Early Bird Chat: Holding Hands

US first lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama walk to Marine One after arriving at Castle Airport June 17, 2016 in Merced County, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama walk to Marine One after arriving at Castle Airport in Merced County, California

112 Responses to “Early Bird Chat: Holding Hands”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    June 19, 2016 at 8:19 am

    What is this, I just stopped by. First???

  2. 2 Roberta in MN
    June 19, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Good Morning Nerdy, can’t thank you enough for all you for the TOD Family. ((((hugs)))).

  3. 6 Roberta in MN
    June 19, 2016 at 8:22 am

    HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all our TOD Dads, Grandpapa’s, Uncles. Brothers, Cousin, and ALL OF OUR SONS. HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY

  4. 7 vcprezofan2
    June 19, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Hi, Ms NerdyW. Am so glad you do such a good job with pics. THANKS! This has meant that I am confident that when I recover from this trip I can actually check back here to see what I missed. 🙂

    Hi everybody! What’s up?

  5. 8 99ts
    June 19, 2016 at 8:27 am

    GM NW & TODers. So enjoying hearing about the tripping around DC.

  6. 9 vcprezofan2
    June 19, 2016 at 8:31 am

    To all TOD dads, stepdads, stair-dads, grandpas (Yo, Japa, thinking of you in this group), great grandpas, foster dads, mentor dads…..ALL dads,

  7. June 19, 2016 at 8:32 am

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

    Thanks Nerdy for opening up TOD’ville this morning as well as all the other wonderful things you do for us. 🎉🙏👏👌👊

    To all, I hope that God’s loving-kindness, grace, and mercy is bestowed upon you today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  8. 12 Dudette
    June 19, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads, Granddads, cool Uncles, Big Brothers, Mentors and Father-figures! Hugs, love, and endless joy for now and always!

  9. June 19, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and fathers to be. I hope you have an exciting, magnificent, and outstanding day today. 👍👊⭐

  10. 14 MightyPamela
    June 19, 2016 at 8:34 am

    ❤ ❤

  11. 15 Dudette
    June 19, 2016 at 8:35 am

    … and now, more from my husband! You didn’t think I was done, did ya? 🙃

  12. 16 sherijr
    June 19, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Happy Father’s Day to all our Dads, Father figures and to those moms who’ve filled the role. Have a wonderful day, all 🙂

  13. 22 Dudette
    June 19, 2016 at 8:42 am

    My Boo’s tribute to James Earl Jones & Kyle Jean-Baptiste

  14. June 19, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Good morning TOD folks! Great pictures! Thanks Nerdy for showing the love with POTUS and FLOTUS this morning.

  15. 28 jackiegrumbacher
    June 19, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Happy Father’s Day to all who serve as dads in this world. My own father died when I was five years old and there was no stepfather, grandparents or uncles who stepped in. So today, I honor his memory and bless my incredible husband who as been the best and most loving father to our children.

  16. 29 jackiegrumbacher
    June 19, 2016 at 8:57 am

    It was good hear that the Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, safely delivered a baby boy, Aiden, yesterday, June 18. Being a grandparent is one of the most fulfilling experiences on earth and the Clintons have now been twice blessed.

  17. 30 Dudette
    June 19, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Uh huh! 😎

  18. 32 Dudette
    June 19, 2016 at 9:02 am

    See that arm that’s wrapped around her? It was around me last night!

    That’s right! Don’t hate! Appreciate! 😎

    [cackle, swoon, cackle!]

  19. 33 Dudette
    June 19, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Sing, baby, sing!

  20. June 19, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Happy Father’s Day to President Obama.

  21. June 19, 2016 at 9:27 am

    And to every Obama Diary dad, Happy Father’s Day.

  22. June 19, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Good Sunday morning to all TODers. And an especially wonderful day to all fathers. Thank you for showing your sons and daughters how to be kind and smart and caring.

  23. June 19, 2016 at 9:46 am

  24. 39 hopefruit2
    June 19, 2016 at 9:53 am

    G’morning Nerdy & TOD! Congrats Roberta, and Happy Sunday everyone. Want to wish all the wonderful TOD Dads, Granddads, uncles, Godfathers, stepdads and mentors a Happy Father’s Day! 🙂 Also wishing our President a Happy Father’s Day and wonderful day out West with his girls. 🙂

  25. 40 PrayerWarriorforObama
    June 19, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Wishing all a beautiful and inspiring Sunday, especially the fathers! Happy Fathers Day!

  26. 41 arapaho415
    June 19, 2016 at 10:24 am

    GM and Happy Father’s Day to all the men here and in the lives of TODville.

    Blissfully quiet in my neck of the woods this morning, so unlike last Sunday morning.

    Here’s a couple of videos from yesterday:

    Link to video here:

  27. June 19, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Dems plan rude awakening’ for Trump in summer onslaught
    Associated Press 3:38 p.m. EDT June 18, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS — Donald Trump’s unconventional campaign is about to feel the heat of political organization.

    Hillary Clinton and her Democratic allies have invested at least $41 million in commercials in crucial states such as Ohio, Florida and Nevada over the next six weeks, a series of summer broadsides against her Republican opponent. Those messages will be echoed by hundreds of Clinton workers in those same states and amplified by President Barack Obama and other top Democrats.

    Trump has made few preparations for contending with that sort of well-oiled political machine. His campaign has no advertising plans and is just now hiring employees in important states. Republican leaders are far from in agreement on how best to talk to voters about the polarizing billionaire, or if they will at all. And Trump is running out of time: Early voting starts in Iowa in just 3 1 / 2months.

    “It’s political malpractice,” said Mitch Stewart, Obama’s 2012 battleground states director and a Clinton backer. “He’s in for a rude awakening. This isn’t a national vote contest where you can be on cable news every day and dominate coverage. This is literally going state by state and coming up with a plan in each.”

  28. June 19, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Dems step up Grassley attacks
    06/19/16 06:00 AM EDT

    Democrats are increasingly laying a hammer to Sen. Chuck Grassley as they seek to unseat the Iowa Republican.

    Grassley’s Senate seat is widely handicapped as likely to stay in the GOP column, but Democrats believe the rise of Donald Trump and the fight over the Supreme Court are providing the perfect storm for taking out the six-term GOP incumbent.

  29. June 19, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Ryan: I have to support Trump
    06/19/16 09:02 AM EDT

    House Speaker Paul Ryan says it’s his responsibility to support Donald Trump, even if the presumptive Republican nominee’s bombast occasionally makes him uncomfortable.

    Ryan told Chuck Todd of NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he feels an obligation as the leader of the House Republicans to back Trump, warts and all. To do otherwise, he said, would divide the party and ultimately lead to a third consecutive Democratic victory in November’s presidential election.

    • June 19, 2016 at 11:15 am

      Hay Paul Ryan, racism is not a wart. Neither is sexism or lying.

    • 47 MightyPamela
      June 19, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Up yours, ‘speaker’ Ryan – your FIRST AND ONLY duty is to the American people. Oh, didn’t you learn that in civics class? eff-witted gop need to get out of the way or be run out of town

    • 48 Don
      June 19, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      There you have it; Paul Ryan has officially signed on to back Trump as he dives deeper and deeper into the moral abyss. Ryan is a core-less, shadow-less sack of cells parading as some sort of political party leader, Paul Ryan is bankrupt.

    • 49 jacquelineoboomer
      June 19, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      It’s Ryan’s responsibility to support a racist dog, because everybody else is. And the right-wing patriarchs don’t want the woman in charge, because their wives might get ideas. Got it.

    • 50 pkayden
      June 19, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      Doesn’t really matter. Even with Ryan;s support, Trump will lose and Democrats will be in the White House again.

  30. June 19, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  31. June 19, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Happy Father’s Day to all the men holding it down out there 🙂

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  34. 55 JER
    June 19, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Happy Father’s Day.

  35. 56 FoxfireTX
    June 19, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers, mentors, step-fathers and everyone who plays a role in our young people’s lives! Love this tweet from FLOTUS, could there be a more spectacular background?

    Happy Father's Day ❤️ pic.twitter.com/peU8VZASRm— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) June 19, 2016


  36. 58 desertflower
    June 19, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Good morning everyone! Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing dads out there! All the amazing father figures that guide and teach…so important!
    Facetimed with the TOD women yesterday…AMAZING GROUP!!! Can’t wait to have a west coast meetup:) Love you guys…so glad that you were able to make this happen and you all got to take in the sights of DC together. Hugs and safe travels home.

    Meanwhile, in fucked up DTland….


  37. 60 desertflower
    June 19, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    • 61 arapaho415
      June 19, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      GM DF, from coastal Phoenix where it’s 90F before 10am this morning. 😦

      Have you seen latest ad from #PrioritiesUSA (as I saw in a tweet awhile ago, HRC ads pretty much simply feature Trump opening his mouth and letting his idiotic, unhinged words speak for themselves).

      Here’s the video:

      • 62 desertflower
        June 19, 2016 at 1:58 pm

        Morning to you, too:) It’s 102 already and its not even 11am….we will get close to that 120 they predicted!!! Just got back from the grocery store for all the fixin’s for dinner. Making this:)


        Sounded delish!

        Saw 2 of the same bumper stickers today within 3 minutes of each other…Hillary….Prison 2016 (We ARE in AZ!) Gee….wonder if these same people think the same place is appropriate for GWB and his cronies that led us into an illegal and expensive war(s)!? This is a rhetorical question…..

        I had not seen this ad…she will bombard the airwaves with his dangerous, ignorant, flippant rants…I hope that he loses historically badly, and takes the rest of the Republicans down with him. All of them. Gone. Done. Non issues. Then we can right the ship…maybe they need a long time out to remember who they work for and what they SHOULD be doing. Regardless…they all need to go/

        Stay safe in this heat everyone…nothing to mess with with.

        • 63 arapaho415
          June 19, 2016 at 3:25 pm

          Enjoy your ropa Viejas — think this is a favorite dish of LL’s family. Love Chinese-style stir-fry pepper steak, but haven’t tried the Mexican “old clothes” version of this dish.

          • 64 desertflower
            June 19, 2016 at 3:36 pm

            Well, I’m looking forward to it:) Going to have yellow rice with it…I’ll let you know how it tasted:)

        • 65 99ts
          June 19, 2016 at 6:33 pm

          The GOP supporters are hoping that Hillary is charged with something/anything – cause the ONLY way they would win the election is if there is no opponent.

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  39. June 19, 2016 at 12:31 pm

  40. 70 Nena20409
    June 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Hello TODable TODbot Global Community.
    ❤ ❤ ❤ Happy Father's Day ❤ ❤ ❤ to all our TOD Dads today.
    Great Post, NW. Thank you for all you have shouldered.
    Hello Chips. {{{{ ❤ Chips' Mom ❤ }}}}
    Congrats to Roberta from MN for Your Au ⭐ Ag ⭐ And Bronze ⭐
    Great Hot Sunny Sunday Afternoon with a pinch of Breeze, from MN land of over 10,000 Lakes 😉

  41. 71 Nena20409
    June 19, 2016 at 1:03 pm

  42. 72 MadameSoph
    June 19, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    On my way to work, but just saw this and it is so powerful I had to post. This short YouTube makes the case for new gun laws brilliantly.

    TODers on social media, please share, share, share this on all platforms!

  43. June 19, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Well…I should learn to not argue with trunp supporters on Twitter



  44. 74 Nerdy Wonka
    June 19, 2016 at 1:33 pm

  45. June 19, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    HAPPY FATHERS DAY to all the MOMS who stood in as FATHERS too!!!!

  46. 76 Nena20409
    June 19, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    If True, My guess is, it’s a Health Issue.

    • 77 pkayden
      June 19, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      Fingers and toes firmly crossed that this is so! This is just one of the reasons we must #standwithher

  47. 80 desertflower
    June 19, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    I see that CheetoJesus “thinks” that people should be allowed to have guns in bars…


    All Cheeto between the ears.

  48. 81 desertflower
    June 19, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    From DK…agreed:)

    Living with a cat for the first time, you quickly pick up on its behavioral quirks, many of which are common among other cats. What you soon find out is that cats aren’t Republican. Here are 12 reasons why not:
    1. Cats are curious about what you do in your bedroom, but they don’t try to legislate away your freedom to do it.

    2. Cats may take away your cushion, but they’ll give it back to you with a gentle push.

    3. Cats give you attention and sympathy when you’re sick.

    4. Females are treated with importance in the cat world.

    5. Cats make use of solar power, often all day long.

    6. Cats lick their own problems and take care of other cats too.

    7. Cats don’t blame black and brown cats for their troubles.

    8. Cats know how to ration their resources.

    9. Fat cats are not at the top of the cat hierarchy, are not cat role models, and have more trouble surviving and thriving, not less.

    10. While Republicans blindly follow authority, it is said that getting Democrats to act in unison is like herding cats.

    11. Cats don’t foul their own nest.

    12. Cats are popular and well-liked on the Internet and elsewhere.

    Image by David Nash, used under Creative Commons license. http://is.gd/

    [Originally published at Messaging Matters. Copyright 2014 — All rights reserved]

    • 82 cd4biden
      June 20, 2016 at 9:24 am

      GM desertflower. Thank you for this post. Sooooo true! Brought smiles to my morning!
      And great to meet you on FaceTime Saturday night. Next time in person, ok?
      Thanks for the laughs.

  49. 83 donna dem 4 obama
    June 19, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    VC, check your email.

  50. 84 arapaho415
    June 19, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    GA TODville.

    Just turned on the radio and heard about the shocking accidental death of the young actor who plays Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek movie franchise. Killed by his own car, pinned between it and his brick mailbox. So sad, wish someone had been with him to save him.

    First Family is getting ready to leave Yosemite. 😦

  51. June 19, 2016 at 3:34 pm


  52. June 19, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    These Photos Show Why You Should Celebrate Juneteenth
    It’s America’s second Independence Day, and it’s lit.
    06/18/2016 07:01 am ET

  53. 89 desertflower
    June 19, 2016 at 4:04 pm


    California is having one heck of a week. Not only is its recent boom (in contrast with red-state economic declines) proving that the blue-state economic model works while the red-state one fails, it reclaimed its role as the world’s 6th largest economy. Not bad for a state that conservatives have mocked relentlessly as a failure out of step with the country at large. Rather, it looks increasingly that California is the politically progressive, economically and racially diverse model for the future of America.

    California is also showing that when Congress won’t act, it has the resources to do the job instead. In this case, since Republicans refuse to allow studies on gun violence, California has decided to fund those studies, anyway:

    SCIENTISTS HAVE BEEN collecting data on car crash deaths and casualties for decades. Studies of the dangers of tobacco number in the many hundreds. But the US government has never funded a research center to study gun violence. Yesterday, the California legislature approved a budget allocating $5 million to establish the California Firearm Violence Research Center. This information really wants to be free.

  54. 90 JER
    June 19, 2016 at 4:26 pm

  55. 94 JER
    June 19, 2016 at 5:22 pm

  56. June 19, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    For Hamilton Fans:

  57. June 19, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Jesus, deliver us from this pure, unadulterated evil.

    h/t a BJ Poster:

    From CNN

    (CNN)A Pennsylvania man faces charges including sexual assault after police say they found him living with 12 girls, including an 18-year-old and two children he fathered with her.

    Police in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, just north of Philadelphia, arrested Lee Kaplan, 51, on Thursday. Police said the girls living with Kaplan at his house ranged in age from 6 months to 18 years.
    In a related case, authorities nearly 100 miles away in Lancaster County arrested the parents of the 18-year-old, with police saying the couple had “gifted” their daughter to Kaplan for helping them out of financial difficulties. She was 14 when her first child was conceived, the criminal complaint said.

    Kaplan was charged with statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor, according to a police criminal complaint filed in Bucks County.

    The 18-year-old’s parents, Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus of Quarryville, are charged with endangering the welfare of children. Daniel Stoltzfus also faces charges of criminal conspiracy and statutory sexual assault, according to a criminal complaint filed by police in Bucks County.

    Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler told CNN on Sunday that the Stoltzfuses claimed to be the parents of 10 of the girls, and the grandparents of the remaining two children.

  58. 100 arapaho415
    June 19, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    For some reason @VeronicaABC30 deleted her tweet, but am watching Marine One(s) land at Castle airfield in Atwater now. AF1 will depart west coast soon. 😦


  59. 101 JER
    June 19, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    The First Family departs California. Click here ► ► http://abc30.com/live/

    • 102 cd4biden
      June 20, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Well that may be the closest I ever get to POTUS and FLOTUS, as I was flying back from DC to San Francisco as they were flying from California back to DC. We probably crossed paths over Utah. Ha!

  60. June 19, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    When it’s windy like that I wish FLOTUS would wear pants, all the while she walk up the stairs I was hoping no dress incident. Glad it wasn’t. I hope the Obama family enjoy their week-end.

  61. June 19, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Safe trip back to D.C for the First Family.

  62. June 19, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Sanders collides with black lawmakers
    The Congressional Black Caucus ‘vehemently’ opposes Sanders’ call to abolish superdelegates.
    By DANIEL STRAUSS 06/19/16 04:17 PM EDT

    Bernie Sanders is on a crash course with the Congressional Black Caucus.
    In a letter sent to both the Sanders and Hillary Clinton campaigns, the CBC is expressing its resolute opposition to two key reforms demanded by Sanders in the run-up to the Democratic convention: abolishing the party’s superdelegate system and opening Democratic primaries up to independents and Republicans.

    “The Democratic Members of the Congressional Black Caucus recently voted unanimously to oppose any suggestion or idea to eliminate the category of Unpledged Delegate to the Democratic National Convention (aka Super Delegates) and the creation of uniform open primaries in all states,” says the letter, which was obtained by POLITICO. “The Democratic Party benefits from the current system of unpledged delegates to the National Convention by virtue of rules that allow members of the House and Senate to be seated as a delegate without the burdensome necessity of competing against constituents for the honor of representing the state during the nominating process.”

  63. June 19, 2016 at 6:38 pm


    Black & Divine @OHTheMaryD
    Juneteenth is abt ONLY 1 motherfucking thing: slaves in Galveston, TX finding out they were freed 2 yrs after the Emancipation Proclamation

    Black & Divine @OHTheMaryD
    #Juneteenth is NOT multi-cultural. It is at its very core and essence, American Blackness.

    Black & Divine @OHTheMaryD
    You will NOT take away and whitewash our history. I’ll fucking die before I let you bastards do that

    Black & Divine @OHTheMaryD
    And fuck @DrJillStein and her campaign for that Juneteenth pic of a room full of White people. HOW OBLIVIOUS CAN YOU POSSIBLY FUCKING BE?!


    Mikki Kendall @Karnythia
    Dear white people Juneteenth is not about you in any positive way. Like..come on now.

    Mikki Kendall @Karnythia
    How do you erase Black people from a holiday they created to celebrate being free? How?

      June 19, 2016 at 6:53 pm


  64. 111 hopefruit2
    June 19, 2016 at 6:39 pm

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