Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama visits with his daughters Malia and Sasha and kisses his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, in a private study off the Oval Office, Feb. 2, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)



94 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 4morefor44
    February 2, 2015 at 7:33 am

    land sharks!

  2. February 2, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Good morning. Refuse to watch Today show. Will you have the interview here?

  3. 7 desertflower
    February 2, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Good morning:) My body aches, but I’m not curled in a ball somewhere…that’s positive! Still pissed about the game…though…Sir Paul McCartney was here!!!! Who knew/:) What’s going to happen when we all fine out that someone on the Patriots cheated and deflated those balls, this week? More reason for me not to like them….

  4. 12 jackiegrumbacher
    February 2, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Morning. A part of me wishes we were all back in 2009 and had all the goodness of President Obama still ahead of us. Of course, that’s a very selfish view and I’m sure neither the President nor the First Family want to go through it all again. For those keeping score this day–February 2–was regarded in ‘olden times’ as official mid-winter. In Europe it was called Candelmas and was a time for blessing candles. Now it’s Groundhog day where people stand around staring at a rodent to figure out how much winter remains. Somehow, it’s always, six weeks. Funny how that happens in the middle of a 12 week winter.

  5. 13 desertflower
    February 2, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Happy Groundhog Day! http://www.groundhog.org/ Will the little guy see his shadow today??? 🙂

    • 14 jackiegrumbacher
      February 2, 2015 at 8:00 am

      Yes, he will, Df. No self respecting groundhog could emerge from the ground on this frigid cold, snowy Pennsylvania day and tell us Spring will soon be on its way.

    • 16 Linda
      February 2, 2015 at 8:14 am

      Tomorrow is also groundhog dog in US House of Representatives.

      The House will stage the fourth standalone, full-scale ObamaCare repeal vote in four years on Tuesday. It will also be nearly the 60th vote since Republicans took over the House majority to otherwise undermine the 2010 healthcare law.

  6. February 2, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Congrats 4morefor44!
    You are the winner.
    Hi ya, Ms. Chips!
    snow/rain/sleet/ice in NYC this morning……just lovely!
    One good thing about today is the Patriots will not be able to get back and celebrate. I hope they are not that arrogant to get on a plane.
    Something about that TB guy is not quite right.
    Marsh an was getting too cocky(uppity)…… so you know what they do!
    “Smile in your face, all the time they trying to keep you in your place”
    The Back Stabbers!

  7. February 2, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Monday morning. Congrats 4More, on being first this morning.

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

  8. February 2, 2015 at 8:04 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Monday everyone 🙂

  9. 21 Linda
    February 2, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Good Morning……..saw this last night…it was really good.

    After Words with April Ryan

    April Ryan talked about her book The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America, in which she recounts her over twenty-five year career in journalism and the presidential administrations she has covered. She spoke with Ann Compton, former White House correspondent for ABC News


    Ann Compton tried really hard to get April to say something , anything, negative about PBO , but April didn’t fall for it at all.

    One thing April said disturbed me very much….

    She was telling a story about how the Congressional Black Caucus snubbed PBO and were pretty mean to him. They didn’t like that he was a Senator and not a Congressman. They didn’t like that he ran against Bobby Rush for Congress. They didn’t like that his Senate schedule conflicted with the House schedule and he could not make a lot of the meetings. They totally ignored his request that he get to have his say early in the meeting because he had to get back to the Senate.

    Now I get why the CBC seems to never have his back on anything. Jerks.

    • February 2, 2015 at 8:58 am

      The President won his elections by going around the old boy networks…and for some leaders …it is not about moving FORWARD…it is about them…he jumped over the hierarchy…to dare to run for office….whether it was in the Senate or for President…here in Philly…the President had to set up his own structure outside of the traditional DEM party Structure…..in my community… many of the committee people did not work for the president…it was really tragic but not unexpected…

      i think that this is not just the CBC…who feel this way about the President…extend this notion to the DEM Party and that would explain why we do not hear them defending the President or touting his successes….

      • 23 Linda
        February 2, 2015 at 9:04 am

        All of this makes me sad…

        I doubt he will, but I hope he exposes them all when he writes his book.

      • February 2, 2015 at 9:12 am

        Exactly. That’s why they’re so bullish about having the Clintons back in the WH. Lots of old-fashioned business-as-usual back scratching and deal-making. POTUS is the exact opposite of all that and it’s why he has endeared himself to us and earned our respect. His integrity is above reproach.

      • 27 amk for obama
        February 2, 2015 at 9:47 am

        yup, the kenyan was the true maverick and the dc fucksticks from both sides of the aisle couldn’t handle it. fuck’em

      • 28 isonprize
        February 2, 2015 at 9:56 am

        Prettyfoot. YOU JUST TELL THE TRUTH!! You know I know it!!! I had Dem ward leaders cussing me out because since I was an Obama Field Organizer, they thought I was holding out on the money. Folks were SALTY that they weren’t getting that easy money during election season. It really showed me the ugly side of politics.

        • February 2, 2015 at 10:07 am

          yes ..there was no street money…unheard of in Philly DEM party politics..folks were used to getting paid…however…it was only the higher ups that got most of that money..those of us who spent hours on the streets saw very little of that money…

          this was another of the things that the Wolf campaign mimicked from PBO….NO street money…Ooooooo weeeeee….you could hear the gnashing of teeth…hahaha

      • 30 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        February 2, 2015 at 10:32 am

        There were a few CBC mbrs and Dems that showed real support during the PA primary. John Conyers and John Kerry did several Vets for Obama events across the state…

    • 32 jackiegrumbacher
      February 2, 2015 at 9:02 am

      Thanks for this, Linda. So petty jealousy was at the heart of it all and for that the CBC blew the chance to work with the best president this country has ever known. Just think what could have been accomplished if they worked together and had his back. I hope they enjoy wallowing in their own stupidity. This opportunity will never come again.

      • 33 Linda
        February 2, 2015 at 9:12 am

        If you get a chance to watch her it is really good. She also talks alot about how she was treated by the WHPC and the Press Secretaries she dealt with…

        Since she is not with a major network or print paper, they treated her poorly and complained when she got to ask questions. They made remarks under their breath like. ” Why is SHE getting to ask a question and not ME. ” She talks about Tony Snow using the term ” Tar Baby ” and the WH panic afterwards. Also, once they made her sit with the African delegation instead of her regular seat. ( Bush Admin )

    • 34 TrumpDog
      February 2, 2015 at 9:12 am

      Wow. That explains a lot why the CBC acts the way they do towards Pres. Obama
      I don’t think I will ever forget or forgive how they pretty much leave him floating in the wind all the time. Especially Maxine Waters

      As for April – I truly surprised she did not take the bait to slam Obama. I really can’t stand her – I think she’s a big ol whiny baby who tends to ask the dumbest questions at the pressers – but I’ll give her a little credit here this time.

      • 35 Linda
        February 2, 2015 at 9:14 am

        She also talked about her kind of questions and that people sometimes don’t like them. She said that her job is to focus on Urban and African American issues and that is what she does.

  10. February 2, 2015 at 8:32 am

    I must admit, I did watch the Today Show interview with President Obama. My tweet that woman is below:

    • 37 99ts
      February 2, 2015 at 8:38 am

      Saw a small part of the “your critics” – she should have the courage to say that she is the critic – no moral strength involved in speaking of those mythical “critics”

      • February 2, 2015 at 9:03 am

        and who are the “critics”….i am tired of this meme…why can’t they interview the President and talk about what the programs and policies are…and then have legitimate comments and questions…based on their own research…that is because they do not do research…they just come up with questions that are not meant to inform citizens but questions that attempt to slap the President…but after 6 years…they should know that it is hard to do so….

        • 39 jackiegrumbacher
          February 2, 2015 at 9:11 am

          Pf, I take comfort in the fact that our president knows exactly what’s coming, bats the idiocy back at them, and then wipes the whole thing off his shoulder like so much dust. These gotcha questions always reveal more about the questioner than they do the president. He knows their number, but they haven’t got a clue about his. I guarantee you that my two-year-old granddaughter will never know a thing about Savannah Guthrie, but she will learn about the great President Obama and come to love him as we do.

          • 40 99ts
            February 2, 2015 at 9:19 am

            Wonderful words jackie – history will be kind to PBO while those “critics” will disappear into the night.

  11. 41 99ts
    February 2, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Taken me about 6 years to understand the US political system – don’t think I will ever understand how your football is played – and “deflating balls”? Is that part of football or a different game?

    • February 2, 2015 at 8:45 am

      Hahaha, 99ts I don’t know if you are serious or not, but that questions is hilarious. Hahaha ROFL 😀 😀 😀

      • 43 99ts
        February 2, 2015 at 9:22 am

        Not meant to be hilarous – but I’m happy to laugh along – I have not a clue. To me the game looks like guys dressed up for a monster bash & I would have thought there was only one ball – but I keep seeing comments about a dozen deflated balls. Could be juggled for all I can understand. I’m also thinking I’m probably going to stay in a state of misunderstanding.

  12. 45 africa
    February 2, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Happy Monday TODers!!

    Heeeeeeeya Chips!!

    Thanks again, for my birthday cake. And thanks to all who wished me a happy birthday.

    I didn’t like that my Seahawks lost last night. I am a sore loser so I am pouting this morning.

    And Lord, am I glad President Obama became president in 2008. Imagine what this country would have been by now under anyone else.

    Have a wonderful and blessed day everyone.

  13. 48 africa
    February 2, 2015 at 8:47 am

    • 49 desertflower
      February 2, 2015 at 9:01 am

      Balance? Is that like being ” a little bit pregnant?” when you’re talking about vaccines that prevent disease? What a desperate moron.

    • 50 JER
      February 2, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Good Morning Chips and TOD.

      From the Washington Post article: Christie also took the unusual step of criticizing the president on foreign soil, saying Obama had been a poor negotiator, specifically regarding the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

      • 51 africa
        February 2, 2015 at 9:09 am

        He is a buffoon as is the rest of them.

      • 52 jackiegrumbacher
        February 2, 2015 at 9:18 am

        I wonder if Christie’s middle initial is D for Delusional. He thinks he’s being bold by championing anti-vax parents and criticizing the president on foreign soil, but he’s really being stupid. There aren’t enough anti-vax parents to make much of a voting coalition and a lot of them live in CA, which will never go his way. Our president is very admired in England and speaking negatively about him there means Christie is not only working against American interests overseas, he’s being tone deaf as well.

      • 53 99ts
        February 2, 2015 at 9:26 am

        For all the internal disgust with our PM – NO-ONE goes outside of the country representing us other than members of the government. The GOPers would not do this in relation to ANY other President. They are not endearing themselves to anyone except Bibi with this attitude. Such a shame that the dems are too spineless to call them out – all of them and any of them.

    • February 2, 2015 at 9:07 am

      Christie is a real jerk. If he thinks his “skills” have saved NJ from a poor economy, he is living in a fairy land.

    • February 2, 2015 at 9:16 am

      • 56 desertflower
        February 2, 2015 at 9:26 am

        Liberia, Sierra Leone..etc must be laughing right now. Ebola almost gone…measles, long thought eradicated, comes roaring back. At Disneyland! You just can’t make this up.

  14. 57 africa
    February 2, 2015 at 9:09 am

    So, Friday was swap day at my son’s school. This is where the parents go to school and the kids get to stay home. If neither parent or child shows up, the child is marked absent. Anyway, so I go to school on Friday. In my son’s government class, the teacher gives us a mini quiz. The quiz is taken from the citizenship tests given to a person like me to become a citizen. He gave us 11 questions.

    Many in that room had problems answering the questions. One parent who is an acquaintance of mine, whispered that they might as well boot her out of the country. She is a liberal thinking person. But the bulk of the others appeared to lean right, just judging from their answers to other questions regarding State’s right, education, etc., Gay rights, etc.

    Some in that crew wanted the Education department abolished; government should stay out of their lives, etc. It was refreshing to be sitting and actually hearing only some of what I read on the Internet.

    Yeah. That was very interesting.

    On a lighter note, in the marketing class, we got to develop a product targeting a specific group. My group developed a sports drink.

    In English, I got to write a Sonnet about my son.

    It was a fun day all in all.

  15. 63 africa
    February 2, 2015 at 9:15 am

  16. 65 africa
    February 2, 2015 at 9:23 am

  17. 67 amk for obama
    February 2, 2015 at 9:30 am


  18. 68 amk for obama
    February 2, 2015 at 9:33 am

    also. too. furst.

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  20. 76 99ts
    February 2, 2015 at 9:41 am

    g’nite all – enjoy the groundhog – hope winter is done

  21. February 2, 2015 at 9:45 am

    I missed the full interview the President did with Savannah and it was suppose to be on the Today show this morning. Did anyone else see it?

  22. 81 amk for obama
    February 2, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has dropped one of his signature policies – a paid parental leave scheme – in the latest blow to his leadership.

    Mr Abbott has faced criticism over a number of issues – from a lack of women in his cabinet to slips of the tongue and a decision to award the UK’s Prince Philip a knighthood.

    But he told journalists at the National Press Club in Canberra he believed he was still the best person to lead the country and had not considered quitting.


    dumber than dumbya. congrats, 99ts.

  23. February 2, 2015 at 10:00 am

    • February 2, 2015 at 10:08 am

      I seem to be having trouble with subject-verb agreement this morning. Coffee anyone?

    • 84 donna dem 4 obama
      February 2, 2015 at 10:22 am

      GM Meta. I saw this coming last week when they announced that she would be doing the interview. She is a Chuckie Toad prodigy. Way back when I used to occasionally watch MSNBC she and Todd used to host a show right after Morning Joke.

      What we here at TOD need to understand is that there is an absolute disdain for PBO by the Beltway/NationalNews press. He and his communication team don’t bow to them, he goes around them to spread the truth as often as possible and Pete takes most all of the pictures of the President so every chance they get to take what they perceive as a dig at him they do. You should have seen the reaction of our family and friends when that interview aired yesterday. One person said, well, you sure can tell that she had it in for him. And this person rarely follows politics but sensed the animosity that Gunthrie exhibited without any coaching from me.

      Personally I would prefer that he not give any of them a single interview from this point forward but that’s why he is a better, smarter person than I am and he got to be President and I got to witness it.

      Have a great O’Day Everyone!

      • February 2, 2015 at 10:35 am

        AGREED. Thanks for the background on Guthrie. She & Todd and the rest of them all sound alike. I take a great deal of pride in POTUS for not bowing to them. They are not intelligent to deserve his audience. They’re too busy patting themselves on the back, as in at the end of that clip, her Echo Chamber club mates congratulate her on a “great” interview. But he does take them down brilliantly and I do love his pressers when he can show them up in stark relief.

  24. 86 Nerdy Wonka
    February 2, 2015 at 10:01 am

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  27. 90 amk for obama
    February 2, 2015 at 10:07 am

    US oil workers on largest national strike since 1980.

    US union leaders have launched a large-scale strike at nine refineries after failing to agree on a new national contract with major oil companies.

    It marks the first nationwide walkout since 1980 and impacts plants that together account for more than 10% of US refining capacity.

    The United Steelworkers Union (USW) began the strike on Sunday, after their current contract expired and no deal was reached despite five proposals.

    The USW said it “had no choice”.

    “This industry is the richest in the world and can afford to make the changes we offered in bargaining,” USW International Vice President of Administration Tom Conway said in a statement.

    “The problem is that oil companies are too greedy to make a positive change in the workplace and they continue to value production and profit over health and safety, workers and the community.”

    Royal Dutch Shell, the lead industry negotiator, said it “hopes to resume negotiations as early as possible”.


  28. 91 JER
    February 2, 2015 at 10:07 am

  29. February 2, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Good Morning TODVille!

    It’s not enough that I am annoyed with the Savannah Guthrie interview, I have to be aware that Gov. Chris Christie calls for balance when it comes to child vaccination. What balance? The one he should mount on every morning to check his weight?

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