Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama, wearing a bow tie similar to Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, tapes a message regarding the justice’s retirement in the Map Room of the White House, May 14, 2010 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)


Today (all times Eastern)

10:20: The President departs the White House

10:50: Arrives Camp David

11:15: Begins working sessions and lunch with Gulf leaders

5:0: Holds a press conference

5:55: Departs Camp David

6:25: Arrives White House


On This Day: President Obama holds a bobblehead doll of himself in the Outer Oval Office, May 14, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)



133 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. 9 Don
    May 14, 2015 at 8:18 am

    President Obama looks like F.O.I. Fruit of Islam.

  2. 13 Roberta in MN
    May 14, 2015 at 8:18 am

    GM Chips

  3. May 14, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Good morning ALL!
    Congratulations Don.
    Have a great day everyone!
    Our President IS the smartest man in the room.

  4. May 14, 2015 at 8:25 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Congrats Sire Don on #1 🙂 Happy Thursday everyone!

  5. May 14, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Good morning, Obots!!

    The Senate should proceed to votes on TPA today. Let’s hope the fixes are approved.

  6. 20 Dudette
    May 14, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Howdy TOD!

  7. 23 amk for obama
    May 14, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Iran, here we come.

  8. 26 jackiegrumbacher
    May 14, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Morning. Our President looks adorable in that bow tie, but then he always does. If the TPP votes take place today, there are going to be a lot of people with egg on their faces. Such a charming look.

  9. May 14, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Thursday morning. Congrats Don, on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope you have a deliriously gorgeous day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States if America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  10. 28 jackiegrumbacher
    May 14, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Mark Knoller let us down yesterday by failing to share last night’s menu for the Gulf leaders.

  11. 30 Dudette
    May 14, 2015 at 8:42 am

  12. May 14, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  13. 32 Dudette
    May 14, 2015 at 8:46 am

  14. May 14, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Good Morning Chips & Everyone, beautiful day here in Georgia already. I have 9 guests ( friends an family ) coming for the weekend, a belated celebration of my birthday so not sure how much time I will have for twitter. They will be here til Sunday, first two are arriving this afternoon. Its a yearly thing and we always have such a great time. I hope all of you have a great weekend even though its only Thursday. Might not make it here tomorrow. Yes, and thank goodness Barack Obama is still president of USA!

  15. 37 Dudette
    May 14, 2015 at 8:49 am

  16. 38 amk for obama
    May 14, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Australian pet python has BBQ tongs surgically removed.


    I can post the pic, if you wish. Just say the word.

  17. May 14, 2015 at 8:55 am

    • 48 amk for obama
      May 14, 2015 at 9:01 am

      but, TPP !!!!!

    • 49 Vicki
      May 14, 2015 at 9:53 am

      Yes, and according to Calculated Risk, an economic blog I read, unemployment rate went down one point from last week
      If it goes down 2 more points, it will be the Lowest unemployment in USA for 40 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      40 years. Longer than some of us here at TOD have been born. That’s what the socialist kenyan muslim has done to america. impeach.

  18. 50 desertflower
    May 14, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Morning everyone! Been in and out…mostly lurking because, workingmyassoffandhavenotime. Anyway…this might be something to keep handy. Richard Mayhew over at BJ does a great job picking apart and explaining healthcare issues. I guess Tom Price has come out with HIS version of healthcare…it ain’t worth squat, but they have to pretend they care about real people not just big money corporations and donors…


    Is it raining in SoCal???

    • 51 desertflower
      May 14, 2015 at 9:12 am

      OH! And that freaking flag pin!! I HATE IT! I seriously don not remember any of the screamers wearing a flag pin on every piece of clothing they own! So annoying to me….

    • 52 amk for obama
      May 14, 2015 at 9:16 am

      workingmyassoffandhavenotime – Is that some kinda new video game?

    • 54 GGail
      May 14, 2015 at 9:19 am

      Good morning DF. Lite rain in some areas 😊

      • 55 desertflower
        May 14, 2015 at 9:23 am

        I hope it picks up for all of you. Hope it rains down like the business end of something! Nice soaking rains for a couple of days…not the gully washer kind that would cause mudslides. Don’t want to trade one problem for another:) Morning to you, GGail….

    • 57 Betsy
      May 14, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      It started raining in my neck of the woods (near San Pedro) about half an hour ago and it is still raining!!!!!! 😀 😀

  19. May 14, 2015 at 9:13 am

    black twitter for the win.

    I literally am LMAO


    Naserati ‏@Nazzy91 2m2 minutes ago
    Ben Carson’s teeth fell out trying to eat grits. 😭😭 A black man got rejected by a plate of grits… The ancestors have spoken.

    @Natural_OneDurr Ben Carson’s teeth decided they wanna be separate but equal to his mouth on this fine Wednesday

    @MatthewACherry: Ben Carson lost his teeth in a plate of grits. First Zimmerman than this. Karma is on a roll this week boy I tell you.

    Bruschetta Jenner ‏@singerboi3890
    Ben Carson’s own teeth couldn’t even handle the nonsense that was coming out of his mouth.

    I am Solo. ‏@SoloExMachina
    Ben Carson’s teeth need to pull themselves up by their bootstraps smh

  20. 61 GGail
    May 14, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  21. May 14, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Richard Mayhew over at BJ has two posts up about the ACA. I have learned more about healthcare from him than I ever did from the MSM.



    Rebuilding the stool
    Posted by Richard Mayhew at 7:34 am .
    May 14, 2015

    PPACA is said to be a three legged stool. The first leg is expanding coverage by restricting underwriting to be limited by age, geography and smoking status. Insurance companies can not turn people away due to their medical history or projected future medical cost risk. This leg of the stool makes insurance available to everyone. It also makes insurance more expensive.

    The next two legs of the stool address the cost problem. The next leg is subsidies to enable people to afford the more expansive and thus more expensive insurance. This allows relatively healthy people to look at their post-subsidy costs and believe that they are getting a good deal from a personal finance point of view. The other leg of the stool is the mandate penalty which does two things. The first it encourages the marginal deciders who are on average healthy and low cost users to buy a policy as the net cost savings of not having a policy won’t be too large. Secondly, the mandate penalty/tax funds some of the emergency care that people who opt-out will use over the course of the year. It eliminates some of the free rider problem.

    The mandate is not perfect in eliminating free riders nor moving all people onto the Exchanges as there are numerous exemptions and a number of special snowflakes who don’t think they’ll ever get sick until they do. The recent South Carolina handyman going blind is a good example of such a special snowflake. Shit happens, and insurance helps clean up. As long as the mandate moves enough people who are relatively healthy and relatively reluctant to buy an ACA policy without the final kick in the pants of paying something for nothing instead of something for something, it will work to keep the risk pools healthy enough to keep net premiums down.

    The analogy is right but the details are wrong on the last part. That last leg has to be a participation enforcement mechanism that gets healthy people into the pool. An individual mandate is a type of participation enforcement mechanism but it is not the only one. If there is a negative ruling in King v Burwel giving up the individual mandate and replacing it with two or three year contracts with very limited open enrollment.


  22. 64 Dudette
    May 14, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Don’t know if this legit, but love it just the same. ❤

  23. May 14, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Post 2 from Mayhew about a Republican Proposal


    Analyzing the Price plan Part 1

    Posted by Richard Mayhew at 8:34 am
    May14, 2015

    Time to start reading through Republican healthcare policy plans again as they are coming out in droves. These plans have massive distributional, operational, financial and moral implications. I’ll start looking at Rep. Tom Price’s plan HR 2300. Today, I’ll describe the basic workings. I’ll look at the distributional impact of the subsidies compared to current baseline tomorrow.

    Price’s plan first repeals everything associated with the medical side of Obamacare, so the student loan reform stays in place. This means a full repeal of the three legged stool of community rating, subsidies and mandate, it means re-allowing insurers to discriminate based on health status, it means the rates for a medically underwritten 64 year old could be a dozen times higher than the rates for a medically underwritten 19 year old male. Medicaid expansion disappears. It is a reversion to 2009 status quo.

    So how does he “solve” the health insurance problem? Why with tax deferred savings vehicles — they do everything but solve the actual problem.

    The next chunk is a refundable tax credit that varies on age as he contends age is a simpler criteria than income. This has interesting distributional effects. In the name of Freedumb, he allows people who have Medicare, VA, Tricare or other government health care to decline that high actuarial value care to shop for their own individual coverage with their inadequate tax credits.

    Everyone then gets a $1,000 one time deposit to a new HSA. HSAs are further enhanced within the tax code and high deductible health plans are renamed HSA eligible health plans (a critical policy achievement here). HSA contribution limits are increased to IRA contribution limits.


  24. 71 Dudette
    May 14, 2015 at 9:31 am

    What’s that saying? “… Is the color…”
    Oh never mind I can’t remember. 😉

  25. 72 MightyPamela
    May 14, 2015 at 9:31 am

  26. 73 amk for obama
    May 14, 2015 at 9:32 am

  27. 75 Dudette
    May 14, 2015 at 9:34 am

    She’s outta there!

  28. May 14, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Can’t. Stop. Laughing.

    These guys never learn!

  29. 84 JER
    May 14, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

  30. 86 Dudette
    May 14, 2015 at 9:52 am

    R O F L!!!! Oh it hurts! 😀

  31. May 14, 2015 at 9:52 am

    The sausage factory stuff behind the Dems position on trade:

    Schumer at Center of Democrats’ Trade Drama


    And I’m glad to see that it was Sherrod Brown who pushed for bundling all 4 bills into one and he FAILED big time.

  32. 92 desertflower
    May 14, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Did Ben Carson’s teeth really fall out? I miss all the fun.

    • 93 Don
      May 14, 2015 at 10:39 am

      From what I heard they either came out when he was eating or when he was talking to someone. It reminded me of Jeff Goldblum’s Character in the “The Fly”.

      • 94 0388jojothecat
        May 14, 2015 at 11:57 am

        You mean he is turning into mulch? How does one lose a tooth eating scrambled eggs? You would think someone like him would notice his teeth are loose. If you can’t take care of your body, seeing a dentist regularly how the hell can you run the United States of America?

    • 95 arapaho415
      May 14, 2015 at 10:41 am

      GM DF, 100% chance of rain forecast here today! Woot!!!

      Probably on it’s way to your neck of the woods for the weekend…

      IMHO, TMI:

    May 14, 2015 at 10:05 am


  34. 97 amk for obama
    May 14, 2015 at 10:05 am

  35. May 14, 2015 at 10:15 am

    EricFive for the win!

    Re: TPP

    He was spot on. McConnell caved and the Dems rallied to support President Obama – thus far. Of course the title is bullshit and you have to read a little ways down to see that the Dems didn’t vote for the measure because of McConnell. But we all know the MSM sucks and should be swept out with the trash.


  36. 99 Linda
    May 14, 2015 at 10:25 am


    Tammy Baldwin is ” worried ” about what a trade deal would do to the residents of Wisconsin….

    I think a bigger threat to the workers of Wisconsin is what her own Governors has done to them.

    How tone deaf can she be….He made Wisconsin a Right to Work state and stripped away any worker protections that were in place.

    • 100 Roberta in MN
      May 14, 2015 at 10:28 am

      You know they have to come up with something. Gawd I hate all this shit that is going on right now. They are all playing to their little bit of space and forgetting the big picture of the whole USA and the world. Ignorant assholes.

    • 101 Don
      May 14, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Forget about the trade deal, she should have been worried when the Governor was DP’ing Wisconsin.

  37. 102 Roberta in MN
    May 14, 2015 at 10:29 am


  38. 103 Linda
    May 14, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Rand Paul Prefers to Let the Refugees We Created in Iraq Suffer and Die

    We won the war in Iraq, why would we be giving political asylum to people to come from a country where we won the war? It’s one thing if you’re trying to escape Castro or trying to escape communism in Russia or Vietnam or somewhere else or China, I can understand asylum, but when you win the war, why would you give people asylum? And if the 60,000 coming here are friends of the West, wouldn’t you want that 60,000 to be in Iraq helping to form a better country over there?

    If you let the better people, the people who like the United States leave and come here, then aren’t you diminishing the numbers of folks that would make that country a better place to live? So I think the whole idea of resettling 60,000 people from Iraq over here was a mistake. But I also think that the refugee program as well as the student visa program are some of the highest risks for us to be attacked.


    Republicans are INSANE !

    • 104 amk for obama
      May 14, 2015 at 10:37 am

      The clueless nut (we won the war???) simultaneously thinks they are better people (whatever that means) as well as terrists. Amazing how the dems keep losing to such lunatics.

  39. 105 Linda
    May 14, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Woot !

    Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) announced on Thursday that he will run for Senate in 2016.


    Bye Bye Ron Johnson………

  40. 108 57andfemale
    May 14, 2015 at 10:40 am

  41. 109 amk for obama
    May 14, 2015 at 10:40 am

  42. 110 arapaho415
    May 14, 2015 at 10:46 am

    What a clownshow, fueled by our ridiculous MSM.

    This article outlines the headaches facing GOP trying to decide on debate participants, LOL:
    “There are 19 Republicans seriously considering launching campaigns for president, and 10 numbers on a phone. That causes a big problem for pollsters using automated polling technology, one of the most common forms of public polling.

    Thus, when GOP officials gather in Arizona this week to tackle the vexing question of how to decide which candidates are allowed to participate in party-sanctioned debates, they won’t be able to easily fall back on the most logical way to winnow the field: polling.”

    Hoping for monsoon of biblical proportions in AZ, stranding these fools in one place for a long time (locals are resilient enough to cope with extreme weather):

  43. 112 JER
    May 14, 2015 at 10:54 am

  44. May 14, 2015 at 10:54 am

  45. 123 Dakota
    May 14, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Good Morn-ting TOD Family!

    Thank you so much Chips for the great photo of our President. It certainly brightened my day. It just tickles me to know that no matter what, Barack Obama always comes out the winner. Love what happened with the trade deal and love observing the heads of smoking hair left in the aftermath.

    Today’s loser so far…Ben Carson. When a black man’s teeth fall out in a plate of grits…

    On another note, tomorrow’s my birthday and hubby really came through this year all by his lonesome. I’m getting a spa day! Yippee!!!

    • 124 57andfemale
      May 14, 2015 at 11:03 am

      Happy Birthday a day early! Oh, hell, celebrate all month! A spa day is the perfect gift from Mr. Dakota.

      • 125 Dakota
        May 14, 2015 at 11:08 am

        Thanks 57! This really is a perfect gift. He came up with it with no prodding from me, so that makes it special. I think I’ll take your advice and celebrate all month. Sounds good to me!

        • 126 57andfemale
          May 14, 2015 at 11:12 am

          I love when they figure it out for themselves. It doesn’t happen all the time……Have a great day.

    • 127 Don
      May 14, 2015 at 11:07 am

      The only black Republican running for office and the guy can’t outfox a bowl of grits. Please somebody; keep him away from the oxtails.

      • 128 Dakota
        May 14, 2015 at 11:11 am

        LOL! If he can’t handle a bowl of grits, definitely no oxtails for him!

      • 129 57andfemale
        May 14, 2015 at 11:13 am

        And please, don’t let him anywhere near a scalpel. Apparently he has already given up the only good he’s ever done. Maybe he left a set of dentures in someone’s chest?

    • 130 Don
      May 14, 2015 at 11:10 am

      Can you imagine what the other Republicans are saying about him, this (fill in the blank) can’t even eat a bowl of grits.

    • 131 Dudette
      May 14, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      Woot! Early Happy Birthday Dakota!
      Nice going Mr. Dakota! [fist bump and a hi-five] ;/)

  46. 133 JER
    May 14, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Here is the menu from last night.

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