Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Claire Duncan, daughter of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, watch a tennis match at Camp David, Md., Oct. 3, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


MooooOOOOOoooorning Early Birds!

60 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

    • October 3, 2013 at 9:00 am

      Mooooorning tnmtngirl!

      • October 3, 2013 at 9:10 am

        Moooooooooorning back, Chips. I made the last comment on the other thread. Saying that I agree w/carolyn that we hope PO will do a prime time speech. I believe we are headed toward a constitutional crisis.

        • 4 hopefruit2
          October 3, 2013 at 9:28 am

          He will do a prime time speech if and when he deems it to be maximally effective – when the country is fully ready to listen to HIM and no one else. I trust our President’s timing on such matters.

          • 5 kathryn kivett
            October 3, 2013 at 10:18 am

            HF, I do not doubt for one minute that PBO will do what and when he thinks something is effective nor am I in any way trying to tell him what to do…….only hoping he will do something to “help” shut up the Teaparty b/c living where I do, I hear the negativity EVERY day…..all of us are not blessed to live in an area of the country that is open to “hear” what PBO has to say, but if he can reach only a fraction of the naysayers perhaps they can bring pressure on their representatives to do the right thing.

  1. 6 GGAIL
    October 3, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  2. 9 Ladyhawke
    October 3, 2013 at 9:07 am

    The Media Really Are To Blame

    By Chez Pazienza


    Instead what we’ve gotten over the past few days is more of what we’ve come to expect from the mainstream political press. CNN, ABC, and the Washington Post have all lamented the “dysfunction” in Washington for this miasma, with “both sides” of course being to blame. Except that both sides aren’t to blame and haven’t been for quite a while. Again, there’s no precedent for what we’re seeing right now. Saying that Barack Obama and the Democrats have “allowed” the government to be shutdown by not capitulating completely to the GOP’s demands is like saying that by not handing over all your money to a guy sticking a gun in your face, you’re “allowing” yourself to be shot in the head and therefore bear some of the blame. The mainstream media have refused for too long to acknowledge that there’s been a guy with a gun in quite a few of the negotiations we’ve seen in Washington over the past few years. And because of this, because they enabled that guy at every turn, he now figures he can get away with shooting all of us.



  3. 11 JER
    October 3, 2013 at 9:12 am

    LIVE STREAM ALERT: 10:40 AM EDT – President Obama Speaks at the M. Luis Construction Company – Rockville, Maryland: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  4. 14 Ladyhawke
    October 3, 2013 at 9:14 am


    No, Obama is not unwilling to negotiate with the GOP. And no, Harry Reid is not the one who caused a government shutdown.

    By Bill Scher


    The House conservatives who refused to keep the government open without kneecapping ObamaCare seem to believe, now that the government has shut down, they can win the public opinion fight and force Democrats to back down.

    But to make the case that their actions and demands were reasonable, Republicans need arguments that are remotely plausible. Instead, they are heading into battle with claims that I would call paper-thin, were that not a grave insult to paper. Here are the five legs on which the Republican position can’t stand.

    1. Obama won’t negotiate

    Speaker Boehner embraced this argument in a web video with the tag line, “Why is the Obama administration willing to negotiate with Putin on Syria… but not with Congress to address Washington’s spending problem?” That’s a disingenuous reading of the situation. Washington is at an impasse because Republicans have repeatedly snubbed Obama’s offer for a budget compromise that pairs a stingier Social Security cost-of-living formula with corporate tax increases. Republicans refused to negotiate over taxes.


    Read the full post here ……


    • 15 99ts
      October 3, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Washington does not have a spending problem & the world is amazed that Putin is willing to negotiate with President Obama while Boehner and the GOP are not.

      It will be interesting to see who wakes up first – the GOP or the media.

    • October 3, 2013 at 9:29 am

      “Republicans are just demanding what the people want”

      The question remains…WHAT PEOPLE ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT?????

      The people who, like them, have health insurance, have jobs, and have no need of the services that are being denied to many Americans?

      Why don’t they just say, “The people who are lining my pockets and calling the shots don’t want to create opportunities for average Americans to climb the socio-economic ladder. “

  5. October 3, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Good Thursday Morning Chipsticks, TODers…Everyone!!! 😀

    ❤ ❤ HAPPY ANNIVERSARY President and Mrs. Obama…..A Love for the Ages….A Love that Inspires! ❤ ❤

    I have High Hopes that today whatever sanity and moral conscience that exist within our legislature will surface and that the so-called “Moderate” Republicans“ will get a backbone and put their claims into action….and that the government shutdown will end and people can go back to work.

    Everyone have a productive and rewarding day!

  6. 18 Ladyhawke
    October 3, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Who put the handcuffs on Boehner? These guys did

    By Jay Bookman


    One way to answer that question is to look at the 80 conservative Republican congressmen who back in August sent a letter to Boehner, demanding that he refuse to pass a spending bill unless ObamaCare is defunded. By some accounts, that letter — initiated by U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, and backed by groups such as FreedomWorks and Heritage Action — is the origin of this government shutdown.
    So who are the members of this “suicide caucus,” as it was dubbed by Charles Krauthammer?
    Ryan Lizza, writing in The New Yorker, gives us a very useful breakdown:
    In short, these 80 members represent an America where the population is getting whiter, where there are few major cities, where Obama lost the last election in a landslide, and where the Republican Party is becoming more dominant and more popular. Meanwhile, in national politics, each of these trends is actually reversed.”



  7. 19 57andfemale
    October 3, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Gov. Beshear of KY – my hero!

    He just gave the best messaging on ACA I have ever heard, short of PBO. And he’s talking to Kentuckyians. He was fantastic on cspan.

    • 20 hopefruit2
      October 3, 2013 at 9:26 am

      Yes, I saw him on CSPAN. He is a great advocate of the ACA. Something tells me that we won’t see him on any of the cable propaganda stations.

  8. October 3, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Morning Chips and TOD. Another day of craziness ahead!

  9. 23 japa21
    October 3, 2013 at 9:28 am

  10. October 3, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Gooood Moornrnnninggggg, Chips and TODville.

    With Senate GOPers turning on Cruz and Cruz turning on Senate GOPers, it’s only a matter of time.


  11. October 3, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Up and at ’em all you O’s!!!! It’s a great getting up day again in the great land of TOD!!!!

    Got an LOL from #1 who lives in No Dakota. My 3rd grade, 8 year old grandson asked her for advice. There’s a girl in his class who keeps kissing him on the cheek when he least expects it. He said, “I just don’t know what to do, it’s yucky and gross!” She plans to talk to her mom, but I thought it was hilarious. Now, he thinks kisses from girls are yucky. Soon, he’ll think kisses from girls will make him lucky.

  12. 27 Ladyhawke
    October 3, 2013 at 9:35 am


    The tea party created an existential threat to America, not Obamacare

    By pretending that the Affordable Care Act poses such an existential risk to the republic that it merits dragging our national character through the mud of a government shutdown, tea party Republicans are belittling the very real crises America soon may face.

    By Justin Holbrook


    The existential crisis is the one that tea party Republicans are creating. This crisis is abusing the give-and-take of the political process to such a degree that both our national pride and credit are at risk in the world. It is creating such a rift in the Republican Party that we have to spend more time defending rather than celebrating Republican ideals.

    If tea party Republicans want to avoid an existential threat to the republic, they should remember that their first loyalty is not to defeating the Affordable Care Act or winning the next election. Their first loyalty is to the republic.

    They should remember what Benjamin Franklin said when asked what form of government the Founders gave us: A republic, if we can keep it.



    • October 3, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Well, LH, I croaked at the line about ‘defending Republican ideal.’ Really? I’d like Holbrook to name one GOP ‘ideal’ that wasn’t based on hatred of the government, distrust of the democratic process, contempt for women and outright discrimination against minorities. They’ve got nothing to sell that anybody wants.

  13. 29 japa21
    October 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

  14. 30 JER
    October 3, 2013 at 9:36 am

    • 31 99ts
      October 3, 2013 at 9:40 am

      71-21 – be nice if that was duplicated throughout the US – give the GOP something to think about

      • October 3, 2013 at 9:52 am

        99ts, I’d settle for a one point lead as long as we win the seats. We’ve got to flip a minimum of 17 seats–20 would be better and a whole lot of Republican state houses. That mountain MUST be scaled.

        • 33 99ts
          October 3, 2013 at 10:00 am

          Everything crossed and more – it would be nice if the dems had some wins in Nov this year – your country needs a sane & rational party system – it seems defeating the current RWNJs in all elections is the only way this will be understood.

    • 34 Vicki
      October 3, 2013 at 9:58 am

      I arrived on TOD to post this remarkable news and was excited to see it already here!!
      This is good on every level.
      Bill deBlasio is a great and true Progressive.

      His triumph has defeated the all media spin and hype for his opponents. The NY newspapers are entirely irrelevant in the electoral process in NYC. The people here pick our leaders.
      Koch money, TP money is irrelevant in NYC as well. After Bloomberg no matter how many billions you pour in, no matter how you try to suppress our votes, it will not work.

      And highpower endorsements—Guliani—- hahahahaha

      Let NYC in 2013 be the canary in the coalmine for the GOP.

  15. 35 99ts
    October 3, 2013 at 9:37 am

    And in my country the fool from the ABC is saying “this is a fight between the democrats and the republicans” – I just let fly with an email – “If your correspondent has been reporting on the US for 4 years – she should NOT repeat the lies of the US media. She MUST know the republicans have caused the shutdown of the government.” etc

  16. 36 Ladyhawke
    October 3, 2013 at 9:44 am


    Obama Cleverly Uses CNBC Interview to Turn Wall St Against Boehner and the Tea Party

    BY JASON Easley


    President Obama went on CNBC today, and cleverly worked to ramp up the pressure on Speaker Boehner and the tea party by turning Wall Street against the party that they fund.
    President Obama wasn’t trying to scare Wall Street, but he did let them know what Republican behavior is going to cost them. Obama went on CNBC for a reason. He was intentionally reaching out to the financial sector to put heat on the House Republicans. The president didn’t target all House Republicans, just the faction of 80 that are insisting on getting rid of the ACA.



  17. 37 hopefruit2
    October 3, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Chuck Todd is getting more unhinged as he realizes that his BFF’s in the GOP are losing the shutdown battle…Chuck decides to pounce on DWS with a grievance that is highly irrelevant to the core issue at hand.

  18. October 3, 2013 at 9:46 am

    I wonder how many Tea Partyers were among the 800,000 furloughed or have lost government services because of the furlough. How many of them are signing up for and receiving affordable health care insurance for which they had previously been denied (although they are probably refusing to admit it’s Obamacare)?

    Are they starting to see what their TP champions are really all about, or are they looking at it as a sacrifice they’re willing to make for the cause?

  19. October 3, 2013 at 9:49 am

    GM Chips, that’s one of my favorite photos of the President and VP. Things are getting very interesting in our area. Yesterday, our congressmen took to the local paper to say he was opposed to a government shutdown and voted against it. Leave aside all the other BS he added, but the point is, he knew he would get positive feedback for saying that in public. Well, lo and behold, THIS morning the congressman from a nearby district, who did vote for shutdown, said he had changed his mind and would vote to fund the government. These guys didn’t wake up with a conscience, they’re getting public pressure to grow up and stop playing games. I expect to see more such ‘conversion’ statements in the days ahead. Pressure from a lot of sources–big business, big donors, the general public and a whole lot of other wise people has to start landing on Boehner’s head so it finally becomes unbearable. The shutdown is going to be felt in a lot of communities, especially where there are military bases and civilian employees. Boehner has the votes. He just needs to be forced to use them.

    By way, my mouth infection turned out to be some kind of fungus (ugh) and this is my fourth day of living on a liquid diet. You have no idea how much I crave a piece of toast.

  20. 46 Ladyhawke
    October 3, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Foreign Press Baffled As ‘Messed-Up’ U.S. Government Shuts Down

    BY Dylan Scott


    Foreign press correspondents, left trying to explain an inexplicable situation to their audiences back home, are dumbfounded. TPM talked with Washington reporters from around the world, everywhere from South Korea to Sweden to Turkey, to ask them what they thought about the first U.S. government shutdown in 17 years. Some of their takes were quite frank.

    Lee-Anne Goodman, Canadian Press

    “This is a weird, messed-up feature of the American political system. I suppose the checks and balances obsession made sense 200 years ago. It makes no sense any longer.”

    “For a country that fancies itself the greatest democracy on Earth, the fact that a small band of outliers in one party can essentially shut down the federal government over a petty political brawl seems woefully undemocratic.”



  21. October 3, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Who does this remind you of?!!!!

  22. 52 kathryn kivett
    October 3, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Good Morning….Happy Anniversary PBO and FLOTUS….your marriage is an inspiration to all……….well, well, well,…..Chuckie just debunked the talking points that were aimed at seniors about Obamacares…..actually making it clear the advantages of Obamacares for seniors, will wonders never cease….and that blond bimbo he has on is typical of what Republican woman is like….Now, I am in agreement with everyone who would like a PRIME time address from PBO….a dumbed down, aimed at 5th grade mentality address slowly explaining how we got here and who is to blame and who is being hurt by these actions including the debt limit consequences……..

  23. 53 kathryn kivett
    October 3, 2013 at 9:56 am

    On another off topic note……who has taken their flu shot this year?…..On my way right now….

  24. October 3, 2013 at 9:59 am

    hf2, Thanks for your response regarding prime time speech by PO. You are absolutely correct. I needed that reminder. 🙂 🙂

  25. October 3, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Some positive news….


    “8-Year-Old Boy Rewarded for Returning $1,450 to Happy Owner”


    A quick walk with their golden retriever turned into a morality test for one New Hampshire boy and his dad recently. And the two — who found $1,450 in cash but immediately turned it over to police — passed with flying colors…

    Good guys have been happily trendy lately, according to various Good Samaritan news reports: Earlier this month, a Boston homeless man became a celebrated local hero after he found a backpack containing tens of thousands of dollars in cash and travelers checks, turning it right over the police. Also this year, a Tennessee man found $13,000 on top of a trash can, an auto-detailing shop owner in Missouri found $1,200 in cash, a California couple found $6,900 in an envelope at a DMV office, and an out-of-work teacher in Texas stumbled upon a bag containing $20,000 in cash. In every remarkable case, the money was returned to its owner or handed over to police.

    • 56 99ts
      October 3, 2013 at 10:09 am

      My Mom was born on 3rd October – Barack and Michelle married on her 72nd birthday 🙂 – and I’ve only just discovered this – must have been missing in mind when it has been mentioned in previous years. – What has this to do with your positive news?

      Years ago my Mom found $50 in the street – busy high street shopping area. She handed it in to the police – who thought she was slightly crazy. Her reasoning “I would be devastated to lose $50 – some poor soul must be frantic”. 3 months later she received a letter telling her no-one had claimed the money – and she could collect it at the Police station.

  26. 58 amk for obama
    October 3, 2013 at 10:00 am

    In my part of the world, the newspapers are laying the blame squarely on the rethug asses. Until americans start demanding some journalistic standards (and stop listening to rwnj radio nuts), they will continue to be ratfucked by the thugs.

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