Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama views the Hoover Dam during a stop at the 1,900-foot long structure which spans the Colorado River at the Arizona-Nevada border, Oct. 2, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Thursday!


96 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 jackiegrumbacher
    October 2, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Morning Chips and TODers.

  2. 6 4morefor44
    October 2, 2014 at 7:32 am

    amazing place. amazing person.

  3. 8 jackiegrumbacher
    October 2, 2014 at 7:35 am

    I remember that stop at the Hoover Dam the day before the first presidential debate and the national freakout. Tomorrow is the First Couple’s 21rst wedding anniversary and I hope they’ve planned a romantic night out.

  4. 10 Roberta in Mn
    October 2, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Good Morning TODers. Congrats on the Gold Jackie😉

  5. October 2, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Good morning, Ms. Chips!
    Congratulations JG!
    I just love early mornings here.
    Thank you for my space here.

    Ms. Dudette, if you are here could you please post the picture of the beautiful AA woman who was the original Betty Bop and it was changed to a cartoon for obvious reasons. I have an argument to win today. I feel victorious!
    So glad PBO is our president. I hope Michelle meets him in Chicago to celebrate their 21st wedding anniversary. It’s safer than the WH these days. That would be so romantic,I still cannot get the picture out of my mind of him running……dashing up the plane to see her. That just made my heart burst with love and pride. I cannot believe that the end of the year is near.
    Okay. Time for a nice brisk walk.

  6. October 2, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Good Thursday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!!

  7. 24 amk for obama
    October 2, 2014 at 7:55 am


  8. 35 jackiegrumbacher
    October 2, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Never say die, AMK. Didn’t get a chance to tell you how much I liked your comment about a woman (SS Director, Pierson) being blamed for what the men have been doing for years. Hit that nail squarely on the head. I thought Jeh Johnson’s statement missed an opportunity to acknowledge that it wasn’t just the current director who had to deal with security lapses. Seems to me there was a pretty glaring lapse when Reagan got shot.

    • 36 amk for obama
      October 2, 2014 at 8:08 am

      They messed it up, then set her up for the fall. bj has a post called glass cliff. I agree with it fully.

  9. 37 amk for obama
    October 2, 2014 at 8:12 am

    toodlehoo. bbl.

  10. 39 africa
    October 2, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Happy Thursday TODers

    Heeeeeya Chips!!

  11. October 2, 2014 at 8:29 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Thursday everyone. 🙂

  12. 43 desertflower
    October 2, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Morning everyone:) Morning Must Read.


    Julia Pierson, the first woman to ever lead the Secret Service in its nearly 150-year history, resigned her post amid heavy criticism over an intruder who was able to get as far as the East Room of the White House.

    Reasonable people can disagree about whether, ultimately, she deserved to lose her job or whether anyone in charge during such an incident would have to resign. But it’s probably not pure chance that Pierson, who held that position for just a year-and-a-half, was a woman. Time and again, women are put in charge only when there’s a mess, and if they can’t engineer a quick cleanup, they’re shoved out the door. The academics Michelle Ryan and Alex Haslam even coined a term for this phenomenon: They call it getting pushed over the glass cliff.

    Pierson was, in fact, explicitly brought in to clean up a mess. When President Obama nominated her last year, it was on the heels of news that Secret Service employees hired prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia ahead of the president’s arrival. Pierson was meant to be a breath of fresh feminine air to clear out the macho cobwebs still dogging the agency. That scandal, it must be noted, was overseen by Mark Sullivan, who was in the job for seven years. He even held onto it after revelations that the Salahi couple made it past multiple layers of security to crash a state dinner in 2009.

    • 44 desertflower
      October 2, 2014 at 8:44 am

      Thanks amk for leaving the suggestion to read this…very good. In Pierson’s case though, she did lie by omission and not tell anyone about breaches that she KNEW happened, putting the President and his family at risk. So much more wrong with SS than just this poor woman’s bad judgement though….a lot of it having to do with lack of money for trained staff. Thank a Republican.

      • October 2, 2014 at 8:57 am

        Woman or not, these lapses were egregious. And I don’t want it to take years for them to be fixed. We don’t have that luxury in this current climate of hatred and violence. And Pierson was not at all impressive in her testimony. There are people in that organization that need to go.

      • October 2, 2014 at 9:34 am

        “….a lot of it having to do with lack of money for trained staff…”

        Why does it seem to be taboo to talk about the budget cuts/sequestration? You would think Democrats would take every opportunity to point out deterioration in services and effectiveness due to these cuts.

    • October 2, 2014 at 8:58 am

      I questioned a couple of times why Mark Sullivan wasn’t included on the witness list. Posing questions about all questions about the issues plaguing the SS only to Dir. Pierson made it seem like everything happened under her watch. [I had forgotten about the Salahi couple.] Obviously, things were falling apart before her appointment. I’m sure she had to deal with attitudes and the lack of cooperation not afforded to males. [I call it the deep voice syndrome.]

      But whether it was a set-up or an attack on the female, Dir. Pierson did not do herself any favors during the hearing. IMO, she did not *seem* prepared to answer what would be obvious questions for this hearing. And some of her answers gave the impression that she didn’t make the effort to do some of the follow-up/fact-finding that anyone in that position would have been expected to do. Giving the appearance of withholding information was another blotch.

      • 48 jackiegrumbacher
        October 2, 2014 at 9:12 am

        SW, I still think Jeh Johnson’s statement could have acknowledged that lapses occurred under other directors. They threw her out with the wash and gave the impression that it was all her fault.

        • October 2, 2014 at 9:30 am

          “I still think Jeh Johnson’s statement could have acknowledged that lapses occurred under other directors.”

          I agree JackieG. Again, I felt that Mark Sullivan should have been made to testify, if for no other reason, to acknowledge that *most* of the problems began and occurred under his watch. It might have also indicated that *he* is responsible for the culture that currently exists in the SS.

          As for Jeh Johnson’s statement…giving the impression that it was all her fault leads me to believe that no effort was being made to save her job.

  13. 50 hopefruit2
    October 2, 2014 at 8:42 am

    And PBO is giving his economic speech today. Good! 🙂

  14. 51 JER
    October 2, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

  15. 53 Dudette
    October 2, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Goooooid Mermin’ Friends!
    What’s up? 🙂

  16. 54 hopefruit2
    October 2, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Well that settles it then. Folks, we can go back to going about our business as usual. Our President for 2016-2024 is decided!

  17. 57 Dudette
    October 2, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Sometimes ya gotta ease your way into the day!

  18. 58 hopefruit2
    October 2, 2014 at 8:47 am

    • October 2, 2014 at 8:51 am

      Your menu for the day, Hopefruit 🙂

      Today (all times Eastern)

      11:55: The President attends a fundraiser with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn; Private Residence, Chicago

      2:15: Delivers remarks on the economy, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

      3:35: Departs Gary, Indiana

      5:25: Arrives White House

      8:0: Delivers remarks at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 37th Annual Awards Gala, Washington DC

      • 60 hopefruit2
        October 2, 2014 at 8:55 am

        Fantastic- Thanks Chips! Let me feast…I hope his remarks at the Hispanic Caucus will be carried live for us. Will try to tune in to both speeches if I can!

      • 61 forus50
        October 2, 2014 at 9:20 am

        I was at an event two weeks ago and got my picture taken with Governor Quinn and Rahm andtold the Governor I would be voting for him. For sure when Rahm is up for reelection I’m not voting for him though – he’s been about as useful in Chicago as he was to POTUS as his Chief of Staff.

  19. 62 dotster3
    October 2, 2014 at 8:50 am

    The answer is: yes.

  20. 66 hopefruit2
    October 2, 2014 at 8:50 am

    It takes a boy’s death to remind people of their civic duty – but at least better late than never….

    • 67 anniebella
      October 2, 2014 at 8:59 am

      This is great news to hear about voter registration. November 4th I just hope the Democrats get out to VOTE.

    • 68 dotster3
      October 2, 2014 at 9:06 am

      With a reported 12% Ferguson voter participation in the last election, only 2% black voters, any improvement is good news—–people need to realize you get the leaders/policies you vote/don’t vote for. But today I see a report that a coalition of black Dems are endorsing a Repub for St. Louis County executive, understandably setting off some big split and brouhaha there. They were mad at the Dem office holder. Not sure the Repub will be an improvement, likely the opposite.

      • 69 hopefruit2
        October 2, 2014 at 9:10 am

        The problem with states like MO – is that the Dems and Repubs are virtually indistinguishable – especially at the local level. But as you say, a Dem might be pretty bad, but a GOPer is usually worse, rarely better.

    • October 2, 2014 at 9:17 am

      i do not think that it was the death of Mike Brown alone that caused this surge…it is the spirit of …i’m sick and tired of being sick and tired…and being organized to fight back….it is the spirit of hope that WE can do something about the situation f we band together….

      Yes We Can!

      • 71 hopefruit2
        October 2, 2014 at 9:24 am

        Yes we can indeed! But I do think Brown’s death and the outrageous response of the city/county/state officials and surrounding publicity had a lot to do with it. There were voter drives during the protest periods, and it was then made publicly known that very few people had registered or voted in the last set of elections.

  21. 73 desertflower
    October 2, 2014 at 8:55 am

    ANOTHER morning Must Read! This one needs to be making the rounds!!


    Hightower: GOP Error Reveals Secret Corporate Donors
    The Republican Governors Association made a coding error in its database of dark money donors.

  22. 74 GGAIL
    October 2, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    Hurry up Friday!!!

  23. 76 dotster3
    October 2, 2014 at 8:58 am

    • 77 forus50
      October 2, 2014 at 9:15 am

      And then those 80 people have each been in contact with 80 more, etc. etc. We’re idiots to not have a sensible containment strategy.

  24. 78 hopefruit2
    October 2, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Like I said, there are more than a few Republican moles in the SS – they need to be identified and weeded out….this is not just a problem with Pierson…she was not the director at that time.

    • 79 dotster3
      October 2, 2014 at 9:11 am

      That’s coming from a Repub source, a Romney campaign guy, but it sounds like it was another individual SS agent behaving badly again—–getting drunk, making a play for some gal staffer, even tho he was married, showing off all the bells and whistles and flashing lights of his SS car, like he was 12, and blabbing about PBO’s campaign schedule while inebriated. This was in the final days before election, was reportedly of no consequence.

      • 80 hopefruit2
        October 2, 2014 at 9:21 am

        All the recent leaks about SS bad behavior came from Repub sources, and they all pointed to individuals within the SS who were not doing their jobs – I don’t see why this one is any different. Same agency, same individuals, same problem. Too many Republican moles in these agencies and they need to be weeded out.

        • October 2, 2014 at 9:48 am

          We know that the Republican sources are blabbing in an attempt to put a black mark on this administration. But for those of us who are paying attention, what it is actually doing is pointing out *something else* that previous administrations are responsible for that *this* administration is having to fix. Once again, having to clean up the mess someone else made.

        • October 2, 2014 at 9:55 am

          Too many republicans moles EVERYWHERE within the administration. The SS yes. But , and most worrying, in the State Department DoD and DoJ. The republican factions there concern me much more.

          • 83 hopefruit2
            October 2, 2014 at 9:58 am

            And they try to sabotage the agencies in an effort to make PBO look bad. We’ve seen this happen repeatedly.

  25. 84 Dudette
    October 2, 2014 at 9:00 am

    • 85 desertflower
      October 2, 2014 at 9:07 am

      America is exceptional! Oh, wait… Good for Germany. Hope that others follow suit. I told my son about this yesterday…if things don’t work out here, I’m shipping him off. He’ll figure out how to speak German one way or the other.

      • 86 jackiegrumbacher
        October 2, 2014 at 9:19 am

        Df, I predict that high school classes in German are going to surge. If foreign students can also get a free education in Germany, I can picture thousands of families sending their offspring to German colleges and universities. It would be infinitely cheaper to fund the trip, room and board than pay for a US college.

        • 87 0388jojothecat
          October 2, 2014 at 10:10 am

          It will cause Germany to rethink this if people other than Germans are being educated then leaving. In CA community college was free. People from all over the country came to CA for a free education. Some stayed but some people left. Then Reagan and the RWNJ put an end to it.

        • October 2, 2014 at 10:38 pm

          I doubt if International students will also have free tuition in Germany.

      • 89 Dudette
        October 2, 2014 at 9:20 am

        Learn for free:

  26. 90 Dudette
    October 2, 2014 at 9:03 am


  27. 94 forus50
    October 2, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Mornin’ Chipsticks and everyone! Well POTUS got to sleep in his real house last night! I have to say I used to love looking at Hoover Dam pictures but this one brings back haunting memories of the day before the infamous 1st Debate in Denver with Romney. That was the day I woke with thoughts of dread to the possibility of a president romney.

  28. 96 jackiegrumbacher
    October 2, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Yesterday when I was manning our Democratic office, an African American mother came in distraught and in tears at the way her son was being treated by the criminal justice system in our county. Spent a long time listening to her story and then she said she was tired of a Republican mayor, DA and school board making the county attitude toward her and her son feel like the Deep South. She said she came in because she was glad there were some Democrats here and we had to take over. I told her it was a slow process that required everyone to come out to vote all the time, especially when local offices were at stake and we needed people like her to vote and bring other people to the polls. Fergusons can happen in any community, no matter how benign they seem on the surface. If people begin to realize that THEY can make a difference by voting out the people who work against them, then change, however slow, is possible.

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