Early Bird Chat

President Obama talks with refugee children at the Dignity for Children Foundation in Malaysia (Photo by Pete Souza)

102 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Anjo
    November 21, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Mornin good morning an how are you this morning???? Christmas is comin

  2. 5 Dudette
    November 21, 2015 at 7:21 am

  3. 6 Anjo
    November 21, 2015 at 7:25 am

    George Takei says “we were judged based on who we looked like, and that is about as un-American as it gets” No, Mr. Takei it is very American, just ask all those black folks from the first slave ship till now.

  4. November 21, 2015 at 7:29 am

    • 8 jackiegrumbacher
      November 21, 2015 at 7:44 am

      I would like to force every loud-mouthed, hate-filled Republican candidate to learn this young woman’s story, look her directly in the eye and then tell her she isn’t welcome in the land of the free and the home of the brave. I want them to do it publicly with other young people looking on. And then I want to show the world this image of our President hugging this child in loving welcome.

      • November 21, 2015 at 8:03 am

        Exactly right, Jackie – good morning to you!

        • 10 jackiegrumbacher
          November 21, 2015 at 8:23 am

          Morning, Chips. I have been so disgusted with my fellow Americans lately, it takes all my discipline not to spit in their eyes. This morning our local newspaper printed a hateful, spite-filled, anti PBO editorial from that fount of foreign policy wisdom—Joni Ernst!!! Believe me, the gullible people in this county will hang on every lying word and accept it as Gospel truth. Then they will have the gall to wish you “Peace and Good will toward Men” at Christmas. I think I’m going to tell them to take their good will and shove it.

      • November 21, 2015 at 8:04 am

        Jackie, unfortunately, history shows, our bigots have NO problem spewing their hate-filled rhetoric in the face of those they fear/hate. Remember the mobs, water cannons, dogs of the civil rights era, and of the protests in the last 18 months? The tea-partiers, on the Capitol steps, under the watchful eye of House GOP leadership, spitting on Rep Lewis? The only thing these f’rs care about are self and preserving white supremacy…

        • 12 jackiegrumbacher
          November 21, 2015 at 8:17 am

          That’s true, Jazziz. That’s why I want it to be a young woman like this who has been through hell and whose only hope is the US. I want the image of ugly prejudice to be visibly and viscerally directed at a young vulnerable child so that all the world and any American with a remaining shred of decency can see what they are.

  5. November 21, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Good morning, Chips and TODers.

    The President’s compassion on all fronts is one of his very best qualities. That photo is so adorable, it’s impossible not to smile. I suspect this is what we’ll see of our POTUS after 2017. A full heart.

    • 14 jackiegrumbacher
      November 21, 2015 at 8:27 am

      Honest to God, meta, Americans are not worthy of this President. That is the simple truth of it. No matter how much faith PBO has in our decency and good heart, it just isn’t there in most people. Americans are so consumed their own self importance that they have allowed hatemongers to erode their humanity. Those who spew hatred at “the other,” may technically have an organ that beats and makes blood flow, but their true hearts are dead.

      • November 21, 2015 at 8:55 am

        I think we’re witnessing the mother of all tantrums from the GOP over 8 years of an Obama presidency. The better he gets, the more petulant they become, so crazy-out-of-their-minds they’re cheering on the most racist, fascist, zero-experience carnival blowhard imaginable.

        • November 21, 2015 at 9:06 am

          I agree meta. And their current Presidential field is so vapid – that the best they can do is try to elevate extremist Trump, as you noted. I notice ABC (Gma & 2020) trying to actively promote that rabid carnival barker as this regular, everyday guy who is a grandfather, etc etc..

          Uhm…being a grandfather tells me absolutely NOTHING about a person’s character, ideology, or suitability for the Oval Office. Nice try Barbara Walters, but FAIL.

  6. 19 Dudette
    November 21, 2015 at 7:38 am

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  8. 21 Dudette
    November 21, 2015 at 7:40 am

  9. 24 jackiegrumbacher
    November 21, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Morning all. Every one of those refugee stories, along with the images of children, need to be shown to Americans every hour of every day. The US media won’t do this, but they will run paid for advertising and this is what we should be raising funds for. The whole burden of ‘defending’ what it means to be a DECENT American is left to our President who is vilified every single day by those who don’t want to be reminded that they are cowardly bigots. The DNC is hopeless, but surely there are other organizations that can step forward. We elected the best president this country has ever known and we leave him to do all the heavy lifting by himself. I intend to raise my voice to everyone I know or meet. Let’s organize ourselves to fight back.

    • 25 desertflower
      November 21, 2015 at 8:30 am

      Morning to you, jackie:) As always, you are spot on with your thoughts and comments….maybe we should all be getting in touch with our local organizations/places of worship/political and not…and organize through them to reach the masses…I’ve just about heard enough of this hateful ugliness and I will NOT let this good man(PBO) do all the work! We should ALL free this humanity and decency down in our core…to spew anything other than “Welcome to our country! Glad to be able to help you”
      We can start a brainstorming list here…and everyone in their neighborhoods reading this, can get to work calling in their cities and towns. What do you think??

      • 26 jackiegrumbacher
        November 21, 2015 at 8:44 am

        That’s exactly the idea, Df. We don’t understand how powerful we are individually and together. All of us interact with lots of people, both in small groups and in the organizations we join. We must speak out at every turn and invite like-minded people to get together and reach out to those they know. We can meet in our living rooms or at coffee shops. In that way, the outreach gets larger every day. What ever the so-called polls show us, I think there is a core of decency in a lot of Americans who are just frustrated by their powerlessness. Working together gives them power. It’s how all movements in history got their start.

        • 27 desertflower
          November 21, 2015 at 8:56 am

          I believe that too…let’s brainstorm organizations here for those that want to help out and might not have the time to do the legwork of finding out what types of organizations those are…they can start with their places of worship, if they have one ….(I do not, but I know people that do:) (yes, early morning levity) Clubs and political organizations that you belong to….professional affiliations….places like the VFW and the like….OFA chapters… Cultural organizations in your area that have spoken out against discrimination in the past….college sororities and frats, other campus organizations ( I know there are TONS of those!) Anyone else can chime in here….

          • 28 desertflower
            November 21, 2015 at 8:59 am

            Be sure to call your Rep…who ever they may be, and voice your praise or outrage, whichever it may be… ( in my case, it’s ALWAYS outrage because “Freedumb Caucus dumbass”) But they need to hear from all of us loud and clear. If they don’t, then they keep on doing what they’re doing and that sucks. CALL THEM. EMAIL THEM. VISIT THEM.

          • 29 globalcitizenlinda
            November 21, 2015 at 9:07 am

            I had already decided to reach out to the Immigrant Associations in my area and see that we can combine forces about where to go from here.

            I am plugged in with these organizations as we try to register people to do health care registration and I will talk to them about expanding from ObamaCare to voting.

            I was planning to talk to them about how to register the people to vote because at the end of the day, the politicians won’t listen unless they are threatened by the thought of loosing their jobs by elections.

            I have a mosque nearby and I want to start here.

        • 31 globalcitizenlinda
          November 21, 2015 at 9:11 am

          I had already decided that we, ordinary people, have to do the heavy lifting because the DNC and our elected officials will not do it – the cowardly vote on the refugee vote was the last straw

  10. 32 Dudette
    November 21, 2015 at 7:41 am

  11. November 21, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Happy Saturday TODers

    Heeeeeeeeya Chips!!

  12. November 21, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Good morning, TOD! Congrats Anjo!

  13. 35 globalcitizenlinda
    November 21, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Good Morning Everyone !

  14. November 21, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Good Morning Everyone
    Off to swim and run errands.

  15. November 21, 2015 at 8:37 am

    The children are so precious in that picture with POTUS.

  16. 38 desertflower
    November 21, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Remember the link to Rep. Russell’s (OK) heartfelt speech that Carolyn even called and thanked him for giving…..not so fast.


    • November 21, 2015 at 8:52 am

      So why don’t the cowardly Democrats switch their votes?

      • November 21, 2015 at 8:54 am

        I mean the cowards who vote in favor of that hate bill.

        • 41 carolyn
          November 21, 2015 at 10:04 am

          My life got so crazy…..I never wrote or called Rep. Russell. Wednesday I had an anxiety attack…thought it might be a heart attack…and spent the afternoon in the ER. Wednesday night was my last grief workshop meeting…..I have been going on nerves, I think. I did not have a heart attack…..I’m fine, but I do now have an app’t with a cardiologist Dec. 4, just to get baselines, etc. The doctor in the ER was thorough…..they took an EKG immediately, then the blood tests to discover if I had a heart attack, I hadn’t. However, the doctor said when referring me to a cardiologist…..”I don’t want to be mean, but you have had 75 birthdays, and you need the care of a cardiologist.” I knew he was right. Both my mother and father died of heart attacks, and I have no intention of leaving my children and grandchildren in the near future. So…..I will be seeing the cardiologist Dec. 4, and also have an appointment with a counselor Nov. 30. This bereavement is not easy for me. We were very in love and very close for 49 years. Getting used to being alone is a long process.

          Also….my birthday is Monday, Thanksgiving is Thursday, my husband’s birthday is Dec. 19, then Christmas…..then January 29, the day I dread the most: the 50th anniversary of our first date…..the day we met on a blind date. That day was always our special day…..we celebrated it in some way every year……Stupidly, I had cut down on my anti-anxiety medicine my doctor had prescribed…..without asking her….and all these above things together just fell in on me. (I went back on my proper dosage)

          Last night I had the best and longest sleep I’ve had in at least six months. I’m very thankful for that.

          Today I go to serve the homeless lunch with my church, something I do love to do. Tuesday I fly to Dallas to be with family…..grandchildren! All this to say…..Rep. Russell just fled my mind. Thanks for your confidence in me, but this time…..just couldn’t.

  17. November 21, 2015 at 8:44 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! 🙂 Happy Saturday everyone. When PBO is connecting with the kids around the world today, he’s laying the foundation for a more peaceful, collaborative world decades from now.

    • November 21, 2015 at 8:56 am

      Yes, he is! The seeds he’s sowing, via peace through diplomacy, will bear a bountiful harvest!

    • November 21, 2015 at 9:07 am

      THIS x10000000. GOP only know how to stew in their daily hatred, never looking ahead as to how to build a better world. I thank the universe every single day that PBO is our North Star.

  18. November 21, 2015 at 8:51 am

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

    To all, I hope your persona will be gleaming, radiant, and sparkling today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

    • 49 0388jojothecat
      November 21, 2015 at 9:17 am

      Wonder where the German and Italian internment camps were? Oh yeah, there weren’t any. The Germans and Italians were used to help in the war against Hitler and Mussolini, they were given uniforms and special jobs because they spoke the language. Asians enlisted and fought in Europe. Someone on the WA post claimed there was all this esponiage and harm done by Japanese American’s funny they can’t prove any of it. They were just easier to be discriminated against.

  19. 50 0388jojothecat
    November 21, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Good Morning TOD family, Chipsticks, Dannysticks, Lurkers, and congrats on furst Anjo!

    I watched the Shine a Light program after the concert because I wanted to see what was being done to shine a light on the bigotry and prejudice. I listened to the some of the folks in S.C talking about the killing of nine people in their church. I liked the question to the mayor or representative who took down the flag for the families of the dead and someone asked “why did people have to die”, and all he could say it was his moral duty. That is the problem….people in power don’t feel they have a moral responsibility until someone dies, be it the Corporate leaders or Political leaders. They don’t want their jobs/companies or political positions to die by doing nothing so they do something symbolic. The program brought tears and hope that one day this country will get it together. Sorry for the deep message so early in the morning.

    I hope everyone have a wonderful day!

    • 51 desertflower
      November 21, 2015 at 9:10 am

      {{{jojo}}} no bad time for a deep message. Good people need to wake up/stand up.

      • 52 0388jojothecat
        November 21, 2015 at 9:20 am

        Thank you df, I feel for the older lady in the S.C. church who said she saw “NO” change from the 1960’s to 2015. We really have to keep vigil in fighting for what is right and never let up. I hope the young people who are standing up now see that.

  20. November 21, 2015 at 9:02 am

    My takeaway from the President speaking at the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative is pretty straightforward.

    Apparently if you don’t how to dress and color coordinate you can’t sit in that audience.

  21. 55 desertflower
    November 21, 2015 at 9:04 am

    🙂 🙂 VP Biden gave Weekly Address this week. What a nice treat


  22. November 21, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Which 9 Rappers Made More Than $20 Million Dollars in 2015?
    Nov 21, 15 by EurPublisher

    *(Via Black Business.org) – Rap music is alive and well, and in fact is still a very profitable industry.
    Many rappers every year make millions from record sales, merchandise sales, touring, streaming, publishing, endorsements and other business ventures.
    According to Forbes, in 2015, these 9 rappers all made $20 million dollars or more:
    #1 – P. Diddy: earned $60 million from a variety of investments including Ciroc vodka, water brand AQUAhydrate, Revolt TV and his Sean John clothing line.
    #2 – Jay Z: brought in $56 million, generated from his entertainment company Roc Nation, his recently acquired luxury champagne brand Armand de Brignac, and 22 concerts he did with his wife Beyoncé.
    #3 – Drake: made almost $40 million, grossing an average of nearly $1 million per show across 50 tour dates. He also has huge endorsement deals with Sprite and Nike.
    #4 – Dr. Dre: made $33 million from royalties, his executive-produced NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton, and his long-awaited comeback LP.
    #5 – Pharrell: made $32 million from music production, tours, his coaching role on The Voice and his profits from clothing lines Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream


    • 57 globalcitizenlinda
      November 21, 2015 at 9:19 am

      I like those on this list (and others in the public eye) who are investing some of their earnings into other ventures;

      my concern :

      – are any of these people saving some of their money so that they don’t end up broke a few years from now (when they are old and less in the lime light).

      – Sometimes I worry about the way these high earners spend their hard-earned money on frivolous things and on the people hanging around them waiting to exploit them.

    • November 21, 2015 at 10:29 am

      Why don’t these rappers do what Lebron James did in promising to pay for some Akron kids to go to college?

  23. November 21, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I recognized the homes that they showed in the article


    At Home in Chatham: A Bounty of Mid-Century Modern on the South Side, Where the African-American Elite Once “Strutted Their Stuff”

    By Krisann Rehbein

    The conversation about preserving mid-century buildings is growing by the day. Generally defined as the era after World War II and through the late 1960s, these buildings are now old enough to be eligible for historic designation—and seem to be getting their just due. Landmarks Illinois, the state’s leading organization for historic preservation, put a select number of mid-century homes on their annual list of “most endangered” buildings this year. And recently, the City of Chicago’s Commission on Chicago Landmarks voted unanimously to grant landmark status to Bertrand Goldberg’s iconic corn cob towers, Marina City.

    On the South Side, a significant collection of mid-century homes are worth adding to the conversation. Located in Chatham, these architecturally significant homes tell a story of the city’s twentieth-century black economic and cultural elite.


  24. November 21, 2015 at 9:12 am

    This video brought tears to my eyes.

  25. November 21, 2015 at 9:16 am

    tell it to the POLICE

    • 65 Don
      November 21, 2015 at 10:30 am

      Rikyrah, Malcolm X used to talk about this type of thing. Whenever some sort of injustice takes place in the black community we are always asked to be peaceful and respectful. But its hard to be both peaceful and respectful when you see the young men in your community get shot down like dogs in the middle of the street.

  26. 66 desertflower
    November 21, 2015 at 9:22 am


    But revolutions are all about change. And it is in that change that “the worst of times” materializes—both because of its demands for adaptation and the backlash that is sparked.

    And so, Greenberg notes that globalization has led to a loss of American manufacturing jobs, which has marginalized working-class men. Marriage is on the decline, and more women are raising children on their own. With growth in metropolitan areas, the divide between urban and rural has widened. With increasing diversity has come the fear among white conservatives that “racial minorities will use their hold over government to discriminate against whites.” He posits that these changes challenge our values and have therefore ignited a counterrevolution—thus providing an explanation for our current political polarization. Rather than adapt, the Republican Party has drilled down on appeals that animate an ever-shrinking portion of the electorate.

    “The Republican Party is in a death spiral that will mean the end of the Grand Old Party as we know it,” writes Greenberg. “The party will feverishly put off the end by entrenching itself in the most rural, religious, and race-conscious parts of the country by exploiting the constitutional bias in favor of small rural states, but the Republican Party will face shattering losses at some point.” That means that it will be up to the Democrats to produce a reform agenda that can help unleash the potential of an ascendant America.

    This is up to all of us…let’s get going!

  27. November 21, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Now this happened a few weeks before the Paris attacks. I’m sure they’re now regretting that vote, even if it was symbolic. Since the Paris attacks, as someone noted here yesterday, Snowden hasn’t tweeted (His last tweets were on Nov 12), which is remarkable for someone who had been on Twitter almost daily spewing all kinds of stuff, multiple tweets each day.

    Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if his Twitter follower count is artificially inflated to make him seem more popular and supported than he is. All these retweets and favorites seem implausible. Most people don’t give a rat’s arse about Snowden. Libertarian dudebros with time on their hands know how to game digital media and make things seem not what they are. This is also akin to the “crowds” that Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders were supposedly getting — crowds that translated to NOTHING when it came to real life people or actual votes.

    November 21, 2015 at 9:53 am


  29. November 21, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Works for me.

  30. 74 globalcitizenlinda
    November 21, 2015 at 10:00 am

    listening to NPR this morning and former governor bill richardson is lamenting how the dems as a party have lost the vote of the white (and especially southern) males and arguing strongly that they should try to get it back;

    richardson goes on to praise a certain most recent southern dem president who knew how to win their vote;

    richardson claims one candidate is working to bring them back & that the emphasis on younger “environment-minded” voters is not the way;

    so this seems in keeping with those who have been arguing here about the dem’s obsession with the “hard working people” vote;

    when dem members of congress make those stupid votes to support policies that oppress the minorities, may be they are following a play book that richardson is proposing

    • 75 Don
      November 21, 2015 at 10:23 am

      Oh, I didn’t know the Clintons were interviewing this early. I thought they were going to start accepting applications after the first of the year.

      • 76 globalcitizenlinda
        November 21, 2015 at 10:29 am

        ha, ha, ha, …., ha, ha

        you know the hanger’s-on that PBO had managed to push to the back are now upfront;

        you can see them on the media pushing for the people who they are sure will rub their backs and egos in the right money-loaded way or positions in gov’t

      • November 21, 2015 at 10:37 am


    • November 21, 2015 at 10:30 am

      Not this insanity again. It’s really quite simple governor. When people (white) vote against their own best interest on a consistent basis and The Democratic party points out why these people (white) should stop voting against their own best interest but these people (white) don’t listen then there is nothing you can do about it.

      President Obama saved the country and people (you know who) in 2012 voted for a man who told them point blank he was going to crush them drive them to the poor house and then foreclose on it. 2014 midterms? Same thing. In Kentucky they just elected a guy who vowed to take away their healthcare.

      Richardson can have a seat.

      • 80 Don
        November 21, 2015 at 10:41 am

        “President Obama saved the country and people (you know who) in 2012 voted for a man who told them point blank he was going to crush them drive them to the poor house and then foreclose on it”.

        DerBingle, it has to be a reason why people vote against their own best interest. And it can’t be simply because of the black guy, I give them more credit than that. I refuse to believe that someone will cut off their nose simply because of a black guy. Please, it has to be something more than that.

        • November 21, 2015 at 10:49 am

          I used him as an example Don but you can honestly pick anything. In 2004 it was obvious Bush was a total screw up. Reelected. In 1984
          Reagan was on his way to new heights of incompetence. Reelected in a landslide.

          You tell me but I think we already know the answer.

          • 82 Don
            November 21, 2015 at 10:55 am

            DerBingle, maybe I’m overthinking this, maybe I can’t see the forest because of the damn trees. But you are right, we both know the answer.

    • November 21, 2015 at 10:38 am

      I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there are many Dems who can’t wait to get back to the “good old days” of hand-holding and back-slapping, a night or two in the Lincoln bedroom. It really disgusts me.

    • 85 nathkatun7
      November 21, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      Richardson is telling a lie! Bill Clinton never won the majority of white voters. As a matter of fact, Bill Clinton, both in 1992 and 1996,didn’t win the majority of popular vote. In 1992 he received only 43% of the popular vote and in 1996 he received 49%. I am sick and tired of all these people who are trying to re-write history to denigrate President Obama.

  31. 86 Don
    November 21, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Everyone can relax now, I’m here.

  32. 89 Vicki
    November 21, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Good morning, TOD.
    Has anyone else here watched the special on A&E last night AND the HBO special “The Latino Revolution” running on HBO this week?

    Folks, I think something important is happening here. The similarities between these 2 shows are too great to be ignored.
    My conclusion? These are rally-the-troops shows. No DNC or Debbie WS needed.

    Here are the similarities:
    POTUS was honored in both presentations. In the Latino show PBO can be seen doing a few salsa steps as well as in the more traditional ways we see him.
    VP Biden and Julian Castro also very visible in the HBO show.
    HBO show Stressed voting, voter registration, showed Eva Longoria at the 2012 convention, informed us that in 2012 71% of Latinos voted for PBO. And so on.

    George Lopez appeared in both the A&E and HBO shows.

    Neither Bernie nor HRC appeared in either show.

    If I am on to something the next link in this chain would be a Steven Spielberg presentation reminding the 70+% of Jews who they voted for in 2012 and what we want to happen next.

  33. November 21, 2015 at 10:18 am

    He wouldn’t rule it out.

    • November 21, 2015 at 10:19 am

      • 92 globalcitizenlinda
        November 21, 2015 at 10:38 am

        I am really tired of people making excuses for this bigot – “of course he is JUST SAYING these things, many claim, but he doesn’t mean any of it;

        he must to be condemned for just thinking these things and of course for saying them – the hate can’t be taken back;

        words have consequences …… and when someone shows who they are believe them

  34. November 21, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Good day TOD!

    Congrats on 1st Anjo 🙂

    TY Chips. Seeing our President with children is always inspirational.

    Bunch more updates in the sidebar …. best I can do these days ….


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  37. 99 Don
    November 21, 2015 at 10:49 am

    When did we as a country start to think that it was okay to surrender our decency and to not use our common sense?

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