Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters, Sasha and Malia, at the National Christmas Tree ceremony on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., Dec. 3, 2009


Today (all times Eastern)

11:15: The President delivers remarks to members of the Business Roundtable and answer questions, Washington

1:0: White House Press Briefing

2:40: The President meets with Senate Minority Leader Turtle McConnell

4:0: Delivers remarks at the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference, Washington

5:35: Meets with Combatant Commanders and Military Leadership, Cabinet Room

7:30: Hosts a dinner for Combatant Commanders and Military Leadership, The Blair House



On This Day

President Obama whistles as he and Vice President Biden wait in the holding room of the South Court Auditorium prior to the opening session of the White House Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Dec. 3, 2009. The Vice President’s personal aide, Fran Person, is at right (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama attends a breakout session, “Creating Jobs Through the Rebuilding of America’s Infrastructure,” during the White House Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Dec. 3, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama heads along the White House colonnade to the residence after leaving the Oval Office for the day, Dec. 3, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


The President greets U.S. soldiers at Bagram Airfield after an all-night, unannounced flight to Afghanistan. We were scheduled to helicopter to Kabul to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, but that portion of the trip was canceled due to heavy winds.” Dec. 3, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama reaches for a Purple Heart medal which he presented to a wounded soldier at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, Dec. 3, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama participates in a live Twitter question and answer session in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Dec. 3, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)



121 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 Sam UK Obama Supporter
    December 3, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Good morning hope everyone is ok

  2. 7 desertflower
    December 3, 2014 at 9:00 am


    • 8 Sam UK Obama Supporter
      December 3, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Hi desert flower, great minds think alike. I guess it is a draw! Congrats!

      • 9 desertflower
        December 3, 2014 at 9:05 am

        Happy to share the spot with you..how’s thing’s across the pond?

        • 10 Sam UK Obama Supporter
          December 3, 2014 at 9:10 am

          Things are hectic but great. We have the family here for Christmas so it will be fun. We had a good thanksgiving, just the three of us this year so it was quiet. I hope you had a good one.

  3. December 3, 2014 at 9:11 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats Sam on #1 🙂 Thanks Chips for this amazing Wednesday R & S round-up!

    I had to chuckle at this: “2:40: The President meets with Senate Minority Leader Turtle McConnell” 🙂 🙂

    • 13 jackiegrumbacher
      December 3, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Hf, imagine having this on your calendar for the day. I would think twice about getting up and take two ibuprofen before the meeting started.

  4. 14 desertflower
    December 3, 2014 at 9:13 am


    ADP National Employment Report: Private Sector Employment Increased by 208,000 Jobs in November

  5. 15 GGAIL
    December 3, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family. SoCal received a lot of much needed rain yesterday, and some more today. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas 😀

    • 16 vcprezofan2
      December 3, 2014 at 9:36 am

      East + west coast ‘morning’ to you Gx2! Can’t let the opportunity pass by to remind you that sane people equate snow with the Christmas ‘look’ not rain. Just saying,

  6. 17 carolyn
    December 3, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Good morning everyone. The semester is drawing to a close for me…..one more day of class, then exams, then several weeks off.

    Thanks chips for the picture at the top……love the O family, but good to see The Silver Fox again 🙂

  7. 19 JER
    December 3, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

    • 20 vcprezofan2
      December 3, 2014 at 9:42 am

      😀 I honestly cannot remember seeing a pleasant picture of McTurtle. Even when I’ve seen him attempting to smile he looked awkward to me. He is one of the many GOP examples I’ve seen that convince me money does NOT bring happiness; McCain is another.

    • 21 yardarm756
      December 3, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Perfect pic but a hell-of-a-sight to see first thing in the morning. Ugh! I haven’t even had me coffee yet……Hope I can swallow.

      December 3, 2014 at 9:59 am


    • 26 Anna
      December 3, 2014 at 10:10 am

      That has to be a snapping turtle, not a beautiful green sea turtle that recently saw on a wonderful visit to Maui.

  8. 27 vcprezofan2
    December 3, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Oops! Just remembered that I haven’t had breakfast. BRB for a short session before I have to leave for my appointment.

  9. 29 yardarm756
    December 3, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Good morning folks. It’s starting off bqad when you see the turtle first thing in the morning……How does his wife do it?


    1984 Bhopal gas leak A gas leak at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India kills 3,329 people.

    1980 First long-distance solar-powered flight by Janice Brown flying the Solar Challenger designed by Paul MacCready covering 6 miles in 22 minutes.

    1979 Eleven people are trampled to death at a Who concert in Cincinnati.

    1967 First successful human heart transplant Performed by a team led by Prof. Christiaan Barnard, South Africa. The patient lived for 18 days.

    1964 Malcolm X The civil-rights leader declares that if laws aren’t enforced because of the color of a person’s skin, those people are justified in using any means necessary to bring about justice.

    1962 First black woman elected judge in the U.S Edith Spurlock Sampson is sworn in as associate judge of the Municipal Court of Chicago.

    1947 A Streetcar Named Desire The Broadway play opens, starring Marlon Brando as Stanley.

    1881 Philadelphia streets become lit by electric light

    1818 Illinois becomes the 21st state. Illinois is Algonquin for “warriors.”

    1787 James Rumsey’s steamboat goes against the current of the Potomac River (at a rate of 3 mph).


    1963 Terri Schiavo d. 2005 American medical case. After suffering a cardiac arrest in 1990 that left her brain damaged, a major legal battle ensued over the right of her husband to have her feeding tube removed. It was eventually removed, resulting in her death 13 days later.

    1951 Rick Mears American auto racer, four-time Indianapolis 500 winner (1979, 84, 88, 91).

    1948 Ozzy Osbourne (John Osbourne), English singer, bat-biting ex-member of Black Sabbath. Music: Paranoid (1970) and Suicide Solution (1985).

    1945 Michael Anderson Jr actor. TV: The Monroes (Clayt Monroe).

    1930 Jean-Luc Godard French film director. Film: Breathless (1959) and A Woman is a Woman (1961).

    1930 Andy Williams American singer and Emmy-winning TV host. Music: Butterfly (1957, #1) and Moon River (1962).

    1928 Jack McMahon d. 1989 American basketball player and coach with the NBA.

    1927 Ferlin Husky country singer. Music: A Dear John Letter (1953, #1), Gone (1957, #1), Country Music Is Here To Stay (1958), and Wings of a Dove (1960, #1).

    1877 Richard Pearse d. 1953 New Zealand farmer, aviation pioneer. He reportedly built and flew a monoplane craft in March of 1903 – eight months before the Wright brothers.

    1842 Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards d. 1911 American chemist, the first woman admitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1870). She earned her B.S. degree (1873) and became the first female professional chemist in the U.S. In 1884, she became MIT’s first woman faculty member.

    1755 Gilbert Stuart d. 1828 American artist, painted the portrait of Washington (1796) that appears on the $1 bill.


    2000 Gwendolyn Brooks b. 1917 American poet, author. She was the first African-American writer awarded a Pulitzer Prize (1950). She served as Poet Laureate to the Library of Congress (1985-86). Writings: Annie Allen (1950, Pulitzer for Poetry).

    1993 Lewis Thomas b. 1913 American physician, “Poet Laureate of 20th Century Medical Science.” Writings: The Lives of the Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher (1974, National Book Award) and The Medusa and the Snail (1979, American Book Award).

    1981 Walter Marvin Knott b. 1899 American entrepreneur. He turned a roadside stand selling boysenberries and pies into the amusement park Knott’s Berry Farm.

    1957 Frank Ernest Gannett b. 1876 American publisher. He built a media network of 21 newspapers and 7 radio and TV stations.

    1926 Charles Ringling b. 1863 American circus operator, with Ringling Brothers Circus.

    1910 Mary Baker Eddy b. 1821 founded the Church of Christ, Scientist (1879, Christian Science).

    1905 John Bartlett b. 1820 American publisher, editor, compiled A Collection of Familiar Quotations (1855).

    1894 Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson b. 1850 British author. Writings: New Arabian Nights (1882), Treasure Island (1883) and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886).

    1815 John Carroll b. 1735 American clergyman, first American bishop (1790), was in charge of the Diocese of Baltimore, and founded (1789) the first Roman Catholic College in the U.S. (Georgetown College in Washington D.C.) Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church

    1154 Anastasius IV b. ???? Italian-born religious leader, 168th Pope (1153-54).

  10. December 3, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Good Morning Dear Ones! ‘Tis the season of giving!

    I woke up this morning with a the warmest glow in my heart. About a year ago, as we were leaving a Christmas concert, my young nephew mentioned how sad he was to have missed out on getting into band class at school. Said he would’ve liked to learn to play the clarinet. So I got him an instrument and lessons for Christmas.

    Last night as the family gathered to celebrate my Mom’s 75th birthday, that young man treated us to a recital of Sebelius’ Finlandia, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, and Oh Holy Night (mom’s favorite Christmas song)! Next week he’s performing in three concerts!

    My soul lifts up! 😀

    • 31 mtmarilyn
      December 3, 2014 at 10:32 am

      Good morning Dudette, what a gift. That story makes my heart sing. I played the clarinet in HS but never wanted to go further. I remember the concert last yeart, You are a very special aunt!!! Have a wonderful day.

    • 34 57andfemale
      December 3, 2014 at 10:48 am

      That is so heartwarming!

      Music is the one activity that uses the most sectors of the brain. It will help him in school, in all of his subjects. And there is nothing better than the communal experience of a group of musicians “singing” as “one.” Far more useful for development and socialization than sports, where there is always an element of aggression and a “winner and a loser”.

      You did such a good thing, Dudette.

      • 35 Dudette
        December 3, 2014 at 10:58 am

        Thanks 57af! It’s gotta be the best thing I’ve ever done. I’m so happy for him. It does indeed show in his school work. His mom and I agree, sports is nice (he’s a soccer kid), but if push came to shove and one had to go, music takes priority.

        • 36 57andfemale
          December 3, 2014 at 11:17 am

          It breaks my heart, Dudette, that music (and the arts in general) are treated so badly in this country. Frankly, it shows in our citizenship.

          I spent much of my life in theater and music. There is nothing more rewarding as a communal experience than music or working on a theatrical production. Everyone contributes to the success of the whole, including the stagehand and the wardrobe personnel. It can appear to be about “stardom” but if it is taught and implemented properly, every kid who paints a backdrop or places a prop on a set, is part of the success. We make all kids participate in sports, but we never make the arts mandatory. It’s a crying shame.

          My goddaughter had a very difficult semester academically (she’s a high school sophomore). Toward the end of the semester, her mother insisted that she start playing her clarinet, if even five minutes/day. (When you love music, five minutes turns into an hour, easy). Literally, her math grade improved. It’s “exercise” for the brain and food for the soul, all in one.

    • December 3, 2014 at 11:04 am

      What a completely GORGEOUS story Dudette, thrilled for him, and his lovely Aunt!!

    • 42 sherijr
      December 3, 2014 at 11:10 am

      Oh Dudette, that is such a wonderful gift- for both him and you! Beautiful~

    • December 3, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Wonderful! There’s a heart warming Christmas story!

    • December 3, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      Very touching. Thank you for sharing such a lovely moment with all of us, Dudette! Congrats to your nephew!!

  11. 48 Dudette
    December 3, 2014 at 10:18 am

  12. 50 Dudette
    December 3, 2014 at 10:19 am

    • 51 Dudette
      December 3, 2014 at 10:22 am

      ‘Barack Black Eagle Obama’ focuses on youth at annual tribal conference

      President Barack Obama will welcome the 566 leaders of federally recognized tribes to Washington Wednesday. Or, as he’s referred to by the tribal leaders, Barack Black Eagle Obama.

      The sixth annual White House Tribal Nations Conference will tackle wide-ranging issues, including respecting tribal sovereignty, upholding treaties and trusts, lack of access to capital and credit and protecting Native women, according to the White House.

      The annual gathering gives tribal leaders a chance to make pitches for what they want from Washington in the coming year.

      For the first time, the conference will focus on youth with 36 White House young ambassadors participating in activities.

      Obama will announce the launch of Generation Indigenous or Gen I to bolster youth through grants to support the college-and-career readiness of Native children and youth; a program to increase leadership development and peer support through an interactive online portal….

  13. December 3, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I’ve been so moved by each of the speakers at the WH Tribal Nations Conference: Sally Jewel, Syvia Burwell, VP Biden, Eric Holder. Amazing progress has been made. Now Tom Vilsack, Julian Castro and Maria Contreras-Sweet are hosting a panel. We are SO SO SO fortunate to have such wonderful people in public service!

  14. 53 Dudette
    December 3, 2014 at 10:22 am

  15. 54 Dudette
    December 3, 2014 at 10:23 am

  16. 55 Dudette
    December 3, 2014 at 10:23 am

  17. 56 Dudette
    December 3, 2014 at 10:25 am

  18. 57 Dudette
    December 3, 2014 at 10:26 am

  19. 58 Dudette
    December 3, 2014 at 10:26 am

  20. 59 Dudette
    December 3, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Have a great day everybody!

  21. 60 57andfemale
    December 3, 2014 at 10:55 am

    LOVE Michael Hiltzik:

    • December 3, 2014 at 11:32 am

      What’s wrong with Chuck Schumer? Is he blaming Obamacare for the Dems losing control of the Senate? What’s his problem?

      • 62 57andfemale
        December 3, 2014 at 12:06 pm

        He NEVER wanted health care. He said PBO should have concentrated on “economic issues”. Hiltzik makes the point that ACA has been a great boon for the middle class, and a job creator.

        Would Dem’s PLEASE call ACA a job creator?!?!?!

  22. 67 yardarm756
    December 3, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Time for some snow Admiral.

  23. 82 Dudette
    December 3, 2014 at 11:25 am


  24. 83 MightyPamela
    December 3, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Ah. The Silver Fox. My day is moving forward! ❤

  25. 90 JER
    December 3, 2014 at 11:34 am

  26. 91 Nerdy Wonka
    December 3, 2014 at 11:37 am

    We’ve got video of President Obama’s roundtable remarks going on now. NBC link

  27. 93 Dudette
    December 3, 2014 at 11:38 am

  28. 95 Dudette
    December 3, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Yaaaaay! It’s snowing at TOD! Thank you Queen Chips! Your generosity is beyond price. Thank you! 😀

  29. 102 Nena20409
    December 3, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Hello TOD.
    Congrats to Sam from UK and DF for their Gold ⭐ ⭐
    Awesome post Chips. Thanks for the Snowy Posts…….R&S and The Early Bird 😉

  30. 103 Nena20409
    December 3, 2014 at 11:54 am

    A worthwhile read. I hope that I am not duplicating this.

  31. 105 Dudette
    December 3, 2014 at 11:55 am

  32. 106 amk for obama
    December 3, 2014 at 11:58 am

    my kinda guy.

    / (awaiting avalanche of “of course, he is/he would be”)

  33. 107 donna dem 4 obama
    December 3, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Hello TOD

    We had a scary morning…..

    Daughter in Law had an accident this morning taking the girls to the sitter. The car is a mess and she is going to be very sore but the paramedics said the babies are okay. Thank God for those car seats!!!!

  34. 115 jacquelineoboomer
    December 3, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Snow! Virtual snow, not the real stuff! Yeah!

    Oh, and, Chips: “2:40: The President meets with Senate Minority Leader Turtle McConnell” ~ you snuck that one in, and I LOL’d. ❤

  35. 118 forus50
    December 3, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Wow, great questions being asked at the Roundtable. The questioners are respectful, not playing “gotcha” but asking solid important questions as to how the President views areas of tax reform, the global economy, the budget plans, etc. Of course the President provides his customary always brilliant and thoughtful detailed responses.

  36. 120 amk for obama
    December 3, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    French MPs vote in favour of Palestinian state.


    cue right wingers’ abuse of all things french.

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