Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dance together at an Inaugural Ball, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds!

134 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    January 21, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Hi! Psst! Miss! Got any change? Was waiting for you this morning. Have a great day! 😀

    • 7 99ts
      January 21, 2014 at 7:25 am

      Great Pic – to emanate Pollyanna – I’m so glad President Obama won the election. Sometime you folks get it right 🙂

    • 8 vcprezofan2
      January 21, 2014 at 7:27 am

      FTR – Your ace reporters did an awesome job with their MLK reporting yesterday! I learned quite a bit of ‘new’ info, and saw pics I hadn’t seen before. Sure hope you’ll make a special note in their upcoming performance review, even if you are not in a position to give them a raise in these difficult (middle class) economic times.

  2. 9 desertflower
    January 21, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Holy mackerel! I was busy finding some good stuff to post…and I come back to a new thread with 5 comments already! Was I THAT engrossed in my readings?

  3. 10 amk for obama
    January 21, 2014 at 7:25 am


  4. 16 amk for obama
    January 21, 2014 at 7:26 am


  5. 35 amk for obama
    January 21, 2014 at 7:27 am

  6. 37 desertflower
    January 21, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Breaking – President Obama to meet with Pope Francis at in Vatican City on March 27

    Source: NBC News

    Will update as more info becomes available..

    Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/

    What a meeting THIS will be!

  7. 42 amk for obama
    January 21, 2014 at 7:28 am

      • January 21, 2014 at 7:33 am

        Ah, okay, I see DF’s link.

      • 45 dotster3
        January 21, 2014 at 7:42 am

        3/27——-don’t like it, don’t think it’s right.

        • January 21, 2014 at 7:45 am

          Morning Dotster. Why do you feel that way?

          • 47 dotster3
            January 21, 2014 at 8:28 am

            Top o’ the mornin’ to you! As I have oft stated, I prefer our leaders/govt. to keep as far away from religion as possible—–all religions. It has always worked out best that way, and the opposite is true as one may have noticed throughout history, everywhere. And I know President Obama isn’t signing him up for his cabinet, and this pope seems to be a breath of fresh air (except for his adamant anti-choice statements), but I just don’t like the precedent, singling out one religion’s leader for a mtg.——will all religious leaders then expect a private mtg. with our president? I love almost everything about President Obama and respect the decisions he makes——this one just makes me uncomfortable.

            • 48 jackiegrumbacher
              January 21, 2014 at 8:41 am

              Dotster, I understand what you mean, but the Vatican is actually regarded as a separate state–with its own separate US ambassador–so essentially the president is meeting with a head of state. Most US presidents have had meetings with the pope, so it’s not something unusual. I don’t believe there are other world religions that have a similar set up. Only a few have one recognized leader and none that I know of is a head of state.

            • January 21, 2014 at 8:42 am

              Ah, I understand what you mean Dotster, I’m not too keen on politics and religion ever meeting either, but so long as favoritism isn’t shown to one particular religion I think these ‘courtesy’ calls are okay. I suppose the Catholic church is unique-ish in that it has one big boss, so this meeting becomes a big deal, but PBO has hosted so many other religions at the WH and met with religious leaders (eg in Israel) on his travels, I’d be okay with it.

            • 50 TrumpDog
              January 21, 2014 at 10:04 am

              I agree with you, dotster

  8. 51 amk for obama
    January 21, 2014 at 7:34 am

    joker out down under in 5 set beaut. wawrinka wows.

  9. 59 amk for obama
    January 21, 2014 at 7:40 am

  10. 61 amk for obama
    January 21, 2014 at 7:56 am

    punk has a punchable smug face.

    • 62 jackiegrumbacher
      January 21, 2014 at 8:00 am

      Amk, needs an additional line–“and where I, Joe, am richly rewarded with millions that allow me to think I’ve entered the corporate class and earned the right to look down on you “suckers.”

    • 63 99ts
      January 21, 2014 at 8:13 am

      He is close to the worst show host I have seen – he doesn’t give his guests space to speak – even when the agree with him. Full of self love – not sure who he loves the most, himself or the governor.

    • 64 Lovepolitics2008
      January 21, 2014 at 9:01 am

      harsh, but true.

  11. 65 amk for obama
    January 21, 2014 at 7:56 am


  12. 70 amk for obama
    January 21, 2014 at 8:01 am

    beebs buries christie corruption a deep down one liner

  13. 74 jackiegrumbacher
    January 21, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Morning all. Winter storm on its way here. Light snow started, so don’t know what the day will bring. If you’re in a storm area today, stay safe.

    • 75 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      January 21, 2014 at 8:27 am

      Stay safe Jackie. I just woke up to find all of the schools here in the ‘burbs are CLOSED. Philly has school with an announced early dismissal. Snow isn’t due to start until after 11:00 am

      • 76 jackiegrumbacher
        January 21, 2014 at 8:42 am

        Thanks, Alycee, it’s already coming down hard and the schools are closed. I can see the highway from an upstairs window and the cars are slowing down and there are fewer of them by the minute.

  14. 77 amk for obama
    January 21, 2014 at 8:07 am

  15. 79 amk for obama
    January 21, 2014 at 8:11 am

  16. 80 amk for obama
    January 21, 2014 at 8:14 am

    and rush rushes to hell directly that day. make it happen, pope dood.

  17. 81 amk for obama
    January 21, 2014 at 8:15 am

  18. 82 amk for obama
    January 21, 2014 at 8:20 am

    chips, something came for you.

    • 83 vcprezofan2
      January 21, 2014 at 8:31 am

      Nah! She MAY be in her 20s but she’s not still living at home – her mother eased her out of the nest early. I’m sure of it. 😀

  19. January 21, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Hi Bobfr… If you’re around I wanted to give you a heads up- Greg Mortensen is about to be interviewed on the Today Show (if you’re in Cntrl or Est time-zone) now -7:23cntrl for me.
    Happy, Happy TOD everyone else!

  20. 85 amk for obama
    January 21, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Going out for dinner. ummm, chicken biryani.

    You’re toast, buddy.

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  21. January 21, 2014 at 8:40 am
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  23. January 21, 2014 at 8:41 am
  24. January 21, 2014 at 8:44 am

    January 18, 2014
    Newark school boss Anderson cracks down on critics, suspends five principals in one day

    At Newark’s Hawthorne Avenue School, the test scores are up, higher than state-imposed goals—and certainly better than those of the highly touted “Renew” schools favored by the administration. The hallways are quiet. Teachers and administrators get along. And this was all done despite central office’s stripping away of faculty resources and shameful neglect of the building. So, in the crazy, bullying logic of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration of city schools, it was time to suspend the school’s successful principal, H. Grady James. He was just too good to be allowed to stay.

    Time to suspend him—and to try to smear his reputation by saying he was involved in some sort of “incident” now under “investigation.” The “incident” was a community meeting at the Hopewell Baptist Church last Wednesday where he spoke, praising the efforts of his students, teachers and parents.

    James was one of five principals indefinitely suspended in one day by Cami Anderson, Christie’s agent in Newark. The others were Tony Motley, Bragaw Avenue School; Dorothy Handfield, Belmont-Runyon School; Deneen Washington, Maple Avenue School, and Lisa Brown, Ivy Hill School.

    Four of the principals—James, Motley, Handfield, and Washington—had spoken at the community meeting two days earlier. They tried to answer questions from local residents worried about what would happen to their children as Anderson moves toward a wholesale transfer of public school assets to the KIPP Schools, a charter organization that operates TEAM Academy Charter Schools. Questions Anderson wasn’t answering. See and hear what they said here.


    • 90 Lovepolitics2008
      January 21, 2014 at 9:25 am

      In a sense this story is more frightening than the others. Christie is working for the Koch program: destroy public education and transform it into a private for profit enterprise. Christie and his gang are like mafia rulers.

      Something has to be done to wake up the national media to what’s happening. I don’t think they’re evil people. They’re just lazy and shallow, and they live in a bubble. They never ever see the big picture.

      In the same vein, I came across two absolutely FANTASTIC diaries discussing, in the context of the Christie scandals, why authoritarian bullies are now the norm in the GOP and why the press doesn’t see beyond the façade.

      It’s from the “orange” but PLEASE make an exception and go read those diaries. Fantastic source of information, and food for thought for everyone interested in american politics. Those diaries should be spread far and wide. I intend to tweet the links to the national pundits. If we all do that, maybe we can wake up a couple of them.



  25. 91 Linda
    January 21, 2014 at 8:47 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican as part of a European trip scheduled for March.

    The White House says Obama “looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality” during their March 27 meeting. Obama also plans to meet in Rome with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and Prime Minister Enrico Letta.

    Obama’s trip begins March 24-25 in The Hague, Netherlands, where he will participate in a nuclear security summit hosted by the Dutch government and meet with Dutch leaders.

    On March 26, Obama will travel to Brussels for an U.S.-European Union summit with the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, as well as meetings with Belgian leaders and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

  26. January 21, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Christie ally dismisses ‘lady mayor’

    By Steve Benen
    01/21/14 08:00AM

    As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) administration is confronted with a growing list of controversies, the governor’s Republican allies are starting to fan out to push back against the recent scandals and allegations. And as it happens, it’s not just Rudy Giuliani making odd arguments.

    Take former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R), for example, who’s taken it upon himself to question the veracity of Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer (D) following her accusations of Christie administration corruption.

    “This is a lady mayor who asked for $127 million of hazard mitigation money from the governor to give that to her from the federal money, when the state was receiving in its entirety only $300 million,” Barbour [told CNN yesterday]. “It is absurd to think that one town would get well more than an third of the total amount of money.”

    The former Mississippi governor went on to accuse Zimmer of fabricating her personal diary showing that Guadagno had tried to shake her down and then promised to deny it.”


  27. January 21, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Federal judge strikes down NC’s ultrasound abortion law, citing free speech
    By Anne Blythe and Craig Jarvis
    January 17, 2014

    Doctors in North Carolina cannot be forced to show women ultrasound images and describe them in detail before performing an abortion, a federal judge ruled Friday. The decision was lauded by civil rights advocates and criticized by supporters of the law.

    U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles ruled Friday that the provision of a 2011 North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to display ultrasound images so women can see them and then describe the dimensions of an embryo or fetus and other particulars is overly broad and a free-speech violation.

    Eagles, who was nominated to the court by President Barack Obama, described the clause as a “one-size-fits-all provision” that is “an impermissible attempt to compel these providers to deliver the state’s message in favor of childbirth and against abortion.”

    “The Supreme Court has never held that a state has the power to compel a health care provider to speak, in his or her own voice, the state’s ideological message in favor of carrying a pregnancy to term, and this Court declines to do so today,” Eagles wrote in her ruling.

    Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/01/17/3542149/federal-judge-strikes-down-ncs.html#storylink=cpy

  28. 94 Linda
    January 21, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Christie cancelled the Ellis Island event …blaming the weather

    • 95 Linda
      January 21, 2014 at 9:11 am

      oops… also last nights dinner was cancelled too…due to low response for the event.

      Cory Booker is staying in DC

      • 96 99ts
        January 21, 2014 at 9:16 am

        Sorry Linda – didn’t see your post – I’ve repeated it
        Booker might just not want to be dragged into this – being his town got more money than any of the others – why would that be?

  29. 99 99ts
    January 21, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Seem to be few folks admitting to attending the Christie inauguration. Chuck Tod seems to have joined the MSNBC majority !!
    Cory Booker is reported to NOT be attending
    Dinner last night was cancelled through lack of interest
    Barbour doing the rounds defending Christie – and I am amazed Chuck is (just a little) pushing back.

    • 100 Linda
      January 21, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Barbour is using the ” but she tweeted ” defense……

      He also has no clue what he is talking about, saying the ” lady mayor ” incident happened in April…when in fact it was May.

      • 101 99ts
        January 21, 2014 at 9:20 am

        He also lied about what she said – What I really like about Steve & Rachel – they research the facts – If Barbour said that to either of them – they would play her video or read her exact words. Chuckie nods the head.

  30. 102 amk for obama
    January 21, 2014 at 9:21 am


    gee, ya think? you punks bred these venomous snakes, now you whine that they’re biting your hand?

  31. 103 amk for obama
    January 21, 2014 at 9:26 am

  32. 104 Nerdy Wonka
    January 21, 2014 at 9:29 am

    FLOTUS is the best. She makes eating healthy so much fun.

  33. 107 amk for obama
    January 21, 2014 at 9:39 am

    • 108 Nena20409
      January 21, 2014 at 11:14 am


      Perhaps, Christie should get all his peeps…..JoeScar, Mika, Chuck Todd, Mark H., Kelly O of NBC, Andrea Mitchell, etc to come out and party with Him?

      50 people and hardly any takers? Oh yeah, Christie is READIER for his Dinner party. 😆 🙄 😆

  34. 109 amk for obama
    January 21, 2014 at 9:47 am

    lol. ezra klein is out of wapo.

  35. 110 Nerdy Wonka
    January 21, 2014 at 9:47 am

  36. January 21, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Good morning, TODville. Interesting day already.

  37. 112 amk for obama
    January 21, 2014 at 9:48 am

  38. 113 vcprezofan2
    January 21, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Okay, what did I miss?

  39. 117 Linda
    January 21, 2014 at 9:52 am

    oh brother…Christie is getting a 19 cannon salute at the swearing in.


  40. January 21, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Rep. Gohmert drops health coverage, blames Obamacare.
    WASHINGTON — Lots of conservative lawmakers hate Obamacare. Rep. Louie Gohmert is putting his money where his mouth is.
    The Tyler Republican gave up his health insurance for 2014, asserting that the president’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, has made coverage too expensive.

    “Other people are going to see what I did when I looked into health insurance for my wife and me: that the deductible rate, it doubled, about $3,000 to $6,000, and our policy was going to go from about $300 to about $1,500 a month,” he said during a recent radio interview with Trey Graham, a pastor at First Melissa Baptist Church in Collin County. “I actually don’t have insurance right now, so thank you very much, Obamacare.”

    Gohmert’s salary as a member of Congress is $174,000 a year. And his calculations ignore the hefty employer subsidy for which he is eligible — almost $950 per month. He says he will pay the tax that takes effect this year for those without insurance — 1 percent of his annual income.

    Health care experts say Gohmert is taking a big risk. He’s 60. His wife, Kathy Gohmert, is 59. At that stage of life, medical expenses are common and unpredictable.


    • 120 Linda
      January 21, 2014 at 10:06 am

      Louie Gohmert :

      Net Worth: From $-215,000 to $-110,002
      Rank: 435th in House
      Assets: 0
      Liabilities: 5 totaling $610,004 to $1,215,000


      • 121 Don
        January 21, 2014 at 10:12 am

        And this asshole wants to walk around without health insurance, good luck dumbass.

      • 122 Nena20409
        January 21, 2014 at 11:19 am

        With all the stress from His Hateful heart. He is not a Young man…..as illness becomes part of his aging, then he is making his family and the tax payers pay for his illness?

      • January 21, 2014 at 11:53 am

        Damn! Talk about underwater….and he has the nerve to critique the unemployed. Now I ask you…who do you know with negative net worth who would be extended a million dollars in credit?

    • 124 TrumpDog
      January 21, 2014 at 10:10 am

      I guess next he’ll cut off his nose to spite his face.


    • 125 0388jojothecat
      January 21, 2014 at 10:24 am

      What an asshole. He will come to his senses or get a real job. My brother is 64 and his monthly amt is $500 but it beats no insurance. Goober is one illness away from bankruptcy….smart move. I bet we hear his wife has cancer and he will have to leave office because he can’t afford her med bills on his salary. I see this a big plus for his district.

    • 126 anniebella
      January 21, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      If Gohmert the dam racists nut wants no health coverage, well so be it. But most of the 30 to 40 million out there do want health coverage. And thanks to Obamacare they will have it.

  41. January 21, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Charlie Christ is hiring some of the heavy hitters from the Obama campaign. Let’s win back FLORIDA, yo!

  42. 129 Linda
    January 21, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno’s speech reminded me of a doll with a pull string on her back . It sounded like a recording.

  43. 130 amk for obama
    January 21, 2014 at 10:10 am

  44. 131 amk for obama
    January 21, 2014 at 10:11 am

  45. 132 amk for obama
    January 21, 2014 at 10:23 am

  46. 134 Ladyhawke
    January 21, 2014 at 12:08 pm


    Did Adoring Christie Coverage Invite NJ Corruption?



    Zimmer hasn’t been alone in alleging payback. According to Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, after he failed to endorse Christie’s re-election last year a series of meetings he had scheduled with previously supportive Christie officials were abruptly canceled and never rescheduled. And Elizabeth, NJ’s longtime mayor, Christian Bollwage, claims that after he opposed parts of Christie’s legislative agenda in 2010, the state retaliated with collective punishment for Elizabeth locals by closing the city’s only Department of Motor Vehicles department.

    In the wake of the mounting revelations, the Daily News’ Lupica quotes a political insider who described described Christie’s mounting woes this way: “Christie has been on a continual roll and he thinks he’s invincible. And once you think you are invincible, you’ve got a problem.”

    Question: Who was instrumental in convincing Chris Christie’s political team that the governor was invincible? The Beltway media.


    Read more here ……


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