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Pass It On.

I listened as they called my President a Muslim.
I listened as they called him and his family a pack of monkeys.
I listened as they said he wasn't born here.
I watched as they blocked every single path to progress as they could.
I saw the pictures of him as Hitler.
I watched them shut down the Government and hurt the entire nation twice.
I watched them turn their backs on every opportunity to open worthwhile dialog.
I heard them say that they would not even listen any choice for Supreme Court no matter who the nominee was.
I listened as they openly said that they would oppose him at every turn.
I watched as they did just that.
I listened.
I watched.
I paid attention.
Now I'm being called on to be tolerant.
To move forward.
To denounce protesters.
To "get over it."
To accept this...
I will not.
I will do my part to make sure this great American mistake becomes the embarrassing footnote of our history
that it deserves to be.
I will do this as quickly as possible every chance I get.
I will do my part to limit the damage that this man can do to my country.
I will watch his every move and point out every single mistake and misdeed in a loud and proud voice.
I will let you know in a loud voice every time this man backs away from every promise he made to them. The people who voted for him.
The ones who sold their soul and prayed for him to win.
I will do this so that they never forget.
And they will hear me.
They will see it in my eyes when I look at them.
They will hear it in my voice when I talk to them.
They will know that I know who they are.
They will know that I know What they are.
Do not call for my tolerance, I've tolerated all that I can.
Now is their turn to tolerate ridicule.
Be aware, make no mistakes about it, every single thing that goes wrong in this country from this day forward is now Trump's fault just as much as you thought it was Obama's.
I find it unreasonable for them to expect from me what they were entirely unwilling to give.

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Obamas ask Americans to help 'Obama Foundation'

More :The Hill

As they leave the White House, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama implored Americans to contribute ideas to the Obama Foundation, a “startup for citizenship” that will be located in the South Side of Chicago.

“More than a library or museum, it will be a living, working center for citizenship,” the outgoing president said in a video message. “That's why we want to hear from you. Tell us what you want this project to be.”

The Obama Foundation will “focus on developing the next generation of citizens — and what it means to be a good citizen in the 21st century,” according to the foundation’s website, obama.org.

The Obamas asked Americans to submit recommendations to the website for what the foundation can do. While based in Chicago, the projects created by the foundation will take place “all over the city, country and world,” Obama said.

“True democracy is a project that’s much bigger than any one of us,” Obama said. “It’s bigger than any one person, any one president, any one government. It’s a job for all of us.”
The video came just hours before President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. Obama met with Trump in the White House Friday morning, and they will travel together to the inauguration ceremony at the Capitol.

Fox News Poll: Obamacare is more popular than Donald Trump



Mandate? Popular vote loser Donald Trump has no mandate. Even Fox News couldn't find one in its latest poll.

A new poll from Fox News finds that 50 percent of voters feel favorably about the Affordable Care Act — a sharp uptick from the 41 percent who felt favorably about the law the last time the network polled, in the summer of 2015.

In the Fox News poll, somewhat notably, Obamacare polls as more popular than President-elect Donald Trump, whom 42 percent of respondents view favorably. The law does not poll as favorably as its namesake, President Obama, who receives an approval rating of 60 percent.


Barack and Michelle Obama wave goodbye to Washington

President Barack Obama Exits With Long List Of Accomplishments Rachel Maddow MSNBC

Published on Jan 20, 2017
On President Barack Obama's last day in office, Rachel Maddow reviews the extraordinary list of accomplishments that comprise his legacy and points out that it is the job of Obama's supporters as citizens to defend those accomplishments.
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Photos: the crowd at Donald Trumps inauguration vs. Barack Obamas

President Donald Trump boasted his inauguration would have an "unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout."


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Handicapping Trumps first 100 days

More :Politico

Trump’s campaign promises have run into trouble with his own party — even his own Cabinet members — before he even takes the oath of office.

Donald Trump’s presidency will ultimately be measured by whether he can transform the bombastic, details-free campaign style that propelled him to victory into substantive policy actions that look like success to the American people.

The obstacles are already piling up: Building the U.S.-Mexico wall requires money that isn’t there. Repealing Obamacare is an easy vote, but Republicans are thoroughly divided about how to replace it. Pulling out of a trade deal takes little more than a signature. But negotiating new ones — on Trump’s terms — will require more diplomatic skill and compromise than Trump has shown at any point during his remarkable run for the presidency.

The barriers to real policy success are innumerable and unpredictable. From tax reform to national security challenges to economic uncertainties, Trump’s campaign promises have run into trouble with his own party — even his own Cabinet members — before he even takes the oath of office.

One hundred days is an arbitrary period of time to assess a new presidency — blame FDR and the New Deal for that one. Nonetheless, POLITICO assigned its policy reporting teams to handicap the road ahead for the first 100 days of the Trump administration, identifying the policy ideas, the leaders and the obstacles that will be used to define success or failure of the new White House.


The vision: Trump has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which he has repeatedly called a “disaster.” He says he’ll replace it with cheaper and better insurance for “everybody.” But Trump splits with congressional Republicans who want to overhaul Medicare by partially privatizing it. He sides with Republicans on proposals to turn Medicaid, the health care program geared to the poor, into lump-sum state payments — an idea that Democrats abhor. He also wants to allow government health programs to negotiate drug prices, a stance sure to alienate Republicans and the powerful drug lobby.

Key leaders: Trump; Vice President Mike Pence; House Speaker Paul Ryan; Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), Trump’s pick for Health and Human Services secretary; Seema Verma, Trump’s pick to head the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Outlook for the first 100 days: Trump has promised executive actions on Day One to begin rolling back Obama’s health law. Many health officials also expect action in the near term to prop up the Obamacare exchanges so they don’t implode during the transition period. The timeline for congressional action on repeal-and-replace legislation is extremely iffy: Trump has indicated his administration would submit its own plan “almost simultaneously, shortly thereafter” when his pick for secretary of Health and Human Services is confirmed.

Obstacles: Devising a plan that satisfies conservative Republicans implacably opposed to a major federal role (or expense) in health care, while winning over at least eight Senate Democrats needed to pass legislation, will be daunting — especially without upending his own base by taking health coverage away from 20 million people, including many of his voters.

The vision: Trump has promised to revive the U.S. manufacturing sector, beef up the enforcement of existing trade deals and punish companies that move jobs overseas. His top priorities include pulling out of trade agreements like the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the Obama administration negotiated and hoped to get ratified before leaving office, and renegotiating NAFTA. Trump and members of his incoming Cabinet say they’re not against trade but see a need for stronger deals, preferably bilateral agreements.

With a triumvirate of China hawks leading his trade policy, Trump is pledging to challenge China’s use of tariffs, subsidies and other barriers to gain an unfair trade advantage. Trump also says he wants to cut the U.S. trade deficit by boosting exports and reducing imports, and he wants to slap hefty tariffs on imports of products from companies that move factories elsewhere.

Key leaders: Leading Trump’s trade policy will be trade attorney Robert Lighthizer as U.S. trade representative, economics professor Peter Navarro as head of the newly formed National Trade Council and billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as Commerce secretary. While USTR traditionally takes the lead in negotiating trade policy, Trump has said that Ross, at Commerce, will be the chief architect of his agenda.

Many Goodbyes For Obama In Last Days Of Presidency

The 5 craziest hours in the White House

Ready: (Relative) calm before chaos
The 90-plus permanent White House staffers and a few trusted contractors show up around 4 a.m. — some sleep on cots at their workstations — ready to execute the battle plan devised by the chief usher. Although this will be Chief Usher Angella Reid’s first transition, staff turnover at the residence is rare, so most of these folks have done this at least once before.

The kitchen staffers are among the very few who are not pulled into moving duty, because they are already scrambling to create breakfast, the traditional congressional coffee, afternoon snacks, dinner for who-knows-how-many and preparations for the next day’s social events.

(To be clear, we are talking about the residence staff, not the administrative staff. The press secretary does not make the First Family’s beds, and policy advisers do not arrange the president’s sock drawer. However, they probably will schlep their own boxes to their new offices in the East and West wings.)

More at link :WaPo

Member of Republican leadership booted off stage back home in red district over Obamacare repeal

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Washington state Republican, did not have a kind reception at an MLK Day speech back home in Spokane. It seems her constituents are concerned about her plans for their health care.
Thousands of people gathered at the rally before the planned march through downtown Spokane.
Spokane Mayor David Condon and McMorris Rodgers, the U.S. Representative from Washington's 5th congressional district, both spoke at the rally about unity.
During the rally, attendees were heard booing McMorris Rodgers, yelling the word "liar" and chanting about saving healthcare.

Joe.My.God found the video (you can watch it below). What local station KXLY did not report are the frequent calls of "bullshit" answering McMorris Rodgers’ claims that she's their representative and “advocate.”

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