Early Bird Chat


President Barack Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office with Secretary of State John Kerry regarding the situation in Turkey, July 15, 2016. Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Avril Haines, Deputy National Security Advisor, listen. Photo by Pete Souza

115 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. July 16, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Good morning NW and thank you for your exceptional support of Chips and TOD!!!

  2. 6 99ts
    July 16, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Saw this over at LGF – How anyone can compare the GOP wannabees to Sec Clinton is beyond stupid. If you want to bypass Pence’s nonsense Hillary starts about 1.34

    As one of the comments says “She shut him down”

    • July 16, 2016 at 9:24 am

      That’s the thing that the right wing haters have not been able to deal with these seven and a half years….President Obama won the election.

      • 8 cd4biden
        July 16, 2016 at 9:54 am

        GM TOD. And thank you NW for all you do to help our dear Chips.
        And BoBfr, I thank you, too, for keeping us so well informed about the goings on in the Middle East.

  3. July 16, 2016 at 8:57 am

    G’morning Nerdy & TOD! Congrats Sir Bob on #1 🙂 Happy Saturday everyone!

  4. 11 MightyPamela
    July 16, 2016 at 9:07 am


  5. 12 Don
    July 16, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Good morning, everyone, I love these peaceful Saturday mornings.

  6. 13 jackiegrumbacher
    July 16, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Morning all. My heart truly aches for the people of Turkey. Life is going to be pretty unbearable for them in the days ahead and I hope we all keep them in our thoughts. Thank you, 99, for the video of Hillary putting that dunce Pence in his place. Every time I hear her speak, I feel more convinced that she will be a good and powerful leader for this country. Now we have to do the hard work of getting her elected.

    • July 16, 2016 at 9:17 am

      ” Every time I hear her speak, I feel more convinced that she will be a good and powerful leader for this country. Now we have to do the hard work of getting her elected.”

      Agree, JackieG.

      #FORWARD Together

    • 15 99ts
      July 16, 2016 at 9:50 am

      GM Jackie

      If Trump turns up at a debate he will be put down hard. Pence sounded somewhat sane which is rather difficult for Trump. Even when the questions come to emails and Benghazi (which they inevitably will) Trump will be lost for understanding what it is all about.

  7. July 16, 2016 at 9:17 am

  8. July 16, 2016 at 9:21 am

    The human spirit at its best ….

    Take care everyone …. {{{{{Chips}}}}} …. bbl …

  9. 20 amk for obama
    July 16, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Hillary Clinton’s joint fundraising committee with the Democratic National Committee raised $81.6 million over the last three months, and transferred $20.7 million of it to her campaign, according to a report filed Friday night with the Federal Election Commission.

    The committee, Hillary Victory Fund, has been raising money aggressively since last year and it finished last month with $41.9 million in the bank. That’s more than double the balance maintained by the two joint fundraising committees started in late May by her presumptive GOP rival Donald Trump, who is facing a gaping financial disadvantage.

    Hillary Victory Fund’s FEC report reveals a smoothly functioning Democratic Party fundraising apparatus behind their presumptive nominee. The committee transferred $22.8 million to 32 participating state parties as well as $11.8 million to the DNC.


  10. 22 Dudette
    July 16, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Good Morning Family!

    Some good news to start the day!

    • 23 CEB
      July 16, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Reminds me of the saying that if a person is merely standing outside of his/her disabled car waiting for someone to stop and help, many will pass by for a long time without doing so, but if motorist see someone pushing the car, many will help immediately. Throughout my life whenever I made a move to do something related to my education, job searches, purchasing and maintaining a home, there were always people who were there to provide advice that steered me in the right direction. Bravo to this young man who decided to do something about his situation and to the many kind people who helped him. We can do it if we try.

      GM, TOD ohana.

      Chips, we miss you.

  11. 24 Dudette
    July 16, 2016 at 9:43 am

  12. 25 Dudette
    July 16, 2016 at 9:45 am

  13. 28 Don
    July 16, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Poor, Chris Christie, I just don’t believe we realize what he had to go through these last couple of months. And to have his dreams snuffed out so completely and publicly, if you have a heart you have to feel his pain. Can you imagine being asked to perform one degrading task after another and have your soul so completely crushed by someone you thought to be less qualified than you? Christie was a United States Attorney, a Governor, and he had to debase himself and genuflect before a gameshow host. That’s like having to go pick up laundry for, Wink Martindale, and have to listen to his boring stories about putting the moves on some young chippie as he plows through a liver cheese and onion sandwich. The reason why I can’t stop talking about Chris Christie is that his story is so fascinating. It is both a comedy and a tragedy, the worst thing that could happen to Christie now is that he goes back to Jersey and quietly finishes up his term in office and fades away. But if he’s lucky he’ll get indicted over bridge-gate, do a couple of years in the can and come out an honest man.

    • 29 desertflower
      July 16, 2016 at 9:56 am

      You just know how to put a chuckle in my heart:) Morning, Don…morning everyone. Happy Peaceful Saturday

      PS…He made that. Needs to own that.

    • 30 CEB
      July 16, 2016 at 10:00 am

      Sipping tea as I watch the side show.

    • July 16, 2016 at 10:35 am

      OMG, why on earth you don’t have your own syndicated column every day, I just do not know. You are uniquely blessed with the gift of expression both funny and searing. GO DON.

      As for Chris Christie? Whatever tired tattered shreds of his soul remaining will likely seek some kind of lobbyist opportunity where he can rake in the dough and fleece taxpayers. Just like always.

  14. 32 Dudette
    July 16, 2016 at 9:52 am

  15. 33 Dudette
    July 16, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I ❤️ these two!

    • 34 Don
      July 16, 2016 at 10:03 am

      This needs to happen more, President Obama has already stated that if you run for office and do not work for the people he’s not going to campaign or indorse you. I think when he leaves office he’ll being able to influence elections greater than any Presidents we’ve had in the past.

      • 35 Dudette
        July 16, 2016 at 10:07 am

        I think so too Don! He’s setting the standard for excellence in public service that we sorely need.

      • 36 CEB
        July 16, 2016 at 10:35 am

        The first president in 50 years who will have the ability to have a strong positive influence here and abroad. I can just see world leaders calling on him as a mediator and U S office holders asking him to endorse their ideas. They know that he has an army behind him (those of us who worked hard for him and elected him twice) who will be ready for the marching orders of their CIC. They called us delusional Obots and so many other hateful things, but how are they liking us now. When Hillary realized that she could not win without us her whole campaign changed.

      • 38 catrst
        July 16, 2016 at 12:18 pm

        Great thought. I will look forward to that.

  16. 39 Dudette
    July 16, 2016 at 9:53 am

    By the way…

  17. 41 Dudette
    July 16, 2016 at 9:55 am

  18. 42 FoxfireTX
    July 16, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Good day Chips (in our thoughts), Nerdy and TOD! So nice to have a peaceful, quiet Saturday morning after the turmoil of the last few weeks. Following up on JOB comment on the last thread about the Trump campaign being over its head in this election, and the fast moving events of last night. If they can’t roll out a VP selection in any kind of manageable fashion, can you imagine that crew of his dealing with something like the coup last night? And it is not unusual to have everyone separated, where the President ultimately has to make the call. SoS Kerry was in Russia and VP Joe was in the air on his way to Australia. But to help contain the coup, PBO had to get in front of the dissidents to get the statement out there supporting the democratically (sarcastically) elected government. Of course, his brilliant mind can grasp the long term repercussions for this NATO ally and the fallout for the campaign against ISIL, not to mention our troops in the country and the fact NATO has nuclear weapons stored there, which should be reconsidered. While Trump–I suspect–was trying to find Turkey on the map. To my knowledge, he did no even issue anything in response to the coup. We simply cannot let this idiot anywhere near the Oval office.

    But I do feel for the people of Turkey, there will be huge ramifications to this in addition to ongoing problems for the West. And then there are the poor people of France. There will continue to be attacks in that country and they may well end up with LaPen as a result. The instability in the world at the moment is somewhat mind boggling, and thank heavens PBO made Clinton his SoS so she has a good grasp on all the ramifications for the US. And I am confident she will surround herself with competent advisers. She has demonstrated her willingness to rely on the best and I suspect many of PBO’s team will find jobs in her administration. Now we just have to get her elected:-)

    Hope everyone has a great weekend!

    • 43 Don
      July 16, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Spot on FoxfireTX, the same thing happened during the “Arab Spring” uprising in the Middle East; President Obama had to walk a fine line diplomatically. He had to support the elected government and show support for the people without tipping his hand one way or the other. President Obama does “Nuance” better than any other President of recent memory, to know when and where to make a move makes all the difference in the world.

  19. 44 Dudette
    July 16, 2016 at 10:03 am

    This is bad. Really bad. 😳

    • 45 cd4biden
      July 16, 2016 at 10:13 am

      OMG. Wish I could offer more than my prayers for everyone at Incirlik.

    • 46 amk for obama
      July 16, 2016 at 10:20 am

      It’s the typical megalomaniac erdogan’s pressure tactic to get his sworn enemy extradited from US.


    • July 16, 2016 at 10:45 am

      Wow, this is a provocation. OMG, please let cooler heads prevail.

      • 48 cd4biden
        July 16, 2016 at 11:22 am

        Thank goodness President Obama is in office now. I can’t imagine DT’s response if, God forbid, he were to win in November and something like this happened again. With our dear POTUS I know it will be handled in the best possible manner. Still I worry for the safety of Americans who work there, and for their families.

  20. 49 Ladyhawke
    July 16, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Dominance and Humiliation, No Middle Ground


    By Josh Marshall


    Look at Chris Christie, a once strong-arming figure now reduced to being the iconic symbol of a shudder-inducing, oddly voluntary and seemingly perpetual cycle of abject humiliation. In addition to all the ‘hostage Christie’ memes we saw over recent months, Trump forces made sure to tell numerous reporters that as recently as Thursday night – last night – Christie was literally pitching himself to Trump on the phone, again begging to be picked for Veep even after the decision for Pence had apparently already been made. As recently as Friday morning, according to the Times, Christie still thought he was still in the running. It seems quite likely Christie only finally learned his fate from Trump’s twitter. As the Times put it with some understatement in a separate article dedicated entirely to Christie’s public humiliation, “Mr. Trump appeared to relish poking fun at his effusive booster.”

    It is a genuine mystery what sort of hold Trump was able to take over Christie. But it seems to have been total. Like a vampire, Trump drained Christie of all dignity and filled the space he once occupied with a raked carcass of dignity loss.


    • 50 amk for obama
      July 16, 2016 at 10:12 am

      karma. think of all the people this punk (and his equally obnoxious wifey unit) bullied, yelled at and trampled upon.

      • 51 amk for obama
        July 16, 2016 at 10:14 am

        the one good thing about the donnie dreck run is that he single handedly destroyed the inevitability of jeb! & his criminal clan and this nj fat fucker and finished them off politically.

        • 52 CEB
          July 16, 2016 at 10:27 am

          Add Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to the rubble. You should see the Trump-style commercials that are being run here in Florida against how Rubio’s attempt to get h is seat back. No one talks about Cruz anymore either. This year’s election season is a nightmare in many ways, but whatever comes about in the end, it has been beautifully karmic to see how the repubs. finally brought about their own downfall.

          • 53 Don
            July 16, 2016 at 10:33 am

            Theoretically, the fall of the Republican Party can be traced all the way back to asking to see President Obama’s birth certificate.

            • 54 99ts
              July 16, 2016 at 10:57 am

              Which event also signaled the support of the media for the GOP. Their continual pandering, refusal to admit that Trump is 100% unqualified for the job, acceptance of being caged at political events, not demanding to see his taxes/finances, not calling him out on his non stop insulting language towards his opponents has all been the result of seeing the birth certificate fiasco as a valid political intrigue thus legitimising all that Trump says and does. I believe the “crooked Hillary” non stop reference online and in person is the continuation of the birth certificate issue. When it is said often enough people begin to believe it. They question their own understanding of prior events.

              The political media is corrupt to the core.

      • 55 99ts
        July 16, 2016 at 11:01 am

        Glad you mentioned the wife. I’ll always remember her cackling like Madame Defarge as her husband relentlessly bullied a young female teacher. Revolting.

      • 56 catrst
        July 16, 2016 at 12:24 pm

        Yes I pick karma as the culprit. Christie certainly is a jerk, a reactionary bully, and now a humiliated you know what kisser. Certainly shows how truly character void he is. Sold his soul right in front of everyone. I think Trump is sadistic as well. His son in law’s father went to jail. I understand Christie prosecuted him. Trump never forgets a grudge. I just hope lots of people have backsies for Trump and exercise them.

    • 57 desertflower
      July 16, 2016 at 10:18 am

      When the goal you seek is power and control, you will debase yourself, if need be, in order to obtain it. He didn’t start out with a moral compass…the POS he wanted to be VP for, sure as hell doesn’t have a moral compass and will use and abuse till he gets what he wants…FOR HIMSELF. #NeverneartheOval

    • 62 Ladyhawke
      July 16, 2016 at 10:43 am

  21. 65 Don
    July 16, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I love this picture of President Obama with his staff; can you imagine what’s going on behind the scenes? The C.I.A is already on the ground along with other agencies that don’t even exist. And we’re to give control of this to Donald Trump?

    • 66 FoxfireTX
      July 16, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Agree Don, this pic is fabulous. But for me, it is understanding the broader picture and the ramifications. There are such long term consequences to any of these decisions. Someone on twitter last night was asking why PBO came out so forcefully in favor of Erdogan when he did not do so for Mubarek. The answer, if you’re paying attention, is easy. NATO and ISIL. I have no doubt PBO detests Erdogan and his demolition of democracy in Turkey. But that is not the most important consideration when you’re talking about a NATO ally, the NATO base there and the fight against ISIL. Trump’s refusal to be educated, and his lack of history on world affairs, means he would always be making decisions with only half the picture which would be disastrous.

  22. 67 Dudette
    July 16, 2016 at 10:26 am

    • 68 Don
      July 16, 2016 at 10:29 am

      You can’t be against the science and on Viagra at the same time, it doesn’t make sense.

    • 70 Sandy1110
      July 16, 2016 at 11:09 am

      A smiling ignoramus.

      Once again, Britain is giving us a stark preview of what we’re in for if people don’t get off their a$$es in November and keep Trump FAR from the WH.

  23. 71 Dudette
    July 16, 2016 at 10:31 am

  24. July 16, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Good morning and a million thank yous, NW and TODville. Immense love and deep healing to our Chips and her family.

    It’s been a very tumultuous week and I’m afraid it’s about to get even more tumultuous. So I’m just going to leave this here to inspire and embolden all of us: Our beloved First Lady Michelle Obama.

  25. 73 Dudette
    July 16, 2016 at 10:43 am

  26. July 16, 2016 at 10:50 am

    From The President’s Devotional (Joshua DuBois) yesterday: Fickle Praise. There’s a quote from John Wooden about criticism and praise…….it’s a weakness to get caught up in either. The prayer SO fitting for our wonderful President Obama: Dear God, let me neither dismiss not indulge in man’s praise. Let me love and work with steady diligence, regardless of the public response. Amen.

  27. 75 desertflower
    July 16, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Yikes…just pissing people off all along the way….

  28. 76 CEB
    July 16, 2016 at 10:55 am

    And then there was one. Of all of the world leaders who started with PBO, Angela Merkle of Germany is the only one left standing and she is currently taking a hit because of the refugee situation. Everyone else crashed and burned in some kind of way (looking at you Dilma and David, especially). So thankful that PBO has the character and the judgment to still be standing strong, his head “bloody but unbowed” through all of the turmoil and tragedy. I continue to hope and pray that God will continue to protect and guide him and all who work with him to bring the ship of state safely to shore and to hand it off to the next president and CIC, by God’s grace and our goodwill, Hillary Clinton.

    I also think of the scripture that warns us against spending our time seeking vengeance: “Vengeance is mine, says the Lord; I will repay.” when I think of how PBO has handled the criticism, obstruction, deceit and hatred. He kept his eyes on the goal; did not let the “slings and arrows” keep him from his goal. He has been Daniel in the lion’s den and we have all been blessed by his courage. With all of the difficulties, especially this year, I still say: “look around, look around; how lucky we are to be alive right now.”

  29. 77 Ladyhawke
    July 16, 2016 at 10:57 am

  30. 81 amk for obama
    July 16, 2016 at 10:57 am


    Nearly 3,000 soldiers are arrested and 2,700 judges fired in Turkey, after a coup attempt by a faction of the armed forces which left 161 people dead.

    The purge has begun.

  31. 82 Dudette
    July 16, 2016 at 11:01 am

    • 84 desertflower
      July 16, 2016 at 11:06 am

      And now they apologize for their embarrassing grovelling…..


      Organizers for the Republican National Convention reportedly apologized to prominent conservative donor Sheldon and Miriam Adelson after they were asked to fill a wide budget gap for the event, Politico reported Friday.

      Organizers sent the Adelsons a letter that begged him for $6 million after, they claimed, companies backed out $8.1 million in sponsorships. But, four of the five organizers who signed the letter didn’t see it before it was sent.

      A spokeswoman for the RNC organizers told Politico that the list of companies named in the letter, which included Coca-Cola and Pepsi among others, was inaccurate and that the organizers had contacted Adelsons’ aides to apologize.

      Damn 4th rate clown show.

      • 85 Don
        July 16, 2016 at 11:30 am

        They have to beg Sheldon Adelson for money just to put on a convention? Adelson ain’t cheap, the vig alone is going to break their backs.

    • 86 amk for obama
      July 16, 2016 at 11:06 am

      I blame credit sam bee.

      what a buncha amateurish kkklowns.

    • 88 Don
      July 16, 2016 at 11:24 am

      Are we really surprised that Team Trump had to retool their entire campaign logo? Trump wants to run for President on the cheap, Trump is a classic businessman in that he wants to spend as less money as possible and wants the greatest reward as possible, but the thing is you can’t run that con while running for President. Every move you make is scrutinized to the tenth degree, Trump is not detailed oriented, he does not to get in the weeds. Trump likes to make grand announcements and hope you won’t ask for details. Mike Pence is going to have to answer for everything, every policy, every position, while Trump is flying high above the fight. Donald Trump’s passion is real estate, this running for President thing is just a side gig. Heaven help Pence if and when they lose because he’s going to get blamed for everything. I just hope Pence has something he can fall back on once this is all over.

      • 89 catrst
        July 16, 2016 at 12:45 pm

        Flippant Trump does not respect the voters, the job his is applying for, or the country. He’s shown us that over and over again. Wants to wing this campaign and thinks its actually possible. Pence is a throw away. He is already damaged goods, is completely visible for what and who his is now and can’t do the fake any more so he isn’t useful to the always entrist Kochs. Pence is a dullard so no good as a strategist, just a pawn in someone else’s agenda. He is hated by many in Indiana where I live for his Bircher policies, like hating on “government schoos”. The teachers here are going to find a way to make him rue the day he took this risk. He is covered somewhat in the gerrymandered state of Indiana right now but now out in the real world of a national election.

  32. 90 Dudette
    July 16, 2016 at 11:03 am

  33. 91 Dudette
    July 16, 2016 at 11:03 am

  34. 92 Dudette
    July 16, 2016 at 11:04 am

  35. 93 Dudette
    July 16, 2016 at 11:06 am

  36. 94 Dudette
    July 16, 2016 at 11:07 am

  37. 95 Dudette
    July 16, 2016 at 11:07 am

  38. 96 Dudette
    July 16, 2016 at 11:08 am

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  40. 98 desertflower
    July 16, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Senator Warren doesn’t need to be at the convention:) She is a fearless warrior now…she knows who the opponents are and she is ready, willing and able to lay down the truth…she is bigger than a night at the convention:)

    • 99 amk for obama
      July 16, 2016 at 11:20 am

      Oh, I am sure kenyan & co plan to use her the ‘trump’ card at the convention. You heard it here furst.

  41. 100 desertflower
    July 16, 2016 at 11:20 am



    After officially announcing his running mate Gov. Mike Pence, Donald Trump is refusing to hit the campaign trail with the governor in his home state of Indiana.

    Numerous journalists are reporting that Trump won’t campaign with Pence:

    • 101 cd4biden
      July 16, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      Does that mean if he wins the presidency and he doesn’t feel like dealing with a situation that he will just refuse to handle it? Pretty scary.

  42. 102 desertflower
    July 16, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Morning Must Read


    Somehow Donald Trump manages to make George W Bush look like a colossus of domestic policy and world affairs. He claims, unconvincingly, to have opposed the war in Iraq. Yet he is reported to have picked a veep – Indiana governor Mike Pence – who was such an ardent supporter of that war that he claimed Saddam Hussein was linked to al-Qaida.

    Trump’s response to recent terrorism was to propose a ban on all Muslims entering the country: a ban that Pence denounced on Twitter (where else?) as “offensive and unconstitutional”.

    This is the same Pence who responded to the Isis attacks on Paris with a ban on heavily screened Syrian refugees entering the great state of Indiana: a ban that was itself offensive, unconstitutional and impossible to enact.

    Trump-Pence: neither man makes sense.

  43. 103 Dudette
    July 16, 2016 at 11:30 am

    • 106 cd4biden
      July 16, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      When I first saw this photo I thought the caption should be “Can you believe this doofus wants to be my running mate?” Later I realized I couldn’t tell which of the two of them was the bigger doofus. 🙂

    • 107 susanne
      July 16, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      whoever came up with this headline should get an award

  44. 108 Dudette
    July 16, 2016 at 11:33 am

  45. 110 desertflower
    July 16, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Big ole cluster****

  46. 111 desertflower
    July 16, 2016 at 11:37 am

  47. 112 amk for obama
    July 16, 2016 at 11:42 am

    this season is going to be better than mcangry/tundra twit clusterfuck.

  48. 115 amk for obama
    July 16, 2016 at 11:55 am

    I am bringing back my prediction made a few months back. donnie dreck will drop out before GE.

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