Early Bird Chat

MoooOOOooorning Early Birds – Happy Wednesday!

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  1. 9 africa
    February 12, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Congrats on 1st Cindy.

    Happy Wednesday TODers

    Hiya, CHIPS!!!

  2. 11 Cindy
    February 12, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Good morning Chipsticks and Danny Boy!

    Thank you for the beautiful pictures last evening Chipsticks. I missed all of the fun, had to teach the students until late.
    President Obama and Mrs. Obama were absolutely gorgeous.

    Have a WONDERFUL DAY!!!!

  3. February 12, 2014 at 7:57 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Congrats Cindy on #1 🙂

  4. 14 Ladyhawke
    February 12, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Michelle Obama lifts up U.S. designers, elegantly around her shoulders

    By Robin Givhan


    First lady Michelle Obama eschewed Chanel, bypassed Dior and said no to the allure of Balenciaga. Instead, as she stood alongside her tuxedo-clad husband to greet French President François Hollande, she celebrated American style at Tuesday night’s state dinner in honor of fashion’s heartland.

    She selected a ballgown by the New York-based designer Carolina Herrera. The bodice of the dress, which was sewn by hand in Herrera’s New York atelier, was crafted of black lace — beaded, embroidered and appliqued. It formed a delicate scrim over a corset in a pale, dusty blue that the designer described as “liberty blue.” The elegant skirt, with its inverted pleats, flowed into a modest train.




  5. February 12, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Gooooood Mooorrrnnninnggggg, ChipStar and TODville. Hope everyone is recovered from the fun last night.

    Our VP Joe sure had a great time:

  6. 24 hopefruit2
    February 12, 2014 at 8:04 am

    The weather is eerily calm (but COLD) right now. The calm before storm… Way too many this winter. We are FED.UP.

    • February 12, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Good morning all. Hf2, calm here too……right now. Though what we’ve had doesn’t compare to many others all across the country, it’s been a long, cold, dreary winter here too. I think many of us are FED.UP.

      Good day to all. Stay safe and warm. My recovery continues to go GREAT! So grateful!!!!!!

      • 26 hopefruit2
        February 12, 2014 at 8:18 am

        Thanks Tnmtngirl and the same to you! Glad to hear you are continuing to heal and feel better 🙂

      • 27 Cindy
        February 12, 2014 at 8:41 am

        Good morning Tnmtngirl..
        Happy Wednesday to you!

        Good news regarding your recovery. Prayers are a beautiful thing : )

        Sending prayers your way for 1000% recovery….and when you get there, please “do the happy dance” across the screen so that we will know that you reached your mile stone. Happy recovery : )

  7. 28 africa
    February 12, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I repeat, Mrs. Obama is so elegant.

  8. February 12, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Morning Ms Chips! Morning everyone!

    • 32 99ts
      February 12, 2014 at 8:31 am

      Difficult to know how to react – tears of sadness or joy – they both should be so proud of each other

      • 33 LDS
        February 12, 2014 at 8:37 am

        99ts, I am so overwhelmed by this picture.
        All I can say, “Honor thy father is real.” The two of them are forever blessed. I am in tears. This makes my heart so glad early this morning. They have blessed me in a way that they will never ever know.
        Thank you, Africa for sharing this.

    • 34 jackiegrumbacher
      February 12, 2014 at 8:35 am

      I hope this young man goes on to accomplish great things and takes good care of his father and his family. This is real love.

    • 36 Cindy
      February 12, 2014 at 8:51 am

      Thank you africa…

      What a beautiful story. I am sure that this young man is destined for greatness, and his parents will be the beneficiary of their sacrifices and his hard work. God bless them indeed…..

    • 37 anniebella
      February 12, 2014 at 10:09 am

      It is nice to see that the son is proud of his father, let’s hope no matter how much success he gets he will still be proud of his father.

  9. 38 jackiegrumbacher
    February 12, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Good morning. I’m sure this has been said a million times, but I’m just tuning in. Michelle Obama is one of the most beautiful and stunning women in the world and last night she looked better than any movie star on any red carpet in the world. Her escort wasn’t too shabby either. What a glorious couple. Despite all of Hollande’s amours, I bet he was eating his heart out with jealousy over the president’s First Lady.

    • 39 Cindy
      February 12, 2014 at 8:34 am

      Good morning jackiegrumbacher,

      Happy Wednesday to you!

      Totally agree. They were stunning last evening.

      Good Morning America “briefly” talked about the 1st lady and how beautifully she was dressed. They were speaking to the WH Correspondent, I don’t remember his name. Now, they could have ended the conversation on the note, that it was a wonderful event.

      Instead, George Stephanopolis (can’t spell his name-too early) and this guy brought up the cost of the State Dinner; State Dinner cost tax payers $200,000 plus for Germany, State Dinner cost tax payers $500,000 plus for India. Then George stated that this (current State Dinner) is a HUGE cost, and the tax payers have to pay for this dinner.

      It is always about the President costing the tax payers. Of all the beauty that our 1st family brings, they intentionally left viewers with the image of this HUGE tax bill that we have to pay because the 1st family hosted the State Dinner.

      Never fails, and they (GMA) have no problem speaking highly of Prince William and Kate. This morning, it was all about some necklace that she wore (borrowed from the queen), a Cartier diamond, but the President is costing tax payers.

      How can you not be proud of the family that represents the United States with such beauty, charm, class, dignity and elegance?

      Fox will probably focus on the cost; the burden that the President has put on the tax payers because they had the audacity to have a State Dinner.

      The media never fails; always stealing the good that President Obama and Mrs. Obama represents : (

      • 40 jackiegrumbacher
        February 12, 2014 at 8:40 am

        Cindy, the hell with all of them. Every president since time immemorial has hosted state dinners for important allies and nobody complained abut it until Barack Obama was president. These dinners are built into the budget of the White House and don’t cost anybody “extra.” If they want to focus on costs, I wish they would look at the salaries, benefits and perks the members of the US House get for doing nothing. Anybody bring up the question of cost just tell them how proud you are that our president and First Lady project such a positive image of the US to the world. This is ALL about depressing Democrats and discouraging the vote. The WANT a Republican takeover of DC. Tune them out and keep fighting.

      • 45 desertflower
        February 12, 2014 at 8:40 am

        George can bite me. http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/02/11/good-question-why-do-white-house-state-dinners-cost-so-much/

        Congress appropriates money to the U.S. Department of State for these state visits. In 2012, U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for a detailed list of these costs and expenses. According to Issa, the State Department didn’t respond.


        Each president’s style had a different effect on how many state dinners were held. For example, President Ronald Reagan hosted 35, President George H.W. Bush hosted 21 and President Bill Clinton hosted 19 dinners. But after 9/11, President George W. Bush only hosted six official dinners at the White House, often preferring smaller dinners at his ranch in Crawford.
        “Think of it as taking out customers, the way the U.S. takes out a key ally,” said Larry Jacobs, the Walter and Joan Chair for Political Studies at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He says other countries pay for and roll out the red carpet when Obama goes abroad.
        Generally, the State Department also picks up the lodging and travel tab for a small foreign delegation, just as other countries do the same for a U.S. president.
        “I think diplomacy is really important,” McBride said. “I think there’s nothing that substitutes for the one-on-one and face-to-face dialogue with a world leader.”

        • 46 Cindy
          February 12, 2014 at 8:47 am

          They know the truth desertflower but they go the extra mile to create controversy about President Obama. They just refuse to accept that this man, our President, was elected by the people and he is doing great things for America. I just wanted to throw a shoe at George and this guy.

          • 47 desertflower
            February 12, 2014 at 8:53 am

            Of course they do! But lying by omission, is still a lie.

            • 48 Nena20409
              February 12, 2014 at 10:37 am

              That is How the MSM lazily and lamely dumbs down the nation. An educated electorate is an informed populace. Nowadays, the MSM willfully LIE to keep the nation dumb, mute and blind. That is the HUGE damage to our way of Governance and Political Discourse.

      • 49 anniebella
        February 12, 2014 at 10:06 am

        George, I won’t try to spell that name of his, but George has become alittle weasel. How many State Dinners did Clinton have, GW Bush, Reagen. I don’t recall the short weasel running his mouth about what the State Dinners cost the taxpayers then. I am glad I missed GMA.

      • 50 Nena20409
        February 12, 2014 at 10:33 am

        Good Morning TODers.

        I listened to C-SPAN last night and since Ronald Reagan here is what they had to say:

        Reagan had 35 State Dinners in 8yrs.

        GHW Bush had 21 State Dinners in 4yrs.

        Clinton has 19 State Dinners in 8yrs.

        GW Bush had 6 Dinners in 8yrs.

        Pres Obama had 6 State Dinners in 4yrs.
        Last Night was the 7th, but the 1st in his Second Term.

        George Stephanopoulos Should report in Context with Content.

        C-SPAN also said that when Mrs. Obama met with the former 1st ladies……since she had not been a Gov’s wife, Nancy Reagan advised her to have as many State Dinners as possible. Since Nancy had 35 in 8yrs……perhaps she was looking for as Big a Spender as she was…….an Obvious statistic George S. could have easily made…….(minus the Lies in cost)……since his former boss Clinton had 19 state Dinners in 8yrs.

      • February 12, 2014 at 11:15 am

        I saw this on GMA and was FURIOUS! But, I’m pretty sure we have to spare George what’s-his-name. It was, no surprise at all, Jonathan Karl, the right wing abc mole who ended his State Dinner report with the cost of the last two, and his assurance that the cost of this one will be even more, all at the tax-payer’s expense. I yelled F You at the tv and terrified my poor old dog : ( I am livid that that man is still employed by abc.

      • February 12, 2014 at 7:22 pm

        Someone needs to go into the Archives and find GS commenting on a prior President at a state dinner. It will most likely have no comment about the cost of the dinner. Maybe one of Rachel or Lawrence’s famous side by sides.

  10. 53 desertflower
    February 12, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Morning!! Happy Hump Day:) They all look like they had a wonderful evening together…stayed up late and partied a bit…good food, good wine, good company…no better way to spend the evening! Remember that GWB always went to bed at 8pm? Never stayed up late to party and kick his shoes off? Remember that outrage about being standoffish and not accessible? Yeah…me neither.

    In other news…GREAT TOON FOR R/S!!! http://bobcesca.thedailybanter.com/files/2014/02/BadBusiness-KevinSiers.jpg

  11. February 12, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Thanks to TOD for all the wonderful pics and videos from yesterday 🙂

  12. February 12, 2014 at 8:31 am

  13. 61 desertflower
    February 12, 2014 at 8:35 am

    I see San Diego went for the Republican. Too bad.

    • 62 jackiegrumbacher
      February 12, 2014 at 8:43 am

      Sorry to hear that, DF. San Diego is not a very enlightened spot in CA. While the state chooses to embrace the future, SD prefers to regress.

      • 63 desertflower
        February 12, 2014 at 8:48 am

        San Diego is filled with the military and retirees that still believe the RW propaganda that Republicans support them. It’s bullshit, flat out…we know this for a fact…but they haven’t figured it all out yet. If Filner had ethics, maybe the tide would have turned. He did more damage to Dems than he knows. What a shame.

    • 64 Vicki
      February 12, 2014 at 8:47 am

      Yes, I checked that too and came to share, but you desertflower got here first. Not the result we were looking for but the newsreports said POTUS and Gov. Brown came in late with their endorsements.

      Last minute endorsements seem to mean that the candidate is losing.
      Barbara Buono said that Debbie WS came in late and it was “like she was coming to a funeral.”

      • 65 desertflower
        February 12, 2014 at 8:51 am

        I don’t think it would have mattered. San Diego tried their little “Dem experiment” with Filner and the idiot poisoned the well for Dems in the mayor’s office. End of story. San Diego is a military town through and through…including a boatload of retirees that still believe the lie that Republicans take care of the military. Sad.

        • 66 carla4obama
          February 12, 2014 at 9:27 am

          I live in San Diego, and yes Filner did poison the well for us. We are not red, but not blue either. There is a lot of minorities here that helped Filner win (and who worked hard to see that he did), but once he embarrassed us the energy was just not there.
          Dems seem to be there own worst enemy at times.

  14. February 12, 2014 at 8:49 am

  15. 69 desertflower
    February 12, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Wonder how it would feel to wear a stunning evening gown? Just once…with flats…..

  16. 70 globalcitizenlinda
    February 12, 2014 at 8:56 am

    it is very important to know that grassroots activists are not letting the weeper-of-the-house and fellow republicans stand in the way of comprehensive immigration reform (CIR)

    • 71 desertflower
      February 12, 2014 at 9:01 am

      I saw this:) EXCELLENT!

    • 72 Nena20409
      February 12, 2014 at 10:47 am

      Since the bulk of Latino GOPers are Cuban Americans……and since Cuban Americans have Zero issues of getting Citizenship, they are given instant working status and even room and board for a while..(when needed)…….Is it any wonder that the GOPers are just not Listening to the rest of the Hispanic community? GOPers have TX and FL control. That is the 2nd and soon to be the 3rd largest states respectively. Once TX and FL are visibly no longer winnable states for the GOP…….their 180 will be so obvious.

  17. February 12, 2014 at 8:56 am

    • 74 Cindy
      February 12, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Mary J. Blige life story is AMAZING..

      Where she came from and where she is today…….a long journey of hope, despair and victory.

      She is a beautiful woman.

  18. February 12, 2014 at 8:57 am

    • 76 anniebella
      February 12, 2014 at 9:20 am

      Whenever there’s a event going on at the White House, Rev. Al sure will be there.

      • 77 Cindy
        February 12, 2014 at 9:41 am

        Morning anniebella,
        Happy Wednesday!

        I am sure the good ol boys ain’t happy; Tavis Smiley and his side kick West.

        Reverend Al supports the President and he doesn’t apologize for doing so. I wonder if Tom Joyner was there, he loves the 1st family.

        • 78 anniebella
          February 12, 2014 at 9:47 am

          Morning Cindy, yes Rev. Al supports the President and First Lady. And that is one reason why I watch his show.

    • 79 Nena20409
      February 12, 2014 at 10:42 am

      He still did his Show……Has Rev Al ever taken a Vacation since his show started? I have a Family bet on it. I said Once. Does anyone know?

  19. 80 Linda
    February 12, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Very funny

    • 81 Cindy
      February 12, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Good morning Linda,

      Happy Wednesday to you!!!

      This is hilarious; kicking and screaming, I actually agree with the Toad man. What the hell did he do that was great?

      Nicole is correct, Christy cream performed, and that is what he does best-perform while lying his oversized rear end off. What is wrong with this woman? What did this lying piece of crap say and do that warrants a standing ovation. He was speaking to his base. He was a liar when he got in to office, he is a liar in office, and he will still be a liar when they kick his ___ out of office.

      I can’t believe that the American people will fall for his sack of ____; that he and morning jokester scumborugh enjoy smelling and spreading. The American people will not be eating it!

      • 82 99ts
        February 12, 2014 at 9:16 am

        Don’t hold back Linda 🙂

      • February 12, 2014 at 9:35 am

        Nicole has a lot of nerve. When does she or anyone else give our President any good press?

        • 84 Cindy
          February 12, 2014 at 9:48 am

          She is in one word…..PATHETIC!

          They really expect the “majority of the people” to be bamboozled by this sack of lard.

          They don’t believe that he had his hands in the cookie jar? He can’t manage those who work under his noise and they want us to buy his crap that he can manage this country.


        • 85 Cindy
          February 12, 2014 at 9:52 am

          Apologies Jackie 4 Obama,

          I meant to say good morning and HAPPY WEDNESDAY to you!

          This mess with Christie and what they are trying to pull over on the American people makes me crazy : (

          Have a WONDERFUL DAY!

      • 86 Obama Grandmama
        February 12, 2014 at 7:35 pm

        Nicole was one of the advisors working on the McCain/Palin campaign. She is not about to give in about a GOP candidate, especially if it is one she would like to get hired by.

    • 87 99ts
      February 12, 2014 at 9:15 am

      MJ thought it was great that Christie was joking about what happened – the “real” guy is right back there. Chuck has not been agreeing with MJ all week – something going on at MSNBC about Christie – does the owner guy want him to go down?

  20. 88 Cindy
    February 12, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Good news for the TOD family,

    President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and others will be here in Florida next month for a fund raising event. They will be hosted by Alonso and Tracey Mourning.

    I am crashing this party, disguised as a “real journalist.”

    I hope our soon to be governor, Charlie Christ will be there, lending his support to the President and Obamacare.

    This is a BFD…..as Joe would say : )

    • 89 99ts
      February 12, 2014 at 9:17 am

      I’m sure Charlie Crist will be there Cindy – he was very pro the President on TV last week

      • 90 Cindy
        February 12, 2014 at 9:32 am

        Yes he was, and he spoke with such passion about supporting the President and supporting Obamacare. Charlie was well received by Dems when he was the Republican governor. They supported him on issues and I believe that they are going to support him again. He wasn’t a radical governor, and he greeted the President with respect and kindness when he came to Florida. That is when the repukes turned on him.

    • 91 anniebella
      February 12, 2014 at 9:42 am

      Cindy, We will have to count on POTUS, FLOTUS, and VP Biden to help raise money, specially since that stupid Dem super PAC have decided they were going to sit out the 2014 election and focus on Hillary and 2016.

      • 92 anniebella
        February 12, 2014 at 9:44 am

        And Speaker Pelosi too, she was in San Fran with FLOTUS last week at a fundraiser.

        • 93 Cindy
          February 12, 2014 at 9:58 am

          I know anniebella,

          We are in the middle of a fight for the 2014 midterm election. It just makes me mad that they want to throw Hillary down our throats as though we don’t have a choice or a vote.

          Rand the crazy man Paul is running around calling Billary a pedophile and this is 2014. We are going to have to listen to this crap for 3 years. I want to choose my President, and it’s not Hillary. I don’t understand the Dems, pushing this as though President Obama 2nd term is over.

          What I care about at this time and moment that we are in; supporting President Obama and working my rear end off for 2014. Everything else is in the closet.

  21. February 12, 2014 at 8:59 am

  22. 95 globalcitizenlinda
    February 12, 2014 at 9:02 am

    • 96 99ts
      February 12, 2014 at 9:21 am

      The party of financial responsibility

      “North Carolina was wrong in taking this step and as a result it has wastes hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, in court time, counsel fees, and state resources. That is money that could go to a better purpose than trying to favor one set of citizens over another in a political debate. This is one of the most conservative circuits in the country and its rejection (under such conservative iconic rulings as Citizen’s United) should be an even greater embarrassment for those who approved not only this litigation but advanced this extreme argument in the federal courts.”

  23. February 12, 2014 at 9:05 am

    The New Conservative Assault on Early Voting
    The goal is to make the electorate smaller as well as more Republican.
    By Richard L. Hasen

    It is easy to dismiss the latest conservative rants against early voting as just one more way for Republicans to try to gain advantage over Democrats at the polls. But something much more troubling may also be at work: Some opponents of early voting are promoting the view that a smaller (and skewed) electorate is better for democracy.

    In the past few weeks, a flurry of conservatives have attacked early voting, from Eugene Kontorovich and John McGinnis in Politico to George Will in the Washington Post to J. Christian Adams in the Washington Times. The timing is no coincidence: The Presidential Commission on Election Administration, which President Obama created to look at issues with long lines and other election problems, recently issued its much-anticipated report. The report is full of many sound suggestions for improving our elections, and one of the key recommendations is to expand early voting, either in person, through absentee ballots, or both. There’s good reason to follow the commission’s recommendation: Early voting takes pressure off administering the vote on Election Day. It helps avert long lines and aids election administrators in working out kinks. Voters like early voting because it lets them pick a convenient time to vote, when there are not work or child-care conflicts.


  24. 98 desertflower
    February 12, 2014 at 9:07 am

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/rand_paul_files_nsa_lawsuit Really Rand? OMG. I’m sick to death of these pandering idiots!

  25. 103 anniebella
    February 12, 2014 at 9:18 am

    In that first picture of FLOTUS she reminds me of Sasha.

  26. 104 hopefruit2
    February 12, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Obama’s America.

  27. 105 carolyn
    February 12, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Did anyone else notice that President Hollande looked like he was having a marvelous time the entire day? Sitting next to FLOTUS, he looks like the guy who snagged the homecoming queen for his prom date. I don’t think he missed having his mistress with him at all. Just being by FLOTUS, and not having to share the spotlight made him glow.
    And, we know, if his mistress had come with him, HuffPo would have bent all out of shape comparing FLOTUS with her style-wise. As it was, we all just got to glory in our glorious FLOTUS!

  28. 109 Linda
    February 12, 2014 at 9:34 am

    54,000 have lost power here in GA….

    My bamboo trees are bent over and frozen to the ground.

    • 113 Linda
      February 12, 2014 at 9:47 am

      The subpoena did not ask that…..they wanted the travel records to find out where he was and who he was with during the shutdown days.

  29. February 12, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Good morning all. Glorious party last night. Flotus was indescribable. She is a delight to the eyes. Hubby ain’t too bad either!

  30. 115 japa21
    February 12, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Hopefully, a new post will come up soon so I don’t get jumped on by too many people. But I really did not like FLOTUS’ hair style last night.

    • 116 Cindy
      February 12, 2014 at 10:06 am

      Good morning japa21,

      Happy Wednesday to you!

      Don’t be scurred : ) to voice your opinion.

      We are all adults in the room, and we can agree to disagree, even when one of us is completely and undeniably wrong : )

      Have a WONDERFUL DAY!!!!

    • February 12, 2014 at 10:17 am

      😆 You are sooooo lucky, the new post is up – you deserve a medal for courage!!

    • 118 anniebella
      February 12, 2014 at 10:22 am

      japa21, no one will jump on you because you didn’t like FLOTUS hair style. We have a right to our opinion, as long as it is said respectfully and not like those haters who make those terrible hateful comments just to be ugly. But I disagree with you, but you still are okay. You are still part of the family, we won’t kick you out. 🙂

  31. 119 No Child Left Behind
    February 12, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Good Morning TODVille,

    How is everyone this morning? I woke up as if I had gone to a party last night… What a nice day it was for our First Family!

    This morning is back to business. The business of more snow, more ice, more freezing weather. I am told to expect something in the order of 8-10 inches of the white stuff, some dry, some ice. I just don’t know about this winter. Something went wrong in Nature’s calendar.

  32. February 12, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I am swooning!! My two home countries!!! The food! The fashion! The beauty! Mrs. Obama was stunning in her French blue. I loved the toasts that both Presidents gave….we have always enjoyed a special friendship with France and it pained me during those stupid Freedom Fries era. Great to see President Hollande & President Obama solidifying the friendship and respect.

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