Early Bird Chat


All Times Eastern

3:35PM: President Obama departs Honolulu, Hawaii

6:40PM: President Obama arrives in Midway Atoll

6:55PM: President Obama receives a briefing on the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

7:25PM: President Obama takes a tour of Midway Atoll

7:40PM: President Obama delivers a statement to the press

12:25AM: President Obama departs Midway Atoll en route Honolulu, Hawaii

3:15AM: President Obama arrives in Honolulu, Hawaii


119 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 No Child Left Behind
    September 1, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Bonjour TODVille!

  2. September 1, 2016 at 10:33 am

  3. September 1, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Good Thursday, Nerdy…TOD Family!

  4. September 1, 2016 at 10:40 am

  5. 15 desertflower
    September 1, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Just icing

  6. 16 Claire
    September 1, 2016 at 10:48 am

    I do not wish to be disrespectful, but I do hope that those, who have, in my opinion, incorrectly labeled Pres. Obama the deportor in chief, (which I find extremely misguided) understand that trump is expressing the views of the current and former congress members who refuse to do anything on immigration.

    I hope the same people who attacked Pres. Obama, though he has been a steadfast supporter of immigration reform, now realize what he has been up against and that he has honestly been working his hardest of their behalf AND the entire nation while being attacked and obstructed at every step. I think the attacks and any questions regrading his integrity have been unjust.

    • 17 cd4biden
      September 1, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Ah, Claire. Only in a sane world would your hopes and wishes be true, and, sadly, the Republican world is neither of those things. And you are not at all being disrespectful. We all wish and hope for these same things. 🙂

  7. September 1, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Thursday morning. Congrats NCLB, 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 that you can find contentment, fulfillment, and serenity in all that you do today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  8. 19 Ladyhawke
    September 1, 2016 at 10:59 am


    (American Press Association)


    Democracy depends on citizens having reliable, accurate facts put in a meaningful context. Journalism does not pursue truth in an absolute or philosophical sense, but it can and must pursue it in a practical sense. This “journalistic truth” is a process that begins with the professional discipline of assembling and verifying facts. Then journalists try to convey a fair and reliable account of their meaning, valid for now, subject to further investigation. Journalists should be as transparent as possible about sources and methods, so audiences can make their own assessment of the information. Even in a world of expanding voices, accuracy is the foundation upon which everything else is built: context, interpretation, comment, criticism, analysis and debate. The truth, over time, emerges from this forum. As citizens encounter an ever-greater flow of data, they have more need not less for identifiable sources dedicated to verifying that information and putting it in context.


    While news organizations answer to many constituencies, including advertisers and shareholders, the journalists in those organizations must maintain allegiance to citizens and the larger public interest above any other if they are to provide the news without fear or favor. This commitment to citizens first is the basis of a news organization’s credibility; the implied covenant that tells the audience the coverage is not slanted for friends or advertisers.


  9. 25 Ladyhawke
    September 1, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Hillary Clinton speech on how Donald Trump’s campaign has mainstreamed the “Alt-Right” hate movement

  10. 26 Ladyhawke
    September 1, 2016 at 11:13 am

  11. 27 mtmarilyn
    September 1, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Good morning all of TOD. Thank you NW for all you do for us. Sending lots of love to our Ms Chips, we miss you.

    I am so sick of our media. I couldn’t listen to his speech but just reading what he said is so sickening. I just pray and will do all I can to make sure Hillary is elected in a landslide.

    So love listening to PBO’s speeches. So much sanity. Now off to sub at one of our grade schools for lunch duty. The children heal me.

  12. 28 vcprezofan2
    September 1, 2016 at 11:39 am


    The Trump we saw in Mexico appears to be the one that Kellyanne Conway is trying to create. To get an idea of what she was up to with that, take a look at this tweet.

    Who was Conway’s target audience for that trip to Mexico? As I stated above, it wasn’t Latino voters in this country. She made that clear when she retweeted this about the speech in Mexico with the simple message of “It is fabulous indeed.”

    The target audience for Conway’s Trump creation yesterday is the same one they were targeting with his so-called “outreach” to African Americans: suburban white women in swing states.
    …………………………. //

  13. 29 Ladyhawke
    September 1, 2016 at 11:44 am

  14. 30 amk for obama
    September 1, 2016 at 11:46 am

  15. 31 amk for obama
    September 1, 2016 at 11:50 am

    twitter’s ‘policy’ all bs of a lie.

  16. 32 amk for obama
    September 1, 2016 at 11:52 am

  17. 33 amk for obama
    September 1, 2016 at 11:53 am

    and the effing media never called him on his cowardice.

  18. 34 amk for obama
    September 1, 2016 at 11:56 am

    It turns out the ultimate year of the outsider is pretty much limited to Donald Trump.

    Establishment-aligned GOP primary candidates for Congress beat conservative challengers this summer in just about every major matchup, a stark reversal of the dynamic that’s driven Republican politics since 2010.

    Tea party candidates failed to take out a single GOP incumbent this year; among the higher-profile targets who survived were Sen. John McCain of Arizona, House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady of Texas and Reps. John Shimkus of Illinois and Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania.

    More glaring, given the difficulty of toppling an incumbent, was the inability of conservatives groups like the Club for Growth and Senate Conservatives Fund to capture more than a handful of open seats, as conservative candidates who pledged to vote with the far-right House Freedom Caucus fell to contenders backed by mainstream Republican groups, including two in Arizona and Florida on Tuesday.


    so, zero coattails for the dick then?

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  22. September 1, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    back to work …. more updates in the sidebar ….

  23. September 1, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Is This Trump’s Backup Plan If He Loses the Election?
    A curious trademark hints at a future Trump venture.
    SEP. 1, 2016 8:08 AM

    This spring, as Donald Trump battled Ted Cruz in the heated Republican primary campaign, the mogul was also tending to his day job, with his business empire staking a claim to some new corporate territory. On April 11—a day when media reports noted Trump had been oddly silent and out of sight following his recent defeat in the Wisconsin primary—a Trump-owned company applied for a trademark on a brand new hotel concept. It was dubbed “American Idea.”

    According to the trademark filing made by DTTM Operations LLC, a Delaware-based company Trump set up in January to manage his trademarks, the GOP nominee was reserving “American Idea” for use in an unspecified hotel services, spa, and/or personal concierge business. Could it be that the candidate running under the banner of “Make America Great Again” was devising a plan to capitalize on Trump-style patriotism for a new hotel or chain of hotels with some sort of America theme? Was this Plan B? A way to convert his campaign into a commercial success, if voters fail to elect him the nation’s next CEO?

    Hope Hicks, the Trump campaign spokeswoman, did not respond to a request for comment.

  24. 47 JER
    September 1, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    NOW: First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Howard University for Back to School Event – http://abcnews.go.com/live?stream=4 AND http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  25. 50 Ladyhawke
    September 1, 2016 at 12:32 pm

  26. 51 globalcitizenlinda
    September 1, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    VP Biden is in Ohio today and campaigning with Dem senate candidate, former governor Strickland.

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  28. 53 Ladyhawke
    September 1, 2016 at 12:52 pm

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      September 1, 2016 at 4:27 pm


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    • 57 Don
      September 1, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      Funny, I was just talking about this with a coworker this morning. Not the part about “I need this job,” but about voting for Trump despite the fact that you are at best two paychecks away from total oblivion.

  31. September 1, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    This is a little crazy and cool!

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  33. 60 Nena20409
    September 1, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Congrats to Gold ⭐ winners since last night, starting with this post.
    Thank you, NW. You are one in a million.
    {{{{ ❤ Chips ❤ }}}} Missing you, always.

  34. September 1, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Damon Young, 9/1/16


    Either way, the spotlight is shining on us and our complex relationship(s) to the ideal of patriotism. And the spotlight is shining in the wrong direction.

    Black Americans are Americans. Living and breathing citizens of this country; many of whom can trace our lineages here back hundreds of years. Maybe our (collective) feelings about America are complex and perhaps our patriotism can be doubted at times (and for good reason). But one thing is simple: We are American citizens. This is an inextricable truth. A truth that remains true despite a history (and present) of that citizenship being doubted, questioned, and even outright dismissed.

    But we are Americans. And for the Black American, the 300 million other American citizens are our countrymen. Which is why we need to start doubting the patriotic bonafides of those doubting ours.

    Patriotism isn’t just an infatuation with and fanaticism for symbols and abstractions. It’s a steadfastness in making sure the country’s professed ideals aren’t just honored and protected, but extended to each of its citizens. It’s not standing for the flag, it’s fighting for what the flag is supposed to stand for. It’s wanting to keep your countrymen — all of them — safe.

  35. 62 vcprezofan2
    September 1, 2016 at 3:10 pm


    As the feminists in the 60’s and 70’s so wisely said…the personal is political. That has never been more true than it is right now. The one thing I’d add to what the NYT editorial board wrote is that this is not just about the potential damage a Trump presidency would do. It is also about the damage his candidacy is doing to people right now.

    Pundits are meant to analyze policy and write about the political horse race. But I need to say that this kind of hate is personal for me. People’s lives are being damaged by our current political dialogue. Perhaps if we notice and say so, they won’t feel so alone.


  36. 63 Nena20409
    September 1, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    $$ is everything, #MSM may say. But for #HRC to raise $143M when Press says she’s Disliked is a BFD.

  37. 66 JER
    September 1, 2016 at 3:39 pm

  38. September 1, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    This must be a first in diplomatic relations……..

  39. September 1, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    What Colin Kaepernick’s Protest Looks Like to a Black 49ers Fan
    AUG. 31, 2016

    San Francisco — Why are we, as sports fans, continually surprised when one of our heroes turns out to be a real person, with real feelings who is living in the same world we also live in? And when that athlete is black, why does white America respond with anger, as if the hero has broken some kind of sacred rule or understood deal? That deal seems to be, “You just go out and win games, collect your check, and if we really like you, you can retire and sell us stuff in TV commercials.”

    Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback for San Francisco, the city I love and pay a lot to live in, is the latest in a long line of black athletes who have decided to be real people with real concerns about the black community. This tends to happen when issues become so pressing that they break the heart of the athlete and pierce a wall they might choose to stay behind.

    It was the Vietnam War for Muhammad Ali, the civil rights movement for countless others. For Kaepernick, it is the way black and brown people, just like him, are treated in the United States. He felt he could no longer stand for the national anthem at the beginning of 49ers games. In an interview published Saturday, he said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

    I imagine I share with Kaepernick nightmares of the killing of Tamir Rice, Michael Brown and so many others. As an African-American father of two sons who live or work in San Francisco, I fear their lives, or mine, might be taken unjustly in a confrontation with the police; the same police I respect and depend on to protect my community and keep it safe.

  40. 70 desertflower
    September 1, 2016 at 4:22 pm

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  43. September 1, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    NYT Scrambles To Rewrite Botched Story On Trump’s Immigration Speech
    Sept 1, 2016

    In Donald Trump’s much-hyped speech on immigration Wednesday night in Phoenix, which came the same day he met with the president of Mexico, the GOP nominee showed no signs of “softening” the hard-line immigration policies that have won him legions of supporters.

    But that message didn’t come across in the New York Times’ initial coverage of the speech, which hailed Trump’s address as “an audacious attempt” to transform his image and reported that he shelved his proposal for a massive effort to deport immigrants who are in the country illegally. The story went through extensive edits when readers pointed out the story inaccurately characterized Trump’s speech.

    Readers on social media were quick to point out the inaccuracies and suggest the Times had bought into the campaign’s song-and-dance about a softer touch on immigration issues.

    About an hour after the original story was published, the story underwent a substantial rewrite to eliminate language about Mexico pitching in to solve the immigration crisis.

    The Times didn’t run an editor’s note explaining the story had been substantively changed, but the edit-tracking site NewsDiff clearly shows the extent of the revisions. You can see the full edits here.

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  46. September 1, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Trump anti-immigrant speech follows dark pattern of US history
    Rachel Maddow shows how throughout American history, when normal politics breaks down, fringe voices gain prominence scapegoating immigrant groups.

    • 86 nathkatun7
      September 1, 2016 at 11:40 pm

      Thank you so much Rikyrah for sharing this. Rachel Maddow did an excellent job. I wish she had also discussed the post Civil War period that saw the rise of secret white supremacists organizations, beginning with the Ku Klux Klan, that pretty much took over the Democratic Party in the South until the 1960s.

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  48. September 1, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Michael Jackson – HEAL THE WORLD/ Child Prodigy Cover by Maati…

    “FEEL INSPIRED!! Maati Baani brings 45 child artistes together in one song to pay tribute to Michael Jackson! Let the kids blow away your mind!”
    #MichaelJackson #HealTheWorld #MJForever

  49. 93 donna dem 4 obama
    September 1, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    TOD please retweet this to Donna Brazile. – Thanks!

    • 94 donna dem 4 obama
      September 1, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      • September 1, 2016 at 5:38 pm

        AWESOME, Donna Dem!! Thank you for putting the question forward. This is exactly what needs to be happening now that registration deadlines approach in October.

        • 96 donna dem 4 obama
          September 1, 2016 at 5:51 pm

          Thanks Meta. She follows me on twitter so I’m going to give her a couple of hours and if she doesn’t respond I’m going to send her a DM and ask her this question. I try not to take advantage of follows from people such as her but I think this is important enough to get her attention.

          • September 1, 2016 at 6:02 pm

            I know what you mean and I totally support that but what twitter is good for is asking thoughtful, important question that matter and challenging those who should have answers. TY.

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  51. September 1, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    LOVE Seth Meyers and of course, FLOTUS!!

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  54. 105 CEB
    September 1, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    The storm, Hermine, is right on schedule in my area of NE Florida. The heavy rains started at 6:00 pm and there is the distant sound of thunder. No power outages yet, but I did lose the TV signal (but, then AT&T does this even when there is no storm). So far it sounds like a typical Florida storm, but the worst of it is supposed to come through around midnight. Keep all of us, especially the areas that border the gulf where the storm will land, in your thoughts and prayers.

    • 106 arapaho415
      September 1, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      GE CEB.

      Thought of you when I heard this storm’s path (wasn’t sure if you were closer to Jacksonville, but sounds like you’re closer to the FL panhandle) — all the energy is in the eastern face of the storm, just where it meets landfall. 😦

      Crossing my fingers that you’ll be safe, cozy and dry all night and wake to a sparkling morning.

  55. 107 JER
    September 1, 2016 at 6:19 pm

  56. 109 Nena20409
    September 1, 2016 at 6:31 pm

  57. 110 donna dem 4 obama
    September 1, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    He screws the MSM daily and they just jump back in everyday for more….

  58. 113 JER
    September 1, 2016 at 6:37 pm

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  60. 116 JER
    September 1, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    SOON: VP Joe Biden Campaigns for Hillary Clinton in Parma, Ohio – http://abcnews.go.com/live?stream=2

  61. September 1, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Let’s do this!!

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