Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Solicitor General Elena Kagan wait in the Blue Room of the White House, May 10, 2010, prior to the President’s announcement of Kagan as his choice to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens in the Supreme Court. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



10:20: The President convenes a National Security Council meeting on ISIL, Situation Room

2:40: Honors the 2016 NCAA Champion UConn Huskies women’s basketball team, East Room

117 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. May 10, 2016 at 8:05 am

    GoooOOooOooooooOoooooOoood morning TOD! It’s off to work I go. 😀

  2. 2 jackiegrumbacher
    May 10, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Morning, Chips.

  3. 3 99ts
    May 10, 2016 at 8:08 am

    gm TOD congrats on tie mary & jackie

    • 4 jackiegrumbacher
      May 10, 2016 at 8:14 am

      Hi 99. Hope all is well in your part of the world.

      • 5 99ts
        May 10, 2016 at 8:19 am

        Less frantic since the little one left – but then we miss her. Never satisfied 🙂 Politics slightly crazy – but nowhere near the US crazy. Enjoy your Tuesday

        • 6 jackiegrumbacher
          May 10, 2016 at 8:22 am

          I know exactly how you feel, 99. When our granddaughter is with us she runs us ragged with her bottomless energy. Five minutes after we say goodbye, I miss her terribly. Thank God for FaceTime!

  4. 7 jackiegrumbacher
    May 10, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Defeated PA Senate primary candidate, Joe Sestak, is coming to our county this morning to thank us for our support. I’m hoping to find out what happened and if he’ll support the winner. He gave it his all for two years, but without ‘establishment’ support that wasn’t enough. Wish the lack of establishment support would eliminate Bernie as effectively. We’ve got three more weeks to endure his Hillary insults and the obnoxiousness of his supporters.

  5. 8 amk for obama
    May 10, 2016 at 8:25 am

    kenyan to visit hiroshima. furst sitting prez to do it.


    • 9 jackiegrumbacher
      May 10, 2016 at 8:29 am

      President Obama is the “healer,” slowly binding our wounds and mending our hearts. Now he’ll reach out to the Japanese to try to heal the great gaping wound that is Hiroshima. How anyone could do anything but love this man is beyond me.

  6. 10 amk for obama
    May 10, 2016 at 8:40 am

  7. 11 amk for obama
    May 10, 2016 at 8:44 am

    judge 0508

  8. May 10, 2016 at 8:49 am

    G’morning Chips &TOD! Congrats Maryl1 on #1! 🙂 Happy Tuesday everyone 🙂

  9. 13 amk for obama
    May 10, 2016 at 8:51 am

    best ham or bust ham?

    • 14 GGail
      May 10, 2016 at 11:23 am

      That’s 11:45 am PST (my west coast time), so, I’m going to do my best while at work to keep up with the match. Fingers crossed, can’t do while typing 😀 😀

  10. 16 desertflower
    May 10, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Morning people:) Happy Tuesday…how about some special treatment with your breakfast….oh wait….

    • 17 99ts
      May 10, 2016 at 9:18 am

      No doubt the media will hound him about the tax returns – hahahahaha – silly me.

    • 18 99ts
      May 10, 2016 at 9:19 am

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump refuses to debate Sec Clinton. Less fallout by refusing to take part.

    May 10, 2016 at 9:19 am


      May 10, 2016 at 9:23 am


  12. 21 MightyPamela
    May 10, 2016 at 9:19 am

  13. 22 GGAIL
    May 10, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    It’s a great day. (I hope) 😘

  14. 23 Ladyhawke
    May 10, 2016 at 9:23 am

    • 24 vcprezofan2
      May 10, 2016 at 10:23 am

      The concluding paragraph of this Ben Rhodes post nicely summarizes what many have said here about the need for ‘truth and reconciliation’ in America itself.

      “The President and his team will make this visit knowing that the open recognition of history is essential to understanding our shared past, the forces that shape the world we live in today, and the future that we seek for our children and grandchildren.”

      I refer particularly to the words ‘the open recognition of history is essential to understanding our shared past’….

  15. 25 amk for obama
    May 10, 2016 at 9:28 am

    The White House ruled out any apology for the bombing.

    The president’s communications adviser, Ben Rhodes, said on his Twitter page that the US would be “eternally proud of our civilian leaders and the men and women of our armed forces who served in World War II”.

    He said that Mr Obama would “not revisit the decision to use the atomic bomb at the end of World War II. Instead, he will offer a forward-looking vision focused on our shared future”.

    He said the visit would “offer an opportunity to honour the memory of all innocents who were lost during the war”.

    Mr Rhodes added: “The President and his team will make this visit knowing that the open recognition of history is essential to understanding our shared past, the forces that shape the world we live in today, and the future that we seek for our children and grandchildren.”

    Mr Obama will also take part in the G7 summit in Japan’s Ise-Shima peninsula and hold bilateral talks with Mr Abe.

    Before that Mr Obama will meet Vietnam’s leadership and deliver a speech in the capital, Hanoi, on US-Vietnam relations.


    Gotta love how the admin put rhodes front and center right again after emmessem (looking at ya, nyt & gopolitico) whined about him last week.

    • 26 vcprezofan2
      May 10, 2016 at 10:26 am

      Oopsy-daisy, Bro Amk – should have read your excerpt before posting. Then again, we made two different points, so I’ll think of our sharing as complementary ….. 😉 😉 and complimentary.

      • 27 amk for obama
        May 10, 2016 at 10:36 am

        Oh, I do think US owes apologies all over the world for all the messes they made under the guise of ‘spreading democracy’, starting with Vietnam. I just don’t agree that Obama should be the one doing those apologies.

        • 28 vcprezofan2
          May 10, 2016 at 11:01 am

          Two things:

          1. Oh, I wasn’t initially talking about worldwide US apologies; was trying to underline the fact that its internal history needed open recognition – something the GOPs and certain lefties fight against.

          2. Pres O earned the label ‘The Only Adult in the Room’ because he *understands* what many others of his colleagues do not. IMO there are certain nuances to progress/leadership that many craving power haven’t a clue about, including the idea that sometimes to move forward you need to clear the road instead of trying to ignore or walk on the debris. Plus PBO clearly takes the ‘more perfect union’ portion of the Constitution seriously and IMO is doing what he feels (intuits) is the ‘right thing to do’.
          #alsotoo /in somewhat of a cheeky spirit/ If Pres. Obama doesn’t apologize, who will?

        • 29 vcprezofan2
          May 10, 2016 at 11:04 am

          Plus re that ‘don’t agree …..should be the one’ – I believe the moment Pres Obama won the election he picked up his mantle as a true leader, representative of the United States, so that for the duration of his tenure he *is* America. He said as much when he said I’m the president of all Americans.

          • 30 amk for obama
            May 10, 2016 at 11:12 am

            A ‘country’ whose nearly half the population questioned his ‘legitimacy’ and tried to kneecap him from day one? Nope. They were all their f..kups and so let them clean them up.

            • 31 GGail
              May 10, 2016 at 11:26 am

              amk, sometimes you are that small voice in my head 🙂

            • 35 vcprezofan2
              May 10, 2016 at 11:29 am

              Aw, come on, you can’t expect PBO to be ‘responsible’ for their ignorance and hatred. ‘Twould be somewhat like blaming a child for not doing what s/he doesn’t understand. In addition, didn’t your grandma tell you ‘Those who know better should do better’. Pres Obama is very high on the ‘know better’ plain. I, for one, am both inspired and impressed by the many ways in which he actively goes forward cleaning up long-overlooked debris. 😉
              [this is not shouting; just meant to underline the depth of my feelings] >>>> I. FEEL. TREMENDOUSLY. BLESSED. TO. *BE ALIVE* IN THE AGE OF OBAMA!

              • 36 amk for obama
                May 10, 2016 at 11:34 am

                They are responsible for their acts and deeds, their childish “adultness” notwithstanding. He has got better things to do to move the world along a newer and better direction than apologizing for what these turds did.

                • 37 vcprezofan2
                  May 10, 2016 at 11:41 am

                  I don’t think you and I will agree on this one and I’m heading out to complete a chore – shopping. 😀 IMO acts like this done by PBO *are* part of the things he’s doing to move the world along towards a newer and better direction. I notice that his ‘apologies’ are never subservient and do not belittle those who were ‘serving their country’ in an honest manner. In fact, I think he apologizes with a scalpel, which creates a better/cleaner path for complete healing.

  16. 39 Ladyhawke
    May 10, 2016 at 9:30 am

    • 40 Ladyhawke
      May 10, 2016 at 9:32 am



      It is absurd to believe that all these officials and experts were duped. They supported the deal because it was the most promising path to preventing an Iranian bomb.

      The experts were right. The deal is working. In the 10 months since the accord was signed, Iran has ripped out more than two-thirds of its centrifuges, shipped out all but a token amount of its formerly huge stockpile of uranium gas, and yanked out the core of its plutonium reactor, drilled it full of holes and filled it with concrete. The deal shrinks Iran’s program to a fraction of its former size and wraps it in an airtight inspection regime tougher than any ever negotiated. The deal blocks Iran’s every possible path to a bomb.

      Samuels and his allies tried to kill the deal. They failed. The Iran agreement is in place and working. The world is a safer place for it. Deal with it.


  17. 41 amk for obama
    May 10, 2016 at 9:32 am

  18. 42 amk for obama
    May 10, 2016 at 9:33 am

  19. 43 amk for obama
    May 10, 2016 at 9:34 am

  20. 44 vcprezofan2
    May 10, 2016 at 9:43 am

    It’s Tuesday, it’s Tuesday, yea yea it’s Tuesday! {It *is* Tuesday, right?}

    Greetings everyone & best wishes for a great today, whichever day of the week ’tis. 😉

  21. May 10, 2016 at 9:55 am

    • May 10, 2016 at 10:02 am

      WHOA….Skipping media in CA is definitely a huge sign of surrender. Or is he just that dumb? Very odd move unless he’s running out of money………

      • May 10, 2016 at 10:10 am

        Or is he putting this out there to ramp up fundraising efforts

        • May 10, 2016 at 10:16 am

          That’s a possibility. But if he hasn’t bought ad time yet, he’s going to get SOAKED with the highest rates. Not very smart.

          I also noted yesterday that HRC actually opened a sizable office in SF on one of the busiest streets. That very likely cost a very pretty penny with SF rents out of this world. PBO only had a very small space for a while during 2008 and nothing in 2012. So not sure why this is happening unless she intends to use it to overshadow him and operate a regional volunteer effort.

        • 49 57andfemale
          May 10, 2016 at 11:23 am

          This is of course possible. But it does not track with how he has behaved in the past: when he gets an inflow of cash, he’s bragging about it.

      • 50 arapaho415
        May 10, 2016 at 10:37 am

        Despite living in CA, don’t have a clue as to what to expect here.

        Heard on the radio yesterday that voting has begun at certain locations in the LA area — which confuses me because CA adopted mail-in voting as an option for 2014 election.

        I know that MightyPamela is a big fan of mail-in voting, but I prefer to cast my ballot in person — have never experienced a long wait time since I started voting in 1972.

        Have no idea how the results will be tallied (i.e., when do absentee and mail votes get counted), so MSM may have to hold their breath for awhile after CA polls have closed (which they always grumble about, since it’s so late on the east coast).

        Anyway, a long-winded way to say voting has begun in CA, so TV ads may have a diminished effect (?) in 2016 primary.

        • May 10, 2016 at 10:40 am

          Yeah, you could be right. I’m just thinking of the millions who aren’t political junkies and may be tuned out on the daily campaign slog. TV ads seem to work on that group.

        • 52 cd4biden
          May 10, 2016 at 12:01 pm

          Morning arapaho,
          Yes, voting has begun in California. Absentee ballots were mailed yesterday, and people can vote early, usually at their county registrar of voters office. So you can receive your ballot today or tomorrow, take a few minutes to check off your choices, and drop it back in the mail, all within a few minutes. Then the ballots are received by your local registrars office where they are held until the polls close on Election Day. They are then opened and run though a voting machine for the final count. If you choose to vote early at the registrars office they also hold your ballot until the polls close on Election Day, and then run those though the voting machine. So, while most of the state can and may vote before the actual Election Day, no results will be known until the polls close on June 7th.

      • 53 57andfemale
        May 10, 2016 at 11:22 am

        If he had the money, he’d spend the money. HRC was the adult – even giving up bragging points on delegates, making shrewd decisions on how and where to spend money. So she has money to work with. Every month, BS would spend everything he brought in, and then go the kids for more money. Childish behavior.

    • 54 57andfemale
      May 10, 2016 at 11:19 am

      He blew through money like it was water. Another big tell that this Man who Lives in his Head has no idea of how the world works. It was irresponsible and an insult to the people who sent him those small donations. He is sooooo not ready or even interested in the intricacies of being POTUS. I do not understand intelligent people who can like his message, his “passion” (to me, it’s just anger and criticism with no foundation), but who cannot clearly see that he has no qualities to be POTUS.

  22. May 10, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Good morning, Chips and all TODers.

    Another historic move by our visionary President:

  23. May 10, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Good Morning, Everyone at TOD 🙂

  24. May 10, 2016 at 10:07 am

    This Dark Money Group Spent Big On A Montana Judicial Race. Now We Know Why.
    The billionaires behind the money had a little problem.


    Montana’s judicial elections are officially nonpartisan — candidates do not have a D or R next to their names. Moreover, the candidates are bound by a code of conduct requiring them to be “scrupulously fair and accurate in all statements.”

    Even more surprising than the appearance of the anti-Sheehy ad was its source: not his main competitor and the ultimate victor in the judicial race, Laurie McKinnon, but a brand-new, little-known conservative nonprofit group. Called the Montana Growth Network, it had some big money behind it.

    Spending to sway judicial elections has been increasing across the country for nearly two decades, but it soared after the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which served to legalize unlimited electoral spending by corporations, unions and individuals. The court’s decision led to the overturning of Montana’s Corrupt Practices Act, which banned direct and indirect corporate political spending in the state. The Montana law had been passed in 1912 after powerful mining corporations, like the Anaconda Copper Mining Company, essentially took over the state’s political institutions, particularly the judiciary.

    Montana is one of many states where funds have poured into judicial races from groups unaffiliated with judicial candidates — the kind of supposedly independent spending that Citizens United empowered. As the amount of money has increased, so too have the nasty attacks.

  25. May 10, 2016 at 10:09 am

    We’re going to face an onslaught of polling intended to sway our opinions. Always look at the details of these polls!

  26. May 10, 2016 at 10:17 am

  27. May 10, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Wake up, people.

  28. 68 amk for obama
    May 10, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Sam Bee: NC’s ‘numbnut’ legislative sh*tshow is what happens when liberals sleep through elections.


  29. May 10, 2016 at 10:50 am

    There is a difference between the parties..

  30. May 10, 2016 at 10:53 am

    • 71 57andfemale
      May 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      Lotsa white people to vote for BS. HRC was catching up in the polls. It would be a miracle if she won, but if she keeps him under 10, I’ll be happy. I want him and his deranged supporters to go away now.

  31. 72 Dudette
    May 10, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Hey Family! Hope everyone is having a terrific Tuesday! 😄

  32. 80 Dudette
    May 10, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Girls Just Want Equal Funds 😄

  33. 81 Dudette
    May 10, 2016 at 11:03 am

    • 82 cherish0708
      May 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      Hello everyone. I’m a long-time lurker. I live in London, but originally from Hiroshima, Japan.
      I’m so grateful PBO is visiting my city soon. It means a lot for people like my parents who were there on the fateful summer day of 1945.
      I cried when I heard this news on BBC this afternoon. We don’t need an apology, instead the mutual understanding and recognition of the past, please. I’m sure the majority of the Japanese people are very happy about this visit. The Japanese media is praising his decision.
      I have to thank American people for electing this great president twice. No doubt he is one of the best presidents in American history!

      • May 10, 2016 at 12:15 pm

        Beautiful comment, cherish! Please extend my greetings to your parents.


      • 84 Dudette
        May 10, 2016 at 12:37 pm

        Welcome cherish!

        Thanks for de-lurking and sharing your story. It’s great to hear from someone with direct connections to the events we talk about here.

        President Obama is a model for how our leaders (all of us, really) should never shy away from darkness in our past, but acknowledge it with grace and dignity, highlight what we learn from it and work toward forging a brighter future.

        I bet the President would love to hear from you too. Consider writing him about your story, won’t you?

      • May 10, 2016 at 12:46 pm

        Thank you so much for this very timely de-lurking and for your beautiful sentiments. We have cherished President Obama since he first came to our attention and it’s heartwarming to know that there are many the world over who share our feelings and beliefs about this great man. May we always be working together towards eternal healing.

  34. 86 Dudette
    May 10, 2016 at 11:04 am

  35. 91 Ladyhawke
    May 10, 2016 at 11:04 am

    PREACH …..

  36. May 10, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Good thread from Al starts here:

  37. May 10, 2016 at 11:17 am

  38. 97 Dudette
    May 10, 2016 at 11:17 am

  39. 98 Dudette
    May 10, 2016 at 11:18 am

  40. 99 Dudette
    May 10, 2016 at 11:19 am


  41. 101 vcprezofan2
    May 10, 2016 at 11:21 am

    I think I’d better go ‘hit the road’ now before I feel to settled to go. BBL, and no, I’m not going to do any exercising while I’m away….


    Wendy first started working out when she was 43, after coming out of an abusive relationship which, according to her website, left her in “poor shape, bad health, and with low self-esteem” Now she puts in one-and-a-half to two hours at the gym every day doing intense cardio and weight workouts. She’s also a bodybuilder, entering her first competition at 57, and she likes to salsa dance. Talk about keeping busy!

    “I’m 64 and in the best shape of my life,” she told Metro. “When I say how old I am people don’t believe me and want to see my drivers license. People say I look like I’m in my early thirties. I had someone aged 22 think I was their age. And whenever me and Sky are together people mistake us for sisters. It happens so often.”

    ……………………………. //


  42. 103 vcprezofan2
    May 10, 2016 at 11:33 am

  43. 105 Dudette
    May 10, 2016 at 11:43 am

  44. May 10, 2016 at 11:45 am

  45. May 10, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Trump gives away one of his strongest arguments
    05/10/16 11:20 AM
    By Steve Benen

    As it turns out, Trump is taking one of the best arguments in support of his candidacy and throwing it out the window. The New York Times reported overnight:
    Donald J. Trump took steps to appropriate much of the Republican National Committee’s financial and political infrastructure for his presidential campaign on Monday, amid signs that he and the party would lag dangerously behind the Democrats in raising money for the general election.

    Mr. Trump, who by the end of March had spent around $40 million of his fortune on the primaries, has said that he may need as much as $1.5 billion for the fall campaign, but that he will seek to raise it from donors rather than continue to self-finance.

    As recently as four days ago, Trump was still publicly claiming, “I’m self-funding my campaign.” Except, he isn’t. The presumptive Republican nominee could self-fund if he’s as exorbitantly wealthy as he claims, but Trump will instead run a more conventional operation, dependent on rich donors and a well-funded super PAC or two.

  46. May 10, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Why I am a Bull on This Election
    by BooMan
    Tue May 10th, 2016 at 10:48:58 AM EST


    I don’t like to repeat myself, but it’s my belief that the Republicans operate at a disadvantage because their policies are broadly unpopular. They are still able to succeed because they are extremely good at fighting each news cycle with a coherent and unified message that is carefully crafted to create an us vs. them narrative which basically tribalizes our elections and our political discourse. They simply cannot accomplish this task anymore because most of their thought leaders, from Erick Erickson at Red State, to many of their hate radio broadcasters, to the National Review, to most of their communitariat on television, to their foreign policy elite, to the Bushes, Romneys, and McCains, to the Speaker of the House and many congresspeople and senators, all refuse to sing from Trump’s hymnal. Trump also won’t be able to raise enough money to compete, and he won’t mobilize the leaders in the social conservative movement. He’ll also be fighting the president and his bully pulpit, who will have the advantage of not being a candidate.

    It’s not enough to say that the Republicans always win Georgia. You have to look at all the things they do that make winning Georgia easy for them. If they can’t do those things, then suddenly Georgia isn’t easy for them.

    I see no way that he can do it, and it doesn’t really matter if he can peel off some disaffected Rust Belt union Democrats. The Republicans cannot hold their own people in line without a unified and disciplined and tribalized message that is very well funded and never internally contradicted. The right doesn’t move as a Borg without this, and they cannot maintain their historical strength under these conditions.

  47. 110 amk for obama
    May 10, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Heh, bt/ut, the lovely comment from cherish0708 needs to be freed from the mod monster.

  48. May 10, 2016 at 12:12 pm

  49. 114 MightyPamela
    May 10, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Col Hadfield posted this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Le-B2AnFiWw Double Solar transits of Mercury, ISS and an airplane.

  50. May 10, 2016 at 12:15 pm

  51. 117 JER
    May 10, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    NOW: Hillary Clinton Participates in Conversation with Young Parents in the Workforce in Lexington, KY – http://abcnews.go.com/Live?stream=1

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