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Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama greets audience members after delivering remarks on the economy at the University of Miami Field House in Coral Gables, Fla., Feb. 23, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern)

11:10: The President delivers remarks to the National Governors Association, State Dining Room

12:0: White House Press Briefing

2:05: The President delivers remarks to the AARP

5:15: Participates in an ambassador credentialing ceremony

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MoooOOOooorning – Chat On!


108 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 jackiegrumbacher
    February 23, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Morning. Concerned about Rikyrah today. I will be gone all day, but hope we get some news.

  2. 6 donna dem 4 obama
    February 23, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Good Morning TOD

    Sending healing thoughts and prayers for Rikyrah this morning who apparently was hospitalized yesterday.

  3. 11 desertflower
    February 23, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Good morning everyone. My thoughts are with Rikyrah as well. {{{Rikyrah}}}

  4. 12 amk for obama
    February 23, 2015 at 7:57 am

    If you have AJ, try to catch a piece called Empire. It’s all about how the 1%ers have actually their power after 2008 fiasco.

  5. 18 africa
    February 23, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Happy Monday TODers!!

    Heeeeeya Chips.

    I will be praying for Rikyrah. Blessings everyone.

  6. 19 sherijr
    February 23, 2015 at 8:04 am

    All my healing thoughts and wishes to ((((((((Rikyrah)))))))) today. So sorry to hear of this, but grateful we were notified here, thank you.

  7. 20 amk for obama
    February 23, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Sir Malcolm Rifkind has been suspended from the Conservative Party in Parliament after being secretly filmed apparently offering his services to a private company for cash.

    Sir Malcolm and another former foreign secretary, Jack Straw, who was also filmed, say they have broken no rules.

    Reporters for the Daily Telegraph and Channel 4’s Dispatches posed as staff of a fake Chinese firm.

    ….

    It is claimed that Mr Straw was recorded describing how he operated “under the radar” and had used his influence to change EU rules on behalf of a firm which paid him £60,000 a year.

    On the subject of payment, Mr Straw is heard saying: “So normally, if I’m doing a speech or something, it’s £5,000 a day, that’s what I charge.”

    Sir Malcolm is reported to have claimed he could arrange “useful access” to every British ambassador in the world.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-31589202

    They are effing pimps.

  8. February 23, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Good Morning Chips & TOD Family, am sadden to hear about ((((((( Rikyrah ))))))) I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers & wish her a speedy recovery. Hope you all have a Marvelous Monday ;-))

  9. February 23, 2015 at 8:28 am

    May the Creator watch over Rikyrah…Amen

  10. February 23, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I love to see our President among the people…they love him so….as we do…

  11. 29 Don
    February 23, 2015 at 8:36 am

    In a matter of days we could both reach a nuclear deal with Iran and have the DHS shut down due to a lack of funding.

    • 30 jackiegrumbacher
      February 23, 2015 at 9:13 am

      Don, as usual, the great stride FORWARD in history comes from President Obama; the walk BACKWARDS in shutting down Homeland Security comes from Republicans. Twas ever thus and ever will be. Wake up America.

  12. February 23, 2015 at 8:47 am

    I didn’t see the Oscars last night, why was there such pushback on Patricia Arquette’s comments re pay equality?

  13. 34 africa
    February 23, 2015 at 8:52 am

  14. 35 otter 44
    February 23, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Healing thoughts and prayers for Rikyrah.

    Amk your daughter is awesome. You must be so proud of her accomplishments. I am so happy for you and your wife.

  15. 37 amk for obama
    February 23, 2015 at 9:00 am

    The Shikhar Dhawan interview: Opener keeps vow made to wife.

    For Shikhar Dhawan, Melbourne is his home ground. Well, almost, because his wife Ayesha is a resident of Melbourne.

    Ayesha was at the Melbourne Cricket Ground with their one-year-old son Zoravar. She then waited outside the team hotel, The Langham, for the Indian squad to return. When they finally came back, Dhawan met his family and had a brief private moment with them.

    Before the World Cup started, Dhawan had assured his wife that he will get a hundred in the first three matches. He came good on that promise.

    http://www.rediff.com/cricket/report/icc-world-cup-pix-the-shikhar-dhawan-interview-opener-keeps-vow-made-to-wife/20150223.htm

    I toldja.

  16. 38 Nerdy Wonka
    February 23, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Patricia Arquette’s backstage comments completely ruined her speech. The ignorance. UGH.

    Plus, Neil Patrick Harris’s race jokes and schtick with Octavia Spencer as the butt of the joke was insulting.

    • 39 Don
      February 23, 2015 at 9:09 am

      Oh so Arquette was/is out fighting for equal pay, POC, and LGBT, thanks Tric!

    • February 23, 2015 at 9:35 am

      I think this is but a little preview of the PUMA message coming to you in 2016. Buckle up.

      • 41 Nerdy Wonka
        February 23, 2015 at 9:45 am

        UGH. It reeks of privilege. As though others suffering and fights should be discarded and not advocated for alongside other important issues.

        • February 23, 2015 at 9:52 am

          Exactly. This has been a failing of the feminist movement since way back when. I remember going to conferences full of privileged white women to hash this stuff out. Women of Color have ALWAYS been in the fight for justice!

          • 43 Nerdy Wonka
            February 23, 2015 at 10:05 am

            THIS.

            That’s what the mainstream feminist movement doesn’t get. That’s why I can’t get with Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’ movement. One can go as far back as Sojourner Truth and find white women pushing Women of Color aside while demanding we fight for them.

            WOC make even less than white women. Affirmative action helps more white women than POC. Yet, we still fight for and with them; while being marginalized from the feminist movement. They don’t want us at the table, or they ignore us, then bristle when we demand to be heard and are pointing out why they remain stuck and can’t connect with minorities.

            That’s what has people reeling and feeling disgusted by Arquette’s comments. To think that POC and LGBT have to bow down to others for fighting for them and now the fight is over, so whatever. As though POC and LGBT weren’t front and center in their own fights. As though the fights aren’t still continuing. It’s casually dismissive and ignorant.

    • 46 amk for obama
      February 23, 2015 at 9:10 am

      And this idea, that “they” can’t love the way we do, is such an accepted idea Rudy Giuliani is comfortable saying so, out loud, in public, on the record.

      Thanks to the media for mainstreaming xenophobia, racism and hatred. Perils of unlimited 1st amendment.

    • 47 amk for obama
      February 23, 2015 at 9:14 am

      we’re talking about the complex evolution of civilization, shaped by wars and conflicts, by environmental pressures, by millennia of time, across the breadth of the world, restricted or advanced by the availability or scarcity of resources, by famine and plague, by religion, by economies many and varied, by love and hate and apathy, by adventure and discovery, by greed and fear and altruism and fad. We’re talking about the emergence of nations here, about the rise and fall of empires, about the migration of entire populations, voluntary and forced. We’re talking about the freedom and enslavement of endless billions over centuries, across oceans and continents, and the interaction of civilizations over time and how they shape the present.

      When you say, “Obama’s views are shaped by anti-colonialism” that’s what you’re talking about. All of that. All of it and far, far more. Vastly more.

      There’s a name for that.

      There’s a name for how the past shapes our present.

      It’s called history.

      There’s an old saying, it comes in many variations and it goes like this: Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.

      There’s another saying: the past repeats, always.

      Jim nails it.

      • 48 desertflower
        February 23, 2015 at 9:18 am

        Such a great writer. Always on point, IMO. Glad you liked the piece.

      • 51 jackiegrumbacher
        February 23, 2015 at 9:25 am

        AMK, I think Jim Wright is one of the best and most astute writers of the day. He never fails to shine light into darkness and call out ignorance and hypocrisy. If you are an enlightened, informed human being alive in the 21rst century, you are anti-colonialism. The idea of one country dominating and yes, enslaving, another is beyond despicable. Only the most ignorant and hideously cruel would think “pro-colonialism” a virtue. And there, I just described Rudy G.

    • 52 Don
      February 23, 2015 at 9:14 am

      After bringing Africans to this country to be slaves, and after lynching him and degrading him, it is impossible for a black President to love this country. That is what Rudy Giuliani was saying.

    • February 23, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      Great piece! As always, Jim nailed it! Thanks DF for sharing it with us.

  17. 55 africa
    February 23, 2015 at 9:11 am

  18. February 23, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Good morning, Obots!!

  19. 57 desertflower
    February 23, 2015 at 9:13 am

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2015/02/23/257449/obama-to-announce-retirement-account.html

    President Barack Obama will head to the AARP Monday afternoon to announce a change in policies affecting retirement accounts — part of a series of moves the White House says is aimed at boosting the middle class.

    Obama will call on the Department of Labor to develop a rule that would require retirement advisers to abide by a “fiduciary” standard — mandating that they put their clients’ interest ahead of making a profit.

    Unlike doctors or lawyers, financial advisers are not obligated to look out for their clients’ best interests, said Labor Secretary Tom Perez. He said the change would modernize a 40-year-old rule.

    Accountability? Financial advisors can’t make off with other people’s money? How will they spin and scream about this?

    • 58 jackiegrumbacher
      February 23, 2015 at 9:17 am

      Another example of moving forward toward justice with our president. And retirees will still overwhelmingly vote Republican because they’ve been so conditioned by propaganda they literally can’t see straight.

  20. 60 Linda
    February 23, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Jeh Johnson news conference today at 2 PM

  21. 61 Nerdy Wonka
    February 23, 2015 at 9:16 am

    While you were sleeping…….

  22. 62 africa
    February 23, 2015 at 9:17 am

  23. 63 JER
    February 23, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.
    Vice President Biden Speaks to the National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference

  24. 73 africa
    February 23, 2015 at 9:28 am

  25. 77 jackiegrumbacher
    February 23, 2015 at 9:28 am

    I will miss all the day’s excitement, as I’m off to visit MIL, who’s have some confusing times these days. See you all later.

  26. 78 Nerdy Wonka
    February 23, 2015 at 9:31 am

    BEST moment.

    • February 23, 2015 at 9:44 am

      OMG, they CRUSHED on every level and in every way. BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO

    • February 23, 2015 at 10:04 am

      AWESomeeee…simply Awesomeee…..touched me

    • 81 Vicki
      February 23, 2015 at 10:10 am

      Thank you Nerdy for posting this. Really magnificent performance and acceptance speech. tears and cheers for two great artists.

      I have very little interest in the Oscars. A few minutes of Neil Patrick Harris was a few minutes wasted. Click.

      The Walking Dead, on the other hand, had a great new episode. If you are interested in humanity and equality there is no better show on television exploring what these words mean.

  27. February 23, 2015 at 9:31 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone! Sending positive, healing thoughts to rikyrah – wishing her a smooth and speedy recovery.

  28. 83 GGail
    February 23, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    Prayers for Rikyrah.

  29. February 23, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Sending out love and healing to Rikyrah from all of TODville.

  30. 87 carolyn
    February 23, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Good morning from the middle of the country, where we are now having some snow. We need moisture so badly.
    Thinking of, and praying for Rikyrah. Will be anxious to hear how she is doing.

  31. February 23, 2015 at 9:56 am

    THIS THIS THIS!!!! NOBODY like POTUS and FLOTUS!!!!

  32. 93 Don
    February 23, 2015 at 10:05 am

    I think from this moment going forward I’m going to electronically sign all of my emails with “that’s soft btw”.

  33. 94 donna dem 4 obama
    February 23, 2015 at 10:07 am

    I Love My FLOTUS… Let’s Move.

    Come on TOD get ya FUNK ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. February 23, 2015 at 10:23 am

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  36. 98 57andfemale
    February 23, 2015 at 10:32 am

  37. 99 laraofzhivago
    February 23, 2015 at 10:34 am

  38. 100 57andfemale
    February 23, 2015 at 10:36 am

    I’m pissed as all hell at DWS for so many reasons, but I never thought she was a bad person. I hope this isn’t true: I read yesterday that PBO intended to replace her as DNC chair after 2014 and she pulled the “anti-woman, anti-Semitic” threat if he did so. That is despicable.

    • February 23, 2015 at 10:42 am

      I hope this isn’t true. Doesn’t sound true to me

      • 102 57andfemale
        February 23, 2015 at 10:48 am

        I hope so too.

      • 103 57andfemale
        February 23, 2015 at 10:52 am

        In addition to Republican-lite Jon Tester for the DSCC, she has chosen Cherie Bustos of IL for the DCCC. Some of her votes – she might as well be McConnell. And she begged me for money every damned day of the 2014 cycle. DWS is going out of her way to distance the party from PBO, his successes and thinks if the party is Ryan-esque they are going to win. Un-freakin’-believable.

        DWS refused to do anything for Quinn here in IL, as did the real Dem leader in IL, Mike Madigan. If they had helped, we may have actually beaten Rauner.

      • 104 57andfemale
        February 23, 2015 at 10:53 am

        How’s the pup?

      • 105 Vicki
        February 23, 2015 at 11:20 am

        It has been reported widely enough that I believe it is true.

        I believe that PBO has had very little use for DWS for quite some time. At the recent DNC gathering, for example, he mentioned the “outstanding” leader of the DNC and then ignored her for the rest of the time.
        Donna Brazile, on the other hand, not only got a shoutout but was included in PBO’s remarks and then hugged kissed warmly at the end said a few words to her as well.
        DWS got a perfunctory hug with PBO looking past her.

    • 106 nospin
      February 23, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      doesn’t sound true to me.

  39. 107 laraofzhivago
    February 23, 2015 at 10:46 am


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