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Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Obama enters the South Portico of the White House following his arrival aboard Marine One on the South Lawn, March 30, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today

9:55 AM: The President hosts an Easter Prayer Breakfast, State Dining Room


63 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. 1 jackiegrumbacher
    March 30, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Good Morning , Chips and early TODers.

  2. 11 Roberta in MN
    March 30, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Gooood Mooorrning where is everyone? still abed? LOL.

  3. March 30, 2016 at 8:36 am

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

    The greatest start of the day is when you wake-up in the morning and have all your faculties and mobility. If you don’t think so, try not waking up.

    To all, I hope that your countenance brings cheerfulness, happiness, and joy to all those you encounter today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  4. March 30, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Confession: Much as I despise him, I really wouldn’t call what Trump’s guy did to that reporter ‘assault’. He was a rough oaf, but ‘assault’? I just think this is going to play in to Trump’s hands.

    • 14 99ts
      March 30, 2016 at 8:44 am

      I think it probably relates to the legal definition of the word. Not sure it is a winner for Trump – but it certainly is a loser for the lass – doubt she will quickly get another job in the media (unlike the old white men who seem to roll from one cosy job to the next.

      • March 30, 2016 at 8:48 am

        Good evening 99ts!! I’m struggling to have sympathy for anyone who worked for Breitbart, but definitely can’t see how she’s going to work again after this – which is grim. Granted, people who would sympathize with the Trump campaign over this were probably going to vote for him any way, but I just think it’ll add to the ‘they’re all out to get him’ paranoia they have when they look at that tape.

        • 16 99ts
          March 30, 2016 at 8:59 am

          “I’m struggling to have sympathy for anyone who worked for Breitbart” – that about covers the whole issue. There also seems to be a side issue that she has complained about something similar before – but – it was a police decision to charge – not her decision.

          It just seems to be a never ending reality that anyone – other than white males – are not allowed to be victims. I have not had to cope with what Black Americans have to handle every day of their lives but I do see the women’s side of most issues – and I also wish Madeleine Albright had not apologised for her more recent words on women supporting women. (just to mention something different)

          • March 30, 2016 at 9:04 am

            The reaction to the story has been as hideous as I feared, endless jokes about violence against women. I think I need to stay off the internet for a week.

            • 18 99ts
              March 30, 2016 at 9:08 am

              I have stayed well away from the story. If it is Trump vs. Hillary for the election – Trump’s words will be used against him big time. Good that he puts it all in tweets – for all to see.

            • 19 jackiegrumbacher
              March 30, 2016 at 9:12 am

              The amount of anger, filth and bigotry on many sites is astonishing and it will only get worse as the election gets closer. For the sake of your blood pressure and overall health, it’s best to stay with safe sites that are carefully monitored. If that’s means being sheltered from reality, so be it. I know how ugly reality can be right now and I don’t need to wallow in it.

            • 21 arapaho415
              March 30, 2016 at 10:17 am

              GM Chips.

              I’m on exactly the same page as you.

              Can’t stand the MSM “outrage” and (endless?) tweets over something so trivial, inconsequential because it happened to one of their own precious “journalists.”

              There’s are far more real injustices happening to people who aren’t just whining, and yet are ignored by MSM.

              Especially since MSM has been insufferable after Robin Toner awards on Monday night.

              (“Corey” vs. reporter was lead story on @cbsradionews this morning):

        • March 30, 2016 at 9:50 am

          Morning TOD and especially Chips. Haven’t said hey to you in a while. As the saying goes, you lie down with dogs, get up with fleas. I don’t feel one bit sorry for this woman. BTW, your Danny makes me laugh. 🙂

    • 23 amk for obama
      March 30, 2016 at 8:50 am

      #trumpista

    • March 30, 2016 at 11:09 am

      I understand how you feel, Chips. I despise Trump and his out of control bully manager and I detest Breitbart & Co. But I’m of the mind that no one lays a hand on me in aggression. Is it assault or battery? I guess the courts have deemed it is. So I hope she wins the case.

  5. 26 amk for obama
    March 30, 2016 at 8:44 am

    • 27 jackiegrumbacher
      March 30, 2016 at 9:19 am

      A man who has to trivialize women all the time by reducing them to their looks and bodies is at heart deeply afraid of them. Trump can’t cope with women of brains and strong character, which is why he will do everything in his power to reduce Hillary to her appearance. He is in for a very big shock at the strength of will, intellect and emotional depth he will encounter when he goes after her. His little boy taunts are going to fail miserably.

      • March 30, 2016 at 11:12 am

        Agreed, jackieg. You don’t have to be a psychiatrist to determine that Trump is deeply insecure. He is constantly overcompensating in a astonishingly childish way, each and every day. I can’t imagine how bitter his life must be.

    • 31 99ts
      March 30, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Hi bella – I couldn’t get your link to work – this is not the same website – but it seems to be from the same source

      http://www.ndtv.com/opinion/though-battered-for-seven-years-michelle-obama-doesnt-show-the-bruises-1291229

      • March 30, 2016 at 9:09 am

        Thank you 99ts. I don’t know what I did wrong. 🙂

        • 33 99ts
          March 30, 2016 at 9:11 am

          No worries – A lesser person than FLOTUS would not have carried on regardless, she is such a delight & I’m so pleased you enjoy all you can find about who she is and what she does. We shall be reading all the good things for years to come.

    • March 30, 2016 at 9:08 am

      I made some mistake in trying to post this article here, sorry! Courtland Milloy writes, I recently attended a White House event that featured the Broadway hit “Hamilton”. But it was the host for the occasion who was the most impressive, first lady Michelle Obama still standing tall, chin up despite nearly eight years of enduring the kind of crudities that the wives of some of the current presidential candidates are starting to get a taste of.

      • 35 jackiegrumbacher
        March 30, 2016 at 9:29 am

        Bella, people have always underestimated Michelle Obama just as they have her husband. They have never understood the kind of toughness and courage it takes to grow up in the south side of Chicago, work hard against all stereotypes, get scholarships to the best schools, graduate with a prestigious law degree and make your way up the ladder, all the while battling racism at every turn. She is a brilliant woman with an indomitable spirit and no matter how many have tried to demean her with their ugliness, she’s stood tall, risen above it all and accomplished wonders as a First Lady.

  6. March 30, 2016 at 8:46 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Congrats Jackie on #1 🙂 Happy Wednesday to everyone! 🙂

  7. 38 99ts
    March 30, 2016 at 8:46 am

    GM TOD – I was so busy reading Bob’s link to Stonekettle I missed the rise&shine

    Too good a link to leave back there

    “Throughout history, the societies we admire, the ones we seek to emulate, the ones our founders modeled the United States on, those societies advance by education, by science and technology, by increased standards of living, by increased public health, by innovation, and most especially through a sense of shared purpose and shared destiny. ”
    ….
    “Taxes are the price you pay for the service of civilization.”

    One of his best rants

    http://www.stonekettle.com/2016/03/free-stuff.html

  8. 39 amk for obama
    March 30, 2016 at 8:48 am

    French President Francois Hollande has dropped plans to change the constitution to strip militants convicted of terror attacks of their French nationality.

    “A compromise appears out of reach,” Mr Hollande said after the two houses of parliament failed to agree the reforms.

    The proposal followed November’s Paris attacks which killed 130 people.

    But it ran into huge opposition and led to Justice Minister Christiane Taubira resigning in February.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35924701

  9. 40 amk for obama
    March 30, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Myanmar swears in first elected civilian president in 50 years

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35923083

  10. March 30, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  11. 42 MightyPamela
    March 30, 2016 at 8:53 am

  12. 43 hopefruit2
    March 30, 2016 at 8:55 am

    • 44 99ts
      March 30, 2016 at 9:17 am

      And if there was a GOP President – the media wouldn’t talk about the “amazing streak for the job market” It would be the brilliance of the administration.

      They just cannot bring themselves to admit that PBO runs an amazing administration that has done so much – despite the massive attempt from congress to bring the country down.

  13. 46 yardarm756
    March 30, 2016 at 9:02 am

    All Hail….I think I’m ready to come out of hibernation, maybe!

  14. 52 99ts
    March 30, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Not only in America are there RWNJs. Thought by replacing Abbott we had gone a couple of steps forward – but it seems not. Our latest attempt at a PM (we seem to turn them over as easily as Italy in recent times) thinks he will solve the Federal Budget by telling the states to raise their own taxes. My head hurts at the thought. Since Federation, the taxing authority has been the Feds. All people are taxed under the same rules – which seems to me to be a great idea – and then we have someone thinking we should copy another bad idea from the US.

    15 or so years ago a RW government introduced a consumer tax (GST it is called). They promised this would replace lots of state taxes – it did get rid of some – and now they want to introduce a new state tax. The economics is bad, the outcome will be bad & the wealthy will work out a way to avoid paying it. If I was 30 years younger I would seriously think about campaigning for me.

  15. 53 GGAIL
    March 30, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  16. 56 amk for obama
    March 30, 2016 at 9:17 am

    me, when our useless cricket team plays…. any matches.

  17. 60 Yvonne D. Baskerville
    March 30, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Great morning in Washington DC again. Yes we are all glad that Barack H. Obama and Family are still in the “People’s House” and that his sanity is still in place. He was never perfect; but he has provided us a bird’s eye vision of an educated, dedicated, focused young man working for the good of all citizens (Here and around the world). Been here since 1941; remember Presidents from Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Eisenhower, Others that shall remain nameless; then President Lyndon Johnson and his efforts to bring the Kennedy plans to fruition. All the more, we recall dear Jimmy Carter who was nearly pushed off of Pennsylvania Ave.on to the Clinton’s. Bushes, and finally God restored our faith in Him by giving us his ‘young genius’ with the praying Mother-in-law and visionary wife Michelle !! How thankful we Seniors are for living to see these years of economic restoration and folks who reach out to those (young and old, rich and poor) that would never otherwise see the inside of the ‘White House’. My heart is grateful the Family has survived this mean-spirited, obstructionist, ‘do-nothing but get as rich as they can, while creating chaos along the way with their lies, while doing damage to the American psyche. Yes, they are called congress; but we know who they really represent and pray that the voting citizenry will wake up by November. Oh well that is too much to hope for; so we will just continue to thank people like you – that put the truth out here daily and keep us aware that there are great people like you around, in America. Praying for your continued good health and my own survival to see Ms. Clinton have the opportunity to show that strong women can bring peace on a very broad scale. Thank you, thank you, thank you !!

    • 61 jackiegrumbacher
      March 30, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Morning, Yvonne. As a fellow senior, I share your historical perspective and your hopes for the sanity of the American people next November.

  18. March 30, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Trump and his rivals back away from RNC’s loyalty pledge
    03/30/16 08:00 AM—UPDATED 03/30/16 08:24 AM
    By Steve Benen
    There was a point last summer when Donald Trump flirted with the possibility of running an independent presidential campaign, prompting widespread consternation in Republican circles. But by early September, Trump announced that he’d signed the RNC’s “loyalty pledge,” committing him to the party’s nominating process – and its nominee.

    As we’ve discussed before, however, the New York Republican left himself some wiggle room. Trump said, repeatedly, that he would honor the agreement so long as Republicans treated him “fairly.” He never specified exactly what “fairly” meant – apparently, he knows it when he sees it – but the candidate’s rhetoric suggested he always saw a way out of his promise.

    All of which led up to last night, when things changed.
    When pushed again by moderator Anderson Cooper about whether he’d respect the so-called “Loyalty Pledge” … Trump was more direct:

    “No, I don’t anymore. No. We’ll see who it is. And he was essentially saying the same thing.”
    In this case, “he” referred to Trump’s principal rival, Sen. Ted Cruz, who also suggested he no longer feels bound by the party’s pledge.


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