Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama hugs First Lady Michelle Obama following the third presidential debate with Gov. Mitt Romney, at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., Oct. 22, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)



The President hosts Prime Minister Sharif of Pakistan at the White House



98 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. October 22, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Good MOrning, Everyone 🙂

  2. 5 amk for obama
    October 22, 2015 at 8:46 am

    A nice montage of Uncle Joe’s political and personal life in gopolitico.


  3. 13 amk for obama
    October 22, 2015 at 8:50 am

    rats, skunks – they’re gonna be offended.

  4. 17 hopefruit2
    October 22, 2015 at 8:53 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, even amk, lurkers, and Congrats rikyrah on #1! ) Happy Thursday everyone!

  5. 19 desertflower
    October 22, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Morning everyone…just reading up on what I missed last night and had a thought. PBO and VP Biden are the most progressive, accomplished team in decades and are graciously holding open the door for Dems to pick up the mantle and walk through. Rather than be gracious and appreciative of all they have done to make things right for the people, and stay Thank You for holding door, they are getting it slammed with hardly a word of appreciation for the hard work, with an obstructive congress of dangerous lunatics, making it 4 times has hard to get ANYTHING of consequence done! When they do that, they excuse the real problem (Republicans) and allow this to continue without calling them out or acknowledging the extreme difficulty that the President had getting anything done with the ignorant bullies that bills had to get past. I’m fairly certain that they credit for anything that made THEM look good though…. I will have to hold my nose, but I knew that going in…because these men are one of a kind. We have to make sure that their hard fought legacy lives on forever…THAT’S why I will hold my nose and vote for whatever Dem is left standing at the end. For my guys.

    • 20 jackiegrumbacher
      October 22, 2015 at 9:14 am

      Df, what PBO has shown us is a model of graciousness and an ability to focus on the larger, global picture. As we move to the 2016 election (we’re still working on 2015 in my world), I will take my cues from the President. He will want us to fight hard for the Dem nominee and for Senate candidates just as he will when the time comes. I feel that we owe him the courtesy of doing no less than he asks us to do. We do this because we care about our families, our country and the state of the world. It is a gift when we can actually “love” our candidate, but it’s not always possible, so, like our president, we rouse ourselves to work for the greater good.

      • 21 tnmtngirl
        October 22, 2015 at 9:28 am

        PERFECTLY said, jackie. This is exactly my thinking.

      • October 22, 2015 at 9:42 am

        jackie, I appreciate what you’re saying of course but it will take me quite a while to be able to stomach the idea of scandal prone and ethically challenged Hillary and Bill Clinton in the White House again. I am doing my best to accept the absence of VP from the race, which is a great challenge in and of itself even though I’ve known how the DNC has been rigged from the get-go with the Clintons making sure their cronies were appointed to key committees last year. I agree that we can’t always expect to love our candidates but I should be able to at the very least respect them.

        So this process of being forced into a position of having to support HRC will take time for some of us. I can already see this blog will become a place where she will be vigorously defended so, respectfully, I know I must get with the program.

        • 23 jackiegrumbacher
          October 22, 2015 at 9:55 am

          Meta, I totally appreciate your feelings and I share them. I also can’t see the day when I will rigorously defend HRC. But our imperfect world and even more imperfect electoral process means we will be faced with a choice between her and some racist, regressive bigot on the Republican side. Given that choice, we have no other alternative than do save our country from certain disaster.

          • October 22, 2015 at 12:02 pm

            Yes, I do get that, jackie. I guess for me it’s very visceral right now. And I’m so incensed at the treatment of VP Joe by the Dem Party, that he had to feel that disregard as he is grieving his beloved son. I know our choice is made. But I must say that after the last 7 years, my idealist view of the party will never be the same.

          • 25 Judith Fardig
            October 22, 2015 at 12:49 pm

            My mantra is Supreme Court Supreme Court Supreme Court. It would help if Bill got sent off to be Ambassador somewhere far away

        • 26 hopefruit2
          October 22, 2015 at 9:57 am

          I hear ya meta. And let me tell you this: I WILL NOT be someone who will vigorously defend HRC if her behavior is not worthy of my vigorous defense! I’m going to be honest here: I have to admit that the idea of the Clintons back in the WH does NOT represent progress for me. It represents a step back into the ’90s – the same old rules, and game-playing, scandal after scandal – manufactured or not, Black politicians and “activists” being given pats on the back for doing absolutely nothing (hello CBC?), more triangulation with the GOP, going to war, doing what is poll-tested, rather than what is right.., and I could go on…

          • October 22, 2015 at 10:02 am

            Yes, you put it exactly – it’s a big step backwards to the days before the Obamas interfered with their priorities. Although she’s obviously learned something from her poll testing, we all remember reading that her first instinct along with her handlers was to run against PBO right before her launch. I always believe people the first time. It’s Clinton and Trump fatigue for me and it’s only October. We are in for a long and gruesome ride.

            • 28 debz
              October 22, 2015 at 10:26 am

              I feel exactly as you do. The idea of Bill & Hill in the WH is sickening. If she is the nominee, she will get my vote, nothing more. I hope this blog doesn’t turn into a Hillary cheer-leading site. She can defend herself.

              • 29 MightyPamela
                October 22, 2015 at 11:48 am

                Thank you, debz, for expressing this sentiment that TOD does not turn into a h-cheerleading-site. I second the motion.

  6. 30 GGail
    October 22, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    Congrats rikyrah on First 😎

  7. 31 99ts
    October 22, 2015 at 9:02 am

    GM everyone – and if you are around Ms CHips – could you please photocopy the background couple out of the thread photo. Long gone from anyone’s memory – unless of course – the GOP bring them back in an attempt to stop Trump.

  8. October 22, 2015 at 9:03 am

    You work in a racist cesspool for nothing but overt racists…
    what did you expect?
    We’re supposed to feel sorry for you?
    And you shinned and grinned for them?


    Black Fox News Staffers Sound Off About ‘Difficult’ Work Environment
    The staffers find it “very difficult” to work at the network, former president of the National Association of Black Journalists Bob Butler tells TheWrap.

    Posted: Oct. 11 2015 3:34 PM

    Network Blasts Observation by Former NABJ President

    “African-American Fox News staffers find it ‘very difficult’ to work at the network, former president of the National Association of Black Journalists Bob Butler told TheWrap on Thursday,” Jordan Charlton reported for TheWrap.com.

    ” ‘I’ve talked to some folks who work there and it’s very difficult, especially when you have all the hit pieces that are done on Obama,’ Butler said.

    “His comments come as Rupert Murdoch continues to face criticism over a controversial tweet on Wednesday that insinuated President Obama isn’t ‘a real black president.’ Murdoch apologized on Thursday.

    “But those disillusioned staffers also told Butler, ‘Look, this is a job, I have to do it, and sometimes you have to just hold your nose and do what you have to do to collect a paycheck.’ Butler, who served as president of the NABJ from 2013-2015, said those employees are good producers who pride themselves on covering news.


    • 33 99ts
      October 22, 2015 at 9:10 am

      No-one who “prides themselves on covering news” would work at Fox.

    • 34 jackiegrumbacher
      October 22, 2015 at 9:17 am

      As you said, Rikyrah, when you choose to lie down with pigs, you wake up with fleas. If you choose to work for a FAUX news, right wing propaganda station, you will find yourself covered in racist filth.

  9. 35 Roberta in MN
    October 22, 2015 at 9:12 am

    God Morning TOD. OT, is there anyone here than can make a post on what is going on in NH school districts on this lunch program.? My DIL posted something on FB about it and looks like they want to opt out of the nutrition part of what the First Lady is trying to do in school lunchs. Apparently they said “they lost money” on feeding children healthy food. And the Gov & FDA is going after them with regulations and such. I don’t know how to post this over here so you can read this stuff. Just curious if anyone has an insight to the matter. They can find the article on my FB. Judith is a FB and so is Tally. Thanks. Roberta

    • 36 Roberta in MN
      October 22, 2015 at 9:15 am

      look at Roberta Anderson Minneapolis, MN or Brenda Watkins Anderson.

    • 37 tnmtngirl
      October 22, 2015 at 10:08 am

      Roberta, This isn’t just in NH. I’ve seen these type stories off and on since the FL began this program. There’s always been push back and that will probably continue–sadly. They “have” to do it!

  10. October 22, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Oh my, this is a big story that will likely get pushed out of coverage:

  11. October 22, 2015 at 9:25 am

  12. October 22, 2015 at 9:40 am

    The picture of POTUS and the VP Biden yesterday looking over the VP speech, can you imagine Bush and Cheney? Let me answer that, Hell No. POTUS and VP Biden respect each other and they are friends.

    • 44 hopefruit2
      October 22, 2015 at 10:00 am

      There’s been no President-Vice President combination in recent history that matches the current one. Not Carter-Mondale, Reagan-Bush, Bush-Quale, Clinton-Gore, and as you indicated, certainly not Bush-Cheney.

      Obama-Biden 2006-2016 will forever be etched in our memories – and in the most illustrious way!

    • October 22, 2015 at 10:37 am

      So true. PBO didn’t even need to be there. He had his visit to West Virginia waiting. He stayed to be supportive. What a guy! VP Joe was wonderful.

  13. 53 Linda
    October 22, 2015 at 9:50 am


    I just saw Frank Luntz hovering in the hallway for the Benghazi hearing. He is with Louie Gomer.

    • 54 tnmtngirl
      October 22, 2015 at 10:12 am

      Like many of you, I am not a big Hillary supporter, but I am going to share that I said a prayer for her this morning—–that she is confident, calm, strong, and remains above the fray when met with the hate from the Republicans.

      • 55 57andfemale
        October 22, 2015 at 11:13 am

        I want her to do her best as well, tnmtngirl. The country benefits if she looks good and the Republicans look like the craven, incompetent jackasses that they are

        • 56 amk for obama
          October 22, 2015 at 12:35 pm

          I agree. While many of us may not cotton on to her and her kinda politics, she is still a dem who is being hounded by the most corrupt political party in the world for their own misdeeds. She totally deserves our support on this ugly matter at least.

  14. October 22, 2015 at 10:12 am

  15. October 22, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Good day TOD

    I wrote this during the night, not knowing when I’d have a few seconds to post it.

    As I was moving from mtg to mtg yesterday I reflected on Oct 2007. A quick search yielded just what I was seeking – Gallup poll from Oct 2007. I quickly sent a link to it as a reminder to Gov O’Malley.

    In the TOD community I don’t have to explain that in Oct 2007, Senator Clinton had no serious competition. Period.

    Anyone lurking here who doesn’t remember just how certain everyone was that Ms Clinton would be the Dem nominee for President, should read at least these few sentences:


    “The Democratic Race: Conditions Auspicious for Sen. Clinton to Win

    Gallup’s 2007 national presidential polling strongly points to Clinton winning the 2008 Democratic nomination. Barring something unusual or otherwise unexpected, she is well positioned for the 2008 Democratic primaries.

    Clinton has led the Democratic pack in every Gallup Poll conducted between November 2006 and October 2007. For most of this time, Clinton has led Obama by a double-digit margin.

    Clinton’s lead over Obama has expanded to nearly 30 points in Gallup’s latest poll, conducted Oct. 12-14: 50% vs. 21%.

    Gallup polling on Democratic nominations going back to the 1972 election shows that, by historical standards, a lead of even 20 points is large for Democratic candidates. The two candidates who held this distinction in the fall months before the election year (Gore in 1999 and Walter Mondale in 1983) eventually won the Democratic nomination.

    Importantly, two-thirds of Democrats who prefer Clinton for their party’s nomination say they are certain to vote for her in the primaries, a higher percentage than is found for supporters of the other Democratic candidates.

    Clinton ’s Support Runs Deep

    Clinton holds a commanding lead among nearly every major subgroup of potential Democratic primary voters. Some of her strongest showings are among women, nonwhites, those in lower-income households, those with less formal education, and Southerners.”

    Link in tweet.


    And, on and on and on it goes ……….

    We all know the outcome.

    I truly hope Gov O’Malley gets his act together. It’s a long time to 1 Feb 2016; just as it was a long time between 23 October 2007 (when the Gallup summary was written) and 3 January 2008.

    Won’t repeat what I wrote yesterday, shortly after learning of VP Biden’s honorable decision. But, I will state that Ms Clinton will not receive my vote in the WA State Dem primary. If she’s what we’re stuck with on 8 Nov 2016, I’ll vote for her.

    Will try to visit with all you dear folk again, either late tonight or tomorrow sometime. And, please do savor these next 14 months.

    • 59 MightyPamela
      October 22, 2015 at 10:44 am

      Thank you, Bobfr, these are my thoughts. I wrote below, before reading this. #tiredofh

    • 60 99ts
      October 22, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Belated thanks Bob – I didn’t follow the primaries until well into 2008 – as usual – the pundits were wrong.

    • 61 nathkatin7
      October 22, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      Thank you so much, Bob, for sharing this. Like you, I will not vote for Hillary Clinton, or Barnie Sanders in the California primary! Obviously, in the General Election I will vote for the nominee of the Democratic Party.

  16. 62 yardarm756
    October 22, 2015 at 10:33 am

    It’s kinda like this today, eerrrrggg!

  17. 63 Nerdy Wonka
    October 22, 2015 at 10:34 am

  18. 64 Nerdy Wonka
    October 22, 2015 at 10:38 am

  19. 65 MightyPamela
    October 22, 2015 at 10:39 am

    ❤ 😦 ❤ Is anyone recovering? What we need is a Dem Dark Horse, someone who is clean and qualified. Wonder how PBO's heart is doing today. ❤ 🐻 ❤

  20. 66 FoxfireTX
    October 22, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Good day TOD. Let us not forget that all of this noise over Clinton’s testimony would be nothing without the added distraction of her email server. It would simply be a repeat of her former testimony. An excellent reminder of what we can expect if the Clintons end up back in the WH. Yes, I will vote for her if she is the D nominee but only to preserve PBO’s accomplishments. It will never be a vote for her in her own right. So very sad after the years of Obama-Biden.

  21. October 22, 2015 at 10:40 am

    HRC is giving a history lesson and truly honouring those lost.

  22. October 22, 2015 at 10:40 am

  23. October 22, 2015 at 10:49 am

    • October 22, 2015 at 10:53 am

      You’re alone on a road with a broken car.

      Some random car comes up to you.

      Man in plainclothes – that you don’t know…approaches you…

      IN WHAT WORLD do you NOT try and find something to defend yourself with?

  24. October 22, 2015 at 10:52 am

  25. 74 amk for obama
    October 22, 2015 at 11:37 am

    so, benghazi!!!!!!!!!!!!!, quo vadis?

    • 75 No Child Left Behind
      October 22, 2015 at 11:43 am

      You are so right! AMK!

      Thank you for these wonderful cartoons that capture the decay of the GOP.

      Good Morning TODVille!

      • 76 amk for obama
        October 22, 2015 at 12:42 pm

        My pleasure. Amazing even now the msm is turning a wilful blind eye to their ugly shenanigans.

        • 77 99ts
          October 22, 2015 at 4:02 pm

          Nothing surprising in the msm trying to make out there is a valid reason for a house committee (as long as it is a GOP led committee)

  26. 78 No Child Left Behind
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    October 22, 2015 at 11:47 am

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  35. 87 amk for obama
    October 22, 2015 at 12:28 pm

  36. October 22, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    The Cop who murdered Corey Jones DID NOT HAVE A BADGE?


    So, now, some random White person comes up to you at 3 AM on a lonely highway…

    and, you’re supposed to believe them…JUST CAUSE THEY’RE WHITE??!?!?!

  37. 89 No Child Left Behind
    October 22, 2015 at 12:39 pm

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    October 22, 2015 at 12:47 pm

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    October 22, 2015 at 12:54 pm

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  42. 96 amk for obama
    October 22, 2015 at 1:17 pm

  43. 97 amk for obama
    October 22, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    egg.sack.lee. The third rate fourth estate is the root cause of the current treasonous state of gop.

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