Early Bird Chat



11:55 EST: The President departs the White House

2:0 CST: Arrives Omaha, Nebraska

2:30 CST: Holds a living room discussion Private Residence; Omaha area

4:15 CST: Delivers remarks; University of Nebraska

5:20 CST: Departs Omaha, Nebraska

7:25 CST: Arrives Baton Rouge, Louisiana


121 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 4 jackiegrumbacher
    January 13, 2016 at 7:41 am


  2. January 13, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Good Wednesday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

  3. 7 jackiegrumbacher
    January 13, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Hi, Mariele. Looks as if we clocked in together. Nice to have such a fun partner this morning. Hope all is well with you.

  4. January 13, 2016 at 7:43 am

  5. 11 desertflower
    January 13, 2016 at 7:44 am


  6. 12 amk for obama
    January 13, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Have we bombed, bombed iran yet? If not, why not?

  7. 13 amk for obama
    January 13, 2016 at 7:49 am

    hint, hint, nudge, nudge.

  8. 15 amk for obama
    January 13, 2016 at 7:50 am

    • 16 jackiegrumbacher
      January 13, 2016 at 7:55 am

      Wish that little snit, Ryan, could see this tweet. We’ve come to a bad pass when I find myself missing Boehner.

    • 18 Sandy1110
      January 13, 2016 at 8:45 am

      There’s a response in there asking @TeaPartyCat if THEY know how government works. It’s clear from the question that the questioner doesn’t know. There’s a lot of ignorance out there, and way too many people willing to cling to theirs.

  9. 19 jackiegrumbacher
    January 13, 2016 at 7:50 am

    President Obama was not kidding around when he said he was going to go across the country to talk about the economic, political, fear issues that undermine our ability to work together. Looks as if he’s not going to let one day go by and will go living room to living room if that’s what it takes. One thing he WILL not do is accept a status quo of rancor and cynicism. And you can bet we’re all going to be enlisted in his army.

  10. 20 amk for obama
    January 13, 2016 at 7:51 am

  11. 21 amk for obama
    January 13, 2016 at 7:51 am

    • 22 jackiegrumbacher
      January 13, 2016 at 7:58 am

      So someone had the intestinal fortitude to watch Ms. Haley. Good for them, but better for the rest of us who didn’t.

  12. 23 amk for obama
    January 13, 2016 at 7:57 am

    28th consecutive win equalling the record for the longest women’s doubles winning streak. 😎

  13. 24 amk for obama
    January 13, 2016 at 7:58 am

    LOL bj post.

    The wingnuts were just getting the outrage-o-matic up to speed when the sailors’ release was announced. They’d barely started calling it the New Iranian Hostage Crisis™ and bam! it’s over.

    Meanwhile, instead of getting to gloat over how Nikki Haley stuck it to President Ni-clang, they has a sad over her terrible remarks about having to be nice to legal, hardworking immigrants.

    It’s a dark day to be a wingnut.

  14. January 13, 2016 at 8:07 am

  15. January 13, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Wednesday morning. Congrats Mariele, on being first this morning.

    The greatest start of the day is when you wake-up in the morning and have all your faculties and mobility. If you don’t think so, try not waking up.

    To all, I hope you have an illustrious, impressive, and monumental day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  16. January 13, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Happy Wednesday TODers!!

    Heeeeeeeeeya Chips!!

  17. 31 amk for obama
    January 13, 2016 at 8:13 am

  18. 32 amk for obama
    January 13, 2016 at 8:14 am

  19. 34 desertflower
    January 13, 2016 at 8:26 am

    We really ARE our brother’s keeper….this is what PBO was talking about last night…the America he knows:)


  20. 37 Allison
    January 13, 2016 at 8:32 am

  21. January 13, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Good morning, good people. And off we go to a year of HOPE and CHANGE!!

  22. January 13, 2016 at 8:34 am

    And our Joe is ready for battle:

  23. 40 Allison
    January 13, 2016 at 8:36 am

  24. January 13, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Not good news for GOPers and MSM

  25. January 13, 2016 at 8:38 am

  26. January 13, 2016 at 8:41 am

  27. 45 amk for obama
    January 13, 2016 at 8:45 am

  28. 46 amk for obama
    January 13, 2016 at 8:46 am

    • 47 jackiegrumbacher
      January 13, 2016 at 9:11 am

      AMK, I’ve come to the conclusion that Republican politicians put filters in their ears so that truth can’t ever reach them. They must also have some kind of distortion mechanism to twist everything they hear. Maybe that’s why they live in an alternate version of reality. They hear no truth; see no truth; speak no truth.

  29. 48 amk for obama
    January 13, 2016 at 8:47 am

    And yet all the military honchos were sitting there looking morose.

  30. 50 desertflower
    January 13, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Morning LOL…

  31. January 13, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Really?!?!?!? Wolf said this???

    McCain 2.0

  32. 55 desertflower
    January 13, 2016 at 8:57 am

  33. January 13, 2016 at 8:57 am

  34. January 13, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Good Morning, Everyone:)

    Supposed to warm up to 30 tomorrow….woo hoo!!

  35. 66 Linda
    January 13, 2016 at 9:12 am

    March 1, 2009

  36. January 13, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Hay media and Republicans do you know why there was a peaceful and quick response in releasing the ten American soldiers? Because of this President agenda in talking to people. Imagine if Iran and America hadn’t sat down for months or years in working out that nuclear deal. If we had listen to the Republicans we would have bomb Iran by now and do you think they would have release those soldiers?

  37. 69 GGAIL
    January 13, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  38. 70 hopefruit2
    January 13, 2016 at 9:18 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats Mariele on #1! 🙂 It’s a great day in TODville! Can’t wait to see our President later today as he takes his message to the people. 🙂

  39. 71 GGAIL
    January 13, 2016 at 9:22 am

    First Lady Michelle’s dress sold out online by the time the State of the Union ended last night. Ha!

  40. January 13, 2016 at 9:27 am


  41. January 13, 2016 at 9:28 am

    GOP about to melt down!

  42. 81 amk for obama
    January 13, 2016 at 9:38 am

  43. 82 57andfemale
    January 13, 2016 at 9:38 am

  44. January 13, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Republicans are masters of manipulation. It’s how they continually get poor, rural Whites to vote for them election after election. It’s how 9 out of 10 of the poorest states are Republican. It’s how 97 of the poorest 100 counties are in red states. It’s how Owsley County, Kentucky which has the highest percentage of residents on food stamps, is 99% white and is 95% Republican. It’s how Kentucky can elect a Republican governor who actively campaigned to take away health insurance from 400,000 of the state’s residents. And it’s why 16 Republican state governors have chosen not to expand Medicaid, despite the initial cost being offset by the Obama Administration.

    • 90 desertflower
      January 13, 2016 at 9:46 am

      I believe that it’s fear, plus shaming. Those poor, rural white voters don’t want to see themselves as needing help…or the people that Republicans talk about when they are going off the rails on everyday Americans that have fallen on hard times…they are prideful and can’t allow themselves to think for a second that THEY are the ones that Republicans are railing against….they WANT TO BELIEVE that Republicans aren’t referring to them, that the Republican tough talk is aimed at “those others” but not them…Republicans talk a game about “personal responsibility” so these poor, white folks just talk themselves into a fantasy land where they aren’t the ones being ridiculed. So sad/

  45. 91 jackiegrumbacher
    January 13, 2016 at 9:42 am

    When President Obama announced a new initiative to find a cure for cancer and put VP Biden in charge, I couldn’t believe how much genius there was in that announcement. After a list of breathtaking achievements over seven years, he seemed to be saying,”well this list isn’t complete until we cure cancer”–the ultimate medical goal. Just making that push and putting resources behind was a incredible gift to every American who lives in dread of this disease. But to give the leadership to Joe Biden was beyond inspired. He knows how much Biden’s heart will be involved in this effort; he’s giving his BP something monumental to do, but also a way of managing his grief. And he–PBO–was telling us that there’s no problem we can’t tackle in this country because we have the kind of spirit that thinks big and achieves big, unlike the sniveling, fear filled, cowardly little creatures the GOP would like us to believe we are (so we will crave a big bad Daddy.

    In the last few weeks, PBO has changed the conversation about guns in America and made it okay for all us, including formerly scared politicians, to talk about the subject. So I’m going to predict that last night’s SOTU will be the beginning of a new conversation about the way that Americans see themselves and our country. And that will slowly, but surely, begin the zeitgeist shift from from fear to hope. Any Democrat running for public office in 2016 had better heed the way to victory our President just handed you.

    • 92 desertflower
      January 13, 2016 at 9:49 am

      THIS! Thank you, jackieg. I think you’re spot on.

    • January 13, 2016 at 10:05 am

      It’s almost like he’s daring them to hate this initiative, too.

      I know VP Joe will put every fiber of his being into working on this. Godspeed to him.

    • 94 catrst
      January 13, 2016 at 10:12 am

      He has been demonstrating for the last seven years what a “respect, empower, include” perspective looks and what the results are. Whether internationally or domestically these were the subtext of everything he said to us last night. I think self respect, feeling empowered as a citizen, and reaching out to work together on problems, relating and collaborating are the tools we need to accomplish the simplest but most important of goals that the President described each person as having.

      What the President didn’t articulate was the poison that a power over mentality has on our families, our communities and our world. When people have been terribly disempowered by those that should have cared for them and helped them reach out for their potential, they will try to attain illegitimate power over others as a reaction to their pain. Also when people are violated as youth and develop a deep anger toward those they cannot safely reject or express that anger towards (like their family) they will lash out at any target put before them. Trouble is that anger cannot be assuaged by scapegoats. It must be confronted and at least grieved in terms of the original perpetrators. This all goes way beyond tribalism. Its emotional health we are talking about. I once read that you could understand this by comparing Stalin and Gorbechov. Both raised in parallel environments but with loving versus abusive families.

      Also people with a healthy mutual mindset are in a crazy way sensed as an existential threat to people with a power over mindset. This I think is why whether Left or Right we have our problems with these folks. Bernie or Cruz both seem to feel you are either up or down when it comes to power, never on a mutual footing with others.

    • 95 nathkatun7
      January 13, 2016 at 9:50 pm

      Great comment, JackieG!

  46. January 13, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Bad that someone was killed, but karma in play here…


    “Anti-Obama march organizer fatally shoots right-wing militant buddy in drunken dispute over gun”



    Planning for a cross-country march to “restore America” — which is related to the Oregon nature preserve standoff — appears to have hit a snag when one of its organizers shot the other co-founder Monday afternoon during a drunken argument over a gun …social media posts by right-wing “patriots” associated with militants occupying an Oregon nature preserve identified the victim and shooter as the organizers of the Paul Revere 2016 Final March To Restore America.

    “NEVER mix guns & booze,” said the militia member, who calls himself Joe Bleaugh. “Charles got drunk and belligerent and took away his friend’s sidearm and threatened him with it; at which time his friend drew his backup weapon and fired to defend his own life. This is why it is a ‪#‎felony‬ for an intoxicated person to be in possession of a firearm. Guns and booze do not mix. End of story, and unfortunately the end of Charles’ life. What a waste, & by his own hand!”

    Carter and Smith had been organizing the march, which they hoped would remove President Barack Obama and congressional leaders from office ahead of November’s elections.

  47. 97 Vicki
    January 13, 2016 at 9:50 am

    I watched the pre Speech on MSNBC and when the cameras first caught FLOTUS Chris Matthews blurted out “She looks great. Oh—Am I allowed to say that?” Rachel chimed in with “beautiful dress.”

  48. 98 amk for obama
    January 13, 2016 at 9:51 am

    would remove President Barack Obama and congressional leaders from office ahead of November’s elections.

    jeebus, the utter stupidity burns.

  49. 101 Allison
    January 13, 2016 at 9:52 am

    This bitch is getting slammed on her TL


  50. 107 amk for obama
    January 13, 2016 at 9:54 am

    One of the best moments was when he called out the utter failures that were vietnam and iraq. No wonder military honchos were morose.

  51. 108 Allison
    January 13, 2016 at 9:54 am

    • 109 0388jojothecat
      January 13, 2016 at 9:58 am

      I guess the ‘poor blacks’ feel the same way about FLOTUS as the ‘poor whites’ who voted for St. Ronnie felt about Nancy Reagan and her expensive designer dresses. What a dumb ass woman to think that black women who are not rich would be upset that the first AA First Lady shouldn’t own or be seen in an expensive dress.

      • January 13, 2016 at 10:12 am

        Thank you 0388jojothecat.

      • January 13, 2016 at 10:22 am

        If anything, poor blacks are proud to have people of the caliber of PBO and MO as representatives and inspiration. It reminds me of my youth when our elders tried to motivate us to be the best that we could be. The Obamas are the type of “role models” they would have pointed to as inspiration.

      • 112 Linda
        January 13, 2016 at 10:25 am

        Nancy Reagan got in big trouble for not disclosing over 1 millions in clothing and jewelry that was given to her during the 80’s

    • January 13, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Oh how I wish I could tell that woman that her B.S. won’t work, this poor black would vote for President Obama a third time if he could run. I have no problem at all with our First Lady’s dress costing $2000 dollars. She look great. So what is Michelle’s dress suppose to cost $10 dollars.

      • 114 catrst
        January 13, 2016 at 10:20 am

        I have always felt that FLOTUS has an amazing sense of proportion about how she dressed, and I don’t mean just from a sense of style, which she obviously has. She used her situation to promote aspiring designers. She combined frugality with imagination and flair in a way all of us can emulate. Its about making the most of things without the obnoxious greed or stingy self denial. She has been “just right” and made us all feel we can make the most of what we have, how we look, and how we feel about ourselves. God bless her.

    • 115 hopefruit2
      January 13, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Also, Michelle Obama’s dress was advertised online for $500, so much so that it was sold out by the time the SOTU was over.

  52. 116 jackiegrumbacher
    January 13, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Off the the dreaded dentist (ugh)! See you later.

  53. January 13, 2016 at 9:55 am

  54. 118 Dudette
    January 13, 2016 at 9:59 am

  55. 119 57andfemale
    January 13, 2016 at 9:59 am

    • 120 57andfemale
      January 13, 2016 at 10:05 am

      53% positive, 20% “somewhat positive”. 73% positive.

      Imagine a MSM without Fox and what it spawned throughout the industry. What PBO could accomplish………..

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