Early Bird Chat

President Obama plays with family dog “Bo” April 20, 2009, on the South Lawn at the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Sunday!

163 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    April 20, 2014 at 8:13 am


  2. 11 hopefruit2
    April 20, 2014 at 8:15 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD and congrats vc on #1!

    • 12 vcprezofan2
      April 20, 2014 at 8:19 am

      {{{Hopef}}} You are here! You are here! It. is. so. nice. to see you, Hf. How are you this fine and sunny Sunday morn?

      • 13 hopefruit2
        April 20, 2014 at 8:23 am

        Hiya vc! I’m doing splendidly fine this lovely Easter Sunday πŸ™‚ Glad to see you here and looking forward to a nice day with TOD πŸ™‚

        • 14 vcprezofan2
          April 20, 2014 at 8:28 am

          TY, Hf! You have no idea how happy I am to see you up and about! πŸ™‚
          Are you getting ready to head on over early to GrandmaDD? Don’t forget she’ll probably be going to church first. I’m not feeling church-y so I suspect I’ll time my arrival to about the time I estimate you will all be sitting down to the meal itself. Maybe you’ll save me a seat beside you?

          • 15 hopefruit2
            April 20, 2014 at 8:32 am

            Yes, I’ll be going there just in time for the dinner. I’m also bringing a Ziploc and some aluminum foil for leftovers for the entire week. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I’ve already reserved a seat for you at the DD Easter-fest.

            • 16 vcprezofan2
              April 20, 2014 at 8:47 am

              Not so sure I’m keen on the Ziploc idea. I mean, if you are planning to stock up that might deplete my own eat-as-you-go portions. Have to think on that one some more, Hf.

              /thinking – I suppose I’ll have to just make sure the dishes pass by me before they pass by Hf/ πŸ™‚

      • 19 MightyPamela
        April 20, 2014 at 10:21 am

        Happy Easter, VC! Congrats on 1,2,3,4,5,7,9 AND 11!!! great day! Sun is breaking through here, green tea is in order!

    • April 20, 2014 at 8:21 am

      Goooooood morning Hopefruit!

  3. 26 hopefruit2
    April 20, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Our President must be getting ready to go to church with FLOTUS and the girls.

  4. 28 jackiegrumbacher
    April 20, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Morning Chips, VC , and all. It’s a beautiful Easter morning. The sun is shining, the trees are blossoming and the daffodils and hyacinths are in their glory. This day always brings back good childhood memories of Easter bonnets with ribbons, jelly beans and Easter eggs. My favorite was the year my mom bought me patent leather Mary Jane shoes and I got to wear them with pink socks! With my new straw hat, I felt as proud as a peacock. Enjoy your day!

    • April 20, 2014 at 8:35 am

      Good morning Jackie! When Danny read “pink socks” he started wagging his tail πŸ™‚

      • 30 dotster3
        April 20, 2014 at 9:07 am

        Danny might need counseling. I read about some disturbed dude who was arrested this week for stalking girls based on his attraction to their socks. Hopefully this is just a phase for Dan, like the flower pots.

      • 33 jackiegrumbacher
        April 20, 2014 at 9:29 am

        Oh Chips, those socks were so special to me, I would have negotiated any trade with Danny just to keep them. Unfortunately, all the rest of my socks in those days were plain white.

    • 34 vcprezofan2
      April 20, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Happy Easter Sunday, JackiG! How go the mature bones this morning? No after effects from your recent jolt, I hope?

      • 35 jackiegrumbacher
        April 20, 2014 at 9:28 am

        Thanks for asking, VC. The bones, though aching, are all working. Too bad the car will need to be replaced. Hard not to be angry about the fact that a careless kid gets distracted and we end up having all the hassle, not to mention costs.

        • April 20, 2014 at 9:29 am

          Oh Jackie, I completely missed this, were you in a car accident??

          • 37 jackiegrumbacher
            April 20, 2014 at 9:37 am

            Some kid rammed us when we were stalled in block long traffic. He hit so hard, the whole back end crumbled, my hearing aid flew out, my glass flew off and my husband’s baseball hat landed in the back seat. But we both emerged whole and uninjured. Looks like the car is shot, so we’ll have to find something new. I was feeling shaky all day yesterday, but my consolation was thinking about what the kid had to face when he told his grandparents he had badly dented their car and that our claim damage was against their insurance.

            • April 20, 2014 at 9:42 am

              Oh my gawd Jackie, what a nightmare, you must have got such a horrible fright. Thank goodness you’re both okay, that sounds almost miraculous. But I can only imagine how shaken up you are. Awful.

            • April 20, 2014 at 9:49 am

              Oh, NO, Jackie. I’m so glad your and your husband are safe but what a terrible jolt and hassle to make things right. Take good care of yourself!

            • 40 57andfemale
              April 20, 2014 at 10:59 am

              Oh, Jackie!!!! How horrific! Mentally and physically, this was a horrible experience. Sending healing and positive energy your way, my friend.

              I’m afraid I’m less than Christ-like in that I hope this kid learns his lesson but good.

        • 41 vcprezofan2
          April 20, 2014 at 9:49 am

          Very good news to hear that your bones are all intact. πŸ™‚ That’s the priority! I will assume that’s the same for Mr. JackieG and give thanks.

          When an old favourite (as in only one I had and all paid for) was totaled many years ago, I was not happy. Because it was ‘mature’, I got precious little for it from the insurance people – certainly not its value to me! Even though I wanted them to just fix it, they wouldn’t. That’s actually how I ended up with my first brand new, 1st-owner-me mini-van/car. Of course, I was forced into monthly payments for years, but I consoled myself with the fact that had I been on the opposite side of my car, or at the front, when it was hit I would not be here today.

          Hang in there, JG and Mr. JG. Life’s still good!

          • 42 jackiegrumbacher
            April 20, 2014 at 10:08 am

            Thanks, VC. You’re such a caring person. Yes, Mr G is hale and hearty, though shaken and angry like I am.

    • 43 dotster3
      April 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

      We have a whole series of frightening Easter photos—–of my sister and I in matching chairs in matching new homemade dresses with matching new Toni home perms with matching Easter baskets in our laps—-often with matching bonnets, almost always with new white gloves—–what was up with the white gloves? I guess our parents were proud and thought we were so adorable—-but is hard to imagine– we now fall down laughing at these very funny stiff photos.
      Now in casual clothes casually welcoming spring and doing bunny stuff for the grandkids at a fam din.

      • 44 jackiegrumbacher
        April 20, 2014 at 9:44 am

        Dotster, white gloves were absolutely vital in those days and all had to have them for Easter. My sister worked in an office in NYC in the 50’s and always went off with white gloves and a hat. Parents did what they could to dress up kids when Easter came, no matter how scarce money was. My mother was a widow raising three girls and I remember the one Easter when she just couldn’t make ends meet to get us anything new. We had to wake up early and go to the early mass with our old coats and scarves so that people at the regular services wouldn’t see that we were too poor for hats. It was all about show. Your Toni permanent reference brought back so many memories of ugly frizzed hair. Yuck!

      • 45 57andfemale
        April 20, 2014 at 11:00 am

        I’m so old, I remember that you didn’t go downtown in Milwaukee in anything but a dress and gloves (white in the summer).

        At (almost) 64 years old, I saw such changes in society: by the time I was in college, everyone went downtown in jeans.

    • April 20, 2014 at 9:52 am

      How cool were you with your patent Mary Janes and your pink socks? Wowie!!

      I remember one year getting a white angora fuzzy knitted cloche hat and patent shoes. Yikes.

    • 48 MightyPamela
      April 20, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Don’t forget the adorable gloves, jg, I so loved all my pairs of gloves!

  5. 49 vcprezofan2
    April 20, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I never greeted these guys yesterday (TY for the reminder, CC) and they’ll likely be too busy tomorrow, so ‘Happy Easter, Bo!’ ‘Happy Easter, Sunny!’

  6. April 20, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Good Sunday Chipsticks…TODers!!!

    Happy Easter!!!

  7. 52 hopefruit2
    April 20, 2014 at 8:37 am

  8. April 20, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Moving Forward Together….

    • 55 vcprezofan2
      April 20, 2014 at 9:21 am

      Morning, PF58! I see you’re starting with our anthem this morning – excellent way to set the tone; except for the 4 more years chant at the end it’s still amazingly relevant!

  9. April 20, 2014 at 8:58 am

    GM….MssssssChipssssssss….NW….BTs and allll in the TOD Village….


  10. 57 amk for obama
    April 20, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Go Liverpool.

      • 59 amk for obama
        April 20, 2014 at 9:09 am

        chealsea/crystal palace/newcastle

        Any 2 out of 3, they are champs.

        • April 20, 2014 at 9:16 am

          At the rate Chelsea and City are going, looks like Liverpool are already champs. It feels like the world has ended.

          • 61 amk for obama
            April 20, 2014 at 9:22 am

            why sudden love for chelsea?

            what did lp do to you ever?

            • April 20, 2014 at 9:24 am

              πŸ™‚ No love for Chelsea or City, just cannot even find the words to describe how much I LOATHE Liverpool!

              • 63 amk for obama
                April 20, 2014 at 9:29 am


                • April 20, 2014 at 9:38 am

                  I’m not sure where to start. The club has always given me the pukes, and their supporters are generally nauseating. They have this schmaltzy, saccharine-y, self-pitying thing about themselves, they reckon there’s no club on earth like Liverpool, when, in fact, there are 100s.

                  And don’t start me on the Hillsborough disaster. Drunken Liverpool fans arrive late for the game, and it’s all the police’s fault.

                  Meanwhile, the 39 Juventus fans killed by Liverpool fans have been forgotten, the media just won’t go there when Liverpool constantly paint themselves as victims.

                  As United fans sing, ‘always the victims, never your fault’.

                  Grr, hate ’em.

  11. 65 Paulita
    April 20, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Hi TOD family. De-lurking to again express profound thanks for this place.

    This past week I lost an aunt to cancer, (this was expected), and then a 4yr. old grand nephew will be disconnected from his life support today.
    Maxx was critically injured when a man had a heart attack and caused a ten car pileup in Memphis on the 16th. The man and Maxx are the only fatalities. His mother was driving; she had given birth again just 3 wks. ago to a child who was due on the 13th. The baby was not in the car.

    oh, and my birthday was Friday.

    I lurk regularly, taking my time, with the links and the commentaries. This is the best place for true students of life. I value the insights of the posters and comments, this country is a better place for me because of TOD>

    • April 20, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Oh Paulita, what heartbreaking news, I am so sorry for the pain your family are experiencing. May your Aunt and little Maxx rest in peace. Take care of yourself Paulita.

      • 67 Paulita
        April 20, 2014 at 9:30 am

        Thank you Ms. Chipsticks,
        We have a lot of faith; these things make us stronger and more respectful of each day. I want you to know that I include your mom in my prayers. I had to take care of my mom after a nasty fall, and I understand the physical and psychological strength required to rehab someone close to you.

      • April 20, 2014 at 11:21 am

        My condolences to you on the loss of your Aunt and Nephew Maxx. May they rest in peace.

    • 69 hopefruit2
      April 20, 2014 at 9:36 am

      Paulita, so sorry to hear of your loss of your aunt and little nephew Maxx. May you and your family find some measure of comfort and healing in the days and months to come.

      • 70 Paulita
        April 20, 2014 at 9:45 am

        Thank you Hopefruit2 (always loved your title!),

        I never had children so I’m free to love them all, but this does not mitigate the pain I feel of their suffering or their parents.

    • April 20, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Sending you lots of comfort today, Paulita. Thanks for being part of our community. As PBO says, we are stronger together.

    • 73 jackiegrumbacher
      April 20, 2014 at 9:47 am

      Oh Paulita, so very sorry about your aunt and 4-year old nephew. What heartbreak for your family. Many many hugs to you and a belated Happy Birthday. Sometimes life hands you so many lemons at one time, you just don’t know how to cope. Bless you.

      • 74 Paulita
        April 20, 2014 at 9:58 am

        Thank you jackiegrumbacher,

        When things get really crazy beyond my control, realizing that as Paul wrote “we are more than conquerors …”, and knowing that the devil always seems to overplay his hand, I await victory and the opportunity to laugh in his face.

        If I have gone too deep today, it is because I am inspired by His resurrection.

    • April 20, 2014 at 10:35 am

      Dear Paulita, sincerest condolences to you and your family on these heartbreaking losses. The pain must be unimaginable right now. Hold tight onto each other through this difficult time. I hope you all can eventually find comfort in loving, warm memories from those whose lives they both touched.

    • 78 Betsy
      April 20, 2014 at 10:44 am

      So sorry for your losses. Glad you find refuge here like the rest of us do.

    • 79 globalcitizenlinda
      April 20, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Very sorry to hear about your double loss!

      may you and your family find some solace in the messages and celebration of the resurrection;

    • 80 Dakota
      April 20, 2014 at 11:26 am

      My sincerest condolences to you and your family. Sending you prayers of peace and comfort.

  12. April 20, 2014 at 9:12 am

    March’s NCAA playoffs are behind us, but the madness continues.

    From Wisconsin, cradle of the Progressive movement, comes news that the state Republican Party β€” the party of La Follette! β€” has advanced a pro-secession agenda.


    The extreme views of the Radical Right has become mainstream in the GOP…in fact…The GOP have fully embraced those views…things that were whispered in the smoky back rooms are front and center!

    • 82 jackiegrumbacher
      April 20, 2014 at 10:05 am

      PF, I hope the people of Wisconsin rediscover their progressive roots and rise up and soundly reject all of this radicalism. Wisconsin has to save itself. That people there would even consider re-electing Walker is just too depressing.

      • April 20, 2014 at 3:40 pm

        I do not know what went wrong with the recall drive to oust Walker…that was the their best chance to return sanity to WI…and to move their state forward…just think about all the laws that might have been thwarted if Walker were not the governor

  13. April 20, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Gooood mooorrrninggg, Chips, NW and the Grand Obots of TODville.

    May you find all your eggs in one basket!

  14. 87 hopefruit2
    April 20, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Hopefully we’ll have some pics soon πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • 88 hopefruit2
      April 20, 2014 at 10:10 am

  15. 89 hopefruit2
    April 20, 2014 at 10:14 am

  16. 90 hopefruit2
    April 20, 2014 at 10:20 am

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  18. 101 globalcitizenlinda
    April 20, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Happy Easter to Everyone!

  19. April 20, 2014 at 10:49 am

    • 103 globalcitizenlinda
      April 20, 2014 at 10:55 am

      very glad to see the photos of the First Family this morning;

      PBO is looking very different but as always very sharp;

      I think PBO wore this color of suit during the wedding of Ms. Valerie Jarrett’s daughter – you know the photo where he is looking at FLOTUS so nostalgically

  20. 109 Dudette
    April 20, 2014 at 10:50 am

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  22. 126 Dudette
    April 20, 2014 at 11:02 am

  23. 127 carolyn
    April 20, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Since I lived in D.C. for a wonderful time of my life, whenever the Obamas go somewhere, I always google the location to see where it is. Today, I was especially interested, because the church is on N.W. 16th St., and the church my father pastored was on N.W. 16th St. and Webster, just a little south of the 19th St .Baptist Church. If I’m not mistaken, I think that building was a Jewish synagogue back in the late 50s and 60s when I lived there. I rode by it on the bus every day on the way to work at the Capitol. It is a beautiful building, in a gorgeous location.
    This particular church is a very historical one, now celebrating 175 years in D.C.
    The Obamas each look like spring! Wonder if the girls are with them.

  24. 130 anniebella
    April 20, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I know I release my tension concerning those Tea Party Republicans alot when I come up here, but let me not forget that today is about more then easter eggs, rabbits, candy, and whatever else man has made this day about. To alot of people it is about the resurrection of their Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Happy Easter Everyone and may the good Lord above bless you all.

  25. April 20, 2014 at 11:16 am

    This cracks me up – the person running the Air National Guard account is a BIG Obama fan, RTs regularly!!

  26. 135 vcprezofan2
    April 20, 2014 at 11:16 am

    /whisper – Okay folks, heads up!

    ADVANCE GUARD here! “Ms Wonka AND MSs Chips are both fluttering around on twitter. Stand poised. Rise and Shine is on its way.”

    • 136 vcprezofan2
      April 20, 2014 at 11:18 am

      /whisper/ Tried to see which one of them was carrying the packet, but it was hard to tell. / Will stay on guard, reporting briefly when I can. Don’t want them to see me and get more cautious./

    • 137 hopefruit2
      April 20, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Thanks for the heads-up VC!! I suspected as much… I’m (not so) patiently awaiting the R & S πŸ™‚

      • 138 vcprezofan2
        April 20, 2014 at 11:25 am

        I’m having fun this morning darting back and forth, so am not missing the R & S so much. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  28. 151 amk for obama
    April 20, 2014 at 11:27 am

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  29. 156 Dudette
    April 20, 2014 at 11:27 am

  30. 158 hopefruit2
    April 20, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I know this was a well-meaning pic, but quite frankly the dogs all look pissed off and annoyed. AND I don’t blame them… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  31. 161 globalcitizenlinda
    April 20, 2014 at 11:37 am

    the First Daughters are really growing up fast!

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