Early Bird Chat

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Pete Souza: President Obama invited chief speechwriter Cody Keenan and White House researcher Kristen Bartoloni to stop by the White House for a photograph after their wedding earlier today. Congrats Cody and Kristen!

134 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 pkayden
    July 4, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Happy Independence Day to all the readers and writers at TOD!!

  2. 2 catrst
    July 4, 2016 at 8:40 am

    It seems the Whitehouse is also a great place to find a terrific spouse. I love that our President cares about the individuals that work for him. Thanks for posting this Nerdy and everything that you do for us here. You rock. Happy Independence day one and all.

  3. July 4, 2016 at 8:43 am

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

    Nerdy, thanks so much for helping Ms. Chips and the sacrifices you are making for us TOD”ders. ๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Šโค

    To all, I hope you have a glowing, radiant, and sparkling countenance today. โค โค โค

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. โญ๐Ÿ† โญ๐Ÿ† โญ๐Ÿ†

  4. 4 amk for obama
    July 4, 2016 at 8:43 am

    daymn, every one wants a pic with that kenyan muslin usurper of soshalist dictaytor.

    • 5 Grab a Mop Grace
      July 4, 2016 at 8:49 am

      I do, I do! Would be a dream come true to have a photo like that of myself and PBO.
      Good day AMK, and happy Independence Day to all of TOD land. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
      So grateful to call my POTUS, President Barack Obama today. Have a safe and happy day everyone.

  5. 6 amk for obama
    July 4, 2016 at 8:48 am

    China has fitted the final piece on what will be the world’s largest radio telescope, due to begin operations in September, state media report.

    The 500m-wide Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST, is the size of 30 football fields.

    The $180m (ยฃ135m) satellite project will be used to explore space and help look for extraterrestrial life, Xinhua news agency reported.

    Advancing China’s space program remains a key priority for Beijing.


    • July 4, 2016 at 9:29 am

      I understand the Giant McGellan Telescope will collect more light than any telescope ever built and the resolution will be “the best ever achieved”. One among a group of the next gen of supergiants. Will look back to shortly after the Big Bang. Got delayed due to the global financial disaster (thankfully recovered by PBO).

  6. 8 MightyPamela
    July 4, 2016 at 8:52 am

    New Moon: today, 12.54 Cancer. 7:01am ET, 4:01am PT. Sure came up fast on this astrologer!! Celebrating my Momma crossing into the Light of Heaven, 43 years ago. Without question, the most incredible experience in this incredible life I’m blessed with! Big hugs all around. โค๏ธ {{{{{ TOD }}}}} โค๏ธ๐ŸŒน

  7. July 4, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Happy 4th TOD ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cherish, protect and expand our empathy for one another and all whom we will never know …. bbl ….

  8. July 4, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Good Morning ๐Ÿ˜Š, Everyone ๐Ÿ˜†

  9. July 4, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Happy 18th Birthday to First Daughter Malia Obama โ˜บ

  10. July 4, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Good morning and thank you, NW. Happy and safe 4th to TODville. Here in California, I’m praying for no fires caused by stupid people using illegal fireworks.

    Good to start the morning with a laugh.

  11. 18 jackiegrumbacher
    July 4, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Morning all. It’s gray and cloudy on this 4th in my area and rain is expected to drown all outdoor events later today. The good news is that I can’t do anymore outdoor home improvement or gardening projects and that is truly a holiday to be thankful for!
    I always think of how hot it must have been in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, especially for men wrapped in layers of clothing with high boots and fancy knots at their throat. Their physical discomfort must have been only matched by their fear of the extraordinary and dangerous step they were taking in declaring independence from the great British empire. How surprised they would all be at what ‘Great Britain’ and its monarchy have become today!

      July 4, 2016 at 9:37 am


  12. July 4, 2016 at 9:11 am

      July 4, 2016 at 9:33 am


  13. 22 jackiegrumbacher
    July 4, 2016 at 9:20 am

    I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Independence Day than to put aside all thoughts, images and discussions of Donald Trump. He pollutes everything with his ugliness and venom and has no place in a day set aside to honor what is good and right about our country.

  14. July 4, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Happy 18th Birthday Malia Obama

  15. 25 99ts
    July 4, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Our politics are in much disarray
    “Even the most optimistic projections of the Coalition involve Malcolm Turnbull holding power by just a couple of seats. A situation in which party unity is simultaneously of maximum importance and minimum achievability. Ouch.”

    The Brits have a report coming out on the lead in to the Iraq war & some want to impeach Tony Blair (hope they take Bush along for the ride)

    And the UKIP leader has now resigned – seems that no-one wants to be in charge of taking the UK out of Europe

    Trump could have kept his mouth shut while the media kept attacking Sec Clinton but he couldn’t stay away from the foot in mouth & dealt himself another negative blow.

    Sometimes I think it is no wonder the RWNJs get elected (& a few LWNJs) – sane people run as far as possible away from the politics the 21st century has encouraged.

  16. 26 99ts
    July 4, 2016 at 9:44 am

    And I do hope you all enjoy your 4th July. Very quiet day in my part of the world.

  17. 27 CEB
    July 4, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Happy Birthday USA and Malia Obama (you rock, young lady!).

    Have a safe and happy 4th celebration to all TODers who celebrate the day.

    Good morning, from Florida, to all of our International TODers.

    John Adams: “…it ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” Some of the people in my neighborhood have been doing the loudest part of the celebration since Friday.

    Our family will be having a low country crab boil today, and one of the best things about this is that I need only walk down two doors to the feast.

  18. July 4, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Happy Fourth TODers!

    Malia is 18 and glamorous. Wow!

  19. July 4, 2016 at 9:54 am

    G”morning Nerdy & TOD! Wishing everyone a happy, enjoyable and safe 4th of July! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy 18th Birthday to First Daughter Malia.

  20. July 4, 2016 at 10:02 am

    • July 4, 2016 at 10:07 am

      I have loved that night for at least 100 reasons. The cue from Sasha was a lovely one.

    • July 4, 2016 at 10:42 am

      @lawalazu Wow! KSK, that’s a fantastic observation on your part. ๐Ÿ‘

    • 33 cd4biden
      July 4, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      Can’t believe how the tears are falling because of seeing Beau at the end of the video when the whole Biden family came out on stage.

    • July 4, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      What a gift to have this link, KSK(africa). Moved deeply, thinking about that night, and all that it meant then, and where this family and this President have taken us since. All that he has accomplished, home and worldwide, and all that it has meant to have this family as our First Family every single day for nearly 8 years. I couldn’t believe it then, highest of high joy. Thank you for noting little Sasha’s cue — precious.

  21. July 4, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Good morning TOD folks! Happy Independence Day to you and all my family and friends in the US. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŽ†

  22. July 4, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Anyone know anything about Jamie Stiehm. She has a article about FLOTUS entitle “First Lady legacy is good, but hot great”. She sound like one of those feminists who seem to not be please with the things FLOTUS took on. Because FLOTUS is black she should have talk more about race.

    • 37 globalcitizenlinda
      July 4, 2016 at 10:55 am

      ignore those people. they have never appreciated FLOTUS and what she does.

      they have also never understood that FLOTUS’ approach to her job was to lift up the dreams and aspirations of a group of people that the main stream usually ignores.

      they wanted her to shout the usual first lady slogans that push the status of the people who are not at the very bottom of society.

      instead FLOTUS chose to focus on the forgotten marginalized and did it in a different way by trying to find actual solutions to actual pressing problems … not just sloganeering.

      FLOTUS’ results are practical and will last long after she leaves the White House. As for slogans, they are eventually replaced by the slogans from a new first lady

      • 38 cd4biden
        July 4, 2016 at 12:27 pm

        Thank you GCL, for keeping us on track with the truth, and not getting distracted by all the smoke and mirrors of the MSM.

      • 39 globalcitizenlinda
        July 4, 2016 at 12:46 pm

        the rest of us know the truth because we know the problems that exist in our communities (you know, the communities that don’t usually make the news)

      • July 4, 2016 at 1:32 pm

        Brilliant insightful analysis; thank you globalcitizenlinda. You have named the deep story of their sorry, cheap, smug commentaries. Knew they were scummy and small, but had not thought it through. Our FLOTUS has always been breaking the “rules” of these self-appointed keepers of What’s What. She’s so big while they are so small.

      • 41 nathkatun7
        July 4, 2016 at 7:37 pm

        Great comment, GCL! Very good advice.

  23. July 4, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Happy 18th Birthday to our beautiful First Daughter Malia Obama! Seems like only yesterday…Sigh.

    Good Morning TOD Family and a very Happy and Safe 4th of July to you all!

  24. 43 MightyPamela
    July 4, 2016 at 10:45 am

    A step in the right direction, imho, in our limited view of death and life after death (there are also broader metaphysical views to embrace!)

    • 44 cd4biden
      July 4, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Wow, MightyPamela, this is so interesting. There is a group here where I live that has been bringing in speakers, organizations, films, etc. to foster an ongoing conversation about death and dying, as our local population is aging. I will pass this along to them. Thank you.

  25. July 4, 2016 at 10:52 am

    This seems like kind of an odd move in a way. It means Tom Perez, Julian Castro can’t address the convention unless their the chosen VP.

    • 46 globalcitizenlinda
      July 4, 2016 at 10:58 am

      isn’t it the case that Cabinet Secretaries are supposed to be neutral … as long as they are in active service?

      I could be wrong, but I thought that legally, they were not supposed to campaign

      • July 4, 2016 at 11:02 am

        I know that’s true of SOS but I don’t think so because Castro has actively campaigned for HRC.

      • 48 Cha
        July 5, 2016 at 8:43 am

        Tom Perez and Julian Castro have already endorsed Hillary..

        So this is the reason.. “But this year Obama’s chief of staff Denis McDonough wanted to “send a signal about the primacy of the Obama administrationโ€™s responsibility to manage the government and serve the American people,” said deputy White House press secretary Jennifer Friedman.

        White House press secretary Josh Earnest said it was an effort to “delineate” politics from the White House’s responsibilities.”

  26. July 4, 2016 at 10:53 am

  27. July 4, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Hi Nerdy. Thanks for your yeoman job keeping us informed. What a feat.

    Please see I have a comment waiting in moderation. Thanks, again.

  28. 57 globalcitizenlinda
    July 4, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Happy 4th of July everybody!

    A very happy 18th birthday to Malia Obama!

    I am lucky to share my birthday with Malia and the US .. going to enjoy every bit of it because a few weeks ago, many thought that I would not make it, let alone celebrate today. life is full of surprises

    • July 4, 2016 at 11:20 am

      Happy Birthday & Independence Day, to Globalcitizenlinda and Malia Obama. ๐ŸŽ† ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ“ฉ ๐Ÿ’ฝ

    • 60 desertflower
      July 4, 2016 at 11:27 am

      Happy Birthday, gcl!!! Enjoy your day! Good Morning everyone:) Happy 4th….Oh! A very Happy 18th Birthday, Malia:)

    • 62 vcprezofan2
      July 4, 2016 at 11:49 am

      Happy to share in the celebration of your birthday, GCLinda! Wishing you improving health each day!

      • 63 globalcitizenlinda
        July 4, 2016 at 12:57 pm

        thank you very much. life continues to get better everyday => thanks to a lot of expertise of many medical personnel and the prayers and extraordinary support of family and friends.

        this health scare and recovery reinforced what I have always known, which is that I am very lucky and blessed person. Now I am listening closely and pondering deeply what I am meant to do with my second chance at life

        • 64 vcprezofan2
          July 4, 2016 at 2:44 pm

          {{{GCL}}} It’s a great feeling (I know from my own life) to realize each day how blessed we are. Clerks are often taken aback, then smile and agree when in answer to ‘How are you today?’ I reply ‘I’m alive and well!’
          Blessings and guidance as you explore your ‘next steps’, GCL!

    • 65 cd4biden
      July 4, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      So glad to hear you are so much better glc. Happy birthday to you and may you have many more with us all.

    • 67 GGail
      July 4, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      A Very Happy Birthday to you Linda {{{hugs}}}

    • 71 Betsy
      July 4, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      Happy Birthday and so glad to know you are recovering especially since I didn’t know how gravely you were ill.

      • 72 globalcitizenlinda
        July 4, 2016 at 5:33 pm

        thank you very much. glad that I made it. sickness came suddenly and almost took me out

    • 73 jackiegrumbacher
      July 4, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      Happy Birthday, Linda. When the fireworks go off tonight, I hope you consider them as going off for you. Have a glorious day and enjoy every moment.

    • 75 Roberta in MN
      July 4, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      Happy Birthday globalcitizenlinda and what a great day to celebrate that you are here with all of us. Wooot.!!!.

      • 76 globalcitizenlinda
        July 4, 2016 at 5:39 pm

        thank you very much. I know how lucky I am and I intend to share what I have been given

    • 77 sjterrid
      July 4, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      Happy Birthday, Globalcitizenlinda! I’m so glad that you recovery is going so well! I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    • 79 nathkatun7
      July 4, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      Happy Birthday, Linda! You and Malia deserve a great Birthday!

    • 80 mtmarilyn
      July 4, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      How wonderful to share your birthday with all of us. Hope you have had an extra special day.

  29. 81 globalcitizenlinda
    July 4, 2016 at 11:13 am

    so Nigel Farage is following fellow xenophobe Boris Johnson out of the UK political limelight.

    what a bunch of scumbags! first they play the role of leaders of the “Leave” campaign and now they scoot off, making sure that others clean up the mess they made of the country.

    I wonder how those millions who listened to their bigoted garbage and voted “yes, Leave” feel now … they have been scammed big time by people who were only trying to fulfill their political ambitions.

    this world has so many types of sadists willing to exploit the masses

  30. 82 sherijr
    July 4, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Happy 4th to you all, be safe & have fun ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy 18th Birthday Malia Obama & Happy Birthday to our own globalcitizenlinda !

  31. 84 vcprezofan2
    July 4, 2016 at 11:21 am

    240 – you guys are getting on in years, aren’t you!! Happy Independence Day!

  32. 85 vcprezofan2
    July 4, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Every time I see a picture of the Obama young ladies I feel such pride (matters little I had nothing to do with their growth). ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Sure hope Malia has a lovely, fun-filled, love-filled 18th birthday! โค โค โค

  33. 86 vcprezofan2
    July 4, 2016 at 11:25 am

  34. 87 desertflower
    July 4, 2016 at 11:30 am

    I see. Know this on election day, WI!! He’s just not into you.

    • 88 desertflower
      July 4, 2016 at 11:48 am

      If THIS isn’t offensive enough, there’s this:


      U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is seeking to prohibit Department of Justice officials from enforcing parts of the Americans with Disabilities Act at private voucher schools.

      The amendment, which Johnson submitted to be included in the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriation Act that has yet to pass, prohibits DOJ from enforcing provisions of the ADA that ensure equal access to public education.

      Johnsonโ€™s amendment says the provisions that protect students with disabilities from discrimination cannot be enforced in private voucher schools because the schools are not public, despite receiving public money in the form of a school voucher.

      A spokeswoman for Johnsonโ€™s Senate office said the amendment is meant to protect voucher schools from a โ€œhostileโ€ attitude the Obama administration and other Democratic lawmakers have toward voucher programs and comes months after the Obama administration closed a probe into the Milwaukee voucher system after a lawsuit alleging discrimination against students with disabilities.

  35. 89 desertflower
    July 4, 2016 at 11:32 am

  36. 91 arapaho415
    July 4, 2016 at 11:38 am

    GM TODville, happy Independence Day (aka potato salad and fireworks day).

    To bring a smile to your faces. ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. 93 desertflower
    July 4, 2016 at 11:44 am

    While Republicans saw fit to go home, and play games with funding…this goes on….


    n one study, researchers from multiple institutions, including the Brazilian Ministry of Health, examined children who had been born to mothers with suspected Zika virus infections. The virus has been found to cause microcephaly, a birth defect characterized by an abnormally small head. However, researchers found of the approximately 1,500 births they studied, about 20 percent of the babies born with Zika virus had normal head circumferences. This means these infants may have developmental delays or other defects even though they do not have microcephaly.

    The other study published by researchers from multiple institutions, including the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, examined the ways the virus affects brain tissue. They looked at brains of three infants who died after being born with Zika-related microcephaly and also at fetal tissue from two pregnancies that ended in miscarriage related to Zika infection.

  38. 94 amk for obama
    July 4, 2016 at 11:46 am

    so, the brexit racist cowards are themselves exiting and leaving the mess they created to to be handled by the morons who followed them. lesson for murkans.

  39. 95 amk for obama
    July 4, 2016 at 11:54 am

    go fedex, go serena.

  40. 96 desertflower
    July 4, 2016 at 11:54 am

    The base

  41. 97 donna dem 4 obama
    July 4, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Just stopping in to thank Nerdy for her exceptional work of maintaining this wonderful blog, to say that I continue to lift our beloved Chips up in prayer and to wish each of you a wonderful 4th of July. Life 101 has me knee deep in stuff right now but I hope to be back and actively engaged once I get through my nieces wedding this weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great O’Day Everyone!!!!

    • 98 vcprezofan2
      July 4, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      Have a great day & week, you too!

      Drive carefully!


    • 99 sjterrid
      July 4, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      Happy 4th of July, Donna! Congratulations on your nieces wedding this weekend. May they be blessed with many years of happiness.

  42. July 4, 2016 at 11:58 am

  43. July 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Kevin Durant will be joining the Golden State Warriors. Oh my.

      July 4, 2016 at 4:53 pm


  44. 111 No Child Left Behind
    July 4, 2016 at 12:07 pm

  45. July 4, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    The struggle towards freedom…continues on!

  46. 114 cd4biden
    July 4, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Just popping in to wish everyone a very happy and safe 4th of July. And to wish our beautiful first daughter Malia a very happy 18th birthday!! Now back to cooking in the kitchen for later today. {Waves bye}

  47. 115 desertflower
    July 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm

  48. 116 GGAIL
    July 4, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Good West Coast morning TOD family. Have a safe & sane Independence Day, America ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

    Happy birthday to Malia๐ŸŒน

    Breaking news: Kevin Durant has signed with the Golden State Warriors ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    We had a wonderful time yesterday celebrating our dear Betsy’s birthday and LL’s marriage ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

    • 117 desertflower
      July 4, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      Pics??? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 118 GGAIL
        July 4, 2016 at 12:42 pm

        LOL, DF!
        Betsy’s husband took our picture, but the sun bouncing off the Pacific Ocean made it a little dark. Which made me look Great๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„ I don’t know if she will post it, we’ll see. I love the Ports O’Call restaurant because it’s at the ocean port and serves all the crab legs you can eat, along with shrimp and other standard brunch foods, plus champagne galore!!!!!

        We did talk about the West Coast get-together and mentioned that we will make sure that DF (yes, you), meta, Jackie, Arapaho, MSoph, Carolyn and any others are able to attend.
        We were there from 11am to 3pm. I needed a nap afterwards ๐Ÿ˜Š

        • 119 desertflower
          July 4, 2016 at 12:51 pm

          “the sun bouncing off the Pacific Ocean” Honestly….rub it in why don’t you:) That hurt. Glad you had a wonderful time! We’ll have to go there when we have our West Coast get together:) Hugs! Everything ok now with the fires? I haven’t heard much more…

          • 120 GGAIL
            July 4, 2016 at 12:59 pm

            Didn’t mean to gloat, but, the Ocean truly inspires me๐Ÿ˜Š
            Yes, fire has laid down in my area, tho, you can see the red retardant still on the mountainside. I hope we don’t have new fires anywhere in California as a result of locals & fireworks. Just let the experts do it!

        • 121 mtmarilyn
          July 4, 2016 at 2:21 pm

          Oh my Gail. I can’t wait to see the pictures. Know you had a wonderful time!

        • 122 Betsy
          July 4, 2016 at 3:52 pm

          Hey Gail, Happy 4th of July. I emailed Bill’s picture to you; don’t know how to post it here so maybe you can :D. We had a fabulous time. Thanks so much!!

  49. July 4, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      July 4, 2016 at 5:05 pm


  50. July 4, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Looking forward to POTUS campaigning with Hillary tomorrow in North Carolina. And our next Governor will be there too.

  51. 126 mtmarilyn
    July 4, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Happy 4th to all of TODville! Especially our Ms Chips and wonderful NW.

    I am sitting in the Reno airport waiting to go to SLC then home. Had a wonderful time with family! Was able to avoid all political talk, except my aunt loves Franklin Graham. I am very good at keeping my mouth shut.

    Malia is 18. Time has so flown by for those girls. They are both such beautiful and mature young ladies so proud of them. Have a wonderful day Malia.

    • 127 cd4biden
      July 4, 2016 at 4:09 pm

      Hi Marilyn, Congrats on keeping your mouth shut. So hard to do sometimes, but necessary. I was just up in So Lake Tahoe where my daughter lives. If I’d known you were going to be that close by I would have driven up to see you. Let me know next time you will be in that area. Until then, safe travels.

      • 128 mtmarilyn
        July 4, 2016 at 10:48 pm

        It has become a tradition for us to have our female reunion there over the 4th. We will be there next year too. We stayed in SLake Tahoe last year. I’ll definitely be in touch the next time I go there.

    • 129 Betsy
      July 4, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      Safe travels home!

  52. 131 globalcitizenlinda
    July 4, 2016 at 2:41 pm

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