Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wait in the Map Room of the White House, before welcoming President Felipe Calderón of Mexico and his wife, Mrs. Margarita Zavala, to the White House, May 19, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (all times Eastern)

10:10 Attorney General Eric Holder News Conference on China being charged with hacking for trade secrets (CBS)

12:30: The President meets for lunch with Combatant Commanders, Roosevelt Room

1:0: Jay Carney briefs the press

7:30: The President speaks at a fundraiser for congressional Democrats, private residence, Maryland



Bob Cesca: Popular Conservative Website Tries and Fails to Debunk Our ’13 Benghazis’

A little more than a year ago, I wrote an article for The Daily Banter titled “13 Benghazis That Occurred On Bush’s Watch Without a Peep From Fox News.” In it I listed 13 terrorist attacks on U.S. consulates and embassies that happened during the years when President Bush was evidently “keeping us safe.” Throughout the past year, the article has sporadically gone viral among one internet clique or another, and at least one graphical meme has been based upon the list.

Late last week, I began to receive a new onslaught of tweets from readers of a website called the IJReview about an article written by Managing Editor Kyle Becker, titled, “’13 Benghazis That Happened Under Bush’ Viral Meme Taken Apart & Destroyed Before Your Very Eyes.” Clearly it was intended to debunk my article — hocus-pocus alakazam! — before our very eyes.

It didn’t.

More here



TPM: John Kerry To Yale Grads: You’re ‘Donald Sterling’s Worst Nightmare’

Secretary of State John Kerry used his address to this year’s Yale graduates on Sunday to take a swing at America’s favorite punching bag.

Speaking at the school’s Class Day ceremony in New Haven, Conn., Kerry noted the record diversity in this year’s crop of graduates.

“You are graduating today as the most diverse class in Yale’s long history,” Kerry said, according to a transcript provided by the State Department. “Or as they call it in the NBA, Donald Sterling’s worst nightmare.”

The line drew laughter and applause, but the speech also contained a commentary on contemporary affairs, with Kerry lamenting the lack of political action on climate change and immigration reform.

More here



TPM: Eric Holder: Chief Justice John Roberts Is Wrong On Race

In a rare move, Attorney General Eric Holder took direct aim at U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts on issues of race during a commencement speech Saturday.

“Chief Justice John Roberts has argued that the path to ending racial discrimination is to give less consideration to the issue of race altogether. This presupposes that racial discrimination is at a sufficiently low ebb that it doesn’t need to be actively confronted,” Holder said, speaking at the historically black Morgan State University. “In its most obvious forms, it might be. But discrimination does not always come in the form of a hateful epithet or a Jim Crow-like statute. And so we must continue to take account of racial inequality, especially in its less obvious forms, and actively discuss ways to combat it.”

Holder was referring to the Bush-appointed justice’s famous quote from a 2007 ruling: “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”

More here



Auburnpub.com: President Obama to visit Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown during latest upstate NY trip

President Barack Obama is heading to upstate New York next week to highlight tourism’s role in boosting the economy.

In his weekly address, the president said he will travel to Cooperstown Thursday to deliver remarks at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

“I’ll be heading to Cooperstown, New York – home of the Baseball Hall of Fame – to talk about tourism,” Obama said. “Because believe it or not, tourism is an export. And if we make it easier for more foreign visitors to visit and spend money at America’s attractions and unparalleled national parks, that helps local businesses and grows the economy for everyone.”

According to the Baseball Hall of Fame, this will be the first time a sitting president has visited the hall in its history.

 More here



Smartypants: President Obama: Harnessing the power of big business for change

I’ve written before about how President Obama’s time as a community organizer and his understanding of power relations informs his foreign policy and the development of the Obama Doctrine. See if you can connect those dots with why Max Fisher says his strategy of letting Putin hang himself is working:

  Most of this is economic. Russia’s self-imposed economic problems started pretty quickly after its annexation of Crimea in March and have kept up. Whether or not American or European governments sanction Russia’s broader economy, the global investment community has a mind of its own, and they seem to have decided that Russia’s behavior has made it a risky place to put money. So risky that they’re pulling more money out.

    A lot of that may have come from the targeted sanctions that Obama pushed for against individual Russian leaders and oligarchs. Those targeted sanctions did not themselves do much damage to the Russian economy. But, along with Russia’s erratic behavior in Ukraine and the lack of clarity as to whether Europe and the US could impose broader sanctions, it appears to have been enough to scare off global investors — the big, faceless, placeless mass of people and banks who have done tremendous damage to Putin’s Russia, nudged along by the US and by Putin himself…

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Trevor LaFauci (The People’s View): The Man In The Mirror: An Open Letter to Bill O’Reilly Regarding His Very Own White Privilege

Dear William,

As a fellow White male who has also studied history, I felt compelled to write to you today to respectfully disagree with your stance on White privilege in America.  You see, William, on your show The O’Reilly Factor on May 15, you stated that, “I do not believe you are granted favorable treatment in this country because you are White.  You have to work for success.”  This point was conceded as a followup to your May 14th program during which you had a segment discussing how the Kennedy School at Harvard was considering including a portion of its orientation to discuss issues associated with White privilege as a way for students to be made aware of the issue going forward as they began to think about it impact in relation to public policy.  As always William, your guests had some interesting things to say on the topic but unfortunately I don’t think either they or you truly understand what White privilege is.  Allow me to share some of my thoughts as it relates to you and your own life, if I may.

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E.J. Dionne Jr: No more liberal apologies as Elizabeth Warren takes the offensive

Elizabeth Warren is cast as many things: a populist, a left-winger, the paladin against the bankers and the rich, the Democrats’ alternative to Hillary Clinton, the policy wonk with a heart.

… Since the Reagan era, Democrats have been so determined to show how pro-market and pro-business they are that they’ve shied away from pointing out that markets could not exist without government, that the well-off depend on the state to keep their wealth secure and that participants in the economy rely on government to keep the marketplace on the level and to temper the business cycle’s gyrations.

Warren doesn’t back away from any of these facts. In her new book, “A Fighting Chance,” she recalls the answer she gave to a voter during a living-room gathering in Andover, Mass., that quickly went viral.

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ThinkProgress: Obama To Host Summit On Concussions In Youth Sports

As research about concussions in sports continues to pour out, President Obama will host a White House summit later this month focusing on the risk concussions pose to young athletes. According to the Washington Post, which first reported the summit, the May 29 event will include young athletes, parents, coaches, professional athletes, and members of the military.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said this week that the summit will include the announcement of new initiatives to help research and address concussions in youth sports.

“The president will announce new commitments by both the public and private sectors to raise awareness about how to identify treat and prevent concussions, and conduct additional research in the field of sports-related concussions that will help us better address these problems,” Carney said.

More here


I May Never Stop Laughing:


On This Day

President Obama stands in the entrance to the Oval Office, May 19, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama delivers remarks at ceremony honoring National Small Business Award Winners in the East Room of the White House, May 19, 2009


President Obama and President Felipe Calderón of Mexico stand together during the playing of the national anthem on the South Lawn of the White House, May 19, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Margarita Zavala watch the State Arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, May 19, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama watches as President Felipe Calderón of Mexico signs the official guest book in the Blue Room of the White House, May 19, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama and her Mexican counterpart Margarita Zavala run with second graders during a physical education class as they visit New Hampshire Estates Elementary School May 19, 2010 in Silver Spring, Maryland

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wait to welcome President Felipe Calderon of Mexico and his wife Margarita Zavala to the White House for an official State Dinner, May 19, 2010

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul arrive for the State Dinner for Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife Margarita Zavala at the White House, May 19, 2010

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and his wife Dr. Sharon Malone arrive for the State Dinner

Guests board trolleys at the South Portico entrance to the White House, en route to the State Dinner reception in a tent on the South Lawn, May 19, 2010 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Obama adjusts his tie in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House, following a private reception in honor of President Felipe Calderón of Mexico and his wife, Mrs. Margarita Zavala, May 19, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and President Felipe Calderón of Mexico descend the Grand Staircase at the White House, prior to the State Dinner, May 19, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, President Felipe Calderón of Mexico, and his wife, Mrs. Margarita Zavala, attend the State Dinner reception in a tent on the South Lawn of the White House, May 19, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Dr. Jill Biden listens to music during the State Dinner reception in a tent on the South Lawn of the White House, May 19, 2010

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dance to music performed by the United States Marine Band, during the State Dinner reception in a tent on the South Lawn of the White House, May 19, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum National Issues Conference in Washington on May 19, 2011

President Barack Obama arrives to deliver a speech on Mideast and North Africa policy in the Ben Franklin Room at the State Department May 19, 2011 in Washington, DC

First Lady Michelle Obama hugs a child as she paint a mural during a community service activity day at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington on May 19, 2011

President Obama takes the stage before addressing the Women’s Leadership Forum at the Grand Hyatt Hotel May 19, 2011 in Washington, DC


First Lady Michelle Obama escorts spouses of G-8 leaders on a tour of the White House, May 19, 2012 – L-R: Margarida Barroso (EU), Elsa Antonioli Monti (partially hidden, Italy), Laureen Harper (Canada), Valerie Trierweiler (France), Geertrui Windels van Rompuy (EU) and Hitomi Noda (Japan)

President Obama with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive for a family photo during G8 Summit in Camp David, Maryland on May 19, 2012.


President Obama smiles after delivering the commencement address to over 500 graduating students at the historically black Morehouse College on May 19, 2013, in Atlanta


111 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. May 19, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Goods morning alll

  2. 12 isonprize
    May 19, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Dang WordPress… Anyway, Good morning, TOD!!!

  3. 14 hopefruit2
    May 19, 2014 at 10:01 am

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

    What a fabulous Monday R & S roundup. Gorgeous pics; wonderful memories. Thanks so much Chips!!

  4. May 19, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Starting soon: Attorney General Eric Holder News Conference on China being charged with hacking for trade secrets


  5. 19 amk for obama
    May 19, 2014 at 10:12 am

    so the brits go on a dutch dating? #sad

  6. 20 99ts
    May 19, 2014 at 10:12 am

    My favorite pictures –

    President Obama pre 2010 – I have a sad that the job has turned his hair grey
    Nancy Pelosi with her husband – not sure I have seen him before – but the supportive partners of powerful people always look confident in their relationship – he looks very happy to be there.

    • 21 Cindy
      May 19, 2014 at 10:28 am

      99ts, on point!

      I was thinking the same (partners are beautiful, handsome, and confident) : )


  7. 22 hopefruit2
    May 19, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I don’t know who the Republicans and/or the media think they’re fooling with all this “scared of Hillary” nonsense. First of all, Reince Priebus NEVER admits true GOP vulnerability vis-a-vis Dems…never. So that right there is a clue that this “admittance” is bogus…This is just baiting Clinton and her supporters into pressuring her to run…they would walk right into the GOP’s trap.

    • 23 Vicki
      May 19, 2014 at 10:23 am

      GOP comfortable with Hillary. She is no threat to 1%.
      Or they think they can beat her.
      Either way win-win in GOP eyes.

      • 24 Don
        May 19, 2014 at 10:33 am

        I totally agree Vicki; I don’t think Hillary is a threat to the 1% bottom line. If anything I’m almost positive Bill gave the 1% assurances long ago that their money is safe with him.

    • May 19, 2014 at 10:44 am

      This cannot be said enough!!!!!!

      • 26 57andfemale
        May 19, 2014 at 12:35 pm

        Happy Birthday!!!!! Tauruses ROCK!

      • 29 LDS
        May 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm

        I agree with all of the above.

        The Clintons are so pissed with POB for winning I believe they will do anything.
        Especially Billary he has a bone to pick with all the haters who threw his ass out of office because he could not keep his pants zipped and hands off other women. Hillary knew and let this fool run wild and loose.
        Monica Lewinsky was the victim because this father of a daughter should have known better to even go there with a young girl.
        Bill Clinton, Woody Allen and R.Kelly should all go to jail in the same cell.

        To sum this all up, the Clintons have some unfinished business to settle with the American people.
        Personally, I do not trust them. I never trusted Bill and never claimed him to be “the first African American president” regardless how many times he went to church and moved his office up in Harlem. It was all for him.

  8. 30 amk for obama
    May 19, 2014 at 10:14 am

  9. 32 JER
    May 19, 2014 at 10:19 am

  10. 33 hopefruit2
    May 19, 2014 at 10:19 am

    They just gave the 2-min warning for Eric Holder’s speech. Well it’s now 1 minute! 🙂

  11. 38 MightyPamela
    May 19, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Morning all! A very Happy Birthday to PrettyFoot, hope the party goes on all day and all week!! So many pictures to absorb and reabsorb, takes a while to get down to comments!! Off to work today, back this arvo!! Big hugs, save some cake… 😉

  12. 39 hopefruit2
    May 19, 2014 at 10:31 am

  13. 40 MightyPamela
    May 19, 2014 at 10:31 am

    {{{{{ ❤ 99ts ❤ }}}}}

  14. May 19, 2014 at 10:38 am

  15. 44 hopefruit2
    May 19, 2014 at 10:39 am

    This one which was referenced in the current DOJ speech on the Chinese, will be announced today at 12noon.

    • 45 Cindy
      May 19, 2014 at 10:44 am

      YES! I love AG Eric Holder and his team, they are on this.

      One of the reporters asked; Can’t China file suit against USA for spying on? AG had to school him on the difference of the two. Some of these reporters are just stupid; you don’t know it until they open their mouths. AG Holder didn’t give him time to start the Snowden BS.

      • 46 hopefruit2
        May 19, 2014 at 10:46 am

        These “reporters” are completely uninformed and dishonest. They do their research by reading Twitter TL crap from Greenwald/Snowden bots like @emptywheel…Meanwhile, they ignore any other evidence to the contrary..

  16. 47 MightyPamela
    May 19, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Enjoy your Victoria Day celebrations, Oh Canada!! 😉

    • 48 vcprezofan2
      May 19, 2014 at 10:59 am

      Why, thank you, MP! I’m taking it easy today (my idea of enjoyment), though I did buy some plants and vegetables that I thought I might have felt like interring today. Don’t feel like it yet, but the day is relatively young still. 😀 If not, I’ll have to do them tomorrow as I’ll be working Wednesday to Friday. We’ll see. It’s lovely to be able to do, or not do, things when you feel like it. 🙂

      • 49 MightyPamela
        May 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm

        Yes, it is. Still a new experience, but not so challenging to adapt to!

        • 50 vcprezofan2
          May 19, 2014 at 12:14 pm

          ‘a new experience, but not so challenging to adapt to!’

          So, so pleased to hear you say that!

        • 51 vcprezofan2
          May 19, 2014 at 12:16 pm

          “What is this life, if full of care
          We have no time to stand and stare?”

          That just flashed into my mind, though I can’t remember the name of the poet right now. Of course, having sprung to mind I suspect it will linger today until I take the time to go look up the rest, including the author. 😀

  17. 52 vcprezofan2
    May 19, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Wha at! CBS just cut away from the AG news conf. to Kerry’s speech?

  18. May 19, 2014 at 10:46 am

  19. May 19, 2014 at 10:56 am

    My 83-yo mom had an interesting take after watching the video of FLOTUS’s speech in OK. I’m paraphrasing here, but it was something like:

    How can another woman ever hope to follow in Michelle Obama’s footsteps as First Lady? Mrs. Obama has broken the mold by being such a great First Lady and anybody after her will just suffer from comparison. Then my mom added that if we end up with the Clintons back in office and Bill as “First Dude” or whatever – maybe that time period will allow the special glow from Mrs. Obama’s reign as FLOTUS to dissipate a little before the next future FLOTUS tries to follow after her.

    Bottom line, my mom LOVES Michelle – but not exactly a glowing endorsement for the Clintons…

  20. 85 Cindy
    May 19, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I know we say it here often, but I just want to shout it from the hilltops;


    I am unapologetic when I say; “THE BEST”!

    I love President Barack H. Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder; not because they are black men, not because they are handsome black men but because they are SMART, and INTELLECUTALLY STIMULATING men, working for the good of this GREAT COUNTRY and THE PEOPLE who occupies the space on this planet.

    • 86 hopefruit2
      May 19, 2014 at 11:06 am

      Preach on Cindy – PREACH ON!!!!!

      • 87 Cindy
        May 19, 2014 at 11:14 am

        : )

        Just watching AG Holder’s interview renewed the spirit of faith as to why we were given this “GREAT OBAMA ADMINISTRATION” for a time such as this.

        It wasn’t by accident, coincident or any other “dent.” They were given to us because the “people” called for change AND CHANGE IT HAS BEEN.

    • May 19, 2014 at 11:52 am

      AGREE 1000000000000000000000000000000%

    • 89 Vicki
      May 19, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      You’ll get no argument from me, Cindy

  21. 90 hopefruit2
    May 19, 2014 at 11:09 am

    The GOP is still reeling from that abject national failure that was #OperationAmericanSpring. So to soothe themselves they’ve spent the last couple days creating silly Obama hashtags. On the weekend it was #Obamachildrensbooktitles or something like that. Today it’s #Obamatalkingdollquotes.

    The amount of time these people spend thinking about and trying to trash President Obama is ridiculous – he is the one they’re really afraid of, not HRC…

    • 91 Cindy
      May 19, 2014 at 11:26 am

      You notice hopefruit2,

      While the repukes obsessiveness drive them to “try” and hurt the President, a formidable force is being cultivated in the Democratic party.

      It’s taking time but the Castro brothers are going to be groomed, along with Wendy Davis and Deval Patrick and others.

      One day, sooner rather than later, the repukes will not begin to understand what has happened to them. We are moving forward and they will be steamed rolled into oblivion and beyond.

      This is the 21st Century and people are speaking up and willing to work for change.

  22. 97 hopefruit2
    May 19, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Should be exciting!

  23. 98 hopefruit2
    May 19, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Check this out…This is the first time I’m seeing this particular video.

  24. 99 Dakota
    May 19, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Happy Birthday PrettyFoot!!!

  25. 100 hopefruit2
    May 19, 2014 at 11:23 am

    • 101 Cindy
      May 19, 2014 at 11:31 am

      Well, they (some voters and media) said that we weren’t enthusiastic about President Obama the second time around to show up and vote.

      ooooppppsssss, they were wrong, he’s still President Barack H. Obama. Go ahead ALex Burns and get happy.

    • 102 vcprezofan2
      May 19, 2014 at 11:31 am

      • 103 hopefruit2
        May 19, 2014 at 11:43 am

        PBO always speaks about the urgency of voting – he spoke about it in 2010, 2012, 2013, and then this year. And he is 100% right. However, his words are coming from an entirely different place than Politico’s propaganda piece.

        • 104 vcprezofan2
          May 19, 2014 at 11:59 am

          No worries, Hopef, I do not in any way compare PBO’s comments/sentiments/understanding of the voting climate with anything Politico might say. I’m on a mission for the rest of this year – dropping voting reminders anywhere, anytime and hoping others will spread them among their contacts – I’m dreaming of the ripple effect. 😉 To that end, I’ve been saving/collecting the visuals that I like, plus relevant wording. I happen to have saved several quotes from PBO’s latest speech, so of course I’ll be dropping them here and there when I can – especially when I see an opening. 😉 😉

        • 107 0388jojothecat
          May 19, 2014 at 3:34 pm

          They polled Goppers Tbaggers. AA’s plan on voting…

  26. 108 hopefruit2
    May 19, 2014 at 11:33 am

  27. 109 mtmarilyn
    May 19, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Good morning TODville! It is such a beautiful spring morning here in Montana. We have had some wonderful rain, now the sun is shining and my lilacs are almost out, my tulips are so beautiful. I love spring.

    Happy Birthday, Prettyfoot!!! Hope you have a wonderful day!!

    I would like us to talk about what is going on in the VA. I am appalled but I feel this has been going on for along time and the Congress needs to take some responsibility in this because of all the cuts they have made. The press and pundits are going to try to make this a Obama scandal. Since my husband is a Vet we are very aware of most that goes on. Here in MT things are pretty good, but It can be better. I also don’t think VA Sec Sinseki should resign. Alcyee, Yardarm what are your thoughts? And others. I need more talking points.

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