155 Responses to “Meeting The Obamas”

  1. 1 dee
    October 9, 2017 at 10:20 am

    good morning to all!

  2. 2 desertflower
    October 9, 2017 at 10:23 am

    AH! That was a treat:)

  3. 3 desertflower
    October 9, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Ok then

    • 4 arapaho415
      October 9, 2017 at 10:41 am

      GM DF.

      I heard on the radio that she was giving major hints yesterday that she would be running for re-election.

      This bothers me no end. She’s 84 years old now and doesn’t have the dignity to pass the torch to a(nother) 21st century California Senator.

      She’s far too old to do this (IMHO), and it seems spiteful that she won’t graceful allow Kamala Harris to be the senior Senator from California in 2019.

      She and McCain are like two peas in a pod in the way they think, IMHO.

      Not looking forward to next year, which will bring Bernie(Russia)-bots out in droves… as if things weren’t bad enough already. 😦

      • 5 desertflower
        October 9, 2017 at 11:13 am

        Agreed. Totally

      • October 9, 2017 at 11:43 am

        So true about the Bernie Bots. The emos will be out in force. UGH UGH UGH.

        I’ve certainly had my issues with DiFi but I still have memories of when she took over when our mayor and Harvey Milk were assassinated. She’s a beast on guns, one of my highest priorities, but I agree, time for her to pass the torch – that recent crap about Trump was disgusting – as long as we can get a real Democrat to run.

      • October 9, 2017 at 2:24 pm

        this is the same rational given to why Pelosi should step down…and i wonder why it is only the women who are targeted as too old to run…

        • 8 arapaho415
          October 9, 2017 at 2:53 pm

          GA Sheila.

          It’s clear that Dianne Feinstein is no Nancy Pelosi. She’s beholden to the defense industry, and is too often critical of her fellow Dems.

          Gender has nothing to do with my resentment of Feinstein for not stepping aside and allowing a true rising star, Kamala Harris, to get the recognition she (Kamala) deserves.

          Unlike Pelosi, I’m not impressed with Feinstein — in fact I’m often gobsmacked at what comes out of her mouth.

          But my biggest fear is the chaos that will result in (already wacky) California next year — people here represent a true spectrum of views in the US, with more than our share of loud, obnoxious, entitled crazies, and the Dem primary will bring out the worst, I’m afraid.

          Not my intent to inadvertently compare Feinstein with #SpeakerForLife Pelosi, the most capable manager of a House caucus that I can recall.

          The California elections are going to confusing for voters between 2018-2020 (and beyond?). Driven by a new law enacted late last year, “counties in Southern California and across the state are in various stages of responding to the Voter’s Choice Act and the new way of voting as they prepare for the 2018 and 2020 elections.”

          • October 9, 2017 at 3:40 pm

            i understand that you were not comparing Feinstein with Pelosi..it was not my intent to imply that …i just got into an “animated” discussion with a fellow dem who wanted the so called old guard to step aside….hence my comments….given the chaos that you fear in the Cali Primaries…would it not be beneficial for the so called old guard to remain in place at this time….one of my fears is that DEMs have not learned their lesson about coming out to vote in the primary….i do expect an assault on our elections again…but i do believe that this time we will have our eyes open…i worry about more voter suppression…but i do believe that we once again we are working on this as well…I am focused on my community to register and bring out more voters….Forward

            • 10 arapaho415
              October 9, 2017 at 5:31 pm

              Excellent point, as always, Sheila.

              Have to say I am more anxious than usual today (which is saying a lot, we’re all suffering from PTTS (post traumatic trump syndrome) — always on edge.

              Got virtually no sleep last night, the Santa Anas (devil winds) are blowing more fiercely now than they have for a long time, and virtually the entire state of California is on fire. (An exaggeration, but the potential is there when the humidity is less than 10% [weather.com says it’s 8% where I am] and the hot, dry winds are blowing at 30 mph, with gusts that far exceed that.)

              I don’t know how Meta is keeping it together… here’s what’s happening where the sister of an in-law was evacuated at 3am this morning. 😦

  4. 12 desertflower
    October 9, 2017 at 10:30 am

  5. 13 desertflower
    October 9, 2017 at 10:32 am

    • 14 desertflower
      October 9, 2017 at 10:36 am

      Good limericks here:) For all occasions and people!

    • 15 arapaho415
      October 9, 2017 at 10:53 am

      As bad as FUBAR is (and if you saw my posts here last night, I’m terrified at the thought of the war(s) FUBAR wants to launch), president Pence would truly irreparably doom this country.

      He’s in bed with Putin (who like him better than FUBAR, I think), was installed as VP by Manafort and has some of the deepest ties to Koch Brothers in the GOP. His regime would truly be “one nation under Koch” for USA — and the fat cats will get wealthier and healthier at the expense of everyone else.

      This article talks about the GOP dream team of Pence-Greitens (young Missouri Governor, born in 1974) and Pence’s ties to Russia:

      “Pence’s pick as VP was engineered by Paul Manafort. The two had daily phone calls during transition.

      Donald Trump initially wanted New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to serve as his Vice President but Campaign Manager Paul Manafort had a different idea. On July 12 last year, Manafort concocted a tall tale about mechanical problems with Trump’s plane to force the then presumptive nominee to overnight in Indianapolis and meet Indiana Governor Mike Pence for breakfast the next morning.

      ‘What had previously been reported as a “lucky break” by the New York Times was actually a swift political maneuver devised by the now fired campaign manager. Set on changing Trump’s mind,’ CBS News reported.”

  6. October 9, 2017 at 10:36 am

    They’ve always been there but are now further coalesced by Trump.

  7. October 9, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Just to continue the laughs, here’s another hilarious take from Chris Rock!

    • October 9, 2017 at 11:31 am

      Oh, how I wish Chris Rock had performed at one of the WHCDs while PBO was still in office! I suspect that I would be just as eloquent when speaking to any of PBO’s family under the same circumstances. 🙂 Well, I could probably manage small talk with Bo & Sunny. 🙂

  8. 19 desertflower
    October 9, 2017 at 10:38 am

  9. 20 desertflower
    October 9, 2017 at 10:39 am

  10. 22 amk for obama
    October 9, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Just got the great news.

    DU has passed her furst ever international level medical exam (MRCP, UK) with multidisciplinary (15 subjects fergodsake) questions.

    In her favorite subject of nephrology, she scored a perfect 100%. 🙂

  11. 38 arapaho415
    October 9, 2017 at 10:56 am

    GM TODville.

    In keeping with this thread’s theme, more humor:

    • 39 CEB
      October 9, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Decades of greed, white privilege on steroids, racism and misogyny have brought us to this shameful moment. Those who made this possible should bear the shame to their graves and beyond. The few who repent must show their remorse by doing everything they can for the rest of their lives to correct the wrongs that have perpetrated upon so many.

    • 40 whenpamelawandered
      October 9, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      *check littleguy hasn’t soiled himself again

  12. October 9, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Very bad wildfires up north. Smell of fire here in SF is so strong, it scared me when I first woke up.

    • 42 arapaho415
      October 9, 2017 at 11:18 am

      GM Meta.

      As if this country hasn’t been through enough natural disasters in the past 6 weeks — today heralds the return of Santa Ana winds to SoCal — 20mph hour winds now, gusts are more than that, and our humidity is in the teens. IOW, perfect conditions for hugely devastating fires (which also prompt arsonists to set fires — I’m hoping that CHP or fire departments have stationed personnel south of US highway 101 in the Malibu hills — I’ve mentioned before that it only takes a few hours for wildfires to make it to the Pacific Ocean [about 10 miles away] under these conditions).

      CBS radio news just called the Napa fire a “once in a lifetime fire.”

      So, so scary, and when the Santa Anas blow, the fires burn everything in their path, very quickly. 😦
      Here’s what NWS reported at midnight:

      Radio also mentioned that a PGA tournament is scheduled for this week at the Silverado Country Club 😦 :

      Hopefully the winds will calm down soon.

      • October 9, 2017 at 11:37 am

        My sister-in-law’s sister lives on the Silverado Trail and they were evacuated this morning at 3am.

        I got an SF emergency text alert early this AM to close windows and get pets inside. There were ashes on my window sill. The smell and smoke here is very, very heavy. This is terrifying.

        • 44 arapaho415
          October 9, 2017 at 2:58 pm

          Wow, simply awful for everyone between Santa Rosa and the ocean — I know what it’s like to have ashes falling from the sky and to have most of the sky obliterated by smoke.

          Haven’t seen much yet, but what I’ve heard on the radio, this is the most devastating fire that we’ve had in years. 😦

          Praying for everyone’s safety.

      • October 9, 2017 at 2:42 pm

        • 46 FoxfireTX
          October 9, 2017 at 2:50 pm

          Meta and Arapaho, this is horrifying! Nothing scares me more than fire. Hope the winds die down soon and they get these fires under control. Of course, don’t expect any help from the WH on this or any other natural disaster.

  13. October 9, 2017 at 11:05 am

    DiFi is running again. It will be interesting to see who challenges her.

  14. 55 ydavis00
    October 9, 2017 at 11:31 am


  15. 56 ydavis00
    October 9, 2017 at 11:32 am

  16. 58 desertflower
    October 9, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Do not know how to link, but check Puesto Loco Twitter. Wow. Let it be true

    • 59 Don
      October 9, 2017 at 11:41 am

      Please let it be true, please please please, and on a personal note I hope the pee take is true. I just want to see the evangelicals that back Trump try and work around some guy getting pissed on.

      • 60 FoxfireTX
        October 9, 2017 at 2:52 pm

        Sorry to disappoint you Don, but can’t imagine they will care one wit. They got their guy and are sticking with him. The only thing I care about at this point are actual crimes that may subject him to impeachment.

    • October 9, 2017 at 11:49 am

      Sorry to be a bummer, but I put Puesto Loco in the same category as Louise Mensch. Constant wild speculation from “sources” that never pans out.

      • October 9, 2017 at 11:53 am

        For example, here’s one thing I find very hard to believe:

        • 63 sherijr
          October 9, 2017 at 2:05 pm

          hmm I have him blocked… don’t know why. Either he was attached to someone else’s tweet that I blocked (if that’s possible) or he tweeted something dishonest about Pres Obama. Those are the only reasons I block- or rightwingers when they attack me.

  17. October 9, 2017 at 11:38 am

    As Pruitt does more of his dirty work….

  18. 65 amk for obama
    October 9, 2017 at 11:53 am


  19. 69 amk for obama
    October 9, 2017 at 11:54 am

    • 70 Don
      October 9, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      In high school I was in the marching band, my mom wouldn’t let me play football. I tried out for the team and quickly learned that football wasn’t my thing. Anyway we had a girl that tried out for drum major, some of the guys were like no-way. I really didn’t care who was the drum major. Now that I look back on it, it took a lot of courage for her to actually try out, she in fact was a trailblazer.

  20. 71 amk for obama
    October 9, 2017 at 11:58 am

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  22. 74 JER
    October 9, 2017 at 12:21 pm

  23. 75 Don
    October 9, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Basically Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys is telling his players that as black men they are not allowed to protest police brutality. And that they will be benched if they protest by kneeling. My wife and I provide for our family by working, so I will never tell a person what to do when it comes to providing for their family. But I’ll be damned if I let someone as a condition of employment tell me how I should go about protesting an injustice that is taking place in my community that effects people that look like me. In the history of America, she has never found a protest by black men and black women to be acceptable, no matter how benign that protest might be. Our very existence annoys the hell out of you, if that is the case well then you never should have kidnapped use from Africa and bought us here. But since we are here we are never going to bend our backs just so you can feel good about yourselves.

    • 76 Don
      October 9, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      As an African American this issue goes beyond healthcare, voting, or any other thing that effects Americans. This is about the right to protest an injustice that happens to black people. What is it to have the right to vote if you can use your power to legally brutalize me and the people that have the same color skin as I do? You can give me all the healthcare in the world, but it means nothing if my basic rights offend you.

    • 77 Don
      October 9, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      Here’s a little secret America, Obamacare is very important to us, but it means nothing to us if we can’t send our children outside to play and not having to worry about them coming back home alive. Obamacare means nothing to my wife if I can’t survive being pulled over by the police. Don’t think for one second that black people will give up their lives to save Obamacare, black people will give up their lives to save their children. You can get rid of Obamacare if you want to, black people live survive the ending of Obamacare, we’ve survived much worst.

      • October 9, 2017 at 2:23 pm

        Hey Don, not had time to process but want to respond fast quick. Can see why you’d put immediate survival over long term future survival.
        The Daddy Knows Best con doesn’t give the Dicktraitor the right to suddenly make kneeling for the anthem a Law. Bringing politics into sports has been a long game + plugging the Anthem for a lot of reasons. But No it is not law. Though there might be pretense about it.
        The prowess of African Americans in sports make it all possible for the money-makers and entertainers. And our incredible players have Huge, Huge power. So let’s see it in right NOW in action with a big FU to the boys on the right.

    • October 9, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      I’d SO love for the whole team to kneel in solidarity just as a big F/U to Jones. Seriously, make him put his money where his mouth is.

    • 85 Nena20409
      October 9, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      Miami Dolphins & Dallas Cowboys have over 50% of their Players…..are Black Men. NFL is Union based. Where is the Union on this? And these Players & including the NC Panthers must Unify & Kneel or whatever in Unison. United, They Stand. Divided, these Dastard Bigoted owners win.

    • 87 GGAIL
      October 9, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      PREACH Don PREACH brother!

  24. 88 ydavis00
    October 9, 2017 at 1:24 pm

  25. 89 ydavis00
    October 9, 2017 at 1:24 pm

  26. 90 Nena20409
    October 9, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Hello TODbots on a Chilly Cloudy Monday Afternoon.
    Thanks, NW.
    Congrats, Dee on your Au ⭐ Win Furst 😉
    ❤ TODbots.

  27. 91 sherijr
    October 9, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Don’t we have someone here who lives in Santa Rosa? My mom called and she & my sister may get evacuated from SR due to a major fire. Have we heard from our Santa Rosa resident today?

  28. 92 Nena20409
    October 9, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Calgon Take these Dotards away!

  29. 96 Nena20409
    October 9, 2017 at 2:28 pm

  30. October 9, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    I just CANNOT

    • 98 0388jojothecat
      October 9, 2017 at 5:15 pm

      She’s remarried! How the hell are you First Lady when the person you divorced has been married multiple times? There is no such thing as First-Divorced-Wife-OTUS

  31. 99 Allison
    October 9, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Trash all of them..

  32. 103 Nena20409
    October 9, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    • 104 Don
      October 9, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      For some odd reason none of these Facebook ads or Twitter ads worked to trick black women into voting for Trump, because over 90% of black women voted for Hillary. Furthermore, the only group of people to faithfully and consistently vote Democratic is black women.

      • October 9, 2017 at 3:29 pm

        Just incidentally, I seem to recall reading a statistic (possibly here at TOD) in the past year that mentioned that in the US, one of the fastest growing demographic groups is that of college-educated African American women.

        Having said that, as I’ve ranted before, I’m a young at heart 50 year old white woman, high school educated, miles and miles from middle class, lost my job of over 24 years due to corporate greed, and I’m exposed to the exact same toxic, lying media and torrent of bull$hit from US cable television (even though I live in Canada) as well as twitter and facebook bots, and I would never vote for the likes of Trump, or vote third party either. And even my 80+ year old father and stepmom, who have pretty much the same background, though even less education than I, would also never even consider Trump.

        • 106 globalcitizenlinda
          October 9, 2017 at 5:29 pm

          There is a lot of very decent people whose generous hearts would never allow themselves to be manipulated by forces lying to them that diversity is the problem & “the others” caused the current national problem. Thanks a lot to you and your family for being part of that generous & very decent people

          • October 9, 2017 at 8:26 pm

            Thanks Linda, it just exasperates me how the media bleats on about all the disenfranchised voters being so susceptible to these Russian propaganda campaigns. People would truly have to be dumb as dirt to believe the stories and narratives that were being pushed.

            And if people truly are that stupid (and racist) it disturbs me to think that there are so many of them out there, and that a lot of them are probably heavily armed as well. Sigh. Hurry up, Mueller.

      • 108 nathkatun7
        October 9, 2017 at 9:01 pm

        Exactly, Don. If you were raised by wise Black women, like I was, you would know that they seem have extraordinarily powers of recognizing and filtering out foolishness.

  33. 109 Nena20409
    October 9, 2017 at 2:52 pm

  34. 110 Nena20409
    October 9, 2017 at 3:17 pm

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  36. October 9, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    EXCELLENT questions:

  37. 113 Nena20409
    October 9, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    • 114 Don
      October 9, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      Yep, Corker spent a lifetime of playing footsies under the table with racist and malcontents and reprobates. And now Trump is being mean to him, he created the environment that made Trump President. So dry your eyes Corker and don’t let’em get you down.

  38. 115 Nena20409
    October 9, 2017 at 3:33 pm

  39. 116 Nena20409
    October 9, 2017 at 3:40 pm

  40. 117 Nena20409
    October 9, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    She called for the boycott of The Dallas Cowboys? That is the Crime?

  41. 123 Nena20409
    October 9, 2017 at 3:46 pm

  42. 124 ydavis00
    October 9, 2017 at 3:53 pm

  43. October 9, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    I’m seeing Trumpaloons tweeting about leaving CA to burn. Oh, really?

  44. October 9, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Jemele Hill was suspended

    • 127 Nena20409
      October 9, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    • October 9, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    • 129 nathkatun7
      October 9, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      Sheila, we need to find a way to rally in support of Jemele Hill. For me, I will try to find out who are the advertisers when the Cowboys are playing and boycott them. I am not, and never have been, a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, but I wish all the fans of the Dallas Cowboys, who believe in JUSTICE and FREE SPEECH, and especially African American fans, would boycott the Cowboys. We must not allow Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Jerry Jones, to treat Black football players as plantation slaves who must do whatever Massa says they must do.

  45. 130 Nena20409
    October 9, 2017 at 4:21 pm

  46. 132 Nena20409
    October 9, 2017 at 4:25 pm

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  48. 136 Nena20409
    October 9, 2017 at 4:44 pm

  49. 137 Nena20409
    October 9, 2017 at 4:51 pm

  50. 138 Nena20409
    October 9, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    • 139 Nena20409
      October 9, 2017 at 5:24 pm

  51. October 9, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    THIS x1000000000000

  52. October 9, 2017 at 5:09 pm

  53. October 9, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    I mean, this is just horrendously egregious.

  54. October 9, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Be careful out there:

  55. 145 Nena20409
    October 9, 2017 at 5:30 pm

  56. 146 Nena20409
    October 9, 2017 at 5:34 pm

  57. October 9, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    these folks

    • October 9, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      • 149 0388jojothecat
        October 9, 2017 at 6:11 pm

        Kuttner needs to STFU and mind his own damn business. PBO did his 8yrs and tried to tell people over and over and over again NOT to vote for the Toddler and anyone who voted for PBO but chose to “try someone different”, didn’t vote, or couldn’t make up their minds and left it blank, got this mess. DON’T GO, LETS BLAME OBAMA BECAUSE HE COULD GIVE A “F”.

      • October 9, 2017 at 6:42 pm

        Aiyeeee……The brilliant Barack Obama worked 24/7 for you when he was President. You know he’ll do what he can, when he can, how he can. Though Mr. Kuttner, you might never not nohow get to know about it.

    • October 9, 2017 at 7:53 pm

      Kuttner would have to have been asleep, or simply not paying attention (like too many others) or he’d know that PBO *is* continuing to act presidentially, and is doing everything he can everywhere he goes to try and maintain decent relations or restore already damaged relations with (former?) allies, even though none of that is his responsibility anymore. Never mind the countless foundation projects and other initiatives that he’s been working on all along. PBO doesn’t need to be told how to best use his own time. Ugh.

    • 153 Sandy1110
      October 9, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      This guy deserves all the flaming he’s getting on Twitter.

      Is he kidding? PBO never stopped warning people to NOT let the GOP ‘have the keys back’.

      If the country is collectively too racist, ignorant, and apathetic not to heed that, that is not his problem.

  58. October 9, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Propane Jane..is not taking prisoners…Oooooooooooo

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