Generosity and Kindness


Brendan Cox: ‘I told Obama That Jo Had Admired Him Greatly’

“Come and see me,” Obama said. “Bring the kids and come out to DC …” “OK,” I said, as if one of my mates from the band had just invited the kids and me over to an impromptu gig at Simon or Rob’s house. “We’ll do that.” “Who was on the phone,” my dad asked. “Barack Obama,” I said. “He’s asked me and the kids to go see him in the White House.” My parents and my sister looked at me as if I’d gone mad. And then, for the first time since Jo died, we laughed. Barack Obama was warmer and even more approachable than I had hoped.

He set us at ease – so much so that Cuillin asked if it was true that British people had burned down the White House. Obama grinned. “Yes, you did burn it down,” he said cheerfully, “but it’s much nicer now. Do you like it?” “Yeah,” both kids replied in unison. We now have a lovely photograph of Lejla reaching up with her left arm to embrace President Obama while her right foot arches behind her. Barack Obama holds her drawing of the blue sea, full of colourful fish, in his left hand. His right arm encircles her. Cuillin, Jessie and I are beaming in the background. It was Cuillin’s turn next and he fell happily into an Obama hug. My gaze drifted from that happy scene to the prized picture we would be keeping. I couldn’t stop smiling, making a mental note to present this very drawing in a frame to Cuillin on his 18th birthday.

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135 Responses to “Generosity and Kindness”

  1. 1 ydavis00
    September 28, 2017 at 9:36 am

  2. 6 ydavis00
    September 28, 2017 at 9:37 am

  3. 9 ydavis00
    September 28, 2017 at 9:39 am

    • 10 pkayden
      September 28, 2017 at 6:32 pm

      Thank you!! That’s exactly what everyone should be saying. Why does the Draft-Dodger-in-Chief get to scold anyone about patriotism and the military. Glad so many people are calling him out on this b.s.

  4. 11 ydavis00
    September 28, 2017 at 9:39 am

  5. 13 ydavis00
    September 28, 2017 at 9:42 am

  6. September 28, 2017 at 9:55 am

    what a great story. I had never heard this one about 44.

  7. 19 Nerdy Wonka
    September 28, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Her tweet praising the real POTUS’s

    Yes. Call him out!

    • 24 0388jojothecat
      September 28, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      Uh, I am perplexed that this mother would “disown” her own child for thinking on her own making up her own mind on all issues. Sometimes parents refuse to allow their kids to grow up. On the other hand this young lady DID NOT VOTE. Her reasoning is lame…”didn’t know enough to make an educated decision” and “tried to register but was too late”. I am glad she woke up to the real world and unfortunately it starts with her own family. I hope she is able to stand on her own two feet and complete college without her mother’s financial help. One day, she will be successful and her mother will be elderly in need of care. She will remember what her mother did and might not be very charitable.

    • 25 pkayden
      September 28, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      She obviously shouldn’t have slept with a Black man and had a baby if this is how she’s going to behave. Disgusting.

  8. 26 amk for obama
    September 28, 2017 at 10:34 am

    stenographic assholes

  9. September 28, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Paul Ryan sees Trump ‘giving us the leadership we need’
    09/28/17 10:02 AM
    By Steve Benen


    RYAN: I think the president is giving us the leadership we need to get the country back on the right track. […]

    HANNITY: Any big disagreement you have with him?

    RYAN: No.


    Asked about Trump’s many conflicts of interest, Ryan said he doesn’t care. Asked about Russia’s role in helping get Trump elected, the Speaker passed the buck. Asked about the Muslim ban he used to oppose, Ryan defended the president’s policy. Asked about Trump firing the FBI director to help derail an ongoing federal counter-espionage investigation, wasn’t especially concerned.

    Just how badly does the Speaker of the House want tax breaks for the wealthy? The answer gets clearer every day.

  10. 29 JER
    September 28, 2017 at 10:37 am

  11. September 28, 2017 at 10:50 am

    They are mad because he sees Black humanity. And understands that it has nothing to do with ‘ respecting the troops’. He understands the real meaning.

    ‘ Too affluent’ to speak out?
    They are telling him what they tell the athletes – you make too much money to have the ‘ right to complain’. – as if your bank account discounts your right to free speech and protect.
    Funny how this only seems to apply to NON-White people.

    Uh huh
    Uh huh

    People Are Claiming This Asian-American Doctor Who Took A Knee Is …. he is too privileged in this country to speak out about racial injustices.


  12. September 28, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Chefs live to feed.

  13. September 28, 2017 at 10:57 am

  14. September 28, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Thursday morning. Congrats ydavis00, 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, know that the TOD family is in my prayers each morning during my quiet time with the Lord. Just saying. ❤ ❤ ❤

    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 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  15. 40 amk for obama
    September 28, 2017 at 11:04 am

  16. September 28, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Nerdy, thanks for sharing that heartfelt wonderful story by Brendan Cox: ‘I told Obama That Jo Had Admired Him Greatly’.


  17. 43 desertflower
    September 28, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Google, ‘ Oxford White Paper’
    Talk about fake news! We we suckers

  18. September 28, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Expansionist Russia promotes division everywhere else
    Rachel Maddow reports on the latest revelations about how Russia used social media to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election and in actively encouraging secessionist movements around the world to promote division as it tries to grow itself.

  19. September 28, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Right-wing, anti-refugee fake news terrorizes American town
    Caitlin Dickerson, national immigration reporter for The New York Times, talks with Rachel Maddow about how right-wing media, aided by Russian accounts, whipped a local story into an anti-immigrant, anti-Islam fake news crisis that terrorized residents of an Idaho town

  20. September 28, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Inept storm response leaves Americans suffering in Puerto Rico
    Rachel Maddow reports on the life-threatening shortages in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and how supplies and human resources are ready to help but an apparent lack of leadership of the operation has left storm victims suffering.

  21. September 28, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Weak leadership leaves Puerto Rico aid at port, undistributed
    Gadi Schwartz, NBC News reporter, talks with Rachel Maddow about the desperate effort by Puerto Ricans to restore livability to the island, and the maddening administrative gridlock that is keeping ready help from the people who need it.

  22. September 28, 2017 at 11:45 am

    YESsss! “Monsanto lobbyists have been banned from entering the European parliament after the multinational refused to attend a parliamentary hearing into allegations of regulatory interference…The lobby ban will be a bitter blow to Monsanto’s advocacy campaign ahead of a decision later this year about the RELICENSING OF GLYPHOSATE WHICH HAS BEEN LINKED TO CANCER by one expert WHO panel…
    Martin Pigeon, a spokesman for the NGO Corporate Europe Observatory, said it was “extremely important that parliament has been prepared to meet Monsanto’s unbelievable arrogance with real retaliation and consequences.”” (Guardian)
    Gah! Monsanto destroying small farmers while poisoning their communities around the world, e.g. to create billions of perfect frozen French fries.

  23. 51 whenpamelawandered
    September 28, 2017 at 11:48 am

    ❤️ G’day y’all ❤️

  24. 52 Nena20409
    September 28, 2017 at 11:52 am

    GM, TODbots.
    Congrats, YDavis on your Au ⭐ Furst 😉
    Thank You, NW.
    {{{ ❤ Chips ❤ }}}

    Prince Harry is a Fun Cat.

  25. September 28, 2017 at 11:56 am


  26. 66 Nena20409
    September 28, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    I just love seeing some in the GOP, freak out

    • 67 0388jojothecat
      September 28, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      We’ll see if these rat-fuckers will vote for him anyway……or do what Alabummer did and put more swamp-monsters into office, then wonder why nothing gets done in congress.

    • 68 CEB
      September 28, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Democrats of all stripes must do as PBO advised: keep your head down, ignore the noise whether it is positive or negative and work everyday through election day. It is not over until it is officially over and no one should take anything for granted. Reports like this is one of the reasons that 46% of the electorate stayed home and some voted 3rd party.

  27. September 28, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    The dog whistle could be heard loud and clear on Day One. This is horrendously repulsive.

  28. September 28, 2017 at 12:38 pm


  29. 76 Nena20409
    September 28, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Good Thread.

    • 77 99ts
      September 28, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      You did help trump you distick – only reason trump is calling you out is because you admitted to some russian interference. 1st degree wimp is MZ

  30. September 28, 2017 at 12:49 pm

  31. 79 Nena20409
    September 28, 2017 at 1:06 pm

  32. 84 Nena20409
    September 28, 2017 at 1:28 pm

  33. 85 Nena20409
    September 28, 2017 at 1:42 pm

  34. 86 Nena20409
    September 28, 2017 at 1:47 pm

  35. 87 Nena20409
    September 28, 2017 at 1:50 pm

  36. 88 Nena20409
    September 28, 2017 at 1:54 pm

  37. 94 Nena20409
    September 28, 2017 at 1:56 pm

  38. September 28, 2017 at 2:11 pm


  39. 97 JER
    September 28, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Captain’s assistant Tiger Woods of the U.S. Team speaks to former U.S. President Barack Obama on the first tee during Thursday foursome matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

  40. September 28, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Greetings everyone…
    I have been thinking about all this hacking of social media……
    Trump won the white vote using racism…misogyny…hatred of Muslims

    racism…white supremacy…white privilege…are national security threats…a threat because white folks are susceptible to racist demagoguery…that is why POC overwhelming did not buy the the bots and ads on twitter or facebook and white foks did….

  41. September 28, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    although Russian hacking helped to deliver the presidency to Trump…we cannot forget that voter suppression played a significant role in handing the White House to trump as well

  42. 100 CEB
    September 28, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Megyn Kelly is stinking up NBC big time. Pissed of Debra Messing one day and Jane Fonda the next. Neither woman let her get away with he tasteless comments/questions and handled the situation. NBC paid a lot of money for this turkey when they could have given this show to in-house personnel who are more talented, palatable, and have the personality for the morning show format. Putting a new shade of lipstick on the proverbial pig does not change who Megyn is and what she has done and said during her tenure with Fox. This was another one with the “just give me a chance” when none was given to PBO or anyone else that she and Fox have spent all of their time going after. Time for NBC to pull the plug.

    • 101 Sandy1110
      September 28, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      I’m sure the NBC brass assumed that any blonde would draw ratings, but she can’t change her RW spots. It shows in the things she says to annoy her guests.

  43. 102 JER
    September 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm

  44. September 28, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    NBC should have kept Tamron Hall, she is alot better then Megyn Fox Kelly

  45. September 28, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Dearest TODville, if you know of any DACA recipients, please pass along the word. Also: Applications must be RECEIVED by the deadline.

  46. September 28, 2017 at 5:53 pm

  47. September 28, 2017 at 6:54 pm

  48. 114 jacquelineoboomer
    September 28, 2017 at 6:58 pm

  49. 115 JER
    September 28, 2017 at 7:04 pm

  50. 116 JER
    September 28, 2017 at 7:07 pm

  51. 117 jacquelineoboomer
    September 28, 2017 at 7:09 pm

  52. September 28, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Our sweet Joe.

  53. September 28, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Little kids have no chill 😄😄

    • 122 0388jojothecat
      September 28, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      Harry is a prankster…..no wonder his nephew loves him so. As MYFLOTUS said Prince George wanted to know why he was “acting” so serious when PBO and Michelle visited last year.

  54. September 28, 2017 at 7:26 pm

  55. September 28, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Yup ….

    Yup …..

  56. 127 amk
    September 28, 2017 at 7:41 pm

  57. September 28, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Just UGH UGH UGH

  58. September 28, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Please share:

  59. 130 arapaho415
    September 28, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    GE TODville.

    This vile Administration LIES about everything… yet MSM routinely accept the #disinformation and report as if it’s fact — the irony is that by reporting WH propaganda as news, they’re part of the #FakeNews problem. 😦

    And as Americans are struggling to survive in the Caribbean, our FEMA director does what this Administration does best — lash out:

  60. September 28, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    I’m kinda freaked out that Valerie Jarrett is in San Francisco and judging from her photo, just a few blocks from me!!!!

  61. September 28, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Not one lie told

  62. 135 jacquelineoboomer
    September 28, 2017 at 8:49 pm

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