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Early Bird Chat

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All Times Eastern

10AM: President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

11:05AM: President Obama departs the White House

12:55PM: President Obama arrives in Atlanta, Georgia

1:35PM: President Obama delivers remarks at the 95th National Convention of Disabled American Veterans

2:45PM: President Obama participates in a DNC fundraiser at a private residence

4PM: President Obama departs Atlanta

5:30PM: President Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews

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127 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


    • 2 vcprezofan2
      August 1, 2016 at 8:17 am

      Don, is that you? 🙂 GM

      Good Morning, everybody! May your Monday be marvelously healthy!
      (I’m peaking in today BEFORE I start my West Wing marathon. We’re now on Season 3.)

      • 3 Don
        August 1, 2016 at 8:43 am

        GM Vcprezofan2!

      • August 1, 2016 at 10:06 am

        Good morning, vc. Great show. I think I choked up at nearly every episode.

      • 11 cd4biden
        August 1, 2016 at 11:00 am

        GM VC,
        That is one of my favorite seasons of the show. So many great episodes. So glad you found additional years, as it is addictive.
        How is son unit doing? Say hi.

        • 12 vcprezofan2
          August 1, 2016 at 11:04 am

          Morning, CD. How’s ya doing? Offspring is fine, and planning to head back to his studies in less than two weeks. 😀 😀 This means that he will want to see all the seasons before he leaves….Yea!!! [He’s put a ban on me watching when he’s out with friends because he wants us to watch together.]

          • 13 Dudette
            August 1, 2016 at 11:17 am

            Aw! That’s sweet! Say hi to him from me as well.

            • 14 vcprezofan2
              August 1, 2016 at 11:31 am

              He said, and I quote, “Say ‘Hi’ back. Also if she is a fan of ‘West Wing’ tell her I’m enjoying it”.

              • 15 Dudette
                August 1, 2016 at 11:35 am

                You have raised a fine young man with discernment & grace far beyond his years.

                • 16 vcprezofan2
                  August 1, 2016 at 11:43 am

                  🙂 🙂 TY, though I can’t take credit for either.

                  • 17 Dudette
                    August 1, 2016 at 11:45 am

                    You absolutely can. 😌

                    • 18 cd4biden
                      August 1, 2016 at 12:02 pm

                      Morning Dudette! And I agree with VC’s offspring. It is so much better to watch West Wing with someone. Although I have not minded watching it again and again on my own. I fell so in love with it I bought the whole series so I don’t have to compete with others to get the library copies in the proper order. Wishing you a great rest of the summer before he heads back to school (wow that’s early!) and a great school year for him as well.

      • 19 Dudette
        August 1, 2016 at 11:15 am

        Best TV Show EVER!

      • 23 Obama Grandmama
        August 1, 2016 at 11:33 am

        It is great. I never saw West Wing in real time. I was a working mother with four kids and a husband. He had company closings to perform with many unpaid overtime hours. I had lesson plans, and classroom papers to correct at home as well as being taxi mom. I was lucky to get to sleep.
        First, I caught a few episodes in reruns on tv after I retired. Not liking them out of order I lined them up in my mail order Netflix que and watched them that way. My son then loaned me his entire seven season dvd set and I watched it again. Then I rewatched it for a third time on streaming Netflix. By the third time it was more background noise as I like to multitask. I was repeating dialogue as it was being said by then. It is my all time favorite series. No wonder I am into politics.

        • 24 vcprezofan2
          August 1, 2016 at 11:41 am

          Hi, OG. I sure can see myself watching this again, which is unusual for me as I not a political. It is extremely well- written and well-acted. I’m a new fan, over-eager in the way of new fans. 🙂

        • 25 Dudette
          August 1, 2016 at 11:43 am

          Yep. I’ve been through my set 6 times. Still can’t help hearing the theme music in my head whenever I see PBO walk into or out of the White House, or get on/off Marine One and Air Force One. It’s automatic.

          Looks like I’m not alone. 😀

          • 26 cd4biden
            August 1, 2016 at 12:08 pm

            OMG, Dudette, how did I miss that?!? Fabulous. And I love the opening music. It is so powerful and stirring. Makes you want to rise up out of your chair and stand at attention or with your hand on your heart. Of course that probably doesn’t happen to those who’ve never seen the show. 🙂

  1. 28 vcprezofan2
    August 1, 2016 at 8:19 am

    (Early) Morning to you NerdyW! Have a wonderful Monday (with a little extra sleep thrown in somewhere).

  2. 29 vcprezofan2
    August 1, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Howdy, Ms Chips Chica!. It’s been a little while since I’ve sent you a hug, so ….

    CC, if you see this, do give Master DannyO a pat or two on the head from his Aunty VC who misses ‘fighting’ with him.

  3. 31 MightyPamela
    August 1, 2016 at 8:32 am

  4. 32 JER
    August 1, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Good Morning NW and TOD.

    • 33 Don
      August 1, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Yep, and that’s where we need to be vigilant in getting out the vote in the congressional races. Everything from county commissioner all the way up to the Presidency.

    • 34 amk for obama
      August 1, 2016 at 9:10 am

      Yup. that’s where the real power lies for them. Lies in its both meanings.

  5. 35 jackiegrumbacher
    August 1, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Morning all. Each day the evil that is Donald Trump confronts us like a dark and ugly nightmare. I think that if anyone is/was lukewarm about Hillary Clinton or wishes this were a third term for President Obama, it’s time to put those feelings aside, as difficult as that may be, and commit to an all out effort to elect our Dem nominee. She is now the only one standing between us and the utter destruction of American democracy and decency. We need to move outside of our collective comfort zones and work as hard and as long as we did in 2008 and 2012. Our goal should be to wake up on November 9 with no regret that we could have done more to save our country. Nazism threatened the US in World War II in the guise of Adolf Hitler. It comes now in the guise of Donald Trump. The threat may look different, but it’s just as deadly.

  6. August 1, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Good morning and thank you for everything you do, Nerdy.

    Good morning, TODville. These Trump blunders are piling up. And they are not going away.

    • 46 jackiegrumbacher
      August 1, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Meta, I hope ALL Gold Star mothers work together in support of Mrs. Khan. Make this a battle between Donald and the mothers of our fallen service members. Right now Trump is trying to paint Mr. Khan as a terrorist agent. Make him declare all Gold Star moms are terrorists if they speak against him and force Republicans to say whether they support the demonizing of grieving motherhood!!! The Khans cannot be aloud to become scapegoats for his bigotry.

      • 47 No Child Left Behind
        August 1, 2016 at 9:07 am

        Good Morning TODVille.

        JG, I am happy that the story is keeping the headlight on The Donald. Brilliant.

        The controversy over Donald Trump’s attacks on the family of a slain American soldier continued to rage Monday.
        Khizr and Ghazala Khan appeared on CNN’s “New Day” in which Khizr Khan criticized Trump and pleaded for unity and empathy.
        Kahn stressed the need to work with Muslim communities to combat radicalization, while again slamming Trump for his divisive rhetoric.
        “Communities coming together is the solution,” he said. “We are as concerned as Donald Trump is about the safety of this country. We are a testament to the goodness of this country.”
        At almost the same time, Sen. John McCain issue a statement blasting Trump’s comments about the Khans and paying homage to their son Humayun’s sacrifice.
        “It is time for Donald Trump to set the example for our country and the future of the Republican Party,” McCain said. “While our Party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us.

        “Lastly, I’d like to say to Mr. and Mrs. Khan: thank you for immigrating to America. We’re a better country because of you. And you are certainly right; your son was the best of America, and the memory of his sacrifice will make us a better nation – and he will never be forgotten.”
        CNN

      • 48 cd4biden
        August 1, 2016 at 12:14 pm

        GM JackieG. Considering how many Americans have been killed in these wars I can imagine there are quite a lot of Gold Star mothers throughout the country. And we all know you never want to mess with a momma lion about her babies. These women could be a very powerful force for HRC to tap into. Heck for all of us to tap into to GOTV. Go GS Moms!!

  7. 49 No Child Left Behind
    August 1, 2016 at 9:11 am

  8. 60 GGAIL
    August 1, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Good West Coast morning TOD family.

  9. 62 No Child Left Behind
    August 1, 2016 at 9:26 am

    I guess I’ve better take a refresher in statistics because here we go again with the 1% warning. Annoying.

  10. 65 No Child Left Behind
    August 1, 2016 at 9:28 am

  11. August 1, 2016 at 9:32 am

    please folks have no humanity…none

  12. August 1, 2016 at 9:35 am

    OMG, I’m seeing this stage for the first time. The size of that sign is so disgusting and egotistic, emblematic of Trump’s entire life. What a freakin’ joke!

  13. 72 No Child Left Behind
    August 1, 2016 at 9:37 am

    The Donald’s sanity was also raised by Michael Bloomberg. Tragic.

  14. August 1, 2016 at 9:44 am

  15. 74 No Child Left Behind
    August 1, 2016 at 9:50 am

  16. August 1, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Thank you NW.

    Preparation to clear #DAESH from #Mosul is underway …

  17. 76 No Child Left Behind
    August 1, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Meanwhile, from Bernieland, erosion is palpable. Sad.

  18. 79 Don
    August 1, 2016 at 9:59 am

    When I was a kid I mowed the neighbor’s yard, I thought I was being paid by the husband but I was actually being paid by the wife. So it’s okay if Trump’s campaign manager isn’t being paid by Trump, but is being paid by a foreign leader that invaded another country, no harm no foul.

  19. 80 No Child Left Behind
    August 1, 2016 at 10:00 am

    • 81 arapaho415
      August 1, 2016 at 10:38 am

      GM NCLB.

      Pitch-perfect response from @GoBrooklyn:

      In response to this:

    • August 1, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      the Money Lines…from the article

      It’s a common observation on the left, but it’s an observation that a lot of us on the right genuinely believed wasn’t true — which is that conservatism has become, and has been for some time, much more about white identity politics than it has been about conservative political philosophy. I think today, even now, a lot of conservatives have not come to terms with that problem.

  20. 83 No Child Left Behind
    August 1, 2016 at 10:02 am

    More in everything. Good.

  21. 84 Don
    August 1, 2016 at 10:02 am

    I said it a long time ago right here at TOD, I said that Trump will go insane and now everyone is jumping on the bandwagon. I feel as though I won’t be given full credit for predicting Trump’s eventual descent into madness.

  22. 103 No Child Left Behind
    August 1, 2016 at 10:05 am

    • 104 0388jojothecat
      August 1, 2016 at 11:57 am

      Or that he ever served in the military or did the things he did to deserve the Bronze Star or Medal of Honor or that he’s even dead. I am sure he is saying this privately to his kids and inner circle…..

  23. August 1, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  24. 106 No Child Left Behind
    August 1, 2016 at 10:15 am

  25. August 1, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Uh huh
    Uh huh

    Understanding the Trump-Khan War
    By JOSH MARSHALL
    Published JULY 31, 2016, 8:55 PM EDT
    There are smart terrible people and dumb terrible people. While they’re both dangerous in positions of power, the dangers they represent are significantly different. We’ve been watching the now multi-day war between Donald Trump and the Khan family. Trump has managed the amazing feat of finding himself savaging the mother of a dead American soldier who literally had never said a word against him. What is most important about understanding what is happening here, however, is not the callousness or shamelessness of Trump’s behavior. It is that it all could have been so easily avoided – not the damage to the Khan family but the damage to Trump himself. This may seem like a perverse way of looking at what has unfolded. But it’s actually the most instructive for understanding Trump’s actions, how his mind works and the sort of danger he represents.

    Any political operative or communications professional, indeed anyone with some moral imagination and common sense would know how to handle this situation. Assuming you wanted to maintain the policies blocking Muslim immigration, you would simply say: “I grieve for the Khans’ loss and I very much respect their opinion and their courage. But I believe the policy I have outlined is necessary for our national security for the following reasons …”

    Simple. Wouldn’t solve the original offenses that lead to their speech against Trump. But it would cut off more damaging engagement and at least suggest (whether or not it were true) that Trump is a man of empathy who believes that harsh policies are necessary.

    You will never win a fight savaging the parents of a dead soldier. So it’s a fight you simply don’t engage in. A smart terrible person would get this and say something along the lines of the quote I noted above. Trump doesn’t seem terribly bright. But this isn’t about intelligence as we test it with logic puzzles. Realizing that this would be the only way to respond requires a level of self-awareness a narcissist lacks and a degree of impulse control Trump simply does not have. Empathy or any moral consciousness would get you there too. But remember, we’re focusing here on the difference between a smart terrible person and a dumb terrible person both of which lack those qualities.

  26. 108 JER
    August 1, 2016 at 10:24 am

    How many Donalds reside under that squirrel in Trump’s head? And do they know about each other and what the other one is saying? I don’t think so.

    • 109 catrst
      August 1, 2016 at 10:27 am

      Its the most likely outcome with a compulsive liar. My father used to say tell the truth, its much easier to remember what you said.

    • 110 Don
      August 1, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Reminds me of the episode of Mork and Mindy, when Mork’s other personalities revealed themselves. Probably the best Mork and Mindy episode ever.

    • August 1, 2016 at 10:46 am

      His pathology is nearly incomprehensible.

    • 112 arapaho415
      August 1, 2016 at 10:46 am

      GM JER.

      This was posted here yesterday, but is hilarious (might be why you refer to squirrels, LOL) — like all Simpsons’ clips, hard to decide which is favorite joke:

      Toon ends with this voiceover: “Paid for by Americans who are really starting to miss Obama”

  27. 113 jacquelineoboomer
    August 1, 2016 at 10:27 am

    NW – Good morning and thank you so much for those “44 iconic photos” – that’ll get us through the day!

  28. 115 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    August 1, 2016 at 10:28 am

    PRAYERS UP FOR THE ENERGIZER’S JOURNEY TODAY…………………….HE’S PROBABLY HAVING ALOT MORE FUN THAN I……………….

  29. 116 jacquelineoboomer
    August 1, 2016 at 10:35 am

  30. 117 jacquelineoboomer
    August 1, 2016 at 10:46 am

  31. August 1, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Smart and caring people keep asking why the GOP would nominate such a crass and unfit lunatic. To me, it feels like they have gone so insane that Democrats elected and re-elected a Black man, so unhinged and deranged at the thought of President Obama, they’ve all just collectively said: Well, if you’re going to elect a Black man, we are going to nominate a clown like no other. We’ll show you how stupid and angry we are. We’re going to go with a monster who is a complete disaster. That’ll teach you.

    I’m not saying this makes any sense. In fact, it completely defies any semblance of rationality. But so does Donald Trump. It’s all complete insane.

    • 119 Don
      August 1, 2016 at 11:01 am

      It would make sense if you’re a Republican with a lot of money, you could live with Trump regardless of what policies he puts forth. But the people that I will never understand are the ones that live paycheck to paycheck and who will gladly vote for this monster.

    • 120 carolyn
      August 1, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Meta, it doesn’t make sense to us, but that is part of what David Frum wrote yesterday about Trump voters. Yes, they are that far gone. From those he’s talked to, they feel they are outsiders now, and Trump is ALSO AN Outsider…….therefore, they want him because “he’s with them.” Nuts, I admit, but they are the ones who will follow him into the valley of death. No reasoning is possible.

      • 121 0388jojothecat
        August 1, 2016 at 11:41 am

        These people Want DT just like they WANTED $arah Palin and look how long it took until they realized she was not all what she seemed. They hopefully saw her for what she was. The same with DT, until he says or get caught saying “these dumb f’ers don’t care what I do or say they love me” or until they see he has NO jobs plans, NO intentions of building a wall, or anything he says , they MIGHT turn on him. But until then they don’t trust anyone so it makes NO sense to poll these people. People who are doing very well complain things are not great, people in the middle complain and those that really have something to complain about are unhappy. Some people are just plain UNHAPPY ALL THE TIME for no reason.

    • August 1, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      that article in a tweet posted above re: the death of the Republican party …says it all…

  32. 123 JER
    August 1, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Marine One just departed the White House.

    SOON: President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews. Click here ► ► http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  33. August 1, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Critics See Efforts by Counties and Towns to Purge Minority Voters From Rolls
    By MICHAEL WINES
    JULY 31, 2016

    SPARTA, Ga. — When the deputy sheriff’s patrol cruiser pulled up beside him as he walked down Broad Street at sunset last August, Martee Flournoy, a 32-year-old black man, was both confused and rattled. He had reason: In this corner of rural Georgia, African-Americans are arrested at a rate far higher than that of whites.

    But the deputy had not come to arrest Mr. Flournoy. Rather, he had come to challenge Mr. Flournoy’s right to vote.

    The majority-white Hancock County Board of Elections and Registration was systematically questioning the registrations of more than 180 black Sparta citizens — a fifth of the city’s registered voters — by dispatching deputies with summonses commanding them to appear in person to prove their residence or lose their voting rights. “When I read that letter, I was kind of nervous,” Mr. Flournoy said in an interview. “I didn’t know what to do.”

    The board’s aim, a lawsuit later claimed, was to give an edge to white candidates in Sparta’s municipal elections — and that November, a white mayoral candidate won a narrow victory.

    “A lot of those people that was challenged probably didn’t vote, even though they weren’t proven to be wrong,” said Marion Warren, a Sparta elections official who documented the purges and raised an alarm with voting-rights advocates. “People just do not understand why a sheriff is coming to their house to bring them a subpoena, especially if they haven’t committed any crime.”

    The county attorney, Barry A. Fleming, a Republican state representative, said in an interview that the elections board was only trying to restore order to an electoral process tainted earlier by corruption and incompetence. The lawsuit is overblown, he suggested, because only a fraction of the targeted voters were ultimately scratched from the rolls.

    “The allegations that people were denied the right to vote are the opposite of the truth,” he said. “This is probably more about politics and power than race.”

    But the purge of Sparta voters is precisely the sort of electoral maneuver that once would have needed Justice Department approval before it could be put in effect. In Georgia and all or part of 14 other states, the 1965 Voting Rights Act required jurisdictions with histories of voter discrimination to receive so-called preclearance before changing the way voter registration and elections were conducted.


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