Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Claire Duncan, daughter of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, watch a tennis match at Camp David, Md., Oct. 3, 2010. The President hosted cabinet members and their families for a Sunday gathering at the retreat (Photo by Pete Souza)



112 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    October 3, 2015 at 8:30 am

    GM TOD Chips & Danny

    • October 3, 2015 at 8:37 am

      Morning Roberta, morning everyone!

    • 3 Judith Fardig
      October 3, 2015 at 11:27 am

      Look at you up there, Roberta! Congratulations. Our long road trip to Minnesota for my husband’s 50th high school reunion had many highlights. The class decided to give a gift to their old school which is now a middle school. They raised enough money to fund a partnership with the U of M Raptor Center so the kids can learn some hard science while having fun learning about wildlife. Very cool.

  2. 5 Roberta in MN
    October 3, 2015 at 8:32 am

    FURST it’s been a long time. 🙂

  3. 8 amk for obama
    October 3, 2015 at 8:41 am

  4. 10 amk for obama
    October 3, 2015 at 8:43 am

    My girls. 7th title of the year. Two of them GS. 😎

  5. 14 hopefruit2
    October 3, 2015 at 8:55 am

  6. 17 amk for obama
    October 3, 2015 at 8:55 am

    the worstest set of candies for the most powerful post in the world.

  7. 18 amk for obama
    October 3, 2015 at 8:58 am

  8. 19 jackiegrumbacher
    October 3, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Morning all. I’m wanting so much for VP Biden to run that I’m beginning to feel like a kid again wishing and wishing that Tinkerbell would recover. Back in the olden days in the 50’s I got to see Mary Martin as Peter Pan on the Broadway stage. Her appeal to the kids in the audience was so real to me that I actually did think we had all wished Tinkerbell back to life. So what have we got to lose? Let’s all wish it together with all of our might and maybe it will be so. Yes, I will work and vote for whoever is the Dem nominee, but I do want my heart to be as engaged as my mind.

    • 20 Judith Fardig
      October 3, 2015 at 11:31 am

      So many of us feel that way. Got my Ridin With Biden stickers yesterday. I will put them on my car the moment he announces, IF he decides it’s the right thing for all concerned.

      • 21 jacquelineoboomer
        October 3, 2015 at 1:12 pm

        I’ve got two Ridin With Biden stickers ready to roll, temporarily hung on a magnetic chalkboard. I look at ’em and sigh!

  9. 22 amk for obama
    October 3, 2015 at 9:00 am

  10. 23 amk for obama
    October 3, 2015 at 9:01 am

  11. 24 globalcitizenlinda
    October 3, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Good Morning Ms. Chips!

    Good Morning Everyone!

  12. 25 hopefruit2
    October 3, 2015 at 9:05 am

    I forgot my manners – Good Morning Chips, TOD, even amk, lurkers and Happy Saturday everyone! 🙂 Congrats Roberta on #1!

  13. October 3, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Happy Saturday TODers

    Heeeeya Chips!!

  14. 28 PrayerWarriorforObama
    October 3, 2015 at 9:20 am

    A pleasant Saturday to all in the TOD community.

  15. October 3, 2015 at 9:22 am

  16. 30 amk for obama
    October 3, 2015 at 9:25 am

  17. October 3, 2015 at 9:26 am

    NO help from GOP. Thank you President Obama

  18. October 3, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Good Morning, Everyone:)
    Off to swim and run errands.

  19. 34 amk for obama
    October 3, 2015 at 9:29 am

    only in the swamp called the delusional minds of rwnj’s can obama simultaneously be a wimp and a dictaytor.

    • October 3, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Why are these people so dam stupid? Why can’t they understand that no one want their guns, what we want to is to at least try to prevent these mass shootings,

  20. 36 amk for obama
    October 3, 2015 at 9:30 am

  21. October 3, 2015 at 9:34 am


      October 3, 2015 at 9:40 am


    • 40 99ts
      October 3, 2015 at 9:45 am

      Thanks meta – they share their anniversary with my Mom’s birthday – I enjoy being reminded of it on TOD each year.

    • 41 Vicki
      October 3, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Look at FLOTUS’ hands. So graceful. When FLMO claps her style is distinctive. Has anybody else noticed this?

    • 43 jackiegrumbacher
      October 3, 2015 at 11:53 am

      Meta, what a lovely gift. Such a delight to click through these photos of two beautiful and loving people. Hope they have a romantic and very special anniversary.

  22. 44 amk for obama
    October 3, 2015 at 9:35 am

    reminds me of I dunnohoo.

    October 3, 2015 at 9:36 am


    • 46 jackiegrumbacher
      October 3, 2015 at 11:56 am

      Sue, good luck with your dental surgery–hope all goes well. I’m glad the youth pastor reached out to you–it shows you are appreciated by some in your church.

        October 3, 2015 at 1:16 pm


  24. 48 amk for obama
    October 3, 2015 at 9:38 am

    let the boy choose, you tyrant.

  25. October 3, 2015 at 9:44 am

  26. 54 99ts
    October 3, 2015 at 9:49 am

    GM TOD – some good news from my world – Troy Newman got deported this am. Should be back with you shortly (if not already there)
    “Anti-abortion activist Troy Newman has been deported back to the US after losing his High Court bid to stay in Australia.
    A spokesperson for Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed Mr Newman departed Australia this morning, after losing a High Court bid yesterday.”

    • 55 jackiegrumbacher
      October 3, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      Well, 99, I’m glad you got rid of him, but we don’t want him either.

      • 56 99ts
        October 3, 2015 at 6:03 pm

        I was thinking that as I typed jackie – we might yet get him back, but at least he has learned he can’t intimidate everyone. Should have listened to the airline lady who told him not to come.

  27. 57 amk for obama
    October 3, 2015 at 9:50 am

    hoo vs hoo.

  28. October 3, 2015 at 9:58 am

  29. 61 MightyPamela
    October 3, 2015 at 10:12 am

  30. 62 desertflower
    October 3, 2015 at 10:38 am


    A gunman walked into a [fill in the blank] today and over the span of _____ minutes killed at least [number goes here] and wounded _____ more before [pick one] killing himself/dying in a shootout with police.

    Hang that sentence on your refrigerator so it’s handy for the next mass shooting. Will it be weeks before we learn of the next one? Days? Hours?

    Morning everyone….sick and tired of being sick and tired of this shooting bullshit. We need to change the record….

    • 63 desertflower
      October 3, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Yet elected officials in state legislatures and Congress largely do nothing, clinging to a near-religious embrace of the right to bear arms in a political theater owned by gun manufacturers and their gun-worshipping acolytes. Not only is that a dereliction of the elected officials’ duty to keep the American people safe, it is a horrific disregard for human life. And the shame is shared by an electorate that doesn’t demand more.

      “a dereliction of duty”…on BOTH ENDS! This needs to stop now. Vote against those that would continue to allow this to happen on the state and national level and VOTE EVERY TIME! Your life and your children’s lives, literally depend on it!!

      • 64 amk for obama
        October 3, 2015 at 11:14 am

        The problem is not the voters alone. They need to alternative candidates who will say boldly that they will take on nra on campaign trail. How many such candidates exist? I mean, look at sanders, a self-proclaimed lefty. He has been running for congress and senate from one of the blue states for years and yet spouts ‘common sense’ gun control and votes for only diluted bills.

        • 65 amk for obama
          October 3, 2015 at 11:18 am

          need to have ….

        • 66 jackiegrumbacher
          October 3, 2015 at 12:07 pm

          It’s true, AMK. There are congressional districts like ours where a sensible gun legislation proponent would not even be considered candidate material for either party. The pro-gun thinking is so entrenched, it would take a social/cultural revolution, if not wholesale lobotomies, to change any minds.

  31. October 3, 2015 at 10:38 am

    feeling tempted to create my first twitter account just to reply to this fool maggie haberman at n.y.times:

    as easily predicted, “the news” is frantically trying to brush BUSH the 3rd’s “stuff happens” insanity under the rug (there will be many of these coming as they work to make sure jebbie is the nominee, trust me). media matters guy tweets about keeping track of the “journalists” he “follows” as they do this, and maggie replies to him thinking she’s got him since he might not “follow” her in the twitter context of the word. now i don’t have a twitter account and i “follow” all kinds of people there. my god, even though i’ve been onto the game of “the news” for decades, i still get amazed at how truly dumb these people are who get to shape our public discourse.

  32. 71 Vicki
    October 3, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Meta’s tweet on the last post about the Firefighter’s Union withdrawing previously announced support from HRC, in favor of waiting to hear from VP Biden, gives me hope that we are not alone in our wishes. Attn: Jackieg.

  33. 72 Don
    October 3, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Yesterday at the press conference President Obama alluded to voting against those that are against any sort of common sense gun laws, he went so far as to suggest that for an election cycle or two becoming a single issue voter which I thought was very interesting.

    • 73 desertflower
      October 3, 2015 at 11:33 am

      me too…which went to my comment above. We need to clean house of the mold and mildew that has taken root. Time to breathe some fresh air…

  34. 74 Vicki
    October 3, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Last night Stephen Colbert told Donald Trump that he will not be POTUS. He said it with smiles and assurances to The Donald that Stephen loved him, which judging by the long and pleasant interview last week,, I believe to be the truth. Stephen likes Mr. Trump and wishes him well.

    On the other hand, Stephen has been very negative, bordering on mean, to HRC. The meanest one was something about being in the room with her and still she wasn’t really there. Several shots like that in the very short time Stephen has been back on the air.

    My guess is that we will see PBO on with Stephen when it is time to announce that the enrollment for Obamacare is opening again.
    That’s when The president wants to reach as many people as possible. So I think we may anticipate appearances we can guess at and some we will be surprised by.

  35. 76 Don
    October 3, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Let me see if I have this right, Russia is in Syria fighting against ISIS, but President Obama made Syria give up its chemical weapons without firing a single shot? Russia’s history in the Middle East is not one of success; empires go to die in the Middle East.

    • 77 jackiegrumbacher
      October 3, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      Don, I think PBO said that Russia is fighting against the moderate insurgents in Syria, not ISIL. In other words, they are supporting Assad by attacking his enemies. If they were really fighting ISIL, they might actually accomplish something positive. As it is, they’re merely prolonging the Assad carnage.

  36. 78 amk for obama
    October 3, 2015 at 11:34 am

    A senior priest at the Vatican has revealed he is gay, on the eve of a major meeting that will define the Catholic Church’s teaching on family.

    Poland-born Krysztof Charamsa, 43, said he wanted to challenge the Church’s “backwards” attitude to homosexuality.

    Msgr Charamsa said he was in a relationship and was “happy and proud” of his identity.

    The Vatican called his actions “very serious and irresponsible” and stripped him of doctrinal responsibilities.


    In a statement it said: “The decision to make such a pointed statement on the eve of the opening of the synod appears very serious and irresponsible, since it aims to subject the synod assembly to undue media pressure.”


    you kicked him out ‘cuz ‘undue media preesure’? ffs, you are one of the oldest and biggest group and you can’t take a lil heat from the media knuckleheads?

    • 79 Nena20409
      October 3, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Being a Gay Priest is No Long a deal breaker as a Priest.
      Being a Practicing Gay Priest when the Roman Catholic Church is still professing Celibacy would get a Priest thrown out. Rev Fr. Cutie(sp) from FL…….was thrown out for he was having relations with a Female Parishioner. Today he is married to her and they have children now and they are now Protestants. A loss, IMO…..especially since the Roman Catholic Church have welcomed in Married Pastors from the Anglican Church who converted to Catholicism.
      The Celibacy is now about a 1000 yrs old. Centuries prior, Priests were married and they had families.
      Simon Peter, the 1st Pope, a Disciple, was a Married Pope.

      • 80 jackiegrumbacher
        October 3, 2015 at 12:14 pm

        Nena, I think you’re right that it’s the relationship and not the gayness that’s the problem. The ban on priest relationships and marriage is truly archaic and does not belong in the 21rst century. I fear, however, that it will take another century to overcome this prejudice.

    • 81 idon
      October 3, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      I’m sorry but I gotta ask. They strip a gay priest of his doctrinal responsibilities but allow pedophile priests to continue their doctrinal responsibilities?

  37. 84 desertflower
    October 3, 2015 at 11:38 am

    From the “You can’t make this stuff up” files:)


    GOP Politician Who is “Anti-Marijuana” and on Drug Abuse Committee Busted for Marijuana Possession

  38. 87 desertflower
    October 3, 2015 at 11:41 am

    off to tutor…bbl

  39. 88 Judith Fardig
    October 3, 2015 at 11:48 am

    At the service I attended in NE Portland last night, there were a range of speakers including my Congressman, Earl Blumenauer. He quoted President Obama extensively about being a gun sense voter. Blumenauer has a multi-pronged plan ready for Congress to act on, if only Boehner or whoever would bring these bills to the floor for discussion. As President Obama said, gun violence must be at the top of consideration of each candidate’s fitness for office.


    • 89 jackiegrumbacher
      October 3, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      Judith, I was really impressed with PBO’s call for all of us to become one issue voters for a time until we get people in Congress who will serve our needs, rather than the NRA. He made the compelling point that that’s what the pro-gun people do to get what they want and that insistence and lobbying make a difference. Most of all, he reiterated that he can’t do it alone without our help.

    • 91 sjterrid
      October 3, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Judith, I wanted to thank you for all the work you do in your community. Your community is very lucky to have you.

  40. 92 Nena20409
    October 3, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Hello TOD. A bit cold. Partly cloudy.
    Congrats Roberta in MN for your Gold ⭐

  41. 93 Nena20409
    October 3, 2015 at 12:06 pm

  42. 94 vcprezofan2
    October 3, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Hi, TODobots all! You may not remember me but I used to hang out here *daily* a long time ago, making comments here and there while trying to maintain my ‘quiet’ persona. These days I can hardly keep my mind alert and my eyes open enough when I do peek in. And just at a time when *lots* has been happening in PBO/TODworld!!! grrrr! 😦 [I call it having-to-work-in-the-real-world even though/when I don’t really *want* to, but stuff – like bills and food – happens (smh at jeb’s wisdom) after all.] Hopefully on a personal level things will get slack soon so I can come back to my village front row seat.

    Right now I’m going to cruise through posts from the last 3 days to try and get an overview of all I missed.
    Thanks Chips Chica, NerdyW, JER et al, for keeping a through file on what’s been happening – your work is much appreciated!

    • 95 jackiegrumbacher
      October 3, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      VC, I have the feeling you will have the happiest time of your life in retirement. Believe me, I have enjoyed every minute of it.

      • 96 vcprezofan2
        October 3, 2015 at 12:30 pm

        GA, JackieG. I hear you, and I so agree! 😀 😀 [I am technically retired (hence the periods when I’m online often), but it wasn’t properly planned on my part so I get called often to fill in when others are temporarily away. Right now a prospective mother to twins unexpectedly got doctor’s orders to desist and they are avidly searching for a qualified person to fill her place over the long haul. I gather that though we hear of millennials who need jobs, several can be quite arrogant in their demands – the offer has to be “just so” or they’re not interested.

  43. 97 Nena20409
    October 3, 2015 at 12:13 pm

  44. 98 Nena20409
    October 3, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    • 99 globalcitizenlinda
      October 3, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      LeBron keeps surprising me – he is very public, open, and unapologetic about the issues he cares about

  45. 100 Nena20409
    October 3, 2015 at 12:24 pm

  46. 101 jacquelineoboomer
    October 3, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    One thought I keep in the back of my mind, when wondering if we’ll ever get sensible gun legislation. Who would have thought, even a decade ago, that same-sex marriage would be the law of the land? We The People can do great things, if we work together. It takes time, but I think attitudes will be changed, in the case of the almighty gun. I also like to think that when Sheriff Biden rides into town (still dreaming of his announcement) ~ in the Wild West, East, North or South ~ he’ll try to work us through this awful situation. Of course, I’d love to see progress while President Obama is still President. That would be another accomplishment for the history books under “44,” and how he made the lives of children better – for the future we’re all supposed to be working to improve, on their behalf.

    • October 3, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      One thing that Beau Biden talked about when I had the privilege to see him in person just a month before his diagnosis was gun control and improving the mental health system. It was a passion for him along with protecting children. Like you, I believe VP Joe will do everything in his power to help move this along somehow in Beau’s memory.

      • 103 jacquelineoboomer
        October 3, 2015 at 1:50 pm

        Another beautiful thought. Thanks for sharing that. And I’m so glad you saw Beau Biden in person, too. He was another one-of-a-kind man, not afraid to stand up.

        • October 3, 2015 at 1:55 pm

          Sweetest man you could ever meet. And the spitting image of Joe, for whom he expressed his deepest love along with Jill. Your knees would’ve completely buckled.

          • 105 jacquelineoboomer
            October 3, 2015 at 2:22 pm

            My knees are buckling just thinking about it! How that family grew from the original tragedy ~ stayed together and grew larger and stronger ~ is just a beautiful thing.

    • 106 jackiegrumbacher
      October 3, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      Also, JO’B, our generation saw smoking go from cool (everybody does it) to not cool (not allowed in offices, restaurants, airplanes, etc, etc, etc.). So change can happen and social mores can evolve.

      • 107 jacquelineoboomer
        October 3, 2015 at 1:48 pm

        Yes, and there were the same amount of dollars’ buying out politicians back when we were younger, as there are now. They just have different faces and products. You give me more hope!

    • October 3, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      Thanks for sounding a chord of HOPE and sanity on this. It’s an issue that makes me vacillate between horror, sadness, fury and dread. But we have seen huge cultural shifts in our lifetime. I would work hard for this one, too.

  47. 110 JER
    October 3, 2015 at 1:44 pm

  48. 112 GGail
    October 3, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    I’m watching Chelsea v South Hampton and south just scored again 2-1

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