Early Bird Chat

President Obama pets Bo in the Outer Oval Office, Oct. 29, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)



89 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    October 29, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Goood Mooorniiing Chips!!

  2. 7 Roberta in MN
    October 29, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Is that Danny getting you up early these days? Megan got me up at 4am CST. I went back to bed but couldn’t go back to sleep. Catching up on some blogs to read and waiting for my early morning chat.

    • October 29, 2013 at 7:27 am

      Yep, it’s all Danny’s fault, Roberta! My days of getting up late and going to bed very late are over!

      • 9 Roberta in MN
        October 29, 2013 at 7:31 am

        I dreamt (sp) about him last night. He was a little stinker. But I rolled around the floor with him & had a great time. I miss my Son’s Clara. She was a yellow Lab. Just beautiful and had just an awesome personality.

  3. 10 Roberta in MN
    October 29, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Helloo?? Anyone out there?

  4. October 29, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks…TOD Early Birds!!!

    I see I missed all the celebrations on yesterday — TOD 4 year anniversary…22,000,000 + hits (and moving quickly towards 23,000,000). WOW!!!!

    Congrats Chipsticks for creating such a quality, multifaceted site!!! And kudos to all the blog tyrants who assist you in keeping this site going. THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO.

    And AMK! Congrats to your daughter on her accomplishment… and a pat on the back for the proud parents!

  5. 14 Roberta in MN
    October 29, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Good Morning swbluega, Chips & I thought awe were all alone here today. Welcome. Another voice heard.:-)

  6. 15 africa
    October 29, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Good morning everyone!!

  7. October 29, 2013 at 7:41 am

    [Yawwwwn… Stretch] Happy Morning Everybody! 😀

    • 24 Roberta in MN
      October 29, 2013 at 8:36 am

      Moorning dudette. Thanks for the music not sure I am up to that yet. Still need some quiet time. 🙂

      • 25 Dudette
        October 29, 2013 at 8:42 am

        Good Morning Roberta!
        Ha, ha! I’m just the opposite! If it’s quiet around me, I’ll go back to sleep! 🙂

        Have a great day! #ROAR

  8. 26 sherijr
    October 29, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Happy Tuesday All ~ man we’ve had some beautiful weather here- Sooo my 14 yr old son, who shows such disdain for my interest/love of politics and all things POTUS, has decided to dress up this Halloween… AS: President Obama. 🙂 🙂

  9. October 29, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Good morning to all, I just saw a new poll and Christie continues to have a 2 to 1 lead over Buono. Today he’ll be touring the shore on another one of his Sandy photo ops. I am very disappointed in dems and the poll noted half the people voting for Christie want him to run for president. How someone who has done so much damage is not perceived accurately is truly amazing. Teachers, whom he screwed royally , must be voting for him with those poll numbers. I am so disillusioned.

    • 30 globalcitizenlinda
      October 29, 2013 at 8:15 am


    • October 29, 2013 at 8:17 am

      Diane, I don’t understand what’s happened in NJ. They seem to have lost all common sense. And if they want Christie to run for president, why are they voting for him for governor because he will do absolutely nothing for them in that position. Also, will NJ actually vote for a Republican for president, rather than a Dem? It’s incomprehensible and very frustrating.

      • 32 99ts
        October 29, 2013 at 8:24 am

        If they vote for him for Governor – most likely they will vote for him for President – he seems to have the art of stopping any conversation that criticizes him in any way – the outcry if PBO acted in the same way would be unbelievable. Not sure how the diet is going – but given he is trying to lose weight it seems most likely he wants to go for President.

        • 33 dotster3
          October 29, 2013 at 8:41 am

          Just saw him on the Today Show—–he has lost a considerable amount of weight—-but it was a complete disgusting love fest. Everything he said was the funniest thing in the whole world——no matter what he said, it was all just so wonderful, all anchors in beaming, admiration mode. What in the world????

        • October 29, 2013 at 11:10 am

          Christie had surgery to affect weight loss so the diet should work.

      • October 29, 2013 at 8:35 am

        The local NJ and national media are VERY friendly towards Christie. And this is why people are uninformed. If MSNBC were to give Christie half the scrutiny that they gave to PBO at ANY time, Christie would not pass the sniff test. Christie also has name recognition than Buono does not have, again thanks in part to the MSM, and it’s not clear to me what kind of campaign apparatus she has. Wendy Davis of TX gets far more exposure and positive media attention than Buono has gotten. Hillary Clinton (who is not even running yet, if ever) gets far more media attention than Buono.

        • 36 Lovepolitics2008
          October 29, 2013 at 9:38 am

          The media is salivating for a match between Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie. Because they know it would mean a close election. Close election means an exciting horse race and ratings, and THAT’S what the media is living for.

          As for Christie’s appeal…

          we political junkies are well informed. We know about the policies of candidates, we have seen lots of charts that prove republicans are HORRIBLE at governing, that their economic philosophy is destructive, that the deficits and debt go up with them, that they don’t create growth and don’t understand how you build an economy that LASTS. We know that with republicans, it’s the free for all with corporations, deregulation, and on and on… We know that in foreign policy they’re equally as bad.

          The vast majority of americans, however, are either not informed or misinformed. If the policies don’t affect them PERSONALLY, they either don’t give a damn, or don’t even know that those policies are in place. So on what do they BASE their vote ? On “impressions”. Do they like the candidate ? Do they IDENTIFY with him/her? For what party have they voted traditionally ? For what party do their friends vote ? Do they feel like it’s time for a “change” ?

          Christie looks like the guy next door. He’s a bit of a “macho” guy and many many americans mistake this for “leadership”. He may have disastrous policies but he sincerely loves his state and it shows. He is mean and autocratic, but people are not aware of that. The public persona of Christie is pretty appealing for many. The man has a certain populist charisma, he’s an astute politician, is good at photo ups. He is comfortable when talking with ordinary people ( as opposed to Romney who was pretty bad in that regard).

          If the media would do its job and really inform the people, it would help americans to see beyond the superficial. But we know, unfortunately, that it’s not the case. We have plenty of examples. How do you explain that a state voting overwhelmingly for Barack Obama can vote for Christie at THE SAME TIME ?? Pennsylvania is another example: giving a comfortable majority to Barack Obama after having voted for a moron as governor.

          I really hate to say this, but I see Chris Christie as a big threat. Watch for the “Christiemania” to begin the next morning after his election as governor. If he’s able to win the republican primary, I fear him. I fear that independents would be seduced by him and choose “change” . But “change” in a sense of returning to something more “comfortable” after eight years of a presidency that has been transformational and has forced people to grow up. Hillary’s strengths -she’s potentially the first female president, and she’s well known, having been in the spotlight for over twenty years – may be vulnerabilities at the same time.

          Again, sorry for being negative a bit. I just had to share my concerns with you guys.

          A bit of hope: the GOP is destroying its brand right now. So much that it could make people less vulnerable to the superficial qualities of Christie.

          • 37 Obama Grandmama
            October 29, 2013 at 11:20 am

            Pretty succinct summary. One part of Christie’s personality that makes me think he is totally unsuitable to be POTUS is his quick temper. The videos showing him putting down people asking him questions make me think he would be a time bomb with foreign leaders. I know that quality would convince some that he would be great always standing up for us. To me his temper and only seeing his own point of view would set us on the opposite trajectory from PBO’s with his empathy and listening skills.

    • October 29, 2013 at 8:31 am

      I feel for you Diane from NJ. Snyder still has a 10 pt lead over the Dem challenger, here in MI., despite the fact that he passed a right to work law ,when he said he wouldn’t ,passed a new emergency manager law, after the voters repealed it, and a new regressive family planning law. I guess a budget surplus trumps all of that. I suspect more than a few Dems will cross over to vote for the lying sack of ……. If he is re-elected I’m looking for tooling around with the electoral votes as the next thing on the agenda. I can’t even talk about some of the dumb ass voters in Detroit .

    • 39 Roberta in MN
      October 29, 2013 at 8:40 am

      Disasters make strange bedfellows. Think of the optics and the media giving him a pass. NJ is still struggling to rebuild, even if he rips some of those residents off, they aren’t thinking of that. But I am disappointed in the Dems that can’t see through his shit. I can’t even stand to look at him.

    • October 29, 2013 at 9:26 am

      NJ Dems are GOPers in DEMs clothing…

      the lesson of 2nd term GOP governors is that they screw the populace…their true colors are revealed to those who have been suckered…if Christie wins …it will be interesting to see how far to the right he goes…to win the 2016 nomination

    • October 29, 2013 at 9:36 am

      I really feel for you, Diane. It’s incomprehensible. I felt the same way about Schwarzenegger here in CA. He was an empty suit, an awful manager of our state and yet people still voted for him again because ???? Because he’s a crappy movie star? Because he laughed and cracked a joke about everything? It really made me sick.

      It seems Christie has an adoring crowd because he’s rude and obnoxious and doesn’t care who knows it. Why anyone finds that sort of bullying attractive is beyond me. He treats people horribly and is a Koch buddy! I guess NJers just think it would be great to have another NJer as POTUS no matter his policies and history??? UGH.

  10. 42 globalcitizenlinda
    October 29, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Morning Ms. Chips!

    Morning everyone!

    Another day to clear the BS-clogged echo-chamber starts. Fired Up and Ready To Go (until the boss gives me the stinky eye or decides to hold up the much-needed paycheck)

  11. 43 africa
    October 29, 2013 at 8:09 am

    I am so sick of the darn media. Lying sacks.

    • October 29, 2013 at 8:36 am

      Unfortunately, President Obama did not have the luxury of leisurely studying every minute detail of what his predecessor had done. He had to hit the ground running addressing issues — MAJOR ISSUES — that same predecessor had left behind….an economy in crisis, two wars, etc. I’m sure that was his focus, even as he was bringing himself up to speed with other aspects of his job as President.

      I’m sure there was also a dependency that others in key positions would apprise him of the policies/activities that were issues or could potentially be issues. If it was something that was considered routine, it was probably not raised as a flag. The fact that many of the crises/scandals that seem to be coming to the forefront were put in place by previous administrations again highlights the fact that President Obama is held to a different standard than those who held the office before him.

  12. 45 africa
    October 29, 2013 at 8:10 am

  13. 46 Dudette
    October 29, 2013 at 8:15 am

    We have got to get The President Dem majority in the House and hold the Senate! We’ve just GOT TO! Ugh!

    • October 29, 2013 at 8:21 am

      Dudette, I can’t believe that Americans really want a totally non-functioning House of Representatives that represents NO ONE’s interests.. At this point I don’t care what we have to do to gain a majority in the House. It has to be done if we all end up crawling from door to door across our districts. And we cannot lose ONE Senate seat to these hateful monsters because that’s all they’ve become–monster of hatred and bigotry.

  14. 48 globalcitizenlinda
    October 29, 2013 at 8:25 am

  15. 49 Dudette
    October 29, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Ike Skelton, longtime Missouri congressman, dies

  16. 50 Dudette
    October 29, 2013 at 8:29 am

  17. 51 Dudette
    October 29, 2013 at 8:36 am

  18. 52 Dudette
    October 29, 2013 at 8:37 am

  19. 53 Dudette
    October 29, 2013 at 8:38 am

  20. 54 hopefruit2
    October 29, 2013 at 8:45 am

  21. 55 Dudette
    October 29, 2013 at 8:52 am

  22. 56 dotster3
    October 29, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Mr. dotster sneaked (sneaked?) a peek at cnbc while I was out of the room and reported that Chris Van Hollen was excellent on Squawk Box this a.m.——shut them down with every anti-Obama rant, corrected all their lies, set them straight with facts. Imagine! Van Hollen is always so excellent at his appearances—-smart and knowledgeable about all issues, never intimidated. We need many more like him. Where are the other Dems when more supportive voices are needed to combat the current anti-Obama feeding frenzy? Hiding? Grrrrrrrrrr.

    • 57 hopefruit2
      October 29, 2013 at 8:58 am

      Van Hollen is currently my REP and I am soooo impressed with him all the time! He is very consistent, and during the shutdown, he was nothing short of AMAZING.

      • October 29, 2013 at 9:15 am

        HF, you are SO fortunate. My rep, Charlie Dent, is a complete hypocrite and embarrassment and it makes me cringe to think of him representing me. I’m seriously thinking of moving, but am torn between a son on the west coast and a daughter and granddaughter in the DC area.

      • 59 Claire
        October 29, 2013 at 9:24 am

        Chris is my rep too. 🙂

      • October 29, 2013 at 9:40 am

        He is AWESOME. I like he calm demeanor, he never seems to get rattled and his hair is never on fire for the cameras. I hope he continues to work his way up the ranks.

        • 61 hopefruit2
          October 29, 2013 at 9:47 am

          I definitely agree. And he has leadership skills -if he runs for Pres some day, I would support him fully!

    • 62 4morefor44
      October 29, 2013 at 9:12 am

      i keep making this point around here…the democrats are out there and talking like this often. it is “the news” that keeps those voices away from “we, the people.” your “grrrrr”ing should be directed only at “the news” not democrats. just my humble opinion.

      • October 29, 2013 at 9:19 am

        I agree, 4more. There are many real Democrats who can speak knowledgeably about a whole lot of real issues, from health care to immigration to voting rights to foreign policy, but they are rarely invited to speak by the media and when they do appear, the pundits do everything in their power to shout them down. I think that’s why fewer and fewer people–certainly young people–follow news through traditional means. They go on twitter or check alternative news sites.

    • 64 Lovepolitics2008
      October 29, 2013 at 9:44 am

      I love love Mr. Van Hollen. He has competence and integrity, combined with good communicating skills. He’s fantastic.

  23. 65 Dudette
    October 29, 2013 at 8:55 am

  24. 66 Dudette
    October 29, 2013 at 8:55 am

  25. 68 Betsy
    October 29, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Good Morning Chips, sorry I haven’t been around much. Doing lots of grading and prepping this year. I am in the midst of teaching the Constitution, so am thinking of ways to make it understandable to 8th graders. Glad you are having so much fun with Danny and congrTs on over 22 million hits!!! I love this place. Thank you for creating it.

    Have a great day 😀

  26. 73 Claire
    October 29, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I am so sick of the “media.” It was okay that bush ignored “OBL determined to strike US.” That was not a problem, but now every media outlet is condemning the POTUS for not knowing that in 2002 the idiots in the bush admin bugged some world leaders phones (and even that is suspect, as previously noted Merkel wasn’t even chancellor until 2005).

    Dana Milbank has a snarky column in the WaPo questioning what the POTUS knows and doesn’t know including stupid questions about the healthcare website. That the media continues to make an issue out of a website is just beyond STUPID! That’s how petty they are, they can’t find anything to condemn the POTUS about so they focus on a website. Instead of being upset with the bush admin who initiated spying on world leaders (because they know cheney will tell them to kiss his ass) they focus on the POTUS who has nothing to do with the program.

    I am sick of the bizarro world of the US media where all they do is attack Pres. Obama.

    • October 29, 2013 at 9:25 am

      Claire, we’re coming up on an election and the media is trying to load the dice. Also, they were given their marching orders to turn back the tide on the negative Republican numbers. They are under “instructions” to dump on the president and his party and to puff up the Repub. That’s all it is about. They specifically don’t want Democrats planning to challenge Republicans next year to run on the president’s record because that, of course, will help get them elected. So, they’re trying to taint the president’s record and support so Democrats will step on themselves and lose.

    • 75 Lovepolitics2008
      October 29, 2013 at 9:53 am

      “they can’t find anything to condemn the POTUS” is it in a nutshell. Media wants excitement, controversy. This presidency has been so devoid of REAL scandals, they’re desperately searching for every little bit of faux scandal they can find. And since they have no capability to put any news in CONTEXT, they end up making it all about President Obama. Yes they are biaised against the president ( jalousie, insecurity, whatever…) but mostly I think those media people work are completely caught up in the bubble of the 24 hours news cycle and have completely lost the capability to put something in a context.

  27. 76 globalcitizenlinda
    October 29, 2013 at 9:16 am

    • October 29, 2013 at 9:27 am

      Well, global, seems to me that President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have very clearly championed the effort to stop food stamps from being cut, so the answer to David Pleasant’s question is ‘the Dems.’ If Dems had BOTH houses of Congress, we wouldn’t even be thinking about cutting the food stamp budget.

  28. 78 hopefruit2
    October 29, 2013 at 9:20 am

  29. 79 MightyPamela
    October 29, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Whaa?? MP with the early birds?? Ooh, what a day this could be?! Out riding the Metro in a while, back to check in y’all a lot later! I really need a place to move to in a month, so keep the Light all around me, please?! 🙂

  30. October 29, 2013 at 9:32 am

    ‘The Butler’ Becomes 1st Black Film To Break $100 Million Sales Mark In Over 20 Years
    Oct 28, 2013

    By Myeisha Essex

    Lee Daniels’ The Butler has reached a new milestone!

    According to reports, the drama is the first black film of 2013 to surpass the $100 million sales mark at the box office. In addition, it’s now the first “black film” directed by a black filmmaker to reach the achievement in the last 23 years.

    “You’d find very few films that tell stories about black people, and that were directed by black filmmakers, with grosses of over $100 million,” Indie Wire reports. “Part of the reason for that is that, within the studio system, black directors just haven’t always been given the opportunity to direct “black films” – especially those that did gross over $100 million in recent years, like Django Unchained, Dreamgirls, The Pursuit Of Happyness, and even Big Mommas House, which all grossed over $100 million, in their years of release, un-adjusted for inflation.”


    • 81 Obama Grandmama
      October 29, 2013 at 11:39 am

      I have not seen The Butler yet and plan to put it on my Netflix list. Upon watching the ads for it I am thinking it may be similar to an older tv miniseries I saw from Netflix awhile back called Back Stairs at the White House or at least close to that title. I think Cicely Tyson was in it. That show was about a woman then her daughter’s reflections on many of the WH administrations they served. I think it ended with JFK if my memory serves me correctly. It is worth watching, but must be more in depth since it is more than one DVD.

  31. 82 hopefruit2
    October 29, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Jon Stewart is such a jerk, and I agree that what he tweeted was not even funny.

  32. 85 mtmarilyn
    October 29, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Good morning TOD family. I am checking to see if I can post.

    • 86 mtmarilyn
      October 29, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Chips, I can post. I haven’t changed anything. I will do some more checking on my part. Maybe I am doing something. It’s probably just me.

  33. 88 Vicki
    October 29, 2013 at 9:38 am

    NYC Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has opened an investigation of Macy’s and Barney’s customer relations(?!?) departments in the wake of what is now 4 cases of Shopping While Black discrimination.
    I am glad to see this. And I hope the media spotlight stays on.
    Sunlight best disinfectant as the saying goes.
    Good idea to highlight disgraceful behavior wherever we find it.

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