Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dance during the 2009 Nobel Banquet in the Hall of Mirrors at the Grand Hotel in Oslo, Norway, Dec. 10, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)



11:05: The President delivers remarks and signs the Every Student Succeeds Act, South Court Auditorium

100 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Allison
    December 10, 2015 at 7:33 am

    GM Chips, GM TOD!!

  2. 3 desertflower
    December 10, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Morning everyone:)

  3. 4 Roberta in MN
    December 10, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Good Morning & Congrats on 1st Allison. GM Chips & DF. 🙂

  4. December 10, 2015 at 7:49 am

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

    To all, I hope you experience a spirit of humbleness and kindheartedness today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  5. 6 jackiegrumbacher
    December 10, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Morning all. I love the way President Obama always takes delight in dancing with Michelle and devotes his full attention to her. Back in the real world, I have managed, in the last half hour, to smash my favorite coffee mug, stub my toe and spend 15 frustrating minutes trying to start my computer. I guess things can only get better.

  6. 16 globalcitizenlinda
    December 10, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Good Morning Ms. Chips!

    Good Morning Everyone!

    Have a fantastic day

  7. December 10, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Good morning, good people!

    Some more good people:

  8. December 10, 2015 at 8:34 am

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  10. December 10, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  11. December 10, 2015 at 8:48 am

    GOP timid in condemning Trump anti-Muslim plan
    Rachel Maddow shares some early polling that shows Republican primary voters responding favorably to Donald Trump’s proposed block on Muslims entering the U.S., and Republican politicians not ruling out supporting Donald Trump as the party’s nominee or comparing their own policy ideas favorably to his


  12. December 10, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Good morning TOD!

    Congrats Allison 🙂

    This was inspired by gcLinda’s kind comment in the previous thread ….

    Yes WE Can

  13. December 10, 2015 at 8:51 am


  14. December 10, 2015 at 8:52 am

    because this is who they are:

    Public Policy Polling published results yesterday on GOP voters’ attitudes in North Carolina. Among the findings:

    * 48% of North Carolina Republicans endorse the idea of a national database of Muslims.

    * 42% of North Carolina Republicans believed thousands of Middle Easterners cheered in New Jersey on 9/11.

    * 35% of North Carolina Republicans support shutting down American mosques.

    * 32% of North Carolina Republicans believe practicing Islam in the United States should be illegal.

    • 57 jackiegrumbacher
      December 10, 2015 at 9:08 am

      So, Rikyra, read another way: 52 percent of NC Republicans do NOT endorse the idea of a national database of Muslims; 56 percent of NC Republicans do NOT believe NJ Muslims cheered on 9/11; 65 percent of NC Republics do NOT support shutting down mosques; and 68 percent of NC Republicans, do NOT believe that practicing Islam in the US should be illegal. So the majority of Republicans in a red state that has been a breeding ground for bigotry do NOT support Donald Trump’s poison spewing. And that doesn’t begin to assess Independents and Dems. Yes, it’s disgusting that so many Republicans reject the constitution and embrace bigotry, but this kind of bile has been aimed at them for decades. The gullible, the miserable and the ignorant embrace the hate speech because it gives them a handy scapegoat for all their fears and inadequacies.

    • 62 jackiegrumbacher
      December 10, 2015 at 9:18 am

      Df, I think Nancy’s conclusion is very important. The fear mongering is not just from the Loudmouth, it’s coming from every Republican candidate. It’s what that party has chosen to become and I DO NOT believe it represents the majority of Americans.

  15. 64 GGAIL
    December 10, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    We have fog so bad that LAX planes have been grounded and they don’t expect the fog to lift till 10am. Yikes!

  16. December 10, 2015 at 9:08 am

    This is what you call TWITTER TRUTH!

    NoChillMood @ritaag
    @lawalazu Its funny how they are all shocked today when they looked the other way when Trump was going full birther on PBO

    KSK(africa) @lawalazu
    LEST WE FORGET nothing Trump is saying is different from any of the other GOP candidates or Ryan and others in DC. They all feel the same.

    KSK(africa) @lawalazu
    So, don’t let the media try to paint any of them better than Trump, not that I give a whit about Trump. You hear one GOP, you here all.

    Trump’s sin was that he said aloud what they say in private, insinuate, encourage their base to spew. All he did was expose all of them.

    KSK(africa) @lawalazu
    So, if you believe that suddenly Ryan or any of those publicly disagreeing with Trump is being anything but disingenuous, bite me.

    KSK(africa) @lawalazu
    What I reject is the media trying to manipulate us to think that GOP is not in lockstep in their hate.

    KSK(africa) @lawalazu
    You will recall that it is the same MSM & GOP that showed no outrage when Trump went on a campaign to sully PBO. MSM gave him a platform.

    KSK(africa) @lawalazu
    So, color me unimpressed when Brokaw came out to condemn Trump recently. Where was he when Trump began testing the waters w/lies abt PBO?

    KSK(africa) @lawalazu
    My thought is that without MSM, Trump would not be spewing his bile. But because of GOP, he is able to. They all think the same way.

    KSK(africa) @lawalazu
    MSM has been a full partner in GOP ugliness, not to mention Trump’s rise. Watch how they cover domestic terrorism.

    • 66 Don
      December 10, 2015 at 9:28 am

      “So, color me unimpressed when Brokaw came out to condemn Trump recently. Where was he when Trump began testing the waters w/lies abt PBO?”

      Damn right, I remember Brokaw sitting up on Morning Joe early into President Obama’s first term and talking all kinds of shit about President Obama, fuck Brokaw.

  17. December 10, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Scalia makes racially charged argument in affirmative-action case
    12/09/15 03:45 PM—UPDATED 12/09/15 05:05 PM
    By Steve Benen
    About a month ago, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke to first-year law students at Georgetown, where he drew a parallel between gay people, pedophiles, and child abusers. What would he do for an encore?

    This morning, the high court heard oral arguments in a Texas case on affirmative action and the use of race in college admissions, and NBC News reported that Scalia “questioned whether some minority students are harmed by the policy because it helped them gain admittance to schools where they might not be able to academically compete.”

    At first blush, that sounds pretty racist, so let’s check the official transcript:
    “There are – there are those who contend that it does not benefit African Americans to ­­ to get them into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less­-advanced school, a less – a slower-track school where they do well.

    “One of – one of the briefs pointed out that – that most of the – most of the black scientists in this country don’t come from schools like the University of Texas. They come from lesser schools where they do not feel that they’re – that they’re being pushed ahead in – in classes that are too ­­ too fast for them.”
    If we were to go out of our way to be charitable, I suppose we could emphasize the fact that Scalia prefaced these comments by saying “there are those who contend.” In other words, maybe the far-right justice himself isn’t making such an ugly argument, so much as the justice is referencing an offensive argument from unnamed others?

    It is, to be sure, a stretch. At no point did Scalia say he disagrees with “those who contend” that African-American students who struggle at good universities and are better off at “a slower-track school.”

    David Plouffe, a former aide to President Obama, highlighted Scalia’s quote this afternoon and asked a pertinent question: “Motivation lacking for 2016?”


    • 69 jackiegrumbacher
      December 10, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Rkyrah, if Democrats don’t see the Supreme Court as a justification for racing to the polls in 2016, then they’re living in Lala land and will end up destroying us all.

    • 70 0388jojothecat
      December 10, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      I wonder what rock Scalia has been living under for the past 30yrs….I guess the Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson and Neil deGrasse Tyson went to one of those “slow track” schools like Yale and Harvard, respectively.

  18. 71 MadameSoph
    December 10, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Woke up too early and need to go back to sleep (West Coast time). Thought I’d pop in and say “buon giorno TOD”!

  19. December 10, 2015 at 9:27 am

    I love The Flash.

    And, the wonderful humanity that Jesse L. Martin brings to the show cannot be beat. He roots the show with a sincerity that cannot be faked. I admit..I got a lump in my throat in that final scene with Barry this week.

    • 76 Dudette
      December 10, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Sadly, I’ve not gotten into the show beyond the first 4 or 5 episodes. I really must plan a binge catchup sometime, cuz people are always talking about it. But I am indeed a fan of Jesse L. Martin. [swoon!]

  20. December 10, 2015 at 9:30 am


    Taraji P. Henson’s Audition for Cookie Lyon

    The Late Late Show with James Corden

  21. 79 MadameSoph
    December 10, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Stephen on DT being an a**hole, the Dem debate schedule designed to protect HRC, Ben Carson’s thoughts on Hummus, etc.

  22. December 10, 2015 at 9:38 am

    I will not link to Fox, but here’s their latest poll results.

    And, I will continue to say this…


    The problem is NOT Donald Trump. The problem for the GOP is that even if he is a Manchurian Candidate for Hillary…..

    He is speaking the language of NOT a ‘sliver’ of the GOP..

    Because….say it with me..



    Fox News has released the results of a new survey of Republican primary voters in South Carolina, which shows Trump with 35% support, far ahead of Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio, who are each about 20 points behind the frontrunner.


    The poll, released Wednesday, was conducted Saturday through Tuesday evenings. Trump made provocative remarks Monday about barring Muslims from entering the United States.

    It looks like his comments help him in South Carolina. Support for Trump increased eight points after his statement — from 30 percent the first two nights vs. 38 percent the last two nights.

  23. 83 amk for obama
    December 10, 2015 at 9:57 am

    who else donald dreck offended today?

    • 84 Dudette
      December 10, 2015 at 10:02 am

      It’s early yet. Give him time. Aside from a few grunts, grumbles and menacing glances, it takes a little more work for the evil juice to bubble up to the vocal chords.

  24. 86 MadameSoph
    December 10, 2015 at 10:09 am

    O.k., Stephen nodding off at the mention of Jeb Bush inspired me to try and get a few more Zs before my alarm goes off.
    Have a lovely morning TOD!

    Take a deep breath and remember, Barack Obama is still our President. 🙂

  25. 87 amk for obama
    December 10, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Trump UK ban petition passes 370,000 signatures.


    • 88 amk for obama
      December 10, 2015 at 10:23 am

      The petition went on Parliament’s e-petition website on Tuesday.

      It was posted in response to Mr Trump’s call for a temporary halt on Muslims entering the United States.

      Chancellor George Osborne criticised Mr Trump’s comments but rejected calls for him to be banned from the UK.

      A counter-petition, set up on Wednesday, saying Mr Trump should not be banned as it would be “totally illogical” has attracted more than 9,000 signatures.

      Any petition with more than 100,000 signatures is automatically considered for debate in Parliament.

  26. December 10, 2015 at 10:27 am

  27. 90 arapaho415
    December 10, 2015 at 10:33 am

    GM TODville.

    Lots of overnight news, thanks Meta, Bobfr for bringing here.

    Too early to launch into a tirade of how much I hate MSM, but this is what is fueling the (ignorant, defensive, closed-minded) GOP base — the more xenophobic, the BETTER — yeehah!

    (Not sure where Weigel was, but he’s referring to a Trump focus group I think, will need to investigate later.)

  28. 91 Allison
    December 10, 2015 at 10:41 am


    President Obama Delivers Remarks and Signs the Every Student Succeeds Act

  29. 93 JER
    December 10, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  30. 94 JER
    December 10, 2015 at 10:42 am

  31. 95 JER
    December 10, 2015 at 10:44 am

    • 96 4morefor44
      December 10, 2015 at 10:51 am

      really wish they’d kick knoller out of there. seems he thinks his sole job is to serve up republican catnip for the crazies to pile upon, and occasionally count some stuff. what a gross person he is in every way.

    • 97 99ts
      December 10, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      I would seriously doubt the “aide” knows anything about what may may not have happened. GOPers use every chance to rebuff PBO.

  32. 98 JER
    December 10, 2015 at 10:46 am

  33. 100 JER
    December 10, 2015 at 10:55 am

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