Rise and Shine: The Week at TOD




Early Bird Chat


On This Day: President Obama prepares to board Air Force One before his departure from Andrews Air Force Base, April 20, 2011


Rise and Shine



This Is What 8 Million Means



The First Family Celebrates Easter



LOL. OMG. HAHA. – You’re Welcome



On This Day: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participate in tree plantings at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington, D.C., April 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Early Bird Chat


On This Day: President Obama and Senator Ted Kennedy walk on the grounds of the White House, before signing of the Kennedy Service Act at the SEED School in Washington D.C., April 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Rise and Shine




Easter Egg Roll






President Obama high fives children attending the annual Easter Egg Roll (Photo by Pete Souza)


Chat Away



Let The Good Times “Egg And Roll”



Life’s Secret Ingredient? Laughter




President Obama views the scene of the mudslide in Oso, Wash., from Marine One, April 22 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Early Bird Chat


On This Day: President Obama greets Karen Dunn, former Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to the President, and her son in the Oval Office, April 22, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Rise and Shine



Vice President Joe Biden talks with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk during a meeting in Kiev, Ukraine


Coming Up


President Obama hugs a first responder after touring the mud slide damage in Oso, Washington


President Obama Speaks at the Oso Firehouse






Night Owl Chat – Elvis Costello




Early Bird Chat


President Obama greets U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy upon his arrival at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo


Rise and Shine


Crowds wait for the arrival of President Obama at Ginza shopping district in Tokyo





Chat Away


First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr Jill Biden and Sgt Aron Wanless acknowledge soldiers during a jobs fair for military members and spouses, April 23, at Fort Campbell, Ky. To help veterans leaving the military as it downsizes, the government on Wednesday started a one-stop job-shopping website for them to create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database for companies to mine.


President Obama with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi restaurant in Tokyo’s Ginza district


Thursday in Japan



President Obama in Japan






President Obama meets a robot named ASIMO, an acronym for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, as he attends a youth science event at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, known as the Miraikan, in Tokyo


Early Bird Chat



Rise and Shine: Japan



First Lady Michelle Obama: Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day




First Lady Michelle Obama hugs Charlotte Bell, 10, who gave the First Lady her father’s resume and said he had been out of work for three years


Chat Away



Friday in Japan & Korea


President Obama boards Air Force One at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, en route to Osan Air Base in South Korea



President Obama tours Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul, April 25


Early Bird Chat


Relatives of victims looks on at a gymnasium in Jindo, South Korea, as President Obama pays a silent tribute


Rise and Shine: Japan to Korea




West Wing Week: “POTUS Dreams of Sushi”



A Tweet or Two



Saturday in South Korea & Malaysia



US soldiers using their smartphones take pictures of President Obama after delivering a speech at U.S. military base Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, South Korea


Sunday, April 27 (Malaysia is 12 hours ahead of EDT)

In the morning, President Obama greets members of the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia

Later, the President visits the National Mosque of Malaysia

President Obama meets with Prime Minister Najib Razak at Perdana Putra

In the afternoon, President Obama attends a working lunch with Prime Minister Najib Razak

The President delivers remarks at the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center

Later, the President participates in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall at the University of Malaysia




President Obama inspects an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at Parliament Square in Kuala Lumpur


President Obama arrives at Istana Negara for a state dinner in Kuala Lumpur


MoooOOOoorning! Haven’t time to update Saturday’s photos, will try later. Have a great weekend!

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

  1. 1 99ts
    April 26, 2014 at 9:17 am

    GM from down under

  2. 2 Allison
    April 26, 2014 at 9:21 am

    GM Chips, TOD Family!! Thanks, Chips for the stupendous R&S. It’s absolutely awesome! Congrats 99ts on 1st!!

  3. 5 vcprezofan2
    April 26, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Late again!

    Congrats down under who is up above! 🙂

  4. 6 vcprezofan2
    April 26, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Morning Sticks! It’s not 9:30am yet and I’m already scrambling to stay with the pack. 😉

    Ah well, that’s a really good problem to have, I think.

  5. 7 hopefruit2
    April 26, 2014 at 9:25 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats 99ts on #1 🙂

    Thanks Chips for this wonderful Saturday R & S round-up. I don’t know how our President can so seamlessly transition from a full day at the Easter Egg Roll to an action-jammed Asian tour. I just don’t know how he does it!

    • 8 Layla
      April 26, 2014 at 9:29 am

      I know hf! My week at Layla seems so insignificant…

      • 9 globalcitizenlinda
        April 26, 2014 at 10:40 am

        interesting thought – what would be significant in “My Week at GCL”? – whining about everything that didn’t go as planned ???

  6. 10 Allison
    April 26, 2014 at 9:34 am

  7. 11 Allison
    April 26, 2014 at 9:35 am

  8. 12 Allison
    April 26, 2014 at 9:35 am

    • 13 anniebella
      April 26, 2014 at 10:36 am

      What kind of woman would say something like that, if I could change skin color I would. I know what kind, a pitiful woman.

  9. 14 Allison
    April 26, 2014 at 9:37 am

  10. 15 JER
    April 26, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Good Morning again BFF and TOD. A wonderful roundup of the past week. Thank you.

  11. 19 vcprezofan2
    April 26, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Okay, breakfast time! BRB.

  12. 20 anniebella
    April 26, 2014 at 10:17 am

    This Clipper owner is something else, he is just like the welfare rancher. I want to see what ESPN will say about this.

  13. 22 globalcitizenlinda
    April 26, 2014 at 10:22 am

    So which harshtag are we using to report PBO’s trip?

    since most of the media, as usual, is ignoring PBO’s trip until they can find a “scandal”, a “malfunction”, a “hot mic” or something negative they can report on;

    I see some in the NSC presss are using #ObamainMalaysia and the US Embassy seems to be using #OBAMAinKL for this section of the visit in Kuala Lumpur

    • 23 anniebella
      April 26, 2014 at 10:43 am

      I don’t want to hear from the media abut POTUS trip, all they are saying is how it has been a disappointment. Let POTUS go do his job, and let the media keep searching for that missing plane and telling us how wonderful William and Kate trip was. I guess I shouldn’t say all media is bad.

      • 24 globalcitizenlinda
        April 26, 2014 at 11:34 am

        yes, the media is always negative about PBO – that is why we must fill their place with our own reporting;

        any positive story about PBO and his team that comes my way is always shared or re-tweeted – I don’t care how many times I have to forward the same positive story;

  14. 25 JER
    April 26, 2014 at 10:26 am

  15. 26 carolyn
    April 26, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Oh my…what a week. From church Sunday, to playing with kids Monday, to comforting people and praising first responders Tuesday.. to the Emperor and Empress of Japan, to visiting troops, to Malaysia, to…….and he does it all with grace, ease and elegance.

    He knows from the inside out, what many in public life have no idea of: you treat others as you would wish to be treated. It is the Golden Rule put into practice.

  16. 27 mtmarilyn
    April 26, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Good morning TODville! We are getting April showers today so my May flowers will bloom. Had hope to work in the yard but will have to wait.

    Great R&S, Chips. We are so fortunate to get our news here. This is the one only place to get the real news. Off to breakfast with friends. Have a great day.

  17. April 26, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Good morning, TODville.

  18. April 26, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I thought you guys would want to know.

  19. April 26, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Great news:

  20. 38 Dudette
    April 26, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Good Morning Friends! Do we have an AWESOME President or what?!!!

    [Squeeeeeeeee!] I’m sooooo proud of him!

  21. 41 JER
    April 26, 2014 at 10:49 am

    President Lyndon Johnson in Malaysia, 1966

  22. 42 JER
    April 26, 2014 at 10:50 am

  23. 43 MightyPamela
    April 26, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I am at least 3 hours behind y’all, but that’s a time zone thing! Hope to catch up before bedtime! I’m seeing on my FB page a wonderful article about Prince George having nothing at all to do with the mofo Tony Abbott, didn’t even want to look at him, so that is a smart baby. Pretty sure the opposite reaction to PBO would be evident! Working today, and my President is out there doing what he knows better than anyone alive!

  24. 44 Nerdy Wonka
    April 26, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Damn….that moment in 2014, where Donald Sterling has a girlfriend who is Black/Hispanic and wants her to become white and hates the fact that she speaks and interacts with Black people.

    But conservatives on the Supreme Court want America to believe racism is dead.


  25. 45 Nerdy Wonka
    April 26, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Pretty cool stuff to know.

  26. 46 globalcitizenlinda
    April 26, 2014 at 11:13 am

    At least some of the participants in the White House Easter Egg Roll were identified;

    The host of TJMSshow, Mr. Tom Joyner , has always been unapologetic about his support from PBO – even from the very start when not many were lining up behind POTUS;

    It is nice to see his granddaughter and the entire family of his son (Tom Joyner Junior) get a chance to interact with POTUS and FLOTUS;
    A brief post about this interaction is made in this link;


  27. 48 lockewasright
    April 26, 2014 at 11:28 am

    The world is full of awesome people being good to each other. They just don’t get as much news coverage as the assholes.

    This kid is wonderful! His parents should be very proud.


  28. 49 Dudette
    April 26, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Tried desperately to find a song about April in Asia. No luck. Oh well. 😉

  29. 50 Dudette
    April 26, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Pull this over from the previous thread.

    Meta: Watching RWNJs reduced to the sheer idiocy of criticizing how PBO walks down the stairs of AF1 is TO LAUGH.

    Hopefruit2: Indeed meta. If after 6 years of governing this country, the best attack from the RW is how PBO exits AF1 – well….

    Me: Best part when Trump bleeted about (how) PBO exits AF1? He called him President Obama! Haha!

  30. 52 Nerdy Wonka
    April 26, 2014 at 11:43 am

  31. April 26, 2014 at 11:52 am

  32. 61 Nerdy Wonka
    April 26, 2014 at 11:52 am

    THIS. ESPN has been strangely silent. They don’t want to mess up that good good money.

  33. 62 vcprezofan2
    April 26, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Smartypant’s ••► “What divides us about racism: intent ”

    Notice that she [Sotomayor] totally avoids the question of intent and instead is focused on the effects of racism. That is the great divide on the topic of racism that we are facing today. Previous courts that understood this divide have codified Sotomayor’s view into law with something called disparate impact. It holds that “facially neutral” practices (ie, colorblind) are not sufficient to combat discrimination.

    A facially neutral employment practice is one that does not appear to be discriminatory on its face; rather it is one that is discriminatory in its application or effect. Where a disparate impact is shown, the plaintiff can prevail without the necessity of showing intentional discrimination…

    This legal standard is why Sec. of Labor Thomas Perez came under fire during his confirmation hearings for his prior work as the head of DOJ’s Civil Rights Division. He did everything he could to avoid a case on the topic of disparate impact getting to the Supreme Court – knowing that doing away with it is the next agenda for the Roberts Court. That’s why we need to keep an eye on this rather obscure standard…if struck down, we would be left with having to demonstrate intent to prove discrimination.


  34. 64 anniebella
    April 26, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I would like to hear from Doc Rivers, the black L.A. Clippers coach. I would like to hear from some of the Clippers black ball players.

  35. 66 Nerdy Wonka
    April 26, 2014 at 11:59 am

  36. 68 Nerdy Wonka
    April 26, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    • 69 hopefruit2
      April 26, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      Hmmm…I didn’t know he invented the cellphone. Learn something new everyday. Thanks NW for posting!! 🙂

      • 70 anniebella
        April 26, 2014 at 12:29 pm

        Black Americans invented alot of things, they don’t get credit for. I didn’t know this either about Sampdon inventing the cellphone.

      • 71 vcprezofan2
        April 26, 2014 at 12:35 pm

        Henry Thomas Sampson – Inventor of the modern cellular phones – Written by newcommunity.org – Sunday, 07 August 2005

        ‘On July 6th, 1971, Henry T. Sampson invented the “gamma-electric cell”, which pertains to Nuclear Reactor use. According to Dr. Sampson, the Gamma Electric Cell, patented July 6, 1971, Patent No. 3,591,860 produces stable high-voltage output and current to detect radiation in the ground.

        Born in Jackson, Mississippi, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in 1956. He went on to the University of California, Los Angeles where he graduated with an MS degree in engineering in 1961; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, MS in Nuclear Engineering in 1965, and a PHD in 1967.

        Mobile Communications took a big step forward in 1983 with the invention of the Cellular System regulating the portable telephones, which use radio waves to transmit and receive audio signals. Before this time, mobile telephone service in the United States, consisting mainly of car phones, was extremely limited because metropolitan areas had only one antenna for these purposes. In addition, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) assigned only 12 to 24 frequencies to each area, which meant that only that many calls could occur at a time.


    • 75 Dudette
      April 26, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      Very cool NW! I added a link to the article.

      • 76 jacquelineoboomer
        April 26, 2014 at 1:07 pm

        We will not let ’em steal our joy.

        • 77 jacquelineoboomer
          April 26, 2014 at 1:19 pm

          (From your link) And Dr. Sampson was also a former Navy civilian!

          “Henry T. Sampson worked as a research Chemical Engineer at the US Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, California. 1956-61. Henry T. Sampson then moved on to the Aerospace Corp, El Segundo, California. His titles include: Project Engineer, 1967-81, director of Planning and Operations Directorate of Space Test Program, 1981-, and Co-inventor of gamma-electric cell.”

          Many people don’t realize the “technology transfer” that goes on between the military and private industry, that has benefited all of us (from the airplane to the cell phone, and lots more). The military has the need, private industry is contracted to produce the technology, and then private interests have more to sell to make their profits. It’s still some genius like Dr. Sampson who was at its core.

          And the comment of the naysayer (in the tweet) reminded me that the Navy often credits itself with the invention of things like the overhead projector (for training aboard ship), when – in that case – actually only a piece of the technology was invented by Navy scientists. But a very critical piece. Still doesn’t stop the Navy from being credited. (And, yes, we can thank the Navy and others for having to sit through many boring training classes in our careers or what I like to call Death by Overhead Projector.)

  37. April 26, 2014 at 12:02 pm

  38. 79 anniebella
    April 26, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Someone need to ask ESPN why are they being so silently?

    • 80 anniebella
      April 26, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      If it was something dealing with something a black athlete is accuse of doing, ESPN would be covering it 24/7.

      • 81 Don
        April 26, 2014 at 12:22 pm

        The guy is a billionaire; he probably does not have a care in the world. He doesn’t have to worry about where his next meal is coming from; he probably gets tax breaks up the ying-yang. But some working stiff African American or Mexican American that barely makes it sets this guy off. I truly don’t understand this type of thinking, the guy probably has everything a person could want in two lifetimes, but he wants to make life as miserable as possible for those that might be less fortunate than he is.

        • 82 Vicki
          April 26, 2014 at 12:33 pm

          Don, it isn’t a mystery. White superiority is a lie and people who have lived their lives feeling a little bit better than others because of their skin tone have their lives built on sand—quicksand, maybe
          Everything is a threat. This ugly old guy is feeling threatened and wants his immediate world to reflect only that which bolsters his twisted sense of self-esteem.

          • 83 vcprezofan2
            April 26, 2014 at 12:45 pm

            And clearly, no matter how much money people like him have, they are still not happy, contented or secure. Happy people don’t harbour such venom. Makes me almost glad sometimes that I’m poor.

      • 84 derbingleguy
        April 26, 2014 at 1:29 pm

        ESPN should be reporting it but the real problem here is the NBA. Sterling has been saying this stuff for years and the NBA has always looked the other way.

  39. 85 Don
    April 26, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    The NBA is more concerned about a player showing up with a goddamn *doo-rag on his head at a post-game press conference than they are with this guy Sterling spewing his venom. I hope the NBA is feeling the pressure this morning.

    *doo-rag (noun) a piece of fabric in the form of a cap that the brothers wear to bed at night in order to have their waves popping the next morning.

  40. April 26, 2014 at 12:08 pm

  41. 87 Nerdy Wonka
    April 26, 2014 at 12:09 pm

  42. April 26, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    G-7 Leaders Statement on Ukraine

    We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, join in expressing our deep concern at the continued efforts by separatists backed by Russia to destabilize eastern Ukraine and our commitment to taking further steps to ensure a peaceful and stable environment for the May 25 presidential election.

    We welcomed the positive steps taken by Ukraine to meet its commitments under the Geneva accord of April 17 by Ukraine, Russia, the European Union, and the United States. These actions include working towards constitutional reform and decentralization, proposing an amnesty law for those who will peacefully leave the buildings they have seized in eastern Ukraine, and supporting the work of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). We also note that the Government of Ukraine has acted with restraint in dealing with the armed bands illegally occupying government buildings and forming illegal checkpoints.

    In contrast, Russia has taken no concrete actions in support of the Geneva accord. It has not publicly supported the accord, nor condemned the acts of pro-separatists seeking to destabilize Ukraine, nor called on armed militants to leave peacefully the government buildings they’ve occupied and put down their arms. Instead, it has continued to escalate tensions by increasingly concerning rhetoric and ongoing threatening military manoeuvres on Ukraine’s border.

    We reiterate our strong condemnation of Russia’s illegal attempt to annex Crimea and Sevastopol, which we do not recognize. We will now follow through on the full legal and practical consequences of this illegal annexation, including but not limited to the economic, trade and financial areas.

    We have now agreed that we will move swiftly to impose additional sanctions on Russia. Given the urgency of securing the opportunity for a successful and peaceful democratic vote next month in Ukraine’s presidential elections, we have committed to act urgently to intensify targeted sanctions and measures to increase the costs of Russia’s actions.

    Russia’s actions in Ukraine and the response from the international community already have imposed significant costs on its economy. While we continue to prepare to move to broader, coordinated sanctions, including sectoral measures should circumstances warrant, as we committed to in The Hague on March 24, we underscore that the door remains open to a diplomatic resolution of this crisis, on the basis of the Geneva accord. We urge Russia to join us in committing to that path.


  43. 89 Nerdy Wonka
    April 26, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    • 90 anniebella
      April 26, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      Most of the owners aren’t coming down on Donald Sterling because most of the owners agree with Donald Sterling.

    • 91 Sandy1110
      April 26, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      …and they making hiring decisions and decide who gets to rent apartments, and who will get approved for loans…

  44. 92 Nerdy Wonka
    April 26, 2014 at 12:16 pm

  45. 95 Nerdy Wonka
    April 26, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    This GOP parody account cracks me up.

  46. 96 jacquelineoboomer
    April 26, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Wow, Chips. This post makes me proud to be an American, an Obama supporter, and a Democrat! And I’m proud we all “get” President Barack Obama and his crew of merry men and women. And the sun’s shining in, so all is well in the Land of Lincoln! Happy weekend.

  47. 104 hopefruit2
    April 26, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    • 105 Layla
      April 26, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      new bill in congress: we demand that United be removed from their name

    • 106 derbingleguy
      April 26, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      This is one of the reasons why the Republican repeal parade is a farce. The insurance industry is on board with Obamacare and they’re not going to let the GOP screw it up.

      The game is over and everybody knows it.

  48. April 26, 2014 at 1:02 pm

  49. April 26, 2014 at 1:08 pm

  50. 115 vcprezofan2
    April 26, 2014 at 1:10 pm

  51. April 26, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    “The government left the door wide open for millions of Americans to be excused from the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that most people must carry health insurance or pay a fine, but so far relatively few have asked for such a pardon.

    About 77,000 families and individuals have requested exemptions from the health-care law’s so-called individual mandate, according to internal government documents obtained by The Washington Post. As of April 20, officials had approved tens of thousands of exemption requests and rejected none.

    The rest are on hold or in the process of being vetted. Even so, the numbers are relatively small compared with the 8 million who have enrolled in private coverage on the state and federal marketplaces — a sign that people taking action as a result of the health-care law are by and large choosing to comply with the mandate, long the most unpopular aspect of the program.”

  52. 119 Paulita
    April 26, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    My two cents regarding the midterms:

    I remember watching a clip of Senator Obama watching the election returns in 2006. He was having a great time saying it was a lot more fun than campaigning, working behind the scenes to get a majority of dems elected. I just know that our multi tasking master strategist POTUS knows which buttons to push behind the scenes to ensure that his agenda and accomplishments are promoted and protected.

    Our job, of course, is to follow the leader.

  53. 122 vcprezofan2
    April 26, 2014 at 1:27 pm


  54. 124 vcprezofan2
    April 26, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Not quite my style, but I figured it’d get a few chuckles in the village. Reminds me of that earnest little kid (Chips likes) who spoke volumes with his finger and his facial expression.

  55. 126 hopefruit2
    April 26, 2014 at 1:33 pm

  56. 127 JER
    April 26, 2014 at 1:35 pm

  57. 128 hopefruit2
    April 26, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    He’s probably on right now…

  58. April 26, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    L.A. Clippers starting center DeAndre Jordan

  59. April 26, 2014 at 1:42 pm

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