Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk along the Colonnade of the White House, Sept. 21, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Chat on – but if anyone mentions English football, they’ll get the Newtkini pic.


On This Day

President Obama says goodbye to Dr. Jill Biden following his speech on innovation and sustainable growth, at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y., Sept. 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama reacts to a photograph of himself displayed by Late Show host David Letterman during their interview at CBS Studios in New York, N.Y. on Sept. 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


First Lady Michelle Obama talks with Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden during a tour of the Studio Museum in Harlem, in New York, N.Y., Sept. 21, 2011 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)


A member of the US Secret Service keeps watch as President Obama speaks during a campaign rally at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Virginia, September 21, 2012

Woodbridge, VA, September 21, 2012 ( Photo by Scout Tufankjian)


 President Obama embraces First Lady Michelle Obama as they arrive on stage for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Phoenix Awards dinner, September 21, 2013 in Washington, DC


146 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. September 21, 2014 at 10:23 am

    More lovely.pic! Happy Sunday!

  2. 7 GGAIL
    September 21, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    Heard there’s a game going on…dare I ask…what’s the score now?

    Goooooaaal ?

  3. September 21, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Home field advantage gives professional athletes an undeniable edge, but this intangible benefit might not just have to do with raucous home fans. A bad night’s sleep is probably just as much of burden. Studies show that athletes who cross more than three timezones end up with a 60 percent chance of losing their games. While team owners pay hundreds of millions of dollars building customized training facilities to eke out tiny improvements in player conditioning, they still subject their star centers to the crooked necks that come from flying in chartered, but nonetheless commercial, jets. Seattle-based design firm Teague has been developing airline interiors for almost as long as there have been airplanes and recently joined forces with Nike to create a concept cabin that is meant to swaddle athletes in supreme comfort—and, in doing so, unlock their peak performance.

    …Endless rows of seats are replaced with distinct zones dedicated to specific actions: seating/sleep, socialization, recovery, and nutrition. The seating zone features seats, labeled with player numbers rather than arbitrary row markers, that can easily accommodate a fully reclined seven-foot-tall center. The floor of the plane can’t be lowered to accommodate these giants, since it plays an integral role in the plane’s structure, but eliminating the need for overhead bins allows a player as tall as Yao Ming to walk through the aisles unbowed. (Teague designed this concept with basketball players in mind, but worked through the challenges of accommodating football players, many of whom are twice as wide as the average point guard.)….

    …Below the seating area, where cargo is typically stored, is a zone designed for socializing and celebrating victories. A recovery area is located outside of the heavy traffic zones and allows a star player to shake off a stinging loss with a shiatsu massage. A self-serve galley enables players to attend to highly-specific nutritional needs. “It’s a little bit shocking that meal service hasn’t changed very much to give passenger’s more control,” says Teague industrial designer Annaliese Chapa, who experienced life as a high-level athlete during her time as track star at Washington University. “Self-serve meal zones allow for customized meal plans.”….

    …Technology permeates the cabin. Wearable sensors embedded into clothing can collect data on the player’s physiology and feed it to the on-board computers. “The plane is a vessel for all the data, it’s a flying server capable of processing data from the athletes garments,” says Steiner. Team trainers could use that data to facilitate the recovery process after the game, say dimming lights for players who need rest, or alerting the catering staff to prepare a shake with the right mix of macronutrients for a particular player….continued

  4. 22 Don
    September 21, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I’m sorry but this needs to be said, soccer is nothing but a glorified game of hacky sack.

  5. September 21, 2014 at 10:35 am

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

    Happy Sunday everyone!

  6. September 21, 2014 at 10:41 am

    To me this is more vital then the fight against ISIS.

  7. 35 dotster3
    September 21, 2014 at 10:42 am

    I liked this story—-bachelor detective rescues 2 young Pittsburgh boys from deplorable foster care situation—–


    • 36 carolyn
      September 21, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Thanks for linking that story dotster. I brought tears to my eyes. I think one of the most poignant statements was when the older boy said he slept well the previous night, the best night sleep he’d ever had. So precious, a thing we take for granted, like sleep.

  8. September 21, 2014 at 10:43 am

    This long drama may be coming to an end:

    I don’t know what happened after the ballot stuffing & recount that SOS Kerry got the candidates to agree to, but I was hoping Abdullah would win…

  9. September 21, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Oh how the mighty have fallen..

  10. 40 dotster3
    September 21, 2014 at 10:50 am

    “Culture of entitlement” in sports—–a big part of the problem. However, in this account re. Fl. St. Heisman winner QB, Jameis Winston, he was not just ‘at a party where a rape occurred’, he was named as the rapist, which was ignored and covered up by Fl. St. officials and local law enforcement in that football crazy college town. Priorities.

  11. 43 Don
    September 21, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I am not conflicted about abuse, but I am conflicted about spanking. My old man never spared the rod, he told me not to do certain things and I went and did them anyway. I have never spanked my nine year old son, has he ever tested my patience, of course he has. Did I ever think about using a belt on him the same way my old man used a belt on my, yes. One of the proudest days in my life was when my old man held his grandson for the very first time, I was in tears. The same man that at times would frighten me and my brother also had the capacity to hold his grandson like he was made out of gold.

    • 45 desertflower
      September 21, 2014 at 11:21 am

      Don’t be conflicted about spanking. It does no good and does not teach a child anything but that the one person in the whole world that you trust and if supposed to care for and love you is now inflicting pain and humiliation on you. Spanking makes the spankER feel like they did something concrete to address the misbehavior. They only succeed in taking a piece of that child’s self worth each and every time. It’s not ok. ” I love you…SMACK! This is gonna me more than you…SMACK! You have to learn not to defy me…SMACK! Do you see a correlation here? Never ok to strike another human being.

      • 46 Don
        September 21, 2014 at 11:35 am

        Please understand me, desertflower, I would never and have never spanked my son. For me spanking was never something that I thought was needed for me to discipline my son. I take his ipad away and he’s on the floor crying like there’s no tomorrow. But I can’t speak for every parent. Some parents swear by spanking, and some parents don’t. I just can’t say that parents that do spank their kids are bad parents.

      • 51 dotster3
        September 21, 2014 at 11:50 am

        X a million. As child psychologist stated in article posted yesterday, all effects from corporal punishments are bad. No excuses.

      • September 21, 2014 at 2:29 pm

        I must say that the more educated we are the less parents spank. I am happy to say that the parents in my building who are middle class, older, more educated, and minority do not spank. My neighbor who son was 8yrs old when he moved in and is now a Jr. in college. He is the most polite, gentle young man and a good role model to his younger brother. I think there are always some people who just should not be married, parents or have animals if they have that much anger as to inflict that kind of pain on a child, woman, or animal.

    • September 21, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      There’s a huge difference between a spanking on the bottom and taking the underpants off a four year old boy and hitting his groin and genitals with a stick.

  12. September 21, 2014 at 11:00 am

    It’s See Threepio! 🙂

  13. September 21, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I finally found out what we were doing on the ISS…….and I’m ecstatic 😎

    “A SpaceX cargo ship packed with more than 5,100 pounds of equipment and supplies — including 20 mice, a 3D printer, an environmental sensor to measure ocean winds and even an experiment that could lead to better golf clubs — blasted off early Sunday on a two-day flight to the International Space Station. Running a day late because of stormy weather Saturday, the 208-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket roared to life at 1:52 a.m. EDT (GMT-4) and quickly climbed away from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, arcing away to the northeast directly into the plane of the space station’s orbit.

    The Falcon’s nine Merlin 1D first stage engines appeared to perform smoothly, generating 1.3 million pounds of thrust to boost the rocket and its payload out of the dense lower atmosphere. The first stage fell away just under three minutes after liftoff and the rocket’s second stage, powered by a single Merlin engine, ignited to complete the trip to orbit. The Dragon cargo ship was released into an initially elliptical orbit with a high point, or apogee, of about 224 miles and a low point, or perigee, of around 124 miles. A few moments later, the capsule’s two solar arrays unfolded and locked in place. “Nothing like a good launch,” said Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX vice president of mission assurance. “It’s just fantastic. We worked very hard yesterday, and the weather wasn’t quite playing along. Today it was beautiful, the weather cleared up in time, the rain dissipated and from what I can tell at first glance, everything was really perfect.”….

    ….The cargo for the current CRS-4 mission includes about a month’s supply of food, clothing, spare parts and a wide variety of experiment hardware and equipment. The gear includes IMAX camera equipment, exercise equipment, a small satellite that will be used for tests of micro thrusters, a nitrogen/oxygen recharge system for the station’s airlock and a sensor that will be mounted on the Columbus module to monitor ocean winds. Also on board: two batteries that are needed for the station’s NASA spacesuits. Two more batteries will be launched aboard the Soyuz. The 20 mice, the first live animals launched by SpaceX, are part of two investigations. One is intended to simply test the animal life support equipment and the other will study how muscle atrophies in weightlessness and the role of a specific protein that may reduce that degradation. The results could help astronauts on long-duration missions as well as elderly or bed-ridden patients on Earth. One payload that has generated widespread interest is an experimental 3D printer provided by Made In Space, a California company working with NASA. Agency project manager Niki Werkheiser said 3D printers could play crucial roles in future missions by allowing crews to print replacement parts and other components…cont”

  14. September 21, 2014 at 11:04 am

    What’s going on here?

  15. 59 Don
    September 21, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I went to see Liam Neeson’s “Walk among the Tombstones” yesterday, meh…..

  16. 61 FoxfireTX
    September 21, 2014 at 11:11 am

    THANK YOU Chips! These photos are fabulous and so heartwarming.

    Bringing this over from the EB thread because it is so important we remember history.

    Good morning Chips and TOD! This was dropped in by Bob last night (TY Bob!) and is a must read for everyone who thinks we have the answer to Syria and should put the US in the center of that Civil War (I’m talking to you Hillary!).



    Hope everyone has a great Sunday, and NO MTP:-)

  17. September 21, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Do you get it?

  18. September 21, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Good morning, TODville.

  19. September 21, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Is he serious?

    • 67 Don
      September 21, 2014 at 11:45 am

      I’ve never had Starbucks or went into a chick-fil-A, but that may soon change because a Starbucks is being built just outside my subdivision.

      • 68 desertflower
        September 21, 2014 at 11:51 am

        One of my son’s jobs is at Starbucks. It’s a great company to work for…full benefits for 20hr/weeks…and they will help pay for most of his college education. Chicken place hates on people that are different than the white. “Christian” owners. Never been there, never will….the chicken place will never see a thin dime of my hard earned $$..Starbucks, on the other hand, gets LOTS of my $$ and I’m happy to do it…and addicted to the Very Berry:)

        • 69 Don
          September 21, 2014 at 11:55 am

          I looked at Starbucks’ menu online yesterday, seems like they have good food. Maybe one day I’ll go there and have a coffee and play on my smartphone like the cool kids do.

      • 79 arapaho415
        September 21, 2014 at 12:34 pm

        I mentioned my avoidance of Starbucks a week or so ago, and DF asked me to reconsider because Starbucks as a company encourages their employees to get a college education, which is quite admirable.

        On the plus side, this means that Starbucks is ensured to have a “forever young” staff as college graduates leave to find another job.

        However, (just me, IMO, no offense to anyone who works for, or has relatives who work for Starbucks), I find their customers are the most self-absorbed, annoying hipsters on earth. The two strip malls I frequent both have stand-alone Starbucks (as well as Starbucks in the grocery stores) and you can tell which cars are headed for the Starbucks — the middle-aged usually jerks in their really fancy BMWs or Audis, the younger ones obnoxious and oblivious to the outside world.

        I do applaud Howard Schultz and his steadfast progressiveness in the face of corporate greed and takers, but I will continue to avoid setting foot in one.

        • 80 desertflower
          September 21, 2014 at 12:44 pm

          Which I suspect was Upchuck’s point…that said, one could flip this on its head and also say the same thing for the chicken place and gays or atheists or whoever else they’re hating on at the time….elitist in their OWN way! I’ll take Starbucks any day.

        • 81 Don
          September 21, 2014 at 12:50 pm

          What do you have against BMW’s? Of all the cars you could have mentioned it had to be a BMW.

          • 82 Don
            September 21, 2014 at 12:51 pm

            I’m a 47 year old X3 driver.

            • 83 arapaho415
              September 21, 2014 at 1:21 pm

              I don’t know what that means (X3).

              I have nothing against Audis and BMWs. They are gorgeous cars.

              And I’ve got a couple of good friends who drive a BMW and Audi (each).

              But I live in an area where my local Nissan dealership closed in favor of a Rolls Royce-Bentley dealership, and many people here have more money than is good for them — hence they are real jerks when it comes to anyone getting between them and their Starbucks fix in the parking lot. They aren’t any more considerate when they leave the Starbucks, either.

              Probably more a reflection of my neighborhood than of Starbucks.

              P.S. Sincerely, no offense to Starbucks regulars, which I’m sure include many in TODville. Just expressing my personal experience, but like I said perhaps may not reflect on Starbucks. However, many MSM tweeters seem to be regular Starbucks customers, so there is that, LOL.

    • 85 Don
      September 21, 2014 at 11:57 am

      Yes the guy needs help and I hope he gets it, but the fact that he was able to jump the fence and open the front door of the whitehouse is beyond me.

  20. 87 dotster3
    September 21, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    • 88 0388jojothecat
      September 21, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      It’s a shame but must of the boomers and pre-boomers I talk to about making the country or planet better for THEIR kids and grandkids don’t seem to care. All they care about is having enough money to retire on or getting their 401Ks back to pre-2008 crash values so THEY can retire. They don’t seem to care about their kids future.

  21. September 21, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Ok folks, Let me explain the enormity of Manchester United losing to Leicester. Leicester was promoted from the next lowest league to the Premier League at the end of last season. So it’s like a minor league baseball team beating the Yankees.

  22. 100 dotster3
    September 21, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    2 killed, including a 16 yr. old, 28 wounded, including a 12 yr. old, in weekend gun violence in Chicago. An ongoing desperate situation in some communities which resemble a war zone most days.

  23. 104 arapaho415
    September 21, 2014 at 12:24 pm

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    September 21, 2014 at 12:25 pm

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  26. 107 4morefor44
    September 21, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    “Chaffetz said he’s not satisfied with the Secret Service’s call for an internal security review, and said he fears the agency’s leadership needs an overhaul.

    “The Secret Service has a serious management problem, and they have to acknowledge it. This is an agency that cannot make a mistake, ever,” he said. “And this was one unarmed person. My concern: what if 12 people had jumped over? Then what? That’s not out of the question.”

    the modern republicans are truly evil incarnate. this guy knows exactly what he’s doing by saying this and acting this way, and will of course do everything he can to reduce the secret service funding even more.

    a few years back when all these secret service “scandals” started being in “the news” so often, i remember being surprised at how much “the news” was going after them since before they were usually left alone for security reasons and people trusted them to do what they do. as this continued to happen more and more, i realized it was all just another effort to push the “incompetent obama” story lines that dominate “the news” and republican talking points, and these latest ones and how “the news” is framing them is just further proof of that.

    a guy crashed a plane into the white house. a guy fired many shots at the white house from a semi-automatic gun. fence jumpers and intruders have been happening since there’s been a white house. whenever i’ve been there i’ve always been amazed at how close they let you get to the white house, and i’d be fine if they set up a bigger perimeter to white house.

    the fact that threats have increased over 1000% since president obama has been in office (and we here know why that is of course), and republicans are doing everything they can to make their jobs more difficult, i’d say the secret service has been doing a great job while in a extremely difficult position. they’ll learn from this latest breach and julia pierson will make the needed adjustments. now can we get back to winning the 2014 midterms?

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  34. 121 Nena20409
    September 21, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Hello TOD on a Sunday Sunny Fantastic Fall-like weather Day.

    Great Post with loads of Pictures. Thank You.
    Congrats to Gold ⭐ winners starting with this post and 3 back.

    The Chuck Todd Twitpic above is so funny. The man looks out of place. Over his head.

  35. 122 Nena20409
    September 21, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Isn’t that the absolute Truth?

  36. 123 Nena20409
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  38. 125 hopefruit2
    September 21, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Is our President supposed to be giving a big Climate Change speech at the UN this week?

  39. 135 Nena20409
    September 21, 2014 at 12:55 pm

  40. 142 Nena20409
    September 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    It’s either a sore loser or someone who lacks the understanding of How Hard Change is……especially 307 yrs worth of change.

    There’s a saying…….It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks……..

    Humans are creatures of habits.

  41. 143 Nena20409
    September 21, 2014 at 1:01 pm

  42. 144 Nena20409
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  43. 145 Nena20409
    September 21, 2014 at 1:06 pm

  44. 146 Nena20409
    September 21, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    If this is true, that is sad.

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