Tuesday, January 17, 2017

President Obama surprises his press secretary with a tribute during his final briefing.

I watched this live this morning and was once again taken by President Obama's sheer humanity.

He is not only a great president, but he is also clearly a great boss, and a great friend.


  1. Whatever mistakes he may have made in life, and during his presidency, the bottom line is that he is a decent human being.

    1. Anonymous4:57 PM

      Decent may be an understatement. No offense. He endured more negativity and outright obstruction that would have weakened or caused most men to cry and quit!
      He is a dying breed. One hell of a fighter!!!
      Fuck trump! Fuck the Palin's!

    2. Anonymous6:35 PM

      Well put, both. I love the guy, but anyone who doesn't should be able to admit that he is a very decent human being. And yeah, what he endured. Who else could have handled it like he did.

    3. Anonymous9:14 PM

      President Obama is someone who understands what fighting really means--standing up for what is right and decent, and using your office and power to do so, standing with dignity and generosity, no matter how and how much you are attacked.

      The Donald thinks that fighting means getting Twitter revenge on anyone who insults his hair.

      Gods help us all.

  2. Anonymous4:45 PM

    There will never be another.
    Godspeed, my forever First Family!

  3. Anonymous5:04 PM

    Memorable Quotes About Michelle Obama From Collection of Essays by Ava DuVernay, Others
    'The Meaning of Michelle' features 16 essays about the First Lady and the impact she's had on the U.S., with 'Hamilton' alum Phillipa Soo and writer Roxane Gay among those sharing their insights.

    As Michelle Obama experiences her final days in the White House, writers are honoring her role over the past eight years in a new collection of essays, The Meaning of Michelle.

    Director Ava DuVernay wrote the preface for the book, which features 16 essays about the First Lady and the impact she has had on America.

    "When she made us laugh — from her mom-dancing with Jimmy Fallon to her Lil Jon parody, "Turnip for What" to the College Rap with Saturday Night Live star Jay Pharoah — she reminded us how good it feels when you can be at home in your own skin and therefore at home in your world," writes editor Veronica Chambers.

    The novel, published by St. Martin's Press and available as of Jan. 10, contains essays from Hamilton alum Phillipa Soo, writer Roxane Gay and others.

    Below is a collection of some of the most memorable quotes from the book, touching on Obama's confidence, style, kindness and legacy.


    1. Anonymous3:28 AM

      If it's a collection of essays, then it's not a "novel."

  4. Anonymous5:17 PM

    Marshall Law Day 1?

  5. Anonymous5:37 PM

    Another first: (Just HOW MANY more do we need to finally CONVINCE the GOP that this a$$hat IS a Putin-Puppet???

    An ENEMY nation is printing an inaugural coin for their puppet:


    1. Anonymous6:27 PM

      "In Trump We Trust"? Apparently the Russians consider him a god.

  6. Anonymous6:04 PM

    I love my President. I was blessed when he sacrificed his life to serve this country. He and his family have endured much scorn to stand for his belief that America is great and we are strengthened by our diversity. I will miss his intelligent, thoughtful, compassionate hand on the rudder of this great nation.


    1. Oh thank you. For stating the the fiber that makes us all one.

    2. Anonymous3:26 AM

      In total agreement with you, Georgia Peach

  7. Anonymous6:20 PM

    Obama gives $500 million to climate fund over GOP objections


  8. Anonymous6:20 PM

    Obama Is Most-Admired Man in the World


    1. Anonymous7:40 PM

      Just wait until Comrade trump meets with world leaders. They have grown accustom to meeting with a well spoken, dignified man.

      Enter the bumper slogan, speaks at a fifth grade level bumbling idiot trump.

      They will be horrified with reason.

  9. Anonymous6:25 PM

    We’re about to entrust the presidency to a man experts say is unfit for jury duty

    With less than a week to go before Donald Trump brings his personal brand of arbitrary plutocratic twittertarianism to the White House, it’s become pretty clear that the next U.S. president is suffering from a chronic case of democratic impairment.

    The guy we’re about to entrust with the most important job in our democracy seems challenged by even the most basic duties of citizenship. We don’t know if Trump pays his taxes, he repeatedly wiggled out of military service when his country came calling, and judging by his wandering eyes at the ballot box last November, it’s not even clear if he knew how to vote until Melania showed him how.


    1. Anonymous7:29 PM

      Not only is trump a disaster waiting to happen, but his appointees are clueless, he has removed all the ambassadors etc.

      There is no one in charge that knows what to do if their is a crisis.

    2. Anonymous8:39 PM

      Guess Who's Been Advising Trump?

      Guess who's been advising Donald Trump on his picks for the people who will control foreign policy in a Trump administration?

      Well, here's a hint: who's the most murderous, toxic, partisan psychopath you can think of? One who gained so much infamy for his services to the Bush administration that he had to flee the country to avoid the law?

      If you guessed Erik Prince, notorious mercenary and founder of Blackwater, you win the dubious prize:

      Erik Prince, America’s most notorious mercenary, is lurking in the shadows of the incoming Trump administration. A former senior U.S. official who has advised the Trump transition told The Intercept that Prince has been advising the team on matters related to intelligence and defense, including weighing in on candidates for the defense and state departments....

      On election night, Prince’s latest wife, Stacy DeLuke, posted pictures from inside Trump’s campaign headquarters as Donald Trump and Mike Pence watched the returns come in, including a close shot of Pence and Trump with their families....


    3. Anonymous10:27 PM

      Gryphen, I wish you could bring additional attention to the far right Christian agenda of Trump's cabinet. The DeVos family. The Mercers. Bannon. They are all CFP members, along with Kellyanne: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_for_National_Policy
      Cross check this 2014 link with the nominees: https://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/cnp_redacted_final.pdf

  10. Anonymous6:27 PM

    I have to admit that I was somewhat ambivalent about Barack Obama eight years ago. I supported Hillary back then and thought Mr Obama needed more experience. But he won me over very quickly once he took office and as time has gone on, I have appreciated his leadership and expertise more and more. He's been a great President and will no doubt be a great statesman & inspiration in the future. I keep hoping that the past two months have been a bad nightmare that I'll wake up from before Friday. Shame in all of the Republicans who disrespected and obstructed him these past eight years. Trump will NEVER come close to filling Obama's shoes.

    1. Anonymous3:24 AM

      Me too. Last evening we watched the farewell address again (by way of DVR). How fortunate we were as a people to have had President Obama as president. I would have felt that things were "in good hands" had Hillary Clinton won. Now, I feel as if we're living a nightmare and it gets worse as we reach January 20.

  11. Anonymous6:31 PM

    Betsy DeVos Wants to Use America's Schools to Build "God's Kingdom"

    Trump's education secretary pick has spent a lifetime working to end public education as we know it.


    1. She got schooled by Warren and Sanders.

    2. Anonymous3:21 AM

      Has no one in the GOP ever read the Constitution. They're always so busy yapping about the 2nd Amendment, one would think they had some notion about the rest of it. But, no.

    3. They only know two: the Second and the Fifth. As far as they're concerned, the rest of them can go.

  12. Anonymous6:34 PM

    Majority of Americans believe Russia interfered with election: New NBC-WSJ poll

    That finding shows substantial public acceptance of the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion about the hacking of Democratic Party computers. President-elect Donald Trump, who takes office Friday, has only grudgingly accepted that finding while accusing intelligence officials of leaking unflattering information about him.

    The survey showed that 51 percent think Russia interfered with last fall's campaign, while 36 percent said it did not. Some 13 percent weren't sure.


  13. Anonymous6:37 PM

    When the news channels switched over to another story, I watched the rest of the final briefing on C-SPAn. JE started out making jokes, but later on he got very serious and was, I thought, inspiring as he talked to the press about how important their job is and that they need to work their butts off once Trump's in (well, he implied a lot without names).

    1. Anonymous8:11 PM

      Josh Earnest also is the BEST Press Secretary ever.


    2. Anonymous3:20 AM

      I will never forget Josh Earnest's very little boy last Halloween in the White House. "That was POTUS," he said in a surprised voice after having a little conversation with President Obama. The encounter among father, son and President Obama was so sweet and indicative of the good relationship between the press secretary and his boss. Also, of the good relationship between President Obama and all of us.

  14. Anonymous6:39 PM


    ...However, several pro-Trump accounts on social media are using pictures and videos that falsely claim to show large groups of bikers on their way to the inauguration in Washington.


    1. Anonymous3:16 AM

      Who cares. They'll go to Washington and terrorize the citizens there. Just the right pals for Trump. During summer months biker clubs annoy residents here in northern Michigan. Bucolic areas become filled with horribly loud engine noises as the "biker dudes and their gals" dominate the two-lane roads. We avoid driving out of town on weekends now.

  15. Anonymous6:42 PM

    President Obama Continues Greatest-Hits Tour, Reflects on His Legacy in '60 Minutes' Interview


  16. Anonymous7:15 PM

    That's what class looks like. President Obama took the blows and ignored the petty shit.

    Trump can never ignore any slight. This is a major flaw for someone in power.Notice how President Obama aged due to weight on his shoulders. This is a serious leader. Trump will worry about his comb over and his spray tan.

    President Obama not only carried the weight of being President but the weight of being the first black President. His daughters moved to the White House and Melania Trump won't do it because of Barron so we really have no First Lady.

    Where is she? I see Ivanka and Beavis and Butthead taking the spotlight. Do you know what it is costing the taxpayers to protect Trump Tower because Melania never wanted this.

    Yeah! Trump can be the first in a lot of things. First in having a nude soft porn model as a First Lady. First in that same nude model living outside the White House.First in having his Son In Law as his advisor. First in not disclosing his taxes.

    How low are we willing to go with our standards for President? We need to ride his ass until he is impeached. We do not suffer Kings.We set the standards.

    All of America is made up of mutts. It's that blend that made us what we are.We are not stuck with this idiot if we never give up and if there is one thing we as Americans do is we never give up.

  17. Anonymous7:32 PM

    I'm gonna miss him and family SOO much!

    OT: Judge Sarah Palin Show finishes last in Katz Survey


  18. Anonymous7:36 PM

    Betsy DeVos proves she isn’t smarter than a Fifth grader, kids need guns to schools to keep those pesky grizzle bears away and she will look at guidelines for combating sexual assault from an organization she sends donations, rather than the laws.

    Good luck to those of you with children in school. DeVos has worked very hard to ruin the schools in MI with her taxpayer provided vouchers for Christian charter schools, just think how much fun she will have ruining the education system of a whole nation.
    Sen. Franken Exposes Betsy DeVos' Ignorance Of Education Policy

    Betsy DeVos says guns shouldn't be banned in schools ... because grizzly bears

    DeVos Dodges Questions On Guidelines To Combat Campus Sexual Assault


    1. Anonymous8:05 PM

      Stupidity runs rampant, while curiosity is quashed.



    2. Anonymous8:50 PM

      She's a CALVINIST! I think they were the people that invented Graham Crackers to prevent SEX!!!

    3. Warren and Sanders dragged her over the coals too.

  19. Anonymous8:33 PM

    Good thing Betsy married money, she certainly couldn’t have done it on brain power:

    Jesus Christ. Grizzly bears?’: Internet loses it as DeVos pushes guns in schools to stop grizzly attacks


    1. Anonymous3:12 AM

      Maybe she means "grisly" as in what happened in Connecticut, but, since she's never set foot in a public school. she may mean "grizzly" as in bears. Betsy de Vos is as dumb as Sarah Palin, just a lot richer.

    2. Anonymous7:53 AM

      The disgusting thing about this, her response was to a question from the Senator from Conn. (Sandy Hook kids)

  20. Anonymous8:36 PM

    See not everyone is boycotting the inauguration, Comrade trump should be proud.

    Austria's leader of the Nazi-created 'Freedom Party' will be at Trump's inauguration

    Heinz-Christian Strache is the head of Austria’s Freedom Party. A few weeks ago it was reported that Trump’s scary national security advisor, Mike Flynn, had met with Strache to discuss whatever it is people discuss inside of volcano underground lairs.

    .... Flynn’s outreach to Strache is worrisome for other reasons, too. In his Facebook post, Strache also announced that he had signed a “cooperation pact” with Vladimir Putin, who recently shared a table with Flynn at a gala in Moscow celebrating the tenth anniversary of RT, the Russian state television organization. Strache said he would act as “a neutral and reliable intermediary and partner” between the Trump White House and Russia, and boasted that “the Freedom Party continues to gain international influence.”.....


    1. Oh goodie. Will he wear his formal brown shirt and black boots? His swastika armband? Hope the cameras get his Nazi Salute to Hair Furor for the entire Nation to see.

      Not that they'll be watching. But a clip for late night and the news.

    2. Anonymous3:09 AM

      Right now, nothing about anything in the Trump universe bodes well.

  21. Anonymous8:37 PM

    You know how Putin operates right? He is covert. He does the most evil things and never puts light on it nor a name to it.
    Trump went to Russia. Did some shameful stuff and was recorded. They hold this over him.
    Trump should put his pride aside and just come forth. Not to be blackmailed by Putin. Yes, we all do some crazy shit when we think no one is looking. But to have it covertly recorded would be embarrassing. Trump needs to relinquish the presidency because not only will Putin have his way with us but Putin will make Trump's life hell. And we all know Trump is a womanizer, and abuser. There's no pride in that. Just come forth before we go the full length of is disaster.

  22. OT

    Keeping up with those whacky wasillabillies: Palin deevorce before mairrage- chile custody throdown!

    1-17-2017: Day of filings to keep it all on the lowdown!

    "01/17/2017 Notice of Filing Enclosed Motions as Confidential

    01/17/2017 Motion for Expedited Consideration of: Motion to make case records confidential

    01/17/2017 Defendant / respondent's January 17, 2017 motion to make case records confidential

  23. Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning


    And Oscar Lopez Rivera.


    That brings Obama's total to 1,385.

    Trump will never beat that. Never come close. Mostly because he believes in executing innocent people.

    From the comments:

    James Toro:
    "Never forget how Trump wanted to execute 5 wrongly accused men BEFORE they had their trial. He even took out full page newspaper ads telling people how much he wanted them dead. Donald Trump is a dangerous, hate-filled man. In 3 days he becomes our president."

  24. Anonymous12:30 AM

    Imagine anyone saying such nice things about, oh lets say, Kellyanne Conway, who has been Trumps spokeswoman to date. They just couldn't do it, well unless they were a pathological liar, wait wait, our new president elect actually is a pathological liar. Never mind.


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