Early Bird Chat

Nov. 21, 2011 – Pete Souza: “The President reacts jokingly after the First Lady in her remarks called Jill Biden, ‘my favorite person here,’ despite the fact that her husband was standing next to her.”




MoooOOOooorning Early Birds!

123 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. November 21, 2013 at 7:20 am

    A quick hello and I’m off to school and parent conferences!

  2. 4 Roberta in MN
    November 21, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Good Morning Chips.

  3. 6 Roberta in MN
    November 21, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Good Morning mary1 and congrats on the Gold.

  4. 7 JER
    November 21, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Good Morning Chips and everybody.

  5. 9 africa
    November 21, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Morning Chips, Morning TODers, Congrats Mary. Happy Thursday!!

  6. 11 dotster3
    November 21, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Valerie Jarrett is dating Ahmad Rashad? Would never have guessed that, but Vive L’Amour! (local Chgo news) (my gossip item for today)

  7. 19 Dudette
    November 21, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Goooood Moooooorning Family! :-D

  8. 20 Dudette
    November 21, 2013 at 7:29 am
    • 21 Linda
      November 21, 2013 at 7:31 am

      But…but….but….CBS says …………

      Good Morning !

    • 22 africa
      November 21, 2013 at 7:42 am

      Meanwhile the GOP/MSM continue to demonize. What they wish and what is happening are two different things. Both are hypocrites.

    • 23 jackiegrumbacher
      November 21, 2013 at 7:57 am

      Dudette, I love that the media doesn’t have the power it used to. It’s great to see that people are finally seeing through the fraud, which might be the single healthiest trend in the US so far. The msm has lost any sense of moderation–the constant piling on is a telltale sign that they have nothing substantive to say so are just pushing propaganda at higher and higher decibels.

      • 24 Dudette
        November 21, 2013 at 8:06 am

        You can say that again, jg! We havePresident Clinton to blame for deregulating the industry and setting up the conditons that led to this for-profit corporatist bullshit they call “news.”

  9. 25 Dudette
    November 21, 2013 at 7:33 am


    • November 21, 2013 at 7:55 am

      I just don’t get the stall. I know it is raising my blood pressure. I can’t seem to understand why they can’t do like the Republicans. Change the rule and then change it back before the election. Just a bunch of chickens!….I gotta go. Just talking about this will make me put some vodka in my orange juice and spike my coffee too.

      • 27 Dudette
        November 21, 2013 at 7:58 am

        Repubs would’ve change the rules on Day One!

      • 28 jackiegrumbacher
        November 21, 2013 at 7:59 am

        FayPax, I think Harry Reid wants to be absolutely sure he has the votes he needs on the Democratic side. It would be worse if he tries and then fails to get the majority he needs. Nancy Pelosi talked the other day about the importance of counting. Never go to the floor if you’re not sure you’ve got the votes.

        • November 21, 2013 at 11:15 am

          Jackie, you know I know you’re right. In fact, the only reason he didn’t do it before was because he didn’t have the votes. Feinstein and Boxer were no votes last time…I understand they’ve flipped…so maybe. I’m just so completely hopeful, maybe I can will it to happen. :)

  10. 30 Dudette
    November 21, 2013 at 7:34 am
  11. 33 Dudette
    November 21, 2013 at 7:37 am
  12. 34 Dudette
    November 21, 2013 at 7:37 am
  13. 35 Roberta in MN
    November 21, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Just watching yesterdays WHPC what a bunch of ignorant press. I can’t even put capital letters before the writing. ed henry is a piece shit. Blood pressure going up. Chuckie is annoying. In fact they all are today. Some days I can tolerate those clowns but yesterday they were really obnoxious. Have a good day everyone. Still have to catch up on the previous posts. BBL

    • 36 jackiegrumbacher
      November 21, 2013 at 8:03 am

      Roberta, I’ll bet you are one of a handful of people who watch these repulsive WHPC antics. And that’s one reason why they get away with their contempt, stupidity and ignorance. If more people tuned in they would recognize this childish behavior for what it is and never again give these guy any credibility.

    • November 21, 2013 at 8:13 am

      Take a break and just watch the better MSNBC programs like Bashir, Schultz, Sharpton, Maddow and O’Donnell. That should keep your blood pressure way down.

  14. 38 Dudette
    November 21, 2013 at 7:38 am
  15. 39 Dudette
    November 21, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Ha! Well, I’m not one to brag, but um, guess who just retweeted and faved me! :-D :-D :-D

  16. 50 JER
    November 21, 2013 at 7:42 am
  17. 52 africa
    November 21, 2013 at 7:48 am

    There is a special place in hell for these guys.

    • November 21, 2013 at 9:05 am

      Rev. Al will have a special on the 22nd, tomorrow. Later in the evening. Times are different for the Mtn folks. ;) Anyway it’s called something like 50 years of guns, because you know why. . .

  18. 54 Jovie
    November 21, 2013 at 7:55 am

    What is so great about Afghanistan? Why do we have to spend money there instead of feeding poor children here?

    • November 21, 2013 at 8:00 am

      Exactly! They say the Taliban will take over and the women will suffer. Uh….sorry. We need to pay attention to our own Taliban and don’t get me started about women’s rights.

    • 56 Dudette
      November 21, 2013 at 8:03 am

      I’m you Jovie! We need to fund infrastructure badly. We need to fund education. We need jobs.

    • 57 hopefruit2
      November 21, 2013 at 8:18 am

      I’m not sure where all this Afghanistan hysteria is coming from. Retaining a presence in Afghanistan for nation-building and increasing domestic spending for education, infrastructure and jobs are are not mutually exclusive. There is no where PBO ever said that he will ignore domestic infrastructure, education and jobs in favor of Afghanistan.

      People need to really stop feeding off the media-generated hysteria and LISTEN to what our President has been saying and doing for the last FIVE years.

      • 58 Dudette
        November 21, 2013 at 8:26 am

        Not hysterics hf. I don’t think they’re mutually exclusive either. But I do think leaving tens of thousands of troops there another decade or more is money down the drain. Just a respectful difference of opinion on this issue.

        • 59 hopefruit2
          November 21, 2013 at 8:38 am

          I will wait to hear directly from PBO and/or a trusted member of his foreign team as to what the situation, rational and intent is, before passing any judgment. I don’t trust media reports which are frequently and usually deliberately taken out of context, misreported, with half-truths mixed in with outright lies. I have seen this movie too many times before.

  19. 61 dotster3
    November 21, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Hesitated for a minute on Morning Jerk because I saw Axelrod on—–Big Mistake! Nicolle Wallace, in that annoyingly whiny voice, was asking him, ‘Why didn’t President Obama get some Republicans to go along with him on healthcare? That would have been a better idea because then they would be supporting the law now. ‘ OMG! Are you kidding me? Did she just say that? She has to be the densest person in the whole wide world. Axelrod looked semi-amused by the question and patiently tried to explain to 5 yr. old Nicolle that they did try to get Repubs on board, went to great efforts to do so etc. but even those who agreed with them in private never did so publicly, all locked into the obstruct Obama at every turn mandate. Then Joe Jerk tried to cut Axe off, saying “okay, okay” while he was still talking. That was about all I could take for today.

    • November 21, 2013 at 8:03 am

      It is infuriating because you know their memories are simply not that short. Besides, the healthcare bill contains over 300 Republican amendments. That’s more than enough bipartisanship for my taste.

    • 63 pkayden
      November 21, 2013 at 8:15 am

      Was she in a coma during the healthcare law debate/passage?

      • 64 No Child Left Behind
        November 21, 2013 at 8:21 am

        She was in a coma, rightfully so, after working on the failed and lousy campaign of the Great FlipFlopper McCain with his Idiot Palin. She too is an idiot.

  20. 65 africa
    November 21, 2013 at 7:56 am
  21. 66 Jovie
    November 21, 2013 at 8:01 am

    I disagree with the president here. See? This is a bad situation and I never liked his decisions on this ongoing war.
    But I hope it works bc I support him.

    • 67 hopefruit2
      November 21, 2013 at 8:15 am

      This is not new! The media is trying to manufacture another BS “scandal” and are pretending this is a new development. It is NOT. It was always part of the plan!

  22. 68 africa
    November 21, 2013 at 8:02 am
  23. 69 JER
    November 21, 2013 at 8:02 am
  24. 74 amk for obama
    November 21, 2013 at 8:03 am
  25. November 21, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Aw shucks! Gotta go feed the minions. It’s been a blast! See you later.

    • 84 No Child Left Behind
      November 21, 2013 at 8:18 am

      I wish TIME magazine can see how much I am rushing to buy multiple copies of this edition. Morons!

  26. November 21, 2013 at 8:12 am
  27. November 21, 2013 at 8:21 am
    • 87 No Child Left Behind
      November 21, 2013 at 8:23 am

      Good Morning Chipsticks and TODVille,

      Brilliant cover!

    • 88 desertflower
      November 21, 2013 at 8:25 am

      Thanks, Chips. MUCH better. Idiots.

    • 89 anniebella
      November 21, 2013 at 8:39 am

      Chipsticks I am out the door to buy that issue of Time right now.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • November 21, 2013 at 8:44 am


    • 91 jackiegrumbacher
      November 21, 2013 at 9:22 am

      You’re a genius, Chips. You speak truth; the magazine pushes lies. Time outlived its usefulness years ago. I think I cancelled my subscription in the early 90′s thinking they were out of touch. Now the whole Time enterprise seems practically arthritic. There are still a few who swallow their BS but those numbers are dwindling. Guess Time thought they were drying too slowly and wanted to push their demise–hence the wholesale adoption of GOP propaganda. To hell with them.

  28. 93 desertflower
    November 21, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Lizz Winstead ‏@lizzwinstead 8m
    Good news for President is next week people failing to get through to the Butterball Hotline will give ACA website news a momentary respite
    Retweeted by LOLGOP
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  29. 94 desertflower
    November 21, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Opps! http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014653968

    Most of NSA’s data collection authorized by order Ronald Reagan issued

    Source: McClatchy

    WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency’s collection of information on Americans’ cellphone and Internet usage reaches far beyond the two programs that have received public attention in recent months, to a presidential order that is older than the Internet itself.

    Approved by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, Executive Order 12333 (referred to as “twelve-triple-three”) still governs most of what the NSA does. It is a sweeping mandate that outlines the duties and foreign intelligence collection for the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies. It is not governed by Congress, and critics say it has little privacy protection and many loopholes. What changes have been made to it have come through guidelines set by the attorney general or other documents.

    The result is a web of intelligence law so complicated that it stymies even those tasked with interpreting it. As one former executive official said, “It’s complicated stuff.”

    Confusing though it may be, the order remains the primary authority under which the country’s intelligence agencies conduct the majority of their operations.

    Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/11/21/209167/most-of-nsas-data-collection-authorized.html

    • 95 amk for obama
      November 21, 2013 at 8:41 am

      Did you notice mcclatchy of late is following the bash obama msm tactic? Another blog shelved.

      • 96 desertflower
        November 21, 2013 at 8:49 am

        I rarely read McClatchy…and despite their mission statement, they are still the MSM and do a certain groups bidding for them. Not surprised.

    • 97 jackiegrumbacher
      November 21, 2013 at 9:26 am

      DF, I guess McClatchy missed that this horse was dead and decided to beat it some more. I think most people are happy to have an effective intelligence system in this country and, I, for one, don’t care what they listen to.

  30. 98 amk for obama
    November 21, 2013 at 8:39 am
  31. 99 desertflower
    November 21, 2013 at 8:41 am


    For several decades now, sectarian religious believers in the United States have sought and often received special treatment — a “free pass” for breaking laws they do not like. To be sure, the religious objectors claim a “conscientious” objection to the laws. But conscience is not proprietary to religious believers, and most conscientious objectors to laws either bite their lip and comply or face the consequences. I have no doubt that the vast majority of religious objectors to the Affordable Care Act will, if forced to do so, “bite their lip” and comply with the law that everyone else complies with. As things stand, however, religious believers recognize that our laws may give them a free pass if they can claim a religious objection to compliance and can convince a court to recognize it. They thereby have a perverse incentive to push for exemptions.

    The United States is not a theocracy. Everyone, even religious believers, should be required to comply with the law.


  32. 100 hopefruit2
    November 21, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Heh..the world is round – not flat, so be careful what you throw out there…it will go around and come right back to you….

  33. 103 hopefruit2
    November 21, 2013 at 8:52 am

    But but but….Afghanistan! But but but…ACA website!

  34. 104 desertflower
    November 21, 2013 at 8:53 am


    The House Republican budget’s vast spending cuts are overwhelmingly aimed at low-income Americans, so much so that nearly two-thirds of its budget cuts would come from poverty programs that aid the neediest people in the nation, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
    Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), the plan’s author, claims his budget will cut a total $4.6 trillion in spending by using a baseline that includes current policies like the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, among other policies. By counting those cuts and other policies that are unlikely to remain in tact, CBPP estimates that the House Republican plan would cut even more — a total of $5 trillion. Of that, 66 percent of the cuts — a total of $3.3 trillion — would come from programs that help low-income Americans, CBPP found:

    • 105 jackiegrumbacher
      November 21, 2013 at 9:29 am

      DF, once again Republicans prove they are sadistic, heartless asses and must never again be in the majority in ANY chamber of Congress or the White House.

  35. 106 hopefruit2
    November 21, 2013 at 8:53 am
  36. November 21, 2013 at 9:04 am

    I can’t find The Maddow Show on MSNBC.

    Is it just me or are others having difficulty finding it too?

  37. 113 Jovie
    November 21, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Alright nuclear option is a go! Yay!!

  38. 114 hopefruit2
    November 21, 2013 at 9:06 am
  39. 116 dotster3
    November 21, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Saw this discussed above—–NBC is really trying really hard to stir up Obama anger on their reporting about troops remaining in Afghanistan for at least the next 10 years, and on into the end of time. Richard Engel has been giving breathless reports on this on every NBC/MSNBC program. He’s putting the most anti-PBO slant on every detail—-that President Obama is apologizing, that U.S. taxpayers are going to be on the hook for supporting the whole deal there for generations etc. etc. etc. It has looked so purposeful and absolutely pathetic. As some good news about Obamacare leaks out and that anger issue wanes, NBC has had to dig up some new Obama outrage. The latest Engel reports almost look like he is stomping his feet, shouting louder, because no one has paid much attention to this yet. It is so obvious—-it’s disgusting.

  40. November 21, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Mooooorning again everyone, have to run – well, walk – will be back later, the mighty UT is R&Sing as we speak! See ya in a bit.

  41. 118 99ts
    November 21, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I often see ads for the weird rightwing news site – I’ve never been there – never will – but a wonderful heading today

    “40 House GOPers Back Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare”

    Hasn’t that been done already? or do I live in an alternate universe as well as a far away place?

  42. 120 Dudette
    November 21, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Hahaha! I laughed and laughed and laughed!

    Bonus: Dude speaks of himself in the third person:

    “During an appearance on CNN’s “Crossfire,” Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) was put on the spot and asked if he supports Graham for re-election in 2014. “You know, as you three have just heard recently, I am up for re-election next year myself,” Scott said. “I’m going to make sure that Tim Scott gets out…I’m gonna allow for all the other folks on the ballot to represent themselves very well. I’m gonna continue to work hard for my election.”

    “So no endorsement for Lindsey tonight?” host Van Jones asked.

    “I certainly am going to work really hard for Tim Scott,” the junior South Carolina senator said.”

    Thank you for the chuckles South Carolina!

  43. 121 Dudette
    November 21, 2013 at 9:37 am


  44. 122 Linda
    November 21, 2013 at 9:38 am

    WASHINGTON — Filibuster reform advocates have been here before. A Senate bogged down in procedural gridlock drives Democratic leadership to threaten a change of rules, only to back away at the last minute when a group of Republicans offer a gentlemen’s agreement. The agreement proves temporary, agitation sets in and the threats reemerge. Lather, blather, repeat.

    So, as Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has once again raised the specter of upending the rules of the Senate in order to bring functionality to the chamber, there is no shortage of skepticism.

    And yet, those around the majority leader insist that his determination is sincere this time. By way of evidence, one progressive activist sent The Huffington Post an invitation addressed by Reid’s office to “supporters of filibuster reform.” The invitation is for a Thursday event, where attendees can hear from Reid directly about “his thinking on changing the rules.”

    Such scheming usually doesn’t happen unless political action is afoot. It appears that it is.

    Sam Stein.

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