Early Bird Chat

President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel test virtual reality glasses at the ifm electronics stand at the Hannover Messe industrial trade fair on April 25, 2016 in Hanover



The President meets with President Hollande of France, Prime Minister Renzi of Italy, Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom, and Chancellor Merkel of Germany, Hannover

7:10 PM EDT: Arrives Joint Base Andrews


119 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    April 25, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Morning bt.

    Mom ok?

    • April 25, 2016 at 7:20 am

      Morning Mister, not so good the last few days, very down, progress so slow. We’re going to see this week if we can get her out of the damn place, get her home with home help. But they’ll probably say no, that it’s too early. We’ll see.

      • 3 amk for obama
        April 25, 2016 at 7:24 am

        Bummer. Do they have the power overrule family’s decision about moving her?

        • April 25, 2016 at 7:37 am

          I really can’t imagine they do, but I get the feeling they couldn’t give a crap one way or another. I may end up punching someone soon 😕

          • 5 amk for obama
            April 25, 2016 at 7:49 am

            If none of you are happy about the place, can you find another one? Or back to home is better option?

          • 6 sherijr
            April 25, 2016 at 8:55 am

            Chips, can you get an in-home nurse that just comes in for a bit each day?

          • 7 99ts
            April 25, 2016 at 9:54 am

            Thinking of you both – coming home is good but sometimes the facilities and help available in the hospital/rehab are also needed – some really difficult decision making not helped when you know your loved one is so unhappy. Sending all good vibes and hugs.

          • 8 cd4biden
            April 25, 2016 at 12:27 pm

            Sending more hugs, even though running behind. I hope they let you bring her home. It will be so much nicer for her, and you will not get arrested for punching someone. :-). We need you here at TOD, and you need us.

          • 9 andogriff
            April 25, 2016 at 1:17 pm

            Ms Chips!! So sorry you are getting no help from the medics in charge of your Mom. I hope you and your family find a solution that works for your Mom and for all of you. Sending positive thoughts & hugs your way.❤️😘

      • 10 jackiegrumbacher
        April 25, 2016 at 7:49 am

        Hi, Chips. The home health is a good idea and it’s something that’s growing in the US as an alternative to keeping people in facilities. Your mom’s emotional well being is a big factor in her recovery so you and your family should do whatever works for her.

      • April 25, 2016 at 9:14 am

        Oh, man, something tells me your mother will be coming home soon with all the help you need to get her back on the right track. I’m keeping that thought for you both, Chips. XOXO.

      • 12 jacquelineoboomer
        April 25, 2016 at 10:57 am

        Continuing good thoughts for you and your mom, Chips! You will feel so relieved when she’s home!

      • 13 sjterrid
        April 25, 2016 at 8:37 pm

        I’m so sorry your mother is feeling so down. I’ll keep her and you in my thoughts and prayers that she could get to come home soon.

  2. 15 amk for obama
    April 25, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Joe Biden’s 2016 campaign: The Senate

    The vice president has quietly embarked on a year-long legacy project to win back a Democratic majority.


    • 16 amk for obama
      April 25, 2016 at 7:17 am

      Not long after putting a final pin in his presidential plans in the Rose Garden last October, Vice President Joe Biden started talking to staff about a different mission for 2016: helping put his beloved Senate back into Democratic hands.

      Within weeks, incoming Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) was at the Naval Observatory for breakfast, talking over the details. Not long after, he returned with Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chair Jon Tester (D-Mont.) for a 90-minute briefing on their top races.

      “He was a man of the Senate, cared about the Senate, and we said, ‘We really need you to be our point guy,’” Schumer said. “And he has been.”

      • 17 jackiegrumbacher
        April 25, 2016 at 7:53 am

        I guess it was at that meeting that they decided to lose the PA Senate race by rejecting Sestak and promoting McGinty who has never won an election. If she wins the primary tomorrow, we can kiss a Dem takeover in Pa goodbye.

        • 18 amk for obama
          April 25, 2016 at 7:55 am

          didn’t sestak run twice already and lose?

          • 19 jackiegrumbacher
            April 25, 2016 at 8:06 am

            No, AMK, he ran once and lost by two points in a Republican wave year. He learned a lot since that campaign and has been working this state for two years, listening to people and talking to every single Democratic group. Jon Tester decided he didn’t like Sestak because he’s too independent-minded and wanted a ‘yes’ person in the job. They scoured the state until they found someone who would agree to challenge Sestak and then gave her ALL the DSCC money intended for the general. She has been spending it like water on ads and daily mailings.

            • 20 amk for obama
              April 25, 2016 at 8:33 am

              my bad. mebbe I see his name often in the ring? and didn’t tester, the blue dog also lose?

              • 21 jackiegrumbacher
                April 25, 2016 at 8:35 am

                Tester was appointed the head of the DSCC this critical year, so I guess he didn’t lose.

                • 22 amk for obama
                  April 25, 2016 at 8:41 am

                  If he has done all the ground work, may be he wins. If there a dem senate primary along with the presidential primary tomorrow?

                  • 23 jackiegrumbacher
                    April 25, 2016 at 8:53 am

                    Yes, and I’m voting for him. His side has been underfunded compared to McGinty, but the actions of the Dem Party have made a lot of people angry. I hope he wins, but now that the DSCC has spent all the money pushing McGinty, there will be nothing left for the general and Toomey has a ten million dollar war chest.

                    • 24 amk for obama
                      April 25, 2016 at 9:01 am

                      good luck to your candie. hope he wins.

                    • April 25, 2016 at 9:21 am

                      Honestly, I don’t understand these stupid strategies the Democrats are playing out, sinking money into people who can’t win. I hope I’m wrong but it sure doesn’t look like they really think these things through. What a waste of money if she doesn’t come through. UGH.

            • 26 57andfemale
              April 25, 2016 at 10:46 am

              What are the polls, Jackie?

  3. 27 JER
    April 25, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD. Hope your mom is progressing.

    • April 25, 2016 at 7:22 am

      Morning BFF, thank you!

      • April 25, 2016 at 7:30 am

        Sorry to hear you have hit a sticky patch. You will be a rock of strength for her no matter which decision is made. It is wearing emotionally and physically, but your love will carry you through.

          April 25, 2016 at 8:04 am


      • 31 57andfemale
        April 25, 2016 at 10:48 am

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

        We’re dealing with this with my brother-in-law. He’s cantankerous and difficult; but he is not ready to leave rehab yet. It’s a balancing act to make the right choice. Most important, be a pain-in-the-ass advocate for Mom or they will run right over you. All these places are unpaid and under-staffed, trying to do a good job. But it’s your mother, you know her best.

  4. 32 JER
    April 25, 2016 at 7:29 am

    This morning: President Obama Delivered Remarks at Hannover Messe Building 35.

  5. April 25, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Monday morning. Congrats amk, on being FURST this morning.

    To all, I hope that you approach all things with enthusiasm, excitement, and passion today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  6. 34 JER
    April 25, 2016 at 7:45 am

    President Obama Also Delivered Remarks at the Hannover Messe Trade Fair with Chancellor Merkel. FF to about 29:00.

    • 35 arapaho415
      April 25, 2016 at 8:44 am

      GM JER.

      Thank you so much for posting these two videos — am all thumbs when it comes to searching for online videos.

      Missed both of these speeches, both of which occurred in the wee hours on the west coast, and based on tweets about this morning’s speech sounds like a missed a memorable, historic speech.

  7. 36 amk for obama
    April 25, 2016 at 7:47 am

    For the first time in its history, the 1,000-year-old mosque at Thazhathangady in Kottayam, Kerala famous for its rich architecture and wood carvings, has thrown open its doors for Muslim women.

    Women were allowed to enter the mosque on Sunday to take a look at its famed architecture.

    Thousands of Muslim women, including tourists, flocked to the mosque from various parts of Kerala and abroad. The move comes at a time when the demand for permitting women at places of worship is gaining ground.

    “This is a 1000-year-old mosque. Our women had not seen it so far and had a great desire to visit the holy place. So the mosque committee decided to allow women to visit it on April 24 and May 8,” Advocate Nawab Mulladom, president of the mosque committee said.

    The mosque was not opened for “any celebrations or for offering prayers. It was only to allow women to see the place”, he said, adding the men were asked to leave the mosque before the women were allowed in.

    Muslim women wore their traditional attire during the visit.


    temples, mosques – finally 21st century is happening in trickles in religion.

    • 37 jackiegrumbacher
      April 25, 2016 at 7:51 am

      This is a step in the right direction. But when are the doors going to be thrown open to women for their daily use, or, will they have to wait another 1000 years?

      • 38 amk for obama
        April 25, 2016 at 8:32 am

        Who knows? Ironically, we have hundreds, if not thousands, of hindu goddesses and yet there are temples that won’t allow women. Thankfully, our courts are stepping in and tearing down those ‘man made’ barriers.

  8. 39 jackiegrumbacher
    April 25, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Tomorrow’s the big day in PA and the GOTV effort will be intense. I’m so glad we had a special weekend with our granddaughter–I already miss her so much. As you reach my age, the elections are about our children and grandchildren and the future they’ll face. We can’t afford to make stupid decisions not to vote or to use the ballot as a protest. There’s just too much at stake. Nate Silver gives Hillary a 90 percent chance of winning PA, but that’s only if people come out to vote.

    April 25, 2016 at 8:06 am


    April 25, 2016 at 8:07 am


  11. 46 No Child Left Behind
    April 25, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Good Monday Morning TODVille.

    I have it shameful to be ignorant that my POTUS was speaking at 5:20am and that I was still in bed!

    Thank you for posting the link here.

  12. 49 arapaho415
    April 25, 2016 at 8:48 am

    GM TODville.

    Despite MSM attempt to bury the importance of PBO abroad, here are a couple reminders that the rest of the world doesn’t share that POV.

    Cracked me up to see this (beautiful) photo in AFP’s timeline. 🙂

    And this:

    • 50 jackiegrumbacher
      April 25, 2016 at 8:58 am

      Fortunately, Arapaho, PBO has stopped caring what the US media does. He’s getting the job done and if he does influence good decisions in Europe the impact will last for years, whether or not low information Americans know it or not.

    • April 25, 2016 at 9:09 am

      The man with the golden touch.

      Good morning, everyone.

  13. April 25, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Good morning TOD 🙂

  14. 53 Nerdy Wonka
    April 25, 2016 at 8:56 am

    The ignorance of black history and history in general is so disgusting.

    His surrogates are horrible spokespeople. This is why Al Giordano said over and over again: train your representatives on field work, public speaking, etc.

    Then he wonders why black people want nothing to do with him.

    • 54 jackiegrumbacher
      April 25, 2016 at 9:01 am

      At this point, Nerdy, everything the Bernie campaign does is unacceptable. They are in full on desperation mode and saying any damned stupid thing they think will get attention. I hope that after tomorrow the whole campaign becomes so completely irrelevant that people start saying, “Bernie who?”

      • 55 No Child Left Behind
        April 25, 2016 at 9:09 am

        This is why at this point, they should be left alone to realize that they are alone with the pipe dream of electing the Senior Senator from Vermont to anything else in DC. If you recall, brilliant Obama campaign strategists did let HRC alone when it was clear that the Senator from Chicago was about to clinch the nomination but she insisted on going to every rural area (more receptive to her than to him) and poisoned their minds with how electable she was (bless her heart. #Iamwithher now.). She had to come to the full realization of how hopeless her efforts were and endorsed him wholeheartedly at the Convention, called on her supporters (even the ones with big purse) to support Barack H. Obama, tell him them the line I’ll never forget. “Senator McCain is a hero and a good friend. But no way, no how, no McCain!”

    • April 25, 2016 at 9:11 am

      WTH??? UGH, that is just disgusting! What in the world do they think they’re doing?

      Stay losing, Bernie Bum.

    • April 25, 2016 at 9:20 am

      So what prison was Bernie in for twenty something years? Bernie Sanders doesn’t belong in the same sentence as MLK and Mandela.

    • 59 Don
      April 25, 2016 at 9:56 am

      Um, you have to at least done something to be compared to these two giants. Running a bullshitting campaign that talks about revolution doesn’t cut it. Do something that advances mankind and then maybe we can talk.

  15. April 25, 2016 at 8:58 am

  16. April 25, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  17. 62 GGAIL
    April 25, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family. Hugs to Mom Chips 💕

  18. April 25, 2016 at 9:18 am



    Ted Cruz and John Kasich team up in deal to stop Donald Trump

    The Ohio governor will give the Texan senator a free run in Indiana in exchange for the same favor in Oregon and New Mexico

    Ted Cruz and John Kasich have announced that their campaigns will cede certain states in an attempt to keep Donald Trump from reaching the 1,237 delegates he needs to clinch the Republican nomination.

    In a pair of coordinated statements released on Sunday night, the Cruz and Kasich campaigns said that the Texan senator would concentrate his resources in Indiana while the Ohio governor would put all his effort into Oregon and New Mexico.

    Both have already stated that they expect there to be a contested convention in Cleveland in July and are already preparing for a second ballot.

    However, for that scenario to come to pass, they first need to stop Trump. This apparent agreement seems to be an admission that only way to do so is for his opponents to finally cooperate against him. Under current rules, delegates are only bound by the results of their state’s primary or caucus for the first ballot. On any subsequent ballot, delegates are free to vote their conscience and, since delegate selection is often an entirely separate process from a primary, there is likely to be a significant shift in votes on a second ballot.

    • 64 99ts
      April 25, 2016 at 10:05 am

      This has to add to the realisation that this is the weirdest GOP campaign ever. None of them have any idea of what it takes to be POTUS

  19. April 25, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Grassley: FBI could leak Clinton email investigation
    Jason Noble, jnoble2@dmreg.com 11:38 a.m. CDT April 22, 2016

    U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley suggested on Friday that the FBI might leak reports of its investigation into presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state.

    Grassley, Iowa’s senior senator and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said an anonymous and unauthorized release of FBI investigative materials could result if officials at the agency believed prosecution of Clinton was stymied for political reasons.

    “Is there going to be political interference? If there’s enough evidence to prosecute, will there be political interference?” Grassley wondered aloud during a breakfast meeting with the Des Moines A.M. Rotary club on Friday. “And if there’s political interference, then I assume that somebody in the FBI is going to leak these reports and it’s either going to have an effect politically or it’s going to lead to prosecution if there’s enough evidence.”

  20. 70 JER
    April 25, 2016 at 9:39 am

  21. April 25, 2016 at 9:47 am



    Saudi Aramco set to be valued at more than $2 trillion

    Saudi Arabia confirmed on Monday that it planned to sell a stake of its state oil giant Saudi Aramco which was expected to be valued at more than $2 trillion.

    The sale would be less than 5 percent of the company and would be via an initial public offering (IPO), Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in a television interview with the Al Arabiya News Channel.

    • 73 Don
      April 25, 2016 at 9:52 am

      $2 trillion, damn, and that’s less than 5 percent of the company. I’m in the wrong business, I was in the oil business once. When I helped a friend change the oil in his car.

      • April 25, 2016 at 10:39 am

        Don, I read a book Titled: “Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy”, about 10-11 years ago regarding the history and current state of Oil supply, especial throughout Saudi Arabia.

        The gist of the book is that Saudi Arabia’s oil supply is dwelling fast and that wast 10-11 years ago. Just an FYI:

        • 75 Don
          April 25, 2016 at 10:55 am

          At some point the earth will run out of all of her natural resources. I’m amazed that this company has that amount of money and oil, something will have to give.

  22. April 25, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Cleveland settles lawsuit over Tamir Rice shooting for $6M
    Apr. 25, 2016 9:38 AM EDT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The city has reached a $6 million settlement in a lawsuit over the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy shot by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center.

    An order filed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland on Monday says the city will pay out $3 million this year and $3 million the next.

    The wrongful death suit filed by his family and estate against the city and officers and dispatchers who were involved alleged police acted recklessly when they confronted the boy on Nov. 22, 2014.

    Video of the encounter shows a cruiser skidding to a stop and rookie patrolman Timothy Loehmann firing within two seconds of opening the car door. Tamir wasn’t given first aid until about four minutes later, when an FBI agent trained as a paramedic arrived. The boy died the next day.

  23. 77 amk for obama
    April 25, 2016 at 9:50 am

    The Saudi cabinet has approved sweeping economic reforms aimed at moving the country away from its dependence on oil profits.

    Close to 80% of Saudi Arabia’s revenue comes from oil but it has been hit by falling prices in the past year.

    One part of the plan will see shares sold in state-owned oil giant Aramco to create a sovereign wealth fund.

    Announcing the reforms, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman described his country as being addicted to oil.

    The Vision 2030 plan, he told the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news channel, would ensure “we can live without oil by 2020”.


    Reality bites even the saudis, but goppers?

    • 78 amk for obama
      April 25, 2016 at 9:55 am

      remember all that emmessem fear mongering just last week about how the saudis are gonna to tell off obama and are gonna “pull out all their US assets” over the 9/11 report?

      • 79 57andfemale
        April 25, 2016 at 11:00 am

        To be more precise: the Saudis were not necessarily objecting to the 28 pages in the report (although they can’t be happy about it), but the bill in Congress that would allow victims of 9/11 to sue the Saudi government. The PBO administration is strenuously objecting to a bill like this, that would put all Americans in danger overseas.

    • April 25, 2016 at 10:43 am

      amk, I just replied to Don, above with this: 👉 I read a book Titled: “Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy”, about 10-11 years ago regarding the history and current state of Oil supply, especial throughout Saudi Arabia.

      The gist of the book is that Saudi Arabia’s oil supply is dwelling fast and that wast 10-11 years ago. Just an FYI:

  24. April 25, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Our FLOTUS

  25. April 25, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Get DA PHUQ outta here.

    • 83 desertflower
      April 25, 2016 at 10:05 am

      Talk about ODS!! Good grief…. morning everyone:)

    • April 25, 2016 at 10:13 am

      So disgusted by this nonsense.

      • 85 Don
        April 25, 2016 at 10:51 am

        Haven’t you heard, meta, institutional racism and every other scheme used against AA don’t actually exist. Actually I hate talking like a victim, but dammit we only got the right to vote in 1965, fuck, I was born in 1966. A goddamn year before I was born they had to pass a law just so AA could fully exercise their right to vote. And this fucking asshole thinks that PBO could somehow stop all this shit by waving a magic wand as he strolls through the White House wearing a fucking dashiki.

    • 87 Don
      April 25, 2016 at 10:24 am

      I remember years ago reading the autobiography of Malcolm X, and in it he talks about blacks that moved into all white neighborhoods and that those black families did everything to be good neighbors. Even after repeatedly being harassed, and having their homes vandalized those black families still wanted to belong to that community. No matter what President Obama tried to do as far as race relations go, it was not up to him alone to heal the racial divide. It wasn’t up to those black families that moved into those all white neighborhoods to be treated as equals; it was up to the neighbors. To think that somehow with the election of President Obama that he was going to that eradicate racism is to believe in the magic Negro theory. But what is most perplexing about this academic is that he’s an educated man and he holds strong to the magic Negro theory, not even the average African American working a nine to five like I do would believe such foolishness. President Obama can no longer heal the racial divide no more than he can stop the sun from rising.

    • April 25, 2016 at 10:27 am

      rikyrah, is this article worth reading?

      April 26, 2016 at 6:12 pm


  26. 94 JER
    April 25, 2016 at 10:02 am

    LIVE NOW: Repeal HB 2 Press Conference in Raleigh, NC – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  27. April 25, 2016 at 10:12 am

    HRC’s latest campaign ad. I hope it works.

  28. April 25, 2016 at 10:24 am

  29. April 25, 2016 at 10:27 am

  30. April 25, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Enabled him?


    • 102 Don
      April 25, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Right, just like George Foreman’s jaw enabled Muhammad Ali’s fist to knock Foreman’s ass out.

    • 105 jacquelineoboomer
      April 25, 2016 at 11:19 am

      I cringe every time I see all these high marks for the President, coming in the final quarter of his presidency, from media types who wouldn’t give him credit for knowin’ the time for seven years!!!!!!!!!!! Ugh. I’ll wait for the historians to tell us what we already know about our “most powerful” President Obama. In the meantime, we can all read our own notes.

      We love ya, Mr. President!

  31. April 25, 2016 at 10:39 am

    I guess I’m the latest bird to the early bird chat! G’morning Chips & TOD, and Happy Monday everyone.

    Chips so sorry to hear about the setback with your Mom. I can only imagine the stress on both of you, and what it must be like for her in that place. Sending you and her positive vibes for her condition to improve and her spirits to be lifted. {{{Chips}}}

  32. April 25, 2016 at 10:53 am

  33. 108 vcprezofan2
    April 25, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Monday greetings from the north, where it’s chilly, rainy and overcast, but life is good!

    In case you are interested, there’s a discussion ongoing at WH.GOV re ‘Economic Consequences of the Criminal Justice System’.

  34. 110 vcprezofan2
    April 25, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Short but ‘fun’ visual (since I speak no German) recap from yesterday.

  35. 111 vcprezofan2
    April 25, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Smile, and the world smiles with you (or so I was told when I was younger – hmmmmm…probably why I chose to keep a straight face most of the time). 😉

  36. 112 vcprezofan2
    April 25, 2016 at 11:09 am

    POTUS’ transportation getting ready to leave for home????

  37. 114 vcprezofan2
    April 25, 2016 at 11:13 am

  38. April 25, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Safe journey, POTUS

  39. April 25, 2016 at 11:23 am

  40. April 25, 2016 at 11:36 am

Comments are currently closed.







Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.



RSS Obama White House.gov

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS WH Tumblr

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS Steve Benen

  • Trump loyalists planned to overturn the election in 'war room' of D.C. hotel: WaPo
  • 'Rust' assistant director accused of unsafe practices in the past
  • What happened in the Oval Office on January 5
  • New Jersey governor: We can't afford to go backwards
  • Film safety expert explains the difference between prop guns and real guns



Blog Stats

  • 43,126,051 hits

%d bloggers like this: