Rise and Shine: The Week at TOD




On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama greets children at Children’s Place in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, April 13, 2010 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)


Early Bird Chat



Rise and Shine



The Obamas Watch ‘A Raisin In The Sun’



Let The Laughter Begin




First Lady Michelle Obama has stickers placed on her face by 20-month-old Lily Oppelt during her visit with Wounded Warriors being cared for at the Fisher House at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md


Early Bird Chat



Rise and Shine



This CBO Report Is Another Big Win For Obamacare



President Obama Speaks at the 2014 Easter Prayer Breakfast



First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Fisher House At Walter Reed



A Tweet or Two



On This Day – Pete Souza: “Gotta love the reaction of that young face as the President greeted members of the audience following a ceremony honoring the 2012 BCS National Champion University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team on the South Lawn of the White House.” April 15, 2013


Early Bird Chat



Rise and Shine



Ukraine Crisis in Tweets



Boston Strong




A Moment of Silence


President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a Passover Seder dinner in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House, April 15, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)





Early Bird Chat



Rise and Shine



The President and VP in Pennsylvania




The President and Vice President’s Day




A Tweet or Two




Early Bird Chat



Rise and Shine



Ukraine Crisis in Tweets



President Obama: Press Briefing



Chat Away



President Obama Honors Wounded Warriors



Soft Power’s Amazing Resuscitation – The Ukraine Deal


President Obama visits with people in the crowd following the seventh annual Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride on the South Lawn of the White House, April 17, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)


The President And First Lady’s Day




Night Owl Chat – Hall & Oates



President Obama sits on the famed Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum following an event in Dearborn, Mich., April 18, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Early Bird Chat



Rise and Shine




Chat Away



President Obama Presents the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy



President Obama Meets Comfort Tech



The Naval Academy Football Team Comes To The White House




Amy Winehouse on “Other Voices”




Many thanks to my good friends in the Fox graphics department for providing this snazzy chart and doing the calculations – it shows how the TOD posting work was distributed this week.

Thank yooooooou so much Nerdy and LL (and even AMK)! Happy weekend everyone.

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

  1. 1 desertflower
    April 19, 2014 at 9:28 am


  2. 8 jackiegrumbacher
    April 19, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Morning! Guess we’re all rising and shining earlier than usual today.

  3. 11 amk for obama
    April 19, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Heh !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What am I, a dot in the chart?

  4. 18 donna dem 4 obama
    April 19, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Happy (Holy) Saturday everyone!

    We had snow this week but there is hope for sunshine this weekend in the high 60’s so off I go to run errands for the Easter Feast tomorrow.

    What a fantastic week in review Ms. Chips. I’d say “Our Team” had a pretty darn good week and is doing a fantabulous job!!!!

  5. 21 jackiegrumbacher
    April 19, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Our Pa Dem governor primary is now getting ugly–what I hate most about primary campaigns. With one candidate, Tom Wolf, ahead by 26 points only four weeks before the primary, the others are throwing mud and accusations to whittle away at his numbers. We have a big fight to win against Corbett in the Fall and I don’t think this infighting works to our advantage. I can already feel the tensions in our own little county, with some people saying they won’t work for X if Y doesn’t get chosen. Too stupid for words. We have to stand united.

    • 22 Vicki
      April 19, 2014 at 10:01 am

      I was eager to hear your update on the PA primary race. I don’t suppose the Clinton Club will let Allyson Schwartz lose without a fight.
      Is Tom Wolf the best candidate, in your opinion, jackie?

      • 23 jackiegrumbacher
        April 19, 2014 at 12:25 pm

        Vicki, Rob McCord is the most progressive candidate and the one I wanted to run and will probably vote for. I don’t believe Allyson can win outside of Phillie and we will lose our chance to defeat Corbett. Wolf is smart and has lots of money. I think he’ll get crossover votes and he’s the only one who comes from the T in PA–the dreaded Conservative area. So if he wins the primary, I will do everything I can to get him elected. This is a must win race. By the way, McGinty actually worked for Clinton, so the Clinton’s can’t openly abandon her either.

  6. 24 globalcitizenlinda
    April 19, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Great Morning Ms. Chips!

    Good Morning (day) everyone in TOD village!

    hope everyone has a fantastic day, weekend, week, month, year, …. life!

  7. 25 desertflower
    April 19, 2014 at 9:38 am

    What a great, productive week our President/country had! Too bad 3/4 of Americans have no idea this all happened.

  8. 26 amk for obama
    April 19, 2014 at 9:40 am

  9. 27 globalcitizenlinda
    April 19, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Many thanks for the collection of the week’s events!

    Of course the fox graphic is right on point – with the “percentage allocations” especially as “fox perceives them to be”;

    one small “quarrel” with the fox graphic : you forgot to make the total more than 100% (as fox has sometimes been known to do)

  10. 30 JER
    April 19, 2014 at 9:53 am

    More about Pittsburgh band that gained a new fan in President Barack Obama

    • 31 Vicki
      April 19, 2014 at 10:06 am

      Utterly charming story. Can you just picture Poppy Bush in this scenario? Or any of the previous Presidents all of whom would have made themselves the biggest part of the story.

    • 32 globalcitizenlinda
      April 19, 2014 at 10:21 am

      apart from all the great things this story revealed is the utter level of great respect these young people showed (and still show) to PBO.

      this is how it should be (whether you agree with his policies or not) and it puts so many elected and non-elected officials to shame;

      young people will continue holding up what is great about this nation and about the world in general;

    • 33 MightyPamela
      April 19, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      The bass player, “I actually had my arm around him, which was sweet….” Yes, indeed, very sweet! Love this story. I’ll bet these guys played even better after this experience!! Mornin’ y’all.

  11. 34 desertflower
    April 19, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Can we share this please??

    • 35 globalcitizenlinda
      April 19, 2014 at 10:47 am

      thanks a lot for this!

      this is a great message and was really simplified;

      I wish a group would collect money and run this repeatedly as a 3 minute advert in all local markets (that is if media would let it air);

      it would be illuminating for so many who are either not paying attention or those who, for a long time, have been feed lies about tax breaks

    • April 19, 2014 at 11:17 am

      This is great. Thank you, df

    • 39 MightyPamela
      April 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      Dne, FB’d. Thank you very much, DF. I think people just don’t understand what this level of corporate welfare costs us working poor.

  12. 40 JER
    April 19, 2014 at 9:58 am

    • 41 Vicki
      April 19, 2014 at 10:07 am

      Everything I hear about MO’M makes him more and more attractive.

      • 42 desertflower
        April 19, 2014 at 10:10 am

        He would be my pick if he ran….hands down

        • 43 Jewelz
          April 19, 2014 at 10:42 am

          Because of Citizen United, the challenge for him will be raising enough money necessary to challenge the Clinton machine. The SuperPacs are going to play a much more prominent role in the 2016 election compared to 2008. And I don’t know if any other democrats can raise a lot more money than the Clintons to be able to win the democratic primary. He is definitely one to watch, and he is on my radar. No matter what, I will never vote for Hillary Clinton for President.

          • 44 sjterrid
            April 19, 2014 at 4:10 pm

            I think the “SuperPacs” are going to be very surprised. I will be putting my money and support behind Biden or O’Malley before Clinton in the primary. I’m sure that the majority of Obama supporters will wait to see who decides to run in 2016. I believe the assumption from Clinton’s camp is that Biden will not run. You all remember when it was assumed that she would win in 2008. I believe that If Biden decides to run, Hillary won’t run.

      • 45 hopefruit2
        April 19, 2014 at 10:31 am

        Oh I would vote for him in a second! He has a great genuinely progressive record in MD.

        On another note, Little Lis needs to be careful when she says “Federal Government” because PBO and most of the Dems do NOT fall in that category of gov’t officials who “aren’t doing anything” about immigration. She needs to come out and say that the GOP is not doing anything, and stop protecting them by saying “Federal government.”

        • April 19, 2014 at 1:12 pm

          Let’s not forget that there was this young skinny kid with big ears..used to call him “Inexperienced Community Organizer”
          Beat 2 Big political machines in 2008 .
          1. Clintons
          2. McCain Koch Brothers..C-Pacs.
          And did it again in 2012. 1>Romney, Koch Bros, Adelson…All the Tea-Party Cpacs..spent billions with Zero dividend.
          OFA is no joke…I am one of them..out of all places, in Issa district (Lol)..it is a challenge for us, we are in the minority in of the reddest county in North San Diego….but we are fierce and we are starting to see a change in the Hispanic communities…It is amazing when you hear them say..I used to like Obama…but noticed that opposition is doing a great job in calling him “De-porter in Chief”. I am gathering all the new info and show some of my neighbors with “Facts”…that isn’t true…and will also include this piece of new info from Gov. Omally (thanks for this)
          We keep on Moving forward with Greatest Leader in The World. Viva! President Obama!

          Wishing you all a Wonderful Easters…Cheers!
          Buona Pasqua:-)

          • 48 hopefruit2
            April 19, 2014 at 1:24 pm

            Thanks Kasai for all the wonderful work you are doing with OFA in your district. Facts are a voters’ best friend in this political climate.

            Unfortunately it’s not just the “opposition” calling PBO “Deporter-in-Chief.” The so-called mainstream media is HARD at work pushing that label because they realize it will help the GOP for the midterms if Hispanics are misinformed on PBO’s policies.

            Chips posted a comment showing that Ezra Klein had a huge “Obama: Deporter-in-Chief” headline on his website, just a few days before some articles came out dispelling this nothing. For all Klein’s so-called “smarts” and “wonkiness” he sure seems to love to take the easy and intellectually shallow road when it comes to bashing this President and helping to spread false info – just like he did with the ACA website.

      • April 19, 2014 at 10:35 am

        Me too Vicki. Until Hillary came back on the scene, he was getting much more attention as a presidential hopeful. Let’s hope and pray he can get more national attention.

  13. 52 amk for obama
    April 19, 2014 at 9:59 am

    • 53 Vicki
      April 19, 2014 at 10:09 am

      So annoying. If anyone says “gluten” to me I turn away.
      Plus I recall Chris Rocks’ joke “How many people in starving countries whine that they are lactose-intolerant?”

      • 54 globalcitizenlinda
        April 19, 2014 at 10:33 am

        my experience: never heard of lactose-intolerant till I got here (and I am science professional concerned with food security);

        if for any reason, your body did not like something that was served in the homes, family tired hard to find a herb that would help you overcome such intolerance – otherwise you may have to go hungry due to lack of substitutes

  14. 55 globalcitizenlinda
    April 19, 2014 at 10:07 am

    • 56 hopefruit2
      April 19, 2014 at 10:20 am

      Paging Chris Hayes…

      • 57 globalcitizenlinda
        April 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

        oh you know they are going to be all over this drone business – despite the fact that the number of drone strikes seems to have reduced dramatically during the past months (and this is what PBO promised)

  15. 58 desertflower
    April 19, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Yeah!! Now if that would only get figured out here.


    SANTIAGO, April 17 (Xinhua) — Chilean Education Minister Nicolas Eyzaguirre Thursday reaffirmed the government’s commitment to ending private education.

    “The pursuit of profit is not a good objective for educational institutions. It is not a good ally of a good education,” Eyzaguirre told a press conference.

    The administration of President Michelle Bachelet, who took office in March, has proposed an ambitious overhaul of the education system to provide affordable, quality education, as demanded by a national student movement launched in 2011.

    The government’s proposed reforms basically call for greater public spending on education, free primary education, and an end to state-subsidies of private schools and to profit-oriented universities.

  16. 59 GGAIL
    April 19, 2014 at 10:16 am

    That Graph looks believable to me.

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  17. 61 desertflower
    April 19, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Just on case you’d like to take some time with the family this weekend and decide to visit a National Park…it’s a FREE WEEKEND this weekend!! Today and tomorrow…how nice is that? 🙂 Find one near you..


  18. 62 hopefruit2
    April 19, 2014 at 10:27 am

    ROTFLMAO! There’s a new parody account @GratefulObama which apparently responds to people who send tweets with the hashtag #thanksobama. Too funny – here are a couple examples:

  19. 64 jacquelineoboomer
    April 19, 2014 at 10:37 am


    • 65 hopefruit2
      April 19, 2014 at 11:03 am

      WOW…they all looked so young in this pic! David Dinkins is almost 87 yrs old now!

      • 66 jacquelineoboomer
        April 19, 2014 at 11:17 am

        I kind of smiled, too, because Charlie Rangel has Al Sharpton’s old haircut (as did so many other men back then!).

  20. 67 jacquelineoboomer
    April 19, 2014 at 10:42 am

  21. 68 Nerdy Wonka
    April 19, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Great recap of the week, Chips.

    Your graph? Yeah….not so much.

    I believe my share of that pie should be 99% and the other 1% well, you can split that however you like. 🙂

  22. 70 hopefruit2
    April 19, 2014 at 10:47 am

  23. 71 hopefruit2
    April 19, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Ignatius: Obama’s miraculous evolution

    // Either President Obama has been touched of late by the lowly ghost of Prince Metternich, or David Ignatius has. I suspect it’s the latter. Although diplomacy may work in mysterious ways, Ignatius’s Beltway Word appears to be in the Easter swing of things.

    Three days ago Ignatius ventured that Obama was “flummoxed” by Vladimir Putin’s intransigence on Ukraine. But glory be, today Ignatius acknowledges that Ukraine “has always been a fight that mattered more to Russia than to the West”–which is one, though less direct, way of saying that intransigence was weighted in Putin’s favor.

    …Yep, that’s been the dance all along, one almost monotonous in its unfolding. Praise Jesus, Ignatius’s eyes hath seen the glory of the coming of the bored. //


  24. 72 jacquelineoboomer
    April 19, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Good morning, Chips and TODville!

    Love your distribution-of-work graphic, Chips. Kind of reminds me of the logic my great grandson used last night on me, when he said I was “mean” to him by poking a stick in his face pretending I was a Power Ranger with a sword, for which the actual doer got a scolding. Uh, no, sweet kid (or Chips), that would be you, the doer. The very logical and truth-tellin’ Easter Bunny’s watching!

  25. 75 globalcitizenlinda
    April 19, 2014 at 11:12 am

  26. 78 Nena20409
    April 19, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Good Holy Saturday Morning to TODers around the Globe.

    Great TOD Week in Review.

    Congrats to all the Gold medalists 4/5 posts deep.

  27. 79 amk for obama
    April 19, 2014 at 11:23 am

  28. April 19, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I’m still feeling very disturbed about this. It’s just absolutely unconscionable.

  29. 97 JER
    April 19, 2014 at 11:27 am

    It’s the White House Easter Egg Roll!

  30. 99 amk for obama
    April 19, 2014 at 11:29 am

    for the tod grannies

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

  31. 101 Nena20409
    April 19, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Now look at the HuffPost’s Front Page and Headline.

    Crying screaming baby for Obamacare denialists . That is another Front Page Headline in this week that I am 1001% in agreement with HuffPost this week.

    • 102 Vicki
      April 19, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      I will check it Nena but first I will sit down and take a breath.
      Arianna was (is) a life-long Repub until it was clear Barack Obama was going to win in 2008. Then Arianna impersonated a centrist before going back to GOP.
      Shift in tone at HuffPoop might be the Democrat’s best sign yet that victory in 2014 is approaching. Crazy? or Maybe?

      • 103 Nena20409
        April 19, 2014 at 6:03 pm

        I get what HP and the outfit that run the site are.

        2 complimentary Correct Front Page Headlines in a week? That is what the ‘news’ is 😉

  32. April 19, 2014 at 11:33 am

    My local PBS station re-aired the phenomenal Paul McCartney: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song In Performance at the White House.” If you haven’t seen it, you MUST! You can see in the intro and throughout that he truly loves POTUS. Really fabulous music and just a great good time.


  33. 108 globalcitizenlinda
    April 19, 2014 at 11:41 am

  34. 109 jacquelineoboomer
    April 19, 2014 at 11:43 am

  35. 110 amk for obama
    April 19, 2014 at 11:46 am

  36. 111 globalcitizenlinda
    April 19, 2014 at 12:03 pm

  37. April 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Superlative R&S, Chips. Special thanks to NW for all she contributed throughout the week!!

    • 115 Nerdy Wonka
      April 19, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      Bless your heart, kind sir and thank you for the updates on Ukraine. I don’t need the shallow media when I can come to TOD or scroll your timeline to receive updates.

  38. April 19, 2014 at 12:07 pm

  39. April 19, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Putin – the Russia Basher

    “It is hard to imagine to what extent Putin has done his country, and in particular the Russians among them, a disservice.

    With his behavior he has made sure that a majority of the Ukrainian population has changed its attitude to Russians fundamentally and has started to view them as an enemy. As the writer Vladimir Voinovich pointed out so clearly: “they will never forgive us for this”. Indeed, there is a part of the Ukrainian population – in particular among the younger ones – who will never forgive, or forget, this.

    But it is not only Ukrainians. He has made sure that internationally the notion “Russians” has again become synonym to “Soviets”. And now it is not ignorance among observers, like it was in Soviet days, but “Russians” are now really “Russians” and not just a wrong name attributed.

    Also, he has made sure that the orange-black symbol, now propelled into the colors of “the Russian spring” and worn by separatists in the East of Ukraine, by “unidentified green military” in the Crimea and Eastern Ukraine and also used by FSB, GRU and all other illegal insurgents and infiltrators (as well as the crowds of useful idiots who for 500 Hryvnia sell their country and their own freedom, without realizing it) has become a sort of 21st century swastika. It used to be connected to the Second World War, to the fight against Nazi Germany. Now it is the symbol of Russian aggression, of Putinism, of 21st century neo-fascism. And it will never change back. No way will Ukraine ever hold a parade to celebrate the victory in 1945 using these colors as a symbol.”

    More of this insightful essay at the link: http://euromaidanpr.com/2014/04/19/putin-the-russia-basher/

    • 119 jackiegrumbacher
      April 19, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      Brilliant and passionate essay. Thanks for link, Bob.

      • 120 Vicki
        April 19, 2014 at 1:21 pm

        jackie—-back to PA. If you think Wolf has the best chance to win and he is leading by 25% what are Mr. Wolf’s shortcomings? I don’t care much for Allyson S. but know nothing about Wolf.

        • 121 jackiegrumbacher
          April 19, 2014 at 5:07 pm

          Vicki–Wolf is a businessman and a pragmatist. He was the Sect. of Revenue under Rendell and I think he would get things done in the state. McCord is the genuine Progressive, always willing to push the envelope to move the state to the left. Personally, I think this old, middle of the road state would feel more comfortable with Wolf, but my own heart moves leftward and always will. That’s why I’ll vote for McCord in the primary, but will be happy if Wolf is the one that actually wins in November.

          • 122 Vicki
            April 19, 2014 at 5:37 pm

            Got it. Thank you for the info. Prettyfoot posted a website for wolf which I’m going to check out.
            I understand your wanting to vote for the progressive.

  40. April 19, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Mooch off the government, don’t pay your fair share, denounce your citizenship, spread hatred and violence but CONSTITUTION.

    • 124 jacquelineoboomer
      April 19, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      There are many, many people around the world who would be grateful for the chance to strive – as we are still able to strive – for our four “human freedoms,” as FDR outlined, and all of their advantages. Maybe we could make some trades.

  41. 125 mtmarilyn
    April 19, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Good morning TOD family. What a wonderful round up. Now I will got back and read all of it. We are in the car heading for a weekend in Spokane. Spending Easter with friends. It is to be a beautiful weekend. Hope everyone here has a wonderful and blessed Easter.

  42. 128 MightyPamela
    April 19, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Bye for a while. Off to work. Bbl.

  43. April 19, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    • April 19, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      • April 19, 2014 at 1:19 pm

        “At the meeting it was agreed to move ahead rapidly with the practical implementation of the Geneva Statement. In this regard the meeting’s participants recognized the need to take immediate concrete steps towards de-escalation. Deshchytsia informed on first steps already taken in this direction. Apakan informed of plans to send the Deputy Chief Monitor to Eastern Ukraine today to work on the practical modalities of the implementation, as well as on the ongoing work of the monitoring teams on the ground.

        The participants in the meeting agreed to meet regularly in the coming days to co-ordinate implementation of the Geneva Statement as swiftly as possible.”

  44. April 19, 2014 at 1:27 pm

  45. 133 hopefruit2
    April 19, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    So PETA is planning to protest the use of real eggs at the WH’s Easter Egg Roll – and has anyone seen that shitty and exploitative ad they used with young children (about 6 yrs of age) supposedly “scolding” FLOTUS about using real eggs?

    And PETA tries to rationalize their shitty double standard (silence on this issue with previous First Ladies/WH Easter Egg Rolls) by having the young children parrot something like this: “So if previous First Ladies jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?”

    The interesting thing though, is that no one seems to be on PETA’s side on this issue – even people who are Obama-hating GOPers.

    • 134 globalcitizenlinda
      April 19, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      few people take PETA seriously;

      remember how they protested that PBO hit a fly that kept interrupting his CNBC interview?

  46. 136 vcprezofan2
    April 19, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    O, that distribution of work chart is well done! Very clear picture of what went on this past week!

    Nerdy, your 10% was masterful. It’s not everyone who can cram so much into 10% – very skilful my dear; thank you.

    Chips. May I see you in my office, please?

    Lib-L, Good work, ole Chap! You are progressing well.

    Amk, my recent memo says all I’ll be saying to you for now. Read it again carefully

    Hmmmmmm. LPlains – did you go on holidays without submitting a formal request? We don’t work like that around here, you know.

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