Early Bird Chat

On This Day – Pete Souza:

“Much to Sasha’s chagrin, the President starts dancing to the music at the Fiesta Latina event on the South Lawn of the White House.” Oct. 13, 2009



57 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Arnie
    October 13, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Good morning!

  2. 4 Roberta in MN
    October 13, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Good Morning Chips & congrats on 1st Arnie.

  3. 5 idon
    October 13, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Wow! congrats on being first. I love that pic. I love the expression on Sasha’s face, while she watches her daddy dance. So much love there 🙂

  4. 6 Roberta in MN
    October 13, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Thanks for the picture Chips, the young ladies have sure grown up to be beautiful young teenagers. What a change. Love to see the change in their maturity. Can always count on you & the other blog tyrants to post what is important.

  5. 7 ber6964
    October 13, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Good Morning Chips and all the Early Birds.

  6. 9 Ladyhawke
    October 13, 2013 at 8:41 am

    On Eve Of Shutdown, House GOP Rigged The House Rules To Prevent Democrats Reopening Government


    Under this special rule, such an attempt to fund the government “may be offered only by the majority Leader or his designee.” Thus, with a shutdown looming, the power to allow a vote that would likely have prevented the government from closing was left in Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) hands. Cantor, of course, chose not to exercise that power.



  7. 10 Ladyhawke
    October 13, 2013 at 8:42 am

    The GOP’s little rule change they hoped you wouldn’t notice

  8. 16 africa
    October 13, 2013 at 8:46 am

  9. 17 africa
    October 13, 2013 at 8:55 am

  10. 18 Jovie
    October 13, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Bob Orange Sherbert Joan of Arc and KornHacky giving thoughts about shutdown .
    Yup, it’s now Bidens fault, not Obamas .
    He he.

    • 19 hopefruit2
      October 13, 2013 at 9:22 am

      They are grasping at straws here…their emoprog desperation is beginning to kick in. They were all secretly hoping that PBO/Dems would have given in to something by mid-week last week, and that turned out to not be the case. Not even Allan Grayson or Bernie Sanders are appearing on MSNBC to trash PBO. So now the emos have to scrap their “Obama caves!” narratives, and put off the fundraising – until when, they don’t know.

  11. 20 utaustinliberal
    October 13, 2013 at 8:57 am

    “Much to Sasha’s chagrin, the President starts dancing to the music at the Fiesta Latina event on the South Lawn of the White House.” – Pete Souza: Genius with a camera and a man with a great sense of humor.

    That put a smile on my face. Thanks Chiparooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  12. 22 africa
    October 13, 2013 at 8:58 am

  13. 23 desertflower
    October 13, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Happy Sunday morning! The dog was staring me down at 7:30 last night…this damn change to fall darkness is KILLING ME! Who goes to bed at 7:30??? Me. Chips, thanks for the bottle of BS…I took you up on that, which would be part of the reason for the 7:30 bedtime, just easier to blame the dog:)

    This song popped into my head…. Chain of Fools…guess who!!

    • October 13, 2013 at 9:06 am

      7:30??!!?? Now, that was a STRONG bottle of BS!!!! Morning DF!!!

      • 25 desertflower
        October 13, 2013 at 9:18 am

        Seriously:) I had ONE drink…coupled with the 3 HOURS of math tutoring AND the week from hell at work….WALA! 7:30, lights out! I miss all the fun here if I keep that up…this has to stop!! Morning, Chips:) Serious countdown to Danny now!!!

    • 26 Dudette
      October 13, 2013 at 9:45 am

      Good Morning!

      This is PERFECT, df! Hope you are nice and rested!
      Love me some Ree-Ree in the Morning! 🙂

  14. 27 Vicki
    October 13, 2013 at 9:01 am

    The WH, Senate Democrats and House Democrats certainly Do have a plan:
    This hideous impasse—not of their making—— will be leveraged to relitigate the sequester.
    Soon, I hope, the government will re-open, a longtime debt ceiling will be in place and a CR will do the funding until bloody and battered Republicans agree to spending levels sufficient to meet America’s needs.

    A better world is possible.

  15. 29 Don
    October 13, 2013 at 9:10 am

    F**k Herbert and Joan of Arc, before President Obama came into office we never had health care on a level such as Obamacare. Our gay brothers and sisters were getting kicked out of the military. Our gay brothers and sisters also had to endure DOMA. Without President Obama black farmers would have not gotten their money for all the injustice they had to endure. I could list many more things that would not have happened if not for President Obama. Life changing events have happened because of President Obama, not even the Democrat’s lord and savior Bill Clinton achieved what President Obama has achieved. So spare e what Herbert or Joan of Arc or any one of a thousand wanna-be leaders have to say when it comes to President Obama.

  16. October 13, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Good Sunday Morning Chipsticks…TOD Early Birds!!!

  17. 31 desertflower
    October 13, 2013 at 9:16 am

    THIS is what needs to happen. The very words “debt ceiling” is a misnomer, sounding as if it is the authority to raise the amount of debt that America can take on, when in fact, it is just the authority to pay the bills that Congress has already approved. Many Americans don’t understand this, Republicans use this misnomer to confuse their already confused and ignorant base, and here we are.


    I can’t seem to copy from this link, so here’s the original: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/10/11/here-are-three-options-for-ending-the-debt-ceiling-crisis-forever/

    This is, by far, the easiest way to stop future debt-ceiling crises. Get rid of the debt ceiling. After all, it serves little purpose anyway — except to cause chaos.
    A bit of history: Back when Congress enacted the statutory debt limit in 1917, it was arguably a useful device for Congress to prevent the president from spending however much he pleased. But since 1974, Congress has created a formal budget process to control spending levels. The debt ceiling doesn’t do anything to determine the level of spending. It only allows the Treasury Department to pay for bills Congress has already racked up.
    As such, many experts don’t see why there’s any need for a separate debt ceiling — especially when a failure to lift it is so devastating. In a January survey of academic economists by the University of Chicago, 84 percent agreed that having a debt ceiling “creates unneeded uncertainty and can potentially lead to worse financial outcomes.”
    So how do you repeal it? One option would be to simply roll back the 1917 statute. But maybe that wont fully solve the problem. After all, Article I of the Constitution clearly states that only Congress has the power “[t]o borrow Money on the credit of the United States.”

    If we did this, Republicans would no longer have a way to extract a RANSOM from the people to get their way…so the ONLY WAY to even get Congress to consider this intelligent scenario, is to VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS AND GET RID OF THESE REPUBLICAN RANSOM TAKERS/ TERRORISTS!! VOTE!

  18. 32 yardarm756
    October 13, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Good morning you lot. I see that several of you have left port under a full head-o-steam. Hopefully toward calm waters.

  19. 33 desertflower
    October 13, 2013 at 9:24 am

    This is great, but I can’t get it off of here!! HELP! ( and yes, I would!)


  20. 37 hopefruit2
    October 13, 2013 at 9:24 am

  21. 41 hopefruit2
    October 13, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Daisy and her friends look quite content amid the hustle and bustle of storm preparations. 🙂

    • 42 amk for obama
      October 13, 2013 at 9:47 am

      Amazingly, the casualty is only in single digit so far. Both federal and state govts did a good job of moving nearly 900,000 people to shelters.

  22. 45 amk for obama
    October 13, 2013 at 9:42 am

  23. 54 a4alice
    October 13, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Ooo here’s Sen. Warren giving them the what for:

  24. 55 taiping1
    October 13, 2013 at 10:48 am


    Good comment by Henrik Hertzberg at The New Yorker on the 14th Amendment.

    “What also matters, of course, is: compared with what? In the end, Obama could have no honorable choice but to invoke the Fourteenth. There is little doubt that he would prevail. The Supreme Court would be unlikely even to consider the matter, since no one would have standing to bring a successful suit: when the government pays its bills, who is damaged? The House Republicans might draw up articles of impeachment, adopt them, and send them to the Senate, where the probability of a conviction would be zero. This would not be a replay of Bill Clinton and the intern. President Clinton was not remotely guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors, but he was guilty of something, and that something was sordid. Yet impeachment was what put Clinton on a glide path to his present pinnacle as a wildly popular statesman. President Obama would be guilty only of saving the nation’s economy, and the world’s. It would be all he could do to head off a post-Bloombergian boomlet to somehow get around another amendment, the Twenty-second, and usher him to a third term. ♦”

  25. 56 anniebella
    October 13, 2013 at 11:04 am

    A lovely picture of POTUS and Sasha.

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