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Barack Obama warns of Nazism in a “complacent” democracy….

Any wonder were he was pointing to

Former President Obama warns what happens when democracies become “complacent” in a speech to the Economic Club of Chicago on Tuesday. Obama made a comparison to the rise of Nazi Germany if you do not “tend to [the] garden of democracy.

“I do think because we’ve been so wealthy and so successful that we get complacent and assume that thing continues the way they have been, just automatically. And they don’t. You have to tend to this garden of democracy, otherwise things can fall apart fairly quickly. And we’ve seen societies where that happens,” the former president said in Q&A remarks that were captured on video and posted on Facebook.

He then warned that led to the deaths of 60 million people.

“Now, presumably, there was a ballroom here in Vienna in the late 1920s or ’30s that looked and seemed as if it, filled with the music and art and literature that was emerging, would continue into perpetuity. And then 60 million people died. An entire world was plunged into chaos. So you got to pay attention and vote,” Obama said….

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Questions about Obama getting paid for speaking while Trump has us taxpayers paying him?

Dunb shit on twitter…

Good question:

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Lady Gaga and five former presidents…..One America Appeal….

Photo of Lady Gaga and five former presidents goes viral
The former President’s got together to sponsor a concert aimed at raising money for the victims the series of hurricane’s this fall….They have made $31 million so far….
Lady Gaga poised with them has gone viral…..
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Trump didn’t Really understand the ‘Dreamers’ Program move he made…Open Thread for Sept. 5, 2017…

Donald J. Trump promised that he would take care of the ‘Dreamers’….

Then he decided to throw the decesion to Congress and didn’t even make the announcement…The call to give the call to Congress wasn’t his idea..It was hius Cheif of Staff guy John Kelly’s…..

A few hours ago Trump updated his first condition , by saying that he would ‘revisit’ his threat of cancelling the program in 6 months ….

Presumerily indicatingb that he was afraid that Congress would get bogged down in trying make side deals on extending the protections he ACTUALLY want s extended to those involved and let the prgram run out and have Sessions going after the 800, 000 people an d their families involved….

Now we found out that Trump ACTUALLY DID NOT UNDERSTASND WHAT HE DOING when he went ahead with the call to shut down the program….

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Why is this man the President of the United States?

….The announcement was an effort by Mr. Trump to honor the law-and-order message of his campaign, which included a repeated pledge to end Mr. Obama’s immigration policy, while seeking to avoid the emotionally charged and politically perilous consequences of targeting a sympathetic group of immigrants.

Mr. Trump’s decision came less than two weeks after he pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff who drew intense criticism for his aggressive pursuit of unauthorized immigrants, which earned him a criminal contempt conviction.

The blame-averse president told a confidante over the past few days that he realized that he had gotten himself into a politically untenable position. As late as one hour before the decision was to be announced, administration officials privately expressed concern that Mr. Trump might not fully grasp the details of the steps he was about to take, and when he discovered their full impact, would change his mind, according to a person familiar with their thinking who was not authorized to comment on it and spoke on condition of anonymity.

But ultimately, the president followed through on his campaign pledge at the urging of Mr. Sessions and other hard-line members inside his White House, including Stephen Miller, his top domestic policy adviser…

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Barack Obama said in response to the Trump’s reverasl action….. it was soley ‘Political’…NOT legal and’ Cruel and Self Sefeating ‘….

He was right…..

Now Trump seems stuck….

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‘Dreamers’ program has been around before President Obama…Update…Trump to ‘revisit’ program after 6 months?

The NY Times gives a historical readback on the program….

Before there was Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, there was Mr. Durbin’s Dream. In 2007, a version of the measure won the support of a majority of senators but fell victim to a bipartisan filibuster that included eight Democrats. Three years later, the bill passed the House but again did not get through the Senate.

And in 2013, language allowing dreamers to stay in this country and work or attend school was included in a broader immigration package that passed the Senate with 68 votes — then failed in the House.

Frustrated after years of failings, President Barack Obama signed DACA as a temporary order in the hope that Congress would eventually pass the Dream Act and broader immigration changes. But with Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress, the Dream Act stalled once again.

The politics have clearly shifted on the issue — for both parties. With Mr. Trump scheduled to visit her state on Wednesday, Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democrat who is facing a tough re-election bid, posted a lengthy statement on her Facebook page in which she echoed Mr. Obama’s assertion on Tuesday that ending the program was “cruel.”

Some Republicans have softened, as well. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Washington Republican who chairs the House Republican Conference, said in a statement that while she has long said she did not agree with the way Mr. Obama enacted his program, Congress “must protect” the dreamers who are currently shielded from deportation.

She added, “That principle is fundamental for me.”

But hard-liners in the Republican conference remain unbowed….

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President Donald Trump plans to “revisit” his administration’s decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program if Congress is unable to pass legislation on the issue in a designated six-month window, he announced in a tweet Tuesday night.

“Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!” Trump wrote.
On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration would end DACA — a program that gave almost 800,000 young undocumented immigrants protections from deportation.
“I am here today to announce that the program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama administration is being rescinded,” Sessions said at the Justice Department.
 However, the administration said it would continue to renew permits for individuals over the next six months, giving Congress enough time to pass legislation that could extend protections for DACA recipients past the deadline….
Barack Obama slams Trump  as being ‘cruel’  in looking receind a promise he made to the Dreamers….

Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday bashed his successor’s decision to rescind an immigration order shielding some children of undocumented immigrants from deportation, calling the move “cruel” and “self-defeating.”

“To target these young people is wrong — because they have done nothing wrong,” Obama wrote in a post on Facebook hours after the decision was announced by President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “It is self-defeating — because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel.”…
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Is this Donald Trump’s attempt to leverage money for his ‘wall’ from Congress?
And already the rightwing nuts are equating any passage of this program into law as a their curse word ‘amensty’….
Other’s on the right want the parents and other family memebers of the Dreamners expressly singled out for deportation…
Stay tuned….
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The waiting to see if Obama will throw his support to someone…

The Hill site has been steadily featuring Kamala Harris in its 2020 Democratic nomination Presidential coverage….

So it’s a bit of a surprise to see todays piece that would give one the impression that Barack Obama is leaning toward’s ex-Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick for the nomination….

Turns out the author of the piece is actually talking about divisions in Obama’s former staff people….

Some want Patrick…

Some want Kamala Harris…

And Obama himself would be looked at to support Joe Biden if he actually decided to run for the 3rd time…

Conclusion?

Nobody actually knows who the ex-President will support in the end…

And it really isn’t gonna be up to him, even if he’ll probably have some sway in the final result….

As we saw the last time….

The fight should  be in political trenches…

“I want to see a wide open a process where there are no front runners,” said Democratic strategist Jim Manley. “The idea that anyone is out there pushing for one person or another is a mistake.”

While the 2020 election is still more than three years away, potential candidates must already prepare for the possibility of a race.

The fight for key staff members and donors will not be delayed.

One former aide to Clinton said there’s a danger with Obama heavyweights being seen as aligning with a candidate because it could deepen factions within the party.

Val fight between the Sanders and Clinton wings from 2016 has left scars, with supporters of both candidates blaming the other, at least to a degree, over President Trump’s victory.

Still, some strategists say even if the Obama allies have their favorites, it won’t matter much in the end.

“Party insiders don’t have a great track record of picking successful Democratic nominees,” said Simmons. “They didn’t pick Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton or Barack Obama.”

“The best idea is to wait and see who Dem voters feel some affection for and rally around that person to help them win,”….

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No…Barack Obama was NOT the President during Hurricane Katrina….

I just wanted to post this after I saw something on twitter where some knucklehead was trying to blame President Obama for the slow response to the tragedy  and comparing that to Trump’s handling  Harvey….

President George W. Bush WAS in office during the storm and for more than THREE YEARS afterwards….

Apparently, there are quite a few people on social media platforms who are – unironically – comparing the way Trump handled Harvey to the way Obama handled Katrina. I guess that makes some people believe that I was being serious, too.  I’ve explained to people who questioned me that I was joking, but one person fired back, “You shouldn’t have joked – now the loonies picked it up & ran with it.”

Really? I’m the reason that they’re running with that.

We reported here at NOLA.com in 2013 the results of a poll conducted by Public Policy Polling.  When a pool of Republican primary voters in Louisiana was asked, “Who do you think was more responsible for the poor response to Hurricane Katrina: George W. Bush or Barack Obama?,” 29 percent answered Obama.

That was four years before I made a joke mocking such jaw-dropping ignorance….

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Trump would lose the 3 state’s that got him the Presidency today….Poll…

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote last November….

That was one contest…

But not THE CONTEST…..

You get the job as American President by winning the Electoral vote….

THAT Donald Trump won….

But 7 months after he managed to do something we ALL thought he couldn’t?

Trump has lost the faith of those who enabled him to beat the odds and pundits….(He STILL HAS strong Republican support in those states though, not OVERALL )

In the 2016 presidential election, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin accounted for a combined 46 electoral votes which helped propel Donald Trump into the White House.  But, how do residents of these Rust Belt states think President Trump is doing now?

In each of these states, majorities disapprove of the president’s job performance.  His approval rating hovers in only the mid-thirties.  In Michigan, 36% of residents statewide approve of his job performance, and 55% disapprove.  In Pennsylvania, 33% approve of how President Trump is doing in his post, and 52% disapprove.  Among Wisconsin residents, the president’s score is similarly upside down, 33% to 56%.

“For residents of these three critical electoral states, the reaction to the first round of the Trump presidency is decidedly negative,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.  “Residents are clearly dissatisfied in how candidate Trump transitioned into President Trump.”

Many Republicans and Tea Party supporters are in the president’s camp.  Still, notable proportions of Tea Party supporters in Michigan, 24%, and Pennsylvania, 24%, have doubts about how the president is executing his job.

Trump still has the support of most of those who backed him in the 2016 election.  Most Trump supporters in Michigan, 84%, Pennsylvania, 81%, and Wisconsin, 77%, approve of the president’s job performance.

Among white residents without a college education, President Trump outperforms his overall job performance rating in each of these states.  However, he fails to achieve 50% among this group, many of whom were his most ardent supporters in the 2016 election.  In fact, in Michigan and Wisconsin, the plurality of these residents now disapprove of how the president is doing his job.

By at least two to one, more residents in Michigan, 38%, Pennsylvania, 39%, and Wisconsin, 42%, strongly disapprove than strongly approve of how the president is doing his job…..

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Remember Trump won the above states by SMALL margins….Those margins in the OVERALL vote are gone according the Marist poll…..

And Barack Obama IS STILL strongly favored in the above states and would easily beat Trump in a had to race if was possible…

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Waiting in the wings and soon to be appearing?…Barack Obama…

The Hill does an update piece on the return of Barack Obama to the Democrats national scene…

Look for him to come back on stage this fall…

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He has indicated that he wants to help the party climb back into the majority , something they lost during his two terms in office…

While some think he could overshadow the emerging 2020 Democratic Presidential sweepstakes entrants….I think Obama at least owes the party his services in trying to regain its footings….(Sanders people can’t be happy with this)

Hillary Clinton doesn’t have Obama’s 63% approval numbers , but will be out with a book  and has her own Super Pac up and running for what she says is to also help out the Democrats in 2018 and 2020…

One aide describes the beginning of a “delicate dance” that aims to put Obama in the Democratic fray but prevents him from remaining the face of the party.

Aides will huddle with Obama in the coming weeks to plot out what shape the former president’s fall schedule will take. Advisers close to him say that while he will play an active role in helping his party rebuild, much of his work will be behind the scenes.

He is likely to take on fundraising, for example, something he has done for the Democratic National Committee and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee since leaving office.

In recent months, Obama has played a larger behind the scenes role than was publicly known….

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Democrat’s ramp up their organizing efforts….

Politico does a spotlight piece on Democratic ‘Organizing for Action’ group….

Fresh off a huge win for anti-Trump forces in the Obamacare repeal fight, the Democratic activist group is gearing up for its next showdown this fall—battling President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts with the same state- and district-focused strategy it employed on health care. The organization inspired by Obama hasn’t heard from him in months, though a person close to the former president said he’s likely to lend his support later this year to OFA as well as the Democratic National Committee and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. That could include fundraising and other help, but not a direct leadership role.

In the meantime, OFA isn’t sitting still. It’s already looking at plans to go into 2018 with a massive voter registration drive that could become its main project ahead of the midterms.

First, though, OFA will spend Congress’ August recess sending organizers to town halls and district offices. It has a calendar of “accountability” (read: protest) and “appreciation” (read: drop-ins like the one to deliver cupcakes to Sen. Joe Manchin’s West Virginia office last week) events, based on senators’ votes on repealing Obamacare. They’re showing up to cheer for John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, and yell at people like Jeff Flake and Dean Heller.

“Our members are home. And it’s time to go talk to them,” OFA executive director Katie Hogan, said of lawmakers.

Every version of OFA when the initials didn’t stand for Obama for America (its presidential campaign inception) has struggled. When it was reconstituted after the 2012 campaign as a vehicle for promoting Obama’s second-term agenda, few people understood what its mission was or how it wanted to measure success. Some Democrats remain bitter that Obama favored OFA over the DNC as his main political arm, and others wonder how effective OFA can be as a nonprofit barred from engaging directly in campaigns.

Yet six months into a presidency geared toward undermining the legacy of the man these young operatives still revere—more as someone who shaped not just their politics but their entire political consciousness—OFA has found new life. It’s become the lead organizing hub of the Trump resistance….

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Obama wants Deval Patrick to run for President….

Politico is out with a look at another name to add to the LONG list of Democrats to run for President….

Least you think it’s too early to be talking about this….

Huh?

The line IS forming folks……

Obama has had kind words  about Deval Patrick and Kamal Harris….

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The former Democratic Massachusetts Governor seems to be on the fence though…

Barack Obama is nudging him to run. His inner circle is actively encouraging it. Obamaworld’s clear and away 2020 favorite is sitting right here, on the 38th floor of the John Hancock Building, in a nicely decorated office at Bain Capital.

And Deval Patrick has many thoughts on what he says is Donald Trump’s governing by fear and a dishonest pitch to economic nostalgia, while encouraging a rise in casual racism and ditching any real commitment to civil rights.

Obama strategist David Axelrod has had several conversations with Patrick about running, and eagerly rattles off the early primary map logic: small-town campaign experience from his 2006 gubernatorial run that will jive perfectly with Iowa, neighbor-state advantage in New Hampshire and the immediate bloc of votes he’d have as an African-American heading into South Carolina.

Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s close adviser and friend, says that a President Patrick is what “my heart desires.”

David Simas, Obama’s political director in the White House and now the CEO of his foundation, used to be Patrick’s deputy chief of staff and remains perhaps his biggest fan on the planet.
Obama himself—who is personally close to Patrick, and counts him among the very small group of people whom he thinks has actual political talent—has privately encouraged him to think about it, among others.

Obama veterans light up at the mention of his name. In self-assurance, style and politics, they see the former Massachusetts governor as a perfect match, the natural continuation of Obama’s legacy….

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Trump disapproval at 57 percent….Poll

But the guy STILL has Republicans backing him….

Almost 60 percent of Americans disapprove of the job President Trump is doing, according to Gallup’s daily tracking poll.

The disapproval rating, 57 percent, is slightly lower than when Trump reached record disapproval of 60 percent during mid-June, according to the poll.

Between the disapproval and approval ratings, there is a 20-percentage-point difference, with 37 percent of those surveyed in the latest poll saying they approve of the job Trump is doing.

The approval rating is also near the daily poll’s record low mark of 35 percent that occurred in late March.

The past two Democratic presidents, former President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton, never faced a 60 percent disapproval in the Gallup survey….

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Obama meets with another head of state after Trump….

He has previous met with Chancellor Merkel of Germany, and  Canadian PM Trudeu after they have spoken to Donald Trump….

Former President Barack Obama will be in South Korea Monday, giving a speech at an international forum hosted by a local newspaper.

The Korea Herald said Obama will also meet informally with former President Lee Myung-bak and current President Moon Jae-in.

The meeting comes shortly after President Trump hosted Moon at the White House.

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Obama will campaign for Democrat Ralph Northam Virginia’s run for governor…

Barack Obama eases back into politics….

Former president Barack Obama is making his first campaign foray of 2017, agreeing to stump for Democrat Ralph Northam in his bid to be Virginia’s next governor.

David Turner, a spokesman for Northam, said the former president agreed this week to hit the campaign trail for Northam, but said he wouldn’t “go into any further detail about the private conversations that Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam had with President Barack Obama.”

An aide to Obama confirmed that the former president agreed to campaign for Northam during a congratulatory call, although no events have been planned.

The HuffPost first reported Obama’s plans to campaign for Northam.

The Virginia governor’s race, one of just two gubernatorial contests this year, is shaping up as the next high-profile electoral contest in the era of President Trump. It follows a couple of Democratic losses in high-profile special elections to fill congressional vacancies, including the House race in Georgia earlier this week that became the most expensive in U.S. history…..

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Obama greeted by up to 100,000 in Berlin visit…

Another time Barack Obama outdoes Donald Trump with crowds….

The former President had a good time hanging with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and speaking about not closing up America from the rest of the world behind a ‘wall’…..

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The former US president, Barack Obama, has made a call for international engagement as he told an audience of tens of thousands in Berlin that “we can’t hide behind a wall.”

Obama was discussing democracy and global responsibility with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, as the country marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It was Obama’s first speaking event in Europe since leaving the White House in January.

At the 18th-century monument in Berlin that has also heard celebrated speeches from Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, Obama and Merkel took questions about shaping democracy from a teacher, an actor, a social worker and a student.

After lauding Merkel as someone who had done “outstanding work,” Obama launched a defence of his own presidency and the values of liberal democracy championed by both leaders.

Citing the rise of nationalism and xenophobia in parts of the world, Obama told the crowd that “we have to push back against those trends that would violate human rights or suppress democracy or restrict individual freedoms.”

In questions to both leaders on the refugee crisis, Obama said nation states had a duty to help people in need but also to make clear to their own populations the interconnected nature of the world….

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ex-President Obama is back….

Barack Obama sit down on stage in Chicago and speaks about organizing by young people into the American political system…

He was greeted by warm applause and gave a folksy intro…..

He also acknowledged some misses that he had as President ,for his party ,and the country…

Obama WILL be under pressuer to speak up FOR the party , which is rudderless right now as Trump is constantly splashed across the media…

Ex-President’s tradionally do NOT do that, though…

Former President Barack Obama returned to his adopted home on Monday for his first public event since leaving the White House, pledging to work toward preparing the next generation of political leadership in America.

In opening remarks during a conversation with six young people in front of an audience at the University of Chicago, Mr. Obama spoke fondly of starting his political career on the city’s South Side, where his presidential library will eventually be built.

“This community taught me that ordinary people, when working together, can do extraordinary things,” Mr. Obama said. “This community taught me that everybody has a story to tell that is important.”

Mr. Obama said that he still cared about problems like economic inequality, climate change, justice issues and the spread of violence. But he said that it was a lack of leadership that prevented the country from making more progress on confronting those problems.

“The single most important thing I can do,” he said, is to “help in any way I can prepare the next generation of leadership to take up the baton and to take their own crack at changing the world.”

Mr. Obama has spent the three months since Inauguration Day on an extended vacation even as his staff begins setting up an office in Washington and planning continues on the library in Chicago. He is also starting to work on a memoir.

But on Monday, the former president began what will be a series of public appearances in the United States and Europe.

Aides have said Mr. Obama does not intend to use his platform to directly challenge President Trump, despite his successor’s aggressive efforts to reverse many of Mr. Obama’s legacy-making accomplishments.

But the first event on Monday offered an example of the pressure the former president will be under to speak out….

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