164 Responses to “‘Why Did You Go, Barack?’”

  1. January 18, 2018 at 11:56 am

    • 2 0388jojothecat
      January 18, 2018 at 12:47 pm

      I truly wished OFA did this right after the historical win of PBO. There were so many people left with “nothing to do” after he won until the ACA when people got energized again then dropped off until his re-election.

    • 3 pkayden
      January 18, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      The Tea Bagger movement was manufactured by billionaires to push Republicans further right and thus stymy President Obama’s agenda. Indivisible and the Resistance movements are legitimate grassroots responses to Trump’s election. I’m glad that the anti-Trump movements are generating fresh candidates to run for our side. Hopefully, they will be part of the wave which flips Congress for Democrats.

  2. January 18, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Worth re-posting…

  3. January 18, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks for continuing coverage of all things Obama. This site is still a breath of fresh air.

  4. January 18, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Found this at BJ about why the investigation into the Russian/NRA money connection is important:

    J R in WV says:
    January 18, 2018 at 10:47 am

    You are so wrong right off the top. If a single nickel or Russian was spent on a single federal race by the NRA they’re guilty of a federal crime. If they donated to 7 or 8 races they should be prosecuted under RICO and confiscated out of existence, like so many violent KKK groups have been.

  5. 13 WhenPamelaWandered
    January 18, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    YES to all the above.. Let the Light shine brightly on all the rebalancing to come!

  6. January 18, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    What vetivera24 said! Thank you NerdyWonka. I’ve gotten distracted last few months and neglected to come here. Realizing in the new year that I must take charge of my state of mind and spirit and get the train of thought on the Good Tracks. Coming to TOD is the quintessential Good Tracks I can get on and stay on. Grateful beyond words. Making note to self to watch our beloved POTUS on Netflix Letterman show, seeing such good response to that interview. And spend time with my Pete Souza POTUS book and Michelle Obama WH photos book, daily. That plus TOD = Vitamins and medicine for heart and mind.

  7. 15 whenpamelawandered
    January 18, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    JER! ❤️🙏🏼📿. I read earlier about your leg injury, keep taking care of yourself. Blessings for total healing. 💐🕯

  8. January 18, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Hope TOD twitterers saw this lovely tweet late yesterday from @meta I loved all the FLOTUS birthday tweets and greetings, but could not find a photo that really spoke what was in my heart. But Meta found it and here it is. Meant the world to see it.

    https://twitter.com/metaquest/status/953634352549670913 This is

    • January 18, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      Thanks so much for your kindness, Nancie. FLOTUS means the world to me and that photo really captures her in all her elegance, grace, beauty. I miss her every day.

  9. January 18, 2018 at 12:26 pm


  10. January 18, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Trump, Who Loves TV, Is About to Become a TV Show: ‘Fire and Fury’ is Being Adapted as a Series

  11. January 18, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    This Thread

  12. 23 amk for obama
    January 18, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    I soon expect the white house to be covered in hood.

  13. 25 amk for obama
    January 18, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    that doc should just throw his shingle in the garbage can.

  14. 26 amk for obama
    January 18, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    the nutjob doen’t know a shite and worse, he doesn’t care.

  15. 27 amk for obama
    January 18, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    yup. ignore the turd while campaigning in not so blue areas. I believe that’s how that WI dem pulled off the coup this week.

  16. 28 amk for obama
    January 18, 2018 at 2:12 pm

  17. January 18, 2018 at 2:24 pm

  18. January 18, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    So the Republicans is in control of the White House, the Senate, the House, but it’s the Democrats fault if the Government shuts down. Only the idiots who voted for Putin, I mean Trump will fall for that.

    • 33 pkayden
      January 18, 2018 at 3:45 pm

      Yep. No sane folks will fall for such rubbish. My only question is what price will Republicans pay for shutting down a government of which they are in full control. They’ve gotten away with previous shutdowns and need to be punished for their lack of ability to govern.

  19. 34 Nena20409
    January 18, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    GA, TODbots 😉
    38F, now in MN. Wow! Sunny and Blue Sky 🙂
    Congrats, Meta on your Au ⭐ Furst, fitting!
    Thanks, NW. You Rock!
    {{{ ❤ Chips ❤ }}}

  20. 35 Nena20409
    January 18, 2018 at 3:14 pm

  21. 36 Nena20409
    January 18, 2018 at 3:15 pm

  22. 37 Nena20409
    January 18, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    • 38 sherijr
      January 18, 2018 at 6:10 pm

      That was heartbreaking and enraging… I don’t know how she kept it together. What a brave woman. What a pos congressman.

  23. January 18, 2018 at 4:08 pm


  24. 40 globalcitizenlinda
    January 18, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Did anyone here catch the portion of The View during which they interviewed the family of the gentleman (Mr. Garcia, if I correctly recall). He is the immigrant who has been in the US for 30 years and was recently deported to Mexico. It was a heartbreaking segment. Ms. Whoopi Goldberg couldn’t hold back her emotions. If anyone can pull it, then thanks in advance. ==>This hit me in the very core of my being as an immigrant and I have been weeping since I saw it. I know the challenges involved in getting your immigration status legalized. I know people who are going through the same terror as they wait for ICE to lmpck on their doors. I know people who have been deported. => I also think that this segment would be a good one to share, on social media & other ways, especially with people who are not in favor of comprehensive immigration. Thanks friends

  25. 46 Nena20409
    January 18, 2018 at 4:55 pm

  26. 48 Nena20409
    January 18, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    • 49 arapaho415
      January 19, 2018 at 8:51 am

      GM Nena.

  27. January 18, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    This is from last September. I’m nauseated by this Trump’s Gestapo.

  28. 51 Nena20409
    January 18, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    How come, this story made me Smile?
    Oh well, the Devious nature in Nena buried somewhere, just came out 🙄 😆 🙄 as hard as she could.

  29. 54 Nena20409
    January 18, 2018 at 6:03 pm

  30. 55 Nena20409
    January 18, 2018 at 6:37 pm

  31. 56 Nena20409
    January 18, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    The SCOTUS under John Roberts strikes again.
    Undemocratic. Unfair and truly this isn’t a Democracy. Folks need to fill the streets for days to stop this insanity.

    • 57 Nena20409
      January 18, 2018 at 7:16 pm

      • 58 Nena20409
        January 18, 2018 at 7:36 pm

        The Rehnquist Decision on Gore V Bush ended up costing Dems a POTUS, costing USA 4K lives and 38K injured due to the Iraq war. It also was costly monetarily, then 2 SCOTUS nominations; Roberts and Alito. They came up with Citizen United, Corporations are People. They came up with gutting the VRA and making ACA selective for States. When will Dems realize that in a 2 Party System, #GOP can’t continue to be the minority party with the control of everything, hence denying and depriving the Majority a win. In 2016, it was costly in the stealing of a SCOTUS Seat.

        • 59 Betsy
          January 18, 2018 at 9:34 pm

          I am so outraged by this and feel so helpless sometimes… I just am overwhelmed by the conspiracy of the rich to take away so much from the rest of Americans.

        • January 19, 2018 at 10:55 am

          there were millions of people who did not bother to vote….millions more who were lured into voting 3rd party in 2016….yes the GOP are treasonous….it is now time for the DEMS and their allies…to awaken and organize that vast majority in citizen action…that is the only thing that will save us…

  32. 61 Nena20409
    January 18, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    • 62 pkayden
      January 19, 2018 at 11:39 am

      A major loss for Trump’s fascist dystopia. Good to hear this news just as women are about to march against this regime again.

  33. 63 Nena20409
    January 18, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    I’m not liking the art work. However, it is what it is…..

  34. 64 Gazelle
    January 18, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    I co-sign, Ms. Octavia. It was a positive time. No matter the arses. Now we just have to deal w/ arses, day in day out, Twitter, etcetera. We’re getting close to an exhausted nation. Maybe that’s their game? Nah, idiots, we’re gonna drink Kenya coffee & outlast your darn asses! 😂😂

  35. January 18, 2018 at 8:02 pm

  36. January 18, 2018 at 8:07 pm

  37. January 18, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Seeing Bryan Cranston in that video with Octavia Spencer reminded me of the time he interviewed President Obama:

  38. 73 Jey
    January 18, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Evening all. I posted a comment earlier but I don’t see it now. My apologies if this ends up being a duplicate post.

    Jer … wishing you a speedy recovery.
    Don … congratulations on your son’s achievements. Enjoy every proud moment ☺

    I really enjoy reading about Meghan Markle / Harry. They look so good together and I really wish them a lifetime of happiness together. Its a nice change – love and romance — in the constant Trumpshit news cycle.
    Looking forward to watching the wedding which I believe will be televised.
    Guess I better clear my calendar for May 19th … lol

  39. 74 Jey
    January 18, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Lawrence O’Donnell now on TV … saying Mexico is causing the shutdown of the Unites States government.

    • 75 Jey
      January 18, 2018 at 10:07 pm

      Because Mexico is not paying for the wall. ROFL.
      He saying over and over that the President failed to get Mexico to pay.
      LOD is on fire.

  40. January 19, 2018 at 12:02 am

    Miss you, 44😥😥

  41. 84 Dudette
    January 19, 2018 at 12:51 am

  42. 85 Dudette
    January 19, 2018 at 12:51 am

  43. 87 Dudette
    January 19, 2018 at 12:53 am

  44. 89 Dudette
    January 19, 2018 at 12:55 am

  45. 90 Dudette
    January 19, 2018 at 12:56 am

  46. 92 Dudette
    January 19, 2018 at 12:57 am

  47. 94 Dudette
    January 19, 2018 at 12:57 am

  48. 95 amk for obama
    January 19, 2018 at 1:05 am

  49. 98 Dudette
    January 19, 2018 at 1:09 am

  50. 99 Dudette
    January 19, 2018 at 1:10 am

  51. 100 Dudette
    January 19, 2018 at 1:11 am

    Love you TOD! 😘❤️❤️❤️

  52. 107 amk for obama
    January 19, 2018 at 2:23 am

    open corruption. the traitors are raking in the moolah by the hour, thanks to nutjob voters.

  53. January 19, 2018 at 4:48 am

  54. 110 amk for obama
    January 19, 2018 at 7:00 am

    for all their fake wining about ‘wasteful gobinment spending’, the rwnj’s are the best at it.

    Boris Buses: As mayor of London, Mr Johnson launched a competition in 2008 to design a new bus for the city, three years after the iconic Routemaster was withdrawn from service. They hit the roads in 2012 but when hundreds of bus conductors were axed in 2016, the “hop-on, hop-off” element of the service had to be abandoned and they faced criticism over their cost, problems with their hybrid engines and non-opening windows. Transport for London announced in January they were not buying any more.

    Emirates Air Line: The £60m cable car over the Thames near the O2 Arena opened ahead of the London Olympics in 2012, again during Mr Johnson’s tenure as London mayor. He said it was an ideal way of linking north and south London but it faced criticism over its cost and limited passenger numbers.

    Boris Island: Long backed by Mr Johnson as an alternative way of expanding airport provision in south-east England, the £47bn plan for an island airport in the Thames Estuary was rejected as an option by the commission looking into the issue in 2014. He had argued it would provide far more jobs than expanding Heathrow or Gatwick and had the potential to “reshape the economic geography of London and the whole of the South East for decades to come”. Commission chairman Sir Howard Davies said it was not viable.

    Garden Bridge: A £200m plan to build a bridge covered with trees over the River Thames in central London was abandoned last year, having lost the support of Mr Johnson’s successor as mayor of London, Labour’s Sadiq Khan. It had been backed by Mr Johnson but by the time it was scrapped, it was estimated that £46m of public money had already been spent. Mr Johnson accused his successor of having “no vision for London and no ambition”.

    To think this 3rd rate pos pol was all for brexit.


  55. 111 desertflower
    January 19, 2018 at 8:59 am

    It’s FRIDAY! Scorned woman and all that:)

    • 112 pkayden
      January 19, 2018 at 11:57 am

      Please just go away. You worked for a racist for years and only left the White House because you were fired. Shut up and sit down somewhere. Your 15 minutes are up.

    • 113 Sandy1110
      January 19, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      If she can help Mueller, great.

      Otherwise, Bye Felicia – as Robin Roberts said. 🙂

  56. 114 arapaho415
    January 19, 2018 at 8:59 am

    In response to amk’s comment above re: the grotesque evil occupying the WH, will repost a thread I posted last year:

  57. 115 Dudette
    January 19, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Goooood Morning!

  58. 117 amk for obama
    January 19, 2018 at 9:24 am

    The US astronaut Jeanette Epps has been removed from her upcoming mission to the International Space Station (ISS) just months before launch.

    Dr Epps was to have been the first African-American astronaut assigned to the space station crew.

    She would have flown aboard a Russian Soyuz flight in June but is being replaced by another astronaut.

    Nasa has not given a reason for withdrawing her but says she will be considered for future missions.

    Jeanette Epps, born in Syracuse, completed a doctorate in aerospace engineering in 2000. After graduating, she worked in a laboratory for two years before being recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).


    Nasa offered no reason for the decision to remove her from the Expedition 56/57 mission. In a statement, they said she would “return to Nasa’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to assume duties in the Astronaut Office”.


    Yet another murkan institution suffered turd’s touch?

  59. January 19, 2018 at 9:25 am

    They Only Want White Immigrants
    by BooMan
    Thu Jan 18th, 2018 at 04:07:02 PM EST

    As Ron Brownstein points out, the real goal behind the immigration plan that Republican Sens. David Perdue of Georgia and Tom Cotton of Arkansas are floating is an overall sharp reduction in legal immigration. That this is couched in a preference for high-skilled labor shouldn’t mask that their bill would reduce the influx of high-skillet workers, too. Yet, as Brownstein also points out, the country needs a healthy level of immigration to help pay for our entitlement programs and to meet our overall employment needs. So, one of the primary problems with the Perdue-Cotton approach is that it would set immigration levels too low. As a result, even many moderate or centrist Republicans don’t see their approach as feasible or desirable.

    Of course, the problem driving this call for reduced immigration is that most immigrants these days are not white. If, as President Trump has suggested, we could convince more people from white countries like Norway to immigrate, then we wouldn’t see this resistance to reasonable immigration levels. Unfortunately for people like Trump, Perdue, and Cotton, there just aren’t that many Europeans who want to immigrate to the United States. And, that being the case, they’d rather cause a deficit in labor than permit the browning of America to continue apace.

    The president is willing to say this until he decides he wants to deny having said it. But the outrage his comments sparked shows just how unpopular these sentiments are to most Americans. That’s why the policy proposals are always disguised. They’re about preventing terrorism. They’re about reducing crime. They’re about combatting drug addiction. They’re about protecting the taxpayer. They’re about preferring high-skilled labor or “the best people” over a bunch of losers who just looking for a handout.

    What you’re never supposed to say is that it’s about making America white again. You’re not supposed to say “we want Norwegians, not brown people from shithole countries.”

    The thing is, even for the people who want Norwegians, they don’t have a plan for attracting enough of them. And this is typical from Republicans. There are host of areas where their policy is based on fantasy. Why don’t people just avoid getting pregnant if they don’t want a baby? Why don’t people just make enough money that they can afford to pay for their health insurance? Why don’t people just move if they can’t find a good job or their schools are no good?

  60. January 19, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Trump World’s payment to porn star comes into sharper focus
    01/19/18 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen


    The lawyer, Michael Cohen, established Essential Consultants LLC, on Oct. 17, 2016, just before the 2016 presidential election, corporate documents show. Mr. Cohen, who is based in New York, then used a bank account linked to the entity to send the payment to the client-trust account of a lawyer representing the woman, Stephanie Clifford, one of the people said.

    Mr. Cohen’s decision to establish the company in Delaware offered him privacy and simplicity, hallmarks of a state that has attracted more than one million business entities. Unlike some states, Delaware doesn’t require companies to publicly disclose the names of their managers.

  61. 123 desertflower
    January 19, 2018 at 9:40 am

    They take their cue from the top. Corrupt to their core

  62. 124 Dudette
    January 19, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Reason #13zillion why we resist

  63. 125 desertflower
    January 19, 2018 at 9:42 am

  64. January 19, 2018 at 9:47 am

    Fusion GPS transcript outlines potential Trump money laundering
    Rachel Maddow reads some of the highlights of the newly released transcript of the House Intelligence Committee testimony of Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS.

  65. 128 sjterrid
    January 19, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Good Morning, TOD! 🌄☕️

  66. January 19, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Russian money ties to NRA under FBI scrutiny
    Greg Gordon, investigative reporter for McClatchy DC, talks with Rachel Maddow about news that the FBI is looking into whether Russian money was funneled to the Trump campaign through the NRA.

  67. January 19, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Trump lawyer used shell company to pay porn star: WSJ
    Michael Rothfeld, reporter for The Wall Street Journal, talks with Rachel Maddow about new reporting that Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen used a private company to pay $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels.

  68. January 19, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Shutdown looming, Trump plans Mar-a-lago trip
    Rachel Maddow notes that while Senate Republicans struggle to avoid a government shutdown without guidance from the White House, Donald Trump plans to leave Friday afternoon for his Florida resort.

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  70. January 19, 2018 at 10:00 am

  71. January 19, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Turnover In Trump’s White House Is ‘Record-Setting,’ And It Isn’t Even Close
    January 19, 20185:00 AM ET

    If President Trump’s first year in office seemed chaotic from a staffing perspective, there’s a reason. Turnover among top-level staff in the Trump White House was off the charts, according to a new Brookings Institution report”

    Turnover in Trump’s first year was more than triple that in former President Barack Obama’s first year, and double the rate in President Ronald Reagan’s White House. A full 34 percent of high-level White House aides either resigned, were fired or moved into different positions in this first year of the Trump presidency.

  72. January 19, 2018 at 10:06 am

    cue the tiny violin

    The fine print of Trump’s deal has now turned into reality for Carrier’s Indianapolis employees. Roughly 340 workers lost their jobs in July. The last round of layoffs mean 250 workers will clock in for their final shifts today despite Trump’s pledges.

    Duane Oreskovic is one of them. “Tomorrow will be the last time I clock in, at 5:00 p.m.,” he told In These Times. “We’ll get off at 3:30 in the morning, and that’s the last time we’ll clock out.”
    When asked how he feels about completing his last day, he responded, “Emptiness.”


  73. 138 Dudette
    January 19, 2018 at 10:06 am

  74. 139 Dudette
    January 19, 2018 at 10:10 am

  75. 140 JER
    January 19, 2018 at 10:46 am

  76. January 19, 2018 at 11:09 am

  77. 144 amk for obama
    January 19, 2018 at 11:50 am

    mattis – gimme more money to buy overpriced stuff to shoot nonwhite peeps with.


  78. January 19, 2018 at 12:01 pm

  79. 147 amk for obama
    January 19, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    This is all on the traitorous thugs.

  80. 148 amk for obama
    January 19, 2018 at 12:07 pm

  81. 149 amk for obama
    January 19, 2018 at 12:13 pm

  82. 150 amk for obama
    January 19, 2018 at 12:14 pm

  83. 151 amk for obama
    January 19, 2018 at 12:15 pm

  84. January 19, 2018 at 12:17 pm

  85. 154 arapaho415
    January 19, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    GM/GA TODville, for those interested, live now: #LasVegasShooting update (first since Oct 13):


  86. 155 jacquelineoboomer
    January 19, 2018 at 1:01 pm

  87. 162 JER
    January 19, 2018 at 1:19 pm

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