Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama hugs First Lady Michelle Obama in the Red Room of the White House while Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett smiles prior to the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) reception, March 20, 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds – Happy Thursday!

144 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 africa
    March 20, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Hello TODers. And Good day. I am off to work. Hiya Chips!

  2. 3 africa
    March 20, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Yay, I am first.

    Have a blessed day everyone.

  3. March 20, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Good morning Africa and congrats!

  4. 13 hopefruit2
    March 20, 2014 at 8:17 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Congrats africa on #1 🙂

  5. March 20, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Morning everyone. Have a great day@

  6. 15 Dudette
    March 20, 2014 at 8:23 am

    G’Morning Everybody!

    Have a great day!

  7. 16 dotster3
    March 20, 2014 at 8:24 am

    If I had an extra million bucks, I would definitely get me one of these doggies. Look at them!

  8. 19 Dudette
    March 20, 2014 at 8:25 am

  9. March 20, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family. I hope all is well with eveyone. Have a super-fantatic day. (y

  10. 22 Dudette
    March 20, 2014 at 8:32 am

  11. 23 hopefruit2
    March 20, 2014 at 8:33 am

    • 24 Linda
      March 20, 2014 at 8:45 am

      Billionaire David Koch, a top financier of the Tea Party movement attached his name to the ballet, professing devotion to “The Nutcracker,” he made a matching grant of $2.5 million in order for it to go on this season.

      At their special opening performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music David Koch appeared to talk about his enormous donation. The Financial Times’ John Gapper of The Financial Times was in the audience while witnessing a crowd of “harried Brooklyn moms and salivating balletomanes” erupting in boos at the sight of the billionaire Tea Party supporter.

      Once Mr Koch had left the stage, the booing stopped and the ballet started.”


      At the Nutcracker in 2011.

      • 25 hopefruit2
        March 20, 2014 at 8:51 am

        Thanks Linda for this nugget of info. I tweeted it. 🙂

      • March 20, 2014 at 8:53 am

        This isn’t a first or news JonKarl. They’ve been doing things like this for the last few years. Trying to buy their way into every section of society. Heard at least one as a home in the Hampton’s. Does that apostrophe go there, spell-check says it does?

    • March 20, 2014 at 8:56 am

      Jon Karl should have been fired (stll should be) for doctoring a Benghazi e-mail in an attempt to detroy President Obama. The mere fact this worthless piece sh#@ still represents ABC at WHPC is absolutely appalling.

    • 29 jackiegrumbacher
      March 20, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Yes, Hf, and in an interview in Rolling Stone, Bill Gates said he had lunch with David Koch and thought he was a “very nice guy.” I almost gagged. Guess Koch has a ‘nice guy’ persona he brings out for fellow billionaires. The rest of us are so much dog meat to him.

      • 30 Linda
        March 20, 2014 at 9:02 am

        David Koch once said that his only friend outside family members was Chris Christie.

        • 31 anniebella
          March 20, 2014 at 10:13 am

          Just because you have lunch with someone does not mean you know what kind of person they are. You can be fool, I mean did Gates think David Koch was going to come to lunch acting all nasty and ugly, all disrespectful,no he will save that for those lying ads that he have on tv to keep poor, decent Americans from having good health care.

  12. 32 Linda
    March 20, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Good Morning…..

    Is this Danny ????

  13. 37 Dudette
    March 20, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Happy Spring Day 😀

    • 38 jackiegrumbacher
      March 20, 2014 at 9:01 am

      Happy, happy day, Dudette. And congratulations to all of us who survived the winter from hell. It can still get cold, still snow, still storm like crazy, but Spring is here so Hallelujah!

    • 40 MightyPamela
      March 20, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      Uh, Hello? Does everyone understand the Equinox IS the first day of Spring? Or is this funny and I am not in a humorous mood?

  14. 46 hopefruit2
    March 20, 2014 at 8:41 am

    By Jon Karl’s logic, we should accept/ignore Catholic Church abuses/molestation of kids because the church has done some good things over the decades.

  15. 47 Dudette
    March 20, 2014 at 8:41 am

  16. 48 amk for obama
    March 20, 2014 at 8:43 am

    my own ridiculous theory about the missing plane.

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

  17. March 20, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Have we heard if FLOTUS and the girls have landed safely in China? Did you know the Chinese kept their peonies a secret from the West because they are so beautiful? Hope they send a few as gifts home with the First Lady if they haven’t been given to the White House before. I’ll see if I can find an example. Happy Spring to all!

  18. 54 Dudette
    March 20, 2014 at 8:47 am

    😀 😀 😀

  19. 55 Dudette
    March 20, 2014 at 8:48 am


  20. March 20, 2014 at 8:49 am

  21. 62 Dudette
    March 20, 2014 at 8:51 am

  22. 63 hopefruit2
    March 20, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Oh..Little Jon is feeling the heat, now being defensive…

    • 64 amk for obama
      March 20, 2014 at 8:57 am

    • 65 Ladyhawke
      March 20, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Exactly HF. Jonathan Karl should watch the documentary below. No amount of donations to the Lincoln Center can distract from the Koch Brothers real agenda.

      Robert Greenwald’s “Koch Brothers Exposed” (Full)

  23. 66 dotster3
    March 20, 2014 at 8:55 am

    People can stop fretting about the possibility of PBO dancing on Ellen. He won’t be in studio with her. He is appearing on a feed from the WH. But still—–I could never figure out the critics of his dancing——–I would like to see their so much more awesome dance style and their dance trophies—–because I very much appreciated his cool moves——and decided he can swing and sway on my dance floor any day. 🙂

  24. March 20, 2014 at 8:56 am

    • 69 anniebella
      March 20, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Agree with you, what wonderful ambassadors. They look so lovely. Malia and Sasha is growing into lovely young ladies.

  25. 70 hopefruit2
    March 20, 2014 at 8:59 am

    You all must see/read this – it will have you all ROTFLMAO-ing!!!

    HEADLINE: RNC’s embarrassing new ad campaign: Meet Scott, the cool young Republican!

    // Can millennials be convinced to care about job creators? Maybe this guy in a leather jacket and glasses can do it. Everyone knows how hard it can be to market to millennials. Today’s young Americans are wise to the traditional tricks of the pitchman. But one thing this generation responds to is sincerity. The best way to reach them is with an earnest, honest message from someone they can identify with. For a great example of what professional marketers think that means, take a look at this brilliant new ad campaign from the Republican National Committee. Meet Scott Greenberg, totally identifiable millennial guy who also happens to be a Republican: //


    • 71 jackiegrumbacher
      March 20, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Oh GAG! I’m sure millions of millennials will be totally turn on to the GOP because of this ad!!

    • 72 dotster3
      March 20, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Well, that convinced me! I’m switching to Repub! I want to be cool like Scott (ewwww) and want the rich to become richer so they can trickle on me!

    • 74 Dudette
      March 20, 2014 at 9:33 am

      OMG! What a crock’ “I’m a Republican because we should have an all of the above energy policy” Yet their actual policy is “Driill Baby Drill” and the President’s actual words were that we need all of the above.

      This is their new version of “Jobs, jobs, jobs!” Once again, their strategy is to lie about what they stand for in order to get votes, then screw over the people who elect them. Ugh, I’m so disgusted by these lying bastards!

  26. 80 dotster3
    March 20, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Smiled at the comment that the First Lady is taller than the whole country there

  27. March 20, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I couldn’t help myself. . .

  28. March 20, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Hope they see beautiful art work too. . .

  29. 93 dotster3
    March 20, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I see Fortune did not have PBO on their list of top 50 leaders—–instead had Bill Clinton, Derek Jeter, Bono etc. Unbelievable.

    • March 20, 2014 at 9:17 am

      You are kidding me?!

    • 96 hopefruit2
      March 20, 2014 at 9:21 am

      Of course, this was done on purpose. But little do they know how much it has damaged their credibility – and not the President..

      • 97 derbingleguy
        March 20, 2014 at 10:38 am

        It won’t hurt one way or the other because truth to tell in one week if that long nobody is going to remember it. Not even the people that put together the list.

    • 98 Vicki
      March 20, 2014 at 9:33 am

      In line with a NYTimes front page story today concern trolling the future of ACA. Times still pretending that Obamacare may not be the greatest piece of social legislation and a Permanent Positive Legacy for POTUS.

      The Times are M—–f—ers addicted to their schadenfreude.

      • 99 anniebella
        March 20, 2014 at 10:28 am

        Don’t worry Vicki, I’m sure there were jackasses papers around like the NYT in the days when Social Security and Medicare came out and those papers were saying the exact same thing about Medicare and S.S.

    • 100 anniebella
      March 20, 2014 at 10:31 am

      Who did Fortune have as their top leader, Putin?

    • 101 Nena20409
      March 20, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Wow. Fortune is seeking attention….BUZZ….Another of Many Insults engineered by many in the Media since Jan 20, 2009. Once again, very predictable. Vindictive. And other way of their misguided schemes to Remove pres Obama from the History books. He won Twice and with the most Voters ever cast for any president in 2008 and 2012 respectively. The History Books Can’t undo that.

  30. 103 dotster3
    March 20, 2014 at 9:23 am

  31. 104 amk for obama
    March 20, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Almost half of Syria’s declared stockpile of chemical weapons has now been removed, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says.


  32. 105 amk for obama
    March 20, 2014 at 9:31 am

  33. 107 dotster3
    March 20, 2014 at 9:33 am

    I so hope this is true, because, if so, this is perfect.

  34. 109 amk for obama
    March 20, 2014 at 9:33 am

  35. 110 dotster3
    March 20, 2014 at 9:37 am

    And LOVE this! It would make going to the bathroom fun! 🙂

  36. 112 isonprize
    March 20, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I thought you might enjoy a laugh this morning… They really think that young people are stupid…

  37. 113 japa21
    March 20, 2014 at 9:39 am

    So I woke up yhis morning and said to myself, “Self, it is the first day of Spring. You have survived this miserable Winter.” Then trotted downstairs to let the dog out and lo and behold, it is snowing. Will only be about 1/2 inch which will all melt in a couple hours, but it is the principle of the thing. Have I mentioned yet how much I have hated this Winter?

  38. 115 Dudette
    March 20, 2014 at 9:40 am

  39. March 20, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Oh CNN, your the black hole of news, or is it sewer?

  40. 119 Dudette
    March 20, 2014 at 9:45 am

  41. March 20, 2014 at 10:09 am

    A new trend. . .

  42. March 20, 2014 at 10:10 am

    That was a LOOOOOONG trip for FLOTUS, Mrs. Robinson and the girls. So glad they are on the ground.

  43. March 20, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Dude tote, hope this cleanses your eyes from those stupid GOP ads. . .
    And everyone’s!

  44. 134 JER
    March 20, 2014 at 10:15 am

  45. March 20, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Breaking: Obama expected to deliver a statement on Ukraine at 11 a.m.

  46. March 20, 2014 at 10:29 am

    For the nerds at TOD!

  47. 143 JER
    March 20, 2014 at 10:35 am

    LIVE NOW: Nancy Pelosi Weekly News Conference – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

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