Rise and Shine


The Week Ahead:

Hopefully…. Sun:


…. and Sand:

And enough golf to make Mark Knoller’s calculator explode:







President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet veterans and active duty personnel at the Disabled American Veterans National Convention in Orlando


Haaaaaaaappy Birthday Donna Dem!

Your gifts:


MooooOOOOoooorning everyone!

183 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Dudette
    August 11, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Love the shirt!! 🙂

  2. 9 Don
    August 11, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Congrats Dudette!

  3. 11 Dudette
    August 11, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I like the streaks of color in FLOTUS’ hair too. Hmm, I’m due for a visit to the stylist soon…

    • 12 57andfemale
      August 11, 2013 at 10:31 am

      I couldn’t stand it anymore (where did all that gray come from?!). Dumped a bottle of hair dye on my head last night – at 2:00 a.m.

      Note: Do not color your hair at 2:00 a.m.

  4. 16 hopefruit2
    August 11, 2013 at 9:52 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats dudette on # 1 🙂

    Oh my…what a gorgeous R & S thread…Chips, Chips, Chips, Chips, Chips – can’t thank you enough!!

  5. 19 Don
    August 11, 2013 at 9:52 am

    The picture of FLOTOUS on the beach looks a magazine cover, she is so graceful.

  6. 26 a4alice
    August 11, 2013 at 9:52 am

    w00t Dudette! Congrats! Hope the First Family is having a lovely and relaxing vacation. And happy B-day once again to Donna Dem! 😀

  7. 28 arkluvspbo
    August 11, 2013 at 9:54 am

    GM Dudette! Congrats :). The Naughty Mats will be FLYIN’! 🙂
    I just love love love our POTUS and FLOTUS. They are a match made in heaven, and that picture of POTUS in the rain — oh my GAWD!!!

  8. 33 anniebella
    August 11, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I love that dress FLOTUS was wearing yesterday. I really didn’t pay any attention to it yesterday, but looking at it now, I really love it.

  9. 37 Dudette
    August 11, 2013 at 9:59 am

    • 38 GGail
      August 11, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Dudette, those were the steps I went through when I first joined OFA. I’m so happy & proud I stuck with the process!
      YES WE CAN!!!

      • 39 Dudette
        August 11, 2013 at 10:49 am


        • August 11, 2013 at 1:14 pm

          When it comes to cleaning out the spare room (depository for all ancient relics, useless items, and apparently a poinsettia plant that gave up the ghost somewhere around March), I’m somewhere between “I can’t” and “I won’t” but sadly, “I have to”.

  10. August 11, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips and TOD family. I hope everyone have a blessed day today. Congrats Dudette on being first the lovely Sunday morning( I guess it would be evening for you).

  11. 45 Dudette
    August 11, 2013 at 10:00 am

    • 46 Dudette
      August 11, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Gonna go walking in my neighborhood park with nephew in a little bit. It won’t quite look like this, but I’m sure looking forward to communing with nature on this fine day!

    • 47 hopefruit2
      August 11, 2013 at 10:03 am

      This looks surreal – almost like a drawing!

  12. 48 hopefruit2
    August 11, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Naughty Mat Detention List (so far)….

    2. Chips
    4. Don
    5. GGail (who’s not even up yet but on the list anyway)

  13. 74 Roberts in MN
    August 11, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Happy Bithday Donnadem 💡🎂🍷🎶💐

  14. August 11, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Good morning! Great factoid on shrub’s vacation time. Of course we can’t mention the obscene amount of time St. Ronnie spent at his CA ranch. And it would be far too mean and disresectful to bring up the total time in office he was actually on the Isle of Senility.

  15. 82 Dudette
    August 11, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Good time to get up and celebrate! Happy Birthday Donna!

    Get up and shake that thing! Go Donna! Go Donna! Go Donna!! Go Donna!

  16. 86 utaustinliberal
    August 11, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Wonderful pictures.

    • 87 hopefruit2
      August 11, 2013 at 10:19 am

      G’morning UT – I see you’re trying hard to stay above the fray, not wind up on the naughty mat, etc. Keep up the good work (so far)!!!

  17. 88 donna dem 4 obama
    August 11, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Ms Chips and to all my TOD, Twitter and Facebook friends you are simply wonderful people and I am so thankful that for all of YOU!!!

  18. 107 carolyn
    August 11, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures. Great way to start the day.
    I’ve become a big fan of summer mornings this year. After a horrendous May here in Oklahoma, Mother Nature has compensated by giving us the coolest, wettest, and best summer in years! After our drought, we are now WAY above normal in amount of rainfall, and the trees, shrubs and flowers are making up for lost time. (we’ve only had three days of 100 degree temps this summer, as opposed to in the thirties and forties the last two years.)
    Each morning, I take Chanel, our poodle, for a walk in the neighborhood. The mornings are cool, and she loves the morning air, and we have a delightful time together. Yesterday I even wore a sweater………amazing in August. We are all stunned by this. I know many people are suffering with fires and floods, but for once, we are enjoying fine weather.
    So…….have a beautiful day everyone, and again, thanks Chips for the gorgeous pictures of our POTUS and FLOTUS.

  19. 108 canadabarb4obama
    August 11, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Happy Birthday, Donna! May your year be filled good health, lots of love, much joy and extreme happiness!

  20. 112 donna dem 4 obama
    August 11, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Chips, My husband is looking at me and just asked what is making me smile so much while reading this thread….I dare not tell him its all these outstanding pictures of our President that you’ve posted today. 😉

  21. 115 Roberta in MN
    August 11, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Tried doing this on my iphone, didn’t work. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHIPS. And thanks for the great R & S. Love all the pictures.

  22. 116 africa
    August 11, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Happy Sunday everyone. Happy Birthday CHIPS!!!!!

  23. 117 GGAIL
    August 11, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Good West Coast morning my beloved Chipsticks!
    Happy birthday DD4O ! I love your gifts 🙂

  24. 118 hopefruit2
    August 11, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Wait a minute – Chips I didn’t know that you & donna Dem shared the same birthday? Is that right?

  25. 127 anniebella
    August 11, 2013 at 10:22 am

    So the right wing haters have the dog gone nerve to complain about POTUS and FLOTUS vacation time, when G.W. Bush and Laura had way more vacation time then the Obamas have had. I guess G.W. vacations were free, didn’t cost the taxpayers nothing. I hope in the next three years the Obamas get the chance to travel around the country around the world.

  26. 129 JER
    August 11, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Happy Birthday Donna. May your day be filled with laughter, sunshine, and lots of love. Enjoy your birthday!

    • 130 donna dem 4 obama
      August 11, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Thanks JER my plan for the day is to

      “Dance like there’s nobody watching,
      Love like I’ve never been hurt,
      Sing like there’s nobody listening,
      And live like it’s heaven on earth.”

  27. 132 hopefruit2
    August 11, 2013 at 10:25 am

  28. 134 Jovie
    August 11, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Ambassador Powers gave a powerful speech last night to the UN. Man is she perfect for this post!

  29. 138 africa
    August 11, 2013 at 10:28 am


  30. 139 Vicki
    August 11, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I am hereby applying for permanent placement on the Naughty Mat list.
    Here’s why….
    If you visit the home of this 70+ woman enter my bedroom and notice the left hand panel of the 3-part mirror over my dressing table,
    you will spy a small photo of POTUS. So?? you ask.
    It is a picture of PBO strolling in Hawaii wearing no more than swimming trunks, flip flops and a bottle of H2O in hand.

    Not to worry, though. It is small enough so that my grandchildren running around do not spot it.

  31. 152 utaustinliberal
    August 11, 2013 at 10:30 am

    THIS is the picture of the day. May we all be so lucky. Thanks for the smile on my face Chiparoo.

  32. August 11, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Well howdy doody all my O peeps!! What a great getting up day on DonnaDEm’s earthday!! Happy BD GF!!!!
    I’m glad I can share in all those wonderful pics posted in your honor, especially that wet dream….er….uh…. wet pic.
    I can’t decide which I enjoy most, that one or the one of him doing his Indiana Jones thang, or the one of him in the waders holding the fishing line.
    I call the wader pic the winner, cause I imagine myself as the bait just shaking my tail on the end of that pole. Did I just write that?

  33. 156 jacquelineoboomer
    August 11, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Chips – Good mornin’! Now, I feel like I’ve “vacationed with Obama” and am off to buy the t-shirt!

    Happy Birthday, Donna Dem!

  34. 163 Dudette
    August 11, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Here’s a little something else for Donna to wiggle to…

  35. 164 africa
    August 11, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Sen. Reid says aloud the obvious.

  36. 165 Dudette
    August 11, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Okay, time to go walking with my little cutie pie! Ya’ll have an inspirational & aspirational day!

    See you later!

  37. 169 africa
    August 11, 2013 at 10:52 am

  38. 170 desertflower
    August 11, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Good morning!!! Chips, lovely R/S!! Happy Birthday, DonnaDem:) Looks like everyone is feeling happy and relaxed to have our First Family together on their WELL DESERVED vacation! Me too….

      • 172 desertflower
        August 11, 2013 at 11:03 am

        Morning, Chiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiips!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t know if it’s still cloudy where you are, but these pics have got to brighten up your day:) I can’t explain it, but my heart is happy for them being at Martha’s Vineyard. People love them there….

  39. 173 GGail
    August 11, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Donna Dem, this has been a wonderful Birthday Rise & Shine. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have!

  40. August 11, 2013 at 11:20 am

    GM Ms Chipssssss and UT and alllll of TODville…..

    feeling so endergized and positive this morning….maybe it was my strawberry/blueberry/p-nut butter smoothie that I made this morning….smilin

    Very Nice Rise and Shine….Gorgeous pics….I so love how PBO looks a Flotus….warms my heart…

  41. 176 hopefruit2
    August 11, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Here’s to Donna Dem on her birthday!

  42. 178 jacquelineoboomer
    August 11, 2013 at 11:42 am

  43. August 11, 2013 at 11:59 am

  44. 180 Nena20409
    August 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Wow…..The Love, The Fun and The Awesome Information…..

    Thank You Chips. Thank You TOD ❗

    Happy B’Day Donna.

  45. 181 Nena20409
    August 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Here’s Donna Summer for Donna on Her B’Day

    Try, Try, Me…..You can Make it 😉

  46. August 11, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I love our president and first lady. They are such classy people.

  47. 183 HZ
    August 11, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    This is a lovely R&S that I just took several hours to enjoy. I sometimes go backwards in my reading. However, I am always so happy to be in the presence of such a loving TOD family and the Best, my Brilliant Chips. TY Chips. TY for giving us so much love and special appreciation for our 44th POTUS.

    FLOTUS looks stunning as always.

    Naughty Mats., I will just shut my mouth. At least try to.

    Donna, enjoy your beautiful birthday. You are so special to me. I so appreciate all that you do for POB and all of us here. May all of the goodness that you have put out into the universe come back to you in great abundance with joy, love, peace, and loving happiness.
    Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday, Donna!! (((Love you)))))HZ

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