Early Bird Chat

On This Day: Senator Barack Obama and his wife Michelle arrive at the 36th NAACP Image Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 19, 2005 in Los Angeles




117 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    March 19, 2015 at 7:08 am

    FURST. Just like india. 😎

  2. March 19, 2015 at 7:09 am

  3. 26 99ts
    March 19, 2015 at 7:11 am

    O my – what a glorious picture up top – gm Ms Chips

  4. March 19, 2015 at 7:18 am

  5. 32 amk for obama
    March 19, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Aaand we win. The only team to bowl out the opposition 7 times in a wc.

  6. March 19, 2015 at 7:23 am

  7. March 19, 2015 at 7:25 am

  8. 49 jackiegrumbacher
    March 19, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Morning. Our FLOTUS’s Japanese wardrobe is stunningly gorgeous. All eyes are drawn to her in any photo. How is it that she hasn’t aged since the 2005 photo? Our president has visibly aged, I have, and so has everybody I know–the eternally 22 and a half Chips, excluded, of course. Does our FLOTUS have access to some magic elixir of youth or is being married to Barack Obama magic enough?

  9. March 19, 2015 at 7:28 am

  10. March 19, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Danny-ambling time, see ya in a bit.

  11. 55 jackiegrumbacher
    March 19, 2015 at 7:42 am

    If you love pastry and live in a city, today could be your lucky day. Italian -Americans across the country celebrate St. Joseph’s day today and the signature food is custard filled cream puffs. My mother loved these so much that every March 19 my father would drive into New York City to buy her a box of them. Sometimes she even shared.


    • 56 donna dem 4 obama
      March 19, 2015 at 7:59 am

      GM JG. St. Joseph’s Day is the only day during Lent that my grandmother allow us to have treats. I loved those cream puffs. Yummy!

      Ummmm good!!!

      • 57 jackiegrumbacher
        March 19, 2015 at 8:06 am

        Donna, it’s comical the way the Catholic church actually allowed this exception during Lent because of the importance of St. Joseph. I think the church realized that it was hopeless to ask people to deny themselves so they just went along with it and I suspect priests, bishops, archbishops and cardinals liked to chow down as well. It takes real skill to make these, so I recommend an Italian bakery.

    • 58 Roberta in MN
      March 19, 2015 at 8:08 am

      We used to get those on the way out of our State Fair every year. Couldn’t pass them up. Just love Cream Puffs. At that time I was alking around and having a gread time, now I would need a scooter LOL.

    • 59 arapaho415
      March 19, 2015 at 8:10 am

      I LOVE cream puffs — have been known to travel great distances (i.e., to Solvang CA) for such tasty treats. 🙂

      Dumb question from a non-Catholic — is St. Joseph the same Joseph as in “Joseph and Mary of Bethlehem?”

      And today’s the day the swallows return to Mission San Juan Capistrano, which used to be a huge deal in SoCal, but now SJC is basically all paved over, it’s a wonder any birds can find the mission now. 😦

      • 60 jackiegrumbacher
        March 19, 2015 at 8:51 am

        Yes, Arapaho, it’s the same St. Joseph, so it’s a big deal for Catholics.

      • 61 jacquelineoboomer
        March 19, 2015 at 10:09 am

        Well, this is a two-fer for me. First, we asked my Mother (a German-American – my dad had the Irish in him) what was “her” day, since we celebrated St. Patrick’s. She told us it was St. Joseph’s Day, which she made up on the spot since she’d never mentioned it before, and we continue to recall her and that designation each year on March 19! Second, one of her favorite events was when the swallows returned to Capistrano, so thanks for that nice memory, too.

        And my four-year-old great grandson is having dental surgery at the hospital today, and I told his Mommy that my Mother (her great grandmother) was surely looking out for him today from heaven. (I’m more than just a little sentimental about these people, can ya tell?!!)

    • 62 99ts
      March 19, 2015 at 8:30 am

      Hi jackie – my Mom used to make those custard cream puffs – and she had no links to Italy or America or the Church of Rome – but we ate them anyways 🙂

      • 63 jackiegrumbacher
        March 19, 2015 at 8:56 am

        You were lucky to have a mom with such baking skills– I shudder to think that what any effort of mine would taste like. I think the pride in these treats and this day came from the fact that it’s only two days after St. Patrick’s Day and it was the Italian-American’s way of showing off their own special saint. My mother’s name was Josephine, so that’s what made it an extra big day for her and worth the 50 mile round trip excursion into NYC for my dad.

    • March 19, 2015 at 8:51 am

      There is nothing like a good cream puff!!

    • 65 jacquelineoboomer
      March 19, 2015 at 10:03 am

      Tell me about it.

  12. 66 arapaho415
    March 19, 2015 at 7:54 am

    GM TODville,

    As usual waaaay behind here, and seems to me that Early Bird Chat is early this morning. 😉

    Was this posted? I’ve added @WHpublicpool to my twitter feed — thankfully will bypass as much as possible the self-absorbed, irrelevant #GOPpropaganda machine that others refer to as MSM. Repeating myself, but I’m ignoring 2016 until after the Autumnal equinox — unless #MyManJoe throws his hat in the ring (Go Joe!!!). Until then, #Campaign2016 will be too many undisciplined, inexperienced “journalists” chasing too few stories (only gossip, speculation and donor $$$ now).

    From the article:
    “Much of the mundane, day-to-day media coverage of the president’s activities is conducted under an arrangement that Matthew Yglesias has called a “mutually agreed upon plagiarism pact”—the pool report…”

    snip /

    “There are two curious things about this arrangement: 1) These pool reports are distributed to the news outlets via email by the White House Press Office, which seems to work OK but introduces the spectre of official, government-sanctioned news to the process, and 2) they are quasi-secret. Though much of what is in these pool reports eventually finds its way into press coverage—that’s what they’re for!—the actual raw copy is available only to the anointed hundreds, or perhaps thousands, who are judged to be important enough to merit placement on the distribution list.”

    • 67 jackiegrumbacher
      March 19, 2015 at 8:08 am

      Thanks for the tip, Arapaho. I’d like to get the actual day to day activities as well, not just the filtered version of it.

  13. 68 jackiegrumbacher
    March 19, 2015 at 8:02 am

    If you live in a state that elects judges–especially those on the state Supreme Court– this is an important year. I went to a forum last night on the role judges play in voting and elections laws and it really is profound. Most people who bother to vote at all in an off-year have little idea of who they’re voting for when it comes to judicial candidates. If you have a chance to elect judges, please do the research and find candidates who will at least be fair when it comes to issues like gerrymandering and voter ID. Who we choose for judges directly affects who ends up controlling Congress.

  14. 69 Roberta in MN
    March 19, 2015 at 8:06 am

    What a wonderful Early Bird Chips. Go give that brute an ambling walk enjoy yourself. Our First Lady is one gorgeous lady, but most of all , she is so intelligent and her initiatives will succeed because she works so hard for all young people.
    Good Morning everyone. Have a wonderful day. Time to go catch up on the reading.

  15. 70 arapaho415
    March 19, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Since I have no idea what’s been posted here (or not) in the comments section the past few days, I’ll share some noteworthy tidbits. Sorry if they’re repeats.

    From Sunday:

    From Monday — “even” GOPolitico understands reality, “even” before PBO aggressively (but not theatrically) lays out the facts that the #GOPbudget is an abomination.

  16. 71 Dudette
    March 19, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Good Morning Family! 😀

  17. 72 Dudette
    March 19, 2015 at 8:25 am

    ❤ ❤ ❤

  18. March 19, 2015 at 8:31 am

    They’re apparently hit more snags……but will continue to work

  19. 76 Dudette
    March 19, 2015 at 8:31 am

  20. 77 donna dem 4 obama
    March 19, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD. Something for you to ponder as you start your day. 😯

    This country is going to hell in a hand basket!

    Try and have a good O’Day Everyone.

    • March 19, 2015 at 8:38 am

      Good grief, that is outrageous. It’s like we’ve regressed by to the 50s.

      Notice the “colored BOH staff accepted.”

      BOH = back of the house, meaning kitchen staff.

    • 82 amk for obama
      March 19, 2015 at 8:54 am

      apartheid america.

    • 83 jackiegrumbacher
      March 19, 2015 at 9:00 am

      This is blatantly and outrageously illegal. I hope these business are charged and sued for every penny they’re worth by decent members of the Austin community. They must be publicly vilified and legally punished. It must NOT be tolerated.

      • 84 donna dem 4 obama
        March 19, 2015 at 9:14 am

        It wasn’t the businesses that placed the stickers on the doors is was racist vandals.

        • 85 jackiegrumbacher
          March 19, 2015 at 9:27 am

          Thanks for clarifying, Donna. I thought that Austin merchants had gone berserk and were blatantly flouting the law and common decency. On tv shows, cities have cctv cameras on every street. I wonder if Austin has any such devices that will allow them to identify and track down the vandals. They need to have real consequences for their actions.

  21. 90 jackiegrumbacher
    March 19, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Tomorrow, the first day of Spring, we are forecast to have six inches of snow. Seeing the photos of our disgusting former VP above, leads me to wish that winter 2015 would go “cheney” itself.

  22. 92 donna dem 4 obama
    March 19, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Wow! Actual work being done…


    The deal would end the perennial Medicare “doc fix” problem by replacing the widely-maligned formula for reimbursing physicians, which currently imposes steep annual cuts that Congress has regularly overridden since 2002. It’s a huge headache for lawmakers as powerful health industry groups have been clamoring for a permanent fix for years. The cost of repealing the existing “Sustainable Growth Rate” payment formula is $170 billion over a decade.

    The plan would also extend for two years the Children’s Health Care Program, which helps insure families with children, and runs out of funding on October 1, lawmakers and aides said.

    • 93 jackiegrumbacher
      March 19, 2015 at 9:17 am

      When you think about it, Donna, it’s pathetic how shocked we are when something positive happens in the US Congress and something actually gets accomplished with mutual cooperation. This is how it should always be and rarely is.

    • 94 Nena20409
      March 19, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      Will Rusty Crying Boehner deliver?

  23. March 19, 2015 at 9:20 am

    The good news: Danny found his yellow ball this morning.

    The bad? He lost his orange one.

    • 107 jackiegrumbacher
      March 19, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Df, I wonder if there are any other people on earth who have to “warm up” to a program that saves their lives and prevents them from going bankrupt when they become ill. Only in America do people have to be persuaded to support something that makes them healthier and saves them money. The disease of ignorance runs rampant in this country and no amount of health care can cure it.

  24. March 19, 2015 at 9:32 am

    • 111 desertflower
      March 19, 2015 at 9:39 am

      What about, ” No means no” don’t they understand?

    • 112 Linda
      March 19, 2015 at 9:56 am

      Is this his new strategy ? Bring a bill to the floor 4 times and have it blocked…then fix it and move on ?

      I guess once again the media got it wrong when they were praising him as someone who knows the game and how to play it. I kept hearing that McConnell is a ” brilliant strategist “.

    • 113 Nena20409
      March 19, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      Funny how DC/NY pundits are freely and frequently now that Dems are saying No to idiocy…..the Beltway Pundits have FOUND the Term: Filibuster.
      For freaking 6yrs……they called it: The bill failed to garner 60 votes.
      How I wish someone will tweet that fact back to Politic, especially.

  25. March 19, 2015 at 10:02 am

    I love looking at pictures of the Obamas before they became President and First Lady.

  26. 117 Nena20409
    March 19, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    That photograph……Wow…..Lovely. Unbeatable. Gorgeous. Beautiful. Wow.
    What a Picture.

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