anyone live in Darrell Issa’s district and is willing to work on a team? I would like to form a sister district relationship with this area. We need an OFA presence in his district. contact me at whatisworking@gmail.com

  11. December 15, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Just finish listening to our wonderful FLOTUS speak.

    • 22 idon
      December 15, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      That was an amazing speech as an opening salvo for Hidden Figures. I keep tweeting about SAFETY PLANNING for AfAm children. Education is the MOST important part of that planning. we need our children to put down the phone and pick up a book and pursue STEM with a vengeance. We need our public figures to model the way. We need them to talk about the brilliance and academic accomplishments of their children instead of what they’re wearing.

  12. 23 Nena20409
    December 15, 2016 at 2:57 pm

  13. 32 desertflower
    December 15, 2016 at 3:15 pm

  14. 34 JER
    December 15, 2016 at 3:19 pm

  15. 35 vcprezofan2
    December 15, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Oh, hi! 🙂

  16. 36 Judith Fardig
    December 15, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Watched the livestream of the Hidden Figures event at the White House. Incredible opportunity for mentoring kids, as always! They will never forget it. Republicans squandered an opportunity to help President Obama restore America after the Bush disaster. History will not be kind to them.

    • December 15, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      I hope you are right Judith. I would love to see them skewered!

    • 38 susanne
      December 15, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      I love my enemies so much that I’m rooting for them to have a big Ah-Ha moment, very soon. Also, I’d love for them to feel the weight of horror and grief for the choices they’ve made, so they never do this shit again.

  17. 39 susanne
    December 15, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    This post showed up on FB today– love how she skewers Tulsi, and also educates us all about the tragic situation in Syria. http://www.staradvertiser.com/2016/12/15/editorial/insight/gabbard-wrong-to-paint-syrian-refugees-as-a-threat-to-u-s-security/

    “Finally, I want Americans and people in Hawaii to know that we do not expect America to fight our war. We simply expect the world’s most powerful nation to vocally oppose war crimes and crimes against humanity, and show compassion to displaced people. In Gabbard’s view, the United States should ignore the regime’s crimes in the name of counter-terrorism, and close the door to vulnerable refugees. These positions do not reflect the values I associate with America, and I doubt they are representative of the 2nd District.”

  18. 40 JER
    December 15, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    • 41 COS
      December 15, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      According to the MSM, the election was all about the angry “white working class” not feeling the benefits of the good economy. Yeah right!!!!

  19. December 15, 2016 at 4:18 pm

  20. 43 Judith Fardig
    December 15, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Labor Secretary Tom Perez for DNC Chair! When I met him at the White House Christmas Party, I gave him my support.

    • 52 CEB
      December 15, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      This is so beautif.ul! Thanks so much, JER. Once again you have found and shared something extra special

    • 53 vcprezofan2
      December 15, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      😎 Thanks, JER. I can’t remember seeing this particular combination before though it’s not new; I really like it.

      • December 15, 2016 at 6:39 pm

        I am in tears again, thinking his time in office is so close to the end.

        • 55 vcprezofan2
          December 15, 2016 at 7:05 pm

          😀 Jackie4O, I shall not cry. I will not cry. No crying here. It’s time! He/they have done a marvelous job, and, to use one of PBO’s favourite expressions, ‘I couldn’t be any prouder of them.’ I shall not cry. I will not cry. No tears will be shed here….but I should add that I do have a slight winter allergy – when the cold air rushes into my eyes.

            • 57 vcprezofan2
              December 15, 2016 at 7:24 pm

              {{{J4O}}} 😀 😀 😀

              • 58 jacquelineoboomer
                December 15, 2016 at 8:39 pm

                {{{J4O and VC}}}

                P.S. VC – Awww. My great grandson selected his “Christmas gift for the kindergarten teacher” tonight, to give her on his last day of school before the holiday break. They’re sending me a photo of his choice (a hot chocolate kit of some sort). How sweet is that!

                • 59 vcprezofan2
                  December 15, 2016 at 8:43 pm

                  😀 😀 😀 I see you have ‘tainted’ him with *your* love of chocolate!!! Hope teacher is a chocolate lover too. 🙂

                  [I’d bet now he no longer remembers that first day ‘desertion’ by his dear mama.]

                  • 60 jacquelineoboomer
                    December 15, 2016 at 8:48 pm

                    Ha. His Mommy said his first choice was a stuffed Panda (she whispered to me that she didn’t know if the teacher would like it or not), but, yes, I hope I did “introduce” him to always adding a hint of chocolate to his life. (Desertion? During his Thxgiving break, he kept saying “When can I go back to school? I’m bored.”) ❤

                    • 61 vcprezofan2
                      December 15, 2016 at 8:52 pm

                      “When can I go back to school? I’m bored.”

                      Oh dear, the ‘b’ word has taken root, has it? 😀 Dear mama better have lots of activity to help him survive the week between Xmas and NY, as I doubt the presents will hold his attention for longer than a day or two. It’s good that he’s enjoying his first year though!

                    • 62 jacquelineoboomer
                      December 15, 2016 at 8:58 pm

                      Yes, that’s a long stretch to fill his little brain with interesting things! Luckily, they live in Florida, so he can also go outside to play, with new toys and such. For instance, while it’s 10 degrees here in Central Illinois today … it was probably in the low 80s in Central Florida. (Just had to gripe about that “10 degrees” part one more time today! Ugh.)

                    • 63 vcprezofan2
                      December 15, 2016 at 9:05 pm

                      You know JO’B, a saying I used to hear growing up was… ‘No matter how badly off you think you are, there’s always someone else worse off.’ It was (apparently) meant to make you feel better about whatever. I’ve been shivering in my -11°C, but a quick check says that’s 12.2°F, so that means *I* was fortunate today! Now, if only my shivering body would be convinced!

                    • 64 jacquelineoboomer
                      December 15, 2016 at 9:06 pm

                      And now I’m jealous. Ha! We shall both hang in there!

                    • 65 vcprezofan2
                      December 15, 2016 at 9:15 pm

                      Yea, we have no choice. 🙂 🙂

                  • 66 Obama Grandmama
                    December 15, 2016 at 9:15 pm

                    My 36 year old single daughter who lives and works in Germany is getting married to her German boyfriend on December 27. I am leaving to spend Xmas, the wedding, and New Years with them in Germany and Austria on Monday.
                    I have a cute little kids story about her. When she was in the first grade she got the Chicken Pox during Spring Break. She said, ” Mommy, I am so lucky I got it this week so I did not have to miss school.”

                    • 67 vcprezofan2
                      December 15, 2016 at 9:23 pm

                      ” Mommy, I am so lucky…..” 😀 😀 😀 It does take many a few years to want to miss school…. & to use sickness – which is a good thing.

                      Safe travels, OG, and may your (wedding) walk up and down the stairs be accomplished with ease and with joy!

                    • 68 Judith Fardig
                      December 15, 2016 at 9:45 pm

                      How lovely that you have a destination wedding of your daughter in Germany! Have a marvelous time!

    • 69 GGail
      December 15, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      JER, that is so beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes. The music and the words are so perfect!
      Thank you from the bottom of my heart ❤

  21. 70 jacquelineoboomer
    December 15, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    • 71 COS
      December 15, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      Not sure if it was this, but Rachel mentioned something about an entity moving files to Canada on one of her shows. It is a shame that we have to do this. Says a lot about the bunch of clowns entering the new administration.

  22. December 15, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    • 74 nathkatun7
      December 16, 2016 at 2:19 am

      Yes Indeed! This is the first in our history that we will have a president who is beholden to a foreign government that helped him win the presidency!

  23. 76 FoxfireTX
    December 15, 2016 at 5:53 pm

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  25. December 15, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Been raining here most of the day, now pouring. I hope SoCal TODers get some, too.

    • 79 COS
      December 15, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      Haven’t gotten any rain yet, Meta. Overcast all day and predicts that it will start here tonight. 🙂

      • 81 arapaho415
        December 15, 2016 at 7:54 pm

        GE COS — not sure what part of SoCal you’re in (Orange County?), but I think the rain may have started.

        I’m in eastern Ventura County, and it has sprinkled on and off since about 1pm, now getting light, gentle rain.

        Forecast is for heavy rain tonight, though.

        A blessing, since during last year’s El Nino, we received very little rain — even when it was pouring in the LA area, the storm systems seemed to completely pass this area by. We’ve definitely had more rain this season than last.

    • 83 GGail
      December 15, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      meta, it’s 7:08 pm, and here in the San Gabriel Valley, we’re getting a nice dose of rain. I will sleep real good tonight. 🙂

      • December 15, 2016 at 11:09 pm

        We in Northern CA have been blasted. Many flood warnings in effect, just had an emergency broadcast flood warning for parts of Bay Area. Hoping the damage isn’t extensive in areas destroyed by the huge fires.

  26. 86 Nerdy Wonka
    December 15, 2016 at 6:49 pm

  27. 87 jacquelineoboomer
    December 15, 2016 at 6:57 pm

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  29. December 15, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Awaiting the truth to be made public that we are, and have been engaged in the 21st Century’s first, massive cyber war between (at least) two Nuclear States … and, for the moment Putin IS WINNING, apparently ….

    #TrustBarack …… take care everyone ….

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  33. 108 JER
    December 15, 2016 at 9:20 pm

  34. 111 JER
    December 15, 2016 at 9:33 pm

  35. 113 No Child Left Behind
    December 15, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Good Evening TODVille.

    Looking forward to my POTUS’s press briefing tomorrow.

    Thanks for the heads up.

  36. 114 globalcitizenlinda
    December 15, 2016 at 10:12 pm

  37. December 15, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Electing Trump is a ugly stain on this country. I still fine myself wondering what in the world happen?

    • December 15, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      Me too. Wonder it every day, many times a day. Ido not recognize the country I live in. I don’t recognize people I associate with.

    • December 15, 2016 at 11:05 pm

      An embarrassment to this country. I am a Democrat and if we elected someone like Trump I would be so embarrass, because winning at any cause is not what matter to me. I could not accept some foreign government interfering in our election, just so some idiot Democrat could win. As a American I would be mad as hell. But it doe not bother the Republicans one bit.

  38. 119 globalcitizenlinda
    December 15, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    please, if you can, go through the Twitter timeline for MO’s AG @JasonKander and read through some of the stories people have shared about ObamaCare.

    he solicited these stories and is re-tweeting them and they are from people around the nation;

    share some – that is if you see it as fitting because nothing makes people consider policy more than when it is applied to the live of real people;


  39. 120 No Child Left Behind
    December 15, 2016 at 10:44 pm

  40. 122 No Child Left Behind
    December 15, 2016 at 10:45 pm

  41. 123 globalcitizenlinda
    December 15, 2016 at 10:54 pm

  42. December 15, 2016 at 11:00 pm

  43. 130 globalcitizenlinda
    December 15, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    damn you reversers of history (aka over 62 million trump voters, over 6 million third party voters, and millions of non-voters), do you have any idea what predicament you have placed the nation and world in?

  44. 134 jacquelineoboomer
    December 15, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Brian Williams, same old, same old. No, thanks!

    • 135 susanne
      December 15, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      Yes! I’m so very tired of all the ‘Obama should’ comments. And the ‘tell Obama to’ headlines make me want to shriek.

      • 136 jacquelineoboomer
        December 15, 2016 at 11:30 pm

        Eight years of it! We will all be so glad – no matter how very much we will miss having him in the White House – that the President will soon get the break he’s earned. Can’t wait to see what he’s involved in, next!

        • 138 COS
          December 15, 2016 at 11:43 pm

          I totally agree Susanne and Jacqueline. As long as he is in office making it look like it is easy, and looking out for all of us, he is being taken for granted by a lot of folks, including some of these purist Democrats. He and Michele deserve a break. I am going to miss them immensely. Trump will treat the press horribly and they will be right there licking his feet and not holding him to the same standard. Will also be interesting to see how many lies will be told from that podium in the briefing room.

  45. December 15, 2016 at 11:23 pm


  46. 144 globalcitizenlinda
    December 16, 2016 at 12:00 am

    these republicans never take a break from grabbing power – with the turmoil already inflicted at the national level, they are still pulling crap in the individual states (NC, OH, MI, etc.).

    a person can’t close their eyes without republicans jumping to exploit the moment to their advantage

  47. December 16, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Goodnight TOD ….


  48. 152 desertflower
    December 16, 2016 at 7:48 am

  49. 153 desertflower
    December 16, 2016 at 8:08 am

    This ad will be on Morning Joe this morning.

  50. December 16, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Good morning TOD ….


  51. December 16, 2016 at 8:13 am

  52. December 16, 2016 at 8:16 am

  53. 160 desertflower
    December 16, 2016 at 8:16 am

    You don’t say…


    Donald Trump’s pick for senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council is facing scrutiny after an old tweet resurfaced in which she suggested Vladimir Putin should hack into Hillary Clinton’s emails. Monica Crowley, a conservative radio host and Fox News analyst, was announced as Trump’s choice for the position Thursday. Shortly after, CNN dug up a post written by Crowley in June in response to news that the State Department would not release Clinton’s emails for another 27 months. Linking to an article on the issue, Crowley wrote, “I guess Putin is going to have to do it.” The tweet came under the spotlight not only after Crowley was chosen for a senior position on the National Security Council, but also after intelligence officials said sophisticated hacking tools were used in Russia’s election hacking—a fact that would seem to implicate the Russian government. Crowley has yet to comment on the matter.

  54. 161 desertflower
    December 16, 2016 at 8:28 am


    The most important law passed during the last four years for coal miners, however, may be one of the most unpopular in rural West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky. It’s the Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare) and within that law are benefits coal miners have been seeking for the past 30 years.

    Before he died in 2010, Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia amended the Affordable Care Act to benefit coal miners. He inserted a provision saying that if a person had worked as an underground coal miner for at least 15 years and suffered from the effects of pneumoconiosis (black lung), the presumption would be that coal dust caused the ailment. And the coal miner would be entitled to benefits.

    Previously, coal miners had to prove that their lung problems were caused by coal dust. X-rays would be taken of ailing lungs and doctors would try to discern if coal dust were the cause. Because coal companies would appeal judgments and it is hard to tell from an x-ray if damage has been done by smoking or coal dust, very few miners who applied for black lung benefits over the years received them.


    The real benefits coal miners have received have come from the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). More than 700 disabled coal miners or their surviving spouses are already receiving benefits under this new provision, according to Timothy MacDonnell, director of the Black Lung Clinic at Washington and Lee University School of Law.

    Just going to leave this here

  55. 162 desertflower
    December 16, 2016 at 8:32 am

  56. 163 desertflower
    December 16, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Believe NOTHING any of them will say. Ever.

  57. 164 desertflower
    December 16, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

  58. December 16, 2016 at 9:20 am

  59. 167 criquet
    December 16, 2016 at 10:24 am

    GM everyone.
    I just want to say that while the media is now going full blast on Russian interference and hacking and pretending that it was not raised before the election by PBO’s administration and by statements by the Director of National Intelligence , Homeland Security Secretary and Hillary herself in a debate, what is being ignored is the severe voter suppression by GOP state election officials in many states in the South but especially in Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina ,Ohio etc ( reducing polling places

    From Think Progress

    “Republicans closed down 868 polling places before 2016 election & MSM profiting from Trump ratings won’t tell you about it .

    Looking back, GOP massive resistance to Obama’s presidency was one of the most strategically successful moves in US political history.”

    These voter suppression efforts were probably the definitive blow struck by the GOP yet very few are talking about this and the Media. Maybe it’s because most of the disenfranchised were POC but one can only hope the Democratic Party is on it.

    With regard to the hacking, that seems to be more insidious than previously thought:

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