Early Bird Chat

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama greets former White House staffer Franny Starkey and her daughter Willa prior to an event at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver in Denver, Colo., Aug. 11, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

129 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    August 11, 2014 at 7:38 am


  2. 14 Roberta in MN
    August 11, 2014 at 7:38 am


  3. 15 jackiegrumbacher
    August 11, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Good morning, Chips, I’m so glad to be back after 72 hours of total immersion in Elmo, Curious George and two-year old adorableness. I am now so far behind, there’s no hope of catching up, so I’m just going forward.

  4. 19 jackiegrumbacher
    August 11, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Hi VC and Roberta, so good to see you’re still punching in early. Missed you all.

    • 20 vcprezofan2
      August 11, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Morning, JackieG! So, nice to see you are still standing – you favourite, Grandma Jackie, you! Does this mean you, as well as Grandpa G, are going to be sleeping most of today? Wise decision to go forward, before even thinking of catching up. The last couple of days have been difficult ‘valley’ days so going back would depress you for sure!

      • 21 jackiegrumbacher
        August 11, 2014 at 7:56 am

        As pooped as Pop Pop and I are, there’s no rest for the weary, since I have a mammogram scheduled for today. You are so right about the last few days. Took a quick peek and wanted to crawl back under the covers.. The world has gone nuts!!!

        • 22 vcprezofan2
          August 11, 2014 at 8:01 am

          Hope the mammogram brings good, positive results!

          ‘The world has gone nuts!!!’
          Fortunately, we have TOD, where we can gather and cry, support each other, plan, and step back into the fray with a focus and with renewed hope. There’s work to be done.

    • 23 Roberta in MN
      August 11, 2014 at 8:58 am

      GM Jackie, kissed your comments this weekend too. But glad you were able to spend time with family an adorables. I am assuming those are Grandchildren right? One of the ladies in our building babysits her Great Grandson and is he a joy. Get to play with him a little when she has him outside. Kind a miss those little ones, my grandbabies are too old to cuddle anymore. 🙂

      • 24 jackiegrumbacher
        August 11, 2014 at 9:12 am

        Roberta, it’s our one and only grandbaby. Both our children are in their 40’s. Our daughter doesn’t think she can safely manage another child and our son isn’t interested. You were fortunate to have your grandchildren when you were younger. It’s hard bending over and carrying a young one at our age.

  5. August 11, 2014 at 7:46 am

    G’morning Chps & TOD! Happy Monday everyone 🙂

  6. August 11, 2014 at 7:47 am

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

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America.

  7. 31 HZ
    August 11, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Good Morning my Chips and TOD family. A lovely Monday to all. Chips, have not heard from my grandson lately. Granny needs a hug.
    {{{{{{{{Danny, granny loves you}}}}}}}} Be nice to mommy today.

    Jackiegrumbacher, welcome back. Keep those moments with the precious two-year old close and dear to your heart. So happy for you.

    A very Happy Birthday to our beautiful Donna Dem. May your day be one of beautiful times with family and friends. The twins are such a sweet gift already. Enjoy your special day, Donna. {{{{{{{{{{{Lots of delicious cake and ice cream.}}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

  8. August 11, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Good morning everyone! Congrats vc on top spot this am.

  9. 50 amk for obama
    August 11, 2014 at 8:13 am

  10. 51 africa
    August 11, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Congrats VC!!

    Happy Monday TODers!!

    Heeeeeeeya Chips!!

  11. 53 africa
    August 11, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Donna’s Day. Happy Birthday!!! Best wishes and many, many more to come.

  12. 54 amk for obama
    August 11, 2014 at 8:16 am

  13. 65 amk for obama
    August 11, 2014 at 8:18 am

    • 66 CEB
      August 11, 2014 at 9:18 am

      This is all too true; the sub-text of my 30 year teaching career.

      GM TOD ohana.

    • 67 Obama Grandmama
      August 11, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      This cartoon fit my time teaching between 1968 and 2001. I hear from former teacher compatriots that it is even worse today. I saw a difference between when I started teaching in both support of the teacher and parental expectations of their children. I think the biggest switch came in the late 70s upon seeing more blended families and more two parents in the work force. Suddenly the teachers were expected to tend to all of the educational needs of the kids instead of partnering with the parents. I also noticed a difference between the East Coast and West Coast.

  14. 68 donna dem 4 obama
    August 11, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Good Morning TOD

    Thanks Chips, HZ, Africa and my TOD family!

    I’ve spent this early morning catching up on the weekend events. My heart is heavy reading about the “murder” of Michael Brown and the way the police and the press reacted to it. I pray that his family can find some way to get through this nightmare. May he R.I.P.

    I hope our President and his family has a wonderful, fun-filled and restful vacation.

    I am grateful that I am alive to see the good and the bad of this world as I celebrate the 59th anniversary of my birth today. Blessings to you all and have a slice of my BD cake and a scoop of ice cream with me today.

    Have a great O’Day everyone!!!

  15. 90 hopefruit2
    August 11, 2014 at 8:32 am

    From my Twitter TL, I see that Charles Blow shares same birth date with Donna. He turns 44 today.

  16. August 11, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Just saw this quote on Facebook: “Never give up for that is just the place and time the tide will turn.” Harriet B. Stowe. We all need to try to focus on that and keep HOPE alive.

  17. 94 GGAIL
    August 11, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  18. 98 otter 44
    August 11, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Happy Birthday Donna Dem. I am grateful for all your posts. I love to see your grand baby twins. Your beautiful babies help us remember why we are working for a better world. Thank you for sharing. Enjoy your day, celebrate your life and share the details.

  19. 99 hopefruit2
    August 11, 2014 at 8:51 am

    That interview that HRC did yesterday seemed to have brought out a lot of bad feelings. Even people who used to be supportive of her on Twitter are now angry. People may criticize PBO on Twitter, but deep down they support him and they don’t want other Dems opposing his policies. I think both HRC and the media underestimate how much people support PBO…

    • August 11, 2014 at 9:15 am

      She really stepped in it. So predictable.

    • 101 jackiegrumbacher
      August 11, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Hf, just reading about that interview makes me feel sick to my stomach. Saw a comment on TPV that electing HRC would guarantee a Repub in 2020 because she would start a war and then get blamed for it by the very people she hoped to please. UGH! I hope Biden/McNally come roaring out to overtake her in the primary.

    • 102 amk for obama
      August 11, 2014 at 9:20 am

      Is she had any integrity (who am I kidding), she should have resigned if she had policy differences with PBO. Her triangulation drips through out the interview.

    • 103 Debra
      August 11, 2014 at 9:27 am

      Hillary is all about Hillary. She showed a total lack of any loyalty, She could have explained the difficult issues involved when making foreign policy decisions. She really showed her true self. This is a Big Clinton weakness they came become self absorbed.

  20. 104 hopefruit2
    August 11, 2014 at 8:55 am

  21. 105 JER
    August 11, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Good morning BFF and TOD.

    • August 11, 2014 at 9:20 am

    • 107 jackiegrumbacher
      August 11, 2014 at 9:20 am

      Good. This is the way to go about the ISIS problem. The Kurds are valiant fighters–they’re just less well armed than ISIS. With good equipment, they will beat ISIS back and recapture their cities. No need whatsoever for US troops. The Iraqis, on the other hand, have proven to be feckless fighters, so all the weapons we left them are wasted on them.

  22. 108 desertflower
    August 11, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Morning everyone:) Happy Birthday, Donna:) Many, many more! Where’s the strippers amk ordered for you? Cupcakes sure looked delish….especially considering the delivery guy:)

  23. 110 hopefruit2
    August 11, 2014 at 9:09 am

  24. 112 GGAIL
    August 11, 2014 at 9:11 am

    The story about the black boy who was killed in StL has made it to my local news…because of riot & looting that broke out last night. SMH!

    • August 11, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Joe Madison is furious with the people who are doing the looting. He is right–Takes focus away from shooting, investigation, etc. All negative and gives the media lots of juicy talking points and stories. Mike Brown is essentially forgotten about.

      • 114 desertflower
        August 11, 2014 at 9:22 am

        Yes…and they all fall into a sterotype that should not be. This should be all about finding justice for this young man’s murder, not filling your pockets with stuff. Seriously, if people want to be taken seriously, they need to behave seriously. Poor parents of Michael Brown having to see this shameful behavior….

      • August 11, 2014 at 9:43 am

        gm TN…

        as i said last night…gonna keep my eyes on the prize…

        No amount of looting can detract from the police shooting an unarmed Black teen TEN times and then allowing his body to just lay there on the ground…letting the life force drain out of his body…..NO amount of looting can detract from the BS press conference that the PD delivered…..

        I will say that if instead of the sham of the press conference by the police that hinted of a coverup….the PD had taken the cops off the street pending the investigation …that there would have been no looting….there would still have been anger and protesters but not the unleashing of the anger….in the way that it happened…

    • 116 Nerdy Wonka
      August 11, 2014 at 9:24 am

      The manner in which some news media cover African-Americans is horrible and nauseating. Thank goodness my local news didn’t do that. They covered Michael Brown’s shooting, murder at the hands of cops, the vigil, the demands for answers, and AG Holder directing the Civil Rights division at the DOJ to monitor the case.

      I bet you’ll find out eventually that the riot and looting wasn’t by those demanding justice for another murdered unarmed black teenager. It’s like when national news said the Black people at a vigil were screaming “kill the police!” when they were actually chanting “No more cop killers. Justice for Michael Brown.”

      Some in the news media like to portray black people as violent animals so that it can stoke white fear (which is always at DEFCON 1) and justify the murder of black people in white people’s eyes.

      • August 11, 2014 at 9:27 am

        Yep. Agree. Again, it’s the stupid f****** media.

      • 118 japa21
        August 11, 2014 at 9:37 am

        As a privileged white guy, my opinion has less import than that of those who have suffered under the decade, nay centuries, of intolerance, bigotry, prejudice, violence, etc. that so many have experienced. I remember vividly the riots of the 60’s, specially in the days after the assassination of MLK Jr. Living in an almost all white suburb of Milwaukee I watched what was happening with some trepidation, but with a different perspective than many of my white friends.

        I stepped back enough to ask myself, if I was in their shoes what would I do. And my answer was quite simply, I would probably have joined in.

        The same thing applies here. But I also wonder, what would have happened differently if the police acknowledged immediately that they were culpable and that the officers involved would punished appropriately, maybe even charged with murder, even second degree. And if that were the standard response to situations like this.

        What would happen differently if it was known that there would be no tolerance anywhere of these kind of actions, even those actions of abuse of power that don’t result in death.

        It is not just this isolated incident that resulted in whatever rioting may have occured. It is the pattern that results in frustration which can find its way to bursts of violent response.

        Actually, to some degree, as incident piles up after incident, that there is more rioting. If the situation were the reverse, and there was a pattern of black police officers killing white youth or men, without cause, do you really think some of these armed militia groups wouldn’t be doing something.

        To be honest, I look at the somewhat reserved response and think to myself, the discipline I am seeing is remarkable. And yet, it is somewhat like what I see in Gaza.

        A violent response just legitimizes the Israeli (not all but enough) view that the Palestinians are animals. No response gives Israel permission to continue what they have been doing, building what amounts to an apartheid state.

        The comparison isn’t exact, but it raises the question of what it will take for white society, specially as illustrated in the institutions of power like the police departments, to change?

        I really don’t know.

        • August 11, 2014 at 9:50 am

          The same thing applies here. But I also wonder, what would have happened differently if the police acknowledged immediately that they were culpable and that the officers involved would punished appropriately, maybe even charged with murder, even second degree. And if that were the standard response to situations like this.



  25. 120 amk for obama
    August 11, 2014 at 9:14 am

  26. 121 desertflower
    August 11, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Another example of Upchuck just being his ignorant self…this guy actually gets PAID to know stuff that he still doesn’t know!


  27. 122 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 11, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Good morning, TOD! Been out of loop this weekend (house concert, tax reports (wish it was mine, all mine…)); seems I’ve missed a lot! Dashing out the door to bank (got to write check to school district 😦 ) Heartbroken about Mike Brown. Twitter link to the below article is broke. This is worth a look:


  28. 123 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 11, 2014 at 9:24 am

    As I run out the door, also wanted to leave a positive story:

  29. 124 japa21
    August 11, 2014 at 9:24 am

    GM all from rainy Chicago land. We need it, but then so do so many other parts of the country.

  30. 126 amk for obama
    August 11, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Iraq president calls for new PM.

    Iraq’s president has asked Deputy Parliament Speaker Haider al-Abadi to form a new government, officials say.

    Mr Abadi has been nominated as prime minister by Shia parties, instead of the incumbent Nouri Maliki.

    But Mr Maliki has made it clear he wants to stand for a third term, and earlier said he intends to take the president to court.

    Meanwhile the jihadist insurgency in the north of Iraq continues to cause international concern.


    • 127 Don
      August 11, 2014 at 9:34 am

      Maliki is more interested in saving his ass than he is in saving his country, sad to say he might lose both.

  31. August 11, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Goooood mooorrinnginngngg, TODville.

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