Early Bird Chat





President Barack Obama speaks to the media after holding a meeting



All Times Eastern

10AM: President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

1PM: Press Secretary Josh Earnest holds the White House Briefing

2PM: President Obama meets with Secretary Kerry

3:35PM: President Obama delivers remarks t the White House Summit on Global Development at the Ronald Reagan Building






First Lady Michelle Obama participates in an event with future college students in the East Room of the White House



117 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 99ts
    July 20, 2016 at 8:45 am

    GM TOD ty Nerdy

  2. 3 cd4biden
    July 20, 2016 at 8:49 am

    GM TOD, and congrats 99ts on first.
    So happy I have 2 videos above to watch. It will help my brain return to sanity land. Love me some POTUS, FLOTUS, and AG Lynch.
    Have a lovely day everyone.

  3. 5 Nerdy Wonka
    July 20, 2016 at 8:50 am


  4. July 20, 2016 at 8:56 am

    tell it like it is..

    • 8 hopefruit2
      July 20, 2016 at 9:07 am

      That’s the truth! Not only are they out-numbered, but they’re out of ideas about real policy that impacts people lives. E.g., their supposedly economic theme of last night got short-thrifted in favor of nonsensical demagoguery about HRC being a criminal, Satan,etc. I didn’t watch the convention last night, but from what I saw on Twitter, I don’t think a single speaker gave any substantive policy driven speech about ideas to maintain the economic growth rate, stimulating new and existing businesses, educating and training the workforce or keeping people employed with decent-paying jobs, etc

      Will the media call them out on this, or will they instead get hard-on whenever an idiot speaker throws a childish jab at HRC or PBO?

      • 9 99ts
        July 20, 2016 at 9:26 am

        Last night was supposedly jobs night – all I heard was people attacking Hillary. One short sentence on Trump & then the hate started. I didn’t watch much but what I saw was people wanting to throw the “Christians” (being Clintons) into the lions den. The ugly was on display for the world to see.

        The media replays each speech & then says tut tut or laughs. No attempt to call anyone out. And Rachel gushed over Trump Jnrs speech. Cringeworthy.

        • 10 arapaho415
          July 20, 2016 at 9:37 am

          GE 99ts.

          Rachel did that? OMG, the kids are even worse than Trump himself. He’s an insecure, unhinged sociopath, but his kids have entitlement stitched into their genes.

          The only portion of RNC I saw yesterday was the end portion of the roll call and his chance to speak “throwing” his father “over the top” was worse than cringeworthy. Think Trump’s kids are stupider than he is, which is a high bar to cross.

          The fact that MSM allows this kind of crap on their airwaves is simply mortifying and damaging to their audience.

          • 11 99ts
            July 20, 2016 at 10:05 am

            Rachel did indeed – she did similar with Melania & after the plagiarism blow up you would think she would have learned to avoid the glowing praise. It all seems like with Palin – if they talk in sentences and/or can read the teleprompter they are the new genius. Every last word Hillary says is pulled apart yet her speeches leave all of them many miles behind

            • 12 57andfemale
              July 20, 2016 at 11:53 am

              Of course, when it was PBO, she was always critical. He didn’t say exactly what she wanted him to say exactly how she wanted to hear it. Bu7t the Trump brat she gushes over.

      • 14 arapaho415
        July 20, 2016 at 9:31 am

        GM HF2!

        With you, can’t bear to watch #TrumpInfomercial starring his abhorrent family (mentioned yesterday that this is the first convention I haven’t watched since 1968).

        US broadcast MSM crave ratings and acknowledge that white supremacy is their bread-and-butter, so no mention of racism, continuing their pattern of covering the “Tea Party” for the past 6 years.

        From a Canadian reporter:

  5. 15 Ladyhawke
    July 20, 2016 at 8:57 am

    • 16 Ladyhawke
      July 20, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Research for the speech, it seems, drew them to the previous convention speeches delivered by candidates’ spouses.
      “Everyone says, ‘You work hard,’” Mr. Favreau said, reciting a line from the speech. “Political speeches are filled with clichés that are impossible to avoid.” But when he got to Ms. Trump saying, “Your word is your bond,” Mr. Favreau recalled, he stopped short.

      “I remember Michelle saying, ‘Your word is your bond,’ and thinking I’ve never heard of someone saying that in politics,” Mr. Favreau said. “That was when I knew it might have been copied.”


  6. 17 Ladyhawke
    July 20, 2016 at 8:59 am

    • 18 amk for obama
      July 20, 2016 at 9:17 am

      well, they delivered what they promised. very economical with economy policy.

      and half the murkans think that the rethugs are better at economy and defense.

  7. July 20, 2016 at 9:00 am

    G’morning Nerdy & TOD! Congrats 99ts on #1, and Happy Wednesday everyone 🙂

  8. 20 cd4biden
    July 20, 2016 at 9:00 am

    I just finished watching the first video with POTUS and AG Lynch. POTUS looks so stressed. And I swear he is skinnier. I don’t think he has gotten much sleep these last few weeks. I pray the current insanity lightens up, or takes a break or something, as our POTUS needs a rest. Does anyone know when the family leaves for their August vacation, and how long they will be gone? Can’t happen soon enough. {{{POTUS}}}

    • 21 jackiegrumbacher
      July 20, 2016 at 9:09 am

      It’s heartbreaking what this country has done to our President. I hope that after the Democratic convention he and his family can take a vacation and enjoy some time together. I do fear that he will push himself even further by rigorously campaigning for Hillary. He, more than anyone, knows the nightmare that Trump represents.

  9. July 20, 2016 at 9:01 am

  10. 27 Nerdy Wonka
    July 20, 2016 at 9:03 am

    • 28 desertflower
      July 20, 2016 at 9:54 am

      A little Grey Poupon? Puke worthy…..I also learned something new. There’s such a thing as “Muslims for Trump”? Really??? Are they deaf? Morning everyone. I went to bed last night. Rather sleep than see what happened at the shitshow.

  11. 29 jackiegrumbacher
    July 20, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Morning all and good for you, 99ts, for coming in first. As hilarious as this Republican convention is, it’s also very, very frightening in what in reveals about the real right wing agenda for our country. There’s no hope in their idea of America only vast wealth in the hands of the few, a government of, by and for the rich and virtual servitude, if not outright murder, for the rest of us. The Republicans have nominated an amoral crime boss for president and he has made clear that his vacuous and deceitful little crime family will hold the reins of power if he’s elected since he himself won’t even bother to do any of the work. Idiots on the right either actively support the total destruction of democracy and government as we know it or they are too dumb to see what Trump and his crime family intend.

    The election of a black President in 2008 triggered an underlying fear and insanity in this country and the nomination of a woman in 2016 is sending the whole lot of them over the edge. We must work very hard–every day–spreading the word and getting greater than ever numbers of people to vote. It will be tedious, uncomfortable and life disrupting, but it must be done. And please, please stay safe.

    • 30 catrst
      July 20, 2016 at 9:37 am

      I often am reminded of a scene in the movie series “Lord of the Rings” were hobbits start a fight amongst the orcs and they are so easily drawn into violence that they all kill each other while the hobbits hide and run off. That’s what I see happening. The kingpins like Trump, the Koch brothers, the Murdoch clan with their villain Ailes, are starting to go after one another. Somehow they are all fighting over the same thing, ultimate power. I hope the rest of us can hide till they demolish their own brands and families and run off to our own coalition of hope and change for everyone.

      • 31 arapaho415
        July 20, 2016 at 10:23 am

        GM catrst.

        This won’t happen because of the US MSM who provide a safe haven for GOP.

        In reality’s version of LOTR (which I love!!! read as a teenager, and several times since), US media acts as a guardian angel for each undeserving orc.

    • 32 99ts
      July 20, 2016 at 10:12 am

      gm Jackie – one of the frightening things was the ease with which Trump walked in and took over the republican party – and those in power let him do it. There have been previous examples of this in history & they have not ended well. It is impossible to think of someone like this following PBO so I continue to believe that Hillary will win. If the media can bring itself to walk back the non stop stories of Sec Clinton being charged with a crime, she would win in a landslide but given most are not willing to call Trump out on his lies it may be closer than it should be.

      I am consoled by the stories that the ratings for the convention are low and many seats are empty.

      • 33 arapaho415
        July 20, 2016 at 10:33 am

        You are so right that the GOP and MSM have completed shielded an unhinged, unqualified, bag of hot con man to pave the way to completely begin destruction of this country (no domestic spending, lots spent on foreign wars and the more carbon they can fill the air with and strip/frack the landscape the better — welcome to Yellowstone, the yugest oil field in the world with geysers!).

        And completely don’t get the GOP delegate system at all (saw a similar tweet about DC yesterday too):

  12. July 20, 2016 at 9:23 am

  13. July 20, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Good morning, NW and TODville.

    I cannot WAIT for this horror show to end and we’re only halfway through. AND I’M NOT EVEN WATCHING IT.


    I thank the universe for the President and First Lady, for their incredible tenure. Love and compassion, vision and action, no one can hold a candle to their energy and spirit that reflects what true America is all about.

  14. July 20, 2016 at 9:33 am

    In case you were wondering just how deep the fraud goes, look at this. And please RT so we can spread this horrific wake-up call as far and wide as possible.

  15. 38 jackiegrumbacher
    July 20, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Since 2004, Mr. G and I have worked to find volunteers for public events like our county fair, Fiesta Latina, street fairs and this year the Gay Pride festival. But this is the first year I’ve actually felt anxious about the safety of the Dem volunteers. There is anger and hatred out there and the internal barriers that normally prevent people from striking out seem to have disappeared. I hope and pray that all Dem volunteers across the country make it safely to November 9.

  16. 40 Dudette
    July 20, 2016 at 9:42 am

    GM Everybody!

    Need something fun to make you smile? Here ya go! 😄

  17. 41 Dudette
    July 20, 2016 at 9:44 am

  18. 42 Ladyhawke
    July 20, 2016 at 9:44 am

  19. 44 hopefruit2
    July 20, 2016 at 9:44 am

    • 45 Dudette
      July 20, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Article yesterday from The Hill (I think) said pick has narrowed to Tim Kaine or Tom Vilsack. Hope that’s wrong, but oh well, we gotta get this thing going.

        July 20, 2016 at 10:26 am


    • July 20, 2016 at 10:25 am

      If you watched HRC’s interview with Charlie Rose a few nights ago, you heard her say her highest priority is she wants someone who can be POTUS on Day One. She also values someone who is wonky and detail oriented but not necessarily just like herself. It sounds like she’s going to go with someone very, very safe.

      • 48 idon
        July 20, 2016 at 3:49 pm

        Running as the first female President is courageous and awesome and a powerful statement for hope and change just like it was eight years when my beloved President started on his journey to the WH. With that said, I think she’s going to pick Vilsack even though Kaine would be fine too.

  20. 49 Ladyhawke
    July 20, 2016 at 9:54 am

  21. 50 Dudette
    July 20, 2016 at 9:56 am

    • 51 arapaho415
      July 20, 2016 at 10:20 am

      GM Dudette.

      Beautiful, generous gesture on the little girl’s part, who obviously has been raised with core values.

      Wish there was something that would motivate our society besides personal greed to help this man, who said he has lost everything, including his wife when his trailer burned down. 😦

      There but for the grace of God…

    • July 20, 2016 at 11:08 am

      Unless you become as a little child, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.

  22. 53 Dudette
    July 20, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Kinda late buddy.

    • 54 vcprezofan2
      July 20, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      ‘the more copies that ‘The Art of the Deal’ sells….

      Why would *anyone* want to buy a book that he’s admitting is full of lies? Seems to me it would be simpler for a potential (???) buyer to make his/her own direct donation “to the people whose rights Trumps seeks…”

  23. 55 Dudette
    July 20, 2016 at 9:58 am

  24. 56 Dudette
    July 20, 2016 at 9:59 am

  25. 57 Dudette
    July 20, 2016 at 10:00 am

  26. 58 Dudette
    July 20, 2016 at 10:04 am

  27. 59 Dudette
    July 20, 2016 at 10:07 am


  28. 60 Dudette
    July 20, 2016 at 10:09 am

  29. 61 Dudette
    July 20, 2016 at 10:10 am

  30. 62 Dudette
    July 20, 2016 at 10:11 am

  31. 63 JER
    July 20, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Good Morning NW and TOD.

    Stephen invites his friend Melania Trump to defend herself against charges that she stole parts of her RNC speech from Michelle Obama.

  32. 66 Dudette
    July 20, 2016 at 10:15 am


  33. 67 JER
    July 20, 2016 at 10:18 am

  34. July 20, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Here’s the Next Sleeper Challenge to Affirmative Action
    The guy who engineered the Fisher case in the Supreme Court isn’t done yet.

    JUL. 19, 2016 6:00 AM

    Apparently Abigail Fisher is going to stay mad. #StayMadAbby is the Twitter hashtag Fisher earned during the course of her long-running lawsuit against the University of Texas-Austin when she alleged that the flagship Texas university had discriminated against her, a white woman, when it denied her admission in favor of less qualified black students. In June, the Supreme Court ruled 4-3 against her, ending eight years of litigation that extended long after Fisher had graduated from Louisiana State.

    Now that her legal saga is over, it seems Fisher hasn’t given up attacking affirmative action. She’s become a board member of Students for Fair Admissions, a group founded and run by former Texas stockbroker Edward Blum, the same man who recruited her to file suit against the University of Texas. Blum has made a name for himself by ginning up lawsuits challenging racial preferences in various forums, including college admissions and legislative redistricting. Many of those cases, like Fisher’s, have ended up at the Supreme Court. Another one of Blum’s cases, Shelby County v. Holder, resulted in a decision gutting a significant section of the historic Voting Rights Act.


    Apparently, recruiting sympathetic white people who have legitimate claims of discrimination and are also interested in making life harder for minorities is a tough job. So Blum has embarked on a different strategy. He’s enlisted a new group of people to focus on in his crusade against racial preferences: Asian American students. Blum has argued that affirmative action policies negatively affect extremely well-qualified Asian American students, whom he argues are being rejected from prestigious schools in favor of less qualified applicants of other races.

    That may be a mixed blessing. During the course of Fisher’s two trips to the Supreme Court, the university disclosed that her grades were such that she would not have been admitted to the school regardless of her race. (Her school record has earned her the Twitter hashtag #BeckyWithTheBadGrades.) As such, lawyers had argued that Fisher didn’t appear to have standing, or the right, to bring the case because she couldn’t show any identifiable injury. But the court proceeded with it anyway; it has a long record of bending over backward to allow white plaintiffs to challenge affirmative action in a manner not accorded to African Americans bringing discrimination lawsuits.

  35. July 20, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Day Two: Delegate Alienation Equals Half-Empty Arena
    by Martin Longman
    July 20, 2016 9:45 AM

    The Washingtonian reported a month ago that the DC delegation to the Republican convention was so unhappy with Donald Trump as their party’s nominee that they could make trouble in Cleveland. The District’s Republicans only gave Trump 14% of their votes in the primary. Their 19 delegates were awarded to Marco Rubio (10) and John Kasich (9).

    But there was a problem.

    Even though all 19 DC delegates are pledged to either Rubio or Kasich, DC’s party bylaws dictate that if only one candidate is up for nomination at the convention, delegates are obliged to support that candidate (read: Trump). It’s one of the main reasons DC real estate agent Kevin Cain gave up his spot: “I do not want my name on record in any way as having ever voted for, contributed to, or otherwise assisted [Trump] or his campaign,” Cain announced in a Facebook post last month.

    Bob Kabel, a DC GOP delegate who secured a coveted spot on the convention’s Rules Committee, says he has some sympathy for the crisis of conscience in which some delegates find themselves, but ultimately, the rules are the rules. “It’s an unhappy situation,” he says. “But they know the rules. They’ve bought into it. They’re all adults.”

    July 20, 2016 at 10:28 am


  37. 71 desertflower
    July 20, 2016 at 10:34 am

  38. 73 desertflower
    July 20, 2016 at 10:35 am

  39. July 20, 2016 at 10:36 am

    They knew it was going to be a sh^+ show! Evidence???? Exhibit A:

  40. 77 desertflower
    July 20, 2016 at 10:38 am

  41. 78 JER
    July 20, 2016 at 10:41 am

  42. 79 Dudette
    July 20, 2016 at 10:41 am

    This gorgeous museum is opening in September. I look forward to visiting it.

  43. July 20, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Obama and Trump: Polar Opposites
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    July 19, 2016 12:25 PM

    Republicans who have been unhappy with Donald Trump as their party’s presidential nominee have been known to blame his ascension on President Obama. That is not terribly surprising. We’ve all seen how the so-called “party of personal responsibility” is loath to examine how their own history led to the creation of this Frankenstein-like candidate.

    But there are times when the “Thanks, Obama” meme actually deserves some examination. If you start from the premise that Trump’s rhetoric and support springs from anger (bordering on hatred) stemming from Obama Derangement Syndrome, it will come as no surprise that the GOP is about to nominate someone who is the polar opposite of the object of that anger.

    There are some obvious ways that Obama and Trump are opposites. One is a Black man born to humble beginnings. The other is a White man born to wealth and privilege. When it comes to political positions, Trump has been all over the map while Obama has been strikingly consistent over time. Obama emerged on the national political scene with a speech that was all about uniting Americans across our differences. Trump’s political career was launched with birther accusations about our first African American president. A couple of things have emerged recently about Trump that take the comparison a little deeper. I’d like to highlight some of them that are the most important to recognize.

  44. 86 Dudette
    July 20, 2016 at 10:47 am

    This is great work. Look what happens when you have an administration that truly works for the people. Love this.

    • July 20, 2016 at 11:09 am

      OUTSTANDING! As I have a solar consultation appointment next week, I’ll have to do some research on this PACE program. THANK YOU, PRESIDENT OBAMA!

  45. 88 desertflower
    July 20, 2016 at 10:49 am

  46. July 20, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Wednesday morning. Congrats 99ts, on being first this morning.

    Nerdy, thanks so much for helping Ms. Chips and the sacrifices you are making for us TOD”ders. 💫🙏👌👊❤

    The greatest start of the day is when you wake-up in the morning and have all your faculties and mobility. If you don’t think so, try not waking up.

    To all, I hope that your audacious, courageous, and venturous persona is on full display today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

    • 90 cd4biden
      July 20, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      Never more glad to read this from you RanMan than this week, what with the sh*t fest going on in Cleveland. Thanks for your good wishes for all of us.

  47. 91 Dudette
    July 20, 2016 at 10:50 am

  48. 92 Dudette
    July 20, 2016 at 10:51 am

  49. 93 Dudette
    July 20, 2016 at 10:51 am

  50. July 20, 2016 at 10:56 am

    ICYMI, Hillary Clinton for the hour on Charlie Rose. She talks about VP pick at 20:58.


  51. 98 JER
    July 20, 2016 at 11:47 am

    LIVE NOW: Demonstrators to ‘Wall Off Hate’ to Protest Donald Trump – http://abcnews.go.com/Live

  52. 99 desertflower
    July 20, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Hard to look at, but not nearly as hard as having these dangerous morons in charge of anything to do with real people

  53. 103 JER
    July 20, 2016 at 12:02 pm

  54. 104 desertflower
    July 20, 2016 at 12:04 pm


    On Tuesday night, the Republican National Convention blasted the opening bars of Sinatra’s “New York, New York” and fireworks flashed across the arena’s jumbotron as Donald Trump officially became the Republican Party’s presidential nominee. But the moment that should have signified party unity was broken by shouts of dissent and demands for a recount as multiple delegations had their votes changed against their will.
    In the delegation from Washington, D.C., ten were assigned to support Rubio and nine to Kasich, based on how D.C. Republicans voted in the primary. But, relying on arcane party rules, the RNC overruled them, and assigned all 19 votes to Trump.

    Minutes after the vote, first-time D.C. delegate Kris Hammond told ThinkProgress he felt insulted and excluded by his party and its nominee.
    “How is [Trump] going to listen to us if he’s elected president, if he’s not listening to us now?” he fumed. “He’s not allowing dissent. He’s not going to allow anything other than subservience to Donald Trump.”

    So glad you asked that question, Kris! Short answer: He’s not!

    • 105 desertflower
      July 20, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      Reading the entire piece…this entire thing of supporting DT no matter what, could backfire spectacularly. We can hope.

  55. 106 MightyPamela
    July 20, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    How so many of them call themselves ‘christians’, as if they truly understand the Work of Christ. Saddens me to the core. Bbl.

  56. July 20, 2016 at 12:13 pm

  57. 109 desertflower
    July 20, 2016 at 12:42 pm

  58. 110 desertflower
    July 20, 2016 at 12:43 pm

  59. 111 Allison
    July 20, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    This is BS!

  60. 114 desertflower
    July 20, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    If Dem people helping with campaign were smart, and I think they are, they would sow seeds of doubt about DT to his tepid followers….making them question whether he really IS the person he says he is, whether he really WOULD/COULD do what he says he would….create nagging doubts about him that gets harder and harder to ignore or pass off….. like this Lucifer tweet……

  61. July 20, 2016 at 1:01 pm

  62. July 20, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Will George Bush Be the Last Republican President?
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    July 20, 2016 11:00 AM

    As Donald Trump was declaring victory last night at the Republican Convention, Shane Goldmacher was reporting on a “shadow convention” held in April for former Bush administration officials. The most significant thing that occurred was that several people reported something George W. Bush said.

    “I’m worried,” Bush told them, “that I will be the last Republican president.”

    While those in attendance weren’t sure whether that was some kind of “gallows humor or blunt realpolitik,” it certainly expresses the feelings of a group of Republicans as they watch their party’s nominee take center stage. As I noted yesterday, John Daniel Davidson says that “Cleveland is the end of the GOP as we know it.”

    The Republican Party will nominate Donald Trump as its candidate for president at the national convention here this week, which means the RNC will serve as a kind of ceremonial marker for a rather unusual political purge: a purge in reverse.

    The Republican leaders who show up to the convention and climb aboard the Trump train will be purged from whatever comes after the GOP. The ones left standing will be the ones who stayed away—or, like, Sen. Ted Cruz, showed up, but not to endorse Trump.

    That brings up what might be the most interesting question going in to tonight’s speeches at the RNC. Ted Cruz has been given a prime spot in tonight’s line-up. But he hasn’t endorsed Donald Trump yet. All eyes will be on whether or not he does so in Cleveland. Regardless of the answer to that question, Cruz definitely has his eye on a longer-game. And he seems to be betting on a Trump loss in November.

  63. 117 kid kanga
    July 20, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Let us hope that more and more GOP voters come to their senses regarding the destruction that their votes have wrought over the last 8 or even 30 years.

    All the more reason to stay focused and united to elect HRC and a Dem congress in a landslide.

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