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Early Bird Chat

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama greets children at Children’s Place in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, April 13, 2010 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

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MoooOOOooorning!


98 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. 18 hopefruit2
    April 13, 2015 at 8:40 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats Lady D on #1! Happy Monday everyone. What a touching pic – our FLOTUS and the smile on that lil’ one’s face.

  2. 26 Don
    April 13, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Good Morning TOD! I had a bad dream last night that included someone announcing there candidacy for Presidency.

  3. 35 vcprezofan2
    April 13, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Monday Greetings, TODobots everywhere! It’s good to be alive in the Age of Obama!

    Special Monday greeeeEeeeetings to you, Ms Chips! I do remember it’s not your favourite day. 😀

  4. April 13, 2015 at 8:54 am

    • 37 hopefruit2
      April 13, 2015 at 8:57 am

      Thanks Hillary!

      //ducks and runs….

    • 39 Don
      April 13, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Why not, they’re going to claim everything else.

    • 41 Don
      April 13, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Someone should make a hash tag #ThanksHillary, and list all of President Obama’s accomplishments which she didn’t have a damn thing to do with.

      • 42 vcprezofan2
        April 13, 2015 at 9:09 am

        Now Don, let’s not deplete our energy on Hillary…..at least not now! I’m all for letting the furor caused by her ‘announcement’ die down, ignoring her again, while continuing to highlight all that Pres O IS DOING. He does after all have a year++ to go AND he’s doing lots!

        • April 13, 2015 at 9:11 am

          i second this….

          un-followed a few folks so that i could do just that…

        • 44 Don
          April 13, 2015 at 9:14 am

          I know, vcp, I’m just having fun, I’m going to happily vote for Hillary if she’s our nominee.

          • 45 vcprezofan2
            April 13, 2015 at 9:32 am

            I hear you and I know by now you have a wacky sense of humour which can be fun at times. 😀

            Not to belabour the point, but I will say here truthfully that I am a bit nervous that so many of us keep saying we’ll vote for HRC, IF she’s the nominee. I ‘fear’ if we say that often enough, then all the individual utterances will merge into one big wave of acceptance and inevitability. My thinking is that it’s a given that many Dems will vote for the nominee, but IMO it’s way, way too soon for all of us here to repeatedly repeat 😉 this bit of resignation – just in case lurkers and others dropping in for a quick peek at the way the wind is blowing become convinced NOW that this is the only way the wind can/will blow. = The personal feelings of one who feels the US can do better than settling, or crowning, ANY of the candidates already in the ring.

            • April 13, 2015 at 9:48 am

              You know, I feel the same way. All this inevitability is what is so painful and scary. I have felt for a very long time that this will not be a coronation, that other Dems will enter the race, that there will be something for voters to engage with as the challengers enter the ring and the debates unfold. That we’ll have a good discussion of the future of our party and our nation. That it will be an open question about who will be the best candidate and our party will be stronger for it.

              And then I read this:

              http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-hillary-primary

              And it’s really hitting me in a way that is concrete: The truth is, the Democratic Party has set this up as a done deal since 2009. They did nothing to encourage the field and everything to discourage competition. They do not want to disturb this Clinton legacy in any way, shape or form. For some reason, they have everyone convinced that we owe the Clintons everything. Everything. That is what I cannot face, that is what is making it so difficult.

              • April 13, 2015 at 10:03 am

              • 49 vcprezofan2
                April 13, 2015 at 10:11 am

                Meta, I just read that, and I think I’m going off to have breakfast and take my mind off this for a bit. This (what is happening) is so wrong, and at the moment there seems no voices high up in the party ready to say so. I’m going to hang on to the possibility that VP Joe will step forward to save the day – at least, I’ll hang on to it for another 6 months or so. It’s the only way I can save my political sanity. If HRC displayed a drop of sincerity for the ‘masses’ and a drop less of arrogance about her saviour role, if she showed an inch of leadership within her own camp by calming their habitual histrionics, if she once in a while showed a viewpoint that put her ahead of the crowd, I wouldn’t feel so convinced that she will ‘take the country back’wards, if elected! Sigh. I’ve gone to nourish the body.

                • April 13, 2015 at 10:26 am

                  I so value your opinion and perspective and I thank you for lending a voice of reason. I’m quite sullen today. Off for a walk myself. xoxo.

            • 51 nospin
              April 13, 2015 at 1:16 pm

              “so many of us keep saying we’ll vote for HRC, IF she’s the nominee. I ‘fear’ if we say that often enough, then all the individual utterances will merge into one big wave of acceptance and inevitability.”

              egg.sack.lee

        • 52 Judith Fardig
          April 13, 2015 at 2:33 pm

          That’s my plan, too, VC. There is so much we can do to support President Obama for the rest of his term. Right now, tweet or call Democrats to back President Obama on the Iran Deal.

  5. April 13, 2015 at 9:05 am

    got through 3 episodes of Daredevil in Netflix.

    IT’S WONDERFUL!!!!

  6. April 13, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  7. 58 jackiegrumbacher
    April 13, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Morning. This is going to be a wild week. Not only is it full of Democratic meetings and obligations, but we’re getting new flooring in two rooms, which means packing up and moving furniture, including my computer, printer, etc. So life will be chaotic, but hopefully all will be worth it in the end.

    • April 13, 2015 at 9:22 am

      My other used to say, “You have to mess up to fix up.” So true, is t it? Hope everything goes smoothly!

    • April 13, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Yikes, Jackie – I have a similar week ahead, a major major major clear-out of stuff, including the debris from the collapsed trees that is still in the garden 😳 I even took the week off work to get it done, so if it’s incomplete at the end of the week I will howl.

      • 63 jackiegrumbacher
        April 13, 2015 at 9:31 am

        Chips, I hope you aren’t going to clear trees on your own. Do you have help? equipment? I know you have super powers as an installer (now that you put together your bed) but tree clearance? You’d have to be Wonder Woman to do that. Um…you’re not WW are you?

        • April 13, 2015 at 9:41 am

          Sorry Jackie, I was just busy lassoing Danny

          I have help! So, promise, I won’t be dropping in to TOD all week reporting on my latest injuries. The trees are all chopped up so my brother-in-law is meant to be collecting them for their stove thingie, I’m getting rid of the broken fences, branches, etc. About time too, they’re there for over a year!!

  8. 65 Linda
    April 13, 2015 at 9:12 am

    So Marco Rubio skips the first day back to Congress after 14 day vacation to announce that he WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT of the United States of America ?

    Hilarious.

  9. 69 Dudette
    April 13, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Off to face the rain and the traffic! Try to have a good day y’all!

  10. 70 jackiegrumbacher
    April 13, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I hope Firefox doesn’t mind, but I’m bringing over his important post from last night because it’s its wise, sensible, and empathetic. In 2008, the animosity between Obama/Hillary supporters caused some to leave our local Democratic Party with bitter feelings and we can’t afford to have that happen again. I think Firefox makes an important distinction between HRC supporters and HRC herself. Like Firefox, I hope with all my heart that other candidates enter the race to give voters a choice and to force Hillary to defend her positions. But I know how critical it’s going to be to present a united front if we’re going to defeat the billions of dollars that are going to be flowing into Republican coffers and restore a Democratic Congress.

    FoxfireTX
    April 13, 2015 at 1:56 am

    I managed to stay away from my computer for most of the day, which is good. It is going to be long time until 2016. A couple of thoughts.

    First, I thought HRC’s rollout was much better this time around. She made it about the electorate rather than herself. In comparison to 2007, it was a huge improvement.

    Second, this is HER rollout and I would not expect her to talk about PBO in that context. She is the candidate, and she deserves her time. She is going to be getting enough shit from the Rs, she doesn’t need it from us when it isn’t justified. And frankly I would be very surprised if she distanced herself too much from PBO, because we are out there and she and her campaign team know it.

    Third, they need to work hard on getting their supporters under control, but we all know from experience you only have so much control over them. Hell, PBO can’t get Chuck Schumer under control! We can’t blame her for every idiotic thing they say or do, and we shouldn’t be surprised at pushback. Look how upset we get about digs at PBO, and there is no reason to think her supporters don’t feel the same.

    Fourth, I sincerely hope some other candidates enter the race. She needs the challenge and the practice, and hopefully they will mover her to the left.

    Fifth, I sincerely hope that with the number of O team members they have on staff they will follow the same procedures for getting out voters, registering new voters, etc that we all did for PBO.

    Finally, I will not be pounding the pavement or phones for Hillary the way I did for PBO, but I will support her or whoever wins the nomination. There simply is too much at stake to run the risk of an R occupying the WH. We CANNOT let that happen, for PBO’s legacy if for no other reason. That also means we can’t contribute to huge divides among the Ds or it will jeopardize D turnout. And I need think we need to use some of PBO’s empathy here. It is OK that her supporters feel about her the way we do about PBO, and we have to give them latitude for feeling that way. Hell, we need those supporters to get out to do the things so many of us did last time around. In the meantime, I am going to enjoy the rest of the days that I wake up with PBO as our president. He has much that he wants to accomplish yet, and I intend to enjoy every minute of it rather than worrying about Hillary:-)

    • April 13, 2015 at 9:32 am

      That’s outstanding Jackie, thanks a million for bringing Foxfire’s comment over, will include it in R&S.

      • 72 nospin
        April 13, 2015 at 1:19 pm

        can you also include vcprezofan2’s point?

        vcprezofan2
        April 13, 2015 at 9:32 am

        I hear you and I know by now you have a wacky sense of humour which can be fun at times. 😀

        Not to belabour the point, but I will say here truthfully that I am a bit nervous that so many of us keep saying we’ll vote for HRC, IF she’s the nominee. I ‘fear’ if we say that often enough, then all the individual utterances will merge into one big wave of acceptance and inevitability. My thinking is that it’s a given that many Dems will vote for the nominee, but IMO it’s way, way too soon for all of us here to repeatedly repeat 😉 this bit of resignation.

    • 73 desertflower
      April 13, 2015 at 9:34 am

      This a gazillion times:) Thanks, Foxfire for this reasoned thought. Thank you, jackieg, for bringing it over:) This is exactly the way I feel about all this…Nutshell. Morning, everyone:) Chips…maybe you could highlight this post sometime….lots of us need to read it to keep perspective.

    • 80 57andfemale
      April 13, 2015 at 9:43 am

      Excellent, Jackie.

    • 81 criquet
      April 13, 2015 at 9:46 am

      GM all.

      Not to throw cold water on anything you said and I do agree but it should also be noted (as many on Twitter have ) that with the exception of her logo, the change in HRC’s approach and presentation are somewhat reminiscent of PBO and likely due to all the Obama people she has hired.

      Hopefully it will continue.

    • April 13, 2015 at 9:53 am

      M Foxfire…

      thank you for your thoughts…

      The President has done so much and brought us so far…yet the DEMs go out of their way to Dis him and try to erase his accomplishments…Hillary’s roll out continued that….ending her video by saying that America Needs a Champion…as if the President has not been a champion…

      her PuMAS took note of that and proceeded to do the same…… Planned Parenthood stated that now we will have a champion for women and women’s health…grrrrrrr

      i understand about not contributing to the divide or depressing the vote…and i will do my best to always keep the long view in mind

      i will do as you do…enjoy the time we have left with our President…and i have un-followed a few folks…just to keep my own sanity

  11. 84 JER
    April 13, 2015 at 9:52 am

  12. April 13, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Please get going, Martin.

  13. April 13, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Good morning TOD folks! And a special ray of sunshine for the lady at the top. Congrats Dudette☀️

  14. 95 JER
    April 13, 2015 at 10:10 am

  15. 98 Linda
    April 13, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Does Marco Rubio realize his slogan is a reference to PNAC ?

    ” New American Century ” . That won’t go unnoticed for sure.


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