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Early Bird Chat

June 2, 2010 – Pete Souza: “Paul McCartney sings “Michelle” to First Lady Michelle Obama during an event honoring McCartney as winner of the annual Gershwin Prize. I knew this was a special moment but didn’t have a full realization of its significance until when I later heard the President telling others that his wife could never have imagined as an African-American girl growing up on the South side of Chicago that someday a Beatle would be singing this song to her as First Lady of the United States.”

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MoooOOOooorning – Happy Monday!


105 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”


  1. 16 Sara
    June 2, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Good morning TOD. Can Danny come out to play?

    Thanks Meta for the link to politico story. Does Manhattan have nice dog parks? I don’t think Bo and Sunny will like leaving the White House. If 4-legged kids get to vote, it will probably be Hawaii.

    • 18 jackiegrumbacher
      June 2, 2014 at 8:02 am

      Sara, if you can afford the best in NYC, there is everything–Central Park, access to every single cultural event imaginable and a rich universe of diversity, learning and energy. If money were no object, I’d head for NYC myself. Miss the state, miss the city.

  2. June 2, 2014 at 7:45 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!!!

    I may have missed if the time was already posted on TOD, but does any one know when our President will make his announcement?

    • June 2, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Morning Hopefruit! The President isn’t actually making the announcement himself, the EPA are doing it. He’s doing a conference call with public health groups about the new policy, but I don’t think we get to hear that.

  3. 22 vcprezofan2
    June 2, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Morning, COS, Hopef, Sara, and anyone else in the house!

  4. 25 hopefruit2
    June 2, 2014 at 7:47 am

    • 26 COS
      June 2, 2014 at 7:51 am

      Isn’t he agreeing with the trade?

      • 27 57andfemale
        June 2, 2014 at 8:11 am

        He’s ‘asking’ if people agree. So the GOP puts out a false meme, and everyone including Dem’s follow into the
        ‘some say’ rabbit hole.

        This is part of our problem: Dems who continue to play this game. Every tweet like this chips away at our ability to set or change the narrative.

        • 28 dotster3
          June 2, 2014 at 8:26 am

          They’re all following suit this a.m., Matt Lauer opened asking if the safety and security of all of us was put at risk for the release of one man.
          This is the current GOP/media theme.

          • 29 57andfemale
            June 2, 2014 at 8:37 am

            EVERYONE. Including my liberal husband. See, here’s the problem: people like my husband are somewhat informed but susceptible. He is my barometer for John Q. Public, and he is ‘listening to both sides’ this morning. I had to explain to him that the ‘other side’ lies 95% of the time. I hate that I have to remind him of that. I admit that I was tuned out this weekend and now I have to ferret out the actual truth.

            But when Mr. 57 is falling for the b.s., that means the the b.s.-ers have done their job.

          • 30 SUE DUVALL SMITH
            June 2, 2014 at 10:28 am

            THIS ENTIRE CONVERSATION REGARDING THE BERGDAHL TRADE IS VERY UNWORTHY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST…A HUMAN LIFE IS A HUMAN LIFE…HE SUFFERED 5 YEARS IN CAPTIVITY AND I DON’T GIVE A DAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM WHO THEY TRADE. IT’S ANOTHER EXCUSE TO PICK ON PBO AND IN THE MEANTIME THEY WILL MAKE THIS VETERAN FEEL VERY POORLY ABOUT HIS OWN RELEASE! OUR COUNTRY SHOULD BE VERY ASHAMED OF THE HORRIFIC BAG OF DIRT IT HOUSES IN THE HALLS OF CONGRESS. GOD’S WRATH WILL SPEAK TO ALL THAT IS WRONG HERE. IT’S EMB ARRASSING AND WRONGFUL IN SO MANY WAYS! I DO HOPE THAT LATER IN HIS RECOVERY…THE OBAMAS WILL HAVE BOWE,FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO THE WH FOR A CELERATIVE DINNER AND SHOW THIS ROTTEN COUNTRY THAT THE THIRD LEG ON THEIR CHAIR IS MISSING. AMERICA HAS LOST ITS GODLINESS!

            • 31 SUE DUVALL SMITH
              June 2, 2014 at 11:07 am

              I MEAN WHAT I SAY WHEN I UTILIZE THE WORD ‘ROTTEN’….THIS COUNTRY HAS PROVEN ITSELF TO BE FILLED WITH HATRED,PREJUDICE,GREED AND SELF CONSUMPTION…TRUE INDEED….WE ARE OUR OWN WORST ENEMY!

      • 32 hopefruit2
        June 2, 2014 at 8:30 am

        He’s being deliberately ambiguous thus lending credence to the GOP’s position. The media did this same nonsense with the birth certificate issue. This is not a matter of debate.

      • 33 hopefruit2
        June 2, 2014 at 8:34 am

        Hey COS, see what I told you about Cuomo? See my posting of further tweets downthread.

    • 34 jackiegrumbacher
      June 2, 2014 at 7:59 am

      Good for you, Hf. I’m sick of this made up BS about controversy, which exists only in the hateful minds of R’s.

    • 35 Ladyhawke
      June 2, 2014 at 8:44 am

      Eric Boehlert ‏@EricBoehlert 19h

      @crowleyCNN @AmbassadorRice it’s almost like CNN robotically takes GOP talking points and uses them to frame every Obama discussion

    • 36 Ladyhawke
      June 2, 2014 at 9:00 am

      THE TEMPLATE

      (Fill In The Blank) has been done before, but now there is controversy. What possibly could have changed to cause controversy now??? wink wink …

      DISCUSS

    • 37 anniebella
      June 2, 2014 at 10:07 am

      To sane people there is no controversy, to right wing extreme radical racists conservatives who “HATE” that black President, there is controversy.

      • 38 anniebella
        June 2, 2014 at 10:11 am

        The media likes controversy, so we know which way they are going to go, even though they know things like this have been done before.

  5. 40 jackiegrumbacher
    June 2, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Good morning. Good news from PA comes from the latest Rasmussen poll, showing Dem Tom Wolf leading Corbett by 20 points. Corbett has the support of only 59 percent of R’s in the state, while Wolf enjoys an 83 percent approval among D’s, the majority party. Corbett is one nasty piece of work who needs to be gone in December. My hope is that Wolf has coat tails for both state and Congressional races. By the way this was the percentage advantage that Bob Casey had over Santorum in 2006 at this stage in the game when he ended up crushing Santorum that November. Fingers crossed.

    http://www.keystonepolitics.com/2014/06/pagov-wolf-up-20-points-on-corbett-over-50/

    • 41 COS
      June 2, 2014 at 8:03 am

      Great news.

    • 42 57andfemale
      June 2, 2014 at 8:08 am

      That is wonderful news.

      Now if we can just keep IL out of the hands of the gazillionaire who is blanketing our airwaves with his folksy ‘charm’ when he is on record saying he is going to make Scott Walker look like a liberal.

      Has never served a day in any elected office. He terrifies me. Yet our Dem governor who has had to make very hard choices is very unpopular.

      God help us. I hope we don’t swap PA for IL in the RWNJ dept.

      • 43 dotster3
        June 2, 2014 at 8:34 am

        I’m afraid we’re going to end up with Rauner—–seems to be a coordinated push to oust Quinn. Media seems to be protecting problematic/controversial issues re. Rauner, including some prickly divorce issues. Sick of seeing the manufactured cutesiness of Rauner’s ads also where the wife says she is a (fake) Dem and she’s Voting For Him Anyway! Ugh.

        • 44 57andfemale
          June 2, 2014 at 8:57 am

          It’s far from over but I’d like to see Dems start fighting back. However, our crooked Dems in the legislature would be happy with the bribes they’ll get from rauner, the state be damned.

          I heard this on Dick Kay’s radio show awhile ago (and you need to push this far and wide): the ‘term limits’ referendum. It is written so that it doesn’t go into effect for 10 years, so the current batch is unaffected. But the worst part is that it reconfigures the IL legislature: cuts Senate seats, increases House seats. It will forever shift the power away from the population centers to rural RWNJ’s.

          Be afraid. Be very afraid.

      • 45 jackiegrumbacher
        June 2, 2014 at 8:56 am

        57, it’s not too late to turn it around if a big push is made in Chicago. A right wing governor brings a right wing SOS and that means discrimination and voter suppression through 2016 and beyond. It’s worth doing anything to prevent this.

        • 46 57andfemale
          June 2, 2014 at 7:17 pm

          Everyone always underestimates Quinn – he’s a harder fighter than people realize. In no way have I given up. And Rauner’s blanketing of the air waves is tiring people out – it’s so obviously phony.

          However, he managed to corral the IL ‘Latinos for Obama’ head who now wants the ‘breath of fresh air” of Rauner. And they found a token black as well.

          It’s nowhere near too late, but it’s going to be a very hard, long fight.

    • 47 99ts
      June 2, 2014 at 8:29 am

      Being the 2nd of the month I don’t have to play fool’s games to access the NYTimes – it would seem in Idaho – they care not what the pundits say about their boy

      http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/02/us/hailey-idaho-hometown-celebration-for-pow-freed-soldier-just-got-bigger.html

      “In churches on Sunday and among the steady stream of residents sharing information at Zaney’s River Street Coffee House, Sergeant Bergdahl’s release dominated all talk. The focus was both on what he had gone through and on what they all could expect in the future.”

    • 48 99ts
      June 2, 2014 at 8:30 am

      Sorry jackie – that wasn’t meant to be in answer to your post – but good to see Corbett is going down.

    • 49 Vicki
      June 2, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Great!!!!!!

  6. 50 Don
    June 2, 2014 at 8:14 am

    So the Obama Administration wasn’t to cut carbon emissions more than any time in the history of the United States of America, shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit, I thought Al Gore already cleaned up the environment. Oh, he didn’t, he just made a billion dollars talking about cleaning up the environment and pointing fingers.

    The only thing missing from the Whitehouse this weekend has Tom Hagan walking into President Obama’s private study and whispering in his ear that all the heads of the five families are dead.

  7. 51 vcprezofan2
    June 2, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Gotta take the teenager for a doctor’s appointment. BBL

  8. 52 hopefruit2
    June 2, 2014 at 8:33 am

  9. 53 hopefruit2
    June 2, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Cuomo is trying to defend his B.S when called out on it. (as usual).

    Now people are asking him WHAT makes THIS deal different from those under previous admins – and I expect crickets or a very incoherent response.

    • 54 anniebella
      June 2, 2014 at 10:17 am

      We remember just last week Sec. Kerry had to straighten out Chris Cuomo, when Cuomo tried to put words in Kerry mouth and Kerry told him don’t try to do that, he knows exactly what he said. It shut up the Cuomo dude too

  10. 55 andogriff
    June 2, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Good morning Ms Chips! Morning VC, Cos, hopefruit, and everyone! I haven’t been commenting much, we lost our sweet 14-year old tomcat last week, so would not have been good company anyway. Good news all around, the polls sound very positive! Loved this moment when McCartney sang to our First Lady!

  11. 58 dotster3
    June 2, 2014 at 8:36 am

  12. 59 hopefruit2
    June 2, 2014 at 8:38 am

  13. 60 dotster3
    June 2, 2014 at 8:43 am

    • 61 jackiegrumbacher
      June 2, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Amen. I think that should be the new name of the Republican Party–the Toxic Party. I’m using that from now on.

      • 62 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        June 2, 2014 at 9:09 am

        DON’T FORGET TO ADD THE MEDIA WHO CHURNS …SPINS…BUILDS AND CONJURS UP EVERYTHING THE REPUBLICANS HAVE TO SAY…DELIBERATELY TO LIGHT A MATCH UNDER FANATICS WHO BTW THEMSELVES….NEED A SHRINK SESSION ON A SOFA!…TIRING!

  14. 63 Vicki
    June 2, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Pigs are flying, TOD. NY Times editorial about Obamacare as established success and Dems shoould run on it and Repubs STFU. Times editorial gives the numbers as QHP 8.1 million, medicaid/schip 4.8 million and young adults til 26 as 3 million.

    All GOP bullshit eventually is disproven. The bad thing is how much damage their propaganda does.

    The flat earth society’s current nontroversy is about whether Bowe Bergdahls return home and the detainee release is a good thing or a bad thing…. Ridiculous, harmful, and due to be gone in 10…..9……8………….7…………………..

  15. 64 Ladyhawke
    June 2, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Eric Boehlert @EricBoehlert · 7m

    what nobody will discuss: if word leaked later Obama had chance to free POW and REFUSED, the GOP might call for impeachment; #ODS

    • 65 99ts
      June 2, 2014 at 9:15 am

      The president according to the GOP – if he does it – it’s the wrong thing to do ; if he doesn’t do it – it’s the right thing to do

      This is the BIG problem they now have with the ACA – the President did it – it has to be repealed – but that is becoming more and more of a vote loser – so they want to repeal Obamacare & keep the ACA – sadly there are some dumb enough to think this is possible – hopefully not too many.

    • 70 57andfemale
      June 2, 2014 at 9:47 am

      and yet the ‘unlawful’ meme is pouring out of every GOP mouth. Their ‘grounds for impeachment.

  16. June 2, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Good morning, Chips, BTs and TODers.

    Another day, another fight with the press.

    • 72 Linda
      June 2, 2014 at 9:26 am

      I think they would all have a meltdown if the word ” but ” was eliminated from the English Language.

    • 74 99ts
      June 2, 2014 at 9:31 am

      Be nice if someone wrote about the risk for the GOP in their refusal to admit that climate change is real.

      • 75 japa21
        June 2, 2014 at 9:33 am

        Amen to that.

      • 76 japa21
        June 2, 2014 at 9:36 am

        • 77 anniebella
          June 2, 2014 at 10:26 am

          Was 41 Republican Senators blocking that VA veterans bill a risk to the Republicans, has everything low down dirty racists thing they have done since Obama has been in office, is that a risk to the Republican Party. These Reps has refused job bill, immigration, unemployment benefits, raise minimum wage, sensible back ground check on guns, after little kids were gun down, they have gone after voter’s right, and that’s just to name afew. Is all that a risk to the Republicans Mark Murray?

  17. 78 japa21
    June 2, 2014 at 9:33 am

    • 79 99ts
      June 2, 2014 at 9:40 am

      I don’t think there is a lower than saying a POW should not have been brought home – by any available means.

      • 80 japa21
        June 2, 2014 at 9:45 am

        Nromally, I would agree with you. But with the current GOP, I am sure they will find something.

  18. 81 japa21
    June 2, 2014 at 9:55 am

  19. 82 dotster3
    June 2, 2014 at 9:58 am

    This “mom” thinks it’s so cute that her baby is reaching for her assault rifle………

  20. 87 99ts
    June 2, 2014 at 10:05 am

    From a link at Booman

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/in-norfolk-evidence-of-climate-change-is-in-the-streets-at-high-tide/2014/05/31/fe3ae860-e71f-11e3-8f90-73e071f3d637_story.html

    In Norfolk, evidence of climate change is in the streets at high tide

    Norfolk exists because of the sea. Ships have been built in its harbors since the Revolutionary War. It is home to the largest naval base on the globe. Bounded by the Chesapeake Bay and two rivers, sliced by coastal creeks, Norfolk has always been vulnerable to flooding. But over the past decade, people began noticing alarming trends.

    The city hired a Dutch consulting firm to develop an action plan, finalized in 2012, that called for new flood gates, higher roads and a retooled storm water system. Implementing the plan would cost more than $1 billion — the size of the city’s entire annual budget — and protect Norfolk from about a foot of additional water.

    As the city was contemplating that enormous price tag, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) last year delivered more bad news: If current trends hold, VIMS scientists said, by the end of this century, the sea in Norfolk would rise by 51 / 2 feet or more.

  21. 88 HZ
    June 2, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Good Morning my Chips and TOD family. Everyone have a lovely day and get some refreshing quiet moments to center yourself in your space because the people have started already to try to pull at our hearts.

    Put your boots on early. Walk it, speak it, and trust our President; but lift him up with your beautiful thoughts for wisdom, physical strength, and that calm but fighting spirit to keep him through this day. Pray for a safe and very productive trip with his team. Courage, inspiration, and determination be his companions as he travel on this journey.

    It is a joyful grace to be above the green today, and I hope to use each moment to help someone pay their bills by me paying mine. Get to the paper work. Pray for me.

    “These bills represent an Abundance of the goods and services I have received to enhance my life. Now, I have the Blessing of circulating the Energy of money in exchange for them.” Amen.

    May the mother who just stepped out the door trying to catch not one but three buses to go and do her job to be able to put food on her table be blessed.
    May the father who went out early trying to figure which place to go in order to try to get an interview to get a job to take care of his family.
    May the students who just came home from school find that job to help them get through summer school or find a job to help them save to get back into college this fall.
    May the senior who need some cool air to help keep the small house or room cool for the summer find that caring help when he or she call in.
    May the children who need that mother or father to answer as many calls sitting in that chair when customer service receive those call about an issue be bless to make his or her quota.
    May the neighbors who just got the notice to move out find that apartment who has a gentle and full heart of compassion to rent to him./her family and children.
    May that senior not have to tell the pharmacy to only fill three of the six medications because he./she did not get enough in her/his check this month.
    May we all stop, pray a prayer or give a word of thoughtfulness to the children who will not get a decent meal because Congress refused to allow the food to come to them because of where they live or the color or their skin. Oh, mommy, I wish I could just go back to school.
    Count your blessings but do not count them and forget how much work we have to do to make A Blessing For Our Brothers and Sisters all over this nation because the evil, political hearts ruled over the gentle, firm, and decent cores of men and women with power in our Congress.

    Circulate your blessings wherever you can today. People need all of us. () Have a nice day, my beautiful TOD family.HZ

  22. 90 JER
    June 2, 2014 at 10:26 am

    STARTING SOON – The EPA will be announcing new carbon pollution standards for power plants – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  23. 91 JER
    June 2, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  24. 92 Linda
    June 2, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Allison Grimes is against ” Obama’s War on Coal ”

    She and Michelle Nunn would be good room mates if they win.

    • 93 japa21
      June 2, 2014 at 10:37 am

      She pretty much has to be at this point.

    • 95 Melanie
      June 2, 2014 at 10:40 am

      Is she running against Mitch McConnell or Barack Obama? Geez.

      • 96 Layla
        June 2, 2014 at 10:44 am

        IMHO she is running against the wellbeing of the citizens of her state…I pretty much have had enough of ‘well she needs to this to win’ it’s outrageous!

    • 97 99ts
      June 2, 2014 at 10:42 am

      Shame she has to use GOP talking points and describe clean air as a “war on coal” If she keeps it up – she will lose – actually – she has probably lost already.

    • 98 57andfemale
      June 2, 2014 at 11:00 am

      Unfortunately, you get this from all Dem’s in coal states: WV, KY. On this I’m not surprised.

      It’s her running to the mic to crow about Shinseki resigning and the painful silent week she took before deciding to be pro-ACA that I have problems with.

      I expect to see Sen. McConnell until the turtle shell strangles his scrawny ass.

  25. 99 Jovie
    June 2, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Live video: EPA announces steps to cut carbon pollution – @NBCNews breakingnews.com/t/J0t

    According to the news, everybody should hate clean sir!

  26. 101 CEB
    June 2, 2014 at 10:43 am

    We do live in interesting times where up is down and down is up, but under the leadership of PBO we are steadily moving forward in so many areas that suffered for decades from inertia. All of the sound and fury that surrounds everything that he does is to be expected because change is difficult. PBO’s administration is truly transformative and we are so blessed to be alive and aware and able to participate.
    Thanks to everyone who works so hard to keep all of us informed and up to date.

  27. 104 99ts
    June 2, 2014 at 10:45 am

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/john-mccain-obama-prisoner-release-060214

    The Vacant Soul Of John McCain

    “I firmly believe that, in some very prominent place in his mind, John McCain is in the second year of his second term as president of the United States. He certainly is president of John McCain. I don’t know the source of this delusion; in no way, is the guy a leader, either of his party or his nation. His only obvious followers are Senators Huckleberry Butchmeup from South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte, the Richelieu Of Rye.”

    • 105 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      June 2, 2014 at 11:11 am

      UNFORTUNATELY 99…HE REPRESENTS THE REPUBLICAN ‘INSANITY’ THAT HAS FRANKLY RUINED ALL THIS COUNTRY STANDS FOR!…IT IS EVERY SAD!


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