Early Bird Chat

On This Day: Michelle Obama poses with Caroline Kennedy, Maria Shriver and Oprah Winfrey at a rally for Barack Obama, UCLA, Feb. 3, 2008



58 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 jackiegrumbacher
    February 3, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Morning. That photo made me smile. Great way to start a day.

    • February 3, 2015 at 7:40 am

      Good morning to you Jackie!

      • 3 jackiegrumbacher
        February 3, 2015 at 7:46 am

        Hi, Chips, I remember that happy moment when Maria Shriver came over to an Obama rally in her riding clothes to show her support. All these campaign photos make me very nostalgic for 2008 and 2012 when we had a candidate we could love with our whole heart. Hard to imagine that will ever happen again. And we were all here, riding that happy time together, working hard, biting our fingernails over primary results and hoping, hoping, hoping for the best, which finally came on those election nights, that PBO reminded us, “he won twice.”

        • 4 forus50
          February 3, 2015 at 8:04 am

          Those were thrilling times, right? I can imagine only one other possibly similarity — when Bobby Kennedy was in the primaries. If that had been during the age of the internet it might have been similar. I remember being so mad about all the Californians who had already early voted for HRC prior to this rally and many of them wanting to change their vote. Speaking of HRC, I’m convinced she’s running after her vaccine tweet yesterday. I noticed it got more retweets than any of her other tweets – including the one with the photo announcing her grandchild.

          • 5 jackiegrumbacher
            February 3, 2015 at 8:11 am

            Forus, you’re right about Bobby Kennedy. I loved him and would have been thrilled to have him be the nominee. Was watching his primary victory the night he was shot and felt as if the bottom had fallen out of the world. Will never forget the despair of that horrific moment.

            • 6 arapaho415
              February 3, 2015 at 8:25 am

              Wow, you watched the CA primary?

              I was 14 then, went to bed deliriously happy that RFJ won, and completely shocked and grief-stricken when my clock-radio awoke me to the unfathomable news. I recall a radio announcer solemnly saying, “the Senator has been wheeled to a hospital room…” which fully woke me (not a morning person, especially as a youth). I sat bolt upright and prayed (I know, this is so bad of me) that they were referring to Eugene McCarthy.

              Cannot express my utter desolation to learn the truth. We got our high school annuals that day, and what was normally a fun time, filled with flirting with boys and gossiping with girl friends was a devastating exercise of signing people’s books with much agony. I don’t have my yearbooks, but I recall a lot of sadness in most of the entries.

              • February 3, 2015 at 8:55 am

                My uncle was a neurosurgeon and was part of the team of doctors.

              • 10 jackiegrumbacher
                February 3, 2015 at 9:01 am

                Arapaho, we are exactly ten years apart–I was 24 when I watched the California primary on B&W tv. I couldn’t cope with that assassination, on top of the murders of MLK and JFK. It actually broke me for a time and a part of me shut down. I never again committed to a political leader–other than voting–until Sen. Obama came onto the scene. He was and is the incarnation of all those lost hopes from the 60’s.

            • February 3, 2015 at 9:07 am

              I was a young girl and I remember seeing him in person, just getting a glance. What stayed with me were his astonishing blue eyes. He was a hero to us back then and I can remember the horrific feeling in the pit of my stomach at the shock of his assassination. We were sick about it for a long time. Another one of the darker days in our nation’s history.

          • February 3, 2015 at 8:16 am

            She was also inducted into the Irish-American Hall of fame yesterday and will be a keynote speaker at their event in March.

            I feel like all this woman does is receive awards and give speeches for $$$$.

            • 13 vcprezofan2
              February 3, 2015 at 8:39 am

              Other than her husband’s connection was there a reason for her Irish-American ‘fame’? What have I missed? I mean, has she done something for the Irish or for Irish-Americans? Heck, what has she done for Americans in the past year or two?

                • 15 vcprezofan2
                  February 3, 2015 at 8:51 am

                  She and her hubby have surely mastered the art of accepting accolades just for breathing with a recognized surname.

              • 16 hopefruit2
                February 3, 2015 at 8:44 am

                My point exactly vc. She keeps getting these “awards” and “honors” for no justifiable reasons other than to further her political career and put those giving her the awards in her “good books.”

                • 17 vcprezofan2
                  February 3, 2015 at 8:50 am

                  Pathetic, if you ask me. Also a good measure of her potential governing style. It won’t happen, but someone should ask her why she wants to be president (if she still does) to see if she has really given the matter any serious thought. Then they should seriously analyze her response.

                • February 3, 2015 at 9:12 am

                  I will never understand this adoration and devotion to two people who are simply driving the gravy train.

            • 21 forus50
              February 3, 2015 at 8:44 am

              Good grief, seriously?? Biden better already be in that HOF as at least he IS Irish.

              • 22 CEB
                February 3, 2015 at 9:07 am

                So is PBO. In fact, I am going over to view once again how the Irish welcomed their true son of Ireland.
                Good morning and good day everyone.

  2. February 3, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Good Morning Chips and Jackie O!

  3. 27 desertflower
    February 3, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Morning everyone.

  4. February 3, 2015 at 8:14 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!!! Happy Tuesday everyone. 🙂

  5. 29 vcprezofan2
    February 3, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Good Morning/Day, EVERY.body!

  6. 35 Dudette
    February 3, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Goood Morning! 😀

  7. 36 Dudette
    February 3, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Now that’s Love! ❤

    • 37 vcprezofan2
      February 3, 2015 at 8:33 am

      😎 – if a tattoo is Reggie’s ‘thing’

      I ❤ ❤ when PBO's former colleagues display their loyalty. To me it's both a measure of their character AND his. Another great example of this for me is Jon Favreau.

    • 38 forus50
      February 3, 2015 at 8:47 am

      I’m not a tatoo fan but that’s pretty damn cool.

  8. 40 Dudette
    February 3, 2015 at 8:25 am

  9. 41 Dudette
    February 3, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Have a magnificent day! 🙂

    • 42 jackiegrumbacher
      February 3, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Oh, Lord, dudette, I love you, but you’ve given me vertigo with that photo. I actually felt my head swimming. Standing on top of a mountain (or tall building) is so not my thing.

    • 44 arapaho415
      February 3, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Funny how TODville reacts differently to same photo.

      Absolutely love this photo, reminds me of my magical time in Alaska — climbed (slowly) to the top of the Harding Icefield trail (which is on the perimeter of the glacier that covers Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. The trailhead is in Seward, a glorious tiny town (as all Alaskan cities are, with the exception of Anchorage and Fairbanks). Seward has a spectacular aquarium that is open on the top — I was mesmerized watching the seabirds (e.g., auks, etc.) dive into the water in front of the aquarium audience — could have spent hours glued to the aquarium).

      Final note on AK trails — if you’re not a strenuous hiker, the good news is that during the summer, it’s light until the wee hours, so you can take longer to complete a hike than in SoCal, where it gets dark around 8 pm that time of year.

    • 46 arapaho415
      February 3, 2015 at 9:21 am

      Forgot to mention that the Seward Aquarium was funded by reparations from the Exxon-Valdez oil spill, so it’s very modern and spacious. A real gem in rural AK.

  10. 47 vcprezofan2
    February 3, 2015 at 8:41 am

  11. 48 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 3, 2015 at 8:58 am

    • 49 jackiegrumbacher
      February 3, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Alycee, I hope that Ms Allen wins a huge settlement from this house of horrors and can get some decent plastic surgery. Like other “privately run” institutions, this one took the money and didn’t do the basic work–protecting those in their care.

  12. 50 GGail
    February 3, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  13. 51 africa
    February 3, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Happy Tuesday TODers!!

    Heeeeeeeeeya Chips!!

  14. 52 arapaho415
    February 3, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Just heard this on the radio as breaking news:

    Go, AG Holder! He’s a lame duck in much the same way PBO is.

    I detest those Masters of the Universe who tanked the world’s economy in the aughts, for nothing other than sheer greed without an ounce of morals.

  15. February 3, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Goooood morrrningg, Early Birds!

  16. 55 CEB
    February 3, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I love this photo. These talented, dedicated and strong women remind me why so many others came out for PBO. As one person said after a meeting that PBO had with a group of women in the primary days, Hillary just wanted to BE president, while PBO wanted to Do something as president. They left that meeting fired up knowing that here was a candidate that was worthy of their work and their passion. I also remember how much the Clintons wanted the support of the Kennedy’s, how they courted it and how chagrined they were when they did not get it I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall to hear how they reacted to this photo and that rally. (Notice how I speak of them as a unit? This inability for most to see HRC as separate from Bill is one of the many reasons why she will never be president).

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