Early Bird Chat

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama tapes a “Let’s Move!” public service announcement with 2013 NBA Champion Miami Heat players LeBron James, left, and Dwyane Wade, in the Map Room of the White House, Jan. 14, 2014 (Photo by Amanda Lucidon)



84 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Nerdy Wonka
    January 14, 2015 at 8:39 am


    • 9 Vicki
      January 14, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Perfect cartoon, amk. Exactly captures the national mood.

    • 10 arapaho415
      January 14, 2015 at 9:14 am

      Agree with Linda downthread, re: “enthusiasm gap.”

      Need the photo here of the crying toddler in mid-air who obviously couldn’t get away from R-money fast enough.

  2. 14 amk for obama
    January 14, 2015 at 8:42 am

    you are late. (insert stern faced smiley… No, I am not gonna do it).

  3. January 14, 2015 at 8:42 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Congrats NW on #1 🙂 Happy Wednesday everyone.

  4. 27 amk for obama
    January 14, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Transformers leads Razzies ‘worst film’ shortlist.


    The stupidest movie meme. And they made fourthquel???

  5. 28 jackiegrumbacher
    January 14, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Morning. Love the toons, AMK. The thought of having to endure the sight or worse yet, the sound of Mitt Romney for over a year is too depressing to think about. In life, as in cards, you have to know when to fold. Romney is so wrapped up in his own self importance, he has no idea that it’s long past time for him to call it a day.

    • 31 arapaho415
      January 14, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Ah, so cute, and so true. Love cats’ soft fur — read awhile ago that Lynx is the most prized fur, and had an opportunity to feel a Lynx pelt at a museum in rural Alaska (also a long time ago) where touching was not prohibited. Gorgeous and incredibly soft fur.

  6. 32 amk for obama
    January 14, 2015 at 8:51 am

    see bt? #countyourblessings

  7. 40 arapaho415
    January 14, 2015 at 8:54 am

    GM TODville.

    So grateful to @TomHanks for this @NYTOpinion piece. More smart, successful people who were raised in the working class (thinking along the lines of the late #SteveJobs) need to voice their opinion on how essential K-14 is to achieving The American Dream.

    • 41 Vicki
      January 14, 2015 at 9:21 am

      I agree, arapaho. Terrific, important piece by Tom Hanks.

    • 42 arapaho415
      January 14, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Some quotes from @TomHanks’ Op-Ed piece:

      “That place made me what I am today.”


      “Classes I took at Chabot have rippled through my professional pond. I produced the HBO mini-series ‘John Adams’ with an outline format I learned from a pipe-smoking historian, James Coovelis, whose lectures were riveting. Mary Lou Fitzgerald’s Studies in Shakespeare taught me how the five-act structures of ‘Richard III,’ ‘The Tempest’ and ‘Othello’ focused their themes.”

    • January 14, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Thank you for this, Arapaho415! He brought this home brilliantly and beautifully. Home run. Sharing this widely.

    • 44 0388jojothecat
      January 14, 2015 at 10:24 am

      When I graduated from high school i went to a for profit university. After one year and knowing I could not afford to continue I attended Los Angeles City College. I had wonderful teachers who helped me over come my fear of math and helped me outside class, I had a teacher who introduced her class to the PET computer (first desktop), and African American history where I learned so much more history that was a precursor to MLK and civil rights. I met people of all ages and backgrounds and above else I learned to think and reason for myself. This is what scares the billionaires who want to pay slave wages and for profit prisons.

  8. January 14, 2015 at 8:54 am

    This picture: so very fine. Our FLOTUS: unparalleled, unencumbered, unbelievably good in (infinity# of way). She is so funny — this reminds of the “turnip” tweet: Turnip for WHAT? during the holidays. Good morning, Mighty NWonka, Furst and Foremost! Good morning, amk the Bringer of Toons Many and Impossibly Good!, Good morning, Ms. Chipstix, the One Without Whom….I can’t bear to think of the world without TOD so I will change that. Chips The One Who Brings It Daily, TOD to the World. Wednesday, not Wordless, but Wonderful.

    • 46 jackiegrumbacher
      January 14, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Nancie, what a lovely way to start the day. You have such a skillful way of expressing things–I really admire the way you can play with words. There must have been some professional writing in your career.

    • January 14, 2015 at 10:05 am

      Nancie, she is our First Lady and we love her and so proud of her.

  9. 48 GGAIL
    January 14, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family! Let’s Move 🙂

  10. January 14, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD. Been trying to say hello for over an hour. Hope this posts.

  11. 52 Linda
    January 14, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Good Morning.

    I am trying to find that Romney video Chips made in 2012 that highlighted all lack of supporters at many of his campaign stops.

    Was it called The Enthusiasm Gap ?

    • 53 jackiegrumbacher
      January 14, 2015 at 9:08 am

      I know the ones you mean, Linda. There was one where a number of people were asleep, I think–the man bores people into a coma.

  12. 54 arapaho415
    January 14, 2015 at 8:58 am

    GM Chips.

    Sorry to add to your burdens of keeping TODville well fed and happy, but for whatever reason, cannot comment via Internet Explorer here, either via WP or Twitter.

    Posted above comment via Google Chrome, after several steps which warned that the “site is not secure/is unsafe, that anyone and their dog can see my user logon and password. 😦

    This may be the problem that Bobfr reported a couple of days ago…

    P.S. – The harddrive on my primary computer crashed yesterday — now using one I’ve never posted to TOD on before.

    • January 14, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Morning arapaho415, flip, sorry to hear there’s yet more posting trouble. I remember this “the “site is not secure/is unsafe” issue happening before, it was nothing at this end, hopefully WP will get the damned thing fixed!

  13. 56 Vicki
    January 14, 2015 at 9:13 am

    A small article in the NYTimes this morning is a cause for lots of hope.

    Aetna announced raising its minimum wage (affecting 5,700 workers) to $16 an hour in April.
    Next year those same workers will get their benefits packages increased by an estimated $4,000.

    New York Times calls this a trend and it sure does bode well for America.

    It does not bode well for GOP, media, and DINOS who whine about how bad the economy is instead of acknowledging PBO’s message—-America is Coming Back.

  14. January 14, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Romney rerun falls flat with Republican lawmakers
    The Hill

    Jonathan Easley

    Republican lawmakers aren’t jumping on the Mitt Romney 2016 bandwagon.

    Even among his onetime allies, the news that the former Massachusetts governor is considering a third consecutive run for president is being met with criticism or cool indifference on Capitol Hill.

    Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Romney’s congressional liaison for his 2012 run, said Tuesday he might support one of his Senate colleagues for president.

    Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), who backed Romney before the 2012 Iowa caucus, said he’s going to “wait and see.”

    And another senator who spoke on background to offer a candid assessment of how Romney could affect the 2016 race offered a stark dismissal.

    “What we know about Romney last time, he lost the election with working Americans,” said the conservative senator, who backed Romney in 2012. “[Among] those making $30,000 to $50,000, he lost it by 15 percent, and [those making] under $30,000 by 28 percent. You can’t win an election like that. And it can’t just be words. I’ll be looking for candidates who are authentic, who have credibility.”


    • 58 amk for obama
      January 14, 2015 at 9:20 am

      “I’ll be looking for candidates who are authentic, who have credibility.”

      ha, ha, joke of the year. And the year ain’t even started yet.

  15. January 14, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  16. 61 Linda
    January 14, 2015 at 9:21 am

    I FOUND IT…… MITT MANIA !!!!!!!!!

  17. 66 desertflower
    January 14, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Bringing this over..take it all how you will…some good, some WTF moments too:) Which leads me to say that this personal for some, an opinion based on ideological leanings by some…not necessarily the truth as it happened in history.


  18. January 14, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Good morning, good people. It’s Wednesday, almost there to the weekend!

    Heads up! Hope there aren’t any disses to the President in this:

  19. January 14, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Cannot believe the stupidity of this guy.

    • January 14, 2015 at 9:39 am

      In response to this:

    • 70 jackiegrumbacher
      January 14, 2015 at 9:42 am

      Meta, it’s beyond belief. This is an absurd game that people play when they have no ideas. In this conditional universe, Romney WOULD know that his time is over; the US Congress WOULD be 100 percent Democratic; I WOULD be the Queen of England. We can all play and make as much sense as Romney does.

    • 73 JER
      January 14, 2015 at 9:59 am

    • January 14, 2015 at 10:24 am

      How would Putin know his place in life, when Mitt Romney doesn’t even know his place in life. The American people have told Mitt and Ann twice we didn’t want you in the White House, but they just don’t get it. They seem to think that it is owed to them, it’s theirs so in their mind one day Ann Romney will be First Lady and Mitt Romney will be President, if Mitt just keep running. Pitiful folks.

  20. 77 JER
    January 14, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  21. 78 arapaho415
    January 14, 2015 at 9:39 am

    More good economic news:

  22. January 14, 2015 at 9:40 am

  23. 80 arapaho415
    January 14, 2015 at 10:01 am

  24. 81 amk for obama
    January 14, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has announced his retirement in a resignation letter, officials say.

    His departure on Wednesday leaves Prime Minister Matteo Renzi with the difficult task of finding a successor.

    Some commentators have predicted that Mr Renzi may opt for elections if he cannot find support for a replacement to 89-year-old Mr Napolitano.

    The president’s role is mainly ceremonial, although he can choose a prime minister and dissolve parliament.

    That power has been seen as crucial in recent years.

    Mr Napolitano was praised by some for using it to dismiss PM Silvio Berlusconi at the height of Italy’s sovereign debt crisis in 2011.


  25. 83 arapaho415
    January 14, 2015 at 10:08 am

    A glimmer of self-awareness from MSM:

    The same could be said of the majority of political “reporting,” aka 2016 speculation.

  26. 84 0388jojothecat
    January 14, 2015 at 10:44 am

    How a about “some people say”? Who? The media is hiding behind ” people” who don’t exist which is just tabloid reporting.

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