Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama plays with 5 month-old Vann Carroll during a visit with wounded warriors and their families who were touring the White House, in the East Room, March 31, 2014. Vann was visiting with mom Ryan Carroll and dad, Major Ben Carroll. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



 10:35: The President holds a trilateral meeting with President Park Geun-Hye of the Republic of Korea and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan

2:10: Meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping

4:15: Meets with French President Francois Hollande

7:15: Holds a working dinner with heads of delegations at the Nuclear Security Summit


Sen. Barack Obama hugs Jean Hockenbrocht as fellow workers look on during his visit to Wilbur Chocolate Company March 31, 2008 in Lititz, Pennsylvania

First Lady Michelle Obama and Sasha tour the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama with Taylor Swift at Nickelodeon’s 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards, March 31, 2012

On This Day: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk with their daughters Sasha and Malia to attend an Easter service at St. John’s Church in Washington, D.C., Sunday, March 31, 2013

191 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    March 31, 2016 at 8:05 am

    GM Chips

  2. 6 Roberta in MN
    March 31, 2016 at 8:10 am

    What great pictures to start the day. Love that baby grabbing POTUS nose. What is it with noses, babies always go for them. LOL. POTUS has a busy day today. Thanks for all you do here Chips, Nerdy, Bobfr, AMK and all other BT’s.

  3. 7 catrst
    March 31, 2016 at 8:15 am

    FLOTUS is so beautiful inside and out.

    • 8 CEB
      March 31, 2016 at 8:35 am

      I was just thinking the same thing as I scrolled through the photos. By being her authentic self she has inspired women and girls all over the world and paved a new and better way for future First Ladies. No more desperate housewives in the White House drinking and pill-popping to deaden their pain.

  4. 9 jackiegrumbacher
    March 31, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Morning. Don’t think I’ve ever seen the photo of FLOTUS hugging Sasha in the leather jacket. It’s truly lovely. Thank you for finding these gems, Chps.

  5. March 31, 2016 at 8:22 am

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

    To all, I hope you have an enjoyable, delightful, and satisfying day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  6. March 31, 2016 at 8:27 am

    GM, TOD! Doing a “drive-by.” Granddaughter, former D-i-L #2, and D-i-L’s Dad are in for a drive-by visit. First time I’ve seen GD since Christmas 2014. I’ve been ill, so my Mom hosted us for dinner last. I’m so Blessed that at 84 she is still functioning at a very high level. Lately, she’s been getting around better than me! They are due here at 10; GD and I are going to make a skirt.

    Have a Blessed Day! Read you later!

    • 15 Roberta in MN
      March 31, 2016 at 8:33 am

      You take care jazziz2 and don’t overdue. But have a great visit, it’s nice to have family stop by even if it is a short visit. You have a peaceful day.

    • 16 jacquelineoboomer
      March 31, 2016 at 11:40 am

      Sounds like a wonderful day for you, and I hope you enjoy every second!

  7. 17 Roberta in MN
    March 31, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Hey, do those SS guys have oozies down their pantlegs? LOL.

  8. March 31, 2016 at 8:47 am

    GM MsChipsssssss…GM TODDDDD…

    one of my favorite pics of the Obama Fam…walking to Church on Easter Sunday..

    thinking about all the nasty hits that have placed on this fam…yet they have risen above it all…

    I love the President…and his fam…

    loving that pic of FLOTUS and Sasha…sweet…

  9. 19 andogriff
    March 31, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Good morning (although it’s 15:00 in Germany!) to dear Ms Chips and our TOD family, & congrats on 1st to Roberta! Just struggling through some ugly posts on FB, so grateful for this oasis of beautiful photos of our first family, as well as love and sanity! ❤️❤️❤️

  10. March 31, 2016 at 9:03 am

  11. 21 desertflower
    March 31, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Morning all:) Happy it’s Thursday…been a loooong week at work:) Have a wonderful day!

  12. March 31, 2016 at 9:06 am

    “To date, this administration has used both commutations and the retroactive application of the Fair Sentencing Act to address specific injustices that exist in the criminal justice system. In order to take the next step, Congress needs to act”.

  13. 25 jackiegrumbacher
    March 31, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Have you noticed that every man running for President this year is an unkempt mess? There’s chubby DT with the bird’s nest hair, perpetually dripping Cruz with the ill fitting suits, frumpy Kasich, who looks like he just woke up from a nap and Sanders with hair that’s never known a comb. Only one person looks well groomed, carefully put together and presentable in any environment and that’s Hillary Clinton. It may seem superficial, but the way that someone presents themselves makes a difference in how they’re regarded by others. Any of the men would be an embarrassment in a distinguished international gathering. They may be on national tv everyday, but they’re not ready for prime time.

    • March 31, 2016 at 10:01 am

      Yes I’ve noticed that as well. This unkemptness on the outside reflects their messed-up psyches, and should be a warning sign for everyone.

    • 27 jacquelineoboomer
      March 31, 2016 at 11:49 am

      Hi, jackieG – that’s a big trend that I’ve noticed. Even if you just sit back and watch The Weather Channel every now and then, all the guys seems to be unkempt white guys who looked like they just crawled out of bed, but for one or two, and all the women seem to be long-haired, high-heeled, well-dressed beauties. Each of them appears equally qualified, once they speak! But if we women were as shallow and superficial as some of the people who hire the meteorologists on TWC and many of the “news” people on the major cable shows, we’d have some good-looking men in the mix! Ha. To me, it’s a total double standard and the sad part is that those who hire don’t know it. And these shows on teevee – and the presidential candidates – are just mirroring the double standard that has existed in the workforce in our country since women starting taking “office jobs”!!!!

      Or, as I could have just commented, if I weren’t so wordy: I agree with you. 🙂

  14. 28 Ladyhawke
    March 31, 2016 at 9:15 am


    Clinton: Republicans can’t pretend we don’t have a president


    Hillary Clinton, Democratic candidate for president, talks with Rachel Maddow about President Obama’s nomination for the vacancy on the Supreme Court and the importance of putting more Democrats in the Senate. Duration: 3:44



    • 29 jackiegrumbacher
      March 31, 2016 at 10:09 am

      She is so right. HRC is cooking on all cylinders these day. If you watch any one of these segments with Rachel, she’s is brilliant and on point. There is not one candidate out there who comes close to her in breadth of understanding of issues and in capability to run the country. She’s the only grown up running for president in 2016.

      • 31 Obama Grandmama
        March 31, 2016 at 12:15 pm

        I also liked that Rachel asked Bernie about why he was not helping other down ticket Dems with raising money. He essentially said he was too busy running his own and did not have the connections Hillary had to money to help. Another words, he subscribes to every person on their own which does not bode well for a revolutionist.

      • 32 57andfemale
        March 31, 2016 at 12:44 pm


  15. 33 desertflower
    March 31, 2016 at 9:22 am



    It’s ironic that we complain about voter suppression and shortened voting times and then we have so many caucuses. The caucuses are the least democratic political operation in America. They cater to the people who have a lot of time on their hands, and what’s interesting is Sanders is the nominee of the caucuses and Hillary is the nominee of the primaries.

    I am disappointed by the voters who say, “OK I’m just going to show you how angry I am!” And I’m particularly unimpressed with people who sat out the Congressional elections of 2010 and 2014 and then are angry at Democrats because we haven’t been able to produce public policies they like. They contributed to the public policy problems and now they are blaming other people for their own failure to vote, and then it’s like, “Oh look at this terrible system,” but it was their voting behavior that brought it about.

    So it seems like you’re saying Bernie’s voters have a slightly unrealistic sense about the political process. And that this is driven—

    I didn’t say slightly.

    🙂 🙂

  16. 35 amk for obama
    March 31, 2016 at 9:27 am

    The highest court in South Africa has ruled that President Jacob Zuma violated the constitution when he failed to repay government money spent on his private home.

    It gave the treasury 60 days to determine how much he should repay.

    The ruling is a victory for the opposition, who said they would push for Mr Zuma’s impeachment.

    They accuse him of using “ill-gotten wealth” to upgrade his home with a swimming pool and amphitheatre.


    In a unanimous judgement on behalf of the Constitutional Court’s 11 judges, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said the public protector was a “Biblical David” fighting against the Goliath of corruption.

    Mr Zuma’s failure to repay the money was “inconsistent” with the constitution, he added.

    “The president failed to uphold, defend and respect the constitution,” he declared.


    Remember the boos zuma got when the kenyan visited SA?

  17. 36 GGAIL
    March 31, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    • March 31, 2016 at 10:42 am

      I saw the difference between Bernie answer and Hillary answer to the question about the Supreme Court nominee of President Obama. I also understand now why some of Bernie supporters have no problem supporting Trump over Hillary, to them it’s not about race, it’s about class. These Bernie supporters remind me of Trump supporters.

  18. March 31, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Good morning TOD folks! Wishing everyone a wonderful day. Thank you Chips and Co for ongoing superb coverage of the Obama years.

  19. 40 hopefruit2
    March 31, 2016 at 10:05 am

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

  20. 42 JER
    March 31, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  21. 43 amk for obama
    March 31, 2016 at 10:17 am

  22. 49 MightyPamela
    March 31, 2016 at 10:37 am

  23. 52 Ladyhawke
    March 31, 2016 at 10:56 am

  24. 53 Ladyhawke
    March 31, 2016 at 11:08 am

  25. 55 CEB
    March 31, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Even though it means that the Obamas will be leaving us soon, I am looking forward to not having to see or hear anything more about the pond scum running against Hillary for president. As much as I try to avoid it, some of the ugliness creeps through. I literally get sick to my stomach when I see the faces of all of those (including Bernie) who shall not be named. That their souls are just as ugly as their visages is just too much to take. Off to cleanse my mind and soul by looking at photos of PBO and FLOTUS.

  26. 59 amk for obama
    March 31, 2016 at 11:27 am

    • 60 No Child Left Behind
      March 31, 2016 at 11:40 am

      Good Morning TODVille.

      What I don’t understand is that in spite of the negative views people have of Il Douche, primary voters are still voting for him more than they do other wackos. That tells me that the field is very lame.

  27. March 31, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Good morning, TODville.

  28. March 31, 2016 at 11:50 am

  29. 69 No Child Left Behind
    March 31, 2016 at 11:51 am

  30. March 31, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Sorry if already posted but I love this!

    March 31, 2016 at 12:00 pm


  32. 79 57andfemale
    March 31, 2016 at 12:41 pm

  33. 82 No Child Left Behind
    March 31, 2016 at 12:47 pm

  34. 83 No Child Left Behind
    March 31, 2016 at 12:55 pm

  35. March 31, 2016 at 12:58 pm

  36. 85 No Child Left Behind
    March 31, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    That creep should be thrown in jail with forced labor forever.

  37. 86 jacquelineoboomer
    March 31, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    I love liberals.

  38. 90 GGail
    March 31, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    If this is a repost, I apologize…
    White House jazz celebration to feature Aretha Franklin, Sting, Buddy Guy, and more
    The White House will host a major concert in honor of the fifth annual International Jazz Day on April 29. The International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert will features a lineup worthy of a sitting president that includes Herbie Hancock, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Buddy Guy, Chick Corea, Pat Matheny, Diana Krall, Wayne Shorter, and many others. And music fans who can’t get into the gig need not worry: ABC will broadcast the event the following day.

    Washington, D.C. is this year’s International Jazz Day host city. The event has previously been hosted by Istanbul, Osaka, and Paris and is sponsored by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and UNESCO. “Jazz has been a uniting force and very unifying for people all over the world for the last century,” Tom Carter, the institute’s president, told the Associated Press. “It is the voice for many of those facing challenges around the world.”

    John Beasley will serve as the musical director for the event, which will also feature performances by Joey Alexander, Terence Blanchard, Kris Bowers, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Till Brönner, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jamie Cullum, Kurt Elling, Robert Glasper, Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain, Al Jarreau, Lionel Loueke, Hugh Masekela, Christian McBride, John McLaughlin, Marcus Miller, James Morrison, Danilo Pérez, Rebirth Brass Band, Dianne Reeves, Lee Ritenour, David Sánchez, Esperanza Spalding, Trombone Shorty, Chucho Valdés, Bobby Watson, and Ben Williams.

    “We are thrilled that President Obama and Michelle Obama are hosting the International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert at the White House, and are truly grateful for their commitment to jazz and its role in building bridges and uniting people around the world,” Hancock said in a press release.


  39. March 31, 2016 at 1:41 pm

  40. 97 No Child Left Behind
    March 31, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Good grief! When will we put this creep to rest??? I can’t wait for the general elections.

  41. 104 jacquelineoboomer
    March 31, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Big ol’ “breaking news” according to MSNBC: Trump meets with the RNC at their headquarters. Makes me gag seeing OUR Secret Service personnel have to accompany and guard him, and I’m pretty sure none of them are enjoying it, either.

    • 105 jacquelineoboomer
      March 31, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      MSNBC acts like it’s all a big surprise, made it appear Trump snuck in the building. Of course, all kinds of news cameras were already there, because Trump’s “people” called them first.

      It’s a game, staged, fake, a circus carnival. And the “news” channels fall for it, every time. *click*

  42. 106 No Child Left Behind
    March 31, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    More creeps coming out….

  43. 111 Dudette
    March 31, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Hi Everyone!

  44. 115 No Child Left Behind
    March 31, 2016 at 2:07 pm

  45. 116 Dudette
    March 31, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Just thought I’d share…

  46. 117 Dudette
    March 31, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    I think this might be national (not limited to Chicago) – too late for me since I just had my procedure done. Might be worth a look. Check it out ASAP!

    Get paid up to $500 when you book a colonoscopy

    Reference website:

  47. 123 Dudette
    March 31, 2016 at 2:33 pm

  48. 124 Dudette
    March 31, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Despite having signed an agreement that he would…

  49. 125 Dudette
    March 31, 2016 at 2:38 pm

  50. 130 57andfemale
    March 31, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    This is an interesting idea:

    • 131 nospin
      March 31, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      I think that is hogwash. How can you have only 2 running and then pretend the only reason you won’t do any more debates is because he doesn’t want to fundraise for the down tickets races?

      If they even consider this it will backfire. Bad enough they rigged the race for Clinton, now she is actually working for a win and they want to shut down BS by pretending this is a reason to not hold remaining debates?

      Bullshit. Bad idea.

      • 132 57andfemale
        April 1, 2016 at 9:59 am

        I disagree. BS can’t do anything without a strong Congress and he should damn well care about state and local races (he never has, even in VT). He has made use of DNC resources since becoming a Dem five minutes ago (something he has no intention of maintaining, as he’s already filed for the Senate run in 2018 as an Independent).

        He signed a pledge to contribute to Dems and down ticket races, and he hasn’t. He wants the party to call for more debates, but won’t honor his own pledge. No one should get the Dem nomination who either, on a good day, doesn’t give a damn about the Democratic party, and on most days demonizes the party. Chaos and destruction will not necessarily lead to Utopia.

  51. 133 Dudette
    March 31, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    • 134 Dudette
      March 31, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      • 135 Obama Grandmama
        March 31, 2016 at 4:04 pm

        In answering Rachel’s question on why he is not helping the Dem down ticket candidates fund raise while Hillary is? Bernie answered that he needed his money for his run that Hillary had more connections to other funding. Really? Is that a statement on why his fundraising method is not sufficient for a revolution if it does not help get in more people that agree with the party platform? Or is that just showing that Bernie has no intention to help the Dem party even though he signed a contract agreeing to that or is he is just using the party to further his own interests?

  52. 136 Nena20409
    March 31, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Thanks for Being TODable TOD Community.
    Congrats to all the Au ⭐ winners, starting with this post and 3 posts back.

  53. 137 Nena20409
    March 31, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    • 138 sherijr
      March 31, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      That’s disgusting and disturbing. Real sick of cops in America. They don’t even bother to come to my neighborhood when called anymore.

  54. 139 Nena20409
    March 31, 2016 at 2:53 pm

  55. 140 Nena20409
    March 31, 2016 at 2:55 pm

  56. 141 No Child Left Behind
    March 31, 2016 at 2:57 pm

  57. 142 Nena20409
    March 31, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    • 143 GGail
      March 31, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      That’s right – expose Bernie for who is really is.
      If you wait long enough, people will tell you who they are

  58. 144 No Child Left Behind
    March 31, 2016 at 3:01 pm

  59. 145 No Child Left Behind
    March 31, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    I can’t believe I was unaware of this meeting…


  60. 147 No Child Left Behind
    March 31, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    You ought to follow POTUS’s example and reopen CONGRESS for business. You punk!

    • March 31, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      Dishonest spin. The nuclear agreement was about nuclear arms, not ballistic missiles. The President was clear about the fact that the nuclear agreement was about that, about making Iran respect the non-proliferation treaty. Ballistic missiles are another story.

  61. 149 Nena20409
    March 31, 2016 at 3:08 pm


  62. 150 Nena20409
    March 31, 2016 at 3:09 pm

  63. 151 No Child Left Behind
    March 31, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Another day, another wacko.

  64. 152 Nena20409
    March 31, 2016 at 3:13 pm

  65. 154 Nena20409
    March 31, 2016 at 3:17 pm

  66. 155 No Child Left Behind
    March 31, 2016 at 3:21 pm

  67. 156 Nena20409
    March 31, 2016 at 3:24 pm

  68. 159 No Child Left Behind
    March 31, 2016 at 3:25 pm

  69. 161 Nena20409
    March 31, 2016 at 3:28 pm

  70. 163 Nena20409
    March 31, 2016 at 3:33 pm

  71. 164 No Child Left Behind
    March 31, 2016 at 3:35 pm

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  73. 166 Nena20409
    March 31, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Presser Today, mostly on National Security, Eric Schultz, Ben Rhodes, etc.
    Start: 40:30mins in.

  74. 167 Nena20409
    March 31, 2016 at 3:56 pm

  75. 168 Nena20409
    March 31, 2016 at 4:08 pm

  76. March 31, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    This child’s letter is really phenomenal:

  77. 171 Allison
    March 31, 2016 at 4:12 pm

  78. 172 Nena20409
    March 31, 2016 at 4:12 pm


  79. 173 hopefruit2
    March 31, 2016 at 4:13 pm

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  81. 176 Nena20409
    March 31, 2016 at 4:32 pm

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    March 31, 2016 at 4:41 pm

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  85. 183 Nena20409
    March 31, 2016 at 4:52 pm

  86. March 31, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Terrible news out of Richmond.

    Anyone around to do a new thread?

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  89. 187 57andfemale
    March 31, 2016 at 5:06 pm

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  91. March 31, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    back to work …………..

  92. March 31, 2016 at 5:51 pm

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