Rise and Shine…… week in review

President Obama attends a naturalization ceremony for military men and women becoming citizens







President Obama signs an EO designating 5 new national monuments





The L.A. Kings and Galaxy attend a WH ceremony for winning championships






Healthy Game day meals…


On staying healthy and active


President Obama pushes for gun legislation w/ families of victims






President Obama meets with the heads of 5 African nations






President Obama travels to Miami to discuss infastructure








President Obama takes in the NCAA Regional final at the Verizon Center






The First Family goes to church on Easter Sunday



Bo has a message….


The big event is here!


Check out highlights in real-time right here:  http://wh.gov/Obr & the schedule:  http://wh.gov/HPUG



And a wonderful video by our very dear Chipsticks


9:30AM          THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

Oval Office


10:30AM       THE FIRST FAMILY attends the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll; THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST        

LADY deliver remarks


                            Remarks Open to Pre-Credentialed Media (Pre-set 8:00AM – Final Gather 10:00AM – North Doors of the Palm Room)


Briefing Schedule

12:30PM       Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney


Schedule for the Week of April 1, 2013

On Monday, the President and the First Family will participate in the White House Easter Egg Roll.  The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling, and Easter egg rolling.

On Tuesday, the President will welcome Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore to the White House. The United States and Singapore have strong economic and security ties, and our strategic partnership reflects a shared commitment to working together to ensure the continued peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region. The President looks forward to discussing with Prime Minister Lee a broad range of strategic and economic issues affecting the Asia-Pacific region.

On Wednesday, the President will travel to the Denver, Colorado area, where he will continue asking the American people to join him in calling on Congress to pass common-sense measures to reduce gun violence. The President will meet with local law enforcement officials and community leaders to discuss the new measures the state recently put in place, including closing loopholes in the background check system to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and others who should not have access to them.  Later in the day, he will travel to San Francisco, California to attend events for the DCCC.  He will remain overnight in San Francisco.

On Thursday, the President will attend events for the DNC in Atherton, California.  He will return to Washington, DC in the evening.

On Friday, the President will participate in the Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House.


Good Morning TOD, Hope you have a wonderful week…. Lovelyplains

128 Responses to “Rise and Shine…… week in review”

  1. 1 desertflower
    April 1, 2013 at 7:56 am


  2. 9 amk for obama
    April 1, 2013 at 7:57 am

    1st. Ha.

  3. 10 desertflower
    April 1, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Hot diggity:) Happy Cesar Chavez Day….Easter Monday…Back to Work Day (for me!)

    • 11 vcprezofan2
      April 1, 2013 at 8:07 am

      You have school on Easter Monday!!! That surprises me – am definitely not moving to Arizona! Have a good day anyway, Desertf.

      • 12 desertflower
        April 1, 2013 at 8:15 am

        Yes:) I just had all of last week off….WONDERFUL!!!…..but now it’s time to go back to work 🙂

        • 13 vcprezofan2
          April 1, 2013 at 8:20 am

          Sounds like you’ve put the cold/allergy behind you – Good! I’m sure the kids will keep you alert today, trying to trick you when you least expect. Have a really fun day!

          • 14 desertflower
            April 1, 2013 at 8:31 am

            {{{{{{{{vc}}}}}}} No, actually the cold/allergy thingy is still hanging on! Most annoying. I love those little darlings. Actually looking forward to seeing them:) Have a great day yourself! Spring is in the air…except here, where it jumps right to summer…close to 90 all week long…..AH!

    • 15 Betsy
      April 1, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Me too 😦 I just got back from a week of hiking and wine tasting up in Sonoma and Napa valleys. It was wonderful.

  4. 16 Ladyhawke
    April 1, 2013 at 7:59 am

    What the NRA Doesn’t Want You to Know

    By Marian Wright Edelman


    Please do your homework and decide for yourself. Educate yourself on what the NRA wants you to believe by reading the Children’s Defense Fund’s updated fact sheet “The Truth About Guns.” During this Easter recess, go to your members of Congress’ town hall meetings and let your members know that the time to be held hostage to the NRA lobby is over. Let’s break the NRA lock on the research door to learn and share the truth about the human, economic and public safety costs of gun violence in our nation. I believe the truth will set us free.



    NOTE: Check out the Children’s Defense Fund “The Truth About Guns” document and share it with friends and family.

    • 17 desertflower
      April 1, 2013 at 8:14 am

      Thank you for this, Ladyhawke…will help me compose my letter to Senators Flake/McCain. Because according to Sen. Flake, these universal background checks most all of America agrees should happen…is “a bridge too far.” AH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. 18 Bill
    April 1, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Bo is an excellent Easter egg finder.

  6. 19 utaustinliberal
    April 1, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Can’t wait for the Easter Egg Roll. It’s going to be fabulous.

  7. 21 vcprezofan2
    April 1, 2013 at 8:05 am

    THERE you are, Lovelyp!!!

    • 22 vcprezofan2
      April 1, 2013 at 8:08 am

      Oooo I love the bright, clear colours on these pics – thank you, LP. Have to go examine them more closely.

  8. April 1, 2013 at 8:07 am

    LovelyPlains, what a spectacular review of the week, SUBLIME!!!!! Thank you x 8,727 gazillion, you legend!!!

    Happy Easter Egg Roll day everyone, I’m just going to watch the rest of the Chelsea v United game, I’ll be back with champagne soon.

    • 24 vcprezofan2
      April 1, 2013 at 8:14 am

      Matchmaker, matchmaker
      ♫’Troublemaker, troublemaker, leave well alone.
      Stop stirring the fans, when people are hot.
      Troublemaker, troublemaker. try to be good

      Good Afternoon, Chips Chica! Think you can enjoy your game WITHOUT starting a riot?

  9. 28 Dudette
    April 1, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Good Morning Everyone! Remember today is April Fool’s Day… [the folks at Google are already at it!]

    • 29 vcprezofan2
      April 1, 2013 at 8:17 am

      Morning Dudette, you having a quarrel with your bed? I seem to be of the impression that you only retired there just a few short hours ago. 😉
      Oh well, nice to see you again, rested and ready for pranks. Have a great day! 😛

  10. 31 Dudette
    April 1, 2013 at 8:14 am

  11. 32 Dudette
    April 1, 2013 at 8:15 am

  12. April 1, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Live streaming of Easter Egg Roll Day has started:


  13. 34 utaustinliberal
    April 1, 2013 at 8:17 am

  14. 38 utaustinliberal
    April 1, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Pete Souza is genius with a camera.

  15. 42 amk for obama
    April 1, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Oh, noez. I have finally done it……….

    I have run through my entire cache of jokes. Nothing more left. Zip. Nada. Zero. 😯 😯 😯

    okthxbifolks. ➡ ➡ ➡

  16. 52 vcprezofan2
    April 1, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Hey Chips, LovelyPlains, Amk! Would one of you recommend a video editor that I could acquire that would work on YouTube vids. I’m obsessed with the idea of parceling up the speechwriting vid Jon Favreau did. It seems such a rich ground to learn on. I sent out an appeal yesterday for some to take the job but got little response.

    ps: Amk, I included other names with yours in an attempt to minimize the cost should you be the one to answer. After all, I’m told competition affects pricing. 😆 😆

    • April 1, 2013 at 8:34 am

      Hiya VC, do you use Windows or Mac? I use Mac, so the video editors I generally use are iMovie HD and FotoMagico. Microsoft used to have a free video editor – MovieMaker?? – not sure if they still do??

    • 57 amk for obama
      April 1, 2013 at 8:34 am


      I’ll let you figure that one out.

      • April 1, 2013 at 8:57 am

        Pretty easy to figure it out you naughty boy.

      • 59 vcprezofan2
        April 1, 2013 at 9:44 am

        Amk, I’m sure you have figured out by now that I’m not very clever, so anything you have to tell me you have to do so straight out. Remember that step. by. step. rule I held you to when giving me picture posting instructions? Solving mysteries are not my forte. In fact you’ve reminded me of that riddle you gave months ago and I never did find out what the response was. Highly frustrating as I’m an immediate gratification person. In this case, when I gave it my full focus it sees you left out a letter – ‘H’ as in “See Me Tomorrow Morning For Help”. Well I don’t know if I can, because knowing me I might not be still interested in pushing my limits tomorrow. Thanks anyways, however. Back later!

  17. 61 Dudette
    April 1, 2013 at 8:30 am

  18. 62 utaustinliberal
    April 1, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Hey guys, spread this around. They’re trying to blame Pres. Obama for the “Monsanto Protection Act” which the GOP slipped into a bill that funds the government for the next 6 months. This Politicususa article breaks it down. Read it. It’s great stuff and it gives you the knowledge to fight back ignorance. Enough with the crap.

  19. 63 Dudette
    April 1, 2013 at 8:37 am

    WET POTUS!!! Oh Happy Day! 😀

    Thank you, Kasai!!!


  20. 64 utaustinliberal
    April 1, 2013 at 8:37 am

    GOOOOAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!! Thank you Chelsea!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. 66 Dudette
    April 1, 2013 at 8:44 am

    • 67 anniebella
      April 1, 2013 at 8:57 am

      Look at little Sasha. Can you imagine when POTUS and FLOTUS leave the White House she will be 15 years old.

      • 68 Dudette
        April 1, 2013 at 9:14 am

        Look at the baby in that video and look at the poised young pre-teen walking to Easter Service yesterday. It’s amazing how fast they grow up!

  22. 69 Dudette
    April 1, 2013 at 8:45 am

    This does seem to be what it’s come to:

  23. 70 CEB
    April 1, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Good Morning and Happy Easter Monday. Beautiful morning at the White House.

  24. April 1, 2013 at 8:52 am

  25. April 1, 2013 at 8:53 am

  26. April 1, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Thanks Lovelyplains for an excellent wrap-up of the last week and preview of today’s activities at the WH Easter Egg Roll! 🙂

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone!

  27. 74 Ladyhawke
    April 1, 2013 at 8:58 am

    As Rubio goes wobbly, immigration deal nears

    By Steve Benen


    In addition to last night’s statement, Rubio also sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) demanding extensive hearings on the legislation’s many provisions, and warning against a “rush to legislate.”

    What’s more, Rubio is now also demanding a process in which his own bill can be amended, many times over.

    Rubio’s strategy is a bit of a mystery at this point. As a rule, there’s a name for those who respond to legislative progress by demanding hearings, warning against a “rush to legislate,” asking for an open amendment process, and issuing all-caps press releases insisting there is no agreement. They’re called opponents of the legislation. And yet in this case, Rubio is ostensibly part of the “gang” that’s championing the bill.

    To be sure, it’s possible Rubio is just being overly cautious, and trying to keep expectations in check. It’s also possible that Rubio is looking for an escape hatch, and may yet abandon the reform package he knows the far-right will disapprove of.



    • April 1, 2013 at 10:17 am

      I generally agree with Steve Benen, but not in this case. It’s the Republican modus operandi…they almost come to agreement and a Republican suddenly has a problem with some detail that promises to upend agreement. It’s what they did with healthcare and finance reform. They pulled the same tactic with gun legislation and now they’re doing it with immigration reform. It’s what they do, to stall and burn the clock, because they know in time Americans will go on to something new.

      In the meantime, they make the public believe they’re negotiating in good faith, when the truth is, they never have an intention of reaching agreement. Afterall, it will work to their advantage if they can stall until election time. If they’re then lucky enough to gain control of the Senate too, they can ignore all of it.

  28. 77 sherijr
    April 1, 2013 at 9:03 am

    good morning & ‘Happy’ April Fool’s Day.. this has always been one of my favorite days for pranking my sons 🙂 wonderful Rise & shine this morning LP ~

  29. 78 dotster3
    April 1, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Looks like fog has lifted and the festivities are already under way. Am I allowed to say that I think the Easter egg roll is the weakest part of the Easter egg roll?—-always feel sorry for those little kids trying to accomplish an almost impossible task, moving that egg across the grass. But I guess it’s tradition, and it’s the name of the thing, so it stays. And it’s cute when President Obama comes to the rescue of some little cutie who is having difficulty. Love all the other events tho. Fun day!

  30. 79 utaustinliberal
    April 1, 2013 at 9:05 am

    First Grandma is doing story time now.

  31. April 1, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Up and at ’em all you O’s!!!! Time to shake a tail feather cause it’s another great getting up day in the TOD neighborhood! Pay close attention to everyone around you today, lest you be taken off guard and subject to the dreaded April Fool’s day.

    • 82 hopefruit2
      April 1, 2013 at 9:14 am

      G’morning cookemom! Just a gentle ‘minder that we are currently out of naughty mats until Mr. Yardarm brings in a new shipment. So keep the naughtiness to a minimum until such time that we have an ample supply of mats for occupation. 🙂 🙂

      • 83 cookemom
        April 1, 2013 at 9:44 am

        I blame whoever posts all those titillating pictures, knowing full well my reaction. It’s OK about the new shipment. If Yardam can’t mange to get that boat of his moving at the appropriate knots to make a timely delivery, I’ll just use my yoga mat. Depending on the picture, I may just forego a mat altogether.

  32. April 1, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Thanks LP for posting the great photos and videos. Congrats to dessert flower.

  33. April 1, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  34. 86 proudmemberofglobalzero
    April 1, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Great Post for Monday morning. Thank you all for that.

    Yesterday someone was trying to figure out who Sasha looked like. UT, Chips or PA, would you please post a picture of Sasha and President Obamas father next to each other. I think there is a real resemblance there.

    • 87 cookemom
      April 1, 2013 at 9:50 am

      I’m still going with Sasha and PBO’s grandma with a mix of Michelle, depending on the angle. Malia is his mother all the way to me. I see very little of the Robinson genes in either of them, other than Michelle’s body type.

  35. 88 hopefruit2
    April 1, 2013 at 9:16 am

  36. 89 Dudette
    April 1, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Cool family history stuff here on Wikipedia

  37. 90 japa21
    April 1, 2013 at 9:22 am

    It is amazing when you see what PBO does in just one week. And some people call him lazy. He does more in one week than the House does in 2 years. Meaning, of course, the Republican House.

    • 91 Ladyhawke
      April 1, 2013 at 9:30 am

      I totally agree japa21. It’s exhausting to see President Obama’s schedule. I continue to be amazed at the wealth of information on the whitehouse.gov website. West Wing Week is one of my favorite features. It’s a great way to show the American people what been happening the previous week. Can you imagine the Speaker of the House giving a recap of his previous week. It would basically amount to radio silence.

  38. April 1, 2013 at 9:23 am


  39. 93 japa21
    April 1, 2013 at 9:24 am

    So I see ManU gave Chelsea an Easter present. Probably felt Chelsea was doing so badly lately that they needed a little boost.

  40. 98 dotster3
    April 1, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Isn’t this just the sweetest newborn photo?

  41. 101 utaustinliberal
    April 1, 2013 at 9:27 am

    OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! Chelsea just beat Man United. CHELSEA JUST BEAT MAN UNITED. We’re on to the semi-finals against Man. City. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I looooooooooooooooove you Blues! THANK YOU.

    And yes, these are tears coming down my face. Goooooooooooooooo BLUES!!!!!!

  42. 103 amk for obama
    April 1, 2013 at 9:30 am

    watched the movie the perez family y’day and loved it

    marisa tomei is one talented hawt actress.

  43. 104 Ladyhawke
    April 1, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Ben Carson, Conservative Hero, Melts Down on Cable News


    • 105 dotster3
      April 1, 2013 at 9:43 am

      For an educated dr., he is stunningly naive and lacking in basic knowledge, facts, and common sense. He seems a tad whacked to me.

      • 106 anniebella
        April 1, 2013 at 10:02 am

        Like I said he is another Herman Cain, Ben Carson might be alot smarter than Cain, but he is still the Republicans new Herman Cain.

  44. 107 anniebella
    April 1, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Did anyone hear of Louisville player Kevin Ware injury to his leg? From all the talk it was awful to see. I’m glad I did not see it. But the good news is he has already had surgery to fix the leg and in time he should be okay.

    • April 1, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Just read about it last night Anniebella, sounded absolutely horrific, I avoided looking at any photos. I hope he’ll be okay.

      • 109 anniebella
        April 1, 2013 at 9:44 am

        The way they were talking, I don’t want to see it either. I did see some reaction from the players and it look like they were horrified.

        • 110 japa21
          April 1, 2013 at 9:57 am

          Saw a short replay this morning (and I mean it was very short) and in thabrief 2 seconds you could see the leg snap and the bone come through. Truly a freakish thing.

        • April 1, 2013 at 9:58 am

          I won’t even describe what I read, nightmarish. The poor guy.

          • 112 anniebella
            April 1, 2013 at 10:11 am

            Please don’t because I don’t want to see it or read about it. But one doctor the news man was talking to said that he should be okay, that the doctors like to have the patient up on their feet the day after surgery. So I am hoping and praying Kevin Ware will be alright.

    • 113 cookemom
      April 1, 2013 at 10:23 am

      I had the game on when it happened. He fell awkwardly on his leg and broke it in two places. He let out a blood curdling scream when it happened. He was right in front of his team’s bench, so his team and coaches saw the injury first hand. A bone was protruding about 6 inches through the skin, out of his leg. That led his team mates to react very physically. some fell on the floor, others started crying, some became ill, even his coach couldn’t hold back tears, neither could the opposing coach. The entire crowd was silenced while they stabilized him. His coach said later, that while everyone around him was falling apart, he kept saying, ‘I’m alright, just win the game’. And, that they did, by a lot!

      To their credit, the broadcast of the event was not exploitative, nor sensationalized. They dis not show the injury at all. The only thing captured was a distant shot of him going down. That was just regular game coverage. They did not replay any of the play that led up to the injury. Kudos to them.

      This athlete at 19, has youth on his side. It will take a year to rehabilitate. He will probably be red-shirted next year, then allowed to play the following two years.

      I can’t imagine as a parent, what went through his parent’s minds watching that play out in real time. I remember when my #1 hurt herself in an elementary school game. It was nothing, but I didn’t know that, so I jump up from the stands, ran out onto the floor, determined to take over. It wasn’t until the coach gently led me away (a profile in courage), and #1 pleading, ‘MOOOOOOMMMMM!!!!!!!’, that I managed to collect my wits about me and exit the playing field.

  45. 114 hopefruit2
    April 1, 2013 at 9:41 am

  46. 118 desertflower
    April 1, 2013 at 9:51 am


    The government knows the car you drive, the house you live in and the taxes you pay.

    Credit agencies know about your credit lines, any bankruptcies and liens you have and how well you’ve honored mortgages and credit cards. Companies compile your prescription drug history and sell reports to insurers.

    President Obama’s reelection campaign collected data and relied on behavioral scientists to learn about the TV shows we watch, the magazines we read, the celebrities we follow, our Facebook friends and what other social websites we prefer.

    And hackers, including an apparent army of them in China, try to steal it all.

    But now we have the National Rifle Association, supposedly concerned about privacy, drawing a line in the sand over, of all things, background checks for the purchase of guns, including via the Internet.

    It’s an irrational argument with depressing political potency.

  47. April 1, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Goooood moooornnnninggg, LP, Chips and TOD Village!! It’s Easter Egg Roll Day, wheeeeee!!

  48. 121 japa21
    April 1, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Boy, Frum is really worried about Clinton running in 2016. And note, I am somewhat ambivalent about who runs at this point, a long way to go.

    • April 1, 2013 at 10:06 am

      I’m not inclined to read the article but that is just absurd. “Serious self-assessment” of Obama years goes on every freakin’ day. I can’t imagine it ending in 2016.

  49. 123 desertflower
    April 1, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Oh, good. ANOTHER GWB fuckup


    It’s difficult to say with confidence whether, and to what extent, to take seriously North Korea’s latest tantrum. The dictatorship’s belligerent saber rattling will wax and wane, and often coincides with new South Korean leadership, and the recent escalations may be inconsequential posturing.

    It’d be irresponsible, however, to dismiss the seriousness of recent events. In the wake of North Korea’s most recent nuclear test, international tensions have spiraled quickly, including an announcement from Kim Jong-un late Friday that his country is now in a “state of war” — an ominous declaration with an ambiguous meaning.

    It’s against this backdrop that Ari Fleischer, a prominent Republican voice and former press secretary for the Bush/Cheney White House, seemed a little defensive the other night, worrying that President Obama might “blame George Bush” for the burgeoning crisis.

    Why would Fleischer be defensive about this? Perhaps because the Bush/Cheney administration let North Korea get nuclear weapons.

    More at the link………….

  50. 124 Ladyhawke
    April 1, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Ok guys, Chef Sam Kass is in the house.

  51. 126 jacquelineoboomer
    April 1, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Hey, TOD, mornin’. Woke up at 7:45 a.m. (in retirementland, where that’s not allowed), and I knew it was April Fool’s Day for me, even before I witness any pranks!

    Thanks for the lovely photos, LP, and the landing place, Chips. Happy Easter Egg Roll to one and all!

  52. 128 sjterrid
    April 1, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Thanks for the great pictures in this morning’s Rise and Shine thread, LP.

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