Rise and Shine

President Barack Obama on Marine One en route to Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England following the NATO Summit in Wales, Sept. 5, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)




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At Stonehenge yesterday





President Barack Obama bids farewell to National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice before boarding Marine One at the Boscomb Down Airbase landing zone for departure from Wiltshire en route to Fairford, England, Sept. 5, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

More Pete Souza photos from the trip here



On This Day

While the President was waiting anxiously backstage before his speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., daughters Malia and Sasha came in to wish him well.” Sept. 6, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)






The Obama and Biden families joined together onstage following the President’s speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.” Sept. 6, 2012 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)


First Lady Michelle Obama participates in musical activities with students during a back to school “Let’s Move!” Active Schools event at Orr Elementary School in Washington, D.C., Sept. 6, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)


111 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 desertflower
    September 6, 2014 at 10:14 am


    • 2 Vicki
      September 6, 2014 at 10:16 am

      Yes, desertflower. You are number 1!

    • September 6, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Holy smooooooookes, morning Desertflower!!!

      • 5 desertflower
        September 6, 2014 at 10:20 am

        Morning, sweetcheeks!

        • September 6, 2014 at 10:22 am

          😆 Although DF, I’d really prefer if you didn’t mention cheeks. I went to a monster pet store yesterday to buy Danny some stuff, and there was a section with chewy things from parts of cows and pigs that …. actually, no, can’t talk about it.

          • 7 desertflower
            September 6, 2014 at 10:29 am

            EEWWWW!!! I’m so sorry that I even sparked that memory for you. Consider those cheeks not even mentioned! (REALLY??!!) Did you find him any NORMAL TOYS that he could chew/destroy??

            • September 6, 2014 at 10:33 am

              Well, after I got my knees working again, I made for the indestructible toys section and got an enormous ropey thingie that he dismantled in three minutes. Also a rubbery toy that he destroyed in six minutes. And a comfy cushion that I had to take off him last night because he started shredding it after humping it. And lots of treats that he didn’t like. Apart from that, a very successful shopping trip. 😎

              • 9 57andfemale
                September 6, 2014 at 10:35 am

                Oh, dear…….

                • September 6, 2014 at 10:40 am

                  🙂 He did like his new tennis balls though, 57, having lost the previous 862 I bought him.

                  • 11 57andfemale
                    September 6, 2014 at 10:49 am

                    Have you invested in a portable x-ray machine? Methinks he has creative places to ‘stash’ the missing stuff.

                    I have been hunting for days for other athletic shoe. Methinks Kasper has started a new stash in an undisclosed location. You’d reach the same conclusion if you saw the look on his face as I crawl on my hands and knees, looking under every chair, sofa and every nook and cranny. Should a dog be able to smirk?

                    • September 6, 2014 at 10:53 am

                      😆 I would actually be afraid to x-ray Danny’s tummy, I suspect he would out-do that Great Dane content-wise. Next time someone tells me a dog can’t do facial expressions I will show them Danny rolling his eyes when I give out to him. I will. As for Kasper, I am now 100% convinced he and Danny are related.

                    • 13 57andfemale
                      September 6, 2014 at 10:59 am

                      I really would not like to put those two together. Their schemes would be the stuff of legend.

                      I swear, Chips, he figured out that my go-to place to look for stuff was his stash under the sofa. He’s started a new treasure chest and the hunt is on to find it.

                    • September 6, 2014 at 11:02 am

                      57, does Kasper have any magpies in his family tree?

                    • 15 57andfemale
                      September 6, 2014 at 11:06 am

                      Not sure. But there are a few partridges missing from the pear tree. I’m suspicious……….

              • 17 GGAIL
                September 6, 2014 at 10:40 am

                Oh how funny!
                You’re gonna have to go online and ask the Dog Whisperer to help you find the right toys for your special Danny! LOL!!

              • 20 desertflower
                September 6, 2014 at 10:43 am

                WOW. What in the world! Danny’s new name should be Danny Destructo! What does one buy a dog to play with that eats everything?? You totally have your hands full!

                  • September 6, 2014 at 10:48 am

                    Ah ha, bookmarked! Thank you DF!! I notice they mention the Kong toys – they have so far proved indestructible, which means he’s completely bored with them and won’t play with them. That’s the major issue now, he doesn’t want ANYTHING he can’t destroy 🙂

                • September 6, 2014 at 10:46 am

                  And the other day I bought him another indestructible toy – three rubbery ring thingies looped in to each other. I tested them intensely, and reckoned they were perfect. Gave them to him, was on laptop, looked up four minutes, 30 seconds later and he was kinda winking at me as they lay shredded on the floor.

                  • 24 Judith Fardig
                    September 6, 2014 at 10:54 am

                    Your life is not boring for an instant is it, Chips? Expensive but not boring. Thanks, Danny!

                  • 26 desertflower
                    September 6, 2014 at 10:55 am

                    I really think that you would do well to take pics of Danny Destructo and send them to these dog toy places….they can all vie to build a Danny toy that he can’t destroy in 2 seconds! You’d be swimming in dog toys that you would no longer have to buy with your own hard earned money:) Seriously…I think he needs a job with the canine corps at the State Dept or something!

                    This is what I think of now!

                    Oh holy crap:)

                    • 27 desertflower
                      September 6, 2014 at 10:59 am

                      Yup! Get Danny some of those steel teeth so he can crunch on the steel cable!

                    • September 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

                      That IS him!!!!! 😆

                      What an excellent idea – it could actually be a TV series, Danny testing out these ‘indestructible’ toys every week, with companies battling to defeat him. I might put the idea to CNN, they need a ratings boost.

    • 29 Judith Fardig
      September 6, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Yes, YOU, DF! Have a lovely weekend.

  2. 32 hopefruit2
    September 6, 2014 at 10:26 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats df on #1 🙂 Happy Saturday everyone. Thanks chips for the wonderful memories of that special DNC convention!

  3. 33 Vicki
    September 6, 2014 at 10:28 am

    If you believe the Media you are expected to think that 142,000 jobs added last month is a death knell for November.
    If you are sane, you understand that job growth is better than at any time in the last 15 years.

    If you believe the Media you think that red-atate Dems set the immigration policy of the USA.
    If you are sane, you will wait for POTUS to tell us what HIS decision is.

    The TV and print media are in full battle dress no holds barred Obama is Dooooooooooooooooooomed mode for the next 8 weeks.
    Lies of commision, lies of omission, small lies, big lies, all with one purpose. Supress the vote.

    We show up at the polls and turn the GOP to dust.
    yes we can.

    • 34 hopefruit2
      September 6, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Exactly Vicki!

      And I keep hearing/seeing on Twitter about a “Wh Official” saying this and that…but no one has provided a link, a name, or a video/audio clip. Meanwhile, we have the President himself at yesterday’s presser, saying that in the coming week, he’s going to see what actions he can take on Immigration within the boundaries of legality and will be making an announcement on that soon.

      So If I’m a little more than skeptical about the sudden swarm of MSM reports about delayed action with no appearance or statement from PBO, I’ve presented my reasons here. 🙂

  4. 35 amk for obama
    September 6, 2014 at 10:28 am

    • 36 carolyn
      September 6, 2014 at 10:58 am

      This cartoon is so poignant and telling! We throw perfectly good water away, over people’s heads for attention…..well maybe for a cause, but there are less wasteful ways to raise money…..and people in other parts of the world don’t have clean water to drink!

      • 37 GGAIL
        September 6, 2014 at 11:19 am

        So true carolyn. Even here in Calif – we certainly don’t have water to waste like that in the name of raising money for a cause. There are other less wasteful ways. I’m so glad that no one in the Obama administration participated.

      • September 6, 2014 at 11:27 am

        Amen. Which is a disgrace. No one can live without water. Something I want to work on in my retirement.

  5. 39 Nerdy Wonka
    September 6, 2014 at 10:30 am

  6. 40 hopefruit2
    September 6, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Here’s why this whole thing is as ridiculous as it sounds.

    Why would PBO announce two months before the midterms that he is going to wait until AFTER the midterms to take executive action? If Senate Dems are in danger BECAUSE of Immigration action – why would PBO keep them in danger by announcing his intention to do the very thing that they are danger for? Wouldn’t that defeat the purpose of trying to save the Senate Dems – which according to these reporters is the purpose of his delaying action in the first place? Whether he does it before or after the midterms – wouldn’t that still “energize” GOP anti-Immigration voters while deflating pro-Immigration supporters?

    I smell a putrid rat here….

    • 41 amk for obama
      September 6, 2014 at 10:39 am

      It’s all bw media circle jerk. As you said earlier, let’s wait for the man to speak.

    • 42 anniebella
      September 6, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Chucky will ask him about Immigration tomorrow, so tune in. 🙂

    • September 6, 2014 at 11:05 am

      It is legit:

      The White House official emails

      “The reality the President has had to weigh is that we’re in the midst of the political season, and because of the Republicans’ extreme politicization of this issue, the President believes it would be harmful to the policy itself and to the long-term prospects for comprehensive immigration reform to announce administrative action before the elections. Because he wants to do this in a way that’s sustainable, the President will take action on immigration before the end of the year. For example, we have seen how Republicans have fought hard to exploit the humanitarian situation at the Rio Grande Valley…

      The President has had many conversations and consultations throughout this process – including with his Cabinet, members of Congress, stakeholders, and advocates on this issue. The President is confident in his authority to act, and he will before the end of the year.”

      Senate Dem POV according to Greg

      The case goes like this: In the core red states that will decide Senate control, there are very few genuinely persuadable voters left. Base turnout will be decisive. Any action by Obama risks further inflaming the GOP base at a time when the fading of Obamacare as a major issue, and the lack of 2010′s seismic levels of rage, could mean core GOP voters aren’t quite as engaged as during the 2010 shellacking.

      Meanwhile, Dem hopes for survival rest heavily on turning out the unmarried women who are increasingly key to the Dem coalition but sit out midterms. The way to move them is with a message relentlessly focused on women’s economic issues. Any move that allows Republicans to argue Dems are focused on giving jobs to illegal immigrants — however demagogic — risks muddling that message in the minds of voters who are already suffering from economic insecurity. While some argue acting would rev up core Dem groups, Latinos are not a major factor in these races and it might not have any such impact on these unmarried red state women….continued

      • 45 hopefruit2
        September 6, 2014 at 11:14 am

        If PBO announces that he’s going to take E.O. by the end of the year – would that STILL be an issue for the GOP to demagogue going into the midterms?

        That’s why I don’t get this logic. It makes zero sense. Maybe I’m missing something here…

        • 46 hopefruit2
          September 6, 2014 at 11:16 am

          Typo correction: *wouldn’t*

        • September 6, 2014 at 11:36 am

          I think this way it protects Red State D’s b/c their population would not produce the influx of Latino voters based on demographics & only help GOP turnout in their minds. The GOP doesn’t want to touch this unless they can tie it to “the imperial presidency” case & point look at Chris Christie IN MEXICO refusing to answer immigration ?’s. One other point is if you listened to PBO’s Nato press conference he made the point of stating he still wanted congressional action….so I think he may be giving Boehner one more fig leaf to latch onto after the midterms, and if he doesn’t that gives the President even more cover(as if he needed it) to move expansively before a new congress comes in.

          • 48 hopefruit2
            September 6, 2014 at 11:41 am

            “I think this way it protects Red State D’s b/c their population would not produce the influx of Latino voters based on demographics & only help GOP turnout in their minds”

            But the President has already announced that he’s going to take E.O – and in the MSM reports today, that has not changed – just the timing of “before vs. after” November. Which in the minds of the GOP, would make it seem even more “political” thereby energizing their base to come out and get rid of those red state Dems.

            I still stand by my comments that this makes absolutely no sense…

  7. 50 GGAIL
    September 6, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    Yes, PBO did us proud – yet again!

    Beautiful pics, thanks Chips 🙂

  8. 51 hopefruit2
    September 6, 2014 at 10:38 am

  9. 53 hopefruit2
    September 6, 2014 at 10:40 am

  10. 54 hopefruit2
    September 6, 2014 at 10:47 am

    • 55 anniebella
      September 6, 2014 at 10:50 am

      I will just wait to see what POTUS will do.

    • 56 JER
      September 6, 2014 at 10:55 am

      The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the president’s decision before it was announced, said Obama made his decision Friday as he returned to Washington from a NATO summit in Wales.

      They said Obama called a few allies from Air Force One and informed them of his decision, and that the president made more calls from the White House on Saturday.

      The officials said Obama had no specific timeline to act, but that he still would take his executive steps before the end of the year.

      • 57 hopefruit2
        September 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

        All of this is still unsourced. I will wait to hear directly from PBO. It still makes absolutely ZERO sense that

        1. PBO would telegraph his plans to take E.O. this year, but supposedly waiting until after November. That essentially defeats the purpose of saving vulnerable red-state Dems.

        2. That the “WH officials” would report this to the media before PBO has a chance to make a statement about it himself.

    • September 6, 2014 at 11:03 am

      I guess that’s what the WHPC is for?
      If mark lies about this, he won’t get anymore quotes from WH officials.
      It’s how they roll.

      • 60 anniebella
        September 6, 2014 at 11:43 am

        Well all those who want to know what POTUS plan to do, watch Chucky Todd tomorrow as he interview POTUS. I’m sure Chucky will ask him about this. That’s Chucky Todd, Meet the Press interview President Obama.

  11. 61 anniebella
    September 6, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Hay look at the picture of FLOTUS brushing something off of POTUS jacket, you think she knew about the tan suit. I’m sure she thought he was just fine in that tan suit. I have a feeling someone will ask her about that tan suit when she have another interview.

    • 65 carolyn
      September 6, 2014 at 11:02 am

      Only people with money would think that plan was clever and fun. Those without money would find it insulting and demeaning. Those gopers haven’t got a clue. They ARE insulting and demeaning.

      • 66 desertflower
        September 6, 2014 at 11:11 am

        They really are. They really don’t hide their loathing for poor,less fortunate people. They are only interested in you if you can fund them with loads of money…thus, the love of Koch Bro money and others just like them…they have a symbiotic relationship with these monied interests…the rest of the peons…not so much.

    • 67 arapaho415
      September 6, 2014 at 11:08 am

      Just popping in to express my shock at how clueless RWNJs are.

      Yardarm may not agree with me, but Americans turn a blind eye to the real problem of homelessness in America, just as they refuse to be reminded of the legacy of post-Reconstruction segregation.

      Why (rich) people consider the homeless as not human is beyond me.


      • 68 Don
        September 6, 2014 at 11:20 am

        It is such a complex problem to solve; I don’t think that America necessarily turns a blind eye towards it. Each person that is homeless has a story as to why they are homeless, from drug addiction to unemployment to mental health issues. Most agencies that are tasked with solving these problems are so overwhelmed that they are at best just trying to keep their doors open.

    • 69 Don
      September 6, 2014 at 11:33 am

      These is no need to worry about this candidate and her “hobo stew” fundraiser, people like this usually end up being done in by their own hands, it’s who they are. If it weren’t a hobo stew fundraiser it would have been something else as equally vile.

  12. 70 No Child Left Behind
    September 6, 2014 at 11:02 am


  13. 71 Don
    September 6, 2014 at 11:05 am

    So is the AP correct, is President Obama going to hold off on doing an E.O. on immigration?

  14. September 6, 2014 at 11:12 am

    They missed by 72 hours:

  15. 74 HZ
    September 6, 2014 at 11:27 am

    A beautiful Sat. to my Chips and TOD family. Lots of loving hugs to my Danny. I hope you will enjoy your new toys, Danny and be nice to them so you will have a bundle more coming very soon.

    Everyone have a lovely day/evening. So wonderful to have our president home with his beautiful family. I hope that he will get some rest and relaxation. We thank you, Mr. President for all of your hard work, now get a few rounds of golf in, if anyway possible.

    Chips, thanks so much for all that you do to keep us up to date of the travels of our great president. You and Nerdy and the entire wonderful team give so much of your precious time, and we do appreciate you and love you all so dearly. {{{{{{{{{{ Love you with all of my hugs}}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

    September 6, 2014 at 11:29 am


  17. 76 hopefruit2
    September 6, 2014 at 11:29 am

    • 77 anniebella
      September 6, 2014 at 11:39 am

      How did House Republicans sabotage Immigration? That question won’t be asked by these two bit pundit like Cillizza.

    • 79 Don
      September 6, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Its Chris Sleazy for Christ sakes, this guy couldn’t find the truth if it was stapled to his ass and he had both hands tied behind his back. The mere fact that President Obama might have changed his mind as to the time table in dealing with the issue of immigration should tell you all you need to know about Sleazy’s ass backwards analysis of President Obama’s thinking. I have long ago given up trying to figure out President Obama’s machinations when it comes to devising a plan to deal with legislative issues, put simply, President Obama got this.

  18. September 6, 2014 at 11:31 am

    So if HF and villi are correct, that the president would not hold off in immigration reform?
    Then, where’s the pushback. From WH?

    • 83 hopefruit2
      September 6, 2014 at 11:36 am

      I don’t need a link to any “pushback.” I heard the president’s words yesterday at the press conference. I still haven’t heard any direct words from the President or anyone involved in CIR about the latest reports we’re hearing from the media. An unsourced “email” from WaPo doesn’t count.

      So where is YOUR link to the name, audio/video from PBO saying that he will delay any action on Immigration until after the midterms?

      • 84 Vicki
        September 6, 2014 at 11:50 am

        Oh my.
        Jovie, we are all on the same team here, correct?
        We all want PBO to do as he thinks best, correct?
        We all understand that POTUS has information we do not have access to.
        Please don’t make this about any of us being “right.”

  19. September 6, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Here is the link to the pushback from WH on immigration reform…

  20. September 6, 2014 at 11:47 am

  21. 87 Nena20409
    September 6, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Hello TOD.
    It’s a cool day in my neck of the woods.
    Thanks for all the posts toady and last evening.
    Yes, the WH is postponing the Executive Action on Immigration Relief until after the election. I am not sure how that helps or hurts the Dem chances. It is what it is.
    Now, with the nation to focus on the strategy to Degrade and Destroy ISIL……the Immigration Relief Executive Action will occupy the DC/NY pundits for tops, 3 days……..

    My advise is that Dems in DC…..are always fearful of their own views…… Americans will vote for strong and wrong than for weak/indecisive and right. Dems did this in 2010. POTUS understands this. That is why he is making the decision now…..owning the political theme on this decision and moving FORWARD! Dems in the SENATE this time are the REASON why……not Dems in the House. I knew this decision was coming having heard Rep Linda Sanchez on MSNBC last night.

    • 88 hopefruit2
      September 6, 2014 at 11:54 am

      I will wait to hear from PBO HIMSELF on this topic.

      • 89 Vicki
        September 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm

        Don’t want to be totally paranoid BUT Linda Sanchez is a HRC booster. Her view is not so reliable.
        If POTUS wins big with Immigration reform it takes away another thing that lady Walmart can run on.

        • 90 Nena20409
          September 6, 2014 at 3:46 pm

          Just back from doing getting s few things done.

          Rep Linda Sanchez is one of the early supporters of then Sen Obama. You are probably thinking of her older sister, Rep Loretta “Harley Davidson” Sanchez. She was a HRC supporter.

      • 91 anniebella
        September 6, 2014 at 12:01 pm

        I agree hopefruit2.

  22. September 6, 2014 at 11:53 am

  23. 93 Nena20409
    September 6, 2014 at 11:53 am


    Another witness to Michael Brown’s shooting has come forward in an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

    The witness, who spoke to the Post-Dispatch under the condition of anonymity, was working on a building in the neighborhood and wasn’t from Ferguson. He told the Post-Dispatch that he could not tell whether or not there had been a struggle between Officer Darren Wilson and Brown, but that he saw Wilson chasing Brown and shooting him while Brown had his hands up.

    Brown, a black teenager, was shot by Wilson, a white police officer, around noon on August 9th by Wilson. Amid allegations of racial profiling and excessive force, the FBI has stepped in to assist local police on the investigation. The Department of Justice has also opened up a wider probe on police in the area.

  24. 95 Don
    September 6, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Listen TOD Family, we can all disagree, but what we all agree on is that at the end of the day President Obama will get his way on immigration be it now or later on down the line.

  25. September 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    The latino population needs to get out and vote democrat in the mid terms regardless of when the president acts. That would scare republicans silly and if the R’s refuse to act post election via congress PBO should execute Executive order. Immigration activists need to put the heat on the R’s – not protest the President outside the White House – as if they were Dan Choi. Screaming at the president instead of directing their ire and retribution where warranted drives me crazy. Whoever has been advising the immigration activists has not been advising them well. If they’d directed pressure where it was deserved earlier they may have achieved faster and more permanent results.

    • 97 anniebella
      September 6, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      Where is the Latino population anger toward the House Republicans?

    • 101 donna dem 4 obama
      September 6, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      They do both. Yes they petition the President but they have also been protesting Congress. They have been registering voters for this election but getting some of the older Latinos to understand how government works has been trying. They don’t always grasp how essential local elections are. Immigration activists putting heat on PBO is one of the main reasons that he took the executive action for the Dreamers in 2012 and why he is considering taking action on deportations. It’s not always a bad thing to press the President on an issue as long as its done respectfully. Government workers pressed him to raise the minimum wage through EO earlier this year by protesting and pressing the topic. The Latino Community knows they get nothing if Republicans get in office but when your family is being ripped apart it’s difficult to be patient.

    • 102 Don
      September 6, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      Cluny, I’m tempted to say that the WH might be sending up a trial balloon, but then again I don’t think Team Chicago is into that sort of thing. This issue is playing out like all the other hair on fire issues, the populace rages at President Obama for inaction/leading from behind/aloofness/caving, then once we are at a boiling point President Obama makes us all look like fools. I’ve seen this movie too many times, that’s why I’m almost to the point where I could not care less because I know that in the end President Obama will do the right thing. President Obama is fast becoming like a Bruce Lee movie, you know in the end he’s going to kick somebody’s ass, you just want to see how he does it.

      • September 6, 2014 at 12:21 pm

        Yes – I agree. I actually think it’s better to wait. I only wish some activists wouldn’t blame the President. He is obviously on their side. My point is that 100% of their protest should be directed at Republicans. All that protest outside of the white house and calling him ‘deporter in chief’ only gave the R’s comfort in dragging their heels. They weren’t getting all the heat so they could drag it out and delay via congress. It was a stupid move, in my opinion. on behalf of the activists.

        • 104 donna dem 4 obama
          September 6, 2014 at 12:46 pm

          I understand cluny but I believe that because of the ire that Republicans have towards Latino Immigrants (with their Amnesty meme) they would have ginned up fear for the Red State Democrats regardless of any protest by the immigration advocates. Although that’s not to excuse those “deporter in chief” rallies.

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  28. 111 vcprezofan2
    September 6, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Here you go for This Week at Interior! Sec. Jewell made another(?) plea for Congress to work together and address full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

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