Early Bird Chat

A little girl looks up at President Barack Obama as he talks with wounded warriors and their families in the East Room during their tour of the White House, Sept. 22, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Wednesday!

72 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. September 24, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Good Wednesday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

  2. September 24, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Good morning TOD folks!

  3. September 24, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Good morning TOD folks!

  4. 8 jackiegrumbacher
    September 24, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Morning. I woke up and couldn’t let go of the awesomeness of last night’s thread. Emma Watson was magnificent, HZ’s courage touched my heart, and the continued brilliance of our president and his foreign policy team filled me with pride and love for every one of them. Every single American who voted for President Obama twice deserves a round of applause. We got it right and that’s been proven day after day, hour after hour for over six years. Please, America, get it right again on November 4.

    • 9 Judith Fardig
      September 24, 2014 at 11:30 am

      Absolutely, Jackie! Lots of catching up to do on TOD posts from yesterday as I was out registering voters and phone banking.

  5. September 24, 2014 at 8:00 am

    And Rachel MadCow is in a Straight jacket, as she has literally had a conniption! 🙂

  6. 11 jackiegrumbacher
    September 24, 2014 at 8:00 am

    So, after promoting and funding ALEC, Google CEO realizes the Koch created anti-democracy group got it wrong. How come you can be smart enough to run a gazillion dollar company and not have common sense. It doesn’t take a genius to know what ALEC has been up to since the start.


  7. September 24, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Charles Blow is on Msnbc.

  8. 13 vcprezofan2
    September 24, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Morning folks! This is definitely ‘hi, they called me to work 😦 …bye for now!’ It’s the later venue so I’ll be back when I’m back, though depending on my lunch time I may be able to sneak home. Behave yourselves!! Chips, that includes you!

  9. 14 FoxfireTX
    September 24, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Good morning TOD! Does anyone know what time PBO is scheduled to address the General Assembly?

  10. September 24, 2014 at 8:15 am

    You see? They just blamed obama! I told you? I was waiting for the media to blame him and they just did. Good grief !

    • September 24, 2014 at 8:57 am

      The media, like their GOP friends, blames Obama for damn near everything. That is not new. It’s a matter of time before they start blaming him for Ebola in Africa (if they haven’t already done that).

      However, that’s were people like us come in. WE NEED TO PUSH BACK when they peddle their propaganda – not act like we are helpless.

    • 20 anniebella
      September 24, 2014 at 9:01 am

      The problem of trouble veterans should not be just brought to Obama’s door. Shouldn’t it be brought to the attention of every politicians on Capital Hill?

  11. September 24, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Jeesh !

  12. September 24, 2014 at 8:21 am

    John Kerry is in cnn right now.

  13. 28 africa
    September 24, 2014 at 8:21 am


    I sent you my piece. I hope you get it all OK. I sent the screen shot of the letter under separate cover and my piece in another e-mail.

    • September 24, 2014 at 8:54 am

      Thanks a MILLION Africa!! I’ll post it later today after PBO’s work is done, you’re a treasure!!

    • 30 GGAIL
      September 24, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Oh boy! I’m looking forward to reading your exciting Post, africa 🙂

    • 32 arapaho415
      September 24, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Gonna be a good day, Africa.

      Seeing PBO address the nations of the world early (7 am my time), and then celebrating his steadfast protection of, and empathy for Americans with his letter to you.

      So glad you are sharing with people who will appreciate it. Congrats.

      BTW, was wondering what role @Our4thEstate (Bobfr) played in PBO’s letter to you?

    • 33 Judith Fardig
      September 24, 2014 at 11:34 am

      So excited to read your piece and see the amazing letter. Thanks, Africa, for taking the time to write to President Obama and having faith in him.

  14. 34 desertflower
    September 24, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Morning everyone:)

  15. 35 GGAIL
    September 24, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family 🙂

  16. 36 desertflower
    September 24, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Great toon!

  17. 37 Dudette
    September 24, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Morning Friends!
    Woohoo! Made it home safe – exhausted, but safe!

    Listened to audiobook of Dteams From My Father on the drive home (for the 3rd time — am I an Obot or whut?) 😀

    Now to go zonk out!!
    Love you all! Have a great Wednesday!

  18. September 24, 2014 at 8:37 am

  19. 45 desertflower
    September 24, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Hero and Icon. http://www.elle.com/life-love/society-career/supreme-court-justice-ruth-bader-ginsburg

    Coming off of her stirring dissent in the Hobby Lobby case, 21-year veteran Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has never been a more important voice for American women. In a rare interview—featured exclusively in the October issue of ELLE—she speaks frankly with Jessica Weisberg about everything from riding an elephant with Antonin Scalia to why people who want her to resign so President Obama can appoint another progressive justice are nuts.

  20. 46 amk for obama
    September 24, 2014 at 8:57 am

    waving from bertcertland.

  21. 57 donna dem 4 obama
    September 24, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Good Morning TOD!

    I binge watched “The Roosevelt” series on PBS yesterday and all I can say is that the more things change, the more they stay the same. FDR in all his greatness had to endure some of the same crap that PBO is going through today. Overall it was a great series although I could have done without George Will as a commentator (Yuck).

    Well we must continue to get folks ready to vote this November so here is another deadline schedule.

    • 58 jackiegrumbacher
      September 24, 2014 at 9:24 am

      Donna, I’m working my way through the Roosevelts and I feel the same way about things never changing, although FDR did enjoy a better media environment and a Democratic Congress. But corporations and their lobbyists have been trying to undermine American society and the democratic process since time immemorial. I know that President Obama, as a student of history, was very aware of what he was getting into. I think what may have surprised him was that the Republican Party would just simply cease to govern or participate in American democracy while he was president. This is unprecedented sabotage, unique to our time.

      • 59 carolyn
        September 24, 2014 at 9:34 am

        jg, I had some of the same thoughts about sabotage. Republicans have always been anti-progress, and for the wealthy. I have the firm that without TR and FDR, we would have lost our democracy, and we are in a precarious place right now.

        One small observation about the difference between the two men…..seems to me Teddy was a blunt instrument, while FDR was a scalpel .President Obama uses a scalpel, while the media and Republicans use a blunt instrument, and want him to also. I didn’t know that FDR had the vision for the U.N. at the start of the war. PBO looks at the long term, like FDR did.

  22. September 24, 2014 at 9:08 am

    What a gorgeous picture at the top of this post. I still haven’t had a chance to watch the video of the President’s address to the UN assembly yesterday. Hopefully I will be able to tonight. I’m feeling grateful that we are represented by him at this time. Truly putting our best face forward to the world.

  23. September 24, 2014 at 9:20 am

    now that they can’t give us rotten loans, they’d just rather not give us any loans at all.


    Lending to Minorities Declines to a 14-Year Low in U.S.
    By Clea Benson and Alexis Leondis Sep 24, 2014 3:00 AM ET

    The share of mortgage lending to minority borrowers fell to at least a 14-year low as U.S. regulators struggle toease credit to blacks and Hispanics shut out of the housing recovery.

    These borrowers, whose share of the purchase mortgage market has been shrinking since the collapse of subprime lending, continued to lose ground to white borrowers through 2013, according tofederal data released this week. Blacks and Hispanics were a smaller portion of borrowers last year than they were in 2000, before the housing bubble.

    Minorities, who tend to have less savings and lower credit scores than whites, have been hit hardest by lenders who are giving mortgages only to the strongest borrowers. Fair-lending advocates and civil-rights groups are urging the government to create new loan products and change how creditworthiness is determined to give blacks and Hispanics greater access to one of the best vehicles for building wealth


  24. 64 hopefruit2
    September 24, 2014 at 9:23 am

    I encourage everyone to bookmark this sheet (link posted below) which details the GOP’s history of cutting Veterans’ health benefits, breaking their promises to vets, with the Dems being the ones demonstrating any kind of genuine concern.

    And this was well BEFORE PBO became President – during the Iraq War when GWB was President, benefiting tremendously from the troops’ sweat, tears, blood, broken families, mental illness, death, etc, and there was NARY A PEEP FROM THE MEDIA back then!!!

    Please bookmark this page and/or circulate freely to friends/colleagues/family/associates/media. Don’t allow the media to give their own version of the facts. We simply can’t afford to let them take hold of this narrative and distort it as they see fit.


  25. September 24, 2014 at 9:28 am

    yeah, that will work out, Marco. Tell the United States Armed Forces that they will always be stationed somewhere.


    yeah, try and sell that.

    He is SO out of his league.


    Rubio eyes ‘permanent U.S. troop presence’ in Middle East
    By Steve Benen 09/24/14 08:51AM
    President Obama recently summarized his vision for a military offensive against Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Syria. The administration’s entire approach was packaged in four sentences:

    “To confront the Islamic State terrorists, we need a sustained air campaign targeting their leadership, sources of income and supply routes, wherever they exist. We must increase our efforts to equip and capacitate non-jihadists in Syria to fight the terrorist group. And we must arm and support forces in Iraq confronting it, including responsible Iraqi partners and the Kurds. In addition, we must persuade nations in the region threatened by the Islamic State to participate in real efforts to defeat it.”

    Wait, did I say that was President Obama’s summary of his policy? I meant this was an op-ed from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), in which the far-right senator condemned “the president’s failed isolationist policies.”

    Rubio has been going out of his way to position himself as a leading, hawkish voice on foreign policy, though his efforts have occasionally been awkward, as evidenced by the senator urging Obama to follow the exact same course Obama himself had already presented to the nation two days earlier.

    This continued yesterday when the Florida Republican talked to Fox News’ Neil Cavuto about developments in the Middle East.


  26. 66 donna dem 4 obama
    September 24, 2014 at 9:29 am

  27. 69 japa21
    September 24, 2014 at 9:34 am

    GM all from beautiful, early autumnal Chicago. Unlike what you usually hear from me, the weather is beautiful. Of course, it usually is and I am just an old crank, so get off my lawn.

  28. September 24, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Ok, sorry to be negative but WTF is Capehart playing at with his latest about the President sounding like a hostage when talking about Secret Service? We really don’t need any suggestions of lack of trust or resentment or any kind of rift between POTUS and his protection detail. It is all the more frustrating because we know that Congress has cut funding so they are dealing with chronic staffing shortages which are stressful and exhausting for the agents–and with the increased volume of threats. Jesus–the relationship between POTUS and secret service is the most important thing to maintain.

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