Early Bird Chat


All Times Eastern

11:15AM: President Obama delivers remarks at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum



1:05PM: President Obama meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

2PM: President Obama meets with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia

3:25PM: President Obama departs New York

4:40PM: President Obama arrives at the White House


111 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Grab a Mop Grace
    September 21, 2016 at 8:38 am

    GM TOD!

  2. September 21, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Staying up to watch FLOTUS last night was worth it. She was wonderful as usual. Nora O’Donnell of CBS Morning said it was one of Colbert best show. I agree.

  3. September 21, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  4. 7 desertflower
    September 21, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Morning everyone:)

  5. September 21, 2016 at 9:05 am

    You have got to see FLOTUS response to Colbert asking her if she had any sympathy concerning the spouses of the candidates, and her response about Melania Trump stealing her speech. I loved her response. Why you might ask? Because there was no sympathy for FLOTUS when for five years Donald J.Trump was running around saying that President Obama was not born in this country.

    • 9 GGAIL
      September 21, 2016 at 9:10 am

      Good morning annieb 😘
      I can tell you really enjoyed FLOTUS on Colbert last night. I can’t wait to see it on TOD today.

    • 12 FoxfireTX
      September 21, 2016 at 10:42 am

      The entire thing was fabulous! I was intrigued to learn of the CNN documentary and am looking forward to it. Not only did FLOTUS look spectacular, she was so charming and funny. The impression of PBO was so on..and seems to confirm what so many of us have speculated: Malia likes to talk policy with her dad while Michelle and Sasha have fun discussing fashion, etc. Possibly the best Colbert show I’ve seen in terms of sheer enjoyment.

    • 13 Obama Grandmama
      September 21, 2016 at 11:43 am

      Glad to hear the Colbert show was great last night. I was too tired to stay up, but remembered to tape it. I look forward to watching when I want to watch.

  6. 14 Nerdy Wonka
    September 21, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Covering my black brothers and sisters with love and healing today.

    Be safe and know that this world that is trying to break us will not succeed.

  7. 19 Ladyhawke
    September 21, 2016 at 9:11 am

  8. September 21, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Good morning TOD folks!

    • 23 amk for obama
      September 21, 2016 at 10:11 am

      The most photographed dood on earth and yet he doesn’t want to pose for the pics? Liar.

    • 24 GGail
      September 21, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      OMGoodness, I can see that this was a very special night for Stephen’s viewers. FLOTUS is AWESOME ❤
      The crowd cheering for such a long time caused me to tear up a bit.

  9. 28 jackiegrumbacher
    September 21, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Morning all. For those who are subject to anxiety attacks about the election, please, please delete all fundraising e-mails that use the scare tactic approach. These are professional fundraisers who believe this will trigger a response. Prove them wrong. Delete them without reading.

    Don’t get hung up on poll reporting. The presidential election is won in the electoral college and The Corrupt One’s path to 270 is very tenuous, while we have may ways to get there. DT CANNOT win the EC without Florida–there’s no other path. Hillary can LOSE Florida and still have many paths forward.

    Follow David Plouffe’s twitter timeline—he has been there and done that and knows all about nervous Dems.

    Finally, remember that the Obama and Clinton campaigns are operated on the basis on complicated analytics, not polls. The people in Brooklyn know exactly what numbers they need out of each targeted precinct in the US to win the state. They also know exactly what percentage of the state HRC has to win to bring along the senatorial candidate. On election day, the emphasis will be on targeted precincts nationwide. Work with the campaign and we will get the job done.

    • 29 hopefruit2
      September 21, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Very well-said Jackie, and thanks for posting this. 🙂 I hope the TODers who most need to know this read and heed your words of wisdom. I don’t need to add anything more!

    • September 21, 2016 at 9:44 am

      Superb post, JackieG. Well done!!!


    • 31 Ladyhawke
      September 21, 2016 at 9:50 am

      Thank you JG. This is a superb analysis and excellent advice. I lift my glass to you. /clink/

    • September 21, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Thank you JackieG…

      as you know we go thru this every election cycle…the press continues to play a role to depress the vote of Dems…& some Dems are easy to spook because they do not realize their own power…or seem to be able to see this….

      #YesWeCan #StrongerTogether

      • 33 jackiegrumbacher
        September 21, 2016 at 12:11 pm

        Pf, as a fellow Pennsylvania, I’ll tell what I was told by our regional coordinator about the Senate race. If Hillary wins PA by a margin of 2, McGinty will lose. If she wins by 6 or more, McGinty will win. I think HRC is going to do very well in PA and if she wins big, it means the Dems have come out and Toomey is toast.

        • September 21, 2016 at 12:54 pm

          I am encouraging everyone to vote straight Dem…and i am also encouraging folks to paint every GOPER with the brush of Trump…and indeed…Toomey in particular has been in lockstep with the obstruction of the President

    • 35 57andfemale
      September 21, 2016 at 9:58 am

      THE best advice. Thanks, jackie.

    • 38 FoxfireTX
      September 21, 2016 at 10:47 am

      Well done Jackie! These fundraising emails are ridiculous. Not sure how the Clinton campaign thinks they are helpful. One additional point., We have not yet seen the effect of PBO, FLOTUS, VP Joe and Jill and so many others on the campaign trail yet. This will make a difference in attitudes. Some podcast recently had a R commentator from the 2012 election who mentioned how much it hurt them to have the surrogate bench of the Dems on the trail in the closing weeks. We have the best surrogate bench anyone could ask for and it will pay off.

    • 39 Obama Grandmama
      September 21, 2016 at 11:48 am

      Thanks, Jackie, I think I was just panicked yesterday between the cable shows and the barrage of Dem fear donation emails.

    • 40 ouapiti
      September 21, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      Thank you for this post. So true and we need the reminder!

    • 41 Judith Fardig
      September 21, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Wise advice, Jackie! Thanks.

    • 42 purpleshoesla
      September 21, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Bravo JackieG. Thank you for speaking TRUTH. May I also add, the quickest way to banish that anxiety is get involved– with the campaign in whatever way you can, calls, data entry, help get volunteers to campaign events, become a poll watcher on election day, voter registration. The “TO DO” List is endless. . When you are around/working with folks united behind a common cause, you’d be surprised how quickly your perspective changes.

  10. 43 desertflower
    September 21, 2016 at 9:40 am

    She is just a delightful national treasure. Just incomparable.

  11. 48 hopefruit2
    September 21, 2016 at 9:48 am

  12. 49 hopefruit2
    September 21, 2016 at 9:49 am

    A wannabe leader taking his orders from Putin…

  13. 51 Don
    September 21, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Yesterday I had to take my car to the dealership to get is serviced, ok to get a tire changed, I admit it I don’t know how to change a tire. I’m one of those guys that like to pay people to do things. I have a gardener and every time he shows up my neighbor gives me this look like “bruh, c’mon man.” Well any way when I left the dealership and I went and had lunch. I went to KFC and I ate it in my car, I must confess, I’m a car eater. I like sitting in my car and eating while I listen to the radio. I think I’m going to have to give this car eating thing up because it’s another thing that will get you shot by the police, sitting in your car.

    • 52 desertflower
      September 21, 2016 at 10:03 am

      I was going to tell you how much alike you and my husband are, until I got to the part about eating in your car. Not alike. My husband would never be shot for eating in his car. Wrong color. My heart hurts. I’m sorry enough that I will never vote for anyone that thinks that shooting a person of color first, is a good thing. This is disgusting. We need to make people accountable for their actions. Especially police that are SUPPOSED to Serve and Protect. That means EVERYONE. I might need to watch Michelle Obama again to get this nasty taste our of my mouth…. {{{Don}}}

    • 53 sherijr
      September 21, 2016 at 11:30 am


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  15. September 21, 2016 at 10:03 am


    back to work …..

  16. 57 mtmarilyn
    September 21, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Good morning TOD family. It is so wonderful listening to all of PBO’s speeches now. They are all so beautiful full of hope and truth. Couldn’t stay up last night to listen to FLOTUS so will look for the video of last night.

    If any of you want to check where your governor is on the popular scale of all governors this link shows them all. Brownback of Kansas is the least liked. Our governor Steve Bullock is at 66% approval. This is very comforting to me as we have a very right wing millionaire running against him. https://morningconsult.com/governor-approval-rankings-september-2016/

  17. 58 JER
    September 21, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

    LIVE NOW: AG Lynch Remarks At International Bar Association – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  18. 59 hopefruit2
    September 21, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Possible BREAKING STORY: Corey Lewandowski suspended by CNN…. (reports not confirmed yet, stay tuned):


  19. 61 amk for obama
    September 21, 2016 at 10:51 am

    go hollywood

  20. 67 JER
    September 21, 2016 at 10:53 am

    The Most Deplorable Thing Trump Has Done Yet | The Closer with Keith Olbermann | GQ

    Donald Trump’s sick infatuation with the assassination of Hillary Clinton must be repudiated.

  21. 68 amk for obama
    September 21, 2016 at 10:55 am

    I am probably in minority here, I fully agree with dnc/dscc/hrc “hair-on-fire” fund raising mails. They are telling the ugly and scary truth, however unpalatable it may be to you. The other party is funded by billionaires, ffs.

  22. 69 amk for obama
    September 21, 2016 at 10:57 am

    toon of the day.

    • 71 GGail
      September 21, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      FLOTUS looks so stylish and beautiful in that pants outfit. Classy lady, smart lady, our forever First Lady ❤

      Thanks JER 🙂

  23. 73 amk for obama
    September 21, 2016 at 11:11 am

    indonesian donnie dick at it again.


  24. 74 JER
    September 21, 2016 at 11:18 am

    SOON: Terence Crutcher’s Family & Rev. Al Sharpton Hold News Conference – http://abcnews.go.com/live?stream=6

  25. 75 vcprezofan2
    September 21, 2016 at 11:20 am

    What I wouldn’t give to snooze as comfortably! Morning folks!

  26. 77 vcprezofan2
    September 21, 2016 at 11:27 am

    PBO is at the podium! 🙂

  27. September 21, 2016 at 11:35 am

    back to work ….

  28. September 21, 2016 at 11:41 am

    This is why:


    I don’t feel no ways tired,
    I’ve come too far from where I started from.
    Nobody told me that the road would be easy,
    I don’t believe He brought me this far to leave me.

    No Matter what …When we move forward to bring Progress to the American People…the GOP and the forces they represent..will continue to try to bring us down….

    the struggle is continuous….

    We can never be tired….

    • 83 vcprezofan2
      September 21, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      They struggle so, so hard to fight *against* treating people fairly. PF I genuinely do not understand how so many millions of voters can continue to support them, over and over again!

    • 84 0388jojothecat
      September 21, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      The mandatory overtime is JUST for Contractors who have federal contracts…..PBO has not changed the states overtime rules in these RED states, they probably hate that people are leaving low wage jobs to work for these contractors who do business with these federal contracts.

  29. 86 CEB
    September 21, 2016 at 11:45 am

    From data culled from recent census reports via various news sources: least educated states (from 10 to 1): Idaho, Indiana, Oklahoma, Alabama, Nevada, Louisiana, Kentucky, Arkansas, Mississippi, and West Virginia.
    10 most educated states (descending order): Massachusetts, Colorado, Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey, Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, and Minnesota. I’ll just leave this here.

    • 87 mtmarilyn
      September 21, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      Where is the link? I love looking at all the data that comes out of the census. My husband works for the census, gathering all the surveys where they get this information. Hadn’t seen this.

      • 88 CEB
        September 21, 2016 at 1:02 pm

        forbes.com (it was a long document published 7/26/2016); Yahoo, and 247wallstreet.com. Just Google which ever set of data that you want to see. It was one of the stories in the newsfeed that I get when I log on. Sorry; I have yet to figure out how to post links

    • September 21, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      And predictable voting patterns. Trump: “I love the poorly educated.”

  30. September 21, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Will Hillary be speaking any where today?

  31. 93 donna dem 4 obama
    September 21, 2016 at 12:30 pm

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  33. 95 donna dem 4 obama
    September 21, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Everyone Can Do Something!

  34. September 21, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Precisely ….

  35. 97 FoxfireTX
    September 21, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    This article objectively sets out what we’ve all known for many months. Some of the critical findings:

    While Trump declared open warfare on the mainstream media — and of late they have cautiously responded in kind — it has been Clinton who has suffered substantially more negative news coverage throughout nearly the whole campaign.

    Few presidential candidates have been more fully prepared to assume the duties of the presidency than is Clinton. Yet, her many accomplishments as first lady, U.S. senator, and secretary of State barely surfaced in the news coverage of her candidacy at any point in the campaign. She may as well as have spent those years baking cookies.

    Not a single one of Clinton’s policy proposals accounted for even 1% of her convention-period coverage; collectively, her policy stands accounted for a mere 4% of it. But she might be thankful for that: News reports about her stances were 71% negative to 29% positive in tone.

    There was only one month in the whole of 2015 where the tone of her coverage on balance was not in the red — and even then it barely touched positive territory.

    Clinton’s emails and the accompanying narrative — “she can’t be trusted” — have been a defining feature of coverage from the campaign’s start. Only occasionally have reporters taken the narrative a step further.

    When 90% or more of the coverage of a subject is negative, the verdict is in. Even good news gets turned to her disadvantage.

    In truth, the news media were driving the conversation, as they have with Clinton’s emails.
    If Clinton loses, blame the email controversy and the media http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-patterson-clinton-press-negative-coverage-20160921-snap-story.html

  36. September 21, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Another poll showing Clinton surge in swing states.

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  39. 101 Ladyhawke
    September 21, 2016 at 1:38 pm

  40. 102 jacquelineoboomer
    September 21, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Last night, I posted “Keep on Pushing” (from my generation) and Sandy1110 reminded me that song was played just before the President’s 2004 DNC speech, so I’ll post it again – if y’all don’t mind! Found the write-up on wiki, too!


  41. 103 Nena20409
    September 21, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Congrats, GAMG on your Golden ⭐
    Love the Vids on FLOTUS. Thanks.
    NW, is Great! Thanks.
    {{{ ❤ Chips ❤ }}}

  42. 104 Nena20409
    September 21, 2016 at 1:52 pm

  43. 105 JER
    September 21, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Hillary Clinton Campaigns in Orlando, Fla. – http://abcnews.go.com/live?stream=3

  44. September 21, 2016 at 1:56 pm

  45. 109 JER
    September 21, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    There are more than two Donalds in his mind…

  46. 111 jacquelineoboomer
    September 21, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    This is happening across the country, I realize. A member of our extended family who has three bi-racial little girls just posted this message about one of them.


    “So my 8 year old came home from school in tears saying that she doesn’t want Trump to be president because people (kids, I’m sure) have said that he’s going to separate everyone and send people that come from Africa and Mexico back to where they come from. She said “I’m so scared, mommy.” Now I know that this isn’t going to happen and I explained to her that this wouldn’t happen but it just upset me to the core that our children are afraid of this man becoming our president. I don’t like Trump at all and certainly don’t want him in office, but please be careful what you say around your kids because their young minds interpret things a little differently and they are scared to death.”

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