Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at a Hanukkah reception at the White House, Dec 8, 2011


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds!

158 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 18 Layla
    December 8, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Hello Chipses!!!!

  2. 32 Lynn
    December 8, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Morning to one and all.

  3. 39 africa
    December 8, 2013 at 7:30 am

    How’s the weather for everyone. In my little corner, it is cooooooooooooooooold. And I have to go out today do my charity work, picking fruits. Burrrrr.

  4. 43 africa
    December 8, 2013 at 7:35 am

  5. 44 WilTal
    December 8, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Happy Sunday to everyone,

    “Chips, you are Awesome” It’s not a figment of your imagination…you’re super-duper awesome and so much more!

    The coverage provided here of Madiba has been magnificent. Thanks to all.

  6. December 8, 2013 at 7:59 am

    I few days from now, Mandela will be buried in a grave that will be visited by millions over the coming years. Perhaps there will eventually be some sort of marble something with names, dates, and maybe even a statue. Hundreds of tons of flowers and other tokes will constantly be laid and constantly be swept away. But what is the best memorial? It isn’t marble. It woulbe be to continue and build upon his work, to finish what he left unfinished, to find another person to follow in his footsteps. Indeed, if we could have an army of folks 3/4 as good, that would be better than any carved stone.

    • December 8, 2013 at 8:04 am

      TY, Carol. Perfectly said.

      Good morning, TOD! Blessed and happy day to all. Stay warm and surround yourself with love and peace. ‘Tis the season.

    • 53 jackiegrumbacher
      December 8, 2013 at 8:06 am

      Well said Carol. And it’s up to us, individually, not just our leaders to carry on his work. Next year will be our big challenge. People will tell us that winning back the Congress is impossible. But we’ll keep forging on and working hard every day to make the impossible, possible.

    • 54 Dudette
      December 8, 2013 at 9:03 am

      {{{{{ CarolDuhart }}}}}

  7. December 8, 2013 at 8:05 am

    I just love Michelle’s holiday dresses!

    • 56 jackiegrumbacher
      December 8, 2013 at 8:07 am

      The jewel toned color is really magnificent. Love it.

      • December 8, 2013 at 8:14 am

        The blue toned dress is certainly lovely. But I also love the gold dress for the Inauguration, the gown for the India state dinner, and the assorted gowns she wears for state events. No one carries out bright colors like Michelle. And BTW, I’m glad she didn’t listen to any “advisors” who told her to “tone it down” for being the first African-American First Lady. These people would have had her in gray, twinsets and Lord and Taylor stuff and those atrocious “suits” I’ve seen Congresswomen wear.

        • 58 Don
          December 8, 2013 at 8:31 am

          My mother and grandmother thought the sun rises and sets on Lord and Taylor-LOL.

          • December 8, 2013 at 8:53 am

            There’s a certain place for that stuff but Mrs. O is young and vibrant and she loves innovation. Her fashion choices reflect her pleasure in the new and the extraordinary. She has fun with clothes and it really has changed the fashion industry for the better.

            • 60 hopefruit2
              December 8, 2013 at 9:00 am

              I suspect the fashion industry (especially budding designers) heaved a sigh of relief when PBO was re-elected. Between FLOTUS (and now the girls) and even PBO, they’re covered on all ends. What would Miss Ann do for them? Who would buy or can even afford the dowdy over-priced stuff that she wears?

            • 61 WilTal
              December 8, 2013 at 9:04 am

              Totally agree Meta. I also appreciate that she gives the up-and-coming young designers recognition by wearing their clothes as well. She’s truly a class. act.

          • 62 WilTal
            December 8, 2013 at 9:09 am

            Don, I remember back in the day if you could afford L&T, you were saying something (a blast from the past).

    • 63 Dudette
      December 8, 2013 at 9:24 am

      Good Morning Carol, jackie, Don, meta and hopefruit!

  8. 64 africa
    December 8, 2013 at 8:09 am

  9. 65 africa
    December 8, 2013 at 8:15 am

  10. 66 jackiegrumbacher
    December 8, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Good morning Chips I, II and III and everyone. Today we’re expecting the first snow and ice of the season, which should cripple traffic for a while and fill the grocery stores. I still want to see the Christmas choral concert at our local college–they do a terrific job and everyone leaves feeling a little more of the Christmas spirit. Today could be a fateful day in the Ukraine and I’m concerned about what will happen when that idiot Yanukovych imposes marshal law. I hope the starry-eyed Putin adorers from last summer recognize what an evil influence Putin is on the countries around him, but doubt they can see anything beyond their Obama hatred.

  11. December 8, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I thought this article on Politico was very illuminating. What it takes to move a President to an overseas state Funeral. The Obamas will attend a ceremony on Tuesday http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/obama-south-africa-nelson-mandela-100827.html?hp=f1

    • 69 Dudette
      December 8, 2013 at 9:28 am

      Good morning aamon. Logistical nightmare. I’m comforted know that the President surrounds himself with competent professionals.
      This is going to be a massive undertaking for South Africa to pull off with all the dignitaries coming. An opportunity for them to shine though.

      • 70 carolyn
        December 8, 2013 at 10:01 am

        The headline was a little misleading. When I read the entire article, I learned that these plans have been worked on for months. This is an anticipated event, and the secret service and So. Afr’n government have been working on plans…..all that to say, yes, months of the usual work will be compressed into 72 hours. The article also stated that protocol is a big consideration…who goes where, when, how, with whom…..which is why protocol experts are paid well!

  12. December 8, 2013 at 8:40 am

    G’morning Chips and TOD!!

  13. December 8, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Gooooood mooooorrningggg, Chips, Danny O and TODville.

    OMG, Chips, the post on PBO’s early days as a community organizer just BLEW ME AWAY. His vision, his goals, his heart and soul have been so consistently in alignment throughout the course of his life. How astonishingly lucky we are that his destiny met with ours. So proud of him and his ability to manage it all with uncommon grace.

    And the posts on Mandela are also just superb. Thanks to you and all of the BTs for extraordinary passion and dedication to all the subjects presented in such a compelling way here at TODville. Pure excellence in the daily Rise & Shine posts as well. I’m so grateful to all of you who comment as well. Three cheers!!

  14. 76 africa
    December 8, 2013 at 8:57 am

    MSM is cray, cray. That’s all.

    • 77 anniebella
      December 8, 2013 at 9:00 am

      We know the MSM don’t want to give any positive news concerning this Obama administration.

    • 78 hopefruit2
      December 8, 2013 at 9:05 am

      Jake Tapper (CNN) got defensive when I pointed this out to him yesterday. I asked him a question and still waiting for an answer.

  15. 79 anniebella
    December 8, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Hello. I just love that picture of our President and First lady.

  16. 82 JER
    December 8, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Good Morning Chips.

  17. 87 hopefruit2
    December 8, 2013 at 9:09 am

    You won’t believe it but this is our CarolMae folks ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. 102 Dudette
    December 8, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Ran across this last night. Thought this morning’s “medal winner” might like it.

  19. 104 99ts
    December 8, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Some history I should know well – but had forgotten – so much that happened to end apartheid

    Shockwaves go global, reach Mandela in prison
    “Mandela said that when the game [rugby union] was cancelled, he said all the prisoners on Robben Island grabbed the doors of their cells and they rattled them right round the prison and it was like the sun came out,”

    • 105 Dudette
      December 8, 2013 at 9:47 am

      Good movie to watch: Invictus

      Invictus is a 2009 biographical sports drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. The story is based on the John Carlin book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation about the events in South Africa before and during the 1995 Rugby World Cup, which was hosted in that country following the dismantling of apartheid. Freeman and Damon play, respectively, South African President Nelson Mandela and Franรงois Pienaar, the captain of the South Africa rugby union team, the Springboks.[3]

  20. 106 africa
    December 8, 2013 at 9:15 am


    • 107 jackiegrumbacher
      December 8, 2013 at 9:43 am

      Oooh, Africa, I would just love, love, love for the Virginia Republican party to announce this position publicly. Then I want to watch while all of Virginia’s seniors and soon-to be seniors tell them to take a long hike east to the Atlantic Ocean and keep walking. I encourage the entire Republican party from coast to coast to run on this position–you know they really want to.

  21. December 8, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I wanna play a game. How low can you go? Here, the temp is 24 degrees. Anyone lower?

    • 109 99ts
      December 8, 2013 at 9:42 am

      In my world we measure temperature in Celsius – and its about 19C at the moment – so lower than 24 – but nowhere near as cold ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 110 jackiegrumbacher
      December 8, 2013 at 9:44 am

      You win, Carol. It’s a balmy 27 in PA.

    • 111 Lynn
      December 8, 2013 at 9:48 am

      Nineteen…and RISING! Yippee!

      • December 8, 2013 at 9:58 am

        Lower than 19 (F)? Anyone? Lurkers can play too…

        • 113 carolyn
          December 8, 2013 at 10:05 am

          Our low in OKC Friday night was 8 degrees (F)…..last night was scheduled to be about 17. Our high yesterday was 21…..today supposed to zoom up to 28! We are NOT used to this…..but we are fortunate, our home is warm and cozy. In fact, we just had a new furnace installed two weeks ago…just in time. The old one was original to the house (1968) and was getting ready to either explode or expire!

    • 114 sherijr
      December 8, 2013 at 9:52 am

      good morning everyone… Carol, a year ago I was still living in ND- today in my little town there- it is minus -20 – which makes me very happy I’m now in Maryland where its a balmy 32 degrees !

    • 119 mtmarilyn
      December 8, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Well CarolDuhart, we win at the moment. It is -10 here. I am off to church and then our family is going out to the woods to cut out Christmas tree. No wind today so it won’t be too bad. The high is suppose to be 5. It is cold.

      I love these pictures of the First couple all dressed up. The best looking First couple ever! Off to church.

      • December 8, 2013 at 10:08 am

        mt, brave folks! Here I’m looking at a list of church closings. To me, that’s something new. When I was a kid, churches stayed open even in bad weather. But back then. people lived in the same neighborhood as the church, and pastors/priests lived next to or above the church sanctuary. But when people moved out to the suburbs, the churches often were sold off or kept and folks would commute to church. When that happens, people have a harder time getting to a church when the weather is bad.

        The congregations and buildings were smaller too, so you could heat some sanctuaries with a space heater for the ten or so folks who actually braved the cold to go. And there were a few members who lived next door and people looking for escape from the cold who might make for about ten people sitting in the front pew. But megachurches can’t open up for about 10 people-the costs of opening are too great for that. So we have church closings now.

      • 121 carolyn
        December 8, 2013 at 10:10 am

        I think mtmarilyn wins the how low can you go game! That’s one game I don’t want to win! Stay warm, Marilyn, and good luck finding the perfect tree!!!

    • December 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      We were -17F in WY yesterday. I think we are above 0F today and the cars started. They needed help yesterday and we went to see Frozen, a very fun movie.

  22. 124 anniebella
    December 8, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Do anyone know what day POTUS and FLOTUS will leave for South Africa?

    • 125 Dudette
      December 8, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Gotta be either tonight or sometime tomorrow, since the memorial service is Tuesday.

      • December 8, 2013 at 10:01 am

        Don’t know but heard last night that the Bushes, Clintons and Jimmy Carter will join the President and First Lady. George H.W. Bush will not.

        • 127 hopefruit2
          December 8, 2013 at 10:11 am

          I heard that GWB and spouse will join the Obamas on AF1 en route to S.A. The Clintons and Jimmy Carter will attend but separately.

        • 128 Dudette
          December 8, 2013 at 10:13 am

          Hi jackie4O.

          Yes. Interestingly someone posted yesterday that Carter’s not going on AF1.
          He’s going separately as part of The Elders group (see info at the end of previous thread).

    • 129 hopefruit2
      December 8, 2013 at 10:16 am

      They are supposed to attend the Kennedy Center Honors tonight so I would imagine that they’re leaving either very late tonight or early tomorrow morning. We are ~7 hrs behind South Africa, and the flight is about 10.5 hrs!

  23. 130 africa
    December 8, 2013 at 9:33 am

    My admiration for President Obama overflows.

  24. 131 Dudette
    December 8, 2013 at 9:34 am

    You might have noticed, Peter Gabriel, one of my other pretend-husbands in the video introducing The Elders in the previous thread.
    Ohhhh how I love him!

  25. 132 africa
    December 8, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Rev. Al Speaking truth to power.

  26. 137 Dudette
    December 8, 2013 at 9:50 am

  27. 138 Dudette
    December 8, 2013 at 9:58 am

  28. 139 Dudette
    December 8, 2013 at 10:00 am

  29. 140 africa
    December 8, 2013 at 10:03 am

    GOP legacy:

  30. 141 Dudette
    December 8, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Heading out now. Crazy busy day! Have a wonderful Sunday Everybody!

  31. 142 africa
    December 8, 2013 at 10:05 am

  32. 143 99ts
    December 8, 2013 at 10:08 am

    g’nite e1 – have a great day

  33. 145 africa
    December 8, 2013 at 10:10 am

  34. 146 Dudette
    December 8, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Had to come back and post this…

  35. 148 Dudette
    December 8, 2013 at 10:17 am

    … and this! ๐Ÿ˜€

  36. 149 hopefruit2
    December 8, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Can we get a list somewhere? Let me check Reuters…

  37. 150 anniebella
    December 8, 2013 at 10:18 am

    What bandwagon? I’m sure must of the talk is from the tv pundits, and MSM.

  38. 151 hopefruit2
    December 8, 2013 at 10:29 am

  39. 158 vcprezofan2
    December 8, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Perusing the first 40 or so comments on the way down, it seems she-who-shall-not-be-named–again has been having a ball; full of herself several times over! Oh deah!

    Happy Sunday Morning, Afternoon, &/ Evening-Night, TODvillage!

    Morning Chips Chica! You have led the village off to a three-ri-fic start – THANK YOU! It is nice to see all three of yourselves were/are in a terrific mood! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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