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Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Obama and his daughter Sasha watch the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, DC, December 9, 2010

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MoooOOOooorning Early Birds, Happy Monday!


125 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. 14 mtmarilyn
    December 9, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Good morning. It’s still very cold in MT -5 right now.

  2. 19 Ladyhawke
    December 9, 2013 at 7:24 am

    THE SYMBOL OF EVERYTHING THAT IS GOOD ABOUT HUMANITY

    How Nelson Mandela used sport to transform South Africa’s image

    ———————————

    The picture of him presenting the World Cup to Francois Pienaar, wearing the Springboks jersey, remains one of the most enduring images from his presidency. It’s hard to believe now but at the time the green and gold shirt was still deeply associated with the racial struggle in South Africa.

    Mandela defied his advisers to wear it, knowing in an instant how the gesture could do more for harmony and equality than years of talks.
    .
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    And yet after meeting him in the dressing room before the final and that presentation on the pitch at Ellis Park, Pienaar described him as the “symbol of everything that is good about humanity.”

    —————————-

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/25262862

    • 20 mtmarilyn
      December 9, 2013 at 7:28 am

      That was such an important event! His insight was so inspiring.

    • 21 africa
      December 9, 2013 at 7:30 am

      I saw his interview with Oprah last night and for sure he is the “symbol of everything that is good about humanity.”

    • 22 Ladyhawke
      December 9, 2013 at 8:04 am

      I saw a wonderful interview this morning of Francois Pienaar by presenter George Alagiah (BBC). Francois discussed what happened that day when Nelson Mandela wore the jersey. It was a very moving discussion. In fact, at one point, he was overcome with emotion.

  3. 23 africa
    December 9, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Happy Monday, TODers, Chips!!!

  4. 25 Lynn
    December 9, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Good morning to all you fab folks! Each and every one of you is a treasure and Cap’n Chips runs a wonderful ship. I would have lost my tiny little mind years ago without this sanctuary. I will be forever grateful.

    Barack Obama is still President and the world is a better place for it.

    Back to lurking.

  5. 29 africa
    December 9, 2013 at 7:36 am
  6. 30 donna dem 4 obama
    December 9, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Good Morning TOD and congrats on 1st Chips ;)

    The weather outside (here in the DC area) is frightful so safe flight Mr. President and all of the delegation going to SA.

    • 31 jackiegrumbacher
      December 9, 2013 at 8:19 am

      Morning Donna. Everything in our area is literally impassable at the moment–covered in ice and more freezing rain expected. Everything is delayed. Heard that the President and Mrs. Obama are motorcading to AF1 because Marine 1 can’t take off in this weather.

  7. 32 dotster3
    December 9, 2013 at 7:39 am

    I see NBC is out with A Big Concern headline today——“Will Obamacare fiasco doom Democrats in the midterms?” Is that “political director” Chuck Todd’s handiwork? NBC has become laughable. Desperation squared.

    • 33 jackiegrumbacher
      December 9, 2013 at 8:17 am

      Dotster, that’s simply absurd and the more extreme they get, the more people will start to laugh at them. They are now, quite literally, doing public relations and advertising for the GOP, trying to “engineer” election results through pure dishonesty.

    • 34 anniebella
      December 9, 2013 at 10:34 am

      Kind of like when know it all Chuck Todd said that the supporters of President Obama wasn’t as excited to get out and support our President like the Republicans were to get out and support their candidate. I think we proved Todd to be a liar, and we will prove NBC to be a liar also.

    • 35 Obama Grandmama
      December 9, 2013 at 11:53 am

      I heard the same theme on NPR this morning. Sometimes I think they all just are clones of one another.

  8. 36 africa
    December 9, 2013 at 7:43 am
  9. 37 desertflower
    December 9, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Morning everyone! Happy Monday….. congrats to Chips and 99 :) Congrats to mtmarilyn for having the good sense to stay in her cozy bed rather than get up! Trust me, I WANTED to stay in bed,but it’s not -4 outside MY door! Should be quite the week this week…all eyes on TOD.

    • 38 mtmarilyn
      December 9, 2013 at 8:09 am

      Hope you have a great day DF. It is going to be a great week with all the celebrations for Mandela. It is wonderful to share here at TOD.

    • 39 99ts
      December 9, 2013 at 8:35 am

      GM df – As usual TOD will be the website to follow events in South Africa – although the US media will no doubt talk about Mandela – anyone other than their President.

      Much as I do not enjoy our hot summers – I could not handle a below zero temperature – not in my mindset. Hope your day is a good one.

  10. 40 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 7:48 am
  11. 43 africa
    December 9, 2013 at 7:52 am
  12. December 9, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks…TOD Early Birds!!!

  13. 45 africa
    December 9, 2013 at 7:55 am
  14. December 9, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Mooooorning again early birds, I just read at TPM that the Obamas are “expected to depart at 8:20 a.m. ET” for South Africa, keep an eye here:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

    • 47 dotster3
      December 9, 2013 at 8:12 am

      Saw that a larger than usual press contingent gathered, likely because of the Obama/Bush thing, looking to see if they can report PBO pinched or shoved W as they boarded AF1, or similar.

  15. 53 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Have a great day everyone! :-)

  16. 54 africa
    December 9, 2013 at 7:58 am
  17. 55 desertflower
    December 9, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Have I said that I love this man yet today? He sent them a video….

    http://www.social-europe.eu/2013/12/george-clooney-supports-ukraine-protests/

  18. December 9, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Well up and at ‘em all you O’s!! What a great getting up day again in the TOD circle!!!!!

    Oh the weather outside is frightful.
    My bones and joints aren’t spriteful.
    and since it’s gotten so dang cold;
    I feel old, I feel old, I feel old!!

    It’s been arctic here and then yesterday, it decided to snow about 3-4″. I hadn’t even finished the outside decorations. Oh well, Rudolph will just have to lead Santa without the sleigh this year. The entryway flower pot on the porch will greet visitors without any festive decoration. Oh well, perhaps next year……sigh

  19. 64 JER
    December 9, 2013 at 8:13 am

    | Live Now | ✈ President Obama and First Lady depart for South Africa ✈ http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  20. December 9, 2013 at 8:17 am

    I covet FLOTUS’ coat.

    • 67 Dudette
      December 9, 2013 at 8:20 am

      That sistah can WEAR a good coat, can’t she? I guess coming from Chi-town though, it’s a given that she’d know how to pick ‘em well. :-D

  21. December 9, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Urp.

  22. 73 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 8:18 am
  23. 74 desertflower
    December 9, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I missed them :( Doesn’t look like a very nice day in DC…

    • December 9, 2013 at 8:28 am

      I missed them too. Watched the take-off though.

      It sort of made me shudder that the plane disappeared into the fog almost as soon as the wheels were up.

  24. December 9, 2013 at 8:25 am
  25. 84 sherijr
    December 9, 2013 at 8:26 am

    and they’re off… honestly am not terribly thrilled about our President flying in this weather at all.

  26. 85 dotster3
    December 9, 2013 at 8:30 am
  27. 86 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 8:37 am
    • 87 jackiegrumbacher
      December 9, 2013 at 9:24 am

      Congressmen are going cheap these days. A few people banding together could probably purchase one.

  28. 88 desertflower
    December 9, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Wonder if these people that have been denied will connect the dots?

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/obamacare-navigators-medicaid-expansion

    Americans Discover They’re Trapped In GOP’s Medicaid Expansion Gap

  29. 89 dotster3
    December 9, 2013 at 8:39 am

    More details on Kennedy Center festivities——know chips wants as much info on Billy Joel as she can get :)

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-kennedy-center-honors-1209-20131209,0,1263553.story

  30. 91 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 8:41 am

    LOL! :-D

  31. 92 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 8:47 am
  32. 95 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 8:50 am
    • 96 desertflower
      December 9, 2013 at 8:53 am

      Women are “less than” all over this world. This must stop!

    • 97 jackiegrumbacher
      December 9, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Dudette, it’s almost as if there’s a brotherhood between extremists everywhere. This could be the tea party in the US House. Insecure men and bigots, all of them.

  33. 98 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Of course money’s no object when it’s time for Bibi to come to U.S. to intefere with our elections and disrespect our President.

  34. 103 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 8:59 am
  35. 104 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 9:00 am
  36. December 9, 2013 at 9:07 am

    G’morning Chips and TOD!

  37. 106 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Good info about who’s going and how

    • 107 Linda
      December 9, 2013 at 9:11 am

      CNN just reported that 91 current or former heads of State will be attending.

      The Dalai Lama will not be there due to a ” logistics” issue….but South Africa has denied him a Visa the two previous times he requested one.

    • 108 99ts
      December 9, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Interesting Dudette – good to see that Susan Rice is onboard – and a good explanation as to the minimal numbers.

  38. 109 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 9:10 am
  39. December 9, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President’s safe return. http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  40. 112 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Great Caesars’ Ghost!

  41. 113 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 9:16 am
  42. 114 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 9:17 am

    You will not BELIEVE the vulgar responses to this. I can’t!

    • 115 jackiegrumbacher
      December 9, 2013 at 9:30 am

      Dudette, I can believe it since very little about human beings has changed in 2000 some years. We may celebrate Christmas, but who really even hears the part about “good will to all.” And we all know what happened to Jesus. The pope is undertaking the hardest job in the world right now–awakening some positive part of our basic humanity. People will reject anything that makes them feel less than justified in their prejudices and hard-heartedness.

  43. 116 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 9:21 am
  44. 117 hopefruit2
    December 9, 2013 at 9:21 am

    This article says, and as we here at TOD had suspected, “Only former U.S. presidents, their spouses and some current and former Obama administration officials and aides were invited to travel with the president as of the eve of his departure, the official said.”

    Yet the media (e.g., Mark Knoller et al) initially tried to make it seem like PBO hand-picked GWB to travel with him and no one else. See how the media disinforms?

  45. 119 hopefruit2
    December 9, 2013 at 9:23 am
  46. 120 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 9:26 am
  47. 122 hopefruit2
    December 9, 2013 at 9:28 am

    If Snowden or Cruz ever become Time “Person of the Year” this publication will lose all credibility – FOREVER. Why is John Kerry not among the 10 finalists? And what are Jeff Bezos and Miley Cyrus doing there?!?!?

  48. 124 Dudette
    December 9, 2013 at 9:37 am
    • 125 dotster3
      December 9, 2013 at 10:31 am

      I would say that is more of an attack against the football protective law ‘enforcement’ in Tallahassee which decided the rape accuser consented to her rape, as if she was making the charge for the heck of it, to make her life a mess.


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