Early Bird Chat




All Times Eastern

10:15AM: President Obama meets with Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia

11:35AM: The First Family departs the White House for a three day weekend touring two National Parks out West

3:20PM: The First Family arrives in Roswell, New Mexico

4:55PM: The First Family tours the Carlsbad Caverns in Carlsbad, New Mexico

7:50PM: The First Family departs Roswell, New Mexico

10:15PM: The First Family arrives in Yosemite Valley, California


Wishing you TONS of fun, TOD DC Crew! 😀

122 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 2 jackiegrumbacher
    June 17, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Morning all. Thanks, Nerdy, for opening up. Have a glorious day!

  2. 4 MightyPamela
    June 17, 2016 at 8:29 am

    ❤ thinking about all o' y'all out there in DC, me old hometown! ❤

  3. June 17, 2016 at 9:03 am

    So the argument is: Obama is going to take your guns.
    He’s going door to door 150 million households and not to mention all the illegal guns and he’s going to disarm all of you. Single handedly!
    The far right wing is cuckoo.
    That is all!

    • 6 jackiegrumbacher
      June 17, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Jovie, I loved it when Sen Kaine said that the fantasy was the government would ‘helicopter’ into your home to get your guns.
      The idea of all those helicopters made me laugh.

      • June 17, 2016 at 9:19 am

        The scary part is they believe it and are very adamant about this issue. It’s insane but not for them.
        uf you meet a person that has views like this… They mostly are very nice people until you mention this issue(or abortion).
        Then, they freak out …
        They are very very very sensitive about this issue. 👎👎👎👎😩👈🏾👀

        • 8 jackiegrumbacher
          June 17, 2016 at 9:24 am

          Yes, Republicans have been very good at pushing lies and creating fears so that people just learn to react without thinking.

    • 9 arapaho415
      June 17, 2016 at 9:36 am

      GM Jovie.

      After the Roseburg OR shooting (which killed 9 innocent people who were attending/teaching at a local community college 😦 ), @CBSradionews interviewed a local woman who literally said that people with mental illness have a right to guns.

      She was adamant that this right “shall not be infringed,” regardless of whether you are sane or insane. JHC.

      These are people who will NEVER change their minds and are consumed by paranoia instead of life.

      Also heard on @CBSradionews after the Orlando massacre about a man wounded during that attack — a US military veteran (don’t remember which branch, either Army or Marine) who had a concealed weapon during the attack who said afterward that (paraphrased) — “I didn’t draw my weapon because in that moment of chaos, the arriving police won’t know you aren’t the attacker…”

      • June 17, 2016 at 10:00 am

        “I didn’t draw my weapon because in that moment of chaos, the arriving police won’t know you aren’t the attacker…”

        That’s what a rational person would think. But it’s the irrational persons that 1) want to be able to carry weapons in a club/bar — a place where your mental state may be affected by alcohol; and 2) would risk shooting in the midst of the chaos and would probably consider wounding innocent by-standers as collateral damage.

  4. 11 globalcitizenlinda
    June 17, 2016 at 9:05 am

  5. 12 globalcitizenlinda
    June 17, 2016 at 9:09 am

  6. 15 jackiegrumbacher
    June 17, 2016 at 9:12 am

    I’ve been thinking about Bernie Sanders encouraging people to run for local offices at all levels. It’s exactly what the Democratic Party has been pushing every election cycle for as long as I can remember. Here are some things Bernie’s listeners need to remember. First, it’s almost impossible to run as an Independent in most states. It might work in states like Vermont, but for most new candidates, it’s best to choose a party. Second, it’s a lot of work to get on the ballot even if you have the support of your local party. It means long hours on the street getting signatures that will bear scrutiny by the opposing party and meeting inflexible–no excuse–deadlines. And third, it takes money–lots and lots of it–even if you’re running for school board or county commissioner. And finally, if you’re running in a red or purple state or county, you have to be prepared to lose, no matter what you do or how organized you are. That’s the reality of the electoral process and it’s why many qualified people get discouraged and why you will often see no one running in down ticket races in some areas.
    So, if Bernie and his cohorts really want to be helpful, they could help raise money for state and local Democratic parties so that they can fully support and fund their candidates. It’s one thing to encourage people to run for office; it’s a whole other thing to carry it out. And when you think about it, that’s like a lot of Bernie’s ideas–they sound good, but there’s no plan to achieve them.

    • June 17, 2016 at 9:28 am

      jackie, That is a perfect explanation Example, here in Knox County: Obviously, a very red area/state. Last year, the Knox County Dems elected a young man (gay) as our leader. His number one goal was to get Dems on the ballot. I may be remembering the number inorrectly but it will be close. We have around 12 Dems on the ballot, from school board to county commissioner to state rep slots. We all know that not a one of them may win (with the exception of one school board race….in my district), BUT finally people will have a choice and people will be names with DEMOCRAT after that name. At least this is a beginning.

      And, btw, there are 21 Democratic women running for state rep positions across the state!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • 17 jackiegrumbacher
        June 17, 2016 at 11:54 am

        TN, it’s great to have all those Dems running, especially the women. It breaks my heart when our candidates try year after year to overcome the Republican stranglehold on elected offices and end up losing. It really is a lot of ask of people and I have great respect for those who try. That’s why it irritated me when Bernie–who didn’t designate any money to down ticket races–acted as if he was saying something revolutionary when encouraging Dems to run for all open seats.

  7. 18 MightyPamela
    June 17, 2016 at 9:15 am

    NW, is it Rosewell or Roswell? Maybe PBO will pull bsck he does on hangar 51, finally! No that would be too cool! 👁👽😅🖖🕉

    • 19 MightyPamela
      June 17, 2016 at 9:17 am

      Oh dear, where are my darned glasses – yipes! 🤔🤗🤓🙄😶

    • 20 MightyPamela
      June 17, 2016 at 9:19 am

      “pull back the doors”

    • 21 arapaho415
      June 17, 2016 at 9:48 am

      GM MP.

      It’s been awhile since I was in Roswell NM (which is pretty much like west Texas, very unlike the western and northern parts of NM), but…

      Scoured the city (before wifi and internet access everywhere) looking for some tribute to Linda Ronstadt (who was born there), but had no luck 😦 . I was probably her biggest fan in the 1970s.

      Did find a UFO museum there (converted mid-century single-plex movie theater), and a young adolescent girl was getting homeschool credit (?) for attending.

  8. 22 globalcitizenlinda
    June 17, 2016 at 9:24 am

  9. 23 globalcitizenlinda
    June 17, 2016 at 9:25 am

  10. 25 globalcitizenlinda
    June 17, 2016 at 9:27 am

  11. June 17, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  12. 31 hopefruit2
    June 17, 2016 at 9:40 am

    G’morning Nerdy & TOD!! Congrats Sir Don on #1:) Thanks Nerdy for holding down the fort so efficiently and for posting the First Family’s schedule for the first day of their weekend trip out West. Look forward to seeing pics 🙂 🙂

  13. June 17, 2016 at 9:40 am

    From Vanity Fair about Trump and his ‘plans’:

    Trump is indeed considering creating his own media business, built on the audience that has supported him thus far in his bid to become the next president of the United States. According to several people briefed on the discussions, the presumptive Republican nominee is examining the opportunity presented by the “audience” currently supporting him. He has also discussed the possibility of launching a “mini-media conglomerate” outside of his existing TV-production business, Trump Productions LLC. He has, according to one of these people, enlisted the consultation of his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who owns the The New York Observer. Trump’s rationale, according to this person, is that, “win or lose, we are onto something here. We’ve triggered a base of the population that hasn’t had a voice in a long time.”…

    Trump, this person close to the matter suggests, has become irked by his ability to create revenue for other media organizations without being able to take a cut himself. Such a situation “brings him to the conclusion that he has the business acumen and the ratings for his own network.” Trump has “gotten the bug,” according to this person. “So now he wants to figure out if he can monetize it.”

    • June 17, 2016 at 10:00 am

      His “audience” looks an awful lot like the audience of Fox News and of right wing radio. I wonder how it will play out. If Trump launches a new tv channel, he will make enemies of Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes…

    • 38 Don
      June 17, 2016 at 10:12 am

      So does he want to be President or does he want to be the next Rupert Murdoch?

    • June 17, 2016 at 10:33 am

      My husband was telling about this just before I read it here.

      Lately it seems that we are seeing candidates where I find myself saying, “I don’t believe this person *really* wants to be POTUS”. I assume they are in it for personal agendas…to insert an issue into the campaign, to jump-start a(nother) career, to sell a book…. and I also expect that these persons will have dropped out of the race by the end of the primaries.

      Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have added another component to my thinking….EGO. They cannot seem to let go of the crowds and the attention they received over the past year [although much of these crowds are starting to let go of them and the attention is becoming more negative each day]. Neither of them seem to care about what they claim to be “their” party. It’s obvious they have no care about the country because they don’t even bother to learn about the issues and give any serious thought to solutions. It’s all about the benefit to *them* and whatever the fall-out… it is what it is.

  14. June 17, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Good Friday, Nerdy…TOD Family!!!

  15. 43 PrayerWarriorforObama
    June 17, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Waving from down here in the Caribbean to the TOD posse in Washington DC. Do have an amazing TOD get together! I hope you get to see the Obamas.

  16. 44 cd4biden
    June 17, 2016 at 10:04 am

    We’re on the Metro on way to Smithsonian. So great to meet everyone!!!

  17. 49 Ladyhawke
    June 17, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Former U.S. Military Official Says George W. Bush Created ISIS

    • 50 desertflower
      June 17, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Correct. I posted the link to that USNews article yesterday….THINKING people know this! Looking at YOU, John McCain!! He’s tired, bitter and seriously done for….stayed past his due date

  18. 51 Ladyhawke
    June 17, 2016 at 10:09 am

  19. 54 JER
    June 17, 2016 at 10:30 am

      June 17, 2016 at 10:36 am


  20. 56 JER
    June 17, 2016 at 10:32 am

  21. 57 JER
    June 17, 2016 at 10:44 am

  22. June 17, 2016 at 10:47 am

    New Leadership at the DNC
    Meet Brandon Davis.

    by Nancy LeTourneau
    June 16, 2016 4:25 PM

    As the Clinton campaign gets into gear for the Democratic Convention and the general election campaign, they are bringing new leadership to the DNC.

    Hillary Clinton’s campaign is taking the reins of the Democratic National Committee, installing a new top official on Thursday to oversee the party’s day-to-day operations through the general election.

    Brandon Davis, national political director for the Service Employees International Union, will become the general election chief of staff for the Democratic Party. His selection formalizes the coordination of the Clinton campaign and the committee, a stark contrast to Donald Trump who is currently at odds with his party.

    Robby Mook, the Clinton campaign manager, arrived Thursday morning at Democratic headquarters on Capitol Hill to introduce Davis to the party’s staff.

    “We have a lot of work to do over the next five months to make sure that Donald Trump does not become president,” Mook said as he introduced Davis, according to a person in the room. “With so much at stake in this election, we could not ask for a better partner in that mission than the team here.”


    It’s hard to gather much information about Brandon Davis at this point – other than the fact that he has been the national political director for SEIU. Markos Moulitsas writes that he’s known him for years and that he’s “smart, energetic, passionate, and competent as f*ck.” By choosing him, Clinton also continues to tap into young millennials of color to energize both her campaign and the Democratic Party in a way that builds for the future.

    • 59 jackiegrumbacher
      June 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      This doesn’t mean DWS is leaving. It’s typical for a presidential campaign to take over the running of things for the big campaign. Too much is at stake for them to take any chances.

  23. 60 desertflower
    June 17, 2016 at 10:50 am

    THIS! I have to laugh though…remember how Republicans used to make fun of PBO because he ate arugala? Now, DT pulls up in his personal jet and walks off, gives a speech and gets back on the jet to go off to the just place. Crickets. Funny, that:)

  24. 63 jacquelineoboomer
    June 17, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Good morning, TODville. Nice and cool (momentarily) here this morning in the Land of Lincoln.

    Just heard on MSNBC that some corporations are DROPPING their sponsorship of the GOP convention: J P Morgan Chase & Co., Motorola, UPS, Wells Fargo, Walgreens, and Ford – probably with more to come. Now yer talkin’! Follow the money, GOP.

  25. 66 Betsy
    June 17, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Has anybody heard about President Obama’s decision to not fully fund Israel’s request for $600+million (or billion) for their missile defense system unless the GOP pass the budget? My Republican Jewish friend is all up in arms with that (she hates PBO) and I don’t trust the sources she posted, so wondering here.

  26. June 17, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Obama Rejects the “Carly Simon Syndrome”
    Donald Trump thinks President Barack Obama is sympathetic to ISIS. In reality, Obama knows much of the Middle East is outside U.S. control.

    by Nancy LeTourneau
    June 16, 2016 3:21 PM

    No one has interviewed President Obama on foreign policy more often or competently than Jeffrey Goldberg. So when presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump suggests that the President is sympathetic to ISIS, who better than Goldberg to knock that kind of nonsense out of the park.

    Before getting to what he had to say about Obama, it is important to note that Goldberg starts off with a few comments about Trump.

    Barack Obama, to Donald Trump, is, and will forever be, the Manchurian President—Manchuria, by way of Kenya, with a detour in Raqqa.

    He goes on to say that Trump’s critique of Obama is “analysis-free and comprehensively unserious.” So the question becomes, why bother with addressing it at all? My response would be that it provides a way to distinguish President Obama’s approach – not just from the lack of anything coherent from Trump — but from how most Republicans have tried to frame the issue. Here is Goldberg doing a masterful job of providing the really big picture (with some choice takes on Trump thrown in):

    The fundamental difference between Obama and Trump on issues related to Islamist extremism (apart from the obvious, such as that, unlike Trump, Obama a) has killed Islamist terrorists; b) regularly studies the problem and allows himself to be briefed by serious people about the problem; and c) is not racist or temperamentally unsuitable for national leadership) is that Trump apparently believes that two civilizations are in conflict. Obama believes that the clash is taking place within a single civilization, and that Americans are sometimes collateral damage in this fight between Muslim modernizers and Muslim fundamentalists.

  27. 71 Anjo
    June 17, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Good morning to all especially ‘all ye tourists from TOD ‘aawwing’ at the sights”

  28. 72 JER
    June 17, 2016 at 12:01 pm

  29. 74 JER
    June 17, 2016 at 12:06 pm

  30. 75 JER
    June 17, 2016 at 12:13 pm

  31. 77 MightyPamela
    June 17, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    I honestly and truly left this update last night, but it vanished into the mystery we often refer to as the interwebZ: so here it is again:
    Full Moon, Monday 20 June 2016. 29.33 Sagittarius. 7:02 am ET, 4:02 am PT.
    As if that isn’t exciting enough, the Solstice arrives on the same day: Sun moves into Cancer at 6:34 pm ET, 3:34 pm PT. So, quite a big day, and I hope something really big happens. Almost don’t care what, as long as it is positive and provides a renewed sense of Hope for everyone!

  32. 78 JER
    June 17, 2016 at 12:21 pm

  33. 79 mtmarilyn
    June 17, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Here we are folks. Having a great time.
    Check out @MTmarilyn2’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/MTmarilyn2/status/743841985971236865?s=09

  34. 97 Dudette
    June 17, 2016 at 12:56 pm

  35. 102 PrayerWarriorforObama
    June 17, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Toders in DC, I am here at my desk looking at the photos of you viewing FLOTUS’ inauguration dress and marveling at how one man could move one awesome lady(Chipsticks) to create a blog that would bring people together in a bond of friendship. I marvel because where evil is present, love and goodness abounds.
    God bless you all, and Chips also, for demonstrating the decency and grace that is wrapped up in our humanity.

  36. June 17, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Trolls Trump: ‘I Bailed You Out Twice’
    The prince has offered to bail Trump out a third time, too.
    01/29/2016 03:59 am ET

    A Saudi prince may have just beaten Donald Trump at a game of Twitter trolling.

    Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said on Twitter that he’s bailed the billionaire out twice — and suggested the GOP presidential frontrunner might need his help a third time.

    The exchange was initiated by Trump, who had retweeted a badly Photoshopped image showing the prince with Fox News host Megyn Kelly, calling him a co-owner of the network:


    The prince’s tweet included news stories showing that he bought Trump’s yacht in 1991, which had been turned over to creditors when he was $900 million in debt, according to Buzzfeed.

    He also included a link to a story showing that he was part of the group that bought New York City’s Plaza Hotel from Trump in 1995. As part of the deal, bin Talal paid off Trump’s debt on the hotel in what the New York Times said was “a defeat for the real estate developer.”

  37. 111 desertflower
    June 17, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    The irony of his running…we will be thanking him for making Republicans loose..:) The odious Mia Love… hahahaha

  38. 112 Nena20409
    June 17, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Hello TODable TODville Community.
    Fantastic TODers having fun in DC 😉 Thanks for the Pics.
    Awesome Post, NW. Thank you. 🍸
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ Winners, starting with this post, since Thursday.

  39. June 17, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    GOP congressman: ‘Muslim community’ wants to kill all gays
    06/17/16 11:02 AM
    By Steve Benen
    The day of the mass-shooting in Orlando, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) saw a partisan opportunity. In a striking statement, the far-right Texan effectively challenged his foes on the other side of the aisle: “If you’re a Democratic politician and you really want to stand for LGBT, show real courage and stand up against the vicious ideology that has targeted our fellow Americans for murder.”

    Soon after, this became a surprisingly common talking point among Republicans, including Donald Trump. As we talked about the other day, the pitch is ugly but straightforward: a Muslim killed 49 people in a gay nightclub; Republicans are anti-Muslim; therefore LGBT voters should support Republicans.

    The trouble is, the house of cards collapses pretty quickly for anyone who pauses to think about the argument. Indeed, to take the pitch seriously, one has to find arguments like this one from Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) persuasive.

    Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks said on Thursday that the American Muslim community would “kill every homosexual in the United States of America” if it had its way.

    Brooks, a Republican, made the comment after being asked on the Matt & Aunie show on WAPI radio about why the left refuses to acknowledge that it is “mainstream Muslim thought” to put homosexuals to death.

  40. 115 Ladyhawke
    June 17, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    • 116 desertflower
      June 17, 2016 at 2:36 pm


  41. 118 desertflower
    June 17, 2016 at 2:39 pm

  42. 119 Nena20409
    June 17, 2016 at 2:51 pm

  43. 120 Nena20409
    June 17, 2016 at 2:59 pm

  44. 121 Nena20409
    June 17, 2016 at 3:15 pm

  45. 122 JER
    June 17, 2016 at 3:17 pm

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