154 Responses to “Smarts. Humor. Grace.”

  1. 1 whenpamelawandered
    February 19, 2017 at 11:36 am


  2. 4 Judith Fardig
    February 19, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Congratulations, Pamela! I love starting Presidents Day early with our Forever President, Barack!

  3. February 19, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    All of the above and more. FFLOTUS is a genuine woman of heart and character inside and out.
    Good morning TOD folks!

  4. 9 desertflower
    February 19, 2017 at 12:24 pm

  5. 16 desertflower
    February 19, 2017 at 12:25 pm

  6. 17 arapaho415
    February 19, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    GM/GA TODville.

    Seen mention here on previous threads about today being the 75th anniversary of the order for Japanese-Americans to relieve themselves of all belongings (except for what they could carry) and report to the federal government in April 1942.

    Here’s a couple more…

  7. 20 GGail
    February 19, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Good West Coast morning NW & TOD family. Thank you so much NW for posting this video of FLOTUS. It was such a treat to open TOD and see & hear our First Lady. So uplifting and encouraging to hear positive things about a President. And if you listen, you will hear her mention that a President needs to be emotionally balanced and have thick skin. Think about this – she spoke these words – two years into their administration. How did she know back then that we could get an thin skinned emotionally unbalanced person in the WH in 2017?????

    Again, thank you for starting my day off so upbeat ❤

  8. February 19, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Happy Sunday TODers

    Thanks, Nerdy!


    Dudette ((((((((((Hugs)))))))))))))))

  9. February 19, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Mrs. Obama talks about the importance of being focused in this job and not thin skinned. So prescient.

    I miss her and PBO so much!

  10. 25 mtmarilyn
    February 19, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Good morning TODville. Thank you NW for that wonderful interview. Still so hard to believe we went from a sane beautiful couple to this insane administratIon. So thankful for this TOD community that is helping keep all of us on the right and same path. Thank you all.

  11. 26 FoxfireTX
    February 19, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Good day TOD! Just one month ago we still had a sane, highly competent, intelligent, compassionate leader in the WH. The best and brightest in our country clamored to work in his administration. I thought I appreciated him every day he was in office. Now I know I did not appreciate him nearly as much as he deserved.

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  14. 36 JER
    February 19, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    • 37 desertflower
      February 19, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      Breath of fresh air:)

      • February 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

        Yes! Need it badly! df, I didn’t respond to you yesterday when you asked how it’s going. About the same as with you if sleepless or near sleepless nights if the guide we are using. Once in awhile, I get what I would describe as a “decent” night’s sleep, but it is not often. My shoulders stay in constant knots and a massage every few weeks doesn’t do much to help. When will this end!?!?!?!? Sigh…….
        bbl…….going to the movie to see Fences.

    • 40 pkayden
      February 19, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      Gorgeousness! That is one beautiful couple. Love this photo. And yes, this President’s Day is in honor of President Barack Obama (and his lovely family).

  15. 43 desertflower
    February 19, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Maggie hit a nerve:)

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  18. 49 JER
    February 19, 2017 at 2:19 pm

  19. 50 ydavis00
    February 19, 2017 at 2:29 pm

  20. February 19, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    I was just thinking about something recently. Birther is insane. And it is going to get worse. He doesn’t appear to have any friends. His marriage seems to be a sham. Doesn’t appear to have any loyalty from people that work for him. He is alone, truly alone. He feels this in the deep recesses of his mind.

    In the fishbowl that is the White House, it would seem to reason, one needs some or all of these things to function. He seems to have none. That is one reason he has this insatiable need to be liked. I think somewhere along the way this goes to his childhood. It appears he is always trying to seek validation from some where/someone. And to get it he tells these grandiose lies to get attention. And sadly, it almost seems like he believes the lies or wills them to be true. He has done this throughout his business life. He is hopelessly lonely, which makes for the toxicity that spews from him daily.

    I hope he is impeached soon. He is a danger to us all.

    Just an observation.

    • 52 Nena20409
      February 19, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      I so much agree with every syllable. Thanks, Africa.
      Brilliantly stated.

    • 53 susanne
      February 19, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      Valid analysis. But even if it makes me sad for him, his bullying and thieving are not forgiven. What makes me furious is that he has set a new low standard in American politics that will take decades to disassemble. That’s not forgivable.

    • 54 Betsy
      February 20, 2017 at 1:17 am

      Malignant narcissists can’t be friends with anyone because they care only about themselves and don’t have the capacity to care about anyone else.

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    • February 19, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      • February 19, 2017 at 2:44 pm

        Seriously ….

        • February 19, 2017 at 2:56 pm

          • 59 desertflower
            February 19, 2017 at 2:59 pm

            Its only a matter of time…question is, do we HAVE THAT TIME?? I can’t tell you how I wish every single day for this dangerous charade to be over…

            • 60 FoxfireTX
              February 19, 2017 at 3:57 pm

              I disagree DF. As long as the GOP controls either branch of government, he will not be impeached. As we have learned, they do not care about the country, the only thing they care about is enacting their agenda. So as long as DT signs the legislation that they send to him, they will keep him in place. How does that play out? Unclear at this point. I suspect the executive branch just limps along with bannon and kushner doing god knows what damage on the international front, and we see unimaginable horrors at home. The ONE thing that bannon hates most is immigrants, so they will be focused on getting out as many people as possible. I suspect the refugee program will come to a near halt, and we will see increasing numbers of raids. Also, there are ways for them to go after the DACA kids without explicitly revoking the program. All they have to do is pick up some of them, and not process the renewals for others. Remember, they have to renew every two years. Beyond this, the most damage will come from Congress and the state houses. With Sessions gutting the Civil Rights division, there will be no check other than the courts on the voter suppression legislation and that will pass in many states across the country. It is going to be a nightmare.

        • 63 Don
          February 19, 2017 at 3:53 pm

          Well when you are black or brown as far as breaking laws go you do have an expiration date.

    • 64 ydavis00
      February 19, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      I love this.

    • 65 pkayden
      February 19, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      The twitter @swedenincident tag is hilarious!! Can’t stop laughing. Trump’s lies are an embarrassment to Republicans and should be tied around their necks.

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  23. February 19, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    back to work ….

  24. 75 desertflower
    February 19, 2017 at 3:06 pm

  25. 76 Nena20409
    February 19, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Hello Gorgeous TODbots on a Sunday Partly Cloudy Day from the land of 15K Lakes……..Minnesota!
    Thanks, TOD. This Community, Rocks!
    Congrats to WhenPamelaWonderedon your Gold ⭐ 😉 Furst 😉
    ❤ Chips ❤
    ❤ Dudette ❤
    Meta, Doc Bobfr, J'OB, Hopefruit, Africa, JER, Tally, etc your Tweets are Awesome! Thanks guys!
    Nerdy Wonka, Bless your Heart, Brain and Fingers. Thx!

    • 77 jacquelineoboomer
      February 19, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      I’m just seeing this, Nena ~ hello, back to ya! Lovely sunny day here in Central Illinois, Land of Lincoln!

      Today’s my son’s 48th birthday – yeehaw! Been trying to concentrate more on the #GoodTimes of life than all-things T-rump, although I check every now and then on the news, since you can’t take your eye off it for too long!

  26. 78 ydavis00
    February 19, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    • 79 CEB
      February 19, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      45’s answer was he got the information from Fox News. I will just let this lay here as we all cuss a blue streak.

  27. 80 Nena20409
    February 19, 2017 at 3:18 pm

  28. 81 Nena20409
    February 19, 2017 at 3:22 pm

  29. 83 Nena20409
    February 19, 2017 at 3:23 pm

  30. 84 Nena20409
    February 19, 2017 at 3:24 pm

  31. 86 susanne
    February 19, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Love the humorous way this article approaches 45’s latest head-scratcher. “Thoughts are with everyone in Sweden at this difficult time.”


  32. 87 Nena20409
    February 19, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    • 88 MadameSoph
      February 19, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      I totally relate to that article…I’ve heard all of those! 🙂 The “what are you?” always struck me as odd, because it implies I’m not a person, but a thing. I’ve heard that and also the “where are you from?” not only from white people, but oddly, from black men, for some reason (mostly older men). Was just talking to a gentleman from my neighborhood that I never met before, as I was taking a walk the other day, who informed me that I didn’t look “American” and was visibly shocked when I listed “black and white” as part of my ancestry. The funny thing is, I have a pretty obvious California accent, like….totally 🙂

      It’s odd how so many people have this need to compartmentalize their fellow humans. It really bothers them sometimes if they can’t. I think that’s changing though, as we see more and more “mixed” generations. Most of my friends and/or their kids are what would be labeled as “mixed” of some combination or another. I am super careful about not asking someone who I can’t pinpoint about their ancestry, not because there is anything wrong with asking, but because I feel like they, like me, probably are over hearing it and I want to be that one refreshing encounter in their day where it’s not asked 🙂

      • February 19, 2017 at 6:49 pm

        40 years ago (sheesh!) when I taught daycare, I had a little biracial girl. Her parents were very careful never to come to the school at the same time to downplay the fact that they were a black and white couple. It was never mentioned. When I retired last year (from a majority white school), biracial children were in every class and nobody gave it a second thought.

        On a much milder note than your experience, when I was subbing in different classrooms and different buildings every day, it was always a little disorienting at lunch time in the staff lounge when I would be asked, “Who are you today?”

    • 91 CEB
      February 19, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      My brother-in-law, who is white, experienced this for the first time during the wedding reception. He stepped out to smoke a cigar and one of the A-A musicians who was taking a break asked, “what are you”? He did not know what the hell the guy meant, and when we explained he still did not get it. When you live in a country with the one-drop rule that only applies to people of some African ancestry, people want to know where you stand; whose side you will take “when the revolution comes.” My BIL is a white, White boy with a redhead’s complexion, but this A-A man was acting all confused because of the obviously Black bride and the many Black guests.

  33. 92 Nena20409
    February 19, 2017 at 3:53 pm

  34. 93 Nena20409
    February 19, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    • 94 susanne
      February 19, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      See, this is what really bothers me about the Sweden kerfuffle– more distraction from the real news, which is that 45 is in bed with Russia to profit at America’s expense.

  35. 95 Nena20409
    February 19, 2017 at 4:05 pm

  36. 96 Nena20409
    February 19, 2017 at 4:10 pm

  37. February 19, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    • 98 pkayden
      February 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      No. The media only worries about rural White male voters. Whenever the media talks about the working class, for some reason, it only includes White conservatives.

  38. 99 Nena20409
    February 19, 2017 at 4:35 pm

  39. 102 Nena20409
    February 19, 2017 at 4:38 pm

  40. 106 Nena20409
    February 19, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    The sad thing is the 1st Interaction with Putin, The #Liar45* Team willfully & cunningly didn’t record this event.

  41. 107 Nena20409
    February 19, 2017 at 5:10 pm

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  43. 109 FoxfireTX
    February 19, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    This is all too little, too late. There was a piece out there a couple of weeks ago about how Bannon is assuring there is no paper or electronic trail for what he is doing. The man is smart and cunning, and will do his best to ensure he doesn’t get caught.

  44. 110 Nena20409
    February 19, 2017 at 5:39 pm

  45. 114 Nena20409
    February 19, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    • 115 CEB
      February 19, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      Put they did not appreciate the professional way that PBO treated them. They refused to cover things that were important to the welfare of the citizens and the country as a whole, but instead chose to spend their time carrying water for the GOP, enabling a Birther, passing along rumors and being more concerned about their own images and perceived power. 45, to a great extent is the monster that they helped to create. Now they want us to believe that they are so necessary to our democracy so that we will aid them in their pissing contest with 45. The national broadcast media need to remember what their first duties are. Meanwhile, few of us go to them for any news and we are moving on to remake this country by and large without them while they rep what they have sown.

  46. February 19, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    FYI Nena & africa …

  47. February 19, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Trump’s personal lawyer having his butt kicked in real time ….

    Messing with @LouiseMensch is unwise …

  48. 131 JER
    February 19, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    • 132 arapaho415
      February 19, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      GE JER.

      That’s because CA had drought conditions during PBO’s presidency (despite last year’s El Nino, it barely rained in Ventura County last rainy [Winter] season).

      We’ve had far more rainy/overcast day this Winter than sunny ones. Don’t know if the storm system that supposed to bring rain here (again) starting at 9pm local time tonight will continue to the desert (have heard reports on the radio that the storm is headed for the Sacramento/San Joaquin River delta), but not a good long weekend for fun in the sun. 😦

    • 133 0388jojothecat
      February 19, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      The best time to travel to PS is April, May, June before it gets too hot, although, I think My President BO and MO can handle it. 🙂

  49. 134 Nena20409
    February 19, 2017 at 6:25 pm

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  51. 139 Nena20409
    February 19, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    • 140 CEB
      February 19, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      There is a long history of animus of white women toward black women and all of it can be summed up in one word: jealousy. I could write reams about this just from my own personal experiences and could fill a library with stories of the experiences of others. I will just talk about one: body image. The majority of Black women have always had a positive body image; we did not look like the average white girl and did not want to. We did not cover our curves, we accentuated them with well-fitting clothes in bold colors. We stride into every room with confidence and all eyes turn our way. We are not interested in starving ourselves until we are skin and bones because we love food and consider it a blessing. All men from every continent and ethnicity are attracted to us and always have been and now in these modern times, they are not afraid to step up and let everyone know who they like and in many cases, prefer. Some white woman had all kind of shit to say about MO’s curves, but we saw for ourselves how men the world over of every stripe adored her. Black women laugh at white women who are baking themselves in sun beds, injecting their lips with collagen, and getting butt lifts. For 400 years these women kept telling us that we were ugly, that we were apes, that we were not feminine, and all of the time they wanted what we have. When you add success to beauty and confidence, some white women lose their minds.

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  53. 142 Nena20409
    February 19, 2017 at 7:15 pm

  54. 143 Nena20409
    February 19, 2017 at 7:16 pm

  55. 144 desertflower
    February 19, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Something will happen…Pit bull tenacity. Those searching need to keep on…what they seek, is there

  56. February 19, 2017 at 7:52 pm


    what are we doing to get it

  57. 146 Nena20409
    February 19, 2017 at 7:53 pm

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  60. 151 desertflower
    February 19, 2017 at 8:02 pm


    • 152 jacquelineoboomer
      February 19, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      Parts of that story seen elsewhere read that a secret plan was hand delivered to Trump by drop-off to Flynn “in an envelope.”

      This is a small piece of it, but remember when Trump said on the campaign trail that using “a courier” was the best way to keep confidentiality?

      Please let THIS part of the treasonous acts be the final nail in the coffin of the Trump so-called presidency.

      • 153 globalcitizenlinda
        February 19, 2017 at 11:06 pm

        good memory about “a courier”; could you please put this reminder in the comment sections of these people who are focused on tracing connections/network of spies

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