early bird chat – vietnam version



111 Responses to “early bird chat – vietnam version”

  1. 1 jackiegrumbacher
    May 24, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Morning, AMK. Thanks for opening up the shop.

    • 2 amk for obama
      May 24, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Morning jg. Looks like bt is busy.

      Great tweet from last post.

      • 3 jackiegrumbacher
        May 24, 2016 at 9:07 am

        Hope Chips and her mom are ok. I think the DNC is allowing Bernie to play out the primary and eke as many delegates as he can from the remaining states. When he loses handily, there will no longer be any doubt about the will of the voters, whether BS chooses to accept that or not. HRC has already made the conciliatory move of giving him 5 seats on the platform committee. She’s under no obligation to go further. If, at that point, he threatens the convention, I believe all the big guns in the party will move to shut him down.

  2. 6 desertflower
    May 24, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Morning jackieg….morning amk….morning everyone:) Happy Tuesday….

  3. 9 vcprezofan2
    May 24, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Thanks bud! 🙂

    I’m crossing fingers and toes, and sending virtual messages of hope that Mother C is making progress, and that CC herself is doing well. (I can’t image that CC would miss this trip without a serious ’cause’.)

  4. 18 99ts
    May 24, 2016 at 8:51 am

    gm jackie & mak & df – thanks for the morning thread amk

  5. 21 vcprezofan2
    May 24, 2016 at 8:52 am

  6. May 24, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Tuesday morning. Congrats Jackie, on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope that you have an optimistic, positive, and upbeat attitude about your future, today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  7. 25 vcprezofan2
    May 24, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Okay TODobots, you know who we always think about when our Pres is coming down the flight stairs!

  8. 26 JER
    May 24, 2016 at 8:59 am

  9. 27 amk for obama
    May 24, 2016 at 9:02 am

    French finance officials have raided the Paris offices of US internet giant Google as part of a tax fraud investigation.

    Reports say about 100 tax officials entered Google’s offices in central Paris early in the morning.

    Police sources confirmed the raid, but Google itself has so far made no comment.

    Google is accused of owing the French state €1.6bn ($1.8bn; £1.3bn) in unpaid taxes.


  10. 28 desertflower
    May 24, 2016 at 9:03 am

    A painful, preventable reminder of the DO NOTHING congress! VOTE THEM OUT!

  11. 42 amk for obama
    May 24, 2016 at 9:05 am

  12. 43 amk for obama
    May 24, 2016 at 9:06 am

  13. 44 amk for obama
    May 24, 2016 at 9:07 am

    yeah, why didn’t you, kenyan?

    May 24, 2016 at 9:11 am


  15. May 24, 2016 at 9:11 am

    TOD’ville, I just got back home from a 7-day round trip train trip from Missouri to Emeryville/San Francisco, CA and back to MO. I stayed 3-days in Emeryville/San Francisco, CA. The scenery going through the Colorado Canon is breath taking.

    I had my own “unplanned” private tour of San Francisco, that started at 5:30 AM PT and I seen damn near everything and got the pictures to prove it. Damn that was a wonderful trip.

    Before my Mom died last November, we were going to do a trip of this sort. So I took to the rails in honor of her and I can tell you, that all the wonderful people, places and things that I encountered, I’m confident, she was there with me.

    Wow! What trip. 👌👊👍🌈☝🚆😎🌉

    • 48 desertflower
      May 24, 2016 at 9:15 am

      So glad you had an amazing time, RanMan! Of course she was there with you!!! That’s part of the reason it was so amazing…..train? Sounds like the perfect way to travel. SO glad you had this experience.

    • 49 jackiegrumbacher
      May 24, 2016 at 9:21 am

      Sounds like a fantastic trip, RanMan. I never thought to take a train across country, but it really is the only way to actually “see” what you’re traveling through, short of driving. So glad you took this trip for your mom. I’m sure somewhere she was smiling at you the whole time.

    • 50 GGAIL
      May 24, 2016 at 9:27 am

      RanMan, that sounds like a lovely trip and yes, your mom traveled with you in spirit 😊

    • 51 99ts
      May 24, 2016 at 9:30 am

      Sounds wonderful RanMan. No doubt you were telling your Mom all about it – everywhere you went.

      So many years ago that I do not want to count them I had my one and only trip to the states – we travelled all over by train and bus (NEVER again for the latter) but San Francisco where we landed & spent 3 days always remains the favorite. We went all over and back again – and somewhere I also have the pictures to prove it 🙂

    • 52 jacquelineoboomer
      May 24, 2016 at 10:09 am

      What a beautiful story!

    • May 24, 2016 at 10:31 am

      WOW! Sounds like you had a wonderful time! You know, your Mom is ALWAYS with you!

    • 54 mtmarilyn
      May 24, 2016 at 10:40 am

      Wow, RanMan, how wonderful for you. I have always wanted to go on a rail trip. So glad you have a meaningful time. Welcome back.

  16. 55 GGAIL
    May 24, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Good West Coast morning amk? & TOD family.
    Thanks amk for stepping up 😊

    Sending positive thoughts that Chips mom is improving 💕

  17. 56 arapaho415
    May 24, 2016 at 9:19 am

    GM TODville.

    Listened to this morning’s WHPB from Ho Chi Ming City (formerly Saigon), which was audio only for most of the event.

    Ben Rhodes said that few places in the world hold the US in as high regard as Vietnam, and that with the possible exception of PBO’s visit to Myanmar (surprised he didn’t say Burma), was the most extraordinary reception ever.

    Let this sink in… Hundreds of thousands (!) of people lined the streets to welcome our President.

    And John Kerry said it succinctly. Vietnam and US relationship proves that peace is better than war.

  18. 57 amk for obama
    May 24, 2016 at 9:19 am

  19. 61 rikyrah
    May 24, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Good Morning ☺, Everyone 😃
    I love seeing the outpouring of affection for POTUS.

  20. May 24, 2016 at 9:49 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!! Congrats jackie on #1:) Oh- what a great reception for our President. He’s just so loved by many, it’s hard to keep up!! Happy Tuesday, everyone 🙂

  21. 64 desertflower
    May 24, 2016 at 9:50 am

    But will they vote for the people that can make that happen???

  22. 66 vcprezofan2
    May 24, 2016 at 9:53 am

    What does this writer mean by ‘seems’ …PBO always does his homework! 🙂 🙂
    Obama brings surprise about his Vietnamese food and cultural savvy
    By Pham Van, Kim Thuy May 24, 2016 | 07:08 pm GMT+7

    It seems that U.S. President Obama did his homework before landing in Hanoi, having selected some of the capital’s signature dishes that are hard to find anywhere else and referencing historic Vietnamese figures, music and literature in his speeches.

    Eat local food the local way

    On his way to airport en route to Saigon, the U.S. president made a surprise stop at a village famous for producing a food that Hanoian most proud of – young green rice. He even bought a pack of it.

    The president also spent some time chatting with Anthony Bourdain under the eaves of a local house while heavy rain hammered down – a scene familiar all over Vietnam.

    ‘Com’, freshly harvested sticky rice that’s toasted to bring out its delicate flavor, is considered a symbol of the capital.
    ……………. snip…………………….

    Vietnamese ‘com’. Photo by comvong.vn

    …………………………… //

  23. 67 desertflower
    May 24, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Just putting this here.

    • 68 57andfemale
      May 24, 2016 at 10:07 am

      He’s been a flaming a** for years. I see no change.

      But let’s get our head around BS choosing West for the platform committee – who has insulted & demonized out POTUS, and now prefers Trump to HRC.

      This has to be the absolute LAST concession given to BS. He is empowered every time the DNC & HRC are the least bit gracious to him, a quality he does not understand. He believes then that his bullying is effective, governing by mob & insult works, and he moves the goalposts. He’s got his 5 seats on the committee and that has to be damn near the end of it.

      • May 24, 2016 at 11:13 am

        Bullies have to be stood up to…. not conceded to…i agree…that only empowers him to want more

        • 70 57andfemale
          May 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm

          I understand the political maneuvering a little, but he is already touting these moves as a “win”. He is not entitled to one thing more. BS is poisoning the well against HRC. She’ll fix it, but playing to his bullying as if that is acceptable behavior, gets her nothing but validation of their shenanigans.

    • May 24, 2016 at 10:20 am

      • 72 hopefruit2
        May 24, 2016 at 11:09 am

        Cornie is forever bitter about that inauguration ticket he didn’t get back in ’09. Nothing will ever change that, not even Bernie’s kissing his arse with that insignificant committee post.

  24. 73 57andfemale
    May 24, 2016 at 9:56 am

    An interesting exchange on my FB page. I have a friend who is still a BS maniac. She posted about the stupid match-up polls, called HRC the “opponent”. A few months ago, the comments all would have been “Yea!” Yesterday was different: don’t call HRC the opponent, Trump is the opponent; the primaries are over, stop doing damage;” I supported BS but he and the Berniebros have gone too far”, etc. Although there is still a lot of noise out there, I’m seeing a definite shift.

  25. 74 vcprezofan2
    May 24, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Obama on TPP: U.S. politics are not always reasonable
    By An Hong May 24, 2016 | 08:24 pm GMT+7

    U.S. President Obama told Vietnamese entrepreneurs on Tuesday that despite some people being “suspicious of free trade”, he is confident the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be passed.

    He emphasized the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement between the 12 signatories of the deal. Vietnam’s manufacturing and export-led economy is seen as the biggest TPP beneficiary as the pact will accelerate economic reforms in Vietnam, boost the country’s economic competitiveness and open up new markets.

    We are going to create standards for world trade that are fair. They will encourage the rule of law and intellectual property that have strong environmental provisions so that countries can’t take advantage of or destroy the environment, Obama said during a meeting with young Vietnamese entrepreneurs at Dreamplex, a co-working space for startups in HCM City on May 24……



    President Obama leaves the Jade Pagoda site after a visit in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam May 24, 2016.
    REUTERS/Carlos Barria

  26. May 24, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Wanted: A Peacemaker for the Democrats….. I say thanks alot Bernie Sanders for nothing. And to think he isn’t even a Democrat.

  27. 76 jacquelineoboomer
    May 24, 2016 at 10:24 am

  28. May 24, 2016 at 10:29 am

    GM, TOD! Drag a$$ing this morning. Still trying to get my body clock back in rhythm. I swear, my natural body clock time zone is somewhere in SE Asia! The only time in my life that I have ever been in sync with the population around we is when I lived in Japan or traveled to SEA… On my way to the treatment center. Will read you later.

    Prayers for Chips, MamaChips, and all in the TOD family. Have a Blessed day! ❤ you folks!

  29. 81 vcprezofan2
    May 24, 2016 at 10:31 am

    And the gift from Vietnamese PM to Obama is…
    By Lan Ha May 24, 2016 | 09:12 pm GMT+7

    On behalf of the Vietnamese people, Prime Minister Phuc presented U.S. President Barack Obama with a special sculpture known as ‘Thong diep ngan nam’ (millennium’s message), which is considered a symbol of Vietnamese culture.

    The sculpture of the dragon’s head is made of enamel-covered ceramics and stands on a wooden plinth. It weighs about six kilograms and took nearly three months to make.

    ………………………………… ///


  30. 87 Ladyhawke
    May 24, 2016 at 10:35 am

    • 88 desertflower
      May 24, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Perfect….people like him had a field day buying up houses for dirt cheap and renting them out or selling them for astronomical amounts….Don the Con is all about Don the Con! Common folks? Not so much.

  31. 89 desertflower
    May 24, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Spot on.


    Perhaps more than anything else, the 90% Obama approval among African Americans is why Bernie Sanders never made any inroads with that constituency. Early on in the primary, Clinton built a firewall by not only reaching out to African American leaders, but by making it clear that she celebrated this President’s successes and would build on them. On the other hand, Sanders’ African American spokespeople (like Cornel West) have regularly lobbed personal insults at Obama – demonstrating that they were significant outliers in that community.

    What is also interesting to note is that 82% of those who voted for Sanders in the primary approve of President Obama’s performance. That is somewhat surprising given that the candidate has dismissed the gains of the last 7 1/2 years as minimal due to Democratic corruption by monied interests. Perhaps the acrimony we see from Sanders’ supporters is more limited than it has been portrayed and more of a response to the heated primary than any real disillusion with the Democratic Party.

  32. May 24, 2016 at 11:13 am

    back to work …. 🙂

  33. 96 jacquelineoboomer
    May 24, 2016 at 11:13 am

  34. 100 yardarm756
    May 24, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Good morning to you all.

  35. 104 amk for obama
    May 24, 2016 at 11:34 am

  36. 105 amk for obama
    May 24, 2016 at 11:35 am

  37. May 24, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Fueled By Young Voters, Asian-Americans Increasingly Identify As Democrats
    May 24, 20168:00 AM ET

    Asian-Americans are shifting toward the Democratic Party in record numbers, according to a new poll conducted by a consortium of Asian-American organizations — AAPI Data, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

    In fact, since 2012, there’s been a 12 point increase in the percent of Asian-Americans who identify as Democrat — from 35 percent to 47 percent.

    Asian-Americans overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama in 2012 — 73 percent to 26 percent — so these latest poll numbers suggest a crystallization of party ID among people who perhaps already lean Democrat.

  38. May 24, 2016 at 12:02 pm

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