Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama greets guests at the Congressional picnic on the South Lawn of the White House, June 8, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Sunday!

112 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 7 dannystix
    June 8, 2014 at 7:43 am

    evarybodee asleap layzee boans

    • 8 hopefruit2
      June 8, 2014 at 7:50 am

      Haha…G’morning Danny, Chips & TOD!! We’re up with you this morning.

    • 11 Cindy
      June 8, 2014 at 7:52 am

      que’ pasa mr. dannystix…….ruff…ruff….

      Everyone is not sleeping; having a great cup of coffee,
      I heard you slapped an innocent (hehehe) little fussy pooch, is that correct dannystix?

      Well, I will nor order you the doggie house this time, you probably had a good reason : )
      Happy Sunday to ya!

  2. June 8, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Today is Sasha Obama birthday. She is 13 years old today. Chips can you do a special post to celebrate. Thanks, Carly πŸ™‚

  3. 15 jackiegrumbacher
    June 8, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Morning Chips, Danny and early birds. Must be poignant for the president and FLOTUS to see their little girl enter her teen years–just about the toughest time there is for parent and child. Chips, do you know if the president played golf yesterday or did you have to write your sternly written letter? I’ll bet he’d do anything to avoid one of those.

  4. 36 Cindy
    June 8, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Good morning jackiegrumbacher, hopefruit2, Carly Lewis and No Child Left Behind!

    Good morning TOD Family and all.



  5. June 8, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family. I hope all is well with everyone this lovely and blessed Sunday morning. Congrats Ms. Chips for opening up your store and as vcp said, holding the door open for all us. You’re Great! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  6. 40 hopefruit2
    June 8, 2014 at 8:20 am

  7. 41 hopefruit2
    June 8, 2014 at 8:23 am

  8. 42 Cindy
    June 8, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Thank you Chipsticks for bringing Dr. Maya Angelou to us on yesterday in all its splendor and glory…….BEAUTIFUL!

    She is gone but never to be forgotten.

    Her words of wisdom are potent; food for the mind, soul and spirit.

    Thank you Dr. Angelou for giving us wisdom,

    β€’ The honorary duty of a human being is to love.

    β€’ Living a life is like constructing a building: if you start wrong, you’ll end wrong.

    β€’ History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.

    β€’ Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it allows me to survive, and better than that, to thrive with passion, compassion, and style.

    β€’ There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.

    β€’ The main thing in one’s own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry.

    β€’ Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns all clean.

    β€’ Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.

    β€’ If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.

    β€’ We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.

    β€’ Human beings are more alike than unalike, and what is true anywhere is true everywhere, yet I encourage travel to as many destinations as possible for the sake of education as well as pleasure.

    – Dr. Maya Angelou

    • 43 hopefruit2
      June 8, 2014 at 8:41 am

      β€’ “There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.”

      That’s Ron Paul’s Libertarian base…the Snowdenistas out there… PITIFUL indeed.

      • 44 Cindy
        June 8, 2014 at 8:58 am

        Exactly my thoughts hopefruit2.
        Ted Cruz et al……..

        New twist:
        There is nothing so pitiful as old farts (McCain et al) who learned something, and has gone to believing nothing and knowing nothing.

    • 46 Linda
      June 8, 2014 at 9:12 am

      β€’ Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns all clean.

      Perfect description of John McBitter

    • 47 Nerdy Wonka
      June 8, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Fantastic quotes.

      Thanks, Cindy.

  9. 49 99ts
    June 8, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Good morning all – it’s almost Monday in my world – but one of those delightful holiday Mondays. Tomorrow we celebrate the birthday of QEII – I’m not entirely sure why because she has a birthday in April – it may relate back to the birthday of Queen Victoria. Don’t really know why we still do this – but any excuse for a holiday & the grandbabe is visiting with her mother – so a good day to be me πŸ™‚

    • June 8, 2014 at 8:39 am

      Good evening 99ts! I never figured out either why she has two birthdays, does that mean she’s actually 176?

      • 51 99ts
        June 8, 2014 at 8:47 am

        She’s a well preserved 88 – that’s for sure – will probably live longer than her mother (& so help me I queued for 6 hours to see that “resting in state” ). When you count the number of PMs, Presidents and other various notables she has conversed with over the years, she has to have lived those 176 years compared to some of the mere mortals of my time.

        General opinion is that Mrs Thatcher was her least liked PM – so the Queen will always remain on my favorites list given the sanity of that opinion.

        • June 8, 2014 at 8:50 am

          She’s had an extraordinary life, 99ts. I’m not a fan of the British royal family at all, but she seems to be several classes above all of them. She was outstanding during her visit to Ireland, which, of course, was controversial. Was really impressed by her.

          • 53 99ts
            June 8, 2014 at 9:03 am

            I fell in love with her when I was 7 and she rode around the country standing at the back railing of a railway carriage waving to all and sundry who had their noses pressed against the railway fences. The media advertised the time the train would be passing through every station on the city networks. No security – no scares – and the couple must have stood for hours!

            The rest of them, as you say – a sad lot. I think we’ll probably become a republic when she is no more – I’m really not in favor of a US style President – so hope they have a “figurehead” rather than the problems with a parliament/president from different parties.

            • June 8, 2014 at 9:18 am

              Wow, the idea that she could travel around like that then, changed times indeed. It will be very interesting to see how many countries push to become Republics after her time, I can’t imagine Charles will inspire much devotion, although I’d guess William, after him, would be popular enough.

              • 55 99ts
                June 8, 2014 at 9:34 am

                mmm – I must be weirder than I thought – I’d much prefer Charles – I rather like the spunk of Camilla telling them all to like it – or not!

        • June 8, 2014 at 9:01 am

          She has been queen for almost all of my 67 years. She is the Grande – mother of many of my generation. She is an enduring symbol. Hope she does live as long as her mother if not longer.

  10. June 8, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Still laughing:

  11. 60 hopefruit2
    June 8, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Media never reports these good things…unless they happen to PBO or other Democrat.

    • 61 99ts
      June 8, 2014 at 8:55 am

      They spent months in 2010 reporting the RWNJs calling out the democrats at the town halls. This is no 4th estate – they are part of the GOP. – the story quoted by the orange includes this quote

      “Facing a projected deficit of more than $1.2 billion, Mr. Corbett said he hoped that the state’s negotiations with the federal government on his proposal to expand Medicaid through a private insurance model might be part of the budget solution.
      But he’s not counting on it.
      “We’ve been having very good discussions,” he said during the governors’ brief news conference.
      “I certainly hope that the people in Washington aren’t going to slow this down for any budgets or for campaign issues … We think it can help us resolve this.””

      Corbett has had YEARS to sort out the medicaid expansion – but let’s blame Washington if they take a little time to verify his attempt to win a few votes with federal money. Disgusting people.


    • 62 Vicki
      June 8, 2014 at 9:10 am

      I watched a few of the clips and thought they were very effective.

    • 63 JER
      June 8, 2014 at 9:21 am

      Good Morning Chips and TOD. Now enjoy the video of the protesters. Thanks Hopefruit.

    • 65 jackiegrumbacher
      June 8, 2014 at 9:33 am

      Hf, why that idiot Corbett thought he would get away with teaming with Christie and not invite protest is beyond me. He is tone deaf and oblivious to what’s happening around him. The day we see his backside hit the exit door is the day I’m dancing in the street.


  12. June 8, 2014 at 8:52 am

    It is absolutely shameless how the media was in lockstep with the GOP smear campaign against Sgt.Bergdahl…in their attempt to smear the President…

    from the article:
    The U.S. military has every right to conduct its investigation of Bergdahl’s disappearance, but that in no way will impact the way this community will view the boy who danced in its ballets, worked in its eateries and wandered its majestic mountains.

    Says Schoen (Blaine County Commissioner) : “When he does return, those here who know and love Bowe will welcome him back with open arms.”

    • 70 jackiegrumbacher
      June 8, 2014 at 9:35 am

      Good for the people of Bergdahl’s home town. That boy needs some love right now.

  13. June 8, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Good Sunday morning to everyone at TOD

  14. 72 99ts
    June 8, 2014 at 9:09 am


    Destroying his state – little by little – law by law – unbelievable to those of sane mind

    • 73 Don
      June 8, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Gov Bobby Jindal and Michael Steel have that same need for that all important β€œpat on the back.” How else to explain both these men standing by and watching their party call this President every name in the book but the son of god, and doing and not saying anything about it?

  15. 74 hopefruit2
    June 8, 2014 at 9:10 am

    • 75 99ts
      June 8, 2014 at 9:38 am

      This man describes himself as a father and a veteran – he turns on his own to suit the purpose – creep – and don’t they love to show of their “intelligence” with the Dr title – may he choke on it.

  16. 76 Don
    June 8, 2014 at 9:10 am

    You know, at some point in time every voter must decide rather to keep letting politicians stick their foot up their asses. I am sick and tired of people blaming politicians; it’s the story of the scorpion and the frog. Yes, McCain Cantor and Boehner are going to bite the shit out of you if you keep them in office.

    • 77 hopefruit2
      June 8, 2014 at 9:14 am

      I agree – the voters who keep voting for these GOP idiots because of their own issues with racism, sexism, classism, xenophobia and homophobia…I’m sure the Bergdahl’s are learning this very important lesson…you vote, thinking other people and not you will suffer, and you wind up being the victim of your own actions.

      • 78 Don
        June 8, 2014 at 9:19 am

        Yep! God bless them but the Bergdahls’ are prime examples of this thinking. The very people that they’ve voted far are now calling their son every name in the book.

  17. 79 Paulita
    June 8, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Good Morning Chipsy Tweedy, Dannystix, and all of TODLand!

    I am so full from the coverage of all the major doings in the world, just lurking and living vicariously through TOD posters. This place is a gift, and all I can offer is my humble thanks, ’till you’re better paid’ πŸ™‚

    Danny, if you’re gonna have a slap fight you gotta have some bob & weave in your game; also a little trash talk like cartoon super heroes -“foiled you again you nefarious no-good, peace destroying pipsqueak!” (too much?)

  18. 81 africa
    June 8, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Happy Sunday TODers

    Heeeeeya Chips!!

  19. June 8, 2014 at 9:31 am

    VC is currently chatting with herself on the Week Ahead post. Will I tell her or will you?

  20. 88 africa
    June 8, 2014 at 9:40 am


    • 89 Vicki
      June 8, 2014 at 9:46 am

      This was great and Bruce Bartlett went on with more choice insults and descriptions of the RWNJ. Lunatics, for example

    • 90 anniebella
      June 8, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Happy to see that someone beside me realize what these tea party Republicans are all about, and the other Republicans, the right wing conservatives are no better.

  21. 91 vcprezofan2
    June 8, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Early Bird at 7:30 on a Sunday morning? I suppose this means Chips Chica is going to be cranky and in need of a nap at some point today.
    GoooOOoooddd Morning/Evening/Night, TODobots all! We are alive, and IMO today, that alone means life’s good. Have a joyous Sunday, e-very. body!

  22. 92 Vicki
    June 8, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Hi TOD.
    A few days ago some of us—me for example—got excited about a rumor concerning US/Iran.
    Here is what’s happening now. Not a rumor.
    The United States and Iran are having 2 party talks in Geneva. The sole topic is said to be Iran’s nuclear capacity.
    At first only low level participants, but now senior officials of both countries involved.
    Nothing is assured, but I am hopeful.

  23. 93 vcprezofan2
    June 8, 2014 at 9:46 am

    MoooOOooorrrnnning, Chips-a-rooney! This could easily become one of my favourite PBO baby pictures. I am always enthralled by the pics where they look him in the eyes and you get to see *their* connection with him ALONG WITH *his* goodness reflected in their faces. The man’s goooOOoooddd – no question!

    • June 8, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Goooooood morning VC!! 99ts was being very unkind about you, she called you weird. 😯

      • 95 vcprezofan2
        June 8, 2014 at 9:50 am

        What????!!!! ‘Weird’ not ‘wired’? Whatever possessed her? You sure she wasn’t hacked? Actually I don’t even want to know!

        • June 8, 2014 at 9:50 am

          I was shocked VC, 99ts is usually a pleasant person.

          • 97 vcprezofan2
            June 8, 2014 at 9:54 am

            Exactly why a part of me is curious to know what your part in this was. Behind every successful TOD man smear is …… a ….

              • 99 vcprezofan2
                June 8, 2014 at 10:00 am

                Swearing won’t help you in this instance, Chips -a-rooney! TS and I know you well enough and we see mischief in your sleepy eyes. As it’s Sunday, we’ll pray for the stirring you…. or maybe we’ll give thanks for that in you. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

          • 100 99ts
            June 8, 2014 at 9:55 am

            Shocked my a… Are you stirring up the tribes before hf & knoller even make it to the church! I am betrayed by the b.t. Where is amk when he is need to support those from the empire.

        • 102 99ts
          June 8, 2014 at 9:53 am

          You would believe the one who cheats into 1st place – yea of little faith vc – TOD’s biggest stirrer is this Ms Chips person

          • 104 vcprezofan2
            June 8, 2014 at 9:57 am

            Notice please that I gave you the benefit of the doubt, having had previous examples of the stirring character [get it? πŸ˜€ ] of certain leaders in this village.

            • 105 99ts
              June 8, 2014 at 10:06 am

              I didn’t see your post early enough vc – hope you have a lovely day – it’s just the usual great getting up day on TOD – a little bit of heaven in the midst of the intertubes.

              I went out to dinner with friends this evening – probably had too much wine – which may impact my thought processes at this point in time

  24. 106 dotster3
    June 8, 2014 at 9:48 am

    With some details beginning to emerge about Bergdahl’s captivity—–tortured, beaten and kept in a dark cage after escape attempts—–perhaps the unhinged, enraged haters ought to pause for a minute before continuing their death threats against the parents and condemning him and his hometown to hell for all eternity——and wait for the full story, for confirmed facts, for truth. Just a thought.

  25. 107 Nena20409
    June 8, 2014 at 10:00 am

    This week’s schedule is loaded as always for the energizer POTUS.

    Happy Sunny SunTODay Community.

    Proud thy hear how diplomatically feisty Danny is. WTG kid πŸ˜‰

    The French Final is ‘LIVE’ now. I am too nervous to watch. So I left and came to read News at TOD.

    Au Medal went to Host, Lady Chips πŸ˜‰

  26. 108 Debra
    June 8, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I think the media is trying to backtrack like they had nothing to do with driving the GOP’s Bergdahl’s talking points. I see Candy Crowley had John McCain on and tried to pretend like she was pushing back on his narrative. It is too late. They have trashed Bergdahl before even knowing what was true and untrue. They trashed his parents who are now receiving death threats. The media is full of as much crap as repubs. They are disgusting.

  27. 109 africa
    June 8, 2014 at 10:02 am

  28. 111 Nena20409
    June 8, 2014 at 10:04 am


    “I don’t think anybody should doubt the capacity of the United States of America to protect Americans,” Kerry said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” when asked about the five Taliban members released from Guantanamo Bay in the prisoner swap. “So these guys pick a fight with us, in the future or now or at any time, at enormous risk, and we have proven what we’re capable of doing with al Qaeda.”

    “I’m not telling you that they don’t have some ability at some point to go back and get involved, but they also have an ability to get killed doing that,” he said, also noting that the Qataris aren’t the “only ones keeping an eye on” the released Taliban members over the next year.

  29. 112 anniebella
    June 8, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Debra, you are 100% right.

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