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Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk towards the White House after observing a moment of silence for the victims of the Arizona shooting, on the South Lawn, Jan. 10, 2011 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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The Week Ahead

Monday: The President will welcome the 2014 NBA champions, San Antonio Spurs, to the White House to honor the team on winning their championship title.

Tuesday: The President will host bipartisan, bicameral congressional leadership. Vice President Biden will also attend.

Wednesday: The President will visit Iowa to give a speech proposing new steps to increase access to affordable, high-speed broadband across the country

Thursday: The President will travel to Baltimore, Maryland, to attend a Senate Democratic Issues Conference.

Friday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

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On This Day

President-elect Barack Obama waves to onlookers as he leaves Ben’s Chili Bowl where he stopped to eat with Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty in Washington, Jan. 10, 2009

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama observe a moment of silence for the victims of the Arizona shooting, on the South Lawn, Jan. 10, 2011

President Obama watches as President Nicolas Sarkozy of France departs the White House following their meetings, Jan. 10, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Official portrait of Vice President Joe Biden in his West Wing Office at the White House, Jan. 10, 2013 (Photo by David Lienemann)

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President Obama listens during a meeting with young citizens at Columbia Height’s restaurant The Coupe on January 10, 2014 in Washington, DC

President Obama lifts a baby while greeting patrons prior to lunch at The Coupe restaurant in Washington, D.C., Jan. 10, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning everyone!


92 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 99ts
    January 10, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Nooooooooooooo

  2. 12 amk for obama
    January 10, 2015 at 8:48 am

    😎 😎 😎

  3. January 10, 2015 at 8:50 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats 99ts & even amk on #!

    Happy Saturday to all 🙂

  4. 15 desertflower
    January 10, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Moooooorning!!!!!

  5. 21 a4alice
    January 10, 2015 at 8:55 am

    A good Saturday morning to you all TOD! Hope everyone’s day goes as planned! 😀

  6. 23 jackiegrumbacher
    January 10, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Morning again. Our president looks so young on that January 10, 2009. I sometimes feel really bad about the way the job of president has aged this beautiful man. The VP’s official photo is wonderful. Joe Biden has so much energy and good sense. I wish he would consider running in 2016, but I doubt Jill would like that.

    • 24 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      January 10, 2015 at 9:16 am

      I DON’T LIKE AT ALL THE WAY PEOPLE HAVE TREATED PBO…BUT HE IS THE EQUALIZER AND THEY HAD BETTER START SHAKING IN THEIR LONGJOHNS…AS FOR AGING….HE IS MIGHTY FINE!…BBL…STAY WARM EVERYONE…IT IS SO COLD HERE…I NEED TO RELOCATE…THE TUNDRA AND I DO NOT GET ALONG!

  7. January 10, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Right, Danny-walking time – wish me luck because he’s even giddier than usual this morning 😕

  8. January 10, 2015 at 9:40 am

    George Zimmerman has been arrested again, I hope not, but the killer will end up killing someone else or being kill himself. And it would be all thanks to that jury who set him free, and the right wing press.

    • 30 jacquelineoboomer
      January 10, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      And don’t forget the local sheriff, et al. This time he threw a wine bottle at his new girlfriend at his house, but at least this judge made him turn over all his weapons and told him to stay out of the county where the girlfriend lives. That’ll last about a minute. Until next time.

  9. January 10, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Desert Flower, Thanks for sharing a powerful summary of your experience of seeing and hearing President Obama in person yesterday. You told your story so poignantly I felt like I was right there with you, from having a hard time sleeping the night before “taking cat naps” to meeting the elderly lady you met from Georgia. At her age we know she has some stories to tell, especially being from the south. Telling us how you were able to keep your home because of his programs and what his presence meant to you. I really can’t express just how much this post meant to me. I, like you would have talked to everyone because that’s exactly how I am. Even though I am a bit shy writing here on TOD. Your experience thrilled me through and through. Just knowing how much you loved and cared about our wonderful president made us all happy I know. When I first started on twitter, I thought I was surely the Presidents biggest fan, and that no one else could possibly love, admire, respect & understand him as I did. Since 2007 I knew this man would be someday be President and a Great one! He has been extraordinary, & unstoppable in his accomplishments, and I know he is not finished yet! Being here on TOD each day and reading my incoming tweets I can see so many other feel exactly the same and love him as I do. Thank you so much again! Like I saw others suggest, I think you should send your experience to President Obama I am sure he would love reading it. Especially knowing he gets so much negativity from MSM and the unrelenting obstruction from the GOP.
    Sorry I got called away yesterday and was unable to post this on on the Desert Flower TOD. That’s why I am planning to post it in the first TOD I see this morning.

    • 32 desertflower
      January 10, 2015 at 9:57 am

      Thank you so much for this thoughtful comment, Terri:) I just finished writing a more detailed reply to you, but….it just flew away somewhere in the interweb abyss! Good grief….I wanted all of you to feel like you were there with me, so I’m so glad that my writing made you feel that way.

      I actually thought that I might send a thank you note to the Mayor of Phoenix, who also spoke that day…I feel like maybe if I included the piece I wrote here, it might have a better chance of actually being seen by the President if a mayor of a major city passes it on….what do you think about that idea?

      Thanks again…must get ready to go tutor this morning…I’m still working 2 jobs:) ( I love my tutoring, so it really doesn’t count, do it? !)

      Have a wonderful day and many thanks!

      • 33 GGAIL
        January 10, 2015 at 10:19 am

        GM df. I think including it in your note to your Mayor is a great idea!
        Your report touched me deeply. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

    • 36 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      January 10, 2015 at 10:00 am

      I WOULD HAVE MISSED THE ENTIRE EVENT IF I WERE THERE IN PERSON…PASSED OUT…FLAT OUT LIKE A PANCAKE…SPLAAAAT…ON THE FLOOR. SO GLAD DF WAS ABLE TO BE THERE. MY PUTER STRANGER I GUESS WILL NOT BE HERE TILL ABOUT 1P.M…GIVES ME TIME TO START CRAFTING MY HOMEMADE HAM AND BEAN SOUP!!!!!…I HOPE PBO IS REALLY RELAXING TODAY!…PERHAPS MICHELLE CAN TAKE THAT STUBBORN KEY OUT OF HIS BACK AND STRAP HIM IN A CHAIR!

  10. 37 GGAIL
    January 10, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family!

  11. January 10, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Desert Flower, I think you should most assuredly send a thank you note to the Mayor and include the piece you wrote here. I just bet he will pass it on to the President! Its a very sincere and well written summary of your experience! Two jobs? Keeps you busy for sure. I think tutoring would be my pick too! Of course it would have to be math or science. certainly not English! Ha Ha. Have a wonderful day and thanks again!!

  12. January 10, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Good Morning Chips and all TOD family! Sorry I was so anxious to post my comment to desert Flower from yesterday I forgot to speak to anyone else. Hopefully everyone is well and having a Great day. Thanks for this post Chips, love the photo’s as always. Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!
    P.S. I don’t know any other way to see if someone reply’s here other than closing TOD and re opening it again. Any suggestions anyone?

  13. 51 desertflower
    January 10, 2015 at 10:40 am

    I made mention of hearing a bit of this from Thom Hartmann the other day in the car….very interesting and enlightening!

    http://crooksandliars.com/2015/01/france-must-be-careful-not-repeat-bush

    • 52 0388jojothecat
      January 10, 2015 at 10:52 am

      I heard the same Thom Hartman show you did df. I have a friend in France and it sounds like the country is doing exactly that the only thing France will not go to war and PBO will not be dragged into one over this. There might be some assist to go after the Yemen leaders. What I don’t get is why these guys were not watched who travel to Yemen and come back to France.

  14. January 10, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Good morning TOD family! Happy weekend! Loving coverage info of our mighty President’s uplifting (I meant to write this and autocorrect made it “unifying”! That works too! Where was I? Oh yes…) and a Unifying visit to The great state of Tennessee. Waving to my TN TOD family from over here a bit east in NC. Thankful for TV story of three little guys who Get It, one one great Mom. Love the PBO With Babies Pix. Oh. My. Goodness. Precious goodness infinity. Thank you Chios and Noble BT’s for this retreat center/spa for our hearts and minds and spirits.

  15. January 10, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    The G.O.P., which has benefited from the support of so-called “low-information voters” in recent years, accused Obama of cynically trying to make people smarter as a way of chipping away at the Republican base.

    FUNNYYYY…and true…

    now this is “satire”

    • 57 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      January 10, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      OH COME ON NOW!!!!! THIS IS INSANE….WOW…I SO LOVE THIS NEWS…OUR CHILDREN SHOULD NEVER BE LAST IN LINE FOR AN EDUCATION…IT IS JUST PLAIN WRONG. I HATE TOTHINK OF THE ‘GENIUS’ LEVELS AND CONTRIBUTIONS MISSED TO THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE OF SELFISH…DUMPSTER JIVIN’ HYPOCRITES LIKE THE REPUGNANTS. UNFORTUNATELY…MANY OF THEM HAVE HAD AN EDUCATION…AND IT DOESN’T SHOW!…THEY ARE A NO-SHOW!…LEAVE THIS PRESIDENT ALONE BEFORE I HAVE TO COME OVER THERE AND KICK YOU WITH MY SORE FEET!…NEXT!

    • 58 vcprezofan2
      January 10, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      ‘Boehner: We make this promise to the American people, “If you like your brains, you can keep your brains” ‘ 😀 Borowitz’ satire is always so very plausible.

    • 59 MightyPamela
      January 10, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      whatever gets it done..

  16. January 10, 2015 at 12:52 pm

  17. January 10, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Hi & GM Gail ;-)) Thanks for liking my comment Desert Flower did an outstanding job of informing us all of her wonderful day! Thanks to both you and Desert Flower for the info about refreshing the thread. I’m supposed to be pretty good with computers, lol somehow I have so much to learn with TOD. Getting smarter every day, hope to be a pro soon like so many of you ;-)))

  18. 62 0388jojothecat
    January 10, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Hi everyone, I am wondering if anyone knows how Dudette is doing. Her last posting was New Years day. I think she hosts family this time of year and hope she is giving them all her time although we miss her here. I recall one year we later found out she had gotten I’ll.
    Hope all is well Dudette.

  19. January 10, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    GA TOD! ……..hope everyone enjoys their weekend. Amazing good fortune here in Indy….temp as gone from -5 degress F to a whopping 10 degrees today. Deciding what kind of celebration should ensue 😦

  20. 73 Vicki
    January 10, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Chelsea wins and Man City ties.

    In other matters— voters come out for candidates they like Mittens, Bush 3, Cruz won’t bring out the sometime voters.
    Neither will Lady Walmart.

    Policies and accomplishments count.
    Just not as much as charisma, pizazz, oratorical skills.

    We need to find a democrat who will stand next to PBO for the next 2 years, cheering POTUS’ achievements, and leading people to tune in when they are speaking. Deval Patrick comes to mind first but there must be a few others. Joe Biden is obviously already in place.

    More than 340 million people in the USA, how hard can this be?

  21. January 10, 2015 at 1:26 pm

  22. January 10, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Powerful PBS special on TV….

    Mr Civil Rights…Thurgood Marshall and NAACP…this is a tape…you can rent or buy

  23. 77 GGAIL
    January 10, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Hey now! Looks like the Cali connection is getting together 🙂

  24. 81 vcprezofan2
    January 10, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    An ‘interesting’ read..

    If you are a “good cop” in the United States who has knowledge of what you perceive to be police misconduct or brutality, yet do nothing, then you are not only perpetuating cycles of mistrust and cynicism in communities of color toward law enforcement, but also aiding and abetting the extrajudicial killing of people around this country.

    On Nov. 1, 2006, now-former Buffalo, N.Y., Police Officer Cariol Holloman-Horne refused to be that kind of “good cop.” Her case has received regional attention for years, but the recent rash of police killings, particularly the choke hold death of 43-year-old Eric Garner, has pushed it into the national glare for the first time.

    The then-19-year veteran, who is African American, was called to the scene of an alleged domestic violence dispute at the home of local musician Neal Mack. Upon her arrival, Mack had already been restrained after allegedly resisting arrest.

    “I didn’t call the police and they had no right to be in my home,” Mack, now 62, explained via phone. “My ex-girlfriend was there with her son; she didn’t call them. Her mother was there; she didn’t call them.”

    The dispute was over his ex-girlfriend’s Social Security check, and a mail carrier had alerted the cops.

    “We were handling a private issue at my home when [an officer] showed up at my door asking for my mail,” Mack said. “He wouldn’t leave; other officers came and they were beating me in my own home. My son was yelling at them, ‘He can’t breathe.’”

    Holloman-Horne and approximately 10 other officers removed Mack from his home.

    What happened next has been the subject of multiple court cases and an internal police investigation and brought about the end of Holloman-Horne’s career.

    Holloman-Horne claims that an officer, Gregory Kwiatkowski, began choking Mack without provocation and that she intervened. She says that she told Kwiatkowski to stop and that when he didn’t, she removed his arm from around Mack’s throat. That’s when she says the officer turned his fury on her, punching her so violently in the face that she required dental surgery.

    Holloman-Horne was fired from the force in 2008 after an internal investigation and arbitration hearing determined that she was guilty of several counts of obstruction of justice and assaulting a police officer. She maintained all along that she was doing the right thing, trying to protect Mack from harm, and that the blue wall that protects cops and includes the judicial system lined up against her.

    …………………………………. /snip / …………………………………

    A heroic act like the one Holloman-Horne describes does not minimize the systemic profiling, oppression and brutalization by law enforcement that decimates African-American communities, but her case does shine the light on how deeply racism is embedded within police culture and the stark fact that when you’re a black woman, even being blue can’t protect you from white privilege.

    http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2015/01/the_price_a_cop_paid_for_crossing_the_blue_line.4.html

    • 82 vcprezofan2
      January 10, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      Oops! Forgot to encourage you to go and read the entire article. It does seem very truthful, …very credible

      • January 10, 2015 at 2:29 pm

        It does seem very truthful, …very credible..

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        why do you think it would not be…

        • 84 vcprezofan2
          January 10, 2015 at 3:08 pm

          Not thinking it wouldn’t be, Pf. Just rambling in my effort to encourage others to read it in its entirety. It paints a very clear picture of the underbelly of the police force and the expectation that officers are expected to stand with even the most unjustified acts of other officers. I found it typical that the brutal officer ended up with promotion AND *his* pension even though there were other acts of brutality under his name, but the officer who was upholding justice and fair play is still fighting for *her* rights years later.

          • January 10, 2015 at 3:18 pm

            if you get PBS…in Canada…it is well worth watching the program…Mr Civil Rights..,Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP….powerful…

            • 86 vcprezofan2
              January 10, 2015 at 4:00 pm

              We used to years and years ago, Pf, but I truly don’t know if we still do as I haven’t watched TV in **years**. I might add that I’m in a state where I try not to watch civil rights issues right now, as I find myself getting angrier and angrier at the injustices – more so than in previous years.

              • January 10, 2015 at 4:20 pm

                VC…i get angry…as well…but i am in awe at the courage and fortitude that my people had to battle over and over the forces of darkness…it gives me strength and hope at the same time…you can purchase the video if you choose to

  25. January 10, 2015 at 2:31 pm

  26. January 10, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    “This week, North Carolina Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D) was sworn in as the new chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), welcoming with him five new members—all women, one Republican—to the 46-member caucus. In his swearing-in remarks, Butterfield pledged that criminal justice reform—including sentencing reform and addressing police brutality—will be “a centerpiece” of the group’s work in 2015.”


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