Early Bird Chat

On This Day – Pete Souza: “The First Lady reacts as she watches Laura Jarrett and Tony Balkissoon take their vows during their wedding at Valerie Jarrett’s home in Chicago.” June 18, 2012


186 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    June 18, 2014 at 7:18 am

    πŸ˜€πŸ˜ŠGM Chips

  2. 6 Roberta in MN
    June 18, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Nobody up yet?😳 Doing my thingie & washing clothes before the laundry room gets crowded.

  3. 7 jackiegrumbacher
    June 18, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Aah, Chips, one of my favorite photos. So much love and sweetness. It’s gonna be a scorcher today–summer’s coming early and will probably stay late. Have a great day and I do hope you get a new brush. By this time, it could have been airlifted to your (cough) remote location.

    • 8 Roberta in MN
      June 18, 2014 at 7:24 am

      GM Jackie.

    • June 18, 2014 at 7:25 am

      πŸ˜† I need a hairbrush airlift RIGHT now!!!!

    • 10 Roberta in MN
      June 18, 2014 at 7:27 am

      Those colors on our First Family are gorgeous wished I could see them more. Soothing is the word

    • 11 Ladyhawke
      June 18, 2014 at 8:07 am

      This is one my favorites too JG. What a breathtakingly gorgeous couple. The soft beige and cream colors accent their beautiful skin tones. I am immediately drawn drawn to Michelle’s hand on her chest and her arm draped on PBO’s knee. Their expressions speak volumes about the joyous occasion.

  4. June 18, 2014 at 7:24 am


    • 13 vcprezofan2
      June 18, 2014 at 7:49 am

    • June 18, 2014 at 7:51 am

      I am going to miss Jay Carney. Such a serene face in the House of Follies that is the daily WH briefings. He was the Professor for the hyperactive toddlers the media call journalists. He behave like a patient doctor among a flock that suffer from dementia, insanity, and who carry tantrums. I am going to miss Jay.

      • June 18, 2014 at 9:04 am

        I’m going to miss him, too. I really love that face he makes when he is asked the same stupid question for the umpteenth time. Of course I get to say out loud what I am thinking of those fools but he can only make that face and try again to explain something basic to them.

    • 16 Roberta in MN
      June 18, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Sure going to miss him at the podium. 😞😞😞😞. I wish him well in what ever he does in the futur.

  5. 17 vcprezofan2
    June 18, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Good Morning/Evening, TODobots!
    /grumbling – Tho I don’t see how it can be a new day and I have hardly slept yet. Eyes are red and burning. Ugh!/

  6. 20 vcprezofan2
    June 18, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Morning, Chips! How’s my boy, DannyO? I do hope you are not taking out your hair frustrations on him, and without evidence too!

    Have you considered finger combing, then braiding your hair ……. until the Brushes Airlifted company makes a drop? I mean, what did the ladies used to do before hairbrushes? Shucks, why don’t you Experiment. Be creative. Use what’s available to you. Who knows, you might stumble onto something that could be showcased at the Maker Faire. Go for it! You discover something that makes you rich, I’ll only require a 49% agent fee.

    • June 18, 2014 at 7:52 am

      I’ve been using a fork VC, which is giving my hair a unique look. I might actually stick with it 😎

      • 22 sherijr
        June 18, 2014 at 7:56 am

        LOL… a fork, Chips, you are too much.. thank you for my much needed morning Laugh out loud moment πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        • June 18, 2014 at 7:59 am

          Excuse me Sherijr, my hair tragedy is NO laughing matter! πŸ™‚

          • 24 sherijr
            June 18, 2014 at 8:03 am

            LOL… well, it is a tragedy and I have scads of empathy for your brushless life.. I think a fork is such an original and “MacGiver” invention.. that while laughing I was also applauding your amazing where with all πŸ™‚ better? πŸ˜‰

            • June 18, 2014 at 8:08 am

              That’s waaaaay better sherijr, I think you’re beginning to feel my pain.

              • 26 dotster3
                June 18, 2014 at 8:26 am

                Post a selfie right now! We’ll decide if your situation is funny or serious.

                • June 18, 2014 at 8:28 am

                  πŸ™‚ Dotster, did you see me yesterday saying that I saw my shadow on the wall and it completely looked like the McDonalds M on top of my head? It will be one of my greatest regrets that I didn’t take a photo of it.

              • 28 sherijr
                June 18, 2014 at 8:28 am

                I do I do.. never let it be said that I am not empathetic to the brushless among us πŸ™‚

          • 29 vcprezofan2
            June 18, 2014 at 8:32 am

            No, no, no, Chips! /smh at your inability to see the potential in this situation/ Haven’t you learned yet success is all in the mind? Think positive. Shape the response you desire. It’s not a hair tragedy, it’s a hair OPPORTUNITY! Out of your suffering came this wonderful opportunity to create something new. Think how authentic you’ll sound when you prepare the ad for your new product – you won’t need to pay an actress; *your* real anguish will come through, and your real BEFORE hair will be quite convincing (as will the AFTER, I hope). /steps away sharply as she sees Chips heading towards the small pots and pans in the kitchen/

            • June 18, 2014 at 8:33 am

              πŸ˜† Thank you for your remarkable effort VC, but I am still failing to see this as anything other than a tragedy, one that is on a par with all the world’s major tragedies.

              • 31 vcprezofan2
                June 18, 2014 at 8:40 am

                /brushing palms together/ I wash my hands of this since you are determined to wallow.

                DannyO, you want to go for a walk and talk? Just be aware that my walks are quite sedate. I won’t be running, or shouting, after you if you take it into your head to wander off. What do you say?

      • 32 vcprezofan2
        June 18, 2014 at 7:58 am

        There you go! A unique look. I say slap a fancy name on the fork, find a means to add a tine or two, maybe reshape the handle a bit (for aesthetics)…and voila, you have a new hair implement.

        (ps: Do not call it a hair pick, or soul comb/brush, whatever you do!)

    • 34 57andfemale
      June 18, 2014 at 8:04 am

      I think hair brushes were one of the first inventions of mankind.

  7. June 18, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Good Morning TODVille!

    Hello Chipsticks. How is my dear friend Danny-the-Boy?

    I have a gold medal for Roberta ⭐ Congrats on your first in this happy Wednesday morning (pay day for some).

  8. 45 Jovie
    June 18, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Chips my dog eats everything puts holes in my rugs, toilet paper, shoes, and now the wire to my big screen tv.
    Makes me miss my black lab, who was perfectly trained and used to cuddle with me at night. 😦

    • June 18, 2014 at 7:59 am

      Jovie, I’m just relieved to hear your dog has a taste for rugs, toilet paper and wires too – I am more and more convinced they are related. Hang in there, your dog will calm down, like mine. Gulp!

      • June 18, 2014 at 9:24 am

        When my brown lab was a puppy he ate a palm pilot, leica camera, a coffee table and my brand new only thing I bought for myself in once in a lifetime trip to Australia authentic rancher boots. He also had a real fondness for the delectibles he found in the trash and especially the litter sprinkled kitty bombs. Those were his favorite! He never did take my hairbrush, though. I wanted to murder him but I’m so glad I didn’t because he has been the best friend ever. Now he is a mostly white haired senior who sleeps 23 hours of the day and lives for when his boys come through the door and he gets to cuddle with them.

      • 55 nospin
        June 18, 2014 at 9:19 pm

        my black lab used to eat the facade on the exterior of the house, the dining room chairs, and the doors..sigh…after 7 years he finally calmed down and stopped doing that. and I won’t tell you what habits he picked up now…

  9. June 18, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Good morning TOD. One of my favourite pics ever.

  10. June 18, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny, and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Wednesday morning. Congrats Roberta, on being first this morning. Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America!!

  11. 58 Linda
    June 18, 2014 at 8:07 am

    To Liz and Dick Cheney:

    “Get Over It”

    I turn on the tube and what do I see
    A whole lotta people cryin’ “Don’t blame me”
    They point their crooked little fingers ar everybody else
    Spend all their time feelin’ sorry for themselves
    Victim of this, victim of that
    Your momma’s too thin; your daddy’s too fat

    Get over it
    Get over it
    All this whinin’ and cryin’ and pitchin’ a fit
    Get over it, get over it

  12. June 18, 2014 at 8:09 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! πŸ™‚ Happy Wednesday everyone. Look forward to seeing/hearing our President later today. He will also be briefing congress on Iraq.

    • June 18, 2014 at 8:12 am

      Goooooooood morning Hopefruit!! Here ya go:

      10:45: President Obama views β€œMaker Faire” projects devoted to using science and technology to advance business, South Lawn

      11:30: Delivers remarks at the White House Maker Faire, East Room

      12:15: Meets with economists for lunch, Roosevelt Room

      12:45: Jay Carney briefs the press

      3:0: The President meets with members of the Congressional Leadership

      5:10: Meets with Secretary of State Kerry

    • 62 dotster3
      June 18, 2014 at 8:16 am

      See Chuck Todd is everywhere with over the top alarmist reporting on new bad poll numbers, as you predicted. Always—–this timing—-to tamp down good news for this administration. On Today he was using words like approvals “cratering” and “a dagger in the heart” and saying, “Hey buddy, your presidency’s over”——must have spent some time coming up with that one. And then he went to the corporate pay window to collect his bonus, job well done.

      • 63 hopefruit2
        June 18, 2014 at 8:43 am

        Chuckie and his ilk need to give this up. The public just isn’t buying this propaganda any more.

  13. 64 amk for obama
    June 18, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Couriered you a new hairbrush hair.


  14. June 18, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Good Wednesday Chipsticks…TODers!!!

    Funny, last week I made a comment about President Obama continuing to move FORWARD as the GOP/MSM are in constant flounder mode. The news of the capture of one of the leaders of the Benghazi attack was just *another* example of the President’s forward movement. He quietly allows his detractors to dig (a) hole(s) for themselves and then he and the rest of the world watches as they try to scramble out of said hole(s). It would be embarrassing to watch these idiots scramble if it weren’t for the satisfaction that karma has come into play.

    Everyone enjoy your day!!!!

  15. June 18, 2014 at 8:19 am

    One of my all-time favorite pics of the First Couple πŸ™‚

  16. 69 amk for obama
    June 18, 2014 at 8:25 am

    15 bucks for just six chicken wing pieces?
    And 4 bucks extra for room service?

    (dump the entire tomato sauce and chilly sauce bottles on to the plate)

  17. 78 hopefruit2
    June 18, 2014 at 8:29 am

  18. June 18, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Good morning, TOD. Apologies for not checking in yesterday when I got home (12:45). Busy afternoon……then late afternoon hiker hubby called for help. His phone is basically “fried”…….won’t charge……when he turns it off, it powers itself back on…..yada yada yada. Anyway, I spent over two hours either on phone w/our local store, conference calls w/insurance people…..went to local store to get his replacement phone, then next door to Fed Ex to get it sent to him. He will get it Friday morning in Hamburg, PA.

    On another subject: Coming home from ‘Y’ just now, listening to Ari Robinhavenhof (sp??). One of his panel said he has been talking to numerous people on Capitol Hill about the “select committee” on Benghazi. Numerous people have told him same thing: The committee cannot get staffers to agree to work for them. They are being told it is a three year job and no one wants to take it because they know there’s no there there. They’ve also told him that Issa told Boehner to not go this route because no new info would be found. He said people “behind the scenes” will really open up about how bad it is……it was all Republicans telling him these things.

  19. 81 99ts
    June 18, 2014 at 8:45 am

    And this is today’s media – take what others write


    This post has been removed.
    It has removed because a number of commercial news sites and radio shows stole my intellectual property without bothering to ask for permission or offering compensation. These thieving sons of bitches took my material and used it to attract readers and viewers which in turn makes them money, none of which was offered to me.
    Stonekettle Station will be off-line until further notice.

    • June 18, 2014 at 8:52 am

      Oh yikes, that’s flippin’ awful.

      • 83 99ts
        June 18, 2014 at 9:01 am

        He’s a tad upset about it – the media seem to think they were doing him a favor – but not even a request to use it


        I’ve quite often seen media tweets asking to use a photo posted online – most folks will say yes – it’s the use without any contact that has him upset.

        • June 18, 2014 at 9:07 am

          I’ve seen him complain about this before, 99ts, it must be infuriating to have such lengthy, thoughtful pieces just lifted like that. It’s amazing how many sites ignore the basic etiquette that you post a short extract from a piece and then provide a link to the source’s site so people will go there to read it all.

  20. 85 amk for obama
    June 18, 2014 at 8:46 am

    my present for vc

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

  21. 97 hopefruit2
    June 18, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Chuck Todd is full of it! And he knows it – that’s why he’s so damn defensive. He knows damn well that their polls almost ALWAYS show the president at an “all time low” and hardly the other way around, and people are on to their bullchit. He’s trying to play the false equivalence game as if their polls are balanced – which they aren’t. It’s sickening and people are not having it.

    • 98 Linda
      June 18, 2014 at 8:58 am

      This morning they were comparing a Bloomberg Poll from months ago to a WSJ poll on Hillary today…..

      Morning Junk thought we would not realize that .

    • 99 99ts
      June 18, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Since the poll that said Cantor was ahead by 35 points – followed by a loss of 11 points – I treat any poll as having a margin of error +/- 50 points.

    • 101 nospin
      June 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Why do we care about PO’s poll numbers again? Is he running for something….oh wait

  22. 102 mtmarilyn
    June 18, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Good morning all TODville. We have had some beautiful rain and alittle snow here in MT. Everything is beautiful and green. Today the sun will shine. We are heading out to wilds of MT for 5 day camping and fishing trip. I can’t wait to get away, but I just wonder what is going to happen while I am gone. Not being able to get my daily TOD fix is going to be hard.

    My friend who is retired from the government sends me great information. Today he sent me this article about Iraq. He said it was the best he had read so far. Don’t know much about the author, but I trust Mark. It is written by Kenneth Pollack of the Brookings Institute. “Iraq Military Situation Report.” http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/up-front/posts/2014/06/14-iraq-military-situation-pollack

    • 103 Linda
      June 18, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Kenneth Pollack was a cheerleader for the Invasion of Iraq. He wrote a book about it in 2002. The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading Iraq (pub. 2002)

      He is a NeoCon

      • 104 mtmarilyn
        June 18, 2014 at 9:46 pm

        Thanks Linda, my friend Mark was against the war and is still against war, he is a staunch democrat so I am surprised about this. I’ll have to do some asking about Mark’s reasoning. After reading the article he isn’t advocating that we get involved at all. maybe he has changed his mind.

  23. 105 hopefruit2
    June 18, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Here is the Chuck Todd/NBC Tweet I was referring to:

    Note that 30 minutes after the tweet, only 9 retweets (1 favorite) from an account that has over 100K followers. Just to give you some perspective: People like Chips, Nerdy Wonka and other TODers with fewer than 20K followers, routinely get more than 9 retweets in a 30-minute span for most of their run-of-the-mill tweets. Any questions?

    • 106 Allison
      June 18, 2014 at 9:12 am

      HF2, As you can see from the retweets, (or lack thereof), the public is NOT buying this bullshit poll. Todd needs to go have a seat (permanently).

      • 107 hopefruit2
        June 18, 2014 at 9:16 am

        Exactly Allison – that’s my point right there.

      • 108 anniebella
        June 18, 2014 at 9:20 am

        I don’t tweet, but I will contact Chucky Todd and let him know that if we believe him and his B.S. polls President Obama would have been a one term President.

        • 109 anniebella
          June 18, 2014 at 9:25 am

          In the 2012 election Chucky was one of the main one pushing the doom and gloom narrative for the Obama campaign. So if we don’t buy his B.S. we have reason not too.

  24. 110 amk for obama
    June 18, 2014 at 9:10 am

  25. 117 amk for obama
    June 18, 2014 at 9:12 am

  26. 119 forus50
    June 18, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Have you guys seen “The Daily Skimm”? This is a daily email that a person can subscribe to (free) primarily intended for working women on the go who don’t have time to watch news. It’s written in a style that is about being able to have conversations with others about daily politics, world and national news. I love it. It gets to the point in a clever, interesting way.

    Here’s today’s:

  27. June 18, 2014 at 9:17 am

  28. 136 amk for obama
    June 18, 2014 at 9:18 am

  29. 137 amk for obama
    June 18, 2014 at 9:19 am

    what dog?

  30. 138 hopefruit2
    June 18, 2014 at 9:20 am

  31. 143 amk for obama
    June 18, 2014 at 9:20 am

    can’t help thinking of #danny. #contrast.

  32. 144 hopefruit2
    June 18, 2014 at 9:21 am

  33. 146 99ts
    June 18, 2014 at 9:24 am

    An interesting link at BJ – by Edward Said who got it right on Iraq back in 2003

    A remarkable insight into then and now.

  34. 147 amk for obama
    June 18, 2014 at 9:24 am

  35. 148 carolyn
    June 18, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Here’s why I don’t trust any polling: Polling companies still do landlines. In our family, the only ones who have a landline are my husband and I. We are both over 70, white and retired. Our children, who are in their 40s, use only cells, as do their contemporaries. If they see a number they aren’t familiar with come up, thy don’t answer. We also have caller ID and if we don’t recognize the number, we don’t answer the phone. I think we’re fairly typical. My d-I-l wouldn’t have the time to answer a pollster, my daughter and s-I-l would probably laugh at their questions or hang up, and my son would hang up. All four of them are rabid PBO admirers, but they’ll never be polled.

    How many times has Chuck Todd said President Obama’s presidency is “finished?” Like Paul Ryan and company he’s been trying to finish PBO since 2009.

    It’s my firm belief that the only people who are actually polled are bitter, old, white retired people.

    • June 18, 2014 at 9:33 am

      I have been wondering about those polls as well. I just don’t understand how the numbers could be real when you see how people receive PBO everywhere he goes. There is a disconnect somewhere.

    • 150 anniebella
      June 18, 2014 at 9:40 am

      It’s not just your opinion carolyn. I have long believed that pollster can ask the questions in a way to get the response they are looking for. Like that CNN poll which happen to come out the very day a town hall meeting with Hillary Clinton were airing on CNN, which said that in all the issues Hillary Clinton out poll President Obama. Even on healthcare, were if those people were to remember Hillary failed at her attempt of passing healthcare, Obama was successful. Foreign policies, Obama has gotten us out of one of Bush-Cheney’s war, ending another one of their wars, haven’t gotten us into a new one, capture and kill terrorists (bin Laden), kept us safe from an attack, but Hillary out poll him in foreign policies. I email CNN and told them their poll was full of alot of B.S.

      • 151 0388jojothecat
        June 18, 2014 at 10:35 am

        She not only failed but her husband President Clinton gave up any attempt to get it passed even though he ran on it.

  36. 152 Linda
    June 18, 2014 at 9:32 am

    An 11-year-old boy fatally shot his best friend Tuesday afternoon while his mother mowed the lawn outside their home, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

    Muskingum County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Lecocq said deputies were dispatched to the Frazeysburg, Ohio home of Jen Miller just after 3:30 p.m. Miller’s son had called 911 to report that he accidentally shot the friend he’d been playing with inside the house.


    • 153 anniebella
      June 18, 2014 at 9:44 am

      Thank you NRA and weak knee politicians, and those politicians who are in the hip pocket of the NRA.

  37. 154 amk for obama
    June 18, 2014 at 9:38 am

  38. 156 amk for obama
    June 18, 2014 at 9:42 am

    you know what? irishcoffeesucks. #justtriedit.

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  41. 175 hopefruit2
    June 18, 2014 at 9:52 am

  42. June 18, 2014 at 9:54 am

    American School Counselors Association:

  43. 178 anniebella
    June 18, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I saw were the horrible Dick Cheney has surface again. I know the man have had several heart replacement, I wonder if his brain were replaced too.

  44. 179 japa21
    June 18, 2014 at 10:03 am

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  46. 184 yardarm756
    June 18, 2014 at 10:08 am

    There’s hope on some fronts, I see.

  47. 185 japa21
    June 18, 2014 at 10:08 am

  48. 186 amk for obama
    June 18, 2014 at 10:17 am

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