Early Bird Chat



8:0 ET: The President holds a town hall on ‘Guns in America’

(Haven’t seen full schedule yet, so not sure if there are any other public events before the town hall)

116 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

    • 3 desertflower
      January 7, 2016 at 8:17 am

      Congrats, Don….I think we need to share…… Town Hall tonight should be awesome! What are the particulars? I have to work late tonight, so…if I miss some, I’m hoping that it will be up here somewhere:)

      • 4 Don
        January 7, 2016 at 8:19 am

        Sharing is caring, and yes, the Town Hall should be awesome tonight. I see the NRA isn’t showing up, their one chance to show that they aren’t afraid of President Obama and they chicken out.

        • 5 desertflower
          January 7, 2016 at 8:21 am

          I hope that PBO loudly mentions that the NRA was invited to attend and declined…..chickenshits that they are.

          • 6 desertflower
            January 7, 2016 at 8:23 am

            I think that PBO needs to connect the dots and paint the picture for those that still refuse to believe what the rest of us know to be true…connect the dots, follow the money…explain the bills that the NRA has blocked and those they have supported….the picture will become clear.

            • 7 arapaho415
              January 7, 2016 at 8:44 am

              GM DF.

              Not surprising that the NRA declined CNN’s invitation (recall their cowardly tweets after every well-publicized mass shooting) — they are greedy cowards.

              Would be delicious for PBO (in his avuncular prosecutorial style) to have them at first sputtering, then cowering and whimpering by the end of the Town Hall.

              However, I my greatest wish is for PBO to inform CNN viewers that the NRA is a LOBBY — something that the MSM must be paid to hide/deny.

              No other LOBBY’s words are unchallenged and treated as gospel by MSM.

  1. 10 desertflower
    January 7, 2016 at 8:15 am


    • 17 Nena20409
      January 7, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Some guy is writing a check for $10M to Jebra, with his current poll numbers in 2016 for his Super PAC?
      I Blame Pres Obama 😉 He has made these dastardly filthy rich Billionaires to waste their Millions on a Lost Cause, John Ellis Bush.
      Thanks, President Obama!

  2. 18 jackiegrumbacher
    January 7, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Has anyone seen what channels will televise the townhall? I realize only Trump appearances get wall to wall coverage these day and a “mere” public discussion on a contentious issue like sensible gun policy by the President of the United states isn’t worthy of media attention, but there must be some coverage.

  3. 22 mtmarilyn
    January 7, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Good morning Todville. I also am looking forward to this townhall. Should be spectacular. Really shows what cowards the NRA is to not show up.

    With all that is going on in the world I am so thankful we have PBO in charge with his cool head.

    Well off to feed the cowboys today. See you later.

  4. 23 desertflower
    January 7, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Darn it…I will miss the beginning…

  5. 24 PrayerWarriorforObama
    January 7, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Good Thursday morning to the TOD community. Hope everyone is well and will be wonderfully blessed today.

  6. January 7, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  7. 26 Allison
    January 7, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Good Morning!

  8. January 7, 2016 at 9:03 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Congrats Sir Don on #1 🙂 Happy Thursday everyone! Looking forward to our President’s town hall this evening. Probably the only time in 2016 I’ll ever watch CNN!

    • 29 jackiegrumbacher
      January 7, 2016 at 9:21 am

      Df, any morning that begins with a photo of Paul Ryan is not a good one–so warning needed on this link. Republicans in Congress are worthless time wasters who collect their generous paychecks to loiter in hallways or trim their nails. For them, any program created by a Democrat is a failure, no matter how successful. Any Republican proposed program–no matter how laughably stupid–is deemed an act of genius.

  9. 30 desertflower
    January 7, 2016 at 9:10 am

  10. January 7, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Good morning TOD 🙂

    Looks like the Saudis are itching for more than a proxy war with Iran ….


  11. 33 amk for obama
    January 7, 2016 at 9:12 am

  12. 43 GGAIL
    January 7, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    I’ve had enough of the rain already. I need to see the sun today, please Lord! 😎

    • 44 desertflower
      January 7, 2016 at 9:17 am

      Hi, GGail! I hear you about the rain! I’m donedonedonedonedone! SUNSHINE PLEASE!!! I don’t even care if it’s warm, I just need to see the sun:)

      • 45 amk for obama
        January 7, 2016 at 9:25 am

        weren’t you guyz begging for rains just last week?

      • 46 GGAIL
        January 7, 2016 at 9:28 am

        Hello DF!
        Yes, amk, we “do” need the rain, but not all in three days, 24 continuous hours. Spread it out Lord!

        • 47 amk for obama
          January 7, 2016 at 9:31 am

          yeah, we had that angry rain gods’ act just last month.

          • 48 GGAIL
            January 7, 2016 at 9:36 am

            So, it was You who gave the rain gods the mapquest directions to our area, thank amk!!! (shaking fist at you)

            • 49 amk for obama
              January 7, 2016 at 9:39 am

              If I had that kinda power, trust me, I would have permanently parked them over my state and turned on the rains everyday for 3 hours…. From midnight to 3 am. All our water problems solved.

    • 51 0388jojothecat
      January 7, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Wish granted TOD Rose Queen 🙂 🙂

  13. January 7, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Me, too.

  14. 57 MightyPamela
    January 7, 2016 at 9:23 am

    ❤ 💓

  15. January 7, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Thursday morning. Congrats Don, on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope that you feel lively, bright-eyed and bushy-tail today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  16. January 7, 2016 at 9:32 am

    I went to a Ted Cruz rally — and saw James Dobson, Steve King, white evangelical fervor and the scariest family band of all time
    Now I understand why Cruz is winning Iowa. You would too if you saw this band sing “I Wish Kids Prayed in School”
    WEDNESDAY, JAN 6, 2016 03:15 PM CST
    WINTERSET, Iowa — Those in the overwhelmingly white, senior audience at Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s rally here left with little doubt as to why the Texas senator is dominating the state’s much-sought-after evangelical constituency.

    Standing alongside conservative-values author and commentator James Dobson, Cruz swapped out his usual stump for an exchange that blended scripted sermonizing with red-meat fighting words against Democrats he said are fixated on abolishing religious liberty.

    “If we allow non-believers to elect our leaders, we shouldn’t be surprised when our government doesn’t reflect our values,” Cruz said to widespread applause.

    Cruz called for increased voter turnout among evangelical caucus-goers, using the type of overtly religious rhetoric that has galvanized support from social conservatives and propelled family-values candidates such as Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum to first-place Iowa finishes in 2008 and 2012.

    Cruz asked that attendees pray for him by asking for peace for his campaign, for the wisdom granted to the Biblical Solomon and for the well-being of his daughters, Caroline and Catherine.

    “That they know at every moment that they’re loved by their mom and dad and they are loved by their father in heaven, and that they maintain a spirit of joy and peace, as well,” Cruz said.

    Cruz currently leads all other Republicans in Iowa and has cracked the 30 point level in most poll averages – more than three points ahead than second-place finisher Donald Trump.

    • 60 jackiegrumbacher
      January 7, 2016 at 9:54 am

      My God, rikyrah, Cruz is the damned scariest person running for president since forever. We’ve had whackadoodle minor party candidates, but for a major candidate to act like he does, is just too creepy for words.

    • 61 donna dem 4 obama
      January 7, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Which is why IMHO Cruz is far scarier than Trump will ever be.

      • 62 amk for obama
        January 7, 2016 at 9:59 am

        That’s why we need both of these repugnant egotists keep running to divide the rw’ers.

      • 63 0388jojothecat
        January 7, 2016 at 12:20 pm

        All of them are scary to me. Any of the Republicans that make the nomination is going to be scary and we really need to work our asses off to get out the vote as if PBO were on the ballot. I can’t imagine any of them getting 270 without cheating.

  17. 64 Linda
    January 7, 2016 at 9:36 am

    EXCLUSIVE: Stolen valor: The militiaman bodyguard of ranchers Cliven and Ammon Bundy is falsely posing as a US Marine who served in Afghanistan and Iraq

    Brian Cavalier, 44, the personal bodyguard of Cliven and Ammon Bundy, openly boasted that he is retired Marine
    But US Marine Corps records prove the big-bellied braggart never served and is in fact a tattoo artist with a long rap sheet for DUI
    Cavalier is a key figure in the armed militia takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon orchestrated by the Bundys
    He wears military style garb including a shemagh scarf often worn by soldiers serving in the Middle East, and has the code name ‘Fluffy Unicorn’
    ‘That’s unfortunate,’ Cavalier said when Daily Mail Online confronted him over his Marine fabrication


    • 65 desertflower
      January 7, 2016 at 9:50 am

      They need a bodyguard? WTF FOR? Legends in their own minds….

    • 66 jackiegrumbacher
      January 7, 2016 at 9:58 am

      So, in short, everything about this so-called militia is phony–their purpose, their ‘leader,’ their inflated numbers, their macho toughness and their ability to survive under ‘any’ circumstances. They are big little boys, dressed in costume and masquerading as tough guys.

  18. January 7, 2016 at 9:37 am

    I will continue to say this.


    with the exception that he doesn’t speak in dogwhistles.


    Now you can worry: Trump’s in it to win it, so it’s time to drop fantasy that his campaign is all for show

    With two bold new moves, Trump’s campaign shows once and for all that it is no joke. The Donald wants to win.


    For most of the second-half of 2015, whether Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is “serious” (definition: unclear) was arguably the question of American politics.

    It was asked after his launch speech, which was rambling, incoherent, demagogic, and way too long; it was asked after he criticized Sen. John McCain for being captured by the Vietcong; it was asked after he proposed “rounding up” and deporting some 11 million undocumented immigrants; it was asked after he attacked Fox News darling Megyn Kelly; it was asked after he proposed banning Muslims from entering the U.S.; it was asked again, and again, and again.

    Slowly but surely, more and more commentators began to realize that the answer was yes. Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was “serious” — at least in so far as “serious” was equivalent to “capable of winning.” The national polls showed it, the state-level polls showed it, the issue-based polling showed it. By the holiday season, elite endorsements, pricey ad buys, and an expensive big data/GOTV apparatus were the only usual components of a “serious” campaign that Trump 2016 lacked.


    You probably have heard about the first one, which is the release of Trump’s first bona fide campaign commercial. It wasn’t the first video the Trump campaign put out — they spent much of 2015 getting attention with cheeky Instagram clips — but it was the campaign’s first television ad. Even more importantly, Trump announced he was going to actually spend millions of dollars to ensure voters in Iowa and New Hampshire saw it. ($2 million per week, if Trump is to be believed, which he isn’t.)

    The second and far more important development, meanwhile, was made public by a recent Politico report, which claimed that Trump was not only spending money on a big data/GOTV apparatus — but that he’d been doing so for months already. The details about the program were admittedly fuzzy; none of the major operators involved agreed to speak on-the-record. But as Politico rightly noted in its report, the implications of Trump’s investment were clear:

  19. 68 arapaho415
    January 7, 2016 at 9:40 am

    GM TODville.

    Here’s some tweets I posted this week.

    From PBO’s gun safety reform announcement on Tuesday:

  20. 69 jackiegrumbacher
    January 7, 2016 at 9:47 am

    I’m starting to see a lot of signs that anybody Bill Clinton ever had ‘relations’ with is going to dragged out of their retirement homes to vilify him. Once again, we’re going to be blasted with month after month of Clinton’s randiest episodes and we all are going to be put in a defensive position when Hilz is our nominee. That’ why I think she needs a 2016 version of PBO’s race speech in 2008, which helped to turn around the Rev. Wright swiftboating madness. The biggest charges I’ve heard against her are 1) she should have left the philanderer; and 2) her tolerance of Bill has made her ‘soft’ on rape. Hillary has got to address this head on, talk about what the whole philandering fiasco meant to her and how she has zero tolerance for rape, or forced sex of any kind. She needs to speak to women first and to men. This won’t stop the Republican onslaught, but it will help to keep dubious Dems and Independents on her side.
    I’ve never been a fan of Hillary Clinton, but if she’s our nominee, as seems likely, then I will have to work for her and I don’t wanted to have to fight
    Bill’s past with every phone call and encounter.

    • January 7, 2016 at 9:52 am

      She could have left him the day she found out and they would still use it to hammer her. A speech won’t do anything for people looking for an excuse not to vote for her regardless of their political stripe.

      • 71 amk for obama
        January 7, 2016 at 10:02 am

        I agree with jg. She needs to out this behind her for ever with a great speech a la Obama. While many of the young voters won’t give a shit about her past, many older fence sitters could be swung.

      • 72 jackiegrumbacher
        January 7, 2016 at 10:02 am

        Der Bingle, her strategy thus far has been to skirt the questions. I don’t think it will work and I don’t want to be confronted with these questions during voter outreach. I’ve seen too many women question her judgment on this and I don’t think avoiding it is going to help.

        • 73 donna dem 4 obama
          January 7, 2016 at 10:19 am

          I agree. I like that she doesn’t respond directly to Trump on this issue but she’ll need to address it in a big way and put this to rest for good. If she was smart she should be contacting some of PBO’s old speech writers to collaborate with her on something like this. Hint, Hint, Jon Favreau.

    • January 7, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Agree, JG.

      She should just treat Bill as her “Rev Wright” and address the issue publicly and cogently.

      It won’t take very many words for her to do so.

      Something like:


      What Bill did broke my heart, but I took (take) my marriage vows for precisely what they mean – a contract to love, irrespective of fault, my spouse until death do us part.

      In marriage, we are not the judge of our spouse, we simply do every thing we can to give our spouse every reason to trust and cherish us.

      That is how I have lived every day of my marriage and how I will live all the remaining days of my marriage to Bill.

      I’m now done with this topic.

      Thank you for listening.


      The contrast to the scumbag philanderer that is Trump would be unassailable at the end of that speech.

      Hope someone gives her my advice and I don’t charge for my speech writing. 🙂

    • January 7, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      I’m not so sure that the entire problem is Bill Clinton’s philandering, which is bad enough, but if any of those reports that she had a hand in smearing or intimidating any of the women who came forward are even half true, then she has a serious problem. Because people will likely understand her staying with him (even though it’s something I wouldn’t do and I think their reasons for being together have always included politics) but they won’t necessarily be so keen on the other stuff. So frankly, I don’t know how she would actually address that in the open and I don’t know if she has what it takes for that, if that is the case.

    • 80 nospin
      January 7, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      Ya’ll know how I feel about HRC but I must say, Bill’s penchant for sticking his prick into different objects means absolutely nothing to me. Not my business. That is their personal affair on how they choose to deal with it.

      His “randiness” would not mean a damn thing in my decision on whether or not to support Hillary. I don’t think Hillary has to address this at all. The thought that she must address her husbands indiscretions is bullshit.

    • January 7, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      Well said. There will indeed be a problem and democrats can’t avoid it.

      I’ve always thought that having Bill at his side constitutes the biggest risk for Hillary’s campaign. Many independents will be very reluctant to imagine the man living back into the White House for four years, eight years even, given his past misdemeanors. Totally unfair to Hillary, but this is reality.

      And I think the whole political world totally underestimates the problem. I hope Hillary’s campaign is more astute, and is preparing a serious strategy to counter the attacks.

      Thank God republicans are in such disarray.

  21. 82 arapaho415
    January 7, 2016 at 9:47 am

    GM (again) TODville.

    Comment is in moderation (about #TucsonMassacre hero Daniel Hernandez), so I’ll try another.

    My personal opinion is ignore the idiotic GOP bluster that is amplified by their propaganda machine, the MSM.

    I’m now reading @MikeGrunwald’s “The Nation He Built” essay in Politico Magazine’s “The Obama Issue,” which is written from the “stealth Presidency” perspective.

    We expect inaction/blockage by Congress to all of PBO’s proposals, but the federal government WILL begin employing Smart Gun technology and the marketplace WILL follow suit. As Grunwald states in his article:
    “He [PBO] has engineered quite a few quiet revolutions—and some of his louder revolutions are shaking up the status quo in quiet ways.”

  22. 86 Vicki
    January 7, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Good morning TOD family.
    My local TV listing says that the Town Hall with President Obama is 2 hours long!
    From 8:00 to 10:00
    I’m surprised by this and wonder if it is a mistake. ???

    NY Times tells us that 2 detainees off to Ghana yesterday are “part of a flurry of 17 releases happening early in January.”

    • 87 hopefruit2
      January 7, 2016 at 10:35 am

      I think the live town hall is one hour, but CNN probably plans their usual garbage “analysis” for another hr afterwards. Regardless I will only be tuning in for PBO’s town hall and nothing else.

  23. 88 amk for obama
    January 7, 2016 at 10:10 am

  24. 89 donna dem 4 obama
    January 7, 2016 at 10:22 am

    When you put more emphasis on keeping your job than doing your job this is the result.

    Rahm is toast!!!!!!!

  25. 90 hopefruit2
    January 7, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Our taxpayer $$$ being wasted on garbage like this….

    • 95 Gazelle
      January 7, 2016 at 10:44 am

      Ooops! Chips, BTs, please help! Only meant to post the toon, not the rest. Could you delete. Many thanks!

  26. 96 desertflower
    January 7, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Excellent piece by Connie Schultz at National Memo on PBO and NRA . On my phone so can someone grab it and bring it over?

    • 98 Gazelle
      January 7, 2016 at 11:26 pm

      Chips, this is the toon I meant to post. Could you please delete my post above, posted at 10:23am? I just tried to post the toon & ended up adding that facebook page.

  27. 99 amk for obama
    January 7, 2016 at 10:47 am

  28. January 7, 2016 at 10:52 am

    I’ve had to sweep my Twitter TL much more frequently these past few days 🙂

  29. 101 amk for obama
    January 7, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Q: Is hillz even on the campaign trail? Or has the corrupt media blacked out her events?

  30. 102 amk for obama
    January 7, 2016 at 11:11 am

  31. 103 amk for obama
    January 7, 2016 at 11:12 am

  32. 104 amk for obama
    January 7, 2016 at 11:12 am

  33. January 7, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Good Thursday, TODers!!!

  34. January 7, 2016 at 11:19 am

    So Trump thinks it’s a win for him that 4500+ people are about to lose their job. His pettiness is one among his traits that should disqualify him as POTUS. Gloating at other’s misfortunes….AND taking credit for it.

  35. 107 forus50
    January 7, 2016 at 11:36 am

  36. January 7, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Bernie, Hillary go to war over Wall Street: Sanders gets upper hand as he pitches fix for financial industry
    Sanders says Clinton lacks “courage” to stand up to Wall Street as he outlines plan to shape up financial industry
    WEDNESDAY, JAN 6, 2016 10:32 AM CST

    If you’ve seen the new film “The Big Short,” you know it was the greed of Wall Street, combined with the lack of regulatory control, that produced the 2008 economic crisis. You also know that nothing has changed. We still haven’t had serious financial reform and, even more disturbing, most of the banks are now bigger than they were before the crash. In fact, as the Washington Post noted, “three of the four largest financial institutions are nearly 80 percent larger” than they were in 2008.

    Of all the candidates, Bernie Sanders has been the most consistent when it comes to regulating the vultures on Wall Street. He’s also the most credible, given his record and his refusal (in stark contrast to Hillary Clinton) to accept corporate funding for his campaign.

    This week Sanders doubled down on his economic populism. In a speech on Tuesday, just a few miles away from Wall Street, the Vermont senator clarified his views on financial reform. “To those on Wall Street who may be listening today,” Sanders said, “let me be very clear…Greed is not good. Wall Street and corporate greed is destroying the fabric of our nation. And, here is a New Year’s Resolution that we will keep: If you do not end your greed we will end it for you.”

    Responding to Clinton’s accusation that his proposals are too vague and simplistic, Sanders was especially clear about his intentions as president:

  37. 110 Allison
    January 7, 2016 at 11:38 am

  38. January 7, 2016 at 11:39 am

    David Brooks is so very afraid: Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and the New York Times sadistically exploit anxiety over Islamic terrorism to grab votes
    The threat of terrorism in Iowa is minute, but GOPers continue to exaggerate the danger there — and everywhere else
    WEDNESDAY, JAN 6, 2016 10:05 AM CST

    For 21st century conservatives, “fear” is not an authentic feeling of actual concern for your safety, but an ideological pose struck to justify the darker, more sadistic urges that motivate the Republican base.

    In our day and age, declaring you want war for the pleasure of conquest or that you support racist policies out of unvarnished bigotry is socially unacceptable. So fear is donned as a costume to conceal the hate. The shivering coward is a more sympathetic figure than the snarling bigot, and so no matter how laughably implausible their posture of fear is, conservatives will strike it.

    No where is this more obvious than in the Republican town halls and rallies that have taken over Iowa in the run-up to the primary. Jeremy Peters of the New York Times paints a picture of candidates and voters gathering together to act like they’re huddled in a bunker while the Germans blitzkrieg London.

    “This despairing tone was on display Monday as Republicans crisscrossed the country on the first full day of campaigning in the new year,” he writes, “and began airing commercials that had a singular and sometimes fearsome focus on national security.”

    • 114 Nena20409
      January 7, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      And Mr. Brooks’ half baked essay ignores Christie’s endless 9/11 fear mongering in NH and elsewhere?
      Just about all GOPers have been ginning up Fear

  39. January 7, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Couldn’t happen to a more loathesome group.


    Uber fail: Why the start-up giant stumbled in Europe — and how it could happen in the U.S.
    Wall Street’s favorite “disruptor” thought its usual strategy would work in Germany. It got walloped instead
    WEDNESDAY, JAN 6, 2016 06:59 AM CST

    So here’s a story you don’t read very often anymore, certainly not in the United States.

    A red-hot and impossibly well-funded corporation — one with extensive ties to the powers that be not only on Wall Street but also in Silicon Valley — recently tried to strong-arm its way into a major market. It did so despite the fact that its business model was, in many respects, incompatible with that market’s predominant government regulations and social norms. The plan, I guess, was to “disrupt.”

    If you’re someone who pays attention to the business press, or lives in a big city, then you’ve probably already guessed that I’m talking about Uber. You’re probably already aware of its market valuation — currently a gobsmacking $62.5 billion — and you’re probably already familiar with the company’s preferred means of market penetration. You’ve probably heard tales before of its smash-and-grab ethos, its fondness for ignoring the law and daring overmatched regulators to do something about it.

    Remember, though, that I said this is a story you don’t hear very often. This one hasn’t ended like all the others (at least not yet). Because in this example, Uber did something different. Yes, it swooped in, it broke the rules, it ignored local customs and traditions. But then it did what it had almost never done before, what many people on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley thought it couldn’t do. It picked a fight — and it lost.

    There’s no other way to describe the company’s recent decision to all but give up on getting a foothold in Germany, at least for the time being. It’s hard to imagine Uber permanently giving up on Europe’s biggest economy, of course. But according to a report in The New York Times, Uber’s problem goes well beyond Germany’s borders. Deutschland is just one of many places where Uber’s struggling — and it’s almost always for the same reason.

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