Early Bird Chat

President Obama greets U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy upon his arrival at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo

President Obama is greeted by Caroline Kennedy and her husband Edwin Schlossberg



111 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 COS
    April 23, 2014 at 7:15 am

    GM Chips my friend and TOD friends.

  2. 8 vcprezofan2
    April 23, 2014 at 7:18 am

    I was at the end of the previous thread, sharing my hellos and goodbyes. 😉

    Good Morning/Evening, TODobots!
    Heading out the door in about 15 mins. Have yourselves a great day! (12 mins now.)

  3. April 23, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family. I hope all is well with everyone. Congrats COS, on being first this lovely Wednesday morning.

  4. 14 JER
    April 23, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  5. April 23, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Goodmorning Family 🙂

  6. 17 jackiegrumbacher
    April 23, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Good morning everyone. How lovely to see Caroline Kennedy greeting our president in what appears to be some kind of closed off area. Doesn’t he usually land in an open space? And is that her husband behind her? I hope and pray that this whole Asian trip goes well and he gets back home safe and satisfied with a job well done.

  7. 18 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Goooood Mooorning Family!

  8. 19 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 7:41 am

  9. April 23, 2014 at 7:42 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Our President is already is Japan? That was quick! 🙂

  10. 27 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 7:45 am

  11. April 23, 2014 at 7:45 am

      April 23, 2014 at 9:08 am


  12. 32 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 7:53 am

    • 33 hopefruit2
      April 23, 2014 at 8:08 am

      What does 15:10 mean? Is that our time? As in 3:10PM Eastern time? If so, I will miss it unfortunately 😦

      • 34 Dudette
        April 23, 2014 at 8:54 am

        I rhink that’s their time.

        I have 8:53am eastern time now, web says it’s 9: 53pm there. That means Tokyo is 11 hrs ahead.

        So 3:00 in the afternoon tomorrow there is 2 am here on the US east coast, 11pm for pacific.

  13. 37 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 7:55 am

  14. 38 Ann_T
    April 23, 2014 at 7:58 am

    I just saw on Today that Lupita Nyong’o is People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Person! Congratulations to Lupita 🙂

  15. April 23, 2014 at 7:58 am

  16. 48 JER
    April 23, 2014 at 8:06 am

  17. April 23, 2014 at 8:07 am

  18. 51 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 8:14 am

    English language news in Japan

    NHK World

    Japan Today

    ** Must read: article about the sushi dinner ** 🙂

    • 52 jackiegrumbacher
      April 23, 2014 at 9:20 am

      Dudette, from the article, it looks as if there’ll be no sushi for Knoller or anyone else besides the President, the Japanese PM, Ambassador Kennedy, and the President’s ‘immediate’ entourage. The article from Japan Today made me laugh. I would not like that restaurant–don’t like sushi, don’t like not having a choice and don’t like those prices. Of, course, I won’t ever have to deal with it.

      • 53 Dudette
        April 23, 2014 at 11:28 am

        I’m no sushi expert but I do like it. Having grown up in Hawaii and Indonesia, the President knows good sushi.

        For me, no matter the cuisine, if I’m sitting at the table of the best (or one of the best) chefs in the world, they can pick the dish for me and I will eat it happily — as long as I’m not allergic to it. 🙂

  19. 54 amk for obama
    April 23, 2014 at 8:17 am

    GM bt and toddys.

    danny’s philosophy of life?

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

  20. April 23, 2014 at 8:17 am

    • 58 99ts
      April 23, 2014 at 9:42 am

      Gm Ms Chips – what a wonderful photo – PBO surely brings out the smiles 🙂 🙂 – mine included

  21. 59 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 8:19 am

  22. 61 amk for obama
    April 23, 2014 at 8:19 am

    A plan by the New York Police Department to use Twitter to boost its image seems to have backfired.

    Users were asked to tweet a photo of themselves with officers and add the hashtag #myNYPD as part of a social media campaign.

    But instead of a steady stream of friendly photos, the hashtag was quickly adopted by users posting images of possible police aggression.

    The NYPD said: “Twitter provides an open forum for uncensored exchange.”

    The original tweet was posted on the NYPD’s Twitter feed on Tuesday. Featuring two smiling officers and a member of the public, it encouraged users to send in similar photos.

    But while several people did so, the hashtag was also picked up by others who used it to identify tweets containing photos of the NYPD in more hostile situations.

    By Wednesday, the hashtag had become one of Twitter’s top trending terms.


    The best-laid plans of mice and men oft go agley.

  23. 63 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 8:21 am

  24. 64 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 8:23 am

  25. 66 amk for obama
    April 23, 2014 at 8:24 am

    David Moyes has thanked Sir Alex Ferguson for giving him the chance to manage Manchester United.

    In his first public statement since his dismissal on Tuesday, Moyes said he wished the club well for the future.

    “To have been appointed as manager of Manchester United was and remains something of which I will always be incredibly proud,” said the Scot.

    “I remain grateful to Sir Alex for believing in my ability and giving me the chance to manage United.”

    Nevertheless, BBC Sport understands Moyes, 50, is livid about the way his exit was handled.

    The League Managers Association has also issued its own statement claiming United had acted in an “unprofessional manner”.


    Sooo, did he get paid full contract dough or not?

    • April 23, 2014 at 8:27 am

      Last I read they hadn’t agreed a severance deal yet. I just assumed managers had to get paid their full contract, regardless of the circumstances of their ‘departure’. I hope he gets every last penny from them, swines.

  26. 68 JER
    April 23, 2014 at 8:24 am

  27. 70 amk for obama
    April 23, 2014 at 8:29 am

  28. 72 hopefruit2
    April 23, 2014 at 8:29 am

    LOL! Mark is obsessed with that Sushi Restaurant! 🙂 🙂

    • 73 Dudette
      April 23, 2014 at 8:40 am

      Anything PBO does, anywhere PBO goes just mesmerizes him to the point of OCD.

      But then, can ya blame him? Our Prez is a pretty fascinating fella.

  29. 74 hopefruit2
    April 23, 2014 at 8:39 am


  30. 81 Dudette
    April 23, 2014 at 8:45 am

    • 82 dotster3
      April 23, 2014 at 8:53 am

      That Obama expression reminds me of what my daughter and son in law describe as a “courtesy smile” on their new baby—–when they are making funny faces and noises and jumping around goofily just so they can hear her cute giggle, she sometimes delivers just a “courtesy smile” (which I laughed about) so they wouldn’t feel like all their efforts were wasted—–even though not hilarious. 🙂

  31. April 23, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Elizabeth Warren Is the Teacher

    She has come to remind us who we are, or at least who we once were. She is the only one warning that conditions in the financial sector are in some ways worse now than before the collapse of 2008. Her message has gained her many powerful enemies. And it has a lot of people very eager for Elizabeth Warren to run for president.

    By Charles P. Pierce on April 21, 2014

    You cannot understand how she became a senator—hell, you can’t even understand how she became a public person—unless you understand the fact that, first and foremost, she is a teacher, having taught at Rutgers, and having been a professor of law at the University of Houston, the University of Texas, the University of Pennsylvania, and ultimately at Harvard Law School, where she was teaching bankruptcy and contracts in the fall of 2008, just as the global financial system collapsed and threatened the economy of the entire world. Her first great project as a young law professor in Texas had been to learn about how bankruptcy worked in this country, and more important, it was to learn about the people who found themselves in the process. It challenged her assumptions; she had thought she was going out to study the schemers who were working the system and the moochers who were cheating the people to whom they owed money. She learned from the people in the courtrooms that everything she knew about them was wrong, and then she set out to teach the country that everything it thought about those people was wrong….

    She sees the country in a different way from most people. She has a natural way of expressing the idea of a political commonwealth by anchoring it in the individual pasts of individual citizens, by teaching history, as it were, to a country that has forgotten much of it. People are drawn to her not necessarily by her intelligence or by her willingness to speak truth to greed but by an ineffable feeling that she is reminding them of something they already knew. Somebody mentions to her that his family rose in this country because his grandfather was a cop, and his father a veteran who used the GI Bill to build a career as a public-school teacher. She rises partway from her chair, her lesson having taken hold.


  32. 84 hopefruit2
    April 23, 2014 at 8:53 am

  33. 85 JER
    April 23, 2014 at 8:53 am

    The best sushi in the world? Perfectly timed, 15 courses in 20 minutes.

  34. April 23, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Sen. Warren reintroduces herself in new book

    Rachel Maddow talks to Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren about her new book, “A Fighting Chance,” and how the book’s title represents her main goals as a US Senator.


  35. April 23, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Impeaching Nixon (no, not that one)

    04/23/14 08:35 AM—Updated 04/23/14 08:55 AM
    By Steve Benen

    There is no actual competition to see which Republican-led state legislature can govern in the least responsible way possible, but if such a contest existed, Missouri would have to be considered a credible contender.

    The indictment against GOP lawmakers’ recent efforts in the Show Me State isn’t short: voting restrictions, nullification efforts, anti-union schemes, anti-evolution measures, an anti-health care push, and on and on.

    To be sure, many of these efforts have fallen short, thanks in part to Missouri’s Democratic governor, Jay Nixon. But given Republican extremism, perhaps it shouldn’t come as too big a surprise that Missouri’s GOP lawmakers have responded to the governor’s objections to their agenda by raising the specter of impeachment.

    A Missouri state House committee will hold hearings Wednesday into three proposed articles of impeachment against Gov. Jay Nixon (D), whom some Republicans say has committed offenses worthy of being removed from office. […]

    Even if the House succeeds in impeaching Nixon, it would require five of seven judges appointed by the state Senate to convict Nixon and remove him from office.


  36. 89 hopefruit2
    April 23, 2014 at 8:59 am

  37. 91 Linda
    April 23, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Gov Deal is signing the guns in churches, schools, anywhere at all today.

  38. 94 hopefruit2
    April 23, 2014 at 9:20 am

  39. 95 amk for obama
    April 23, 2014 at 9:22 am

  40. 96 JER
    April 23, 2014 at 9:24 am

  41. 98 JER
    April 23, 2014 at 9:25 am

  42. 99 JER
    April 23, 2014 at 9:27 am

  43. 100 desertflower
    April 23, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Morning everyone! Just sayin’……………………….

    Retweeted by LOLGOP
    Greg Sargent ‏@ThePlumLineGS 16m
    POLL: Pro-Ocare Gov Beshear approval at 56-36; anti-Medicaid expansion Gov Jindal at 40-54: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/04/23/morning-plum-conventional-wisdom-about-2014-takes-another-hit/
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    • 101 Vicki
      April 23, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Wonderful and no surprise
      We stick to our Winning messages—Obamacare is good for all of us
      We want to give America a raise
      We welcome our soldiers home from 2 long wars
      The national deficit has been cut in half
      A better America is one where we all Vote

      And so on and so forth

  44. 103 jackiegrumbacher
    April 23, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Has anyone heard any recent information about the race in W. Virginia for US Senate? Last I read, the Democratic Sect of State, Natalie Tennant was going to be running against Republican Congresswoman, Shirley Capito. I couldn’t find any recent polls, although there has been lots of bragging from Republicans that they have this state in the bag. Anyone know?

    • 104 desertflower
      April 23, 2014 at 9:38 am

      No…but there are some shenanigans going on… http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140422/GZ01/140429746

      Voters getting misleading info from group, Tennant says

      by Paul J. Nyden
      CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Voters in at least eight West Virginia counties have been mailed “misleading and confusing” material that may make them incorrectly believe they aren’t eligible to vote in next month’s election, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant said Tuesday.

      The leaflets — mailed by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation — warn voters that if they do not update their voter registration, they may lose their right to vote in the upcoming primary election on May 13. The mailings included voter registration cards and prepaid return envelopes addressed to county clerks.

      Tuesday was the last day to register to vote for the May 13 primary, and a Tennant spokesman said the mailing could convince people whose voter registrations are perfectly valid that they aren’t allowed to vote.

      “We were concerned that people were reporting getting this leaflet [Monday and Tuesday],” said spokesman Jake Glance. “We are concerned, since [Tuesday was] the final day to change your registration to vote. We are particularly concerned about people who went to work in the morning, then got this mailing when they returned in the evening. Some opened their mail and said, ‘Oh, my gosh, I missed the deadline to update my voter registration.’”

      In a statement, Tennant said there are only three reasons voters need to update their registration: if they moved, if they changed their name, or if they want to change their party affiliation.

      “If none of those apply, a citizen’s voter registration is still valid,” Tennant said.

      • 105 Lynn
        April 23, 2014 at 10:11 am

        Thanks for the link, desertflower. The poor folks in W.V. can’t get a break. Those kochtentacles will crawl under any rock no matter how small to loose the ultimate measure of misery on long suffering people.

  45. 106 0388jojothecat
    April 23, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Good morning TOD family and a special hello to our HZ. We are sending you love, prayers, and energetic healing to surround you in a virtual ((((((hug))))). Thinking of you and looking forward to seeing you warm words of wisdom.

  46. 107 anniebella
    April 23, 2014 at 9:43 am

    I saw POTUS arriving in Japan and he was coming down the stairs from the plane and I couldn’t help but think about what Trump tweeted yesterday.

  47. 110 anniebella
    April 23, 2014 at 9:50 am

    By the way, congratulation to People Magazine. They finally realized that beauty comes in all colors, I don’t know if they have realize about the sizes yet.

  48. 111 JER
    April 23, 2014 at 9:53 am

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