165 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. July 28, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Happy Thursday TODers

    I love this man, President Barack Hussein Obama. There will never be another like him, at least not in my life time.

    Nerdy, Endless thanks for giving us superb coverage. 🙂


  2. July 28, 2016 at 8:23 am

  3. July 28, 2016 at 8:23 am

    From the bottom of the previous thread:

    Good morning TOD 🙂

    What an amazing day it is!!!

    BTW, this is going to be a ‘take no prisoners’ campaign by PBO the likes of which have never been seen in the history of US politics.

    Don doesn’t have the slightest capacity to realize just how thoroughly he is going to be thrashed.

    Take care everyone … {{{{{Chips}}}}}

    And, THANK YOU NW for being such a champion for everyone at TOD ….

  4. July 28, 2016 at 8:24 am

  5. July 28, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Good Thursday, Nerdy…TOD Family. Continued Thanks, Nerdy, for keeping the village going.

    We have been preparing ourselves for the end of the Obama presidency. Throughout the year, there have been those of us who have spotlighted the “lasts” of the Barack Obama administration. Some have expressed moments that have brought forth tears.

    Last night was that moment for me. Between the end of his speech where, in my mind, he “figuratively” passed the baton, and the point where he and HRC shared a hug…that is where it REALLY clicked. As he walked back and forth across the stage, it seemed to me that he was looking out at the convention delegates/audience and taking a mental snapshot, similar to how stopped to look back at the crowd after one of his inaugurations. His eyes seem to have acknowledged the “Thank You’s” and at the same time mentally say to himself, “This is really it.” THAT was my tears moment. And I thought to myself, this is just a preview of November 8, 2016, once the election results are announced. And more so, January 20, 2017 when the Obama’s leave the White House.

  6. July 28, 2016 at 8:27 am

    • July 28, 2016 at 8:51 am

      It seems to me that there’s less outrage being expressed and more bewilderment that Trump would do such a thing.

      No wonder it seems that he’s not really running for President, but is trying to set himself up as a dictator.

      While I get that there are some supporting Trump because, for them, he represents a change from the status quo, but it is scary that people are willing to vote for this dangerous man, someone who will put them in a worse position than where they perceive themselves to be now.

      • 22 Betsy
        July 28, 2016 at 11:15 am

        They don’t believe it. They’ve believed all the lies about Democrats for years and they don’t even hear or understand how dangerous their own party has become.

  7. 23 carolyn
    July 28, 2016 at 8:36 am

    What a night! I’ll not forget it. President Obama said, in the most elegant way possible….”.Donald, you do NOT understand this country, our guiding principles, the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution or the American people.” I LOVED the short bit he did on not being RULED. I doubt that Donald or the diehard Rethugs got it, but there are millions of independents and undecided who knew and will quietly change their minds. He is peerless.

    I have noticed a few writers calling him and his speeches “elegant” something we all know. Why has it taken EIGHT years?????

    I’m so thankful for these eight years. Noone can ever take that away from us.

  8. 24 jackiegrumbacher
    July 28, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Last night I was so overcome that it has taken me a while to process the magnitude of the gifts that were given to us on that stage in Philadelphia. President Obama gave a magnificent speech that will rank beside the great orations of history. It was nothing short of a masterpiece that will be studied by generations as the model of what it means to be persuasive, inspirational and utterly authentic. He brought us back full circle to the young senator from Illinois that we fell in love with in 2004 and carried us through the rich tapestry of the achievements, hopes, setbacks, heartaches and triumphs that have marked his career since that day. He roused every patriotic instinct in us without ever being bombastic and he gave us the great, great compliment of seeing us as his partners in the creation of a better union. At the end, when Hillary entered the stage, I swear I saw a golden baton being offered to her. He has run his heart out, fulfilled our highest expectations, soared higher than any president before him and he was offering her the great, great responsibility of carrying on his legacy.

  9. July 28, 2016 at 8:39 am

  10. 35 Ladyhawke
    July 28, 2016 at 8:39 am

    DNC Film Introducing President Barack Obama – July 27, 2016

  11. 37 jackiegrumbacher
    July 28, 2016 at 8:41 am

    If Donald Trump had even a tenuous hold on reality he would be under a cover right now sucking his thumb and wondering why he ever attempted to run for president. And after hearing Tim Kaine, Pence should be looking out for a good hiding place in an Indiana state forest.

  12. 38 vcprezofan2
    July 28, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Oooooh, THANK YOU for the early upload, NerdyW!!!! Listening again shall be my first big duty this morning. 🙂 🙂

    Morning, TODobots! Despite its ups and downs and despite those who throw garbage onto the path, LIFE’s GOOD! Have a Terrific Thursday, everyone. 🙂

  13. 39 Ladyhawke
    July 28, 2016 at 8:46 am

    • 40 Ladyhawke
      July 28, 2016 at 9:16 am

    • July 28, 2016 at 9:36 am

      I’m sure most of us has questioned his sanity.

      I wonder if he has multiple personalities or is just a really good con man…or both. Sometimes it seems that he’ll do or say things as one of his personalities and the others have no knowledge or memory or what the other personalities have done. It’s scary that there are people that more than likely think the same but are okay with it.

  14. July 28, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  15. July 28, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Very little sleep last night. What with the emotional roller coaster after PBO speech and watching it three times. Got to try to take a nap now. Thanks again, Nerdy.

    • 47 Obama Grandmama
      July 28, 2016 at 11:27 am

      I plan to rewatched his speech a couple times over the weekend. Then I plan to save it for awhile and watch it when I get worried about the election.

  16. July 28, 2016 at 8:49 am

    sigh…I love my President. I am going to miss him so much. He belongs on Mount Rushmore.

  17. 52 vcprezofan2
    July 28, 2016 at 8:56 am

    • 53 jackiegrumbacher
      July 28, 2016 at 9:48 am

      That is absolutely fabulous news. And we’re just getting started.

      • 54 vcprezofan2
        July 28, 2016 at 10:02 am

        Pres O has such a brilliant mind and he operates by looking ahead. It has just this minute occurred to me that one of the reasons he passed the baton so sincerely, emotionally and beautifully in **this early segment of the passing lane** is to help #WeThePeople accustom ourselves to the change. As JackieG said above, the President was persuasive, inspirational and utterly authentic. I saw no regrets about leaving on his part, but I also saw a man utterly committed to helping us see and accept our responsibilities as voting citizens.
        [This has not been expressed clearly/thoroughly but I’m leaving it as is; I’m off to watch today’s quota of episodes from West Wing – Season 2. Enjoy your Thursday.]

  18. 61 Allison
    July 28, 2016 at 8:56 am

    What a fantastic night last night. President Obama once again, knocked it out of the park!!!

    I will miss him dearly being our President. But will continue to follow The First Family’s every move.

  19. 62 Allison
    July 28, 2016 at 8:57 am

  20. 63 vcprezofan2
    July 28, 2016 at 9:00 am

  21. 65 MightyPamela
    July 28, 2016 at 9:06 am

    ❤️💕💖💞💓. Prayers up! Am meeting with a property owner and viewing a little wee cabin out in the countryside, on 1/4 acre, and so hope it has my name on it!! Back much later today.

  22. July 28, 2016 at 9:13 am

    GM, TOD! Blessed to be able to write this — my alligator brain got my mockingbird ass in trouble this morning. Successfully made the 6:45 train; arrived in Philly 7:21; tried to get a cab, none stopped; as I only had to go 3 blocks west and 5 south, I figured WTF I’ve walked miles before! An hour later, I arrived at the hotel — alligator… mockingbird…

    Claire McCaskill was the first speaker, had hoped we’d get a visit from Tim. Stop laughing — we’re PENNSYLVANIA, we’re IMPORTANT!!!!

    I’m going to pause to eat, BBL…

    • 70 jackiegrumbacher
      July 28, 2016 at 9:20 am

      Morning, Jazz. The great point is that you’re there, seeing history being made in all its glory.

    • 71 mtmarilyn
      July 28, 2016 at 11:08 am

      Take care Jazziz2, enjoy the day. And please report tomorrow.

    • 72 Dudette
      July 28, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      Goodness, you are gonna be beat down dog tired tonight. Uber it next time, Hon! 😘

      Have a wonderful time! Take some pictures if you can. Looking forward to your recap of the day.

  23. 73 Nerdy Wonka
    July 28, 2016 at 9:19 am

  24. 74 GGAIL
    July 28, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Good West Coast morning TOD family. I’m still in the glow from PBO’s speech. I could listen to him read the Yellow Pages, I love his voice.

    NW, thank you for being here. Last night made me miss our beloved Chips so very much. I wonder what comments she had during the speeches last night 😘

  25. 75 CEB
    July 28, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Good Morning and all hail to NerdyWonka; the First of her name, the Goddess of Twitter, the Keeper of the Flame, and the Sister of our hearts!
    Thank you so much for carrying on Chip’s gift and legacy as she deals with her loss. You and she have given us a front row to history in the world-changing presidency of President Barack Hussein Obama. I have no words that can accurately express my gratitude to you for holding us up while Chips is away and to Dear Chips herself for creating this safe, inspiring, informative, smart, kind funny place where people all over the world can come and revel in the truth and the majesty of this time in our country’s history.

    Still reeling from last night; so proud to be American, so proud to be a Democrat.

  26. 76 Ladyhawke
    July 28, 2016 at 9:25 am

  27. July 28, 2016 at 9:29 am

  28. 78 arapaho415
    July 28, 2016 at 9:30 am

    GM TODville.

    What a gift President Obama is to the world — except in the wake of horrific events or tragedies, no political speech — heck, no speech whatsoever — could possibly top last night.

    You saw it too — not a dry eye in the house, from those onstage (PBO and HRC) to everyone in attendance (of course excluding Bernouts who have demonstrated that they are far too comfortably elite and privileged to give a fig about anyone else but themselves, definitely weren’t “in the moment” last night):

    NCLB posted on overnight thread, but clearly sums up PBO’s speech:

    • 79 arapaho415
      July 28, 2016 at 9:32 am

      meant to say “could possibly top *emotions evoked* last night.”

    • 80 jackiegrumbacher
      July 28, 2016 at 9:52 am

      Thank you, Arapaho. We’re all recovering from the emotion of last night. John Harwood is right–PBO sang a love song to his country and to us.

  29. 81 Allison
    July 28, 2016 at 9:46 am

  30. 82 arapaho415
    July 28, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Glad to see @DanPfeiffer’s tweet, confirming that @JonFavs was there from the beginning 12 years ago right through to PBO’s appearance at DNC last night (surely he’ll be back, not as President, but just as awesomely inspiring).

    Here’s some ad-libbed portions of last night’s speech:


  31. 85 CEB
    July 28, 2016 at 9:52 am

    PBO opened the door for republicans to vote for Hillary by not framing his speech as Dems vs Repubs, but as a fight for our very democracy against a demagogue who could destroy us all.

  32. July 28, 2016 at 9:52 am

    G’morning Nerdy & TOD!! 🙂 Congrats Africa on #1 & Happy Thursday everyone! I’m still recovering from last night – and in a good way. I don’t think there was a single household that didn’t have a TV or computer turned on to PBO’s speech last night…. We keep saying the same thing after every PBO speech, but the one we saw last night needs its own separate special history book!!! 🙂

  33. 91 hopefruit2
    July 28, 2016 at 10:00 am

  34. July 28, 2016 at 10:00 am

    As our President & First Lady demonstrate every day …

  35. July 28, 2016 at 10:01 am

  36. 95 Ladyhawke
    July 28, 2016 at 10:04 am

    NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Bloomberg, elected mayor of New York City as a Republican, offered a forceful denunciation of fellow New York billionaire Donald Trump on Wednesday at the Democratic convention, describing the GOP presidential nominee as a “risky, reckless, and radical choice.”

    One of the nation’s richest men, Bloomberg drew upon his business background in his unorthodox convention speech to make the case that a Trump administration would be disastrous for the nation’s economy.

    “Trump has left behind a well-documented record of bankruptcies and thousands of lawsuits and angry shareholders and contractors who feel cheated and disillusioned customers who feel ripped off,” said Bloomberg, now an independent. “Trump says he wants to run the nation like he’s run his business. God help us.”

    “Truth be told,” said Bloomberg, “the richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy.”

  37. July 28, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Pathetic fools … because “scrubbing from the Internet” is simply impossible …. oh, and yes, she is so far beyond pathetic she resides in another solar system …

  38. July 28, 2016 at 10:07 am

    back to work … take care everyone ….

    #FORWARD Together!

    July 28, 2016 at 10:09 am


  40. 101 MadameSoph
    July 28, 2016 at 10:12 am

    God bless you Nerdy for everything you do every day to help us all fully live this epic presidency!
    And our dear Chips (and Danny) wherever you are!!! Thank you. Thank you . Thank you!!!

    Busy morning, then going to be glued to the live YouTube feed of day 4. BBL. Love to all of TOD!

  41. 104 hopefruit2
    July 28, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Oh…You’re NOW realizing this, Tom? I guess better late than never…LOLOLOL

  42. 105 Allison
    July 28, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Has Trump tweeted this morning?????

  43. 106 57andfemale
    July 28, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I highly recommend tweeters follow Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter for Trump’s book, who is doing everything in his power to stop Trump.

    • 107 amk for obama
      July 28, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      A total narcissist with completely service asskissing media courtiers.

      History loved those guyz.

  44. 108 Don
    July 28, 2016 at 10:35 am

    What grabbed me last night was the look in Hillary’s eyes as she looked up to President Obama as they embraced. I don’t get moved by much, the last tear I shed was when the Miami Heat won their first title in 2006, but last night I got chocked up, Barack has a way of chocking me up.

  45. July 28, 2016 at 10:37 am

    That was some real love last night.

  46. 110 Linda
    July 28, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Down The Memory Hole! Melania Trump’s Iffy Bio Scrubbed From Internet


    What ? Wait………Maybe the Donald can get the Russians to find it on Hillary Clinton’s server.

  47. 111 donna dem 4 obama
    July 28, 2016 at 10:45 am

    GM TOD, last night was magnificent!

    What the world needs now is love sweet love:

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  50. July 28, 2016 at 10:57 am

    back to work ….

  51. July 28, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Happy Birthday 14th!

    now, back to work …. 🙂

  52. 118 arapaho415
    July 28, 2016 at 11:25 am

    More on TV ratings:

    From the article:

    “Monday night’s speeches were seen by 26 million viewers across seven channels, versus 23 million for night one of the RNC.

    Tuesday night’s DNC coverage averaged 24 million, versus 19 million for night two of the RNC.

    The Nielsen estimates do not account for live streaming, on demand video viewing, PBS, or C-SPAN.”

  53. 123 JER
    July 28, 2016 at 11:27 am

    LIVE NOW: Baltimore Prosecutor on Freddie Gray – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  54. 126 desertflower
    July 28, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Good Morning everyone! I slept like a baby last night….safe and secure that this President was in charge:) A victory for consumers today…


  55. 127 Linda
    July 28, 2016 at 11:32 am

    The North Carolina Republican Party published a tweet on Wednesday criticizing vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) for wearing a “Honduras flag pin” during his Democratic convention speech, calling it “shameful” that he would wear another country’s flag without a pin representing America.

    But there was one glaring problem with the North Carolina GOP’s attack: Kaine was actually wearing a pin bearing the symbol for Blue Star Families, a group for families with members who serve in the military. Kaine’s son Nathaniel Kaine serves in the Marines and was recently deployed to Eastern Europe.


    Of course they don’t know the difference. They are FAKE supporters of the military…

    • 128 Don
      July 28, 2016 at 11:45 am

      Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

    • 129 Dudette
      July 28, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      Blue Star Service Pin

      The Blue Star Service Flag is an official flag or banner that family members wear or display to represent enlisted military personnel in harm’s way. The flag or banner is defined as a white field with a red border, with a blue star for each family member in active duty.

    • 130 Dudette
      July 28, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      The flag of Honduras

      NCGOP are idiots.

  56. 131 JER
    July 28, 2016 at 11:34 am

  57. 134 Dakota
    July 28, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Good Morning TOD Fam.

    The beauty of last night is still with us. I for one plan on keeping that spirit and love with me. When I think about not seeing The Obama’s and the Biden’s together as we have over the last 8 years, it makes me sad. But I take heart knowing that we watched a true, deep and lasting friendship develop. We know this isn’t always the case between Presidents and VP’s. Their entire families love one another.

    All credit to the President for selecting a VP that he knew would not be a yes man and respected him enough give it to him straight. I wonder if he knew what a friend he would become to him. I also wonder if he perhaps felt that same spirit from him that he felt from his grandfather. Anyway, I’m gonna start blubbering. What a joy, what a privilege it’s been to take this ride with them.

  58. 135 desertflower
    July 28, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Trump loves the guy that enables this….He’s such a “strong” leader!


    The official harassment of U.S. diplomats has increased dramatically. Diplomats report harrowing tales of being shoved, having their children followed, their homes ransacked and dog feces smeared on their door knobs.

    The Post further reports incidents recently involving home intrusions – including defecation on one family’s carpet, slashed tires and intimidation by Russian traffic police. A U.S. defense attaché’s dog was killed while he was away. Former U.S. ambassador Michael McFaul was incessantly hounded by ostensible Russian TV crews badgering him with belligerent statements. His children were followed by Russian security personnel. McFaul, who actively promoted human rights, was particularly singled out during his two years in Moscow. Now back at Stanford, Moscow continues to deride him. “We remember his professional incompetence. McFaul’s diplomatic mission fell through with a crash,” said Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman with undiplomatic bluntness. Not missing a beat, McFaul shot back in a tweet: “Why is she so obsessed with me?”

    The official harassment has increased dramatically since the U.S. and its allies imposed sanctions against Russia following its aggression against Ukraine and 2014 takeover of Crimea. Moscow, in fact, makes no bones about its actions. “Diplomacy is based on reciprocity. The more the U.S. damages relations, the harder it will be for U.S. diplomats to work in Russia,” the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman tweeted.

  59. 136 JER
    July 28, 2016 at 12:10 pm

  60. July 28, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    I have this tingle all over. It is going to be so different come Jan. 2017.

  61. 138 desertflower
    July 28, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Meanwhile….Mr. “Make America Great Again” wants 78 visas for foreign workers for his estate in Florida. Wake up, Trump supporters…he’s a liar and a fraud!


    • July 28, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      No end to his naked greed and hypocrisy. I really believe there is something wrong with this guy.

    • 140 Don
      July 28, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      Why can’t Trump hire American workers?

      • 141 desertflower
        July 28, 2016 at 12:37 pm

        Because then he would be responsible to the employment laws… From the article:

        ” instead of seeking Americans to work those jobs, he is seeking out foreign workers for the positions. The applications filed this month claim there aren’t enough Americans available to do the work. But officials at a career services agency in the area say that Trump’s claims are untrue. One such official told BuzzFeed that he had “hundreds of people in our database that would qualify for a lot of those hospitality jobs” and a database with the names of 1,327 Palm Beach County residents looking for such positions.”

        He’s a liar and a fraud.

    • July 28, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      h/t df!!

      back to work …. 🙂

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  63. 144 57andfemale
    July 28, 2016 at 12:36 pm

  64. July 28, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    What a contrast between our wonderful President and that Buffoon Trump. I watched Joe Biden and the President twice last night and cried my eyes out both times. We have been so very blessed to have them for nearly eight years. I wish for the country’s sake that we could have them longer.

  65. 147 Allison
    July 28, 2016 at 12:40 pm

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  68. 152 Dudette
    July 28, 2016 at 12:52 pm

  69. 156 Linda
    July 28, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    New Suffolk U poll for Pennsylvania —

    Clinton: 45.8
    Trump: 37.2
    Jill Stein: 2.6
    Gary Johnson: 5.0

    Clinton up 50/41 in head-to-head


    This is for Mrs Andrea stammering Greenspan who just said …How will Hillary win in PA, she is NOT THAT GOOD on the stump with speeches.


    • 157 0388jojothecat
      July 28, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      All I heard this morning are so many “Polls” showing DTrump slightly ahead are even with HRC this morning when JUST YESTERDAY it was all over the news the GOP Nominee did not get a “Convention Bump”. Maybe today was the “Convention Bump” or the media is just making it up again. The poll they mentioned were WSJ which in my opinion is bias anyway.

  70. 158 Dudette
    July 28, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Another good tweet thread to check out.

    • July 28, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      It’s sad how many have the same bias towards Hillary. When you ask them why, their answer is typically the negative, general talking points they get from the MSM. They never hear all the positives about her…many that even I’ve been learning in the weeks since she became the presumptive nominee and even more so during the convention.

    • 160 mtmarilyn
      July 28, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Great thread, Dudette. Thank you for bringing to our attention.

  71. July 28, 2016 at 1:04 pm

  72. 163 Allison
    July 28, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    • 164 0388jojothecat
      July 28, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      I guess there is “Black Privilege” as well. The privilege of being an AA born after those that paved the way for you and your parents to succeed that you have no clue or obligation to consider what they went through or care once you have also succeeded.

      • 165 0388jojothecat
        July 28, 2016 at 1:36 pm

        …….or until a police officer doesn’t care who your are and calls you the “N” word then you realize all your money and success doesn’t make a difference, please see O.J. and Michael Jackson.

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