Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Obama plays with family dog “Bo” April 20, 2009, on the South Lawn at the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)



The President is in Saudi Arabia

11:0: The First Lady will meet with, and take questions from, children of Executive Office employees, and young people from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, SchoolTalk, and the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency as part of ‘Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day’

158 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. April 20, 2016 at 7:25 am

    Good Wednesday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!

    Everyone, enjoy your day. 😀

  2. 8 amk for obama
    April 20, 2016 at 7:34 am

    whaddayamean who do ya mean?

    • 9 Obama Grandmama
      April 20, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      The best indicator of how someone will behave in the future is how they have behaved in the past. When someone is under stress they automatically revert to old ways and the job of the Presidency is certainly stressful!

  3. 10 amk for obama
    April 20, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Google has been issued formal antitrust charges over claims that it abuses the dominant position of its Android operating system.

    The European Commission sent a statement of objections to the tech firm, alleging that it has breached EU competition law.

    Google is accused of placing onerous requirements on firms using Android and stifling competition.

    It said Android was “good for competition and good for consumers”.

    Kent Walker, Google’s senior vice president and general counsel, said: “Android has helped foster a remarkable and, importantly, sustainable ecosystem, based on open-source software and open innovation. We look forward to working with the European Commission.”


  4. 11 amk for obama
    April 20, 2016 at 7:39 am

    A Dutch court has overturned an order that Russia pay $50bn (£29.5bn) to former shareholders of an oil company that was forcibly broken up in 2007.

    The Hague’s Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruled in 2014 that Russian officials had manipulated the legal system to bankrupt Yukos, and jail its boss Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

    But The Hague District Court said the PCA had no jurisdiction in the case.

    The former shareholders behind the suit vowed to appeal against the decision.

    The compensation award was to be the largest in history.

    In its argument on Tuesday, The Hague District Court said Russia had never ratified the treaty under which the PCA had based its case.


  5. April 20, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Hillary Clinton wins New York by 16 points, gets 1,037,344 votes – more than the total GOP votes, and is well on her way to the Democratic nomination…and what kind of headlines do we see?!?!?!?!

    • 13 jackiegrumbacher
      April 20, 2016 at 7:49 am

      SW, the Hillary hate and media shutout is disgusting. She won New York in votes and delegates and they’re focusing on counties. Isn’t the better question why Bernie can’t translate rallies into votes and delegates. Despite the best efforts of the media, HRC will be the Dem nominee and she will carry New York state by wide margins.

      • April 20, 2016 at 8:04 am

        Good Morning, JackieG. The pass that Bernie has been given throughout his campaign — and especially over the past couple of weeks — has been astounding. They have no qualms about attacking Hillary Clinton…even on things that they — as media — know (or should know) are false. Yet, they seem hesitant to call out Bernie about his antics and the antics of his surrogates/supporters. All in the name of stringing out the drama and pursuing ratings.

        • 15 Obama Grandmama
          April 20, 2016 at 12:30 pm

          I wonder if it also has to do with helping Bernie win as are the Republicans so they can run against a person not vetted previously.

    • 16 amk for obama
      April 20, 2016 at 8:04 am

      amazing how corrupt the entire news org set up is, isn’t it?

      • April 20, 2016 at 8:08 am

        Absolutely amazing…[sigh]

      • 18 99ts
        April 20, 2016 at 8:12 am

        Not amazing amk – they have been doing it for many years in their support of RW governments. Social media has made it obvious. They can’t fail soon enough. The loss of congress & many states by the dems has MUCH more to do with the media than the GOP.

    • 19 Ladyhawke
      April 20, 2016 at 8:05 am

      • April 20, 2016 at 8:14 am

        When I saw that, Ladyhawke, I thought, REALLY?!?!?!?

        Apparently the majority of Democrats (and even some who aren’t Democrats) have no problem with her image…no matter how far the MSM has gone to try to destroy it.

      • April 20, 2016 at 8:17 am

        And as for uniting the party, how culpable is the media in trying to keep this from happening?

      • April 20, 2016 at 8:49 am

        So Trump win fix his image problem. The racists, sexists, loud mouth bully.

      • 23 jackiegrumbacher
        April 20, 2016 at 8:56 am

        What complete and utter BS. The media has worked round the clock to destroy Hillary Clinton and she’s still coming out ahead and winning more votes than anyone else. But she has the image problem? I hope that voters in the remaining primary states rise up and say “Enough!”

    • 24 57andfemale
      April 20, 2016 at 9:11 am

      She can’t “harness” it because the miserable msm NEVER reports how she really is. Watch her NOW, instead of phoning in 10 year old GOP memes. Of course, it doesn’t help when her alleged Democratic opponent makes her seem like Satan.

    • April 20, 2016 at 9:19 am

  6. 28 jackiegrumbacher
    April 20, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Morning. I’m still basking in HRC’s New York victory. With the cluster of primaries coming next Tuesday, my nerves and fingernails are getting a work out. Hope PBO landed safely and has successful meetomgs in Saudi Arabia.

    • 31 arapaho415
      April 20, 2016 at 8:25 am

      GE amk.

      Whoever created this toon is a comic genius.

      Love it, thank you!

      Although it probably would be truer that the dog sees/smells all sorts of things that would equate to toys!, playthings! that no human can, LOL (because their senses are so much sharper than adults who don’t see the little things; children are more likely to see/hear the little things and share their joy with their pet dogs.

  7. April 20, 2016 at 7:50 am

  8. April 20, 2016 at 7:52 am

    I agree….

    • 36 No Child Left Behind
      April 20, 2016 at 8:38 am

      That face is priceless and will cheer anyone who needs cheering and uplifting.

      • April 20, 2016 at 8:42 am

        Dogs are often good about sensing when you need cheering up and uplifting.

        • 38 carolyn
          April 20, 2016 at 8:56 am

          I agree! My sweet Chanel knows me so well and senses how I’m feeling. She has kept me centered the last nine months…..I have to feed her and take care of her needs, and that got me outside of myself the first months. Last night I got to comfort her, as we had thunder, and she was scared. She just jumped up on the couch with me and I cuddled and held her. Fortunately, the thunder quit before we went to bed, and slept all night quietly. She is now on the couch beside me again, calm and refreshed. I am such a dog person 🙂

  9. 41 jackiegrumbacher
    April 20, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Our president has safely landed in Saudi Arabia and the talks begin.


  10. 42 Ladyhawke
    April 20, 2016 at 8:06 am

  11. April 20, 2016 at 8:08 am

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

  12. 45 99ts
    April 20, 2016 at 8:14 am

    GM TOD & Ms Chips. Enjoy the day

  13. April 20, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Good morning TOD 🙂

    • 74 jackiegrumbacher
      April 20, 2016 at 9:04 am

      I believe this is the message millions of Americans are hungry for. We’re tired of rancor, anger and bitter partisanship. We don’t have to like or agree with each other, but we can at least respect the fact that we’re all in this together and we all care about our children, our future and our country. As an example of that, every single time that Bernie has won a caucus or a primary, Hillary has congratulated him on his win. Last night, Bernie couldn’t even be bothered to acknowledge Hillary’s existence, let alone her decisive victory. This is not the model I want our children and grandchildren to emulate.

      • April 20, 2016 at 9:11 am

        The rose-colored glasses are coming off and more are seeing clearly. Being presidential goes beyond the rhetoric. It also goes to character, temperament, and disposition.

      April 20, 2016 at 9:27 am


  14. April 20, 2016 at 8:26 am

  15. April 20, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Good morning Chips!! Keeping your mom in my thoughts and hope she is steadily improving. All the best!!

    bb sometime much later today … take care everyone …


  16. 81 No Child Left Behind
    April 20, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Good Morning TODVille!

    • 82 No Child Left Behind
      April 20, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Above is another disappointed general of Bernie’s failed revolution! 😀 😀 😀

    • 85 desertflower
      April 20, 2016 at 8:41 am

      Didn’t he used to be a Republican? LOL

    • 91 Ladyhawke
      April 20, 2016 at 8:44 am

    • 92 jackiegrumbacher
      April 20, 2016 at 9:11 am

      What a sick, warped little man Cenk is. What did we win? We won a resounding victory over delusional thinking and scored a big one for the most qualified candidate in the race and the one who is likely to make history as the first woman president. We have one of greatest president in history in the White House and instead of undermining him, like Cenk and his cohorts have done, we have supported him and honored his achievements. Hillary Clinton will solidify and extend his legacy and that is what we fight for and what we vote for. And we will keep on doing that until the day we can address her as “Madam President.”

      • 93 0388jojothecat
        April 20, 2016 at 9:36 am

        We won being closer to a DEM President seating a SCOTUS to overturn Citizens United, Taking back the House and Senate……THATS A LOT MORE than what BS could do.

        Morning TOD Family, Chipsticks, Dannysticks, Mamasticks, Friends and Lurkers. I have been away from my computer which is easier to post comments on. Chips I have been sending my prayers, virtual hugs, and energy to you and your mom that she does well in physical therapy to be able to go home soon.

    • April 20, 2016 at 9:49 am

  17. 95 No Child Left Behind
    April 20, 2016 at 8:29 am

  18. 96 99ts
    April 20, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Ted Cruz is weird. I do wonder if his marriage will survive after he loses the primary to Trump.

    • 97 vcprezofan2
      April 20, 2016 at 10:35 am

      TS, I honestly think some of these (Republican) political marriages survive as long as the spouse stays mostly in W, DC.

  19. April 20, 2016 at 8:32 am

      April 20, 2016 at 9:25 am


  20. April 20, 2016 at 8:34 am


  21. April 20, 2016 at 8:37 am

  22. April 20, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  23. 107 Allison
    April 20, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Since January 2009…

  24. April 20, 2016 at 8:44 am

    The Transatlantic Slave Trade Database

    Some 12.5 million Africans were taken from their homes and forced aboard slave ships that were destined for the New World. About 10.7 million people survived the horrors of the Middle Passage between 1526 and 1866, only to end up in bondage on sugar, rice, cotton, and tobacco plantations throughout the Americas and the Caribbean.

    The transatlantic slave trade is the largest forced migration in history. Until recently, however, it was all but impossible to measure the trade’s true dimensions: There were simply too many records among too many geographically dispersed archives. But, today, the slave trade’s broad outlines and its subtler trends can be gauged because of a remarkably collegial and tech-savvy project called the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database.

    The database was born in 1990 in the British Public Records Office, when two scholars struck up a conversation about their respective projects. David Eltis, who is now the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of History at Emory University, was gathering data on the early history of the British slave trade. Stephen Behrendt, who teaches at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, was doing the same for its later years. They decided to combine their efforts to create a collaborative platform for further scholarship.

    With $1,025,644 from NEH and help from the W. E. B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, Eltis and Behrendt were soon consolidating the data that they and many other historians had spent years culling from tax registers, port books, captains’ logs, private letters, and a myriad of other documents. They released the first edition of the database on CD-ROM in 1999 and, after integrating a wave of new information, launched an open-access website called Voyages in 2008. To date, the database includes data from 57 contributors, reflecting 34,948 voyages—an estimated 66 to 80 percent of all slaving expeditions to cross the Atlantic during the trade’s three-and-a-half centuries.

    • 109 jackiegrumbacher
      April 20, 2016 at 9:15 am

      What a tremendous effort. Thank you for linking it, Rikyrah. I’m so glad this is finally being done.

  25. April 20, 2016 at 8:46 am


  26. April 20, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Michael Strahan Is Leaving ‘LIVE’ to Join ‘Good Morning America’ Full-Time
    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act
    April 19, 2016 at 11:46AM

    Michael Strahan is exiting his co-hosting duties on “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” to join ABC News’ “Good Morning America” full-time, according to ABC News President James Goldston.

    The NFL Hall of Famer had been guest-hosting on “GMA” for some time, but this move makes him a permanent member of the “GMA” family.

    Strahan will begin his new gig in September.

  27. April 20, 2016 at 8:50 am

    I know it’s probably been posted before, but if this isn’t one of the most accurate descriptions of what POTUS was facing January 20, 2009…then I don’t know what is

  28. 114 No Child Left Behind
    April 20, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Another general of Bernie’s army… in disarray (the general and the army).

    In February, the New Republic described Fetterman as part of “Bernie’s army,” a generation of Democratic candidates creating “a progressive revolution from within.” Like Sanders, Fetterman has raised most of the money for his primary online, from small-dollar donors. He’s in a three-way primary race against Joe Sestak, the defeated Democratic Senate candidate in 2010, and Katie McGinty, who has the backing of much of the national Democratic establishment. Fetterman’s criticism of McGinty echoes Sanders’ case against Hillary Clinton. “When she ran less than two years ago, she was for $9 an hour instead of $15,” he says, referring to the minimum wage. “She brought fracking to Pennsylvania, and she also supported NAFTA.” She has a massive financial advantage in what is currently the most expensive Senate race in the country, with more than $17 million already spent.

    Given the money and political power stacked against him, Fetterman says he needs Sanders’ help to have any chance next Tuesday, the same day as the Pennsylvania presidential primary. So far, however, it has not been forthcoming. There’s been no endorsement, no fundraising support, no joint appearances. Fetterman’s campaign finds this confounding

    • 115 jackiegrumbacher
      April 20, 2016 at 9:22 am

      NCLB, this is typical of the “me first” attitude of the Bernie campaign. Fetterman’s a good guy, but he hitched his wagon to the wrong star in supporting Sanders. I think Fetterman has a future PA and this campaign will make his name known, but I wish he would run for Congress first and get some national experience. The PA senate race has been very discouraging because the ‘establishment’ decided to work against Sestak, the only viable candidate against Toomey, and put their considerable financial resources and endorsements behind the much weaker and untried Katie McGinty. I hope she loses soundly to Sestak next Tuesday!

      • 116 arapaho415
        April 20, 2016 at 10:42 am

        GM JG.

        I like John Fetterman’s good-hearted motivation for running for office, but agree with you that the House might be a better fit at this time. But I understand the reluctance of any sane person of getting themselves into the unruly zoo of today’s House of Representatives.

        As Josh Earnest likes to remind the WH press corps, the 2008 Dem nomination was nasty and brutal, but made both PBO and HRC stronger and wiser.

        Fetterman no doubt realized he was a long shot to begin with, and is seeing for himself what PA state-wide politics and what Sanders really stands for (himself, his ego) is like (per our discussion earlier this week), both the good and the bad.

        The PA Dem Senate race this year looks like its stirring strong emotions within the Dem party. Hopefully Fetterman will learn from this election’s experience and heed OFA’s (and whatever its successor is when PBO leaves office) example.

        As a complete outsider (but with parents both born in Appalachia), I think he has the potential to do some real good for areas there which are not Philly or Pittsburgh.

      • April 20, 2016 at 11:06 am

        Jackie, we’re close to the same wavelength. I really like Fetterman, however, I wish he’d take his passion and ideas to the state legislature. Really pissed that the establishment is pushing McGinty; IMHO, her only qualification is she’s “connected;” that really worked out for us when we elected a connected AG… I’m hoping that all of Joe’s hard work, literally walking across the state, pays off. I want to kick Toomey’s ass in November.

    • April 20, 2016 at 9:01 am

      The true meaning of BFF. 4 centuries worth of knowledge and wisdom…so much could be learned from them by anyone willing to listen and respect what they have to say.

      Thanks for sharing this morning’s inspiration, rikyrah.

  29. April 20, 2016 at 8:53 am

    • 121 amk for obama
      April 20, 2016 at 9:04 am

      There is a very smart and savvy political satirist in my state, who was/is a gadfly in all politicians goat. He was very popular with the ‘literati’ and his public speeches always attracted massive crowds of ‘middle class’. Then he made his first (and last) stupid mistake and joined a rw party and stood for elections. And he lost his deposit (here every contender has to pay a token fee as a sign of good faith and if you don’t get a sixth of the votes, you lose that tidy sum). He said I was a fool to believe the crowds that came to hear me will vote for me.

      • 122 No Child Left Behind
        April 20, 2016 at 9:19 am

        Wise conclusion.

      • April 20, 2016 at 9:20 am

        Yep, Bernie got so caught up in the crowds that he didn’t pay attention to (or care about) the make-up. His target audience is more interested in the idea of a “revolution” than they are about bringing about change by working within the processes currently in place. For them, there is more glamour in being at the rallies than getting out to vote.

    • 124 Obama Grandmama
      April 20, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      I wondered if there was a kinda Grateful Dead deadhead phenomenon going on with Bernie with some supporters following him around.

  30. April 20, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Bill That Angers Saudi Arabia Splits Senate Democrats, Obama
    April 18, 2016 — 6:55 PM EDT

    Two U.S. Senate Democratic leaders said they’ll continue to push a Sept. 11-related bill that has angered Saudi Arabia and is opposed by President Barack Obama.

    The measure, which would allow Saudi Arabia to be held responsible in U.S. courts for any role in the 2001 terrorist attacks, threatens to create a major rift with a key U.S. ally just as the president is gearing up for a diplomatic visit and pits Obama against many top Democrats.

    “If Saudi Arabia participated in terrorism, of course they should be able to be sued,” Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the No. 3 Democratic leader, said in a statement. Allowing a lawsuit by victims of the attacks to proceed, and the Saudi government to be held accountable if it participated, ensures the Arab kingdom will “pay a price,” he said.

    But Obama said Monday that he is “opposed” to the bill. “This is not just a bilateral U.S.-Saudi issue,” he said in an interview with Charlie Rose that aired Monday night on the “CBS Evening News.”

    “If we open up the possibility that individuals in the United States can routinely start suing other governments, then we are also opening up the United States to being sued” by individuals in other countries, he said.

    • 126 jackiegrumbacher
      April 20, 2016 at 9:25 am

      It scares me to think of Chuck Shumer as majority leader in the Senate. I don’t trust his judgment or temperament.

    • 128 0388jojothecat
      April 20, 2016 at 9:45 am

      People in Congress forgets sometimes all the crap that “AMERICA” has done meddling in other countries, bombing accidents, etc. I would think the first country to sue USA would be Iraq on those WMDs that were the reason to go to war. Many DEMs voted or said nothing to stop BUSH/CHENEY.

  31. April 20, 2016 at 8:55 am

    • 130 arapaho415
      April 20, 2016 at 9:10 am

      GM SBG.

      What bothers me most about Trump/Sanders is they contribute to the coarseness of American society.

      Rudeness is OK for them and their supporters. Common courtesy to your fellow Americans is never a consideration.

      Think of “road rage” — in addition to drivers distracted by cell phones, it seems to me there are more people who exhibit road rage (understand being in a hurry, but pisses me off when drivers deliberately cut you off, only to be alongside them at the next [red light] signal — their being rude did nothing to achieve their goal, but did almost cause an accident, which helps absolutely no one).

      • April 20, 2016 at 9:26 am

        “…but pisses me off when drivers deliberately cut you off, only to be alongside them at the next [red light] signal …”

        That annoys me too, arapaho415.

        The anger and crotchety behavior that Bernie exhibits may be appreciated or accepted in some forums, but it is not a positive for most of us when we decide who to vote for to be POTUS/CIC.

        • April 20, 2016 at 11:18 am

          It was during the ’08 campaign that I became a much calmer, more courteous driver. As I had Obama stickers plastered all over my car, I was mindful that if I acted like a jerk on the road, for some folks, it could reflect poorly on my candidate.

  32. 133 No Child Left Behind
    April 20, 2016 at 8:59 am

  33. 135 No Child Left Behind
    April 20, 2016 at 9:00 am

  34. 136 No Child Left Behind
    April 20, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Drip, drip, drip… the white knight is coming.

  35. April 20, 2016 at 9:03 am

    John Ridley has hooked up with Idris for a project?


    Nice! Idris Elba and John Ridley Team Up for London-Set Series on 1970s Black Political Radicals
    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    April 20, 2016 at 8:45AM

    This should be solid!

    John Ridley will write, direct and executive produce “Guerrilla,” a new 6-part miniseries set to air on the Sky Atlantic network (in the UK) that centers on a couple whose passion propels them into making the leap from political activism to radical militancy. For those in the USA, the Showtime cable TV network will air the series, which is obviously great!

    Idris Elba will co-star and serve as an executive producer through his Green Door Pictures. Ridley will write the majority of the episodes and will direct the first two.

  36. 143 No Child Left Behind
    April 20, 2016 at 9:05 am

  37. 144 No Child Left Behind
    April 20, 2016 at 9:06 am

  38. 145 No Child Left Behind
    April 20, 2016 at 9:09 am

    I noticed that, too, last night, and hope their association will be on many 30 seconds ads for the general elections.

  39. 146 vcprezofan2
    April 20, 2016 at 9:12 am

    • 148 No Child Left Behind
      April 20, 2016 at 9:17 am

      PBS Presents

      Charlie Rose Interviews President Obama

      55:27 Aired: 04/19/16 Rating: NR

      Charlie Rose sits down with President Barack Obama to discuss international affairs as well as what he hopes to accomplish in his last months in office.

        April 20, 2016 at 9:32 am


  40. 150 57andfemale
    April 20, 2016 at 9:19 am

    So, BS couldn’t take it, left his press team to deal with the loss, got on a plane to VT to “recharge”.

    That’s fine, in a sane campaign. Can you imagine if Hillary did that? That would be ALL you would hear today.

    I’m sick of coddling this addled man who can have all the progressive criticisms he wants, but he is completely incapable of running the country.

    Besides – “honest and trustworthy” my ass. He’s all about vengeance, his ads were full of lies (even Chris Matthews noticed).

  41. 151 arapaho415
    April 20, 2016 at 9:21 am

    GM TODville.

    Some folks you may want to follow for updates on PBO overseas:

    Here’s a pic from this morning:

    • 152 jackiegrumbacher
      April 20, 2016 at 9:31 am

      The decor in the Saudi palace would give me vertigo. So many swirls, strips and patterns–yikes!

        April 20, 2016 at 9:34 am


      • 155 amk for obama
        April 20, 2016 at 9:36 am

        muslim architecture, and we have many in our part of the desert, is a beaut. I like ’em.

  42. 157 57andfemale
    April 20, 2016 at 9:29 am

  43. April 20, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Had never heard of this

    RLJ Entertainment Picks Up Doc on 1st African American Expedition to Tackle North America’s Highest Peak (Trailer)

    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    April 14, 2016 at 6:44PM

    Filmed 3 summers ago, and previously titled “Expedition Denali,” the now-titled “An American Ascent” follows 9 mountaineers who attempted to become the first all-African-American team to climb Denali (a.k.a. Mount McKinley) in Alaska, which rises to 20,320 feet above sea level.

    Directed by Andrew Adkins and George Potter, the short version of the story goes… In the summer of 2013, the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) brought together a group of men and women who made history as the first team of African Americans to blaze a trail up America’s highest peak – Denali – in part to mark the 100th anniversary of the peak’s first ascent, but also to build a legacy by paving a way for young people of color to get outside, get active, get healthy, become passionate about America’s wild places, and chase their own Denali-sized dreams

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