Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Obama walks to Air Force One before departing from Everett, Wash., Feb. 17, 2012


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds, Happy Monday!

109 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. February 17, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Good Morning to Chips and the TOD family from sunny ‘Carnival in the air’ Trinidad.

  2. 6 Cindy
    February 17, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Good morning Chipsticks and Danny Boy!

    Happy Monday and Happy President’s Day…..


    P.S. As always, THANK YOU for your work!!

  3. 7 vcprezofan2
    February 17, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Hail, all you citizens of TODvillage!

    Howdy, visiting Lady Mayor (seems you and I are vying for least-in-sight)!

  4. 17 Cindy
    February 17, 2014 at 8:00 am


    Happy Monday to EVERYONE and Happy President’s Day.

    I hope you have the day off, if so, ENJOY! and if not,…….well : (

  5. 18 99ts
    February 17, 2014 at 8:03 am

    GM everyone – if you haven’t voted – check out meta’s great baking – in 2nd place – heading towards No 1

    From Susanne:

    do you like to eat? do you love our META? of course you do!
    meta’s blog is in the running for a best food blog award, and we need to vote!!

    here’s the link for where you vote http://www.thekitchn.com/vote-for-your-favorite-sweets-baking-cooking-blog-in-the-homies-awards-the-homies-2014-200246

    scroll down to her blog’s name , Pastry Studio, then click on the plus sign to ‘nominate’ her for the next round! we need to get her into the top 3 so she can win the gold!!

    now go visit her blog and drooooool over the fabulous desserts she cooks up! thanks meta for all the dreamy goodies!

    • 19 Cindy
      February 17, 2014 at 8:07 am

      Good evening 99ts,

      I hope you have enjoyed your Monday.

      I voted last night when I saw the posting. Are we allowed to vote again?


    • February 17, 2014 at 8:09 am

      Voted! Thank you 99ts, I only spotted the chat about the vote now, so thrilled to join in!

      • 23 99ts
        February 17, 2014 at 8:14 am

        Hello Ms Chips – you have been missed – although in your absence NW has provided some wonderful posts – I hope you have caught up with the work and chased away the odd twitter troll (very politely, of course).

        • February 17, 2014 at 8:24 am

          All’s good now 99ts, my mother had a bad fall on Thursday night and cut her head so had to go to hospital. She’s home now and recovering well, although still a bit dazed from it all. I spent Friday and Saturday catching up on sleep and looking after her, and then had a busy day’s work yesterday, so would have been completely lost without Nerdy – she’s a wonder.

          • 25 99ts
            February 17, 2014 at 8:38 am

            So sorry about your Mom – I had a similar experience with my MIL a few years ago – it did take quite some time for her to recover from the fall – and to feel confident back in the usual swings of living. No doubt your Mom loves you as much as everyone here – I’ll rustle up meta to bake you a cake – cause my efforts are usually inedible 🙂 Many get well thoughts to your Mom.

            • February 17, 2014 at 8:48 am

              Ah, thank you 99ts!! Definitely, I think she’s lost quite a bit of confidence, although as always she lets on everything is fine. She handled it all so calmly, it was amazing, she was even joking in the ambulance with the superhero who was tending to her. I was sitting there feeling quietly hysterical. I’m guessing she was in shock, though, looks like it’s caught up now.

              The one smile in the night was when I got home, around five in the morning, Danny was like: “Woah, you’re up early – okay, walkies time!” (He speaks, you know).

          • 27 Dudette
            February 17, 2014 at 8:43 am

            Oh dear. I’m glad to hear your mom’s recovering, Chips. NW kept things rolling along for us beautifully. Hugs to all three of you!

          • 34 jackiegrumbacher
            February 17, 2014 at 8:54 am

            Oh, Chips, sorry your mom had the fall and the scare. Falls can be terrifying — they happen so quickly and you just lose control as gravity takes over. Glad you got to be with her. I hope she’s fully recovered very soon.

            • February 17, 2014 at 8:58 am

              Thank you so much Jackie, it was a horrible experience for her, and as 99ts said the biggest impact is the loss of confidence after, so we really need to try and build that back for her. I just can’t over the fact that she didn’t break anything – she puts it down to a lifetime of drinking milk! Thanks again Jackie.

              • 36 vcprezofan2
                February 17, 2014 at 9:35 am

                Aaaaw, Chips! Only now reading of Mama Chips’ ordeal – so fortunate you were near. Sure hope this wasn’t a slip on ice – of which I am so, so afraid. Virtual hugs to Mom, you and your siblings, all of whom are probably going to be a bit nervous until Mom regains her confidence. Wishes for fast healing! {{{{CC + Mom}}}}

                • February 17, 2014 at 10:06 am

                  Thank you, you lovely thing. No, it happened at home, we don’t know if she slipped or became dizzy, no explanation for it. It’s really incredible that she didn’t break something, but physically she seems to be fine, it’s just the shock of it all has left her a bit stunned. And the confidence issue is the main thing now. But we’ll work on it. Thanks a million VC.

                  • 38 vcprezofan2
                    February 17, 2014 at 10:15 am

                    ‘It’s really incredible that she didn’t break something’

                    Praises! I’d guess the docs checked her out re dizziness, etc. so ….. will continue to hold her, you and the rest of the family in my thoughts. Tell Danny-O I was proud to hear that he did his best to give your mind a break from worry by taking you for an earlier than usual walk. {{Danny-O}} = (not hugs but) 2 pats on the head

          • 41 sherijr
            February 17, 2014 at 9:27 am

            (((((((((Mama Chips))))))))) Best wishes to her.. and you Chips.

          • February 17, 2014 at 9:29 am

            Wishing your mom a speedy recovery…

          • February 17, 2014 at 9:57 am

            Chips sorry to hear about your mom’s fall, and glad you were able to be there for her with NW’s help! Hope she continues to recover and you & Danny are able to get back into your normal routines soon. 🙂

          • 47 Judith Fardig
            February 17, 2014 at 11:14 am

            Chips – it sounds like your mother didn’t break anything but her confidence. Head injuries can be serious, so it’s good she went to the hospital. Hope she regains it all soon!

            • February 17, 2014 at 11:17 am

              Thank you so much Judith, you’re absolutely right, her confidence is all that has been broken, and we can work on getting that back. She’s just happy to be back in her own home, so she’s warm and comfy. Thanks again Judith.

          • 49 Nena20409
            February 17, 2014 at 11:23 am

            Wishing your Mom a speedy recovery.

            Wishing you a good deserved rest.

            {{{{Chips and Mom}}}}

          • 51 amk for obama
            February 17, 2014 at 11:29 am

            Sorry about your mom, bt.

            Wishing her a quick recovery.

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          • February 17, 2014 at 11:43 am

            Oh my goodness, Chips. SO sorry to hear about your mother. Please give her our love and best wishes for a full recovery ASAP. Many, many bouquets of healing to her.

          • February 17, 2014 at 1:06 pm

            Will be keeping your mom and you in my thoughts, Chips!! Wishing her a speedy recovery and so glad she is now home and comfortable.

          • 62 MightyPamela
            February 17, 2014 at 1:24 pm

            {{{{{Chipsticks&Mama&Danny}}}}} ♥

  6. 63 99ts
    February 17, 2014 at 8:07 am

    So the NYSE calls today Washington’s Birthday – they obviously realize that is maybe not such a great idea – as they have to explain why it is so

    “Washington’s Birthday was first declared a federal holiday by an 1879 act of Congress. The Monday Holiday Law, enacted in 1968, shifted the date of the commemoration of Washington’s Birthday from February 22 to the third Monday in February, but neither that law nor any subsequent law changed the name of the holiday from Washington’s Birthday to President’s Day. Although the third Monday in February has become popularly known as President’s Day, the NYSE’s designation of Washington’s Birthday as an Exchange holiday (Rule 51) follows the form of the federal holiday outlined above (section 6103(a) of title 5 of the United States Code).”

    Anyone know if this is a recent call by the NYSE – I get paranoid about such things in relation to the current President.

  7. 64 jackiegrumbacher
    February 17, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Good morning. The president comes back to DC today to an impossibly busy week. I hope his time away refreshed his spirit. President’s Day is one of those mushy holidays that never meant much to me. I used to like to have Lincoln’s and Washington’s Birthdays off in the old days. We could do fun projects at school about both of them and get to understand their lives and accomplishments better. Plus it was TWO days off in the endless drear of February. But President’s Day–meh. Some of our presidents are best left forgotten and so the whole thing is just an amorphous nothing. Still, school kids are home today, the “sales” are everywhere and the malls will be clogged. I guess the way to honor American presidents is to show that we are avid consumers and spend money.

    • 65 Cindy
      February 17, 2014 at 8:11 am

      Happy Monday jackiegrumbacher!

      The malls will definitely be packed here. The weather is beautiful and the kids are restless when the schools are closed.

      I am happy; no school and no tutoring, a 24 hour break is what I ordered : )

  8. 66 Nerdy Wonka
    February 17, 2014 at 8:19 am

  9. 67 Nerdy Wonka
    February 17, 2014 at 8:27 am

    • 68 jackiegrumbacher
      February 17, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Fantastic summary, NW. If we all had these facts at our fingertips, we could argue successfully with anyone. I’ve saved these summary statements in a special file to refer to when I encounter the doubters and the naysayers. Thank you so much. This is what ’empowerment’ means.

    • February 17, 2014 at 9:47 am

      Add my thanks to how you zero in on the nuts and bolts…to bring them front and center….great tweets…i am most happy to re-tweet…smilin

  10. 71 JER
    February 17, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Good Morning Chips and everybody.

    President Barack Obama will bid farewell to the Coachella Valley Monday ending a long weekend in the desert that included golfing with childhood friends and a dinner meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan. …

    On Sunday, he headed to the Porcupine Creek estate to tee off with the same group of childhood friends …

    Porcupine Creek and its private golf course are owned by Oracle co-founder and BNP Paribas owner Larry Ellison. … Oracle engineers were tapped in October, along with those from Google and Red Hat, to help the federal government fix the problems with … HealthCare.gov website.

    Ellison said at a Oracle shareholders meeting in October that the database giant felt it was its responsibility “as a technology provider in the technology industry to serve all of our customers, and the federal government is one of our customers, so we are helping them in every way we can.” … http://www.mydesert.com/article/20140216/NEWS01/302160022/

    Raw video: President Obama leaves Larry Ellison’s Porcupine Creek – http://bcove.me/zs1oi3nd

  11. 73 Nerdy Wonka
    February 17, 2014 at 8:31 am

  12. February 17, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Mr. Muscatinegal made an astute but amusing observation about TOD last night.

    He came into the LR to watch the last 10 minutes of “Downton Abbey” with me and I was explaining the characters to him (“Oh, that’s Lady Edith and Lady Mary – they are Lord Grantham’s daughters”, etc.) He marveled that I could keep track of all those characters and their backstory so easily.

    Then he said “It’s just like that Obama Diary you follow. You’re always telling me about the different names on there and what they say or do – and their dogs, but I don’t know how you can keep it all straight!”

    So there you have it – perhaps you all are actually “TOD Abbey”. I’ll let you decide who is the Dowager Countess around here. 🙂

    • February 17, 2014 at 9:04 am

      😆 “TOD Abbey” Casting starts today muscatinegal!!!! Your hubby sounds a hoot!

    • 79 jackiegrumbacher
      February 17, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Mucatinegal, we remember the characters we LOVE on tv shows, in movies and in books. We remember people here because we share a common love of our president and because we trust each other. There are many characters in tv shows that I could care less about and never remember their names, let alone their backgrounds. There are other blogs I go to where I would be hard pressed to remember the names of any of the commenters. This is different because Chips has made it a place where the naysayers and the haters are not welcome and we are safe to be ourselves.

    • February 17, 2014 at 11:48 am

      TOD Abbey. Love it!

      It’d be tough to pick a character. I love them all so much.

  13. 81 Dudette
    February 17, 2014 at 8:54 am

  14. 82 Dudette
    February 17, 2014 at 8:55 am

  15. 83 Dudette
    February 17, 2014 at 8:56 am

    • 84 vcprezofan2
      February 17, 2014 at 10:09 am

      I’m going public with my gripe about this DangerousBlackKids hashtag. Quite simply, I dislike it, though I absolutely love all the pics it accompanies that I’ve seen. I see its intent, but it really, really bothers me when we establish our messaging using a base triggered by the haters. I see such beautiful pictures of black kids being wonderful young citizens, tainted IMO by this messaging. Sure it’s meant to be a poke in the eyes of the haters, but as far as I’m concerned we’ve let *them* set the message of our rebuttal. I shut up yesterday, but I hate to see this continuing. We could use those SAME beautiful young images and attach our own positive hashtag…. IMO.

      • February 17, 2014 at 10:14 am

        I have to say I had mixed feelings about it too VC when I caught up with it, and I’m not completely comfortable with my tweet on it either – although I intended it as a mocking two fingers to the bigots, and I’m okay with the mocking ones. But I understand what you mean, I share your reservations.

        • 86 vcprezofan2
          February 17, 2014 at 10:23 am

          IMO people could easily turn it around by resending their pics with a positive hashtag. [I was actually tempted yesterday to do just that but felt sure the original senders would be quite ticked with me. I mean, who am I to edit their stuff!!!! 😯 ] I ‘endured’ yesterday, but I really hate that it’s continuing today with the same hashtag.

          Maybe TOD could brainstorm for a shorter positive hashtag (shorter than #BlackKidsOurKidsOurFuture) and introduce it to the twitter stream.

          Yo TODobots, what do you all think?

        • 87 Obama Grandmama
          February 17, 2014 at 1:26 pm

          I get both sides of the issue too, but think the positive message with pictures may not have the immediate impact of absurdity to the original message.

      • 88 sherijr
        February 17, 2014 at 11:05 am

        I’m good with what you’re saying VC, even though I added my kid/grandkid to the dangerous black kids tag… all as tongue in cheek to poke at the eye of the haters. But I see your point and understand your mixed feelings about it.

  16. 98 Dudette
    February 17, 2014 at 8:57 am

  17. 99 lockewasright
    February 17, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I am just really bad at sleeping. Oh well, I’ll call it extra quiet time before the kids and their sleep over buddies wake up. I need to get started on SBA research and doing some planning anyway.

  18. 100 sherijr
    February 17, 2014 at 9:16 am

    good Morning all & Happy President’s Day 🙂

  19. 101 JER
    February 17, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Here is more of Willie. You gotta love him.

    Video: Willie Luellen: I’m out here to watch my president.


  20. 102 Linda
    February 17, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Something I learned yesterday…..

    Dr. Sharon Malone ( Holder ) is the sister of Vivian Malone Jones…the woman who Gov George Wallace blocked from the entering the University of Alabama back in 1963. She was the first AA to graduate from UA

  21. 103 desertflower
    February 17, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Happy Monday morning everyone:) SO nice to be sitting home and relaxing this morning without having to rush around getting ready for work…love this…though I do agree with jackie about the separate holidays back in the day…. 🙂 Going out to lunch with my son today, always a treat for us. Doing some more yard/pool work….just a day that I can do what I want to..the joy of 3 day weekends!

    Thrilled that meta’s quest to first place is going so well!!! We can do this, yes we can! {{{{TOD}}}} Have I mentioned that I love my President today? I do. I really, really, really do:) Grateful every day.

  22. February 17, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Good morning around the TOD world!

  23. 107 Allison
    February 17, 2014 at 10:04 am

    GM All

    Charles Barkley interviews President Obama

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