Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama kisses First Lady Michelle Obama in a holding room at the Capitol after delivering his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, Jan. 27, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)



11:0: The President meets with Treasury Secretary Lew

11:45: Meets with Sen. Bernie Sanders

12:30: Lunch with VP Biden

2:30: Interviewed by local television anchors participating in “Live from the White House”, Diplomatic Room

5:45: Delivers remarks at the Righteous Among the Nations Award Ceremony, Israeli Embassy, Washington

112 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    January 27, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD

    • January 27, 2016 at 7:57 am

      Good morning Donna! Congrats on first, and my deep gratitude for working so hard to get this amazing man elected. What a gift to our nation!.

      • 3 ydavis00
        January 27, 2016 at 8:53 am

        I love this blog. I have followed it from the beginning, I think, only posting maybe 4 times. I just have to say I’m not a big blog reader sometimes I come to look at the pixs or the latest buzz on Obama. I check Obama diary several times a day it is usually the first site I pull up everyday. I’m don’t know what the plans are for this blog after Obama leaves office, pardon if this is something already to the rest of you, but it will be very strange not to have this blog have a part of my life even if I am not as dedicated poster.

        I remember Inauguration day 2009. I took the day off watched 2 television for MSNBC and CNN and my laptop for the BBC coverage. I have included a video just as a look back. I thank you for starting and maintaining this blog and vivid contribution to the historical record. I hope everyone has a great day.

        • 4 jackiegrumbacher
          January 27, 2016 at 9:17 am

          Morning ydavis00. Glad you checked in today and thanks for the memory.

        • 5 debz
          January 27, 2016 at 9:19 am

          Wonderful memories

        • 6 CEB
          January 27, 2016 at 9:45 am

          What wonderful memories to wake up to; thank you.

          I am trying so hard to just focus on savoring every moment that our dear PBO has left in office, but it is hard to hold back the tears and yes, the fears of what this country may be like when he leaves. My better half rejoices that he and his family graced us with their service for 8 long years and that they are still young enough and healthy enough to go on in their lives making more personal dreams come true. I am thankful that I lived to see that a politician can keep his word and truly live out his calling. My other half is filled with dread when I see those who are vying to take his place; I fear that these few golden years may be wiped away as if they have never been. But then,as ever, our president is giving us a model to follow; one that calls for optimism, faith in each other, and the active citizenship that reminds us that “we are the ones that we have been waiting for.” I will never love and respect another leader as I do PBO, but I do not need to. We have all been given a gift that we never expected in out lifetimes to receive and that is enough.

        • 8 sjterrid
          January 27, 2016 at 6:11 pm

          I’m so glad you decided to delurk, and thanks for posting this clip.

        • 9 Obama Grandmama
          January 27, 2016 at 8:28 pm

          I remember right after the tv stations announced Barack Obama won the General Election calling my daughter-in-law and we both just screamed into our phones. We could not even talk other than a word or two also being screamed like “Yes!” Or “Yah!” My granddaughter who was six then was actually scared at how her mom was acting. She had famously noticed a year earlier when BO was running for office that she was just like him in that she was born in Hawaii too and to my White son and her AA Mom. Close, except the Mom and Dad’s race was opposite. Our family was surprised she had made those comparisons.

    • January 27, 2016 at 7:58 am

      Goooooooooood morning to ya Donna!!

    • 11 Roberta in MN
      January 27, 2016 at 8:01 am

      Good Morning donna dem 4 Obama, congrats on 1st-est.

    • January 27, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Good Morning, Donna. Congrats!!!

  2. 13 Anjo
    January 27, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Good Morning, have a great day one and all, hope the snow melts and the air gets warm pronto

  3. 14 donna dem 4 obama
    January 27, 2016 at 8:02 am

    My take on the Iowa Caucus next week (because I’m a political junkie and I just love this stuff)

    I know, I know most aren’t excited about this years election but I find it all sit on the edge of your seat exciting. I cannot wait until next Monday night. 😎

    On the Republican side I think that Cruz will pull it off with either Trump or Rubio coming in a strong second. I’ve watched Rubio’s campaign over the last few weeks and he has a strong organization on the ground in Iowa and is turning out very large crowds at his events. He may surprise some folks by beating Trump or Cruz out for second. I’m actually more concerned about him than any other Republican candidate this year.

    On the Dem side (this is why I find it fascinating) this election is razor thin close in Iowa. Bernie is counting on all his new voters coming out to caucus for him. Hillary is counting on the Obama coalition (such as it is in Iowa….they did vote twice for him in the GE) turning out with a strong showing from women. Now I think Hillary wins in in a squeaker or it ends in a near tie. President Obama had an advantage with his youth voters eight years ago that Bernie doesn’t have this year. The Iowa caucus took place two days after New Years in 2008. The youth were still home in their precincts for the winter break so he was able to get them spread out all over the state. Bernie on the other hand will need his college students to travel home next Monday night to vote in their districts. He’ll probably get a strong youth turnout but will it help him statewide is the big question? If they are clustered at college voting it will not help him across the state. Everyone including Sanders believes that a strong turnout is advantage Sanders but I’m not so sure that this is the case if its the youth he’s counting on to build up those numbers. Martin actually has a strong coalition and organization in Iowa because he has practically lived there for the last two years and I think he would do well but in the end people go with who they think can win and all polling says that he doesn’t have a chance in he&& to win the nomination so if he isn’t “viable” after first round of the caucus period his voters will go to either Bernie or Hillary. The big question is which way they will go. I used to think they were Bernie voters but I’m not so sure anymore.

    Anyway I think because there is not clear cut leader in either caucus that it will make Monday night all the more exciting and with the narcissist backing out of the last debate he may have damaged himself in Iowa. That’s a funny state and those caucus goers are sort of testy about how you treat them but Trump has denied all conventional wisdom up to now so only the actual vote counting will tell….

    Countdown to Iowa!!!

    Off to work I go so have a great O’Day Everyone!!!

    • 15 jackiegrumbacher
      January 27, 2016 at 8:11 am

      Thanks for the analysis, Donna. I, too, fear a Rubio nomination because he might fool enough Latino voters to make a difference. Hillary could mitigate his impact with a Latino VP choice, as I hope she does. I want Hillary to win Iowa because I truly can’t stand Sanders and would like for him to fade as soon as possible. He”s likely to win NH, but I don’t see a path for him after that. Wish I had your enthusiasm for these elections, but with so much at stake they really make me nervous.

    • 16 57andfemale
      January 27, 2016 at 8:28 am

      I may not be “in love” this election, but I am highly engaged. Without hyperbole, this may be the most important election in history. The GOP has never been this crazy, this ignorant, and they are engaged. We MUST win or the country will not just be set back – it could be irreparably harmed.

      Bernie is a disaster. The “socialist” cannot win, particularly now. Norman Goldman did an entire hour on the early years of the 20th century: labor and social issues were getting vast attention and there was a vast shift in what Americans expected in the workplace, etc. And even before the communist revolution in Russia, this country could not elect (or even come close) a socialist. We have half of the country terrified and easily manipulated. Bernie can’t and won’t work with others. He’s difficult, close-minded, ideological, insular. He’s not a Democrat. His supporters are vicious, and are more tea party in their “burn everything down” beliefs than they are Democrats. If Bernie wins, we have a GOP government. God help us.

      I’m guardedly hoping that Hillary kicks his ass in IA, although you may be right that it will be a squeaker. I expect Bernie to win NH but I hope the margins are closer than expected.

      The election starts on Monday…….

    • January 27, 2016 at 9:58 am

      New thing to sort of kind of worry about – the weather next week in Iowa! Our meteorologist said there’s a big winter event coming on Tuesday, but it “should be fine” for the Monday night caucuses! He cited his “European model” – but how do they know so far in advance? Arg. Well, they did seem to know well in advance all about the blizzard last weekend. Fingers crossed for Iowa! 5 days, 10 hours and 2 minutes to go! 🙂

      • 18 donna dem 4 obama
        January 27, 2016 at 10:09 am

        Hi muscatinegal!

        How has the caucus battle been going? Outside of the ads that I know you are being inundated with, how would you compare the intensity for your caucus vote in this years election to the 2008 caucus?

  4. 19 Roberta in MN
    January 27, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Good Morning Chips, Danny, maryl1 & Anjo. I agree with you, Have a wonderful day. and 99ts sorry I missed your BD.

  5. 20 jackiegrumbacher
    January 27, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Morning. I’m thinking that PBO’s lunch with VP Biden is going to be an antidote to the meeting with Sanders. Can you imagine that discussion,

  6. 22 99ts
    January 27, 2016 at 8:04 am

    GM Tod – congrats on No 1 Donna. Good to see the FBI calmly doing its job – and the President carrying on with his job.

  7. 27 amk for obama
    January 27, 2016 at 8:07 am

    • 28 jackiegrumbacher
      January 27, 2016 at 8:13 am

      Perfect. Her endorsements have always been a kiss of death. I would have paid her NOT to endorse.

    • January 27, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Funny too how Trump uses Twitter to attack and retaliate, but is offended and ready to sue when the same is used towards him. I notice that one of the first things he says about not participating in the FOX debate is let’s see what happens to the ratings. It’s all about show.

  8. 31 amk for obama
    January 27, 2016 at 8:09 am

  9. January 27, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Congrat Donna!
    Good morning TOD.
    Hi ya Ms. Chips!
    Not a good day to walk in NYC. Going to Costco, that usually makes me smile.
    The sidewalks still needs to be cleared. It is still a wonder day. A beautiful post.
    POB continues to work hard to keep us safe.
    ALL Is well.

  10. 33 desertflower
    January 27, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Morning everyone…wtf….where are the men with the straight jackets and the haldol?


    • 34 desertflower
      January 27, 2016 at 8:15 am

      Did you know there was a 1st Obama, 2nd Obama, and 3rd Obama? Geeze. I learned that half of America suffers from mental health issues.

  11. 35 desertflower
    January 27, 2016 at 8:18 am

    • 36 amk for obama
      January 27, 2016 at 8:23 am

      yup, he is a teabagger whom the establishment is now trying to desperately as a moderate now that jeb$ has sunk like lead.

    • 37 jackiegrumbacher
      January 27, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Rubio is getting away with lot less scrutiny because he’s overshadowed by the horrendous duo ahead of him in the lineup. When the light fully shines on him, both his voting record and his shameful ethical problems will get a lot more attention. He’s a little twerp who is not ready for prime time and it will be the job of all of us, plus the Democratic nominee, to expose that ugliness.

  12. January 27, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Good Wednesday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

    Everyone, enjoy your day.

  13. January 27, 2016 at 8:24 am

    It’s amazing to me that DT and his antics are again getting more coverage than the Bundy group arrests.

  14. 40 amk for obama
    January 27, 2016 at 8:26 am


  15. 41 57andfemale
    January 27, 2016 at 8:34 am

  16. January 27, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  17. 43 amk for obama
    January 27, 2016 at 8:41 am

    one positive outcome, if you can call it that, is how donald dreck is showing to more and more people how pathetic the entire us media, espeically the pox news, is.

  18. January 27, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Sanders had 15k people in Minnesota. He’s trying the Obama model of surviving Super Tuesday. Campaigning in states that will give him delegates.
    What is strange is, a photo of the people in Minnesota, it’s all white very young kids, mostly college kids.
    Sharp contrast, trump gets this many people at his rallies also… But it’s all White, but older 55+ group.
    Both candidates are slated to win both Iowa and NH.
    Sanders has a 4 point lead in Iowa this mornings poll. Sanders is leading New Hampshire by 20
    Trump is leading Iowa also had New Hampshire by double digits.
    What the hell is going on?

    • 45 amk for obama
      January 27, 2016 at 9:04 am

      if you want to freak out over ‘polls’, wait at least till selzer’s. qpac has been a dud for some time now.

    • 46 kid kanga
      January 27, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      Trump supporters college aged kids, mayhaps? 🙂 They seem to have one very strong trait in common…

  19. January 27, 2016 at 8:50 am

  20. January 27, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Wednesday morning. Congrats Donna, 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 one of the calmest, mellowest, and smoothest days of your life today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  21. January 27, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Good morning, good people.

    Something positive to start the day:

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  26. 57 amk for obama
    January 27, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Jeb Bush: No, I don’t think Trump is Christian

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/01/jeb-bush-trump-religion-218276#ixzz3ySCaLX8o

    the nutters are eating each other.

  27. 70 GGAIL
    January 27, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks &TOD family.
    Buh bye Bundy. We have another Federal building for you to visit 😎

  28. January 27, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Someone for whom these type comments seem to be a standard cannot represent the US on the world stage.

  29. January 27, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Ain’t this a muthaphucka.


    Michigan’s Snyder to ask feds to cover Flint kids’ health

    Rachel Maddow reports breaking news that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will be asking the federal government to provide long term health coverage for the children of Flint exposed to lead-tainted water. Flint Mayor Karen Weaver joins on the phone to explain the details of the needs of Flint’s kids.

  30. 89 amk for obama
    January 27, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Into the finals. One more match, one more GS. 😎

  31. January 27, 2016 at 9:25 am

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    EPA cracks whip on Michigan, Snyder cagey on aid money for Flint

    Bryn Mickle, editor of The Flint Journal, talks with Rachel Maddow about Michigan Governor Rick Snyder picking a fight with the EPA over their jurisdiction in the Flint water crisis and his caginess on past e-mails and the apportionment of millions of federal dollars in aid for Flint.

  32. 91 desertflower
    January 27, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Christie is the same kind of bloviating big mouth that DT is….ask NJ how that’s working out for them….

  33. 92 57andfemale
    January 27, 2016 at 9:43 am

  34. January 27, 2016 at 9:45 am

    • 94 donna dem 4 obama
      January 27, 2016 at 9:58 am

      This is what they do. They double down on their lies. Then they have an entire entertainment complex to carry their false messages to the public because a lie told often enough becomes the truth in their world. Even when faced with facts they still continue the falsehood. Fox viewers and conservative radio listeners eat it up.

  35. 97 57andfemale
    January 27, 2016 at 10:05 am

  36. January 27, 2016 at 10:07 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, eveyone! Congrats Donna on #1! 🙂 Happy Wednesday everyone! 🙂

    Can someone tell me what PBO’s meeting with Bernie sanders at 11:45PM is all about? Are they going to talk about Sanders being on HRC’s VP ticket, or is PBO scolding him about the blocked EPA nominee? Please advise! 🙂

    • 99 hopefruit2
      January 27, 2016 at 10:08 am

      Sorry for the typo: I meant *11:45 AM*

    • 100 donna dem 4 obama
      January 27, 2016 at 10:19 am

      Closed meeting with no agenda item per the press.

      This is just my opinion but after PBO’s interview with Thrush I would think that his campaign probably reached out to the WH and asked for a sit down. Bernie’s campaign is so tone death in their righteous beliefs that I’m not sure they realize how their message resonates with actual Democrats and especially those of us that like what PBO has done over the last 7 years. Hillary calling him out at that last debate on the way he has treated Dems especially PBO in 2012 was probably a wake-up call and that interview with Thrush was confirmation that he may be in trouble getting votes from Obama supporters. Watch to see if his tone changes on the stump after today.

    • January 27, 2016 at 10:21 am

      Really puzzled about it too Hopefruit, I was away from my computer for most of yesterday so didn’t read anything about it, then saw it in this morning’s schedule and went: HUH??

    • 102 amk for obama
      January 27, 2016 at 10:27 am

      purpleshoes had a great reply to that a few threads below.

  37. 103 amk for obama
    January 27, 2016 at 10:11 am

    he also dings the gratuitous obama attack about wh leaking bind laden tapes in the end.

  38. 106 4morefor44
    January 27, 2016 at 10:12 am

    unlike so many republican business owners, here’s another self-made (in the truest sense) billionaire who understands “it takes a village” and has stayed true to her liberal roots, despite her now massive wealth. great story:

    my favorite part:
    “And after Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the state’s largest business lobby, ran a large advertising campaign to support a candidate for the state Supreme Court (a nut job republican), Epic announced that it would no longer do business with companies that belonged to the group.”

  39. January 27, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Good morning TOD folks. So happy to see Mr Donald ‘Let’s make America great” Trump is losing his Emperors clothes.

  40. 108 amk for obama
    January 27, 2016 at 10:24 am

  41. 109 amk for obama
    January 27, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Ai Weiwei closes Denmark exhibit in protest against asset seizures.


  42. 111 amk for obama
    January 27, 2016 at 10:48 am


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