Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama looks out the window of the Oval Office, Feb. 12, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (all times Eastern)

2:05: The President signs the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act; The First Lady also attends

2:55: The President departs the White House

3:10: Departs Andrews Air Force Base en route San Francisco

5:40 (PST): Arrives in San Francisco


On This Day

President Obama goes over papers while on the phone in the Oval Office, Feb. 12, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama laughs during a meeting with, from left, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Mona Sutphen, White House Counsel Bob Bauer, and Director of the Office of Health Reform Nancy-Ann DeParle in the Oval Office, Feb. 12, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama works on his State of the Union address with staff in the Oval Office, Feb. 12, 2013. Seated, from left, are: Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications; Director of Speechwriting Jon Favreau; and Cody Keenan, Deputy Director of Speechwriting (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama watches as First Lady Michelle Obama playfully greets him on the Colonnade of the White House, Feb. 12, 2013. Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to the First Lady, and Personal Aide Kristin Jones, left, accompany Mrs. Obama (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama walks on the Colonnade of the White House on his way to the Oval Office, Feb. 12, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama is greeted before giving his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill on February 12, 2013



103 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. February 12, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Good morning TOD folks!

  2. 17 amk for obama
    February 12, 2015 at 9:48 am


  3. 18 FoxfireTX
    February 12, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Good morning TOD! James Comey, PBO’s appointee to head the FBI, is giving a speech on Law Enforcement and Race at GW University at 10;00 EST. Live streaming here: http://www.georgetown.edu/news/comey-on-fbi-race-law-enforcement.html

    I’ve been impressed with the little bit I’ve seen of him since his appointment.

    • 19 arapaho415
      February 12, 2015 at 10:44 am

      And our stellar MSM continue to beat the drum on how “divisive” our President is, ignoring that steadfast Republicans (Hagel, LaHood, Comey, etc.) have executive authority over significant aspects of US domestic and foreign policy.

  4. 20 Linda
    February 12, 2015 at 9:55 am

    GOP Presidential Hopefuls And Members Of Congress Appear In New Anti-Gay ‘Documentary’ –

    Today, Faith 2 Action’s Janet Porter sent out an email to activists excitedly announcing that she is finishing up editing a new anti-gay documentary that she intends to release at the National Religious Broadcaster’s Convention in Nashville at the end of this month.

    Porter, who was a longtime Religious Right activist and radio host until she lost her program due to her increasing radicalism only to re-emerge as an anti-abortion activist and right-wing social media entrepreneur, has brought together a who’s who of hardline anti-gay activists, members of Congress, and presidential hopefuls for her film entitled “Light Wins: How To Overcome The Criminalization Of Christianity.”

    Among the participants are Rep. Steve King, Rep. Trent Franks, Rep. Louie Gohmert, Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Sen. Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, David Barton, James Dobson, Mat Staver, Phyllis Schlafly, Scott Lively, Alveda King, Brian Camenker, Frank Pavone, Robert Knight, John Stemberger, and, of course, Porter herself, who can been seen walking around in the woods with a lantern, warning that gay activists are seeking to turn Christians into criminals:


    Not one of the elected congressmen appear in the trailer…..hmmmmm

    • February 12, 2015 at 10:08 am

      This really caught my eye because my husband and I will be at this convention in Nashville. You’re probably thinking WHAT?????? My husband is lined up with one interview(Campus Crusade for Christ) (right now……may be more) about his hiking the AT as a chaplain for the UMC. The video has pretty much gone national. He had a phone interview yesterday with Paul Ladd, has another phone interview lined up with Rick Tocquigny who has a national broadcast called Life Lessons. (He has interviewed PO on his program.) When he has gotten these requests, we have done our research about the person, being very careful that a hidden agenda doesn’t occur. Yes, my husband is a Republican, but not a RWNJ, not even close. In fact, one the things he shares in every interview or speech he does is that we should not judge people, just meet them where they are and be a listener……leave the judging up to God.

      I’m looking forward to experience “radio row” and check out all the right-wingers there. I’ll report afterwards. 🙂

  5. 22 vcprezofan2
    February 12, 2015 at 9:58 am

    This person’s wants raised my eyebrows and made me smile so I decided to share it. Shorter wants ‘I wand to be important to you, damn it!’ 😀

    Thanks for the ML pics, Chips Chica! Notice how PBO’s ML pics are very often happy, reflective, or focused….. never grumpy? I love walking down the President’s Memory Lane any time, any day!

  6. 23 amk for obama
    February 12, 2015 at 10:04 am

    If the last pistachio nut is too strong to crack, just let it go, dude. #todayslesson

  7. 24 JER
    February 12, 2015 at 10:06 am

    LIVE NOW: FBI Director Comey at Georgetown University – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  8. 25 vcprezofan2
    February 12, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Another upcoming free entry weekend at national parks – I guess they are trying to draw people out in these cold months.

  9. February 12, 2015 at 10:10 am

    funny thing about the black and white photo of the speechwriters with our president, is that jon favreau the speechwriter is there, and cody keenan looks just like jon faveau the actor/producer in that photo.

    • 27 arapaho415
      February 12, 2015 at 10:27 am

      GM 4more.

      I was captivated by that photo. To me, it’s iconic, such a great photo of everyone — it says to all the hates that this what “tension” in the Oval Office looks like.

  10. 28 vcprezofan2
    February 12, 2015 at 10:11 am

    I have no idea why I like to post contests, other than the fact that I feel sure many of you here have talented offsprings or relatives who might be interested. This one has a March 1st deadline.

  11. 29 vcprezofan2
    February 12, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Feeding time for this villager. CUl8r

  12. 30 amk for obama
    February 12, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Is this how you cheat #danny too?

  13. February 12, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Here is the video done about my husband’s hike of the AT. I should have shred it with my TOD family earlier. It is four minutes in length. Hope you enjoy.


  14. 39 JER
    February 12, 2015 at 10:24 am

    LIVE NOW: FBI Director Comey at Georgetown University – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

    • 40 JER
      February 12, 2015 at 10:26 am

      • February 12, 2015 at 12:00 pm

        Important speech, and, it’s sad to say, it could have more impact because it comes from a white man, who is associated with republicans ( he was an assistant to Bush’s DOJ, wasn’t he ?)

        I get good vibes from Mr. Comey. An honest man. The emoprogs were critical of his nomination. But , AS USUAL, President Obama made a great choice.

    • 42 arapaho415
      February 12, 2015 at 10:30 am

      GM JER.

      From @nytimes homepage now:

      The F.B.I.’s director, James B. Comey, is doing something no F.B.I. chief has ever done: delivering a major speech on relations between blacks and the police.
      NBC News”

    • 45 Linda
      February 12, 2015 at 10:32 am

      oh Joy…. how silly you are….The speech will be ignored , like everything is ignored under this President.

      P. S ….your show stinks…

  15. February 12, 2015 at 10:26 am

    i know some here like al giordano’s work, and i had been thinking about jon stewart leaving the daily show, and of course al nails it on why i don’t really care that much (right from his Facebook page, everyone here should follow it):

    “I don’t know about the rest of you, but, seriously, I can’t think of a single instance when hearing “bad news” made me want to go out and change the world or anything in it. I don’t “get” why anybody would post or share a link to the latest media-fed atrocity or horrible thing that happened to somebody or to entire groups of people or to the natural world. The sum of so much maudlin and macabre “sharing” only serves to immobilize, depress and make people more lethargic and apathetic than we are already. The presumption that if we could only see or hear how bad things are the tragedy will somehow motivate us to action is insulting to human intelligence. More often than not, such expressions simply repeat the messages of mass media. When the media does it, it’s intended to turn us into weeping, sobbing clumps of defeat curled into a fetal position. What makes that any different when a friend shares it? What the hell are so many of you thinking by constantly sharing the bad news without also proposing an action plan with strategy to change it? Such posts are the snuff films of “news,” disaster porn, nothing more, nothing less. They do not make you a better person. They only complete your transformation into a mechanical cog in the mass media borg. They do not do anything to change or prevent the atrocity from happening again and again.”

    personally, I’m glad some of our “disaster porn” purveyors of the past aren’t around here much anymore, or at all.

    • 47 arapaho415
      February 12, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Said this to Don on the previous thread… Jon Stewart is the poster child for dudebro emoprogs, he and @ChrisLHayes should get a room.

      Stephen Colbert and John Oliver prove that life exists outside the northeast Acela corridor.

  16. February 12, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I knew Rendell would be front and center. UGH.

    • 50 amk for obama
      February 12, 2015 at 10:30 am

      has the choice of the convention city ever affected the outcome of an election?

    • 53 arapaho415
      February 12, 2015 at 10:40 am

      My motto this year: ignore all #ReadyForHillary mouthpieces (or as that RWNJ troller so hilariously put it, “mothpieces” — can’t stop laughing about that one. 😉 )

      The good news is that PBO will be in the PST tonight!

      How’s the weather in your fair city? LL and I commiserated yesterday about the fricking heat wave we’re enduring. Our low temp this morning was 67F — which is more like an Aug/Sept low temp.

  17. 57 JER
    February 12, 2015 at 10:38 am

  18. 58 57andfemale
    February 12, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Mark Kirk. Oh. My. God:

    • 59 arapaho415
      February 12, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Even R-money (aka #NoTermMitt) would get whiplash from your Senator.

      What was PBO’s home state thinking when they elected Kirk and Rauner?

      From the article:
      “But then this poll came out, showing Mark Kirk looking weak at home. Even more ominous for him? Illinois voters approved of Obama’s immigration measures 62-30. Uh oh. So late yesterday, Kirk came out for a clean DHS funding bill.

      ‘I generally agree with the Democratic position here.’

      So to recap, within 24 hours, Kirk went from ‘we should build a number of coffins outside each Democratic office and say: You are responsible for these dead Americans, to ‘I generally agree with the Democratic position.'”

      • 60 57andfemale
        February 12, 2015 at 11:00 am

        2010 and 2014. Dems gotta vote and they don’t. Sigh.

        Kirk saw his reelection getting scrutiny the last few days. Hence the whiplash shift.

        I will anything in my power to see him defeated. Unfortunately, he casts a moderate vote once in awhile. That’s how he gets elected.

        We need a decent candidate to run against him and so far the names I’m seeing are underwhelming. Blue Dogs who I loathe. A Democrat can run a progressive, populist campaign in IL and effing WIN.

        • 61 japa21
          February 12, 2015 at 11:05 am

          See my note below. For all that IL is considered a blue state, there are very few really progressive Dems of note. I am sure they are out there, but they generally keep their heads down. The voters are far more progressive than the politicians.

      • 63 57andfemale
        February 12, 2015 at 11:04 am

        I have some news guy tweeter yesterday hell when he said Kirk was supporting the Dem position. I told the guy to pay attention to what had happened the day before. Who knew this worthless twit had gone 180 in less than 24 hours?

    • 65 japa21
      February 12, 2015 at 11:03 am

      I wrote him yesterday saying he has shown that he is no moderate and he can kiss 2016 good bye. I don’t think he has a chance that year. By then Rauner will have destroyed any GOP chances in the state. Kirk will try to distance himself from Rauner, saying Rauner is too radical and then he will be drowned under a tsunami of ads showing his own radicalism.

      The only way he can win is if the Dems run somebody like Alex again. I really hope for Lisa to run.

      • 66 57andfemale
        February 12, 2015 at 11:09 am

        I write this twit regularly, with your exact sentiments.

        Rauner is going to be that bad, yes he is. Kirk barely wanted to be seen with him before the election, much less after he totally ruins the state.

        Illinois Dems have to stop “Elizabeth Warrening” Lisa Madigan as if she’s our only candidate. Would she win any higher office in IL she wants? Of course (still think she has her sights on Governor, once her children are older). We need to work like a forward-thinking organization and groom good candidates. But Kirk is slimy/skillful at leveraging the few “moderate” votes he casts. However, he cannot undo the damage of the DHS vote, which will haunt him through election day. And his “diplomacy=appeasement” on Iran. He might as well be Lindsey Graham, and as they say, that don’t play in Peoria.

      • 67 57andfemale
        February 12, 2015 at 11:11 am

        have you seen the motley crew that is interested in running for Senate? Cherie Bustos and other blue dogs. She’s one who talks a good progressive game, until she votes. We don’t need that here. We can win with a decent Dem.

  19. 68 arapaho415
    February 12, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Our @VP Biden will be in Des Moines today, and…

  20. 69 JER
    February 12, 2015 at 10:43 am

  21. 70 57andfemale
    February 12, 2015 at 10:49 am

  22. 71 Vicki
    February 12, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Here is the NYC Progressive take on Convention2016 held in Philadelphia.

    Mayor de Blasio has proved himself to be exactly as progressive as he had said he was during his election campaign. He wanted NYC to hold this event. So, on his behalf I am disappointed with the outcome.

    In every other respect I am happy the convention will Not be in NYC.

    The idea to hold it in Brooklyn at an arena mostly owned by Russian Oligarchs and financed by Wall street seemed nuts.
    Not to mention that a high percentage of NYC’s elected officials are indicted awaiting indictment or already incarcerated.
    Plus, Mayor de Blasio andGovernor Cuomo vying for attention is a spectacle I prefer to miss.

    All in all, Philadelphia—even with Rendell leading the band—seems ok to me.

    • 72 Linda
      February 12, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Philly is where this country was born….I think it is a perfect pick at this time in our history.

      I won’t be watching anything Ed Rendell has to say

    • 73 arapaho415
      February 12, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Agree with you, Vicki.

      If Brooklyn hosted the DNC, we’d get nothing but whining from our MSM-Brooklyn hipsters for weeks.

      Philly is the birthplace of this country, in one of the most gorgeous states in the USA. Hope their local businesses reap tremendous benefits from this selection.

  23. 74 57andfemale
    February 12, 2015 at 10:56 am


    • 75 amk for obama
      February 12, 2015 at 11:00 am

      When Coffman went off again about all the things McDonald hadn’t fixed, McDonald responded: “I’ve been here six months. You’ve been here longer than I have. If there’s a problem in Denver, I think you own it more than I do.”

      Wish all the PBO appointees did the same to every thug.

    • 77 Linda
      February 12, 2015 at 11:08 am

      Whoa…..that was excellent. !!!!!

  24. 79 JER
    February 12, 2015 at 10:59 am

  25. February 12, 2015 at 11:06 am

    I haz powerz:

  26. 90 Nerdy Wonka
    February 12, 2015 at 11:09 am


  27. 93 amk for obama
    February 12, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Supporters of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi scrap plans to open a temple dedicated to him after he says he is “appalled” by the news.


    injun wingnutz for ya.

  28. 94 57andfemale
    February 12, 2015 at 11:21 am

  29. February 12, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Best wishes for highest healing to Senator Reid.

  30. February 12, 2015 at 11:30 am

    The wife of alleged Chapel Hill shooter Craig Stephen Hicks may have defended her husband in the wake of the murder of three Muslim students Tuesday, but Karen Hicks is now seeking a divorce from the suspect, according to a report from the Associated Press. After saying her husband “champions the rights of others,” Hicks released a statement through her lawyer saying that she was divorcing Craig, who many believe targeted the students because of his anti-religion views


  31. February 12, 2015 at 11:36 am


    • 98 arapaho415
      February 12, 2015 at 12:14 pm


      This is so amazing, our pets are incredible and loving.

      What a wonderful story — proves they are so much better than certain scum who delusionally consider themselves human.

      ((( Sissy Franck, Cedar Rapids )))

    • 99 theo67
      February 12, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      So cute. My dog would have done something similar back in the day…

  32. 100 57andfemale
    February 12, 2015 at 11:46 am

  33. 102 57andfemale
    February 12, 2015 at 12:04 pm

  34. 103 Gazelle
    February 12, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    [There must be someone in TOD Village who could enter this contest! I’d love a non-professional to win it!]

    NOAA’s “Weather in Focus” photo contest recognizes photographers who have captured images of weather or the science used to forecast weather, water and climate. Winning images will be showcased in a new Gateway to NOAA exhibit located on the NOAA campus in Silver Spring, Md.

    The contest is open to the public, including professional photographers as well as NOAA employees – contractors, fellows, and interns. Professional photographers are welcome to submit photos under a separate category for professionals.

    All entries must be original work, taken by the submitting photographer between January 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015. Previously-published material may be entered, as long as the submission includes the date and publication it was published.

    More here: http://www.weather.gov/photocontest/

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