Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Obama dances while walking out of the Oval Office with his daughter Sasha to join a luau for members of Congress and their families on the South Lawn of the White House June 25, 2009 in Washington, DC.


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Wednesday!

112 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. June 25, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Good Wednesday Chipsticks, MomSense (congrats on first), COS…TODers!!!

    Everyone have an AWESOME day!!!! 😀

  2. 12 jackiegrumbacher
    June 25, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Hope you’re feeling better today, Chips. Have you gotten medical attention for your foot? I paid a lot of money yesterday to have an “expert” tell me what my dentists did–I either have my tooth extracted or pay for root canal and crown. So I’m going to a “specialist” tooth extractor in July and then spend several weeks getting ready to be fitted with a bridge. Hope everyone has a great day.

  3. 18 amk for obama
    June 25, 2014 at 7:45 am

    sooo, what have you done now? #footissue

  4. 30 jackiegrumbacher
    June 25, 2014 at 7:51 am

    This tale of Teddy Roosevelt’s daughter, Alice, is really a good reminder that not all presidents are good fathers and some are worse than others. The Obama daughters are really fortunate to have so much father love in their lives.


  5. June 25, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Wednesday morning. Congrats MomSens, on being first this morning. Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America.

    • June 25, 2014 at 8:06 am

      Good mooooooooorning Ranman!!!

    • June 25, 2014 at 8:12 am

      Goooooooooood Morning….Ms Chipsss….NW….all of TODville….

      and GM Ran…

      as you say….Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America….

      YES WE Must!…2014……I wonder if a sleeping giant has been awakened in Mississippi and will that giant come out in November….if they do…the DEM could win…HA!

      • 34 jackiegrumbacher
        June 25, 2014 at 8:57 am

        Pf, it seems clear that Dems are angry at the tea party and its ugliest representatives. That anger needs to build toward November and the energy focused on defeating all Republicans. Thad Cochran won’t vote any differently than that extremist, Chris Daniels, and he certainly won’t have any gratitude toward the voters that helped him, so I hope no one who voted for him has an illusions. But I’m hoping that once people get used to voting, the next time gets easier.

  6. 35 amk for obama
    June 25, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri Maliki rejects calls for a government of national unity to help counter the offensive by jihadist-led Sunni rebels.


    good luck, al.

    • June 25, 2014 at 8:22 am

      This is why I am grateful for President Obama. McCain would be shooting first and never getting around to asking questions.

    • 37 jackiegrumbacher
      June 25, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Then it looks as if Maliki may soon be on his own. The president has said he isn’t going to take sides in a sectarian war. It’s either going to be ‘so long Maliki’ or ‘so long Iraq.’

  7. June 25, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Good Morning TODVille!

    I had fun last night with the GOP infighting. I wish I could create more Teabagger candidates to shake the hell out of living extreme GOP. Now on to see how the Cruz and Palin interpret last night’s outcome.

    Happy Wednesday!

    • June 25, 2014 at 8:33 am

      NCLB…..last night’s result have blown all this polling jive out of the water…..The only Poll that matters is the voting poll…HA!

      • June 25, 2014 at 8:40 am

        I agree PrettyFoot. I wish I were living in one of those states. But there do exist red states, where democrats don’t vote because they think it is an hopeless and futile exercise. I so wish we could see the end of the Cochran and the McConnell.

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

          NCLB, those ‘hopeless’ Dems exist in all states, even where it’s clear they can make a difference.

  8. June 25, 2014 at 8:21 am

  9. 57 Dudette
    June 25, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Happy Hump Day Family! 🙂

  10. June 25, 2014 at 8:29 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD!! 🙂

  11. 60 amk for obama
    June 25, 2014 at 8:30 am

    • 61 jackiegrumbacher
      June 25, 2014 at 9:13 am

      You would think that Cheney had already crossed every boundary of decency and morality, but he always finds a new low. A truly disgusting individual–a portrait in evil.

  12. 62 hopefruit2
    June 25, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Here’s another excellent piece from Spandan. Sorry for the duplicate if it’s been posted here before.

    HEADLINE: Putin Completes Surrender to Obama: Syria Disarms, Russia Backing Off Ukraine

    // Yesterday, weapons inspectors confirmed that Syria handed over all declared chemical and biological weapons to an international inspection team for destruction, completing a major foreign policy coup for the Obama administration (or in the media version, a triumph for Vladimir Putin in a negotiation over Syria where Obama got everything and Putin got nothing) – disarming a middle eastern power of its weapons of mass destruction in the midst of a civil war without firing a single shot.

    ISIS – the Islamic militant group that is gaining ground in Iraq – many Americans will be surprised to learn stands for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Incidentally, these were the same rebels McCain was urging US arms in Syria. While Bush searched for WMDs in the wrong country between this pair, it took President Obama to actually get rid of the weapons where it did exist, Syria. Despite all of the Right’s huffing and puffing about terrorists getting their hands on WMDs, there is only one reason that actual terrorists will not be able to get their hands on actual WMDs, and his name is Barack Obama.

    Yet, outside of Rachel Maddow, this momentous news in international relations was covered with all the enthusiasm of watching a snail pass. When Syria was erupting and Congress was fiddling its thumb on President Obama’s request for action, the same media could not be kept away from covering how the black guy didn’t have the balls to shun Congress and take us to war.

    The same media couldn’t get enough the “weak black guy” narrative then. But now that his strategy of strength, fairness and diplomacy has born major fruit? Nary a peep. //


  13. 63 hopefruit2
    June 25, 2014 at 8:41 am

    The media seems rather quiet this morning about last night’s Primary Tuesday election. This tells me that the results did NOT bode well for the GOP, and they’re now huddling in an attempt to cough up a cohesive narrative that spells “Bad news for Obama.”

    • 64 amk for obama
      June 25, 2014 at 8:52 am

      It’l be fun to see how the hacks will pivot to it’s the blacks.

      • 65 hopefruit2
        June 25, 2014 at 9:50 am

        Well that would also force them to have to confront their B.S. polling, not just at the state level, but also with the national polls (I’m looking at you NBC-WSJ/CBS-NYT/ABC-WaPo/CNN/FOX), which almost ALWAYS exclude critical masses of minority voters to push their desired narratives – “Bad News for Obama”/”Bad news for Democrats” etc.

        On another note – Despite media narratives to the contrary, African-Americans have historically been among the savviest voters in US history – they have HAD to be. Most times, they have to choose between the lesser of two evils, and they don’t waste time in ideological battles like the emoprogs who have nothing better to do.

        AA’s are also used to being scapegoated when elections don’t turn out the way that certain groups want (E.g., the prop 8 CA vote in 2009)- but they are NOT intimidated by that kind of scapegoating.

        So the hacks can bray all they want about the “blacks.” The truth is that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush when you’re an AA in a state like MS. It was Cochran vs. McDaniels, and Cochran is the lesser of the two evils. There is zero evidence that even a moderate Dem can win a state election in deep red MS. Maybe in another 8 yrs, but we will cross that bridge when we get there.

  14. 67 GGAIL
    June 25, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD.

  15. 71 amk for obama
    June 25, 2014 at 8:50 am


    Those of you who wondered how they would get that 36.5cm 18-carat gold trophy through security will have to wait for another four years.

  16. 72 amk for obama
    June 25, 2014 at 8:53 am

  17. 73 amk for obama
    June 25, 2014 at 8:56 am

  18. 78 Lynn
    June 25, 2014 at 9:15 am

    HappyHumpDay everyone. Delurking to ‘thank’ LiberalLibrarian. I am now totally addicted to flash mobs……even without sound!

    Wishing comfort and healing to all who’s health challenges have been trying as of late.

    Multitudinous thanks to Ms. Chips/Danny-o/Nerdy-the incomparable-Wonka and each of the wondrous contributors who share so much wisdom and wit, empathy and strength.

    • June 25, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Wonderful to hear from you Lynn, thank you sooooo much for the kind words, hope everything’s great with you!

      • 80 Lynn
        June 25, 2014 at 9:34 am

        Love ya to pieces, dear lady. As long as you keep the door open on this wonderful sanctuary, I. and many others across the planet, will have a place of sanity and reason in which to find facts, humor, news and companionship.

        AND FLASH MOBS! Dancing off to do chores with a smile on my face!

    • June 25, 2014 at 9:39 am

      Good morning, Lynn, hope all is summery in upstate NY.

      Wanted to extend my thanks to you when you mentioned me in one of your comments about then-Secretary Shinseki honoring Japanese-American WWII veterans.

      Much appreciated (I try to read all comments, but usually many hours/days after the comment was posted).

      BTW — I LOVE the fireflies that folks east of the Mississippi enjoy during the summer. When is the peak time for fireflies? (I’ve been to firefly territory during the summer, but only in August. 😦 )

      • 83 sherijr
        June 25, 2014 at 9:51 am

        There are a lot of fireflies here in Baltimore, I have seen so many more here than in all the 9 yrs I lived in ND.. it has amazed me. Tons of them out last night flitting around 🙂

      • 84 Lynn
        June 25, 2014 at 10:26 am

        Popped in to say ‘Hi’, Arapaho. CNY is about a month later than Sherijr’s Baltimore for fireflies.

        There is something about Secretary Shinseki that tugs at my heartstrings and I have great respect for Japanese culture.

  19. 85 Ladyhawke
    June 25, 2014 at 9:16 am

    New bill would force Congress to vote on Iraq


    Congressman John Garamendi of the House Armed Services Committee talks with Rachel Maddow about his resolution, passed by the House, that blocks funding for new military involvement in Iraq unless Congress gives explicit approval.



  20. June 25, 2014 at 9:24 am
  21. 87 Linda
    June 25, 2014 at 9:26 am

    The 5 Awkward Times Experts Shut Down News Anchors By Being Experts

    • June 25, 2014 at 9:42 am

      The problem with this is it applies to just about every news organization today. They are all in some form or another hardwired into Republican talking points. Take your pick.

  22. 89 Dudette
    June 25, 2014 at 9:29 am

  23. 90 Dudette
    June 25, 2014 at 9:31 am

  24. June 25, 2014 at 9:33 am

    GM TODville.

    Here’s something new to get both sides (RWNJs and emoprogs) into a lather.

    “Global oil prices have surged because of the political turmoil in the Middle East and Africa–the march of Islamic militants in Iraq, the stoppage of oil exports from Libya, and the broad turbulence in Nigeria. In all, the politics there and elsewhere have taken some 3.5 million barrels a day of oil production capacity off the market, out of the 90 million barrels a day consumed globally.”

    I heard this on CBS radio news this morning (they did not attribute the report to @WSJ) but did say that such a move by the U.S. Commerce department would be a change to a 1970s action by a GOP Adm. during the first OPEC-induced US oil crisis.

    Another strategic move by PBO and his administration which refutes GOP knee-jerk anti-Obama position on energy.

    Anti-fracking activists will no doubt react in horror that a shale product may now have a (foreign) market, but as PBO himself has said, “You can’t turn an aircraft carrier around on a dime” (paraphrase).

    Hopefully this decision will offset the price of gasoline increases due to the Iraq/ISIS crisis which non-cowardly Dems can use to propel their November victories.


    P.S. The $1 solar stakes sold by the dollar stores is no fluke. Saw them on sale at a chain hardware store for $1.97.

  25. 94 Dudette
    June 25, 2014 at 9:33 am

  26. 98 vcprezofan2
    June 25, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Good Morning, TODobots. Wishing you all a wholesome Wednesday!

    Can’t wait to see the summary of results showing how Dems did yesterday. I saw that DD4O got her wish, but not sure yet of the overall feeling in the air.

  27. 99 Linda
    June 25, 2014 at 9:41 am

    CNN thinks that Diane Sawyer taking a different job at ABC is ” Breaking News ” to Americans who could care less and probably have no idea who she is.

  28. 100 Ladyhawke
    June 25, 2014 at 9:46 am

    By Rehabilitating Iraq War Boosters, Is The Press Trying To Forgive Itself?



    That’s why Washington Post ombudsman Michael Getler later wrote that the mainstream media’s performance in 2002 and 2003 likely represented their most crucial newsroom failing in nearly half a century. “How did a country on the leading edge of the information age get this so wrong and express so little skepticism and challenge?” asked Getler. “How did an entire system of government and a free press set out on a search for something and fail to notice, or even warn us in a timely or prominent way, that it wasn’t or might not be there?”



  29. 102 japa21
    June 25, 2014 at 9:50 am

    So the economy contracted by 2.9% in the first quarter after latest adjustments. Time to panic, right?



    But economists aren’t too worried, for three key reasons.

    1) They blame the weather: Much of the downturn was due to a brutal winter…

    2) It’s not a final number: Some economists take this GDP number with a grain of salt because it will be revised again next month…

    3) Last, but certainly not least, other data show the economy is improving.

    • 103 Ladyhawke
      June 25, 2014 at 9:56 am


      Discouraging GDP report raises eyebrows

      By Steve Benen


      That said, if policymakers in Washington are concerned enough to give the economy a boost, they can consider straightforward measures that would promote growth and create jobs: invest in infrastructure, restore extended unemployment benefits, hire public-sector workers like teachers and first responders, and basically abandon austerity measures in general.

      None of this seems likely, of course, given congressional Republicans’ unyielding ideological agenda, but it’s nevertheless something to keep in mind as the Beltway responds to the new GDP report.



      • 104 japa21
        June 25, 2014 at 10:08 am

        Of course the GOP will do nothing about it. That would make the President look good. Better the nation suffer (at least 99% of it) than a dem, AA, President look good.

        • 105 Ladyhawke
          June 25, 2014 at 10:28 am

          Agreed. I love the way Spandan breaks it down in this post:

          Putin Completes Surrender to Obama: Syria Disarms, Russia Backing Off Ukraine

          by Spandan


          This yet another crowning foreign policy achievement for this president.

          Ending two wars. Securing the world’s loose nukes. Killing Osama bin Laden. Bringing the last American POW home. Disarming a middle-eastern madman without firing so much as a water balloon. Dashing Putin’s hope of a new Soviet empire.

          If this were any other president – let me clarify, if this were any white president – the work of carving their face on Mount Rushmore would have already begun. For any Republican president, any one of these achievements would be reason to replace Benjamin Franklin on the one-hundred.



  30. 106 sherijr
    June 25, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Good morning TOD and a very Happy Wednesday! Anthony Brown won the dem primary last night, so pleased about this.. I may be new to MD but I’m paying attention and I Vote 🙂 So thrilled to live in a state that elects dems and votes up the likes of O’Malley and Brown 🙂 Also Chris Van Hollen won too- I really like him too. And guess who followed me on twitter yesterday—> Ben Jealous ! Now to be fair, I say little of value or originality on twitter but I’m a hell of a Re-Tweeter 🙂 🙂 Thus he’s really following all of YOU !

  31. 107 57andfemale
    June 25, 2014 at 10:03 am

    A very dear friend had to put her beloved Great Pyrennes, Zsa-Zsa down last night. In hindsight, it appeared to be a brain tumor. I became friends with this woman when our dogs had insulinoma. She lost Maggie to insulinoma, and four months later she lost Maggie’s brother, Max, to bone cancer. She opened her heart to healing by adopting the ‘Pyr sisters’ less than five years ago – and now lost one of them. She is shattered.

    She makes Pandora-style pet-themed jewelry and hosts many fundraisers where all of the profits go to a particular shelter or she gives no less than 25% of any profit from her jewelry to animal shelters. She is a beautiful soul, and I don’t understand why bad things have to happen to someone so good.

    Here is the Facebook page for her charity. These are one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces that would make excellent gifts for pet-lovers. I ordered key chains last Christmas and they were greatly appreciated, and it goes to such a good cause.


  32. 108 Gazelle
    June 25, 2014 at 10:21 am

    For GGail! Gooooaaalll!!! Watch your football here, also has Sky Sports, etc., livestream, free, all languages:


  33. 109 Jovie
    June 25, 2014 at 10:33 am

  34. 110 vcprezofan2
    June 25, 2014 at 10:36 am

  35. 111 vcprezofan2
    June 25, 2014 at 10:43 am

    So true, right? 🙂 🙂

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