Early Bird Chat: West Wing Week


All Times Eastern

9AM: Vice President Biden delivers remarks at the Cancer Moonshot Summit

3PM: President Obama participates in a trilateral press conference in Ottawa, Canada

5:25PM: President Obama addresses parliament in Ottawa, Canada


124 Responses to “Early Bird Chat: West Wing Week”

    June 29, 2016 at 8:38 am


  2. 4 57andfemale
    June 29, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Good morning, TOD family!

  3. 5 jackiegrumbacher
    June 29, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Morning all. Yes, it’s very cool–thank you for posting it, Nerdy. I thought I saw Malia sitting next to Meryl Streep at the dinner in Morocco. It’s so thrilling to see all the incredible experiences Obama girls are enjoying.
    Is there an e-mail address for Chips?

    • 6 99ts
      June 29, 2016 at 9:53 am

      The girls present such a wonderful picture to the world. The should be so proud of themselves & their parents must be over the moon with delight in their family. Being a teenager is difficult – being in their situation is asking them to be so much more than we would expect of most of our children.

      (I have no idea about the email other than the TOD one)

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  5. 10 MightyPamela
    June 29, 2016 at 8:57 am

  6. 11 jackiegrumbacher
    June 29, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Bringing this link over from TPV. Nate Silver on GMA gives HRC a 79 percent chance of winning the election versus Trump’s 20 percent with states like Arizona and Missouri being in play. I wish he had been asked about the Senate races because we absolutely must take that back.


    • 12 57andfemale
      June 29, 2016 at 9:11 am

      I’m as yet not impressed with the efforts of Tammy Duckworth to defeat Mark Kirk here in IL. Her emails are pretty tepid.

      Kirk did as predicted: took the few sane votes & statements he’s made recently, strung them together as if he’s an effing Dem or an “independent” GOP (which he is not). He also showed himself all wired up in paraphrenalia from his stroke, making it look as if he had sustained more injuries than Duckworth had.

      I expected more from her campaign. She needs to step it up.

      Our car was totaled a few weeks ago, the veterinary bills at our house have been astronomical. I’m not able to donate as I would like to either HRC or Duckworth, but I’ll do my best.

  7. 13 JER
    June 29, 2016 at 8:58 am

    LIVE NOW: The President Departs Andrews Air Force Base – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  8. 17 hopefruit2
    June 29, 2016 at 9:03 am

    G’morning Nerdy & TOD! Congrats Sue on #1, and Happy Wednesday, everyone!! 🙂

  9. June 29, 2016 at 9:06 am

    For your Wednesday enjoyment. I hope this works…

  10. 23 hopefruit2
    June 29, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Our President has his priorities right.

  11. 25 GGAIL
    June 29, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Good West Coast morning TOD family. Thank you NW for being here for us. We truly appreciate YOU 💕

  12. 32 arapaho415
    June 29, 2016 at 9:32 am

    GM TODville.

    Looking forward to PBO in Ottawa today.

    For west coasters like myself, trilateral press conference at noon today, PBO at Canadian Parliament at 2:25pm.

    Hard to understate how much chaos is going on in Europe now, thank goodness for Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau (given the horrific violence in Mexico, not sure how much Enrique Nieto is an alliance force, but thankfully he is supportive of US and Canada).

  13. 33 arapaho415
    June 29, 2016 at 9:35 am

    More on Mexico’s important to US:

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  16. 38 hopefruit2
    June 29, 2016 at 9:52 am

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  19. 41 Ladyhawke
    June 29, 2016 at 9:56 am

    After years of congressional investigations, do you feel that your brother’s death has been politicized in Washington?

    Yes! Definitely politicized. Every report I read that mentions him specifically has a political bent, an accusatory bent. One point that seems to be brought up again and again is the accusation that the attack was a response to the video. I could understand why that conclusion would be made, because it was right after the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Egypt. But, frankly, it doesn’t matter that that was the thinking, that night, about why the attack occurred. It’s irrelevant to bring that up again and again. It is done purely for political reasons.

    It would be much more useful for Congress to focus on providing resources for security for all State Department facilities around the world—for increasing personnel, language capabilities, for increasing staff to build relationships, particularly in North Africa and the Middle East. I would love to hear they are drastically increasing the budget.

  20. 42 hopefruit2
    June 29, 2016 at 9:59 am

  21. 43 JER
    June 29, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Soon the President Arrives Ottawa. Click here ► ► http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/video?playlistId=1.2966226

  22. June 29, 2016 at 10:18 am

  23. 52 vcprezofan2
    June 29, 2016 at 10:27 am

    CBC live blog (of today’s events re PBO…… and President Nieto 😉 )


  24. 54 Linda
    June 29, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Why does MSNBC keep saying that the Keystone Pipeline will be discussed at the Summit ? I thought that nonsense was over.

  25. 55 Ladyhawke
    June 29, 2016 at 10:29 am

    The media should follow every display of Trumpian “presidential” fakery with public-service reminders that this is a man who ruled a federal judge professionally disqualified from a case because of his ethnicity; a man who self-swooned over the Orlando massacre; a man who has ridiculed the disabled and demeaned women and has characterized minorities as criminals, though some of them are personal pets; a man who has proposed banning a world religion from legal immigration; a man who has embraced war crimes as a valid instrument in battling the tactic of terrorism; a man, lest we forget, who spearheaded birtherism.

    • 56 99ts
      June 29, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Palin was pronounced a genius when she managed to put 2 sentences into the right order of subject verb object. Trump is treated the same way. He is so bad at what he does when he manages to read sentences from a tele prompter without making a major error the US political media deems him brilliant.

      Democrats – the best speakers/policies in the world but the media looks for 2 words that are mispronounced. The current media will lead the US into the mess that is currently the UK. Unbelievable.

  26. 57 desertflower
    June 29, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Morning everyone! Happy Wednesday! OOOOOO, boy! Bet those House Dems are scared now! 🙂 Idiot. “Won’t tolerate” Sit down, jackass.


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    • 62 99ts
      June 29, 2016 at 10:40 am

      So pleased this is happening before the convention – let Bernie burn with jealousy – while the media lies about the size of the crowd.

  28. 63 desertflower
    June 29, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Lol 🙂

  29. June 29, 2016 at 10:38 am


    Mexican President meets with Justin Trudeau in Canada

  30. 65 Linda
    June 29, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Hugh sigh of relief for me. My 18 month old grandson and his mother are returning from the Chech Republic today . They were supposed to go through Istanbul but were able to go to Frankfort instead and fly out of there. They are already in the air and should arrive in Atlanta around 3 PM. Whew !

  31. June 29, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Good morning, TOD. On the run… read you later…

    What Racism Looks Like
    Racism, unprovoked – but caught on camera.

  32. 75 desertflower
    June 29, 2016 at 10:51 am

    DT’s supporters going to Cleveland to support. America, are you woke?


    The neo-Nazis who organized the pro-Donald Trump rally in Sacramento, California, that turned bloody over the weekend have a new destination: The Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
    “We’re essentially just going to show up and make sure that the Donald Trump supporters are defended from the leftist thugs,” Matt Parrott, spokesman for the white-nationalist Traditionalist Worker Party, told McClatchy, claiming that roughly 30 members of the party would head to Ohio in July.
    The Traditionalist Worker Party is yet another white-nationalist group of “race realists” that has wormed its way into relevance through the ascendancy of Trumpism. The party—which fights for a lily-white America “free from economic exploitation, federal tyranny, and anti-Christian degeneracy”—is led by its chairman Matthew Heimbach, who gained national media attention in 2013 as the 22-­year-old founder of the Towson White Student Union. In 2014, the Southern Poverty Law Center dubbed him the “Little Führer” who had “plunged into full-fledged neo-Nazism.”

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  35. 79 JER
    June 29, 2016 at 10:56 am

    • 81 57andfemale
      June 29, 2016 at 11:10 am

      Still riling up the brats, however. He wants Trump to win which will usher in his Progressive Utopia. The fact that SCOTUS & all Federal courts will make America look like a third world country doesn’t matter to BS & the other looney leftists who believe this claptrap. How DARE they call themselves progressive, when they wish misery on millions to prove their purity? Disgusting.

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  37. 85 desertflower
    June 29, 2016 at 11:09 am

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    • 88 CEB
      June 29, 2016 at 11:53 am

      They learned this informal, town hall type engagement from PBO. Many foreign leaders had to step up their game (or at least try to with epic fails by many) in the wake of PBO’s effective, sincere engagement with the public.

  40. June 29, 2016 at 11:21 am

    JUST IN: Obama to campaign with Clinton next week in North Carolina. (A

  41. June 29, 2016 at 11:22 am

    YES WE CAN!!

  42. 97 JER
    June 29, 2016 at 11:22 am

  43. 98 jacquelineoboomer
    June 29, 2016 at 11:23 am

  44. 101 JER
    June 29, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Stephen Crowley

    • 103 Ladyhawke
      June 29, 2016 at 11:33 am

      Awesome sauce …….

    • 104 desertflower
      June 29, 2016 at 11:34 am

      How thoroughly awesome are they! 🙂 Swagger times 3!

      • 105 carolyn
        June 29, 2016 at 11:42 am

        Wow! What a trio.
        Can’t wait to visit Canada this September. vc, wish I would be close to you, but my trip goes to Nova Scotia and PEI, two provinces I’ve never visited. Tremendously excited. Yes, we will visit the Anne of Green Gables town, but also Alexander Graham Bell’s home, Halifax, Bay of Fundy, and other places, Cape Breton…..I’ll give you all a full report when I return. Going with a group…..couldn’t do this on my own.

        Steve and his family come Saturday…..(my son), his wife and the GRANDKIDS!!!! So looking forward to their visit. My son grew up with Bethany Fourth of July, and always wants to come back for it. I treasure this.

        • 106 desertflower
          June 29, 2016 at 11:49 am

          Sounds wonderful! So glad to hear that you are doing things now that make you happy….those grandkids will be life affirming:) Enjoy!

        • 107 vcprezofan2
          June 29, 2016 at 12:48 pm

          Hi Carolyn, you’ll enjoy your trip, I’m sure. Family friends and I did a driving vacation ‘out east’ a few summers ago for the first time – the scenery was truly beautiful. We visited all the places you mentioned (except Cape Breton), and we visited the Black History Museum (where – because we expressed an interest – one of the younger attendants took us on an actual tour of his own neighbourhood – which had been in existence for generations). We were educated not only on Black Canadian History, but some American as well. In addition we were invited to the local church for a Sunday service and we went back to that. My memory of the church experience was that it felt quite familiar. 😀

          Happy for you that the family will be with you for 4th of July. Have a wonderful time together!

          ps: You can always come back; this time to the ‘centre’ of the country. 😀 😀

        • 108 vcprezofan2
          June 29, 2016 at 12:59 pm

          Here’s a couple of brief clips about Nova Scotian Blacks – I found/find the American connection ‘interesting’.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WYivxy-fn4 [African Nova Scotia Affairs 3:50]

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzG8P7hG34E [Black migration into Nova Scotia 2:28]

          • 109 carolyn
            June 29, 2016 at 2:15 pm

            Thanks…..I love information before I travel. That will add some depth to my trip.

            • 110 vcprezofan2
              June 29, 2016 at 2:24 pm

              😀 I figured you would. Have a lovely time! Who knows, later you might be able to share a favourite Canadian east coast pic on our joint site. 🙂 Have lots of fun!

    • 111 CEB
      June 29, 2016 at 11:49 am

      Our guys are the shit, are they not? I also love that the diversity.

    • 113 jacquelineoboomer
      June 29, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      They know they’re cute, too!

  45. 114 desertflower
    June 29, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Maybe Clint Eastwood’s chair would come to the Republican convention…..no one else wants to go!

  46. June 29, 2016 at 11:41 am

    where are we in this ratification process….will this be done prior to the election

    • 116 Judith Fardig
      June 29, 2016 at 11:52 am

      McConnell says he won’t allow a vote on it while Obama is President. Can’t stand to give him success on anything! Meanwhile I unsubscribed from CREDO again for their latest petition demanding that rejection of the TPP be in the Democratic Platform.UGH! Lefty purists always have to have some axe to grind.

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