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Joshua Dubois: What the President secretly did at Sandy Hook Elementary School

Below is an excerpt from The President’s Devotional by Joshua Dubois, the former head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He’s recounting events that occurred Sunday, December 16, 2012 — two days after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and 6 adult staff members. Dubois had gotten word the day before that the President wanted to meet with the families of the victims:

I left early to help the advance team—the hardworking folks who handle logistics for every event—set things up, and I arrived at the local high school where the meetings and memorial service would take place. We prepared seven or eight classrooms for the families of the slain children and teachers, two or three families to a classroom, placing water and tissues and snacks in each one. Honestly, we didn’t know how to prepare; it was the best we could think of.

The families came in and gathered together, room by room. Many struggled to offer a weak smile when we whispered, “The president will be here soon.” A few were visibly angry—so understandable that it barely needs to be said—and were looking for someone, anyone, to blame. Mostly they sat in silence.

I went downstairs to greet President Obama when he arrived, and I provided an overview of the situation. “Two families per classroom . . . The first is . . . and their child was . . . The second is . . . and their child was . . . We’ll tell you the rest as you go.”

The president took a deep breath and steeled himself, and went into the first classroom. And what happened next I’ll never forget.

Person after person received an engulfing hug from our commander in chief. He’d say, “Tell me about your son. . . . Tell me about your daughter,” and then hold pictures of the lost beloved as their parents described favorite foods, television shows, and the sound of their laughter. For the younger siblings of those who had passed away—many of them two, three, or four years old, too young to understand it all—the president would grab them and toss them, laughing, up into the air, and then hand them a box of White House M&M’s, which were always kept close at hand. In each room, I saw his eyes water, but he did not break.

And then the entire scene would repeat—for hours. Over and over and over again, through well over a hundred relatives of the fallen, each one equally broken, wrecked by the loss. After each classroom, we would go back into those fluorescent hallways and walk through the names of the coming families, and then the president would dive back in, like a soldier returning to a tour of duty in a worthy but wearing war. We spent what felt like a lifetime in those classrooms, and every single person received the same tender treatment. The same hugs. The same looks, directly in their eyes. The same sincere offer of support and prayer.

The staff did the preparation work, but the comfort and healing were all on President Obama. I remember worrying about the toll it was taking on him. And of course, even a president’s comfort was woefully inadequate for these families in the face of this particularly unspeakable loss. But it became some small measure of love, on a weekend when evil reigned.

From The President’s Devotional. Copyright 2013 Joshua Dubois.

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Children waiting outside the school after the shooting. [photo: Michelle McLoughlin]

480 comments on “Joshua Dubois: What the President secretly did at Sandy Hook Elementary School

  1. DONNA MALIZIA
    June 8, 2016

    What was a sleepy, idyllic town, Newtown has become a constant reminder of that unthinkable, monstrous act by a horrendously demonic being.
    Everyone in Newtown was shaken to their core, unable to see their way past the nightmare. Many families have literally been broken.
    Only our Father in Heaven can bring comfort to those who lost their dear children, and help mend their shattered lives.

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  3. Jerry
    January 15, 2016

    There are many points on which your account might be challenged. For brevity’s sake, I will single out just one: it is prima facie absurd to assert that hundreds of “crisis actors” performed the drama that we know as the Sandy Hook school shooting. The burden of proof for such an extreme claim falls upon you. Thus far, you’ve offered still photos and videos that purportedly show at least some people during and after the event not crying. This can be dismissed out of hand because it hinges upon a specious assumption about grief and shock: it is demonstrably false that all people touched by tragedy, even of this magnitude, cry incessantly.

    Thus, your first line of argument — that (a) there was an absence of tears, which proves (b) the absence of grief, which in turn proves (c) that that there was no massacre, fails entirely, empirically and logically.

    Your second line of argument, that which you contend will provide “undeniable proof” for your position, is that participants in the massacre were in fact “crisis actors,” not victims of any crime. You attempt to prove this by showing of four or five “parents” who have evidelly participated in various types of performing arts over the years.

    This is so absurd that I don’t know where to begin. Even if every person in the entire town, and every policeman, child, journalist and passers by performed in local community theater, that in no way proves that the massacre was staged, any more than my experience cooking steaks on the grill in my backyard makes me the owner of Ruth’s Chris’s Steakhouse. Coincidence does no prove any link between two facts, much less any causality. Moreover, the notion that there was, and still is, and always has been, and always will be, a conspiracy encompassing hundreds of people, with real children hidden so as to maintain the illusion that they were shot to death in a “false flag” massacre in a decomissiond hulking she’ll of a fake school is almost too ludicrous to address. The logistics alone would be too complex to achieve in a stealthy manner. Weeks if not months before the event, ordinary people and the news media alike would be aware of something in the works. Now, after the events, the witness to massacre — either directly or indirectly –must be in the thousands. The collusion between the “actors,” directors, costume designers, make up artists, set design and construction, arrangements for travel, housing and feeding the actors and crew, all under the watchful eye of the townspeople and media, I contend, cannot be done.

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    • Ted Wright
      January 20, 2016

      It is done all the time by the CIA. You never read about False Flags like Operation Northwoods?

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      • Jerry
        January 20, 2016

        I am aware of false flags such as the Gulf of Tonkin Incident that got us neck deep in Vietnam. The problem is that an operation as large and complex operation like is suggested took place in Sandy Hook is simply too large and create and execute. There are hundreds of ordinary citizens, just like you and me, who know it really happened from first and second hand knowledge. Grandma and grandpa will always wonder why they never see little Jimmy anymore, etc.

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  4. Francisco Salazar Elvir
    January 13, 2016

    DI’m proud to have a President who show a really deeply human feelings for those whom lose their precious children.
    Hard to understand those people that choose their own profits in the gun business, before the peaceful life all of us deserve.
    Guns must be only in hands of police, army soldiers and other corps to enforce the law.

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    • Shanna Moore
      January 20, 2016

      Even harder to understand the immorality and greed of those in the drone business.

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  5. Joanna
    January 11, 2016

    I have read all of the post here and I have some questions. 1. I see a lot of people saying Fox News lies so I would like to know where those that believe this gets their news. 2. A lot of people that posted here seem to “worship” Obama. I just wonder if these people know of any decision he has made that they disagree with or question. 3. There are some really mean people who have posted here. Instead of calling names or writing some terrible things, wouldn’t it be more productive to discuss the things you disagree with? Who knows, someone may learn something that would change their mind.

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    • Eric D Brown
      January 11, 2016

      Joanna: Fact checkers online rate Fox News at best at 50% accuracy in their news reporting. The independent news organizations with no call to the right or left continue to criticize the “interpretations” of Fox News. Call it slant, call it slander, it is lying first and foremost and should be labeled “libel” not news.

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  6. Jerry
    January 11, 2016

    Your claim that it isn’t about color, but it is a “thug mentality” betrays your racism. Come on. Be honest with yourself and others.

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  7. Eric Olsen
    January 11, 2016

    People still believe this Sandy Hoax as a legitimate event? In the same way people still believe 9/11 was caused by arabs with box cutters?

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    • TVC15
      January 13, 2016

      You are a heartless, paranoid lunatic.

      http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/newtown.asp

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    • David
      January 14, 2016

      If you paid half as much attention to the debunking articles of these conspiracy theory videos of yours, you may just wake up to the fact that you’re an idiot. But I doubt it. You’ll die defending your deluded theories, so I won’t waste my time.

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    • Ginger
      January 20, 2016

      Shameful!!!

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  8. Hale Hunt
    January 10, 2016

    Isn’t it indicative of the nation now that an article of a compassionate President comforting victim’s family goes to political discourse were it isn’t needed?

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    • george
      January 10, 2016

      Did not see anyone from the NRA or the Repugnant party there to explain that more guns in the school could have prevented the tragedy…….

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    • Snuffy
      January 10, 2016

      Yes, it’s pathetic that an article about this would be trashed by crazy Fox News watchers claiming that ACA insurance premiums take 1/3 of their income. Don’t they know that we know about the ACA rules, and know that this statement is a lie?

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      • Sonja
        January 14, 2016

        Lie. NO… I make Less than $30K a year. And for me to get insurance for 2 people. I am looking at $850 a month IF I could afford it from my place of employment or over a $1000 a month if I could afford the UNAFFORADABLE CARE – That is over 1/3 my income. I don’t qualify for lower rate insurance or any assistance. Nice try.

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        • Snuffy
          January 14, 2016

          You are absolutely making this up. I just went to the Kaiser Family Foundation site (http://kff.org/interactive/subsidy-calculator/) and even put your 2 ages at 64, and you get huge subsidies and pay only $147 per month in premiums. Your employer is screwing you – calculate if your premium is more than 9.5% of your income, and if so, you can opt out of it and get the above ACA rates. You can even get $0 premium if you choose a Bronze plan. But hurry – the deadline is Jan 31st.

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          • Snuffy
            January 14, 2016

            Once again, we have a person who has EMPLOYER INSURANCE, complaining about it being the fault of the ACA. IT’S NOT.

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        • Snuffy
          January 14, 2016

          Would you get insurance if it’s $147 a month or less?

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        • Melinda
          January 18, 2016

          We live in California, my husband is self employed and I am attending college, our combined income is less than $40,000. For our health insurance, Kaiser Silver plan, our monthly premium with Federal Assistance is now $160.00 a month.

          It was $256.00 a month, for the same plan with Federal Assistance in at the start of 2014. We have to apply for federal assistance every year through the California Health Insurance Exchange, but it just takes a few minutes online.

          I would think the Federal Government offers the same assistance throughout the United States.

          I hope this information is helpful for your situation.

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          • Jerry
            January 18, 2016

            The Supreme Court struck down the part of ACA that required each state to set up exchanges. As a result, many states with GOP governors and/or legislatures opted out. This threw it back on the Federal government to cover. The result is widely differing coverage across the US. My guess is the gentleman complaining of having to pay a third of his family income of 30k is either being dishonest, living in a red state that opted out, or both.

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            • jlsoftwareblog
              January 18, 2016

              No Jerry, the SC did not “strike down the part of the ACA that required each state to set up exchanges.” It struck down the part that required each state to either expand Medicaid or lose all of its existing Medicaid. But your assessment of the “30K person” being dishonest is correct. There is no way that any ACA arrangement takes 30% of income. I think I established that the person, as usual, is conflating employer-based insurance with ACA insurance. The fault is with the employer dumping huge premiums on the employees, and claiming that it’s the fault of the ACA. False.

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          • Snuffy
            January 18, 2016

            Thank you Melinda for another true example of getting a policy thru the ACA. Sonja is either extremely confused, or making stuff up. I don’t know why she thought she could throw that BS around among people who actually know the facts.

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        • Jerry
          March 1, 2016

          Either you have a lousy insurance agent, you have other sources of income you’ve forgotten to mention, your employer is lying to you, you are lying to us, or all of the above folks are just plain stupid. You cannot have a household income of less than 30k, and be required to pay 12,000 a year for insurance through your employer.

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  9. patrezi
    January 10, 2016

    Thanks. This provides the reason why dis ussi g Sandy Hook might cause him to cry as so many people accused him of having crocodile tears.

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  10. DM
    January 10, 2016

    I agree with the comments stating that this is not surprising, this is the President Obama that I know and love. The only thing that has divided this country is the richest in the US and the lies they spread to prevent President Obama from making the US great again FOR ALL not just the rich. Then the outpouring of hate and bigotry began. I have never needed food stamps, health care, or any federal or state support. I have never received the earned income credit or tax benefits for those less fortunate than I. Do I support those things? Yes, absolutely. The “Christian” right have been brainwashed into thinking our country is being ruined. What would Jesus do??
    Deuteronomy 15:11King James Version (KJV)
    For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.

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    • CPA
      January 10, 2016

      I agree with everything you say except earned income credit, as a CPA and tax preparer, EIC is corporate welfare allowing business to underpay employees for government subsidies that the rest of us pay for. If you look at the department of labor statistics it is white, over age 25 less than age 65 that get 85% of EIC. But the Grumpy old party does not believe in facts.

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    • Christian Langley
      January 13, 2016

      If you read Deuteronomy as a whole, or even just the whole 15th Chapter, you’ll see that there is a distinction made between “brothers” and “foreigners”. So would you have me apply my taxes or charity to only those that profess to be of my same ethnic and religious demographics?

      Furthermore, these instructions are provided in a document that would not likely have been found in anyone’s home, but rather have been given as instruction in a synagogue or at the Temple in a manner that would have encouraged donations of alms for the poor to the Temple or personal action… it was in no way meant to justify a secular authority (there wasn’t one when Deuteronomy was written) gathering taxes and giving continuing charity to individuals.

      Perhaps, if you seek to “shame” Christians for being un-Christian-like, maybe you are misreading the line between Secular and Theocratic government.

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      • Jerry
        January 13, 2016

        Your knowledge of the Bible is impressive. All I know is Jesus’s commandment that one “love thy neighbor as thy self.” This has obvious implications that many purported Christians seem to ignore.

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      • Sue
        March 1, 2016

        AMEN. As Christians it is our job to take care of the less fortunate through our giving. The government should stick to their job. If you don’t know what that is, look up the job discription for all three branches of the government.
        Jesus did not tell the government to take care of the poor , he commanded the churches, which are you and I to take care of them. So it is our job , not the governments!!!!!

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        • Jerry Nowell
          March 1, 2016

          If this were a theocracy, Sue, but it isn’t. It’s a democracy. Government’s “job” is whatever the citizens want it be, with few exceptions, like religion. The constitution explicitly forbids aligning the government with a particular religious sect and governing on that basis. Whether or not the government we elect to do our will enacts welfare legislation or not is well writhin the scope of the constitution.

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  11. John Ingram
    January 10, 2016

    I am an Englishman living in France. I can tell you that your president is very highly regarded in most of the world. On the contrary the world is agast at the attitudes of the very voluble right in the USA. what Obama has failed to do is almost all due to the opposition of many republicans in your parliament. You are the ONLY civilised country that doesn’t provide free heathcare for the poorest. This is because of your rediculous attitude that if you are poor it is your fault. Very strange that many of your people that believe this hold themselves as Christians. Jesus only had two commandments love God and love your neighbour.
    Your basic problem is that you are so inward looking. If it does not happen in the US, it does not happen at all. Look at gun control. There is some gun crime in Europe, but it pales into insignificance compared to the US. I was a UK policeman for 35 years and never came accross a gun during my duty. The trouble is in the US it is a way of life. It is completely disgusting to the outside world that people in the US actually love their guns. GET REAL, gun control is the only option if you want to stop people getting shot. It works here, why can’t it work there.
    Be grateful for an enlightened president, and don’t vote for such an obnoxious man as Trump.

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    • Marna
      January 10, 2016

      thankyou, John, you’re right on. Most Americans can’t see past the nose on their face when it comes to politics, etc… Obama is a very decent and intelligent guy who is doing his best in a job where he gets to do as he’s told, not what he wants.

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    • J M Rice
      January 10, 2016

      John, gun love is the American pathology, as anti-Semitism is Europe’s pathology. They’re endemic, in one case a fetish, in the other a hatred. Neither reason nor decency can prevail against them — they are primitive, atavistic. They are things which will have to be evolved from over time — alas, a long time.

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    • jamielifesafeast
      January 11, 2016

      As an American living in France, thank you John for voicing what so many of us over here think and feel.

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    • cathy
      January 12, 2016

      For those who need it? The is an open ended question. My health care has tripled and for what? I would gladly help the poor, but show me what they are getting. The poor I know said they use to receive free healthcare, now they are struggling to pay for theirs now instead of food.

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      • Snuffy
        January 12, 2016

        Your “health care” has not “tripled.” I hear this nonsense every day from people who post bogus numbers to try and denigrate the ACA. Is your insurance from your employer? Or self-employment? I bet your statement is yet another pathetic attempt to blame an employer’s dumping more premium on you on the ACA.

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        • Sonja
          January 14, 2016

          You’re right my health care has not tripled but it has more almost doubled. To the point where I can’t afford it, and No longer have health care. And I can’t afford the UNAFFORDABLE CARE at almost $1000 a month. It would be $850 if I could afford it from my place of employment. Instead I’m one of the many who can’t afford. I make almost 30K a year. I don’t qualify for discounts or subsidies. Just $1000 a month crap.

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          • Snuffy
            January 14, 2016

            Since by your own numbers, your employer premiums would be 34% of your income, you can opt out and get an ACA Silver plan for $147 a month. See my other post.

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    • Christian Langley
      January 13, 2016

      John, you’ve truncated the words of Jesus to suit your mindset… or you have a copy of the Bible that was printed by a cheapskate publisher. Matthew 22:37-40 says Jesus said to him “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”

      But in that same chapter, when asked about paying taxes to a foreign and secular power, he says “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s”.

      Charity is the act of an individual at worst; it is the act of an organization of individuals at best… it is not the responsibility of a secular Republic to provide charity. Strange, don’t you think, that in America, the group that most professes its desires to be a secular Republic seems to believe that it is the moral role of the federal government to mandate that tax revenues be spent on charity? The Liberals in America decry the very same piety that they seek to exude.

      Or maybe you DON’T think it’s strange. After all, just as the United States’ Founding Fathers got their ideas from John Locke and Rousseau, the New Deal Democrats (our certainly their current iteration) seem to have been inspired by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.

      And in the meantime, the government does just enough for the poor to maintain them, but not enough to enable them to get out of poverty.

      Your British aversion to firearms is laughable. On any random day at the firing range there will be at least one British citizen that has decided that her vacation ought to include a day at the firing range with as much enthusiasm as going to Disney or the beach.

      And your assertion that guns are a way of life is absurd. Our own FBI and CDC statistics indicate that firearms used in the commission of a crime account for less than one percent of the known number of firearms in circulation in the US. And more relevant to your assertions, firearms are not used in the majority of violent crimes in the US, contrary to the perception of their availability. It is a statistically verified fact that homicides in the US are more likely to be committed using a hammer or a knife than with a firearm; approximately half of the deaths associated with handguns are suicides.

      Further, FBI and CDC datasets indicate that your odds of getting shot have more to do with your age and relative location… which, means that demographics are a factor. Gun control is not the ONLY option. Gun control won’t have any meaningful effect among certain age groups, income groups or ethnic groups… because those demographics aren’t physically where the danger is.

      British-style/Australian-style gun control, in the US, is the equivalent of opening a dam to put out a barn that is on fire. You don’t honestly think it’s wise to flood a valley to extinguish the flames on the bottom half of a building that’s on fire, right?

      BTW, Donald Trump may be leading the nation wide polls for his Republican candidacy, but he is by no means assured of winning the upcoming primaries and has nothing like a clear majority support among the Republican voters. Given that he was, until relatively recently a registered and contributing Democrat, I can’t imagine that he will be the party nominee.

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      • Tim
        January 17, 2016

        your assertion to less than 1% of guns being in the hands of criminals is actually proof that guns are a way of life here. It proves that we Americans have this inexplicable fascination and determination to “Stand Our Ground”. I live where people take pride in being able to arm their families, and most of their block. My only question is, from what? I live 5 miles from the Walmart that a 3 year old shot and killed his mother with her own loaded pistol, probably reaching for candy in her purse. That gun sure saved a life.

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    • Patrick johnston
      January 13, 2016

      Last time I checked we threw the British off this piece of land, with guns

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      • Jerry
        January 14, 2016

        Last time I checked, that was 240 years ago, and the English have done pretty well for themselves that last couple of centuries. In fact, the US is a bit of a wreck now. I wonder if the British would take us back?

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      • Tim
        January 17, 2016

        Last time I checked, they ended slavery quite a long time before we did, don’t have to go into bankruptcy to get medical care, live much longer than we do, in part because vacation time is an actual thing over there, not something employers say is a benefit but you get fired if you try to actually take (I know multiple people, in multiple states, working for multiple companies that this is the case so don’t call it an absurd untruth just because you haven’t seen it for yourself). The reason we accept the most immagrants isn’t because we’re so great. It’s because we lost the ability to train our own people to do the jobs that need doing. We have to import everything, even our workforce.

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    • word9942
      January 14, 2016

      Thank you for your insightful words. More Americans need to really hear the thoughts of our world neighbors.

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    • Bill
      January 14, 2016

      Sorry to say but you are completely wrong in your thoughts. No one is turned away from a hospital due to their income. The hospital were founded by Christians. Our 2cd amendment of the constitution protects the rest of the constitution. Over 2 million legal gun owners did not shot anyone today. This is our country,
      the one that receives more immigrants then rest of the world combined. Must be a good reason the all went to come to the US.

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      • Snuffy
        January 14, 2016

        No one is turned away, but all they are required to do is stabilize you. They won’t treat your cancer or your diabetes or arthritic hips or anything else that is not an immediate emergency. And anything they DO is going to get billed to you at outrageous, non-insurance rates which are 3 to 4 TIMES the insurance rate (insurance rate = the rate you pay just for having the insurance, such as when you are still within your deductible). As far as Christians founding all the hospitals, that’s about the most absurd statement I have read all week.

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    • Kathy McCabe
      January 14, 2016

      Thank you, John.

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  12. Tim
    January 10, 2016

    I have read through this article, and most of the comments. I would point out that trying to talk someone out of their beliefs is not beneficial to anyone. Take it from me, I live in an area that still has people that refuse to believe the Holocaust actually happened. The President did what anyone with compassion would be expected to do. Other than a few outliers who either refuse to see reason or were actually done as part of a class project, I believe we all agree that what President Obama did was not part of some political agenda, but basic human decency. It is this basic decency that is required for us to come together and ignore party lines to move forward. I firmly believe that if President Obama was a Caucasian with the last name Jones, he would not be half as controversial as he is. But the fact remains, many of his policies and views were divisive, not because of the stance he took, but because the issues were of the sort that touched every American, regardless of race, political affiliation, or economic standing. These issues will always be controversial, because they matter to each and every one of us. There are many places to discuss our differences, but I would not consider an article about the President’s human decency to be the most appropriate to squabble about political views. People died and the President comforted those people despite the emotional turmoil it undoubtedly put him through.

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  13. Debra
    January 9, 2016

    Thank you for writing this article. I am not an Obama fan and it is good to hear that there this side of him exists “behind the scenes” with no political agenda.

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    • Kathy McGrath
      January 9, 2016

      This is not “this side of him.” This is who he is as a person.

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      • Debra
        January 9, 2016

        I am glad that there is “this side” of him, but I haven’t seen much of it since he has taken office. We all have our different viewpoints and mine is just different from yours. I believe that he has divided this country more than any president who has ever been in office. Being biracial I had thought he would be the perfect president to being this country together but it hasn’t been so. Thank you for the comment though.

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        • Annie
          January 9, 2016

          The only reason the country became divided is because they couldn’t accept that a half black man was President and that was not HIS fault. I suggest those who hate him do some soul searching.

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          • Debra
            January 9, 2016

            Annie, I couldn’t disagree with you more. I personally give Americans more credit than that. Also the word “fault” is not applicable. Having a mother who was Caucasian and a father who was African American gave him the perfect platform to bring america together. I personally do not hate him, but I disagree with his policies. Primarily healthcare reform. He has reached out and helped the poverty stricken which is admirable and much needed, but the lower/middle income who work hard have been forgotten. There is no point in going on anymore. if you “assume” someone who doesn’t particularly care or agree with him hates him or cannot accept that he is “half black” then you are truly the one that needs to do some soul searching. It’s that kind of thinking and lack of communication that is counterproductive. It’s one thing to have an opinion, but please do not project your faulty belief system onto me, because it does not apply.

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            • Annie
              January 9, 2016

              Debra, yes of course you couldn’t disagree more, but this President has NOT divided the country. As I said what has divided the country is bigotry. I’m not going to whitwash it for you. I make no assumptions, the actions of his opponents have been exceedingly evident. One day in the future history books will reveal just how this President has been demonized.

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              • Debra
                January 9, 2016

                I think that every president has been demonized Annie and we must not forget that. It’s easier to see the demonization when it is against your own party, but it exists on both sides. Obama’s biggest problem has been that he has targeted the middle class to pay for health insurance so that many can have it for free. Our rates have doubled and are NOT affordable yet we are taxed if we cannot give up about a third of our take home pay to purchase health insurance that is basically useless. Furthermore deductibles are so high that most of us cannot even see a doctor because not only do we pay $600 a month in premiums, but the first $6,000 is out of pocket (no copays) and then after that the insurance company will finally pay something. This has not worked for me and many americans yet he does not care, because he has lived a VERY privileged life from the time he was a child, one that I have never seen and probably never will.

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                • Melissa C.
                  January 10, 2016

                  Debra, keep in mind that there is NOTHING in the Affordable Care Act that requires health insurance companies to keep premiums, deductibles, and copays at a certain rate. Obama and the Democrats initially wanted to create a Universal Healthcare system utilizing current NON-SOCIALIZED but government-run health insurance companies that already exist (ie; Tri-Care or Medicare,) REPUBLICANS created a country-wide panic of the not-proposed “socialized medicine” and insisted on a “free-market” system. Well, they got what they asked for. We now have universal health care in a free-market system, which means these greedy insurance companies are required to cover more than they ever did, but they can charge whatever they want. Place the blame where it applies – it’s not Obama’s fault that the insurance companies are as greedy as ever. It’s the insurance companies who are to blame 100%. You want to blame somebody for your high deductible and the divisive atmosphere in the country? Try the Republicans and the greedy insurance companies who seek to serve the white elite and continue to push out not just non-white folks, but the less-than-7-figure-folks…there you will find the root of all the evil you see.

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                • Snuffy
                  January 10, 2016

                  Sigh. A beautiful article about a man with the right stuff who tries to give comfort to those who have suffered a horrible tragedy, and we get the usual right-wing Goober who thinks her premiums are “1/3 of her income.” Premiums are limited by law to 8 percent! So you are just making this up. Stop your GOP lying in this thread – go to Freepers or some other anti-Obama site.

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                  • Debra
                    January 11, 2016

                    Oh how I wish I were making this up! If you add the premiums to to the deductible (which by the way is $6,000) before insurance even pays a penny this takes up WAY more than 8% of my income. Let’s be clear- my insurance is through my employer, I earn $35,000 a year BEFORE taxes; I THEN pay OVER $500 a month for insurance and must pay a $6,000 deductible before my insurance will pay a penny. Snuffy you are a sorry excuse for a human being. This is a fact and you are just an arrogant idiot. That is one thing that bothers me about flaming liberals. They do not listen to facts. Well what I have written is a fact. Secondly I do not appreciate Obama and our pathetic Supreme Court for requiring people to buy insurance. I have never in my entire life been without insurance, but if it were not the law, I would be forced to do without. Instead I have to get a second job to fund the lazy people who sit at home popping out 10 kids so they can have free healthcare. There you have it. I am however a law abiding citizen and am exercising my right to free speech. If I were ever to try to understand the “left” it will not come by people like you attacking me.

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                    • Snuffy
                      January 11, 2016

                      Typical Goober misstatement of facts. If your insurance is through your employer, then you ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THE ACA AND ANYTHING YOU BITCH ABOUT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ACA. You are not forced to buy any insurance, BECAUSE YOU ALREADY ARE COVERED BY YOUR EMPLOYER. Yes, I am “arrogant” because you are intentionally exaggerating and falsely representing your situation, and lumping the deductible in with the premiums and calling that “1/3 of your income.” Your problem is with your employer, who isn’t paying enough of the premium and offers you a cheap (for them), high-deductible plan. There was an employer mandate due to kick in this year, but guess what? The GOP demanded that it be delayed! Even so, if you get cancer the most you will have to pay is the deductible, not $500,000 out of your checking account and credit cards.

                      And your $500 and $6000 is going to the insurance company, not the government, so stop trying to say that your money is helping poor people get Medicaid. You probably aren’t even in a Medicaid expansion state, the way you bitch and moan about poor people. That could be you one day, ya know?

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                    • Snuffy
                      January 14, 2016

                      Person after person here is confused and ignorant about their insurance. If your employer jacks up your premium, calculate whether 12 months of premiums are more than 9.5% of your annual income, and if it is, you can go to the healthcare.gov site and get a MUCH cheaper plan, with subsidies for huge amounts per month. Or you can continue to go without insurance and make up stories. Your mind is closed because you hate poor people and you hate the president. If you get cancer, good luck coming up with a few hundred thousand bucks – that sure will show those liberals, won’t it?

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              • Karen
                January 10, 2016

                We have given him 6+ years to do something for this country. Debra is not a bigot….that is the problem..if we disagree with a black person, excuse me, an African American, we are called bigots..what are you called if you disagree with a white man? Obama has been given more than enough chances to do something for this country, but instead he has divided it if not totally destroyed it!

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                • Annie
                  January 10, 2016

                  Karen, are you seriously saying that President Obama hasn’t done anything for this country? Spoken like a true bigot.

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                  • Mike
                    January 10, 2016

                    Debra: Your different opinion on healthcare is valid, although I think history will prove you wrong. However, how could you have been blind to his compassion in ending gun violence, end the various war’s and bring our son’s and daughter’s home, protect our environment etc….I don’t think you are racist and appear sincere in your comments….so think about why it was a “surprise” to you that he is a compassionate person that has been obvious to the majority of Americans who have elected him twice….sometimes it could be the echo chamber we surround our self with….

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                    • Dan Bennett
                      January 10, 2016

                      I don’t think Debra is racist or bigoted, either. I just think she’s ignorant. Whether or not she’s willfully ignorant is really up to her.

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                • Dan Bennett
                  January 10, 2016

                  Karen, I’m guessing you don’t bother to read or watch many independent news reports. Or to think for yourself.

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                • Snuffy
                  January 10, 2016

                  Everything the president does, except write executive orders, has to start as a bill in Congress. So what bills are you claiming that he vetoed?

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                • Debra
                  January 11, 2016

                  Thank you so much Karen! I appreciate you so very much. It is refreshing to have someone who understands. Perhaps someone that disagrees with a white man could be called a wigot (since they are name slinging). I couldn’t agree more with you.

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            • Aubrae
              January 10, 2016

              Doing one good deed is never left unpunished. Helping the most desperate , why is that a reason for fault?

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            • Dan Bennett
              January 10, 2016

              Debra, do you really believe the plight of the shrinking middle class is President Obama’s doing? That it only began under the Obama administration? That things were great for the middle class before 2009?

              Can you explain what President Obama has done to hurt he middle class? Because I can’t help thinking about how middle class families had the smallest tax burden under President Obama than they’d had since Eisenhower. And I can’t help thinking about how the economic stimulus plan he pushed for — and that not a single Republican voted for — helped middle-class families.

              I certainly agree that the middle class is shrinking while the upper class gets richer and the lower class grows larger. I just don’t believe that it started during President Obama’s tenure, or that it’s the fault of progressives like him.

              I welcome you to prove me wrong. But extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.

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              • Debra
                January 12, 2016

                I will try my best to help you understand why I feel that President Obama has hurt the middle class. This is my own personal experience but have others share the same or similar stories. My wages are in the mid 30’s. Not the greatest but I have a masters degree and this is all that is offered in the community where I live wage wise. I have health insurance through my employer which is now costing over $500 a month. This is a result of the healthcare reform, since they have to cover everyone despite being high risk etc. Now I have a $6,000 that was once $1500. I used to have copays at the doctors office of $20, now it is all out of pocket. I was sick last year and had some major health expenses. I ended up over the $6,000 before insurance would pay even a penny. I am making payments now for the $6,000 over 5 different places. I cannot make ends meet even though I have always been one to be responsible with the money I earn. Some months I am choosing which utility I can let go. I left cable tv go already and felt kind of angry about that. If I were on medicaid this would be costing me nothing. If I were rich, it would be nothing to just right out $6000 in checks. But instead I am a working middle class peson struggling to keep food and groceries in the house after house payments and utilities. This my friend, is how Obama has harmed the middle class. We are paying double premiums and have high deductibles due to Obama Care. How could I be for this guy who doesn’t realize how his policies are hurting the working poor?!

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                • Snuffy
                  January 13, 2016

                  Just as I suspected. Your beef is with your employer, not with the ACA. Your employer dumping more premium and higher deductible on you is SOLELY their choice and has nothing to do with the ACA. We predicted that every uninformed citizen would blame their employer’s decisions on the ACA and the president, and I see that’s exactly what you have done. Get educated and let those of us who have insurance that covers everything and can’t be canceled enjoy what the ACA has brought to us. Without the ACA we’d be stuck paying full cash for everything and be bankrupted if any illness befell us.

                  Besides, be thankful that you have coverage at all – $6000 sure beats getting a bill for $150,000 for a heart attack, or $2 million for a premature baby.

                  As for your “we pay more so those with illnesses can get covered”, well, it’s not true, but even if it were, what if YOU were one of those “with illnesses?” If you paid $6000, it sounds like you ARE. Without the ACA you would be unable to get any insurance and go bankrupt.

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            • Cameron Tuehy
              January 10, 2016

              Debra, when Obama was elected, people who felt they could finally speak out about how they were feeling did so, and it was LABELLED “dividing the country.” If free people being allowed to exercise freedom is “dividing the country” let’s all continue to divide.

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              • Snuffy
                January 10, 2016

                And his father Barack Obama Sr. was not “African American”, as right-wing sites always wrongly state. He was AFRICAN. It says so right on the birth certificate. So we know you’re a birther if you use that term.

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        • Ed
          January 10, 2016

          How has he divided this country? The only way I can see is by his being black. Which if true means the country was already divided in the first place. This country was founded in part on racism. It would take more than President Obama to make that go away. It’s called being evil and evil will always be with us.

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          • Debra
            January 11, 2016

            Ed, here is an honest non-confrontative answer to your question about how I feel our president has divided the country. Starting with his “Trayvon could have been my son” comment. He identifies so much with the thugs in this world that he has forgotten the working class white people. I have just as many african american friends as I do white, and the majority of them work hard and pay their way in life. They do not have kid after kid expecting the government to pay for it, they pay for everything themselves. Obama is blind to the reason that many of the “right wing” people feel he has divided our country. It’s not about color as much is it is about the “thug” mentality feeling empowered, even if they are druggies or have broken the law. These people do not need to be defended. Either way, this is too detailed to address in this forum, but this would be a good starting point perhaps if both sides could refrain from being hot headed and talk about the facts.

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            • Snuffy
              January 11, 2016

              Psst – Trayvon was not a thug. That destroys your whole argument, but even if he was, he was someone’s son. If your son, thug or not, got murdered by an arrogant prick, you’d be devastated. And if Trayvon was white and looked like your son, you sure as hell might have said what the president said.

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              • Debra
                January 12, 2016

                Texts from his cell phone talked of his violent nature. He also had smoked marijuana and clearly was not a “good” kid. This child (or his parents) apparently did not do a great job with him. No one deserves to be murdered and that is very sad. But please hear what I am saying. Because Trayvon was black Obama jumped to his side saying “He could have been my son.” My point here, is that our president is acting more like the racist here. Had Trayvon been white, smoking marijuana and had a reportedly violent past do you think the president would have said that? This is my thinking in this.. that is what divides the country. Don’t do what you are accusing the entire country of doing. Who really are the racist people here? I don’t care about color, but I care about the actions of the people and I believe everyone should be treated the same. Obama does NOT treat everyone in our country the same. He has riled up the thugs and the irresponsible people and empowered them. Let’s empower those who really matter, those who made good decisions and do the right thing.

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                • Snuffy
                  January 13, 2016

                  Sounds to me like YOU are the racist here. Trayvon was killed because he was black. A white kid walking through there would not have been accosted by Zimmerman. THAT’s what Obama meant – that if he had a son, the son might look like Trayvon, and he might be a target of a racist asshole like Zimmerman.

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        • KAREEM
          January 10, 2016

          Give examples of how a single man (OBAMA) has divided an entire country in less than 8 years….go ahead….I’ll wait. Because the truth is, IS that this country was divided LONG before Obama took office. When you wake up, you will realize this.

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        • Dan Bennett
          January 10, 2016

          Explain how President Obama has divided this country more than any president before him. Provide specific examples and back them up with credible sources.

          Also, bear with me here, read the following, and seriously consider it:

          The country may well be more divided than ever, and it may well be related to President Obama, but it’s not his doing. It’s a result of the Right’s negative reaction to seeing a relatively young, moderate, black man become the most powerful man in the country. A huge number of people accustomed to living in a country run by old, white men were terrified by the possibility that they might no longer be in charge of everything — that younger people, non-whites, and progressives might finally outnumber them by a margin just large enough to outvote them. That led to the biggest outbreak of covert and overt racism since the 1960s. All of the vitriol and division has sprung from the old guard’s fear of this new world and their desperation to restore the old world.

          Don’t believe me? Look at the man who is far and away the top contender for the Republican nomination for president in this year’s election. What does Donald Trump say about Mexicans? They’re mostly criminals and rapists, and we should build a wall to keep them out and make them pay for it. What does he say about Muslims? We should prevent any more of them from immigrating here; we should track them and possibly round them up in internment camps; and any Muslim citizen who leaves the U.S. should not be allowed to return.

          That’s the man who’s become the de facto face and voice of the Republican party. Does that not speak to a fundamental racism in the hearts and minds of a huge plurality of conservatives?

          Where on earth did that come from? When did such a large percentage of conservatives become so openly fearful of and hateful toward the Other? Would Trump and his unabashed bigotry have been so popular in 2008? Would a candidate who says what Trump says be the conservative frontrunner back then?

          Of course not. Even David Dukes, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan thinks Trump’s rhetoric goes too far.

          So how did we get here? If you take a close look at the political rhetoric of the past seven years, it becomes painfully clear: It’s all a backlash against the election — and re-election — of the country’s first black president.

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        • Linda
          January 10, 2016

          President Obama did not divide America. Racists are dividing America.

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          • Debra
            January 12, 2016

            I truly believe that Obama is racist, so I suppose that is why I feel he has caused such division in our country. What we DO know is that he married a woman whose mother is racist. This is a fact- she commented that she did not want Michelle to marry him because he was “half white.” There are also many indications that Michelle is racist as well starting with her master’s thesis. Third of all, the president takes office and right away starts defending thugs and sticks his nose in places he should not (ie: the Trayvon Martin case). I dream of (but will probably not see it in my lifetime) a president who loves all the people the same, black or white, chinese or hispanic. A president who doesn’t bad mouth republicans who do not all believe what he thinks or assumes they believe. Let’s be real, no one wants to be the
            red headed step child but since Obama has been in office that is what I feel like. I don’t feel like Obama is actiing like a president who loves all the citizens of this country; I don’t feel that he knows what it is like to be brought up poor, to take out massive student loans to be the first in your family to graduate from college and still hardly be able to get by because health insurance premiums are through the roof. However had I chose to be single, and have 5 children my life would be easier. I would not need to go to work. Healthcare would be free, Section 8 would give me free housing. Real services would give me free utilities and food stamps would give me free food. Where are the rewards for those who do the right thing? Or is it not the right thing to be responsible, work hard and pay your bills without handouts? This my friend is the crux of the republican side. We just want people to be responsible, work hard if they can and are able, prioritize and plan and save for having a child (don’t expect that to be a freebie). Is that really asking too much? Because when they get freebies, my hard work is paying for it and I am ending up with much less!

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        • regiskinn
          January 10, 2016

          NO, he hasn’t divided this country. The backwards thinking racists have divided this country and somehow made you and other’s believe that it was President Obama. The country has been divided, his becoming President just brought it to the fore front.

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        • MJ
          January 10, 2016

          While it is fact that his presidency has caused divisive, it was not President Obama who case this divisivness it was those who hated him for being Black and also fo being a Dem who won not once but twice.. I did not realize the racism in this country still ran so deep in the vocal minority..

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        • Carol StJohn
          January 11, 2016

          People forget that what the President wants is often vetoed by the Congress…worry more about Congress and what they do and less about the President…

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    • Paul
      January 10, 2016

      What in the world has moved you not to be an Obama fan? Please look at the facts, not the fiction. On what can you possibly base being against what the man has tried to accomplish? What facts do you contest? What lies do you choose to believe….? Please tell me…

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    • Dan Bennett
      January 10, 2016

      I’m kind of amazed that you needed this story to tell you President Obama is a good man who cares about people. This is not something he only does behind the scenes. If it was, we wouldn’t have the Affordable Care Act or the recent, mild, common-sense actions on gun control. The president has acted for seven years as a good, compassionate man. If you’re only noticing it now, that says a lot more about you than about him.

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      • Debra
        January 12, 2016

        Perhaps it says a lot about my observations. Again as I said earlier, President Obama only cares about certain people and certain things. The affordable care act hurt the middle class big time. Yes, that helps those who are poor, who don’t have jobs but if you do have a job, you are going to pay double so that the poor can have it for free. Some of us can barely afford to support ourselves. What does he know about the middle class? He grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth, was very privileged, went to a private school. I had a father I hardly saw because he worked 75 hours a week to support his children. We ate beans and the cheapest food we could to get by, but no one ever gave us a dime and I think that is how it should be. Our circumstances are a result of our choices. If one chooses to support a $150 a month tobacco habit then they are choosing to not have enough to pay their electric bill in some cases. I don’t think Obama gives a hoot about the middle class, I really don’t. We are the ones who are working and trying. We don’t lay in bed all day expecting someone else to pay our way. He does nothing for us; nothing. He is putting all his eggs in one basket and the other one is bare. So yes, I do have a hard time supporting a president who every chance he gets bashes republicans who just think different from him. He should be the president for all americans.. and stand for everyone and bring this country together. Instead he is a one man show, he way or the highway.

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        • Snuffy
          January 13, 2016

          ” you are going to pay double so that the poor can have it for free.” Uh, no Debra. The “double” you pay is your employer dumping premium cost on you, assuming you will blame Obama, which you dutifully do. And remember that premium cost goes to the insurance company, NOT to the government, so it can’t be used to let the poor “get it for free.” If you lost your job, you could get Medicaid if you live in a Blue state. Be thankful for that if it’s the case.

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    • jamielifesafeast
      January 11, 2016

      Debra, if you admitted to yourself that this is how President Obama is all the time, how he makes policy, how he approaches policy, both national and foreign, admit that he is truly truly compassionate and caring (which is why he fights for better education and education for all, higher wages and longer unemployment benefits, affordable healthcare and college, etc etc etc) then you would indeed, like the rest of us, be a fan of President Obama.

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      • Sonja
        January 14, 2016

        Affordable for who? My insurance premiums doubled at work. And I no longer have insurance. And the Non Affordable act is even higher.

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        • jlsoftwareblog
          February 3, 2016

          If you can budget 8.5% of income for health care premiums, you can get it. And you keep complaining about your “premiums at work.” How can the president affect your employer’s decision to dump all the premium cost on you? There are ways you could get health insurance – it’s all built into the ACA’s rules – but you hate the president so much that you are screwing yourself over. And you so love to complain about it. The problem is, what you keep complaining about is just not true.

          But hey – ignore me. Keep “punishing” the president by not getting insurance. Then when you get sick, guess who gets punished? You’ll have hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical costs that you could have avoided if you’d just gotten covered.

          I’m doing fine – Gold plan, $850 a month before subsidy, compared to the $1550 I was paying prior to ACA, $2500 deductible, no annual or lifetime limit, no deductible for prescriptions. I could have a Bronze plan for much much less, but I can choose.

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  14. Marion Gallagher
    January 9, 2016

    I would expect nothing less from him. And in my opinion, that only makes him more awesome.

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  15. Heather Lynn Wintheiser
    January 9, 2016

    He truly is a wonderful & caring person. But, worth far more, President Obama has always shown to be a wonderful person, who acts in the best interest of our children. I’d back him up on anything & everything he does & has done for us. We will be very lucky to have another president a fraction as wonderfully caring as he is.

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    • Gene Bosacki
      January 10, 2016

      If he is so caring why has he vetoed the bill to stop killing unborn children?

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      • Snuffy
        January 10, 2016

        There is no such bill. If you mean the bill to defund Planned Parenthood, why the hell don’t you just clearly say that?

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      • Jerry
        January 10, 2016

        Gene: you do understand, don’t you, that people who are pro-choice (people who agree with the law of the land, validated by the Supreme Court as a constitutionally protected right in 1973) do not believe that abortion is “killing unborn children.” They believe they are protecting a woman’s right to make their own reproductive health decisions. Even if you disagree with their logic, they believe that they are, as firmly as you believe you are right.

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  16. Thomas Devries
    January 8, 2016

    Love this President.. That love comes with a deep pride. That pride comes with a deep deep sigh. Not of relief but rather a Disappointment of many Americans who refuse to open their eyes to just “How” Great Presisdent Obama. I for one am very very proud of President Obama and I’ve chosen Him as opposed to surprisingly many many friend’s I’ve lost because He became our President. No regrets whats so ever here. 1TommyD..

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    • Debra
      January 9, 2016

      I wish so much that I could see the greatness you see in our president. I did not vote for him but would love so much for our country to come together for the greater good. I think we all need to respect one another’s viewpoints and learn from each other. This article really touched my heart. I am a grief counselor and feel so good about what Obama did. He is “our” president it’s just that his healthcare policies have been devastating for my family. We are lower/middle class and work so hard, but we have high deductibles and office visits etc are entirely out of pocket. Perhaps that is one reason that some have a hard time appreciating him. He needs to listen to all Americans. I would love to have that opportunity one day to tell him how his healthcare reform has caused devastation to my family.

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      • Julie
        January 9, 2016

        I understand your frustration; but please remember that the final version of the Affordable Care Act was NOT what President Obama proposed. It is the only compromise that could be reached between Democrats, who wanted healthcare for every American, and Republicans, who do not want single-payer healthcare, which would NOT BE POPULAR with: the health insurance industry; the pharmaceutical industry; corporations that run for-profit hospitals and/or long-term care facilities; and certain private medical practices that sell “memberships”. There is a lot of power and money lobbying AGAINST single-payer healthcare like our peer nations enjoy, but President Obama and the rest of the Democrats negotiated the best that they could get for us, considering that the GOP wanted to keep the bad old status quo, and wants to bring it back.

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        • Debra
          January 9, 2016

          Julie I so appreciate your comment. That gives me many points to ponder and to learn from. I felt that Obama was trying so hard to help those in need that he forgot the middle class. It’s too much to type, but in a nutshell I am dealing with a premiums and a deductible that are so high (before insurance even kicks in) that I cannot afford to see a doctor. I must admit that I resent those who abuse the hospital emergency rooms and doctors offices by going there with colds, demanding tests be done and all of it being free from medicaid. That is what I am seeing, while those that I love and who work hard to pay their way cannot afford to get much needed tests done. Either way, I would love to have more intelligent conversations with people who thing more rationally than on emotion. Thanks again for taking the time to comment.

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          • Dan Bennett
            January 10, 2016

            Debra, how were you doing before the Affordable Care Act? Did you have insurance? What was its source? Did your plan change as a result of the ACA? What did it cost you to see your primary care physician before the ACA? What does it cost you now?

            Are you aware that the people who “abuse” emergency rooms go there because they have no health insurance and can’t afford preventative care? Are you aware that health care reform was aimed at providing those people with affordable insurance so that they could get routine, preventative checkups and not burden richer people with the cost of going to the emergency room when they became sick and had no other recourse?

            If you’re bothered by the ACA and feel it gives poor people health care at your expense, take it up with the insurance companies that still refuse to cover many needed tests and medications, despite the fact that they make billions of dollars a year. Blame it on large health care organizations that, like the insurance companies, are focused entirely on maximizing profits and not on making sure that customers who pay thousands a year in premiums get the care their doctors say they need.

            And blame it on the Republicans who wouldn’t let the ACA pass until it was a compromised wet kiss on the lips of the insurance companies instead of the universal health care or government option President Obama and the Democrats wanted. If we’d gotten universal health care like every other first-world country has, you and your friends wouldn’t have to worry about whether you could afford to get much-needed tests done. You’d just go and have the tests done, and you’d never see a bill. Yes, you might wait longer for an appointment, but you would know that it would cost you nothing and that everyone in the country, regardless of financial status, would be able to get the health care they needed. And that would make you feel good, wouldn’t it? I won’t assume you’d be happier if you could get faster treatment while some poor people died from having no treatment.

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            • Matt E
              January 10, 2016

              Yo Dan, You mind shutting the **** up ? I mean Debra just said that she basically suffered financially and you’re over here just harassing her. Just stop trying to prove a point man, no one cares.

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              • jlsoftwareblog
                February 3, 2016

                Debra is making stuff up and exaggerating, and also does not understand her options because Fox News has convinced her that the ACA is responsible for her evil employer dumping premiums on her. If she would just LISTEN, she could have a nice plan and get covered. But she wants to be a martyr and go without insurance to prove some stupid point.

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          • David
            January 11, 2016

            Debra, it sounds like you are in a position many people find themselves in and I have to admit I was in as well. There are many things to consider in picking a policy and if your employer gives you only one option then they are really shortchanging you. I’m pretty sure Dan’s first paragraph responding to you was intended to be helpful, and his questions do help focus attention on where the insurance problem really lies, but some better questions are (and I am only saying this encouraging you to ask your employer these questions): Is the policy you have the only one that was offered to you? Is it the only one that was offered to your employer? Have you shopped for private insurance? (I know, I know but don’t laugh so hard just yet.) You may well find insurance that is no less expensive than what you are paying but may offer some co-pay/co-insurance options that could lower your OOP expenses for an office visit. There may be other questions to bring up with your employer such as why do they use the particular carrier that they do? Do they regularly shop insurance carriers? There should be ACA counselors in your area who could look at your policy and, while they can’t get you ACA coverage because you’re not eligible (since insurance is offered by your employer) they have to be so well versed in insurance speak they could be very helpful answering questions you may not wish to ask your employer. I wish you a lot of luck sorting your insurance woes out. It’s not easy, but it was worth it for my family and me. I hope it will be worth it for you as well.

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      • Annie
        January 9, 2016

        I am one who was greatly helped by the ACA and so are two of my children who wouldn’t have been covered under the status quo.

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        • Dan Bennett
          January 10, 2016

          I was also helped by the ACA. Before the existence of this law that Republican congressmen have tried and failed to kill after 62 votes and two Supreme Court challenges, I couldn’t get any kind of health insurance because of a pre-existing condition. Since the ACA came into effect, I’ve been able to get coverage, and now I know that a major injury or illness will not bankrupt me.

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      • Snuffy
        January 10, 2016

        As others have said, state your premiums and income. It is not possible to have premiums be 1/3 of income under the ACA.

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      • jamielifesafeast
        January 11, 2016

        Debra, you must dig deeper and wider and look at the whole picture before judging – it isn’t the President nor is it Obamacare that forces you to pay high deductibles, high costs for medical care and medicine, etc. It is the insurance companies and the pharmaceutical companies period. Sadly it is they who own healthcare in the USA and who set both the rules and the prices. If Obamacare can move ahead, then the for-profit insurance and pharma companies and for-profit hospitals and clinics would be controlled, prices would be controlled (like they are in Europe). For a general office visit my brother in Florida has to pay $128 (for which $22 is reimbursed by his insurance company). In France, where I live, the price for the same visit (excellent doctor and doctor of my choice no matter what the GOP say) is now up to €28 (almost the same in $) and all but €1 or €2 euros is reimbursed. Costs for specialists are low, costs for medicine is low, because of the system. This is what we must be fighting in the USA. It is far from Obama’s healthcare reform that is at fault.

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        • Debra
          January 12, 2016

          so i have taken a sleeping pill so not sure if this will be totally on track. Here is my question. If Obamacare isn’t responsible for the high deductibles and premiums then how is it that people getting medicaid get their healthcare pretty much free, doctor’s visits free, medications free (or in some cases a few dollar deductible). My belief has been (and please do correct me if I am wrong) that because insurance companies are forced to insure anyone despite their health background they HAVE to charge these exhorbant fees in order to make a profit. That means that even if I take care of my health, am fortunate enough not to have a major disease, I still must pay for those who are less fortunate. That is hard for a middle class person to do. The rich it is no problem, the poor it doesn’t apply, because it is free for them.. the middle class are hurting big time! My brother currently has kidney problems but he cannot afford the thousands of dollars his copay is (nor to miss work) to get this taken care of. All this has changed and happened since health care reform, that is why I hold Obama and his policies responsible. HE HAS FORGOTTEN THE HARD WORKING MIDDLE CLASS! HE HAS NEVER KNOWN WHAT IT IS LIKE TO CHOOSE TO GO TO THE DOCTOR, OR PUT FOOD IN YOUR HOUSE.

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          • Snuffy
            January 13, 2016

            The ACA law prohibits insurance companies from spending more than 20% on overhead and profit. I’ll tell you for the last time that your increased premium and deductible is NOT from the ACA, but from your employer deciding to stick you with more of the cost of the insurance. If it is more than 9.6% of your income, you can opt out of the employer insurance and get a private policy on healthcare.gov or on your state ACA site. Just call the healthcare.gov number to see if you are eligible. You have until Jan 31 to sign up. There are many people who hate the president and are intentionally playing dumb on what the ACA is about, and either making up stories or unaware that they have another option. I’m done – you can keep complaining about it being the president’s fault, or you can educate yourself and see if you can get a better deal.

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    • John
      January 12, 2016

      Just wonder how such a bunch of “feeeeel good ” liberals nestled in one place. What a joke of a site!!!! Your liberal party took God and Israel out of its’ platform in 2012 and put it back at the last minute because some thought it might not be politically advantageous. I bet the “feeeel” gooders are clueless that this happened. But most of the Obama worshippers are much more in tune with tax-supported Planned Parenthood. Good luck in 2016 lemmings!!! Hope it makes you and your feckless Fraud for President happy. JHMC.

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      • Jerry
        January 12, 2016

        First, it is interesting to hear you refer to “Obama Worshipers.” I see Obama “worship” mentioned so often that I cannot imagine virtually everyone in the tea party wing of the GOP simultaneously but independently arrived at that expression. Such phenomena usually indicates the phrase has not arisen from the people, but has been imposed upon them by opinion leaders/propagandists. That is to say, those who speak of Obama “worship” are not likely thinking for themselves. Free your mind.

        Regarding your questioning whether or not the Obama “worshipers” can cite any examples of disagreement with him, the answer is, of course. After 7 years, many of us are disappointed about a variety of things. In my case, I wish he’d succeeded in closing down Guantanamo, I wish he’s fought harder to get the ACA he wanted — he compromised to the point that the ACA is a mess. It is better than no change, be we have a long way to go still. I regret that he waited so long to support marriage equality. I regret that he didn’t crack down on the Cliven Bundy sedition/armed rebellion/terrorism harder than he did. His lack of a firm response (likly because he feared another David Koresh or Waco situation) emboldens others to do the same thing — hence, Ammon Bundy. So, there are a few of my disappointments. I do still believe he has been an excellent president, especially in light of the unprecedented refusal of Republicans in Congress to work with him.

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      • jerry
        January 12, 2016

        John: If the second part of my post seems out of place, it’s because it is. I had intended to post this elsewhere, in response to another post, but did so here by mistake. Please pardon any confusion

        However, I failed to mention this: your shocking revelation about the building of the Democratic Platform is no more shocking than the fact the world is round. This is politics. Unless a party is completely moribund, or dominated by a demagogue, there will be debate. Take a look at the creation of the GOP platform over the past few years, as the tea party wing browbeat out the moderate republicans to create the neo fascist document that now guides the party. The tea partiers were ruthless. But, as Otto Von Bismarck once said, it is best if people do not see how sausages, or laws, are made.

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  17. Sheri
    January 8, 2016

    I am not ashamed to be an american.I am also a Republican.I watch all news programs,and search for the truth(which is never an easy search).I think anyone who blindly follows any party without question is doing a dis service to our country and our people.Name calling is counterproductive.We could go back and forth ,naming past mistakes or missteps,and never convince a single person.I will believe what I believe,and share with those that are interested.But this entire rant is garbage,both sides.The President showed love and compassion,based on this report.How could he not?

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    • Farley
      January 8, 2016

      That’s good Sheri. I always considered myself an Independent until the last few elections. I have actually stopped watching tv and started getting my information from unrelated sites. All the news, (tv, radio, newspapers) is owned by 6 companies, so you will hear the same story, verbatim, on every channel. And all on the same stories, no deviation.
      Try expanding a little more. You’re on the right track though. I applaud you for being open minded.

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      • LInda Newell
        January 10, 2016

        Have you tried the PBS New Hour, which airs 5 days a week? It is by far the best, and most trusted news available.

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    • Matt E
      January 10, 2016

      Man. One of the first not bashful responses I’ve seen on here. People for some reason trying desperately to “get to the bottom of things” here when its politics, believe what you want, and afford others the same privilege. Congrats to you

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  18. Susan
    January 8, 2016

    Thanks for your help. My group in our Political Science class posted the “Susan” comments. We chose this website because it is “Liberal” and we posted the same comments on a “Conservative” website. We then hypothesized how people on each website would respond. We discussed our results today in class. The results were very interesting but surprising. Thanks to all those that reacted.

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    • Emma
      January 8, 2016

      Can you share more about what your hypothesis was and what was surprising about your results?

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    • Vox Populi
      January 8, 2016

      Susan, what were the results in your class? What were the differences between the reactions on the conservative website compared to those on the liberal site?

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    • sage
      January 8, 2016

      I have to say that’s a pretty creepy school project. I hope you learned something useful but I am kind of uncomfortable with you using this specific place for a forum. My problem I guess, but its kind of like you are peeing on this communication of support and love for people in grief. Just have to say, we have a responsibility to have a heart when we choose learning opportunities. See, even I am distracted from the message of the post itself. Oh well, I loved it, it was hope provoking to know what a real and sweet heart our president has.

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    • Michael Sprague
      January 8, 2016

      What school? What course, and what level?

      If you expect anyone to believe you, you’ll need to do better than that. Actions in the real world have real world consequences. Please share details on your study, including hypothesis, methodology, results, metrics applied, conclusions and anything rlse that might seem relevant.

      Until I see that, I’m calling bullshit on this, and you.

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      • Jerry
        January 9, 2016

        OK. Let me get this straight. The aspect of this discussion that really gets your back up is that some purported school kid may have fabricated a class project in his post — to what purpose I cannot imagine. You then demand that the student provide a full report, lest you’ll ‘call bullshit” on he and his post? Well OK then. Now that you’ve separated the wheat from the chaff, let’s discuss what flavor pop tart Lanza had for breakfast or the principal’s shoe size, and other important stuff.

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        • Dan Bennett
          January 10, 2016

          “Susan’s” new name is “Jerry,” and he is no more credible.

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          • Jerry
            January 10, 2016

            Wee i daddy, you sure got some smarts to catch me like that. You must be grinnin’ like a possum eatin’ shit out of a wire brush.

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      • Factoids
        January 9, 2016

        Why do you expect anyone to care who you believe or call bullshit on? Are you the Gatekeeper?

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        • Dan Bennett
          January 10, 2016

          Let me see if I have this straight: “Susan” makes a bunch of completely unsubstantiated claims to support a wildly fantastic hypothesis — but it’s the person who questions “Sandy” and asks for more details who’s the problem?

          If we are unwilling (and correctly so) to accept outrageous conspiracy theories without supporting details, why would we be willing to support an unlikely explanation for Susan’s post without supporting details? Are we only selectively skeptical?

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      • jdavis
        January 9, 2016

        Wow…rather hate-full, aren’t we!!!

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    • Bob Eckert
      January 9, 2016

      Be careful of who you pretend to be, because you will find out one day that that is who you are.

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    • Dan Bennett
      January 10, 2016

      The old “it was just an experiment” excuse. Riiiight.

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    • Michael Fischer
      January 16, 2016

      Dear “Susan”. If your class has simply observed and recorded what people volunteered here, that would have been more or less acceptable from a research ethics position on a public forum, assuming some safeguards on your results are followed. What your class did was highly unethical in a professional research context. I certainly could not responsibly replicate it for my University level undergraduate classes. I do agree that students use pseudonyms, given the danger they could be exposing themselves to, but they have to post a message in advance stating this, stating the objective they are seeking, and provide an anonymous email address (that I give them) so that people can opt out. Even this conduct is questionable from a research ethics standpoint. This is not political correctness. Your class was attempting to elicit specific reactions. Although some people may not realise it, such as “Debra” in this thread, they are at risk of ramifications in real life from their comments. Debra could easily be dismissed from many companies for what she has submitted here. When you incite people to make comments that can change their life, they have a right to be aware of what they are responding to and why. It doesn’t really matter what your motives were, the point is that there can be real fallout for people that would not have occurred without your actions.

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      • Jerry
        January 16, 2016

        I used to teach political science at the university level, and must confess I see little
        In the way of ethical concern.

        Research need not be fully replicable in order to be useful. Polls, for instance, can’t be replicated any more than this can be. In the social sciences we must, on occasion, simply observe the world.

        As for putting up a provocative post to elicit and monitor responses, given the truly bizarre, endless range of comments one can find online, the risk to such a post might shake the cyber world so much that it alters the actions of those who see it is far fetched. I would liken this to a piece of public art, or performance art. You need not post someone at the gate to the park to say to each person who enters, “there is a performance artist in here doing provocative things, and another person watching to see visitors’ reactions. Please sign this release.” This is not Stanly Milgram.

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  19. Vera Veritas
    January 8, 2016

    Fellow humans, who believe this is a “conspiracy”- you are behaving like deluded, horrifyingly ignorant individuals.

    I really hope that the events your words outline are true in whatever versions of reality you choose to live. Eventually, when you choose to join the rest of the us out here, perhaps your compassion and empathy will have a chance to grow.

    I feel sorry for you, fellow humans. Your personal delusions are so far-out that I can’t even comprehend it. You must be terrified to exist in the year 2016. I hope that some way, some how, you come out of that fear enough to connect with the humans around you.

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    • Sandy Fake
      January 8, 2016

      No proof it happened. If so please, PLEASE show it.

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      • Yaya Yanes
        January 8, 2016

        Why do you demand proof of your fellow Americans SUFFERING and DISTRAUGHT and in PAIN after losing their CHILDREN to a senseless mass murder committed by a mentally ill young man whose MOTHER was so paranoid and narcissistic, she foolishly amassed an arsenal of deadly weapons KNOWING her son was MENTALLY ILL and had no business being around deadly weapons. Quite frankly, NO ONE cares that you require proof.

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        • Michael Sprague
          January 8, 2016

          Just guessing, but perhaps to be able to then criticize this administration for turning an act of compassion into some sort of political accomplishment or exploitation?

          I should totally be a conspiracy nut. I can twist any set of facts to suit my own previously conceived narrative, and in general, even in person, do so in person with a straight face. If only I’d been born prettier.

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        • Jordan K
          January 8, 2016

          Agree with you completely. However, let’s never generalize about groups like those who are mentally ill. Remember that persons who are mentally ill are more likely to be victims of violent crimes than perpetrators of them. This horrible event was caused by a person, not an illness.

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      • Brian Nunziato
        January 8, 2016

        Prove that you’re NOT a total moron.

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      • Jerry
        January 9, 2016

        I think you’re on to something, Sandy. There is absolutely no proof. I think what really happened is that Obama slapped each and every one and said, “quit being a sniveling twit!” Yep, that’s the ticket.

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      • downriverdem
        January 9, 2016

        Gee, maybe dead children and teachers’ bodies should do it.

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      • Joan
        January 9, 2016

        Sandy, here are some references and links that refute your claims. http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/newtown.asp

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      • Dan Bennett
        January 10, 2016

        First show proof of any of your unsupported assertions. It’s a simple concept, universally accepted: The person who makes the accusation (i.e., the Sandy Hook massacre was staged) bears the burden of proof.

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  20. Janet
    January 8, 2016

    What a crazy bunch of deniers showed up here! So sad that people are so paranoid. Anywhoo, our president is a brave and compassionate man. We as a nation should be proud to call him president.

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  21. Cara Veritas
    January 8, 2016

    Trauma based mind control. (Look it up, because it’s been done on you since the 60s) The evidence is beyond overwhelming that it did not happen. They would not be able to prove it happened in a court of law. It wouldn’t even make it past the first trial phase. No bodies made it to the hospital. Nobody can declare death other than a doctor. Fbi stats do not show these victims listen on any death statistic manifest, neither does Connecticut. That school had been closed down for years.. anyone can see our molded over and falling apart. So, yes. Go there. I suggest everyone go there… oh and the kids are alive and sang to you during the super bowl. They’re laughing at you. I can’t believe anyone believes this rubbish. It doesn’t even make for good dime store novel reading.Obama is a psychopathic fraud.

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    • Ted
      January 8, 2016

      So was it done on the same Hollywood set as they did the moon landing? Take off your tin foil hat before you hurt youself and don’t forget to take your medicine.

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    • Ron
      January 8, 2016

      The depth of your ignorance is breathtaking.

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    • Gene in L.A.
      January 8, 2016

      Your posts say more about you than about Obama or this tragedy. Your arrogance and cruelty are shocking.

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    • Jim
      January 8, 2016

      I grew up in the town next to Newtown. My sister-in-law lived minutes from the school (it wasn’t closed, it was very open). Good friends of mine from my high school lost their son in that event. He is dead. He is not laughing any more. He was an amazing child and now he is dead. So to is the niece of my daughter’s teacher at her school. She was the teacher who tried to shield the children with her body. My wife’s cousin is a cop and he was there. He saw it. They are dead. All of them. You are a pathetic person who dreams of a world where you are always right. These bizarre scenarios where the government is out to get you. People died. Children died. The President has had to deal with this now hundreds of times during his Presidency and he did so as we would want a president to do, with compassion and understanding. There may be many psychopathic frauds in this world, but the only one I’m sure of at this time is you.

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    • Diane
      January 8, 2016

      Well, Sweetie, there are some mentally damaged individuals who figure in this discussion, but the President isn’t one of them. Do you hear the FBI investigators in your head? Did they give you their “reports” individually? I hope the people around you speak in soft, gentle voices, and don’t make too many demands on you. You are going to be just fine, some day, I’m sure.

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    • Jerry
      January 9, 2016

      You just do what the voices in your head tell you to do, right?

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    • fever
      January 9, 2016

      This is the dumbest thing I’ve read in a long time. These were minors, it would be incredibly unethical and illegal to release information about them. It truly takes a special kind of asshole to try and deny this happened. Tell these kids friends and family this didn’t happen, maybe it will being them back. If there’s a hell there would be a special spot saved just for you.

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    • John Seitz
      January 9, 2016

      Cara Veritas, you are an idiot. You are in fact so extremely delusional that you pose a danger to yourself and others around you. I strongly urge you to seek professional help, before it is too late.

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    • Juli Semel Hamilton
      January 9, 2016

      Wow Cara I am so glad I read your post, I am so enlightened now!

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    • Julius Washington
      January 10, 2016

      I can’t stand ignorant people like you. Please go and educate yourself.

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  22. Harvey
    January 8, 2016

    The trolls are winning in this conversation-don’t let them. Whack jobs like “Susan” and “Jon” are just trying to disrupt the civil discourse over this REAL story to satisfy some twisted agenda. This happens in a lot of blogs like this. Lots of sick people on the internet.

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    • Cara Veritas
      January 8, 2016

      No, you’re just too brainwashed to hear the truth. The thought I’d these children being murdered overwhelms you. That’s by design. That’s how they control you. Shut off your intelligence and thought processes. They literally make you retarded on purpose so your brain is flooded with cortisol and you default look to your government leaders for answers, giving away your immutable rights for a manufactured sense of security. It’s manufactured consent. Open your eyes. Prove it happened! And stop relying on your Hollywood produced establishment controlled media propaganda machine!

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      • Janet
        January 8, 2016

        You’re paranoid.

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      • stupidityrunsrampant
        January 8, 2016

        Well, clearly you’ve voluntarily shut off your own intelligence and aren’t even capable of thought.
        So, let me ask this: can you, yes you, PROVE that it did NOT happen? If so, let’s see it.
        If not, please stop promoting your unprovable opinion as fact. It just makes you sound stupid, like you’re buying a brand of brainwashing and telling us it’s candy.

        The only thing manufactured is your theory on how this didn’t happen.

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      • Cam
        January 9, 2016

        You cannot be serious. Did you not read the person’s response who actually knows people who lost a child, etc?? Do you really believe everyone in the world is in on this? Perhaps you should also go help O.J. find the real killers….

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  23. Jennifer georgino
    January 8, 2016

    He is a loving, devoted father!!!! One cannot imagine what he saw in terms of FBI photos, etc. I am certain some parents explained that their child was I recognizable, w so many bullets shredding their small bodies.
    It would take a Narcisist like Trhmp or Cruz not to be moved by such sadness, loss and effects of evil.

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    • Cara Veritas
      January 8, 2016

      Yes. Exactly. They rely on everyone not being able to imagine, so nobody rationally thinks it through. I suggest everyone imagines it. Only then will you see how absurd this all is. Only then will you let yourself see all the videos made trying to help you see the truth. Help you see the repeat crisis actors. The rehearsal, the EMTs telling you they weren’t allowed to help!(?!)… not a single tear. There are never tears….

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      • John Seitz
        January 9, 2016

        Seriously Cara Veritas, your comments indicate that you need to be in a locked facility for the safety of all. I won’t bother to try and prove anything to you, because there is no sense in having a logical discussion with people as obviously insane as you. I am forwarding your comments to authorities, in the hope they will intercede in your life before you do something horrendous.

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        • Juli Semel Hamilton
          January 9, 2016

          Unfortunately John, I do believe you are right about Cara’s state, all sarcasm aside. I have experience with being close to a paranoid schizophrenic, and they truly believe some of the things they are thinking. Only medication can help them.

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  24. Gretchen
    January 8, 2016

    I am sure the narrow-minded republicans who have successfully managed to divide our country, will find
    Something negative to say. :- (

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  25. Daniel Fisher
    January 8, 2016

    So moving, what an inspiration

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  26. JB humphrey
    January 7, 2016

    Thank you for sharing this remembrance.

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  27. Bob Aka-Woody Woodruff
    January 7, 2016

    I truly love this man. The most powerful person in the world, he has remained humble and caring. His opponents have attempted to unfairly vilify him at every turn, but he has not become bitter. He still cares so deeply for humanity and he gives so much of himself. He will be recognized in history as one of our greatest Presidents. He is an excellent role model for all of us.

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  28. Susan
    January 7, 2016

    There are several things that make me think Sandy Hook did not happen. If anyone can explain the following things, then I would be willing to change my mind.
    1. Google Earth pictures of days before the shooting show no cars at the elementary school. All of the other school in the area had cars at them.
    2. No one had seen Adam for 2 or 3 years.
    3. The police are shown running to the wrong school, and no life flight and only one ambulance at the school.
    4. At the firehouse, people were walking around in a pattern and wearing dark clothes. One guy had on a bright color and a woman is seen running to him and having him remove the bright color vest.
    5. A man bought Christmas trees in honor of those that died. Those Christmas trees can be seen behind the firehouse on the day of the shooting.
    6. Some of the pictures that was said to be taken on the day of the shooting show that in some of the pictures the firehouse has Christmas lights up and in some there are no Christmas lights.
    7. The people in the videos were not really crying. There were no tears or runny nose.
    8. The Medical Examiner was a joke.
    9. One of the fathers that lost a daughter is seen laughing and joking until they tell him they’re ready to start the press conference, and suddenly he changes his demeanor.
    10. The same father showed a family picture that looked very odd, because the child that was killed had no legs.
    11. The city had an empty school just waiting for the students to go to.
    12. The story from the witnesses kept changing.
    13. CNN was caught using a Green Screen when they were supposed to be at a funeral.
    14. People in the town were paid and they are still trying to raise money.
    15. There are many more examples, but this is a good start.

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    • Lisa
      January 7, 2016

      You have got to be kidding. I suggest you take a trip there then.

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      • Bob Aka-Woody Woodruff
        January 7, 2016

        I think we all wish that it did not happen. Unfortunately it did.

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        • Sandy Fake
          January 8, 2016

          Prove it then.

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          • stupidityrunsrampant
            January 8, 2016

            Prove it DIDN’T. Can’t? Well then.

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          • John Seitz
            January 9, 2016

            There is no point in trying to prove anything to people who don’t believe Sandy Hook happened. At some point reasonable people need to understand that conversations or discussions with insane people, have no purpose. Just forward their comments to the authorities, and trust that someone will keep an eye on them, and prevent them from the inevitable, horrendous results of their insanity.

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    • Dan Bennett
      January 7, 2016

      For god’s sake, Google Earth isn’t a live, real-time view of the planet. When I read that first entry, I thought the whole thing must be a joke. But it appears to be serious. Which blows my mind.As for the other claims: Prove ’em. Post quotes from legitimate, reliable sources that back up this nonsense.

      I’ll bet you can’t. I’ll bet you’re repeating unsubstantiated claims you’ve seen on the Internet, and I’ll bet you’ve never made the slightest effort to find out if they’re true (or even taken a moment to reason them out and realize they’re idiotic, like that Google Earth thing).

      And you ignore the biggest question of all: Why? Why would someone fake a mass school shooting? How many people do you believe were involved in staging this fake shooting, and what do you believe they expected to gain from it?

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      • Tom
        January 8, 2016

        You can look up different dates on Google Earth to see what a certain place looked like on that date.

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        • Dan Bennett
          January 8, 2016

          Tom, the Google Earth historical views of Sandy Hook Elementary closest to the date of the massacre are from March, 2012 — nine months before the shooting — and September, 2013 — nine months after the shooting (and just three months before the school was torn down).So, yes, you can look up different dates on Google Earth, but you can’t look up any date you want. You can’t look at images from “days before the shooting,” as Susan claims in her list of “facts.”

          You could have checked this out yourself before suggesting it was possible that Google Earth had an image from “days before the shooting.” Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof — but the conspiracy theorists don’t even bother to do basic Internet searches to find out whether there’s any actual basis for their claims. They just see something on the Internet, decide it’s true because it fits their conspiracy theory, and repeat it as if it’s fact.

          It’s not just stupid and unhelpful. It’s tremendously disrespectful to the memories of the teachers and children who died on 12/14/2012 and to their friends and families.

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        • Chaud (@rchaud)
          January 8, 2016

          Yeah… Sure it didnt happen. If you dont want to believe it happened then it ddnt.

          So can you blame Germans that say the holocaust never happened?

          You will believe what you want to believe and will find every thing to support that and will deny everything that contradicts.

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          • Sandy Fake
            January 8, 2016

            The only thing is…not one person on this planet can prove it happened. If a trial went to court it would be dismissed.

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            • Yaya Yanes
              January 8, 2016

              And once again, NO ONE cares about your trolloping troll blatherskite.

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    • NP
      January 7, 2016

      You are a disgusting sick individual. Next time keep your insane commentary to yourself.

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      • Mary
        January 8, 2016

        Asking questions is not a sign of a mentally ill person, it is a sign of intelligence. I’m retired and I watched the coverage of Sandyhook very closely. I agree there was things that didn’t add up. I notice that no one has explained Susan’s questions. I have lived long enough to know not to believe everything you are told. Never stop asking questions.

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        • Mapmaker
          January 8, 2016

          Her arguments are invalid the moment she considered Google Earth as a live satellite source.

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        • Sara
          January 8, 2016

          Asking questions CAN be a sign…unless the questions are stupid. Besides, Sandy isn’t asking questions. She is making ridiculous, unsubstantiated claims. This is the most insane thing I’ve read in a while. Susan ranks right up there with Holocaust deniers, moon-landing deniers, etc.

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    • Jbhumphrey
      January 7, 2016

      Are you just mentally ill or so shocked (understandably) by these events that you cannot intellectually process information. I pity you.

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    • Bob Aka-Woody Woodruff
      January 8, 2016

      Applying your logic, I suppose that the sun appearing today caused the sky to lighten up and appear blue is a hoax imposed by the liberal press and so-called scientists who want us to believe that a “universe” exists beyond our flat Earth. It must be a hoax. as proven by Google Earth which shows every view of my neighborhood street as a flat surface not a a curved surface.

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    • Tom S.
      January 8, 2016

      First, let me say that you are a truly sick individual to believe that this did not happen. I live in Sandy Hook. It happened. I saw a reply below that said your questions were not answered. I am not an “official”…and can’t answer everything, but I will answer what I can.

      1, As already mentioned, Google Earth is not live. You can search dates, but the picture can be from months/years before or after a date you search. Search your home. Can you see exactly what it looked like on a certain day?

      2. Not true. He had been seen at the movie theater in Danbury playing that dance game several times.

      3. Police went to most every school in every local town that day. It would make sense. The absence of many ambulances was that, sadly, the first responders could report the their was no chance of life. The lives were taken in an awful manner with the help of the weapons used. I believe (not sure) than only 2 victims were taken to the hospital, and believe one survived. Again, I am not an official and taking this from memory, but wanted to try to answer the questions.

      4. I don’t remember this, or maybe it didn’t stand out to me. I don’t know.

      5. The firehouse sells Christmas Trees and Wreaths every year as a fundraiser. I would think maybe he bought them there.

      6. Also, don’t remember or have an answer. Maybe some were stock photos or a different side of the building. But the firehouse was there…miles from my house…where the school was.

      7. Many people were crying. Some weren’t. That is a natural response to shock. Hopefully, with your conspiracy paranoia, you have a psychiatric. As him or her about that.

      8. You asked to explain. I don’t know what you want an explanation to with this statement.

      9. Same answer as #7. People respond to shock differently.

      10. I don’t know about this. I do know there was mention of one of the victims who was photoshopped into a Christmas photo. I don’t know if this is the same.

      11. No, the city did not have an empty school. A wonderful neighboring city had built a new school, and the older, defunct school was empty. The offered it for Newtown to use.

      12. This happens everywhere when these is a lot going on or chaos.

      13. That’s for CNN to answer if they used bad journalistic practices. The murders still happened.

      14, There are very often donations and fundraisers after a casualty. I don’t know the current value of life…and don’t know how much everyone “earned” for their child’s death. But there are always things to pay for…counseling, memorials rebuilding.

      15. No, that was no a good start. It was a start from a paranoid conspiracy theorist who needs to pick out things like the color of someone’s shirt to try to “prove” that many lives were taken away in the wonderful town that I live in.

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      • Sandy Fake
        January 8, 2016

        Tom S

        Your conspiracy theory is not adding up….do some more research.

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        • Jerry
          January 9, 2016

          Research? He LIVES there, dipshit!

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    • Evron
      January 8, 2016

      How sad and pathetic that you feel the need to tear down the good people of Sandy Hook with your doubt, negativity and lack of compassion. Some day when you most need a helping hand, a hug and some understanding for your troubles, you’ll be met with scepticism, unkindness and rejection. This will come for you as surely as the sun will rise and the earth turns and you will weep lonely and bitter tears in the end.

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    • Vickie
      January 8, 2016

      Susan I will pray for you that the Lord will open your eyes to truth. That you will be a comfort to those who are hurting in this world…..but mostly that you will embrace LOVE….” Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” God bless you

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    • Karen
      January 8, 2016

      As for #1 could you see all of the schools in one shot? Google Earth isn’t always current – I’ve looked at my house with my car in the drive way but no car appears in the picture

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    • Yaya Yanes
      January 8, 2016

      I’ve looked at my own home on Google Earth and I KNOW that the date listed wasn’t true. I know when we widened our driveway – that’s how I know. So Google Earth is not infallible. Like you.

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      • Maureen Gilchrist Gummert
        January 9, 2016

        My own house on google earth shows an Arial from 2008, I know this because of a political sign in the yard (not an Obama one) and the “street view” is from 2014 I know by the vehicle and trees.

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    • Phyllis
      January 8, 2016

      I guess you think Columbine and the San Bernardino shootings didn’t happen either. It was a Hollywood movie. In fact, I bet you think no shootings ever happened. It’s all a liberal conspiracy. I feel sorry for the families of those children and teachers who lost their lives. Ignorant people like you only pour salt in the wounds of the lives of these people.

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      • Jerry
        January 9, 2016

        Phyllis: you are on to something. Sandy Fake can’t prove that you, or I or anyone else on this forum is real. I think it is time we all just admit it. Sandi Fake — we are all just actors on this forum. We are getting paid a butt load to perpetuate what ever the day’s story might be. We’ll get text messages from comrade Obama. It is all part of his nefarious plan to take everybody’s guns and establish Marshall Law. Bwaaaa ha ha ha. We’re coming to your house first. Just look at google earth tomorrow and you’ll see masses of Obama crisis actors converging on your double wide.

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    • Gene in L.A.
      January 8, 2016

      Nobody has any obligation to “prove” anything to you. Your disbelief is irrelevant.

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    • A Sane Person
      January 9, 2016

      The Moon Landing was staged, the Scottish Have been keeping the Loch Ness Monster hidden from the west and Aliens regularly take people in trailor parks and anally probe them. Sandy Hook massacre never happened! Obama’s said from throne of aborted baby skulls ” We cannot hide the fact that they must disappear from those that have known them for 20 years..Hmmmm kill her in her house and drag him to this abandoned school an kill him there. We can fake the bodies of the children but we need a scapegoat…” Wait! Just this in! Darth Vadar just admitted he stole these children because the force is strong in them,.

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  29. Lee Kay Williams
    January 7, 2016

    Awesome!! No words to express the sincere emotion and compassion depicted here. Unity

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  30. Nancy
    January 7, 2016

    Our President has so much compassion for ALL AMERICANS and this story shows that. He is very intelligent and has brought us from the rath of W to a half decent ecenomy with no help from the GOP. They have fought him tooth and nail from day one. Thank you Mr. president! How people can be so hatful I don’t understand.

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    • Sandy Fake
      January 8, 2016

      Lol…did you really cite snopes….lmfao to the max.

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      • Snuffy
        January 10, 2016

        Snopes is correct. Quote an instance in which Snopes was wrong. You can’t. Right-wingers hate Snopes because of all the lies that they try to tell which are debunked by Snopes. Point out which statements in the above Snopes link are false. You can’t. You lose. Go home.

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  31. jonrum72
    January 7, 2016

    Reblogged this on fiftyfive25.

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  32. Graham Booth
    January 7, 2016

    Bet Donald Trump would’ve just handed out discount vouchers to the nearest gun store.

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  33. Janet Cook Sanchez
    January 7, 2016

    President Obama has had his share of critics, but I believe the man his trying his best when it comes to gun control.

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  34. Karen Mulvey
    January 7, 2016

    That must have been Hellish for the President. He must have been thinking that as hellish it was for him, that it was nothing as compared to how the families of the victims were feeling.
    I wonder if all the families came? I’d be surprised if all could have the wherewithal to get there.

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  35. Cat sprat
    January 6, 2016

    This is not so secret. I remember reading it about it a while back. Here, I see an authentic demonstration of good leadership, of strength in extreme distress, and the courage to endure it. Humanity is a central part of good government. Let’s remember that this coming election. Banks are not people.

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  37. William F Lindemann
    January 2, 2016

    Thank you Mr Dubois for this amazing story!!
    I shared it on my FB page with the following comment:
    Very moving… Wish the Obama haters would read this – probably, too ignorant of his many accomplishments as POTUS. They are busy delighting in being haters/racists (guess that’s redundant), and ignorant!

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  38. Brahna
    December 31, 2015

    Beautiful memory

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  40. alexandra furnsinn
    December 25, 2015

    Still love you Mr Prez..after all these years. You’re the best most decent president who has served in my lifetime. Not one personal scandal against your name from your past or present. Not one! I wish u could’ve serve a 3rd and 4th term. May the Lord bless your family evermore. xxx

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  41. Ray
    December 24, 2015

    I’m generally a fairly conservative man, and in many policy issues would completely disagree with Obama. I did not vote for him in either election, and do not regret that. I still don’t think he was the best choice for our commander in chief. Having said all that, he is clearly a man with convictions, who did the best he could to comfort those in need. I would have no doubt that the account of this is factual, and it shows very clearly that even if you may disagree with someone on policy issues, when it comes to basic human interaction we are all very similar. These people were hurting, and it doesn’t matter which side of the political aisle you are on to recognize their need.

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    • Vox Populi
      December 24, 2015

      Thank you, Ray, for this generous and compassionate view of someone you disagree with. For this country to solve the huge problems it faces, we need to start by recognizing our shared values. Demonizing people we disagree with cuts off the possibility of working together.

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    • Robert g goodrich
      January 7, 2016

      I could not have said it better.

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    • RC
      January 8, 2016

      Wow…a decent Conservative…don’t see too many of those these days.

      I wish I could shake your hand! ^_^

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  42. Nancy
    December 16, 2015

    Why would anyone say this isn’t a true account? It’s easy to check things. The author was on the President’s staff. If one has an agenda that conflicts with reality, it may be time to drop the agenda.

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  43. Carol Greis
    December 16, 2015

    God bless our president. He is a wonderful leader.

    Liked by 1 person

  44. Jon Sanford
    December 16, 2015

    Liberalism is a mental disorder. Someone puts up a fake story and you guys eat it up lol…..

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    • Kathy McKee
      December 16, 2015

      Where do you get your information saying this is a fake story? I live in Newtown, CT where the Sandy Hook School shooting took place. I can personally attest that this did in fact happen.
      And who are you to judge others as mentally disturbed? I would suggest that you look inside of your own belief system and try to figure out why you’re such an angry, hateful person.

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      • Nancy
        December 16, 2015

        Having clicked on your name, Kathy Mckee, I think you may be a fictional character. That doesn’t mean your comments are untrue, but the credibility of anyone taking your viewpoint is undermined. I haven’t researched the credibility of the author or story, but if you’ve fabricated your identity, don’t you see how questionable all you write becomes, even if it’s largely true.

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        • Nancy
          January 7, 2016

          I don’t know about Kathy, but I do think Nancy is a fictional character. Oh, and search businessinsider dot come for ‘sandy-hook-shooting-victims-photos’ … I’m sure you’ll find some obviously fictional photos from an event that never happened, right?

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    • Aaryan Ramzan
      December 16, 2015

      Come up with a better line than mimicking Faux News. But then that would be impossible for Faux news watcher.

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    • John Skupny (@leskup)
      December 16, 2015

      You are the problem we face in America today… no soul – no compassion – just misbegotten judgment. What a sad person.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Wan
      December 18, 2015

      It is NOT a fake story…it simply is something you cannot relate to as obviously it is something you cannot imagine doing for any stranger…

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    • jeff
      December 18, 2015

      Jon Sanford…keep regurgitating the words of your man crushes like Rush and Savage. As for the rest of us, we will continue to live our lives the best we can, looking out for our fellow man while you idiots wallow in your own anti-intellectual filth.

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    • Independant Patriot
      January 7, 2016

      You didn’t even bother to check Joshua Dubois out; just like the other haters, Fox News lovers and Limberger fans.

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    • Peter
      January 7, 2016

      Could you possibly be more of an ass?

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    • Jesse Smith
      January 7, 2016

      Extreme conservatism is a pathology of mind, body and soul. And does not believe anything that is not said by anyone that does not practice extreme conservatism. They blame the victims and applaud the criminal.

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    • joann vicars
      January 8, 2016

      you are stupid jon and do not have many friends i bet!! you are the mental one. numnuts

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  45. tmstone835
    December 16, 2015

    This is the kind of President that the country needs. Not ones coming out of the Republican party who spout rhetoric and vapid platitudes.

    Liked by 2 people

  46. graysawyer
    December 16, 2015

    Such a strong leader! I love watching him with children.

    Liked by 4 people

  47. Craig
    December 16, 2015

    Amazing story

    Liked by 1 person

  48. Rachel
    December 16, 2015

    I’m a European reading this, and it provides a sad insight into the atmosphere in the American society and a strong indication to the reasons for your domestic issues. If you can spew your hate even over something this humane and beautiful, if you can turn something that in any other country would be a source of national pride and inspiration into a zest pit of your lowest common denominators, then god help you.

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    • Debbie Tramundanas
      December 21, 2015

      Thank you, and Amen to that!

      Liked by 1 person

    • mattoid (@mattoidmattoid)
      January 6, 2016

      As another European, I fully agree. But I think you mean ‘cesspit’.

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    • Linda
      January 7, 2016

      As an American citizen I so agree with you. The majority of Americans care about one another and do not support the crazies out there who spew the hatred over anything that reflects positive on this president or the Democratic Party. They have been so brainwashed by getting their lies from Fox News, Rush L., Sean Hannity, etc. and then they use those lies to determine who they support and who they vote for each election. And between voter suppression efforts they have implemented and poor turnout by people who tend to vote for Democrats, their candidates have been elected a lot in the last couple of elections. Once in office these Republicans have been busy changing laws and voter rights procedures to try to ensure their party will never be defeated in the future. If that happens these crazies will finally realize that the leaders of their party do not care a bit about them or how comfortable they are in their lives. By then it will be too late and we ALL will be in the same boat because they have been so ignorant!

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      • soleil2020
        January 8, 2016

        True. Sad, but true. I’m an American, living in Canada. What I see from the other side of the border is very concerning.

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    • soleil2020
      January 8, 2016

      amen!

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    • RC
      January 8, 2016

      Tell me about it. There are times when being an American is a badge of shame, not pride…

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      • Dan Bennett
        January 10, 2016

        To hell with that. To hell with feeling shame for what other Americans do or say. They aren’t this country. They don’t represent all of us. And to hell with anyone from another country who looks at the worst and loudest of us and assumes that’s what we all are. They’re every bit as bad as anyone who assumes all Muslims are terrorists.

        If a guy on your side of town was convicted of a sex crime, would you worry about people assuming that everyone on your side of town was a sex criminal? Would you feel shame for living on your side of town?

        Do you think all Muslims should be ashamed of what Islamic State does?

        Fuck shame. If you’re not responsible, you’ve got nothing to be ashamed of. Let it move you to action, to making sure people on the outside understand that the bigots aren’t the entire country. Or just take the people ignorant enough to make that assumption and consign them to the dustbin of history.

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