Rise and Shine

President Obama arrives at O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, Aug. 11

12:45: President Obama attends a campaign event at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers (Closed press)

4:30: Attends a Gen44 reception at the Bridgeport Arts Center in Chicago (live coverage?)

6:20: Delivers remarks at a birthday party-themed fundraiser in the backyard of his home in Hyde Park

8:15: Holds a photo-reception event at the Hyde Park home of friends Marty Nesbitt and wife Anita Blanchard (print pool)

10:20: PBO delivers remarks at the Hyde Park home of Barbara Bowman, mother of Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett (print pool)


The President will remain overnight in Chicago on Sunday and on Monday will travel to Council Bluffs, Iowa, where he will begin a three-day bus tour. He will attend campaign events in Council Bluffs and Boone, and remain overnight in Des Moines. On Tuesday, he will travel to Oskaloosa, Marshalltown, and Waterloo, Iowa for campaign events. He will remain overnight in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

On Wednesday, the President and First Lady will travel to Dubuque and Davenport, Iowa for campaign events. They will return to Washington, D.C. later on Wednesday.


First Lady Michelle Obama talks to staff who treated victims of the July 20 Colorado movie theater shooting at the Medical Center of Aurora, Colorado, August 11

First Lady’s schedule:


4:40 & 8:35: Delivers remarks at campaign fundraising events in Los Angeles


Appears on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” – the interview will air in the evening

4:30: Delivers remarks at a campaign fundraising event in Los Angeles






Morning everyone, chat away 😉

189 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Dudette
    August 12, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Good Morning!!

  2. August 12, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Aww, so close. 🙂 Morning everyone

  3. 4 amk for obama
    August 12, 2012 at 8:16 am

    GM folks. GM Dudette

  4. August 12, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Good Morning Dudette and congrats on 1st!

  5. 8 ourmanflint
    August 12, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Good morning Chips, TOD. Congrats Dudette

  6. August 12, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I recently watched an episode of the West Wing where medicare was called “the third rail” which I got reminded of when i saw that cartoon. Risking to sound stupid, but what does that mean exactly?

  7. 23 amk for obama
    August 12, 2012 at 8:19 am

  8. August 12, 2012 at 8:20 am

    MORNING everybody. Friday nite I was nervous. Saturday I was cautious. Sunday I am ecstatic MR naming Paul Ryan as his VP has the MSM all converging on the meme – it was a BIG BAD DEAL!

  9. August 12, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Good Morning all. Have a great Obama Day. Remember to work to GOTV. I can’t count on this country to keep this great President in office. Listened to CSPAN callers this morning and I am further convinced that we are a very uniformed electorate. I am hoping for the best!

    Peace and Love,

    • 26 amk for obama
      August 12, 2012 at 8:31 am

      I am pretty sure that O team will paint voucher boy more toxic to mittbot than mittbot himself. The thugs team will get a ceiling of 45 to 46% votes. Count on it.

    • 27 sabreen60
      August 12, 2012 at 10:35 am

      Good Morning Ms. Chips and TOD.

      Remember that C-SPAN screens its callers. There is a Repub & a Dem line. What type of people call into TV stations? Do you think the majority of people call in or even listen to C-SPAN? No, don’t worry. If you want to be concerned about something I’d suggest voter suppression – that’s at the top of my list.

  10. August 12, 2012 at 8:24 am

    FIRED UP..!!
    READY TO GO..!!!

    • 29 eyecandi
      August 12, 2012 at 8:36 am

      Morning everyone.. Just got an e-mail from Markos on daily kos saying that we need to keep up the fight… That we are winning this.

      I thought he was “disappointed” with Obama?

      • August 12, 2012 at 8:46 am

        Maybe he meant to keep up the fight to defeat PBO? That seems to have been his goal the last three years.

      • 35 vcprezofan2
        August 12, 2012 at 10:36 am

        ‘Markos…saying..we need to KEEP UP the fight’ to me just means emoprogs of his genre are starting to shift gears, laying their groundwork to take credit. If I remember correctly, PBO’s first win was due to their efforts on his behalf…wIthout them he couldn’t have won. In the words of I don’t remember which TOBobot ‘Oh vey!’ 🙄

        • August 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm

          They need to take credit for people not being informed about Obamacare, and the fact that the GOP won in 2010. They can take most of the credit for that.

    • 37 sabreen60
      August 12, 2012 at 10:36 am


  11. 38 proudmemberofglobalzero
    August 12, 2012 at 8:24 am

    On another note, I really enjoyed the Men,s Marathon. Uganda took the gold, Kenya the silver and bronze. WE got fourth. Pretty Good in my book.

    • 39 Dudette
      August 12, 2012 at 9:08 am

      Amen to that. I watched the last bit too.

      It’s tough for any athlete to end up just out of the medals after such tremendously hardword, but 4th in the Olympics marathon is freaking awesome!! Way to go Meb! USA — USA — USA!!!

  12. 42 amk for obama
    August 12, 2012 at 8:25 am

  13. 45 Dudette
    August 12, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Romney Campaign Examined Tax Returns Of Potential Veeps
    “Several” years required, Myers says. Romney has released just two years of returns

    Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign requested “several” years of tax returns from potential vice presidential picks, senior adviser Beth Myers, who ran the search, told reporters Saturday.

    Myers said vetting documents were stored in safes in a secure room at campaign headquarters for review by attorneys.

    Asked what was inside the safes, Myers replied “tax documents, everything we used.”

    And how many years? “Several” she said, declining to provide a more specific number.

    • 46 anameti
      August 12, 2012 at 8:45 am

      Romney has not released 2 years of tax return. He release some part of 2010 and promised to release 2011-which he requested extension on. so far, we have only seen half a year of tax return from Romney

      • 47 hopefruit2
        August 12, 2012 at 8:59 am

        Yup. And we know that the 2011 return will not be representative – it will be an extremely cleaned-up version designed to take up the news cycle close to the election and to distract voters. We don’t need to see that one, we want the returns from 1999-2009.

    • 48 Pamela
      August 12, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Myth, ever the hypocrite.

  14. August 12, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Remember in ’08 Barack Obama never ran an ad “against” Sarah Palin. But for 2012 they gonna wrap the PaulRyanBudget around the neck of both of them. I can’t wait to watch!!

    • 50 Dudette
      August 12, 2012 at 8:43 am

      True, but that wasn’t just out of some sense of courtesy. Palin was snatched out of relative obscurity and thrust upon the national stage with no national policy record to speak of (thank a lot, Senator McCain), while Paul Ryan has a record of votes and policy positions an arm long for the Obama Team to crush into oblivion (thank you Mr. Romney).

      • 51 jackiegrumbacher
        August 12, 2012 at 8:57 am

        Also the 08 team had to be very careful about going after a woman after Hillary was defeated and also racists would have leaped on the optics of an African American presidential candidate going after a so-called attractive white women. Biden had to walk on eggshells around her at the debate, even though he was probably itching to call her a ninny. The 08 team handled it perfectly and let Miss Sarah hang herself. This time, all bets off in attacking the Twit and Twerp team. These are two very repulsive, arrogant, privileged white guys and they’re going to get hit in ways they never dream.

  15. 56 Michele
    August 12, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Good morning All,

    Please remember the President’s campaign is fueled by money. So please dig deep and as often as possible.. I am close to the $5,000 mark. I have had to dip into my savings but every dime and every penny is worth my security, my mental well-being, my pride in America, and my love of this President and Vice-President.

    Paul Ryan cannot escape his Ayn Rand loyalty. Lawrence O’Donnell has the audio tape and he knows people who were at the event when Ryan was espousing his love for Ayn Rand the atheist and pen-pal to a child killer..

  16. 64 amk for obama
    August 12, 2012 at 8:37 am

  17. 65 Dudette
    August 12, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Men’s Basketball Gold Medal Game starts at 10:00 Eastern. 🙂

  18. 72 amk for obama
    August 12, 2012 at 8:50 am

    shrub & darth are in a bar watching the television when the news comes on. It showed a guy on a bridge who was about to jump, obviously suicidal. “I’ll bet you $10 he’ll jump,” says darth.

    “Bet you $10 he won’t,” replies shrub. Then, the guy on the television closed his eyes and threw himself off the bridge. shrub hands over the bet to darth.

    “I can’t take your money,” says darth. “I cheated on you (any surprises there ?) . The same story was on the five o’clock news.”

    “No, no. Take it,” says shrub. “I saw the five o’clock news too. I just didn’t think the guy was dumb enough to jump again!”

  19. 75 amk for obama
    August 12, 2012 at 8:55 am

    A preacher was completing a temperance sermon: with great expression he said, “If I had all the beer in the world, I’d take it and throw it into the river.”

    With even greater emphasis, he said, “And if I had all the wine in the world, I’d take it and throw it into the river.”

    And then, finally, he said, “And if I had all the whiskey in the world, I’d take it and throw it into the river.”

    There was total silence in the room. Then one man got up and said he was leaving. The preacher asked him why.

    The man said “I have this sudden urge to bathe in the river”.

  20. 76 amk for obama
    August 12, 2012 at 8:58 am

  21. 80 hopefruit2
    August 12, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Meet The Republicans is now on and Gregory is going to pay special “love” tribute to Paul Ryan.

    • 81 anniebella
      August 12, 2012 at 9:40 am

      Meet the Republicans did the same thing with Mitt RomneyHood, but it didn’t help RomneyHood. By the time the Obama campaign finish with him he will wish he had stayed in Congress.

  22. August 12, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Good morning early birds. Good job on first Dudette.
    The third rail of railroad track is electrified and to be avoided.

  23. August 12, 2012 at 9:06 am

    When all else fails, pull out Lovesick Peter Alexander for analysis. Game Changer my ass. What utter nonsense.

  24. 86 hopefruit2
    August 12, 2012 at 9:06 am

    HAHAHAHAHA! So now the MSM’s biggest love-fest tribute to Ryan pick: “How the Romney team outwitted the 24-hr news cycle” in picking Ryan as VP.

    I mean …. that’s the most critical issue that the media can find to focus on at this time? How Ryan went in through his front door, but escaped through his back door to the airport? The NY Times devoted a whole column to this, and NBC opened their “Meet The Republicans” with a segment on this “remarkable feat” pulled off by the Romney team. HAHAHAHAHA!

    • 87 hopefruit2
      August 12, 2012 at 9:12 am

      Interesting, others have noticed the same thing and are calling BS on it as well!! The MSM and GOP are so transparent in their coordination of talking points and narratives. It’s almost laughable if it weren’t so disturbing at the same time.

    • 88 Dudette
      August 12, 2012 at 9:12 am

      Pitiful. What happened to the rule that the news media itself was not supposed to be “the story”? Ugh!

    • 90 dotster3
      August 12, 2012 at 9:20 am

      This is the Big Story of the day—-all newscasts and every newspaper and news site is featuring this Big Intrigue—–about consulting with Cheney—oy!— and about Ryan going thru the woods behind his house and hopping on this plane in disguise (sunglasses and hat)– and — staying at the Fairfield and eating Applebees takeout—urp!——-etc. etc.—-the news media is just full of awe and admiration of this most (un)remarkable feat, as if it was significant to the future well-being of our country.

      • 91 hopefruit2
        August 12, 2012 at 9:25 am

        That’s is exactly what they’re trying to imply. That the Romney camp is so disciplined and effective at keeping things on a close lid, that they will be great for running this country.

        I guess they’re trying to put this on the level of the massive Bin Laden operation that was going down while PBO was laughing and roasting Donald Trump?

        This media is a real nasty piece of work.

      • 92 0388jojothecat
        August 12, 2012 at 10:23 am

        We all know that he HAD to pick a veep….what’s so f ‘ ing secretive about that? There are TELEPHONES and INTERNET and SKYPE and a host of new technology in which Ryan did not need to go through all that nonesense…..really? Ryan snuck around like he was getting out of his parents house for a “hot” date or party like some teenager……ARE THESE GROWN-UPS?

    • 93 Obama Grandmama
      August 12, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Actually, I do not think it much of a feat for Romney to have outsmarted the journalists. He is a master of secrecy and keeping things hidden like taxes and bank accounts. Why would it be difficult to fool the reporters? He keeps them off topic and gets them to report his lies about PBO all the time. Hiding his VP pick? Piece of cake.

  25. 94 amk for obama
    August 12, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, claims his far deeper tax cuts would have a price tag of exactly zero dollars. He has no intention of submitting his tax plan to the committee or anywhere else that might conduct a serious analysis, since he seems intent on running a campaign far more opaque than any candidate has in years.

    He has made his economic plan the fundamental basis of his candidacy, and yet with the Republican convention just two weeks away, we know next to nothing of the plan’s details. The extreme cuts proposed by his new running mate, Paul Ryan, are far more hard-edged, making Mr. Romney’s mathematically impossible promises look vague and shopworn by comparison.


    • 95 Pamela
      August 12, 2012 at 9:21 am

      “vague and shopworn” ~ kinda describes the entire GOP and all their incredible foolishness, IMHO.

    • 96 0388jojothecat
      August 12, 2012 at 10:16 am

      Robme has and will not write down his economic plan because it IS the Ryan Budget, that’s why he picked that scum bag. Paul Ryan = Dick Cheny.

  26. August 12, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Hey Chips,
    Your Favorite is on tv, Rinse Priebus.
    Somebody should RINSE him, right down the drain. Yuck! Hate Him.

  27. 104 amk for obama
    August 12, 2012 at 9:14 am

  28. August 12, 2012 at 9:15 am

    David Gregory spent the entire Night in Paul Ryans Bed.
    Good Grief.
    Umm, how about some Reporting? We get it, you love the pick, but some Journalism please.

  29. 108 amk for obama
    August 12, 2012 at 9:18 am

  30. 109 Pamela
    August 12, 2012 at 9:18 am

    https://donate.barackobama.com/page/outreach/view/2012/Pamela Just in case anyone is in da mood! 🙂 have a great and wonderful ObamaBiden day, y’all, I’ll be peeking in as chance allows from work, and there is a ball game on mid-day, so maybe see you later! {{{{{{chips}}}}}}. {{{{{{{TOD}}}}}}}

  31. 111 Dudette
    August 12, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Hey, did you know the London Olympics Basketball Arena is recyclable? How cool is that?

    The London Olympics’ Big, Recyclable Basketball Arena

  32. 112 Dudette
    August 12, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Axe is on Meet The Press now! Yay!

    • 113 Dudette
      August 12, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Wow, I just noticed the marked difference in David Gregory’s demeanor and facial expression when he’s talking to David Axelrod vs. when he was all giggly with Scott Walker. Plus he’s interrupting. I could slap that punk!

      • 114 Ladyhawke
        August 12, 2012 at 9:30 am

        I just got the very end but boy did Axe give it to David Gregory. He basically said that Mitt Romney approved ads that are outright lies about PBO and welfare and maybe once he tells his team to stop running lies then he will have some standing to lecture somebody else. He totally shut David Gregory down on that point.

      • 115 Melanie
        August 12, 2012 at 9:31 am

        Yep he went after him hard. No noodling questions for David Axelrod. smh

        • 116 Ladyhawke
          August 12, 2012 at 10:02 am

          You can always expect David Gregory to be joined at the tonsils with the Republicans and then hammer the Democrats for being mean the his people.

      • 117 hopefruit2
        August 12, 2012 at 9:57 am

        Actually, I’ve been noticing the same thing with most of the press since PBO has been President. The press is hostile and accusatory towards PBO surrogates, whether it’s Axelrod, Plouffe, Gibbs, Jarrett (or others), and giggly, and warm with the GOP surrogates. Unfortunately that is true with even some of the MSNBC pundits like Tweety, Rachel, Ed, etc.

        I think Rev Al, Lawrence and Martin are probably among the few who tend to be consistently more abrasive (as they should be) with GOP guests relative to DEM guests.

      • 118 Lovepolitics2008
        August 12, 2012 at 10:01 am

        Is there anyway to pressure NBC to get Gregory out ? His bias are becoming more and more obvious.

        A dream: a video with clips highlighting how Gregory treats republicans and democrats differently. A campaign on youtube to discredit the guy as a journalist. Come to think of it, people like Candy Crowley, John King of CNN should be denounced as well.

        The MSM is losing some power to influence things, but let’s be real they STILL have power to build narratives. Watch them in the next weeks working to establish the credibility of Paul Ryan as a “moderate” and “reasonable” guy.

  33. August 12, 2012 at 9:25 am

    With Michelle fundraising at Gwen Stefani Home Today, and the Presidents Five fundraisers,e thinks it might be a ten million dollar Day. Good birthday for POTUS.

  34. 121 Dudette
    August 12, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Woot! Axe just kicked Romney in the nuts!!! 😀

  35. 132 amk for obama
    August 12, 2012 at 9:34 am

  36. August 12, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Axelrod was terrific. Slammed them all.
    This was the most forceful I had seen Him.

  37. August 12, 2012 at 9:37 am

  38. August 12, 2012 at 9:40 am

    HaHaHaHa! The new Politico poll, which will be released on assholes Show, has Robney down only 1 point.
    That is convenient.
    This whole shilling thing, is so obvious.

  39. August 12, 2012 at 9:44 am

    You have got to watch MTP. The Facial expressions when Rachel speaks are Just funny. LOL!

  40. 147 57andfemale
    August 12, 2012 at 9:50 am

    A great comment that we can use:

    As I tell anyone who will listen, “do you want YOUR retirement to be a constant battle with a Chinese menu of private options for where your pension money will be invested for the next year, and which private, expensive plan you will choose for your medical care next year?” Do you want to spend your retirement managing your 800 bucks a month you get from what used to be Social Security and leave it up to the mercy of the market?.Anyone who thinks about this for a minute and still says it sounds like fun is either Bernie Madoff or a total nincompoop.

  41. 148 Lorraine
    August 12, 2012 at 9:54 am

    You know when you are losing, ask Rich Lowery his man is pathetic!!!! He knows after the pick of Paul Ryan; President Obama is going to win this election pretty comfortably. Lowery is soooooo scared and it is showing.

    • 149 Ladyhawke
      August 12, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Rich Lowry looks absolutely terrified. He huffing and puffing and not making a lot of sense. Rachel Maddow is really making him look stupid and uninformed. There is not enough lipstick to put on the Romney/Ryan platform. Sorry Rich.

  42. 150 Dudette
    August 12, 2012 at 9:56 am

    NBC bows to pressure, will live-stream Olympics closing ceremony

    Olympic broadcaster NBC has bowed to pressure and agreed to stream the Games’ closing ceremony live. In a change of plan, the network will air London’s farewell to the quadrennial event in real time on its website.

    It comes two weeks after company bosses came in for a torrent of online abuse for refusing to show the opening ceremony as it happened. Instead NBC opted for a tape-delayed program later that evening, allowing for greater advertising revenue.

    Sunday’s closing ceremony – which is expected to include performances from the Spice Girls, The Who and Madness, amongst others – will not be available live to TV viewers. As with the opening, the televised show will be kept for the more lucrative prime-time slot.. [more in the article]

  43. August 12, 2012 at 9:59 am

    That was fun. Rachel had one Republican so flustered that he would not let her answer, like a Child, he was insistent. It looked a 3or4 year old Childrens argument between Brother and Sister!

    • 152 Dudette
      August 12, 2012 at 10:05 am

      He’s confused. He thinks Rachel is running the Obama campaign. No, hun, that’s what Fox News does for Romney.

  44. August 12, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I guess Fareed is off CNN too. Candy Criwley gets 2 hours of GOP talking points.

  45. 156 Dudette
    August 12, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Good googly-moogly Spain’s big man is REALLY Big! He make LeBron look short! Yikes!

  46. 158 dotster3
    August 12, 2012 at 10:12 am

  47. August 12, 2012 at 10:14 am

  48. 163 utaustinliberal
    August 12, 2012 at 10:19 am

  49. August 12, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Peeps, bookmark this for future use:

    How Paul Ryan votes on the issues


  50. August 12, 2012 at 10:34 am

    TODAY is PBO’s birthday celebration at his home in Chicago!

    Chipstarrrr!! The deadline to win the PBO fundraising gold is tonight at midnight.
    You’re currently in 2nd place, one donation to tie with 1st!!


    REMEMBER donors, it’s the number of donations, not the total raised, so it’s best to give in $3 increments! Here’s the links I’ve collected so far of those in the Gold category. Apologies if I’ve overlooked anyone.

    Chips’ fundraising page:







    Let’s help PBO celebrate his birthday with a donation!!

  51. 170 amk for obama
    August 12, 2012 at 10:36 am

    US-Spain BB – 41-42 in 2nd Q. Good match so far.

  52. August 12, 2012 at 10:37 am

    This makes sense to anyone?

  53. 178 prettyfoot58
    August 12, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Good Morning everyone…

    this is my Fundraising page….please make a donatiion if you can..

    thankin you much!


  54. 180 desertflower
    August 12, 2012 at 10:42 am


    Some Seniors Worry Over Ryan Selection SOME??????????????????

  55. August 12, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Stephanie Cutter is awesome!
    That is all.

  56. 184 desertflower
    August 12, 2012 at 10:44 am


    STANBUL // The United States and Turkey said yesterday they are working on plans for possible intervention in Syria should Bashar Al Assad’s regime use chemical weapons.

    “We have been closely coordinating over the course of this conflict,” Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, told reporters in Istanbul after talks with her Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu. “But now we need to get into the real details of such operational planning and it needs to be across both of our governments.”

    She said the US and Turkey had decided to set up a working group of representatives from the two foreign ministries as well as from the intelligence services and the military of both countries. Responding to a question, Ms Clinton confirmed that the establishment of safe havens for refugees and a no-fly-zone for government aircraft inside Syria were being looked at.

  57. August 12, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Morning Chips and TOD. You are fired up!

  58. August 12, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Stephanie Cutter tore Eric Fernstrom a new one. LOL!
    Finally, our side is allowed on tv, Sundays are fun. LOL!

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