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Early Bird Chat

@petesouza: A young student uses a stethoscope on President Obama at Powell Elementary School in DC

Can’t see this pic enough – MoooOOOooorning Early Birds, Happy Wednesday!


174 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


    • March 5, 2014 at 7:47 am

      You have a nice day Chips and congrats!

    • 4 nathkatun7
      March 5, 2014 at 8:14 am

      Good morning, Chipsticks. Congrats on being #1! I trust this is had nothing to do with you having inside information about the time of this post. In any case, I wanted to alert you to the Stonekettle post that Kathleen shared on the previous thread. Unfortunately, because I am technologically challenged, I was not able to bring it here. If you can, please highlight it on the front page. As far as I am concerned, It’s one of the most brilliant pieces I’ve read on the Ukraine crisis and all the critics of President Obama. It’s absolutely a must read!

      Have a wonderful day!

      • 5 99ts
        March 5, 2014 at 8:20 am

        Here tis nath – Jim spends much time on his posts – and the depth of his knowledge and research is shown

        http://www.stonekettle.com/2014/03/bad-reputation.html

        • 6 nathkatun7
          March 5, 2014 at 8:34 am

          Thanks 99ts for coming to my rescue! Jim blew me away! I hope you agree with me that this is a must read for everyone!

          • 7 99ts
            March 5, 2014 at 9:08 am

            Most of Jim’s posts are a must read – this one is no different – I just find it unbelievable that such things have to be said – why anyone in the US currently supports the rantings of the GOP has me in tears

            • 8 nathkatun7
              March 5, 2014 at 9:23 am

              “why anyone in the US currently supports the rantings of the GOP has me in tears”

              You are not alone, 99ts! As for me, leaning towards 70 years, I am just too old to cry.

              • 9 99ts
                March 5, 2014 at 9:54 am

                Well I am maybe 1-2 years behind you – but the tears still come.

              • 10 99ts
                March 5, 2014 at 10:03 am

                Pierce on the reality that the GOP IS its most extremist faction

                http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Texas_Primaries

                “A large part of the courtier press is heavily invested in the notion that there is an actual Republican “establishment” that is at war with its extremist faction. This is because becoming invested in that notion is an easy way to keep from confronting the fact that one of our two major political parties has driven itself insane.”

        • 11 daisydem
          March 5, 2014 at 10:08 am

          Wow! Thank you 99ts for putting that link here. I just sent it to my brother-in-law (a Vietnam Vet) who I think will love this article and will relate. Thank you so much.

      • March 5, 2014 at 8:32 am

        Morning nathkatun7! Thanks a million for the heads-up on the Stonekettle post, Nerdy is doing this morning’s R&S but I’ll let her know about it. Thanks again, have a perfect day!

        • 13 nathkatun7
          March 5, 2014 at 8:57 am

          Morning Chips! It’s so rare that I am up so early. Thankfully, 99ts was able to post Jim’s article, first shared by Kathleen, which totally blew me away! I hope everyone at TOD will have a chance to read it. Chips, I am not sure we thank you enough for creating this marvelous place. I learn so much coming to TOD. But even more importantly, I just love the sense of humor, caring, music, celebrations and camaraderie. Oh, I must not forget the pride I feel from reading all the fearless tweets from you and all the TOD members.

        • 14 99ts
          March 5, 2014 at 9:16 am

          A quote from one of the comments – which are always well moderated & interesting (like TOD). Jim allows discussion, disagreement but no fools

          ” There is no place like Russia, and I’m a wee bit tired of Cold War relics pretending they understand the Russian mindset. The Russians don’t understand the Russian mindset.”

  1. March 5, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Good morning again.

  2. 17 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  3. 19 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 7:51 am

    • March 5, 2014 at 7:53 am

      Oh wow, this early – in that cold! That is what I call dedication!

      • 21 JER
        March 5, 2014 at 7:57 am

        They know we have a great President.

        • 22 nathkatun7
          March 5, 2014 at 9:09 am

          Indeed, JER! Everyday, despite all the ugliness in the media, I am thankful for having been alive to witness the presidency of Barack Obama and his incredible wife, First Lady Michelle Obama. And on top of that, President Obama had the wisdom to select one of the most humane, down-to-earth, and totally cool, Vice President with a beautiful wife. I just can’t tell you how proud I am displaying my Obama-Biden sticker.

  4. 23 africa
    March 5, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Happy Wednesday TODers.

    Hiya Chips.

  5. March 5, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Good Wednesday Morning Chipsticks…TODers!!!!

    Any picture/video of PBO + Children = GREAT BIG :-D.

    Everyone have a fantastic day!!!

  6. 27 jackiegrumbacher
    March 5, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Good morning Chips, Danny and early risers. Hope all are doing well. It is now just 14 days until Spring (YAY!!!!!) at which point I am putting a spring wreath on my front door, a spring flag on our flagpole and putting out spring garden stakes, whether I can get them into the frozen ground or not. Spring IS!!! going to come, even if I have to force it to. Have a great day.

  7. 28 africa
    March 5, 2014 at 7:56 am

    I love this Pope.

  8. 29 africa
    March 5, 2014 at 7:59 am

  9. 30 africa
    March 5, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Gates tells GOP to cool it. I am spitting fire. These people are just plain hateful.

  10. 31 ouapiti
    March 5, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Fabulous photo — a great “good morning” greeting. Thanks!

  11. 32 Ladyhawke
    March 5, 2014 at 8:05 am

    A Stupidity of Simpletons: The GOP & Their Media Enablers Fail the Ukrainian Crisis Test

    http://thedailybanter.com/2014/03/a-stupidity-of-simpletons-the-gop-their-msm-enablers-fail-the-ukrainian-crisis-test/

  12. 34 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 8:07 am

    CCSU students wait for hours for tickets to see President Obama

  13. 36 Linda
    March 5, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Good Morning….

    McCain Attacks Obama Over What He Wrote About Russia In College

    He then shifted his attention to a 1983 article called “Breaking the War Mentality,” which Obama penned for a campus magazine as a senior at Columbia University. Conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg resurfaced the article on Monday in a USA Today op-ed.

    In his article, Obama blamed “U.S.-Soviet tensions largely on America’s war mentality and the twisted logic of the Cold War,” McCain said, quoting from Goldberg. “President Reagan’s defense buildup, according to Obama, contributed to the ‘silent spread of militarism’ and reflected our ‘distorted national priorities’ rather than what should be our goal: a ‘nuclear free world.'”

    —–

    Ranting on the empty Senate floor in the middle of the day on c-span 2 ? Who does he think was watching ?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/04/john-mccain-ukraine_n_4899085.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

    • 37 99ts
      March 5, 2014 at 8:24 am

      We all keeping giving thanks that Obama/Biden won in 2008 – Just devastating that the GOP would use another nation in their attack against President Obama – if I wasn’t living through it – I would never believe it.

    • March 5, 2014 at 8:25 am

      He’s a hoot. What next? Attack PBO over the TV shows he watched as a kid? I think he liked Hawaii Five-0. Or Laugh-In I forget now.

    • 40 dotster3
      March 5, 2014 at 8:53 am

      I know who was watching. The U.S. media——-who used McCain’s rant on all their news programs—–so did not matter that he was speaking to an empty room. Media made sure everyone saw McCain calling PBO ‘wrong and weak’ anyway. U.S. news media, at your service, Republican propagandists. You’re welcome.

      • 41 TrumpDog
        March 5, 2014 at 9:38 am

        Yep. They ing him on my morning show. The media loves theatrics, and McCain always obliges.
        When this situation calms, they will seamlessly move on the the next manufactured outrage, like they have been before time and time before.

    • 42 nathkatun7
      March 5, 2014 at 9:15 am

      I am now absolutely connived that the Nobel Committee was absolutely justified with awarding President Obama a Nobel Peace Prize!

    • 43 anniebella
      March 5, 2014 at 10:16 am

      John McCain is proof enough that their ought to be term limits for these Senators.

    • 44 MightyPamela
      March 5, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      PBO would hold those convictions today, and McSoreLoser is still an idiot.

  14. 45 globalcitizenlinda
    March 5, 2014 at 8:17 am

    morning everyone!

    good day to others in the middle of the day!

    For the purposes of marking the huge anniversary in this cake, I do not think that it would hurt to include ALL PBO-supporters around the globe into the category of Democrats Abroad;

  15. 46 desertflower
    March 5, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Morning:) We’ll be needing this… http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/media-matters-mythopedia

    Media Matters for America is releasing a sort of Wikipedia for conservative misinformation.

    The site, Mythopedia, which was shared with TPM ahead of its release, is meant to be an online compendium of truths and lies pedaled by conservatives. The website’s unveiling comes a day before the Conservative Political Action Conference.

    “The week of CPAC seemed like the most appropriate time to launch a fact-checking tool, like Mythopedia, as I’m sure we’re going to be confronted with both old and new right-wing lies during the conference,” Media Matters president Bradley Beychok said in a statement.

    So many lies to tell….so little time. Great fact check tool…..

  16. 54 GGAIL
    March 5, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Good West Coast Ash Wednesday morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    I love that pic too!

  17. 55 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 8:41 am

    President Barack Obama is hoping to send a wake-up call to “sleepy” Democrats this November. …

    “It’s something about midterms. I don’t know what it is about us. We get a little sleepy, we get a little distracted. We don’t turn out to vote. We don’t fund campaigns as passionately,” the president said during a Democratic fundraiser in Virginia on Tuesday night. …

    “We know how to win national elections, but all too often, it’s during these midterms where we end up getting ourselves into trouble, because I guess we don’t think it’s sexy enough,” Obama said.

    Read more: http://www.wcvb.com/politics/obama-calls-out-democrats-for-being-sleepy/24811842#ixzz2v5yboo8i

    • 56 anniebella
      March 5, 2014 at 9:49 am

      All any Democrat have to do is think of 2010 and the Tea Party and Speaker Boehner. That right there ought to be enough to get them up and off their butts to come out and vote in 2014.

  18. March 5, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Good Morning TOD. Chips, that picture is so lovely. All I can do is smile. The little boy is so tiny, and the President exudes a tenderness and grace that touch the heart. Thank God that 51% of Americans had the good sense to RE-elect him.

    Pray for my youngest son CHRISTOPHER today, please, everyone. He has a serious lung disease, and we are beside ourselves. He’s only 37. Heading up to ATLANTA to confer with his doctor, I and the whole family. I would appreciate knowing that this TOD family sends its warmth and prayers.

  19. 102 amk for obama
    March 5, 2014 at 8:47 am

    800 million + voters. Month-long elections. Blaring loud speakers. Colorful posters. Grovelling pols.

    Hurray, happy days are here again. Democracy, Indian style.

  20. 105 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Good Morning Lovely People!

    It’s a great day in America (and the world) — Barack Obama is STILL President of the United States!

  21. 109 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 8:51 am
  22. 110 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2014 at 8:53 am

    I notice there was very very little reporting of PBO’s budget in the evening news yesterday. Unless I missed something, I find that rather strange.

    • 111 99ts
      March 5, 2014 at 9:03 am

      What is strange about the GOP loving media ignoring something good the President is doing – they are currently fixated on the Uktaine – one thing at a time is their motto.

    • March 5, 2014 at 9:13 am

      It is because they have to get their talking points together before they say anything.

    • 114 57andfemale
      March 5, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Short summary of the beltway coverage: “Republicans don’t like the budget so it’s DOA. And that’s PBO’s fault.” No discussion of the merits – on the radio yesterday you heard GOP ‘response’ but none of the particulars of the actual budget.

      Despicable.

    • March 5, 2014 at 9:16 am

      They’re too busy fawning over Paul Ryan and his pablum.

    • 116 jackiegrumbacher
      March 5, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Hf, as Dotster said above, the media was too busy playing up McCain’s rants to an empty Senate chamber to bother with such frivolities as a well thought out presidential budget. I have moved beyond contempt for the American media into full-out loathing.

  23. 117 amk for obama
    March 5, 2014 at 8:57 am

  24. 118 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday compared recent actions by Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Ukraine to those implemented by Adolf Hitler in the late 1930s. …

    … Clinton said she was proud of what President Barack Obama has achieved in signing the Affordable Care Act, which she said is already making a difference in many people’s lives. She touted the act’s emphasis on preventive care, which she advocated, the ability for adults to keep their children on health insurance until they are 26 and an insurer’s inability to discriminate against those with pre-existing medical conditions. “There’s just an enormous amount of good in this bill,” she said, “and I think a lot of the characterization of it has been somewhat distorted.”

    … “But let’s stay committed to the goal of quality affordable health care for every American because it’s the right goal and over the long run it’s a smart economic position as well,” she said.

    http://www.presstelegram.com/general-news/20140304/hillary-clinton-compares-vladimir-putins-actions-in-ukraine-to-adolf-hitlers-in-nazi-germany

  25. March 5, 2014 at 8:59 am

    This is just too adorable. I can’t take it.

  26. 133 amk for obama
    March 5, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Is this bs or true?

    • 134 99ts
      March 5, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Lots of insanity in the US if this is anyway near true

    • 135 dotster3
      March 5, 2014 at 9:42 am

      I think bs——Ct. is as Dem as can be—–I’m there regularly because of fam—–had anti-Bush, anti-war signs all over the place before anyone even crabbed about the Iraq War, had Obama signs in almost every window. I am suspicious at all these anti-Dem, anti-Obama signals which are conveniently popping up everywhere as the midterm election nears—-moneyed powers at work. Really troubling. Also see garbage like on the conservative Hartford Courant today—–with some dumb headline–saying polls show support for raising minimum wage but not for Obama. What hogwash, and welcome to Ct., President Obama.

  27. 137 amk for obama
    March 5, 2014 at 9:01 am

  28. 138 Linda
    March 5, 2014 at 9:09 am

    ATT Uverse has added a channel out of Japan ……NHK Newsline…..it appears they will actually cover things in depth as they are advertising 10 minute segments.

    They will also have a travel show highlighting the country.

  29. 139 amk for obama
    March 5, 2014 at 9:15 am

  30. 140 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 9:16 am

  31. 141 Nerdy Wonka
    March 5, 2014 at 9:19 am

    When Gates (yeah, that Gates) is calling a Republican out, you’re screwed GOP.

    • 142 hopefruit2
      March 5, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Yes they are getting it wrong. There are certain folks (whom I believe should know better) like Laura Rozen who has been feeding into that meme that Putin has the upper hand. Sometimes she spreads the foolish/sensational MSM memes without any push-back and I would expect her to have the FACTS and not be relying on the regular MSM for crappy reporting.

      I was rather surprised, if not disturbed when she didn’t know that Canada had the joined the US in withdrawing their prep for the G8 meetings & threatened sanctions against Russia the morning AFTER this info had been blasted all over TOD the previous evening, and others, including Jefferson Obama had tweeted about it as well. There was absolutely no reason for her not to have known this since she was busy tweeting all kinds of things about Russia/UKraine and PBO/Putin during that same time.

  32. 144 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 9:23 am

  33. 145 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Word is getting out, df! :-)

  34. 147 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Not a gardener myself, but I sure do like my planet. Bees and pollination are critical!

  35. 148 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 9:29 am

    • 149 anniebella
      March 5, 2014 at 10:00 am

      These same right wing racists idiots can complain about what the taxpayers are paying when it concerns the Obamas, but hay who is paying the House of Representatives salary and they aren’t even in town during their job.

      • 150 anniebella
        March 5, 2014 at 10:07 am

        They are not even working part time. I believe the schedule by Boehner were 90 days out of 365. That’s not part time.

  36. 151 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 9:29 am

  37. 155 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 9:30 am

  38. 156 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 9:31 am

  39. 157 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Noooooooo! :-(

  40. 158 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 9:34 am

  41. 159 dotster3
    March 5, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I see Ct. news is reporting that many stood in line for hours or left work early to stand in line for tickies to see PBO today—-and left disappointed—-tickets were gone 2 hours before they were supposed to be open to the public. Even tho they are trying mightily hard to make this a negatives story, kindof a stretch, doesn’t it prove that the masses still love and support PBO—–will make an effort to see and hear him?

    • 160 hopefruit2
      March 5, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Exactly! The media is so desperate to create “negativity” associated with PBO that they will bend and twist out of shape to make a “bad news for Obama” narrative. This goes against their desired narrative that PBO is not popular, or liked. And they are mad…

      • 161 anniebella
        March 5, 2014 at 11:30 am

        Just remember how the media MSM were more negative then the Republicans about the rollout of the ACA (Obamacare).

  42. 162 Nerdy Wonka
    March 5, 2014 at 9:44 am

    • March 5, 2014 at 9:56 am

      You mean other than the regular platform they currently enjoy on Meet The Press and Face The Nation?

    • 164 anniebella
      March 5, 2014 at 10:04 am

      Look just like John I’m still bitter I lost to you 2008 McCain. And Little Lying Lindsey “I have to prove to my racists base how tough I am” Graham.

  43. 165 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 9:45 am

    At the risk of being banned from TOD, I have to share this. I like this young lady’s voice very much.
    She kills this! Don’t tell Chips who her Dad is :-)

  44. 168 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 9:56 am

  45. 171 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 10:03 am

  46. 172 dotster3
    March 5, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Happy Bday to the world’s oldest person!——a cute little Japanese lady who is 116 today, proclaimed her cake with strawberries “delicious”. Speaking of longevity, I saw 103 yr. old Sarasota, Fl. guy is running for office, as a write-in——thought it was time to finally make his move. :)

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-japan-oldest-20140305,0,4784090.story

    • 173 Dudette
      March 5, 2014 at 10:18 am

      It’s amazing to think how much the world has changed over their lifetimes. Bravo to the both of them!


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