Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama hugs First Lady Michelle Obama after watching her jump rope for a double-dutch demonstration during a taping for the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) challenge and Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play, on the South Lawn of the White House, July 15, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Tuesday!

155 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 4morefor44
    July 15, 2014 at 7:27 am

    they’re having so much fun!

  2. 7 amk for obama
    July 15, 2014 at 7:29 am


  3. 10 jackiegrumbacher
    July 15, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Morning. Double dutch jump rope is something I’ve always wanted to do. Unfortunately, I would fall flat on my face, hopelessly entangled in rope. Oh well, glad we have a FLOTUS who’s so agile.

    • July 15, 2014 at 8:08 am

      Do you remember that thread from years ago — BNW (UTAL as she was known then) was not yet co-BT — of FLOTUS on stage flawlessly jumping Double Dutch with some school-age kids?

      I was new to this blog then, and sent a tweet to BobFR that said I’ve never seen anyone look so gracious while effortlessly jumping rope. It’s true that it’s a mystery how FLOTUS appears younger every day, but it’s also mystery to me how it’s possible to elegantly jump rope, LOL.

  4. 16 amk for obama
    July 15, 2014 at 7:34 am

  5. 19 jackiegrumbacher
    July 15, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Just learned that our little county Democratic Party (little because it’s a small county and we’re a minority party) got a surge in registrations in June–65 “new” Dems in one month is a record for us. The surge is probably because of a naturalization ceremony, but we also got 49 people who switched parties from R to D. Don’t know what all of this means, except I’m glad that new citizens are signing up as Democrats and I’m hoping the party change means that people are getting fed up with the right wing hate. The challenge is to get all the newly registered to come out to vote. In local races, even these small numbers make a difference.

    • 20 vcprezofan2
      July 15, 2014 at 8:03 am

      Tuesday Greetings, JackieG! I suspect a lot of people are going to be surprised by the November response of voters. I can’t believe that voters aren’t realizing that their future is on the line with the all that the Repub crazies have/ haven’t done!

      • July 15, 2014 at 8:14 am

        Yes, VC.

        There are 24% of the population who are hopeless, they would vote for that dog that amk posted up thread instead of any Dem (and who also believe that the sun revolves around the earth), but most females of voting age cannot be happy about SCOTUS giving corporations the upper hand over people (HobbyLobby) and cannot possibly believe that corporations are people too.

  6. July 15, 2014 at 7:39 am

    He didn’t get it?

    • July 15, 2014 at 7:54 am

      He’s simply allowing for that possibility that they may not make the deadline, which is Sunday July 20. That doesn’t mean that they won’t make it. However, AP is quick to report anything that could possibly be spun as “bad news” for this administration. If they DO make the deadline, AP will be the last to report – mark my word.

      • 27 vcprezofan2
        July 15, 2014 at 7:59 am

        MoooOOooorrNnning fruitful Hope! Good to see you up ‘early’ – I noticed your absence last night by the fact Desertf had to go off to bed without any reminders that she might be bitten. (Missed seeing you on the twitter machine earlier too.) πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

        Happy Tuesday, to youuuu!

    • 30 amk for obama
      July 15, 2014 at 7:57 am

      It’s not mcdonalds. These things need time and patience.

      • 31 hopefruit2
        July 15, 2014 at 8:04 am

        Exactly amk! Even if they do request an extension, it’s not a tragedy or disaster. It’s a very complex process of historic proportions, and whether it’s completed by July 20, August 20 or September 20, 2014 is immaterial in the grand scheme of things.

      • 32 anniebella
        July 15, 2014 at 8:49 am

        Right amk, it’s no drive through window, as long as they agree to keep talking, that’s what matter. How much better it would be for both of the people if Israel and Hamas would talk to each other instead of shooting rockets at each other.

  7. 33 vcprezofan2
    July 15, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Hmmmmm. A couple of the regulars are up and about, I see. Must have been the rain that got you up; or the overcast skies; or …..

    Well … whatever….

    Happy Tuesday Morning/Night, every. body! (Random old video clip works well at this spot β€’β–Ί

    • July 15, 2014 at 7:50 am

      Ah, love that clip!! Morning VC!

      • 35 vcprezofan2
        July 15, 2014 at 7:55 am

        A very GoooOOoooddd Morning to you, Empress of TODsylvania! ❀ Mah-vel-lous it is to see you roaming your queendom, smiling happily, AND alllowing the serfs to enter ahead of you! Such humility is commendable, I must say.

        • July 15, 2014 at 8:04 am

          πŸ˜† You sure have a way with words, VC!!!!

          • 37 vcprezofan2
            July 15, 2014 at 8:10 am

            I’ve had a few good teachers in this lil ole village, Chica! I so adore Dudette’s ability with titles (especially those that describe you) that I ‘wrote them down’.

            [psssst! Do real people still write things down to aid their memories, or do they click a button? I can’t keep up, as usual.]

    • July 15, 2014 at 8:16 am


      Jackie G and muscantinegal, here’s a winning point for GOTV!

  8. July 15, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Good Morning, Everyone πŸ™‚

  9. 44 amk for obama
    July 15, 2014 at 7:52 am

  10. 46 hopefruit2
    July 15, 2014 at 7:55 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!!! πŸ™‚

  11. 48 globalcitizenlinda
    July 15, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Good Morning Ms. Chips!

    Good Morning/Day Everybody!

    Hey Ms. Chips here is a potential addition to your collection of “gems” from the deranged hatemongers of America;

  12. 70 amk for obama
    July 15, 2014 at 8:06 am

    ‘fess up, how many of you have got it?

  13. July 15, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I hope someone FrontPages this.

    From Larry O last night.

    Hospital’s closure may have claimed a life
    Belhaven, North Carolina Mayor Adam O’Neal warned that citizens would die unnecessarily if Vidant Pungo Hospital closed its doors. Unfortunately, he may have been proven right.


  14. July 15, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Why Did Black Voters Flee The Republican Party In The 1960s?
    July 14, 2014 5:05 AM ET

    If you’d walked into a gathering of older black folks 100 years ago, you’d have found that most of them would have been Republican.

    Wait… what?

    Yep. Republican. Party of Lincoln. Party of the Emancipation. Party that pushed not only black votes but black politicians during that post-bellum period known as Reconstruction.

    Today, it’s almost the exact opposite. That migration of black voters away from the GOP reached its last phase 50 years ago this week.

    Walking through the Farmer’s Market at 18th Street and La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, a mixture of Angelenos strolled the asphalt parking lot, surveying rows of leafy produce and ripe stone fruit. Virtually all the people I approached who were registered voters were registered to one party.

    “I’m affiliated with the Democratic party, of course!” laughs Arthur Little, a thin man in shorts and electric turquoise-framed sun glasses.

    “Why ‘of course’?” I asked.

    “Because I think of it as the party that is at least officially interested in putting people’s rights before corporate rights,” Little shakes his head. “I don’t even know why a black person even would be a Republican,” he muses, as he walks off with his teenaged son.


    • July 15, 2014 at 10:43 am

      Thank yu so much for posting this….

    • 74 0388jojothecat
      July 15, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      I have met a lot of black republicans and they live in the south. This one guy said the Democratic party has done nothing for him so I asked what has the GOP done for him….lowered taxes. Not HIS taxes mind you. He confessed to voting for PBO only because he’s black and it was a historical time. I don’t talk to him about politics because he argues based on past southern Dems were against the civils rights act. I told them yesterday’s Dixiecrats are today’s Republicans.

  15. July 15, 2014 at 8:16 am

    It’s the Supreme leader of Iran who last week before negotiations made an irresponsible statement.
    Saying Iran wants to enrich Nuclear material, weapons grade.
    Now I don’t know what any of that means, but it sounds bad.

  16. July 15, 2014 at 8:22 am

    I know it’s from the Daily Mail, who can’t be trusted on any topic and whose commenters are mostly bigots, but still…

    Don’t have a smart phone, don’t think I can take a selfie.

    • 79 hopefruit2
      July 15, 2014 at 8:44 am

      LMAO! Thanks but no thanks. And creepy as hell. I don’t want to see my face or anyone else’s in any food or beverage that I consume.

  17. 81 vcprezofan2
    July 15, 2014 at 8:40 am

  18. 87 amk for obama
    July 15, 2014 at 8:46 am

    The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis, has died in the US at the age of 90.

    A US track and field legend, she set a new Olympic record, winning gold in the high jump at the 1948 London Games.

    She died in hospital near her home in Albany, Georgia, on Monday, three months after suffering a stroke.

    Ms Coachman’s athletic achievements pre-dated the civil rights era, which meant she was barred from public sports facilities because of her colour.

    She won her first national title at 16 and went on to win 25 track and field championships before retiring, aged 25, after winning the Olympic gold medal.

    She was inducted to the USA Track and Field Hall of fame in 1975 and the US Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004.


  19. 88 hopefruit2
    July 15, 2014 at 8:47 am

    So the media has now gone from “GOP wave!” to a grudgingly reported “Dems hanging on to slight lead.” With their conservative polling and inclination to minimize negative reporting for GOP, I’m of the belief that this Dem lead is not so “slight” as Chuckles is claiming. As I’ve been saying all along, 2014 is not a repeat of 2010. And I NEVER believed the polls or Little Nate’s declaration of GOP advantage earlier this year.

    • 89 dotster3
      July 15, 2014 at 8:53 am

      Every poll I see, such as they are, indicates women prefer the Dem by quite hefty margins. How ’bout an executive order that says all women HAVE to vote, or else! πŸ™‚ Get out the Lady Vote! Men are dumb.

      • July 15, 2014 at 8:56 am

        “Men are dumb”

        That’s a very sweeping statement Dotster, and entirely true /runs

      • 92 amk for obama
        July 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

        what else is new?

      • 93 jackiegrumbacher
        July 15, 2014 at 9:27 am

        So, does Mr. Dotster ever see your posts? Even as we speak my husband is in the next room working hard for the Democratic Party, so I’ll qualify and say, “some men, blinded by false machismo, make ‘dumb’ voting choices. After all, my favorite President and VP of all time, now residing in the WH, are ..ah..hem…men.

    • 94 Nena20409
      July 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      Well, of course. If a lead of 22% on PA is toss-up I am surprised that Chuck and NBC called 6 and 7 percentage leads in CO and Michigan slight lead.

      Not that, thus far, No REAL pollster has AR, AK, IA or NC with a Dem polling behind. In GA, Dem still leads by 1.8% and in KY, Grimes leads by 2-3%.

      SD is my watch senatorial race. I say watch out for that race. MT and WVa are not impossible if Dems make their cases respectively.

  20. July 15, 2014 at 8:52 am

    @nycjim liked the article about President Obama at dinner parties.

    Despite a dig here or there, I think the article portrayed our President as one who would be hosting salons of the 18h century, if he weren’t busy with other “stuff,” LOL.

  21. 97 hopefruit2
    July 15, 2014 at 8:59 am

    So the media couldn’t create rifts in the Dem coalition,nor diminish President Obama’s clout with their constant HRC pimping – they’ve now turned to Warren. That’s not gonna work either. First of all, Warren and Obama are closely aligned with each other, and if people are “embracing” Warren, they sure as hell are embracing Obama – regardless of what WaPo or other media wants you to think.

    • 98 jackiegrumbacher
      July 15, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Hf, it doesn’t make sense on any level. Barack Obama is he current president of the US and IS NOT ANY ANY BALLOT in the US. Warren, who, as you say, is closely aligned with and supportive of the president, MAY BE ON A FUTURE ballot, so there’s no competition involved. I think the president could care less who anybody ’embraces,’ as long as it leads to legislation that supports his agenda.

    • 99 Nena20409
      July 15, 2014 at 1:04 pm


      In the 2005-2006, then Senator Obama was crisscrossing the states stumping for Dems. So why can’t Sen Warren?

      Useless NY/DC pundits too self absorbed, lazy and lame to be relevant.

  22. 100 GGAIL
    July 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    Just heard on the news that FLOTUS will be here in my area to visit with her daughter and to attend a fundraiser.

    Whooo hoooo!

  23. July 15, 2014 at 9:02 am

    24 last night:

    I enjoyed it. It was sad. Jack isn’t supposed to be happy. It was never going to have a ‘ Hollywood’ ending.

    I want more 24, but if this was the end, I’m ok with it.

    • 106 Melanie
      July 15, 2014 at 9:26 am

      24 fan too. My prediction is that Chloe will contact Kate and that they will somehow come together to rescue Jack in the reunion show. At least that’s how I’d write it:))

  24. 108 amk for obama
    July 15, 2014 at 9:08 am

    China has a larger high-speed rail network than the entire European Union or the United States, according to a new World Bank report.

    The train network is set to double by 2020 and is a big part of China’s economic strategy – enabling companies to trade directly with Central Asia and Europe.


  25. 109 Vicki
    July 15, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Good morning TOD
    Big News day!!!!

    On the previous thread Bill posted the NYTimes article about the deal in Afghanistan. The front page DID NOT mention either SOS John Kerry or PBO. The article on page 10 did give POTUS and the SOS credit and the Times editorial grudgingly called it a “Rare foreign policy success.” Really!!! Rare????

    The story about the Iran Deal barely mentioned the SOS or PBO and that article appeared on page 10 as well. Peace and relations with Iran is not important for America to learn about or respect as an accomplishment appears to be the view the Propaganda Forces have decided is best for them. Them being the GOP/MSM.

    However, a story about the President’s dinners came with giant headlines pictures and details—-Apparently PBO stays late drinking Drappier champagne!!!!! Very important!! President so tired of DC out gallivanting about and drinking!!!

    A deal with Iran is a BFD if there ever was one.
    Kerry’s work in Afghanistan is sensational and if this Iran deal is solidified makes John Kerry and his Boss the two most talented and successful President+ SOS team in recent memory.


    • 110 jackiegrumbacher
      July 15, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Vicki, they will never change in their efforts to minimize the achievements of this president and his administration. To me, these news outlets represent a passing area when media giants held sway over public opinion. These days that power is fast waning and the media as a news source is more distrusted than depended on. That means it remains for us–who number in the millions–to spread the word every day, even if we’re in a grocery line or hanging out at a coffee shop. We can use all the social media at our disposal with the vast contacts that represents and we can make an enormous difference in public perception. The fact is, we are powerful if we work together.

      • 111 vcprezofan2
        July 15, 2014 at 9:58 am

        X 100%

        • 112 Vicki
          July 15, 2014 at 10:16 am

          Hi jackie and vc. Agree entirely with jackie’s remarks.
          They tried to sell “lame duck” and that failed.
          I get they will never say what I want to hear which is that PBO and his team are foreign policy masters.

          Also, too, VW and Tennessee are on their way to a union-friendly arrangement that will bring 2000+ jobs to Chatanooga soon, with more to come.
          Sen.Corker(R) and Gov. Hasslam (R) are spouting save-face mumbo jumbo.
          The UAW won this one but you probably won’t hear that on your TV.

          • 113 vcprezofan2
            July 15, 2014 at 10:21 am

            Vicki, the main reason I’m in this village AND on twitter is because I became aware there was so much PBO & his Admin were doing that were not on TV. I wanted to be one of those adding a little bit to the word-of-mouth phenomenon.

  26. 114 japa21
    July 15, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Morning all

  27. 130 JER
    July 15, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  28. 132 amk for obama
    July 15, 2014 at 9:48 am

  29. 133 japa21
    July 15, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Dow Jones just hit a nerw record high and oil is under $100/barrel? My gas went down over 40 cents a gallon in the last two weeks. Blame the Muslim socialist in the WH.

  30. 134 amk for obama
    July 15, 2014 at 9:55 am


  31. 135 amk for obama
    July 15, 2014 at 9:58 am

  32. 136 Desertflower
    July 15, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Good morning everyone!!! What a great way to wake up to see / read all this goodness at TOD. So I see that someone was going to bite me? Do tell! Work/ tutor day for me today a little later. I have plenty of te to catch up

  33. 141 amk for obama
    July 15, 2014 at 10:07 am

  34. 142 amk for obama
    July 15, 2014 at 10:13 am

    well ? (fingers tapping)

  35. 145 CEB
    July 15, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Good Morning, TOD ohana.
    Question: why are you buying toys for Danny and then trying to take them away? I am on his side in the Great Burger Toy Tug-of-War of July 2014.

    • 146 vcprezofan2
      July 15, 2014 at 10:17 am

      πŸ˜€ CEB, my answer, in the form of a question = DannyO was having too much fun WITH the toy?

  36. 147 amk for obama
    July 15, 2014 at 10:15 am

    sigh …..

  37. 151 desertflower
    July 15, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I think Cesca nailed this. White middle aged men with fuck you power. That says it all.


  38. 152 vcprezofan2
    July 15, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Do we have anyone from Arkansas in the village? Here’s the latest Louie Ludwig ad – ‘featuring’ Tom Cotton


  39. 154 amk for obama
    July 15, 2014 at 10:31 am

  40. 155 desertflower
    July 15, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Hummmm…. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/former-utah-attorneys-general-arrested

    Report: Two Former GOP Utah Attorneys General Arrested

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