Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wait to welcome South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and Lee’s wife Kim Yoon-ok on the North Portico of the White House, October 13, 2011



The President has no public events scheduled


The Week Ahead

Tuesday: The President will attend a DCCC event in the Washington, D.C., area.

Wednesday: The President will travel to Union, New Jersey, to attend a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee event.

In the evening, he will travel to Bridgeport, Connecticut, for a campaign rally with Connecticut Democrats, featuring Governor Dan Malloy.

Thursday: The President will travel to Rhode Island to deliver remarks on the economy.

Afterward, he will travel to Long Island, New York, to attend a DNC event.

Friday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.



On This Day

Singer Thalía dances with President Barack Obama during the “In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina” concert, celebrating Hispanic musical heritage, on the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 13, 2009 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)


Pete Souza: “After a day filled with meetings, the President headed to the White House Basketball Court to shoot a few baskets with his personal aide Reggie Love. Before heading back to the Oval, he flipped the ball towards the rim just where the afternoon light was falling.” Oct. 13, 2010


First Lady Michelle Obama and South Korean first lady Kim Yoon-ok attend an arrival ceremony for South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on the South Lawn of the White House, October 13, 2011

President Obama and President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea participate in the State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 13, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)



100 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Allison
    October 13, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Awesome couple!! Love them!!

  2. 6 vcprezofan2
    October 13, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Did I?

  3. 18 desertflower
    October 13, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Another great piece from Jim Wright. Share it widely…


  4. October 13, 2014 at 10:14 am

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  6. October 13, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD. Congrats on first Allison. If this post goes through, it wil be my fourth attempt of the day. Since IOS8 either I can’t get in at all or I freeze up and can’t finish posting. Hope you all have a super Monday. JO’B, hope you had a super birthday and are still celebrating. You are a treasure.

  7. October 13, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Here is the video about Christopher Columbus John Oliver’s “How is This Still a Thing” segment:

  8. 35 arapaho415
    October 13, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Good morning TODville.

    Congrats to twins Allison and VC.

    Not to be a Debbie Downer, but ugh:

    Article is behind a paywall, but you can view the article by Googling the headline: “Judges Step Up Electioneering as Outside Money Pours Into Races.”

    “Trend Fueled by Citizens United Is Eroding Traditions Under Which Judges Could Avoid Ethically Tricky Process of Stumping for Votes.”

    Another reason this election is so important to anyone who does not want to continue our current GOP-driven plutocracy.

    • 36 jacquelineoboomer
      October 13, 2014 at 10:35 am

      Ugh is right. We simply MUST take back the reins of government – local, state, federal. Mornin’, arapaho!

  9. 37 jacquelineoboomer
    October 13, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to all our friends here who are celebrating!

    And, in particular, to my Best Canadian Friend Forever And Always, CanadaBarb! I am thankful to have YOU in my life, dear friend.

  10. 38 yardarm756
    October 13, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Good morning everyone……..On this date in…..


    1992 Record around-the-world flight by a commercial aircraft An Air France Concorde makes the flight in 33 hours, 1 minute.

    1992 Domestic partnership California passes an ordinance giving legal recognition to unmarried couples, including those of the same sex.

    1988 Shroud of Turin Once believed to be Christ’s burial cloth, it is announced that carbon dating had determined it to be a fake created no earlier than the 13th century.

    1976 A 3,300-year-old mummy is identified as King Tut’s grandmother, Queen Tiy (1397-1360 BC).

    1974 Longest NFL punt return Dennis Morgan of the Dallas Cowboys ties the record with a 98-yard return against the St. Louis Cardinals. He was the third person to do so.

    1972 Worst commercial air disaster in history A Soviet jet crashes in Moscow killing all 176 persons aboard.

    1972 Rugby Team Eats Their Dead A flight containing members of the Uruguayan Old Christians Rugby team crashes in the Andes. They would have to resort to cannibalism to survive the 70 days until their rescue. Their plight is is the basis for the film Alive.

    1967 First official game of the American Basketball Association (ABA): The Oakland Oaks defeat the Anaheim Amigos (134-129).

    1947 Kukla, Fran and Ollie debuts locally on Chicago’s WBKB-TV. Fran Allison and the Kuklapolitan Players were picked up by NBC the following year.

    1943 World War II Italy declares war on Germany.

    1903 First World Series Boston of the American League defeats Pittsburgh of the National League five games to three.

    1860 First aerial photograph of the U.S James Wallace Black takes a photograph of Boston from a balloon tethered 1,200 feet above the city.

    1843 B’nai B’rith (Sons of the Covenant): The first Jewish fraternal society in the U.S. is formed by Henry Jones and 11 other Jewish men in New York City.

    1812 War of 1812 – Battle of Queenstown Heights 1,000 U.S. troops are injured or killed just north of Niagara Falls in battle against the British.

    1807 Sodium discovered English scientist Humphry Davy obtains atomic element 11 by electrolyzing caustic soda.

    1792 White House The Cornerstone is laid by Pres. George Washington. He is the only president to never have lived there.

    1775 U.S. Navy Congress establishes the service by authorizing the construction of two warships and appointing a Marine Committee in response to the news that the British fleet was coming.


    1969 Nancy Kerrigan American figure skater. She won bronze in the 1992 Olympics and was the U.S. Champion (1993). Shortly before the 1994 Olympics, she was attacked by a man with a club. The attack was planned by rival Tonya Harding’s ex-husband. Kerrigan went on to win silver.

    1967 Javier Sotomayor Cuban high jumper, first to break the 8-foot barrier (1989).

    1959 Marie Osmond American singer with the Osmonds and brother Donny. Music: Paper Roses (1973, #1) and Meet Me In Montana (1985, #1).

    1947 Sammy Hagar American singer. Music: Bad Motor Scooter (1973) and I Can’t Drive 55 (1984). In 1986, he replaced David Lee Roth in Van Halen.

    1946 Demond Wilson American actor. TV: Sanford and Son (Lamont – son).

    1941 Paul Simon American singer, formerly teamed with Art Garfunkel. Music: 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (1975, #1).

    1926 Ray Brown d. 2002 American Grammy-winning jazz string bassist, performed with Dizzy Gillespie in the late ’40s.

    1926 Lenny Bruce d. 1966 (Leonard A. Schneider), American “blue” comedian, author of How to Talk Dirty and Influence People: An Autobiography (1965). He was deported from Britain in 1963, arrested for obscenity on several occasions, and banned from Australia after his first performance there.

    1925 Margaret Hilda Roberts Thatcher Prime Minister of Great Britain (1979-90). She was Great Britain’s first woman prime minister.

    1924 Nipsey Russell American comic actor.

    1921 Yves Montand (Ivo Livi), Italian-born French singer, actor. Film: The Wages of Fear (1953) and Let’s Make Love (1960).

    1918 Robert Walker d. 1951 American actor. Film: Bataan (1943), The Clock (1945), and played the psychopathic killer in Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train (1951).

    1917 Laraine Day (Laraine Johnson), American actress, Nurse Mary of Lamont of Dr. Kildare. After her marriage to baseball manager Leo Durocher, she took an interest in the sport and became known as “The First Lady of Baseball.”

    1917 Burr Tillstrom d. 1985 American Emmy-winning puppeteer. TV: Kukla, Fran, and Ollie (creator and operator of the puppets).

    1915 Cornel Wilde d. 1989 (Cornelius Wilde), American actor. Film: A Song to Remember (1945, Chopin). He quit the 1936 U.S. Olympic fencing team to pursue his acting career.

    1821 Rudolf Virchow d. 1902 German scientist, political leader, “Founder of Cellular Pathology.”

    1754 Molly Pitcher d. 1832 (Mary Hays McCauley), American Revolutionary War heroine. She risked her life to carry water to the troops during the Battle of Monmouth (June 1778) and operated her husband’s cannon after he was wounded. For her bravery, Gen. Washington made her a noncommissioned officer.


    2009 Al Martino b. 1927 (Alfred Cini), American singer, actor. Music: Here in My Heart (1952, #1 U.S. and was also #1 on the first U.K. Singles Chart), Spanish Eyes (1965), and Volare (1975). Film: The Godfather (1972, singer Johnny Fontane, on whose behalf the Godfather makes someone an offer they can’t refuse). He was also wounded at the WWII Battle of Iwo Jima where he witnessed the famous flag raising.

    1990 Douglas Edwards b. 1917 American broadcaster. He was the first American network news TV anchorman (1948 CBS).

    1977 Jackie Condon b. 1918 (John Condon), American child actor, one of the original Little Rascals. He appeared in 78 Our Gang films.

    1974 Ed Sullivan b. 1901 American Broadway columnist, TV personality, host of a “Really big shew” for 23 years.

    1968 Bea Benaderet b. 1906 American actress, voice of Betty Ruble on The Flintstones, Blanche Morton of The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, and Shady Rest Hotel owner Kate Bradley of Petticoat Junction.

    1945 Milton Snavely Hershey b. 1857 American candy-maker, invented the Hershey bar (1894).

    1938 Elzie Crisler Segar b. 1894 American cartoonist, creator of Popeye the Sailor (1919). He also coined the words “jeep” and “goon.”

    1924 Anatole France b. 1844 (Jacques Anatole Thibault), French Nobel-winning author, Penguin Island (1908), The Gods Are Athirst (1912), and Revolt of the Angels (1913).

    1825 Maximilian I b. 1756 King of Bavaria (1806-25).

    1795 William Prescott b. 1726 American soldier. At the Battle of Bunker Hill (1775), he proclaimed, “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes.”

  11. 43 globalcitizenlinda
    October 13, 2014 at 10:35 am

  12. October 13, 2014 at 10:35 am

  13. October 13, 2014 at 10:37 am

  14. 49 globalcitizenlinda
    October 13, 2014 at 10:40 am

    good morning everyone!

  15. 51 globalcitizenlinda
    October 13, 2014 at 10:42 am

  16. 52 jacquelineoboomer
    October 13, 2014 at 10:53 am

  17. 53 globalcitizenlinda
    October 13, 2014 at 10:56 am

    we knew the head of what Don usually refers to here as the “Soul Patrol” aka “Poverty Pimps” was going to Saint Louis to cause trouble and attack PBO in some way.

    However, I doubt that many of us expected him to directly undermine the basic way the people of the Ferguson & STL community can help themselves, through the vote.

    I have no way to verify the information in this tweet but I am speechless if the claims are true – hate is a very corrosive thing to one’s soul:

  18. 60 amk for obama
    October 13, 2014 at 10:57 am


  19. October 13, 2014 at 11:11 am

  20. 80 donna dem 4 obama
    October 13, 2014 at 11:14 am

  21. 81 donna dem 4 obama
    October 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

  22. 82 amk for obama
    October 13, 2014 at 11:26 am

    howdy, neighcur.

  23. 83 amk for obama
    October 13, 2014 at 11:30 am

  24. 85 amk for obama
    October 13, 2014 at 11:33 am

  25. 86 amk for obama
    October 13, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Nurses and medical assistants fighting the Ebola outbreak in Liberia largely ignore a call to strike over danger money and conditions.


  26. 87 globalcitizenlinda
    October 13, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I guess a group has “gone there” and is has produced an ad linking gop’s obsession with spending cuts to lack of research funding for infectious disease such as Ebola;

    Talking Points Memo (TPM) is link to the ad under the topic : Brutal New Ad Blames GOP Spending Cuts For Ebola Deaths (VIDEO)

    Caution: some images in the video are not easy to watch.


    wonder if the media is going to make a fuss about this “going too far” and may be refuse to air it

    from TPM
    BySahil KapurPublishedOctober 13, 2014, 10:39 AM EDT

    A new TV ad blames prominent Republicans for Ebola deaths, attacking them for championing spending cuts that have gone after emergency public health funding for containing disease outbreaks.

    The one minute ad, called “Republican Cuts Kill,” splices grueling images of body bags and workers in hazmat suits with footage of top Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) and House Speaker John Boehner (OH) calling for spending cuts. It also features 2014 Republican Senate candidates Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Pat Roberts of Kansas.

    The spot was produced by the Agenda Project Action Fund, the same progressive group that has made controversial anti-Republican ads such as “Granny Off the Cliff.” The group’s spokeswoman, Erica Payne, said Monday the ad would air in Kentucky, North Carolina, South Dakota and Kansas — all of which feature competitive Senate races that could swing the majority.

    for the complete story:


  27. 88 donna dem 4 obama
    October 13, 2014 at 11:46 am

  28. 89 amk for obama
    October 13, 2014 at 11:46 am

    don’t show danny this.

  29. October 13, 2014 at 11:55 am

  30. 94 Vicki
    October 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Two re-naming items that would move us toward that more perfect union that POTUS talks about:
    The Washington team becomes “The Electeds” or something a lot better
    And in October we honor Italian American Day.

  31. 95 amk for obama
    October 13, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Fifa’s chief independent ethics investigator has called for a “change of culture” at the organisation.

    In a thinly-veiled attack on president Sepp Blatter’s leadership, Michael Garcia reiterated the need for “greater transparency”.

    “The investigation and adjudication process operates in most parts unseen and unheard,” continued Garcia.

    He added that the organisation needs a “leadership that sends a message that the rules apply to everyone”.


    rrright, sepp will get on to it right away.

  32. 96 amk for obama
    October 13, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    gunnite toddys.

  33. 97 vcprezofan2
    October 13, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Latest Ludwig pol ad – I don’t like this one as much as the previous ones, but you might.

  34. 98 donna dem 4 obama
    October 13, 2014 at 12:19 pm

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