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Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Obama holds the daughter of former staff member Darienne Page Rakestraw in the Cross Hall of the White House, April 3, 2015 (Photo by Pete Souza)


99 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. 1 taiping1
    April 3, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Morning!

  2. 3 taiping1
    April 3, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Thanks Chips for the special gift of TOD. You, Nerdy, and all the other BTs and members of the community have created a special place. A testament to the unique, incredible POTUS44 and FLOTUS. Forward!

  3. 7 jackiegrumbacher
    April 3, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Morning. We’re dealing with 40 mph winds this morning that’s overturning porch furniture and making any kind of walking difficult. Still the sun is out so all’s right with the world.

    • 8 vcprezofan2
      April 3, 2016 at 9:15 am

      Morning, JackieG, glad to see you are up and about!

      O-ho, your weather report is making me a bit nervous as what you get one day seems to find its way my way shortly thereafter. 😉 Considering I’ll have to go on the road in the early evening hours I’m not liking the ‘overturning furniture’ part. However we do have lovely bright sunlight (see GxG) right now, so I’ll be crossing my fingers to hold back the rest. 😀

      Happy Sunday to you even if you can’t have a walk today!

  4. 9 jackiegrumbacher
    April 3, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Went to a Democratic fundraiser last night and was glad to see so many people running for state and congressional reps. It isn’t always easy to get people to run in a Republican dominated area, so I was glad to see people step forward and feel confident about their chances. Apparently, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee won’t help anyone unless they reach a certain level of fundraising, but they won’t tell candidates what that level is. Seems a weird way to run things.

    • 10 vcprezofan2
      April 3, 2016 at 9:22 am

      ‘they won’t tell candidates what that level is’

      A convenient and self-serving way to move the goalposts without too much squawking? If they like a candidate (one from their elite/favoured circle) who doesn’t meet the level they can discretely prop him/her up; if they get an aspiring candidate they don’t approve of who isn’t there yet (but could get their with grassroots help if they knew the amount) this non-support could shut him/her down. IMO high-level Dems are just as selfish and cliquish and as likely to pull the ladder up after themselves as ……..

  5. April 3, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Sunday morning. Congrats Taiping1, on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope that God’s grace, loving-kindness, and mercy is bestowed upon you today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  6. 13 Roberta in MN
    April 3, 2016 at 8:48 am

    GM Chips, Danny, RanMan, JackieG, Catrst and Congrats on 1st place this sunny Sunday morning taiping1. Jackie we had that yesterday and in the 30’s and today in the 60’s tomorrow in the 30’s again. Can’t win. 🙂

    • 14 jackiegrumbacher
      April 3, 2016 at 9:15 am

      It’s loony, Roberta–winter coats one day, light sweaters the next. March seems to have a firm grip on April and isn’t letting go.

  7. 15 amk for obama
    April 3, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Go foxes.

    So bt, any reds in draugnet ?

  8. 23 vcprezofan2
    April 3, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Happy, sunny Sunday morning folks!

    Thanks Ms Cheesy puffs. 😀 That baby girl is looking at her parents and saying ‘Isn’t our President such a goof ball, Ma, Da?’

  9. 26 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    April 3, 2016 at 9:10 am

    GREAT PICTURE…MY GRIMACING FACE 2DAY TOO..COULDN’T WALK THIS MORNING…WEARING SANDALS TO CHURCH AND BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE! ADIOS TO ALL OF THOS WEARING REAL SHOES TODAY!

    • 27 GGAIL
      April 3, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Sue, I hope you can wear stockings & socks with your sandals today 😘

      • 28 SUEDUVALLSMITH
        April 3, 2016 at 5:58 pm

        THANKS GGAIL…FOUND SOME SHORT BOOTS I COULD WEAR…:)…I WILL SAY THAT WHOMEVER IS THROWING STUFF IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE AT NIGHT MAY END UP GETTING SHOT!

  10. 29 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    April 3, 2016 at 9:11 am

    THAT’S ‘THOSE’BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

  11. 30 amk for obama
    April 3, 2016 at 9:24 am

    good riddance.

  12. 31 GGAIL
    April 3, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  13. 36 amk for obama
    April 3, 2016 at 9:42 am

    foxes are losing their cool.

  14. 37 amk for obama
    April 3, 2016 at 9:43 am

  15. April 3, 2016 at 9:50 am

    GM, TOD! Doing “life101” on steroids… Taking a break later for dinner with a friend. Read you later…

    Everyone has a story…

  16. 40 Marlz (@marjgra)
    April 3, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Good Morning TOD….
    Love that picture. Captures the comfort of being in the Presidents arm! 🙂
    Have you guys seen any pictures with “Bernie and Babies?” Don’s even want to know! :O

    • 42 Roberta in MN
      April 3, 2016 at 11:13 am

      The comments there are absolutely stunning. I like that David Cay Johnson replies to remarks and clarifies. Thanks for posting this DF.

  17. 43 desertflower
    April 3, 2016 at 10:00 am

    • 44 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      April 3, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      EACH YEAR WE PAY A BUNCH IN TAXES AND OF COURSE OUR SOCIAL SECURITY IS TAXED TWICE…SS SHOULD NOT BE TAXED PERIOD! WHAT WE RECEIVE IN SS HAS ALREADY BEEN TAXED ONCE.

  18. 45 MightyPamela
    April 3, 2016 at 10:17 am

  19. 46 amk for obama
    April 3, 2016 at 10:25 am

    well, foxes scrape through. not a great game.

  20. April 3, 2016 at 10:25 am

  21. April 3, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Good Sunday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

  22. April 3, 2016 at 10:42 am

    I’ve been catching up and reading about the latest in the string of unethical behavior by the Sanders campaign….daily there’s something new that would make voting for him (if it came to that) a matter of really having to hold my nose.

  23. April 3, 2016 at 10:49 am

    And then there’s this that makes you go “hmmmmmmmmmm”…

      • April 3, 2016 at 11:13 am

        …and this????

        According to an investigation by the right-leaning Washington Free Beacon, Sanders’s spouse of 27 years, Jane O’Meara Sanders, and his stepdaughter, Carina Driscoll, both drew sizable salaries from Sanders’s House campaigns between 2000 and 2004…O’Meara Sanders was paid “more than $90,000 for consulting and ad placement services” between 2002 and 2004, while Driscoll received $65,000 from the campaign over the course of four years.

        …revelations about Sanders’s wife’s tenure as the president of Burlington College will certainly raise eyebrows. During her time there, the college paid nearly $500,000 to the Vermont Woodworking School, run by Driscoll, for classes…college also reportedly paid tens of thousands of dollars to an all-inclusive Caribbean resort run by Jonathan Leopold, the son of a family friend…Between 2009 and 2011, when O’Meara Sanders stepped down, Burlington College paid around $68,000 to the resort…payments to both the woodworking school and the resort stopped soon after she left.

        Infamously, O’Meara Sanders was not known for her fiscal responsibility while president of Burlington, allegedly overstating pledge donations while filing a loan with the Burlington Diocese of the Catholic Church, forcing them to reportedly eat a loss up to $2 million.

        ====

        Of course, Sanders says that he report is rehashed and discredited Republican attacks. Yet, that doesn’t stop him or his campaign from doing the same to HRC.

  24. 54 amk for obama
    April 3, 2016 at 10:55 am

  25. 55 Ladyhawke
    April 3, 2016 at 10:56 am

    And since she won’t, it seems to me that her supporters should apologize on her behalf. So here goes:

    1. Senator Sanders, I’m sorry you broke your promise to campaign on issues rather than making baseless personal attacks.

    2. Senator Sanders, I’m sorry that your campaign’s original hopeful tone has turned so nasty.

    3. Senator Sanders, I’m sorry that your policy proposals are so rich in slogans and so poor in practical details. And I wish you knew the difference between “universal coverage” (a goal) and “single payer” (one of many alternative means of reaching that goal).

  26. 57 amk for obama
    April 3, 2016 at 10:56 am

  27. 58 amk for obama
    April 3, 2016 at 10:59 am

  28. April 3, 2016 at 11:28 am

  29. April 3, 2016 at 11:30 am

  30. 63 amk for obama
    April 3, 2016 at 11:37 am

    west indies have a golden opportunity here to create history. west indies women won the T20 cup early today. the men seem to be struggling now.

  31. 68 amk for obama
    April 3, 2016 at 11:59 am

    A militant from the so-called Islamic State (IS) believed to be responsible for a deadly attack on US troops in northern Iraq has been killed in a drone strike, the US military said.

    Jasim Khadijah was a rocket expert who controlled attacks, Col Steve Warren said.

    Last month a US soldier died and several others were injured when a base used by US troops was shelled by IS.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35955056

  32. April 3, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Good day TOD 🙂

  33. April 3, 2016 at 12:03 pm

  34. 80 amk for obama
    April 3, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    aaand west indies create history. both their men’s and women’s win T20 championship on the same day.

    fabulous last over with 4 continuous 6’s. Best Indies.

  35. April 3, 2016 at 1:11 pm

  36. April 3, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Good afternoon Chips & TOD! 🙂 Happy Sunday everyone.

  37. 85 desertflower
    April 3, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    All the BS in a nutshell.

  38. 87 JER
    April 3, 2016 at 1:58 pm

  39. April 3, 2016 at 2:02 pm

  40. April 3, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Great article.

    ““Trump’s angry; Bernie’s angry all the time,” said Smith, a retired elementary schoolteacher who said she was not angry other than whatever frustration she felt toward the other candidates and their followers, which she sublimated. “Just realistically, I think it’s not a matter of pumping the team up, it’s a matter of playing the game. You can’t have that kind of demeanor. I can’t imagine these men being in the room when some crisis really happens. Is emotion going to rule them, or are they going to have a level head and make calm decisions?”

    The man next to her was nodding.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/at-rallies-hillary-clintons-supporters-are-looking-for-logic/2016/04/02/4098c502-f73f-11e5-a3ce-f06b5ba21f33_story.html

  41. 94 Nena20409
    April 3, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Happy Sunday.
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners since last Evening, starting with this post.

  42. 95 vcprezofan2
    April 3, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    So what did the Obama Admin do within @Interior last week?

  43. April 3, 2016 at 2:24 pm

  44. 97 JER
    April 3, 2016 at 2:26 pm

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