Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama whispers into First Lady Michelle Obama’s ear during the White House Cinco de Mayo celebration May 4, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (all times Eastern)

10:05: The President departs the White House

11:50: Arrives Flint, Michigan

12:40: Receives a briefing on the response and recovery effort by the Unified Command Group; Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, Flint

2:30: Participates in a roundtable meeting with Flint community members, Northwestern High School, Flint

4:0: Delivers remarks, Northwestern High School

5:0: Departs Flint

6:40: Arrives White House

8:25: Delivers remarks at the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies 22nd Annual Awards Gala Dinner, Washington


On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama is hugged by students during a visit to the LAMB bilingual school May 4, 2009, as a lead-up to the Mexican Cinco de Mayo holiday (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

106 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    May 4, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Happy Wednesday to everyone! May your day be manageable and infused with joy!

  2. 9 Roberta in MN
    May 4, 2016 at 7:58 am

    So who is 1st: Congrats whomever. GM Chips, Danny and Mom Chips.

  3. 10 amk for obama
    May 4, 2016 at 7:58 am

    I sure hope so. If not for murka, at least for the rest of world’s sake.

    • 13 jackiegrumbacher
      May 4, 2016 at 8:06 am

      At this point Kasich will be regarded as a joke and Trump will flick him off the table like a speck of dust.

  4. 14 jackiegrumbacher
    May 4, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Morning Chips, VC and early birds. Its a good day when we don’t have to see Ted Cruz’s face anymore. Not so good that Trump will be endlessly promoted by the media. Looks like we’ll also have to endure Sanders until June 7. Those still fantasizing about a Bernie path to the nomination are deep in delusion land. After California, we will start to see PBO in campaign mode. Can’t wait.

    • 15 vcprezofan2
      May 4, 2016 at 8:33 am

      Greetings, JackieG! (Sometimes it could be better, but) Life’s Good! 🙂

    • 16 57andfemale
      May 4, 2016 at 9:16 am

      I think I have to avoid twitter today (if I am capable). I won’t be able to function if I have to put up with the Delusion-bots.

  5. 17 Ladyhawke
    May 4, 2016 at 8:17 am

    • May 4, 2016 at 8:36 am

      Thank you Lh!

      Good morning TOD ….

      • May 4, 2016 at 8:37 am

        The “Third Reconstruction” awaits …

        back to work ….

      • 20 Ladyhawke
        May 4, 2016 at 8:39 am

        Every time I watch this video it gives me CHILLS.

        • May 4, 2016 at 8:50 am

          yes..it does for me as well….

          places the President’s campaign and Presidency in historical perspective….this is why the Sanders campaign is so bogus…to deny how important the Obama Coalition was and is….

          and as the Press covered Bernie’s racism….they now will continue to cover Trump’s racism…in fact the press’ meme will be how shocked everyone is at the candidacy of Trump….but let us not forget how they have propped him up and mainstreamed his hatred bigotry and racism…how they have tried to create a difference between the so-called “GOP ESTABLISHMENT” and Trump when they are seamless….SEAMLESS!

          We are the change we seek….we must forever remind folks of HOW the GOP governs….voter suppression….climate deniers….union busters…anti immigrant….denial of equal pay for women…anti abortion…anti LGBT….and the list goes on and on….

          Trump IS the GOP….and don’t forget it…

  6. May 4, 2016 at 8:19 am

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

    The greatest start of the day is when you wake-up in the morning and have all your faculties and mobility. If you don’t think so, try not waking up.

    To all, I hope you have an awesome, mind-blowing, and zero-cool day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  7. 23 amk for obama
    May 4, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Furst term Senator Obama kenyan won two terms

    While furst term ‘senators’ ted crud and water boy bit the dust.

    So, there is still hope.

  8. May 4, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Happy Wednesday TODers

    Heeeeeeya Chips!!

  9. 27 JER
    May 4, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

    • 30 JER
      May 4, 2016 at 9:29 am

    • 31 Don
      May 4, 2016 at 10:03 am

      FUCK NO! He does not have to drink the water, this piece of shit motherfucker wants the President to play his game. If this fucker cared one bit about the people of Flint he would have done something about it a long time ago. As far as I’m concerned President Obama does not have to go to Flint in the first place. The people of Flint knew goddamn well what they were getting when they voted for this fucking guy. I got a new motto: if you vote knowing that the person that you voted for is going to fuck you over and you still vote for that motherfucker well then you get what you asked for. I’m sick and tired of people voting for people that will fuck them in the ass and then complain about getting ass-fucked. If I’ve offended anybody with my language I REALLY DON’T GIVE A FUCK. I’m so sick and tired of voters not using the brains that god gave them, voters are so fucking gullible. Why must President Obama or any other elected official beg you not to vote for someone that will fuck you over every chance they get? This shit is ridiculous and sad, the rest of us have to suffer all because you’re too fucking stupid to see that the person that you vote for is trying to fuck you over.

      • 32 amk for obama
        May 4, 2016 at 10:20 am

        he should take a sip in front of all the stupid emmessem cameras and then ask, ‘rick, have you drank this water ever? and yet, how as a governor, you are hurting your own people with this garbage?’

        • 33 Don
          May 4, 2016 at 10:37 am

          A part of my point is that why does he even have to take a sip of Flint water? President Obama taking a sip won’t change anyone’s mind about him one way or the other, if you like him before the sip you’re going to like him after the sip and vice versa.

          • 34 GGAIL
            May 4, 2016 at 10:51 am

            Don, I hear you. The people of Flint didn’t vote, especially in the mid term, yet, they now want ‘super’ PBO to fly in and save them.

      • May 4, 2016 at 10:48 am

        The purpose of TV is the Ads.
        So when people quit watching TV the pluto brain bashing of hundreds of millions won’t be as easy.

      • 36 desertflower
        May 4, 2016 at 11:25 am

        My very own Luther:)

    • May 4, 2016 at 10:45 am

      Sure Gov. Snyder why not. President Obama should drink that water, then he can take some home to the First Lady Michelle, Malia and Sasha. Bo and Sunny too. By not getting out to vote, you got that Gov. Snyder.

  10. 40 MightyPamela
    May 4, 2016 at 9:20 am

  11. May 4, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  12. May 4, 2016 at 9:23 am

    The Clown Car Down to 1:

    GOP voters eject Cruz, reject establishment for Trump
    Rachel Maddow and an MSNBC panel react to Ted Cruz suspending his campaign for president and what it means for the Republican Party that Donald Trump now apparently has an unobstructed path to the Republican nomination

  13. May 4, 2016 at 9:23 am

  14. 44 desertflower
    May 4, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Morning everyone:) Happy Wednesday:) I had never seen that video of Dr. Barber before…just mesmerizing. They don’t tell you this in school….seems they mostly “skip over” this part. Imagine that. We have a chance to finally, FINALLY do right by ALL the people that call America home. This is our chance. We have to vote and change this country for the better! This is our time and we are the ones we’ve been waiting for! Vote, and make your voice heard loud and clear! We are not going back!

  15. 46 vcprezofan2
    May 4, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Anybody who hasn’t watched the National Teacher of the Year video yet should go back and do so. That Teacher of the Year is tickled pink, and I can so understand why! Her *story* is fantabulous AND she got to be acknowledged *during* POTUS’ tenure in the White House – what a joy! Also, too, (to quote Amk) look at the reactions of the teachers behind POTUS (this is the first time I really focused on them) – it was simply fun to see them be involved in the ceremony, even the ones who seem to be of a more serious bent. President Obama’s Admin has been great at showing a true understanding of the importance and value of teachers – God bless them every one!

    • May 4, 2016 at 10:41 am

      GM VC,

      I just finished watching. Everything you said is true. There was a lady in the back wiping her tears the whole time. This was really good.

  16. May 4, 2016 at 9:25 am

  17. May 4, 2016 at 9:27 am

  18. 51 CEB
    May 4, 2016 at 9:28 am

    What irony that a woman who has been disrespected, reviled, scorned, and suffered a million cuts but still standing is now the one that the country and the rest of the world is looking to be our savior.

  19. May 4, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Trump Spells Doom for Social Conservatives
    APRIL 29, 2016 3:20 PM EST
    By Francis Wilkinson
    The 2016 Republican presidential campaign began last year with Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum — among others — flashing Bible passages and competing for support from social conservatives in Iowa. It will end in July with the all but certain nomination of Donald Trump.

    The rout of social conservatives in this campaign is absolute. Their future looks grim.

    The problem isn’t that Trump has a disco ball where his moral compass should be. It’s that he isn’t particularly interested in the social conservative agenda — or even in pretending that he is.

    Aside from a few comic forays into biblical scholarship early in his campaign, and later comments about abortion that were so off message that they merely confirmed his lack of interest in the topic, Trump is running free and clear of the entire movement. He’s leaving social conservatives in the dust.

  20. May 4, 2016 at 9:33 am

  21. 54 amk for obama
    May 4, 2016 at 9:35 am

    to think that just a few months back rnc pr bs and his ilk were boasting about their ‘deep bench’. which then got shitcanned by a know-nothing outsider.

  22. May 4, 2016 at 9:38 am

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

  23. 56 desertflower
    May 4, 2016 at 9:39 am

  24. 57 desertflower
    May 4, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Would be yuuuuuuuuge!!!

  25. May 4, 2016 at 9:40 am

    The path to ‘President Trump’ turns GOP plan on its head
    Steve Kornacki shows how Donald Trump will likely pursue a general election strategy of winning upper-Midtwest industrial states with large white populations rather than follow the Republican plan devised after their 2012 loss that looked to expand the party’s appeal to Latino voters.

  26. May 4, 2016 at 9:42 am

  27. 60 amk for obama
    May 4, 2016 at 9:43 am

    yup, it will be dems vs fourth estate fifth columnists as usual

  28. 62 desertflower
    May 4, 2016 at 9:43 am

  29. 64 amk for obama
    May 4, 2016 at 9:43 am

  30. 67 amk for obama
    May 4, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I know it’s not fair to blame her, but still ..

  31. May 4, 2016 at 9:45 am

  32. 70 desertflower
    May 4, 2016 at 9:50 am

  33. 74 desertflower
    May 4, 2016 at 10:08 am

  34. 75 GGAIL
    May 4, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    I saw where Cruz hit is wife in the nose and the again with his forearm as he was attempting to hug his father. Poor woman

    • 76 99ts
      May 4, 2016 at 10:19 am

      gm GGail – I hope she has the sense to leave him. I was thinking yesterday how vastly different is his treatment of family during this campaign than any other candidate.

  35. 78 JER
    May 4, 2016 at 10:34 am

  36. May 4, 2016 at 10:48 am

  37. 84 desertflower
    May 4, 2016 at 10:51 am

    lol. RED STATE.

    • 85 arapaho415
      May 4, 2016 at 11:25 am

      GM DF.

      This is too delicious.

      How ANYONE can be opposed to an ADORABLE man (as [IIRC] @igorbobic said after Merrick Garland was introduced by PBO’s nomination) and who friggin’ prosecuted the worst case of domestic terrorism in the US which slaughtered babies and children in one of the reddest of red states?

      McConnell boxed himself into a corner when he declared the Senate would not #dotheirjob only moments after Scalia’s death was confirmed.

      For such a so-called “savvy” pol, you’d think he would have learned that PBO doesn’t rub his hands in glee and salivate for an opportunity to “stick it” to GOP odious pols. PBO says what he means, and means what he says; his #1 priority in office is what is best for Americans — not political ideology, and there is no national GOP candidate who can truthfully make the same claim.

  38. 86 99ts
    May 4, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Booman made this comment in his most recent post

    “If the Republican Party gets branded as a National Front party, …”

    This is what scares me about Trump – the Nazi party in Germany rose to power through the ballot box. It is not a foregone conclusion that Trump loses in November – although a sane person surely believes the US would not elect such a person.

    The world is wondering what is happening.

  39. 88 JER
    May 4, 2016 at 11:06 am

  40. May 4, 2016 at 11:23 am


    • 90 Nena20409
      May 4, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      Interestingly, Bill O’Reilly was Never off the Air during his marital woes, harassment woes that cost Fox a tiny bundle…..Millions of Dollars in settlement.

    • 91 nospin
      May 4, 2016 at 6:14 pm

      someone actually had “relations” with Ed Henry? disgusting

  41. May 4, 2016 at 11:23 am

  42. 93 JER
    May 4, 2016 at 11:30 am

  43. May 4, 2016 at 11:32 am

    back to work ….

  44. 99 arapaho415
    May 4, 2016 at 11:35 am

    GM TODville.

    Proof that the MSM and GOP are incapable of (as they like to say) “read the tea leaves.”

    Despite their endless promotion of “Tea Party” (aka #WhitePowerStatusQuo) from 2010 forward, they were helpless when challenged by Trump; good thing The Onion can “read the tea leaves.”

  45. May 4, 2016 at 11:42 am

  46. May 4, 2016 at 11:44 am

    I can’t think of anything more frightening and revolting than this prospect:

  47. 102 JER
    May 4, 2016 at 11:48 am

    The President Arrives Flint, Michigan. Click here ► ► http://www.abc12.com/livestream

  48. 103 JER
    May 4, 2016 at 11:50 am

  49. May 4, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Everyone making demands on PBO. I hope he talks about all he’s done.

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