Early Bird Chat

On This Day: The President walks with Aung San Suu Kyi back into her residence following their joint press conference in Yangon, Burma, Nov. 14, 2014

106 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 desertflower
    November 14, 2015 at 8:26 am

    this made me smile:)

  2. November 14, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Happy Saturday TODers.

    Heeeeeeeeeya Chips.

    Praying for the people of France!!

  3. 5 sherijr
    November 14, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Thinking of the people/ families of France this morning.

  4. November 14, 2015 at 8:46 am

    …this kind of carnage is not new to the world…Syria…Iraq…Nigeria….Palestine…go back in time..US slavery..the Inquisitions…the Salem Witch Hunts…the Crusades…and the list goes on and on….

    i think of what feeds these groups…what feeds ISIS…Al Qaeda…the domestic terrorists in our country….

    i listened to some of the broadcasts this morning….pumping up the fear….can this happen to us…will this happen to us….yet those same media pundits…promote the hate and fear being generated by the GOP presidential candidates…

    but do not see the domestic terrorists targeting…blk folks …or understand the terror in the heart of every black person who is stopped by the police…

    This is just one time that i am eternally grateful for our President…

    We must not give into the politics of fear….

    I am reminded of the President’s Nobel Peace Prize speech….

  5. November 14, 2015 at 8:48 am

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

    To all, I hope you have an astonishing, breathtaking. exciting, mind-blowing and thrilling, day today.. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  6. 19 No Child Left Behind
    November 14, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Good Morning TODVille.

    What an horrific day for the Parisians!

  7. 20 jackiegrumbacher
    November 14, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Morning all and thanks, Chips, for such a loving photo after the horror of last night. It makes me sick to think of the way that RW extremists and their so-called presidential candidates will exploit this tragedy and I swear to you I will hear some idiot–very likely in my own family–tell me that this is why they NEED a Republican president. I am going to go to a Christmas bazaar this morning because it’s a good, normal thing to do and will help me think of something positive for a few hours. I pray that our President has a safe trip and spreads his healing intelligence over troubled waters. Thank God for him.

  8. 21 JER
    November 14, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

    President Obama speaks directly to the people of Burundi urging them to put aside the language of hate and division and to build a peaceful and stronger country.

    November 14, 2015 at 9:02 am


  10. 25 amk for obama
    November 14, 2015 at 9:07 am

    The terrorists have now fine tuned these kinds of low cost, high impact warfare. Mumbai attack was the test ground for this kind of strategy and they have now carried it to more security conscious western nations. A totally different defensive mindset is needed to prevent such attacks and gathering of intelligence in secret is very important. The treasonous punks like snowden, wiki-leaks etc have to be dealt with severe punishment for leaking national security tactics and strategies.

  11. 32 vcprezofan2
    November 14, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Morning (or evening) folks! I’m online (& in-village) trying to catch up on some of what I missed while working this past week. The news seems to be a mixed bag so I’ll be quietly trying to absorb most of it.

    Make the best of your Saturday!

    I missed this short vid on Wednesday.

  12. 35 Dudette
    November 14, 2015 at 9:13 am

    • 36 arapaho415
      November 14, 2015 at 9:25 am

      GM super-trekker Dudette!

      Check out George Takei’s facebook post on unspeakably horrendous Paris attacks downstream. (Immediately thought of you, glad to see you here this morning.)

  13. 37 Dudette
    November 14, 2015 at 9:14 am

  14. 38 arapaho415
    November 14, 2015 at 9:23 am

    GM TODville.

    Changed my pinned tweet to this:

    Luminous, gracious, empathetic Facebook post by @GeorgeTakei (not lengthy, recommend reading his post, embedded in this tweet:

    • November 14, 2015 at 9:35 am

      GM Arapaho…

      how do you pin a tweet?

      • 40 Nerdy Wonka
        November 14, 2015 at 10:26 am

        Hello PF.

        You can only pin your own tweet. On the tweet you want to pin, click on the “…” button. It comes after the retweet and like button. When you click on that, you will see: Share via direct message, copy link to tweet, pin to your profile page, delete tweet. Click on pin to your profile page and that will be the first tweet anyone sees when they visit your twitter page.

        Hope this helps.

  15. 42 amk for obama
    November 14, 2015 at 9:30 am

  16. November 14, 2015 at 9:35 am

  17. November 14, 2015 at 9:36 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, etc. Wishing everyone a peaceful Saturday.

  18. November 14, 2015 at 9:36 am

  19. November 14, 2015 at 9:38 am

    • November 14, 2015 at 10:11 am

      So Judith Miller think the black students at Mizzu were being just spoil whiners. Do she think Rosa Park ,Dr. King, and all those blacks who fought with them and before them were whiners too.

  20. November 14, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Maybe the U.S. should send Ben Carson to Syria to thwart ISIS? Maybe he can stab them or go after them with a hammer or something ? I don’t know?

    The fact is it looks like ground forces will be deployed in large numbers in Syria and Iraq.
    It looks like it will be a coalition… It looks like Europe, instead of mothballing their military, will be spear heading the attack, bc they are directly involved.
    It looks like this will be a huge issue in 2016, maybe overtaking the economy as number one issue.

  21. 51 GGail
    November 14, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  22. November 14, 2015 at 10:22 am

    All those who want to send troops to Syria, tell them to put on the uniform and be prepare to go. The U.S. is not the answer to everything, invading Iraq show us that.

    • November 14, 2015 at 10:29 am

      This is the time for Trump to serve, since he dodge the last time he had that chance. Trump has two sons. Don’t be so dam eager to send some poor folks kid to war, again and again and again.

      • 54 jacquelineoboomer
        November 14, 2015 at 12:10 pm

        Trump’s sons are too busy shooting lions in Africa to go to somebody else’s war. They might mess up their hair, also, too.

  23. 55 amk for obama
    November 14, 2015 at 10:32 am

  24. November 14, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Good Morning, Everyone.

    Off to swim and take Peanut to a party.

  25. November 14, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Let us remember that post-NSA leaks there was evidence pointing that terror cells begin to exchange data differently because of that treasonous Snowden.

    So if a person was on twitter falling in love with Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden and pleading for these “heroes” sit your ass down for the rest of the day, or the rest of your life for that matter.


  26. November 14, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Would More Dinner and Golf Solve Washington’s Problems? Ray LaHood Thinks So
    NOVEMBER 14, 2015 5:03 AM ET

    This line of thinking frustrates Dartmouth political scientist Brendan Nyhan, who has written extensively about what he calls “a totemic obsession” that many Washington leaders have with the idea of bipartisanship.

    Nyhan even has a theory for the wine-and-dine bipartisan outreach approach that LaHood argues for: The Green Lantern Theory of the Presidency.

    “The idea that if the president only tried hard enough, he can get whatever it is he wants. It’s based on the powers of a comic book hero,” Nyhan explains. “If he only tried harder, if he only reached out more, if he only did this, that, or the other thing to appeal to Republicans, they would eventually fall at his feet and agree to his requests. There’s just very little evidence to suggest that’s the case.”


    • November 14, 2015 at 10:45 am

      You have to laugh at this “wine and dine theory” considering that the GOP loses their shit when PBO even rides in AF One like every other President has or FLOTUS takes a trip. If he had even bothered to have such gatherings, they would have complained that he was spending taxpayer monies for shindigs while regular ‘Muricans can’t even afford food. And the MSM would have had orgasms writing those stories..front page on every newspaper.

      Even a so-called decent member of the GOP will always carry an allegiance to their party because white supremacy is at the crux of it and they know it. PBO has shaken them to the core. Yet liberals still busy claiming naiveté and spreading their gospel about the failure of PBO…such punks

      • 60 CEB
        November 14, 2015 at 11:04 am

        PBO refused to kiss their asses and to shine and grin for them and expected them to do their jobs. They hate him because he is not their idea of who and what a Black man is; someone that they can control, someone who is beholden to them someone who hangs on their every word and tries to do everything he can to be part of their group. In the early days PBO did throw a cocktail party and a super bowl party and the GOP refused to come. They even refused to show up for State Dinners. He is too smart to beat a dead horse so he has gone around them to get things done. He and Michelle go their own way and do their own thing without looking to anyone else for permission or approbation (the so-called power brokers wanted an opportunity to slam the door in their faces and they are pissed that they have not had a chance to do this). They are not interested in these people and deal with them socially only when they have to.

        • 61 vcprezofan2
          November 14, 2015 at 11:16 am

          🙂 🙂 🙂 Kudos to our POTUS & FLOTUS for being themselves and not succumbing to the wine and dine tradition.

          I am soooo proud of them for their position!!! The very idea that these **paid** operators won’t do their jobs with integrity unless you wine and dine them is …. disgusting!

        • 62 Don
          November 14, 2015 at 11:17 am

          Don’t forget about the sexual element, the black buck with his sexual prowess. They imagine President Obama walking around the inner sanctum of the White House with his manhood almost touching the floor.

        • November 14, 2015 at 11:34 am


          bravo to your comments….

          and of course the media…loved to tout when the GOP refused to come…blaming the President…comparing him to Clinton….and then when he didn’t hob nob with the GOP…or with some of the so called high ranking DEMs they said he was aloof…

    • November 14, 2015 at 11:03 am

      Ray LaHood sound like an Republican who want to blame President Obama for the B.S. the right wing Republicans are to blame for. When people are selling books they will say anything.

      • 67 Don
        November 14, 2015 at 11:29 am

        Ray LaHood just couldn’t help himself, like reflex he resorts back to being a half-ass Republican hack trying his best to get back in the good graces of party that is hell bent on fucking this country up.

    • 68 jacquelineoboomer
      November 14, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      Excuse my language so early on a nice sunny Saturday, but fuck Ray LaWho? and the horse he rode in on.

  27. 70 arapaho415
    November 14, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Before leaving for Saturday errands, be aware of these inaccuracies in tweets about #ParisAttacks (I’ve seen some posted here at TOD):

    And this is why RWNJ/GOP/MSM planting terrorism fear works so well:

    I guess the World Trade Centers were an economic target for AQ.

    • 71 amk for obama
      November 14, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Don’t all these attacks finally end up as economic targets? Tunisia, Egypt, Kenya, Srilanka are some of the tourism countries that lost economically because of terrorism.

      • 72 arapaho415
        November 14, 2015 at 11:06 am

        Digging down a layer, that’s true.

        But people who live on the edge of fear don’t perceive restaurants, sports and concert venues in economic impact terms, they’re places they routinely visit for entertainment, not for commerce.

  28. 73 desertflower
    November 14, 2015 at 11:00 am

  29. 74 desertflower
    November 14, 2015 at 11:03 am

  30. 75 No Child Left Behind
    November 14, 2015 at 11:08 am

  31. 76 No Child Left Behind
    November 14, 2015 at 11:09 am

  32. 79 No Child Left Behind
    November 14, 2015 at 11:18 am

  33. 80 vcprezofan2
    November 14, 2015 at 11:21 am

    QUICK HEADS up! SoS Kerry is speaking right now in news conference.

    • 81 vcprezofan2
      November 14, 2015 at 11:36 am

      The French minister is speaking now, but I think there’ll be a Q & A piece after in which SoS will again participate.

  34. November 14, 2015 at 11:21 am

    U.S. Political Reaction To Paris Attacks Split Along Party Lines
    NOVEMBER 14, 2015 12:17 AM ET

    In the wake of controversy of any kind, even terrorist attacks, U.S. politics is never far behind. The American political response- — from President Obama to the candidates vying to replace him — in the hours following the Paris attacks has been unsurprisingly split along party lines.

    What is interesting, however, is that Democrats, who are set to debate Saturday night, have kept their responses generally to thoughts and prayers — with little in the way of policy prescriptions.

    That’s understandable, given that a Democrat currently controls the White House and the candidates wouldn’t want to appear to undermine the current president of their own party, especially on matters of foreign affairs. But they will be pressed on foreign policy and national security as a result of the attacks at the outset of Saturday night’s debate, according to a source with knowledge of debate preparations.

    Republicans, on the other hand, are issuing lots of policy specifics and ratcheting up rhetoric, intimating that what’s being done — and been done in the past seven years by President Obama — to keep the country safe is not enough. They are calling for increased U.S. footprint in the Middle East, including “boots on the ground,” a halting of plans to increase the numbers of Syrian refugees to the U.S., and an increase in the role of the National Security Agency in surveillance and intelligence-gathering capabilities.


    • 83 amk for obama
      November 14, 2015 at 11:25 am

      “Republicans, on the other hand, are issuing lots of policy specifics”

      bomb, bomb iraq iran syria is not fucking lots of policy specifics. who is this npr idjit?

    • 84 Don
      November 14, 2015 at 11:25 am

      Like I said earlier our next President must have the right temperament.

      • November 14, 2015 at 12:33 pm

        Yes, because some of their supporters seem to think the Presidency is how many donors your campaign gets, or how many “watch parties” during a debate, how many retweets a selfie with Kanye/Kim gets…

    • November 14, 2015 at 11:48 am

      I re-watched the President’s acceptance speech of the Nobel Peace Prize…i listened to his vision behind his foreign Policy and how it relates to War & Peace…at the debates tonight I will be listening to Clinton….O’Malley….and Sanders …for their vision…not just stop-gap answers to question …but what is their VISION…

  35. 87 No Child Left Behind
    November 14, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Yes. Leading from behind bears fruits.

  36. 88 Nena20409
    November 14, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Hello TOD.
    ISIL/Daesh needs to be disposed, permanently.
    NATO, the 22 Arab States, Russia and the rest of the world have got to finally hear what Pres Obama has been saying since at least 2011.
    Defeat and Destroy ISIL/Daesh, Full Stop!
    Congrats DF for your Au ⭐

  37. 89 Nena20409
    November 14, 2015 at 11:55 am

  38. 91 jacquelineoboomer
    November 14, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    One arrest in Brussels related to the attacks in Paris, per MSNBC.

  39. November 14, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Cspan is broadcasting the GOP summit in FL….but i do not see them broadcasting the DEM debate tonight….does anyone know where the DEM debate be broadcasted

  40. 103 Nena20409
    November 14, 2015 at 12:16 pm

  41. November 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    A few weeks ago, the EU voted (albeit symbolically) to grant that traitor asylum. Are they happy now?

  42. November 14, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I understand that the U.S. Is scheduled to take in thousands of Syrian refugees beginning next week. I can imagine the squawking that is about to take place. I realize that these attacks change everything and we must proceed with caution, but I really feel for these people. They’re gonna catch hell no matter which country they’re in. As usual, they will be blamed for the actions of the extremists, the very people they’re trying to escape from.

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