Early Bird Chat

President Obama looks at first lady Michelle Obama and smiles as he gets a hug from his youngest daughter Sasha during an NCAA basketball game between Oregon State and Howard University on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. Obama’s back on the hard court as a spectator; it took 12 stitches to patch up his lip after he took an errant elbow in the mouth Friday morning during a game of basketball with friends and family at Fort McNair


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83 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 16 africa
    November 27, 2013 at 7:35 am

  2. 18 dotster3
    November 27, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Reminded of this—–the weirdest, most disturbing event in political history—–or thereabouts. Palin “pardoning” the turkey as what looked like a Coen Bros. movie going on in the background—–a guy with a creepy facial expression feeding poor turkeys into a wood chipper——a bloody beheading continued unabated as Palin, an actual VP candidate!, cheerfully chirped utter nonsense in the foreground. A nation asked, “Is this even happening?”

    • 19 Layla
      November 27, 2013 at 7:38 am

      Someone pls send the video to Ezraboy!!!!!!!!!

    • November 27, 2013 at 7:38 am

      Mooooorning Dotster! I remember watching that video and not realizing at first what was happening in the background, completely freaked when I did. Utterly disgustingly bizarre.

      • 21 Dudette
        November 27, 2013 at 8:54 am

        Good Morning! Ladies, what a bizarre memory to wake up to. Thank you very much for that imagery this fine morning! 🙂

        By the way, that video is readily available on YouTube for your gruesome pleasure. Enjoy!

    • 22 jackiegrumbacher
      November 27, 2013 at 7:43 am

      Dotster, that was creepy and comical at the same time with Palin smiling away– completely oblivious to the slaughter behind her. I must say that woman offered the world some serious comedy gold, but the turkey, moose, and wolf murdering made me sick.

  3. 23 hopefruit2
    November 27, 2013 at 7:35 am

    G’morning Chips, africa and TOD, and congrats Chips on #1 🙂

    • November 27, 2013 at 7:37 am

      Moooooooooorning Hopefruit!!!!

      • 25 hopefruit2
        November 27, 2013 at 7:41 am

        Tell the media that we are looking forward to seeing our President pardoning the Thanksgiving Turkey! If they don’t like it, they can lump it.

        • 26 jackiegrumbacher
          November 27, 2013 at 7:48 am

          HF, isn’t it interesting that the media would focus on something so trivial as a turkey pardoning (that is actually a big deal in the turkey farming business) and ignore major improvements in ObamaCare, a tension filled confrontation with China, and the continuing obscenity of gun violence. It’s as if they’ve all made a conscious decision to be as irrelevant as possible. I’m happy they’ve chosen that route. I learn much more on twitter in ten minutes than I would if I spent hours watching tv or reading senseless opinion writers at breakfast.

        • 27 africa
          November 27, 2013 at 7:49 am

          They don’t realize how their knee-jerk reactions make them look deranged. They can go to hell and tell the devil I sent them, for all I care. Their foolishness is exhausting.

    • 29 africa
      November 27, 2013 at 7:46 am

      Hiya Hope!! Happy Wednesday!!

  4. 30 amk for obama
    November 27, 2013 at 7:40 am

  5. 31 amk for obama
    November 27, 2013 at 7:43 am

  6. 33 amk for obama
    November 27, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Latvia PM quits over store collapse.


    If only boner and con followed his example

    • 34 jackiegrumbacher
      November 27, 2013 at 7:53 am

      Amk, the difference is Boehner actually is guilty of negligence when it comes to jobs, infrastructure funding, health care and immigration reform , to name a few. I read this story and couldn’t find the link between the building collapse and the pm. Why isn’t the store owner responsible?

  7. 37 amk for obama
    November 27, 2013 at 7:49 am

  8. 38 amk for obama
    November 27, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Egyptian prosecutors have ordered the arrest of two prominent activists for inciting a protest in Cairo on Tuesday.

    Ahmed Maher, head of the 6 April youth movement, and Alaa Abdul Fattah, took part in the demonstration outside the upper house of parliament.

    Prosecutors also ordered that 24 other activists detained at the protest be remanded in custody for four days on suspicion of various charges.

    They were calling for the repeal of a new law that restricts demonstrations.

    Activists say it appears stricter than those in place during the rule of Hosni Mubarak, who was forced to step down in 2011 after protests led by Mr Maher’s group.


  9. 39 jackiegrumbacher
    November 27, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Good morning everybody. I’m glad the president is home today and can spend some time with his girls. I always love holiday eve’s because the anticipation heightens everything, even dark, gloomy, rain drenched mornings in November. Happy anticipating everybody! This is the day the pies get made. the stuffing mixed, the furniture polished, the tablecloth ironed and the wine chilled. Enjoy!

  10. 40 hopefruit2
    November 27, 2013 at 7:59 am

    • 41 99ts
      November 27, 2013 at 8:53 am

      Must admit I had never heard of the concept prior to 2009 – wonder why that would be.

    • 43 vcprezofan2
      November 27, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      Anyone doubt that there’d have been a media fuss in 2009 about PBO walking in and changing ‘traditions’ if he’d decided not to be involved in this dumb activity then? I personally wouldn’t mind him phasing it out before next year, because other than an extra chance to see PBO and the girls it is a time-wasting, seneless activity.

      • 44 hopefruit2
        November 27, 2013 at 3:51 pm

        It would have been a HUGE problem if PBO decided that he was no longer going to perform such activity. There would be numerous polls trotted out to show that the American people LOVE this tradition, and how they feel insulted that he has decided to do away with it. There would be a huge media narrative, with endless punditry about what that decision means for his approval rating and likability factor, etc.

        • 45 vcprezofan2
          November 27, 2013 at 4:03 pm

          I know. I can imagine the furor, but I won`t. Grin: Good thing PBO is who he is, viv-a-vis purposeful and goal-oriented.

  11. 46 amk for obama
    November 27, 2013 at 7:59 am

  12. November 27, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Up and at ’em all you O’s!!!!!! What a great getting up day again on TOD boulevard!!! Actually, I couldn’t sleep and been up since the wee early morning hours. I was lurking around in cyberspace, waiting for TODdy town to wake up and get a move on. Speaking of which, yesterday I started thawing the turkey. Today, it’s a 24 hour soothing salt bath in a brine of seasonings and herbs. Tomorrow it gets cooked upside down for a scrumptious delight.

    Of topic, but Richard Simmons weirds me out….I don’t know why……but yikes!!!

  13. 48 africa
    November 27, 2013 at 8:04 am

  14. 51 Linda
    November 27, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Obama Has Pardoned Almost As Many Turkeys As Drug Offenders

    by HuffPuff writer Ryan Reilly.

    Congratulations Ryan Reilly….

    You have just been admitted to the Reporters are Desperate Club. Now pay your dues to the Club President….Chuck Todd.

    • 52 cookemom
      November 27, 2013 at 8:17 am

      I think they make intentional controversial statements, just to see who’s paying them any attention. Why else would they take the time to even post some of the crazy stuff? They know all they have to do is bash PBO in any form big or small, to meet their quota of tweets, retweets, name mentions, site clicks, etc. They must get paid by the amount of traffic they drive or the number of times they’re mentioned in cyberspace. All that stuff is trackable by their employers and I bet it’s a bummer to have to come up with the next new ‘get them up in arms’ story.

      Give them a break…..it’s hard out there for a pimp!

      • 53 Linda
        November 27, 2013 at 8:22 am


        HP blocked my comment…..

      • 55 jackiegrumbacher
        November 27, 2013 at 9:26 am

        Cookemom–Your last line is the perfect response to any nonsensical tweet from these idiots. It should be the standard Chuck Todd rejoiner. Thank you. Every time I think of your commentary on the Benghazi hearings with Hillary Clinton I laugh out loud all over again. Remember when you told her to say, “Pardon me, boys, is that the Chattanooga choo choo.” Best line ever.

        • 56 cookemom
          December 4, 2013 at 9:54 am

          LOL!! I get tickled at that myself sometimes. It was just so stupid of those old men trying to best a woman smarter than them, when all they had was hrummpfs, and hrpumps. it would have been too cool for her to just get up and leave, singing that tune in her wake.

    • 57 anniebella
      November 27, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Forget Huff Puff. And Ryan Reilly too. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. 59 amk for obama
    November 27, 2013 at 8:14 am

  16. 60 amk for obama
    November 27, 2013 at 8:14 am


  17. 61 amk for obama
    November 27, 2013 at 8:28 am

  18. 62 amk for obama
    November 27, 2013 at 8:31 am

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  20. 64 Dudette
    November 27, 2013 at 9:06 am

  21. 65 Dudette
    November 27, 2013 at 9:07 am

    • 66 Dudette
      November 27, 2013 at 9:07 am

      Rice, Susan Rice! 😎

      • 67 LDS
        November 27, 2013 at 10:16 am

        It sounds better when you say it twice!
        That is what woman looks like with grace.
        Take notes SP…..it is so hard to write her name out. Can’t stand to say it out loud,afraid she might start other clueless tour.
        Shhhhh, don’t encourage her.

    • 68 Dakota
      November 27, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      Look at the smile on the face of the soldier waiting to shake Ambassador Rice’s hand! He seems so happy and proud of her!

  22. 69 JER
    November 27, 2013 at 9:07 am


    WASHINGTON–The number of people filing for new unemployment benefits fell for the sixth time in seven weeks, more evidence the labor market is steadily improving. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304017204579223712459418626

  23. 70 Mellesia Barnett
    November 27, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Good Morning everyone. Top of the morning to you

  24. 71 Dudette
    November 27, 2013 at 9:10 am

    • 72 No Child Left Behind
      November 27, 2013 at 9:12 am

      Dudette, so true. This image send them to Hateland, but with Obamacare, there is coverage for that disease.

    • 75 LDS
      November 27, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Humble hands of a humble man.
      It is cold and raining here in NYC, but inside I feel like sunshine.
      It is because of this kind soul I wake up and go to sleep in peace.
      Thank you. Mr. President.
      I looked forward to watching you pardon turkeys even the Chuck Todd types.

  25. 76 Dudette
    November 27, 2013 at 9:14 am

  26. 77 carolyn
    November 27, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Many of us will be talking about and writing about what we are thankful for Thursday, but I’d like to get my thanks out a little early.
    Many of you asked about my birthday last Saturday….it was wonderful. Lunch at my favorite restaurant with my husband, daughter, son-in-law and his mom, sister and aunt. Two hours of good food, good conversation and laughter…what could be better.
    Then, this weekend…..dinner tomorrow with the same group, and Friday my son and family come up from Dallas. Saturday we will have family pictures taken…..we are celebrating a year of my husband’s improved health. A year ago we almost lost him. He had two stents put in in 2011, but had never returned to his good health. He kind of putted along, then a year ago Nov 27, his chest filled with fluid and infection from his congestive heart disease.
    We rushed to emergency. They took care of him beautifully, and the surgeon told us on the 28th, “We can help you.” I had no idea what he meant…then he told us my husband was approved for a combo pacemaker/defibrillator. The surgery took place on the 29th. Within 12 hours, the color had returned to his cheeks, and he was smiling.
    Over the past year we have experienced what is to us a resurrection. Our daughter (who will celebrate her third anniversary Dec. 8) told her husband about six months ago…..”Now you’ve met my dad. You didn’t know him before.” She was right. We have our wonderful, funny, crazy, caring, adorable man back.
    For a year his previous cardiologist just told him to keep his blood pressure down and take it easy. Needless to say, we changed cardiologists.
    SO……we are celebrating and having our family picture taken…….we never know the future, but RIGHT NOW…we are all together and healthy, and the patriarch of the family is well and strong. My thanks knows no bounds. (also, the last portrait was before we had Jeff and our Emily)
    Just wanted to share, as all of this came bubbling up in my heart this morning.

    • 78 No Child Left Behind
      November 27, 2013 at 9:21 am


      Thanks for sharing your personal story with us. There are so many reasons to be thankful for. I’ve just had a bone marrow transplant which, according to the doctor, went exceptionally well. I am now recovering and feel better everyday. Without the transplant, the cancer would have had the best of me. I am very thankful for this extension of my life God granted me and ask Him to do the same in a variety of ways for everyone else.

      Happy Thanksgiving!

      • 79 jackiegrumbacher
        November 27, 2013 at 9:36 am

        NClB, what a traumatic experience. So thankful you made such an amazing recovery. May your Thanksgiving Day and entire holiday season be truly blessed.

    • 80 jackiegrumbacher
      November 27, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Carolyn, what a wonderful story of recovery. Your life seems rich with the blessings of a great family. I’m so glad you shared this with us today. It sets the mood for what this holiday is all about. Have the very best and happiest Thanksgiving.

    • 81 Betsy
      November 27, 2013 at 10:57 am

      That’s just beautiful Carolyn. So glad for you that your husband is so much better. I am sure you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  27. 82 dotster3
    November 27, 2013 at 9:16 am

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