Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama greets 109-year-old Emma Primas of Houston, Texas, prior to the Easter Prayer Breakfast in the East Room of the White House, April 7, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

133 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. April 7, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Morning everyone, even more enormous thanks to Nerdy for all her work, she’s a gem. I’m off again this morning, they’re hoping to move my mother to a rehab place so hopefully that’ll happen quickly, she definitely has had enough of that hospital. But she’s okay, lots of painkillers so she’s comfortable.

    Hope everyone is doing great, will catch up with you all the minute I can.

    • 2 Roberta in MN
      April 7, 2016 at 7:25 am

      Gm Chips. Glad to hear MOM is doing better. Take care and Nerdy did an outstanding job yesterday and always. (((hugs)) to you and your MOM.

    • 4 jackiegrumbacher
      April 7, 2016 at 8:12 am

      Hope your mom’s recovery speeds along and the pain lessens. Rehab is sometimes not much better than hospitals, so I hope she goes to a good one.

      • 5 57andfemale
        April 7, 2016 at 9:16 am

        But good rehab can be a miracle. Here’s hoping she has a positive experience.

        Sending healing and positive energy to Chips and Mama Chips.

    • April 7, 2016 at 8:18 am

      All the best to you and your mother, Chips!!!! Sure hope she’s able to get out of the hospital soon!!!

    • April 7, 2016 at 8:26 am

      G’morning and hang in here Chips! Thanks for the update and wishing your mother continued healing!! 🙂

    • 8 mtmarilyn
      April 7, 2016 at 8:33 am

      Hugs and prayers to you, your mom and your family. Know this isn’t easy. So glad she is doing better.

    • 9 MadameSoph
      April 7, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Hi Chips,
      I’m probably too late to catch you but, best wishes for a speedy and full recovery to your mom!

    • 10 Dudette
      April 7, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Dear Chipsaroyale! I’m hoping the Queen Mother’s recovery goes quickly and smoothly! Hugs and kisses to you both! 😘

    • April 7, 2016 at 10:10 am

      That’s good news, and I hope the good news will continue. You are so missed here but Moms always come first! Tell her we love her and thank her for raising such a wonderful daughter.

    • April 7, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      Chips, so happy to hear MommaChips is improving. Take care of yourself while you care for her! You’re both in my prayers.

  2. 13 pkayden
    April 7, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Happy Thursday to everyone!
    Lovely photo to show off the day. She looks fantastic for someone over 100 years old.

  3. April 7, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Good morning, TOD. (((((Chips))))). Thoughts and prayers sent to you and your Mom.

    On another subject…..and good news that I’ve been meaning to share: As of Tuesday, we have 23 Democratic women running for the Tennessee State Legislature! Of course, we know they won’t all get elected, but to have that many stepping out and running in this very red state is very encouraging. Getting names out there………getting experience………building! Same thing is happening in local Knox County offices. Gonna have more Dems on the ballot than in many years. We must give people a choice!

    • 15 jackiegrumbacher
      April 7, 2016 at 8:09 am

      Great news, TN. You can’t win if you don’t run, so these women have a chance. Not only that, it’s encouraging to Democratic voters if there are people to vote for. The biggest complaint we get in our county from Democrats is that not enough people run, either because it seems hopeless or it costs so much. We’re doing better here.

    • 16 amk for obama
      April 7, 2016 at 8:11 am

      Excellent. Go TN wimminz.

    • April 7, 2016 at 8:57 am

      bravoooooooooo…this is what we need…election savvy young DEMs…..

    • 18 Dudette
      April 7, 2016 at 10:06 am


    • April 7, 2016 at 10:17 am

      That’s great! It’s heartening that more people are having the courage to run even though the cards seem stacked against them. We have to take the long view. The Tea Party didn’t happen in a moment really, I don’t think. The GOP had been focused for years on getting Republicans into jobs like school boards and municipal positions in elections that nobody pays attention to. Before you know it they’ve built a resume, they’re in your town council, the state legislature, and finally D.C. and that happened because we weren’t paying attention and didn’t want to expend resources on those small ‘unwinnable’ elections. I hope these women understand that, win or lose, they are contributing to our fight for the future and that they or others may have to run again and again until blockade is broken.

      “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.
      –WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech at Harrow School, Harrow, England, October 29, 1941.”

  4. 20 desertflower
    April 7, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Morning everyone:) Morning, Chips…glad to hear that MamaChips is on the mend! Take care of her…and YOU:) Nerdy is wonderful…nice to have Nerdy and the other BT’s to leave the place to….nothing like that peace of mind:) We even behave. Imagine that:)

  5. 21 amk for obama
    April 7, 2016 at 8:05 am

    But did the docs advise moving out? Listen to the docs, not mom.

    To cheer her up, jtp’s new GF.

    (No, not a toy… ok, a toy with real life. She is gonna be handful methinks. Another mouth to feed, sigh.)

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    It’s apparently called Shih Tzu (no kidding) and is 45 days old.

  6. April 7, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Good morning TOD 🙂

    Worth the read … especially since I know many of you are KW fans 🙂

  7. April 7, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Thursday morning. Thanks for sharing your mom’s progress. Prayers and good health to your mom. 🙏 {{{{Chips and Mom}}}}

    To all, I hope you are granted all your aspirations, desires, and wishes today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  8. 68 desertflower
    April 7, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Always want something for nothing….


    Donald Trump needed some help in 2006. He was setting up Trump Institute, a series of seminars teaching the “way to wealth,” and was looking for expertise on how the conference business worked.
    He turned to a pair with a troublesome legal history to give him a hand.
    Mike and Irene Milin were known to law enforcement officials in a number of states for a host of get-rich-quick schemes and alleged real estate scams. They were prosecuted by the Texas attorney general for deceptive trade practices, and sued by the makers of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, to name just two of the Milins’ many legal entanglements. But Michael Sexton—then president of Trump University, which he said at the time included the Trump Institute seminars, as well as online courses—partnered with the Milins nonetheless, according to a report from The Sacramento Bee.

    The Milins’ oft-investigated National Grants Conferences, in effect, became the blueprint for Trump Institute. The two seminar businesses used some of the same speakers and shared office space in Boca Raton. The ads for Trump University promised to make people “millionaires,” just as the National Grants Conference commercials told customers they’d make them rich from government money. And, most importantly, Trump Institute operated itself in much the same manner as National Grants Conferences: After a promise of easy riches and a free seminar, customers were cajoled into doling out more and more money to get the key to unlocking wealth.
    The problem in both cases: The key never opened anything.

  9. April 7, 2016 at 8:25 am

    A brief statement about Senator Sanders …. me thinks #TheBern is about to face #theBURN like he has never experienced anytime before. HRC has, for months, been cutting him a lot of slack. During the past 48 h I sense that that is over.

    back to work ….

    • 70 jackiegrumbacher
      April 7, 2016 at 8:53 am

      “Nailing” Bernie can’t come a moment too soon. I am sick to death of his lies and bullying behavior. He’s a fraud who has nothing but a stump speech to offer.

      • April 7, 2016 at 10:33 am

        I agree, jg, but at the same time that interview to me sounded so much like someone struggle with cognitive issues, trying to recall information previously known and string it together in a coherent way. He needs to be nailed certainly, but if it’s the case that his mental acuity is declining I hope someone near to him or some campaign person with a sense of self-protection finds a way to ease him out. This could also explain why he can only pivot to bits of his stump speech, his rigid thinking, and although it sounds like he’s always been crotchety and a my-way-our-the-highway kind of man, it could also explain his displays of temper when challenged and the aggressive finger pointing. It seems that even if that was your personality you could do a better job of hiding it while campaigning. I’m not really knowledgeable, it just reminds me of what I’ve seen in my own family and the families of friends as their parents and grandparents age.

    • 72 57andfemale
      April 7, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Man, he came back at her late yesterday like Karl Rove is his campaign manager. She cannot let him get away with this. This man is dangerous.

    • April 7, 2016 at 10:26 am

      He appears to have pissed this guy off pretty badly. This is just a sample.

      “The senator has never bothered to stop by our aviation plant in Rutland, Vt. We’ve been investing heavily (some $100 million in recent years), hiring and turning out some of the world’s finest jet-engine components in Vermont since the 1950s. The plant employs more than 1,000 people who are very good at what they do. It’s a picture of first-rate jobs with high wages, advanced manufacturing in a vital industry — how things look when American workers are competing and winning — and Vermont’s junior senator is always welcome to come by for a tour…

      “Elsewhere in Vermont, GE Healthcare employs more than 340 men and women in South Burlington. Yearly, GE does about $40 million worth of business with dozens of suppliers of parts and services across Vermont. Nationwide, we have 200 GE plants, including 15 that were built in the past five years — all with the aim of making GE the world’s premier industrial company…

      “We are competing globally with foreign companies whose governments care whether they win and support them in innumerable ways. U.S. companies continue to wrestle with an outdated and complex tax code that puts them at a distinct competitive disadvantage. Sanders has stated many times that GE pays no taxes. Repeating a lie over and over does not make it true. We pay billions in taxes, including federal, state and local taxes. The U.S. tax system has not been updated in 30 years and isn’t designed for today’s economy, which is why we support comprehensive tax reform — even if it raises our tax rate.”


    • 74 Sandy1110
      April 7, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      I can’t wait until this primary is over – for Sanders. His followers live in an alternate universe where they believe that it’s about time that HE took the gloves off with the “Hillary is unqualified to be president” crap, and he’ll be ahead in pledged delegates by the time California rolls around, so the supers will need to go his way.

      Enough of his run. His coalition is a combination of young, ignorant voters who don’t understand how the system works and older voters who OUGHT to know better but don’t.

  10. 75 donna dem 4 obama
    April 7, 2016 at 8:27 am

    BWD nails Bernie’s supporters on this. It’s all about him and they could careless about all the other aspects of governing. Revolution my foot!!!

    • 76 donna dem 4 obama
      April 7, 2016 at 8:28 am

      • 77 jackiegrumbacher
        April 7, 2016 at 8:57 am

        Bernie voters could care less about the Democratic party, gerrymandering or good governance. A significant portion of Bernie’s vote in WI came from Republican leaning Independents who could vote in a Dem primary with no problem. This will not be the case in the closed primary states that come up in late April. In PA you have to register ONE MONTH ahead of time to vote in an election, so it’s already too late for party switchers.

      • 78 arapaho415
        April 7, 2016 at 9:37 am

        GM DonnaDem, good to see you back in the saddle.

        So sorry to hear of your recent illness – pneumonia is very serious and puts your entire body in “combat this illness” mode, which am glad your family insisted on letting your body have the time and rest it needed to heal.

        Berniebot dudebro emoprog Dems are infuriating — they are all talk and no action.

        What has happened in Wisconsin re: voter ID laws is an abomination, yet Dems weren’t motivated by this assault on democracy to cast their ballot (since most emoprogs are white, doubt they would suffer any inconvenience to vote).

        Can’t find the link now, but it was Wisconsin state supreme court that allowed Wisconsin to impose draconian voter id laws which revoked the voting privileges of people who have voted in previous elections.

        Here’s some examples of impact of Wisconsin state supreme court action — I know there are far more egregious ones out there.

    • 79 amk for obama
      April 7, 2016 at 8:29 am

      yup, it’s literally a one-man ‘show’.

  11. April 7, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    • 82 jackiegrumbacher
      April 7, 2016 at 9:01 am

      Good for these students. They nailed Cruz with all his ugly bigotry and contempt for anyone who doesn’t fit his cookie cutter image of morality. Of all the people running–even Trump–Cruz is the most obnoxious and nauseating.

    • April 7, 2016 at 10:35 am

      I think we should each write a letter to the school commending the actions of these students.

  12. 84 desertflower
    April 7, 2016 at 8:53 am

    LOL…thanks. BJ!

    • 86 57andfemale
      April 7, 2016 at 9:52 am

      Can’t be posted often enough. He is a complete fraud.

      But he managed to pull a Karl Rove yesterday, and turn the attack back on Hillary. He is a nasty piece of work. Even at Hillary’s nastiest in 2008, we knew she was a Democrat and she wouldn’t let the party come apart. What do you do when that is BS’s express purpose and those of his rabid cultists?

  13. 87 desertflower
    April 7, 2016 at 9:07 am

  14. 89 amk for obama
    April 7, 2016 at 9:09 am

    dem ‘establishment’ needs to uneff the things they have effed up this season.

    no more indies get a dem label. let them go 3rd party and let’s see where they end up.

    closed primaries only. no more open primary bs.

    get rid of caucuses, if possible.

  15. 94 amk for obama
    April 7, 2016 at 9:18 am

  16. 99 desertflower
    April 7, 2016 at 9:27 am

    It’s not just Wisconsin…. this was the plan all along though.


    Ex-Staffer: Wisconsin GOPers Cheered Voter ID Bill For What It ‘Could Do For Us’

  17. April 7, 2016 at 9:29 am

    I love this video too:


    Shamira Ibrahim, 4/6/16


    Beyond all reason, however, the other day I moseyed my way onto Mark Zuckerberg’s social media cesspool. Fortunately for me, I was rewarded for my adventures in the form of a fantastic two-year-old original short film with Lupita N’yongo from Vogue.

    Called “Braids,” the Austin Peters-directed spot was peak Black woman excellence. You’d be hard-pressed to find a Black woman who doesn’t identify with having a long-term relationship with her hair, and Lupita and her friends manage to capture a multitude of ways that hair can be a defining moment of a Black woman’s life.

    • 101 MadameSoph
      April 7, 2016 at 9:37 am

      Attention 99ts! Hope she sees this; she was looking for ideas for braiding (her grandbabies?) hair a little while back.

      Fun video! Cool to know this about her. Thanks Rikyrah!

    • 102 desertflower
      April 7, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Thanks for bringing this here, rikyrah:) Took me back to my childhood, actually…..to sitting in my best friend’s tiny home…while her mother braided her beautiful hair with love and care…I used to watch the both of them, she getting her hair braided, and her mother, parting and tugging and slathering pomade…I can still smell that to this day:) It was like a special ritual and I was trusted to share in that with them…I didn’t realize this at the time, but I do now….so, thanks for this…made me smile.

  18. 106 amk for obama
    April 7, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Aung San Suu Kyi says her new government in Myanmar will work towards freeing all remaining political prisoners within the next two weeks.

    It is her first announcement in her new role as “state counsellor”, a position similar to prime minister.

    She is barred from the presidency but leads the National League for Democracy party which has a huge majority in both houses of parliament.

    The move could affect up to 500 prisoners in jail or awaiting trial.


    • 107 desertflower
      April 7, 2016 at 9:43 am

      🙂 Look like she has already begun to affect change in her country…this is a good thing:)

  19. April 7, 2016 at 9:45 am

    • 109 MadameSoph
      April 7, 2016 at 9:56 am

      Wow! What a difference from her ’08 campaign to this one, huh? I think she’s got some of PBO’s people with her this time, plus, I think being a grandmother, losing in ’08, being Sec of State in PBO admin, all those things ended up making her a better candidate and more prepared for the job. It’s like she’s all out of Fks to give, just like PBO and she’s being herself this time.

      O.k. off to work…

      • April 7, 2016 at 10:41 am

        I think 8 years on she is out of the shadow of Bill. It feels more like her own campaign. I don’t mean to disregard her lifelong accomplishments. It’s partly my perception that’s changed, because in ’08 and even when it was first speculated that she and Bush would run this year, it felt like a political dynasty and I did not like that idea. I saw lots of people commenting at first that she was a ‘twofer’ and it was a way to get Bill Clinton back in the White House, which I found very offensive on her behalf. I don’t hear that anymore. Now with the passage of time and another long string of accomplishments I perceive her without all that baggage. She’s in more of a ‘stand alone’ frame for me.

    • 111 pkayden
      April 7, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Such a diplomatic and collected response. The focus has to be on keeping Republicans out of the White House and flipping the Senate (and perhaps the House). This infighting is mind numbing.

  20. April 7, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Bernie Sanders has thoroughly jumped the shark. He’s losing and he’s emotionally incapable of doing so in such a way that is not destructive.

  21. 115 desertflower
    April 7, 2016 at 9:59 am



    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka came under fire Wednesday after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced 20,000 of her branded scarves are being recalled over flammability concerns. The CPSC said the Chinese-made scarves “pose a burn risk,” but no injuries have been reported. The “Beach Wave” and “Brushstroke Oblong” styles have been affected by the recall. A spokesperson for the Ivanka Trump collection said in a statement they were “disappointed” by the recall, but “relieved that immediate action is being taken.” Ivanka Trump’s father has lambasted companies like Apple and Ford for taking manufacturing jobs overseas, while media outlets have noted both he and his daughter also manufacture products—like the scarves—abroad.

    Making their bank accounts great again by hiring cheap, overseas labor!

    • April 7, 2016 at 10:51 am

      You know, I think Sanders and others should give up on stoking this “bring manufacturing jobs back” theme, or change the emphasis. They sound like they can bring back the 40s and 50s but some manufacturing left this country in the 70s (TVs and other electronics, for example) and I don’t think that’s going to get rebuilt. And even if we could bring back a lot of these things, it wouldn’t be the same because trade agreements weren’t the first and only cause of the problem. Robotics has advanced to the point where most of the processes of many industries would be almost totally outdated. So people like Sanders who keep pushing this idea are really deceiving their listeners. They should be talking about developing new industries and technologies that are harder to off shore and about retraining people in the newer technical knowledge that will be required, or for more manually adept people, construction and serving in areas like wind farms and other infrastructure.

  22. 117 JER
    April 7, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

    COMING UP: Bernie Sanders at AFL-CIO convention – http://www.msnbc.com/live-online/watch/coming-up-sanders-at-afl-cio-convention-660775491683

  23. 118 Dudette
    April 7, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Gooooood Morning Family!

    With all the mean & ugly floating around the interwebs today, I know it’s shallow, but I really needed this!
    [deep swooning sigh]

    Yer welcome! 😍

  24. April 7, 2016 at 10:05 am

  25. 131 JER
    April 7, 2016 at 10:22 am

  26. April 7, 2016 at 10:35 am

    9th Circuit, baby!!

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