Early Bird Chat

Marine One carrying President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama lands on the South Lawn of the White House after the First Couple returned from New York, April 12


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Saturday!

75 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 africa
    April 12, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Happy Saturday TODers

    Hiya Chips.

  2. April 12, 2014 at 8:06 am

    G’morning Chips and TOD, and congrats africa on #1 🙂

  3. 5 africa
    April 12, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Obamacare has a long arm.

    Have a great day TODers.

  4. April 12, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Good Saturday Chipsticks, Africa (congrats on 1st 🙂 ), Hopefruit…TODers!

    Everyone enjoy your weekend!

  5. 8 amk for obama
    April 12, 2014 at 8:09 am

    ebil gobinment is taking my guns cows. early am / late pm fun #BundyRanch

  6. April 12, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Good Morning TOD…
    Finally catching up. Our President and First Lady have been very busy!
    Thank you BTs for the wonderful work you do here! It truly would be difficult to try to find on the internet all the news you post on this blog! You make it easier for us! Did I say THANK YOU! 🙂

    Have a great day everyone.

    • April 12, 2014 at 8:14 am

      Really, who needs ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, NYT, WashPo or HuffPuffPo when we have TOD?!

    • 20 jackiegrumbacher
      April 12, 2014 at 9:22 am

      This 1000X, Marlz. We’d be spending all our days and nights trying to find snippets of unbiased news and would never even know the president is speaking, let alone hear what he said. Instead, everything is right here, in one place, and we can drink it in. What a tremendous blessing!!!

    • 21 Nerdy Wonka
      April 12, 2014 at 9:31 am

      Thank you, Marlz. Wishing you a great day too.

  7. April 12, 2014 at 8:13 am

    GOOOOD Saturday mooorrnnnningggg, Chips and TODers! Wow, what a week, what a week.
    Hot tea and coffee all around. Cheesy puffs laterz!

  8. 26 amk for obama
    April 12, 2014 at 8:22 am

    dinner gong in some irish family?

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  9. 28 Gazelle
    April 12, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Good morning, good morning, good morning! It’s so good to be alive! 🙂


  10. 31 dotster3
    April 12, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Bill Maher is right—-GOP is nothing but rt. wing talk radio now—–not interested in anything but screeching and hollering


  11. 32 amk for obama
    April 12, 2014 at 8:40 am

  12. 33 hopefruit2
    April 12, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I hope my President and FLOTUS are sleeping in today. They had a very long and productive day yesterday. 🙂 🙂

  13. 34 dotster3
    April 12, 2014 at 8:43 am

    My robin baby daddy is still driving me nuts——now that he’s found a gal and set up his love abode, he is still flying into my windows to ward off that other robin guy who is trying to move in on his woman—–which is HIS REFLECTION! Not the brightest.

  14. 36 Gazelle
    April 12, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Promise I didn’t just crawl home from the clubz! Yep, I’m sticking to my story! 🙂 But gotta luv Bobby Womack & The Roots! Yep-yep!


  15. April 12, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Keeping up with the activities of this President is exhausting. It’s challenging staying on top of everything via TOD (thanks again Chipsticks, NW, BT’s, and bloggers); just think of the physical and mental exhaustion to actually be *doing* all that this President does. He has *got* to be the HARDEST WORKING President EVER — though I’m sure that some of the energy he has to expend is multiplied given the added challenges by the GOP-RWNJ, MSM, et al.

    The issues that he deals with are not just domestic, but international as well and he is doing an admirable job doing so. There is a reason he is so respected by world leaders and the international community. He is thoughtful, intelligent, and a great strategist…coupled with being a humble man of good character and integrity. It is hard to imagine any past Presidents being able to handle the volume and complexity of the issues that President Obama has had to deal with and continues to deal with. Fortunately, we have not had to survive these last 5-1/3 years under a McCain and/or Romney presidency. (I shudder just thinking about what a nightmare that would have been.) I for one am grateful that Barack Obama made the decision to run when he did, and that this country had the sense to elect him.

    And with ALL that he does, even though he is often in the company of world leaders and celebrities, President is still able to relate to the average citizen. From the oldest adult to the youngest child, he has shown himself to be gracious, compassionate, encouraging and inspiring, laughing with us in happy times, and weeping with us in times of heartache, comforting the bereaved, teaching when there is a lesson to be taught, to be a voice for those of us who need someone to speak our behalf…the list goes on.

    And even more, he still carves out time to be just Barack Obama — family man, husband, father, brother, friend, mentor, advocate…

    President Obama is definitely the Multi-Tasker-in-Chief.

    • 39 CEB
      April 12, 2014 at 9:16 am

      Co-sign. These are exactly my thoughts.

    • 40 jackiegrumbacher
      April 12, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Yes, SW, that’s the man we all know, love and stand in awe of every single day. When he said at the LBJ event that presidents were relay swimmers in the stream of history, I thought that some presidents, like GW Bush, swim backwards and a very few, like PBO, swim upstream toward justice and fairness at astonishing strides, despite all the debris strewn in their path.

    • 41 Nerdy Wonka
      April 12, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Hear! Hear!

    • 42 Lovepolitics2008
      April 12, 2014 at 9:52 am

      What a great post. You summed up so well what makes Barack Obama such an incredible President! It was a pleasure to read!

    • 43 vcprezofan2
      April 12, 2014 at 10:27 am

      ‘even more, he still carves out time to be just Barack Obama — family man, husband, father, brother, friend, mentor, advocate…’

      Interesting – while reading your paragraph above this sentence, SW, I was thinking that your description of what Barack has been doing makes it easier to think that Jesus really led such a life – one of service, compassion, encouragement, etc. etc. Then I got to this sentence and thought (without meaning to be sacrilegious or offensive) Barack has gone a step further, because to do all *he* did, Jesus reportedly set family aside.

      • April 12, 2014 at 10:34 am

        I think the moments of being able to just be Barack Obama fortifies him — especially mentally strengthens him — so that he can do the things he needs and wants to do in his role as President.

  16. 49 Gazelle
    April 12, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Where did everyone go? Feels like a room where someone let out the not-to-be-mentioned. Being polite as I am. Ahem!

  17. 52 CEB
    April 12, 2014 at 9:17 am

    GM to everyone here at the best blog community ever!

  18. 53 99ts
    April 12, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Got to laugh – Ezra Klein being attacked by all on the right – because he eventually said Obamacare is a success – it seems no-one in the US media is allowed to tell the truth about any government programs any more – I truly do not understand the rise in the viciousness of the RW attacks when people tell the truth. Things will be interesting in November when – despite the best efforts to stop democrats voting – the GOP lose more than they gain.

    • April 12, 2014 at 9:30 am

      How are you 99ts! Hope you are having/had a fantastic Saturday.

      “…it seems no-one in the US media is allowed to tell the truth about any government programs any more – I truly do not understand the rise in the viciousness of the RW attacks when people tell the truth…”

      When you think about the number of people elected who ran *government* office with the agenda of reducing or shutting down government (something I’ll never understand), any admission of successes in government programs is an admission of failure/defeat for them. Plus it makes it difficult for them to continue to lie about the benefits of government and how much we actually rely on it in our lives.

      • 55 99ts
        April 12, 2014 at 9:42 am

        Hi swbluega – we had a lunch with grandbabe & her mother celebrating Mr 99’s birthday – so it was a lovely Saturday – despite the little one is of an age to run riot through the restaurant – fortunately they have a “family section” – so she was not alone! (notice I take every opportunity to mention that little one 🙂 )

        The RW GOP and their friends in the media are truly weird – I think it started when the left decided to stay home in 2010 at which time the media decided the democrats were gone forever. I sometimes think it is the last wave of a dying media who well know they are on the way out & want to find something/anything to make them relevant.

        Have a great weekend – I hope spring has sprung in your world.

        • April 12, 2014 at 9:53 am

          “…notice I take every opportunity to mention that little one 🙂 ” Proud grandparent. I know that she will continue to give you years and years of joy and smiles. 😀

          Yes, spring has sprung. The weather is great. The pollen, not so much. Trying to stay Claritin clear. 😆

    • 57 Lovepolitics2008
      April 12, 2014 at 9:58 am

      The more they lose power, the more enraged they become. Can you just imagine right-wing talk radio after they LOSE the midterms ?!!

  19. 59 amk for obama
    April 12, 2014 at 9:26 am

  20. 60 Don
    April 12, 2014 at 9:30 am

    The Feds want everything having to do with Christie and New Jersey, I don’t think this is going to end well for Christie, just a hunch though.

  21. 63 jackiegrumbacher
    April 12, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Morning all. Alycee’s comment on last night’s post about her disappointment in her county Dem party leadership got me thinking about the way that OFA came in and essentially replaced the existing Dem structures with new teams and new energy. They recruited new faces and put in regional leaders who kept the troops informed, energized and on track. That’s how we won and that’s what we need again. OFA needs to once again become the mechanism for getting registrations, expanding volunteers and getting out the vote. And that’s going to take vast sums of money to recreate the structure in every community in the country. This is where we need to put our campaign dollars and where we need to put our energies. It’s harder to work on behalf of disparate candidates, instead of one president, but if the focus is on ELECTING DEMOCRATS, it can work. If we don’t get an OFA structure in our own communities, then WE have to create one on our own, using the tools the president taught us. I know this can be done–I’ve seen it happen and did it in 2004 (in a far more amateur way) before OFA was a twinkle in the President’s eye. We can’t wait for someone to tell us what to do, we have to do it ourselves.

  22. 64 donna dem 4 obama
    April 12, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Good Morning TOD. I’ll start your day with this little tid-bit…

    • April 12, 2014 at 10:05 am

      That’s another reason it’s senseless for Republicans to continue to campaign on repealing Obamacare.

      And then there’s the irony of people like Phil Gingrey who is basically saying, I couldn’t get Obamacare repealed while I was in the House; so I’ll run for the Senate with the goal of repealing it there.

  23. 68 Vicki
    April 12, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Hahahahahaha!! turned on Steve Kornacki for a moment today and the conversation is about whether the GOP will allow Boehnor to keep his gavel after the November election.
    The Voters will solve this problem for them I think. Speaker Nancy returns.

  24. 69 vcprezofan2
    April 12, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Good Morning (Evening, Noon, or Night), TOD world village! [That should cover all the bases, I think.]

  25. 70 JER
    April 12, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Good Morning Chips and Everybody.

    LIVE NOW: Cherry Blossom Festival from Washington, DC. – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  26. 71 desertflower
    April 12, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Good morning everyone:) Still trying to wake up!

  27. 72 Vicki
    April 12, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Eric Boehlert’s tweets now are genius.
    He says that GOP and NYTimes emphasis on $$$ and TV ads are futile and out-of-date (see Pres. Romney and Mayor Quinn.)
    Viewers have tuned out the GOP noise.

  28. 73 donna dem 4 obama
    April 12, 2014 at 10:18 am

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