Early Bird Chat


President Barack Obama golfing on Martha’s Vineyard


129 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. August 9, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Buon Giorno, Amici!

  2. August 9, 2016 at 9:47 am

  3. 5 amk for obama
    August 9, 2016 at 9:48 am

    well, it’s nate. so salt and all that.

  4. 6 99ts
    August 9, 2016 at 9:49 am

    gm TOD – love those pics of PBO – always the smiles – ty Nerdy

  5. August 9, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Team U.S.A women go for gold at 3 P.M.

    Be sure to check out the USA Mens Rugby sevens that start pool play ~noon EST

  6. August 9, 2016 at 9:51 am

    After the semis Lilly King had something to say about the 2-time Russian doper favored to win and was only cleared to swim Saturday:

    “Before the women’s 100-meter breaststroke final began on Monday night, the two top medal contenders, American Lilly King and Russian Yulia Efimova, waited together in the ready room. Efimova sat in a chair, while King paced back and forth. Neither woman acknowledged the other. Neither said a word. Shortly thereafter, with her gold medal secured and a new Olympic record in hand, the outspoken King had lots to say about doping and swimming and the importance of competing clean. She made no direct mention of her Russian rival. She didn’t need to….

    …The rivalry between King and Efimova has been one of the biggest storylines of these young Olympics. It started on Sunday night, when Efimova, who had initially been banned from these Olympics for doping before winning a last-minute reprieve, won her heat in the breaststroke and celebrated by wagging her finger in a victorious manner. King, who was waiting to swim in the next heat, wagged her own finger back at the television on which she was watching Efimova’s celebration. The Russian, you see, has twice tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Speaking to Michele Tafoya after her own heat concluded, King justified her response: “You’re shaking your finger No. 1, and you’ve been caught for drug cheating—I’m just not a fan….continued”

  7. August 9, 2016 at 9:54 am

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

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

    To all, I hope you act with eagerness, passion, and zeal in all that you do today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  8. August 9, 2016 at 10:11 am

  9. August 9, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Good Tuesday morning, NW and TODville.

    This is a great piece about all the progress PBO and his great team have made to modernize government systems and bring us into 21st C tech.

    • August 9, 2016 at 10:43 am

      GM, Meta! ….add these to the list (hopefully not double posted) 😎

      before I dip out…..thanks a billion for doing yeoman’s work holding down the fort, NW 🙂

    • August 9, 2016 at 11:03 am

    • 21 jacquelineoboomer
      August 9, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      Before President Obama, that anniversary would have been celebrated last century as Roman Numeral II. He has done so much to push us kicking and screaming into the 21st!

  10. August 9, 2016 at 10:42 am

  11. 23 Roberta in MN
    August 9, 2016 at 10:43 am

    GM TOD’ers. Congrats on 1st Bill R. It’s been a little crazy here so just trying to catch up. BBL.

  12. August 9, 2016 at 10:50 am

    • 25 amk for obama
      August 9, 2016 at 11:07 am

      national polls irrelevant. we need state polls, especially the swing states ones.

      • 26 57andfemale
        August 9, 2016 at 1:22 pm

        She’s doing great in those, too: way up in PA, VA is a lock. Good in OH but it’s close (but the polling isn’t recent). Pulling ahead in NV. I think she’s ahead in FL, but she’ll win FL. And she’s opening up other possibilities (but I don’t have my hope up): GA, AZ. She’s actually spending money in those states and funding more organizers. That being said, Dems are great for saying the race is over. This race is FAR from over. Polls will tighten which will spell DOOM! for HRC. Just listen to the idiotic talking heads.

      • August 9, 2016 at 3:43 pm

        With margins like these, it could very well mean the House flipping to democrats. However, two and a half months is an eternity in a presidential campaign. People like Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer believe it will tighten a bit, and end with a margin of no more than 5, 6 %. I prefer not to get my hopes up, and be pleasantly surprised…

        We’ll see !!!…

  13. August 9, 2016 at 10:55 am

  14. August 9, 2016 at 11:00 am

  15. August 9, 2016 at 11:07 am


    • 31 COS
      August 9, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      Hey meta, does the Guardian have a copy of Clinton’s speech already? I am waiting to hear her response to Trump’s fake speech.

  16. August 9, 2016 at 11:11 am

    This is a really beautiful message. Please RT!!

  17. August 9, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Which is why it’s worth pointing out that right now, something has mattered. If the election were held today, according to FiveThirtyEight’s analysis of the public polls, Hillary Clinton would win in an electoral landslide, potentially carrying states such as Arizona and Georgia — places no Democratic presidential candidate has won in decades. Again, the final tally could be much closer, but we should remember that Trump’s current predicament is not the result of any one gaffe or misstep or string of bad luck — it’s the result of an actual campaign that Hillary’s running very well and Trump is running very poorly. I’m convinced that if Donald Trump and his entire staff were replaced tomorrow with a drunken Fox News viewer chosen at random, that person would probably run a better campaign. It’s a level of ineptitude that relieves me as a citizen, but offends me as a political professional.

  18. August 9, 2016 at 11:29 am

    • 39 cd4biden
      August 9, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      Can’t wait to have a few unnamed MSM people visit this beautiful museum and comment on how nice the housing was for slaves back in the day. In my dreams!

      And for some in Appalachia and other areas of our country, their housing isn’t actually much better today, when you think about it.

        August 9, 2016 at 3:13 pm


  19. 41 No Child Left Behind
    August 9, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Good Morning TODVille.

    I don’t think it’s fair that Nerdy would plaster POTUS pictures like this so early in the day as to affect a poor woman’s ability to work… all day long!

  20. August 9, 2016 at 11:54 am

    If you’ve ever traveled to Big Sur, you know it’s one of the most stunning natural landscapes in the world. This is truly heartbreaking.

    One of my closest friends has a brother who works on a ranch in that area. He’s just on the edge of the fire area and all the local ranchers have brought their horses to him for safekeeping. The air is hard to breathe but they refuse to leave with so many animals in danger.

  21. 47 amk for obama
    August 9, 2016 at 11:58 am

  22. 48 amk for obama
    August 9, 2016 at 12:07 pm

  23. 50 amk for obama
    August 9, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    rethugs imploding. pox news imploding. loving it.

  24. 56 amk for obama
    August 9, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Now I can go to bed ‘appy, ‘appy.

  25. August 9, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    As VP would say, this is a bunch of MALARKEY!!!

  26. August 9, 2016 at 1:11 pm

  27. August 9, 2016 at 1:35 pm

  28. August 9, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    i really loved this…

  29. August 9, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    The dates and venues selected by the commission’s nonpartisan board were announced last September, and the format of each 90-minute debate has already been set. But the Republican nominee noted that he had haggled with television networks over the terms of debates held during the GOP primary and might do so again.

    Trump said he reserved the right to object to the commission’s choice of moderators, which have not yet been announced.

    • 66 cd4biden
      August 10, 2016 at 1:57 am

      Bet he wants to phone it in

      • August 10, 2016 at 7:50 am

        Still won’t help him. He thinks he’ll have the same leverage that he had during the Republican primaries. If/when he doesn’t get his way and pouts and says he’s not going to play, unlike the concessions in the primary, he’ll just look like the child he is.

        The entertainment phase is over. People want to see a serious candidate.

  30. August 9, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    TALLAHASSEE — In his fight against the Zika virus, Gov. Rick Scott’s strongest allies are county mosquito control boards, the “boots on the ground” stretching from Key West to Pasco County to Panama City.

    But Scott once targeted them for possible extinction, calling the local mosquito fighters a major “tax burden” of dubious benefit to taxpayers.

    The shift in philosophy shows the evolution of a leader who rode to power on a wave of tea party revulsion of government and then learned the details of governing on the fly.

  31. August 9, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    • 70 criquet
      August 9, 2016 at 3:28 pm


      Missouri Presidential Election 2008 PBO lost by 3903 votes – 11 electoral votes

      1,445,814 1,441,911
      Percentage 49.36% 49.23%

  32. August 9, 2016 at 2:21 pm

  33. August 9, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Uh huh
    Uh huh


    Trump Agrees To Three Debates—But He Wants To See The Conditions First
    Published AUGUST 9, 2016, 2:01 PM EDT
    Donald Trump said Tuesday that he will “absolutely” commit to three presidential debates with Hillary Clinton, but he suggested that he’d try to renegotiate the terms first.

    “I will absolutely do three debates,” Trump said in a phone interview with Time. “I want to debate very badly. But I have to see the conditions.”

    He went on to imply that he may try to change the terms of the debates.

    “I renegotiated the debates in the primaries, remember? They were making a fortune on them and they had us in for three and a half hours and I said that’s ridiculous,” Trump said.

    During the Republican primaries, Trump planned to skip two debates, although the second debate he planned to skip was ultimately canceled.

    Trump said he also reserved the right to object to the Commission on Presidential Debates’ choice of moderators, telling Time that “certain moderators would be unacceptable, absolutely.”

    • 73 Betsy
      August 9, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      Of course he would object to any moderator that he deems “liberal” although all of them will likely go after Hillary and be soft on Trump. We know this and I imagine she does too.

    • 74 jacquelineoboomer
      August 9, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      The only “terms” Donald Trump should be given at the debates are to answer the hard questions for the voting public, without notes, on the spot. He doesn’t get to set the rules – other than how air conditioned the room must be, and what brand of cold water should be in his glass.

    • 75 99ts
      August 9, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      “I want to debate very badly”

      IF he debates – He will debate VERY BADLY

  34. 76 JER
    August 9, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    The President and the First Lady are spending the day at the beach with family and friends.

  35. 77 JER
    August 9, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    LIVE NOW: Hillary Clinton Tours Borinquen Health Care Center in Miami, FL – http://abcnews.go.com/Live

  36. 79 donna dem 4 obama
    August 9, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    “joking” 😯 Sigh!!!

    • 80 donna dem 4 obama
      August 9, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      • 81 Obama Grandmama
        August 9, 2016 at 3:41 pm

        Trump is not suitable to be President for a multitude of reasons the latest being not knowing the difference between a joke and inciting others to violence.

      • 82 0388jojothecat
        August 9, 2016 at 4:47 pm

        He should lose his Secret Service detail…….

      • August 9, 2016 at 5:35 pm

        Chuck Todd asked Susan Collins if she that Trump was inciting violence with that statement. She said no. She thought he meant that 2nd Amendment persons could come together in some way to sway the Senate to their way of thinking.

        Really!?!?!? *That’s* what she thinks!?!?!?! Give me a break!

        • 84 Obama Grandmama
          August 9, 2016 at 7:33 pm

          That was the campaign reply so they quickly got their talking points out. Obvious they do not all think the same thing.

          • August 9, 2016 at 7:39 pm

            Yes, apparently that was the rapid response from the campaign. Unfortunately, it doesn’t address what Trump said…he was not talking about what they could do to keep her from being elected — and it definitely wasn’t something as tame as organizing; he was talking about AFTER she is elected.

      • August 9, 2016 at 5:40 pm

        Former CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden says if anyone else had made a similar comment that Donald Trump did about the “Second Amendment people” stopping Hillary Clinton, they would be questioned by the Secret Service.

      August 9, 2016 at 3:38 pm


    • 89 99ts
      August 9, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      Wonder is the Secret Service are having words with him – given there were many around to hear what he said.

  37. 90 Nena20409
    August 9, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Hello TOD on a Tuesday Hot, Humid & Sunny Afternoon.
    Thank you, NW.
    Thinking of you, {{{{ ❤ Chips ❤ }}}}
    Congrats, Bill R. for your solid Gold ⭐

  38. 92 Nena20409
    August 9, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    This made me laugh.
    Perhaps, the Dolphin didn’t want to be Photographed, on son chatting Social Media format, 🙂

  39. 94 JER
    August 9, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    COMING UP: Tim Kaine Speech in Austin, Texas Volunteer Appreciation Event – August 9, 2016 – 5:00 PM

  40. 95 Ladyhawke
    August 9, 2016 at 4:37 pm

  41. 96 Nena20409
    August 9, 2016 at 4:39 pm

  42. 97 donna dem 4 obama
    August 9, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    • 98 0388jojothecat
      August 9, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      He needs to lose his SS detail…..see what’s it like to be a target of crazies.

      • 99 donna dem 4 obama
        August 9, 2016 at 5:04 pm

        Well I’m no advocate of violence but he wouldn’t last a day without them so I guess my tax dollars will need to continue to watch his back. 😦

    • 100 99ts
      August 9, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      Open mouth – enter foot – whoever says trump can be redeemed (Halperin – hahahaha) was proven wrong with this latest display of abusive rhetoric – the day after the “healing speech”.

  43. 101 JER
    August 9, 2016 at 4:52 pm

  44. 102 Nena20409
    August 9, 2016 at 5:01 pm

  45. 103 donna dem 4 obama
    August 9, 2016 at 5:02 pm

  46. 104 Nena20409
    August 9, 2016 at 5:07 pm

  47. 105 Nena20409
    August 9, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    • August 9, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      Anyone with any dam sense knows you have to be careful about the things you say. Like the former NSA Director said, if it was one of us we would be in the back of a police wagon. But Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell is a disgrace, how can you back someone like Trump?

      • 107 Obama Grandmama
        August 9, 2016 at 7:41 pm

        Remember Trump celebrates not being politically correct. Not qualified to be President as he has no common sense. He thinks he is too important to have to follow any rules. He fits being a dictator in a third world country better than being our president.

  48. 108 Nena20409
    August 9, 2016 at 5:19 pm

  49. 109 PrayerWarriorforObama
    August 9, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Congrats Team USA for winning the women’s gymnastics team gold in Rio.

  50. 112 Nena20409
    August 9, 2016 at 5:23 pm

  51. 114 Nena20409
    August 9, 2016 at 5:32 pm

  52. August 9, 2016 at 5:42 pm

  53. August 9, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Seriously, folks …..


  54. August 9, 2016 at 5:56 pm

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