Early Bird Chat

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama, President Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer attend the dinner given in honor of President Obama at the Orangerie of Schloss Charlottenburg palace on June 19, 2013 in Berlin, Germany


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Thursday!


96 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 4 Cindy
    June 19, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Good morning Chipsticks, Danny and TOD Family,


    Wishing everyone a very BEAUTIFUL and AWESOME THURSDAY!

    Be Blessed,

  2. 5 vcprezofan2
    June 19, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Aha, you made it, I see, Chips! Morning!

    • June 19, 2014 at 8:01 am

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Good mooooooorning VeeeeeeeCeeeeee!

      • 7 vcprezofan2
        June 19, 2014 at 8:04 am

        {{CC}} – Warm greetings to you, dear twin! And a special hello to your young man (whom I haven’t seen in ages). You haven’t sent him off to overnight summer camp or summer boarding school without letting us know, have you?

        • 8 57andfemale
          June 19, 2014 at 8:13 am

          Soccer camp most likely. Danny loves him those soccer balls.

          • June 19, 2014 at 8:15 am

            ๐Ÿ™‚ He hates the World Cup, though, he has actually switched off the TV twice by sitting on the remote control. Seriously!

            • 10 57andfemale
              June 19, 2014 at 8:43 am

              Nickelby is ALWAYS changing the channel on me. I swear he zeroes on on that remote, no matter where it is on the sofa. And then he’ll get grouchy if I try to move him to free the remote from his channel surfing.

              • June 19, 2014 at 8:52 am

                ๐Ÿ™‚ Does he switch it to Nickelodeon?

                • 12 57andfemale
                  June 19, 2014 at 9:35 am

                  Sometimes. His particular trick is to wait until the end of a mystery, then change the channel so I don’t know who the murderer is. He’s a master. He then feigns confusion – why am I mad at him just for coming on the sofa to snuggle? “After all, I’m just a dog.” Yeah, right.

                • 13 57andfemale
                  June 19, 2014 at 9:40 am

                  Kasper has pulled down the lining off from under the sofa and loosened all the staples. Poor Pearl had a gash in her back.

                  I have magic medicine – Vetricyn – Wound Care. They also make a Hot Spot medication that is amazing – Kasper gets hot spots easily and this stuff keeps him off a lot of medications with side effects. File it away. I seriously recommend having a bottle of this stuff. I think you can find it on Amazon. Some pet stores carry it.

                  • 14 57andfemale
                    June 19, 2014 at 9:48 am

                    Correction: Vetericyn – Wound & Infection Care. And their Hot Spot med, although the wound & infection care works for the hot spots too. Seriously, dog owners – this stuff is great.

          • 15 vcprezofan2
            June 19, 2014 at 8:20 am

            But he probably wouldn’t like the competition to get at them.

        • June 19, 2014 at 8:16 am

          ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t VC, promise, although I’m tempted to send him off to work in a hairbrush factory for the summer.

    • 19 vcprezofan2
      June 19, 2014 at 8:01 am

      Well, It’s great to see your bright early morning smile! Have a great day! I’m going to hand in my passport application and hope there isn’t a line-up. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Hi Cindy! Enjoy your Thursday!

  3. June 19, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Good Thursday Chipsticks…TODers!!!!

    Everyone enjoy your day and don’t forget to be AWESOME!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. 26 africa
    June 19, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Happy Thursday TODers!!

    Congrats on 1st Cindy

    Heeeeeeeya Chips!!

    • 27 vcprezofan2
      June 19, 2014 at 8:21 am

      Somebody is chirpy – that’s the way to start a Thursday, Africa!

    • 29 Cindy
      June 19, 2014 at 8:41 am

      Thank you africa,
      Wishing you and Mr.africa a very blessed day, and I hope that Mr.africa is doing well.

      P.S. By chance, did you find out who took care of your yard?

      • 30 africa
        June 19, 2014 at 9:12 am

        Thank you, Cindy. No. Still have not. But I am more than grateful.

        Hope you have a blessed day, too.

  5. June 19, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Good Morning, Everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 32 GGAIL
    June 19, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  7. 33 africa
    June 19, 2014 at 8:35 am

    • 34 jackiegrumbacher
      June 19, 2014 at 8:40 am

      That’s all that needs to be said, Africa. It’s so absurd and has made the WSJ and Cheney such a laughing stock that no more words need to be wasted on this twisted bitter old man.

    • June 19, 2014 at 9:00 am

      And for all those shows that are giving Cheney, Bremer, et al the forum to comment, my one word reaction is “REALLY?!?!?!?”

      June 19, 2014 at 9:45 am


  8. 40 jackiegrumbacher
    June 19, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Morning, when the location of the presidential library is finally decided, I honestly think there should be a room dedicated to TOD, dating back to the first day. I can’t think of a more comprehensive review of each day and hour of President Obama’s two terms. Imagine what it would be like if there were anything like this for other presidents and how happy that would make historians. Does anyone else think this would work?

    • June 19, 2014 at 8:51 am

      What a FABULOUS idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Someone, anyone, make it happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • 42 jackiegrumbacher
        June 19, 2014 at 8:57 am

        Tn, to make it happen, we will need to find out the library location and then the primary director, chairman name. Then we would all have to petition that person. Of course, it means Chips has to be willing to give over her digital files, but it would sure be for a good cause. The information, insights and references on this site are historical gold and I can’t even imagine anything more comprehensive–not even the White House website.

    • 43 amk for obama
      June 19, 2014 at 8:53 am

      My ‘contributions’ alone will take one room.

    • 46 arapaho415
      June 19, 2014 at 9:19 am


      What a great idea!

      The archive of this website (including comments that have invaluable links to “obscure” articles about the First Family and concurrent events — to establish context [especially the ridiculous GOP responses and the shameful parroting by the MSM]) is must for any scholar doing research on the Obama Administration.

      Someone with good database skills could create one for interactive use by the general public (which would far exceed GWBush’s feeble attempt at interactive engagement in Texas).

      Given PBO’s consistency, my guess is that The Obama Presidential Library will be free to the public (modeled after the free National Museums in DC, e.g., The Smithsonian, etc.) which would draw even more domestic and International visitors, and be a boon to both Hawaii and Illinois tourism — another of my guesses is that there will be two Obama Presidential Libraries — can’t snub Chicago, and visitors from Asia will flock to Hawaii’s library.

      The only dubious aspect of this archive and database is what to do with even AMK, LOL.

      • 47 amk for obama
        June 19, 2014 at 9:27 am

        The Obama Presidential Library will be free to the public.

        Are you frigging kidding me? Here is my chance to make that million finally.

        (what to do with even AMK question answered)

  9. 48 amk for obama
    June 19, 2014 at 8:52 am

    It’s raining cats and dogs in the kenyan’s bertcertcity. I blame the kenyan bt.

  10. 53 hopefruit2
    June 19, 2014 at 9:22 am

    So will Chuck Todd declare congress “done?”

  11. 57 hopefruit2
    June 19, 2014 at 9:28 am

  12. 58 hopefruit2
    June 19, 2014 at 9:31 am

    This is a lovely cover picture ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. 62 Jovie
    June 19, 2014 at 9:33 am

  14. 66 Linda
    June 19, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Breaking on CNN: Southwest Airlines hit a bird but was able to land safely.

  15. 68 Jovie
    June 19, 2014 at 9:48 am


    This says a lot about the senate and perhaps the house democrats as well…
    It was never this presidents congress, bunch of god damn pumas!!

    June 19, 2014 at 9:48 am


  17. 70 dotster3
    June 19, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Just rescued a baby frog (toddler?) from the basement and released him outside where I had seen a couple of his relatives. He looked happy about his relocation and scampered away. Good deed done for today! I can relax the rest of the day. ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 19, 2014 at 9:52 am


  19. 75 Jovie
    June 19, 2014 at 9:54 am

    But hopeffuit sez…

  20. 78 Jovie
    June 19, 2014 at 9:58 am

  21. 79 africa
    June 19, 2014 at 10:02 am

  22. 80 hopefruit2
    June 19, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Over 24 hrs have elapsed since Chuck Todd sent out his “Obama’s done” tweet via NBC. Many of us responded to his crap but I’m using Nerdy Wonka and donnadem4’s tweets just to illustrate how ordinary folks’ push-back can have an impact, bigger than we might think.

    1) Chuck Todd/NBC’s “Obama’s done” (sent yesterday at 8:27AM) – now has 16 retweets, 4 favorites
    2) Nerdy Wonka’s “Obama’s laughing at Chuck” response (sent yesterday at 9:54AM) – now has 190 retweets, 114 favorites
    3) Donna’s “For the record Chuck Todd” response (sent last night at 8:24PM) – now has 108 retweets, 61 favorites.

    As would be expected, no one on TOD has anything close to NBC’s 103K followers…and yet their responses got FAR more spontaneous retweets in a shorter amount of time. Any questions?

    • 81 Ladyhawke
      June 19, 2014 at 10:31 am

      HF, you just reminded me of a fabulous comment I saw yesterday at smartypants blog. Check it out, it is awesome.

      A question for the lazy media



      Anonymous June 18, 2014 at 1:29 PM


      Perhaps I haven’t fully been paying attention. But I thought that Obama’s presidency was over because he failed to adequately address the financial crisis after he became president. Didn’t Chris Matthews and Chuck Todd repeatedly tell us in 2012 that no president had ever been re-elected with unemployment above 8%?

      1. Or was Obama’s presidency over when Healthcare Reform didn’t initially pass in 2009?

      2. Or maybe his presidency ended during the “Arab Spring”?

      3. Or was it during the BP oil spill (aka “Obama’s Katrina”)?
      12. Or maybe it was the time he failed to strike a “Grand Bargain” deal with republicans in 2011 because they rejected their own ideas that he supported.

      13. Or maybe it was when the democrats lost control of the House in the 2010 Midterms because republicans had successfully gerrymandered their districts?

      I’m sorry. But it’s been very difficult to actually remember when he “really” became a failed president. Hopefully, Chuck Todd and his MSNBC flakes can take comfort in knowing that we consider than nothing more than egotistical blowhards who’ve never been right about anything concerning Obama’s presidency.

      — C.B.


    • 82 amk for obama
      June 19, 2014 at 10:31 am

      Frankly, I don’t understand why these bw idjits are even on twitter? No one seems to give a shite about their tweets.

    • 83 arapaho415
      June 19, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Just now getting into the swing of things here at TOD (been without Internet for a full week now!)…

      I don’t see a tweet from @ChuckTodd with that timestamp from yesterday — here’s one sent at 9:03 am. I’ll check TOD’s early threads from yesterday — was upChuck’s tweet deleted?

      • 84 arapaho415
        June 19, 2014 at 10:35 am

      • 85 hopefruit2
        June 19, 2014 at 10:41 am

        The was sent via @NBCpolitics (and we know that Chuck Todd is the political director at NBC/MSNBC) so check their timeline around yesterday morning and you will see the tweet I’m referring to. It’s still there. I also posted it on TOD yesterday morning in the “early bird chat” thread. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 86 Nena20409
      June 19, 2014 at 11:02 am

      No Questions HF2, I was a reluctant Convert. However…..Today?

      Why? Your Thesis, Data, Passion, Advocacy, etc made me a 180er ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thank you.

    • 87 whatisworking
      June 19, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks so much for posting this data. My OFA team often wonders why they should tweet or use FB. I will use this as an example of why it is important.

  23. June 19, 2014 at 10:25 am

  24. 90 JER
    June 19, 2014 at 10:35 am

    • 91 Ladyhawke
      June 19, 2014 at 10:42 am

      Thanks JER, watching now. I am amazed at President Obama’s stamina. He just keeps going and going and going and doing and doing and doing for the American people. I am expecting another year of action video at the end of the second quarter. He is getting so much done without the help of congress. Meanwhile, the Republicans in the senate are making speeches blaming President Obama for the problems in Iraq. smdh

  25. 92 Jovie
    June 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

  26. 95 Jovie
    June 19, 2014 at 10:46 am

  27. 96 arapaho415
    June 19, 2014 at 10:47 am


    Hillary is in Los Angeles today for a book signing… the local all-news radio station @knx1070 is providing full coverage, but it’s not something I can stomach listening to — all about 2016, and here at TOD, our focus is on #LandslideDems2014.

    The other top news story here is about the consistency downward trend of new unemployment claims. Anecdotally, EVERY fast food and retail store that I’ve been to recently has a “Now Hiring” sign, and appear to be desperate to hire new employees. After the GWB 2008 meltdown, tons of retailers closed here (affluent exurbia, where the rich got richer and everyone else suffered). For instance, the car dealerships that line the Ventura freeway here went through major upheaval — we no longer have a Nissan dealership (my car brand), replaced by a Rolls-Royce/Bentley dealership, which underscores how well GOP trickle-down economies work (not).

    It will be a long time before I forgive WJC (repeal Glass-Steagall) or GWB for what they did to the US economy and the regular joes of the middle-class.

    However, it looks like the SoCal economy is poised for takeoff, which is great and encouraging news.

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