Rise and Shine: The Week at TOD

@petesouza: Pres Obama talking to a youngster outside Arthur Bryant’s BBQ tonight in KC

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All the week’s White House videos here

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Early Bird Chat • • • Rise and Shine: The Week At TOD

10 Years Ago Tonight • • • Chat On: Electric Ladyland

Readout of the President’s Call with PM Netanyahu • • • Chat On

Chat Away: Psychedelic Rock

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Early Bird Chat • • • Rise and Shine

ObamaCare Works – And Kentucky Is Proof

President Obama Awards the 2013 National Medal of Arts and Humanities

The Fire Next Time • • • The President’s Day • • • A Tweet Or Two

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Early Bird Chat • • • Rise and Shine

First Lady Michelle Obama Presents The Most Important Meal Of The Day

President Obama Delivers a Statement on Ukraine

A Tweet Or Two • • • Chat Away

Welcome to Kansas City, Mr President

Night Owl Chat: What The World Needs Now Is FLASH MOBS

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Early Bird Chat • • • Rise and Shine

President Delivers Remarks on the Economy, Kansas City

 Linda Ronstadt: “Grace and Dignity”

ObamaCare: Making Medicare Stronger For Future Generations

Kansas City ♥ President Obama

‘My Story Is The Story Of The Impossible Getting Done’

A Tweet Or Two

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Early Bird Chat • • • Rise and Shine

President Signs an Executive Order on Workplace Safety

Impeachment by Half-Measures

President Delivers Remarks at Dept of Housing and Urban Development

A Tweet or Two • • • A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation

A Hug From Tim: “I love you Obama”

The President and First Lady attend a Special Olympics concert

The Serious And The Hilarious

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Early Bird Chat • • • Rise and Shine • • • Chat Away


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

  1. 1 COS
    August 2, 2014 at 10:06 am

    GM Chips and TOD.

  2. 3 amk for obama
    August 2, 2014 at 10:11 am

    something freaky happened to my furst, bt.

  3. 9 hopefruit2
    August 2, 2014 at 10:11 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats COS on #1 🙂 Thanks Chips for this wonderful weekly summary of our President’s & FLOTUS’ activities as they go about the business of strengthening and elevating America.

  4. 18 hopefruit2
    August 2, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Well by “too liberal” they mean that the Pope seems to friendly towards and aligned with policies endorsed by Pres Obama – that’s really what is bugging them…

    • 19 99ts
      August 2, 2014 at 10:17 am

      It seems we have the first President and the first Pope in a very long time who actually want to follow the Christian principles of looking after their fellow man. Both are attacked because they love people over money.

      • 20 Judith Fardig
        August 2, 2014 at 12:21 pm

        Nailed it, 99ts! True Christians (or Jews or Muslims, or Buddhists) always make the fake ones look shallow. All the world’s major religions ask us to love our fellow human beings and care for the needy.

  5. August 2, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Morning COS, AMK and TOD. Sure does look like we are all “fatigued” on PBO. Looking at these pictures.

  6. 22 JER
    August 2, 2014 at 10:15 am


  7. 26 GGAIL
    August 2, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Chips, I love the Saturday R&S! I get a chance to see what I missed – thanks!

  8. 32 Dudette
    August 2, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Gooooood Saturday Morning, Family! 🙂

  9. 38 africa
    August 2, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Happy Saturday TODers

    Heeeeeya Chips!!

  10. 41 mtmarilyn
    August 2, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Good morning all of TODville. It is a beautiful Saturda morning. Love the Saturday round up. Get to see if I missed anything this week. What a week and what a day yesterday.

    My husband watches alot of tv in the middle of the night and last night he found a wonderful series on the Sundance channel called “The Honorable Woman”. He says it is worth watching. It is a BBC series about a Israeli woman who inherits her family business. It is fiction and all filmed before this conflict. I haven’t seen it yet but my husband has it dvr’d. Thought I would pass this info on. There is articles about it when you google it.

    Off to work. Thank you Chips and all here for all you do to help us all.

    • 42 57andfemale
      August 2, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      I had heard about it and set it to record. I didn’t even remember I’d done it.

      Plan on watching it today, especially after your recommendation.

      • 43 mtmarilyn
        August 2, 2014 at 10:01 pm

        I’ll be watching too. I haven’t seen it. Only my husband has watched. Let me know what you think.

  11. 44 amk for obama
    August 2, 2014 at 11:05 am

  12. 45 amk for obama
    August 2, 2014 at 11:06 am

    • 46 Betsy
      August 2, 2014 at 11:19 am

      I don’t usually go to the HuffPost anymore, and I did this am, now I know why I don’t go there anymore. The headlines were mostly anti-Obama, you could just tell, from an article that Barney Frank accuses PBO and his administration of lying, to PBO failing on foreign policy from some ???. It’s such a rag now. 😦

  13. 47 amk for obama
    August 2, 2014 at 11:13 am

  14. 48 arapaho415
    August 2, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Good morning, TODville,

    So glad that the cynical self-serving “Congress” has skeddadled, and PBO will be able to enjoy a wonderful birthday celebration with the First Family and loving friends.

    Posted this last night, but was having computer problems with TOD, so am posting again.

    From Fox News Congressional correspondent (don’t watch Fox, don’t have an opinion on this reporter):

    What scum GOP congresscritters are. Aside from people who are scions of wealthy takers (e.g., Koch brothers, etc.), who else could get away with not doing their job (i.e., representing their constituents) and who want more of the same, which is getting a paycheck, pension, perhaps a lobbying job in their future while on the taxpayer dole?


    • August 2, 2014 at 11:14 am

      Morning arapaho415! For some infuriating WordPress reason, I found a couple of your comments in spam this morning 🙄 They always seem to pick on ones with tweets, have no clue why. Any way, found you and freed you, apologies for the glitch-fest!

      • 50 arapaho415
        August 2, 2014 at 11:50 am

        No apology needed, Chips.

        So much info here, am grateful to all BTs and contributors.

        Might have been my computer, IE was closing sites, Google Chrome just sat there, unresponsive.

  15. 51 Dudette
    August 2, 2014 at 11:13 am

  16. 52 amk for obama
    August 2, 2014 at 11:14 am

  17. 53 amk for obama
    August 2, 2014 at 11:19 am

    The money quote

    Unfortunately, sir, this is a short list of the many profound issues facing our exceptional nation and you believe, as the 3rd most powerful person in our alleged leadership that the #1 priority should be to pursue a futile lawsuit?

    An appalling, sad and a monumental embarrassment for our nation.

    Mr. Speaker, feel free to pursue your folly but please understand that this registered Republican won’t send a dime to or cast a vote for any candidate that endorses this travesty.”

  18. 54 criquet
    August 2, 2014 at 11:27 am

    GM all.
    Been a bit busy so now trying to catch up.
    Could someone update me on coleslaw/gate and folksgate?
    Would appreciate it.

    • 55 Layla
      August 2, 2014 at 11:47 am

      GM criquet, I hope you have a great Saturday. First, the ‘gates’ are media made. The President visited a restaurant in KC, ordered coleslaw but they were out. He survived. The President yesterday at a press conference talked about the US torturing ‘folks’ and how wrong it was. He called the victims ‘folks’, humanizing them which upset the media and the repubs. In the meantime Bibi continues to murder the Palestinian people, and Putin continues his assault on Ukraine. Oh, and the House voted on an atrocious immigration last evening before leaving town. Backman, not able to restrain her racism, gave a racist speech on the House floor, again before skipping town. I could have missed something here…

      • 56 criquet
        August 2, 2014 at 1:08 pm

        Thanks Layla.
        I know I can always rely on TODers to get me up to speed.
        Hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

  19. 57 Nerdy Wonka
    August 2, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Great round-up, Chips.


  20. 59 arapaho415
    August 2, 2014 at 11:48 am

    This article got me to thinking that #SpeakerPelosi (after #LandslideDems2014) may be onboard with an O’Malley-Deval Patrick for 2016, thumbing her nose at PUMAs entitlement and veiled digs at President Obama and his Blackness.

    Those of you in the Baltimore area are probably well-aware that Pelosi’s father and brother were both Baltimore Mayors…

  21. 61 vcprezofan2
    August 2, 2014 at 11:58 am

    We meet again! Good day, everyone!
    What a recap, thank you, Ms Chips. No one in the TODvillage can complain of having nothing to do as there’s always enough to keep us hopping!

  22. 69 Linda
    August 2, 2014 at 12:13 pm


    Media Circus here in Atlanta . They are following the ambulance carrying the Ebola patient to Emory.

  23. August 2, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Great round-up of the week. Got to see Tim again and again. (I love you Obama). I hope the first family has a wonderful weekend.

  24. 71 vcprezofan2
    August 2, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    This Week at Interior, August 1, 2014

  25. 72 globalcitizenlinda
    August 2, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    suspected that there was something not quiet right about the extensive media-publication of a very high percentage of people in Israel supporting Bibi’s actions in Gaza;

    seems that some of the Israeli people who are trying to speak out are being censored/intimidated ;

  26. 77 Judith Fardig
    August 2, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    A sunny Saturday to TOD villagers. Will be participating in a Health and Safety Fair on the Portland waterfront at the OFA/Alliance for Gun Violence Prevention table. Glad they agreed gun violence is a major public health issue and let us participate.

  27. August 2, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    • August 2, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      btw, which they could have done without the slaughter and destruction we’ve witnessed ….

      • 80 derbingleguy
        August 2, 2014 at 12:45 pm

        Didn’t IDF destroy the tunnels back in 2012? In an area the size of a postage stamp and with all their vaunted technology how come IDF didn’t see these tunnels before?

        • 81 Nena20409
          August 2, 2014 at 12:52 pm

          Coupled with Ease-dropping, Surveillance, Blockades, Checkpoints, Drones, etc……yet than many underground networks were built?


          1650 now killed and nearly 8000 wounded and 450,000 displaced of 1.8M people to 63 IDF soldiers killed, 2 Israelis and an Asian Immigrant.

          • 82 derbingleguy
            August 2, 2014 at 1:01 pm

            Exactly Nena. I don’t buy it. Hamas can’t break ground without IDF knowing where and why.

          • 83 Jeff
            August 2, 2014 at 1:01 pm

            it’s way more than 1650. They haven’t counted for all the dead yet and there really is no telling if this is the end of it. BTW I don’t consider Israeli soldiers really soldiers, they fit in the category of militants as far as I’m concerned.

            • 84 Nena20409
              August 2, 2014 at 1:11 pm

              Yes Jeff. The numbers of those killed, no doubt will be more than the current numbers.

              They are soldiers. Using the International understanding and the Dictionary definition of the word, Soldiers. The pathetic part of it is with our Clad support…..USA…..since 1967, due to Geopolitical politics, USA Gov’t has not really helped objectively to bring about change.

            • 85 derbingleguy
              August 2, 2014 at 1:13 pm

              Yeah they’re soldiers alright. Soldiers have a way of doing some horrific things when they are called into action.

              • 86 Jeff
                August 2, 2014 at 1:45 pm

                Then I suppose I can consider Hamas freedom fighters.

                • 87 Nena20409
                  August 2, 2014 at 1:52 pm

                  Yes you may.

                  Internationally, until 9-11, they were. They were then and are now resisting occupation. No matter how the rules were changed shine 9-11. Oppressed people anywhere have the rights to use force to change their situation.

                  US did against the British. It is what Mandela did at one time.

                • 88 derbingleguy
                  August 2, 2014 at 2:01 pm

                  Or soldiers. During war time the labels have a tendency to get scrambled.

  28. August 2, 2014 at 12:42 pm

  29. 90 Nerdy Wonka
    August 2, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    THIS a thousand times over. Ebola is not an airborne virus so all this freak out and hysteria by some in developed places like Europe and America is beyond stupid and irresponsible.

  30. 97 globalcitizenlinda
    August 2, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    I hope the members of TODville will give some consideration and focus to these two things and make a push to highlight them here and among each one’s family, friends and socio-media networks:

    (a) voter-registration deadlines in each state: if you are not registered or you have not update your registration (if such is required) by the state deadline, then even if you want to vote or GOTV at the last minute, you may not be able to do so. for example, I live in one of those “purple districts”. During the last election, I was talking to a group of young women about WHY they should vote. After convincing them that the social programs their kids depend on for survival are being threatened by their gop representative, these ladies wanted to go vote. unfortunately, the confessed that they had not updated their registration by then – a date after official voter registration was closed for the state. our GOPer won by a very slim margin;

    (b) immigration reform coalition: there is a huge level of diversity among of the supporters of comprehensive immigration reform. while it is true that the Hispanic population is the fastest growing demography, there are many people diverse ethnic backgrounds who are so mad at the gop for not passing the comprehensive immigration. I am working on an effort to mobilize the voters from immigrant communities that are not the current primary focus of the bigoted-gop. I trying to make this the “Secret Weapon” for the vote in our area – their contribution to be revealed in the election day vote-count

  31. 98 dotster3
    August 2, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Il. GOP candidate for gov., multi-millionaire Bruce Rauner, currently leading Dem. Gov. Quinn in polls, has stashed some of his fortune in Cayman Islands tax haven to avoid taxes.


    • 99 Nena20409
      August 2, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      IL Dems are at times foolish. I am sorry, but they are. They voted for Kirk in 2010. They voted for Walsh, the racist deadbeat dad. They have a way of over doing it. They voted for that Aaron S., at one time, the youngest Rep in DC. He is a Fake and a Gay magazine had outed him in 2013. I don’t like people being outed unless they are in denial or making statements or writing laws that are against the LGBTQ people.

      • 100 dotster3
        August 2, 2014 at 1:11 pm

        It wasn’t Il. Dems voting for those creeps. Not everyone in Illinois is Dem—-wish it were true. But both Walsh and Aaron Schock represent(ed) conservative leaning districts. Dems outnumber Repubs statewide, thanks to Chgo area, but they need to show up to vote, a perpetual problem, leading to the 2010 disastrous results and Kirk.

      • 105 57andfemale
        August 2, 2014 at 1:52 pm

        I don’t think Dem’s voted for Walsh – they just didn’t vote that year.

        Quinn, in trying to do a responsible job, has had to make some unpopular choices amid difficult circumstances. He’s not popular. I am dearly afraid that Rauner will win and he will make WI, OH and MI look like progressive oases when he’s done with this state. It will be a bloodbath.

        A little known fact: we have a referendum on term limits, and ‘everyone’ thinks that’s a good thing. First, that part of the referendum doesn’t take place for 10 years, so the powers that be in the legislature down don’t give a damn. What’s buried in the referendum is redistricting of the state which will shift power to the GOP and take away the power from the urban centers. THAT happens right away, which could not only entrench Rauner and other Republicans, but voting rights, among all other rights, will be decimated.

        It’s terrifying.

        Quinn can surprise when it comes to campaigning. He’s tougher than he looks. I send him some money when I can. But it’s a terrifying situation here right now.

  32. 107 globalcitizenlinda
    August 2, 2014 at 1:03 pm

  33. 109 Nena20409
    August 2, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Great Afternoon TOD. Happy to be here with you succulent people.
    R&S is awesome. Thanks Chips.
    Congrats to all the Au ⭐ winners starting with this post and 3 back. The Richie Threads…..wow….the Music, Thanks LL.

  34. 110 dotster3
    August 2, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    PBO playing a traditional bday weekend round of golf with childhood friends from Hawaii. I’m guessing they will be going with him later today to Camp David for a bday party.


  35. 113 dotster3
    August 2, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    State of emergency has been declared in Toledo, Oh. area as water is unsafe and is not to be used for any purpose, causing all kinds of unrest there. This seems unbelievable to me.


    • 114 jacquelineoboomer
      August 2, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      I can’t remember why, but back in the ’70s, I recall lining up on the street once in Trenton, New Jersey, to meet the water truck and fill bottles for personal use. But that was decades ago, and we’ve had even more time to “let things go,” unfortunately. It’s water, people! In case you’re too dumb to know, we need that!

  36. 115 Nena20409
    August 2, 2014 at 1:26 pm

  37. August 2, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    New post in 12 minutes 16.23 seconds. Ish.

  38. 117 globalcitizenlinda
    August 2, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I am very grateful to those people in the medical fields and other volunteers who have been working tirelessly to stop the spread of the Ebola virus among the local communities;

    it is such a tragedy that volunteers and medical personnel who were trying to stop death and infections are themselves dying or are infected;

    there is also something else that needs to be said:

    majority of media outlets didn’t pay ANY attention to the Ebola virus when it was just ordinary Africans in some African countries dying;

    now that the Ebola infections have spread to the few citizens from developed countries, suddenly on cue, these same media outlets are 24/7 on the story, enticing panic;

    here is hoping that one day, all life will be equally important to these media personalities

  39. 118 Nena20409
    August 2, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Go Nancy Go. I am glad Leader Pelosi didn’t hit this crude GOPer. I have never seen Leader Pelosi this upset.

  40. 119 Nena20409
    August 2, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Are a few in the NYPD trying their level to damage de Blasio? This is now the 4th or 5th Police behavior that are abusive and wickedly purposeful.

  41. 120 Nena20409
    August 2, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I had always thought that in every state, one must not gauge for profit when there is an emergency.

    This is robbery.

  42. August 2, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    • 125 jacquelineoboomer
      August 2, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      Sad and wonderful at the same time. I’ve got both chills and a smile on my face, because people really can be good to one another, loving even, if we try. Thank you for posting this – would have missed it, otherwise, Bob. Have a great Saturday!

      • August 2, 2014 at 2:15 pm

        Thank you Jacqueline. I had the same responses as you. Hope you are having a fine day.

        • 127 jacquelineoboomer
          August 2, 2014 at 2:18 pm

          I am, thank you, once I figured out what day it was here in retirementland. Ha. Asked my 23-y/o granddaughter and she said “Sunday.” She wasn’t just playing with my mind, either; she was starting to argue her point. Then she checked her phone and said “Make that Saturday.” And we laughed. It’s catching!

  43. 128 jacquelineoboomer
    August 2, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    This is one helluva magnificent recap of our glorious week, supporting President Obama @ TOD, Chips! Thank you.

  44. 129 Nena20409
    August 2, 2014 at 2:12 pm

  45. 131 hopefruit2
    August 2, 2014 at 2:22 pm


    “Listen up?” I don’t like the disrespectful tone towards our President among some of these protesters. That’s why I will not sign on to any seemingly pro-Gazan effort unless the activism is properly channeled and executed. Disrespect and attacks directed solely at our President to the exclusion and ignoring of everything and everyone else is one way to turn me off completely…

    • 132 jacquelineoboomer
      August 2, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      hf2 – Totally agree. How dare they! Who the hell do they think they’re talking to?

    • August 2, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      SAME goes for Netanyahu, who can go screw himself as far as I’m concerned.

      • 134 hopefruit2
        August 2, 2014 at 2:48 pm

        I agree – and PBO is handling Bibi even though it may not appear that way at the moment. US Presidents have in the past simply bowed down to BIBI and let him have his way – funding him freely, no questions asked, no demands made. But this time, it’s different, and Bibi KNOWS it. PBO is the first US President to actually challenge Israel on any level for the last 65 yrs of the I/P conflict. And this administration is not about to let up on the pressure, despite the appearance of continued support for Israel.

        I also tend to agree with Allan Brauer that the WH is probably behind the leaked media report about Netanyahu telling PBO to stop second-guessing him.

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