Early Bird Chat



The President hosts President Sergio Mattarella of Italy at the White House.

106 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 desertflower
    February 8, 2016 at 8:02 am


  2. 4 desertflower
    February 8, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Honestly…how cute are they!! 🙂

  3. 6 jackiegrumbacher
    February 8, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Morning Chips. Congratulations on first, Df. Hope all is well in your part of the world.

    • 17 jackiegrumbacher
      February 8, 2016 at 8:23 am

      Glad you found this, Df. I am just amazed how far the Bernie supporters have pushed me into the Hillary camp. The overt and subtle sexism is just astonishing. I agree with the statement that, like President Obama, she is put into the position of being the only adult in the room because everyone else is either spewing insanely ludicrous ideas or going over the top with their emotionalism.

      • 18 desertflower
        February 8, 2016 at 8:30 am

        Thanks…Im not on Twitter and I try to stay away from the toxic, holier than thou mess…but I know its out there. Now, this is becoming personal to me, as a strong woman. I’m really sick and tired of all the bs (convenient how those initials work out!)

    • 21 Ladyhawke
      February 8, 2016 at 8:36 am

      • 22 Roberta in MN
        February 8, 2016 at 8:47 am

        Yes she is. It is just amazing the nastiness of the people spouting off on her. I know I was hoping for a different candidate, but that it not going to happen, the opposition is even worse on her than on President Obama.

      • 23 jackiegrumbacher
        February 8, 2016 at 8:52 am

        Yes, it is and she has to keep her cool, never raise her voice, have perfect responses to every question and suffer endless criticisms of her wardrobe, her marital relations and her personality without betraying the slightest irritation. At the same time she has to show how strong she is, while still maintaining an aura of feminine gentility. I hope there is a private room somewhere where she can let it rip, put on some boxing gloves and punch a few walls.

        • 24 Roberta in MN
          February 8, 2016 at 9:03 am

          ^1000 times. You are so much more elegant with words than I can ever be, so thank you for this. 🙂

        • 26 Betsy
          February 8, 2016 at 11:00 am

          That’s why I think Bill Clinton went off on a rant yesterday. He’s her anger translator and the frustration is obvious. I’m another leaning Hillary now because of the way that Bernie Sanders has conducted his campaign, and, more importantly, because his policies won’t work in this current GOP intransigent age. I am appalled at his healthcare proposal which would dismantle Obamacare and I am also very upset at his dismissal of President Obama’s accomplishments, example: unemployment at 4.9% not that great, real unemployment is at 9% sh*t. The latter is my biggest concern. I want PBO’s policies to continue to be implemented and I think now that Hillary is the only one to do that.

        • 27 57andfemale
          February 8, 2016 at 11:52 am

          And Bernie & Trump get to yell. The lies from the GOP – “meh” from MSM. Bernie gets to loathe the Democratic Party & run as their candidate.

          I want to scream.

    • 28 Don
      February 8, 2016 at 9:30 am

      Pajiba used to be my old stomping ground, I enjoyed my time there.

    • 29 kid kanga
      February 8, 2016 at 10:11 am

      I can’t even begin to tell you how sooo very done I am with the sanders crew. their holier than thou messaging really fits with their know nothing. They don’t even know why they want to vote for him. Just a big herd mentality imo. Like they are sooo cool for voting for a guy who has done nothing but complain.

      Somehow Bernie is an outsider. nevermind the fact he’s a grumpy old white man who has spent literally his entire life as a politician.

  4. February 8, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Congrats df 🙂

  5. 37 JER
    February 8, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

    • 39 Roberta in MN
      February 8, 2016 at 8:45 am

      Thank you JER, are we going to be able to see the whole interview?
      GM Chips, Danny, Congrats on furst-est DF, Jackie, hope there is nothing serious going on with you. Please take care. GM Bobfr and thanks for letting us know, Iran is coming along. They are probably going to surpass the US in actually giving women rights and they already do’t try to keep people from voting. Shame on the USA.

    • February 8, 2016 at 8:50 am

      I watch the entire show waiting for the extended interview. I usually don’t watch these shows specially now during this political season. I was expecting three or four questions. Well I’ll go back and watch the interview with POTUS and FLOTUS.

    • 41 GGAIL
      February 8, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Good morning JER & thanks for that snippet.

  6. 42 99ts
    February 8, 2016 at 8:48 am

    gm TOD I hadn’t seen that video. Has there ever been – or will there ever be – a President like this one. No-one else could do these things in between saving the world from itself (and the GOP & the media).

    We need 3rd term Obama.

  7. February 8, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Good morning, TOD!

    • February 8, 2016 at 9:37 am

      ohh myyy gooodnesss…in the absence of order….chaos and extremism find fertile ground to grow….we have seen this time and time again in the Africa and in the Middle East…Greece was teetering there…

      what can the UN do about failed states in the world..they pose a risk not only to the people who live there but to the world as a whole

  8. February 8, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Worth remembering ….

  9. February 8, 2016 at 9:02 am

    If Hillary and Bernie don’t bring this up in their ‘debate’ in Flint….

    then they’re just playing games:

  10. February 8, 2016 at 9:02 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!!! Congrats df on #1, and happy Monday everyone!! 🙂 🙂

  11. 55 GGAIL
    February 8, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks &TOD family

  12. 56 GGAIL
    February 8, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Hahahahaha that was a laugh out loud ending 😄😄😄
    PBO is a natural

  13. February 8, 2016 at 9:32 am

    That’s a YUP ….

    • 58 jacquelineoboomer
      February 8, 2016 at 11:20 am

      I hear Gloria had to apologize for some of her remarks. This is turning crazy. It’s the 21st century, fellow women of that generation!!!!! Get with the program.

  14. February 8, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Good Morning ,Everyone 🙂

  15. 60 Don
    February 8, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Congrats, DF!

  16. February 8, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Long White House tradition nears end for a family descended from a slave
    By Juliet Eilperin
    February 7 at 11:53 AM

    The public and private rhythms of the White House have shaped John Wrory Ficklin’s daily life from the day he was born.

    On Nov. 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Ficklin was 7 and playing at a neighbor’s house when his friend’s mother told him he needed to hurry home. At the time, his father, also named John, was the White House maitre d’ and very close to the center of the unfolding national tragedy. The next time Ficklin actually saw his father was on television three days later, in a rented morning suit, as the slain president’s coffin was carried into the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington for the funeral Mass.

    The White House is a place defined by transients — presidents and political appointees who come and go after a term or two.

    But Ficklin is a different, more enduring sort: He is the 10th member of his family — all children and grandchildren of a Virginia slave born in 1857 — to have worked in the White House, a long line that stretches back to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration. Ficklin’s uncle Charles got a job as a White House butler in 1939. His father, John Woodson Ficklin, born in 1919, joined the staff in 1940 and stayed for 43 years.

    The long family streak may end with Ficklin, who retired last month just shy of his 60th birthday. But he was also the first whose work would range beyond the kitchens, pantries and dining rooms of the executive mansion and into the West Wing. Ficklin retired as a special assistant to the president and senior director for records and access management at the National Security Council.

  17. 62 donna dem 4 obama
    February 8, 2016 at 9:45 am


  18. 63 desertflower
    February 8, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Have a great day everyone…make sure you do one kind act for someone else today:)

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  20. February 8, 2016 at 10:45 am

    POTUS pick the Panthers to win. I did too.

    • 68 Don
      February 8, 2016 at 10:50 am

      I picked the Panthers as well, sad that they didn’t win but I’m sure they will be back. I have a brother that lives in Denver and he sent me some vines outside of his apartment and people were walking in the streets and cars were honking their horns.

  21. February 8, 2016 at 11:09 am

    From the article:
    The visuals of the “Formation” video are too sprawling and elaborate to transfer to the field: Beyoncé, eyes closed as if in prayer, submerged in water as she lies back atop of a sinking police car; a young black boy dancing in front of a fleet of cops in riot gear; documentary footage of New Orleans; a shot of graffiti that reads “Stop Shooting Us.” She is playful about her sexuality, righteous about Black Lives Matter, at ease in her throne. Her lyrics assert that everything about her — her heritage, her wealth and the hustle with which she earned it, her unapologetic love of blackness and its beauty, her unparalleled ability to “cause all this conversation” — is source of tremendous power that she can flex at will.

  22. February 8, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Good morning, Chips and TODville. Let’s move!

  23. February 8, 2016 at 11:16 am

    • 75 jackiegrumbacher
      February 8, 2016 at 11:34 am

      Pf, I could read Propane Jane tweets all day. She is the most emotionally and intellectually satisfying tweet producer ever! In any war she is one person that I would want to have on my side. What a fighter!!!!

  24. February 8, 2016 at 11:32 am

  25. 78 vcprezofan2
    February 8, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Monday Greetings, everyone! 😀 😀 I’m in da house, so…

  26. 85 vcprezofan2
    February 8, 2016 at 12:09 pm

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  29. 88 vcprezofan2
    February 8, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Morning smile – as long as this cute one is far away?

  30. February 8, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    From the Article:

    While the Flint water crisis has brought lead poisoning back to the forefront, the issue is nothing new to many in Philadelphia, where thousands of children have been growing up with the reading, learning and behavioral problems that result from it.

    The culprit has not been the city’s water supply, but it’s older housing stock — a huge percentage of which was built before 1978, when lawmakers finally banned the use of lead-based paint. By then, the paint was already coating the surfaces of untold numbers of homes, that eventually began to age and deteriorate, leaving the paint to chip and crack, and its dust to contaminate both the inside and outside of homes.

    In 2014, a Pennsylvania Department of Health report showed that 10.9 percent of the 35,863 Philadelphia children under the age of seven who tested were found to have at least 5 micrograms per deciliter of lead in the blood — the threshold of lead intake that necessitates public health action, as defined by the federal government.

    But for all that progress, consider that those blood-lead levels in Philadelphia — 10.9 percent — are much higher than Michigan state data said blood-lead levels were for Flint in 2014-2015 — 3.21 percent.

  31. 92 vcprezofan2
    February 8, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Money in Politics Isn’t Just About Campaigns. It’s Also About Governing


    There has recently been a perfect example of how that works in my home state of Minnesota. Our Democratic Senators – Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken – led the fight to delay the implementation of the medical device tax as a funding mechanism for Obamacare. Here’s how the state’s largest newspaper described what happened.

    “It took tens of millions of dollars in lobbying and campaign contributions, but in the end, Minnesota’s medical device companies got what they wanted out of Congress: the gutting of a sales tax they claimed was crippling them…

    Because tax repeals are incredibly difficult to pull off, particularly after the money has been collected, the medical device industry sank millions into behind-the-scenes lobbying on Capitol Hill and hefty campaign contributions to Minnesota’s politicians on both sides of the aisle.”

    Were Klobuchar and Franken bought off by the medical device industry? It’s actually a bit more complicated than that. Minnesota is second only to California in the number of people who work in that industry – 35,000 in more than 700 companies. One of the reasons the state has such a low unemployment rate (3.5%) is that it has put a lot of emphasis on growing companies like this as part of the plan for economic development.

    Here is what Klobuchar said about her motivation:

    “I advocated for the repeal because of the jobs in our state and the people who work in the industry. This is a tax that was assessed inordinately on one state,” Klobuchar said in a statement.

    Would she have fought this hard against the tax if it weren’t for the campaign contributions and lobbying efforts by the industry? It’s possible. But ultimately we’ll never know.

    …………………………. //


    • 93 kid kanga
      February 8, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      I normally respect both Franken and Klobuchar, but on this issue they are on the wrong side. I can see how they feel it targets the device industry in MN, but really, is chipping away at a cornerstone Dem issue the best way to go about it? Plus the optics sure make it seem they were bought and paid for on this issue, eroding credibility, imo, on other issues.

      • 94 vcprezofan2
        February 8, 2016 at 1:15 pm

        I felt a bit like you (because of course my gut reaction always is to object to those who chip at PBO’s push to the 21st C), before reading the article. Now I’m thinking that maybe they *were* representing those whom they were elected to serve?

        Sometimes I’m easily influenced, depending on who’s doing the ‘influencing’. 😉

      • 95 57andfemale
        February 8, 2016 at 3:02 pm

        Didn’t Saint Elizabeth vote to repeal the medical device tax as well?

  32. 96 Nena20409
    February 8, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Hello TOD on a Windy, Snow Blowing, Sunny, Cold Monday from my neck of the woods.
    I haven’t read much today. Just saw this, and had to come in and drop it off.

    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners, starting with this post and since Saturday.
    I saw, maybe, tops, 25mins of the #SBL #SB50. I was conflicted. I have liked Payton Manning for years, Dungy,Colts days. I have liked Cam Newton for 5yrs. My bump couldn’t take it. So I skipped the whole thing. It was this AM that I saw ColdPlay,Beyonce,Bruno&Gaga. They did a great job.
    I don’t care for Broncos, Elway, etc.

  33. February 8, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Good morning TOD folks. Thanks for posting that great video of the President and Stephen Colbert and FLOTUS. What a wonderful way to start the day.

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  36. 100 Nena20409
    February 8, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    WH Presser with Josh “The Voice” Earnest will have guests from Doctors heading the CDC & NIH
    LIVE, starting shortly.

  37. 101 GGail
    February 8, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Cam is 26 years old. Of course he’s gonna take this loss hard. And his behavior of shock and disappointment was no different than other first time QBs in that position. The NY Times seems to be taking extra glee in this article. Shame on them


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