Early Bird Chat


All Times Eastern

10:30AM: President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

8:50PM: President Obama departs the White House

9:50PM: President Obama arrives in Philadelphia

10:30PM: President Obama delivers remarks to the Democratic National Convention

11:40PM: President Obama departs Philadelphia

12:35AM: President Obama arrives at the White House


126 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 MightyPamela
    July 27, 2016 at 9:12 am


  2. 3 Roberta in MN
    July 27, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Good Morning Nerdy.

  3. 5 amk for obama
    July 27, 2016 at 9:12 am

    start the day (or end the night) with a smile.

  4. 8 amk for obama
    July 27, 2016 at 9:13 am

    • 9 cd4biden
      July 27, 2016 at 10:33 am

      GM everyone. Love this Tweet, amk. It says it all about this convention. I have been so inspired by every speaker, and love, love, love the number of women, and especially the Black women, who have been on this stage. Talk about powerful and impressive. Do not mess with these ladies.

  5. 10 GGAIL
    July 27, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Good West Coast morning TOD family and a YUuuG thanks to NW.
    WOW, what a night 💃🏾

  6. 11 MightyPamela
    July 27, 2016 at 9:13 am

    ⭐⭐ NerdyWonka⭐⭐
    ❤❤ Chipsticks ❤❤

    • 12 Roberta in MN
      July 27, 2016 at 9:15 am

      ^5 on that MP. Sending prayers t Chips, Danny and Family. We miss her but Nerdy Wonka has done an outstanding job for Chips and the TOD Family. Thank you so very much Nerdy.

  7. 13 amk for obama
    July 27, 2016 at 9:15 am

  8. July 27, 2016 at 9:17 am

    G’morning Nerdy & TOD!! Congrats Mighty P on #1, and Happy Wednesday everyone! 🙂 🙂 Thanks Nerdy for posting our President’s schedule for this evening! 🙂

  9. 18 amk for obama
    July 27, 2016 at 9:18 am

  10. 19 Ladyhawke
    July 27, 2016 at 9:24 am


    • 20 jackiegrumbacher
      July 27, 2016 at 9:42 am

      LH, I couldn’t find this at the DemConvention hashtag or @AlGiordana. Would live to read what he says.

    • 23 Ladyhawke
      July 27, 2016 at 10:03 am

      It’s a series of 28 tweets at @AlGiordano. Hopefully someone will storify an make it easier to read. For now just scroll down until you hit the 28 tweets.

    • 24 Dudette
      July 27, 2016 at 10:03 am

      Yes, I was coming to share this. Read the whole thing for interesting historical context.

    • 25 Dudette
      July 27, 2016 at 10:07 am

      Gotta post the last bits about PBO here, cuz it’s just outstanding.

  11. 29 No Child Left Behind
    July 27, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Good morning TODVille.

    Thank you Nerdy.

    Thoughts and prayers for Chips.

  12. 30 arapaho415
    July 27, 2016 at 9:30 am

    GM TODville.

    Not sure if this has been posted (don’t know how those who keep up here do it, not enough hours in the day for me 😦 ):.

    Must read from @jonfavs:

    From the article:
    “Tomorrow [tonight] night, Barack Obama will address what is likely to be his biggest audience between now and the end of his presidency. He’ll do so at the Democratic National Convention, where America first met him as a 42-year-old state senator exactly 12 years earlier.”

    Describing his first encounter w/PBO (Meredith McIver is the (alleged?) person who took the fall for Melania’s plagiarism of FLOTUS 2008 speech):

    “I bumbled through an explanation worthy of Meredith McIver about how Kerry had supposedly written a similar line, when I was saved by a tall, mustachioed man named David Axelrod.”

    re: 2008 acceptance speech at DNC:
    “Four years after Boston, I found myself working with Obama on another convention address. This time, it was an acceptance speech for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. And as I sat through the first meeting about the speech with the candidate and all of the campaign’s senior advisers, I became even more terrified than I was in that locker room [where Favs first met PBO in Boston].

    snip /

    “It was the first true all-nighter I ever pulled…”

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
    Do yourself a favor and savor Jon’s history of the lead-up to exactly 12 years ago tonight.

    • 31 MightyPamela
      July 27, 2016 at 9:41 am

      “Obama. Always the calmest person in the room.” This! ❤️

    • 32 cd4biden
      July 27, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      Thank you for this arapaho. What a way to start my morning. I am crying again. I can’t believe the tears this week. Tears of joy about Hillary finally being officially nominated, tears for all the amazing diversity of speakers and their experiences, tears that POTUS, FLOTUS, VPOTUS and Dr Biden will soon be moving on to other things. Reading the final words of President Obama’s acceptance speech in 2008 in this article has brought back so many memories of that night, the last 7 1/2 years, and more. I need to buy stock in Kleenex or something, as I’m not sure this is going to let up for me for the next 6 months. What a ride this will be.

  13. 33 jackiegrumbacher
    July 27, 2016 at 9:34 am

    As exciting as it is to watch the key speakers at the Dem convention, the late nights are wearing me out. There are the times when it sucks to live in Eastern time and Pacific or Mountain time zones are an advantage.

    I thought Bill Clinton’s speech was very helpful is offering a simple, easy to remember contrast between the real Hillary, the change maker, and the cartoon Hillary that Republicans choose to run against and the media laps up like cream. While he seemed to speak long, he was carefully describing a lifelong version of a Hillary who sees problems and works to find solutions that change people’s lives. Having the audience show “change maker” signs was a good way to imprint the meme in viewers heads. The media, the GOP and sadly many unthinking Democrats routinely parrot the GOP/media descriptions of the ‘cartoon’ Hillary and don’t bother to research, learn and make their own judgments. Bill, for all of his faults, is good at ‘explaining things’ and he was masterful last night. This is a meme we can use when we reach out to voters because it’s simple and clear. So Bravo, Bill Clinton. He didn’t inspire us, but he taught us.

  14. 35 arapaho415
    July 27, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Yes… #ElectAnObamaGeneration

    “Obama’s preparing a major run of endorsements and campaign stops for statehouse candidates, trying to foster an Obama generation on his way out the door.”

    • 36 Dudette
      July 27, 2016 at 10:20 am

      Yay! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

    • 39 Gazelle
      July 27, 2016 at 10:33 am

      This is the usual Politico garbage: blame PBO. This para & others are so full of it:

      “Despite all of that, though, the lingering resentment against Obama within the party is there. They blame him for letting the Democratic National Committee atrophy as he invested in his own alternate political structure, and for leaving Debbie Wasserman Schultz in place as chair until she had to be forced out Sunday in the messiest and most public way possible. They can still get worked into a rage at what they see as his complete lack of interest in down-ballot elections that they say cost them the House and Senate. And many of the Democrats left in the House and Senate in Washington are bitter at how little he’s reached out to them socially or for their input on policy, and the disdain they feel he’s exhibited whenever he has.”

      • 40 Dudette
        July 27, 2016 at 11:09 am

        Typical Political. The down-balloters ran from PBO in midterms chasing the bigot vote instead of highlighting Democratic success under a successful Democratic president.

  15. 44 mtmarilyn
    July 27, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Nerdy Wonka, you are the best. Thank you for keeping us going. We all so appreciate your efforts.

    Good morning all. I have listened to the whole convention online. It has bee so great not hearing any pundits and here all the speakers. I will tell you the two that really touched me yesterday besides the Mothers were the two about 9-11. Can’t remember their names but he was an officer and she had been burned over 85 percent of her body. So inspiringand a testament to Hillary.

  16. 46 Linda
    July 27, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Disturbing news.

    All charges have been dropped for the remaining killers of Freddie Gray. I hope his family files a civil suit for wrongful death without delay.

    Also… The GOP is pushing the narrative that by having the Mothers of the Movement speak at the DNC proves that the Democrats are anti-law enforcement. Don’t let them get away with this. At least 4 of children were NOT killed by police… They were gunned down by citizens with guns, not the police.

  17. July 27, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Van Jones wrote in a tweet that people (Bernie supporters I suppose) should vote for Hillary in swing states but could vote for Jill Stein in blue states. What an irresponsible thing to say. Hillary needs to win the electoral vote by great margins; this will give her some political capital. And Trump has to be humiliated.

    TIRED of the “elitist” left like Al Giordano calls them.

    Jill Stein is nuts.

  18. 52 Dudette
    July 27, 2016 at 10:14 am

  19. 55 arapaho415
    July 27, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Joe in Philly (not sure if this was taken last night, sent at 8am EDT)!

  20. 57 jacquelineoboomer
    July 27, 2016 at 10:18 am

    John Hinckley, Jr., who shot President Reagan in 1981, is going to be released (to live in Virginia, with his family). Wow.

    And we still don’t have adequate gun control laws.


  21. 58 Dudette
    July 27, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Rachel was really buggin’ out. I guess she needs some time to process her disappointment over Bernie too.

    • 59 Dudette
      July 27, 2016 at 10:32 am

      Apparently Rachel expected wanted a political speech, which is the opposite of the purpose of Bill’s speech.

      • 60 hopefruit2
        July 27, 2016 at 10:41 am

        Apparently Rachel wanted to find a reason -any reason (rational or not) to dislike the speech – because she’s really pissed off that Bernie didn’t win the nomination and the “Dems in disarray” narrative that they were so pining for hasn’t panned out so far!

      • 62 Dudette
        July 27, 2016 at 10:42 am


      • 63 jacquelineoboomer
        July 27, 2016 at 10:46 am

        Sometimes Rachel seems to need a few weeks off, to rest and regroup.

        • 64 COS
          July 27, 2016 at 11:59 am

          Jacqueline, I think Rachel is at that point now. She totally misconstrued what Bill was saying in his speech, calling the first part of his speech” risky”. She has been hanging out to much with all of those Republicans who have taken over the MSNBC punditry; especially Nicole Wallace who irks me.

          • 65 jacquelineoboomer
            July 27, 2016 at 12:59 pm

            Every time MSNBC has Nicole Wallace on, they give credence to her RWNJ slant on things. Makes me cringe.

      • July 27, 2016 at 10:50 am

        I haven’t seen any of the Convention on cable, but from my TL on twitter, it appears they are not getting what they hoped for, a messy convention, because of the ruckus the first day. It’s sad to see/hear them lose sight of the big picture here.

        • 67 Dudette
          July 27, 2016 at 10:52 am

          Not only sad, but infuriating that they’re complicit in bringing about current state of the big picture.

          • July 27, 2016 at 11:01 am

            Exactly. They have proven to be useless and compromising in every way. For many, I truly believe, they have limited knowledge of the issues they cover and so easy for them to traffic in the foolishness. How can any serious journalist hear this man on any number of issues and not be outraged? He is very elementary in every facet of his thought process. Just baffling. Ughhh.

  22. 69 Dudette
    July 27, 2016 at 10:38 am

  23. 70 Dudette
    July 27, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Love, Love, Love This!

  24. 71 Dudette
    July 27, 2016 at 10:41 am

  25. 72 Dudette
    July 27, 2016 at 10:44 am

  26. 73 Dudette
    July 27, 2016 at 10:44 am

  27. 76 Dudette
    July 27, 2016 at 10:45 am

  28. 77 Dudette
    July 27, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Nailed it!

    • 78 amk for obama
      July 27, 2016 at 10:56 am


    • 79 CEB
      July 27, 2016 at 11:04 am

      This cannot be the first time that people had heard that the White House (including the Capitol and many other buildings in DC) was built by slave labor. Every I know has always known this, however, I do remember a conversation that I had with someone I briefly dated years ago (he was white, I am A-A) in which he argued with me about this. I do not get why anyone is shocked/surprised by this. They are at worst lying to themselves and at best being disingenuous.

      • 80 Dudette
        July 27, 2016 at 11:13 am


  29. 81 hopefruit2
    July 27, 2016 at 10:47 am

  30. 82 Dudette
    July 27, 2016 at 10:50 am

  31. July 27, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Happy Wednesday TODers!!

    Nerdy, words are inadequate to offer here for your exemplary coverage of DNC and everything else in between. Thank you.


  32. 84 amk for obama
    July 27, 2016 at 10:54 am

    nyt editorial

    This Is What Democracy Looks Like.

    The jeers and boos and angry tears of Bernie Sanders die-hards so dominated the first hours of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia that it might have seemed doomed to collapse into hostility and chaos on the first day.

    The Democrats were at risk of staging their own version of last week’s Republican debacle, without the hate speech. But in their unruly way they seem to have managed to rise above dissension, with the help of a succession of speeches on Monday night that together would make a remarkable highlight reel of political exhortation toward unity. If the anger fades, if the seams hold, and if Hillary Clinton, on Thursday, rises to her moment as well, she will be in an excellent position to keep her stress-tested party’s eyes on the prize.


    Michelle Obama delivered a speech of uncommon grace and power. It attacked no one by name, but implicitly rebuked Senator Sanders’s most die-hard supporters by recalling that Mrs. Clinton, upon losing the nomination in 2008, “did not pack up and go home,” because she knew “this is so much bigger than her own desires and disappointments.” Mrs. Obama spoke of waking up “in a house that was built by slaves,” of the gratitude in knowing that her young daughters take the idea of a woman president for granted, and of the importance of love and dignity in the face of cruelty and bullying. “When they go low,” she said, “we go high.”


    The Republican convention in Cleveland left many Americans with an unsettling awareness that these conventions are, for once, deeply consequential. They are not just midsummer pageants, the rallies before the homecoming game, where control of the White House involves a periodic governing adjustment a few degrees to the left, right or center. The bleak extremism of the Trump campaign seems to have put the fate of some basic democratic values in play — a tolerance of dissenting views, a willingness to compromise, the eternal search for common ground.

    “It is no secret that Hillary Clinton and I disagree on a number of issues,” Mr. Sanders said on Monday night. “That is what this campaign has been about. That is what democracy is about,” he roared, underlining the word in a way that made clear the nature of the stakes. Big, not small. High, not low.


  33. 85 jacquelineoboomer
    July 27, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Trump’s on the teevee right now … filled with hate … sounds breathless, raspy … not making ANY sense … has no self-control … he uses tiny words and has a terrible vocabulary. He thinks people put flags out and talk about certain issues because of HIM.

    Just exactly what RWNJs were looking for.

    I’m lookin’ for more coffee and the MUTE button.

  34. 87 JER
    July 27, 2016 at 10:55 am

  35. 88 CEB
    July 27, 2016 at 10:56 am

    GM. TOD.
    Sending thoughts, and prayers to Chips. We miss you so much.
    Boundless gratitude to NW who has stepped in and day after day taking from time from her busy life to keep the village going. So many of us, especially the thousands who do not speak, need this place like a lifeline to encourage and strengthen us for the fight against the dark forces that are against us.
    Sorry to hear that PBS (really, Gwen Ifill?) has gone to the dark side. in 2004 I did not have cable or a computer and I really depended on them to see much more of the conventions than what appeared on the other stations. It was here that I was privileged to see and hear then Senator Barack Obama’s world changing speech; this year I have skipped them altogether (watching C-span and the DNC YouTube link, and of course, TOD).
    You know that you are on the side of the good, the right, and the righteous when the powerful come after you day in and day out. However, to paraphrase Isaiah, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” This convention has showcased the long road to justice and equality that is still being trod, but we have come a mighty long way.
    So much has happened this year, world-wide that is truly awful, but these are also glorious times in many ways. So thankful that through this wonderful supportive and troll-free place, thanks to Chips ably supported by NW and other BT’s and faithful contributors, we have been able to see and learn so much that can be found few places. I am so grateful.

  36. 89 Allison
    July 27, 2016 at 10:58 am


  37. 91 Dudette
    July 27, 2016 at 11:01 am

  38. 92 FoxfireTX
    July 27, 2016 at 11:06 am

    • 93 No Child Left Behind
      July 27, 2016 at 11:16 am

    • 94 99ts
      July 27, 2016 at 11:56 am

      This is corruption wrapped in a parcel of hate – not a person who should be anywhere near the white house

    • 95 cd4biden
      July 27, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      Ok,fine. Don’t release your taxes. Whatever.

      But, WTF people, this guy is making no effort to put his assets and businesses into a blind trust. So he plans to keep building golf courses, flying off to hotel and casino openings, etc., when he is president? ( I say with a small “p”) How is this possible that no one seems at all concerned about all his business dealings and that he is making no effort to distance himself from them?

      Just my 2 cents worth.

  39. 96 amk for obama
    July 27, 2016 at 11:16 am

    deadbeat is live on teann while bbc and aj pass.

    what’s with weird fingers waving? he kept saying ted cruz said that, you remember ted cruz said that, ted cruz said that.

    at that point, changed the channel.


    now I regret it ‘cos I will never know what ted cruz said. bummer

  40. 97 JER
    July 27, 2016 at 11:17 am

  41. 98 No Child Left Behind
    July 27, 2016 at 11:17 am

  42. 100 Dudette
    July 27, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Dropping some knowledge

  43. 101 Dudette
    July 27, 2016 at 11:21 am

  44. 103 Dudette
    July 27, 2016 at 11:27 am

  45. 104 Don
    July 27, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Is anybody watching this Trump press conference, this guy is fucking insane.

    • 105 desertflower
      July 27, 2016 at 11:39 am

      He’s still talking? Frankly…I think he’s ignorant AND insane…and the more of these “press conferences” he does, the better. All but the most devoted followers will leave him in droves….imo

    • 106 COS
      July 27, 2016 at 11:40 am

      Don, I am not watching it, but I am sure the HRC campaign are picking out clips to put in an ad now. 🙂

      • 107 Roberta in MN
        July 27, 2016 at 1:22 pm

        If he is giving news conferences and the networks carry it, then he doesn’t have to spend money on advertising. Slick huh?

  46. 109 57andfemale
    July 27, 2016 at 11:33 am

  47. 110 Dudette
    July 27, 2016 at 11:39 am

  48. 111 Dudette
    July 27, 2016 at 11:39 am

  49. 112 Dudette
    July 27, 2016 at 11:40 am

  50. 113 desertflower
    July 27, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Unglued. Rude.

  51. 116 jacquelineoboomer
    July 27, 2016 at 11:41 am

  52. 117 Dudette
    July 27, 2016 at 11:42 am

    • 118 Dudette
      July 27, 2016 at 11:43 am

      Ding! Ding! Ding!

      • 119 Dudette
        July 27, 2016 at 11:45 am

        The above tweets were in response to this

  53. 120 Dudette
    July 27, 2016 at 11:49 am

  54. 121 Dudette
    July 27, 2016 at 11:51 am

  55. July 27, 2016 at 11:56 am

    For AMK:

  56. 125 Dudette
    July 27, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Of course they won’t ask him

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