Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama stands in the Outer Oval Office, viewed from the Cabinet Room of the White House, Jan. 7, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (all times Eastern)

1:20: The President departs the White House

3:0: Arrives Michigan

3:45: Delivers remarks; Ford Michigan Assembly Plant, Wayne

4:55: Departs Michigan

6:55 MST: Arrives Arizona to prepare for meeting Desertflower tomorrow


On This Day

President Obama meets with, from left: Kathryn Ruemmler, Counsel to the President; Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; and National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice in the Oval Office, Jan. 7, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning! A busy-ish start to the day, we’ll catch up with newsie stuff later.

97 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. January 7, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Good Wednesday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

  2. January 7, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Jesus, scary stuff in France:

    Gunmen have attacked the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 11 people and injuring 10, French officials say.

    Witnesses spoke of sustained gunfire at the office as the attackers opened fire with assault rifles before escaping.

    President Francois Hollande said there was no doubt it had been a terrorist attack “of exceptional barbarity”.


    • 4 jackiegrumbacher
      January 7, 2015 at 7:34 am

      Morning Chips and TODers. It’s awful to think that American style gun terror has infiltrated France. I don’t wish that kind of horror on anyone. Love the photo with all the women advisers sitting with the president–that’s what a smart president of 21rst century does. Thanks for setting this up before you got on with your work, Chips. We may not always say so, but we appreciate it.

      • January 7, 2015 at 7:52 am

        Ah, thank you Jackie! Well, I’m meant to be getting on with my work, but you know me: so easily distracted 😕 But it is my new year’s resolution, to occasionally meet a work deadline 🙂

  3. January 7, 2015 at 7:24 am

    I was looking at NW’s last post on yesterday and was surprised that I had heard nothing about it prior to reading this. Yet, first thing this morning, I hear about the shooting of the newspaper office in *FRANCE*.


    Not saying that the shooting in France is not newsworthy (suspect that ISIL is involved) but the MSM seems to ignore (or give little focus) that domestic terrorism exists in this country.

    • 7 jackiegrumbacher
      January 7, 2015 at 7:38 am

      You’re exactly right, SW. Every single time there is a mass killing in the US, that IS terrorism of the domestic kind. Anyone with a gun obsession who has no internal controls about killing people is a terrorist and we seem to be breeding them by the dozens in the US.

    • 8 Nerdy Wonka
      January 7, 2015 at 8:44 am

      It’s disgusting, swbluega.

      If it had been a police station that had been bombed, we’d be inundated with 24/7 coverage. But it’s just an important civil rights organization, so to the media, it’s all whatever.

  4. 9 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 7, 2015 at 7:26 am

  5. 13 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 7, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Good morning, TOD! Feeling better; I want to go home!

    • January 7, 2015 at 7:31 am

      Alycee!!!! are you going home today???

    • 19 desertflower
      January 7, 2015 at 7:39 am

      🙂 Morning, Alycee! Hope you get to go home today….fingers crossed!

      Good morning, TOD! I have officially begun the countdown to PBO! Ticket in hand, butterflies in my stomach, and a lightness in my step…Chips, I LOL seeing what you wrote this morning:) I WISH he’d have a meeting with me. I have so many things to say, it would have to be over dinner.
      I absolutely, positively love the photo of PBO with all these smart women advisers. Such respect.for women….sorely lacking from the other side of the divide…which, for me anyway…if you boil everything down, is why I have such respect for him and why I am a Democrat. He just has shown how this is done better than any President in my lifetime.Takes my breath away.

      • 20 jackiegrumbacher
        January 7, 2015 at 7:44 am

        Df, I’m excited just thinking about your chance to see our president. Agree with every word you said about how enlightened he is on every subject. His brilliance and superb leadership skills just awe me.

        • 21 desertflower
          January 7, 2015 at 7:50 am

          Well, it’s a good thing that I have to go to work today because otherwise I would be pacing the house!

      • 22 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        January 7, 2015 at 7:50 am

        DF, I’m soooooooo excited for you! Met him several times on the campaign trail; have only seen him once (from a distance) since election. Whether up close and personal or from a distance; ENJOY. BTW, if you have any med issues, ask for the ADA section…

      • 23 arapaho415
        January 7, 2015 at 8:09 am

        GM DF,

        My favorite part of PBO’s schedule today is:

        6:55 MST – Arrives Arizona to prepare for meeting Desertflower tomorrow.

        Hope you get PBO’s handwritten notes (in preparation of your meeting), LOL.

      • 26 99ts
        January 7, 2015 at 8:27 am

        I am so behind catching up on your news df – so pleased you have the golden ticket – pass out hugs for everyone from TOD when you get your chance – or smiles – or handshakes – or yahoos – or whatever.

        You are so right – whatever he does, he does it so well.

        • 27 carolyn
          January 7, 2015 at 9:18 am

          DF, how wonderful for you to see our President! My question is, how did you get this honor? You said your ticket is at will call, so I assume you didn’t have to stand in line. Did you get it through your school?

          I’m not sure I would be very effective today in your shoes…..good luck today.

  6. 29 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 7, 2015 at 7:33 am

    On rare occasions, when I consider a pity party, i slap myself into reality:

    • 30 jackiegrumbacher
      January 7, 2015 at 7:45 am

      Much needed perspective. Thanks, Alycee.

    • January 7, 2015 at 7:51 am

      Good words to live by, Alycee. Too often, we focus on what we don’t have or what isn’t going our way and ignore the blessings we *do* have.

      It’s good that you are doing better, Alycee. [If you are ready to go home then you are definitely feeling better.] Hope you’re released to go home soon.

    • 32 57andfemale
      January 7, 2015 at 9:07 am

      This is EXCELLENT.

      Hoping you can go home today, Alycee. More important, I’m so glad you’re doing better.

      Sending healing and positive energy your way.

  7. 33 jackiegrumbacher
    January 7, 2015 at 7:49 am

    I hope everyone in the “winter inversion” states stays tuned to weather forecasts and takes steps to keep safe. We are being warned of dangerous wind chill conditions of 10 below zero later today that can cause frostbite on bare skin and is very hazardous to the elderly and young children. If you’re in one of these areas, please minimize your time outside and keep yourself warm. This too will pass.

  8. 34 jackiegrumbacher
    January 7, 2015 at 7:53 am

    This is totally off topic, but why on earth does George Washington have his hand tucked into his vest? Was this considered a manly thing to do in those days. It looks as if he’s scratching an itch. Always thought Napoleon looked silly doing this as well.

    • 35 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      January 7, 2015 at 7:57 am

      Precursor to the “crotch-hold?” >>>>>>me running away…LOL

    • January 7, 2015 at 7:59 am

      “It looks as if he’s scratching an itch.”


      It’s so true Jackie, what WAS it about these leaders with their hands in their vests?????

      • 37 99ts
        January 7, 2015 at 8:33 am

        So I had to go check it out – summary from wiki

        The hand-in-waistcoat was a gesture commonly found in men’s portraiture during the 18th and 19th centuries. Napoleon I of France was most well known for the gesture and is readily associated with this gesture because of the several portraits made by his artist, Jacques-Louis David. Theories state the gesture was done by Napoleon because of a stomach pain he had, but the pose was common in portraits from the mid-18th century. Along with this, many people state he had an itchy skin disease, or possible even breast cancer.

        The pose traces back to classical times — Aeschines, founder of a rhetoric school, suggested that speaking with an arm outside one’s toga was bad manners.

        Prior to the internet I would have tried looking it up in the well worn, 6 volume encyclopedia that was on a shelf in our house from when I was young – it didn’t cover anything after the mid 1950s – but we used it regardless. 🙂

        • January 7, 2015 at 8:40 am

          “….. Along with this, many people state he had an itchy skin disease”

          Jackie’s theory was right!!!!! 🙂

          You’re a hoot looking it up 99ts, I wouldn’t even have known where to start searching.

          “…. speaking with an arm outside one’s toga was bad manners.”

          I shall remember that and NEVER do it again!!

        • 39 jackiegrumbacher
          January 7, 2015 at 8:41 am

          Thanks for looking this up, 99ts, but all I can say is that it isn’t flattering, whatever the reason.

          • 40 99ts
            January 7, 2015 at 10:01 am

            I must admit to still being amazed at what one can find via the google – especially thinking back to my time in school/university when one spent hours in the library to find just a smidgen of what was wanted.

            Not only is it not flattering it seems it is required when wearing a toga! 🙂 May your day be warm & full of interesting trivia.

  9. 41 isonprize
    January 7, 2015 at 7:55 am

    The bottom picture. Yeah, PBO doesn’t have any women in his ‘inner circle.” 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  10. 44 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 7, 2015 at 7:56 am

  11. 50 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 7, 2015 at 8:03 am

  12. 51 amk for obama
    January 7, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Horrible news from Paris. Apparently, that mag’s office was under police surveillance because of islamist threats. Then, how did they let this happen? Hollande is toast.

    • January 7, 2015 at 8:10 am

      Absolutely horrific, and an incredible lack of security considering the office had been attacked before. If it was a bomb there’s probably not much could be done, but two heavily armed blokes are able to walk in there and slaughter all around them? Christ.

      • 53 amk for obama
        January 7, 2015 at 8:19 am

        Yup, Police incompetence, given the earlier history. The mostly moderate mainstream muslims have to step forward in condemning these barbarous attacks in the name of their religion and the media has to encourage them to step forward. It’s meaningless for stoopid pundtwits to spout their nonsense on teevee.

        Also. Too. When will bbc stop its translators talking english with ‘accent’ of the person they are translating? It’s so amateurish. AJ does better by sticking to normal translators.

        • 54 arapaho415
          January 7, 2015 at 8:35 am

          GM amk and Chips.

          Shocking news to wake up to.

          Does BBC really translate like that? Isn’t that a bit “blackface” of them? Do they translate American and Australian too (joke)?

          • 55 amk for obama
            January 7, 2015 at 8:40 am

            Yup. I still remember their hypocrisy when they would ‘translate’ both jerry adams and martin mcginnis though they both spoke perfect english.

        • January 7, 2015 at 8:38 am

          But you do see moderate Muslims condemning attacks like these, we’d probably see a lot more if the media was interested in showing them – but they’re to busy tarring the entire religion with the same brush.

          • 57 amk for obama
            January 7, 2015 at 8:46 am

            That’s why I said the responsibility lies with the media also to bring these moderates into the limelight. With the new rw govt that we elected, our own hindu rwnj’s are rabble rousing and our media and moderate hindus are seen publicly condemning such acts thus marginalizing the whackos Since this terror attack in Paris, I have seen only pasty white christians on both bbc and aj.

          • 58 jackiegrumbacher
            January 7, 2015 at 8:47 am

            The media always reverts to type in a crisis, taking the easy route of blaming an entire group, rather than making careful distinctions. Those speaking out would have to be forceful and demand to be heard because no one is going to come knocking on their doors.

  13. January 7, 2015 at 8:27 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Wednesday everyone. Will be back in time this evening to see our PBO meet dessertflower 🙂

    • 61 arapaho415
      January 7, 2015 at 8:37 am


      Love Toles, he’s a genius who can distill so much in just a few pen strokes. Definitely belongs in the Toon Hall of Fame.

  14. January 7, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Happy Hump Day TOD Family! Mighty cold here in Georgia this morning. Hope you all are keeping warm. Just to let you know Chips, I had a hard time logging in the two early morning post yesterday and also this one. Yesterday I used you timeline to fine them and click on your tweet to get in today I Didn’t see it in your timeline so I finally found it on the side here and clicked and got in that way. I get an error message when I click on the one you send in email. Its probably just my PC as I have not seen anyone else say they had a problem. As long as I get here I am happy, but just wanted to let you know. Hope everyone has a great day!!

    • 63 arapaho415
      January 7, 2015 at 8:44 am

      GM Terri,

      Someone said they received error messages on a couple of TOD threads yesterday — Chips explained that WordPress apparently hasn’t gotten the hang of 2015 and was assigning incorrect timestamps to some of her threads.

      Not sure what the problem is, but sounds like WordPress is grumpy. Hopefully it will get over its 2015 vapors soon.

  15. 64 desertflower
    January 7, 2015 at 8:36 am


    Daily Show host Jon Stewart teed off on the new Congress on Tuesday, mocking lawmakers for everything from their unpopularity to their lack of productivity to their choice to come back to work on noon on a Tuesday.

    “Are you f*cking serious? Noon. You had to get there at noon,” he said. “You know what? Normally, that would make me mad. But since Congress probably isn’t going to be doing anything anyway, why not get a late start? Hell, why not just serve them legislation in bed, for God’s sake.”

    That laziness, Stewart argued, was part of the reason Congress enjoys a 14 percent approval rating, despite a 95 percent re-election rate.

    “It’s the same disapproval-to-recurrency ratio currently enjoyed by the Herpes virus,” he said. “Herpes: it’s like Congress on your d*ck.”

    Even though incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was wearing his “festive swearing-in shell,” Stewart said, he was disturbed to find that several new committee chairs, including Environment and Public Works committee head Jim Inhofe (R-OK), are at least 78 years old.

    “Why do I get the idea these chairs are motorized and slowly ascend staircases?” he asked, before promising he would not be “ageist.”

    However, Stewart couldn’t help but be alarmed by the fact that Inhofe is a climate change denier.

    Republicans. Putting a climate change denier in charge of the environment. What could go wrong?

    • 65 jackiegrumbacher
      January 7, 2015 at 9:02 am

      Df, the hypocrisy of McConnell criticizing others for their age, is truly jaw dropping. The US Senate could be readily mistaken for a senior citizen’s assisted living facility, only in this case, the “assisted” part comes from Lobbyist $$$$$s.

    • 66 amk for obama
      January 7, 2015 at 9:13 am

      don’t the both-sides-do-it propagandists like stewart play a role in reelecting the same corrupt clowns?

  16. 67 Nerdy Wonka
    January 7, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Horrific events in Paris and I was informed before by TV coverage before I was fully awake. Yet there are still people in this country who don’t know about the NAACP bombing. I consider the two events terrorist attacks but to the media, it’s all “whatever, fuck it.”

    Mind blowing.

    • 68 arapaho415
      January 7, 2015 at 8:48 am

      Local news is tweeting…

      • 69 jackiegrumbacher
        January 7, 2015 at 8:59 am

        Thanks, Arapaho. The president of the NAACP chapter said he’s “hesitant to call it (the bombing) a hate crime.” How on earth can it be anything else?

      • January 7, 2015 at 9:01 am

        For those who tweet, email, place calls, write letters, whatever, we need to contact the networks and ask them why we are not hearing about the bombing of the NAACP building? I will send a email to CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC this morning. If they hear from us maybe we will get some answers.

    • 72 jackiegrumbacher
      January 7, 2015 at 8:55 am

      Nerdy, the perpetrators in Paris are probably ‘foreign’ scary Muslim terrorists and so are fodder for all sorts of nightmare stories the media can cook up blaming that “other” in society. The NAACP bombing was likely carried out by “ordinary” white people, so no story there. We can’t get Americans riled up against white, presumably Christian, people who look like everyone else (except minus brain and heart). So goes the American media in 2015 and beyond if we don’t all wake up.

  17. January 7, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Thanks for the reply arapaho415, main thing is I got here.. So excited now for DF that she will be seeing our Magnificent President! I would not be able to sleep the night before ;-)) Hope you get to come home Alycee, but don’t rush it. Asthma is no fun at all!

  18. 74 Nerdy Wonka
    January 7, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Yup. The tweet is right. The media has already started smearing Islam.

  19. 75 Nerdy Wonka
    January 7, 2015 at 9:06 am

  20. 76 desertflower
    January 7, 2015 at 9:07 am


    Companies added more workers than forecast in December, indicating the U.S. job market was sustaining strength as 2014 drew to a close, according to a private report based on payrolls.

    The 241,000 increase in employment followed a 227,000 rise in the prior month that was higher than initially reported, figures from the Roseland, New Jersey-based ADP Research Institute showed today. The median projection of 45 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for an advance of 225,000 last month.

    Headcounts are expanding as the world’s largest economy strengthens, driven in part by a pickup in household purchases as gasoline prices decline. Labor Department data in two days may show private payrolls climbed by 228,000 workers last month, according to the Bloomberg survey median.

    “The job market continues to power forward,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania, said in a statement. Moody’s produces the figures with ADP. “Businesses across all industries and sizes are adding to payrolls.”

  21. January 7, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Good morning TOD. Alycee hope you get to go home today. Take care of yourself. I have asthma too and it gets pretty scary sometimes. DF I am so jealous. I know people in high places in Arizona politics that didn’t secure a ticket to see PBO. I will see Air Force One land this afternoon though. Let us know what you will be wearing and maybe we can spot you in the audience.

    • 78 arapaho415
      January 7, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Good suggestion, Jackie4O.

      DF should dress in a brilliant color, to show off the bounty of the desert — guess DF doesn’t like pansies (the First Lady’s “pansy” dress when she left Hawaii for DC didn’t tickle DF’s fancy), but a brilliant orange or lime green blouse so that TOD can spot her in the audience — great idea!

  22. 79 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 7, 2015 at 9:16 am

    • 80 arapaho415
      January 7, 2015 at 9:53 am

      Welker is truly one of the worst GOP/Comcast/Koch cheerleaders.

  23. 81 Nerdy Wonka
    January 7, 2015 at 9:17 am

    But tomorrow, he’ll call himself a religious person.

  24. 82 JER
    January 7, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Good Morning and TOD.

  25. 85 Nerdy Wonka
    January 7, 2015 at 9:30 am

    • 86 99ts
      January 7, 2015 at 10:07 am

      A true RW horror story – suddenly throwing Hilary Clinton into his tweets
      Thanks NW – I see BWD is also tweeting on the issue

  26. 87 JER
    January 7, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Oops… Good Morning BFF.

  27. 89 JER
    January 7, 2015 at 9:34 am

  28. 90 amk for obama
    January 7, 2015 at 9:44 am

    bbc should go back to dictionary and look up words like massacre, deadly etc.

  29. 91 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 7, 2015 at 10:08 am

  30. 92 JER
    January 7, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Are you here Desertflower?

  31. 95 99ts
    January 7, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Guess I can’t get past WMD and 2 wars that NEVER should have happened – but so much of modern day violence seems tied into what has happened since 9/11.

    The “more guns, more war” does not appear to be a solution of merit.

  32. 96 JER
    January 7, 2015 at 10:22 am

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