Early Bird Chat: The Brilliant First Lady Michelle Obama



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135 Responses to “Early Bird Chat: The Brilliant First Lady Michelle Obama”

  1. October 5, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Good Wednesday, Nerdy…TOD Family!

  2. October 5, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Good Morning TOD family

  3. October 5, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Good morning, TOD!

  4. October 5, 2016 at 8:59 am

    • October 5, 2016 at 9:23 am

      alycee…what is your take on this…should we be worried

      • October 5, 2016 at 10:00 am

        No. To be forewarned is to be forearmed…

        1) If senate bill is passed by house, loosening PA’s already lax watcher law, Wolf will veto.
        2) As all voting in PA takes place in small, neighborhood precincts, educating poll workers and public of their rights and responsibilities should mitigate any problems. Current law says watchers must reside in the county they are watching. While trump is calling for folks to go to Philly, that’s not going to happen. I’m much more concerned for minorities that reside in predominantly white precincts, the chances of intimidation is much greater in those areas…
        3) Proactively planning for situations that may be questioned can alleviate problems. Example: We setup chairs inside the polling place for folks that can’t stand in long lines to wait. This has never been a problem for our voters; however, in 2012, outside agitators raise the issue of line jumping. This year, we are doing a dual number system; the same number will be given to the chair person and their line companion, when the companion gets to the check-in table, they’ll call the chair person to join them. Ironically, when the GOP protection goon made the complaint, I was actually assisting a staunch Romney voter. Shut his ass down and told our local GOP watchers to clear out the outside trash… Thing is, in my town, although we are passionately partisan when it comes to supporting our candidates, we support each other when it come to election day logistics. Food that is brought in s shared among workers of both parties. If one needs to take a rest break and there is no backup to hand out literature, a member of the opposing party will give the lit to your voters.

        I’m doing cards with the voter protection phone numbers; will send you a sample.

    • 12 jackiegrumbacher
      October 5, 2016 at 9:38 am

      Alycee, it’s always important to be vigilant, but not to panic. We have resources at our own disposal, including poll watchers, greeters, on call attorneys and other public officials who don’t want to have the results in their counties clouded. We need to be sure we have the phone number of the local Dem Party with us on election, because–believe me–the phones will be manned and they will be on high alert. Some counties in PA–ours included–have election ‘constables,’ whose job is to keep the peace. If you have one in your county, make sure you know that person’s name and can identify him/her if needed. Those who are worried should check with their county or voter registration office and ask what their rights are if they are challenged. It is this office which trains election workers and you have a right to know what the judges and inspectors have been told. I think that as we move into GOTV, we need to give voters the information they need to register complains without scaring them. At all costs, we don’t want to have people so intimidated they decide not to vote.

      • 13 99ts
        October 5, 2016 at 9:58 am

        Your advice is always sound and logical jackie. I think to a large extent so called news sites like to spread fear – trying to make the election closer than it is. It seems to be, as well, like many GOPers, Trump cannot win fairly so he calls on his supporters to intimidate and confront. This is not how a democracy should be voting.

      • October 5, 2016 at 10:03 am

        She that you replied as I was typing (slow, distracted typer…)

        You’re absolutely correct — we’ve got this.

  5. October 5, 2016 at 9:00 am

  6. October 5, 2016 at 9:02 am

  7. 17 desertflower
    October 5, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Morning everyone:)

  8. 18 desertflower
    October 5, 2016 at 9:04 am

    That was then, this is now… I choose B

  9. October 5, 2016 at 9:05 am

    “Republican Obstruction Is Undermining The Supreme Court, Enough Is Enough”

    By hobbling the Supreme Court for what could be a year or longer, Republicans are eroding one of the core institutions of American democracy. This cannot be the new normal.

    Republicans have long been resolved to defeat proposals I’ve put forward or supported on everything from equal pay, immigration reform and increasing the minimum wage, to expanding commonsense background checks for those who want to purchase a gun, and basic protections for American workers against discrimination based on who they love or how they identify.

    Republican leaders in Congress have proven they won’t work with my Administration, but along the way, they’ve lost sight of their basic mission. They can’t even meet their own goals.

  10. 23 Ladyhawke
    October 5, 2016 at 9:07 am

  11. 24 desertflower
    October 5, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Bill R. posted this on the last thread…worth a post here. I bet they can make a TON of these! Thanks, Bill R:)

  12. October 5, 2016 at 9:10 am

  13. 28 amk for obama
    October 5, 2016 at 9:11 am

    LOL. Go The Closer.

    Now, if only hillary peeps can get her husband to just go away.

  14. October 5, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Well, that didn’t take long…

      October 5, 2016 at 10:31 am


  15. October 5, 2016 at 9:17 am

    She actually has a good point… (…can’t believe I’m actully agreeing with $arah…)

    “How is it that the dudes lucked out and got chairs over the last 20 years of VP debates minus one?” Palin wrote in a Facebook post shortly after the debate between vice presidential nominees Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R).


  16. 32 amk for obama
    October 5, 2016 at 9:18 am

    the tinier you get, the bigger you become.


  17. 33 desertflower
    October 5, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Narcissist may be an understatement

  18. 34 desertflower
    October 5, 2016 at 9:20 am

  19. October 5, 2016 at 9:24 am

    #Flotusssssssssss #Phenomenal Woman…that’s Her

  20. October 5, 2016 at 9:27 am

    We already know that the only place Trump is as brilliant as he claims to be is in his own mind…

  21. October 5, 2016 at 9:31 am

    • October 5, 2016 at 9:33 am

      At the moment, Republicans are heavily favored to win gubernatorial races in two of the 12 states holding elections in November (North Dakota and Utah) while Democratic nominees have an advantage in seven (Delaware, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, and West Virginia) and are in toss-up races in three others (Indiana, New Hampshire, and Vermont).

  22. 39 GGAIL
    October 5, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Good West Coast morning TOD family.
    Based on media reaction, Kaine pinned Pence to the mat with Trump 😃😂

  23. October 5, 2016 at 9:33 am

  24. 43 desertflower
    October 5, 2016 at 9:34 am


  25. 54 desertflower
    October 5, 2016 at 9:36 am

    • 56 JER
      October 5, 2016 at 10:03 am

      petesouza – Always interesting to see how others edit my photographs. This is one of 36 photos that New York Magazine chose to capstone the past eight years. This scene shows the President monitoring Hurricane Irene back in 2010. Link to their slide show: http://tinyurl.com/zvqk26k

      • 57 99ts
        October 5, 2016 at 6:26 pm

        Late to the party – but many thanks JER – great set of photos at the link – and a few interesting stories on the election as well.

  26. October 5, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Read this thread from Propane Jane re: Tim Kaine

  27. 59 amk for obama
    October 5, 2016 at 9:56 am

    called the trump’s loser touch.

  28. 60 JER
    October 5, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Soon: Bill Clinton Campaigns for Hillary Clinton in Youngstown, Ohio – http://abcnews.go.com/live?stream=3

  29. October 5, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Good MOrning, Everyone 🙂

  30. October 5, 2016 at 10:06 am

    I love our FLOTUS. Michelle Obama exceeded every expectation that I had for her as First Lady, and fulfilled so many more that I didn’t even know I had. I will miss her come January 20, 2017 😦

  31. October 5, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Sometimes it is so hard to not get weary…..sometimes..

  32. 66 JER
    October 5, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Donald Trump’s 50 Most Ridiculous Excuses | For the Donald, nutty logic means never having to say you’re sorry.

    The Closer with Keith Olbermann

  33. October 5, 2016 at 10:43 am

    THANK YOU, NW for featuring our amazing FLOTUS, who blows my mind every day. SO MUCH LOVE.

    Good morning, TODville.
    Let’s keep marching forward.
    Let’s get the truth out.
    Let’s make sure everyone gets registered.
    Let’s prepare voters to vote safely and securely and early where possible.
    Let’s be prepared to WIN.

  34. 68 Nerdy Wonka
    October 5, 2016 at 10:50 am

  35. 69 amk for obama
    October 5, 2016 at 10:52 am

    After quite some time, I checked out drew linzer’s prediction. http://votamatic.org/

    Unfortunately, his predictions are now at the orange place. Anyhoo, I braved up and took a peek just now.

    Pleasantly surprised to know that hillz chances have gone from the lowest of 62% on sep 24 to 82% today. 20 point jump in less than 2 weeks.


    In state polls too, she is either closing the gap or increasing the leads in swing states (per drew) of AZ, CO, FL, GA, IA, MI, NV, NH, NC, OH, PA, VA & WI.

  36. October 5, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Good summation of the VP debate by Josh Marshall, mission accomplished.

  37. October 5, 2016 at 11:23 am

  38. October 5, 2016 at 11:25 am

    This part of history will always be having me SMH.

  39. 74 Ladyhawke
    October 5, 2016 at 11:28 am

  40. 75 globalcitizenlinda
    October 5, 2016 at 11:30 am

    before the debate started, we all knew that many in the media will help the gop to try and skew what we had just seen with out own eyes;

    we knew the rnc sent “accidentally” sent out that message claiming their vp candidate “had won” the debate which had not even happened yet;

    so why are some people panicked by the fact that the media is doing exactly what we expected them to do?

    my goal is to promote the reactions that motive Dem voters to register & vote, or praise or create an advantage for the Dem ticket while exposing the lies of the gop ticket …. that is all for me folks

  41. 77 57andfemale
    October 5, 2016 at 11:31 am

    “Kaine interrupted his way to the truth.” Boom!

    • 78 jacquelineoboomer
      October 5, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      Obviously, I don’t blame Kaine at all for interrupting Pence. Pence has nothing to say and nothing to add – nothing that anybody wants to hear. This is America, and Kaine’s all about getting on with it. I’m with him.

  42. 85 57andfemale
    October 5, 2016 at 11:42 am

    • 86 99ts
      October 5, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      THis is what the MSM is hiding from the US. I know more about the horror of Mike Pence than most US voters. He is disgusting in his views on everyone except white males. I am always amazed that such people have wives and daughters who must surely close their ears to stay with such a person.

  43. October 5, 2016 at 11:51 am

  44. October 5, 2016 at 11:56 am

    • October 5, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      • 93 GGail
        October 5, 2016 at 2:56 pm

        And one enterprising individual bought the domain name ThatMexicanThing.com. That web address redirects to Hillary Clinton’s campaign website. According to a report from Wired, it wasn’t the work of Ms. Clinton’s campaign, but of a Portland-based man named Danilo Alfaro.

        “I registered the domain and pointed it at hillaryclinton.com on my own, without any contact with the campaign beforehand,” Mr. Alfaro said. (He did add that Mrs. Clinton’s campaign reached out to thank him.)

  45. 94 FoxfireTX
    October 5, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Good morning TOD! Nerdy, not sure I would be keeping my sanity this election season without TOD. Your efforts to keep us going are sooooo appreciated!

    Watched part of the debate last night but then had to mute it. There is something about Pence’s voice that grates on me even worse than Trump’s which is saying something. I always feel when listening to him as if he believes all women are total idiots. It is amazing in a year when we have a woman as the first presidential contender, we have two men on the other side who could not be worse for women and feminism. Trump thinks we’re just accessories, and Pence thinks we have no brains. They are great for one another. I have concluded that any woman that votes for this ticket has zero self respect.

    Fortunately, the numbers are looking for Hillary and don’t expect that to change. Hillary is not going to blow the next debate, and even if Trump does better than the last one I don’t think he can change many minds at this point in the race. Now it is all about turnout. Two and a half weeks until early voting starts here.

  46. October 5, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Today’s national polling sampler from Jeff Gauvin. Future’s market aggregator Predictwise gain a point for Clinton during VP debate to 81% probability of Clinton Victory, Sam Wang is at 91%, Nytimes Upshot is at 80%.

  47. October 5, 2016 at 12:04 pm

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  49. October 5, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    back to work ….

  50. 99 Ladyhawke
    October 5, 2016 at 12:10 pm

  51. 106 jacquelineoboomer
    October 5, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Good morning/afternoon, TODville. Ugly-a$$ woodchuck in the backyard. Otherwise having a fine day. lol

  52. 110 Nena20409
    October 5, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Hello TODville Community.
    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, NW.
    Congrats, Swbluega on your Golden :star;
    {{{{ ❤ Chips ❤ }}}}}
    WH Presser with Josh "The Voice" Earnest starting shortly.

  53. 111 Nena20409
    October 5, 2016 at 1:04 pm

  54. 112 Nena20409
    October 5, 2016 at 1:12 pm

  55. 113 Nena20409
    October 5, 2016 at 1:28 pm

  56. October 5, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this so much!! BRAVA FLOTUS!!

    • 115 Gazelle
      October 5, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      That’s so, so fabulous! Now they have to keep the garden going! 🙂

    • 116 Obama Grandmama
      October 5, 2016 at 11:11 pm

      Rachel had an article about Michelle’s WH garden tonight. The article included how numerous Presidents have changed what previous Presidents put in. It spoke of how Michelle has funded it through a donation program not tax payers money. I got to thinking since Michelle will be in DC for a couple years maybe she can help run the garden while she is there for Hillary (if that is something she would like).

  57. 117 Don
    October 5, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Sometimes I forget that President Obama had to debate Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden for the Democratic ticket leading up to 2008. Hillary did a masterful job of debating Donald Trump. I would not want to debate Barack or Hillary or Joe.

  58. 118 Nena20409
    October 5, 2016 at 1:48 pm

  59. 119 Nena20409
    October 5, 2016 at 1:54 pm

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  61. 123 JER
    October 5, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    SOON: Senator Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont, holds a campaign rally for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Madison, Wisconsin.

  62. October 5, 2016 at 2:57 pm

  63. 128 JER
    October 5, 2016 at 2:59 pm

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    • 132 arapaho415
      October 5, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      GA NerdyW, TODville.

      Got a 404 error message when I clicked on new thread 😦 …

      Unannounced PBO appearance in 15 minutes (whitehouse.gov/live opens to this event now):

  65. 134 arapaho415
    October 5, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    And this was the lead story on for Windows 10 when I opened it today:

    The Hill article headlined (which will be sure to agitate RWNJs who loathe the UN and anything that hints at multinationalism):
    “UN makes power play against Donald Trump”

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