148 Responses to “Rise and Shine…Baracktastic and Michelleicious Easter!”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    March 31, 2013 at 9:42 am


    Happy egg day.

  2. 6 99ts
    March 31, 2013 at 9:42 am

    gm everyone

  3. 7 bojoflo
    March 31, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Beautiful Couple ♥

  4. March 31, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Good Morning. Happy Easter.

  5. 9 utaustinliberal
    March 31, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Congratulations Amk and 99ts. You both tied for first place.

  6. 10 anniebella
    March 31, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Happy Easter.

  7. March 31, 2013 at 9:50 am

    G’morning UT, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone. Congrats amk and 99ts on 1st place tie. Happy Easter everyone! 🙂

  8. 12 hopefruit2
    March 31, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Good. I’m glad when ordinary folks push back on the MSM’s bullshit and double standard. I don’t see the Hill going after any of the top GOP (like Boehner & McConnell) for their recreational activities – given that they were the ones who caused the sequester in the first place.

  9. 15 prettyfoot58
    March 31, 2013 at 9:55 am

  10. 19 utaustinliberal
    March 31, 2013 at 9:56 am

  11. 22 desertflower
    March 31, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Congrats to amk and 99:) Happy Easter…or Egg Day…in my case, Jellybean Day:) I love jellybeans:)

  12. 23 GGAIL
    March 31, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Good West Coast Easter morning UT & TOD family. Lovely photos!
    Congrats amk on First

  13. March 31, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Happy to see President Obama had a fun, relaxing day yesterday—–golf and then a NCAA tourney game.


    • 26 anniebella
      March 31, 2013 at 10:43 am

      We know Obama shouldn’t be playing golf and going to some basketball game, not since the WH tours have been cancel. And the Obama girls shouldn’t be on vacation, costing us taxpayers money. How darn they? Who do those uppity black folks think they are?

      • 27 anniebella
        March 31, 2013 at 10:48 am

        You see I kept it clear, I didn’t use the word the haters would have used, I used “black” instead.

      • 28 isonprize
        March 31, 2013 at 11:05 am

        Funny how nobody reports on Orange Bonehead and Mitch McTurtleConnell and where THEY go on vacation. How much time THEY spend on the golf course…

        Funny how nobody reports on how the sequester cuts affect poor kids in Head Start or airports in rural districts.

        What a bunch of WHISTLEHEADS (nothin’ but air up there for brains) we have in the media.

        • 29 anniebella
          March 31, 2013 at 11:54 am

          isonprize, it’s like the haters going to talk about Benghazi and the four Americans kill and they talk about how POTUS is responsible for their killing. But they have nothing to say about the 4000 Americans kill in Iraq which Bush and Cheney are responsible for being kill. John Boehner loves golf, but no one says a word about him .

  14. March 31, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Happy Easter! What a delicious way to start the day. Thanks UT

  15. 33 sherijr
    March 31, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Good Sunday morning & Happy Easter everyone ~ have a lovely day 🙂

  16. March 31, 2013 at 10:14 am

    • 35 isonprize
      March 31, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Lovelyplains, I honestly don’t think she wants to run. I think she is a control freak, and would like all the perks, but I really don’t think she wants the job. ESPECIALLY after seeing how much Pres. Obama is getting done, despite the obstructionism of the Re-thugs. Now, don’t get me wrong, I think she will probably wind up running, but for all the wrong reasons… If she wins, she’s certainly got a tough act to follow, and I think she would do a credible job. But I just don’t think she wants it, I think she’s tired of the grind.

      Kinda like how Ted Kennedy just couldn’t honestly, passionately answer the question of why he wanted to be POTUS.

      • 36 debz
        March 31, 2013 at 11:40 am

        Happy Easter!! I agree, isonprize. I never thought she really wanted to run in ’08 either, Bill wanted to run. She seemed to me that her heart wasn’t in it. Also, I believed her when, while SOS, she said she wasn’t going to run for President. If she does, it’s because Bill pressures her into it. I wish all the Clintonites would give it a rest for awhile, they are becoming obnoxious. It is a long time until 2015 when anyone would announce they are running. She deserves a rest before she makes any decisions and should be allowed to do what is important to her.

  17. March 31, 2013 at 10:18 am

  18. 40 Bill R.
    March 31, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Happy Easter, Buona Pasqua! Resurrection happens every time we give ourselves to who we are truly are in the deep heart and who we are becoming, Love.

  19. 42 utaustinliberal
    March 31, 2013 at 10:28 am

    You can see some video of Pres. Obama at the start of Syracuse v. Marquette highlights play.


  20. March 31, 2013 at 10:29 am

    GM and Happy Easter everyone……

  21. 44 utaustinliberal
    March 31, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Wooohooooo…..thank you TOD! Just received a message from WordPress that my posts have gotten over 200 Likes. You people are freaking amazing. Thank you so much for the feedback. You rock! Now I’m going to go do cartwheels or eat a cake. It’s the same thing riiiiiiight? 😀

  22. 48 Dakota
    March 31, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Happy Easter TOD Family! Peace, Blessings and much Love to you all. I am so grateful for this place and for each and every one of you.

  23. 49 MightyPamela
    March 31, 2013 at 10:39 am

    G’day! Bonjour! Hola! Buon Giorno! Have a splendid day, Happy Easter, see you all a bit later!

  24. March 31, 2013 at 10:41 am

    • 52 CEB
      March 31, 2013 at 11:32 am

      I enjoyed learning about him and studying his inaugural poem with my students. One of the projects was to do a c/c of his poem and the one that Dr. Alexander wrote for PBO’s first inauguration.

      April is National Poetry Month as well as the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth (the 15th). I use this time to try once more to get my students to love and appreciate poetry. Well, hope springs eternally after 30 years of this.

  25. 54 hopefruit2
    March 31, 2013 at 10:53 am

    The MSM is jealous of PBO. That is all!

    • 55 MightyPamela
      March 31, 2013 at 11:01 am

      This. HF, they are all jealous of him, and of the incredibly intelligent and beautiful Mrs. Obama…. They just do not have the graciousness of human spirit to recognize what a gift we have all been given.

  26. 56 kathryn kivett
    March 31, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Happy Easter to all who celebrate….off to family dinner and Easter Egg Hunt……something is wrong with this picture, my Grandchildren want MONEY in their eggs instead of candy….and I STARTED THIS TRADITION….what was I thinking?

  27. 57 carolyn
    March 31, 2013 at 11:05 am

    OT…..but,when I opened Google this morning, a man’s picture was in the second O of the word Google. Does anyone know who the person is?

    I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter day, celebrating however you do so. We had a good rain last night here in OKC, so we are thankful this morning for that and much more.

  28. 63 Asher in Boston
    March 31, 2013 at 11:12 am

    GM, TODers and lurkers. Happy Easter to everyone.

  29. March 31, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Hey to all my Easter bunny O peeps! A great getting up day on the planet TOD again doncha know!!! I just returned from my run and all the bunnies were high fiving that they made it through another year without having to lay eggs. It’s caused a lot of psychological issues in rabbit-land. Talk about living up to unattainable expectations.

    On another note, it’s the LAST DAY to vote for my #2 kid, Kelauni Cook to win her dream job as travel correspondent. Please vote one last time by clicking on the icons in the green “Vote For This Entry” box. Thanks for all of your participation, we really appreciate it.


  30. March 31, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Happy Easter everyone – and 976 gazillion thanks to Rise and Shiner UT!

    Will be back later today, chat away!

  31. 67 andogriff
    March 31, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Happy Easter to Ms Chips and everyone in TOD country! Thanks for the lovely post, ut…. and congrats on first amk!

  32. 68 CEB
    March 31, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I finally got to watch the video with Jon Favreau, PBO’s recently retired speech writer. I am so glad that Gergen and the students got to learn so much about who the president really is from someone who knows. More people should see this.

    Hope everyone is enjoying the day. I went to a sun rise service with my family and will be enjoying the rest of a mostly sunny, 81 degrees day.

  33. 69 Melanie
    March 31, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Obama family on the way to church on Easter Sunday twitter.com/jeffmason1/sta…— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) March 31, 2013

    • 70 CEB
      March 31, 2013 at 11:38 am

      Thanks for sharing the photo. It is so sweet that the girls, who will be 12 and 15 this year, are still willing to hold their parents’ hands in public. Sasha is now almost as tall as Malia.

  34. 72 desertflower
    March 31, 2013 at 11:33 am

    From Easter Parade….Fred Astaire dancing so wonderfully:) If PBO gives makes your heart stop coming down the stairs of AF1…THIS will send you into cardiac arrest:) Could be a couch potato and watch these movies ALL DAY!!

  35. March 31, 2013 at 11:35 am


  36. 83 desertflower
    March 31, 2013 at 11:36 am

    One more! Can’t forget Judy Garland:)

  37. March 31, 2013 at 11:45 am

    LOVE the Google doodle today. Cesar Chavez led the farmworker’s movement in California for the right to fair treatment in the fields. He was an absolute hero to Latinos, an iconic figure in the history of the labor movement California. He was a close friend of Robert and Ethel Kennedy. He believed in non-violence and won hard fought victories. PBO honored him last year in a dedication ceremony of the Cesar Chavez National Monument, which was his home:

  38. March 31, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Happy Easter everyone. Gong rats amk on número uno. Thanks Ut for great post this beautiful morning. I love it when I wake up to birds chirping.

  39. 88 utaustinliberal
    March 31, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Republicans kill me with their ignorance. They’re mad that the Google Doodle is of Cesar Chavez because they think he’s Hugo Chavez. This is why there is “Google.” Google ‘Cesar Chavez’ and read up on the amazing man and leader he was. Oh wait, this is republicans I’m talking about. They revel in being ignorant.

    p.s. Newsflash to the GOP, all Black people do not look alike and all Hispanic people do not look alike. Also, the Easter Bunny is fantasy; Cesar Chavez is real.

  40. 90 PrayerWarriorforObama
    March 31, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Easter greetings extended to the entire TOD family. Do have a blessed day!

  41. March 31, 2013 at 11:58 am


  42. 92 utaustinliberal
    March 31, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Bahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Says the guy whose USA flag avi is made of bacon. I rest my case.

    • 93 Asher in Boston
      March 31, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      This sure is so sad. These are hateful idiots who despise ” the other” any people that don’t look like them. That’s why we need the Dept. of Education sooooooooo bad.

  43. 94 desertflower
    March 31, 2013 at 12:10 pm


    DOD Inspector General finds $900 million stockpile of Stryker parts

    This kind of waste is the very thing that needs to be done away with….wasted taxpayer money, for sure

  44. 95 vitaminlover
    March 31, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Happy Easter, everyone! God Bless us all. He did with His Son, Jesus.

  45. 96 utaustinliberal
    March 31, 2013 at 12:34 pm

  46. 97 desertflower
    March 31, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Yet Lindsey Graham says that he’s not in favor of background checks….WTF is wrong with this picture?


  47. 98 utaustinliberal
    March 31, 2013 at 12:41 pm

  48. March 31, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    this fine media person was trolling last night about the President’s trip to the basketball game and the taxpayer burden, etc


  49. 100 vcprezofan2
    March 31, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    CALLING Amk! Calling Amk!
    Hi! I took courage in hand and ran the super Snti Spyware – It took way over 2 hours which is why I am only now signing in!! IMPORTANT QUESTION – Could I have come to the village and continued nosing around WHILE it was scanning? I didn’t want to try in case I messed things up.

    Not-so-important questions: Can I assume that I do not now need to run any of the others….TODAY? Looking at your suggested list it would appear that I’d pretty much be running one of these things every day. Is that the intent? ….And no, I still haven’t made contact with the Kenyan’s people which is why I’m STRUGGLING along by myself. (You feeling guilty yet?)

  50. 101 vcprezofan2
    March 31, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Afternoon, Utal! I like your title and my brief look at the pictures. I’m about to go read the pictures with more care. Thanks!

    Afternoon/Night all TODobots! Happy Easter!

  51. March 31, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Good Morning, Friends. Happy Easter.

  52. 103 utaustinliberal
    March 31, 2013 at 1:01 pm

  53. 104 JER
    March 31, 2013 at 1:04 pm

  54. 106 Nena20409
    March 31, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Good Afternoon TODers.

    Happy Easter all.

    Congrats at First, Amk.

    Great Job UT……thank you.

  55. 107 utaustinliberal
    March 31, 2013 at 1:26 pm



  56. March 31, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Rise and Shine. 😀

  57. March 31, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Thanks desertflwer for sharing Easter Parade with us.

  58. 112 utaustinliberal
    March 31, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Hahahahahahahhahahahaah…..this just about killed me.

  59. 116 JER
    March 31, 2013 at 1:54 pm

  60. March 31, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Back in a while!

  61. March 31, 2013 at 2:10 pm

  62. 123 Nena20409
    March 31, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I can’t wait 😉

  63. March 31, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    • 125 hopefruit2
      March 31, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      Obama’s Katrina: The day PBO wakes up and realizes that he no longer looks down when talking to Sasha.

      • 126 jacquelineoboomer
        March 31, 2013 at 8:15 pm

        Ha! Worse is having a tall mom when you’re a teenage son – my son used to bring me over to the hall mirror for regular trips, until he could say “I’m taller, Mom!”

  64. 127 Nena20409
    March 31, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Avery drumming out I’m Hot for Teacher……Van H with David Lee Roth as the Lead singer 🙂

    I love this kid.

  65. March 31, 2013 at 2:24 pm

  66. 129 hopefruit2
    March 31, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    This was posted about 3hrs ago and it has already gotten over 10.8K retweets and 7K favorites. 🙂 🙂

  67. March 31, 2013 at 2:42 pm

  68. March 31, 2013 at 3:07 pm

  69. 136 sjterrid
    March 31, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Thanks for the great Rise and Shine thread, UT.

    Happy Easter to all those who observe on TOD!

    • 137 carolyn
      March 31, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      Thanks for all the pictures of the Obama family going to church and home from church. On the way home from church and dinner with the family, I thought:”I hope TOD has pictures of the Obamas going to church today.” AND LO AND BEHOLD…….my wish was granted. They are a beautiful family, inside and out.

    • March 31, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      Happy Easter to you and thank you.

  70. March 31, 2013 at 3:24 pm

  71. 144 Ladyhawke
    March 31, 2013 at 3:42 pm


    Grace and beauty under fire

    (by Smartypants)


  72. 145 Ladyhawke
    March 31, 2013 at 3:44 pm


    The First Family Walks To Easter Service At St. John’s Church


  73. 146 vcprezofan2
    March 31, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    SPECIAL (EASTER) WISH – Would someone knowledgeable PLEASE section the Favreau speechwriting video into manageable segments so that we can share them around? OR TEACH ME HOW TO DO IT?

    For example……
    a) I’d put the part with Gergen 🙄 asking about aloofness and Jon’s fabulous answer into one segment
    b) another segment could be the intro to the NH speech, the clip used, AND Jon’s post-clip comments [In fact all clips JF used could be treated similarly]
    c) a segment with Jon delineating how the President ‘wrote’ the race speech

    D) etc. etc. IF IT WILL HELP i’m WILLING TO GO THROUGH IT AGAIN AND NOTE POSSIBLE SEGMENTS cut off points THAT WOULD MAKE GOOD CLIPS, but because most of the session is so delicious it will take time to do, so you might just want to teach me how.

    I don’t think everyone would take the time to watch this in its entirety if sent on twitter; I’m wishing for the segments so that it can be sent around in shorter bites until it becomes more ‘well’known’.

    ANY TAKERS? /hands clasped/ 😀

  74. 148 dotster3
    March 31, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Lots of church walking photos, but has anyone posted the church walking vid?
    If not…..

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