Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama views the Hoover Dam during a stop at the 1,900-foot long structure which spans the Colorado River at the Arizona-Nevada border, Oct. 2, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)



The President has no public events scheduled for today – there’s some speculation that he might hold a press conference, we’ll see.


Pete Souza: “Just a really sad day. The President reacts in exasperation while glancing at cable tv coverage of the mass shooting in Oregon today. Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco had just updated him on the situation.

114 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    October 2, 2015 at 8:35 am



  2. 12 99ts
    October 2, 2015 at 8:38 am

    GM amk and Don – guess I’m 3rd

  3. 15 amk for obama
    October 2, 2015 at 8:42 am

    • 16 jackiegrumbacher
      October 2, 2015 at 9:06 am

      AMK, last night you had a wonderful summary of what the crazy caucus has “accomplished” since Boehner was ousted. I was too tired to fully appreciate it then, but it was a winner and I hope you’ll repost it for today.

  4. October 2, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Happy Friday TODers

    Heeeeeya Chips

  5. October 2, 2015 at 8:43 am

  6. 22 amk for obama
    October 2, 2015 at 8:44 am

  7. 23 amk for obama
    October 2, 2015 at 8:44 am

    • 24 jackiegrumbacher
      October 2, 2015 at 9:09 am

      This is truth. If Congress spent 1/1000th percent of attention to sensible gun legislation as it has to Benghazi, we would be a safer and healthier society.

      • 25 amk for obama
        October 2, 2015 at 9:11 am

        If you can’t have a well-regulated militia (wtf were the founders thinking), how about well-regulated guns?

        Tax the mofos, especially the bullets.

        Mandatory insurance for each gun, not each gun owner.

  8. 26 rikyrah
    October 2, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  9. 27 amk for obama
    October 2, 2015 at 8:45 am

  10. 31 amk for obama
    October 2, 2015 at 8:46 am

  11. October 2, 2015 at 8:50 am

    • October 2, 2015 at 9:32 am

      well he got considerable push back on this TRIPE…but this is what our media is….they try to smokescreen the problem by confusing the issue…and creating a false trail….

  12. October 2, 2015 at 8:51 am

  13. October 2, 2015 at 8:51 am

    • 36 jackiegrumbacher
      October 2, 2015 at 9:21 am

      Africa, it’s a sad tragedy of our time that the US has no functioning press at the national level. They have been bought out and told to deliver the corporate/GOP message 24/7. This is one very large contributing factor to the ignorance and narrow-minded prejudice we see in so much of our population. I’ve seen this decline and corruption occur in my lifetime. Slowly and deliberately, the national media has made truth its enemy.

    • 37 criquet
      October 2, 2015 at 9:38 am

      GM all.

      Someone needs to tell Chuck Todd that by his statement he is saying only a Democratic majority will pass gun reform and so thanks for finally saying out loud what everyone knows.In trying to smear the President he has inadvertently spoken a truth.

      PBO had an economy in turmoil and free fall to save, two wars and many other woes and this is the assessment of a facile mind.

      With ridiculous journalists like him, he needs to be hounded by his own words since shame and being wrong over and over again have no effect.

  14. 38 amk for obama
    October 2, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Nutty Professor, aussie version.


  15. 39 amk for obama
    October 2, 2015 at 9:08 am

    can’t imagine unohoo doing that.

  16. 40 Jeff
    October 2, 2015 at 9:14 am

    I just got into it on facebook. Some lady was complaining about the president ‘politicizing this issue and I basically went off on her and went a little too far I guess in calling her a racist. She got furious and said I had no right to say any such thing and my friend tried to browbeat me and say he and her were just upset at the president for using this as an excuse to work on getting this legislation passed and it wasn’t time to politicize the issue and to let the families mourn. I told him this was the excuse of the damned and it’s gotten old. It went south from there as I also brought up that the same sentiments were echoed on Sandyhook and look at what happened. Everybody sat back down and moved on, nothing got done.

    Anyways I am frustrated with people like that who claim one thing and then try to act like they are for something when in reality it’s just an excuse to sit on their ass.

    • 41 57andfemale
      October 2, 2015 at 9:33 am

      These people need to be called on this. We sit down and shut up way too often. Tell them the GOP politicized Benghazi within minutes. This is a shameless excuse to not address our national epidemic of gun violence. And there’s something very twisted about people who go out there minutes after a gun tragedy to defend arsenals in the home and the rights of murderers.

  17. 44 amk for obama
    October 2, 2015 at 9:14 am

    tervor noah on donald dreck. hilarious.

  18. 45 Allison
    October 2, 2015 at 9:15 am

    • 46 Don
      October 2, 2015 at 9:24 am

      Interesting article, I wouldn’t want to be the guy that set that meeting up. I mean I saw Godfather III, just sayin’

    • 47 GGail
      October 2, 2015 at 9:31 am

      Haven’t read the article, but I believe that the Pope had no idea who that woman was and took no position on her situation.

    • October 2, 2015 at 9:32 am

      I’ve never thought that Pope Francis spent one nanosecond familiarizing himself with some twit from Crazytown. He’s being undermined by his minions.

    • 49 57andfemale
      October 2, 2015 at 9:34 am

      So apparently is was some kind of receiving line? Is it possible that St. Kim and her theocratic lawyers LIED? Quelle surprise.

    • 50 Nena20409
      October 2, 2015 at 11:07 am

      I thought as much.
      I held my tongue for the “Secretive nature” as originally described didn’t compute to the publicly known characteristic of Pope Francis. Thank goodness, I didn’t believe the story as was originally reported.

  19. 52 GGail
    October 2, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family. My heart & prayers go out to those grieving today. 💕

  20. October 2, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Friday morning. Congrats Amk, on being FURST this morning.

    To all, I hope you have an absolutely super-fantastic day today. TGIF ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  21. 56 JER
    October 2, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

  22. 60 rikyrah
    October 2, 2015 at 9:34 am

    They only began to care once companies in their districts were like, ‘bye, we’re moving elsewhere.’

    See what happens when it affects THEM?

    Republicans move to revive government bank loathed by conservatives

    The Export-Import Bank has become a flashpoint between GOP leadership and the activist right.

    By Jake Sherman and Lauren French

    10/01/15 03:44 PM EDT

    Updated 10/01/15 04:18 PM EDT

    Supporters of the Export-Import Bank have secured enough Republican support to bring an extension of the agency’s charter to the House floor later this month, according to sources involved in the whipping.

    More than 30 Republicans have signed on to a discharge petition, which would force a vote on reauthorizing the government-backed credit agency. Republicans expect at least a dozen more supporters. The vast majority of Democrats are expected to sign the discharge petition, a rarely invoked procedural maneuver that sidesteps the committee process.

    If the numbers hold, there is nothing the GOP leadership could do to stop a vote on an extension.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/10/export-import-bank-revive-republican-support-214339#ixzz3nPvFfMMl

    • October 2, 2015 at 10:12 am

      this is the work of Leader Pelosi….

    • 62 57andfemale
      October 2, 2015 at 10:48 am

      The Import-Export bank is used to facilitate the selling of American-made goods overseas. There was some conspiracy theory b.s. that circulated the Internet, and the tea baggers got their panties in a twist. Even the Chamber of Commerce and other business entities have been up in arms over this insanity.

      I have a theory: recent soft jobs numbers. In some part the fault of the shelving of the Import-Export bank?

  23. 63 amk for obama
    October 2, 2015 at 9:36 am

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    typical jack booted thugs.

  24. 64 arapaho415
    October 2, 2015 at 9:38 am

    GM TODville.

    Learned about the senseless massacre in Oregon yesterday during WHPB when Chris Jansing asked Josh Earnest about whether PBO would act on gun regulation.

    As we know, PBO is a brilliant political visionary AND tactician.

    He challenged US media to actually do some reporting (as opposed to speculation/gossip/donor dollars hype) on US gun deaths.

    Since the MSM is nothing if not self-absorbed this pressing issue may not die as with them as it has countless times before.

    For @prettyfoot58 and other Philadelphians:
    Since 9/11 in Philadelphia alone, more people killed by guns than died during that attack on America:

    CNN actually addressed PBO’s challenge, to compare US gun deaths in the past decade (not from some arbitrary starting and end dates as some others have done) to terrorist-related deaths.

    Terrorist-related deaths on US soil is 36 in the past 10 years:

    • October 2, 2015 at 9:48 am

      ISIS or NRA??????????

    • October 2, 2015 at 10:37 am

      Before Corbet left office…he and the GOP legislature passed a bill to give standing to the NRA to sue PA municipalities who have enacted gun laws to restrict access to guns……some PA municipalities have since repealed their laws under threat of being sued…Philadelphia has not…they are currently being sued by the NRA

      • 68 arapaho415
        October 2, 2015 at 11:11 am


        Thanks for the info, PF58, had no idea.

        Love PA, just so sorry when they elected corrupt Corbett. 😦

        • October 2, 2015 at 11:56 am

          Gov Wolf was one of the few politicians who did not run for the President…the President and FLOTUS both came to Philly to campaign for him..it was a historic win…the incumbent gov has always won…but NOT this time….in addition we were able to defeat that onerous Voter ID law…YES WE CAN

    • 70 57andfemale
      October 2, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Just PBO should “do something about gun regulation?!?! What about Congress, Chris Jansing?!?!?!?!

  25. 71 desertflower
    October 2, 2015 at 9:46 am


    Can someone put this pic up here? Everyone of us reading this blog should be on the phone to our elected officials and ripping them a new one. This is psycho.

  26. October 2, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Good morning TOD

    Posted this tweet late last night and it is the only tweet I’m posting today ….

    I’ll return sometime on Saturday.

    #LetsRollJoe …. America needs you, urgently and badly ………

  27. 77 desertflower
    October 2, 2015 at 10:04 am


    Some suggestions from a commenter here….

    Another massacre. Venting on Facebook is fruitless. I’ve committed tonight to generating 1,000 actions from myself and friends that can be a bit more productive.

    1) WRITE your SENATOR and US REPRESENTATIVE about this issue. Don’t email, and don’t sign the ever-useless online petition. Craft a letter, print it and mail it. It’s the most effective tool.

    2) DON’T be a partisan hack. The recipient should know you feel strongly about better laws, but shouldn’t be able to guess your party ID. That makes a more persuasive letter than a rant. Write as a parent, a spouse, a concerned patriot, a business person. Don’t be a liberal hack, it will backfire.

    3) Be specific: ask for a return of the assault weapons ban, a ban on high powered ammunition clips, and background and mental illness checks. These won’t stop every massacre, but they’ll stop some of them.

    4) If you live in a liberal state with liberal Congress critters, send letters to the national GOP and your state GOP HQ, and send the letter to the campaign HQs of Presidential candidates.

    5) if you feel really strongly, ask, in your letter, for a staff person at the Congress critters office to contact you to arrange an in person visit.

    6) If your congress critter claims the mantle of family values or a deep Christian faith, point out the tension between their views on guns and their views on faith. Focus not on the Amendment, but on the Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Kill.

    6) Contact CNBC and ask them to include a gun control question at the upcoming GOP debate.

    7) If you need a sample letter, mine is here. My story is a bit more personal. If you want a letter that is more generic message me and I’ll craft one and post it.


    8) Urge your friends to do something while it’s still on their radar screens. The NRA isn’t all powerful, we just have the attention span of squirrels and we lose our focus.

  28. 84 arapaho415
    October 2, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Heard brief interview with #UCC gunman’s father (who lives in Tarzana CA [San Fernando Valley section of LA], the gunman and mother resided in Torrance CA before moving to Oregon) and he has an Irish accent. @cbsradionews reports that gunman was born in UK (Ireland?), so that probably explains his IRA online postings.

  29. October 2, 2015 at 10:11 am

    The face of real courage.

  30. October 2, 2015 at 10:18 am

    The Oregon sheriff sound like one of those right wing 2nd amendment gun worshiping.

    • 88 Judith Fardig
      October 2, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      He is! Heard him testify at the hearings in our Oregon state capitol last session on the universal background check law that was passed. He and a few other Sheriff Arpaio types vowed not to enforce Oregon’s law, much like Kim Davis refusing to do her government job issuing marriage licenses. I hope some enterprising journalist digs into where the shooter obtained his guns and if he broke the new law

  31. 89 amk for obama
    October 2, 2015 at 10:30 am

    For the hair on fire whiny left.

  32. 90 amk for obama
    October 2, 2015 at 10:30 am

  33. 91 amk for obama
    October 2, 2015 at 10:32 am

  34. 92 amk for obama
    October 2, 2015 at 10:32 am

  35. 93 JER
    October 2, 2015 at 10:41 am

  36. 94 JER
    October 2, 2015 at 10:43 am

  37. 96 amk for obama
    October 2, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Today is his b’day.

  38. 101 Nerdy Wonka
    October 2, 2015 at 11:08 am

    You can practically touch his grief, anger, and frustration.

  39. 102 Nena20409
    October 2, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Good Morning TOD.
    Sunny. Crisp. Blue Sky.
    Finally, today, the Seal Coating of the Drive-way is now Finally……nearly six weeks later being Finished.
    Tar Smell, anyone? They make me sick. But it must be done before Winter gets here 😉
    Fine post, Chips. Thank you.
    Congrats Amk for your FURST ⭐
    Congrats Don on your Au ⭐

  40. 103 Nena20409
    October 2, 2015 at 11:17 am

  41. 104 Nena20409
    October 2, 2015 at 11:21 am

  42. October 2, 2015 at 11:22 am


    • October 2, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Don’t see how he gets anyone confirmed at this juncture.

      President Barack Obama is tapping Education Department official John King Jr. as acting secretary through the end of his term. But Obama is not nominating King to be secretary.

      King is currently serving as delegated deputy secretary. He oversees preschool through high school education and manages the department’s operations.

      Obama plans to discuss the change in leadership Friday afternoon at the White House.

  43. October 2, 2015 at 11:24 am

  44. October 2, 2015 at 11:25 am

  45. October 2, 2015 at 11:28 am

    • 111 4morefor44
      October 2, 2015 at 11:44 am

      can’t say i’m sad about this. the overemphasis on charter schools at the expense of traditional public schools has been one area where i haven’t been overly thrilled about with the obama administration. i know they’ve done some things for public schools, which has been great, but the money and attention given to charter school initiatives would be better spent first on improving the existing public school systems, in my opinion. of all the great people that have been in the obama administration, i’ve been dismayed that duncan seems to be the one staying the longest. can’t win them all! 😉

      • October 2, 2015 at 11:59 am

        i am not a fan of Charter Schools…the President focused on programming that was effective…whether charter or not…he was looking for best practices…

        • 113 Vicki
          October 2, 2015 at 12:16 pm

          Absolutely 100% agree with both of you.
          Charter schools lie that they are public schools.
          Then, they drain the money out of public schools and put it into the pockets of the Charter school private profiteers.

          In NYC Blomberg and his puppet Eva Moskowitz lead the charter school fight.
          THIS is what is behind Most of the Anti-Bill de Blasio noise in New York.

  46. 114 Nena20409
    October 2, 2015 at 11:35 am

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