Early Bird Chat

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama hands a diploma to a graduating senior during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet High School for Health Sciences and Engineering at Historic Pearl High commencement ceremony, at the Howard C. Gentry Complex in Nashville, Tenn., May 18, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)



3:50 EDT: The President participates in a DNC fundraiser

107 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. May 18, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Good MoooOOoOoooorning Chips. TODsters, and all the ships at sea! Love our First Lady!

  2. 2 jackiegrumbacher
    May 18, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Morning Chips, Mary and early birds. That’s what we all need to start the day–a hug.

  3. 3 Roberta in MN
    May 18, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Congrats on 1st up this morning maryl1. And GM to you too JackieG. How are you feeling? Are you getting better jackieG?
    GM Chips, Danny & Mom Chips.

    • 4 jackiegrumbacher
      May 18, 2016 at 8:50 am

      Thank you for asking, Roberta. I’m feeling much better and stronger. If I carefully watch what I eat, I can function absolutely normally with no problems. I still have an arthritic back, but that’s an old issue and I have learned to manage it through daily exercise. Now all I need for is for the endless cold and rain to be replaced with sunshine and warm days. Hope all is well with you.

      • 5 57andfemale
        May 18, 2016 at 9:26 am

        So glad you’re on the mend. I have had it with the cold!

        • 6 cd4biden
          May 18, 2016 at 2:16 pm

          I was saying the same thing last week, about the cold. Then the weekend had two nice days, back to cooler on Monday, and yesterday morning it was suddenly 81 degrees at 9:30 in the morning. For the life of me I can’t figure out how to dress anymore. Just have to keep all my clothes available all the time. No putting away one wardrobe for part of the year.

      • 7 GGAIL
        May 18, 2016 at 9:33 am

        GM JackieG, it’s good that you’re feeling better and stronger 😘

      • 8 Roberta in MN
        May 18, 2016 at 9:47 am

        Really glad to hear that JackieG. I have arthritis too and some days it is just awful. We’ve had some cooler days and some pollution so the lungs have a problem every now and then. Ever since I had pneumonia in 2014 it has been a problem. Have a good day.

  4. May 18, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  5. May 18, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Millions could get a raise under Obama administration’s new overtime rules

    The salary threshold for workers to qualify for overtime pay will double to $47,476 by December 2016, but the new rule has faced opposition

    ETA: “More than four million working Americans could get a bigger paycheck by the end of the year, thanks to a new overtime rule to be finalized by the US Department of Labor on Wednesday.

    Previously, only salaried workers who earned below $23,660 were eligible for overtime pay. As of December 2016, that threshold will double and be set at $47,476 a year.”

  6. 11 99ts
    May 18, 2016 at 9:05 am

    GM all – the pictures are starting to make me nostalgic – cannot believe they will be leaving the White House all too soon

  7. May 18, 2016 at 9:06 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!! Congrats Maryl1 on #1, and Happy Wednesday everyone. 🙂

  8. 13 MightyPamela
    May 18, 2016 at 9:12 am

  9. May 18, 2016 at 9:17 am

    About those overtime regs, from the article

    So what’s changed since the 1960s and 1970s? Overtime pay, in part. Your parents got a lot of it, and you don’t. And it turns out that fair overtime standards are to the middle class what the minimum wage is to low-income workers: not everything, but an indispensable labor protection that is absolutely essential to creating a broad and thriving middle class.

    In 1975, more than 65 percent of salaried American workers earned time-and-a-half pay for every hour worked over 40 hours a week. Not because capitalists back then were more generous, but because it was the law. It still is the law, except that the value of the threshold for overtime pay—the salary level at which employers are required to pay overtime—has been allowed to erode to less than the poverty line for a family of four today. Only workers earning an annual income of under $23,660 qualify for mandatory overtime. You know many people like that? Probably not. By 2013, just 11 percent of salaried workers qualified for overtime pay, according to a report published by the Economic Policy Institute.

    • 15 MightyPamela
      May 18, 2016 at 10:32 am

      Ludicrous, really, isn’t it? That people (including single parents like myself) would be working those kind of hours solely for the benefit of an employer. There is so much to thank President Obama for, he has never wavered in his consideration for the least among us.

  10. 16 GGAIL
    May 18, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    Happy Hump Day! aka Wednesday 😊

  11. May 18, 2016 at 9:40 am


  12. May 18, 2016 at 9:51 am


  13. May 18, 2016 at 9:57 am

    • 23 catrst
      May 18, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      Wow. I am so inspired. Beautiful images and exciting fortunes for our country with these folks training for these careers.

    May 18, 2016 at 10:22 am


  15. 26 amk for obama
    May 18, 2016 at 10:32 am

    This guy spouts lies so easily and so quickly at every public moment. And here we thought, mittbot was a congenital liar.

    A total psychopath.

  16. 27 amk for obama
    May 18, 2016 at 10:33 am

  17. 28 amk for obama
    May 18, 2016 at 10:35 am

  18. 29 JER
    May 18, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

  19. 31 JER
    May 18, 2016 at 11:30 am

  20. 33 JER
    May 18, 2016 at 11:41 am

    LIVE NOW: Friends, Colleagues of Merrick Garland Testify Before Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee – http://abcnews.go.com/Live

  21. 34 JER
    May 18, 2016 at 11:48 am

    DHS Sec”y Jeh Johnson to Deliver Keynote Address During the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Commencement – http://abcnews.go.com/Live?stream=3

  22. 35 JER
    May 18, 2016 at 11:57 am

    • 36 Dudette
      May 18, 2016 at 2:57 pm


      • May 18, 2016 at 3:28 pm

        altho i am not a fan of DWS…i do not like these kind of comparisons

        • 38 Dudette
          May 18, 2016 at 3:55 pm

          I sorry the comparison bothers you, but DWS has been DNC chair since 2011. Her performance has been woefully inept and frankly negligent, in my opinion.

          I’m old enough to recall the 2012 election, where instead of embracing & helping PBO as leader of the party and touting all the country accomplished under him, she and her cronies hamstrung the party by courting the bigot wing. Thus resulting in the loss of an enormous amount of Dem seats in the House and control of the Senate. At the State & Local level, you might as well say connection to the national DNC is non-existent under her leadership. I volunteer with Georgia Democrats. We get close to zip in terms of support from national and the damn state is turning purple! Then for her still to be there after her crappy performance again in 2014, There is no doubt. She sucks at being DNC chair. I don’t know what her constituents think of her as a Congresswoman, but as DNC Chair, she shoulda been LONG gone.

  23. May 18, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Donald Trump Promises To ‘Dismantle’ Wall Street Reform
    MAY 18, 2016 10:27 AM

    In an interview with Reuters published on Wednesday, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he will release an economic plan in two weeks that will undo nearly all of the financial reforms that went into effect in 2010.

    “I would say it’ll be close to a dismantling of Dodd-Frank,” he said, naming the financial reform package. “Dodd-Frank is a very negative force, which has developed a very bad name.”

    Trump’s comments are in stark contrast to his previous positioning of himself as a candidate who will be tough on the financial sector. Earlier this week, he criticized Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for her ties to big banks, saying, “She’s totally controlled by Wall Street.” A longtime adviser has also promised that Trump will crack down on the industry, saying recently, “Who’s been tougher on bankers than Donald Trump?” And Trump has promised to go after “hedge fund guys” who he says are “getting away with murder.”

  24. May 18, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Uh huh
    Uh huh


    Exploitative Financial Scheme That Fueled America’s Racist Housing Legacy Makes A Modern Comeback
    MAY 17, 2016 8:00 AM

    Investigators in New York will probe the resurgence of a dangerous housing finance practice that was historically used to target low-income black families who dreamed of owning their own home, the state’s Department of Financial Services announced Monday.
    Investigators have sent subpoenas to at least four separate companies that are helping drive a boom in a long-dormant alternative to a traditional mortgage, the Wall Street Journal reports.
    While the mortgage alternative is not inherently illegal, its shady legacy of exploitation has already prompted scrutiny from federal officials this spring.
    The tactic is often called “contract for deed” home finance. Under this model, investors purchase homes, often at the minimal prices afforded by foreclosure sales, and then seek out potential “buyers” who do not qualify for a mortgage because they are too poor. They then market a contract to the would-be homeowner under which she agrees to pay a fixed monthly fee for decades, knowing she will not actually get the deed to the place until the contract is fully paid off.

  25. 41 MightyPamela
    May 18, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Call it denial, or hopeless optimism, whatever you like – I don’t know about all o’ y’all, but I’m still #ridinwithbiden

    “My dad had something he used to say to me:

    “A job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about dignity and respect.”

    Part of what he meant by that, I think, is that without the ability to provide for your family, you’re deprived of your dignity.

    That’s the fundamental spirit behind a big change our Administration made today to modernize our overtime rules: Making sure hard work is rewarded with fair pay.

    The change we’re making today is straightforward:

    Right now, you’re guaranteed overtime if you’re an hourly worker, but if you’re salaried, you’re only automatically guaranteed overtime if you make less than $23,660. If you’re a manager on salary and you work an extra 10, 20, 30 hours a week — you often don’t get paid a dime more for those additional hours. That’s simply wrong.

    Starting in December, we’re making sure that more workers get paid fairly for the overtime hours that they work. With this new rule, we’re increasing the cutoff for automatic overtime for salaried workers to $47,476 — most salaried workers making less than $47,476 will be guaranteed overtime pay for working more than 40 hours a week.

    Companies will have a choice: Pay their workers for the extra hours they put in, or cap their hours at 40 hours a week. For over 4 million workers, this change means they’ll either get a bump in pay or will get more time with their families if they work more than 40 hours a week. Or more time to go back to school or get additional job training.

    Today, I’ll head to Columbus, Ohio to visit a business, an ice cream company called Jeni’s, with 600 employees around the country. They’ve got a management that understands what “fair” means. They’ve already begun making changes to guarantee overtime to some of their managers.

    You can learn more and listen in right here.

    The law since the 1930s has said that anyone working more than 40 hours a week is working overtime. And if you’re working overtime, you should get paid for it. We can’t allow folks with families to support to work long hours without being paid fairly for it.

    It’s not right. So today, we’re doing what we can to fix it.

    The President and I have been laser-focused on rebuilding the basic middle-class bargain that used to exist, and that both parties have signed on to. What it comes down to is that if you contribute to the success of the company that employs you, you should get paid fairly for it. Because of the Administration’s efforts to rebuild that basic bargain, the economy has gone from crisis to recovery to resurgence. Wages are on track to rise this year by over 3 percent. Today’s expansion of overtime protections will build on this momentum.

    That’s how you increase access to the middle class. But we know we have more work to do and we’re going to keep going right through the finish line.

    You can tune in to the event in Ohio right here.

    See you out there.


  26. May 18, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    BS coming to my town On Friday.

  27. 45 vcprezofan2
    May 18, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Hi! 🙂 Happy Hump Day to everyone!

    May 18, 2016 10:00 AM
    New Rule: Millions More Eligible for Overtime Pay

    Today the President Obama and Labor Secretary Tom Perez will officially announce a new rule on overtime pay.

    ……………………. snip ……………………..

    The change will go into effect Dec. 1 of this year.

    In order to help Americans understand this new rule, the Department of Labor put out this video to explain the change.

    ………………………… snip ……………………

    To put this new rule in perspective, here is what economist Jared Bernstein said about it:

    ‘Along with health care reform this is one of the most important measures
    that the Obama administration has implemented to help middle-wage
    ………………………………………… ///


  28. 49 vcprezofan2
    May 18, 2016 at 12:38 pm

  29. 50 Nena20409
    May 18, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Happy Wednesday to You Lovely TODable Community.
    Congrats Maryl1 for your Au ⭐
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners since last Evening.
    Lovely Day in MN.
    WH Presser with Josh “The Voice” Earnest is scheduled at 12:45 PM, LIVE…….starting shortly.

  30. 52 Nena20409
    May 18, 2016 at 1:11 pm

  31. 55 Nena20409
    May 18, 2016 at 1:33 pm

  32. May 18, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Love the picture of FLOTUS hugging the student.

  33. 57 Nena20409
    May 18, 2016 at 1:49 pm

  34. May 18, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Good afternoon, TOD!

  35. 63 Dudette
    May 18, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! 😀 😀 😀

  36. 65 arapaho415
    May 18, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    GA TODville.

    Won’t be able to listen in (audio feed only) — not sure if @VP’s speech has already started.

  37. 66 Dudette
    May 18, 2016 at 2:49 pm


  38. 67 JER
    May 18, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    LIVE NOW: VP Joe Biden in Columbus, OH – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  39. May 18, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    uh huh
    uh huh

    Trump Unveils List of His Top Supreme Court Picks

    Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, has released a list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices he plans to vet to fill the seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia if he’s elected to the White House.

    Trump’s picks include Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado and Raymond Gruender of Missouri.

    Also on the list are: Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, Joan Larsen of Michigan, Thomas Lee of Utah, William Pryor of Alabama, David Stras of Minnesota, Diane Sykes of Wisconsin and Don Willett of Texas. Trump had previously named Pryor and Sykes as examples of kind of justices he would choose.

  40. 71 Dudette
    May 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm

  41. 73 57andfemale
    May 18, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    • 74 Dudette
      May 18, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      Amen to that! 😀

  42. 75 Dudette
    May 18, 2016 at 3:13 pm

  43. 76 JER
    May 18, 2016 at 3:17 pm

  44. 77 Dudette
    May 18, 2016 at 3:20 pm

  45. 78 Dudette
    May 18, 2016 at 3:21 pm

  46. 79 Dudette
    May 18, 2016 at 3:24 pm

  47. 80 Dudette
    May 18, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Shoutout to the potentially next VPOTUS 🙂

  48. 81 Dudette
    May 18, 2016 at 3:28 pm

  49. 82 vcprezofan2
    May 18, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    • 83 vcprezofan2
      May 18, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      • 84 vcprezofan2
        May 18, 2016 at 3:59 pm

        Yo, Amk, this one is for you! Remember our recent convo about apologies re previous governmental wrongdoing? Do you still maintain that the *(young and) current* leader should not be the one apologizing?

    • May 18, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      WOW……acknowledging a wrong and a pledge do better…and make amends

    • 88 Dudette
      May 18, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      Background from Wikipedia:
      The Komagata Maru incident involved a Japanese steamship, Komagata Maru, that sailed from Hong Kong, British Empire, through Shanghai, China, to Yokohama, Japan, and then to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in 1914, carrying 376 passengers from Punjab, British India. Of them 24 were admitted to Canada, but the other 352 passengers were not allowed to land in Canada, and the ship was forced to return to India.[1] The passengers comprised 340 Sikhs, 24 Muslims, and 12 Hindus, all British subjects. This was one of several incidents in the history of early 20th century involving exclusion laws in both Canada and the United States designed to keep out immigrants of only Asian origin.

      • 89 vcprezofan2
        May 18, 2016 at 4:30 pm

        Yea, D-ette, I looked it up when I first saw PM Trudeau’s tweet as it was the first I’d heard the name. In fact I assumed immediately from the name that it had something to do with our native peoples, only to find I was way off. Learning experience, for sure.

  50. 90 donna dem 4 obama
    May 18, 2016 at 3:50 pm

  51. May 18, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    • May 19, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      And yet there was an NY Times article saying Democratic pundits are blaming Clinton, not Sanders for the uproar and accusing the Dems of rigging the game. And they were: Mika Whatshername, Van Jones, and Chris Hayes. What a surprise.

  52. 95 Dudette
    May 18, 2016 at 4:12 pm

  53. 96 Dudette
    May 18, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Is it possible to ❤ Shonda Rhimes more?

  54. 97 Dudette
    May 18, 2016 at 4:17 pm

  55. 98 Dudette
    May 18, 2016 at 4:17 pm

  56. 99 Dudette
    May 18, 2016 at 4:18 pm

  57. 100 Dudette
    May 18, 2016 at 4:20 pm

  58. 101 Dudette
    May 18, 2016 at 4:21 pm

  59. 102 Dudette
    May 18, 2016 at 4:22 pm

  60. 103 Linda
    May 18, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Confession from a cranky old lady.

    Went to the Department of Driver Services today. I noticed there were some people out front with clip boards so when I came out I went over to check it out.

    They were trying to get signatures to add someone the the Presidential ballot here in Georgia. I told them it was to late for that. Why are you doing this I asked. Because ” crooked Hillary ” can’t be the winner the man said. So, I asked him….” who are you voting for ” ?

    He kind of looked around and then whispered ” Trump ” . I said.. ” Why whisper that, are you embarrassed ” ? He didn’t answer so I said.
    ” You know what the three of you should be doing instead of this , you should be going out and getting the 800,000 unregisisted people here in Georgia registered to vote and making sure they all have the proper id required to do so ”

    Then I turned to the young lady that was with them and said to her. ” Why would a woman vote for Donald Trump, don’t you have any self respect ? ”

    As we drove away, I yelled at all them.. ” Shame on you….shame on you….shame on you ” ?

    My son couldn’t stop laughing….

  61. May 18, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Trump call President Obama the worst President ever. If that was true then why didn’t Trump run against President Obama in 2012? When he could have ran against Obama and defeated the worst President in history. I think we know the real answer why Donald didn’t run in 2012, because he knew he could not beat President Obama. If President Obama could run for a third term he would beat Trump. Trump or that nude model wife of his is no match for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

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