Early Bird Chat

President Barack Obama dances with First Lady Michelle Obama in the Blue Room of the White House prior to an “In Performance at the White House” series concert honoring songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David, May 9, 2012. During the concert the President presented Bacharach and Eunice David, on behalf of her husband, with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Friday! And 97 gazillion thanks to Nerdy for all her posts yesterday while I was busy not getting work done.

150 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. May 9, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Good Friday Chipsticks…TODers! I love seeing the first couple interact. 🙂

    Everyone have a great day.

  2. 5 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2014 at 7:52 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! They are thoroughly enjoying themselves in that pic – and we are thoroughly enjoying ourselves looking at them in that pic! 🙂 🙂

  3. 7 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2014 at 7:58 am

  4. 8 donna dem 4 obama
    May 9, 2014 at 7:59 am

  5. 9 donna dem 4 obama
    May 9, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD

    Happy Friday Everyone!!!

  6. 11 donna dem 4 obama
    May 9, 2014 at 8:05 am

  7. 19 99ts
    May 9, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Hi early birds – do hope your Friday was as good as mine – spent the day with grandbabe (and her mother) and the little one learned how to “blow you a kiss”. She thought it was hysterical and laughed and laughed as daughter and I caught all those kisses.

    • May 9, 2014 at 8:10 am

      Awwwwwwww 99ts, too cute!!

      • 21 99ts
        May 9, 2014 at 8:14 am

        I am hooked beyond understanding – she walks in the door and takes over my world – I think it is nature’s way of making us enjoy growing old 🙂

        • May 9, 2014 at 8:17 am

          Ah, what a lovely way to describe it! She really sounds a joy, as does her grandmother 🙂

        • 23 donna dem 4 obama
          May 9, 2014 at 8:22 am

          I COMPLETELY agree!!!

          I’ve wanted grand kids for a long time but no one could have told me that I would be so captivated by their presence….

          The girls are in Kansas this weekend and already I’m going through withdrawals. Sigh!!!!

          • 24 99ts
            May 9, 2014 at 8:27 am

            I luv that we can come to TOD and chat about the joy of grandchildren. Captivate is a perfect word for what they do to our hearts 🙂

            • 25 jackiegrumbacher
              May 9, 2014 at 8:51 am

              Oh that is the truth, 99. When our little granddaughter visits I go around with a goofy grin on my face and think all of her skills are marks of extreme brilliance.

              • May 9, 2014 at 9:55 am

                think all of her skills are marks of extreme brilliance.


                because they are…Objectively Speaking of course…smilin broadly

        • 27 57andfemale
          May 9, 2014 at 8:35 am

          What a beautiful sentiment.

        • 28 Betsy
          May 9, 2014 at 10:19 am

          That’s beautiful. I will have to remember that. (I am approaching my 59th birthday this summer and it’s kind of freaking me out that I will be starting my 60th year.)

    • May 9, 2014 at 8:13 am

      Hi 99ts. I’m glad you had such a special day with your grandbabe. It’s funny how the parents almost become afterthoughts when the grandchildren are around — *(and her mother)* 🙂

      I hope you have a restful night.

      • 30 99ts
        May 9, 2014 at 8:20 am

        After all the drama of raising “and her mother” – grandbabe is just fun and enjoyment. When I am exhausted – she goes home 🙂 and I can have that restful night 🙂

        Any adults seem to be an after thought when the little ones are around – this one takes over her world and all that appear within.

        Thank you for allowing me to rave about the most precious little one I know.

        • May 9, 2014 at 8:32 am

          “Thank you for allowing me to rave about the most precious little one I know.”

          Hey, it’s an undisputed code of grandparents. Raving and bragging about their grandchildren is a given and is accepted conduct.

          My mother-in-law likes to joke… “If I’d known how much fun the grandkids would be, I would have had them first.” 😀

          • May 9, 2014 at 8:33 am

            ROFL —-> “If I’d known how much fun the grandkids would be, I would have had them first.” 🙂

          • 34 99ts
            May 9, 2014 at 8:45 am

            And I would have bypassed the parent part if I could have gone straight to the grandbabe. Without doubt, your MIL and I have much in common 🙂

            • May 9, 2014 at 12:19 pm

              Grandchildren are rewards for making it through parenthood, a rite of passage. You would not possess all the wisdom you now can pass onto your grandchildren without having faced your children’s skepticism. LOL

          • May 9, 2014 at 9:57 am


            sometimes my daughter gets a lil funky….she says …you would have never let me get away with that!!….i just smile….:-)

  8. 37 donna dem 4 obama
    May 9, 2014 at 8:15 am

    I’m not tuned into the news so has anyone heard what the “energy news” is that College Kay teased us with last night?

    • May 9, 2014 at 8:19 am

      Had TV on national news for a few, but now local. Haven’t heard anything. Sigh………..

    • 39 hopefruit2
      May 9, 2014 at 8:20 am

      I posted a tweet from Symmetry on the previous thread about some energy initiatives that PBO will unveil in his later speeches today – apart from that I haven’t heard any “energy” news being mentioned in the MSM as such. They’re all about Putin taking a victory lap in Crimea, or Willard talking chit about minimum wage….these are whose arses the MSM’s heads are buried in right now…

      • 40 donna dem 4 obama
        May 9, 2014 at 8:26 am

        “these are whose arses the MSM’s heads are buried in right now…”

        HF2 I am weeping. You crack me up!!!

        🙂 🙂 🙂

    • 41 Betsy
      May 9, 2014 at 10:20 am

      They unveiled solar panels that were installed at the White House, could that be it?

  9. 42 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2014 at 8:18 am

    • May 9, 2014 at 8:20 am

      Aaaahhhhh. Awesome stuff!!!!! Thanks!!!

      • 44 hopefruit2
        May 9, 2014 at 8:24 am

        Apparentlyt that’s the news she referenced last night. 🙂 It is a BFD! But something tells me it won’t be given much attention by the usual suspects…

    • 49 jackiegrumbacher
      May 9, 2014 at 8:53 am

      Great! Reagan was a stupid fool to take them down.

      • May 9, 2014 at 11:07 am

        I’m dumbfounded by the odd and short-sighted arrogance of taking them down. Pure idiocy.

        • 51 Obama Grandmama
          May 9, 2014 at 12:24 pm

          I figure the next time we have a GOP President the solar panels will be taken down again. It is a statement of continuing polluted forms of energy with them.

    • 52 Nena20409
      May 9, 2014 at 11:13 am

      This AM I saw that on Hardball’s Thursday show. So is this really the Friday news? I doubt it.

  10. 53 amk for obama
    May 9, 2014 at 8:26 am

    US, UK teams help Nigeria seek girls

    Experts from the US and UK arrive in Nigeria to help find some 200 girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamist militants.

    The experts include military advisers, negotiators and counsellors.

    On Thursday, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said he hoped the foreign assistance would signal “the beginning of the end of terror” in Nigeria.

    Nigeria has been criticised for its slow response to the kidnappings.


    • 54 dotster3
      May 9, 2014 at 9:01 am

      From everything I’ve read, that govt. is so corrupt—from top to bottom in every area –even tweets from Nigerian citizens saying that the reason the pres. was slow to ask for help was that he didn’t want anyone asking questions about the missing $20 billion in oil revenues—-which they were saying went to Jonathan and his cronies—–and that all the anger and resentment of the corruption, resultant poverty and lack of opportunity, helped to give rise to Boko Haram and its evil, murderous, criminal reactions.

  11. 55 Linda
    May 9, 2014 at 8:31 am


    The only thing missing from Putin’s arrival in Crimea is a Mission Accomplished Banner.

    • 56 hopefruit2
      May 9, 2014 at 8:34 am

      Putin clearly reminds the US media of their cherished GWB – that’s why they love him so much….

  12. 57 Linda
    May 9, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Gohmert Accuses Comcast Of Trying To Keep Glenn Beck’s Network Off TV (VIDEO)


    Good luck with your Asparagus Loony Louie.

    • 58 99ts
      May 9, 2014 at 8:49 am

      You are in good form today Linda – Putin’s mission accomplished and asparagus – covers most of the media news.

  13. 59 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Sigh..that’s why we can’t have nice things..we can’t appreciate the good when it happens and just savor it. We have to be critical for no damn good reason. Zakaria feels that PBO has done everything right, yet he wants PBO to “put more feeling” into his accomplishments – then he (Zakaria) will be satisfied…

    • 60 99ts
      May 9, 2014 at 8:52 am

      Wonder how you put more feeling into economic sanctions against Putin? or demanding the destruction of chemical weapons? When there is nothing left to whinge about – we need passion – sigh.

      • 61 Linda
        May 9, 2014 at 9:03 am

        Maybe Fareed needs to go back to his home country and put some feeling in to stopping the gang raping that goes on there continuously.

        I am in no mood for this BS character assassination of our President all the time……as these pundits sit in there million dollar jobs and do nothing but criticize .

        Get lost Zakaria. !

        • 62 derbingleguy
          May 9, 2014 at 9:17 am

          It would take more than Zakaria to do that.

          The criticism is mild but the problem is not what the President is doing it’s that Zakaria wants more stage production. The President is delivering he just needs to do it in a grandiose way. Fareed miss the beam on this one

    • 63 jackiegrumbacher
      May 9, 2014 at 8:55 am

      Hf, and I’m sure Zakaria’s opinion of PBO keeps our president awake at night…not.

    • May 9, 2014 at 9:14 am

      This was a good comment to Kevin Drum’s piece:

      Ton_Chrysoprase • 34 minutes ago
      Well, there used to be a thing called the press to evaluate and write about how presidents do. Now they only write about about who said what about how some other person felt about how the president communicated something.

      So true.

      Aside from Monica, MSM twitter timelines have mostly been about sports this week.

      • 65 Ladyhawke
        May 9, 2014 at 9:38 am

        Exactly. The WHPC jackals are obsessed with PROCESS, OPTICS and FEELINGS. How many times have you heard a jackal (I’m talking about you Chuck Todd) ask Jay Carney when was the las time President Obama called Speaker Boehner. Or another classic did President Obama poison the well when he criticized the GOP for (fill in the blank). Facts and policy take a backseat and all we get is tabloid trash coverage of serious domestic and international news.

    • 66 Nena20409
      May 9, 2014 at 11:19 am


      Okay Fareed Zakaria. There was a song in the 1980s called Feelings. Go drown yourself listening to that song. Those who tweet, please tell FZ to go sit down.

      I have always read him when he was with Newsweek, Time and have watched his show for he seemed reasonable, level-headed and fair. But I can’t……No Shan’t have respect for any vagabond telling me about FEELINGS, EMOTIONS or ALOOFNESS in their wicked foolish reference to pres Obama. That gets my whole body boiling.

  14. 67 donna dem 4 obama
    May 9, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Don ‘t accidentally put the car in reverse while parking in this parking lot. 😯

  15. 74 amk for obama
    May 9, 2014 at 8:38 am

    The African National Congress (ANC) has won a commanding victory in South Africa’s general election, interim results show.

    With about 99% of the results in, the ANC has 62% of the vote, followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA) on 22%.

    The BBC’s Andrew Harding says inequality, unemployment and corruption are big problems but the electorate has shown it has not lost faith in the ANC.

    The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party is in third place with 6%.

    The electoral commission said voting passed off peacefully in most areas, with turnout at just over 73%.


    Mr Madela’s legacy is still working for anc.

  16. 75 amk for obama
    May 9, 2014 at 8:39 am

    • May 9, 2014 at 8:53 am

      I checked out the link and the messages conveyed in the images are indeed thought provoking. It gives rise to some reflection and self-examination…something we need to do periodically.

  17. 77 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2014 at 8:39 am

    • 78 dotster3
      May 9, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Not overly thrilled about the location of that speech. Wonder why Walmart. (I hate walmart and what it’s done to mom and pop stores, small towns, across America)

      • 79 hopefruit2
        May 9, 2014 at 9:25 am

        I AM overly thrilled about the speech and choose not to get sidetracked about the venue – for now.

        By focusing on “why Walmart” we are essentially taking the MSM’s bait by getting caught up about the Walmart issue – which in my opinion is beside the point in the context of what the President is trying to accomplish here.

        • 80 derbingleguy
          May 9, 2014 at 9:55 am

          It’s not a question of taking any bait. It’s more than possible to focus on PBO and the specifics of his speech but not be excited about where he’s giving it. For many people Wal-Mart is reason #1 so many local economies have been devastated and wages remain low. There’s no putting that aside regardless of who’s speaking. Now knowing PBO he has a plan and maybe it will work. I sure hope so but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t object to where it’s being launched.

          • 81 hopefruit2
            May 9, 2014 at 10:12 am

            “For many people Wal-Mart is reason #1 so many local economies have been devastated and wages remain low.”

            And this reinforces my point about Wal-Mart being a fundamental driver in the US economy. Their policies (for better or worse) do matter and have wide-ranging impact. Thus it is not a mistake or oversight that PBO is going there – it is deliberate. And there is a long-range goal here which goes well beyond the superficial optics of the speech venue.

            Therefore, if we object to the speech being launched at Walmart, then we are in fact objecting to PBO’s overall strategy and long-range goal of getting Walmart on board with his other initiatives. As I stated earlier, giving an energy efficiency speech at Walmart does not equal endorsement or ignoring of their low-wage and other nefarious policies – quite possibly, the opposite.

            • 82 derbingleguy
              May 9, 2014 at 11:24 am

              No we aren’t objecting to PBO’s strategy. That’s a road you are going to travel by yourself. Something may or may not come out of this only time will tell but people have every right to be less than thrilled with Wal-Mart as the backdrop. There are no guarantees one way or the other regardless of PBO’s plan. If it works than great but I still won’t regret have any misgivings about where it took place.

      • 83 Nena20409
        May 9, 2014 at 11:23 am

        Wal-Mart has been doing stuff with Solar and I believe encouraging their Truckers on converting to more energy efficiency fuel capabilities.

  18. 84 donna dem 4 obama
    May 9, 2014 at 8:39 am

  19. 85 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Empty for now, yet you can feel the anticipatory excitement! 🙂

  20. 86 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2014 at 8:50 am

    • 87 Vicki
      May 9, 2014 at 9:03 am

      It would be impressive if PBO was appearing at Walmart to discuss raising the minimum wage.

      Walmart’s initiatives on energy and healthier food are welcome and praised but the fact remains that Walmarts low pay hurts not only their workers but all of us who make up the pay shortfall with our tax dollars.

      How would you feel if Administration members appeared with Donald Sterling to promote a worthy cause? We’d applaud the help the cause would be getting but I think we would be very queasy about the venue.

      So jump all over me if you wish to. Venue matters. The medium is the message, ht Marshall McLuhan or however his name is spelled said.

      • 88 hopefruit2
        May 9, 2014 at 9:21 am

        PBO chose this venue to highlight a specific initiative on energy efficiency. FLOTUS has appeared at Walmart to promote her healthy eating initiative. These are very specific policy issues, and should not be conflated with other issues. It does not mean that they are endorsing (or ignoring) Walmart’s abusive policies of low wages.

        I may be wrong but somehow I doubt that the Union has proposed an alternative and superior venue for PBO to speak on this particular issue – because if they did, he likely would have considered it. It’s just too easy to complain after the fact.

        Finally, I don’t think the Sterling-Walmart comparison is valid in this context because Sterling is not and has never been a fundamental part of the US economy.

    • 89 derbingleguy
      May 9, 2014 at 9:04 am

      For them in a lot of ways Wal-Mart is the bigger picture. It’s a legitimate beef but they need to cut their ally some slack. I suspect the President has a two pronged attack on this one. Talk climate change and see if he can get Wal-Mart on board with a minimum wage hike as well.

      Also this came from the Wall Street Journal which means they went out of their way to find people to undercut PBO’s visit.

      • 90 hopefruit2
        May 9, 2014 at 9:24 am

        PBO ALWAYS plays the long game. These unions are short-sighted and repeatedly underestimate his motives, strategy, etc. Meanwhile, they allow the feckless media uses their “objections” to distract from the broader policy accomplishments and initiatives.

        So now instead of being focused on the energy initiatives, folks are all tied up about the Walmart venue issue…

        • 91 derbingleguy
          May 9, 2014 at 9:45 am

          I agree they underestimate but Walmart is their great white whale for good reason. It will blow over and possibly the President can get a twofer.

          • May 9, 2014 at 10:16 am

            I understand the nervousness about the venue….but i trust PBO…i will wait till i hear his speech to understand more fully why he chose this venue…it is had for me to thing that PBO and his camp did not think about this long and hard before choosing this venue…he must have a reason….we shall soon see it..

            • 93 hopefruit2
              May 9, 2014 at 10:26 am

              PF58, you’re right on the money and I find it particularly difficult to understand why after 6 years, so many people STILL mistrust his decisions…

              • 94 derbingleguy
                May 9, 2014 at 11:19 am

                For me it’s not mistrust. Wal-Mart is not going to sucker him into anything. But that doesn’t mean I have to like the place where all this is going down.

    • 95 Sandy1110
      May 9, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      The UFCW might consider that POTUS is getting Walmart to do something LESS destructive than it has been. The shortsighted reactionary outlook has gotten really old.

  21. 96 amk for obama
    May 9, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Ireland misses Eurovision final for first time since 2009

    uh, oh….

    this bt 😥


    this bt 😡

  22. 99 jackiegrumbacher
    May 9, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Morning. Off on a family visit today. It’s been a busy, busy week. See you all later. Have a great day.

  23. 102 donna dem 4 obama
    May 9, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Pope Francis called Friday for governments to redistribute wealth to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the “economy of exclusion” that is taking hold today.

  24. 103 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2014 at 9:03 am


    Will US media breathlessly reporting the booing with the same eagerness they report whenever PBO gets heckled?

    • 104 anniebella
      May 9, 2014 at 9:36 am

      The media, specially the right wing media will say that the booing of Putin is a sign of their love for him. And the right wing base will believe every word of it.

  25. 105 dotster3
    May 9, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I like PBO’s response to a heckler in San Jose last night. He said, “I love you back.” 🙂

    • May 9, 2014 at 9:18 am

      I don’t know how he stays so polite with these people Dotster, I’d just tell the rude beepers to shut the beep up.

      • 107 africa
        May 9, 2014 at 9:21 am

        Grace and humility. I love this man.

      • 108 anniebella
        May 9, 2014 at 9:33 am

        POTUS handle this better then I would, cause I would have them kick the heckler out or knock him out one.

      • 109 hopefruit2
        May 9, 2014 at 10:25 am

        LMAO! 🙂 Actually he did just that! “I love you back” in this particular context was simply PBO’s G-rated way of saying “F-off, loser.”

        • May 9, 2014 at 10:27 am

          😆 True, it was his polite version of what I’d have said, but part of me actually wants him to say ‘oooooh, go beep yourself’ one day.

          • 111 hopefruit2
            May 9, 2014 at 10:31 am

            Heheh…I listened to the clip again and it appears that the heckler in fact said “we/I love you” to PBO…towards the end… 🙂 🙂 I didn’t get that when I listened at first…listen again – did you hear it?

            • May 9, 2014 at 10:34 am

              Crikey, yeah! He heckles, then shouts ‘we love you’?!

              • 113 hopefruit2
                May 9, 2014 at 10:40 am

                ROTFL – amazing isn’t it? These hecklers just want his attention – that’s all. When he gives them love, they’re happy.

                Reminds me of an “Occupy” protest at an Obama rally back in 2012 – when the President appeared they forgot they were “Occupying” and all whipped out their cellphone cameras with huge grins on their faces instead…

        • 114 hopefruit2
          May 9, 2014 at 10:28 am

          Actually, on second listening, the heckler did say towards the end “we love you” which prompted the “I love you back” response from PBO…

      • 116 Nena20409
        May 9, 2014 at 11:28 am

        Class to the Max.

        WTG POTUS!

  26. 117 GGAIL
    May 9, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Good West Coast Friday morning Chipsticks & TOD family. I am so happy to read on the last thread that MP reported good results!


  27. 119 africa
    May 9, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Happy Friday TODers

    Hiya Chips!!!

  28. 122 africa
    May 9, 2014 at 9:18 am

    This Eugene Robinson piece got me last night

    • 123 carolyn
      May 9, 2014 at 9:33 am

      I read this piece it is good, and good for all people to read. I would have a slight quibble wiith the tweet…instead of “imagine” I would use the word “realize” that he got all this done…….

      Glad to see a slight change in some of the writing. Some seem to be slowly trending toward the positive.

  29. 124 Linda
    May 9, 2014 at 9:24 am

    7 Democrats voted for the Select Committee on Benghazi……

    The usual suspects including Ron Barber of Arizona.


  30. 125 MightyPamela
    May 9, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Morning y’all. Back in a bit.

  31. 126 desertflower
    May 9, 2014 at 9:28 am


    I’m trying to explain as calmly as I can here, to readers with no allegiance to either party, why what the Republicans are doing with Benghazi is so out of bounds. They are turning a political situation into a legal case. They’re trying to impose the standards of the courtroom onto a place where they clearly don’t belong. It’s an awful, poisonous precedent, especially given that the incident in question was a tragedy. Using a national tragedy, the kind of event that used to unite Americans, to turn a political matter into a legal one is just a shocking thing to do, wholly outside the American tradition.

    Case in point: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trey-gowdys-embarrassing-start

    On Tuesday, the House Republican leadership formally announced it’s chosen Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) to lead the latest in a series of Benghazi committee investigations. On Wednesday, Gowdy made a “telling slip.”
    Asked by MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough about the possibility that his panel’s work would continue into the 2016 election campaign, Gowdy replied that “if an administration is slow-walking document production, I can’t end a trial simply because the defense won’t cooperate.”

    A trial? And the Obama administration is the defense? So much for that “serious investigation” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) promised; his new chairman intends to play prosecutor, proving the administration’s guilt to the jury – in this case, the public.
    It was no small admission. Publicly, GOP leaders insist their election-year charade is actually a credible search for the facts, wherever they may lead. They’re going into this process, not on a partisan witch hunt, but as responsible public officials. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) assured reporters this week that this is going to be “a serious investigation.”

    Except Gowdy accidentally told the truth on national television – he’s already convinced, before the process even starts, that the White House is guilty of wrongdoing, and the far-right congressman believes it’s his job to prosecute administration officials.

  32. 127 africa
    May 9, 2014 at 9:37 am

  33. 128 amk for obama
    May 9, 2014 at 9:38 am

    to be or not to be ? (in the rethugs sham benghazi committee) is the topic of the day at bj.

    • 129 99ts
      May 9, 2014 at 9:45 am

      I’m with Betty – but in reality – tis not my decision to make. This is as much an attack on Hillary Clinton as on the President. The GOP are assuming she will be the dem candidate in 2016 – like they were in 2008. No fool like a GOPer who thinks he knows it all.

      • 130 amk for obama
        May 9, 2014 at 9:50 am

        I am a no. Because dems suck at messaging and thugs will thrash them on fucking live teevee. They should keep hammering the thugs for all the dastardly things they have done on debt ceiling, govt shutdown, UI, defunding vets, obamacare etc. from now 24×7. Drown out their noise.

  34. 133 desertflower
    May 9, 2014 at 9:42 am


    We now have a sense of just how much the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity is willing to spend to flip control of the Senate: $125 million. It turns out, though, that there is a larger goal here that goes well beyond the midterms: To convince struggling Americans that the answer to their economic problems is as little government as possible.
    Politico reports that AFP is circulating a memo advising big donors that the group will spend $125 million on everything from get-out-the-vote efforts to ads to data analysis, to help conservative candidates this fall.
    But the more interesting thing here is the memo’s concession of a hurdle AFP faces: That people support the idea of “taking care of those in need and avoiding harm to the weak.” That this is seen as a messaging problem is telling.
    The memo notes that all those anti-Obamacare ads featuring middle-aged women worried about health are costs are “part of a broader effort to project a kinder, gentler tone in espousing libertarian-infused government-slashing policies that sometimes risk coming across as coldhearted.” Politico adds:

  35. 135 anniebella
    May 9, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Norah Jones will perform at FLOTUS, Dr. Biden annual Mother’s Day Tea for military moms Monday 12th.

  36. 136 africa
    May 9, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Got to read this article, ya’ll. These Koch brothers are DANGEROUS!!

    • 137 Betsy
      May 9, 2014 at 10:30 am

      How I wish we had a media that would expose those a**holes for what they are trying to do to our great country. These are not patriots, nor are they Christian. It makes my blood boil but I refuse to be afraid of them. I will just work harder to get out the message. We ARE our brother’s and sister’s keeper; all people ARE created equal and are endowed by our Creator with unalienable RIGHTS!

  37. 138 amk for obama
    May 9, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Pressure is mounting on the US Federal Communications Commission to delay or abandon plans to change the rules that govern how internet traffic is treated.

    More than 50 venture capitalists have sent a letter expressing concerns about proposals to allow internet service providers (ISPs) to charge for prioritised network access.

    It comes a day after 100 technology companies signed a similar letter.

    Two FCC commissioners are now calling for the 15 May vote to be delayed.

    The row centres around the issue of net neutrality – a central tenet of the internet that holds all online traffic should be treated equally.

    Recently it emerged the FCC was considering letting ISPs charge fees to content providers for prioritised access to their networks as long as they acted “in a commercially reasonable manner”.


    Question – don’t already pay more for more speed to isp’s ?

  38. 140 africa
    May 9, 2014 at 10:01 am

  39. 141 desertflower
    May 9, 2014 at 10:08 am


    The president slammed congressional Republicans for blocking legislation in a fundraising pitch on Wednesday.

    “Their willingness to say no to everything — the fact that since 2007, they have filibustered about 500 pieces of legislation that would help the middle class just gives you a sense of how opposed they are to any progress — has actually led to an increase in cynicism and discouragement among the people who were counting on us to fight for them,” Obama said of the opposing party at a DCCC event in California, according to Politico.

    The president has repeatedly slammed the party for obstructing his agenda; in his January State of the Union address he said he would begin using executive power to accomplish some of his to-do list because of it. Republicans, in turn, have slammed him for circumventing Congress.

    “The conclusion is, well, nothing works,” the president continued. “And the problem is, is that for the folks worth fighting for — for the person who’s cleaning up that house or hotel, for the guy who used to work on construction but now has been laid off — they need us. Not because they want a handout, but because they know that government can serve an important function in unleashing the power of our private sector,” Obama said.

  40. 142 desertflower
    May 9, 2014 at 10:09 am


    Surprise! ‘Pro-business’ policies hurt state economic growth

    • 143 desertflower
      May 9, 2014 at 10:12 am

      Excellent read….ALEC loving RW gov’s have worse economic growth in their states because of the ALEC model legislation they follow….act surprised:)

  41. 144 99ts
    May 9, 2014 at 10:14 am

    g’nite all – enjoy your day

  42. 145 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2014 at 10:23 am

  43. May 9, 2014 at 10:33 am

  44. 147 hopefruit2
    May 9, 2014 at 10:35 am

    In this pic, PBO smiles like his Grandpa Dunham (on the beach in Hawaii when PBO was a toddler sitting on his grandpa’s shoulder). 🙂 🙂

    • 148 0388jojothecat
      May 9, 2014 at 10:40 am

      So true. The first time I saw that photo of him on his grandfather’s shoulders on the beach I thought that’s PBO’s face too….

  45. 149 dotster3
    May 9, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Really disturbing

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