Early Bird Chat



108 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. March 8, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Good morning TOD folks!

  2. 6 jackiegrumbacher
    March 8, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Morning, Chips. Thanks for opening shop this morning. I know you said last night that you had to be away a good part of the day, so bless you for thinking of us first. Yesterday was so glorious, I’m still processing it and reading again and again the words of our President. How blessed we are to have him and to have this place to share our love. This is the day you will surely reach 30 million very well earned hits.

    • March 8, 2015 at 8:33 am

      Morning Jackie! Yesterday was just extraordinary, I really didn’t think anything would ever come close emotionally to the first inauguration, but the sight of the First Family coming over that bridge was on a par with the President putting his hand on the bible that day. We’ll never forget it.

      I’ll be around all day, just have a bunch of work to do, but I’ll be keeping an eye on you all to make sure there’s no wild partying and the like 🙂

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  6. 26 Don
    March 8, 2015 at 8:47 am

    I’m still trying to grasp what I heard yesterday, It was like music and poetry and history all wrapped together.

  7. 28 amk for obama
    March 8, 2015 at 8:59 am

    also. too. you can be happy that your man o’brien still has the record for the fastest ODI hundred. … for now.

  8. 41 forus50
    March 8, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Good morning everyone! I’m still in awe of how wonderfully POTUS honored all those before him, not only by paying tribute to what they accomplished, but by calling out today’s racism and lack of respect for those Freedom Marchers; by those who fail at the most basic citizen responsibility; voting. It seemed he became more emotional when he mentioned Jackie Robinson’s name. I’m speculating that perhaps it unintentionally caused him to recall similar racism he had endured as a boy or perhaps his enormous capacity for empathy was what brought him close to tears. It’s around 28 minutes in.

    POTUS understands moments in history so well and I have to believe he knew that the image of him crossing the bridge as President in rolled up shirt sleeves, rather than in a suit jacket, would forever be remembered as how he poetically spoke of a “We, the People, We, Shall Overcome, Yes WE Can” iconic moment.

    • 42 jackiegrumbacher
      March 8, 2015 at 9:24 am

      Forus, I think our President knew that every word he said, everything he did would be remembered as a historic act. He was talking about the things nearest to his heart–all that his mother and grandparents and life experiences had taught him to value–and bringing it all together in his love of country. The fact that he held Michelle’s hand and sought her out was his way of saying that he was giving everything he had and needed her strength to help him through it. What we saw yesterday was not only a President for the ages, but a love relationship and family that is the closest and most remarkable I have ever seen in a national leader. Our president was giving it all for love –for his country and for his beloved wife and daughters.

      As a side note, how pathetic was it that Jeb Bush chose yesterday to question PBO’s commitment to America’s greatness. He couldn’t have sounded more out of tune if he had stood up at a Beethoven concern and started braying like a donkey. Such a sad, pathetic soul.

      • 43 forus50
        March 8, 2015 at 9:43 am

        You are so right jackieg, everything you said. What an amazing man and president.

        I found I was most emotional when he spoke of all the black men incarcerated in this country; that the country has lost out on these boys who would have been wonderful dads and husbands contributing to our society. I remember years ago, doing some research with an attorney studying for the bar, coming across this sickening statistic:
        One in six black men had been incarcerated as of 2001. If current trends continue, one in three black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during his lifetime.

        • 44 idon
          March 8, 2015 at 10:32 am

          Forus50, the President spoke about what he is doing to address the issue of AA men convicted of nonviolent drug -related crimes at his South Carolina townhall. I smilled so hard. PBO nows that timing is everything. All I can say is pay attention because PBP has been diligently working on the problem and I think we will see the fruits of his efforts most significantly in 2016.

      • March 8, 2015 at 9:46 am

        “He couldn’t have sounded more out of tune if he had stood up at a Beethoven concern and started braying like a donkey.”

        😆 Jackie, you’re a wordsmith!!!

      • 46 99ts
        March 8, 2015 at 10:12 am

        Proved beyond doubt – if there was any doubt – he truly belongs in the Bush family.

      • March 8, 2015 at 10:13 am

        The speech has magnificent. And some parts of it, I felt, were aimed at pushing back against those who claim they love America more than others.

        For me, the narrative that republicans are trying to establish, about President Obama not loving America “like us” , or not “committed to America’s greatness, can be translated into this: “We believe America should dominate the world and BULLY EVERYBODY INTO SUBMISSION; and only those who believe that are the “true” americans” , and really “love” America.

        President Obama LECTURED them yesterday, on what America REALLY IS.

      • March 8, 2015 at 10:18 am

        The conservative mind views the world in terms of “us against them”. The liberal mind views the world as a place where people COOPERATE.

        The conservative mind views leadership as a question of AUTHORITY and FEAR.

        The liberal mind views leadership as a question of INSPIRATION, MOTIVATION, EXAMPLE.

        Those two opposite views are at the root of the profound differences between the President and his opponents, both on domestic issues and foreign policy issues.

    • 49 Barbara
      March 8, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      love his remark at 25:53 about “feeble attempts to define some of us as more American than others”…..shout out to you Giuliani (you are a fool to mess with this POTUS!)

  9. 51 forus50
    March 8, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I really like how most of these newspaper photos from yesterday do not have GWB in it. Or else Chips is doing a good cropping job. 🙂

  10. 53 forus50
    March 8, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Turn on CBS now; Bill Plante inteviewing POTUS. 🙂

  11. 56 amk for obama
    March 8, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I am thinking of unspamming all the lovely spam posts bt attracts.

  12. 59 Anjo
    March 8, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Missed it all visiting my 88yr old uncle, in reading the speech this thought came to me ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country’ – ‘WE’, the baton has been passed to another generation, its time to take up the mantle..it starts with VOTE, VOTE and VOTE some more. How can folks not vote??? Its like not eating, you are not nourished, you are lacking essentials, your community is not well represented the essentials for a better life are missing..THANKS Barack Hussein Obama for reminding all of their oneness and duty to humanity

  13. 60 globalcitizenlinda
    March 8, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Good Morning Everyone!

    just one small complaint – I really need my “varnished” hour back (body rhythm confused this morning)

    • March 8, 2015 at 9:37 am

      Morning Linda! When I rule the world we’ll NEVER lose an hour – in fact, I’m going to put 48 hours in every day so we have time to get stuff done.

  14. March 8, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Just can’t imagine what happened my cable 🙄

  15. 68 mtmarilyn
    March 8, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Good morning everyone. Hope you remember to spring forward. I feel like I am early, but I want to be to church on time.

    Chips and Nerdy Wonka, I so want to thank you for the wonderful coverage yesterday. What a beautiful, emotional day. We will not forget and we will not go back.

    Have there been any estimates of the crowd size?

    • 69 arapaho415
      March 8, 2015 at 11:12 am

      GM MTM. How are things in beautiful Montana?

      • 70 mtmarilyn
        March 8, 2015 at 8:35 pm

        I almost forgot to come back and answer you. It is so beautiful today, yesterday and the rest of the week. It is in the 50’s and hitting almost 60 on Tuesday. It is very scary when I think of fires this summer.

        Thank you for the information about the crowd. I did notice today they were estimated 80,000 crossing the bridge. How breathtaking. I just pray everyone of them gets out to vote and registers others.

  16. 71 MightyPamela
    March 8, 2015 at 10:24 am

  17. March 8, 2015 at 10:26 am

    What a day. So proud to see my President, let me correct myself. So proud to see the President of the United States with his family walk across that bridge. I’m sure that grand KKK dragon who that bridge were named after were turn over in hell. What a day. But as they said there is still work to do. America never have been and is no where perfect, but things have improve.

  18. 73 Vicki
    March 8, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Good morning everyone.
    A few years ago someone asked Rep. John Lewis “what happens when you cross that bridge? What is on the other side?”

    “Barack Obama” said Congressman Lewis. “When we crossed that bridge Barack Obama was on the other side”

    That is more or less a paraphrase of what I heard a few years ago. If memory serves it was from David Remnick for his book about PBO.

    So moving. Makes me tear up just to type these words.

    • 74 theo67
      March 8, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      I’ve never heard this before. What a wonderful comment to bring back here – I’ll remember this one.

  19. March 8, 2015 at 10:30 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone! Happy Sunday 🙂 What a front-page picture! So inspiring. Great day yesterday- thanks Chips & Nerdy for all your fantastic coverage of #Selma50. I’m still on a high from PBO’s speech….

  20. March 8, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Good morning, good people. FYI –

  21. March 8, 2015 at 10:46 am

    I loved what Joshua DuBois wrote, FLOTUS grabbed POTUS right hand just before the speech, a quick, calming moment. Settled him for the remarks. I’m trying to remember who Joshua DuBois is, wasn’t he a religious advisor to the President?

  22. 82 GGail
    March 8, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks &TOD family.
    The program on CBS; Sunday Morning did a wonderful coverage of yesterday.

    And on another topic…I See You Chips!

  23. March 8, 2015 at 11:05 am

    I confess to get it off my chest: I watched the speech twice on my computer then on C-Span last night. I am satisfied now.

  24. 98 donna dem 4 obama
    March 8, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Good Sunday Morning Everyone

    Yesterday zapped me emotionally and physically. Apparently being home sick for a week has really taken my energy level down quite a bit. I’m hoping to go back to work tomorrow but until I recover fully and get my strength back I may have to telecommute.

    It was so wonderful spending that historic day here with all of you.

    Chips and NW thank you so much for all you do to provide this space for all of us.

    President Barack Obama – The Greatest President In My Lifetime

    • 99 theo67
      March 8, 2015 at 6:37 pm

      Feel better, Donna. Glad you’re taking it easy and taking your time to get back to full speed.

  25. 100 arapaho415
    March 8, 2015 at 11:20 am

    GM TODville.

    Still catching up, but was completely bowled over by yesterday’s speech.

    Objectively, I felt chills up my spine, knowing that this was history-in-the-making, by a great person who is laser-focused on concrete accomplishments now, by this generation.

    Still awestuck by the #Selma50 speech and events:

    • 101 GGail
      March 8, 2015 at 11:43 am

      I don’t know how much influence Cody had in writing PBOs speech. It firmly has community organizer Barack Obama all over it.

      • 102 arapaho415
        March 8, 2015 at 11:57 am

        Agree 100% about the content, it was straight from the heart from our beloved President.

        But everything about the speech, from beginning to the end, to every example cited, were lyrical and magical to me.

        It would be a tough job to be a speechwriter for someone as consistent and thoughtful as President Obama, who would prefer to write his own speeches (but has a few other things to keep him busy, LOL). And your job as a speechwriter is to know that there are only a few times your speech would be as good as one written by your boss.

        But Cody pulled everything together, and crafted such beautiful words and images, all with a keen awareness of this country’s history and future. Can’t take that away from him — I was so moved by this speech, appreciate all who were involved.

        I purposely mentioned Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama in this tweet — can imagine Barack Obama taking a gut-wrenching train trip to a site of slaughter inflicted brother-on-brother and penning an eternal speech (or its modern-day equivalent).

        • 103 GGail
          March 8, 2015 at 12:29 pm

          I would need to see Proof of how much of this speech was written by a young white guy. Even Jon admitted that PBO was excellent in crafting his own speeches.

        • 104 nospin
          March 8, 2015 at 9:31 pm

          “But Cody pulled everything together, and crafted such beautiful words and images, all with a keen awareness of this country’s history and future.”

          I don’t think so. I would bet the farm on that. Unless you have walked in his shoes, there is no way anyone other than POTUS or to a lesser extent a Holder or Lewis etc…could pull this together.

      • 105 nospin
        March 8, 2015 at 9:28 pm

        I think this was all PBO. When you think about the historical points in it and the fact that a lot of the content is basically what he has been saying throughout his political and career as a community organizer… I think this was all PBO.

  26. 106 desertflower
    March 8, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Good Sunday morning everyone. I was so busy yesterday that I missed all the important pieces of this historic day…however, I just got finished watching President Obama’s Selma speech and cried all the way through it. One for the ages, to be sure…but the greatest example of love of country and it’s people and promise as I have ever heard. His words moved me to tears and hope fills my heart again. I listened in awe and shook my head in understanding and resolve…to move forward and renew our work for a more perfect union…as a nation, together…starting with the VRA.
    I still need to process this speech…it should be required viewing in every single middle/high school history class.
    I love this man. So grateful for his truth, his guidance and his leadership…every.single.day.

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