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Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama reads from his book, “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters,” during a visit by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and his family to the Oval Office, March 2, 2011. Joining them, from left, are Justice Breyer’s wife Joanna Breyer, grandson Eli Essiam Breyer and daughter Nell Breyer (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning!


36 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. March 2, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Good Monday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!!

  2. 5 jackiegrumbacher
    March 2, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Morning. Waited in line this am, but you got here first, SW. Congratulations.

    • March 2, 2015 at 7:56 am

      Good Morning, JackieG…barely first…you were practically stepping on my heels getting through the door. 🙂

      Have a wonderful day.

  3. 7 amk for obama
    March 2, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Did you keep him waiting all night outside your door??? #tyrant

  4. 10 desertflower
    March 2, 2015 at 7:54 am

    NOW you all wake up! I was back there answering jackieg and you guys are here already! Nice ploy….

    http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/03/01/netanyahu-invite-is-a-symptom-of-boehners-grudge-match-against-the-u-s-constitution/

    House Speaker John Boehner’s annoyance with President Barack Obama is turning into a grudge match against the Constitution.

    His decision to invite a foreign head of government to address Congress without first consulting the sitting president has no precedent in American history. And for a simple reason. It’s unconstitutional.

    Boehner (R-Ohio) fully admits that his failure to communicate with the White House was not an oversight. Like a schoolboy passing notes when the teacher turns to the blackboard, he sneaked behind Obama’s back to set the date for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech with his country’s ambassador to the United States. Boehner asked the foreign dignitary not to tell the U.S. president.

    Reposting here…this guy is third in line….but we all know only a couple of tidbits in the Constitution are important to them…not most of it

    • 11 desertflower
      March 2, 2015 at 8:01 am

      More from this piece..

      here is one key job, however, that the founding fathers assigned to the president alone. The Constitution says that the president “shall receive ambassadors and other public ministers” from foreign governments.

      Why did the founders do that? According to Stanford University professor Jack Rakove, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his book on the subject, they entrusted that responsibility to the president for a specific reason: to facilitate bilateral negotiations on complicated matters on behalf of the United States.

      In contrast, the president is charged with making peace — and “peace [was] attended with intricate and secret negotiations.” So the founders placed the president in charge of meeting with foreign ministers on delicate matters requiring discretion.

      The founding fathers would be horrified by Boehner’s current actions.

      • March 2, 2015 at 8:37 am

        This is truly astounding….

        For people who always quote the constitution ….it is a slap in the face….the disrespect shown to this President…knows no limits…

      • 13 Roberta in MN
        March 2, 2015 at 8:49 am

        Just read it and posted on my FB page. It will be interesting to see the comments. I couldn’t even call Boner or McTurtle by their real names, they disgust me so much.

      • 14 africa
        March 2, 2015 at 8:49 am

        GM DF. Thanks for sharing this. I am tweeting about it.

    • March 2, 2015 at 8:14 am

      I believe that *most* world leaders would have touched base with the POTUS before accepting the invitation, if for no other reason, out of respect for the office. They would want the same respect if the tables were turned. Boehner’s actions and Netanyahu’s seeming eagerness to accommodate Boehner’s request not to tell PBO shows personal agendas…a one-sided vendetta against this President.

      We keep hearing Boehner and his GOP cohorts talking about PBO abusing the Constitution. In reality, *they* are either showing their ignorance of the Constitution, or that *they* have no problem ignoring the Constitution as they act on their resentment of this President and their inability to outsmart/outmaneuver him.

      • 16 COS
        March 2, 2015 at 8:45 am

        Swbluega, remember this is the same guy who ran ads for Mitt Romney during our 2012 election. He has no shame.

    • 17 Obama Grandmama
      March 2, 2015 at 11:24 am

      I emailed my Senators and Representative last night stating why they should not attend this speech.

  5. March 2, 2015 at 7:54 am

    [With the movie, Selma , and with all the events being advertised leading up to the commemoration of the March from Selma/Bloody Sunday, I keep thinking back to results from the 2014 mid-term elections…specifically the poor voter turnout.]

    I am one of those who thinks our voting rights laws are too restrictive, with the intent to control — and limit — who is able to exercise their right to vote.

    However, when I hear about states’ efforts to reduce the number of early voting days – ESPECIALLY after the atrocious showing during the mid-terms – my first thought is, “So what?” Will it matter if there are 20 early voting days or 10 when obviously there are soooooooo many who did not think it worth their time or effort to vote with the current number of days? We know that those of us who take our responsibilities as citizens seriously will find a way to vote whether it’s 1 day or 1 month. Sadly, I’m starting to think that the only way people will do what they should is to make it a REQUIREMENT, not just a right, with consequences that are meaningful to them. Of course, that won’t happen any time soon for the same reason(s) that our ability to exercise our right to vote is being compromised.

    As the events in Selma are commemorated, as movies like Selma highlight the sacrifices – dignity, livelihood, and even life – in the struggle for voting rights, it makes me even more saddened/frustrated/angry that so many take this right for granted. While all that was at stake (people’s rights, opportunities, etc.) during the mid-terms was not enough to motivate almost two-thirds of eligible voters to GOTV, maybe the memorials of Selma/Bloody Sunday and the portrayals in the movie will help them – specifically younger people – understand one of the reasons why voting is so important.

    • 19 donna dem 4 obama
      March 2, 2015 at 8:47 am

      GM swbluega. It’s up to us as a party to educate our voters on why it is important to vote. We cannot just wait until an election and then make thousands of calls to people who mostly because of caller ID don’t answer their phones and think that this will turnout our voters. This will only work when we have a General Election and the voters know about a particular candidate that they want to see elected as President. This will not work with our voters in mid-term elections. I keep trying to pound this into the DNC to no avail.

      You are right about making voting mandatory but that will never happen because Republicans have no interest in everyone voting because they know that if that happened they would never have any majorities in Congress much less the Presidency.

      • March 2, 2015 at 9:05 am

        Good Morning, Donna.

        Over the years, I’ve witnessed us becoming more and more of a society where individuals are always asking, “What’s in it for me?” or “What is the IMMEDIATE benefit to me?” Even in schools, many students have moved away from learning for the sake of learning to always gaging (or wanting to know) why they have to learn something. Thinking beyond “me and mine” to how others are impacted seems to be forgotten in a country that claims to pride itself on “Christian values.”

        That’s all the more reason, as you’ve said Donna, that we cannot just wait until an election and then make thousands of calls to people, because, again, the question [for those who even bother to answer] will be “What’s in it for me?” or “What have you done for me, lately?” Democrats have lost many opportunities to highlight the accomplishments of the PBO Presidency that would have answered these questions. The party has failed in countering the false information propagated by FOX, and the GOP/TP. It shows arrogance to then say vote and people will do so…no one wants to *feel* that they are taken for granted.

        And as I said, making voting mandatory is not something I expect to happen; especially with everything conservatives have done and are currently doing to compromise our ability to exercise our right to vote.

  6. 21 jackiegrumbacher
    March 2, 2015 at 7:58 am

    It’s going to be easy to get outraged, irritated and stressed this week with the Bibi speech, the Supreme Court arguments on ACA and redistricting and the inevitable treachery by Boehner on DHS funding. So what to do? Today, I’m going to focus on local elections, getting Latinos to run for local office and helping to devise a campaign strategies. We can’t let the concerted efforts of the GOP, media and the lunatic from Israel distract us from the goal of winning back our country one office at a time. By the way Joe Sestak is going to be a big announcement on Wednesday that he’s officially running for Senate against Pat Toomey. No surprise.

  7. 22 rikyrah
    March 2, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Good Morning Everyone 🙂

  8. 25 globalcitizenlinda
    March 2, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Good morning everyone!

  9. 26 globalcitizenlinda
    March 2, 2015 at 8:17 am

    All this crab with Bibi was unnecessary if it wasn’t for the fact we have a hate-filled drunk as a speaker & many warmongers who feel they must undermine democracy in order to keep profiteering from conflicts

    • 27 jackiegrumbacher
      March 2, 2015 at 8:37 am

      Yep, global, “hate-filled drunk” pretty much describes the disgrace that now occupies the Speaker’s office. It’s enough to make you weep to see how how far the US has descended that we the people have to rely on a racist lout to get any legislation passed.

  10. 28 Roberta in MN
    March 2, 2015 at 8:34 am

    GM Chips & all TOD early risers. I have just finished up watching “The Book of Negros” . I recorded it and saved it from PBS. It was quite a show and tells a significant story on slavery, some of what I had already read of in the early years when African’s were brought to the America’s but not the part they took in the War of Independence and Washington roll in keeping that system in place. Any comments on the movie?

  11. 29 africa
    March 2, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Happy Monday TODers!!

    Heeeeeya Chips!!

  12. 31 donna dem 4 obama
    March 2, 2015 at 8:49 am

    GM TOD…Day 4 of the head cold. 😦

    At least I get to spend more time (when I’m not sleeping) here at TOD

  13. 33 Jeff
    March 2, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Hey guys… I am have one year left of my program (an associates in architectural engineering design emphasis) am looking forward to getting my degree. So much more to learn before I go on to get my bachelors degree. I want to work some though and plan on taking on an internship pretty soon.

    • 34 desertflower
      March 2, 2015 at 8:52 am

      Good for you!! Keep up the good work…no one can take your education away from you…it means everything:) Do good things!

  14. 35 desertflower
    March 2, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Daddy issues and a great little read by eclectablog:)

    http://www.eclectablog.com/2015/02/republicans-love-america-and-they-want-to-show-it-by-taking-insurance-from-8-2-million-working-americans.html

    This is because our politics is divided largely upon Daddy issues. Hard-core conservatives come from a Dare to Discipline world where Daddy is always right, the wife obeys the husband, and the child, who was born bad, learns to obey until he’s honored Daddy enough to become Daddy himself.

    George Lakoff lays out the contours of this worldview in his fantastic book Don’t Think of an Elephant.

    This is why your patriotism was attacked if you even questioned George W. Bush — but it’s your patriotic duty to make memes celebrating how much more manly other world leaders are than Obama.

    ISIS’s drive to humiliate the U.S. with the vilest acts of human depravity possible is crack for the conservative brain. A real Daddy wouldn’t let that happen. This proves he’s not Daddy — even if he led America into bombing ISIS half a year ago.

    Whenever a Democrat is in the White House, the GOP’s Hamlet syndrome goes into full effect. You’re not our real Daddy because, if you are, everything I understand about the world is wrong.

    The other-ing of Obama definitely speaks to racial resentment fed by the fear that Daddy’s nation will be nearly half first-and-second generation immigrants by the middle of the century. But it’s just a more perverse version of what we saw in the hunting and impeachment of Bill Clinton. John F. Kennedy was “Wanted for Treason.” There are still people who swear that Franklin Roosevelt was a secret Jew.


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