Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia attend the Christmas in Washington taping at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., Dec. 11, 2011


Today (all times Eastern)

11:0 The President joins a meeting of the President’s Export Council, Eisenhower Executive Office Building

12:0: White House Press Briefing


On This Day

President Obama with first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha walk out from the White House to attend Sunday service at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Dec 11, 2011


Christmas in Washington, Dec. 11, 2011


President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk from the Marine One helicopter to the White House as they return from the memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela to Washington, December 11, 2013

President Barack Obama holds a football as he meets with senior advisors in the Oval Office, Dec. 11, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)



123 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    December 11, 2014 at 9:44 am


  2. December 11, 2014 at 9:47 am

    When and where does Christmas in Washington air this year? It is usually on the TNT network. Tried Googling but could not find date and station. Anybody know? :~}

  3. 33 99ts
    December 11, 2014 at 9:49 am

    gm everyone (again) and good night – just moved past my wedding anniversary – December 11 – hottest day of the year in 1976 – and they said it wouldn’t last.

    Have a great 11th day

  4. 49 amk for obama
    December 11, 2014 at 9:50 am

    this is the status of our project in SA.

    • 50 MadameSoph
      December 11, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Strangely, that’s how I feel after not sleeping well two nights in a row 🙂

    • 52 57andfemale
      December 11, 2014 at 10:50 am

      this is similar to Mr. 57’s obsession with re-designing the kitchen, unilaterally. No planning, no input from me, no practical planning.. But I now have a kitchen-ful of naked wood shelves everywhere! I’m trying not to discourage his exuberance, but now I have to re-do everything. Two weeks before Christmas. Sigh.

  5. 54 desertflower
    December 11, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Off to work! Have a great day everyone…NorCal…stay safe!

  6. 55 MadameSoph
    December 11, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Good Morning TOD! I’m up early!

  7. 56 amk for obama
    December 11, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Poland says the level of Russian naval and air force activity in the Baltic Sea region has been “unprecedented” this week.

    Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said most of the activity was in international waters and airspace and Sweden was the country most affected.

    Nato partners of the Baltic states, including the UK, have military jets on an air policing mission in the region, monitoring the Russian planes.

    Fighting in Ukraine has raised tension.

    Mr Siemoniak said Russia was “not preparing to attack” but it was testing Nato defences, which “does not serve to build good relationships and trust”.

    The three small ex-Soviet states in the Baltic – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – joined Nato in 2004.


  8. 57 yardarm756
    December 11, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Good morning you lot…….gotta swab some decks and check me mooring lines…….bbl.

  9. 61 MadameSoph
    December 11, 2014 at 10:00 am

    O.k. TOD, I came, I posted, I’m off to work! Have a lovely day all!

  10. 62 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 11, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Ok, back out in the cold I go… See you in a few hours.

  11. 63 yardarm756
    December 11, 2014 at 10:08 am

    History lesson for the day………cya later.


    1988 Illegal fireworks explode causing a fire and killing 62 people in a Mexico City market.

    1985 General Electric Corp. agrees to buy RCA for $6.28 billion.

    1959 Psycho Date of the opening scene of Hitchcock’s classic thriller Psycho (1960).

    1941 World War II U.S. declares war on Germany and Italy.

    1936 King Edward VIII of England renounces his throne so that he could marry American divorcee Mrs. Wallis Warfield Simpson. His brother, the Duke of York became King.

    1917 Thirteen black soldiers are hanged for participation in a Houston, Texas race riot, in which 17 people were killed.

    1895 First European automobile association is formed, the Automobile Club de France.

    1816 Indiana becomes the 19th state.


    1954 Jermaine Jackson American singer, one of the Jackson Five.

    1953 Bess Armstrong American actress. TV: Married People (Elizabeth Meyers).

    1950 Christina Onassis d. 1988 Greek shipping executive, daughter of Aristotle Onassis.

    1949 Teri Garr American actress. Film: Young Frankenstein (1974), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Tootsie (1982), and Mr. Mom (1983).

    1948 Elizabeth Baur American actress. TV: Ironside (Fran Belding).

    1944 Linda Day George American actress. TV: Mission: Impossible (Lisa Casey).

    1944 Brenda Lee (Brenda Mae Tarpley), American singer. Music: I’m Sorry (1960, #1), Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (1960), and I Want To Be Wanted (1960, #1).

    1943 Donna Mills American actress. TV: Knots Landing (Abby Ewing).

    1935 Ron Carey American actor. TV: Barney Miller (Officer Carl Levitt).

    1931 Rita Moreno (Rosita Alverio), Puerto Rican actress. Film: West Side Story (1961, Oscar). She is the first actress to have won an Oscar (1961), Tony (1975), and an Emmy (1976-77, 77-78). She has also won a Golden Globe (1962) and a Grammy (1972).

    1926 Dick Tufeld American actor. TV: Lost in Space (and also the 1998 film, voice of the robot “Danger, Will Robinson!”) and voice of Mr. Bubble in the commercials.

    1923 Betsy Blair (Betsy Boger), American actress. TV: thirtysomething (Ellyn’s mother).

    1919 Joe Masteroff American Tony-winning playwright. Writings: Cabaret (1966, Tony).

    1918 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Russian novelist.

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

    1892 John A. Larson d. 1965 American criminologist. He developed the modern lie detector (1921).

    1863 Thomas Coleman du Pont d. 1930 American industrialist, president (1902-15) of E.I. du Pont Company, and U.S. Senator (1921-28).

    1843 Robert Koch d. 1910 German Nobel Prize-winning physician. He was the first to prove that a bacterium could cause disease (1877, anthrax). He also discovered the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (1882) and the bacterium that causes cholera (1883).

    1792 Joseph Mohr d. 1848 Austrian clergyman. He wrote the words to Silent Night, Holy Night (1818). Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church

    1781 Sir David Brewster d. 1868 Scottish scientist and inventor. He patented a kaleidoscope (1817), popularizing its use and instituted the use of flat Fresnel lenses in lighthouses, and discovered many important aspects of polarized light.

    1475 Leo X d. 1521 Italian religious leader, 217th Pope (1513-21). His granting of indulgences to the faithful who contributed to the Church led to the Reformation. He excommunicated Luther in 1521.


    1971 Maurice “Mac” J. McDonald b. 1902 American restaurateur. He and his brother started the McDonald’s hamburger chain in 1940.

    1964 Sam Cooke b. 1931 American soul singer. Music: You Send Me (1957 #1) and Chain Gang (1960 #2), inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1986). He was shot and killed by the motel manager in a Los Angeles motel.

    1964 Percy Kilbride b. 1888 American actor. Film: Pa of the Ma and Pa Kettle films (1947-55).

    1897 Gardiner Greene Hubbard b. 1822 American lawyer, co-founder and president of the Clarke Institute for Deaf Mutes (1867-76) and founder and president of the National Geographic Society (1888-97). The Hubbard Memorial Hall in Washington D.C. and the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska are named for him.

    1880 Oliver Fisher Winchester b. 1810 American gun maker, developed the Winchester rifle (1866).

    384 Saint Damascus I b. ???? Spanish-born religious leader, 37th Pope (366-384).

  12. 64 vcprezofan2
    December 11, 2014 at 10:12 am

    After 1++hr shoveling just enough snow from the driveway so that I can get the car out if I have to, anyone who mentions the ‘beauty’ of snow today better have virtual life insurance!!!

    Morning/evening TODobots! I trust you started your day in a more upbeat mood than I.
    C. Chica, thanks for choosing these bright pics to help warm up my day… and my chilly fingers. Very appreciated, as they have already turned my focus away from me. 😀

  13. 72 Linda
    December 11, 2014 at 10:21 am

    The House is debating cyber security

    The Senate is debating sexual assault in the military

    The Senate is also having a hearing on Foreign Policy

    I thought today was D-Day for funding the government. What are they doing ?

      • 74 57andfemale
        December 11, 2014 at 11:10 am

        And it pretty much sucks. GOP gets to chip away at CPLB, food stamps, infrastructre and all other decent programs, and Dems get…….

        ……the government stays open.

        I think I’m with Michael Tomasky: let’s write off the South since the Dems we have to run in those states make for a total dilution of Democratic principles. Concentrate on the areas where we can keep and/or regain a foothold by being Democrats. Make inroads in the West and for God’s sake, start taking back state legislatures, one district at a time.

        Tomasky articulated something I’ve been feeling for a long time: Howard Dean’s 50-state strategy actually served to weaken the Democratic party, even when he had decent numbers.

        • 75 debz
          December 11, 2014 at 12:03 pm

          This bill is a disgrace. I guess the dems forgot they still control the Senate and if it passes in the Senate it is proof that Elizabeth Warren is all talk. This is the reason no one came out to vote for the dems, no matter how much they are blaming the President or the ACA. At this point, maybe PBO should just sign whatever crappy bill the gop sends him. This country deserves it.

          • 76 amk for obama
            December 11, 2014 at 12:12 pm

            Oh, it’s going to pass thanks to the generosity from the effing voters in 2014. Question is how many dem cowardly critters from both houses will vote for it just to show it has the effing ‘bipartisanship’.

            • 77 debz
              December 11, 2014 at 12:16 pm

              I’m sure many of them will vote for it and then blame POTUS. I hope all the non voters are happy.

            • 78 0388jojothecat
              December 11, 2014 at 12:20 pm

              I read in the L.A
              Times doctors who take medicaid patients get a reduction in payments. Way to go
              Too-Lazy-To-Care Dem voters.

          • 79 57andfemale
            December 11, 2014 at 12:20 pm

            “Well it’s the best we’re gonna get……” I want to SCREAM.

            How can the entire effing party be so stupid as to not learn how to look strong, claim a narrative and FIGHT. that is all it would take to give the lazy voters a reason to vote – a feeling of confidence that their future is in good hands because Democrats are strong.

            Use it as an opportunity to point out the horrific GOP policies. God, they make me so furious.

            • 80 amk for obama
              December 11, 2014 at 12:26 pm

              It’s a vicious cycle, isn’t it? Indifferent/lazy/hoitytoity dem voters not turning up, the boneless dem critters more and more lurching towards right in futile search for votes.

              • 81 57andfemale
                December 11, 2014 at 12:38 pm

                Check out Michael Tomasky’s recent columns on this and where Dem’s squander their efforts. Two articles, a week apart I believe. He’s on the blog roll.

          • December 11, 2014 at 1:14 pm

            I do not get your part about if it passes it proves Elizabeth Warren is all talk. Did you think she is all powerful? I would rather support a Dem that talks loudly about what is right to try to convince others than the go along with the GOP for expediencies sake. The all talk argument has been used unfairly against PBO too.

            • 83 debz
              December 11, 2014 at 1:22 pm

              My point was, she is being pushed as some great Senate leader who does somehow have all this power to convince Senate dems to do what she says, as well as having the power to “push Hillary” to the left. I don’t personally believe that, but that’s the CW.

  14. 84 GGAIL
    December 11, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Goooooood West Coast morning.Chipsticks & TOD family.

  15. 85 Linda
    December 11, 2014 at 10:54 am

    CNN is now lowering itself to drag 911 widows on to support CIA torture.

    Never mind about the 72 memos warning the Bush Admin that an attack was coming.

  16. December 11, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Just had a HUGE downpour here in SF. I live at the top of big hill and the water is just streaming down. Lots of emergency vehicle sirens going by.

  17. December 11, 2014 at 11:12 am

    OMG, WTH?

  18. 95 Linda
    December 11, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Hawaii Neighborhood Synchronizes Christmas Lights And The Results Are Mesmerizing

  19. 96 Allison
    December 11, 2014 at 11:30 am

  20. 97 amk for obama
    December 11, 2014 at 11:34 am

    The clinical trial of an Ebola vaccine in Switzerland has been interrupted after some patients complained of joint pains in their hands and feet.


  21. 98 Linda
    December 11, 2014 at 11:48 am

    This was written to reign in Dick Chaney way back in 1976 when he was Ford’s COS

    Executive Order 11905 is a United States Presidential Executive Order signed on February 18, 1976, by President Gerald R. Ford as an attempt to reform the United States Intelligence Community, improve oversight on foreign intelligence activities, and ban political assassination.[1][2] Much of this EO would be changed or strengthened by Jimmy Carter’s Executive Order 12036 in 1978.

    Executive Order 12036 is a United States Presidential Executive Order signed on January 24, 1978, by President Jimmy Carter that imposed restrictions on and reformed the U.S. Intelligence Community along with further banning indirect U.S. involvement in assassinations. The EO was designed to strengthen and expand Executive Order 11905, which was originally signed by Gerald R. Ford in 1976.[1][2]

  22. 99 Linda
    December 11, 2014 at 11:55 am

    An anonymous Wikipedia user on Wednesday tried to scrub the word “torture” from an entry corresponding to the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture, which revealed “enhanced interrogation techniques” employed by the CIA in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

    The person, whose IP address is registered to the U.S. Senate, attempted on Tuesday and again on Wednesday to remove a line describing the CIA’s tactics as “a euphemism for torture.” Both times the user argued the action was “removing bias” from the entry, and both times the change was rebuffed by other editors.


    The change was first reported by the @congressedits Twitter account, which keeps track of all edits to Wikipedia pages made by Capitol Hill staffers or members of Congress.

  23. December 11, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Morning all.

    Not sure what SF is expected to get, but in my neck of the woods we’re expecting 2 inches of rain from this storm. Which would put our rain total for December at 150% of normal. Winter!!

  24. 101 Linda
    December 11, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Now the Bush Admin. is blaming Condi Rice for keeping Bush in the dark on torture.

  25. 106 amk for obama
    December 11, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Last month actor Mark Wahlberg filed a petition asking the US state of Massachusetts for an official pardon for a pair of decades-old criminal convictions. His timing could be worse, but not by much.

    According to court records, in 1988 a 16-year-old Mr Wahlberg brutally attacked a Vietnamese man named Thanh Lam with a stick while spewing racial epithets and knocking him unconscious. Seeing police, Mr Wahlberg fled and found Hoa Trinh, another Vietnamese man. He put his hand around Mr Trinh’s shoulder and asked the man to help him hide.

    After the police cars had passed, Mr Wahlberg punched Mr Trinh in the eye, permanently blinding him. According to the police report, during his arrest the future actor used several anti-Asian slurs. He served 45 days of a three-month sentence, all while maintaining that the crimes were not racially motivated.

    Today, however, Mr Wahlberg says he’s a changed man – who wants a liquor license for his restaurant.

    Reaction to the timing and substance of Mr Wahlberg’s pardon has been harsh, given the racial nature of his crimes. Put into context with the race-based unrest that’s persisted since a grand jury’s decision not to charge a policeman over the murder of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, some say the petition is white privilege in action.

    “If a black, Hispanic or Asian youth under the influence of drugs and alcohol had put out a white man’s eye while trying to rob his store, it’s inconceivable that he would have been let off with such a light sentence; implausible that he’d have gone on to the kind of marquee stardom that Wahlberg has obtained; unlikely that he would have the sense of unvarnished privilege that is driving Wahlberg’s desire for a whitewashing of his record, if you’ll pardon the pun,” writes CNN’s Jeff Yang.

    A pardon for Mr Wahlberg’s two 1988 crimes would not, however, completely wash his record clean. Two years earlier he was embroiled in a civil rights action lawsuit because he, along with two friends, allegedly yelled racial slurs and threw rocks at black schoolchildren. He settled that suit without admitting guilt.

    Ben Railton, writing for Talking Points Memo, says that he also sees a larger historical and cultural narrative at play.

    “Many Americans might prefer to erase the histories of white crime and violence from our collective memories, just as Wahlberg now requests that his own history of violence toward people of colour be legally erased,” he writes. “This ability – to write history the way we choose, regardless of the facts – is a frightening example of white privilege.”


    And here I thought he was a good guy.

  26. 109 Linda
    December 11, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    If the funding bill passes as is, I am going to unregister as a Democrat which means I won’t be able to vote in the primary.

    • 110 57andfemale
      December 11, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      How is appearing even more weak and defeatist going to get them anything?

      What does it take to wake up party leadership, or the people close enough to power to demand better leadership?

  27. 111 57andfemale
    December 11, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I’m so glad the Chicago Park District has millions to put in “upgraded” jumbo trons at Soldier Field (or whatever corporate name it has now). Because nothing matters more than making fans of the worst team in football happy. I am beyond furious.

    There used to be community theaters in the park districts – now the buildings aren’t even open because of budget cuts. No programs other than a few sports. You can’t walk in the park for exercise and have the building open to use the bathroom.

    But the effing Bears get millions. This is why I loathe sports. Absolutely loathe the immoral priorities that make heroes and millionaires out of illiterate ballplayers and the city suffers.

    I. am. livid.

    • 112 amk for obama
      December 11, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      As much as I enjoy sports, I too am with you on the obscene amounts of packages being dished out to the players on top of the hero worships.

      • 113 57andfemale
        December 11, 2014 at 12:41 pm

        And in the U.S., the amount of money that taxpayers shell out to these teams. It’s disgraceful. They pay no taxes, and there aren’t enough tax breaks to make them happy. While the parks suffer, the streets and infrastructure suffer.

        When I got back into theater, I worked in these park district community theaters. They were fantastic activities for people in the community, and affordable theater for the neighborhood. We were paid next to nothing (if we were directors), the park district personnel made a pittance, but we put together some great shows on a shoestring. Now, even that is gone. So the Chicago taxpayer can foot the bill for tv screens for the effing Bears? It’s an absolute outrage.

        Snow will come, the streets will be impassable, my 75 year old husband will be shoveling the alley and the side streets so we can get out – but the Bears get TV screens. SCREAM!

  28. December 11, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    • 116 Linda
      December 11, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      The DNC is for this….

      I am more concerned by other poison pills in the Legislation than that.

    • 117 Obama Grandmama
      December 11, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      Seems to me if instead of excusing the rich and corporatists from paying their share of taxes they should trade up by not having them pay the same amount of money or more in political contributions.

  29. December 11, 2014 at 12:30 pm

  30. 119 amk for obama
    December 11, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    The hidden motives behind workplace perks.


    worth a read.

  31. 121 Linda
    December 11, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Is it true that Chaney will be on Meet the Press Sunday ? How disgusting.

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