121 Responses to “President Obama’s This Week Interview”

  1. 1 jacquelineoboomer
    January 8, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Hello, dahlings!

  2. 2 Judith Fardig
    January 8, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Congratulations, Jacqueline. I have not yet listened to the above interview. Hope Stephanopoulos was respectful.

  3. January 8, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    ABC News Verified account

    Black college band’s plan to march at inaugural spurs opposition: “Our ancestors are jumping out of their graves”

  4. 5 susanne
    January 8, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Thank you Nerdy for keeping the lights on. Don’t know if you realize how essential you and this place are, for the sanity of so many good people.

  5. January 8, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    yes yes yes

    Weekend Box Office January 6-8: A Solid Opening for ‘Hidden Figures’ (Continued Strong Word of Mouth Should Give It Legs)

    January 8, 2017
    Sergio Mims

    As for this weekend, I’ll give you just one guess which film was
    number one… Of course it was yet again “Rogue One”. Though the film’s box office fell almost 56% from last weekend, it did well enough to stay on top for another week with $21.9 million, for almost
    half-a-billion-dollars domestically to date, aiming for a billion
    worldwide with $914.4 million so far.

    But in a very close second was “Hidden Figures” which earned a solid $21.8 million. In fact, the film actually beat “Rogue One” on Friday out-grossing it by $1.5 million. But those “Star Wars” geeks had their say and “Rogue One” beat “Hidden Figures” on Saturday and won the weekend, but just by a whisker. Although “Figures” had the highest per-screen average for any film in the top 20 this weekend, and was made on a very modest production budget of $25 million (though it looks like it cost twice that amount on the screen); the extremely positive word of mouth that it’s getting should help it become a very successful and profitable film for Fox.

    • 7 Judith Fardig
      January 8, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      Or as Jenna Bush stupidly said to Pharrell, “Hidden Fences” !

      • 8 jacquelineoboomer
        January 8, 2017 at 8:32 pm

        Maybe I’m crazy (don’t dwell on that), but I swear I heard the other woman interviewer say that as I was thinking about turning away from the whole show. For a second I thought to myself that “Hidden Fences” doesn’t sound right. Didn’t recall it was Jenna. 😦

    • 9 GGail
      January 8, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      I saw Hidden Figures last night along with my SoCal Peeps, jojothecat and purpleshoesla. The Arclight Pasadena theatre was packed – full house of people from all walks of life. The movie is fantastic and received resounding applause at the end and again when the real women were shown on the screen.

      I highly recommend it.

      Of course, it beat Rogue One simply because Hidden Figures is playing in thousands less theaters than Rogue One and even less theaters than Sing, which it also beat in box office figures. 🙂 🙂

      • 10 mtmarilyn
        January 8, 2017 at 10:42 pm

        I can’t wait to see this too. I will highly recommend the book “Hidden Figures”. I just finished it.

  6. January 8, 2017 at 7:17 pm

  7. 15 jacquelineoboomer
    January 8, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Very seldom watch Golden Globes, but thought I might give it a try. Until I just spotted Jenna Bush interviewing people on the red carpet. No, thanks. Enough nepotism around for my tastes.

  8. January 8, 2017 at 7:27 pm

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  10. January 8, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Great exchange between Sen Booker and pundit….

  11. 24 idon
    January 8, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    I’m so excited about Presidential Obama’s Farewell address. I will be there from beginning until his mike drop with “Obama Out” I’m going silent on 1/20/2017 to mourn the loss mourn of our democracy, i.e. Representative Republic. I will not watch any pre or post coverage of the first ever coup ceremony in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

  12. January 8, 2017 at 7:39 pm

  13. 29 Nerdy Wonka
    January 8, 2017 at 7:41 pm

  14. 30 JER
    January 8, 2017 at 8:10 pm

  15. 32 jacquelineoboomer
    January 8, 2017 at 8:24 pm

  16. 33 desertflower
    January 8, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    But the Boston Globe wants you to know Republicans are cuter….

  17. 34 desertflower
    January 8, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    But IOKIYAWRR (white, rich, republican)

  18. 36 desertflower
    January 8, 2017 at 8:37 pm


  19. 37 jacquelineoboomer
    January 8, 2017 at 8:57 pm

  20. January 8, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    You can buy the book Hidden Figures on Amazon Kindle today for $1.99

  21. 42 Judith Fardig
    January 8, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Michael Keaton also said “HIdden Fences” – geez!

  22. 43 desertflower
    January 8, 2017 at 9:21 pm
  23. 44 desertflower
    January 8, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Read all of it. Seems to be closing in on more mess from the idiot trump


  24. 45 FoxfireTX
    January 8, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Good evening TOD. If the state of our country as of January 20 weren’t so scary it would be hilarious. All of these idiots nominated by Trump with no policy or government experience seem to think it is going to be a piece of cake. While Tillerson may have done well in his chosen field with one company, what does he know about the state of the world other than oil and gas experience? Nothing. Each and every one of them is going to look like a fool when they come up against their contemporaries who have vast knowledge that they are lacking. Think of PBO’s two SoS, Clinton and Kerry. Both had a lifetimes of foreign affairs knowledge and STILL found the job incredibly difficult. And when the first Deepwater Horizon or ebola crisis hits, will it be Rick Perry who figures out how to cap that well or Tom Price who figures out how to control a potential worldwide epidemic? As we’ve all been saying for months, the scariest people are the ones who don’t know what they don’t know, and that is true across the board for the cabinet but together by DT. Heaven help us all. After watching the depth of knowledge by PBO as demonstrated in that interview, and knowing the experts he surrounded himself with, it is incomprehensible that the fool that is Trump will be running this country. I suspect it is going to be much worse over the next couple of years than we are even anticipating at this point. But I doubt that even that will change the minds of his crazy supporters who just want to burn the government down. Just wait until it hits home for them.

  25. 46 arapaho415
    January 8, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    NerdyW’s response to @BostonGlobe #WhatWereTheyThinking, so I started a Twitter thread that I would welcome suggestions to add to:


  26. 52 JER
    January 8, 2017 at 10:09 pm

  27. 53 jacquelineoboomer
    January 8, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Another version of the list.

  28. 54 JER
    January 8, 2017 at 10:21 pm

  29. 55 jacquelineoboomer
    January 8, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    • January 9, 2017 at 9:43 am

      Unless it can be proven that there was direct collusion between Putin and Trump ….there is nothing really that we can do… ..it is either the DOJ or Congress that would have the power to remove Trump now…i am not sure if there is anything other than impeachment that can change this…

  30. 57 jacquelineoboomer
    January 8, 2017 at 10:42 pm

  31. 62 purpleshoesla
    January 8, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    While a “legitimate” news publication like the Boston Globe is trying to normalize evil as handsome and attractive, listen to what Meryl Streep had to say tonight at the Golden Globes….. powerful.


  32. 63 arapaho415
    January 8, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    The news of Rafsanjani’s death is unsettling to me — more turmoil in the world, on the cusp of a deranged madman taking the helm in the US — although from what I hear, Iran and Russia are allies now, and we’re now in allegiance with Russia (but what about Israel?)…

    Rouhani will face reelection in May:

    • January 9, 2017 at 9:57 am

      I believe that people of good will have to as Deval Patrick says…grow a pair…we will all be tested….Americans did not meet their challenge…so now we have to play defense…i hope the Iranian people learn from our mistakes and step up for the challenge

  33. 65 whenpamelawandered
    January 8, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Ultimately, I am SO in denial. ❤🌹🙏🏻🌹❤ {{{ TOD ❤ PBO }}}

    • 66 jacquelineoboomer
      January 8, 2017 at 11:53 pm

      I’m more in a lasting state of disbelief. Love ya, MightyPamela!

      And goodnight, TODville – thanks for everything, Nerdy darlin’!

  34. January 9, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Goodnight TOD …

  35. 68 purpleshoesla
    January 9, 2017 at 1:30 am

  36. January 9, 2017 at 2:27 am

    Someday I’ll learn to spell things correctly the first time I tweet something….. 😛

  37. 70 desertflower
    January 9, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Morning everyone. RESIST! Call your Senators today and EVERY DAY…tell them NO to DT’s nominations!!

  38. January 9, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    If you’ve been following Keepin’ it 1600, some important news:

  39. 74 desertflower
    January 9, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Because we really ARE the Party of Freedom! We need to reclaim this.


    Monopoly is a main driver of inequality, as super-fat profits concentrate more wealth in the hands of the few. The effects of monopoly enrage voters in their day-to-day lives, as they face the sky-high prices set by drug company cartels and the abuses of cable providers, health insurers and airlines. Monopoly provides much of the funds the wealthy use to distort American politics.

    For these and other reasons, the Clinton campaign, along with the White House and the Democratic Party, made a huge mistake by failing to flesh out their anti-monopoly message. Yet the full dimensions of the missed opportunity are greater yet. Properly understood, the anti-monopoly frame doesn’t just offer a way to talk to Americans about their material needs; it’s also a way to connect to deeply and broadly held American ideals, like the freedom to be one’s own boss and the liberty to choose one’s own course.

    For most of the 20th century these values were hallmarks of the Democratic Party. This tradition, which dates to the time of Thomas Jefferson, found expression in anti-monopoly policies designed to protect Americans not just as consumers, but also as citizens and producers, from domination by the powerful. Yet today most Americans associate terms like “freedom” and “liberty” with Republicans, even as that party appears to be preparing to deliver something more like autocracy.

    • 75 desertflower
      January 9, 2017 at 8:07 am

      This is a tragedy. Going forward, Democrats should make anti-monopoly — in the name of liberty, democracy, community, family and innovation — the foundation of their economic thinking and the leading idea of their economic messaging. If they do, Democrats will be attacking what’s actually wrong with America. They will also swiftly begin to split the Trump vote and to rebuild their own shattered party.

      • 76 desertflower
        January 9, 2017 at 8:15 am

        Actually, this is a MUST READ and SHARE.

      • January 9, 2017 at 8:41 am

        One of the things Bill Clinton condoned and signed into law was Title 3 of The Telecommunications Act of 1996, which allowed for media cross-ownership and deregulation of the converging broadcasting and telecommunications markets.

        All our media outlets are now monopolized by a handful of the wealthiest RWNJs who actively mangle and distort our news and information across all platforms. We all know the rest of that story and feel its impact every single day.

        • 78 desertflower
          January 9, 2017 at 8:48 am

          Yes. It talked about that….but rather than re litigate the past, a road map for going forward. I think it’s a strong, easily understandable (people are not that bright…not everyone is a policy wonk:) I also think that Tom Perez would be a fine person to carry this message to the party. IMO

  40. January 9, 2017 at 8:36 am

  41. 80 desertflower
    January 9, 2017 at 8:39 am


  42. 81 desertflower
    January 9, 2017 at 8:41 am


  43. 84 desertflower
    January 9, 2017 at 8:44 am

  44. 85 JER
    January 9, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

    [MAGA – Make America Great Again]

  45. 86 JER
    January 9, 2017 at 9:03 am

  46. January 9, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Not This Nonsense Again
    by D.R. Tucker
    January 8, 2017 7:00 AM


    This has led to the usual allegations from those who apparently favor Ellison that Perez is little more than a hack who is not a true warrior for progressive change. This is, as you might imagine, a complete smear of Perez:

    [F]or an establishment candidate, Perez would still be a pretty bold choice for a party that just selected the cautious, centrist Clinton/Kaine ticket: As his DNC campaign website highlights, he’s a former Department of Justice civil rights lawyer whose work as Labor Secretary has impressed progressive Democratic activists. His platform and website—much like Ellison’s—is one that’s aimed squarely at the grass roots and working class, highlighting issues like voting rights and small-donor fundraising while emphasizing his history of work on issues like collective bargaining rights and police accountability. Both Ellison and Perez seem to be aiming to win over lefty Bernie Sanders voters while at the same time drawing in the nonwhite members of the Democratic coalition that Sanders has sometimes been tone-deaf in discussing.

    The knocks against Perez, the son of Dominican immigrants who was raised in Buffalo and lives in Maryland, are that he’s never himself run for an office higher than Maryland county council and that, for all the good his civil rights and labor work has done, it’s kept him in Washington, D.C. rather than out in the field. Meanwhile, Ellison has already locked in endorsements from high-profile labor leaders, outgoing Senate majority leader Harry Reid, and centrist New Yorker senator Chuck Schumer; he’s not exactly a long-shot insurgent at this point.

    Ellison, Perez, Buckley, Harrison and Brown are all competent, high-quality candidates for the DNC gig; this will certainly not be the clusterscrew that was the race for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee after John McCain’s loss (the chairmanship race that Michael Steele infamously won). So we can we please knock it off with the suggestion that certain candidates are too “establishment” for their own good? Shouldn’t the most important criteria for this job be who can score the most victories over Republicans in 2018 and 2020, not who’s the least “establishment”?

  47. 88 GGAIL
    January 9, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Good West Coast morning NW & TOD family.
    We’ve got rain, rain & more RAIN ☔️

  48. January 9, 2017 at 9:16 am

    The Task Before Us
    by D.R. Tucker January 8, 2017 3:00 PM

    Was he appreciated in his time?

    When Barack Obama leaves the Oval Office in twelve days, he would be well within his rights to depart from the White House as a bitter man–bitter over the level of unjustified hatred he received from the right, bitter over the mainstream media’s refusal to comprehensively cover his successes for fear that right-wingers would complain, bitter that his achievements weren’t always appreciated by some progressives. Yet, in all likelihood, he will not leave bitter.

    He’ll be relieved that his work is over, and concerned that the new president will try to destroy almost all of it. He will leave cautiously optimistic that this country will survive.

    It will be up to the rest of us to defend Obama’s legacy, and make permanent his achievements in the face of withering opposition. The unifying goal of the American progressive movement should be to complete Obama’s unfinished work: to ensure that every single resident of this country has full access to high-quality, affordable health care, that every child receives a high-quality education, that every woman makes one dollar for every dollar a man earns, that every human being on this earth enjoys a stable, pollution-free atmosphere. These goals can be achieved if progressives are unified. Donald Trump and the Republicans can’t defeat the left if the left doesn’t defeat itself.

    Think about all the hatred the right wing directed at Obama from the moment he stepped off the podium at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. They’ve attacked him as incompetent and ignorant, someone who’s not even a citizen of the United States, an effete elitist, an uppity you-know-what. They say success is the best revenge…so if progressives managed to secure Obama’s achievements, would that not be the most successful way to stick it to those who have abused Obama and his family all these years?

    Right-wingers have been trying to make permanent Ronald Reagan’s agenda ever since the 40th President left office 28 years ago. Why shouldn’t progressives try to do the same with Obama’s agenda?

  49. January 9, 2017 at 9:20 am

    You Know the Drill
    by D.R. Tucker
    January 8, 2017 11:00 AM

    What will he say during the deposition? “My bad”?

    For all my skepticism about the effort by young climate activists in Oregon to have the federal courts effectively shut down the fossil-fuel industry, I have to admit this is a clever idea:

    Lawyers for teenagers claiming the US government failed to protect the environment from global warming plan to question under oath President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state on his knowledge of climate change.

    Exxon Mobil Corp. chief executive Rex Tillerson’s testimony, set for the day before the Jan. 20 inauguration, is being sought by lawyers representing 21 children and teenagers seeking to prove that oil and gas industry groups “have known about the dangers of climate change since the 1960s and have successfully worked to prevent the government” from taking action.

    The groups, whose members include Exxon, joined the lawsuit [Juliana, et. al. v. United States] on the side of the government to oppose the teens.

    The youths from across the country claim that by perpetuating the use of fossil fuels, the government has trampled their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property. They won a shot at pursuing their claims in November when an Oregon federal judge rejected the government’s request to throw out their lawsuit.

    Tillerson, who was a director and recent chairman-elect of the American Petroleum Institute, would be asked about his company and industry contributing to global environmental damage, lawyers for the teenagers said Thursday in a statement.

  50. 95 JER
    January 9, 2017 at 9:20 am

    President Obama’s Reflections Ahead of His Farewell Address

  51. 100 JER
    January 9, 2017 at 9:30 am

    • January 9, 2017 at 9:54 am

      There that disgusting Trump is again, he can fine something negative to say about everyone but Vladimir Putin. Why is that? I have to wonder what do Putin have on Trump?

  52. 102 desertflower
    January 9, 2017 at 9:43 am

  53. 103 desertflower
    January 9, 2017 at 9:48 am


    “Why is the incoming Trump administration playing political games, refusing to acknowledge the consensus of the intelligence community and pointing fingers at their fellow Americans instead of taking this threat seriously so we can prevent future attacks? We can all appreciate why Donald Trump would be embarrassed at how he won the presidency, but if Trump is going to be president, he cannot let his personal insecurities jeopardize our national security.

    “It’s time for the incoming Trump Administration to face what has happened and put our national security first. We need a thorough, independent, and bipartisan congressional investigation – modeled on the 9/11 Commission – as a critical first step toward making sure this never happens again.”

  54. January 9, 2017 at 9:49 am

    The Children of Barack: Thoughts and Reflections on Becoming Political in the Age of Obama

    Trevor LaFauci January 8, 2017
    This is the piece I’ve been afraid to write.

    To be expected to put into words how much someone means to you is never easy. Whether at a wedding, a retirement party, a momentous birthday or even a funeral, words often fail to do justice with the gravity and importance of the occasion. There are certain events in life that go beyond words and when presented with these situations the best one can hope for is to at least try to convey the intended meaning as best as possible. In the end, people often receive high praise for their words of tribute but for the perfectionists among us, there remains a persistent nagging that we could have done something more. Unrealistic as it may be, it is a feeling that one can’t help but internalize. When speaking so positively of someone else, one is inevitably made to compare this person to themselves and this comparison often leads to a feeling of inadequacy. It may seem unfair, but it is human nature to place yourself in that other person’s shoes and reflect on their life as if it were your own. It is this reflective part of the writing process that can bring out a person’s humbleness and humility, especially when the subject of one’s writing is a person of tremendous character.

    And that is why for me, it is so hard to write about President Barack Obama.


    And yet, over these last two months, I’ve never been prouder to call Barack Obama my president. Despite the possibility of his legacy being undermined by the incoming administration, President Obama has handled himself with the same dignity and grace as the very first day he came into office. His words still ring on high on hope at a time when many people are feeling hopeless. His reverence for the constitution has been on full display and, like always, he has continued to be the adult in the room. Along with his wife, Michelle, President Obama has left large shoes to fill that clearly won’t be filled by the incoming administration but that may not be filled for a generation or more. His work in the White House may be nearing an end, but his work on behalf of social justice issues will continue for years to come. He will recruit and train a new generation to follow in his footsteps.

    And I, for one, will be there. Fired up and ready to go. Because we, as a nation, have come too far to turn back now. There has been too much progress made to stop now and there is work left to do. President Obama is fond of reciting Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous phrase that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Right now, we are facing an upshot of the arc that seems to be bending away. But it will bend back. Maybe not today. Maybe not these next four years. But it will right itself. If there is one thing, just one thing, that President Barack Obama has meant to me it has been his unwavering hope in the American people. He has believed in me through thick and thin and I have come to feel the same way about him. Wherever life takes President Barack Obama, I will be there fighting with him. For a man who has meant so much to me, I owe it to him to help in any way possible.

    It’s the least I can do.

    • January 9, 2017 at 10:29 am

      I didn’t use this script. Wrote my own. Just called Corker’s office. Covered no ethics investigation, no vetting in other ways, that nearly all of the appointees have either zero or little experience for position…..so…….what could possibly go wrong? Said that Karma IS a bitch and when it does come, the blood will be on their (GOP) hands. Then went to defunding of PP. Have tried three times to get through to Alexander. Busy! Will keep trying.

  55. January 9, 2017 at 10:00 am

  56. 108 JER
    January 9, 2017 at 10:53 am

  57. January 9, 2017 at 10:55 am

    I want to do this. How do I subscribe?

  58. 110 GGail
    January 9, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Final Box Office: ‘Hidden Figures’ Beats ‘Rogue One’ With $22.8M
    BOOYAH! 🙂

  59. January 9, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Finally got through to Alexander’s office. Was trying both local and DC. I take that as a good sign that I had such a problem getting through. I could tell the guy was harried and stressed.

  60. January 9, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Hi everyone ….

  61. January 9, 2017 at 11:51 am

    back to work …..

  62. 116 GGail
    January 9, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Jenna Bush Hager Offers Teary-Eyed Apology for ‘Hidden Fences’ Flub: “I’m Not Perfect”

    I accept Jenna’s apology and understand how it has happened to her and to Michael Keaton.

    Dammit, it’s Hollywood’s fault. They put out two major block buster movies back to back that have black actors in major leads in stories about positive black people. Our subconscious minds combine the two movies. Why? Because it is so rare to have “two” major films out at the same time with leading black actors. Our minds just aren’t used to it. We become confused. Our brain is saying, “what’s the name of the movie?” “It must be Hidden Fences because Hollywood would never make and release at the same time “two” movies with black leading actors about black people. So it has to be Hidden Fences.

  63. 119 No Child Left Behind
    January 9, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Good (late) Morning TODVille!

    How is everyone doing?

  64. 121 Allison
    January 9, 2017 at 1:38 pm

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