Rise and Shine


This week:

Today: The President will attend meetings at the White House

Tuesday: Will welcome His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam to the White House. Later, the President will travel to Capitol Hill to meet with the Senate Democratic Caucus

Wednesday: The President will travel to Capitol Hill to meet with the House Republican Conference. He will also speak at Organizing For Action’s “founders’ summit

Thursday: The President will travel to Capitol Hill to meet separately with the Senate Republican Conference and the House Democratic Caucus

Friday: The President will travel to Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois, for an event focused on American energy


Morning everyone, hope you’re all doing well. I’m going to take some more time away from the blog this week, just to recharge the batteries, but I’ll post when I can so that threads don’t get too long. Thanks to everyone for sticking around, really appreciate it, we’ll get back to normal soon.

I know I asked this before and never followed it up, but if there are any regulars here who are familiar with using WordPress and would like to get involved with the blog (eg looking after it a day or two in the week), please get in touch: theobamadiary@gmail.com

I will, I promise, finally get around to replying to everyone asap – here, on Twitter and by email – thank you again for getting in touch.

Love ya!

204 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. March 11, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips and TOD family. I hope everyone had pleasant weekend.

  2. 20 Maubyandice
    March 11, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Good Morning Chips! Here’s wishing you a great day and the strength to get through any negativity from the envious haters. You’re doing a fine job and you’ll only get better. I’ll share a little tactic with you that a friend passed on to me: Whenever your day seems to be taking a turn for the worst (especially at work), for a quick pick-me-up, spice it up with some Queen. No seriously, a little Freddie Mercury adds some fun to any situation.

    So again, have a great day Chips, and keep up the good work, and sing!

  3. March 11, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Welcome home, Chips!! 🙂 Sent you an important DM. Thank you!

    Congrats on 1st ranman!!!

    #FORWARD … Together

  4. 30 japa21
    March 11, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Welcom Back

  5. March 11, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Take all the time you need Chips! We will be here :-). You deserve a break 🙂

  6. 32 cookemom
    March 11, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Up and at ’em all you O peeps!!! It’s a great getting up day again doncha know!!!!
    I’m still looking for that hour I lost this week-end. While I do enjoy the later sunset, the dark mornings make me want to just stay in bed. I’m getting up too late to make the donuts.

    Ms. Chips, I hope you had a most maaaarrrrrvelous week-end my dear friend.

    btw, please help a TODster out: http://www.mydestination.com/users/kelauni/bbb#.UT35Z1cnw2S

  7. 33 sabreen60
    March 11, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Good Morning Ms. Chips. You are strong and positive. I just finished reading some of the comments on Twitter’s #AskFLOTUS. The nastiness, misinformation, racism and just plain stupidity was breathtaking. Imagine how strong FLOTUS must be.

    • 34 dotster3
      March 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      Lots of ignorant hatefulness—-most questions seemed to be about her vacations and bday party. Lots of venom, spurred on by hate radio and FOX, no doubt—-saw Laura Ingraham chiming in with bitter, nasty questions.

  8. March 11, 2013 at 11:55 am

    GM Chipsticks, welcome back from your well deserved internet vacation! I followed your lead….to an extent, caught up on a lot of the clutter on my DVR, Was really relaxing. Hope you got to clear your head as well…missed you!

  9. March 11, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Good Morning everyone I hope everyone have a beautiful day

  10. March 11, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Dont know what was posted over the weekend, but some good articles and nuggets……

  11. March 11, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Chips, as much as I would like to help with blog posting, I’m certain TOD would disintegrate if I were to make the attempt; hope someone here can take the reins for a while….. Have a blessed day, dear one!

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  13. 42 andogriff
    March 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    My dear Ms Chips, SO good to see the “Rise and Shine” mail just now, hope you have had a restful and relaxing weekend! We have been thinking of you, and hope you take as much “time off” as you need! Giant hugs to you.

  14. 43 Nena20409
    March 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Morning Again to all TODville Villagers.

    It is mighty fine to hear from Chips.

    Thank you for all that you do.

  15. March 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    A very important appointment if it comes to fruition, Dep. A.G. is the lead man fighting all the voting laws by the GOP, in the states

    • 45 jacquelineoboomer
      March 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      So great if this happens! Labor needs big time help, fighting off the Republican governors and congresscritters and others, including the not-so-super PACs.

    • 46 sonjiaduncan
      March 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      I am a great fan of the civil rights div. of the DOJ. I love reading their website.

  16. March 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO. Keep the Light around our Chipsticks and our PBO! In and out today…. {{{{TOD}}}}

  17. 48 amk for obama
    March 11, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Hi Chips. I can post a ‘chat away’ thread once a day (with a PBO/FLOTUS pic) if you let me know how do it, including how to block spammers.

    Any one else ?

  18. March 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    We all knew PBO play’s the long game….. Looks Dr. Rice does as well and will be rewarded for loyalty.

  19. March 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Welcome back, Chips, wish I was more techie but hopefully someone will rise to the occasion and give you some much needed assistance.

  20. March 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    A couple sequester related info…. These two articles sum up the madness pretty well

  21. March 11, 2013 at 12:10 pm

  22. 71 utaustinliberal
    March 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    • 72 amk for obama
      March 11, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      The last two elections show the stupid ‘murka is on the wane. Let’s hope the trend continues.

    • 73 theo67
      March 11, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      Listening to Randi Rhodes – she’s playing footage of the latest Bush who thinks he should be President, saying there is no “Bush Baggage” for him to overcome. If he can’t see the errors of his father and his brother – and every Republican in-between, then he is doomed to repeat or compound those errors. This country is in serious trouble if it allows itself to be seduced by Jeb Bush.

  23. March 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    If this does not make your blood boil……..

  24. March 11, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    This is why the Senate is a dysfunctional institution….

    • March 11, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      Tell me about it 2in WY with a population of about 490,000. Over representative with two dumb asses.

    • 81 Rita
      March 11, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      Whoa! That’s a good point. Can we change that?

      • 82 57andfemale
        March 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm

        It’s the bedrock of the Constitution. The House is supposed to represent population and the Senate is to represent the states, regardless of size. On its face, it appears to make sense. But it has given unfair control of small states over the trajectory of the nation.

        Can it be changed? In a word, no. It would be a major re-writing of the Constitution and we won’t get the 3/4 of the states to ratify. The same problem with the God damned electoral college, which is completely nonsensical in the 21st century (the 20th century, the 19th century….)

      • March 11, 2013 at 1:03 pm

        Pretty mindblowing stat, I understand the different needs of states i.e. Alaska compared to NY, but it’s just the definition personified of why our Senate as an institution is worthless.

    • 84 nathkatun7
      March 11, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Indeed, Lovely Plains. This part of the Constitution that guarantees each state two Senators is very undemocratic. Thus Wyoming with half a million people gets the same number of Senators as California with 38 million people.

  25. 85 No Child Left Behind
    March 11, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Congratulations to RanMan.

    And nice to hear from you, Chipsticks. A great thank you for all the work you do here and elsewhere for “the cause”.

  26. 86 utaustinliberal
    March 11, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    • 87 anniebella
      March 11, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      FLOTUS look lovely this morning.

      • 88 Proud Former White House Intern
        March 11, 2013 at 1:03 pm

        Isn’t she lovely. Her office looks beautiful. She is so inspirational I have been eating spinach smoothies and oats all lent long need to get that body back.

    • 90 theo67
      March 11, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      When will Scott Brown realize that we don’t need a press conference to announce his every movement? He can just go and make his money, now that he’s not in a position to damage millions of lives with a national Senate position.

  27. March 11, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    A couple of good long reads to bookmark if you are not busy…….

  28. March 11, 2013 at 12:24 pm

  29. 96 Ladyhawke
    March 11, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Press Secretary Jay ‘Clark Kent’ Carney is at the podium.

    • 97 Ladyhawke
      March 11, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      The first question from the AP implies President Obama is a hypocrite because he has had meetings with Republicans but OFA is calling out Republican Party intransigence. The claim is that there is a mixed message. Unbelievable. More process obsession from the jackals. Next the question is about bad OPTICS. How can President Obama possibly speak to the OFA group. You know, it just doesn’t look good. Jay is handing his responses with aplomb.

      • 98 COS
        March 11, 2013 at 1:33 pm

        Republicans have groups and organizations all over this country, and suddenly they are concerned about an organization to promote the President’s policies; such hypocrisy. I was happy when Jay asked that reporter if she was still using a manual typewriter, when she asked about the budget.

        • 99 Ladyhawke
          March 11, 2013 at 2:06 pm

          High five, COS…

          Wasn’t that great. I just love Jay Carney. That was a beautiful response to Mara Liasson’s bellyaching about the budget. The jackals are so lazy they can’t even look at the whitehouse.gov website. I like the fact that Jay said well PBO meets with lots of organizations that are working on issues that he supports. He meets with the DNC, DSCC, and the DCCC too – so what’s the problem all of a sudden.

          Clearly, the Republican Party is shaking in their boots and they got the word out to the jackals to make a stink about it. It’s laughable. So now we have to tie President Obama’s hands so he can’t even promote his own agenda with a POLICY GROUP. OFA is not promoting candidates in elections, they are promoting PBO’s “AGENDA”. And they plan to identify donors.

          Could you imagine with all of the news that needs to be addressed there were at least 6 questions obsessing about OFA.. And to hear Chuck Todd clutching his pearls about some imagined conflict of interest with OFA was nauseating. Actually, I was really surprised that not one of the jackals asked Jay about Donald Trump’s offer to pay for the White House tours. Now there’s some real news for ya. The jackals are slipping. This is what passes for journalism these days. Unbelievable…..

  30. 103 Nena20409
    March 11, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Take a listen…..3X A Lady.

  31. March 11, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Hilarious, heartwarming Dancing Nana

  32. 112 Roberts in MN
    March 11, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Welcome. Back Chips. ((((Hugs)))) wish I knew WP not my ballywick 😞

  33. 113 Bill
    March 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I have not done a scientific poll but listening to Bill Press this morning praising Rand Paul I came to the opinion many of Paul’s emoprog admirers were Hillary supporters in 2008. They are still looking for reasons why they believe they were correct in 2008.

  34. 120 utaustinliberal
    March 11, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    FLOTUS is fantastic on Rachael Ray. What’s the latest fave show she watched? DOWNTON ABBEY! She said she was so sad at the two major characters that were killed off and she can’t wait for the next season.

    I Hi-5 her TV selection. Downton Abbey is a kick ass show and Maggie Smith’s wig snatching moments are the stuff of legends.

    • 121 Roberta in MN
      March 11, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Isn an awesome show. My sister hooked me into that. I watched the first 2 seasons on Netflix and then the 3rd on PBS. I can hardly wait until it comes back on.

  35. 122 Rita
    March 11, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Welcome back, Chips! Hope you had a nice relaxing weekend. Ignore the haters because you are better than that. We love you and support you 100%. Take care!!

  36. March 11, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Went to see “OZ, the Great and Powerful”. It was fun and funny.

  37. 125 utaustinliberal
    March 11, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    FLOTUS is so sweet. She just told Rachael Ray that Pres. Obama leaves her little unexpected notes that are so sweet, that he goes all out for Valentine’s Day and that he loves giving her flowers and will give her gifts that he put a lot of thought into and it doesn’t even have to be a special occasion. *Sigh* May we all be blessed with a Barack Obama.

    She also said one of the items on her bucket list is to visit all the national parks in the U.S. and she wants to visit New Orleans again and visit Austin because it’s the music capital of the U.S.

    She is bang on about Austin. This city celebrates such diversity of music, music festivals, bands. It is a music lover’s heaven.

  38. 133 FiredUpInCA
    March 11, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Hey Los Angeles TODsters, did you just feel the earth shake?

  39. 156 Proud Former White House Intern
    March 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Hi Chips, glad your back, you work so hard take all the time you need to recharge we will be here.

  40. March 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    New Moon today: 3:51pmEDST, Sun Conjunct Moon in Pisces, 21 degrees, 24 minutes. “Must know” info…. Gotta keep an eye on that moon!

  41. 158 FiredUpInCA
    March 11, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Joy Behar is leaving but Elizabeth Hacktasticback is staying on The View. Here’s one time that I am disappointed that internet reports turned out to be completely wrong.

    • 159 anniebella
      March 11, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      I saw that this morning, and I thought I was going to cry when Barbara announced Elizabeth was staying. Yuke! Yuke! Yuke!

      • 160 LB4Obama
        March 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm

        Reports are that it is true, they are NOT renewing her contract due to ratings decline and research showing she is a drag and looses key demo group with her childish rants and spouting of GOP talking points. Barbara and Bill Geddes (Exec. Producers) did the same thing when they axed Star Jones a few years back. But Star wasn’t willing to play their “saving face” game and blasted Barbara WaWa on the air by announcing her departure live on the air before they could come out and say “we are so sorry to see Star go, but she has other things she would like to do…….”. Check out Elizabeth’s face this morning. She is gone and not by choice. Wait for it…….

        • March 11, 2013 at 2:07 pm

          They need to retire. It’s not interesting at all. If you watched it before, they got some big stars. Now they’re getting seconds. They don’t talk in depth about anything. Getting shallow.

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  45. 166 Vicki
    March 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I’m glad that Politico—–GOPTP/MSM propaganda only entity——-whose single purpose seems to be slanting and slurring everything that happens anywhere as “not good for PBO” Yes,
    That Poitico is starting to mention POTUS’s trip to Israel.

    One by one it seems to me that PBO is dismantling GOP talking points:

    President has not gone to Israel (apparently 2008 trip as a senator doesn’t count.)
    President doesn’t shmooze with Congress enough. (Turndowns from Boehnor,et al to superbowl games and state dinners don’t count)

    President Obama is having non-stop meals and meetings with them all this week and last week.

    I guess they will have to come up with a new cover story for why they won’t solve the sequester issue.

    The real reason of course is that all our opposition really cares about is protecting the tax dodges of the rich.
    Public is getting wise. Good things for us in the future, I think!

  46. March 11, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Good west coast morning, all!

    Chiparoo, I can help out around here if you need me. I’ll send you an email in a bit.

    Report on the missus: She’s lost the 10 lbs that the surgeon wanted her to lose. She’ll probably be 20 lbs lighter by the day of the surgery. Whoop!!

  47. March 11, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    The GOP wants to protect rates on Captial Gains for people like this Romney Donor…………

  48. March 11, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Hi all! I’ve been lurking…quietly. But if you don’t mind, I need to bitch a little.

    I never watch Andrea Mitchell. Why did I do so today? Heaven help me…she pisses me off! If I hear one more idiot say the President cried wolf regarding the sequester, I’m going to scream, because the sequester is alive and well where I am. You already know I have a house full of kids because soldiers needed to make arrangements for childcare. They are on twelve hour shifts that begin before centers even open because civilians have been already been furloughed or dismissed. Who can afford that kind of childcare? Not to mention that the kids are asleep when they leave and ready for bed when they get home.

    You know, of course that soldiers who are in school either have to figure out how to foot the bill themselves or drop out. I consider the help with education to be a benefit and a benefit is part of one’s pay. So as far as I’m concerned, that’s a cut in pay.

    Then there is my little neighbor who was scheduled to leave for Korea. The children have been withdrawn from school, packed up and moved a thousand miles away, registered for school in another city with grandparents. The movers came and packed up every fork and spoon and she took her car to the port 200 miles away to be shipped. This morning they told her she would not be going to Korea. They will not be returning to unpack, nor will they be helping to get her kids back home. I don’t think any of these people feel like the President cried wolf. They make me SICK!!!

    • 177 Vicki
      March 11, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      Faypax, I too am concerned about real folks and the sequester. I’ve been calling my congressman to urge a speedy end to this disaster for ordinary people.

    • 178 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      March 11, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      FayPax, tell your neighbor NOT to take the word of sea/sand lawyers (namely her friends); if her house was packed up and moved on orders and the orders were subsequently cancelled, they will move her belongings back to her quarters (whatever household she’s establishing at her duty station). If the orders were merely delayed, they will store her household goods. If she moved her kids on the orders, and the orders were cancelled, they’ll pay travel back to her duty station; I forget what the policy is if the orders are delayed. In any case — don’t even take my word for it; tell her to do her own research in the “Joint Travel Manual;” have it at her manpower/disbursing/quartermaster office. She should have them show her where it says “NO;” then do her own research further in the same chapter because further on it will probably address exceptions and waivers…

      • 179 FayPax
        March 11, 2013 at 3:43 pm

        Alycee, I know that is normal procedure, but according to her they have “lost their minds” since sequestration kicked in. She’s been in 12 years so she’s no rookie. She left here on her way to JAG, so no doubt she’ll get it squared away…but who needs the frustration. I’ll let you know the outcome.

        • 180 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          March 11, 2013 at 4:10 pm

          Yeah, I’m acquainted with the “lost their minds” brigade. The Joint Federal Travel Regulations should not be effect by the sequester. Orders can be issued, modified, or cancelled, but the PROCESS for dealing with the various circumstances should be unaffected.

          When I was at the bottom end of the totem pole, I had an admin chief and personnel officer who took real delight in the “NO!!!!” As I progressed through the ranks, I always looked for the legal way to say “YES!!!!” By time I was a commanding officer, my folks knew that if dealing with a junior member and the answer was NO, they needed help that member complete waiver form.

          • 181 FayPax
            March 11, 2013 at 5:17 pm

            Well, you already know it could be somebody just trying to put the screws to her. Some officers delight in that, as you know. Seems to be a particular problem with the females. I’d be in the brig in a week. 🙂

  49. 182 yardarm756
    March 11, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    This one hit a nerve.

  50. March 11, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    • 189 FayPax
      March 11, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      Thanks Ladyhawke for posting these links. As you can tell, if you read my comment, I am fuming. This made me feel better.

      • 190 Ladyhawke
        March 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm

        No problem FayPax. I share your frustration with the ‘cry wolf’ crap. I posted those links in response to your comment. I am glad they helped a little.

  51. 191 vcprezofan2
    March 11, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Dear TODobots, do you remember my starting my TOD day saying I won’t let anything impinge on my TODville happiness? Well, wouldn’t you know the gremlins didn’t like THAT, so they have created a problem. Sigh. A girlfriend ask if she could store some (changing homes) things here until she gets her own place and so we head to the basement with her first carload …..to discover it’s flooded. Now it wasn’t flooded last night when offspring went to the freezer for ice cream (at least he mentioned no water) so I’m not sure what this is all about. I’m currently awaiting the plumber to check things out. In the meantime I’m giving the gremlins an evil eye while trying to hold on to my happiness that Ms C is ‘back’.

    • 192 57andfemale
      March 11, 2013 at 3:18 pm


      • 193 vcprezofan2
        March 11, 2013 at 3:34 pm

        x2 57F – Plumber hasn’t arrived yet, but I’m not going to get depressed. 😉 I’ve decided that it’ll be ‘easier’ to throw out the boxes that are damaged, thereby getting rid of some of the stuff stored there. I lifted offspring’s keyboards off the ground but left the suitcases that we use for travel. I figure the wheels should keep them out of the water. My bookcases of books will be dealt with after – will save those that weathered the ‘storm’ and discard the rest. I’m thinking this is a way to get me to declutter.

        • March 11, 2013 at 4:27 pm

          :(. Not not not cool…. Hang in there VC, m’dear….. Thinking of you, friend, and offspring…

        • 195 57andfemale
          March 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm

          We have periodic purges via basement floods. And we always vow to never let the basement get full of junk again…….

        • 196 hopefruit2
          March 11, 2013 at 7:43 pm


          Let’s hope the plumber arrives soon and the damage is minimized. Glad that you are able to keep in good spirits.

          • 197 vcprezofan2
            March 11, 2013 at 7:47 pm

            Hi Hf! Plumber’s been, gone and couldn’t help, but I had to pay for the use of his truck and the fact he came, plus the requisite taxes. I’ll have to speak to the town tomorrow, til then I’m playing it cool.

            • 198 hopefruit2
              March 11, 2013 at 7:49 pm

              Did he at least tell you what might the problem be and what should be your next step in the process? After all he happily took the money for the truck, visit and taxes.

              • 199 vcprezofan2
                March 11, 2013 at 9:30 pm

                Yea. There’s a leak from outside, what with melting snow and all. Actually, it’s bigger that a leak.

  52. March 11, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Whitehouse conveniently Storified the #ASKFLOTUS……

    • 202 anniebella
      March 11, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      What will the haters have to say about continuing the Easter Egg program, but canceling the WH tours? Oh I’m sure they will be running their idiots mouths.

    • 204 FayPax
      March 11, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      They know they lost. They’re stalling. Clearly, if he was serious about negotiating a deal, he would not be talking about repealing ObamaCare. Ryan is so dishonest and dishonorable. This new “spirit of cooperation” is all for show.

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