Early Bird Chat


All Times Eastern

9AM: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Mrs. Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore to the White House

10:05AM: President Obama holds a meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

11:40AM: President Obama and Prime Minister Loong hold a press conference

8:40PM: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hold a State Dinner for Prime Minister Loong and Mrs. Loong


102 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 99ts
    August 2, 2016 at 8:23 am

    gm TOD – many thanks Nerdy

  2. 4 nospin
    August 2, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Congrats 99ts.

    Thank you Nerdy! You are the best.

  3. 8 99ts
    August 2, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Not quite so good – he is a retiring member

    • 9 pkayden
      August 2, 2016 at 9:26 am

      He may be the first of several Republicans who either vote for Clinton or state that they will not vote for Trump. This will be an historic election.

      • 10 99ts
        August 2, 2016 at 9:46 am

        There was a senator on who said he will not vote for Trump – and then attacked Hillary – so not voting for her either.

  4. August 2, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  5. August 2, 2016 at 8:46 am


    thank you so much for all that you’ve done to keep TOD doing great in Chips’ absence.

  6. August 2, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Donald Trump is a Coward Afraid of Facing Mainstream Voters
    by David Atkins
    July 30, 2016 4:08 PM


    Trump’s outrageous insult to Khizr Khan, the father of a deceased veteran, falls into the same category. A normal person would be sympathetic to the Khans’ loss and appreciative of their service to the country, even if they disagreed with them politically. A humbler politician would have thanked the Khans and their son for their service to the country, then explained why his own policies would in theory benefit the country their son died to protect. A less narcissistic person would have had the moral courage to admit that he had not made personal sacrifices on the level of the Khans, but that he had spent his life trying to make the world a better place and would continue to do so as President.

    But not Donald Trump. Donald Trump doesn’t have the courage to be humble, nor does he have the life resume to even make a humble response possible. Because whatever Donald Trump has done with his life, it isn’t to make the world a better place. Even Karl Rove and Frank Luntz could reasonably claim to have spent their lives in the service of philosophical ideals and a vision of the world they believe in. But not Donald Trump. He lives only for himself.

    That ethic can pass muster and win the day among the small sliver of Republican voters steeped in a venomous stew of prosperity gospel theology, objectivist philosophy and eliminationist politics. But it cannot work in a general election where voters expect more than raw greed and bigoted anger. To expand beyond his comfort zone would take a courage and openness to personal growth that Donald Trump lacks.

    That is why, for all his bravado, Trump is already complaining about his debate schedule with Hillary Clinton–a move that, as we saw in the Republican primary, is a Trump first step to potentially dodging debates altogether. Trump knows that he won’t be able to hold his own against Clinton in front of a national audience, and he’s already laying the groundwork to duck out of one or more of them.

    • 17 jackiegrumbacher
      August 2, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Rikyrah, I honestly believe that Trump only made this play for the presidency because of PBO’s remarks at the WHPC dinner. With his thin skin and his complete lack of self knowledge or humor Trump HAD to prove the president wrong, although didn’t have the guts to directly go up against the President himself. He went in vowing to ‘show Obama’ that he could be President if he chose to be without once thinking of the implications of the challenge or the job itself. Any other person in the world would have understood their lack of qualifications and, at the very least, worked hard to overcome them with study and good advice. But Trump had bullied and steamrolled people all of his life and he truly believed he would do it again on the grandest scale of all. He was confident he could beat a woman–any woman–but especially one like Hillary who is not a beauty queen. Now he’s frightened and beginning to understand that he’s in over his head. He still believes he can con enough Americans into voting for him, but he’s laying the groundwork to ensure that if/when he loses, it will be the fault of someone else and not his own. The truth would shatter him, so he will not accept it and he will convince his followers that a great injustice was perpetrated against him and they should unleash their rage on Clinton and all the powers that be. If she wins, he will do everything in his power to tarnish her triumph and diminish her presidency. That’s one of the compelling reasons why he has to be defeated utterly on November 8 and his image destroyed for life.

      • 18 99ts
        August 2, 2016 at 9:54 am

        100% agree jackie – he nursed his hate from the WHPC dinner until he announced his campaign. Couple of twats on TV were saying how much money he’ll make from TrumpTV after the event – they seem to forget how well that didn’t work for Palin. Trump will have lost money and any reputation he had after the election. Only people who will still talk to him will be from Russia.

        I think his vote will be the closer to 27% than 47%. Hillary up by 1 in Utah today.

      • August 2, 2016 at 10:30 am

        That’s one of the compelling reasons why he has to be defeated utterly on November 8 and his image destroyed for life.


      • August 2, 2016 at 10:55 am

        Absolutely right. How else explain his proclaiming a “rigged” election now?

  7. 21 amk for obama
    August 2, 2016 at 9:03 am


  8. 22 Linda
    August 2, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Is mental illness hereditary ?

  9. August 2, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Ceremony is live now!!

  10. August 2, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Hope this comes up in their presser.

    • 27 99ts
      August 2, 2016 at 9:41 am

      mmm – Wonder if the vultures ask anything outside of rump and the election. By past performance they probably know nothing about Singapore.

      • August 2, 2016 at 9:48 am

        Every time I think about the American press I get angry and sad. They have all these special rights and privileges and they squander their duty with absolute nonsense. What a wasted resource.

        • 29 99ts
          August 2, 2016 at 9:54 am

          Don’t know if you’ve listened to Katy Tur (NBC) following rump – she has been very good with her commentary – no questions cause rump doesn’t answer questions. She gave perfect description of his supporters today – and they seem to be reducing in number – while he books smaller venues to make the crowd look yoooge

          • August 2, 2016 at 10:04 am

            I’ve started to notice her. She was assigned to Trump and I think he began to be rude to her. She seems to be dedicated now to exposing him more than some of the others. Trump has his cadre of sycophants in the press, I just hope sooner or later more of the rest will stand up for the truth.

    • 32 Obama Grandmama
      August 2, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      TPP is now a very tricky topic due to the public ruling it out due to what happened after NAFTA. Needing simplified reasons for economical problems so the public will side with your viewpoint works for those that do not take the time to see the problem is more complicated and requires a comprehensive solution and that means most people are against TPP. The Donald promises he will make the very best deals ever and throw out everything that came before himself. Bernie made it out to be very important to not adopt the TPP and Hillary went along with opposing it for acquiring votes. You cannot make any headway on problems if you do not get elected.
      It will be hard for Hillary to backtrack on her new position without angering Bernie’s supporters or the GOP accusing her of lying. If the push is prior to the election I do not see Hillary promoting the TPP.
      It is sickening to me that over six years with lots of hard work by PBO addressing past NAFTA type problems in this agreement and furthering environmental issues while getting around China’s dominance in trade will be wasted. Also we will then take a backseat in trade giving back the advantage to China. Such a disappointment for Obama.

  11. 33 CEB
    August 2, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Michelle and Barack are just too cute together, Did you see the little byplay between them just before the Prime Minister of Singapore and his wife arrived? As usual she was wiping something from his face Malia does it too) and then she teasingly squeezed his nose. All of this time that they have been a couple and the easy love and affection is on display all of the time. Just love them.

    • 34 99ts
      August 2, 2016 at 9:40 am

      I probably shouldn’t – but I am so looking forward to see what FLOTUS wears to the dinner. She is an absolute delight in every possible way. (Husband not so bad as well 🙂 )

    • 36 pkayden
      August 2, 2016 at 9:43 am

      They have loads of chemistry between them. A great testament to true love and commitment.

  12. 37 CEB
    August 2, 2016 at 9:27 am

    This Prime Minister is so cute! He is took pictures of the crowd with his phone (the first one was of this A-A toddler who was sitting on the grass behind the rope line) then he continued on shaking many hands, laughing, holding many babies and taking m ore photos with is phone. In all of these ceremonies that I have watched, he is the first foreign leader who relished greeting pelple on the rope lines. He was obviously having fun.
    Watching on C-span.

  13. 39 amk for obama
    August 2, 2016 at 9:28 am

    gee, I wonder why. he seems like a likeable guy and all that.

    • 40 pkayden
      August 2, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Wow. That’s pretty dramatic. It’s almost as if Trump would have been better off without the Republican National Convention. That didn’t help him at all coupled with his attack on a Gold Star family.

  14. 41 amk for obama
    August 2, 2016 at 9:29 am

    what primaries?

  15. 43 amk for obama
    August 2, 2016 at 9:30 am

    • 44 jackiegrumbacher
      August 2, 2016 at 9:58 am

      This article makes the point that has been staring out at us for decades and it’s deliciously ironic that it comes from the WSJ. It is not just Trump, but Republicans in general who cannot accept responsibility for their actions. Now they have empowered a creature who is a caricature of their own failings. Like him, most GOP politicos are incapable of self reflection and like him, they are unable to process the concept that their long practiced methods of deflecting criticism may not be working anymore. They have spent decades ensuring that the media demonized Democrats and now they are openly being called out as lacking by those who were never supposed to declare out loud that they have no clothes.

    • 45 pkayden
      August 2, 2016 at 10:03 am

      Will be interesting to see if WSJ endorses Trump. It would be something else if they endorsed Clinton given that they lean right.

  16. 46 amk for obama
    August 2, 2016 at 9:30 am

    • 47 pkayden
      August 2, 2016 at 10:11 am

      YAY! Great news as we enter the summer. And Trump is now whining that the election will be rigged. Bwahahahahaha! He knows he’s going to lose and lose badly.

  17. August 2, 2016 at 9:30 am

    LOLz, this is quite an unusual welcome ceremony!

  18. 50 desertflower
    August 2, 2016 at 9:45 am

    That’s right!! Morning everyone. Definitely not first:)


    “Donald Trump is a silver-spooned draft dodger who bragged about bedding women while real men of courage were giving their lives serving this country in Vietnam.”

    • 51 desertflower
      August 2, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Good video at the link. Who is this idiot Lavalle guy? What a jerk.

    • 52 pkayden
      August 2, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Sadly, Trump will probably still get the majority of the military vote which tends to go for Republicans. He’s a coward with no self control. For him to claim that he has made any sacrifices comparable to those who have died in the military is a travesty and should be condemned by all regardless of political persuasion.

      • 53 desertflower
        August 2, 2016 at 11:06 am

        I don’t think that’s a given anymore. Not after all the disparaging remarks.

  19. 70 JER
    August 2, 2016 at 9:52 am

  20. August 2, 2016 at 9:58 am

  21. 79 CEB
    August 2, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Good Morning TOD ohana.
    Still thinking of Chips and hoping that she is able to check in to be a part of us even though she is not yet up to commenting. Miss you.
    Thank you, NW, for carrying on so beautifully.

  22. 80 desertflower
    August 2, 2016 at 10:09 am

    LOL. Funny


    The lying started at 7:27 a.m. and did not stop until after dark.
    Even for Donald Trump, Monday, Aug. 1, was a banner day for bullshit.

    With 100 days until Election Day, the Republican presidential nominee decisively rejected suggestions that he make some attempt to appear statesmanlike in his campaign against Hillary Clinton, opting to commit fully to the erraticism and dishonesty that characterized his performance in the Republican primary.

    Monday was a dive, hair-first, into a general election strategy not yet seen before on American soil—and a strategy for existing as a human being in the world not usually seen outside the bowels of the New York City subway system after 2 a.m.

    • 81 99ts
      August 2, 2016 at 10:27 am

      After clarifying his remarks Monday morning, Trump returned to the scheduled programming we have come to expect: a succession of six tweets sent out in five minutes, lancing CNN for its supposed unfairness.

      Hope he listened to MorningFool this am. He will need 25 tweets to attack what was said about him – not to mention what Katy Tur reported about Trump fans.

  23. 82 amk for obama
    August 2, 2016 at 10:10 am

    ‘sigh’ is all fine. but aren’t ya forgetting something? YOU BUILT THAT.

  24. 83 whenpamelawandered
    August 2, 2016 at 10:12 am

    ❤💞🕉☯☮⭐☀⭐☮☯🕉💞❤ 👁👁 New Moon today: 1:44pm ET. 4:44pm PT


  25. 84 desertflower
    August 2, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Love him

    • August 2, 2016 at 11:07 am

      Wow, that is so powerful! Speaking from personal experience of a history that can happen again.

      • 86 desertflower
        August 2, 2016 at 11:16 am

        It truly is, Bill…especially when so many people say things like “That would never happen!” Well, yes it can and yes, it did. Powerful reminder. I hope this goes viral. Pass it on

    • 88 GGail
      August 2, 2016 at 11:26 am

      OMG, I am so impressed with George Takei speaking Spanish so very well. This is a powerful message in both languages!
      Thanks DF for posting this. I hope you guys can be sure this travels far and wide – especially to the States that he mentioned.

  26. 89 desertflower
    August 2, 2016 at 10:23 am


    Voter-Fraud Laws Are All About Race
    Courts are recognizing that the intent of many new voter laws is not to improve democracy but to discriminate.

    Let them all fall like dominos!

  27. August 2, 2016 at 10:23 am

    ohhh myyy…goodness…i did not know that there was going to be a state dinner tonight…how did i miss that……and i missed the arrival….dang…dang

    Good Morning everyone…out the loop already

    ty NW…ty

  28. 91 desertflower
    August 2, 2016 at 10:28 am

    I’d be dancing HARD! 🙂

  29. 95 cd4biden
    August 2, 2016 at 10:36 am

    GM TOD. {{{Chips}}} {{{Nerdy Wonka}}}

    98 days until the election.

    BBL to catch up. Must do those mundane things I’ve been avoiding the last 3 days while enjoying time with TOD.

    Have a great day everyone.

  30. 97 desertflower
    August 2, 2016 at 11:19 am

    I like his tweets:) He doesn’t mince words…

  31. 101 desertflower
    August 2, 2016 at 11:32 am

    PBO just slammed the SHIT out of Republicans and DT and their fake “distancing” of DT while still endorsing him:) Brilliant!!

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