Early Bird Chat

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama reaches out to hug a child attending the annual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” event in the East Room of the White House, April 22, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)



11:25: The President participates in an Embassy meet and greet, London

1:0: The President and First Lady have lunch with Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, Windsor Castle

3:30: The President meets with Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street, London

4:50: Holds a press conference with PM Cameron, Downing Street

Evening: The President and First Lady have dinner with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Kensington Palace, London


134 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Allison
    April 22, 2016 at 7:43 am

    GM Chips and TOD Family!

  2. 4 99ts
    April 22, 2016 at 7:46 am

    gm TOD and Ms Chips – wishing much healing to Mother.

    gm Allison congrats on 1st

    • April 22, 2016 at 7:54 am

      Good evening 99ts! Thanks a million for your good wishes, you’re a kind sweetheart!

      • 6 99ts
        April 22, 2016 at 8:50 am

        All the good guys come to TOD – at times even amk fits the description 🙂 Many here can talk about the concerns of loving & looking after older friends and family. It often stresses everyone involved, but at the end of each day – we are glad to have done it I have also been so thankful for the carers and the nurses for helping with the things I found so difficult to do. It is a special kind of person who works in these ways.

  3. April 22, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Good Friday, Chipsticks… TOD Family.

    Everyone, enjoy your day. 😀

  4. April 22, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Friday morning. TGIF>> Congrats Allison, on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope that you have a convivial, festive, and merry good time today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  5. 11 Allison
    April 22, 2016 at 8:03 am

  6. 13 Don
    April 22, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Good Morning TOD!

  7. April 22, 2016 at 8:13 am

    • 15 CEB
      April 22, 2016 at 8:21 am

      Love all of the purple that MO is wearing; sure this is in honor of Prince.

      Sky News was funny as it pointed out the irony that PBO and MO were allowed to be in a car driven by a 95 year old (Prince Phillip) when there is usually so much concern for PBO’s safety. It is very telling however, that the Royal couple came themselves to meet the Obamas’ helicopter and to personally drive them the short distance to the castle.

      TMZ is floating the idea about what led to Prince’s emergency hospital stay which I will not repeat until we get the autopsy to know for sure.

    • 16 jackiegrumbacher
      April 22, 2016 at 8:22 am

      How lovely that the queen walked to the helicopter to meet our President and FLOTUS. Wonder how many presidential suits get ruined in the rain?

      • 17 arapaho415
        April 22, 2016 at 8:24 am

        GM JG.

        Love the warm gesture, so glad that FLOTUS joined PBO in England (despite having a commencement speech tomorrow).

        Glad to see Prince Philip behind the wheel, too!

    • 18 arapaho415
      April 22, 2016 at 8:23 am

      GM Chips, good to see you back at your daily grind here at TODville.

      Sorry to hear about your mother’s fall and recuperation, which is frustrating for her and her loving family. 😦

      Sending healing energy to her, hope her pain subsides to nothing soon and that she connects with another caring nurse.

      Thank you for today’s schedule. So glad to see PBO and FLOTUS in the embrace of the House of Windsor. 🙂

  8. 20 amk for obama
    April 22, 2016 at 8:15 am

    so, when is the next election?

    and yeah, gm and all that.

  9. 21 Nerdy Wonka
    April 22, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Good Morning, TOD.

    It’s still so hard to believe he is gone. It always felt like, I’d get old, you’d get old but never Prince. Prince is immortal. Prince is an aura all on his own. Then life cruelly yanks that away.

    I hope the heavens are enjoying some legendary music and dance party.

    • April 22, 2016 at 8:36 am

      There has been talk that because Prince composed one song per day, there are probably hundreds of unreleased songs in his vault such that we may be gifted with new songs/albums for years to come.

      The feeling of watching *genius* in action and the sadness that we won’t get that we won’t get to see the next innovative view he would have brought to the music industry…and what new talent he would have mentored.

    • April 22, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Awful day and the feeling lingers in the pit of our stomachs, in the our souls.

  10. 24 arapaho415
    April 22, 2016 at 8:18 am

    GM TODville.

    I am completely inept in translating timezones and thought the First Couple’s luncheon with #QueenAt90 and Prince Philip would happen at 2am PDT, but am in luck since it started at 5am instead. 🙂

  11. 30 arapaho415
    April 22, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Reposting from the overnight thread…

    Check out PBO’s approval numbers in the UK vs. PM Cameron’s:

  12. 32 jackiegrumbacher
    April 22, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Morning all. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. We’re off to see our granddaughter in Virginia. See you all Sunday night. I wonder if someone asked Queen Elizabeth what she wanted most for her birthday and she said–“to have lunch with President Obama.” Would that wishing would make it so for the rest of us.

    • April 22, 2016 at 8:44 am

      Who would ask the Queen that? Prince Phillip? So Prince said I’ll get President Obama if he bring the First Lady. Ha! Ha! Ha! Enjoy your trip to Virginia seeing your granddaughter..

    • 34 99ts
      April 22, 2016 at 8:54 am

      Would it indeed jackie – but a weekend with the granddaughter is equally such a wonderful time – enjoy

  13. 35 No Child Left Behind
    April 22, 2016 at 8:28 am

  14. 37 No Child Left Behind
    April 22, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Good Morning TODVille!

  15. April 22, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Okay who is Simon Tisdall? I saw an article of his on CNN title “How Obama lost Europe?”

    • 39 amk for obama
      April 22, 2016 at 8:40 am

      who cares?

    • 44 Don
      April 22, 2016 at 8:58 am

      Apparently some in Europe are up in arms because President Obama is supposedly interfering with an election on foreign soil. But their major complaint is that President Obama’s “pivot” to Asia is not being well received in Europe. President Obama isn’t leaving behind old friends, he’s just making new friends.

      • 46 CEB
        April 22, 2016 at 9:07 am

        It is all about this. They are like old friends who do not want you to have new ones because they feel that they are being left behind or not loved as much. PBO does not have that Western European is supreme world view and quite frankly, this is one of the reasons that he is loved and respected in so much more of the world. The UK, especially, needs to stop acting like a spurned lover. My, how the mighty have fallen.

      • 50 catrst
        April 22, 2016 at 10:06 am

        Very helpful. Thanks for the info and thanks, Bella for the question.

  16. April 22, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Luvvie has done a post:

    Prince is Gone and I Don’t Understand
    Awesomely Luvvie — April 21, 2016 17 44

    The world can definitely implode in 120 minutes. Today, I got on a flight to head to Atlanta and all was well. When I landed and turned on my phone, the world flipped inside out as I heard that Prince Rogers Nelson had gone on to glory.

    I literally said “Nah. That can’t be true.” I said it over and over again with more conviction because surely that is just lies and fallacies and NAWL. It took me a full 45 minutes after hearing about it to be able to type “Prince died.”

    That makes no sense and I can’t believe I just typed it.

    At times like this, writers are expected to put some words on paper to measure up and verbalize the feeling of loss for those who have no words themselves. I tried when Michael Jackson died in 2009. I gave my best go when Whitney Houston died in 2012.

    But I am currently fresh outta adequate words for this. So consider this my weak attempt, in the middle of shell shock.

  17. 53 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2016 at 8:52 am

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

    Thanks Chips for posting our President’s UK itinerary. 🙂 Sending you and your mom warmest wishes!

  18. April 22, 2016 at 8:53 am

    It must have really bugged POTUS not to be able to help the Queen out of the car!!

  19. April 22, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Good morning and HAPPY EARTH DAY, Chips, NW, BTs and TODville!!

    • 56 Don
      April 22, 2016 at 9:07 am

      This is a beautiful thing, along with the Iran nuclear agreement and the passing for TPP later this year. This year will go down as one of the most transformative years for both the world and America. The long game in all its glory.

      • April 22, 2016 at 9:32 am

        Always the long game. An approach PBO has emphasized over and over, questioned in this instant gratification world. With all the candidates voicing disapproval, I dearly hope TPP somehow manages to get somewhere before PBO leaves office. Six years of work on an excellent partnership that will truly benefit Americans.

  20. 58 CEB
    April 22, 2016 at 9:03 am

    PBO has really ruffled some feathers with his article in the Daily Telegraph regarding Brexit (he gives reasons as to why the UK should remain part of the EU). Boris Johnson, the buffoon who is the mayor of London, made a boorish statement in reply that echoed Tea Party and Repub. lies. He has gotten push-back from his comments by many, including Churchill’s grandson.

    In response to an earlier comment about PM Cameron’s popularity, it was in the toilet before the revelations of the Panama Papers.

    • April 22, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Yes I read something that Mayor of London said. Some feel Obama is sticking his nose into something he should stay out of,they are not crazy over that op-ed he wrote.

    • 60 99ts
      April 22, 2016 at 9:39 am

      Many in the US do not like politicians – or anyone – from other countries to give advice as to what the US should do in various situations. Other countries think the same way. I am not a Boris fan – but I do think it is up to the UK to decide whether or not they want to stay in the EEC. I can remember when they joined and it was very close as to whether they would or not. They decided not to go with the Euro & I think that was a smart move. It has been very difficult for European governments to control their own monetary policy when the government and the currency are not 100% tied to each other. Pre the Euro Greece would have devalued their currency and then faced the reality of their economic situation. Because they could not devalue they have faced massive debt & impossible repayment schedules.

      Thus said, world leaders are well known for giving their opinions on a variety of issues – this is not likely to change.

      April 22, 2016 at 10:12 am


  21. 64 No Child Left Behind
    April 22, 2016 at 9:03 am

  22. 65 99ts
    April 22, 2016 at 9:04 am

    I’ve long been a fan of QEII – first saw her when I was 7 – a group of like standing alongside a railway track waving home made flags as the “Royal Train” travelled all over Sydney with the Queen and Prince Phillip standing outside of the back carriage. The times must have been advertised because my mother told us to “run down to the rail and see the Queen”. No concerns about any children being out and about alone – seems we were all safe & looked after each other.

    And then I went to the 50year jubilee in London & yahooed with a few million down the mall in London. Good times. Still – it is a life of birth privilege and I wonder if the monarchy will survive too long into the future.

  23. April 22, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Good morning TOD 🙂

  24. April 22, 2016 at 9:15 am


  25. April 22, 2016 at 9:16 am

  26. 69 vcprezofan2
    April 22, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Earth Day greetings, Family TOD! May we each do our little bit to help restore our planet to better health!

  27. 70 arapaho415
    April 22, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Some breathtaking photos from WHPC this morning (finally earning their keep I think):

    • 71 arapaho415
      April 22, 2016 at 9:19 am

      My response to @justinsink:

      April 22, 2016 at 10:08 am


  28. April 22, 2016 at 9:20 am

  29. 74 amk for obama
    April 22, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Amid hope and hype, delegates have started the process of signing the Paris climate agreement at UN headquarters in New York.

    Around 170 countries are expected to ink the deal today, a record number for a new international treaty.

    Ten nations, mainly small island states, have already ratified the agreement.

    But dozens of other countries will need to take this second step before the pact comes into force.

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “Paris will shape the lives of all future generations a profound way – it is their future that is at stake.”

    Speaking at the opening ceremony, he said the planet was experiencing record temperatures: “We are in a race against time I urge all countries to join the agreement at the national level.”

    “Today we are signing a new covenant for the future.”


    so the only odd ones left out are the goppers.

  30. 75 GGAIL
    April 22, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    Happy to see POTUS and FLOTUS with QE II

  31. 76 arapaho415
    April 22, 2016 at 9:36 am

    More on POTUS in UK:

    Lunch with #QueenAt90 and Prince Philip is over (did they wolf down their lunch or just sip tea and crackers?):


  32. April 22, 2016 at 9:36 am

    POTUS now en route to Cameron.

  33. April 22, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Take care everyone …. bbl ….

  34. April 22, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Hoping there’ll be something live here:


  35. April 22, 2016 at 9:43 am

  36. April 22, 2016 at 9:48 am

  37. 86 Allison
    April 22, 2016 at 9:48 am

  38. April 22, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I bet they hate it when this happens…

  39. April 22, 2016 at 10:04 am


    Michael Jordan and Derek Jeter taught Tiger Woods how to talk to girls

    ESPN on Thursday published a massive profile of Tiger Woods that, in the off-chance you haven’t read it already, you absolutely should.

    Author Wright Thompson offers an alternate theory about Tiger’s so-called downfall: That Tiger’s car crash on on Thanksgiving in 2009 and ensuing revelations of his sex scandal wasn’t the start of his downfall, as most people commonly believe. Rather, it was the result of a downward spiral that Tiger had been experiencing following his father’s death in 2006. It’s a fascinating and revealing glimpse of what makes Tiger Woods, well, Tiger Woods.

    There are so many interesting moments in the piece, but one of the more notable ones involved Michael Jordan and Derek Jeter teaching Tiger Woods how to flirt with women following the death of his father:

  40. April 22, 2016 at 10:05 am

    THIS x 10000000000000

  41. 95 amk for obama
    April 22, 2016 at 10:07 am


    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

  42. April 22, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Trump on Clinton: ‘Now I’m going to say she’s not qualified’

    Donald Trump on Thursday picked up a recent spat between the Democratic candidates and said he thinks Hillary Clinton is not qualified for the presidency.

    At a rally in Harrisburg, Pa., Trump said he would like Bernie Sanders to continue his battle with Clinton over the Democratic presidential nomination.

    “He’s been tough on her,” he said. “In fact, I’d like him to keep going. The longer he goes the more I’m going to like it.”

    Trump then rehashed a recent clash between the two Democrats over qualifications, first saying that he thinks Clinton is qualified for the job and then switching positions.

    “[Sanders] said she suffers from bad judgement and she said – now I don’t know, I think she’s qualified, I guess. But that doesn’t mean she’s good,” Trump said. “He said she’s not qualified to be president. Now what he meant is because her judgement is so bad- so Bernie Sanders, not me, said she’s not qualified. So now I’m going to say: She’s not qualified, OK?”

    “We have all of the mistakes Hillary made as secretary of State,” Trump continued. “We have a mess. The war in Iraq has been devastating. We have probably spent $4 trillion in the Middle East.”

    • April 22, 2016 at 10:26 am

      So I heard on the early news this morning, that Trump is going to stop being a racists sexists jackass. He is going to become more presidential, he will reach out to other groups of people beside his racists supporters. I had to laugh. Almost roll out of bed.

  43. 98 HZ
    April 22, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Good Morning Chips and my TOD family. Chips, I am sending loving very special hugs to you and your mom. (((((((((To Mom))))))) Love you dearly, my Chips.HZ

  44. April 22, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Peerless in his era, Prince legacy musical, cultural, political
    Gail Mitchell, senior editor at Billboard Magazine, talks with Rachel Maddow about the musical, cultural, and political significance of Prince on the night of his passing at the age of 57.
    Duration: 22:23

    April 22, 2016 at 10:19 am


  46. April 22, 2016 at 10:20 am


    Friday, April 22, 2016


    See the bait. See the mainstream media rising to the bait.

    Associated Press:

    Donald Trump’s chief lieutenants told skeptical Republican leaders Thursday that the GOP front-runner has been “projecting an image” so far in the 2016 primary season and “the part that he’s been playing is now evolving” in a way that will improve his standing among general election voters.

    The message, delivered behind closed doors in a private briefing, is part of the campaign’s intensifying effort to convince party leaders Trump will moderate his tone in the coming months to help deliver big electoral gains this fall….

    New York Times:

    Donald J. Trump’s newly installed campaign chief sought to assure members of the Republican National Committee on Thursday night that Mr. Trump recognized the need to reshape his persona and that his campaign would begin working with the political establishment that he has scorned to great effect.


    There’s some skepticism in these reports, but the message is that everything will be fine and dandy and just be politics as usual if Trump is the nominee, so the press doesn’t haven’t to do hand-wringing coverage about the hijacking of the Republican Party by a dangerous barbarian. (Even after all these months of Trump, much of the press still hasn’t been able to bring itself to say that the rot is within the GOP and conservative movement, but never mind.)

    The #NeverTrump movement, oddly, is playing right along with this, telling fellow conservatives who’ve fallen for Trump that Trump has never really been the guy they’ve cheered on for months. Erick Erickson:

    … this is an admission against interest that Trump has been lying to the American people and his supporters.

    • 104 Don
      April 22, 2016 at 11:12 am

      Oh so he has to learn how to show certain segments of society the basic respect that one would show a dog? This is just like sensitivity training for adults which I believe is a bunch of bullshit.

  47. April 22, 2016 at 10:27 am

  48. 106 CEB
    April 22, 2016 at 10:28 am

    There is so much going on:Earth day and so many countries signing on the Climate deal/treaty (yeah!),;the Obamas in London; Harriet Tubman on the 20 (we are continuing to overcome as a nation); and grief over the passing of Prince; that I hardly know how to feel or what to think.

    I have Sky News on in the background (Isn’t this owned by Rupert Murdoch?) and it is interesting how much news is U S related even beyond the incredible amount of coverage that they are giving to Prince. Too bad that so much of the coverage in US is not only centralized to what is going on in New York, D.C. and California, but also limited to biased snippets.

  49. April 22, 2016 at 10:41 am

    55,000 expected to hear First Lady speak at JSU Commencement. 55,001, the one is me if I can get it on line. 🙂

  50. 108 MightyPamela
    April 22, 2016 at 10:47 am

  51. 109 amk for obama
    April 22, 2016 at 10:50 am

    • 110 misspat
      April 22, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      They are being gentle with her. The one on the left looks like he is in love. No pushing and shoving of the princess, take it easy with her.

  52. April 22, 2016 at 10:56 am

  53. 112 vcprezofan2
    April 22, 2016 at 10:59 am

  54. April 22, 2016 at 11:06 am


    • 114 vcprezofan2
      April 22, 2016 at 11:12 am

      This is so *wrong*, Meta. That high profile public servants can collect rich salaries then not perform, and for there to be little recourse to hold the guilty accountable is wrong, IMO.

      • 115 Allison
        April 22, 2016 at 11:26 am

        He is a disgrace. However, he’s just emulating what his fellow Republicans are doing. #DoYourJob

        • 116 vcprezofan2
          April 22, 2016 at 11:31 am

          Emulation or not, Allison, I think this do-nothing behaviour reflects on his (lack of) character, and as well as being an abuse of power it displays a certain disrespect for the offices they hold.

  55. 117 vcprezofan2
    April 22, 2016 at 11:14 am

  56. 122 Allison
    April 22, 2016 at 11:30 am

  57. 125 JER
    April 22, 2016 at 11:39 am

    President Obama, British Prime Minister Cameron Hold News Conference at 10 Downing Street – http://abcnews.go.com/Live

  58. April 22, 2016 at 11:39 am

    • 128 No Child Left Behind
      April 22, 2016 at 11:52 am

      Some people derided this man as a weak governor when he announced his run for the governorship. Since taken office, his presence has been consequential.

    • 129 jacquelineoboomer
      April 22, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Looks like he’s shooting to be VP!

  59. 131 No Child Left Behind
    April 22, 2016 at 11:54 am

  60. 133 mtmarilyn
    April 22, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Good morning TODville. It is a cloudy dreary day in Montana. So much like the world. Tears are still falling.

    One of my heroes on twitter is Al Giordano he just twitted a great series about why Sanders has lost. It says what we all have been saying so well. There are 22 tweets in the series

    • 134 57andfemale
      April 22, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      Giordano is my go-to this election. It is worth the $70 subscription for his newsletter, which is actually a donation to a journalism school/program. He’s the best.

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