Early Bird Chat

Pete Souza: “A first: my photo of the President on a stamp in Turkey.”


9:50 AM EDT: President Obama holds a press conference in Turkey before departing for the Philippines

70 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. November 16, 2015 at 8:22 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, even amk, lurkers, and congrats Sir Don on #1! Happy Monday everyone.

    WOW…our President on Turkey’s stamps! 🙂 Is this real, or just an art display? And if it’s a real postage tamp, was GWB ever on a Turkey stamp?

  2. 8 desertflower
    November 16, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Don…you’re a freak:) Congrats:) Our President on a Turkish stamp…amazing! Morning everyone….

  3. November 16, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Goooooooooood Morning everyone….Congrats to Don…

  4. November 16, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Bob…please explain..re: the enablers…

    this is a tweet from an earlier thread….Is the President playing a master chess game….

    • November 16, 2015 at 11:58 am

      #DAESH would evaporate without the major sources of financial backing – not just capital, but access to all the mechanisms to finance their barbarism. Those ‘deep pocket’ sources are members of the Saudi Royal Family and similar patriarchal Sunni elites in the UAE, etc.

      I have no doubt President Obama knows from whom the cash flows that supports #DAESH and is probably doing all kinds of stuff to close those financial channels, pf58.

  5. November 16, 2015 at 8:35 am

    • November 16, 2015 at 8:49 am

      This morning as I was turning the channel I came across Chris Cuomo from Paris and he was talking to some Republican politician, I forgot his name, and Cuomo was asking him why don’t Congress pass the war act that the President has been asking them to pass, the Congressman said he think they should, then he tried to change the subject to blaming the President for what’s going on with ISIS. But Cuomo didn’t let him get away with it, he kept going back to asking the Congressman war act that Congress has refuse to sign.

      • 15 jackiegrumbacher
        November 16, 2015 at 8:54 am

        Of course, the R congressman was actually answering Chris Cuomo. If the Republican led Congress passed such a “war” bill, the members could not as easily play politics in such times. They want to do nothing and blame our President for everything.

      • November 16, 2015 at 9:02 am

        Congress refuse to pass. I think it’s the war act they were talking about.

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  8. 20 jackiegrumbacher
    November 16, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Morning. The beauty of the Turkish stamp is that is shows a foreign head of state who undoubtedly stands out in the public mind as the only significant leader at the G20 summit. The Turkish government was also able to accomplish this swiftly. How many years/decades do you think it will take before we see a US postage stamp with PBO’s image? I am no going to hold my breath.

  9. November 16, 2015 at 8:57 am

  10. November 16, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Good Morning, Everyone:)

  11. 37 kid kanga
    November 16, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Enjoyed a very hearty chuckle at the comment on last page about how Turkey hosted the G20, but everyone buzzed by erdogan to chat up our president. 🙂 Thank you for posting it!

    Made me think about that time the prior austrailian PM hosted a summit of some sort and he was adamant that there would be ” NO discussion of global warming!” Only to have PBO bust out the deal with China ahead of it and all that ended up being talked about was climate change. PBO enjoyed the hospitality and left the check with the RW PM. haha 🙂

  12. 38 GGail
    November 16, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    WOW! Our PBO on the postage stamp in Turkey? WOW!!!

  13. November 16, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Wow…i would love to be there for this event…

  14. November 16, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Cotton connects disability benefits, drug addiction
    11/13/15 03:52 PM
    By Steve Benen
    We’ve arguably reached the point at which high-profile Republicans should probably stop talking about addiction issues altogether. MSNBC’s Aliyah Frumin reported this week on the latest discouraging comments.
    Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas is suggesting there is a correlation between those who receive Social Security disability benefits and drug addiction.

    During a speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation on Monday, the lawmaker said “It’s hard to say what came first or caused the other – population decline or increased disability usage [in several Appalachian counties]. Or maybe economic stagnation caused both.” Either way, Cotton argued, there seems to be what he called a “disability tipping point” – when such benefits become a norm instead of a last-resort safety net program.
    With this in mind, the far-right freshman added, “Population continues to fall and a downward spiral kicks in, driving once-thriving communities into further decline. Not only that, but once this kind of spiral begins, communities could begin to suffer other social plagues as well, such as heroin or meth addiction and associated crime.”

    At a certain level, I suppose it’s a good thing when policymakers take an interest in addiction issues and look for root causes and possible solutions, but the idea of connecting disability benefits and “heroin or meth addiction” is hard to take seriously without evidence.

    But just as alarming is the political pattern that’s begun to emerge. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) recently made the case that heroin addiction only afflicts the unemployed. “If you work all day long, you don’t have time to do heroin,” he recently told a New Hampshire audience.


    • 53 jacquelineoboomer
      November 16, 2015 at 9:16 am

      It’s almost like we need to kickstart those trials they used to have in old Salem, for some of these “possessed” RWNJ people.

      Kidding, of course.

      Or not.

      If they believe in someday “meeting their Maker,” they are in for a long, hot afterlife.

    • 54 GGail
      November 16, 2015 at 9:21 am

      These people are some special kind of stupid. SMDH

    • 55 jackiegrumbacher
      November 16, 2015 at 9:24 am

      Cotton (Creep, ARK) is a never ending fount of hatred. Does he have any idea of the people who are on disability–those with severe physical and mental problems, those who quite literally can’t work? Would he just prefer to have them dead in the street from starvation or exposure to weather extremes–like so much trash for people to walk over? I’ve come to the realization that those who define themselves as “conservative,” i.e. extremists, are missing an empathy gene. What they all have in common is an innate cruelty and an absolute inability to feel for or identify with another human being’s suffering. I think this–the lack of empathy– is a disability more crippling and destructive than any on earth and it seems to run rampant in the modern Republican party.

      • 56 jacquelineoboomer
        November 16, 2015 at 9:59 am

        And the saddest part is that for their “innate cruelty and an absolute inability to feel for or identify with another human being’s suffering,” they are paid well. Both in adulation from their peers, and by the almighty dollar.

  15. 58 Nerdy Wonka
    November 16, 2015 at 9:20 am

    I love how much they go gaga over him.

    Thanks Chips and Pete Souza!

  16. 59 desertflower
    November 16, 2015 at 9:32 am

    A Morning MUST READ from Paul Krugman…pass it along.


    • November 16, 2015 at 9:58 am

      Awesome Read…DF…thanks for bringing it here…
      From the article

      Again, the goal of terrorists is to inspire terror, because that’s all they’re capable of. And the most important thing our societies can do in response is to refuse to give in to fear.

  17. 61 jacquelineoboomer
    November 16, 2015 at 9:33 am

  18. 64 Vicki
    November 16, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Good morning TOD.
    First a giant thank you to Nerdy for the previous luscious posting of President Obama’s True standing in the world community. He is respected and beloved and everyone wants to stand near him, shake his hand, have a chat, enjoy his smile.
    Only in America is Barack Obama bashed and slammed mercilessly over bits of lies and minutia.

    Adding to the good news out of Guantanamo this morning—–5 detainees released to the UAE——-the NY Times adds that approximately 17 more are “in the pipeline.” Very happy to hear this.
    PBO hasn’t yet signed the bill on his desk that will make releases more difficult so I’m guessing that the pipeline will be filled to the brim while it is still open. Is the strategy going to be “closing the barn door after the horses have been released?” I am not being insulting to the detainees. Just speculating.

  19. 65 desertflower
    November 16, 2015 at 9:51 am

    FYI..especially in the “Season of Giving” as it were… You may be surprised


  20. November 16, 2015 at 9:53 am

    GOP offers a lesson on how not to respond to terrorism
    11/16/15 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen
    About 10 months ago, after terrorists attacked the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris, killing 11 people, congressional Republicans quickly began looking for ways to blame American leadership for the violence. It was reflexive; it was immediate; and it was ugly. The GOP reactions were practically a case study in how U.S. officials shouldn’t respond to an attack.

    Friday night’s terrorism in Paris was, by every metric, deadlier and more devastating, offering Americans an opportunity to speak with one voice while extending support to the nation’s oldest ally.

    It was an opportunity many leading Republicans chose not to take. The New York Times reported over the weekend:
    Visions of two Americas emerged from the 2016 presidential field on Saturday, at the Democratic debate and at Republican campaign events, as the candidates sought to project leadership after the Paris attacks and maneuver for political advantage in a rare moment when national security held voters’ attention.

    A dark portrait of a vulnerable homeland – impotent against Islamic State militants, susceptible against undocumented refugees and isolated in a world of fraying alliances – came into sharp relief as several Republicans seized on the crisis to try to elevate terrorism into a defining issue in the 2016 election.
    It’s an odd strategic choice, given that the Republican field is dominated by candidates with no meaningful experience in or understanding of foreign affairs, and nearly all of whom continue to think the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq was a great idea.

    And yet, it was quite a weekend for GOP chest-thumping. Ted Cruz issued a statement suggesting U.S. military strikes against ISIS targets should be less concerned about “civilian casualties.” John McCain said the rise of ISIS, an outgrowth of the disastrous war McCain celebrated, should be blamed on President Obama’s foreign policy.


  21. 67 JER
    November 16, 2015 at 9:54 am

    LIVE NOW: CBS News Special Report: Pres. Obama Remarks – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  22. 68 jacquelineoboomer
    November 16, 2015 at 9:55 am

    The President’s speaking now (watching on CNN).

  23. 70 JER
    November 16, 2015 at 9:56 am

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