Early Bird Chat


All Times Eastern

9:05AM: President Obama hosts a breakfast to honor veterans and their families; State Dining Room

11:15AM: President Obama participates in a wreath-laying ceremony; Arlington National Cemetery

11:30AM: President Obama delivers remarks


132 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 2 CEB
    November 11, 2016 at 8:34 am

    GM, TOD ohana.
    As usua,l I was typing away and missed the door opening to today’s thread. How do I transfer my last comment from the previous thread to this one?

    • November 11, 2016 at 8:43 am

      I’ll bring it over. Bringing one of mine too. 🙂

      November 11, 2016 at 8:31 am
      Please everyone, lets remember that this is The Obama Diary and devote most of our time to covering what he and MO are doing. We have Veteran’s Day ceremonies, a 3 country trip, PBO’s last, coming up and all of the White House Holiday celebrations, and we may even be able to go with them to Hawaii. I am not saying we should pretend that we are uncertain of and at times fearful about the future, but right now we still have a beautiful First Family headed by the best president in over 100 years. Let’s enjoy them while we can. We can go 1000 places to be up on the latest ugliness. We could also begin on a retrospective of 8 years of this remarkable man and his (still) transformative presidency. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”

      November 11, 2016 at 8:38 am
      Good morning. Yesterday I heard an interview/discussion (on Sirrus) with Brian Buelter. They were discussing the media coverage of DT and HC. He talked about how DT did something EVERY day that they covered. The only thing they had to cover about Hillary was emails. So, in trying to make the negative coverage “even”, all the media kept focused on the email story while the negative one about him changed daily. Way to go, media!!!!!!!! Heck of a job……….:( 😦 😦

  2. 5 desertflower
    November 11, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Morning all…Dog woke me up at 5:30am….on a day off…..after I was awake all night….at least I can sneak a nap in later:) Congrats, Don.

  3. November 11, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Good morning, good people. A special shout out of gratitude to our fearless Nerdy Wonka.

    I have to confess I am having a LOT of trouble sleeping, eating, thinking, focusing. This comes over me in waves, like an onslaught of nausea. I don’t know how to really describe what I’m feeling. The stench of this election, in addition to the grief I feel at the end of President Obama’s term is overwhelming.

    I was with friends in the East Bay the last couple of days and each time we went out for coffee or meals, all you could hear was talk about the election. There is a heavy pall in the air.

    I don’t know what to do with my feelings. But I will find a way, a constructive focus for my energy. I just hope it’s soon.

    Love you all for your tremendous community spirit and care for what is important and true.

    • 13 desertflower
      November 11, 2016 at 8:50 am

      all of this.

    • November 11, 2016 at 8:50 am

      meta, I am having the exact same feelings. Awoke in the middle of the night very nauseous. Went back to sleep. Got up little after 6:00 and wanted to go to the Y. Every few minutes, that wave of nausea washed over me so I didn’t go. Maybe I should have pushed through and would have felt better. I am unfocused, angry, sad. Honestly, I don’t think it will go away. Why? Because there’s no way to can escape some ‘news’. As he builds his cabinet, we are going to get sicker and sicker and more dismayed and terrified.

      Jesus take the wheel.

      • November 11, 2016 at 8:57 am

        OMG, EXACTLY. I’m trying to figure out how to delete the horrific reality from my consciousness. Who do I unfollow on twitter? Which websites are safe from despair? How can we avoid any and every piece of this nightmare?

    • 16 COS
      November 11, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Meta, unfortunately I am feeling the same way. I have never felt this way about the results of an election. Even more troubling are potential picks for his cabinet.

      • November 11, 2016 at 8:57 am

        I know, right? Every piece of news is worse than the last. I JUST CAN’T.

        • 18 arapaho415
          November 11, 2016 at 10:33 am

          GM Meta.

          I’m only on comment 17, and agree with everything said above.

          This won’t help, but bear in mind that we KNOW that DJT will pick the most controversial and bat-sh*t crazy people for the most prominent positions because he KNOWS that MSM will take the bait, and DJT will DOMINATE news coverage. His only basis for knowledge is #RealityTV (which, except for Survivor, I never watched), but it’s clear that their mantra is “the more outlandish and outrageous, the better,” especially with Steve Bannon as his lifestyle consultant.

          Posted this is in response to ed4PBO on previous thread:

          …”Also praying that DC egos (both GOP and MSM) won’t allow DJT and his team of crazies (and you know, from a sales promotion POV, the crazier, the better) bitterly fight to keep him in check.”

      • November 11, 2016 at 9:00 am

    • 20 Betsy
      November 11, 2016 at 9:22 am

      I’m feeling this way too. It isn’t just the devastation I feel and sense of horror, but my faith in God is shaken and although I know it isn’t fair to blame him, I can’t help it. How could he allow this when President Obama has faithfully served him these past 8 years? I’m sorry.

    • 22 sherijr
      November 11, 2016 at 9:28 am

      I’m sorry you can’t sleep, my sister is having the same trouble. I on the other hand can’t seem to wake up… all I’ve done is sleep, it’s all I want to do. Cover my head, cuddle with my cats and sleep away the hatred, anger, fear that is overwhelming me. Today I am going to go outside and rake leaves. Something mindless and physical and then I’ll sleep some more.

      • November 11, 2016 at 9:37 am

        That sounds GOOD.

        I cleaned out my refrigerator. Then I did something that sounds strange but probably metaphoric so don’t laugh! I ironed some cotton blouses. It was soothing for some reason – eliminating all the wrinkles.

        • 24 sherijr
          November 11, 2016 at 10:00 am

          I get it completely. Simple mindless yet focused “tasks”. I’ve literally done nothing but sleep and look after my 17 yr olds minor needs. I’m just in a fog, I know it’s grief and it will take time for all of us to get through it- in whatever ways we need to.

    • November 11, 2016 at 9:30 am

      A normal reaction to an abnormal event.

    • 26 CEB
      November 11, 2016 at 9:37 am

      Emotional exhaustion finally allowed me to fall asleep the last 2 nights. While awake, I have been focusing on my family, especially my mother (errands, small remodel project and just time spent with a vibrant 87 year old who has a wonderful perspective on things in life that feel like a disaster), continuing to avoid the shit show that is supposed to be media coverage, even going so far as to not use the browser that opens with a newsfeed, and picking up the rest of my life. The only postmortems that I have done about the abomination that is this election, is text discussions about the anatomy of those who voted DT, which surprised many. I am also planning my donations to civil justice organizations, and lifting up prayers. I still feel some of the effects of grief and I know that this will be so on and off for awhile, but it will be manageable. As a POC who lives in the South, I have never had that idea that the systems and institutions worked for me because they were not designed with people like me in mind (3/4 of a person in a constitution ratified by a majority of slave holders), so all of this is something that people like me knew to expect because money is the god of this country and people will vote for anyone, no matter how vile they are, if they will protect the status quo. I see PBO’s presidency as an unexpected miracle, but one that I knew that we would pay for in one way or another. So I live in hope and faith and love as I always have; not in institutions or in anyone in the public arena. These three things are bound in family, friends, and the God/spirit that surround us all. POC know how to survive and often times thrive in the face of great odds. Hang in there; remember the best revenge is living well.

    • 28 mtmarilyn
      November 11, 2016 at 10:24 am

      I so agree, Meta, I am not sleeping much. I wake up worrying about everything. Worrying about them tearing apart everything PBO and FLOTUS have done. I don’t know if I can ever forgive the msm and all Repubs and the far left. Now I am just getting thru each day with the help of all here.

  4. November 11, 2016 at 8:48 am

  5. 31 Don
    November 11, 2016 at 8:50 am

    I’ve got a coworker who’s from Kentucky and is a Trump lover, not supporter, but lover. I was going to tell him that if Obamacare is repealed his family and friends back in Kentucky will be up a creek that goes by the name of shit. But I didn’t tell him because I didn’t want to interrupt his jubilation; I keep my powder dry for another day. I’m going to wait until he’s completely in the center of the bullseye, and them BAM! Middle America has fucked themselves royally.

    Pardon my manners, Good Morning TOD!

  6. November 11, 2016 at 8:50 am

    I’ve been an hardcore advocate for TPP in support of PBO and all the hard work of his team.

  7. 49 Nerdy Wonka
    November 11, 2016 at 8:50 am

  8. 51 JER
    November 11, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

    View this post on Instagram

    August 2011. Iowa.

    A post shared by Pete Souza (archived) (@petesouza44) on

  9. 52 Ladyhawke
    November 11, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I am having a LOT of trouble sleeping, eating, thinking, focusing.

    Me too meta. Especially the sleeping part. I have restless nights and every time I wake up the first thing that comes to mind is what happened on Tuesday night. It truly is a nightmare. As far as the five stages of grief are concerned, I am currently stuck at anger and depression.

    • 53 Ladyhawke
      November 11, 2016 at 8:59 am

      oops, this was meant as reply to meta up thread.

    • November 11, 2016 at 9:12 am

      I’m so sorry. You accurately express what I’m feeling, too.

      I want to thank everyone for sharing their feelings about this. I know I’m not alone and sometimes it helps to acknowledge that.

      I also want to encourage everyone to make suggestions about what’s working for them to alleviate these awful feelings.

      • 56 Betsy
        November 11, 2016 at 9:31 am

        Nothing is working for me. I can barely get through each day. I had a horrible situation happen at the end of my day in my classroom Weds, boys were cheering the muslim ban and the bell rang before I could do anything about it. After the class cleared out one of my students stayed behind and she asked me if I felt the same way that those boys do because she was a muslim. I exclaimed “NO” and proceeded to say that I believed in the first amendment and religious freedom and that I was so sorry that had happened. I keep hearing her asking me that and crying, crying and I AM SO MAD I COULD SPIT. It doesn’t help, either that I am white, b/c it makes me worse. The only thing I could do is talk to the kids yesterday, but I don’t feel that it had any impact at all.

        • November 11, 2016 at 9:35 am

          OH, NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!

          I think the only thing we can do is show the most vulnerable our love and compassion.

          My friends invited me to a meditation group yesterday and I went. Everyone was crying. It will take many, many steps to even be able to clear my head.

    • November 11, 2016 at 9:37 am

      My base line of normalcy has been totally undone. Functioning much like yourself.

  10. 59 Debz
    November 11, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Why do I keep seeing articles this morning either attacking POTUS or full of doom & gloom that his entire legacy is over.(his own fault of course) The liberal media continues to help the gop to erase PBO from history. On the other hand, not one word about Russia admitting to being in contact with trump’s campaign.

  11. November 11, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Except for this president winning his last election…Since 2010, the democrats have lost state legislatures, governorships, city councils, mayors, US senate and house majorities and now the presidency?
    All in six years?
    Maybe democrats need to get priorities straight and figure out post recession what a winning strategy is…
    Bc right now… They don’t know abd the last six years proves that. Bc right now… If you look at all above elections in past six years minus one… One could say this is a right wing country(at least the ones who vote)…
    Let’s hope somebody comes forward and leads the party to future victories.
    And not Kane… Nice guy but truth be told he’s very bland and excites nobody.
    So, Stay active everybody democrats need you… 👀

    • 61 Don
      November 11, 2016 at 9:08 am

      THIS THIS THIS!!! Its like they refused to copy President Obama formula for winning.

    • November 11, 2016 at 9:16 am

      I think this is the thing that is eating at me so much. Democrats insist on remaining fractured and LOSING. I think I’ve been living in a bubble, believing that America was trending left. But now we’ve ceded a LOT of power at every level. The SCOTUS will haunt us for decades.

  12. 63 Allison
    November 11, 2016 at 9:02 am

  13. 64 JER
    November 11, 2016 at 9:08 am

  14. 65 desertflower
    November 11, 2016 at 9:08 am

  15. November 11, 2016 at 9:09 am

  16. November 11, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Good morning, TOD! I hear you… posting good times…

  17. 76 desertflower
    November 11, 2016 at 9:17 am

    How was this done so quickly? Almost as if they “knew” ahead of time…

  18. 77 carolyn
    November 11, 2016 at 9:20 am

    My dear friends…..We are in deep grief. Everything people say shows that. Yesterday at Whiz Kids, we were all talking about this, and the symptoms of people are the same as expressed here. I am reminded of my visit to the Emergency Room last fall, a few months after my husband died. I didn’t know if I was having a heart attack or what. Turns out it was a panic attack, and I had to get meds to get my blood pressure down. I talked with the ER doctor and told him what had happened to me. He started,, Now, you know there are these stages of grief……I didn’t let him finish, but snapped: And yes, sometimes I go through all of them in a day. He just stared, then nodded. We are doing that. This is going to take time, and at the same time, we are very protective of our beloved PBO and MO. So, we are suffering doubly…..for ourselves and for them.

    Eventually, we will come to a place where we will start being constructive and deal with stupid Democrats and mean Republicans, and be the change PBO has always said we are. I’m afraid some of the people are going to have to suffer some to understand what they have done, thing is, that will mean all of us will suffer. As usual, Democrats will look for a “savior” and I’m sure several will present themselves as that person. This is where we will play a part. We need to choose a good person to lead, and one with smarts and, yes, some cunning. What I see in the Senate does not inspire me, but there are some governors who I believe will be able to step in.

    We need this period of grief, and this place to express that grief. I looked at the figures for PBO’s approval, and DT’s approval, and know that DT is not going to be a well-liked president……if he makes it to the inauguration. And I truly have my doubts that he will. I don’t know why, but I just have that feeling. He is self-destructive, and the people around him are also.

    Thank you Nerdy for this space. Our appreciation for you knows no bounds.

    Today will be a good day for me: I am going to my son’s in Dallas for my granddaughter’s birthday. We are both November babies…This will be a wonderful oasis for me. Take your time dear friends…..grieve, grieve, grieve. We have to.

  19. November 11, 2016 at 9:20 am

    OMG, now I see Dems are pushing for Keith Ellison to be DNC head. MAKE IT STOP.

  20. November 11, 2016 at 9:23 am

  21. November 11, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Good morning TOD!

  22. 94 desertflower
    November 11, 2016 at 9:27 am

    If only. What hope looks like:)

  23. November 11, 2016 at 9:29 am

    I used to be a gun owner. Sold my weapon after I adopted my kids; didn’t want them to have even the slightest possibility of finding it. I last fired a weapon shortly before I retired in 1995. I was an expert shot. Yesterday, I started researching gun shops and clubs. About to become a gun owner again…

  24. 96 GGAIL
    November 11, 2016 at 9:31 am

    I have the cloud of depression that envelops me when I wake and it makes me sluggish and unmotivated. I have to force myself to get off the side of the bed and even a shower doesn’t perk me up. /sigh

  25. November 11, 2016 at 9:32 am

  26. 103 Allison
    November 11, 2016 at 9:32 am

    • November 11, 2016 at 9:43 am

      More from Harry Reid’s statement

      We as a nation must find a way to move forward without consigning those who Trump has threatened to the shadows. Their fear is entirely rational, because Donald Trump has talked openly about doing terrible things to them. Every news piece that breathlessly obsesses over inauguration preparations compounds their fear by normalizing a man who has threatened to tear families apart, who has bragged about sexually assaulting women and who has directed crowds of thousands to intimidate reporters and assault African Americans. Their fear is legitimate and we must refuse to let it fall through the cracks between the fluff pieces.

  27. 106 whenpamelawandered
    November 11, 2016 at 9:35 am


  28. 107 vcprezofan2
    November 11, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Greeting from another troubled sleeper who cannot understand *why she* is also having nightmares each night since Tuesday. To give my mind a break, I am heading out in less than an hour to a doctor’s appointment (though she is NEVER on time), then I’m taking my vehicle in for its winter preparation routine. Not that I’m wishing for anything serious to be wrong with my vehicle, but the change of mental input may just help to ‘relieve’ my mind for a bit since I cannot seem to forget the misery of the 2016 election farce for long.

    • November 11, 2016 at 9:43 am

      {{{{vc}}}} I hope your day goes well and there are more than a few bright spots.

      Thank goodness you have a rational, progressive leader..

      • 109 vcprezofan2
        November 11, 2016 at 2:32 pm

        Thank you, yes Meta. {{{Meta}}} I did have to wait for close to an hour after my appointed time to see the doc but medical results were all good and I didn’t once think of the evil one while I was out. Now I’m sitting at home waiting for the garage to call with pick-up time for my vehicle. We’ll all go forward step by step, as best we can, picking up the broken pieces this idiot will be bound to create! Part of me is hoping he falls on his face very quickly while another part figures he should get just enough time to show his supporters that he really didn’t/doesn’t have a clue! With the latter scenario maybe they’ll wake up. Or at least the “progressives” who were teaching a lesson will themselves have learned an important one.
        Let’s all continue to lean on, *and* support, each other throughout this period.

  29. November 11, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Thank you for all the members of the TOD community (thinking of you, in particular, Sailor) who have served in the US Armed Forces!

    Also ….

    Very long day ahead … bbl ….

    #FORWARD Together

  30. November 11, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Friday morning. TGIF>> Congrats Don, on being first this morning.

    Nerdy, thanks so much for helping Ms. Chips and the sacrifices you are making for us TOD’ers. 💫🙏👌👊❤

    To all, I hope that your wonderful distinguished, peculiar, and unique personality shines through today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Notwithstanding the nightmare of BuffoonTrump in the Whitehouse, I am more than ever Thankful to God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  31. November 11, 2016 at 10:03 am

    November 11, 2016 at 10:07 am

  33. 118 Don
    November 11, 2016 at 10:13 am

    As African Americans that know their history, we can say one thing for certainty, and that is that we’ve seen this movie before. We know an oppressive political system, we know an oppressive legal system, we know an oppressive educational system. There hasn’t been a system invented that black people haven’t seen before. And that is where I draw my strength from; I don’t draw my strength from a political party. I draw my strength from seeing black and white photos and films of MLK standing up to water hoses and dogs and not flinching. I draw my strength from seeing photos and films of my people being beaten bloody but still standing up and not flinching. Am I upset, yes, is my head a little heavy today, yes. But I know one thing, and that is that this is temporary. I grew up very very poor, some days we didn’t eat. And on those days my brother and I still found things to do to ease our hunger because we knew that we would eventually eat. If the lynching and the dogs and the water hoses and the batons didn’t break us, Donald Trump certainly won’t break us.

    • 119 desertflower
      November 11, 2016 at 10:25 am

      I was right about you. You ARE a treasure.

    • 120 CEB
      November 11, 2016 at 10:26 am

      Amen, amen, amen!

    • November 11, 2016 at 10:31 am

      AMEN, Don! My response to several friends this week has been “I’m an African American woman in the USA. The white population has never valued me as a woman to be ‘protected’ or a human deserving of rights. I had a successful career in an organization that was the last to take Blacks and women. If hard times come, I can do everything from scrub floors to joining the lecture circuit. They will try to break me, but they can’t, because I AM AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN IN THE USA…”

      • 122 Don
        November 11, 2016 at 11:02 am

        Yep, Hillary got 93% of black women to voter for her. Trump got 53% of white women to vote for him. I did not make those stats up, I got those stats from the exits polls. Before the polls closed when the exit polls came out I said to my wife “this doesn’t look good at all”. Then you add to that mixture the educated and uneducated and how they voted for Trump. And to top it off the exit polls showed that 54% of the people thought that President Obama did a good job. But the disconnect for me is that how did Trump get elected, because for me you can’t say that 54% of the voters said President Obama did a good job and then they go vote for Trump. What was the bridge from President Obama to Trump?

  34. November 11, 2016 at 10:24 am

  35. 124 CEB
    November 11, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Today is Veteran’s Day; thank you to all who have served and to your family members who have done so as well. Have we missed the wreath-laying?

  36. 125 desertflower
    November 11, 2016 at 10:31 am

    • 126 sherijr
      November 11, 2016 at 10:36 am

      this is exactly what I fear. Everyone says Trump won’t govern.. he won’t ever have to, these people he’ll appoint have been salivating for years to run this country WHITE into the ground. We all know it.

  37. November 11, 2016 at 10:42 am

  38. November 11, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Adding this to the discussion about head of DNC. First, I’m not black, but think it was pf who said she wanted a black female…….I agree with that. 🙂 Second, I heard a long interview couple weeks ago on Progressive Talk radio with Donna Brazil and ????. Don’t remember which show it was on/the host. Anyway, he asked her about staying on as the head of the DNC. She emphatically said “NO!” She went on to talk about it being time to bring in YOUNG ‘blood’, young ideas. She said there’s so many new, creative, promising young people in the DNC and that it’s time to hand it over to them……that they are our future, not just DNC’s future, but the country’s future. She ended that part by saying she wantd/planned to return to doing what her absolute passion is: teaching. She spoke to some extent to that, her passion for doing that, the rewards, etc. It was a very good interview and insightful.

  39. 130 desertflower
    November 11, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Some point real soon, we have to get into some “good trouble”…entire country depends on it

  40. 132 desertflower
    November 11, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Celebrate veterans

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