Early Bird Chat

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, MD - JUNE 5: U.S. President Barack Obama steps off of Air Force One following a trip to Florida June 5, 2016 at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. While in Florida, the President attended a Democratic National Committee event in Miami and played several rounds of golf. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama steps off of Air Force One following a trip to Florida at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland


The Week Ahead

Monday: President Obama hosts the Super Bowl 50 Champion Denver Broncos

Tuesday: President Obama holds talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India

Wednesday: DNC fundraisers in New York

Thursday: White House reception to mark LGBT Pride Month

Friday: Meetings at the White House

110 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Grab a Mop Grace
    June 6, 2016 at 8:10 am

    GM TOD land:)

  2. 3 eyecandi
    June 6, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Joe and Mika against Trump now?

  3. 4 MightyPamela
    June 6, 2016 at 8:22 am


  4. 5 Ladyhawke
    June 6, 2016 at 8:32 am

    • 6 jackiegrumbacher
      June 6, 2016 at 8:58 am

      Thanks, LH. This is a strong ad. I hope she keeps them coming. There has to be some point at which Americans say, “NO! We don’t accept this!!”

    • 7 Wilson Michael
      June 6, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      The down-ballot democratic candidates should tie their opponents to Trump, and give the GOP a hell of a wake up call in November.!!!!

  5. 8 99ts
    June 6, 2016 at 8:37 am

    gm TOD Congrats on 1st Grace – many thanks NW for all the news from PBO

  6. June 6, 2016 at 8:51 am

    The United State of Women….I love it.

  7. June 6, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    Interesting data on CA

  8. 12 jackiegrumbacher
    June 6, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Morning all. I’m pretty certain President Obama will endorse Hillary Clinton on June 8, after she clinches the nomination on June 7. He will speak to his coalition and give us his marching orders. We have to be certain that people are not just disgusted by DT’s bigotry, but they actually register to vote and get to the polls. This is especially true among Hispanics who sometimes don’t recognize the power they have with their vote. I’m excited that we will be making history tomorrow night with the first female presidential nominee of a major party, just as we made history in 2008. The Democratic Party may have its flaws, its creaks and its frustrations, but at least we embrace a changing world and move forward.

  9. 20 JER
    June 6, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Good Morning NW and TOD. Here is a good article:


    …Floridian was closed for the summer, as of Wednesday, cutting down on the drama and the security. …

    Floridian members, like most country club members, are used to getting their way. That explains why last year, when they were told not to take pictures of the president at their club, some members did so, anyway.

    When they got home, those pictures became dark, empty screens. … Big brother is watching. …

    Read the rest here: http://www.tcpalm.com/news/special/obama/craig-dolch-president-obama-could-golf-anywhere-he-chooses-the-floridian-34796d49-1d36-4968-e053-010-381881601.html

    • 21 99ts
      June 6, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Why does a golf course close for the summer? Does everyone leave town? Is it under water?

      • June 6, 2016 at 9:30 am

        The majority of the membership may be “snowbirds…”

        • 23 99ts
          June 6, 2016 at 9:46 am

          ? Am I too poor to understand this? or does it mean they come to Florida for the winter & then go back to where they came from?

          • 24 cd4biden
            June 6, 2016 at 10:59 am

            You are correct 99

          • June 6, 2016 at 1:33 pm

            You got it! Florida was the winter haven for the New York Jewish community. Mostly business owners, they flew south after Hanukkah and returned to New York around Passover. The Protestants, upon retirement, just packed up and moved south, lock, stock, and barrell.

      • 26 cd4biden
        June 6, 2016 at 11:02 am

        Morning TOD. Congrats on 1st Grace. Yes, 99, most people leave town, or just stay in air conditioning. Also, it is too hot to play, and it can ruin the course. So best to close it and not have to recondition the entire course every year.

        • 27 99ts
          June 6, 2016 at 12:20 pm

          Thanks cd4biden – it gets hot in my world in Summer – can’t be as hot as Florida! I’ve never before heard of a golf club closing for summer.

  10. June 6, 2016 at 9:10 am

    SO proud of my state! Check out the data on the GOP!

    • June 6, 2016 at 10:08 am

    • 30 Betsy
      June 6, 2016 at 10:23 am

      Too bad I work in a district that is so Republican I have little freedom in the classroom or parents are all over me. To make it worse, they’re Tea Party people and conspiracy theorists too. Very depressing sometimes, but I do my bit to educate them on basic civics, the value of immigration, and the need to support their opinions with facts (those pesky things).

  11. 32 hopefruit2
    June 6, 2016 at 9:19 am

    G’morning Nerdy & TOD!! 🙂

  12. 35 Linda
    June 6, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Trump pretending he does not even know who Katy Tur is ? lol…lol…

    TRUMP: Well you have to go and fight controversy. You can’t let people put their spin on it. I watched somebody from NBC, person, Katy Tur, she knows nothing about my campaign. She’s said things about my campaign like she’s an expert. We don’t even let her in. We don’t talk to her, we don’t let people talk to her because she’s not a very good reporter. So we don’t let people talk and I watch so-called people talking about my campaign that really don’t know much about it. You people know more about my campaign than almost anybody, OK? But maybe you should go out and talk, you’ll make a fortune. But the fact is that people talk about my campaign. We don’t even allow them in.


    This man is mentally ill.

    • 36 Don
      June 6, 2016 at 9:37 am

      Trump’s word-salad is a tad better than Palin’s.

      • 37 Linda
        June 6, 2016 at 9:42 am

        Bill Kristol’s pick, David French , is the husband of Palin’s ghost writer, Nancy French. Nancy French also wrote for Bristol Palin .

        French just recently left the Palin job.

  13. June 6, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  14. June 6, 2016 at 9:30 am

    June 06, 2016 8:30 AM
    Muhammed Ali: “I Am America”
    By Nancy LeTourneau

    Many have noted that, on the occasion of Muhammed Ali’s death on Saturday, the statement released by Barack and Michelle Obama doesn’t read like a press release from the White House – but was probably written by the President himself. This is the line that made all of the headlines: “Muhammad Ali shook up the world. And the world is better for it. We are all better for it.” But there was another part that grabbed my attention. It goes directly to Ali’s impact as a Black man in America.

    “I am America,” he once declared. “I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me – black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own. Get used to me.”

    That’s the Ali I came to know as I came of age – not just as skilled a poet on the mic as he was a fighter in the ring, but a man who fought for what was right. A man who fought for us. He stood with King and Mandela; stood up when it was hard; spoke out when others wouldn’t. His fight outside the ring would cost him his title and his public standing. It would earn him enemies on the left and the right, make him reviled, and nearly send him to jail. But Ali stood his ground. And his victory helped us get used to the America we recognize today.


    That’s why I found the quote chosen by President Obama to be so powerful. Rather than an attempt to transcend race, Muhammad Ali demanded to be recognized for who he was.

    The confident (cocky) Black man has always been the biggest threat to racism. No one exemplified that more than Muhammed Ali. He seriously threatened most white people with statements like the one Obama quoted (I know, I was living in the South at the time).

  15. 40 amk for obama
    June 6, 2016 at 9:30 am

    so, how many dels did hillz get in PR primary y’day?

  16. 41 hopefruit2
    June 6, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Paging all TODers who have Twitter access: I recommending reading this “Tweet storm” on MG’s TL…will blow your mind on how some voters make the most foolish decisions to allow dangerous fools like Trump into the White House….

    • June 6, 2016 at 9:48 am

      These kids make me sick. Just young punks who have no stake in their own future. How much more idiotic does it get? Their complaints ring hollow. I wonder if they ever had to struggle.

      • 43 hopefruit2
        June 6, 2016 at 10:33 am

        I agree…and while I might give the the 22-yr old a pass up to a point, the 3o-yr old really ought to be ashamed of himself. There’s no excuse for that level of political ignorance at that age – under any circumstance.

      • 44 Dudette
        June 6, 2016 at 11:42 am

        I read that thread w/ my mouth on the floor. Unbelievable the future of this country is in the hands of ppl with the critical thinking skills of a gnat.

  17. June 6, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Good morning TOD folks!

  18. June 6, 2016 at 9:47 am

  19. June 6, 2016 at 9:47 am

    As of this morning Sec Clinton needs 26 more delegates to be the nominee, i.e., ~ 3 % of the remaining 842 delegates.

    Tomorrow should be quite a celebration 🙂

  20. 50 4morefor44
    June 6, 2016 at 10:03 am

    i had been wondering about this “benchmark politics” account since they popped up out of nowhere, but their work seemed really good so far, and now this from one of the founders!

    all i need to know that they’re good people!

  21. 51 amk for obama
    June 6, 2016 at 10:06 am

  22. 58 amk for obama
    June 6, 2016 at 10:15 am

  23. 60 globalcitizenlinda
    June 6, 2016 at 10:16 am

    there was a time when the date of potential conclusion of the Dem primary seemed too far away.

    now that that date is here and we are ready to move on to the general election.

    hoping the voter-registration drives continue with more rigor => we can’t GOTV if people did not register in time in the first place.

    before we know it, Nov will be here and the vote will occur. Hope the world can breathe again after this election cycle which was full of nonsense

  24. 61 amk for obama
    June 6, 2016 at 10:17 am

  25. 62 JER
    June 6, 2016 at 10:49 am

  26. June 6, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Good morning, TOD! I LOVE Because of Them We Can’s fb page. This morning’s post:

    Young, Black, boys unapologetically saluting Muhammad Ali.

    “Get used to me!”

    ‪#‎becauseofthemwecan‬ ‪#‎muhammadali‬

  27. June 6, 2016 at 11:01 am

    I believe Malia is graduating on this week June 9th. Good luck

  28. June 6, 2016 at 11:02 am

    This is pretty funny. And true.

    June 6, 2016 at 11:02 am


  30. 73 desertflower
    June 6, 2016 at 11:13 am

  31. June 6, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Last kitchen garden, hopefully the Clintons will keep it going.

  32. June 6, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Stand back, people!!

  33. 83 Dudette
    June 6, 2016 at 11:33 am

    John Oliver did something something amazing!

  34. June 6, 2016 at 11:46 am

    I keep seeing different numbers.

  35. 86 vcprezofan2
    June 6, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Morning, Obots!

  36. 87 vcprezofan2
    June 6, 2016 at 11:54 am

    One approach for you another for me, even in the little details. Justice, eh?

  37. 91 Dudette
    June 6, 2016 at 11:54 am

    • June 6, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      Oh it’s no surprise that Georgia, the good old south would support a racists. Maybe they will have a KKK rally.

      • 93 Dudette
        June 6, 2016 at 12:36 pm

        That’s Georgia GOP who supports that asshole.

        The state is more purple state than people realize. I think Georgia will surprise folks come November.

  38. 94 Dudette
    June 6, 2016 at 11:58 am

    A reminder for our friends in CA who might not have voted yet

    Anybody know who Kamala Harris is doing in the polls?

    • June 6, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      She’s doing very well. I expect her to win. We have a fairly new system here now where it’s the top to vote getters who battle it out in Nov. So it will most likely be her vs Loretta Sanchez. No Republican to battle!

      • 96 Dudette
        June 6, 2016 at 12:44 pm

        Alrighty then. Thanks meta!

      • 97 cd4biden
        June 6, 2016 at 2:01 pm

        The new system says if no one candidate receives 51% or more of the votes cast then there will be a runoff of the top 2 vote getters in November. So we can only pray that KH gets 51% or more of the vote, and then it is an immediate win for her. But, as you stated, it will probably be a runoff betweeh KH and LS in November.

  39. 100 Dudette
    June 6, 2016 at 12:04 pm

  40. 101 Dudette
    June 6, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    President’s Schedule doesn’t mention the special family event on Friday. 😀

  41. 103 Dudette
    June 6, 2016 at 12:13 pm

  42. 104 Dudette
    June 6, 2016 at 12:20 pm

  43. June 6, 2016 at 12:22 pm

  44. 106 Dudette
    June 6, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Also my brother’s birthday

  45. 107 Dudette
    June 6, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    I can’t even

  46. 108 Dudette
    June 6, 2016 at 12:32 pm

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