Early Bird Chat







President Barack Obama speaks at the dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture













Pete Souza: Vice President Joe Biden greets 99-year-old Ruth Bonner, a daughter of a young slave who escaped to freedom, as Dr. Jill Biden greets another generation of the Bonner family who rang the Freedom Bell with the President and First Lady to mark the official opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.





138 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Betsy
    September 25, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Good Morning TOD. Thanks for the great photos NW. You rock!!

  2. 4 Marlz (@marjgra)
    September 25, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Good Morning TOD…
    Thank you Nerdy…
    What beautiful pictures. Wish I was there….one day!

  3. 6 amk for obama
    September 25, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Eight years of class and conscience. Sigh…

    • 7 Betsy
      September 25, 2016 at 9:00 am

      I know. I am tearing up daily now just thinking of how lucky we are right now to witness this wonderful president and first lady….

    • September 25, 2016 at 9:30 am

      Yes….and what a powerful culmination with the opening of this museum…what a powerful challenge to Trumpism and the Republican nominee for President and all that he and the GOP stands for…

      One of my favorite moments yesterday was Pattie Labelle singing “A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke…at the then she said…Hillary Clinton…it was truly profound…

      #YesWeCan #StrongerTogether…

  4. September 25, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Happy Sunday TODers.

    Nerdy, thank you so much. This is so moving. I was canvassing yesterday and missed all of this. But thanks for giving me a chance to witness this here.

    The Obamas brings out the best in people. I am just in awe of this couple.


  5. 12 jackiegrumbacher
    September 25, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Morning all. It’s because we’ve been so lucky and blessed to have the Obamas in the White House that we can’t let them down on November 8. The evil excrescence that the Republicans have nominated must never go anywhere near the White House. And for the sake of our President and FLOTUS as well as for our children’s future, we must take back the Senate. Heads down, feet forward–let’s get the job done.

  6. 14 amk for obama
    September 25, 2016 at 9:12 am

    nyt endorsement

    In any normal election year, we’d compare the two presidential candidates side by side on the issues. But this is not a normal election year. A comparison like that would be an empty exercise in a race where one candidate — our choice, Hillary Clinton — has a record of service and a raft of pragmatic ideas, and the other, Donald Trump, discloses nothing concrete about himself or his plans while promising the moon and offering the stars on layaway. (We will explain in a subsequent editorial why we believe Mr. Trump to be the worst nominee put forward by a major party in modern American history.)


    The next president will take office with bigoted, tribalist movements and their leaders on the march. In the Middle East and across Asia, in Russia and Eastern Europe, even in Britain and the United States, war, terrorism and the pressures of globalization are eroding democratic values, fraying alliances and challenging the ideals of tolerance and charity.

    The 2016 campaign has brought to the surface the despair and rage of poor and middle-class Americans who say their government has done little to ease the burdens that recession, technological change, foreign competition and war have heaped on their families.

    Over 40 years in public life, Hillary Clinton has studied these forces and weighed responses to these problems. Our endorsement is rooted in respect for her intellect, experience, toughness and courage over a career of almost continuous public service, often as the first or only woman in the arena.


    Worth a read.

  7. September 25, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Thank you for this post, and yesterday’s posts, and all the posts, and all that you put into creating them. You bring impossible goodness and truth and clarity and strength to each day. It means the world to so many people, including me. It means the WORLD. Grateful and amazed.

  8. September 25, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Wonderful coverage of the #NMAAHC with beautiful photos and speeches! Thank you, NW!

  9. 21 amk for obama
    September 25, 2016 at 9:30 am

    • 23 amk for obama
      September 25, 2016 at 9:31 am

      • 24 Don
        September 25, 2016 at 9:37 am

        He is such a small man, a petty and vindictive man. The thought that he would trot out Gennifer Flowers to try and somehow get under the skin of Hillary is so minor league.

      • 25 99ts
        September 25, 2016 at 9:42 am

        And that about covers it. It will also remind his supporters he has been thrice married. The religion professed to be followed by the GOP supporters is a lie. They would endorse a man with 3 wives and no religion, who until recently was against everything they say they support. Mike Pence would be close to the worst – agreeing to be VP for such a person.

        It will also remind the audience that Hillary Clinton has stood with her man through thick and thin, sickness and health as she promised at marriage. She didn’t have to do this – she choose to do it.

        Trump is a bigoted spiteful revolting person, I would hope more will realise this when seeing his hate on display at the debate.

      • 26 99ts
        September 25, 2016 at 10:16 am

        Apparently the invitation has been rescinded. The media is now saying it was all planned to highlight what happened in the past. This political media will do anything to make this into a race. They care not at all about their country. If Trump was every elected (will not happen) the first thing he would do is get rid of the political media & there would be no-one left to care.

  10. 27 Don
    September 25, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Good Morning TOD, I hope all of you are having a wonderful Sunday whether it’s at home or with friends and family. I have an announcement to make, I was going to wait until the proper time to make it but after much deliberation I’ve decided to make it now. I’m endorsing Hillary Clinton to be our next President, I think she will be a President that will get things done, but more important I think she will make sound judgements here at home and abroad. The bar has been set pretty high, but I do believe she’s just the person to clear it.

  11. 31 99ts
    September 25, 2016 at 9:36 am

    gm TOD – how much will we miss the Obama family in the white house – beyond compare. I will not feel this way again in my lifetime. They have taken all that hate has tried to give & emerge as the adults in the room. I weep that the political acts against the President by people who should well know better have limited some of the programs – yet so much has been achieved. May the republicans pay for their sins with decade after decade spent in the wilderness.

    Many thanks for all the heartwarming pictures NW – so good for the soul.

  12. 33 Ladyhawke
    September 25, 2016 at 9:49 am

  13. September 25, 2016 at 9:54 am

  14. 37 desertflower
    September 25, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Good Sunday morning! Thank you for this beautiful wake up:) More possible good news….


    Some Good News For Dems For A Change: Trump Could Cost GOP A Ton Of State Legislatures
    The Republican nominee is very unpopular in states Democrats are targeting.

  15. 39 whenpamelawandered
    September 25, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Amazing, Nerdy, you are truly amazing. Thank you so much. ❤️🌹🙏🏻🌹❤️

  16. 44 99ts
    September 25, 2016 at 10:17 am

    gnite TODers – have a wonderful Sunday.

  17. 45 Ladyhawke
    September 25, 2016 at 10:19 am

  18. September 25, 2016 at 10:19 am

    So, yesterday I joined a group of other folks here in my town to canvass for Hillary. We met at a designated location and were assigned to various teams and then fanned out to knock on doors. I was pleasantly surprised at the responses we got. Maybe because the head of our crew lived and worked in the neighborhood, that made our work that much more easier. But at the end of canvassing when we met up back at our location, the stories were almost all the same. We were out from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

    In any case, I was very pleased with what I saw and heard so far. Of the neighborhoods our four-women crew covered, we encountered only one young lady who told us that she was definitely not going to vote and slammed the door in our faces.

    The impression I got from the majority of people that we talked to, is anger and fear. As much as they are angry and fearful of Trump, they are angry at the media for allowing Trump to lie his way through and push his hate. Except for the young woman above, all said they were going to vote.

    Each time I made a point to ask where they were going to vote. They all repeated the name of the same polling place, which is in the neighborhood. There was a man that became visibly angry, when we began talking to him about why we were out there. He had been mowing his lawn, with sweat dripping down and across his face. He stopped, leaned, on his fence and started telling us about what the media is doing to elevate a man that he says is not fit to run. He finished by saying, “You know what they are trying to do, right?” What? “After Obama, they will vote for a nail.” He thinks they are trying to roll back our rights. Both he and his wife are going to early vote. “You don’t have to sell me on Hillary,” he said. “We are going to vote.”

    Then there was the family of six walking down the street, who were not even on our lists but because our team leader knew them, stopped them and asked if she and the husband were registered. One of the couple’s daughters is turning 18 in October, we registered her on the spot. Both the husband and wife are registered and plan to vote.

    We encountered another lady, who told us she couldn’t believe what was happening “in this country.”
    She stated she has followed Hillary for years, and could not understand why there is a race between her and this man who knows nothing. She stated both she and her brother will be voting Hillary.

    Another man’s whose rights had just been restored completed his registration form.

    So my take away:

    The people we talked to are Angry.

    They are afraid of Trump and what he might do to minorities

    They are going to vote.

    We gave each person literature on the other Democratic candidates, local and national, and impressed upon them the importance of voting for them, too.

    Among us the canvassers, the concern is the same. Trump is treated with kid gloves. We have to get out here and vote and vote in massive number to crush Trump.

    We have another outing next weekend.

    • 56 desertflower
      September 25, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Donald Trump has said repugnant, insulting things about women—over and over and over again—for as long as he’s been in the public eye. He has called various women crazy, flat-chested, pigs. He refers to them as “pieces of ass.” He said pumping breast milk was “disgusting.”

      “Women,” he told New York magazine in 1992. “You have to treat them like shit.”

      Trump’s misogyny is shocking because it’s so brazen, but it’s infuriating because it’s so familiar. Chances are, if you’re a woman in 2016, you’ve heard it all before.

  19. 57 Ladyhawke
    September 25, 2016 at 10:27 am

    • 58 arapaho415
      September 25, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Good Sunday AM, LH.

      And, front page from the left coast (though newspaper circulation is way down everywhere, more people see the Sunday LATimes than during the week):

      • 59 Ladyhawke
        September 25, 2016 at 12:29 pm

        Good Morning Dear. Thanks for posting this article. We were on the same wavelength. I was just about to add it to the WP and NYT articles on Trump’s mendacity. I thought Mitt Romney was a consummate liar but Donald Trump is in a class by himself.

        • 60 arapaho415
          September 25, 2016 at 1:30 pm

          The problem (of many) with DJT is that MSM have no clue how to handle him.

          Calling him a liar has no effect on DJT or Trumpaloons.

          DJT simply makes stuff up (sometimes in sequential sentences) and suffers NO consequences for doing so — it makes me want to scream at Trumpaloon ignorance and/or arrogance (think of the Millennials who think it’s funny to vote for him “to see what happens” — they can’t relate to Boomers — boys had to register for the Selective Service draft on their 18th birthday and whose fate in life hinged on the date of their birth).

  20. 61 amk for obama
    September 25, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Swiss voters have given a strong approval to a law on new surveillance powers for the intelligence agencies.

    The new law would allow the authorities to tap phones, snoop on email and deploy hidden cameras and bugs.

    It would help Switzerland catch up with other countries, supporters say.

    Opponents have feared it could erode civil liberties and put Swiss neutrality at risk by requiring closer co-operation with foreign intelligence agencies.

    Some 65.5% of voters agreed to accept the proposal. It will allow the Federal Intelligence Service and other agencies to put suspects under electronic surveillance if authorised by a court, the defence ministry and the cabinet.

    The Swiss government says the powers would be used about once a month to monitor the highest-risk suspects.



  21. 66 Dudette
    September 25, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Good Morning TOD!

    I’m still tearing up looking at these gorgeous photos from the NMAAHC opening. Thank you for the lovely roundup, NerdyW!

    Here’s another lovely photo to add to the historical perspective and tug at your heart.


  22. 68 Dudette
    September 25, 2016 at 11:04 am

    I love this man soooooo much!

    • 71 arapaho415
      September 25, 2016 at 11:53 am

      GM Dudette, glad to see you’re back on your feet! (Still behind here, probably missed your grand return, but nonetheless, good to see you!)

      Glad to know you were a witness to such moving history yesterday (as all of TODville was).

      If PBO got nothing else right (of course, he gets SO much right), he innately understands that change takes time and that real progress is made from those with commitment and perseverance.

      From what I learned yesterday, the concept of the NMAAHC was enacted 51 years after the end of the Civil War, and its doors opened to the public 50 years later.

      May have been posted here earlier, but this is so true and if Americans were inclined to introspection/self-awareness, would be a topic of civil discourse (via Meta’ timeline):

      • 72 Dudette
        September 25, 2016 at 12:07 pm

        Hi Arapaho! Good to see you. No grand entrance for me, just floating in and out as a butterfly like me is would do. 🙃

        I’m so grateful to be able to witness this great President at this time history. He truly is a great man!

    • 73 vcprezofan2
      September 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      {{{D-ette}}} G’Morning to you. So do I ❤ ❤ him. His service has cemented the very best political years of my life, and I'm so terrifically PROUD of him and his family!!!!! I am overjoyed I am alive in this Age of Obama.

  23. 75 vcprezofan2
    September 25, 2016 at 11:07 am

    ❤ ❤ ❤ the pics – *Thank you*, Ms Wonka!

    Sunny Sunday Morning wishes from the north – hope youse TODobots iz all having a *gud* day!

  24. 78 desertflower
    September 25, 2016 at 11:13 am


  25. 80 desertflower
    September 25, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Dropping this here…pass it along

    • 81 Obama Grandmama
      September 25, 2016 at 11:44 am

      I am thinking the lack of specifics and the lack of media holding Trump accountable to truthfulness gives citizens a false picture resulting in them voting against their best interests.
      I fear that the media will wrangle a way to paint Donald as the winner of the first debate whether it is to prolong the race or due to low expectations or an unexpected zinger that sticks. It is up to the Twitter world to set the record straight and hold the commentators responsible for any spin. It helped offset the problem with the Commander-In-Chief, Matt Lauer forum.

  26. 83 globalcitizenlinda
    September 25, 2016 at 11:39 am

    no further comment;

  27. 84 Dudette
    September 25, 2016 at 11:41 am

    LOL! I like this guy! 😄

  28. 91 whenpamelawandered
    September 25, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Finding heaps of wallpaper options here, tyNW! And thinking The W looks more and more unhinged all the time, unless it’s play acting to keep his sorry butt out of The Hague, as he deserves. Apologies if this comment is out of line on this wonderful Sunday morning thread, but the guy is still not being held accountable, and has the nerve to stand in the limelight with Michelle Obama, as if her arms around him will redeem his sorry soul. ‘Nuff said, for now.

  29. 92 desertflower
    September 25, 2016 at 11:44 am

    🙂 🙂

    • 93 arapaho415
      September 25, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      Doubt if I can watch, since I’m not a Facebook member. 😦

      Would like to, though…

      • 94 desertflower
        September 25, 2016 at 12:27 pm

        Not on FB either:) Just thought I’d throw it out there for those that are…seems like it would be Waaaaaaay more fun:) Morning, arapaho:)

      • September 25, 2016 at 4:31 pm

        You don’t have to be a member of fb to watch. On Monday, just click of the link provided in the tweet…

        • 96 arapaho415
          September 25, 2016 at 6:15 pm

          GE Alycee.

          I’ll give it a try — sometimes I can view text and videos when there’s a FB link in a tweet, but most times I get a logon pop-up screen and cannot close the logon request, so can’t view either text or video. 😦

  30. 97 Ladyhawke
    September 25, 2016 at 11:50 am

  31. 98 hopefruit2
    September 25, 2016 at 11:53 am

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

  32. 99 sjterrid
    September 25, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Nerdy, thank you so much. I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate all you do to keep us informed and connected every day.

    Chips and Danny I miss you, and hope you are well. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  33. 101 jacquelineoboomer
    September 25, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Yesterday was the kind of day you can celebrate a little each day forward. Just saw the Tuskegee Airman waving to the President, as he gave his remarks, in the photo you shared, NW. And watched the President again tell us his dream about taking the hand of his future grandchild, as they go walkabout through the monuments of history on the National Mall. And find themselves. Another tear for me. A very happy tear.

  34. 104 Nerdy Wonka
    September 25, 2016 at 12:17 pm

  35. 105 Dudette
    September 25, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Check out Ambassador Gaspard’s Twitter Timeline from yesterday. He’s got great pictures from inside the museum.

  36. 107 whenpamelawandered
    September 25, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    And then there are moments,

    when the Internet gives us a reminder of Light and Laughter, and we stop to think on those we miss. H/T to VC! ❤️

  37. 109 Dudette
    September 25, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Wanted to throw stuff TV when Roberts showed up. Some nerve he’s got.

  38. 113 Nena20409
    September 25, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Hello TODable TODbot Community on a Partly Cloudy Sunday Mid-day.
    Thank you, NW. This is an awesome post. I loved every Photo.
    Congrats, Betsy for your Furst Au ⭐
    {{{{ ❤ Chips ❤ }}}}

  39. 114 Dudette
    September 25, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Dang! Waterworks again!

  40. 117 Dudette
    September 25, 2016 at 12:44 pm


  41. 118 Dudette
    September 25, 2016 at 12:44 pm

  42. 122 Nena20409
    September 25, 2016 at 12:45 pm

  43. 125 Nena20409
    September 25, 2016 at 12:53 pm

  44. 126 Nena20409
    September 25, 2016 at 1:01 pm

  45. 128 Ladyhawke
    September 25, 2016 at 1:30 pm

  46. 129 Ladyhawke
    September 25, 2016 at 1:31 pm

  47. 130 Ladyhawke
    September 25, 2016 at 1:33 pm

  48. September 25, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Good day everyone!!


  49. September 25, 2016 at 2:08 pm

  50. September 25, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Absolutely no surprise that Trump and Vlad are buddies ….

  51. 134 Dudette
    September 25, 2016 at 2:14 pm

  52. September 25, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Take care everyone ….

  53. 136 JER
    September 25, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Vice President Joe Biden will appear 10:45 am., Tuesday morning, September 27 at Philadelphia’s Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA for a National Voter Registration Day event. Doors open 8:30 am.

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