Early Bird Chat

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama hugs a young girl during a “Get Out The Vote” rally at Canyon Springs High School in Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 1, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Saturday!

118 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    November 1, 2014 at 7:39 am

    • 2 amk for obama
      November 1, 2014 at 7:41 am

      adorbs. pinch their cheeks for me.

    • November 1, 2014 at 7:41 am

      Ooooooooooooooooooooooooh Donna, they are spectacular!!!! Most adorable, cutest, beautiful babies ever!!!

    • 4 jackiegrumbacher
      November 1, 2014 at 7:45 am

      Ah, Donna, you must just melt whenever you’re with them. They could not be more adorable–two little golden princesses. How old are they now?

      • 5 donna dem 4 obama
        November 1, 2014 at 7:48 am

        Good morning JG. They are 10 months now and are more a joy every time I see them.

        • 6 jackiegrumbacher
          November 1, 2014 at 7:56 am

          It just swells your heart, doesn’t it. That’s our baby granddaughter in my avatar, wearing a lampshade on her head because she loves hats. She always makes me laugh.

          • 7 donna dem 4 obama
            November 1, 2014 at 8:03 am

            She’s so adorable and they do the cutest things. 🙂

            The DIL and son buy them all these expensive toys and learning gadgets and what do the girls play with? They crawl over to the kitchen and pull out the pots and pans and bang bang bang for hours. You cannot tell them that they are not creating music. Somethings these young parents will have to learn on their own. 🙂

            • November 1, 2014 at 8:23 am

              “The DIL and son buy them all these expensive toys and learning gadgets and what do the girls play with? They crawl over to the kitchen and pull out the pots and pans and bang bang bang for hours.”

              I can relate to that, Donna. When my son was younger, he was often more content with making his own hand toy from a straw and a piece of aluminum foil, rather than playing with the gimmicky toys (that were obvious more interesting to his parent(s) than they were to him).

    • November 1, 2014 at 8:13 am

      Good Morning, Donna and congrats on first! Your little ladies are a wonderful entry into the village. Their smiles are like a burst of sunshine that spreads from person to person. 😀

    • 10 99ts
      November 1, 2014 at 8:45 am

      O my Donna – hey are such show stealers – twin grandbabes – double heaven

    • 12 dotster3
      November 1, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Real cutie pies!

    • 13 Nena20409
      November 1, 2014 at 11:10 am

      Holy smokes. Gorgeous.
      A Heavenly way to score the Au ⭐
      Hello Twins. Happy Saturday to you lovely ones.

      Hello Donna….I didn’t forget you. 😉

    • 14 Judith Fardig
      November 1, 2014 at 11:31 am

      Donna, those little girls light up the room!! Thanks for letting us be honorary grandparents.

    • November 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      Beautiful grandchildren Donna!

  2. 33 amk for obama
    November 1, 2014 at 7:42 am

  3. 34 amk for obama
    November 1, 2014 at 7:50 am

  4. 35 jackiegrumbacher
    November 1, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Morning. Yesterday was a really fun play time at TOD. Last night, our local college had a Mexican ‘Day of the Dead’ event’ that included Mexican music, a fantastic exhibit of Day of the Dead artwork and sculpture, lots of bizarre, white-faced, skeleton costumed students and faculty, and the most fantastic array of Mexican foods ever. Great fun and well attended. Today, it’s back to the grindstone, getting out the vote, putting together our Latino phone bank and dealing with endless task lists for our Salsa the Vote event. Four more days!

  5. 40 amk for obama
    November 1, 2014 at 7:57 am

  6. 41 Roberta in MN
    November 1, 2014 at 7:57 am

    GM everyone. Sorry I missed the party last night. I will have to catch up later. I could hardly keep my eyes open after going to the clinic. Just a bad day all around. I don’t think today is going to be much better.
    Congrats on 1st Donna Dem and those grand babies adorable.
    Have a wonderful day today everyone.

  7. 46 amk for obama
    November 1, 2014 at 8:00 am

  8. November 1, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Good Saturday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

    Everyone have a fantastic weekend! 🙂

  9. November 1, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Found a better quality version of this photo from yesterday, adore it:

  10. 53 amk for obama
    November 1, 2014 at 8:27 am

  11. 54 donna dem 4 obama
    November 1, 2014 at 8:37 am

  12. 55 vcprezofan2
    November 1, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Good Morning, Chips!
    FTR, Today is November FIRST, not April 1st. Question → Tell me please, exactly what was the point in you and Japa coming by and sprinkling white stuff on the roofs and lawns in my neighbourhood? I don’t get it?

  13. 76 Don
    November 1, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Good Morning TOD family, I trust you all had a Happy Halloween. Anyway on Tuesday I early voted, it was such a joy walking up to the voting machine and choosing Wendy Davis as the next governor of the great state of Texas.

    • November 1, 2014 at 8:49 am

      Ah, wonderful Don – what a beautiful vote to cast! Good morning to you, Sir.

    • 78 Judith Fardig
      November 1, 2014 at 11:36 am

      Voting gives me a high, too! Nothing will never top voting for Barack Obama in 2008, however. 2012 came close, but that first time voting for him for President will never be topped!

  14. November 1, 2014 at 8:42 am

    GM, TOD. Reince Preibus here and VERY late to the party. hehehehe. Told y’all I wouldn’t be around. Neighborhood party that is a huge tradition. I did quickly scroll through threads so I didn’t totally miss out.

    Donna, LOVE the picture of your babies. What a fantastic way to begin the day–HOPE!!!!!! I love the picture of the graduate looking up at PO. Few minutes ago, I muted CBS. Going on and on about PO’s unpopularity in the battleground states. Heard her read how many rallies he did in 2010 and how many this year. How candidates don’t want to mention his name. Couldn’t take it any longer.

    btw, in case she doesn’t make an appearance, today is symmetry’s birthday. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  15. 80 vcprezofan2
    November 1, 2014 at 8:43 am

    GooOood MoooOOooorning, GDD with your princesses! Such a lovely, loving court to have!

    Special (white) November 1st greetings to everyone! I can’t believe I may have to put my snow tires on soon. Wonder if Australia has room for and is sympathetic to the \alien’ homeless at this time of year?

    • 81 99ts
      November 1, 2014 at 8:50 am

      I will be forever grateful that we don’t do snow – but the politics are icy

      • 82 vcprezofan2
        November 1, 2014 at 8:58 am

        Well, before PBO I never ‘did’ politics so I figure I could survive icy politics by simply voting then staying out of it. The white stuff here can not generally be avoided.

        Evening, TS!

        • 83 99ts
          November 1, 2014 at 9:10 am

          Cannot stay out of it vc – that’s why we get such awful governments – despite compulsory voting – with Mr 99 retiring, first time I have to communicate with the department that looks after “older Australians”. Maximum wait time to talk to them so far – 90 minutes! – see how keen they are about communicating with us!!!!!!!!! Pfft. I imagine for the young unemployed it probably takes longer.

          • 84 vcprezofan2
            November 1, 2014 at 9:16 am

            Hmmm. Thanks for the truth telling, TS. I’ll shop around and get back to ya! Amk is offering a partially lit tunnel but the darkness at the end is a bit of a turn off. We’ll see.

    • 85 amk for obama
      November 1, 2014 at 9:02 am

      our november

      • 86 vcprezofan2
        November 1, 2014 at 9:11 am

        Evening, Amk!
        Earlier I was also going to ask if *you* had room for a quiet, non-argumentative vc, but I am no more fond of tunnels or tomb-like spaces so I’m glad now that I waited.

  16. 89 amk for obama
    November 1, 2014 at 8:51 am

    • 90 jziglar
      November 1, 2014 at 8:54 am

      Some of these polls are pure crap. A local poll a few days ago showed Braley ahead and a poll from PPP had him ahead. Momentum has been on his side for weeks so I don’t believe that crap.

  17. 91 amk for obama
    November 1, 2014 at 8:54 am

  18. 92 amk for obama
    November 1, 2014 at 8:55 am

    aka his “base”.

  19. 93 desertflower
    November 1, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Morning everyone..Happy November! DONNA! Those grandbabies are so cute:) SOOOOOO cute! 10 months old is such a fun age…I’d never get anything done if those were my grandkids:)

    Is it snowing somewhere?? Chicago? YIKES!

    Happy Birthday, symmetry:) (thanks for that head’s up, tnmtngirl!)

    Tutor today…then GOTV Weekend!!

  20. 94 desertflower
    November 1, 2014 at 8:59 am

    By the way…check the total visits…we’re very close to 28,000,000!!! How long does it take to get a million visits? Seems like yesterday we reached 27,000,000 and here we are again:)

  21. 95 amk for obama
    November 1, 2014 at 8:59 am

    did this happen yet?

    • 96 desertflower
      November 1, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Good grief! Are they RUSTY, too? Unless you think that Chips may have OD’d on candy or Irish whiskey last night…I think she needs to make an appointment for that….wait till Danny finds out that she took a POLL to determine his fate….honestly, aren’t we all something! 🙂

  22. 99 donna dem 4 obama
    November 1, 2014 at 9:13 am

  23. 100 dotster3
    November 1, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Bill Maher—exactly right at the end of last night’s New Rules—–Democrats, stop throwing your own people (President Obama) under the bus. Didn’t have to be this way. Dems allowed Repubs to make PBO someone they needed to “distance themselves from”. For No Reason. Obama’s record is praiseworthy, a long list of historical accomplishments. Dems should have stood unified and firm supporting and touting his record.

    • 101 desertflower
      November 1, 2014 at 9:27 am

      Must have missed this part…I was pissed when then the entire discussion with Eva Longoria was about Obama being “unpopular”…turned it off

      • 102 desertflower
        November 1, 2014 at 9:29 am

        That, and the fact that it was the Republicans “year”…whatever the hell THAT’S supposed to mean.

        • 103 dotster3
          November 1, 2014 at 9:38 am

          Just thought what he said about Dems making their elections so much more difficult than they needed to be—–“distancing themselves” from a highly accomplished president and a Dem record to be proud of —–has been nonsensical and stupid. Allowed Repubs to control the message—–a false message.

      • 104 dotster3
        November 1, 2014 at 9:32 am

        I didn’t get that impression. Heard Eva say that when she hears Latinos say they are mad about no immigration reform, she tells them the remedy is to VOTE, not to disengage and not vote.

    • November 1, 2014 at 9:53 am

      I think about when PBO was working to get the ACA passed. Liberals had an “all or nothing” attitude, and in the end, complained about what was not included. During the process, I felt they often left PBO hanging out to dry…sort of a wait-see attitude. If things went well it would be “see what *we* did.” If not, PBO would be set up to shoulder all the blame. Eventually, PBO saw the fair-weathered support that he had and negotiated based on that. He didn’t settle for the “nothing” that extreme liberals *claimed* they would have preferred. “Nothing” was unacceptable, and because of that, millions have benefitted.

    • 107 hopefruit2
      November 1, 2014 at 9:58 am

      I think Maher needs to be a more honest of the role of the media (including the so-called left media) in all of this. The Dems didn’t just “distance” themselves from PBO in a vacuum. The entire messaging system in the media was that PBO was a failure – from the time he had his second inauguration – the media became relentless in trying to find a “scandal” to lay on him. Whether it was Benghazi, NSA bullshit with Snowden (and MSNBC gave Snowden and Greenwald a platform on this for weeks/months), followed by his decision on Syria, followed by ACA website glitch, VA “scandal,” followed by Gaza/syria, Golf, tan Suit, Secret Service failure, and then Ebola. And during all these last two years, Chuck Todd and friends kept putting out poll after bloody poll claiming that PBO was “at an all time low” or PBO was “worse than Bush” etc, etc.

      When these media idiots like Maher are pretending to be all surprised and upset that Dems are “distancing” themselves from PBO, I give them the side glance – that’s what THEY helped to create…THEY were part of the problem…and THEY are not helping by now pretending otherwise. Time to own their shit, hold their fellow media colleagues accountable, and take responsibility for the part they played in fomenting necessary hatred and resentment of this President who by ANY standard is one of the best presidents America has ever had.

      • 108 jziglar
        November 1, 2014 at 10:32 am

        Amen ! I agree 100 % with this statement. The media created this environment as soon as the second inauguration was over.

  24. 109 desertflower
    November 1, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Oh man! Those “family values” kick your ass everytime!


    A 48-year-old D.C. man and well-known fundraiser for conservative political candidates is accused of receiving and possessing child pornography.

    Michael Centanni was arrested Thursday after an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security. Court documents say federal officers were led to Centanni through “child porn sharing” files traced to his home computer.

    According to those documents, officers also found a hidden camera inside his D.C. home with a clear view of the shower.
    Centanni works as a Chief Operating Officer with Base Connect, a company that specializes with conservative, direct-mail fundraising, housed just a few blocks from the White House.

  25. 110 amk for obama
    November 1, 2014 at 9:38 am

  26. 112 amk for obama
    November 1, 2014 at 9:40 am

    yes, 99ts, how bad is he?

  27. 113 amk for obama
    November 1, 2014 at 9:41 am

  28. 114 4morefor44
    November 1, 2014 at 9:45 am

    new PPP poll in wi has mary burke tied with walker. was 1 percent lead for walker total, but the last day of the 3 day polled had it tied with burke gaining each day. a commenter at dkos looked at their results from recent elections in wisconsin, and PPP on average had the democrat slightly lower than the final result, and more importantly, had the republican over performing by 3-4 percent.

    very winnable for burke if people continue to push through with GOTV this weekend through election night on tuesday.

  29. November 1, 2014 at 9:47 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Saturday everyone 🙂

  30. 117 GGAIL
    November 1, 2014 at 10:00 am

    What’s going on with WP? Once again, I can only get the current post by clicking Next on the previous post..arrgh!

  31. 118 MightyPamela
    November 1, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Morning? Again? Already? ❤

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