Rise and Shine

President Obama at a campaign event at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, October, 2012


Today (all times Eastern)

12:30: Josh Earnest briefs the press

2:20: The President participates in a conference call with state and local officials to discuss the Administration’s domestic preparedness response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

3:0: The President meets with Military Senior Leadership, The Pentagon. Afterward, the President will hold a meeting with his national security team to receive an update on the campaign to combat ISIL.




The Week Ahead

Thursday: The President will travel to Los Angeles to attend a DNC event. He will spend the night in LA.

Friday: The President will travel to San Francisco to attend a DNC event, and will spend the night there.

Saturday: While in San Francisco, the President will attend a DNC roundtable. Following these events, he will return to Washington, D.C., in the afternoon.


Still Laughing



 On This Day

 Pete Souza: “The President jockeys for a rebound with Congressmen during a basketball game at the White House. I think opponents are always surprised at how tough and competitive he can be.” Oct. 8, 2009


President Obama does last-minute edits on his remarks at the desk of Personal Secretary Katie Johnson in the Outer Oval Office, Oct. 8, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama views a portrait of César Chávez before the César E. Chávez National Monument dedication ceremony in Keene, Calif., Oct. 8, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama at a campaign event at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, October, 2012



118 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    October 8, 2014 at 9:37 am

    FURST. HA.

  2. 22 amk for obama
    October 8, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Nacy’s was the best. Fabulous ass kicking.

  3. 34 amk for obama
    October 8, 2014 at 9:42 am

  4. 35 desertflower
    October 8, 2014 at 9:42 am


  5. October 8, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Gooood Morning….Ms Chipsssss..NW….and the village know as TOD…

  6. 39 amk for obama
    October 8, 2014 at 9:59 am

  7. 42 japa21
    October 8, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Four weeks from today we will all be here doing an election post-mortem and analyzing the results. We may be ecstatic, mildly happy, disappointed or devastated. Personally, I will reject the last one. To be devastated is to give up, and I won’t do that. That would be a betrayal of our President. I will do everything possible to support him as he has to deal with even more opposition than he has had to date.
    But, obviously, I am hoping for results that will not result in even the temptation to feel devastated. And achieving those results means not expecting others to carry the burden. I wrote a while ago about how I always used to feel that as long as I cast my vote I had done my duty. 2010 woke me up a little when Joe Walsh won my Congressional district. At the time, I initially blamed the incumbent Congresswoman for being complacent and not recognizing that she needed to do more campaigning. And I blamed lazy Dems for not getting out to vote.
    Since then, I realize I was also complicit in that defeat. I sat around, comfortable in my knowledge that no one would vote for idiot Walsh. I didn’t contribute time or money. I didn’t try to even get a sense of whether or not Walsh had a chance. I was as complacent and lazy as all those others I was complaining about.
    Not taking time to vote is not the only way to be lazy. Finding the time to vote but doing nothing else is also lazy. I swore I would never be that kind of lazy again. In 2012 I did a little bit more, although I was still under the illusion that, since I knew Duckworth would win easily and that PBO would take the state easily, I didn’t have to do a lot. I contributed, did a little phone banking and convinced myself I was a super person.
    That brings me to 2014. We all can do something to make a difference. Some can do a little, some can do a lot. I still live in a blue state and I know Duckworth will win easily. But the governor’s race is tight and if Rauner wins, he will make Scott Walker look like a Boy Scout. And my state representative is in a battle with a lot of Koch money going to defeat him. So I will donate, I will do some canvassing. On election day, I am taking the day off work to volunteer to drive people to the polls.
    On our local progressive radio station there is a guy who runs a mortgage service. He makes it obvious that he is an unabashed progressive and that it is important that the GOP loses. He finishes all his commercials with the phrase “What are you prepared to do?” That is a question we should keep asking ourselves right up to and through November 4.

  8. 53 amk for obama
    October 8, 2014 at 10:02 am

    A “private” dinner between tech firms and government officials from across the EU is to take place on Wednesday.

    The purpose of the meeting is to discuss ways to tackle online extremism, including better cooperation between the EU and key sites.

    Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Facebook will all be attending in Luxembourg.

    Governments are becoming increasingly concerned over how social media is being used as a recruitment tool by radical Islamist groups.

    Further details about the meeting could be shared by the EU later on Wednesday ahead of the dinner taking place.


  9. October 8, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Morning Chips. Love the pics of or President. He is so, so handsome.

  10. October 8, 2014 at 10:15 am

    “Although, one may be forgiven for asking – given the job description of the President as the executive, meaning that he is to enforce the laws of the land – just what is wrong with a president that looks at his job with the logic of a law professor. One may also note that the logic of a law professor has lead this country to: making health care a social responsibility for the first time, the nation’s first-of-its-kind independent federal agency dedicated to consumer financial protection, the longest stretch of private sector job creation in history, and most recently, a 5.9% unemployment rate after a Great Recession high of near 10%.”

  11. 60 arapaho415
    October 8, 2014 at 10:17 am

    GM TODville.

    Looks like I’m too late to catch 99ts, so I have no idea how this story is playing in Australia:

    From the article:
    “The sale left Mr Leung with a secretive financial windfall – including an additional guarantee that UGL would pay to him an outstanding £1.5 million bonus owed by the insolvent firm – but left DTZ’s other shareholders and unsecured creditors with nothing, wiping out investments and debts worth tens of millions of dollars.”

    Note: The contract is dated prior to his ‘election’ as Hong Kong Chief Executive, but payment of millions of pounds were made to Leung after he assumed the office of Hong Kong Chief Executive.

  12. 61 arapaho415
    October 8, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Of course, ignored by US MSM, news on the US’ “Asian Pivot:”

  13. 63 Judith Fardig
    October 8, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Today is Joe Biden day in Portland. Did I mention that my friend Kathy and I get to speak at his event with our Senator, Jeff Merkley, to fire up and recruit grassroots workers like us? So excited, I hardy slept.

    • October 8, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Judith, that’s fantastic!!! We want photos, video, everything!! Hope it all goes great!

      • 65 Judith Fardig
        October 8, 2014 at 10:53 am

        Will do the best I can and tell Joe he has ardent supporters at TOD if I get the chance. Have to study my speech till it’s second nature and remember to smile. 🙂 Love you all – you give me courage and optimism!

    • 67 57andfemale
      October 8, 2014 at 10:32 am

      What an honor! Congratulations. Keep us posted. Can’t wait to hear the details.

    • 68 desertflower
      October 8, 2014 at 10:41 am

      {{{Judith!!!!!}}} You’ll do an awesome job! Please tell Joe hello, thank you and that we love him to pieces:)

    • 69 arapaho415
      October 8, 2014 at 10:50 am

      See last night’s thread where Judith announces that Mr. Judith will be one of @VP Biden’s drivers, and is no doubt donning his tie as we speak.

      So excited for everyone involved in meeting with My Man Joe.

    • 70 whatisworking
      October 8, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      So happy for you. You have worked very hard and deserve this honor. Fill us in on all the juicy details after you recover from the excitement.

  14. 71 Linda
    October 8, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I tend to believe that Jimmy Carter is a brilliant person, but, he is also very petty.

    I recently saw an interview where he said that President Obama is the ONLY President that has not called him for advise since he left office. Maybe that is why he gets his panties in a bunch when talking about this President.

    • 72 japa21
      October 8, 2014 at 10:31 am

      I do want to say, in Carter’s defense, that the article made him sound more antagonistic to the President than he probably felt. He mentioned underestimating ISIS. Well, PBO has said that himself. He says the current policy could work but only if the airstrikes are coordinated with ground action. Exactly what the President has said.

      He states that the Middle East policy has been shifting. No argument. It has, which, practically, is a good thing as it reflects what is currently happening.

      He has criticized the President in the past, but I don’t think PBO objects to that. He had issues with the drone strikes, which a lot of strong PBO supporters also have.

      My objection really is more to how his views were presented by the article. The attempt to make it look as bad as possible for PBO is apparent.

      Look, I believe in our President. Do I agree with every decision he has made? No. I am not even sure he does, in retrospect. Unlike his predecessor, PBO is willing to admit to mistakes. He already has in regard to ISIS.

      I have a lot of respect for Carter, specially in his post Presidency life. And I think his Presidency has been wrongly criticized on a lot of points. I do think the office of Presidency was a little more than he could handle, but there is little doubt he is an intelligent and patriotic American.

    • October 8, 2014 at 10:32 am

      Wow. Just my opinion, but if PBO didn’t call him, I can’t really Imagine any of the others — except *MAYBE* Clinton — calling him either.

      • 74 arapaho415
        October 8, 2014 at 10:56 am

        Agree, swbluega.

        “Slick Willy” Clinton no doubt wanted to keep his Presidency as far from Carter’s as possible. Although they both have that Southern Roots in humble circumstances background going for them.

        Thanks Japa21. I hate to see fellow Dems bashed, especially a former President with an enormous heart who continues to be labeled by the MSM/Koch as “the worst President since FDR.”

        It’s become all-too-apparent that MSM headline writers will twist any political story to make President Obama look as bad as possible. Disgusting and shameful.

        • October 8, 2014 at 11:09 am

          True, arapaho415. I’m sure there’s some missing context in this story that will it not so unfavorable to PBO, and will make a little more sense to most of us.

  15. 76 amk for obama
    October 8, 2014 at 10:27 am

    peace offering to 99ts.

    Canberra ranked ‘best place to live’


    (psst, toddys, canberra is in down under right?)

  16. 77 JER
    October 8, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

    President Obama exiting the Oval Office yesterday.


  17. October 8, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Good Morning!

    Paul Krugman wrote a cover story for Rolling Stone. It’s titled ‘In Defense of Obama’



  18. October 8, 2014 at 10:41 am

  19. 92 arapaho415
    October 8, 2014 at 10:47 am

    More on the US’ Asian Pivot.

    From the article:
    “The latest amnesty announced Tuesday by the Ministry of Information in Yangon comes as the country’s reformist government prepares for next month’s meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders in Myanmar.”

    President Obama will be in Burma to attend this meeting next month.

    Another whirlwind tour of more-countries-than-there-are-days (the folks in “If it’s Tuesday, This Must be Belgium” movie didn’t realize that a travel schedule could be more frenzied, LOL).

    From the article:
    “President Barack Obama will visit China, Myanmar and Australia to attend key regional meetings and promoting the US’s trade and investment and economic growth sectors. In Beijing Obama will attend the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Summit on November 10 and 11.”

  20. October 8, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Please tell facebook to drop kick this group. Report to facebook to shut this DOWN https://www.facebook.com/groups/382485045227314/?ref=br_tf Hey, I found content in this group offensive. Please remove all content that may potentially be harmful. Robert Christopher Laity Davy, You are right. 18USC, Sec.871 (a) applies only to threats against the President. Threats against an individual who is NOT actually the President do not fall under this provision of Law. Obama is a usurper and fraud. He has usurped the Presidency, by fraud, during time of war. That makes Obama a spy. He stands accused of Treason as well. If he is convicted he faces the DEATH penalty. If convicted, he should be hung by the neck until dead or shot to death by military firing squad. October 2 at 5:50am · Like · 1 Robert Christopher Laity Diane, Obama is a usurper and a spy. He has never BEEN “President”. There is NO “President” Obama: http://www.thepostemail.com/…/there-is-no-president-Obama/

    • 94 Judith Fardig
      October 8, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      How exactly do I make that request on my Facebook page since no way in hell am I friends with them?

  21. October 8, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Yeah, THIS

  22. 101 57andfemale
    October 8, 2014 at 11:02 am

  23. October 8, 2014 at 11:05 am

    “We are in awe of what the students have been able to pull off in a matter of 12 hours or less. They put together a city-wide student strike. They’re standing up, saying, ‘This is what we, as students, parents and teachers need in order to make our schools as effective as possible.’”

  24. 104 vcprezofan2
    October 8, 2014 at 11:07 am

    (FURST. HA.)² #sothereunowho2!

    Good Morning all you wonderful risers and shiners! A very ‘Good Morning’ too to all others! Trying to get my second day of pampering off the ground, but it *is* a tad heavy. 😀

  25. October 8, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Oh, no. The Dallas ebola patient has died.

  26. 109 vcprezofan2
    October 8, 2014 at 11:22 am

    So Thomas Duncan died from ebola in Texas. May he RIP.

  27. October 8, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Additional good news before the election.

  28. 114 Nena20409
    October 8, 2014 at 11:23 am

    RIP Mr Duncan.

    TX and uninsured did this. Greed.

  29. 115 jziglar
    October 8, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I remember reading a comment on Daily Banter when someone said Obama is the “but what about this” President. He will never get credit from the majority of Americans because the media is in the back pocket of the GOP, and the majority will never give credit to a minority especially a black man.

  30. 116 Nena20409
    October 8, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Sorry to have started on a Bad News and bad story.

    Hello TOD. Wednesday in my area is Sunny, Crisp and Cool….oops…Cold.
    Congrats Amk, 2 Au Entrances ⭐ ⭐
    R&S, I love it.

    {{{{ G ❤ B}}}}

  31. 118 HZ
    October 8, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    A lovely Wed., to my Chips and TOD family.
    Gobrookly, lots of loving healing hugs to you. (((((((Love you, Gobrooklyn)))))))HZ

    Judith, thanks for your work and you will do just fine in your speech. Give our wonderful VP lots of love from TOD.

    May this day be another one for each of us to do what we can for the upcoming election. Been working hard on one campaign and two locals. Tired, but worth it all. Got a niece and a great niece committed to a race in one state that is so important to all of us. Wish me well, please.
    Love you all so dearly.HZ

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