Rise and Shine

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama return to the White House after their Texas visit, April 25



11:20: The President delivers remarks at the Planned Parenthood Gala

11:30: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

1:55: The President holds a bilateral meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan

3:0: Meets with U.S. business leaders with a significant presence in Mexico and Central America in advance of his trip to the region


The Guardian (UK): Obama is right to be cautious over Syria’s possible use of sarin – but then? The debacle of the Bush administration’s rush to judgment over Saddam Hussein’s ‘WMD’ shows why the US is in a quandary

The circumstances are familiar. The US is pointing to evidence that a despotic Arab regime has used weapons of mass destruction (WMD). But with the caution and caveats of its letter to Congress, the Obama administration is seeking to demonstrate this is not a repeat of the Iraq debacle.

…. There are no easy options and no road maps. Iraq showed what not to do in the absence of proof. It provides no lessons on what to do if the evidence does eventually become overwhelming.

Full article here



Steve Benen: At first blush, one might look at the new report on the strength of the U.S. economy and consider it good news. After all, the economy is, in fact, growing, and it expanded in the first quarter of 2013 at a much faster pace than the last three months of 2012. Overall, the nation has seen 14 consecutive quarters of economic growth, starting in mid-2009, when President Obama’s Recovery Act helped put the nation on stronger footing.

But the closer one looks at the details, the more discouraging the new figures appear…

More here


Dallas, April 25 – Photo by Pete Souza


Steve Benen: ….when it really wants to, the Senate can move with lightning speed: “Senators unanimously approved the “Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013” – a patch to fix the deep cuts that have furloughed air traffic controllers and delayed flights across the country”…

…. To clarify an important detail, the “Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013” does not allocate funds to replace the budget cuts and end the furloughs, but rather, gives the FAA the authority to move around other funds within its existing budget to make up the difference. In this sense, it’s a win for Republicans….

So why did Democrats go along? Because they were just looking to solve this problem quickly, and this was the path of least resistance.

Procedural considerations notwithstanding, we’re still left with an unnerving examination of Washington’s often twisted priorities…..

Full post here



Charles Pierce: I have been reading with no little fascination — and steadily rising anger — the excellent local coverage by the Waco News-Tribune of the aftermath of the massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas. You remember, right? That’s the largely unregulated, and almost completely un-inspected plant wherein was stored 1350 times the amount of ammonium nitrate than the limit that was supposed to have been reported to the Department Of Homeland Security, and which proceeded to blow up, killing 13 more people than died at the Boston Marathon, and caused what is now estimated to be $100 million worth of damage.

More here


Steve Benen: A new day for the ‘war on drugs’

It didn’t get much attention, but the Obama administration did something interesting yesterday: it unveiled a new approach on U.S. drug policy. As Keli Goff reported, “It appears that the administration may finally be ready to put the so-called drug war to bed and replace it with a much more commonsense drug policy focused on rehabilitation, not incarceration.”

More here


Greg Sargent: Congress is in recess next week. Which means political observers will be closely watching what sort of backlash, if any, Senators face at home in the wake of their No vote on the Toomey-Manchin compromise on expanded background checks — particularly since new signs are emerging that the gun debate isn’t over.

Along these lines, Quinnipiac has released a remarkably detailed set of poll numbers out of Pennsylvania that tell us a good deal about the strengths and weaknesses of the chances for further action. It finds that 70 percent of Pennsylvania voters are either dissatisfied or angry over the Senate’s rejection of the background check compromise. That includes a majority (52 percent) of Republicans…..

More here



Eugene Robinson: In retrospect, George W. Bush’s legacy doesn’t look as bad as it did when he left office. It looks worse ….. anyone tempted to get sentimental should remember the actual record of the man who called himself The Decider. Begin with the indelible stain that one of his worst decisions left on our country’s honor: torture….

More here



ThinkProgress: How The Media Invented The Latest Obamacare Controversy

After a Politico article on Wednesday evening suggested that Congress is plotting to “exempt” itself from enrolling in the Affordable Care Act’s health care exchanges, other media outlets quickly began using the piece to accuse Democrats of trying to avoid complying with the law. But a close reading of the original Republican amendment behind the uproar reveals that the controversy has more to do with politics than the merits of the health legislation.

…. But Politico’s implication that Democrats are trying to exempt themselves from the Affordable Care Act, while mandating millions of Americans to enroll in expensive coverage through the exchanges, falls apart upon examination of the original Grassley amendment, available on the Senate Finance Committee website.

More here


Backstage prior to the start of the third presidential debate with GOP candidate Mitt Romney, at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., Oct. 22, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

USA Today: Bloomberg Television announced Thursday that David Plouffe, President Obama’s former campaign manager and senior adviser, has signed on as a “contributor and strategic adviser” for the network.

Says Bloomberg: “As contributor, Plouffe will appear regularly on Bloomberg Television to offer analysis and commentary on political and business issues as they impact the intersection of Wall Street, Main Street and K Street and will lend his expertise to the discussion of technology, demographic changes and crisis management.”

More here


Oh, the people the First Lady has to greet. If that was me, I’d twist his hand until it fell on the floor – the only reason, perhaps, I’m not First Lady:



99 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Carol
    April 26, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Good morning

  2. April 26, 2013 at 9:57 am

    S’up O’s!!!! It’s another great getting up day on planet TOD again!!!! I hope I”m not speaking too soon, but I do believe spring may have just sprung in my part of the woods. Fingers crossed that the 60 degrees, bright sun, and NO water for awhile, is the start of something good. Off I go to tiptoe through the tulips.

    • 6 amk for obama
      April 26, 2013 at 9:58 am

      So there.

      • 7 japa21
        April 26, 2013 at 10:16 am

        So that’s the cause of global warming, not man’s pollution. At least that is what we will probably hear from the right.

        • April 26, 2013 at 6:11 pm

          We need to harness that with geothermal technology. It’s available. I think Bobby Kennedy Jr. Is using it. The one who is the environmentalist. It is what heats and cools most of Iceland.

    • 9 hopefruit2
      April 26, 2013 at 10:05 am

      Cookemom, don’t pay amk any attention. He’s trying to break the solid bond between you and Mother Nature! 🙂 🙂

    • 10 japa21
      April 26, 2013 at 10:15 am

      You did see the forecast for next Thursday, didn’t you? I have become a cynic this Sprinter. After every couple of Spring days it turns back to Winter.

  3. 11 amk for obama
    April 26, 2013 at 9:57 am



  4. 14 Betsy
    April 26, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Morning Carol. Congrats on first. How are you doing Ms. Chips? Thanks for a great round up!

  5. 16 hopefruit2
    April 26, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Happy Friday Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone 🙂 Excellent roundup Chips – well worth the wait.

    That Waco Tribune has a fabulous front page coverage, and I am heartened to see that they are quite respectful and appreciative of our President’s visit and his words to the mourners.

  6. 17 utaustinliberal
    April 26, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Great news this morning. Spread the word!

  7. April 26, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Morning everyone. Great Rise & Shine Chips…Thank you. What a day for Potus and Flotus yesterday. Glad they have each other to lean on.

  8. 20 amk for obama
    April 26, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I watched some cameron clod in aje about syria cw. His weaselly words “we’re not going to get into details at this point”. yeah, right, where we have heard those words before ?

    of course, permanent warmonger, mccain was there peddling we gotta arm the rebels NOW. It’s a fucking syrian problem. Let them sort it out.

  9. 21 japa21
    April 26, 2013 at 10:07 am

    First, a quick apology for my ranting and raving last night. I am still not happy about the whole FAA crap, but I will work hard not to spill it over in to other items.
    So, I will avoid doing any tweeting on it today and go back to pointing out GOP hypocrisy. On that subject our cups runneth over.

    • April 26, 2013 at 10:13 am

      Japa, no need to apologise at all, people’s fury on this is completely understandable, Congress finally wakes from its slumber to act on this??

    • 27 Vicki
      April 26, 2013 at 10:49 am

      You’re not the only one freaked out about the FAA getting a pass. My friends and neighbors have had their UI cut by 11% and are on track to lose their homes.
      Our country seems not to care a bit.

  10. 28 hopefruit2
    April 26, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Both PBO and FLOTUS’ arms are folded in that pic. The vibe is not good and they’re picking up on that.

    • 29 MightyPamela
      April 26, 2013 at 10:22 am

      HF, sometimes we just protect the solar plexus chakra by crossing our arms over it, particularly in certain company who can only operate from the solar plexus. I’m sure you are correct about the vibes. Any energy coming from W would be of a level one would choose to avoid if possible. Good eye for detail in picking up on that. Oh Mighty Hopefruit! 😉

    • 30 anniebella
      April 26, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Let me tell you what I think, if given a chose neither FLOTUS or POTUS would have been to that G.W. Lie-berry opening yesterday. You knew in that crowd were going to be G.W.-Cheney folks so who want to be around them.

  11. 31 MightyPamela
    April 26, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Yo! Y’all.. Busy day ahead, nothing “-ish” about it.. But first a quiet cup of green tea with splint off to air. You know, I do believe we are on an upswing! Have a brilliant day, everyone. {{{{{Chipsticks}}}}} {{{{{PBO}}}}}

    • 32 japa21
      April 26, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Way to go. Glad to hear you are getting and feeling better. You are truly MIGHTY.

    • 33 LadyTNT
      April 26, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      Hi MightyPamela!!! I saw the full moon last night and I thought about you!! I thought, MP said it would be a full moon tonight!!

  12. 34 amk for obama
    April 26, 2013 at 10:10 am

  13. 37 japa21
    April 26, 2013 at 10:12 am

  14. 38 amk for obama
    April 26, 2013 at 10:14 am

    That darth toon is too real. #evil asshole.

  15. April 26, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Greg Sargent: Congress is in recess next week. Which means political observers will be closely watching what sort of backlash, if any, Senators face at home in the wake of their No vote on the Toomey-Manchin compromise on expanded background checks — particularly since new signs are emerging that the gun debate isn’t over.

    Along these lines, Quinnipiac has released a remarkably detailed set of poll numbers out of Pennsylvania that tell us a good deal about the strengths and weaknesses of the chances for further action. It finds that 70 percent of Pennsylvania voters are either dissatisfied or angry over the Senate’s rejection of the background check compromise. That includes a majority (52 percent) of Republicans.

    Pennsylvania is an interesting test case with broader implications. While it does lean blue, it has a deep gun culture, and it is home to the sort of suburban district — represented by Republicans — where gun reformers still hope to pick up unexpected GOP support.

    More here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/04/26/the-morning-plum-the-problem-gun-reformers-face/

  16. 40 amk for obama
    April 26, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Hey mini bt’s and bt.

    Toon @ Noon.

  17. 41 symmetry11
    April 26, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Just a reminder that the White House Correspondence Dinner will be tomorrow (4/27). Red Carpet at 6:15 pm and the main event begins at 9:40 pm (EST). CSPAN will be airing the dinner.

  18. 42 Jovie
    April 26, 2013 at 10:26 am

  19. 43 amk for obama
    April 26, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Security firms are warning about a security bug in the popular Viber app for Android phones.

    The flaw in the net phone application lets attackers bypass screen locks and take control of a smartphone.

    The app has been downloaded more than 50 million times from Google’s Play store according to statistics from the search giant.

    Viber said it was aware of the flaw and was preparing to release a fix that would close the loophole.


    blech, I use that stupid thing. Time to update / uninstall

  20. 47 amk for obama
    April 26, 2013 at 10:31 am

  21. 48 Jovie
    April 26, 2013 at 10:32 am

  22. April 26, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Perry looks so confused and befuddled with getting such a warm hand shake from FLOTUS in that last pic posted. He is not smart enough, (as we know) to realize that he is being outsmarted with this show of love and kindness from Michelle. I think he expected a Palin-like reaction from her after all the ugliness his side has thrown out there at her and Potus. They will never fully get it, what our Prez and FL are all about.

  23. April 26, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Where’s the sign-up sheet for a new keyboard? I now need one after reading that caption for the FLOTUS-Gov Perry photo, whilst sipping my morning Diet Coke. 😆

  24. 51 utaustinliberal
    April 26, 2013 at 10:51 am

  25. 52 amk for obama
    April 26, 2013 at 10:51 am

    • 53 Nena20409
      April 26, 2013 at 11:13 am

      Good Good Morning TODers.

      This is just too good for laugher. The innocence of it all. The little tyke thinks that that tree is hiding his little body? 😆 😆 😎 I love it. Thanks amk.

  26. 54 Jovie
    April 26, 2013 at 10:55 am

  27. 55 hopefruit2
    April 26, 2013 at 11:06 am

    This is a classic example of intellectually lazy thinking advanced by our media pundits. Republicans don’t have any more stamina than Dems, when all they do is sit in front of the TV with their potato chips & soda for 120+ mins, while the DEMS on the steep incline treadmill get tired after 45 mins. We ask so little of the GOP (who are elected officials) and allow them to get pass after pass for inflicting harm (not just failing to do the right thing), but are quick to criticize the DEMS.

    Maybe if this damn media would take the GOP to task and expose their racist bullshyte instead of heaping on the DEMS for at least attempting to do the right thing, we would have a more stable/balanced congress. It’s time the media confronts this GOP head on, accuse them of obstructing this President and spreading lies to gullible Americans about what’s really going on, and SHAME them.

    But nooooooo…we can’t have that. We have to focus on the Democrats since they and PBO are the only ones getting taxpayer funded salaries to do their jobs. The media spends 85% of their time repeating and promoting GOP talking points, and when the DEMS don’t get sufficient support for their agenda and give up (or seem to be taking a different approach), the MSM jumps on them and attacks them. Meanwhile the GOP carries on….

    • 56 sherijr
      April 26, 2013 at 11:38 am

      Hopefruit in my opinion.. the media are republicans… which is why they rarely call them out, rarely fail them at anything.. because in essence their job has clearly become to push the republican slant on nearly everything.

      • 57 hopefruit2
        April 26, 2013 at 11:45 am

        And that’s my point exactly – while many in the MSM put out those “concern” tweets to get people frustrated and demoralized, they’re busy hi-fiving each other in the backrooms because their agenda is being accomplished.

        • 58 sherijr
          April 26, 2013 at 11:48 am

          yep.. and this ain’t anything new imo – the media LOVED Reagan, Bush.. they never dissected their Presidencies as they do POTUS now.. they pushed lies even about the Clinton’s while they were in office. Our media was always slanted right.. even when I was a kid- they were pushing the Vietnam war on teevee. It was rare that they told us the truth about anything.

  28. April 26, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Goooooood Friiiiidayyy Mooornnninnngggg, Chips and TODville. What a long week it’s been!

  29. 60 japa21
    April 26, 2013 at 11:14 am

    • 61 japa21
      April 26, 2013 at 11:16 am

      Actually, I think to some degree, and in some areas, this has already happened. As I tweeted a few days ago, rhetoric that would have been considered out of bounds not that long ago is already acceptable within the mainstream GOP and, unfortunately, to a good percentage of the American people.

  30. 62 Jovie
    April 26, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Sherry brown is going after Obama administration-


    That’s not the way to get the house back and keep the Senate.
    Unbelievable !

  31. April 26, 2013 at 11:17 am

    good morning. Loved seeing PBO and MO together.

  32. 64 JER
    April 26, 2013 at 11:17 am

    President Obama is speaking now: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  33. 65 hopefruit2
    April 26, 2013 at 11:18 am

    PBO is now addressing Planned Parenthood – watch live here


  34. 67 amk for obama
    April 26, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Bangladeshi rescue workers say a large group of people has been found alive inside the ruins of a collapsed garment factory near Dhaka.


  35. 69 hopefruit2
    April 26, 2013 at 11:20 am

    That’s our college kay! 🙂

  36. 70 amk for obama
    April 26, 2013 at 11:20 am

  37. 72 japa21
    April 26, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Totally OT but… Yesterday or the day before there was the discussion of who the most beautiful woman is. So last night, I asked my wife who, after her and our daughters-in-law of course, she thought the most beautiful woman was. She thought about it a while and came up with a couple names. Then she asked me who I would select. I said, without hesitation, and to the surprise of no one here, Michelle Obama. Without a second of hesitation her response was, “That is a great choice.”
    Sp I guess I can continue my worshipful adoration of our FLOTUS.

  38. 76 hopefruit2
    April 26, 2013 at 11:25 am

  39. 77 Linda
    April 26, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Politico Grouses About Forthcoming Mark Leibovich Book In The Most ‘Beltway Insider’ Article Ever Written.

    Looks like they are going to be exposed and are melting down 3 months in advance……


  40. 78 hopefruit2
    April 26, 2013 at 11:32 am

  41. 79 amk for obama
    April 26, 2013 at 11:33 am

    camey boy pushing for another ME war.


  42. 80 japa21
    April 26, 2013 at 11:38 am

  43. 81 japa21
    April 26, 2013 at 11:43 am

  44. 83 hopefruit2
    April 26, 2013 at 11:46 am

  45. 84 japa21
    April 26, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Okay, so I am still a little upset:

  46. 85 Linda
    April 26, 2013 at 11:47 am

    WASHINGTON — Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) is really happy about retiring from the Senate. So happy, in fact, that he’s turning to poetry to explain the deep calling he felt to step down.

    “It whispered to me among the elk resting in a meadow east of the Bridger Mountains,” Baucus wrote in a Great Falls Tribune op-ed published late Thursday.

    “I heard it as thousands of snow geese flew over the Rocky Mountain Front.”

    “The pull came up from my soul like the ducks that rose in clouds from the winter wheat fields of Teton County at dusk.”

    Baucus, the chair of the Senate Finance Committee, has long had a penchant for literary or historical references. Just this week, his opening remarks in a hearing on trade policy included an anecdote about Thomas Jefferson’s purchase of Louisiana, and he began another hearing on the foster care system with a quote by Winston Churchill about the “virtues of human society.”

    Baucus announced Tuesday that he will step down in 2014, bringing an end to his 35 years in the Senate. His decision elicited cheers from progressive groups, who have long criticized him for his history of voting with corporate interests. Baucus said he made the decision after conversations with his wife and his family.

    “I will serve out my term, and then it will be time to go home to Montana,” he said.


    • 86 mtmarilyn
      April 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      We are happy he is leaving too. In our papers today, Denny Rehberg is talking about running again. If it is between Schweitzer and Rehberg, I know Schweitzer would win. If they run against each other the adds are going to be over the top. I really, really, really dislike Rehberg.

  47. 87 hopefruit2
    April 26, 2013 at 11:49 am

    And we know that’s all because of WHO is now President!

    • 88 Nena20409
      April 26, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      😎 C-SPAN used to cover it on 2 of their stations, now…..since pres Obama, they scantily cover it. Just like they scantily cover the WH Presser with then press sec., Gibbs or now with Jay Carney.

      Perhaps, with E covering it now……C-SPAN would get back to the way they used to cover it? Hmm?

      • 89 hopefruit2
        April 26, 2013 at 12:19 pm

        CSPAN has always covered it to my knowledge. In fact I distinctly recall CSPAN coverage receiving a great deal of attention when Trump was roasted by PBO. But regardless of CSPAN’s coverage or not, my point was that more networks are taking an interest because MORE PEOPLE are watching it – since PBO started participating.

  48. April 26, 2013 at 11:58 am

  49. 91 isonprize
    April 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I LOVE it when my President has a fresh haircut. 😀 Those waves are lookin’ good, Mr. President. 😀

    😀 Of course, FLOTUS is lookin’ fabulous, as usual. 😀

  50. 92 JER
    April 26, 2013 at 12:03 pm

  51. 93 carolyn
    April 26, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    My final say on the Texas visit, since this visit was important, I think.
    I know many here were upset that the President was going to the opening of the Bush Entertainment Complex (as Letterman named it last night) and also upset that he went to Waco. Many were very concerned for his safety. I understand all this.

    However……these two visits were very important. First, the President is obligated to attend that farce of a dedication…..he is polite and disciplined. Had he not been there, it would have been fodder for the right wing forever.

    Second, his visit to Waco will have good results down the line. He went to Boston…..the “liberal” capital, and had he not gone to Waco, again the right wing would have said he didn’t care about people unlike him. Also, these people needed to see that he is THEIR president too. They needed to see him, and not the caricature of him in their papers and on their blogs. They needed to feel his warmth and care, and there were those who did. There will be some who will be able to say in the future…..”He’s not like that. I saw him in person.” According to the Waco paper, his visit would be considered a success.

    Also, now that he has seen the devastation and been to the spot, he can summon the resources of the Federal government to enforce and strengthen regulators and speak about that. He won’t do it immediately, but it will come.

    Finally, I was never worried about his safety in Dallas. As I stated many times, the entire city has felt the stain on their reputation for 50 years. This was NOT going to happen again, and I know the mother the mayor, and he is a man of honor and care. Another disaster was NOT going to happen on his watch. Let’s be careful not to demonize an entire state for its governor and Senators. Many good, caring, progressive, liberal people live in Texas…..like ut, my son and family and many more.

    Also, before GWB was governor…..remember Anne Richards? Texas was becoming progressive. Their educational system was very good. People came to UT from all over the world for its excellence. The state has a good system of two year community colleges, their road system is excellent…..their grade 2 roads beat our Oklahoma grade 1 roads! My daughter-in-law says Texas will be turning blue.

    I’m still thinking about the FAA thing…..

    But, for the robin watchers……mama robin is still on her nest. We are waiting for baby robin(s).

  52. 94 JER
    April 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm

  53. 95 anniebella
    April 26, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I am really piss that McCain and Graham want to drag us into another war. I know POTUS have to decide what is his next step since it is reported that the Syria’s President have used chemical weapons. I can have compassion for people but I am sick of war. Specially since everyone is always looking for us to jump in and save the world.

    • 96 anniebella
      April 26, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      I know it is a tough decision for POTUS, that is why I hope we all continue to pray for POTUS.

    • 97 jessica
      April 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      I trust PBO no matter what. Whether I like it or not, I know it was with the American people at the top of the priority list. I’m going to let him handle it.

      • 98 jacquelineoboomer
        April 26, 2013 at 3:02 pm

        And I’m standing with you, whatever the topic, arm in arm in trusting President Obama.

  54. 99 jacquelineoboomer
    April 26, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Just getting here, Chips, but so glad the ghastly library opening day is ohvah and the Obamas got back home last evening to catch some sleep in their own surroundings. Just spotted that in the one photo where President Obama is laughing along with the former presidents, he has his arms crossed in front of him, which – I think – is one of the “defense” postures. Probably hoping Bush doesn’t rub off on him!

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