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  1. 7 desertflower
    June 23, 2017 at 10:43 am

    This is so important, I brought it over. To think, he would have been my senator had I not moved…..

  2. June 23, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Trying to log into wordpress.. but can’t.
    Nerdy plz free me from moderation.

  3. 16 desertflower
    June 23, 2017 at 10:46 am

    From that WaPo story that was behind the firewall….


    The Washington Post reported:
    “The Dems were, ‘Hey, we have to tell the public,’ ” recalled one participant. But Republicans resisted, arguing that to warn the public that the election was under attack would further Russia’s aim of sapping confidence in the system.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) went further, officials said, voicing skepticism that the underlying intelligence truly supported the White House’s claims. Through a spokeswoman, McConnell declined to comment, citing the secrecy of that meeting.

    Key Democrats were stunned by the GOP response and exasperated that the White House seemed willing to let Republican opposition block any pre-election move.

    Sen. McConnell’s doubt of the intelligence is the same tactic that has been used by Trump and his administration since the Russia scandal heated up. The other problem is that the Obama White House let McConnell block them and did nothing. Looking back with 20/20 perspective, it is easy to say that Obama should have issued a warning about Russian election meddling without the Republicans on board, but his concern that the Russia issue would turn into a partisan one that could destroy the integrity of the election was legitimate.

    What the now former president couldn’t have known was that he was facing a no-win situation. The integrity of this election was going be damaged no matter what because the Russians had already acted.

      • 18 desertflower
        June 23, 2017 at 10:53 am

        From the piece:

        Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.

        But it went further. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives — defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.

        • 19 desertflower
          June 23, 2017 at 11:00 am

          To me, it’s PBO should have done THIS or this….aside from the snippet above, there really isn’t any “There/there” Woulda/shoulda/coulda.

          • 20 desertflower
            June 23, 2017 at 11:50 am

            • 21 desertflower
              June 23, 2017 at 11:55 am

              Correct. I remember this well.


              It wasn’t just Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who turned down the Obama administration’s request for help as Russia attacked the United States in its attempt to help Donald Trump win the 2016 election, a stunning exclusive in The Washington Post details.

              Republican governors also refused to secure voting systems, with one Republican calling it an assault on “state’s rights.”

              • 22 idon
                June 23, 2017 at 2:33 pm

                Yep. That last sentence is key.

              • June 23, 2017 at 2:43 pm

                Part of my “over-active imagination” (according to many of my non-imaginative teachers), says that Obama and his IC high-ups, knew how deep this Putin stuff went, and who was already involved (TrumpCo/Ryan/McConnell & many Congressional GOP), and they backed off to allow them all enough rope to hang themselves, so when it all goes down the net is very full of rotten fish.

                Remember, Rove hacked the 2004 election (Ohio), and tried in 2012, but Anonymous’s firewall stopped him stealing it for Romney… the GO has been in the cyber-hacking business for a long time.

                How else to stop them permanently, than to catch and expose them on a massive scale? I think it’s one of the reasons most high ranking Dems like Obama, Biden, Clinton, Podesta…. etc… have been laying really low, and have not made many statements. They’ve just gotten out of the way, so as to not muddy the waters. I think they know what’s coming.

                Of course, I have an over-active imagination….

    • 25 Don
      June 23, 2017 at 11:06 am

      This Russian worm burrowed its way into our election system long before President Obama and with help from some in our own government. It seems as though Russia picked up steam within the last few years. I just hope Mueller is able to drain this cesspool.

      • 26 desertflower
        June 23, 2017 at 11:11 am

        He’s working on it…the cesspool is very deep and very wide. I want ALL the SWAMP DRAINED. Congrats on 1st this morning:)

  4. 27 desertflower
    June 23, 2017 at 11:01 am

  5. 28 desertflower
    June 23, 2017 at 11:02 am

  6. June 23, 2017 at 11:02 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 become rich with an attitude of giving, protecting and serving others 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 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  7. 36 desertflower
    June 23, 2017 at 11:03 am

  8. 37 Dudette
    June 23, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Senator Chris Murphy takes a look at the bill and shares it in this video

  9. 38 desertflower
    June 23, 2017 at 11:04 am

  10. 39 desertflower
    June 23, 2017 at 11:04 am

  11. 40 desertflower
    June 23, 2017 at 11:06 am

  12. 41 desertflower
    June 23, 2017 at 11:09 am


  13. 43 Dudette
    June 23, 2017 at 11:10 am

  14. June 23, 2017 at 11:11 am

    TODer’s, my book “Morning Greeting Words of Encouragements” is now available on Amazon at the link address listed below. I referenced “TOD-Family (i.e., TheObamaDiary.com) in the book’s Foreword, because I have occasionally shared ‘Greeting Words of Encouragement’ on this site throughout the years.

    I hope you consider purchasing one for yourself and for family and friends. Thanks in advance>>


  15. 55 Dudette
    June 23, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Senator Bob Casey shared pages from the bull.. I mean, bill.

  16. 60 Don
    June 23, 2017 at 11:18 am

    I don’t want to sound childish, but do Republicans believe in god and caring about people? At the end of the day you either care about people or you don’t, there is no in between. How can anyone with a functioning brain and a somewhat warm heart not see the viciousness in this new healthcare proposal?

    • 61 desertflower
      June 23, 2017 at 11:30 am

      Their god is $$$. Always. They will lie to your face and tell you they care about you…they never have. Well, maybe 50 years ago they did….not anymore. They are our Taliban.

    • 62 Dudette
      June 23, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      They see/know. They don’t care about hurting people. They’ve insulated themselves. They only care about avoiding the backlash they know they’ll receive. That’s why it was kept in secret. That’s why it’s being rushed through with no debate, no input from healthcare professionals and no public input. That’s why they’re ducking reporters. They know. They just don’t care.

  17. 63 Dudette
    June 23, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Re pre-existing condition coverage

    • 64 desertflower
      June 23, 2017 at 11:41 am

      Not just that, but the payment will put healthcare out of reach for many…unaffordable is, in this case, the same thing as not covering pre- existing conditions. The result is the same. You die because you can’t afford what you need to keep yourself alive.

  18. 66 Dudette
    June 23, 2017 at 11:32 am

    LOL! 😂

  19. 67 Dudette
    June 23, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Phwoo! Time for a mental health break! 😆

  20. 69 desertflower
    June 23, 2017 at 11:38 am

  21. June 23, 2017 at 11:43 am

    New York’s Jon Chait: “The Republican plan expresses one of the core beliefs shared by movement conservatives, and utterly alien to people across the globe, right and left: that people who can’t afford the cost of their own medical care have nobody to blame but themselves.”
    Just for starters, Jimmy Kimmel’s story and the dire situation after his baby’s birth. Babies born with Down’s syndrome have heart problems and need multiple surgeries. But these babies have no one to blame “but themselves”, right?
    Party of No Heart, No Truth, No Humanity does not belong in our Future.
    McConnell must GO.

  22. 72 Dudette
    June 23, 2017 at 11:44 am


  23. 74 Dudette
    June 23, 2017 at 11:47 am

  24. 77 Dudette
    June 23, 2017 at 11:49 am

  25. June 23, 2017 at 11:49 am

    McConnell/KOCH/Trump/Putin approach = DENY THE FACTS.
    “In a tone that would become familiar in the following months, Republicans and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) allowed Russia to interfere in the election to help Trump by expressing skepticism about the intelligence that Russia was meddling in the 2016 presidential election.”

  26. 81 Dudette
    June 23, 2017 at 11:50 am


    • June 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      How is the Democrat “brand” in any way comparable to Trump and GOP? I have stayed out of the Bernie thing but NOW NOW NOW
      it is important for him to say he is an Independent? As for Infrastructure – McConnell blocked it for 7 years causing heart attacks to the ASCE that has given US infrastructure a D+. Climate change is a terrible threat to our roads, bridges, dams, aging levees.
      PBO tried over and over to pass infrastructure which will now cost $Trillions to bring it up to par. But we know the right only wants to privatize our roads. Plutocrats jet around and only need runways + few toll paying roads to get around.

      • 83 cos
        June 23, 2017 at 12:29 pm

        I am so sick of this man. He doesn’t realize that he is the problem. He love running as a Democrat but doesn’t think that the party is good enough for him to join. I am really tired of these shows putting him out as the face of the Democratic party.

  27. 84 desertflower
    June 23, 2017 at 11:53 am



    WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Western technology companies, including Cisco, IBM and SAP, are acceding to demands by Moscow for access to closely guarded product security secrets, at a time when Russia has been accused of a growing number of cyber attacks on the West, a Reuters investigation has found.

    Russian authorities are asking Western tech companies to allow them to review source code for security products such as firewalls, anti-virus applications and software containing encryption before permitting the products to be imported and sold in the country. The requests, which have increased since 2014, are ostensibly done to ensure foreign spy agencies have not hidden any “backdoors” that would allow them to burrow into Russian systems.

    But those inspections also provide the Russians an opportunity to find vulnerabilities in the products’ source code – instructions that control the basic operations of computer equipment – current and former U.S. officials and security experts said.

  28. 86 whenpamelawandered
    June 23, 2017 at 11:57 am

  29. 87 desertflower
    June 23, 2017 at 11:57 am

  30. 88 Dudette
    June 23, 2017 at 11:59 am

    This is some bullshit! 😡

    • June 23, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Selling “loose cigarettes” will get you dead if you don’t have a pasty face as well.
      The police should come under the jurisdiction of the American people so we can end the autonomous power they have to persecute, kill
      and avoid punishment. McConnell and company got away with persecution and killing by denying Medicaid Expansion in 22 states.
      Now having got away with it – the McConnell/Ryan Death Panel plans to double down on their crimes against the People.

    • 90 sherijr
      June 23, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      Explains why we can’t get the white drug dealers & prostitutes out of my neighborhood… cops are busy undercover on black youth selling water.!

      • 91 Dudette
        June 23, 2017 at 1:34 pm

        It’s a damn shame, sherijr.

        • 92 sherijr
          June 23, 2017 at 1:39 pm

          Makes me sick, Dudette. The police seem to be all in on the Trump/Ryan/McConnel road trip down the rabbit hole. They’ve been out of control for a longtime I know, but this kind of stupid harassment boggles the mind.. and don’t get me started on our very own nazi troops- ICE. Despise them.

  31. 93 desertflower
    June 23, 2017 at 11:59 am

    • 94 arapaho415
      June 23, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      GM DF.

      Hopefully cooler for you and your neighbors today.

      GOP, steeped in #hypocrisy, once they have cushy government jobs:

      • 95 desertflower
        June 23, 2017 at 12:35 pm

        Morning to you, arapaho:) Cooler…is relative:) “Only” 115 today. Yippee!! Will read what you passed along….TY. You keep cool, too!

  32. 96 Dudette
    June 23, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    To the Berners, et al… (this is actually a thread, but it boils down to this one tweet)

  33. 98 Dudette
    June 23, 2017 at 12:10 pm

  34. 99 Dudette
    June 23, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    I know, I know. He deserves his privacy, but I sure wish there was more news on his trip to Hawaii. At least a photo or 50. 😇
    “It is unknown how long Obama will be in the islands.”

  35. 104 Dudette
    June 23, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    I missed the show. Gotta find video. 😃

  36. 105 Dudette
    June 23, 2017 at 12:37 pm

  37. 106 desertflower
    June 23, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    LOL….sewer slime all over these guys.

  38. 108 Dudette
    June 23, 2017 at 12:43 pm


  39. 109 desertflower
    June 23, 2017 at 12:44 pm


  40. June 23, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Is GOP still going to keep Obamacare for themselves no matter what? Is that still their plan? If so that should be Headline News right now.
    Americans aren’t going to agree to let their families die from lack of healthcare to please elected officials who will keep lifesaving
    Obamacare only for themselves.

    • 112 desertflower
      June 23, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      I would love to know the answer to this question. I thought I read that they changed their tune after outcry…that said, since I believe NOTHING they say, who’s to say that they will not be exempt when they vote on the final bill? I think we should call the office of a Dem senator and ask….??????

  41. 116 desertflower
    June 23, 2017 at 12:58 pm


    • June 23, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      McConnell/KOCH/nra/GOP has displayed PUTIN adulation for several years now.
      They also colluded with the Israeli right when 47 GOP signed a letter to the Ayatollah in their attempts to stop the Iran agreement.

  42. 118 desertflower
    June 23, 2017 at 1:01 pm

  43. 119 JER
    June 23, 2017 at 1:05 pm

  44. June 23, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    This a-hole right here……..

    • June 23, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      • June 23, 2017 at 2:52 pm

        I sent Graham an email, and I ask him how is Trump going to take a stronger line in Russia meddling when Trump does not even believe Russia interfered in our election. To this day he has not even admitted that Russia interfered in our election. He has gone out of his way to attack our people who investigated what Russia did, but for whatever reason Trump refuse to say a bad word about Putin or Russia. Why is that I ask Graham.

      • 124 Obama Grandmama
        June 23, 2017 at 11:25 pm

        My comment is: The name Trump defines Russian meddling.

  45. June 23, 2017 at 1:08 pm

  46. June 23, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Another top legal mind picked up by Mueller, this one an appellate lawyer.

    • June 23, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      Seems that Mueller is filling positions with *QUALITY* people faster than 45 is filling critical positions — including those he’s filled with *rich* but inexperienced, dishonest, and somewhat unintelligent persons.

  47. 129 Dudette
    June 23, 2017 at 1:13 pm

  48. 130 Dudette
    June 23, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Woot! 🔥

  49. June 23, 2017 at 1:19 pm

  50. 137 amk for how stupid the murkans could get
    June 23, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    I am Germany this entire week. The consensus from my taxi driver to my client to my supplier to my hotel owner here is “the fucking racist pos is completely nutz and how stupid the murkans could get”.

    • 138 desertflower
      June 23, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      Yes….but they also learned what was planned for them, by watching what happened here. Thank goodness they paid attention. Now, they need to send us the applicable intelligence so we can actually get RID of that POS!

      • 139 amk for obama
        June 23, 2017 at 1:39 pm

        I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the consensus here. From ‘working white class’ to big corporates. The item in the conference room white board when I arrived for my meeting with my german supplier was ‘how trump is bad for our business?’. That’s when I decided to wade in and all big honchos in the meeting told me this.

        • June 23, 2017 at 1:52 pm

          The WHOLE WORLD knows what an ignorant disaster Trump is except his Trumpaloons and they are DIEHARDS.

          My thoughts today are for a break up of the United States into three separate countries. One each for Blue, Red and Bernie Bros. Let them go kill each other with their guns and no healthcare.

    • June 23, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      AMK the problem is how to undo.
      Just as ISIS are not Muslims, these officials posing as Republicans are not who they say they are.
      McConnell has created a party that is out to kill the American people and make America into Little Russia.

      • 143 amk for obama
        June 23, 2017 at 1:45 pm

        Sorry, I think it’s too late, too little, given the stupid way of american governance, voters and electoral politics and “constitution”. first amendment, second amendment – what a load of crap.

        Plato: One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

      • June 23, 2017 at 4:35 pm

        AMK thanks for response. “Undo” was the wrong word on my part. We must go on obviously and cannot go back.
        What do you think would start to solve the problem? What to do?

  51. 145 Dudette
    June 23, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    • 146 amk for obama
      June 23, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      Yup. The dems did their best but the fucking 3rd rate 4th estate enabled the fucking 5th columnists.

  52. 147 Dudette
    June 23, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    The Real Anti-Trump

  53. 148 Dudette
    June 23, 2017 at 1:35 pm

  54. 149 Dudette
    June 23, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    I would’ve thought Mark Hamil was already there.

  55. June 23, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Dear Senator David Perdue and Johnny Isakson, We have been asking you to talk to us about our concerns since January. You have refused. So now we will bring the people to you with this new video. REAL Georgians. TRUE stories. REAL concerns. Unrehearsed. From the heart. #SaveOurCare #StopTrumpCare

    • 151 desertflower
      June 23, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      SO great. I cried all the way through this….truth is, that you can substitute ANY state for this video. We all have similar stories to tell about the importance of healthcare and leaving the ACA in place and saying no to the AHCA.

      Thanks for posting. Hope it gets shared widely

  56. 152 amk for obama
    June 23, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Qatari-funded media network Al Jazeera has hit back at Arab states’ calls for it to be closed down.

    The demands were an attempt to “silence freedom of expression”, it said.

    Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain have imposed severe sanctions on Qatar, and sent a list of 13 demands it must meet before sanctions are lifted.

    They also want Qatar to reduce ties with Iran and close a Turkish military base – all within 10 days.

    It comes after more than two weeks of unprecedented diplomatic and economic sanctions in what is the worst political crisis among Gulf countries in decades.

    Qatar, which sought to raise its profile in recent years, denies accusations that it is funding terrorism and fostering instability.

    In a statement, Al Jazeera said, “We assert our right to practise our journalism professionally without bowing to pressure from any government or authority.”


    I am with AJ. They are much better than bbc at exposing the corrupt ME regimes and their ‘western allies’.

  57. June 23, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    OMG, this is GROSSLY disgusting.

  58. June 23, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    I’m sure this is coming…..

  59. June 23, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    I just wanna say thank you for all the ‘tools’ to help us defeat #AHCA, but to me, the greatest tool I have found is right here, on the Obama Diaries. Thank you to all Tod’ers for their thoughtful insights and informative postings. Please never end this blog!

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