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Mar
13

Rise and Shine

GM TOD, Hope everyone is well rested Fired up and Ready to Go! This is Lovelyplains and I will be posting from time to time……hopefully to keep this train running on schedule. Please be patient with me, I am still trying to work out many kinks. I will in the future try to be more creative and informative with my postings. Finally lets all thank the wonderful Chipsticks for providing this platform and family known as The Obama Diary!

10:30AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing Oval Office

1:30PM THE PRESIDENT meets with the House Republican conference United States Capitol

3:05PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with Secretary of State Kerry Oval Office

3:40PM THE PRESIDENT meets with CEOs to discuss cybersecurity Situation Room

4:05PM THE PRESIDENT meets with business leaders on immigration reform

4:30PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with Treasury Secretary Lew Oval Office

6:30PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at the Organizing for Action dinner Adour Restaurant, St. Regis Hotel, Washington, DC

Briefing Schedule
12:00PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

Michelle Obama address CEO’s of the Business Roundtable at 11:45 am

President Obama’s interview will also air on GMA and Nightline starting at 7:00 am EST. Preview–
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/03/president-obama-wont-balance-budget-just-for-the-sake-of-balance/

New ABC/WAPO Poll has PBO 50% A 46% D We all hate polls but this is what is going to push the news cycle so get the real #’s and not the cherry-picked ones….I’ve decide to cherry pick after saying that!! “Seventy-three percent of those who say they sense economic growth approve of the way the president is doing his job” So basically if the media quits telling us the world is going to end every 3 months well………

http://www.langerresearch.com/uploads/1147a3Post-SequesterPolitics.pdf


232 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. March 13, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Good morning Chips. How are you?

    • 10 Roberta in MN
      March 13, 2013 at 7:58 am

      Congrats on 2nd COS

    • 11 Audrey
      March 13, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      Lovely Plains, the day’s schedule for both the president & First Lady should read “First Lady Michelle Obama”, not “Michelle Obama”. The First Lady deserves to be addressed properly too especially on a blog that supports her husband.

  2. 14 Roberta in MN
    March 13, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Good Morning Chips, Welcome back.

  3. March 13, 2013 at 8:01 am

    I think I shall never see, a poem as beautiful as a tree! 🙂

  4. March 13, 2013 at 8:02 am

    GM morning early birds, special WY congrats to Carol. Chips is still taking a semi-break and will be in and out today, from what I understand. This is my first post here, I hope I did you guys proud. If you have any suggestions let me know. I tried to do my best……

  5. 43 amk for obama
    March 13, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Congrats lovelyplains for your first TOD thread.

    With your linkys expertise, I am sure you’ll be a regular.

    (I have much smaller chat away thread ready, which I will post later after Chips gives me the ok).

    • 44 taiping1
      March 13, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Love your cartoons: you always find the best. Thanks to you and Lovely Plains for chipping in. And to Chips as well.

      • 45 amk for obama
        March 13, 2013 at 9:52 am

        aw, thank you, taiping. I am sure lp has beat me hands down on that count too. I even coronated lp as the toontanator a week back.

        (now in search of a good toon for my thread)…..

  6. 46 prettyfoot58
    March 13, 2013 at 8:19 am

    • 47 Bill
      March 13, 2013 at 8:33 am

      Morning Joe interviewed Lyin’ Ryan today and asked him no questions about his tax cuts for the rich, his refusal to close tax loopholes, his wanting to repeal ACA but yet use the “savings” to cut the deficit, and no plans to cut military spending. The MSM is failing us.

    • 48 jackiegrumbacher
      March 13, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Good, PF, call him out on who the extremists are. Can’t say it enough, GOP, GOP, GOP.

  7. 49 Linda
    March 13, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Right on cue last night, Bernie Sanders and Maxine Waters and some other Dem showed up to rail against PBO.

    They make me sick…..they need to take it to the people for support….not shoot arrows and fear monger about ” THE BIG THREE ” being on the table. I am going to call their offices later today.

    Get your cell phones out and contact them to STFU

  8. 57 Gazelle
    March 13, 2013 at 8:25 am

    GM, LP, Chips & TODers! WTG, LP!

  9. March 13, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Good Morning TODers!

    Good Morning Chipsticks. Stay strong. You have an extended family that is standing behind you.

    Hope everyone remembers to be awesome today…because we are. 😀

  10. 60 Ladyhawke
    March 13, 2013 at 8:29 am

    IS THE BLOOM FINALLY OFF THE ‘LYIN RYAN’ ROSE??

    Ryan: No Juice

    by Michael Tomasky

    ———————————————-

    Well, this Ryan business isn’t working out so well this time. When you’re a Republican, and not just any Republican but their great fiscal guru, and even Fox News personalities are calling you unrealistic, you’ve laid an egg.

    Here’s a salient snip from this morning’s Washington Post editorial, which is mostly negative and unlike previous editorials is written in the bored tone of having seen this movie before:

    This brings us to the ideas that are too unrealistic to worry about: chiefly, Mr. Ryan’s proposal to save $1.8 trillion by repealing Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion and insurance exchanges. Combined with $700 billion in anticipated net interest savings, the Obamacare repeal accounts for more than half of the deficit reduction in Mr. Ryan’s budget — which pretty much closes the book on it as a serious guide to future policy.

    There you have it. Not serious. There is no greater sin in these matters.

    Barack Obama, I was relieved to see, heeded my words from yesterday. Here’s part of a Politico write-up on what he told George Stephanopoulos last night:

    ———————————————

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/03/13/ryan-no-juice.html

  11. 61 cookemom
    March 13, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Well, looky here, it’s all my O peeps on the TOD porch, on yet another great getting day this morning, with lovelyplains serving up the goodies!!

    So, I see that the young gun Paulie, is sticking to his old guns and continuing to play that same old song about the budget. Someone in that party should pull him aside and remind him of the thorough beat down PBO gave him the last time. A righteous backhand slap to the noggin, while Paulie could do nothing but sit there in the front row trying to take it like a man. What a buffoon, smh.

  12. 62 Ladyhawke
    March 13, 2013 at 8:33 am

    The Morning Plum: Don’t let Paul Ryan skate this time

    By Greg Sargent

    ————————–

    In the movie Groundhog Day, the character played by Bill Murray leaves his hotel and steps off a curb, only to plunge his foot deep into an icy puddle. The Murray character does this a couple of times, grows annoyed with himself, and then, on the next rerun of the morning, finally remembers the location of the puddle and steps around it.

    Today, in releasing his new budget, Ryan will, in political terms, step into the icy puddle a third time.
    .
    .
    More broadly, there’s the glaring fact that Ryan and Mitt Romney just lost an election fought around all of these fiscal questions. The unrepentant reprisal of the same fiscal vision that was decisively repudiated last fall is bound to attract notice and penetrate the narrative (see the Journal’s pointed language above as Exhibit A).

    Perhaps folks will once again politely look the other way as Ryan steps in the icy puddle again. But things just may be different this time.

    ————————————-

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/03/12/the-morning-plum-dont-let-paul-ryan-skate-this-time/

  13. March 13, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Good morning Lovelyplains.

    Congratulations on your inaugural post for The Obama Diary. 🙂 Thanks for your support to Chipsticks in helping to maintain this blog,,,our place of refuge from the madness of the world.

  14. March 13, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Hi fellow TODers, this is great! Hi Chips 🙂 and a Huge Hello and Thanks lovelyplains. Beautiful start :). Looking forward to all our “chip stars” building this great Obama community.

  15. 67 mtmarilyn
    March 13, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Good morning TOD family and our wonderful Lovelyplains. Thank you For what you are doing for our TOD family! What a wonderful group of people we have here!

  16. 70 Ladyhawke
    March 13, 2013 at 8:47 am

    EDITORIAL

    The Worst of the Ryan Budgets

    March 12, 2013 – The New York Times

    ——————————————————–

    All the tired ideas from 2011 and 2012 are back: eliminating Medicare’s guarantee to retirees by turning it into a voucher plan; dispensing with Medicaid and food stamps by turning them into block grants for states to cut freely; repealing most of the reforms to health care and Wall Street; shrinking beyond recognition the federal role in education, job training, transportation and scientific and medical research. The public opinion of these callous proposals was made clear in the fall election, but Mr. Ryan is too ideologically fervid to have learned that lesson.
    .
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    There’s no need, of course, to balance the budget in 10 years or even 20; these dates are arbitrary, designed solely to impress the extreme fiscal conservatives who now compose the core of the Republican Party. That same core in the House will almost certainly reject the 2014 Democratic budget expected from the Senate on Wednesday. It will take a far more evenhanded approach, cutting spending by $1 trillion while eliminating tax breaks for the wealthy and spending $100 billion on job training and infrastructure.

    If the Ryan budget is any indication, Mr. Obama’s quest to bring reason to an unreasonable party may be doomed from the outset.

    —————————————————————–

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/opinion/the-worst-of-paul-ryans-budgets.html?ref=opinion&_r=0

  17. March 13, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips and TOD family. I hope everyone have a beautiful day today. Thankls Ms. Chips for all that you do for this wonderful community you created.

    I offer this up to you Ms. Chips, please don’t let other people force their drama upon you. Say your piece, flick-it-off-shoulder, and move on.

  18. 72 sonjiaduncan
    March 13, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Good morning and Fired up and Ready to Go, Lovelyplains. Thanks for steeping up. Good job!

  19. 75 cookemom
    March 13, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Congrats lovelyplains! Now that’s what I call being first on a thread…can’t get much better than the byline.

  20. 77 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 8:52 am

  21. 78 Ladyhawke
    March 13, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Obama rejects GOP premise on balanced budgets

    By Steve Benen

    ——————————-

    Indeed, even Ryan has struggled to explain why it’s necessary to balance the budget within 10 years. His blueprint, released yesterday, said lower interest rates will boost the economy, but interest rates are already ridiculously low. We’re left with shallow talking points in which GOP lawmakers tout a specific-but-arbitrary fiscal goal for no other reason than they think it sounds nice.

    The president, to his credit, is presenting a smarter path. It’s not as progressive a path as I’d like — my preference would be to hear Obama say he wants to borrow more in the short term, using the money to boost the economy — but if deficit reduction is to remain a priority, at least it’s a sensible approach built on gradually striving for fiscal sustainability.

    The latest Republican plan picks a target date of the air, calls for brutal and unpopular spending cuts, punishes the poor while giving the wealthy another massive tax break, and challenges the president to follow their lead. Obama doesn’t see the need to play along.

    He’s right.

    —————————————–

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/03/13/17296239-obama-rejects-gop-premise-on-balanced-budgets

  22. March 13, 2013 at 8:54 am

    G’morning Lovelyplains and congrats on your first post at TOD!!!! Thanks for offering to help out – TOD is in good hands 🙂

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone,and congrats Carolmae on #1!

  23. 80 Ladyhawke
    March 13, 2013 at 8:58 am

    A Brutal Assessment Of Why Paul Ryan’s Budget Announcement Was The Exact Opposite Of ‘Courageous’

    By Joe Weisenthal

    ————————–

    A Display of Courage?

    Chairman Ryan has at times received praise for having the courage to propose these policies. In reality, this budget reflects more of a lack of courage than an abundance of it.

    Is it courageous to propose tax cuts but not identify a single tax expenditure to rein in? Is it courageous to target your deepest cuts on the poorest Americans, who vote in lower numbers and provide little in campaign contributions? Is it courageous to camouflage hundreds of billions in cuts for the poor and disadvantaged in broad budget categories without identifying the programmatic cuts, so that analysts, journalists, and other policymakers can’t identify the specific cuts and assess their impacts?

    Read more:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/why-paul-ryans-budget-announcement-was-the-exact-opposite-of-courageous-2013-3#ixzz2NQMTGHs4

    ———————————–

  24. March 13, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Goooood morning everyone! Congrats on your first post Lovelyplains! Looking forward to many more. I am sending big (((hug)) to Chips!

  25. 82 Ladyhawke
    March 13, 2013 at 9:02 am

    GOP is serious about killing ObamaCare because 10 million more voters with public health care will change everything

    by LOLGOP on MARCH 13, 2013

    http://www.eclectablog.com/2013/03/the-gop-is-serious-about-defunding-obamacare-because-they-know-10-million-voters-with-public-health-care-will-change-everything.html

  26. 83 globalcitizenlinda
    March 13, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Good Morning Lovelyplains. Congratulations on your very first TOD post. You will do just fine whenever Ms Chips needs help

  27. 84 Ladyhawke
    March 13, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Elizabeth Warren Slams Republicans For Filibustering Consumer Protection Agency Chief

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/03/elizabeth-warren-cfpb-filibuster-republicans.php

    • 85 Ladyhawke
      March 13, 2013 at 9:09 am

      Great comment on Elizabeth Warren at this post……….

      Mr.E • 15 hours ago

      “What we have here, is [NOT] a failure to communicate.”
      I don’t recall another politician, or nearly any expert on anything, who could speak as clearly, intelligently and knowledgeably on any subject as Senator Warren. She speaks with no euphemisms, no ambiguity, no vague terminology, no reliance on undefined principles, and no ulterior motives other than to represent and stand up for the people of this country, fairness and democratic principles.

      She is, indubitably, a unique and remarkable woman. It is not fair nor reasonable to expect others to match her, But it is possible that she may, in time, initiate a great paradigm shift of what people, having seen one example, may come to expect and demand from politicians and the media. People may be disconnected, disinterested, and therefore uninformed about politics, news and history, but they are not stupid. When someone speaks to them lucidly, intelligently and with respect, they listen and understand.
      45 •Reply•Share ›

    • March 13, 2013 at 9:25 am

      We definitely need more representatives like her.

  28. March 13, 2013 at 9:08 am

    It is ironic to me that here are some in this country who will acknowledge the plight and obstruction of civil/human rights of those any other countries before acknowledging the plight and obstruction of the civil and human rights of those right here in the US.

    Many of these same people are also working to make sure the American Dream remains a dream – a dream that will become harder to achieve – if not impossible — if they have their way. Jobs, wages, education, insurance, everything that makes it possible to achieve this dream are all under attack by those who are trying to keep the inner circle of the 1% intact.

    I know that President Obama is fighting this “war against the middle class and poor” for us. That’s why I voted for him…twice as many of you did. That makes it more frustrating that many of the ones he is fighting for are the ones who are criticizing and hindering his efforts. It is easy to criticize when you do not have responsibility for the results. So if the President is going to be the one held ultimately accountable, then he should at least be at peace with the decisions he must make. It may not be done in the way we want it, but in the end, it will work out to our benefit.

    And We the People should continue to hold on to our belief and our hope and be supportive, knowing that he is doing what we elected him to do.

    FORWARD!!!

  29. 89 globalcitizenlinda
    March 13, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I wish to use this opportunity to deeply thank Lovelyplains and ALL the others who have volunteered to help Ms Chips to keep the blog going.

    Some of us really want to help out but are unable to do so at this time for one reason or another. We are therefore very grateful to those who have the time, expertise and willingness to do all they can to pitch in. Very deep thanks indeed.

    As a political junkie and unaplogetic PBO-supporter, there is no doubt that Ms Chips and this blog have helped me keep my sanity in the face of so much O-hate.

    I repeat what so many others have said before which is that Ms Chips has done and will continue to do a fantastic job.

    Thanks to Ms Chips and all the many contributors who make this the first place I log into each morning – yes often before my email accounts.

    thanks a lot

  30. 98 japa21
    March 13, 2013 at 9:13 am

    GM all. Thank you Lovelyplains for stepping up and doing the posting this morning.

    A quick note on the #GOPspeaks hashtag I started yesterday. The response was great with not only many retweets but also I picked up several new followers to continue the retweeting. I will be creating more today. Some will focus mostly on the GOP stupidity and some will do both that and highlight either PBO’s or the Dems strengths.

    VC also pushed some out last night. If any of the tweeters here want to do the same, feel free.

    Although I am sure it will never hit the top ten list, it woyuld be nice to see that tag mount the charts, asw the old DJs used to say.

  31. 102 Ladyhawke
    March 13, 2013 at 9:13 am

    WHIPLASH ALERT

    Paul Ryan Makes Big Admission: Republicans Helped Write Obamacare

    ———————————

    Days after top House Republicans asked President Obama to expand a provision in the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) admitted on Wednesday that the ACA incorporates provisions that Republicans “have always been talking about,” including solutions he himself proposed in 2009.

    ————————————–

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/03/13/1710231/paul-ryan-makes-big-admission-republicans-helped-write-obamacare/

    • 103 jackiegrumbacher
      March 13, 2013 at 9:32 am

      Oh Lord, please give us a break from this idiot Ryan. Let him go on an extended vacation or decide to join a corporation and haul in the cash he so desperately wants. Whiplash, indeed, LH. He truly makes me sick–so invested in his own ego that he thinks anyone on the planet actually cares what he thinks or stands for.

    • 104 nospin
      March 13, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      “Paul Ryan Makes Big Admission: Republicans Helped Write Obamacare” Is that similar to the way Ryan and his family “helped” the shelter feed the homeless and washed dishes?

  32. 105 desertflower
    March 13, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Good Morning…and what a surprise it was to wake to LP’s first time driving at TOD:) Nice job! We take care of our own!! COULD have been here since 3:15 AM…the dog woke me to go out, but I thought better of that…knowing that I would never have gone back to sleep and would have to work all day after having been up all that time…..not good!

  33. 106 Ladyhawke
    March 13, 2013 at 9:15 am

    The Deficit Is Rapidly Shrinking, But Only 6 Percent Of America Knows It

    http://www.nationalmemo.com/the-deficit-is-rapidly-shrinking-but-only-6-percent-of-america-knows-it/

  34. 109 Ladyhawke
    March 13, 2013 at 9:20 am

    THE TEA PARTY TAIL WAGS THE ELEPHANT

    A Tug O’ the Forelock

    By Ed Kilgore

    ———————–

    But let’s don’t forget the specific reason for the specific contours of this latest Ryan Budget. As Will Marshall points out in a piece at RCP:

    What, then, is the point of this exercise? One is to draw the sharpest possible contrast with Democratic calls for tax increases and faintheartedness when it comes to slowing health care spending. But Ryan’s budget also is a concession to restive Tea Party conservatives in the House. Earlier this year, they reluctantly agreed to back a temporary extension of the government’s borrowing authority. In return, the Republican House leadership promised a new plan to balance the budget in 10 years.

    That’s right: Ryan’s budget is a tug of the forelock by the House GOP to the Cut-Cap-Balance crowd who think a radical and permanent reduction in domestic spending, read right into the Constitution, should be the eternal message of the Republican Party, no matter what happens electorally.

    ——————————–

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2013_03/a_tug_o_the_forelock043517.php

    • 110 jackiegrumbacher
      March 13, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Let them keep pushing that, LH. Let them become more extreme and more irrational until even the ‘I only vote for president’ crowd wakes up and starts acting like concerned citizens.

  35. 111 sherijr
    March 13, 2013 at 9:24 am

    good morning TOD, well done Lovely Plains.. Happy R&R Chips 🙂

  36. 113 desertflower
    March 13, 2013 at 9:36 am

    More trouble in FL… http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/gubernatorial/florida-lt-gov-jennifer-carroll-resigns/2108607

    Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigned Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott’s office just announced.

    Earlier Tuesday she was interviewed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which is assisting in a national probe of Allied Veterans of the World, a Florida-based nonprofit that operates a chain of internet cafes.

    Carroll once owned a public relations firm that represented Allied Veterans, and she did work for the company at the same time she served in the Florida House.

    Gov. Scott will address the media after an afternoon press conference on the matter conducted by law enforcement.

    Scott chief of staff Adam Hollingsworth released the follow statement:

    “Individuals were arrested Tuesday for a racketeering and money laundering charges in connection with Allied Veterans of the Worlds illegal gambling companies. Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll consulted for Allied Veterans while serving as a member of the Florida House of Representatives in 2009 and 2010. She was interviewed by Florida Department of Law Enforcement officers Tuesday regarding her work with the company. Lt. Gov. Carroll resigned in an effort to keep her former affiliations with the company from distraction from the administration’s important work on behalf of Florida families. She made the right decision for the state and her family.”

    • March 13, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Mmmm…I wonder what Mr. Medicare Fraud will say.

    • March 13, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Huh, she resigned to keep her sorry arse out of jail… I hope it backfires, and she takes that other lamearse with her…. Now that is taxpayer money well-spent. Indeed. It is astonishing that people can be so diabolically unethical, cheating and stealing on one hand, pretending to be public servants on the other. They know what they are doing.

    • 117 miss pat
      March 13, 2013 at 11:03 am

      Something fishy here. If you are not guilty of anything why resign. More to come, trust me. I love drama when it’s on the other side.

  37. March 13, 2013 at 9:37 am

    @Lovelyplains “So basically if the media quits telling us the world is going to end every 3 months well………”

    Like the boy who cried wolf which is why people stop listening. It just becomes background noise after a while.

  38. 119 desertflower
    March 13, 2013 at 9:46 am

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/03/12/1709181/paul-ryan-wrong-senior-medicare/

    He’s such a baffoon. He insults the intelligence of people. Among other things.

    • March 13, 2013 at 9:54 am

      That deer in the headlights look gives me the creeps. You know he’s either not telling the truth, or doesn’t know the answer but thinks he has to say something because he’s supposed to be the sharpest knife in the drawer. With him, that look seems to be more common than not.

    • 121 miss pat
      March 13, 2013 at 11:07 am

      He needs to go wash some more clean pots. He wasn’t around at Christmas or Thanksgiving doing any phot-ops with his camera crew. Looking like that guy on that Herman Monster show. Somebody please help me with the name. Better yet get a picture of him off the Internet and put a picture of Lyin’ Ryan beside it. I wish I was good at the Internet stuff.

  39. 123 jessica
    March 13, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Its so interesting how everyone is blaming PBO for military cuts like TA. Ummmm stop getting your news from FB and the examiner and read a credible news source.

    • 124 anniebella
      March 13, 2013 at 9:58 am

      I wonder about some people, how are you going to blame POTUS for military cuts when POTUS was not in favor of this sequester. Some people just seem so dam stupid at times. This President have said over and over again, this sequester is not necessary.

  40. 125 desertflower
    March 13, 2013 at 9:55 am

    http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/2013/03/mitch-mcconnell-pulls-the-pin-kaboom-still-to-follow.html

    Bottom line: We’re always looking for Republicans’ rock bottom. There isn’t one.

  41. 126 desertflower
    March 13, 2013 at 9:58 am

    More good news! http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/13/us-economy-retail-idUSBRE92C0I820130313

    Retail sales post largest gain in five months

    Retail sales rose solidly in February as Americans bought automobiles and other goods even as they paid more for gasoline, suggesting consumer spending this quarter will hold up despite higher taxes.

  42. 127 desertflower
    March 13, 2013 at 10:01 am

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/13/us-usa-fiscal-whitehousetours-idUSBRE92C0I320130313

    President Barack Obama is looking for ways to restart popular tours of the White House to allow certain groups such as students to visit.

    “What I’m asking them is are there ways, for example, for us to accommodate school groups, you know, who may have traveled here with some bake sales. Can we make sure that kids … can still come to tour?” Obama told ABC News in an interview on Tuesday and aired on Wednesday.

    The White House earlier said it had to suspend the tours this month in the wake of mandated across-the-board spending cuts known as “sequestration.” The move saves the government about $74,000 a week.

    Trips to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue are particularly popular in the spring as waves of school groups and other tourists descend upon the nation’s capital to visit monuments and other Washington buildings and attend the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival.

    • 128 anniebella
      March 13, 2013 at 10:12 am

      I’m hoping they can get the tours back for the school kids. As for as the adults goes, specially the Republicans, if the tours meant all that much to them, they ought to have gotten in touch with their Congress person and told them to stop this sequester. Now that they see the affects of the sequester they want to complain. The President ask the people to contact Congress and tell them to stop the sequester.

  43. 129 anniebella
    March 13, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I heard on the news that FLOTUS credit report was hack, along with the head of the FBI, VP Biden, Beyonce, Mel Gibson, and other celebrities. Have any of you heard that? I know George ask POTUS about it, but he couldn’t confirm it

    • 130 andogriff
      March 13, 2013 at 10:46 am

      I haven’t heard of that happening yet, Annie, sure hope it isn’t true!!

      • 131 anniebella
        March 13, 2013 at 11:57 am

        Someone hack into one of this credit agency, and Pete Williams said that is how they got the credit info. They didn’t hack into the White House computers.

  44. 132 JER
    March 13, 2013 at 10:05 am

    | Live | V.P. Biden Speaks on Domestic Violence Homicide Reduction – http://www.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=1

  45. 133 amk for obama
    March 13, 2013 at 10:06 am

    • March 13, 2013 at 11:31 am

      Apologies to any devout Catholics here, but I hope the end is nigh… They have outlived their true purpose, nothing lasts forever. I comment as a female raised in the RCC; even now, mature and intelligent, I still have to wrestle with guilt…. Even though I have little to feel guilty about! So deep-seated, almost impossible to get a handle on…

  46. March 13, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Thank you so much LP for taking on some blog duties for dear overworked Chips, you are doing a great job!

    This link is not directly TOD related but I give this group a lot of credit, they are compiling all the evidence in the Steubenville rape case which is going to trial. It’s not an easy read but they seem legitimately dedicated to more sunlight in what appears to be a whole lot of darkness.

    http://www.localleaks.me/localleaks/index.html

  47. 137 Nena20409
    March 13, 2013 at 10:07 am

    GM TODville Family.

    Morning Chips 😉

    Morning Lovelyplains 😎

    Morning Amk, looking forward for your Chat Away post 😉

    We are Family here ❗ It is all Good 😎

  48. March 13, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Good job, lovely plains. Thanks to you and others for stepping up.

  49. 140 amk for obama
    March 13, 2013 at 10:09 am

  50. 141 amk for obama
    March 13, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Spent the day talking about the House and Senate budgets in various settings and I’ll say this: you will be hard pressed to find anyone who takes the Ryan budget seriously. Even Ryan himself seemed to almost distance himself in an interview with Larry Kudlow on CNBC.

    Another thing I heard today worth noting—President Obama making a lot of sense on current fiscal/economic priorities:

    My goal is not to chase a balanced budget just for the sake of balance. My goal is how do we grow the economy, put people back to work, and if we do that we are going to be bringing in more revenue.

    We’re not gonna balance the budget in ten years because if you look at what Paul Ryan does to balance the budget, it means that you have to voucher-ize Medicare, you have to slash deeply into programs like Medicaid, you’ve essentially got to either tax middle class families a lot higher than you currently are or you can’t lower rates the way he’s promised.

    http://jaredbernsteinblog.com/chin-music-today-and-tomorrow/

    • March 13, 2013 at 10:38 am

      The silliness continues….This is the budget that Americans voted against in the last Presidential election, right? One where it had already been determined didn’t add up. So the GOP puts Ryan up with this budget again? One that STILL doesn’t add up and is designed to harm Americans who least need more hurt? One that is being proposed just to appease a minute number of congressional members and that they know has little chance of being passed in the Senate, much less being signed by the President?

      And while they go through these useless execises, another self-inflicted crisis is starting to build….

  51. 143 japa21
    March 13, 2013 at 10:21 am

  52. 145 amk for obama
    March 13, 2013 at 10:26 am

  53. 146 AJ
    March 13, 2013 at 10:28 am

    It seems no one has asked lovely plains the REALLY important question: What kind of swag do you have to give out to the first poster on a thread?? Inquiring minds want to know…!! 😉

  54. 152 amk for obama
    March 13, 2013 at 10:29 am

    • 153 andogriff
      March 13, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Excellent cartoon, as always amk! So great of you and LP to step up to the plate to give Ms Chips a break!

  55. 154 JER
    March 13, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Streaming Now: VP Biden and AG Holder – Domestic Violence: http://www.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=1

  56. 155 amk for obama
    March 13, 2013 at 10:33 am

    • 156 miss pat
      March 13, 2013 at 11:15 am

      Before they kill it can I please have my thirty years medicare payments from 1969 to 2001 back. And while you are it can I please have all my Social Security payments back too. Those are not entitlements. We worked and paid into the system.

      • March 13, 2013 at 11:24 am

        Right, Miss Pat, I don’t mind taking mine in one check, monlthy payment not required. 1967 to present day…. Would make a huge difference!

      • March 13, 2013 at 11:25 am

        PS: did you see my note a few days back, about the new title? Can you confirm, please dear?

        • 159 miss pat
          March 13, 2013 at 12:01 pm

          Good morning. Yes it is the new title. Thanks for remembering. It’s right beside Mr. Mac and Miss Tude. In another month or two another one will be there. I want to set up a charity for Haiti and Jamaica. Thanks for taking a look.

          • 160 miss pat
            March 13, 2013 at 12:05 pm

            Yes, I could use that check right now. I take good care of myself, only visit the doctor to have him look at my bloodwork three times a year. I also would use that money to help with daily living and to give back to people who need help.

  57. 161 amk for obama
    March 13, 2013 at 10:46 am

    A PSA.

    Attention Chips wannabes, Attention Chips wannabes (channeling hans gruber).

    Heads up. I got the next thread. In an hour or so.

    (this is so that we don’t trip over each other 🙂 )

    • March 13, 2013 at 10:50 am

      😆 Shhh…. They’ll be lining up for first, amk, unless you are planning a wee surprise in that nifty option! 😉

    • March 13, 2013 at 10:53 am

      Looking forward to it! 🙂 Thanks for the support you are providing to Chipsticks and sharing your talents with TODers.

    • 164 desertflower
      March 13, 2013 at 10:54 am

      🙂 I’ll be at work, so let me just say congratulations to you now! Great job, amk:) I’m sure you’ll do Chips proud.

    • 165 57andfemale
      March 13, 2013 at 11:02 am

      Rolling out the red carpet for ya.

      Lovelyplains was up too early for her red carpet. But a big thanks to all of you who are able to help our dear Ms. Chips.

    • 166 Nena20409
      March 13, 2013 at 11:10 am

      WTG Amk 😉

    • 167 amk for obama
      March 13, 2013 at 11:43 am

      Thank you folks for your kind words.

      lp has done a great job today and our first round of applause for volunteering.

      Other more and much, much better-informed-than-me TOD’ers are in the pipeline. I am sure they’ll all keep this unique blog aloft and give our great hostess a well-deserved break. 🙂

      I will post when this thread becomes unwieldy (looking at you, i-padders 🙂 )

  58. 168 JER
    March 13, 2013 at 10:46 am

  59. March 13, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Very nice work on your First Blog Post, LovelyPlains! Good morning, and thank you! Yo’ y’all! Now back to re- read a bit…..

  60. March 13, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Thanks LP for helping out Chips, very kind to her and to us all.

    Since sunlight is the best disinfectant , I applaud this group for getting to the truth with the Steubenville rape case:

    http://www.localleaks.me/localleaks/index.html

  61. March 13, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Good Morning TOD’ers and a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Lovelyplains for stepping up for our lovely Chipsticks. Thank you for a glorious Rise and Shine with that soothing video to start our day. Congrats to Carolmae on being first and all the other early risers…Roberta of MN. I wish everyone a happy humpday and see you later this evening.

  62. 177 desertflower
    March 13, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Off to work…will check back for lunch and see amk’s goodness:) FORWARD!!

  63. 178 cookemom
    March 13, 2013 at 11:03 am

    It’s that time. Yes, it’s me with my unabashed and shameless, but most humble request for all TODsters to vote for my #2 daughter, Kelauni Cook to win her dream job. Click on the link, then on her page, you vote by clicking on any and all of the social media forums you use in the green “Vote For This Entry’ box. Each click registers a vote for each icon. I, cookemom thank you, cookeman thanks you, cookedaughter #1 thanks you, the 2 cookemunchkingrandkids thank you, and of course #2 cookedaughter thanks you.

    http://www.mydestination.com/users/kelauni/bbb#.UUCTwFcnw2R

  64. 183 Nena20409
    March 13, 2013 at 11:06 am

    This for LovelyPlains, Amk and Chips 🙂

    From TODville Community in the Midwest.

    Thank You for all You all are doing to keep this Community Going 😉

  65. March 13, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Testing, my comments are not going through, I’m wondering if its me or the links I am posting?

  66. March 13, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Remember to keep the Light all around us, for PBO and for our Chipsticks. Really, these are tough times. Thank you everyone, for being here.
    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  67. March 13, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Thank you to lovelyplains for helping Chips keep our mental/emotional lifeline going. I depend on this blog!

  68. March 13, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Good morning all. Congrats Lovelyplains on your first post. Very informative reading as always. I learn so much here.

  69. 194 cookemom
    March 13, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Six shot and four are dead in mass shooting in New York. No further details. I missed the name of the town.

    • March 13, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Herkimer and Mohawk…another episode of gun violence. All schools on lock down.

    • 197 57andfemale
      March 13, 2013 at 11:50 am

      What the RW, the NRA and RWNJ media have done is created a mindset where all problems are considered life-threatening and the only answer is gun violence to ‘protect’ ourselves

      We no longer consider talking through issues, calming down before acting. We are getting to a critical point where we can no longer distinguish between a solvable issue and its most dire result. We as a culture are losing our ability to reason, to deal with others in an effective manner. This culture is devolving, and it’s all due to RWNJ media (thanks, Bill Clinton).

      Couple that with an entire generation of kids who look down at their electronic devices instead of learning how to deal with each other. I had dinner over the weekend with my friend, her husband and her 14 and 18 year old daughters (whom I have known their entire lives, with whom I have a lot in common). Dad (also a friend of mine for the last 20 years) and the two girls did nothing but scroll through their phones and text. There was no conversation, no personal interaction. How is this healthy?

      The only choices are isolation or ‘protecting’ yourself with a gun.

  70. 198 debz
    March 13, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Good morning, thank you lovelyplains for helping out chips! nice first post.

  71. 200 99ts
    March 13, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Time for bed in my world – I guess I’ll be last on amk’s thread in 6 or 7 hours 🙂 🙂
    Nite all – have a great day

  72. 202 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 11:46 am

  73. 203 amk for obama
    March 13, 2013 at 11:52 am

    • 204 amk for obama
      March 13, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      This is #gopspeak meme that our own japa (welcome twiiter noobie) is doing very well in spreading it.

  74. 205 anniebella
    March 13, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Pete Williams I believe that is his name, was talking on MSNBC News and he said that whoever did the hacking they got Michelle Obama credit report by hacking into this credit agency and that is how they got her credit info.

  75. March 13, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Morning Obots!

    Still stressed, but less so than yesterday. It doesn’t seem like the missus’ leg is infected, so it’s still a go for surgery on Monday. Thank you all for all your well-wishes.

    Chips has graciously added me to the authors’ list for TOD—after grousing about the game Sunday—but I probably won’t post much if at all until after the surgery. Things should be very much calmer at Casa de LL after the beginning of next week.

    Keep calm and carry on!

    • March 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      My co-worker had this surgery in November (not sure if its exactly the same type your wife is having) and I think though the first week was rough she is doing very well. Lost weight pretty slowly on her type but steadily. Hope your wife has good results also.

    • 208 57andfemale
      March 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      Love and support to you and Mrs. LL. She’s been through the ringer, that’s for sure.

    • 209 japa21
      March 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      Will continue to think of her and you as well.

    • March 13, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      Did you try miracle band aide? So glad everything’s a go for the Missus? Take care of you so you can take care of the Missus. 🙂

    • 213 amk for obama
      March 13, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      Again ? What happened LL ? I thought she was doing well.

      Here is everything going smoothly at Casa de LL. My best wishes to her.

      • March 13, 2013 at 1:29 pm

        Oh, one of the cats got spooked and scratched her. No, we’re not getting rid of the cats; she’d get rid of me first. But good lord, this has been a stressful week.

        • 215 amk for obama
          March 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm

          You gotta get rid of that cat. I had the same problem with ours. I picked her up a in power station I was working in about ten years back. She was the runt of the litter and traveled for 10 hours in my car lying on my lap. Daughter unit got attached to her immediately and the next 7 years were a nightmare what with my daughter constantly sneezing around here. After the cat’s passing way (hit n run, bless her soul), I firmly put my foot my down and said, no, more cats. It’s been 3 years since I saw my daughter sneezing constantly. Look at Obamas’ choice of Bo.

          • March 13, 2013 at 1:54 pm

            Oh, the cats are generally fine. This cat who did the scratching we raised by hand—he’d been abandoned by his mother, along with his siblings. 99% of the time he’s fine. But he’s a cat, and sometimes things just freak them out. It’s just damned annoying that this happened a week before the surgery. But the wound seems like it isn’t infected, so everything is still on course.

  76. March 13, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Good morning all – great job Lovely Plains. Thanks for helping Chips and all of us out with our obsession!

  77. 220 JER
    March 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm

  78. 221 Dakota
    March 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Great job Lovely Plains! And Thank You.

  79. March 13, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Thank you everyone for all the kind words. It is time to pass the baton to AMK……lets all support him as you have supported me. New post
    http://theobamadiary.com/2013/03/13/chat-away-the-noobie-edition/

    • 224 amk for obama
      March 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Thanks for the shout-out, lp. It was an auspicious start by you (which only the injuns can appreciate. 🙂 ).

  80. 225 LDS
    March 13, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Good morning TOD ers. Getting a late start this morning…….afternoon.
    Job well done, LP. Thank you for a wonderful post and bless our Chips for allowing this to happen.
    I am so glad that’s he will be able to spend some quality time with herself, her family and friends.
    As much as we love her, she needs time to rest a bit. She has put so much love into this blog site and we are grateful.
    Okay. I think I need to catch up……

  81. 227 vcprezofan2
    March 13, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Man, I chose the worst day to come in late! Congrats, and THANK YOU, LovelyP for giving Chips a hand!

  82. 229 sjterrid
    March 13, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I’m coming here really late, but I wanted to thank Lovelyplains for the great Rise and Shine thread, and helping Chips out. I loved the video!

  83. March 14, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Wow, Plains & all… You all are doing amazing stuff!

    Thank you so much for everything. It’s awesome.

    Do you know Margaret and Helen? They have some very dedicated followers, too, and we haven’t heard a peep from them for months… And we’re worried. Is there any way in the blogosphere to find out what’s happening with them? Just wondering.

    Meanwhile, you’re already doing plenty; just thought I’d inquire – because I think others know plenty more than I do.

    Thanks!

    Gato

    • March 14, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      TY Gato, to be honest w/ you I do not know either. Chips will be back Sunday morning I know for sure, but before that is a toss up. Bobfr, UT, or AMK may be better people to ask in helping to find them. Sorry……


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