Early Bird Chat

‏@petesouza: Pres Obama inside a Ford truck following his speech in KC


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds!

197,000,000,000,000 thank yous to UT (and Amk!) for all the stupendous posts yesterday – I told her I’d be “back in a bit” yesterday morning, and here I am: 24 hours later 😕

UT? ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ya!

47 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    September 21, 2013 at 7:07 am


    • September 21, 2013 at 7:09 am

      MoooooOOOOooooOOOoooooOOOoooorning Legend!!!!! Honestly can’t thank you enough for yesterday UT, I left you with 24 hours of work when I thought I’d be “back in a bit”! You are TOO brilliant!!!!

    • 5 Judith Fardig
      September 21, 2013 at 11:23 am

      Yes, you, lovely UT! The President looks so darn happy in this photo as do all the people surrounding him!

  2. 8 utaustinliberal
    September 21, 2013 at 7:14 am

    OMG…Chips, when you sent me a frantic message about doing Rise and Shine because something popped up, I swear I was about to take a shower and head out. I turned back, did the fastest Rise and Shine ever, hoped it was coherent and headed out faster than Speedy Gonzalez. I figured, Chips would be back by the time I was done with what I needed to do but noooooooo….you left me all alone all day to run TOD while you were in Hollywood thrilling the paparazzi. 😀

    But this is why we’re a team; so anytime, my friend. Anytime.

    Now I DEMAND George Clooney’s autograph and a bag of cheesy puffs! 😀

    • September 21, 2013 at 7:22 am


      And that’s the VERY least you deserve!!!

      Where would I be without ya?

      The gist of my day: wake up, through sleepy eyes read text message, my Aunt (and a few others) are coming to visit, complete and total panic, run around like a fruit loop trying to tidy the place and prepare some form of lunch that is semi-edible, they arrive, all’s good, ‘they won’t be here long’, I say to myself, about eight hours later they leave, I fall asleep, partly through the trauma of it all and from talking too much, wake up, see that UT noted I wasn’t back in a bit and kept the ship floating very beautifully.

      That’s why I love ya girl!!!!

      • 10 utaustinliberal
        September 21, 2013 at 7:41 am

        Yay!!!!! Clooney and Cheesy Puffs. All is right in my world.

        Unannounced relatives visiting is one of the most panic inducing moments ever. You have to make sure the house is clean, you have to make sure there’s food, you have to make sure the house is CLEAN!!!! Phew…..glad it went well and you were able to enjoy them. 😀

        Thank you again for the kind words. Very much appreciated. It was my pleasure to help out.

        • September 21, 2013 at 7:46 am

          And the thing is UT, all week I’d been saying ‘this place needs a clean …. ah, I’ll do it at the weekend’. 😕

          And all week I’d been saying ‘I really need to some food-shopping …. ah, I’ll do it at the weekend’. 😕

          Any way, I’m guessing you were probably more worn out at the end of the day than me, I was able to catch up on everything I missed yesterday just by reading your posts this morning.

          You’re a rather good person.

          THANK YOU AGAIN!!!!

          • 12 utaustinliberal
            September 21, 2013 at 8:03 am

            Thank you…thank you…thank you. That’s what I looooooooove about TOD and doing Rise and Shine, News of The Day, Tweets, Covering Pres. Obama’s day, etc. I always have that thought in mind. I want it to be easy for anyone to say, okay, I didn’t turn on the TV today, I didn’t watch the news today, but I can scroll through Rise and Shine, News of The Day, Coverage of Pres. Obama’s day and say I know what happened in D.C. today, I know what the government did or didn’t do. I know what progress has been made today. So, I’m so thankful that proved true for you and you were able to catch up on the news from the posts.

            TODers are wonderful in that manner. I can scroll through the comments thread and catch up on domestic and international news in the span of 30 seconds. It’s mind blowingly wonderful. Great community you’ve created Chiparoo! 😀

  3. September 21, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Can you imagine you a lil boy named Barack Obama and you actually grow up to be the PRESIDENT? This is why I luv the Pres he never forgets his roots and this car thing is part of it. And people know. thanks Chip for this beautiful picture!

  4. September 21, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks…..Early Birds!

  5. September 21, 2013 at 7:34 am

    With all the destructive behavior in Congress – voting to repeal Obamacare 40+ times, threatening to shut-down the government, threatening not to raise the debt ceiling, voting against common sense gun reform and immigration reform, reducing funding for food stamps…..there seems to be a theme about some of the “saner” Republicans not wanting to be primaried as the reason they are giving in to the sprinkling of TPers that seem to be calling the shots.

    In my opinion, being primaried is only a concern if your plan is to make your Congressional seat a life-long career; not to serve the people who elected you to that office. You worry about being primaried if your goal is to set yourself up for some high-paying position, not make sure your constituents have jobs. You worry about being primaried if your objective is to get legislation in place that benefits your already profitable company/industry, not providing benefits to those who are in need. Doing what is right for your constituents — and the American people overall — may cause you to get primaried by the fringes, but best case, I would hope that those people that you are doing right by would stand by you at the polls. At a minimum, you would at least know in your heart that you have done the right thing; that you understand that it’s not about what’s in it for YOU!

    President Obama is a good example of that. Throughout his first term, he stepped up for the under-represented in this country and made decisions that could be considered political suicide. But PBO knew that it was not about him. In his heart he knew that the decisions he made were the right thing to do; decisions that, when all was said and done, he could look at himself in the mirror without shame. In 2012, the people for whom he fought overwhelmingly stood by him at the polls.

    So for those Congress people who are worried about being primaried, DO THE RIGHT THING! IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU!

    • 19 utaustinliberal
      September 21, 2013 at 7:51 am

      *CLAP….CLAP….CLAP* Brilliant comment Swbluega!

      I 100% concur. When one is elected to Congress or the White House, one is sent there to do the job of we the people. One is sent there to pass laws and policies that improve the lives of we the people. One is not sent there to deny 25-30 million health insurance. One is not sent there to doom over 4 million people to a life of hunger and poverty by cutting food stamp funds. One is not sent there to push the economy over a cliff and laugh while doing so.

      I’d rather one have the courage that President Obama displayed in his first term (and continues to display) and fight for we the people. Fight for the least amongst us. Fight for men, women, children, students, the poor, the middle-class, the working class and if one gets primaried, fight like hell for your seat and stand up tall because you did your job. You made life just a little bit better for we the people.

      • September 21, 2013 at 8:05 am

        That whole “fear of being primaried” thing is like scraping nails on a chalkboard to me (yep I’m aging myself). Plus, what’s to stop anyone from running against any incumbent in any given election? There’s always the possibility that someone thinks they can do a better job, or {gasp} sincerely want to serve the people.

        That fear of being primaried says that they know that what they’re doing is wrong…that’s just their way of justifying it.

    • September 21, 2013 at 8:39 am

      Yes, SW, for these scaredy cats who defy their own common sense and vote with the nuts, it’s all about themselves and never, ever about us.

    • 24 amk for obama
      September 21, 2013 at 8:53 am

      Sorry. Not.Gonna.Happen. No pol is and will ever be like PBO.

      • September 21, 2013 at 9:03 am

        😆 “No pol is and will ever be like PBO” True, but that still should not stop them for doing the right thing.

        I aagee, PBO has definitely raised the bar.

    • September 21, 2013 at 8:57 am

      Perfectly stated. That excuse the Repubs give infuriates me to no end. And the ultimate implication is that the whole country has to give in to 50 rabid extremists because the rest of the GOP caucus is afraid its members might lose their jobs. It is treasonous!

      Good morning everyone. 🙂

    • 27 a4alice
      September 21, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Good comment SW – I cannot believe the destructive things this congress has done to this country. Our President is amazing.

    • September 21, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      Bravo! The President has said “you don’t become President to BE something; you become President to DO something”, and that’s a lesson these other elected officials don’t seem to get.

  6. 29 Ladyhawke
    September 21, 2013 at 7:40 am




  7. 30 Jovie
    September 21, 2013 at 7:54 am

    The only good news, a silver lining, if the T baggers close government and or default, chance of winning the house back and gaining seats in senate goes up ten fold . As a matter of fact, a likelihood.
    People are sick of it, maybe already are. Now they will have the crazy base running to the polls, but indes will vote democratic. That’s the key, indes…

    • September 21, 2013 at 8:09 am

      Problem is, the people who are causing all the turmoil are the ones least likely to suffer. “Self-Sacrifice” is not their motto…more like “Self-Serving”

  8. 32 Ladyhawke
    September 21, 2013 at 8:04 am


    — President Barack Obama, September 20, 2013


    This is the United States of America. We’re not some banana republic. This is not a deadbeat nation. We don’t run out on our tab. We’re the world’s bedrock investment. The entire world looks to us to make sure the world economy is stable. We can’t just not pay our bills. And even threatening something like that is the height of irresponsibility.

    So what I’ve said is I will not negotiate over the full faith and credit of the United States. I am not going to allow anyone to harm this country’s reputation. I’m not going to allow them to inflict economic pain on millions of our own people just so they can make an ideological point.


  9. September 21, 2013 at 8:15 am

    “Gunman’s Employer Sought Navy Consulting Work”


    A little more than 24 hours after an IT contractor gunned down a dozen workers at the Washington Navy Yard, the CEO of the company he worked for sent an email to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus saying he has the experience to help the military improve its security.

    The email from The Experts chief Thomas Hoshko, which included descriptions of his background and expertise, stunned some Navy leaders still reeling from the shooting rampage Monday that left 13 people dead, including the gunman, former Navy reservist Aaron Alexis.

  10. 38 Vicki
    September 21, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Ten more days—–10 ,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1——ACA Obamacare signup

  11. 42 anniebella
    September 21, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Pete Souza is a Red Sox fan. I love your photos Pete, but your baseball team not so much.

    • 43 anniebella
      September 21, 2013 at 9:12 am

      At least Souza is not a Yankee fan.

      • 44 LDS
        September 21, 2013 at 1:13 pm

        Excussssse me!
        I can look out of my window and see the new Yankee Stadium, Ms. Anniebella.
        ( I cannot stand George Stienbrenner, though. So much I do not care of I misspelled his name wrong)
        Which brings me to this: Why the hell is every owner building new stadiums, all of a sudden?
        And I believed I read somewhere Congress folks get a tax write off for those expensive sky boxes. I don’t know if it’s true, but if it is those asses who voted against SNAP should rot in hell for getting all of the free gifts and gratitudes and give to their made up charity at the end of the year. Then they think they have done their civic duty for the year.

  12. 45 a4alice
    September 21, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Mornin’ TOD. I got 3 whole days off. I’m getting me a cup of coffee and a paper and pencil and write down a big fat to do list. 😀

    (Read: I’ll start the to do list and then get distracted and look for it Monday night – ha!)

  13. 47 hopefruit2
    September 21, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Our President knows that the people love him and appreciate the good that he does for them. It’s what keeps him going and fuels him every day. He cherishes the positive vibes that he gets when he’s surrounded by ordinary folks. Spending time with ordinary Americans is a healing balm from the hateful acrimony of the DC beltway media, Emoprog Left and idiots in congress. 🙂 🙂

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