Hurricane Matthew Briefing


President Barack Obama talks on the phone with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate to receive an update on Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 8, 2016. The President spoke from his home in Chicago, Ill. Photo by Pete Souza

119 Responses to “Hurricane Matthew Briefing”

  1. October 8, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Here’s a good article on Russian S-300 & s-400 missile systems and what America has to defeat them-
    These were recently deployed in Syria…


    • 2 cd4biden
      October 8, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      Congrats on first jojovie. Just dropping in to say hi to everyone. Still way behind, but so glad you are all here.
      Be well, and {{{{everyone}}}}.

  2. 3 idon
    October 8, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Thank you thank you for the PBO pic of the day. I just love this pic. Now I can just stare and smile

  3. 4 JER
    October 8, 2016 at 8:21 pm

  4. 6 desertflower
    October 8, 2016 at 8:32 pm

  5. 8 CEB
    October 8, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    He is so fit (body, mind, and soul). Gray hair and all, he will leave his presidency with his physical, mental, emotional and moral health intact. He will have an influence, here and abroad, for years to come. So much to admire about him, but one of the major things that he did for many of us who had become cynical about politics and for the younger generation that will take our place, is to show that a person of principle, from an everyday background, can be elected and can serve with intelligence, honor, and effectiveness even when one has little support from the traditional avenues. God bless his soul because He has certainly blessed us by giving us the gift of Barack :2nd of his name, called “Blessed” and Black Eagle and “he who serves the people across the land,”; son of Ann and Barack Sr., loving husband of Michelle, joyful father of Malia and Sasha, and the 44th president of the United States of America.

    • 9 desertflower
      October 8, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      {{{CEB}}} Thank you. This is why we love and respect him so….A man of honor and integrity

    • 10 vcprezofan2
      October 8, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      😀 Yes. Yes. Yes, CEB. I have learned a lot from him about politics, life, and the pursuit of happiness, and I will always love him and his family!

      ps: He also gave me Ms Chips and the TOD international family. 🙂 🙂

    • October 8, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      Love what you have said…CEB…it fills my eyes with tears and my heart with joy

  6. 12 FoxfireTX
    October 8, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    So looking forward to seeing where PBO’s approval ratings are a week from now:-) I predicted months ago by the time of the election he would be approaching 60% although I thought that might be a little optimistic. So going to miss this man and his lovely family. I’m happy he has this weekend in ChiTown, away from the maddening crowd of Washington.

    Can’t imagine how the debate tomorrow night will play out. But Trump’s apology last night sounded to me like a caged bull ready to rampage and I have no doubt Hillary will bring her matador’s cape. If he implodes, we just might have a shot at both the Senate and House. A Republican strategist here thinks there is a 30% chance she could flip TX. This was never Trump country in the way other states were, it was Cruz country although he is shrinking here.

  7. 13 99ts
    October 8, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    The President does his job while the GOP in Congress trie to protect themselves from an orange inferno.

  8. 15 desertflower
    October 8, 2016 at 8:56 pm


  9. October 8, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    There’s war between the RNC and Trump. They are cutting off all funding, directing it to down-ballot candidates.

  10. 19 desertflower
    October 8, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    🙂 Head down…GOTV

  11. 20 jacquelineoboomer
    October 8, 2016 at 9:27 pm

  12. 29 vcprezofan2
    October 8, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    President Obama Addresses His “Disappointed” Critics on the Left
    by Nancy LeTourneau October 3, 2016

    The line making headlines from Jonathan Chait’s interview with Obama is – of course – related to the 2016 election. The president said:

    “I see a straight line from the announcement of Sarah Palin as the vice-presidential nominee to what we see today in Donald Trump, the emergence of the Freedom Caucus, the tea party, and the shift in the center of gravity for the Republican Party.”

    But whether it was Chait’s or Obama’s intention, what struck me about the entire interview was that it addressed so many of the concerns raised by the “disappointed” left about his presidency. Let’s take a look at some of them.


    What is perhaps most interesting is that Obama brings this last one right back to the first critique addressed above and ties continued progress to the need to work with Congress.

    “I’ll make this last point. On all the issues we’ve discussed, but certainly on these issues of war and peace, the need for a more effective Congress and the desirability of legislation as the best solution to most of these problems remains…

    If there’s one wish that I have for future presidents, it’s not an imperial presidency, it is a functional, sensible majority-and-opposition being able to make decisions based on facts and policy and compromise. That would have been my preference for the majority of my presidency. It was an option that wasn’t always available. But I hope the American people continue to understand that that’s how the system should work.”

    In a very profound way, President Obama wants to let us know that where we go from here is up to us.


  13. 30 desertflower
    October 8, 2016 at 9:35 pm

  14. 31 jacquelineoboomer
    October 8, 2016 at 9:35 pm

  15. 33 amk for obama
    October 8, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    dumptrumpmentum – ok, mebbe there is a goddess after all.

    effing ODS – how is that working out for ya, gopee?

  16. 34 jackiegrumbacher
    October 8, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Yesterday when VP Biden said that DT speaks the words of an “abuser,” it resonated with a lot of women I know. A friend endured eight years of an abusive marriage in which she lived in terror until she got the courage to leave. She said that she started shivering with fear when she heard DT’s remarks and all the old feelings came back. Someone else I know who was abused and beaten as a child had similar feelings. Every word that comes from that odious creature running for president is a form of abuse that must not be tolerated. He must be beaten to the electoral ground on November 8 and never heard from again.

  17. 35 amk for obama
    October 8, 2016 at 9:44 pm

  18. 49 desertflower
    October 8, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    I have stuffed my own experiences away. Buried deep. Until now.

  19. 50 99ts
    October 8, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Report on the GOP rally in Wisconsin that uninvited Trump


    What I found interesting that some of the trump supporters reported here didn’t even come from Wisconsin. All those yuuuge rallies – did the media ever check where the people came from?

  20. 53 amk for obama
    October 8, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    egg.sack.lee. grab power, by any effing ugly means.

    This is the last chance for the dems … and the left (eyeroll) to kill off gopee.

  21. 54 amk for obama
    October 8, 2016 at 10:16 pm

  22. 55 amk for obama
    October 8, 2016 at 10:18 pm

  23. 56 amk for obama
    October 8, 2016 at 10:19 pm


  24. 57 desertflower
    October 8, 2016 at 10:20 pm

  25. 59 amk for obama
    October 8, 2016 at 10:25 pm

  26. 60 amk for obama
    October 8, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    LOL. donnie dick’s words coming back to bite his thugly ass.

  27. 61 amk for obama
    October 8, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    gotta go. will be back to enjoy the big dropped out/kicked out announcement.

  28. 67 jacquelineoboomer
    October 8, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Hurricane (hasn’t been downgraded to a tropical storm yet, as had been predicted) Matthew has made its way into Virginia! Stay safe!

    • October 8, 2016 at 11:10 pm

      It’s worse at my daughter’s than she expected. Flooding and high winds. Electricity off and on, but thankfully more on. She is in Chesapeake.

      • 69 jacquelineoboomer
        October 9, 2016 at 10:48 am

        Wow. Haven’t checked this morning yet, but I hope more folks are in the clear today (including your daughter!).

  29. October 8, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Good night TOD …


  30. October 8, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Personally and politically, it has been a ho-hum, not so great week. This put a smile on my face…

    NEXT October 4 at 5:26am ·

    Because of the lyrics of the song “Don’t go” by Jon Tarifa, Spiros Lena was inspired to make a tribute video for the coolest President the world has ever seen!

    • 72 carla4obama
      October 9, 2016 at 12:05 am

      I love this video! America .. you will miss this man and his family. He was the best thing to happen “for” us and dare I say so many of you never fully appreciated him. Not just the right but the whiny left …that left him high and dry when he needed us the most. Remember those 2010 midterm elections when “you” wanted to show him how angry you were? He always had our back, “we” …not always. This site, created by our beloved Chips, is where we belivers in this man have stood by him and know what a gift he and Flotus have been over the past 8 years. Thank you for making this!!!!.

    • 73 CEB
      October 9, 2016 at 12:05 am

      I love this; thanks for posting it.

    • 74 susanne
      October 9, 2016 at 12:29 am

      tears rolling down my cheeks, smiling so big at the same time–love this video! mahalo nui loa!

    • 75 a4alice
      October 9, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Love it! I’d tweet it but it keeps wanting me to log in with facebook. wah. But I love it! 😀

  31. 76 Ladyhawke
    October 8, 2016 at 11:28 pm

  32. 77 amk for obama
    October 8, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    sunday night debate meltdown will be epic.

  33. October 9, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Blessed to have tickets for Dec 13th…

  34. October 9, 2016 at 12:26 am

  35. October 9, 2016 at 1:19 am

    My congresscritters ain’t worth a damn…

    Sent the same article to my rep with the following tweet “.@RepMeehan .@PatMeehanPA #2Little2Late. You served #GOP instead of #PA07 Bye-bye November 8th. “

  36. October 9, 2016 at 1:36 am

    • 83 99ts
      October 9, 2016 at 3:48 am

      And WHY would he “continue to respect those who still support Donald Trump”? Well he wants their vote. Self before values is the GOP way.

    • October 9, 2016 at 5:57 am

  37. 85 globalcitizenlinda
    October 9, 2016 at 2:07 am

    enabled by SCOTUS, the gop has perfected the shameless process stealing the franchise of poor and minority voters.

    these vote-stealing laws were cheered on by a hate-filled base that thought that such vote stealing would never happen to them;

    it will be very interesting to see how the same hate-filled base feels about the current efforts of the gop-establishment to push the homegrown demagogue from being the candidate;

    the passage of time will often bring you to a point where you never thought you would be

  38. October 9, 2016 at 4:07 am

  39. October 9, 2016 at 4:08 am

  40. October 9, 2016 at 6:00 am

    • 89 carla4obama
      October 9, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      Love that picture! “Point that finger in my face….I can’t be intimidated by the likes of you!”

      • 90 susanne
        October 9, 2016 at 5:25 pm

        you know he’s simultaneously putting painful pressure on her hand– this photo and Cecile Richards’ caption need to be posted everywhere

  41. 91 99ts
    October 9, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Saw this at BJ – so to the point in regard to what may/may not be said at the debate

    • October 9, 2016 at 7:36 am

      According to Giuliani, that makes her stupid, right? Will he be asked about that as he makes the rounds today on the Sunday shows?

      • 93 99ts
        October 9, 2016 at 7:43 am

        They really do talk out of both sides of their mouths. They will never forgive PBO for having the family values republicans used to demand from their Presidents.

  42. October 9, 2016 at 7:39 am

    I wonder why this is getting little to no mention on the MSM…I note that the trial date has been pushed out yet again.

    This is the third attempt the plaintiff has made in filing this particular lawsuit. Last Friday, she filed an amended complaint, with a new “witness” named “Joan Doe.” The plaintiff and witnesses in the case are using pseudonyms, they say, to protect their identities.

    “In the 1994-95 school year, I was told by the plaintiff in Jane Doe v. Trump and Epstein (1:16-cv-04642, SDNY) that the plaintiff was subject to sexual contact by the Defendants at parties in New York City during the summer of 1994,” one of the witnesses said in a declaration.

    The complaint alleges billionaire convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein had a woman pickup teenage girls for his famous parties. One of these girls was “Jane.” Another witness, “Tiffany,” who also provided an affidavit in the lawsuit, said she witnessed Trump and Epstein rape the plaintiff several times. Trump has repeatedly denied the allegations.

    • October 9, 2016 at 7:45 am

      If my own Facebook feed is any indication, millions of misguided Americans are lining up to defend Trump and dismiss his p***y-grabbing comments for one inane reason or another. Yet, when it came to Cosby, an almost universally-beloved figure, the public was quick to re-cast him as the ultimate villain. Maybe it’s because Cosby is a black man and an underlying current of racism propelled the public’s willingness believe he was a criminal. Maybe it’s because Cosby wasn’t running for president, so those who turned on him weren’t forced to question their own ideologies as a result of doing so. Either way, though, the similarities are striking. And even more striking are the differences. So much about the rape allegations against Trump is more disturbing than those against Cosby.

      Trump’s statute of limitations drama is actually far more unusual. Trump’s anonymous accuser has alleged that the Donald raped her back in 1994, when she was thirteen, and that the 20-year statute of limitations never even started running. Ms. Doe argues that the statute is “tolled” because Trump threatened her. Sidebar: tolling statutes of limitation is standard practice in a variety of instances. For example, if a plaintiff is a minor when a cause of action arises, that statute could be stopped (or “tolled”) until the potential plaintiff reaches the age of majority. The same concept works when a plaintiff is incarcerated or is mentally disabled. The concept of tolling is to hit “pause” on a lawsuit for the purpose of effectuating fairness to disadvantaged plaintiff. Statutes of limitation are also tolled when their reason for suing is obscured (as in the case of a medical malpractice victim who does not discover a surgical tool accidentally left inside him until years after the wrongdoing actually happened) or when they are prevented from bringing suit for some other reason. That’s this plaintiff’s sweet spot.

      According to the plaintiff, Trump threatened to harm or even kill her and her family if she came forward with any accusations:

    • 96 99ts
      October 9, 2016 at 7:47 am

      Media still wants a race – can’t have too many anti Trump articles on the same day/week/month. Krugman has some interesting graphs on Twitter about coverage

  43. 97 99ts
    October 9, 2016 at 7:47 am

  44. October 9, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Good morning TOD


  45. October 9, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Hope all of you have a calm, gentle Sunday ….


    bbl ….

  46. 100 Don
    October 9, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Hello, is anybody home? I’ve been here since 7 this morning all alone.

    • 101 jackiegrumbacher
      October 9, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Don, I’ve been exhausted by the Trump debacle and can’t stomach the cruelty and sleaze of it all. Had a hard time waking up to hear or read more about it. My heart goes out to Hillary for having to deal with this monster tonight.

      • October 9, 2016 at 10:09 am

        I thank you for saying that because I’m starting to feel sickened every day. Trump is ruining our lives. He’s a grotesque monster who is getting away with so much horrific behavior, it’s truly sickening. The arrogance, the greed, the untreated psychopathology and unbridled quest for power, the wholesale sleaze of who he is – it’s making us sick. And every day it’s worse because it’s everywhere. I find myself turning away from the sight or the mention of him, absolutely repulsed.

    • October 9, 2016 at 10:03 am

      Hey! Sipping coffee…..trying to avoid Trump garbage but it’s thick and trashy.

    • October 9, 2016 at 10:04 am

      Good Morning Don. I had been in the village earlier but had to step out for a bit.

  47. 106 globalcitizenlinda
    October 9, 2016 at 9:36 am

    good morning everyone!

  48. 108 JER
    October 9, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

    Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) interrupts an encore presentation of the vice presidential debate between Tim Kaine (Mikey Day) and Mike Pence (Beck Bennett) to address the vulgar comments he made in 2005.

    VP Debate Cold Open – SNL

  49. 109 JER
    October 9, 2016 at 10:06 am

  50. October 9, 2016 at 10:08 am

  51. 111 JER
    October 9, 2016 at 10:08 am

  52. 113 amk for obama
    October 9, 2016 at 10:12 am

    They haven’t endorsed a Democrat for president since Woodrow Wilson in 1916.

    For us, the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is not pleasant, but it isn’t difficult. Republican candidate Donald Trump is unfit to be president of the United States. Democrat Hillary Clinton, despite her flaws, is well-equipped for the job.

    The Dispatch traditionally has endorsed Republican presidential candidates, but Trump does not espouse or support traditional Republican values, such as fiscal prudence, limited government and free trade, not to mention civility and decency. We are disappointed that so many Republican leaders have accommodated a narcissistic, morally bankrupt candidate who is so clearly out of step with those values.


    But her negatives pale when measured against the dangers posed by Trump.

    He has proved himself a liar of epic proportion. He is a bigot, a braggart and an admirer of foreign thugs such as Russia’s Vladimir Putin. He is reckless and thin-skinned. He has demeaned Mexicans, demonized Muslims, insulted women and mocked the disabled.

    His economic policies, to the extent that they can be analyzed, would at least double the national debt. His call for punishing tariffs on foreign goods would trigger retaliation and ignite a trade war with disastrous results for employment and the standard of living in the United States.

    The stakes are too high to sit out this election and risk letting Trump misuse the awesome power of the presidency. The Dispatch urges voters to elect Hillary Clinton.


  53. 114 99ts
    October 9, 2016 at 10:13 am

    gm all – to those in the areas of Hurricane Matthew – do hope you are safe and dry. Sending all good thoughts your way.

  54. 116 99ts
    October 9, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Trump’s got his phone back – he’s busy on Twitter making sure his supporters don’t vote for the congress GOPers.

  55. October 9, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Nerdy Wonka, I saw this and thought of you! LOLz

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