Early Bird Chat


Pete Souza: President Obama waits to be introduced before speaking at a Veterans Day ceremony today

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  1. November 12, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Saturday morning.

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

    To all, I hope that you show generosity, goodwill, and tolerance to all the people you encounter 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. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  2. 6 Judith Fardig
    November 12, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Love you, Nerdy, RanMan, all you other loyal and grieving TOD friends. Off to a memorial service now. Take good care…

  3. 7 Roberta in MN
    November 12, 2016 at 11:47 am

    GM, RanMan , Judith. Congrats on 1st RanMan.

  4. 8 Nerdy Wonka
    November 12, 2016 at 12:03 pm

  5. 10 vcprezofan2
    November 12, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Hi TODobots, I’m here somewhere though I do not have much to say. It’s hard to know *what* to say when you still feel blindsided by election results that absolutely make no sense to you! Instead, I’m reading comments quietly, trying to discover answers that make sense to me. IOW, you are not a *alone* even if you don’t see me. 😉

    • 11 Dudette
      November 12, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      {{{{{ vc }}}}}

    • 21 susanne
      November 12, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      feeling the same, vc– speechless, gob-smacked, watchful

      • 22 vcprezofan2
        November 12, 2016 at 3:15 pm

        {{Susanne}} Yea, it’s somewhat hard to step forward when you are caught with your mouth open in shock an looking over your shoulder. Despite knowing that racism wasn’t *over* and recognizing that there are still a lot of racists, bigots and haters in the States, I had genuinely thought there were now enough sane, reasonable people to keep these types in-check. I will never, I don’t think, look at the States the same way again. I cannot see myself visiting any of these ‘red’ states, and frankly at the moment I think I’d be leery to visit anywhere in the US of A. :/

        • 23 susanne
          November 12, 2016 at 4:20 pm

          Interesting point–lots of tourist money flows into this country from international visitors. How likely is it that anyone other than the right-white will be planning trips? And how awful to see an inflow of those deplorables fanning out over our landscapes! Ugh.
          Still, I think it’s safe to come to Hawaii 🙂 We voted very blue, and we are a diverse society of folks who are very accustomed to welcoming a diverse influx of guests.

          • 24 vcprezofan2
            November 12, 2016 at 4:26 pm

            🙂 Your Hawaii plug made me smile. Your islan always seemed sooo far away before, but I just may have to reconsider (especially if you-know-who decides to settle there).

  6. November 12, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Good morning TOD!

    Couldn’t resist 🙂

    Thank you for the lovely comments many of you dear TODers posted yesterday evening. Was really special to read them after a long day!

    #FORWARD Together

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    #FORWARD Together

    take care everyone …. bbl …

    • 47 CEB
      November 12, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      Not because of who is the new president, but because the election removed the blinders from the eyes of those (no one who is a minority by the way) who thought that this country was better than they thought. The cancer of elitism, racism, and misogyny is at the very heart of American life. Money is the god that most bow down to. To keep from the possibility of having to pay their fair share of taxes, a well-to-do and well-educated majority voted for a vile and ignorant man. Their class and position will insulate them to much of the fallout. Bernie Sanders, it appears, knew of what he spoke.

    • 51 Judith Fardig
      November 12, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      Utterly depressing article with the ring of truth! President Obama warned us to vote, campaign volunteers worked tirelessly to get people to do it, and too many did not bother. Shame on us old white men and women most of all!

  13. 52 Dudette
    November 12, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Beauty, grace & dignity. Best FLOTUS ever.

  14. 53 GGAIL
    November 12, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Today it’s cloudy in SoCal, but, not enough to create rain. That’s how I feel, cloudy, but, no tears.
    NW, thanks so much for being the glue that holds TOD together ❤️

    • 54 0388jojothecat
      November 12, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      Morning GGail! So nice to have a day on how a lot of us feel but I too would love for it to rain to wash away the gloominess of this past Tuesday. Good Morning TOD Family! May we all get through this together. I am praying for guidance on how I can best use the anger and hopelessness that I feel.

  15. 57 JER
    November 12, 2016 at 1:18 pm

  16. 58 Dudette
    November 12, 2016 at 1:24 pm

  17. 59 Dudette
    November 12, 2016 at 1:28 pm

  18. 60 Dudette
    November 12, 2016 at 1:32 pm

  19. 61 jacquelineoboomer
    November 12, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    One beautiful thing that happened yesterday was the incredible standing ovation President Obama received at the Veterans Day ceremony.

    Also … think I saw someone suggested we have an Obama Appreciation Day, before his term expires. Great idea. Not that, to many of us, his term will ever expire. If I think what might motivate any of us in future to fight for our country’s values, President Obama and Vice President Biden come to mind first.

    I may get an Obama-Biden tattoo at age 70.

    See y’all later. Thanks, Nerdy, for always being here when we show up, darlin’!!!!

  20. 66 JER
    November 12, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    • 67 CEB
      November 12, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      These marches are fine if they are made up of those who actually voted and if there are concrete plans to challenge voter apathy, and voter suppression, to encourage and groom democrats to run for every local, state and national office, litigation related to the VRA and campaign finance, and finding ways to counter outright lies and disinformation in a sustained and organized way. In other ways we need to be proactive instead of reactive. NC marched and sang in their so-called “Moral Mondays” for two years and little changed. Taking to the streets without a plan is a waste of time and energy (remember Occupy Wall Street?). Finally, we must deal with one of the truths of this election: Brown and Black people showed up and too many White ones did not. One 42 year old who went to one of the protest said that she heard that Hillary was going to win so since she was busy she did not go to vote. How could she win without everyone who supposedly supported her actually show up? And those over 266,000 protest votes In Florida? Really? Now, you want to march and protest? Please! The people who are going to be hurt the most by the ascendency of DT are the large numbers of Black and Brown folks who showed up to try to keep him out of the WH. All of this reactive marching is too little too late.

  21. 70 Dudette
    November 12, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    • 71 Betsy
      November 12, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      Kobach looks like an advertisement for the Aryan race.

    • November 12, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      Bringing over from last thread:

      TOD, TOD. Please, please can you NOT keep putting the face of evil up here. I scroll to read your comments, and am constantly insulted by the horror every few lines. I come here for information but may not be able to continue because it is purely revolting. This is supposed to be about PBO and related issues, some which of course are unsavory, but I can deal with the issues as long as I am not made to puke every few inches or so. As for now, my media is back to Randi Rhodes on YT. Yes, she voted for BS, but threw her full support behind HRC, and she always digs deep for the facts. Sometimes gets it wrong, but rarely. I suggest you all check her out. Leave the KKK media to themselves. They will never change. Money is their god. If we don’t fight hard, we will die. Oh and don’t forget to boycott the sponsors feeding these garbage pits. Straight up.

  22. 77 Dudette
    November 12, 2016 at 2:02 pm

  23. 79 Dudette
    November 12, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Samantha Bee!

  24. 80 Dudette
    November 12, 2016 at 2:23 pm

  25. 81 Dudette
    November 12, 2016 at 2:34 pm

  26. 82 globalcitizenlinda
    November 12, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    • 83 CEB
      November 12, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      The rest of us live in 33 states with Repub. governors and no one left in the federal govt. to stand for us after 1/20/2017. It brings to mind what happened to Black people in the South after federal troops were pulled out as the result of a backroom deal regarding another election.

      • November 12, 2016 at 3:18 pm

        And if only one person in each of those 33 states bothered to vote, they’d still override an infinite number of votes in the other 17. The EC is BROKEN.

        • 85 GGail
          November 12, 2016 at 5:20 pm

          Tally, I agree that the EC is no longer needed in this day of technology. It served its purpose when it took months for the ballots to be collected and counted. That is no longer the case, ergo, EC is no longer needed. The popular vote should be the only means of choosing our next leader in this day and age.

    • 86 globalcitizenlinda
      November 12, 2016 at 6:15 pm

      wondering how many other lawyers are going to stand up for the vulnerable

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    • 89 No Child Left Behind
      November 12, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      It is a global fight, indeed. France is stunned that we elected the Jackass; people now fear that what has happened here can have repercussion across the Atlantic. And it can.

      It’s a reaction motivated by racism and catalyzed by globalization and economic stagnation if not recession. With people competing for limited resources, whites find themselves competing with everyone else. When he doesn’t succeed, he must find a scapegoat, and who better if not the “immigrant”, the minorities, the foreign-born, the Muslim, etc?

      Even with the adoption of so many laws to restrict access to resources and jobs, non-whites still survive (even if they are fewer than their proportions in the population).

      Gerrymandering here, and banlieu ghettos in Europe, coupled with high unemployment among minorities are all designed to keep “us” down. But when mainstream, dominant populations realize that we can still fight in spite of the economic obstacles, they will do all in their power to prevail. The election of the Yellow Jackass is proof. LePen is not far behind if French people don’t get engaged.

      In France, people show the same apathy to their civic duty as we do here. Very few people vote and leave it to others to make the choice for them, hoping that it will be the correct one. They should look across the Atlantic to prevent such a calamity.

      I am still reeling from these elections, remembering how much I wished that the Yellow Jackass win because he would easier to beat. Then I assumed that we would have a normal campaign based on issues and preparation. I couldn’t anticipate that what a lot of people wanted was someone so vile, so vulgar; someone who could lie 5 times in one sentence but who projects strength, masculine strength.

      I couldn’t envision that this jackass would take to the campaign trail his mastered skills of entertainer and play a crowd, whatever the size with lies and fake promise. I also assumed that the media would have held him to the same scrutiny they did HRC or Obama.

      But this jackass got a pass from day one because deep down, he was their friends since he used to entertained them at his towers.

      I could not imagine that the FBI nor a foreign nation could openly intervene in an election. As for Wikileaks, I would like someone to correct me when I state that it, too, was doing the altright’s job.

      But what goes around comes around. I simply hope to be alive and well to see it.

    • November 12, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    • 92 arapaho415
      November 12, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      GA Alycee, hope you’re taking it easy (after yesterday’s experience with the callous, rude people at Olive Garden 😦 ) — hope you didn’t overdo yourself, having to park so far away, just to arrive to abuse. Don’t understand people who won’t give up their seat when they can clearly see that it would help someone else enormously.

      Was going to post this later, since this may be posted as one of the last comments here, but aside from the domestic horror DJT has unleashed (which is NOT a minor point, it’s probably the most historically significant aspect of this abominable administration-elect), but everything was put in place to ensure peace and prosperity in the “homelands” of these #WhiteAmericaFirst deplorables after the carnage and suffering of WWII is being torn asunder.

      Here’s a five-item tweet storm I posted yesterday:

      Link to March 2016 article:

      three more tweets from me…

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  31. November 12, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Everyone needs to go follow @ShaunKing

  32. 106 JER
    November 12, 2016 at 4:34 pm

  33. 107 JER
    November 12, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    The vibrant colors of Fall in Philadelphia along Chamounix Drive. @ChuckP6abc

  34. 108 GGail
    November 12, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    While America’s racism is bubbling to the surface for the World to see and cluck over…it nevertheless is very alive and well in other countries…except, no one wants to talk about it. So I did a little goggling to remind myself that America is not alone in this sickness

    For not paying attention. For believing our own hype about inclusion. For looking down our noses at America and ignorantly thinking, “That would never happen here.” For not acknowledging Canada has a race problem.
    We do and it is bad. We might agree that “something” should be done about the missing and murdered women. In Ottawa a few policy wonks write fretful memos on land claims and pipelines. But collectively, we don’t say it out loud: “Canada has a race problem.”

    I’m not going to list and post each country, I am just pointing out that this is world-wide and not just in America.

    • 109 nospin
      November 12, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      GGail, doesn’t matter. We live in the good ole USA and our racism is front and center for the world to see. As FLOTUS warned, if Trump is elected, America loses all moral standing and can’t say anything about any other nation.

      For America to elect someone who is the lowest form of a bottom feeder and showed you who he was from the very beginning ….the curtain is ripped away, the lights are on and what is showing in the mirror is front and center for all to see.

      Maybe now, we will finally deal with it.

      • 110 GGAIL
        November 12, 2016 at 6:36 pm

        Maybe other countries will at least acknowledge theirs too. Ours seems to be the only ugly that’s pointed out front and center. Which is highly unfair.

  35. November 12, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    A friend passed this along. It is the first thing I have read that gives me a teenie tiny bit of hope or encouragement. I agree with most of it. I do question what he says about Chuck Schumer being a bad ass from NY. Few other things I also question, but overall, he makes good points.

    View at Medium.com

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  37. November 12, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    I really like this guy:

  38. November 12, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Another good piece, especially for any of you who interact and deal with “Christians.” EXCELLENT read. Don’t miss.


  39. 118 desertflower
    November 12, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    • 119 CEB
      November 12, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      Russia and China are going to own us. While many treated the election like a reality tv show, these countries have been maneuvering for years and now they will strike. PBO tried to warns us and put into place things that can stem the tide to a trickle, but we cannot afford ignorant people in high places. In the end, those who will cry the loudest are the media enablers and those, especially the monied and highly educated, who vote for this vile clown and those who did not vote at all. The only thing that will help us is the prayers of the righteous and that help is not likely to be in the form that many expect.
      I have grown tired of the faux rage and the post-mortems. The result is in, it is real, there are real world consequences, and there is no savior. Time to prepare for the next mid-term elections. Meanwhile, it is an unfettered open season and Brown and Black people and we are just trying to stay alive to come home to our families. We did what the democrats asked us to do and we were betrayed by those who were too busy or who voted 3rd party candidates. We are always the good soldiers, the reliable ones, the ones who try to prove their worth and loyalty, and each time throughout history, we are betrayed and left alone to deal with the brutal fallout.

  40. 120 99ts
    November 12, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    John Kerry still working hard – our racist anti immigration government is being helped to get out of a disaster they got themselves into. Lots of trump lovers in my part of the world

    John Kerry confirms US considering Nauru, Manus Island refugee resettlement deal

    No way will PBO EVER be a lame duck.

  41. 122 purpleshoesla
    November 12, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    I’ve been thinking a lot about the meeting between Trump and Obama at the White House, and here’s the thing.

    Obama used to be a law professor. This is key.

    Law school is so, so different from college.

    In college, everyone expects there to be a “syllabus day,” kind of a grace period where they can show up and get the lay of the land, figure out the bare minimum that they can get away with, the TA gives everyone their office hours, there’s an introductory lecture, and everybody leaves a few minutes early to go take a nap or something. You do the bullshit assignments, you say something in class now and then to get your participation check mark, and figure out how badly you can do on the final and still pass.

    But see, in law school, all the methodologies you’ve spent the last 17 years operating under go out the window. Day one of law school is you being thrown into the deep end of the pool—you’ve had a homework assignment for two weeks now, and it’s to read the first 200 pages of your casebook. And now it’s you and the teacher (who is usually as smug as Alex Trebek) gauging and assessing what you managed to absorb while you skimmed through all those pages of reading so you could hurry up and get to the other 150 pages of reading for your next period class, in front of 50 people who are all smarter than you. And if you fuck up, or you didn’t do the reading, you are at the mercies of not just the professor, but the silent satisfied judgment of your peers.


    Yesterday when I was driving home, the NPR reporter talking about the Oval Office meeting mentioned that Trump had thought it was going to be a “getting to know you” type meeting, but that he was surprised when Obama stretched their talk out to 90 minutes before sending him along to the Capitol building where he met with congressional leaders for more lengthy meetings and stuff he didn’t want to do.

    And he hasn’t even gotten to the actual job yet.

    So think about that as we go into this.

    Trump walked into the Oval Office like a two-pump-chump freshman thinking it was syllabus day, and what he got was the first day of law school, and he hadn’t done the reading like everyone else had, and Professor Obama decided to put him in the hot seat.

    • November 12, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      This afternoon in my car I heard a woman (can’t remember her name), but she was at the WH Thursday when T arrived and guess they were allowed a few minutes in the Oval Office to take pics, etc. before being ushered out. She said T was ‘playing’ with his hands, couldn’t keep them still, wasn’t making eye contact with anyone. She said he was visibly “out of his comfort zone” shall we say. She stressed that it was so obvious how nervous he was. lol Sucker……

    • 124 dee
      November 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      I do hope that the info will leak out that “the Emperor Has No Clothes”. Can’t just “go on your gut” with one Donald! Wait till he gets his daily briefings…..

  42. 126 99ts
    November 12, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    couple of days old – but if you haven’t seen it

    It’s perfectly fine to point out to people who voted for racism, that indeed, this is what they voted for. And also that if owning up to the fact that they voted for racism is uncomfortable for them, they should take a moment to think about how bad it is for the targets of that racism, and how bad it has yet to get.


  43. 128 desertflower
    November 12, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    NO…you didn’t WIN you stupid POS! The people voted AGAINST YOU!

  44. 132 jacquelineoboomer
    November 12, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Wishful Thinking 101. My friend’s daughter just posted this. Gimme some of that! Unfortunately …

    “I wish there was a magical political way for all of us Democrats and those who voted for Hillary could be shielded for the next four years by any decisions that Trump makes, like somehow we can be grandfathered in to not be affected by anything.”

  45. 133 catrst
    November 13, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Finding gratitude in the wilderness we are in right now will be important for morale and for courage. I am grateful for everyone that voted for Hillary Clinton. I am grateful that HIllary Clinton chose to embrace respect, empower and include as a path forward. I am grateful our President exists and is in office. I am grateful our precious Obama Diary is still here for us today and for the miracle of all the lovely and truth based people that read and comment here. I am grateful to NW for her service to us. Blessing on our day and our path of resistance to evil and self centeredness.

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