143 Responses to “Barackmas!”

  1. 1 desertflower
    December 21, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Morning:) Thanks bunches, Nerdy.

  2. 3 Nerdy Wonka
    December 21, 2016 at 8:33 am

    “I’ma hurt myself before I lose Obamacare.” – Chance The Rapper is so freaking awesome! 😀 😀 😀

    • 4 MadameSoph
      December 21, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      Loved this on SNL, Nerdy! Thanks for featuring it today. I’m going to watch it over and over. “Christmas in Hollis” has become one of my fave Xmas tunes, so you know making it into a PBO tribute is a win for me. Leslie Jones’ “Shoop” Biden homage was the cherry on top! And then Casey Affleck with the 80s breakdancer Jesus was awesomesauce on top of that. All those 80s hairdos and clothes made it even more fun. Yay for happy things!

      P.S. Of course Jesus is a Democrat.

    • 5 Judith Fardig
      December 21, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      Nerdy – thanks again for your yeoman;’s work to keep TOD going. I sent an email to theobamadiary@gmail.com with an attachment of my White House photo with the Obamas. Hope you see it and post it if you like. XOXO

  3. 10 desertflower
    December 21, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Look at these photos…stupidass wants that at a town near you! Because, FREEDUMB! Maybe the idiot isn’t picking a fight with China, maybe he wants to talk to them and see how the made all this deadly pollution, so he can replicate that here.


  4. December 21, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Good morning TOD folks. Wishing everyone a wonderful day.

  5. December 21, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Good morning, NW and TODville.

    This is our very thoughtful and introspective President Obama talking about letters he’s received since the election. Heartbreaking.

    • December 21, 2016 at 8:57 am

      BTW, from everything I’ve seen over the years, Steve Inskeep is one of the most respectful journalists out there and I truly appreciate the way he’s related to PBO, especially when it feels like it’s such a thing of the past.

      • December 21, 2016 at 9:42 am

        Morning TOD. Meta, he has been decent, at least. I must say that for those who take the time to write PBO to tell him “good riddance”, I don’t believe they fully mean it because they at least know that he will hear them out. They just could not bring themselves to appreciate all that he has brought and all the good he has tried to bring because of their own insecurities- whatever they may be. Bet they can’t list what it is he has done to be determined the “worst president ever”. Like parakeets regurgitating RW talking points.

    • 20 desertflower
      December 21, 2016 at 9:00 am

      First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
      Because I was not a Socialist.

      Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
      Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

      Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
      Because I was not a Jew.

      Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

      Martin Niemöller

  6. December 21, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Morning Everyone 🙂

  7. December 21, 2016 at 8:58 am


    Uh huh
    Uh huh

    Conservative Group Wants Trump To ‘Ferret Out’ Pro-LGBT State Department Workers
    A new twist on old McCarthyism.
    12/16/2016 04:57 pm ET | Updated 2 days ago

    A leading social conservative organization is calling on the Trump administration to “ferret out” employees at the State Department who worked to promote LGBT rights and replace them with conservatives.

    The Family Research Council, in a little-noticed statement on Thursday, accused the Obama administration of having deployed the State Department to advance an LGBT agenda, and argued it was incumbent on the next secretary of state ― likely ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson ― to stop it.

    “I certainly don’t see Tillerson cut from the same cloth as [Hillary] Clinton or [John] Kerry, but he doesn’t have to be for these anti-life, liberal social policies to continue,” said a statement that appears to be written by the group’s president, Tony Perkins. “He must have the courage to stop the promotion of this anti-family, anti-life agenda, which is very much a question mark given that he capitulated to activists pushing to liberalize the Boy Scouts’ policy on homosexuality when he was at the helm of the organization.

    “The incoming administration needs to make clear that these liberal policies will be reversed and the ‘activists’ within the State Department promoting them will be ferreted out and will be replaced by conservatives who will ensure the State Department focuses on true international human rights like religious liberty which is under unprecedented assault,” the statement concludes.

  8. December 21, 2016 at 9:03 am

    The Media Need to Focus on Context, Not “Balance”
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    December 20, 2016 3:49 PM

    In writing about Democratic opposition to the electoral college vote yesterday, the only mention from Jonathan Martin and Michael Wines of the fact that he lost the popular vote by 2.8 million comes in a quote from Bill Clinton. Eventually, they report this reaction to the opposition from Kellyanne Conway.

    “The professional political left is attempting to foment a permanent opposition that is corrosive to our constitutional democracy and ignores what just happened in this election,” she said. Liberals cannot, she added, “wave magic pixie dust and make this go away.”

    As for whether Mr. Trump would now begin to offer a hand of friendship to his critics, Ms. Conway noted that he had met with multiple Democrats and spoken with President Obama “several times.” “He said, ‘I’ll be president of all people,’ but the left is trying to delegitimize his election,” she said. “They’re trying to deny him what he just earned. So why is the burden always on him?”

    We have no way of knowing whether there was anymore to this discussion they had with Conway because that is where they leave things in their reporting. One wonders whether or not they reminded her of the way Republicans fomented a permanent opposition to Bill Clinton via everything from Whitewater to Monica Lewinsky. Or if they brought up the permanent opposition to Barack Obama that began the night of his 2009 inauguration. It would have been particularly interesting to know how she would have reacted to a reminder that Donald Trump tried to delegitimize Obama’s election via his obsession with birtherism.

    None of that historical context was included by Martin and Wines, even though they found the space in an article of more than 1,500 words to mention the Gingrich revolution in 1994 as well as Democratic opposition to the election of George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan.

  9. December 21, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Bill O’Reilly: ‘The Left Wants Power Taken Away From The White Establishment’

    Twitter erupted.
    12/21/2016 02:41 am ET

    Bill O’Reilly sparked outrage online Tuesday for what he described as the “hidden reason” behind calls to abolish the Electoral College.

    “This is all about race,” the conservative commentator said on his Fox News show. “The left sees white privilege in America as an oppressive force that must be done away with. Therefore white working class voters must be marginalized.”

    He later added that liberals believe “white men have set up a system of oppression and that system must be destroyed … The left wants power taken away from the white establishment and they want a profound change in the way America is run.”

    O’Reilly’s admission of “white privilege” and the “white establishment” struck a chord with Twitter users, and discussion on the topic became a trending topic overnight.

  10. 25 whenpamelawandered
    December 21, 2016 at 9:21 am

    🌕Winter Solstice, Sun into Capricorn: today, 21 December 2016, 5:45am EST, 2:45am PST. So, we are there. 🌝❤🌹🙏🏻🌹❤

    • 26 arapaho415
      December 21, 2016 at 10:32 am

      GM MP.

      Love celestial events, reminders of the real world/universe we all inhabit.

      Side note about SoCal weather now… absolutely gorgeous, balmy morning, mid-60s (it’s been cold, overnight lows in the high 30s and 40s with gale-force winds [more than 20 mph]) — so enjoying the beginning of the shortest day of the year) with only a slight breeze. 😀

      Posted three years ago, for that year’s winter solstice:

      Waving to Chips and Danny now. Love you both, and miss you so much.

  11. December 21, 2016 at 9:35 am

    What Did Donald Trump Know, and When Did He Know It?
    by David Atkins
    December 17, 2016 8:30 AM

    As news rolls in about Russia’s likely sabotage of the American political system, the noose is beginning to tighten uncomfortably around Republicans. The only question that matters now is this: what did Donald Trump know about the hacks on his political opponents, and when did he know it?

    It is becoming increasingly clear from all sides that Russian intelligence–likely at the specific direction of Vladimir Putin–perpetrated the hack on the Democratic National Committee and on Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. It appears to have been done with the specific aim of making Donald Trump president over Hillary Clinton, handing control of American government to a man who is not only more willing to do Russia’s bidding around the world, but also has business interests in Russia that make him personally vulnerable to blackmail and corruption.

    The CIA has said so directly. The FBI is corroborating the CIA. The current President of the United States, not given to hyperbole, is in agreement. The Russians themselves, while officially denying involvement in the sabotage, have been celebrating Trump’s victory. Trump himself called on the Russians to hack Clinton’s emails during his last press conference. There isn’t a smoking gun of “proof” yet, but there rarely is one in cases of international cyber-espionage.

    It’s important to remember the context here. “Hacking” is seen as so routine in our modern age that it’s easy to lose sight of historical precedent. The Watergate scandal that brought President Nixon to his knees began with a burglary attempt on Democratic campaign offices–a failed attempt to do the same thing that the Russians allegedly succeded in accomplishing far beyond Nixon’s wildest dreams. If anyone in the Republican firmament had knowledge of Russia’s efforts and aided and abetted them in any way, it would be a scandal orders of magnitude worse than Watergate. The optics alone are disastrous.

    In response, recently triumphant Republicans are lurching from one bad talking point to another.

    First comes outright denial of the truth: both Trump and RNC chair Reince Priebus have openly attempted to discredit the findings of American intelligence agencies in defense of Russia. Trump’s transition team mocked the CIA by falsely blaming the agency for poor intelligence about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq (in truth, it was the Bush Administration that manipulated the evidence in order to go to war.) Priebus tried to claim–falsely–that there was no official report implicating Russia. But no one outside the Republican Party and a few Glenn Greenwald adherents are seriously in doubt about Russia’s role in all of this.

    Trump campaign manager KellyAnne Conway is taking a more brazen approach, saying that we should just forget about it and let bygones be bygones in the spirit of patriotism and “love of country.” In this funhouse mirror world, ignoring a foreign manipulation of our democracy is the highest form of patriotism, while insisting on getting to the bottom of it is petty and partisan. That’s not likely to get traction beyond Trump’s committed base.

  12. December 21, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Should be on his way to jail

    Gov. Chris Christie tweets up a storm after ‘revenge bill’ fails in New Jersey Legislature
    NBC News
    Dec 21st 2016 7:35AM

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie unleashed his inner pit bull Tuesday on Twitter after the Legislature shelved his bill to yank millions of dollars in ads from state newspapers.

    The measure was dubbed Christie’s “revenge” against newspapers that aggressively covered Bridgegate — the investigation that led to the convictions of two allies who conspired to cause a traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge in 2013 to punish a Democratic mayor who didn’t endorse the governor for re-election.

    The bill would have repealed the state law requiring legal notices to be printed in newspapers, clearing the way for the lucrative ads to move online.

  13. December 21, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Wednesday morning. Congrats df, on being first this morning.

    Nerdy, thanks so much for helping Ms. Chips and the sacrifices you are making for us TOD’ers. 💫🙏👌👊❤

    To all, I hope you are super-sensational, super-terrific, and topnotch at everything you do today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Notwithstanding the nightmare of BuffoonTrump in the Whitehouse, I am more than ever, Thankful to God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  14. December 21, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Norm Conquest
    Trump is set to undermine the things you take for granted in government and public life.

    By Jamelle Bouie

    On Monday, the Electoral College cast its ballots, and now Donald Trump is officially the next president of the United States. Even now, we still don’t know what Trump will do. Vague promises aside (“We will bring back jobs” or “we’ll stop ISIS”), Trump has said little on policy. We don’t know his priorities for action or his agenda for the first 100 days of his administration. If there is anything we can expect, however, it’s an escalation of his ongoing attack on the norms of politics and civic life.

    Trump is defined by his shameless disregard, and even disdain, for the bonds that hold political life together. To win the Republican nomination and then the election, he stoked hatred and intolerance in a demagogic campaign against Hispanic immigrants and Muslim Americans. Since the election, he’s rejected evidence that Russia hacked the Democratic Party and attacked U.S. intelligence agencies for their conclusions.

    There’s more. Constitutional scholars have sounded the alarm that Trump is embroiled in massive conflicts of interests tied to his sprawling businesses and debts to foreign banks and other creditors. The knot is so thick that, unless he liquidates his assets and hands them to a third party to place in a “blind” trust, he risks violating the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause. Despite this danger, and his promise to remove himself from his businesses, Trump has leaned into these conflicts. His children, for instance, attend high-level meetings with heads of state and use their father’s prominence to solicit donations to personal causes. Ivanka Trump, in particular, has already joined her father for conversations that have a direct bearing on the business interests of their family.

    Likewise, foreign governments have already opened doors for Trump’s businesses, signing permits and resolving legal disputes. The most obvious conflict involves the Trump International Hotel. The lease on the property, issued by the General Services Administration, forbids members of Congress or other elected federal officials from having any part of it. And that’s to say nothing of the more venal examples of corruption, such as foreign governments booking rooms in the hotel or reserving it for events in an effort to curry favor with the incoming president.

  15. December 21, 2016 at 10:31 am

    For those in the bleacher seats.
    And, can’t understand election results.

    Hillary Clinton won the Archie Bunker votes.
    She lost Archie’s college educated boss and his White wife.

    So, FOH with this bullshyt.

  16. 33 JER
    December 21, 2016 at 10:41 am

    • 34 jacquelineoboomer
      December 21, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Well, since all eight years of his Presidency has been “no day at the beach,” glad he’s there! Merry Christmas, Obama Family and Hawaii hosts!

  17. December 21, 2016 at 10:46 am


    Better call Canada again:

    Researchers race to copy Obamacare data for fear it will vanish
    The White House prods efforts out of concern Trump might expunge reams of information.
    By DAN DIAMOND 12/21/16 05:09 AM EST

    The White House is encouraging researchers to copy government data on Obamacare out of concern that President-elect Donald Trump might hit the delete key when he takes office.

    Spooked by Trump’s rhetoric and pledge to repeal Obamacare, several dozen independent researchers are racing to download key health care data and documents before Jan. 20. They say they began the effort on their own, and then got a boost from Jeanne Lambrew, the White House’s top health reform official, who also sounded alarms the new administration might expunge reams of information from public websites and end access to data, researchers told POLITICO.

  18. 36 JER
    December 21, 2016 at 10:46 am

  19. 38 JER
    December 21, 2016 at 10:54 am

    @NYDailyNews 34 minutes ago
    Donald Trump’s doc on his health: “If something happens to him, then it happens to him. That’s why we have a V.P.” — http://nydn.us/2hV4eKh

  20. 39 hopefruit2
    December 21, 2016 at 11:23 am

    G’morning Nerdy & TOD! 🙂 Happy Wednesday everyone.

  21. December 21, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Good morning everyone! Let’s keep the Faith, and keep Hope alive!

  22. December 21, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Wonderful page for safekeeping:

  23. 46 jacquelineoboomer
    December 21, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Last night, my nice neighbors gave me a plate of the best homemade iced Christmas cookies I ever tasted in my life even though they’re gluten-free and I counted them and thought well if I eat a certain number a day these will last me until Christmas Eve so at this point looks like Christmas Eve will be Thursday!

    #Yummy #CoffeeAndCookies #MerryChristmasEverybody

  24. December 21, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    No joke ….

  25. 58 JER
    December 21, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    • 59 arapaho415
      December 21, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      GA TODville.

      Caption of photo from the article:
      “Dr. Sylvia Earle gives President Barack Obama a photograph of Tosanoides obama on Midway Atoll, from the film ‘Sea of Hope: America’s Underwater Treasures’ premiering on National Geographic Channel on January 15.”

      Just 4 days before PBO’s last day in office. 😦

  26. 60 JER
    December 21, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    • 61 arapaho415
      December 21, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      GA JER.

      Really wish GOP “lawmakers” could have heard the guy at the 7-11 that I frequent for morning coffee on the day Obamacare enrollments began (Oct 1, 2013).

      This guy, who looked like the kind of person that appeals to the GOP — youngish (20s/30s), white, looked like he might be in construction — BOOMED that “Today’s gonna be a great day! Obamacare starts today.”

      No one in the store could have missed him saying this unsolicited — he was genuinely excited to have health care.

      Unbelievable that MSM didn’t push back on GOP’s 50+ attempts to repeal something that so many Americans (including GOP) rely on, literally with their lives.

  27. 62 Nerdy Wonka
    December 21, 2016 at 6:13 pm

  28. 69 desertflower
    December 21, 2016 at 8:33 pm


     My greatest fear, when I ponder going to jail, is that my 53-year-old prostate wouldn’t be able to handle the long wait until I am booked. Before Election Day, it seemed a little crazy to imagine that I would ever be behind bars. Now it seems a little crazy that the country would be where we are. Like many others, I am weighing what I am willing and able to do in response.

     Henry David Thoreau begins his 1849 essay On the duty of civil disobedience with a timely question: “This American government—what is it but a tradition, though a recent one, endeavoring to transmit itself unimpaired to posterity, but in each instant losing some of its integrity?” American government lost more than some of its integrity on November 8, when Donald Trump was elected to succeed Barack Obama as President of the United States.

    Donald Trump is the most comprehensively unworthy president-elect in generations. His mere venial sins astonish: his grifting business practices, exemplified by the $25 million settlement against Trump University, his tabloid affairs, the crude personal insults he hurls at critics and political opponents, his disdain for the craft of policy making, exemplified by his failure to attend national-security briefings. I’m not even mentioning his relationship to Putin.

    • 70 desertflower
      December 21, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Good piece..highly recommend:) Evening family…waiting for my “child” so we can go get a Christmas tree. Don’t start. I know it’s late. The “good” side of that is that trees are now 1/2 off:)

  29. 71 globalcitizenlinda
    December 21, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    I noticed something during FLOTUS’ interview with Ms. Oprah:

    FLOTUS quoted a scripture passage about hope which was the same as what POTUS did during the Eulogy for the Mother Emmanuel Nine (when he was starting the eulogy).

    FLOTUS just mentioned the words as she gave her explanation – don’t remember if she said the exact book and verse — it just flowed as part of her answer without special emphasis.

    The passage was not the obvious one that most people routinely use … which made me think that it has a special meaning in the Obama Household.

    hope some of you caught it too.

  30. December 21, 2016 at 9:17 pm

  31. December 21, 2016 at 9:52 pm

  32. 76 JER
    December 21, 2016 at 10:11 pm


  33. 77 JER
    December 21, 2016 at 11:04 pm

  34. 78 JER
    December 21, 2016 at 11:12 pm

  35. 79 JER
    December 21, 2016 at 11:16 pm

  36. 85 jacquelineoboomer
    December 22, 2016 at 1:45 am

    Goodnight, TODville and all the ships at sea! Love ya, Chips!

  37. 86 Bill R.
    December 22, 2016 at 4:10 am

    I finally got the chance to watch Oprah’s interview of the First Lady in entirety. I am in such awe and appreciation of Michelle Obama. She is an exemplary mature human being who has integrated the most compassionate values and grounding in wisdom. We are so fortunate to have been witnesses who have shaped and uplifted by her service and her example these past eight years.

  38. 89 desertflower
    December 22, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Morning everyone:) Keep hope alive (h/t BJ) Uplifting is good!

  39. 91 desertflower
    December 22, 2016 at 7:52 am

    OOOO baby! Load Up!

  40. 94 desertflower
    December 22, 2016 at 8:24 am

    It’s the “They feel immune to popular opinion” that is the problem all over the place!

    • December 22, 2016 at 9:14 am

      the mission for Dems is to break thru that wall of red by finding issues that impact upon us all…it will be difficult…here in PA…come Jan…the PA legislature will have a super majority….We could go down the road of NC…

  41. 96 desertflower
    December 22, 2016 at 8:28 am


  42. 100 GGAIL
    December 22, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Good Wet West Coast morning TOD family and NW. I moved on Monday & Tuesday. It has rained all day and night beginning on Wednesday. Let It ☔️

    • 101 desertflower
      December 22, 2016 at 8:56 am

      Morning, GGAIL:) You moved? My kids are BOTH moving out tomorrow and I’m feeling sad…. Hope that you love the new place. Raining here…rained yesterday and all day today, they say. Only time the weather people can get excited about the weather is when we get rain:) You guys need it badly, so this rain is Mother Nature’s gift to SoCal:)
      Have a great day…

      • 102 GGAIL
        December 22, 2016 at 9:03 am

        Ha! I just said GM to you too 😘
        Yes, it’s another Senior complex and it has much more space. I think I will be happy and comfortable here. Thanks for asking {{{hugs}}}
        Both your son and daughter are moving? You & Sassy Sadie will have to make a big adjustment. Will the cat stay or go with your daughter?

        • 103 desertflower
          December 22, 2016 at 9:41 am

          Desi will stay with me…and his sister, Lucy:) I asked my daughter about that last night and she’s so sad. That cat is her baby. You should see them together….she calls him and no matter where he is or what he’s doing, he runs to her. She’ll be home often to snuggle with her baby:) She said she’s cried herself to sleep over this:(

          • 104 GGAIL
            December 22, 2016 at 10:22 am

            It’s so sad when one is separated from their “four footed” babies. 😽😽

            • 105 0388jojothecat
              December 22, 2016 at 11:33 am

              Good Morning “WET” COAST TOD’ers, Chips, Danny, TOD Family & Lurkers.

              I was waiting to see you back here now that you have completed your move. Hope to chat with you soon 🙂

              P.S. Thank you Nerdy for keeping the TOD site humming and a place for us to meet every day.

              • 106 GGail
                December 22, 2016 at 3:53 pm

                Thanks jojo. I’m all settled. You’re welcome to stop on by. I have a bottle of bubbly that we can share on my balcony 🙂

    • 107 mtmarilyn
      December 22, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Glad you found another place you like. Moving is never easy. Would you email me your new address.

  43. December 22, 2016 at 9:50 am

    • 115 globalcitizenlinda
      December 22, 2016 at 11:07 am

      garbage name which means nothing – remember “No Child Left Behind”?

      republicans are good at these gimmicks

  44. December 22, 2016 at 10:15 am

  45. December 22, 2016 at 10:19 am

  46. 120 57andfemale
    December 22, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Anyone watching the new excellent show, Incorporated? USA or TNT. Quite prescient.

    • 121 mtmarilyn
      December 22, 2016 at 10:55 am

      I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation.

      • 122 57andfemale
        December 22, 2016 at 11:22 am

        It’s a about an America that has followed the GOP/Trump lead. The coastal cities have fallen into the sea, there is chaos everywhere except the well-controlled Utopia that is run by corporations that have replaced government. I think it takes place in 2074. It’s well acted and written and an honest view of the direction we’re heading. Yes, it’s depressing as hell but it’s excellent television drama. I’m hooked.

  47. 123 JER
    December 22, 2016 at 10:29 am

  48. 125 globalcitizenlinda
    December 22, 2016 at 10:57 am

  49. December 22, 2016 at 11:01 am

    I argue that the entire Clown Car had no interest in actually DOING THE WORK.

    Trump Wanted to Win the Presidency, Not Be President
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    December 21, 2016 3:28 PM

    Let’s remind ourselves of a few things we’ve learned about Donald Trump over the last year or so. First of all, from Tony Schwartz (the ghostwriter for The Art of the Deal), we learned that the president-elect has no attention span for anything unrelated to himself.

    “Trump has been written about a thousand ways from Sunday, but this fundamental aspect of who he is doesn’t seem to be fully understood,” Schwartz told me. “It’s implicit in a lot of what people write, but it’s never explicit—or, at least, I haven’t seen it. And that is that it’s impossible to keep him focussed on any topic, other than his own self-aggrandizement, for more than a few minutes, and even then . . . ” Schwartz trailed off, shaking his head in amazement. He regards Trump’s inability to concentrate as alarming in a Presidential candidate. “If he had to be briefed on a crisis in the Situation Room, it’s impossible to imagine him paying attention over a long period of time,” he said.

    That probably has a lot to do with why Paul Manafort – who was acting as his campaign manager at the time – said this in response to a question about what Trump would be looking for in a running mate:

    “He needs an experienced person to do the part of the job he doesn’t want to do. He sees himself more as the chairman of the board, than even the CEO, let alone the COO.”

    During the campaign we also saw how the driving force for what motivates much of Trump’s behavior is his worldview that he must either dominate or is dominated.

  50. December 22, 2016 at 11:09 am

    WHY aren’t the DEMS pointing this out.
    WHY aren’t they doing some sort of ad, going around that area, looking for unemployed AMERICANS that are being denied these jobs at Trump Winery?

    Trump vineyard asks to have more foreign workers: report
    BY JENNIFER CALFAS – 12/21/16 08:14 PM EST

    A Virginia winery owned by President-elect Donald Trump’s son is seeking more foreign workers, according to a new report.

    The Department of Labor petitioned for the winery, called Trump Vineyard Estates, to bring in six foreign workers using the federal government’s temporary work visa program known as H-2, BuzzFeed reported on Wednesday.

  51. December 22, 2016 at 11:13 am

    “Democrats must get in the mud. Democrats must play in this system. We must subjugate the electoral college to the national popular will – not by creating ‘faithless electors’, and not by attempting to appease rural racists – but by shoring up our urban base. This means getting those voters IDs where required. This means getting them registered. This means being at every urban school district meeting, at every neighborhood watch meeting, at every local festival.

    Only then can we thwart the Right’s southern strategy gone national.”

  52. December 22, 2016 at 11:18 am

    • 130 globalcitizenlinda
      December 22, 2016 at 11:45 am

      I have been trying to bite my tongue during this DNC Chair audition but I think it is time to make this observation.

      Sec. Perez is presenting his campaign in the way I thought he would. He seems mature in his world, inclusive, and not rattled by things/attacks that seem small in contrast to the work the next chair will have to do.

      I also notice that some in the BS crew are singly him for attacks – in the way that reminds of stuff they threw at anyone who did not support their candidate.

      I wish these attacks do not escalate – but if we have learned anything from some BS supporters, they would rather destroy something than make the party behave in a way that it needs to in these challenging times.

      Ps. If you care about Mr. Perez, be on the look out for attacks from BS and refute them immediately

      • December 22, 2016 at 12:03 pm

        Yes, there is solid evidence of those attacks coming forth now. And as you so expertly surmise, it’s all about tearing things down. So they want Ellison to win because Ellison backed Bernie. And they will do whatever it takes to make that happen, even if it destroys the process, the other candidates.

        For me, Perez represents a no-nonsense, no BS guy. Someone who sees the danger in Trump and is focused on getting back on solid footing to fight every evil he stands for. He’s very, very pragmatic in ways that I think are crucial. He’s also Latino, and for me it matters that Latinos finally get recognized in the higher ranks of our party.

        • 132 COS
          December 22, 2016 at 12:27 pm

          Totally agree Meta. I will always believe that a lot of the Bernie supporters were partly the cause of the Democrats losing this election. The rabid BS supporters were equal to the rabid Trump supporters. It upsets me that an Independent candidate can call the shots and take over the Democratic party. I like Perez.

          • December 22, 2016 at 12:31 pm

            I’m so glad he has your support. The question for me now is how we can help him win. The DNC gets to vote, not us. I guess we need to find out who these people are…..

            • 134 globalcitizenlinda
              December 22, 2016 at 1:32 pm

              I suggest that first we get the names of the DNC and then we write to them directly about their need to stand up to BS and his revolutionaries.

              I also suggest that each time we see the negative attacks on other non-BS-endorsed candidates, we respond directly with information to counter these fake attacks.

              By the way, the BS supporters will fight to get DNC chair and then promptly walk away and spend the time attacking the same person they just elected.

              It is very important that the next DNC not become the story for the left and gop. he/she needs to focus on the work that is required to rebuild the party by enlarging the ObamaCoalition and new blood where it is needed.

              I suspect that Congressman Ellison is bound to become “the story” for the right …. they already attack him. this would give the right a chance to divert attention from real issues and you can bet the MSM will follow the lead from the right.

              I do not know much about the other candidate from SC so I will not make any judgements on him until I learn more.

              do not forget that apart from being Hispanic, Mr. Perez has a solid relationship with labor unions and also PBO and SoS HRC. he knows about organization and outreach. that is a unifying force to have a in a chair.

              • December 22, 2016 at 1:37 pm

                I am not implying in any way that being Latino is a substitute for qualifications associated with the position. He has plenty of additional merits in my view and I’ve been watching him closely since he took office.

                • 136 globalcitizenlinda
                  December 22, 2016 at 4:14 pm

                  I did not mean to imply that being Latino is a substitute for other qualifications.

                  in fact I was just leaving that there as a starting point (truth be told I started to expand on why this was important but deleted the sentence).

                  I decided to leave it as such because I assumed that everyone understands how critical it is to have members of the Latino community in prominent and leadership positions.

                  The other qualifications I mentioned are just icing-on-the-political-cake. I was including the other qualifications to just point them others who may not be aware of how holistic his approach and appeal would be (yes even to those who are focused on the much-elusive white working class voter).

                  I would go further and say that anyone who claims to care about equality and socio-economic justice must understand that the current attacks on the Latino community are just a preliminary indicator of worse things to come from the gop.

                  So, we have to be determined to fiercely defend this community in the same way as any of the vulnerable communities because the attacks are going to be relentless – that is why the gop does best.

  53. 138 globalcitizenlinda
    December 22, 2016 at 11:33 am

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