Rise and Shine….Have A Happy Mother’s Day!















Michelle Obama, Marian Robinson, Malia Obama, Sasha Obama, Avery Robinson, Leslie Robinson



















Mothers come in all variations but the one thing they have in common is the boundless love they have for those around them. So on this special day, I hope that all the mothers of TOD know that you are loved and you are appreciated. There are no adequate words to describe what a mother’s love does for a child. May you all have a joyous, laughter filled Mother’s Day. Thank you for everything. ๐Ÿ˜€

81 Responses to “Rise and Shine….Have A Happy Mother’s Day!”

  1. 9 Roberta in MN
    May 12, 2013 at 8:38 am

    GM CHIPS, UT, & congrats on mary1 on 1st. And Happy Mothers Day to all of you with Mother’s still with you, or just on your shoulder looking after you. Have a great day.

  2. May 12, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers out there, and especially to our TOD moms! Happy Mother’s Day to our beautiful FLOTUS and Mom-in-Chief ๐Ÿ™‚

    G’morning UT, Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats maryl1 on #1!! UT thanks for this fabulous collection of videos & pics featuring our lovely FLOTUS, First Grandma, and PBO’s mom! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. May 12, 2013 at 8:41 am

    A beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeautiful collection of photos and videos UT, what a gorgeous way to start this Sunday! You’re a gem, thank you!!!!

    Moooooorning everyone!

  4. 15 Roberta in MN
    May 12, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Beautiful collage of pictures. Will catch up later on the videos. Thank you. UT.

  5. 16 prettyfoot58
    May 12, 2013 at 8:53 am

    BEAUTIFULLLLL…absolutely….BEAUTIFULLLLLLLL Rise and Shine…UT!!!

  6. 17 amk for obama
    May 12, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Niiice, ut.

  7. 18 globalcitizenlinda
    May 12, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Happy Mothers’ Day everyone!

    thanks for a great post!

  8. 19 Jovie
    May 12, 2013 at 9:12 am

  9. 20 amk for obama
    May 12, 2013 at 9:12 am

  10. 21 globalcitizenlinda
    May 12, 2013 at 9:15 am

    aren’t we lucky that PBO and VP Biden appear to be very happy and well-grounded in their personal lives?

    the relationship between POTUS and FLOTUS, his kids, mother-in-law, sisters and his own departed mother says a lot about PBO and reassures me daily that the world is in great hands.

    • 22 Jovie
      May 12, 2013 at 9:17 am

      That’s why he is able to carry on and stay focused.

    • 23 hopefruit2
      May 12, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Yes indeed – this is an excellent point, Linda. We couldn’t have asked for a better Presidential-Vice Presidential team. I feel as long as these two couples are at the helm, all is right with the world ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 24 Jovie
    May 12, 2013 at 9:15 am

    The Health and Human Services Department (HHS) says there’s nothing illegal or improper about soliciting donations to help promote President Obama’s healthcare law.
    Republicans leapt at the news that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been asking industry and community groups to donate to Enroll America, an outside organization created to promote the health law and encourage people to enroll in its new coverage options.
    HHS spokesman Jason Young said the fundraising push serves the department’s basic goals.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/299191-hhs-defends-sebelius-obamacare-fundraising#ixzz2T5GEYImE

    The GOP throwing mud at the wall on Mommas Day! Have they got no shame?

    • 25 relellit
      May 12, 2013 at 9:32 am

      Good morning and Happy Motherโ€™s Day TODville . โ™ฅ this site and the beautiful role model (s) we have in the White House on Mother’s Day; in fact, every day.

      Good morning, Chips ๐Ÿ™‚

      utaustinliberal, thank you so much for the most beautiful way to start a glorious day off.

      Jovie, the GOP/Tea Bangers trade mark is mud!!!

  12. 26 Ladyhawke
    May 12, 2013 at 9:18 am

    The Truth About The Right’s Latest Benghazi Attacks



    In coverage of a May 8 House Oversight Committee hearing, conservatives are pushing new myths about the Obama administration’s response to the attacks on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya. Here is the truth about what really happened.

    MYTH: The White House And State Department Edited References To Terrorism Out Of Talking Points For Political Purposes

    FACT: The CIA Signed Off On The Changes For Tactical, Not Political Reasons. Gen. David Petraeus, former head of the CIA, testified in November that the intelligence community signed off on the final draft of the talking points, and that references to terrorist groups in Libya were removed in order to avoid tipping off those groups. [The New York Times, 11/16/12]

    FACT: President Obama Had Already Referred To The Attacks As An Act Of Terror. On September 12, President Obama referred to the attacks as an act of terror when he spoke from the White House Rose Garden. One day later, Obama again referred to acts of terror at a campaign event. These comments undermine the myth that edits to a document that were made on September 14, after Obama had already labeled the attack an act of terror, demonstrate that the administration was trying to downplay the role that terrorism played. [Media Matters for America, 5/10/13]


    Read more debunking here ……


  13. May 12, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Whether your Mom is a live or passed on; Happy Mother’s Day to all the TOD family Mothers and the First Family Mothers. Moms are one of the greatest gifts to the world. โค โค โค โ™ฅ โ™ฅ โ™ฅ

  14. 28 kathryn kivett
    May 12, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Happy Mothers Day to all who MOTHER….loving children, Grandchildren, Great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors, and yes, your pets…..Have a wonderful day…..WE DESERVE IT….

  15. 30 globalcitizenlinda
    May 12, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I have tried to ID the couple in photo #7 but failed.

    UT, who is this couple??? Inquisitive minds want to know – everything!

    • 31 utaustinliberal
      May 12, 2013 at 9:27 am

      I believe you mean the couple in photo #6. If so, that’s a young VP Biden and Dr. Jill Biden.

      • 32 hopefruit2
        May 12, 2013 at 9:34 am

        What a gorgeous couple! Both then and now ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 33 globalcitizenlinda
        May 12, 2013 at 9:43 am

        of course they are!

        I recognize them now!

        Shame that I could not ID the Bidens rightaway!!

        I need to really wake up and clean my eyes – again.

  16. 34 carolyn
    May 12, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I too was thinking how wonderful it is to have two such genuine, involved families in the Obamas and the Bidens. Their love and connectedness comes through in their pictures. I will always treasure these eight years. I believe we will see in the future the long term effect of these two families on lives in America. No matter how hard some try to demean them, their examples outshine the words of hateful people.

  17. 35 Jovie
    May 12, 2013 at 9:33 am

  18. May 12, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Blessings to all Mothers on this on this Motherโ€™s Day! Those who are mothers through birth and those who have taken over the role of mother for and to someone should truly be honored.

    Thank you for the very special Rise and Shine UT. These pictures are a wonderful Mother’s Day gift.

    I hope everyone has a wonderful day.

  19. 39 dotster3
    May 12, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Happy Mom’s Day to all the moms and grandmoms! Just opened my great cards and gifts from scattered daughters—-loved photo albumn of cute and spunky Ct. grandkids. And one card proclaimed “You so Rock!” Yea! I so rock!!! I am fortunate that I still have my mom around—she’s 95, will be 96 in July—-and she is still in relatively good health. She needs some help walking and with stairs and may forget what she had for lunch, but she still goes to the “beauty parlor” twice a week and has a boyfriend—-their dates are now mostly her going over to his unit for popcorn, but hey!—we should all be so fortunate—love and sharing crunchy goodness at that age. And every time I ask, she always says, “I feel great!”—-no meds of any kind. I had 2 great Iowa grandmas too whom I remembering today—-those wonderful from scratch cooks—–(rolling out their own egg noodles for Sunday chicken and noodles, pies made from hand picked berries etc.)—–both lovingly gathered the family for weekly dinners of good food and lots of laughter—–some of the best memories, passed along lots of humor and wisdom. They were the hubs of the wheel, as most moms are.

    • 40 hopefruit2
      May 12, 2013 at 9:43 am

      WOW dotster, your mom at almost 96 has a fuller life than some folks in their 30s & 40s! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Happy Mother’s Day to you and her!

    • 41 Jovie
      May 12, 2013 at 10:31 am

      And she was born at the end of WWI…

    • 42 MightyPamela
      May 12, 2013 at 10:51 am

      Brilliant! Happy Mothers Day to you both! And to all the Mamas here on TOD and everywhere! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. 43 globalcitizenlinda
    May 12, 2013 at 9:39 am

    some people wanted to send a word of thanks to the university community at Eastern Kentucky University for the great reception, enthusiasm, and respect they showed FLOTUS last night as she spoke at their commencement.

    @NewsEKU works as their contact point on twitter. just received an acknowledgement to my message. Thanks Jackie for providing that contact information

  21. 45 ouapiti
    May 12, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Happy Mother’s Day to all celebrating TODers! Thanks so much for all the great photos and videos, so honored to have such wonderful families leading our country!

  22. 46 hopefruit2
    May 12, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Mother’s Day for John McCain and the GOP means talking about Benghazi. Benghazi is THEIR mom….

  23. 47 Ladyhawke
    May 12, 2013 at 10:01 am


    UP WITH STEVE KORNACKI – Saturday, May 11, 2013


    1) Austerity: Debunked and destroying our economy


    2) Why is austerity a conservative reaction to economic problems?


    3) Are we going anywhere with fiscal talks this year?


    4) Why Republicans aren’t satisfied with President Obama’s chained CPI proposal.


  24. 48 Ladyhawke
    May 12, 2013 at 10:02 am

    LOLGOP โ€@LOLGOP 29m


    REMINDER: Repealing ObamaCare will make being a mom a pre-existing condition again. Happy Mothers Day!


  25. 49 amk for obama
    May 12, 2013 at 10:11 am

  26. 50 globalcitizenlinda
    May 12, 2013 at 10:12 am

    The great content included here makes me wish once again that PBO’s dear mother and grand parents, and FLOTUS’ and VP’s dear father, had lived long enough to see the difference their children are making in the lives of so many.

    and yes, the compassion and dignity with which the First and Second Families do their jobs is something parents would be very proud of

    • 51 Betsy
      May 12, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Yes, but they’d also see all the hatred and virulent, racist anger…it upsets me so much. I really hope we keep the Senate and get the House back, so he can continue his great work on behalf of the American people.

  27. 52 sabreen60
    May 12, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Happy Mother’s Day. Hug and kiss your mom, not just today but as often as you can. It is a blessing to be an adult and still have your mom with you. Let her know how much you love her.

    Thank you Ms. Chips. The pictures are truly wonderful.

  28. May 12, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Good morning TODville. To all who nurture, Happy Mother’s Day. I hope you are surrounded by all those who share your enduring love and guidance.

  29. 54 Jovie
    May 12, 2013 at 10:27 am

  30. 55 Nena20409
    May 12, 2013 at 10:28 am

    GM TODers across the Globe.

    Happy, Happy, Happy Mothers’ Day to all the TOD mothers, Mamas, Mas, Mommies, Mammies, etc.

    Oh Mother…..By Christina Aguilera is my wish to You all. Alive, Living and to those unfortunately, no longer with Us…….

    Great Post UT.

  31. 56 Jovie
    May 12, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Happy Benghazi Day to the GOP!

    • 57 Jewelz
      May 12, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Jovie, ignore the republicans and the media obsession with Benghazi. It’s silly season again in Washington, D.C. While the republicans put all their focus on Benghazi, we will channel our energy on 2014. The republicans are going the way the whig party and will never see the inside of the white house for another twenty years at the least.

      Happy Mother’s Day.

      Boyz 2 men – “A Song for Mama”


  32. 58 99ts
    May 12, 2013 at 10:33 am

    We had a wonderful mother’s day in my world – wishing everyone on TOD a wonderful peaceful day

    • 59 MightyPamela
      May 12, 2013 at 10:54 am

      It looked like fine weather at Bondi Beach! The Skype call was so much fun! Sweet dreams 99ts!

  33. 60 Ladyhawke
    May 12, 2013 at 10:33 am

    A look at the Republican Benghazi talking points as they’ve been laid out so far

    Adapted from The Rachel Maddow Show, 5/10/13


    Depending on the day, depending on which hour of Fox News you’re watching, there are a number of different ways, that the right has tried to make the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya into a political scandal. Sometimes they say: IT WASN’T A SPONTANEOUS ATTACK! IT WAS PLANNED!

    Sometimes they say: WHO CHANGED THE TALKING POINTS!!

    Sometimes they say: WHY DID YOU NOT CALL IT AN ACT OF TERROR!


    Sometimes they say: WHY DID THE MILITARY NOT RESPOND!



  34. 61 Jovie
    May 12, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I honestly think the GOP were hatched, had no mothers.

    • May 12, 2013 at 11:13 am

      As FLOTUS said, โ€œIf any family in this country struggles, then we cannot be fully content with our own familyโ€™s good fortune, because that is not what we do in this country. That is not who we are.โ€

      In the alternate universe in which the GOP lives, it is okay to be content with their own good fortune even though others are struggling. They are so programmed in their responses and actions; they remind me of the Stepford Wives.

  35. 63 sherijr
    May 12, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Happy Mother’s Day to Everyone ๐Ÿ™‚ Yesterday I got to be with all 3 of my sons.. and two of my grandkids, it was lovely.

  36. May 12, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Happy Mothers Day everyone!

  37. May 12, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers here ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a good Day.

    Wonderful pics and videos – thank you

  38. 68 WilTal
    May 12, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Hello everyone,

    UT, FABULOUS…thank you! There is so much love and affection flowing in these photos…instantly brings a smile to your face. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms…wish you a wonderful and love filled day!

  39. 69 Don
    May 12, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I can’t get enough of those pictures of Barack with his mom; they both seem like such gentle souls. My brother and I often debate the idea of Barack being raised exclusively in America versus being raised in different parts of the world and how that affected his sense of himself and how he views things.

  40. 70 CarolynfromDetroit
    May 12, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Happy Mother’s Day to all!!

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  42. May 12, 2013 at 11:05 am

    This is beautiful! Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful TOD moms! ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. 73 Jovie
    May 12, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I am taking Mom to Shoneys, be back in a while…

  44. 74 utaustinliberal
    May 12, 2013 at 11:17 am

  45. May 12, 2013 at 11:18 am

    A beautiful and happy mother’s day to everyone!

  46. 76 SeptemberSandy
    May 12, 2013 at 11:25 am

    To all the Mothers, Grandmothers, aunts, sisters
    out there..Happy Mothers day! The stuff mothers go through&hold up…they deserve a break today. A mothers inner strength can’t be denied. It shows up at the right time!

  47. 77 Linda
    May 12, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Gates: Some Benghazi critics have “cartoonish” view of military capability

    Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates forcefully defended the Obama administration on Sunday against charges that it did not do enough to prevent the tragedy in Benghazi, telling CBS’ “Face the Nation” that some critics of the administration have a “cartoonish impression of military capabilities and military forces.”

    Gates, a Republican who was appointed by then-President George W. Bush in 2006 and agreed to stay through more than two years of President Obama’s first term, repeatedly declined to criticize the policymakers who devised a response to the September 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens.

    “Frankly, had I been in the job at the time, I think my decisions would have been just as theirs were,” said Gates, now the chancellor of the College of William and Mary.

    “We don’t have a ready force standing by in the Middle East, and so getting somebody there in a timely way would have been very difficult, if not impossible.” he explained.

    Suggestions that we could have flown a fighter jet over the attackers to “scare them with the noise or something,” Gates said, ignored the “number of surface to air missiles that have disappeared from [former Libyan leader] Qaddafi’s arsenals.”

    “I would not have approved sending an aircraft, a single aircraft, over Benghazi under those circumstances,” he said.


  48. 79 vcprezofan2
    May 12, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    UTAL, THANK YOU! I have finally worked my way through your Mother’s Day post and YOU HAVE CREATED A WONDERFUL TRIBUTE! I thoroughly enjoyed the pictures you showcased and the videos you used. Your love and admiration for FLOTUS always comes through in most of your posts. Every time I see one of your picture post and remember how quickly you have mastered the ‘genre’, I dream. My dream is to learn to be 1/6 as good as you are at this before I die (notice I didn’t say in as short a time). ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ Your wishes are much appreciated, and I hope YOUR mom has a really lovely day too.

  49. 80 nathkatun7
    May 12, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Happy Mothers Day to all our mothers!

  50. 81 sjterrid
    May 13, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Wanted to wish all the mothers on TOD a Happy Mother’s Day!

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