Early Bird Chat

Homeward Bound: President Obama waves during his departure on Air Force One at King Khalid International airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Saturday


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds – Happy Saturday!

124 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Mela in TX (@bluetexasmoon)
    March 29, 2014 at 8:20 am


  2. 10 No Child Left Behind
    March 29, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Good Saturday Morning TODVille!

  3. March 29, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Good Saturday Morning Chipsticks…TODer’s!!!

  4. 21 Mela in TX (@bluetexasmoon)
    March 29, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Oh my, it’s going to be a great day! Of course, it appears I’m talking to myself :-/

  5. 26 Don
    March 29, 2014 at 8:22 am

    As usual they were out drinking last night and acting like alley-cats. When I was there age I kept my nose to the grindstone and my hand on the tiller. These kids these days are hooked on their fancy hand-computers and their skinny jeans. Nobody gets up at the crack of dawn anymore, these kids get up at noon and expect a pancake breakfast.

    • 27 hopefruit2
      March 29, 2014 at 8:24 am

      LMAO! G’morning Don. Are you talking about Boehner and Cantor? 🙂 🙂

      • 28 Don
        March 29, 2014 at 8:26 am

        Actually I was talking about you guys not being up early in the morning, I was getting board because I had nobody to converse with.

    • 29 Mela in TX (@bluetexasmoon)
      March 29, 2014 at 8:26 am

      Ha! You’re describing my youngest son. “Mom, what’s for breakfast.” Me:”ham sandwich, it’s lunchtime and half your day is gone”. I’ve never liked to sleep in, even when I was younger , always felt I was wasting time.

    • 30 amk for obama
      March 29, 2014 at 8:27 am

      somebody got out of both sides of the bed.

  6. 31 hopefruit2
    March 29, 2014 at 8:22 am

    G’morning Chips and TOD, and congrats Mela and NCLB on First place tie :). Look how proud our President looks as he returns to home to his wonderful Family! Well done Mr. President – you and your team (SOS Kerry, NSA Rice, Pete Souza, Press Sec, etc) represent America abroad as only you could!

  7. 36 amk for obama
    March 29, 2014 at 8:23 am

    yeah, I thought I’ll brighten your day.

    • 37 No Child Left Behind
      March 29, 2014 at 8:31 am

      Good Morning AMK. Whenever I see Ralph Cramden questioned by the press for his bullied ways, my day is good.

  8. 41 Don
    March 29, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Maybe Putin will throw Snowden in the pot to sweeten the deal he’s dying to make with President Obama.

    • 42 hopefruit2
      March 29, 2014 at 8:28 am

      Yes, send that coward little weasel back to the US to face his music.

    • 43 No Child Left Behind
      March 29, 2014 at 8:29 am

      Good thought. I hope the Putin will sweeten the deal by putting the Snowflake on top of it.

    • 44 Mela in TX (@bluetexasmoon)
      March 29, 2014 at 8:34 am

      Wouldn’t that be awesome?! One can only hope.

    • March 29, 2014 at 8:37 am

      Morning Don. I was thinking the same thing.

      I love that President Obama wants Putin to put it in writing. Makes it harder for the MSM to make up their own version of what Putin said. I know they hated even having to say that Putin called President Obama (and not the other way around).

      • 46 anniebella
        March 29, 2014 at 8:59 am

        POTUS know Putin is like the right wing conservatives over here who have been praising Putin so much, they can’t be trusted. The only words that mean anything to these right wing haters is “I Hate Obama”.

    • 47 Obama Grandmama
      March 29, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      I wake up every morning listening to NPR for the news. This morning they had McCain on as their expert on what should be done about Putin. Yowser! Now public radio too! I am sick of McCain being treated like the foreign relations authority!

  9. 48 africa
    March 29, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Happy Saturday TODers,

    Congrats on 1st Mela

    Hiya Chips

  10. 50 africa
    March 29, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Welcome home PBO. You do us proud every single time, whether at home or abroad.

  11. 51 hopefruit2
    March 29, 2014 at 8:36 am

    I’m looking at this picture, and I’m getting glimpses of Jan 2017, when our beloved PBO takes his final bow as POTUS before the American people and is escorted into the helicopter with our beloved FLOTUS Michelle. I almost feel that for many people, Jan 2017 will be as much about him as it will be about the newly inaugurated President.

    Anyway enough of the depressing thoughts…back to enjoying the present!! This weekend – the ACA weekend 🙂

    • March 29, 2014 at 8:45 am

      I know what you mean Hopefruit. Having President Obama in office (and before that as a candidate for president) raised my awareness and attention. I’m sure many can say the same thing.

      I only hope that I can maintain some semblance of this attention after January 2017. I’m sure there will be even more of a need for the TOD village in some form to make that happen.

      • 53 Mela in TX (@bluetexasmoon)
        March 29, 2014 at 8:49 am

        I truly believe that was one of his many goals, to get more folks to engage in our Democracy. It’s critical we maintain that level of attention.

  12. 54 africa
    March 29, 2014 at 8:38 am

    • 55 Mela in TX (@bluetexasmoon)
      March 29, 2014 at 8:42 am

      I’d retweet that but I live in Texas. Look at our lunatic elected officials. 😦

      • 56 anniebella
        March 29, 2014 at 9:10 am

        I would retweet that too, but I don’t tweet. Because it makes lots of sense. How about the taxpayers of New Jersey is the ones to have to pay one million dollars for Christie bogus B.S. report. I thank them for doing all that investigation and not talking to any of the main characters, and I thank them for letting us know that Bridget and that guy had a relationship.

  13. 57 Mela in TX (@bluetexasmoon)
    March 29, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Sooo, Chips, how has Danny boy been behaving?

  14. 58 amk for obama
    March 29, 2014 at 8:41 am

  15. 59 africa
    March 29, 2014 at 8:42 am

  16. 60 amk for obama
    March 29, 2014 at 8:43 am

  17. 61 amk for obama
    March 29, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Heh bt. hint, hint

  18. 63 amk for obama
    March 29, 2014 at 8:47 am

    There you go. All fair & balanced bs.

    • March 29, 2014 at 9:14 am

      I just hope at some point New Jerseyans — and the rest of America — will take note of *ALL* the mounting evidence of the corruption in his administration, stop allowing Christie to dictate the narrative, and not discount his actions and those of his staff as New Jersey politics.

  19. 65 JER
    March 29, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

    • March 29, 2014 at 9:22 am

      Who seriously believes that Christie *didn’t* know about it?!?!?!?! His “I didn’t know” is so contradictory to his “I’m in charge” attitude. Every time he makes that claim, I think of Pinocchio as I watch his nose appear to grow.

  20. March 29, 2014 at 8:51 am

  21. 69 africa
    March 29, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Now, crickets from the Yokels. PBO is masterful. Never bet against him. They just never learn.

    • 70 hopefruit2
      March 29, 2014 at 8:59 am

      Laura Rozen who has opined endlessly and disapprovingly about PBO’s strategy with Putin/Russia has said very little about the situation since it was announced that Russia’s bond rating was to be downgraded on Monday and Putin called PBO. I guess there’s no way she can spin this without looking like an utterly dishonest or biased reporter. So as you say…crickets. Ditto for War Room Tom and his followers who insist on calling PBO weak or “disengaged” with zero evidence to support their claims.

      • 71 africa
        March 29, 2014 at 9:38 am

        Tom Nichols tries desperately to blame US foreign policies woes on PBO. Hope , I saw your tweets pushing back at him yesterday. Thank you so much. All of these people will EAT crow.

        • 72 hopefruit2
          March 29, 2014 at 9:54 am

          Yes, I sent Tom a video of Dubya sheepishly saying words to the effect that he didn’t know where OBL was, or whether he was dead or alive, etc., and told Tom that’s what “disengaged” looks like.

          • 73 carolyn
            March 29, 2014 at 9:57 am

            And didn’t he also add something to the effect that he didn’t really care…..OBL just wasn’t on his mind much? or, are those my own thoughts…

  22. 75 dotster3
    March 29, 2014 at 8:58 am

    It was nice to see this front page headline in local paper——-“ACA sign-ups surge”.

  23. 76 hopefruit2
    March 29, 2014 at 9:03 am

    If only some of our self-professed FP experts were as analytical and insightful as Jim Stuart and Smartypants!!

  24. 77 jackiegrumbacher
    March 29, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Morning. Anyone know what time the president’s plane is supposed to land? Or, has it? I hope nobody troubles him this weekend or wakes him up in the middle of the night with an urgent crisis. He needs major self and family time and big league pampering after all he’s gone through. I am still angry about the states who opted out of Medicaid expansion, including PA. So many will suffer and needlessly die for petty politics. I literally don’t know how this country will survive without PBO keeping the ship steady.

    • 78 dotster3
      March 29, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Heard a discussion on Ed radio show yesterday that the Ga. legislature, which passed the “Health Freedom Act”, a bunch of nasty provisions which will begin nullifying ACA in their state, also included a provision barring any future gov. from expanding Medicaid in their state—–which is just unbelievable and—–they must be worried about Jimmy Carter’s grandson, Jason, winning the governor’s race there. The Ga. Repubs were celebrating this like they had done something great and not something that will result in bodies in the streets. They think they are leading the way for other states to do the same. I think this is still awaiting Repub. Gov. Deal’s signature.

      • March 29, 2014 at 10:08 am

        The Supreme Court has rejected nullification, so not sure how GA has standing here due to the Supremacy Clause. Hateful, spiteful people.

  25. 80 andogriff
    March 29, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Morning Ms Chips, morning and happy Saturday everyone! Thank you so much for all the excellent coverage of our president’s trip to Ms. Chips, NW, and all the BT’s Hope everyone has a great day.

  26. March 29, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Howdy all you O’s!!!!! What a great getting up day in TOD town again!!! I have a couple of observations as to the events of the week.

    1. Even though, Bridgette Kelly was thrown under the bus in the worst possible way, including the portrayal of her in a most sexist manner, she may actually not have anything that proves a conversation with the gov. It seems to me, the gov wouldn’t have said he’s exonerated, and the lawyer would not have released his findings that is now public record and not bound by any client privilege. So there’s nothing there but he said, she said. Bridgette has been warned that they will get down and dirty with her, if she tries to run with the big dogs.

    2. Putin did not call PBO as some sort of ‘tail between his leg’ gesture. He called to say that Crimea is done, and he’s now open to negotiations for the rest of Ukraine. True, there are economic issues for his countrymen, but I think right now he feels like it’s one down, several more to go. Of course he will find that he’s riding bareback alone, but that won’t be until he’s flexed every one of his muscles. Some people just can’t handle fame. Btw, Russia should never have been awarded the 2014 Winter Olympic Games for humanitarian reasons alone.

    • 82 hopefruit2
      March 29, 2014 at 9:59 am

      So you don’t think the increasingly negative impact of the economic sanctions have anything to do with Putin’s call to PBO?

      • 83 amk for obama
        March 29, 2014 at 10:15 am

        If putin cuts off his gas to EU, how is he gonna fund his great war? Russian economy is a midget.

      • 84 cookemom
        March 29, 2014 at 11:01 am

        My observation never went there at all. I said, “True, there are economic issues for his countrymen, but I think right now he feels like it’s one down, several more to go.”

        I think he may be saying that Crimea is over and done with, fait accompli, or as once mentioned by an American statesman “mission accomplished” . Putin may now be feel he’s open to negotiating for the rest of Ukraine on his terms. Of course, that won’t work, but he’s feeling really froggish right about now.

    • 85 pickle48
      March 29, 2014 at 10:06 am

      I don’t know what Putin’s motivations were in calling PBO, but I suspect PBO told him to put his proposals in writing for good reason. I teach sociology and had my students considering culture worldview development in analyzing these issues on Thursday. 1) survival, 2) tribal, 3) warrior, 4) traditional/mythological (generally agricultural), 5) modern/rational (generally industrial), 6) (eco)systemic (generally informational), and…….. 7) getting to integral, which is still quite rare. This is using a mixture of Spiral Dynamics, Integral Theory, and Cultural Creatives research. Putin is acting out from primarily a warrior worldview which makes his agenda rather unlikely to impossible in our interconnected world. As some have noted, this type of nationalism is outmoded in our present 21st century. He can cause enormous havoc and even provoke a world war. But he’s unlikely to succeed. One of the reasons the U.S. is embroiled in culture wars relates to the difficulty traditionalists and even modernists are having in adjusting to a post-modern world and changing power dynamics. I also asked my students what kinds of arguments they had heard/read in the news regarding these present issues with Russia. They provided examples and then ried to figure out which cultural worldviews these different analysts were speaking from. There were many “ah-ha’s” in the process. The U.S. has a primarily modernist center of gravity. The European Union is more (eco)systemic.

      • March 29, 2014 at 10:10 am


        Brilliant exercise for you students!

      • 87 cookemom
        March 29, 2014 at 11:24 am

        Excellent exercise and really gets to the heart of the matter from the various possible perspectives. I agree, Purtin is feeling his warrior oats and thinks the rest of the world will stand in awe of his strapping physique and honchoism (my word). He will fail, of course, but it will take awhile to convince him that adjusting to his surroundings and evolve, or he goes the way of the rest of the now extinct species who couldn’t.

        • 88 Obama Grandmama
          March 29, 2014 at 1:34 pm

          I remember during the Vietnam conflict when my late husband was in the Air Force and we were stationed in various places in the USA. We noticed that his immediate commanding officers who were short in stature had a certain personality then called a Napolianic complex. That was a huge generalization, but in my husband’s case it bared out to be true. When I saw a photo of Putin standing with the other world leaders I noticed that he really is quite short comparatively. Wonder if he is more aggressive and war like due to feeling he has to prove his manhood?

      • 89 Lovepolitics2008
        March 29, 2014 at 11:38 am

        Where do you put President Obama as a person? Do you agree that he is in the rare category of people who display an “integral” view of the world ?

    • 90 Don
      March 29, 2014 at 10:19 am

      Cookemom, you think that Putin called President Obama from a position of strength, really? You think that this was his plan all along? If that’s the case well then Putin is the first dictator to not be ruled by money. I’m not saying that Putin isn’t motivated by politics or Russian history. I’m just saying that his motivations are largely economically driven.

      • 91 cookemom
        March 29, 2014 at 11:09 am

        In his own mind, yes. He may absolutely be thinking he is in a position of strength. That doesn’t make it so, but a person’s own reality may be different than that of truth. I’m not saying that the economics won’t be what makes him crawl back under his rock, but that will be later, after he realizes that fat meat is greasy. He’s so full of himself right now that what he sees in the mirror is an overblown image of the real him. Think about it, Crimea is over. Sorta like Christie who proclaimed that he’s been exonerated, or Bush’s mission accomplished. Neither was true, but they put it out there anyway. Putin had a successful olympics, he was/is instrumental in the Syria negotiations, his populace is behind him all the way in terms of favorable ratings, and he has some admiration from US ranking officials. He’s all pumped and his ego knows no bounds. So yeah, for now he may think he’s all that and a bag of chips.

        He will soon learn that PBO is not the person that he’s been hearing about from RWNJs.

        • 92 hopefruit2
          March 29, 2014 at 11:25 am

          Cookemom I agree with your take on Putin being a legend in his own mind. And the RWNJ’s and certain self-titled Russian experts in the US media and punditry have reinforced his warped sense of invincibility vis-a-vis PBO. But I differ somewhat with you in the timing of his realization about who is really the “power” and who isn’t , in that I think he has already seen to a great extent that PBO is not the person he’s been hearing about from the US media and RWNJ’s. I believe The G-7 summit, along with the economic sanctions have forced him to face this reality sooner than he otherwise would.

          • 93 cookemom
            March 29, 2014 at 11:34 am

            Let’s hope so, but a man as full with his own ego like Putin, who admires a Steven Segal character for goodness sakes, is not someone who will readily accept his own weakness. So as this plays out, I’m sure ol’ Poot will get handed his lunch and PBO is gracious enough to give it to him on a full place setting. Never-the-less he will be served.

            • 94 hopefruit2
              March 29, 2014 at 11:40 am

              Yes, Putin’s biggest fear is that he might appear “weak” on the world stage, and he will go to great lengths and cause great destruction just to avoid seeming weak. PBO on the other hand is the opposite – his greatest fear is actually seeing people/countries harmed/destroyed under his watch, so if it means being perceived by some as “weak” then so be it. Better a minority of people perceive him as weak than the majority live the disastrous consequences of his not wanting to be perceived that way.

    • 95 Nena20409
      March 29, 2014 at 11:07 am

      At TOD we don’t all share the same thoughts. Debates are healthy. One of the reasons I enjoy TOD.

      One thing for sure is that this POTUS and his administration are committed to diplomacy. They invest in it and they put their efforts on that as they methodologically plough through every crisis and reasonably seek for resolutions.
      #TrustBarack as out Doc Bobfr would often say.

      • 96 cookemom
        March 29, 2014 at 11:27 am

        yep, and the sooner Putin realizes this the better for him and his people. Putin may be putting too much faith in what he may have been hearing from the rwnj in this country.

    March 29, 2014 at 9:50 am


  28. 98 africa
    March 29, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Randomly amazing.

    • 99 Nerdy Wonka
      March 29, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Wicked cool.

    • 100 LDS
      March 29, 2014 at 10:11 am

      Good morning TOD.
      Africa, that is absolutely beautiful!
      Even though it is cloudy and rainy here in NYC, the First Family representing us all over the world have me humming, “It’s a lovely day”.
      We are so blessed to be able to experience this unique family.

      Back to bed with tall glass of fresh squeezed cold orange juice, still fighting a head cold. Ugh!
      Has anybody heard from Jovie? It has been a while.

    • March 29, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Would make a SIMPLY SMASHING lady’s hat for a royal wedding…..

    • 103 Nena20409
      March 29, 2014 at 10:59 am

      That looks like an artfully decorated pastry/cake or ornament until I saw the eyes.

      Creepy, yet extremely beautiful at the same time. Wow.

  29. 104 amk for obama
    March 29, 2014 at 10:03 am

    hey bt. your team leading 3-1. quick reflexive goal from mata.

    of course, it’s villa. But still ….

  30. 106 africa
    March 29, 2014 at 10:22 am


  31. 107 africa
    March 29, 2014 at 10:25 am

  32. 108 JER
    March 29, 2014 at 10:28 am

  33. 111 dotster3
    March 29, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Important Salon story on the owners of Hobby Lobby and their far and wide funding and meddling as part of a network legally testing “religious freedom” everywhere they can——–seeking to make the U.S. a Christian theocracy. Didn’t see any of this mentioned by MSM on coverage of current Sup. Ct. case.

  34. 112 africa
    March 29, 2014 at 10:31 am


    • 113 Don
      March 29, 2014 at 10:43 am

      I saw that yesterday, this fucking guy is a total loon, and he talks about Putin’s muscles.

    • 114 Nena20409
      March 29, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Now if a Dem elected official did this….and against a GOPer POTUS while in a serious conflict as that GOPer POTUS is abroad……….What would the MSM and the RWNJ mega Media echo chamber be saying about that Dem?

      Jane Fonda is still trashed from her stand during ‘Nam and she was Never an elected official.

      This rep calls himself a patriot?

      Hell No, he isn’t.

    • 115 anniebella
      March 29, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Tell Rep. Rohrabacher he can go over to Russia, sit down and have dinner with him, and don’t forget to invite Snowden. And if the Congressman decides he want to stay in Russia, by all means, please do so. A sick ass racists.

      • 116 anniebella
        March 29, 2014 at 11:03 am

        I wonder why it is that Americans can’t see things like this Congressman and realize that these Republicans are the problem with what is going on in D.C. There is a serious problem with politicians who would support and root for the enemy against their own country President. Something is seriously wrong with these Republicans.

  35. 117 africa
    March 29, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Wonders of nature

  36. March 29, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Charles Gaba is being hammered by hyper desperate RWNJs.

  37. March 29, 2014 at 10:56 am


  38. 124 Nena20409
    March 29, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I am Not a fan of Piers Morgan……but his comments on Guns were 1001% OK with me.

    I have chosen to post it here for I don’t want to detour the Brilliant R&S.

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