Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wait in the Green Room before hosting a Diplomatic Corps Reception in the East Room of the White House, Oct. 5, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Sunday!

100 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 3 jackiegrumbacher
    October 5, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Morning Chips and Carly. Chips, I hope you had a nice peaceful morning with Danny and everyone was in their right place. Have a terrific day.

    • October 5, 2014 at 7:52 am

      Morning Jackie, Danny safe and accounted for! You have a perfect day too, hope your health is improving?

      • 5 jackiegrumbacher
        October 5, 2014 at 7:58 am

        It’s very show, Chips, and I have to take a lot of gunk every day, but I’m feeling less discouraged by it all. After the president’s speech to the Hispanic Caucus Gala, I decided to order a large sheet cake for our Salsa the Vote event and have the words PBO spoke, “Si Podemos, Si Votamos” written on it. Might as well reinforce a message with every mouthful of cake. Wish I could save you and all my TOD friends a piece.

        • October 5, 2014 at 8:05 am

          Ah, what a perfect cake – you’ll have to give me the recipe 🙂 (Hush, VC).

          Good to hear you’re feeling less discouraged, just hoping you can shake this off, it must be so debilitating.

          • 7 vcprezofan2
            October 5, 2014 at 8:20 am

            I will absolutely hush ….this time! 😉

            CC, these hugs are for you! {{{Chips Chica}}} What a week! I seem to have missed quite a bit!
            PLUS, oodles of thanks for alerting Shaun King, *and us*, to his not-so-subtle ODS, and for doing so courteously, thoroughly and with scalpel-like precision. I am quite proud to be your BTF, I is!

            This Is for DannyBoy!

            “There’s no place like home, DannyO!”
            Virtual pats on the head you can’t see, but he will hopefully feel. Happy to discover that he found his way home! (Hoping this episode won’t bolster his confidence to go walking on his own once he’s fully ‘recovered’.)

            • October 5, 2014 at 8:25 am

              VC, I am going to make Danny stare at that GIF for, oh, 10 hours!!! 🙂

              Thank you young lady, you are so kind I feel like baking you a cake 🙂

              • 9 vcprezofan2
                October 5, 2014 at 8:29 am

                What a lovely thought! However, rest easy as I cannot eat cake today. (whew! life is funny sometimes. if anyone had told me last night I’d be grateful for the enforced fast I’m on today, i’d have told them – ‘forbet gbout it’!

        • 12 vcprezofan2
          October 5, 2014 at 8:25 am

          JackieG, Good Morning to *you*! May you have a wonderful day, with improved health and a soul that’s uplifted by all that you do. You are a hard worker – may your ‘rewards’, large and small be numberless! I just knew that you would make use of the President’s speech before the Hispanic Caucus and I saw somewhere that you are already on it. It is my hope that that friend you shared it with first will already have passed it on…..and so on.

          Blessed Sunday, JackieG!

        • 13 Judith Fardig
          October 5, 2014 at 12:37 pm

          Get better, Jackie! Wish I could help with your salsa the vote event. I’m sure it will be terrific!

    • 14 Roberta in Mn
      October 5, 2014 at 7:55 am

      GM Jackie

      • 15 jackiegrumbacher
        October 5, 2014 at 7:59 am

        Morning Roberta. Our temperatures are down in the thirties this a.m., but I bet that doesn’t seem cold in your part of the world.

  2. 16 Roberta in Mn
    October 5, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Good Morning Carly & Chips.

  3. 18 amk for obama
    October 5, 2014 at 8:01 am

    • October 5, 2014 at 8:06 am

      Brilliant! Morning Mister – Manchester United currently winning, naturally 😎

      • 20 amk for obama
        October 5, 2014 at 8:08 am

        against 17th placed everton? yeah,. it’s a bfd alright. Now a days reds scoring a goal is a bfd. So..

        • October 5, 2014 at 8:11 am

          Isn’t it your bedtime?

          • 22 amk for obama
            October 5, 2014 at 8:13 am

            Did ya see the lewis hamilton win in jap gp? One of the best overtaking move I have ever seen. Pity the rain played spoilsport in the end and curtailed the race. Still, a win is a win.

            • October 5, 2014 at 8:14 am

              Missed that, not a big F1 fan, but will check it out.

              Meanwhile, Everton just scored.

              I think I’ll go back to bed 😥

              • 24 amk for obama
                October 5, 2014 at 8:16 am

                man u suck.

                • October 5, 2014 at 8:17 am

                  I’m beginning to agree.

                • October 5, 2014 at 8:21 am

                  2-1 United!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Woooooooooot!!!!

                  • 27 amk for obama
                    October 5, 2014 at 8:24 am

                    penny: we are staying homeostasis
                    amy: she is so cute when she tries so hard.

                  • 28 vcprezofan2
                    October 5, 2014 at 8:36 am

                    CC, you prolly should get a PBO frowning avatar for when ManU isn’t doing so well. Don’t tell anyone, but I swear, there are times I (momentarily) don’t get why you have that big smile on your face when you are disgruntled with them.

                    BTW >> When we meet on that TOD 8-10day cruise in 2017, you’d better make sure you look like that smiling face I’ve become used to!!!

                    • October 5, 2014 at 8:43 am

                      Well, this is me watching United try to defend at the moment:

                      It’s hard to smile at the moment VC, reeeeeeeeeeeally hard.

                    • 30 vcprezofan2
                      October 5, 2014 at 8:52 am

                      Hush! This too will pass.
                      Yes. I say this would make a good alternate avatar for when you are ……. dis-grunt-tled, so poor vc’s brain won’t get that jangle after it processes your happy, smiling face, then gets jarred by a frowning comment. This is all about vc’s brain, you understand?

                    • October 5, 2014 at 8:54 am

                      I could create a GIF with a beaming PBO transformed in to a concerned PBO and back in to a beaming PBO again.

                    • 32 vcprezofan2
                      October 5, 2014 at 9:00 am

                      That would prolly cause vc’s brain to explode. No thanks, love, I may criticize it often but she does need her brain. A simple and straightforward switch – no bells, no whistles – will do the job!

                    • 33 vcprezofan2
                      October 5, 2014 at 9:05 am

                      IOW – nix on the ‘create’ approach ….at least until you find the STOP button.

                      Just saying

                    • October 5, 2014 at 8:58 am

                      Man United won!!!!!!!!! Up to fourth in the table!!!!!

                    • 35 vcprezofan2
                      October 5, 2014 at 9:08 am

                      IMO, a 3-minute smile is a bit excessive even for a ManU win! It did have enough heartache in it though, so I guess you were trying to be truthful. Well, enjoy the victory!

                    • October 5, 2014 at 9:15 am

                      I most certainly will VC, thank you, champagne corks popping right, left and center!

                    • 37 vcprezofan2
                      October 5, 2014 at 9:28 am

                      smh – you are at least consistent – never a moderate approach …..to anything! 😀
                      Wait, is this the champagne you had on ice from last season? /skedaddles haste post haste while giggling

                    • October 5, 2014 at 9:31 am

                      😆 I have one piece of advice, VC —->

                    • 39 vcprezofan2
                      October 5, 2014 at 10:07 am

                      I’mmmmmmmm back! 😀 😀 And, ooooooo, your runner gained a modicum of flesh (muscles from his previous exercising?)! Suh-weet!

                    • October 5, 2014 at 10:14 am

                      🙂 He’s only muscle-y ‘cos I didn’t draw him. I like slimmer stickmen.

                    • 41 vcprezofan2
                      October 5, 2014 at 10:16 am


                      Oops! I take that back. Great to see you broadening your scope! A growing artist is cognizant of the good work of others – Well done!

                    • October 5, 2014 at 10:18 am

                      But I only post other artists’ work to make you appreciate mine. #Superior

                    • 43 vcprezofan2
                      October 5, 2014 at 10:24 am

                      Er, I see.

                      ‘to make you appreciate mine.’

                      Hmmm. Great strategy, when you think about it! In fact I support you in this.

                      Wait a minute, why are we talking in back rooms? Is there something going on in the front you don’t want me to see? Are you trying to set me up for one of those ‘Guess who’s commenting in last year’s post’ scenarios? I’m outta ………

  4. 44 amk for obama
    October 5, 2014 at 8:01 am

  5. 45 amk for obama
    October 5, 2014 at 8:01 am

  6. October 5, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Good Sunday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

    Everyone have a wonderful day. 🙂

  7. October 5, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Gooooood morning, TOD. Rather not start this day with a downer, yet we always say it’s good to know what’s “out there.” In the Prespectives (editorial/opinion) section of our paper today is this headline in huge print: Will Obama’s Mideast Blunders Cost Democrats the Senate? Written by John Dickerson, Slate. Bet the piece is also on Slate.com. I couldn’t stomach reading entire thing. I skimmed over it. Focus is on the redder states and Dems like Hagan and Shaheen and Udall, partly because they are all on the Armed Services Committee. He points out that most of them agreed with HC that the moderates should have been armed. Also a big focus on how the intelligence community started telling PO two years ago about ISIS and he ignored it. The ending talks about how many of the new Republican ads in these states are aimed at women being concerned about the national security. It is a total HIT piece. Hate starting my day like this!!! Another example of what LL wrote about last night.

    • 54 jackiegrumbacher
      October 5, 2014 at 8:09 am

      Thanks, TN. From now until November, it’s going to be a full out attack on the president to depress Democratic turnout. It’s part of the media/GOP strategy and we have to be prepared for it. Republicans/media begin with no respect for women, so they believe that ‘mere’ women will react in fear rather than common sense.

    • 56 amk for obama
      October 5, 2014 at 8:15 am

      see the toon below. people can choose to be stupid or people can choose to be smart. free will and all that. even god morgan freeman said that.

  8. 58 amk for obama
    October 5, 2014 at 8:05 am

    hello danny. See? you can do this. Don’t let her say otherwise.

  9. 63 africa
    October 5, 2014 at 8:21 am

  10. 64 amk for obama
    October 5, 2014 at 8:22 am

  11. 65 dotster3
    October 5, 2014 at 8:29 am

    On a roadie—–in Indy for a fam gathering for gr.babe’s 1st bday party yesterday. She is the sweetest, cutest, bestest little gal—trust me—-and a real trooper with all the hubbub at her housey. Can’t believe she’s walking (running) all over the place already—-wasn’t she just born a few days ago?—-and does the cutest little boogie whenever any music plays. Of course she got all these great gifts but guess what she liked best—–the balloons! And her ice cream cake!—–thought that invention was miraculous, kept opening her little mouth for one more delicious spoonful. Lots of laughs and fun!

  12. 68 africa
    October 5, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Oh, where are my manners?

    Happy Sunday TODers!

    Heeeeeeya Chips!!

  13. October 5, 2014 at 8:32 am

    An early heads up, around 11:0 EDT today PBO delivers remarks at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial Dedication Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

  14. 74 amk for obama
    October 5, 2014 at 8:43 am

    That’s a LIE. Given unohoo around these parts.

  15. 75 amk for obama
    October 5, 2014 at 8:47 am


  16. 76 amk for obama
    October 5, 2014 at 8:49 am

    • October 5, 2014 at 8:57 am

      If you take into consideration that PBO is typically working during a part of — if not most of — his vacation, that 5.2% would be a smaller number.

  17. October 5, 2014 at 8:49 am

    With “ebola” being on a 24/7 loop in the media, I’m hoping it doesn’t lead to what amounts to yelling fire in a crowded room.

    • 79 arapaho415
      October 5, 2014 at 9:26 am


      I am so bummed about our treasonous MSM, for their hair-on-fire headlines about ebola, which is nothing more than a “legitimate news story” bludgeoned as dog-whistle, white-coded fear mongering.

      I knew the MSM was shameful and would take out the stops against PBO and Dems before Nov 4, but their nonstop ebola-fear mongering is beyond disgusting.

  18. October 5, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Steve KornHacky is saying obama is breaking his promise on nuclear expellsion.
    He is upgrading 50 year old stick instead of getting rid of all our weapons.
    Now, just let that sink in?
    KornHacky is positing that we get rid of all our weapons while Russian and China still has many many many???
    And they are discussing the senate filibustering!
    So, this conversation is silly just to bring it up .

  19. 81 amk for obama
    October 5, 2014 at 8:57 am

    man u & loser own goal: huff, puff, huff, puff, huff, puff …. we showed …huff, puff, huff, puff, huff, puff … that 17th placed buggers, eh? huff, puff, huff, puff, huff, puff

  20. 85 Linda
    October 5, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Good Morning….it is 46 degrees in Atlanta …

    Final Season of Newsroom starts on Nov. 9th.

    • October 5, 2014 at 9:16 am

      Good Morning Linda!!!!

      Temp was at 40 when I woke up this morning (brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr). With the up and downs (expected to be back up to the low 80’s by the end of the week), a recipe for a cold.

      I hope that you stupendous Sunday! 🙂

    • 87 arapaho415
      October 5, 2014 at 9:31 am

      JackieG, Linda, swbluega:

      Thanks for the cooling thoughts (posts about the cool temps), we in Cali no-climate-change-here sweatbox appreciate it.

      Temps are supposed to cool down during the week, but guess what! Another heat-wave is predicted for *next* weekend.

      Reposting from yesterday morning:

  21. October 5, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Ot oh… 3 new senate polls up next on Getting up with KornHacky.
    Stupid show. Lol

    • 89 Linda
      October 5, 2014 at 9:25 am

      I agree….

      Why do they still poll PBO ? I don’t choose who I vote for based on any President’s poll numbers…..

  22. October 5, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Nbc poll…
    Orman I 48%
    Roberts R 38%

    That’s good news for John McCain…

  23. October 5, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Hagan D 44%
    Tillis R 40%

    That’s good news for Mitt Romney….

  24. October 5, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Ernst R 46%
    Braley D 44%

    These polls are not that bad folks but it is good news for Lindsey graham…

    • 93 arapaho415
      October 5, 2014 at 9:41 am

      What is wrong with Iowa?

      During the (extremely looong) runup to the 2008 Presidential campaign, @latimes had a front-page article (that I now cannot locate) about Iowa’s progressive roots — and one of my best (progressive) friends graduated from Iowa State (originally from small-town Illinois).

      Where are the local Dems in Iowa trumpeting the seemingly endless good domestic/economic news during the past 6 years (no need to bring up any issue that is remotely “divisive”)???

      I cannot believe that the majority of the voting population of the politically astute state of Iowa would vote for the unqualified Ernst to represent them for the NEXT 6 years!

  25. 94 globalcitizenlinda
    October 5, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Good Morning Ms. Chips!

    Good Day everyone on TOD!

  26. 95 jziglar
    October 5, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Can I just say that I hate Steve Fraudnacky. I can’t stand that beltway hack !

    • 96 arapaho415
      October 5, 2014 at 9:45 am

      GM, jziglar, good to see you.

      A little over a year ago, I recall agreeing with everything you posted about Syria.

      Wonder if you’ve got any thoughts you’d like to share about the current ISIS/ISIL barbarism currently headlined by MSM/Koch?

  27. 97 amk for obama
    October 5, 2014 at 9:32 am

  28. 98 amk for obama
    October 5, 2014 at 9:33 am

  29. October 5, 2014 at 9:35 am

    I never thought Scott walker was in jeopardy, he’s now up 5 and at 50%.
    The Kochs have bought that state and people in Wisconsin somehow love Scott walker. 😦

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