Early Bird Chat: POTUS And FLOTUS At The CBC Dinner


President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Phoenix Awards Dinner












127 Responses to “Early Bird Chat: POTUS And FLOTUS At The CBC Dinner”

  1. September 18, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Good Sunday, Nerdy. THANK YOU for all that you do!!!

    Good Morning, TOD Family!!! Everyone enjoy your day.

  2. September 18, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Congrats swbluega! It was a wonderful night. POTUS and FLOTUS were just amazing.

  3. September 18, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Good morning TOD folks.

  4. 8 sherijr
    September 18, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Happy Sunday TOD… Congrats SW and my thanks also Nerdy (I don’t say it often enough, sorry) for all your hard work, perseverance, loyalty and brilliance.. and for posting this video 🙂 🙂 Missing you always, Ms. Chips and forever grateful to you.

  5. September 18, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Good Sunday morning, NW and TODville.

    Please share FAR AND WIDE. This man – who’s done so much for so many – deserves EVERYONE’s attention right here right now.

  6. September 18, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Goooooood Sunday Morning…..swbluega,,Congratttttttts on 1st

    that speech of the President was simply awesomeeeeeeee….simply awesome…….

    thank you NW,,,for your tireless service….i am so very grateful for the hard work you put in…you inspire me…every day…every day….

  7. September 18, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Here’s the CSPAN video of the CBC event that includes the tribute video at the beginning of the introduction:


  8. 35 99ts
    September 18, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Good Morning TOD – what gorgeous and elegant photos to start a new day (or see the end of my day). Thank you Nerdy for filling the pages with the wonder and glory of this family. How lucky we have been with the age of Obama.

  9. September 18, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Happy Sunday TODers.

    Thank you so much, Nerdy.


  10. September 18, 2016 at 9:47 am

    While campaigning for HRC last week, President Obama mentioned [paraphrasing] how many voters are attracted to shiny new objects

    In my opinion, Trump’s business success is supposed to be something special that he brings to the table. One of the things that supposedly makes him a *shiny new object* in this election. But with each passing day comes the realization that his business “success” is a mirage; a myth built on lies, underhandedness, and deceit. [There are many who have known this long before Trump’s candidacy officially began.).

    But even if Trump were as successful as he claims, the job of POTUS requires much much more than that one (supposedly) special talent.

    It requires knowledge…knowledge of the United States; understanding that we are a country of immigrants; understanding the diversity that makes this country great; not elevating one demographic above another; not discounting the contributions of any group or negatively stereotyping those who don’t look like you; knowledge of the international community, not from the perspective of making a business deal, but having a *real*understanding that decisions go beyond Trump — beyond the US, but the effects on world communities and economies and the well-being of its citizens; an understanding of the importance of our international allies to the United States’ continued successes and survival.

    It requires knowledge of the Constitution, the roles of the branches of government, checks and balances, knowing that just because he says it doesn’t make it so; that there is a process and things don’t always go your way.

    It requires someone who is able to not only hear but to LISTEN.

    It requires someone who understands the meaning of the word COMPROMISE and is able to apply it.

    It requires someone who is open-minded enough to know that they don’t know it all and who is willing to learn from others.

    It requires someone who can come outside of their bubble and try to understand and empathize about the struggles and issues that he may not personally encounter; someone who is unselfish.

    It requires someone who is able to separate their emotions from the task at hand; who is not quick to jump to conclusions without getting the first getting the facts; who is not prone to knee-jerk reactions; who will acknowledge mistakes rather than stubbornly double-down for appearance sake; who does not have a bully mentality and will not abuse the power with which he is entrusted; someone who is HUMBLE.

    It requires someone whose mindset and views have moved into the 21st century; someone who is not lamenting for the things about the good ole days that may only have been “good” for everyone.

    Those requirements are just the tip of the iceberg. The job of POTUS/CIC is so complex and ever-changing. The person in that job must have the skills, traits, knowledge, and temperament that allows them to adapt to this complex and dynamic world.

    So even if that business savviness that Trump *supposedly* has really existed, he *still* does not have the BASIC requirements to be POTUS/CIC.

  11. 40 Roberta in MN
    September 18, 2016 at 9:47 am

    OMG that dress FLOTUS has on is just out of this world. I think that is my favorite of all. She just sparkles and POTUS was sparkling right along with her. What an elegant couple. I will listen to the speech later. Still at mu sisters and my Nephew and his wife came up on Friday. So it has been quite a busy time.

  12. September 18, 2016 at 9:48 am

    I like Tim Kaine very much but THIS RIGHT HERE is the moment I feel love:

    • 42 carolyn
      September 18, 2016 at 11:05 am

      That was perfect. Thank you Tim. I am so glad HRC chose him as her VP candidate. I have confidence that he will become a VP in the mold of our precious Joe, with his own take on it. He is a bright, compassionate, truthful man.

    • 43 GGAIL
      September 18, 2016 at 11:45 am

      It’s good of Tim to say that, but, we know Trumpet will never speak the truth. Although I do hope he hears what Tim said. It will make him livid. Expect a rebuttal tweet from trumpet.

      • 44 catrst
        September 18, 2016 at 1:33 pm

        No. This is unimpeachable. He cannot say dopey Tim Kaine, neurotic Tim Kaine. This is the clearest and most poignant indictment.

  13. 45 Roberta in MN
    September 18, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Congrats on 1st SW.

  14. September 18, 2016 at 10:18 am

    • 48 99ts
      September 18, 2016 at 10:23 am

      Everything about the Trump campaign is nuts which everyone would be aware of if the media did its job.

      Luckily President Obama explains to those who will listen. Anyone who trusts Trump deserves the impact he will have on them and their business. Snake oil salesman.

  15. 49 amk for obama
    September 18, 2016 at 10:21 am

  16. 50 hopefruit2
    September 18, 2016 at 10:28 am

    G’morning Nerdy & TOD! Happy Sunday everyone, and congrats swbluega on #1 🙂

  17. 52 globalcitizenlinda
    September 18, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Good Day Everyone!

    Have a fantastic day!

  18. 53 globalcitizenlinda
    September 18, 2016 at 10:30 am

  19. 54 vcprezofan2
    September 18, 2016 at 10:35 am

    What a speech! What a couple! The very sight of them upon entering the village brought a huge smile to my face!

    Thanks Ms NerdyW for the speech clip. Now I can forward it to Offspring for his listening pleasure/education. 😀

    Sunday Blessings, everyone! May your Sunday be the start of a week of good health, good progress and lots of happiness!

    • 55 vcprezofan2
      September 18, 2016 at 10:36 am

      For those who keep an eye on @Interior – lots of positive info about what’s happening over the country.

      • 56 cd4biden
        September 18, 2016 at 11:00 am

        Thanks vc. I am so grateful to you for posting these videos each week. I love the outdoors, and always learn so much about our amazing country, as well as the work of our Secretary Jewell, because of your efforts. You, too, are a treasure to TOD.

        • 57 vcprezofan2
          September 18, 2016 at 11:22 am

          :shy: TY, CD. 🙂 🙂 I’m very happy to hear you enjoy the links. 😉 😉 Don’t tell anyone else, but I’m one of those who love the outdoors from indoors.

          • 58 GGAIL
            September 18, 2016 at 11:39 am

            GM vc.
            I know that about you 😘

            • 59 vcprezofan2
              September 18, 2016 at 11:43 am

              Shush you, … 😛
              and a sunny east coast morning to you! 😀

            • 61 vcprezofan2
              September 18, 2016 at 11:46 am

              Gotta tell you, that friend who got me out of my house for over 18 hours on that bus trip last Saturday, actually had the nerve to try and get me out again yesterday to attend her daughter’s birthday party!!! smh

              • 62 GGAIL
                September 18, 2016 at 11:48 am

                Did you have a good time last Saturday?

                • 63 vcprezofan2
                  September 18, 2016 at 11:52 am

                  I did actually. 😀
                  Presenters at a couple of the sites were good and the bus driver and fellow passengers very agreeable. Problem with this friend is that she never knows when to stop. She now has me considering a Nordic cruise for next summer (for which we have to sign up now)!!! Sigh.

                  • 64 GGail
                    September 18, 2016 at 12:06 pm

                    OOOH, Nordic cruise! I want to (one day) do a Nordic cruise. Send me the information…

                    • 65 vcprezofan2
                      September 18, 2016 at 12:20 pm

                      I know a handful of the ladies planning to go, and the truth is if I don’t go with them, there’s no way I’m going at all. I’ll forward the email she sent me later. The bus trip planner is involved ….of course. {She – a mutual friend – can’t seem to sit in one place for long.}

                    • September 18, 2016 at 1:47 pm

                      If you’re interested, I can send you info on a Baltic Jazz Cruise for May 2018. Yes, I said 2018…

                      Ports of call: Copenhagen, Denmark · Stockholm, Sweden · Tallinn, Estonia · St. Petersburg, Russia · Helsinki, Finland

                      Not real keen on St. Pete (don’t like spending money with folks/gov’t that don’t respect me); however, I’ve been there, my Mom hasn’t so we will do a shore excursion.

                      Hit me up if you want details…

                    • 67 GGAIL
                      September 18, 2016 at 2:17 pm

                      Will do Alycee

                  • September 18, 2016 at 1:59 pm

                    VC, would love to get tour info. Back in 2000, when I traveled to Windsor CA for my cousin’s prep school graduation, I couldn’t find any info about Canadian Underground Railroad sites. I drove from my PA home to Windsor, and wanted to return by heading west through Canada and entering the US via Detroit.

                    • 69 vcprezofan2
                      September 18, 2016 at 4:50 pm

                      Hi Alycee, hope you are much better this week! I stepped out to have a late lunch, then ended up washing hair and ironing clothes for next week, plus doing a little reading. I tell you, I’m feeling quite productive. 😀

                      Our Underground Railroad bus tour took in the following sites, all of which are in Ontario, Canada:-
                      1. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Dresden, On
                      2. Freeman Walls Historic Site & Underground Railroad Museum – Essex, On
                      3. Sandwich First Baptist Church – Windsor, On
                      4. North American Black Historical Museum – Amherstburg, On
                      5. Point Pelee National Park – Leamington, On.

                      I liked #1 because the visit there gave me a different perspective of ‘Uncle Tom’ and the narrator there was pretty laid-back & very good. Also, the house and grounds reminded me somewhat of Frederick Douglass’ home that we toured in DC.
                      #5 was included to give us a trip to the southernmost tip of Canada (actually in Lake Erie). You might not believe this 😉 but I walked out to the tip and waved to a few birds – it’s apparently a way station for migrating birds, (but only because I kept thinking the tip was around the next corner). 😀 Anyhoo, it was a nice day for walking and the company was good so I’m not sorry I went.

                    • 70 vcprezofan2
                      September 18, 2016 at 4:51 pm

                      BTW, you can find these places online, I think.

  20. 71 desertflower
    September 18, 2016 at 10:36 am

    AH!!!!! Nerdy…I just wrote a dissertation and it got eaten!! HELP PLEASE! 🙂 🙂

  21. 72 Don
    September 18, 2016 at 10:37 am

    I guess Gov. Cuomo moonlights as an NCIS investigator because now he’s on tv talking about bomb blast patterns, I think I’ll wait until President Obama makes a statement because I’m going to go out on a limb and say he’s getting the best intelligence.

  22. 73 hopefruit2
    September 18, 2016 at 10:38 am

    More of the GOP’s leadership needs to take a page from Kasich’s book…this “birtherism” issue should not be put away until Trump provides a full-fledged apology to the President and to the people of the united states on live national tv…

    • 74 vcprezofan2
      September 18, 2016 at 11:41 am

      Hi Hopef, nice to see you! Hope your days are going really well.

      Serious question for you – would *you* believe *any* apology Trump made? I cannot imagine *anything* Trump could say in this area, or in any other for that matter, that would appease me! My take is that if the GOP leadership were to actively seek an apology at this time (when they hadn’t beeped previously) it would solely be an attempt to whitewash the situation. I’d bet, once made, they’d constantly be referring to DT’s apology whenever the issue of his hatred arose – much in the manner MSM continued to praise McCain for stopping that woman’s racist vitriol in 2008, even though he only did it after someone suggested he should control his racists better on the trail. If left to me, Trump can take his apology with him when he walks off with his warped children into the sunset.

      • 75 hopefruit2
        September 18, 2016 at 11:51 am

        Hiya vc! Excellent points you have raised here. And to answer your question: NO – Trump’s apology will not make any difference to me. He’s not fit to be President, apology or not.

        However, the mere idea of having him stand before the country on national tv and issue a public apology and renunciation of his five year record of racist fear-mongering about our President’s legitimacy, will be a message to not just him, but many of his supporters, that this kind of thing is not something that will be tolerated…you can’t just yell “Fire!” in a crowded theatre, and say “oops I’m sorry” and everything is fine…NOPE. You must face the consequences of your actions, and you must be held fully accountable for your misdeeds. And that accountability must START with a public apology – to the President and to the nation. Now I know nothing will humiliate Trump more than having to stand on National TV and issue an apology – so the idea is to humiliate him (as he deserves to be), not to redeem him through this apology…

        • 76 vcprezofan2
          September 18, 2016 at 12:14 pm

          We agree that humiliation would be a slap for Trump, however, as he would be crafting his own apology (or have someone do it for him) I place little credence on its being humiliating enough. [probably be along the lines of ‘If I’ve offended anyone….] It would likely be as meaningful as his recent proclamation – surrounded with those praising him and him taking a moment to utter a line or two. Too much of a *show* and a farce to merit having the media gather and make another fanfare, IMO. No one can make Trump change his spots. It’s my belief he’s thrash, and dishonest thrash he’ll remain. As FLOTUS says, the presidency doesn’t make the man, it reveals who he is. In Trump’s case just running for the office has partially revealed his underbelly. More would have been revealed if only the MSM had been willing to do their job fairly, yet what’s been revealed is more than enough IMO to cause the majority of voters to cover their nose and run.

          Re DT facing consequences, I’m going to give you top marks for being an optimist in this iteration of U S politics we are experiencing. You may not be able to yell “Fire!” and get away with it, but you can yell “You Lie” in a House that’s supposed to showcase professionalism and respect, and do. I can’t remember if Rep Joe Wilson suffered any consequences or even apologized; I doubt it.

          • 77 hopefruit2
            September 18, 2016 at 12:41 pm

            Points well-taken vc. The consequence for Trump that I’m most invested in is a sound defeat on Nov 8, and I believe that will happen. However, given the size of his ego – an apology (no matter how well or cleverly crafted by him or his aides) is humiliating, because it acknowledges that he was wrong – and if there’s one thing Trump absolutely detests is to say he was wrong on anything. I also get your point about Joe Wilson, however Joe Wilson was not running for President, and if he ever decided to run – that comment would definitely come back to hunt him.

            • 78 vcprezofan2
              September 18, 2016 at 12:44 pm

              Appreciate the back and forth, Hf.

              ^5 re a sound defeat on Nov. 8 >>>>> *that* would be a sweet-sweet, sweetest of sweet consequence pour moi! 🙂

      • September 18, 2016 at 12:16 pm

        Everything you said.

        But I’ve never wanted him to apologize. If someone is sorry for something they did, they would not have to be told to do it. And besides, he is not sorry. He is a birther. He is a bigot. He has a history of discriminating and denigrating African Americans. For example, he called us lazy, wouldn’t rent to us.

        For me, nothing he has done is unforgivable as this issue. He can take his apology and stuff it.

        • 80 vcprezofan2
          September 18, 2016 at 12:25 pm

          Basically how I feel, Kate. If I were to stumble and fall and Trump’s the only person around I’d feel infinitely better if he’d walk on by and leave me to try to get up on my own. He’s the last person on whose outstretched hand I’d try to hang! When I look at and listen to him I am revolted.

  23. 82 Nerdy Wonka
    September 18, 2016 at 10:49 am

    • 83 99ts
      September 18, 2016 at 11:05 am

      Every positive adjective one can think of is defined by these pictures
      Elegant beautiful intelligent – and of course faith hope and charity

  24. 84 Nerdy Wonka
    September 18, 2016 at 10:53 am

    First Lady Michelle Obama has given Naeem Khan some major love and boost these years. His designs are gorgeous. Kudos to him and bravo to her for always seeking out a variety of designers and putting them in the fashion and economic spotlight.

  25. 85 desertflower
    September 18, 2016 at 10:54 am


    Routine falsehoods, unfounded claims and inflammatory language have long been staples of Mr. Trump’s anything-goes campaign. But as the polls tighten and November nears, his behavior, and the implications for the country should he become president, are alarming veteran political observers — and leaving them deeply worried about the precedent being set, regardless of who wins the White House.

    “It’s frightening,” said Vin Weber, a former Republican congressman from Minnesota. “Our politics, because of him, is descending to the level of a third-world country. There’s just nothing beneath him. And I don’t know why we would think he would change if he became president. That’s what’s really scary.”

    Stephen Hess, who served in the Eisenhower and Nixon administrations, could not even contemplate the prospect of Mr. Trump as commander in chief.

    “It’s incredibly depressing,” Mr. Hess said of Mr. Trump. “He’s the most profoundly ignorant man I’ve ever seen at this level in terms of understanding the American presidency, and, even more troubling, he makes no effort to learn anything.”

    You need MORE reasons? Vote.

  26. 86 yardarm756
    September 18, 2016 at 10:57 am

    • 87 99ts
      September 18, 2016 at 11:03 am

      Hello sailor friend – just amazing that birtherism could be the downfall when he is a racist misogynistic no nothing fool who would put the US and the world on the path to destruction. His previous 70 years of lies and anti social behavior should be his downfall

  27. 89 carolyn
    September 18, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Is there a better looking, more elegant, gracious, compassionate couple anywhere in the world than POTUS and FLOTUS?

  28. 91 hopefruit2
    September 18, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I don’t mean to get all tinfoil…but this “blast” in Chelsea/NYC last night has got me with some misgivings….

    -went off just as PBO was about to give a speech at the CBC
    -Trump began mouthing off about “bomb going off” without any facts
    -no links to international terrorism thus far

    • 92 Obama Grandmama
      September 18, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      We recently had a garbage can/bomb explosion in Seaside, Oregon at a running event at a similar time frame as NY and NJ. No one was hurt here.

  29. 93 desertflower
    September 18, 2016 at 11:28 am

    YooHoo!! Dear Nerdy…my comment got lost…..can you find it for me???? A million thanks:)

  30. 94 GGAIL
    September 18, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Good West Coast morning TOD family. Thanks NW for this beautiful post 😘

    Yesterday my team made more calls to Nevada Dems & Independents and we had Two people we called say they were going to vote for Trump. So folks, we must follow POTUS’ plea that we all Get Out & VOTE.
    The idiots will…

  31. 95 desertflower
    September 18, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Need ANOTHER reason to vote??


    GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence said his role model for the number two spot is the last Republican to hold the job — Dick Cheney.

    “I frankly hold Dick Cheney in really high regard in his role as vice president and as an American,” Pence said on ABC’s “This Week.”

    Pence said that, like Cheney, he hoped to be “a very active vice president.”

    “Vice President Cheney had experience in Congress as I do, and he was very active in working with members of the House and the Senate,” he said.

  32. 96 hopefruit2
    September 18, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Alex Castellano stepped in it and is trying to wiggle his way out, but people aren’t having it…. Hahahaha…

  33. September 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Trump people just tell lies with impunity.

  34. 101 jacquelineoboomer
    September 18, 2016 at 12:18 pm

  35. 112 desertflower
    September 18, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Important info….AWESOME!


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    Can download from this link…

  36. 113 desertflower
    September 18, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    More than a little honorable.

  37. September 18, 2016 at 1:22 pm

  38. September 18, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Birther Alex

  39. 116 Ladyhawke
    September 18, 2016 at 1:36 pm

  40. 118 desertflower
    September 18, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Freedumb, baby!

  41. 121 Ladyhawke
    September 18, 2016 at 1:56 pm

  42. 122 Ladyhawke
    September 18, 2016 at 2:02 pm

  43. 124 globalcitizenlinda
    September 18, 2016 at 2:04 pm

  44. 126 sjterrid
    September 18, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Nerdy, Thank you so much for posting these pictures and video from the Congressional Black Caucus dinner, as I wasn’t on-line at all yesterday.
    I shared it on Facebook.

  45. 127 JER
    September 18, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Tomorrow’s event with Secretary Clinton has reached capacity.

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