Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama listen to the DC Youth Orchestra in the Diplomatic Reception Room prior to a reception celebrating Black History Month in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 26, 2015 (Photo by Pete Souza)



10:15: The President departs White House

12:25: Arrives Jacksonville, Florida

1:30: Tours Saft America Advanced Batteries Plant

1:55: Delivers remarks on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

4:05: Departs Jacksonville

6:0: Arrives White House

122 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. February 26, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Thanks a trazillion gazillion to Nerdy and LP for yesterday’s posts, so so so so so so so grateful! Have to run, back in a bit.

    • February 26, 2016 at 7:54 am

      POTUS and FLOTUS have not only inspired young people to pursue the arts and sciences through talk, but they have opened the White House, sponsoring programs and fairs that allowed young people to demonstrate their talents …putting their talk into action and doing much to encourage and motivate. In so many ways they have made the WH the People’s House. They will soooooooo be missed.

        February 26, 2016 at 9:52 am


  2. February 26, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Guess what, Donald Trump? Your bigotry has inspired Muslim American voters like no presidential candidate has done before.

    All Dulles Area Muslim Society, better known as ADAMS…organizing phone banks. We are getting people registered to vote. We’re telling them how important their voices are…

    “Abstaining from voting is also a vote,” read one of the talking points in their action plan.”

    ““If Muslims do not vote, openly Islamophobic leaders do not pay a price,” said another one.”

    Islamophobia has been fueled by Donald Trump’s incendiary rhetoric calling for a “total” ban on Muslims entering the United States — hate speech that has helped make him the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. But it has also been bolstered by leaders who have remained silent.

    The Muslim population is relatively small in the United States — about 3.3 million…But U.S. Muslims have the potential to be a powerful influence at the ballot box because one of their major population centers happens to be in a battleground state — Virginia.

    • 5 jackiegrumbacher
      February 26, 2016 at 7:43 am

      SW, I know the same can be said of the Latino community. Many Latinos can’t wait to line up to vote AGAINST Trump. He drives up Democratic registration whenever he opens his mouth.

    • 6 No Child Left Behind
      February 26, 2016 at 9:32 am

      Don’t underestimate the fact that a prominent Muslim political activist is making sure that Muslims register in drovesas REPUBLICANs because, she said, the GOP offers values closer to their practice. Go figure!

    • 10 0388jojothecat
      February 26, 2016 at 9:36 am

      Good Friday Morning TOD family, Chipsticks, Happy-once-again Dannystixs, TB’s, lurkers, and friends.

      I hope the Muslim Republicans parading on teevee drop the GOP. Il Douche won’t meet with them yet they plan to vote for him.

    • February 26, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Oftentimes when folks think of Muslims they think of Muslims of ME descent…but there is a sizable amount of African American Muslims…My daughter often says that she wonders which part of her America hates the most…her faith…her gender…her blackness….

      • 12 0388jojothecat
        February 26, 2016 at 10:10 am


      • February 26, 2016 at 10:38 am

        I think about a time when companies, when trying to meet minority quotas, would hire a black female, thus allowing them to check off two boxes. Religion was not a topic that could be touched.

        Now, the hatred, the bigotry, the discrimination is more blatant; people are an open book; the people who are being elected to office encourage it whether by active behavior/rhetoric or by passive behavior – do nothing/say nothing.

  3. February 26, 2016 at 7:40 am

    “Univision fought with Donald Trump and now it wants to register 3 million new Latino voters”

    Last summer, Univision went to war with Donald Trump after he called Mexicans drug dealers and rapists –Now Univision is launching a major voter registration and engagement campaign aimed at turning out 3 million new Latino voters ahead of this year’s presidential election.

    The network published an online voter guide Tuesday and is partnering with several organizations to register eligible Latinos — a population that has grown 40% in the past eight years alone. Univision will broadcast public service announcements across its 126 local television and radio stations about the importance of voting…

    Donald Trump’s attacks are resulting in minority voter registration/GOTV drives.

    • 15 jackiegrumbacher
      February 26, 2016 at 7:45 am

      So, in the end, Donald Trump, the tv entertainer who thrives on bigotry, will end up waking up Americans to do the one thing that will save our democracy–VOTE!!!.

  4. February 26, 2016 at 7:40 am

  5. February 26, 2016 at 7:42 am

    So now Romney thinks candidate tax returns should be made public…utter hypocrisy!!!

  6. 19 desertflower
    February 26, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Morning people:) Happy Friday. Liars lie. Rain is wet.

    • 20 jackiegrumbacher
      February 26, 2016 at 8:26 am

      Df, surely everyone knows that only Democrats have to release their tax records. Only Democrats are held up to scrutiny for every word they utter. Only Democrats are consistently and viciously called out for “lies” even when the accusations turn out to be true. Trump will never be called to account for anything because his supporters don’t care and his critics “can’t make him”–the big macho bully– do anything he doesn’t want to do.

  7. February 26, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Good morning Chips & TOD!!!

    #FORWARD Together

    • 22 jackiegrumbacher
      February 26, 2016 at 8:30 am

      Bob, it’s good news that any kind of sustenance is delivered to people who are starving, but how long can people survive on just flour and water? There are small children in these villages who will become severely malnourished with this meager fare.

  8. 25 desertflower
    February 26, 2016 at 8:18 am



    “There’s no reasonable person who can believe at this point that every top advisor to Rick Snyder knew that there was an issue, but Snyder knew nothing. At worst he’s been lying all along and at best he’s the worst manager on the planet. Under either scenario he’s clearly unfit to lead our state and he should resign immediately,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “As if it isn’t bad enough that the Governor’s administration knew about the Flint water issues and did nothing, we also find out that Snyder’s deputy legal counsel was purposely writing separate emails to avoid the state’s Freedom of Information Act. All of this behavior is unacceptable and Governor Snyder must be held accountable for the egregious failures that have occurred on his watch.”

    • 26 jackiegrumbacher
      February 26, 2016 at 8:36 am

      Thanks, Df. Rick Snyder’s lies kill people. Christie’s lies disrupt and bankrupt the population. Neither one faces consequences. The only governor who has seen the inside of a jail cell is former DEMOCRATIC governor, Blogojevich of Illinois, who hurt no one but himself. What are the odds that Snyder would be under indictment if he were a Democrat?

  9. February 26, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Friday morning. TGIF>> Congrats Chips, on being first to open up TOD’ville this morning.

    To all, I hope that you have a cheery, delightful, and gleeful day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  10. 28 amk for obama
    February 26, 2016 at 8:31 am

    disgusting but true.

    • 29 jackiegrumbacher
      February 26, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Morning, AMK. You’re right about ‘disgusting.’ Spewing vomit is about all Trump is good for. Wish he’d give a double portion of it to Cruz.

  11. 30 desertflower
    February 26, 2016 at 8:32 am

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Don’t have food in your mouth:) Coffee out the nose is not pleasant, either:)

    • 31 Don
      February 26, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Coffee out the nose must be painful as hell seeing as coffee is hot. Now when I was in elementary school kids that could make milk come out of there nose were thought of as rock stars.

    • February 26, 2016 at 9:31 am

      “leightweight chocker”?!?!?!?

      Is this tweet targeting the “poorly educated” he loves so much?

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  14. 38 jackiegrumbacher
    February 26, 2016 at 8:43 am

    The economy is booming, unemployment is under five percent, gas prices are low, college loans are more affordable, health care is available for everyone–but we need a Republican macho man to save us. It is literally upside down world in America.

  15. February 26, 2016 at 8:45 am

      February 26, 2016 at 10:05 am


  16. February 26, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  17. February 26, 2016 at 8:50 am

  18. February 26, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Rubio, Cruz throw kitchen sink at Trump, but he’s still standing
    02/26/16 08:00 AM—UPDATED 02/26/16 08:25 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Last night was, however, a very different kind of event. With the window of opportunity closing for candidates like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, the first-term senators not only launched tag-team attacks on Trump, they appeared eager to throw every possible criticism they could think of at the candidate standing atop the polls.

    After months of restraint, Rubio and Cruz apparently decided it was time for a kitchen-sink gambit, which included, but was not limited to, attacks on Trump’s inheritance, his “university,” his tax returns, the vagueness of his health care plan, his record on immigration, his general-election polls, and his support for official U.S. neutrality towards Israelis and Palestinians.

    It led MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlin to raise an important point.

    By dropping so many attacks at once, Rubio and Cruz also make it difficult to focus on any one issue in four days, giving Trump an opportunity to regain control of the conversation. We’ll never know what might have happened if they had doled out bits of opposition research over months and months instead and litigated each topic one at a time.

  19. 47 Don
    February 26, 2016 at 9:02 am

    There’s a scene in “Apocalypse Now” in which Captain Willard walks into a fire fight and he comes upon a soldier launching grenades. The soldier looks high as a kite; Captain Willard asks the soldier “who’s in charge here?” The solider turns around and looks at Captain Willard and says “I thought you were in charge.” And that is the GOP today, nobody is in charge, they have no structure nor do they have a unifying voice. Their leader is a former talk show host that may or may not be a millionaire depending on the results of an audit that may or may not be taking place.

  20. February 26, 2016 at 9:05 am

    [Per The National Review’s staff writer Charles C.W. Cooke, The Federalist, Bill James, and the right-wing Washington Post editorial board]

    1. All bark, no bite and no fight – GOP doesn’t know how to fight anymore, whether shutting down the federal government for longer or taking on Trump…

    2. The others are losers and wimps – the rest of the 2016 GOP field has been, well, pathetic….

    3. Trump is a white trash billionaire – Rubio and Cruz need to say so…Trump is an entitled mess whose business record is so questionable that he managed to bankrupt a casino…

    4. Go birther on the birther – the Donald must die to save the GOP, and those attacks can start with one of his ploys—saying he isn’t eligible to be president…

    5. Get through to the “morons.” – The Federalist, Bill James, cites all the rational reasons why Trump is unqualified to be president, but then notes his party’s base is filled with “morons” supporting him…

    6. Arm the loosest of loose cannons? – the Republican National Committee are failing “to do everything in their power to prevent a bullying demagogue from becoming their standard-bearer.”…

    7. Call on principled leaders to end mob rule? – “If Mr. Trump is to be stopped, now is the time for leaders of conscience to say they will not and cannot support him and to do what they can to stop him…

    • 49 Don
      February 26, 2016 at 9:08 am

      I will say this about Donald Trump, he like President Obama is immune from any attacks that the Republicans launch. Make of that what you will.

  21. February 26, 2016 at 9:09 am

  22. 51 No Child Left Behind
    February 26, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Good Morning TODVille!

  23. February 26, 2016 at 9:19 am

    • February 26, 2016 at 9:24 am

      Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has dropped his objection to the Senate moving forward on aid for the Flint, Mich., water crisis.

      But by Thursday evening, Cruz, who is running for the Republican nomination for president, had determined that there was no reason to object, his spokesman said.

      But Cruz dropping his opposition does not necessarily mean smooth sailing for the Flint and energy bills. Senators said earlier Thursday that other members had put holds on the bills, which may still be in place by next week when the Senate returns to business.

      February 26, 2016 at 10:12 am


  24. 56 No Child Left Behind
    February 26, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I don’t know where to start about last night.

    It was a feast to watch grown men attempting to man up to the biggest bully, chauvinistic, egomaniac, demagogue in American politics. A right-wing tsunami with all the brutal force, irrationality, incoherence, and vanity the GOP and the Conservatives created via the channels of the likes of Club for Growth, the Heritage Foundation, supported by front-line mouth-piece punchers like Boss Limbaugh, Glen Beck and Sean Hannity. Oh, yes! They built that!!!

    And “that” is something the Party of Obstructions, the Party of No, the Establishment gurus like Koch Brothers and Alderson, cannot stop. Gravity is calling Il Douche to snap the nomination by all accounts. Unless superior brakes are applied fast, nobody can’t stop this Clown on his rapid descent in the next primaries to re-emerge victorious as the Republican nominee.

    Besides, Il Douche has a class of followers thirsty for a fight with the so-called Establishment, and there is nothing Priebus nor his masters can do. The Trump followers cannot be reasoned with for they lost their sanity the moment they casted their votes for that Joker.

    At this point, only a good exorcism might remove this tumor from the country, but at what cost?

  25. 59 MightyPamela
    February 26, 2016 at 9:27 am

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    • February 26, 2016 at 9:37 am

      OMG. What a horror show.

      • February 26, 2016 at 9:51 am

        If that was Walter Cronkite sitting their he would not put up with that behavior. Wolf and CNN loves it because it is all about ratings to them. It does not bother CNN that those GOP candidates standing up there acting like that, trying to become the President of the United States is an embarrassment to this country.

  29. February 26, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Here is the situation the Republicans see themselves in and they have no one to blame but their own racists self. Lindsey Graham said that if someone murder Ted Cruz on the Senate floor their would be not one person would care, and he said if Trump is the nominee he will support him because it’s like buying a ticket on the sinking titanic. He said something about Hillary being a liar, but she will be President.

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  32. February 26, 2016 at 9:55 am

    If I was a Republican, I would feel so ashame. That this is the best we can do, Trump, Cruz, Rubio. What happen to the party of Reagen, Lincoln, Eisenhower?

  33. 71 CEB
    February 26, 2016 at 10:00 am

    My president is coming to my city today and he will be in a part of town (but not near my neighborhood) where I live. The local broadcast media will be following him from the moment he leaves the White House through his visit to his return home. There has been coverage on the visit on all tech formats from the earliest news casts and it is continuing throughout the day. Several of the newscasters have been to D.C. to interview PBO when the White House invited local media outlets to do so. All of them were respectful and unbiased in their later presentations. Our local newspaper has been a bastion of republican bull shit all of my life, so I expect them to do their usual when it comes to PBO. I mentioned a few days ago that our repub. mayor, Lenny Curry (Alvin Brown, the A-A democratic mayor had only one term) came out in support of Rubio. I do not expect Curry to act like a mofo toward PBO, but we will see.
    The lithium battery production company, which came as a result of the Recovery Act, employs 300 people, many of them veterans.

  34. 72 No Child Left Behind
    February 26, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Unbelievable but true.

  35. 74 No Child Left Behind
    February 26, 2016 at 10:07 am

    • 75 No Child Left Behind
      February 26, 2016 at 10:08 am

      In response to this:

      • 76 No Child Left Behind
        February 26, 2016 at 10:11 am

        Anyone dying for a good laugh, please read the responses to Priebus’s tweets. That man should be fired on the basis of that tweet alone.

    February 26, 2016 at 10:10 am


  37. 79 No Child Left Behind
    February 26, 2016 at 10:16 am

  38. 80 GGAIL
    February 26, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  39. February 26, 2016 at 10:41 am

  40. 85 No Child Left Behind
    February 26, 2016 at 10:53 am

    • 86 Don
      February 26, 2016 at 11:14 am

      This guy suckled on the teat of free-ism, not unlike a big-mouth bass. If it was free his mouth was wide open, he couldn’t help himself. Sad that a Justice of the Supreme Court would draw his last breath inside of a comped-room at some dude ranch in Texas.

  41. February 26, 2016 at 10:54 am

  42. 91 Don
    February 26, 2016 at 10:55 am

    If you trace back to the cause of the demise of the Republican Party, it leads to President Obama. It all started with someone asking to see his birth certificate.

    • February 26, 2016 at 11:04 am

      But I also think of Nixon, Reagan, W. Lots of really horrible stuff going on with each of them that contributed to what the GOP is today. But yes, Republicans have completely lost their minds over PBO.

      • 93 Don
        February 26, 2016 at 11:13 am

        But the difference with both Nixon and Reagan, and to a lesser extant W, is that they kept their crazies on a short leash.

        • February 26, 2016 at 11:19 am

          Yes. What we’ve witnessed over the last 8 – 9 years is that they’ve come completely unhinged.

          • 95 Don
            February 26, 2016 at 11:23 am

            Perfectly stated, “unhinged.”

            • February 26, 2016 at 11:35 am

              And their insanity over PBO is not only about that he’s Black. He’s Black and he’s phenomenally successful WITH a beautiful, smart, engaged wife and two respectful intelligent children whom he loves dearly. He is a healthy, physically fit man who has a healthy ego and is emotional balanced with a brilliant mind and active curiosity and a tremendous sense of humor. He has style and he has wit. He broke their mold.

  43. 97 No Child Left Behind
    February 26, 2016 at 10:57 am

  44. 100 JER
    February 26, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

  45. 102 JER
    February 26, 2016 at 11:19 am

  46. 103 No Child Left Behind
    February 26, 2016 at 11:21 am

  47. February 26, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Hugs all around!!

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  49. 108 JER
    February 26, 2016 at 11:25 am

    LIVE on Periscope: Awaiting the arrival of POTUS at Cecil Airport – https://www.periscope.tv/w/1yNxayWjmlExj

  50. 109 No Child Left Behind
    February 26, 2016 at 11:25 am

  51. February 26, 2016 at 11:34 am

  52. February 26, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Should’ve already happened!!!

  53. 117 57andfemale
    February 26, 2016 at 11:40 am

    This is the progressive Savior. This is getting scary, guys:

  54. 118 JER
    February 26, 2016 at 11:42 am

    LIVE NOW: Bernie Sanders holds campaign rally in Minnesota – http://www.msnbc.com/shift/watch/live-sanders-holds-minnesota-campaign-rally-631922243658

    LIVE NOW: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Holds Press Conference on Water Crisis in Flint, MI – http://abcnews.go.com/Live?stream=1

  55. February 26, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Seriously …

    Have a super Friday everyone ….

  56. 120 No Child Left Behind
    February 26, 2016 at 11:47 am

    • 121 No Child Left Behind
      February 26, 2016 at 11:49 am

      Oh, boy! What could it be? We had endorsements from Palin, KKK, Bundy militia, and plenty of low-information voters who want to propel this clown to the WH. What will it be? Maybe the Devil himself is making an apparition.

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