133 Responses to “Early Bird Chat: Press Conference”


  1. 2 jackiegrumbacher
    May 26, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Morning Nerdy and Don. Hope Chips and her mom are okay. Thanks for taking the morning wake up, NW.

  2. 4 cd4biden
    May 26, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Congrats on first Don. And good morning everyone. I guess everyone is sleeping in this morning. I’m up early thanks to my kitties wanting an early breakfast. Hope everyone has a great day. 🙂

  3. 5 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    May 26, 2016 at 8:33 am

    AWESOME..I’M FINALLY ON TIME FOR SOMETHING!

  4. 6 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    May 26, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I’M NOT SURE WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT IN THIS CASE IN OKINAWA..I DO KNOW THE PEOPLE THERE HAVE WANTED OUR BASE OUT DUE TO MILITARY BEHAVIOR! UNFORTUNATELY OUR MALE SOLDIERS HAVE NOT BEEN LEADING EXAMPLES FOR JAPANESE FEMALES…I’VE SEEN THIS..HAVING LIVED IN BASE HOUSING.

    • 7 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      May 26, 2016 at 8:41 am

      I CAN TELL YOU THAT OUR MARINES THROUGH THE YEARS HAVE DONE A GREAT DISS—-ERVICE TO JAPANESE WOMEN THAT THEY BRING HOME…DON’T GET ME STARTED!

      • 8 SUEDUVALLSMITH
        May 26, 2016 at 8:44 am

        THE BEHAVIOR OF OUR SOLDIERS IN OKINAWA HAS NOT BEEN GOOD UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!..THE GRACE OF THE JAPANESE FEMALE HAS BEEN CHALLENGED BY THOSE WHO THINK THEY ARE IO BE USED AS SERVANTS!

        • 9 SUEDUVALLSMITH
          May 26, 2016 at 8:47 am

          AKA…SEX SLAVES AS WELL…………………THE PEOPLE OF OKINAWA HAVE LONG WANTED THE US SOLDIERS GONE AND RIGHTFULLY SO…THEY HAVE ABUSED THEIR STATION.

          • 10 SUEDUVALLSMITH
            May 26, 2016 at 8:54 am

            THEY HAVE ALSO TAKEN JAPANESE WIVES TO THE STATES..USED THEM..HAD CHILDREN…THEN DUMPED THEM..I HAVE NOTHING GOOD TO SAY ABOUT THE STATUS OF RELATIONSHIPS IN OKINAWA!..THIS HAS GONE ON FOR DECADES. THE WORST OF IT IS..THE SOLDIERS MAKE FUN OF IT!,,OKINAWA IS A JOKE TO THEM!

  5. 11 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    May 26, 2016 at 8:40 am

    THANKING PBO FOR HIS VISIT TO HIROSHIMA…INDEED!..I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!

  6. May 26, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Gooooooooood Morning…TOD….

    Thanks for the coverage of the FLOTUS and the WH Talent show…..going to miss FLOTUS when she leaves the WH….

    I hope MsChipsss and Mom are doing well….keeping them both in my prayers

  7. 14 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    May 26, 2016 at 8:56 am

    THE TRUTH HURTS SOMETIMES!

  8. 15 hopefruit2
    May 26, 2016 at 8:56 am

    G’morning Nerdy & TOD! Congrats Sir Don on #1! 🙂

    Hope all is going okay with Chips and her mom – sending them positive vibes. Thanks Nerdy for so kindly holding down the fort while our Chips is away.

  9. 17 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    May 26, 2016 at 8:59 am

    FRANKLY…WE ARE BLESSED THAT THE JAPANESE EVEN TALK TO US..I ASSUME PBO IS UNAWARE OF THIS HISTORY..I LIVED IN IT AT THE MILITARY BASES…VERY SAD!

  10. 18 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    May 26, 2016 at 9:00 am

    WE SCREW THEM AND BOMB THEM…BBL……………:(

  11. 19 JER
    May 26, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Good Morning Nerdy and TOD.

  12. 29 GGAIL
    May 26, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Good West Coast morning NW & TOD family.

  13. May 26, 2016 at 9:26 am

    President Obama (in Japan) on Trump today……an ignorance of world affairs or a cavalier attitude or an interest in getting tweets and headlines instead of actually thinking through what it is required to keep America safe and secure and prosperous.

  14. May 26, 2016 at 9:31 am

  15. 44 Don
    May 26, 2016 at 9:33 am

    It is unfathomable that I have to deal with a prick that takes a week just to reply to my email. Do people not understand deadlines or that time sensitive material is marked time sensitive for a goddamn reason? Four more fucking years and I can retire. And to make matters worse, last night I purchased two tickets to see the X-Men this weekend and I’m hearing that it’s not a good movie. Why have the forces of good aligned against me, have I not genuflected enough before the gods not to be protected from these indignities?

    • 45 desertflower
      May 26, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Morning, Don…let me just say, sometimes life just happens. When these annoying and ridiculous things happen to me I just know for a fact that karma will take care of that mess. Breathe. It will all work out the way it should. Don’t give the pricks all the power:) Promise your day will get better! The last day of school for us…(not for teachers, but the kids) Yesterday we had our class party and included the other 2 fifth grade classes….by the time it was over I wanted to go sit in my car, rock back and forth, and suck my thumb. I was having a moment. I’m here to laugh about it and tell you today….see? All good! 🙂

      • 46 Don
        May 26, 2016 at 9:49 am

        My son is in the fifth grade and school lets out next week here in Austin Texas. On behalf of all the parents that have fifth graders, I’m sorry for all the drama they’ve caused you this year. I know well about rocking back and forth, with his constant falling on the floor and pointing to my shoes and asking me “what are those!” I hope you have a great summer, df.

        • 47 desertflower
          May 26, 2016 at 9:52 am

          You, too sweetness:) We just gotta laugh at the idiocy of life sometimes:) Have a great summer yourself:)

    • 48 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      May 26, 2016 at 9:41 am

      PLEASE DO NOT USE GOD’S NAME IN THAT WAY AND THERE IS BUT ONE AND ALWAYS WILL BE JUST ONE. GOD IS ANGRY WITH AMERICA AND HAS LIFTED HIS HEDGE OF PROTECTION OVER THIS COUNTRY AND OTHERS..WE REAP WHAT WE HAVE SOWN..UNFORTUNATELY THESE DAYS OUR SICK SOCIETY HAS SOWN………….DONALD TRUMP!…THE FIGHT IS ON!

  16. 50 MightyPamela
    May 26, 2016 at 9:50 am

  17. May 26, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    • May 26, 2016 at 10:09 am

      Good morning all. We are traveling to our daughter’s (granddaughter’s preschool graduation). 😍😍. Read an AP story yesterday that said PO’s trip to Japan/Hiroshima is a lose/lose. Of course, the writer “backed up” all the reasons. Whatever! Some will never give him his deserved appreciation.

      • 53 Roberta in MN
        May 26, 2016 at 10:16 am

        I thought, POTUS was in a tough situation in the press conference, especially about the shit going on in Okinawa. I hadn’t even heard about it, not mentioned in our news has it? What that man has to deal with is just amazing. Our Press Corp are shills of the worst kind.

        • May 26, 2016 at 11:15 am

          I just heard about it too Roberta, they say people are upset and some of them want the American troops to go home. I was thinking, maybe it’s time for them to come home.

  18. 55 amk for obama
    May 26, 2016 at 10:13 am

    son unit completed his engineering UG today with 7.5 gpa. #notgoodenough

  19. 61 Roberta in MN
    May 26, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Congrats on 1st Don, and bless you for living TX. Austin is nice, have to agree. Lived in Killeen for 5 years and came back home to sanity. We have our Kooks here too, just not back in the 19th century. LOL. Love you all. Time to work the food bank. BBL.

  20. May 26, 2016 at 10:29 am

  21. 63 vcprezofan2
    May 26, 2016 at 10:30 am

  22. 66 vcprezofan2
    May 26, 2016 at 10:36 am

  23. 67 vcprezofan2
    May 26, 2016 at 10:38 am

    🙂 🙂

  24. May 26, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Good morning, good people.

  25. 69 vcprezofan2
    May 26, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Does sophie grégoire-trudeau’s dress remind you of anything?

  26. 74 99ts
    May 26, 2016 at 10:52 am

    So why are there 9 people in all the pictures of the G7 leaders group? I’m having issues with the maths.

    • 75 cherish0708
      May 26, 2016 at 11:56 am

      Two other people are European Union officials. They had a very nice Japanese dinner together & lasted till late at night.
      PBO is going to Hiroshima tomorrow afternoon (very early morning in US – Japan is 13 hours ahead).
      The Japanese are very happy about this visit (85% approval according to the Asahi Newspaper).
      The Okinawa incident was very unfortunate.
      I felt very sorry for PBO to have to deal with it .The American base in Okinawa is another piece of history coming from WWII.
      Anyway, I’m looking forward to tomorrow although I won’t be able to be there in the Peace Park ( I live in England).
      Good afternoon to everyone!

      • 76 99ts
        May 26, 2016 at 1:07 pm

        Thanks cherish – I live in Australia – we follow PBO around the world 🙂

      • 77 SUEDUVALLSMITH
        May 26, 2016 at 3:00 pm

        I FELT FOR PBO HAVING TO DEAL WITH THAT TOO..HOWEVER…THE ABUSES THERE OF JAPANESE WOMEN ETC., ARE ALSO CURRENT..NOT A THING OF THE PAST..OKINAWA IS NOT CRAZY ABOUT OUR MILITARY BEHAVOR THERE…FOR GOOD REASON!

    • 79 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      May 26, 2016 at 3:05 pm

      THE GOP IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO JEALOUS OF THIS PRESIDENT AND I AM SO PROUD OF HIM..NOONE CAN TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME!

  27. May 26, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Political Animal Blog

    May 26, 2016 8:30 AM
    Here’s How Clinton Will Take On Trump
    By Nancy LeTourneau

    There is a lot of chatter going on right now about how Hillary Clinton will take on Donald Trump. Of course, everyone has an opinion on that. Phillip Rucker identifies the challenge.

    Plotting a general election strategy against Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton’s advisers joke that their challenge feels like Lucille Ball’s in the famed chocolate factory episode of “I Love Lucy.”
    As truffles fly down a conveyor belt, Lucy frantically tries to wrap each one before they pass. Falling behind, she stuffs some under her hat, down her blouse and in her mouth. For the Clinton campaign, the conveyor belt is Trump’s mouth and Twitter feed — and the chocolates are his inflammatory statements.

    Rucker goes on to describe the campaign’s overall message:

    Clinton’s aides say they have settled on the big story they want to tell about Trump: He is a business fraud who has cheated working people for his own gain, and his ideas, temperament and moves to marginalize people by race, gender and creed make him simply unacceptable as commander in chief.
    “Our thesis is that this isn’t just a difference in world views akin to, say, a policy debate between John McCain and Barack Obama in 2008. This is somebody who’s uniquely dangerous and disqualified,” said Brian Fallon, Clinton’s national press secretary.

  28. May 26, 2016 at 11:21 am

    PBS announced Wed. that News Hour co-anchor and managing editor Gwen Ifill will interview President Obama , follow by a town hall in Elkhart, Indiana. The President will take questions from voters and it will air on PBS June 1, 2016 at 8pm.

  29. May 26, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Good morning, TOD! Moving slow; must leave to see the witch doctors in a few.

    Interesting encounter with a Bernbot friend last evening. Cliff notes version:

    1. Around April 10, friend posts long screed on FB regarding ACA, IRS, she’s getting screwed and PBO doesn’t care… Bottom line, she didn’t receive her 1095A from the exchange and they couldn’t find her in the system.

    2. As she’s paid her premiums AND the insurance company HAS received the subsidy from ACA, I recommended that she contact our congresscritter for assistance with getting the 1095A.

    3. On April 15, she posts another long screed, adding her displeasure with lack of response from congresscritter. I called congresscritter’s office, said she was a mutual constituent, outlined her problem, provided her contact info. Turns out, she had twice called the critter’s office, left msg ranting about he situation, HOWEVER, failed to leave contact info.

    4. After intervention, she received form in about 10 days.

    5. Last week, she posted another screed. 2015 vs 2014 income the same; 2015 premium double 2014 (she changed plans); 2014 received refund; 2015, owes IRS $49. I offered to review her return.

    6. Return as prepared was correct, however, incomplete. She’s a part-time student and her preparer HAD NOT applied any education credits. She didn’t recall receiving 1098T from her college. We guesstimated the amount she’s paid for education, pending receipt of the 1098T. Looks like she’s due a refund in the $700 range…

    7. Best I can tell on the ACA, her new exchange plan (which she selected) costs more, and based on income, the exchange overpaid on the subsidy and they are recouping the overpayment. In 2014, they overpaid/recouped $16; 2015 they overpaid/recouped $725. During open season, she’ll need to really review plans and financial implications BEFORE making a selection.

    8. She “loves” Bernie and is so disappointed that I don’t. She felt if “I took the time to get to know him…” My response was “he’s been in DC 30 years, not and outsider, not my first rodeo, been engaged in civics for more than 50 years.” Said we’ll talk about processes AFTER the race is over.

    9. She says she received email asking if she’d like to be a delegate at DNCPhilly. We both found that strange as PA delegates are elected by voters durning primary.

    10. She will vote for Hillary IF BERNIE doesn’t win, however, she’s holding out hope…

    Off to witch doctor. Read you later…

  30. 87 JER
    May 26, 2016 at 11:27 am


    Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama – CanadianPM

  31. 91 JER
    May 26, 2016 at 11:31 am

    • May 26, 2016 at 11:44 am

      Expect Trump response tweet anytime.

    • 93 99ts
      May 26, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      More likely they’re “rattled” by the Americans who would select/vote for Trump.

    • 94 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      May 26, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      RATTLED INDEED..THEY ARE ALL SITTING IN PLUGGED IN CHAIRS WAITING FOR CURRENT EVENTS TO FIZZEL…………..KNEES ARE KNOCKING..AND THE CLOCK IS TICK TOCKING….MY IT CERTAINLY DOES HURT TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR..THE IGNORANCE OF THE GOP IS AMAZING!

  32. 95 JER
    May 26, 2016 at 11:35 am

  33. 101 JER
    May 26, 2016 at 11:40 am

  34. 102 vcprezofan2
    May 26, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Trudeau’s sticking close to his mentor, I see.

  35. May 26, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I have said repeatedly that nobody in the GOP Clown Car actually wanted to do THE WORK of the President.

    They just wanted TO BE President.

    But…..

    What the everloving PHUCK?!?!?

    Chairman of the Board?

    Da phuq?

    Da hail?

    I just can’t.

    And, I say, without equivocation,

    that, if this had come from then Senator Obama’s ‘team’…..

    Or if anyone from Hillary’s team had said this about her…

    it’d be front and center on every newscast.

    ……………………………………..

    There are presidential duties Trump ‘doesn’t want to do’
    05/26/16 10:45 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Paul Manafort, a controversial Republican lobbyist, joined Donald Trump’s team in late March, and at least initially, his task was to help oversee delegate recruiting. It wasn’t long, however, before Manafort worked his way up to effectively running the entire operation: less than two months after joining the campaign, he’s now Trump’s campaign chairman and chief strategist.

    Yesterday, Manafort sat down with the Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman for a fairly long interview, and while the two covered quite a bit of ground, there was one exchange in particular that stood out for me.

    The vice presidential pick will also be part of the process of proving he’s ready for the White House, Manafort said.

    “He needs an experienced person to do the part of the job he doesn’t want to do. He seems himself more as the chairman of the board, than even the CEO, let alone the COO.”

  36. 107 JER
    May 26, 2016 at 12:31 pm

  37. May 26, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Team Trump’s ‘seething mosh pit’ forces key staffer out
    05/26/16 12:30 PM
    By Steve Benen

    Just six weeks ago, Donald Trump’s campaign announced an important new hire: it was bringing on Rick Wiley, Scott Walker’s former campaign manager, to serve as Trump’s national political director. That was April; this is May.

    Trump National Political Director Rick Wiley is no longer with the team, the campaign confirmed in a statement late Wednesday night. When asked if Wiley resigned or was fired, spokeswoman Hope Hicks said that the “statement stands alone.”

    A Trump campaign source with knowledge of the decision tells NBC News that Wiley was largely uncommunicative with field staff that were in place long before he was hired. “He never really got the read for this campaign,” the source said, referencing the campaign’s culture.

    By all accounts, Team Trump is divided into two warring factions: a contingent that sides with Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski and another backing Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort.

    A source close to the campaign told NBC News that the Riley announcement is “a win for Corey.”

    As a rule, it’s tough to care about which faction is up or down on any given day, but there is something important about the larger dynamic. The Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman, a veteran political reporter who’s seen a lot of campaigns come and go, yesterday described “TrumpWorld” as “a seething mosh pit of ambitious egos.”

  38. 111 JER
    May 26, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Soon: Hillary Clinton Speaks at UFCW Legislative and Political Affairs Conference in Las Vegas, NV – http://abcnews.go.com/Live?stream=3

  39. 113 JER
    May 26, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    All aircrew have been recovered and were en route to medical facilities for evaluation, the Navy said in a statement.

  40. May 26, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Cam Newton announced as the first celebrity ambassador for Partnership for a Healthier America. Wednesday Newton flew to D.C. to meet the First Lady. The First Lady will appear on Newton new Nickelodeon show that will debut next week.

  41. May 26, 2016 at 1:54 pm

  42. 117 jacquelineoboomer
    May 26, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Apparently, El Trumpo has “clinched” the GOP nomination, and will yell things from a podium soon. Goodbye, Republican party. You bought that.

    • 118 jacquelineoboomer
      May 26, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      Have it muted, so I can occasionally look-see. Everyone on stage behind him – all nondescript people, not a good-looking one in sight – are looking at the back of his hair like he’s the second coming. Or like they’re the children of the corn.

      Gag.

      • 119 jacquelineoboomer
        May 26, 2016 at 2:19 pm

        Off to sit outside and ponder the flora and fauna, the more intelligent lifeforms.

  43. May 26, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Many difficult aspects in this part of the trip to Japan. Seems to be a situation only PBO could handle with the diplomacy required as part of the job of president *note to Trump.

    • 121 arapaho415
      May 26, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      GA vetivera24.

      The unfortunate rape/murder of a young Okinawan woman allegedly by US ex-Marine has apparently inflamed Japan — a place with very low crime rates (but when crime/murders do occur, they tend to be spectacularly gruesome).

      Absolutely hate how MSM report as if PBO could have done something to prevent this tragedy.

      Posted this over the weekend, but this is from a survivor of the 1945 atomic blasts:

      more…

      • 122 arapaho415
        May 26, 2016 at 3:20 pm

        Hope I’m awake for PBO’s trip to Hiroshima site, but have a feeling I won’t be 😦

        Very moving that survivors of that horrific event will be in attendance. From the article:
        “At least three atomic bomb survivors will attend an event in Hiroshima on Friday when President Barack Obama becomes the first incumbent U.S. leader to visit the site of the world’s first atomic bombing, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported.”

      • May 26, 2016 at 3:33 pm

        I saw the report and heard about it on the news. The G7 is not something PBO could avoid nor could he avoid having to deal with this tragedy. I do appreciate how he handled the situation with the string reassurance that the perpetrator would be held accountable. I can’t imagine Trump having one ounce of the same diplomatic demeanour. Both stories were painful reminders of the things the world needs to abolish. Nuclear weapons and violence against women. Thanks for your reporting on this too.

        • 126 cherish0708
          May 26, 2016 at 4:12 pm

          I totally agree with what you said. One thing I want to report is that PBO is very well liked and respected in Japan.
          So many moving and thoughtful articles were already written about tomorrow’s Hiroshima visit.
          Everyone is longing to hear PBO’s words at the Peace Memorial Park.

  44. 129 JER
    May 26, 2016 at 2:24 pm

  45. 130 JER
    May 26, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Livestreaming here:
    http://livestream.com/sfis/graduation


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