Early Bird Chat

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  1. October 8, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Buon Giorno, Amici!

  2. October 8, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Good Saturday, Nerdy…TOD Family!!!

  3. October 8, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Did Trump think that issuing an “apology” was going to stop the 24/7 loop about that audio? It’s been running constantly since it came out — even usurping Hurricane Matthew.

    I note that in his so-called “apology” he did the childish, “He did it too!!!” I think about how often PBO and HRC could have pointed fingers and didn’t.

    We don’t need children in position of POTUS/CIC..

  4. 5 Roberta in MN
    October 8, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Good Morning Bill R and congrats on bringing in the new day. I can’t believe the shit storm going on. I am sure there is more out there and the R’ s
    are stuck with him.
    Have a great day everyone.

  5. 6 amk for obama
    October 8, 2016 at 9:06 am

    worth a repost.

  6. 7 amk for obama
    October 8, 2016 at 9:07 am

  7. 8 jackiegrumbacher
    October 8, 2016 at 9:11 am

    As Hillary Clinton enters the arena with the beast on Sunday night, remember this. On October 11–the day after the debate–the Clintons will celebrate their 41 wedding anniversary. This is a woman and a marriage that perseveres through good times and bad. I hope she mentions this on Sunday night and shoves it in the face of Evangelicals.

  8. 9 amk for obama
    October 8, 2016 at 9:16 am

    #MakeAmericaGropeAgain is the new twitter meme.

  9. 11 desertflower
    October 8, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Morning everyone:) pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease….. GOTV!!!

  10. 12 CEB
    October 8, 2016 at 9:19 am

    My neighborhood came through the storm with minimal damage (part of my fence is toast, but I know a “guy” and have already put in a call) and we lost power for only 10 minutes; other areas did not fare as well The beaches are pretty much as expected: much beach erosion, that is especially difficult because so much money had been spent re-nourishing the shore and flooding; trees downed in many areas and some roads blocked because of it, no one allowed on to return yet until damage is assessed to the bridges, etc. no deaths as far as I know in my county, but I last heard that there were 3 in others. My mother lot power early yesterday because she lives in an area that is prone to this partly because the utility lines are not underground (I have a brother who lives with her and a sister who lives close by who can see to her if there is a problem). The smartphone that I reluctantly purchased two weeks ago came in handy to be able to text relatives and friends who live around the state to check on their well-being.
    All of the stations have and are still carrying storm coverage only so we missed the latest regarding the pervert who wishes to be king president that I saw when I logged on this morning. This too will past for him and the truly deplorable and hypocritical will still vote for him in the millions. We all know that Democrats of all stripes and colors, women, and all POC are held to a standard that Republicans are never held to: It is all about power and being in control to do their corporate masters’ biding and to scrap for as much money and personal influence that they can get for however long their overlords will allow them to keep it. In the next debate (if the coward shows up), he and the moderator will do the tired game of deflection and innuendo, people will argue about who the winner is and it will not matter. There are no undecided in this election. The only thing left to do is to get the idiots who may have decided to sit the whole thing out as a stupid protest, to do their part to help save our republic by voting for Hillary.

    Interesting how 32 and 33 year old white men are just “kids.” Really, Billy Bush? Al Roker called it. I remember years ago that Papa Bush referred to Billy as a “twit” at some family gathering.

    • 13 CEB
      October 8, 2016 at 9:27 am

      I should proofread before posting, but really too tired to care right now. Off to get coffee; keep all of us Matthew survivors in your positive thoughts and prayers.

    • 14 99ts
      October 8, 2016 at 9:30 am

      So pleased the storm did little damage for you CEB – the power loss for only 10 minutes is wonderful – sometimes the worst part of weather events is the long days (& nights) without power. It seems by not getting to land before it weakened, damage was less than expected which is always good to hear.

      Watching MSNBC they have only covered 2 issues in the past 24 hours – the storm & Trump’s video. And you are right about the “kids”. Bobby Bush apparently had 3 children at the time of the video and Trump was 58 years old & just into his 3rd marriage. Definitely NOT “boys” by any stretch.

      • 15 CEB
        October 8, 2016 at 9:48 am

        Thanks. All friends and relatives are checking in, but staying in place. The only thing that I will be watching is the episode of How To Get Away with Murder that was not aired here because of the 24/7 storm coverage. Full episodes are on the ABC website. Have a great weekend.

    • October 8, 2016 at 10:45 am

      Glad you came out of the storm with not too much damage…Bless you CEB

      • 17 CEB
        October 8, 2016 at 10:59 am

        Thanks. The sun has come out and life, thankfully, goes on.

        • 18 vcprezofan2
          October 8, 2016 at 11:39 am

          CEB, it’s encouraging to hear this piece of good news for you and your family! I’ll be looking and hoping that others have similar good news. Have a great weekend – even if it involves outdoor cleaning up.

  11. 19 desertflower
    October 8, 2016 at 9:22 am

    I believe Sam Wang is correct.


    Today’s estimated Clinton win probability is 93%. The Meta-Margin is Clinton +3.3% and the red one-sigma band, indicating the likely range of electoral outcomes, is 290-348 EV. Betting markets are catching up, especially after yesterday’s newest wave of Trump stories, especially the groping story.

    The insta-consensus among commentators is that somehow this event is a cause of Trump’s electoral doom. I think the logic is backwards – to me, the growing obviousness of his doom created an environment for this story to blow up. The genuinely new development is the impact for downticket – in both the Senate and the House.

    In one common sentiment, catching Trump on tape bragging about groping women without consent is somehow a “last straw” that has caused supporters to desert him, starting off with GOP Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Barbara Comstock, and Utah governors Gary Herbert (current) and Jon Huntsman (former). Some PEC readers think this is a “black swan” – an unexpected anomaly that moves everything.

    However, the idea that the recording comes as a surprise does not make sense. Trump’s record of misogynistic comments is abundant, and his unfiltered comments are part of his core appeal. As a reality television star with thousands of hours of candid footage, it was inevitable that such comments would come to light…though it’s taken a while.

    My thought: There’s more where this came from.

    • 20 desertflower
      October 8, 2016 at 9:28 am

      He’s got more to say on this subject at the link…..which I also agree with:)
      People gonna be jumping off that sinking orange barge in droves….don’t want the stink to get on them….after that, just kick it to the curb. Hope his brand is toxic going forward and he spends his remaining days in an orange jumpsuit somewhere for fraud and tax evasion….the fact that he’d be in jail with a bunch of men that will grope him, because they can, is karma kicked up. Yes, I mean it.

      That said, do not back off our own need to vote and get others to vote. These cretins need to be in the dustbin of history forever.

      • 21 99ts
        October 8, 2016 at 9:36 am

        Two possibles – hopefully probable

        1. Some GOPers will not vote – this will impact the lower down races
        2. Many GOP wives will vote for Hillary (regardless as to what they say) – this will impact the margin by which she wins. Exit polls could be interesting if some white women lie as to how they voted.

      • 22 amk for obama
        October 8, 2016 at 9:58 am

        That said, do not back off our own need to vote and get others to vote. These cretins need to be in the dustbin of history forever.

        couldn’t be said shouted enough.

      • 23 a4alice
        October 8, 2016 at 5:27 pm

        right you are DF! 🙂

  12. 24 andogriff
    October 8, 2016 at 9:24 am

    And yet…even with the new and sickening tape, there will STILL be people who will vote for this disgusting pig of a man. No words. 😖

  13. October 8, 2016 at 9:28 am

    So trump uses the fact that he was only 60 when he made those comments… Some ten yess ago…
    Then he says but what about Bill Clinton and what he did 20 years ago?

    If the media falls for that one …then I’m Allen funt. 😉😐

  14. 26 Nerdy Wonka
    October 8, 2016 at 9:29 am

    • 27 globalcitizenlinda
      October 8, 2016 at 11:10 am

      NW, you are the expert at composing tight and to the point messages.

      could you please compose something to remind those who may have forgotten (or not previously heard) how he pushed for the death penalty for the Central Park Five.

      these were young people wrongfully accused and jailed.

      even when they were exonerated, he has never apologized but still questions their innocence.

      thanks a lot

  15. 28 desertflower
    October 8, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Who’s “kid” IS Billy Bush? And why does anyone call a grown man Billy? Or Mikey? Or Johnny? I’ve always hated that.

  16. 30 Ladyhawke
    October 8, 2016 at 9:33 am

    • 31 99ts
      October 8, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Chuck seems to have had an epiphany – said this am that “Trump will not recover from this”. Bit late – Trump was done anyway. THe GOP is happy to blame the fall on a video rather than on the fact they nominated someone incapable of becoming President.

  17. October 8, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Futures market site has Clinton now at 85%. Went up five points since the release of the Trump sexual predator tape.

  18. October 8, 2016 at 9:42 am

    • 34 desertflower
      October 8, 2016 at 9:44 am


    • 35 CEB
      October 8, 2016 at 10:10 am

      And yet the GOP elected him to be their standard-bearer. They should be pilloried for this crime against the republic. I remember years ago when they moved to make sure that David Duke did not get into any office; fast forward a few years and look at what they have become.

  19. October 8, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Good Saturday morning, TODville.

    Not sure our POTUS will ever get that peaceful walk he desires when he leaves the White House!!

    • 37 globalcitizenlinda
      October 8, 2016 at 11:03 am

      yes, PBO’s anonymity is gone, forever.

      people may just decide to give him some space;

      but the problem is that he and his wife are such natural “human magnets” for individuals from all walks of life

  20. 41 desertflower
    October 8, 2016 at 9:45 am


  21. 43 desertflower
    October 8, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Because of course there’s more….


    None of those things paints as perplexing a picture of Trump’s character, however, as his divorce from his first wife, Ivana. He left his 12-year marriage to her, she told a newspaper columnist who is interviewed in the PBS Frontline documentary, The Choice 2016, saying he couldn’t be attracted to a woman who has had children. Former New York Post columnist Liz Smith said Ivana had already tried to please her husband by getting different kinds of cosmetic surgery, but sobbingly told her that Trump didn’t want her anymore because of the three childbirths. (Trump had Ivana sign an agreement not to publish anything or give any interviews about their marriage).

    Think about that. By having her husband’s children — the ones he now relies on as advisers and spokespeople and props for his presidential campaign — Ivana Trump doomed her marriage. She couldn’t be both his wife and the biological mother of his children to his satisfaction because she couldn’t physically return her body to its pre-childbirth state.

    • October 8, 2016 at 11:03 am


      Where such men love they have no desire, and where they desire they cannot love,” Sigmund Freud wrote back in 1925. The founding father of psychoanalysis coined the Madonna-whore complex – a condition whereby men view women as either saintly, virgin Madonna’s or sexual “whores”.

      In essence, the effect of Madonna-whore on a relationship is an inability of the man to maintain sexual arousal within a committed, loving partnership. In his psyche he categorizes women into two groups: women he can admire and women he finds sexually attractive; the former he loves, the latter he devalues


      Does DT have some version of this disorder….sometimes i think that the GOP has some version of this …esp when they bring on their laws re: birth control and abortion, women’s health care…etc

  22. 45 Ladyhawke
    October 8, 2016 at 9:53 am

  23. 46 Ladyhawke
    October 8, 2016 at 9:54 am

  24. October 8, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Bringing over. Good day to all!

    Blessed day to all! It’s our granddaughter’s 6th birthday. From 4lbs, 9ozs. and 19 inches long, she is a big girl…….looks 7 or even 8 and is way past her age in her thought process. It’s like she’s an “old soul.” Insight that is uncanny for her age. And, the truly amazing thing is that her personality is SO much like “Angel Walker’s”–like God sent her specifically to us. Not to replace him, but to know he remains with us every day.

  25. October 8, 2016 at 9:57 am

  26. 49 Ladyhawke
    October 8, 2016 at 10:03 am

    AMJOY starting now ……

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  28. October 8, 2016 at 10:32 am

  29. October 8, 2016 at 10:35 am

    • 54 amk for obama
      October 8, 2016 at 10:46 am

      Yup. Hope the hillz team is ready to drop the next bomb.

      • 55 idon
        October 8, 2016 at 3:14 pm

        These bombs are being dropped by the BILLIONAIRES’ club which we now know Trump has never ever been a member of. Oh and yes, they’re gonna keep coming until he and his brand are utterly and completely destroyed

  30. October 8, 2016 at 10:36 am

  31. 58 nospin
    October 8, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Must see

  32. 60 Don
    October 8, 2016 at 10:52 am

    David Plouffe on Twitter:….. “My strong suspicion is after the full excavation of Donald Trump is complete, he will wish he never ran much less won the nomination.”

  33. 63 amk for obama
    October 8, 2016 at 10:53 am

  34. 64 amk for obama
    October 8, 2016 at 10:54 am

  35. 65 Nerdy Wonka
    October 8, 2016 at 11:05 am

  36. 66 Don
    October 8, 2016 at 11:08 am

    In the end I guess we must ask ourselves as a nation what do we want in a leader. To be honest with you I’m not at all shocked by what Trump has said. Usually someone that speaks like this doesn’t really get the time of day from the general public, someone that speaks like this is often labeled a joke. Our values and morals have shifted to such an extent that someone like Trump is now afforded the opportunity to lead our nation. The problem goes deeper than Trump, enough people have to say enough is enough.

      October 8, 2016 at 11:16 am


      • 68 jackiegrumbacher
        October 8, 2016 at 11:47 am

        Couldn’t agree more, Sue. At heart, most GOP men agree with everything Trump does or thinks, they just regret he says them out loud and gets caught.

    • October 8, 2016 at 11:41 am


      The millions of people who think Trump is worthy of our nation’s highest office is beyond disgusting.

  37. October 8, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Seriously ….

    …. and, even then, most if not all of them would probably weasel out of it ….


    That’s it for today, everyone. No news tweets; no Trump tweets …. if I post anything else at TOD in the next 24 h it’s going to be something like this, or nothing at all ….

  38. 72 amk for obama
    October 8, 2016 at 11:16 am

      October 8, 2016 at 11:18 am


  39. 74 GGAIL
    October 8, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Good West Coast morning TOD family. Thanks NW 😊
    Chipsticks, I. Miss. YOU! 🌹

    I can’t wait to get to Dem Headquarters today to see how many people come out and to hear the comments about the Trump Bomb!

  40. 75 Don
    October 8, 2016 at 11:18 am

    An “un-endorsement” does not mean anything. The fact that he was endorsed in the first place tells me everything I need to know about the endorser. Trump was not “unendorsed” after he called Mexicans rapist, he wasn’t “un-endorsed” after he call African Americans lazy, and he wasn’t “un-endorsed” after he spent years degrading women. So its a tad to late to want to “un-endorse” Trump now.

  41. October 8, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Right ON!!

    October 8, 2016 at 11:21 am


  43. 80 amk for obama
    October 8, 2016 at 11:26 am

    of all his horrible options, this would be the least horrible. karma.

  44. 81 vcprezofan2
    October 8, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Saturday greetings, folks! Hope all of you in Matthew’s path weathered the storm safely and have heard from your relatives who were involved.

    Last night when I left the village I was a little bit upset and, being me, spent the night wondering and pondering and feeling uneasy about the month of campaigning we have left, and how it could impact our village. Here’s my resulting rant, which I hope will clear (DT’s foul air from) our air, at least a bit.

    RANT ↓ ↓

    1st > This is not directed at anyone in particular (if anything, it’s directed at *all of us* here).

    2nd > FULL DISCLOSURE = I am *weird*…….

    But I’m also a legitimate member of this TOD family, so after a night’s reflection I’m going to say how I feel.

    /deep breath/ I find it disturbing these days that we are so often sharing, or using, crude language here in the village. Sure, Donald is crude personified and, yes, we are all adults, but IMO it’s for that very reason I believe we can/should control, or temper, the tone of *our* virtual home. We would not dream of bringing everything gross we see outside into our own homes. Many (likely all) of us here would love to see The Obama Diary as the real and comprehensive blog archives of the Obama presidency. After all, we have been the blog that has most faithfully and truly recorded Obama events over all PBO’s years in office – in and out of the country! / 🙂 🙂 smiling proudly / ^5 to all of you, and mountains of thanks to our blog leaders!!!!!

    At this point I ask us to consider: Do we want to have our 2016 election era posts diverge into a Trumpian tone by constantly and *repeatedly* sharing his vulgarities and using and reusing his sexist language? I don’t. Honestly, I find myself cringing in the village more and more often, biting my tongue or leaving silently, and I find that sad. This *is* my (our) home! There are lots of other ‘adult’ blog sites where swearing &/ crude language (not to mention tweets that shock) is the norm and I avoid them. I’d hate for our precious and much needed blog to lose our ‘only adult in the room’ status. I’d wager there’s little else that’s truly shocking that can be revealed about the Republican candidate. Let’s not be manipulated by DT’s scuzzy behaviour into joining him in the muck of his world, by giving his sexual depravity excessive repeated coverage. [Maybe we could simply point out the link to his slime, and let those who so choose go check out the details.] I love our home and don’t want to be reluctant to sit in a quiet corner anytime for fear of being choked by more and more of DT’s evil and creepy persona as it’s released into our TOD walls.

    **Please**, oh please, let’s stay ‘high’ while others go low.

    ↑↑ End of RANT

    • 83 nospin
      October 9, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      With 30 days away from the election, I think everything is relevant. TOD has a far reach and could impact a wider audience who do not post at all to this site. I get that some of the Trump news is crude..but the man himself is vulgar and the things shared are from the Republican nominee himself. That is the difference.

      Should there be a balance of information? Yes . Should we be positive? Yes, but is also important that we make sure folks understand why this election is important and why Trump is not an option.

      My 2 cents for what it is worth.

      • 84 vcprezofan2
        October 9, 2016 at 12:48 pm

        It’s worth whatever you think it’s worth. 😀

        Hi, NoSpin, the ‘devil made me say that’. Seriously, I hear your point. I’m all for balance and for making sure folks understand that this election is vastly important. OTH, I am not all for wallowing in the gutter with DT, and while info about him ought to be disseminated as far as possible, I don’t believe the best way to do that is to spread his vulgarity broadly in *our* forum. DT brings with him an aura that, IMO, sits ill in this space that Pres Obama and his family have graced with class and dignity.

  45. 85 Don
    October 8, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Oh but the skinny black guy with the funny name that may or may not had been born in this country and that had a dopey vision of wanting to make sure everyone had health care, he’s the one you wanted to show your ass to. Oh ok.

  46. 86 globalcitizenlinda
    October 8, 2016 at 11:34 am

  47. 88 amk for obama
    October 8, 2016 at 11:37 am

    This might be the year where the gerrymandering can really be beat and the dems take back the house and the senate from the freaks. Just GOTV.

  48. October 8, 2016 at 11:39 am

  49. 90 JER
    October 8, 2016 at 11:39 am

    ‏@ABC 12m12 minutes ago
    Donald Trump switches up advertising plans to focus on Pennsylvania and Ohio. http://abcn.ws/2e1YBZX

  50. 91 desertflower
    October 8, 2016 at 11:39 am

  51. 93 JER
    October 8, 2016 at 11:42 am

  52. 94 Don
    October 8, 2016 at 11:43 am

    There is no running away from Trump, not this election cycle or the next, those that have endorsed and advocated for Trump are now tied to him…..forever.

  53. 95 vcprezofan2
    October 8, 2016 at 11:45 am

    :d 😀 Anyone’s day need brightening?

  54. 96 JER
    October 8, 2016 at 11:50 am

  55. October 8, 2016 at 11:52 am


    Right On!

  56. 101 JER
    October 8, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Amid growing calls to drop out, Trump vows to ‘never withdraw’ http://wpo.st/7rz32

    jonfavs 4 minutes ago
    Best part of this story is Trump saying he may rally his supporters tonight with a speech in the suburbs of NYC. Ok.

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  59. 112 Ladyhawke
    October 8, 2016 at 12:00 pm

  60. October 8, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    PROUD every single day.

  61. 115 JER
    October 8, 2016 at 12:09 pm

  62. 125 amk for obama
    October 8, 2016 at 12:34 pm

  63. 126 amk for obama
    October 8, 2016 at 12:35 pm

  64. October 8, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    I think Trump will regret running for president for the rest of his life. He will be ruined financially. His brand is tarnished forever. Melania will leave him. And his children will distance themselves from him.

  65. 131 Ladyhawke
    October 8, 2016 at 12:38 pm

  66. October 8, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Happy Saturday TODers!!

    Thank you, Nerdy.


  67. 135 globalcitizenlinda
    October 8, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    gop is trying to change to Pence!!!

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