Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for photos at the Instagram #GimmeFive photo booth in the East Room of the White House during the annual Easter Egg Roll, April 6, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

128 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. April 6, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Morning everyone, I haven’t been able to be around this week, my mother had a fall and badly fractured her arm so I’ve been back and forward to the hospital. She’s doing well now and is comfortable, so that’s a huge relief.

    Endless thanks to Nerdy for doing all the posting, we’d be lost without her.

    Heading back to the hospital now but will try to catch up with you all later today. Love and hugs.

    • 2 sherijr
      April 6, 2016 at 8:20 am

      omg ((((Chips & Mom)))) I am so sorry ~ I know that had to scare you both so much. Best wishes for a very speedy recovery to Mama Chips and take care of yourself too Chips. Sending out all my healing thoughts to you.

    • 3 jackiegrumbacher
      April 6, 2016 at 8:27 am

      Oh, Chips, I’m so sorry. How frightening that must have been for her and for you. She’s going to need a lot of help to function with one arm for a while. Will she stay with you? Please tell her that all of us at TOD are pulling for her. Hope you’re doing okay.

    • 5 symmetry11
      April 6, 2016 at 8:29 am

      I am sorry to hear about your moms fall. Glad she is doing well. I will be sending positive thoughts your way.

    • April 6, 2016 at 8:36 am

      Sorry about your mother, Chips. Sending prayers and positive thoughts her way.

    • 7 CEB
      April 6, 2016 at 8:39 am

      I know that this must be so scary, Chips. Sending you and your mom thoughts of love, comfort, and strength. The village will be fine, the only thing that you need to do is to concentrate on your mom. Please tell her that another daughter of a beloved mother who is all the way in Florida is thinking of her and praying for her recovery.

      • 8 arapaho415
        April 6, 2016 at 8:58 am

        GM CEB.

        Annieb posted this last week, and was wondering if you’ve got any local updates:

        IIRC, annieb posted an update that said FLOTUS’ garden tour later this month doesn’t include the Jacksonville area 😦 .

        From the article:
        “Bringing Food Forests to Northeast Florida said the garden is open for people to pick from 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

        ‘This is a solution to food scarcity in northeast Florida. We have several food deserts here where people don’t have access to fruits and vegetables, and certainly not organic ones'”

        The garden honors garden the life of 9-year-old Somer Thompson, who was murdered in 2009.

    • 9 desertflower
      April 6, 2016 at 8:44 am

      Happy, healing, positive thoughts for you and MamaChips:) Hope that she’s feeling all back to normal very soon:)

    • 10 arapaho415
      April 6, 2016 at 8:52 am

      GM Chips, thanks for letting your online family know.

      Relieved that Mama Chips is recovering, and JackieG is right, she’ll need help doing the simplest tasks, which will no doubt be very frustrating for her.

      Healing energy for speedy recovery to our ((( blogmistress’ mother ))).

    • 11 99ts
      April 6, 2016 at 9:01 am

      Lordy be – my message of Love & hugs went nowhere. Probably in that spam place where WP sends me from time to time.
      Take care of you both.

    • April 6, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Dear Chipsticks, thanks for all you do on our behalf.
      Sorry to hear about your momma. After breaking her wrist my mother reacted to a pain killer (long story) otherwise she’d have been OK. Love to you both and thanks again.

    • 13 andogriff
      April 6, 2016 at 9:14 am

      My dear Ms Chips!! So sorry to hear about your Mom, wishing her a speedy recovery! 😕

    • 14 hopefruit2
      April 6, 2016 at 9:15 am

      Oh my goodness Chips – sorry to hear about you mother’s accident, and glad that she’s recovering. Hope she continues to improve, and sending healing vibes and strength to both of you. Meanwhile, Nerdy has been doing a fabulous job here – we can’t thank her enough!!!

    • 15 COS
      April 6, 2016 at 9:18 am

      Sorry to hear about your mother Chips. I hope she feel better soon.

    • 16 GGAIL
      April 6, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Love and endless prayers for your Mom and hugs for you Chips 💕

      And yes, we do appreciate NW 🌹

    • 17 0388jojothecat
      April 6, 2016 at 9:30 am

      Sorry to hear your mom fell and is in hospital, hope she is able to recover quickly and return home. This must be the year if accidents and moms falling. My mom fell hit her head in Feb, an elderly friend of mine fell and hurt her knee last month and now your mom.

    • April 6, 2016 at 9:32 am

      Oh man, Chips, what a scary event for you both. Between the hospital and the vet, you’ve had quite the round of terror lately. Please give mum a GENTLE hug from all of us. And keep her away from running down any plane stairwells as she heals!

    • April 6, 2016 at 9:44 am

      Wishing your mother a speedy recovery, Chips!!!!

      Thank you for caring so much for all of us, as well!!!!

    • 20 57andfemale
      April 6, 2016 at 10:05 am

      {{{{{Chips and Mom}}}}}}

    • 21 MightyPamela
      April 6, 2016 at 10:19 am

      {{{{{ Chipsticks and Mum }}}}} _/|\_

    • April 6, 2016 at 11:24 am

      ohhhhh …Ms Chips…please give Momma Chips my best….i hope that she has a speedy recovery…Huggs and Kisses…

    • April 6, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      Sorry to hear this. I hope she has a speedy recovery.

    • 24 Nena20409
      April 6, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      So Very Sorry to hear about your Mom, Chips.
      {{{{{ ❤ Mama ❤ Chips ❤ }}}}}

    • 25 susanne
      April 6, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      love and hugs to you, dear ❤

    • April 6, 2016 at 9:12 pm

      Chips, wishing your mom a speedy recovery and know that I have you both in my prayers.

    • 27 Marlz (@marjgra)
      April 6, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      Hi Chips…I am late (as usual) and just seeing this info about mom. So happy that she is doing well. {{{Mom & Chips}}}

  2. 28 Roberta in MN
    April 6, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Congrats on 1st Chips. Gm Danny and TOD Family.

  3. 29 Roberta in MN
    April 6, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Chips, prayers sent to you and your Mom. Take care of her and yourself. (((hugs))) Don’t know ow to send flowers but now, they are on the way.:-)

  4. April 6, 2016 at 8:06 am

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

    Chips, I’m sorry to hear about your mom. I pray that she has a speedy recovery. You be safe and well.

    To all, I hope you display an altruistic, magnanimous, and an unselfish spirit toward others today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  5. 31 jackiegrumbacher
    April 6, 2016 at 8:34 am

    The Cruz/Bernie wins in Wisconsin mean that: 1) the Bernie people will be insufferable today, even though his delegate haul was small; and 2) there will now likely be a brokered GOP convention since Republicans allocate delegates a different way and Cruz walked away with 33 last night. I believe that HRC now has 1300 delegates and ahead of her are the delegate rich, diverse, closed primary states that are favorable to her. The Democratic race is going to be over long before the Republican one, although Bernie is likely to hold on until the convention just to be a spoiler. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

    • 32 arapaho415
      April 6, 2016 at 9:28 am

      GM JackieG, hope you’re on the road to recovery (though the recent Arctic blast probably hasn’t helped you 😦 ).

      Contested conventions can be riveting, but this year is reality’s version of “Dumb and Dumber.” To steal another title metaphor, “Fear and Loathing in Cleveland.”

    • 33 57andfemale
      April 6, 2016 at 11:06 am

      HRC is finally starting to fight back. She let BS frame her and she had pivoted to the GE. Time to look and be strong, and start framing BS right back.

      All the pundits are “advising” her not to piss off the BS supporters, to which I say…. b.s. They are going to whine anyway, they are delusional in their Bernie cult & their hatred of her, and many aren’t Dems anyway. Be a fighter, look strong. Don’t cede the field to BS.

      • April 6, 2016 at 11:32 am

        i agree with you…57…they are not DEMs anyway…

        we are not trying to piss off anyone…but it is time to take a stand for what is and what isn’t…and that is what i plan to do…fight on the issues and the facts…

        that NYDN interview is rich with fight back material….

        • 35 57andfemale
          April 6, 2016 at 11:45 am

          It may sound like a smear, but it unfortunately is a fact: Bernie is unfit and ill-prepared to be POTUS. He is a zealot with no interest in governance, although the taxpayers have paid his salary for three decades. He would be a disastrous POTUS. It’s time for Hillary to take the initiative to define him, instead of being defined by him.

    • April 6, 2016 at 11:28 am

      Bernie is likely to hold on until the convention just to be a spoiler. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.


      The DNC….the President and the Hillary campaign…will be meeting to devise a plan when that time comes…because he could try to bust open the Convention…..he will not go quietly into the night!!!

  6. April 6, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  7. 38 No Child Left Behind
    April 6, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Good Morning TODVille!

    Well wishes for Chips’s mother on her recovery.

  8. 39 No Child Left Behind
    April 6, 2016 at 8:37 am

    • 40 jackiegrumbacher
      April 6, 2016 at 8:59 am

      The superdelegates are Democrats. Hillary is a Democrat, who has donated millions to help down ticket Dems. Bernie is NOT a Democrat and has donated zero to other Democrats. In what universe would the superdelegates switch to Bernie?

      • 41 99ts
        April 6, 2016 at 9:05 am

        Post at BJ had Hillary sending a tweet of congratulations to Bernie while them on the other side were sending hate messages. She seems to be the only adult in this primary election.

      • April 6, 2016 at 9:14 am

        Why aren’t Bernie trying to help the down tickets cause if by some chance he were the nominee, he couldn’t get all the things done he is promising those young people without help from a Democratic Congress. Seem like to me Bernie might be in just for Bernie. I could be wrong.

        • 43 jackiegrumbacher
          April 6, 2016 at 9:36 am

          You’re right, Bella. He’s in it for himself. He’s also NOT a Democrat and has NO loyalty to the party.

        • April 6, 2016 at 9:56 am

          He’s spending huge amounts of money on ad buys, etc. and to not much effect. I think it was Maddow, maybe, who asked him if he was going to start contributing to the Dems and he said he was focused on winning the nomination now. She asked about if he’d start later and he said maybe he’d have to see. So yeah it’s all for him and screw everyone else to put it crudely. So strategy it seems insane. I keep hearing what a good campaign he’s running but I think it’s a foolish, short-sighted campaign. Dirty tricks, bleeding through money and no thought to what he would need if he were the nominee- short from other Dems.

      • April 6, 2016 at 12:33 pm

        And many of them are also candidates themselves. They don’t want to run on a platform of marxist revolution, who will be shredded in one news cycle by the GOP for his marxist past.

  9. 48 desertflower
    April 6, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Thanks, Obama!!:)


    U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc and Ireland-based Allergan Plc walked away from their $160 billion merger on Wednesday, a major win for President Barack Obama, who has been pushing to curb deals in which companies move overseas to save on taxes.

    Pfizer said the decision was driven by new U.S. Treasury rules aimed at curbing such deals, called inversions. The merger would have allowed New York-based Pfizer to cut its tax bill by an estimated $1 billion annually by domiciling in Ireland, where tax rates are lower.

    • 49 jackiegrumbacher
      April 6, 2016 at 9:00 am

      Good news. Thanks, Df.

    • April 6, 2016 at 11:45 am

      This is great! And it’s such a big story, affecting the business world and being about two big companies, that it should get lots of media play. We know that so many of President Obama’s successes are hidden or downplayed. I think this one will make a big splash. It also hits at the Sanders campaign issue “I’m the only one who cares about reining it Big Business/Pharma/etc. He’s all big talk (sometimes less than cogent talk) and no clue about action. Here is someone who doesn’t blow hot air, but quietly gets things done. One of the many things I’ve come to appreciate is how, when big actions can’t be taken, when the full frontal assault won’t work, President Obama finds ways to nibble around the edges, and those nibbles, in time, have big effects. He get very quiet and then, boom! Incremental change, baby! We will will be seeing positive, knock-on effects from many of his actions develop over the years ahead that we have no idea about now.

  10. 51 amk for obama
    April 6, 2016 at 9:06 am

    to Mama bt

    signed danny (& amk)

  11. 52 desertflower
    April 6, 2016 at 9:07 am



  12. April 6, 2016 at 9:15 am



    Republicans consider advantage of ‘losing with Cruz’

    Nicolle Wallace, Republican strategist, talks with an MSNBC panel about the considerations being made within the Republican Party about how to supplant Donald Trump as the party’s choice for the nomination and whether it might actually be better to nominate Ted Cruz even if he loses.

  13. 54 desertflower
    April 6, 2016 at 9:19 am


    In a rare one-on-one interview, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she’s “not even sure” that Bernie Sanders is a Democrat. During Politico’s Off Message podcast, she said: “He’s a relatively new Democrat, and, in fact, I’m not even sure he is one. He’s running as one. So I don’t know quite how to characterize him.” Clinton said she’s frustrated by what she called a “persistent, organized” effort to smear her political record. “I know that Senator Sanders spends a lot of time attacking my husband, attacking President Obama. I rarely hear him say anything negative about George W. Bush, who I think wrecked our economy,” she said. Clinton also said there wasn’t much difference between Trump and Ted Cruz, calling the Texan senator “a very, you know, mean-spirited guy.”

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  15. 60 JER
    April 6, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Wishing Mama Chips a speedy recovery.

  16. April 6, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Pfizer abandons $160bn Allergan deal

    US drugs giant Pfizer has scrapped a planned merger with Ireland’s Allergan amid plans to change US tax laws.
    The decision comes two days after the US Treasury announced fresh plans to prevent deals known as “inversions”, where a US firm merges with a company in a country with a lower tax rate.
    The Pfizer-Allergan deal, valued at $160bn (£113bn), would have been the biggest example of an “inversion”.
    It would also have been the biggest pharmaceutical deal in history.
    Pfizer said the move was “driven by the actions announced” by the US Treasury.
    Ian Read, Pfizer’s chairman and chief executive, said: “Pfizer approached this transaction from a position of strength and viewed the potential combination as an accelerator of existing strategies.”
    He added that the company could look at splitting off part of the business.

  17. April 6, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Ok, who came up with the idea of Capital One commercials with Sam Jackson, Spike and Barkeley?


  18. 65 debz
    April 6, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Sorry about your Mom. Sending healing thoughts.

  19. 66 hopefruit2
    April 6, 2016 at 9:34 am

    G’morning Chips, Nerdy & TOD! Happy Wednesday everyone 🙂

    April 6, 2016 at 9:42 am


  21. April 6, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Good morning, dear Chips and TODers.

    ICYMI, yesterday’s announcement from PBO has already resulted in a huge victory!

    April 6, 2016 at 9:46 am


  23. April 6, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Good morning TOD 🙂

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    • 84 jackiegrumbacher
      April 6, 2016 at 11:50 am

      Thank you, Bob. How I wish voices like hers could be heard throughout the world. American young people, especially, have to hear stories like hers.

  28. April 6, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Wishing all of you a fine day ….


  29. 87 MightyPamela
    April 6, 2016 at 10:10 am

    April 6, 2016 at 10:11 am


  31. 89 JER
    April 6, 2016 at 10:19 am

  32. 90 arapaho415
    April 6, 2016 at 10:21 am

    GM TODville.

    Continuing on the theme of a transformational Presidency (see my comment to Meta upthread re: Pfizer-Allergan abandoned merger “don’t mess with the White House” quote):

    If the GOP had any sense, and really wanted to gain traction with American voters, they would not have heeded McConnell’s obstruction pledge in Jan 2008. Instead GOP caved to bigotry and fear.

    PBO desperately would like to retrain those dependent on fossil fuels in states like Oklahoma and West Virginia, would love to see those workers retrained in tech (e.g., hardware repair if they’re not interested in sitting at a desk all day) but GOP won’t allow the government to subsidize this training.

    Talk about cutting off your nose despite your face (in this case, screwing their constituency).

  33. April 6, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Producer Debra Martin Chase Sets Up ‘The Black Calhouns’ at ABC as Potential Miniseries

    Photo of Tambay A. Obenson
    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act
    April 5, 2016 at 7:06PM

    In author Gail Lumet Buckley’s ambitious “The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African American Family,” the daughter of actress Lena Horne delves deep into her family history, detailing their experiences from the Civil War to the Civil Rights era, starting with her great-great grandfather Moses Calhoun, a house slave who used the rare advantage of his education to become a successful businessman in post-war Atlanta. And from there, the two branches of her family that followed: one that stayed in the South, and the other that settled in New York City.

    Buckley examines these lives and the major events throughout American history that they lived through. From Atlanta during Reconstruction and the rise of Jim Crow, to New York City during the Harlem Renaissance, and then from World War II to the Civil Rights Movement, combining personal and national history for a unique portrait of 6 generations in times of trial and triumph throughout American history.

    • April 6, 2016 at 11:51 am

      That sounds fascinating, rikyrah! I’m putting it on my list of books to read when I retire in June. It’s already quite high 😛 and is one of the few things that’s helping me to resign myself to retirement.

  34. 95 JER
    April 6, 2016 at 10:37 am

    COMING UP: Hillary Clinton Delivers Remarks at the AFL-CIO Convention in Philadelphia, PA – http://abcnews.go.com/Live?stream=2

  35. 96 desertflower
    April 6, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Guess who said this? I’m really, really going to miss him. Really badly.

    “After all, it’s easy to articulate a belligerent foreign policy based solely on unilateral military action, a policy that sounds tough and acts dumb; it’s harder to craft a foreign policy that’s tough and smart. It’s easy to dismantle government safety nets; it’s harder to transform those safety nets so that they work for people and can be paid for. It’s easy to embrace a theological absolutism; it’s harder to find the right balance between the legitimate role of faith in our lives and the demands of our civic religion. But that’s our job. And I firmly believe that whenever we exaggerate or demonize, or oversimplify or overstate our case, we lose.”

  36. 101 desertflower
    April 6, 2016 at 10:50 am

    He deserved this and then some.

  37. April 6, 2016 at 11:02 am

    This guy.

  38. 105 PrayerWarriorforObama
    April 6, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Sending healing wishes for your mom, Chips.

    • April 6, 2016 at 11:24 am

      Yes, I’ve been there, Chips, my 95 year old Mom has a similiar fall but the good news she did get better, I hope that you Mom’s healing goes as well. Blessing to her from all of us.

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  41. 110 amk for obama
    April 6, 2016 at 11:30 am

    US drugs giant Pfizer has scrapped a planned merger with Ireland’s Allergan amid plans to change US tax laws.

    The decision comes two days after the US Treasury announced fresh plans to prevent deals known as “inversions”, where a US firm merges with a company in a country with a lower tax rate.

    The Pfizer-Allergan deal, valued at $160bn (£113bn), would have been the biggest example of an “inversion”.

    It would also have been the biggest pharmaceutical deal in history.

    Pfizer said the move was “driven by the actions announced” by the US Treasury.


    See bs and bs bots? This is how you kneecap big corps, not with bs rhetoric.

    • April 6, 2016 at 11:55 am

      Exactly. President Obama goes at a problem from all side keeps quiet, until BOOM!
      Sanders can’d keep his mouth shut, thus revealing he knows nothing.

      • 112 amk for obama
        April 6, 2016 at 11:57 am

        the kenyan quietly busts a 160 bn shell game and the emmessem is fixated on know-nothing blowhards.

    • 113 hopefruit2
      April 6, 2016 at 11:56 am

      I chanced over to Old Orange, thinking perhaps this breaking news might be front-paged, but nary a peep, not on the front-page or anywhere on the site. Instead a gaggle of diaries celebrating the pyrrhic Bernie Sanders’ victory last night in WI. Sanders’ outspent HRC 3-1 in that state, and all he got to show for it was a bunch of votes from privileged but clueless Millennials, self-titled “Independents” who are really Republicans of the Snowden-Greenwald-Uygur extraction, and a net gain of 10 delegates which did little or nothing to shift the delegate map or his path to victory as the Dem Presidential nominee.,

      • April 6, 2016 at 11:59 am

        That’s why he doesn’t have any money to give down ticket Dems.

      • 115 57andfemale
        April 6, 2016 at 12:24 pm

        But delegate-rich OH, won by HRC with the same margin, is not supposed to be important. Even though OH has double the delegates of WI.

        And in case no one has mentioned it, outside of the urban areas, Wisconsinites are gun nuts; so Bernie was a shoo-in. That, and as you said, all the fake GOP who either voted their libertarian b.s. or wanted the weakest nominee (that’s what happened in IL).

    • 116 57andfemale
      April 6, 2016 at 11:57 am

      Bs & bots would rather yell than govern.

      Besides BS proved in the NYDN interview that he hasn’t a clue how federal agencies work.

      He’s gotta go. Soon.

  42. 117 57andfemale
    April 6, 2016 at 11:43 am

    This is an excellent read:

  43. April 6, 2016 at 11:47 am

  44. 119 No Child Left Behind
    April 6, 2016 at 11:53 am

    I know that he can handle the heat, but I’ll say a prayer for my POTUS.

  45. 123 No Child Left Behind
    April 6, 2016 at 11:56 am
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  47. 125 No Child Left Behind
    April 6, 2016 at 12:04 pm

  48. April 6, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Good morning Chips, I am so sorry about your mom. Wishing her a speedy recovery!

  49. 128 JER
    April 6, 2016 at 12:31 pm

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