Early Bird Chat

Pete Souza: “Much to Sasha’s chagrin, the President starts dancing to the music at the Fiesta Latina event on the South Lawn of the White House.” Oct. 13, 2009


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Monday!

114 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Roberta in Mn
    October 13, 2014 at 7:51 am

    GM Chips & Danny

  2. October 13, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Good Monday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!

  3. 9 jackiegrumbacher
    October 13, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Good morning Chips and TODers.

  4. 10 africa
    October 13, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Happy Monday TODers!!

    Congrats Roberta!!

    Heeeeeeeya Chips!!

  5. 11 vcprezofan2
    October 13, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Good Morning to you!
    Good Morning to you!
    Good Morning, dear Roberta, Chips, SW, JackieG, and …… EVERYONE WHO SHOWS UP!
    Good MONDAY Morning to youuuuuus!

    Wonder what the day has in store for everyone?

    • October 13, 2014 at 8:05 am

      And a very singy good morning to you, young lady!

      • 13 vcprezofan2
        October 13, 2014 at 8:10 am

        Thanks! Except for the eyes, that could be …… a relative.

        How’s nephew these days? Hopefully his anger towards me has long evaporated – do give him an extra hug from me when you have a moment.

        • October 13, 2014 at 8:16 am

          “Except for the eyes, that could be …… a relative.”


          Your family look like microphones????

          • 15 vcprezofan2
            October 13, 2014 at 8:26 am

            Heavy at the top, basically straight at the bottom. ✔
            Hair ✔
            Black hair (well, in the beginning) ✔
            Mouth almost always moving ✔
            Pleasant looks (mostly) ✔
            Tanned ✔
            Hint of confidence swagger ✔
            Blue eyes

            Like this microphone anyway. 😀

        October 13, 2014 at 8:57 am


        • October 13, 2014 at 9:01 am

          🙂 Moooooooorning Sue!

          • 20 SUE DUVALL SMITH
            October 13, 2014 at 9:07 am


  6. 21 jackiegrumbacher
    October 13, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Congratulations to anyone who has Columbus Day off today. Every year at this time, we get an invasion of red beetles on all our windows that face east. They’re looking for a way to burrow in to lay their eggs for the winter. It’s absolutely eerie to to see them up against the window screen, like they’re massing to invade. It’s impossible to open a window while they’re here and the only time they disappear is when the temperature goes below freezing.

    • 22 arapaho415
      October 13, 2014 at 8:21 am

      How big are the beetles?

      The size of lady bugs (or smaller)?

      Hopefully not huge like Japanese Beetles.

      • 23 jackiegrumbacher
        October 13, 2014 at 8:46 am

        Arapaho, they’re about half an inch and red. They borrow in the trees in the spring and summer and then look for a warm place to lay eggs for the winter.

      October 13, 2014 at 9:01 am


  7. October 13, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Good Morning Chips, Danny and everyone…hope you all have a a Beautiful Day & Week ahead ;-))

  8. 27 vcprezofan2
    October 13, 2014 at 8:19 am

    A hit and a miss from Senator Elizabeth Warren

    I’d seriously like to support Senator Elizabeth Warren. Perhaps it would help if she didn’t do things like agree to be interviewed by Thomas Frank. This is the guy who – even when he knows he’s going to be interviewing its creator – gets confused about the name of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) because all his mind seems capable of comprehending is the “betrayal” of Obama/Holder for not prosecuting enough banks. So you know right away where this interview is going to go.

    Initially, Senator Warren makes a very important point when it comes to things like the CFPB.

    …the consumer agency is structural change. So basically, the premise behind it was that there were plenty of federal laws out there, but no agency would step up and enforce them…

    And so the idea behind the consumer agency was to say: structural change. We need an agency that has one and only one goal, and that is to look out for American families. To level the playing field, to make sure that people are not getting tricked and trapped on these financial instruments. And so it was a big shift, and it’s a shift worth thinking about.

    But then when Frank presses her about the lack of Wall Street prosecutions, she says something that is remarkably ignorant.


    • October 13, 2014 at 8:31 am

      Morning TOD. VC, Warren outright lied when she said, according to this article, PBO did “nothing” for homeowners, students, and unemployed. Again, while so many here and elsewhere praised this woman, I had to stand back. I saw nothing at the time to indicate she fully understood policy and real law. To me she is another rabid emo….just my opinion, you all. I don’t support liberals because they claim to be. Most of them have appeared not pragmatic enough to go the distance in affecting lasting change. Nope, no Warren for me. Next !

      • 29 Linda
        October 13, 2014 at 8:42 am

        I don’t like her at all. She is a one trick pony..

        Also, we refinanced using the PBO did ” nothing ” for homeowners program. !

        The American Jobs Act is being blocked.

        Student Loan Interest rates were kept from going up.

      • 30 vcprezofan2
        October 13, 2014 at 8:45 am

        I hear your response to Sen. Warren.

        Me, I shared this because I like the pro and con approach to Smartypants’ post. She points out that smart though Warren is, she doesn’t have all her facts lined up. However, she also has made positive contributions. IMO we don’t necessarily have such a wide choice of well-placed Dem contenders that we can throw them away one by one when they mess up. Yes, they irritate me when the don’t stand fully behind the president and save their criticisms for his ears, but some of them plainly lack political experience and political insight. IMO not every smart Dem is as insightful and instinctively adept as PBO.

      • 31 jackiegrumbacher
        October 13, 2014 at 8:52 am

        Ed, I agree, it showed an abysmal lack of knowledge on Warren’s part or an outright attempt to undermine PBO. Only a fool would say that president did “nothing for homeowners, students and the unemployed” when he worked his heart out to get legislation passed that was repeatedly blocked in the House. This is willful ignorance on the part of a US senator and I’m really surprised at it.

      • 32 arapaho415
        October 13, 2014 at 8:53 am

        Good point, edp4bho.

        I’m on record here as a blue-dog Dem, and one of the reasons PBO appeals to me (there are so many — some mention that he’s not perfect, but he’s the closest to a perfect politician I’ve ever seen/experienced) is his consistency and genuineness.

        His unwavering basic principle is fairness for *everyone,* regardless of wealth (so, yes he listens to the 1%) or life circumstance, and has a vision for world peace (multi-nationalism) that cannot be completed within his tenure in office — so yes, we need a principled, long-sighted, strategic President to continue the foundation that PBO has painstakingly, without regard to the political winds and GOP/MSM/Koch naysayers in 2017.

        Any Dem who has a different view (of whatever) than PBO should keep their mouth shut until Nov 5. Then they can spout off all they want.

        • 33 GGAIL
          October 13, 2014 at 8:58 am

          Well said, arapaho

        • 34 jackiegrumbacher
          October 13, 2014 at 9:05 am

          Arapaho, I 1000 percent agree with your last statement–“Any Dem who has a different view (of whatever) than PBO should keep their mouth shut until Nov. 5.” Wish we could send that message to every Dem candidate and every Dem member of the House and Senate. If they’ve got nothing positive to say about the president, then they can button it up until 2015.

          • 35 vcprezofan2
            October 13, 2014 at 9:32 am

            A bit wordy, JackieG, but here’s my attempt. Apologies – no space to credit you, but I don’t think you’ll mind given that so many here feel this way.

    • 36 57andfemale
      October 13, 2014 at 10:38 am

      Three weeks before the election – I have no sympathy for her. This was absolutely the wrong time to spout this stuff. I have my issues with Geithner’s handling of Wall St., and a better, more progressive Congress needs to pass more regulations (although Dodd-Frank and CFPB are having better success than predicted -so says Paul Krugman for God’s sake).

      This blunder by Warren shows her political naivete and sucked much needed focus and energy when her party can least afford it. She’s going to have to earn back my trust.

      • 37 vcprezofan2
        October 13, 2014 at 11:53 am

        ‘This blunder by Warren shows her political naivete’

        Agreed. Hers is the naiveté many expected from BHO when he was first nominated, but didn’t get. People forget, I think, that PBO is a genius in different areas, and that many others in politics are simply average folk with one main agenda.

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  10. 41 arapaho415
    October 13, 2014 at 8:26 am

    I’m on record here to be on board with @VP should he run for President, or an O’Malley-Patrick ticket if he doesn’t. Also on record of dreading a WH with WJC rattling around it as “first husband” and agree with David Geffen who in 2007 said, “Everybody in politics lies, but they do it with such ease it’s troubling…”

    However, credit where credit is due (let’s see how MSM spins this against PBO):

    Dems need to prevail in all these contests.

    P.S. – I love how she feeds the MSM’s obsession with her appeal to what were formerly known as “lunch bucket Reaganauts.”

    • October 13, 2014 at 8:41 am

      That said she would be a lot better than any republican.

      • 43 hopefruit2
        October 13, 2014 at 8:52 am

        That’s true, but its not good enough to set the bar so low so early in the game. The fact that the media seems to be pushing her so much is not only obnoxious, but rather suspect. And that’s why we have the Dem primaries where she will face some stiff competition, just as she did in 2008. The media is not going to select the Dem nominee, the voters will.

  11. 44 GGAIL
    October 13, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    I miss seeing the First daughters.

  12. October 13, 2014 at 8:39 am

    All morning, the MSM has been looping General Dempsey saying that airstrikes are not working against ISIL, inferring that “boots on the ground” is the only solution, and that Dempsey is not on board with the current strategy. Of course, we are not getting the rest of the story….


    “ISIS nearly made it to Baghdad airport, top U.S. military leader says”



    Dempsey created messaging headaches for the Obama administration weeks ago testifying before Congress that *if* he thought ground troops might be needed at some point, he would recommend it to the White House.

    In Sunday’s interview, Dempsey conceded that having U.S. troops on the ground, in theory, would help Iraqi forces spot ISIS targets. But he still insisted the U.S. is not at that point.

    “Yeah, there will be circumstances when the answer to that question will likely be yes. But I haven’t encountered one right now,” Dempsey said.


    It does not help that Dempsey is giving sound bites that aid the MSM in its agenda.

    • October 13, 2014 at 8:44 am

      I guess the public is afraid and the republicans fear mongering works in the short term.

      • October 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

        The GOP serves a steady diet of fear mongering. Americans need to reject this junk diet and instead include larger portions of hope.

      • 51 jackiegrumbacher
        October 13, 2014 at 9:07 am

        Jovie, I think the biggest problem we have is not fear, but disinterest. Getting people to wake up and understand how important it is to vote is this country’s biggest challenge.

        • October 13, 2014 at 9:23 am

          I was just thinking that if we had the same level of momentum, excitement, and engagement that we had in 2008, we would be in a better place for this election.

          Disinterest *is* a big challenge along with people losing that spark of hope. Add to that an inability or unwillingness to see the progress that *has* been made, and how this forward movement can continue if everyone will take some responsibility in making it happen.

    • October 13, 2014 at 8:48 am

      • October 13, 2014 at 8:55 am

        We should use the GOP’s MO in reminding people how we got to where we are….say it often (continuously) and say it loudly…


        “We are here today because of the disastrous blunder of the Bush/Cheney era that got us into the war in Iraq in the first place. Which then developed the can of worms that we are trying to deal with right now.”

        • October 13, 2014 at 9:16 am

          Exactly, that is the segment of the interview that should be shouted from the rooftops by the Democrats. The cable and network studios have been overrun by armchair generals with selective amnesia. I was thrilled that Senator Sanders make that important point to Candy Crowley who doesn’t seem to remember anything that happened prior to 1/20/09.

  13. 56 Dudette
    October 13, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Good Morning Family!

    How about a little Inspiration for breakfast!? I got your Hope and Change right here! ❤ 😀 ❤

  14. 59 Dudette
    October 13, 2014 at 8:48 am

  15. 60 Dudette
    October 13, 2014 at 8:52 am

  16. 61 hopefruit2
    October 13, 2014 at 8:52 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Monday everyone 🙂

  17. 62 Dudette
    October 13, 2014 at 8:53 am

  18. 63 Dudette
    October 13, 2014 at 8:55 am

  19. 64 Dudette
    October 13, 2014 at 8:56 am

  20. October 13, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Is this good or bad? Also…
    Shouldn’t this info be transmitted to the hagan campaign via tweet?

    • 66 hopefruit2
      October 13, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Basically, all this says is that 2014 is a going to be a different midterm from 2010, not a GOP wave or anything close to that. Which is what I’ve been saying from Day 1. This year’s midterm will look more like last year’s and less like 2010.

      The Hagan campaign most likely already has that info.

  21. 67 Dudette
    October 13, 2014 at 8:58 am

  22. 68 Dudette
    October 13, 2014 at 8:58 am

  23. 69 Dudette
    October 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

    See ya later!

    Have a Marvelous Monday!

  24. 70 Dudette
    October 13, 2014 at 9:03 am

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  26. 72 Linda
    October 13, 2014 at 9:06 am

    OMG….CNN has jumped the shark. The Cryon just said : “Mushroom” cloud appears over Kobane. ( paraphrasing )

  27. 74 desertflower
    October 13, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Good Monday morning everyone:) I think Sen. Warren is a very good woman and cares about issues of the people…but she is so intertwined in this ONE issue above all else, that it sometimes blinds her to what actually HAS been done in regards to helping real people through tough times. Like being snow blind, she can not see anything else,
    As many of you know, I might have been living under a bridge now if it weren’t for PBO. He helped me save our home. I battled for 4 years to do it, but I did it because of the rules he put in place. I’m grateful every day.

  28. October 13, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Goooooood Morningggggggg everyone….

  29. October 13, 2014 at 9:10 am

    “Such inequality in protection under the law, not to mention the economic hardship that could result, cannot stand. Fixing this problem is a job for Congress, which seemingly hasn’t done its job since the arrival in 2011 of the 112th. Two bills in the House and one in the Senate on this issue were introduced this year, but they are going nowhere. That’s why Supreme Court action is needed”

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  31. 78 Linda
    October 13, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Per Al Jazerra America, the UK will vote this evening on recognizing Palestine as a State….it is expected to pass.

  32. 82 Dudette
    October 13, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Forgot a couple of things 🙂

  33. 83 JER
    October 13, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  34. October 13, 2014 at 9:22 am

    See? We have the money to hold the senate, if we are smart.

  35. 89 Dudette
    October 13, 2014 at 9:24 am

  36. 90 Vicki
    October 13, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Good morning TOD. OMG Just about 3 weeks to go!!!!!

    The NY Times this morning had an article that will surprise nobody at TOD.
    MSNBC viewership has dropped spectacularly this year.

    The “analysis” offered completely misses the point of why. Which we all know. MSNBC has become an anti-Obama microphone.
    People who want their “Government is broken” depressing poison can get it strong and undiluted at Fox and CNN.

    It is clear from the Times article that there will be no fixing MSNBC. They are letting it die.

    The network that will live forever in my heart, the one that had Keith Olbermann telling us that Barack Obama has been elected the 44th President of the United States———–the memory will live. The station, not so much.

    My only hope is that after the Democrats have a strong resounding victory in 2014 maybe MSNBC will turn around.

    Or, if all their anti-Dem bashing fails to work, they will fire anyone with a shread of integrity and go full-Fox.

    • 91 hopefruit2
      October 13, 2014 at 9:54 am

      MSNBC is now being bankrolled by Koch, ALEC, etc, and so in the short term, they no longer require the revenue that comes from viewers. Furthermore, they are unscrupulously trying to blame their drop on viewership on people’s disapproval of or loss of interest in PBO. The NY Times knows perfectly well that it’s their right-ward shift & pandering to Liberterian bullshit that has cost them viewers, but PBO has become the media’s preferred scapegoat for just about every negative event in the last 6 years.

      I don’t think MSNBC will turn around as long the corporate owners feel threatened a Democrat government and Dem policies. If O’Malley becomes President, it will be the same crap (minus the racism of course). HRC will be useful to the media to the extent she undermines PBO and progressive policies and chases GOP approval. They are banking heavily on her being the Dem nominee because that 2016 Presidential election would be a choice between GOP and GOP-lite. And the 1% will do just fine with a GOP-lite situation.

      I think we need to understand that MSNBC has the same agenda as FOX news: A few wealthy folks at the top dominating the majority of citizens while brainwashing them to keep voting against their own interests. They are not going to change, they’re only going to get worse unless there are some laws forcing them to do things differently.

      • 92 Vicki
        October 13, 2014 at 10:14 am

        We see this issue the same way.
        My slight optimism lies in believing that nobody enjoys failure. But I agree with you.
        If the goal is brainwashing, not increasing viewership, then MSNBC has no reason to change.

        Most telling part of Phil Griffiths statement was about expanding past politics. Which means dilute political coverage in the same way CNN has with cooking and celebrity nonsense.

  37. October 13, 2014 at 9:36 am

    “The new reform groups built ties with a pre-existing conservative network in the state, including pro-school- voucher groups like the Students First PAC, a wealthy political-action committee funded by the libertarian managers of a suburban Philadelphia investment firm…

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  41. 100 donna dem 4 obama
    October 13, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Good Morning TOD!

    “Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a further space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home,” said the document, known by its Latin name “relatio”.

    “Are our communities capable of proving that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?” it asked.

    John Thavis, Vatican expert and author of the bestselling 2013 book “The Vatican Diaries”, called the document “an earthquake” in the Church’s attitude towards gays.

    “The document clearly reflects Pope Francis’ desire to adopt a more merciful pastoral approach on marriage and family issues,” he said.

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  44. 103 desertflower
    October 13, 2014 at 9:54 am
  45. 104 donna dem 4 obama
    October 13, 2014 at 9:55 am

    I believe we should try and be positive in these final weeks leading up to Election Day but I don’t think that a little dose of reality would hurt either.

  46. 106 jacquelineoboomer
    October 13, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Ha. Awake so early that when he saw my front door open, son stopped in to see what was up! Good morning, TODville! Happy Monday to all.

  47. 107 desertflower
    October 13, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Another great piece from Jim Wright. Share it widely…


  48. October 13, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Good morning, TODville. Just 22 days until we VOTE. Get your marching boots on and your family, friends and neighbors to the polls!!

  49. October 13, 2014 at 10:19 am

    • 113 purpleshoesla
      October 13, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      Thank you for posting this. I had never heard of this project and her photography is beautiful. These words she spoke brought tears to my eyes:

      “How can we be seen as modern, successful people if we are continually represented as the leathered and feathered vanishing race?”

      I hope there is still a way to donate to her project. I also appreciate the fact that the President and First Lady made that historic visit to Indian Country earlier this summer as a reminder to those that our indigenous brothers and sisters are also our fellow citizens of this country.

      • October 13, 2014 at 2:52 pm

        Hey, purpleshoes!! So glad you enjoyed it.

        I stumbled onto her via twitter and was blown away by her work. Stunningly beautiful and thought-provoking, I love her persistence to portray how Native American people live today, with pride in their history and a determination to think about the future.

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