Early Bird Chat

President Obama gives a hug to Mari Copeny, 8, backstage in Flint, Michigan yesterday. Mari wrote a letter to the President about the water crisis and helped inspire his visit (Photo by Pete Souza)



4:05: The President hosts a Cinco de Mayo reception, East Room

6:0: Kicks off the 5th anniversary of Joining Forces and the 75th anniversary of the USO, Joint Base Andrews

114 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. May 5, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD!!

    What a heartwarming photo!!!

    Our current education system has clearly a long way to go …..

    #FORWARD Together

  2. 6 jackiegrumbacher
    May 5, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Morning. Wish we could all share in that girl’s hug. Great way to start the day!

  3. May 5, 2016 at 7:20 am

  4. May 5, 2016 at 7:21 am

  5. May 5, 2016 at 7:26 am

    As noted several weeks ago, it seemed obvious to me that President Obama’s infusion of special ops folk into Iraq/Syria was particularly focused on enabling, strengthening the Peshmerga. Unfortunately, this is a sad way to confirm it …

  6. May 5, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Take care everyone … bbl ….

  7. May 5, 2016 at 7:38 am

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

    To all, I hope you have an enjoyable, entertaining, and pleasurable day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  8. 18 amk for obama
    May 5, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Turkey PM out. coronation of dictator erdogan in.


    • 21 amk for obama
      May 5, 2016 at 8:34 am

      catch the ending.

      • 22 MadameSoph
        May 5, 2016 at 8:56 am

        You can bet those briefings he gets are going to be totally redacted.

        • 23 Don
          May 5, 2016 at 9:35 am

          I hope so, can you imagine him knowing the codes or top secret missions that are underway or where our spies are positioned.

          • 24 MadameSoph
            May 5, 2016 at 11:49 am

            Yes, and if you and I can, so can the CIA. I read somewhere that the President approves what the candidates see and don’t see, and that HRC, having been SOS, would have an advantage reading them, if they contained liitle info in order to prevent DT seeing something sensitive. Haven’t researched to confirm that yet, but if true, I would trust PBO to edit what DT could see.

  9. 25 MadameSoph
    May 5, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Buon giorno, TOD!

    I couldn’t sleep so checked out last night’s Colbert. Turns out God appeared on the show:

    • 26 MadameSoph
      May 5, 2016 at 8:36 am

      “Microwaved circus peanut.” Never thought about it that way but, that’s actually spot on!

  10. 27 amk for obama
    May 5, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Rolling Stones tell Trump to stop using their music.


    what’s with all the rethugs using stealing the music of lefty hippies in every election? don’t they their rw punk rockers?

  11. May 5, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Happy Thursday TODers.

    Heeya Chips!!

  12. May 5, 2016 at 8:42 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Congrats Sir Bob on #1, and Happy Thursday everyone 🙂

  13. May 5, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Hi amk, africa, hf2!!!

    back to work ….

  14. May 5, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Good morning TOD folks! Lovely pic to start the day.

  15. 37 donna dem 4 obama
    May 5, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Good morning TOD

    • 38 desertflower
      May 5, 2016 at 9:11 am

      Morning everyone! This is a photo of Ann Kirkpatrick…hopefully the next US Senator from Arizona! A Democrat! Come to make John McCain retire to one of his 12 houses!

      • 39 amk for obama
        May 5, 2016 at 9:19 am

        couldn’t we just bury him the canyon? this mofo is the one who ultimately pushed the racist party over the edge. so we should do the same to him.

        • 40 Don
          May 5, 2016 at 9:28 am

          Or we can vote him out of office, amk, geesh.

          • 41 amk for obama
            May 5, 2016 at 9:34 am

            why not? after all, this perpetual warmonger never flinched a moment sending other people’s kids to their death.

        • 42 desertflower
          May 5, 2016 at 9:31 am

          At this point, I don’t fucking care WHAT he does with himself as long he isn’t in a position to matter/harm me and my family! I am utterly done with the crony asscratching that goes on around here with these Republicans. I’m ready to blow a gasket. They are all bought and paid for trickledown morons. They care nothing for people and everything for corporations…they take and they take the tax money from the people of this state to give tax breaks to corporations, do not abide by the voter’s wishes, decide to ignore the will of the voter’s when the will of the voter’s doesn’t mesh with their RW corporate ways….they fail the children. They fail the elderly. They fail everyone that doesn’t own a corporation and isn’t a rich, white guy.
          For the first time EVER, I will vote AGAINST a prop that they say will fund schools. I just can’t do it…It is smoke and mirrors and I just can’t do it…I am so angry at what I see happening here…..

  16. 46 donna dem 4 obama
    May 5, 2016 at 9:12 am

  17. 47 Don
    May 5, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Good morning TOD! I may or may not be on my best behavior today, so there. First thing in the morning I get in my office and a coworker orders some dumb shit that will add to our workload. But of course the coworker isn’t here today and now I have to wait 24 hours just to voice my displeasure. And now I’m in a foul food which will cause me to find something to eat that is unhealthy just so I can get in a better mood.

  18. 59 desertflower
    May 5, 2016 at 9:21 am

    This is what Arizona does! Koch Bro/ALEC bought and paid for legislators and gov….under the noses of people not paying attention…


    Want to pack your state’s Supreme Court? Well, Arizona has provided a model.

    Arizona Republicans are about to get two more justices on the state Supreme Court thanks to a bill approved by the legislature and heading to Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk that will expand the court from five to seven members and allow the Republican Ducey to appoint the new justices.

    The move is being called a naked power grab and an obvious example of court packing — an accusation seemingly backed by the fact that the five current justices have said there’s no need for additional justices. However, in a twist, the state Supreme Court ultimately backed the proposal when the legislature leveraged much-needed funding for the judicial branch to get the court’s support. Ironically, some of that promised funding has already been scaled back, while the new judges will cost the state about $1 million annually.

    But they can’t fund education or kids healthcare! No $$$ for THAT! This place fucking sucks. I just can’t stand the stupid.

    • 60 arapaho415
      May 5, 2016 at 9:44 am

      GM DF.

      Arizona will soon join neighbors NV and NM as a beautiful shade of blue:

      McCain: Trump damages my reelection hopes…

      AZ currently has the distinction of being the reddest of the red states in the West — we’ll see how red it is in Nov:

      • 61 desertflower
        May 5, 2016 at 9:55 am

        They need to vote! They need to connect the dots that the Republicans have been holding them down and restricting them for decades! They all need to vote EVERY TIME, EVERY ELECTION! Not just on a national level, but on a local and state level! I hope EVERYONE is pissed and ready to fight hard! Ann Kirkpatrick is a Blue Dog Dem, but I would take her any day over any Republican! She needs to win this and I really think she can this time……I truly believe that AZ would be blue if every one that could vote, did. They better get fired up and ready to go!

        • 62 desertflower
          May 5, 2016 at 10:02 am

          From your lips to voter’s ears….I hope for a deep blue AZ:)

        • 63 arapaho415
          May 5, 2016 at 10:35 am

          IMHO blue dogs are unfairly treated by Dems who aren’t one of their constituents (or potential constituents).

          Awhile ago @MiltShook posted a Tweet string which illustrated why Blue Dogs are better than GOP — they might not support every Dem proposal, but they support most of them. And Nancy Pelosi understands that a Blue Dog’s dissent is based on his/her constituent concerns — she is a master of rounding up enough votes to pass Dem measures while allowing Blue Dogs to vocally declare their dissent (which ups their re-election prospects).

          My personal heroine, Gabby Giffords, was a Blue Dog Dem — still hoping for a BioPic of her amazing life (which would provide acting opportunities for Latino and Native American actors/actresses) with Rachel McAdams or Amy Adams in the lead role.

  19. 65 donna dem 4 obama
    May 5, 2016 at 9:23 am

  20. 66 GGAIL
    May 5, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  21. 67 MightyPamela
    May 5, 2016 at 9:35 am

  22. 68 desertflower
    May 5, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Well…when you can THINK, you would NEVER vote for a Republican! This is why they hate an educated populace!

    • 69 amk for obama
      May 5, 2016 at 9:48 am

      wow indeed. I really hope nyt knows what it’s talking about.

    • May 5, 2016 at 11:18 am

      they assume that college educated voters aren’t racist…better think again…all this positiveness towards Hillary….hmmm…all i know is that we had better bring our A-Game….it will take that to beat the Beast!!

  23. 71 57andfemale
    May 5, 2016 at 9:44 am

  24. May 5, 2016 at 9:46 am

    tee hee hee

    Man….every ad I’d put out for Senate would begin with a picture of Trump morphing into whatever GOP Senate candidate there is.

    I would NEVER allow the two of them to be divorced from one another.

    McCain on tape: Trump damages my reelection hopes

    ‘If Donald Trump is at the top of the ticket,’ the senator says in a recording obtained by POLITICO, ‘this may be the race of my life.’
    05/05/16 05:17 AM EDT

    Publicly, John McCain insists Donald Trump will have a negligible effect on his campaign for reelection. But behind closed doors at a fundraiser in Arizona last month, the Republican senator and two-time presidential hopeful offered a far more dire assessment to his supporters.

    • 73 Nena20409
      May 5, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      And yet, John McCain is still going to cast his vote in Nov to Trump, a man, who said McCain’s nearly 5 yrs capture & torture in ‘Nam was Not Heroic? Seriously?

  25. 74 57andfemale
    May 5, 2016 at 9:52 am

    What an effing liar he is:

    • 75 amk for obama
      May 5, 2016 at 9:58 am

      Even if it happened, so what? It was for a lifelong dem, not for an effing indie. And this dood lectures others about entitlement.

      • 76 57andfemale
        May 5, 2016 at 10:11 am

        For all the nastiness of 2008, both PBO & HRC were Dems, fighting FOR the strength of the Democratic party. This guy is destructive. I keep vacillating on whether to ignore or keep fighting him, because frankly, HRC has decided that pivoting to the GE is better than fighting BS’ horrific definitions of her. Who knows who is right?

        How are the puppies doing? jtp doing well?

        • 77 amk for obama
          May 5, 2016 at 10:20 am

          Best to ignore him and concentrate on gotv. lil jtp’s are ok. I am away from home for about a week.

    • 78 jackiegrumbacher
      May 5, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      I am sick and tired of this irascible old man who does nothing but delude himself and his followers. Right now, he’s an albatross around the neck of the Democrats and needs to be jettisoned ASAP. Glad to see that Hillary is ignoring him and moving on to the GE. His 15 minutes is OVER.

  26. May 5, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Charles Blow is tweeting Trump’s words. He plans to do them regularly. I plan to retweet them every time I see them.

    • 80 desertflower
      May 5, 2016 at 10:06 am

      He makes my skin crawl. I hope that there are TV ads made with these quotes….let ALL of America see!!

  27. 81 desertflower
    May 5, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Californians…Register to vote online!


    Arizona..register to vote online!


    Does WiW have a list and links to all online voter registration states???

  28. May 5, 2016 at 10:03 am

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Biden make an important announcement about Joining Forces

  29. 83 JER
    May 5, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.


  30. 85 57andfemale
    May 5, 2016 at 10:05 am

    • 86 57andfemale
      May 5, 2016 at 10:08 am

      “If elected, Trump would consult with the conservative Heritage Foundation on Supreme Court nominations. We could well lose what remains of a century of progress for women, workers, LGBT people, and people of color, including the right to vote itself.

      Trump understands very well that racism and sexism are crucial components of the nationalistic insurgence he wants to lead; he appeals openly to some of the darkest impulses in our political id. It is more than disturbing that Bernie pays so little attention to these dangers. He’s changed the debate within the Democratic Party by showing that millions of voters want more than incremental, technocratic tinkering with growing inequality. For that, I’m grateful. But when it comes to dealing with the Republicans in November, I don’t think Bernie gets the awful reality we’re facing. Hillary does.”


  31. May 5, 2016 at 10:15 am

  32. 88 JER
    May 5, 2016 at 10:18 am

  33. 90 JER
    May 5, 2016 at 10:27 am

    A Must Watch!

  34. 99 JER
    May 5, 2016 at 10:46 am

    LIVE NOW: Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  35. May 5, 2016 at 11:11 am

    back to work ….

  36. 101 amk for obama
    May 5, 2016 at 11:31 am

  37. 102 amk for obama
    May 5, 2016 at 11:31 am

    fifth columnist scums.

  38. 103 JER
    May 5, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Ammunition reportedly in one building.

  39. May 5, 2016 at 11:43 am

    She has a very good chance of winning

  40. 105 JER
    May 5, 2016 at 11:46 am

  41. 108 Dudette
    May 5, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Heads up everyone! This frozen food recall affects all 50 states and some provinces in Canada.


    Check your freezer. There’s been a massive recall of frozen vegetables due to a listeria outbreak. Expanded from 15 products to more than 350.

    The food was sold across the country in many popular national chains including Walmart, Costco and Trader Joe’s, as well as local/regional stores.


    Full list of recalled products:

  42. May 5, 2016 at 11:49 am

  43. 110 JER
    May 5, 2016 at 11:49 am

  44. May 5, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Things that make you go…hmmmmm

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