Rise and Shine


Today (all times Eastern)

11:30: President Obama meets with faith leaders to discuss the March on Washington and how civil rights and equality are closely tied to voting rights and closing the gap on education, unemployment, and access to health care

2:10: President Obama awards Staff Sergeant Ty M. Carter, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor

3:0 (changed from 12:30): Jay Carney briefs the press

4:15: President Obama meets with 2013 Urban Debate National Tournament Champions


The Week Ahead:

Tuesday: The President will host a reception at the White House in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Wednesday: The President will deliver remarks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Thursday: Attends meetings at the White House.

Friday: The President will welcome President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia, President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania, and President Andris Berzins of Latvia to the White House.


NPR: Pain, Loss And Tears Come With Medal Of Honor

The Army staff sergeant who Monday afternoon will receive the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony has mixed emotions.

“I would never tell any soldier or service member, ‘Hey, go out and get the Medal of Honor’, because of the amount of pain and loss and tears that has to be shed in order to receive it,” Staff Sergeant Ty Michael Carter tells Morning Edition host Renee Montagne.

Carter, 33, is being given the nation’s highest military honor for his actions during a 2009 firefight in Afghanistan….

Carter says he’s honored to be recognized for his bravery. But, he adds: “Even though this award is an awesome honor and a great privilege, in order to get such a prestigious award, you have to be in a situation where your soldiers, your family, your brothers, are suffering and dying around you. And then, you just did everything you could to save lives or prevent further loss.”

More here



Time: U.S. Moves Forces Toward Syria, Inquiry Continues

U.S. intelligence officials sought Saturday to determine whether Syria’s government unleashed a deadly chemical weapons attack on its people. At the same time, the Obama administration prepared for a possible military response by moving naval forces closer to Syria.

Meeting on the issue Saturday with his national security team, President Barack Obama received a detailed review of the range of options he has requested for the U.S. and its international partners to respond if the fact-finding process concludes that Syrian President Bashar Assad engaged in deadly chemical warfare, the White House said.

At the same time, Obama has emphasized that quick intervention in the years-old Syrian civil war was problematic because of the international considerations that should precede a military strike.

Obama discussed the situation in Syria by telephone with British Prime Minister David Cameron, the White House said.

More here


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AP: Controversial Texas Voter ID Law Likely Enforced Next Week

Unless a federal judge intervenes, the South Texas city of Edinburg could be the first to enforce a new voter ID law next week, and lawyers will likely use the special election to gather evidence to strengthen lawsuits to block it in the future.

While the U.S. Justice Department and several civil rights groups have filed federal lawsuits to block the requirement that voters produce a state-issued photo ID, no one as of Friday had asked for a restraining order to stop enforcement of the law. That means it will be in effect when early voting in the city’s special election begins Wednesday.

Allowing Texas to enforce the law could be part of a larger legal strategy to defeat it in the long run…..

More here



Woah, look who RTed your fantastic post, LP!


The Grio: Young black men energized by 50th anniversary march

Chicago teenager Terrence Riley didn’t plan to attend the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington Saturday, but his grandmother insisted he come.

“She’s pretty old and it meant a lot to her because she marched [back in 1963],” said Riley, 17. “She really wanted me to be a part of it and my [younger] brother, but we weren’t really exactly excited.”

Riley’s indifference to the event changed quickly, however. He admitted he was inspired by the “passion” of several speakers and the overall atmosphere.

…. TheGrio.com asked several young African-American men to reflect on the day’s events and share how the anniversary is relevant to their lives in 2013. Responses ranged from stories of pride and appreciation to calls for more action and participation from young people in civil rights issues.

More here




E.J. Dionne: Threatened by the Armageddon Caucus

Are you ready for the Big Magilla of American politics? This fall, every important domestic issue could crash into every other: health-care reform, autopilot budget cuts, a government shutdown, even a default on the national debt.

If I were betting, I’d wager that we will somehow avoid a total meltdown. House Speaker John Boehner seems desperate to get around his party’s Armageddon Caucus.

But after three years of congressional dysfunction brought on by the rise of a radicalized brand of conservatism, it’s time to call the core questions:

Will our ability to govern ourselves be held perpetually hostage to an ideology that casts government as little more than dead weight in American life? And will a small minority in Congress be allowed to grind decision-making to a halt?

More here



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Steve Benen: ‘We do not have the votes right now’

Proponents of the Republican government-shutdown scheme generally express nothing but optimism – their support is growing, they say, and the effort continues apace.

There is, however, ample reason to believe the GOP is moving further, not closer, to actually executing the shutdown plan.

Late last week, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), the #4 member of the House Republican leadership, dismissed the scheme, saying it’s “probably not realistic.” Around the same time, Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) stressed his hatred for the Affordable Care Act, but nevertheless added that his party should invest its energies elsewhere.

Yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), one of the key ringleaders of the shutdown scheme, conceded, “We do not have the votes right now.”

So, it’s over, right? Not quite yet.

More here



The People’s View: No, Obamacare is NOT Forcing Thousands of UPS Spouses to Lose Coverage

Did you catch the meltdown in conservative land yesterday when UPS announced that beginning next year, they will drop 15,000 spouses of employees off their health care plan, citing partly Obamacare? Oh, the horror! Obamacare is forcing employees to cut coverage, and Barack Obama was obviously lying when he said that under the Affordable Care Act, those who liked their health insurance plan could keep it! Obamacare is a disaster!!

Except that UPS’ own memo and its vague mention of the ACA belies the make-belief conservative hyperventilation. First, let’s clear up the facts about who this applies to, and what, if anything, they are really losing. Kaiser helpfully provides the entire UPS memo for you to read (Heaven forbid), and here’s what you find out from it…..

More here


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Michael Cohen (Raw Story): The Republican ‘defund Obamacare’ disorder shows their denial of political reality

The Republican party is not in a good place right now. They are historically unpopular; they have no discernible governing agenda; they are under assault from their own supporters; they continue to say stupid things that upset key voting groups … and – guess what? – things are about to get even worse.

Case in point: the ongoing GOP obsession with Obamacare …. the GOP’s effort to ensure that millions of Americans are prevented from receiving healthcare coverage and remain forever mired in financial and personal anxiety because of their lack of insurance continues unabated.

…. they are now debating the idea of refusing to raise the debt limit in return for a White House agreement to “delay” implementing Obamacare. This is the political equivalent of “we’re not going to hold our breath until we turn blue and collapse now; instead, we’re going to wait a few additional weeks and then we’re going to hold our breath until we turn blue and collapse.”

Now, granted, if the GOP wants to knock themselves out (literally), who are we, as non-crazy and rational people, to stop them? Knock yourself out, GOP!

More here


Jeff Fecke says it all:


Steve Benen: Ginsburg reflects on present, future

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sat down for a fascinating interview with the New York Times’ Adam Liptak … Of particular interest to court watchers are Ginsburg’s career plans. For many on the left, her retirement before the end of President Obama’s second term is critically important to the nation’s future, but for now, the justice seems intent on staying on the job.

….. At a certain level, it’s tempting to think her age, health, and circumstances are irrelevant – Ginsburg is still excellent at what she does; she clearly enjoys her work; her passion for the law has not faded; and she’d like to continue to do the job she’s already doing well. By some measures, nothing else matters.

There is, however, another way to approach the same question…..

More here

More at ThinkProgress: Justice Ginsburg’s Terrifying Assessment Of Her Own Court



Steve Benen: A rare defeat for the religious right in Alabama

Dissent on culture-war issues is rarely tolerated within the Republican Party. A few months ago, for example, the chair of the Illinois Republican Party was forced to step down for having the audacity to say gay Americans should be able to allowed to get married.

In Alabama, where dissent among Republicans on social conservatism is even less common, a similar fight has brewed in recent weeks and was resolved over the weekend. The outcome was not altogether expected.

At the heart of the controversy is Alabama College Republicans Chairwoman Stephanie Petelos, who praised the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act on Facebook. Soon after, she told a local news outlet she supports marriage equality because “we’re governed by the constitution and not the Bible.”

The comments were not well received within the Alabama GOP….

More here



First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia Ann watch the entertainment at Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York City, August 24


On this day: The High Jumper

Aug. 26, 2009: President Obama plays basketball with White House staffers while on vacation on Martha’s Vineyard (Photo by Pete Souza)



PS: Jovie? Thanks for nothing – Scrabble rejected my use of your name, and I ended up losing:



121 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    August 26, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Good Morning!

  2. 13 vcprezofan2
    August 26, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Scrabble! Do you actually play, Chips? O I haven’t had a good game in years!

    • 14 vcprezofan2
      August 26, 2013 at 9:54 am

      /indignant/ Of course Jovie was rejected -proper names are not allowed!

      • August 27, 2013 at 4:59 pm

        vc, it’s all about the 2 and 3 letter words!!! I have been able to score very high using just a couple of letters.

        • 16 vcprezofan2
          August 27, 2013 at 5:40 pm

          Yep (though not always, Ark)! I once printed out a list of acceptable 2 & 3 letters words so I’d have a choice at my fingertips. 😀 Lord you are whetting my appetite for a game. It’s been ages now since I’ve played!

  3. 17 hopefruit2
    August 26, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Heh…Who does Assange think he is? Barack Obama? Trying to be cool/popular and all that…

  4. 20 hopefruit2
    August 26, 2013 at 9:58 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone! Happy Monday 🙂

  5. 22 hopefruit2
    August 26, 2013 at 10:00 am

    AP is putting out misleading info – the media is so eager to call John Kerry a failure, that they will scrape the bottom of the barrel looking for any sign of breakdown to report. If you read the article, the talks have not been “called off” as the AP headlines claim. It appears they’ve been put on hold for today and may resume as early as tomorrow Tuesday.

  6. 23 CEB
    August 26, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Good morning everyone.

    note for UT: I think that Robin Thicke was robbed at the VMA; nominations in three categories and not one win. What do you think?

    • 24 utaustinliberal
      August 26, 2013 at 10:17 am

      He was absolutely robbed. He had the song of the summer with Pharrell and T.I. The other song that rivaled his was Daft Punk’s and Pharrell’s ‘Get Lucky’ and then they gave the award to One Direction (Who the heck are they??) It’s so disgusting when untalented teeny boppers win awards over people who actually produce real music that has beats and sounds like they put some thought into it.

      The two people who saved the awards last night were Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars. I have no clue what Lady Gaga was doing. On a regular day I find Taylor Swift annoying but would have applauded her snatching the mic from Kanye West because his performance was boring. Miley Cyrus was depicting plushie fetishes and her mom was applauding. My eyes are still recovering. 😀

  7. 27 amk for obama
    August 26, 2013 at 10:03 am

    “A philosopher,” said the theologian, “is like a blind man in a darkened room looking for a black cat that isn’t there.”

    “That’s right,” the philosopher replied, “and if he were a theologian, he’d find it.”

  8. August 26, 2013 at 10:08 am

  9. August 26, 2013 at 10:09 am

  10. August 26, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Good Monday Morning Chipsticks, TODers….Everyone!!!

    Thank you again for all the pictures, videos, tweets, and commentary related to the 50th Anniversary March that you, UT, and LP provided over the weekend. It triggered a lot of reflection and led me to other sites that helped to remind me of what I knew, and expand my knowledge about things I was not aware of.

    I am glad to see that, contrary to what the naysayers may have hoped, the March has energized and inspired many young people. And I believe the planned voter registration drives throughout the country will continue to raise awareness and move others to be involved.

    Everyone have a wonderful start to the week.

  11. August 26, 2013 at 10:09 am

  12. 36 utaustinliberal
    August 26, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Great round-up Chips. Loving the ObamaCare info. and pushback.

    Jeff’s tweet is perfect. I read that hot mess of a racist crap that Kathleen Parker wrote and just shook my head in disgust. She compares African-Americans being followed and treated suspiciously in department and high end stores to her wearing ratty clothes and expecting to get service and then tells them to shut up and deal with the racism and stop being so whiny because hey, a great pair of shoes trumps the prejudiced crap one has to deal with almost everyday to get those shoes. Then she accuses Pres. Obama of being an accessory to murder because he identified with Trayvon Martin. How is Trayvon Martin at fault? He ended up brutally murdered just because he wanted iced-tea and skittles. Pres. Obama is a Black man. He’s had the experiences of being a Black man in America. He knows what it feels like to have someone think you’re the waiter not the guest, he’s had taxi cabs refuse to stop for him, he’s seen white women clutch their purses when he walks down the street, he’s seen certain people cross the street when they see him coming down; so yes he identifies with Trayvon Martin. Is he supposed to identify with Zimmerman, the murderer? Privilege is a hell of a drug. The Washington Post needs to clean house fast.

    Tweet of the Day!

    • August 26, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Great reply from Katy! Thank you UT!

    • 38 ericfive
      August 26, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      Personally I am glad that “people” like Kathleen Parker are showing their true colors. Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and exposing these racists and their racists POV will serve to educate and enlighten those who discount how big a racial problem the U.S. still faces. To the white supremacist, like Ms. Parker, the AA male is defacto “guilty” just by his mere existence. They love self-hating AA’s like Clarence Thomas, but absolutely HATE PBO because he loves and never hides from his Blackness. Notice how angry they got when PBO took his trip to Africa or identified with Trayvon Martin or Skip Gates. PBO is the white supremacists’ worst nightmare (a successful, intelligent Black man who is not infected by the virus of accepting white superiority).

  13. August 26, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Good morning Chips! I’m wondering where I can get the article on Patheos.com on Obamacare from the person you posted here. I would love to show a couple of people that article, but I couldn’t find it when I went to the website. Thanks!

  14. 49 dotster3
    August 26, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Just saw that cute Sam Kass and his adorable dimples on the Today Show, bragging about First Lady’s Let’s Move and healthy eating initiatives. He was giving parents some healthy and delish recipe ideas for kids starting school—-an egg fritatta, a smoothie for breakfast, wraps and popcorn snacks for after school. It was a treat to start the day with Sam. He’s such a doll. (do people still say that?—“doll”)

    • 50 vcprezofan2
      August 26, 2013 at 10:17 am

      Good day, Dotster! ‘He’s such a doll’ You said it. You’re people. Plus I understood you perfectly. 😉

  15. 52 hopefruit2
    August 26, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Smarty Pants just posted a piece reflecting an earlier diary of a DKOS regular:

    HEADLINE: Who has Obama’s back? Those who’ve been in the struggle all along

    // Today I’d like to point you all to a diary my friend Denise Oliver Velez wrote back in 2008 when the FISA bill was going through Congress. I don’t agree with everything she said (as the saying goes, if I did, one of us would be unnecessary) – but the message is clear.

    ” I have never had privacy. My parents had no privacy. I grew up under the persecution of the McCarthy period, and watched family friends driven out of jobs, and some driven to suicide. I watched my father watch the backs of his friends, and I have learned how to be a trooper since the day I could walk… The Constitution that has been bandied about here in hysterical FISA diaries of outrage in the last few days has very little meaning for me…The privacy that you are so willing to throw Obama under the bus for has no meaning for me. I’ve never had the luxury to have any….

    …And so they rant on…in diary after diary after diary…and I sit in wonder and wonder – where were you when we were dying? Where are you when were crying? Who among you challenged COINTELPRO? Who fought J Edgar Hoover? Who among you will go to jail for me? Will die for me, will call out the names of the dead killed by that piece of paper you now brandish like a sword to impale your former Hero? Oh how your Champion has fallen and will you banish him from your side of this game called politics? For I see now that for you it is but a game.

    More here: http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/08/who-has-obamas-back-those-whove-been-in.html?spref=tw

    • August 26, 2013 at 11:28 am

      And Thisssss…

      I say proudly, “Barack. Young man. I got your back.” I will fight all and any who have falsely claimed to be a part of this struggle, but turned tail at the sight of the first puff of smoke. I will denounce them as cowards.


      MSNBC on air personalities were on front and center during their gavel to gavel coverage of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington….

      it is worth noting who wasn’t there….Chris Hayes…Rachel Madow…Lawrence O’Donell…i did not expect Joe Scarboro and his posse to be there…

      • 54 hopefruit2
        August 26, 2013 at 11:57 am

        Good point Pretty Foot, although I will still cut them a bit of slack since they had the weekend hosts covering the event.

        But I will be looking to see how they treat the Saturday march AND the Wednesday event on their respective shows this week. Chris and Rachel in particular should note that drones and NSA surveillance were not featured in Saturday’s event and for good reason.

  16. 55 hopefruit2
    August 26, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Brace yourselves, folks….

    • 56 vcprezofan2
      August 26, 2013 at 10:29 am

      Thanks a lot, Hf! Humpffff. This info will taint my remaining summer as I will now start to dread the winter.

    • 57 Bill R.
      August 26, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      Global warming trumps the Farmer’s Almanac.

      • 58 hopefruit2
        August 26, 2013 at 12:06 pm

        The “bitter” cold winter is one of the effects of global warming.

        • 59 vcprezofan2
          August 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm

          Hf, you still talking winter? Ssshhh. I went to eat and came back, and wouldn’t you know my screen opened right here. Jeesh,you’s think SOMEone is trying to warn me. I won’t listen! I just won’t! 😉 Instead I’ll complain in your ears incessantly if I’m not ready when the cold arrives, and stays.

          • 60 hopefruit2
            August 26, 2013 at 12:53 pm

            LOL! Don’t worry VC– I will be holding a “feel better” party for TOD during this coming winter season. I will have the party on the coldest day of the month.

            I will be serving some lovely treats at the party – ice cream, frozen yogurt, iced coffee, iced tea, lemonade, popsicles, creamsicles, shave ice, icy, ice pops, etc.

            ((((((((vc))))))))) 🙂 🙂 🙂

            • 61 vcprezofan2
              August 26, 2013 at 1:08 pm

              HF, I am surprised and disappointed. My people radar is woefully off-kilter! /smh/ All this time I thought you were an empathetic soul. I shall have to seriously reconsider hanging my “Dr. VC – Offering insight into all types of characters” shingle that I was contemplating as a new 2014 business venture.

              • 62 hopefruit2
                August 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm

                LOL – Dr. Vc! I am an indeed an empathetic soul. I’m having an ice cream party!! Now who can say no to some free ice cream? 🙂 🙂

  17. 63 utaustinliberal
    August 26, 2013 at 10:22 am

  18. August 26, 2013 at 10:24 am

    How not to defend voter suppression in North Carolina
    By Steve Benen
    Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:10 AM EDT

    Two weeks after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) approved the most sweeping voter-suppression law seen in the United States in a generation, the political world is taking note of the disaster in growing numbers. Last week, former Secretary of State Colin Powell condemned the state’s new voting restrictions, and yesterday, pundit Cokie Roberts said, “[W]hat’s going on about voting rights is downright evil.”

    But don’t worry, the Eagle Forum’s Phyllis Schlafly, a prominent leader of the religious right movement for decades, has a new defense. In a WorldNetDaily column, the right-wing activist offered an unexpected explanation of why some of North Carolina’s new restrictions are worthwhile.

    The reduction in the number of days allowed for early voting is particularly important because early voting plays a major role in Obama’s ground game. The Democrats carried most states that allow many days of early voting, and Obama’s national field director admitted, shortly before last year’s election, that “early voting is giving us a solid lead in the battleground states that will decide this election.”

    The Obama technocrats have developed an efficient system of identifying prospective Obama voters and then nagging them (some might say harassing them) until they actually vote. It may take several days to accomplish this, so early voting is an essential component of the Democrats’ get-out-the-vote campaign.

    Have you ever heard a political figure accidentally read stage direction, unaware that it’s not supposed to repeated out loud? This is what Schlafly’s published column reminds me of.


    • 65 57andfemale
      August 26, 2013 at 10:48 am


    • August 26, 2013 at 11:52 am

      More evidence that the GOP/TP have no problem…. in fact they feel that they have the right…. to rob blk folks…students and others of their vote and do not care who knows about….Emboldened by the SCOTUS’ decision and galvanized by having control of the State Legislature…they have the power and the will…to do so…

      However….and this is Important…We are FIGHTING BACK…and our voices are growing stronger…in the words of Congressman John Lewis… We are Standing UP…We are Speaking OUT and We are Making some NOISE…because WE SHALL NOT LET NOONE TURN US AROUND!.As he says…our Vote Is PRECIOUS…almost SACRED!!!!


  19. 67 dotster3
    August 26, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Today is mr. dotster’s bday if anyone wants to celebrate that——-maybe just ms. chips, as he’s her future hus—band. He’s already had a couple of pre-bday celebrations, so today is sortof a letdown—-an icky Monday and work etc.——-just whatever merriment I can provide tonight. 🙂

    • August 26, 2013 at 10:34 am

      Dotster, give Mr Dotster a hug for us!!

    • 79 57andfemale
      August 26, 2013 at 10:38 am

      happy birthday, Mr. Dotster! I think for your birthday, you should take your lovely wife out for an expensive dinner. She’ll spring for the cupcake with a candle, I’m sure.

    • 80 vcprezofan2
      August 26, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Mr. Dotster, sir, “HAVE YOURSELF A LOVELY BIRTHDAY!”
      [YOU are older than 21, aren’t you? You’ll need to be older and have a firm hand to deal with Chips’ shenanigans. Just saying.]

      I would think Chips will want to celebrate Mr. Dotster’s birthday! After all, we are all aware that’s one of the directions in which she’s cast her eyes.

      “Charmingly, eagerly seeking a virtual mate
      Our Mayor cajoles in dresses first rate.
      Sprinkling marriage proposals aloft like confetti
      She lures Japa, Bobf, Mr. Dotster,…. plus others I’ve forgot-ty.”

    • 81 desertflower
      August 26, 2013 at 10:51 am

      Happy Birthday, Mr. dotster!!!

    • 82 donna dem 4 obama
      August 26, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Happy Birthday Mr. Dotster

    • 83 sherijr
      August 26, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Happy Birthday Mr. Dotster ~ sorry you have to work! Have a great evening though 🙂

    • 84 yardarm756
      August 26, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Good morning you lot. And a Happy Birthday to Mr. dotster3. It’s a good day for it, eh!

  20. 85 Jovie
    August 26, 2013 at 10:27 am

  21. 86 utaustinliberal
    August 26, 2013 at 10:29 am

  22. 87 mtmarilyn
    August 26, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Good Montana morning TOD family. We had a rain storm last night that helped damped our big fire, atleast no more homes have been burned. The problem with the rain it came with lightning strikes and started 10 more small fires.

    What a wonderful R & S Chips! So much great news. The RWNJ’s are so delusional.

  23. 89 mtmarilyn
    August 26, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I was so impressed that The Obama Diary and LovelyPlains were reconnized by NAACP that I tweeted by TOD was so special and they retweeted my tweet. This is so important that others see how important this site is. We here are about truth and respect. Thanks Chips and all who contribute here. This is my first time trying to post a tweet. Hope it works.

    @NAACP @TheObamaDiary @DaRiverZkind This is the kind of reporting we have here at TOD. Our posts are dedicated to the truth & respect,— Marilyn Oliver (@MTmarilyn2) August 26, 2013

  24. 93 Eveingeorgia
    August 26, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Morning, everyone!

    Question: does anybody know whether tickets are required to hear the presidents speak on Wednesday. I am going up this evening, but information is really sketchy. I would appreciate any information you might have.

  25. August 26, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Tough days ahead for the president. Sending prayers for him to find the strength to make the right decision.

  26. 102 hopefruit2
    August 26, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I’m curious to see where he’s going with this notion that the US is “repressing journalists.”

    • 103 amk for obama
      August 26, 2013 at 10:59 am

      • 104 hopefruit2
        August 26, 2013 at 11:05 am

        Kathleen Parker just accused PBO of being an accomplice in a murder, and this guy is talking crap about repression of journalists? I’m just waiting to see what he comes up with.

        Interesting that he’s concerned about repression of journalists, but not repression of votes – if you want to talk about anti-democracy, I would think your primary concern would be ordinary voters, not wealthy “journalists” looking to make easy money with questionable “stories.”

        • 106 ericfive
          August 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm

          These pampered beneficiaries of white privilege are trying so hard to convince anyone who will listen that THEY are the real victims and anyone else who may have a complaint should just “get over it”. The idiocy of this guys claim of repression is patent. If PBO was suppressing journalist and the media, how the fuck does FOXNews remain on the air? Love to hear his response.

          • 107 hopefruit2
            August 26, 2013 at 12:54 pm

            Exactly eric – and your point goes back to amk’s question – which I’m sure stephen hasn’t responded to.

        • 108 vcprezofan2
          August 26, 2013 at 12:58 pm

          Interesting that he’s concerned about repression of journalists, but not repression of votes – if you want to talk about anti-democracy, I would think your primary concern would be ordinary voters, not wealthy “journalists” looking to make easy money with questionable “stories.”

          Tell me you asked him THIS, HF. I’m a bit disoriented from jumping all over trying to see what I missed, so I’m out of the loop. This is a very valid point. If you haven’t, I’ll ask.

  27. 110 Vicki
    August 26, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Everyday the anticipation of October 1 the first sign-up for ACA day builds!! Sure, there’s lots of other things happening but The Affordable Care Act/AKA Obamacare is almost here. This is so huge. For as long as there is a USA the American people will enjoy healthcare as a right for all not a privilege for some.
    Are we all feeling this excitement?

  28. August 26, 2013 at 11:07 am

  29. 112 57andfemale
    August 26, 2013 at 11:19 am

  30. 114 57andfemale
    August 26, 2013 at 11:21 am

  31. 115 57andfemale
    August 26, 2013 at 11:28 am

    You guys wanna feel good? Catch this from Kristen Chenoweth’s concert at the Hollywood Bowl, where she brought up a random audience member(Sarah Horn) to sing with her. The woman is a voice teacher, active in community theater, but the poise, the voice, the generosity of Kristen Chenoweth is just mind-blowing:

  32. 116 GGail
    August 26, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family!
    I had to come to work today to get some rest. I spent this weekend being the official tour guide for Lady VC and her delightful offspring and let me tell you – the paparazzi was all over us!!! WHEW!

    • August 26, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      😆 Mooooooorning GGail, we heard you were a pretty magnificent host, so much so we’ve all booked a flight and will be arriving at your door tomorrow!!!

    • 118 sjterrid
      August 26, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      I saw the picture that VC posted last night of the two of you at the Pier. I’m glad you got a chance to meet. It was nice to see you both.

  33. 119 57andfemale
    August 26, 2013 at 11:58 am

  34. August 27, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Re: Kathleen Parker’s piece in the WaPo, even on my crappiest looking days I have never been followed around even in a “fancy boutique”, I seriously doubt the white, blonde woman has been either — poor little “victim” (KMA – beyotch)

    LOVE that picture of POTUS’ jump shot — particularly his very nice looking bum. Is that wrong?

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