Early Bird Chat

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dance with two Storm Troopers from Star Wars in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Dec. 18, 2015 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

100 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. December 20, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Good morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, etc and Happy Sunday everyone! 🙂 🙂

  2. 5 jackiegrumbacher
    December 20, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Morning Chips and Hf. Winter’s blown in on schedule in our part of the world. How I wish, oh, wish, oh wish I were in Hawaii.

  3. 13 jackiegrumbacher
    December 20, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Just a point about not seeing enthusiasm for the Dem debate. The fact is there is no competition. Those who support Bernie are tilting at windmills since he will not be the nominee, nor will Martin O’Malley. We at TOD have loved and followed PBO since he came on the scene at the 2004 convention, but there are others in the Democratic Party who feel equally committed to Hillary Clinton and are overjoyed that she is finally having her chance. To give them credit, they stepped up to the plate in both 2008 and 2012 and worked their butts off to elect PBO. Right now the media, owned and operated by corporate Republicans, is jazzed up on the juvenile mud slinging on the Republican side. They’re bored with the idea of a certain winner. But when the full on campaign begins and PBO is out in the field campaigning, it is we who will have the last laugh.

    • December 20, 2015 at 9:13 am

      Thank you Jackie for your comments

    • 15 arapaho415
      December 20, 2015 at 9:43 am

      GM JackieG.

      Catching up from yesterday, did see comments about lack of enthusiasm for Dem candidate (which I wholeheartedly agree with — IMHO both Clintons have zero ability to spot and encourage real talent [e.g., Mark Penn, Dick Morris, Lanny Davis, ad naseum — compare George Stephanopoulos to Josh Ernest, the difference between night and day]) so I shudder to think of her at POTUS helm.

      However, THIS hits the nail of the head:
      when “PBO is out in the field campaigning…”

      EXACTLY. PBO made it clear in year-end news conference on Friday that he WILL BE on the campaign trail next year, so DWS can crawl back into her hole then.

      IMHO we need to keep our eye on the prize (complete the implementation of Obama/Biden vision and secure SCOTUS majority) and not wallow in the self-inflicted damage GOP is doing to themselves during the contemptible primary 3-ring circus.

      The MSM is beyond hope.

      • 16 mtmarilyn
        December 20, 2015 at 10:53 am

        I agree arapaho, The quality of people around the Clinton’s is suspect. When PBO is out there on the trail we will be there to support the Democrats. What we all need to concentrate on is all the local campaigns. We must take the states back if possible.

    • 17 jacquelineoboomer
      December 20, 2015 at 11:37 am

      That explains it all. Thanks and good morning!

  4. December 20, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Congrats hf2 🙂

    Good morning TOD

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  7. 37 GGAIL
    December 20, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  8. 40 globalcitizenlinda
    December 20, 2015 at 9:43 am

    good morning everyone!

    have a fantastic day!

  9. 41 globalcitizenlinda
    December 20, 2015 at 9:59 am

    I suspect that there are some in the Democratic Party apparatus who thought that they would be doing a huge favor for one candidate by protecting her from having a competitive primary;

    some huge benefits of a competitive primary include:-

    (a) each candidate’s campaign working its hardest to look for new voters wherever they may be and convincing them about the party’s core message and how it would benefit them;

    (b) mobilization of all kinds of creative and dedicated volunteers who use the primary election to get to know each other and establish a more smooth working relationship;

    (c) a chance for the party to work out shortcomings in it GOTV infrastructure and continuously improve it;

    (d) candidates sharpening their message and their ability deal with all kinds of attacks thrown at them

    to me, the lack of a competitive primary, is one grave mistake which may affect the Dems’ ability to take back the Senate and make a play for the house (I don’t believe that it is really impossible to reduce the number of the gerrymandered gop in congress if this was a focus & many people voted);

    it is hard for people to become enthusiastic if they feel that the choice of the candidate has already been made for them and that there is not much room to change the odds

    • December 20, 2015 at 10:21 am

      …those that support Hillary Clinton feel enthused…those that support Bernie Sanders…feel enthused…those that support O’Malley feel enthused…our primary here in PA is in April….not sure when the primary race will be decided….but i look forward to the day that the President gets involved in the GOTV efforts…

      • 43 globalcitizenlinda
        December 20, 2015 at 10:46 am

        true, but in order for the Dems to win in this :

        – fear-gened-up environment &

        – with the media on the gop’s side &

        – the added official gop-legislated voter suppression,

        there is a need for the whole party and some independents to be enthused

        • December 20, 2015 at 10:53 am

          i agree…that is my anxiety…i can only hope that things will change once the voting starts…

          • 45 globalcitizenlinda
            December 20, 2015 at 11:00 am

            your hope is mine too;

            if it is any consolation, remember what PBO said before he left for Hawaii => “Next year, I will leave it all on the field”;

            that should help us sleep easier because there is so much at stake in 2016

  10. December 20, 2015 at 9:59 am

    • 47 Vicki
      December 20, 2015 at 10:46 am

      The desire to hide a President Obama Win runs strongly through the media, both parties, and All the candidates.
      You don’t think so?

      Bernie, Martin and Hillary could have mentioned the amazing success in Paris—-but they didn’t. Climate change never came up. Not in their opening statements. Not in their closing statements.
      Hillary Did mention PBO and the agreement on Syria this week. But then she took credit for it.
      Bernie seems to be running against POTUS. I guess he’s going for Ron Paul’s followers. Hopeless.

      • December 20, 2015 at 10:52 am

        yes Vicki…the ODS is strong in the Democrats…none of them are able to truly embrace the success of the President…unless like Hillary they take credit for it.. .even when they agree with an outcome…there is always some kind of disclaimer…like it is not soon enough or not good enough….
        the only prominent DEM to give the President praise has been Nancy Pelosi..

        I hope that they do not allow ODS to get in the way of GOTV

  11. 49 carolyn
    December 20, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Viewing the picture of POTUS and FLOTUS at the top makes me think of their joy in life, their children, their country, their duty, yes, their duty, their love for each other, and so much more. And then I thought, that they have not let the naysayers, bigots, haters, second guessers…steal their joy in each other, life, Sasha and Malia, his chance to turn our country around……they both are obviously inner directed, and this joy emanates from inside. They are indeed inspirational and role models.

  12. December 20, 2015 at 10:14 am

  13. 52 globalcitizenlinda
    December 20, 2015 at 10:14 am

    • 53 globalcitizenlinda
      December 20, 2015 at 10:39 am

      noted :

      – PBO’s happy face;

      – rusty putting on his shoes and ready to quit;

      – free stuff from BS – priceless;

      – getting the “exploding server” out of the undisclosed location it was hidden

      • December 20, 2015 at 10:46 am

        …notice the missing O’Malley….also notice how they put Trump in front and made his image larger than the others..

        • 55 desertflower
          December 20, 2015 at 10:51 am

          His HEAD is certainly bigger than anyone else’s!

        • 57 globalcitizenlinda
          December 20, 2015 at 10:57 am

          yes, probably reflecting how the media has been determined to make him larger than life;

          I purposefully decided to ignore him & the other gop critter ;

          as for O’Malley, I don’t know why he has not made much impact

          • 58 Nena20409
            December 20, 2015 at 12:18 pm

            O’Malley would have been better suited had he announced his intended Candidacy in March or Earlier, at the very least, after April. He didn’t. He allowed Sanders who was already the Favorite of Most Progressive Talk Radio for years to gain traction. O’Malley was being cute by the dozens when he was differential to HRC, and pretentious about his desire to run for the Presidency. Then Baltimore Rose as Freddie was killed. That left O’Malley in a quicksand. He has been stuck in there, unable to move forward.

      • 59 GGail
        December 20, 2015 at 10:49 am

        Hi Linda, look closer, Rusty is trying to put his skate on one foot while his other foot is sitting on the snow 🙂

      • 63 globalcitizenlinda
        December 20, 2015 at 10:49 am

        of course PBO holding hands with the Iranian leader

    • 64 Vicki
      December 20, 2015 at 10:49 am

      OH, this is fabulous.

  14. 65 desertflower
    December 20, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Good Morning everyone:) Happy Sunday! Shopped yesterday and decided to go to a museum shop to do my shopping and got beautiful, one of a kind sorts of gifts…easy parking, no crowds, friendly staff….I highly suggest it if you still have some shopping to do and live in an area with beautiful museums, like I do. Best part…this one was literally right up the road from me:) Puts me in a good mood…until, one my way home, the fart behind me thought that he should tell me how to drive my car while I stopped waiting for oncoming traffic….he was shaking his fist and yelling at me…I through a flag,(if you know what I mean) and he behaved himself….I WANTED to get out of my car and have a word….but I didn’t, because…well. around these parts you have to assume that everyone has a gun…even the wealthy, crotchity, fart driving the Beemer SUV….. that capped off my day! All good:)

  15. 66 amk for obama
    December 20, 2015 at 11:01 am

    epl 2015 – the year of unsung
    Crystal Palace
    West Ham

  16. 77 amk for obama
    December 20, 2015 at 11:05 am

  17. December 20, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  18. 81 amk for obama
    December 20, 2015 at 11:07 am

  19. 82 amk for obama
    December 20, 2015 at 11:08 am

  20. December 20, 2015 at 11:12 am

    twitter truth

    SheriffFruitfly @sherifffruitfly
    hilarious watching hillary effectively run unopposed and people act like she’s such an awesome campaigner

    • 84 jacquelineoboomer
      December 20, 2015 at 11:53 am

      I’ll just say one thing about her … to me, it’s like she’s still SOS, traveling from place to place, countin’ up the miles for her travel ledger, calling it in. If you asked me what her current message is, I couldn’t tell ya. Now, if she campaigned on furthering the excellent agenda of President Obama, I’d remember that.

      DWS and the DNC are useless; they just want to coast, while Hillary picks out her outfit for the coronation. Even SNL joked last night that the “DNC is sabotaging Bernie Sanders.” We do not need any of that brouhaha. But, unfortunately, we’ve got it.

      • December 20, 2015 at 1:32 pm

        She’s going from place to place trying to build her coalition. When she was SOS she wasn’t traveling all those miles to get a free trip to Singapore. She traveled those miles because the man she worked for asked her to in order to rebuild shattered relationships.

        • December 20, 2015 at 4:36 pm

          Hillary goes between crediting the President for his success…claiming credit for his success..or telling us how she would do it better……my goal is to elect one of them President….and to work to ensure of DEMS on the state and local level……when one of them wins the primary…the President will be in gear and i will follow his lead

  21. December 20, 2015 at 11:15 am

    The New Attack on
    Hispanic Voting Rights
    After the Supreme Court decision that gutted the Voting Rights Act, tactics
    to suppress minority voting are flourishing — especially in states where
    Hispanic voters are reshaping the electorate. Part two of an ongoing series.

    By JIM RUTENBERG DEC. 17, 2015

    In September 2000, Oscar Del Toro of Monterrey, Mexico, arrived with his wife and three children at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston to start a new life in the United States. Del Toro, then 38, had spent his whole life in Mexico. His mother and father were naturalized American citizens who lived near Houston and had wanted to bring him to the United States with them. But because he was already an adult, with a wife and a child, he was subject to a long waiting period for a green card. He went on with his life in Mexico, building a business selling laser printers and buying a comfortable four-bedroom house. He had more or less forgotten all about the prospect of moving to the United States when, around Christmas in 1999, his mother told him she had a present for him: an Immigration and Naturalization Service letter inviting him and his family to apply for permanent residency.

    Del Toro’s parents lived in Pasadena, an oil town on the outskirts of Houston. He moved there, too, to a cramped three-room apartment on the north side of town, above the informal dividing line marked by the Spencer Highway. The north side of Pasadena is a mostly Hispanic area, its streets lined with signs advertising carnicerías, peluquerías and abogados de inmigración. In recent years, so many Mexicans have moved there that some Spanish-speaking locals have taken to calling the area ‘‘Nuevo León,’’ for the Mexican border state where many of them, including the Del Toros, came from. As the older part of town — ‘‘historic,’’ goes the official city designation — its compact neighborhoods have streets cratered with potholes, and sidewalks that are slanted and buckling and overgrown with weeds.


  22. 88 Ladyhawke
    December 20, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Norman Ornstein ‏@NormOrnstein 36m36 minutes ago


    Pathetic watching Sunday shows pander to Donald Trump. Is there any other candidate allowed to appear by phone? And to bloviate this way?


  23. 89 desertflower
    December 20, 2015 at 11:26 am


    In a nutshell. There really IS only one choice…

    Those who did tune in had the opportunity to hear from three candidates who can be trusted, to varying degrees, to lead the nation. There are some obvious differences between them that don’t need restating here, but the distinction between the Democrats and the Republicans in their debates could not possibly have been sharper. The GOP wants to drop more bombs on anything that moves in the middle east, cut taxes on every corporation and rich person it can, and make life miserable for almost anyone who isn’t older, wealthy, white, straight and male.

    It’s not just about morals, though: it’s about basic responsibility. Republican foreign policy wouldn’t just needlessly kill untold numbers through needless military aggressions—it would also generate a massive increase in terrorism and instability just as George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq did. Republican tax policy wouldn’t just benefit the rich at the expense of the poor and middle class—it would also bust the budget, create massive deficits and hurt the demand-side consumer economy. Republican climate policy wouldn’t just benefit fossil fuel companies and increase pollution—it would also put the entire planet at risk of eventual civilization and species collapse.

    Republican candidates are catering to a furious and fearful population of resentful paranoiacs. Their policy platforms are predictably wildly irresponsible.

  24. 90 amk for obama
    December 20, 2015 at 11:33 am

    At least 43 people have been killed in a series of air strikes believed to have been carried out by Russian planes in the Syrian city of Idlib, according to activists and residents.

    A marketplace, homes and official buildings were all hit, reports say. Bodies were still being pulled from the rubble, a civil defence worker said.

    Russia has not confirmed whether it carried out strikes in the area.

    Russia began an air campaign to bolster President Bashar al-Assad in September.


    This is not going to end well.

    • 91 desertflower
      December 20, 2015 at 11:34 am

      Not going to end well at all. I’m certain that Trump is so proud.

    • 92 globalcitizenlinda
      December 20, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      yes, this is not good at all;

      worse still, putin and assad may even turn around and place the blame for these civilian deaths on the US and its coalition

  25. 96 globalcitizenlinda
    December 20, 2015 at 11:53 am

    • 97 amk for obama
      December 20, 2015 at 11:56 am

      well, they could always vote ‘for a hope & change’.

    • 98 globalcitizenlinda
      December 20, 2015 at 11:58 am

      yes this article is from Vox;

      but I learned a little bit more about what is going on in this community which may have contributed to the residents’ reaction to another solar project amongst them that seems not to be contributing to improving their situation

  26. 99 amk for obama
    December 20, 2015 at 11:54 am

    with that nice imagery, gunnite.

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