Natural And Cultural Resources For Future Generations – Thanks, President Obama





134 Responses to “Natural And Cultural Resources For Future Generations – Thanks, President Obama”

  1. 1 whenpamelawandered
    December 28, 2016 at 8:10 pm


    • 2 Judith Fardig
      December 28, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Yay, Pamela! Beautiful photos. I am thrilled about this action, especially since one of those preserved areas is near the Bundy Ranch.

  2. 3 desertflower
    December 28, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    The People’s President. Thank you so much, President Obama.

  3. December 28, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Thank you NW for posting all the tweets and keeping us up to date.

  4. 6 globalcitizenlinda
    December 28, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    thanks a lot PBO, Sec Jewell and all the staff and groups who worked on this … these are our commons with benefits for all that will indeed span generations

  5. 7 JER
    December 28, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    • 8 globalcitizenlinda
      December 28, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      does the DoD always hold this Full Honor Farewell Ceremony?

      I have learned a lot of new things following PBO, FLOTUS, VP, Dr. Biden and the rest of their exceptional team members

      • 9 jacquelineoboomer
        December 28, 2016 at 10:06 pm

        The Defense Department gave the same type ceremony to honor George W Bush in January 2009 – so I’m guessing it’s the ceremonial norm, for each Commander-in-Chief.

        This one will be really special to all of us, of course!

  6. 12 JER
    December 28, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Actress Debbie Reynolds, mother of Carrie Fisher, has died at age 84, son confirms to @ABC News. http://abcn.ws/2hqfWs1

  7. 23 otter 44
    December 28, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Thanks Obama. You are the best. I cried from happiness when I got the email about the monument.

    RIP Debbie Reynolds Carrie FIsher.

  8. 24 globalcitizenlinda
    December 28, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    per their press release, the Bundy’s are not happy at all about this new National Monument designation.

    guess they should have tried to work with Department of Interior rather than take up arms against public servants

    • 28 susanne
      December 28, 2016 at 10:44 pm

      absolutely wonderful– thank you df!

    • 29 CEB
      December 29, 2016 at 8:22 am

      This is exactly what I have been thinking and was planning someway to compose my thoughts. It also reminds me that there are millions who feel the same as PBO again polls out to be the most admired man in America( and the percentage is not the squeaker that some reports have implied).

      • December 29, 2016 at 12:33 pm

        df, that is a magnificent “Thanks, Obama” letter from John Pavlovitz. I will be tweeting excepts from John’s letter. See below. Thanks for sharing.

  9. 31 desertflower
    December 28, 2016 at 9:49 pm

  10. 33 jacquelineoboomer
    December 28, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Sorry for posting a pic we’ve seen before. Ha.

  11. 36 whenpamelawandered
    December 28, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    “God speed mama”, and Debbie Reynolds gone now too? ❤🌹🙏🏻🌹❤

  12. 38 JER
    December 28, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    • 39 susanne
      December 28, 2016 at 11:50 pm

      I love to see him relaxing and playing outdoors with his friends. If anyone deserves a vacation, it is PBO. And since we rarely get a glimpse of FLOTUS in Hawaii, I’m hoping that means she’s lying by the pool, listening to the nearby surf, letting the breeze ruffle her hair, and sipping a tropical cocktail, complete with umbrella and pineapple slice! 🙂

  13. December 29, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Goodnight TOD ….




  14. 43 jacquelineoboomer
    December 29, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Goodnight, TODville. Tomorrow is another day!

  15. 44 catrst
    December 29, 2016 at 4:53 am

    This is where I come for hope and I am never disappointed. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone here. You are family just like the President.

  16. December 29, 2016 at 5:54 am

    Our POTUS protecting the environment. Preserving it for future generations

  17. 46 sherijr
    December 29, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Interesting article here this morning: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/what-it-means-if-trump-names-china-a-currency-manipulator/ar-BBxGdiR?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=spartandhp First because they clearly state that what Trump says is “not true” about China manipulating currency.

    I am no financial person by a long shot, but I have often wondered if Trump’s attacks on China are tied to the belief that he owes them a ton of money? Would he start a war of sorts… to keep from paying his loans? I am of the belief that there is nothing he won’t do to America to further his own personal interests.

    Good morning TOD, I hope you’ve had somewhat happy holidays thus far with the ones you love.

  18. 47 CEB
    December 29, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Good morning, TOD ohana. I came across this quote yesterday and sums up my feelings about the end of the Obama era in the White House: “It’s better to smile because it happened than to cry because it’s over.”
    I assume that the Defense Department’s departure ceremony will be carried on C-span (yes?). This is the one time in many years, I’ll bet, that there will be real emotion and appreciation behind the pomp and circumstance.
    I am still laughing over the recent poll that once again names PBO as the Most Admired Man in America and Hillary Clinton (for the 21st time) the Most Admired Woman. The carnival barker cares more about this than winning (sort of) the presidency. His entire run was an exercise in vanity and this report will gall him.
    Have a lovely day, everyone. Be thankful for everyday that you are here to share your life with those you love. Tragedy and loss can hit anyone at any day at any time of the year. Be blessed and be grateful.

  19. December 29, 2016 at 9:32 am

  20. 49 GGAIL
    December 29, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Good West Coast morning NW and TOD family.
    I am of two emotions this morning.
    One is of immense pride that PBO chose to protect these lands for our native brothers and sisters as well as our future generations. The other is of immense sadness when I think of Debbie Reynolds mourning her daughter so intensely that she suffered a stroke and left us to be with her daughter, Carrie Fisher.
    We will miss every one who has transitioned in 2016.
    Hug your love ones and your friends when you can 💕

  21. 50 desertflower
    December 29, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Morning everyone! Spines of steel…this is the kind of crap that we’ll have to be subject to for the next ? years

  22. December 29, 2016 at 9:47 am

    • 55 desertflower
      December 29, 2016 at 10:06 am

      Great comment from this piece. Agreed

      28 DEC 2016 AT 11:59 PM
      MSNBC and CNN must stop interviewing Trump surrogates bc they proffer the gibberish that Trump spouts. All it serves is to provide them a national platform for misinformation, a twisting of truth or an outright denial of it, and then turn the tables on the interviewer and talk over them so they can shout down the reality of the facts that we all see; conflicts of interest, treasonous conduct with a foreign enemy, lack of accountability regarding his businesses and his personal wealth and where it comes from. He is completely untrustworthy and says whatever is convenient in the moment, even when it makes no sense. The time for treating him or his surrogates like legitimate responsible guardians of our democracy is over. He is an aberration that rises to the height of a legitimate danger to the well-being of this country. Investigative reporting of him should be a 24/7 endeavor bc the sheer volume of his misbehavior and misconduct would fuel newspapers and 24/7 cable news networks for the next 4 years. A strong press is a democracy’s guardian against a despot. They need to step up their game and bear the mantle of that responsibility for the good of the country. Doing less than this inches us closer to a dictatorship. Inaction is a green light for despots. We need to act. Now.

    • 56 desertflower
      December 29, 2016 at 10:11 am


      29 DEC 2016 AT 4:57 AM
      You ignore the refusal of the media to admit that they did anything wrong. The email server was a simple IT decision made to seem criminal by a GOP determined to prevent Hillary from being nominated or elected. That, the full use of Congressional and FBI powers, against the opposing candidate should have been the story. 3 speeches to GS, the “impropriety” of earning a living making speeches, then the Clinton Foundation of all things. How many hours, days, weeks did reporters spend reading email provided by FOIA or wikileaks? How many hours were spent on Hillary’s likability, her being “crowned” vs. Bernie’s lifetime of non-accomplishment? Only two reporters, late in the game, focused on Trump’s Foundation, business dealings. Neither got the coverage the emails did. The media take refuge in being disliked by left, right, and center. They refuse to acknowledge their dependence on the daily memes, controversies, trivialities of campaigning. Access and political gossip do not make a free, independent, responsible press. The urge to destroy Clinton once and for all dominated political coverage while Berlusconi/Mussolini/Hitler was the real threat. The media treated the GS speeches as a sign of moral turpitude; they essentially laughed off Trump’s opener about Mexican rapists, never, ever treated it with the same seriousness as Clinton’s “flaws”. To say nothing of his wives, infidelities, business practices (did anybody interview those he’d worked with, against over 4 decades). Did Trump get an MBA from Wharton? Seems to be the kind of simple question a reporter should be able got answer.

      How much coverage did the Jim Crow voting laws get? The Michigan replacement of city mayors and councils in majority-minority cities with unelected managers? Flint got coverage because of Maddow, then dropped off the radar because “email”.

      Apologies for rambling, but I am thoroughly disgusted by the malfeasance of all the “respectable” media this past year and their pompous assertions that they have nothing to apologize for. Iraq redux.

      • 57 desertflower
        December 29, 2016 at 10:22 am

        And THIS is the crap that needs to STOP! The news media can’t have it both ways! They have ONE JOB, to factually inform the public, they need to DO IT!


        Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration is still three weeks away, but the president-elect desperately wants Americans to believe he’s already racking up enormous successes – just as long as the public doesn’t look too closely at the details, which show his accomplishments are actually a mirage.

        Late yesterday, for example, Politico published this piece, which said exactly what the Republican transition team wanted to see.

        President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday announced the creation of 8,000 new private-sector jobs in the United States, including 5,000 that he says telecommunications company Sprint Corp. will be bringing back from “other countries.”

        “We just had some very good news,” Trump told the transition press pool. “Because of what is happening and the spirit and the hope, I was just called by the head people at Sprint and they are going to be bringing 5,000 jobs back to the United States. They have taken them from other countries.”

        In the same “announcement,” Trump boasted that he’s learned that a company called OneWeb was adding an additional 3,000 jobs – because of, you know, “what is happening and the spirit and the hope.”

        The trouble, as Politico acknowledged soon after, is that Trump was pulling a scam he’s leaned on many times: those new jobs were announced months ago. The president-elect wanted credit for others’ work, hoping the public – and news organizations – wouldn’t notice.

        If the trick sounds familiar, it’s because this wasn’t the first time Trump has executed the scam.

        I have an idea. Because this man is a PATHOLOGICAL LIAR, how about we start there and work backwards to fact check! Let’s just determine that everything that comes out of his mouth is a LIE and also realize that he needs constant self congratulations for everything he does…MEDIA, that should help you, help us!

  23. 60 desertflower
    December 29, 2016 at 9:47 am

    BINGO! We have a winner!

  24. 61 No Child Left Behind
    December 29, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Good East Coast Morning TODVille.

    I must report that at 10:27pm last night, Jacquelineoboomer posted a picture here which would have sent shock waves to my spine had my eyes laid on it.

    Thank God that I say it only this morning, after coffee.

    Jacquelineoboomer, https://assets.dnainfo.com/generated/photo/2015/02/bald-eagle-1422996533.jpg/larger.jpg

    • 62 jacquelineoboomer
      December 29, 2016 at 10:21 am

      Okay, I don’t remember posting that bald eagle picture last night (although it doesn’t look scary to me, so maybe)! Perhaps “shock waves to my spine” should happen this morning.

      Sorry, in any case!

      Kind of a weird morning for me, though. Woke up too early and went back to sleep. Before waking up again, I had a Bad Trump Dream. People I worry about in real life were in it (but okay), some of my dearly departed were in it, Trump and Putin were in it. And my thoughts in the dream or as I was coming out of it drifted to the fact that Putin has had some people killed in Russia who didn’t serve his purposes, and I was thinking he’d do that to Trump here, when he became useless to him, and we’d be at war. And then I woke up.

      So, yeah: COFFEE.

      • 63 No Child Left Behind
        December 29, 2016 at 11:05 am

        I know. The bad results of these elections pierce people’s dreams! Night and day, for good measure. A constant nightmare. At least one can wake up from a bad dream.

  25. December 29, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Hi TODers.

    Thank you, Nerdy.


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  28. 67 desertflower
    December 29, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Another idea about “What’s wrong with the MSM?”


  29. 68 JER
    December 29, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

  30. December 29, 2016 at 11:13 am

  31. 72 desertflower
    December 29, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Very Important Questions….I do believe this is part of what drove Maxine Waters to say NO!


    Why do Democratic presidents only get to have their Supreme Court nominees considered for three of the four years of the term to which the American people elected them, but Ronald Reagan got a nominee not only considered but approved in his final year, by a Democratic Senate no less?

    Why do Democratic candidates for president have to win the popular vote by a boatload to overcome the structural advantage Republicans have in the electoral college?

    In the run up to elections, when a foreign power seeks to interfere by supporting one candidate, why do Democratic elected officials go out of their way to avoid looking partisan, while Republicans take every opportunity to advance their party?

    Why do Democrats appoint Republicans to sensitive positions in the executive branch—even those that can act to influence the next election—but Republicans do not reciprocate?

    Why are Republicans able to win veto-proof majorities in a state legislature when more voters chose a Democrat in that year’s elections. Read that again and think about how absolutely undemocratic it is.

    Why do Republicans have no compunction about essentially undoing the results of an election for governor by stripping the office of much of its power in a lame duck session?

    Republicans play by one set of rules, and Democrats by another. That’s not how a democracy is supposed to work. Our democracy isn’t working. To paraphrase what Sean Connery’s dying character said in The Untouchables:

    What are Democrats prepared to do?

    • 73 0388jojothecat
      December 29, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Unfortunately when the DEMs Senate & House were in power for most of the 50’s, 60’s. 70’s, 80’s and 90’s they did some of the same things to Republicans although not as aggrecious as what the GOP is doing now. The Dems gerrymandered back then until the GOP gradually has taken over thanks to RW radio and lazy media. I have come to the realization that our so-called Democracy has been broken for a long time, long before you or I were born. The ONLY difference is the DEMs will help the working class and poor..always have. The GOP has always been for the wealthy…always have.

      I don’t think there is or will ever be a MIDDLE ground. I am ready to fight for the poor, working class and middle class so that the wealthy is prevented from destroying this country completely. Like so many of my generation, PBO opened my eyes to politics and what this country can truly be if we are willing to fight for it. I wish we could open the eyes of the young people and disenfranchised that change does not happen with a President it happens from the ground up and spreads out. I learned from this election the family values Republicans and the religious right-Evangelicals are phoneys after voting overwhelmingly for Trump a non-Christian, wife who posed nude, several marriages and affairs, disrespect for women, embraces vulgarity, and will sell out this country by embracing a communist list Putin.

  32. 74 arapaho415
    December 29, 2016 at 11:25 am

    GM TODville.

    Nice late afternoon/evening for the First Family and friends yesterday…

    Links to (underwhelming) pool reports:

    News article (with photos):

  33. 75 desertflower
    December 29, 2016 at 11:36 am

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  35. December 29, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    No, President Obama does not practice respectability politics

    So many people use the phrase despite not knowing its meaning
    By Brando Simeo Starkey

    Do me a favor — lower your head in shame if you’ve ever accused someone of committing a transgression despite not being able to correctly define what said transgression entails. Well, if you’ve ever criticized President Barack Obama for practicing respectability politics, your chin had better be slouched against your chest.

    I hear a lot about Obama supposedly practicing respectability politics. Most recently, Ta-Nehisi Coates claimed as such in his Atlantic cover story piece, My President Was Black. Coates lauded the president for a speech he delivered at Howard University, partly because it omitted “his usual riff on respectability politics.” Others have committed this sin, such as CNN journalist Nia-Malika Henderson. Writing for The Washington Post in 2014, she oddly credited Obama for practicing respectability politics less frequently than he had in the past despite him never practicing it in the first place. Such high-profile accusations have led the masses to echo these sentiments. Search the phrase on Twitter, and see various tweets of people maligning Obama for championing respectability politics:

    None of these people know what the phrase respectability politics means. I wrote a long-form piece on respectability politics in which I define it.

    What is respectability politics? It is a relatively straightforward and centuries-old racial progress strategy. It instructs blacks to disprove, through their personal behavior, some whites’ notions that racial inequality persists because of blacks’ biological or cultural inferiority. Devotees of respectability politics preach their gospel for two reasons: First, they hope whites will notice when blacks have reached respectability and, consequently, treat black people better, and second, to further black folks’ own interests, regardless of white approval.

    The first reason bears the true hallmark of respectability politics. Harwood McClerking, an Africology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, provided me a humorous definition. The politics of respectability, he said, is “the idea that [blacks] need to improve their behavior. And why are they doing it? So white people will see it and reward us. They’ll give us a cookie. We’ll get cookies! We’ll get pats on the head!”

    If I were to implore young black men to pull up their pants to elicit better treatment from white law enforcement officers, I would be practicing respectability politics.

    The problem with indicting Obama for practicing respectability politics is that he never tells black people to reform their behavior to elicit better appraisals from white people. Obama promotes racial uplift, the idea that black people should pursue personal and collective improvement in their own self-interest.

  36. 80 JER
    December 29, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    petesouza — Coming tomorrow: my annual Year in Photographs. This one of the President with Evie Cushman will certainly be included.

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  39. December 29, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Hope all of you are having a good day ….

  40. December 29, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Sen Ben Cardin is our ranking member on foreign relations committee. Please let him know you support his move:

  41. December 29, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    WOW, here it is:

  42. 96 No Child Left Behind
    December 29, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Now, let us wait and see how the Jackass-Elect will express his DEEP DISAPPOINTMENT in POTUS’s decision to punish Russia for its interference in our elections.

  43. 98 No Child Left Behind
    December 29, 2016 at 3:13 pm

  44. 101 No Child Left Behind
    December 29, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    I wish as the Russian spies pack and leave, they could take one Jackass-Elect with them!

  45. 103 No Child Left Behind
    December 29, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Give it a f***. You should have gone hard against the Jackass when he was running instead of contributing to taking down HRC.

  46. December 29, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Pack it up and GET OUT!

  47. December 29, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Gorgeous young women:

  48. 106 No Child Left Behind
    December 29, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    We are already punished: we have the Jackass-Elect!

  49. 107 No Child Left Behind
    December 29, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Frankly, the election of this Jackass is the ultimate melodrama of our time.

  50. December 29, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    This is good.

    • 109 GGail
      December 29, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      This piece of schit is alarming! He has some serious racist tendencies. He has done this before, but, now with the swiftness of the internet, he has been “outed” and they have to address it – and sternly.

      “On Tuesday, members of the Buffalo Common Council unanimously called on the education commissioner to investigate whether Paladino’s remarks warrant removal. Council Member David Franczyk, one of Paladino’s long-time allies, said the real estate developer’s behavior warrants consequences, according to radio station WBFO. And state Assemblyman Sean Ryan said on Twitter that he’d written to Elia asking for Paladino’s removal.

      Paladino, who served as co-chair of President-elect Donald Trump’s New York campaign, has claimed that his comments had nothing to do with race. He said he meant to send them to his friends, not the newspaper, and he apologized to “the minority community.”

      But he insisted he has no plans to leave the school board.

      New York state has limited ways to force out an elected official. Scott, the PTO co-chair, said his organization is in the process of filing an official complaint about Paladino with the education commissioner. From there, Elia could act to remove him, Scott said.

      “We’ve had Mr. Paladino make some very hateful comments in the past, but the outrage we’re receiving from the community, from Buffalo parents, and even outside Buffalo has certainly reached a new level,” said Scott, who is a school psychologist in a neighboring district. “Students are hearing this. They’re paying attention. It’s all over social media, it’s in the news. It’s having an impact on them.”

      A number of public officials and groups outside Buffalo have also condemned Paladino’s remarks, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund wrote to Elia. Thousands of people have signed petitions urging her to take action.

      In response, the state Education Department issued a statement saying they’re “in the process of reviewing all of our options in this unusual situation and will closely watch the actions taken by the Buffalo Board of Education at tomorrow’s meeting.”

      Paladino did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

      This is not the first time Paladino has drawn the ire of his local community. He has come under fire for racially offensive emails. Even in endorsing him for re-election this past spring, The Buffalo News referred to “all his defects ― his offensive comments, his bullying, his sometime inability to function effectively on the board.”

      Earlier this month, Paladino presented a formal resolution to the Board of Education calling for pictures of Trump to be placed in the schools. He brought the request on behalf of the “patriotism committee,” which is not actually a committee, according to The Buffalo News. Instead, the board decided that schools would display posters showing all the U.S. presidents.

      Paladino’s latest offense sets a poor example for the students, said Eve Shippens, a local parent, teacher and co-chair of the Buffalo PTO.

      “If he was a student in my classroom, he would have gotten formally suspended for saying that to another student. If he had posted that on his Facebook page, he would have been suspended,” Shippens said. “So how can he make decisions that affect children and not even have the consequences they have?” ”


      • 110 0388jojothecat
        December 29, 2016 at 5:58 pm

        Remember Veterans Day and the racist manager took the word of a racist patron at Chili’s that the AA man with his service dog was NOT a veteran, and took back the free meal and the video of the incident which went viral?

        I sent Chili’s an email how disgusted and disappointed I was that they would treat a veteran this way, take the word of someone who doesn’t know the man then the disgusting behavior of their manager. Well they sent me an email letting me know that person was fired and they giving all personnel sensitivity training so that this goes not happen again.

  51. 111 No Child Left Behind
    December 29, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Why not? Trump Tower's full of them as it is. https://t.co/d4iHSIRMpT— David Waldman (@KagroX) December 29, 2016


  52. 113 No Child Left Behind
    December 29, 2016 at 4:14 pm

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  54. 117 JER
    December 29, 2016 at 4:51 pm

  55. 120 desertflower
    December 29, 2016 at 5:09 pm

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  57. 126 desertflower
    December 29, 2016 at 5:45 pm



    Read the entire thing. This is treason. Why isn’t he in jail yet?

  58. December 29, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Bottom Line

    back to work ….

  59. 129 sherijr
    December 29, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Our President just keeps kicking Putin’s KGB hiney.

  60. 130 CEB
    December 29, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    PBO kicking Russia ass and calling out the names. A detailed indictment from cooperating agencies have hammered the nail in. Now congress, what are you prepared to do? DT’s response sounded like the usual gibberish. This buffoon is a complete no-nothing, but I fault the media and his deplorable voters more than I do him. He could not have gotten where he is without their collusion. A pox on their houses because they have certainly shitted in the nation’s house. The offal and the stench of this man’s presence will be hard to eradicate.

  61. 131 JER
    December 29, 2016 at 6:18 pm

  62. 132 jacquelineoboomer
    December 29, 2016 at 6:27 pm

  63. 134 CEB
    December 29, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Putin and Bibi got the surprise of their lives when they realized that PBO was not a push-over nor was he ignorant of the intricacies and nuances of our relationship with the countries or the men. They, like the Chinese, bought into the racist views that many here have of a people of color and got spanked every time they came up against him. PBO did not need to look gaze into Putin’s eyes to “get the measure of the man;” he already knew that he was the best Kremlin-trained snake, spy, and liar around. Putin was the one who sought PBO out for all of those meetings in the margins during the summit meetings. The body language between the two men and that knot in PBO’s jaw told you all that you needed to know. China learned how mistaken they were when they tried to pull a fast one when the other leaders were leaving (2010) and have their little meeting. Barack and Hillary walked in like gun-slingers and took over. Bibi could not get what he wanted (PBO could not hide his disgust in the photos take of the two in the Oval), so he waited until the adult was away and came to the recalcitrant, sycophantic children. All of his hatred, threats, and maneuvering got him and Israel was an abstention (which is really a “yes”). Of course they are looking forward to a DT presidency; they will finally have their man in Washington, the epitome of the no-nothing, bloviating, Ugly American who can be easily won over by flattery. Putin did not step foot in the US the past 8 years, but I would not be surprised if he is the guest of the first State Dinner of this appalling presidency. PBO was a worthy opponent, but DT will be their “do boy.”

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