Early Bird Chat

On This Day – May 8, 2009: “A temporary White House staffer, Carlton Philadelphia, brought his family to the Oval Office for a farewell photo with President Obama. Carlton’s son softly told the President he had just gotten a haircut like President Obama, and asked if he could feel the President’s head to see if it felt the same as his.” (Photo by Pete Souza)



143 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    May 8, 2015 at 8:47 am


  2. 7 amk for obama
    May 8, 2015 at 8:48 am

    3 leaders gone in less than 3 hours.


  3. May 8, 2015 at 8:49 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Congrats amk on #1, and on FURST.

    I haven’t seen the jobs report for this month – did it come out last Friday and i missed it, or is it scheduled to come out today?!?!?

    Also, when is our President scheduled to speak in SD? 🙂

  4. 10 hopefruit2
    May 8, 2015 at 8:52 am

    • 11 Don
      May 8, 2015 at 8:55 am

      Good job numbers!

    • 12 Vicki
      May 8, 2015 at 8:58 am

      Plus yesterday numbers say that Unemployment is at a 15 year low for a 4 week average.
      Thank you, President Barack Obama. I am sure all media will lead with this positive news. hahaha
      No. They will find some way to spin it negatively or ignore it altogether.

      • 13 jackiegrumbacher
        May 8, 2015 at 9:09 am

        Of course they will, Vicki. That was my first thought. If our President hung the moon, the media would say he didn’t hang it high enough. If he brought about world peace, they would look in every area of world to find a place of conflict. They do work so very hard for the Republican Party and their billionaire backers.

      • 14 hopefruit2
        May 8, 2015 at 9:12 am

        Let them spin until they spin themselves into irrelevance because we have the facts here:

        Willard Romney promised that he would reduce unemployment to 6% by the end of his first term (Dec 2016). AFter PBO got re-elected the CBO budget office projected that unemployment would be at 5.3% by Dec 2016. Unemployment is now at 5.4%….and it’s MAY 2015. I’m just saying….

    • 15 GGail
      May 8, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Great numbers, thanks HF!

    • 16 57andfemale
      May 8, 2015 at 9:05 am

      And there was all kinds of b.s. angst leading up to this number. I loathe pundits.

  5. 30 jackiegrumbacher
    May 8, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Morning all. Hope all is well in your world, wherever you are.

  6. 31 GGail
    May 8, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    YAY it’s Friday 😄

  7. 37 JER
    May 8, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

    • 38 JER
      May 8, 2015 at 8:59 am

      ICYMI… President Obama lands at PDX

      • 39 vcprezofan2
        May 8, 2015 at 10:30 am

        Is there a reason why Oregon has been so focused on security here that we can hardly see the president? (Am not criticizing, just wondering because the announcers keep harping on the aspects of security)

      • 40 vcprezofan2
        May 8, 2015 at 10:36 am

        You know, this is a good example to me that reporters across the country don’t necessarily know much about the President and his activities. I was surprised to hear one announcer ask about the President going to greet the spectators – ‘Is this something he normally does?’ Such a simple thing, yet she was surprised by what we here would consider a normal occurrence.

        • 41 Obama Grandmama
          May 8, 2015 at 5:32 pm

          The media has been doing such a great job at hiding the administration’s daily actions that the journalists believe their own hype, thus surprise at normal actions.

    • 43 GGail
      May 8, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Good morning JER, that would be great!

    • May 8, 2015 at 9:30 am


      • 47 arapaho415
        May 8, 2015 at 9:57 am

        GM Meta.

        Perfectly expressed.

        Mentioned yesterday that MSM once again will have egg on their faces (but with ZERO consequence to them). However, @latimes did publish this yesterday, before @Nike’s announcement:

        Another piece of the “Obama Doctrine” staring pundits/MSM in the eye, which they conveniently choose to ignore (just as they do the unemployment stats).

        • May 8, 2015 at 9:59 am

          Thanks and good morning, arapaho.

        • 49 Vicki
          May 8, 2015 at 10:02 am

          Pundits too dumb to grasp this argument.
          They have latched on to —PBO wants TPP. Trade deals are BAD.
          Neanderthals. Pretty much all of them.

        • 50 Obama Grandmama
          May 8, 2015 at 5:44 pm

          Upon first discovering Barack Obama’s personal beliefs when reading his book Audacity of Hope before the first election I identified with his ability to see positives from both party’s ideologies. The political system does not like their members to deviate from their line of thought. His belief in solving problems instead of towing political lines is what convinced me he was a different kind of politician which appealed to my Independent spirit.
          Just saw Bernie Sanders denigrating PBO’s stand on TPP. Boo!!! 😦

  8. 51 amk for obama
    May 8, 2015 at 8:57 am

    They mocked him last time around, so this must be a very satisfying win for him.

    • 52 Vicki
      May 8, 2015 at 9:07 am

      It looks like his final total will beat Labour by 100 seats.
      Racist UKIP got 1 seat—that is 1 out of 650!!!

      For folks who are saying nationalism is what won in Scotland last night, the point they are missing is that in September a vote for nationalism lost 45% to 55%. My view is that the actual provable positions of the SNP combined with a decent if losing showing in September gave Scotland hope and propelled this victory.

      Scots are inclusive. Immigrants are welcomed and integrated into their communities.
      Scots are anti-war and want England’s only nuclear sub–The Trident–moved out of the Scottish port where England harbors it.
      The Scots want money to go to improved National Health service and drained out of warfare and troops sent overseas.
      And so on.
      The Scots are staunchly and loudly anti-austerity. They are like TOD.

      I do not know what happens next in Scotland but I hope the Democrats in the US understand the implications of the Tory-lite contenders.

      • 53 amk for obama
        May 8, 2015 at 9:12 am

        You can’t really expect mainland parties to campaign for scottish referendum. And there Labour has ruled the roost for years there with the leftist agenda. Heck they even had their last PM from scotland. This is purely a nationalist vote, not for any progressive issues thought they have been touted by snp.

        • 54 Vicki
          May 8, 2015 at 10:05 am

          No AMk. I must disagree.
          Miliband betrayed the leftist agenda by standing so strongly with Cameron in the referendum. He lost the trust of the country. It is not unlike HRC’s Iraq vote in the US.

          • 55 amk for obama
            May 8, 2015 at 10:09 am

            60 scottish seats vs some 500 odd seats from the mainland? Even fools are not gonna do it.

            Ed miliband is as leftist as you could get in a blairite labour party. Read the piece I posted below about him.

      • 56 jackiegrumbacher
        May 8, 2015 at 9:14 am

        Vicki, I wish I could believe the Dems could learn anything from the UK, but the only person smart enough to do that isn’t running next year.

  9. 58 amk for obama
    May 8, 2015 at 8:57 am

  10. 59 sherijr
    May 8, 2015 at 8:58 am

    good morning TOD & Happy Friday. Thank you so much Chips for posting this photo, when my computer broke down, I lost it… so now can save it again.. and put it on back up too 😉

    For anyone interested: SBA is having “innovateHer” finals this morning w/ a live stream… here’s the link with the details, sounds interesting and fun https://www.sba.gov/nsbw/nsbw/locations/washington-dc-0

  11. 60 amk for obama
    May 8, 2015 at 9:00 am

  12. 61 amk for obama
    May 8, 2015 at 9:00 am

  13. 62 amk for obama
    May 8, 2015 at 9:08 am

    We now face a generational decision about our future in Europe, with an EU referendum in two years’ time almost certain.

    There will also be serious questions about the future of the Union, following an SNP landslide that has turned Scotland into a virtual one-party state.

    David Cameron’s victory also represents a colossal achievement.

    Only once before in recent history has an incumbent government increased its majority – and that was Mrs Thatcher in her prime in the 1980s.

    It is also a significant personal victory for Mr Cameron and a rebuff for those in his party who had become increasingly sceptical about his ability to win.

    But while it may represent a defeat for those Tories who saw this election as a potential opportunity to rid themselves of David Cameron, he must now govern with a wafer-thin majority.

    What this means is his vulnerability to revolts and pressure from his own backbenches is now acute – opening up the possibility of a repeat of the draining experience of the Major years.

    For Labour, this election could scarcely be more disastrous – crushed in Scotland, rebuffed in Middle England and stripped of some of its most significant figures, including the shadow chancellor Ed Balls and shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander.

    Already there have been calls for Ed Miliband to go – but this defeat presents Labour with a much more profound challenge.

    The left-of-centre, traditional agenda set out by Ed Miliband would appear to have been decisively rejected.

    So how does Labour re-discover its political purpose and how does it rebuild in its shattered heartland in Scotland?

    It is an election which, for Labour, may prompt the sort of soul searching that accompanied other devastating defeats such as under Michael Foot in 1983 and Neil Kinnock in 1992.

    Does it mean a return to the New Labour years or does Labour have to re-invent itself in a different way?

    Similarly, the Liberal Democrats must now re-consider their whole political strategy.


      May 8, 2015 at 9:17 am


    • 64 Vicki
      May 8, 2015 at 10:08 am

      Nicola Sturgeon Scotland’s leader is emphatic. Scotland does not want to break up the UK.
      Scotland wants to manage more of its own affairs. Think, not secession, but state’s rights in US terms.

      • 65 amk for obama
        May 8, 2015 at 10:12 am

        Yes, she did campaign on it and yet it was a nationalist vote. Even previous scottish leader alex salmond admitted on live tv.

  14. 66 GGail
    May 8, 2015 at 9:13 am

    I want to take this time to say a big Thank You to vc. My local news reports that our rain and Snow is from Canada!! We have at least six inches of snow in our mountains with more through the day 🙌☔️❄️

    • 67 arapaho415
      May 8, 2015 at 10:08 am

      Your view must be spectacular this morning, GGail!

      It’s so clear and blindingly bright today, and all plants look so happy — warms my heart.

      However, the pails I put out to catch the “rain” (sprinkles?) tells me it rained about 1/4-inch last night — however, I swear all my patio plants (which I moved last night to where they would get rained on) are literally noticeably perkier, flowers standing upright, this morning. Love it!

    May 8, 2015 at 9:16 am


  16. 69 Dudette
    May 8, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Good Morning! 😀

      May 8, 2015 at 9:19 am


      • 71 Dudette
        May 8, 2015 at 9:27 am

        Hiya Sue! Take good care of yourself and come back stronger, Dear!

        • 72 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          May 8, 2015 at 9:48 am


  17. 73 MightyPamela
    May 8, 2015 at 9:19 am

    ❤ I woke up before 4am, thinking somehow I hadn't wished 57&Female a most delightfully Happy Birthday!! (Belated now – dentist trip will distort life!) ❤

  18. 74 Dudette
    May 8, 2015 at 9:19 am

  19. 75 JER
    May 8, 2015 at 9:20 am

  20. 77 Don
    May 8, 2015 at 9:24 am

    I’m not as well versed in world politics as I should be, but can someone explain to me like I’m a five year old what happened in the elections last night and is it a good thing or a bad thing.

    • 78 amk for obama
      May 8, 2015 at 9:27 am

      cons won despite dire predictions from every one, including cons. every one is shell shocked. the end.

    • 85 arapaho415
      May 8, 2015 at 10:21 am

      Since Tories (Cameron’s party which demolished [pretty much literally] Labour yesterday) support austerity, it really isn’t good for their economy — every developed country needs investment in education, infrastructure, R&D, etc.) — but before the election I saw that Cameron was making a lot of promises in these areas, so we’ll see if he can follow through while protecting the 1%’s pocketbooks.

      • 86 arapaho415
        May 8, 2015 at 10:28 am

        Here’s more info…

        A visualization:

        Lovely (lots of chuckles, but informative) article written to inform American audiences who in the US would likely vote for the UK candidates (written before yesterday’s elections):

        Cameron (Tory):
        American Political Equivalent: A centrist Republican, or a conservative Democrat, a bit like Arnold Schwarzenegger as California governor.

        Miliband (Labour):
        American Political Equivalent: A very liberal Democrat, a la Elizabeth Warren.

        Clegg (Lib-Dem):
        American Political Equivalent: A Clinton Democrat.

        Farage (UKIP):
        American Political Equivalent: A drunk Tea Party member, minus the evangelical babble.

        Sturgeon (Scottish SNP):
        American Political Equivalent: The governor of Texas, an official influential both locally and nationally governing a region that flirts regularly with secession.

        Bennett (Greens):
        American Political Equivalent: A much, much more liberal Ralph Nader. Or your artist friend in the Bay Area. There really isn’t an American political counterpart.

        Wood (Welsh Plaid Cymru):
        American Political Equivalent: Dennis Kucinich. Nice enough and plainly harmless, but what is she doing on that stage with all the important people?

  21. 87 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 8, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Good morning, folks! Doing a roll-by.


    Judith had a great night with PBO; CHECK HER FACEBOOK! She is due at NIKE at 6:30 am (not sure whether she’s “in,” volunteering, or outside doing “visibility.” She’ll be by later today to spread her joy! I’m just so damn happy for and proud of her & her team; those Portland OFA’ers rock. I posted to one of her neighbors that “like PBO, Judy has an international following.” Can’t wait to read her account.

  22. 91 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    May 8, 2015 at 9:34 am

    • 92 Don
      May 8, 2015 at 9:42 am

      But that doesn’t explain the police willingness to shoot first and ask questions later as it pertains to black men. No, white people don’t need to stop being freaked out about their neighbors; police need to stop killing black men.

      • 93 MightyPamela
        May 8, 2015 at 9:53 am

        Both would make for a far better world!

      • 94 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        May 8, 2015 at 10:26 am

        No, this doesn’t exonerate the bad cops, nor the “good” ones that protect them. However, it does reflect a reality that exists in SOME communities. Mine included. These situations happen so frequently in my town (usually when new folks move in – and it crosses colorlines — new whites call on Blacks; new Blacks call on whites; they both call on OTHERS — LOL), it has become a running joke…

        As we are a small community, we have a pretty decent relationship with the police (chief is an a&&, however, retires in 15 months…); the officers know the residents, the residents know the officers. There are a couple of hard ass on both sides of the fence, cops & residents that give each other a rash of trash; they argue, parry, let off steam, THEN the party in the wrong backs off. What keeps me up at night is the fear that some of these kids from my town will have a confrontation with a cop elsewhere. Living here has NOT prepared them for dealing with cops outside of our bubble…

    • 95 Don
      May 8, 2015 at 9:49 am

      I’m freaked out about my neighbors, and they’re white. I’m not freaked out because they’re white, I’m freaked out because I never hear see or hear the kids at night and I think they’re home schooled and the mother every time I see her in her driveway she has this blank stare that freaks me out and she has more kids than the Duggars.

      • 96 sherijr
        May 8, 2015 at 10:11 am

        Lol Don… I’m a bit freaked out by neighbors- all.of.them. for so many reasons 😉

      • 97 arapaho415
        May 8, 2015 at 10:37 am

        Left a similar tweet for GlobalCitizenLinda last night, but didn’t hear back from her:

      May 8, 2015 at 9:52 am


  23. 101 amk for obama
    May 8, 2015 at 9:48 am

  24. 102 amk for obama
    May 8, 2015 at 9:55 am

    for those innuhrested.

    The Ed Miliband Story


  25. 103 vcprezofan2
    May 8, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Good Morning/Evening/Night, TODobots! It’s Friday (for everyone…still)!


      May 8, 2015 at 10:03 am

      I LOVE MY ENERGIZER PBO…AUTOMATIC AND INSTANT SUNSHINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…:))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))…THEY BROKE THE MOLD!

  26. May 8, 2015 at 9:58 am

    This is depressing but an interesting read nonetheless. He’s very circumspect about HRC and her position inevitability.

  27. 108 Jeff
    May 8, 2015 at 9:59 am

    230,000 jobs added and unemployment on a 7 year low. Yet much of me media seems rather disappointed about this. It’s almost like they wanted last month results.

    • 111 arapaho415
      May 8, 2015 at 10:43 am

      It’s apparent that news editors are bloodthirsty and broadcast/publish only from a “war” perspective.

      Earlier this week the lead CBS national radio network news’ lead story was “California’s war on drought.”

      Yes, we are desperate for weeks of long, gentle, soaking rain and huge snowfall amounts in the Sierras, but c’mon.

  28. 112 donna dem 4 obama
    May 8, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Good Morning TOD – I’m sure Chips will be posting more pictures from Judith later today but here is a sampling for those who cannot access Facebook

  29. 124 donna dem 4 obama
    May 8, 2015 at 10:05 am

    • 125 desertflower
      May 8, 2015 at 10:10 am

      O.M.G. She deserves every bit of that hug. Tireless warrior.

      • 126 donna dem 4 obama
        May 8, 2015 at 10:13 am

        Ya know DF I love my job but sometimes I wish I was retired so that I could spend more time doing OFA stuff so that I could be on the front line at events like this. That hug is AWESOME!!! and yes she deserves every bit of it.

    • 127 sherijr
      May 8, 2015 at 10:12 am

      Now that’s a hug 🙂 So very happy for Judith and proud of her and her team~ what an achievement.. and what an embrace from our POTUS!

    • May 8, 2015 at 10:23 am

      What a huge thrill for Judith!! And POTUS!!

      • 129 arapaho415
        May 8, 2015 at 10:49 am

        And PBO’s hand on her shoulder BEFORE the hug!!!

        I would have melted right then and there…

    • 130 arapaho415
      May 8, 2015 at 10:48 am


      How is Judith still standing?

      I joked over the weekend about sharing her hug with POTUS this week, had no idea it actually happened!!!

    • 131 Dakota
      May 8, 2015 at 11:21 am

      Fabulous Judith! Simply Fabulous!

    • 132 jackiegrumbacher
      May 8, 2015 at 11:28 am

      Wow! Judith got the grand prize–a hug from PBO beats any award anywhere. What a moment to treasure!!!

    • 133 GGail
      May 8, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      JUDITH!!!! YAY, YAY, YAY! ❤

  30. 134 yardarm756
    May 8, 2015 at 10:09 am

    All hail. It’s a new day(I think).

  31. 135 amk for obama
    May 8, 2015 at 10:19 am

    beebs live feed

    Polls are coming under fire for failing to reflect the true intentions of UK voters, but Professor John Curtice, of Strathclyde University said: “The polls could be wrong or there could have been a late swing.”

    The problem with the polls had been that they under-estimated Conservative support and over-estimated Labour support, he said. However, he said the polls had been right about the SNP and the Lib Dems.

    “The market research industry has to take it on the chin,” he said, adding that the industry would now hold an inquiry in to what happened, as it did when the polls were wrong in 1992.

    Andrew Marr said the problem with polls was that the election campaigns had been seen through their prism – which was now known to be the “wrong prism”. He would like to have the next campaign without polls, he said.

  32. 136 JER
    May 8, 2015 at 10:19 am

  33. May 8, 2015 at 10:28 am

    WOW. I’m listening to presser with Loretta Lynch and OMG, she is brilliant. Calm, determined, forthright, honest, elegant in speech. Reminds me of a certain POTUS. Now this is a really first rate woman leader.

    • 139 arapaho415
      May 8, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Loretta Lynch is truly an amazing, accomplished, determined and person who delivers action.

      Someone at TOD mentioned that she has such a soothing voice — so true, could listen to her for hours.


      Here’s my dream-come-true scenario:
      #MyManJoe @VP is inaugurated President on Jan 20 2017.
      -Can you imagine? PBO, FLOTUS, Jill Biden in the audience, verklempt just thinking about it.

      -Joe, having secured PBO’s astonishing legacy, realizing how important it is to pass the torch to the next generation, endorses Lynch for President in 2020…

  34. 141 amk for obama
    May 8, 2015 at 10:29 am


    A bit more on the inquiry to be carried out in to the surveys of people’s voting intentions.

    The British Polling Council confirms there is to be an independent inquiry into the election polls, which under-estimated support for the Conservatives and over-estimated that of Labour.

    The body, which acts as the association for opinion pollsters, will look into the causes of the “apparent bias” and make recommendations for future polls.

    If only such a postmortem was done unowhere?

    • 142 Nena20409
      May 8, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      There was a Newsy Piece on either Al Jezeera or BBC World on Sunday where Nate Silver was interviewed. They were talking about the polls and the UK elections. They went out and sampled a number of voters……per the the little piece, most of those interviewed were not up-front with their voting intentions. Nate Silver suggested that they press them more. When they did, Nate Silver concluded that if their later answers were to reflect the election results, the Tories would win in a landslide and the Lib-Dems, Labour, etc would lose and SNP would solidly win.

      Nate Silver was using the poll numbers to predict the outcome. But on that piece, he had predicted a landslide for Cameron and his party.

  35. 143 Nena20409
    May 8, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Congrats Judith. 🍸
    These pictorial posted by Donna are fantastic.
    Thanks Donna for posting them.

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