Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama hugs First Lady Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.,Sept. 6, 2012



153 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. September 6, 2015 at 8:46 am

    ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. 5 Don
    September 6, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Good Morning TOD, congrats on being first amk, Iโ€™m sure you were given a heads up. I have no proof of this course but I feel it in my bones.

  3. 6 Don
    September 6, 2015 at 8:52 am

    I hope all you soccer fans had a chance to watch real football yesterday.

      • 8 99ts
        September 6, 2015 at 9:23 am

        Speaking of football as it should be played – I just watched an interview of Michael Parkinson (probably somewhat out of date) & it seems his favorite ever person to interview (and afterwards a close friend) was George Best – what memories.

        • September 6, 2015 at 9:31 am

          Ah, I can remember seeing old interviews he did with Best, he just adored him – his brilliance and his vulnerability, and his rascal-ness! Best interviewer ever, loved Parky!

          • 10 99ts
            September 6, 2015 at 9:45 am

            He comes across rather well as the interviewee as well ๐Ÿ™‚ Son of a coal miner – whose mother hated the life of a miner’s wife – some amazing life experiences – without the interviews – but he smiled when talking about George.

  4. 11 vcprezofan2
    September 6, 2015 at 8:54 am

    What a Sunday morning hug!! It *is* Sunday* right? A hug like that would sure shake me right up!

    Greetings folks! I’m feeling a little blurry-eyed, so excuse me if I get the day wrong. ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. 12 vcprezofan2
    September 6, 2015 at 8:56 am

    /squinting/ Amk, #isthatuupthere? Well, I never!

  6. 13 amk for obama
    September 6, 2015 at 8:58 am

    A couple drove down a country road for several miles, not saying a word. An earlier discussion had led to an argument and neither of them wanted to concede their position. As they passed a barnyard of mules, goats, and pigs, the husband asked sarcastically,

    “Relatives of yours?”

    “Yep,” the wife replied, “in-laws.”


  7. September 6, 2015 at 9:13 am

    WHOAAAA. Somebody got the message!

    DWS is voting for the Iran deal!!!

      • September 6, 2015 at 9:16 am

        Inorite? I’m on my iPad & can’t get my link function to pop but its on the twitter machine

      • September 6, 2015 at 9:29 am

        She is using the “there is no better alternative” ….”I spoke to the P5+1 Ambassadors and sanctions would fall apart” ….and she completely shot down the B.S. AP report about Iran self-sanctioning…”I was in the Situation Room 20x and if that report was true I was a NO….I got top secret briefings and it is not true” ….she now broke into tears after Jake Tapper said that many Jews will say “she sold out Israel” …she ended by saying she spoke to President Obama last night and that solidified her support.

        • September 6, 2015 at 9:31 am

          Wow, thanks a million for that LP. She actually cried??

          • September 6, 2015 at 9:41 am

            Asshole Jake Tapper tried to make her feel like shit and said “many Jews will say you sold out Israel”…. she said I’m first Jewish woman elected to congress in FL, I wrote an op-ed talking about my Jewish heart, I’m a Jewish mother and it is very important to me the concept of door-to-door, generation-to-generation. There is nothing more important to me as Jew that Israel’s existence is there throughout our generations…I’m confident that the process I’ve gone through to reach this decision is one that will make sure that Israel will be there forever….and there is no better way than approving this deal….most importantly I had the privilege of speaking with President Obama to ensure an enhanced security package to guarantee that….”

            • September 6, 2015 at 9:45 am

              Tapper really must be one of the worst pro-Israel shills in the media, and that’s saying something. Terrific summary LP – damn, I wish I had you with me at college lectures ๐Ÿ˜•

              • September 6, 2015 at 9:55 am

                I hated Tapper when he was a grandstanding d-bag at ABC (they replaced him with a even bigger dick J. Karl) He has been trying to prove he is not a Democrat ever since he got on T.V…..he dated Monica Lewinsky and worked for then D Congresswoman Margolies….who’s vote for Bill Clinton’s budget cost her the next election, and who’s son later married Chelsea Clinton!

                I promise you wouldn’t want me for your lectures…Nerdy is the crรจme de la crรจme when it comes to being a “court stenographer” ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

            • 34 99ts
              September 6, 2015 at 9:48 am

              Nothing like a reporter wanting to bring down the administration. He could have said “Many Jews will thank you for helping to bring peace to the middle east”. WHPC should be disbanded.

            • September 6, 2015 at 9:53 am

              Thank you so much, LP. Tapper is a very big jerk. I guess that’s why he keeps getting promoted.

            • 36 vcprezofan2
              September 6, 2015 at 10:49 am

              I’m just rereading the thread [to catch missed portions, you know ๐Ÿ˜‰ ].

              Debbie had privilege of speaking with President Obama (*that’s always been the case*) to ENSURE an enhanced security package to GUARANTEE thatโ€ฆ.โ€ << HahahaHA.Ha! **gimme a break, Debbie! You are so full of yourself it's nauseating!* "I'm confident that the process I've…." Ha-ha-hahaha! Her comments would be cute if they didn't further lay bare he cluelessness! I think I'd best skip this thread because every time I see her comments, remember her pomposity towards, and lackluster service on behalf of, our president I see red. Kind of like my gut reaction to Bibi and in Debbie's case it wasn't like that until recently. {Closing my eyes and moving away from this thread}

            • September 6, 2015 at 11:21 am

              I feel her compassion for the Jewish homeland…but has she really taken a look at what the Jewish homeland has become…it is racist…warmongering…more and more RW…and what it continues to do to the Palestinian People is inhumane…this is where Jews like DWS need to be speaking out against…to take a stand for Freedom…Equality …(they would have a strong voice)….not to browbeat Americans to accept whatever Israel is dishing out….

        • September 6, 2015 at 9:34 am

          Thx, LP. Wow, some major drama going on behind the scenes. Would love to know what PBO had to say.

          • September 6, 2015 at 9:44 am

            NP, Meta. I tried to transcribe what PBO conveyed to her “In her own words” in a reply to Chips (above)….Hopefully there will be video/transcript that is posted shortly.

            • September 6, 2015 at 11:23 am

              i am always amazed at her kind of comments…how after almost 7 years…does she not know the President…that one conversation with him was enough to reassure her…i mean how many conversations has the chair of the DNC had with the President…give me a break

    • September 6, 2015 at 9:14 am

      Oh, and good morning, TODville!!

    • 42 hopefruit2
      September 6, 2015 at 9:17 am


      Meta, please tell us that this is not a “September-fools” joke! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 43 amk for obama
        September 6, 2015 at 9:19 am

        Exclusive: Debbie Wasserman Schultz backs Iran nuclear deal


        That’ll be 100 bucks please.

      • September 6, 2015 at 9:21 am

        I’m in complete shock myself. I think she knew that her job was in the line………?!

        • 48 hopefruit2
          September 6, 2015 at 9:24 am

          You know meta, I did find it a bit odd when I received two emails in succession yesterday, one from the DNC and another from DWS…(I have not received emails from these two in months, since I unsubscribed to many of those email lists).

          I found myself wondering what was up…

          • 49 vcprezofan2
            September 6, 2015 at 9:48 am

            My evil twin noted the bit about ‘she ended by saying she spoke to President Obama last night and that solidified her support’ and my evil twin put her own preferred interpretation on it. Ergo, PBO told her to get her butt in line or put her resignation on his desk! She could have spoken to PBO anytime these last few weeks – we all know he made himself and his knowledgeable staff availabIe for anyone needing clarification! And she could have done so on the quiet (have I said lately I hate Dems who air disagreements with this particular president via MSM? I hate them because he has been the most open prezzy ever)!

            In short, I am glad her vote is on the right side BUT she gets no pats from me because she delivered a *dirty* vote., one which, in this instance reveals her true lack of commitment to the democratic big picture. [rant on hiatus]

            • 50 99ts
              September 6, 2015 at 9:51 am

              And would have been nice if she had told Tapper to take a jump – rather than cry about her jewish heart.

              • 51 vcprezofan2
                September 6, 2015 at 10:00 am

                TS, I cannot explain the anger I have in my heart towards her after this round of wimpishness on her part re PBO’s plans! I thought I had put it away last night before going to bed but just seeing her name and hearing she was doing a weepy routine in media brought it back full force. I have no respect left for her!

              • 53 vcprezofan2
                September 6, 2015 at 11:29 am

                Morning, Pf! [I don’t know what has come over me between last night and today, Pf, but I’m tamping it down now…hard. :/ ]

                • September 6, 2015 at 11:31 am

                  nawwwww…keep it up….i like it….smiling here in Willow Grove….

                  • 55 vcprezofan2
                    September 6, 2015 at 11:54 am

                    {{Pf}}. They make me so mad….and sad too. She’s crying on TV because she couldn’t make up her mind to support PBO on a very straightforward deal that any thinking person should see makes sense at this point in time for both U.S and Israel, on different levels maybe.

                    She has *no idea* that some of us cry genuine tears each time we see how the most sensible things Barack does are picked apart, derided and credit given elsewhere when they deliver. Over and over again! PBO is the very best of my people I’ve seen on the public stage under continued and unrelenting, and oftentimes vindictive, scrutiny for years now. I’ve said this here before, when you cannot give him benefit of the doubt after all his accomplishments, you cut at the very heart of me. I read this as you telling me that *I* am less than nothing in your eyes, because PBO is so much more than I am! That hurts! And every time they do it, especially those who are supposed to be a part of his team, those who can easily see him and sort things out with him, who can and should form a united front with him, it hardens something inside.

    • 58 Don
      September 6, 2015 at 9:17 am

      Is that right?!?!

      • September 6, 2015 at 9:19 am

        Maybe the VP got to her?!

        • September 6, 2015 at 9:24 am

          She is on with Tapper explaining her ‘yes’ vote, Meta.

          • 61 99ts
            September 6, 2015 at 9:27 am

            Wish they could just say – I agree with the President and his team.

          • 63 vcprezofan2
            September 6, 2015 at 9:51 am

            And, BTW, why haven’t the Republicans been asked to explain their ‘no’ votes? Why is the emphasis always and only placed on the Democrats to ‘explain themselves’? Yes, I know I don’t want them on the TV spreading lies, but it’s the principle of the thing! Grrrr. And I woke up in such a *good* mood, and this is supposed to be good news!

            • 64 99ts
              September 6, 2015 at 9:52 am

              US media – in particular the WHPC vc – they NEVER call out the GOP.

            • September 6, 2015 at 12:16 pm

              “And, BTW, why havenโ€™t the Republicans been asked to explain their โ€˜noโ€™ votes?” …..that would require an objective news media, VC!

              • 68 vcprezofan2
                September 6, 2015 at 12:20 pm

                Maybe that’s the next issue the twitter brigade should target this week (while the discussion continues and Congress returns to the floor). It’s unlikely we’ll get satisfaction but they may at least become more aware that many see and are disgruntled by MSM’s partisan approach to the news. [Yea, yea, I dream. ]

                • September 6, 2015 at 12:24 pm

                  I think you answered your own question….[Yea, yea, I dream.]

                  It is always good to set lofty goals, VC ๐Ÿ™‚

                  • 70 vcprezofan2
                    September 6, 2015 at 12:28 pm

                    ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ And so much easier than trying to move them towards fruition. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s only one of the reasons I love PBO – he moves his dreams #FORWARD!

        • 71 99ts
          September 6, 2015 at 9:26 am

          Sounds like the answer meta

    • 72 57andfemale
      September 6, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      I’m going to faint!!!!!

  8. 73 hopefruit2
    September 6, 2015 at 9:18 am

    I got so caught up in meta’s post that I forgot my manners….

    G’morning to Chips, TOD, lurkers, and congrats Mr. amk on #1! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Sunday everyone!

  9. 74 hopefruit2
    September 6, 2015 at 9:27 am

    So VP Biden did his magic…(why am I not surprised)

  10. 75 No Child Left Behind
    September 6, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Good Morning TODVille!

    Happy Sunday!

  11. 76 99ts
    September 6, 2015 at 9:28 am

    gm TOD – almost Monday here – and no holiday – then again – I’m retired – lots of holidays ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. 78 hopefruit2
    September 6, 2015 at 9:30 am

  13. 83 No Child Left Behind
    September 6, 2015 at 9:31 am

  14. 84 desertflower
    September 6, 2015 at 9:32 am

    WOW…DWS managed to surprise me first thing in the morning! Guess her Jewish heart told her to do the right thing…Good for her. That wasn’t so hard.
    Son figured out last night that all the crap about being about to drink at 21 wasn’t all it was cracked up to be:) I’m guessing he’ll puke again when he has to clean up that mess he made in his room…and all over his bed. Remember those days? Hope this was his lesson….

    • 85 Don
      September 6, 2015 at 9:43 am

      Desertflower, I’m 48 and I’m still leaning lessons, we’re men, we don’t learn so easily.

      • 86 desertflower
        September 6, 2015 at 9:51 am

        I hear you:) He was so responsible though…he left his car at home and had his sister bring him out…she drove him home and got him to bed it would seem. She left me a note on the counter letting me know that he’d need some Advil this morning:) and that he had to work this afternoon….happy they understood I was dead serious about not driving after they drink…good job:) Gonna be a long day at work for him feeling like his body is separate from his head:)

    • 87 mtmarilyn
      September 6, 2015 at 10:02 am

      Oh DF, I remember when my sons turned 21. I made them clean up their own messes too. They had to learn everything has consequences. Hope he had a fun birthday anyway.

      Have a great day. Off to church.

  15. 95 donna dem 4 obama
    September 6, 2015 at 9:35 am

    GM TOD. I see you all are all over it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 96 Vicki
      September 6, 2015 at 10:17 am

      Good morning, Donna and TOD.
      I am just getting this excellent news.
      DWS on board!!
      Iran Deal signed sealed and delivered, I believe.

  16. 97 Don
    September 6, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Thanks Deb, but you still gotta go.

  17. 98 amk for obama
    September 6, 2015 at 9:43 am

    via bj

    GoFundMe says GFY to kim davis


  18. 99 donna dem 4 obama
    September 6, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Boy oh Boy, I know polls are polls and can be wrong but it certainly appears that the media has been successful (as I predicted last year) in tearing Hillary down. Those poll numbers this morning out of NH are dismal for her. I’m not a news watcher as you all know but I have Sirrus radio in my car and when I am traveling and commuting during the day I have on either progressive radio or cnn or msnbc and all I can say is that cable and the MSM have been relentless this summer going after her about that (IMO) bogus email scandal. It has been daily and non stop 24/7. It’s amazing to watch how the press is able to take Dems down while glorifying and giving constant free press to a two bit reality show carnival barker who has mastered how to play the press on a daily basis. No fan of hers but if they can do it to her they will do it to Sanders, or VP Joe or any other candidate we put up. And the funny thing is that this was all so predicable. Unfortunately, I’m finding myself becoming more and more cynical of the democratic process each and everyday.

      September 6, 2015 at 10:07 am


    • 101 hopefruit2
      September 6, 2015 at 10:15 am

      Part of the issue is the DNC and their poor scheduling of debates. They are trying to protect HRC to crown her the Dem nominee, but instead it’s backfiring.

      The DNC needs to force the public (and of course the media) to listen the DEM message instead of trying to hide in order to protect HRC. The MSM (AKA the Donald Trump media) is having a field day with pushing GOP talking points, while creating “scandal” after useless scandal about HRC, and are going unchallenged.

      • September 6, 2015 at 10:30 am

        Part of it continues to be HRC’s inability to handle these issues in a way that shuts down the mess. Her saying she didn’t think through the whole email thing just doesn’t ring true when you see that she went to the trouble to hire a State Dept employee & paid him on a personal basis to set up a private system. So there some very deliberate planning there for whatever reason. And now this guy is taking the 5th not only with the stupid committee but with the FBI and it turns out he may have been in violation of a State Dept rule about number of hours you can work outside the agency. (She seems to have a pattern and practice of doing this often – a bit of a revolving door btwn business & personal employees overlapping). So now instead of leading all this up, there’s more doubts for the press to latch onto.

        Nothing criminal for her but she can’t get past it and the whole freakin’ party is getting stuck on this nonsense coming from all MSM quarters.

    • 104 joyfulmeme
      September 6, 2015 at 10:15 am

      Actually, they are following the GOP playbook of building up Sanders to tear down Clinton. If they manage to get Clinton out then they will go after Sanders. The MSM seem to be pushing Bush. The talking heads haven’t been tearing him down like they have Clinton and Trump who is in the lead for the GOP.

  19. September 6, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Good Morning, Everyone:)

  20. 106 a4alice
    September 6, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Good Morning TOD. Good to see DWS changed her mind. It’s raining buckets here. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. 107 desertflower
    September 6, 2015 at 9:58 am

    I hate this man. Yes…hate was the word I wanted. Evil incarnate.

  22. 110 carolyn
    September 6, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Good morning everyone….haven’t been posting, but you all know why. It is now six weeks since I lost my beloved, and I am still alive, and working and doing what I’m supposed to do……sometimes can hardly understand how, but I am. I have a lot to live for, I know, and I’m just pressing on. Thanks to all of you for your support and love.

    Just a thought with regard to Hill’s poll numbers: Everyone predicted “Obama fatigue”……that has not happened, but I think we are seeing “Clinton fatigue.” They have been prominent on the national scene since 1990…….that’s a long time. We have followed their tears and triumphs and scandals, until, I think people are worn out. Once again, she was supposed to be inevitable, and once again, the more people see her, the less likely she is to be the candidate. I like Hillary…….admired her for lots of reasons, but I think her time has passed, and the Clintons’ time has passed. This situation is tailor made for our wonderful Joe Biden to step in.

  23. 117 MightyPamela
    September 6, 2015 at 10:08 am


  24. 118 hopefruit2
    September 6, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Venus, Serena and some other. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  28. 136 amk for obama
    September 6, 2015 at 10:31 am

    lweis hamilton wins italian gp comfortably. and of course, “officials” want to disqualify him over tyregate.

  29. 138 desertflower
    September 6, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Perfect! When you are devoid of ideas, this is what you do…and the sheeple will still listen…. (I miss her, too)


  30. 139 desertflower
    September 6, 2015 at 10:40 am

    If anyone is so inclined…because he’s such a good writer…


  31. 146 No Child Left Behind
    September 6, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Worth posting again.

    • 147 Don
      September 6, 2015 at 11:08 am

      If by wrestling with it you mean she could lose her chairpersonship of the DNC if she crossed President Obama, then yes, we has wrestling with it. Yeah, the DNC has a lot of wrestlers.

  32. 148 No Child Left Behind
    September 6, 2015 at 11:06 am

  33. 149 No Child Left Behind
    September 6, 2015 at 11:08 am

    I’ve always maintained that the Wasilla woman didn’t speak English. Who’s correct now?

  34. 152 hopefruit2
    September 6, 2015 at 11:18 am

    So we know that Bush is leading – because the GOP establishment will not allow Trump or Carson to be nominated. Trump’s “outrageousness” are all a ploy to make Jeb seem more “reasonable.” And Carson is also batshit crazy, but most importantly, he’s Black. The GOP/MSM would LOVE another Bush in the WH.

    Meanwhile, what happened to Chris Christy?!?!?

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