President Obama at the United States Naval Academy


10:0: President Obama delivers the commencement address at the United States Naval Academy


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MooooOOOOoorning everyone, and:

Will catch up with the news in the next post – the latest Rise & Shine, like, ever.

133 Responses to “President Obama at the United States Naval Academy”

  1. May 24, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Hey there all my O peeps!!! What a great getting up day again in the TOD corral. It’s in the low 30’s here in my neck of the woods with a windchill overnight at 32 degrees!! That’s FREEZING!!! It’s May 24th and it’s FREEZING!!!! Ugh…….

    I think that’s PBO’s fault, as well as the fact that durable goods were up in April 3.3% after a 5.9% fall in March. Not to mention, 6 datapoints in a row have crushed expectations!!

    It’s all his fault and I want better weather!!!

    • May 24, 2013 at 9:47 am

      Dang, Cookemom, you made me skin my knee when you pushed me down to get here first. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 3 cookemom
        May 24, 2013 at 10:15 am

        Sorry bout that. I was moseying along in Twittertown when I saw the TOD logo about PBO’s commencement address. I clicked on the link and got the White House site. So I thought maybe I should just open my TOD tab to see what’s up. Lo and behold, there was Chips asking me to say something. So being the obliging person that I am, I made note of some stuffs, posted them, registered with Word Press and VOILA!!

        I wasn’t trying to nudge you out, but looking at your time stamp, ummm, well, you weren’t exactly swift on your foots.

    • May 24, 2013 at 9:49 am

      Good Morning Cookemom. Congrats!

      Freezing weather, but Barack Obama is still our President; a warm thought for the cold weather. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • May 24, 2013 at 9:50 am

      32 degrees? what continent are you on?

    • May 24, 2013 at 9:50 am

      Moooorning Chilly Cookemom, mooooorning everyone!

    • 8 hopefruit2
      May 24, 2013 at 9:51 am

      G’morning cookemom and congrats on #1!

      32 deg in May is an abomination! Stay warm ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 9 MightyPamela
        May 24, 2013 at 11:12 am

        We woke to 36F today, high expected 48F. Back in a bit with Full Moon Lunar Eclipse stats for you.

    • 10 99ts
      May 24, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Warmer here in the middle of the night & we are heading into winter!!

    • May 24, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      Never thought I’d hear you complaining Cookemom. Get up, get happy! You’ve got to chase those blues away! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. May 24, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Good Friday Morning Chipsticks, TODersโ€ฆEveryone!

    Hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and if you are traveling, stay safe.

  3. 13 cookemom
    May 24, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Happy Birthday ZiZI!!!!! Way to go fellow Gemini sister!!!!

  4. 14 japa21
    May 24, 2013 at 9:50 am

  5. 16 utaustinliberal
    May 24, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Happy Birthday Zizi!

  6. May 24, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Happy Birthday ZiZi from another Gemini!!!

  7. 21 canadabarb4obama
    May 24, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Enjoy a wonderful day, Zizi. You deserve it! Happy Birthday!

  8. 22 GGAIL
    May 24, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Good West Coast Friday morning Chipsticks & TOD family. Happy birthday zizi!
    Friday`s GOOD ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. 26 hopefruit2
    May 24, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Happy Birthday to Zizi ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. May 24, 2013 at 9:52 am

    As the school year comes to an end for many school districts, I would like to say thank you to the educators throughout the country and especially to TOD teachers. Your dedication and sacrifice on behalf of our children are greatly appreciated.

    As a parent and substitute teacher, I have an even greater appreciation of what teachers have to deal with. I know that their jobs go so much beyond teaching. The goal posts are constantly moving and teachers are expected to do more and more even as their paychecks grow smaller and smaller. In their quest to fulfill their joy of teaching, educators put up with so much crap often with inadequate support from administrators and parents and at the expense of their own families. But they continue to reach deep within themselves to go before their students another day and hope that something in their lessons is being grasped and retained by the young minds in their care and that a life is being enriched.

    So to all you educatorsโ€ฆ.THANK YOU!!!!! YOU ARE REVERED for being the Miracle Workers that you are.

    • May 24, 2013 at 9:53 am

      And one of my favoritesโ€ฆ

    • 29 desertflower
      May 24, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Thanks so much for posting this…especially today. The kids last day of school was yesterday and when I go back to school today…it will be quiet and just us teachers there…getting our classrooms tucked away for the summer and turning in all our goodies to the office…. I have to share something that I got from the mom of the special needs child that I teach ( herself an educator that appreciates all that teachers do) I sat in my empty classroom yesterday afternoon, and balled my eyes out…yet felt such joy at the same time.

      An old man had a habit of early morning walks along the beach. One day after a storm, he saw a human figure in the distance moving like a dancer. As he came closer he saw that it was a young woman and she was not dancing but was reaching down to the sand, picking up a starfish and very gently throwing it into the ocean.

      Approaching the woman, he asked, “Young lady, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
      The woman replied, ” The sun is up, the tide is going out. If I do not throw them back in, they will die.”

      “But young lady, do you not realize there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it? You can not possibly make a difference!”

      The young lady listened politely, paused, bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the sea, saying…..

      “It made a difference for that one.”

      This is why we all do what we do. Because if it makes a difference for only one, it means everything.

      • May 24, 2013 at 10:51 am

        Making a difference, even for just the one, is what makes it all worthwhile.

        And I am willing to bet that every ONE that you know about, there are many more that you don’t know about who are making positive achievements and are saying, whether verbally or mentally, that it was because of you. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 31 MightyPamela
        May 24, 2013 at 11:09 am

        Like. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 32 CEB
      May 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      Thanks so much for this, I really needed. End of the year drama with students who played all year and are surprised that they do not meet the graduation requirements. The parents who enable them are coming and calling everyday expecting a miracle. This yearly mess is one of the reasons that I am retiring this year after 30 years of teaching.

      • May 24, 2013 at 1:38 pm

        Many students have the attitude of entitlement. They want the accolades with little or no effort. We are also in an age of instant gratification. Students want to see the immediate benefit before they will become engaged. Gone are the days of learning for the sake of learning. And school systems as well as parents are accommodating this attitude. As a result, many GREAT teachers are becoming disenchanted.

        In your 30 years of service, I’m sure that you have made a difference in the lives of many students. You have earned your retirement. Enjoy it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 35 hopefruit2
    May 24, 2013 at 9:53 am

    • 36 0388jojothecat
      May 24, 2013 at 10:19 am

      To bash your head in I hope. Remember near the end of the movie The Color Purple and Celie and Shug are talking and admiring the flowers and one of them says God must really get pissed if someone doesn’t admire the beauty he created. I am pissed this dumbass can’t appreciate the beauty just wants to destroy it….Thank God they’re not donuts he’d have his face full of them.

      • 37 Dakota
        May 24, 2013 at 11:14 am

        “To bash your head in I hope!” jojo, I just spit coffee all over my desk!!! LOL! I wholeheartedly agree…how can someone look at those beautiful flowers and want to destroy them? I usually don’t comment on people’s weight, but he is just a fat bastard.

      • 38 canadabarb4obama
        May 24, 2013 at 12:53 pm

        Can you just picture that creep swimming in a tub full of donuts?

      • 39 jacquelineoboomer
        May 24, 2013 at 2:03 pm

        *To bash your head in I hope*

        Okay, I got what I came for! Ha! Love it.

    • 40 MightyPamela
      May 24, 2013 at 11:05 am

      Uh, knoller? You ARE a whiffle ball bat… Just sayin’, yo’ mama shoulda told ya’!

  12. May 24, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Can’t stay around, but wanted to duck in and say good morning. I’m on a tear today. I have guests who watch all the talk shows, so I couldn’t avoid Morning Joke. I’m trying to be a good hostess, but those shows drive me nuts! I’ll be glad when they go home. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 42 hopefruit2
      May 24, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Tell your guests I said to leave your home at once!

      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 43 vcprezofan2
        May 24, 2013 at 11:15 am

        Nah, just tell them you don’t watch TV because it’s harmful to your blood pressure, but they are welcome to watch if they turn it down really low (or use headphones). ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ You might even suggest they go for a daily walk to better appreciate the beauty of the neighbourhood.

  13. 44 utaustinliberal
    May 24, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Spread the word!

  14. 45 hopefruit2
    May 24, 2013 at 9:58 am

    But but but AP/IRS/BenGassy!!

    • May 24, 2013 at 10:09 am

      I hope this news is spread fast. I am hearing ads on the radio by the rwnj’s making money on a book to “how to survive obamacare” I am sure it’s full of lies and out to make money for the gop.

      • 47 hopefruit2
        May 24, 2013 at 10:12 am

        I’ve seen the ads on YouTube as well. It’s not often I agree with Krugman, but in this instance, he’s right. The “surviving Obamacare” book will soon be in the $1 discount bins….

        • 48 57andfemale
          May 24, 2013 at 10:32 am

          Krugman has been pro-ACA for quite awhile now. completely and conveniently forgetting how he savaged the President on this issue several years ago. A mea culpa would have been nice and intellectually honest. That being said, I’m glad to see his support.

      • 50 57andfemale
        May 24, 2013 at 10:34 am

        I’m amused when I hear those ads on progressive radio in Chicago. Waste your money, you guys.

  15. 51 hopefruit2
    May 24, 2013 at 10:05 am

    CSPAN 1 TV will also carry PBO’s commencement address live ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. 52 hopefruit2
    May 24, 2013 at 10:08 am

  17. May 24, 2013 at 10:09 am

    The cheer that went up from the crowd when President Obama arrived was ** wonderful **!!!!

  18. 57 57andfemale
    May 24, 2013 at 10:12 am

  19. 58 hopefruit2
    May 24, 2013 at 10:15 am

  20. May 24, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Happy Friday Chips & TOD… very happy because POTUS is starting this day for us. Best wishes zizi for a beautiful Birthday!

  21. 62 japa21
    May 24, 2013 at 10:15 am

  22. 63 99ts
    May 24, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Woohoo – thanking the first lady – for all she does for the services

  23. 64 mtmarilyn
    May 24, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Good morning wonderful TOD family and our main blog tyrant Chips! This has been an exhausting 2 weeks for me I am so thankful for my faithful droid that I can check in to TOD and know that sanity abounds. As one of the dedicated lurkers, I thank all you that faithfully post and bring information.

    Happy, Happy Birthday zizi!!!

    It is a beautiful sunny day here in MT. It is currently 35. Yesterday we did have snow in some areas and we had rain. We are thankful for any moisture we get. My lilacs are in full bloom. I love lilacs, I have 6 different varieties, white, lilac, dark purple, dark pink, light pink and a light yellow.

    Now to listen to the President.

  24. 65 Jovie
    May 24, 2013 at 10:24 am

  25. May 24, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Alright I really like this Gov O’Malley I’ve inherited by moving to MD ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 68 MightyPamela
      May 24, 2013 at 10:57 am

      You clever girl…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • 69 MightyPamela
        May 24, 2013 at 11:01 am

        Sherijr, I’m chuckling as I recall the last time I lived in Maryland, Spiro T Agnew was guv, right before Tricky Dick tapped him for VP – shortly after, I was outta dere! Who remembers that freaking idiot?

  26. 71 hopefruit2
    May 24, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Gov O’Malley is doing us proud – not just those of us who are MD residents, but ALL American citizens. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • May 24, 2013 at 10:39 am

      I agree- he’s pushed great things- the end of the death penalty, equal marriage- he is my kind of Democrat.. and he has been loyal to President Obama.

  27. 73 Jovie
    May 24, 2013 at 10:31 am

    If that happened here , the news would try and spin it about obama. And in a negative light.

  28. May 24, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Happy Birthday ZiZi!

    • 75 mtmarilyn
      May 24, 2013 at 10:33 am

      Gobrooklyn, so glad to see you back. You are always in my thoughts, as all those here at TOD going thru tough times. Glad you got to have your pizza. Have a great day.

  29. 77 hopefruit2
    May 24, 2013 at 10:31 am

    My President has a loud voice. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 78 Nena20409
      May 24, 2013 at 10:40 am

      GM TODers. Obrigada for a fine Post.
      Congrats Cookemom on your Golden Award.

      POTUS always have a Loud Voice ๐Ÿ˜†

      GM HF2 ๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. 79 Jovie
    May 24, 2013 at 10:33 am

    The President has been tweeting about climate change and immigration reform for 1 week.
    Makes me think something in the pipeline, on climate change.

    • 80 japa21
      May 24, 2013 at 10:36 am

      He is obviouisly looking to see just how much he and the EPA can do under their legitimate authority since the GOP in Congress isn’t going to let anything happen.

      • 81 Jovie
        May 24, 2013 at 10:39 am

        I think he will tie Keystone approval to some major announcement on Climate change through EPA or maybe dept of energy.
        At least, that is what GOP is worried about.

  31. 82 vcprezofan2
    May 24, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Birthday Greetings, Zizi! Have a great day!

    Hola, TODobots! It’s good to be here today with focused attention. You can bet I’ll be keeping a close eye on all the peeps in the village today, so….. ๐Ÿ˜†

    • 83 MightyPamela
      May 24, 2013 at 10:54 am

      Oh good, VC, someone needs to keep an eye on me… Please add me to the list?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • 84 vcprezofan2
        May 24, 2013 at 11:05 am

        Morning, MP – a chilly one here (I had to turn the heat on again), but morning nonetheless. ๐Ÿ™‚ I notice you have been improving gradually – good news!

        • 85 MightyPamela
          May 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm

          Thank you VC, yes, gradual improvement and holding, with daily measurable increase in mobility! Hurray! and as the pain decreases, my mental state and strength also increases, so am beginning to get it that I will fully rehabilitate! I decided after a month of not running the furnace, I would shut down the pilot yesterday. That was before I checked the long range weather forecast and saw these ‘cooler’ temps! Ah well, too bad for me, will just use the little space heaters as needed and keep the many interior doors closed. And wear a few more layers! ๐Ÿ˜†

          • 86 vcprezofan2
            May 24, 2013 at 12:06 pm

            The news indeed sounds good – Keep it up!

            I’ve turned my heater on and off a few times since ‘spring’ has started; fortunately I only have to move the switcher on my control to the right or left. This morning was the first in a while that I’ve had to do so, probably because I forgot (before going to bed) to shut the windows I had opened yesterday. Come to think of it, I haven’t changed my snow tires yet. Hmmmm.

  32. 87 Jovie
    May 24, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Annapolis is such a pretty city, loved that place. And the Naval Academy is right on the water, obviously, but it’s so beautiful!

  33. 88 Ladyhawke
    May 24, 2013 at 10:38 am

    The Collapse Of Public Infrastructure Spending In One Chart

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/skagit-bridge-collapse-infrastructure-spending-2013-5#ixzz2UDlbKAlG

  34. May 24, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Thank you Chips and this beautiful TOD family for all the wonderful well wishes. Have a Blessed day y’all!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. May 24, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Just sharing. I thought a few of you might agree with my rant.

    Scarborough, Maddow, Scahill, Chris Hayes…STFU!

    I donโ€™t agree with everything the President says or does, but this constant knit-picking is too much to bear. Iโ€™ll never agree with the concept of war, but I also know I receive no morning intelligence briefing. I cannot fathom the heart-wrenching decisions that must be made to try to assure that I am safe in my home. None of the decision made to kill can be easy, and yesterday I listened to a President acknowledge that fact. I heard him speak about the regrettable realities of war and his responsibility to the safety of America. For Godโ€™s sake, give the man a break, accept that he doesnโ€™t have all the answers, but that you have far, far fewer than he does and for the love of Mike, just STFU!


    • 92 mtmarilyn
      May 24, 2013 at 10:46 am

      Thank you for putting into words what I have been feeling. I am so sick of these emoprogs that know it all!!!

    • 93 Nena20409
      May 24, 2013 at 10:50 am

      I say let them keep talking. It motivates others. More speech is what are needed to trounce distorted speeches, lies, hate, etc. I appreciate what Social media helps those with facts do. Nothing is ever done in a vacuum. Our reaction, activism and idea help counter propaganda sold by ideologues and those with intend to demean and deceive.

      I simply ask, they have been at this…..and their efforts to their Nightmare, resulted in the reelection of Pres Barack Obama.

      Let the Say what they like. For ultimately, the Truth will and shall set Us Free.

      Thanks for the link. It shades a light to their twisted rants

  36. 94 hopefruit2
    May 24, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Paging Van Jones….

  37. 96 MightyPamela
    May 24, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Happy HAPPY Happy Birthday Zizi, enjoy the day and the whole weekend!

  38. 97 Nena20409
    May 24, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I wonder if the POTUS will be handing out Diplomas like he did in CO last year?

  39. 98 hopefruit2
    May 24, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Will Ta Neshi Coates & Tim Wise come out with an articles whining that PBO “Scolds the military?”

  40. 99 Jovie
    May 24, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Roger Ailes: Obama administration efforts to intimidate Fox will fail
    Daniel Strauss
    05/24/13 10:16 AM ET
    Ailes: โ€œWe will not allow a climate of press intimidation … to frighten any of us away from the truth.โ€โ€ฆ

    Twisted nonsense!!!

    • 100 theo67
      May 24, 2013 at 11:04 am

      They haven’t been acquainted with the truth for quite some time…

    • 101 Nena20409
      May 24, 2013 at 11:11 am

      Coming from a station that in 2009 and 2010, two VPs, one Clemente, declared Fox as The Opposition to president Obama is not only ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† laughable, it smells of self pity of the worst kind.

  41. 102 Linda
    May 24, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Congressman: Women Should Be Forced To Give Birth To Fetuses With No Brain Function


    Louie Gohmert is mentally ill.

  42. 104 prettyfoot58
    May 24, 2013 at 11:12 am

    The problem of gridlock is real and needs to be fixed. Presidents (Democratic or Republican) deserve to have the people working for them that they choose. Republican obstruction has slowed down nearly every nominee that President Obama has submitted. Republicans have corrupted the Foundersโ€™ intent. I want to make the Senate work again โ€“ that is my commitment.


    statement on Harry Reid’s FB page

  43. 105 prettyfoot58
    May 24, 2013 at 11:13 am

  44. 106 prettyfoot58
    May 24, 2013 at 11:16 am

  45. 107 Jovie
    May 24, 2013 at 11:16 am


  46. 108 proudofobama
    May 24, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Happy Birthday, Zizi. You rock, girl. Hope you have a fantastic day.

  47. 109 yardarm756
    May 24, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Yeah Zizi, HAPPY, HAPPY! Enjoy your day.

  48. 114 prettyfoot58
    May 24, 2013 at 11:26 am

  49. May 24, 2013 at 11:27 am

    It’s always a lovely day when PBO is speaking to young achievers. He is so inspiring. And Happy Birthday to Zizi! It’s also my birthday today. Gemini’s are always looking for twin spirits. Have a great day!

  50. 122 prettyfoot58
    May 24, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Birthday Greetings Zizi….enjoy your day

  51. 123 Dakota
    May 24, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Happy Birthday Zizi! Hope it’s a great one.

    Good to see you gobrooklyn. Prayers and best wishes for your complete recovery.

  52. May 24, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Okay, today’s “Rise and Shine” will be more like “Friday Brunch”.

  53. 128 japa21
    May 24, 2013 at 11:43 am

  54. 129 japa21
    May 24, 2013 at 11:46 am

  55. May 24, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Waiting… waiting… waiting for R&S

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