Rise and Shine

On This Day – Pete Souza: “From early spring to late fall, the light in the Oval Office is fairly consistent with the sun high above the horizon during the day. But during the winter months, the sun is lower and splashes through the back window in the early morning and late afternoon. Here, in the midst of the morning light, the President talks on the phone with British Prime Minister David Cameron.” Feb. 13, 2012


Today (all times Pacific)

11:20: The President delivers remarks at the Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, Stanford University

12:20: Participates in a roundtable with business leaders, Stanford University

4:40: Delivers remarks at a DNC fundraiser, private residence, San Francisco


On This Day

President Obama honors National Medal of Arts recipient Al Pacino in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, February 13, 2012

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk down the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, February 13, 2012


President Obama runs to the stage before speaking to workers and guests at the Linamar Corporation plant in Arden, N.C., on Feb. 13, 2013, as he travels after delivering his State of the Union address

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a “Let’s Move!” and “Sesame Street” public service announcement taping with Big Bird in the White House Kitchen, Feb. 13, 2013 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)



133 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    February 13, 2015 at 9:14 am


  2. 4 GGail
    February 13, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family. Happy Friday 😊

  3. 7 vcprezofan2
    February 13, 2015 at 9:26 am

    That’s a very supportive, we-are-in-this-together hug PBO and MLO are sharing! I truly ❤ this couple back, front, inside and out! 😀

    Thanks, Ms Chips for your unflinching loyalty and commitment to these two outstanding world citizens!

  4. 17 GGail
    February 13, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Meta, go do security detail for PBO and report back to us!

    • February 13, 2015 at 9:58 am

      IF ONLY!! I’m not sure where he’s staying because I see they’re blocking off the area near the Fairmont but he usually stay at the Intercontinental in SOMA.

      BUT!!!! I just found out his fundraiser tonight is in my neighborhood!!!! OMG, I just have to walk a few blocks and think I may be able to see what’s going on!! Now I just need to guess the timing……I’ll take a walk down there a bit later to see if there are preparations being made. Wish me luck!!

      • 19 vcprezofan2
        February 13, 2015 at 10:04 am

        Meta, if you get close enough, ask his point guy/gal for the TOD tickets to the WH tour. We require special tickets. 😀

        • February 13, 2015 at 10:06 am

          Good point, vc. We need the inside tickets. I’ll see what I can do. Maybe a plate of cookies will help.

          • 21 vcprezofan2
            February 13, 2015 at 10:09 am

            I never thought of that! And some of your brownies, but take one of your signature pastry box along and after they have looked at them to convince themselves all is well, box them. (If you arrive with them in a box they may be initially suspicious.)

      • 22 Judith Fardig
        February 13, 2015 at 10:57 am

        Meta – how exciting to have PBO so close!! I hope you catch a glimpse!

      • 23 GGail
        February 13, 2015 at 11:01 am

        Ooooh meta! How exciting! Good luck!

  5. 24 jackiegrumbacher
    February 13, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Morning again. The EB Chat today is so chock full of information, it would take the rest of the day to process it. This really is the go to place to keep informed about everything.

    • 26 desertflower
      February 13, 2015 at 9:41 am


    • 27 arapaho415
      February 13, 2015 at 11:58 am

      GE amk.

      As DF said, perfect.

      It’s perfect in so many ways — every MSMer should be asked this question to see the consequences of their “reporting.”

      It’s also perfect because it was penned for the Charlotte Observer, just down the road from Chapel Hill (and just over the Great Smoky Mountains from our TNmtnGirl).

      In CA terms, it’s as if Los Angeles said this about San Diego (which would probably never happened, since these two communities prefer to act like the other doesn’t exist — SD being a waystop to underage drinking in Tijuana for Angelenos, LOL).

  6. 28 99ts
    February 13, 2015 at 9:42 am

    gm TOD

    Our stock market went up over 2% today. I have no idea why so I blame Obama.
    Will the dow hit 18000 today?

    PM Abbott fired the party whip today – seems he blamed him for not keeping the back bench in line – or whatever.
    Our new state government starts tomorrow
    Grandbabe is visiting tomorrow
    Sometimes Life is good

    So that’s my news – not quite up to Nerdy’s standard 🙂

    I’ll be back in my morning to check out the US news – enjoy the day with PBO

  7. February 13, 2015 at 9:44 am

    They’re so simple.
    They really do tickle me.


    Perry: US Wants More Than ‘Young, Attractive’ Orator Obama
    DOVER, N.H. — Feb 12, 2015, 9:16 PM ET
    By HOLLY RAMER Associated Press

    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that voters have had enough of a “young, attractive” and inexperienced president and will be looking for a proven leader in 2016.

    Perry, who is considering a second run for president, wrapped up a two-day trip to New Hampshire with a speech at the Strafford County Republican Committee’s Lincoln Day Dinner. While he repeated his warning that GOP voters shouldn’t nominate a “critic in chief,” he had plenty of criticism for President Barack Obama, saying his lack of executive experience before becoming president has hurt him and that he hasn’t picked up many management skills on the job. The nation is ready, he said, to move beyond “eight years of this years of this young, very attractive, amazing orator, junior U.S. senator.”

    “I don’t think they’re going to go there,” Perry said. “They’re going to go to a tested, results-oriented executive who has a record of accomplishment.”


    • February 13, 2015 at 10:08 am

      So I guess Rick Perry is saying, hay try me I’m better then that young attractive, great orator Obama. What a joke Rick Perry is.

      • 31 GGail
        February 13, 2015 at 11:06 am

        Jealousy is a horrible disease that seems to have afflicted so many white men. Obamacare has a cure 😉 Get on board with PBO and you’ll feel better in no time.

  8. 32 desertflower
    February 13, 2015 at 9:46 am


    After trying and failing to make the Koch brothers the focus of the mid-term election, Democrats are digging deeper into the billionaire brothers’ operations to combat their prodigious fundraising and making them the focus — once again — of the 2016 election.
    Representatives of several powerful Democratic groups — from unions to abortion rights activists and environmentalists — gathered behind closed doors on Tuesday to take the next steps in plotting a strategy for dealing with Charles and David Koch’s plan to raise and spend more than $889 million over the next two years.

    More at the link>

    • 33 Vicki
      February 13, 2015 at 9:53 am

      Making the Kochs the focus is a sure path to huge Democratic defeat.

      Negative messages only work on GOP.

      Dems get off their sofas when they believe their concerns are being heard and their needs being met.

      VPOTUS had the best message yesterday. The economy is surging, families have reason to hope, let’s keep it going.

      Even if I seem monotonous and one-note only I believe in this message. If we had done this in 2014 the mid-terms could have turned out very differently.

    • 35 amk for obama
      February 13, 2015 at 9:58 am

      All that koch money aided and abetted 24×7 noise couldn’t derail Obama. The dems are taking a wrong lesson from 2014 as usual. Sigh. It’s the messaging, you stupid.

      • 36 Vicki
        February 13, 2015 at 10:03 am

        amk Corporate Dems do not want to win. They have entirely gone over to the other side. Call me crazy. You saw the $250,000 payments to buy Dem votes for Keystone? That’s what I’m saying.

    • 38 arapaho415
      February 13, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      GM DF,

      Another example of how the MSM treats our national election as a horserace for cash, not as something meaningful for its citizens.


  9. 39 MightyPamela
    February 13, 2015 at 9:47 am

    ❤ ❤ _^..^_ ❤ ❤ 2:00 this afternoon. Many blessings. ❤

  10. 46 Linda
    February 13, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Alabama’s ‘Redneck News’ Reports On Changes After Gay Marriage (VIDEO)

    An intrepid citizen journalist in Blount County, Alabama posted a video to Facebook on Wednesday reporting on the changes to his state after legalization of gay marriage.

    With a handheld camera, “Redneck News” anchor Jeremy Todd Addaway walked viewers through his property to survey any possible damage after the state ended its ban on same-sex marriage.

    “This pile of brush is still here, and there are no homosexuals layin’ on top of it, doin’ homosexual things,” Addaway said.


    This is funny. Although he says he did see a couple of ” suspect squirrels ” doing something….

  11. 47 donna dem 4 obama
    February 13, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Good TGIF Morning TOD!

    4 Day Weekend Baby!!!!!!

  12. 49 donna dem 4 obama
    February 13, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Safe travels LDS and warm thoughts for CanadaBarb for a speedy recovery.

  13. 50 desertflower
    February 13, 2015 at 9:54 am

    LOL. They really are something.


    There are few members of Congress more opposed to using government funds to boost the economy than Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). As a candidate in 2011, he blasted President Barack Obama’s job creation agenda as “yet another rehash of the same big-government stimulus programs that have consistently failed to generate jobs.” Government, he went on, “doesn’t create jobs. The private sector…creates jobs.” In office, Cruz has inveighed against the president’s “failed stimulus, which reminds us that jobs are not created by the federal government”—a message he’s sure to repeat if he launches a presidential bid, which looks more likely by the day.

    But before entering politics, when he was a $695-an-hour lawyer in private practice, Cruz once delivered a full-throated defense of the stimulus spending he now condemns. In a little-noticed legal brief Cruz filed in July 2009 on behalf of the Texas Retired Teachers Association, he argued in favor of the legality and constitutionality of the Texas state government using federal stimulus money to cut a one-time $500 check to some 250,000 retired teachers. Moreover, Cruz touted the economic benefits of the payments and noted that they would help fulfill the mission of Obama’s stimulus. These $500 checks, Cruz wrote, “will directly impact the [Texas] economy…and will directly further the greater purpose of economic recovery for America.”

    • 51 arapaho415
      February 13, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      If we had a honest media, it wouldn’t be hard to document dozens (hundreds?) of lawmakers who did exactly the same thing.

      Back when I watched @Maddow on a regular basis, my favorite (in being appalled by) segments were those which posted photos of the many lawmakers posing with giant faux-stimulus checks, grinning because they achieved success in getting district to suckle off the government’s teat.

  14. February 13, 2015 at 9:55 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and even amk. Thanks Chips for a wonderful Friday R & S roundup! 🙂

    POTUS’ Buzzfeed video is now over 21M views in LESS than 24 hrs! 🙂 🙂 #ThanksObama

  15. 60 Vicki
    February 13, 2015 at 9:57 am

    HRC came out of hiding briefly today with an op-ed in the NY Times co-authored with Bill Frist a Republican.
    Subject was need to retain S-CHIP.
    I have no argument with this bland piece but I do find it interesting that it is a non-controversial issue written with a Repub. Lady Walmart is making certain nobody confuses her with a Liberal or Progressive actual Democrat.

    • 61 Vicki
      February 13, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Unlike PBO and YOLO hopefruit mentioned above, this newspaper article will be read by very few. I didn’t actually read it. Please. I noted it.
      PBO Buzzfeed—worth many looks.

      • February 13, 2015 at 10:28 am

        21 million, that is why some is criticizing POTUS about the BuzzFeed video.Talking about how he is damaging the office of the president. They know the BuzzFeed video is reaching people who might sign up for ACA.

        • 63 arapaho415
          February 13, 2015 at 12:22 pm

          Yeah, like having a 21st century president in a codpiece is so presidential. Bah.

        • 64 EricFive
          February 13, 2015 at 12:31 pm

          “Some” will criticize any and everything PBO does. It is wonderful to see PBO bypassing the corrupt msm establishment and communicating directly with the American people. PBO is working around the MSM’s attempted blackout of his Presidency/message to great effect.

    • 65 Linda
      February 13, 2015 at 10:14 am

      Teaming up with Bill Frist is just another reason to stay clear of HRC.

      • 66 amk for obama
        February 13, 2015 at 10:18 am

        IIRR, isn’t frist considered one of the decent repubs?

        • February 13, 2015 at 10:30 am

          no. without anyone asking him to, he “diagnosed” terry schiavo from video clips he saw in “the news” and used her family’s tragedy for what he perceived as political gain:

          he’s another silver spoon-fed republican with his dad starting one of the largest health insurance companies in america, which makes billy mega-rich. this company has been preying upon the public and profiting enormously for decades now by denying people healthcare as an “insurance” company, despite he and his family all went to medical school and became doctors.

          • 68 amk for obama
            February 13, 2015 at 10:32 am

            Oh, ok. Thanks. Wrong memory then.

            • February 13, 2015 at 10:34 am

              and this is who hillary is wants to associate with. can’t wait for lanny davis to be all over “the news” now too. #Thanks Hillary

              • 70 amk for obama
                February 13, 2015 at 10:39 am

                wants to be ‘popular’ with all those ‘hard working’ murkans again? #triangulation

                • 71 EricFive
                  February 13, 2015 at 12:35 pm

                  She is a horrible politician with bad political instincts/strategy. She seems to be attempting to run a general election strategy before even winning the Dem primaries. It makes no sense.

              • February 13, 2015 at 11:32 am

                The article is not bad it’s just that both act like a crisis is on the immediate horizon when in reality Congress has until September to reauthorize S-CHIP and they both admit ACA would be able to fill the void in most instances.

            • 74 arapaho415
              February 13, 2015 at 12:25 pm

              First was another example of MSM fawning over one of their own — elite, culturally progressive (i.e., women and LGBT parity) that they praised to high heavens.

              One of the reasons I’m grateful/addicted to TOD is that I’ve had my eyes opened up, that I learn so much here.

              I now how to recalibrate all the media pieces I read before joining TODville to sort through the MSM lies over the decades.

          • 76 Linda
            February 13, 2015 at 10:46 am

            Don’t forget that his family business was HCA Hospitals…. The same company that received the highest fine in US history for bilking Medicare . Gov Rick Scott came from there also

            • 77 arapaho415
              February 13, 2015 at 12:27 pm


              WTG, HRC, teaming up with another Rick Scott — still cannot understand how a convicted fraudster/swindler got elected twice by FL.

        • 78 Linda
          February 13, 2015 at 10:32 am

          Some are considered decent on the surface….which is just a cover for their shady dealings underneath.

          Read his wiki page starting at section 10


      • 79 Vicki
        February 13, 2015 at 10:54 am

        Two more days for ACA enrollment and this So-Called Democrat is talking about a health initiative that isn’t Obamacare!!!!!
        With a RW Corporate stooge.

  16. 80 Linda
    February 13, 2015 at 10:21 am

    CEOs of Facebook, Yahoo!, Microsoft and Google snub Obama’s cybersecurity summit


    Someone named John Kennedy wrote this . I have no clue who he is , but apparently he thinks Executive orders need to be approved by Congress….. ” Whether Obama’s executive order stands any chance of getting through Congress is another question. The clear signal right now is the White House and Silicon Valley do not stand united on cybersecurity. “

    • 81 amk for obama
      February 13, 2015 at 10:25 am

      of course, these same self-important libertarian turds will kiss the ass of chinese and eu and say, you boss, whatever you say boss.

    • 82 nospin
      February 13, 2015 at 10:52 am

      lots of other folks willing and quite capable of taking their spot.

    • 83 arapaho415
      February 13, 2015 at 12:30 pm


      I’m with amk.

      These liberatarian emoprog dudebros (aka elite white males) are more dangerous than the RWNJ dog-whistles — our despicable MSM can’t get enough of them and “report” on their meaningless greed.

  17. 84 JER
    February 13, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

  18. 89 JER
    February 13, 2015 at 10:25 am

    • February 13, 2015 at 10:32 am

      Aha! I’m glad PBO stayed in this stately hotel at the top of Nob Hill. That explains why there was such a weird re-routing of traffic and public transportation. Thanks, JER.

  19. 91 JER
    February 13, 2015 at 10:26 am

    • 92 GGail
      February 13, 2015 at 11:25 am

      JER, once again – you come through with the 411. Thanks!

      • 93 vcprezofan2
        February 13, 2015 at 12:09 pm

        /waving/ Good wc morning to you, GxG! I notice the speakers at this summit insist on mentioning the good weather in CA, but *I* refuse to give up my brisk and very cold Friday (since I can’t).

        • 94 arapaho415
          February 13, 2015 at 12:38 pm

          GM vc (I’m late to TOD this morning, so am moseying down this thread talking to myself, no doubt, LOL).

          Depends on whether you define good weather as a typical mid-February day or one that’s here because of climate change.

          MTMarilyn had a discussion about the weather last night (60 degrees in Missoula yesterday, just not right for February) — and this is our second heat wave of the winter — low temps hovering around 70F (which is warm in the summer here) and daytime highs in the mid-80s.

          In the recent past, you shouldn’t be able to see down the block in SF because of the bay fog, even during the summer.

          Move along, climate change deniers, nothing to see here (as the northeast is bracing for another bone-chilling blizzard — the ying and yang of north American weather, apparently).

          • 95 vcprezofan2
            February 13, 2015 at 12:46 pm

            WC morning, Arap.

            I define good weather as whatever ‘good weather’ we get whenever we get it regardless of what we *should* be getting. My feelings are that we *will pay* when the bad weather comes so I’m all for enjoying the ‘good’ when it’s in play. No sense tainting the good with thoughts of the bad – kinda like how I feel about thinking of 2017 now while PBO is still president. I generally don’t.

            • 96 arapaho415
              February 13, 2015 at 1:46 pm


              I banish any thought of 2017, one of the reasons I’m so adamantly opposed to 2016 candidates now, with the except of @VP Joe.

              More proof of how MSM is crawling deeper into the pockets of GOP/Comcast/Kochs — simply because Dick “dick” Cheney didn’t run in 2008, media dismiss @VP’s ACCOMPLISMENTS — apparently being a Senator at the earliest age possible, being a humble (i.e., not high-flying) Senator taking public transit to work for 36 years without a hint of actual scandal (that plagiarism frothing was all MSM fever) does not qualify a Dem for being President — yeah Yahoo Tundra Twit, Lying Ryan, Rand “conspiracy theories” Paul, Newt “grifter” Gingrich, Rick “oops” Perry, ad nauseum are worthy of national speculation and donations from this country’s most greedy and heartless.

  20. 97 amk for obama
    February 13, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Saudi Arabia has suspended operations at its embassy in Yemen, as the security situation in the country deteriorates.

    It is the first Arab country to suspend its diplomatic mission. Many Western embassies have also closed.

    The Saudis have long played a key role in Yemen, but their influence has been shaken by a recent political takeover by the Houthis, a Shia rebel group.

    The Houthis ousted the US-backed government last week.

    In a statement Saudi Arabia said its staff had been evacuated from the embassy and had “arrived safely in the kingdom [Saudi Arabia]”.

    Germany and Italy also joined the diplomatic exodus on Friday, following decisions by the US, Britain and France to end their missions.


  21. 98 amk for obama
    February 13, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Russians are feeling the pinch. Some talk of salaries being frozen. Others worry that they might lose their jobs. Food prices have gone up. The rouble’s value has plummeted. Some landlords – and even taxi drivers in Moscow – insist on being paid in dollars.

    So the question is, has this squeeze affected support for President Putin and his government? The euphoria over taking Crimea has long subsided – to be replaced by a bleak mix of bloodshed in Ukraine and an economic downturn.

    The news that the Minsk talks have managed to get agreement on a ceasefire will be greeted with relief by most Russians.

    But I would caution those in the West who assume pressure from sanctions has been the key to bringing President Putin to the negotiating table. Belts may be tightening. But it’s not clear Russian views of their government have been radically altered.

    My sense is that over the last six months opinions here were not altered by the deepening Ukrainian crisis, but became more entrenched and polarised.


    Of course, the first grafs are facts. The last two are bridget kendall doing ‘analysis’ based on some say. #airhead

    • 99 EricFive
      February 13, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      I agree AMK. The economic pressure was designed to hurt the Russian elite, and it is. Any threat to Putin would come from the Russian Oligarchs who would have the power to overthrow him, not the ordinary Russian citizen (who may be more steeped in propaganda than Americans). This writer appears to be playing dumb.

  22. 101 amk for obama
    February 13, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Messenger of God: Indian critics pan guru film.

    Jamkhandikar advises you “to leave behind every ounce of common sense or sanity that you possess” if you go to see the film.

    “The pot-bellied, hirsute hero who wears the most psychedelic clothes known to mankind can turn bullets into a crown, swords into rose petals, produce electricity from the palm of his hand; and while doing all this, gambol in meadows with bunnies as women dance in the background,” she writes.

    “MSG is an unabashed propaganda film, one that never tires of telling us that Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is God’s own child who has been sent to earth to rid it of evils such as the drug and flesh trade.

    “This is a movie that is so bad, it’s good. It is horrifying and hilarious at the same time. So what do you get out of it? Three hours of disbelief plastered on your face that you cannot wipe off, no matter how hard you try. Go watch it if you want to get astounded.”

    LOL. Us indians will never get tired of being bamboozled by the various gurus and saints.

  23. 103 57andfemale
    February 13, 2015 at 10:48 am

  24. 109 amk for obama
    February 13, 2015 at 11:04 am

    beebs asked me to try their new ‘exciting’ website. 36-point blaring headlines? No, thanks. (but, I am sure they’ll thrust it in my face fersure)

  25. 110 amk for obama
    February 13, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Pervez Musharraf has said that under his regime, Pakistan had tried to undermine the Afghan government led by ex-president Hamid Karzai for helping “India stab Pakistan in the back”.

    “In President Karzai’s times, yes, indeed, he was damaging Pakistan and, therefore, we were working against his interest. Obviously, we had to protect our own interest,” the former military ruler said in an interview published on Friday.

    Spies in Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence had given birth to the Taliban after 2001 because the Karzai- government had an overwhelming number of non-Pashtuns and officials who were said to favour India, Musharraf said.

    “Obviously, we were looking for some groups to counter this Indian action against Pakistan.

    “That is where the intelligence work comes in. Intelligence being in contact with Taliban groups. Definitely they were in contact, and they should be,” the 71-year-old former dictator told The Guardian in his luxurious home here.


    Sooo, how is it working for ya now, perverse?

    • 111 amk for obama
      February 13, 2015 at 11:31 am

      Taliban militants have attacked worshippers at a Shia mosque in the Pakistani city of Peshawar with guns and grenades, killing at least 20.

      Police killed one of the militants in a gunfight around the mosque, in the wealthy Hayatabad district.

      Another of the militants blew himself up with a suicide vest, and a third was arrested, police said.

      Two weeks ago, another attack on a Shia mosque in Sindh province’s Shikarpur district left more than 60 people dead.


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    Does anybody know why Obamafoodorama shut down her blog?

    February 13, 2015 at 11:37 am


  31. 123 JER
    February 13, 2015 at 11:38 am

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    February 13, 2015 at 11:51 am

  34. 128 JER
    February 13, 2015 at 12:13 pm

  35. February 13, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    OH, I wish I knew this was happening!!

  36. February 13, 2015 at 12:22 pm


    And WHOA, was that low! Shook a bit!

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