Early Bird Chat

Seven Years Ago Today: On board a plane flying to Iowa after Senator Barack Obama announced his bid for the Presidency in Springfield


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds – Happy Monday!

115 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 idon
    February 10, 2014 at 7:19 am

    am I first? Am I really wooohoo!!!!

  2. 10 africa
    February 10, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Hello Chips,

    Trying again this morning, as I have not heard anything from WordPress.

    • February 10, 2014 at 7:30 am

      You’re baaaaaaack!!! That’s so weird Africa that it’s suddenly fixed – I wonder if they sorted it but just haven’t told you yet? Any way, welcome home!!!!

      • 12 africa
        February 10, 2014 at 7:35 am

        Thank you.

        Oh, boy, I was on the verge of having withdrawals. I think they got tired of me pestering them, with my multiple notes.

        🙂 🙂

        • February 10, 2014 at 7:38 am

          Ha, good, pestering usually works!! It’s such an odd glitch, but as we know, one of many. Hope it’s fixed for good, I hated seeing you stuck in spam between ads for fake Rolex watches and Ugg boots!

      • 14 99ts
        February 10, 2014 at 7:40 am

        One of my posts went to moderation yesterday – first time ever I have seen that – and I wasn’t even throwing around bad aussie words

        I logged on and off WP – that seems to help sometimes – who knows why

  3. 19 africa
    February 10, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Yay!!! I am in. Happy Monday TODers. What a relief to be out of Spam jail.

    Hiya again, Chips!!

  4. 22 Cindy
    February 10, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Good morning libra800 and africa

    Have a WONDERFUL Monday!!!!

  5. February 10, 2014 at 7:34 am

    • 28 Cindy
      February 10, 2014 at 7:41 am

      Thank you Chipsticks for the sweet memories…

      MORE..MORE..MORE! ok, I am being greedy : (

    • 31 jackiegrumbacher
      February 10, 2014 at 8:00 am

      And what a blessed day that way. I shudder to think how bad off we would all be if he decided to “wait” as he’d been advised or if Michelle said, “No!” All I can say is thank you PBO for taking a chance on us.

      • 32 anniebella
        February 10, 2014 at 9:36 am

        I remember POTUS saying that if FLOTUS had said no, then he would not have run for President. So we indeed owe FLOTUS alot of thank-you too, and add Malia and Sasha in there too.

    • 33 TrumpDog
      February 10, 2014 at 8:31 am

      I remember that day.
      I remember standing at the TV, listening and smiling.
      And thinking that guy doesn’t have a chance.

      Shows what the hell I knew.

      Lesson learned that still carries to today: don’t count Obama out.

      • 34 carolyn
        February 10, 2014 at 8:56 am

        I also remember that day. I watched the entire day. Then, little over a month later, we saw him right here in OKC. We read the announcement somewhere, don’t remember where, and tickets were $25. We gladly paid it, as did many others. We knew we were helping him with campaign costs……that was just the first of our many donations.
        My husband has often remarked, that he was talking about the very same things then, seven years ago, that he is now. His is a fearsome consistency.
        The girls were so adorable, and they still are, and PBO and Michelle have just become more beautiful and distinguished.

    • 35 JER
      February 10, 2014 at 9:16 am

      Good Morning Everybody.

      Barack Obama’s Presidential Announcement

  6. 36 Cindy
    February 10, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Good morning to TOD community…


    For those who can’t stomach the morning JOKESTER and sidekick meta, the new theme according to the jokester:

    Thanks, but no thanks Mr. President. We don’t want you campaigning for us. He brought Robert (the trader) Gibbs on and I turned him off.

    The Dems are running away from the President because of Obamacare. They are cowards to the core, all that President Obama has accomplished; they don’t have anything to run on? What a bunch of (fill in the blank – based on how you feel) ___________________.

    • 37 desertflower
      February 10, 2014 at 8:00 am


      Democrats promote positive message on Obamacare and work hours

      Democrats sought to turn the latest controversy over Obamacare and the economy into a positive political message on Sunday by casting an expected decline in American work hours as a boon to worker freedom and family values.

      In a new partisan tussle over election messaging that is likely to color this year’s congressional mid-term campaign, Democratic lawmakers said a predicted drop in work hours brought about by Obamacare would mean more family time for mothers, more study opportunities for college students and less job stress for older workers.

      Dems that are stupid enough to run from this, deserve to loose. It’s the right thing to do all the way around. They run away from the President and his message at their peril. We have enough fools in Congress….let’s get some in their with a real understanding of people and what they deserve. Sick to death of RWNJ’s and the spineless Dems.

      Morning everyone:)

    • 38 jackiegrumbacher
      February 10, 2014 at 8:05 am

      Cindy, I wouldn’t conclude that all Dems are running away from the president just because a biased Republican pundit and his hired lackey, Gibbs, say so. These guys have a mission to discourage us and keep us from turning out in 2014. Don’t get sucked in by it. WE, the people, have a lot of power. If we see one of our candidates pulling away from the president, we speak out and set them straight.

      • 39 99ts
        February 10, 2014 at 8:23 am

        I heard a dem senator from Montana speaking this morning – and despite MJ was attacking the President , the senator explained in a logical way why he was able to run his own campaign & why he probably wouldn’t have the President come to campaign in Montana. He knew his constituents – he knew 4-5 issues that were important to them & that is how he campaigned. He explained he didn’t need any other politicians to campaign for him. He was very positive about health care – but the reality was he won in Montana and the President did not. NO-ONE said exactly why that was – but it wasn’t difficult to work out.

        • 40 mtmarilyn
          February 10, 2014 at 10:37 am

          That was our Senator Jon Tester. He is a great Senator for us. He really understands Montana and he works quietly and gets things done. Now that Baucus is gone Tester will really be able to come into his own. Sometimes I do get mad at him for not being progressive enough but I would say He his doing his job. He is an organic farmer and still comes home on weekends to take help take care of his farm. Glad he handled himself well on Morning Joe.

          • 41 99ts
            February 10, 2014 at 5:46 pm

            I thought he was very good marilyn – he didn’t say anything for or against the President – despite Joe was beggin’ He did say good things about the benefits of health care for small business – and listed why people vote for him – some of which were – as you say – not spectacular!

      • 42 Cindy
        February 10, 2014 at 8:25 am

        HAPPY MORNING TO YOU jackiegrumbacher….

        Wishing you a beautiful and awesome Monday!

        I sure hope so Jackie….the jokester is on for 3 hours pushing this narrative headline. I don’t understand Gibbs and have given up on him. I know that I plan to do what ever I can for those Dems who are supporting the President.

        Obamacare is a success story, and the President has accomplished soooooooo much. The problem that bothers me, is that the media pushes the narratives and so many people do not bother to seek the truth.

    • February 10, 2014 at 8:42 am

      Good morning, Cindy.

      I hope that was your autocorrect because I would never be Morning Joe’s sidekick!

  7. 44 Dudette
    February 10, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Good Morning! Hope everyone had a great weekend! Have terrific Monday! 🙂

    • 45 Roberta in Mn
      February 10, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Hello Dudette, how are you doing? Is everything well in your world now? Have missed your great music. Have a wonderful day.

  8. 46 99ts
    February 10, 2014 at 8:03 am

    The Lego movie as previewed by Foxnews

    “The first thing you need to know, according to Fox Business host Charles Payne, is that the film features a character who is actually named President Business. He’s voiced by Will Ferrell and “looks a little bit like Mitt Romney.””


    How can a movie which encourages people to buy toys be “anti business”? Foxnews is truly anti the world.

  9. 49 Ladyhawke
    February 10, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Democrats Reject GOP Spin On CBO Obamacare Report

    (Lies and Distortions of the Health Care Reform Debate)


  10. 50 jackiegrumbacher
    February 10, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Morning all. This will be a busy week with relatives coming, a house to clean and cooking to get done. I hate the idea that I’ll have less time to check in, but I’m going to have to tough that one out. Have a great day!!!!

  11. 51 desertflower
    February 10, 2014 at 8:10 am

    AGREED! Morning Must Read: http://www.politicususa.com/2014/02/09/absurd-republicans-congress-intend-absolutely.html

    It Is Absurd To Have Republicans In Congress Who Intend to Do Absolutely Nothing

    • 52 desertflower
      February 10, 2014 at 8:13 am

      It is getting absurd to have Republicans serving in Congress when they have no intention of doing the work the people sent them to Washington to do. They have already squandered a month attacking women’s right to choose and opposing extending unemployment benefits they strongly implied they would address at the beginning of the year, but because it is part of the President’s economic recovery plan, it is not going to happen. What is offensive to the American people is that Republicans claim Americans are lazy sloths, and yet they have accomplished next to nothing and are taking their second “recess” to plot more obstruction on issues the American people support like raising the minimum wage, extending unemployment benefits, or passing jobs bills the President all but begged Republicans to address. Nothing has changed for Republicans and although it is part and parcel of being a conservative, they continue to expose their hatred toward the nation and its people for twice electing an African American who is working every day for the people as leader of the Executive Branch.

  12. 53 Dudette
    February 10, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Be good to each other

    • 54 Cindy
      February 10, 2014 at 8:30 am

      Good morning Dudette…

      Happy Monday and thank you for the feel good news : )

      I remember Mr. Harris story. In addition to the money, his family (siblings) recognized him and they all appeared on GMA. It was truly a beautiful story.

  13. 55 Dudette
    February 10, 2014 at 8:18 am

    How about this ray of sunshine in the morning? 🙂

  14. 57 desertflower
    February 10, 2014 at 8:22 am

    How monumental and liberating is this!! More GOOD NEWS MONDAY!


    • 58 desertflower
      February 10, 2014 at 8:26 am

      Should post for R/S:)….. Just sayin’……

    • 59 99ts
      February 10, 2014 at 8:29 am

      Sounds a bit like Christie – is there anything in politics that isn’t given in return for favors???
      “Kibbe said those donors simply told him, “I can’t give to you because I’ve been told I won’t have access to Republican leadership.” ”
      So other than money – why do these people get “access to republican leadership” – and I know it happens in both parties.

    • 62 Cindy
      February 10, 2014 at 8:38 am

      Good morning desertflower,
      HAPPY MONDAY!!!!

      This is what the repukes are afraid of; Americans having a “choice.” Corporations will not control the masses anymore as individuals step out and explore their entrepreneurial skills. No more bondage, and we all know that the repukes do no want us to have choices.

      • 63 desertflower
        February 10, 2014 at 8:49 am

        EXACTLY! Morning to you, Cindy:) I think that Dems need to shout all the goodness from this law from the rooftops!! They should be proud of this accomplishment…not run from it.

      • 64 Obama Grandmama
        February 10, 2014 at 12:54 pm

        I heard some GOP legislator interviewed on an MSNBC show when their story was about how bad the CBO report was for the people. He admitted they had read it wrong, but still thought it was bad because it might encourage people to work less which would affect their lifetime income capability. Another words money and greed rule with no thoughts for balancing life commitments or riches being family time or free time as well as just enough money to live on. Their view represents the men bring home the bacon, women stay at home with the children, and everyone should let them make all the decisions. That fits PBO’s line in his SOTU referring to a Mad Men episode. If you see that these GOP members want to keep everything as it was you begin to understand their war with women, their discrediting an AA’s achievements, and not wanting workers rights because they do not deserve it since they have not committed their entire being to earning money. They are fighting to keep the old ways. That also explains why those that are older fit this political segment.

  15. 70 Ladyhawke
    February 10, 2014 at 8:28 am

    CBO Finds Obamacare Lets Americans Quit Jobs They Don’t Want, Which Rightbloggers, Naturally, Oppose


    (h/t Eric Boehlert)

  16. February 10, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Good morning, TODville!!


  17. 75 Ladyhawke
    February 10, 2014 at 8:32 am

    The All New GOP Lie About Obamacare, the CBO and Jobs

    By Bob Cesca


    Americans work more hours than any other industrialized nation. We take fewer vacations, retire at older ages and our work days are longer. In 1970 we worked around 35 hours per week and made $59,000 per year (adjusted for inflation). Today, it’s 46 hours per week and $51,000 per year. Over a million employees every year miss work due to work-related stress, costing businesses $200 billion annually. If the Republicans want to go around telling Americans that we need to work more hours; that we can never quit low-wage jobs to find better ones; that we can’t start a business without losing our health insurance, I encourage them to do so.



    • 76 desertflower
      February 10, 2014 at 8:40 am

      Which is EXACTLY why this is such a BFD!! Americans KNOW they work their asses off to make a better life for themselves and their families! To have the GOP condescendingly telling them they aren’t working HARD ENOUGH, from behind their mahogany desks, should not sit well with people! I hope this entire meme backfires BIG TIME!! As it should.

    • 77 Obama Grandmama
      February 10, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      One of my daughters got her Masters in International studies and her Law degree mainly with academic scholarships while working part time. After getting a well known law firm job in DC she spent five years there with absolutely no time for anything, but work. She decided that was not what she wanted her life to be about. She found a year long young professional exchange program to Germany she participated in. She decided she wanted to stay there liking how she could find balance in her life there. It took a year of being a nanny, and other odd jobs, taking German classes, interviewing for jobs and waiting for red tape to clear and she finally got her dream job. She now works, travels for work, skis on weekends and spends a lot of time socializing. They have a mandatory six weeks vacation, healthcare, guaranteed sick leave and many workers’ rights there that enables them to balance their lives. I Skype with her regularly and see her now as she travels here on many of her vacations. I actually see her more now than when she was in DC calling me for a few minutes when she was going home in a taxi from work at midnight.

  18. February 10, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Good morning all. Has it really been 7 years of wonderful inspiration?

  19. 79 Ladyhawke
    February 10, 2014 at 8:45 am

    GOP steps in Obamacare trap: Watch their false claims blow up in their face!

    By Brian Beutler


    Conservatives were ecstatic. The misleading campaign ads — Obamacare kills jobs! — are already in production. The problem is that, due to design similarities, the Senate GOP health care plan would generate the exact same phenomena. And so Republicans will be under tremendous self-imposed pressure not to break the link between employment and insurance and — at the very least — not to means-test the benefits of their ACA alternative.
    Conservative health policy is thus being shaped less by principle than by the right’s own anti-Obamacare opportunism. This is what happens when a political movement believes the chief duty of its policy entrepreneurs is to create the illusion that its party stands for more than just “no!” and tax cuts for the affluent.

    But if avoiding easily spun CBO reports is their lodestar, Republicans have big problems on their hands, including the question of what they propose to do about Obamacare.



  20. 80 Nerdy Wonka
    February 10, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Prince is so cool.

  21. February 10, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Good grief, the GOP is in trouble.

    • 84 desertflower
      February 10, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Until that dead intern pops up in the news. They are desperate.

    • 85 99ts
      February 10, 2014 at 8:58 am

      He sure has some issues that would get well discussed. He is also very vicious and nasty – cannot open his mouth without attacking the President with RW lie upon lie. I hope he runs – would love to see him having to face what he gives out every day.

    • 86 anniebella
      February 10, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Morning Joke thinking about running for President. meta, thank you for the wonderful morning laugh.

  22. February 10, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Oh, boy. Wonder if he’ll address Congress again with his crayons charts.

  23. 88 Nerdy Wonka
    February 10, 2014 at 8:55 am

    This law is freaking fantastic!

    • 89 desertflower
      February 10, 2014 at 8:59 am

      Glad you found this:) I posted above. What a perfect embodiment of what Obamacare is all about! This HAS to be on R/S!

  24. 90 Vicki
    February 10, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Mayor Bill deBlasio of NYC gives his State of The City speech at Noon EST. You can catch it on nyc.gov.
    I’ll be watching and will talk about the highlights and any news the Mayor makes.
    The focus is rumored to be on housing.

  25. 92 Nerdy Wonka
    February 10, 2014 at 9:04 am

  26. 99 desertflower
    February 10, 2014 at 9:05 am


    The Threat Of Defaulting On U.S. Debt And Other Crises Have Cost 750,000 Jobs

    The threat of defaulting on American federal debt thanks to lawmakers bickering over raising the debt ceiling — a situation that has now taken place twice, once in the summer of 2011 and again toward the end of last year — and other instances of governing by crisis increased unemployment by 0.5 percent, or in other words, meant the loss of 750,000 jobs, according to a new report from the Peterson Institute on International Economics.

    Narrowly avoiding default, going over the fiscal cliff, and another year of harmful sequestration cuts combined with last year’s government shutdown sliced 1 percent off of real GDP economic growth, which is the same as losing $150 billion a year, according to the report. That translates into a bit more than half a percentage point increase in unemployment.

    The report also notes that these crises hit close to home, increasing borrowing costs for the average American. The fiscal uncertainty ushered in by governing by crisis since 2010 has increased private borrowing spreads by nearly 40 basis points, and if that were fully reflected in higher mortgage interest rates, it would mean an extra $470 each month for mortgage payments on the median home.

    Any questions?

    • 100 Nena20409
      February 10, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Why Not every Dem making this an issue whenever asked or booked for an interview? This should be in every political ad. The Cost of Not doing CIR now at about 70-81 % should also be part of that political ad. Then the faces of those who shutdown the gov’t.

  27. 101 Ladyhawke
    February 10, 2014 at 9:09 am


    The ACA makes it possible for workers to quit jobs they hate. This is awesome.

    By Kathleen Geier


    I think what’s really freaking out the conservatives here is the reality that the ACA empowers workers. Clinging to some nightmare of a job just so you can have health care for yourself and your family has now officially become a thing of the past in America. If Polly Lower’s boss wanted her to stick around, then maybe he should have thought about treating her better — and paying her more.

    Empowering America’s workers is one of the indirect, and highly salutary, labor market impacts of the ACA. But there’s another one, which the Washington Post article doesn’t mention. The recent CBO report that conservatives are staging a hissy fit about, the one that projects that the ACA will reduce overall employment, predicts that unemployed workers will benefit in the short-term, as they replace workers who quit because of the ACA:



  28. 102 desertflower
    February 10, 2014 at 9:13 am


    Update, 3/6/2013: The Dow hit a record high on Tuesday, but who’s winning? The conditions of America’s jobless recovery detailed in this essay nearly two years ago have only continued—corporate earnings have risen at an annualized rate of 20 percent since the end of 2008, according to the New York Times, while Americans’ disposable income has inched ahead 1.4 percent by comparison. Or, as a top economist for Bank of America told the Times, “So far in this recovery, corporations have captured an unusually high share of the income gains.” Here’s why.

    Now couple this with the RW meme about Obamacare……

  29. February 10, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Howdy all you Os!!! What a great getting up day in TODdytown!!!

    This is going to be a tooth biting 2014 for the RWNJs. They think they have the mid-term election in the bag. It will be next to impossible because of gerrymandering to take the House, but GOTV will overcome that obstacle. We really need to do our parts in this effort.
    The Senate keep is even more imperative.

    We will hear of Dems distancing themselves from PBO in hopes for re-election. Be careful how we view that tactic. The ones who won their election, in a state that went Romney (i.e., Landrieu (sp) in La, and the guy in Alaska where PBO lost by 20+), have to do what they have to do. What’s important is how they vote, and what their presence means to which side gets to hold the gavel (Hagan in NC voted with 95% Dem). I can excuse those folks. It’s the ones who have no logical reason to run away that baffles me.

  30. 105 vcprezofan2
    February 10, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Good Day, TODvillage!

  31. 106 cookemom
    February 10, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Watch the San Diego mayoral election happening today. The Dem candidate is Latino and, if elected will be the first Hispanic mayor in that city. If the ‘Pub wins, he will be the ‘Pub mayor of the biggest city. This is a special election, being held after the Dem Mayor left office after pleading to 3 counts of sexual work place harassment shortly after being elected last year. San Diego is considered a conservative city. IT has an 18% Latino population and the GOTV there will decide the outcome.

    The ‘Pub is running on the platform as the guy who worked out the deal for the resignation of the current mayor and something about ObamaCare.

    Stay tuned, like Va. this will give us a clue on how the wind is blowing.

    • 107 cookemom
      February 10, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Though you couldn’t tell from my post above, commas are indeed your friend.

    • February 10, 2014 at 9:56 am

      Sanchez is catching up in the polls and is leading with women and those with a higher income. There’s a huge OFA campaign to help and President Obama endorsed him last Saturday.

      Faulconer leads among white old men and early ballots, so Sanchez has to pull it off at the polls.

  32. 109 vcprezofan2
    February 10, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Okay, I want to know – what is everybody doing why the village is so silent for over 10 minutes?

  33. 115 MightyPamela
    February 10, 2014 at 10:06 am

    So thankful he did! Seems aeons ago now, doesn’t it? Mornin’ y’all!

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