Early Bird Chat

 Two Years Ago Today: The President hugs the First Lady after she had introduced him at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa. Photo by Scout Tufankjian

Photo by Pete Souza


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Friday!


183 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. August 15, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD

  2. 6 donna dem 4 obama
    August 15, 2014 at 7:34 am

    GM TOD

  3. 9 vcprezofan2
    August 15, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Morning, A-b!

    Morning DD!

    Morning CC!

    Have a beautiful Friday!

  4. August 15, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Good Friday Chipsticks…TODers!!!

  5. 18 amk for obama
    August 15, 2014 at 7:41 am

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    gm bláthanna

  6. 27 vcprezofan2
    August 15, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Chips Chica, is this picture only one year ago? Why did I think it was taken during 2012? Doesn’t matter; was only checking if you are awake or robo-posting. 😀 {{CC}}

    Hel-loooooo everyBODY! It’s FriiiiiiiiiiDay! Have a good one! 🙂 🙂

    • August 15, 2014 at 7:45 am

      No! You caught me!! You eagle-eyed thing you. Changed it to ‘two years ago’. Am I embarrassed? Well, yes.

      Mooooooorning VC!

      • 29 jackiegrumbacher
        August 15, 2014 at 7:47 am

        Chips, when you reach 23, the years start blending. I think this photo came in August of 2012 when the president and Michelle had been apart campaigning for several weeks. It was the hug seen round the world.

      • 33 vcprezofan2
        August 15, 2014 at 7:52 am

        Ah, it’s really you – no robo-poster! 😀
        Hon, you don’t ever need to be embarrassed with me, or around here for that matter. [Plus if *you* get embarrassed when you run one of your tests to see if we actually read stuff 😉 😉 , I might feel obliged to feel embarrassed when I mess up (*cough* rare though that may be).]
        Where’s that old ‘It’s Friday’ vid? A ‘partest’ is in order as spirits have been so much heavier for so many in the village this past week.

    • 34 amk for obama
      August 15, 2014 at 7:56 am

      pick, pick, pick

  7. 41 sherijr
    August 15, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Good morning TOD, a better day for all, I hope… along with some answers for Mike Brown’s family and community.

  8. August 15, 2014 at 7:48 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!! Happy Friday, everyone. 🙂

  9. August 15, 2014 at 7:49 am

    I’m sure I’m repeating everyone’s thoughts but What a Difference a Day Makes!!!

    I am sooooooo happy that the citizens were able to have their peaceful demonstrations without the melodrama and overkill they were faced with in previous days from the FPD and SLPD.

    While we are happy, the MSM doesn’t seem to be so elated. Yesterday, there was a lot of attention given to the rioting, tear gas, etc. This morning, crickets.

      August 15, 2014 at 9:29 am


  10. 45 jackiegrumbacher
    August 15, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Morning, I got called back in for a second mammogram today and my nerves are now on high alert. We’ve all been swamped with our fiesta preparations and campaign organizing, so I’m trying to keep calm. Will know more later today.

    • 46 vcprezofan2
      August 15, 2014 at 7:58 am


      Easy for me to say, I know JG, but breathe deeply and don’t borrow trouble ahead. Take it one step at a time. Our thoughts will be with you – what time do you go in so that we can lift our prayers /positive thoughts ALL TOGETHER for you, AND YOU CAN feel/know we are ‘with’ you?

    • 49 57andfemale
      August 15, 2014 at 8:00 am

      Sending positive energy your way, jackie.

    • 51 amk for obama
      August 15, 2014 at 8:02 am

      Best Wishes.

    • 53 daisydem
      August 15, 2014 at 8:46 am

      Thinking of and praying for you Jackie. The same thing happened to me 2 years ago. It was a fatty cyst – the kind that usually goes away on its own. Probably the same thing for you or they just did not get clear pics the first time. It will be okay.

    • 55 forus50
      August 15, 2014 at 8:56 am

      Sending positive thoughts {{{jackie}}}

    • 56 otter 44
      August 15, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Jackie Try to be very calm. Sometimes the pictures are not clear because of tiny movements by the patient or the operator did not get a clear picture. There are lots of reasons why they might need another picture. So try and not to leap ahead of where you are. Difficult I know..Will send calming and healing thoughts to you.

    • 57 MightyPamela
      August 15, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      {{{ jg }}} extra information can also rule out any concerns

  11. 58 hopefruit2
    August 15, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Tweets for thought:

  12. 67 donna dem 4 obama
    August 15, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Off to work I go. Have a great O’Day Everyone!!

  13. 69 hopefruit2
    August 15, 2014 at 8:04 am

    • 70 Don
      August 15, 2014 at 8:12 am

      I have no problem with his name being released just as he had no problem shooting that child in back.

      • 73 daisydem
        August 15, 2014 at 8:54 am

        My thoughts exactly Don! I am so glad for the now peaceful protests, for the love and support that is abounding, but …..I am human and I hurt that nothing will bring Mike back, so we deserve to know who the killer was. Because that is what he is: a killer, a murderer! He must step up in wand take what is coming to him, whether in a court of law or by the people. If he had the “guts” to shoot an unarmed young man and leave him for dead, the let him have the guts to stand before us and tell us why!

    • 75 vcprezofan2
      August 15, 2014 at 8:42 am

      • 76 vcprezofan2
        August 15, 2014 at 8:47 am

        Are there any instances of a Black person/police murdering someone in plain sight before witnesses and being allowed to get on with his/her own life (fixing God knows what all) for SIX days? I confess, I don’t know but it seems extremely unlikely to me.

  14. August 15, 2014 at 8:06 am

    BTW, in other world news, here’s Hassan Rouhani’s tweet about Maryam Mirzakhani winning a Fields medal.

    Noteworthy is that he tweeted *two* photographs of her. Astute observers might notice why …

    Remember what FLOTUS said about educating girls.

    • 82 vcprezofan2
      August 15, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Morning (or is it evening for you), Toon. Yes, we were discussing this here a day or two ago, particularly Pres Rouhani’s tweet. Great accomplishment for Maryam, womankind, the world of maths-sciences, and Iranians!

  15. August 15, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Good Morning Everyone

  16. 84 57andfemale
    August 15, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Me and Mr. 57 were married 34 years ago today.

    We met on the 4th of July, 1980 and were married 6 weeks later, to the day.

    A lot of our friends and family waited a year to buy us a wedding gift, thinking that we both had gone batshit crazy. But here we are, 34 years later.

    It was my dog, Rufus, who actually chose him. Rufus was famous for letting every man I ever dated know that he was not welcome. Mr. 57 drove me home from the 4th of July party, and Rufus crawled up on his lap and put his head in the crook of his neck. I knew this guy was special.

    • August 15, 2014 at 8:21 am

      Ah 57, 34 gazillion congratulations!! I remember your story about Rufus ‘choosing’ Mr 57, funniest, sweetest thing ever!!!

    • 87 Don
      August 15, 2014 at 8:25 am

      It all makes sense now, my friend tommy had a dog and his dog never barked at me but he would bark at the other guys that hung out with us, oh well.

    • 90 amk for obama
      August 15, 2014 at 8:27 am

      congrats, 57f and 57m. Tell him no more roof climbing.

      (see bt, rufus did amazing things….. jus’ sayin’)

    • 93 99ts
      August 15, 2014 at 8:31 am

      Congratulations 57 – have a wonderful day – all those folks who said it wouldn’t last – they sure underestimated Rufus 🙂

    • August 15, 2014 at 8:35 am

      Happy Anniversary to you and Mr. 57!

    • 95 desertflower
      August 15, 2014 at 8:36 am

      awwwwww 🙂 That’s the best story ever!! You just know, though…don’t you? Happy Anniversary to both of you…many, many more wonderful years together:)

      jackieg…thinking of you today. It will all be alright:)

      Good morning everyone:) We made it to Friday! More importantly, I made it through the first week of school without too much drama:)
      That release of the shooter’s name will be a relief…then we can all move forward from there..one important step after another. It’s the beginning, not the end, by a long shot.

      • 96 amk for obama
        August 15, 2014 at 8:39 am

        you just wait.

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        • 97 desertflower
          August 15, 2014 at 8:42 am

          This is true. No lie.

          • 98 Betsy
            August 15, 2014 at 11:37 am

            You guys start early. I start professional development next week, teaching the 25th of August. This summer has just been whizzing by.

        • 99 vcprezofan2
          August 15, 2014 at 9:22 am

          If teacher makes it to the end…..mentally. I’ve known one or two who felt they couldn’t last the year due to stress (difficult student/s; un-supportive admin)

      • August 15, 2014 at 8:43 am

        Good morning, df and everyone else. df, I checked Trymaine’s bio. He was born in September 1978 so he is definitely older than 21!!! 🙂 He is a Pulitzer Prize winner. Don’t remember what for. You know, I’m getting “older” every day……..closer to 23 like Chips. 🙂

        • 101 desertflower
          August 15, 2014 at 8:51 am

          SMH! I must have been thinking of someone else when I wrote that…forgive me:) Wonder who I WAS listening to that was 21 and mature beyond his years?? This getting old (er) stuff sucks. Just sayin’ Thanks for checking on me tnmtngirl:)

      • 102 jackiegrumbacher
        August 15, 2014 at 9:12 am

        Thanks for the encouragement, DF. Glad you made it through the first week of school–has to be the toughest when kids are still dreaming of their summer fun.

    • 103 hopefruit2
      August 15, 2014 at 8:38 am

      Happy 34th Wedding Anniversary 57th!!!

    • 104 jackiegrumbacher
      August 15, 2014 at 9:10 am

      57, congratulations on 34 years. Both Rufus and you showed great judgment! Hope you enjoy your anniversary and have some fun time planned.

    • 106 Betsy
      August 15, 2014 at 11:34 am

      Happy Anniversary!!!

    • 107 MightyPamela
      August 15, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      ❤ ❤

  17. 108 hopefruit2
    August 15, 2014 at 8:45 am

    • 109 99ts
      August 15, 2014 at 8:47 am

      How sad that he needs protection from the police and those who support their actions in Ferguson.

      • August 15, 2014 at 9:08 am

        Is the lady that was on LOD last night also going to be given protection?

        • 111 99ts
          August 15, 2014 at 9:14 am

          I have no idea – but also find it sad that witnesses need lawyers (which she does have) – thought it was the job of the prosecutor to look after witnesses – however it seems the prosecutor in this town is on the side of the man who did the shooting.

    • 112 jackiegrumbacher
      August 15, 2014 at 9:15 am

      Hf, and all this young man was doing was walking down the street to his friend’s house. Now everything in his world is turned upside down. Glad he’s being kept safe, but it’s a great shame it has to be that way.

      • August 15, 2014 at 10:47 am

        His life has changed forever I’m afraid. His face has been plastered all over the national news. And right-wing crazies may try to hurt him, especially if… no… WHEN that policeman will be sent to jail.

        He may have to leave Ferguson for good…

    • August 15, 2014 at 9:19 am


      Doubt that you’ll see this, since you’ll be heading out soon for work, but it was an act of Congress that opened the door for free military equipment to police departments. The article doesn’t say whether this was during Bush 41 or WJC administrations.

      The same article posted this map — looks like AZ is near the top of the heap:

      • 116 vcprezofan2
        August 15, 2014 at 9:29 am

        Disclaimer – I haven’t read the article.

        • August 15, 2014 at 11:24 am

          I am, like everyone here, appalled at how the local police completely messed it up in Ferguson. Incompetence combined with a lack of understanding and of respect for the community they’re supposed to protect.

          That being said, on a national perspective, the fact that the police in general feel outgunned in their struggles with criminal gangs is of much concern. Police departments, associations, have long complained about this. Let’s not forget that these guys are risking their lives every day in normal circumstances. And the PROLIFERATION of guns in cities, thanks to the NRA and their enablers in Congress, has created MORE RISK for the police. More risk means more fear. And fear make people react irrationally.

          The militarization of the police is a BIG problem. But let’s not forget that there needs to be work on one big factor of that problem: too many guns everywhere…

          • 118 vcprezofan2
            August 15, 2014 at 11:52 am

            LP2008, police feeling outgunned and the fact they face major risks are undisputed facts that need to be addressed. So is the fact that the issue of gun laws need to be addressed.

            IMHO, however, none of those issues SHOULD CLOUD THE FACT that in THIS case an officer of the law ran after an unarmed man (a man he KNEW to be unarmed – after all following his own story, he clearly still had his gun when Mike ran), shot him more than once, AND WHILE HE WAS NO LONGER RUNNING AWAY, and therefore could be taken to hospital and then into custody, virtually emptied his gun into his body.

      • August 15, 2014 at 9:33 am

        Sorry, DF, it’s NM that’s near the top of the heap, but that’s changing b/c of DOJ investigation of Albuquerque police shooting and killing a (white) homeless man for “illegal camping” on a hiking trail earlier this year.

        My bad. 😦

  18. 120 dotster3
    August 15, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Background info on Ron Johnson, the Highway Patrol Capt. who has taken command in Ferguson—–and seems to have made a big diff…..


  19. 121 amk for obama
    August 15, 2014 at 8:50 am

    A retiree was given a set of golf clubs by his co-workers. Thinking he’d try the game, he asked the local pro for lessons, explaining that he knew nothing whatever of the game.

    The pro showed him the stance and swing, then said, “Just hit the ball toward the flag on the first green.”

    The novice teed up and smacked the ball straight down the fairway and onto the green, where it stopped an inch from the hole.

    “Now what?” the fellow asked the speechless pro.

    After he was able to speak again the pro finally said, “Uh . . . you’re supposed to hit the ball into the cup.”

    “Oh great! NOW you tell me,” said the beginner in a disgusted tone.

  20. 122 Linda
    August 15, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Gwen Ifill.

    Gwen’s Take: The Optics of a National Crisis

    And President Obama, already under predictable fire from critics who said he should not be on vacation while foreign policy crises were consuming the world in Iraq, Syria and Israel, also recognized that the mild paper statement he’d issued earlier in the week could not stand.

    When he interrupted his Martha’s Vineyard vacation Thursday to speak on crises in Iraq and in Ferguson, he made sure to wear a jacket with an American flag pinned to his lapel, appear before a podium decorated with the Presidential seal and speak sternly of the need for “healing,” “peace” and “calm.”

    But he started by talking about the optics.

    “Many Americans have been disturbed by the images we’ve seen in the heartland of our country,” he said.

    “When something like this happens, the local authorities have a responsibility have to be open and transparent,” he added.

    It was not an emotional statement, but it was a Presidential one. And that’s what optics are all about. Then he went to play golf.


    blah…blah…blah…. Never good enough. ” Then he went to play golf ” FU Gwen.

  21. 130 JER
    August 15, 2014 at 8:58 am

  22. 131 JER
    August 15, 2014 at 8:59 am

    LIVE NOW: Police Briefing – Ferguson, MO – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  23. 133 JER
    August 15, 2014 at 9:04 am

    • 134 forus50
      August 15, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Yes, but that really doesn’t tell all of it. One of the locals who was being interviewed on Maddow’s show last night said something very insightful. Because the police ticket so many African American drivers for the smallest infraction in those neighborhoods they often don’t have money to pay the fine or have to go to work instead of court and so then their court records prohibit them from being a police officer candidate/applicant. Totally intentional racial discrimination.

      • 135 vcprezofan2
        August 15, 2014 at 9:19 am

        Fits in, somewhat, with my recent supposition – I wondered somewhere if Blacks would be able to come up with the funds to run a credible campaign. So they are hindered in more than one way. 😦

    • August 15, 2014 at 9:15 am

      If I was the MO chapter of the NAACP…i would be organizing a massive voter registration drive….yes i would…in addition to being on the hunt for likely candidates..

      YESSSSS WE CANNNNN…….if we Organizeeeee!!…

      Goooooooooood Morning everyone…

      I woke up this morning…with a lil pep in my step and with a smile on my face….and my heart was light…..because Our President is One for the AGES,,,,,don’t know what i will do come 2017…but will enjoy every moment that i can….


      also…that #NMOS….shows the power of Twitter and the Power of organization….i did not know that was how it was organized….i am so impressed….

  24. 137 desertflower
    August 15, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Morning MUST READ


    When you pass Ferguson through a racial filter, a much more consistent picture emerges, both with respect to the unrest itself and to its place within a broader social context.

    You’ve probably seen the statistics by now. Ferguson is about two-thirds black. It’s police force is nearly 100 percent white. Less than a third of its residents are white, but whites hold five of Ferguson’s six city council seats.

    When the black community in a city like Ferguson loses faith in its police force, and the police respond by crushing the community’s civil and constitutional rights, it isn’t a stretch to say that the white ruling class has created de facto apartheid. Probably temporarily, perhaps without segregationist intent. But functionally, that’s what it is. They’ve also denied the people they serve the services to which they’re entitled. Ferguson’s police department commands a third of the city’s budget and they are using those resources to provide aggressive disservice to the people who finance that budget.

    Ferguson presents an unusually extreme and condensed example of this sort of racial-civic polarization. But you can find expressions of the same basic dynamic—of white public officials using their power to socially weaken black constituents—all across the country.

    • 138 99ts
      August 15, 2014 at 9:18 am

      In a town of c 20,000 in my world there would be maybe 2-5 police (depending on proximity to a larger town) and they are all state police – no county police, no town police. The budgets for our towns/cities cover amenities – not policing. I find it unreal that 33% of a town budget would go to policing.

  25. 139 desertflower
    August 15, 2014 at 9:11 am

    From the chatter I hear waiting for this news conference…. they are NOT DOING THE CONFERENCE at the burned out Quik Trip. The media is AT THE WRONG PLACE. Karma has struck again:)

  26. 154 Gazelle
    August 15, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Off topic, but this is for our TOD wonderful nerds:

    “The Pandorica, ‘Doctor Who’ Eatery, Lands Near NYC”

    Article here: http://www.inquisitr.com/1410110/the-pandorica-doctor-who-eatery-lands-in-nyc/#uFR3EjUyCxuJmCs6.01

  27. 155 forus50
    August 15, 2014 at 9:16 am

    • August 15, 2014 at 9:36 am


      Here’s what I get when I click on your tweet link. 😦

      403. That’s an error.

      Your client does not have permission to get URL /V8OQo-vj0mTm4LiH6ubG3btGANHFVNU2UoCzL4WYExq9VEGZAH8FQHhjdSgxgH90qoq4Kt5n4evdRgbFt5evwhHBxXoY6mMfP7xjSUzPVCUn7iYEwyC1w30Qujv_xBIFv-85-lYHl-3NiQY2NKQLzS9xlaLHg4LzNDVUHFj2wrPnCUGJ07udcK5kFf-0duK2QQNYupYR5i1L5-uTuoNx0yVRwn9xBPrrugh7G7tZkG_JaLXoHL_Nmk0vazmvlEumlJEki6dhG_lMCXArVjYv7FNe4Dw7Kas7RZHpeVQtddcmDKGWT022rpi2TTKQYn0BDFusE4n5uU4ZWwkcdxh8ZW_Hy1VVHl3qneR7DU3AbVgcta-lvxf_Frq_hp4sks5EoJSYSBAuOkQR8AY9NWjMOj5vf83Kc6-FB6nEEmJHXc0anVFTEsi47fj5kWB6wAxs97HWUVtMlMyIpZdZAPrnf0SGwpMMdTgU6dDujQuMCQklke1YjM9aj0H1fjLeV8yPFNiHcwtGtWubbs06DiAQYe1azMqR3G_6IR9GzV178QKKFmQLtrQrliIrrQ093-NqA6QxZ5-o=w1330-h523-l75 from this server. (Client IP address:

      Forbidden That’s all we know.

  28. 157 hopefruit2
    August 15, 2014 at 9:29 am


    Here’s the live feed for the presser – they’re still waiting for the Police Chief to arrive.

  29. 159 anniebella
    August 15, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Something fishy, the name was suppose to be release 9am, it’s 9:35. What’s up?

  30. 164 Linda
    August 15, 2014 at 9:41 am

    President Bill Clinton invited incoming Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro to dine at the Clinton’s private D.C. home last week, the Washington Post reported, making it impossible for the media to ignore the 2016 implications.

    Castro, former San Antonio mayor and 2012 Democratic National Convention keynote speaker, was nominated by President Barack Obama to head HUD in May. The New York Times noted at the time that he “has often been mentioned as a potential vice-presidential candidate for the Democrats.” The move to HUD was thought to help bolster Castro’s national profile.

    The veep speculation is mostly a matter of connecting the dots. Castro is a young (39) and charismatic Hispanic politician, as is his twin brother Joaquin, a freshman Texas congressman.

    Now Bill Clinton is inviting Castro over for dinner so they can get to know each other better and Hillary Clinton also spoke with a close Castro friend at a private lunch in March about Castro’s political aspirations, according to the Post.


  31. 165 desertflower
    August 15, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Head’s Up/// ready!

  32. 166 sherijr
    August 15, 2014 at 9:42 am

    So Ferguson Chief finally has shown up.

  33. 167 99ts
    August 15, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Robbery!!! Are they going to hit the victim with a robbery!! I do so hope not!!

  34. 170 sherijr
    August 15, 2014 at 9:48 am

    wow he is really a mess, this chief. He is giving zero actual info… intimating now that Mike Brown was either a suspect/ perpetrator of a strong arm robbery- without saying anything factual. What an effing joke. And I am not even remotely surprised. We got nothing here. nada.

    • 171 desertflower
      August 15, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Exactly! I’m pissed all over again

    • 173 99ts
      August 15, 2014 at 9:49 am

      Inciting people pack onto the streets!! It is what this fool wants to do

      • 174 sherijr
        August 15, 2014 at 9:57 am

        frankly I doubt this mofo gives a hoot about anyone’s reaction.. he is all about saying/ doing whatever is necessary to protect their copper- that’s all this has been about from the start ‘ one of their own’ . Christ if I lived in this town, I’m afraid I’d have lost it entirely by now. This is the first time I’ve allowed myself to tune in to this police chief, and he inspires zero confidence, zero trust. I’m sick all over again.

        • 175 99ts
          August 15, 2014 at 10:01 am

          As are so many other sherijr – I heard the very first conference (I think from the County Police Chief) and this is EXACTLY the same

          • 176 sherijr
            August 15, 2014 at 10:06 am

            Their first mistake was killing an unarmed, innocent teenager.. they could have stopped right there, come clean and really dealt with this.. but they have chosen instead to compound this with lie upon lie upon violent outburst toward more innocent citizens.. and now having murdered this young man, they’re going to attempt to lie about him.. all to cover the ass of an out of control killer cop. Some things never change 99.

  35. 177 desertflower
    August 15, 2014 at 9:48 am

    He really thought that he could drop a name and not take questions now? Buffoon.

  36. August 15, 2014 at 9:49 am

    What a struggle for this captain to release the name. Shame on him. Police can’t protect criminals whether they are in uniform or not. Sends the wrong message.

  37. 181 mtmarilyn
    August 15, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Boy did he sound nervous. And of course they have their one black female cop there with him.

  38. August 15, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I keep hearing that the officer had sustained injuries for which he was treated. My question is when and how did he sustain the injuries? From the witnesses account(s) it does not seem that Michael Brown was responsible for the injuries.

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