Early Bird Chat


President Barack Obama prepares to record the weekly video address in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Oct. 9, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)


73 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    October 9, 2013 at 7:30 am

    GM TOD

  2. October 9, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Good morning Donna ~ Good morning all.

  3. October 9, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Good Morning UT…TOD Early Birds!!!

  4. 5 amk for obama
    October 9, 2013 at 7:35 am

    GM folks.

  5. 6 amk for obama
    October 9, 2013 at 7:43 am

  6. October 9, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Good morning everybody. Please take five minutes to go to AARPinternational.org, click on contact, and tell them why the AARP has to actively engage its members in calling REPUBLICAN congressmen re breaching the debt ceiling. Seniors are a powerful and consistent voting bloc and many are unaware of the consequences TO THEMSELVES of not raising the debt ceiling. The AARP is reluctant to panic seniors, but panic generates calls and that’s what we need right now. Also this is great preparation for 2014.

  7. 8 amk for obama
    October 9, 2013 at 7:56 am

  8. October 9, 2013 at 8:06 am

    The NY State of Health (NYSOH), the official health plan marketplace, today announced that over 40,000 New Yorkers have signed up for quality, low-cost health insurance in just a little over one week, more than any other state reporting thus far. These 40,000 New Yorkers completed the full application process and were found eligible for health insurance plans allowing them to now choose the low-cost health care plans they applied for.


  9. 11 amk for obama
    October 9, 2013 at 8:06 am

  10. October 9, 2013 at 8:15 am

    “”CIA to call back thousands of furloughed employees”


    The CIA plans to begin calling thousands of furloughed employees back to work Wednesday, U.S. officials said, in an effort to contain the cumulative toll of a government shutdown stretching into its second week.

    In a statement issued Tuesday to the CIA’s workforce, Director John Brennan cited concern about the “potential adverse cumulative and unseen impact on our national security” of furloughs that had forced employees across almost every category of the agency’s workforce to leave their jobs.

    In a hearing last week, Clapper testified that the furloughs were having an “insidious” effect on intelligence gathering and analysis, making the nation more vulnerable to terrorist attacks and other threats.

  11. 13 amk for obama
    October 9, 2013 at 8:17 am

    How do you see the end game playing here? The gloomers and doomers at bj are saying the moneyed class will not interfere with the goppers ‘cos they already have plans if the market crashes ? O’rly ? How? Even assuming the murkan wall street types are willing to take that bet, someone, somewhere in the world is going to lose by that much and they will remain silent? And what about the two biggest creditors, china & japan, who roughly hold 2.5 trillion of US debt (20%), will simply allow their value of their credit to crash?

    • October 9, 2013 at 8:31 am

      This was from yesterday:

      • 16 amk for obama
        October 9, 2013 at 8:38 am

        Also. Too. Japan. I expect more pressure from other nations too, who hold the balance 50-55%.. Thugs have no way except to cave.


        • October 9, 2013 at 8:47 am

          Thanks for the link.

          I honestly don’t know how this ends, but I’m furious that the RWNJs are putting us through this horrendous worry. The arrogance is especially galling.

          • October 9, 2013 at 9:01 am

            Meta, I went beyond furious and am on to rage. The RWNJ’s are the most careless of human life of any group I have ever seen, short of the fascist dictators in WWII. I have been cudgeling my brain trying to come up with new ways to get people to understand what Republicans are doing and direct their rage to the right people. That’s why I’ve been pushing the senior angle since they comprise such a huge voting bloc. An out of control, insane group has taken over a house of Congress and the majority of Americans simply don’t see what’s going on. Just the loss of SS checks alone would cause so much human hardship that I truly shudder to think of it. The only small glimmer of hope I have is that Republicans can be defeated next year and we can take back the House, increase the Senate and win back our state houses.

            • October 9, 2013 at 9:07 am

              I hear you! I’m at my wit’s end. What will it take for people to wake up and see that the Rs are on a full-scale operation to end our democracy. Between the Kochs, Dick Armey, Jim DeMint, Frank Luntz, the idiot newbie TPs in Congress who couldn’t recite the most basic of civics lessons if their life depended on it, the puppetry we now witness as the MSM, the loathsome PLs whining at every turn —– I’m losing it!

              • October 9, 2013 at 9:08 am

                OH, and the freakin’ SUPREME COURT, dismantling voting rights and most likely campaign financing laws! It’s horrendous and unfathomable!

            • 21 amk for obama
              October 9, 2013 at 9:09 am

              Mebbe the loss of SS checks is the shock they need to wake up. I will share a political incident that is gripping India now. A big state was bifurcated into two (due to political as well regional reasons). Both sides of the cause (those who do not want the split and those who do) took to the streets since each perceived they will lose out. They are holding both the state and the central govt to account now for more than a week. The pols are seen scrambling to sort out the issue to satisfy both sides. Why is this not happening in US? Why are ludicrous teabagger marches not being countered by those who are affected by these nuts?

              • October 9, 2013 at 9:23 am

                Sometimes I wonder if people are even paying attention. But you’re absolutely right about SS checks. That will send people off the deep end.

                • 23 amk for obama
                  October 9, 2013 at 9:53 am

                  I know that will affect all including those are paying attention and who oppose the rethugs. On the upside, all people of opposing ideology can unite and make the rethugs back off.

    • October 9, 2013 at 10:53 am

      Yeah – I just had this conversation with my sister two days ago. A default will affect the global economy, so I can’t see how the moneyed interests can be ok with trashing the US economy, thinking they’ll be ok with their foreign holdings. The only thing that “makes sense” is if their racism is stronger than their greed, and they’re willing to burn the whole thing down in order to prevent minorities from having it good in the US (since demographics are changing). Nothing else makes sense!

      • 25 amk for obama
        October 9, 2013 at 11:55 am

        I am still confident that more than the internal pressure, it will be the external pressure that will change this. American constitution needs a revisit.

  12. October 9, 2013 at 8:20 am

  13. 27 hopefruit2
    October 9, 2013 at 8:22 am

    • October 9, 2013 at 9:04 am

      HF, I hope he continues to do this every day. There are endless numbers of regional newspapers and tv/radio stations that the president can hit. He can also make forays into VA and MD without it seeming that he’s spending a lot of money and he can keep reaching out to Americans. Would also like to see Joe Biden take up the cause and get on the road.

    • 29 Sandy1110
      October 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      He doesn’t have to ‘make his case’, he just needs to explain why the GOP is wrong, which is what the MSM will not do. More false equivalence that this is some sort of contest where ‘both sides’ have a ‘case’ to make.

  14. 30 amk for obama
    October 9, 2013 at 8:26 am

    US ‘to suspend Egypt military aid’ over crackdown


  15. 34 Jovie
    October 9, 2013 at 8:32 am

    • 35 globalcitizenlinda
      October 9, 2013 at 8:48 am

      So AZ is trying to neutralize the voter registrations done as part of ObamaCare enrollment.

      this is a law suit waiting to happen – expect more gop-controlled states to follow and AG Holder will direct DOJ to take them to court.

  16. 37 Ladyhawke
    October 9, 2013 at 8:33 am

    It Takes Just 10 Sentences For Obama to Obliterate Republicans on the Debt Ceiling

    By: Jason Easley


    The president summed up the contradiction that is at the heart of the Republican position. How can Republicans expect Obama to give them unilateral concessions when they are also arguing that the debt ceiling is no big deal? If the debt ceiling really wasn’t a big deal, why would Republicans expect the president to give them anything? Much like everything else surrounding the Republican argument, this makes no sense.



  17. 38 Jovie
    October 9, 2013 at 8:35 am

    This debt limit thing is very dangerous for many reasons.
    Coburn running around saying who cares about the debt limit.
    His idea of a balanced budget is getting rid of 26.7 trillion in spending.
    That means the south won the civil war ,that it was all a ruse the Union won.

  18. 39 hopefruit2
    October 9, 2013 at 8:37 am

  19. October 9, 2013 at 8:37 am

    As America’s attention is focused on the government shut down and the debt ceiling, states continue to implement rules to suppress the vote:


    “Arizona law may restrict voting in local elections”


    Arizona residents who registered to vote using forms provided by the federal government will not be allowed to vote in state and local elections next year, according to an opinion issued by the state’s attorney general, setting up the possibility of a two-track electoral system that will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and impact just a small handful of voters.

    The opinion means Arizona counties will have to print two separate ballots: One set that will allow voters who used the state form to register to vote in federal, state and local elections, and one that will allow voters who used the federal form to register to vote only on federal elections.

  20. 43 hopefruit2
    October 9, 2013 at 8:38 am

  21. 46 Ladyhawke
    October 9, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Paul Begala ‏@PaulBegala 11h

    .@johnboehner has called 42 separate votes to repeal Obamacare. Why won’t he call one to fund the govt? #JustVote

  22. October 9, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Mooooooooorning early birds, thank yooooooooou UT!

  23. October 9, 2013 at 8:46 am

    “CDC calls back experts on foodborne illnesses”


    Nearly a dozen experts on foodborne illnesses who were furloughed because of the government shutdown have been called back to work, in part to help with an ongoing salmonella outbreak that has sickened nearly 300 people, including some who have been hospitalized with difficult-to-treat infections.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that it had called back several data analysts and epidemiologists whose jobs are to track down and respond to foodborne illnesses across the country.

  24. 51 Ladyhawke
    October 9, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Greg Sargent ‏@ThePlumLineGS 2h

    Cantor again confirms Rs will only negotiate with threat of widespread harm to economy giving them leverage:


  25. 52 hopefruit2
    October 9, 2013 at 8:47 am

  26. 53 Jovie
    October 9, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Yesterday, I saw an articke that the zero troops idea is happening in Afghanistan bc of various issues that Karzai will not agree to .
    Today, they said they expect a deal !
    Two different reports , one day apart !
    Then, yesterday, US canceling Aide to Egypt, US not canceling Aide to Egyot.
    Basically, somebody leaks shit to press to screw up WH messaging. It’s all about confusing people.

  27. 54 globalcitizenlinda
    October 9, 2013 at 8:50 am

  28. 55 Jovie
    October 9, 2013 at 8:52 am

    So the big talking of GOP?
    The president is overreaching on shutdown and debt limit bc he don’t negotiate.
    Wow! Nice spin.
    If the American people fall for that one we are the stupidest country in the Milky Way.

  29. 56 amk for obama
    October 9, 2013 at 8:53 am

    But then again, I would take these freepthepoll online polls with a bottle of salt.

    • 57 hopefruit2
      October 9, 2013 at 8:57 am

      A lot of the so-called “Libertarian Left” identifies with the Tea Party GOP. That includes buggers like Greenwald, Sirota, Hamsher, Snowden, certain viruses/bacteria on Old Orange, HuffnPuff, etc….

  30. October 9, 2013 at 8:56 am

    “Essential? Boehner’s office orders exclusive gyms for Congress members to stay open during #GOPshutdown”



    The GOP shutdown has halted loans to small businesses…. furloughed thousands and thousands of government workers… denied cancer patients clinical trial treatment…

    … here’s what the GOP shutdown kept open, because apparently this was deemed “essential”:
    [E]xclusive gyms available only to members of Congress have remained open throughout the shutdown.

    According to the aide, the decision to keep the gym open — even while other critical government services were shelved — came directly from Speaker Boehner’s office. Meanwhile, the staff gym available to Congressional staff has been closed.

  31. October 9, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Whenever I see/hear the name Yoho, it registers as “yahoo” in my mind—-some radical, tea party nutball yahoo from Fl., which he is. The GOP seems to be just a collection of crazies now, the most extreme, lame brained cuckoo birds ever to infiltrate our government—-without a lick of common sense in any of them.

  32. 60 Ladyhawke
    October 9, 2013 at 9:02 am

    If they don’t get their way, the country pays. At this point, it just feels like the Republican Party leadership should be arrested for dereliction of duty.

  33. 61 dotster3
    October 9, 2013 at 9:03 am

    WP is boycotting my comments today. Wonder why——they were absolutely brilliant. I promise.

  34. 69 vcprezofan2
    October 9, 2013 at 9:18 am

    GoooOOood Morning, Chips Chica AND TODobots all! Despite shutdown, it will be a good day…..if my willing it is picked up by the ‘will’ gods!

    I woke up this morning thinking this is a nice ‘Thank you, Dems!’ day. Hope some of you will join me in thank you messages to your representatives. I don’t doubt some of them are receiving negative push from the rwnjs who think internet gives them license to share their vile minds. Today, let’s counter with the beauty of **our** minds! HAVE A GREAT DAY!

  35. 71 desertflower
    October 9, 2013 at 9:22 am

    GM! The stupid continues unabated…..we have HUGE work to do.


    Yesterday, Rand Paul tweeted that the solution to the debt ceiling crisis is for the United States to “cut up the credit card and balance our budget.”

    Interesting, considering how since 2009, the budget has been balanced more rapidly than at any time in modern history. A congressman from Florida, Dennis Ross wrote yesterday, “For the first time since the Korean War, total federal spending has gone down for two years in a row.” Ross is a Republican who supports a the passage of a clean continuing resolution, and Politifact declared his statement to be unequivocally “TRUE.” Of course it is.

    The deficit, specifically related to Paul’s call for a balanced budget, has declined by more than 50 percent and, by the end of the president’s second term, it will have dropped to around two percent of GDP. That’s superb especially considering the deficit was a record $1.4 trillion four years ago.

    As for the debt, do we really need to do this dance again? Yes, the debt is high, continues to rise and long-term debt will eventually become problematic. But why is the current debt so high? Several things, according to CBPP and Bloomberg: two wars during the Bush years; the Bush tax cuts; the Great Recession; and the bailouts (TARP, the stimulus, etc). So if the GOP is this radically against long-term debt, why didn’t they speak up years ago? A question for the ages.

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