Rise and Shine

Random old pic – Pete Souza: “Following remarks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the fiscal cliff negotiations, the President greets a couple of OMB workers as he walked back across on West Executive Avenue as he walked back to the West Wing of the White House. He gave them an elbow-bump, because he had just put Purell on his hands.” (Photo by Pete Souza, Dec. 31, 2012)


Sunday: The President has no public events scheduled

Monday: Will participate in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony at the White House

Will spend the rest of the week in Washington, DC and attend meetings at the White House


A word from Bobfr:

Letter sent to PBO and VP Biden ….

Dear Mr President,

300+ million guns in the possession of folk in America is way beyond the proverbial ‘horse has left the barn.’ It would be great to ban anyone other than the military & police organizations from owning semi-automatic weapons, but I think you have a much more pragmatic way of addressing that issue and several other gun violence significant challenges.

You and your legal advisers are way more sophisticated than I ever will be so please forgive if you’ve already considered the following.

1. Focus on the ‘well regulated’ clause of the 2nd Amendment and leverage it to issue and enforce substantial reforms via Executive Order – i.e., use the law of the land to maximum extent rather than rely on new legislation (for all the reasons we know how intractable that path currently is);

2. ‘Well regulated’ would be reasonably interpreted as every gun being registered and accounted for at all times;

3. ‘Well regulated’ would be reasonably interpreted as each person in possession of a gun is properly trained, certified, licensed, free of any criminal record, & insured for liability for unintended or illegal harm they might cause;

4. ‘Well regulated’ would be reasonably interpreted as any person owning more than one gun was properly trained, certified and licensed for EACH gun and that their liability insurance covered EACH gun;

5. ‘Well regulated’ would be reasonably interpreted as ensuring that each gun owner had their certification and license to possess every gun they own be renewed on an annual basis;

6. ‘Well regulated’ would be reasonably interpreted as an accounting of every round of ammunition (as well as the equipment and components for assembling ammunition) a licensed gun owner purchased with limits set on the frequency of purchase no less stringent than the purchase of ‘Sudafed’;

7. ‘Well regulated’ would be reasonably interpreted as any violation of the use of a gun, any conviction for DUI, any conviction for assault of any form, any conviction for use of illegal drugs, and any conviction for any form of violent threat or crime automatically results in confiscation of any gun, ammunition, etc., in possession of the offender.

These pragmatic steps do not infringe on ‘2nd Amendment’ rights. These pragmatic steps do not require anyone to surrender whatever type of gun they have.

These pragmatic steps require any person in possession of one or more guns to prove they are properly trained, licensed and insured – requirements no more onerous than those drivers of automobiles, operators of a vast range of equipment, school bus drivers, etc., must adhere.

All those other activities do not have as their intended consequence killing. Only a gun has that intended consequence.

So, it is merely reasonable that the operator of a gun meet at least as rigorous a set of training, license and insurance responsibilities given that that device has ONLY ONE intended outcome – DEATH.

Thank you


NYT: President Obama plans to push Congress to move quickly in the coming months on an ambitious overhaul of the immigration system that would include a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, senior administration officials and lawmakers said last week.

Mr. Obama and Senate Democrats will propose the changes in one comprehensive bill, the officials said, resisting efforts by some Republicans to break the overhaul into smaller pieces — separately addressing young illegal immigrants, migrant farmworkers or highly skilled foreigners — which might be easier for reluctant members of their party to accept.

Full article here


NYT: As lawmakers take to the Sunday shows to express their opinions on President Obama’s cabinet nominations, Colin L. Powell, the retired general and former secretary of state, will join NBC’s “Meet the Press” to voice his support for Chuck Hagel as the next secretary of defense.

NBC will also feature a roundtable discussion of Washington’s next debates on the debt ceiling and more with Mayor Cory A. Booker of Newark and Haley Barbour, the former Mississippi governor.

🙄 —-> Senator John McCain and Senator Joe Manchin will appear on CBS’s “Face the Nation” to share their views on Mr. Obama’s national security picks…..

More here

Meet the Press: Colin Powell, Cory Booker, Haley Barbour, Mike Murphy, Andrea Mitchell

Face the Nation: John McCain, Joe Manchin, Stanley McChrystal, Antonio Villaraigosa, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, John Dickerson, Amy Walter

This Week: Jack Reed, Bob Corker, Richard Haass, Martha Raddatz, Joe Manchin, Jon Huntsman, Al Hunt, Paul Krugman, Peggy Noonan, David Walker, Judy Woodruff

State of the Union: David Keene, Chris Murphy, Joe Manchin, Jon Huntsman, Elijah Cummings, Marsha Blackburn, Jeff Zeleny, Michael Scherer




152 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. January 13, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Morning, Chips. Morning, TODville.

  2. 5 cluny
    January 13, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Good morning. What a great picture!

  3. January 13, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Looks like the beginning of the President’s 2nd term is going to be Fast and Furious. He’s gonna get it done before the Young Guns can stop him. Then, I hope he takes a vacation.

  4. 8 Chi
    January 13, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Joe Manchin’s “Democrat” ought to be in quotes…

    And why on earth is Jon Huntsman on two shows…

    I wish someone would tell him and those trying to force-feed us him that its never going to happen…

    Sorry Jon, we’re just not that into you and no amount of spewing phony rehearsed and mostly borrowed words and positions is going to make us…

    Still so phony, lame, boring, contrived and quite the fraud…

    • January 13, 2013 at 8:16 am

      Did you ever see a more pathetic line-up Chi? You’re spot on about Manchin – he’s chosen to represent Democtats?! As for McCain appearing AGAIN – what a joke!

      • January 13, 2013 at 8:22 am

        Ditto. Meanwhile on UP they’re talking about whether the President has disappointed us again by not choosing diversity in his cabinet. I guess that’s because working with people you know and have assessed as competent is less important than the politics of your choices. Ugh.

        • 11 Bill
          January 13, 2013 at 8:31 am

          Someone needs to mention the diversity of Jack Lew being an Orthodox Jew and Chuck Hagel a Republican and former Army enlisted man.

      • 12 Bill
        January 13, 2013 at 8:24 am

        McCain might be fun to watch this morning. He will be apoplectic over the Afghan draw down. It may be an opportunity to see him literally blow a gasket.

        • January 13, 2013 at 8:31 am

          Ah, there’s that Bill! Might tune in after all!

          • 14 utaustinliberal
            January 13, 2013 at 9:35 am

            Haha. The only one i’m interested in hearing from is Colin Powell. He thinks before he speaks; unlike McCain who is constantly playing the character of Crotchety “Get Off My Lawn” Man.

        • January 13, 2013 at 8:34 am

          I’ve never seen a politician devolve as quickly as McCain. His disdain has devolved into outright hatred. I hope it eats at him every second of every minute of every hour of every day of every year of the rest of his life. There isn’t a human being he doesn’t want to see blown to bits in hopes of proving his power.

      • 17 Chi
        January 13, 2013 at 8:25 am

        Terribly depressing line-up Chip…

        Besides Elijah Cummings, there’s really no voice there that’ll honestly represent the Democratic point of view consistent with President Obama’s plans…

        Martha Raddatz is a pretty decent journalist, but with all the pressure from their corporate owners, one never knows when they might completely disappoint to keep their cushy jobs…

        • January 13, 2013 at 8:33 am

          And week after week it’s the same Chi, as you said: “no voice there that’ll honestly represent the Democratic point of view consistent with President Obama’s plans”. Infuriating.

        • 19 proudmemberofglobalzero
          January 13, 2013 at 8:34 am

          My “WOW Really pick?!?” Haley Baurbor? The amnesty king of killers in Mississippi? One of his amnesty killers just killed again.

  5. 20 Ceb
    January 13, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Morning Chips. I really like the updated “You’re Beautiful” video from the last thread. I makes me smile.

    GM to my TOD ohana. One week to Inauguration, yea!

  6. 24 jackiegrumbacher
    January 13, 2013 at 8:28 am

    To have a good morning, don’t turn on any talk shows and go for a walk even it it’s raining or snowy. It will improve your health and put you in
    a good mood for the day. Chips, Bob wrote a brilliant series of recommendations on gun safety in the last thread. I hope you will see fit to highlight it. It’s the sort of common sense that we should all try to push with our elected reps. Have a great day. And did I mention that I love our president?

    • January 13, 2013 at 8:31 am

      Thanks a million Jackie, I just went back and found it and added it to the post. As ever, excellent from Bob. Thanks again Jackie – and good morning!

    • 26 Chi
      January 13, 2013 at 8:34 am

      Indeed Jackie…

      I’m watching a movie…

      Refuse to subject myself to the insanity…

      Besides, we pretty much know all these people so well by now and could easily recite by heart their every thought and word…

      It’s all so boring and tired now and if it weren’t for the terrible damage these peacocks and jerks do to our country, union and democracy, they’d all be nothing but objects of comic relief…

      • January 13, 2013 at 8:39 am

        I watched MTP last week only to see the President. Nothing else can get me to watch these shows these days. Useless babble.

        • 28 Ceb
          January 13, 2013 at 9:04 am

          I had not watched any of these sows since January 2009 until PBO was on MTP a few weeks ago and have not seen any after that. I know what they will say, no need to hear their opinions since I have perfectly good ones of my own. They report no facts or actual events so they serve no purpose, nor do they represent the views of most Americans as PBO knows. Really, I never understood why anyone would watch any of these shows or those like them that appear during the week. Well, to each his own.

          Meanwhile, we have temperatures in the 80’s, the air conditioners are on, and flip flops, sleeveless tops, shorts and sundresses have been liberated from the closets. Life is good.

  7. 32 Ceb
    January 13, 2013 at 8:32 am

    “It makes me smile.” Bleary eyes in the previous post

  8. January 13, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Good morning, OTeam. Happy Sunday full of relaxation for all!! Except Chips, probably. It seems Sundays are always busy for you.

    I just read an article about Joe Manchin and Jon Huntsman trying to kick-start their No Labels group because it was a flop right out of the gate. And now I see they’ll be on the morning shows to pitch it. They’re having a conference and emphasizing the importance of sharing meals together. Whatever.

    • 34 Vicki
      January 13, 2013 at 9:21 am

      “No Labels?” Hahaha
      What this group stands for is a by the rich for the rich economic plan.
      Their selling point is the liberal social agenda: in favor of gun control women’s rights marriage equality. But
      They are corporate owned just like the GOP. And they are just as hostile to ordinary Americans as any Tea Party.

      No Labels thinks they can sell their looting and pillaging of our country better than the GOPTP because they believe in science and math. It is fair to call this “old wine in new bottles.”

    • 38 jackiegrumbacher
      January 13, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Meta, sharing a meal with either of those two, makes me sick to my stomach. What a repellent thought.

      • January 13, 2013 at 9:52 am

        I hear you!

        I’m glad that politicians are trying to work things out but I’m not in the least interested in cosmetics. Until they actually stop all the insane nonsense in the House and the Senate, I really don’t care if they break bread together or not. ENOUGH.

        • 40 hopefruit2
          January 13, 2013 at 10:01 am


          • 41 Chi
            January 13, 2013 at 10:25 am

            Abby Huntsman has been installed in the media to whitewash and aid her pathetic father’s flagging political fortunes…

            It seems that all one needs these days is a good hair and make-up person and voila, a seat at the punditry table awaits you…

            Of course, a father’s failed run for office seems to be an added plus…

  9. 43 ouapiti
    January 13, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Thanks for the “You’re beautiful” update. A great way to get Sunday off to a good start, and as others have said above, I plan to avoid the morning shows and hold on to the positivity. Just imagine if instead of attacking every decision the President makes, the pundits and politicians and media could find one positive thing to say about it and go from there… A “yes, and” discussion instead of “no, wrong, bad.” Something might actually be accomplished. Ah well, it ain’t gonna happen.

  10. 44 Sweet peg
    January 13, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Good morning Chips, good morning OBD! Getting ready to watch MTP, just want to hear what Collin Powell has to say.

  11. 45 Eveingeorgia
    January 13, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Good morning Chips and everybody at TOD!

    Isn’t that masterful letter from Bob fr? I hope they each see it. Thanks, Bob.

  12. January 13, 2013 at 9:18 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers and everyone, and congratulations sweetbay on #1! 🙂

  13. 48 Bill
    January 13, 2013 at 9:20 am

    General Powell just told David Gregory to remember it is President Obama not President McCain or President Romney.

    • 49 Bill
      January 13, 2013 at 9:23 am

      General Powell is now putting it to Gregory on the racist treatment of President Obama. Must see interview.

    • 50 Bill
      January 13, 2013 at 9:33 am

      After the General Powell interview you may wish to do something else. Mrs. Greenspan is on the panel.

    • 52 jackiegrumbacher
      January 13, 2013 at 9:42 am

      Beautiful!!! Bravo to Gen. Powell. This must be said again and again to the losers. The president WON! The message he was sending throughout his campaign is the one people want. These collective bunches of wannabes and rock throwers can moan and bash all they want, but the people of the United States are not buying the trash they’re selling.

    • 53 anniebella
      January 13, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Remember it’s President Obama, not President McCain or President Romney. Oh I just love that.

  14. 55 hopefruit2
    January 13, 2013 at 9:22 am

  15. 58 dotster3
    January 13, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Yes, why?

  16. 60 dotster3
    January 13, 2013 at 9:36 am

    A reminder—Sonia Sotomayor is interviewed on 60 Minutes tonight.

  17. 62 Judith Fardig
    January 13, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Is it safe to re-install Java Script yet? I disabled it after reading from Bobfr and others that it might be linked to a virus, but now I can’t see many of the videos. Anyone else having this issue? Good morning to Chips and all of TOD!

  18. 68 utaustinliberal
    January 13, 2013 at 9:43 am

    The only person I want to hear from is Gen. Colin Powell on Meet The Press. He contributes a lot to the conversation and from the tweets I’ve seen he’s refuting Gregory’s usual nonsense about Hagel, Pres. Obama, politics, and policy with facts and commonsense.

    After that (for anyone who’s at home), HBO is showing the movie ‘Too Big To Fail’ at 11:30AM ET. Very interesting movie about the collapse of the economy and how the bailout of the financial industry came to be.

    Then, today is the Golden Globes so we can all veg out on hot men and women, a lively red carpet, fantastic hosts (Tina Fey and Amy Poehler), and a good show where we find out if our favorite movies, actors, and TV shows won or lost.

  19. 69 utaustinliberal
    January 13, 2013 at 9:51 am

  20. 70 hopefruit2
    January 13, 2013 at 10:02 am

    ROTFLMAO!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  21. January 13, 2013 at 10:03 am


    • 73 hopefruit2
      January 13, 2013 at 10:07 am

      WHY is this even still a question on MTP long after the new SOS has been appointed? Did Gregory ask Powell his opinion about the 1st debate as well?

    • 74 Bill
      January 13, 2013 at 10:12 am

      He did not dwell on it. It was not harsh at all. Gregory asked about it, and he answered that he did not think the trial balloon approach was good.

      • 75 hopefruit2
        January 13, 2013 at 10:16 am

        But as you can see already from the tweet, the MSM will re-interpret, and put their spin, and amplify and exaggerate. So Powell should have been aware of that when responding.

        • 76 Bill
          January 13, 2013 at 10:21 am

          I thought General Powell handled the question well. I do not know what else he could have said. The tweets are exaggerating it.

          • 77 hopefruit2
            January 13, 2013 at 10:25 am

            Yes, I believe that Powell answered as well as he could. I was glad to see that Zeke also tweeted his other remarks strongly supportive of PBO, and not just this one.

    • 78 anniebella
      January 13, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Well that’s one reason why we like Gen. Powell he gives his opinion.

    • 80 Chi
      January 13, 2013 at 10:38 am


      Sadly the need to appear to maintain a semblance of ‘independence’ so as not to seen to be all in for President Obama, has men like Colin Powell doing this constant tap dance where they scold or lay blame for some odd thing on the President to make up for defending him on something else…

      I have no use for this play at speak honestly and defend him in one breath, and make up for that defense of President Obama by dishonestly questioning his actions on something else in the next breath…

      It’s safe to say that there are no more brave or honorable men or women left who will without fear, unabashedly speak up for a gratuitously criticized and attacked President, without disclaimers or adding their own silly gratuitous criticism to appease and cover their own butts…

      Or just speak the truth period…


    • 81 idon
      January 13, 2013 at 10:45 am

      It seems to me the President handled the Susan Rice controversy perfectly.

      • January 13, 2013 at 10:50 am

        I think there’s this mythology out there that anyone can corral the press. What we witness every day illustrates the contrary. PBO stood up for Susan Rice repeatedly and he’s still standing up for her.

  22. January 13, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Good morning, TOD family. It’s a beautiful sunny morning here and I am staying far from the TV and most of the Internet. My older daughter and her fiance are coming over today and while he and hubby work on the car, my daughter and I are going to be doing some soap making with the little ones. It’s 65 degrees at 10:00 AM, very promising for January!

    Bobfr, your letter is perfect and your suggestions are spot on as always!

    Chips, love the elbow bump pick. 🙂

    Have a great day everyone!

  23. 87 Lorraine
    January 13, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Preach Gneral Powell!!!! Preach, preacher!!!!!!

    • 88 Bill
      January 13, 2013 at 10:27 am

      General Powell’s comments on the racist treatment of PBO are very important. Someone of his stature needed to say it on national teevee.

  24. 91 hopefruit2
    January 13, 2013 at 10:30 am

  25. 93 hopefruit2
    January 13, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Joy Ann Reid is grateful for UT’s appreciation of the fact that she pushed back on the nonsense spewed by Chris Hayes’ “Uppers” show.

    • 94 utaustinliberal
      January 13, 2013 at 10:48 am

      Haha. Thanks for bringing this over. I remember the day I found out Joy Reid was following me on Twitter. My jaw dropped. 😀

      She was great this morning on the topic of women in the Obama administration, drones, wars, how we go after terrorists etc. Her use of facts made Amy Goodman’s “everything is Pres. Obama’s fault” rant look cray cray.

      • 95 a4alice
        January 13, 2013 at 11:11 am

        woo- hoo UT! Way to go! 🙂

      • 96 Chi
        January 13, 2013 at 11:46 am

        Amy Goodman and her band of perpetual whiners only end up muddying up the conversation and taking the focus off the real villains…

        They always do this and wonder why they remain a very fringe element relegated to the sidelines and never able to have positive influence or rally any sufficient number of people to their causes or candidates…

        They are completely off-putting and foolish – so caught up in their very exaggerated sense of themselves, they end up aiding in the killing the golden hen that lays the valuable golden eggs they desperately need…

        • 97 Anna Luc
          January 13, 2013 at 2:21 pm

          My guess is that Amy Goodman is pretty much set financial. Her program is in greater circulation than it has ever been. Just cause she sports this totally dowdy demeanor does not mean she needs any help maintaining her life style.

    • 98 anniebella
      January 13, 2013 at 10:50 am

      You know hopefruit2, I put that weasel Chris Hayes in the same league as that piece of crap Ezra Klein. I can’t really stand either one.

  26. 99 relellit
    January 13, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Good morning Chips and Todville

    I was so elated to see General Colin Powell smack that ass, David Gregory ;especially on minorities.

  27. 100 vcprezofan2
    January 13, 2013 at 10:35 am

    One non-snoring candidate from the bunch of lazy-bones signing in …. for a bit. G’Morning Ms Chips, Sweetbay, and all TODobots!

    It’s rainy and cloudy and dark, and not at all like the middle of January where *I* am. The fact that it is not supposed to be like this makes me a bit leery while enjoying the temperature. Part of me keeps thinking about how much I might be asked to pay later for this balmy weather. Anyways everyone, ‘Have a Salubrious Sunday!’ 😆

    • 101 relellit
      January 13, 2013 at 10:49 am

      Well, after all the spring days we got here in Chi-town; it finally got cold. Can you imagine 50-60 degree weather in January? The climate deniers can’t see a thing.

      • 102 vcprezofan2
        January 13, 2013 at 11:35 am

        We seem to be having the same kind of spring-like weather since December, with the odd seasonally cold day. I’m seriously torn between enjoying the mild walk-without-coat days while half-dreading major snowfalls towards the end of the season.

  28. 103 Bill
    January 13, 2013 at 10:39 am

    McCain is concerned that PBO did not call him before nominating Chuck Hagel. Unbelievable.

  29. 109 utaustinliberal
    January 13, 2013 at 10:45 am


    • January 13, 2013 at 10:51 am

      I’m not sure how he stays affiliated with the Republicans!

      • 111 Nena20409
        January 13, 2013 at 10:58 am

        The ONLY people who can make a dent in changing the TBGOPers are GOPers who speak up, like gen Collin Powell.

      • 112 Ladyhawke
        January 13, 2013 at 11:10 am

        Sounds like a bit of truth was dispensed on Meet The Press this morning. How refreshing. I can just imagine the horror for David Gregory as actual facts were escaping over the airwaves. It sounds like Colin Powell demolished some manufactured memes and essentially said what we all have been thinking about the obsessive concern trolling from the media.” Long overdue. I can’t wait to see the segment.

  30. 113 utaustinliberal
    January 13, 2013 at 10:51 am

    • 114 0388jojothecat
      January 13, 2013 at 10:54 am

      Egxactly…..He’s tooooooo competent and overly qualified.

    • 115 Chi
      January 13, 2013 at 11:23 am

      How is that they’re able to enthusiastically vouch for and give these unrestrained, rousing, disclaimer-free and unequivocal endorsements of everyone else…

      Yet when it comes to describing President Obama, it’s all restrained and couched in disclaimers and always prefaced or qualified with some tepid and not so rousing or categorical phrasing…

      • 116 jacquelineoboomer
        January 13, 2013 at 11:40 am

        I think Gen. Powell gives full-throated support to President Obama. He may couch a little of his support on ultra-conservative issues, because he is one, but other than that, I think he does a wonderful job putting it all out there.

        • 117 Chi
          January 13, 2013 at 11:53 am

          Never really heard an unrestrained or unequivocal and ‘full-throated’ endorsement that didn’t come couched or with disclaimers…or sound like the alternative was worse…

          Listen again to the unrestrained and gushing endorsements and vouching everyone from Hagel to Hillary Clinton gets and tell me that you’ve heard that done with regard to President Obama…

          It’s almost a cardinal sin in both parties to enthusiastically praise, credit or hail President Obama…

          The only person who’s actually unapologetically vouched for and offered unrestrained praise of the President is the author Michael Lewis…

          • 118 jacquelineoboomer
            January 13, 2013 at 12:00 pm

            I totally understand your frustration. The good part is that Gen. Powell always at least sounds like the voice of reason in his approach. The better part is that he fully endorsed PBO over McCain and Romney in two presidential campaigns, which was major and well-valued. The best part is that he’s still willing to go out there to voice support for him and – more importantly – to speak up about racism in the politics of this country. We might as well embrace him, even if we think it’s a little flawed, because there aren’t too many Republicans doing any of that. That’s just my take, but – again – I get what you’re saying.

  31. January 13, 2013 at 10:51 am

    DC Beltway representing Joe Manchin Today.
    On all Sunday Shows.

  32. 120 utaustinliberal
    January 13, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Everyone needs to watch Colin Powell on MTP. He is raining down truth.

  33. 124 utaustinliberal
    January 13, 2013 at 10:56 am

    • 125 anniebella
      January 13, 2013 at 10:58 am

      ut, I have got to see this.

      • 126 anniebella
        January 13, 2013 at 10:59 am

        I think MTP will come on again at 2pm on MSNBC.

        • 127 Nena20409
          January 13, 2013 at 11:03 am

          It gets repeated at least 3X on MSNBC. I watched two weeks ago, 1st time in years. And from what I am reading here today and on Sunday TV Sound Talk on HP, I truly can’t wait to watch this Collin Powell apperance on MTP.

    • 128 Nena20409
      January 13, 2013 at 11:01 am

      Watch How the DC/NY 98% white Journos will in nanosecond, IGNORE this aspect of Collin Powell TRUTHFUL criticism of the TBGOPers. Why? because, they know the Gen is right and if they were to report that……then the Reflection in the mirror, would be the Journos themselves.

  34. January 13, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Morning Chips, morning Everyone.

    It’s a great day!


    Because PBO is abt one week away from taking his second oath. This morning my sister, who worked tirelessly for PBO campaign in Maryland, told me that if PBO had lost, she would have been clinically depressed. I told her that while I never wavered, I too, and many others would have been in the same boat with her.

    I am glad PBO still runs this country. He IS the man for this time.

  35. 130 relellit
    January 13, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Eugene Patterson, 89, voice on civil rights, dies

    Eugene Patterson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editor and columnist whose impassioned words helped draw national attention to the civil rights movement as it unfolded across the South, has died at 89.

    Hank Klibanoff, director of the journalism program at Emory University and co-author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning book on press coverage of the civil rights movement, said Patterson wrote with deep-seated conviction about the troubled era.

    Klibanoff said that when black churches were burned in southwestern Georgia in 1962, Patterson was “deeply disturbed” and wrote a column tweaking white people who claim to be religious but support segregation. He called on whites to raise money to rebuild the churches, sparking an effort that raised $10,000.


    Too bad the firebaggers,( I’m looking @ Ezra Klein, Rachel, Chris Hayes, Toure and that whole lot) can’t step up to journalism and burn their fingers writing some pieces instead of buying into the lack of diversity, Afghan withdrawal, blah, blah. What’s so sad about them is they are young; hence they have the ability to shape future opinions. Of course, that’s only if we let them.

    • 131 carolyn
      January 13, 2013 at 11:15 am

      And probably their very youth is the reason they have no sense of history and context for today. They all really need to take a course in American History focusing on 1948 to the present…..I say 1948 because that was right after Truman desegregated the Armed Forces, and the Dixiecrats split from the Democrats. They REALLY need some head knowledge and heart understanding.
      Of course this comes from an old white woman who has lived through this history, so what good am I!!!!!!!:)

      • 132 jacquelineoboomer
        January 13, 2013 at 11:31 am

        As good as I am, I guess, carolyn – we can still remind the “young” women and men that life in America didn’t begin the day they were born. And that life in America isn’t really just what they can see out of their windows.

    • 133 Chi
      January 13, 2013 at 11:31 am

      They aren’t journalists, just overgrown toddlers in pampers, playing at make believe…

      Making a lot of noise while drawing on walls with color pens, spilling stuff everywhere and leaving such a mess and a lot of damage behind…

  36. 134 Bill
    January 13, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) who never served in the military, and there is no evidence he ever traveled outside of TN before becoming a senator, said he is concerned about Chuck Hagel’s “temperament”. That is a new one.

    • 135 jacquelineoboomer
      January 13, 2013 at 11:28 am

      I’m concerned that Bob Corker walks the streets of America, once they let him out of TN, and more concerned that somebody thinks putting a microphone in front of his mouth is a good idea.

      Yeah, President Obama is “gonna take our guns” and former Sen. Hagel is a “hothead.” Bet neither of them are packing, though, as I imagine Corker has or does – as many of his friends do. So, which of them, in fact, should we be worrying about?

  37. 136 utaustinliberal
    January 13, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Whooooo…Colin Powell. Awesome.

  38. 137 a4alice
    January 13, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Yay! Finally got to the bottom of the thread! Chips – AWESOME photos 2 or 3 posts back – loved the “really big fish” one! Am just about to go back and watch “You’re Beautiful”. And Bob this is a fabulous take on the 2nd amendment. I never thought of it that way but it makes total sense! Tweeting it!

    On another note Chipstah – I am sorry you have to deal with all the weird want to be posters that try to get their strange comments on your blog. This is really a labor of love for you and I am sure I’m not alone in saying how much I appreciate the amazing “The Obama Diary” blog.

    Is everyone fired up for the Inaguration? Wish I could go. Will be doing the National Day of Service here though on the 19th.

    It is 9 degrees here (last I looked) But I am sitting on the couch in front of our wood stove with a merry fire burning bright and keeping me warm! Will have to go do chores soon but for now happy to be here and tweeting all of Chips (and Bob’s) stuff.

  39. 138 jacquelineoboomer
    January 13, 2013 at 11:22 am

    The President uses Purell? Oh, how adorable.

    Good (freezing cold in the Midwest) mornin’, TODville!

  40. 139 utaustinliberal
    January 13, 2013 at 11:23 am

  41. 141 desertflower
    January 13, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Good Sunday morning! Just reading and trying to catch up…when I came across this:

    January 13, 2013 06:00 AM
    Mike’s Blog Round Up
    By Infidel753
    Liberal Values: Obama in his second term will be more of a fighter, but he’s going to need our help.

    The People’s View: Outrage without action is just whining.

    Cannonfire: As long as we’ve got that trillion-dollar coin lying around, let’s spend it on something that would be worth the money.

    Freak Out Nation: Christian Right anti-gay activist Lisa Biron is a fine paragon of moral uprightness.

    They highlighted our very own LL’s piece!!!! Good job, LL 🙂

    Bobfr…EXCELLENT letter to PBO and VP Biden. Full of common sense and practical ideas to reduce the killing and increase the responsibility of gun ownership. As it SHOULD BE! Thank you for writing that fine letter!

  42. 142 utaustinliberal
    January 13, 2013 at 11:27 am

  43. 144 sonjiaduncan
    January 13, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Good Morning TOD. Chip thanks for all the good info. to share.
    I have finally caught up. So much more to talk about and read.

  44. 145 desertflower
    January 13, 2013 at 11:32 am

    On another note…Phoenix is SO cold this morning, that when my lawn sprinklers went on…the water that trickled onto the patio…FROZE! I could ice skate on parts of my patio this morning!!!!!! In the desert! Climate change? What climate change?

  45. 148 utaustinliberal
    January 13, 2013 at 11:35 am

  46. 149 Don
    January 13, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Can someone tell me why is there a sudden love affair with Olympia Snowe? I remember her voting against almost every major piece of legislation that President Obama wanted to past.

    • 150 Chi
      January 13, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      And being too chicken to stand up and do the right thing even on her way out for fear of losing the money-making gigs beyond her lousy Senate run…

      People only tend to fail upwards within the beltway and D.C – and weasels, jerks and cowardly obstructionists like Snowe are richly rewarded and elevated to positions of statesman or woman charged with doling out advise and loudly demanding of others the bravery and integrity and every other thing they themselves lack…

  47. 151 prettyfoot58
    January 13, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Greetings everyone in TODville…

    I agree with Bobs recommendation re: setting a new gun policy…these are pragmatic sensible policies…

    i look forward to the recommendations coming from the Task Force…recommendations that i hope will be a comprehensive approach to tackle the culture of violence of which guns plays a significant role….

    i do have a concern about the gun folks who are stockpiling guns in some anticipation of anti government violence…i am not sure how we tackle that…

    but as in many of the issues confronting our country…i am reassured by the re-election of PBO that if we come together we can solve our problems…

  48. January 13, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    See? They are already thinking like this!

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