What To Do On January 20th



Our 2,922+ Days with Prez Obama

“The road ahead will be long,
Our climb will be steep,
We may not get there in one year, or even one term,
But America, I have never been more hopeful
Than I am tonight that we will get there.”… (Prez Barack Obama, 11/4/2008)

Put down the Kleenex. Tilt your head up high. Now shout at the top of your lungs. YES WE DID!!! We Obamacrats, Americans, and world citizens can proudly puff out our chests and say we got us a really fine gem of a president. He not only served us productively during his 8-year tenure, he did so without a whiff of scandal, his diligence razor sharp, his humility and empathy never in doubt, and lit up our dreary moments with that smile and quick wit.

How many of us young and young at heart, and even detractors, can say we’ve ever been so absorbed day in and day out with any President at such a granular level, as we have Prez Barack Hussein Obama? Sure, the technologies of our age simulate such high levels of intimacy with political leaders we may never meet. But the Obamas made us live vicariously in the warm embrace of their hugs.

Beyond policy convergence, we felt their human connection to us to be genuine. Not posturing. And prior to winning the presidency, candidate Obama himself opened the sluice gates to many of us to dive into political engagement through both electronic media and human to human contact in the streets

How many of you got connected politically with complete strangers for the first time by signing up on http://www.barackobama.com and eagerly awaited David Plouffe’s weekly map update? How many of you created “Dashboard” pages on that website to organize people you knew, to volunteer, donate, host house meetings and parties, make calls, register people in the streets, enter registration data, or even quit your jobs to go to “Summer organizing school”?

Be honest, how many of us of a certain age (wink, wink) would have gotten clued in to much of Social media — Twitter, Snapchat, etc. or programs consumed mostly by millennials such as Between Two Ferns with Zack Galifianakis, and You Tube sensations like Ms. Glozell Green, Ingrid “Glamourazzi” Nilsen, Adande “sWoozie” Thorne…., and much of social media lingo, if not for Barack H. Obama?

Besides substantial policy advances, he and First Lady Michelle Obama, made us all indulge in the hip and cool. We dropped the mic and sang soul and karaoke along with them. We ooohed and aaaahed the marshmallow cannon and others at the geeky WH science exhibits. We clutched our virtual passports, got aboard Airforce One on its 400 flights, and trekked all 50 states of America and around the world with them – Dublin, Myanmar, Moneygall, Moscow, Canberra, Strasbourg, Prague, Havana, Dakar, Accra, ……

But why did many of us suspend our cynicism during the Obama presidency? Why did we believe him? The historical track record of politicians has earned that species a well-deserved cynicism. But not Barack Obama. Why? Sure, policy disagreements and all for some, but few besides his virulent opposition and rabid racists doubted his integrity.

We checked our cynicism at the door because he invited us, as thinking people, to embark on the tough journey of making America a “more perfect union” with him, warts and all. He also welcomed us to peer into the depths of his humanity (not like GW Bush looking into Putin’s soul), and many of us felt comfortable, even inspired. He was more than family even if some never physically met him. He never patronized us. He never left us out in the cold. Never.

Some of us ached with anguish when the opposition slammed the political barricades hard in his face at a time when this country teetered on the brink of economic collapse, and we thought “surely, country first, right?” Wrong.

With President Obama, many of us were jolted to the harsh reality that Republicans cared more about raw power than America’s wellbeing. They dragged us through an orgy of vileness on every front imaginable. Worst of all, the electorate rewarded them up and down this country with more power to destroy all the pillars of democracy and human rights that had been fought for with blood and toil. What country is this!

As a naturalized American citizen, whose very first vote in this country was for candidate Obama during the 2008 Democratic primaries, I, along with many of you feel a certain sense of co-ownership of the Obama presidential journey. It was us at our very best! We chose well. Eight years, no scandals. NONE! Competence, class, dignity, vision, empathy, real accomplishments.

Barack Obama is the stuff legends are made of. And we were lucky to witness it, and co-write this chapter of America’s story. So yeah, tilt that chin up. Y’all did good.

“Hard things are hard,” is inscribed on a plaque in the Obama White House. Yep, they are. And once achieved they must be safeguarded with hawk eyes, else a Trump wrecking ball overruns us.

But as President Obama said, we’re just getting started. We’re not gonna turn him into a fossil to gaze at on a pedestal in a shrine. As CITIZENS our task, our vigilance shifts to second gear tomorrow. Foot to the pedal. Stay Woke.

P.S. Our gratitude knows no bounds for Chips and NerdyWonka, who captained this incredible electronic corner of bliss and sanity for our journey with the Obama Family, in a sea of venom. Thank you thank you, thank you.

And kudos to all you fellow travelers on this site. You made this Obama story possible. You made it fierce. Let’s ALL #staywoke.



171 Responses to “What To Do On January 20th”

  1. 1 Don
    January 20, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Good Morning TOD!

  2. 3 desertflower
    January 20, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Morning, Don! Morning everyone! Great day to fight for justice and bend the arc:)

  3. 4 sherijr
    January 20, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Good morning Don, Nerdy, all of TOD. FYI: Info on President Obama’s post-presidency staff http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/eric-schultz-obama-senior-adviser-233856

  4. January 20, 2017 at 8:37 am

    NERDY!! Love you, homes!!

  5. January 20, 2017 at 8:38 am

  6. January 20, 2017 at 8:44 am

  7. 12 desertflower
    January 20, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Morning Must Read. h/t BJ


    The arc is not a natural feature of the universe. It does not magically appear; it is not ordained; it is not inevitable. It exists because people of moral character seek justice, not only for themselves but for every person. Nor is the arc smooth. It’s rough and jagged, punctuated in areas by great strides, halting collapses, terrible reverses and forcible wrenching actions. There are those, always, who work to widen the arc, to make that bend toward justice as flat as they can make it, out of fear or greed or hate. They stretch out the arc when they can. If people of moral character forget the arc is not ordained, or become complacent to a vision of a smooth, frictionless bend toward justice, the work to flatten the arc becomes that much easier.

    Right now, today, here in 2017, there are those working very industriously to flatten out the arc. They have lately seen little penalty for their hate, or their dissembling, or their disdain or greed; they have contempt for justice other than a cynical appreciation of its features when and only when it is to their advantage; they don’t care for anyone or anything outside the close horizon of their own interests. They have won a moment; they have won a day. They will try to win more than that, now, however they can, flattening the arc with hate and fear and greed.

    On this day, in this year, in our time: Help to bend the arc back.

  8. January 20, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  9. January 20, 2017 at 8:48 am


    thank you for such a wonderful piece.

  10. 15 Libra800
    January 20, 2017 at 8:49 am

    I’m on my Facebook page watching Fusion Live with BLM and other groups Protesting and blocking the entrance of the Inauguration. Its going to be a long day!

  11. January 20, 2017 at 8:49 am

  12. 25 GGAIL
    January 20, 2017 at 8:49 am

    I’m thankful for Chipsticks and NW. 💕

  13. 26 Judith Fardig
    January 20, 2017 at 8:53 am

    A million thanks to Nerdy, kudos to Zizi, and congratulations to Don.

  14. 30 Don
    January 20, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Why are all these commentators on t.v. acting as though Trump isn’t a monster?

  15. 31 Don
    January 20, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I just told a coworker that he is ignorant when it comes to history and that he needs to read more books about history, its going to be a long day.

    • 32 desertflower
      January 20, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Pace yourself, friend. Smile and know that you are on the right side of history. It’ll be ok…we all got this. Together.

  16. 33 GGAIL
    January 20, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Beautiful way to open TOD this morning. Thanks zizi. Stay Woke peoples!

  17. 34 whenpamelawandered
    January 20, 2017 at 9:02 am

  18. 36 Don
    January 20, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Fuck you David Axelrod, I prefer not to know what the First Lady’s you-know-what looks like.

  19. January 20, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Thank you to the author of this pace. It said everything that needed to be said about this monumental period in history. President OBAMA and his most excellent wife, Michele, brought joy and beauty to our lives, dignity to our country, and an unforgettable lesson in how to thrive with quiet power in the face of unbelievable and ugly obstruction.

    I don’t see how they did what they did. Maybe, it was all the prayers, I don’t know.

    I just know that I am gtreatful to have witnessed and participated in one of the finest and successful periods in America’s history.

    I will always appreciate TOD, Chips, Nerdy, and all the other members of this wonderful family. It has been a daily joy to read the comments, to share our feelings during periods of pain and times of joy. I have loved reading the often hilarious interactions between TOD members.

    This blog is a wonderful place to come to. It has really kept me going during these past eight years. So,
    Yes I will lift my head up high and smile, because I was a part of making this glorious moments in history possible. I will always cherish the time spent at TOD.

    And, by the way, I think we will need TOD more than ever, now that we face the frightening certainty of a TRUMP presidency.

    So, if there any thoughts to shut this place down, I have request: “DON’T!”

  20. 49 FoxfireTX
    January 20, 2017 at 9:14 am

    One last time….

  21. 50 GGAIL
    January 20, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Richard Nixon swore on 2 Bibles and ended up leaving the WH in disgrace.
    Be Awake People

  22. January 20, 2017 at 9:24 am

  23. 53 JER
    January 20, 2017 at 9:27 am

  24. 54 CEB
    January 20, 2017 at 9:27 am

    A Start Trek the Next Generation marathon on BBCA is running on the TV in my study.
    My mother called to dish on some of the goings on and at first could not believe that I had kept to my word to boycott this thing. I will tune in on some online source to see the final farewell at Andrews at 1:10. It will be his first speech as Citizen Obama.
    Poor PBO will have only one golf day, Saturday. All of the other days until near the end of the week have cold, rain and gray skies.

  25. 55 GGAIL
    January 20, 2017 at 9:27 am

    On my way to work in all this rain. ☔️☔️

  26. January 20, 2017 at 9:30 am

    PBO’s last tweets:

  27. 60 JER
    January 20, 2017 at 9:31 am

  28. 64 No Child Left Behind
    January 20, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Good morning TODVille.

    The Resistance starts right here with well informed people.

  29. 65 JER
    January 20, 2017 at 9:38 am

  30. 67 ouapiti
    January 20, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Thanks you so so much, Nerdy Wonka, for keeping TOD going strong as we forge ahead, and thank you to all TODers for your support, love for our FLOTUS, POTUS and their colleagues, and outrage over what is happening to our country. It means so much to be able to gather here and find solace and motivation as we work to keep the faith! Forever my president, indeed!

  31. 68 JER
    January 20, 2017 at 9:45 am

  32. 70 carolyn
    January 20, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Thank you for being here this morning. How encouraging to read the posts and see pictures of our beloved ones.

  33. 75 CEB
    January 20, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Mom called again to tell me the Obamas were on the portico waiting for those people and MO, did her usual brush off of PBO and he kissed her cheek. I tuned it to see what MO was wearing, a deep red A-line dress, pumps, hair pulled back in a curly chignon, then changed the channel when those people pulled up.

  34. January 20, 2017 at 9:50 am

  35. January 20, 2017 at 9:54 am

    President Obama said that he believed that we will be okay. But he also qualified it. He said, “We have to FIGHT FOR IT; we have to WORK FOR IT and NOT TAKE IT FOR GRANTED.”

    • 83 cd4biden
      January 20, 2017 at 10:18 am

      I want to share this important video, but I cannot figure out bowl. I do not tWeet or do Facebook, and I cannot find it on the aj+ website. Can anyone help me please?

      • January 20, 2017 at 10:35 am

        I don’t tweet either, cd4biden, but if you right click on the time stamp and select “copy link address” you should be able to paste the address for the tweet which includes the video.

  36. 85 JER
    January 20, 2017 at 9:58 am

    • 86 CEB
      January 20, 2017 at 10:45 am

      I can imagine the family on the plane as it takes off for Palm Springs, singing, dancing, and hugging each other. Freedom! I am so happy for them. They can go on dates without a cavalcade, stay up late, shop, host dinner parties with people they actually like, body surf, never wear a suit with that flag pin and so much more.
      After they rest up, I hope that he will be able to take her on the trip that she wanted where they re-live their honeymoon journey along the California coast.

  37. January 20, 2017 at 10:01 am

    I’m sorry I have been away for so long. I spent the last three days working 16 hours/day helping with a school district accreditation review. I had no time to even think about the last few days of this glorious presidency. As I was driving home last night, pretty exhausted, it suddenly hit me with a lot of force how SAFE I had felt these past eight years. I had never really thought of it in that way before. I remember the day after the first inauguration driving to school, listening to the news, and hearing the news reader talk about President Obama – it had become a reality. After eight years of being in the sure hands of a man like President Obama, I had taken ‘safe’ for granted. And now that safety is gone. In other presidential transitions I have been joyous or angry or depressed or worried but never unsafe in the way I do now. Thank you, Nerdy and all other commenters and contributors, for this beautiful post today-the tears are already flowing. I’m going to my dear,Democratic friend’s house to spin. We are going to have the TV on to a station that is not broadcasting the sinauguration. I read that is better than keeping the TV off. The more people watching other stuff, the poorer his number will look. The fewer people watch, the better his numbers will look, proportionately. In fact, I am going to leave the TV on at my house even though I’m not home. My cats can watch Burn Notice on ION TV all day.

    • 88 GGail
      January 20, 2017 at 11:27 am

      Hi Mary! {{{hugs}}}
      You’re right, we felt SAFE with PBO & his Administration in Office.
      Enjoy your day today 🙂

  38. January 20, 2017 at 10:02 am

    First Let me say, Hello Obama Diary Family. How are you all doing. Know you all, this country, the world are in my prayers. So are the man and woman who for the last eight years have represented this country with class and dignity, who despite the racism, the disrespect, they had to deal with, they have held their head high and did their job. Michelle and Obama you made me proud, I THANK YOU and I will miss you. Thank You.

  39. January 20, 2017 at 10:07 am

    I am meeting friends here today. Then out to lunch for a celebration of and toast to President and First Lady Obama.

  40. January 20, 2017 at 10:14 am

  41. 100 Grab A Mop Grace
    January 20, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Brilliant Zizi!

    On this solemn day, I thank all of you for sharing your lives with me at TOD. I’m a better citizen because of all of you.
    Most special thanks to our BTs for their tireless efforts to keep the lights on here.
    Wishing you love, one and all.

    Obama/Biden Forever

  42. January 20, 2017 at 10:29 am

  43. January 20, 2017 at 10:36 am

    GM TOD…Let me repeat my heartfelt THANKS to NERDY for keeping TOD open.
    Also Thank You to META for all the info re updating twitter and other accounts.
    I had let my twitter account go dormant but now I have revived it since that is one of the main
    ways we will stay in touch with our beloved PBO and Michelle. I am already following a lot of TOD since 2012
    but would like to follow more now so I am @HOPE44FWD. Thank you all and love you all.

  44. 104 CEB
    January 20, 2017 at 10:36 am

    You know, all of us will need to step back to really process the last 8 years. We have been on the case, moving with PBO from situation to situation daily. We have been reacting and acting in the moment without time to really soak up the meaning of this historic time. OMG, we had a Black, African-American president of the United States for two successful terms! He was elected in an electoral and popular landslide against white males. By all non-prejudiced standards, he was wildly successful and there were no scandals and criminal investigations throughout these 8 years. He had a Black, African-American wife who was a Princeton and a Harvard graduate who had highly paid professional careers. She was also beautiful, stylish, engaging and strong enough to be exactly who she is (and was shaped like a real woman with curves and arms that everyone wanted). This couple had kind, beautiful kids who exhibited the type of confidence and affection that dearly loved children show. OMG, this Black, African-American First Family left the White house with high approvals in the top 4. We lived through all of this; how blessed we have been and how grateful I am to have lived it with all of you.
    One of my projects is to record my memories of this time with the aid of Pete’s photos and hopefully archived pages of TOD.
    Question:will there be an archived file of TOD that we can download and/or access on line by year and date?

  45. January 20, 2017 at 10:37 am

  46. 107 Nerdy Wonka
    January 20, 2017 at 10:39 am

  47. January 20, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Friday morning. TGIF>> Congrats Don, on being first this morning.

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

    To all, I hope you have a no-holds-barred, undeniably, positively, jolly-good-time today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    I am thankful to God that I lived to witness one of the greatest President of The United States of America in President Barack Hussein Obama. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

    • 111 cd4biden
      January 21, 2017 at 11:52 am

      Running behind, ranman, but wanted to say thank you for this comment. Since the election I have wondered what you would write. This is perfect! 😀👏👍

  48. 112 FoxfireTX
    January 20, 2017 at 10:41 am

    “That vision has never secured permanent dominance, but neither has it ever lost its relevance. The vision Obama articulated fell to defeat months after he delivered that speech, only to triumph four years later. But it was true when he said it, remains true today, and is likely to triumph over the long haul — the only viable path to a greater America is to continually forge a more open and inclusive one.”

  49. 114 Don
    January 20, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Michelle looks like she wants no parts of this foolishness, LOL.

  50. 117 FoxfireTX
    January 20, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Thank you AG Lynch!

  51. January 20, 2017 at 10:54 am
  52. 119 JER
    January 20, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Orange had the audacity to kiss FLOTUS on both cheeks.

  53. January 20, 2017 at 10:59 am

  54. 123 Gazelle
    January 20, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Thank so much, Zizi!

  55. 124 JER
    January 20, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Our sources say at 2:45 PM they will leave Andrews on Special Air Mission 29,000, the plane that will take them to Palm Springs. It’s the same plane that Obama used as president, but it won’t be called Air Force One.

  56. 133 CEB
    January 20, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Hillary is dressed in her suffragette white from head to toe. She is smiling and looking good. I hope someone yells out “Hillary, Hillary.” Mom also said that tea took much longer than the time scheduled and that DT presented PBO with a the iconic blue Tiffany Box that contained the traditional gift. PBO just handed it off to an aide as they went in to tea. DT has to show off. I know that this is one gift that the Obamas will not buy back from the office that receives such to keep.

  57. January 20, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Thank you President Obama and thank you Michelle. There never will be another like you no matter how hard they try. My heart is heavy and I feel like I can’t breathe but like you told us this week “we are going to be ok”. Thank you Sir and welcome to California, my home state.

  58. 137 JER
    January 20, 2017 at 11:06 am

  59. 140 FoxfireTX
    January 20, 2017 at 11:07 am

  60. January 20, 2017 at 11:09 am

  61. 144 JER
    January 20, 2017 at 11:12 am

  62. 146 Linda
    January 20, 2017 at 11:13 am

    oh dear…. The Mall is empty.

  63. 147 CEB
    January 20, 2017 at 11:18 am

    the ACLU has filed a suit through the Freedom of Information act to get the Deplorable Ones financial information from the OGE, but even they do not have it. Will be interesting to see how this plays out.

  64. 148 sherijr
    January 20, 2017 at 11:19 am

    welp what have I learned today? I tuned in for 3 minutes, so you wouldn’t have to.. and I will not do it again:

    according to Fox- there are less people there today than 2009 and maybe less than the 800,000 of 2012- BUT that’s because the “weather” kept people away. HA, BS.

    There are a few black folks at this ‘event’. And a few brown people too. Why? Why is anyone there, really?

    Also via another news station: “he” will not only be “just” the President, but he will be “THE Commander In Chief”. Yes said loudly and proudly.. and then how he’ll COMMAND all our many troops. eww.

    Done with that nonsense, never to return to “news” tv again. I literally have stayed away for 8 yrs and I will not be going back.. especially since I know they will be whitewashing this presidency with every stroke.

    • 149 CEB
      January 20, 2017 at 11:53 am

      A million plus people froze their asses off in 2009; this weather excuse for the poor attendance is all bullshit.
      I stopped watching the so-called news soon after PBO was elected. I saw less than 2 minutes of this travesty today and that was to see Michelle and Hillary.
      I wish I could be a fly on the wall when this no-nothing meets with the Joint Chiefs. The blustering know nothing fool will probably almost wet his pants.

      • 150 sherijr
        January 20, 2017 at 12:10 pm

        Yep I remember how cold it was that day.. although I wasn’t there. Nope, they’re already making excuses for Trump’s day.. and I’ve no doubt it’ll continue. Like you I stopped watching tv news in 08, but tuned in for his Inaugurations. And I do not miss it one bit. I hope he frequently gets a comeuppance from the joint chiefs – we’ll see how brave they are.

  65. January 20, 2017 at 11:19 am

    If I was twenty years younger I would be right out there protesting too.

  66. 152 JER
    January 20, 2017 at 11:20 am

  67. 155 JER
    January 20, 2017 at 11:21 am

  68. 156 mtmarilyn
    January 20, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Good morning everyone. We are watching Blue Hawaii on our movie channel. I’ll watch video of the President leaving. I just can’t watch anything with Trump near.

    I will be spending my noon 2hours with children at our local school as I sub for lunch duty. Love being around these kids.

  69. 158 FoxfireTX
    January 20, 2017 at 11:23 am

  70. 160 JER
    January 20, 2017 at 11:24 am

  71. 161 Don
    January 20, 2017 at 11:29 am

    That fucker looks miserable already LOL.

  72. 163 JER
    January 20, 2017 at 11:30 am

  73. 166 vcprezofan2
    January 20, 2017 at 11:34 am

    While this was from yesterday, I’m sharing it because I like the Seuss message. [And yes I’ve now unfollowed @vj44]

  74. 169 CEB
    January 20, 2017 at 11:35 am

    DT kissed Michelle on the cheek again on the way to the podium. gave a thumps up when he was announced.

  75. 171 CEB
    January 20, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Mom keeps calling to update me because we usually watch all things Obama together, but I just cannot watch this man take the oath. The little I did watch showed DT doing deep breathing and looking uncomfortable. PBO is looking in charge and comfortable in his skin. I turned it off and went back to Star Trek.

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