Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Obama listens as Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom offers a toast during the State Dinner on the South Lawn of the White House, March 14, 2012. Samantha Cameron is seated at right (Photo by Pete Souza)



127 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. March 14, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Good Saturday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

  2. March 14, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Wowza, what a beautiful smile.

  3. 14 japa21
    March 14, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Morning all. Even you, Chips.

  4. 18 amk for obama
    March 14, 2015 at 8:36 am

    6/6. Same nrr as newzies. top of the table. 😎 😎 😎 😎 😎 😎

    have you been doing your rain dance?

  5. 34 arapaho415
    March 14, 2015 at 8:41 am

    GM TODville.

    Love this time of year — hope to enjoy the awakening of Spring with those here who are welcoming it with the emergence of crocus in the snow (would love to see that), robins hopping in the grass and the day we all celebrate being Irish.

    For VC and others — it appears that Springtime in SoCal was last month. Our weather is now mid-Summerlike — pre-dawn now it’s 65F, with today’s forecast high today is 91F. And according to weather.com, NWS has issued a “local pollen alert.”

    Everything you’ve read about species (especially plants) needing to adapt or die is now happening, not sometime in the unforeseeable future.
    #Climate change is real, and happening now.

    • 35 jackiegrumbacher
      March 14, 2015 at 8:54 am

      Oh no, Arapaho. What a sad sight. The otters don’t understand about climate change and human stupidity. They have no voice in the decisions that determine their fate. Their lives are snuffed out and all that they are or ever will be is gone because human beings have to be selfish and greedy.

      On another note, the ground is still too cold for crocuses and early daffodils. I keep looking every day, but the shoots haven’t yet pushed through the ground. Half of our front lawn is still covered with snow, so it will take some a sustained series of very warm days for the signs of Spring to emerge.

      • 36 arapaho415
        March 14, 2015 at 9:32 am

        Hope to hear regular updates on how Spring is progressing — now that I’m into gardening (see upthread response to @momsense_me), I am so impressed by their resilience — without competition (I don’t fertilize because it’s too confusing for me) they thrive with just dirt, water and sunshine.

    • March 14, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Have you seen this?

      • 38 arapaho415
        March 14, 2015 at 9:37 am

        Didn’t see this, but man, talk about scary and depressing.

        This is why I was so concerned about the scant snowfall in the Sierras this year, no January rain in SF.

        I hope this crisis isn’t another one that PBO needs to solve against GOP/MSM/NRA/Comcast/Koch obstruction.

        There has got to be a way to get all that Boston (or wherever snow accumulation is a problem) snow to the Rockies and Sierrras.

        Reposted visual:

        • 39 0388jojothecat
          March 14, 2015 at 12:24 pm

          PBO is a great man and president but he is not a rain maker. California has to realize that we are a desert. Water for people instead of golf courses, lawns, and fracking.

    • March 14, 2015 at 9:11 am

      I saw the movie “The Day After” last night. It was about global warming.
      Thank God our President is smart and intelligent to,realize this is happening, and there are facts to prove this.
      Those dumb fucks are only interested in their own selfish gains. They do not have a problem of killing us all to save only themselves after it’s much too late.

  6. 41 donna dem 4 obama
    March 14, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Good Saturday Morning Chips and TOD

    • 43 jackiegrumbacher
      March 14, 2015 at 8:46 am

      God bless our President for getting up every day and working for the well being of average Americans. Not matter what he endures, no matter what the partisan haters throw at him, he stands tall and keeps on walking forward. If Americans had even half of his courage and perseverance, we could move mountains.

  7. 44 jackiegrumbacher
    March 14, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Good morning. This gray, rainy Saturday, I’m trying to figure out how this country can spend billions on elections and yet allow our infrastructure to crumble further every day. I know our President has tried in vain to get a Republican Congress–that’s happy to spend trillions on a war– to pass an infrastructure bill. Democratic governors, cursed with Republican legislatures, have tried as well. You would think that repairing bridges, roads, building overpasses on railroad crossings and other common sense ideas would be accepted as normal. Instead the richest country on the planet is too broke to fix anything that might actually save lives.

    In a few months, we’re going to be bombarded by slick political ads, expensive mailers and endless exhortations for $$$’s, all designed to put candidate or another into office. No one will mention the family that might be crossing a bridge when it collapses, or the commuter whose car falls into a boulder size pothole or the kids that get run over by trains. We can’t afford to raise our tax dollars. But for politics–the skies the limit.

    • 45 99ts
      March 14, 2015 at 8:54 am

      I don’t know if your people promise like ours do jackie – but we are bombarded with promises tp spend millions on everything – including the kitchen sink – and then they get into power and tell us – gosh we can’t do that because – deficit – and they decide instead to reduce pensions and ruin our medicare system. If they were honest about what they are going to do – no-one would vote for them!

      • 46 jackiegrumbacher
        March 14, 2015 at 8:56 am

        Exactly, 99. They build a fantasy world during elections making promises that are never kept once elected. People are seduced by images, lies and habit and vote for them. Then they scratch their heads and wonder why things never get better.

        • March 14, 2015 at 9:19 am

          Jackie, I agree with you 100%.
          I woke up this morning feeling some kind of way and the weather is not helping at all.
          I volunteered to help a dear friend out today at her sister’s estate sell.
          I just want to crawl back under the covers.
          Instead before I leave I am going to send out as many text messages and tweets to those who have not signed the petition for the #47 traitors. I am learning don’t get mad…Vote! Sign a Petition!
          We cannot afford a repeat of Viet Nam. These bastards do not care.

  8. March 14, 2015 at 8:54 am

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

    To all, I hope you have an extraordinarily exciting day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

    • 49 jackiegrumbacher
      March 14, 2015 at 8:57 am

      RanMan when the day comes in January 2017 that you can no longer say this, I will be sitting on the floor crying my eyes out.

      • March 14, 2015 at 9:10 am

        Jackie, I dread that day. Damn, you had to remind me. lol. However, until then I’m going to cherish every moment that we have President and First Lady Barack & Michelle Obama is office. ✩ ✩ ✩ Oh happy days ♬ ♬ ♬

      • 51 japa21
        March 14, 2015 at 9:44 am

        To be honest, I won’t. I will be thanking God we had 8 years with this man at the helm, who made sure my son was not sent into a war zone, who despite everything stacked against him, accomplished so mush, who inspired millions of people not to give up and who showed that integrity and politics do mix.

        And I will be eagerly waiting to see just how much he accomplish go forward.

        Yes, I will be sad, but my thankfulness will help deal with that.

        • 52 carolyn
          March 14, 2015 at 10:38 am

          My thankfulness for PBO is unlimited. I am so grateful to have lived long enough to enjoy eight years of his presidency. I feel particularly blessed. I will work hard and support someone who will run and continue his work, that is what we have to set our minds to.

          I know that his years after 2017 are going to be productive, and he is going to continue to be a big influence on the world and national stage. It seems to me I saw somewhere that he and Michelle had written “eight years is just the beginning.” in reference to their future. I believe that. His mind is ever working for us, and he will certainly not spend his time painting himself.

          He and Michelle will continue to be a force for good in the world. All that I believe, but, yes, I will be sad when he is no longer president. He, in my mind, IS president. He fulfills and inhabits that office in a way few ever have.

    • March 14, 2015 at 9:01 am

      Goooooooooooood morning RanMan!!

  9. March 14, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Good morning, TODville. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend lined up.

    The Gridiron Dinner is tonight but if I recall correctly, it’s closed press, right?

  10. 60 amk for obama
    March 14, 2015 at 9:07 am

    A historic bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled in London at the Parliament Square, standing adjacent to iconic leaders like Britain’s war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.


    • 62 jackiegrumbacher
      March 14, 2015 at 9:24 am

      Good. I’m so glad someone had the brains to figure out that honoring a man who brought an end to the hideous idea of British “empire” was a wise thing to do. Not to mention the fact that he was one of the wisest human beings in the last hundred years.

      • 63 amk for obama
        March 14, 2015 at 9:31 am

        the irony is that winston called him a half-naked fakir “striding naked up the steps of the Viceregal Palace”.

        #karma 🙂

  11. 64 amk for obama
    March 14, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Cats crowd the harbour on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

    • March 14, 2015 at 11:59 am

      Yikes! I have a cat phobia. The picture is bad enough, but the idea of cats outnumbering humans six to one will give me nightmares tonight, I’m sure…

  12. 66 amk for obama
    March 14, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Arthur Ward stands with his Pyrenean Mountain Dog Cody during the first day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, central England. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

    • 67 desertflower
      March 14, 2015 at 9:45 am

      Ever notice how sometimes dogs look like their people? Morning everyone!!

      • 68 amk for obama
        March 14, 2015 at 9:50 am

        how is your babe doing?

        • 69 desertflower
          March 14, 2015 at 9:59 am

          Morning, amk:) The “little one” is doing fine. She’s SUCH a little tomboy…lays in the dirt, the grass…plays with the sprinkler nozzles while the sprinklers are ON….my husband calls her a Mudder because she loves to get dirty and play in the mud. I was getting ready to walk out the door for work the other day…made the mistake of wanting to say goodbye before I left….mud on my shirt and pants. 🙂

          She likes to chew on giant cow hooves…that’s kinda gross, but she’s really occupied when she does, so it gives the cats a breather from her interrupting their 23 hour napping schedule.

          She’s fun, but she’s a teenager and we all know about them! She likes hanging out with hubby all day…nice that he’s home for her now…he leaves for work soon and that’ll open a whole other bag of worms…she’ll have to be in her crate when no one is here with her. She won’t like that as well, and I’ll be the bad mom. oh well…

    • 74 Don
      March 14, 2015 at 9:48 am

      Rick Santorum would have a field day with this photo.

  13. 76 Don
    March 14, 2015 at 9:36 am

    I am absolutely terrified of dogs, even puppies, but this is a beautiful dog.

  14. 77 desertflower
    March 14, 2015 at 9:50 am

    So…McCain say that PBO trip to VA yesterday was a photo op. Have I told this man to fuck off yet today?

    • 78 desertflower
      March 14, 2015 at 9:51 am

      said:) More coffee please!!!

      • 79 carolyn
        March 14, 2015 at 9:54 am

        I have never seen a man so eaten up with jealousy as McCain…….must be awful to be him. He hasn’t figured out that his hatred doesn’t hurt PBO……he just keeps going. More and more people are writing about McCain and his jealousy…..about time they realized this!
        He could go for a photo op if he wanted to………

    • 80 amk for obama
      March 14, 2015 at 9:53 am

      what prevented this traitorous corrupt punk from doing the same?

    • 82 Don
      March 14, 2015 at 9:56 am

      John McCain’s best thinking led him to choose Sarah Palin as his running mate, his best thinking.

      • March 14, 2015 at 10:36 am

        You are right about that Don. Choosing Palin wasn’t a bright move, neither was signing that letter to Iran. You have to wonder if dear McCain isn’t losing it.

      • March 14, 2015 at 10:48 am

        PBO’s critics try to make it seem as if it’s a fault or a weakness to think things through before making decisions and taking action. But when we see the results of thoughtful and reckless action, who’s the weak one?

    • March 14, 2015 at 10:33 am

      It is ashame how petty and hateful John McCain has gotten over the years since he lost to then Senator Obama. He just can’t say anything nice about this President. If that visit was a photo op, at least it wasn’t being a traitor to this country like McCain and the other 46 GOP Senators. I don’t think the visit was a photo op.

    • 87 jacquelineoboomer
      March 14, 2015 at 11:57 pm

      Funny, but McCain tagged along on the “photo op” trip to the VA, with the President. Why was that, John?

  15. 88 desertflower
    March 14, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Posted this last night. If you haven’t read it and passed it, you must. McCain can bite me.


    • 89 Nena20409
      March 14, 2015 at 10:20 am

      Thanks DF.
      There was a time these type of uncovered information would have made the News…….
      Today, the DC/NY idiots are obsessed with e-mails of one HCR.
      Kissinger has been advising GOPers in Foreign policy since 1968……has been booked on many TV/Cable shows…..written about by the so called Liberal Papers……yet most Americans are clueless to his destructive past. JEB has now included him as one of his FP advisers. Here we go again………
      60 Minutes used to be known for this kind of explosive and exposing these type political treachery, evilness and down right ugliness. But alas, The Smell, Love, Worship, Profit of The Green Backs now out ways and dominates the Greater Good of Journalism, Country and Citizenry.

  16. March 14, 2015 at 10:15 am

    GM. We know some have found a way to blame the #47traitors letter on PO. Well, in yesterday’s paper, our main conservative writer expressed how the letter is clearly the fault of PO. Why? When he said that he would veto anything they sent to him regarding the negotiations, that is what pushed the Rs to write the letter. See………all his fault. Oh, as an aside, this writer’s daughter works for Corker.

    Lord almighty, they are all bat—- crazy!!!!!!!!!!! The preacher’s of “personal responsibility” wouldn’t know the definition of that if it hit them in the face. Have seen this quote on FB twice this week: Don’t make excuses for nasty people. You can’t put a flower in an asshole and call it a vase.

  17. March 14, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

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  20. 98 Nena20409
    March 14, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Hello TOD on a Sunny Saturday Afternoon.
    ❤ absolutely ❤ the post on Cory and his CIC. Absolutely a masterful piece of Journalism. Thanks Chips.
    Yes, Amk……there has to be another Math quiz today in celebration of Pi day….sort of 😉 . I am looking forward of failing marvelously once again.
    The bride who walked off her expensive wedding due to the poor answer given by her former husband that Never was? Wow……she Never considered that the Guy was under severe pressure thinking about her performance during The HoneyMoon?
    Pressure, Lady.

  21. 106 Nena20409
    March 14, 2015 at 10:29 am

  22. 108 Nena20409
    March 14, 2015 at 10:34 am

  23. 111 Nena20409
    March 14, 2015 at 10:37 am

    I like the guy…..I hope he does very well in USA…….
    The man is also Great on the eyes……. IMHO 🙂

  24. 113 Linda
    March 14, 2015 at 10:38 am

    CNN is reporting that the Secret Service story is all BS…

    Not drunk….Did not hit anything.

    What is going on and who is making up stories and giving them to the Washington Post ?

    • 114 Nena20409
      March 14, 2015 at 10:45 am

      The #47Traitors were getting traction…..then the SService story was sprung on WashPost.
      DHS and Selma Jubilee were dominating the News Cycle, then there came NYT E-mail of HRC…….a known facts by Congress since Aug 2014.
      Note how a Real/True scandal in NJ $225M settlement off $9.5B by Christie is shrugged off?
      The Media would do anything to ignore Real and True News where and whenever TBGOPers are the sole main story.

    • 115 Linda
      March 14, 2015 at 10:46 am

      Washington (CNN)The headline Wednesday seemed clear: Two top ranking and allegedly inebriated Secret Service agents reportedly careened into a barrier at the White House in a government car, interrupting an active threat investigation.

      But another picture is emerging of that night, according to two law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation — one that is shedding light on ongoing leadership and management struggles within a Secret Service that remains under the microscope after a string of mishaps.

      According to the sources, the agents did not actually interfere with the suspicious package investigation and reports that a senior supervisor overruled officers who wanted to conduct a sobriety test may not be true.

      The latest information from the two sources pushes back against the narrative Secret Service officials presented to the Washington Post in a story published Wednesday.

      The Post reported that the agents appeared intoxicated at the time and that a senior supervisor overruled law enforcement at the scene who wanted to issue field sobriety tests, but that too may not be true.

      The two law enforcement sources told CNN that no one has corroborated the kerfuffle over testing the agents for drunken driving — speculation they said may have emerged after the fact.

      “There is a sense now that that might not be true,” one of the sources said.

      The officials also contradicted previous reports that the two agents in question drove through police tape and into the area that was part of a suspicious package investigation. Instead, the agents only drove to the edge of the scene.


    • 116 Don
      March 14, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Either something did or didn’t happen, I’m sick and tired of the speculation and I’m sick and tired of the Secret Service showing up in the news on a weekly basis. Before 2009 you never heard a peep out of the Secret Service, and now all of a sudden every time someone from the Secret Service farts its front page news.

    • March 14, 2015 at 11:36 am

      idon talk about this on a previous thread…let me see if i can find it

    March 14, 2015 at 10:41 am


  26. 119 Nena20409
    March 14, 2015 at 10:47 am

  27. 120 Linda
    March 14, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Apparently CNN did a poll on race relations under PBO….the poll says they are worse…

    I say….they have been exposed and white people are in a panic.

    • 121 Don
      March 14, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Yeah because before President Obama got into office we were one big happy family, we were making love all over the place. You should have seen it; it was a thing of beauty.

  28. 122 Nena20409
    March 14, 2015 at 10:50 am

  29. March 14, 2015 at 10:54 am

    I see where California Governor Jerry Brown and some other D Govs. have joined the pushback in support of POTUS’ executive action on immigration. Jerry rarely comments or takes action on national issues. I hope and pray he is reconsidering and runs in 2016. He could give “not ready for” Hillary a run for her money! RUN, JERRY, RUN!

    • 124 0388jojothecat
      March 14, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      Unfortunately Gov. Jerry Brown has prostate cancer and Iam told he does not look healthy. I would be happy if he finishes his last term in office.

    • March 14, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      Gov. Brown stated this week that no one can beat Hillary so he’s not interested. Makes me sick to see Dems fold like this, especially formidable guys like him.

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