Early Bird Chat

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama greets a student during a mentoring event at Ballou High School in Washington, D.C., March 30, 2011. (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)



82 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    March 30, 2015 at 8:08 am


    • 2 Don
      March 30, 2015 at 8:10 am


      • 3 jackiegrumbacher
        March 30, 2015 at 8:13 am

        NO? Is that ‘no’ to AMK, Don, or to Monday, or to the fact that March is ending and it still isn’t Spring, or is it an existential cry to the universe that you’re not giving in.

        • March 30, 2015 at 8:18 am

          😆 I just took it as a cry of injustice from Don in response to Amk’s FURST, but now that you say it Jackie, it could be any of those!

          Gooooood morning to ya!

        • 5 Don
          March 30, 2015 at 8:18 am

          No to Monday, Jackie.

          • 6 jackiegrumbacher
            March 30, 2015 at 9:07 am

            Gee, Don, I was hoping it was some great existential cry because I had a full on tantrum this morning about the fact that the antibiotic I took last week has caused more problems than it solved. My poor husband had to endure a big rant about how I was mad as hell and wasn’t going to take it anymore. Of course, I haven’t yet come up with an alternative.

    • 8 Don
      March 30, 2015 at 8:21 am

      Please excuse my manners, congratulations amk.

  2. 10 jackiegrumbacher
    March 30, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Good morning. The Iran talks are giving me nervous palpitations. All fingers and toes crossed for the next two days.

    • 11 Don
      March 30, 2015 at 8:20 am

      Same here, I just don’t see a deal not getting done………hopefully.

    • 12 Linda
      March 30, 2015 at 8:27 am

      Good Morning. Don’t worry Jackie…….this is all media driven.

      I see McTurtle is in Israel to hold Bibi’s hand and comfort him.

      • 13 jackiegrumbacher
        March 30, 2015 at 8:55 am

        Oh, Lord, Linda. The idea of McTurtle and Bibi together makes me want to regurgitate my breakfast.

  3. 14 JER
    March 30, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

  4. 15 Don
    March 30, 2015 at 8:30 am

    These guys are personal fluffers for Bibi.

  5. 16 amk for obama
    March 30, 2015 at 8:32 am

    France’s opposition conservative UMP Party has made big gains in local elections, at the expense of the ruling Socialists.

    The UMP, led by ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy, boosted the number of councils it controls from 40 to 67 in the vote.

    President Francois Hollande’s Socialists and other leftists won 34 councils – down from 61 previously.

    Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front (FN) won at least 60 seats but failed to get control of any council.


    Half of the 40-million-strong French electorate abstained from voting – a figure that was, however, better than the 55.3% abstention rate in the last local elections in 2011.



    • March 30, 2015 at 8:38 am

      Couldn’t believe when I saw a while ago that Sarkozy was still skulking around, looking to get back in power – why don’t these characters just crawl away and leave everyone in peace?

      Just relieved the National Front didn’t do better, after upping the hate/fear after Charlie Hebdo I was afraid they’d romp home.

      • 18 amk for obama
        March 30, 2015 at 8:49 am

        oh, don’t worry, they’ll elect daughter le pan as le presidente soon enough.

      • 20 jackiegrumbacher
        March 30, 2015 at 8:59 am

        Chips, Sarkozy seems to have gone to the same school of bitter men that McCain did. Some people just can’t accept that their time on the stage is OVER and people are sick of them. I’ve never had one single good thought about GW Bush, but at least he has largely shut his mouth since he left office unless his mega creepy former VP.

  6. March 30, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  7. 23 forus50
    March 30, 2015 at 8:42 am

  8. 24 desertflower
    March 30, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Morning everyone:) I’m with Don about Monday…been on Spring Break for the last week. Today it’s back to work. Hard to get too excited this morning:)

    • March 30, 2015 at 8:45 am

      DF, the only consolation I can offer you is that soon enough it’ll be Tuesday – hang in there! Good morning to ya!

      • 26 desertflower
        March 30, 2015 at 8:48 am

        Thanks, Chips:) I’ll be fine once I GET there, it’s just the getting up really early and having to get going part that gets to me, not being at work….I like lounging!

        • 27 jackiegrumbacher
          March 30, 2015 at 9:02 am

          Here’s the thing, Df. Even when you’re retired, you will find a reason why you have to get up early and get something done. I have more places I need to get to and things I need to get done since I retired some years ago than I did when I was working. It’s human nature to fill time this way.

  9. March 30, 2015 at 8:45 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Monday everyone. 🙂

  10. March 30, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Never mind the nuclear talks, the big news: that photo of PBO I posted last night showing him holding the rails as he got off AF1? And I said my mother’s campaign had finally succeeded?

    She must NEVER see this video:

    • 32 amk for obama
      March 30, 2015 at 8:50 am

      just 2 seconds, bt, just 2 seconds.

      of course, beebs had to show it. talk about americanization of limeys.

    • 33 desertflower
      March 30, 2015 at 8:51 am

      As if the first angle wasn’t good enough….I thought he handled that brilliantly. I’d have let gravity take over and been bouncing down the stairs. I’m sure of it.

      • 34 GGail
        March 30, 2015 at 9:04 am

        He did DF. Then he ran down the stairs with no hands! Ha!

        • 35 desertflower
          March 30, 2015 at 9:10 am

          That’s our guy! ( I ALWAYS hold the rail when I walk down the stairs…i must have had some traumatic thing happen to me as a child….I’m jealous of anyone that can pop down the stairs at a pace w/o holding on!)

    • March 30, 2015 at 8:51 am

      that was an amazing save! he even slips better than most people.

    • 39 jackiegrumbacher
      March 30, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Chips, I thought he seemed a little annoyed with himself after that little slip. He prides himself on his ability to be agile and I saw a brief look of consternation on this face. By the way, isn’t this the week the White House has a seder for Passover? Is that on the president’s agenda?

      • March 30, 2015 at 9:14 am

        I know what he was thinking, Jackie: “Damn it, Mrs Chipsticks will be protesting outside the White House after this.”

        It was a very sparse looking week ahead schedule, they just had the President attending meetings at the WH Tuesday to Friday – which probably means something HUGE will happen. Didn’t see any mention of the seder, but it might appear on the schedule yet.

      • 42 GGail
        March 30, 2015 at 9:25 am

        JG, I bet someone caught his wrath about that landing being wet.

    • 43 JER
      March 30, 2015 at 9:37 am

    • 44 Nena20409
      March 30, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      Calm, Cool and Collected.
      Never missing a step 😉
      I just knew that the Media would try to make a fuss. It is what a bankrupt Enterprise does these days.

  11. 45 hopefruit2
    March 30, 2015 at 8:51 am

  12. 46 GGail
    March 30, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    Chips, when you rule the world, please give us one holiday a month that we can take off with pay. I’m In need of it now!

  13. 53 amk for obama
    March 30, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been found guilty of fraud and breach of trust after a retrial.

    He had been acquitted in 2012 of taking envelopes stuffed with money from a US-based supporter.

    However, a retrial was ordered after the emergence of recordings in which he referred to receiving the money.

    Olmert, who served as Israeli PM from 2006 to 2009, is currently appealing a conviction for bribery in 2014 for which he was sentenced to six years.


    amazing how the israelis keep electing corrupt punks to rule over them.

  14. 54 JER
    March 30, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Awaiting The President’s Departure for Boston. Click here ► ► http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  15. 56 Nerdy Wonka
    March 30, 2015 at 9:28 am


    Chris Rock for the win!

    The whiners whine. Hahahahahahahahaha

    • 57 amk for obama
      March 30, 2015 at 9:35 am

      The 31-year-old made his debut as a contributor to the nightly satirical show last December.

      His first appearance took aim at racial tensions in the US, saying: “I never thought I’d be more afraid of police in America than in South Africa.”



    • 58 GGail
      March 30, 2015 at 9:36 am

      Don’t know Trevor or Larry, but good luck to them!

    • 59 Nena20409
      March 30, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Wow. I had read about this on Sunday……then it was unconfirmed.
      Today, REALITY happens.
      Trevor was in Dublin or was it Dubai when he got the Call?
      I wish him the very best. I hope he pushes the envelop and let it all hang out…..Let the Chips fall where they may 🙂

  16. 60 Nerdy Wonka
    March 30, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Here’s just a sample of Trevor Noah.

  17. 62 amk for obama
    March 30, 2015 at 9:34 am

    More than 1,000 men have reportedly been arrested in India’s Bihar state for impersonating candidates in physical fitness tests for the police.

    The men had been hired to pass themselves off as the candidates, according to the state police.

    The arrests were made over the last fortnight, as documents produced by the men were found to have been falsified.


    I am so proud.

    • March 30, 2015 at 9:45 am

      Thanks NW…

      I am so out of the loop…not sure if it is age…or what…

      but oftentimes i just don’t get it…hahahaha…i have to laugh at myself….smh@ me

    • 64 desertflower
      March 30, 2015 at 9:46 am

      After I was just getting over the photo of the people climbing building walls to take tests for their kids…..

      • 65 amk for obama
        March 30, 2015 at 9:52 am

        desperation, df, desperation. It’s one of the poorstates with the rich minerals like coal, bauxite, limestone etc. It has been forever looted by greedy business-corrupt pols nexus for decades while doing zilch for the locals. Compared to their cheating, this is nothing.

  18. March 30, 2015 at 9:34 am

  19. 70 Nerdy Wonka
    March 30, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Another sample of Trevor Noah.

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  22. 73 Dudette
    March 30, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Goooood Morning!

  23. 75 Dudette
    March 30, 2015 at 9:54 am

    😀 Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! [exploding heads and pursed lips commence]

    • 76 Nena20409
      March 30, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Fox had John Sanunu on…per Mediaite and the Bigoted Racist is already making another Birther Comment. This guy is a Lebanese/Cuban/American……a former Gov. What a bat poop of a GOPer.

  24. 77 Dudette
    March 30, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Un-freaking believable!

  25. 79 desertflower
    March 30, 2015 at 9:57 am


  26. 81 Dudette
    March 30, 2015 at 10:00 am


  27. March 30, 2015 at 10:15 am

    His trip will build on the success of the August 2014 US-Africa Leaders’ Summit and continue our efforts to work with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Kenya, to accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions and improve security,” the White House also said in a statement.

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