Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama signs letters from children backstage after signing executive orders and unveiling new gun control proposals as part of the Administration’s response to the Newtown, Conn., shootings, and other tragedies, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, Jan. 16, 2013. The children wrote the President letters in the wake of the Newtown tragedy expressing their concerns about gun violence and school safety (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (all times Eastern)

11:05: The President meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron

12:20: Joint Press conference with PM Cameron, East Room

5:30: The President holds a screening of Selma, Family Theater


@petesouza: President Obama views a group selfie he did with restaurant staff at Charmington’s Cafe in Baltimore



On This Day

President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia at a church service at Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, Jan. 16, 2011


President Obama paints a quotation attributed to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr during a day of service in King’s honor at the Browne Education Campus school in Washington, January 16, 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama stands with her daughter Malia as President Obama delivers remarks during a day of service to honor Martin Luther King, Jr, at the Browne Education Campus school in Washington, January 16, 2012

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the Let Freedom Ring Celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., January 16, 2012


President Obama works on his inaugural address with Jon Favreau, Director of Speechwriting, not pictured, in the Oval Office, Jan. 16, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama signs a series of executive orders on gun control surrounded by children who wrote letters to the White House about gun violence. They are, from left, Hinna Zeejah, Taejah Goode, Julia Stokes and Grant Fritz. Jan. 16, 2013

Letter-writer Grant:

Julia and Taejah’s letters:


President Obama talks on the phone with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom in the Oval Office, Jan. 16, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)


60 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 8 arapaho415
    January 16, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Though it’s linked to a GOPolitico article, Senate Dems cannot say they don’t know what/how #PBOunplugged will proceed. (Haven’t read the article yet.)

    My personal interpretation: “ride on my coattails if you want to win the Presidency in 2016.”

    And lookee here, a RWNJ from one of most RWNJish states agrees with PBO, and not Marco “thirsty” Rubio.

  2. January 16, 2015 at 10:26 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats izon on #1 🙂

    Happy Friday everyone! Thanks Chips for another excellent R & S roundup. Looking forward to seeing my President later today. 🙂

  3. 16 arapaho415
    January 16, 2015 at 10:33 am

    GM TODville.

    Love the R&S photos of our President’s hands and handwriting.

    Also love Grant’s letter to the President. I would guess most Americans, including those in rural areas agree with “no machine guns…” Who in their right mind thinks automatic/semi-automatic weapons are covered by the 2nd Amendment?

    After the unspeakable horror of Sandy Hook, RWNJs/NRA pushed back by ridiculing non-gun owners’ lack of knowledge about gun specifications — and it worked. Since I know nothing about guns, can’t recall the specifics, but gun safety advocates were ridiculed when they used words like “mounted” or “magazines” or “chambers” etc.

    Dianne Feinstein seems to be too busy whining about her rights as a Senator (the most elite club in America) rather than proposing sane legislation to limit assault rifles/high-capacity magazines, etc.

    What the Hell does she have to lose? She’s as old as the hills, will get a tidy pension when she retires, and she’s from fricking deep blue California.

    • January 16, 2015 at 10:39 am

      This is an issue I feel very, very passionate about. I’m sick of seeing blood running in the streets of America. Sick of seeing children “accidentally” killed or killing. I’m sick of domestic abusers and their deranged terrorizing. I’m sick of people and their twisted gun fetish running about shops & restaurants with automatic weaponry. I detest the NRA profiting off of other people’s misery.

      THANK YOU, Chips, for reminding us of the good PBO has tried to do to make progress with gun sense. He is our Northern Star.

    • 22 57andfemale
      January 16, 2015 at 10:40 am

      Everything Feinstein does is filtered through the lens of her status as a Senator. It’s really unseemly.

  4. 23 JER
    January 16, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

    FLASHBACK — National Day of Service 2013 — This was a favorite of some TODers.

  5. January 16, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Mellody Hobson and friends pay for 10,000 teens to see ‘Selma’
    Jan 15, 2015

    Mellody Hobson and George Lucas and some of their business friends are paying for 10,000 teens to see “Selma,” the biopic about Martin Luther King Jr. that’s backed by Oprah Winfrey and just secured an Academy Award nomination for best picture.

    “What took place 50 years ago in Selma is key to understanding much about the civil rights movement, race, equality and democracy,” Hobson, president of Chicago-based Ariel Investments and chair of After School Matters, said in a statement.

    After School Matters is coordinating efforts to get teens in the nonprofit program to see the movie.

    I hear she, her film-producer husband and a few others raised $100,000 in 72 hours for the effort.


  6. 25 GGail
    January 16, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Hey, congrats is improve on First!

    I’m going to see Selma on Monday.

  7. 26 arapaho415
    January 16, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Also today in DC, @VP Biden will announce Administration proposals for rebuilding infrastructure (brought over from the Early Bird thread).

    The beauty of PBO’s proposals about infrastructure is that GOP will be hard-pressed to be against federal dollars that flow back to their Districts. As I said earlier to Meta, divide and conquer, baby.

    This article indicates that the Adm. proposal will address municipal bonds (one aspect of tax reform) and private-public investment (though the Adm. makes clear that we cannot rely on private investment to fund infrastructure — Thank God — can you imagine what a nightmare of hodgepodge unsafe junk that would pose as our infrastructure if it were solely private (aka greedy) enterprise?

  8. 31 japa21
    January 16, 2015 at 10:50 am

    GM all. Just a couple comments on Selma from an old white guy.

    First, on the movie. I have not seen it yet. My wife and I seldom go to movies, but both of us want to see it and will. After all, we were both in HS at the time and have our own memories of it. The Oscar snubs are disturbing, but not surprising. What is more important than any Oscars (I am not minimizing the importance of the Oscars) is that the movie was made and it was made focusing on the black POV. I know there have been issues about not giving LBJ enough credit and exposure in the film. Screw that. I do give LBJ credit for doing, eventually, what was needed. But the movie is about the struggle for civil rights as experienced by those at the forefront of that struggle. To put too much emphasis on LBJ, as if he was the white savior of the blacks would be wrong. If the struggle had never been undteraken by the African Americans in this country, the whites, including LBJ, probably would have been content to let things ride. No single movie can capture everything that relates to the subject but picks and chooses based upon the story it wants to tell and this movie presents a very specific POV, one most white Americans have no experience with and still don’t understand (and I include myself in that category).

    Second, on Selma itself, in the part it played in ly life that year. I was a senior in HS at that time and was extremely caught up in events as they were happening. I lived in a pretty much all white community with the only real exposure to the African American community coming when our basketball team would play a predominantly black team from Milwaukee. Yet, I knew viscerally that something momentous was happening. There were, quite honestly, several people in my HS who were quite racist, including my best friend (who, after serving alonside many black servicemen in Vietnam changed dramatically)who would talk about what was happening in very derogatory ways. Yes, uppity was a word often heard.

    Anyway, for some reason, I was selected as one of 4 seniors to give an address at graduation. I didn’t want to give one of those boilerplate graduation speeches. I decided to make the theme of my speech “We are on the Threshhold”. Even with that, I could have gone trite and aprt of the speech, in the beginning was about being trite. I talked about being on the threshhold of space exploration, on the threshhold of medical breakthroughs, etc. I talked about how each of the graduates had to decide as they walked across the threshhold of graduation what they wanted to be on the other side and then to work toward making that a reality. And then I decided to talk about an example they were all aware of of people doing just that.

    And I talked about Selma, and how the people who marched there were creating something on the other side of the threahhold. About how they may not achieve it all, but that wasn’t going to stop them from trying. Remember, as I looked out at the students, families, teachers, etc. the only person of color I could see was the foreign exchange student from Thailand. I finsihed the speech with a quotation from Patton’s Cry, The Beloved Country about South Africa. And yes, I was trying to draw a parallel, although I don’t know how many people caught it.

    My point in talking about this is not to talk about the quality of what I had to say (although I do think it was damn good and the faculty advisor who helped did virtually no editing on it) but rather to talk about how the events in Selma impacted at least one white person in a very white community in Wisconsin. I know I could not have been the only one so impacted. And it did impact me more than probably any other single major event in that time period.

    • 32 edp4bho
      January 16, 2015 at 11:33 am

      Thanks for sharing. It reveals itself in the considerate person you are today.

    • 33 57andfemale
      January 16, 2015 at 11:41 am

      Thank you, japa. What excellent observations and memories. I’m about 5 years younger than you and remember this era vividly. Milwaukee was at the forefront of whites and blacks working together for social justice and civil rights – I am significantly defined by those experiences.

      LBJ did the right thing, but he was led to it by a national movement, exemplified by Selma. Making the movie from the point of view of the people who were most affected and were on the front lines – I have no problem with that.

    • January 16, 2015 at 11:44 am

      The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

      I thank you for having the courage to stand up…

      there is also a passage from Letter from of Birmingham Jail…that i was reminded of…


    • January 16, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      Thank you for sharing your story with us Japa and I hope you do see Selma you will not be disappointed.

  9. 36 JER
    January 16, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry hugs French President Francois Hollande in a visit of support after last week’s attacks in Paris.

  10. January 16, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Just saw this today: splendid interview with Hero and Peaceful Warrior and Bender of the Arc of the Moral Universe, Representative John Lewis, in Garden & Gun Magazine: http://gardenandgun.com/article/interview-congressman-john-lewis

  11. 38 Linda
    January 16, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Here is a map that shows how many are fighting for ISIL from each country.


    Tunisia…which it has been said is the only success of the entire ARAB Springs has the most . Then Saudi Arabia

  12. January 16, 2015 at 11:16 am


  13. 46 Vicki
    January 16, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Did anybody watch the Critics Awards last night?

  14. 53 Gazelle
    January 16, 2015 at 11:46 am

    [Tavenner’s chief of staff, Aryana Khalid, also announced Friday that she would be leaving the agency.]

    WASHINGTON — Marilyn B. Tavenner, the administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who helped preside over the rollout of sweeping changes in the nation’s health care system, said Friday that she was resigning.

    “February will be my last month serving as the administrator for C.M.S.,” Ms. Tavenner said in an email to agency employees. […..]


  15. January 16, 2015 at 11:48 am


  16. 57 arapaho415
    January 16, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    As Bobfr so wisely predicted, as early as when we Obots were in the doldrums on Nov 4, it’s gonna be FUN watching the GOP versus RWNJs tear themselves apart.


  17. 60 arapaho415
    January 16, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Special delivery for Vicki, Bill deBlasio’s fiercest NYC supporter. Thanks Vicki for your comment agreeing with me re: PBO’s advice to Senate Dems — join me if you want to win the 2016 Presidency (upthread):

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