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The Sun Came Out

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Lyndsey Parker

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For two years in a row, Barack Obama has included tracks from By the Way, I Forgive You, “The Joke” and “Every Time I Hear That Song” on his Spotify playlists. The irony isn’t lost on me that “The Joke,” which was inspired by the fallout from the 2016 presidential election, was celebrated by a president very different from the one currently in the White House…

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Well, I certainly have a lot of respect for [Obama], and I think the irony of what you pointed out is certainly an interesting perspective too. I hadn’t thought of it that way, but you’re right. And if you listen closely to “The Joke,” you can hear him in it. You can hear Obama’s influence on me in that song. He influenced me in big ways during his presidency. I saw my parents get health insurance for the first time. I proposed to my wife on the day that he became the first American president ever to come out in support of marriage equality — and it had always bothered me that he hadn’t up until that point. I had the ring for a long time, and I had been waiting for the opportunity to propose to Catherine [Shepherd, who is British], but we kept hitting roadblocks with DOMA. We kept hitting roadblocks with the airports and the borders, and getting to and from the U.S. together without having to lie about our relationship. We were very discouraged at the time. So when [Obama] came out [in support of gay marriage], it was like the sun came out.

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There are detractors out there who think artists should just “shut up and sing” and keep politics out of music…

Being told to “stop being political” is just hilarious to me. I wake up every day political: a gay mom raising a house full of women. There’s really nothing not political about that. So, I can write about my own personal experience and have it be wildly political. That just happens to be the life and the hand I was dealt.

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152 Responses to “The Sun Came Out”


  1. 1 Judith Fardig
    January 29, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Listen to Barack Obama’s suggestions on EVERYTHING!

  2. 19 Dudette
    January 29, 2019 at 3:34 pm

  3. 24 Dudette
    January 29, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Woooooot! 💃🏾

  4. 25 Nerdy Wonka
    January 29, 2019 at 3:46 pm

  5. January 29, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    I would give almost anything for a hug like that! Makes me feel good just looking at it.

  6. 28 Nerdy Wonka
    January 29, 2019 at 3:51 pm

  7. 29 Nerdy Wonka
    January 29, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    • January 29, 2019 at 4:15 pm

      I am sickened by this violence and by the ongoing RWNJ blatant and endorsed attacks on people who are not like them. This cannot stand. We really must rise up against this hatred and the GOP’s complicity.

  8. 31 Dudette
    January 29, 2019 at 3:57 pm

  9. 32 Don
    January 29, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    R.I.P James Ingram…..sad

  10. 36 Nerdy Wonka
    January 29, 2019 at 4:07 pm

  11. 38 Dudette
    January 29, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Interesting!

  12. 43 Nena20409
    January 29, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Good Afternoon TODville Community.

  13. 48 Dudette
    January 29, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    • 49 pkayden
      January 29, 2019 at 5:02 pm

      That is awful. I hope the attackers are severely punished for attempted murder. Praying for Mr. Smollett’s quick recovery.

  14. 50 Nena20409
    January 29, 2019 at 4:25 pm

  15. 51 pkayden
    January 29, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Devastating.

    • 52 Beaglemom
      January 30, 2019 at 2:13 pm

      I think this is the worst part of the Trump/GOP shutdown. Yesterday I wrote to Sen. Stabenow and Sen. Peters (Michigan) to do their best to assure that federal contract workers affected by the shutdown receive their backpay. These are the people who fix the meals, clean the offices, maintain the buildings and keep them safe. I’m sure they are always invisible to the Republicans but they should be very visible to the Democrats. I also asked them to work to have shutdowns become a feature of the past – the most odious political tactic used by the GOP. In the meantime, federal contract workers should always be protected.

  16. January 29, 2019 at 4:29 pm

  17. 54 Nena20409
    January 29, 2019 at 4:30 pm

  18. 55 Dudette
    January 29, 2019 at 4:31 pm

  19. 56 Nena20409
    January 29, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    “The Town Hall with Sen. Kamala Harris propelled CNN to 945k total day live starts across digital platforms on Monday, January 28. The day ranked #3 among Town Hall total day rankings on digital platforms. Monday also saw 23 million cross-platform unique visitors, 18 mm video starts and 84 mm page views for CNN Digital.” the network added, saying they had averaged 1.957 million viewers.

    During her townhall, Harris said she would support the Green New Deal, wants to get rid of private insurance to have Medicare-for-All, and ban “assault weapons.”

    Harris also said she would have members of Congress be locked in a room to look at the autopsy photographs of the Sandy Hook victims order for them to act on guns.

  20. 57 Dudette
    January 29, 2019 at 4:41 pm

  21. 62 Dudette
    January 29, 2019 at 4:48 pm

  22. 63 Nena20409
    January 29, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    • 64 Dudette
      January 29, 2019 at 5:48 pm

  23. 65 Dudette
    January 29, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    • January 29, 2019 at 10:28 pm

      Little dronald: How much ice is melting and breaking off in Greenland and at the poles?
      Even Siberia ice is melting – right? Is why you want to lift sanctions on Siberian oil fields = the Rosneft/Exxon deal. Think!!
      Tillerson has been denying Global Warming for 40 years and has done the damage so you’re on the late side.

  24. 67 pkayden
    January 29, 2019 at 4:54 pm

  25. 68 Nena20409
    January 29, 2019 at 4:59 pm

  26. 70 Nena20409
    January 29, 2019 at 5:04 pm

  27. 73 globalcitizenlinda
    January 29, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    republicans always claim that recognizing the beauty and value inherent in our diversity is “playing the race card” ;

    but they only say this until they decide to use a person of color as a prop or to attack another person of color and do their racist work for them;

    well, I have claimed for a while now that the free pass nikki is has been getting from the republicans and their enablers in the media is because they are setting her up to be used as their next prop for how “they do not see color”;

    when she was given a position at UN, in spite of her lack of knowledge in international affairs, I mentioned then that this was just a strategy to make her and her supporters claim that she has vast foreign policy experience;

    when she abruptly resigned from the UN, I suggested that this was a ploy for her to try and clean of the stench of working for the traitor-in-chief;

    with her record of self-aggrandizement, she will then claim that she resigned on principle, whenever it seems politically expedient.

    i would not be surprised if at a later date she is pulled out and given a platform and resources to back her as a representation of gop not being racist.

    i do not trust any person who decided to work for the traitor-in-chief

  28. 74 Nena20409
    January 29, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    • 75 Dudette
      January 29, 2019 at 8:58 pm

      LOL! I tickle myself! 🙂

  29. 76 Nena20409
    January 29, 2019 at 5:48 pm

  30. 79 Dudette
    January 29, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    More sad news today. Damn!

  31. 82 Nena20409
    January 29, 2019 at 6:11 pm

  32. 83 desertflower
    January 29, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    This thread is wonderful:) Thank you for posting this, Nerdy.

  33. 84 Nena20409
    January 29, 2019 at 6:14 pm

  34. 85 Nena20409
    January 29, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    When Murdoch’s paper is Posting this Fact…..It makes me feel Good.

  35. 87 Nena20409
    January 29, 2019 at 6:20 pm

  36. 90 Dudette
    January 29, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    I wanna laugh. Can I laugh? 🙂

  37. 97 JER
    January 29, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    • 98 vcprezofan2
      January 29, 2019 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks, JER. I always enjoy listening to Pete as he talks about his years with Pres Obama. There is never any question that Pete has loads of respect for president #44, the parent and the man.

  38. 99 desertflower
    January 29, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Good news

  39. January 29, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Some awesome shade

  40. January 29, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Coats does not exactly inspire confidence.

  41. 104 jacquelineoboomer
    January 29, 2019 at 7:40 pm

  42. 107 jacquelineoboomer
    January 29, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Andrew Gillum’s going to be on Chris Cuomo’s show on CNN … he’s a commentator for CNN, now!

  43. 108 Dudette
    January 29, 2019 at 9:15 pm

  44. 109 Dudette
    January 29, 2019 at 9:17 pm

  45. 110 Dudette
    January 29, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    • January 29, 2019 at 10:00 pm

      A month alone is a death to a child and the shattering of childhood.
      Multiply this sadistic torture by thousands. When will President Child Abuser pay for these horrific crimes? When his own children are involved how will that be?

  46. 112 jacquelineoboomer
    January 29, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Ha. Joe had a little trouble with HIS chapstick, when he gave the Democratic rebuttal.

  47. 113 Dudette
    January 29, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Daaayyyum! This is messed up!

    • 114 0388jojothecat
      January 29, 2019 at 10:26 pm

      I won’t judge him, I am not in his shoes, not that I would do anything like this but he IS taking care of her and it appears to be a loving relationship. Losing someone you once knew to the horrific disease is hard, stressful, and zaps the spirit.

      • 115 Dudette
        January 30, 2019 at 9:24 am

        I think it’s sad and perverse. I’ve lost family members to this disease and have some currently suffering from it. He put it out on the internet and somehow is annoyed that people judge him. Ugh!

  48. 116 Nerdy Wonka
    January 29, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    • January 29, 2019 at 10:41 pm

      holy god. may this stay front and center until the attackers who terrorized Mr. Smollett are brought to justice. love to him and his family.
      (Do you think Stone’s nixon sign is a signal to white supremacists?)

      • 118 0388jojothecat
        January 29, 2019 at 10:54 pm

        This WHOLE nightmare of a administration is a signal to white supremacists. It won’t end until we ALL tell them we won’t accept what they don’t like. WE ALL have a right to be in this country…deal with it or you can go live in Russia!

  49. 121 jacquelineoboomer
    January 29, 2019 at 11:24 pm

  50. 122 jacquelineoboomer
    January 29, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    Well, it’s -3 degrees F in Central Illinois right now, and is to drop to about -20 overnight. Our high tomorrow will be -9. But on Sunday, it’ll be around 50 degrees, so that’s about a 70-degree change in temperatures in just a few days. In several states, they are even canceling mail delivery tomorrow – which NEVER happens! (Before that was announced, I personally requested they hold my mail for 3 days, so my sweet mail handler would have at least one less house!) Think I’ll go to sleep early, so I miss more of it!

    Goodnight, TODville – and hugs to everybody else who’s suffering through the polar vortex! #ThinkSpring #ComeOnGroundhogDay

  51. 124 Dudette
    January 29, 2019 at 11:44 pm

  52. 126 Dudette
    January 30, 2019 at 12:02 am

  53. 127 Dudette
    January 30, 2019 at 12:06 am

  54. 128 Dudette
    January 30, 2019 at 12:07 am

  55. 129 Dudette
    January 30, 2019 at 12:09 am

  56. 130 Dudette
    January 30, 2019 at 12:13 am

    [Bawling my eyes out; two angels gone]

  57. 131 Dudette
    January 30, 2019 at 12:20 am

  58. 132 Dudette
    January 30, 2019 at 12:21 am

    Goodnight, Family!

  59. January 30, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Goodnight TOD ….

  60. January 30, 2019 at 4:21 am

    WOWIE

  61. 135 desertflower
    January 30, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Morning everyone. People might want to start taking climate change seriously!!

  62. 136 desertflower
    January 30, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Good news. It better pass

  63. 137 desertflower
    January 30, 2019 at 9:10 am

    I think so too…and if you caught him on Morning Joe this morning…OY! He made my head hurt!

    • January 30, 2019 at 9:47 am

      Didn’t watch. No need to begin my day that way. Bless you for watching though.

      • 139 0388jojothecat
        January 30, 2019 at 2:35 pm

        I watched MJ this morning and he was so full of it. He’s from the projects and knows all about being poor and making. He gave employees healthcare so improving Ocare is what he would do but MC4 ALL and taxing wealth is “Socialism”. He didn’t care about ‘socialism when he lived in government housing as a kid. That’s what its all about for these so-called liberal billionaires, keeping your hands off my wealth as long as the 99% is struggling who cares.

  64. 140 desertflower
    January 30, 2019 at 9:44 am

  65. 143 desertflower
    January 30, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Yet federal contract workers can’t be made whole. Wakey, wakey! Republicans just aren’t working for the American people!!

  66. 144 Dudette
    January 30, 2019 at 9:55 am

    Good Morning!
    Here’s yet another food recall announcement. Check your meat. 😒

  67. 145 Dudette
    January 30, 2019 at 10:00 am

    FaceTime bug allows people to listen to you whether or not you’ve accepted the call!

  68. 146 Dudette
    January 30, 2019 at 10:13 am

    So shocking that Agent Orange makes stuff up.

  69. 147 Dudette
    January 30, 2019 at 10:19 am

  70. 148 desertflower
    January 30, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Might I add that these IC officials are Republicans chosen by him!

  71. 149 desertflower
    January 30, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Thread

  72. 150 anjo
    January 30, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Good morning All, have wonderfully Blessed Day

  73. 151 jacquelineoboomer
    January 30, 2019 at 12:30 pm


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