Early Bird Chat: One Of A Kind Leader



Anthony Bourdain: Six True Things About Dinner With Obama

The President is an Asiaphile. He spoke wistfully of his time in Indonesia and his memories of the smells and flavors of street food there. The reaction among regular people in Hanoi to the fact that the US President chose to eat Bun Cha was beyond all imagining. The effect was unbelievable. People were actually crying the next day, describing to me their shock and their pride, the reactions of their neighbors, to this completely unexpected choice of meal—and the venue. He was among the very few guests on my show who ever asked the camera crew if they got to eat too. And he made a point of taking a picture with all of them when we were done.

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142 Responses to “Early Bird Chat: One Of A Kind Leader”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    May 27, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Goood Moorrrning Nerdy. Thank you for holding down the fort whie Chips is away. ((hugs))

  2. 4 Roberta in MN
    May 27, 2016 at 8:05 am


  3. 5 rikyrah
    May 27, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Good Morning ☺,Everyone 😁

  4. 6 jackiegrumbacher
    May 27, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Morning, Nerdy. You are a champion for opening up so early and keep us all going. Thank you.

  5. 9 amk for obama
    May 27, 2016 at 8:08 am









    kids say spell the darnedest things.

  6. May 27, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Good morning NW, Roberta, JackieG, rikyrah, amk, … TOD 🙂


  7. 14 Roberta in MN
    May 27, 2016 at 8:10 am

    That was quite a little write up from this guy. I can hardly wait to see the episode airs. Good catch Nerdy. Love the pictures and this trip POTUS is on. It is one for the memory books. I was reading about his visit to Hiroshima and the comments were just gut wrenching. The hat for this President is unprecedented. Good Day everyone. Back to reading.

    • May 27, 2016 at 8:55 am

      I like it….

      maybe TOD DC gang can do a drive by

    • 17 MightyPamela
      May 27, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      May they be blessed with every comfort, every possible option for privacy, and some time to themselves, without paparazzi, stalkers, lurkers and idiots who think the Obama family ‘belong’ to them. I have no idea how these wonderful people will ever reclaim a truly private life for themselves, but if that is what they wish, may God grant it to them completely. ❤️🌹🙏🏻🌹❤️

  8. 18 amk for obama
    May 27, 2016 at 8:15 am

    bbc fp now


  9. May 27, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Friday morning. TGIF>> Congrats Roberta, on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope you have a groovy, hair-raising, and sensational day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  10. May 27, 2016 at 8:28 am

  11. 21 amk for obama
    May 27, 2016 at 8:41 am

    like dad, like daughter.


  12. May 27, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Our President Obama is a healer, a fighter for institutions of peace:

  13. May 27, 2016 at 9:08 am

  14. May 27, 2016 at 9:10 am

    G’morning Nerdy, Chips & TOD! Congrats Roberta on #1, and Happy Friday everyone. 🙂 Thanks again Nerdy for this excellent early bird post and for your tireless efforts & dedication to keeping TOD up and running so that our Chips can attend to her mom.

    Looks like this historic meet-up & eat-up with our President is one Anthony Bourdain won’t ever, ever forget. And neither will the locals of Hanoia!

    • May 27, 2016 at 9:15 am

      you have to wonder how things could have been so different in the Middle East if the Netanyahu has not won reelection…and now how entrenched the the Israeli Gov is in RW domination…this does not bode well…

      not sure what Clinton will do…

      • 39 jackiegrumbacher
        May 27, 2016 at 9:23 am

        Morning, Pf. At least Clinton will be a grown up in charge who fully understands the consequences of war. Trump would just as soon start dropping bombs and blowing up the ME as even attempt to find a reasonable solution.

        • May 27, 2016 at 9:36 am


          i feel as the President does that Trump will not be the President…altho i will work to ensure this….but i was just thinking about what is possible in the Middle East when you do not have a partner interested in Justice and Peace

    • 41 Nerdy Wonka
      May 27, 2016 at 11:47 am

      Thank you so much, HF.

  15. 42 GGAIL
    May 27, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Good West Coast morning NW & TOD family.
    YAY, it is FRIDAY 💃🏾

  16. 44 arapaho415
    May 27, 2016 at 9:16 am

    GM TODville.

    It’s true that PBO is an extraordinarily charismatic world leader.

    Posted this late on Wednesday…

    The article opens…
    “Ordinary Vietnamese waited for hours to glimpse U.S. President Barack Obama barrel past in a motorcade. Communist Party officials posed for selfies with him. A female artist rapped for him and a young man began a question to him by saying ‘Mr. President, you’re so handsome.’”

    and goes on to say:

    “‘There was a kind of religious admiration,’ said Vu Tu Thanh, chief Vietnam representative of the U.S.-Asean Business Council, who attended a speech Obama gave in Hanoi. ‘So many Vietnamese are hungry for that. His ability to connect with every single person in a room filed with 2,000 people — that was amazing for Vietnamese.’”

    After the joy in Vietnam, the trip to Japan has been grueling for PBO.

    Fortunately he had this vista sandwiched between PM Abe’s frustration about the rape/murder of young Okinawan woman (twitter tells me the ex-Marine accused of crimes has pleaded guilty) and his somber visit to Hiroshima (posted yesterday):

  17. 45 arapaho415
    May 27, 2016 at 9:18 am

    More from Hiroshima:

  18. May 27, 2016 at 9:25 am

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  20. 48 GGAIL
    May 27, 2016 at 9:33 am

    NW, thanks so much for posting Anthony’s report.
    If you don’t admire PBO, then you REALLY have a hole in your soul. He truly is the People’s President ❤️

  21. May 27, 2016 at 9:36 am

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  23. May 27, 2016 at 9:59 am

    May 27, 2016 at 10:10 am


  25. May 27, 2016 at 10:11 am

    • 68 GGail
      May 27, 2016 at 11:54 am

      PBO knows how to find just the right words to say. And you can tell that he reaches deep within his soul to find the right words.

      Thanks meta for posting your tweet 🙂

  26. May 27, 2016 at 10:15 am

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  28. 73 Nerdy Wonka
    May 27, 2016 at 10:29 am

  29. May 27, 2016 at 10:38 am

    hat tip- POU:
    You will literally say AMEN while watching this young man.

    Harvard Grad’s Moving Commencement Speech Racks Up More Than 1 Million Views

    Donovan Livingston, a graduate of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, delivered a commencement speech for the ages on Wednesday. It was so good that Harvard referred to it as “one of the most powerful, heartfelt student speeches you will ever hear” when they posted it on Facebook. And for great reason. Livingston gave his speech in the form of a stirring five-minute spoken word poem, where he addressed racism and education. Titled “Lift Off,” Livingston’s poem spoke to his own experience with education, the students he teaches, and the United States’ history of systemic racism in education.

  30. 76 amk for obama
    May 27, 2016 at 10:46 am


  31. 79 yardarm756
    May 27, 2016 at 10:52 am

    G’day everyone. I hope everyone has a beautiful weekend….please take a moment during this holiday to remember.

  32. May 27, 2016 at 10:54 am

    President Obama is a leader whose capacity for profound empathy and compassion for all enables him to be also a healer of souls.

    • 88 jacquelineoboomer
      May 27, 2016 at 10:55 am

      Beautiful. And GM, Bill R.

      • 89 carolyn
        May 27, 2016 at 1:10 pm

        Thanks Yardarm for posting that. I am the daughter of a World War II vet, the wife of a Korea vet, and the mother of a Cold War vet. This moved me tremendously, as I have experienced the funerals of the first two of those. Last year when the flag was presented to me, when the young airwoman said “On behalf of the Commander-in-Chief…..” I almost lost it right in front of 100 people. That grabbed me so hard. My son and I sat next to each other, and she placed the flag in our four hands…….I will never forget that. Today I will go to the cemetery and place a special floral tribute on my husband’s veteran plaque. These days are hard.

  33. May 27, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Our FLOTUS just keeping it REAL:

  34. 94 Judith Fardig
    May 27, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Morning, TOD. Thanks again to Nerdy for epic coverage of this historic event, and congratulations to gold medal winner Roberta. New food for thought and reflection this Memorial Weekend.

  35. May 27, 2016 at 11:07 am

    The End of Black Harlem
    Newcomers say gentrification is about wealth, not
    race. But that’s a distinction without a difference.

    MAY 27, 2016

    I HAVE lived in Harlem for half my life — 30 years. I have seen it in all its complexities: a cultural nexus of black America, the landing place for Senegalese immigrants and Southern transplants, a home for people fleeing oppression and seeking opportunity. Harlem is the birthplace of so much poetry and music and beauty, but in the eyes of many who have never set foot here, it has long been a swamp of pain and suffering.

    It is also changing, rapidly. A few years ago I was on Eighth Avenue, also known as Frederick Douglass Boulevard, picketing a fund-raiser for a politician who was pushing for denser mixed-use zoning along 125th Street, the “Main Street” of my sprawling neighborhood. Harlem has seen an influx of tourists, developers and stroller-pushing young families, described in the media as “urban pioneers,” attracted by city tax abatements. New high-end housing and hip restaurants have also played their part. So have various public improvements, like new landscaping and yoga studios. In general all this activity has helped spruce the place up. Not surprisingly, on that day a few passers-by shot us ugly looks, as if to say, “Why can’t you accept a good thing?”

    But even then, a few boys passing by on their bikes understood what was at stake. As we chanted, “Save Harlem now!” one of them inquired, “Why are y’all yelling that?” We explained that the city was encouraging housing on the historic, retail-centered 125th Street, as well as taller buildings. Housing’s good, in theory, but because the median income in Harlem is less than $37,000 a year, many of these new apartments would be too expensive for those of us who already live here.

    Hearing this, making a quick calculation, one boy in glasses shot back at his companions, “You see, I told you they didn’t plant those trees for us.”

  36. May 27, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Epic Coverage in deed….
    Thank you Nerdy…..for showcasing our extraordinary President…

  37. 102 JER
    May 27, 2016 at 11:37 am

  38. May 27, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Fasten your seat belts:

  39. 114 jacquelineoboomer
    May 27, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Old lady rant coming. Scroll past, if you must. Gotta get this off my chest. There’s more than one way to address this, I understand, but here’s mine.

    Note to Hillary:

    For gosh sake, woman, get a grip. Your clipped apology that you keep repeating for using a private server at home for your “damn” government e-mails is not cutting it. You can’t just keep apologizing over and over, in a one liner, and point to others who have done it – you have to get some context going.

    You’re reminding me of the little kid who was told a gazillion times not to touch the ceramic butterfly or it would break, who then touches it and breaks it, cries real tears, and says “It was a mistake. I didn’t mean to do it. Charlie was touching the butterfly before I did.” The damn butterfly’s still broken, and it was in your hands when it broke – not Charlie’s. And while Grandma and Grandpa will forgive anything you do, RWNJs won’t. You have decades of experience with that last part. What were you thinking?

    It’s too fishy to say that after six years as a U.S. Senator, also in a job where you were responsible for guarding government records (something all your staff members already knew) and I’m sure you signed off on a few responses to Freedom of Information Act requests – and four years as Secretary of State, with more FOIA requests – that at no time did you not realize that EVERYTHING work-related that you were e-mailing was FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY, if not having the potential to be declared classified, sooner or later. It all belonged on a government server.

    Why did you not take some of those early campaign funds and hire a CREATIVE BULLSHIT SPEECHWRITER? Sometimes the truth is too hokey standing alone, most especially when people are out to get you, and you have to stretch it a little and put it in context.

    You could have said early on something like “Truthfully, like many in my generation, I’m not technologically adept and never will be. I don’t know a browser from a howzer. Neither does Bill. I knew I wanted to keep my private e-mails separated from my work e-mails, because my work e-mails at State were For Official Use Only, but I didn’t want two systems. We hired the ‘IT guy’ at work with our private funds to come out to the house and set us up. I’m sure he didn’t feel he could decline, as I think about it now. Bill does some CGI stuff on the at-home server, too, which I wanted to keep separate from State access. I chose the wrong technology path, no matter how secure I thought our e-mails were. I made the wrong choice, because I didn’t check and double check with the proper people at the time. I just did it. It’s ridiculous, but I didn’t take into consideration the fact that my immediate staffers would do anything I required of them, and perhaps not feel they were in a position to advise me otherwise. I should have known better, and I believe I owned up to that last year – by turning over my work-related e-mails – and must shoulder the consequences going forward. But the American people should know that at no time did I ever intentionally mislead them or handle this matter the way I did for nefarious reasons. I goofed. I should have known better. I’m embarrassed. The good part is that my example is already being offered up to all federal workers, appointees, and elected officials, going forward, as a path NOT to take. Lesson learned.”

    • May 27, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      i believe that this is a non issue…as we have learned …she was not the only SOS to do it…Who makes it an issue is the Press…Sanders…Trump…

      • 116 jacquelineoboomer
        May 27, 2016 at 12:41 pm

        Totally agree. She should have gotten it off the table before they dug in, IMO. Just sayin’.

  40. 117 GGail
    May 27, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    NW, please bring over the “Natives Be Like” tweet. I hollar’d when I read it on your TL 😀 😀

  41. 119 amk for obama
    May 27, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    rafa outta fo. injury. joker’s job made easy.

  42. 120 57andfemale
    May 27, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    These BS supporters are absolute loons:

    “The release continued, “The activists are seeking sweeping injunctive relief in their suit, including provisions to force 58 counties to segregate ballots already cast by unaffiliated voters; to allow “re-votes” by those voters for presidential primary candidates; and to extend the state’s voter registration deadline — which passed on May 23 for eligibility to vote in the June 7 primary — until election day itself.”


  43. 124 amk for obama
    May 27, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Dr Heimlich saves choking woman with manoeuvre he invented.


  44. 125 JER
    May 27, 2016 at 12:57 pm

  45. 126 Dudette
    May 27, 2016 at 1:13 pm

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