113 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. 1 Nerdy Wonka
    November 13, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Dave Chappelle’s monologue is a must watch today.

    • 2 pkayden
      November 13, 2016 at 10:56 am

      Chappelle did not disappoint last night. Not at all. Enjoyed every minute of it — especially his opening dialogue. Was pitch perfect given what we’ve just been through this week. I was in tears when he spoke of attending a party at the White House with other Black guests (except for Bradley Cooper) and how historically Blacks have been prohibited from the White House.

  2. 3 Roberta in MN
    November 13, 2016 at 10:35 am

    OMG Nerdy that was awesome. Thank you. I usually don’t watch SNL but I think I will have to take a look this week. Thank you again, especially for keeping this site open and running. (((hugs)))

  3. 4 catrst
    November 13, 2016 at 10:41 am

    I am not giving Trump a chance. I already know exactly who he is and what he is about. No way am I going to normalize this. No way.

  4. 14 Judith Fardig
    November 13, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Morning all. So grateful we can all still gather in our TOD community. Press on.

  5. 15 globalcitizenlinda
    November 13, 2016 at 11:06 am

    good morning everyone.

    we struggle on, together

  6. 16 globalcitizenlinda
    November 13, 2016 at 11:17 am

    one thing crossed my mind.

    when you this talk of he may not do this because he reconsidered after talking to PBO, be very skeptical.

    while it would be nice to think that this is the case, I suspect that a more nefarious trick is probably being played here.

    may be I am cynical but I believe this is because he lied multiple times to their deplorables when he was campaigning.

    but because throughout his life he never accepts responsibility to his actions, he is using this (PBO made me reconsider) as a way to escape from his promises while making sure that his rabid supporters’ anger is still directed at PBO as usual.

    I could be wrong but we may continue hearing this as their new refrain for every broken promise : PBO made me do it (just like billy bush)

  7. 18 globalcitizenlinda
    November 13, 2016 at 11:19 am

    • 19 globalcitizenlinda
      November 13, 2016 at 11:28 am

      the impact on the lives of real people is WHY I will never give him a chance.

      I always give people I meet the first time a chance and it is their responsibility to either maintain my love and respect or they squared it by how they react and behave.

      anyone can be kind to friends and family but what about those who you don’t know?

      through out my life this has been my test for the character of a person: at the core, individuals are who they are based on the way they treat strangers and the vulnerable people.

    • 20 Sandy1110
      November 13, 2016 at 11:38 am

      The Trump terrorists need to be stopped – never mind ISIS.

      It’s as if they were just waiting for their cue to put their nastiness on display, and the election flipped the switch.

      They’re going to find out they’re not in the position of strength they think they are…and wait til Trump starts backing down on his grandiose promises to do the ugly Muslim banning and deportation they voted for.

    • 21 globalcitizenlinda
      November 13, 2016 at 11:49 am

      this is not short. but please read it and then ponder if you really want to give the demagogue a chance.

    • 23 desertflower
      November 13, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      Excellent, gcl. Thank you for posting this here. Might I also include this one

      http://www.tolerance.org/election2016

  8. November 13, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Good morning, TOD. {{{Nerdy}}} ❤ YOU. ❤ YOU. <3YOU.

  9. 26 FoxfireTX
    November 13, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Good morning TOD! Nerdy, thank you for keeping this space for us to process what is happening in our country. I took a break from everything yesterday just to try process what is happening in our country from a less emotional level. Thought I might share some thoughts.

    President Obama
    Our beloved PBO loves this country more than his pride and his legacy. Accordingly, he will do everything possible behind the scenes to stop Trump from dismantling the things most important to Americans.

    He knows two things: Trump is fairly easily to influence because of his lack of knowledge, and two, he tends to listen most to the last person who talks to him. Accordingly, for as disgusting as it it, I expect PBO to try to develop a relationship with him to influence him as much as possible. PBO will put aside and mask his distaste for the man for the good of the country. I am hoping that he will also try to sow some discontent between DT and Congressional leadership so they do less harm. Remember, the more the GOP is united the worse it is for us.

    President-Elect
    He has two guiding principles:
    1. Enrich himself and his family and now it will be at our expense. Anyone who thinks he will go away at some point is crazy. Given he will never release his tax returns, just think of the wealth he can accumulate in the next four or eight years. Putinesque?
    2. Revenge–he will Hooverize the Justice Dept. and use the IRS to go after everyone who has ever wronged him. This will also help him keep people like Ryan and McConnell in line, and btw will also stop them from ever trying to impeach him no matter his crimes or depravity.

    Bet on it. Everything else is just a tool to achieve these ends. There isn’t a policy in the world he cares about unless it enriches him. If you view everything he does through this lens you will understand him. Unfortunately, given he will never release any tax returns much we will never know.

    This morning, given the biggest challenge of his life ahead, rather than using his time productively he is tweeting his anger at the NYT for the article they wrote on the waning days of his campaign. He is in revenge mode.

    The Press
    A big press shop is going to be critical to hold him accountable. When the WH shuts down the press, it takes incredible resources and time to try to dig up the facts from other places. Bet on the fact this WH will shut out the press, they are doing it already.

    My anger at the NYT for normalizing him immediately after the election led me to cancel my subscription. But I am sticking with the Washington Post. They never bought his schtick, condemned him from the day he won the last primary, and are letting their opinion columnists urge resistance from the start. They still have some of their old conservative reporters who will try to normalize DT but they are not taking this as a strategy. In addition to my financial support, I have taken to sending the individual reporters/columnists email thank you notes when they write an anti-Trump position. I have been surprised that all responded to my emails, thanked me for the support and promised to keep on course.

    Jeff Bezos owns the WaPo and has the money to defy DT. It should say something that DT has threatened to sue him for his paper’s coverage of him and pulled their press credentials for months.

    I’m still working on where and how my own resistance will shape up. That will take a little more time, and frankly I’d rather focus on enjoying PBO’s remaining days in office. But I would like to find a way to keep this space going. The fight will remain for PBO as in everything we can do to oppose this president will be to preserve PBO’s record and legacy.

    In the meantime, know that I love and appreciate all of you. This feels like one of the few safe spaces as our world is being torn asunder.

  10. 32 JER
    November 13, 2016 at 11:56 am


    October 2011. Backstage before an event. Pete Souza

  11. November 13, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Sunday morning.

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

    To all, I hope that God’s grace, loving-kindness, and mercy is bestowed upon you today ❤ ❤ ❤

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

    • 36 globalcitizenlinda
      November 13, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      wonder what she is planning

      • 37 No Child Left Behind
        November 13, 2016 at 6:05 pm

        I don’t think that Elizabeth truly believes that DT will do anything of this popular lit of promises, all these promises to help little people. Those were promises made to bring poor and middle class people, including many racists, many sexists (and women) and many white nationalists who saw him as their vessel to the voting booths for him so that he could ascend to mainstream and to power.

        It she believes DT, then I will begin building a bridge, a yu-u-u-u-uge bridge to sell. Besides this Demagogue must work with his republican Congress who will block him any way they want because they, too, have each a base to satisfy.

  12. November 13, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    I was telling someone about this stuff I had seen about Trump being charge with raping a 13 year old girl, the person I was talking to said they have never heard about it. I want to know if this is true. Is there any info about this?

  13. 42 arapaho415
    November 13, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    GM TODville.

    Captures how we all feel. 😦

  14. 43 JER
    November 13, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Kellyanne Conway: Trump is considering a “special session” to repeal Obamacare on Inauguration Day. http://cnn.it/2g3pQUY

    • 44 FoxfireTX
      November 13, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      Just displaying her ignorance. Congress comes back the first week in January and will already be in session.

  15. 45 hopefruit2
    November 13, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    G’morning Nerdy & TOD. Happy Sunday everyone.

    Glad to see Harry Reid is telling it like it is and not afraid of Kellyanne Conway.

  16. 47 Debz
    November 13, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    In case anyone didn’t see this

    • 48 arapaho415
      November 13, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      GM/GA Debz.

      I was wondering about this myself (was doubtful), but the photos are outstanding.

      This link provides captions with dates of photo — so even if these *aren’t* Pete Souza’s favorites, they must rank among TODville’s favs.

      • 49 Debz
        November 13, 2016 at 3:19 pm

        I agree the photos are great, but some that Souza had said were his favorites were not in the mix. The daily mail just did this for views.

        • 50 arapaho415
          November 13, 2016 at 4:33 pm

          I am skeptical of what Daily Mail publishes, and don’t believe anything they say, but used to go there to view photos of celebs and current events.

          Now I can’t bring myself to even open a newspaper site. MSM twitter is nearly as bad, mostly tweets about themselves, their friends, and endless speculation and gossip.

      • 51 sjterrid
        November 13, 2016 at 4:14 pm

        Wow, I should have wondered why it wasn’t on Pete Souza’s page. I shared that link yesterday.

  17. 52 JER
    November 13, 2016 at 1:55 pm


    President Obama is golfing at @JBA_NAFW.

  18. November 13, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Good day TOD!

  19. November 13, 2016 at 1:58 pm

  20. 58 vcprezofan2
    November 13, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Hi guys and dolls! This week’s @Interior’s weekly vid is about Veterans’ Day and it was already shared here on Friday, so we’ll continue with ‘programming’ next week. 🙂

  21. November 13, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Most likely Russian ….

    and these are the guys Trump admires ….

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  24. November 13, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Want a preview of the Trump Presidency, just watch this dude ….

  25. 65 globalcitizenlinda
    November 13, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    I learned a few things from reading this … ;

    we have a long way to go;

    the only way we can all succeed is by doing onto others what we want others to do onto us;

    • 66 FoxfireTX
      November 13, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      While this article focuses on how black women are treated, I do not believe that is all that is at stake here. I had lunch with my brother-in-law yesterday and he said to me: How is it possible that any woman voted for this man? I just stared at him, did he not hear me all those years?

      Ask any woman who invaded the male power structure 30-40 years ago, and they will tell you that white women were as much if not more so of a problem than the men. In addition to the denigrating harassment and assaults of the men, many of the women who worked in law firms as receptionists, legal assistants and secretaries would shoot you down and stab in you the back any chance they could. By stepping outside the structure they were comfortable with, we were a threat. After a few years of learning just how damaging it could be, I became extremely selective in my hiring, fought like crazy to make sure the women who worked for me were extremely well paid, and when I switched firms I took all of them with me as part of my package with the new firm.

      I suspect a good share of those white collar women voted against Hillary because she is viewed as a threat. And I suspect a fair number of white women who have not and do not work also voted against her. They thrive in the patriarchal system that has been alive in this country since its inception and Hillary’s candidacy threatens that. As PBO has reminded us time after time after time, change is HARD. And for those who have done well in the existing structure, they will fight it tooth and nail to maintain it.

  26. November 13, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    • 69 FoxfireTX
      November 13, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      Bob, the FOOL(love that term by the way, been thinking of what to call him) just thinks he has the power to move money around somehow to do what he wants. Saw where he said something to that effect the other day. If you asked him how a bill becomes law he could not tell you.

  27. November 13, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    So true …..

    Take care everyone …. bbl …..

    #FORWARD Together

    • 72 jacquelineoboomer
      November 13, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      Think I’ll “run off” for a while, with that beautiful thought in mind. Thanks, Bob!

      See you later, TODville. Keep the faith.

  28. 73 JER
    November 13, 2016 at 2:16 pm

  29. 74 JER
    November 13, 2016 at 2:21 pm

  30. 75 JER
    November 13, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Kellyanne Conway: It’s up to Clinton, Obama to calm anti-Trump protesters. …

    Both Clinton and Obama made speeches urging exactly that last week. In her concession speech to Trump, Clinton said: “We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.” …

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/presidential/Kellyanne-Conway-Its-up-to-Clinton-Obama-to-calm-anti-Trump-protesters.html

  31. 80 FoxfireTX
    November 13, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Well, I will say this: Those of us here ALWAYS understood and appreciated just how good this country had it under PBO. But for those who did not–and particularly those who cared so little they couldn’t be bothered to get out and vote–it is going to come as a hell of a shock.

  32. 81 FoxfireTX
    November 13, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    I’m loving Harry more every day!

  33. November 13, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    • 85 FoxfireTX
      November 13, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      Let us not forget this is exactly how things went with the election of Bush in 2000. It takes a ton of energy to keep fighting, and folks have other lives to live. But i made the mistake of moving on after 2000, I will NOT repeat it this time around.

      • 86 nathkatun7
        November 13, 2016 at 11:59 pm

        I am with you 100%! We must also loudly point out to the media and the Republicans that the majority of American voters voted for Hillary. Trump represents a minority of American voters. He is going to be ptrsident because of the antiquated, and undemocratic, electoral vote system. Unlike President Obama who won the majority of American voters twice, Donald Trump has no mandate from the American people.

  34. 88 globalcitizenlinda
    November 13, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    we, ordinary people will have to lead the fight against this demagogue … since many in the media have already moved on or are so cowered by the threats that have been issued towards them.

  35. 98 globalcitizenlinda
    November 13, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    I had forgotten about this.

    • 99 CEB
      November 13, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      Yep! Hopefully there will be more anti-carnival barker protesters than there will be guests and supporters. A wall of women would be even better. Our side has a tendency to be all outrage and hurt fee fees, but no staying power and strategy. O f the various actions that I had heard about, Rev. Al’s is the only one that had a political and legislative strategy.

    • 100 CEB
      November 13, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      And yet, he was re-elected against a man much more intelligent and capable. This more recent election has taught us that the nightmares can come true. Again, as PBO says, we need to be more proactive than reactive; focused, strategic, and determined. If not, we will see more of this.

  36. 101 FoxfireTX
    November 13, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    This is great.

  37. 102 FoxfireTX
    November 13, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    This is sick.

    • November 13, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      Are there any Republican Senators and Congresspeople who will stand up to Trump?

      • 104 CEB
        November 13, 2016 at 6:12 pm

        No, and I am sure that many will emulate him when it is time for re-election. Men are so hierarchal in their relationships; DT is the alpha and they all bow down with eyes lowered and throats exposed. Women, who are more collaborative, will be the ones to eventually bring this evil cabal down. We are used to losing and fighting on. We have no other choice because we have children to protect (no matter their ages) and a society to save. We know how to work around men to get things done and we know how to handle the bitches who enable our oppressors.

      • 105 idon
        November 13, 2016 at 6:42 pm

        They’re terrified of him because of what he on them. So I don’t think there’s anything they can do. However, what we can do is be VERY CAREFUL what we consume and focus on our PRESIDENT. President Obama.

        Please just a note of caution, if EVIL is inaugurated on Jan 20, 2017, please be very very careful what you do on social media, especially if you use a smart phone.

  38. 106 JER
    November 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    • 107 No Child Left Behind
      November 13, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      And I am glad that he will be in Peru, away from the noise of people locking steps to normalize and celebrate the president-elect. President-elect my foot!

  39. 108 No Child Left Behind
    November 13, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    … and this is the sociopath America elected as its president!!!

    • 109 arapaho415
      November 13, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      GE NCLB.

      Be careful what you wish for.

      Wouldn’t surprise me a bit if DJT doesn’t serve out his entire term, with pending lawsuits and a mindset like this:

      But remember, President Pence is far more dangerous — DJT will continue with his “screw you” life’s motivation, and deepen the GOP civil war. But GOP would unite in their backing of Pence’s deplorable notions.

      Click on the photo to open Tally’s comment in this tweet:

  40. November 13, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    First, Ryan claims that Obamacare has put Medicare under deeper financial stress. Precisely the opposite is true. And it’s so straightforward Ryan unquestionably knows this. The Affordable Care Act actually extended Medicare’s solvency by more than a decade. Ryan’s claim is flat out false.


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