120 Responses to “Enjoying New Zealand”

  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    March 23, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    I just had to walk up the street to the bank and then the CVS to get my prescriptions filled. My office is less than a mile from the Capitol. Let me tell you all that the kids are here!!!!

    I’ve never seen so many kids in DC at one time. I just met a family from Arkansas. The mother was in the CVS buying poster board and markers so they could make their signs tonight. Those kids from Marjorie Stoneman planned this March during Easter/Spring break. They knew exactly what they were doing…..

    There is hope for our democracy and the kids will lead the way!!!

    p.s. Looks like we are going to have clear skys in the 50’s tomorrow. A great day for a March on Washington.

    • 2 CEB
      March 23, 2018 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks for the update; so happy the weather has improved. I literally hoped and prayed that it would not be a deterrent in tomorrow’s march. Good to see you, Donna.

    • March 23, 2018 at 5:06 pm

      Oh, man, that is really wonderful news. I think we are going to be surprised at the force of this movement. I’m really hopeful.

    • March 23, 2018 at 10:30 pm

      Thank you so much Donna Dem! What joy to know this personal moment and observation from you. LOVE it! Thank you and YES to your observation, kids leading the way and our democracy moving FORWARD!

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  3. 6 JER
    March 23, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    … During a brunch with 20 Maori women leaders, Obama was given strict instructions to bring his wife Michelle Obama when he returns to New Zealand. …

  4. 7 carolyn
    March 23, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you for the pictures and films of President Obama’s trip to New Zealand. Takes me back to the good old days when we followed his every trip with great joy and anticipation. People the world over still revere and appreciate him. He is always so “in” the moment, and knows exactly how to respond.

  5. 8 0388jojothecat
    March 23, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Thanks Donna Dem 4 Obama – I was reading that ALL the speakers will be the kids/students who are impacted by the inaction of the so-called adults who are suppose to make laws to protect them but take the blood money from the NRA. For 8 years during the PBO administration and after GWB let the AR15 ban lapse while students/citizens were getting murdered at school, movie theatres, malls, etc., THEY DID NOTHING. When 6yr olds and their teachers were gunned down THEY DID NOTHING. When country western concert patrons were gunned down, NRA core group, THEY DID NOTHING. Unfortunately, these young adults said ENOUGH! YOU WILL DO SOMETHING! WE WILL NOT GO AWAY!

  6. 9 pkayden
    March 23, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    • 10 CEB
      March 23, 2018 at 6:08 pm

      This breaks my heart on so many levels. Our children should be getting ready for proms and graduation, not learning triage because there are no hospitals in the area, surviving in a war zone and having to take care of gun shot victims. This young lady is amazing. May Good keep and protect her and others like her.

      • 11 0388jojothecat
        March 23, 2018 at 6:56 pm

        Did you get that her mother arrived home before the ambulance. If Journey was not there to help that young man he might have died.

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    • 13 0388jojothecat
      March 23, 2018 at 7:05 pm

      That would so funny if “Sheep-dog-Bolton” can’t get a security clearance and neither can any of this tee-vee lawyers. I guess Twitler won’t be firing Kelly or Mathis either until he can get replacements that can pass a security clearance first…..

  8. 14 pkayden
    March 23, 2018 at 5:38 pm

  9. 15 Nena20409
    March 23, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    GE, TODbots.
    Congrats, Donna on your Au ⭐
    NW, you did it well, Thank you for this post!
    {{{ ❤ Chips ❤ }}}
    ❤ ❤ ❤ TODville Village!

  10. 16 CEB
    March 23, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    PBS is NOT having it with Tavis Smiley. The answered his counter suit (he actually played the race card) with 32 pages of receipts and a demand for the return of 1.9 million that he had been paid. He was a low down sexual predator as well as a hypocrite and a hater. Another one who tried to make PBO’s life difficult has met karma, while our president is being feted by the world, looking good, getting those dollars, and becoming even more influential. Tavis will not even rate a footnote in history.

  11. 19 pkayden
    March 23, 2018 at 7:14 pm

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  14. 22 No Child Left Behind
    March 23, 2018 at 8:25 pm


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  16. 27 JER
    March 23, 2018 at 8:26 pm

  17. 28 No Child Left Behind
    March 23, 2018 at 8:28 pm

  18. 30 Gazelle
    March 23, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    This is such a welcome breath of fresh air! Loved it! ❤ Thank you!

  19. 33 JER
    March 23, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    LIVE: Prayer vigil ahead of the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, DC – http://abcnews.go.com/live/video/special-live-07

  20. 34 Nena20409
    March 23, 2018 at 9:14 pm

  21. 35 Nena20409
    March 23, 2018 at 9:16 pm

  22. 36 GGAIL
    March 23, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks Obama, you do us proud ❤️

  23. 37 Nena20409
    March 23, 2018 at 9:30 pm

  24. 38 Nena20409
    March 23, 2018 at 9:48 pm

  25. March 23, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Thank you NerdyWonka for this beauty, and for all the posts and keeping up and sharing what matters here on TOD. Matters so much and does a world of good. Love our POTUS and FLOTUS, and seeing them out in the world being and doing good sustains and revives me.

  26. 40 whenpamelawandered
    March 23, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Hello: follow Washington State into the future:


    We voted out plastic shopping bags many, many years ago, voted in the excellently streamlined VoteByMail, paper ballots, 2008 was the last election at the voting booth, and today my Rep sent out the summary of the session just closed. He’s feeling good about the work they accomplished. Good on ya’, Washington State! If only they could do something about rent control ~ ~ ~ #keepyoutheheart ❤️

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  29. March 24, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Good morning, TODville. Here’s wishing for a strong, peaceful and productive day.

  30. 44 donna dem 4 obama
    March 24, 2018 at 8:38 am

    What a powerful piece:

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  33. 49 desertflower
    March 24, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Chef deserves a Nobel Prize. Morning everyone. Good day to March For Our Lives

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  35. 52 donna dem 4 obama
    March 24, 2018 at 9:58 am

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  38. March 24, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Livestream for the rally. Program starts at noon but lifestream is open.


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  41. March 24, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Not a tweet from the so call President.After all who can forget the meeting he had with the students where he had the card in his hand which had written up there “I Hear You”.

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    • March 24, 2018 at 12:06 pm

      meta….these young adults are extraordinary..

      what is your opinion about why the Black Lives Matter Movement did not make the connection to voting….there were activists who did register to vote and run of office in Ferguson …activists did gather in Chicago to write a manifesto called Campaign Zero which was groundbreaking…


      but there seemed to be a disconnect between the movement and voting

      • March 24, 2018 at 12:11 pm

        I really don’t know. The only thing that can explain it is that the MSM just does not care to give the BLM movement the microphone. Hopefully this will change is every can unite now to move forward. I know it’s painful for many in the BLM to see this synergy now when so many have died without notice or action. But we have this opportunity now and really must seize it.

        • March 24, 2018 at 1:31 pm

          As I watch this rally and the speakers …the program has brought the black white and latino communities together as on……folks who will talk about the issues of all communities

      • 68 Don
        March 24, 2018 at 1:12 pm

        Let me be very careful about what I’m about to say. Every movement that has ever started in the African American community that dealt with social injustice has always included a voting campaign as a part of the its platform. But when our people are shot down and left to die in the streets by the very same organizations that are sworn to serve and protect. Then it goes beyond having a simple get out to vote campaign, Immediately our first actions are to confront those organizations. You can have all the get out to vote campaigns that you want to, but if the system doesn’t value your life as it does other lives. Other actions have to be taken, to include voter registration drives. If that’s all it took to change a system was by voting, then some of our communities wouldn’t be in the shape that they are in as we speak. Black people have been voting faithfully since we first got to right to vote, but yet the system hasn’t rewarded that fact as fast and completely as it should have.

        • March 24, 2018 at 1:35 pm

          i know of what you speak…and i also know that America is not apt to embrace black youth….but i do find communities of color that do not vote and is unorganized get no service at all…it is not all that we must do…but it is a strategic tool that has to be fostered…

        • 70 CEB
          March 24, 2018 at 2:01 pm

          Case in point about the voting of A-A: we came out 94% for Hillary and white folks betrayed s with their votes as usual. Remember, A-A’s are still less than 14% of the population, a MINORITY. No matter what we do, we cannot get social justice and equality alone.

  44. 71 sherijr
    March 24, 2018 at 11:54 am

    https://www.c-span.org/video/?442255-1/march-lives-rally-coverage speaking begins at noon et Good morning TOD & happy Marchforourlives day to the world.

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  47. March 24, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    We must VOTE to get rid of Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, and every politicians who are more concern about the NRA then they are of the safety of these kids. Then start working on getting rid of Trump.

  48. March 24, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    WOWOWOWOW Edna Lisbeth Chavez

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  50. 80 JER
    March 24, 2018 at 1:22 pm

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  52. 82 CEB
    March 24, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Love, love, love the tie-in with voting. So different from the drumming and messing up the streets that Occupy Wall Street group did. Additionally, A-A volunteers registered voters in the theater lobbies during showings of Black Panther. The Obama generation is coming for the mofos at the ballot box.

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  54. March 24, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Did you guys see Martin Luther King Jr granddaughter?

  55. March 24, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    • 88 CEB
      March 24, 2018 at 2:10 pm

      A true social justice warrior. Everyone can contribute in some way just from the talents, resources, and opportunities that they already possess.

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  57. 93 sherijr
    March 24, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Wonderful, amazing, brilliant young people. I heard every word and felt their power and their determination all the way over here in my kitchen. Kids from all over our country representing themselves & their communities and their RIGHTS with passion, heart, commitment and style.

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  64. 100 0388jojothecat
    March 24, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    How does this country that voted in that Monster deserve the youth that stood up today. As adults we should ALL be ashamed for what a “Shitty” world we are handing them to FIX! We tried to fix it by electing PBO but some of us sat at home (not the TOD) for the mid-terms and watched as the evil GOP took over and DID NOTHING to end gun violence at the LEAST!

    I pledge to vote and support any of these smart, determined, young people who want to change the world for the better. IF WE FAIL THEM AGAIN, THEN WE DESERVE THE DESTRUCTION OF AMERICA.

  65. 101 Nena20409
    March 24, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Hello, TODbots. GA.
    Wow, I cried, got mad, cried some more and then, I became more hopeful.
    Fantastic Young men and women.
    I thank these Young Activists. They were GREAT!
    President Obama must have been watching. He also donated something too.
    Emma Gonzalez is One incredible pint size. She’s awesome. The 11yo blew my mind. And little 9yo Yolanda King, wow! I am loving these young folks. The turn-out is Huge and Los Angeles and Atlanta, GA, Boston MA, NYC, NY and Philadelphia, PA all came out in large numbers. Wow. 20K estimated came out in Parkland, FL.
    ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ all who participated.

    • 102 CEB
      March 24, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      There is a strong possibility that women and children will be the ones to bring down the deplorable, would-be autocrat’s administration and the do-nothing GOP majority congress.

  66. 103 donna dem 4 obama
    March 24, 2018 at 4:11 pm

  67. 105 JER
    March 24, 2018 at 4:11 pm

  68. March 24, 2018 at 4:18 pm


    WE are Change that we have been waiting for..

  69. 108 Nena20409
    March 24, 2018 at 4:38 pm

  70. 109 Nena20409
    March 24, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Her silence for 6min plus made all, think, uncomfortable and it was effective. This youngster is a force. Glory be,

  71. 110 Nena20409
    March 24, 2018 at 4:49 pm

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  73. 113 Nena20409
    March 24, 2018 at 4:54 pm

  74. 114 Nena20409
    March 24, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Emma’s whole speech.

  75. 115 Nena20409
    March 24, 2018 at 4:59 pm

  76. 116 Nena20409
    March 24, 2018 at 5:02 pm

  77. 117 Nena20409
    March 24, 2018 at 5:04 pm

  78. 118 CEB
    March 24, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    We do have the power to create the world we wish. All of this was organized and executed, all over our country and others, in less than 2 months. We have to get rid of hopelessness, lace up our shoes, focus our minds, and get this shit done. PBO told us for years that we could, it is time for us to believe him.

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