Early Bird Chat

President Obama tango dances last night at the State Dinner in Argentina’ (Photo by Pete Souza)



President Obama visits Parque de la Memoria (Remembrance Park), Buenos Aires, a tribute to the victims of Argentina’s military regime 1976-83. He will make a statement after his visit.

The First Family departs Buenos Aires en route Bariloche

Arrive in Bariloche where they will visit cultural landmarks.

Depart Bariloche en route Buenos Aires

Depart Buenos Aires en route Washington, DC


On This Day – Pete Souza: POTUS meets Rembrandt. The President looks at Rembrandt’s ‘Self-portrait as the Apostle Paul’ during a tour of the Gallery of Honor at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, March 24, 2014

51 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 jackiegrumbacher
    March 24, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Morning and thank you, Chips, for starting a new day with this glorious photo.

    • March 24, 2016 at 8:34 am

      Good morning to you Jackie, are you starting your Tango classes today? 🙂

      • 3 jackiegrumbacher
        March 24, 2016 at 8:39 am

        Would you believe we actually tried doing the tango as part of a ballroom dancing class we once took. I thought the dance teacher was going to burst with the effort not to laugh. Awful would be too kind a term for it.

        • March 24, 2016 at 8:41 am

          🙂 I was saying to PragObots on Twitter last night that I like the walking part of it, but the twisty turny bits ….. I’d need the fire department to free me.

          • 5 jackiegrumbacher
            March 24, 2016 at 8:49 am

            Exactly. And when your partner doesn’t know what he’s doing, as my poor husband did not, you end up in a pathetic tangle.

          • 6 Dudette
            March 24, 2016 at 9:40 am

            Don’t forget the flick the leg through your partners leg part. I shudder to think of the accidents when amateurs bungle that. 😁😁😂

        • 7 catrst
          March 24, 2016 at 9:21 am

          I took belly dancing classes once with none other than my mom and her best friend (retired teachers). It was the best thing I ever did because the group never stopped laughing. Talk about not taking yourselves too seriously. Belly dancing was the exercise craze at the time like yoga is today. We had read it was good for your midriff. Had to wear belts with shiny spangles over our leotards. Oh so funny I have to grin just thinking about it. We should all take dance classes but just for fun. We would be a happier, healthy country.

      • 9 0388jojothecat
        March 24, 2016 at 9:55 am

        Good morning TOD family, Chips, Danny, lurkers, and all our friends. I chuckled when someone in a fun way was critical if PBO’s tango dancing and they got shut down, in a resoectful way because this TOD. Anyway i wanted to say last summer Purpleshoes, GGail, Tally and i attended a Tango dance event thanks to Purpkeshoes. It is a hard dance to learn in just a few lessons. Seeing PBO get up and LOOK like he knew what he was doing pulled it off for me. He got up there with confidence but not cocky. He and FLOTUS did a lot better than i did and i had one-one demostration and still stepped on my partners toes. 🙂 🙂

    • March 24, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Good Morning, JackieG! Congrats and have a FANTASTIC day!!! 😀

  2. 11 jackiegrumbacher
    March 24, 2016 at 8:36 am

    I think it would be okay with all of us if the tango image started every day. Was feeling really rotten yesterday with coughing and headache, but seeing the President dance the tango blew it all away. As Dudette so perfectly said, ‘OMG, OMG, OMG.’

    • 12 vcprezofan2
      March 24, 2016 at 9:09 am

      Good morning, JackieG. Wish you could get a good grasp on this cough of yours today, as constant coughing etc can be so debilitating.

      • 13 jackiegrumbacher
        March 24, 2016 at 9:20 am

        Thanks, VC. It’s been a persistent sucker and I can’t seem to shake it off, which puts a damper on everything I try to do. Needless to say, it’s been a rotten year, healthwise.

        • 14 vcprezofan2
          March 24, 2016 at 9:25 am

          So frustrating, especially when the medics have no plausible solutions! Keep searching. As an aside, are there naturopathic options in your immediate area?

    • 15 catrst
      March 24, 2016 at 9:24 am

      Sounds like the flu. Take good care of your awesome self.

    • 16 Dudette
      March 24, 2016 at 9:43 am

      I’m still saying OMG! 😆

      Hope you get some relief soon. Take good care of you. {{{{{ jackieg }}}}}

  3. 17 Roberta in MN
    March 24, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Good MOrning & Congrats on 1st Jackie. You are on a roll for the top spot on the opening day. Woot!!. GM Chips & Danny. What wonderfulcompilation of the POTUS & FLOTUS trip to Cuba & Argentina. I love it. Thank you very very much.

  4. March 24, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Live streaming from Argentina

  5. 19 Roberta in MN
    March 24, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Oop. “wonderful compilation” Chips, we did get our snow only 7+”. And it looks like it has finally stopped. Now it is going to be cold and windy. I really am ready for Spring to actually spring into the atmosphere. -:)

    • March 24, 2016 at 8:44 am

      “Only 7+” ONLY?! Oh heck Roberta, Spring can’t come soon enough for you!

      • 21 Roberta in MN
        March 24, 2016 at 8:59 am

        I know, I know, we have people getting stuck just trying to get into our parking lot. LOL. The plows haven’t come through yet. It will be awhile before the contractor comes and gets us plowed out. I have no where to go today. One of my friends Daughter is celebrating her 50th today but It will probably have to wait for a day. So I can make her Gluten free cupcakes. it’s just one of those days in Minnesota. Happens very year during March Madness.

    • 22 Dudette
      March 24, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Whoa! Minnesota Spring ain’t no joke. Stay warm Roberta!

  6. 23 Don
    March 24, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Very interesting, good morning TOD.

  7. March 24, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Good Thursday, Chipsticks… TOD Family!

    Chipsticks, thanks again to you, NW, and all the contributors that took us on the journey with POTUS to Cuba and Argentina. There’s soooo much we would have missed otherwise. POTUS is showing the world [and especially the “Sky is falling”/”Can’t walk and chew gum” GOP] how NOT to let terrorists win…not letting them fear disrupt our everyday lives and stop us from doing the things we want/need to do.

    Everyone, enjoy your day. 😀

  8. March 24, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  9. March 24, 2016 at 9:02 am

    TOD has been fabulous covering the First Family’s Trip

    Thank you

  10. 28 vcprezofan2
    March 24, 2016 at 9:04 am

    GOOD Thursday to you all!! March 2016 is almost over. 🙂

    Morning, Ms Chips. Knowing your aversion to too much heat, I’m more than willing to share some of my cool with you today. Life’s good (even if a bit chilly in my neighbourhood)!

    😀 😀 😀 Just imagine, I’m snowed in today….well iced in might be the more accurate description. The above pic is from a couple years ago but it gives you an idea of what’s outside my window today. Of course I could have made it in to work BUT got a robocall that I should stay put – not going to argue with that, especially when I can hang around and ogle the Os on the last day of their trip. 😀

    SOooooo, what’s on tap today?

  11. 37 amk for obama
    March 24, 2016 at 9:04 am

    heh bt

    In honoring the #puppyday, jtp asked me to ask you if he can post his selfie.

    of course, it’s nsfw, what else?

  12. March 24, 2016 at 9:04 am

    I would probably say *one* of the most important jobs…

    As he took office, layoffs were at a 26-year high. They are now near a 33-year low in raw numbers.

  13. 42 carolyn
    March 24, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Good morning. About to get ready for school, but had to comment once again on the tango pictures. Loved them! Loved it that the woman who danced with the President tweeted about it and was obviously thrilled. POTUS and FLOTUS are such good sports. They are the two favorite people in the world, in many different countries. They have done more to re-establish our reputation as a caring, welcoming country than anyone else. Our reputation was destroyed by 2008, and they have spent the last seven years rebuilding for us. They are superb.

    I hope they get to have a nice leisurely vacation in Argentina in a couple or years. I watch travel programs constantly, and there are some spectacular places to visit. Welcome back this evening, Mr. President. You always make us proud!

    • 43 Dudette
      March 24, 2016 at 9:52 am

      Superb indeed.

      Cuba and Argentina tourism is about to go through the roof too thanks to The Obama Effect.

  14. 45 CEB
    March 24, 2016 at 9:12 am

    GM, TOD ohana.
    Thanks to Chips and NW for the beautiful travelogue of the Obamas in Latin America. Bo and MO, by just being themselves, have paved a new way for future First Couples. It is okay to be who you really are.
    Of the many things that the Obamas do better than many Americans, especially those in public office, is the double-cheek embrace or greeting. They do it without discomfort or artifice, and often, they are the ones who move in first; none of that awkward and embarrassing hesitation that you see many Americans, especially men show.

    Off for a busy day with Mom (will show her all of the photos; I called her last night and woke her up to tell her about the tango) and will check in later today. We have had true Spring weather in Florida for the first time in awhile (none of that scorching heat of previous years) and I am really enjoying it.

  15. March 24, 2016 at 9:15 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! 🙂 Congrats Jackie on #1, and Happy Tango Thursday everyone 🙂

  16. March 24, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Thursday morning. Congrats Jackie, on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope you have a gratifying, pleasant, and an unforgettable rewarding day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  17. March 24, 2016 at 9:21 am

    I was turning the tv and came across CNN this morning and there they were discussing the President remaining on this trip and him dancing. I remember what jacquelineoboomer said last night to ignore them and that’s what I did, I keep turning the channel.

  18. 50 Ladyhawke
    March 24, 2016 at 9:24 am

    • 51 Nena20409
      March 24, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Glad to see Jonathan Capehart finally asking about Lebanon, Nigeria, Mali, Turkey, etc.
      I tweeted him several times yesterday & today.

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