Early Bird Chat

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 12: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and first lady Michelle Obama walk across the South Lawn after returning to the White House on Marine One July 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Obamas were returning from Dallas where they attended a public memorial service for the five Dallas police officers who were killed by a sniper last week during a Black Lives Matter demonstration. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk across the South Lawn after returning to the White House on Marine One. The Obamas were returning from Dallas where they attended a public memorial service for the five Dallas police officers who were killed


All Times Eastern

11AM: President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

12:30PM: Press Secretary Josh Earnest holds the White House Briefing

2:45PM: President Obama hosts a conversation on community policing and criminal justice in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building



113 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    July 13, 2016 at 8:26 am

    GM TOD

  2. 4 Marlz (@marjgra)
    July 13, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Good Morning TOD.
    Good Morning Chips
    Good Morning Donna.

  3. July 13, 2016 at 8:32 am

    I cannot understand (or just stating knowing who we are dealing with in our society), but how come no one is asking Trump for his grades just as how they pestered the President for his?

    • 7 99ts
      July 13, 2016 at 8:41 am

      And the tax returns – media has virtually said NOTHING about this. Democrats are treated differently. They pour over the Clinton’s records looking to complain about everything – Trump refuses to release any information & the media says “oh dear”

      • 8 arapaho415
        July 13, 2016 at 9:26 am

        GE 99ts.

        The way MSM fawns over Trump as if he’s an esteemed statesman is appalling.

        Also appalling is the way that any and *everything* having to do with race relations in the US is on PBO’s shoulders, as if Black Americans are the only group who might be “racist.” And MSM presents all reporting from a #WhiteAsDefault perspective (anything having to do with those who are not lily-white are openly acknowledged as the “other”).

        Only “liberals” in media even mention Trump’s tax returns, frauds, etc.

  4. July 13, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Saw a T-shirt yesterday “DRUMPF UNIVERSITY” … Told the gentleman that I loved the shirt…we laughed.

  5. July 13, 2016 at 8:34 am

    I seem to be in a “talkative” mode today so will now shut up…I am just glad that I finally caught up with all the posts! 🙂

    Have a great day everyone…off to work.

  6. 15 donna dem 4 obama
    July 13, 2016 at 8:35 am

    • 16 jackiegrumbacher
      July 13, 2016 at 9:10 am

      Donna, knowing his caucus had become a madhouse does not absolve him from helping it to get there. He could have chosen early on to actually fulfill his role and help govern the nation by bringing bills to the floor and working with Nancy Pelosi to get them passed. He might have won the enmity of his caucus, but he would have served his country and preserved his personal legacy. He chose to be a jackass and let his caucus run roughshod over him and when things got tough, he just turned tail and ran.

  7. 25 MightyPamela
    July 13, 2016 at 8:40 am

  8. 26 99ts
    July 13, 2016 at 8:42 am

    gm TOD – I was so pleased to see PBO back in the White House. Breathing easier.

      July 13, 2016 at 11:25 am


  9. July 13, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  10. July 13, 2016 at 8:50 am


    Will the MSM call him on it?

    I won’t hold my breath.

    Trump Claims He’s Seen Calls For Moment Of Silence For Dallas Shooter
    Published JULY 13, 2016, 6:50 AM EDT
    Donald Trump told Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday that he witnessed people call for a moment of silence for the man who killed five police officers and wounded eleven other people at a Black Lives Matter rally last week.

    Asked by the Fox News host if there was a divide between blacks and whites in America, Trump used this as an example of how “there would seem to be.”

    “It’s getting more and more obvious and it’s very sad, very sad,” Trump went on. “When somebody called for a moment of silence to this maniac that shot the five police, you just see what’s going on. It’s a very, very sad situation.”

    There were no media reports about anyone calling for a moment of silence for gunman Micah Johnson, though groups from Congress to the New York Stock Exchange held moments of silence for the victims of last Thursday’s mass shooting. Searches on social media for people making such calls also came up short.

    Despite this lack of evidence, Trump reiterated the claim at a rally in Westfield, Indiana on Tuesday night, where he criticized Black Lives Matter for holding rallies across the country the weekend after the Dallas shootings.

    “The other night you had 11 cities potentially in a blow-up stage,” he said. “Marches all over the United States—and tough marches. Anger. Hatred. Hatred! Started by a maniac! And some people ask for a moment of silence for him. For the killer!”

    • 30 Dudette
      July 13, 2016 at 10:12 am

      He lies!

    • 31 arapaho415
      July 13, 2016 at 10:23 am

      GM rikyrah.

      Dudette is right, there are only 2 things that Trump knows how to do… talk about himself and lie (the two are not mutually exclusive).

      Although this reporter works for @CBSnews, I have heard him on @CBSradionews (I know they’re run separately, but the radio division reports as if it were on the Trump payroll).

  11. 32 JER
    July 13, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

  12. July 13, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Ferret Head don’t want none of the Notorious RBG


    Donald Trump Says Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s ‘Mind Is Shot’
    Published JULY 13, 2016, 7:55 AM EDT
    Early Wednesday morning, Donald Trump doubled down on his call for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to resign from the court over several comments to the media criticizing the Republican presidential candidate.

    Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot – resign!

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2016

    Trump told the New York Times on Tuesday that Ginsburg’s comments were “inappropriate” and that she should step down.

    • 44 jackiegrumbacher
      July 13, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Rikyrah, of all the people on the planet or even in the universe if such life exists, Trump is the last damn one to call other people’s comments ‘inappropriate.’ I’m sure RGB is laughing her head off.

    • July 13, 2016 at 9:22 am

      How many times have what Trump said or did was inappropriate? Did he step down?

  13. July 13, 2016 at 8:54 am


    Carlson Speaks Out: Roger Ailes’ Verbal Harassment Was ‘Continuous’
    Published JULY 13, 2016, 7:41 AM EDT
    In her first public interview since she filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, former anchor Gretchen Carlson said she came forward because she “finally felt it was time” to speak out.

    “I just wanted to stand up for myself, first and foremost,” Carlson told The New York Times in a Tuesday interview at her lawyer Nancy Erika Smith’s New Jersey home. “And I wanted to stand up for other women who maybe faced similar circumstances.”

    The former “Real Story” host stood by the allegations laid out in the lawsuit, claiming that Ailes made sexual advances towards her, oversaw a culture of sexual harassment at Fox News and fired her because she refused him and complained about her treatment at the network.

    She told the Times that she kept quiet about the “continuous” offensive language she heard from Ailes because of the hierarchical structure of the network.

    “Everyone knew how powerful Roger Ailes was,” she said. “I certainly felt intimidated by that.”

  14. July 13, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Ryan: Trump Mass Deportation Plan Not The ‘Right Thing To Do’ (VIDEO)
    Published JULY 13, 2016, 8:20 AM EDT

    House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday night said that he disagreed with Donald Trump’s proposal to deport the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

    “I don’t think rounding up 11 million people A, is the right thing to do, B, would work,” Ryan said during a CNN town hall. “And I don’t think you’d like to see what we’d have to do to the country to do that.

  15. 50 Ladyhawke
    July 13, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Asked about race, Donald Trump gives the wrong answer


    But even if we put this aside, one of the most striking things about Trump’s perceptions of current events is his narcissistic myopia. For Trump, the importance of the mass-shooting in Orlando is something he once said on Twitter. For Trump, the importance of Brexit is how it might affect his golf course. For Trump, the importance of African-American alienation is how similar it is to his treatment during the GOP primaries.

    Ask Trump about almost any issue, and he’s likely to respond with a sentiment that boils down to, “That reminds me of me.”

    To put it mildly, it’s an alarming personality trait.

  16. 52 Ladyhawke
    July 13, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Donald Trump’s victims: Andrew Tesoro | The Briefing

    • July 13, 2016 at 9:20 am

      GM and thanks for this link, LH. I’ve been looking all over for it this morning!

    • July 13, 2016 at 9:30 am

      What a creep Donald J. Trump is.

    • 56 jackiegrumbacher
      July 13, 2016 at 9:36 am

      LH, people in the US who are “undecided” about who to vote for in November need to see this because this is exactly the way Trump would treat all fellow Americans and all of our international partners should he, God forbid, become president. He has ZERO respect for people and ZERO empathy for any one’s suffering. There will be nothing that Americans value or hold sacred that he won’t try to destroy. He will plunge our economy into a depression, engage us in continual wars and will not be above using force in our communities–laws and the constitution be damned.

  17. 57 amk for obama
    July 13, 2016 at 9:14 am

    our rw central govt (yes, modi) dismissed two state govts (yes, it is possible under certain cases) violating the constitution and the courts slapped him down in both the cases and reinstated both the state govts (ruled by the opposition party).

    rwers of all hues are basically after absolute power.

  18. 58 amk for obama
    July 13, 2016 at 9:15 am

    The Sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse has finished its penultimate flight, landing in Egypt’s capital, Cairo.

    It took off from the Spanish city of Seville at 04:20 GMT on Monday, taking just over 48 hours to make the trip.

    The zero-fuel aircraft is now in the home straight of its bid to circumnavigate the globe.

    Its final stop is Abu Dhabi, where the challenge began in March 2015. The two pilots sharing flying duties are each taking one more turn at the controls.


  19. July 13, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Good morning, TOD! Moving slow this am; however, getting inspired by these seasoned citizens…

  20. 67 jackiegrumbacher
    July 13, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Here’s the thought that occurred to me when PBO and FLOTUS stepped off Marine one. Did they find a private place on AirForce One to giggle about George Bush or did they wait until they were back in the White House away from all ears and eyes? Our poor FLOTUS had to bear the brunt of Bush’s behavior since he seemed to aim it at her, knowing the looks he would get from Laura if her turned her way.

    • July 13, 2016 at 9:41 am

      jackiegrumbacher, I said this yesterday. I can imagine on the ride back to D.C. FLOTUS looking at POTUS and telling him that if something like this were to occur again, POTUS you are sitting next to G.W. Bush. And I can imagine that POTUS smile.

    • July 13, 2016 at 9:43 am

      I can imagine them both just shaking their heads with a side eye: how did we ever live through that guy’s administration?

  21. July 13, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Roger L. Simon Gets Racism Backwards
    The quest for power can open up old wounds.
    by Martin Longman
    July 12, 2016 2:22 PM

    I think The Field Negro is actually a little too polite about Roger L. Simon’s essay blaming Democrats for the deterioration in race relations in this country during the Obama Era.

    I just wonder if Mr. Simon is aware of the psychological projection involved in his conclusion.

    Just a few years later, the scab appeared very much healed with the inauguration of America’s first African-American president, a man who would be elected twice. I didn’t vote for him for policy reasons, but his election brought tears to my eyes as a former civil rights worker. America’s long nightmare, as Dr. King might have put it, was over, at least as over as things could be in this imperfect world.

    But it wasn’t – not by a long shot. It went the other way. Driven by what I call in my book “nostalgia for racism,” racial enmity was brought back as surely as Michael Corleone was pulled back in in Godfather III.


    Power, of course. The Democratic Party relies on the perceived reality of racism for the identity politics on which it feeds. Racism is the lifeline of the Democrats. Votes lie there.

    I agree that the explanation for our curdled race relations lies in the quest for power, but not in the way that Simon says.

    It was certainly possible to treat President Obama the way that Morgan Freeman asked to be treated by 60 Minutes’ Mike Wallace, as a person rather than as a black person. But that’s not the way he was treated. From at least the time of the Beer Summit with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the right chose to attack the president on racial grounds. No white president would have felt compelled to produce their birth certificate just to quell the cacophony of nonsense he was encountering that threatened to drown out everything he wanted to prioritize.

  22. July 13, 2016 at 9:41 am

    OMG, this is real, people.

    • July 13, 2016 at 9:44 am

      I’m wondering how the venues get chosen. Not exactly liberal outposts.

    • 74 99ts
      July 13, 2016 at 9:53 am

      I read a description somewhere of the format – 2nd one is a town hall with “undecided” voters selected by Gallup – the only undecided will be those deciding between Trump or staying home.

      The voters ask half the questions – I imagine Benghazi and emails will be well covered.

      • July 13, 2016 at 10:00 am

        OMG, that sounds like a horror show. I’m sure the networks will create the tone in such a way to light everyone’s hair on fire.

  23. July 13, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Live now: Castro next on the GOP grill

  24. 77 donna dem 4 obama
    July 13, 2016 at 10:24 am

  25. 79 arapaho415
    July 13, 2016 at 10:25 am

    GM TODville.

    @MattDPearce RT’d the #WorldsFunniestGIF this morning.

    Thankfully no one injured, no property damage. FedEx driver has to thank the stars and heavens above.

  26. 81 Dudette
    July 13, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Love this!

  27. 83 desertflower
    July 13, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Interesting read…especially when coupled with the Andrew Tesoro video. Morning everyone….


  28. 84 Dudette
    July 13, 2016 at 10:57 am

    People are nuts!

  29. 86 Dudette
    July 13, 2016 at 11:09 am

    It would appear from this poll that 18% are either lying or stupid, 11% (Johnson, Stein) don’t give a fuck, and 29% are just plain evil.

  30. 87 amk for obama
    July 13, 2016 at 11:16 am

    bbc, the newest rethug asskissing lapdog.

    trump: ginsberg should resign.

    hey beebs, didja look at your own backyard after shilling for your own rethugs?

  31. July 13, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Thank you for that first picture! Proud that they went to Dallas, but happiest that they are home. I am very selfish about this President, this man, and his wife (and also Joe and Jill). I appreciate their presence elsewhere in the U.S. and especially abroad and I know that the recipients of his visits and his words are grateful, but I love it best when they are home, when I feel that they are safe, and loved by family (and us) and I want them to feel that love. They deserve it.

  32. 89 arapaho415
    July 13, 2016 at 11:29 am

    GM TODville.

    BTW I’m absolutely sick of Trump — MSM is now reality TV/twitter, non-stop Trumpalooza. And it’s only gonna get worse with Cleveland RNC next week. 😦

    Here’s reminder of VP before he was @VP:

  33. 90 Dudette
    July 13, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Snicker, snort 😆

  34. July 13, 2016 at 11:38 am

    July 13, 2016 at 11:42 am


  36. 95 amk for obama
    July 13, 2016 at 11:45 am


    fuck you, nyt and wapo. … and bbc.

  37. 97 amk for obama
    July 13, 2016 at 11:46 am

  38. July 13, 2016 at 11:51 am

  39. 100 Linda
    July 13, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    The media has hopped all over three new Quinnipiac University polls showing Trump leading Clinton in Pennsylvania and Florida, but the problem is that Quinnipiac is rigging their polls for the best possible Trump outcome.


    Quinnipac did not even make the top 28 polls in accuracy in 2012


    • 101 99ts
      July 13, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      Never mind Linda – it keeps Donald from withdrawing before the convention & the dems will just work harder for Hillary.

  40. 102 Dudette
    July 13, 2016 at 12:10 pm

  41. 103 Allison
    July 13, 2016 at 12:14 pm

  42. 104 Dudette
    July 13, 2016 at 12:23 pm

  43. 105 Dudette
    July 13, 2016 at 12:24 pm

  44. 106 Dudette
    July 13, 2016 at 12:29 pm

  45. 107 Dudette
    July 13, 2016 at 12:30 pm

  46. 108 Dudette
    July 13, 2016 at 12:31 pm

  47. 109 Dudette
    July 13, 2016 at 12:32 pm

  48. 110 FoxfireTX
    July 13, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Good morning TOD. Once again, I am so very grateful that Barack Hussein Obama is MY president. I have been struggling much more than I ever would have anticipated since the shootings here last week. While I have worried about my daughter and grandkids as Latinos, having my daughter call me crying at 1:00 in the morning Thurs night/Friday morning scared about living in the US broke my heart in a way I could never have imagined previously. I desperately needed PBO’s thoughts and words yesterday, and have watched that speech several times and will many more in the coming days.

    Most importantly, I am so grateful for his descritions of and defense of BLM. My personal belief has been that the cops have gone off the rails in the last 15 years in part due to the hero worship they were accorded following 9/11. All of those officers and firefighters running into those burning buildings gave them a pass for misconduct for many years. This was not the only factor and of course this has been going for a very long time. But I believe in part it is the reason we failed to see any accountability in so many cases, and in particular in NY with Eric Gardner. Since Ferguson, I felt that the we were finally headed for a more even keel, and just perhaps we would start to see some accountability. Then Dallas happened. Now the cops were victims in addition to being “heros” and I feared for what that would mean. After yesterday, I do not believe that PBO will allow that to happen. For all the claims of the need for “law and order”, of course the ones who are above the law in this country is the police. Hopefully, no more. I simply cannot imagine that the Obama Justice Department will let the murders of these two men go unpunished. We must have accountability from our police or we indeed will descend into chaos.

  49. 113 Dudette
    July 13, 2016 at 12:48 pm

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