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Obamas America Rises Again


Long-term pessimism about the liberal project has come roaring back in style since the election. Barack Obama’s pet line, “the moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice,” has been hauled out for a great deal of public mockery on all sides. The liberal coastal elite has wallowed in self-flagellation about their failure to understand the great country, a sentiment Donald Trump’s henchmen have exploited to cast the news media as an alien appendage from the real America and its deep, mystical bond with the new president. (“They don’t understand this country,” claims Steve Bannon, “They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.”)

But the events of the last two weeks, both of which have seen massive nationwide protests against the new presidency, suggest a different conclusion. It is Trump who does not understand this country. And it is Obama’s vision of the country that will ultimately win out.

The election has provided ample reasons for alarm. But it is important to have some clarity about what we ought to fear. The federal government is in the hands of an extremist claque. It will probably carry out enormous amounts of terrible policy, and the tail risks of permanent disasters arising from misgovernance — new Katrinas, new Iraq Wars, or worse — are terrifyingly high.

On the other hand, there is no reason to believe Trump is actually good at politics. He has the largest popular-vote deficit of any president ever elected and comes into office with historically low approval ratings. The only things he has done well are to gauge correctly the fecklessness of his Republican rivals, who he understood would fall in line behind him even after he smeared and bullied them mercilessly, and to beat up on Hillary Clinton while James Comey, Vladimir Putin, and the national media pinned her arms behind her.


Senate panel votes in favor of Betsy DeVos, Trumps education secretary pick


Senate panel on Tuesday narrowly voted in favor of President Trump’s nominee for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, sending her nomination to the full Senate for final approval.

All 12 Republicans on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions voted in favor of sending her nomination to the Senate floor, while all 11 Democrats voted against.

But two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), made clear that they have not yet decided how they will vote on the floor, suggesting that DeVos’s confirmation is not yet assured. Democrats are seeking to block DeVos’s confirmation, but they must convince a handful of Republicans to break with the new president.

DeVos is a Michigan billionaire and private school voucher advocate who has become one of Trump’s most controversial Cabinet picks.


yeah...i'll hold my breath for Collins

How Obama will take on Trump


Barack Obama and his aides expected to take on President Donald Trump at some point, but they didn’t think it would happen this quickly.

Now they’re trying to find the right balance on issues that demand a response, and how to use Obama to deliver the selective pushback. Obama and his team are monitoring what’s happening at the White House, and not ruling out the possibility that Obama will challenge Trump more forcefully in the coming months, according to people who’ve been in contact with the former president.

It depends on Trump. It also depends, the people close to the former president said Monday, on whether speaking out would just set him up to have no effect and be dismissed, and result in empowering Trump more, which is a very real worry for them.

From his vacation spot in the Caribbean, Obama has been keeping up with news from Washington and the protests around the country. Friends and former aides have been emailing and talking to him. His staff at his post-presidential office, still unpacking its boxes, told him about the reporters who kept asking, even in Trump’s first week as president, whether enough had happened already to meet his threshold to speak up.


He's still my President

He doesn't care about protests....Is he unstoppable?

And he doesn't care about polls.

Muslim ban
Possible anti-LGBT legislation
Possible withdrawal from Paris Accords
SC justice.....guaranteed anti choice Neanderthal
And more to come.

And dems don't have the votes.

Only hope ,I see, is for normal Repubs to stand up....riiiight


Obama, you need to come home (NYDN)

Barack Obama needs to come back from his vacation. Michelle, too. We need a voice for the majority of Americans who did not vote for Donald Trump.

Democrats and progressives are frantic about Trump's steady stream of executive orders violating the human and civil rights of people firmly established by law and the U.S. Constitution.

Arrogantly some pundits are asking people expressing their outrage "why are you surprised?" "He's doing what he said he would do."

No one is surprised that he is doing what he said he would do. We are surprised he is getting away with it so easily. The checks and balances we've read about since middle school need to kick in and kick in fast. Thankfully, the much-maligned ACLU convinced a federal judge to block Trump's immigration executive order — for now anyway.


I missed Real time last nite.

Does anyone have a link to the full show?

thank you in advance.

For future reference: Obamas Legacy: Nearly 450 Accomplishments, With Citations

bookmark it.


Altered the Culture of the Executive Branch and the Federal Government

Within his first week, he signed an Executive Order ordering an audit of government contracts, and combating waste and abuse. http://1.usa.gov/dUvbu5

Created the post of Chief Performance Officer, whose job it is to make operations more efficient to save the federal government money. http://n.pr/hcgBn1

On his first full day, he froze White House salaries for the duration of the Great Recession. http://cbsn.ws/2aNMqNN

He appointed the first Federal Chief Information Officer to oversee federal IT spending and efficiency. http://www.cio.gov

He committed to phasing out unnecessary and outdated weapons systems and signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act, in an attempt to limit waste, fraud and abuse in the defense procurement and contracting systems. http://bit.ly/hOw1t1

Established the Open Government Directive, which completely changed the government’s approach to technology at all levels. http://bit.ly/2iOTERn

He created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. http://bit.ly/hwKhKa

Signed an Executive Order instructing federal agencies to review all federal regulations and remove any unnecessary and/or burdensome regulations from the books. http://1.usa.gov/Lpo5bd

Dismantled the Minerals Management Service, thereby cutting ties between energy companies and the government. http://nyti.ms/bw1MLu

Banned gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch. http://bit.ly/fsBACN

Banned anyone from working in an agency they had lobbied in previous years and placed strict limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House. http://nyti.ms/gOrznV

Held the first-ever first online town hall from the White House, and took questions from the public. http://bit.ly/2atEVct

Became the first president to stream every White House event, live. http://1.usa.gov/kAgOP5

Established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities. http://www.serve.gov

Restored the 30-day time frame for former presidents to review records and eliminated the right for the vice president or family members of former presidents to do the reviews, giving the public greater access to historic White House documents, and curtails the use of executive privilege to shield them. http://1.usa.gov/gUetLb

Improved the Freedom of Information Act and issued new guidelines to make FOIA more open and transparent when processing FOIA requests. http://1.usa.gov/gjrnp2

Streamlined the Department of Education’s procurement policies and made them more transparent. http://bit.ly/1r9oQvh

Provided the first voluntary disclosure of the White House Visitors Log in history. http://1.usa.gov/hQ7

Signed a law to completely reform NSA Data Collection program and keep phone records in the hands of the phone company. http://bit.ly/1dG34vD

Improved access and data available to Inspectors General throughout the federal governments and elsewhere, thus improving investigative quality.

Sought to improve project management and accountability throughout the federal government. http://bit.ly/2jRaC3A

Enjoyed a virtually scandal-free Administration for eight solid years. http://bit.ly/2iOCTFV

Prevented a Bush Depression, Improved the Economy

Pushed through and signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as “the stimulus package.” He also launched recovery.gov, a website that allows taxpayers to track spending from the Act. http://bit.ly/2aw6HGt

By the end of his first year, the economy created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and the ARRA stimulated the economy by 3.5%. http://reut.rs/i46CEE

He guided the massive TARP financial and banking rescue plan and forced financial organizations to pay back virtually all bailout money. http://bit.ly/2alXjlV

Established the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan. http://1.usa.gov/goy6zl

In 2010 alone, more jobs were created than had been created during Bush’s eight years. http://bit.ly/hrrnjY

He pushed through and implemented an auto industry rescue plan that saved as many as 1 million jobs and possibly the entire auto industry. http://bit.ly/ibhpxr http://bit.ly/gj7mt5

Through his investment in GM, returned to the company to its place as the premiere car company in the world. http://lat.ms/zIJuQx

In February 2016, GM was in such good financial shape, they gave a share of the profit to each worker, with checks up to $11,000. http://detne.ws/1mk7Jry

Doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, to improve manufacturing efficiency. http://bit.ly/eYD4nf

Increased infrastructure spending after years of neglect. http://bit.ly/f77aOw

too many to list..see link

Obama Wastes Little Time In Condemning Republicans For Repeal and Replace On Obamacare

Repealing Obamacare without a replacement is “reckless” and “irresponsible,” and would leave the country “with more uninsured and uncompensated care than when we started,” writes former President Barack Obama.

In the commentary published Jan. 26 in the New England Journal of Medicine, one week after the inauguration of Donald Trump, Obama makes good on the pledge in his farewell news conference to speak out “where I think our core values may be at stake."

“What the past 8 years have taught us is that health care reform requires an evidence-based, careful approach, driven by what is best for the American people,” Obama writes. “That is why Republicans’ plan to repeal the ACA with no plan to replace and improve it is so reckless.”

He goes on to note that the Affordable Care Act has enabled a greater share of Americans to have health insurance than ever before. And he focuses on some issues that have not been widely discussed in Washington, D.C., but are of interest to the doctors and others who read the New England Journal of Medicine. He notes that the ACA changed payment terms to reward health care providers for delivering high-quality care, “rather than just a high quantity of care.” The law has also slowed the growth in health care costs to a fraction of what they were before, he writes, while improving the quality of care.


damn I miss him.

Sorry....I was just missing President Obama.

Joke is over, when is he coming back?

This is like a f**king bad nightmare.

And there is no way to stop this jerk.

Baghdad Spicer on now....

trying to make it a joke.
not funny dickhead.
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