Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, along with daughters Malia and Sasha, sing during the finale of TNT’s “Christmas in Washington” on Dec 15, 2013


Today (all times Eastern)

1:05: The President departs the White House

2:10: Arrives Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey

2:45: Delivers remarks to the troops

3:35: Departs Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

5:0: Arrives White House


The First Family pose with “elves” prior to the taping of TNT’s “Christmas in Washington” on December 14, 2014. The “elves” are former patients of Children’s National Medical Center, the beneficiary of the concert.


On This Day

First Lady Michelle Obama greets guests in the Grand Foyer of the White House during a holiday party, Dec. 15, 2009 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)


President Obama walks from the White House to Blair House to attend a working meeting with business leaders, Dec. 15, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama is joined by First Lady Michelle Obama and Bo, the Obama family dog, as he delivers remarks during a Christmas holiday reception in the Grand Foyer of the White House, Dec. 15, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama descend the Grand Staircase to greet guests at a holiday reception in the Grand Foyer of the White House, Dec. 15, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Pete Souza: “Interrupting a Christmas Holiday photo line, the President confers with Rob Nabors, Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, about the latest developments in the payroll tax cut extension as the First Lady waits in the background.” Dec. 15, 2011


President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, along with daughters Malia and Sasha, help “elves” place presents under the tree prior to the taping of TNT’s “Christmas in Washington” on December 15, 2013



99 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. December 15, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Good morning TOD folks!

  2. 4 Carol
    December 15, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Good morning

  3. 5 amk for obama
    December 15, 2014 at 10:03 am

    The Russian rouble drops to a new low against the US dollar, as falling oil prices and Western sanctions continue to weigh on the country.


    merry christmas

    • 6 Don
      December 15, 2014 at 10:09 am

      I’m sure the price of the rouble will jump if Putin sends out another shirtless picture. I thought Putin had magic nipples?

  4. 7 0388jojothecat
    December 15, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Good morning TOD family! CA is bracing for more rain tonight in the mean time we have another beautiful chilly morning. Everyone have a fantastic day.

  5. 8 donna dem 4 obama
    December 15, 2014 at 10:11 am

    GM TOD!

    This was the twins Birthday Party Weekend. (Pictures later this week)

    I have so much catching up to do. The marches this weekend were so inspirational and OMG My oh My….Sydney, Australia and now PA. The world has gone mad.

    On a more refreshing note….What a stunning First Family we have.

    Off to catch up!

    December 15, 2014 at 10:19 am


  7. 13 japa21
    December 15, 2014 at 10:23 am

    GM all. Going to be 50 in Chitown today, with some rain. But not to worry, back into the 20’s in 2 days. But no snow in the forecast, which is bumming me out. Last year we were inundated with the white stuff. This year only a couple inches so far which are, obviously, long gone. I really enjoy white Christmases, but looking doubtful right now.

    Last week I made a comment about how anger seems to be the default emotional setting nowadays. In order to avoid getting too entangled in that emotion, I am really limiting myself in terms of commenting on the current state of affairs in our country and around the world.

    Let me just make the following quick observations:

    Dick Cheney is still a dick.
    Our media is still a joke.
    The GOP is still composed of asses.
    And PBO is still the best thing this country has going for it right now.

  8. December 15, 2014 at 10:24 am

    That Governor of N.J. suppose to travel with POTUS today when he goes to visit the troops. Last night he was at the Cowboys-Eagles game sitting in Jerry Jones box.

  9. December 15, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Goooood moorrniinnnningggg, Chips, NW and TODville. Super grateful for all of you!

  10. 25 Betsy
    December 15, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Good Morning all. Happy Monday. Love the pictures!! My son and his gf are on their way home to LA, from NYC, right now to spend a week with us for Christmas. I am so excited. It will be hard to teach today :D.

  11. 27 yardarm756
    December 15, 2014 at 10:39 am

    (I’m really not sure about the coffee part.) โค

  12. December 15, 2014 at 10:43 am

    TODAY is the deadline if you want coverage to begin with the New Year.

  13. 39 Linda
    December 15, 2014 at 10:49 am

    2 dead and 3 severely injured in Sydney.

  14. 40 GGAIL
    December 15, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family and Santa elves ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. 41 JER
    December 15, 2014 at 10:50 am

    LIVE NOW: Sydney, Australia Hostage Standoff – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  16. December 15, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I believe PBO really, really wants to close Gitmo before he leaves office.

    • December 15, 2014 at 10:58 am

    • 44 arapaho415
      December 15, 2014 at 11:22 am

      I agree, Meta.

      When Secretary Hagel resigned, I saw a tweet but didn’t click on the link that said (according to the article) that there was a disagreement between Secretary Hagel and President Obama — don’t remember who tweeted it, have no idea if it’s true or not.

      But President Obama has demonstrated that he does not dismiss promises he has made, despite ongoing obstruction and obstacles and emoPutin whining.

      PBO is such an honorable man, it tears me apart inside to see unwarranted and mindless attacks on his *character*.

      • December 15, 2014 at 11:32 am

        Yes, I also saw that tweet but, like you, I didn’t follow the link. PBO is absolutely a man of honor. I think he’ll do it; if not, get very, very close.

  17. December 15, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Just wanted to delurk long enough to state the obvious; the women in POTUSs life are gorgeous. Including his striking Mother-in-law. But I have to note that Malia has been blessed with both of her parents best features, and is gorgeous in the “drop-dead” category!

    • 47 isonprize
      December 15, 2014 at 11:00 am

      Grace, you nailed it, especially re: Malia. But Sasha is growing up to be a beauty also! Smart and gorgeous inside and out. They seem to be such balanced , well-mannered young ladies. But then, I wouldn’t expect anything else from POTUS and FLOTUS. Great parents! (And Mama Robinson brings up the rear. I would buy HER book in a minute, if she ever decides to write one…)

      • December 15, 2014 at 11:09 am

        I’ve heard she has her own group of friends in DC and enjoys several different things. Fortunately she has been able to have privacy too. Just imagine how she could have friends with a lot of the regular staff. Was she in any photos from last night?

        • 49 donna dem 4 obama
          December 15, 2014 at 11:22 am

          She does indeed CarolMae. She’s been spotted a couple of times out having dinner and people pretty much leave her alone. Although she has security detail with her she is able to have somewhat of a normal life unlike the rest of her family ๐Ÿ™‚

          • December 15, 2014 at 11:25 am

            I’m so happy for her. The First family is all about family.

            • 51 donna dem 4 obama
              December 15, 2014 at 11:37 am

              The girls godmother “Mama Kaye” (Kaye Wilson) who is Mrs. Robinson’s best friend is here often. I think the fact that The First Grandmother is able to have a “normal life” is why she has remained here in DC for the duration. There has been talk (only rumor) that she will stay in DC with Sasha as she finishes her school year in 2017.

      • 53 arapaho415
        December 15, 2014 at 11:29 am

        I hope Marian Robinson writes a book — what she has to say needs to be part of American history, and part of the American school curriculum.

        We need a perspective of what life was like in post-WWII America if you weren’t white and privileged.

  18. December 15, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I received my Christmas Card from the First Family and it’s so beautiful! I treasure these each year.

  19. 58 amk for obama
    December 15, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismisses EU criticism of recent mass arrests of journalists, urging the EU to “mind its own business”.


    Another megalomaniac in the making,

  20. 60 yardarm756
    December 15, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Blacks and old people are all fair game in TX.

  21. 61 JER
    December 15, 2014 at 11:15 am

    A Philadelphia city councilman is making no apologies calling New Jersey governor Chris Christie a โ€œfat assโ€ in some tweets last night.
    The councilman was fuming that the guv sat with the owner of the Dallas Cowboys …

    โ€œI could see him myself, high-fiving Jerry Jones and cheering on the Cowboys against the Eagles,โ€ Kenney recalls.

    And that prompted Kenney to send several tweets, calling Christie โ€œa fat ass,โ€ accusing him of โ€œkissing Jerry Jonesโ€™ assโ€ and โ€œkissing Texasโ€™ ass for 2016,โ€ …

    This morning, Kenney had no regrets. … Neither does Kenney regret using the term โ€œfat ass.โ€
    โ€œI have a big nose. Heโ€™s got a fat ass. Itโ€™s what life deals you,โ€ Kenney said.


  22. 63 Linda
    December 15, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) has reached an agreement with the Obama administration to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, according to multiple press reports Monday morning.

    The plan would allow the state to use Medicaid dollars to purchase private insurance for low-income residents, similar to the plan pioneered by Arkansas, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

    Haslam is holding a 11 a.m. ET press conference to announce the deal, which must be approved by the state legislature.


    These Republican Governors are trying to be too cute. There has always been private insurers that offer Medicaid coverage. They think they can pull one over on the public and the public is so dense they will fall for it.

    • 64 Don
      December 15, 2014 at 11:39 am

      But they will, Linda, some of these Governors wil pull the wool over the eyes of some of their flock. But the good thing is that more low-income families will get coverage.

    • 65 japa21
      December 15, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      Yes, but this does expand the number of people who have coverage, so it is a way to benefit many people w/o seeming to have caved into Obamacare. And that is all I care about, that people that need the coverage are able to get it.

      • December 15, 2014 at 12:53 pm

        the only problem with not calling a spade a spade is that it continues the racist notions about the PBO in a red state….i no longer care if you do not want Obamacare because you cannot fathom the black president…

  23. December 15, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Did you know the hostage situation in Sydney is now over?

    • 68 Linda
      December 15, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Yes . Now CNN is speculating the deaths may have been caused by ” friendly fire “. Of course they have no proof of that but ….it may be.!

      • December 15, 2014 at 11:28 am

        The police weren’t talking in the report I saw. I’m sure there will be nothing but speculating and they’ll turn it into another idiot story like they did with the plane tragedy.

  24. 70 Paulita
    December 15, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Hello TOD. I have been lurking only during these times of protest of police abuses. My family and I have had too much negative (euphemism) experience with the uniformed, organized gangsters, that it is difficult to know where to start. Maybe, when we were kids my mom, told us to call the fire dept. always in an emergency, NOT the police!. (I grew up on the Southside of Chicago during the 60’s and 70’s.) I had a mentally ill cousin killed in a police choke-hold just for walking away from his facility. Another cousin, suicide by cop. How me and my immediate family have survived our encounters with Chicago’s finest, (!!!) is due only to God’s grace. I spent my 24th birthday in a San Diego jail for yelling at some cops to stop beating my female room-mate up, we were both in the Navy, they started the altercation and it was 5 against 1, and one of the most vicious beatings I have been witness to. Why they didn’t beat me up is still a mystery to me although it took them a year to throw out their phony trumped up charges when they realized I was not going quietly. I really could write a book…

    I prayed a very sincere prayer as a young girl, that if I survived to be a senior citizen, that I would not be a bitter or cynical old woman. (I’m not an “old” woman yet ๐Ÿ™‚ )

    TOD, the blog and community here, is indispensable to keeping the light and focus on the loveliness and beauty, and hope in the world.

    Chips, in my opinion, you and Nerdy each deserve a Medal of Freedom. โค Love all y'all.

    • 71 sherijr
      December 15, 2014 at 11:37 am

      ((((((Paulita))))))) I am so sorry, thank you for telling us about this.

    • 73 0388jojothecat
      December 15, 2014 at 11:41 am

      So sorry that you and your loved ones experienced such brutality at the hands of those who are supposed to protect us. TU for sharing it with us. It’s hard not to be bitter under the circumstances.

      Ditto on TOD as being a tremendous service to us due to the failing of our media.

      • 74 Paulita
        December 15, 2014 at 11:53 am

        Funny thing, police brutality was the norm where I grew up and went to school. A lot of our neighbors had that bad or worse.

    • 75 MightyPamela
      December 15, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Paulita, you deserve that medal as well. โค

  25. 76 Nena20409
    December 15, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Good Morning TOD.
    Fantastic R&S. Thank you Chips.
    Congrats to Au โญ โญ winners: Vetivera and Carol…. on this post and 2/3 posts back.
    Glad to read that The Hostage Situation is over in Australia. I am so sad for those killed (2) and wounded (3). My deepest sympathy to their Families and the people of Australia.
    โค # I will ride with you. It is awesome.

  26. 77 Nena20409
    December 15, 2014 at 11:33 am

    In the economy…….That POTUS, Mr Obama is once again begging for ImPeech.ment ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. 78 Nena20409
    December 15, 2014 at 11:36 am

    then I remembered what the Media, TBGOPers and so many others were saying………

  28. 81 Nena20409
    December 15, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Possibly, the gunman is held-in in a house……negotiations are ongoing. A possible Domestic issue. 5 dead.

  29. 82 Nena20409
    December 15, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I wish them well. Unfortunately, Congress passed a law pretty much that Holds Zero Responsibility to Gun Makers.

    A provision Not afforded Car Makers and most Companies.

  30. December 15, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Really gorgeous slideshow, TODers!

  31. 85 Nena20409
    December 15, 2014 at 11:58 am

    So now Sam Brownback in KS is looking to have………say it TOD ๐Ÿ˜‰ Obamacare to help rescue his Deficit crumbling state? I didn’t include the link. It was from TPM.com

    Screws the KS economy doing KOCHraoches business, gets What’s the Matter with Kansas Citizenry to vote your arse back and now? Obamacare to the rescue?


    • 86 Barbara
      December 15, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      I was sick to learn he had been re-elected. I live in KS and was positive he would go down in defeat to Paul Davis. State of KS is in a huge mess with him as governor and then being re-elected……this state is too stupid.

  32. December 15, 2014 at 11:59 am

    These companies have us over a barrel. It shouldn’t be that way.

  33. 88 yardarm756
    December 15, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    On this date……..

    1992 Bobby Fischer is indicted for his Yugoslavian chess match with Boris Spassky.

    1979 Trivial Pursuit The game is invented by Canadians Chris Haney and Scott Abbott. Over 15,000,000 were sold in 1984 alone.

    1965 First rendezvous in space Gemini 6 and Gemini 7.

    1961 Adolf Eichmann The German SS officer, who organized the transportation of Jews to concentration camps for “the final solution” during World War II, is sentenced to death by an Israeli court for war crimes. He was hanged the following May.

    1950 Rabbit of Seville The classic Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fudd cartoon is released. Watch it here

    1939 First Commercially Produced Nylon Yarn by the E.I. du Pont Co.

    1939 Gone With the Wind is released.

    1791 Bill of Rights The document is ratified, providing the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution.


    1949 Don Johnson (Donald Wayne), American actor. Film: A Boy and His Dog. TV: Miami Vice (Sonny Crockett).

    1942 Dave Clark musician, with the Dave Clark Five. They were the second British group to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show.

    1933 Tim Conway American comedian. TV: The Carol Burnett Show.

    1921 Alan Freed d. 1965 American Hall of Fame disc-jockey, coined the phrase “Rock ‘n’ Roll.” His TV dance show “The Big Beat” was canceled after a black male performer danced with a white girl. In 1958, Freed was arrested and charged with “inciting to riot” after announcing on the radio, “The police don’t want you to have fun.” In 1962, he pleaded guilty to commercial bribery for his part in the payola scandal.

    1916 Maurice Wilkins British biochemist, co-winner of the 1962 Nobel prize for discovering the structure of DNA. He worked on creating the first atomic bomb.

    1861 Charles Edgar Duryea d. 1938 American inventor, “Father of the Automobile.” He and his brother Frank formed the first U.S. automobile company, Duryea Motor Wagon Co. (1895), selling their first car in 1896.

    1859 Dr. Lazarus Ludovic Zamenhof d. 1917 Russian philologist. He developed of the international language Esperanto (1887). He also wrote the first grammar of the Yiddish language (1879).

    1832 Alexandre Gustave Eiffel d. 1923 designed the framework for the Statue of Liberty (1885) and the Eiffel Tower in Paris (1889).

    1485 Catherine of Aragon d. 1536 Queen of England, Henry VIII’s first wife. After the Pope refused to allow to sanction the King’s divorce from her, the King established the Church of England and declared himself the religious ruler for his land.

    A.D. 37 Nero Claudius Caesar d. A.D. 68 Emperor of Rome (54-68). He was the first emperor to persecute Christians on a large scale, and is said to be responsible for the deaths of Peter and Paul. According to legend, he played his lyre as Rome burned (64 A.D.). He committed suicide after being overthrown. Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church


    2009 Oral Roberts b. 1918 American evangelist, founder of Oral Roberts University (1965). In 1987 he announced “God will call me home” if he didn’t raise $4.5 million in three months. At the end of the three months, he declared he had reached his goal.

    1978 Chill Wills b. 1902 American actor, voice of Francis the talking mule.

    1966 Walt Disney b. 1901 (Walter Elias Disney), American Oscar-winning cartoonist, creator of Mickey Mouse (1928). He won 51 Oscars.

    1944 Glenn Miller b. 1904 American bandleader. His was the world’s most popular dance band of the time. Music: Moonlight Serenade (1939) and Chattanooga Choo Choo (1941).

    1917 Bernard John Dowling Irwin b. 1830 American military leader. He received the first U.S. Medal of Honor (1894) for his action against Apache Indians (1861).

    1890 Sitting Bull b. circa 1834 (Tatanka-yatanka), Sioux Indian leader. He was killed by U.S. soldiers.

    1857 Sir George Cayley b. 1773 English inventor, “Father of Aerodynamics.” He piloted the first manned glider.

    1796 Anthony Wayne b. 1745 American Revolutionary War General. His daring and reckless tactics earned him the name “Mad Anthony.”

    1683 Izaak Walton b. 1593 English author, called the “Father of Angling.” His book The Compleat Angler, or the Contemplative Man’s Recreation (1653) is one of the monuments of English literature.

  34. 89 Nena20409
    December 15, 2014 at 12:06 pm

  35. 90 Nena20409
    December 15, 2014 at 12:11 pm

  36. 91 Nena20409
    December 15, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    • 92 Linda
      December 15, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      I have not seen any coverage on CNN or MSNBC yet. Why are they ignoring this ?

      • 93 No Child Left Behind
        December 15, 2014 at 12:34 pm

        . Five dead in shootings in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
        โ€ข One gunman connected to shootings in three locations: Lower Salford, Lansdale and Souderton.
        โ€ข SWAT team operation underway inside a Souderton house where suspected gunman is believed to be barricaded.

      • 94 yardarm756
        December 15, 2014 at 12:44 pm

        They’re too busy resolving torture and trying to blame PBO for it.

  37. 95 Linda
    December 15, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Cleveland Police Demand Apology After Browns Player Protests Tamir Rice Shooting


  38. December 15, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Thankful always for TOD. Could not get by without all that I find here. Beautiful, cheering, joyful array to make this day, Chipstix. Can’t get enough of our First Family Christmas pix; and for some reason, the portrait of our mighty President walking, beaming, from White House to Blair House on 12/15/10 — that one glows, and moves me. He still beams out that same smile, after all the years he has given us thus far. Thankful.

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