Early Bird Chat

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a potato sack race with Jimmy Fallon in the East Room of the White House during a “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” taping for the second anniversary of the “Let’s Move!” initiative, Jan. 25, 2012 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds!

106 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    January 25, 2014 at 7:58 am

    GooOOood Day! Can you believe it’s Saturday? It is, isn’t it? 😘

  2. 8 vcprezofan2
    January 25, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Hellooooo, everyone! I’m hanging around today – too cold to venture outside (or to do any chores, IMO). 😀

  3. 9 dotster3
    January 25, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Willard Mitt slow jamming the news has wrecked one of my fave Obama fun moments. I like Jimmy Fallon, but he sure isn’t fussy about who he allows to slow jam with him. Willard is everywhere lately. Go away Willard—-your 15 minutes ended a while back.

    • 10 jackiegrumbacher
      January 25, 2014 at 8:05 am

      Dotster, I wonder if he thinks the GOP will turn to him in 2016 if all the others are in jail? Maybe Miss Ann just can’t give up the thought of wearing that inaugural dress.

    • January 25, 2014 at 8:06 am

      Seriously Dotster? He slow-jammed the news? SERIOUSLY?! Noooooooooooooooooo! What the hell, is he running again in 2016? 🙄

      • 12 Cindy
        January 25, 2014 at 8:09 am


        In one of the shows yesterday, someone actually mentioned that the GOP might have to go to Romney for 2016 because of the Christie cream problems : (

    • January 25, 2014 at 8:11 am

      This is just gross. Fallon is scraping here.

      Why is Mitt suddenly everywhere? Is he hawking a book or maybe that film that is so unflattering to him? UGH!

      • 17 Cindy
        January 25, 2014 at 8:20 am

        Good morning meta,

        HAPPY SATURDAY to you!!!

        I just shared with Chipsticks that one of the shows spoke about Mitt coming back to the GOP because of Christie cream problems. Apparently, the GOP is considering it because they don’t have a viable candidate……so get ready; Romney part II : (

    • 19 Obama Grandmama
      January 26, 2014 at 12:09 am

      I wondered the same thing after the Netflix Mitt documentary.

  4. 20 Cindy
    January 25, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Good morning dotster3 and jackiegrumbacher…..


    Have a WONDERFUL DAY!!!!

  5. 21 jackiegrumbacher
    January 25, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Good morning all. We’re enjoying a heat wave of 19 degrees today and if it weren’t for the snow and freezing wind, you might almost convince yourself that Spring will actually come some day. Got to laugh at all of last night’s twitter humor this morning, so that’s a good way to start the day. I love our FLOTUS’ sense of humor and fun. Can’t remember any other First Lady who was so comfortable in her own skin, she could make jokes and put herself in laughable situations. Most of them seemed terrified of doing something spontaneous in front of a camera. It’s one of the thousand and one reasons I love our “belle Michelle”so much.

  6. 22 Vicki
    January 25, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Re Mitt: A week or so ago Mitt was indicted on RICO charges somewhere for something. Maybe he is in damage control mode.

  7. 26 amk for obama
    January 25, 2014 at 8:28 am

  8. 28 WilTal
    January 25, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Good morning,

    Wishing everyone a wonderful day.

    Chips, I am so delighted that two of your regulars have appeared: Dudette, sending you healing prayers for a full recovery (get back to TOD soon, ya hear) and Nath, welcome back and hope you had a wonderful vacation.

  9. 43 Anjo
    January 25, 2014 at 8:47 am

    On this day in 1966 Constance Baker Motley was appointed the first black female judge in the US. Ms Baker’s parents were from Nevis. Hey we gave you Ms Motley and Alexander Hamilton, Cicely Tyson and a host of others, time to pay up, we are only 36sq miles so the bill wont be that big, so start saving for pay day.

    Have a wonderful Saturday to all ‘specially Dudette and GOBrooklyn

  10. 44 amk for obama
    January 25, 2014 at 8:52 am

  11. January 25, 2014 at 8:56 am

    California drought: Scientists puzzled by persistence of blocking ‘ridge’
    Many states have seen an easing of drought conditions, but not California, mired in its worst in more than a century. The culprit, a high pressure ridge parked offshore that is blocking winter storms.

    While much of the United States has experienced a weather year with fewer extremes and an easing drought, the record-breaking California drought – the worst since 1895 – is not leaving the region anytime soon, according to climatologists.

    The unseasonal balmy but dry weather is the result of an equally unprecedented high pressure ridge lurking offshore and blocking the typical winter storms needed to drop precipitation all along the West Coast.

    This ridge has persisted for 13 months and the longer it lingers, the less likely it is to leave, points out climatologist Brian Fuchs, from the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. This high pressure ridge system is feeding on itself, “creating a sort of perfect environment for perpetuating the dry conditions” it creates, he says.


  12. 46 amk for obama
    January 25, 2014 at 8:59 am

  13. 47 amk for obama
    January 25, 2014 at 9:18 am

  14. 49 dotster3
    January 25, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Chgo Trib reporting that PBO is expected to announce that his pal, Chgo bsns. man Marty Nesbitt, will head the Obama library site selection committee. In Chgo all kinds of different interests, personal and economic, are unattractively sniping at each other about the process and selection. And they’re all mad at Mayor Rahm who said there will be one Chgo site proposal submitted, not a half dozen. One strong, unified proposal from Chicago makes sense to me, agree with Rahm. Hawaii of course is also a strong contender and now Columbia U. has jumped into the mix. I just want it to be somewhere attractive where everyone from around the country—and the world—will want to visit.

    • January 25, 2014 at 9:33 am

      Ooooh, I don’t envy him this decision Dotster, either Chicago or Hawaii is going to be very sad. Unless there are two libraries!

    • 51 vcprezofan2
      January 25, 2014 at 9:35 am

      And somewhere where it won’t be a monumental task to access (especially for those allergic to flying). 😉

        • 53 vcprezofan2
          January 25, 2014 at 9:40 am

          Now you’re talking! 😆 😆 Exactly why I can’t help but love ya!

          You gonna put the proposal together?

          • January 25, 2014 at 9:42 am

            Can’t help VC, I’m afraid, I’m working on the Moneygall campaign.

            • 55 vcprezofan2
              January 25, 2014 at 9:45 am

              O.kay – guess that means we’ll be competitors.
              Shoot! Just remembered. Don’t think I can compete with that house painted with US flag colours

              • January 25, 2014 at 9:49 am

                Ah ha, the perfect spot for the library!! 😆

                • 57 vcprezofan2
                  January 25, 2014 at 9:52 am

                  😆 😆 😆 Enough to make you bleary-eyed before you enter!

                  • January 25, 2014 at 9:55 am

                    And next door is a bit bright too!!

                    • 59 vcprezofan2
                      January 25, 2014 at 9:59 am

                      Hmmmm. The only way we here could beat that bid is to denigrate the size of the two buildings. Is there any land behind them for expansion?

                    • January 25, 2014 at 10:01 am

                      Lots of space VC, this is the back garden:

                    • 61 vcprezofan2
                      January 25, 2014 at 10:04 am

                      Face in palms – at least this upfront knowledge saves me from putting together a bid that would fail. TY. I’ll start saving my airfare – one penny at a time.

                    • January 25, 2014 at 10:07 am

                      😆 Moneygall it is then, decision made – I’ll inform the White House!

                    • 63 vcprezofan2
                      January 25, 2014 at 11:15 am

                      Upon reflection, PBO has been such a genuine international president that I’d vote for two main libraries in Hawaii and Chicago WITH BRANCHES around the world (in places he has visited). I’d further suggest that certain genuine memoirs of the 8 year presidency then be toured to the branches, maybe on a schedule. For example, he has had so many sports gifts, that I’m sure main library curators wouldn’t mind sending some of them around the world – less to dust. [Then he could add another ‘first’ to his history – first US president whose contributions and impact on the world stage merited/led to an international library. What do you all think?

        • 64 amk for obama
          January 25, 2014 at 9:43 am

          vc finds the lamp and out comes … the genie (who else would live in a lamp?).

          genie: Ok, one wish.

          vc: I want a private road from my home to Obama Presidential Library

          genie: Nope, can’t do, too much hard work.

          vc: Ok, how about you make chips not cheat?

          genie: sighs…ok, how many lanes you want in that frickin’ road?

    • 67 amk for obama
      January 25, 2014 at 9:39 am

      Aren’t prez libs located in their birthplaces?

      I vote Hawaii.

    • 79 Obama Grandmama
      January 26, 2014 at 1:05 am

      I just finished telling my brother the other day that after PBO finishes his term in office I intend to continue donating to him only it will be for his library. I also said after it is built I intend to visit it. I just went to Chicago at Xmas and would prefer a trip to Hawaii. They may need to be sure it is wheelchair accessible by then.
      My candidate donations may end after him unless there is another Dem candidate with the intelligence, honesty, humility, humanity, listening and decision making skills based on solid fact finding, conviction, and caring about the average American that matches PBO. I did also donate to Elizabeth Warren, and Tammy ? Rep from IL so there may be possibilities in the future. I will continue to vote at each election for Dems, but it might just be a better than the other guy vote (that’s how I feel about Hillary). Most of her followers seem as bullying as a lot of the GOP candidates. The Primary against PBO showed me her true colors. Yah, she campaigned for him and did a good job as SOS, but I am convinced that was for herself to win us back as future supporters. I do not think she has real convictions but instead supports whatever is the best political outcome for herself.

  15. 80 desertflower
    January 25, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Because the story is behind a paywall…

    Another Blow for Chris Christie
    Jeff Zelevansky/Getty
    15. Another Blow for Chris Christie
    Despite the tough talk and bluster from its governor, New Jersey lost over 36,000 jobs in December, the largest drop in over two decades. Even more devastating for the assumed presidential contender, is that only 7,000 private sector jobs were created in 2013. This is the latest knock for the governor, who has seen his status as a frontrunner for the 2016 Republican primary dissipate as a result of the George Washington Bridge scandal. The numbers also provide a stark contrast to the governor’s rhetoric, as last week he said in his state of the union address that, “We have endured the worst economic recession of our lifetimes, and we have begun to triumph over it.” Maybe people just didn’t like the commute.

    • 81 africa
      January 25, 2014 at 10:11 am

      HI DF. With this dismal record, how is it that New Jersey voted this guy back into office? Democrats, especially.

      • 82 desertflower
        January 25, 2014 at 10:26 am

        Morning to you, africa! Oh, who knows. I think they all thought they were getting some “Jersey tough guy” when in reality he’s just a joke and a farce. Hopefully they got it out of their systems and are ready to get back to work. Unfortunately for them, they now have to live with the stupid vote they made…unless, of course, arrogant bloviating CC ends up in the slammer making licence plates.

    • January 25, 2014 at 10:16 am

      I read this article and laughed, because when I sounded the alarm on that smacking bully, I received the most nasty, threatening pushback I ever received. The man’s policies are disastrous. I knew something was wrong when he received all that money for Sandy and the unemployment rate didn’t budge. I don’t know what’s wrong with folks that they’re so slow on the uptake, but I suppose it’s better late than never.

      • 84 desertflower
        January 25, 2014 at 10:27 am

        ” I don’t know what’s wrong with folks that they’re so slow on the uptake,” Ain’t that the truth!

  16. 85 africa
    January 25, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Happy Saturday everyone. Cograts on 1st VC!!

  17. 86 amk for obama
    January 25, 2014 at 10:09 am

    I am a birther.

    I vote Hawaii.

    The End.

  18. 87 Roberta in Mn
    January 25, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Good Morning TODer’s. VC congrats on the Gold. Nice Early Chat Chips, love all the pictures. Temps dropping since I got up. It’s now +3 gust of 42mph gives us a wind chill of -20. Anyone care to come and enjoy this winter wonderland they call Minnesota Up North that is. 🙂

  19. 88 anniebella
    January 25, 2014 at 10:14 am

    So Mitt was on Jimmy Fallon slow jamming to the news, what is going on with him? He sure have been popping up every where lately. I know he has some kind of documentary coming out. But I don’t plan to watch it and I would not watch him on Jimmy Fallon show.

  20. 89 africa
    January 25, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Random. This warmed my heart.

  21. 93 carolyn
    January 25, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Thinking about all these Republicans putting themselves out as potential presidents, and the media picking someone now as a potential president, shows me they have no one, but also that they are way too early for this. Each one that pushes himself, or gets pushed, falls for some reason. Timing is SO important, as they should have learned from PBO. Too early, and you wipe yourself out. There is too much time in the public glare in which you can misstep miserably, and one giant misstep can do you in. These people should be tending to their jobs, building their credibility, learning what needs to be done, as two certain people we know well did.
    With all the talk about HRC, I’ve noticed she’s said nothing. No doubt she remembers what happened in 2008, when she was the presumptive heir, and pretty well tried to coast. The year for serious exploration and beginning of the process is 2015……until then, it’s all shadow boxing.
    And remember, the bigger they are, the harder they fall!!!

  22. 94 africa
    January 25, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Mitt and McCain will never get over losing to president Obama. Hmmm.

  23. 97 4morefor44
    January 25, 2014 at 10:19 am

    i say main library in chicago, and some sort of center and/or monument in hawaii. if the library was in hawaii, very few kids and schools could ever visit it, but in chicago huge groups of midwestern school kids would be visiting ever year and learning the truth about president obama. this is important to combat the inevitable attempting to re-write history be “the news” and republicans in a negative light.

    also important to honor where he was born and grew up, so some presence there is also important.

    • January 25, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Want to really make Republican heads explode…let President Obama be the first President with two libraries. Hell, let him have three. Put one in Kenya too. 🙂

      • 99 desertflower
        January 25, 2014 at 10:29 am

        That was my thought as well:) Kind of an annexed library in Hawaii….how awesome would that be?

      • 100 carolyn
        January 25, 2014 at 10:30 am

        This twofer is exactly what I’ve been thinking. Hawaii would be the perfect place for an international center for co-operation, or something like that. A place to bring people of diverse cultures and systems together to learn how to work together…..something dear to the president’s heart. Community organizing on an international scale. That suits the Hawaii spirit perfectly.
        Yes, Chicago for the archives, etc. Many more people will be able to visit it in Chicago, easily and inexpensively. I think what has to be ironed out for Chicago is the location.

    • 101 dotster3
      January 25, 2014 at 10:27 am

      I like that thinking also. I’m sure they will be able to raise ample money to support both sites, main in Chgo, an additional “branch” site in Hawaii.

    • 102 vcprezofan2
      January 25, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Goodness, I do hope the Obama library people are reading here. We all seem to be ‘gifted’ with the same general idea on this subject. I’m taking that as a clear sign! 😆 I went for breakfast and came back with this great 😉 idea which I posted here..


      …only to continue down the thread now to see that several people have a very similar idea.

  24. 103 africa
    January 25, 2014 at 10:31 am

    All GOPers do is use the poor uninformed voters to help them get rich.

  25. 106 Ann_T
    January 25, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    I heard that Michelle Obama will be on Jimmy Fallon’s new Tonight Show on February 20th.

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