Early Bird Chat

First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha are greeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the Diaoyutai State guest house in Beijing, China

First Lady Michelle Obama plays table tennis at the Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students to attend colleges overseas


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds!

108 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Dudette
    March 21, 2014 at 7:59 am


  2. 6 amk for obama
    March 21, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Thought I will brighten your day.

  3. 9 africa
    March 21, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Happy Friday TODers.

    Hiya Chips!!

    The Obama girls are just a dream.

  4. 14 africa
    March 21, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Have a great day everyone. I am off to work.

    • 15 anniebella
      March 21, 2014 at 9:28 am

      I thought the press was busy covering the missing plane and covering the right wing haters new President, Putin.

    • 16 CEB
      March 21, 2014 at 10:12 am

      Criticism by whom? The only one who cares about this is the press itself. These cretins do everything they can to bring down this family. Laura Bush went on 67 overseas trips, some with the twins who were adults, and no one questioned or complained. I am glad that the press was not included because they never do their jobs when they are, It always amazes and disgusts me when instead of asking about the goals of the trips, they spend time asking stupid gotcha questions about made up scandals from home of repub. talking points. The soft diplomacy of trips like these are invaluable.

  5. 17 amk for obama
    March 21, 2014 at 8:09 am

  6. 18 jackiegrumbacher
    March 21, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Good morning. For about one hour this morning TOD froze–literally froze–and stood fixed in time, although I was able to access other sites. Went away for a bit and came back to the happy sight of a wide awake TOD and lots of early risers. So I’m glad to see everyone awake and well and basking in the morning beauty of the Obama women. Followed up on Bob’s post last night and read about the shameful way that Ukrainian military families are being treated in Crimea. Formerly pleasant neighbors have been poisoned by Russian propaganda and are calling the families fascists and other ugly names. People who have spent their whole lives in Crimea are having to evacuate because of this hatred. Russia is oozing deadly lies with its closed media and seems to be retreating quickly into its infamous past. Hope the sanctions get tighter and tighter and the Russian economy gets worse and worse.

  7. 20 Claire
    March 21, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Just a quick hello to all. These past few months have found me busier than ever with more clients than I have ever known… thanks to our fantastic POTUS. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I am looking forward to seeing the BEST foreign trip media coverage right here on the OD site. I know that Chips and company will do Mrs. Obama proud. You have already started off with some beautiful photos and commentary. I am so excited to check back everyday!!!

    • 21 Dudette
      March 21, 2014 at 8:42 am

      Hi Claire! Nice to see you! Wonderful to hear business is going well for you. Like you, i’m so grateful for TOD. 🙂

  8. 22 dotster3
    March 21, 2014 at 8:33 am

    The NYT’s take on China visit, for what it’s worth. I was wondering what they were going to do about the air pollution there as I keep reading that any Chinese with means are moving out of country because of the toxic air quality, or at least out of the cities——and I see that blue skies and pollution free skies greeted Michelle Obama’s visit. Wonder how they pulled that off—–shut down all the unregulated manufacturing for a few days?


  9. 24 GGAIL
    March 21, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    Lovely pics!

  10. March 21, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Wow, three generations of Robinson Obama women. Fabulous! My youngest son signed up for her trip newsletter and submitted a question. He is really into it.

  11. 30 dotster3
    March 21, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Chips, why are there doubles of all your tweets? Into the sauce again today? Did your team win again? 🙂

    • March 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Yikes, where Dotster?? On here or on Twitter? I’m not seeing double, honest!

      • 32 Dudette
        March 21, 2014 at 9:06 am

        Me neither. All normal from what I can see.

        • March 21, 2014 at 9:09 am

          (As I suspected Dudette, Dotster had champagne for breakfast)

          • 34 dotster3
            March 21, 2014 at 9:23 am

            No champagne—–does a little juice glass of vino count? 🙂 I’m not lyin’——I had doubles of all your tweets on my twitter feed—–maybe twitter knew how much I liked chips/tod tweets and was being nice to me, treating me special. 🙂 Or, I considered Danny was messing with your computer, retweeting with his new found skill, or something.
            I’ll check to see if I’m still special.

          • 36 dotster3
            March 21, 2014 at 9:34 am

            Chips—–still have doubles of your first tweets after “I’m still half asleep….”—–which I thought was the problem.
            I have 2 in a row of the “stunning” tweets and 2 in a row of the tweet and photo of Michelle reaching out her hand to shake hands with the Chinese pres.—–“First Lady Obama, Malia and Sasha are greeted by Chinese President……”
            No prob, though. I double enjoyed them. Just wanted to make sure you knew I hadn’t morphed into a demented cuckoo bird.

  12. March 21, 2014 at 8:56 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Lovely pics of our First Ladies across the 3 generations. 🙂

  13. 38 globalcitizenlinda
    March 21, 2014 at 9:02 am

  14. 39 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2014 at 9:05 am

    HEADLINE: Local Anchor Changes Her Story Yet Again About White House Press Secretary- MARCH 20, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT13648

    // The Arizona news anchor who claimed this week that White House reporters give press secretary Jay Carney questions in advance changed her story yet again on Thursday night, this time clarifying her own experience with the administration.

    Catherine Anaya became something of a hero on the right earlier this week when she went on air to talk about an “off-the-record” meeting she had with Carney at the White House and suggested that reporters who regularly cover his press briefings provide their questions to him beforehand. Carney denied the claim, and Anaya eventually retracted the comment.

    But the retraction was muddled Thursday when KPHO, the Phoenix station that employs her, put a statement online that was attributed to Anaya and then quickly deleted it. In the original statement, Anaya said that she “was indeed asked to provide” her own question to the White House in advance of an interview she conducted on Wednesday with President Obama. She added that it was wrong to suggest reporters who regularly cover the White House do the same. Scott Davis, a senior assignment editor at KPHO, told TPM in an email earlier on Thursday that the statement was “mistakenly” posted and was “incomplete and not ready to be released.” By Thursday evening, a new statement was posted, with Anaya reiterating “two major mistakes” that she made.

    “I reported an off the record conversation and what I reported was not accurate,” she said in the statement. “I took a conversation about the preparation for a press briefing and muddied it with my own experience of wanting to provide a question for the press briefing. I incorrectly applied the process to everyone. That was wrong and it was bad reporting.” She then acknowledged an error that appeared in the original statement. //


    Moral of the story: Don’t lie about the Obama Administration – it will backfire.

  15. 44 globalcitizenlinda
    March 21, 2014 at 9:05 am

  16. 45 amk for obama
    March 21, 2014 at 9:06 am

    • 46 Dudette
      March 21, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Still defies all reason

    • 47 CEB
      March 21, 2014 at 10:21 am

      He looks like Elmer Fudd (which is how I always refer to him). I almost get sick when I see his smirking dufus face and recall how much we suffered and how ashamed I was that held this most powerful office for the longest 8 years of my life. PBO was like the warmth and light of the sun after long dark, dreary days.

  17. 48 amk for obama
    March 21, 2014 at 9:06 am

  18. 51 globalcitizenlinda
    March 21, 2014 at 9:09 am

  19. 53 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2014 at 9:10 am

  20. 54 desertflower
    March 21, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Morning everyone…Happy Friday and last day of work before spring break for me day:) Came in the nick of time! I have a question. The Tweets that you all post here don’t show up like regular posted Tweets do…all tidy in a little box. They just show up as normal text….I can’t see anything with pics either. What do I need to do? It happened when I loaded that “Disconnect me” thing on my laptop. Suggestions??

    • 55 amk for obama
      March 21, 2014 at 9:20 am

      Ha, serves you for not thanking me.

      Enable the add-on bar (right click on the top menu bar and tick add-on bar, which will appear in the bottom).

      On the add-on bar, click customize. This open a pop-up box which shows all tools. Drag the disconnect tool to the add-on bar.

      Click the disconnect icon. In the pop-up,menu you will see ‘t’ in green. Click it and it will turn gray and the page refresh automatically and you should see the tweets properly. (All things in green are blocked)

      • 56 desertflower
        March 21, 2014 at 9:28 am

        🙂 Many kind thanks, amk… You are truly a gentleman and a ??? This is all the sucking up I have left this week, but if it doesn’t work, I know where to find you!! 🙂

        • 57 desertflower
          March 21, 2014 at 9:35 am

          Does Google Chrome HAVE a menu and all this stuff? Maybe I should have said that I use Chrome?

          • 58 amk for obama
            March 21, 2014 at 9:41 am

            Now, you tellz me.


            • 59 desertflower
              March 21, 2014 at 9:49 am

              Sorry 😦 So….what’s the fix???

              • 60 amk for obama
                March 21, 2014 at 9:54 am

                Never used chrome for browsing. No idea. Sorry.

                You can try removing/disabling the disconnect add-on and see if it is the culprit.

                • 61 desertflower
                  March 21, 2014 at 9:56 am

                  I’ll figure it out…I like that Disconnect on my computer so I don’t want to get rid of it….I can click on the tweets and see what they say….for now. Thanks for trying:)

  21. 63 Dudette
    March 21, 2014 at 9:14 am

  22. 64 Vicki
    March 21, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Good morning TOD. The three generations of the Robinson-Obama family do us proud again, this time in China. FLOTUS is dazzling in her red dress. The President Xi Jinping and his wife and our Family. Eat your ugly hearts out GOP.

    “Despite Critics de Blasio Finds Success in Pursuit of Liberal Agenda” is the headline on page 20 of The NY Times this morning. Following 2 1/2 months of de Blasio bashing on front page. I am glad to see positive coverage even if it is little, late, and grudging.

    Yesterday lovepolitics wrote that the Powers That Be might be intent on killing deBlasio in his cradle because they feared Obama, 2.0 Obama-the next phase– whatever. Sounds right to me.

    • 65 Don
      March 21, 2014 at 9:35 am

      Vicki, I think they fear the de Blasios’ and Martin O’Malleys’ because they are more inclined to build on what President Obama has started. I don’t think Hillary would be as inclined to be President Obama 2.0.

      • 66 hopefruit2
        March 21, 2014 at 10:08 am

        The corporate and GOP media are very comfortable with Hillary – which is why I am suspicious about her. She is the female equivalent of Cuomo in my opinion. I may be wrong but that’s just the impression I’ve gotten over the years.

        • 67 Vicki
          March 21, 2014 at 10:49 am

          Hopefruit, If you’re wrong I’m with you in the wrong column.
          Neither Hillary nor Cuomo are Democrats as we know them
          They are socially liberal and fiscally Conservative—-meaning selfish 1% ers.

  23. 68 Dudette
    March 21, 2014 at 9:17 am

  24. 69 Dudette
    March 21, 2014 at 9:19 am

  25. 70 amk for obama
    March 21, 2014 at 9:22 am

    lp, h/t once again for the disconnect add-on. The speed is amazing not only on tod but also on other sites.

  26. 71 Allison
    March 21, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Good Morning All, Chips, thank you for the beautiful pictures of the fabulous Mrs. Robinson, FLOTUS and the girls!

  27. 72 amk for obama
    March 21, 2014 at 9:24 am

    EU leaders seal an accord on closer ties with Ukraine, as President Putin completes the treaty on Crimea’s entry into the Russian Federation.


    It’s in their own effing interest.

  28. 74 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2014 at 9:34 am

  29. March 21, 2014 at 9:34 am

    WOW, look at our First Family!! GORGEOUS.

    And is Malia now taller than FLOTUS??!

    Good Friday mooorrnningggg, Chipstar and TODville!

  30. 86 desertflower
    March 21, 2014 at 9:38 am


    The New York Times takes a hard look at the real goal of the AFP strategy and whom it is designed to benefit. Previously, AFP’s stated aim had been nothing more than repealing Obamacare. But the Times notes that these ads are really about turning people against government as a positive agent of change for ordinary Americans:
    Officials of the organization say their effort is not confined to hammering away at President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.. They are also trying to present the law as a case study in government ineptitude to change the way voters think about the role of government for years to come.
    “We have a broader cautionary tale,” said Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity. “The president’s out there touting billions of dollars on climate change. We want Americans to think about what they promised with the last social welfare boondoggle and look at what the actual result is.”
    Leaders of the effort say it has great appeal to the businessmen and businesswomen who finance the operation and who believe that excess regulation and taxation are harming their enterprises and threatening the future of the country. The Kochs, with billions in holdings in energy, transportation and manufacturing, have a significant interest in seeing that future government regulation is limited.

    People need enough brain matter left to CONNECT THE DOTS!!

  31. March 21, 2014 at 9:45 am

    When I dropped of my taxes, there were signs about Obamacare and healthcare.gov posted in the office. YAY!!

  32. 89 dotster3
    March 21, 2014 at 9:46 am

    This is just an unbelievable story. I was not even aware that “re-homing” existed——-the practice of adoptive families who no longer want their adopted kids, usually foreign-born, advertising online for new homes. This Reuters investigation tells about a girl from Haiti who was adopted by a family in Idaho—–who kept trying to get rid of her, kept sending her off to new homes, the last one to a home with a father who was sexually abusing his adopted kids. These kids are abruptly sent to new families with no checking or investigation into the backgrounds or integrity of these new adoptive parents.


    • 90 57andfemale
      March 21, 2014 at 9:59 am

      That is despicable.

    • 91 Don
      March 21, 2014 at 10:06 am

      This is beyond despicable; these families knew beforehand that they were not equipped to deal with the emotional turmoil that comes with adoption. And now they want to discard these children like old newspapers. So what happens to these kids now, are left to fend for themselves in a foreign country? Are they returned to their place of birth, this is so heartbreaking.

    • 92 COS
      March 21, 2014 at 10:12 am

      GM TOD. Believe it or not, I saw an episode like this on the tv show “criminal minds”. Little did I know that this actually happens in real life.

  33. 93 Dudette
    March 21, 2014 at 9:50 am

  34. 94 Dudette
    March 21, 2014 at 9:51 am

  35. March 21, 2014 at 9:54 am

  36. 96 57andfemale
    March 21, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Oh my God, the Obama women – just stunning.

  37. 97 Linda
    March 21, 2014 at 9:59 am

    CNN’s Sister Network Asks Psychic To Explain What Happened To Missing Malaysia Jet


  38. 100 57andfemale
    March 21, 2014 at 10:01 am

    grrrrr…..seriusly broke my car yesterday in one of the Black Holes known as a Chicago pothole.


  39. 104 Dudette
    March 21, 2014 at 10:09 am

  40. 107 Nena20409
    March 21, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Congrats on You Gold Dudette.

    Happy Friday TODable TODers.

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