Early Bird Rise and Shine

 The President and First Lady leave Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu to return to DC



107 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. January 4, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Sunday morning.

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America.

  2. January 4, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Good morning, RanMan, and congratulations on First! Good morning, Chipsticks, and all good things to you and Danny the Darling One, today and everyday. Echoing RanMan’s gratitude for another day of PBO in charge. These photographs are magnificent. FLOTUS! Always heartwarming, uplifting, dazzling and dear.

  3. 12 99ts
    January 4, 2015 at 7:57 am

    I must be morally third – gm USA – beautiful day in my world – not too hot, not too cold – sprinkling of rain in the early hours

    The southern half of the country however, is burning – reminds me that much as I hate the floods they are preferable to fire

  4. January 4, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Look like somebody enjoy themselves on their Christmas vacation. And I hope they did.

  5. January 4, 2015 at 8:08 am

    @99ts I was tiptoeing in ‘cuz it’s early yet in my part of the world. That no-count Knoller guy needs to count the genuine heartfelt grins, smiles, and eyes alight with joy which we see every time our beautiful Obama family steps out into the public space. I’m slow to thank you @99ts for the wonderful view from your home, of the skyfull of silver birds and whirly birds transporting PBO during his visit. I’d missed those and it was another 2014 highlight that meant so much. Happy New Year to you!

    • 19 99ts
      January 4, 2015 at 8:14 am

      Our pictures were a poor excuse for seeing the President – but it was the closest we got – and it gave us much enjoyment. Mr 99 rarely gets excited about anything but he much enjoyed photographing the planes – especially AF1 which we weren’t expecting to see – just hoping 🙂 So pleased you enjoyed them.

      They are a delightful couple, and it is a joy to see them enjoying their vacation. And Knoller – I am truly amazed that he is paid to count golf days, vacation days and date nights – what a job!

  6. January 4, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Me, too, @bella2758! They deserve every speck of joy and fun and relaxation and comfort that they can find, don’t they? Hope your holidays were enjoyable too, and that you have a lovely fun healthy 2015.

  7. 22 amk for obama
    January 4, 2015 at 8:13 am

    so the kenyan is back to work, what’s your excuse?

  8. 35 jackiegrumbacher
    January 4, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Morning. The Obamas look wonderful, relaxed and fully rested. I hope they can keep the aloha spirit going in the bleak winter cesspool of the DC.
    Last night Nerdy posted a tweet that quoted PBO saying that it was the fourth quarter and he was going to ‘run out the clock.’ Can someone explain to the (um) ignorant exactly what that means and how it’s a good thing?

    • 36 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      January 4, 2015 at 8:49 am

      Last quarter of the football game; he’s going to control the ball & field of play as much as possible (play offense) and run up the score. He plans on doing nothing but WINNING on our behalf…

      • 37 jackiegrumbacher
        January 4, 2015 at 9:03 am

        Alycee, thank you from responding from your hospital bed–that’s above and beyond the call. I’m glad you explained it because I thought it meant that the team that was winning just kind of strung out the clock so as not to lose in the final quarter. You gave it a whole new dynamic meaning.

      • 38 theo67
        January 4, 2015 at 2:35 pm

        Thanks from me too, Alycee – I had no idea what the phrase actually meant, but assumed it had something to do with playing hard till the buzzer goes off. Your explanation is far more energizing! Hope you’re feeling better. 🙂

  9. 41 amk for obama
    January 4, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Pope Francis has named 20 new cardinals, including churchmen from Tonga, Ethiopia and Myanmar.

    Fifteen of the new appointees are under 80, making them eligible to enter a conclave to elect the Pope’s successor.

    Pope Francis said the appointment of cardinals from 14 countries from every continent in the world showed the Vatican’s “inseparable link” with Catholic Churches around the world.

    They will be formally installed on 14 February.

    The list of names includes five retired bishops who will join the College of Cardinals but are over 80 and so cannot take part in a papal election.


  10. 42 amk for obama
    January 4, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Constipated goldfish operated on by North Walsham vet.


    frigging dog owners.

  11. 43 amk for obama
    January 4, 2015 at 8:52 am

    In 3 weeks from now, the kenyan will be in india and I will be in kenya. #bodydouble

  12. 49 amk for obama
    January 4, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    what the hell is a chian?


  13. 58 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 4, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Chips, in reply to the end of last thread: I’ve been in the hospital since Monday due to allergy induced asthma with a side helping of pneumonia. I bear tons of responsibility here because although I wore supplemental oxygen at my party, I was too vain to wear an allergen mask (had two minor episodes at the party). On Sunday, I had a very severe exposure to allergens and that pushed me over the edge. So here I sit, hooked up to IV antibiotics and steroids, not to be released until I’m clear. Then they are going to put me on a 3 – 6 month course of oral steroids… Meanwhile, I missed my flight to St Kitts last Tuesday, and I won’t be going to Florida this Wednesday… but, Thank God I’m still here… Life 101…

    • January 4, 2015 at 9:14 am

      Oh heck Alycee, what an ordeal – I am so sorry you’ve been through all this, what a horrible experience. And missing your flight to St Kitts is too much. But relieved you’re recovering and being looked after, wishing you the very best Alycee, get your strength back, get healthy – and take good care of yourself.

    • 60 desertflower
      January 4, 2015 at 9:15 am

      OH NO!! Sounds absolutely dreadful and terrifying to me…hope you’re feeling better very soon, Alycee! I hope that you can get a refund for your St. Kitts trip and go down there and enjoy the island at a later time….feeling 100%!

      • January 4, 2015 at 9:23 am

        Take good care, @Alycee . So sorry you must miss such good times, and hoping the time will pass quickly and you will get lots of great care and be back strong and healthy for most of 2015 and beyond.

    • January 4, 2015 at 9:31 am

      Morning TOD, Chips and Alycee. Hi neighbor. So sorry to read about your ordeal. I’m often late in finding out about folks here, but know that you are in my prayers for a speedy recovery. And keep in your spirit that trip.

    • 64 Nerdy Wonka
      January 4, 2015 at 9:37 am


      Thankful that you’re on the road to recovery after scary episode. Wishing you the best, Alycee.

    • 65 sherijr
      January 4, 2015 at 9:47 am

      ((((((Alycee))))))) Get better soon, wishing you good health… rest & take care.

    • 66 arapaho415
      January 4, 2015 at 9:55 am

      GM Alycee,

      So sorry to hear that you’re in the hospital, but not to worry, we’ll ring in the new year with you a few days late.

      What an ordeal for you and your Mom, wishing you the speediest recovery and a toast to you leaving the hospital confines in a day or two.

      Thanks for thinking of the TOD family while you’re recuperating. Stay warm and safe.

    • January 4, 2015 at 9:57 am

      Alycee, so sorry to hear of your severe allergic reaction and pneumonia. Wishing you a smooth recovery!

    • January 4, 2015 at 10:06 am

      Alycee, I’m so sorry to hear about your ordeal. What’s important now is that you concentrate on your recovery. I pray that you have a full and speedy recovery. When you get well soon, make sure you share with us your trip to St. Kitts. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • 70 Judith Fardig
      January 4, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      Please keep us posted on your recovery, Alycee. Asthma + pneumonia = serious health problem. You have had your flu shot already, haven’t you? Trusting that you are getting the best of care and will get out of the hospital feeling like yourself before too much longer.

    • 71 Dakota
      January 4, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      Alycee, sorry to hear of your medical ordeal. Sending healing thoughts and prayers your way.

    • 72 Nena20409
      January 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm


    • 73 Betsy
      January 4, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      I’m so sorry for your ill health. I hope you get better very soon and can take your vacation later.

    • 74 mom2bzs
      January 4, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      I hope you get better soon Alycee! I have always had allergies and had asthma as a child. When I get a chest cold, I’m screwed. Take care and I hope you get well soon!

  14. 75 a4alice
    January 4, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Morning TOD. Amk I liked your post on the last thread about child that picked “puppy” as something that people need to live.

    Hope all are having a lovely Sunday! As predicted it is now colder than a witches T__ in a brass brazier (as my old boss would say). But soon I’ll have a fire in the wood stove and a cuppa Joe. 🙂

  15. 85 amk for obama
    January 4, 2015 at 9:09 am

    If fishes were horses, would chips fly?

  16. January 4, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Young people:

  17. January 4, 2015 at 9:42 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Sunday everyone 🙂

  18. 99 amk for obama
    January 4, 2015 at 9:43 am

    chow time.

  19. 100 sherijr
    January 4, 2015 at 9:45 am

    good morning TOD, Happy Sunday ~ sicker than sick, crummy cold refuses to leave me ;( won’t stick around breathing on you all, just wishing everyone a good day, and coming work week 🙂

    • January 4, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Ah {{{sherijr}}}, you poor thing – get yourself to bed and sleep it away!

    • 103 desertflower
      January 4, 2015 at 9:51 am

      Morning, sherijr:) Did I read that you were inspired by what I wrote the other day? That made me so happy! That something I said would have that effect and make you want to change a habit….was awesome for me! You know that I’m with you 110% and will help any way I can if you’re really going to give this a go again. So happy:) 🙂 Feel better now, though…(perfect time to stop……)

  20. January 4, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Good SundayMorning Chips and TODers. It’s coming a flood here in Georgia right now, so much rain. Congrats on first RanMan. Lovely photo’s this morning’ Thanks to TOD I have been able to feel as though I was enjoying The wonderful First Family’s vacation along with them.Thanks!!

    (((((( Alycee )))))) I hope you will take care of yourself and try to get yourself over this episode. I know how you feel as I have had Asthma since I was 3 months old. I had a bad spell between Thanksgiving and Christmas when I got the flu and also a touch of pneumonia. Took forever to get better. Fortunately I am feeling much better now. I’m sorry you missed your fun trips, but now is the time to concentrate on getting yourself well. There will always be other trips, your health is the most important thing right now. Wishing you all a great day ahead!!

  21. January 4, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Good morning TOD folks! wishing everyone a beautiful Sunday,

  22. 107 HZ
    January 4, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Loving prayers coming your way, Alycee.}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} Please rest and get well soon. Lots of love to you. HZ

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