Rise and Shine

On This Day: Senator Obama at a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 2, 2008.


Today (all times Eastern)

11:55: The President attends a fundraiser with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn; Private Residence, Chicago

2:15: Delivers remarks on the economy, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

3:35: Departs Gary, Indiana

5:25: Arrives White House

8:0: Delivers remarks at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 37th Annual Awards Gala, Washington DC


Friday: The President visits Millennium Steel Service LLC in Indiana to mark Manufacturing Day


President Barack Obama has his picture taken with U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Gary, Indiana Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson after stepping off Air Force One at Gary/Chicago International Airport to begin a two-day visit to the Chicago area




On This Day

Sen. Barack Obama holds up a green and white OBAMA jersey that he was presented with during a rally at Michigan State University October 2, 2008 in East Lansing, Michigan


President Obama meets with Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, aboard Air Force One in Copenhagen, Denmark on Oct. 2, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama greets former Olympic athletes, including Jackie Joyner-Kersee and David Robinson, at the Bella Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, Oct. 2, 2009, prior to the Chicago 2016 presentation to the International Olympic Committee (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participate in the question and answer session following the Chicago 2016 presentation to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in support of Chicago as the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, at the Bella Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, Oct. 2, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama views the Hoover Dam, Oct. 2, 2012 (Photo by Scout Tufankjian)


Pete Souza: “The President talks with Ron Klain during debate preparations in Henderson, Nev. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., background, played the role of Gov. Mitt Romney during the prep sessions.” Oct. 2, 2012



116 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. October 2, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Good Morning TOD. Happy 1 day before Friday!!

  2. October 2, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    Loved the pic of POTUS at Hoover Dam. Visiting the Dam was one of highlights of my trip to Vegas. It’s an amazing sight.

  3. October 2, 2014 at 9:29 am

    James Fallows of The Atlantic, is based in Asia, and has been writing about Hong Kong, the protests and the larger meaning of this in China.


    • 24 vcprezofan2
      October 2, 2014 at 10:38 am

      From the article Rikyrah shared above (thanks Rikyrah) …. which I put in a tweet below this excerpt.

      //…………….What is happening in Hong Kong is not about foreign “interference” or meddling in China. But that is exactly how the government in Beijing would love to be able to portray it, and for them comments from an American president would be an absolute godsend.

      Why does this matter? Because I am already anticipating the wave of op-ed columns and grumblings on the weekend talk shows about this latest case of Obama’s “weakness” or “passivity” or reliance on “leading from behind.” Anyone who encourages him to get in the middle of this reveals both ignorance of China and indifference to the consequences there.

      UPDATE: This will teach me to have given up ever reading the WaPo’s official editorials on any international subject. If I’d dared look there today, I would have seen that they’ve already kicked off the “oh that weakling Obama” theme. Though today it’s “gallingly timid.” Over to them:

      “Unfortunately, the Obama administration’s response so far has been gallingly timid. White House and State Department spokesmen have carefully avoided offering explicit support for the demonstrators’ demands for free elections for the city’s leader, rather than a managed choice among nominees approved by Beijing. They have urged the demonstrators to be peaceful, though only the police have resorted to violence.”


  4. 25 hopefruit2
    October 2, 2014 at 9:30 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers everyone, and congrats Japa on #1!

    Love the pics – thanks Chips. 🙂 Isn’t this one of PBO’s favorite blue shirts?

  5. 48 JER
    October 2, 2014 at 9:44 am

  6. 49 hopefruit2
    October 2, 2014 at 9:50 am

    But but but they told me that Obama was bad for business…

    • 50 japa21
      October 2, 2014 at 9:58 am

      Here’s what I find interesting. The GOP says US should be run like a business. Also that US shouldn’t have debt. Yet it is perfectly okay for businesses to have debt.

      • 51 hopefruit2
        October 2, 2014 at 10:00 am

        Also, they have no problems with US debt when a Republican is in charge and they are running up the tab with expensive wars and medicare part D programs that only put $$ in private insurers pockets…

    • October 2, 2014 at 10:03 am

      Case of cake…eat it too?

      Corporations like the profits they are enjoying due to Obama policies, but they don’t want the responsibilities — i.e., paying fair share of taxes; increasing wages/benefits for workers; creating more jobs; etc.

  7. October 2, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Morning Chips and TOD. Love the pictures and the President’s boody. My mom was from Gary, IN.

  8. October 2, 2014 at 9:50 am

  9. 66 vcprezofan2
    October 2, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Thursday Greetings, TODobots/friends/voyeurs, and Bts! 😀

    Oh, and a special ‘Howdy-doo’ to our Queen Bee Prima-Bloggah-Diva, Chipsticks! [Yo, Dudette, see I was thinking of you at the same time! 😉 😉 ]

  10. 71 Dudette
    October 2, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Oooooo… Love that photo at the top! Yowza! 🙂

    • 72 vcprezofan2
      October 2, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Such a cute YOUNG man!

      I’m somewhat ‘amazed’ at how incredibly youthful PBO always looks in those 2008, 2009 photos!

  11. 73 Linda
    October 2, 2014 at 9:56 am

    This story is beyond disgusting.

    The Michigan Republican Party has mailed out a hit piece on John Fisher the Democratic candidate for Michigan’s 61st House district. The mailer asks the recipient to call a phone number to complain about Fisher’s support of the Affordable Care Act. The number they give rings at the bedside of Fisher’s mother, 91-year-old Isabel Marie Kramb, who is in hospice care with congestive heart failure.


  12. 76 desertflower
    October 2, 2014 at 9:59 am

    But Obama is the socialist 🙂


    Alaska gives every resident $1,884 despite declining oil revenue

    • 77 99ts
      October 2, 2014 at 10:20 am

      And the money could do so much more and go much further if it was used for Alaskan services – infrastructure – etc etc

  13. October 2, 2014 at 10:05 am

    • 79 hopefruit2
      October 2, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Danny is such a good boy! 🙂 You can tell he’s scolding whomever he’s looking at in this pic..he’s annoyed at the person for not prioritizing his needs – and he asks so little…and gives so much…but the person is too hard-headed to heed the requests of this adorable, caring, loving pup

  14. 85 hopefruit2
    October 2, 2014 at 10:09 am

    I agree 200%

  15. October 2, 2014 at 10:21 am

  16. 88 Nerdy Wonka
    October 2, 2014 at 10:21 am

  17. 89 Ladyhawke
    October 2, 2014 at 10:23 am



    The President will continue to work with Congress wherever he can to keep our economy moving forward and creating jobs. But in the meantime, he’s also going to do everything he can on his own to fight for middle-class families every single day.

    And he’s been busy. Using his pen and his phone, the President has helped create new manufacturing jobs, expand apprenticeships, and job training, make student loan payments more affordable, support equal pay and workplace flexibility, cut carbon pollution, and rally support across the country while raising the minimum wage for all workers on new federal contracts. And that’s not all.

    Here’s an update on the more than 40 actions he’s taken since January to do just that.

    Read on below for a summary of the major actions the President has taken so far, complete with shareable graphics and tweets to help spread the word.



    NOTE: The document outlining more than 40 actions taken since January should be required reading for all Americans and the media.

  18. 90 hopefruit2
    October 2, 2014 at 10:23 am

  19. October 2, 2014 at 10:29 am

  20. 92 Ladyhawke
    October 2, 2014 at 10:31 am

  21. October 2, 2014 at 10:35 am

    People are OK with boots in the ground?
    Americans are crazy!

  22. 100 hopefruit2
    October 2, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Interesting that yesterday was the 1-yr anniversary of the ACA exchange/website operations, yet there was hardly any mention of it in the MSM. That is strange considering how it from October 2013-Jan 2014, it dominated the airwaves as being THE most important thing of Obama’s Presidency?

  23. 102 57andfemale
    October 2, 2014 at 10:43 am

    A caller to Stephanie Miller this morning: she said she delivered her third child in that hospital in TX, where she got an infection that took 7 months to cure. She says it’s a crappy hospital, known for all kinds of lapses.

    She also made an important connection: she had been a census worker in the exact apartment complex where the ebola patient was staying. These are people who NEED Medicaid expansion desperately. They are often food and service workers, who cannot take off of work if they are ill. not only for economic reasons but because they do not have health care.

    The Democrats should be making this connection: people will be unnecessarily exposed to illness because of the political games of GOP legislatures and governors. If people die from this (or any other disease), we can lay some of the blame on lax regulatory systems and lack of health care, for which there is relief in ACA but refused by soulless GOP.

    Even Fox can’t say Dem’s would be “politicizing” this, since they have done nothing but politicize it.

    Get out there, Dem’s and make a clear case for why Democrats are better than GOP.

    • October 2, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      One of the Castro twins made a remark on twitter and some rwnj said he was making this a political issue when he was only saying that if there was expansion of Medicaid people could get access to doctors instead of busy emergency rooms who do not do follow up. This is a state whose Governor wanted to leave the union and almost every month he has to go hat in hand for Federal help. I can’t believe any business would want to leave and go there.

      • 104 57andfemale
        October 2, 2014 at 12:24 pm

        It is well past time for Dem’s to stop taking this b.s. bait and giving it more power than it deserves. “Oh, no! I must respond to the GOP meme.” How about IGNORING their memes, stay on message, communicate ad nauseum what is WRONG with the GOP.

        Are you using something for political advantage? So what?!?! It IS a political problem and the failure of the GOP to take care of its citizens. Isn’t that the POINT?!

        Time to turn the effing tables. They ignore us and continue to spread hate, lies and fear. Push forward, don’t “answer” them but plow forward with the truth.

        If ebola or any other health crisis is bigger than it should be that is the FAILURE of GOP policies and their ability to fill American heads with nonsense.

        We can’t do it all on twitter. We need every Dem out there pointing at lax regulations of hospitals, and the fact that more people will get sick and die because GOP has poisoned the ACA well and is refusing to insure their constituents.

      • 107 57andfemale
        October 2, 2014 at 12:25 pm

        The businesses are now all run by sociopaths. Yes, if it puts more dollars in their pockets at the expense of a living wage or health care for their employees, they are fine with it.

      • 108 57andfemale
        October 2, 2014 at 12:28 pm

        But the GOP can politicize like crazy:

  24. 109 mophene
    October 2, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Some of these polls are so full of Sh*t. it not even funny. The other night I took an automated poll and things were going swimmingly until I pressed the number four for leans Liberal. All of sudden I hear a click and the line went dead. The poll I took a couple of nights before that (I have a land-line, and they like polling us old folks) very enthusiastic meant that you thought that this election was a matter of life or death, and not very enthusiastic meant your vote will not make difference at all. I have never taken a poll with questions phrased in such a way as that. On the local news morning they only showed the polls where the GOP is head. They must not be able to get the numbers that they want for the senate race (glaring omission) because they left out that race. Folks, the entire Michigan media is in the tank for the GOP and they are making a concerted effort to depress the Dem vote. The mask is slipping and they don’t even care anymore.

  25. 110 anniebella
    October 2, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I’m not from Illinois, if I were I would vote for Gov. Quinn like FLOTUS said.

  26. 111 hopefruit2
    October 2, 2014 at 11:00 am

    This is what this man is getting paid 6-figures to do….

  27. October 2, 2014 at 11:00 am

    If you believe that’s really lava and not the gates of hell then…

  28. 114 CEB
    October 2, 2014 at 11:22 am

    GM, TOD ohana. After almost 2 weeks of rain and grey skies, the sun has finally come out; what a beautiful morning.
    There are so many world-changing events going on here and abroad (some positive; some tragic) that sometimes it is hard to know what exactly to do, to think, or to feel. However, one very good thing is that people’s eyes are opening up to really see the systemic and institutional evils that have had great personal, economic, and social negative effects. For far too long we have been like the those mentioned in Niemoller’s famous lecture:

    First the came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out-
    Because I am not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-
    Because I am not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-
    Because I am not a Jew.

    Then they came for me- and there was no one
    left to speak for me.

    And as Dr. King said: “Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.” World-wide people are beginning to realize that we are connected, we are truly a global community, and that we are in this together. Progress is messy, and democracy is not easy, but it is our best road forward.

  29. 115 Linda
    October 2, 2014 at 11:23 am

    CNN just blamed the intake nurse at the hospital not getting the information that Duncan came here from Liberia when it has already been reported by Duncan that she did ask him and he told her.

    It appears that the next people that treated him did not bother to read the report.

    The incompetence in the media makes things worse.

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