Rise and Shine: The Week at TOD

Photo of the Week? @petesouza: A young student uses a stethoscope on President Obama at Powell Elementary School in DC


Monday * Tuesday * Wednesday * Thursday * Friday



The ‘I don’t like you very much’ look of the week


The Day’s Posts:

Early Bird Chat * Rise and Shine * Ukraine Crisis in Tweets * Ukraine Crisis Press Round-Up * An Update or Two * Night Owl Chat – Earth Pictures




Hug of the Week: First Lady Michelle Obama hugs a boy at the Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School ahead of her upcoming trip to China


The Day’s Posts:

Early Bird Chat * Rise and Shine * Ukraine Crisis In Tweets * President Obama Unveils His 2015 Budget And Speaks On Ukraine * The First Lady’s Day: International Women of Courage Awards & More * Night Owl Chat – Gloria Estefan, Salsera!



Fatimata Toure




President Obama walks away from his podium after speaking on the importance of raising the minimum wage during an event at at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Conn.


The Day’s Posts:

Early Bird Chat * Rise and Shine * Chat Away * President Obama delivers remarks on raising the minimum wage * Chat Away * The President’s Day * Night Owl Chat – Pictures from Getty Images



Pie-Resister-in-Chief: President Obama arrives for lunch with Governors Patrick, Shumlin & Malloy at Cafe Beauregard in New Britain, CT





President Obama smiles during a commercial break as he participates in a town hall-style forum to encourage Latino Americans to enroll in Obamacare health insurance plans, at the Newseum in Washington


The Day’s Posts:

Early Bird Chat * Rise and Shine * Chat AwayPresident Obama Speaks To The Latino Community About ObamaCareIn Performance at the White House: Women of Soul * In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul Part 2In Performance at the White House: PBO’s Introduction







Photo(s) of the Week? President Obama meets his number one fan at Coral Reef High School


The Day’s Posts:

Early Bird Chat * Rise and Shine * Coming UpPresident Obama Speaks at Coral Reef High School * A Tweet or Two * Coral Reef High School  * Evening Chat – #CPACPickUpLines









A gazillion thanks to Nerdy and LL for all the completely wonderful posts this week, a pair of treasures.

Happy Weekend!

82 Responses to “Rise and Shine: The Week at TOD”

  1. 1 Cindy
    March 8, 2014 at 9:48 am


    • 7 Cindy
      March 8, 2014 at 10:10 am

      Good morning desertflower,

      Wishing you a wonderful day!

      Thank you for posting this article. I saw it earlier and didn’t get a chance to read it. I just printed it to make sure I don’t miss it this time.

    • 8 Judith Fardig
      March 8, 2014 at 11:16 am

      Congratulations to both Cindy and DF on a tie.

  2. 10 Cindy
    March 8, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Come on over TOD dancers…..

    I’m dancing, I’m smiling, I’m dancing, I’m laughing!

    Enjoy your day and smile away!!!!

  3. 12 GGAIL
    March 8, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Good West Coast Saturday morning Chipsticks & TOD family!
    I am so glad it’s a no work day, whew!

    • 13 Cindy
      March 8, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Good morning GGail!
      Happy Saturday morning to you!

      I understand the feeling…..no students today!

      Was it Kool and the Gang song…….Celebration?

      Doesn’t matter….let’s do it anyway : )

  4. 14 Cindy
    March 8, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Good morning Chipsticks!

    Thank you for the news that matters!

    Have an AWESOME DAY!

  5. 17 globalcitizenlinda
    March 8, 2014 at 10:07 am


    • 18 Nerdy Wonka
      March 8, 2014 at 10:35 am

      Perfect difference between the Russian troops and the Ukrainian troops. Intimidation vs. Peace.

      • 19 globalcitizenlinda
        March 8, 2014 at 11:27 am

        your observation is what struck me so clearly!

        “aggression to promote corruption, intimidation and land/resources grab” versus the “search for peace, diversity and accountability of government leadership”

  6. 20 africa
    March 8, 2014 at 10:10 am

  7. March 8, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Gooooooood mooorrnnninnngggg, Chips and TODville. It’s another spring day in Northern California.

    And it’s been another busy week for POTUS and FLOTUS.

    • 22 vcprezofan2
      March 8, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      ‘It’s another spring day in Northern California.’

      /in a deep, deep, disapproving tone accompanied by a frown/ •► Me-ta!

  8. 25 africa
    March 8, 2014 at 10:14 am

    John Harwood tweeting how some strategist says that Jeb Bush could help GOP because he speaks Spanish, blah, blah. Seriously?

    • 26 anniebella
      March 8, 2014 at 10:20 am

      The fact that the Republicans have block Immigration reform doesn’t matter, all that matter is Jeb ‘Stand your Ground” Bush can speak spanish.

  9. 29 hopefruit2
    March 8, 2014 at 10:15 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats Cindy on #1 🙂 Thanks Chips (and to NW as well) for this fabulous R & S round-up and amazing summary of a fascinating, productive week with our PBO and FLOTUS!!!

  10. 32 africa
    March 8, 2014 at 10:17 am

  11. 33 africa
    March 8, 2014 at 10:19 am

  12. 34 hopefruit2
    March 8, 2014 at 10:22 am

  13. 35 carolynn
    March 8, 2014 at 10:30 am

    I just wrote Bob Schieffer about his guest tomorrow Dick Cheney. I told him we could not believe he would have this man without a conscience on his show: the butcher of Iraq, the butcher of thousands of poor Americans, one who dodged the draft five times during Viet Nam, but had no qualms about sending thousands of Americans to their deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. I concluded that he was the equivalent of Josef Stalin, which I think he is, who was called the butcher of Georgia. I am going to continue to call Cheney the butcher of Iraq. That is no hyperbole.

    And on that note……happy Saturday everyone. Read Smartypants’ editorial on 21st century Obama vs 19th century Putin…..it is excellent and explanatory.

  14. 37 amk for obama
    March 8, 2014 at 11:02 am

  15. 38 amk for obama
    March 8, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Fixed the effing FF. Works like charm now.

  16. 39 globalcitizenlinda
    March 8, 2014 at 11:11 am



    caution: the video in this tweet is disturbing;

    take the content with some caution – so much happening on the ground;

    it was forwarded by one the journalist who have been reporting on the Ukraine upraising before putin’s invasion;



    hope people continue to exercise caution and patience with a focus on the long term ;


  17. 40 MightyPamela
    March 8, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Morning y’all! Out for most of today, back later to try and catch up! Ha! Big hugs all around. Have a good one. Pray for Peace.

  18. 41 africa
    March 8, 2014 at 11:27 am

  19. 42 JER
    March 8, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

    • 43 Cindy
      March 8, 2014 at 11:43 am

      How sad that they are glorifying this piece of dirt bag who murdered a child.

      I pray that I live long enough to see this murderer reap what he sowed; when he murdered Trayvon Martin.

      The perfect way to encourage the crazies to go out and murder; kill and become a celebrity.

  20. 44 africa
    March 8, 2014 at 11:30 am

  21. 45 kidkanga
    March 8, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Thank you guys so much for putting together such an awesome week! i feel like we get to tag along with the president as he goes about his business. 🙂 I wish we could just make him president for life. well not that that would be fair to him or the girls, thats just me being not at all ready for this ride to end.

  22. 46 hopefruit2
    March 8, 2014 at 11:32 am

  23. 47 africa
    March 8, 2014 at 11:34 am

  24. March 8, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Well howdy all you O’s!! What a great getting up day on TOD Boulevard!!!

    It’s snowing again in my neck of the woods, but now I just go into a comatose stupor as I watch it ever so *#$#%*ly onto my recently cleared sidewalks.

    We all know that we’re in countdown to the last day to enroll in ACA. I had a few questions as a person with employer provided insurance, but also becoming eligible for Medicare this year (can’t believe it!). At the same time #2 gets kicked off my insurance this year, so it’s pretty cut and dry what she’ll have to do. Anyway, I’m pretty sure I know what I have to do, but there’s still a lot of confusion out there, even among folks who are totally in support of ACA and in desperate need of affordable healthcare.

    As an example, while perusing on the Orange site earlier, someone there thought he wouldn’t be able to be covered at all, because his state didn’t expand medicare and, based on his income, he couldn’t afford the cost for any of the ACA plans Anyway, it was so encouraging to see that so many folks, knowledgeable about taxes and ACA, were able to help him. It turns out, he more than qualifies and will be able to purchase on the ACA exchange. As I read his diary and the comments that helped him through his worry, it dawned on me, how at this late date, people still have questions.

    Anyway, here’s a link (if I may be so bold), to the diary and the comments that are really very helpful. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/03/07/1283041/-Well-so-no-Obamacare-for-me#

  25. 49 africa
    March 8, 2014 at 11:45 am

  26. March 8, 2014 at 11:50 am

    • March 8, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Putin’s gonna get this war ….

      • March 8, 2014 at 12:18 pm

        The folk who can stop Putin are the ones with the most to lose, Russia’s oligarchs. As I’ve noted several times, those pipelines convey gas from RU, but it’s not a one way deal. $$$ flow in the opposite direction. So, threats to stop the flow or charge non-sustainable prices (market forces will prevail since their are options) also mean stopping the flow of $$$ into folks’ bank accounts, folk who care much more about their next super yacht than TzarVlado’s neo-colonial escapades.

        The one strong peaceful option to stop a war that, day by day these past 10 days has become more inevitable due to the RU occupation and acts of war (e.g., establishing mine fields on boarders, surrounding troops and ships, etc) is to apply comprehensive economic sanctions on Russia’s oligarchs and ‘upper middle class.’ Putin, of course, is one of the wealthiest oligarchs of all, but he’s clearly too psychopathic to care at this point. The others, oh, they care, a bunch. And, don’t forget, the vast majority of Russians don’t want another war with anyone but we don’t have any meaningful leverage on them.

        I have zero doubt President Obama knows all the options. Just want to be sure a couple of his key folk are aware that we support aggressive non-militaristic mechanisms to avoid war.


      • March 8, 2014 at 12:25 pm

        “OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today condemned the continuous closure of television channels and attacks on journalists in Crimea.

        “Extreme censorship, shutting down media outlets and press hubs and attacks and intimidation of journalists must stop immediately,” Mijatović said. “In times of crisis people must have an unimpeded access to a plurality of sources; otherwise they can be subjected to the worst kind of propaganda.”

        Over the past few days the terrestrial signals of Ukrainian television stations Inter, Briz, 1+1, 5 channel, 1st National, STB have been cut, including the signal of the independent Chernomorskaya TV, and replaced with Russian channels NTV, 1st channel, Rossiya 24, Rossiya RTR, TNT and Zvezda. The Internet connection of Crimean Tatar ATR channel is down.

        A number of journalists have been threatened, assaulted, physically attacked ….”


  27. 56 amk for obama
    March 8, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Go gunners.

  28. 57 hopefruit2
    March 8, 2014 at 11:56 am

  29. 58 JER
    March 8, 2014 at 12:05 pm


    Two names listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand, foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna have confirmed. …

    More here: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/asia-pacific/stolen-passports-on-missing-malaysian-passenger-jet-1.1717931

  30. March 8, 2014 at 12:13 pm

  31. 60 africa
    March 8, 2014 at 12:21 pm

  32. 61 vcprezofan2
    March 8, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Hello! Hello! Hel-lllloooo! It feels good to sign in, knowing that I can TRY to catch up on missed info.

    Chips Chica, I don’t think I have thanked you and the gang yet for this ‘new’ ‘week at tod’ feature which is very much appreciated, especially by those who missed time in the village during the week.

    THANKS, CC!,
    THANKS, Nerdy Utal,
    Thanks Lib_L, LovelyP, and everyone else who’s been involved.
    It’s reassuring to know that we have a place, aside from WH.Gov, where facts about The O Admin is readily accessible.

    Hope everyone is having a happy and productive 😉 Saturday!

  33. 62 africa
    March 8, 2014 at 12:37 pm

  34. March 8, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    • 65 anniebella
      March 8, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      So even though POTUS, FLOTUS, and their daughters are in Florida, he is still doing what he would do if he was in D.C. His job.

  35. 66 amk for obama
    March 8, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Sochi Paralympics: Ukraine beat Russia to biathlon gold

    Ukraine claimed their first gold medal of the Sochi Winter Paralympics as Vitaliy Lukyanenko won the 7.5km visually impaired biathlon.

    The 35-year-old beat Russia’s five-time world champion Nikolay Polukhin, the pre-race favourite, by 11 seconds with Vasili Shaptsiaboi of Belarus third.

    Ukraine had considered a boycott of the Sochi Games in protest at Russia’s occupation of Crimea.

    But on Friday they decided to compete, and 24 hours later won five medals.


    sweet irony.

  36. March 8, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    The AP is reporting that the US is sending a Navy warship and surveillance plane to aid in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

  37. 69 bjw2
    March 8, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Good afternoon TODers, I see where some have said they’ve emailed Face the Nation to voice their opposition to having Dick Cheney on tomorrow. I thought I would share with you what I just mailed off.

    I’m appalled at your program having former VP Dick Cheney on tomorrow.
    I can’t understand how people who got it so wrong are the default go-tos in times crisis. As time pass and as more facts emerge about why we into Iraq, I surprisingly find myself joining the chorus who say there should’ve been criminal charges brought against the last Administration. As you’re interviewing this man tomorrow remember, he allowed the worst attack to take place on American soil. After going after those who attacked us in Afghanistan, they decided the opportunity was wipe to go after Iraq’s oil. His brilliant decision to go into Iraq resulted in thousands of American and Iraqi deaths, no oil, and clearing the way for Iran to become a force in the region.

    Now tell me again, why are you enlisting Dick Cheney’s view on any Foreign Policy matters?

    • 70 desertflower
      March 8, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      Good job! Thanks for taking the time to do that, bjw2. It’s important.

      • 71 carolynn
        March 8, 2014 at 1:13 pm

        okay….so there are already three of us from TOD that we know of who’ve emailed Schieffer. That number should grow….strong tweets or emails. Also boycott watching the program…….someone with influence and tweeting ability, please encourage this action.

  38. 73 amk for obama
    March 8, 2014 at 12:42 pm

  39. 74 desertflower
    March 8, 2014 at 12:48 pm



    Concern was mounting Saturday over the safety of journalists in Crimea after reports that Ukrainian reporters were beaten by pro-Russian militants and an international television crew had its equipment seized.
    Ukraine’s Channel 5 television reported that its journalists were among several beaten by pro-Russian militants late Friday as they covered a confrontation at a Ukrainian air force base in Sevastopol.
    The channel said journalists from the Inter and STB channels were also beaten at the base, where the militants reportedly smashed through the gates with a truck but eventually left.
    An AFP reporter later saw five male journalists in hospital who had been severely beaten, their faces covered with blood, and who were being treated for head wounds.
    Pro-Russian militia in Crimea have often been confrontational with Ukrainian and international journalists, whom they accuse of working for foreign powers against Moscow.
    The Associated Press news agency said in a report Saturday that armed men in the Crimean capital Simferopol had seized equipment from one of its crews on Thursday.
    It said the crew had been setting up a live camera position above a restaurant when they were approached by unarmed men who took photos of their equipment and “accused the crew of being spies”.
    Armed men later showed up, ordered the crew to put their hands against the wall and took their equipment away, the agency said.

  40. 75 amk for obama
    March 8, 2014 at 12:50 pm

  41. 76 desertflower
    March 8, 2014 at 12:50 pm


  42. 77 desertflower
    March 8, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    From one of the few real journalists left:

  43. 78 amk for obama
    March 8, 2014 at 12:53 pm

  44. 79 desertflower
    March 8, 2014 at 12:55 pm
  45. March 8, 2014 at 1:13 pm

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