Early Bird Chat

106 year-old Virginia McLaurin watches the video of her with the Obamas on Feb 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. The video of McLaurin dancing with President and First Lady Obama last week at the White House went viral on the Internet.



87 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. February 23, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Moooooorning everyone! Horrifically early start today, have to go out in a few minutes, and I’m not even awake yet 😦

  2. 8 amk for obama
    February 23, 2016 at 7:19 am

    so going to ‘fetch’ the aliadamnewbiecharliegeorgie feller, eh?

  3. February 23, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Tuesday morning. Congrats Chips, on being the first to open your wonderful community for us TODers this morning.

    To all, I hope you have a really cool, nifty, and terrific day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  4. 12 sherijr
    February 23, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Good Morning Chips & TOD, Happy Tuesday 🙂 Best wishes w/ your off again on again pooch boarder… honestly if he was here- I’d take him in. I’m constantly looking at dogs… as my QT Pi is quite old and needs some youth around to perk his old bones up… but have hesitated just because he is old and deserves his peace too.

    Anyway, waking up to this video of Miss Virginia is a treat and a most beautiful way to start the day, thank you 🙂

    • 13 jackiegrumbacher
      February 23, 2016 at 8:56 am

      She’s absolutely delightful, Sherijr. There are people one quarter her age who don’t have her joy of life. What a lovely, lovely person she is.

      • 14 sherijr
        February 23, 2016 at 9:11 am

        Yep agree, she is a lively lady that makes you want to listen to her and share in her joy… she’s contagious 🙂

  5. 16 amk for obama
    February 23, 2016 at 7:37 am

    lol. the punk is never gonna live down that water bottle meme, is he?

    • 17 jackiegrumbacher
      February 23, 2016 at 8:01 am

      Morning, AMK. The idea that little Rubio is regarded as the potential savior of the Republican Party is beyond pathetic. Only in the US could someone this unqualified be considered ‘presidential’ material. I would not trust him to run a local school board.

  6. February 23, 2016 at 7:56 am

    G’morning Chips and TOD!!! Congrats tnmtngirl on #2! Happy Tuesday everyone. I look forward to PBO’s statement later this morning.

  7. February 23, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Good morning TOD 🙂

  8. February 23, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Of note, this tweet was RT’d by our Ambassador to Ukraine ….

    bbl ….

  9. 27 Allison
    February 23, 2016 at 8:26 am

  10. 28 Allison
    February 23, 2016 at 8:33 am

    • February 23, 2016 at 9:39 am

      I can not stand, and I mean I can not stand that Harry whatever his name is. According to him the police NEVER does anything wrong. If the police don’t want to do their job, Minister Louis Farrakhan said they would protect Beyonce.

  11. 30 JER
    February 23, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD. This reminds me of the clowns. 😉

  12. February 23, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Happy Tuesday TODers!!

    Heeeeeeeeeeeya Chips

  13. 32 99ts
    February 23, 2016 at 8:43 am

    gm TOD

    Via a comment on bj

    US school district apologizes for black-student-only assembly on gang dangers – and this

    A spokesperson for the school district said the event was “not an anti-gang assembly. It was a motivational speaker.” The district issued a counterintuitive statement which said that the black students were segregated as part of desegregation efforts.
    “Black students were selected with the intent that the assembly would be an extension of the district’s court-ordered desegregation efforts, which encourage programs and opportunities tailored to minority students.


    So talking about gangs to black students only is giving then opportunities. smh

    • 33 Linda
      February 23, 2016 at 8:53 am

      “The district issued a counterintuitive statement which said that the black students were segregated as part of desegregation efforts.”


      Do they even hear themselves at all ?

      • 34 jackiegrumbacher
        February 23, 2016 at 9:00 am

        The old fashioned word for that is “gobblydegook.” They were caught being discriminatory and their tongues got twisted trying to explain their way out of it,.

  14. February 23, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  15. February 23, 2016 at 8:47 am

    So, Trump leads Kasich in Ohio…


  16. 37 amk for obama
    February 23, 2016 at 8:53 am

    drip, drip, mcturtle mofo

  17. 39 amk for obama
    February 23, 2016 at 8:55 am

  18. 40 andogriff
    February 23, 2016 at 8:56 am

    This is so beautiful it made me weep for joy! Thanks Ms Chips, good morning to you & to everyone! ❤️😀👍

  19. February 23, 2016 at 8:59 am

  20. February 23, 2016 at 9:05 am

    • 45 jackiegrumbacher
      February 23, 2016 at 9:09 am

      This doesn’t seem like any “liberal” to me; it seems like an outright bigot who ‘self identifies’ as liberal, but doesn’t really know what that means.

    • 46 Linda
      February 23, 2016 at 9:22 am

      Wait a minute…….

      Can someone help this old white girl out here.

      If I remember correctly, there was a point during the CR Movement when whites were asked to go home.

  21. 47 JER
    February 23, 2016 at 9:06 am

  22. February 23, 2016 at 9:06 am

  23. 49 jackiegrumbacher
    February 23, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Totally off topic, but if anyone has ever looked in the closet and thought that everything they had was “old,” here’s a 5100 year old dress from ancient Egypt. Article says it was the equivalent of haute couture in its time.

  24. 50 Linda
    February 23, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Another lie from Cruz……

    Cruz says the Federal Government needs to ‘ GIVE BACK ‘ the lands to the rightful owners, the States. ( mostly in the West and Northwest )

    oops…. Sorry Ted…. there were NO States back when the land was purchased.

    • 51 0388jojothecat
      February 23, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Good morning TOD family, Chipsticks, Dannystixs, Georgiestixs, lurkers and friends.

      The rightful owners are the native americans and the next rightful owners are we the people to enjoy not to be given to states to sell to the highest bidders to destroy for profit.

  25. February 23, 2016 at 9:13 am

    tee hee hee

    tee hee hee

    GOP to Kasich: Get out

    Allies of Marco Rubio want him to step aside for their candidate.

    By Kyle Cheney

    02/22/16 06:39 PM EST

    Updated 02/23/16 01:37 AM EST

    FAIRFAX, Va. — The Republican establishment has a message for John Kasich: get out, and get out of Marco Rubio’s way.

    A string of elected officials, GOP insiders and prominent donors officially threw their support behind Rubio on Monday, calling him their last chance to take down Donald Trump. Their statements had another common theme. Some explicitly called for Kasich to quit, while others sent the same message by saying the Ohio governor’s ongoing presence is holding Rubio back.

  26. February 23, 2016 at 9:16 am

  27. February 23, 2016 at 9:16 am


    You wanna know something that we don’t hear anymore since Hillary’s been running?


    Remember, the usual suspects couldn’t wait to throw that around for the previous 7 years….

    But, now….it never crosses their lips….


    I wonder why…….

  28. 58 jackiegrumbacher
    February 23, 2016 at 9:17 am

    “The People’s View” has a good article debunking the smarmy references to Hillary Clinton as “Madam Walmart.” The comments also describe how she used her position to get better funding for Arkansas schools. There will be a lot of mudslinging in the months ahead, so the more we’re armed with facts, the strong we’ll be.


  29. February 23, 2016 at 9:17 am


  30. February 23, 2016 at 9:22 am

    The nerve of this lazy so-called journalist!

  31. February 23, 2016 at 9:23 am

    awe, I love this.

    Doc McStuffins Gets a Sibling through Adoption!

    February 15, 2016

    When the news broke on Twitter a few days ago that Doc McStuffins was getting a new sibling, the kids and I couldn’t be more excited! Yes, Doc McStuffins is a big deal in our house – we love Doc, Lambie, and the whole gang!

    Doc McStuffins will become a big sister again, this time through the miracle of adoption! On Friday, March 4, Disney Junior will kick off a month long series of Doc McStuffins episodes about adoption. They will tackle topics like how to burp a baby and change dirty diapers to emotional insecurities siblings may face when a new baby or child joins the family.

  32. 65 GGAIL
    February 23, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    Watching Miss Virginia is making me smile with tears in my eyes. And that little girl coming over for a hug, done me in. I really like how Miss Virginia answered that reporters dumb question of “what was it like”? I’m not sure what she expected Miss Virginia to say, but she answered it just right, in my opinion.

    • 66 mtmarilyn
      February 23, 2016 at 11:08 am

      I so agree GGail. I have watched it several times and I really get tears in my eyes. You can just feel the wonder in her. What a beautiful spirit she it.

  33. February 23, 2016 at 9:31 am

    In the race to be Trump’s sole rival, Cruz’s cash matters
    02/22/16 12:56 PM
    By Steve Benen

    With Donald Trump having already cruised in New Hampshire and South Carolina, it’s difficult to see him as anything but the current frontrunner. The question is who’ll be his principal rival as the field narrows and the race enters the next phase.

    Rubio, pointing to the Republican establishment’s gushing affections, believes he’s the one for the job. Cruz, meanwhile, points to his actual performances in the early nominating contests – he won Iowa, defeated Rubio in New Hampshire, and is one of only two candidates to finish in the top three in each of the contests thus far – while making the case for himself.

    This is bound to go on for a while, but don’t overlook the significance of campaign financing. The New York Times has a good piece on this today.

  34. February 23, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Ted Cruz and Donald Trump Head Toward Super Tuesday With G.O.P.’s Deepest Pockets
    FEB. 21, 2016


    Now, as they approach a pivotal and expensive stage of the campaign, the two insurgent candidates — who have won the first three contests — appear to be in the best position financially to compete in the 11 states that will vote on Super Tuesday, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Saturday.

    Mr. Cruz is the best financed candidate in the Republican race, beginning February with $13.6 million in cash on hand. Mr. Trump, a billionaire, has raised millions of dollars from small donors and lent himself millions more, including nearly $5 million in January. He paid out more than $11.5 million that month, the most sustained spending of his presidential bid so far.

  35. 75 Niliathiel
    February 23, 2016 at 9:39 am

    I just heard somwhere there is going to be an announcement by PBO concerning guantanamo about an hour from now. Can anyone confirm this? There is nothing on White House Live

  36. February 23, 2016 at 9:43 am

  37. February 23, 2016 at 9:47 am

    10:30 AM ET: The President Makes A Statement on Guantanamo

  38. February 23, 2016 at 9:48 am

  39. February 23, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Good morning, good people.

    From a couple days ago:

  40. February 23, 2016 at 9:58 am

    An interesting discussion on the Apple encryption case:


      February 23, 2016 at 10:05 am


    February 23, 2016 at 10:07 am


  42. February 23, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Anyone know whatever happened to Vicki?

  43. February 23, 2016 at 10:31 am

    it’s too early for this coonishness


    Carson: Obama Was ‘Raised White,’ But I’ve Seen ‘What Real Racism Is’ (AUDIO)
    February 23, 2016, 7:50 AM EST


    The world-renowned surgeon does not often bring up race on the campaign trail, and has called for Americans to “deemphasize race.”

    “Remember now, I’ve been around for 64 years, you know. I’ve had a chance to see what real racism is,” he said.

    Carson told Politico that he hasn’t experienced racism from the Republican Party. Then, when asked to recount his last experience with “real racism,” Carson said he just had to look to the left and progressives.

    “I think the way that I’m treated by the left is racism. They assume because you’re black, you have to think a certain way,” he added.

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