Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron visit with students while touring Enniskillen Primary School in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, June 17, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Tuesday!

78 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    June 17, 2014 at 7:37 am

    GM Chips, Danny O

  2. 4 Roberta in MN
    June 17, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Am I really 1st Wooooot😄😄😄😄😄

  3. 5 Roberta in MN
    June 17, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Love those pics with the President talking to children.

  4. June 17, 2014 at 7:40 am

    G’morning Chips and TOD! Congrats Roberta on #1 🙂

  5. 9 desertflower
    June 17, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Morning Roberta in MN, Morning, hopefruit2, Morning, Chips….morning John boy…. 🙂

    • June 17, 2014 at 7:57 am

      😆 Night Elizabeth!

      • 11 desertflower
        June 17, 2014 at 8:05 am

        🙂 🙂 Find your hairbrush yet? Danny didn’t eat that….you’ll find it sooner or later….fingers work to do your hair with….like you’ve just been to the beach:)

        • June 17, 2014 at 8:12 am

          I am still hairbrush-less, DF – I took Danny for a swim yesterday evening and I got some very funny looks. I was hoping people would just think my hair was windswept, even though there wasn’t any actual wind. And I don’t have time today to go out and buy a new one, working from home, so the tragedy persists. By the time I get one, or find the old one, my hair will be unbrushable. Pray for me.

          • 13 dotster3
            June 17, 2014 at 8:26 am

            My mom took me to see my dad at work after picking me up from a lakeside girl scout camp. I can’t remember if I had a brush or comb with me, but I obviously didn’t use it after swimming twice a day for 2 weeks. My dad took one look at me and said, “Take her to the beauty parlor”—-I must have been a fright. My hair had reached the crisis stage where a brush was no longer effective, could not make it thru my tangled locks, and I had to have it all chopped off.
            So—-maybe you’d look cute with a new little pixie cut, no brush needed.

            • June 17, 2014 at 8:29 am

              “I had to have it all chopped off.”

              That is now my greatest fear, Dotster!!!! 🙂

              • 15 desertflower
                June 17, 2014 at 8:35 am

                Well…as someone who cut her waist length hair off years ago…until now when it’s VERY short and sassy….it’s liberating! Cut it off! Cut it off! One less thing a busy woman like yourself has to worry about:) My hair always looks fabulous!

    • 16 Roberta in MN
      June 17, 2014 at 9:18 am

      GM DFL, hope you all at TOD have a good one. We have sunny skies this morning more ⚡️This afternoon. We had a pretty nasty storm last night but nothing like NE & SD.

  6. 17 JER
    June 17, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.


  7. 19 jackiegrumbacher
    June 17, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Morning. Those are the cutest kids, especially the little one the president is pointing to–a real heart stealer. There have been some discouraging articles in the news lately about Latinos not coming out to vote in November. We can’t let that happen. I think the message has to be clear that as long as Republicans lead the US House nothing will be done to help Latinos because they simply don’t care. We’re having another Latino rally/fiesta this summer and I’m looking for a “caring” message to characterize Dems in one quick phrase, even though some Dems miserably fail to live up to that message. Still, we have to keep trying.

    • 20 desertflower
      June 17, 2014 at 8:07 am

      Yes…don’t let it get you down…they know who’s trying to help them 🙂

      • 22 desertflower
        June 17, 2014 at 8:08 am

        Lots of goodies to check out in here

      • 23 jackiegrumbacher
        June 17, 2014 at 8:56 am

        Well, Df, based on these polls, I hope Republicans don’t wake up before November. The GOP has done nothing in all their years of House control, except to vilify and stereotype Latinos. I don’t want anyone to forget that because they tried to save their own sorry bacon before the election. Aside from immigration reform, it’s the every day war Republicans wage on education, minimum wage, health care and all the other issues that affect Latinos and other Americans. Slapping lipstick on the pig at the last minute does not make the pig an attractive date.

    • 24 hopefruit2
      June 17, 2014 at 8:13 am

      “There have been some discouraging articles in the news lately about Latinos not coming out to vote in November”

      I think we need to be VERY careful about what we hear “in the news.” There were similar stories about Latinos in 2012…and the general reporting in “the news” is to get DEMOCRATS upset, discouraged, deflated by framing things in the most negative way – even if it renders them completely untrue.

      Note the contrast – where Eric Cantor’s massive defeat was NEVER foretold or even hinted at in the media – his corrupt pollster’s “numbers” were accepted and promoted by “the news.” And if there was any evidence to the contrary, we didn’t hear about it because “the news” made sure that nothing negative a prominent Republican was going to be reported.

      • 25 jackiegrumbacher
        June 17, 2014 at 9:01 am

        I agree, Hf, but it does tend to discourage Dem workers who keep asking how they can get Latinos to the polls. Throughout 2012, I could feel the love for our president and knew that was going to make a difference. The name ‘Obama’ was magical when you said it. We are sadly lacking in similar charisma in our current Dem candidates and while many of us try to model the president’s heart, there are some who can’t help saying something stupid. In our organizing meeting last week, things were said that alienated a number of new Latino committee members. Now we have to spend our time mending fences. We can’t allow ourselves to be our own worst enemies.

  8. 26 kathleenp444
    June 17, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Morning toddies 🙂 PBO preparing a statement on Iraq -soon on morning shows.

  9. 28 Linda
    June 17, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Good Morning…

    I woke up to Bill Kristol on MSNBC and Paul Wolfowitz on CNN

    Cable News is a Comedy Show.

    • 29 desertflower
      June 17, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Amazing, isn’t it? The sheer audacity of it all…you can clearly tell they think Americans are stupid idiots and have no recall of the Bush Debacle in the ME.

  10. June 17, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I. JUST.CAN’T.


    Auditions held for Rob Ford The Musical
    By Shawn Jeffords,Toronto Sun

    First posted: Monday, June 16, 2014 04:36 PM EDT

    Kevin Jollimore strolls into the audition, a pillow stuffed down the front of his shirt, his blond hair spiked, suit jacket tightly buttoned. For a few minutes, he is Mayor Rob Ford.

    Jollimore is the last in a long line of seasoned thespians — and more than a few amateurs — desperately trying to channel Toronto’s crack-smoking chief magistrate.

    He sings, he dances and he performs a monologue at Second City’s training room Monday afternoon. He does it all without mentioning taxpayers, subways or the gravy train. Rather than busting out some patented Ford cliches, Jollimore wants to show off his acting chops in a bid to land the lead role in Rob Ford The Musical: The Birth of Ford Nation.

    “He’s not all evil,” Jollimore said of Ford after the audition, unbuttoning the suit jacket and pulling the pillow out from under his shirt. “He’s just a guy with some problems.”

    Jollimore has been a professional actor for years and even has a role as Richard Nixon in a production set to hit the city’s Fringe Festival this year. Anyone looking to land the Ford role has to infuse it with a little humanity, he said.


  11. 33 desertflower
    June 17, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Here! Here! http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/gregory-meeks-john-mccain-iraq

    Dem Rep.: The Media Should Stop Consulting John McCain On Iraq

  12. 35 dotster3
    June 17, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Hits head with a hammer…..

  13. 39 dotster3
    June 17, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I know Jon Stewart can be extremely maddening, but this was excellent and on the money last night…


    • 40 99ts
      June 17, 2014 at 8:51 am

      But the insults those a.h.s throw around are beyond belief – I didn’t know just how revolting, insulting and down right evil is Lindsay Graham – until I watched that

      Dear heavens – they rewrite history – it seems President Obama started every war in history – way back to the civil war!

  14. 43 desertflower
    June 17, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Speaking of stupid… http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/06/16/jindal-legal-action-on-the-table-to-combat-epa-rules/

    Because the people of LA don’t NEED clear air to breathe! And quit making those polluters clean up their damn oil spills. Damn regulations!!

  15. 44 vcprezofan2
    June 17, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Good Morning/Night TODobots!

    All the hair talk above is making me feel quite self-conscious. What does it matter how your hair loooks when you are working from home, Chips Chica? I’m sure DannyO loves you just the natural way you are – probably the exact reason he hid the brush!

  16. 45 africa
    June 17, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Happy Tuesday TODers

    Congrats on 1st Roberta

    Heeeeya Chips!!

  17. 48 vcprezofan2
    June 17, 2014 at 8:50 am

    /waving/ Hi Roberta, it’s good to see your face way up there! 😀

  18. 49 pinkbunny92
    June 17, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Good Morning TODers

    The other day, there was a lady who had written to say she needed to take a break and how the negativity & POTUS bashing was discouraging.

    I could totally understand her POV. While twitter has taken over some parts of my life, I sometimes think it would be better if I could cut it cold turkey. Its so depressing to read day in and day out of the Right Wing stupidity & bigotry.

    On the one hand, I know we can’t turn a blind eye to what they say, we should be prepared to counter and fight their talking points. But sometimes it’s just too draining. How do you argue against someone so freaking insane and hateful?

    This for me is just the tip of the iceberg for what represents the rotting humanity of Conservatives:
    Representatives of prominent conservative groups converged on the Heritage Foundation on Monday afternoon for the umpteenth in a series of gatherings to draw attention to the Benghazi controversy.

    But this one took an unexpected turn.

    What began as a session purportedly about “unanswered questions” surrounding the September 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Libya deteriorated into the ugly taunting of a woman in the room who wore an Islamic head covering.


    • 50 desertflower
      June 17, 2014 at 9:04 am

      I posted this last night and had pretty much the same comment as you…the ignorance and hatefulness is just stunning. They really are just hate filled people that revel in their ignorance. We just put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward. Eventually, they’ll die out. Sorry, but it’s true..

    • 53 jackiegrumbacher
      June 17, 2014 at 9:13 am

      And with that image–the harassment of a young Muslim woman–the Republicans lost every Muslim American in the US as well as their friends and those with common sense. The more they descend into outright, open bigotry, the more their true nature is known to everyone. They have reached the point where they are desperate. The GOP is becoming so outrageously, obnoxiously far right that they have no means of appealing to anyone with a working brain, so they dumb down, farther and farther until they’re speaking to the part of the brain that only reacts without thought. If there are thinking Republicans left in this country, they should be the ones who are discouraged, not us.

      • 54 desertflower
        June 17, 2014 at 9:27 am

        AMEN SISTER!

      • 55 vcprezofan2
        June 17, 2014 at 9:32 am

        ‘And with that image–the harassment of a young Muslim woman–the Republicans lost every Muslim American in the US as well as their friends and those with common sense.’

        Morning JackieG!
        But only if the image is shared far and wide, which I suspect will be up to #wethepeople. The media is hardly like to do adequate spreading.

  19. 56 Ladyhawke
    June 17, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Joe Cirincione @Cirincione · 12h

    Must see to believe. 2 articles by Kristol & Kagan, both about What to Do in Iraq, one from 2002, one today. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/06/the-past-is-never-dead-bill-faulkner-said-but-what-did-he-know/372887/

  20. 57 hopefruit2
    June 17, 2014 at 9:05 am

    GOOD. This is what needs to be done. We the people need to actively stand up against brainwashing from media propaganda.

  21. 58 Ladyhawke
    June 17, 2014 at 9:06 am

    ‘The Past Is Never Dead,’ Bill Faulkner Told Us—but He Didn’t Know About the Iraq War

    By James Fallows


    Am I sounding a little testy here? You bet. We all make mistakes. But we are talking about people in public life—writers, politicians, academics—who got the biggest strategic call in many decades completely wrong. Wrong as a matter of analysis, wrong as a matter of planning, wrong as a matter of execution, wrong in conceiving American interests in the broadest sense. None of these people did that intentionally, and many of them have honestly reflected and learned. But we now live with (and many, many people have died because of) the consequences of their gross misjudgments a dozen years ago. In the circumstances, they might have the decency to shut the hell up on this particular topic for a while. They helped create the disaster Iraqis and others are now dealing with. They have earned the right not to be listened to.



  22. 59 africa
    June 17, 2014 at 9:08 am

  23. 60 africa
    June 17, 2014 at 9:10 am


  24. 64 africa
    June 17, 2014 at 9:10 am

    • 65 kathleenp444
      June 17, 2014 at 10:32 am

      I just saw some comments somewhere else (sorry, not sure where) referring to Cuomo actually coming down hard on Wolfowitz. hope that’s the case, ’cause anyone not doing so should immediately turn over any rights to practice journalism.

  25. 66 africa
    June 17, 2014 at 9:11 am

  26. 70 desertflower
    June 17, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Tiny Balls / No balls defense… http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2014/06/16/political-responsibility-rests-on-size-of-your-balls/

    I’d laugh hard. AH! Russia! Can’t you just SMELL the Freedumb? !!

  27. 73 hopefruit2
    June 17, 2014 at 9:23 am

    This is the 2nd or 3rd time that Knoller has tweeted about the DNC’s outreach to the LGBT supporters at tonight’s fundraiser, since word of PBO’s executive order came out yesterday. Knoller is trying to imply that the executive order was done because of the upcoming fundraiser. Yet nary a peep from Knoller when his RNC pals routinely “fundraise” off their bigoted supporters by resorting to the lowest common denominator.

  28. 74 Ladyhawke
    June 17, 2014 at 9:27 am


    Panic over the ISIS Offensive in Iraq: “Everyone should take a deep breath.”

    By Paul Pillar


    Two final observations are directed especially at those who supported the game-changer of eleven years ago: the launching of the Iraq War. One is that all of the immense costs of that ill-fated expedition—the thousands of lost American lives, the greater numbers of broken bodies, the trillions in long-term monetary costs, and all the rest—are sunk costs. There is no way to get them back. There is thus no basis for investing still more in Iraq in a feckless effort somehow to gain redemption for one of the biggest and costliest mistakes in American history. Launching the Iraq War was a blunder; accept that and get over it. The psychological urge is strong to double down on losses with the idea that those who died shall not have died in vain. But psychological urges do not make good policy.

    The last observation is that ISIS is a direct result of the U.S. launching of the Iraq War. Before the American invasion, nothing like it existed—not in Iraq anyway, but only in the fevered minds of war-makers eager to find themes to use as selling points to get public support for the war.



    (h/t Joe Cirincione)

  29. 75 JER
    June 17, 2014 at 9:30 am

Comments are currently closed.







Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.



RSS Obama White House.gov

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS WH Tumblr

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.



Blog Stats

  • 40,579,017 hits

%d bloggers like this: