Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama hugs retiring White House butler James Ramsey, as First Lady Michelle Obama looks on, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)



The President visits with wounded military personnel at Walter Reed

133 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 5 donna dem 4 obama
    January 25, 2016 at 7:35 am

    GM TOD

    Today is our Judith’s Birthday!!!

  2. January 25, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Goooood morning and many happy returns of the day Judith!

    • 34 tnmtngirl
      January 25, 2016 at 7:59 am

      GM all. Superb ‘toon, amk. We met with our Life Group last night and for just 3-4 minutes we got ‘off topic’ and onto the election and the candidates, mainly Trump. Cruz, Huckabee, Santorium and Palin were also mentioned. My husband made one of the comments (that he has previously said to me.) That is that he can’t believe we have ended up with the candidates we have this year…….the choices we are likely to have to choose from. So far, I haven’t pointed out the following, but at some point when I get the opportunity, I WILL.

      Will point out that the Party “built this.” Then give some specific examples, mainly that NOT ONE Repub said ONE word when Trump was on a roll about the birther issue. Also plan to point out that 50 million people–and I am guessing some of you this room–voted for SP to be VPOTUS………to represent us on the world stage and to be one heartbeat away from the presidency. As long as millions of people show more loyalty to a party than to the country (or state or locale), this gridlock, this partisanship, this ineffectiveness, etc. will never end.

      Okay rant over…….preaching to the choir. 🙂 HAPPY, HAPPY Birthday to our Judith! 🙂 🙂

      • 35 amk for obama
        January 25, 2016 at 8:03 am

        yup, more than 50 years of dog whistles has brought out the rabid dogs to the forefront.

      • 36 jackiegrumbacher
        January 25, 2016 at 8:12 am

        TN, if you ever get to say this, I hope you record it. We will all stand up and cheer for you!! All this ‘astonishment’ at the utter baseness of the GOP candidates is horse manure. Republican voters condoned the grossest possible treatment of PBO and FLOTUS and their viciousness reaches back to Gore, Clinton and Carter. They decided long ago that money and power was more important than democracy, decency and good governance. They sowed this ugliness and now they’re reaping the bitter harvest. And, by the way, they do have a choice. They can vote for a Democrat.

        • 37 tnmtngirl
          January 25, 2016 at 8:21 am

          EXACTLY, jackie. EXACTLY! **Wish I could record it. 🙂 At some point, the next few months, I know I’ll get another opportunity. Need to time it though……….even if only end up pointing this out to my husband here at home. Of the 10 people in our LG, I am 99.9% sure that 5 of them voted for McCain-Palin. Of course, my husband being one of the five.

          • 38 desertflower
            January 25, 2016 at 8:58 am

            Morning, tnmtngirl…maybe your husband is having a “lightbulb moment”??

            • 39 tnmtngirl
              January 25, 2016 at 9:57 am

              🙂 Morning, df. I hope so too. I’m just not sure he can bring himself to vote for Hillary though. Seriously, don’t think he can. I do believe had VPBiden been the candidate, he would have in a heartbeat.

  3. 40 amk for obama
    January 25, 2016 at 7:46 am

    To JF.

  4. 42 99ts
    January 25, 2016 at 7:47 am

    gm TOD – hope everyone is recovering from the big snow.

    Happy Birthday Judith – enjoy

    • 43 jackiegrumbacher
      January 25, 2016 at 7:57 am

      Morning, 99. Yesterday everybody in the neighborhood was digging out with whole families shoveling like mad. We can now exit all doors and have even cleaned the driveway. My back, however, is screaming in protest. This was a record snowfall for our area. Nothing like it ever happened before.

      • 44 99ts
        January 25, 2016 at 8:12 am

        I was reading about everyone having to “dig out” before the snow turned to ice – I’m having nightmares about houses having their doors “iced up” and we will probably never have to face any snow – let alone ice.

        My back has difficulty with a vacuum cleaner – let alone a shovel. Have to admit a positive with the new apartment – someone else does the maintenance – we watch!

        So nice to hear it has passed. Climate change is giving us all such extremes of climate. We seem to be having a cooler summer than usual – probably because the weird climate is currently in the northern hemisphere. South of us seems to be mainly floods or bush fires!

    • 45 Judith Fardig
      January 25, 2016 at 11:26 am

      Thanks, 99ts! Very grateful to have rain rather than snow in my neck of the woods.

  5. 46 amk for obama
    January 25, 2016 at 7:49 am

    rw shockjocks at each other’s throat over dreck & crud. see the whiny gop complaining about how these radio and blog nutters aren’t allowing them ‘to govern’.


  6. 49 jackiegrumbacher
    January 25, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Morning all. A gigantic Happy Birthday to Judith who actually got to see our President this year and bask in his goodness. That makes her a star in my book.

  7. January 25, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Hmmmmm ….. getting mighty close to his backyard …..

    • 58 99ts
      January 25, 2016 at 8:14 am

      And if she has a GOP congress how will she fix the so-called failures. The GOP has failed the people of the US, not the President.

      • January 25, 2016 at 8:18 am

        The article is just more #WhiteSupremacy drivel, 99 … I only posted it because of how far they went to trash the bern in the process ….

        • 60 99ts
          January 25, 2016 at 8:25 am

          I will never understand why the media has to trash dem candidates – yet none seem capable of telling the truth about Trump. They acted in a similar way with Palin.

          • 61 jackiegrumbacher
            January 25, 2016 at 9:11 am

            Simple answer, 99. The media fear Republican candidates because they’re vicious at retaliation. They can criticize Democrats all they like and the consequences are benign. Democrats believe in a free press and don’t condone suppression; Republicans insist the press do their bidding and will do everything in their power to destroy them if they don’t. Its’ the difference between democracy and tyranny.

      • 63 jackiegrumbacher
        January 25, 2016 at 9:05 am

        To be fair, 99, it was the Globe that used the word “failures,” not Clinton. A newspaper should at least try to be factual, but in this case, the Globe has chosen not to. It was the Republican led congress that refused to act on immigration and rebelled against even the slightest effort to enact sensible gun legislation. But, the Globe gives our horrible, obstructionist Congress a pass and blames it all on the President.

        • 64 99ts
          January 25, 2016 at 9:12 am

          I understand it was the media jackie – probably didn’t make that clear in my response. The media has done more than the GOP in attempting to bring down President Obama. None of the media has been factual about the problems PBO has with congress. I am truly confused as to what the media has to gain by arming the population and hating on immigrants – although the later is not limited to the US. The guns however are a US problem that most other countries do not have.

          • 65 Sandy1110
            January 25, 2016 at 9:37 am

            The media is literally owned by corporations, thanks to deregulation and the 1996 Telecommunications Act. Corporations want the GOP in power to protect their $$ billions, so the MSM is directed by their owners to stand down (IMO – no one would ever come out and admit it) on GOP malfeasance and incompetency.

            If we had an objective media, more people would know how dangerous, obstructionist and treasonous the GOP has been.

    • 66 Don
      January 25, 2016 at 8:41 am

      Good, this fucking strunz, he’s finally getting a dose of his own medicine.

  8. January 25, 2016 at 8:15 am

  9. 71 desertflower
    January 25, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Morning everyone…glad to hear the snowbound people are finally working their way out….I must say that people got creative in hilarious ways during this storm:) Made me happy to see that they took it in stride and could still laugh….

    On a serious note, I mentioned the other night (Saturday) that Sadie had gotten into my bag that I drag my tutoring things in…one of the mom’s of one of my kids gave me a chocolate candy bar that was sweetened with zylitol. ZYLITOL IS TOXIC TO DOGS! They are putting this nasty junk in everything now. BEWARE ANIMAL OWNERS! She pretty much had eaten the entire bar, plus some wrapper thrown in for good measure. I called animal poison control, ( they were AMAZING!) and they did the calculations and they wanted me to go to the emergency vets. Sadie is a 140 lb dog…anything less than that may have died. This is nasty and serious. Liver failure. Crashing blood sugar. Coma. Death.

    Did I mention that my dog is TERRIFIED of the car? Let’s say, it’s VERY difficult to get her in. My daughter and I got very creative. Off to the emergency vet we went.. she got the treatment she needed and has to follow up with a blood panel today to check her liver function…The mobile vet will be coming over today:) No getting the dog in the car on my lunch break today!

    Just wanted to give all of you animal owners out there a head’s up on this nasty ingredient, that the vet said is going into EVERYTHING now, from that chocolate bar, to toothpaste, to peanut butter….scary. What if they got into that and you didn’t know?? Luckily, I saw the wrapper on the floor after Sadie was done eating the candy…someone else may not be so lucky…

    So, hundreds of $$$$$$$$ later, I think that she’ll be fine. Have to spend more time and $$$$$ to get her seen by the vet today, too. It was frightening. Just want you all to be aware so you can take precautions and make sure that this stuff doesn’t get near your animals. Cats, too.

    Hopefully, the rest of my week will get better:) Hope this helps others.

    • 72 99ts
      January 25, 2016 at 8:33 am

      gm df.

      So you sent me to google to read about zylitol – seemed to me anything that is this toxic to a dog could maybe be a problem to people. Some interesting reading. Think I’ll stay away from it & read the labels on my peanut butter.

    • 73 Dudette
      January 25, 2016 at 8:35 am

      How horrible! Hope Sadie’s all better soon df! I will be sure to share this with everyone I know with pets. Thanks!

    • 74 otter44
      January 25, 2016 at 8:42 am

      Thanks for the heads up. I am so glad Sadie is doing better.

    • 75 donna dem 4 obama
      January 25, 2016 at 8:44 am

      So sorry that you and Sadie had to endure this horrible experience and am glad that she will be okay. The silver lining is that I can share this info with friends and family that have pets. Your terrifying experience just may have saved someone else’s pets life. May your week continue to get better.

    • 76 jackiegrumbacher
      January 25, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Df, what a horrible ordeal. Thank God you’re a caring dog owner and saw the problem before it was too late. I know money doesn’t matter when someone you love is in danger, but I know it’s a bummer to drop so many $$ unexpectedly. We are all going to have to monitor everything we buy and eat to be sure we’re not all being slowly poisoned. Hope Sadie passes the blood test with flying colors.

      • 77 desertflower
        January 25, 2016 at 9:48 am

        A blanket THANK YOU to all of you that responded to Sadie’s ordeal:) I told you this so that you can educate others about this awful, toxic ingredient and help others avoid this…Yes, 99ts, I agree with you…something THAT toxic to dogs, has to be bad for humans too… Bad stuff. Thanks for all the well wishes for my girl…will give you a final update after I see the vet this afternoon. Hugs and love to all of you.

    • January 25, 2016 at 10:09 am

      I am so glad that things worked out for sadie.. and you….

    • 79 57andfemale
      January 25, 2016 at 10:15 am

      I’ve been so worried about her! Thanks for the update. I’ve been sending healing energy your way.

    • 80 sherijr
      January 25, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Oh df I am so sorry, thank goodness Sadie survived this! Hugs to you both.. and as cat and dog person, I didn’t know about this ingredient so thank you so much for the info.

    • January 25, 2016 at 10:31 am

      Oh my God DF, I’ve only just seen this. How utterly terrifying, you must have freaked out. Wishing Sadie the speediest of recoveries. I really need to check this out, I know the foods you can’t give dogs but it seems like they put this crap in anything. {{{DF}}}

    • 82 Judith Fardig
      January 25, 2016 at 11:32 am

      What a terrifying experience for you and Sadie! Hope she gets the all-clear from this misadventure with the contents of your bag.

  10. 83 amk for obama
    January 25, 2016 at 8:17 am

  11. 84 amk for obama
    January 25, 2016 at 8:19 am

  12. 85 Dudette
    January 25, 2016 at 8:19 am


  13. January 25, 2016 at 8:24 am

  14. 88 Dudette
    January 25, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Happy Happy Birthday Judith!

  15. 95 No Child Left Behind
    January 25, 2016 at 8:27 am

  16. 97 desertflower
    January 25, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Happy Birthday, Judith!! Enjoy your day:)

  17. 99 No Child Left Behind
    January 25, 2016 at 8:32 am

  18. 102 desertflower
    January 25, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Pay attention. people!!

    • 103 jackiegrumbacher
      January 25, 2016 at 9:23 am

      This voter suppression is obscene. If a state is going to require “photo id” they need to make the process as simple as possible and phase it in over a minimum of five years. I hope there is some judicial review going on in North Carolina. That’s what saved PA from a similar fate.

  19. 104 amk for obama
    January 25, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Zika virus: Outbreak ‘likely to spread across Americas’ says WHO.


    some scary shite. all because of a friggin’ mosquito.

    • 105 Judith Fardig
      January 25, 2016 at 11:41 am

      Climate change can and will exacerbate spread of Zika, Chikungunya, Dengue, and other mosquito-borne viruses.

  20. 106 No Child Left Behind
    January 25, 2016 at 8:36 am

  21. 112 No Child Left Behind
    January 25, 2016 at 8:43 am

    • 113 donna dem 4 obama
      January 25, 2016 at 8:56 am

      The Federal and DC offices are closed because public transportation has not been fully restored yet. Buses are running only from 12 noon until 5pm today and the metro trains are only running underground. Hopefully they will get everything restored by tomorrow and we can all get back to our normal lives. Meanwhile, I’m gonna stay right in my house and chill out. 😉

  22. 114 Dudette
    January 25, 2016 at 8:45 am

  23. 115 Dudette
    January 25, 2016 at 8:46 am

  24. 116 Dudette
    January 25, 2016 at 8:46 am

    • 117 No Child Left Behind
      January 25, 2016 at 9:29 am

      Thanks for posting. Let’s hope that ISIS don’t hear of it before they destroyed it. ISIS is allergic to beautiful things, museums et al.

  25. January 25, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Monday morning. Congrats Okey, on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope that you are bright-eyed, bushy- tailed, and excited today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  26. 119 jackiegrumbacher
    January 25, 2016 at 8:58 am

    This is an fabulous review of the new Barack/Michelle move, which showed at the Sundance Film festival. Can’t wait to see it!!


  27. 120 No Child Left Behind
    January 25, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Guess which divisive Republican is now campaigning as a political uniter?

    GOP front-runner Donald Trump argues that he has the dealmaking skills to bring the parties together.
    By Jenna Johnson and Jose A. DelReal • Read more »

  28. 122 amk for obama
    January 25, 2016 at 9:02 am

    round 3. done & dusted. 😎

  29. 125 No Child Left Behind
    January 25, 2016 at 9:35 am

  30. 126 No Child Left Behind
    January 25, 2016 at 9:44 am

  31. 127 amk for obama
    January 25, 2016 at 9:44 am

  32. 128 JER
    January 25, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

    • 129 carolyn
      January 25, 2016 at 10:08 am

      That headline is not an accurate distillation of the article. I heard the interview, and this was not his tone or attitude at all. Yes, he’s ready to go, who wouldn’t be? But he’s positive in his evaluation of the job and his enjoyment of his tenure and pride in his accomplishments.

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