Early Bird Chat: The President’s Day One In Berlin


President Barack Obama passes the Brandenburg Gate while walking from the US Embassy to the Arlon Hotel in Berlin, Germany






President Barack Obama is greeted by Chancellor Angela Merkel upon arrival at the chancellery





President Barack Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a joint press conference





142 Responses to “Early Bird Chat: The President’s Day One In Berlin”

  1. 1 jewelz
    November 18, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Good morning TODs! Nerdy, thanks for everything you do.

  2. 2 Judith Fardig
    November 18, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Morning Jewelz, Morning Nerdy and all. I needed this glory this morning.

    • 4 GGAIL
      November 18, 2016 at 9:35 am

      JER, you find awesome pics and information. Thank you so much 😊

    • 5 CEB
      November 18, 2016 at 9:43 am

      You always find and post the best photos that show us PBO’s activities almost in real time. They are often images that I had not seen. You also always keep in mind to whom this blog is dedicated and your posts are as cooling and calming winds and sunny days. Thanks so much for all that you contribute here.

      November 18, 2016 at 10:01 am


  3. 12 GGAIL
    November 18, 2016 at 9:26 am

    NW, bless you for keeping PBO front and center on TOD ❤️

  4. 17 CEB
    November 18, 2016 at 9:31 am

    GM, TOD obama.
    NW, thanks for being our your guide on this last foreign trip with our president forever. Thank you so much for taking time out of your very busy life to keeping the doors . From what I have been able to reduce from your posts and tweets, you are the epitome of the young leader for the future that PBO has spent so many years developing. I know that you will continue to be a light and a force for the right kind of lasting change that will help this country to be more just, fair, equal and true.

  5. November 18, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Happy Friday TODers

    Nerdy, thank you so much for keeping this space running.


  6. November 18, 2016 at 9:50 am

  7. November 18, 2016 at 10:16 am

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

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

    To all, I hope you have a jaw-dropping, heart-throbbing, and foot-stomping jolly-good-time today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  8. November 18, 2016 at 10:17 am

    We’re Still On Medicare Phase Out Plan

    Published NOVEMBER 17, 2016, 9:00 AM EDT

    In case you missed this, yesterday evening we published our first checklist of where members of Congress stand on Paul Ryan’s plan to phase out Medicare and replace it with vouchers for private insurance. A few things to keep in mind for analyzing it and seeing what you can find out from your representative or senator. First, there are lots and lots of Democrats who either are stating vague opposition or are not saying where they stand at all. If they’re still vague or not stating a position at all, that’s very, very dangerous for the future of Medicare. Like every other member of Congress, they won’t state a flat and categorical decision unless pressed. And frankly, from what I can see, most of the these folks are still cuddling with comfort novels or awkwardly singing in dive bars over their third beer. It’s sad. But they’re totally not focusing on this. Trust me. Bigly.

    Next, this is all about word play and bamboozlement. So you need to listen closely. For instance, yesterday up on the hill Marco Rubio told our reporter that he opposed “privatization” of Medicare. That’s great. But people tend to come up with their own definitions of what ‘privatization’ means. Because right after that he said: “I don’t want to change it for people that are on it now, but I do think for future generations it will have to look different.”

    Those are the code words people usually use to signal support for Ryan-style Medicare phase out. So I would say Rubio more than likely does support Medicare phase-out. But it’s ambiguous and it seems like he at least wants to make people think he doesn’t support it. You will hear a lot of people playing these games. So to get the real story it’s important to press.

    • November 18, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      Yeah – because for future generations like me, coming up in less than a decade, it’s going to need to be better, and more comprehensive, and we’re going to need more SS too, due to cost of living shooting through the roof thanks to the GOP and another incoming economic train wreck they’re so good at creating…

  9. November 18, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Good morning. Can someone please Google Forsetti’s Justice–On Rural America: Understanding Isn’t the Problem. Then post the link. It is excellent insight. I KNOW because this is ‘my people’, my family!!!! I’m on my iPad and don’t know how to copy and paste on it. Thanks.

    I’m guessing it is much like the one mentioned at end of last thread. Trust me, it offers excellent insight to our fellow citizens/neighbors/family.

  10. 41 Don
    November 18, 2016 at 10:26 am

    If you have to announce that you’ll have an “outreach” to minorities or any other group, in my humble opinion that tells me that you didn’t give a fuck about minorities in the first place.

  11. November 18, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Hay guys is the December Issue of Vogue on the stand yet? You know the one with FLOTUS on cover.

  12. November 18, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Republican proposes charging anti-Trump protesters with ‘economic terrorism’
    The Hill

    Brooke Seipel

    A Republican state lawmaker is proposing a bill that would allow authorities to charge protesters with committing “economic terrorism.”

    Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen proposed the bill Wednesday that would also allow authorities to charge protesters with felonies for a range of other crimes already on the books.

    “I respect the right to protest, but when it endangers people’s lives and property, it goes too far,” Ericksen said in a press release Wednesday. “Fear, intimidation and vandalism are not a legitimate form of political expression. Those who employ it must be called to account.

    “We are not just going after the people who commit these acts of terrorism,” he added. “We are going after the people who fund them. Wealthy donors should not feel safe in disrupting middle-class jobs.”

    The proposed bill would make protesting a class C felony should it cause any sort of “economic disruption” or “jeopardize human life and property.” Such a proposal would mean violators could face five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.

    • November 18, 2016 at 10:44 am

      America will regret electing these right wing racists bigots. And those that sat on the sideline will regret it too,

    • 46 JER
      November 18, 2016 at 10:52 am

      The United States Constitution explicitly provides for ‘the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances’ in the First Amendment. But all they know about is the Second Amendment.

    • 47 0388jojothecat
      November 18, 2016 at 11:30 am

      That would also include the KKK, Teabaggers, and all Trump voters…….

      • 48 pkayden
        November 18, 2016 at 1:49 pm

        No it wouldn’t. It’s designed to go after leftwing protesters. The bill’s author is a Republica which should tell you all you need to know.

  13. November 18, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Okay first it was the ugly bigots from Clay West Virginia calling FLOTUS “ape in heels”. Now some GOP guy from Tennessee said that the KKK were more American the Barack Obama. That’s the Republican Party.

  14. 50 arapaho415
    November 18, 2016 at 10:44 am

    GM TODville.

    My twitter feed tells me that AF1 is wheels up from Berlin, en route to Lima Peru (no mention of wonderful jazz session posted by JER here from Angela Merkel — what an appropriate tribute, performing one of the truest American art forms, embraced globally).

    Posted on the overnight thread, re-upping for you to see the beauty that awaits PBO and team in Lima:

  15. November 18, 2016 at 10:45 am

    You want Sessions as AG?

    Then pass a new Voting Rights Act that covers the entire country.

    This should be the stance of every Democratic Senator.

    • November 18, 2016 at 11:07 am

      For sure. I cannot stand Jeff Sessions. For that matter, there are nearly zero Republicans in office right now that I can stand.

    • 53 Judith Fardig
      November 18, 2016 at 11:15 am

      No kidding! Still want Congress to hold real hearings on Russian tampering with the election prior to the vote of the Electors.

    • 54 arapaho415
      November 18, 2016 at 11:22 am

      GM rikyrah.

      I’m inclined to agree with GGail and JER — too much horrendous DJT here.

      I am literally sick to my stomach when I read my MSM twitter feeds every. single. morning.

      With zero pushback from US MSM.

      Sick to my stomach…

  16. November 18, 2016 at 11:04 am

    I like Tim Ryan, but IMO Tim, Schumer, Sen. Sherrod Brown , Dixiecrat Joe Manchin, Bernie Sanders, et al, is chasing the Archie Bunker voter that will not vote Dems.

    Ryan, Brown, and Manchin needs to stop misleading their constituents regarding bringing back those old industrial jobs and coal processing to the rust-belt and WV. Hillary, had a viable plan to help the Archie Bunkers, but Ryan, Brown, and Manchin couldn’t convince them.

    So what does Ryan, Bernie, and Manchin offer, that will convince the Archie Bunker voter that wasn’t already offered. Just saying.

    • 57 arapaho415
      November 18, 2016 at 11:29 am

      GM RanMan.

      Dems are attempting to woo the Dems who voted for PBO twice back into the GOP fold — they don’t want to lose these (former) Dems forever. I don’t think it’s a bad strategy.

      No idea whether this is true or just MSM spin — but we can’t lose sight that many of DJT “appointments” (including his cabinet, federal judges, and lower-level appointments require Senate approval — Dems need to either filibuster or persuade two non-insane GOP Senators to block the KKK-fascist nominees).

      • 58 arapaho415
        November 18, 2016 at 11:30 am

        Dang, just as I hit post, saw that I INCORRECTLY said “back into the GOP fold” — Arghhh.

        Of course I meant back home to Dems. 😳

      • November 18, 2016 at 12:38 pm

        Chasing the Archie Bunker voter is absolutely foolish and suicidal for the Dem-Party. Full Stop! They’re a dying breed. Dems need to find out why approximately 47% of POC & others did not vote.

        IMO, no face time should be given to anybody that advocates chasing the Archie Bunker voter. Bernie Sanders, Joe Manchin, Sherrod Brown, Tim Ryan, call all GFTS 🖕🖕🖕

  17. November 18, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Good day TOD …. ‘sign me up’ …..

    Precisely …..

  18. November 18, 2016 at 11:35 am

    This may seem trivial, but dressing someone is a very personal interaction. I hope other designers stand up.

  19. November 18, 2016 at 11:53 am

    The world would be a very different place if women were the leaders of governments, institutions and corporations ….

    They would certainly know where to aim, if they had to ….

    take care everyone … back to work ….

    #FORWARD Together

  20. November 18, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Thank you, JER. This is the kind of thing that gives me life right now.

  21. November 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    The voicemail has been full for a long time but is now function. Just called and left this message:

    I’m calling to insist that the House Oversight Committee investigate Trump’s extensive political and financial conflicts of interest both before and after the election. It is imperative for our democracy.


  22. 90 arapaho415
    November 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Gotta run, BBL.

    From Meta’s TL:

    Also from Meta’s TL:

    And this…

  23. November 18, 2016 at 12:01 pm

  24. 95 JER
    November 18, 2016 at 12:02 pm

  25. November 18, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Newly elected, so doesn’t have a Senate phone number yet but we can tweet her.

  26. November 18, 2016 at 12:21 pm

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  28. November 18, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Nevada’s newly elected Senator.

  29. 105 FoxfireTX
    November 18, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Good day TOD! Nerdy, thanks for starting our day with these gorgeous photos. And JER, thank you for posting the jazz video per Angela Merkel. It was beautiful listening for a Friday morning!

    Looking forward to PBO’s time in Peru! That part of the world is special to me, my daughter is Bolivian and I considered adopting from Peru decades now ago. Several friends have kids from Peru. We have been extremely fortunate here in Fort Worth (one of the few good things I find here) to have an internationally renowned Peruvian conductor as the Music Director for the FW Symphony Orchestra for 17 years. In addition to his traditional role, his passion has been to locate, preserve and disseminate the traditional music of the Americas through his Caminos del Inka project. As a result, we have had some outstanding musicians from Peru perform here and seen up close many of the ancient musical instruments that have been preserved and resurrected through his work. It has felt like a beautiful golden nugget in the midst of red TX:-)

    And on the energy front:

    So going to miss having someone with this level of expertise in charge of our government’s energy future. I must say I have always loved Secretary Moniz’s quirkiness.

    • 106 arapaho415
      November 18, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      GA FFTX.

      Lovely to hear about your special connection to Peru.

      Bolivia, like all land-locked countries of the world with no sea access are especially deprived, from an economic and logistical perspective — think of the gyrations and deals the US has had to make to get supplies into Afghanistan.

      The US is indeed blessed to be able to sing about “from-sea-to-shining-sea,” (also true for most countries in Central America and all countries in North America).

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  33. 113 hopefruit2
    November 18, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Good afternoon Nerdy & TOD! Thanks Nerdy for your extensive coverage of our President’s final trip abroad (as US President). Wishing everyone a pleasant Friday. 🙂

  34. 115 hopefruit2
    November 18, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    I guess most people are aware of this by now, but it’s worth posting, and very telling. I will cite an excerpt

    HEADLINE: Election spikes calls to suicide-prevention, crisis hotlines

    // “Calls and texts to suicide-prevention and crisis hotlines spiked on Election Day and into the night, which representatives said was unexpected and unprecedented for any recent election.” //


  35. November 18, 2016 at 2:01 pm

  36. November 18, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Good afternoon TOD!

    Remember this ….

    FT covered VP Biden’s statements with an interesting photo …..

  37. November 18, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Please God, safeguard the voice of Rep. John Lewis.

  38. November 18, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    So, I asked the obvious follow–up question …

    back to work ….

  39. 130 Nena20409
    November 18, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Isn’t this Hypocrisy at it’s most Wickedness?

    Hello TOD.
    It’s getting back to bases, MN style , weather-wise. It will snow today. 6 to 10 inches from 55F yesterday.
    THanks, NW. ❤ what you do for TODbots.
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners since last Evening, starting with this post.
    {{{{ ❤ Chips ❤ }}}}

  40. 131 JER
    November 18, 2016 at 3:01 pm

  41. 132 JER
    November 18, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Tomorrow 2:30 p.m. in the @pucp the Pdte. Obama will talk with more than 1,000 young leaders of America Latin and Caribbean from @YLAINetwork #ObamaenPerú

  42. 135 GGail
    November 18, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    arapaho, I have to confess to you…this morning was cold enough for me to wrap a scarf around my neck 🙂

    • 136 arapaho415
      November 18, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      😀 GA GGail.

      I LOVE scarves — when growing up here, was jealous of east coast Fall Fashion — seemed it was either too warm (Indian Summer) or then too cold (bundled up in the mornings, then having to lug around coats when it warmed up in the afternoon).

      Temps are nice now, but there’s a cold wind where I am (but not in areas south and west of me) — windbreaker time, not the height of fashion, sadly.

  43. November 18, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Don’t expect better. Organize. Fight back. Stand up for yourself, and for anyone under attack.

    Take a self-defense class. Film acts of hate. Share them. Get together with your friends and make a plan of what would happen if one of you gets attacked. Create safe spaces. Protest peacefully, but when you see someone using violence to intimidate someone, throw a punch (or a baseball bat). Don’t ever throw the first punch, but don’t ever let a bully get away with throwing it, either.

    Make sure your member of Congress and Senators – no matter who they are – hear from you.

    Remember that we are the majority. More people voted for our candidate – way more – than for the orange hate nugget. Let’s pledge not to tolerate hatred and bigotry. Let’s pledge to fight it everywhere – whether by debate at Thanksgiving, by protest on the streets, by coming to the defense of someone under threat, by defending ourselves – and let’s pledge to make every bully regret the day they decided to cross us.

  44. November 18, 2016 at 3:31 pm

  45. 139 Nena20409
    November 18, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Hmm? I wonder which Nation or Billionaire is footing this bill?

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