Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama talks with baseball great Willie Mays aboard Air Force One en route to the MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis, July 14, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning! Happy Monday!

94 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    July 14, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Hola, Chips Chica!
    ♫ Monday…Monday, lala =lal-la-la! ♫ Io sono prima …….I hope.

  2. July 14, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  3. 19 jackiegrumbacher
    July 14, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Good morning. I don’t know how the president can wake up on a dreary Monday morning and find the fortitude to deal with the BS in Congress, the tragedies in the ME and the border children crisis (to name just a few) and still present a positive, cheerful face to the world. The depth of love from his family and his deep faith in this country, must be bottomless. I hope we can all reach for a little of that love and faith as we face more political idiocy and cruelty from the GOP this week.

    • July 14, 2014 at 8:26 am

      Good Morning JackieG!

      ” I don’t know how the president can wake up on a dreary Monday morning and find the fortitude to deal with the BS in Congress…”

      I know, right? I feel like I need a cast iron stomach just to *listen* to the shenanigans of DC Politics. I can’t imagine being in the midst of it and having to deal with the clowns that claim to be legislating and doing nothing for the people they are supposed to be representing.

    • 21 dotster3
      July 14, 2014 at 8:43 am

      I was thinking earlier along similar lines——-the Repubs try to pound him daily with outrageous accusations, “sue him!”, “impeachment!”, Obama’s Katrina!——and the media hurriedly, joyfully reports same (if nothing else, it’s something to gab about)——-and then the media tries to say, “Look how tired and dejected and isolated he is” (we were hoping, gave it our best effort)——and then are made to look like fools AGAIN——as we see PBO with coat slung jauntily over his shoulder, whistling on his way to Marine 1, running with boundless energy up the steps to AF1——-then being swarmed everywhere he goes by all those who love and appreciate and respect him, reaching out, shaking his hand, hugging, taking photos——and PBO is seen enjoying himself with a beer and some pool, laughing with other officials and people he meets on the street, telling truths to cheering crowds, reassuring that he will never sit still, will keep trying to do good, to make a diff in peoples’ lives, clearly enjoying these appearances, remaining clear and determined to never let ‘them’ get him down, to carry on, to never let them win. That’s PBO——he has such strength of character and fortitude—–I remain in awe.

      • 22 jackiegrumbacher
        July 14, 2014 at 8:50 am

        Dotster, I am always in awe of him because I allow myself to get upset at little things and he just keeps on going through hell and back every day with a smile on his face. I hope when he writes his book some day, he tells us how it was that he kept going and kept that well of hope and love alive in himself every day.

        • July 14, 2014 at 9:03 am

          I don’t think I would last a week under the stress and with the constant BS he faces from Republicans. We are really fortunate to have such a strong person willing to serve under these conditions.

      • July 14, 2014 at 9:04 am

        *WE* know that the President has more support than the MSM tries to lead us to believe. The crowds at his various events is just one piece of evidence.

        I have been critical about Democratic leadership not being vocal in their support of the President. But while that may be true to some degree, I wonder how much of it is the MSM’s filtering out anything that will be deemed as a positive for President Obama. We already know that they exclude broadcasting of most of PBO’s events; choosing instead to highlight (after editing) the portions of his speeches that might support their agenda. How often do they do the same with others?

    • July 14, 2014 at 9:54 am

      GM Jackie…i have to cosign your words

  4. 26 vcprezofan2
    July 14, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Morning, COS, Rikyrah and JackieG!
    I do believe PBO’s calm comes from within, that he is so centred the outward stuff is simply ‘stuff’.

    • 27 jackiegrumbacher
      July 14, 2014 at 8:51 am

      Well, VC, I am just about old enough to be PBO’s mother and I never learned to be that centered. It’s a rare gift, indeed.

  5. July 14, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Fired Up!!!!

    Good Monday Chipsticks…TODers!

    Everyone have a great day and a productive week!

  6. 30 amk for obama
    July 14, 2014 at 8:22 am


  7. July 14, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Expanding the map??

    I thought you all said that the senate is safe? What’s going on?

    • 33 amk for obama
      July 14, 2014 at 8:27 am

      teann bs. next?

    • 34 donna dem 4 obama
      July 14, 2014 at 8:29 am

      I haven’t read your article so I’m not sure who or when someone here said that the Senate is safe because we will have to work very hard for every seat we maintain and win this November. No one is “safe”.

      • 36 hopefruit2
        July 14, 2014 at 8:38 am

        But the GOP is not doing as well as the media claims either – and articles like these are designed to boost GOP morale & enthusiasm while dampening Dem’s. So I’m just as ready to push back on these kinds of reports, as I am to work towards retaining a Dem Senate.

        • 37 donna dem 4 obama
          July 14, 2014 at 8:45 am

          Ahhh I haven’t read the article (don’t intend too). I was only responding to jovie’s comment about the Senate being safe. I wanted to assure everyone that we will have to work hard for everything we win this November and to take nothing for granted. You know me, I don’t pay that media hype about the Repubs any attention. Nothing is a given. We vote, we win and we have a good chance of keeping the Senate if we do just that.

    • July 14, 2014 at 8:36 am

      Jovie, we are fully aware that the media almost NEVER reports negative news for the GOP – and they will LIE if they have to. And as far as the midterms are concerned, it’s always been a GOP wave year, according to the media. Why should we accept every nonsense that comes from the media – CNN of ALL places?!?!?!?

    • 42 jackiegrumbacher
      July 14, 2014 at 8:56 am

      Sounds like a lot of GOP propaganda to me, Jovie. They are trying to expand their “map” by emphasizing their messaging, which involves nothing but obstructing Democrats. And they are banking on the idea that the president is “unpopular,” in their opinion. The fact that they are going to push this gambit in Hawaii, the president’s home state, tells you all you need to know about the wisdom of their expanded ‘map.’

  8. 44 donna dem 4 obama
    July 14, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Good Morning TOD!

    ‘The Buck Stops With Me’
    Boehner’s Empty Charge Against Obama


    “President Obama hasn’t taken all the blame Republicans have ascribed to him, nor should he have. But he has often been quick to take responsibility.”

    “The real question, Mr. Boehner, is not when the president will take personal responsibility for something. He has. Many times. The real question is, When will you?”

    • July 14, 2014 at 8:54 am

      Did you see Nena’s post yesterday?


      “Bill Kristol and Anna Navaro(sp) both were on This Week and said, per Mediaite, that No Relevant GOPer is for impeachment. Suing POTUS is okay with the? They think that there is a difference? It was their endless investigations that led to the House GOP’s impeachment of Clinton in 1998.

      Please, proceed GOPers.”

      * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

      So, GOP “pundits” admit that Boehner is irrelevant??? With friends like these…

    • 46 Vicki
      July 14, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Lovely article by Charles Blow this morning Donna. Right next to it was another beauty from Paul Krugman on the Obamacare Success story. Since Professor Krugman left Princeton and relocated to a City University in Manhattan he has written freely and frequently about his admiration for PBO and the ACA.

      If anyone is a little disappointed by Sam Wang’s latest, remember that Prof. Wang is still employed by Princeton where I suspect enthusiasm for Democratic victories this early in the cycle might be frowned upon.
      I look for accuracy from Sam Wang right after Labor Day.

  9. July 14, 2014 at 8:27 am

  10. 50 Ladyhawke
    July 14, 2014 at 8:28 am


    Eric Holder: Palin Wasn’t a Good VP Candidate, Even Worse Judge of Who Should Be Impeached


    Holder said that he and President Obama are treated differently than their predecessors.

    “There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that’s directed at me [and] directed at the president,” Holder said. “You know, people talking about taking their country back. … There’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there’s a racial animus.”
    In addition, Holder took Republicans to task for efforts to, among other things, enact voter ID laws in some states. He called such moves “political efforts” aimed at making it “more difficult” for “groups that are not supportive of those in power” to “have access to the ballot.”



  11. 51 donna dem 4 obama
    July 14, 2014 at 8:30 am

  12. 52 donna dem 4 obama
    July 14, 2014 at 8:31 am

  13. 53 amk for obama
    July 14, 2014 at 8:33 am

    • July 14, 2014 at 8:41 am

      It seems to me that the GOP is okay with showing humanity and espousing human rights….in *other* countries. Just don’t expect them to exercise that humanity within the U.S. borders.

  14. 55 vcprezofan2
    July 14, 2014 at 8:34 am

    • 56 vcprezofan2
      July 14, 2014 at 8:37 am

    • July 14, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Harry has obviously been told to confirm judges before January, just in case.
      All out in confirming judges, is obvious.

    • July 14, 2014 at 9:14 am

      HZ’s comment last night:


      “this is a serious problem that the Senate will not speak about to the American people. We need to flood every senator’s phone next week about these ambassador nominations. It is really hurting us. I have already made my contacts but we need a lot more to bring this to the public so we can get citizens to make some positive comments so they will get this done. It is shameful what they are doing concerning this particular issue, but we will stay on it.

      And then they have the nerves to have attitudes to the witnesses who are testifying before their committees on this very serious issues that we have facing us now. But we cannot and will not give up. We will keep moving forward and try to help POB and his team to get these nominations confirmed. Together We Can.

      Good night my TOD family. I better get off before I get in trouble with my brother and doctors. But I was good today. Really. HZ”

      * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

      Glad to see that HZ is following orders from her doctor and brother.

      And guess what? Some ambassadors awaiting confirmation would be our envoys to the same countries of origin fueling our refugee crisis (from yesterday)…

      GOP Senators are hypocrites, and their propaganda machine (aka MSM) don’t call them out on this.


      • 61 vcprezofan2
        July 14, 2014 at 9:20 am

        ‘GOP Senators are hypocrites, and their propaganda machine (aka MSM) don’t call them out on this’

        I’m with you, Arapaho & HZ. That’s why I believe we have to each consistently do our little bit of calling out and hope that added together we make a difference.

        Have yourself a great west coast Monday!

  15. July 14, 2014 at 8:40 am

  16. July 14, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Good morning early birds at TOD and to vc on her superb 1st place win. Wish I could have been on that plane with PBO and Willie Mays.

  17. 64 hopefruit2
    July 14, 2014 at 8:43 am

  18. 66 Ladyhawke
    July 14, 2014 at 8:52 am


    • 67 jackiegrumbacher
      July 14, 2014 at 9:04 am

      LH, I’ve always wondered who watches these Sunday shows. I personally know of only two people in their eighties who do and I always imagine that some nurse in an assisted living home turns them on in the common areas. It is inconceivable to me that ordinary, sentient people can find so little to do that they would sit and watch old white men talking hatred on a Sunday morning and think that was a good way to start the day.

      • 68 donna dem 4 obama
        July 14, 2014 at 9:47 am

        These shows used to garner the viewership of the politically engaged both on the left and the right. My guess is that some of PBO’s supporters still watch these shows but I think those numbers have diminished tremendously which is why the ratings have declined. Meet the Press with Tim Russert was the quintessential political talk show. Although he had a penchant as well for having more R’s than D’s on his show he for the most part would do his homework and make them account for their previous words. Now these shows are just Republican stenography shows.

        You may be onto something about the assisted living tune-in 🙂

        • 69 derbingleguy
          July 14, 2014 at 10:07 am

          Russert epitomized the lazy Beltway journalist. His homework consisted of reading the front page of the NYT and Washington Post and asking Democrats gotcha questions while yukking it up with his buddies. Cheney and company used him like their own personal propaganda machine knowing they could go on the show and lie to his face without worrying about getting called on it. Russert looks good in hindsight because Gregory is that bad but Russert was pretty rotten himself. Neither one of them was close to being a Bill Monroe.

  19. 70 donna dem 4 obama
    July 14, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Have a great O’Day Everyone!!

  20. July 14, 2014 at 8:56 am

    “President Obama is one of the first people to try out the smart bench. Also pictured: Soofa co-founder Sandra Richter.”

    Paging CA… Compared to Boston, we’re a solar power paradise!

  21. 72 vcprezofan2
    July 14, 2014 at 8:59 am

    • 73 Vicki
      July 14, 2014 at 9:49 am

      This visual needs up-dating; Ensign is Gone, Kyl is Gone, Coburn is almost Gone, Newt has been Gone,

      • 74 Nena20409
        July 14, 2014 at 11:13 am

        Newt is on CNN and is booked for Sunday shows……So he is Not gone for his vile verbiages are still aired weekly, unfortunately.

    • 75 vcprezofan2
      July 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      Thank you both, Vicki & Nena – teamwork works! As a far-in-er who doesn’t fully get all the nuances and who doesn’t really follow closely, I do appreciate this kind of update info.

  22. 76 Ladyhawke
    July 14, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Bill Kristol Is Finally Right About Sarah Palin: Impeaching Obama is ‘Irresponsible’


    • 77 anniebella
      July 14, 2014 at 9:28 am

      Tea Party Republicans like Palin, couldn’t get rid of President Obama during two elections, so they want to get rid of him by impeaching him. Their talk of impeachment didn’t start with this executive orders issue, they were talking about impeachment years before.

  23. 78 Ladyhawke
    July 14, 2014 at 9:06 am

  24. July 14, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Mystery Loan lets Jacksons keep both homes

    By Katherine Skiba, Tribune reporter

    12:05 a.m. CDT, July 11, 2014
    WASHINGTON— year ago, former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s attorneys said his family was in “significant financial peril” as he and his wife, Sandi, awaited sentencing for looting $750,000 from his campaign coffers.

    Jackson had to come up with that amount to pay a court judgment. Prosecutors wanted to seize the equity in the couple’s two homes if he didn’t.

    The Chicago Democrat ponied up $200,000 before he entered prison last fall. Then he paid off the balance with a $550,000 wire transfer in late May, while keeping both his houses.

    The Jacksons aren’t saying where the $550,000 came from, but a Tribune investigation points to a mysterious lending company created at a law firm used by Michael Milken, the convicted “junk bond king” of the 1980s who is a longtime friend of the Jackson family.

    The mystery company, LS Financial LLC, was formed April 23 in Delaware, a state known for easy-to-create companies that must disclose little about themselves. LS Financial’s registered agent is The Corporation Trust Co., which is the agent for more than 290,000 other businesses at a single address in Wilmington, Del.

    About a month after LS Financial was formed, it gave the Jacksons a promissory note for up to $567,549.47. That represents a second mortgage on the Jacksons’ red-brick row house in Washington’s upscale Dupont Circle area. The couple also have a less expensive home in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood.

    Mortgage underwriters and real estate professionals consulted by the Tribune said the Jacksons — one in federal custody, the other headed to prison next year — were unlikely candidates for a second mortgage from a traditional lender, especially after the collapse of the housing market triggered stricter regulations to qualify for such a loan.

    But a private lender — such as a friend or relative — isn’t bound by the tighter rules, they said. And one expert said the apparent equity in the Jacksons’ Dupont Circle home made the second mortgage a reasonable risk, because if the loan isn’t repaid, a foreclosure sale is an option.


    • 80 laraofzhivago
      July 14, 2014 at 9:33 am

      Good Morning TODVille!

      Have a great Monday!

      What a saga for that man with a promising career. No bad deed remains unpunished.

  25. 81 hopefruit2
    July 14, 2014 at 9:25 am

  26. July 14, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Another reason NOT to watch CNN:

    • 83 Linda
      July 14, 2014 at 9:50 am

      I guess four months ” spending more time with your children ” is way to much .

    • 84 donna dem 4 obama
      July 14, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Of course and sadly those that watch CNN will continue to watch CNN. They won’t lose a single viewer over this which is why they continue to hire these people. If hiring Erick Erikson back in 2010 didn’t turn people off nothing will.

      • July 14, 2014 at 10:09 am

        Yep. Until they venture out and find that there are more credible news outlets….they will stick with CNN.

      • 86 Nena20409
        July 14, 2014 at 11:11 am

        But it did DD4O. In 2010 CNN had far more viewers than it has today. They were still beating MSNBC all day and competitive all night. Now? CNN is the pits of Cablers…..it beats just FBN and CNBC. Bloomberg News is questionable since their numbers are never publicly posted.

  27. July 14, 2014 at 9:44 am

    From Benghazi to the Boardroom: The Road to the $7 Billion Citigroup Settlement
    July 14, 2014 6:09 am

    The Justice Department flew in a prosecutor from Colorado and planned for a news conference in Washington to announce a lawsuit against Citigroup over mortgage securities that had imploded during the financial crisis.

    But an event a world away unexpectedly changed the Justice Department’s plans that day in June. The capture of a suspect in the deadly attack on the United States Mission in Benghazi, Libya, led federal prosecutors to conclude that those headlines would overshadow the Citigroup case. The prosecutors, knowing that the Citigroup case represented one of their last chances to send a public message that the government was holding Wall Street accountable for the crisis, were loath to squander that opportunity.

    “We’ve got a lot going on right now, so we’re putting the lawsuit temporarily on hold,” Tony West, the government’s lead negotiator and the Justice Department’s No. 3 official, said to the bank’s lawyers in a phone call just hours after he told them that a lawsuit was coming, according to people briefed on the matter.

    That twist of fate — which some bank officials viewed as the Justice Department looking to escape its own costly legal battle — opened the door to last-minute negotiations that have now culminated in a $7 billion settlement the government expects to announce on Monday, the people briefed on the matter said.


  28. 88 amk for obama
    July 14, 2014 at 9:55 am

    South African Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer has died in Johannesburg aged 90.

    The writer, who was one of the literary world’s most powerful voices against apartheid – died at her home after a short illness, her family said.

    She wrote more than 30 books, including the novels My Son’s Story, Burger’s Daughter and July’s People.

    She won the Booker Prize in 1974 for The Conservationist and was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1991.


  29. 89 Vicki
    July 14, 2014 at 9:56 am

    BT—there is a hope-inducing photo of SOS Kerry with Iran’s Zarif smiling and standing with the US and Iranian flags side by side behind them.
    On Laura Rozen’s TL.

  30. 90 donna dem 4 obama
    July 14, 2014 at 9:56 am
  31. July 14, 2014 at 10:44 am

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