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Early Bird Chat

President Barack Obama eavesdrops as Aidan Lamothe, the 2014 March of Dimes Ambassador, whispers to his mother that he had wished to see both The President and Bo, the Obama family dog, during his visit in the Oval Office, May 1, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning!


124 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. 4 amk for obama
    May 2, 2014 at 7:41 am

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  2. May 2, 2014 at 8:05 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!!! :) Happy Friday everyone.

  3. 15 hopefruit2
    May 2, 2014 at 8:10 am

    I’ve just unleashed Bo, Dannystix, Sadie and Sunny on a Jon ‘Bengahzi’ Karl’s arse. Good doggies!

  4. 16 amk for obama
    May 2, 2014 at 8:14 am

    caveat – same tpm was freaking out over the rollout.

    • 17 hopefruit2
      May 2, 2014 at 8:31 am

      Yes – the MSM LOVES to play this game of “it’s only the GOP” while trying to side-step their own culpability in the Obama-hate narratives.

  5. 18 globalcitizenlinda
    May 2, 2014 at 8:17 am

    • 19 jackiegrumbacher
      May 2, 2014 at 8:32 am

      So, Linda, the question remains. What in hell is the Nigerian military doing about it?

      • 20 globalcitizenlinda
        May 2, 2014 at 8:53 am

        another reporter on the same show claimed that the Nigerian military has sent into the forest a battalion (or two) after the terrorists and child-abductors;

        because the reporter who said this sounded somewhat defensive, I was not very convinced by this claim; I will need additional confirmation from another source;

        the situation is disgusting

  6. 21 amk for obama
    May 2, 2014 at 8:19 am

  7. 22 jackiegrumbacher
    May 2, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Morning. I’m off to the airport to get son. Have been a cleaning and baking demon for the last 24 hours. I’m so excited I will probably break out in hives before the plane lands. Fortunately for everyone on the road, I’m not doing the driving today. Tomorrow grandbaby arrives complete with mom and dad. Will check back later if I can. Have a great day. So grateful TOD will have all videos re PBO and Merkel that I can catch up on later.

  8. 25 globalcitizenlinda
    May 2, 2014 at 8:26 am

    good morning Ms. Chips!

    good morning everybody!

    have a great day everyone;

  9. 26 hopefruit2
    May 2, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Isn’t the April jobs report due out today?

  10. 27 globalcitizenlinda
    May 2, 2014 at 8:31 am

  11. 29 jackiegrumbacher
    May 2, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Before I go, just wanted to restate that in the PA primary, Tom Wolf is currently polling twenty points ahead of his nearest rival. Most analysts don’t think the others can close the gap in the two and half weeks remaining. If Wolf wins, I think he will make a strong candidate against Corbett, but we will need all the help we can get from MD, VA, NJ and NY to GOTV. Our heartless, sleazy Koch-puppet governor has to go!

    • 30 Vicki
      May 2, 2014 at 8:35 am

      I love your PA updates, jackie. Thanks!
      Fingers crossed for a Democratic Governor in PA.

  12. 31 amk for obama
    May 2, 2014 at 8:32 am

  13. 32 hopefruit2
    May 2, 2014 at 8:32 am

    WOW!!!! BOOM.

  14. 40 globalcitizenlinda
    May 2, 2014 at 8:38 am

    it seems the rightwing idiots are determined to push the recycled Benghazi story for however long it takes for the ever-compliant gop-biased media to make it the headline (again);

    It would be nice if PBO-supporters could hijack the Benghazi hashtag and use it to supply information about issues that really matter to ordinary people;

  15. 41 hopefruit2
    May 2, 2014 at 8:43 am

  16. 42 Vicki
    May 2, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Remember all the emphasis on Young people signing up for Obamacare?
    Well here is another way of looking at the stats released yesterday: More than 51% of the enrollees in QHP are 44 years old or Younger.

    This is important because the health of participants is what determines premium price and the assumption is that younger means healthier.

    Yes, the 18- 34 year old is 28% but add in 35-44 @ 17% and you get 51%!!!! (6% are under 18) 28%+17%+6%=51%

    WOW. Another GOP/MSM talking point shot to hell.

    • 43 Vicki
      May 2, 2014 at 8:45 am

      Or put it another way: 34 years old and younger equal 33%.
      Wont’ be seeing that number on Pox noise or the Wall Street Journal.

  17. 44 desertflower
    May 2, 2014 at 8:44 am

    NBC website says “employment rate” falls to 6.3%…I thought this was the rate of UNemployment. Did I miss something? If 6.3% was the employment rate that would mean that 94% of the population would be UNemployed!

    • 45 Vicki
      May 2, 2014 at 8:47 am

      No., df. You didn’t miss anything.
      “News” sources are going to be creative as the good news of the USA and POTUS just keep rolling along.

      • 46 desertflower
        May 2, 2014 at 8:50 am

        well, at some point, hopefully in very near future, Americans will decide they don’t like being treated like they’re total morons by the MSM!
        Honestly, now it’s just getting more and more obvious and pathetic. They LOOK desperate and in the GOP bag.

        • 47 desertflower
          May 2, 2014 at 8:52 am

          Oh look:) CNN got it right…not NBC!

          U.S. adds 288,000 jobs in April, the government says. The unemployment rate falls to 6.3%.

    • 48 99ts
      May 2, 2014 at 8:52 am

      They have it correct in the article – but – of course – they must include the negative line

      http://www.nbcnews.com/business/economy/job-market-heats-april-unemployment-rate-drops-6-3-n95431

      “A consensus of economists had been expecting an increase of 201,000 non-farm payrolls, with the jobless rate inching lower to 6.6 percent. The job gains in April were the highest since January 2012.

      Stock futures surged on the news, signaling a higher opening.

      Many market watchers had been anticipating a hot jobs number on belief that inclement winter weather had suppressed economic activity and cooled the jobs market, though the numbers didn’t completely back that argument.”

      I guess it will be 2017 before any news pundit can report good news without the BUT …

      • 49 desertflower
        May 2, 2014 at 8:57 am

        They’ve now fixed their “Breaking News” banner to say UNEMPLOYMENT rate. They PAY these copy people?? Yikes.

  18. 51 Dudette
    May 2, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Go Seattle!

  19. 52 Mellesia Barnett
    May 2, 2014 at 8:52 am

    288k jobs added, unemployment rate falls to 6.3%. African American unemployment rate dropped to 11.6% the lowest it has been since November 2008

  20. 54 Dudette
    May 2, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Thank you Mr. President!

  21. 55 hopefruit2
    May 2, 2014 at 8:57 am

    This MUST be noted whenever anyone tries to suggest that the drop in employment rate is simply due to lower labor force participation last month…

  22. 56 Vicki
    May 2, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I am off going to have a very busy day so I will check back later.
    parting thoughts
    1) The economic news is so wonderful. Think of all the families who will be having paychecks again.
    2) The excellent ACA numbers—33% under 44 years old I detailed above. That was buried deep inside the NYTimes.
    Front page was GOP Leaving Christie for Jeb. Who cares?? It is 2014.

  23. 57 dotster3
    May 2, 2014 at 8:59 am

  24. 61 hopefruit2
    May 2, 2014 at 9:00 am

  25. 62 Dudette
    May 2, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Man, ya get busy at work and miss everything!

  26. 64 Ladyhawke
    May 2, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Eric Boehlert ‏@EricBoehlert 4m

    it’s fetal position time inside Fox News green room this morning. #jobs

  27. 65 desertflower
    May 2, 2014 at 9:06 am

    http://wonkwire.rollcall.com/2014/05/02/unemployment-rate-drops-6-3/

    “Americans gained jobs at the fastest pace in more than two years last month and the jobless rate plunged, a sign the economy has rebounded from a winter rut,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

    “Nonfarm employment grew a seasonally adjusted 288,000 last month, the Labor Department said. That marked the best month of job creation since January 2012 and the second-best month since the economy emerged from recession in mid-2009. The jobless rate fell to 6.3% from 6.7%, hitting the lowest level since September 2008.”

    New York Times: “The consensus among economists polled by Bloomberg before the Labor Department’s announcement Friday morning called for an increase of 218,000 in nonfarm payrolls, with the unemployment rate falling by 0.1 percent to 6.6 percent.”

    They only thought it would fall to 6.6%….and it fell to 6.3% :) THAT woke them up!

  28. 66 Ladyhawke
    May 2, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Michael Grunwald ‏@MikeGrunwald 28m

    Remember: It’s important not to read too much into monthly jobs numbers. (When they’re good.)

  29. 67 Nerdy Wonka
    May 2, 2014 at 9:07 am

  30. 69 Nerdy Wonka
    May 2, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Michael Grunwald for the motherfreaking WIN. Ezra Klein’s wife tried to report the jobs numbers as bad and he called her out in a sublime manner.

  31. May 2, 2014 at 9:12 am

    GM everyone. I expect to hear the “cooking the books” meme from the right wing nuts. 😄 awesome information.

  32. 75 hopefruit2
    May 2, 2014 at 9:15 am

    But but but they told me that Obamacare would kill jobs…

  33. 76 Linda
    May 2, 2014 at 9:19 am

    These good job numbers are just the Administration trying to distract from the good ACA numbers.

    Or something.

    • 77 57andfemale
      May 2, 2014 at 10:40 am

  34. 78 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 2, 2014 at 9:22 am

    I DON’T THINK ANYONE KNOWS HOW TIRED I AM OF THESE ANTI-OBAMA PEOPLE…TO BE SURE…GOD IS WATCHING AND WHAT THESE HORRIFIC PEOPLE PLANT AS SEEDS OF DOUBT…THEY SHALL REAP MANY TIMES OVER!

  35. 79 desertflower
    May 2, 2014 at 9:31 am

    This train is ROLLING! http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/05/02/morning-plum-obamacare-enrollment-spikes-in-states-with-tough-senate-races/

    The Republican strategy for 2014 rests heavily on a mass effort to pretend the millions of people benefitting from the Affordable Care Act simply don’t exist — or at least that those who are benefitting from the law’s “free stuff” are vastly outnumbered by ordinary hard-working Americans who have been victimized by job crushing big government and Obama-mandate tyranny.

    But that illusion is getting harder and harder to sustain — and this may prove increasingly true even in red states. In the wake of the announcement of eight million Obamacare enrollments, Elise Vieback has a terrific piece this morning explaining that enrollments have beat administration expectations in the majority of states with competitive Senate races:

  36. 80 Ladyhawke
    May 2, 2014 at 9:32 am

    EXCLUSIVE: Here’s The House GOP’s ‘Incredibly Rigged’ Obamacare Survey

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/house-gop-rigged-obamacare-survey

  37. 81 hopefruit2
    May 2, 2014 at 9:34 am

  38. 88 anniebella
    May 2, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Job numbers for April are pretty good this morning, 288k. :) 6.3%

  39. 89 hopefruit2
    May 2, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Oh boy…seems like someone is jealous. PBO has made it what it was in the last few years and advertisers saw an opportunity to cash-in. After 2017, it will probably go back to what it was prior to 2009.

    • May 2, 2014 at 10:22 am

      when i saw that it was Fornier..i should not have read it….1st mistake….but then i could not get past the first paragraph…

      “The typical White House reporter considers President Obama’s team the most secretive in memory, stingier with information than the tight-lipped Bush White House and, according to a Politico survey, prone to lie. The press corps also is relatively inexperienced, with 39 percent on the beat five years or less, and nearly 60 percent in their first decade”….

      ***********************

      he calls the WHPC inexperience…but then says that PBOs administration is the most secretive in memory….and of course …all of this because of a Polico survey….

      sheesh…but then he goes on to say the most grievous thing…that PBOs administration is prone to lie….

      all of this is jam packed in the few lines of the first paragrah…

      Oooooooooo weeeeeeee….

      • 91 hopefruit2
        May 2, 2014 at 10:25 am

        In other words, he’s just mad at and jealous of PBO and wanted to write something nasty.

        • May 2, 2014 at 10:32 am

          wow….it is simply amazing sometimes….i should not be taken aback by now..of how personal it is with these folks…

          • 93 99ts
            May 2, 2014 at 10:44 am

            Surely is – and they can’t attack the policies – so they attack the people – big fail

            The jealousy that they are not the “In crowd” comes out with every word. How unfair that the WHPC do not create the rules and govern the country. I didn’t see anyone voting for the Chuck Todds of the world.

  40. 95 JER
    May 2, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

  41. 97 No Child Left Behind
    May 2, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Good Morning TODVille.

    What a great morning! Job report excellent! Unemployment down! ACA sign-ups up! Hey, what’s missing? Benghazi.

  42. 98 hopefruit2
    May 2, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Just a gentle ‘minder that PBO & Merkel will be holding a presser today at about 11:40AM ET. :)

  43. 103 desertflower
    May 2, 2014 at 9:52 am

    LOLGOP ‏@LOLGOP 7m
    BTW: It’s time to start calling the Great Recession the Bush Recession because they’re actually thinking of running another one.
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  44. 104 desertflower
    May 2, 2014 at 9:55 am

    HA!

    Retweeted by LOLGOP
    pourmecoffee ‏@pourmecoffee 25m
    We’re recovering from worst recession since Great Depression and out of two of longest wars in U.S. history. Let’s elect another Bush!
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  45. 105 desertflower
    May 2, 2014 at 10:00 am

    :) :) :) IT’S TRUE

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/brett-hulsey-kkk-hoods-wisconsin-republican-convention

    Wisconsin state Rep. Brett Hulsey, a Democratic candidate for governor, plans to blitz the state’s Republican convention this weekend with Ku Klux Klan hoods he refers to as “Republican Party hats,” according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

    Check out the WI GOP party hates I’ll hand out to highlight @GovWalker, WIGOP’s racist policies like racial profiling pic.twitter.com/jJbgCAFuMx
    — Brett Hulsey (@BrettHulseyWI) May 1, 2014

    Asked whether doling out the KKK hoods could be considered offensive, Hulsey told the Wisconsin State Journal on Thursday that “What I find offensive is Gov. Walker and the Republicans’ racist record. They’re the ones considering the resolution to leave the United States.”

  46. May 2, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Good morning, TODville! YES WE CAN!!

  47. May 2, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Wow, how much of a moron mentality do you have to have to stoop to this:

    • 111 Linda
      May 2, 2014 at 10:25 am

      What shocks me is how these people can live with themselves..

      They are teaching their children it is ok to lie for a job.

    • May 2, 2014 at 10:29 am

      I wouldn’t be surprised if, aside from “How to lie with statistics”, there is a book “How to lie with graphs”.

    • 114 99ts
      May 2, 2014 at 10:31 am

      I gather it’s a fake but given FoxNews everyone would believe they would do it this way

    • 115 amk for obama
      May 2, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Please tell me this is snark.

    • 116 Nena20409
      May 2, 2014 at 10:50 am

      For Heaven’s sake this is wicked.

      They did the same thing last month was caught and they revised it. Now here they go again. Using propaganda to blatantly misinform their dumb audience.

      Shame on Fox.

  48. May 2, 2014 at 10:27 am

  49. 119 Linda
    May 2, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Why is MSNBC trying to link BENGHAZI to Chancellor Merkel’s visit today ?

    oh, never mind….

  50. 121 carolyn
    May 2, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Well, we’re off to Dallas to visit grandkids. Tomorrow morning will be soccer games……a good weekend. That’s only four plus hours away, so we get to see them about once a month. They grow too fast! Birthdays coming up this summer….Isaac will be 13, Eric will be 8…..Emily will be 5 in Nov. Can’t wait to see them!

  51. May 2, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    99ts, I missed hug an Australian Day! (((((Big Hug))))) :)


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