Rise and Shine

On this Day: President Obama holds a child of a supporter after speaking at the Democratic National Committee winter meeting in Washington, D.C., Feb. 6, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (all times Eastern)

11:35: The President departs the White House

1:30: Arrives Indianapolis, Indiana

2:15: Delivers remarks and takes questions from students, Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis

5:05: Departs Indianapolis

6:45: Arrives White House





President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama interact with Hilton banquet server Kitty Casey during the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C., Feb. 5, 2015 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama bows towards the Dalai Lama at the National Prayer Breakfast


On This Day

President Obama calls Senators from the Oval Office. Feb. 6, 2009. Phil Schiliro, Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, is seated (Photo by Pete Souza)


Snow blankets the White House south grounds during a blizzard Feb. 6, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama talks with, from left, Director of Speechwriting Jon Favreau, Senior Advisor David Plouffe and Speechwriting Associate Director Jonathan Lovett in the Oval Office, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama confers with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough as he talks on the phone in the Oval Office, Feb. 6, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

REI Chief Executive Officer Sally Jewell is congratulated by outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar after she was nominated by President Obama to be the next Secretary of the Interior, Feb. 6, 2013



118 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. February 6, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Danny-walking time, see ya in a bit!

  2. 6 57andfemale
    February 6, 2015 at 10:10 am


    • 7 Vicki
      February 6, 2015 at 10:35 am

      In answer to Don on the previous threat—he asked—-Where are the dems?
      I say “waiting and distancing.”

      Stupendous economic news! “Ho-hum” say the dems. “Maybe Chelsea can announce she is pregnant again.”

      What the Corporations want is WAR. War with Iran? Fine.
      War with Russia? Fine.

      What the DNC, which I am re-naming the DLC wants is to erase the 6 and will be 8 years of a thriving and relatively peaceful country.

    • February 6, 2015 at 10:49 am


  3. February 6, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Great R & S Roundup….GM Ms Chips

  4. 12 vcprezofan2
    February 6, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Greetings again, EVERY. body!

    And thanks Chips and other TOD reporters for all the great news about jobs and the economy! Very affirming news!

  5. 13 JER
    February 6, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  6. February 6, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Greetings TODville…

    i look at the pic of the President with Favreau and Plouffe…

    is Plouffe and Valerie Jarrett the only ones left from PBOs initial inner circle?

    • 18 vcprezofan2
      February 6, 2015 at 10:23 am

      Plouffe left a while back, if I remember correctly.

      • 19 arapaho415
        February 6, 2015 at 10:56 am

        Yes, Plouffe is at Uber — can’t figure out that match up.

        Know nothing about Uber, but seems a bit shady to me. I guess the upside is that he’s NOT working for HRC (shudder).

  7. 20 Allison
    February 6, 2015 at 10:24 am

  8. 21 japa21
    February 6, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Actually, considering the number of jobs created, the .1% rise in the unemployment rate is good news. It means more people are re-entering the job market as conditions improve. It means people who have been out of work and had given up on looking for work are optimistic again. So even the “bad news” is good news.

    I am sure McConnell will point out the largest 3 month rise co-incides with the GOP winning the elections and therefore it is all about them. What a loser.

    • 22 57andfemale
      February 6, 2015 at 10:50 am

      Participation was up .2%. There’s your increase in unemployment. Of course, that would require journalists to tell the truth, or to at least understand it before they open their ignorant mouths.

  9. 23 Nena20409
    February 6, 2015 at 10:27 am

    GM TOD.
    Wow…..ImPeech POTUS, I just can’t handle these Phenomenal Numbers from the Labor Dept. The man is having the Labor Dept making up numbers to confuse the Media, TBGOPers and the Public. I say, ImPeech, Now!
    My Congratulations to all Au ⭐ Winners, starting with this Fine Post and several posts back.

  10. 24 amk for obama
    February 6, 2015 at 10:31 am

    reposting hf

    • 25 japa21
      February 6, 2015 at 10:33 am

      Well, a big difference is that the media would make a big deal over the GOP holding a parade and would ignore the Dems doing so. That being said, it is true that not enough Dems are praising this.

    • 26 Vicki
      February 6, 2015 at 10:37 am

      Can’t see this tweet too many times, amk. I responded to it a few comments above this one.

  11. February 6, 2015 at 10:32 am

    What africa said about 2 different PBO’s really resonates with me. Had that convo with RW family member… The MSM one is nothing like the real one.

  12. 28 Nena20409
    February 6, 2015 at 10:34 am

    70 yrs……Today…….2-6-1945 Bob Marley was Born.

  13. 29 Nena20409
    February 6, 2015 at 10:36 am

  14. 36 Nena20409
    February 6, 2015 at 10:38 am

  15. February 6, 2015 at 10:39 am

  16. February 6, 2015 at 10:39 am

    The jobs report was good. Just imagine if the Republicans were putting the welfare of the country ahead of their hatred for this President. Just imagine if the Republicans were working with this President, if they had pass that jobs bill President Obama sent them years ago.

    • February 6, 2015 at 10:45 am

      Putting people back to work fixing our ports, highways, bridges, doing that used to be no problem. What was it now, the ACA was a job killer. Isn’t that what the Republicans said?

    • 44 57andfemale
      February 6, 2015 at 10:49 am

      EVERY Congress has invested in infrastructure after a recession/depression. Reagan’s alleged great job numbers? MILITARY SPENDING. Bush’s few good jobs years? Outrageous growth of “Homeland Security”. The only reason that this recovery isn’t off the charts is because the GOP – in the states and U.S. Congress – refused to use what is in essence “free” money to create jobs and fix infrastructure.

      Interest rates are virtually non-existent on the government level. It is the work of traitors that “free” money has not been used to re-grow our economy.

  17. 45 Vicki
    February 6, 2015 at 10:39 am

    I am pretty certain that the questions the students ask POTUS will be good ones.
    Absolutely positive that the answers they hear from The President will be brilliant and important.

  18. 46 Nena20409
    February 6, 2015 at 10:41 am

  19. 47 Nena20409
    February 6, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Karma delivering some Gifts to Mitchell McConnell?

  20. 51 Nerdy Wonka
    February 6, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Thanks for the front-page, Chiparoo.

  21. 55 GGail
    February 6, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    I see that POTUS is travelling today and I scrolled down to see that our “resident Air Traffic Controller” JER is on the case 🙂 Thank you JER!

  22. 56 Nena20409
    February 6, 2015 at 10:50 am

    • 57 arapaho415
      February 6, 2015 at 11:15 am

      Thank you, Nena, for posting!

      A couple of comments about the @nytimes article 25 years ago.

      1) Author’s name is Fox Butterfield — have no who he is, but Grey Poupon springs immediately to mind (is it possible to have a haughtier-sounding name?).

      I am constantly astounded how PBO knew exactly what his goals were, no wavering or distractions could change his resolve. What a unique, committed man.

      From the article:
      “‘But it’s important that stories like mine aren’t used to say that everything is O.K. for blacks. You have to remember that for every one of me, there are hundreds or thousands of black students with at least equal talent who don’t get a chance,’ he said…”

      and what a jerk Prof. Randall Kennedy is — wish I could highlight his asinine jackass statment:

      “The president of the law review usually goes on to serve as a clerk for a judge on the Federal Court of Appeals for a year, and then as a clerk for an associate justice of the Supreme Court. Mr. Obama said he planned to spend two or three years in private law practice and then return to Chicago to re-enter community work, either in politics or in local organizing.

      Professors and students at the law school reacted cautiously to Mr. Obama’s selection. ‘For better or for worse, people will view it as historically significant,’ said Prof. Randall Kennedy, who teaches contracts and race relations law. ‘But I hope it won’t overwhelm this individual student’s achievement.”’

      • 58 Nena20409
        February 6, 2015 at 11:23 am

        And in just 25 yrs…….That same man is serving his 2nd term as POTUS……..the raw slimy dripping eggs are on their faces.

      • 60 Don
        February 6, 2015 at 11:33 am

        Why go be a clerk for a justice of the Supreme Court Justice when you could appoint a Supreme Court Justice.

        • 61 amk for obama
          February 6, 2015 at 11:40 am


          • February 6, 2015 at 2:39 pm

            Why stay a Senator when you can become President 2Xs?

            “What is for you is for you.”
            This was predestined for such a time as this.
            I stand in awe of the signs, wonders and miracles that I am allowed to witness in my life. I am very humble and sincerely grateful.
            Every morning I wake up I am amazed!
            Even weather reports are phenomenal events that are happening.
            It is truly amazing!

      • 63 Vicki
        February 6, 2015 at 12:04 pm

        Arapaho, When I first started paying attention to Sen. Obama back in 2007-2008 I read and/or watched everything he has written or said that I could get my hands on.
        He is 100% exactly the same in his views and stance on the fundamental issues in life 8 years later.

        Yes, he “evolved” on gay marriage. That change is because fairness and equality of opportunity were his concerns and as he was able to see marriage equality as a civil right he modified his stance.

      • 64 GGail
        February 6, 2015 at 12:14 pm

        Is Professor Randall Kennedy still alive?

      • 67 forus50
        February 6, 2015 at 12:50 pm

        I read the professor’s statement a littel differently, as not about Barack Obama being ovewhelmed but those who are viewing the selection. In other words, the professor is saying (albeit not too gracefully) that he wants people to know that Barack Obama achieved this as an individual not because he was black and that fact should not be lost.

        • 68 arapaho415
          February 6, 2015 at 1:37 pm

          You’re probably right, I overreacted, and you’re definitely right that the Prof.’s words were not too gracefully stated.

          I admit to being swayed by the MSM’s spin, and should have been more skeptical on spin from someone named Fox Butterfield.

          The Prof. says: “But I hope it won’t overwhelm this individual student’s achievement,” which is one way to say Barack Obama wasn’t unqualified, but it’s also another way to say, let’s set the bar lower for him, because it’ll go to his head, or that he’s or the MSM are easily overwhelmed. Still seems like a backhanded compliment to me.

      • 69 taiping1
        February 7, 2015 at 12:53 am

        Fox Butterfield was an Asian scholar at Harvard, active in ARFEP (Americans for Reaapraisal of Far Eastern Policy) which advocated for recognition of China in mid-1960s, then went to work for NYT. Great guy. He helped us organize a course at Wellesley on why we should recognize China.

        • 70 arapaho415
          February 7, 2015 at 8:53 am

          I am so appreciative of the vast breadth of knowledge here at TOD — would have continued to view the author of the 1990’s Harvard Law Review President in a less-than flattering light. Thank you for setting me straight.

          I know better than to judge a person by their name — a friend of mine worked with a Chinese-American named Sam Whitebread, whose appearance is no doubt a shock to many who meet him.

          Appreciate your response and insight. ((( taiping1 )))

  23. 71 Nena20409
    February 6, 2015 at 10:54 am

    • 72 0388jojothecat
      February 6, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      This is what all the GOP and the MSM knew and was ready to give credit to Rmoney if elected (don’t know why DEMS didn’t know. Too busy scaring the base). I am so glad that PBO and is rightly taking or will be given credit.

  24. 73 Nena20409
    February 6, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Now, a revision?
    😆 🙄 😆

  25. 74 Nena20409
    February 6, 2015 at 11:00 am

  26. 75 amk for obama
    February 6, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Yemen’s Shia Houthi rebel movement announces it is taking over the government and dissolving parliament.



  27. February 6, 2015 at 11:01 am

  28. 78 Nena20409
    February 6, 2015 at 11:02 am

  29. 80 Nerdy Wonka
    February 6, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Sometimes, people need to pass a certain number of tests because they can be allowed to have kids.

    Five babies in Illinois have contracted measles for crying out loud.

  30. 81 Nena20409
    February 6, 2015 at 11:05 am

  31. 83 lockewasright
    February 6, 2015 at 11:09 am

    I love my wife. We will have our 10 year wedding anniversary in a few months and we were exclusive and cohabiting for 6 years before we married. At age 40, that close to half of my life with her. Some of you who have known me since my days at the great orange satan have have seen me share some of my thoughts and feelings about being married with children and about my wife in some detail. I share on FB as well. I am just an open person. I sometimes get comments from my friends on Facebook about how they wish that they could clone me because they love our love. The last time this happened it was after my observing that everything good in my life comes either directly or indirectly from my wife.

    It’s flattering to get this type of feedback and it makes me feel good, but it’s off the mark. In this regard it makes me a little bit sad. Suppose that I had two cats and put two people in charge of feeding them. Suppose also that the person in charge feeding one of them bought discount dry kibble to feed the cat and the other person learned to prepare a gourmet smoked salmon with a dill sauce that they prepared for the cat each day. Now suppose that after a few weeks of observation I notice that the kibble cat has lost interest in his food and doesn’t act like a very happy cat while the salmon cat purrs constantly, attacks food bowl with fervor and is endlessly affectionate. It may be tempting for the casual observer to see the salmon cat loving on its human and say: “That is an awesome cat! I wish that I could get my cat to act that way toward me! We should clone that cat!” They may even feel justified and scoffing at the “finicky” and “aloof” kibble cat. The more accurate assessment and likely more effective strategy for getting a cat to act like the salmon cat would be to emulate what that cat’s caretaker is doing instead. There is no delicate way to say such a thing to these friends of mine, but I care about them and want the love that I experience to happen for them too. If having a significant other who is this thrilled and appreciative is what they want so badly, then they should not get on the fruitless path of wishing for a clone of such a cat. It wasn’t the cat that was so special. I know nobody who has a significant other that puts as much effort, makes as many sacrifices, subjugates ego in favor of devotion as my wife does. It inspires me to do the same. There are people who have called her a doormat for me. I will gladly, and proudly announce that I am her doormat. I don’t need my ego, if it is a road block to an ecstatic lasting, meaningful love that brings me happiness. Don’t wish to do that? Have fun growing old in the company of your pride and your “aloof” cat.

    • 84 0388jojothecat
      February 6, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      What a beautiful sentiment to your wife and family. I was/am very fortunate to have known you since the orange days and that you were the one who directed here to TOD and will be forever grateful. It seems rare that a man can be so enamored towards his wife after so many years but hanging around here there are many good men who love their wives or significant other. Funny you would use cats as an analogy for I have adopted three cats last year and I am feeding strays in the neighborhood. I started out feeding my new kittens the best food, grain free, expensive, etc., until I found a food they will eat. The strays get the left overs or the .30 cent cans and are appreciative most of the time. The current rescue kitten I am trying to find a home started out eating the .30 cent can with no problem then when I brought her into my home I tried the more expensive kitten food and she was not having it, so now she likes fancy feast which my vet described as the “McDonalds” for kittens. Oh well.

  32. 85 amk for obama
    February 6, 2015 at 11:10 am

    psst, bt.

  33. 88 amk for obama
    February 6, 2015 at 11:28 am

    bt/ut, spam monster at it.

  34. 89 JER
    February 6, 2015 at 11:28 am

    ✈ LIVE NOW ✈ Awaiting President Obama’s departure for Indianapolis, Indiana – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  35. 91 No Child Left Behind
    February 6, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Good Morning Great People of TODVille!

    The January 2015 job report and the revisions of the last quarter keep a big smile on my face!

    Wow. Simply brilliant.

  36. 92 amk for obama
    February 6, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Boko Haram in first Niger attack.


    these bastids are the isis of africa.

  37. 93 amk for obama
    February 6, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Brian Williams and the decline of the US news anchor

    Usually it’s in late night bars that journalists are prone to exaggeration. But fabricating a story on a late-night talk show, and then repeating it, has landed Brian Williams in trouble.

    Appearing on the David Letterman show in 2013, he told a riveting story from the Iraq war of how his helicopter was forced down after being hit by a rocket propelled grenade.

    Last week, on the NBC Nightly News, he repeated the story again, with graphic pictures of the incident.

    The trouble was that Williams was not on board the damaged helicopter, and now it’s his reputation that is incurring collateral damage after an embarrassing on-air apology.

    To journalists tempted to embellish their war stories, this is a cautionary tale. At a time when late-night satirists are usurping primetime news presenters, it also shows the dangers of ridiculing yourself.


    Television executives doubtless looked upon him as a figure of continuity: an identikit anchor who would prolong the winning formula of big evening news ratings and huge advertising revenues.

    However, he came to occupy that seat at the very moment when the media industry was going through a period of immense and bewildering change.

    Even before this unfortunate “memory lapse”, the standing of network news anchors and what were once their “must-watch” bulletins was in decline.

    Just consider the viewing figures. In 1985, the nightly network shows were watched by an average of 48m viewers. By 2013, that figure had pretty much halved, to 24.5m.

    Why wait until 6.30 in the evening, when continuous news channels, websites and platforms like Twitter make it available in real time? Why rely on the three major TV networks when there is now a multiplicity of media?



    • 94 amk for obama
      February 6, 2015 at 11:37 am

      Inevitably, a hashtag #BrianWilliamsRemembers quickly followed, with hilarious results. This kind of online shaming, the digital equivalent of the medieval stocks, is very much a recent phenomenon.


    • 95 57andfemale
      February 6, 2015 at 11:41 am

      Of course, news outlets used to take that extra time to vet their stories, line up reliable sources and corroborate. Now they blurt out nonsense and allegedly fix it later, after the lie has gone around the internet. Sigh.

      • 96 amk for obama
        February 6, 2015 at 11:46 am

        contrary to the common opinion – it is ratings war -, methinks it is the corporate owned (thank you, bill for that) talking points that need to be rushed out that these tools are found handy at.

        • 97 57andfemale
          February 6, 2015 at 12:19 pm

          Clinton’s Telecom Bill, welfare “reform”, The “Religious Freedom Act”; and happily meeting with Gingrich in the afternoon after Gingrich was breathing fire into the impeachment hearings in the morning, to deregulate the banks and repeal Glass-Steagall. Yeah, Bill Clinton plays progressive on the campaign trail and governed like a Republican.

  38. 98 Nena20409
    February 6, 2015 at 11:35 am

  39. 99 JER
    February 6, 2015 at 11:37 am

  40. 100 forus50
    February 6, 2015 at 11:41 am

    • 101 Don
      February 6, 2015 at 11:42 am

      Why the fuck would they need ammo because of a good jobs report?

      • 102 No Child Left Behind
        February 6, 2015 at 11:44 am

        That crew always search for ammo against our POTUS. They have nothing to offer except negative critics. So when things work, they gasp for air and SEARCH FOR AMMO.

        Good job POTUS!!!!

        • 103 Don
          February 6, 2015 at 11:52 am

          I really want to understand their thinking; I want to understand why they despise this President so much. It has to be more to it than race or party affiliation. I never hated George Bush; I just thought he was in over his head as President. I never would think to say that I hope he failed at his job. I just can’t understand the vitriol towards President Obama.

          • 104 dee
            February 6, 2015 at 12:01 pm

            I FEEL THE SAME WAY, Better yet, those who hate so, need to self-exam, and face the fact that is the one doing his job.

          • 105 EricFive
            February 6, 2015 at 12:09 pm

            PBO and the Obama coalition are a threat to the status quo. That is why voting rights are now controversial (to make it harder to elect another PBO). That is why we have Citizens United (so the super rich can combat the millions of small donations from ordinary people that allowed PBO to break fundraising records). PBO is the “people’s President”, not the “corporation’s President”. So the Owner class that controls the GOP and control the media fear and despise what PBO represents because he and the people who elected him twice are a threat to their power, to their control.

          • 106 Vicki
            February 6, 2015 at 12:16 pm

            Don, yes it is race and party. However
            The big threat is to their PROFITS.

            War, military sales, Guns, armour, weapons fighter planes we keep buying that the military says it doesn’t need, 11 nuclear subs and wanting more, more, more. China has 1 nuclear sub last I checked.

            All the noise against The President is to further the drumbeats of War and fear. I hope POTUS sees it that way, too, because it is not as personal or hurtful if you view it that way.
            Madmen, greedy and drunk with trying to drain the planet of everything is a fair description of the GOP, Corporations, and the DLC.

            Not personal, President Obama. You are what stands in the way of the 1% obliterating the rest of us. Clearly very little will stop them from trying to damage you.

  41. 107 Don
    February 6, 2015 at 11:41 am

    I absolutely love Barack Obama; I can’t get enough of him.

    • 108 Nena20409
      February 6, 2015 at 11:53 am

      My brother who has been a GOPer all his life shocked us on Feb 1st, 2015 and said when POTUS came on LIVE with SavanahG……saying:
      I voted for Obama 2X. I have never regretted my vote and I like him a lot. We were all watching the Super Bowl at his house. I was speechless. I smiled and said: Wow……welcome to the light 😉

      • 109 arapaho415
        February 6, 2015 at 1:46 pm

        Happy surprise for you, Nena.

        Wish we could make a pill that would allow other conservatives (and RWNJs) to come to their senses. Your brother was no doubt concerned about having a clueless McCain at the helm during the financial meltdown and terrified at the thought of the TundraTwit a heartbeat away from the Presidency. Even those who voted for #NoTermMitt no doubt did so while clenching their jaws.

      • February 6, 2015 at 3:21 pm

        Nena, “Wow…..welcome to the light”
        That is so encouraging. One person at a time.
        I feel guilty enjoying all of this light and peace. I am overjoyed for you and your brother.
        I had to come to terms during the election and re-election of our President that some people would get it. Some would not. Some it would take along time. I had to start walking to keep my blood pressure from killing me.

        I am much calmer, serene and tolerate of haters now.
        This President’s coming upon the scene has helped to uncovered, shed light on hateful, angry, vile, vindictive, “gotcha moment” people every day. (even me)
        Oh, yes, even me…..
        I was sitting on the sidelines comfortably pointing finger blaming others.
        I came from community service. The Scripture let’s us know we are here to serve. Never mind what anybody else is doing.
        I had to ask myself
        What are you doing?
        I sleep better. i live and love better. I am better. Because I dared to care.
        I will always be grateful to President Obama for awakening that spirit up in me.
        Thank you God for “Let there be Light.”

  42. 111 JER
    February 6, 2015 at 11:58 am

  43. 112 FoxfireTX
    February 6, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Daesh is reporting that the last remaining US hostage is dead. They blame the Jordanian airstirkes but who knows where and when she died. So sad.

  44. 113 Nena20409
    February 6, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    I believe that ISIL/Da’ash killed her and is trying to stop the bombardments from the sky by LYING.

  45. 115 JER
    February 6, 2015 at 12:09 pm

  46. 116 JER
    February 6, 2015 at 12:11 pm

  47. 118 57andfemale
    February 6, 2015 at 12:40 pm

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