Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama reacts to a photograph during an interview with David Letterman during a taping of the “Late Show with David Letterman” at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, N.Y., Sept. 18, 2012 (Pete Souza)


MooooOOOOoooorning Early Birds!

50 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 6 Ladyhawke
    September 18, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Good Morning Chips and all of my little CHIPadees. I just love seeing President Obama laughing like that. He is such a good sport. It looks Dave is really ribbing him about that bear hug.

  2. 14 LDS
    September 18, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Good morning, TOD.
    Congratulations vetivera24!
    I feel good when I see PBO smiling, too.

    Ms. Chips knows us so well.
    Have a great day everyone. I am off for a brisk walk. Catch you later.

  3. 17 Ladyhawke
    September 18, 2013 at 7:44 am

    FISA Court rules metadata collection constitutional

    By Smartypants


    Today the Obama administration declassified another FISA Court ruling. This is a big one. In it, the court ruled that the NSA collection of metadata is constitutional (pdf).
    Given that a headline like the one I’ve used here doesn’t attract the kind of linkbait you get from saying “The government is illegally spying on you!” it will be interesting to see how many media outlets report on this story.



  4. September 18, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Good morning, TODville. Stand up and fight for what you believe in!!

  5. 20 Ladyhawke
    September 18, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Wall Street Journal Warns GOP That Government Shutdown Could Give Democrats The House


    • 21 Ladyhawke
      September 18, 2013 at 7:58 am

      Here’s a great comment at this post:



      Sep. 17th, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      I’ve been participating in, and studying, American politics for over 40 years, Robert, and republicans seem incapable of learning anything. Trickle down economics didn’t bring economic prosperity, but they’re still pushing it; Americans signaled long ago that they were fed up with endless war, but the GWB administration invaded Iraq; Americans want the federal government to invest in America, but republicans still want a bloated defense budget, etc. I could go on and on. The major reason republicans don’t listen to the people who pay their salaries is because special interest groups have a stranglehold on them. These groups “score” their votes and threaten to primary them. These groups along with corporations and wealthy individuals guide the way they vote. They only use republican rank and filers to get elected, and once they’re in office, they forget about them. Yet, their supporters keep voting for them and they and their families keep losing.


    • September 18, 2013 at 9:12 am

      What’s clear in the article, LH, is that the Republicans intend a full court press to blame the president for a shutdown or continuing resolution. I think we all have to be prepared to start calling people in our precincts to make sure they understand what’s really happening, in addition to flooding phone lines and e-mails of our reps. We have to take it as a given that the media will side with the Republicans so we have to own the phone lines and the door to door information flow. We have to own the social media and we have to get the message straight. A shut down gives us a golden opportunity for 2014. But it will only work if we take full advantage of it.

  6. 23 hopefruit2
    September 18, 2013 at 7:59 am

    ‘Morning Chips & TOD, April just tweeted this out and wants all to retweet as much as we can 🙂

  7. 26 Jovie
    September 18, 2013 at 8:00 am

  8. 30 Jovie
    September 18, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Dem: GOP to blame for ‘idiotic’ risk of shut down, debt default
    By Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) on Tuesday blamed House Republicans for putting Congress in a position of risking a government shutdown and a default on the national debt, and called on the GOP to quickly get out of this “idiotic” position.

    “I appreciate the recognition of the signing of our Constitution, which has been described as a document created by geniuses for a government that could be run by idiots,” Blumenauer said on the House floor. He was noting others’ recognition of the 226th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.

    LOL !

  9. 31 Jovie
    September 18, 2013 at 8:13 am

    T Baggers get a free pass in the media. It’s all Obama hating 24/7. That’s what’s wrong with The President. It’s not fair.

    • September 18, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Well, Jovie, we won in 2012, despite non-stop Obama bashing in the media and endless predictions of doom. What it took was community organizing. Putting together teams, working the phones, walking the doors. If that’s what it takes to win back the Congress and restore some sanity to this country, that’s what we have to do. We showed we were very, very powerful when we work together. It’s time to dust off our community organizer guidebooks.

  10. 33 hopefruit2
    September 18, 2013 at 8:39 am

    LOL! Richard Wolfe has been reading my tweets about his book and retweeting people’s replies countering my objections to his book. Now he responds directly to me…

    • 34 Allison
      September 18, 2013 at 8:46 am

      Wolffe was on Lawrence last night pimping his book. I wouldn’t purchase that trash. He has absolutely NO inside knowledge of the Obama Machine!

    • 36 dotster3
      September 18, 2013 at 8:51 am

      What has happened to Richard Wolffe? Money, money, money? And from what I’ve seen, that book seems to be really dumb and shallow—–writing a whole book on some disgruntled person’s petty gossip, about little meaningless squabbles within a campaign.

      • 37 hopefruit2
        September 18, 2013 at 8:56 am

        Exactly – a feature of ALL campaigns. Would he (or anyone else) be so quick to write about the Romney campaign – which probably had far more dysfunction than your average? I don’t think so.

      • September 18, 2013 at 9:02 am

        I got through half the excerpt and stopped. Too tedious and just a very gossipy tone. Even if one iota of it about the campaign is true, it really doesn’t matter anymore.

      • 39 Vicki
        September 18, 2013 at 9:13 am

        Something bad, that’s for sure. Richard seems tired of and disgusted with the President. I’d like Wolffe to take a long vacation and return with a better attitude.

        • 40 carolyn
          September 18, 2013 at 9:28 am

          Richard is no longer close to POTUS and his group. That is making him crazy, I think. I won’t read his book, or excerpts, what you all have said is enough info for me. He desperately WANTS to be on the inside, but he isn’t. When an actual member of the campaign writes a book, then that will be credible. The MSNBC shows have to have him come on as a guest…..contractually.

  11. 41 hopefruit2
    September 18, 2013 at 8:50 am

    • September 18, 2013 at 9:17 am

      Every time we get good news like this, Hf, it hurts a Republican so they get more and more determined to destroy the economy.
      Bob is right about the GOP being the single biggest menace to the US since the Confederacy.

  12. 43 Ladyhawke
    September 18, 2013 at 8:58 am

    ‘This is about political cash, not political principle’

    By Steve Benen


    According to Walsh, who knows the internal workings of GOP politics quite well, conservative activist organizations are effectively waging a political war because political wars make for a convenient fundraising tool.

    Why would Republican groups invest so much energy and resources into attacking conservative Republicans? Why would these far-right organizations push a strategy that would undermine their allies’ political standing and put the House GOP majority at risk? Why would the groups pretend to be hair-on-fire apoplectic about a moderate health care reform law based on bipartisan provisions?

    Because it puts money in their pockets, that’s why.



  13. September 18, 2013 at 8:59 am

    September 18, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Good news, and I hope it makes up for the “beer” incident by far. Despite some emoprogs on Balloon Juice, I think preserving black history is just as important sometimes as 10,000 scholarships can be. Of course, he’s one of those hated “financial people” who is also awful for trying to buy Dell computers.

    (from end of last thread)

  14. 45 Vicki
    September 18, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Chips,the Telemundo excerpts are great and they answered the ? I had which was what is POTUS’ message to immigrant communities. Maybe I’m misreading it but I think the message is that Boehner and Republican House members are standing in the way of reform and decency and that voting them all out and Democrats in, in 2014 or for that matter in any election ever is the best path forward for the country.
    PBO didn’t close the door in the present, either. All John Boehner has to do is bring the Immigation reform bill up in the House and it will pass.
    President Obama did say he cannot now stop the deportations which are the source of pain and suffering .
    Latinos aren’t the only community which wishes the president had a Magic Wand.

    • 46 Lovepolitics2008
      September 18, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Very interesting when he said that if he maneuvered to stop deportations, then there wouldn’t be an incentive for Congress to resolve the matter legislatively.

      Remember the debate about him not signing an executive order to stop DADT ? Many supporters, me included, argued that the President didn’t want to do something that would “allow” Congress to dither and not resolve the problem… Well, it’s pretty clear by now that it was indeed the president’s thinking. Maintaining PRESSURE on Congress…

  15. 48 desertflower
    September 18, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Morning and Happy Hump day! Well, here’s an interesting tidbit to choke down with your morning coffee!

    http://www.democracycorps.com/Republican-Party-Project/mapping-the-republican-brain/ (Who knew they even HAD brains!)

    The Republican Party is descending into unchartered realms of unpopularity with the country, even as its deepening divisions leave it immobilized in the face of doomsday budget deadlines.[1] If you want to know why Speaker Boehner has appealed to Democrats for help, you need go no further than the three ascendant blocs of Evangelicals, Tea Party supporters, and moderates that we described in our first Republican Party Project report last month.[2]

    But you will understand the current war in the Republican Party better if you are able to see the the six underlying attitudinal dimensions that run through the consciousness of today’s Republican Party supporters. It is these dimensions that create the passionate factions at war against ‘Obamacare,” gay marriage, and immigration.

    We uncovered these underlying dimensions using a multivariate factor analysis that took the inter-correlation of each question with every other question to identify factors that organize Republican voter consciousness on a range of issues, from politics to values to emotions.[3] We used big data analysis to identify six underlying dimensions that, in effect, map the Republican brain.

    These are the six dimensions running through the attitudes of Republican identifiers:

    Read the link to see these particular identifiers:)

  16. 49 GGAIL
    September 18, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family. I love his smile!

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