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Early Bird Chat: The President Speaks: Do Your Job, Congress

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111 Responses to “Early Bird Chat: The President Speaks: Do Your Job, Congress”


  1. 1 Allison
    July 1, 2016 at 8:25 am

    GM TOD Family! Have a wonderful Holiday weekend!

    • 2 Judith Fardig
      July 1, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      Congratulations, Allison! Have a wonderful holiday weekend, and take some time to call your member of Congress to demand a vote on universal background checks for all gun sales. Some sham vote on a toothless NRA-backed bill is not going to cut it!

  2. 3 Wanda N VA 4Obama
    July 1, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Congrats Allison! Happy 4th of July weekend TOD!

  3. 4 Wanda N VA 4Obama
    July 1, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Thanks Nerdy for the awesome work you are doing for us in Chip’s absence!

  4. 6 57andfemale
    July 1, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Morning, TOD Family!

  5. 7 jackiegrumbacher
    July 1, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Morning TODers. I think the timing of these tweets means that they are aimed at the people at home who need to ask their so-called reps what the hell they’re doing in DC, collecting paychecks and wasting time. He’s also telling his supporters that these are the kinds of questions we need to raise with voters to plant doubts in their minds about those they sent to the House and Senate. If we asked the average voter the question– “Aside from sitting on his/her rear for the last two years taking taxpayer money, what has your rep done?–I’ll bet most people would be stumped for an answer. If all your elected rep does is say “NO, NO, NO” to the President, then it would be cheaper to replace every GOPer with a robot.

    • July 1, 2016 at 9:06 am

      Excellent analysis!

    • July 1, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      Great analysis Jackie. I’m lucky enough to have an awesome Rep. He participated in the sit-in and had a meeting the other day about needing gun laws. I’m also lucky to live in California where they’re putting forth new strient gun laws.

      Question for everyone; I saw the media bull shit about them making a big deal of Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton meeting. Which brings to mind the investigation by the FBI of Hilary. Isn’t this a total witchunt considering the former Secretaries of State also had private servers? Any thoughts?

  6. July 1, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    Thank you, NW, for your excellence.

    Love to Chips and family. You are in our thoughts.

    The President on NPR:

  7. July 1, 2016 at 9:14 am

  8. 15 MightyPamela
    July 1, 2016 at 9:25 am

    ❤️

  9. 16 GGAIL
    July 1, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Good West Coast morning TOD family. Thanks NW for posting PBO’s informative Tweets. He knows how to use social media – brilliant! We can expect more between now & November.

  10. July 1, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Love the ending on this!!

    • 18 GGAIL
      July 1, 2016 at 11:14 am

      That Shaq is a hoot 😎
      Hey, didn’t Shaq go to Trump for financial guidance during his playing days?
      That PBO is pretty clever. 😄😄😄

  11. 19 57andfemale
    July 1, 2016 at 10:05 am

  12. 20 57andfemale
    July 1, 2016 at 10:34 am

  13. July 1, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  14. July 1, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Just listened to the radio. Head of the Chicago Park District was on. If you have a kid, 17 and under, they can golf for free. Some courses require an adult to play with you, but other courses, if you are a teen, you can play by yourself for FREE.
    FYI: still spots open for Summer Camp around the city.

  15. 27 hopefruit2
    July 1, 2016 at 10:57 am

    G’morning Nerdy & TOD!! Congrats Allison on #1, and Happy Friday everyone 🙂

  16. 28 desertflower
    July 1, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Morning everyone! Happy Friday:) As the wife of a retired Navy man….THIS always bothered me to know end. Being called a “dependent” by the military. Glad to see that someone else was bothered and decided to write a response:)

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-military-spouses-commentary-idUSKCN0ZH3P3

  17. 29 desertflower
    July 1, 2016 at 11:24 am

    • 30 cd4biden
      July 1, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      Well I guess there is no excuse left, is there, for signing up for Netflix. At least for the free week so I can see this video. Thanks for the info df.

      • 31 cd4biden
        July 1, 2016 at 3:59 pm

        Aghh. for “not” signing up. sticky fingers. must eat less cookies while reading TOD 🙂

  18. 32 desertflower
    July 1, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Smh.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/rnc-event-zone-water-guns-banned-real-guns-allowed/ar-AAhP8d6

    Strict rules in place during next month’s Republican National Convention ban Coke cans, glass bottles, tennis balls and “any projectile launcher,” specifically BB guns, paintball guns and water guns from a broad swath of downtown Cleveland. But actual guns are allowed in public areas of the restrictive 1.7 square mile event zone.

    And at least some people traveling to the convention are expected to seek to exercise their right to bear firearms in full view of the public, as allowed by Ohio law, following violent clashes this year outside Donald Trump rallies in cities across the country.

    “You can take my string and you can take my duct tape, but you can’t take my gun – it’s open carry,” says Tim Selaty, director of operations at Citizens for Trump, a coalition of groups including bikers and truckers who support the presumptive GOP nominee.

    Citizens for Trump, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, last week won a ruling from a federal judge shrinking a large event zone in which various weapons and everyday items like canned goods and lumber – but not guns – will be banned.

  19. 34 kid kanga
    July 1, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Happy 4th weekend to all!

    So glad to have been able to follow along on PBO’s latest trip, felt like I was the 4th person at the 3 amigo’s conference.

    Lets hope Trump continues to self destruct and takes the rest of the GOP with him.

  20. July 1, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Terrific coverage Nerdy of both POTUS and FLOTUS. So appreciate your efforts. GOod morning TOD folks. Have a great day.

  21. 36 desertflower
    July 1, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Just wanted to send Chips some good thoughts this morning….positive energy out into the universe for you, love:)

  22. July 1, 2016 at 11:43 am

  23. 42 desertflower
    July 1, 2016 at 11:57 am

    OOOOUUUUU, doggies!

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2016/07/01/matthew_mcconaughey_will_teach_a_filmmaking_class_at_ut_austin_next_semester.html

    This fall, students at the University of Texas at Austin will have the chance to just keep L-E-A-R-N-I-N from none other than Academy Award winner and Nietzschean philsopher Matthew McConaughey. According to the university, the actor is set to co-lead a filmmaking class that will admit 30 upper-level students, and feature recorded instructional videos as well as at least one in-person visit from the actor.

  24. 43 desertflower
    July 1, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Trainwreck.

    http://crooksandliars.com/2016/07/trump-taps-consultant-accused-2014-fraud

    Donald Trump’s choice to run his campaign in Colorado, a key battleground state, is a veteran political consultant who was accused in the last election cycle of defrauding a top conservative super PAC.

    During the 2014 midterm election, Patrick Davis was brought on to help run Vote2ReduceDebt — a cash-flush group launched by an elderly Texas oil tycoon who had no experience in politics but wanted to help elect fiscally conservative lawmakers.

    The group quickly collapsed amid allegations of faked campaign events, destroyed records, fabricated expenses and contracts routed to friends, ProPublica reported last year.

    The group’s director questioned whether events organized by Davis were all they claimed to be. At an Iowa phone bank, the director alleged a caller admitted they were just “pretending to make phone calls” for the benefit of the campaign’s video cameras.

    Davis denied all allegations of wrongdoing, saying he was trying to clean up a troubled PAC. But according to records and interviews, Davis pushed for much of the group’s nearly $3 million to go to organizations run by him or his close associates. He secured payments of about $410,000 from Vote2ReduceDebt to a PAC he founded and helped direct contracts and cash to a company run by a friend.

  25. 44 Nena20409
    July 1, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    TGIF
    Hello TOD Community.
    Congrats to Allison on her Gold ⭐
    Thank You, NW for Keeping TOD informed.
    WH Presser with Josh “The Voice” Earnest is already in Progress, LIVE

  26. 45 Nena20409
    July 1, 2016 at 12:45 pm

  27. 47 JER
    July 1, 2016 at 12:50 pm

  28. 48 Obama Grandmama
    July 1, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Anyone know about a Part 1 Obama show to be aired on OPB tonight (Oregon Public Broadcasting)? I heard part of it on NPR and checked my TiVo schedule not finding it listed. I wonder if it was really the NPR show and the announcer mistakenly said OPB? Is it radio vs tv?

  29. 50 Nena20409
    July 1, 2016 at 12:58 pm

  30. 52 JER
    July 1, 2016 at 1:09 pm

  31. July 1, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Afternoon Everyone 😄

  32. 54 desertflower
    July 1, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks, Obama:)

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-01/u-s-manufacturing-expands-at-fastest-pace-in-more-than-a-year

    Factory activity expanded in June at the fastest clip in more than a year, an encouraging sign that American manufacturers are gaining traction.
    The Institute for Supply Management’s index increased to 53.2 last month, the highest since February 2015 and exceeding the most optimistic projection in a Bloomberg survey of economists, from 51.3 in May, data from the Tempe, Arizona-based group showed Friday.

  33. July 1, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Janelle Monae and Kendrick Lamar will entertain at the annual WH July 4th picnic. Did I just hear this correctly from Josh?

  34. 57 Nena20409
    July 1, 2016 at 1:35 pm

  35. 61 JER
    July 1, 2016 at 1:36 pm


    And they’re off! First Lady Michelle Obama waves before boarding her plane at the Torrejon airbase near Madrid


    The First Lady is pictured looking on as her daughter Sasha and her mother Marian Robinson say goodbye to US ambassador to Spain James Costos and his partner Michael Smith before boarding their plane at the Torrejon airbase

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3669973/The-family-fashion-Michelle-Obama-daughters-Malia-Sasha-style-credentials-step-Madrid.html#ixzz4DBBM3gYd

    • 62 vcprezofan2
      July 1, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      O thank you, JER! There are lots of pics of the (young) ladies at the link. 🙂

      for example:

      • 65 Betsy
        July 1, 2016 at 2:34 pm

        Gorgeous. Happy Canada Day, VC. 😀

        • 66 vcprezofan2
          July 1, 2016 at 2:37 pm

          Thank you kindly, Mrs Cdn-Amer. Happy Canada Day to U 2! 🙂 The weather in my corner sure is trying to make everyone happy. I’ve had rain, cool temps, rain again, and now I’m having a little sunshine. I can actually see my very dry grass perking up. 😀

          • 67 theo67
            July 1, 2016 at 7:26 pm

            Hey VC – Happy Canada Day! 🙂

            • 68 vcprezofan2
              July 1, 2016 at 7:27 pm

              😯 {{{Theo}}}

              Hey, gurl, what’s cooking? Happy Canada Day to you too!

              • 69 theo67
                July 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm

                Just keeping my head above water – getting ready to go out and celebrate the day with a glass of wine with friends. Hope you’re enjoying the day, as well!

                • 70 vcprezofan2
                  July 1, 2016 at 7:46 pm

                  And here I was thinking you’d be swimming heartily by now. Gotta perfect your strokes soon, young lady! 😀 😀 DonnaD asked how you were during the TOD DC trip recently.

                  Yes, I have had a perfect type of VC Canada Day, one in which I did exactly what I wanted to do – go nowhere! Sending Can-Day wishes to your family as well & …..cheers!

                  ps: When are you coming this way again?

                  • 71 theo67
                    July 2, 2016 at 1:06 am

                    lol! I’m not even trying to swim at this point – that’d be asking for too much! I’ll be in Toronto in late August – let’s try and make a plan to have lunch. It’ll be a quick trip, but I’ll definitely have time to connect with you! When I have my exact dates, I’ll send you an email.

          • 73 Betsy
            July 1, 2016 at 7:49 pm

            So glad you’re having a wonderful day; I hope the entire weekend is beautiful. Btw, my son is getting married on Canadian Thanksgiving weekend,(Oct 8th), lol.

            • 74 vcprezofan2
              July 1, 2016 at 7:53 pm

              Felicitations to the family! 🙂
              Does this mean you and hubby will be coming north for the occasion?

              • 75 Betsy
                July 1, 2016 at 7:56 pm

                No, I wish. The wedding is in South Carolina. My son is marrying a delightful young woman who is from there. She’s his equal in everyday and loves him very much. They both are huge Obama fans and voted for him: Jess 2x, and Mark 1x (in 2012, because he became a US citizen in 2009 along with us).

                • 76 vcprezofan2
                  July 1, 2016 at 8:01 pm

                  Sounds good (though I guess if she is American the choice of our Thanksgiving date was a happy happenstance). Well, I wish them both the very best life together.

    • 78 susanne
      July 1, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      This photos of the goodbyes, with Malia on her way up the steps, is so poignant in capturing this moment in her life. Maybe I’m reading my own feelings into this 🙂 .

      • July 1, 2016 at 3:01 pm

        My feelings, too! It’s such a wonderful moment of affection and cherishing a young girl as she grows up. {{{{REALLY reading into it}}}}

    • July 1, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      Thanks JER. FLOTUS, Grandma,Malia and Sasha mad us proud. I’m sure Africa and Spain loved them like we do.

    • 83 Betsy
      July 1, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      When does Malia start her internship at the Embassy in Spain. I had thought she might stay while FLOTUS and Sasha and Mrs. Robinson return to DC, but I guess not.

  36. 86 Nena20409
    July 1, 2016 at 1:53 pm

  37. 87 Nena20409
    July 1, 2016 at 1:54 pm

  38. July 1, 2016 at 2:05 pm

  39. 93 CEB
    July 1, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I just saw that 116 civilians were killed in the recent drone attack against ISIS in which 250 total were killed. If he hasn’t already, PBO will be making a statement about this.

  40. July 1, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Serena won. But the other young lady made her work hard. Wow!!!!!!! 7-6 6-2 6-4 three sets.

  41. July 1, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    As predicted on Monday …. bargain hunters romp ….

    “On top of that, the falls in the immediate aftermath of the vote convinced many investors there were bargains to be had.”

    Specifically ….

    “The FTSE 100 has recorded its best weekly performance since December 2011

    After an initial slump in the first two trading days following the Brexit vote, the index of Britain’s top 100 companies regained all its losses by Wednesday and is now at its best level since last August.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jul/01/post-brexit-apocalypse-why-markets-rising

    I remain unconvinced that the UK will exit the EU ….

    back to work ….

    • 96 arapaho415
      July 1, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      GA Dr. Bob.

      Glad to hear you say that UK will #remain in EU. Consequences of them leaving (as pointed out in one of PBO’s early trips there, when it was described as an island the size of Oregon) will be disastrous for their people — half their trade is with EU, and they will feel the confines of their island if they can’t travel as freely as they want to Spain, Portugal or other welcoming EU climes.

      Their leadership is in a shambles (can’t figure out why fellow Tories Cameron and Johnson were on opposite sides of this issue [unless it’s truly rooted in bigotry, e.g. Boris Johnson’s opinion piece claiming that PBO is really Kenyan, not American]).

  42. 97 desertflower
    July 1, 2016 at 2:47 pm

  43. 98 desertflower
    July 1, 2016 at 2:48 pm

  44. July 1, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Signed, sealed, delivered. Thank you, Governor Brown.

  45. 101 sjterrid
    July 1, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Good afternoon/evening TOD.

    Thank you, Nerdy, for the fantastic coverage of President Obama and FL Michelle Obama and family’s travels overseas. Thank you for keeping this place running during this difficult time for Chips. {{Chips and family}}, younger in my thoughts and prayers.

    To all our Canadian TODers, Happy Canada Day!

    • 102 sjterrid
      July 1, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      I don’t know where “younger came from! That was supposed to be you’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  46. July 1, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Either this guy has multiple personalities, a severe case of CRS (Can’t Remember $h!t), or just doesn’t care…the teleprompter has gone from being a joke to the best thing since…maybe him???

  47. 106 Ladyhawke
    July 1, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Brexit Proponents’ False Promises Crumble

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/28/opinion/brexit-proponents-false-promises-crumble.html?_r=0

    Well, that didn’t take long. Some of the most prominent politicians behind the “Leave” campaign are backing away from the false claims and dubious promises that they made in the run-up to the referendum to take Britain out of the European Union.
    .
    .
    The backtracking by Mr. Johnson and his allies has exposed the venality and cynicism of their campaign — unfortunately for Britain, far too late.

  48. 107 cd4biden
    July 1, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Well I’m heading out for the holiday weekend, so I wanted to wish all the TODers a very Happy 4th of July. And Happy Canada Day to our “cousins” up north as POTUS refers to you all.

    Also, some hugs and peace for our dear Chips and her family. And huge hugs and thank you’s to Miss Nerdy Wonka for stepping it up these last many weeks to help out Chips and TOD.

    Time for some BBQ and fireworks. Enjoy, everyone.

  49. 109 arapaho415
    July 1, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    GA TODville, happy long holiday weekend.

    MSM is chomping at the bit for discord between PBO and HRC on the campaign trail re: trade.

    Last laugh is on them (as usual):


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