Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Obama tours the Great Wall in Badaling, China, Nov. 18, 2009


MoooOOOooorning, Happy Monday!

94 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    November 18, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Good Morning Chips. Been waiting patiently for a new day. 🙂

  2. 9 Jovie
    November 18, 2013 at 7:00 am

    • 10 Linda
      November 18, 2013 at 7:23 am

      Ugh…I turned it on and saw Chuck Todd sitting there so turned it back off.

      • 11 utaustinliberal
        November 18, 2013 at 7:25 am

        I tuned in because I wanted to see LOD but UN Ambassador Power is on, so you might want to turn back on because she’s a better sight than Chuckie. 😀

  3. 12 vcprezofan2
    November 18, 2013 at 7:01 am


    • 13 vcprezofan2
      November 18, 2013 at 7:01 am

      You sneaked right by me, AND never said ‘hello’!

    • November 18, 2013 at 7:02 am

      It’s VeeeeeeeeCeeeeeeee!

      • 15 vcprezofan2
        November 18, 2013 at 7:05 am

        I can’t believe you stepped in so boldly, and walked right by me without even a pat on the head (like PBO gave that young lad last night)!!!

        Good Morning, Danny O! Tell your Mama, ‘hi’ for me.

        • November 18, 2013 at 7:08 am

          *Pat* *on* *head* 😆

          • 17 vcprezofan2
            November 18, 2013 at 7:09 am

            Too late, CC. I’m busy being offended.

            • November 18, 2013 at 7:21 am

              You’ve been hanging around with Amk too long VC, you’re all grumpy this morning.

              • 19 vcprezofan2
                November 18, 2013 at 7:29 am

                Lack of sleep – more so than normal.

                Have to admit I can’t blame Amk ….this time. You prolly haven’t seen it but I got knocked out of the village last night by a complete power failure which lasted until about 5am this morning, Of course, we missed one of the light switches in our shutdown effort, so when power restarted you know who was awakened during one of her sleep cycles. I kinda-sorta like to awaken myself naturally, without the use of lights and alarms, or you get cranky VC. 😐

                Hopefully grumpy will disappear gradually when I finally accept that I’m not going to fall back to sleep so I might as well get with the programme. 😀

                • November 18, 2013 at 7:38 am

                  Oh heck VC, you had an eventful night! Hate that, when the power comes back on and 76 radios, TVs, lights, etc come on, and you squeal with the fright. Happens me every time.

                  • 21 vcprezofan2
                    November 18, 2013 at 7:48 am

                    I didn’t squeal (not much of a squealer), but you got the idea. 😉 I tend to get a woozy head if awakened by anything or anyone and usually have to wait until my head rights itself, which can take a while.

                    Anyhoo (in the word of Cookemom, whom I haven’t seen since the tornado), I’ll survive, even if I’m a little slower than normal till it wears off. ¼ ->½ 😀

    • 24 Roberta in MN
      November 18, 2013 at 7:04 am

      GM VC have a great day.

  4. 25 Roberta in MN
    November 18, 2013 at 7:01 am

    For a man of history, this presidency has given him a chance to see and meet so many leaders & countries. I am in Awe. I don’t remember any other President that has accomplished so much in the foreign area. Thanks for showing that picture. It is jut so awesome. Sometimes when I look at these pictures and the landscape I feel so insignificant. The Universe is so wonderful, it can be humbling. Good Day to everyone. I have to try and make fresh rolls just to see if my recipe is a good one, trial run before the holidays. 🙂

  5. 28 utaustinliberal
    November 18, 2013 at 7:23 am

    This is the coat/jacket he wore while touring the Great Wall of China and the designer was so stunned at how model like and GQ like President Obama looked, that he took out a huge billboard ad at Times Square with a picture of President Obama with his back slightly towards the camera and his face in profile and the designer got huge press attention and big bucks from new customers until the white house had to rein it in because one can’t profit commercially from the president’s image. It was fun while it lasted though. Great memories.

    Thanks, Chiparoo.

    • November 18, 2013 at 7:29 am

      Mooooooorning Early Bird!! Seriously, he’s like a GQ model in those jacket pics!

      • 30 hopefruit2
        November 18, 2013 at 8:11 am

        Indeed, and I love those pics from that Wall of China excursion so much that I’ve been using one of them as my Twitter wallpaper (in case y’all didn’t notice)! 🙂 🙂

    • 31 99ts
      November 18, 2013 at 7:45 am

      The world is his oyster – the opportunities are endless – we will be hearing about this family for the rest of my lifetime – and beyond into forever.

    • 32 vcprezofan2
      November 18, 2013 at 7:50 am

      Morning, Utal. Happy Monday to you!

      I’m curious – do you have a photographic memory? I’m always impressed when you remember where/when FLOTUS wore an outfit; now it seems you can do the same for POTUS.

  6. 33 LadyTNT
    November 18, 2013 at 7:34 am

    I’m up early this morning! Good morning TOD!!! Have a blessed day!

  7. 35 jackiegrumbacher
    November 18, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Yesterday was an incredible, wonderful day. My 77-year old sister looked absolutely radiant at her wedding and after years of hard work, heartache, illness and grief, she kicked up her heels and danced and twisted with her new groom. Then my middle sister who almost died last year and uses a cane to walk, tossed it aside and twisted with them and they all had the time of their lives. We clapped and cried and laughed and danced together. In an act of sheer genius, my 8-year old Downs Syndrome great nephew asked the DJ to play the Pointer Sisters’ “We are Family” and he took the mike and sang the lyrics as we danced and held hands and hugged each other. There really is no more powerful medicine on this planet than love and it makes me absolutely giddy that my sister has found it at this point in her life. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever gone to a more joyous wedding. No one had anything to prove or fret over, they just basked in the wonder of it all. What a day and what a memory.

    • 36 vcprezofan2
      November 18, 2013 at 7:54 am

      Thank you so much for sharing this with us, JackieG! It sounds marvellous! Wishing your sister years and years of happiness.

    • November 18, 2013 at 7:58 am

      Wow, what an inspiration your family is! Congrats to your sister and all the joy they brought together.

    • 38 99ts
      November 18, 2013 at 8:07 am

      Sounds fabulous jackie – when family love each other & celebrate together – the world is a wonderful place. May you all have many days to remember the joy of this one.

    • 41 Lynn
      November 18, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      I am so late, but this sounds like the party of the century, jackie! Thanks for sharing!

  8. 42 utaustinliberal
    November 18, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Monday. Just. Became. Great!

    Bravo, Morgan Freeman!

  9. 46 africa
    November 18, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Very wet day in my part of the world. But hope everyone is having a happy Monday!! A good morning to all.

  10. November 18, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Good morning, Chips, Danny O, fabulous BTs and TODville. It’s Mooooonnnnddddaaayyy.

  11. November 18, 2013 at 8:09 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD, and congrats Roberta on #1 🙂

  12. November 18, 2013 at 8:13 am

    • November 18, 2013 at 8:15 am

      Jay Inslee, a Democrat, is governor of Washington. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, is governor of Kentucky. Dannel P. Malloy, a Democrat, is governor of Connecticut.

      In our states — Washington, Kentucky and Connecticut — the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” is working. Tens of thousands of our residents have enrolled in affordable health-care coverage. Many of them could not get insurance before the law was enacted.

      People keep asking us why our states have been successful. Here’s a hint: It’s not about our Web sites.

      Sure, having functioning Web sites for our health-care exchanges makes the job of meeting the enormous demand for affordable coverage much easier, but each of our state Web sites has had its share of technical glitches. As we have demonstrated on a near-daily basis, Web sites can continually be improved to meet consumers’ needs.

      The Affordable Care Act has been successful in our states because our political and community leaders grasped the importance of expanding health-care coverage and have avoided the temptation to use health-care reform as a political football.

      • 54 hopefruit2
        November 18, 2013 at 8:27 am

        Exactly! And there is a reason that media wants to simply focus on the “website glitches” and “disastrous rollout” without providing proper context or pointing people to the REAL problems such as the GOP governors vs the success stories of states like KY, CT and Washington. 🙂

  13. 59 desertflower
    November 18, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Morning everyone:) Just a reminder that PBO on a conference call tonight….don’t forget to be there!! I marked the calendar….It’s Monday, right? Monday’s good!

    Jackie…sounds like you had the time of your life at your sister’s wedding….what a wonderful way to spend a weekend with family. Many happy years to her!

  14. 65 desertflower
    November 18, 2013 at 8:33 am

    HA! You know the guy that won the special election in Louisiana this weekend???? There’s even MORE to that story than we knew! It gets even BETTER:)


  15. 68 desertflower
    November 18, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Everyone say, AAAAWWWWWW….. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/republican-rep-the-gop-coalition-constitutes-a-shrinking-portion-of-the-electorate

    The Republican Party is at serious risk of running out of Republican voters, according to a senior GOP lawmaker.

    “Republicans need to understand that their political problems are neither tactical nor transitory,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) said, as quoted by the Washington Post. “They are structural and demographic. The hard truth is the GOP coalition constitutes a shrinking portion of the electorate. To change that daunting reality, Republicans must appeal to groups that are currently outside their ranks or risk becoming a permanent minority.”

    I’m playing a real tiny violin:) They’re hastening their demise by the outright disdain they show for everyone that’s not a rich WASP. I won’t miss this bunch.

    • 69 jackiegrumbacher
      November 18, 2013 at 9:11 am

      DF. please let them proceed. I am praying for the day they are a tiny minority in the US Congress so we can finally have a country that moves forward with its president. Nothing would make me happier than having the GOP reduced to pesky heel-nipping gnats and lose real influence outside of a few benighted states in the deep South.

  16. November 18, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Your Monday morning spud:

  17. 71 desertflower
    November 18, 2013 at 8:40 am

    WARNING! http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/obamacare-navigators-gop-smear-campaign

    Beware anybody trying to help people sign up for health insurance under Obamacare.

    That’s the line from top Senate Republicans, who have magnified their smear campaign against the law’s so-called navigators, groups that have received federal money to assist people in enrolling for coverage. Their latest shot: darkly warning that Americans could put their personal and financial safety at risk if they seek out assistance.

    Republicans have a longstanding animosity toward the navigators — state officials in a number of red states have put up roadblocks for them — but the comments of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) are a new extreme in the party’s assault on those tasked with helping Americans navigate the health reform law.

    • 72 99ts
      November 18, 2013 at 9:27 am

      There is something seriously wrong with politicians – especially party leaders when they spread such misinformation and lies – they are sick & evil to the core.

  18. 73 dotster3
    November 18, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Made me laugh

  19. 75 a4alice
    November 18, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Just a quick observation and then I gotta clear out of here as I’m at work. I noticed on NPR today on my drive in that there was no mention at all about the aca website. while I was pleased about that, there was also no mention at all about successes on the aca website.

    gotta go

  20. November 18, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Jean Claude Van DAMME He Did That!

    [ 4 ] November 18, 2013 | Luvvie

    Have y’all seen the sickest ad that has come out in recent history? If you haven’t, then you need to.
    Jean Claude Van Damme, original action movie goon collaborated with Volvo for a commercial about their new trucks with power steering. And he basically told us that we all need to go sit down because this is what 56-year-old badassery can look like. See below:

    I’ve watched this about 20 times and I still go “AW SHITTTT!” every single time. Because DAMMMMMMBBBB!!! My dude hit a split between two trucks THAT WERE GOING BACKWARDS like it was nothing. He did it while looking all zen, like he was almost bored. CHILE WUT?!? I can’t e’em touch my toes without bending my knees. Meanwhile, AARP-eligible Jean Claude just came through and slayed us all.


  21. 80 desertflower
    November 18, 2013 at 9:01 am


    I’ve officially enrolled in coverage through the marketplace. It was easier than I expected — and will save me about $10,000 a year.

  22. 86 desertflower
    November 18, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Put this in the “No shit” file!


    High levels of benefits for the unemployed do not lead to a lack of motivation to find work, a Europe-wide study has found.

  23. 87 Dudette
    November 18, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Good Morning Everyone! Have a fabulous day!

  24. 89 Dudette
    November 18, 2013 at 9:28 am

  25. 90 Dudette
    November 18, 2013 at 9:30 am

  26. 91 hopefruit2
    November 18, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Wonderful news for our R & S! Notice how upon hearing this news, everyone’s mind automatically goes to —— Obama!


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  28. 93 hopefruit2
    November 18, 2013 at 9:48 am

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