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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]

1,305 comments on “Joshua Dubois: What the President secretly did at Sandy Hook Elementary School

  1. Jo ellis
    August 24, 2017

    MY President!!!! So proud of him!!!!

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  2. Karen
    August 24, 2017

    While I didn’t always agree with Obama’s policies, I respected that he is a good person. And what he did here in my hometown was straight from the heart as both a parent and someone who deeply loves his family. Many of us waited hours to hear him speak because he was comforting those that lost so much. Secret Service brought him in and out through the auto tech area in the HS basement. My son was a junior at the time and Obama left a lovely message on the chalk board in that class. No press mention, no “look what I did”, just a heartfelt sentiment to the older kids who might have lost a sibling or parent. My son was smart enough to take a photo of it. We continue to Choose Love!

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  3. Phosawe
    August 23, 2017

    He’s a good,strong, gentle man💋

    I will always be happy that I was alive when President Obama was our Commander and Chief. I didn’t agree with him all the time but he wasn’t insane. trump is a scab that keeps coming back but more infected each time you happen to pick it. WE NEED HIM OUT !!!!

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  4. Barbara Gilhaus
    August 23, 2017

    He was a great President.

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  5. Chrisfrommactown
    August 22, 2017

    Just playing the part. A total sociopath devoid of any true feelings. Probably ordered the hit. Just re-elected, told Dmitry to tell Vald he would have more flexibility when he was re-elected, desperate to get guns banned in his second term, convinced that dead kiddos would turn the trick. May BHO take his place in hell real soon.

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    • Linda Tenney Sexton
      August 23, 2017

      I am sorry you carry such bitterness.

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    • Dodie Gears
      August 23, 2017

      You’re insane chrisfromwherever…seek psychological help soon

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    • Bash
      August 23, 2017

      You are one sick POS. Please #Self2A.

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    • timelordwannabeblog
      August 24, 2017

      Chrisfrommactown, wow. You hate him that much? No care about the grief of the families,You can believe what you want but the truth doesn’t support it. I’ll pray for you even though you won’t want me to either due to being a nonbeliever or a “hoiler than though” type. May you find some peace and love for others in your lifetime.

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      • nic
        August 24, 2017

        You and the ones like you are the ones people should be praying for. You’re all little obama-borgs who fail to see it was a visit that’s all about building his legacy and using a tragedy for his political purposes. With media in his pocket this “private” event was going to get exploited to his advantage and for his political purposes one way or the other and he counted on that.
        If obama were to kill someone with an ak47 you’d all have an excuse and some weird explanation for that too. You’re absolutely oblivious to anything that might be critical of your almighty god-wannabe. Seriously, your blind devotion, the mindless comments here are just sad. Not brain activity whatsoever.

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        • timelordwannabeblog
          August 26, 2017

          A generic assumption does not make for an intelligent argument. Just because I disagree with your hatred of a certain individual does not mean I worship him. Your hyperbolic hatred was in question. You have made an idol of your own anger at the world. I make no man an idol. As God commanded,” you shall have no other gods but me.”

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        • Concerned
          October 22, 2017

          I was Trump who said he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and not lose any of his supporters.
          I hope you never lose anyone and have Trump come and console you.
          But you maybe a Russian bot.

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    • Julian Pearson
      August 25, 2017

      I sincerely hope that you go first. That kind of bitter twisted mind is the very type that should not hold a gun permit… you are a paranoid psychopath with the tools to wreak havoc…the sooner you leave the gene pool, the better for everyone.

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      • nic
        August 25, 2017

        Yes, Julian Pearson – you’d do a great service to all of humanity if you just fell off a cliff or simply stopped breathing. For one, removing your deceased and mutated DNA from our precious planet would benefit us all. Also, you’d help us in fighting the global warming, -cooling, climate change or the preferred world-crisis of the day.

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    • Monique
      August 25, 2017

      There’s always that special one, I will pray for you!

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      • nic
        August 25, 2017

        Pray for YOURSELF that at least a few of your brain cells have been spared from obummer koolaid.

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    • Peter Weston
      August 25, 2017

      What a pathetic response to an act of Love and Compassion.
      You will, one day, regret your words.
      Not now, not next year, but at that hour when you make your final confession. God have mercy on you.

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    • Charles Anderson
      October 4, 2017

      Chrisromm- I am a Republican, but a reasonable one- please try a little reasoning and common sense, you make us reasonable Republicans look bad. Obama ordered a hit on children? C’mon, do you honestly think that?

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    • Jan E.
      October 19, 2017

      What an ugly person you are. May hell recieve you in good fashion!

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    • Marianne Fairlie
      October 22, 2017

      You are another of the deluded. Who don’t take time to actually RESEARCH stories, you believe the lies that are fed to you. How sick and bitter you are, how misinformed. That small Snipet of a conversation was put out by people who KNEW the truth and yet cut it down to THAT sound bite to mislead Fools who are unable to seek out the truth. https://www.snopes.com/obama-more-flexibility-russia/ The discussion was in response to discussing the NATO Missile Defense System, which was taken care of after BOTH Countries had finished with their elections and was finalized in 2016. It has NOTHING to do with guns or gun control. Conservatives have taken that out of context and Pictures out of context and hundreds of other things but people with BRAINS take the time to research. You apparently believe anything you are TOLD by places like Fox Entertainment and Tea Party Press. GROW UP, use your brain, or SHUT UP and do not spout unsupported facts. It just shows everyone how small minded, insecure, and bigoted that you are.

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    • Casey Looper
      October 22, 2017

      You sir, are entitled to your racist shit eating opinion. What a sad little little sub human you are.

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    • Elizabeth Lockyear
      October 26, 2017

      Are you insane?

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  6. Deborah Darsie
    August 21, 2017

    I feel grateful that President Obama is such a genuinely caring man. Investing that time and attention to each of the impacted families.
    I know it did not fix the impacts of the shootings, but it surely demonstrated an understanding that caring means a lot and power does not require weapons or insults.

    Over the last couple of years during the endless campaign through today, many have lost sight of that.

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  7. CeCe
    August 20, 2017

    THAT is how a President responds to his country. As a leader, a man , a father. The current holder of that position should take note and carry himself in that same manner.

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    • Carolyn Reese
      August 23, 2017

      Not a chance in Hell….this faker, liar, “businessman” is not one iota carved from the same love as President Obama was. You can show him but he does not see. You can tell him but he does not hear. You can have him read or have accounts read to him and he will never believe.

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      • Julian Pearson
        August 25, 2017

        Nah.. you’ve got some of that wrong..you are assuming that the man who has crayon for a brain, can actually read.

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        • nic
          August 25, 2017

          Julian – How would a moron like you who only knows hate even know what “brain” means??

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      • nic
        August 25, 2017

        Carolyn Reese said:
        “…Not a chance in Hell….this faker, liar, “community organizer” is not one iota carved from the same love as President Reagan was. You can show him but he does not see. You can tell him but he does not hear. He can read teleprompter accounts and we will never believe…”

        Agree!!

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        • Peter Weston
          August 25, 2017

          Reagan was a First Class actor and a failure with his trickle down economics.
          Shame you can’t recognise the good in the eyes of a Black President. A compassionate and erudite
          Orator with words of comfort for all Gods children.

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  8. Cheryl
    August 20, 2017

    I have tears running down my face reading this. We are so far from that now in our country.

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  9. Pam Smith
    August 19, 2017

    I love this man with all my might. These are the things a leader does. He finds the wounded and gives his heart, his compassion and for a moment makes a nation believe we will carry on if not for us, for the fallen. God Bless you President Obama.

    Pam Smith

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  10. April Irtiz
    August 19, 2017

    This is the President of the United States of America. I am so proud to have voted twice for this wonderful person. Thank you Oresident Obama, for inspiring a nation one act at a time. Thank you for your service, your calm, humor and your honesty.
    I am saddened and mortified to call myself an American in the constant flooding wake of this current administration in 2017. Every day I consider how I might move to another country and live there as an ex-patriot for the rest of my life. Fod the first few months, people said, “It’s only four years”, but I worry that our democracy and our people will not survive it. Trump could never have done what President Obama did at Sandyhook, he doesn’t have compassion, intelligence or even common sense. Thank you again Mr. President, for 8 years of service and for your example of kindness and tolerance even to the opposition you faced constantly in Congress.

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    • Cathy
      August 19, 2017

      There will never be another Barack Obama! We should have gone back to four-terms of FDR!

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      • nic
        August 25, 2017

        Thank God there won’t ever be another revenge-racist such as OB in the White House..

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        • Peter Weston
          August 25, 2017

          Where you come up with that tale, God alone knows.
          You were given eyes to see. You were given ears to hear yet your mouth speaks a story of unjustified hatred. Why? Do you even know?

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          • nic
            August 25, 2017

            Yes, I was also given a skin just looks just like obummer’ – the revenge racist, I too am biracial. I acknowledge both races, yes, you Peter Weston and your god almighty revenge racist obama speak a story of hatred. Maybe you should attend a few murdered cops’ funerals instead of the ultra-racist black thugs lives master hoodlums. You’ll never acknowledge it as you’re blind to his ruse but that’s ok. You’re just a drone.

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        • Casey Looper
          October 22, 2017

          obama was anything but a racist. To see a racist look in the mirror nic or comrade bot or ……..whatever you call yourself

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  11. Ang
    August 19, 2017

    Please, do not respond to the trolls.

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    • Elizabeth Gaston
      August 25, 2017

      Nic is either a foreign troll or bot. Ignore it.

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      • nic
        August 25, 2017

        Good try, I disagree with your worship of a bad and manipulative president so therefore I must be a troll?? Hmm, you’re the true dumbot here…

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        • Peter Weston
          August 25, 2017

          Give examples and a comparison with tge nan that went before and the idiot now in Office.
          I dare you.

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          • nic
            August 25, 2017

            Peter Weston – since you like to talk about idiot presidents – why don’t you pull your head out of your a&$ and realize that I don’t give a rat’s a$& about the current occupant of the White House (made it clear in several other posts) and that we’re talking about the revenge-racist obama here.. I never cared for trump and never will. He’s a narcissist with an annoying attitude however, he’s millions times better than obama. Frankly every president we’ve ever had head better than obummer. Even carter who after all was a true dumass..
            The former Commander-in-Thief IS a true reverse-racist who’s some fantastic teleprompter skills.
            So to go back to the original comment – the meeting with the relatives of those murdered by the deranged lunatic was prearranged, yes obummer-the-racist used this meeting as a way to build his legacy, he’s using a tragedy for his political purposes.
            So keep worshiping him all you want, to millions he’s nothing but an opportunist apparatchik who’ll use every tragedy and every possible angle for his own legacy building effort.

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            • Marianne Fairlie
              October 22, 2017

              Then he should of had the PRESS following him every step of the way if it was just for the photo op, but that did not happen did it. No, which shows how stupid your statement is nic. Half the things Obama did he did WITHOUT the press present. No one knew till AFTER he left office that he went to Walter Reed Hospital at least once a month to talk with soldiers recovering there. There were also times when he went to meet the coffins of soldiers at Dover where he did not take the Press or release a Press detail on it. So you don’t know what you’re talking about, SHUT UP, before more people become aware of how stupid you apparently are.

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  12. Ilene
    August 18, 2017

    I miss having a president we can count on who really cares about each of us .

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  13. PoetJanstie
    August 17, 2017

    In light of the current presidency – and its woeful inadequacy – this article was brought to my attention by a writer friend, Jamie Dedes. Thanks for sharing this moving experience. How Americans must miss the touch of Barack Obama, whose humanity towers by orders of magnitude over the present incumbent of the White House.

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    • Nic
      August 17, 2017

      …and the likes of you, pravda-style poets and writers are the downfall of our country. You all excell at criticizing one side only and look the other way when “your” almighty hero uses conniving ways to build a legacy.. You’re nothing but a continuation of the Agitprop era..

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      • Eileen
        August 18, 2017

        What is wrong with you?!!

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        • nic
          August 18, 2017

          Better question Eileen would be – “what is wrong with you!!”
          This blind adoration, the hate toward enything that’s not ultra-leftist, looking the other way when your “god” steered out nation like an emperor… ..crickets? Yeah, I thought so..

          Nothing new, 75 years ago this would’ve been you and the likes of you. Brainwashed masses who followed their “people’s leader” who was so compassionate and cared about his nation.. lol
          Not comparing the two men of course but merely the blind adoration for the two..

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          • volatilemolotov
            August 18, 2017

            I read your post in the voice of Gilbert Gottfried. Not a good thing.

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          • Deborah A. McColley
            August 19, 2017

            You are confused….that’s your group.

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          • Heidi
            August 22, 2017

            This is either a very poor choice of analogy or very bad attempt at irony considering the recent “heil trump” marches

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            • nic
              August 22, 2017

              Good try Heidi – the neo-nazis are blood-brothers of your ideology of liberal democracy or socialism. Nazis were then and still are socialists no matter how much you try to whitewash your aweful history. Nazis and communists/socialist are all the same and are the scum of the earth. One side murdered because of someone’s race and the other because of someone’s class in the society. Your side was/is very well represented in that group.. You can call yourself a milder version of a socialist but that’s like saying there are good cancers and bad cancers? Wrong, they’re all cancers.

              https://i.imgur.com/SYRu6nX_d.jpg?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=high

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              • Susan
                August 24, 2017

                Nazi’s were never socialists, but rather fascists. They are referred to as being Nationistic Socialists, but ithat term is not the same as socialist. Nazi’s were fascist and very different from socialists. At the heart of socialism is the idea of collective ownership and group cooperative (stepping toward communism) whereas fascism is a system in which one group takes control of social order, dictating the lives of others. They are alike only in that the group takes precedence over the individual; their concepts of groups are wildly different. One exhausts all as part of the group, the other exhaults a specific set of people based on nation, race, etc..
                https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fascism

                https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/socialism

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              • ez
                October 24, 2017
          • Anonymous
            August 25, 2017

            nic. Why are you posting a picture from Trump rally?

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            • nic
              August 25, 2017

              Why are you trolling anonymous communist thug??

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      • Christian
        August 18, 2017

        Ohhhh poor Nic….wasn’t paying attention to the eight years of Republican blocking of Obama programs…drawings and photoshopped images of Obama and Hillary with nooses around their necks with “traitor”… The real Fake News from patriotic sounding websites that either distort or outright make up facts…which are easily disproved! ( look up 30,000 Hillary votes in Ohio–doctored images from British election of 2015) I am surprised that you didn’t say Sandy Hook never happened and they’re all living happily on an island with the Pasadena victims and the Challenger crew. Yeah…I agree Obamacare sucked… But the Pubs had six years to fix it and didn’t. Looks like the commies beat the fascists once again.

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        • nic
          August 18, 2017

          Christian – …and there we have proof, once again, that ultra-liberals are the most vile people in our nation today.
          Once again, you condone violence. Nothing new, that’s what your side has been doing for decades and even longer… you fought to keep slavery, now you fight to keep people chained to government’s assistance. Replaced one form of slavery with another.. and if it doesn’t work out you’ll threaten or insinuate violence, once again.. just like you did in your last sentence..

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          • Linda
            August 20, 2017

            Maybe you should consider moving to another country that would be more to your liking–if you need help with a plane ticket please let me know I’d be glad to deport you!!

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            • nic
              August 20, 2017

              What a typical liberal reptile youbare Linda.
              A “tolerant” socialist who claims everyone has the right to express his or her opinion – UNLESS they disagree with Almighty you. If they do – deport them!! So typical of you, socialist nazis. This cancer of your brain will end up killing you. That’s how karma works you leftist thug.

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      • Jan E.
        October 19, 2017

        Nic you have made your point! You hate Obama …NOW SHUT THE FUCK UP! No one wants to hrar your asinine hate! You are what most people want to get away from! You are a nasty sore and your hate is exasperating! Shut up and go away!

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  14. Deborah Davidson
    August 17, 2017

    There will never be another as wonderful, truly caring as President Barack Obama. He was and still is a precious gift from heaven.

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    • Nic
      August 17, 2017

      Hallelujer… …and now you can take your koolaid sip Deborah and go to sleep… :-//

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      • Christian
        August 18, 2017

        Ahhh Nic, you poor por soul…it is you who have drunk the koolaid…grape of course…and see things through rose colored glasses. Obama wasn’t perfect…but he was poor… He saw the world as a child, not with a silver spoon, and he rose above it all to be president…too bad Colin Powell had to fall on the sword for Iraq’s lack of weapons of mass destruction… A man who also grew up poor to be a general and then secretary of state.

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        • nic
          August 18, 2017

          Obama was poor?!!? Hey ding-dong – step away from manbc for a moment.. He went to the most expensive private school in Hawaii. Later his “i’m black” scholarships paid for his entire ivy league education.. he’s poor!?? hahahahahaha…

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          • B hall
            August 19, 2017

            Why do you feel the need to use derogortory terminology?
            President Obama was a great leader , we were lucky we had him for 8 years, after the Bush administration that nearly buried us all and now another Republican fiasco is going on
            God help us all 🇺🇸

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            • nic
              August 19, 2017

              Huh?? Derogatory (think that’s what you meant?) terminology?? Unless you mean that his name itself is derogatory and I shouldn’t have used it?

              I do agree with you on one thing – may God bless us all from mindless drones – whichever persuasion one chooses..

              _____
              Obama was poor?!!? Hey ding-dong – step away from manbc for a moment.. He went to the most expensive private school in Hawaii. Later his “i’m black” scholarships paid for his entire ivy league education.. he’s poor!?? hahahahahaha…
              _____

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          • LInda
            August 20, 2017

            Punahoe is a public school. sigh. It’s not that great either.

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            • Joelle Morrison
              August 21, 2017

              Don’t confuse him with facts; his mind is quite made up. And his profound ignorance is nothing compared to his incredible resentment of Barack Obama.

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            • Karl Godsey
              October 4, 2017

              Punahou is a private school, expensive to be sure, but not the most. Punahou offers scholarships as well. This is irrelevant though. President Obama is a good man, a gentleman, and a leader I was proud to have as Commander in Chief. He certainly is missed. His empathy was/is real. NIC is entitled to his opinion, President Obama would be the first to defend his right to speak. We have the ability to discard his hateful comments.

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  15. Janet LaFountain
    August 17, 2017

    A kind, caring man was Presented. Obama.

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  16. Estriana WILKS
    August 17, 2017

    God gave President Obama the strength to give comfort and support to those families that day. It must have been emotionally draining but he understood how important and necessary it was.

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  17. Paula Bondy
    August 16, 2017

    He is a father and he could see his own worst fear painfully written on each family member’s face. Imagine if we had to console these parents. What would we say? It is admirable that he gave each family his heartfelt condolences.

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  18. Debbie Seymour
    August 16, 2017

    President Obama is a genuine caring and loving person. He has empathy and is a kind and sincere person with Morales. This type of character cannot be taught or learned. It is inherent. The individual who is president now has none of these qualities, which is sad. So terribly sad. This individual is noy my president and never will be. President Obama you are sadly missed. Maybe one day I will have the pleasure of meeting you and I will tell you this myself. Until then I will continue to pray for our country.

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    • Lori
      August 16, 2017

      Why do you feel the need to bash the new President..sad

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      • richard lapointe
        August 16, 2017

        your question is a bad joke?? you could not possibly ask that with a straight face.

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      • Nic
        August 17, 2017

        Lori – this is a thread for Obamoids, you may only praise the Chairman on here..

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        • Christian
          August 18, 2017

          Hey now…making poarts for those Hellfires put me through college…and they’re missles not even GBU’s…

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          • nic
            August 18, 2017

            ..you sure it was a college “education” you got?

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      • Bruce S Budy
        August 17, 2017

        Few ever feel “The Need” to bash anyone without reason.Most of us feel at least a grudging respect for an elected President. President Obama was “bashed” by Trump mercilessly over the bogus “Birth Certificate” claim. Did you come forward at that time and ask “Why the bashing?”. The fact remains, these two Presidents are vastly different, and the article clearly illustrates that, as does nearly everything each says and does. Trump has invited “bashing” since he appeared on the scene. Obama has inspired respect since he did.

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        • Nic
          August 17, 2017

          Nonsense Bruce. All this “article” illustrates is how far ‘O and his obamanistas will go to exploit tragedies. That’s all.

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          • Nancy
            August 18, 2017

            Really?? You seriously have to ask that question?!! See…THAT is what went wrong with America…you who voted for Trump are all so caught up in the celebrity and the BS he spued to you all… never once really looking at the kind of man he was…narcissistic, non-empathetic, misogynistic, Rude, egotistical, self-absorbed, and just plain full of himself. Open your eyes… you have to see there is a very dangerous man leading this country and he does not give a crap about any of you!!

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          • Christian
            August 18, 2017

            Oh that’s a knee slapper, Nic…I assume you’re a woman because you spell your name without a k at the end, so I’ll be less mean to ypu , sorry about the koolaid remark…of course you drank orange as grape stains…shocking as a woman you don’t see the caring Obama shared with each of these families…exploiting a tragedy…how long after Sandy Hook did this get published? I never even heard of the book until today…pretty poor Grandstanding if you ask me.

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            • nic
              August 18, 2017

              Ok, I’ll let your somewhat sexist comments slide because you probably don’t even realize it – but for the sake of argument – do you actually believe what you’re saying?? 90% of journalists claim they have democratic sympathies and/or vote democratic (see below).
              Knowing that, do you honestly believe this event was supposed to “stay private” or was it going to be “leaked” at a convenient time? No conspiracy here, I simply despise when politicians use tragedies for their political purposes.
              Interestingly enough he didn’t have many “private moments” with families of the many cops murdered on his watch because of the extremist ‘black thugs lives matter’. I’m bi-racial and yes, to me they’re thugs. …and many of them are murderous thugs.

              Washington Post isn’t exactly known as a conservative mouthpiece and yet even they acknowledge this fact:
              “…A mere 7 percent of journalists identify as Republicans, and when they do give money to political campaigns they usually donate to Democrats, lending evidence to Republican presidential candidates’ claims that they are facing a hostile audience when they deal with the press…”
              “…And self-proclaimed Democratic journalists outnumber Republicans by 4-to-1, according to research by Lars Willnat and David Weaver, professors of journalism at Indiana University. They found 28 percent of journalists call themselves Democrats, while just 7 percent call themselves Republicans — though both numbers are down from the 1970s. Those identifying as independent have grown…”

              http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/nov/8/republicans-media-bias-claims-boosted-by-scarcity-/

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      • Charlie
        August 17, 2017

        Lori do your doctors know you’re off your meds and online again? Keep this up and and the restraints go back on, young lady. .

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        • Nic
          August 17, 2017

          Do the doctors know Charlie that you’re a sexist pig??

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      • Deborah
        August 17, 2017

        Why do you even have to ask? Not once in all the terrible things that have happened since he became president, which kills me to even say, has he attempted to even go to any of the locations that have been victimized by the hate he has encouraged!!! He is SATAN!!!

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        • Nic
          August 17, 2017

          You’re absolutely correct Deborah – YOU are the reincarnation of Satan and Witch combined. YES, you are a despicable moron!

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          • Nancy
            August 18, 2017

            Crawl back under your backwoods rock there Nic!!!

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          • Christian
            August 18, 2017

            How could Deborah be a reincarnation of Satan, as Satan hasn’t ever died…well, only in Omen movies…you have to die to be reincarnated and as a woman, you should be less belligerent towards Deborah. Calling her a reincarnated Satan was bad enough, but to pile on Witch? Tsk tsk…you should respect your sisters.

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          • Christina Boris
            August 20, 2017

            HA. you just revealed your high-school drop-out rationale, by naming a fictional invented character to further enslave gullible old bags like yourself, with bible-thumping nonsense

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        • Christian
          August 18, 2017

          Deborah… As you well know, Trump has never encouraged such things…oh wait, there’s a tape…from different angles…oh yeah…Trump forgets because he has Alzheimers and his followers have short term memory loss.

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      • Bob Koorse
        August 17, 2017

        Why? Because he is a poor excuse for a man. He is a vile and shallow human being. I’ll stop there.

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        • Nic
          August 17, 2017

          Bob Koorse – let me correct it for you – yes, you’re is a poor excuse for a man. You are vile and shallow human being. Stop there.

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      • Nancy
        August 18, 2017

        Really?? You seriously have to ask that question?!! See…THAT is what went wrong with America…you who voted for Trump are all so caught up in the celebrity and the BS he spued to you all… never once really looking at the kind of man he was…narcissistic, non-empathetic, misogynistic, Rude, egotistical, self-absorbed, and just plain full of himself. Open your eyes… you have to see there is a very dangerous man leading this country and he does not give a crap about any of you!!

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        • Nic
          August 18, 2017

          Sure, maybe so.
          As opposed to your revenge-racist, America hating, narcissistic and teleprompter-addict president. …oh, but he’s BLACK!! At least 50% BLACK!! Yeah, I guess that’s better.. :-/

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    • paula brogan
      August 17, 2017

      obummer worst potus ever trump is best we have had in a very long time because trump is real not fake like obummer your prayers are phony if you not praying for all and also the bible tells us not to judge others so you only use the bible to fit your standard you are not a real christian

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      • Nic
        August 17, 2017

        An obvious bogus post made by an obamanista to portray conservatives in bad light.

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  19. Cheryl
    August 16, 2017

    President Obama is the kind of President this country needs and deserves. I don’t know who is in the white house now but he surely is not passionate and presidential.

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  20. Cheryl
    August 16, 2017

    President Obama is the kind of President this country needs and deserves.

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  21. Cheryl
    August 16, 2017

    That’s the kind of President this country needs and deserves.

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  22. KAROLA FISCHER
    August 15, 2017

    Well OBAMA was President of ALL PEOPLE and his Actions and words came FROM HIS HEART.

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  23. Carla Chadick
    August 15, 2017

    I miss the strong leadership and sincere compassion of my real president. This disgusting imposter in the White House now doesn’t have a clue.

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  24. revsusu1
    August 14, 2017

    A true gentleman. A Leader among men. Truly missed. Blessing to President Obama and his family.

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  25. Leah Nichols
    August 14, 2017

    It doesn’t really surprise. PresidentObama was a genuine person. One who understood the importance of family, related to others and one who truly cared about people. He was a leader we could all admire; as a President of our country, and as a person.

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  26. Toni bonsera
    August 14, 2017

    Such an amazing man. I worry about all of us now. Tvdcurrent administration seems determined to destroy us all.

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  27. Barb Hiob
    August 14, 2017

    Gosh I miss President Obama!
    He was not perfect, but then who is? He was far more respected world wide than our current situation.
    He will be one of my favorites for sure. A good, solid man.

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  28. Natalia Corres
    August 14, 2017

    Reblogged this on "Wind in her mane" and commented:
    The difference in Presidents is striking. I try not to judge, and I try to be respectful of the office. This was shared with me and I feel compelled to share it with you. Sigh.
    I will make a concerted effort to be the change I wish to see….

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  29. Stacey
    August 14, 2017

    He is a great man and it was my privilege to vote for him twice.

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  30. Glenda Stanton
    August 13, 2017

    I’m not at all surprised. This man is wonderful. I’m sure he comforted them all and cared very deeply for all of them. He is that kind of man. He was there for them. I’ve seen him cry for them a few times since. Such a horrible tragety. Good bless all victims and their families. I’m so, so sorry.

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  31. Bethany Dunham
    August 13, 2017

    Such a kind, caring, empathic man. A true thoughtful leader.
    A man worthy of leading our great nation.
    The type of person that should be leading our country.
    Bless you President Obama and your family. I miss your leadership.

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  32. Laila
    August 12, 2017

    Gonna have an innocent crush

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  33. thevalhauschronicles
    August 12, 2017

    He was a class act, for sure; full of compassion, unlike the narcissist in office now.

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    • Linda
      August 12, 2017

      Very few of our past Presidents could have done this with such Love and Compassion. The diary is well written and makes me sob to think of “yes, the toll it must have taken on him,” Many others would have given a generic speech or sope in generalities. There will never be another like President Obama who really felt the pain of others in their sorrow.

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    • Gesa Vogler
      August 13, 2017

      Worth mentioning are the victims and their families , and the compassionate survivors .

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      • Nic
        August 13, 2017

        No Gesa Vogler. Only the messiah, the O’ll might O’ne can be compassionate. Only He knows pain because he’s perfect and everyone knows it.. :-/

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        • Barbara Wilt
          August 13, 2017

          If you are trying to bad mouth Obama, it’s not working very well. Trump Pet?

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          • Diane Tumolo
            August 13, 2017

            No just everyone tired of the obama worship…..no one said he wasn’t a good man , just an awful leader

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            • Mark Scott
              August 13, 2017

              This is one form of leadership. Others that he was good at were class and integrity – at least compared to his contemporaries. As far as being an awful leader – compared to our current one? Who knows nothing about our legislative process, is unwilling to learn about any policy issues (see health care), gets his intelligence briefings from CNN and Fox and Friends, and has managed to drag America’s name down to the gutter where the rest of the world is concerned with his inane bluster and childishness? Yes, I will take a leader who can speak eloquently, can understand issues, can treat people with dignity and respect regardless of their color, race, gender, religion, etc.

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              • Tom Reilly
                August 14, 2017

                President Obama restored the dignity, intelligence, eloquence, and courage to his office. He is much missed.–Tom Reilly

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              • James S Lusby
                August 15, 2017

                We have no current leader.

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              • paula brogan
                August 17, 2017

                another obummer fan you just a president to tell you what you want to hear all talk and no action my healthcare was way better before obummer care so keep your head where it is oblubber worst potus ever

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            • Cynthia Thomas
              August 13, 2017

              No, not at all. He is a great leader, compassionate, intelligent, thoughtful, introspective, and learned, just to list a few. Our country deserves to have a president like Barack Obama. We do not deserve what we got.

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            • Christian
              August 18, 2017

              Well…not really an aweful leader…but he did kind of forget the Midwest somewhat.

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        • Ed Farrell
          August 13, 2017

          You seem like a moron to me, Nic.

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        • Robert Blumthal
          August 13, 2017

          What’s a matter Nic…..trolling always anonymously…. sign of the true coward.you are!

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        • Jill
          August 15, 2017

          What was that pledge McConnell had every Rep in congress take upon the inauguration of BO? Total resistance means no one can lead, whether you are a teacher, coach, or the Lord.
          Grace is upon BO’s head. That comes from the Lord. Do not deny the work of the Lord.

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        • Proud American
          October 19, 2017

          What is wrong with you? What do you hope to accomplish? Do you just get off on being cruel?

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  34. jaine kunst
    August 12, 2017

    Obama…a class act! He is missed by many.

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  35. Yvonne Hincks
    August 12, 2017

    President Obama was the best we ever had, I miss his compassion and love for this country, he truly is a remarkable man…..my heart goes out to the family’s of Sandy hook, I no it’s a tragedy you will never forget and have to live with, I feel your pain…….god bless you all!

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  36. jodybie
    August 11, 2017

    President Obama was one of the best presidents in history. He did so much in spite of so much resistance and mean-spiritedness. He’ll always be a hero.

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    • Nic
      August 12, 2017

      Resistance and meanspiritedness???? A hero? Haha
      That’s your opinion. To me and million other buyers he was a warmonger but also a “I’m drawing a red-line” coward, revenge-racist, reverse-sexist, bully and overall a cancerous human being. I will agree though that he was a good dad and that he reads speeches very well. That’s about the only compliments I can think of. This incidence, where he’s using a human tragedy to promote his anti-gun agenda shows how twisted of a person he truly is. I know this is the koolaid thread and no one likes dissent here (you’re liberals after all) but millions of people feel the same way.

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      • Diane
        August 12, 2017

        Nic is obviously wrong in his assessment of President Obama. If the president had had an agenda, what he did that day would have been deliberately leaked to the media. Since this is the first time most of us have been told this story, and it was basically a very private event, the “anti-gun agenda” he mentions is just an out and out fabrication. The only reason we can’t get good gun controls is that the NRA lobbies Congress with obscene amounts of money to buy their votes. Polls after polls after polls indicate that voters are overwhelmingly for strict gun-controls.

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        • Mali
          August 12, 2017

          Warmonger? Never saw him bring us to the brink of nuclear war. I think you’ve gotten Obama mixed up with the current, cancerous human being, occupying the label of president. That thin skinned maniac has no problem putting the lives of the American people at risk, as long as it doesn’t interfere with his golf game.

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          • Kevin Christopher
            August 12, 2017

            FORE !!!!

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      • Sounds like you must be describing yourself! I am so in awe of this man…the only people who don’t like him, are the people, who chose to not like him! & yeah, I know, it wasn’t ONLY because he was black or a liberal (rolling eyes)! You must be full of hatred yourself, to see this wonderful man & what he tried to do, to fix this country, & choose to hate him!

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        • Diane Tumolo
          August 13, 2017

          fix? Obamacare was harmful to this country, I am a healthcare provider, it is just blind worship. terrible policies, nice man, just not effective

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          • Mark Scott
            August 13, 2017

            Obamacare was harmful compared to what? To 22 million without coverage? To the fact that we spend about double what other countries spend on healthcare and get far worse outcomes AND are the only rich country where people go bankrupt because of healthcare costs? The Affordable Care Act was not what President Obama wanted, but it was a start in the right direction. It required insurance companies to limit spending on overhead to 20% of premiums – leaving 80% for healthcare. The reality is that medicare is the most cost-effective healthcare system in this country because it works on the single payer model and rations healthcare. Prior to the Affordable Care Act we simply rationed healthcare based on whether you could pay for it, not whether it made sense. Now even poor people have a chance. So, fix the problems rather than whine which is all the Republicans have done for the past 6-7 years because they have no legitimate ideas of their own.

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            • Tom Reilly
              August 14, 2017

              Spot on!! God bless you, Mark Scott!!–Tom Reilly

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            • paula brogan
              August 17, 2017

              out of those 22 million who were forced to get healthcare only about 5 million are able to use because premiums and co pays are way to high and 95% of them have no prescription coverage obummer care sucks

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          • Cynthia Thomas
            August 13, 2017

            Not really. Have you really invested time and energy into investigating WHY the exchanges are drying up?

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            • Rick Calmelat
              August 15, 2017

              yes, most of us have and lay the responsibility for that on the man you congratulated himself for it. Senator Rubio.

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              • Rick Calmelat
                August 15, 2017

                Who congratulated, not you.

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          • bloughb48
            August 14, 2017

            Glad you don’t have anything to do with MY health care. My experiences with the ACA, it’s proper name, have been very good. No one I know, and that’s a LOT of elementary age students (I was a teacher until recently) and their parents, other professional (working AND retired) and my parent’s contemporaries, who are also quite happy with their care experiences under the ACA.

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      • Zach
        August 12, 2017

        Troll.

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      • Aaron Aarons
        August 12, 2017

        Obami certainly was and is an imperialist warmaker, but everything else you attack him for is white-supremacist crap. You probably approve of most of the bad things he did, including his refusal to pardon Native American leader and frame-up victim, Leonard Peltier.

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      • Clovis
        August 12, 2017

        You can feel comfort and safety in being one of “millions of people”; we all are, every moment. And you can still be wrong. But you can also still change your mind! Simply that you’re here with the “liberal” tribe, and being civil, is a great start on your journey! The best to you.

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      • Ed
        August 12, 2017

        Sorry you feel that way my friend. This was never published after the fact and I doubt that a hundred or so comforted people swayed the election one way or the other. For you to be in such denial should make you reexamine your definition of true compassion.

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      • Sara
        August 12, 2017

        Classy. Maybe spew your hate in another forum? This is not the place. Millions of people feel you should place your negative opinions in an article about children being slaughtered? I think not.

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      • dixiesayssite
        August 12, 2017

        Good Lord – how could you have such a sick and twisted idea of what Obama was all about? You don’t think that a tragedy like Sandy Hook was an appropriate time to talk about gun control?? Obama’s the best president we’ve ever had, by far. Hope you get help.

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      • Charlie
        August 13, 2017

        The obvious hatred and bigotry of your statement aside, it is only your opinion. Opinions are, at best, unproven, in substantiated theories valid only to those who hold them. To pretend to speak for millions of people is patently absurd.

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      • Marsha
        August 13, 2017

        I agree with Nic!

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        • Diane Frank
          August 14, 2017

          Marsha agrees with Nic, folks. I guess that’s two people in this forum who could use a class in Logic, another in Constitutional Law, and a third in “How to Make Friends and Influence People”! LOLOLOLOLOL.

          Diane Frank

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        • bloughb48
          August 14, 2017

          Sad.

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      • R Dee
        August 14, 2017

        He was hardly a warmonger and not any of the ridiculous words you have chosen to describe him in your rather warped perception. If anyone is drinking the Kool-Aid, it’s you. For shame.

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      • Barbara
        August 14, 2017

        You and the millions of other fake news readers. Ignorance is when you read that stuff and believe it to the exclusion of the facts. Sad, really.

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      • Lori Koonce
        August 14, 2017

        So, why is he the pariah of almost every first world nation?

        Poll numbers posted by the NY Times three hours ago have his ratings at 34%, which means that twice as many Americans disagre with you than agree.

        You really should do bit more fact checking. It keeps you from looking like a bigoted fool.

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        • Nic
          August 15, 2017

          Lori Koonce – you’re asking some valid questions but I’m pretty sure you know the answers to those questions yourself, don’t you? You’re quoting New York Times, a leftist, semi-socialist newspaper (which I enjoy very much by the way), a newspaper which offered a mea culpa to its readers after their extremely biased election coverage, …that same newspaper? Granted, I don’t think his favorability numbers will look much better using any other newspapers because pretty much 99% of them are against him. If you don’t don’t believe there’s a leftist media bias in our country we’ll never agree on anything..
          Trump wasn’t elected because he’s a humble person, a great humanitarian or a fantastic speaker who worries about his legacy. . No, he was elected because people got tired of the lies of the media empire controlled primarily by the leftist elite.
          I can’t stand trump, don’t like the guy. But I hate her even more… when trump was chosen as the republican nominee the leftist elite celebrated because they thought he had absolutely no chance. Reporters, actors, politicians, socialites, they all took billary’s win for granted. They simply forgot how much resentment many average people feel toward obama and clinton. I realize this is an obama love-fest thread but those are the facts. Trump is a president because of the horrendous options you, liberals offered for our country. So if I sound bigoted to you I suggest you get out of your circle of likeminded people and do some research on why so many people don’t like what your side represents..

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      • Carriebeth Pottinger
        August 14, 2017

        Please go away, Nic. You do not belong on this page. The people here recognize President Obama for his goodness, compassion and leadership

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        • Nic
          August 15, 2017

          Ok.
          (Carriebeth? at least you have a pretty cool name)

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      • Cindy Gaguine
        August 15, 2017

        The world will never be right for you.

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      • Patricia j fraser
        August 15, 2017

        can you explain and give examples of ‘revenge-racist’, ‘reverse-sexist’ and bully? Honestly curious.

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        • Nic
          August 15, 2017

          It’d take several essays to explain but in a nutshell I despise and kinds of special treatment EVEN if the intentions were/are good. I’m bi-racial and there are programs, scholarships, grants, etc. available to me which wouldn’t be there if I was only white. The same would apply if I was a woman, I’d be eligible for certain preferential programs.
          Racism is wrong. Sexism is wrong. It’s wrong when people are treated differently because of their skin color or their gender. Period. Affirmative action, while well-intentioned, offers special treatment which is a form of revenge or reverse racism and sexism. Discrimination sponsored by the government if you will. I know most of you won’t agree with me but that’s ok. I’m used to liberals telling me how persecuted my ancestors were and therefore how entitled I should feel to this revenge form of racism. Nope, thank you, not for me.

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          • Nic
            August 15, 2017

            obama expanded those programs and I actually thought he’d be the president to once and for all shut them all down.

            Racism and sexism is wrong. Always.

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      • Patricia
        August 15, 2017

        Nic, those millions of people are just as uninformed of the truth as you are! you have listened to Limbaugh until you are brain-washed and I am sorry for you.

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      • James S Lusby
        August 15, 2017

        Thoughtful, well-informed dissent is welcome. Smart-ass hackneyed tripe is just that.

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      • Penny Wells
        August 16, 2017

        Nic, your lack of knowledge is amazing….you tired comment about the Koolaid is ignorance at its worst….It was not liberals who drank the koolaide it was a group of right wingnut christians who followed and idiot so called preacher to another country so they could build a new city….They all died because he told them to drink koolaid laces with cyanide…they even gave it to their children…..liberals would have never let someone do that….you really have no idea about the Obama years, except what has been fed you….maybe you watch fux news…..the channel for lies, and hate and all of those fine Christian values….don’t forget your think do and say pill….God forbid you ever learn the truth….you are full of hate…..and yes mean spirited….no excuse….that creature in the White House is a disgrace….maybe someday you will figure that out….try a little education…the truth is out there, and easy to find….

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        • Nic
          August 17, 2017

          Penny – you are a disgrace. Brainwashed obamaniac who sees no wrong with the man. To me he’s just a man, a flawed man like the rest of us. To you he was a fantastic president because you workshop him as if he was god. He’s not. He’s a good father but not very good president. You and I will never agree on this which is fine but your hate toward those who disagree with your worship of your idol shows what a twisted human being you are. ..and don’t preach education to me Ms. Ignoramus. I suggest you step away from rachel madow, MSNBC and other pravda channels and try to listen to other view points for a change. As much as I despise the left I read your propaganda newspapers and watch your news channels on a daily basis. Seriously doubt someone with your mindset could ever watch something critical of your Party.
          ..and stop comparing him to trump, I’ve said it over and over again that I don’t care about trump. This thread is about obama using a tragedy for legacy building purposes. You think he shows compassion. I think he shows a calculated approach to an agenda or callousness if you will. Sure would’ve been nice if he showed half the compassion for the thousands of chemical attack victims in Syria, which happened on his watch, several times, and where he broke his red line promises, over and over again. … or if he’d at least skipped his golfing the day after Folley was decapitated by isis, no compassion there.. ..or some compassion while attending funerals of cops murdered by thugs on his watch. Compassion? Yeah, only if there’s a way to link it to an agenda.

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  37. Anatalia G. HERNANDEZ
    August 11, 2017

    President Obama will remain HUGE in my heart. From tackling all the problems and issues when he took office despite a GOP led Senate and Congress, to steadily regaining respect internationally for the Office of the President, to a SCANDAL FREE 8 YEARS, not to mention killing Osama Bin Laden…HE IS THE BEST PRESIDENT IN MY 65 YEAR LIFETIME.
    ANATALIA G. HERNANDEZ
    Stafford, Texas

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  38. LadyPseudo
    August 11, 2017

    This isn’t the place to post horrible negativity. Leave that at the door, if you don’t like someone, don’t read about them.

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  39. Norma Carmona
    August 11, 2017

    That is President Obama, this still my President Obama, I clean my glasses few times reading this article, I never meet him In person but is like I know him all my life,the perfect son,or grandchild full of life and kindness still love him as my family,a great human being, he will forever remember not as the first African American President I will remember him like millions here and around the world for his personality, his smile,a peace keeper and the love to his family and this country. God always bless you SIr.

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    • Suzie Haughn
      August 11, 2017

      Beautifully written. He and I are looking to our next President, Hillary and our only woman. She is very well prepared for the job and devoted to the moms , dads , and. children who deserve the best in education, opportunity, rights, AHC , nourishment, and hope for all for a better life. More possibilities.

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    • livesandlovesofabooknerd
      August 14, 2017

      He will always stand as the greatest president in my lifetime unless Elizabeth Warren or Sec Rodham Clinton can clean up the mess

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  40. G. Robert Taylor
    August 11, 2017

    I expected nothing less. He is a person and a president this country can be proud of.
    G. Robert Taylor

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  41. Helen Gesell
    August 11, 2017

    President Barack Obama is an honorable and wonderful man…

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  42. lincmueller1936
    August 11, 2017

    Reblogged this on lincmueller and commented:
    President Obama was a great president. He is sorely missed. I hope every member of the NRA reads this wonderful but sad story.q

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  43. Diana Lett
    August 11, 2017

    He was and is a man of great honor and empathy. The bigotry and hatred he endured as he valiantly tried to comfort is reprehensible.

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  44. Vicki
    August 10, 2017

    Such a shame that these families may read such filthy rhetoric about someone who went to see them during the worst time in their life, the loss of the child and familis who lost their loved ones. A President who took the time to comfort them and feel their pain along with them. May those beautiful babies rest in the hands of God. Those teachers have a special place in heaven for trying to protect them. I won’t belittle anyone here who cannot see a story for what it is, a look at a kind man who did the best he could for our country. Whether you agree with him or not, he did not deserve the hate he got from people. These families do not deserve the hateful comments. Let us all pray to the good Lord that none of you have to go through what these families have gone through and then have to deal with such hate on a kind story written by someone who was there.

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  45. Eileen Shand
    August 10, 2017

    I did not vote for Barack, but now I greatly respect him and think he is a true gentleman and a great man. I was wrong.

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  46. Cindy Wade
    August 10, 2017

    God bless him… and thank Gif for him!✝️💜

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  47. Linda
    August 10, 2017

    What a wonderful, brave man. As a Country we will forever be thankful for his graceful representation during that horrible time.
    Linda Roe

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  48. Debbie Braswell
    August 8, 2017

    ACTIONS OF A TRUE PRESIDENT, FATHER, CHRISTIAN SOLDIER!!! GOD, YOU MADE ME CRY!!!!😭

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    • Norma Carmona
      August 11, 2017

      Me too.

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  49. Elizabeth F Immo
    July 29, 2017

    This is a reminder of what a wonderful President of the United States that we had in Barack Obama. He is such a considerate and caring person. I very much mourn and miss his presence as our President! These poor people who lost a child to violence by a psychiatrically disturbed person with many guns that NEVER should have been allowed to be purchased, were at lease consoled by President Barack Obama! May the USA one day have a president with such class, education and experience again. It is such a shame that people have been convinced to vote for a president with no qualifications for the job of President of the United States! I wish these parents fond memories of their lost children and hope that America one day realizes that we do NOT need guns to be safe!

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    • Jessica Henderson
      August 7, 2017

      As I recall, Obama was not qualified to be president when he took office. After all, he was only a new senator on the floor when he began his campaign. Also, one story does not tell that he was “such a considerate and caring person”. Tell that to the families of the Benghazi fiasco. He didn’t even attend their funerals and they were in service of the United States!

      And let’s move on to the gun issue. Adam didn’t purchase those guns … his mother (or father, I forget) did. A psychotic (phychiatrically disturbed) person does not have to purchase a gun to be a psychotic, and the gun didn’t make him psychotic. What he chose to do with the gun is a horrible, unimaginable tragedy, and I can’t even fathom what those families went through. But … look at Chicago, where the gun laws are so strict (and Obama was the senator for Illinois) … the crime rate is unbelievable. The bad guys still get guns but the good guys don’t have any to protect themselves with, hence, the bad guys are winning. Who’s fault is that? Who can we blame for that? Let’s look at New York City. Go look at their gun laws and then their crime statistics. They will speak for themselves … just like Chicago. Me? I like my guns and I like my CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. You know, that thing that your considerate and caring president wanted to take away from millions of people.

      Trump may not be ‘qualified’ in your eyes, but considering the alternative … well, we are a lot better off with Trump. He isn’t perfect by any means. He is human, after all, and of course, he doesn’t follow what the puppet masters tell him to say. I don’t like everything he says, but I’ll tell you something. His sometimes ridiculous remarks only make me see him as human. He’s not a puppet. He doesn’t depend on his teleprompter. He says the same things that so many other people say. The only difference is that he has millions of eyes on him and critiquing every word that comes out of his mouth, or off of his keyboard, and in today’s digital world, the really ridiculous stuff spreads like wild fire.

      I will agree to disagree with you about Obama. I certainly don’t see him as the considerate person you see him as. And I don’t see Trump as the complete failure (before he has even really gotten started) that you apparently do. That is the beauty of this great Nation. We have freedom.

      God Bless you and yours.

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      • Patricia H Spear
        August 8, 2017

        You are a Very, Very Sad Person….to have read this Beautiful article about a Horrific Incident, and The President’s attempt to Bring some Solace to the Grieving Families,and talk about Trump. We Lived this, having Friends from Newtown, Our “Sister” Town. You have no Idea how much President Obama’s Visit Meant to these Families, and to even talk about the “Joke” of a President that now Occupies the “Dump”(White House)…shows you are a Deeply Flawed Person. You need to ask God To Open Your Eyes and Heart, and to Bless “YOU”….

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        • Niclas
          August 8, 2017

          You’re the one who’s a very sad person. You think what he did was “beautiful” because you’re a mindless “I love obummer” drone. Others see it for what it truly was. He used a horrific tragedy as a legacy building tool. He used those people for his own purposes and yet all you want is to worship him. Yes, you are sad.

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          • Tom Reilly
            August 8, 2017

            I saw twenty-one Vietnamese children machine gunned by our own choppers. The oldest was a fourteen year old girl, who bled out through the stump where her leg was severed. Don’t talk to me about “tragedy.” You might instead thank President Obama for restoring dignity, intelligence, courage, and eloquence to the Presidency.

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            • Niclas
              August 8, 2017

              I won’t ever thank a thug who denigrated our nation. A tragedy is a tragedy no matter where it happened. You of all people should remember that if was the very same leftist media that sold us out back then. Too bad the lier-in-chief wouldn’t attend the funerals of the Benghazi victims. I guess that tragedy wasn’t important enough for him, his cohorts and his mindless drones.

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              • Orinda H Spence
                August 8, 2017

                When there is nothing else to say in defense of warped opinions, it seems the thing to do is remember Benghazi. If Congress had funded security, the tragedy would not have happened.

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              • Linda Spyhalski
                August 8, 2017

                I read your comments and want you to know I will pray for you! Such hate displayed for a former President is just so sad! I hope you find peace!

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              • Pat A Cannon
                August 10, 2017

                sorry but the denigration of our country is because of folks like you. so full of hate and anger and bitterness. you strike out and find fault and blame for no reason. you should seek to see the good in all and strive to create harmony not hate and discontent. I feel sorry for you and truly hope you do not have children that you will burden with your hate and vitriol.

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                • Nic
                  August 10, 2017

                  Don’t worry about my children. Worry about the cancer that people like you are to our nation. Stop hating everyone who isn’t idolizing your O’mighty god.

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          • David
            August 8, 2017

            You are sick Niclas.

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            • Diane Frank
              August 14, 2017

              I agree with you, David. Niclas is one sick man, full of such hate that it has totally warped what passes for thinking in his world. Trouble is, the hatred he spews, the name calling, the belittling, all that denigrating, denial, and disrespect, those are the very traits Trump plays to very successfully. We are way more threatened by the enemy within than we are by terrorists abroad.

              And someone should remind Nic and his Fuhrer that the only thing a persistent illegal alien needs in order to broach Trump’s assinine wall is a taller ladder! (Or maybe a bigger a shovel!) LOLOLOLOL

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          • Beverly Cooper-Wiele
            August 11, 2017

            Or, Niklas, President Obama used the prestige of his position to show that the entire nation joined him in comforting these broken people. President Obama is a person of majesty. It saddens me to think of the clown we now have to bear.

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        • Mary
          August 8, 2017

          Hi Patricia, Thank you for your affirming statements about the support we, the friends and families of the Sandy Hook tragedy received from our compassionate President. I’m so glad there is such strong support among us all. I’m also grateful for the work towards kindness and reasonable solutions that continues to be done. Stay strong. Peace.

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        • george eckles
          August 8, 2017

          Thank you Patricia. You said in a few words what so many people think. Let us pray for those who can’t see this reality. Prayer might help them. If not, their souls are more dead than the lost jewels who died at Sandy Hook.

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        • Larry Levy
          August 15, 2017

          Folks, “Nic” may not even be real. He wants to distract those who read the article and find it heartfelt and true. Ignore him, her, it. There is no arguing with someone who denies reason. It’s like playing tennis with someone who thinks any ball he hits is a winner, regardless of the net or white lines.

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          • Vox Populi
            August 15, 2017

            “Nic” has been trolling this post ever since it was first published. He makes racist and rightist statements that stir up moderates and liberals, and then he mocks them for their beliefs. I suggest that you post what you believe is true about the post and ignore his responses.

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            • Nic
              August 15, 2017

              Racist? Sexist?? So you being a koolaid drinker has nothing to do with it, right??

              Thank you for so eloquently proving my original point of liberals not tolerating any dissent..

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          • Nic
            August 15, 2017

            I’m sorry Larry that I dare to disagree with your worship of your leader. Quite ironic you’re talking about “reason” since your blind allegiance to that man isn’t very logical at all. Just go and play tennis now.. :-/

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      • DB
        August 8, 2017

        I pity you.

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      • Anon Ymouse
        August 8, 2017

        Of course the Trumpanzees come on here to ruin a beautiful tribute to the families who lost their beloved beautiful babies at their elementary school.
        If you are defending gun deregulation on this article, you do not get to call yourself pro-life, Christian, or even a decent human being.
        You are trash and will burn like the dumpster fire you are.

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      • L
        August 10, 2017

        Do you still have those guns you hold so dear? Ya I thought so. You knew he was never going to take them away. You sound ridiculous and racist. Do you really think that stupid argument is an appropriate comment on this story, or are you a Sandy Hook denier?

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      • Carol
        August 10, 2017

        You might check your facts, sir. It was the Republicans in the Congress who denied the State Department funds for Embassy security they requested. And what possible difference does it make who bought the guns?

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      • Laura Moore
        August 10, 2017

        All presidents have had this critiquing . Trump gives the press plenty of material. He is stupid, he is classless and he is dangerous.

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      • Becky
        August 10, 2017

        You are an asshole. Benghazi is a dead issue. He paid plenty of homage to the families in the rose garden the next day. Every single event that happened where we lost lives, he made his appearance. You need to do your research instead of worshiping your guns. And, those soldiers at Benghazi were no longer employees of the US. They were contract employees who were former seals (not current). I hope you are one of the first to go if we do have a nuclear attack for in my opinion, you are pond scum just like the current man who is not the least bit Presidential, but rather an asshole just like you. We are in the 70 percentile against Trump, so that apparently makes you in the 30 percentile of people who still haven’t got the sense to see he is horrible.

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      • Joan
        August 10, 2017

        You must be a sick, bitter person to respond like this to a beautiful story about a caring, considerate president!

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      • Athena
        August 10, 2017

        Then you’re not only blinded by hatred of someone that’s different than you, and it falls me to no end that you dare star that obama was a it senator when trump has ZERO experience at all. He is a giant puppet on Russian strings and Benghazi is nothing compared to the shit trump has already pulled this far…esp with this new n Korea crap! So really dude, get a clue!

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      • Delores Williams
        August 10, 2017

        Wow Jessica— you are delusional. Did you forget That no charges were filed against Ms. Clinton although she was grilled for 11 hours. Frankly, sadly enough I fear our present president is just plain nuts!

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      • Chris Martone
        August 10, 2017

        We might as well have Howdy Doody in office… the only thing the Republicans wanted was a puppet. Too bad we didn’t get one we’d be a lot better off. This tweet cracking moron has us at odds will our allies in bed with our adversaries and on the verge of war with a twisted dictator. I’m praying he doesn’t inadvertently send out one of his illinformed, uneducated and more than likely false tweets that sets off the wrong tyrant and they turn Guam into a nuclear parking lot or worse.

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      • Becky
        August 11, 2017

        Look at countries like Australia and the UK and their crime statistics..

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      • Bishop Ron
        August 11, 2017

        I pray that God may open your eyes and get rid of the hate inside you. There isn’t the tiniest comparison between Obama and Trump.

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      • Beverly Cooper-Wiele
        August 11, 2017

        You poor thing. You are either absolutely deluded or you wrote this despicable ordure on a dare. No other explanation makes sense.

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      • Ray gallaway.
        August 11, 2017

        Your a sorry excuse for a human,being if you think your orange God is better,then you have the hall to say bless you and yours.!!!! Up for a bigit.!!!!!

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      • Janet Fischer
        August 12, 2017

        Shame on you for choosing this time to express your negativity. Your comments were ill-timed. The Sandy Hook parents needed support and caring and President Obama provided that with class and dignity.

        I never cared for President Reagan, but I would never deny that he showed great compassion and leadership following the Challenger tragedy.

        You are entitled to your opinion and I respect your right to express it. Please find another forum.

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        • Nic
          August 12, 2017

          Very nice post Janet although I disagree with you. Liberals need to be chalanged because you all believe it’s your way to the highway. That’s why worship to a person displaced for a regular, extremely flawed and to many very divisive human being is so dangerous.

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      • Nan Kif
        August 12, 2017

        If you think Obama was inconsiderate about the Benghazi incident where our diplomats were killed, you are seriously flawed as a human being. He was angry and saddened and he did contact those families to express his condolences. Shame on you for turning this story of the compassion of a president to families in mourning of their losses of their babies who were simply going to school, not serving in a seriously risky place as adults knowing those risks in the state dept. I knew the Ambassador Chris Stevens and his family were contacted by the President and they were consoled by the president and SOS Clinton who was a close friend of his btw. They are tired of the BS spread using their son as the pawn of the right wing who tried to turn this into a scandal and you all bought into that nonsense. Perhaps if the GOP congress had not denied the request by Clinton to increase security funding for embassies in risky posts, we would not even be talking about Benghazi! Certainly you don’t talk about the dozens of Bush’s Benghazis…why is that? More people were killed and not called at all at those embassies and consulates than Benghazi, by far. And to even talk about your gd gun rights in this story is disgusting! So sick of your ridiculous rhetoric about guns…go live in the woods with your guns! Just don’t talk about them in front of grieving parents of babies that were killed by a madman with a gun that yes his mother provided him…and she paid the ultimate price as well. She was practicing her 2nd amendment rights…how did that go for her? She was in so much denial that she encouraged her very disturbed son to learn to shoot those high powered semi automatic weapons! Hate all you want on Obama but he is a million times the man your clown in the dump as he calls it! That one is going to get you and all of us killed with his reckless rhetoric to North Korea and by sleeping with his enemy Putin. Talk to me in a year after he has all but destroyed the country’s credibility…all so he can one up Obama on everything good he did by destroying those things. “If the black man can do it, I can destroy it” is his motto! Truly disgusting of you!

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        • Nic
          August 12, 2017

          Yes, YOU are disgusting Nan Kif – you also suffer from a selective history knowledge syndrome.

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          • Diane Frank
            August 14, 2017

            Nic, you are pretty damn lucky you live in America where this abomination doesn’t result in you being sent to the Gulag to dig salt until you die! You are pitiful.

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      • Morgan
        August 12, 2017

        You’re preaching to the wrong choir here bud- none of us Care about your BS on Trump. You can’t even give President Obama any credit where it is due. President Obama is a class act. God bless all the families who were affected by this awful unforgettable tragedy.

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      • dixiesayssite
        August 12, 2017

        Jessica, I am also appreciative that we have the freedom to speak our minds. That said, we also have the responsibility for what happens to those words once they leave our lips. I can’t imagine who you’ve been listening to. Only an idiot would support Donald Trump. Every bit of information that’s being unearthed about about him shows deeper and deeper levels of corruption. Even if you can’t see how this pig of a man sows the seeds of hate every time he opens his mouth, you can’t possibly deny or ignore the truths being spoken. I don’t understand how you can fail to listen to all the voices of reason explaining what’s really going on. Have you ever watched Rachel Maddow’s show? She has the unique ability to explain very complicated developments so that even the least educated can understand them, God bless her.
        Honestly, give that a try. What do you have to lose?

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      • Barbara Wilt
        August 13, 2017

        I fully understand your admiration for Trumpagogue. Trump Pets do like a man who lies, then lies about his lies, and then lies about the lies he told about his lies. You say Obama wasn’t qualified because he was only a “new senator” but Trumpagogue was qualified because he was a reality show host and defendant in many lawsuits concerning his refusal to pay employees and contractors. He has a history of racism and misogyny (more lawsuits). He wants to do away with SS and Medicare. His Education head wants to make everyone go to Christian schools and doesn’t think handicapped children deserve an education. He wants to sell off our national parks to oil drilling – he owns stock. He wants to take away citizens’ lands to build the wall he wants us to pay for. Somehow, he thinks that will end the drug problem. Oh, and it will keep all those rapists and criminals from Mexico out of this country. He wants to take healthcare away from millions of Americans so he and his minions can pocket all that tax break money. I am one of the many (most) Americans that he despises and the only thing going for me in his eyes is that I’m white. Otherwise, I am female (only women who pay him lots of money, like De Vos, are not looked down upon), I am elderly (69 years old and paid taxes, including SS, all my working life and Trumpagogue thinks he should have my SS money). And I am poor. I am fortunate that I don’t have to take any government assistance (like Meals on Wheels, Food Stamps, WIC, etc) but I am still one of the people he passionately dislikes. And did you notice in his ban on Muslims, he left out the countries he does business with and the ones involved in the 9/11 attack. And he wants to start a nuclear with North Korea (or anyone, for that matter) because his gigantic, out of control ego was offended. But none of his offspring or his cronies’ offspring will have to fight in that war. Fake physical deferments to be had by all. No, it will be the children of the people who fight and die. And his public speaking! Remember the Coast Guard Graduation? And the Boy Scouts? All he talked about was how great he is and how bad Obama and everyone else is. Remember how horribly he treated the family of Humayun Khan, who died in the service of this country? But, yeah, Trumpagogue is a “great” President who is worthy of all the respect he showed Obama for all those years. He lied about and smeared (tried to, anyway) Obama with his bullshit about Obama wiretapping him?

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      • Lori Koonce
        August 14, 2017

        The only requirements that the constitution has for being president are that one be thirty five or older and that they were Not a naturalized citizen.

        Birther nonsense aside, President Obama filled both of those.

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      • livesandlovesofabooknerd
        August 14, 2017

        Dude, look, we liberals we don’t want your gun. He was never coming for them. We don’t want them. Hell I have my own. He WAS qualified because he was a constitutional lawyer and professor, meaning understood our laws, and how they are made. Donald Trump, who took the electoral college because party was chosen over country, needs to sat down to watch School House Rock to get just the basic. Qualification is also temperament, intelligence, ability to speak appropriate and any ANY service to country as opposed to 70 years of self service by Donald Trump including 5 draft deferments (4 for ‘being a student – daddy kept buying builldings and bought his last year into Wharton where he was in the bottom 1/3 of his class according to school records and1 for a mystery bone spur he can’t remember) So keep you guns. WE DON’T WANT them. We don’t think you need 2 hundred of them, full auto and pretty much agree that is you are so mentally ill you can’t manage your check book or can’t get on a plane because you on a list, maybe you shouldn’t have one.

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  50. Scott
    June 17, 2017

    So fake!!!! No one died go back to sheep!

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    • Dale Wisely
      August 7, 2017

      Please don’t engage this person.

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    • Larry Brickey
      August 7, 2017

      You, sir, are full of it and I don’t mean the truth.

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    • Anon Ymouse
      August 8, 2017

      You are a sick horrible human being.

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    • dixiesayssite
      August 12, 2017

      No one died? on second thought: WAKE UP!

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    • livesandlovesofabooknerd
      August 14, 2017

      so, how does Alex Jones bottom taste, asshat. Children were murdered. We saw their bodies and those were not actors, nor were the parents who couldn’t stand. Grow up. Dump the kool-aid. Read the real news and take off your tin foil hat.

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