Early Bird Chat

On This Day – Pete Souza: “During one of the Christmas Holiday receptions at the White House, I noticed the First Lady’s hands resting on the podium as the President made brief remarks.” Dec. 14, 2011



10:40: The President holds a National Security Council meeting on the campaign against ISIS, The Pentagon

12:35: Delivers a statement, The Pentagon

103 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 desertflower
    December 14, 2015 at 8:14 am


    • 2 99ts
      December 14, 2015 at 8:15 am

      Definitely you – hopeflower 🙂

      • December 14, 2015 at 8:17 am

        😆 You’re bad, 99ts!

      • 4 desertflower
        December 14, 2015 at 8:28 am

        🙂 Not you too!! 🙂 Morning, 99ts…did you take those quizzes?? 🙂

      • 5 arapaho415
        December 14, 2015 at 8:51 am

        GE 99ts, missed seeing you here recently (with your recent move and my being hopelessly behind at TOD).

        Had no idea that this was true of the land of “G’day mate:”

        “Norman was a white man from Australia, a country that had strict apartheid laws, almost as strict as South Africa. There was tension and protests in the streets of Australia following heavy restrictions on non-white immigration and discriminatory laws against aboriginal people, some of which consisted of forced adoptions of native children to white families.”

        Shocking to see how Peter Norman was shunned, unemployable and Olympic feat recognized only after his death 9 years ago. 😦

        • 6 99ts
          December 14, 2015 at 5:10 pm

          The reason you hear little about it – most of the native population was killed in the 19th century. Most of the rest were living on stations run by the churches – who raised them to be the servants of white people & indeed “stole” their children – referred to now as the “stolen generation”. We had a “white Australia Policy” for immigration until c. 1972.

          We have now introduced horrific laws to stop refugees getting to our borders and to deport people with dual citizenship (if they are deemed “undesirable”) regardless of how long they have lived in Australia. There are many US style right wingers in the land down under.

    • 7 amk for obama
      December 14, 2015 at 8:15 am


    • December 14, 2015 at 8:17 am

      Mooooooooooorning DesertQuizzyHopeFlower!!!!

  2. 13 desertflower
    December 14, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Bringing over a couple bits of importance….

  3. 14 desertflower
    December 14, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Hate speech he won’t own, did this

    • 15 jackiegrumbacher
      December 14, 2015 at 8:52 am

      Morning, Df. I’m so disgusted, angered, ashamed of what this country has become. We’re entering a truly dangerous period when one of the two major political parties has chosen to openly push bigotry and our so-called media has decided to help them do it.

  4. December 14, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Can somebody explain to me why Hillary is losing to both Carson and Rubio nationally?

    Please don’t tell me that they both are pulling votes simply bc of who they are?
    That’s just insane.
    Good morning.
    Go patriots!!! 👌👌

    • 18 desertflower
      December 14, 2015 at 8:31 am

      Oh, Jovie….never mind about polls…they mean nothing and I feel like they can be manipulated to say/mean anything you want them to…Morning to you!! Patriots??? Yuk!

  5. 21 PrayerWarriorforObama
    December 14, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Good morning to the TOD community.

    ABC reported this morning that GOP front runners,Trump and Cruz, are losing to Hilary Clinton in national polls.

    • 22 desertflower
      December 14, 2015 at 8:31 am

      Tell Jovie:)

      • December 14, 2015 at 8:46 am

        Here are my answer to the poll question. What’s a poll? Is that the things which had Barack Obama losing to Hillary Clinton in 2008 and 2012 tied or losing to Mitt Romney.

        • 24 kid kanga
          December 14, 2015 at 11:02 am

          I’m convinced the media only has 2 types of stories, concern trolling and wishful thinking. Polling, in this case, falls under wishful thinking. They wish ANY GOP toolbag was ahead of Hillary or even bernie for that matter, LOL.

          Some polls would be concern trolling, like 70% of americans think Obama isn’t doing enough with ISIS, “what do you think he should do Chuck Todd??”

          I’m planning to ignore every single poll till at least after the next democrat is sworn into the oval office.

  6. December 14, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Good morning, good people. Happy Monday!

  7. 33 PrayerWarriorforObama
    December 14, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Df, I am tired of his posts that too often reflect Dems, including PBO, in a negative light.

  8. 34 Don
    December 14, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Quick question: Is ten years old too young to have a cellphone?

  9. 43 amk for obama
    December 14, 2015 at 8:42 am

  10. 44 amk for obama
    December 14, 2015 at 8:43 am

  11. 46 amk for obama
    December 14, 2015 at 8:43 am

  12. 47 amk for obama
    December 14, 2015 at 8:44 am

  13. 55 JER
    December 14, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

  14. December 14, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  15. 63 JER
    December 14, 2015 at 8:54 am

  16. December 14, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Polls from Iowa:

    The Des Moines Register

    Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll was released,

    1. Ted Cruz: 31% (up from 10% in the same poll in mid-October)

    2. Donald Trump: 21% (up from 19%)

    3. Ben Carson: 13% (down from 28%)

    4. Marco Rubio: 10% (up from 9%)

    5. Jeb Bush: 6% (up from 5%)

    Fox News Poll:

    1. Ted Cruz: 28%

    2. Donald Trump: 26%

    3. Marco Rubio: 13%

    4. Ben Carson: 10%

  17. December 14, 2015 at 9:11 am

    The Anatomy of Donald Trump’s South Carolina Supporters: Fed Up And Fearful
    Dec 14, 2015, 7:17 AM ET

    Meet John Wood.

    He lives in Aiken, South Carolina, and says Americans should be scared about who is coming into the country. So that’s why he’s for voting for Donald Trump.

    “I know I’m afraid,” said Wood, who was laid off from his construction job in 2011 and has since settled into retirement. “We need to know who these people are, and I don’t think they should be able to just come into this country illegally and shoot up people.”

    In a series of interviews conducted at Trump’s town hall last weekend in South Carolina, many supporters of the billionaire real estate mogul expressed outright fear — and others a general unease — about the security of the United States.


  18. December 14, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Obamacare Foe Marco Rubio Insured Under Affordable Care Act
    Updated: DEC 12 2015

    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio boasts of being the only Republican presidential candidate to have dealt a blow to Obamacare — but he’s also insured under the law.

    Rubio’s campaign confirmed to NBC News that the GOP presidential candidate and his family remain insured under the law, through the D.C. exchange. He first signed up in 2013, at which point spokeswoman Brooke Sammon told the Tampa Bay Times that Rubio “spent time looking at all the options and decided to enroll through the D.C. exchange for coverage for him and his family.”

    He’s not alone — Sen. Rand Paul signed up for health insurance under the law in 2013, as did all of congressional leadership at the time. Sen. Ted Cruz received insurance at the time from his wife’s employer, Goldman Sachs, and now has private insurance.


    • 72 jackiegrumbacher
      December 14, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Is there any one of these guys who isn’t a hypocrite? Just when you think these R candidates can’t get any scummier, they prove you wrong.

    • 73 0388jojothecat
      December 14, 2015 at 10:02 am

      Good morning TOD family.

      TC and family still benefit from Obamacare because the private insurance can’t turn them down due to pre-existing conditions.

  19. December 14, 2015 at 9:17 am
  20. 76 JER
    December 14, 2015 at 9:24 am

  21. 77 GGAIL
    December 14, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    Brrrrr, it’s cold outside this morning ☃

  22. December 14, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Good morning TOD!!

    Congrats df 🙂

    Significant ….

    A few more updates will appear in the sidebar in the next several minutes … bbl if possible ….


  23. December 14, 2015 at 9:41 am

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

    To all, I hope you pursue your visions; energetically, vigorously, and confidently today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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

  24. December 14, 2015 at 9:47 am

  25. December 14, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Did you tape Obama in Alaska on Thursday ten pm nbc?

  26. 86 57andfemale
    December 14, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Thanks to everyone for good wishes and healing energy for my Nickelby. He is doing great!

  27. December 14, 2015 at 10:19 am

    For all the TOD fans of Serena, be sure to watch the video currently on the SI website front page …

  28. 91 Allison
    December 14, 2015 at 10:21 am

  29. December 14, 2015 at 10:31 am

    But at some point, this “party of personal responsibility” really needs to look at themselves and realize that it was the embrace of post-policy obstruction based on fear mongering that brought them to this place. They are the ones who tilled the soil that wound up producing candidates like Trump and Cruz by abandoning any effort to develop a platform that addressed the issues we face in favor of stirring up the nativism of their base.

  30. December 14, 2015 at 10:50 am

  31. 98 JER
    December 14, 2015 at 11:02 am

  32. December 14, 2015 at 11:19 am

    American Jewish servicemen fighting Nazi troops during World War II faced even greater dangers than their non-Jewish comrades. If they fell into enemy hands, Germany didn’t treat them as ordinary POWs with the attendant rights demanded by the Geneva Conventions. Instead, Jewish prisoners were handled the way Germans handled all Jews: they were dispatched to death or slave labor camps, with little chance of survival. The American Army even advised its Jewish troops to destroy their dog tags and other identifying documents if captured by Nazi forces.

    The group of over a thousand American soldiers were captured in late 1944 and early 1945 in the Battle of the Bulge and transported to the Stalag IXA POW camp near Ziegenhain, Germany. One of their first orders was to separate out the Jewish troops and present them to their German captors.

    The German camp commander, Major Siegmann, delivered the order in English to the ranking American serviceman in the camp. This was Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds, a stocky 24-year-old from Knoxville Tennessee. Remembered by his fellow troops from basic training as a gentle, unassuming soldier, Sgt. Edmonds might have seemed an unlikely candidate for the heroism he was about to display.

    According to his son, Rev. Chris Edmonds, who has spent years speaking with witnesses and piecing together what happened that day on January 27, 1945, instead of ordering Jewish troops front and center, Sgt. Edmonds turned to his men and said, “We are not doing that, we are all falling out.” more> > > > >

  33. December 14, 2015 at 11:22 am

  34. December 14, 2015 at 11:23 am

    does anyone know when the next DEM Debate is..

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