Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama kisses First Lady Michelle Obama for the “Kiss Cam” while attending the U.S. Men’s Olympic basketball team’s game against Brazil at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., July 16, 2012. Vice President Joe Biden and Malia Obama look up at the jumbotron (Photo by Pete Souza)



116 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Allison
    July 16, 2015 at 7:38 am

    GM Chips, & TOD Family!!

  2. 3 Allison
    July 16, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Awwww. So sweet. Love them!!

  3. 4 amk for obama
    July 16, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Nothing like bones bright & early.

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  4. 6 amk for obama
    July 16, 2015 at 7:44 am

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    • 7 jackiegrumbacher
      July 16, 2015 at 7:48 am

      Oh this is perfect. Thanks, AMK.

      • July 16, 2015 at 7:49 am

        Morning Jackie! How did the trip to the dentist go?

        • 9 jackiegrumbacher
          July 16, 2015 at 7:58 am

          Chips, it turned out to be TWO teeth, not one, which meant double the price. I was feeling wobbly from the ordeal and then they told me the price and I almost keeled over. You have to be a multi-millionaire to have good teeth.

          • July 16, 2015 at 8:01 am

            Noooooooooooo! You poor thing. When I rule the world there will be no teeth, we’ll just eat softie things.

            • 11 jackiegrumbacher
              July 16, 2015 at 8:09 am

              Well, unfortunately, that’s all I can eat anyway since my problems began last March. Crunchy food of any sort is off the menu, so I could probably get by without teeth right now and, at the going rate of fixing them, that might just happen. If you’re doing all this ruling of the world, though, you might consider free, pain-free dentistry for all.

              • July 16, 2015 at 8:23 am

                “If you’re doing all this ruling of the world, though, you might consider free, pain-free dentistry for all.”

                😆 Okay then, I’ll add that to my manifesto.

          • 13 57andfemale
            July 16, 2015 at 8:53 am

            It’s become impossible to afford dental care.

            • 14 jackiegrumbacher
              July 16, 2015 at 9:17 am

              Yes, it has 57, and it’s the health care frontier that we have to tackle next or we’re going to have a country in which only the rich can afford to get their teeth fixed. Infected teeth have a big impact on overall health and we don’t pay enough attention to this issue.

  5. 15 amk for obama
    July 16, 2015 at 7:47 am


  6. 18 jackiegrumbacher
    July 16, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Good morning all. Can’t wait to hear our President’s speech today. I’m sure no president in history ever thought of addressing a prison population. PBO is a political genius who knows exactly how to draw attention to an important issue. What, or what, will we do without him?

  7. 19 globalcitizenlinda
    July 16, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Good Morning Ms. Chips!

    Good Morning Everyone!

  8. 21 amk for obama
    July 16, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Somali al-Shabab commanders ‘killed in drone strike’.

    At least two senior commanders from the Islamist militant group al-Shabab have been killed in a drone strike in south-west Somalia, residents say.

    Several loud blasts were heard in the town of Bardere at dawn and the bodies were found later, they said.

    There has been no official confirmation from the al-Qaeda-linked group, but a source told a BBC reporter that those killed were al-Shabab commanders.

    Bardere is one of the few towns still controlled by al-Shabab.


    kenyan golf = dronez, mofos.

  9. 22 Allison
    July 16, 2015 at 7:54 am

  10. 24 globalcitizenlinda
    July 16, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Report: Sen Feinstein supports the Iranian Deal and is following PBO’s lead to challenge those opposing it to come up with an alternative (not just say NO)

  11. 25 Allison
    July 16, 2015 at 7:59 am

    I guess McCain forgot his running mate also fired up the crazies.

    • 26 amk for obama
      July 16, 2015 at 8:14 am

      this from the fecker who unleashed the tundra twit venom into the political mainstream. #asshole

    • 27 jackiegrumbacher
      July 16, 2015 at 8:50 am

      McCain has absolutely no capacity for self-reflection, not to mention logic or historical memory. He’s probably has gotten to the point where he believes he had nothing to do with Palin and she just appeared out of the thin, noxious air.

      • 28 57andfemale
        July 16, 2015 at 8:55 am

        There really is something wrong with him – that he cannot see what he unleashed. I’m thinking the “moderate” stance was always a ruse with skillful marketing. He has to be as crazy as all of them to not be a voice of reason – ever.

    • July 16, 2015 at 9:14 am

      Dear John McCain, You mean Donald “racists’ Trump has fired up the same racists people who Sarah Palin fired up. You like to call the crazies, I call them racists, maybe I should call them crazy racists.

    • July 16, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Well so did he with Sarah, “I can see Russia from my house”.

    • 32 nospin
      July 16, 2015 at 11:15 pm

      McCain has a nerve.

  12. 33 Allison
    July 16, 2015 at 8:07 am


    The mayor of a small city in Washington reportedly admitted that he called President Barack Obama “monkey man” and first lady Michelle Obama “gorilla face,” but says he will not resign over the racist comments.

    “Gorilla face Michelle, can’t disagree with that,” Patrick Rushing, mayor of Airway Heights, reportedly wrote in a Facebook post. “The woman is not attractive except to monkey man Barack. Check out them ears. LOL.”

    The comments led the city council to call for his resignation on Monday.

    “When a figurehead makes comments such as these that sets us back and it’s hard to come back from,” police chief and acting city manager Lee Bennett told KXLY, the local ABC station.

    However, Rushing insists he will not step down from his role as mayor of the city, which is just outside of Spokane and has a population of nearly 6,500, according to Census data.

    “I made a mistake. I owned up to my mistake,” Rushing told the Spokesman-Review. “If I do resign that’s admitting I’m a racist and I’m not.”

    He also told local NBC station KHQ that the comments were just “playful back and forth banter that my friends and I do.”

    ***This is what racists do all the time “playful back and forth banter that my friends and I do.”

    • 34 amk for obama
      July 16, 2015 at 8:16 am

      they are potus and flotus (twice baybee) while the racist clown is the ‘mayor’ of a hicktown. eod.

    • July 16, 2015 at 8:41 am

      why isn’t hate speech coming from a public servant considered an ethics violation….i am so tired of HATE speech masquerading as FREE Speech…there should be consequences

      • 36 jackiegrumbacher
        July 16, 2015 at 8:54 am

        Why is that obvious racists refuse to admit they’re racists? If you act like a racist, think like a racist and speak like one, guess what? This guy needs to be forced to resign, not just asked. If there’s a town council, they should begin the local equivalent of impeachment proceedings. The man is unfit for office.

    • 37 57andfemale
      July 16, 2015 at 8:57 am

      Mr. 57, who grew up in the racist neighborhoods of south Chicago, has tried this excuse with me: that they don’t mean it to be derogatory and therefore it isn’t. an ongoing battle between us but I’ve made some headway.

    • July 16, 2015 at 9:25 am

      I saw this about the sorry racists Mayor a few days ago. There are alot like him and his friends. But if you listen to them just because you dislike this President or First Lady it does not mean you are a racists. And I like to say to them, they are so right, it means you are a liar and a racists.

    • 39 Jeff
      July 16, 2015 at 9:35 am

      I am so embarrassed for my state over this. 😦

      Even though I live in Seattle.

      • 40 otter44
        July 16, 2015 at 9:54 am

        Another embarrassed Washingtonian. Usually I am so proud to be a resident of this state. Our Senator Murray has been one of the President’s strongest and smartest allies.

    • July 16, 2015 at 9:54 am

      Owning up to your mistakes without excepting the consequences is a shmo.

  13. 42 FoxfireTX
    July 16, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Good morning TOD! Both of these will make me happy:-)

    2 high probability forecasts: #Irandeal will clear pol hurdles & enter into force in sept; @JohnKerry & @JZarif will share nobel peace prize— Richard N. Haass (@RichardHaass) July 16, 2015

  14. 45 hopefruit2
    July 16, 2015 at 8:29 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, even amk, lurkers, and congrats Allison on #1 🙂 Happy Thursday everyone!

    Chips, do you have any idea of the timing of our President’s visit/remarks at the the Federal prison?

    • July 16, 2015 at 8:33 am

      Moooooooorning Hopefruit! Here you go:


      10:10: The President visits El Reno Federal Correctional Institution and tapes an interview with VICE

      10:55: Delivers a statement

      • 47 hopefruit2
        July 16, 2015 at 8:37 am

        Wonderful. THANK YOU Chips! 🙂 🙂

        July 16, 2015 at 8:57 am


      • 51 arapaho415
        July 16, 2015 at 9:11 am

        GM HF2.

        Thanks for asking about when PBO will speak — I had a feeling it would be early, and I completely missed out on the #IranDeal realtime — following in the footsteps of our illustrious leader of course, 😉 (still chuckle about the comments here on May 1, 2011).

        (Still) hopelessly behind… does anyone know if Don has commented about PBO’s trip today? Would love to catch up on what Don’s said, since he’s familiar with the bureaucracy, etc. there.

        So PBO’s speech two hours from now…

    • 52 amk for obama
      July 16, 2015 at 8:37 am


  15. 54 Allison
    July 16, 2015 at 8:32 am

  16. 55 Allison
    July 16, 2015 at 8:36 am

  17. 56 Allison
    July 16, 2015 at 8:42 am

    • 57 jackiegrumbacher
      July 16, 2015 at 9:01 am

      Oh, please God, let this smarmy creep fall into the gutter. He is a truly hideous human being and a disgrace as a candidate for any office. Wisconsin has much to answer for to the world for voting this obnoxious creature into office.

  18. 59 GGail
    July 16, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family 💋💋

  19. 68 Allison
    July 16, 2015 at 9:17 am

    • 69 jackiegrumbacher
      July 16, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Allison, the simple answer is that the US media a joke and it’s impossible to take them seriously. I can’t actually remember the last time I actually sat and listened to or watched the so-called tv media, but I think I was several decades younger.

      • July 16, 2015 at 9:48 am

        I have nothing against Bruce Jenner, or shall I say Caitlyn Ladies and gentlemen it all has to do with race. Then you had that idiot David Frum implying that Serena must have used steroids. Of course we aren’t as beautiful as they are, we aren’t as smart as they are, we can’t do the things they do, our body don’t look like theirs so something must be wrong with us. That is the kind of B.S. black women have been hearing for centuries, and it still goes on. Just my opinion folks.

    • July 16, 2015 at 10:13 am

      And she/he should have not be given the Arthur Ashe award. It should go to an athlete who has overcome personal hardships to become a better athlete — or an athlete who has used their status to help mankind. Arthur Ashe overcame the stigma of racism to become a great athlete only to succumb to AIDS at 46. Jenner becoming a woman and having a reality show is not the same IMO, even though she will inspire many transgender people.

      • July 16, 2015 at 10:20 am

        I agree snapthefuse.

        • 73 zekke lydonna
          July 16, 2015 at 3:40 pm

          I disagree. ‘Coming out’ for a male athlete is huge. I understand your belief that it doesn’t meet the technical definition, but Jenner has been a role model for athletes and others for a long time. This is a very important acknowlegement.

  20. 74 arapaho415
    July 16, 2015 at 9:19 am

    GM TODville.

    Hate the lurid dogwhistle tweet, but article does have information of interest for next week (cannot believe that the Africa trip is here already — what a whirlwind month [since SCOTUS upheld ACA]).

    “The White House invited a large contingent of lawmakers, prominently members of the Congressional Black Caucus, to join him on the Africa trip. Reps. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Cedric Richmond (D-La.), G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) will attend.”

    snip /

    “Butterfield said he planned to use the trip to stress to both Kenyan and Ethiopian officials Congress’ commitment to them as trade, national security and diplomatic partners.

    ‘Kenya is a strategic partner and they have some unique challenges and certainly Ethiopia does too. They need to be reassured that America is an ally and that we care about the continent in its entirety,’ said Butterfield, who chairs the black caucus.”

    • 75 jackiegrumbacher
      July 16, 2015 at 9:24 am

      I haven’t heard whether FLOTUS and/or the girls are going with him. Have you, Arapaho?

      • 76 arapaho415
        July 16, 2015 at 9:31 am

        GM JackieG.

        I’m hopelessly behind (in most everything, LOL — I can’t be the only one who laments there aren’t enough hours in the day), so am not the best person to ask.

        I wouldn’t surprise me if WH keeps all details of PBO’s trip to Africa under wraps until AF1 departs because of our disrespectful, unprofessional, snarky so-called MSM.

      • July 16, 2015 at 9:37 am

        I doubt if FLOTUS and the girls will be going. If I’m not mistaken, FLOTUS will be going to California July 25 because she will be at the opening of the Special Olympics. POTUS will be in Kenya then, when do he suppose to leave for his Africa trip?

  21. 79 carolyn
    July 16, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Good morning everyone. Yes, the President is in Oklahoma, and his coverage has been positive and good. The daily paper has FOUR pages of pictures of him with the Choctaw Nation, and good write-ups. One interesting article was about presidential arrivals, and how they can ‘become awkward” stupid headline, and mentions the finger-wagging and full on snubs. Then it tells what the President did yesterday with our stupid governor Mary Fallin……at least this time she greeted him. “Obama made the move, offering Fallin a kiss on the cheek, before the two chatted briefly on the tarmac.” Then another article headlined Gov. says President Obama always welcome in Oklahoma.” The local stations are positively giddy. The Choctaw nation is thrilled. The president of the Choctaw nation said President Obama has been the best president for Native Americans in U.S. history. That opinion carries a lot of weight here. Of course a few stupid people had to “protest” with their treasonous confederate flags, but they were a small group, and looked ignorant. Today’s visit to El Reno and the federal prison will be interesting.

    As you know, my husband is failing rapidly. He is in a skilled nursing facility for ‘rehab” but with his conditions, that is mostly futile. Last night I told him that the President, whom he adores, and he is an old white man, was in Oklahoma City for the night, so he was in the same city as the president, and he smiled and said he was glad. Whenever he sees the president on TV he always says: “And we SAW him, right here.” Which we did,in 2007.

    Next week I will bring my husband home with hospice. He wants to be here with our little dog and me, in our sunroom, his favorite place in the house. It will accommodate a hospital bed, and I can be near him. I will have hospice nurses and aides, and other people to spell me. He told me yesterday he thinks he has two weeks. I would be thankful for that.

    • 80 jackiegrumbacher
      July 16, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Carolyn, my heart truly aches for what you’re going through. Thank you for the report. Major hugs to you and your husband.

    • 81 57andfemale
      July 16, 2015 at 9:31 am

      My heart goes out to you, carolyn. you know we are here for you, in any way you need us.

    • 82 amk for obama
      July 16, 2015 at 9:36 am

      I wish you and your family the strength & courage in these trying times, carolyn.

    • 83 99ts
      July 16, 2015 at 9:37 am

      Thinking of you carolyn – it is a blessing that you have the help to bring your husband home where he can be with loved ones. Hugs.

    • 84 sherijr
      July 16, 2015 at 9:38 am

      Oh (((((((((((Carolyn)))))))))))) I am so very sorry for your husband’s health issues… but grateful that he will be able to come home to you and your dog. I wish you both well and will keep you and him in my thoughts.

    • July 16, 2015 at 9:39 am

      Oh Carolyn, my heart aches for you. you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    • 86 CEB
      July 16, 2015 at 9:40 am

      Sending hugs and strength to you. Thank you for sharing him and your remarkable love with us over the years here on TOD.

    • 87 desertflower
      July 16, 2015 at 9:43 am

      {{{carolyn}}} I’m at a loss for words. I will be thinking of both of you…thank you for sharing this personal journey with us…here for you.

    • 88 arapaho415
      July 16, 2015 at 9:51 am

      Carolyn, you and your husband are remarkable people who don’t shun or avoid the truth about life.

      IMHO, hospice is the best alternative (the option selected by my Mother) — despite being staffed by the most wonderful, caring people on earth, hospitals are such a soul-sapping place.

      God Bless you and your husband, your entire family.

      Appreciate your updates about your exceptional husband. ((( Carolyn ))) ((( Mr. Carolyn ))) ((( Carolyn’s family )))

    • 89 hopefruit2
      July 16, 2015 at 9:55 am

      Carolyn keeping you and your husband in my thoughts. Wishing you the strength to make it through this difficult period, and may he spend his remaining days peacefully, surrounded by the people and things that matter to him the most.

      Thanks for keeping us posted on the goings on in OK during our President’s visit. I’m glad the “protesters” are a small ugly minority and not representative – I know the mainstream media tried to amplify their hateful presence while at the same time, giving them a platform as “normal” protesters.

    • July 16, 2015 at 9:59 am


    • July 16, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Heartfelt wishes for a peaceful and beautiful sunset with a loving hand to hold.

    • 92 otter44
      July 16, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Carolyn, it is hard to find the right words at these times. I am sending support and virtual hugs.

    • 93 0388jojothecat
      July 16, 2015 at 10:04 am

      {{{{Carolyn and husband}}}}} you two are the bravest people/couple I know. Prayers and lots of love from your TOD family, we are here for you.

    • July 16, 2015 at 10:20 am

      I will keep you and your husband in my prayers.

    • July 16, 2015 at 10:23 am

      (((Carolyn)))..bless you and your husband…may whatever time you have left be joyful and loving…it is not easy to watch a loved one slip away…may God grant you peace and strength…my prayers are with you and you husband

    • 96 Vicki
      July 16, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Carolyn, with you in hoping for the most peaceful and loving of passages.

    • July 16, 2015 at 10:54 am

      I’ve been were you are. God will give you strength to endure the days ahead.

    • July 16, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      My heart aches for you {{{{Carolyn}}}} Am just grateful that the two of you will be together in your home during your husband’s final days.

    • July 16, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      Love and prayers to you and your husband

    • July 16, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      {{{Carolyn}}} Your husband and family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  22. 101 desertflower
    July 16, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Morning everyone:) Well…I “spy” on the GOP crazies sometimes…today, this was in my INBOX…I’ll apologize for the length ahead of time…but this will come as no surprise…

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    His announcement speech exposed the flaws of the nation’s leaders and recalled strong elements from his best-selling book, “Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again.”

    America has become the world’s “dumping ground” for everyone else’s problems. A “whipping boy” for other countries as we sink further and further into the debt of no return.

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    Trump is fully funding his presidential run, leaving no room for persuasion from lobbyists and corporate interests.

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    Here it is. He’s hawking a book and hoping that no one was ever paying attention….and that$$$$ I made after the bottom fell out from Bush…THANKS OBUMMER, now I can blame you for all the country’s ills! What a douche.

  23. 103 arapaho415
    July 16, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Off topic, but if true, good. Such a despicable act of horror.

  24. July 16, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Here’s the Maddow segment:

    Obama eager to engage conservative critics on Iran deal
    Rachel Maddow reviews past conservative freak-outs over U.S. diplomatic outreach to international rivals and notes that President Obama, at his press conference today, was so insistent on addressing critics that he brought up the questions himself


  25. 107 amk for obama
    July 16, 2015 at 9:49 am

    jtp & jtp

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  26. July 16, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Good morning, Chips and TODers. Another historic day for President Obama. WOOOT!!

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  28. July 16, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Good morning TOD folks!
    Kisses is blisses. Happy way to start the day.

  29. 116 MightyPamela
    July 16, 2015 at 10:19 am

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