Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participate in tree plantings at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington, D.C., April 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)



The President has meetings and delivers a statement to the press in Saudi Arabia before leaving for England this afternoon.

162 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. April 21, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Good morning, TOD! No sleep last night; hate insomnia…

  2. 8 jackiegrumbacher
    April 21, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Morning, Chps. I’ve always loved that “Pick up a shovel, Buster” look Michelle is giving PBO.

  3. 16 amk for obama
    April 21, 2016 at 7:33 am

    ha, typical men.

  4. April 21, 2016 at 7:38 am

    #TBT — His-story

  5. 31 jackiegrumbacher
    April 21, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Last night I went to a countywide Democratic meeting and was dismayed to learn that so many people are still holding on to the illusion that Bernie can win the nomination and the presidency. They’re all still trying to convince the rest of us that Bernie is a savior and they are fighting for the soul of the Democratic Party. The delusion was so depressing to witness, I felt absolutely exhausted afterwards. There is just no convincing these people, although they all vowed to support the Democratic nominee in November.

    • 32 amk for obama
      April 21, 2016 at 7:40 am

      gopolitico sez latest pol has hillz leading by 10 points in PA. So, let bs bots be.

    • 35 arapaho415
      April 21, 2016 at 8:37 am

      GM JackieG.

      Thankfully the folks you met with last night aren’t Bernie “supporters” like Sarandon (who will either vote for Trump [WTH] or stay home).

      Did you see this yesterday?

  6. 36 amk for obama
    April 21, 2016 at 7:39 am

    • 37 amk for obama
      April 21, 2016 at 7:40 am

      • 38 jackiegrumbacher
        April 21, 2016 at 7:49 am

        Funny, but I never heard any man say that George Washington should smile or Hamilton or Lincoln or Grant or any of the other somber men on our currency. Only the woman who endured more hardship than any one of them needs to smile.

        • 39 arapaho415
          April 21, 2016 at 8:41 am

          Ain’t that the truth.

          Had to be a guy, since it’s his expectation that women look happy in his presence. Harriet Tubman was busy freeing enslaved people at great risk to herself. SMH.

  7. 40 amk for obama
    April 21, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Could ‘actual innocence’ save the broken US justice system?


    very good read. time to shine some sunlight on the power hungry ‘prosecutors’.

  8. April 21, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Good Thursday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!

    Watching the Hillary Clinton Town Hall in PA on GMA.

    Everyone, enjoy your day! 😀

    • April 21, 2016 at 8:39 am

      I was there….the energy was Electric….folks are excited!


      • April 21, 2016 at 8:45 am

        That is so awesome, prettyfoot58!!! 😀 If you have a chance, maybe you can tell us some of what the people there were saying that may not have made it to the broadcast.

        I had to step away for a little bit so I missed a couple of questions…

        I did hear the questions from the Bernie and Undecided-leaning-towards-Bernie questions. I think her answers were persuasive *if* you were open-minded enough to receive it. The undecided voter seemed satisfied with her answer.

        • April 21, 2016 at 9:09 am

          Hillary was at two events yesterday…she met with Moms who have lost their children thru gun violence and AG Eric Holder was there….i was at the GOTV rally….she just spoke…no questions were asked

          • April 21, 2016 at 9:16 am

            You’ve had an exciting two days!!! 😀

            Hopefully, voters will be able to — or find a way to — focus on the issues and HRC’s thoughtful proposals to address them, and that all the attacks and distractions will be relegated to background noise.

      • 51 jackiegrumbacher
        April 21, 2016 at 11:13 am

        So glad you were there, Pf. Instead of feeling the bern, we’re feeling the (C)Hillz!!!

      • 52 sjterrid
        April 21, 2016 at 10:40 pm

        I was there too. I’m not in that photo, but I was standing on the other side of the bar next to the girl with the camera.

  9. 53 Allison
    April 21, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Good Morning!!

    Must watch video…

    Even though she’s a Bernie supporter, she totally trashes Neil Cavuto

    • 54 catrst
      April 21, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Maybe this will be the outcome of the Bernie Sanders campaign? The liberal side will start speaking truth to power themselves not just waiting for the President to do it all for them. I hope it also convinces young liberals to vote, and vote full time.

    • 55 joyfulmeme
      April 21, 2016 at 11:45 am

      She was fabulous. She was able to knock down most of his arguments. She’s very smart and knowledgeable. I love her.

  10. 56 JER
    April 21, 2016 at 8:28 am

    President Obama in Saudi Arabia. Click here ► ► http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  11. 59 JER
    April 21, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  12. 60 JER
    April 21, 2016 at 8:43 am

  13. April 21, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Good morning TOD 🙂

    Hope you’re able to get some rest, jazz!!

    Thank you Chips and wishing your mom all the best!

  14. April 21, 2016 at 8:46 am

  15. 66 JER
    April 21, 2016 at 8:47 am

    • 67 JER
      April 21, 2016 at 8:49 am

        April 21, 2016 at 9:39 am


          April 21, 2016 at 9:52 am


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  18. 73 jackiegrumbacher
    April 21, 2016 at 8:55 am

    This is an interesting take on how Bernie, who has raised more money than Hillary, has misspent most of it and will likely end up in debt, while she has money in the bank. If this is an example of how he would manage the federal budget, he has no business being anywhere near the oval office. Also, he may have to go hat in hand to Hilary to bail him out of his debt since he has to run a Senate campaign in 2018.


    • 74 taiping1
      April 21, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Excellent article. Remember how well run, tight-fisted OFA was. Robby Mook also believes in OFA model.

  19. April 21, 2016 at 8:58 am

  20. 79 JER
    April 21, 2016 at 9:06 am

  21. April 21, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  22. April 21, 2016 at 9:13 am

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

    To all, I hope that you show compassion, kindness, and selflessness, toward everyone you encounter today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  23. 83 desertflower
    April 21, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Any Questions?

    • 84 CEB
      April 21, 2016 at 9:23 am

      There are many words, none of them complimentary, that the A-A community uses to describe someone like Ben Carson. I will not sully this site by repeating any of them, but many of you know what I mean.

      • April 21, 2016 at 9:45 am

        Do we have a $2 dollar bills? Of course a racists would praise another racists. Trump knows most of his supporters would be angry about a black woman, a black slave replacing a white man. Donald J.Trump is a racists sexists big mouth bully.

      April 21, 2016 at 9:49 am


  24. April 21, 2016 at 9:13 am

    See, this is why we can’t have nice things.

    IF Edwards were say, another Harold Ford, Jr., I’d understand. But, she’s not.

    This is also why SENATOR Barack Obama completely ignored them and passed them by on his run for the Presidency.

    Edwards confronts black lawmakers over refusal to back her
    Locked in a surprisingly competitive Senate race with party favorite Chris Van Hollen, Edwards is pressing for more support from the Congressional Black Caucus.

    By Rachael Bade
    04/21/16 05:24 AM EDT

    On the verge of a possible upset of the Democratic Party’s longtime golden boy, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, in Tuesday’s Maryland Senate primary, Rep. Donna Edwards has a question for her fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus: Why aren’t more of you endorsing me?
    POLITICO has learned that Edwards met privately last week with several CBC members to voice her frustration that so few African-American lawmakers had offered her their support, according to five sources familiar with the meetings.

    Only four of the 46 CBC members — Reps. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, Lacy Clay of Missouri, Robin Kelly of Illinois and Hank Johnson of Georgia — are backing Edwards over Van Hollen, an unusually small number for a group known for standing by fellow African-American lawmakers. Meanwhile, Van Hollen has been making hay over his growing number of endorsements from black political leaders in Maryland, including some in Edwards’ district, though he has yet to be endorsed by a CBC member.

    • April 21, 2016 at 10:33 am

      On the other hand, Mr. Van Hollen is a very competent person. And seems to have an excellent reputation among lawmakers. Every time I see him on television, he comes off as very knowledgeable, passionate, effective, and with good communication skills.

      • 92 pkayden
        April 21, 2016 at 10:42 am

        I like Van Hollen and Edwards. It’s a shame that they’re competing against each other because while I live in Maryland, I’m not sure which one I’ll vote for in the primary.

    • 93 nospin.
      April 21, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      the problem is that they are both really really good candidates and strong dems. It is tough to choose.

  25. April 21, 2016 at 9:14 am

  26. 95 desertflower
    April 21, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Morning everyone…

  27. April 21, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Block Samson ‎@insanityreport
    There are black voices now that only have a platform and voice because they demanded it.

    Block Samson ‎@insanityreport
    Yet you sit back quiet as fuck refusing to use or create your own platform then get mad when black folks do it

    Block Samson ‎@insanityreport
    Black ppl: we want to be heard
    Others: create your own space
    Black ppl: fine *creates space*
    Others:great now use that to promote our shit

    Block Samson ‎@insanityreport
    Don’t remember companies and artist pulling out of Ohio after tamir rice’s murder like they did after that anti-trans bill passed on NC

    Block Samson ‎@insanityreport
    This country is built off the backs of black people. Even its activism.

  28. 97 CEB
    April 21, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Safe journeys to Michelle and PBO to the UK.
    My brother expressed concern for my state of mind when the Obamas leave. “What are you going to do?” he asked. I gave the brave talk about supporting Hillary and getting down ticket Dems elected to carry on and to extend PBO’s legacy, but I am not ready to let go. He also cracked up when I explained that many of us basically stalk PBO on line and he was like “And you admit this!” I laughed and told him that I had to find ways to get the information that the media never tells us. The funny thing was that all of this came up when I told him that PBO had sunglasses like mine and he asked incredulously, “How do you know that?” and I was happy to explain.
    Have a great day everyone; will see you again in the UK.

    • 98 catrst
      April 21, 2016 at 10:20 am

      True confessions of a TODer. I love it and its so very true. But hey I think everyone else is totally missing a once in a lifetime opportunity to closely follow this wonderful man in his presidency and to talk about it with like minded people on TOD. Again thank you Chips, Nerdy and everyone that contributes here. I love ya.

  29. April 21, 2016 at 9:28 am

    GOP’s anti-Planned Parenthood panel descends into ‘farce’
    04/21/16 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen
    As ridiculous as the House Republicans’ Benghazi committee has become, at least the GOP’s investigation is scrutinizing a real event. Sure, by Republicans’ own admission, the entire exercise is a partisan political stunt. And sure, the events in Benghazi in 2012 have already been investigated by seven other congressional committees. But at its root, four Americans died in a terrorist attack that actually happened.

    The existence of the House Republicans’ anti-Planned Parenthood committee is arguably tougher to defend.

    The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank highlighted the latest antics of the panel’s far-right chair, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who “isn’t one to worry about appearances.”
    The Tennessee Republican didn’t make any pretense this week of being impartial with the committee she chairs, the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, commonly known as the Planned Parenthood committee.

    On the eve of her panel’s Wednesday’s hearing, Blackburn went over to Georgetown University to participate in a protest against Planned Parenthood, the very entity she is supposed to be investigating…. Then Blackburn showed up at her committee hearing the next morning and proclaimed, “My hope is that both parties can work together.”

    Of course, when Blackburn talks about the parties “working together,” what she’s referring to is a hope that Democrats will simply go along with a culture-war crusade as if the GOP’s latest select committee were a legitimate exercise, probing a genuine controversy.

  30. 100 JER
    April 21, 2016 at 9:31 am

  31. 101 amk for obama
    April 21, 2016 at 9:32 am

    da three lil pigs.

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  32. April 21, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Meet the Black Woman Architect Behind the New Smithsonian Museum
    POSTED ON APRIL 19, 2016

    It was only a couple of months ago that we found out that the Smithsonian was creating an African-American museum. To make the news even better, now we know who the architect is. Her name is Zena Howard, and she is a dope Black woman architect.

    Howard focuses on all of the aspects of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, but hones in on the porch, which happens to span 200 feet and it serves as an transitional space between the outside and inside of the museum.

    “I think that the porch is…quintessential America,” says Howard. “In African American history, we use the porch in a different way.” It’s more “an extension of the indoor living space than probably in any other culture.” She explained that how as a child “everything was done on the porch. We ate on the porch. We sang on the porch.”

    Out of all the projects that Howard has worked on, which include the Anacostia Public Library in the nation’s capital and the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina, she said that her favorite project, thus far, is the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

  33. 107 desertflower
    April 21, 2016 at 9:36 am

    So awesome:)


    Get to Know the Historical Figures on the $5, $10 and $20 Bills

  34. April 21, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Ok, this hurt my soul.

    But…they are there to ‘ Protect and Serve’.

    And, it’s all in Black folks imagination – why we are skeptical of Law Enforcement.


    WATCH: Dash cam video shows Florida cops stood by as teens drowned in stolen car

    Tom Boggioni

    20 APR 2016 AT 22:51 ET

    Video taken from a police cruiser dash cam shows that sheriff’s deputies made no attempt to save three drowning Florida teens who drove into a cemetery pond after stealing a car last month.

    16-year-old Dominique Battle, 15-year-old Ashaunti Butler, and 15-year-old Laniya Miller all died on March 31, following a car chase with the sheriff previously stating that officers on the scene dropped their gun belts and waded into the water trying to save the screaming teens.

      April 21, 2016 at 9:57 am


    • April 21, 2016 at 10:03 am

      If the girls stole the car it was WRONG. But for those officers not to even try to help them is WRONG too. I can’t help but believe if it was three white girls they would have done everything in their power to at least try to help them.

  35. 111 JER
    April 21, 2016 at 9:41 am

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    April 21, 2016 at 9:48 am


  38. April 21, 2016 at 9:53 am

  39. 120 amk for obama
    April 21, 2016 at 10:03 am

    The chancellor of a university has apologised over the hiring of a PR firm that promised to bury online search results about the pepper spraying of peaceful protesters.

    Linda Katehi admitted that UC Davis, California, brought in a company “specialising in what is known as search engine optimisation”.

    But she denied that the institution had sought to “rewrite history”.

    Ms Katehi has faced calls to resign over the 2011 incident and its fallout.

    Earlier this month, the Sacramento Bee newspaper reported that UC Davis hired the PR firm Nevins and Associates on a six-month contract at $15,000 (£10,400) per month.


    white washing costs so much?

    • 121 pkayden
      April 21, 2016 at 10:47 am

      Costs so much and is totally ineffective. You cannot rewrite history when the people who lived through the incident are alive.

    April 21, 2016 at 10:03 am


  41. April 21, 2016 at 10:12 am

  42. April 21, 2016 at 10:16 am

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

  43. 126 JER
    April 21, 2016 at 10:22 am

  44. 127 amk for obama
    April 21, 2016 at 10:31 am

    The largest aid convoy so far in Syria has reached a besieged rebel-held town in the centre of the country.

    Sixty-five lorries are delivering food and medicine to about 120,000 civilians in and around Rastan, in Homs province.

    The International Committee of the Red Cross and Syrian Red Crescent convoy is the first to reach Rastan since 2012.

    A key aim of the fragile cessation of hostilities that has been in place for nearly two months was to allow aid to be delivered more widely across Syria.

    On Wednesday, hundreds of sick and wounded people were evacuated from four besieged rebel- and government-held towns as part of a deal overseen by the Syrian Red Crescent.

    However, such aid operations have been jeopardised by escalating fighting in the country’s north-west, particularly around the divided city of Aleppo.


  45. 128 amk for obama
    April 21, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Turkey’s highest appeals court has overturned the convictions of 275 people, including senior military officers, accused of plotting a coup.

    The appeals court ruled that the convictions were unsafe because the existence of a clandestine network called Ergenekon was unproven.

    The officers, journalists, lawyers and academics were found guilty in 2013 of plotting the overthrow of then-prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    The new ruling may lead to a retrial.

    The Ergenekon case was one of the biggest in recent Turkish history, pitting Mr Erdogan’s supporters in the Islamist-rooted AK Party against the secularist military establishment.


  46. 129 donna dem 4 obama
    April 21, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Good Morning TOD

    So FLOTUS is flying to London separate from PBO. Right?

  47. April 21, 2016 at 10:43 am

    I love this site



    Damon Young, 4/19/16

    I’ve already touched on the multiple levels of Blackness involved in the story of Sistahs on the Reading Edge; the California book club thrown off a wine train for being too rowdy.

    Exactly how many levels were there? Good question. Let’s review!

    1. A group of Black women in a book club. (Because the only thing Black women love more than book clubs is Jesse Williams.)

    2. The name of the book club being Sistahs on the Reading Edge.

    3. A group of Black women in a book club called Sistahs on the Reading Edge doing a wine tour together.

    4. A group of Black people having such a good time that it’s making White people uncomfortable.

    5. A group of Black people doing absolutely nothing other than “enjoying life while Black” facing some sort of legal consequence.

    • April 21, 2016 at 10:57 am

      And what I found particularly egregious is when they got kicked off the train at the next stop, the company had police there to greet them. Exactly what crime did they commit to warrant this? So glad they won.

  48. April 21, 2016 at 10:47 am


    • April 21, 2016 at 11:01 am

      You have to credit Kasich here… At first he tries to dodge the question and the subject. But in the end he decides to be honest. Maybe I’m too generous, but my interpretation of his use of the pronoun “they” in “they know” means he is not comfortable himself with the hypocrisy. I mean, he tries to protect himself at first, but he can’t sustain the dishonesty. Saying that in the context of the republican primary takes some guts. I don’t picture many republicans having the same courage.

  49. April 21, 2016 at 11:02 am


  50. 141 jacquelineoboomer
    April 21, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Just saw a post online that shared: “10 things you didn’t know about Queen Elizabeth.”

    Somebody commented:

    “They forgot to add she is a blood drinking reptile.”

    I might save that quote for one of the RWNJs in our country.

  51. 142 57andfemale
    April 21, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Is Bernie still holed up in VT or has he surfaced?

    • 143 No Child Left Behind
      April 21, 2016 at 11:18 am

      Not a chance. How would he justify the millions his minions need to send him for the continuation of the show?

    • 144 jacquelineoboomer
      April 21, 2016 at 11:41 am

      He’s to hold a rally today in Scranton, Pennsylvania … MSNBC just showed the venue.

      • 145 57andfemale
        April 21, 2016 at 12:16 pm

        Thanks. He had to emerge today.

        • 146 jacquelineoboomer
          April 21, 2016 at 12:19 pm

          Yes – if not, somebody might forget about him.

          • 147 57andfemale
            April 21, 2016 at 12:27 pm

            My dream scenario……. We have work to do: state legislatures to win back, flipping the Senate. I want to adequately support the Presidential nominee, but I also want to work for Tammy Duckworth here in IL. I don’t want to be angry at Bernie or his childish supporters. I want to get on with it, concentrate on defeating the awful GOP.

            • 148 jacquelineoboomer
              April 21, 2016 at 12:42 pm

              Great scenario – and plan! I’m trying to pull back, now, so I don’t have any leftover anger, either. Was happy to have voted for Tammy in the primary!

              • 149 57andfemale
                April 21, 2016 at 1:41 pm

                I’m trying to release any resentment, even if it’s just little by little. But BS & his supporters are good at pushing buttons. I sense a sea change, but we’ll see.

                • 150 jacquelineoboomer
                  April 21, 2016 at 1:50 pm

                  Yes, it’s been “little by little” for me, this whole campaign season on the Democratic side! I finally limped into Hillary’s camp! (Mostly because I’m still trying to forget how joyous I’d feel if Joe were running, although I know I can’t hold onto that and he made the right choice, which I fully support.) Bernie’s supporters are not helping him AT ALL – he either doesn’t seem to notice, or isn’t able to reign ’em in, and/or is showing his lack of leadership skills. One or all of them.

                  • 151 57andfemale
                    April 21, 2016 at 2:02 pm

                    Bernie lives in a fog of ideology – it has become apparent that he has no moorings to reality. And never has. A fraud perpetuated on the American people.

                    I believe, unfortunately, that Bernie’s supporters reflect the campaign. He’s done nothing but maybe two feeble attempts to rein it in. He is that hateful toward Democrats, he does feel that he is entitled to something, he is a Marxist. People are pawns, they are not real. And that is one way Hillary has won me – she is, against all biases, warm and personal with people, their issues, their concerns, their needs. She is comfortable in her skin. It’s a damned shame that no one in the msm reports the change in her this campaign, but supports great fallacies about Bernie.

  52. 152 57andfemale
    April 21, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Quelle surprise!

  53. April 21, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Listening to the presser today, Ben Rhodes said the meeting between PBO and King Salman lasted 2 hours and at no time did the 9/11 legislation come up. This is the talking point the press has been pushing for many days now. So, pffffft.

  54. 156 No Child Left Behind
    April 21, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Good Morning TODVille!

    HRC’s first rally after NY.

  55. April 21, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Trump Terrifies World Leaders

    And Obama’s reassurances aren’t calming them down.
    April 21, 2016

    President Obama “is trying but failing to reassure foreign leaders convinced that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. They’re in full-boil panic,” Politico reports.

    “According to more than two dozen U.S. and foreign-government officials, Trump has become the starting point for what feels like every government-to-government interaction. In meetings, private dinners and phone calls, world leaders are urgently seeking explanations from Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Trade Representative Michael Froman on down. American ambassadors are asking for guidance from Washington about what they’re supposed to say.”

  56. April 21, 2016 at 11:34 am

    We need to keep this outage on our radar:

  57. April 21, 2016 at 11:37 am

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