The Planet Misses President Obama


144 Responses to “The Planet Misses President Obama”

  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    January 26, 2017 at 9:37 am


    • January 26, 2017 at 10:27 am

      i knew i would miss him…what i did not realize was how much he was a part of my daily life…we feel so connected to the first family…so included…even when they threw rough stuff at us…we knew that there was someone there who cared and had our back…i feel that we are wandering in the wilderness…to expect the SEN DEMS to stand up…perhaps that was too much to expect…although i do remember how the President and Harry Reid held the Sen Dems together during the debt ceiling fight as well as the Government Shut down…and of course Pelosi was always able to deliver…

      i think more and more of Pres Obama’s statement…

      We ARE the Change we want to see…

  2. January 26, 2017 at 9:42 am

    We sure do. Such a deep well of sadness for all of us. Ashamed of what this country is becoming.

  3. January 26, 2017 at 9:42 am

  4. 6 desertflower
    January 26, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Every minute, every second, of every day. 😦 😦

  5. 7 desertflower
    January 26, 2017 at 9:46 am

    I got a letter written to one of my senators this morning. I asked for him to start impeachment proceedings. Among other things.

  6. 8 desertflower
    January 26, 2017 at 9:48 am

    IF THIS IS TRUE, HE NEEDS TO BE IMPEACHED AND REMOVED FROM OFFICE. PERIOD!! He is delusional and surrounds himself with people that feed his delusions!


  7. 9 CEB
    January 26, 2017 at 9:50 am

    It is our time to follow through on what he taught us and many are stepping up and using his example in the fight to protect and to perfect our union. Remember, this is a relay race. President Obama has run his leg of the race. He gave us a big lead then passed the baton. It is now our turn and we must run hard and strong never looking behind, eyes and focus ever forward.

    • 10 whenpamelawandered
      January 26, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      👊🏼 PBO knows how he is only one, but we are Many, there is greater power in numbers. Yes, We Will.

  8. 11 desertflower
    January 26, 2017 at 9:53 am

    By the way, I hope that President Pena doesn’t come here. He is in the catbird seat, though. You want to see spin? What would happen if the good president of Mexico just said that his country will refrain from trade with the US. It is the US that would suffer greatly. Fuck you, Conman! We need him impeached. I think that should be the rallying cry now. Every day brings more and more damage. We don’t have time for parsing….

  9. 16 JER
    January 26, 2017 at 9:55 am

  10. January 26, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Thursday morning. Congrats Donna, 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’re able to turn any negative situation into a positive, problems into opportunities, and challenges into great ideas today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  11. 18 Judith Fardig
    January 26, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Congratulations to Donna. Couldn’t agree more. Mostly lurking as we couch-surf our way up the East Coast after the march in DC.

  12. 21 Nerdy Wonka
    January 26, 2017 at 10:00 am

    These days you wake up and it’s like oh for crying out loud we can’t get one moment of respite because that jackass is working 24/7 to burn the world.

  13. 23 JER
    January 26, 2017 at 10:03 am

    • January 26, 2017 at 10:37 am

      • 25 GGail
        January 26, 2017 at 11:23 am

        I think what she is asking is if the many protests that are happening are becoming the rallying cry to grow a strong base of people who are pushing back against Trump & the GOP.
        The TeaP grew out of the frustration of many in the GOP.

        At least, that’s my take on what she tweeted. 🙂

        • January 26, 2017 at 12:00 pm

          The TP grew because a black man was in the WH…where were these folks during the Bush administration…you do not hear much from the TP anymore because they have become the GOP…lesson for us to learn …to not allow the unicorn crew to take over the DEM Party….

  14. 29 JER
    January 26, 2017 at 10:13 am

  15. January 26, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Good morning, TOD family. It is another hard day. Thank you NerdyWonka for this post and all your energy time and spirit in keeping TOD zooming along the superhighway. You are the very best and I love and bless you every day and every night. Seeing this post lights things up and reminds me of how much blessing and strength we have within us thanks to POTUS’s time in office. I LOVE what you wrote CEB:
    “Remember, this is a relay race. President Obama has run his leg of the race. He gave us a big lead then passed the baton.” I am taking it to heart. I woke up as I went to sleep, stunned and disgusted by the cowardly, naive, ridiculous incompetence of Dem leaders, who are choosing an insane path —- CHOOSING OUR BATTLES? We are in a war, Dem Leaders — do you ever hear generals and commanders in the field radio back that they are not going to proceed because they are choosing their battles? The battles are choosing us. The preposterous and INFINTELY disproven notion that we can go easy on this so that we can GO Hard on that later, is just insane in this situation. There IS a time for that position, there are many times in life where that makes sense, but it presumes many things that do not apply here. There is no benefit to going easy or going along now. NONE! They do not care. They only see it as weakness, which it IS, in this case!!! Even the one person who voted no on everything caved, and voted for Ben Carson. It doesn’t MATTER if we win the vote, fools, we go on record in opposition and in recognition of where we are. Wait, I am preaching to the choir here. I need to write this to Warren and Feinstein and all the cowardly betraying trembling leaves who are letting us down. I will remind them that this makes them USELESS to us and we will be looking for actual courageous leaders who will stand up, as Rep. John Lewis and all those who boycotted the ceremonies last week. That’s how it’s done. And I am going to keep a list of good things so that I do not forget to notice and take heart from the good brave bold creative actions which are flourishing from this muck and mud of tyranny, oppression, greed, and lying liars who lie (I think that was Al Franken’s book on Limbaugh way back when). The National Parks people who tweeted and regrouped when the machine went to silence them. The congressmembers who boycotted. The Congressmembers who are voting no on these sleazy incompetent mean hypocritical greedy distructive people nominated for jobs they do not know, want, or respect (they want the power the title the means to destroy but none of them wants the Job that is there to serve our nation.) The woman who stood in the face of a hate-mongering creep with a megaphone in front of an embassy of a majority Muslim nation yesterday and gave it right back to a nasty man ranting and spewing Islamophobia. The big guy who stood in front of a Nazi in a city park and shouted him down constantly as he tried to spew Nazi garbage. The people who showed up to protest yesterday after the anti-immigrant anti-refugee anti-Muslim edicts came out. I lose heart and hope and then TOD post pops up and a good news item tweets out and I notice that my amaryllis is fixing to bloom big time, this week. It missed Christmas — must have known I would need it now, not then. Take care, TOD Family. We are many and we are not going away.

    • 34 CEB
      January 26, 2017 at 11:17 am

      ALL of t his, Nancie. a rant as spot on and as lyrical as the uplifting, cheerful posts that you usually bless us with. Continue to balance the outrage with uplifting the positive; it will help to save your health and your sanity.

    • 35 GGail
      January 26, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Good rant Nancie! Thank you ❤

    • 36 Bill R.
      January 26, 2017 at 11:25 am

      Good one!

    • January 26, 2017 at 11:57 am

      I am always awestruck by your posts. They are inordinately smart, deeply and humanly perceptive and come from your heart. So glad you are here. XOXO

    • January 26, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      Right On Right On…Nancie

    • 40 Nena20409
      January 26, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      I love your post. Thanks, Nancy.
      I am glad that you & others are keeping count.
      One note of caution……Not out of weakness, #Dems do believe in Governance. I would love for all to Vote ‘No’ as #GOP did for the last 8yrs.
      What I am afraid of…. is the ‘Blanche Lincoln’ treatment in AR in 2010. MoveOn.org worked heard to defeat her. But that split the #Dems in AR and today, AR has 2 GOPers as Senators. If the Goal is to wash away the South & the Midwest, then We better Make sure that GOP isn’t gaining in PA(Toomey),WI(Johnson),OH(Porter),etc.
      I believe in Primarying some, but remembering that at the end; Vote Dems in, for they want to Govern & they want to try to make Life Better.
      Since 1994:
      GOP has controlled US House all but for 4yrs (2007-2011)
      GOP has controlled US Senate all but for 18 months(May ’01-Jan ’03) & 8yrs (2007-2015)=9yrs & 6 months.
      Diversity is a Great thing. To mobilize & work cohesively is often a Delicate Reality in the Democratic Party.

      • January 27, 2017 at 11:39 pm

        Thank you Nena for your thoughtful, kind and wise words on this subject. Makes sense. I need to focus on positive actions like contacting leaders ahead of votes and working FOR more than working against.

  16. 42 JER
    January 26, 2017 at 10:17 am

    • 43 CEB
      January 26, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      So glad that they did not feature the Deplorable One.Less than a week after that embarrassing shit show and the country and the world has moved on to resist, vilify, ridicule, and more importantly, not give him the type of recognition that he so craves. Much of he media (only because he has attacked them, but hey, we take what we can get) that helped to put him in the white house, are now turning against him. I refused to watch the ABC interview, but from the descriptions of it that I have read, David Muir did not kiss his ass and let him get away with his lies and unsubstantiated claims. The DO looked liked a petulant child who wants to be one of the cool kids and does not understand why he is not good enough. All of the fools who voted for him and the criminal ones who did not vote at all, or voted 3rd party are largely responsible for this. I hope that their rest is as troubled as ours. I hope that most of them get a clue and start doing their part toright this wrong.

  17. January 26, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Oh, Ran Man! Thank you for your post. I missed it while writing and I just looked back to see what I missed. Thank you thank you thank you. You made me cry, but it’s the good cry. Ugly and good. You are a precious gift and I want you to know how much it means to know you will be here in the family room of the TOD family. Here I go to turn challenges into great ideas and problems into opportunities, today.

    • January 26, 2017 at 11:23 am

      Nancie, your kind words are encouraging and heart-warming. Thanks so much.

      I enjoy reading your post above. I especially agree with your statement “The preposterous and INFINTELY disproven notion that we can go easy on this so that we can GO Hard on that later, is just insane in this situation.” Hear-Hear! I am really disappointed in Senate Dems voting for damn near all of Buffoon Trumps nominees. Chuck Schumer can not be trusted.

  18. 46 JER
    January 26, 2017 at 10:23 am

  19. 50 JER
    January 26, 2017 at 10:28 am

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  20. 53 Don
    January 26, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Oh, and the first lady is a birther too.

  21. 54 JER
    January 26, 2017 at 10:35 am

  22. January 26, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Morning Everybody 🙂

  23. 56 donna dem 4 obama
    January 26, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Good Morning TOD

    Today as with everyday of this man’s presidency is a day to #Resist

    Put a reminder on your phone to alert you at least a couple of times each week

    Action: Call 202-224-3121 to reach any and all senators and congresspeople. Make your concerns be known and tallied! Affordable Care Act repeal, the wall, climate, immigration, and the concerns go on and on. Every phone call counts and this is what our legislators rely on when they go to bat for us! Really!! Keep this number handy because we’re going to need it a LOT

  24. 58 JER
    January 26, 2017 at 10:44 am

  25. January 26, 2017 at 10:45 am

  26. January 26, 2017 at 10:46 am

    The Emperor is Actually Crazy
    by Martin Longman
    January 25, 2017 3:45 PM

    It wasn’t too hard to find a list of crazy things that Caligula did when he was in charge of the Roman Empire in the 1st Century. You can probably guess why I went searching for such a thing, since we now, too, have a leader who is narcissistic beyond belief and clearly insane. Trump’s latest demonstration of this is his call for a major investigation of (virtually non-existent) voter fraud which he insists happened, despite having just sent his own lawyers into court to fight recounts by arguing that “All available evidence suggests that the 2016 general election was not tainted by fraud or mistake.”

    I was in the car running an errand and had the opportunity to hear a presser given by Republican congressional leaders Sen. John Thune of South Dakota and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state. Listening to them dance around Trump’s clear mental imbalance on this issue was a sound to behold. Sen. Thune did manage to promise “better message coordination” between Congress and the White House in the future, chalking up the whole thing up to growing pains.

    The reason Trump reminds me of an unhinged Roman emperor is because his political allies are always walking on eggshells, afraid to contradict him but (so far) largely unwilling to vouch for his false and delusional statements and beliefs.

  27. 62 donna dem 4 obama
    January 26, 2017 at 10:49 am

  28. January 26, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Good afternoon everyone and I hear all of you. I am missing him, too. 😦

    On a different matter and just because I thought we can always need some positivity in here these days I bring you something that happened today and that I also posted on my facebook wall. Different matter and all, but it´s never a bad idea to read something hopeful about the future, rigth?

    We had a holocaust survivor over at school today, an old lady from Prague who survived Theresienstadt as a little kid. She talks for more than an hour and the group of teenagers (about 80 9th graders and my history intensive juniors (11th grade) plus a few seniors listen quietly and respectfully the entire time. Then it´s questions time. They ask a number of very thoughtful, polite, interesting questions and one boy asks how she copes with that kind of a traumatic experience and whether sometimes when she is in bed at night it all comes back and makes her cry. No, says she, it does not, but she admits there are questions that keep haunting her. And the most haunting question of all, she says, is the question “Why me? Why was it me that survived when 90% of the European Jews didn´t make it. Why did I survive and how am I worthy because think of the intelligence that has been wiped out. The young child that never grew up to cure cancer, the child that was never born to become the next Bethoven or Einstein. Because consider that a third of Nobel Price Laureats before WW2 were Jews. All those people with such potential to improve humanity died or were never born while I survived and I wonder why.”

    So my students go silent again, mulling it over. Two more questions are being asked and then there is one more. So this boy from senior grade raises his hand and gets up (before that everyone was sitting, it was conversational atmosphere and easy to hear everyone because of the silence despite the large crowd) and says that no he doesn´t have a question but he wants to say something.

    And he refers back to what she just said and states that there was no way she could have changed what happened, that she was someone who came out alive and the world is richer for it because, he tells her, “your life is as valuable as that of those that you regret did not make it because you, too, and what you tell us here makes the world a better place.”

    So, people, while I am standing near the stage trying not to tear up in front of all these kids: nope, THAT is today´s teens!

    • 64 CEB
      January 26, 2017 at 11:27 am

      Thanks so much for sharing this; the beauty of it has made me cry, but it has also made me hopeful. I taught teenagers for over 30 years and for al that it seems that they are irresponsible and unaware, the opposite is often true.

    • 66 0388jojothecat
      January 26, 2017 at 11:54 am

      Betsey I wish your kids could hear from survivors of the Holocaust woven into a history listen where the parents who think its a liberal trick. You’ve talked about how these young kids were all for Trump due to their very conservative republican parents.

    • January 26, 2017 at 11:58 am

      Niliathiel, those are wonderful words of encouragement from that young man. Thanks for sharing.

  29. January 26, 2017 at 11:23 am

    • 69 CEB
      January 26, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      Now this makes me scared. All of the top people who know what to do, those who have built open and backdoor channels for sensitive diplomacy are all resigning. OMG, what are we going to do? When (I have to put the positive out there instead of saying “If”) we get through this constitutional and democratic disaster, we need to hold trials (a la Nuremburg) and send people to jail for their crimes against the republic and the world.

    • January 26, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    • 71 57andfemale
      January 26, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      This is the most terrifying. Then no one will be left except the wild-eyed conspiracy believers that Trump installs. I know it’s easy for me to say, but they should have stuck it out and forced Trump to fire them for nothing more than political vengeance. This is breathtakingly dangerous.

    • 72 57andfemale
      January 26, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      Tweets now are saying that they were fired.

    • 74 57andfemale
      January 26, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      • January 26, 2017 at 2:06 pm

        Perhaps pressured to resign as the massive purge continues. Either way, this leaves tremendous gaps in staffing in major areas of importance throughout government. Irresponsible and wrong-headed.

    • 76 Nena20409
      January 26, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      This is awful for then #Birther Trump & #GOP will replace them leaving The Dept in a far worse off shape.

  30. January 26, 2017 at 11:48 am

    The top level of the State Department – people who worked under Republicans and Democrats- have just resigned.

  31. January 26, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Top State Dept Leadership Resigns En Masse

    Published JANUARY 26, 2017, 11:28 AM EDT

    This is pretty stunning. Josh Rogin at the Post is reporting that unexpectedly yesterday, the top career leadership at the State Department all resigned. These are not Obama era appointees but career FSOs who’ve served under Presidents of both parties.

    From the Post …

    Tillerson was actually inside the State Department’s headquarters in Foggy Bottom on Wednesday, taking meetings and getting the lay of the land. I reported Wednesday morning that the Trump team was narrowing its search for his No. 2, and that it was looking to replace the State Department’s long-serving undersecretary for management, Patrick Kennedy. Kennedy, who has been in that job for nine years, was actively involved in the transition and was angling to keep that job under Tillerson, three State Department officials told me.

    Then suddenly on Wednesday afternoon, Kennedy and three of his top officials resigned unexpectedly, four State Department officials confirmed. Assistant Secretary of State for Administration Joyce Anne Barr, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Michele Bond and Ambassador Gentry O. Smith, director of the Office of Foreign Missions, followed him out the door. All are career foreign service officers who have served under both Republican and Democratic administrations.

    “It’s the single biggest simultaneous departure of institutional memory that anyone can remember, and that’s incredibly difficult to replicate,” says Kerry Chief of Staff David Wade

    • 79 0388jojothecat
      January 26, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      The Senate Democrats and Representatives should no longer pretend that these appointments are like the ones in the past. These people are not fit to hold these positions and should VOTE NO on their confirmation. Yes they will be appointed anyway but at least they are not sanctioning crazy. Have they NOT learned anything from the Iraq war?

      • 80 Obama Grandmama
        January 26, 2017 at 1:08 pm

        Yesterday, NPR had an article about the Nuclear Option the Senate employed and how now the only filibuster left is for SC picks. That all the confirmation hearings are only for political show that all choices will be confirmed. I hope I misunderstood the article.

  32. 81 whatisworking
    January 26, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Hello All

    I wanted to stop by and give you an update of what I am seeing in our area, and what I hope is a trend throughout the country.

    People who have never gotten involved in the political process are stepping up. this week we had 4 meeting of various Democratic Clubs. At each one attendance was double and in some cases triple what it had been. after each meeting the leader of the club has contacted me and said they want to have their own phone banks and become satellite OFA teams.

    At each meeting I made a presentation about how OFA is defending the ACA. I asked folks to pass out a petition supporting Obamacare and also included pledge cards where they promised to call their representative, attend an event, phone bank, etc. In a room of 50 folks I am getting 40 pledge cards.

    This NEVER happens.

    I am also getting email from groups that are popping up and want to collaborate, Indivisible, Together We Will, WomenUnited365, the revolution, Hillary for America.

    One final example, we tabled at the Women’s March in our community and ran out of pledge cards. We gathered 600+ names on petitions. Normally we don’t add you to our team mailing list just because you signed a petition, but if you fill out a pledge card you are added. Well at the Women’s March we it was so hectic I just decided to add the names on the petitions and apologize later.

    I sent everyone an email letting them know where I got their name and email address, thanking them, and then asking them to join us as we visit our Congressman’s office on Monday.

    Then I told them to email me if they wanted to be removed from the list. It has been 24 hours and not one person has asked to be taken off. NOT ONE.

    4 folks have thanked me for reaching out to me. I have received 5 Obamacare stories, and 12 folks signed up to go to the office. We live in a town of 125,000 so these are big #s for us.

    There has been a fundamental shift in attitude of the public. I’m talking about folks who have never been politically active before, folks who were too busy, too shy, too disappointed. All that has changed.

    I am exhausted but encouraged.

    • 82 GGail
      January 26, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      Linda, you have so inspired me (but, you know this).

      Our group had it’s second meeting last night. We had 7 new people join us! We are now looking for a larger space to hold our Feb. 7th meeting. Peet’s Coffee has now become too small. (I LOVE IT!!!!)

      I am so happy for you & your Chapter and thank you for sharing your ideas and suggestions with us. It means a lot ❤

    • 85 CEB
      January 26, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      You are a great leader. Remember to take the time to take care of yourself before you sally forth to do battle.

      • January 26, 2017 at 12:43 pm

        Ditto Linda. Thank you for always inspiring people. I almost feel like we are the underground movement moving around in the dark trying to make change, but in the light of day. 🙂

        • 87 whatisworking
          January 26, 2017 at 2:03 pm

          HI Jackie

          This website is an important part of the underground movement. So many article, tweets and videos from this blog end up in our team email and help us do our work.

          After the Women’s March I think we will be coming out of the darkness more and more each day.

  33. January 26, 2017 at 11:54 am

    • January 26, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    • 92 CEB
      January 26, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Good; one should always stand up to bullies. He is the leader of his nation and should always stand up for them, their dignity and their sovereignty. I’ll bet all of the world’s leaders really miss the respect with which PBO treated them even when they disagreed.

    • 93 donna dem 4 obama
      January 26, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      Not even a full week in office and….Sigh!!!

      • 94 GGail
        January 26, 2017 at 12:56 pm

        And I don’t blame President Pena. Making Mexico pay for a wall because people from all over South America come through the territory doesn’t make one bit of common sense – if you knew geography.

        How dumb is our current occupant of the White House?

  34. January 26, 2017 at 12:09 pm

  35. 97 donna dem 4 obama
    January 26, 2017 at 12:12 pm


  36. 98 Don
    January 26, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Of course the President of Mexico can’t come here, Trump has not left him an out. President Pena did what was necessary for his country and for himself. Its about saving face, Pena couldn’t risk looking weak.

  37. January 26, 2017 at 12:15 pm

  38. January 26, 2017 at 12:25 pm

  39. 103 donna dem 4 obama
    January 26, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    • 105 0388jojothecat
      January 26, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      There are a lot more comments…..and they are ALL frightening. Rinse Pubis he said threatened to quit but Paul Ryan begged him to stay! I guess he wants to wait and see if he loses support from his crazy followers then they can start impeaching him. GOD help save America!

      • 106 whatisworking
        January 26, 2017 at 2:12 pm

        Seeing folks capture previous tweets I was thinking about a fun tool for capturing websites as they used to look when Obama was President.

        The wayback machine is a website where you can pull up a copy of a website from a week before, a month before, etc.
        So if you go to the at https://archive.org/web/

        and type in whitehouse.gov and select Jan 1st 2017 you will see the version of the web page that existed at that time. If you keep clicking you will find the climate action plan.

        Here is a link to the Obama Climate Change policy


        This works for every website. If the site is very popular it is archived many times a day, if it is obscure maybe once a month.

        Might be useful in the future

        • 107 0388jojothecat
          January 26, 2017 at 2:24 pm

          Thank you wiw. Years ago we had an IRS representative give a speech at one our training sessions. They talked about the ability to review businesses websites if they suddenly change them due to knowing a taxing agency is reviewing them. I had a company that removed parts of their online instructions to return goods at their local stores which gave them Nexus. The auditor who told them that it was there did not do a screen shot or do print out of it and they removed it…..he learned a lesson.

  40. January 26, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Rep Cummings sits on the House Oversight Committee. Include him in your tweets about government malfeasance.

  41. 109 whenpamelawandered
    January 26, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Oh, Gaia knows where PBO and MO are, and is sheltering, nurturing and nourishing them both with tremendous Love. As much as we all miss them, I am so grateful they have some time, blessed privacy, and this chance to decompress, to walk the tides together, or alone, as personal privacy may need. To respect them in their private time and space is an honour and a courtesy. May God Bless them both and continue to hold them close to His Heart! ❤🌹🙏🏻🌹❤

    • 110 0388jojothecat
      January 26, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      Amen wpa/mp. What does the stars say about 2017? Is this gloom expected and when will there be light again?

    • 111 CEB
      January 26, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Co-signing. If they never do anything in the public arena again, they have done more than enough. However, the work that they did is close to their hearts and after some time, we will probably see them back in the fight again. I hope that they are breathing each other in and doing all of the things together that they have put off, far from spying eyes and critical tongues.

  42. 112 carolyn
    January 26, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    In all my 77 years, I never thought I would see the carnage that is happening in my country. Every day is something new that cannot be anticipated. For several weeks a particular thought has been rolling around in my head, and I’m sure others have thought the same thing. The U.S. used to have the moral leadership of the world. The U.S. had the moral leadership of this hemisphere. NO MORE!!!!

    We have ceded moral leadership to an unknown quantity. Obviously Canada and Mexico now have the moral leadership of our continent, and probably the hemisphere. I am hoping that Trudeau will be strong and stand up for what is right. I admire the President of Mexico for canceling his meeting with DT. This sends a strong message, I think, although DT will not get it.

    Just read the tweet that Britain cannot cooperate with a country that authorizes torture…..that is us. I’m sure Angela Merkel won’t put up with Trump. So, we have been downgraded to a “flawed democracy” by the Economist, and DT has done more to denigrate us in one week than I could possibly have imagined.

    Yes, the man is mentally ill,, but he has fooled and conned enough people to win the electoral college, and will continue to do so for a while. Ever hopeful, I believe he is sowing the seeds of his destruction, but I don’t know how long it will take. I still think we are sitting on top of a volcano soon to erupt.

  43. January 26, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Two national polls: Obamacare now more popular than Trump
    01/26/17 10:42 AM
    By Steve Benen

    The day before Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, Fox News released the results of a new national poll that showed the Republican with a 42% favorability rating. The same poll found “Obamacare” with a 50% favorability rating.

    It created an awkward political dynamic: the new president is now less popular than the health care law he’s eager to destroy.

    Yesterday, Public Policy Polling released the results of a new national survey – the results of which were shared exclusively with The Rachel Maddow Show last night – that pointed in a similar direction. Support for the Affordable Care Act, in this poll, stood at 45%, while Trump’s support was 44%.

    That’s obviously a pretty modest difference, but the broader point remains the same: Trump is working from the assumption that the ACA is a disaster the public is eager to get rid of, but when pollsters actually gauge Americans’ attitudes, the reform law is more popular than the president bashing it.

    All of this comes the week after the release of an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that found the Affordable Care Act “has never been more popular” than it is right now. A Washington Post report added:

  44. 114 donna dem 4 obama
    January 26, 2017 at 12:59 pm

  45. 115 JER
    January 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    • 116 jacquelineoboomer
      January 26, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      Used to know lots (and still know a few) of “middle class white guys” in Philly – and they’d be there! #DumpTrump

  46. January 26, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    • 118 CEB
      January 26, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      No Greeters! Now we need a photo of this juxtaposed with any photo of PBO’s arrival, even at night, at any airport anywhere that shows supporters and city, state, and party leaders on hand to greet him. We know that popularity is all that the DO cares about and it warms my heart that he is not getting it.

    • January 26, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      Where’s fatboy Mark Knoller?

  47. January 26, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Did Secretary of Exxon really come out and say that he’s about to reverse the progress that the US has made with Cuba?

  48. January 26, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    We Can’t Have Four Years of This
    by Martin Longman
    January 26, 2017 1:02 PM

    Media criticism is a huge part of my job and I’ll always find things to fault in how the media covers our politics and our politicians. I do not believe, however, that the media went easy on Donald Trump during the campaign. I’ve actually never seen any politician get so savaged day after day as Trump was in the last election. Pretty much everything we know about Trump’s shortcomings came from articles written either by bigfoot reporters at our major newspapers or by longtime Trump-watching journalists in the New York area.

    Trump lost the endorsement of dozens of newspapers that have endorsed Republicans in the past. In the end, in the entire country, he only won the endorsement of a single handful of metro newspapers. Even the right-wing media turned on him, including the National Review which opposed him with real fury. I could write a separate article about how Clinton was treated, but I want to stay on my topic.

    Donald Trump was exposed by the media and people had access to all the information they needed to know about his fraudulent business practices, his dishonest and bullying litigiousness, his failure to honor contracts, his sordid personal life, his connections to prominent organized crime figures, his business failures, his record of racism, his foreign entanglements, and his almost unbelievable personal narcissism. Maybe the media actually helped Trump despite giving us all this information because they gave him so much attention and chased his every shocking move, but they didn’t give him a pass or fail to treat him with appropriate skepticism.

    We all learned something about the standing of the media when enough of the public shrugged it all off and supported him to make him our president. I think it’s clear that the media lost their credibility with much of the electorate, and we can debate how much they earned that loss of credibility. Yet, it’s clear to me, at least, that they lost more than they deserved to lose.

    Now, when I open up the Washington Post and an article begins with the following paragraph, I know things are messed up.

    The way President Trump tells it, the meandering, falsehood-filled, self-involved speech that he gave at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters was one of the greatest addresses ever given.

    Even after more than a half a decade in office, a failing war based on falsified intelligence, a drowned New Orleans, and a global collapse of the economy, no major newspaper ran straight news articles this hostile and disrespectful about President George W. Bush. Donald Trump has been in office less than a week, and his word is already an open joke and so lacking in credibility that our major newspapers have no compunction about dismissing his utterances out of hand.

    Reading the transcript of his first big presidential interview with ABC News, I was something close to paralyzed with fear. Watching it made things worse.

    • 123 donna dem 4 obama
      January 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      Thanks Rikyrah -Sharing as a Must Read!

      “Whatever this is, it’s not sanity. This isn’t some crazy like a fox cunning aimed at distracting us while Trump steals our lunch. It’s out-and-out racist-drunk-at-the-end-of-the-bar insanity. In fact, Cliff Clavin look reliable in comparison.”

      “The media is treating this with appropriate astonishment. They’re really not sugarcoating it except that they’re not willing, like me, to come out and call this man exactly what he is, which is critically, urgently, unfit for office.”

      “He must go soon.”

      • 124 Linda
        January 26, 2017 at 1:39 pm


        DSM-5 criteria for narcissistic personality disorder include these features:

        Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
        Expecting to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it
        Exaggerating your achievements and talents
        Being preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate
        Believing that you are superior and can only be understood by or associate with equally special people
        Requiring constant admiration
        Having a sense of entitlement
        Expecting special favors and unquestioning compliance with your expectations
        Taking advantage of others to get what you want
        Having an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others
        Being envious of others and believing others envy you
        Behaving in an arrogant or haughty manner

  49. 125 Allison
    January 26, 2017 at 1:20 pm

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  51. January 26, 2017 at 1:55 pm

  52. January 26, 2017 at 1:56 pm

  53. 129 Allison
    January 26, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Tamika Mallory, co-chair of the Women’s March, gave a great speech on Saturday.

  54. January 26, 2017 at 2:02 pm

  55. 132 jacquelineoboomer
    January 26, 2017 at 2:02 pm

  56. 134 jacquelineoboomer
    January 26, 2017 at 2:06 pm

  57. 140 jacquelineoboomer
    January 26, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Dear Lord Help Us All.

  58. 141 CEB
    January 26, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    According to an article at The Daily Beast, the DO met with the top officials of 5 major trade unions and is wooing them with plans of big building projects, etc. to make sure that he has them on his side for 2020. This is a man who has stiffed many tradespeople, the latest the plumping contractor who worked on the new DC hotel. Surely they know his record of stiffing people for millions. Why would they line themselves up to be cheated? I just do not understand how people can dismiss information that is out everywhere for anyone to see. PBO warned us about underestimating this one. We have had 5 days of shock and awe, while even more insidious things are going on behind closed doors.
    Russell Simmons posted an interesting open letter to the Deplorable One on HuffandPuff that has an interesting take that warns the DO about being a “sucka” for Washington radicals; let him take the fall for Mike Pence et all to come into power.
    I guess the pro-life crowd did not get the intersectional memo from the Women’s March movement. Their little pat on the back march is coming soon and they are all out trying to get enough people to if not rival the earlier march, to put up a good showing. I really do not like it when women are so focused on their one issue that they are blind to the larger ones that affect all of us.

  59. January 26, 2017 at 2:34 pm


    Wow, It Gets Bigger

    By Josh Marshall Published January 26, 2017, 12:45 PM EDT

    Last night I noted that a top Russian spy who is the number two person in the FSB department which allegedly oversaw the US election hacking operation had been arrested and charged with treason. Was he a sacrificial lamb and olive branch to Trump? A way for Putin to claim that his spy services had perhaps gone rogue? Or was he suspected of being a source to US intelligence? People who fall from grace in Putin’s Russia are often dealt with with trumped up criminal prosecutions. But treason is a special charge.

    Well, now we have reports that Sergei Mikhailov is suspected of being a US asset at the heart of Russian intelligence.

    The report is from The Moscow Times, a respected English language publication. But the report appears to rely on a report in Novaya Gazeta.

    From the Moscow Times …

    A top cybersecurity specialist in Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) was arrested on Wednesday reportedly on suspicion of leaking information to the U.S. intelligence community — a bombshell accusation that, if true, would mean Washington had a spy in the heart of Russia’s national defense infrastructure.

    Here’s the additional detail …

    According to the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, the FSB believes Sergei Mikhailov tipped off U.S. officials to information about Vladimir Fomenko and his server rental company “King Servers,” which the American cybersecurity company ThreatConnect identified last September as “an information nexus” that was used by hackers suspected of working for Russian state security in cyberattacks.

    The article goes on to say that four others have been arrested in connection to the treason case against Mikhailov. It is important to note that even if these are the charges, in a country like Russia, what you’re charged with isn’t just not necessarily true. It may not even be what the state and prosecutors think is true.

    But this immediately poses the question: if Mikhailov was a US asset, how was he compromised? Did the information put out by US intelligence somehow lead to his exposure? Without putting too fine a point on it, a number of close advisors to President Trump are being scrutinized for ties to Russia. Some of them participated in the intelligence briefings the President receives. Do we have a very big problem?

  60. January 26, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Trump’s Basis For Voter Fraud Paranoia? ‘Look At What Is Registering’

    Published JANUARY 26, 2017, 2:24 PM EDT

    PHILADELPHIA — President Donald Trump, in remarks to a GOP retreat in Philadelphia Thursday, hinted at his administration’s plans for a major investigation into voter fraud.

    “We also need to keep the ballot box safe from illegal voting,” Trump said. “Believe me, you take look at what is registering, folks — they like to say,
    Oh, Trump Trump Trump… take a look at what is registering.'”

    It is unclear exactly what Trump meant by “what is registering,” but his White House Press Secretary said Wednesday that the investigation will focus on “urban areas.”

    “I think in terms of registration … you’ve got folks on rolls that have been deceased or have moved or are registered in two counties,” he said. “This isn’t just about the 2016 election — this is about the integrity of our voting system.”

    Ironically, at least four people close to Trump have been found to be registered to vote in more than one state.

  61. January 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Simply Awesome

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