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Mon Aug 25, 2014, 10:47 AM

Mom had Dementia and this is what she said about President Obama


"Why do so many people say he is black"? "He is Hawaiian, period"!

Two years. I still miss her.

OS

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Reply Mom had Dementia and this is what she said about President Obama (Original post)
Omaha Steve Aug 2014 OP
leftyladyfrommo Aug 2014 #1
BlueCaliDem Aug 2014 #2
BrainDrain Aug 2014 #3
tosh Aug 2014 #5
tosh Aug 2014 #4
alcina Aug 2014 #7
Omaha Steve Aug 2014 #10
alcina Aug 2014 #12
3catwoman3 Aug 2014 #26
Omaha Steve Aug 2014 #15
ReRe Aug 2014 #6
The Wizard Aug 2014 #8
safeinOhio Aug 2014 #9
griloco Aug 2014 #20
KauaiK Aug 2014 #11
yurbud Aug 2014 #13
mercuryblues Aug 2014 #14
griloco Aug 2014 #21
Stellar Aug 2014 #16
sheshe2 Aug 2014 #17
Cha Aug 2014 #18
cleduc Aug 2014 #19
malaise Aug 2014 #22
frazzled Aug 2014 #23
Jokerman Aug 2014 #24
Omaha Steve Aug 2014 #25
3catwoman3 Aug 2014 #27
cbayer Aug 2014 #28

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 10:55 AM

1. Wow.

That is so cool.

Thank you.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 11:45 AM

2. Your mom

with dementia was still brighter than your average blue-collar Republican voter with all his/her faculties.

Bless your mother for her sharp insight.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 12:18 PM

3. You the really neat thing about dementia?

 


Its that the world looks exactly as it did when you were 5 years old. Clean, honest and friendly. That's why folks with advanced dementia say the most wonderful things sometimes, just the way 5 year olds do. Bless'em all.

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Response to BrainDrain (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 12:20 PM

5. Truth!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 12:19 PM

4. My mom had dementia, too.

She never gave me a great quote like that, but she NEVER missed a televised address.

She didn't live to see him win his second term but I'm sure she was watching.

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Response to tosh (Reply #4)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 12:40 PM

7. My mom has dementia too!

Sadly, she still thinks Nixon is president and is constantly asking me to help her wind her Spiro Agnew watch.

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Response to alcina (Reply #7)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 12:59 PM

10. So this guy goes into a coma in 1958


He wakes up in 1972. He has so many questions. Finally he asks how President Eisenhower is doing? He is told that sadly he died. He starts screaming "OH MY GOD, Nixon is President!"

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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #10)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 01:45 PM

12. Good one!

Thanks.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #10)

Tue Aug 26, 2014, 02:53 PM

26. Kinda like the great line from...

...Back To The Future when the professor learns that Reagan is president. "The actor??!!"

(Possible parphrase - haven't watched it in a long time.)

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Response to tosh (Reply #4)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 05:28 PM

15. Niether did my mom


As sick as she was I had to take her to vote in 2010. She had moved to assisted living and voted provisional at the new location. She was upset that Social Security for her grand kids was on the line.

OS

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 12:34 PM

6. God lover her!

I miss her too, and I didn't even know her. My Mom passed just before PO was elected the 1st time. She thought PO "was a fine young man" and smiled every time she seen him on TV campaigning. Our Mama's are still here, OS. They're right here inside of us in our bloodstreams.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 12:48 PM

8. Remind all the baseball fans

Obama is the same race as Derek Jeter.

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Response to The Wizard (Reply #8)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 12:56 PM

9. Same as me…..

half Irish.

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Response to safeinOhio (Reply #9)

Tue Aug 26, 2014, 09:44 AM

20. my grandmother: 2 kinds of people

Irish and those who wish they were.
My 2008 bumper sticker
I'd vote for Obama
Even if he weren't Irish

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 01:03 PM

11. I keep saying, if you "get" Hawaii you will "get" Obama

There's no foot-stomping arm-waving bombastic rhetoric; just quiet patience until it's time to strike. How many times has he "punked" the GOP?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 03:57 PM

13. Is America ready for a hula dancing president?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 04:04 PM

14. My Mom's

quote on her death bed when I asked her what she thought about Obama winning...

Good, anybody who voted for McCain is a fucking asshole.

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Response to mercuryblues (Reply #14)

Tue Aug 26, 2014, 09:45 AM

21. lol nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 05:30 PM

16. LOL..what an angel!

And I'm a Chicagoan.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Aug 25, 2014, 11:56 PM

17. Love your mom, Steve.

My dad has dementia too, 92 years old. I got him and his wife to vote for Obama in 2008. Sadly he was not able to vote in 2012.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Aug 26, 2014, 12:03 AM

18. How sweet! Aloha, Steve.. he sure was born here!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Aug 26, 2014, 09:12 AM

19. My mother has dementia as well

 

When I was a boy, she was prejudiced against blacks. It's how she was brought up, in poverty with a father who wheezed to death from being gassed in the first world war. She didn't know any better - classic ignorance. MLK, RFK, etc & the civil rights movement gave her kids the support and arguments to work on her and educate her.

In 2008, she was a gigantic fan of candidate Obama. Every day, she'd turn on her TV to see one of her favorite people in the world: Barack. Today, when she gets up, she'll turn on her TV and be back at it, getting snippets of how President Obama is doing. She adores him.

I know when you see things like Michael Brown, 150 years after the civil war and 50 years after MLK, it's disheartening and makes you wonder if things will ever change. But people can change, some do and some have. I've seen it. 60-70 years ago, I have my doubts you'd have ever seen the fuss and front page outcry over the police shooting someone like unarmed Michael Brown as we've seen recently. Not everybody has changed and not enough have changed but a bunch have.

Keep up the good work you do here. Slowly but surely, it is working and changing people.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Aug 26, 2014, 09:49 AM

22. Your mom explains you

a lot

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Aug 26, 2014, 10:03 AM

23. I'm sorry about your Mom

and I'm sure you miss her. I can only think she was a wonderful person

But although her intentions were good, the issue of trying to dismiss the president's skin color is, frankly, imo, misguided. If the president (if he was an ordinary citizen and not known) were walking down the street, the only thing people would notice--and judge him by--is his skin color. People wouldn't say: oh, there goes a Hawaiian, or a half-white man. They'd say, there goes a black man--with all the attendant assumptions that accrue to that status.

We've been talking about white privilege a lot lately. And there's an correlate to white privilege: if your skin looks black you are judged to be black, with all that entails. So I think I'm pretty much within the bounds of consensus when I say that the president is a black man in society's eyes.

Maybe what she meant is that in a perfect world his skin color shouldn't matter. But we don't live in that world, and we can't pretend we do.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Aug 26, 2014, 10:49 AM

24. My Dad's dementia came and went.

I was along side of him at a hospital intake interview in 2003 when the nurse asked him a series of questions to determine how coherent he was.

He answered every question as expected until he was asked, "Who is the President of the United States?" to which he responded "Al Gore".

The nurse hesitated and looked at me before my dad continued with "There's no way in hell that you're going to get me to say the name of that bastard who stole the presidency."

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Response to Jokerman (Reply #24)

Tue Aug 26, 2014, 01:06 PM

25. He was absolutely right




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Response to Jokerman (Reply #24)

Tue Aug 26, 2014, 03:10 PM

27. A totally lucid moment...

...to be sure! I'll bet you cherish that memory.

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Response to Jokerman (Reply #24)

Wed Aug 27, 2014, 03:54 AM

28. I hope this is true, because it's a great story!

Kudos to your father. Sounds like a real character.

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