Early Bird Chat

Jan. 6, 2010 – Pete Souza: “While waiting to be introduced for an event in the East Room of the White House, the President looks out a window in the Green Room towards a view of the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial.”


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds!

143 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. January 6, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks…TOD Early Birds!!!

  2. 9 Roberta in Mn
    January 6, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Good Morning to a chilly -22 WC -51 day. My apartment is just 63 this morning. A little on the cold side. 😦
    GM Chiperoo. & Danny.

    • January 6, 2014 at 7:24 am

      Oh Roberta, brrrrrrrrrrrrr – that’s way too chilly. Keep warm!

    • January 6, 2014 at 7:25 am

      Good Morning Roberta. Even though we’re not in the negative temps, it’s still cold to those of us who are used to relatively mild winters. Stay warm!

      • 13 Roberta in Mn
        January 6, 2014 at 7:36 am

        I am staying in today. No even taking y Dog out. She is going to have to learn to go potty on the pads. (Not easy for an old girl). 🙂 Have a warm day for anyone else in this deep freeze.

  3. 14 andogriff
    January 6, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Wow! WTG Ms Chips! Morning! Morning swbluega…. hope everyone has a nice Monday.

  4. 18 andogriff
    January 6, 2014 at 7:25 am

    That sounds pretty chilly indeed, Roberta! I would stay in today, if you can… : /

  5. 19 amk for obama
    January 6, 2014 at 7:26 am

  6. 36 andogriff
    January 6, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Must go to work for a bit, catch you all later on!

  7. 38 vcprezofan2
    January 6, 2014 at 7:36 am

    GooOOOood MooOOOoorrnning, TODvillage!

    Special GooOOOood MooOOOoorrnning, Chips Chica! I notice you’ve been faithfully following the ‘early to bed, early to rise’ formula. Hmmmmm. Wonder how long this will continue?

    O, and ‘hi’, Danny Boy. It’s been a

    • 39 vcprezofan2
      January 6, 2014 at 7:38 am

      Drat! The phone just rang (and I knocked it off), which means they’ll call back AND I have to go to work. 😦

      • 40 vcprezofan2
        January 6, 2014 at 7:40 am

        Sorry, phone caught me by surprise! Anyhow, until the automated system gets back to me, I’ll see what’s happening here. 😕

      • January 6, 2014 at 7:41 am

        Uggggggh, poor VC! Can you just, you know, not answer it?

        • 42 vcprezofan2
          January 6, 2014 at 7:43 am

          We are warned in training not to do that as it can clog up the system. Grrrr! It hasn’t rung again yet, so I’m crossing toes the system went to the next person in the directory and someone will grab the opportunity before it reverts to me.

            • 44 vcprezofan2
              January 6, 2014 at 7:52 am

              😀 😀 You are such a help (NOT)! 😆

              I’ve crossed mental fingers – if it doesn’t get back to me in the next 40 minutes, I’m ‘safe’ for the day…..I think/hope. The thought of having to go shovel my way out of the driveway doesn’t appeal, at all, at all.

        • 45 vcprezofan2
          January 6, 2014 at 7:45 am

          I hate when they call and I wasn’t mentally anticipating them! Plus I already knew from before the holidays that I’d have to go in tomorrow, so I felt ‘safe’ today.

  8. 46 COS
    January 6, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Good morning Chips and everyone from sunny CA.

  9. January 6, 2014 at 7:46 am

    A story of courage and determination…


    “Shon Coleman beating cancer to return to play is the real Auburn miracle this season”



    Signing Day 2010 was coming, and it seemed the worst of Shon Coleman’s problems was a nagging case of the flu. He was the best prep player in Mississippi, a hulking offensive lineman from Olive Branch who could have gone anywhere. A kid that strong could fight off a virus like it was just another weak pass rusher.

    Then the illness lingered. Coleman grew lumps on his neck and head. … The first doctor thought it was the flu. He thought it was bruises. But the symptoms never got better.”

    Coleman chose Auburn and the lumps remained. He went to a plastic surgeon, who couldn’t figure it out either… Two weeks later, the plastic surgeon told [Shon’s mother] … Shon did not have the flu. He did not have football injuries. He had acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

    Coleman delayed enrolling at Auburn until January of 2011. He had a port inserted into his chest. He planned to beat the cancer eventually, and be as good as ever on the football field… Soon, though, he lost his hair and got woozy. There were days he couldn’t keep his food down. He still worked out. Through everything, 30 months of treatment, he didn’t even drop 10 pounds below his 300-pound playing weight.

    On Oct. 25, 2012, Coleman had his final treatment. He made it.

    Last September, near the end of a rout of Arkansas State, Shon Coleman entered the game and played his first snaps as an Auburn Tiger.

  10. 50 amk for obama
    January 6, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Lenovo agreed to refund in full for the defective laptop of daughter unit.

    When asked if the next unit I buy will have the same defect, their answer “We would not be able to confirm on the 1st point “.

    effin’ unbeliebable.

  11. 55 amk for obama
    January 6, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Pope Francis has announced his first trip as pontiff to the Holy Land, from 24 May to 26 May.

    He will visit Jerusalem, Bethlehem in the West Bank, and the Jordanian capital, Amman.

    He made the announcement during his weekly Sunday blessing in Vatican City.

    The visit is so far his only foreign trip planned for 2014. He said he would hold a meeting with the representatives of all Christian Churches in the Middle East in Jerusalem.


    Not only will he be making a important gesture of goodwill towards the Orthodox churches which separated from Rome just over 1,000 years ago, but he will be making an important political statement as he wants to encourage the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians, our correspondent says.

    The Pope will be celebrating Masses not only in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, which is in Palestinian territory, but also in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem built over the site where Jesus Christ was reputedly buried after the crucifixion, with the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I.

    The Pope was invited to visit the Holy Land by Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas


    dood is rocking it.

  12. 56 vcprezofan2
    January 6, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Phone! 😦

    Have a good day, everyone!

  13. 58 Linda
    January 6, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Good Morning.

    Here is Liz Cheney’s statement…….

    “As a mother and a patriot, I know that the work of defending freedom and protecting liberty must continue for each generation,” Cheney stated. “Though this campaign stops today, my commitment to keep fighting with you and your families for the fundamental values that have made this nation and Wyoming great will never stop.”


    • 59 jackiegrumbacher
      January 6, 2014 at 8:11 am

      Good riddance to Liz. Don’t let the door….

    • 60 Don
      January 6, 2014 at 8:40 am

      Patriot my ass, she wouldn’t know a patriot if one ran up to her and bit her on her ass. This family has fucked this country six ways from Sunday, Dick with his 5 goddamn deferments. I’m glad these motherfuckers 15 minutes is about up, the whole lot of them need to get the fuck on down the road.

    • 61 57andfemale
      January 6, 2014 at 9:25 am


  14. 62 desertflower
    January 6, 2014 at 8:02 am


    Last week the liberal documentary-maker Michael Moore prompted indigestion across the progressive wonk community by pronouncing Obamacare “awful.” In a New York Times op-ed, he bemoaned the way the president’s law preserved the health insurance industry rather than replacing it with a Medicare-for-all style single-payer system. The good news, Moore conceded, is that the previously uninsured (and often previously uninsurable) can get finally get coverage. The bad news is that their coverage will often be lousy and pose an enormous financial burden. He ended by calling for activists to lean on state politicians in an effort to beef the law up.

    I happen to agree with Moore’s basic sentiment. For-profit health insurance is on some level morally offensive—at least when it’s practiced the way we Americans practice capitalism. With a few tantalizing but mostly unrepresentative exceptions, the longstanding aim of health insurers has been to weed out sick people, and to weasel out of paying for treatment if they somehow get insurance, so that the companies could boost their share price, lavish income on their executives, and plow money into annoyingly saccharine TV ads. To its everlasting credit, Obamacare genuinely tries to whip the insurers into shape—making it illegal to deny coverage to sick people, or to withdraw coverage when healthy people get sick, among other much-needed reforms. But you still have to be skeptical of middlemen who historically spent a mere 60 cents of every dollar individual policy-holders sent them on, you know, health care.1

    And yet I’m still much more sympathetic to Obamacare than Moore. He thinks it’s awful. I consider it a deceptively sneaky way to get the health care system both of us really want.

    • January 6, 2014 at 8:14 am

      Until MMFlint is ready to put his money where his mouth is and run for Mayor of Detroit or other position to help make MI politics more “progressive,” he can stuff it. It’s too easy to sit on the sidelines and hurl facile attacks – while not lifting a finger to become part of the solution.

    • 66 Linda
      January 6, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer was just on Morning Junk saying that the insurance companies are ” guaranteed ” a 16 % profit in the new law. He claimed the law was written by staffers of Sen Baucus and Grassley.

      Joe tried to claim the Pharma back room deal was part of the problem and Schweitzer pushed slapping him with the Medicare Part D deal that is exactly the same and was not paid for.

    • 67 jackiegrumbacher
      January 6, 2014 at 9:03 am

      DF, as you know, the problem with all these complainers is that they never explain how any of their ideas would have passed the Congress the president had to work with the at time–and that was with a Democratic majority! How would THEY have dealt with Baucus and Leiberman–locked them in a closet? I have a ‘friend’ who keeps whining that that ObamaCare is terrible because it isn’t single payer and every time I ask him where the votes were for single payer, he has no answer and just gets angrier. It’s nice to create your own ideal reality, but the president and the rest of us live in the real world.

    • 70 57andfemale
      January 6, 2014 at 9:34 am

      moore, as always, ignores the horrific political realities that faced PBO. he would have preferred that millions remain without access to any health care to defend his ‘principle.’ he thinks like a 5 year old, like all the simplistic whiny left.

      Moore, has never had to answer to the public, actually deal with political realities. Instead of declaring Obamacare ‘ awful’ how about acknowledging it as a progressive first step and continue the fight to improve health care.

      If it was up to Michael Moore, millions would be without any access and he would enjoy the health care he can get and afford. Some progressive.

  15. 71 Linda
    January 6, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Max Blumenthal , the author of “Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party” has a new book.

    “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel”

    Max Blumenthal talks about the political shift in Israel since the collapse of the Oslo peace process in 2001. He argues that the government of Israel has moved increasingly to the right, making peace with the Palestinians an even more distant possibility than it was a decade ago. Mr. Blumenthal spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.


    I watched on book tv last night…..the video should be available soon….

    He accuses Israel of Apartheid. I agree.

  16. 72 utaustinliberal
    January 6, 2014 at 8:14 am

    MOoOOOOrning Mrs. Cheater.

  17. 79 amk for obama
    January 6, 2014 at 8:14 am

    so df, started ‘packing’ yet?

    • 80 desertflower
      January 6, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Oh, God, Oh, God, Oh, God……..Like I mentioned last night, I don’t know whether to say “Please Proceed” or be scared shitless….people around here aren’t all that bright sometimes…

      • 81 forus50
        January 6, 2014 at 8:23 am

        You will have the two guys that crash and burn everything they touch; McCain and Segal. Hee!

        • 82 desertflower
          January 6, 2014 at 8:26 am

          Oh no…we have SO MANY more than just those two!!! We have an infestation. It’s bad.

          • January 6, 2014 at 9:10 am

            BUT we have Fred Duval running on the Dems side for Governor and he has already been fund raising. We also have had some good things happen for Phoenix thanks to Dem Mayor Greg Stanton. I remain optimistic. I was born and raised in Arizona and have seen the pendulum swing both ways. We are swinging back from tea party towards the center, even though it is slow.

    • 84 Linda
      January 6, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Is that plastic hair ?

  18. 85 hopefruit2
    January 6, 2014 at 8:16 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Monday, everyone. Studies say that Jan 6 is the most “depressing” day of the year. I say that spending time on TOD will help fight off the January Blues.

    • 86 hopefruit2
      January 6, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Clarification: It’s the January after everyone returns to work/school – happens to be Jan 6th THIS year. 🙂

    • January 6, 2014 at 8:21 am

      Mooooooooorning Hopefruit!!! We will smile on through this dark day!

    • 88 jackiegrumbacher
      January 6, 2014 at 9:10 am

      Hf, I’m guessing the second depressing day is July 5. I read an article in the NYT back in the 60’s (funny how you remember insignificant things from years ago and forget what you did yesterday) that said people who returned to work after the Fourth of July were almost always feeling lethargic and unhappy about it. When I was working I always counted the days to the next holiday. July 4 is bad because it leaves you most of July and ALL of August unless you’ve got vacation planned. Thanks to the wonderful and magnificent Martin Luther King, January workers get a mid-month break (which didn’t used to be so). Back in my youth, we used to get Lincoln’s birthday AND George Washington’s birthday off in February, so I always had a cheerier feeling for that month.

      • 89 hopefruit2
        January 6, 2014 at 9:38 am

        Hmm…interesting! I was unaware of the July 5th issue, but it makes sense when you think about it.

    • January 6, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Well I have beaten that prediction: my school is called off for today AND tomorrow owing to snow and extremely low temps!. WOOHOO! So my most depressing day will be January 8.

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  20. 99 yardarm756
    January 6, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Good morning you lot from the frozen tundra at the south end of Lake Michigan.

  21. 113 amk for obama
    January 6, 2014 at 8:34 am

  22. 114 amk for obama
    January 6, 2014 at 8:53 am

  23. 115 99ts
    January 6, 2014 at 8:57 am

    GM everyone – I actually watched the 7PM news in my world this evening – I usually avoid it – but Mr 99 was late home so I was checking out the world for a change. There was a segment on Iraq – which appears to have dissolved into an utter disaster area with factions all over the place – all carrying weapons of great destruction. I’m sure Bobfr could explain it to me – but what I saw was horrifying.

    GWB and his partners have so much to answer for – given what they did to this region. PBO and Sec Kerry obviously well understand what has happened and know that committing any more troops to the area is a very pointless exercise. These people have been living in absolute hell on earth for the past 10 years – because of the lies that the Bush Administration used to gain support for its invasion of Iraq.

    Nothing that can ever be revealed by Snowden and his bff GG can ever equate to the horror that happened in Iraq – and those that started it dare to think they have a role to play in the political future of their countries. Every person who went along with the WMD stories have some responsibility for what happened. This has made no-one safer – quite the opposite.

  24. 116 JER
    January 6, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Good Morning all.

    • 117 jackiegrumbacher
      January 6, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Hallelujah for this. Janet Yellen is going to make history in a very positive way. She is probably the most progressive Fed chair since Paul Volcker.

    • 118 57andfemale
      January 6, 2014 at 9:45 am

      here’s what gets me. The whiny left screamed that Yellen be appointed. Once PBO appointed her it’s ‘whatever.’ They are ready to call him any name in the book, but when he does something even they define as progressive, he gets no credit.

    • 120 desertflower
      January 6, 2014 at 9:16 am

      As we all know…sabotage of all good things is a feature, not a bug for Republicans… It’s what they do!

      • January 6, 2014 at 9:20 am

        It’s just an extension of their broader aim…to make certain that President Obama is an asterisk in the history books. Why the Democrats never see this coming is a mystery to me.

    • 123 jackiegrumbacher
      January 6, 2014 at 9:18 am

      It’s funny, DF, how Republicans always convince themselves that the fallout will land on Democrats and not on themselves. I hope Dems are prepared for lots of ads pointing the finger at the right culprits and I hope that the president publicly calls them out on every occasion, including the State of the Union. It’s our job, too, to call these Republicans the saboteurs they really are.

      • 124 desertflower
        January 6, 2014 at 9:20 am

        Agreed:) They think they are all Teflon now! They WILL have to answer for their behavior…we must make sure of that

    • 125 99ts
      January 6, 2014 at 9:20 am

      They can’t be honest – even when they attack the GOP viewpoint. When this paragraph is included

      “Let’s assume for argument’s sake that McConnell’s diagnosis is correct — that there are thousands of Kentuckians out of work, not through any fault of their own but because the hand of big government has crushed their jobs and left them without any options. ”

      We are back to – both sides are to blame. McConnell is NOT correct, so an assumption that he is, gives the GOP yet another pass for their stupid. 40 attempts to repeal health care and NO attempts to pass a jobs bill is the economic sabotage – and that is all down to the GOP.

      Things are no better in my world and we now have 2 RWNJ governments. They are copying the GOP every which way what way.

      • January 6, 2014 at 9:36 am

        They don’t have to be honest, 99, because there’s no one to keep them in check. Not surprised that you are experiencing the same indifference in your part of the world. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times…people will never really grasp what is going on until they look at this globally.

        Hopefully, putting Janet Yellen in place will bring about a few changes. Afterall, the Fed’s mandate is to keep the economy afloat and invest in full employment. Bernanke could never get the votes for any employment initiatives, so he just buckled under for Wall Street. Seems to me, it’s time for the Democrats to do a little hostage taking.

  25. 127 amk for obama
    January 6, 2014 at 9:43 am

    beebs in my language. which btw is the bestest.


    • 128 amk for obama
      January 6, 2014 at 9:46 am

      And they featured a story about the famous temple (built in 12th century) in my town. /collar lifted.

      • January 6, 2014 at 12:34 pm

        Oh my, what a beautiful structure! The translation pf the page was…interesting…to say the least, but it sounds as if another temple (?) titcitarkal (?) was trying to take it over? Possibly some financial mismanagement? I could see there was a court case, but failed to take the interpretation of the word salad farther than that. I wonder if the translation program is Sarah-Palin based? I include a sample:

        “But in this case, the attorney representing a respondent arumukacami civanatiyar the BBC Thamilosai kovilan punkunran Commenting on this decision, based on the verdict, said Chidambaram Nataraja temple titcitarkal not to own. They are only allowed to enjoy the proceeds of the temple had been granted. And the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Madras High Court’s previous judgment has been canceled, they stated that the High Court’s judgment titcitarkal revenue contributed to tender issues illustrated but titcatarkal temple’s ownership of the information that there is no so they favor the judgment was not considered that.”

        • 130 amk for obama
          January 6, 2014 at 6:33 pm

          Yes, it’s a beautiful engineering marvel.

          The translation got it almost right. The priests of the temple, called Dikshitars, have been deemed the custodians since the temple was built from 11th to 13th century. The local state govt tried to take it over on the grounds of financial mismanagement and the SC said No.

    • January 6, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      I don’t know what it sounds like, but it is certainly a beautiful language to look at! I know I have a few Tamil-speakers in my classroom. Or at least their families speak it.

  26. 135 dotster3
    January 6, 2014 at 9:43 am

    More gun insanity. Chgo 13 yr. old shoots and kills 16 yr. old cousin after an argument over an XBox.

  27. 136 hopefruit2
    January 6, 2014 at 9:43 am

    • January 6, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Were there always this many crazy people on the loose?

      • 138 desertflower
        January 6, 2014 at 9:53 am

        That’s the fact I learned over these last 5 years that has terrified me the most…that SO MANY INSANE PEOPLE WALK AMONG US. Thank you, Obamacare for mental illness coverage…

        • 139 carolyn
          January 6, 2014 at 9:59 am

          Reagan started closing mental health facilities in California when he was governor. That continued on the federal level, and with decline in funding for mental health care. I believe that is one reason for what we are seeing.

      • 140 forus50
        January 6, 2014 at 9:58 am

        Good question. I would imagine that prior to the internet this is a story most people outside of Minnesota would not have heard about. But we also know that access to health care, prior to Obamacare, has been getting cut for the past few decades.

  28. 141 desertflower
    January 6, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Off to work….have a good day everyone:) Stay safe and warm.

  29. 142 forus50
    January 6, 2014 at 10:03 am

    “Even without an Iranian deal, the Saudis are going to have to reduce production just to maintain a price floor above $80 [a barrel] by the end of first quarter,” Bremmer said.

    “If an Iran deal happens, we’re going well under that. The Saudis won’t be able to keep that going,” he added.

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