Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama walks to his desk in-between meetings in the Oval Office, Oct. 20, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)



5:0 CT: The President delivers remarks at a DNC fundraiser, private residence, Chicago

6:30 CT: Departs Chicago

9:25 ET: Arrives White House



A woman reacts after getting a kiss from President Obama at a rally to support Governor Pat Quinn in his re-election campaign in Chicago, October 19



President Obama arrives to speak at a campaign rally for Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown at a High School in Upper Marlboro








On This Day

Sen. Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton attend a campaign rally together at Amway Arena October 20, 2008 in Orlando, Florida



President Obama delivers remarks at a fundraiser for Bill Owens, the Democratic candidate running for New York’s 23rd Congressional District, at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in New York, N.Y., Oct. 20, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)



134 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 11 amk for obama
    October 20, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Not Breaking.


  2. 14 amk for obama
    October 20, 2014 at 9:41 am

    • October 20, 2014 at 9:50 am

      To be somewhat serious about this for a moment, the thing that galls me about our media fail is that a functioning free press is an essential part of a functioning democracy. The media are so bad that they are alienating those of us who would ally with and defend journalists. It should be a respected profession and unfortunately many of us are writing them off thanks to people like Todd, Tapper, Karl, etc.

      • 16 amk for obama
        October 20, 2014 at 9:54 am

        Once the money became the prime factor, the rot set in.

        I remember in 1984/85, Dan Rather didn’t take his evening news slot because cbs jettisoned his news hour for some silly sports event.

  3. 19 vcprezofan2
    October 20, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Ooops! Here I am, not too, too tardy! 🙂 Congrats Momsense! Very sensible of you to step right up, ahead of unowho1 & 2!

  4. October 20, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Chicago Folks….Suburban Cook County…..Illinois Folks…


    Now, if you missed the deadline for registering to vote, you can go GRACE PERIOD VOTING- which mean you register to vote and vote at the same time. Grace Period is now possible THRU ELECTION DAY!

    Here are the Hours for Voting from now until Election Day:

    • Mon., Oct. 20 through Sat., Oct. 25: 9 am-5 pm
    • Sun., Oct. 26: 10 am-4 pm
    • Mon., Oct. 27 through Fri., Oct. 31: 9 am-7 pm
    • Sat., Nov. 1: 9 am-5 pm
    • Sun., Nov. 2: 10 am-4 pm
    • Mon., Nov. 3: 9 am-5 pm
    • Election Day, Tues., Nov. 4: 6 am-7 pm

    City of Chicago Folks, here’s your information:

    ALL 51 City of Chicago Early Voting Sites are now open for Grace Period Voting.


    Suburban Cook County, here’s your information:

    ALL Suburban Cook County Early Voting Sites are now open for Grace Period Voting.


    Now, remember, when you go to Early Vote or Grace Period Voter,you will need ID. Grace Period voters need two pieces of ID. Here is the list of acceptable ID.

    Neither needs to be a photo ID, but one must include your current address. Acceptable forms of ID include:

    Illinois driver’s license
    Illinois state ID
    Employee or student ID
    Credit card
    Social security card
    Birth certificate
    Utility bill in applicant’s name
    Mail postmarked to the applicant
    Valid U.S. passport
    Public aid ID card
    Lease or rental contract

    Here is the WILL COUNTY information.

    Here is the DUPAGE COUNTY information.

    If you have kids or family that might need Mail (Absentee) Ballots, and the person has an Illinois Drivers License/State ID, you can order a mail ballot ONLINE.





    The big election in Illinois is for Governor. You don’t have to like Governor Pat Quinn, but just remember this, almost 700 thousand in Illinois have been helped because of the full implementation of Obamacare in this state. Of that, over 460,000 were helped because of the Medicaid Expansion. Rauner has already said that he would NOT have done that..because THAT is who he is. So, think on THAT. If Rauner had been Governor, nearly a HALF MILLION PEOPLE in this state – the WORKING POOR – would be without access to BASIC healthcare. Rauner also doesn’t believe in the minimum wage. Just thought you should know.

    • October 20, 2014 at 9:49 am

      Excellent, thank you rikyrah!

    • October 20, 2014 at 10:04 am

      Thank you very much!

      • 39 57andfemale
        October 20, 2014 at 11:09 am

        The vast majority of early voting sites are closed on Sundays. And no nights. The five regional voting centers are open to 7:00 and on Sundays.

        And this is in a “good” state.

    • 40 99ts
      October 20, 2014 at 10:05 am

      That reads so complicated to me rikyrah – in my world (until the current RW govt changes it) – you roll up to vote on election day & give your name & address. Both major parties fill the letterbox with instructions on getting a postal vote if you are unable to vote on election day. The End.

      I’m beginning to understand why folks don’t vote.

      • 41 amk for obama
        October 20, 2014 at 10:11 am

        In my part of the desert, voter id is a must. But it is given for free to all.

        • 42 99ts
          October 20, 2014 at 10:58 am

          I spent the latter part of my childhood in a small Oz town with a large Indian population (from your desert perhaps). I don’t fully understand the naming process but as in English on the election rolls most had the same surname. In those times anyone who was a “British Subject” could vote – no citizenship required. My dad used to work as a poll clerk. As voting was compulsory, they all pointed to their name in the book & he marked them off. If someone’s name was incorrectly marked it seemed they simply voted as someone else. At the end of the day – according to my dad – it all balanced out.

          I think the GOP is fixated on “voter fraud” because they are most likely to do same. Hasn’t ever bothered anyone until recently.

          • 43 amk for obama
            October 20, 2014 at 11:24 am

            we have weird naming processes that varies form state to state. You don’t wanna know about it.

            • 44 99ts
              October 20, 2014 at 11:30 am

              Given there are more than 1 billion people involved, just as well it varies by state & they don’t all have the same surname! Then again, wonder how many folks in the world have the surname Smith?

      • October 20, 2014 at 10:32 am


        I intend to just ride the elevator down to go vote today. I have a DL, so I will vote Early. If I waited to election day, all I’d have to do is walk into my polling place. You don’t have to show ID on election day.

        • 46 99ts
          October 20, 2014 at 10:51 am

          Thanks rikyrah – that’s slightly weird to me – different rules for different days – but good to hear it is walk/in/out on election day.

    • 47 57andfemale
      October 20, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Oh my God! Thank you so much. I commented earlier that we’ve received no mailing or flyer about early voting – and I’m in the middle of Chicago! Going to tweet this. Thanks again.

  5. 48 japa21
    October 20, 2014 at 9:45 am

  6. 49 desertflower
    October 20, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I’m here! Internet keeps pooping out on me:) Storms last night and it was out for quite some time….I guess it picked up where it left off last night. Annoying.

  7. 55 hopefruit2
    October 20, 2014 at 9:50 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats Momsense on #1, and amk on FURST 🙂 Thanks Chips for this splendid R & S round-up. Love your tweets mocking the Newstainers on their crap about yesterday’s rallies!

  8. 61 amk for obama
    October 20, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Dratz. Just remembered it’s son unit’s b’day tomorrow. And HE IS HERE.

    Quick, any suggestions for last second b’day gifts?

  9. October 20, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Is this good or bad?

  10. October 20, 2014 at 10:15 am

  11. October 20, 2014 at 10:17 am

    The GOP is putting a lot of emphasis on early voting. But they were going to vote anyways so…

  12. October 20, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Good morning again. Can some help Rep Blackburn to see the light? How anyone can contradict themselves over and over is beyond me. Wait..she’s GOP.

  13. October 20, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Good morning all.

    Is Civics taught in schools anymore? I spoke to a young black girl a couple of weeks ago about voting. She loves the President but was not registered to vote. She said that her vote would not make a difference. I explained all the negative things that had and continue to happen to hard working Americans because Republicans were in power in many states. The next day, I had a copy of her voter registration on my office chair. Last Thursday I had my car in the dealership for warranty work and was driven to work by a 20 year old. Since my office is 32 miles from home, we had a good amount of time to talk. I was amazed at what she did not know about government, unions, Republicans, the media. She also picked me up to get my car and told me thank you. She said after our talk she was realizing how distorted talking points were and how actions matter. It is too late for her to register to vote in this election, but she promised to get involved and pay more attention. She said she would register to vote and vote locally and nationally in the future.

    • 96 vcprezofan2
      October 20, 2014 at 10:36 am

      {{Jackie4O}}} Thank you for your one-2-one approach. Hopefully these two ripples will pass on what they have learnt.

      ‘It is too late for her to register to vote in this election’ << I guess this means you don't have a system like in Illinois where you could take ID and register and vote on the same day. Such a pity the voting rules/expectations are not more uniformed across states (in a positive way, of course).

    • 97 99ts
      October 20, 2014 at 11:08 am

      I don’t think that is unique to the US Jackie – I learned about politics/voting at school when I was about 10 – my daughter has not a clue (although she knows she has to vote) & asks me all sorts of questions at times that I just cannot believe how little she knows

    • October 20, 2014 at 11:09 am

      Such a lovely story Jackie. Every time someone takes the time to advance the cause, it matters. FLOTUS is also very good at giving numbers on why one vote matters.

    • October 20, 2014 at 11:31 am

      Excellent, thanks for making the difference with this young woman.

    • October 20, 2014 at 11:35 am

      She loves the President but was not register to vote. OMG!!

  14. October 20, 2014 at 10:22 am

    So, here’s tyr logic that some Democrats are using for not voting.
    If you’re depressed, if you’re not happy that this president isn’t a dictator and is mean to the republicans, if you’re not happy period then don’t vote.

    This makes sense How?

    You all should vote regardless how you feel. It’s stupid to not vote bc you’re depressed. Just stupid!

  15. October 20, 2014 at 10:24 am

  16. October 20, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I think Dems early voting in the midterms is much more important. Have to bank these votes to concentrate on others. Gop was voting anyways.

  17. October 20, 2014 at 10:26 am

  18. 106 donna dem 4 obama
    October 20, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Here is the email I sent out this morning to friends and family. Feel free to use this, correct my grammar or change it to your liking.

    It’s one small thing you can do to GOTV for this President. Even if it turns one person into a voter this year you will have made a great difference for 2014.

    Voting Friend,

    I’m reaching out to you today because in just a couple of weeks there is an important election taking place. This November we supporters of President Barack Obama need to send a strong message to the Republican Party and the Mainstream Media that we continue and will always have this President’s back.

    So much has been accomplished in the face of adversity. This President walked into that White House in January 2009 with not just the weight of this country on his shoulders but because we live in a global economy he had the weight of the world on his shoulders.

    The Republicans conspired that very night to be an obstacle to his every effort. Party before Country became their unspoken model. They proceeded to obstruct and filibuster every piece of legislation that would have a positive impact on you the voter. The goal was to make you cynical about government so that you would tune out. The media has virtually remained silent on this travesty.

    Six years later, the President and Democrats efforts in Congress have brought us back from the brink of economic disaster, we have Health Care for all Americans, 55 straight months of private sector job growth lowering the unemployment rate to 5.9 percent and our manufacturing industry is booming. Yet the Republicans want you to believe that all is lost. They want you to think that state of our economy is awful. Well we are better off now than we were when President Obama walked into the Oval Office due in no small part to him always putting your interests ahead of politics.

    We have the President and the Democrats in Congress to thank for any progress we have made. But just think how much further along we would be if the President had a Congress that was willing to work with him. We could have comprehensive immigration reform, an infrastructure jobs bills putting millions of people to work, an increase in the minimum wage and climate change legislation that will make our environment safe for generations to come. And this is just the short list.

    I strongly urge you to go out and vote for Democrats this November. I urge you to take your family and friends to the polls as well.
    Don’t reward the Republicans bad behavior by conceding your vote to them. Make them pay by showing up and voting them out.

    Your Friend,

  19. 113 jacquelineoboomer
    October 20, 2014 at 11:05 am

  20. October 20, 2014 at 11:06 am

  21. October 20, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Good Morning Chips! Good Morning TOD!

    I spent a lovely weekend in Maryland (un-PBO related, unfortunately) and enjoyed the gorgeous weather and foliage. Glad to hear about the great turnout for the rally. Here in VA, Mark Warner is looking at a pretty safe re-election although we take nothing for granted; the other candidate on my ballot is an uncontested Democrat. So glad Eric Cantor is nowhere on a Virginia ballot, woop woop! 😆

    Two weeks to go! Have a great day everybody! ♥ ♥ ♥

  22. October 20, 2014 at 11:31 am

  23. 129 jacquelineoboomer
    October 20, 2014 at 11:35 am

    O/T but can’t ya feel it?

  24. October 20, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Nevada not good.

    • 131 jziglar
      October 20, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      There really isn’t a big election going on in Nevada this year. No senators are up for election and the governor Sandoval is popular and going to win by a good margin. So the numbers are not that surprising.

  25. 132 Dudette
    October 20, 2014 at 12:36 pm

  26. 133 criquet
    October 20, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    GM all.

      October 20, 2014 at 12:59 pm


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