157 Responses to “Melvinia To Michelle”

  1. 1 Dudette
    August 5, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Just sayin’

    • 2 cd4biden
      August 5, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      Yes tou are, Dudette. Congrats on first 😁

    • 4 whenpamelawandered
      August 5, 2017 at 8:21 pm

      And Turdman has decided to ‘redecorate’ the wh, using our money, to make it tacky enough for his lowlife taste, whereas PBO waited nearly 18 months, as I recall, before such an undertaking. Mind, the distinctive and intuitive changes both PBO and MO served only to enhance and reveal how beautiful The People’s House was to them, and to us.

    • 7 pkayden
      August 6, 2017 at 8:11 am

      President Obama got so much done in his first few months in office because he’s an intelligent, hardworking organizer unlike the current lazy idiot in the White House.

  2. 8 Dudette
    August 5, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Love that tweet from Miss Ava!
    This reply and the resulting thread is pretty cool too.

    • 9 pkayden
      August 6, 2017 at 8:23 am

      The thread was beautiful (although of course you had some idiots trying to bring things down).

  3. 10 Nena20409
    August 5, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    GE, TODbots.
    Congrats, Dudette for your Golden ⭐
    NW, Thanks for the new post.

  4. 13 Dudette
    August 5, 2017 at 6:12 pm

  5. 18 Nena20409
    August 5, 2017 at 6:15 pm

  6. 20 Nena20409
    August 5, 2017 at 6:17 pm

  7. 21 Nena20409
    August 5, 2017 at 6:20 pm

  8. 26 Dudette
    August 5, 2017 at 6:20 pm

  9. 27 JER
    August 5, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    • 28 Dudette
      August 5, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      Yaaaaay! Someday it should be a national holiday!

      • 29 GGail
        August 5, 2017 at 7:17 pm

        Yes, someday – it will !

      • 30 Nena20409
        August 5, 2017 at 7:22 pm

        Don’t want be a Debbie downer, but Nationally, Not gonna happen. 2 big reasons; President’s Day & MLK’s Day. IL & HI, no doubt. And some day, even KS might enlighten their State to reflect 21st Century.

        • 31 GGail
          August 5, 2017 at 8:09 pm

          That’s what they said about us having a black president. I’ll keep hope alive, thank you Debbie 🙂

          • 32 globalcitizenlinda
            August 5, 2017 at 8:39 pm

            It will happen. First, I can see other “blue states” following Illinois, then the “purple states”, … eventually the “red states” will follow as the population continues to be more diverse. I, too, live in hope

        • 33 Dudette
          August 5, 2017 at 9:17 pm

          It could happen. Not tomorrow but someday.

  10. 34 Nena20409
    August 5, 2017 at 6:21 pm

  11. August 5, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    From Melvina to Michelle….



  12. 38 Dudette
    August 5, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Thread worth reading

    • August 5, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      • 40 arapaho415
        August 5, 2017 at 9:49 pm

        Tally, you’ve outdone yourself, far surpassing the highly paid pundits who apparently missed the significance of Russia-connected Jim Justice switching parties:

        Thorough background in this thread (embedded in tweet I sent you):

        More on Jim Justice, and what else, Russia…

        My stomach is in knots, which happens every. single. weekend. as I catch up on news. Ugh.

      • 41 arapaho415
        August 5, 2017 at 9:55 pm

        More stomach churning…

        A Twitter search for Jim Justice news yields only one tweet mentioning the 34 GOP governorships, from a verified account with this Twitter bio:

        “Advisory Board @ Donald J. Trump for President • PR & Political Consultant • Commentator @FoxNews @FoxBusiness @CNN @CNNi @MSNBC”

        • 42 Betsy
          August 5, 2017 at 11:46 pm

          This will change in 2018, you’ll see.

          • 43 arapaho415
            August 6, 2017 at 9:29 am

            GM Betsy.

            On paper, Americans have the opportunity to get rid of the #OneNationUnderKoch critters in DC next year.

            But ALL GOP are indebted to Koch, and one of the BIG underlying goals of #OneNationUnderKoch is to change the constitution to have state legislators/governors appoint congresscritters, not by votes cast by citizens.

            And yes, the news about federal grand juries this week was encouraging, but consider HOW SLOWLY FGJs work:

            Eighteen months from the time the FGJs were convened is about when 2018 elections are scheduled to occur…

            • 44 Betsy
              August 6, 2017 at 11:45 am

              I have a strong feeling this will go a lot faster than is typical because of the demands of social media; the damage that’s being done everyday to our democracy, and the dedication to our country by the intelligence community.

              • 45 arapaho415
                August 6, 2017 at 12:15 pm

                I hope you’re right, Betsy.

                I know nothing about the jurors empaneled on a FGJ, but not many people could (or would be willing to) commit to being a juror for 18 or more months.

                And how quickly can they act if they meet only once a week, for less than a full day?

        • 46 catrst
          August 6, 2017 at 9:03 am

          I am glad to know about this connection regarding a constitutional convention. This is another ploy by the Birchers to set up their insane vision for our country via Koch money. They will only get so far and the country will have a moment of extreme regurgitation and these folks will find themselves once again in the wilderness. Russia will find its over reach will result in the removal of Putin and the loss of billions of dollars among their oligarchs. Hopefully, Russia can find a way to have their wealth returned to them for domestic use.

          • 47 arapaho415
            August 6, 2017 at 9:19 am

            GM catrst.

            Based on your posts here, I know that you’re old enough to remember “All In the Family” — me too! — which was a staple in our house when it aired (IIRC, CBS aired All In the Family, followed by Mary Tyler Moore, followed by Newhart [with another 1/2 hour show between AITF and MTM, perhaps “Bernie Loves Bridget?” — could be misremembering the sequence, but this was a lineup I’m familiar with).

            Another bolt of lightning occurred to me when the Kennedy Center announced that Norman Lear is an honoree this year… today’s pundits need look no further than the theme song to “All In the Family” to understand what motivated FUBAR voters, whether they live in cities or rural areas, whether they’re flat-earthers or Berniebro Dudes (i.e., RWNJs or LWNJs):

            “Boy the way Glen Miller played
            Songs that made the hit parade.
            Guys like us we had it made,
            Those were the days.

            And you knew who you were then,
            Girls were girls and men were men,
            Mister we could use a man
            Like Herbert Hoover again.

            Didn’t need no welfare state,
            Everybody pulled his weight.
            Gee our old LaSalle ran great.
            Those were the days.”

            P.S. My other lightning bolt realization in June was this nation’s slight alteration of our Pledge of Allegiance: “One Nation, Under Koch…”

    • 48 pkayden
      August 6, 2017 at 8:56 am

      And now they’re going after the press so they can do their dirt without any coverage. We are creeping towards a full blown dictatorship.

  13. 49 Dudette
    August 5, 2017 at 6:27 pm

  14. 50 JER
    August 5, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    • 54 catrst
      August 6, 2017 at 8:58 am

      I have come to describe Barack Obama is unusually sane. I borrowed this from a writer in our faith community that was born in the mid eighteen hundreds. He described a rare person that comes on the scene and has more vision than others, more compassion, more leadership ability. I thought to myself if I use that term, which I agreed with completely when describing Barack Obama and his wife as well, it bypassed all the other criticisms that have been used against those that recognize his rare nature like all of us here. We aren’t hero worshiping here just recognizing this wonderful trait. Also right now with the Trump era and the GOP descending into infamy I think its a great way to describe our forever president. Another thought to add to that, recognizing that, continuing to try to emulate his direction and methods makes us more sane as a country.

  15. August 5, 2017 at 6:38 pm

  16. 57 jacquelineoboomer
    August 5, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    I’m practically sobbing over this emotional post, Nerdy W. Without you, I would have no doubt missed this. Thanks so very much.

    • 58 GGail
      August 5, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      {{{J’OB}}}, this is an example of the resiliency of the black people in America who were brought here against our will and Still We Rise. There are millions of these stories out here and we should never forget how our ancestors struggled to survive in America. The Fight continues.

      • 59 jacquelineoboomer
        August 5, 2017 at 7:50 pm


      • 60 catrst
        August 6, 2017 at 9:07 am

        Can I say that my sense of why African Americans more than any other group have a sanity and wisdom about them is first their struggles and then their answer to those struggles. I believe that its the choice to overcome evil with good that brings this about. Its very spiritual in nature and the outcome of this is plain to see once someone is looking for it.

      • 61 pkayden
        August 6, 2017 at 9:09 am

        Amen GGail. African Americans have accomplished so much with so little. Imagine what they would have done if this country had treated them fairly and justly after they had been freed from slavery. But here we are and they still are rising up!!

  17. August 5, 2017 at 6:40 pm

  18. 63 Nena20409
    August 5, 2017 at 6:42 pm

  19. 64 Nena20409
    August 5, 2017 at 6:46 pm

  20. August 5, 2017 at 6:49 pm


    • 68 arapaho415
      August 5, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      GE rikyrah.

      From the article:
      “The US Air Force announced Friday that it has finalized a deal to purchase two already-built aircraft from Boeing to serve as the next generation of Air Force One, flying future presidents around the world for decades to come.

      A Boeing spokesperson told CNN the two aircraft in question were originally destined for a now bankrupt Russian airline.”

      You can be sure that Boeing will be well treated as long as Patrick Shanahan is #2 man at Pentagon:

      Here’s an article on Shanahan’s Senate confirmation.

    • 69 whenpamelawandered
      August 5, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      No. No. No. No. No.

  21. August 5, 2017 at 6:54 pm

  22. 71 Nena20409
    August 5, 2017 at 7:09 pm

  23. 73 Nena20409
    August 5, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    • 74 GGail
      August 5, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      How cute 🙂

      • 75 arapaho415
        August 5, 2017 at 11:31 pm

        GE GGail.

        Replying to you since you’re in the LA area.

        Last year I went to a Goodwill sale in the Burbank area (I’m always confused when I’m in the Burbank-Glendale area because so many streets run diagonal to the east-west/north-south alignment that I’m used to).

        My local Goodwill handed out flyers for this event, which was billed as something like “Fashions through time” — and promised vintage-era clothing from the beginning of the 20th century onward.

        I ended up not going inside because the line was too long and moved too slowly, and comments from people leaving weren’t encouraging.

        Anyway, one of the women in line with me was a dead ringer for the lady in the white skirt in this photo — she was dressed pretty much like this (including head scarf). Her friends were eager for 1950s fashions too.

    • August 5, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      “I can make you a grilled cheese …. we’re worthless ….”

      Now, that’s a man I can admire without knowing anything else about him ….

    • 78 Dudette
      August 5, 2017 at 10:07 pm

      What fun! 😄

    • 79 mtmarilyn
      August 5, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      I do believe he is smitten with Serena. It takes a very special man who can deal with a beautiful smart, strong and talented women. I do believe he has taken lessons from PBO. So great to see Serena so happy.

  24. 80 Nena20409
    August 5, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Dana R is the other guy both P. Ryan & K. McCarthy were taped in a conversation saying that Dana is on a Russian/Putin Payroll.

    • 81 globalcitizenlinda
      August 5, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      While this scumbag rohrabacher deserves to be investigated because of his unapologetic support for russia, I wonder why this fellow suspect in Russian collusion appears to be gleeful about it. Both scumbags are facing possible indictment. Except as they say: there is no honor among thieves and scumbags

      • 82 0388jojothecat
        August 5, 2017 at 9:02 pm

        Ron Dellums too a former House of Representatives from NoCal is a Russian lobbyist that is NOT registered! Get the DEMS too!

        • 83 arapaho415
          August 5, 2017 at 9:28 pm

          GE jojo.

          Interesting about Ron Dellums.

          I may have mentioned this here before, but in the 1980s I remember hearing a soundbite on the radio of Dellums denying an accusation (don’t remember what he was denying) by saying “Who are these alligators?”

          Stuck with me because I pretty much died laughing — didn’t know anything about him then or now, but will never forget his looking for “alligators,” LOL.

        • 84 globalcitizenlinda
          August 5, 2017 at 9:48 pm

          Oh, they will get the majority of the scumbags – no matter their affiliation or status in life. I have listened to people with intelligence connections who say that russia deeply penetrated the US political, financial, defense, intelligence & legal system. It appears to be a system of international corruption, money-laundering, and power. So many people may be caught up in the dragnet

    • 85 pkayden
      August 6, 2017 at 9:29 am

      Wonder why Roger Stone is reporting this. He’s just as much of a sleazeball bigot as the rest of Trump’s sycophants. If Dana is being investigated, that just goes to show how sleazy this administration is — everyone connected to it has issues.

  25. 86 JER
    August 5, 2017 at 7:46 pm

  26. 90 jacquelineoboomer
    August 5, 2017 at 7:49 pm

  27. 91 Nena20409
    August 5, 2017 at 7:56 pm

  28. 92 Nena20409
    August 5, 2017 at 7:58 pm

  29. 98 Nena20409
    August 5, 2017 at 8:04 pm

  30. August 5, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    About Why “The Talk” is Necessary and Affirming Black Girlhood
    Awesomely Luvvie — August 4, 2017

    In a world where simply being born with Black and brown skin puts you behind in the starting race of life, it’s important that we equip our children with what they need to handle it. We’ve had a Black president, yet we still have to deal with people calling us derogatory words, or telling us we are ugly simply for having melanin. We still need to work twice as hard to get half as far. And we need to be cognizant of how we walk through the world because it’s a life and death situation. Our survival depends on it.

    These are things that we don’t have the privilege to ignore or act like they aren’t facts. This is why when Proctor & Gamble’s My Black is Beautiful The Talk video dropped, I was in my feelings. My eyes were sweating before I could even realize it, because there is this visceral recognition of how unfair it is for Black children, and the parents who have to make them grow up faster than they wish.


  31. 100 desertflower
    August 5, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    I think many of us have the same fantasy. I know I do.

  32. August 5, 2017 at 8:54 pm

  33. 104 Dudette
    August 5, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Did you know that Central Bark has opened in Moneygall’s Barack Obama Plaza? 😄

  34. 108 Dudette
    August 5, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Even Cousin Henry (Henry the VIII) Healy’s been following the Russia story all the way from Ireland. Found this on his TL too.

  35. 109 Dudette
    August 5, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Also on Cousin Henry’s TL. Good times then. Hard to believe that trip was 6 yrs ago.

    • 110 mtmarilyn
      August 5, 2017 at 11:38 pm

      Watching this again is so emotional. What a day, what a day. And to share it here with the TaoD family was so memorable. We had such great times with our President.

  36. August 5, 2017 at 9:41 pm

  37. August 5, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Uh huh

  38. 113 whenpamelawandered
    August 5, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Kitty and I have been watching people gather over on the main arterial for about and hour, now the parade is starting, we can hear the marching band. Annual Seafair festival this weekend, it a big deal for the boating world in Seattle! Which is just about everyone!

  39. 114 Dudette
    August 5, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    • 115 Dudette
      August 5, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    • 116 amk for presidential hot indian stuff preference
      August 5, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      friggin’ kenyan indian.

    • 119 arapaho415
      August 5, 2017 at 11:21 pm

      Hello again, Dudette.

      I’m glad that Al Giordano spoke out.

      It really rubbed me the wrong way that they highlighted “high-end,” as if PBO and #ForeverFLOTUS had to dig into their piggy bank to enjoy a birthday dinner for this nation’s last legitimate President.

      Even if they dined on $250 plates, it’s no one’s concern how much the dinner cost — it’s their dime and their time.

      Infuriates me no end that MSM seem to expect Barack and Michelle to be driving around in a 1970 Rambler (or whatever) — as if they’re purposely trying to erase their accomplishments and their profound history. Grrr.

  40. 121 Dudette
    August 5, 2017 at 10:17 pm

  41. 122 Dudette
    August 5, 2017 at 10:24 pm

  42. 123 Dudette
    August 5, 2017 at 10:30 pm


  43. 124 amk for obama
    August 5, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    what a horrible grammar. I am outta here.

    • 125 Dudette
      August 5, 2017 at 10:46 pm

      Poor grammar aside, my first thought was “no way her roommate would be just random.” That kid would be vetted up to
      her hair follicles. Someone agrees with me.

      • 126 amk for obama
        August 5, 2017 at 10:48 pm

        If we gonna pick, pick, pick on tweets, our collective lifes has no meaning.

          • 128 amk for obama
            August 5, 2017 at 11:10 pm

            Leonard: Two ten and you throw in the Iron Man helmet.

            Stuart: Are you crazy? That helmet’s signed by Robert Downey Jr.

            Leonard: So?

            Stuart: Okay, if you’re going to question the importance of an actor’s signature on a plastic helmet from a movie based on a comic book, then all of our lives have no meaning!

  44. August 5, 2017 at 10:38 pm

  45. 131 globalcitizenlinda
    August 5, 2017 at 10:46 pm

  46. August 5, 2017 at 10:59 pm

  47. 133 globalcitizenlinda
    August 5, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    some people may take generations to change;

    …… I know that this Ms. Nina Simone song was on about an even more tragic & cruel events in the US’ history that resulted in immeasurable suffering for so many;

    ……… but my first thought when I read this report was her song => “Mississippi Goddam” …. ;


  48. 135 jacquelineoboomer
    August 5, 2017 at 11:29 pm

  49. 136 jacquelineoboomer
    August 5, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    Goodnight, TOD.

  50. 137 CEB
    August 6, 2017 at 12:38 am

    The Canadians do not want Melania to be at the Invictus Games (she’s leading the US delegation) for a variety of reasons according to some of the articles in Toronto newspapers, but they are also afraid that 45 will get revenge in some way if they slight her in some way. He could screw up trade agreements etc., so some are hoping that she realizes how many feel and just stay away.

  51. 138 globalcitizenlinda
    August 6, 2017 at 12:48 am

  52. 139 CEB
    August 6, 2017 at 12:50 am

    When a genealogist traced Michelle’s family tree through her father’s side of the family to its slave past, descendants of the slave-holding white Shields were all longing to meet her, to have a connection. Michelle refused to have anything to do with that mess, not even commenting when the articles and interviews appeared. She owed these people nothing and ignored them. If she had shown up on ybrse folks’ door step when she was only Michelle Robinson, you can bet they would not have been welcoming. Michelle is not here for anyone’s phony act.

  53. August 6, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Thank you for this, NerdyWonka. Thank you for the Birthday celebration postings, and for all your tweets, and for all your work and creativity and smarts and powerhouse moves right here on TOD. It matters so much. You are the best. May this all come back to you. Love to TOD peeps everywhere everyday.

  54. 142 globalcitizenlinda
    August 6, 2017 at 7:03 am

    good morning everyone!

    have a great day

  55. 146 Don
    August 6, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Good morning TOD, I love Sunday mornings, all is fresh and rejuvenated.

  56. 147 globalcitizenlinda
    August 6, 2017 at 9:20 am

    if it is Sunday morning, it means that it that time of the week when the beltway personalities take their positions around the table, look straight into the camera and most shamelessly tell blatant lies …. the race is on to see who will tell the most absurd lies

  57. 148 Dudette
    August 6, 2017 at 10:04 am


  58. August 6, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    If you didn’t see this article, I highly recommend it. It’s a wonderful collection.

  59. 150 Dudette
    August 6, 2017 at 10:17 am

  60. 151 Dudette
    August 6, 2017 at 10:18 am

  61. 153 globalcitizenlinda
    August 6, 2017 at 10:20 am

    I get tired of these groups of democrats who always use republican talking points to undermine people in the democratic party;


    most times, the republicans set out to deliberately destroy the very effective fearless Dems and promote the weak ones who they can then beat at the ballot;


    but somehow, there is always a certain group of Democrats who are so terrified of republicans, or who will repeatedly fall for this devious republican plan all, and publicly back-stab or undermine fellow Democrats;


    heck, we see that these Democrats even adopt their language;


    there is no doubt that republicans are terrified of the effectiveness or Speaker-for-life Pelosi in the same way they were terrified of the effectiveness of PBO;


    so what do some cowardly Democrats do, they act exactly as the republicans expect and then trash-talk or distance themselves from the effective leaders, turn into republican-lite and of course demoralize their democratic base;


    I just listened to krystall ball, a person who could not even win her own congressional race, once again state how it is best for Democrats not to associate themselves with Speaker-for-life Pelosi. this ticked me off;


    here is my advice to all Democrats: run your race by focusing on what yo want to do for the people and NOT on bashing other Democrats who are not the people causing havoc in the nation;

    end of rant, …… now breathe, Linda.


  62. 155 Dudette
    August 6, 2017 at 10:29 am

  63. 156 Dudette
    August 6, 2017 at 10:29 am

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