Polls App: User data from Passport JS not passed to Angular Controller

Hi Freecodecampers!

I’m building the Polls app with an Express/Node backend and Angular JS for
the front end. I’m having a hard time receiving the data in an Angular Service + Controller

Backend: Users can authenticate with Facebook using Passport JS that
attaches a users object to every request. I opened up an endpoint that
checks if req.user exists, like so:

app.get('/checklogin', function(req,res,next){


  console.log("we found a user!!!");

  console.log("name:" + req.user.displayName);
  console.log("user id" + req.user.id);

  return res.status(201).json(req.user);

} else {

  console.log("there is no user logged in");



If the req.user exists, so the user is authenticated, it sends a JSON response.

What I’m trying to do is in Angular is sending a http.get to this
/checklogin endpoint and handle the response. I want to bind to the
scope if the user is authenticated (req.user exists or not), and if so
bind displayName and Id as well, and hide show nav links and pages.

But my setup in Angular hits the API endpoint but doesnt seem to receive any data???:

.service("Login", function($http){

    this.isLoggedIn = function(){  

        return $http.get("/checklogin")



                return response;

            }, function(response){

                console.log("failed to check login");



.controller("mainController", function($scope, Login){




        }, function(response){




the console.log(doc) and console.log(doc.data) don’t log anything… What am I doing wrong here???

More info: the mainController is loaded in the index.html file:

<html lang="en" ng-app="pollsApp" ng-controller="mainController">
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
    <!--load jQuery-->
    <script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.2.4/jquery.min.js"></script>
    <!--load Bootstrap JS-->
    <script src="https://maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.3.4/js/bootstrap.min.js"></script>
    <!--load Angular JS-->
    <script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/angularjs/1.5.8/angular.min.js"></script>
    <script src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/angularjs/1.5.8/angular-route.js"></script> 
    <!--latest compiled and minified Bootstap CSS-->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.3.7/css/bootstrap.min.css">
    <!--link custom CSS file-->
    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/css/style.css">
    <script src="/js/app.js"></script>

<!-- NAVBAR ================== ---->        
<nav class="navbar navbar-default navbar-fixed-top">
    <div class="container-fluid">
        <div class="nav-header">
            <a class="navbar-brand" href="#/">Votely</a>
        <div class="collapse navbar-collapse" id="myNavbar">
            <ul class="nav navbar-nav navbar-right">
                <li class="active"><a href="#/">Home</a></li>
                <li><a href="/auth/facebook" target="_top">Sign in with Facebook</a></li>
                <li><a href="/logout">Sign Out</a></li>

<!-- Dynamically render templates Angular JS -->
<div class="container" ng-view>



Any help much appreciated, thanks!