Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama listens during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Jan. 6, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (all times Eastern)

11:05: The President holds a bilateral meeting with President Peña Nieto of Mexico; the Vice President also attends

12:40: Holds a working lunch with President Peña Nieto of Mexico

1:0: White House Press Briefing

2:40: The President meets with the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association

5:0: The President and the Vice President meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel


The Week Ahead

Wednesday: President Obama travels to the Detroit area to discuss the comeback of the automotive industry and U.S. manufacturing in general

Thursday: The President visits Phoenix where housing will be the topic – he plans to “announce new steps to help more Americans achieve the American Dream of owning a home,” the White House says

Best of all, Desertflower will be there

Friday: The President, along with Vice President Biden and Jill Biden, travels to Tennessee to discuss new plans to help more Americans go to college and get the skills they need to succeed


Missed these ‘On This Day’ photos yesterday…. and they only seem like yesterday!

President-elect Barack Obama, Mrs. Michelle Obama, and daughters Sasha (7) and Malia (10) at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington, DC, getting ready for the first day of school, January 5, 2009. Photos by Callie Shell.


On This Day

Sen. Obama addresses a rally in the gymnasium of Stevens High School on January 6, 2008 in Clarement, New Hampshire


Teachers attending the Presidential Awards for Mathematics and Science applaud as President Obama enters the State Dining Room of the White House, prior to the “Educate to Innovate” event for excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM), Jan. 6, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Bill Daley, and interim Chief of Staff Pete Rouse walk along the Colonnade of the White House prior to President Obama’s announcement of Daley as his new Chief of Staff, Jan. 6, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama tosses a football in the Oval Office, Jan. 6, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)



110 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

    • January 6, 2015 at 9:41 am

      Yes way. ‘Morning & congrats Chips on #1! G’morning TOD, lurkers, everyone, and thanks Chips for the wonderful Tuesday R & S roundup!

    • January 6, 2015 at 9:42 am

      Good morning TOD folks!
      Good morning Chips and yes way!

    • 7 amk for obama
      January 6, 2015 at 9:55 am

      yeah, it’s yet to lurn engleesh properly.

    • 15 Betsy
      January 6, 2015 at 10:44 am

      Good Morning Chips! I am home today sick with flu and sinus infection 😦 I hope your day is better than mine. Going to bed soon.

      • January 6, 2015 at 10:47 am

        Oh crikey Betsy, what the heck is going on, half of TOD is ill!!! Wrap up warm, have a good sleep, and come back to us hale and hearty, Betsy!

      • 17 57andfemale
        January 6, 2015 at 10:52 am

        Oh, Betsy, take it easy. This flu can turn into pneumonia easily (happened to Mr. 57). You take care of yourself.

        • 18 Betsy
          January 6, 2015 at 10:53 am

          Will do. Fortunately my hubby is a doctor so he’s taking good care of me. I am blessed even though I feel terrible.

          • 19 57andfemale
            January 6, 2015 at 10:59 am

            It’s a very nasty flu. You’re lucky to have a doctor in the house! I’m glad I called my asthma doctor instead of our family doctor. He’s the one who told me about the pneumonia risk, and gave me meds that helped. Mr. 57 listened to the family doctor who told him to drink water and wouldn’t see him, athough he’s 75 years old and had been sick for 3 weeks. By the time I dragged him to critical care, it had become pneumonia, but we caught it early. The critical care doctor said we never should have waited that long, and that at his age, someone should have listened to his chest. This doctor is going to be fired as soon as I find a replacement. I’m furious. If I had called her and taken that advice – with my history of chronic asthma – I would have ended up in the hospital.

            That being said, you aren’t going to have a choice but to rest, rest, and drink plenty of fluids. It’s not fun.

            • 20 Betsy
              January 6, 2015 at 11:04 am

              I know what you mean because my hubby hears those stories all the time and wonders why so many in his profession don’t seem to follow through on their patients.

              I called in sick to work, then had to get up early to bring my lesson plan for the substitute teacher to school (long story why I couldn’t email) now am back doing some reading here before I go back to bed.

              • 21 carolyn
                January 6, 2015 at 12:01 pm

                57, so glad you caught this when you did! Pneumonia is serious. My husband has had it twice, and it was no picnic. The first time he had it we went to the dr’s office, sat in the waiting room, and by the time we were called, he had worsened so much that the nurse had to help me walk him back to the exam room! A word of warning: it takes at least six months to completely recover from pneumonia. My husband was about the age your husband is now when he had it. It is easy for a man to overdo, so you’ll have to monitor him, which I know well is not easy. Glad you didn’t rely on a doctor who said to drink water!!! Here’s hoping he is on the road to recovery.

              • 22 57andfemale
                January 6, 2015 at 3:50 pm

                Don’t you just love that the country went crazy over a few well-monitored ebola patients and no one gives a damn about the worst flu epidemic in decades?

                We are becoming a national of idiots……

  1. 24 vcprezofan2
    January 6, 2015 at 9:45 am

    And yes, Chips, I know it’s Tuesday!

  2. 33 desertflower
    January 6, 2015 at 9:50 am

    “Best of all, Desertflower will be there” Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? 🙂 I’ll be dancing just like that at some point during the day…I promise you! You’ll all be with me in thought….

  3. 36 JER
    January 6, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

    • January 6, 2015 at 10:18 am

      Morning BFF! Holy smokes, DF is going to faint!!!

      January 6, 2015 at 10:28 am


  4. 40 JER
    January 6, 2015 at 10:16 am

  5. 45 vcprezofan2
    January 6, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Reminder that there’s a little over a month to join in on the healthcare 2015 enrollment.

  6. 46 amk for obama
    January 6, 2015 at 10:23 am




    well, it’s tuesday night for me. regardless of bt’s “timelessness”.

    gunnite toddys

  7. 59 arapaho415
    January 6, 2015 at 10:26 am

    GM TODville.

    Read about many here who had to shovel snow 🙂 before leaving their homes this morning.

    I know as much about snow as AMK, but there’s no denying that its presence looks beautiful in photographs.

  8. January 6, 2015 at 10:27 am

  9. 68 Vicki
    January 6, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Good Morning, TOD.
    Wonderful news out of Guantanamo this morning.
    Two more groups of detainees will be freed in the next 2 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not sure how many in each group.
    But, if you are interested here are some numbers:

    127 people remain incarerated at Guantanamo.
    59 of these folks have been cleared for release.
    PLUS–there are expected to be more “cleared for release” prisoners in the coming days. 59+?

    Leaving approximately 70 too-dangerous-to-ever-be-released.

    Those exiting no doubt raise the spirits of those still waiting. They know the impasse has been broken.

    Speculation is that by reducing Guantanamo population to as few prisoners as possible The President will be able to make the case to close it down entirely on the basis of cost. It is unbelievably expensive to maintain Guantanamo. That is an argument everyone can be persuaded by if the number of people there is low enough, so that transfer to US prisons for the worst of the detainees will cost significantly less than keeping them in Cuba.

    POTUS is magnificent at doing what is right, even in the face of huge hostility.
    I love My President.

    • 69 idon
      January 6, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      Yes. I love our President too because he is deliberative and strategic. He realizes that real change takes time. So many people who claim to be adults and critical thinkers want everything done now. Releasing these detainees is very complicated. Which country is willing to take them? Where is their family and are they willing to take them back? how will their safety and those of the community in which they live maintain their safety and that of the community? How will they be re-integrated into society. How will the US monitor their progress and what happens when a course correction is required? Other issues include the possibility that some of the detainees may require plastic surgery to be re-integrated safely. Like I said – complicated.

  10. 70 vcprezofan2
    January 6, 2015 at 10:32 am

  11. 71 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 6, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Good morning, TOD! Still in the hospital, but progressing nicely. Hope to be discharged either tomorrow or Thursday. Today is a great day to have a great day!

    Six days into the new year and have experienced the loss of 7 family, friends, or acquaintances (to include my former step-father-in-law) since January 1st. Most were expected, they are now at peace.

    In the midst of the loss, yesterday, a friend’s wife gave birth to a new son on the friend’s birthday. Check this, 20 minutes after the birth, he posts a “Vogue” ready pic of them holding the baby with the following caption “9.5 lbs 21.75″ on my birthday. ‪#‎strong‬ woman ‪#‎no‬ epidural ‪#‎badie‬ ‪#‎thankful‬”

    Of course, we also have some comedic friends and one of his bandmates made the following birth announcement: “*** and *** just had another baby boy today! He exited her body at 9.5 POUNDS. Then, his big ol’ self proceeded to drive his new family home, but not before pulling over to pick up some KFC.”

    This made me smile! he circle of life continues!

    • 72 mtmarilyn
      January 6, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Have been thinking about you, Alycee. Glad to know you are better. Hope you get to go home soon. The circle of life continues. I have lost several friends lately too. It is never easy, but this week there have been 2 births, those babies are precious. Take care of yourself.

      • 73 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        January 6, 2015 at 11:28 am

        Thanks for your warm thoughts! I’m in really a good place, have taken time to do some reflecting and planning. This “Type A” is going to let some things go… Some of my Cousins have also laid down the gauntlet — I’m getting help with the family functions, whether I want it or not… I’m wisely and graciously saying: “YES!”

        I’m loving the circle of life. In December, we added a new member to the fifth generation, with two more due (February and May).

        • 74 0388jojothecat
          January 6, 2015 at 11:43 am

          Those two beautiful, healthy, babies are lucky to be born during PBO’s administration as well as those departed had the opportunity to witness the first AA president. I wish my grandparents and aunt & uncle were alive to have voted for PBO.

        • 75 vcprezofan2
          January 6, 2015 at 1:12 pm

          Alycee, it’s encouraging to hear you’ve used your enforced rest to reflect and plan, and even more encouraging that you are ready and willing to ‘let some things go’. Blessings, strength, and improving health are my wishes for you in 2015!

    • 76 jackiegrumbacher
      January 6, 2015 at 11:34 am

      Alycee, I’ll bet you have the best attitude of any patient in that hospital. Even in the midst of sadness you find things to rejoice in. I just love your spirit.

    • 77 dakota
      January 6, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      Sending healing thoughts and prayers to you Alycee. Hope you’re able to return home soon.

  12. 78 yardarm756
    January 6, 2015 at 10:41 am

    And it’s very cold outside too!

  13. 80 CEB
    January 6, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Good Morning, TOD ohana from NE Fla. where it is sunny and 68 degrees. The outside Christmas decorations are finally in the garage (but I have yet to put them into the bins), and Barack Hussein Obama is still the President of these United States; all is fine in my world. Have a great day and a stellar week everyone. To members of the ohana who live where the white stuff falls: stay warm and safe.

    • 81 jackiegrumbacher
      January 6, 2015 at 11:38 am

      CEB, I am dying of envy here. We took a little walk outside in the freezing, snowy weather and I was so cold not even my heavy winter coat, two scarves, thick gloves and heavy boots were helping.

  14. 82 yardarm756
    January 6, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Good morning Admiral, I think……..We’re listing to port and taking on some water…….Hope I can get the bilge pumps working.

  15. 87 mtmarilyn
    January 6, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Our weather has been crazy. Last week it was below freezing and lots of snow. This morning it is already 35. Never got below freezing last night. This is not normal weather. The streets are awlful. Many accidents all over the state. Our city street department manager, said in all his years he has never seen this quick change in temperature. You know there is no climate change.

    • 88 arapaho415
      January 6, 2015 at 12:22 pm


      As a fellow westerner, I completely understand your consternation.

      Last week it was cold in SoCal, which meant when I viewed a site like @nytimes, the temps there were very similar to the ones here (i.e., in the 40-50F range during daylight hours — never got below freezing though, which is vital because my county is one of the leading producers of citrus and avocados in the US).

      Yesterday it was 58F at 6 am, today it was 61F. These low temps are just not right for January, where our average low temps are in the high 30s-low 40s range. Because there isn’t a speck of moisture in the air, 60F actually feels warm outside (the same low temps in the summer feel cool because there’s usually marine moisture in the air). Forecast high is around 80F — very similar conditions to the one I ranted about last January — but thankfully we’ve had a couple of rainstorms so the hillsides aren’t parched brown but are sprouting a bit of greenery.

      Looks like something we all need to get used to — humans prefer warm temps, so most Americans would likely appreciate “global warming,” until our harbors and Atlantic/Pacific coastlines and bays are under water.

  16. 89 vcprezofan2
    January 6, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Breakfast time – C U L8r

  17. 90 Linda
    January 6, 2015 at 11:10 am

    good grief.

    CNN just said that Mario Cuomo served 3 terms as Governor of ” this city “.

  18. January 6, 2015 at 11:11 am

    YIKES, Senator Reid looks pretty banged up.

  19. January 6, 2015 at 11:38 am

  20. 97 yardarm756
    January 6, 2015 at 11:39 am


  21. January 6, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Wow, this idiot is disgusting.

  22. 109 Linda
    January 6, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    VP Biden is in the Senate today.

    cspan 2

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