October 30, 2014

Monday Evening Thread: 5 Years Ago Tonight, Do You Remember?

I reminisce I reminisce! Share your story! What were you doing 5 years ago tonight? Where were you? What were your feelings and thoughts that night?

  • AxelFoley

    What an epic night that was.

    My mom was kinda nervous. I wasn’t. I knew then-Senator Obama had this. That campaign he ran…it was the greatest campaign I’ve ever seen. That 2008 election season had all the drama you wanted. Hollywood couldn’t have written it better.

    But yeah, I knew he had it. All the early returns had my mom a little upset. I told her not to worry, places with less population normally call it early and are often more rural (read: Republican). Just wait until the more populous states start coming in.

    And sure enough, once that happened, everything started rolling in. It was over relatively early, and we celebrated all night long (I called in to work the next morning, HA!).

    • Alma98

      I loved the video of the kids at Spelman. PBO. touched young folks in a way that hadn’t been done since Kennedy. I also loved Fox news looking dumfounded lol.

      • rikyrah

        while I couldn’t watch Fox as it was happening, Youtube is a wonderful thing, because I just had to watch the clips of Fox the next day….

        • Alma98

          Same here! I hope and believe PBO and Michelle know that they gave black folks spirit a much needed lift. I am glad my mom and people of her age lived to see it.

          • rikyrah

            Mama had passed away earlier that year, so she didn’t get to see his election, but the Iowa Caucus shocked her like nothing else. For someone born and raised in the Police State known as Jim Crow Mississippi, to see him win 97% White Iowa was something else to behold.

          • Alma98

            Ok that shocked me too lol.

          • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

            I think a collective “Oh Shit!” was let out across the country that night! LOL

          • Alma98

            hahahahaha!

          • AxelFoley

            Heck yeah. And when he won South Carolina, I knew he was winning the whole damn thang.

          • TyrenM

            They all shat themselves when he won NC & VA – Confderate country.

          • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

            I think that’s the best part about PBO’s election and presidency…that older Black people, especially those who lived in the Jim Crow South, were able to see this. To go from living with the fear and terror of Jim Crow to witnessing the first Black President of the United States. I can only imagine how they feel.

          • Alma98

            My mom and aunts were crying tears of joy.
            They even made a quilt and sent it to PBO & FLOTUS lol.

          • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

            Awww! Do you know if they got it?

          • Alma98

            I hope so, it had to be signed for and it was never returned to my mom. So I’ll continue to believe they got it.

          • gn

            Yup, my mom was crying as well. I don’t think I’ve ever before or since seen black people so hopeful.

          • conlakappa

            My Grandmother was 96, born in tobacco country in Virginia, moved from there to the segregated North where she was called “the girl.” She got to vote to re-elect him too!

          • MsKitty

            As happy as I was for the victory it was bittersweet too because I thought of my Mom. She was a real political junkie (she was actually watching the LBJ-Goldwater election returns when she went into labor with me), so she would have been over the moon. Even more poignant was the first inauguration fell on what would have been her 70th birthday.

        • Miranda

          Oh I watched Fox that night…but as sick and bewildered as they were that night…nothing beats Fox on the night Obama won a second term. I watched Fox that night too..I got live coverage of Karl Rove’s meltdown as it happened. That was priceless.

          • Alma98

            LMAO!!! Karl was hilarious!

          • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

            LOL! You could tell Rove was thinking, “WTF? I thought they fixed Ohio! Tha fukk went wrong???”

          • jds09

            To this day, I still think they did fix it. And PBO’s campaign anticipated their cheating. Truth be told, I believe the margins were even larger.

          • rikyrah

            Rove’s meltdown was epic..it was HILARIOUS. It’s the main reason I love that opening segment from Maddow the day after.

          • Town

            For Election Night 2: Voter Boogaloo I remember Chuck Todd throwing his hands up in the air in despair screaming about The Demographics!

            Fox News meltdown was hiliarous too.

            Ann Romney looking like she wanted to take some pills and retire to her bed.

            Chris Matthews fuming about the first debate and the rest of the MSNBC squad (esp. Ed Schultz) looking at him like “Is you for real right now?”

            Good times.

  • rikyrah

    I guess it was about 9:30 CST when I realized that they were just stringing us along. They had already called Ohio awhile ago, and it hit me that they were just waiting for the West Coast. Did the calculations and realized that he would pass 270. So, I waited…and waited it…

    I was watching MSNBC and Olbermann called it, but I always liked how Brian Williams described it and was glad to find that clip over at Jed Lewison’s site the next day.

    • Alma98

      I remember the next day people smiling til their faces cracked lol.

  • Alma98

    I was reminiscing on this earlier at TOD.
    We all were crowded around the tv waiting for the electoral tally.
    After what seemed like an eternity they announced that PBO won and we went nuts. My hubby was saying he knew it all along my young son seemed unfazed by it like why wouldn’t he win lol. I was crying and screaming hell yeah hell yeah! Oh and my favorite was Keith Olbermann choking up. I do believe at one time he was alright and then the emos swelled his head. And you know the rest.

    When I look at video from then seeing how the country came together and loved one another I smile. And before his swearing in people were trying to steal my joy, poc’s joy. But I just kept on keeping on.

    • TyrenM

      “And before his swearing in people were trying to steal my joy, poc’s joy. But I just kept on keeping on.

      A fool came into the office talking about “are you now living in the promised land?” I looked, smiled at him and said…”aren’t you?” Didn’t see him anymore.

      • Alma98

        LOL!

  • Alma98

    And don’t you just love how the media tried to play down McCain getting beat so badly. I remember some stations not even showing how many electoral votes PBO got.

    • Miranda

      They didn’t want to admit that not only had he beaten McCain….HE WHUPPED HIS AZZ!!!

      And 4 years later, whupped another one!

      • Alma98

        Yep lol.

      • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

        Both of those ass whoopings were sponsored by the James Evans Leather Belt Collection.

        • Alma98

          LOL

      • jds09

        A friend of mine was at a gas station when he won, trying to get home, another in the liquor store getting some wine, folks were expecting a long night. Folks were like “What?! It’s over already?!”

        PBO whupped that ass quick!

        • AxelFoley

          It was like Old School Mike Tyson–over before you went to get snacks.

          • Miranda

            LOL!! Yep! You blink you missed it!

          • Alma98

            My husband still mad about that, he went to microwave popcorn and it was over. lol

          • conlakappa

            Right? I think it was in comparison to the nonsense and mess of the previous two election nights.

    • TyrenM

      2 hours later, PBO has 360+ – ALL the “toss up” states!

    • conlakappa

      Yep, once it got to the needed number, they were all “it’s really pointless to show the margin. Barack Obama has won.”

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    I watched it on MSNBC with my parents, and when I heard Keith Olbermann say PBO won, I couldn’t believe it! I was like, “Whoa! This is really happening! A Black man is President of the United States!” I still get chills thinking about that night.

    • conlakappa

      It was great seeing all the celebrations from around the world, the likes of which had never been shown. It was like New Year’s Eve or something.

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – GOOD EVENIN’ Miranda♥/POU FAM♥ — – **BIG HUG*** :>) – -Ohhhh! THIS IS Sooooo EXCITING!!- –***TEARS/SMILES*** — – -EVEN NOW. :>)
    — — – -FIRST! — -I had PLENTY of THESE! :>) —-

    A few friends were there; annnnd anxiety annnd happiness was in the air. – – -as we WATCHED —the NEW PAGES of a FUTURE HISTORY BOOK B WRITTEN.:>) – — –

    — – –YA KNOW- –all of us thought that HE was goin’ 2 WIN. BUT we were discussin’ how we would feel annnd what the country/world would B like —with a BLACK man – -in the WHITE House. :>) —

    -We laughed at soma the senarios that might happen: —-LIKE THIS – — http://www.netanimations.net/oceanliner_sailing-on-ocean-animation.gif
    Some YT folks LEAVIN’ the country in —SHIPS![Like ----WE came ---here on.] LOL – –

    Annnd we said that WE couldn’t wait 2 hear THIS: – — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLa9Vn3TtIc —-
    -Annnd MORE TEARS!! :>)– – –
    Annnnd when the FINAL ELECTORAL VOTES WERE DISPLAYED — –Sooo MUCH JUMPING annnnd HUGGING annnd SCREAMING. :>)

    Annnd — we opened the door annnd heard more from OUR NEIGHBORS!!- —THAT was a BLESSED NIGHT! ♥
    Miranda♥- – –THANK U 4 creating — -THIS FOND MEMORY.

  • Alma98

    I love that Lift Every Voice and Sing video ending with PBO, just love it!

  • jds09

    I remember getting settled on my coach with snacks preparing for a long night in front of the TV. It got called in Cali when it was still light outside.

    Then I had a series of phone calls with family and friends. I called my younger brother first, he wanted PBO to win but he never thought “a white person, no matter what they said to pollers would vote for a black man once they got behind that curtain.” I kept telling him we had this, but a small part of me shared his fear. We just sat on the phone watching together for a bit saying variations of “Fuck, this is really happening, ain’t this a bitch” and would laugh.

    I come from a family of potty mouths. lol

    • Alma98

      I’m still amazed by it all.

      • jds09

        I was leaving work late after a very stressful meeting when I turned on my car radio and heard PBO won the Iowa primary. Lily white Iowa voted for Barack Hussein Obama. It was amazing to even think that he could really do it. That’s when I cried.

        • Alma98

          That shocked everybody and Karl Rove looked like he was going to drop dead.

          • jds09

            Rove and the entire Republican party were so invested in Hilary. Could not handle the change up.

  • Lisa M

    I was in a restaurant with other people who had been working on the campaign since March 2007. I remember thinking how cute it was that the head guy would be so committed to electing candidate Obama so early. I had never worked so hard on a campaign, making phone calls, canvassing and whatnot. On that night, there was some young kid who got a report of the returns before they called it on the news channels. And as soon as Ohio was called, I just started bawling and thinking: why am I crying? I’m getting chills just thinking about that night. I then called my sister to celebrate. It was a very good day!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — May I add that I called my Mommy —who just kept sayin’- –“I JUST CAN’T BELIEVE IT. A BLACK PRESIDENT. I never thought that I would live 2 C THIS. :>) She was cryin’ annnd clapping. :>)
    – – – -At the Nursing Home she had a PIC of MR. PRESIDENT on her wall. -Annnd even in her last days – –she remembered HIS NAME–PRESIDENT OBAMA — -OUR FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT. :>) Then she would ***SMILE***. :>)—FOND MEMORY♥ –

    • AxelFoley

      Hol’ up. Got something in my eye.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Ohhhh. AxelFoley♥. ***tears/smiles*** —-***HUGS** — -THANK U♥ very much . Just –THANK U. :>)

        BTW —That was last year. Annnd I –TREASURE that PIC. :>)- – – – — –

  • Miranda

    I was invited to a watch party but instead me and one of my really good friends decided not to do the crowd thing and just us and one our close guy friends decided at the last minute he couldn’t do it either because he thought he might cry in public. LOL…So we got together at her house with enough food for a small country (wings, chips, pizza, quesadillas, nachos, and more). And we were all on the phone on and off talking to family and friends as the night went on…and I forget which state was called, but I just remember her saying..wait…how many electoral votes is that? And we were silent because we knew with that number, he was President because it was enough that with California, that was it. So we sat there for that hour almost in silence trying to come to grips with the fact that indeed we were living in historic times. This wasn’t us looking at a momentous history moment,, we were living in it. It was so surreal.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Yes! I know what you mean! It was like you wanted to feel what it was like to live history. It’s one thing to read about it, or watch a documentary about it…but to actually LIVE and FEEL history? Whoa.

      I think that’s why I was more hyped when PBO won the second time. Like Hill Harper said, the first time it was historic, but this time it was PERSONAL.

  • jds09

    Let’s not forget the sweetness that was the concession speech. Palin wanting to give one, is a classic. LOL

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      OMG! I still remember the look on her face! She looked hurt beyond relief and I savored every moment of it. I’ll never forget how hateful and nasty she was towards PBO.

      • jds09

        She was hateful and nasty, her convention speech was something else. The only thing positive was those red shoes she rocked when she gave that speech. I still like those shoes.

        • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

          LOL

      • conlakappa

        And Todd giving her the signal like he was going to play wingman if she decided to bumrush the mic.

  • Miranda

    Remember this? From Jan 2009:

    Grandson of slaves: Obama is our Moses

    SLEDGE, Mississippi (CNN) — James Presley stands amid chopped cotton, the thick Mississippi mud caked on his well-worn boots. A smile spreads across his face when he talks about voting for Barack Obama and what that might mean for generations to come. His voice picks up a notch. He holds his head up a bit higher.

    “There’s a heap of pride in voting for a black man,” he says.

    At 78, Presley is a legend of the past living in the present and now hopeful for the future. A grandson of slaves, he’s one of the few men left in America so closely tied to his slave past, still farming cotton on the same land as his ancestors. He’s picked cotton since he was just 6 years old.

    He and his wife of 57 years, Eva May, raised 13 children and six grandchildren in a cypress-sided house in the middle of cotton fields in northwestern Mississippi. He was a sharecropper most his life, but rarely qualified for food stamps.

    His father died in 1935 when he was 5, and he had to step up and be the “Little Man” of the house, a nickname that has stuck seven decades later.

    He’s lived a raw-knuckled life where hope moved at a molasses-slow pace. The last time he had hope for a better future was four decades ago — first with President John F. Kennedy and then with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

    “I’m a church man,” he says. “And I kind of figured this here is about like it was with Moses with the children of Israel. On that day, when he gets to be president, we’re all going to be rejoicing.”

    Does he have plans to celebrate on Inauguration Day?

    “Oh man, it’s gonna be nice. I believe we’re gonna have a good time,” he says. “I never thought one would get there.”

    more here: http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/01/12/grandson.of.slaves/

    • Alma98

      Thanks for this Miranda what a wonderful story. And this why we won’t get over it already white folks. For you slavery is a thing of the past but for a lot of blacks we’re not that far removed from it.

  • Miranda

    Remember Mrs. Cooper?

    106-year-old voter shares hopes, secrets

    ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — Ann Nixon Cooper, 106 years old, has seen presidents come and go in her lifetime and has outlived most of them. On a sunny fall morning, she left her weathered but well-kept Tudor home in Atlanta, Georgia, to vote early — this time for Barack Obama.

    The African-American centenarian remembers a time not long ago when she was barred from voting because of her race. Now she hopes to see the day that Obama is elected as the nation’s first black president.

    “I ain’t got time to die,” Cooper said with a smile.

    “Even if he didn’t win, I was happy for him just to be nominated,” said the former socialite. “The first black president — isn’t that something, at 106 years old?”

    more here: http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/20/centenarian.votes/

    • rikyrah

      totally remember Mrs. Cooper.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda♥ — ***tissues – -liberally used*** :>)

      – — “I ain’t got time to die,” Cooper said with a smile.
      “Even if he didn’t win, I was happy for him just to be nominated,”
      said the former socialite. “The first black president — isn’t that
      something, at 106 years old?”♥
      – -BLESS her.♥

      — -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yau2YHgHpVI AMEN. :>)

  • Miranda

    Oh wow! Check this out!

    ‘Grandma’s Big Vote’ Resonates
    Book, play, film tell of first ballot at age 106
    By John Beifuss
    Originally published 07:28 p.m., August 26, 2013

    Memphis matriarch Mary Alice Gandy’s vote was among the 69,498,516 cast for Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election.

    The significance of the vote was greater than its small contribution to Obama’s margin of victory, however. It was the first vote ever cast by the 106-year-old sharecropper’s widow and descendant of slaves, surely making it one of the more unusual “first votes” in recent U.S. history.

    “Barack Obama wasn’t the first black candidate to run for president, but the other ones hadn’t inspired her,” said Mrs. Gandy’s grandson, William A. Gandy Jr., 59. “The first time she saw him on television, she said, ‘I want to vote for that guy right there.’ ”

    Mrs. Gandy died the following year, but the potentially inspirational story of her belated entry into participatory politics lives on in the movie version of “Grandma’s Big Vote: The Play,” which screens at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Malco Paradiso. 584 S. Mendenhall.

    more here: http://www.gomemphis.com/news/2013/aug/26/grandmas-big-vote-resonates/?print=1

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      And this is why we go hard in the paint for PBO.

      • rikyrah

        yep…all of us have someone like this in our family

    • Alma98

      This is cool!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda —-HOW I LUV — -FIRSTS!- –

      —– It was the first vote ever cast by the 106-year-old sharecropper’s widow and descendant of slaves, surely making it one of the more unusual “first votes” in recent U.S. history.

      BLESS U♥ – – -Mrs. Gandy.♥—

      —-SHE used HER HANDS — -2 VOTE:- – -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAoFAhJJF7M

  • Miranda

    Former White House butler on past presidents and the hope Barack Obama brings

    For one veteran White House butler, Barack Obama’s victory was especially poignant.
    By Helena de Bertodano
    11:28AM GMT 23 Dec 2008

    Just a couple of miles from the White House, in a rundown neighbourhood off Georgia Avenue, lives a man who could tell President-Elect Barack Obama a thing or two about his new home. Eighty-nine-year-old Eugene Allen, who, like Obama, is African American, served as butler at the White House under eight different presidents: ‘I was there for 34 years,’ he says proudly, before reeling off the names of each President he worked for: ‘I served Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan.’

    ‘Yes we did’ reads a triumphant banner on a neighbouring home, a reference to Obama’s victory. In this area, predominantly African American, there is a sense of amazed disbelief: people here used to boast that one of their neighbours was a White House butler; now they have even more reason to celebrate. Allen is especially thrilled: ‘It’s quite something,’ he says of Obama’s victory. I ask whether he thinks the White House will be different under Obama. ‘He’s a smart guy,’ replies Allen. ‘I think he’s going to do all right.’

    Allen and his wife, Helene, whom he married 65 years ago, had prepared themselves carefully for the most exciting election day in their lifetimes. They would walk slowly down to the local school to cast their votes, Helene using her cane and her husband for support, then they would come home and Helene would prepare dinner. ‘Just imagine,’ they used to say to each other, marvelling at the thought of a black President. But on the day before the election, Allen woke up first and nudged his wife. ‘She had a doctor’s appointment at 9 o’clock. I said “It’s time to get up.” She didn’t reply. She couldn’t.’ Tears spring to his eyes: ‘I knew she was sick but I didn’t think she was sick like that. On Sunday night we both went to sleep and on Monday morning I woke up and she didn’t.’

    Knocked sideways by his wife’s death, Allen none the less cast his vote on 4 November . ‘I walked right up to that school and voted alone,’ he says, pointing towards one of several redbrick terrace houses at the end of his street. But he didn’t stay up to watch the results: ‘I came home and went to bed. I didn’t feel too well and at that point it looked like you knew who was going to win anyway.’

    more here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/3917319/Former-White-House-butler-on-past-presidents-and-the-hope-Barack-Obama-brings.html

    • edp4bho

      Hiya POU. Seems after his dedicated service for so long, he could have the dignity of living in a not-so rundown neighborhood. in hi golden years. God bless him.

  • lamh36

    Dudette over at TOD passed along this video to me as an early birthday present. So I can share it with my fellow Idris lovers…lol. I read the other day that my boo was sick in hospital cause of an “asthma attack” and here I sit with an “upper respiratory infection”. In my sick, delusional fantasy world, we would be nursing each other back to health…lol

    • rikyrah

      you are a funny stalker

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL — -lamh36 –***BIG HUG** —
      – –Ohhh —What a — PERFECT PRESENT — -4 U. ;>)–ENJOY. :>)
      – – –How R U feeling? — Prayed 4 U. :>) — -

  • Miranda

    This picture right here, I love. LOL…because you KNOW the staff was gonna spoil Sasha and Malia! Sure FLOTUS told them not too…but look at this pic…and Mama Robinson got that stern look like “I know they better not be asking for nothing special!” You can tell the butler probably said “now tell me what you want baby, you dont have to eat those green beans, let me see if they got some fresh cookies back there.”

    http://img.timeinc.net/time/photoessays/2009/100_days_callie/obama_100days_32.jpg

    • rikyrah

      that’s one of my favorite pics too. I totally believe the stories that some of the staff could have retired, but November 4, 2008 happened, and they said, ‘ nope, don’t think I’ll retire just yet’. I can only imagine how they felt, knowing that come January 20, 2009, there would be a Black First Family.
      One of the goosebumps moments that we never saw, but I always visualized was the staff lining up to meet the new First Family, and what they must have felt seeing the Obamas, complete with Grandma Robinson, walking through those doors.

      • Miranda

        And you can best believe many of them were telling their children who THOUGHT their folks were gonna retire, that “well, I can’t retire just yet because I need to take care of The Obamas!”…..but mama/daddy they will hire somebody else! its The White House!…..”well, I just dont trust nobody else to do it right! I know what to do! I need to stay on and make sure they alright!”….LOL

    • AxelFoley

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • qosine

      This photo is just wonderful.
      I would love to see this also as a painting.

    • nathkatun7

      Thanks Miranda for these pictures that I have never seen before. I wish we could all stand up and sing “Lift Every Voice…” I can imagine the “stony road” the butler has travelled before witnessing this “miracle” of Black children in the white house.

  • BarbinAtlSouth

    Right about this time (9 pm est), I left the campaign office because I knew he was going to win and I knew I was going to be crying like a baby. I gathered up my 8 year old son and went home.

    I can still remember the shock / elation / numbness / exhuberance / PRIDE I felt that night. And can still get watery eyes just thinking about it. His victory over Romney as well.

  • Miranda

    Yep…I’m sure Mr. Ramsey stayed on just to see The Obamas settled in nicely in The White House, then he retired.

    Jan. 25, 2010 – President Barack Obama hugs retiring White House butler James Ramsey, as First Lady Michelle Obama looks on, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4071/4331420994_4cda36f6bd_z.jpg

    • jds09

      I just can’t imagine what this felt like for him. Wow, just wow.

      • Aquagranny911

        Joy…You can see it on his face.

        • nathkatun7

          Yes indeed, Aquagranny! “Pure joy” accompanied by pride and the gratefulness of being alive to witness this historic moment.

    • qosine

      What a great hug.

    • isonprize

      Damn, MIranda. Just DAMN.

      I don’t remember ever seeing this picture. I got something in my eye…

    • nathkatun7

      This pic right here exactly depicts what the election of President Obama meant to many of us older folks! I must confess that on Nov. 4, 2008, I cried tears of joy! To be brutally honest I never imagined I would be alive to witness this “miracle.” I always thought that only my grand children, in their mature adult years, would be the ones to possibly witness the election of the first African American as President of the United States.

  • rikyrah

    out of 700,000 who need the new ID in Texas..
    121 people have the ID.
    uh huh
    uh huh

    • Miranda

      So the new ID law appears to be working just the way the GOP wanted it to…smh

      • rikyrah

        uh huh
        uh huh

    • Alma98

      They were in such a hurry to keep folks from voting that they didn’t think it through.

  • TyrenM

    I took my 1yo daughter with me to vote. I have every election since. Will again for tomorrow. Sorry to say, I woke her up after it was announce around 10 our time. They waited for polls to close out west.

    Cracks me up because last year, they didn’t even wait. Shit was announced like 9:30…ish.

  • rikyrah

    more plagiarizing by Rand Paul..
    LOL

    • jds09

      Why hasn’t he offered up an intern to fall on their sword for this? They don’t make young republicans like they used too.

      • rikyrah

        WELL…he did just move to give them pay cuts by taking away their healthcare subsidies..
        I don’t think too many are willing to take the blame.

  • MsKitty

    In the middle of my birthday party/victory celebration. A bunch of liquored up middle aged women = not a sight for the faint of heart, but it was a blast.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – —Annnnd – — As a RESULT of his ELECTION — – -“WE The People” —have BENEFITTED from HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: –

    – –The Story of Us– – – -***tears/SMILES***

  • rikyrah

    Sleepy Hollow…
    EEEEEK!!!
    WALTER!!!
    WALTER!!!!

    • TyrenM

      On demand…Da Bearz!

    • crazycanuck

      I concur EEEEEK

  • JB20005

    Watching the returns with the wife, SIL, and her husband in the living room of my old apartment. When they called Ohio, New Mexico, and Iowa for Obama, I knew it was over and started to celebrate.

    Then I just started marking time until the Pacific firewall of Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii put him over the top.

  • TyrenM

    Da Bearz… Blacklist…Da Bearz handling Green Bay…Blacklist?

    What to do, what to do?

    • lamh36

      Blacklist DEFINITELY. Spader is GOLDEN. I love the red head agent and Parminda Nagra, but I am a lil tired of Liz being basically lead around by Red. Shoot she supposed to be a big time Profiler…shoot, I remember the show The Profiler and the lady profiler on that show would be embarrased of Liz

      • rikyrah

        it was her first day as a Profiler when she met Mr. Criminal Mastermind. I never thought she was a big time Profiler.

        • lamh36

          yeah rikryah, but alleged, she was being recruited before Red “came in”. It was supposed to be her first job, plus she had all these commendations.

          Shoot, the profilers on Criminal Minds are way better than she is, and one of the characters started as just a media person and worked her way up to profiler…JJ.

      • TyrenM

        The original Profiler…was the business.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- – -WE REMEMBER♥- –

    – –SAVED THIS – – -3 YEARS AGO. ♥:>)– – -FOND MEMORIES♥ — :>) –

    — -BLESS U♥ – With — -APPRECIATION- – -MR. PRESIDENT♥ –

    • TyrenM

      SEE. This is what I love/can’t stand about POU. Always sending me videotripping through time. Here to Michael/Britney to J5 – Motown 25…

      Muted the Bears and errthang.

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL – – -TyrenM :>) – –What R U “drummin’ on?”– – -LOL– -

  • TyrenM

    Watching LOD. PBO just told D’s to get on board or move the fuck around. HCR working is his last campaign.

  • lamh36

    the Simpsons, honored the death of Marcia Wallace as only The Simpsons would:

    The Simpsons Gave Mrs. Krabappel a Heartbreaking Sendoff

    The Simpsons bookended last night’s new episode with two touching tributes to late voice actress Marcia Wallace, better known to fans as Mrs. Edna Krabappel, who passed away on October 26th at the age of 70…

    And it poured the heartbreak on thick with a tear-jerking chalkboard gag showing a despondent Bart writing a single line: “We’ll really miss you Mrs. K.”

    The funeral-themed episode ended with an in memoriam showing Mrs. Krabappel sat on her desk blurting out her halting laugh one last time.

    The producers of the show said they planned to retire the character following Wallace’s passing. No word on how Ned Flanders will take the loss of yet another wife.

    • rikyrah

      I recorded it last night just for the tribute.

    • JB20005

      Really enjoyed the episode where Flanders “forgave” her for being with other men before they were together, and she told Ned to stuff it because she hadn’t done anything that needed his forgiveness.

      • lamh36

        Mrs K. was one of my favorite characters on The Simpsons. She was the strongest “feminist” character on the show and I loved how she was always resilient in love and finally found love with Ned but didn’t change herself!

  • lamh36

    For those who will say The Simpsons is a shell of what it used to be, an commenter on Gawker brought up a great analysis. The early Simpsons season are like a parent of an A student who brings homes a couple of B+. A link was posted for anyone who bemoans the later seasons.

    Nine Latter-Day Simpsons Episodes That Match Up to the Early Classics

    With The Simpsons’ 500th episode coming on February 19, TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz wrote a celebration of the series. He used to be in the “It’s stale, pull the plug” camp, but after catching up on more recent seasons, he revised his opinion, and now feels that while the last thirteen years of The Simpsons weren’t as great as the first ten, the series has maintained an impressive level of quality over nearly a quarter century. And, he points out, there have been episodes in the post–Golden Years that stack up against sainted entries in the Meyer/Swartzwelder/O’Brien glory days. Here he picks nine episodes that prove that while The Simpsons can’t reinvent TV forever, it can still make us laugh…

  • lamh36

    Umm,, dude, this chick wasn’t even born yet. She going off what her momma said. I know, I know it’s her momma, but damn, I’m sure her momma’s lawyers ain’t happy with this. Also too, I swear Chili and TBoz on some interview said that they were back with LA Reid. So now she’s insulting her pops clients, who I’m sure keeps her in funds!

    “I’m Not Gonna Talk About Chilli S*cking My Father’s D**k”, ”: Pebbles’ Daughter, Ashley Reid, Goes Off

    • TyrenM

      So, LA or Clive Davis gonna finally be Mr. Do Right?

    • Worldwatcher7

      It’s amazing how blind young Ms. Reid is to the fact that her dad was the one with the power in the situation. She acts like the evil Chili roofied her poor helpless father.

    • Town

      Ashley needs to sit her ass down and think: maybe if Chilli HADN’T sucked LA Reid’s thang LaFace might have dropped them and then she wouldn’t be living with the luxuries she has today b/c TLC wouldn’t have been around to suck dry. There’s nothing in that TLC movie that hadn’t been known by the public before except the Rav 4 reveal.

  • Worldwatcher7

    Hey POU! Hope my comment isn’t too late… Five years ago I was at the Oakland Marriot making some final calls for the campaign. We didn’t stop ’til we’d moved through states in just about every time zone. The cheers were deafening when the Obamas strolled out in all their beautiful, color-coordinated glory. It was one of the few times in my life that I’ve cried in public.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- —BREAKING: – – – ACTIVE SHOOTER INCIDENT –in NEW JERSEY MALL. – – WATCHIN’. . .

  • annvic

    5 years since Election Night, wow……In 2008, I was with my family surrounded by booze and alternately anxious and exhilrated. When they called it for Obama, we yelled and toasted and drank and then we watched McCain’s concession speech and laughed really hard. Then we turned to FOX News and watched them try to cope and laughed even harder. Good times.

  • edp4bho

    Before I call it a night, my election ’08 experience was very vivid at the point when I was at our local OFA office, making last minute GOTV calls, and I somehow found out, unknown to everyone else in the office, that PBO won my state, Pennsylvania. Well, I relayed the message, and we all began jumping up and down, screaming and practically crying……we had the sense he would win the election. Got a ride home from a co-campaigner, and we said our good nights and good lucks with a sense of heightened anxiety as we just knew we needed him to win. As I watched the results coming in, was on the phone with a friend, and excused myself….to cry….out of exhaustion from worrying. It didn’t really dawn on me that we then had a black president. I just knew we had the BEST president. Nite all.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY edp4bho♥ — -***BIG HUG*** - — –

      — -I just knew we had the BEST president.

      — – – -***UP–HIGH*** -http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/131/d/5/strawberry_awesome_high_five___gif_by_hnrat-d4ze9e5.gif
      Good 2 C U edp4bho!! :>)

      • edp4bho

        Hugs back to you, GLH. I’m tipping off to bed now. Bless you !! And yes, he is the BEST !

        • GreenLadyHere

          :>) edp4bho♥. :>) G’NIGHT. :>)

  • Aquagranny911

    Five years ago Sis & I, some of the Fam & others we knew who had worked our butts off for PBO even though we knew it would take a miracle of all the deities for him to win AZ had gathered together to watch the returns. When the results came in that Barack Obama was now our President we all screamed, cried, danced, sang!

    Everybody’s phones started ringing as friends & family members who were in other places called to cry, laugh & celebrate with us. It was a miracle moment even though we could not give PBO Arizona. We knew we had given our best & we were part of it all.

    I walked on air for days after & I know I had this happy grin that I just could not stop grinning.

  • edp4bho

    Okay, I said good night earlier, Miranda, but I just viewed that video and began crying all over. It doesn’t get old for me. Going to bed this time, for real…LOL!

  • crazycanuck

    All these great stories. I’m going to go read The Audacity to Win again.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥– – AG HOLDER- –Movin’ FORWARD —>

    – – -Holder: Trayvon charges still possible- –

    – — – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday said the Justice Department has not decided whether to file federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

    Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watchman who shot
    and killed Martin in an incident that captured national interest, was
    acquitted of murder charges in July. But the Justice Department could
    still pursue a federal civil rights case.

    Holder said the agency’s investigation is under way.“I’m not sure exactly how much longer that will take, but we will get to a point where we are able to make a determination,” he told reporters at an unrelated news conference at the agency’s headquarters.

    Holder, during an April speech to Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, pledged to “take appropriate action” if the agency finds evidence of a potential federal civil rights crime in the Zimmerman case.

    However, he has since cautioned that the Justice Department faces a “very high barrier” in pursuing federal criminal charges in such cases.
    ——THANK U —AG HOLDER.♥—
    —- — -JUSTICE 4 TRAYVON♥ —annnnd OTHERS♥

  • lamh36

    Getting ready for bed now, but 2 things before I go…

    FIRST:

    Reason #190830393399 why I miss Stabler on SVU. Dude always managed to wear the tightest shirts and pants. He either had a really nice but or a FABULOUS tailor!!!

    • rikyrah

      lol

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL- –Lamh36! —-lamh36! —lamh36!— -LOL—***smh** –

      – — -SWEET DREAMS- — -F’REALZ! :>) –

    • qosine

      LOL!

  • gn

    @Arianna8927
    This gives me hope –>@CNN Hits 15-Month Lows in Viewership and Adults 25-54 http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2013/11/04/cnn-hits-15-month-lows-in-viewership-and-adults-25-54/213522/ …” pic.twitter.com/ragnjIlRkh

    • jds09

      Gives me hope too. Most Americans know bs when they see it.

    • qosine

      Love it!! Bash the President and watch
      your ratings go down the drain. Losers.

  • lamh36

    Second final post of the night:

    Good night and happy dreams people. I’m hoping for a dream I had before. Where I was at my wedding…TO DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON. I swear the dream went through the ceremony, the reception, and the wedding night, and jsut as it was getting good….MY DAMN ALARM WENT OFF!!!

    WORSE PRE-BDAY DREAM EVER!

    The good thing tonight is that I’m off tomorrow, so NO ALARM WILL BE SET! WINNING!!! And now I’m hoping for a “double wedding”!!

    Happy Dreams peeps.

    • qosine

      Those arms. sigh

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥- — -WHOA!- —

    – – – -BREAKING: Senate Advances LGBT Job Discrimination Legislation- –

    — — The Senate just voted 61-30 to allow for debate on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that would make it illegal nationwide for employers to discriminate against LGBT people. It had the support of all Senate Democrats as well as several Republican Senators, including cosponsors Susan Collins (R-ME) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), as well as Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Dean Heller (R-NV).

    Surprise “aye” votes from Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Rob Portman
    (R-OH), and Pat Toomey (R-PA) helped advance the bill over the finish line in the absence of expected votes from Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).
    Should the Senate vote to ultimately pass ENDA, it will be the first time the Senate has approved it in the 20 years it has been considered. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) expressed disapproval for ENDA Monday,. .

    THERE IS MORE- — WATCHIN’. . .

    • TyrenM

      Hatch must not be running for office again. Especially after giving a +1 vote.

      • GreenLadyHere

        TyrenM- —-Good catch. :>)- – Hatch, the pollster said, is “not running again. He wants his legacy.”- –

        – —http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865588921/Hatch-says-Lee-other-tea-party-Republicans-need-to-be-rehabilitated.html?pg=all

  • aleth

    So the shooter in jersey mall was aiming at cameras? For $100 Alex, I bet it’s one of those libertarian government spying on me cray cray

  • gn

    Stand with Rand!

    @Foxfieldguy
    Rand Paul caught scrubbing transcripts from website after plagiarism charges | The Raw Story http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/04/rand-paul-caught-scrubbing-transcripts-from-website-after-plagiarism-charges/

  • qosine

    I love reading all your stories of that wonderful night.

    My BF and I watched as the returns came in. He was
    serene, saying of course he would win, and I kept
    adding up numbers over and over until the magic
    number.

    Watching the Obama family walk out on the stage
    was so beautiful and knowing that nothing, nothing
    could take our votes away. They’d be pulling up to
    the WH and moving in. They were here to stay.

  • lamh36

    Alright, Good night peeps. I’ll leave you with a pic of me and my hubby Idris Elba, hugging it out. What??? That’s really me! Just squint your eyes a little bit and “expand” the screen a bit…IT’S TOTALLY ME…lol

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL – – -lamh36 — – ***http://www.gurl.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/kelly-rowland-squint.gif

      – – – – squintin’ — annnd expandin’****

      Uhhhhh – –P-O-S-S-I-B-L-Y– – -LOL – – –
      Your “hair”- – – is — A-DOR-A -BLE. :>) — – G’NIGHT. :>)

  • isonprize

    I remember seeing this cute guy on TV at the Dem National convention in 2004. But more than cute, he was compelling. I actually paid attention to what he was saying.

    Now, I had always voted since I was old enough, but I had never volunteered for a campaign. Never. I thought voting was all that I needed to do. So when I realized that the guy who was being talked about was the same guy that I remember from the DNC, I was intrigued. I walked in to the campaign office to donate a microwave and walked out as the volunteer coordinator.

    I worked my ASS off during that 2008 campaign. I mean, like every day, like it was a job. My son was there so much, he had a corner where he did his homework. That was also the year the Phillies won the World Series, so by election day, emotions were at a fever pitch. That night was just crazy. The same place we ran canvasses (a huge hall/restaurant that used to be a Woolworths back in the day) was turned into huge living room. We had a gihugenorlargemous TV screen and people sitting, slouching, standing, laying all over the place. The only tension was over whether MSNBC or CNN would be the channel of choice. I think MSNBC won out.

    That place was electric the whole night. Food, liquor, dancing, the joint was jumpin’ When the announcement came there was sheer pandemonium. Hugging, kissing, jumping, crying. A whole range of emotions just flowed. I saw grown men crying and women squeeing!

    A night that I will never, ever forget.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY isonprize. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      — – -GR8 –share. :>) — -Sooo – -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YjSHbA6HQQ :>) — -Good 2 C U isonprize. :>)

  • qosine

    Here’s a GREAT animation of the drop in our deficit on PBO’s watch:
    ….
    Monday, November 4th, 2013
    A new report has some big economic news you probably missed: Since 2009, we’ve cut our deficit in half — and it’s falling at its fastest rate since World War II.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/cutting-our-deficit-half

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY qosine :>) — – -***BIG HUG*** :>)

      GR8 – – -DATA/STATS/FACTS.!!- — :>)

      — THANK U♥ —MR. PRESIDENT! :>)–Woo! Hoo!- -

      • qosine

        Hey, GreenLady. And I love the presentation:
        “Wait for it” before the bar shows 4.1% for 2013.
        Great, great visual for the “data/stats/facts.”

        Oh, and I’ve played that Patti LaBelle & the BlueBells 1962 version of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” about 10X today:)

        • GreenLadyHere

          qosine – -Aww — – -Oh, and I’ve played that Patti LaBelle & the BlueBells 1962 version of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” about 10X today:)

          POWERFUL . :>)- – -

  • TyrenM

    I remember alot of voices here on other blogs fighting hard in 2008. Saying don’t believe the hype. Don’t believe the delegate fairytale. Calling out Bill’s dog whistling in S.C. and the subsequent ass whooping there.

    Since then thinking of all the bs and handwringing by the so-called left since his election, I’m so grateful to the education I’ve received from the “liberal”, “blacker than thou” as well as the pragmatic crew.

    Even after PBO is gone, I’ll never view our media the same. Having grown up with real reporters, the corporate owned media these dayz are burnt up…forever.

    Good nite all.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥– -Oooweee. FRONT annnd CENTER — in THIS mayoral race:- – –

    – -Bankruptcy shadows Detroit’s mayoral election- –

    – – -A candidate once thought to have little chance of getting past
    Detroit’s primary election is the front runner Tuesday in the race for
    mayor, a job that will have little immediate power as the debt-ridden
    metropolis is guided through the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S.
    history by a state-appointed emergency manager.

    One of the top remaining issues for both candidates: Who can better
    work under the thumb of turnaround expert Kevyn Orr, who will continue to run the show for at least another year in Detroit — a city where population has dropped from 1.8 million people to 700,000, and political corruption and mismanagement have contributed to its ultimate financial demise.

    Benny Napoleon and Mike Duggan have said they oppose state
    intervention in Detroit’s affairs and the hiring of Orr to run its
    finances.
    – — – SNIP- —

    —-. . .Napoleon, Wayne County’s sheriff and a former Detroit police chief, was on the ballot and received about 28,300 votes.
    THERE IS MORE — – –
    – – – -☺My Sista- -is campaignin’ 4 HIM.- – – –
    —– –☺He Spoke @ her church on Sunday. :>) He is soo QUALIFIED!!- – – -BUT—because of the “shadow” of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick- – –BLAH folks R NOT supportin’ him. IT’S – -SHAMEFUL!!/DISGUSTING!!- –
    – – – -☺Mr. John Conyers was in church also. BUT he left B4 I could – — – — -give him my autograph. LOL — J/K. :>)
    – – — – ☺The REV. DR. Wendell Anthony, Pastor- – -Introduced him. :>)- —IT was – — POWERFUL TRUTH!! :>)
    PRAYIN’ 4 HIM :>)- – -AMEN.

  • Admiral_Komack

    I was at home, watching MSNBC.
    When the election was called for Barack Obama, I drank a glass of wine.
    I was in line to vote for over two hours; it was worth it.

  • GreenLadyHere
  • crazycanuck

    wrong thread