Rise and Shine

Interview with the President at New Republic


Sunday: The President has no public events scheduled. (7.0 ET: The President and Hillary Clinton’s 60 Minutes interview)

Monday: The President will welcome the NBA Champions Miami Heat to the White House to honor the team and their 2012 victory

Tuesday: The President will travel to Las Vegas where he will deliver remarks. He will return to Washington, DC in the evening

Wednesday and Thursday: The President will attend meetings at the White House

Friday: The President will award 12 eminent researchers the National Medal of Science and eleven extraordinary inventors the National Medal of Technology and Innovation at the White House, the highest honors bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors


‏@JonHusted – Read the ChirpStory


NYT: A brand new conservative group calling itself Americans for a Strong Defense and financed by anonymous donors is running advertisements urging Democratic senators in five states to vote against Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee to be secretary of defense, saying he would make the United States “a weaker country.”

Another freshly minted and anonymously backed organization, Use Your Mandate, which presents itself as a liberal gay rights group but purchases its television time through a prominent Republican firm, is attacking Mr. Hagel as “anti-Gay,” “anti-woman” and “anti-Israel” in ads and mailers…..

More here


AP: Thousands of people, many holding signs with names of gun violence victims and messages such as “Ban Assault Weapons Now,” joined a rally for gun control on Saturday, marching from the Capitol to the Washington Monument.

Leading the crowd were marchers with “We Are Sandy Hook” signs, paying tribute to victims of the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Washington Mayor Vincent Gray and other city officials marched alongside them. The crowd stretched for at least two blocks along Constitution Avenue.

Participants held signs reading “Gun Control Now,” “Stop NRA” and “What Would Jesus Pack?” among other messages. Other signs were simple and white, with the names of victims of gun violence.

About 100 residents from Newtown, where a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six teachers, traveled to Washington together….

More here


March 22, 2010 – Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama’s statement on Sen. Tom Harkin’s announcement that he would not seek re-election:

“By the time Senator Harkin finishes his fifth term, he will have represented the people of Iowa in the United States Congress for an incredible 40 years. He has served in the U.S. Senate longer than any Democrat in Iowa’s history. During his tenure, he has fought passionately to improve quality of life for Americans with disabilities and their families, to reform our education system and ensure that every American has access to affordable health care. Senator Harkin will be missed, and Michelle and I join Iowans in thanking him for his long-standing service and wish him and his wife, Ruth, all the best in the future.”





186 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. January 27, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Good Morning Everyone! Morning Chips!

  2. 9 CEB
    January 27, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Hi, Chips.
    Once again thank you for the awesome coverage of all things Inaugural.

    GM everyone.

    LL, hope your other half had a restful night and is well on the way to recovery.

  3. January 27, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Yo O’s!!!! A great getting up day again in TOD!

    Yes, it’s a good day for singin’ a song,
    And it’s a good day for movin’ along;
    Yes, it’s a good day, how could anything go wrong,
    A good day from mornin’ till night.

    Yes, it’s a good day for shinin’ your shoes,
    And it’s a good day for losin’ the blues;
    Ev’rything to gain and nothin’ to lose,
    ‘Cause it’s a good day from mornin’ till night.

    I said to the sun, “good mornin’, sun.
    Rise and shine, today”
    You know you’ve gotta get goin’
    If you’re gonna make a showin’
    And you know you’ve got the right of way – Peggy Lee

  4. January 27, 2013 at 8:23 am

    GM all. Thinking of LL and his wfe and Weslyan and his wife. Blessed day to all.

  5. 15 amk for obama
    January 27, 2013 at 8:29 am

    GM folks. GM chips.

  6. January 27, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Agh! I had to talk about this as it is worthy of discussion. Chris Hayes, a Liberal with no sense of pride or loyalty for his Nation- starts off the show with someBody saying…, Nonody saw the fighters in Libya, nobody saw who they were fighting where did they go, did they go to Mali? They do not share a border. ( no but Algeria does)!
    You see what this asshole just tried to do? He was comparing Iraq of 2003 to Libya. Think, Where ate the WMDs, did they go across the border, etc?
    In other words, their is no Al Qaeda and they are our friends, oh and plea stop using Drones.
    Something is seriously wrong with American Anti war Liberals. They have no sense of being an American. At this point, both sides, the Tea Party who wants a brand new corporate run system and The Anti war liberals who want America to surrender.
    I assure you Al Qaeda is real and a threat.
    The Chris Hayes show is made for two people, glen greensand and Cenk Uhygur.
    Also, we don’t have the money to go into Syria what with all these cuts that the Republucans are surpassing through. That’s the only reason we have not provided air support in Syria( think Apache Helicopters).
    I don’t know…

    • 19 hopefruit2
      January 27, 2013 at 8:37 am

      Chris Hayes is not a Liberal. He’s a Libertarian – an obnoxious, narcissistic one at that.

      • January 27, 2013 at 8:41 am

        True! But a left wing Libertarian is one who thinks Corporations are the problem. A right wing libertarian is one who believes that government is the problem. CH is in between both!

  7. 22 amk for obama
    January 27, 2013 at 8:30 am

  8. January 27, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Look at Tom Bradys new Mansion, it has a Moat-


    Jeeze. He better get that eye of the Tiger back and stop losing these playoff games.
    Nice house though.

  9. January 27, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Good morning Chips and everyone up and raring to go today

  10. January 27, 2013 at 8:36 am

    John Husted is Sec Of State for Ohio, and he is courting the WH reporter for cooking the books?
    So, that ad about chuck Todd saying he has access to the WH to being the news to us all.
    Sounds like Chuck also has access to the Republucan party extreme Coup policy matters.
    Is Chuck Todd the spearhead of the first Nations Coup?

  11. 36 utaustinliberal
    January 27, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD. Chuck Todd is getting huge backlash on Twitter for his lunch or whatever with Jon Husted. I agree that there should be equitable and fair redistricting reforms so that all districts have fair representation and their votes count; not the gerrymandering crap the GOP put in place in 2010 that allowed them to retain the House and state legislatures in 2012 despite Democrats getting more votes.

    What chaps everyone’s hide is that this is not what Jon Husted is proposing. Everyone knows what he did in 2012. He tried to steal Ohio’s votes, gerrymander Ohio even more, and advocated strongly for disgusting voter suppression laws. He hasn’t given up. The fact that Chuck Todd – who claims to be objective – sat down for a lunch with a known partisan and not clear up what was discussed is troubling. If he had had lunch with a Democratic State Secretary and discussed these issues, it would also not be okay until everything that was talked about was revealed. One should not call themselves a journalist and then behave in troubling partisan ways. One who claims to be a journalist should never sit down for lunch with politicians and discuss such sensitive issues. He wants to discuss those issues? Invite Jon Husted on the Daily Rundown where the public can watch. That is objective journalism.

    • January 27, 2013 at 8:46 am

      Tweet Mr Griffin, CEO of Msnbc and tell him to spell chuck Todd of his duties if he can not be objective. This is series business.
      We may have to pass a Law that makes the popular vote the outcome. But it will never get passed through the US congress.

      • 38 hopefruit2
        January 27, 2013 at 9:33 am

        I agree although MSNBC considers Chuck Todd one of their best assets and they’ll be hard-pressed to get rid of him. Todd has Tweety’s approval which means that nothing will get him fired – particularly when it serves to benefit Republicans.

        But as ut indicated, everyone who knows Jon Husted knows what he’s about. Husted is of the opinion that Ohio is no longer easily winnable by GOP because of changes in demographics, and therefore, the rules need to be changed to make it easier for GOP and harder for the DEMS. Chuck Todd knows who Husted is – but agrees with him nonetheless because Todd himself would like more Republicans to be power. We saw how Chuck Todd operated during the 2012 elections – shilling for Romney at every possible opportunity, pushing that enthusiasm gap meme in the face of glaring contradictory evidence.

        And we should NOT give them the benefit of the doubt because we know who both of these men are and what they stand for.

      • 39 Virginia
        January 27, 2013 at 3:08 pm

        I will do that. I think I wrote here or somewhere else about a week ago that it’s fine for Todd to be a commentator or MSNBC–I’d put him in the category of Andrea Mitchell and Joe Scarborough who never pass up an opportunity to criticize the President.
        AND, beyond that Chuck Todd ALSO has an obnoxious, snarky personality that I cannot take.

        Even worse, since he is NOT objective, he SHOULD NOT be the MSNBC White House Correspondent. He Insist on asking the President disrespectful questions, and then asking the same asinine question in followups over and over again. He leaves no time for the other correspondents who are paid to do the same thing. It’s like he thinks the President has granted HIM an exclusive interview, and these press conferences are about HIM. He wants to be the show–make news with his disrespectful questions.

        NOW he’s trying to be a DOUBLE AGENT!!! MSNBC needs to take him OFF the White House beat. He has become a hero to the right, and USELESS as a nonpartisan White House correspondent.

        Get rid of him.

  12. 40 utaustinliberal
    January 27, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Chucky is getting sensitive.

  13. 42 amk for obama
    January 27, 2013 at 8:43 am

  14. 43 utaustinliberal
    January 27, 2013 at 8:44 am

    • 44 prettyfoot58
      January 27, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Now I disagree with this…This is not a pox on both houses situation..

      .It is the GOP who have passed these Voter Suppression laws….it is the GOP who is representing less and less of the electorate….it is the GOP who see gerrymandering the Electoral Votes as a way of bypassing the majority of Americans in order to win National Elections….

      there is no duality here….

      Furthermore Husted personally tried to disenfranchize voters in the last election….

      ~The Struggle Continues~

  15. 45 amk for obama
    January 27, 2013 at 8:46 am

    In a piece titled “Fact-Checking Papa John’s CEO,” the cable news network attempted to piece together the math behind Schnatter’s claim. “Papa John” refused to disclose to CNN how many pizzas he sells a year, or how many full time employees he has, presumably in the name of keeping the math more difficult to calculate. But CNN ultimately concluded that “the math doesn’t matter” because ObamaCare places no financial burden on corporations. As it turns out, Papa John’s was making false claims that it would need to pay for health care for part time workers, which ObamaCare does not apply to…

    On a scale from true to misleading to false, CNN concluded that Papa John’s claims about ObamaCare were “false.” Now that Obama has won reelection and ObamaCare is set to become the law of the land in 2014 backed by the Supreme Court ruling which says that it’s fully constitutional, Schnatter has not surprisingly kept his prices the same as they were before the election. After all, his “eleven cents cost per pizza” claim turns out to have been something which the republican Schnatter apparently made up simply in the name of trying to help fellow republican Mitt Romney win the election; perhaps he was confusing it for the cost of the Romney fundraiser he held in his own mansion. Last week the CEO of Whole Foods was caught in a similar ObamaCare lie.

  16. 46 Don
    January 27, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Jovie, don’t waste your time with Chris Hayes and his ilk.

    • January 27, 2013 at 8:54 am

      He is already off my tv. I was looking for another channel besides NFL network because I can’t stand the Harbaugh Bowl. LOL!

      • 48 anniebella
        January 27, 2013 at 10:23 am

        It’s not the Harbaugh Bowl, not one of them will be on that field running, catching, hitting, throwing. Being a Dallas Cowboys fan the only thing I’m looking forward to is Beyonce at halftime. Although the success of San Fran quarterback is a good story.

    • 49 carolmaewy
      January 27, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Glad I didn’t get his book.

  17. 50 amk for obama
    January 27, 2013 at 8:49 am

  18. January 27, 2013 at 8:51 am

    I have not heard the Administration talk about this Republican redistricting? They must not consider it a threat, or they think it will backfire?

  19. 55 amk for obama
    January 27, 2013 at 9:00 am

    • 56 anniebella
      January 27, 2013 at 10:36 am

      I have email Chuck Todd, Chris Matthews, NBC Nightly News, Ed Schultz, and I don’t tweet, so if anyone have Griffin email give it to me, I will email him too. I also want to email Maddow and Rev. Al to see what they think of this.

      • 57 anniebella
        January 27, 2013 at 10:39 am

        If Phil Griffin have a email address. I also sent a email to Todd’s sidekick on the Today show. Savannah Guthrie.

  20. 58 cookemom
    January 27, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I go to bed and all is well in Twitter Town. I wake up and there seems to be a guy who is evidently choking on some crow he had for lunch.

    • 59 carolmaewy
      January 27, 2013 at 11:28 am

      My tweet to the twit: @chucktodd You think the peacock going to save you? They screech very loud when they want attention. Good watch dogs. Love living in WY. Ps to chips and TOD, peacocks do love living here. Many people in country have them for their alarm they are related to pheasants. Good morning all.

  21. 60 ranman11
    January 27, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips and TOD Family. I hope everyone have a supper fantastic day today.

  22. 62 kathryn kivett
    January 27, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Good Sunday Morning to all…..so I get up and promptly get a Sunday morning headache….I have a question……where do tv shows get guests?…is there some central booking agencies?…..I’ll be fair with you, for the most part, I keep Uppers on for the noise…and noise it is…just gibberish to me…almost like a bunch of people speaking a foreign language that you don’t understand a word of…….so I sit here on a cold but sunshiney Sunday morning weighing the most serious decisions…do I want Uppers or Candy Crowley or HGTV’s background noise while I paint my Grandmother’s old Singer sewing cabinet with iron stand?………..so what I get out of background noise is that Gitmo is the most pressing problem that USA is facing today…..not voter suppression, not gun control, not court stopping PBO’s appointments, not Chuck Todd’s lunch, not immigration, not women in combat, not what right wing idiots are trying to do in States, incl. NC, and most certainly not JOBS….so if I tune in Candy Crowley’s lovefest with right wing idiots…nope not going there…..sooooooo…HGTV wins…

  23. 72 dotster3
    January 27, 2013 at 9:46 am

    U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley seen as early fave to replace Sen. Harkin in Iowa, said to be a “rising star” in Dem Party.


  24. January 27, 2013 at 9:54 am

    GM Chipsticks, TOD. Something to chuckle about from SNL last night. Biden’s Inaugural Bash at Dover Motor Speedway.

  25. 77 Xtine
    January 27, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Good morning All! Dear Chips, could I ask a big favor? Would you mind adding the Inaugural Prayer Service to the “2013 Inaugura Postsl” button thingy. I hope I didn’t miss the link over there early this a.m. In my mind I’ve dubbed the main sermon by Rev. Hamilton: Knocking Holes In The Darkness. Then Wintley Phipps’ & Children of the Gospel Choir’s singing! Maybe I was feeling somewhat “delicate” this morning, but I was touched! 🙂

    Here’s the link: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/310530-1

    Thank you, and apologies if it’s there already! 🙂

    • January 27, 2013 at 10:13 am

      Will do Xtine, thank you for the reminder!!! Just getting some work done, then I’ll see to it!

      • 79 Xtine
        January 27, 2013 at 10:29 am

        Oh Dear Chips! I surely don’t mean to add more to your load, but grand THANKS! The singing I mentioned above just caught me by surprise, my reaction to it, and, yes, I got all ISO-tissues at Phipps’ performance. It’s all PBO’s fault! 🙂

  26. 80 Xtine
    January 27, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Damn, Chips! That top picture w/ PBO eyes! It’s as if he’s looking at you while you’re still under your covers, with just your eyes peeking over & he’s saying: Get Up, get up! LOL!

  27. 87 Xtine
    January 27, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Random thought: once the appeal is done for that recess appt. judge shenanigans, doesn’t that make the Senate have to do actual work during recess if they want to block appts. from being done at that time? Hah! There’s a long term move going on here.

  28. 95 hopefruit2
    January 27, 2013 at 10:14 am

    • January 27, 2013 at 11:23 am

      I know when he first made that comment people launched a boycott plea. We should continue promoting corporations such as Costco and local businesses that treat people fairly and boycott businesses like Papa John’s and Whole Foods.

      • 97 miss pat
        January 27, 2013 at 7:59 pm

        You are so right. I used to go to Whole Foods because they carried Gluten free products that my local supermarket didn’t. So I spoke to the manager and he said to bring him a list of the products and the next week they were on the shelf at lower prices than Whole Foods. So guys, there are ways of getting the products you need. The Papa John’s pizza store in my area is always empty. They are selling slices now at 99cents. Hit them in the pocket, that’s the only way we can fght back.

  29. 98 Vicki
    January 27, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Am I the only TOD member who is very excited about POTUS and the SOS on 60 Minutes tonight?

    Isn’t a 60 Minutes interview worth all the Sunday GOP talkfest morning poop?

    Last ? Does anyone else remember Steve Kroft’s first interview with the Obama family in 2007? Little Sasha sat on the kitchen counter and Daddy Barack was mixing up tuna fish.
    Mommy Michelle was wearing a heather long-sleeved tee from the Gap. Their very popular one with pearl buttons on the shoulder of the boat neck and more buttons on the sleeve cuffs.

    • 99 dotster3
      January 27, 2013 at 10:22 am

      I thought I knew every minute detail, but you remember Michelle’s Gap tshirt? with the pearl buttons on the shoulders??? 🙂

      And yes, I’m looking forward to the 60 Minutes interview—-I take it from the little release that it was supposed to be another sole PBO/Kroft interview following his re-election, but the president asked if Hill could come along, to “publicly thank her” and I’m guessing to counteract the harsh treatment she got from the Republican inquisition this week, to set her record straight.

      • 100 Vicki
        January 27, 2013 at 10:29 am

        dotster, I remember the shirt because it was in my closet, too, in 2007. Gap made that tee in many colors and I had a half dozen of them. Since that one winner there hasn’t been any item in their store that I liked so much.
        imagine my surprise when I saw Michelle wearing it.

    • 101 hopefruit2
      January 27, 2013 at 10:28 am

      I’m definitely looking forward to the interview and will be watching tonight. However, I’m also aware of the MSM shenanigans where the Clintons and PBO are concerned, so I’m keeping an eye on them as well.

      And I remember the first Steve Kroft interview, but I am amazed that you recall all these details about what Michelle Obama was wearing! :):)

  30. 102 dotster3
    January 27, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Are we allowed to post buzzfeed stuff here?– because I liked the 20 life lessons we can learn from turtles


    • January 27, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Ah, of course you are Dotster!! Going to the link right now, thank you! Even though I’m actually meant to be working 😳

      • 104 utaustinliberal
        January 27, 2013 at 10:41 am

        Oh really? REALLY?!?! So you’re supposed to be working and yet you’re mocking my beloved fantastic wonderful candylicious always number one Chelsea? Tut….tut….tut….

        Go sit in the corner Madam!

  31. 105 hopefruit2
    January 27, 2013 at 10:22 am

    If anyone cares to recall this article which features Chuck Todd one month before the election gleefully touting his precious “enthusiasm gap” meme, you can understand why Obama’s victory remains a very, very sore spot for Chuckie – especially since the very demographics that he predicted would not show up, actually showed up BIG time to prove him dead wrong. It wasn’t just FOX News that mislead Republicans to think that Romney was likely to be elected. The “liberal” media was doing their part – and aggressively so, hoping that their reporting would produce a similar outcome.


    And so you can understand why we view Chuck Todd’s recent private meeting with Husted with a very jaundiced eye- I am not going to give Todd the benefit of the doubt here. No sirree.

    • 106 dotster3
      January 27, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Yes, I remember Todd promoting the “enthusiasm gap” dozens of times, and it was a common theme throughout msnbc also, repeated by Tweety and Fineman and everyone on Morning Joe etc., and by every anchor and pundit throughout the day until you got to Bashir. I guess the CW was if you repeat it often enough, it becomes reality. Todd was especially visible with this theme, looking into the camera daily with this propaganda pitch. I could never figure out if it was because he hated Obama personally, childishly bitter about a press conf. putdown or he was representing for the NBC honchos.

      • 107 anniebella
        January 27, 2013 at 10:48 am

        hopefruit2,dotster3, I remember it too. Obama is not drawing the crowds he did in 08, anything negative they push. But I’m so thankful it didn’t work. You take notice Todd didn’t say a word about voter suppression, of course I didn’t watch Todd that much cause I could stand him.

      • 108 hopefruit2
        January 27, 2013 at 11:24 am

        “I guess the CW was if you repeat it often enough, it becomes reality”

        It worked in 2010 – and they were hoping to achieve the same outcome with the 2012 election. Tweety’s outburst in that 1st debate was over the top and more about him and MSNBC’s agenda than it was about the President. They were going to pan the President’s performance no matter what he did. When the President did very well in the 2nd and 3rd debates, I noted the muted, tepid “praise” they gave him, along with the mild criticism of Romney’s horrible performances – which were worse than PBO’s performance in the 1st debate.

        Even a couple weeks before the inauguration, Matthews was still talking about that first debate. That’s how invested he was in making an issue out of it at all costs.

    • January 27, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Morning everyone.

      Chuckie can clear up in a minute what he and Husted discussed. Apparently, Husted was not shy about running to twitter to share about his meeting with Chuckles.

      • 110 hopefruit2
        January 27, 2013 at 10:53 am

        Todd has yet to clarify what they spoke about. Yet he wasted no time accusing people of playing “telephone games” with Husted’s tweet.

        I guess he’s waiting to hear from RNC, Karl Rove, Koch, NBC heads, etc to draft an “explanation” for his show tomorrow.

        • 111 Obama Grandmama
          January 27, 2013 at 2:01 pm

          The telephone game refers to hearsay while in this age of tweets the original tweet and reply can be seen by all so changing the entire meaning as was the case in the audio passing of the telephone game does not apply. CT being a journalist used to encapsulating meaning in few words has only himself to blame if his intent was misinterpreted.

    • January 27, 2013 at 10:51 am

      Chuck Todd is a repug shill and should be suspended or fired.

    • 113 prettyfoot58
      January 27, 2013 at 11:03 am


  32. January 27, 2013 at 10:28 am

  33. 115 yardarm756
    January 27, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Goooood morning everyone. This is how I feel this a.m.

    • 116 Dakota
      January 27, 2013 at 10:57 am

      Mornin’ sailor!

    • 117 prettyfoot58
      January 27, 2013 at 11:06 am

      Morninggggggg…How wonderful is that …sailor! smilin

    • 119 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      January 27, 2013 at 11:15 am

      One of my favorite plays. Saw it several times on Broadway each time with a different lead — Cleavon Little, Clifton Davis (thought he was fine!) and Robert Guillaumé. First time I saw it, my Mom and I were next up in the “will Call” line, this older lady rush through the lobby door, jumped in front of me to get change for $100 and dashed back out the door; she came back and apologized for cutting, explaining that she had to pay the cabbie — it was Helen Martin who played Idella. My Mom and I were guests of Sherman Hemsley who was a family friend that worked with one Uncle at the Post Office and hung out at another Uncle’s bar.

      As I am a procrastinator, “The First Thing Monday Morning” is my theme song!

    • 121 jacquelineoboomer
      January 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      Ahhh. The feel-good mood! I recognize that! What a great choice for a mornin’ song, even if it’s late mornin’ for some of us.

      Good morning/afternoon, Yardarm and TODville!

  34. 123 carolyn
    January 27, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I read the New Republic article…..the headline is total hype. I honestly don’t know how they thought that up from the interview…I guess it’s a way to lure readers. The interviewer’s questions were actually pretty thoughtful, and the president’s remarks were measured. That is not the impression in the headline.

    • 124 prettyfoot58
      January 27, 2013 at 11:11 am

      you are so right Carolyn…

      this is one of the pivital comments PBO made about building bridges in the struggle for gun safety regulations…

      Part of being able to move this forward is understanding the reality of guns in urban areas are very different from the realities of guns in rural areas. And if you grew up and your dad gave you a hunting rifle when you were ten, and you went out and spent the day with him and your uncles, and that became part of your family’s traditions, you can see why you’d be pretty protective of that..

      There was a gunshow here in Philadelphia this weekend…actually i never knew that my city hosted gun shows…Oooo weeee…

      i wonder how many patrons bought guns without having to undergo background checks….

      i must say that i do not know what state law is about this…

  35. 125 desertflower
    January 27, 2013 at 11:02 am

    h/t Jefferson Obama


    Threatened by long-term declining participation in shooting sports, the firearms industry has poured millions of dollars into a broad campaign to ensure its future by getting guns into the hands of more, and younger, children.

    The industry’s strategies include giving firearms, ammunition and cash to youth groups; weakening state restrictions on hunting by young children; marketing an affordable military-style rifle for “junior shooters” and sponsoring semiautomatic-handgun competitions for youths; and developing a target-shooting video game that promotes brand-name weapons, with links to the Web sites of their makers.

    The pages of Junior Shooters, an industry-supported magazine that seeks to get children involved in the recreational use of firearms, once featured a smiling 15-year-old girl clutching a semiautomatic rifle. At the end of an accompanying article that extolled target shooting with a Bushmaster AR-15 — an advertisement elsewhere in the magazine directed readers to a coupon for buying one — the author encouraged youngsters to share the article with a parent.

    “Who knows?” it said. “Maybe you’ll find a Bushmaster AR-15 under your tree some frosty Christmas morning!”

  36. January 27, 2013 at 11:10 am

  37. 127 HZ
    January 27, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Good Morning Chips and our TOD Family. I hope everyone will have a lovely day. Good thoughts going from my heart to LL and Mrs. LL this morning. Also to WesleyA’s wife. Prayers of healing for both families, I pray.

    Lovely clouds and a little rain where I am on the west coast. I love this weather as long as I can stay inside.

    Be as loving and joyful to each other and say a word of thankfulness for our president and family.

    I am looking forward to 60 Minutes tonight. I love how POB always is a step ahead of the rascals. Our Team of Rivals showing them something, for sure. I love seeing our SOS and our POTUS together.

    Bless our POTUS, FLOTUS, VPOTUS and Dr. Jill Biden and their families. Bless our SS Detail men and women. Bless the entire Cabinet and all of POB’s Advisers. Bless all of the new nominations that are set for hearings.
    Give our President wisdom in all of his decisions today and the coming days. We give thanks during our meditations, morning services, and throughout the weeks for the Administration. Please bless and protect our military men and women and their families all over this world. We thank them for their service. We ask for mercy and grace to favor our president.

    Be joyful TOD family and enjoy your Sun. ((((((( Lots of love to all of you)))))))))HZ

    Oh, that moving song by the Children Gospel Choir that performed at the Inaugural Prayer Service that POB and FLOTUS were so moved by is called: “Determined To Go On.” It was written by Patrick Lundy and sung by him on his new album. Beautiful. My new devotional/meditation music. Very uplifting for our President. HZ

  38. 128 vcprezofan2
    January 27, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Signing in to say I may have risen, but I’m not so sure about the shining part. Good Morning/Afternoon to the shiners, and greetings to the risen! I have no idea why *I* am feeling so sleepy, especially since I checked out ‘early’ last night. Anyway, onward to see what other TODobots have had to say so far today.

  39. 131 dotster3
    January 27, 2013 at 11:21 am

  40. 132 vcprezofan2
    January 27, 2013 at 11:21 am

    BTW, I liked that New Republic interview. I always appreciate seeing into the President’s mind.

    • 133 prettyfoot58
      January 27, 2013 at 11:28 am


      it is always good to hear what he is thinking and why …….from his own lips……. instead of hearing it from the so-called political analysts….yeah!

  41. 134 prettyfoot58
    January 27, 2013 at 11:23 am

  42. 135 desertflower
    January 27, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Chuck Todd ‏@chucktodd
    @DavidShuster @jonhusted I spoke about the issue of gerrymandering hurting Congress. Said way to fix Congress was to fix that. He agreed
    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin
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    Funny that Husted “agreed” when he wanted to make voting so uneven and difficult!

    • 136 hopefruit2
      January 27, 2013 at 11:30 am

      So they had to meet over lunch for THAT? That could have been addressed in a 2-5 minute segment on Todd’s MSNBC morning show. Chuck Todd you ain’t fooling us. Just like you didn’t fool us with your “enthusiasm gap” BS last year.

  43. 137 hopefruit2
    January 27, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Save it Chuckie! You’ve been busted. Your history and Jon Husted’s history speak for themselves.

  44. 139 desertflower
    January 27, 2013 at 11:28 am


    A Missed Opportunity
    By Chuck Todd, NationalJournal.com
    © National Journal Group Inc.
    Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005

    With the Republican Party on the ropes, attention is shifting to the Democratic response. A variety of advice is flowing in, most of it revolving around the issue of “reform” — be it reforming government to make it work better (Katrina) or reforming it to make it appear less corruptible.

  45. 140 desertflower
    January 27, 2013 at 11:30 am

    David Shuster ‏@DavidShuster
    .@chucktodd I hear ya re. Still, @jonhusted used you, out of context, to boost himself. Your response/clarification was helpful. Thx.
    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin
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    • 141 hopefruit2
      January 27, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Chuck Todd is not off the hook. And that response/clarification didn’t help either. Why didn’t he himself report on that meeting? Because he didn’t plan to. He wanted to keep it secret, but Husted outed them.

      • 142 prettyfoot58
        January 27, 2013 at 11:37 am

        it is not so much that he met with him…it is his response to the issue of Voter Supression that is at issue for me…

        • 143 hopefruit2
          January 27, 2013 at 11:41 am

          Well the private lunch meeting is relevant given the both Todd’s history of failure to report on voter-suppression and Husted’s history of voter suppression as Ohio’s SOS, along with the fact that Todd did not report/tweet anything about it until confronted with demands for clarification based on Husted’s tweet.

          If a FOX News journalist met privately with an NRA head to discuss “gun control” we would have the same reaction, and for all the right reasons.

          • 144 prettyfoot58
            January 27, 2013 at 11:53 am

            a journalist meets with individuals when gathering information for story…… that is necessary…but now as the smoke clears it seems as if Todd was speaking at some kind of gathering of SoSs…what we do not know is if the remarks that Husted tweeted are what Todd said in his speech to the group/or the result of a private conversation/or in what context those remarks were made…all in all…it does give us all pause…to say the least…

            • 145 hopefruit2
              January 27, 2013 at 12:02 pm

              I find it rather curious that all this info is dripping out, when Todd could have immediately clarified all of this last night when it first broke out. Instead he was being vague and evasive as possible.

              I think they’ve had time to think about and come up with an “explanation” and are now putting it out there. I don’t trust ANYTHING chuck Todd or Husted say. They are both shills for the Republican party and their credibility is ZERO on matters of electoral politics.

              • 146 prettyfoot58
                January 27, 2013 at 12:05 pm

                i do not trust Todd or Husted …either…
                and for those who gave Todd the benefit of doubt..i wonder how they are taking this…

              • January 27, 2013 at 12:28 pm

                Chuck Todd’s full of shit. He could have clarified this immediately. The first responses to that tweet echoed what everyone has been saying all night. He said nothing. They very first response.

                • 150 hopefruit2
                  January 27, 2013 at 12:34 pm

                  Exactly. And no politician has any business tweeting that a journalist “agreed with them” on any controversial and sensitive political issue – particularly when the said politician is known to have adopted highly partisan and controversial positions in recent history about the issue being discussed.

                  If Nancy Pelosi had tweeted that Rachel Maddow agreed with her at a meeting about abortion rights…Maddow would be disciplined or fired. Let’s be honest here.

  46. January 27, 2013 at 11:33 am

  47. 156 Xtine
    January 27, 2013 at 11:33 am

    LL & the Gentleman Trucker who’s wife is in a coma (apologies but I didn’t note your name), my thoughts are with you.

  48. 157 prettyfoot58
    January 27, 2013 at 11:36 am

  49. 160 dotster3
    January 27, 2013 at 11:36 am

    More idiocy from Marco Rubio. I continue to fail to be impressed with Rubio’s grasp on any significant topic. He is such a pretender.

    • 161 Xtine
      January 27, 2013 at 11:43 am

      Damn, Dotster3, I almost had a coffee spill! LOL! This is a dunce in need of a profound Dunce Hat & a chair in a far away corner. Never thought I’d go along w/ that punishment for anyone, but these idiots have driven me to empathy-free state towards them.

  50. 164 Vicki
    January 27, 2013 at 11:42 am

    MSM/GOP/RW/Corporate Overlord propaganda consists not only of the lies they tell: “enthusiam gap” but of the truths they hide
    For example—-fisrt presidential campaign 2008 had 1 million small individual donors.
    In 2012 there were THREE million individual donors.

  51. 165 prettyfoot58
    January 27, 2013 at 11:44 am

    the plot thickens…now he was speaking in front of a gathering of SoS…

    • 166 hopefruit2
      January 27, 2013 at 11:47 am

      So why are we only NOW hearing about this?!? As a journalist, isn’t it Todd’s duty to report on these meetings? Why a private lunch meeting with “a gathering of secretaries of state?” Secretaries of WHICH states? Let’s get a roll call of all who were present at that lunch meeting.

      • 167 amk for obama
        January 27, 2013 at 11:53 am

        egg.sack.lee. Who exactly were those SoS’? And why only phuck today was there ? What about the other ‘journos’ ? And why all the secrecy until husted busted today?

    • 168 desertflower
      January 27, 2013 at 11:48 am


  52. 169 amk for obama
    January 27, 2013 at 11:45 am

  53. 171 collegekay
    January 27, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Chuck didn’t have a private meeting with Husted, though. I don’t understand the outrage here.

    Seems more like Husted used Chuck Todd’s comments to make it seem like he’s for gerrymandering reform when we know he is not. We remember what he tried to do in Ohio.

    • 172 hopefruit2
      January 27, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      Karma is a bitch. When you lie with dogs you wake up with fleas. If Chuck Todd wasn’t a dishonest reporter from the get-go, people would have granted him the benefit of the doubt. But when you spend an entire year manufacturing BS stories about enthusiasm gaps, while ignoring REAL voter suppression on the other side, you have sown the seeds of a malignancy that will bloom at a time least convenient for you.

    • 173 hopefruit2
      January 27, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      And if you notice, Chuckles mentioned nothing of the meeting prior to Husted’s tweet, and since then he has been attacking the folks on Twitter, instead of Husted for supposedly misrepresenting him at the meeting.

    • January 27, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      WE remember what Husted tried to do in Ohio. Does Chuck Todd? Chuck Todd was immediately asked to clarify his position because it appeared at first that he was agreeing with Husted’s way of “reform”. All Chuck did was clarify that he was talking about the House and not nationally. Chuck should know better.

  54. 175 collegekay
    January 27, 2013 at 11:56 am

    I enjoyed the above interview. I’m anxious for 60 minutes tonight. 🙂

  55. 176 prettyfoot58
    January 27, 2013 at 11:59 am

    ALEC’s Fingerprints Are All Over the Electoral College Rigging Efforts in Blue States

    In early 2010, Karl Rove laid out the Republican approach to redistricting in a Wall Street Journal article titled, “He who controls redistricting can control Congress” and his words were prophetic as Republicans held the House of Representatives despite earning 1.4 million fewer votes than Democrats. Once Republicans controlled state legislatures, they had free rein to begin redistricting to tilt elections in Republicans’ favor, and it was ALEC that provided Republican governors and state legislators with the redistricting tactic to rig Electoral College votes and guarantee a Republican will always be president….

    more here…


    • 177 Obama Grandmama
      January 27, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      I wonder if All the states changed their way of districting in that same way it would still tip to the GOP? Or is it only a cherry picking advantage?

  56. January 27, 2013 at 12:10 pm

  57. 179 Sam UK Obama Supporter
    January 27, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I know this is o/t but has anyone here seen the movie ‘Lincoln’? I am being taken to see it next weekend as a late birthday present. I love American history and Abraham Lincoln is one of my favorite presidents (it goes without saying that my ABSOLUTE fav prez is PBO!!).

    I have been lurking more than commenting lately as I’ve had a lot on my mind but I LOVED the coverage of the inauguration and associated events, Chips you are a genious, thank you.

    Hopefully will be back to commenting more frequently after Tuesday. I just want to add that we are so blessed to be living in the age of Obama.

    • 180 hopefruit2
      January 27, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      I believe that BWD and Jovie (among others) saw it and thought it was an excellent movie. I am yet to see it, but do plan on doing so.

    • January 27, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      I saw the movie and absolutely loved it! Really remarkable effort, and the audience applauded at the end. You’ll enjoy it. Daniel Day Lewis outdid himself, once again.

      • 183 carolyn
        January 27, 2013 at 4:09 pm

        This movie is excellent. I was so lucky….I saw the movie all alone in an empty theater, with no one around me choping popcornor texting…I was enthralled for the entire time, Never once looked at my watch, which is how I judge movies. The acting is so excellent, you really think that is Lincoln on the screen. I was a history major, but I learned new information, which I really liked. Also, Sally Field did an excellent job as Mary, and Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens is also superb. I see few movies, and choose them carefully. This was worth it…I went on a Tuesday evening, toward the end of the run at the particular theater which is why it was empty. I loved the private screening!

    • 184 carolmaewy
      January 27, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      You should love it if you like history. I know I did. 🙂

  58. January 27, 2013 at 12:40 pm

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