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Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama join hands with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. as they lead the walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches, in Selma, Ala., March 7, 2015. Malia and Sasha Obama join hands with their grandmother, Marian Robinson. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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132 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. 1 jackiegrumbacher
    March 7, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Morning. My favorite photo.

  2. March 7, 2016 at 7:39 am

    I still can’t get over what he said

    What planet does this guy live on?

    • March 7, 2016 at 7:41 am

      : Not all black people live in the ghetto; not ask white people are rich. Equal opportunity offender. He thinks in stereotypes.

      • March 7, 2016 at 7:46 am

        He really does Mary, and it just makes you wonder where the hell he’s been. He seems to assume all black people are impoverished and live in the ghetto, and that no white people experience poverty. What the hell???

        • March 7, 2016 at 3:26 pm

          They have to fit in with ideas in order for his ideas to make sense. If his one idea is income inequality, then everything has to fit that mold. I agree – where has he been? It’s one thing to be true to your principles, and it’s another think to sit in Congress for so many years and not allow a new thought into your brain.

      • 8 jackiegrumbacher
        March 7, 2016 at 7:49 am

        Mary, when you think about it, someone with a Jewish background like Bernie ought to understand the origin of the world “ghetto” and recognize that many immigrant populations in the US have lived in and continue to live in ghettos, especially in large urban areas.

        • March 7, 2016 at 3:24 pm

          Yes, it’s just all kinds of wrong. He slots people into categories and that’s it. He has entrenched political ideas and the ideas are what count, not the people. He sees people the way he wants to see them – they fit a mold that he has in his mind – and not the way they actually are. His thinking is too rigid to make a good president.

    • 10 jackiegrumbacher
      March 7, 2016 at 7:47 am

      Chips, I can only conclude that Sanders is tone deaf, has limited real world experience (or curiosity) outside the confines of Vermont and the Senate and doesn’t think before he speaks. I’m hoping that the remaining primaries, especially on March 15 make him irrelevant and we can start to focus on the General Election. I have had more than enough of his finger waving, red-faced ranting.

      • March 7, 2016 at 7:50 am

        That’s what I just don’t get about him Jackie, if he’d lived in Vermont all his life I’d get why he was so clueless about this (apologies to Vermont people!), but as a New Yorker he surely would have witnessed what the real flippin’ world is like. It was such an astonishing statement, he is clearly utterly detached from the real world.

        • 12 jackiegrumbacher
          March 7, 2016 at 7:58 am

          Chips, you can live somewhere and never open your eyes to the world around you–especially if you’re an immature twit, which would help explain Bernie’s obliviousness.

        • 16 arapaho415
          March 7, 2016 at 8:32 am

          GM Chips, JackieG, TODville.

          What was particularly jarring about Bernie’s statement is that it came on heels of an incident where one of Bernie’s Black colleagues wasn’t able to successfully hail a cab in DC.

          Surely Bernie’s colleague wasn’t impoverished, so it sounds as if Bernie is only attuned to blatant racism (racial profiling) when it affects Black elite; otherwise only Blacks know what it’s like to be poor and live in a ghetto.

          Sounds like Berniebots are those whites who like to muscle their way into an area with affordable housing to increase their net worth by gentrification (aka making housing unaffordable for those already living in the area) and then pat themselves on the back for saving the “ghettos”

      • March 7, 2016 at 8:11 am

        From what I observed from the debate last evening, Bernie seems to have a “one size fits all” solution to every problem, and it all encompasses the words, “Wall Street”.

        I thought it was very telling when the woman, who acknowledged that she “was” a Bernie supporter [I say “was” because after the answers she got, I’m hoping she is rethinking her support] asked the candidates what they would do *NOW* to help schools that were not only lacking in resources, but in physically poor, dangerously unhealthy condition [i.e., mold, leaks, rats, etc.]. She specifically said that her daughter did not have 8 years….

        Bernie agreed that there was a problem, went back to his rant on Wall Street, the establishment, and eventually came back to his “FREE COLLEGE” solution…not a solution that would help primary and secondary schools in need.

        Hillary had specifics…re-instating a program that was in place specifically to fund repairs for schools in the conditions described, going after the state level [many GOP governors have stripped funding from education to apply to their own pet projects], and setting up a committee of sorts within the DoE to work directly with cities. I know I didn’t get all the specifics that HRC gave, but it was obvious in her answers that she had given it some thought. She could do more than commiserate but offer *feasible* solutions.

        • 18 jackiegrumbacher
          March 7, 2016 at 8:50 am

          This has been his problem all along, SW, which is why he keeps repeating and repeating and repeating his standards stump speech. Hillary always has real, experience driven answers, whether you agree with her or not.

        • 19 Dudette
          March 7, 2016 at 9:53 am

          A noun, a verb and Wall Street.

          • March 7, 2016 at 9:58 am

            Exactly!!! If someone had had a drinking game, taking a shot every time he said Wall Street, they would have been messed up before half-way through the debate.

      • March 7, 2016 at 9:02 am

        Bernie has the endorsement and support of enough highly visible AA’s that you would think he would show more of an awareness in his answers. Instead, he seems to be stuck in a 20th century way of seeing things. With each debate, with each speech, it becomes more and more apparent that his campaign is centered only around *his* pet issue(s) and that he does not want to — nor is he willing to make the effort to — see the issues that exist outside of Bernie’s World.

        Bernie’s has attracted supporters through his “bell ringers” — WALL STREET, CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM, FREE HEALTH CARE, FREE EDUCATION, etc…all shiny packaging; high reaching promises that have little chance of being realized. His campaign plays on the emotionalism of BLAME and over-the top DEMANDS rather than the practicality of RESPONSIBILITY and REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS.

        As Bernie continues his “one hit wonder” tour, I hope that the rose colored glasses begin to come off and those who are looking for the substance behind the shine – the ones who are more than anti-Hillary or those who are not simply attracted by the more radical thoughts they may associate with “revolution” — will see the tarnish of the empty shell.

    • 22 amk for obama
      March 7, 2016 at 7:48 am

      for an really, really old guy, the dood doesn’t seem to have grown up at all, does he?

    • March 7, 2016 at 8:34 am

      No Bernie all blacks don’t live in the ghetto. Blacks deals with racism whether you’re in the ghetto or bev. hills.

    • 38 57andfemale
      March 7, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Mr. 57 is done with him. As is several of his Bernie-supporting friends. His antics are making people cringe. His attacks are GOP-like. And stuff like this. This change has happened in the last few weeks. Our friends are comfortable with Hillary as POTUS and find Bernie’s screeching and scolding and lecturing off-putting.

      I have a good friend who is (was) one of those rabid Bernie supporters. All Wall St. is evil! and all that b.s. She posted on FB the article about Bernie supporters needing to ratchet down the rhetoric, that they are “not helping.”

      • 39 57andfemale
        March 7, 2016 at 9:57 am

        Even at a debate that was not one of Hillary’s best performances, Bernie did himself in.

        Although I think she needs to sharpen the attacks a little, do some framing of BS. Thoughts?

        Unless she romps in the Midwest by March 15.

  3. March 7, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Gooooooooooooood morning! That’s a fine way to start the day! Congrats on first, Jo’b

  4. 41 amk for obama
    March 7, 2016 at 7:40 am

    • 42 jackiegrumbacher
      March 7, 2016 at 7:51 am

      God help us!!! In the competition between awful and more awful, Cruz wins the “more” title.

      • 43 No Child Left Behind
        March 7, 2016 at 9:25 am

        Agree with you!

      • 44 SUEDUVALLSMITH
        March 7, 2016 at 9:46 am

        I HEAR THAT JACKIE..I DON’T KNOW WHO IS MORE EVIL…I THINK THEY ARE EQUAL IN THE OUTHOUSE OF POLITICS!…GOOD MORNING TOD FAMILY…I MISS OUR REAL PRESIDENT…HOPE THE ENERGIZER IS WELL…I AM QUITE WEAK 2DAY BUT MUST PRESS ON….SO THANKFUL TO GOD FOR PROVIDING MY STRENGTH IN THIS DAILY BEASTLY MOVE…MY NEW NICKNAME…ROADRUNNER!

    • 45 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      March 7, 2016 at 10:01 am

      THE DESCRIPTION ‘CREEP’ IS TOO GOOD FOR HIM!

  5. 46 desertflower
    March 7, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Morning everyone:) GLORIOUS photo!!

  6. 47 desertflower
    March 7, 2016 at 7:51 am

    She piggybacked off the Leonard Pitts piece, and added her own genius…

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-consequences-of-republican.html

    • 48 jackiegrumbacher
      March 7, 2016 at 7:56 am

      Thx., Df. As usual, Nancy nails it.

      • 49 desertflower
        March 7, 2016 at 8:04 am

        She always does! Morning, jackieg…hope all is well in your neck of the woods:)

        • 50 jackiegrumbacher
          March 7, 2016 at 8:12 am

          It’s pretty good, Df, except for the fact that his is the third day of a truly nasty head cold and I have trouble breathing and sleeping. But, apart from that (Mrs. Lincoln) I’m good.

    • March 7, 2016 at 11:25 am

      The comparison is even more stark when you look at what the two Parties have been doing over those years. While the Republicans have spent most of their time trying to repeal Obamacare and threatening to blow up the economy if they don’t get their way, President Obama and the Democrats have put forward a list of policy proposals that have been either ignored or actively obstructed by the Republicans.

      1. Comprehensive immigration reform
      2. The American Jobs Act
      3. Universal pre-K
      4. Raise the minimum wage
      5. Paid family/sick leave
      6. Free community college
      7. Gun background checks
      8. Criminal justice reform
      9. Restoration of the Voting Rights Act
      **************************

      It is staggering the Price America has paid from not just the GOP Obstruction and their allies in the press…but from the DEMs who have stood in the way as well…

  7. March 7, 2016 at 8:00 am

    I could still watch this forever 🙂

    • 53 desertflower
      March 7, 2016 at 8:06 am

      {{{PBO and FLOTUS}}} So adorable!

      • March 7, 2016 at 8:06 am

        I just ADORE that clip DF, it’s a gem! Gooooooood morning to ya!

        • 55 desertflower
          March 7, 2016 at 8:15 am

          Morning sweetness:)

        • March 7, 2016 at 1:18 pm

          Hello Ms. Chips,
          Good morning TOD. Still forever catching up over here.
          By watching “The Real” found out that was one of the Braxton sisters who gave FLOTUS that warm shout out.
          It was so funny how she and all of the other women on the panel agreed that FLOTUS has made us all feel that we know her personally. She has made us feel inclusive to the WH every step of the way.
          I feel the same way. I could watch it every day.

    • 57 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      March 7, 2016 at 9:49 am

      THIS IS WHERE I GET ANGRY…ALL THIS STUFF ABOUT NANCY R…AND MAY SHE RIP..HOWEVER…FOR ALL THAT MICHELLE HAS DONE…NOONE WANTS TO GIVE HER CREDIT AND THEY WILL SUFFOCATE HER TIME IN THE WH…SO I GET PRETTY DARNED MAD!

  8. March 7, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Good Monday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!

    Everyone, enjoy your day. 😀

  9. 60 amk for obama
    March 7, 2016 at 8:25 am

  10. March 7, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Memo To Bernie Sanders (who claims to be SO proud of his Jewish heritage): The word “ghetto” actually originated from Jewish slums.

    G’morning Chips & TOD!!! Happy Monday everyone 🙂 🙂

  11. 65 JER
    March 7, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

  12. 66 amk for obama
    March 7, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Casper discovered in the Pacific Ocean.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35736435

  13. 71 arapaho415
    March 7, 2016 at 8:39 am

    GM TODville.

    Weather update.

    It’s POURING in my neck of Ventura County CA right now.

    Thunder, lightning and wind too. It’s been at least 15 years since we’ve had a thunderstorm, so it’s news here.

  14. March 7, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Good morning TOD 🙂

    Sure hope he is correct ….

  15. March 7, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  16. March 7, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Danny ambling time, see ya in a bit!

  17. 80 Dudette
    March 7, 2016 at 8:54 am

  18. 83 Dudette
    March 7, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Good Morning Family!

  19. 85 GGAIL
    March 7, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  20. March 7, 2016 at 9:00 am

    I am very satisfied with the Downton Abbey series finale.

    Yeah Edith!

    • 87 Dudette
      March 7, 2016 at 9:31 am

      Me too! It was wonderful, all tied up in a nice big bow for the fans! I was clapping and grinning the whole time! 😄👏🏾😄👏🏾

    • 88 Dudette
      March 7, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Best part was when the family rolled up on Bertie’s big-ass castle to meet his mother. Everybody was like “Daaaaaaayummm!” I was like “Eat it, Mary!” LOL!

    • 89 debz
      March 7, 2016 at 9:36 am

      Me too, I would have been disappointed if she didn’t have a happy ending. They did a good job in ending the show. 🙂

  21. March 7, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Did anyone else know that Trump had done polling?

    …………………

    Conrad Black: Don’t underestimate Donald. He will win
    Conrad Black | March 4, 2016 | Last Updated: Mar 5 11:23 AM ET

    It is with great regret that I take public issue with my colleague John Robson, a columnist and editorial writer for the National Post, in this case over his comments on Donald Trump in this newspaper on Monday. John completely missed the point of the Trump candidacy. Donald Trump polled extensively last year and confirmed his suspicion that between 30 and 40 per cent of American adults, cutting across all ethnic, geographic, and demographic lines, were angry, fearful and ashamed at the ineptitude of their federal government.

    Americans, Trump rightly concluded, could not abide a continuation in office of those in both parties who had given them decades of shabby and incompetent government: stagnant family incomes, the worst recession in 80 years, stupid wars that cost scores of thousands of casualties and trillions of dollars and generated a humanitarian disaster, serial foreign policy humiliations, and particularly the absence of a border to prevent the entry of unlimited numbers of unskilled migrants, and trade deals that seemed only to import unemployment with often defective goods. I was one of those who thought at the outset that Trump was giving it a shot, and that if it didn’t fly it would at least be a good brand-building exercise.

  22. 91 MightyPamela
    March 7, 2016 at 9:08 am

  23. March 7, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Chicago and Suburban Cook County Folks…

    Early Voting Continues!!!

    But, now, there are EXTENDED HOURS.

    For the City of Chicago, go to this page and look for those sites highlighted in red. These sites will be open until 7 PM.

    7 PM!!!!

    Beginning today through Friday.

    Remember. all 51 sites will be open, but only those in red are extended hour sites.

    As for Suburban Cook County, check the list for those sites that are open until 7 pm.

    But, all 43 sites are open 9 am. – 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

    ALL sites, with the exception of the Suburban Courthouses, will be open this Saturday.

    And, there 14 Suburban Cook County Sites that will be open this Sunday.

    GET OUT AND VOTE!!!

  24. March 7, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Possible Supreme Court Pick Championed Black History Museum
    MARCH 7, 2016, 3:45 A.M. E.S.T.

    WASHINGTON — To remind him of some of the work done by potential Supreme Court nominee Robert L. Wilkins, all President Barack Obama has to do is look down the street from the White House to the nearly completed National Museum of African American History and Culture.

    Wilkins was instrumental in advocating for the museum, which is set to open in September, quitting his job as a public defender to push for it and later serving on a presidential commission whose work led to its creation.

    Now a judge on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Wilkins has credentials that would make him an attractive nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat of Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last month. A native of Muncie, Indiana, who was raised by a single mother, he graduated from Harvard Law School and spent a decade as a public defender in Washington.

  25. 95 amk for obama
    March 7, 2016 at 9:22 am

    National carrier Air India on Monday said it flew the “world’s longest” all-women operated and supported flight from New Delhi to San Francisco.

    The flight, which travelled a distance of around 14,500 kilometre in close to 17 hours, was operated as part of International Women’s Day celebrations.

    The non-stop Delhi-San Francisco flight took off from New Delhi on March 6.

    http://www.rediff.com/business/report/pix-air-india-operates-worlds-longest-all-women-flight/20160307.htm

  26. 100 Dudette
    March 7, 2016 at 9:28 am

  27. 106 hopefruit2
    March 7, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Glad someone is paying attention….

  28. March 7, 2016 at 9:32 am

    The GOP’s destruction of its own party
    LEONARD PITTS JR
    MARCH 4, 2016 4:39 PM

    “If he was for it, we had to be against it.”

    FORMER U.S. SEN. GEORGE VOINOVICH QUOTED IN ‘THE NEW NEW DEAL’ BY MICHAEL GRUNWALD

    The “he” is President Obama. The “we” is the Republican Party. And it is not coincidental that as the former pushes toward the end of his second term, the latter is coming apart.

    The GOP is an incoherent mess. Republican-on-Republican rhetorical violence has become commonplace. Party members find themselves mulling whether to break away and form a third party or unite behind a coarse, blustering bigot whose scapegoating and strongman rhetoric has Holocaust survivors compar-ing him to Hitler.

    The situation is so objectively and transparently grim that many on the right no longer even bother to spin it. “I’m a lifelong Republican,” tweeted historian Max Boot last week, “but [Donald] Trump surge proves that every bad thing Democrats have ever said about GOP is basically true.”

    “It would be terrible,” wrote Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens last week, “to think that the left was right about the right all these years.”

  29. 110 arapaho415
    March 7, 2016 at 9:45 am

    LA weather update II:

    Thunderstorm didn’t last long, now only sprinkling and wind has stopped.

    But wasn’t exaggerating about how few and far between t-storms are here:

  30. 112 Dudette
    March 7, 2016 at 9:50 am

  31. 113 No Child Left Behind
    March 7, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Good Monday Morning TODVille!

    I so wish that the Dem primaries would be over soon. Yesterday would have been fine by me. The Senator from Vermont maybe complicating issues and hardened voters. His latest Black people live in the ghetto gaffe is just too much. Maybe it is the title of a book he was reading. Who will ever know?

    • 114 57andfemale
      March 7, 2016 at 10:55 am

      My LGBT Bernie fanatic friend said she doesn’t want to see any more debates(!) and either candidate would be just fine if we all vote blue.

  32. 115 No Child Left Behind
    March 7, 2016 at 10:07 am

    In full Twitter mode now.

  33. 116 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    March 7, 2016 at 10:07 am

    IT’S GOING TO TAKE A LONG TIME FOR ME TO REPAIR MESELF THIS MORNING…MAY YOU ALL HAVE A GREATLY BLESSED DAY…AND MAY THE ENERGIZER HAVE ONE AS WELL…WILL CHECK IN TONITE…GOD ILLING..PRAYING FOR A SUNSHINY WARMER DAY! I LOVE MY BACKYARD FRIENDS..THE DUCKS!..ADIOS AMIGOS!

  34. 118 No Child Left Behind
    March 7, 2016 at 10:08 am

  35. 120 No Child Left Behind
    March 7, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Please, I can do without the Sanders at the top or at the bottom of the ticket. But, if this is what we need to win, hey, show me the polls!

    • 121 57andfemale
      March 7, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Damn, their polling in the Midwest states must really look awful.

      Hillary doesn’t need Bernie on the ticket.

      All over my TL this morning: BS supporters who insulting me on Sunday & saying Hillary will bring the apocalyse are now calling for party unity. “Whether you’re feeling the Bern or Standing with Hillary, vote Democratic!”

    • March 7, 2016 at 11:35 am

      No way. Hillary doesn’t want to spend her campaign defending Sanders baggage.

  36. 123 No Child Left Behind
    March 7, 2016 at 10:12 am

    He couldn’t do it through the front door, he will use the back door. The temptation of the Oval Office is too YU-U-U-U-UGE.

    • 124 Obama Grandmama
      March 7, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      That is what I thought when Romney attacked Trump. He was thinking there was a chance he could be appointed at a brokered convention.

  37. 125 Dudette
    March 7, 2016 at 10:21 am

  38. 126 57andfemale
    March 7, 2016 at 10:22 am

    I have a friend who is (was) a Bernie fanatic. She had been a Hillary supporter in 2008, hated PBO (even liberal LGBT people who grow up in racist Chicago neighborhoods can let their racism trump their liberalism). She did vote for PBO, albeit grudingly.

    But this year she’s been batshit crazy. Bernie is the Messiah, Hillary is evil, Wall St. Billionaires, REVOLUTION!. I do not engage her, it’s been impossible.

    Today she posted her positive (instead of attacking) feelings about Bernie and said this: “Hillary is an excellent politician and a great second choice.” And then she said there have been enough debates and she wants to “enjoy the sanity”.

    Something is afoot, I tell you.

    • 127 catrst
      March 7, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      I have a friend that helped canvass for Barack Obama in 2008, made calls at my phone banks and was seriously excited about his candidacy. She is in her 80’s. Her daughter from Chicago, very liberal, became one of the disappointeds early on and my friend followed her daughter’s lead. I was truly amazed at how fickle these people were. They did not see the opposition. It was like it was invisible to them. Changed my whole opinion of these folks.

      • 128 57andfemale
        March 7, 2016 at 12:38 pm

        It’s so frustrating.

      • 129 57andfemale
        March 7, 2016 at 12:43 pm

        Most of my gay friends love PBO and have continued to love PBO. This particular friend got her marriage equality and then didn’t give a damn about supporting him. There was the editor for Windy City Times, a major Chicago LGBT publication, on a progressive radio show a few years back, and she was furious with her community for not supporting PBO or the state legislators who put their necks out to get marriage equality in IL. She really called them out about their one-issue b.s. (and they still criticized PBO for not doing enough, not fast enough). She said their issue would have gone nowhere without the great support from straight progressives and progressives of color. So how dare they bail on those that fought and won on this issue? But as I said, I am amazed how racism wins so easily over progressivism. I see it in my husband’s family. My gay nephew is getting married next fall, but still rails against PBO. Infuriating.

        • 130 catrst
          March 7, 2016 at 2:30 pm

          When you mention legislators that put their necks out to support PBO’s initiatives I remember the health care divide. One terrific though moderate Dem congressman from our state voted for the health care bill after much hard work to get his vote. He ran for Senate and the state Dem’s kind of bailed on him. Should have stayed where he was I think as an incumbent but anyway some time later he said in a gathering after losing his election that of all the things that he did while he was in office (two terms as congressman) voting for the ACA was what he was most proud of. Some day all those folks will be recognized for their courage and conviction. I’d vote for him for any office in our state that he ran for in the future I am so grateful to him.

  39. 132 JER
    March 7, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Soon: Bill Clinton Campaigns for His Wife in Raleigh, NC – http://abcnews.go.com/Live?stream=3


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