Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet Maude Smith and members of her family at Smith’s home in New Orleans, La., Aug. 29, 2010. The President and First Lady were visiting New Orleans to mark the five-year anniversary of hurricane Katrina (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Friday! And thanks a trabillion gazillion to Nerdy for the posts yesterday when I went MIA – legend!

125 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 57andfemale
    August 29, 2014 at 7:42 am


  2. 10 Roberta in MN
    August 29, 2014 at 7:44 am

    GM Chips

    • August 29, 2014 at 7:48 am

      Morning Roberta! Mooooorning everyone!

      • August 29, 2014 at 9:01 am

        Good Morning Chipsticks!

        Every time you post videos of POTUS accepting his nomination (whether in 2008 or 2012), you make my day. Yesterday, I watched and therefore re-lived the 2008 speeches of Michelle Obama, Joe and Jill Biden, Craig Robinson, and of course, Barack Obama accepting the nomination from a recent thread. What a moment in my life was that day!!!!! One of the most thrilling. Thank you.

  3. 13 jackiegrumbacher
    August 29, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Good morning Chips and TODers. I just love that young man in his suit greeting our president with so much respect and awe in his eyes. What a wonderful moment. Hope everyone has a wonderful, relaxing Labor Day weekend.

    • 15 arapaho415
      August 29, 2014 at 8:55 am

      JackieG and Chips,

      What a gorgeous photo to kick off this year’s Labor Day weekend, one I don’t recall seeing before.

      I hope that young man will consider becoming an active member of “My Brother’s Keeper’s” program — and in the future post this photo as a #ThrowbackThursday tweet.

      I rarely read comments on @nytimes — they’ve made changes this year which makes it harder to read, IMO, but one I saw yesterday made an impression, from a female commenter (alas, don’t recall her location, but I got the impression she was white) who said that after PBO’s 2008 election she was in a bus next to a young African American man and as her mind wandered she pictured him as a future President of the United States, something she never would have done before President Obama was elected.

      This is just a small reminder of the significance of PBO’s election, a legacy that will move this country #FORWARD.

      • 16 jackiegrumbacher
        August 29, 2014 at 9:11 am

        Arapaho, our president’s legacy will be a rich and complex one. Among the many positive changes he has brought to our economy, healthcare and place in the world, he has uncovered the ugly fault lines in US society for everyone to see and, one day, begin to heal. He has, without saying a word, exposed the American press for the shallow, corporate-centered, anti-democracy entity that it is and revealed the absolute hatefulness of the GOP in all its hideous splendor. He’s shown us that our obligations as citizens are never ending and include the demand for accountability at every level from the lowest cop on the beat to the highest national offices. And he has done all of this not by preaching at us, but by his pitch perfect role modelling and luminous brilliance. He is one of a kind and there will never be a finer president.

        • 17 arapaho415
          August 29, 2014 at 9:22 am

          Agree wholeheartedly, Jackie.

          So wonderful to see PBO appreciated here, very heartwarming.

          • 18 carolyn
            August 29, 2014 at 9:31 am

            You all are so right. I am reminded once again of what my mother used to say: “What you do speaks so loudly, I can’t hear a word you say.” His deeds, sometimes done almost in secret, will bear fruit for years to come. We should remember his team’s motto from 2008: “No drama Obama.” This is how he lives and works. People want drama and loud words. Sorry folks, that is not how he works. For which I am so thankful.

        • 19 Betsy
          August 29, 2014 at 10:09 am

          I agree Jackie, President Obama is a one-in-a-lifetime man. I would put him up there with Ghandi, Mandela, et. al. I feel so privileged, as a white woman, to be able to appreciate all that he is, and to explore my own white privilege and see my black young male and female students in a more sensitive light.

          • 20 Obama Grandmama
            August 29, 2014 at 12:03 pm

            What you said, Betty, goes for me too! I feel privileged to “get him and what he is about.” He changed my attitude about politics and how we the people need to engage to make the system better. That almost beyond everything else I see as his biggest mark. Convincing many of us to engage in fighting/advocating for our rights just as he taught those people he worked with in Chicago to advocate for themselves many years ago as a community organizer.
            I am glad I am a supporter and love this blog of like minded people that appreciate our President.

  4. 21 GGAIL
    August 29, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Good West Coast morning from the East coast Chipsticks & TOD family. πŸ™‚

    • August 29, 2014 at 7:55 am

      Goooooooooooooooal morning GGail!

      • 23 GGAIL
        August 29, 2014 at 7:57 am

        A very Goooaaal morning to you Chips πŸ˜€

      • 24 vcprezofan2
        August 29, 2014 at 8:10 am

        MooOooRnning to you, Chips Chica! With all this MIA stuff, do we need more than a bell for you? Do you think a chip might help? After all, we need to know where *you* are at all times so we can be prepared to step in to troubleshoot.

        • August 29, 2014 at 8:20 am

          πŸ™‚ A bell is perfect, did you not hear me tinkling yesterday?

          • 26 vcprezofan2
            August 29, 2014 at 8:26 am

            No, and it doesn’t seem anyone else heard you either! Forget about the bell, when I become rich and famous I am very definitely putting a private d on your tail, as well as buying some leftover NSA equipment &/intelligence to keep tabs on *you*.

            • August 29, 2014 at 8:35 am

              That Private D will die of boredom!!! πŸ™‚

              • 28 vcprezofan2
                August 29, 2014 at 8:43 am

                I’ll send a handsome, young-ish, intelligent one – if there are any of those left around. Then you can have some intelligent convo, after (he has reported enough to convince me and) you have rumbled his cover/made him/confronted him (whatever the going expression is for blowing his cover.

          • 29 99ts
            August 29, 2014 at 9:27 am

            I cannot believe you have posted this picture when just this am I was having a discussion via email about … goats with bells! … spooky

            good evening from my world

    • 30 vcprezofan2
      August 29, 2014 at 8:08 am

      Morning, GGail!

      • 31 GGAIL
        August 29, 2014 at 8:16 am

        Good morning vc!
        I was thinking about you. Did you rest well after your long drive? Are you ready today for campus chaos? πŸ™‚

        • 32 vcprezofan2
          August 29, 2014 at 8:31 am

          Hi, dear. πŸ™‚

          No….. and no.
          πŸ˜‰ I feel like DannyO beat me with his tail and Ji’Runt and Ji’Furst nibbled on my eyelids and my feet most of the night. Of course, I’m not surprised so that makes it all easier to bear.

  5. August 29, 2014 at 8:02 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Congrats 57 on #1 πŸ™‚

  6. August 29, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Good Friday Chipsticks…TOD Family!!! πŸ™‚

  7. 36 Linda
    August 29, 2014 at 8:29 am

    The Morning After Spin Cycle.

    PBO was not talking to the media when he said No Strategy Yet….He was talking to his own Administration…..


  8. 39 desertflower
    August 29, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Morning everyone…It’s FRIDAY!!! Hope you all have a great day:) Well…I guess this is ONE way…


    • 40 vcprezofan2
      August 29, 2014 at 8:38 am

      Is this becoming the new method of discipline re guns? I seem to remember a mother recently shooting *her* son with a BB gun under similar circumstances to teach him not to play with it. If I’m not mistaken she got charged though.

      • 41 desertflower
        August 29, 2014 at 8:48 am

        Oh who knows…I think they’re all nuts. I see where Cliven Bundy has taken his grandkids out of school because they can’t bring knives to school. No shit, Sherlock! He thinks that’s awful…figures that he’s think that he could just use that land any old time he wanted to, too…people drive me crazy. They ought to throw this guy in jail and call it a day.

        In other news, I see assault rifle sales are down….that’s good.

        And you’re out of the house and on the road…another good thing! See, told ya Friday’s good:)

        • 42 vcprezofan2
          August 29, 2014 at 8:59 am

          ‘And you’re out of the house and on the road…another good thing!’ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

          When needs must, Desertflower, I can’t help but rise to the occasion! πŸ˜€

          • 43 desertflower
            August 29, 2014 at 9:02 am

            I hear that!:) Rising to the occasion can push us to do things we wouldn’t normally do…like now:) Proud of you. Now…did I read that you don’t know if you can find your way back home? Yeah…you will!

            • 44 vcprezofan2
              August 29, 2014 at 9:16 am

              I figure I will find my way home because ….i) I have to ..ii) there’s a powerful incentive to do so, and iii) I plan to travel in broad daylight. Having said that, Df, this is the first time I’ve driven somewhere and don’t have a mental plan on how to reverse the journey. I’m not worried, just a wee bit unsettled.

              I’m not kidding when I said it felt like they sent me around in ever widening circles, but I’ll take my time getting back until I reach familiar signs. Part of the problem is that they sign the streets and highways differently, and *I* practically have to peer through the windshield to read street signs. Once on the highways, it’s a bit better. It’ll be fine…./hands clasped/

              Happy Friday (while you count off the hours to day’s end)!

              • 45 desertflower
                August 29, 2014 at 9:27 am

                You WILL be fine:) You’ll have all of us pulling for you…

              • 47 GGAIL
                August 29, 2014 at 9:42 am

                vc, I bet your new phone has GPS and if offspring sets it for you, you will be guided home.
                But of course I’m talking to vc, so…nevermind πŸ™‚

                • 48 vcprezofan2
                  August 29, 2014 at 9:52 am

                  ‘I’m talking to vc, so…nevermind’ πŸ˜₯

                  πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ You are smart! I’ll ask the lad to check, and if it’s there, to set it up before Tuesday! You *are* smart! πŸ˜€

                  What are *you* doing so far on vacay? Yeah. Yeah, I know ‘what happens in Georgia, stays in Georgia’, but you must be doing some g-rated stuff, after all! For starters, how are family members?

                  • 49 GGAIL
                    August 29, 2014 at 9:59 am

                    Family is good. I’m staying at my brothers place and driving over Ga to visit others. We plan to gather on
                    Sat & again on Mon.

                    I’ll send you my cell number on email. Check in a minute, ok?

                • August 29, 2014 at 9:54 am

                  πŸ™‚ Sometimes I wonder how I ever found my way anywhere before I had GPS. It’s scary how reliant I’ve become on technology. I barely know anyone’s phone number anymore. My handwriting has deteriorated because I type everything now…[WRITE a letter to someone?!?!?!].

  9. August 29, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Good Morning, Everyone πŸ™‚

  10. 53 vcprezofan2
    August 29, 2014 at 8:34 am

    A very ‘Good Friday’ to everyone in the village, including podium finisher, 57F!

  11. August 29, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Buffett heir buys Rosa Parks archive
    7 hr ago | By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER of Associated Press

    DETROIT (AP) β€” Hundreds of items that belonged to civil rights icon Rosa Parks and have been sitting unseen for years in a New York warehouse were sold to a foundation run by the son of billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett, the younger Buffett said Thursday.

    Howard G. Buffett told The Associated Press that his foundation plans to give the items, which include Parks’ Presidential Medal of Freedom, to an institute or museum he hasn’t yet selected. Buffett said the items belong to the American people.

    “I’m only trying to do one thing: preserve what’s there for the public’s benefit,” he said. “I thought about doing what Rosa Parks would want. I doubt that she would want to have her stuff sitting in a box with people fighting over them.”

    A yearslong legal fight between Parks’ heirs and her friends led to the memorabilia being removed from her Detroit home and offered up to the highest bidder.

    Parks, who died in 2005 at age 92, was one of the most beloved women in U.S. history. She became an enduring symbol of the civil rights movement when she refused to cede her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus to a white man. That triggered a yearlong bus boycott that helped to dismantle officially sanctioned segregation and helped lift the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to national prominence.

    Because of the fight over Parks’ will, historians, students of the movement and the general public have had no access to items such as her photographs with presidents, her Congressional Gold Medal, a pillbox hat that she may have worn on the Montgomery bus, a signed postcard from King, decades of documents from civil rights meetings and her ruminations about life in the South as a black woman.

    The impetus for the sale came earlier this year when Buffett saw a televised news report about how Guernsey’s Auctioneers has kept Parks’ valuables in a New York warehouse since 2006.

    “I could not imagine having her artifacts sitting in a box in a warehouse somewhere,” Buffett said. “It’s just not right.”

    So he directed the Howard G. Buffett Foundation to make an offer, which was accepted. A purchase agreement was signed over the summer, and the transaction was officially closed last week.


    • 55 carolyn
      August 29, 2014 at 9:43 am

      This is going to be a treasure trove for historians! I hope Doris Kearns Goodwin is one who has access to these papers. I will look forward to reading Rosa’s “ruminations about life in the South as a black woman.” She will have much to say to our generation.

  12. 56 dotster3
    August 29, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Mr. dote-ster just made me laugh, saying he bet President Obama got that suit at the 75% off sale at Jos. A. Bank. (as Today Show was covering The Suit subject in depth) (mr. dote-ster does not pay as close attention as do I, who is familiar with every clothing item, and everything PBO, and so was unaware that the suit was not a newbie)
    mr. dote-ster is funny—-or am I too easily amused? πŸ™‚

    • 57 hopefruit2
      August 29, 2014 at 8:42 am

      LOL! Mr. dote-ster is funny. But what’s even funnier is Today Show covering THE SUIT in depth… LOL πŸ™‚

      • August 29, 2014 at 9:11 am

        I know, right? Although, I’m certain POTUS knew it would cause a stir. He understands MSM silliness! You gotta chuckle at them!

        • 59 anniebella
          August 29, 2014 at 9:38 am

          I’m sure the journalists of old like Walter Cronkite are sitting around somewhere saying is this what our profession have come too?

    • August 29, 2014 at 8:48 am

      That’s cute. Well the suit has garnished quite a lot of people’s attention. We are so used to those navy suits that any other color is BREAKING news. Your Mr. dote-ster made me laugh too.

      Good Morning to you and to the entire TODVille.

      Today is the beginning of my long weekend! Enjoy your day. πŸ™‚

    • 61 TrumpDog
      August 29, 2014 at 9:41 am

      OMG, seriously??? Are they really still talking about that suit???

      And why the sudden interest now? Hasn’t he worn that or one like that before??

      I really hate the media

  13. 62 Nerdy Wonka
    August 29, 2014 at 8:39 am


    You’re welcome, Chiparooooooo!

  14. 63 Dudette
    August 29, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Good Moooooorning Everybody!!!

  15. 64 Dudette
    August 29, 2014 at 8:43 am

    • 65 Dudette
      August 29, 2014 at 8:44 am

      Btw… I think she’s onto something:

      • 66 laraofzhivago
        August 29, 2014 at 8:52 am

        Good Friday Morning, Dudette.

        When the RWNJ have nothing to offer, as it is usually the case, they revert to something insane to wile up their base. Hence, another shutdown because the first one was very popular (in their quarters). I can’t stomach Rubio, who seems to have openly brought back the subject in a desperate attempt to raise his (tarnished) profile. Then, of course, any other loser on the right, has to follow suit.

    • 69 Betsy
      August 29, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      Does anyone know if any of this is due to the sequester?

  16. 70 desertflower
    August 29, 2014 at 9:14 am

    SO GOOD!

  17. 73 Dudette
    August 29, 2014 at 9:17 am

  18. 74 hopefruit2
    August 29, 2014 at 9:23 am


      August 29, 2014 at 9:28 am


    • 76 JER
      August 29, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Good Morning Chips and TOD. They obviously have not seen their Saint’s tan suit.

  19. 78 jackiegrumbacher
    August 29, 2014 at 9:24 am

    For anyone who thinks that PA’s so-called Medicaid expansion is a ‘concession’ to ObamaCare on the part of a Republican governor, please read this. I hope and pray that Tom Wolf wins in November, dumps this plan in nearest trash can and offers real Medicaid expansion.


  20. 79 desertflower
    August 29, 2014 at 9:25 am


  21. 82 Dudette
    August 29, 2014 at 9:28 am

  22. 87 hopefruit2
    August 29, 2014 at 9:38 am

    This person is being philosophical and all and speaks the truth, but I couldn’t help but laugh after reading that tweet for some reason….

    • 88 anniebella
      August 29, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Every morning show talk about the suit POTUS wore yesterday.

    • August 29, 2014 at 10:06 am

      It had nothing to do with the tan suit. He’s not the first person to wear one (as evidenced by various photos) and he won’t be the last. PBO is one of those people whose every move is scrutinized. Anything out of what is considered the norm is noticed and noted…sometimes to the extreme.

      However, I take exception to the “wiz-kids” of the WHPC and “news” media making a big deal about it since they like to think that they are *serious* “journalists”.

  23. 90 Dudette
    August 29, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Have a beautiful day everyone!

  24. 91 Linda
    August 29, 2014 at 9:42 am

    CNN :

    UK raises terror level to ” Severe ”

    Did Obama embolden ISIS by saying there is no strategy ?

    • 92 criquet
      August 29, 2014 at 10:19 am

      Yeah, tell the WHPC what the strategy is and they then not only broadcast it but find fault with it 24/7 and stop any support for it.
      PBO is much smarter than that. Take flak for the criticism he’ll get for the taken out of context phrase and do what has to be done.

  25. 93 desertflower
    August 29, 2014 at 9:43 am
  26. 95 Linda
    August 29, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Border Angels, Founded by Enrique Morones in 1986 was on Chris Hayes last night and said there are 250 MILLION undocumented immigrants Worldwide and Americans need to stop acting like this is a unique problem that is only happening here.

  27. 98 Linda
    August 29, 2014 at 9:52 am

    David Cameron speaking now

  28. 99 JER
    August 29, 2014 at 9:54 am

    LIVE NOW: UK raises terror threat level to severe. British Prime Minister David Cameron holds news conference. http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  29. 100 hopefruit2
    August 29, 2014 at 9:56 am

  30. 101 Dudette
    August 29, 2014 at 9:59 am

    It’s got a Twitter account… naturally! LOL!

  31. 103 japa21
    August 29, 2014 at 10:03 am

    • 104 anniebella
      August 29, 2014 at 10:10 am

      japa21, I think POTUS think he is dealing with grown-ups, instead the press act like little rotten children.

    • August 29, 2014 at 10:11 am

      Never wear a tan suit, never not wear a tie, don’t sit in the oval office in casual attire, etc….the rules of what is “presidential” seems to evolve based on what PBO does or doesn’t do.

      • 106 anniebella
        August 29, 2014 at 10:20 am

        Don’t put your feet on the oval office desk, don’t you and your family go on vacation, don’t play golf,

  32. 107 Linda
    August 29, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Awww….Chuck Todd’s last day sign off bumped by David Cameron.


  33. 109 criquet
    August 29, 2014 at 10:10 am

    GM all.

    Head on desk listening to MSM about the tan suit which was fine before:

    • August 29, 2014 at 10:15 am

      If he were wearing Matlock’s seersucker baby blue suit, then we could talk….even if it’s to talk about how good he looks in it.

    • 111 anniebella
      August 29, 2014 at 10:17 am

      Well I’ll be dam, will you at that. You would think that POTUS suit was the first time the press has ever seen a President wear a suit of that color. I agree it’s not about the suit, it’s about trying to put down this POTUS.

  34. 112 Dudette
    August 29, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Wooooot! I’m all tingly!

  35. 122 japa21
    August 29, 2014 at 10:11 am

  36. 123 Dudette
    August 29, 2014 at 10:15 am

  37. September 1, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    The WHPC is a mess…they take journalism as a joke and it seems as if the stations are ok with it!.
    America, we are doomed.

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