Early Bird Chat

On This Day, 2009



The President will travel to Detroit, Michigan to experience firsthand the remarkable progress made by the City, its people and neighborhoods, and the American auto industry. While in Detroit, the President will visit the 2016 North American International Auto Show to highlight the more than 640,000 new auto industry jobs created since the auto rescue and the record auto sales in the U.S. in 2015.

(Will have the times later)



Jan. 20, 2009 – Pete Souza: “President-elect Barack Obama was about to walk out to take the oath of office. Backstage at the U.S. Capitol, he took one last look at his appearance in the mirror.”

Photo by Scout Tufankjian

President Obama is photographed by daughter Malia while Sasha celebrates prior to departing from the White House for Inaugural Balls, Jan. 20, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama ride in a golf cart at an Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C, Jan. 20, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama share a private moment in a freight elevator at an Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama dances with his wife and First Lady Michelle Obama during the Western Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2009

President Obama rides the elevator to the Private Residence of the White House after attending 10 inaugural balls and a long day, including being sworn in as President, Jan. 20, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


The First Lady greets a young visitor touring the White House during a surprise visit in the Blue Room with family dog Bo on the anniversary of the inauguration.” Jan. 20, 2010 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)


Vice President Biden officially sworn in for his second term by Justice Sonia Sotomayor. January 20th, 2013

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama embrace following the official swearing-in ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House on Inauguration Day, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Standing, from left, are daughters Malia and Sasha and Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Sasha and Malia, center, join extended family for a group photo in the Blue Room of the White House on Inauguration Day, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Joining the First Family from left are: Craig Robinson, Leslie Robinson, Avery Robinson, Marian Robinson, Akinyi Manners, Auma Obama, Maya Soetoro-Ng, Konrad Ng, Savita Ng, and Suhaila Ng. (Photo by Pete Souza)

126 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. January 20, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Good Wednesday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

  2. 9 desertflower
    January 20, 2016 at 7:59 am


  3. 10 desertflower
    January 20, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Oh, Boy! Do I remember this glorious day!!! I was so excited all day long:) How absolutely lucky and blessed to have lived in this time!

  4. 14 jackiegrumbacher
    January 20, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Morning. We were all young in January, 2009, no matter what our age, because we were all filled with joy and our hearts were hopeful. I remember feeling so good about my fellow Americans, smiling at everybody on the street and in stores. I wish with all my heart that I could feel that way again.

  5. 15 amk for obama
    January 20, 2016 at 8:10 am

  6. 16 amk for obama
    January 20, 2016 at 8:11 am

    • January 20, 2016 at 8:21 am

      My first reaction when I heard that SP was endorsing DT was , “The stupid has been confirmed.” But beyond that, I felt there was a money factor involved. No way do I believe that she made this endorsement without there being something in it for her. Trump was probably the highest bidder.

      This has to be a primary strategy. I would suspect she will be distanced as soon as her usefulness has reached is peak. An SP link to DT in the general would most certainly do more harm to the [what I hope is the] little chance he has; especially if that link includes a promised position in a [ugh] Trump administration [gag; got a migraine just thinking that]…IMHO.

      • 18 amk for obama
        January 20, 2016 at 8:27 am

        Yup. She is pimping herself to him to boost his IA nos. Forget general, if dreck loses IA, she will be kicked to curbs faster than she can say iowa.

  7. 19 amk for obama
    January 20, 2016 at 8:12 am

  8. 20 amk for obama
    January 20, 2016 at 8:12 am

  9. January 20, 2016 at 8:18 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! 🙂 Congrats swbluega on #1, and Happy Wednesday everyone!!

  10. January 20, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Good morning TOD!
    Congratulations Swbluega!
    What beautiful memories!

    Ms. Chips, you sure knew what I needed to counteract ” that woman” being defrosted from the Alaska ice and snow.
    Now, that fool” old man” Meds have decided to kick in seven years later, we still have to be subjected to more double amounts of consistent ignorance from “this and that.”

    As you can see I am having a very difficult time even writing their names.
    Saying it causes an unnerving twitch……
    Time for my morning walk in Central Park. I really need it today.

    • 32 jackiegrumbacher
      January 20, 2016 at 8:56 am

      LDS, that silly Alaska lady isn’t worth getting irritated about. She’s a loser in every possible way and the only sad thing is that anyone in his right mind, which seems to exclude Trump and Cruz, thinks her endorsement is worth spit.

  11. 33 desertflower
    January 20, 2016 at 8:19 am

    First hand account of Flint purposeful poisoning…Morning MUST READ


    • 34 jackiegrumbacher
      January 20, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Df, everyone should read this piece. Every level of government in Michigan failed the people of Flint. The mistake of voting for an evil and incompetent governor–twice–is one the people of Michigan, especially the children of Flint, will be paying for for the rest of their lives.

  12. 42 arapaho415
    January 20, 2016 at 8:34 am

    GM TODville.

    Here for a reality check:

    • 43 arapaho415
      January 20, 2016 at 8:35 am

      Here’s her response (I’m too confused to respond, maybe someone here can help — it’s January, not February, right?):

      • 44 amk for obama
        January 20, 2016 at 8:42 am

        heh, look, bt’s/vc’s long lost sister.

        • 45 arapaho415
          January 20, 2016 at 8:47 am

          GE amk.

          It’s just so weird — feel like I’m in a time warp.

          Not just vc who is confused by time zones, calendar dates, seasons, etc. whenever PBO travels abroad or when talking to you, vc and others not on mainland USA/Canada (don’t have a clue about time zones in Mexico 😦 ).

          • 46 amk for obama
            January 20, 2016 at 8:56 am

            Time zones are based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)[citation needed], the mean solar time at longitude 0° (the Prime Meridian). The time derived from atomic clocks is adjusted because the rate of rotation of the Earth is not constant. In January 1972 Coordinated Universal Time was introduced with the length of the second equal to the second of atomic time. The readings of atomic clocks are averaged to give a uniform time scale.

            Because the length of the average day is currently 0.002 second more than 24 hours of atomic time, leap seconds are periodically inserted into Coordinated Universal Time to make it approximate to UT1. Because the Earth’s rotation is gradually slowing, leap seconds will need to be added more frequently in the future. However, from one year to the next the rotation rate is slightly irregular, so leap seconds are not added unless observations of Earth’s rotation show that one is needed. In this way, local times will continue to stay close to mean solar time and the effects of variations in Earth’s rotation rate will be confined to simple step changes relative to the uniform time scale (International Atomic Time or TAI). All local times differ from TAI by an integral number of seconds. With the implementation of UTC, nations began to use it in the definition of their time zones. As of 2005, most nations had altered the definition of local time in this way. British Summer Time (BST) is still one hour in advance of Greenwich Mean Time and is therefore approximately equal to UTC+1. Thus Greenwich Mean Time is the local time at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich between 01:00 GMT on the last Sunday in October and 01:00 GMT on the last Sunday in March.

            see? easypeasy.

          • 51 vcprezofan2
            January 20, 2016 at 12:28 pm


  13. January 20, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Congrats swbluega 🙂

    Beautiful way to start the day, Chips!!! Thank you!!!!

    True ….

    • 57 amk for obama
      January 20, 2016 at 8:45 am

      as some one at bjsaid, yes, mehico will build that damned well and pay for it willingly just to keep the loonies within their borders.

    • January 20, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Good Morning, Bobfr! Thanks.

      I’m sure other countries are feeling as anxious as we are as to who/what will end up in office in 2017. We aren’t the only ones for whom PBO has raised the bar.

  14. January 20, 2016 at 8:43 am

  15. 62 amk for obama
    January 20, 2016 at 8:58 am

    via bj

    Supreme Court to Obamacare Haters: Give It Up!

    The US Supreme Court rejects another challenge to the Affordable Care Act.


    • 63 amk for obama
      January 20, 2016 at 9:03 am

      Today, the court refused even to hear the latest challenge to the law, a sign that the justices are perhaps ready to move on.

      boom. gfy, mofos.

      • 64 jackiegrumbacher
        January 20, 2016 at 9:29 am

        Good to see some sanity on the SC. Republicans, sadly, never give up, which is why they’re always fighting against Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and anything else that actually helps people. They look for their opponents to blink, or show some sign of weakness and then they come in for the kill.

    • 65 amk for obama
      January 20, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Sissel’s challenge is backed by none other than GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who filed an amicus brief in the case with fellow Republican Sens. John Cornyn (Texas) and Mike Lee (Utah), arguing that the Senate overstepped its authority in crafting the ACA.


      The high court is not fond of Origination Clause challenges, viewing them as largely political questions, not legal ones, and it has never overturned a law based on one. As Constitutional Accountability Center Chief Counsel Elizabeth Wydra noted in a press release Tuesday, “It is hardly surprising that the Court has refused to hear this case…[T]he ultimate outcome of challenges like this one aren’t in doubt. They are simply meritless. The Court upheld the ACA for the second time just last June, with Chief Justice Roberts picking up a sixth vote to send a clear signal that he’s had enough of what has become a blatant ideological crusade. One questions whether anti-Obamacare legal activists have gotten the message.”

      he is a legal eagle, my foot.

      • 66 jackiegrumbacher
        January 20, 2016 at 9:32 am

        If there’s something rotten and nasty going on, chances are that despicable toad, Cruz, is behind it.

        • 67 amk for obama
          January 20, 2016 at 9:34 am

          first, tundra twit smackdown (he so wanted it) and then the supremes smackdown. not a good day, rafael.

  16. January 20, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  17. 72 desertflower
    January 20, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Must be what “Freedumb” looks like,

  18. January 20, 2016 at 9:08 am

    THANK YOU for the beautiful January 20th memories, TOD. 🙂

  19. January 20, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Snyder apologized.


    Muthaphucka, you permanently poisoned THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE…

    and you APOLOGIZE?


  20. 82 99ts
    January 20, 2016 at 9:21 am

    GM TOD – thanks for the memories Ms Chips – golden & all that.

  21. 83 amk for obama
    January 20, 2016 at 9:21 am

  22. 86 GGAIL
    January 20, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    January 20, 2009 and 2013 – Great Days 🎉🎉🎉💕

  23. January 20, 2016 at 9:22 am


    Criminal enterprise, from beginning to end.



    Remorseful Snyder apologizes to people of Flint in state address

    Rachel Maddow reports on the latest developments in the Flint, Michigan water crisis, including the mayor of Flint visiting the White House, the federal government sending a Health and Human Services official to help coordinate the response, and Governor Rick Snyder apologizing to the people of Flint in his State of the State address.

  24. 88 Dudette
    January 20, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Good Morning! Such a beautiful post! Thanks for the memories Chips! 😄

  25. January 20, 2016 at 9:31 am

  26. 90 Allison
    January 20, 2016 at 9:35 am

  27. 92 Dudette
    January 20, 2016 at 9:40 am

  28. 93 Dudette
    January 20, 2016 at 9:41 am

  29. 95 Dudette
    January 20, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Just sharing

  30. 98 Dudette
    January 20, 2016 at 9:46 am

    • January 20, 2016 at 10:18 am

      Inorite? What’s the problem again? Something about perception? Optics? Just like the optics we saw in Ferguson and every other *peaceful* protest where law enforcement is there en-mass with riot gear and military grade weaponry and at least one or two arrests???

  31. January 20, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Who think Sarah Palin endorsing Donald Trump deserve all the attention it has gotten? That got more attention then the water crisis in Flint Michigan.

  32. January 20, 2016 at 9:50 am

  33. January 20, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Good morning, Chips and TODville. What a day to remember!! So much excitement that day, so much we’ve accomplished together. FORWARD!!

    FYI –

    • January 20, 2016 at 9:57 am

  34. January 20, 2016 at 9:55 am

    • 107 0388jojothecat
      January 20, 2016 at 10:04 am

      Amen, amen, amen. These A-holes want PBO to carry the whole USA ailments on his back and fix every thing for the past 250 years with no help from the Left and no help from the right or middle.

      • January 20, 2016 at 11:56 am

        There is nothing new about these positions…this is who the white political left has always been..(i refuse to call them progressives. there is nothing progressive about them)…you see them in Sanders campaign…this ideology oozes from Smiley and West as well…

        they have never won anything…it has been the pragmatics who continue to toil..and fight to bring America….kicking and screaming into a better future…

  35. 109 Dudette
    January 20, 2016 at 9:58 am

    I wish someone had told her long ago she could make money doing cartoon voiceovers so we could be spared this. My apologies.

  36. 111 JER
    January 20, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

  37. January 20, 2016 at 10:05 am

    This is one of Peanut’s favorite videos. She loves it and watches it all the time.

  38. 119 4morefor44
    January 20, 2016 at 10:16 am

    i see racist moron michael moore is trying to put the flint water crisis on president obama. you’d think being this wrong and stupid would make someone humble, or at least keep them out of “the news” as a commentator on anything (but of course we know why he’s still given the megaphone over and over). Here is how the “progressive” choses to help the most liberal president in our lifetimes win just a month before the last election:

    • 120 57andfemale
      January 20, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Bill Press has a new book: “Buyer’s Remorse – what PBO could have done for progressives” or something like that. But he’s an Obama supporter, just ask him.

      I turned off the station and won’t let his program pollute my airwaves.

      • 121 0388jojothecat
        January 20, 2016 at 12:12 pm

        This why i stopped listening to all progressive radio even Stephanie Miller not that she disses PBO but her two mooks do. Bill Press is a HRC supporter and complains about PBO every chance he gets to sell books.

  39. 124 Dudette
    January 20, 2016 at 10:29 am

  40. 125 sjterrid
    January 20, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Thank you, Chips! for sharing these wonderful memories from 2009/2013.

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