Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Obama and Vice President Biden shake hands in the Oval Office following a phone call with House Speaker John Boehner securing a bipartisan deal to reduce the nation’s deficit and avoid default, Sunday, July 31, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning – Happy Thursday!

80 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 jackiegrumbacher
    July 31, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Morning all!

  2. 9 jackiegrumbacher
    July 31, 2014 at 7:53 am

    I love the friendship and trust in this photo. No president ever had a finer, more loyal, more hardworking and steadfast Vice President.

      July 31, 2014 at 8:05 am


        July 31, 2014 at 8:10 am


        • 12 arapaho415
          July 31, 2014 at 9:24 am

          I guess it’s OK with RWNJs to continue to spend MILLIONS of dollars on their dead-end pursuits (i.e, Issa vs. IRS, John “Impeach, No Meant Sue” Boehner, etc.).

          If the MSM weren’t in Koch/Murdoch’s pockets, they would have a ticking clock on their homepages counting up the taxpayer dollars wasted on exercises that do nothing to help any Americans. These are grifter ploys to gin up their base to contribute dollars to their campaigns. Well, Congress, those dollars won’t do you any good after #LandslideDems2014!

          Sharnado fishbait is too funny, SDS.

    • 13 nospin
      July 31, 2014 at 8:40 am

      I love Ride or Die VP Joe Biden. Love him because of that friendship and trust.

    July 31, 2014 at 7:57 am


    • 15 COS
      July 31, 2014 at 7:59 am

      GM Chips and TOD.

    • 16 jackiegrumbacher
      July 31, 2014 at 8:02 am

      Morning Sue. It was getting lonely here. I’m glad Peres is speaking out. He served as a moral center for Israel and his absence in government leadership will be very missed. Netanyahu is completely out of control and has abandoned all pretext of justification for his genocide in Palestine.

    • July 31, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Doesn’t surprise me at all. Each time I see Mr. Peres with President Obama, the respect and affection are obvious. Mr. Peres is a man of wisdom.

      Bibi Netanyahu is every bit as dangerous to the world as George W. Bush was. Delusional. Short-sided. Foolish to believe that you solve problem by bombing people into submission.

  4. July 31, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks…TODer’s!!!!

  5. 22 jackiegrumbacher
    July 31, 2014 at 8:12 am

    In light of this week’s great news on the economy I was thinking about Romney’s boast that his very presence in the WH would cause the economy to rebound. The truth is, Republicans saw that the stimulus was working and the economy improving and didn’t want the credit for that achievement going to the one who deserved it–President Obama. When he won a second term, they knew they were screwed, so they had to work double time to undermine every thing the president did so that he would have to “pay” continually for having the audacity to win. There really aren’t enough ugly words in the English language to describe this blight on the landscape known as the modern Republican Party.

    • 23 Vicki
      July 31, 2014 at 9:03 am

      Yes, jackieg. The first news i caught this morning was that the unemployment numbers were the best since 2006.
      I can hardly wait for tomorrow’s Jobs Report. And new Unemployment numbers.

      Wow, that President Obama is something isn’t he.

      • 24 99ts
        July 31, 2014 at 9:07 am

        He sure is Vicki – he actually works for real people – not the “corporation” people that the GOP and the SCOTUS look after.

    • July 31, 2014 at 11:10 am

      The Audacity To Win! Great title for a biography, if PBO decides that is what he wants to do, later. Perfect follow on reading for his early work! 😉

    • July 31, 2014 at 11:22 am

      Spot on Jackie! I would have moved rather than see that man get credit for anything. JDB had Hogan Gidley on this morning, ending the segment basically saying it was the President’s fault that Congress was so unproductive. Sorry that Goldie wasn’t given a chance to counter that. The better things get, the more the President does his job, the worse the real “others” will get, impact on our country be damned.

    July 31, 2014 at 8:12 am


  7. July 31, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Good Morning!

    So this is it for ReaganBook? Awww…..

  8. 41 dotster3
    July 31, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Breaking! Coleslaw scandal!

    • 42 nospin
      July 31, 2014 at 8:42 am

      oh good gosh! hahahahahhahahaahahahhahaahahaha

    • 43 anniebella
      July 31, 2014 at 8:42 am

      Calling Darrell Issa.

    • 44 arapaho415
      July 31, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Sorry to be so clueless.

      What is coleslawgate?

      • 45 dotster3
        July 31, 2014 at 10:32 am

        This is HUGE! 🙂 President Obama wanted to order cole slaw with his bbq lunch in Kansas City and was told it was sold out. He said something, kiddingly, like “You didn’t save any for me?” etc. This little tidbit got way too much attention because——-Obama! And so now we have coleslawgate, of course. Favreau smartly recognized this coleslaw scandal as the end of American democracy. We’ve become too dumb.

  9. July 31, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Wait. There was a coleslaw scandal?

  10. 47 GGAIL
    July 31, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family!

  11. July 31, 2014 at 8:46 am

    As many have commented, the actions of the House GOP has disappointed and angered me. It’s sad to say that I’m not surprised because their actions, especially since Boehner was *named* Speaker, has shown their character. They are bullies who are used to intimidating their party representatives to vote and act in lockstep. I can’t believe that every Republican House member and Senator truly agree with all the obstructive and destructive actions that have been taken by their leadership. But the GOP is seeing that their intimidation tactics aren’t working with this President and now their desperation is causing them to become more open, more reckless, less considerate, and less thinking in their actions.

    I am angered by the utter waste of time and money that the Boehner-led House has been… ignoring legitimate legislation in favor of partisan catering. This latest action just takes the cake. The whole idea of suing the President is not about any illegal act or any unconstitutional act committed by PBO. It is a show that demonstrates their hatred and their inability to best this President. They do what they do because they can since they are the majority. Honestly, I don’t even think the law suit will go pass this vote…not just because it will get thrown out, but because it was just a statement being made to the Tea Partiers and Kochers.

    It’s sad that the GOP leadership would rather cater to the minority??? squeaky wheels in their party. I have to believe that there are a number of die-hard Republicans who are disheartened at the direction their party has taken. Some may be disgusted enough to make a change, or at least withhold their support. But in the meantime, the GOP has stifled the level of recovery and growth this country could have achieved. Thankfully, we have been blessed with a President and an administration who have the character and intellect to move this country forward in spite of the actions and animosity of the GOP bullies.

    If there is a positive in all the antics of the GOP since 2009, they are causing many to open their eyes and to stop taking government for granted. They have given every Democrat or liberal thinker a reason to GOTV this November.

    Like many, I have also been pushed to give to the various democratic political organizations. My contributions I know are minor, but it’s the best I can do right now. But then, that’s what grassroots is all about; right?

    I liked the idea about a money bomb on TOD tomorrow (Friday) and await details of how this will work.

    • 49 0388jojothecat
      July 31, 2014 at 10:07 am

      Unfortunately there are too many republicans who are OK that the GOP House is not doing anything and prefer it. I had someone tell me it’s better they do nothing than to pass bad laws as long as he is not affected. He has a well paid government job with a good pension. I can’t wait until a GOP governor cuts his pension when he needs it.

      • July 31, 2014 at 10:19 am

        “…as long as he is not affected…”

        And there’s the rub jojo. We’ve grown into a nation that only cares about “me and mine” and that especially seems to be true about the right-wing party. As long as they don’t feel any negative impact, they have no problem with the non-action. Helping someone to get what they have or get to where they are is a no go. No compassion for those in need. No sympathy for those who have lost or stand to lose. Only selfishness and greed. It’s all about what’s in it for them.

        Remember how they acted to deal with the sequestration’s impact on air travel? THAT impacted them directly and they acted…at least to the degree that they would benefit.

  12. 52 Ladyhawke
    July 31, 2014 at 8:58 am

    But fear not. There will still be plenty of screeching from the rabid Right and the whiny Left about how the black man in the White House can do nothing right.

    • 53 Vicki
      July 31, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Ladyhawke, surely the endlessly negative voices will eventually quiet down. It is hard to argue with success after success. Accumulating data month in and month out , improvements in peoples lives—soon the RW noise will be seen by more and more Americans as the drivel it is.

  13. 54 99ts
    July 31, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Via Richard Mayhew at BJ – http://www.balloon-juice.com/2014/07/31/shocking-news-people-able-to-pay-pay/

    “More shocking news. Obamacare is gutting another quintessential American industry that is a world leader without peer — medical debt collection.”

  14. July 31, 2014 at 9:17 am

  15. July 31, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Where is everyone? NO comments since 9:17. Weird!

  16. 57 yardarm756
    July 31, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Arise and greet the rosie finger of dawn. Be sure to instill your bullshit filters before you venture forth. 😉

  17. July 31, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Rewrite: A new future for girls

    Lawrence O’Donnell looks at how First Lady Michelle Obama is rewriting the vision for girls and women around the globe.


  18. July 31, 2014 at 9:50 am

    A popular piece of legislation that seeks to honor Pope Francis is stuck in Congress.

    With time running out on the Capitol Hill calendar, the lawmakers who crafted the bipartisan measure are getting impatient with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

    The resolution, written by Reps. John Larson (D-Conn.) and Pete King (R-N.Y.), congratulates Francis on his March 2013 election and recognizes “his inspirational statements and actions.”

    The seemingly innocuous resolution was referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which hasn’t acted on it. The panel didn’t comment for this article.

    The inaction and the lack of a white smoke signal from Boehner have sparked speculation that politics is at play.

    Only 19 of the 221 co-sponsors are Republicans. The dearth of GOP members on the measure could be attributable to assertions that the pope is “too liberal,” according to a Republican backer of the legislation.

    The source noted that Francis last year denounced “trickle-down economics.”

    Some Republicans believe the pope is “sounding like [President] Obama. [The pope] talks about equality — he actually used the term ‘trickle-down economics,’ which is politically charged,” the GOP official said.


    • 68 99ts
      July 31, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Seems now that HobbyLobby has caused some harm to the ACA – congress is back to hating on some forms of Christianity. I’m beginning to think John Boehner rolls a dice to determine what he should do next!

  19. July 31, 2014 at 9:55 am

  20. July 31, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Good morning, TODville. Just in case you were wondering where the 1% are hiding:

    • 72 anniebella
      July 31, 2014 at 10:17 am

      How much is this Republican lawsuit going to cost the taxpayers? Let me correct myself, how much is this attempt to satisfy the right wing racists Tea Party Republican base and politicians who hate this black President going to cost us taxpayers? Despite what they think, they aren’t the only one to pay taxes and it .will be our tax dollars wasted to satisfy their racists hate. It also is an attempt by Boehner to get their base out to vote, but this better wake us up and get us out to vote.

  21. 73 desertflower
    July 31, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Morning everyone! I’m here…for a while anyway:) This is a HUGE PROBLEM….akin to slavery if you ask me.


  22. 74 yardarm756
    July 31, 2014 at 10:33 am

  23. 75 57andfemale
    July 31, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I had the misfortune of watching a bit of Tim Rice (R, SC) on c-span this morning about this effing lawsuit. “Businesses plan YEARS in advance and can’t function with Obama changing the law every week.” grrrr……

    As I recall, businesses asked for the extension because they hadn’t done shit to get ready for implementation. And the House asked for extension of business and individual mandates. So, huh?

    These liars are going to make me insane. But I gotta tell you – he was slick, he had all the talking points and delivered them with faux solemnity. GOP coaches their people brilliantly.

    • 76 99ts
      July 31, 2014 at 10:41 am

      They learn to lie to get elected – I think they must be taught how to do it when they are young. It is just so unbelievable that they have done everything to stop people getting health care – and when that didn’t work – they complain about the delays THEY caused – but of course blame PBO.

  24. 77 desertflower
    July 31, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Very Important! http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/30/henry_siegman_leading_voice_of_us

    Henry Siegman, Leading Voice of U.S. Jewry, on Gaza: “A Slaughter of Innocents”

    “When one thinks that this is what is necessary for Israel to survive, that the Zionist dream is based on the repeated slaughter of innocents on a scale that we’re watching these days on television, that is really a profound, profound crisis — and should be a profound crisis in the thinking of all of us who were committed to the establishment of the state and to its success,” Siegman says. Responding to Israel’s U.S.-backed claim that its assault on Gaza is necessary because no country would tolerate the rocket fire from militants in Gaza, Siegman says: “What undermines this principle is that no country and no people would live the way that Gazans have been made to live. … The question of the morality of Israel’s action depends, in the first instance, on the question, couldn’t Israel be doing something [to prevent] this disaster that is playing out now, in terms of the destruction of human life? Couldn’t they have done something that did not require that cost? And the answer is, sure, they could have ended the occupation.”

  25. July 31, 2014 at 10:51 am

    FYI TOD Twitter Brigade:

    Official Twitter account of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.

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