Early Bird Chat

On This Day: The President and First Lady await the arrival of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for a state dinner at the White House, 2009

62 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 desertflower
    November 24, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Where’s Don? 🙂

  2. 15 desertflower
    November 24, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Good morning everyone!! Happy Tuesday…look how beautiful and classy they look! Love them:)

  3. 16 desertflower
    November 24, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Agreed. Considering that the media isn’t forthcoming with the truth about many of these issues…it would be nice to hear this mentioned from those actually IN govt!


    • 17 jackiegrumbacher
      November 24, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Thanks, Df. I’m always surprised at how few visitors Nancy gets when her writing is brilliant and spot on. I guess if she devoted every other column to tearing down PBO, her site would be flooded with comments.

    • 19 arapaho415
      November 24, 2015 at 9:23 am

      GM DF.

      Sage advice.

      My fav:
      “9. The best photographs are the ones I am not in. Point your camera in a different direction. If you want photos of me, I have plenty to share that were taken in the 1950’s. Back then the camera was kinder to me.”

  4. November 24, 2015 at 8:34 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, even amk, and congrats df on #1! Happy Tuesday everyone. 🙂

    I look forward to today’s events with our great President – the press conference with Hollande at 11:30AM (EST), AND the Presidential Medal of Freedom later in the day. 🙂

  5. November 24, 2015 at 8:35 am

    • 23 desertflower
      November 24, 2015 at 8:37 am

      That’s a big revision!!

      • 24 hopefruit2
        November 24, 2015 at 8:40 am

        A big revision that will get LITTLE to no media attention. Instead we’ll be hearing all day/week: “OMG..ISIS…Obama..refugees…Polls!”

        • 25 jackiegrumbacher
          November 24, 2015 at 8:55 am

          Exactly, Hf. If it’s good news about the economy, the state of the world or anything else reflecting well on our President it immediately hits the circular file. There is now a concerted effort from the media and the Republican Party to create nonstop fear, paranoia and despair. Stoke up enough rage, depression and hopelessness and Voila! you get a Republican president.

          • 26 hopefruit2
            November 24, 2015 at 9:00 am

            Yes, the ISIS hysteria of today resembles the Ebola hysteria of yesterday. All paranoid ignorance and fear ginned up to facilitate the GOP’s political agenda.

            • 27 Vicki
              November 24, 2015 at 9:25 am

              ISIS Ebola—anything that can be used to explode fear and point a blaming finger at The President.

              The USA’s economic numbers continue to improve and 2.1 rather than 1.5 growth, in any normal society, would be cause for celebration.
              Wages are going up. More Americans are working. Big Unions have been successfully navigating favorable contracts for their members.

              The USA Leads the world in our economic recovery from the crash of 2008 and that is a Direct Result of President Obama’s sound decisions and avoidance of the failed austerity programs the rest of the world followed.

              POTUS has been brilliant in restoring our country to a sounder footing and
              NONE of that makes it into the Press or TV coverage.

              The President-bashing goes on in an unhinged universe of lies bullshit and ignorance. Get used to the idea of President Trump.

            • November 24, 2015 at 9:37 am

              hopefruit2, I so agree with you about this ISIS hysteria. It seem everyday there is a poll about ISIS. And I blame the media and the Republicans. Now all of a sudden Americans want troops on the ground, Obama has no strategy to fight ISIS, Americans are so afraid. I remember all the Ebola hysteria, ban all flights from Africa, ban anyone who look African. Remember that NH nurse, Chris Christie just decided to quarantine her, even though she show no signs of Ebola. I hear she is suing him. Good!!!!!!!

          • November 24, 2015 at 9:41 am


            i remember your answer from a week or so that we cannot depend on the DEM party to push back against the racist…and bigoted rhetoric of the GOP…and that the MSM has yet to hold Trump and the GOP accountable for the terrorist threats that they are making towards Muslims…Neither has the Justice Department…and although we focused on the 47 DEMS who voted with the GOP on that anti-refugee Bill…the fact of the matter is that the overwhelming majority of Dems…voted against the bill…

            but as you see from the latest PEW surveys the GOP is having success with their strategy of Obstruction and dysfunction..

            but after reading the piece from smartypants that df posted…i see that it all depends on the question…that Americans do have some faith in their government….

            so i guess that takes me back to what you said a few weeks ago….you reminded us that even PBO had to go around the DNC…and build his own structure….proving once again…as PBO has said…We are the Change that we have been looking for!

  6. November 24, 2015 at 8:40 am

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

    To all, I hope you have a majestic and sublime day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  7. November 24, 2015 at 8:41 am

    I have to ask because clearly I’m missing something…what exactly is the President supposed to be doing that he is not? “No leadership”, “missed opportunity” WTF!!! How can this meme be so pervasive with NO MSM pushback? I’m losing my mind here!

  8. November 24, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Pigs are flying because we TODers all agree with Brother Mark on this. 🙂

  9. November 24, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Look, the president on foreign policy is an ideologue. He doesn’t like troops first mentality… He thinks diplomacy first is the answer for everything.
    I admire him, he sticks to his principles.
    I guess, that America is so conditioned to war that they just don’t think diplomacy is the safe answer.
    At least in the immediate sense. After about a year or two of deep involvement in war, America akways wants our troops home.

    What a strange fickle country we live in, driven by the media.

    • 38 desertflower
      November 24, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Republicans and the Dems that shall not be named….have one answer to everything that vexes them. Kill it. Diplomacy takes brains and knowledge and understanding of a complicated world…and it takes time. They want immediate gratification and ease of thought. Kill it. Worry about the rest later. The difference between mediocre and stellar.

      • 39 jackiegrumbacher
        November 24, 2015 at 8:59 am

        Exactly, Df. Perfectly stated. I would add that SOME Americans are desperate for a Daddy figure who will knock out the bogeyman with one blow and make things safe for the little ones. The collective maturity level of these Americans is about that of my three year old granddaughter who’s afraid of spiders and wants her PopPop to take them all away.

        • 40 Linda
          November 24, 2015 at 9:08 am

          I saw Norman Lear interviewed on Al-Jazerra a while ago and he complained that he was disappointed in PBO because he didn’t turn out to be the ” Daddy ” America was looking for.

          He actually said ” Daddy “

  10. November 24, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Glad I’m not the only one who’s telling the EU (I told you so), especially after they symbolically voted to grant Snowden pardon…now he’s quiet as a mouse on Twitter, for all the almost-daily yapping he had been doing since he joined..

  11. November 24, 2015 at 9:01 am

  12. 43 GGAIL
    November 24, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  13. November 24, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  14. November 24, 2015 at 9:11 am

    The republicans are busy right now thinking of what loaded questions to give the WH press Corp so they can get the daily sound bite.
    It’s like an addiction to the republicans . How do I win the news cycle? How can we embarrass Obama?
    These objectives help them win next election…
    Some times it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

  15. November 24, 2015 at 9:12 am

    uh huh

    uh huh

    Five Black Lives Matter protesters shot in Minneapolis; police searching for white suspects

    By Michael E. Miller and Lindsey Bever

    November 24 at 8:53 AM

    Simmering racial tensions have boiled over yet again after several men shot five people who had been protesting the recent police killing of an African American man in Minneapolis.

    The shooting occurred late Monday night about a block from Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th Precinct, where protesters have held daily demonstrations since the fatal Nov. 15 police shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark.

    Police announced on social media that five people suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, and that officers were searching for “3 white male suspects” who fled the scene.

    A police spokesman confirmed to The Washington Post that those shot had been protesting outside the police station before the incident.

    “Tonight, white supremacists attacked the ‪#‎4thPrecinctShutDown‬ in an act of domestic terrorism,” Black Lives Matter Minneapolis said on Facebook. “We won’t be intimidated.”


  16. November 24, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Only reason why this is going through is because the tape was released. And, the State’s Attorney is up for re-election – that woman is crooked/incompetent. Could have charged him anytime during the past year. But, ONLY decided to charge him once the tape was released.

    UH HUH.
    UH HUH.


    Reports: Chicago police officer to be charged with murder of black teen shot 16 times
    By Yanan Wang
    November 24 at 5:49 AM

    A white Chicago police officer is expected to be charged with murder in the 2014 shooting death of an African American teenager caught on dash-cam video, individuals close to the investigation told the Associated Press, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times Monday night.

    Unnamed officials told the news organizations that Officer Jason Van Dyke is expected to appear at a bond hearing at noon Tuesday at which time he is also expected to be charged with murder. His lawyer has said that the officer’s actions were lawful.

    “He believed in his heart of hearts that he was in fear for his life … he was concerned about the lives of [other] police officers,” Daniel Herbert told reporters last week.

    If Van Dyke is indicted, the case will mark the first time a Chicago police officer has been charged with first-degree murder for an on-duty fatality in 35 years, according to the Tribune.


  17. November 24, 2015 at 9:19 am

    The Trump problem Republicans don’t know how to solve
    11/23/15 12:42 PM—UPDATED 11/23/15 02:40 PM
    By Steve Benen
    A Black Lives Matter protestor briefly interrupted a Donald Trump campaign event in Alabama over the weekend, and there’s video that suggests the African-American protester was punched and kicked by white men at the event.

    Asked about the incident, the Republican presidential hopeful responded, “[M]aybe he should have been roughed up.”

    Soon after, Trump turned to Twitter to share a racially charged image with crime statistics that were entirely incorrect.

    It was probably about this point that many Republican insiders and party officials slapped their foreheads, realizing not only that Trump’s message is resonating with many GOP voters, but also the fact that they have no idea how to interrupt his rising support.

    Republican insiders are, however, eager to try. Politico reported last week that John Kasich’s super PAC is “planning to invest $2.5 million in the most aggressive takedown” of Trump to date. The article added, “Rather than go after Trump for his business dealings or his past support for liberal causes, as some of his opponents have tried to do, the super PAC will paint Trump as someone who would be a deeply ineffective commander-in-chief and ill suited for the demands of the Oval Office.”

    The Wall Street Journal reported on a related effort from the GOP establishment, which includes “the first attempt to unite donors from rival camps into a single anti-Trump force.”
    A well-connected GOP operative is planning a “guerrilla campaign” backed by secret donors to “defeat and destroy” the celebrity businessman’s candidacy, according to a memo reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. […]

    The most concerted effort is Trump Card LLC, the self-styled guerrilla campaign being launched by Liz Mair, the former online communications director of the Republican National Committee. “In the absence of our efforts, Trump is exceedingly unlikely to implode or be forced out of the race,” according to the Trump Card memo.

    Let’s unwrap this a bit, because it’s likely to have a significant impact on the Republican race.


  18. November 24, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Voters see Clinton as the most trustworthy on battling terror
    11/24/15 08:40 AM
    By Steve Benen

    In the wake of the terrorist violence in Paris, Republicans saw an opportunity to change the direction of the political conversation. The attacks reminded American voters about national security threats, which GOP officials necessarily see as good news for their party – since polls have consistently shown the public siding with Republicans on the issue, the party’s woeful track record notwithstanding.

    But these assumptions may be due for a reevaluation. Consider the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll.
    A crescendo of tough talk on Syrian refugees and terrorism seems to be elevating the toughest talkers in the GOP primary – most notably Donald Trump. But among the broader American public, the most trusted person to handle the issue is Hillary Clinton. […]

    By 50 percent to 42 percent, more Americans say they trust Clinton to handle the threat of terrorism than Trump, who leads the Republican field and responded to the Paris terrorist attacks by calling for heightened surveillance of mosques and redoubling his opposition to allowing Syrian refugees to settle in the U.S.
    Clinton’s eight-point advantage over Trump wasn’t unique: the same poll showed the Democratic frontrunner also leading Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Jeb Bush when respondents were asked, “Who would you trust more to handle the threat of terrorism?”

    This is obviously just one poll, and we’d need more data before drawing sweeping conclusions, but if the results are accurate, public attitudes appear quite rational. The question, after all, deals with preparedness. Clinton has the most foreign-policy experience of any presidential candidate in a generation, while nearly all of her Republican rivals are either literal or practical amateurs.


    • November 24, 2015 at 9:47 am

      The other week there was a poll that said Hillary Clinton wasn’t trustworthy, that was one of her biggest problem the poll said. The people in that poll said she wasn’t trustworthy, now they trust her to handle terrorism. Oh that’s Americans for you. We don’t want our troops into another war, yes we do, no we don’t, yes we do.

  19. 58 carolyn
    November 24, 2015 at 9:22 am

    All the pundits, infotainers, congresscritters, etc that are pushing and yelling for “boots on the ground”…..10,00 troops, need to remember what VP Biden said about POTUS: He has a moral compass…..an a backbone of STEEL!!! They can push and push and push, he will not give in to their yelling. He doesn’t care about polls, he cares about what will be best for the world and America. I sleep well at night knowing that he is President ….and leader of the world.

    Thank you all, I had a delightful birthday. The cherry on top was yesterday evening when my son and his family called me and sang “Happy Birthday” to me, all five of them. And today…..I’m flying to Dallas to be with them until Friday. Very thankful.

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