Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama greets a young visitor in the Oval Office, Feb. 5, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


8:0 AM: The President and First Lady attend the National Prayer Breakfast

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104 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    February 5, 2015 at 7:31 am

    GM Chips

  2. 5 Roberta in MN
    February 5, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Good Morning TOD Family. Have a wonderful day. Going back to read the Brian Williams stuff. Reminds of Hillary in 2008 exaggerating her getting fired upon in Bosnia.

    • 6 jackiegrumbacher
      February 5, 2015 at 7:36 am

      Hi Roberta. Glad to see you’re up first this morning. The BW Memories post was gloriously funny. Loved it.

  3. 7 jackiegrumbacher
    February 5, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Morning. I like to think the little boy and girl behind him will feel the influence of PBO through their whole lives.

  4. February 5, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Good Thursday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

  5. 9 sherijr
    February 5, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Good Thursday morning TOD ~ love this picture so much, that young boy’s face fills my heart… POTUS had to be melting inside.. 🙂 Have a good day. As to BriWi.. not surprised any “journalist” would lie to boost his cred, as I recall he has not always been truthful about our President.. I say this not remembering exactly what he has said, just a recollection that he hasn’t always given the facts on POTUS.

    • 10 jackiegrumbacher
      February 5, 2015 at 7:54 am

      You’re right Sheri, he doesn’t have a good record when it comes to POTUS. Like all the other well-paid corporate-owned broadcasters, he toes the company line about PBO.

      • 11 sherijr
        February 5, 2015 at 8:07 am

        yep Jackie, none of them have been honorable twhen it comes to this President, or for that matter the last President either… the media protected the heck out of GW and his little invasion of Iraq.

  6. 12 forus50
    February 5, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Morning Chips and everyone! Chips is a star in another rag! 🙂

  7. 13 sherijr
    February 5, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Remembering last year’s Prayer breakfast wherein Ben Carson gave his disgusting little speech.. was it last year or year before??

  8. February 5, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Well, it’s either Feb 5 or 6 ….. never sure 😕

  9. 18 Nerdy Wonka
    February 5, 2015 at 7:46 am

    MOOOOoooOOOOrning, everyone.

    CBS livestream is up.


  10. February 5, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Moooorninggg, Chips, NW and TODville.

    Sec Kerry on the move again:

  11. February 5, 2015 at 8:07 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Thursday everyone 🙂

  12. 26 desertflower
    February 5, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Morning everyone…Must See…pass along…

  13. 27 forus50
    February 5, 2015 at 8:08 am

  14. 28 amk for obama
    February 5, 2015 at 8:14 am

    bit shocking, but happens to be true.

  15. 33 arapaho415
    February 5, 2015 at 8:20 am

    GM TODville.

    Pope Francis, like President Obama is a natural when they use social media to reach out to their “least of these” constituents.

  16. February 5, 2015 at 8:27 am

  17. 37 Nerdy Wonka
    February 5, 2015 at 8:28 am

  18. 38 Nerdy Wonka
    February 5, 2015 at 8:35 am

  19. 39 amk for obama
    February 5, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Twitter’s chief executive Dick Costolo has admitted that the company “sucks” when it comes to dealing with abuse and trolling on the service.

    In a memo to staff, leaked to tech news website the Verge, he said that bullying behaviour on the network was driving users away.

    He promised tougher action to deal with abusers.

    A series of high-profile users have quit Twitter in recent months, citing online abuse.

    In his memo to staff, Mr Costolo wrote: “We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years.

    “It’s no secret that the rest of the world talks about it every day. We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day.”

    His words echo a December blog post in which the company admitted that it “was nowhere near being done making changes in this area”.

    It promises that, in coming months, it will bring in further user controls and improvements in the way users can report abusive accounts. ^..^


    • 40 arapaho415
      February 5, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Thanks for posting, amk.

      This is such good news.

      I know you gave up Twitter, but I love Twitter, (coming from someone who is naturally inclined late-adopter).

      I love everything about it (brevity, range, diversity, truth, news, etc.) except the uncivilized troll tweets.

      Glad to see this from @dickc — I’m a firm believer in the 1st amendment, but I also believe in the Golden Rule — do unto others and you would have them do unto you.

  20. 42 Vicki
    February 5, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Senator Bob Graham a Democrat from Florida was chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and a leader of the investigation into the 9/11 attacks. Especially on the matter of who funded the attacks.

    Large amounts of information were discovered and promptly re-dacted (kept from public view.)

    Senator Graham retired and wrote a “novel” about 9/11 which incorporated the publicly withheld info he had seen. VERY persuasive.

    Today the NY Times has as its lead front page story the news that Thomas Lynch a Dem representative from MA is leading a bipartisan effort to declassify All of the 9/11 report.

    The finger is pointed now as it was then squarely at Saudi Arabia as the chief funder of terrorism 9/11 and subsequently.

    • 43 arapaho415
      February 5, 2015 at 9:30 am

      Yes, several stories about Saudi Link to Al-Qaeda have occupied the prime @NYTimes homepage (upper left corner) for the past 12 hours or so, so will surely be a hot topic within DC echo-chamber MSM.

    • 44 amk for obama
      February 5, 2015 at 9:34 am

      saudis and pakistan’s isi are the main terrorist breeders and feeders.

  21. 45 amk for obama
    February 5, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Nato is due to reveal details of a plan to strengthen its military presence in Eastern Europe amid intensified fighting in Ukraine.

    The bloc’s chief says it will be the biggest reinforcement of its collective defence since the end of the Cold War.

    Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry is to hold talks in Kiev as the US considers whether to send weapons to help Ukraine fight pro-Russian rebels.

    The US has so far only provided “non-lethal” assistance to Ukraine.


  22. February 5, 2015 at 8:42 am

  23. 50 amk for obama
    February 5, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered a night-time curfew in place in Baghdad for years to be lifted beginning on Saturday.

    The announcement came after Mr Abadi was briefed by security services.

    Iraq has long used curfews to try to curb violence, and analysts say the latest move marks a major policy shift.

    While Baghdad is still hit by regular suicide bombings, the threat to the capital from Islamic State (IS) militants is viewed to have subsided.

    Iraq’s army is battling IS militants who have seized large swathes of territory outside of Baghdad.


  24. 53 GGail
    February 5, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  25. February 5, 2015 at 9:01 am

    • February 5, 2015 at 9:12 am

      GM Meta…

      Must be a mistake…the MSM is reporting on Foreign policy trips of the VP…there is almost a blackout on info re: the VP

      • 56 arapaho415
        February 5, 2015 at 9:36 am

        MSM love anything that hints at war — their WH questions and tweets are practically orgasmic (in a highly uninformed and unprofessional way) when they have the opportunity to ask/tweet about Ukraine, Russia and the Middle East.

        So much about Savannah Guthrie’s interview with the President pissed me off, but she didn’t bother to do the slightest research — she grilled PBO on the situation in Yemen about the Houthis and AQAP without bothering to inform her Super Bowl viewers that the Houthis are the avowed enemies of AQ (i.e., Shiite vs. Sunni).

      • February 5, 2015 at 9:47 am

        GM, pf. POTUS is lining up his ducks regarding Ukraine. Something is afoot…..

        • February 5, 2015 at 9:52 am

          yes…something is…his talks with Merkel…sending Kerry and Biden off on missions….i pray that whatever the President is planning…it is as successful as it can be..

          • February 5, 2015 at 10:04 am

            I’m with you all the way. This is such a scary world, full of unknowns and horrific danger. I’m so grateful he is our POTUS.
            Kerry also meeting with Merkel and Hollande.

    • 61 idon
      February 5, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      Vice President Joe Biden is the only one in the field positioned to be President in 2017. The only one with the right temperment and right judgment.

      • February 5, 2015 at 1:45 pm

        Joe Biden is definitely the most qualified. If people are looking for a progressive who is a compassionate champion of the middle class (and is not a multi-millionaire who is distant from understanding middle class issues), who deeply understands and engages in foreign policy, who fully understands Congress, who is a tireless advocate for women and children, he is standing right in front of us.

      • 63 nospin
        February 5, 2015 at 5:17 pm

        that is why I am riding with Biden.

  26. 64 Nerdy Wonka
    February 5, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Oh my goodness, this NASCAR dude has got to stop droning on. It’s a keynote address not your entire life story.

    Dude, we’re here for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

  27. 68 JER
    February 5, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  28. February 5, 2015 at 9:39 am

    I just got here in time to see our POTUS speak this morning, just in time.

  29. 73 Nerdy Wonka
    February 5, 2015 at 9:41 am

  30. February 5, 2015 at 9:41 am

    WOW, this would be so groundbreaking and amazing.

    Michael Grunwald: I found something odd buried in the Obama budget: a $22 billion student loan bailout.

  31. February 5, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Instead of gotcha questions…Guthrie asking questions about the President’s budget would have served the American people so much better

  32. 79 Allison
    February 5, 2015 at 9:53 am

  33. 81 amk for obama
    February 5, 2015 at 10:02 am

    A senior al-Qaeda militant has been killed by a US drone strike in the south of the country, the group has said in a Twitter posting.

    Sheikh Harith al-Nadhari was among four people killed in the 31 January strike in Shabwa province. There have been at least three such strikes this year.

    Al-Nadhari recently appeared in an al-Qaeda video praising January’s attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

    He was among the group’s few public faces and had threatened more attacks.


  34. February 5, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Yaaaaaaaay, Danny got a walk!1!1! 🙂

    • 83 amk for obama
      February 5, 2015 at 10:16 am

      does danny do dis? #alliteration

        • 85 57andfemale
          February 5, 2015 at 10:35 am

          And he didn’t pull you down the street on the ice?

          • February 5, 2015 at 10:38 am

            It was much milder today 57, so – pheeeeeeeeeeew – no ice!!! 🙂

            • 87 57andfemale
              February 5, 2015 at 11:07 am

              We won’t be ice or snow-free in Chicago until May……..

              I put my shoes in a convenient place to put them on after I take off my boots. No shoes. I start searching for the shoes. I finally find one (never did find the other) at the opposite side of the living room. I swear I am not making this up: He put one of his stuffed toys – a lion – on top of the show, with a paw pointing at me as if to say, “I dare you to take it.” Mr. 57 said he was busy all day, rearranging the toys.

  35. 90 Nerdy Wonka
    February 5, 2015 at 10:20 am

    They’re all the same.

  36. February 5, 2015 at 10:22 am

  37. 93 Nerdy Wonka
    February 5, 2015 at 10:26 am

  38. 95 Linda
    February 5, 2015 at 10:32 am

    McConnell has scheduled a THIRD vote to try to get the DHS bill cloture at 11:30. It is expected to fail again.

  39. February 5, 2015 at 10:35 am

    You know, I have been thinking about the Brian Williams Iraq lie and the more I thought the madder I got. This overpaid, college drop out actually lied that he was fired upon in a war zone to inflate his own ego. As a “journalist”. He has one job. Read the news his corporate puppet masters give to him. In my book he has lost ALL credibility and integrity and should be fired. I just called NBC Nightly News and asked why he is not being terminated from his position. Response: “no comment”. If you agree he should go call 212-664-4971 and tell them!

    • 97 carla4obama
      February 5, 2015 at 11:23 am

      I remember someone else high up in 2008 lied about being fired upon in a war zone. The difference? Why should that 2008 LIE be forgotten. It speaks to a ego driven soul.

      • 98 Nena20409
        February 5, 2015 at 12:04 pm

        She was NOT elected.
        BW is a Newscaster…….his job is to Report the Facts…….Not a Foxization of News.
        So many Lefties chide Ed Schultz and others for depressing Dems’ voters in 2010. When many are already attacking HRC 2 yrs out……let Us not complain of the result of Nov 2016. Lefties are Notorious for staying Home and GOPers are notorious for Voting consistently.
        I will just say: 1968, 1972, 1980, 1988, 2000.
        All these missed opportunities gave up the Inequalities in Housing, Wages, Health Care, Etc.

      • 99 nospin
        February 5, 2015 at 5:21 pm

        I agree with you carla4obama. 100% There is no difference.

  40. 101 japa21
    February 5, 2015 at 10:42 am

    GM all. I know a lot of people think the President (any President) should not attend the National Prayer Breakfast and I understand the reasoning. But, I have to say, President Obama has always used this event as an opportunity to attempt to open people’s eyes. Today he is doing so in a really big way.

    • 102 Nena20409
      February 5, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      ^5 Japa 😉

      • February 5, 2015 at 1:14 pm

        Our President is a man of faith who practices what he preaches. He prays.he reads devotional Scriptures daily. He quotes Scriptures.
        He is a Christian. He believes in Prayer.
        He is not ashamed of his faith.
        I look forward to this day with our President.

        There are a lot of people who are praying for our First Family every single day (myself included). Continuously praying……
        If you do not believe in prayer, it is hard for you to pray.
        I dare not judge anyone who attends National Prayer Day. Their actions usually speaks for themselves.
        Thank You, Mr. President for being true to who YOU are.

  41. 104 Dakota
    February 5, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Morning All!

    Brian Williams is such a pig. How disrespectful to all the men and women who’s lives are under fire day in and day out in every war this country has fought. Hillary too. As a person who like many of you have war veterans in my family, this enrages me.

    Our President really knows how to take an opportunity to educate and enlighten.

    Looking forward to reading Reggie Love’s book, but can you imagine the book the President will write when the time comes? Gives me chills thinking about it.

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