President Obama On Civic Engagement

President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with youth leaders at the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago to discuss strategies for community organization and civic engagement in Chicago, Illinois




125 Responses to “President Obama On Civic Engagement”

  1. 1 whenpamelawandered
    April 24, 2017 at 9:23 pm


  2. 7 Ouapiti
    April 24, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Still and always my POTUS! ❤️️💚❤️

  3. 11 Judith Fardig
    April 24, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Well done, MP!

    • 12 whenpamelawandered
      April 24, 2017 at 11:22 pm

      Somehow magic happens, eh? I was on the phone with daughter-unit, checking some social media spread sheets we are working on, FB open, the iPad in the other room chimed and Nerdy posted, what was I to do? So, a whole minute had passed with no one commenting, felt in my Heart ❤️ I think was right! 😊✍🏼🌏🎶🗝

  4. 13 amk for obama
    April 24, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    From plato to kenyan. If only ….

  5. 14 jacquelineoboomer
    April 24, 2017 at 10:08 pm

  6. 18 desertflower
    April 24, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    I’m sick to death of these cowards

  7. 19 desertflower
    April 24, 2017 at 10:14 pm

  8. April 24, 2017 at 10:14 pm

  9. 24 amk for obama
    April 24, 2017 at 10:15 pm

  10. 25 vcprezofan2
    April 24, 2017 at 10:16 pm

  11. 27 amk for obama
    April 24, 2017 at 10:16 pm

  12. 28 desertflower
    April 24, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Corrupt fucker.

  13. 30 GGAIL
    April 24, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    NW, a thousand Thank You’s ❤️

  14. 31 amk for obama
    April 24, 2017 at 11:18 pm

  15. 36 Nena20409
    April 24, 2017 at 11:28 pm

  16. 38 Nena20409
    April 24, 2017 at 11:30 pm

  17. 39 GGail
    April 24, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Jesse Williams is filing for divorce.
    So many thoughts ran through my mind when I heard that on the radio this evening 😀

    Jesse Williams will soon be a free and single man…

  18. 41 jacquelineoboomer
    April 25, 2017 at 12:00 am

  19. 44 GGail
    April 25, 2017 at 12:04 am

    Trump does a better back-peddle moonwalk than Michael Jackson ever did. Boy, those ya-hoos that believed everything he said during the campaign are getting plenty pissed – GOOD!

  20. 46 GGAIL
    April 25, 2017 at 12:09 am

    It’s after midnight on the East Coast, so, let me be the first to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Yardarm756 🎉🎉🎉
    Wishing you health and happiness today and forever more.
    We ❤️U

    • 47 jacquelineoboomer
      April 25, 2017 at 12:24 am

      Not quite midnight in the Midwest, GGail, but I’ll join ya, because I’m getting sleepy – HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Yardarm756 !!!!

      And goodnight to TOD, and all the ships at sea!

  21. 48 Gazelle
    April 25, 2017 at 12:14 am

    For Dudette, I remember when we had a discussion about this song. A few years ago, & I introduced you to Lucky Dube via this song! That was fun! Much love! xoxo

  22. April 25, 2017 at 12:59 am

    Is this reporting true by the Mirror?
    MARINE LE PEN “temporarily” stepping down as leader of the National Front party saying, “It is essential to take leave of the National Front”…”I am only the presidential candidate” –” I will feel more free, and above partisan considerations”. In order to “unite all French people”. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/marine-le-pen-steps-down-10288792
    IMO if true, it’s the latest anti-NATO, anti-EU big con to winning the French election by Putin, dicktraitor Trump and the far right.

    • 50 desertflower
      April 25, 2017 at 8:44 am

      True. RM did a big piece about Le Pen last night…including telling about this. Her father did the same thing when HE ran. It’s all for show….a fascist is still a fascist. I hope that France chooses wisely….as they can see, there don’t seem to be any “do overs”.

      Morning everyone. Happy Birthday, yardarm! Many more:)

  23. 59 Gazelle
    April 25, 2017 at 1:25 am

    One of my favs:

  24. 64 Gazelle
    April 25, 2017 at 1:49 am

    Love to all my TODers! Most especially to NW and Chips + Danny! Good night! Bless!

  25. 67 Gazelle
    April 25, 2017 at 2:09 am

    When you have a bit of time …. a piece of history. James Baldwin vs. W. F.Buckley (1965) in Oxford.

  26. April 25, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Couple of months ago I stated that no difference between senate and house intel committee on Russia probe. Both are stalling .
    One side democrats have a witness list all trump associates from campaign… but the other side witness list is… wait for it.. all Obama employees from the whitehouse including Susan rice.
    You see where this is going?
    But you have democrats rushing to the TV to stay important they are saying everything is good .
    What if Omaha was in office and this happened to him with Russians interfering and helping him? What if that happened? How would republicans respond?
    Do you think by now we would have hearings on cable tv for weeks on end accusing Obama of treason?
    So yes the republicans in congress are stalling and stone walling and they have an agenda to protect trump.
    And democrats senate intel committee like king and warren need to speak up about it. Stop defending process.
    That’s it for now…
    ✌️ peace

    • April 25, 2017 at 7:46 am

      Oops Obama not Omaha … although Omaha is pretty place and all… 😇

    • 70 pkayden
      April 25, 2017 at 8:12 am

      You are right to be outraged that our side isn’t pushing back harder on Russian interference to put Trump into the White House. He is a traitor and we should do all we can to get him out of office. Congressional Dems need to be more like Maxine Power and speak truth to power. We cannot be complacent about this treason.

      • April 25, 2017 at 8:54 am

        It’s a daily frustration to hear about the growing, corroborated evidence of Russian involvement and collusion in impacting the outcome of our presidential election. Even more is the thumbing-of-the-nose with the conflicts of interest that are being thrown in our face, not just by 45 and his family, but other members of his administration.

        It’s outrageous that this family’s business is profiting at the expense of U.S. taxpayers with payments to his resorts and properties, security for his sons to travel on business and his children to travel on family vacations, and defraying the cost for 45 and his spouse’s marital separation. Overall, the anxiety felt watching this clown drag down this country, putting us in danger with his blustering with NK, Syria, etc., putting his ego ahead of the well-being of US citizens primarily by trying his best to reverse all the positive achievements of the Obama administration, and his stubbornness about building a wall at the risk of shutting down the government. AND 45 is being supported in his efforts by the Republicans in congress. Watching the congressional Republicans continued obstruction of the TrumpRussia investigation makes me wonder how many of *them* should be investigated and how many of them, like Nunes and Chaffetz, will be found to have some significant connection to this mess…enough that they are subject to being blackmailed by Russia.

        How much longer before there is enough to start bringing charges?!?!?!? 45 and company are too much of a danger to let him continue with his DOA (Destruction of America).

        • 72 desertflower
          April 25, 2017 at 9:10 am

          THIS! This is EXACTLY what goes through my mind every.single.day.

        • 73 pkayden
          April 25, 2017 at 9:27 am

          I believe that Trump has backed down on that wall nonsense but otherwise you’re right. This whole administration is sloppy and sleazy. We need the Democrats to fight back as hard as they can and not capitulate. Otherwise, we’re in for a world of hurt because the folks controlling Washington do not have our best interests at heart. They’re out for themselves and their 1% buddies.

          • April 25, 2017 at 9:45 am

            “I believe that Trump has backed down on that wall nonsense…”

            I don’t know, pkayden. Right now, he’s saying he’s willing to postpone it until the fall. I think out of all his promises, he will probably dig in his heels on this one. Partly because it defined his candidacy, partly because he’s stubborn like that, but also because of the ridicule he’s received about it; especially about Mexico paying for it. Even though he could probably care less about a wall, he will continue to keep it in the fray because of the drama that comes with it.

            “…the folks controlling Washington do not have our best interests at heart. They’re out for themselves and their 1% buddies. ”

            Yeah. It’s gone beyond party over country. The priorities now seem to be self-interest over party; party over country.

            • 75 arapaho415
              April 25, 2017 at 12:14 pm

              GOP are going to tank our economy, and we’ll need another Dem to clean up their mess — but just how resilient can we be after the damage inflicted on this country, all so that the plutocrats can save some money from the millions they rake in now. (Sorry for the pessimism, but I saw what happened in 2009 after so many businesses and car dealerships went bankrupt [or close to it] — the local Nissan dealership left, and was replaced by Rolls Royce-Bentley — most mid-market stores are gone, now stores either cater to the rich or to bargain shoppers — very little inbetween…).

              BTW, @sarahkendzior’s Twitter timeline is a must-read IMHO — she’s such a good writer, and explains our country’s crisis in unflinching terms.

  27. 76 desertflower
    April 25, 2017 at 8:50 am

    • April 25, 2017 at 9:12 am

      We know that for Republicans, it’s always been just about repealing the ACA, not because it would be better for the country, but because it would take away of major achievement of the Obama administration. Replacing it was never their intention.

      The problem for them is, they can not just repeal the ACA without having something to replace it. [Now that people have had it for a while, it is hard to just take it away from them.] If that were the case, they may have gotten the votes to appeal the ACA. And because they *have* to have a replacement, it became even more apparent that that was never their intent. After seven years, they would have had a reputable plan already set to go; right?

      The ACA took long months of research, interviewing, and brainstorming, before a plan was developed. It is a complex plan that not only said this is what we want to do — make health insurance accessible AND affordable to all, but addressed how it would be achieved. It had to take into consideration the what-if’s. And it looked at the cost and how the cost would be covered.

      The scramble to put together a plan to replace such a complex one highlights how Republicans seem to look at things in simplistic and apathetic terms. They seem to believe that it is enough to make health care available, but have no care about the affordability. If it doesn’t have a negative impact to them and theirs, what does it matter?

  28. 78 desertflower
    April 25, 2017 at 9:06 am

    And this is who the person that sits in the Oval Office, supports. He needs to be gone.

  29. 79 desertflower
    April 25, 2017 at 9:11 am

    • April 25, 2017 at 9:18 am

      It’s disconcerting to see that Trudeau and Merkel appear to prefer to deal with Ivanka. Maybe because it’s a waste of time and effort to interact with 45…someone who [questionably] listens to respond rather than to understand.

      • 81 pkayden
        April 25, 2017 at 10:57 am

        Why do you say that they prefer to deal with Ivanka?

        • April 25, 2017 at 11:03 am

          Something I read yesterday. I’ll have to find it again and provide the link.

        • April 25, 2017 at 2:40 pm

          pkayden, I’ve finally had a chance to search through the Twitter sites which led to my statement.

          It did not say specifically that Trudeau and Merkel prefer to deal with Ivanka. That was my interpretation.

          This is the tweet that led me to that inference.

      • 84 arapaho415
        April 25, 2017 at 11:47 am

        GM SWBG.

        PBO is exactly right, when he said (yesterday, and of course before) that the root cause of the undermining of our democracy is money in politics.

        BUT our media is completely blind to this source of corruption — you’d think in a capitalist society you’d always “follow the money” (wasn’t that from Watergate/All The President’Men?).

        Our media is worse than useless. By focusing on DJT drama and tweets, and not on who is paying him and so many congresscritters, they don’t even try to education their audiences on possible motivations behind their policy stances.

        While ignoring the fact that US politicians are functioning as money launderers for Russian oligarchs, they offer baloney like this (which I heard on @cbsradionews this morning):

        “It’s in Merkel’s best interest to engage with Ivana, so that maybe DJT will cooperate with her.” (paraphrased)

        Wanted to throw something at the radio — what vile spin on a strong woman, an elected leader of the country holding Europe together. To our media, gossip and speculation is what they get paid to deliver as “news.” Gag.

  30. 85 desertflower
    April 25, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Gee…wonder what his “job” is?

  31. 86 desertflower
    April 25, 2017 at 9:18 am


  32. 87 desertflower
    April 25, 2017 at 9:28 am

    This must have slipped by me. Loooooove to get rid of THIS pos!

  33. 88 desertflower
    April 25, 2017 at 9:42 am

    more lies

  34. April 25, 2017 at 9:55 am

    US military, State Dept key indicators of US world standing
    Rachel Maddow looks at some of the most consequential developments in world news and the importance of the U.S. State Department and military in determining America’s global standing.

  35. April 25, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Comey politics undercuts confidence in Trump Russia investigation
    Matt Apuzzo, reporter for the New York Times, talks with Rachel Maddow about how 2016 politics guided FBI Director James Comey’s actions on Hillary Clinton and what that means for how he’ll conduct the investigation into the Donald Trump campaign and Russian Ties

  36. 91 No Child Left Behind
    April 25, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Good Morning TODVille.

    I wish I were there to witness the take down.
    Ivanka Trump defended her father at a women’s panel in Berlin Tuesday after attendees hissed when she attempted to champion her father’s commitment to women’s issues.

    The audience interrupted Trump during a discussion on paid leave when she began describing President Trump as an advocate for women.
    “That is something I’m very proud of my father’s advocacy, long before he came into the presidency, he championed this in the primaries. He’s been a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive,” Trump said before the crowd began reacting negatively.

    Trump was participating in a panel discussion on women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship at the W-20, a summit of G-20 countries aimed at promoting women’s workforce participation and equality.

    • 92 57andfemale
      April 25, 2017 at 11:15 am

      The rotten apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

    • 93 whenpamelawandered
      April 25, 2017 at 11:51 am

      What a crock, this is not a real person, just somebody made of synthetic byproducts and plastic surgery to appear real. It is sickening that our tax dollars are being squandered

  37. April 25, 2017 at 10:13 am

    “Turkish man who gave Mike Flynn a $600,000 lobbying deal just before President Donald Trump picked him to be national security adviser has business ties to Russia, including a 2009 aviation financing deal negotiated with Vladimir Putin”.

  38. April 25, 2017 at 10:13 am

  39. April 25, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Trump-Russia Senate investigation — 7 staffers.
    Special Senate 1970s investigation into Watergate –133 staffers.
    House-Senate probe 1980s Iran-Contra –181 staffers.
    Benghazi —46 staffers.

  40. April 25, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Hmmmmm, it seems I’m unable to post here this morning.


    • April 25, 2017 at 10:34 am

      Well, I guess WordPress just doesn’t like my tweets!

      Good morning, TODville.

      • 103 donna dem 4 obama
        April 25, 2017 at 10:54 am

        It’s weird Meta. I have to sign in every time I post a comment and don’t let me have more than one paragraph in my comment it simple won’t post it at all even though I see others posting long comments with no problem. It’s been weird for me for sometime now. Sigh!

        • 104 globalcitizenlinda
          April 25, 2017 at 11:32 am

          Have had similar experiences for while now. But once in a long while it lets me through. I think it is World Press having glitches

        • April 25, 2017 at 11:55 am

          Oh, yeah, now that you mention it, I posted a long comment to someone here a couple weeks ago and it completely vaporized. I was buuummmmed!!

          OK, so it’s not just me……..

    • 106 whenpamelawandered
      April 25, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Hang tough y’all – this mercury retrograde cycle is kicking some booty – until the afternoon of 3rd May. 😑♉️

      • April 25, 2017 at 11:52 am

        Ooooooo, thanks for that warning. I’m having a hard time communicating with myself at the moment. Glad to know it soon will pass.

  41. 108 JER
    April 25, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

    • 109 desertflower
      April 25, 2017 at 10:49 am

      Wish this fraud election could be done over and that Joe Biden would run instead of Hillary….she would be too much of a lightening rod now, imo. Joe could fix that regret…I would be proud to see him in the Oval Office.

  42. April 25, 2017 at 11:23 am

    • April 25, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      I saw Josh Earnest on 11th Hour last night. I am happy to see him continue to speak out on behalf of PBO. He is still in Press Secretary mode and like PBO, he is very thoughtful and careful about what he says.

  43. 112 whenpamelawandered
    April 25, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Bobfr! Check this out: http://ab.co/2md0Ry6

  44. 113 57andfemale
    April 25, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Hope this posts correctly. I pulled it from Facebook. Here goes:

    • 114 57andfemale
      April 25, 2017 at 11:39 am

      Posted by my goddaughter who took the whole family to the Science March in D.C. At first I didn’t see her baby strapped to her back because of the huge sign, “Science Makes America Great.” Her husband had a sign as well, and her six-year son. He made all of the signs.

      Her husband comes from the looniest or loony RWNJ’s in OK. He has come a long way in his politics. He’s centrist now, always will be. But we have kept such an intelligent dialog going on as he has seen the dumpster fire that is GOP politics. I’m very, very proud of him; but a big part of it is that we all listened to each other with respect.

  45. 115 ydavis00
    April 25, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Not that she is responsible for her father’s action but I’m sorry sweetie you are trying to suggest a picture of her him that skirts the truth.

    • April 25, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    • April 25, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      She does not belong on that stage sitting next to Christine Lagarde!

      • 118 ydavis00
        April 25, 2017 at 12:08 pm

        NO she does not. She has not even earned the tax payer jet fuel that took her there.

      • 120 globalcitizenlinda
        April 25, 2017 at 12:17 pm

        I am tired of the way many are trying to push that corrupt, egotistical, uninformed woman & her husband on us & the whole world

      • 121 arapaho415
        April 25, 2017 at 12:19 pm

        GM Meta, glad to see that WP’s “twitter posting” glitch is resolved for you.

        Wish I knew how to help DonnaDem, how frustrating for her to have to login every time and then to only be able to post brief comments. 😦

        • April 25, 2017 at 3:50 pm

          Good Afternoon, arapaho415

          Seriously?!?!?! How hard did she have to work in order for her to “persevere”? Was it as simple as when 45’s father fronted him $1M?

          That’s as bad as 45 saying if his daughter were sexually harassed in the workplace, he would think that she would “find another career or find another company.” Most people don’t have the luxury of just quitting if they find themselves in an uncomfortable situation.

          She often talks about her and her father advocating for family and brags about their family leave policy. But if it is anything like the healthcare bill being proposed, it is just an empty vessel with a misleading label.

  46. 123 ydavis00
    April 25, 2017 at 11:45 am

  47. 124 anjo
    April 25, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Booooo to that fake in Germany hissss, boooo to the female Trump

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