Early Bird Chat

On a tour of the State Floor of the White House, President Obama looks at a portrait of John F. Kennedy by Aaron Shikler, January 24, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Morning everyone.

60 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. November 22, 2013 at 7:36 am

    So many memories. Two amazing men .

  2. 6 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 22, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Good morning, TOD! Prayers for PBO and our nation.

  3. 7 Ladyhawke
    November 22, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Right-Wing Media Myths About Filibuster Reform Make The Jump To CNN


    t’s disappointing to see repeatedly debunked myths make the jump from right-wing outlets to supposedly reputable news organizations. As mainstream reporting begins to explain arcane Senate rules and the intricacies of the D.C. Circuit in more depth now that filibuster reform has passed, the need for accuracy is even more critical.



    • November 22, 2013 at 8:05 am

      CNN has not been a reputable news organization for a while now. So it’s no surprise to me that they’re running with whatever RW meme du jour….

    • 9 anniebella
      November 22, 2013 at 9:32 am

      TeaNN (CNN) started to go down the hill years ago, and it seem the rest like ABC, NBC, CBS is following them too..

  4. 11 africa
    November 22, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Morning Chips!! Congrats Vet, TODers. Happy, happy Friday.

    Glad to find out late last night that Harry did the deed.

    Enough already.

  5. 12 Ladyhawke
    November 22, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Norm Ornstein: Republicans Forced Reid’s Hand On The Nuclear Option


    Norm Ornstein, a congressional scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, told TPM that Republicans forced Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to “go nuclear” after his Democratic majority took the historic step Thursday and ended the filibuster for executive nominees and non-Supreme Court judicial nominees.

    “For whatever reason, the Republicans decided to go nuclear first, with this utterly unnecessary violation of their own agreement and open decision to block the president from filling vacancies for his entire term, no matter how well qualified the nominees,” Ornstein told TPM in an email. “It was a set of actions begging for a return nuclear response.”



  6. 13 amk for obama
    November 22, 2013 at 7:45 am

  7. November 22, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks….TOD Early Birds!

    On yesterday, the Senate Democrats made movement towards strengthening their spine. Let’s hope for continued efforts by all our Democratic leaders in that direction to develop a strong backbone. The country needs legislators who will stand up to bullies and push back against the obstructionism and grand standing of the Republicans and MSM.

  8. 20 amk for obama
    November 22, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Now that mcturtle and co have been taken to the vet, will the dems start moving their agenda vigorously ?

    And yeah, fuck you, levin, munchin and pryor.

    • 21 jackiegrumbacher
      November 22, 2013 at 8:04 am

      Wow, AMC, we have to frame that editorial! It may be a long time before we see a true act of journalism repeated at the NYT or anywhere else. It’s amazing how bold and refreshing real journalism feels these days, when it should be an everyday expectation.

      • 22 amk for obama
        November 22, 2013 at 8:09 am

        I was quite shocked that nyt would have the guts & journalistic integrity to call out the thugs, I must admit. Will it continue? Nope.

      • 23 dotster3
        November 22, 2013 at 8:21 am

        It is amazing—–such a rare occurrence that we shout, “Look ma! Someone’s telling the truth!”

  9. 24 amk for obama
    November 22, 2013 at 7:55 am

  10. November 22, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Nice picture diary of Caroline Kennedy in this morning’s AJC:


    “Caroline Kennedy: The president’s daughter”



    Also links to other photos in memorial of President Kennedy on AJC front page…. http://www.ajc.com/

  11. 26 desertflower
    November 22, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Good Friday morning everyone! It’s going to rain and rain and rain and rain here….doesn’t take much for this place to turn into a raging river because the ground it so hard and dry that it just can’t soak it up fast enough….should be an interesting weekend! Last time it rained an inch, I literally had a raging river on my street! Seriously…there were whitecaps in the road!!!

    My dog, bless her 13yo heart, hates the rain and doesn’t like to go outside to do “her business”…always such fun! This morning, I followed her around with a golf umbrella until she went:) What we do for our babies! It feels like a “stay in your jammies” day…but I don’t get to do that. Couple this with all the Phoenicians that don’t know how to drive in the rain…..yeah, real interesting weekend ahead!

    • 27 jackiegrumbacher
      November 22, 2013 at 8:09 am

      Stay dry, DF. Hope you don’t get any flooding.

      • 28 desertflower
        November 22, 2013 at 8:13 am

        Oh…we’ll get flooding! No doubt about it. Just hope that it’s not too bad. Pretty amazing what happens here when the rain comes:)

    • 29 hopefruit2
      November 22, 2013 at 8:11 am

      At times like this you wish for snow! 🙂 1 inch of rain = ~ 10 inches of snow. Then they *might* shut down work, etc… But alas, no snow in Pheonix. 😦

      • 30 desertflower
        November 22, 2013 at 8:14 am

        I haven’t had a snow day since I left CT!! THOSE were the days:)

        • 31 hopefruit2
          November 22, 2013 at 8:17 am

          🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Something tells me that CT was not so quick to close down even on the heaviest of snow days (except perhaps for school kids). Maryland is a different story!! If there are 5-7 inches, it’s panic throughout the state!

    • November 22, 2013 at 8:27 am

      Isn’t the rain beautiful DF. Especially nice is that there is no thunder and lightning, One of my poms is freaked out by thunder, but she has been fine so far. I wish I could stay home today and enjoy it, but have to drive the I-17 parking lot with those that don’t know how to drive in the rain. It’s going to be a loooong 32 miles! Be safe!

      • 33 desertflower
        November 22, 2013 at 9:08 am

        Hi, Jackie! The thunder and lightening is supposed to come later:) Batten down the hatches! It’s ok for now, but I’ll soon tire of this, especially if it rains really hard…a nice gentle soaking rain is nice, but the gully washers….um, not so much. People drive like idiots in the rain here. I’m guessing that the reason for all this rain is that all the RWNJ Gov’s are here….Mother Nature didn’t want them all to enjoy the perfect sunshine we have this time of year. That’s my guess and I’m sticking to it:)

  12. 34 desertflower
    November 22, 2013 at 8:09 am

    HA! Of COURSE he did!! h/t Bob Cesca

    • 35 99ts
      November 22, 2013 at 9:43 am

      Lots of JFK stories on our TV this evening – I bypassed the conspiracy movies/talks & watched a documentary. One of the saddest days of the 20th century – his foreign policy was so similar to that of PBO (and he was attacked by the media and the GOP for those policies) – I can almost believe in reincarnation when I look at Chip’s picture.

  13. 36 hopefruit2
    November 22, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Now that Obamacare’s enrollment is on the upswing, and the ACA website is vastly improved, expect to see more propaganda polling from the media about people disliking “Obamacare” relative to the “Affordable Care Act.”

    Whenever the law seems to be doing well, the media wants to remind us that it is “The Affordable Care Act.” Whenever it seems to be doing not so well, the media calls it Obamacare….

    • November 22, 2013 at 8:18 am

      The attack on the website is fading — little to no reporting about the improved site. Now I’m waking up to media stories about people potentially losing their doctors because of Obamacare.

    • 38 jackiegrumbacher
      November 22, 2013 at 8:19 am

      HF, they have become so predictable people don’t have to tune in or buy a newspaper. The know in advance what every single pundit is going to say, so why not save the time and the money.

  14. 40 jackiegrumbacher
    November 22, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Yesterday at our monthly progressives meeting, we each shared our “where were you” tales about this day fifty years ago and it was poignant, touching and revealing to hear people’s stories. Some in our group had been Republicans at the time and had been changed by the event. Others told about the tears and the shock and the loss of hope on that day. Except for one guy who said he was in diapers at the time, we all had the day and time seared in our memories. I was actually a sophomore in college in 1963. Kennedy was MY president, the leader of my heart and I felt a giant hole being punched in my heart when I heard the news. I told the group that the only president who has ever truly healed that gaping hole is Barack Obama, who is also the president of my heart and, as Teddy Kennedy, said, the true heir of JFK.

    • 41 hopefruit2
      November 22, 2013 at 8:24 am

      Thanks for sharing with us Jackie. I’m glad that you have been able to get some healing with our current President. I know this day will bring back many memories for lots of people. Last night Jefferson Obama was tweeting pictures from the event, and one of his followers told him that they were going to have to unfollow because it was simply too painful for them.

    • November 22, 2013 at 9:00 am

      I too was a sophomore in 1963 and JFK was my president. Such hope and anticipation I had. Never having been on a plane before, I took the savings from a summer job and flew to DC for the day of his funeral. Caught a bus downtown and waited for the funeral procession. It was something I had to do. I have have cherished and held tight to my heart the memories of that day, still vivid and painful to this day. I have never spoken about that day without tears and they flow as I write this. PBO is his heir and is my president. I would take a bullet for him with my last heart beat.

      • 43 jackiegrumbacher
        November 22, 2013 at 9:33 am

        Well, Daisy, we are truly sisters of the heart. And, since we seem to have been born in the same year, maybe long lost twins. Looks like both of us will be facing the “momentous” birthday next year. Glad I’m not alone.

      • November 22, 2013 at 9:40 am

        Oh, daiseymay2, I can’t imagine being there. Wow, what a memory.

    • November 22, 2013 at 9:42 am

      I do also feel that PBO filled that gaping hole of promise. He has delivered so much more than I ever hoped.

  15. 46 JER
    November 22, 2013 at 8:28 am

  16. 47 desertflower
    November 22, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Someone needs to Tweet this…and then send it to the stupid MSM outlets…..


  17. 48 JER
    November 22, 2013 at 8:28 am

  18. 49 dotster3
    November 22, 2013 at 8:30 am

  19. 52 hopefruit2
    November 22, 2013 at 8:30 am

    • 53 jackiegrumbacher
      November 22, 2013 at 9:36 am

      HF, some people simply can’t grasp the greatness that is Michelle Obama or begin to understand the influence she has on women in this country. They still want to fit her into their own shallow mold of what they “think” she should do. To hell with them.

  20. 55 utaustinliberal
    November 22, 2013 at 8:32 am

    A quite apropos picture for a day like today.

  21. 56 JER
    November 22, 2013 at 8:37 am

    LIVE NOW: Eternal Flame, Arlington Nat’l Cemetery – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  22. 58 desertflower
    November 22, 2013 at 9:26 am

    OK…For the love of cats, too:) I don’t know what’s better, the accents or the cat 🙂

  23. November 22, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Good morning, Chips and TODville. Heavy heart today.

    There is some hope for progress in Geneva.
    And yesterday felt like an election day.

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