Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama record a message for ABC “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, in the Library of the White House, Feb. 19, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)



97 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 jackiegrumbacher
    February 19, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Morning. Nice to see the “look of love” this early in the morning.

  2. 6 amk for obama
    February 19, 2015 at 7:44 am




  3. 20 jackiegrumbacher
    February 19, 2015 at 7:45 am

    I hope everyone is having a ‘loverly’ day with ‘warm face, warm hands, warm feet’ because I am! Our new furnace took seven hours to install, but it works like a dream. Yeah!!! Happy heat day to all.

    • February 19, 2015 at 7:47 am

      Well, we know what that calls for:

    • 26 arapaho415
      February 19, 2015 at 8:05 am

      GM JackieG.

      Wow, it took 7 hours to install a furnace?

      In automobile-repair time, that’s like 4 days of labor.

      Does it usually take that long? Were there a team of workers installing it?

      • 27 jackiegrumbacher
        February 19, 2015 at 8:14 am

        Arapaho, there were two men. They replaced a big furnace with a more compact and efficient one, which meant they had to install new duct work to reach the older ducts and put in some new electrical stuff. Uummm..that’s about all I understood or saw. They’re charging the price they quoted, no matter how long it took, because we weren’t paying by the hour. As long as it’s in and works and doesn’t cost more, I didn’t care.

        • February 19, 2015 at 9:17 am

          Jackie, glad to hear you got your knew furnace up and running. It can easily take 7 hours or more to install a remove and install a furnace. That’s why if you can, have them start early in the morning, say 7:00 AM. Eight hours of work will but at 3:00PM.

        • 29 57andfemale
          February 19, 2015 at 9:42 am

          Thanks, jackie. I now know what to expect. Our new furnace is in (although they will make some electrical changes after the duct work.) the old duct work is down so they need to install the new duct work. I’m assuming this will be done in one day then.

          Thanks for the info.

  4. 30 Roberta in MN
    February 19, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Gooood Moorrniing Jackie and Congrats on the Early Riser GOLD. We are in the deep freeze again -9 w/ wind chill -23. Staying in again today. we have weather alerts again today. Got my car back so I can take a trip and it’s too dangerous for me to be out and about. :-(. I hope you had a nice and toaster warm house last night. BBL

    • 31 jackiegrumbacher
      February 19, 2015 at 7:49 am

      Hang in there, Roberta. We had to go out to a Dem meeting last night in snow and ice and it wasn’t good. We’ve also got a wind chill alert, although the base temperature has soared up to a balmy 10F.

  5. 32 Roberta in MN
    February 19, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Good Morning amk, Chips & Danny. Have a great sunny day.

  6. February 19, 2015 at 7:54 am

  7. 37 jackiegrumbacher
    February 19, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Last night was candidate night at our Dem meeting and the number of people stepping forward to run for office really surprised me. This year Pa votes for Supreme Court judges and this is the crucial one because who we elect this year gets to decide redistricting after the next census. It’s also the year when all local township and county jobs come open. We usually see one or even no candidates step up to run, but now there are Dems actually competing in the primary–a healthy sign that should increase Democratic turnout in May. Best of all, we have two Latinos running for city council, one for the school board and one for a critical county judgeship. It’s good when local races bring out candidates because that’s the way you build a base for the state and national races. The trip home was a nightmare of black ice, icy snow and lots of slipping and sliding, but we made it back to our WARM home in one piece.

    • February 19, 2015 at 8:08 am

      Good news to wake up to, jackie……..ALL of it. Your WARM home, home safely and good Dem news.

      Good day to all. 5 degrees here this morning with ‘feels like’ below zero. Brrrrrrrrrr. Let’s all stay warm.

    • 39 arapaho415
      February 19, 2015 at 8:10 am

      I worry about those in TODville who are out and about in such dangerous conditions.

      I know I would stay home if faced with such obstacles — black ice scares me to death, and I have zero, nada, less-than-zero experience driving in ice — but I do have experience falling on ice, LOL.

      In awe of your dedication, JackieG. Wish Dems nationwide would relate your story of determination to make a difference for Dems and this country.

      Here’s to driving only in non-treacherous conditions. ((( JackieG, MrG )))

      • 40 jackiegrumbacher
        February 19, 2015 at 8:19 am

        Fortunately, I prayed and he drove and we made it. I confess, I would have been a nervous wreck at the wheel. It was good we went, though, to meet all the candidates.

    • February 19, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Good news all around JG. Glad you are warm, cozy and safe. I wish the American people would wake up and realize that politics and policies start at the loca

  8. 42 desertflower
    February 19, 2015 at 8:18 am

    The only sane person there. http://crooksandliars.com/2015/02/shep-smith-destroys-right-wing-narrative

    Morning everyone. Sparse visits lately because work/ cats/ dog/ tutoring/ family ….. but I’m around.

    jackieg!!! Just like Hawaii now:) So glad to hear that your furnace works like a champ and you’re cozy. That must have been excruciating!

    Check in later if I can….dog is fine, just doesn’t like getting IN her crate at night (she sleeps great in there!) and the cat introduction still needs work.

  9. 45 Nerdy Wonka
    February 19, 2015 at 8:24 am

    And they wonder why Black people will not flock to their party.

  10. 54 mtmarilyn
    February 19, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Good morning everyone. Hope everyone east of me stays warm. Today it’s to be 50 here. Noticed yesterday how dry the ground is. I fear for the summer.

    Jackiegrumbacher, so glad you got your furnace!!!!!

    If you haven’t read Reggie Love’s book you need to get it. Seeing those years from his prospective is great. Really shows what a wonderful man PBO is. As we all know he is.

    Off to work. Have a great day everyone. And stay warm!!!!

  11. February 19, 2015 at 8:41 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Thursday everyone, even amk 🙂

  12. 67 amk for obama
    February 19, 2015 at 8:46 am

    RAF jets were scrambled on Wednesday after two Russian military aircraft were seen off the Cornwall coast, the Ministry of Defence has said.

    The Russian Bear bombers did not enter sovereign airspace, it said.

    On the same day, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon warned that Russia’s President Putin posed a “real and present danger” to three Baltic states.

    Prime Minister David Cameron said the Russian action should not be dignified with “too much of a response”.

    He added: “I think what this episode demonstrates is that we do have the fast jets, the pilots, the systems in place to protect the UK.

    “I suspect the Russians were trying to make some sort of a point.”


  13. February 19, 2015 at 8:57 am

  14. 71 africa
    February 19, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Happy Thursday TODers!!

    Heeya Chips!

    I am so pissed this morning. Then I see a picture of President Obama and FLOTUS and see him looking at her with such love, I say Funch the haters like Rudy et al.

  15. 72 africa
    February 19, 2015 at 9:02 am

  16. 73 desertflower
    February 19, 2015 at 9:03 am


    President Obama will announce Thursday that the National Park Service will give all fourth graders and their families free admission to national parks and other federal lands for a full year.

    The Every Kid in a Park initiative is part of an effort to get schoolchildren outdoors and more active. It will start in the school year that begins next fall, which coincides with the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service in 2016.

    Family admission to national parks usually costs $80 for an annual pass, but fourth graders and their families will be able to get a free pass that will give them admission to national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and other federal public lands and waters, according to a White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity to allow the president to make the announcement.

    Thank you, President Obama!!!

    • 74 arapaho415
      February 19, 2015 at 9:37 am

      GM DF!

      Wish I were in 4th grade, though I didn’t become a reasoning person until 5th grade, LOL, all because of the miraculous 5th grade teacher I was so fortunate to be assigned to.

      She was such a treasure, and I didn’t know enough then to realize it. 😦

      I met my BFF then, our teacher organized monthly pot lucks — which was A LOT of work for her — the first was a Hawaiian luau — or field trips. She took us to Bird Rock in La Jolla at low tide — fell in love with all the tidepool creatures then, and it sparked my lifelong interest/passion for the Great Outdoors.

      Aside: When my Mother and I first visited Yellowstone (later), one of the entrance gate guys was a former elementary school teacher — what a surprise. Seasonal work at National Parks is a great employment opportunity for those with summers off (teachers like you, DF) or a good retirement opportunity (former colleague’s retired Mother did this too).

  17. 75 rikyrah
    February 19, 2015 at 9:04 am

    An anti-education push gets more aggressive
    02/18/15 12:58 PM—UPDATED 02/18/15 02:06 PM
    By Steve Benen

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) caused a bit of a stir last week when he referred to “the Twitter” and made a series of odd beeping sounds that were intended to mimic online discussion. It suggested the Republican might not be as tech friendly as he likes to believe.

    But Bush’s comments immediately beforehand were largely overlooked. What he said would “light up the Twitter” was his condemnation of public education systems, which he blasted as “government-run, unionized monopolies.”

    We rarely hear this kind of talk about other parts of the public sector. For example, Republicans don’t usually run around chastising police departments or fire departments as “government-run, unionized monopolies.” Conservatives do, however, direct this ire at public education.

    It was a reminder that as Republican politics becomes more radicalized, GOP opposition to public education is becoming more obvious. In Wisconsin, for example, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) already won a brutal union-busting fight directed at school teachers, and he’s now going after higher education.
    [A]s he woos supporters around the country for a possible presidential bid, Walker (R) is once again picking a fight against a powerful institution at home – public universities.

    Walker’s new budget proposal would slash $300 million from the University of Wisconsin system over the next two years. That’s a 13 percent reduction in state funding.

    As Rachel noted on the show earlier this week, “To put it in perspective, the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Madison … says that if she just outright eliminates the school of nursing, and the law school, and the business school, and the pharmacy school, and the school of veterinary medicine, if she outright eliminates all of those schools from the Madison campus, that still would not be enough to make up for what Scott Walker wants to make up from that campus.”


    • 76 japa21
      February 19, 2015 at 9:43 am

      All it would take is for her to say she will eliminate the Athletic Department including the football and basketball programs, effective immediately (the basketball team is favored to be in the final 4 and the only one really given a chance to beat Kentucky). I say this not because I don’t support college athletics, because I do, up to a point. But because it is the only thing that would make the citizens of WI really stand up and take notice.

  18. February 19, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope everyone is doing well this lovely Thursday morning. Congrats Jackie, on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope for everyone to have a marvelous and splendid day today ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  19. 78 yardarm756
    February 19, 2015 at 9:35 am

    G’day e’erone. PBO comes home to -5 degrees. Brrrrrr!

  20. 85 amk for obama
    February 19, 2015 at 9:38 am

    furst. (on the next thread)

  21. February 19, 2015 at 9:41 am

  22. 89 desertflower
    February 19, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Jeb Bush just selected the guys to advise him on foreign policy that birthed ISIS. Just sayin’.

    • 90 arapaho415
      February 19, 2015 at 9:59 am

      I need to stop listening to the radio (have already given up TV).

      Yesterday local @knx1070 reported that Condi Rice is a fav for US Senate (didn’t listen to the report/poll — it was a headline blurb).

      Then this morning CBS national radio news is peddling a(nother) ground war in the Middle East, saying that 57% of Americans support sending troops against ISIL, including a majority of Dems.

      MSM = war drumbeating/cheerleading.

      • 91 0388jojothecat
        February 19, 2015 at 10:19 am

        they are just making this shit up. I know damn well they did not poll young people and working people. They must have polled all seniors over 65 who can’t go fight. Americans are sick of fighting wars for the media to show on teevee for ratings while other peoples kids die.

  23. February 19, 2015 at 9:49 am

  24. 94 kid kanga
    February 19, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Bwahaha! Which person here at TOD ordered up a heaping of karmic come-uppance?


    poor little bibi, haha!

  25. 97 No Child Left Behind
    February 19, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Good Morning TODVille!

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