Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama looks out the window of Marine One during the flight to Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill., Jan. 11, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning – chat on!

116 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    January 11, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Good Morning Chips, Danny & whoever else is up this early.

  2. 6 Roberta in MN
    January 11, 2015 at 7:43 am

    What am I the Furst whoopee 😃😃😃😃

  3. 7 Roberta in MN
    January 11, 2015 at 7:46 am

    We finally are going to get some warmer weather today. 7+ out this early.

  4. January 11, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Morning! Going back to bed but up at 4am to bring the Mr. To the airport . See you all a little later.

  5. 10 99ts
    January 11, 2015 at 7:55 am

    What is not to love about this Pope – I could almost be a convert


    I remember a year or two ago some sports event threw out breast feeding Moms – the Pope understands that hungry babes need to be fed!

    • January 11, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Evening 99ts!

      I remember when Francis was elected I had to look him up because I’d never heard of him. I gulped because it looked like he’d be just as conservative as the previous fella, dodgy views on women, gay rights, etc. I’m now beginning to think the real Francis is locked away somewhere in rural Argentina and a liberal impostor has taken over at the Vatican. It’s all kinds of awesome 🙂

      • 12 99ts
        January 11, 2015 at 8:06 am

        I think the chaps who elected him had the same thoughts as you – they not be so happy – I love that he is a man of the people – reminds me of a President of one of those America countries 🙂

        • January 11, 2015 at 8:07 am

          🙂 Methinks the fellas who elected him are busy these days asking: “WTF?!?!”

          • January 11, 2015 at 8:10 am

            GM all. Agree with every word regarding Pope Francis. Like PO, he never ceases to amaze me. It’s something every week.

          • 15 arapaho415
            January 11, 2015 at 8:45 am

            GM Chips,

            Have to agree with that one.

            Can’t you just see the Cardinals who lusted (sorry, one of the deadly sins, but we mortals are all sinners) after Pope Benedict’s Prada shoes saying just that when the Pope washes the feet of the homeless (and mingles with the less fortunate), says all dogs go to Heaven and is receptive to the notion of sexual orientation (not “preference”)?

            Next up in Pope Francis’ evolution will be women’s parity within the Church, after a Latin American nun convinces him that it is only fair in the eyes of the Holy Spirits. Relating to people with roots similar to your own is human nature, and I think Pope Frances might be convinced of this after a lengthy discussion with a sensible Spanish-speaking Nun or two.

  6. January 11, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Good Morning TODVille!

  7. 21 99ts
    January 11, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Roger Federer wins Brisbane International, beating Milos Raonic for 1000th career match win

  8. 27 amk for obama
    January 11, 2015 at 8:01 am

    go saints.

  9. January 11, 2015 at 8:37 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, even amk, and congrats Roberta on #1 🙂 Happy Sunday everyone!

    • January 11, 2015 at 8:37 am

      Gooooooooooooood mooooOOOoooOOoooOOOooooorning Hopefruit!!

      • January 11, 2015 at 8:43 am

        Hiya Chip!! Just thought you might be thrilled to know that I STILL have Twilight Zone episodes left in my little DVR…some of which I will be watching today (I’ve been watching at least one episode a day since New Year’s). And the church in my area continues to chime these wonderful Christmas songs…this morning it was “O Come All Ye Faithful.” I love giving you these updates…

        You’re welcome!

        • January 11, 2015 at 8:47 am

          “I STILL have Twilight Zone episodes left in my little DVR”

          “….. the church in my area continues to chime these wonderful Christmas songs”

          Um, do they know it’s January the 11th?

        • 48 jackiegrumbacher
          January 11, 2015 at 8:57 am

          Wow, Hf. At this point Christmas seems like a lifetime ago, so good for your church for trying to keep up the good will. I read somewhere that in the ‘olden days’ in Europe some people celebrated Christmas until February 2, called Candlemas, when they had their candles blessed by the church. Imagine having house guests stay that long.

          • 49 hopefruit2
            January 11, 2015 at 9:10 am

            Ah…yes indeed jackie. I suspected they were keeping up with some tradition that I’m not aware of, so what you said makes a lot of sense!

            Glad I don’t celebrate “Candlemas” because I would be coming to blows with my house guests (and vice versa)! 🙂 🙂

    • 50 Roberta in MN
      January 11, 2015 at 10:22 am

      Thanks hf. Hope you have a great Sunday 🙂

  10. 51 amk for obama
    January 11, 2015 at 8:45 am

    via lp

    imagine danny as a ball boy. #shreds

  11. 53 arapaho415
    January 11, 2015 at 8:47 am

    GM TODville.

    Chips will be busy this week updated President Obama’s schedule.

  12. 59 jackiegrumbacher
    January 11, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Morning all. Off for the day to meet daughter and granddaughter at my MIL’s house, which is half way between us. We get to spend the day playing with an adorable toddler and catching up on all the news. Mr. G took on the task of coordinating a family get-together for MIL’s 95 birthday at the end of January and the second-guessing and quibbling is getting him down. Families–you can love them and want to strangle them at the same time. Hope you all have a perfect day.

    • January 11, 2015 at 9:01 am

      Have a blissful day Jackie, but don’t use any of that slang Nerdy taught ya!

      • 61 jackiegrumbacher
        January 11, 2015 at 9:16 am

        Ha! Since I didn’t understand a word of it (except Bro), I don’t think “taught” is the word. Would love to me my MILs face if I did try it, though. It would definitely be worth a photo. Could see our granddaughter parroting it and earning the wrath of our daughter. Good thing the lesson didn’t stick.

  13. January 11, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Good morning, good TODers.

    Good to see so many nations coming together in solidarity:

  14. January 11, 2015 at 9:30 am

    • January 11, 2015 at 9:56 am

      • January 11, 2015 at 10:01 am

        Indeed – I have seen tweets sceptical about this March, because of the huge gathering of world leaders who could learn a thing or two about the freedom of the press, but this alone makes it worthwhile.

        Paris just took a bullet for the freedoms we take for granted, and we should be thankful *we* got spared.

  15. 74 africa
    January 11, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Hello TODers!!

    Hiya Chips!

    I don’t know when I was last here, so let me say Merry Christmas, Happy New Year.

    From my husband’s hospital room, I have been lurking and taking in all the fabulous news — from POTUS’ visits to DF’s spectacular report on her attendance at his speech in Phoenix.

    My year started out on a rocky road. On New Year’s Eve, doctor ordered my husband to check into the hospital immediately because his hemoglobin was dangerously low. I walked into the house at 5 p.m. He said and he told me that we had to go the hospital. He needed blood transfusion. We went to the hospital, counted down the New Year’s in the emergency room. After multiple blood tests, etc., at about 11:30 (or so) p.m., they began the transfusion.

    Four days later, my husband could not walk. Due to his dialysis treatment, he has built up so much phosphorous in his body, his thyroid secretes hormones that affects his joints.

    Suffice it to say we have moved to a rehabilitation hospital. We moved there last Wednesday. He began physical therapy on Thursday. It has been a difficult couple of days, but we are blessed to have the care he is getting.

    I have slept at the hospital ever since then, but this facility does not make it easy to spend the night. The chair they provide is challenging. I am sleep deprived beyond anything. Luckily the hospital is just minutes away from my home. Today I am home for a bit, have done my workouts and will sleep for a few hours before I go back.

    What a beginning of the New Year’s right? But I always say it could be worse. So we are counting our blessings.

    • January 11, 2015 at 9:36 am

      Ooooooh Africa, you and your husband have been through so much, what an awful ordeal. Just hoping the rehabilitation goes well and he gets good health back very soon. Just make sure you get plenty of rest, you must be worn out from it all.

    • 76 vcprezofan2
      January 11, 2015 at 9:38 am

      O Africa! Sending blessings and wishes for rapidly improving family health your way!

      • 77 carolyn
        January 11, 2015 at 9:50 am

        Africa, you will be in my thoughts and prayers today in our church prayer time. You have endured so much!

    • 78 Nerdy Wonka
      January 11, 2015 at 9:48 am

      Sending you, your husband, and your son positive vibes and blessings, Africa.

      Hope that you get some rest and know that TOD is with you all the way.

    • 79 GGAIL
      January 11, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Hiya africa. I’m sending prayers for strength to you and your husband. {{{{africa}}}}

    • January 11, 2015 at 9:52 am

      Oh, africa, what a challenge for you and your family. I will keep all of you in my thoughts for good progress soon. You are right to hold a positive attitude. Very best to you.

    • January 11, 2015 at 10:09 am

      Africa – welcome back and thank you for updating us on your husband’s condition and treatment these last few weeks. Wishing him continued recovery, and sending you both some warm, positive and healing vibes.

    • 82 sherijr
      January 11, 2015 at 10:10 am

      ((((((((Africa))))))))))) (((((((((Mr. Africa))))))))))) Sending you all my positive thoughts and wishes for a speedy, healthy recovery… so sorry you have to endure this. Please take care.

    • 83 a4alice
      January 11, 2015 at 10:20 am

      oh gosh Africa! I hope your husband recovers quickly and that you can all get back home soon! Sending warm thoughts and wishes for good health to you and your husband!

    • 84 desertflower
      January 11, 2015 at 10:23 am

      {{{africa}}} {{{mr. africa}}}} thinking of you both and hoping for a speedy recovery and then back home for both of you:) Be well soon!

    • 85 MightyPamela
      January 11, 2015 at 10:41 am

      {{{{{ Africa&Mr }}}}}

    • January 11, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      prayer for you and your family

    • 87 sjterrid
      January 11, 2015 at 1:40 pm

      Africa, I’m so sorry your husband is in the hospital. I will keep you and your husband in my thoughts and prayers.

    • 88 Betsy
      January 11, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      Africa, my prayers are with you both at this challenging time.

    • 89 theo67
      January 11, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      Africa – what an ordeal for both of you! Make sure you do take care of yourself – it’s very easy to neglect oneself when caring for another, and he’s going to need you to be at your strongest. Hope you do manage to get a few hours of sleep in your own bed, and that your husband recovers quickly! Hang in there!

  16. 90 vcprezofan2
    January 11, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Happy Sunday, TODobots & friends!

    • 91 GGAIL
      January 11, 2015 at 9:59 am

      Good morning vc. That’s beautiful and a great reminder. Brings to mind the conversation I had with my sister last night. I had to think before replying to her so my words carried the right intent. She can really test me. Grrrrr!

      • 92 vcprezofan2
        January 11, 2015 at 10:08 am

        Good morning to you too, GxG! I think I know what you mean about sisters – sigh! Anyhoo, we don’t live with them, so that’s something. Have the nicest day possible; it’s Sunday after all!

      • 94 desertflower
        January 11, 2015 at 10:26 am

        OH! I have a sister JUST like that! In fact, now she’s being somewhat of a pain in the &^%^&%^ …..honestly, one of us must be adopted. My remaining family is not like me.

        • 95 GGAIL
          January 11, 2015 at 10:37 am

          I really wonder “what happened to you?” when we have a conversation. She can take something I say and turn it into an offense so easily that I am leery about saying more than hello and goodbye. LOL!

          • 96 carolyn
            January 11, 2015 at 11:06 am

            So good to know I’m not alone in that particular sister department! She used to be so reasonable…..now she goes to the Drudge report!

  17. January 11, 2015 at 9:42 am

  18. 99 Jeff
    January 11, 2015 at 9:43 am

    So Bill Maher once again attacks an entire religion from the actions of a few. The media once more hypes the actions of the terrorists but ignores the actions of Muslims that saved peoples lives, such as that Muslim that saved over 15 lives by having these people hide in a refrigerator when the gun men came into the store to kill people. Such stories are buried by the mainstream media so they can build the hate.

    • January 11, 2015 at 10:27 am

      Maher is a phony. He tweets idiotic stuff about how moderate Muslims need to endorse anyone that trashes Islam. In the meantime he’s standing right next to Bibi Netanyahu who has a considerable amount of blood on his hands. For all of Maher’s raging against Christianity and Islam something tells me he wouldn’t have the same attitude toward Judaism.

  19. 101 GGAIL
    January 11, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family. Gettin good rain today 🙂

  20. January 11, 2015 at 10:21 am

    This is just PLAIN ignorance on the part of Laura Rozen and her follower…

    Eric Holder is the most appropriate representative that the US could have sent. This rally is supposed to be about JUSTICE and LIBERTY, not another G8 summit….

    • 105 africa
      January 11, 2015 at 10:39 am

      This is just silly. Period.

    • January 11, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      No offense to the tragic deaths in France, but Nigeria is losing hundreds of its citizens to another faction of nutjobs, so how does France merit sole focus on terror ? Oh right, they’re white !!

      • 107 theo67
        January 11, 2015 at 2:36 pm

        I agree with you, Ed. It’s a tragic situation when a 10 year old girl is sent to explode herself in a crowded market, likely after being abducted and abused by the terrorists who sent her – but it’s hard to find news about that. Life is life.

  21. January 11, 2015 at 10:24 am

  22. January 11, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Oh GAWD! There he goes again. Acting like HE matters. What a jerk!

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  23. 110 PrayerWarriorforObama
    January 11, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Africa, may the God of healing cover you and your husband, and bring you through this ordeal renewed in body, mind and spirit.

  24. 111 africa
    January 11, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Everyone, thank you so much for your kind words. Much, much appreciated.

  25. 112 yardarm756
    January 11, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Good Sunday Coooold morning to you all.

  26. 114 desertflower
    January 11, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Has this been posted already? I’ve been a little busy this week spending time with the President and getting ready for some kickboxing:) Excellent, Spandan!


    Mark Zandi, former McCain economic adviser and Moody’s chief economist had this to say about the job market:
    ““At the current pace of job growth, the economy should be closing in on a 5 percent unemployment rate by this time next year, which is consistent with full employment,” he said. “Wage growth should also pick up more broadly in coming months.””
    As President Obama would be the first to say, his job isn’t done. But this is historic. If Zandi turns out to be correct, we will have gone from the bottom falling out of the economy to full employment in six short years. From the worst effects of the greatest recession in US history second only to the Great Depression to a full employment economy in six years.

    AMAZING! And Republicans want to take credit for this as they sabotaged these efforts ALL ALONG THE WAY!

  27. 115 africa
    January 11, 2015 at 10:43 am

  28. 116 HZ
    January 11, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Good Morning my Chips and TOD family. Hugs to my Danny, Chips.

    Africa, may you have a time of the sweetness of the comfort that comes from all of our loving thoughts and prayers for Mr. Africa, you and your family. You have been so strong through your trials, but there is a healing balm of sweetness that will help you on this journey. Take good care of yourself and give Mr. Africa lots of loving hugs from your TOD family.
    {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Keep up your strength dear one, and know that you are being lifted up in our thoughts and loving words of comfort.}}]]}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

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