November 20, 2017

Monday Evening Thread: Our Journey Is Not Complete

The swearing in and President Obama’s speech:

  • Alma98

    Sing it James!

  • Miranda

    Oh this will be epic…Serena vs Sloane in the Austrailian Open quarterfinals match.

    Clash of generations: Serena vs. Sloane in quarterfinals

    MELBOURNE, Australia — This much can be said of the intergenerational American clash between Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens in the Australian Open quarterfinals Wednesday: No baton will be gently passed.

    On Monday, third-seeded Williams cruised by No. 14 seed Maria Kirilenko of Russia 6-2, 6-0 in 57 minutes to advance to her 35th major quarterfinal. Stephens, seeded 29th, reached her first final eight in a Grand Slam with a 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 win against Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia.

    more here

    • Alma98

      I wish they were on different sides of the draw but it is what it is. Sloane gotta bring it cause Serena was a beast last night, the match lasted fifty something minutes. Serena had six errors, she was smoking.

  • Miranda

    And you know they are:

    Black Canseco ‏@BlackCanseco
    Somewhere Tavis, Cornell and Lupe chilling infront of a flatscreen throwing shade and swapping bad poetry.

  • GN

    Momentous day:

    President Obama channels Abraham Lincoln

    Last night I finally watched the movie Lincoln (great timing, huh). What struck me was not only the gravity of the moment he faced. He also had to battle the racists on his right and the purity demands of those on his left in order to help the country take that one insufficient and yet important step forward of getting the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution passed. [snip]

    That’s exactly what President Obama said today.

    We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect. We must act, knowing that today’s victories will be only partial and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years and 40 years and 400 years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall.

  • Miranda

    Can they be cuter?

    kerstinshamberg Kerstin Shamberg 1m
    Malia photobombs as Sasha tries to snap a photo of a presidential kiss #inaug2013

  • GN

    WH cites Inaugural Official putting crowd estimate for swearing-in at 1 million.

    • Kennymack1971

      But.. I thought folks weren’t feeling this inauguration.

      • We called it.

        • BluMilw

          I attended the inauguration today and there were so many people it was ridiculous. We got in our line (based on ticket color) around 5 a.m. & it was wrapped around the block that early. So, they can miss me with that bull#&*%.

          • conlakappa

            Metro was sending out alerts about parking lots being full before 8 a.m. The flow of people leaving wasn’t under control until 3:15. So, 4 hours before an 3 hours after was chaos.

          • Alma98

            I hope you had a wonderful time BluMilw.

          • BluMilw

            Thanks Alma98! I was not going to miss my President this time. I didn’t even complain about my back being sore from standing for hours. It was well worth it. On my way gome today…and I here it’s been COLD! LOL

          • Alma98

            I’m glad you got to go and yes it’s freezing here.

      • AxelFoley

        Hol’ up. Hol’. Up.

        They told us enthusiasm was down.

    • goldenstar

      how many @ first inauguration?

      • conlakappa

        +/- 2M

    • GreenLadyHere

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

      —-**fist bump*** —:>) – –TELL THIS 2 da – –CALCULATOR KREW/MINIONS LOL – – -It’ll give ’em somethin’ 2 do. LOL

      – –THEY can COUNT da WOMEN!! – – LOL – —

      Good 2 C U GN. :>)

  • rikyrah

    President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden pay their respects at the Martin Luther King, Jr. statue in the Capitol rotunda

  • Miranda

    Martin Luther King’s dream is alive
    By Kevin Powell, Special to CNN

    (CNN) — The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would hardly recognize America in 2013, the 50th anniversary year of his world-famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
    The efforts of King and countless others have not only made it possible for Barack Obama to become the first black president of the United States, but also created unprecedented opportunities for the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and virtually anyone who had previously been given a check that has, as King put it, “come back marked ‘insufficient funds.'”

    more here

    • GN

      True Mr. Powell but people need not forget that too many black people are still getting a check marked insufficient funds, not merely due to wealth issues, but due to racism. Civil rights is not merely a relic of the past, and no matter the greatness of the current milestones and undeniable progress, it is still a force which has kids in this day and age choosing white dolls as “better,” has us overrepresented in prison and underrepresented in college. To be fair, I think that he does speak to this in his essay, but I just wanted to emphasize as increasingly, I’m feeling like black struggles are being viewed as come full circle, completed, useful only as a reference or foil to other struggles, and that’s no good.

  • Miranda

    Can u believe this shit? These mofos are seriously bent.

    Republicans: Obama should have reached out more in address

    Republican lawmakers criticized President Obama’s inaugural address Monday, saying he failed to reach out to their party.

    “I would have liked to have seen some outreach,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who lost to Obama in the 2008 presidential race. “This is the eighth [inauguration] that I’ve been to and always there’s been a portion of the speech where [the president says], ‘I reach out my hand because we need to work together.’ That wasn’t in this speech.”

    Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), a member of leadership, said the speech was “mostly 30,000-foot stuff” that did not extend any olive branches to the GOP.

    more here

    • MsKitty

      They need to have a whole stadium full of seats.

    • Kennymack1971

      Oh shut up GOP. After obstructing and opposing everything this President has put forward these assclowns want to cry about a damn olive branch? Sit the entire hell down.

    • rikyrah

      I shall not front:

      fuck all them muthafuckas.

    • creolechild

      Cartoon of the Day- GOP and Women, Minorities

      H/T Monte Wolverton and Paddy

    • jds09

      That’s a comedy piece , right? It’s the onion, right? Is it April 1st? They are insane. lol

    • conlakappa

      Yet there he was yucking it up. Shaddup, Skeletor.

    • crazycanuck

      Well I was watching NBC for a bit and some bozo was saying the same dam thing.

    • AxelFoley

      Fuck Thune. I remember the media was kinda hyping his lanky ass up back in 2009 as a possible GOP contender, their answer to PBO (I guess because he supposed to be a good ball player). Punk was too scared to throw his hat into the ring.

  • rikyrah

    this is hilarious from twitter..thanking the GOP

  • creolechild

    Virginia GOP Pulls ‘Dirty Trick’ On Inauguration Day

    Democrats in Virginia are accusing state Republicans of taking advantage of a prominent civil rights leader’s trip to Washington for the presidential inauguration to pull a “dirty trick” in order to take control of the state Senate in the 2015 elections.

    The state Senate is split 20-20 between Republicans and Democrats. On Monday, while state Sen. Henry Marsh (D) — a 79-year-old civil rights veteran — was reportedly in Washington to attend President Obama’s second inaugural, GOP senators forced through a mid-term redistricting plan that Democrats say will make it easier for Republicans to gain a majority. With Marsh’s absence, Senate Republicans in Richmond had one more vote than Senate Democrats and could push the measure through.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Evan McMorris-Santoro

    • nellcote

      Wow. That’s fucked up. I guess evil really doesn’t sleep. What are they doing working on a holiday anyway?

      • isonprize

        Nope. Evil definitely doesn’t sleep. It’s the only way they have a ghost of a chance of winning. We gotta OUT VOTE THEM. Plain and simple…

  • creolechild

    10 Things You Should Know About Slavery and Won’t Learn at ‘Django’

    Much hullabaloo has been made recently about slavery as entertainment in movies like “Django Unchained.” But lost in the discussion is slavery as history, and the simple fact that it was an economic system which seized the economic know-how of Africans in order to construct unimaginable wealth in North America, Europe and throughout the Western Hemisphere.

    Wealth from the slave trade took Western Europe from being one of the world’s poorest regions to its wealthiest and most powerful in under a century. Though sadistic and macabre, the plain truth is that slavery was an unprecedented economic juggernaut whose impact is still lived by each of us daily. Consequently, here’s my top-10 list of things everyone should know about the economic roots of slavery.

    1) Slavery laid the foundation for the modern international economic system.[…]
    2) Africans’ economic skills were a leading reason for their enslavement.[….]
    3) African know-how transformed slave economies into some of the wealthiest on the planet.[….]
    4) Until it was destroyed by the Civil War, slavery made the American South the richest and most powerful region in America.[….]
    5) Defense of slavery, more than taxes, was pivotal to America’s declaration of independence.[….]
    6) The brutalization and psychological torture of slaves was designed to ensure that plantations stayed in the black financially.[….]
    7) The economic success of former slaves during Reconstruction led to the rise of the Ku Klux Klan.[….]
    8) The desire to maintain economic oppression is why the South was one of the most anti-tax regions of the nation.[….]
    9) Many firms on Wall Street made fortunes from funding the slave trade.[….]
    10) The wealth gap between whites and blacks, the result of slavery, has yet to be closed.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Imara Jones

    • GN

      Thank you for this.

      And indeed:
      10) The wealth gap between whites and blacks, the result of slavery, has yet to be closed.[….]

      I’d argue that the myth of black inferiority which thrives to. this. day. in terms of internalized dismay and externalized oppression has a lot to do with the wealth gap as well. In some ways, we’re still handmaidens to everyone else’s well-being, struggles and liberation but our own.

  • creolechild

    Our journey is NOT complete!

    Def Poetry – Julian Curry – Niggers Niggas & Niggaz

    H/T kfc123

  • GN

    People know what’s up:

    CNN polling released Sunday showed a majority of Americans — 54% — believe Obama will be an outstanding or above average president in his second term, while 43% said he’d be poor or below average.

    He will be outstanding, already in the bag.

    • AxelFoley

      “He will be outstanding, already in the bag.”


      • GN

        Hoping and praying.

  • creolechild

    5 Fast Facts About Black Immigrants in the United States

    Recent weeks have seen a positive shift in the conversation on immigration reform, with prominent voices in both parties pushing for a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. But although Latinos and Asian Americans figure prominently in the conversation, black immigrants—who comprise 8 percent of the U.S. foreign-born population—are most often left out. As we prepare for 2013, here are some key facts about this often-overlooked group.

    1. Black immigrants are a significant group in the United States—more than 3 million people comprising 8 percent of the U.S. foreign-born population.[….]
    2. Black immigrants arrive in the United States through multiple pathways.[….]
    3. Black immigrants are one of the most-educated immigrant groups.[….]
    4. Black immigrants face many challenges in the United States.[….]
    5. Despite the challenges they face, black immigrants are stepping up in support of immigration reform.[….]

    Read more:

    H/T Helen Faris

    • GN

      This is such an important point; no disrespect to other communities, but black immigrants are almost *always* left out of the convo re: immigration reform and immigration issues.

      3. Black immigrants are one of the most-educated immigrant groups.[….]


      • rikyrah

        African Immigrants are THE most-educated immigrant group.

        yeah, even ahead of Asians.

        • GN

          We’re invisible, on both the right and the left, by design.

  • creolechild

    After Inauguration, Obama Emails Supporters To Organize

    President Obama emailed supporters of his now re-formed campaign organization, called Organizing for Action, that with his swearing-in complete, it was time to begin anew on the new priorities of his second term. “I just renewed my oath of office to serve as your president for four more years,” Obama writes. Thank you for making this possible. It’s an honor to be your president.”

    “Now it’s time to finish what we started — let’s get going,” he adds.

    H/T Igor Bobic

  • Alma98

    I so love this comment over at BJ.

    “CT Says:

    Every white progressive columnist/blogger can do a better job of being president than the actual president.”

    • conlakappa

      While never having been elected for anything, not even in middle school.

      • nellcote

        not even in middle school.
        and they’re *still* bitter about it.

  • Miranda

    LOVE IT!

    Obamas Get Down To Inaugural Parade Drum Corps

  • Miranda

    Live chat will stay up for the inaugural balls!

  • Worldwatcher7

    Hey POU:

    My feet are sore, my nose is runny, and my fingers are still thawing out. And, yes, this was one of the most memorable day of my life. Standing in support of our President in the company of other loyal supporters was an incredible privilege.

    I know we have much more work to do. I know this was an event full of symbolic importance, unlike the practical significance of the HCA. But this day demonstrated again that we’ve got this President’s back -— still — no matter what the punditocracy predicts about our numbers.

    Bless this wonderful President and his family for their efforts and their sacrifices. We must strive to be dependable partners. And, as always, bless POU.

    • TyrenM

      Glad U were there on Our behalf.

    • nellcote

      so did you pick up any inaguration swag?

      • Worldwatcher7

        Had to get a t-shirt and hat for my family. But I’ll really treasure the American flag that was passed to me in the crowd to wave during the speeches.

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY Worldwatcher7. ***BIG –HAPPY 4 U –HUG*** :>)

      – –LOL – –THANK U – ->My feet are sore, my nose is runny, and my fingers are still thawing out. And, yes, this was one of the most memorable day of my life. Standing in support of our President in the company of other loyal supporters was an incredible privilege. – – –U R sooooo BLESSED. :>)

      — — –THANK U 4 SHARIN’!! – — -I feel the EXCITEMENT —

      – – -THROUGH U. :>) – – -B BLESSED. :>)- –

    • dannie22

      its such a wonderful memory to have

  • Aight, so remember when I was telling y’all that Oscar de la Renta was throwing shade again? Well, this time it was aimed toward PBO’s administration.

    There were rumors that Anna Wintour, editrix of Vogue, was in the running for an ambassadorship to either the UK or France. Well, back in Nov, the WH told Wintour that the UK ambassadorship would go to another top fundraiser, and here’s what Oscar said:

    At the time, Wintour’s close friend, designer Oscar de la Renta, found the prospect ridiculous, telling the paper, “When you are editor in chief of an extremely successful magazine, you don’t need an ambassadorship for four years. Ambassadors were great in the 18th century. Today, it’s going to the opening of a cafeteria.”

    Dude stay being messy.

    • goldenstar

      The story makes little sense and Oscar is just plain…nonsensical.

    • nellcote

      Anna Wintour has a long memory. And gets to pick the clothes for the magazine 😉

      • conlakappa

        I guess he hasn’t seen The Devil Wears Prada…

  • AxelFoley

    Who was talking about this term will be blacker than the first during the chat? You might be right:

    Black Power fist? Oh, snap!

    • Miranda

      The right wing’s gonna be so pissed when he names Chuck D to run the National Endowment for the Arts.

      • nellcote

        I thought Common had that gig in the bag.

        • Miranda

          He’s gonna name Common to the FCC.

    • rikyrah


      this is too hilarious for words

    • LMBAO! Fox News is going ballistic!

  • Miranda
    • nellcote

      I hear MLK was a republican so great photo of bipartisanship!

      • angee

        Urban myth. His father was but he wasn’t.

    • Cornel weeps.

  • rikyrah

    I totally love the pomp and circumstance. I loved POTUS reviewing the troops.


    • nellcote

      Loved the fife and drum, teabagger looking bands. With the Betsy Ross flags with the stars in an “O”.

  • rikyrah

    Obama’s Startling Second Inaugural
    By James Fallows

    Jan 21 2013, 12:25 PM ET

    This was the most sustainedly “progressive” statement Barack Obama has made in his decade on the national stage.

    I was expecting an anodyne tone-poem about healing national wounds, surmounting partisanship, and so on. As has often been the case, Obama confounded expectations — mine, at least. Four years ago, when people were expecting a barn-burner, the newly inaugurated president Obama gave a deliberately downbeat, sober-toned presentation about the long challenges ahead. Now — well, it’s almost as if he has won re-election and knows he will never have to run again and hears the clock ticking on his last chance to use the power of the presidency on the causes he cares about. If anyone were wondering whether Obama wanted to lower expectations for his second term … no, he apparently does not.

    Of course Obama established the second half of the speech, about voting rights and climate change and “not a nation of takers” and “Seneca Falls to Selma to Stonewall” [!] etc, with careful allusions through the first half of the speech to to our founding faiths — and why doing things “together,” the dominant word of the speech, has always been the American way.

    More detailed parsing later, but this speech made news and alters politics in a way I had not anticipated.

    • GN

      Obama certainly knew that parts of his base would respond more immediately and passionately to the names Seneca Falls, Selma, and [especially] Stonewall than other parts, but his meaning is evident to anyone…

      Maybe I’m being petty today but I’m also part the base I think, and I didn’t respond “especially” more passionately to Stonewall than women’s rights and certainly civil rights. I’m sorry, but this is why I was halfway hoping for a more overt mention of black needs. Because there’s been such an effort to not have other liberation struggles merely pay homage to and borrow from civil rights, but to *supplant* it. To be frank, I thought PBO’s speech of four years ago was very appropriately sober as it was calibrated to the national disaster which was taking place and the complete calamity which was averted through the skill and determination of the WH. I guess I’m glad that the lefty media, which never cared very much about black issues whatsoever and it shows, feels enthusiastic today, but I just don’t agree with some of the analysis floating around.

  • rikyrah

    The Two Most Powerful Allusions in Obama’s Speech Today
    By James Fallows
    Jan 21 2013, 6:30 PM ET

    On reading it through after hearing it, this is another carefully crafted speech. More so, I would say, than Obama’s first inaugural address. But these two parts got my attention the instant I heard them:

    1) Lash and sword. This inaugural address, like nearly all previous ones, began with an emphasis on the importance of democratic transfer-of-power. For instance, the first words of JFK’s address in 1961 were, “We observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom.” But Obama introduced the familiar theme with this twist:

    Today we continue a never-ending journey to bridge the meaning of [our founding] words with the realities of our time. [Note: this preceding sentence is the one-sentence summary of the speech as a whole.] For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they’ve never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth. The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.

    And for more than two hundred years, we have.

    Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free. We made ourselves anew, and vowed to move forward together

    I like the precise logical concision of contrasting “self-evident” with “self-executing” truths. But “blood drawn by the lash” is an impressive and confident touch. It was of course an allusion to a closing passage in what is generally considered history’s only great second inaugural address, Abraham Lincoln’s in 1865 (right):

  • GreenLadyHere
  • Miranda

    Tuskegee airmen honored guests at inaugural

    WASHINGTON (AP) — They sat in wheelchairs as honored guests at President Barack Obama’s second inaugural, attended to almost minute-by-minute by active duty members of the military. For these Tuskegee Airmen, members of the famed all-black unit of World War II and several years beyond, the tables surely turned.

    From the terrace of the Capitol, they watched an African-American president being sworn in for his second term. And they were cared for reverently by many whites in uniform, who more than six decades ago would have had no contact with these two dozen veterans now sitting with green Army blankets across their laps. Several of them said they were at Obama’s first inaugural but were just as excited to attend his second.

    The tables certainly were turned for Homer Hogues, 85, who marched with his segregated unit in President Harry Truman’s inaugural parade in 1949.

    The black troops were quartered in a hangar with little heat, while the white military marchers were in a barracks.

    more here

    • GN

      I’ve never seen so many civil rights figures at an inauguration before. Extremely well-done ceremony.

    • AxelFoley

      Tavis and nem hear about this?

  • GreenLadyHere


    – — – -THEY LOVE HIM♥ – – -:>) – —

  • qosine

    At the Commander-in-Chief Ball, President Obama is making remarks, and the soldiers in Afghanistan are saying hello on a monitor. They’re thanking the PBO for the invite to the party. So cool.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – -JUS’ RECEIVED MY PERSONAL email – – -:>)

    – – – – –GreenLadyHere:
    I just renewed my oath of office to serve as your president for four more years.

    Thank you for making this possible. It’s an honor to be your president.

    Now it’s time to finish what we started — let’s get going.

    Barack Woo! Hoo! :>)

    – – -IMMA – –HOLLA BACK!! LOL – – –

  • AxelFoley

    FLOTUS lookin’ GOOOOOOOD in that Jason Wu joint!

  • GreenLadyHere


    Annnd BELOVED FIRST LADY♥: – — -U! JUS! – –WEAR annnd WERK that “BACKLESS RED DRESS! :>) _– –

    — – –U 2 JUS’ –DANCE!!♥ — -Sooooo —IN LOVE♥ — -:>) – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —Awww — -FOCUS on the –“YOUNG LADY ‘CHELLES.” – -:>)

    —-Obama girls to hit teen milestones in White House – –

    — –That‘s how it goes with kids. You hardly notice how fast they’re growing up, then suddenly big sis is nearly as tall as Mom and the little one is a tween, gently sassing Dad.

    On the inaugural platform again four years later, a more mature Malia Obama, 14, and Sasha, 11, smiled, sometimes giggled, and chatted with their cousin Avery Robinson as they awaited their father’s arrival. Sasha bounced on her feet a bit as if chilly in temperatures hovering around 40 degrees, and later huddled in her seat. Malia, looking poised in calf-high black boots, rivaled her mother’s 5 feet 11 inches. Like any girls their age, they whipped out their smartphones in the parade reviewing stand to take photos.

    Both daughters appeared relaxed and oblivious to their global TV audience, unaffected by their rare status, unfazed by the fuss over their father.

    Meanwhile, fashion-watchers were tweeting about the girls’ coats in vibrant shades of purple. For the record: Malia wore a J. Crew ensemble, Sasha’s was Kate Spade, and first lady Michelle Obama was in a Thom Browne coat with a navy print like a man’s silk tie.

    – – -WATCHIN. –THEM♥ – – -WITH PRIDE, :>) – –

    – –***sigh*** NOTICED how this article — PIVOTED 2 OUR BELOVED FIRST LAD♥ —- with SOME STOOPID OPINIONS! –geesh! :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — MISSED THIS: — -MR. PRESIDENT – –DROPS MIC – -AGAIN! – – –

    GETS BUSY –FAST. :>) – – – –

    – —Obama officially signs Cabinet nominations – —

    — – Minutes after his inauguration speech Monday, President Barack Obama signed documents officially submitting top administration nominations to the Senate.

    Obama affirmed the nominations of John Brennan to be CIA director, former Sen. Chuck Hagel for defense secretary, Sen. John Kerry to be secretary of state and Jack Lew for treasury secretary.

    Obama also signed a proclamation to commemorate the inauguration. The proclamation is entitled “National Day of Hope and Resolve, 2013.”

    “I’m proclaiming peace on Earth and goodwill towards men,” Obama quipped as he signed the document.

    – – –SNIP —

    As he signed the nomination papers, Obama said, “I know they will be dealt with with great dispatch,” eliciting laughter from the Republican leaders.
    THERE IS MORE. – —

    – – -HE IS — -BEYOND SERIOUS – -’bout – -“COMPLETIN’ A JOURNEY!” – -:>)

    – – -THANK U MR. PRESIDENT! :>) – – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda — – -WHA’!!?? – – -LOOK AT THESE – – -DOGS!! – – –geesh!! —

    – —Virginia Senate Sneaks Through Gerrymandering Bill While Country Watches Inauguration

    – – – – –While the eyes of the nation were turned toward President Barack Obama’s second inauguration on Monday, the Virginia State Senate managed to hurriedly pass a bill that would redistrict the state’s senate seats.

    The vote, 20-19, would have been a tie had Democratic Senator Henry Marsh been present. Marsh, a civil rights leader, was in Washington, D.C., attending the inauguration.

    Had Marsh been present, however, the state’s Lieutenant Governor, Bill Bolling, would likely have broken the tie. The bill was reportedly pushed through in a matter of hours.[See UPDATE.]

    According to Virginia politics blogger Ben Tribbett, the move could potentially eliminate at least one Democratic seat, the 25th district, which currently belongs to former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sen. Creigh Deeds (D).

    This isn’t the first time that Virginia has attempted to redraw district lines conveniently for Republicans. Just last month, the state’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli lobbied to have the state exempt from the Voting Rights Act’s redistricting requirements because the state had “outgrown” racism. Largely, redistricting has disenfranchised Democratic votes.

    – – -Update
    A reporter for a local Virginia paper reports that the Lieutenant Governor Bolling would not have provided the tie-breaking vote had all Senators been present:


    – –C’MON – —KARMA – —

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —-***TEARS*** annnd –***SMILES*** —


    — –Obama takes in inauguration crowd– –

    – — –January 21, 2013 11:46 AM
    On his way into the Capitol after being inaugurated for a second term, President Obama stopped at the top of the stairs to take in the hundreds of thousands of people lining the National Mall for the ceremony.
    – –

    Waitin’ for a —JANUARY PIC of the DAY – -:>) – –

    — – — —-Soooo POIGNANT. :>) —

    –YES — they R THERE —4 U. MR. PRESIDENT.— :>) – — [LIKE –X 1MILLION] :>) – – —WE THE PEOPLE! – –

  • edp4bho

    I’m sharing this post with a couple sites. Hello POU. Synopsis of the inauguration. Was elated to be there. Almost didn’t make it as a commuter bus from Maryland was not running. Fail !. We drive into DC reluctantly, but everything went well. Only paid 8.50 parking, few tolls, snacked from a truck, booed the Newt, McCain (wasn’t he supposed to be in Syria?) (and the Clintons), watched as the camera panned over to Sasha letting out a big yawn while her dad was giving this important speech…LOL; that choir was just awesome, and Beyonce sounded fabulous in person. Also got a glimpse of Marlon Wayans texting. Crowd was fantastic and black folks showed up big (yeah, that enthusiasm gap). Did you all know that Boehner’s wife is orange like him? I missed the Obama portion of the parade as I took a detour into the Smithsonian (been meaning to get there for years- this was my first trip ever to DC). And, I got full shots of FLOTUS’ first inaugural gown, the jewelry, the Jimmy Choo shoes. Yes, all on full display, along with a lot of other first ladies’ attire, but hers was the big draw, and shown more prominently since she’s current. Only watched the parade up to second Hawaii band, had to leave for that long, long trek back to Metro. Along the way, came across CNN doing its broadcast, with too much commentary of course, and David Gergen and John King, and two broads (they all had their backs turned to us at the Mall.) Got a couple shots of PBO on their live screening of the parade review stand, along with FLOTUS. One day, I will see her up front, but this is the first time I’ve been in the same general area as she. I had a glorious time, and actually tried to comment to you guys but to no avail, but you were all in my thoughts. Saying good nite. Be blessed.

    • dannie22

      im glad u got to go edp! good nite!

    • Admiral_Komack

      You lucky person, you!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Ohhhhh —-edp4bho. :>) –***BIG HUG*** :>) —

      HOW AMAZING!! :>) – —!! – – – —

      — -BWAHAHAHA —>THIS —>Did you all know that Boehner’s wife is orange like him? —-

      – — YA MEAN – – -LIKE THIS?? – – – -LOL —

      Sooo —EXCITING!! – -LIKE bein’ THERE – – -as U TELL IT. :>) – – –

      – –THANK U soo much. esp4bho♥ —***HUGS*** :>) —

    • rikyrah

      sounds wonderful. glad you had a good day

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda —-BWAHAHA — –DEY –SO! – — FUNNY!! – –LOL —

    – –Republicans: Obama should have reached out more in address – —

    – —Republican lawmakers criticized President Obama’s inaugural address Monday, saying he failed to reach out to their party.

    “I would have liked to have seen some outreach,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who lost to Obama in the 2008 presidential race. “This is the eighth [inauguration] that I’ve been to and always there’s been a portion of the speech where [the president says], ‘I reach out my hand because we need to work together.’ That wasn’t in this speech.”

    Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), a member of leadership, said the speech was “mostly 30,000-foot stuff” that did not extend any olive branches to the GOP.

    “It did seem that he wasn’t doing the kind of outreach that he needs to do if he wants to get things accomplished in a second term,” Thune said. “We’ll see how it’s received.”

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – – -BWAHAHA – – – -He’s a winner; ?? – – –

    – –Where’s Mitt Romney? – –

    – — –Mitt Romney spent Inauguration Day at his home in La Jolla, CA, and had “no big plans,” NBC News reports.

    Asked if Romney was likely to watch the inaugural ceremonies today, an aide said, “Doubtful.”

    Dan Amira notes it’s the first time since 1997 that a presidential runner-up didn’t attend his opponent’s inauguration ceremony. – -Seeeee – – -HE WON THIS TITLE!! BWAHAHA!! – —

    – — Heard that –missy rafalca — -was – –STOMPIN'[Gc :>)] — around the house ALL day. LOL —

  • GN

    I have much respect for Angela Davis, but I don’t agree with these remarks (from her speech at the Democracy Now inaugural Peace Ball):

    “…justice for African Americans is organically linked to justice for Palestinians…”

    Zero shade to the Palestinian struggle for liberation. African Americans have the right and the obligation to define and conduct a black-centric agitation for civil rights without carrying the weight of the world’s injustices within that agitation. Point blank period. I mean, just period. I have never ever seen a movement cannibalized to this extent, and the media/PL alliances cultivated by too many members of the black leadership without regard to the totality of our interests has a lot to do with that.

    • dannie22

      i agree with your comments today gn. noone rides for us but we’re supposed to ride for everyone! thats problematic.

      • GN

        You and I are >>>here<<<.

        • trose1

          I agree with all your comments, count me in. It is disturbing. At this point, a room full of white men and women is considered diverse. The diversity is in their sexual preference, religion,disability etc. Continued trouble for Black people ahead.

          • dannie22

            hey trose!!

          • trose1

            Hey Dannie stayed up late to watch repeat of events now can’t fall off to sleep.

          • dannie22

            i got off work at 11. im watching a few of the events again too

          • GN

            Yup, and black people only mattering insofar as our struggles can be used to tear down superlative black people (exhibit a: purist sites like Black Agenda Report only really discussing black issues insofar as they can be used to tear down President Obama who has to be POTUS of everyone, not just us). Otherwise, the mainstream left really doesn’t give a shit. I think we’ll be fine and as Dr. King noted, we *will* get to the promised land, but that will necessitate giving ourselves permission to care about overt black issues without having to carry the weight of every other progressive issue on our shoulders in tandem. At least that’s my opinion on the matter.

          • dannie22


          • trose1

            Funny, I just read a tweet from someone stating “is Aaron Swartz” the MLK of the internet.” Really? I have never understood how Black people will scream for every other cause but stay silent as AA’s suffer.

    • Worldwatcher7

      That sounds like political and social codependency. Aren’t our needs as important as others? Can’t we put ourselves first? Dang…

      • GN

        I think it’s a genuine attempt at coalition-building by recognizing a core pathology/human behavior/point of view as responsible for multiple worldwide injustices. That’s where I think Dr. Davis and others with her point of view are coming from, and there’s plenty of good sense in that. But due to racism on the left, that morphs into this thinking that black people have a special obligation to be more progressive and don’t deserve rights unless advocating for tenuously related injustices at the same time. We’ve all seen this expressed many times, most famously with the rampant racism following prop 8’s passage (“how dare those blacks!”) but it goes beyond one issue.

        • trose1

          The change of OFA to a political action group will be interesting. IMO they will need to get AA’s involved.Gay rights , immigration reform, and climate change don’t seem like issues AA’s consider high priority. We will see in comimg months.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GN – – -YOUR points R well-taken. :>)

      – – -From THIS —Dr. DAVIS – -demonstrates that she is quite an eclectic political activist. – — – -As a PHILOSOPHER she embraces a myriad of “thoughts” – –which extend BEYOND – -the “STRUGGLE” – -as we know it. :>)

      _I believe that I have shared this: – –I went 2 a small forum that she held in a university. She had a –“BEYOND MEGA AFRO” – – :>)

      ——-annnd sooo did I. :>) Soooo when I walked into the room annnd went up 2 her 2 greet her – —we FELL OUT LAFFIN. :>)

      Apparently – – – our –“collective AFROS” — were 2 LARGE 2 FIT into the room – –comfortably. LOL – – –

      BUT —we managed. –LOL —

      ADMITTEDLY —–at times. it was difficult 2 “follow her stream of thought.” – —BUT —IT WS CLEAR that she was passionate about –


      Good 2 C U GN. :>) – —

      • GN

        Those afros were the absolute business! I bet yours was stunning GLH. Thank you for sharing that wonderful anecdote about Dr. Davis, and point taken re: eclecticism.

        • GreenLadyHere

          GN – – -LOL – – -I had fun with it. :>) – -I –GO BACK –erry NOW annd again!! :>) – = =THANK U GN. :>) – –

    • dannie22

      well the palestinians dont give a damn about us. least thats my understanding

      • GN

        I’ve certainly never heard any sustained call that Palestinians have any special obligation to support small business ownership for young black adults, comprehensive prison reform, etc. Those special obligations to other groups seem to be reserved for African Americans exclusively.

  • GN

    More from the Peace Ball. Ben Jealous spoke and said almost nothing which was specifically about black liberation, disappointing.

  • isonprize

    TOLD y’all they would be partyin’ at the White House.

    CLAIRE McCASKILL (side-eye, but I’ll hold my peace on this special day…) is tweetin’ pictures.

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