Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Obama greets a tour group in the West Wing hallway outside the Oval Office, Saturday, April 2, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds – Happy Wednesday!

114 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    April 2, 2014 at 7:11 am


    • 2 vcprezofan2
      April 2, 2014 at 7:12 am

      Chica, you’ve got to check out the terrific Maddow segment on #ACA & PBO. Am looking for it right now.

      O, and Good Morninng! 🙂

    • 3 vcprezofan2
      April 2, 2014 at 7:13 am

      I think this is the link – 17 minutes of TRUTH.


      ‘Armageddon’ not brought by Obamacare success’

    • April 2, 2014 at 7:16 am

      Moooooorning VC, mooooooorning everyone!

      • 6 vcprezofan2
        April 2, 2014 at 7:21 am

        Morning, Sweetie Potato Pie! Nice to see you, bleary-eyed though I am.

        Hello there, DannyOstix! (ps. Chica, give my young nephew an extra hug with my name on it, please. I notice he has been a good boy since I haven’t spotted any new complaints….oops…. comments about either sweaters or flower pots. I mean, even indestructible toys seem to be holding on to their indestructibility.)

    • April 2, 2014 at 8:11 am

      Good Morning VC! Congrats on first and have a fantastic day! 🙂

      • 8 vcprezofan2
        April 2, 2014 at 8:31 am

        Thank you, SW! The ‘fantastic’ portion has already started to unfold. You make sure you grab hold of a piece! 🙂

  2. 9 TrumpDog
    April 2, 2014 at 7:13 am


  3. 11 Lynn
    April 2, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Congrats on first, vc. And YES! It Is the ‘Age of Obama’ and I feel wonderful just thinking about it!

    Morning to one and all.

    Ms. Chips, I sincerely hope you will carry on even after January ’17. I believe President Obama’s work has just begun. After leaving office, I believe the true power of this incredible man and his glowing family will truly blossom on a global scale and I don’t want to miss a single second!!!

  4. 23 vcprezofan2
    April 2, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Okey-dokey, here is that great Maddow video in a tweet! It will warm the cockles of your heart. Anyone know where the cockles in your heart are located?

    Forget it, my head can’t retain science so I don’t know why I asked, just watch the video. 😉

    • 24 donna dem 4 obama
      April 2, 2014 at 7:41 am

      VP Joe, the “Joyful Id of this administration”. I think Rachel characterized him quite well there…. 🙂

      • 25 vcprezofan2
        April 2, 2014 at 7:44 am

        She did an excellent job and seemed to be enjoying herself immensely. I was actually amazed that there was no ‘sting’ in this segment. On the rare occasions these days when I watch today’s media do segments on PBO I usually hold my breath, but this was one long segment of truth. 🙂 🙂 🙂

        • 26 hopefruit2
          April 2, 2014 at 7:56 am

          Thanks for sharing this with us vc – I will watch the video based on your recommendation. 🙂

          • 27 vcprezofan2
            April 2, 2014 at 8:30 am

            🙂 O..o! My rep’s on the line! 😉 Morning, Hopef!

            • 28 hopefruit2
              April 2, 2014 at 8:58 am

              It was indeed an excellent segment. Glad I watched it! I liked how she began with the highlighting differences between PBO and Bush on the stimulus issue. 🙂

              • 29 vcprezofan2
                April 2, 2014 at 9:36 am

                🙂 I loved each moment of it, Hf. Journalism like I dream it should be.

                Phew! /slicking the sweat from my brow now/ 🙂

    • 30 Vicki
      April 2, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Racel was great last night and she devoted 33 minutes of her show to Obamacare. Al and Ed did that , too.
      Very unusual for MSNBC where stories are generally one segment, not two.
      Last night I felt that MSNBC was My network.

      • 31 Vicki
        April 2, 2014 at 9:03 am

        Rachel, ooops

      • 32 vcprezofan2
        April 2, 2014 at 9:41 am

        GM, Vicki!
        Yeah. I’m glad Hope44 & COS tipped me off, ’cause I no longer watch ANY of them unless I get a recommendation. No time to poison my psyche with their lies – I hate taking medication so I can’t afford for the doc to up my blood pressure meds. 😉

  5. 33 andogriff
    April 2, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Morning Ms Chips and everyone! Congrats on first vc! Looking forward to the Maddow segment, just watched the Speech on the previous thread, thanks so much!

  6. 34 globalcitizenlinda
    April 2, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Morning Ms. Chips!

    Morning everyone!

    have a great day

  7. April 2, 2014 at 7:41 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!! Congrats to Lady VC on #1 🙂

    • 36 globalcitizenlinda
      April 2, 2014 at 8:21 am

      one of the very few times your first greeting of the day did not specifically mention the lurkers

  8. 37 vcprezofan2
    April 2, 2014 at 7:45 am

    In case you hadn’t heard about the #ACA death spiral – Ta-da!

    • 38 jackiegrumbacher
      April 2, 2014 at 7:57 am

      You’re right , VC, the GOP politico/media complex never, ever changes. When they can’t find real flaws, they have to make up “what ifs” and offer up faux concern as if they really cared. If a Republican administration had had this success, there would not be a media outlet in the country that wouldn’t be trumpeting this achievement as the greatest in American history. The R president would be glorified, statues commissioned, golden laurel wreaths forged. But Democrats can get credit for nothing and even great success means failure for them/
      They are warped, sick souls.

      • 39 vcprezofan2
        April 2, 2014 at 8:47 am

        Morning, JackieG! 🙂 🙂 It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood! (Can’t imagine why that sentence keeps popping up in my head for the last week or so.) 😀 😀

        As you well know, and have previously expressed in one way or another, it’s because the #GOP ‘never, ever changes’ and ‘Democrats can get credit for nothing’ that we have to celebrate our own successful accomplishments and not let RWNJs encroach on our happiness when it’s celebration time. The fact is, this IS the greatest achievement in American history within recent decades, AND there will be lives longer on this earth because of this. I really don’t think the nutjobs and their media can change THAT! Consider this, whether or not *they* glorify our President, millions of lives will, ……..just by living. I find that pretty cool; plus I’m reminded that PBO didn’t do this for glory, but because he has a HEART for PEOPLE. They can’t take that away from him, or indeed from us.

        It’s a fantabulously, beautiful day in the neighbourhood! 😉 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

        • 40 jackiegrumbacher
          April 2, 2014 at 8:59 am

          Well, VC that’s two song titles in one comment–“It’s a wonderful day in the Neighborhood” and my absolute favorite, “They can’t Take that Away from Me.” Bravo!!!

          • 41 vcprezofan2
            April 2, 2014 at 9:38 am

            Not bad for a musically challenged ‘music mom’, eh? Son would be proud of me….maybe. /beaming and bowing / 🙂 😉

  9. 42 jackiegrumbacher
    April 2, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Good morning all! This week has been such an emotional high that it feels as if it should be Friday already. I am still buzzed and very, very grateful that so many millions of people have coverage. I don’t want to hear one complaint, or ‘hedge’ about ObamaCare from any Democratic candidate in this country. We the voters have the power. Let’s make sure they all stand up and shout to the rooftops that we are proud, we are Democrats and we embrace our accomplishments.

  10. 43 hopefruit2
    April 2, 2014 at 8:03 am

    So according to a new Quinnipiac poll, Dems are now leading in the generic congressional ballot. Next week the MSM/GOP will come out with a new anti-Obama narrative and the polls will revert accordingly… LOLZ…I tells ya…these polls are too funneh! The GOP/MSM can keep them – but we Dems will work on the poll that matters – the one in November 2014.

  11. 44 hopefruit2
    April 2, 2014 at 8:06 am

  12. April 2, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Good Wednesday Morning Chipsticks…TODers!

    I hope everyone has a wonderful day and don’t forget to be AWESOME!!! 🙂

  13. 48 amk for obama
    April 2, 2014 at 8:11 am

  14. 51 hopefruit2
    April 2, 2014 at 8:13 am

  15. 52 donna dem 4 obama
    April 2, 2014 at 8:14 am

    A great piece up today by the cartoonist Tom Toles

    “Here it is, in brief. The American healthcare system was a disgraceful mess before Obamacare, leaving growing numbers of people uncovered in a system of unchecked and runaway wasteful costs. Since Obamacare was passed the standard has changed and we are moving toward humane universal coverage, like every other advanced nation. And the costs and delivery systems are finally subject to at least the beginnings of a discussion about costs and results. Sanity and humanity prevailed, for once.”

    “Now you may return to the endless river of disingenuous carping.”

    • 53 globalcitizenlinda
      April 2, 2014 at 8:43 am

      true focus on the what matters – the people whose lives are made better (many for the first time) because they have access to health services, thanks Obamacare

  16. 54 hopefruit2
    April 2, 2014 at 8:20 am

  17. April 2, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Love this toon!

  18. April 2, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Good morning, TODers.

    Here’s a great reminder from Jonathan Gruber that enrollment in Obamacare will only continue to grow throughout the year:

    • April 2, 2014 at 8:25 am

      “The number of Americans that will eligible for these qualifying events is large. In 2012, for example, 7.6 million people lost coverage and became uninsured. Almost half of this group, or 3.4 million, cited loss of job as the reason for losing insurance; another 600,000 cited loss of student insurance upon graduation or due to aging out of parental coverage; another 200,000 cited divorce as the source of insurance loss; while 60,000 lose insurance because they move. All of these are qualifying events that would trigger a special enrollment period for people who are currently insured but who lose access to coverage over the course of a year. These figures suggest that roughly 4 million Americans who previously faced the harsh reality of life without insurance can now access fairly priced and often subsidized insurance through state and federal exchanges, or, in many states, expanded Medicaid coverage.”


      • April 2, 2014 at 8:58 am

        This is another part of Obamacare that should be shouted from the roof tops….it is not just about the uninsured….it is a safety net for allllllll of us….
        God Bless President Obama!

    • 67 Vicki
      April 2, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Thanks, meta for posting this.

      POTUS mentioned the continuing enrollment for life changes yesterday in what felt to me like a gentle pivot from Yes We Did It to What Will Happen Next (life change enrollment) and What We Have To Do Next (All states need to accept medicaid expansion.)

      When all the numbers are in, maybe by May 1, we will be blown away by the extent to which the ACA has improved life in the USA!

  19. 68 amk for obama
    April 2, 2014 at 8:29 am

  20. 69 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 2, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Good morning, TOD!

    One of the comments is pure gold:

    3:38 AM EDT

    Dear Lord,

    First let me thank you for helping D.C. show America the way.

    Please see to it that you help the people all over this Nation, kick out of offce every elected official—Federal,State, Local—who has an Uncle Earl.”

    Thanks, Lord, that’s all for now.”

  21. 70 JER
    April 2, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  22. 71 sherijr
    April 2, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Just finally listened to POTUS’ speech yesterday.. My only wish is that he could remain in office another 10 years. It is long past time that I took the time to write him a letter and thank him for all that he’s done, and all that he continues to do for us.

    • 72 jackiegrumbacher
      April 2, 2014 at 8:53 am

      Yes, Sherijr. I was late to listening to it as well because I couldn’t find it before Chips posted it. It was a thing of beauty that only our president could conceive and deliver. No one else will ever be like him, but he deserves to get away from the Cesspool that is Washington and go on to other things. Those things will be great and will benefit the world. Meanwhile, we have to find and elect someone to the presidency who will carry on his legacy. Only two that I can think of–Joe Biden or Martin O’Malley.

  23. 75 amk for obama
    April 2, 2014 at 8:42 am

    don’t know how this going to post. youvebeenwarned.

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  24. April 2, 2014 at 8:44 am

    It appears the ME peace talks have begun to unravel. My heart breaks for Sec Kerry, who’s put so much effort into these negotiations.

    American efforts to extend the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations have reached a breaking point: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry feels he has maximized his potential as peace mediator and sees no chance for progress if the sides refuse to make major decisions on their own, senior American officials told The Washington Post and The New York Times in articles published Wednesday.

    An American official said that Kerry’s decision to cancel his trips to Jerusalem and Ramallah represented a growing lack of patience within the White House, which “believes that his mediating efforts have reached their limit and that the two sides need to work their way out of the current impasse.”


    • 81 amk for obama
      April 2, 2014 at 8:48 am

      as long as nut n yahoo is in charge, this is a non-starter. Israelis need to wake the fuck up.

    • 82 hopefruit2
      April 2, 2014 at 9:06 am

      I urge caution as John Kerry himself cautioned folks to not reach any conclusions about what is or isn’t going to happen – the process is still very live as we speak.

  25. 83 donna dem 4 obama
    April 2, 2014 at 8:46 am


    “Even after the official cutoff, more than 100,000 people at a time were on HealthCare.gov, the online federal insurance marketplace, into the early morning hours, according to a person familiar with the details of the last-minute surge.”

    • 84 hopefruit2
      April 2, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Indeed donna – isn’t this amazing? Although the headline is a bit misleading – enrollment HAS surpassed 7 million and with the unfinished applicants, is probably more on track to reach 8 million!

  26. April 2, 2014 at 8:47 am

  27. 86 JER
    April 2, 2014 at 8:59 am

  28. 87 amk for obama
    April 2, 2014 at 9:04 am
  29. April 2, 2014 at 9:07 am

    The Last Word 04/01/14

    GOP panel urges women to get Mrs. degree

    A Heritage Foundation panel says the problem with winning women voters is a “marriage gap.” Nicolle Wallace, Karen Finney and Lawrence O’Donnell weigh in on the pitfalls of the message.


  30. 90 desertflower
    April 2, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Morning everyone! Feeling MUCH better today after I caught up on my sleep….anyway, this is hilarious! Musings from a Libertarian Police Dept…just funny.


    I was shooting heroin and reading “The Fountainhead” in the front seat of my privately owned police cruiser when a call came in. I put a quarter in the radio to activate it. It was the chief.

    “Bad news, detective. We got a situation.”

    “What? Is the mayor trying to ban trans fats again?”

    “Worse. Somebody just stole four hundred and forty-seven million dollars’ worth of bitcoins.”

    The heroin needle practically fell out of my arm. “What kind of monster would do something like that? Bitcoins are the ultimate currency: virtual, anonymous, stateless. They represent true economic freedom, not subject to arbitrary manipulation by any government. Do we have any leads?”

    “Not yet. But mark my words: we’re going to figure out who did this and we’re going to take them down … provided someone pays us a fair market rate to do so.”

    “Easy, chief,” I said. “Any rate the market offers is, by definition, fair.”

    He laughed. “That’s why you’re the best I got, Lisowski. Now you get out there and find those bitcoins.”

    “Don’t worry,” I said. “I’m on it.”

    I put a quarter in the siren. Ten minutes later, I was on the scene. It was a normal office building, strangled on all sides by public sidewalks. I hopped over them and went inside.

    “Home Depot™ Presents the Police!®” I said, flashing my badge and my gun and a small picture of Ron Paul. “Nobody move unless you want to!” They didn’t.

    There’s more….

  31. 91 dotster3
    April 2, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Colbert——perfect—again—-re. his heartbreak over Obamacare success

    • 92 hopefruit2
      April 2, 2014 at 9:42 am

      I love Colbert! But I wonder what Jon Stewart had to say about the 7Million and counting, because if I remember correctly, he was one of those in the media who tried to embarrass Secretary Sebellius on his show when the website had initial difficulty. She was focusing on the law and all its benefits, and he kept harping on the website. I will never forget this. You don’t try to humiliate an effort for the better good just for your shits & giggles and try to turn people against it.

      • April 2, 2014 at 10:09 am

        And the karma is bitchez part was his own TDS site crashed within a coupla days of that stupid interview. I even tweeted him about it.

        And this week, he ‘mocked’ christie’s self-vindication and quelle surprise, immediately launched into attack on some county level dem critter’s corruption in newyork. fair & balanced ya see? ‘cos the man touted to be gop’s next prez candie is the same as some local cookie cutter corrupt county person.

        • 94 hopefruit2
          April 2, 2014 at 10:18 am

          That’s what I don’t like about him. He routinely tries to undermine Democrats – while fooling people with his “rips FOX News/Republicans shtick.” Interesting, I wasn’t even aware of his site crash. Karma..as you say.

      • 95 Lovepolitics2008
        April 2, 2014 at 11:05 am

        I totally agree with you ! This particular episode demonstrated the true character of Jon Stewart. The difference between Colbert and Stewart ? Both use ridicule to make some good points, but in the case of Stewart, he likes mocking people because it gives him PERSONAL POWER over that person. There’s some unhealthy ego thing going on with him. He ENJOYS hurting people, plain and simple.

        As opposed to Colbert, who is very rarely unfair. I sense that Colbert is a generous and unselfish man. And when he is extremely harsh on someone, it’s because it’s well deserved. Think George W. Bush at the Correspondents Dinner. That was painful to watch, but the Bush presidency was, by any OBJECTIVE standard, a disgrace.

  32. 96 carolyn
    April 2, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Last night I had an absolutely marvelous experience. Two friends called and invited me to see the Soweto Gospel Choir who were appearing at a local college. It was a night I’ll never forget. The most glorious vocal music……..I saw and heard in it the seeds of so much music and dance we have today.
    The outstanding impression of the choir is JOY. Heartfelt, heartrending joy. If they are anywhere near you, GO. You will be immersed in melody, rhythm, color and beauty and you will not be the same. At the beginning they dedicated the concert to Nelson Mandela. And toward the end, before they sang the South African national anthem, they mentioned him again and said he is the one who made them proud to be South African.

    LL…….some night could you find their music and use it for our little night music? It is powerful!

  33. 98 CEB
    April 2, 2014 at 9:16 am

    GM everyone,

    Still doing my inner happy dance (too sleepy to do the real thing) of thanksgiving because true health care is finally coming to the U. S. Thank God for PBO’s perseverance and for all of the people all over the country from those who voted twice for PBO, to those who have been in the trenches spreading the good word and helping so many of our fellow citizens to enroll (yea, Tally, Bill R. and many more) for affordable health plans that will actually deliver health care. Once again the evil repubs. have egg on their faces. What can the Koch brothers and their ilk have on these people and the media to have them act so foolishly (54 useless votes to repeal a law signed and sealed by the Supreme Court, publishing and broadcasting endless lies) and so heartlessly?

  34. April 2, 2014 at 9:29 am

    When people say the WH did squat to promote Obamacare, they are flat out wrong. Lots of details here:

    • 100 hopefruit2
      April 2, 2014 at 9:37 am

      I get very angry when I hear people say the WH didn’t sell the ACA. I’ve gotten blocked by even some PBO-supporters because I pushed back hard on their false memes of “poor wh messaging.” This is a Chuck Todd/MSM disingenuous meme and it disturbs me when so-called PBO supporters repeat it ad nauseaum.

      • April 2, 2014 at 9:50 am

        I’ve heard for five years running now about the phantom White House messaging problem. Landmark legislation getting passed by the most disciplined on point administration I’ve seen in my lifetime but here we go again regarding messaging. We get this regurgitated nonsense on just about every issue.

      • April 2, 2014 at 9:53 am

        Agreed. I’ve been an analyst in a communications department and most people don’t understand how complex messaging is. It takes a long and concerted effort in the best of environments. Unfortunately, the WH doesn’t have the luxury of that and we still managed to have a very, very good outcome. That speaks to the persistence of their work and to our support. It’s a necessary and fruitful partnership.

      • April 2, 2014 at 10:18 am

        It wasn’t that the White House didn’t sell the ACA. It’s that the White House used unconventional outlets to get out the message. This White House knows how to reach its target audience in this technological age.

        Just another example of how the President continues to be the master chess player while his opponents have not risen above the checkers game.

      • April 2, 2014 at 5:32 pm

        To me wh messaging should be the press passing on the message from the President. Instead it now means needing to fight the lies and complicity in passing on the oppositional lies by the press. Not only getting the message out while they are blocking it, but not having the funding to message with the Congress not allowing advertising money to be included in the bill.

  35. 105 hopefruit2
    April 2, 2014 at 9:34 am

  36. April 2, 2014 at 9:43 am

    In search of ‘any plausible alternative’
    04/02/14 08:00 AM—Updated 04/02/14 08:24 AM
    By Steve Benen

    When President Obama took a brief victory lap on the South Lawn yesterday afternoon, he included a specific taunt that, by my ear, seemed ad-libbed.

    “[T]his law is doing what it’s supposed to do. It’s working. It’s helping people from coast to coast, all of which makes the lengths to which critics have gone to scare people or undermine the law, or try to repeal the law without offering any plausible alternative so hard to understand. I’ve got to admit, I don’t get it. Why are folks working so hard for people not to have health insurance? Why are they so mad about the idea of folks having health insurance?”

    Note how this turns the Republican line against them. Indeed, Obama’s questions need not be rhetorical – why are so many on the right working so hard to deny Americans access to affordable medical care? Why haven’t the ACA’s critics bothered to present a plausible alternative?

    After months on the offensive, Republican opponents of health care reform suddenly find themselves in an awkward position. Not only have all of their predictions turned out to be wrong – more on that later today – but GOP officials are also confronted with polling data that shows repealing “Obamacare” far less popular than the law itself.


  37. 107 vcprezofan2
    April 2, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Okay, I think I’d better head to the lab for that fasting labwork doc ordered, so that I can come back and put some fuel into this temple of mine. CYL. Keep the joy level at maximum, please. 🙂

  38. 109 desertflower
    April 2, 2014 at 10:06 am

    🙂 🙂 🙂 Thank you, Bradley Cooper:)


    Two-time Oscar-nominee and French speaker Bradley Cooper was at the White House for a February 11 state dinner with French President François Hollande. Cooper met with Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to discuss ways he could help promote Obamacare sign-ups.

    Cooper, according to Politico, pitched Jarrett on Between Two Ferns, the viral mock-interview series hosted by Zach Galifianakis, Cooper’s cast mate from The Hangover movies. Cooper reportedly took out his cell phone and put Galifianakis on speaker. The host was game, and Jarrett and Press Secretary Jay Carney sold Obama on the idea. One month after Cooper floated the idea to Jarrett, the public was watching the president mock The Hangover and deliver his own Obamacare pitch to the American people. Healthcare.gov traffic increased by almost 40 percent compared with the day prior, and FunnyorDie—where Between Two Ferns lives—was the Web site’s biggest source of referrals that day.

    • 110 Lovepolitics2008
      April 2, 2014 at 11:09 am

      Call me cheezy , but reading this I couldn’t help thinking… God works in mysterious ways sometimes…

  39. April 2, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Hey, TODers. Been forever since I actually posted although I’m here everyday, several times a day. I’m so proud of Pres Obama, VP Joe and Sec Sebellius. What great people who work so hard for this country against horrific opposition. We worked to educate people on ACA here in Indiana and boy the repukes were awful. They even attacked our navigators and delayed them being able to be trained for three months. And of course our heartless GOP gov refused to expand Medicaid. GOPers are just evil. So funny to listen to the sour grapes from the GOPers who haven’t had a good idea in a hundred years and who know nothing about governing.

    I just want to thank Chips and you blog tyrants (Dannystix, too) for being the recorders of Pres Obama’s phenomenal presidency. Dang it, why can’t he be president forever?

    Love all you TODers.

    (LiberalPhenom on Twitter. Formerly ProudofObama on TOD.)

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