The Obama Portraits

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  1. June 30, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    Thank you for everything NW, so much.

  2. June 30, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    Adam Serwer:
    “A few years ago I wrote an essay titled “The Cruelty Is The Point”
    on Trump’s approach to politics and policy. On Tuesday, my book sharing that title is being published. Today in the @nytimes, I explain why Trumpist politics didn’t end with his defeat.”

    “Opinion: The Cruel Logic of the Republican Party, Before and After Trump”
    Adam Serwer (Atlantic), author of the forthcoming “The Cruelty Is the Point: The Past, Present, and Future of Trump’s America.” (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/26/opinion/trump-republican-party.html)

    • June 30, 2021 at 2:27 pm

      “As long as Republicans are able to maintain a system in which they can rely on the politics of white identity, as the Democratic Party once did, their politics will revolve around cruelty, rooted in attempts to legislate their opponents out of existence or to use the state to crush communities associated with them. Americans will always have strong disagreements about matters such as the role of the state, the correct approach to immigration and the place of religion in public life. But the only way to diminish the politics of cruelty is to make it less rewarding.” (Serwer)

    • 8 Dudette
      June 30, 2021 at 2:34 pm

      I heard a little of Joy Reid’s interview with him yesterday.

  3. June 30, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    “Obama says rise of misinformation ‘worries me’ and should worry everyone”

    “Obama: Trump broke ‘core tenet’ of democracy with ‘bunch of hooey’ over election”
    (Ex-president calls for action to stop ‘delegitimizing of democracy’ during redistricting fundraiser”

  4. June 30, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    The hills
    Release the summer clouds
    One by one by one
    (John Wills)

    Friends must sign off for the next while, pls take care of theesen’.
    –many thanks.

  5. June 30, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    No generic portraits for the Obamas. They chose artists who could convey their uniqueness and historic role: Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley. So glad I got to see the in the National Portrait Gallery pre Covid.

    • 14 Betsy
      July 2, 2021 at 1:09 pm

      Me too Judith. They are fantastic up close. I found President Obama’s mesmerizing. I was surprised that First Lady Michelle Obama’s looked so much smaller, relatively. But they’re both beautiful. I stayed a long, long time looking at them and even went back a couple of times to look at them again and again. It was my favorite part of that day in D.C. (Oct 2019).

  6. 15 Dudette
    June 30, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    Bill Cosby. Phylicia Rashad. Oy! I’m just sick. Ugh!

    • 16 Don
      June 30, 2021 at 6:48 pm

      I am absolutely stunned that this guy is getting out and I’m equally stunned that Phylicia Rashad chose to go out like this. Justice is justice is justice, no matter if you were once considered a hero.

      • June 30, 2021 at 6:52 pm

        Bill Cosby was the only one who went to prison, Kavanaugh became a Justice on the Supreme Court…Donald Trump became President….because as far as the Justice System is concerned..it is “Jus Us”

      • 21 0388jojothecat
        June 30, 2021 at 8:11 pm

        The District Attorney that gave Cosby that sweet deal was Trumps Insurrection Impeachment Attorney.

  7. 22 Dudette
    June 30, 2021 at 4:02 pm

  8. 25 Dudette
    June 30, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    House votes on Jan 6 Select Committee

    • 26 Don
      June 30, 2021 at 6:50 pm

      Smart move, investigate this thing from now until the end of time, or until the next election cycle, whichever comes first.

  9. 27 Don
    June 30, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    I’m pretty sure nobody had Bill Cosby getting out of jail the same year that Donald Trump might go to jail on their 2021 Bingo Card.

  10. 28 Don
    June 30, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    I see Trump’s guy is about to be indicted, I wonder if he’s going to flip or is he going to carry the weight of twenty plus years?

    • 29 0388jojothecat
      June 30, 2021 at 8:04 pm

      He’d be stupid to think Trump will save him since all the other crooks got off Scott free. However Trump is no longer President. Maybe if a Trump judge will save him or NY will elect a Rethug Gov who will give them a pardon.

  11. 30 ggail44
    June 30, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    Rumsfeld has overtaken Cosby as the Headlines News on Google News. HA!

  12. 35 ggail44
    June 30, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Here we go…

    The closely-watched New York City mayoral primary election tumbled into chaos this week as the NYC Board of Elections announced it had released incorrect preliminary results on Tuesday.

    City officials admitted they failed to remove 135,000 test ballots from the election management system before starting to count the real votes from Election Day and early voting, skewing the results.

    “The Board apologizes for the error and has taken immediate measures to ensure the most accurate up to date results are reported,” the agency tweeted.

    The error is complicated by the fact that New York City is using ranked-choice voting, in which each round of vote counting hinges on the results from the previous round.

    Some of the top candidates vying to lead the country’s largest city blasted the board’s mistake as they — and about 8.5 million other New Yorkers — awaited the results of a revised tally expected to be released on Wednesday.


  13. 37 Don
    June 30, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    I see the NCAA is about to let student athletes make money off of their name, image, and likeness. What a time to have a jump shot.

  14. 38 pkayden
    June 30, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    • 39 0388jojothecat
      June 30, 2021 at 7:59 pm

      Japan’s and Germanys healthcare system was setup by America after we won the war. They lost the war, they got free healthcare. Who really won?

  15. 42 amk for obama
    June 30, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    good riddance. rot in hell, you scummy rummy pos.

  16. 43 whenpamelawandered
    July 1, 2021 at 1:41 am

    There is information out here, we must find it and share it as quickly as we can.. Gaia is pretty much done with us, She will rid Herself of the blight we have become 🕊🕯🙏🏼💙🙏🏼🕯🕊

  17. 44 amk for obama
    July 1, 2021 at 8:17 am

  18. 45 amk for obama
    July 1, 2021 at 9:28 am

    minions hauled up over fringe benefits ‘taxes’, while the corruptest thug ‘may’ be charged later. what a cruel joke from a corrupt system.

    and no, ‘better things’ are not coming.

  19. 46 amk for obama
    July 1, 2021 at 9:31 am

    India’s top filmmakers have protested against proposed rules that they say will give the government sweeping censorship powers.

    The changes, if passed, allow the government to “re-examine” a film already cleared by the censor board.

    Filmmakers say the proposals are an attack on their freedom of expression.

    Films cannot be publicly exhibited in India unless they have been certified by the board, which is based in Mumbai and has regional offices.


    Filmmakers fear that the new rules proposed by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government will make the process even more stifling.

    Known as the Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill 2021, the proposed new rules will give the federal government certain “revisionary powers”.

    This means the government can revoke the certification of a film – based on viewer complaints – even if the censor board sees no problem with its content.


    Guessing taking smiling selfies with a rw thug ain’t cutting it any more.

  20. 48 amk for obama
    July 1, 2021 at 10:32 am

    rw thugs in SC – let there be apartheid amurkkka

    Obamas and Hillary warned and warned. Voter apathy = Voters’ hell.

  21. 50 jer44
    July 1, 2021 at 11:42 am

  22. 56 whenpamelawandered
    July 1, 2021 at 1:12 pm

  23. July 1, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    ExxonMobil lobbyist ‘deeply embarrassed’ after he accidentally reveals 11 senators
    he says he relies on to push Big Oil’s agenda

    “McCoy said he has 11 U.S. senators who are “crucial” in ExxonMobil’s efforts.”

    Senator Joe Manchin,
    Senator Shelley Moore Capito,
    Senator Kyrsten Sinema,
    Senator Jon Tester,
    Senator Maggie Hassan,
    Senator John Barrasso,
    Senator John Cornyn,
    Senator Steve Daines,
    Senator Chris Coons,
    Senator Mark Kelly and
    Senator Marco Rubio.
    -were all cited.

    “He went on to explain that the last thing they want is to appear in a public hearing before Congress where the American people can see.”


  24. 67 pkayden
    July 1, 2021 at 3:36 pm

  25. 71 vcprezofan2
    July 1, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    Hi, residents, hope you are all well.

    Me, I’m simply fiddling around on my laptop, seeing what I’ve lost in my failed attempt to ‘clean up’.

    • 78 No Child Left Behind
      July 1, 2021 at 7:13 pm

      The most creative regulation.

      Make them take gun ownership insurance, gun shooting liability insurance, gun storage proof insurance, for every one in their households. And, when the gun is stolen and used by somebody else, the insurance company is still liable for medical coverage, compensation reimbursement, early disability payments connected to the damages, and large settlements in case of death. Finally, make gun owners pay a 9% local, 18% state, 36% federal tax on all things gun (accessories, ammunition, etc.)!

    • 80 tnmtngirl1
      July 1, 2021 at 8:28 pm

      So, he wrote this?! Thought his name was Bob. ????

  26. 81 Dudette
    July 1, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    This is great! 😁🌞🚙

  27. July 1, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    Spoiler alert for our westcoast TOD Fam. Totally fun. I’m loving Joy’s new do! As in Joy Reid! You go lady! 💞💃

  28. 84 amk for obama
    July 1, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    been there. done that. dresses. four floors. foot pain.

  29. 85 amk for obama
    July 1, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    give her the gold already.

  30. 88 amk for obama
    July 1, 2021 at 9:35 pm

  31. 89 amk for obama
    July 1, 2021 at 9:36 pm

  32. 90 amk for obama
    July 1, 2021 at 9:36 pm

  33. 91 amk for obama
    July 1, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    yes, they can. no, they won’t. #excuses.

  34. 92 amk for obama
    July 1, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    hear, hear. (yes, pun)

  35. 94 amk for obama
    July 1, 2021 at 9:42 pm

  36. 95 amk for obama
    July 1, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    #racism trumps (ugh) all.

  37. 96 amk for obama
    July 1, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    yup. all these.

  38. 97 whenpamelawandered
    July 2, 2021 at 1:16 am

    We all know about this ‘phenomenon’, this explains it well for those who didn’t grow up with it.. especially cars, the worst example.. now it’s everything

    Nite nite… sheesh


  39. 98 amk for obama
    July 2, 2021 at 7:49 am

    Yet another ‘institution’ shown to have feet of clay.

    The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has reached a $850m (£617m) settlement with some 60,000 people over claims of historic sexual abuse.

    Lawyers say it will be the largest sexual abuse settlement in US history.

    In terms of reported numbers, it dwarves similar complaints made against the Catholic Church in the country.

    The BSA has apologised to victims and filed for bankruptcy last year, saying it would set up a compensation trust for victims of sexual abuse.


  40. 99 amk for obama
    July 2, 2021 at 7:51 am

    Bagram: Last US and Nato forces leave key Afghanistan base.

    The last US and Nato forces have left Afghanistan’s Bagram airbase, the centre of the war against militants for some 20 years.

    The pull-out could signal that the complete withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan is imminent.

    President Joe Biden has said US forces will be gone by 11 September.

    But the withdrawal from the sprawling base, north of Kabul, comes as the main jihadist group, the Taliban, advances in many parts of Afghanistan.


    Yet another failed massive military misadventure from west.

    • 100 pkayden
      July 2, 2021 at 9:55 am

      So all those years of American intervention and the Taliban is still in charge. What a waste of time, resources and lives. Sigh.

    • 101 ggail44
      July 2, 2021 at 11:08 am

      I am disappointed in the lack of bravery in the men in that region to become solders to defend their country from the bad guys. US forces can only do so much, the rest is up to them. We are not the World Police.

      • 102 amk for obama
        July 2, 2021 at 11:12 am

        Sorry. Afghans are natural fierce warriors. They drove out two superpowers twice with no high funda weapons. One can’t question their bravery. Their religious extremism is a different story.

        • 103 ggail44
          July 2, 2021 at 11:28 am

          Whatever the excuse, it’s time we came home and left them to their own. We are NOT the World police, if the people won’t do their part in controlling the situation, then…

          • 104 amk for obama
            July 2, 2021 at 11:33 am

            The world police is a self inflicted wound. Oil interests is the sole reason of US – ME conflicts, with many bad side effects.

            • 105 ggail44
              July 2, 2021 at 12:01 pm

              My comments are regarding the fact that the Afghans don’t defend their land and that it’s time our Solders come home. Period.

              • 106 amk for obama
                July 2, 2021 at 12:07 pm

                Afghans didn’t put out the red carpet to defend them to start with. They have lived for centuries with their conflicts and will continue to live with them after the americans leave.

  41. 108 Dudette
    July 2, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Goooood Morning! ☺️

  42. 111 jer44
    July 2, 2021 at 10:26 am

    Soon – President Biden delivers remarks on June jobs report:


  43. 112 ggail44
    July 2, 2021 at 10:58 am

  44. 113 ggail44
    July 2, 2021 at 11:02 am

    Good West Coast morning Nerdy & TOD family.
    Happy Fri-yay!!!

  45. 114 amk for obama
    July 2, 2021 at 11:07 am

    kudos to him for bucking the magat cult trend.

  46. 116 No Child Left Behind
    July 2, 2021 at 11:37 am

    U.S. economy added 850,000 jobs in June as labor market showed renewed strength. 850,000 jobs by POTUS Biden!!!

    More companies are bringing workers back to the office and the economy has picked up momentum heading into the second half of the year.

  47. July 2, 2021 at 11:56 am

    Happy Friday!

  48. July 2, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    Undercover video:
    Reveals how Exxon lobbyists undermine Climate legislation with the help of 11 crucial United States senators.

    Chris Hayes:
    “When you look at Canada literally burning, people dying, and the climate investments being cut out of the bipartisan deal. A big part of the reason for all of this,
    a huge part is the tireless work over decades of fossil fuel companies like Exxon Mobil
    to pollute the planet while making billions of dollars,
    and making sure no one can stop them.
    And one of the chief ways they do that is through lobbyists.
    They hire professionals in suits who lend their talents to an enterprise that has gotten and will get many, many, many people killed.
    That’s what it’s doing.

    Now we have rare video of what that looks like when they think no one’s listening.
    In a sting setup by Greenpeace U.K.,
    members pose as recruitment consultants looking to hire a Washington lobbyist for a major client.
    Then they set up a Zoom call with senior Exxon lobbyists Keith McCoy.
    Britain’s Channel Four news recreated that call with the original footage.”
    Here’s just part of their report.”

    • July 2, 2021 at 1:02 pm

      “We’re playing defense because President Biden is talking about this big infrastructure package,
      and he’s going to pay for it by increasing corporate taxes.”

      Unidentified male: “Who’s the crucial guys for you?”

      KEITH McCOY:
      “Well, Senator Capito who’s the ranking member of Environment and Public Works.

      Joe Manchin – I talk to his office every week,
      and he is the Kingmaker on this
      because he’s a Democrat
      from West Virginia,
      which is very a conservative state.
      And he’s not shy about sort of staking his claim early and completely changing the debate.

      So, on the Democrat side, we look for the moderates on these issues.
      So it’s the Manchins,
      It’s the Sinemas,
      It’s the Testers.”

    • July 2, 2021 at 1:04 pm

      “Exxon Lobbyist Caught On Video
      Talking About Undermining Biden’s Climate Push”
      Full: (https://www.npr.org/2021/07/01/1012138741/exxon-lobbyist-caught-on-video-talks-about-undermining-bid)
      —for which ExxonMobil CEO has apologized = it happened, it’s a fact.

  49. 121 jer44
    July 2, 2021 at 1:07 pm

  50. July 2, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    Happy Friday.
    Stop BIg Oil, hold the Manchins to account.
    –Love you sincerely and want the world’s children to live, not just survive.

  51. 123 ggail44
    July 2, 2021 at 1:54 pm

  52. 124 ggail44
    July 2, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    Knowing that we have a little to no room for errors or mistakes, I blame her handlers and coaches for not emphasize this enough.

    • 125 0388jojothecat
      July 2, 2021 at 5:34 pm

      She takes full responsibility for her mistake. Hope they cut her some slack. Mom was dying and she need to cope the best way she knew how. 😭

  53. 126 ggail44
    July 2, 2021 at 2:10 pm


  54. July 2, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    President Obama was interviewed by Dax Shepard.

    Podcast: Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard
    -imo one of the most fun and informative pod interviews of PBO, who loves to laugh.
    -Have been thinking especially lately how much he has given the world and the price he has paid.

    • July 2, 2021 at 2:39 pm

      Following which,
      this one realized that my 2nd child in particular has been under no pressure to conform or get approval.
      He was unschooled = followed (their) own pathways supported by me. The year of Covid isolation in a tiny shared apartment on the west coast without a lot of cash only spurred them to new endeavors, new ways to reach out…the universe is ourself. They get it.

      • July 2, 2021 at 9:53 pm

        This happened to how many young people around the country and elsewhere?
        In the midst of Covid and creative solutions to work and play, staying happy, many like my offspring,
        did their last year of University.


  55. July 2, 2021 at 2:47 pm


  56. July 2, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    The Dodgers were at the White House today.

  57. 132 Nerdy Wonka
    July 2, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    New post.


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