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Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk with Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden in the Blue Room of the White House before the National Governors Association Dinner, Feb. 24, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern)

11:20: The President meets with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani

1:0: White House Press Briefing

2:10: The President and VP meet with rank-and-file law enforcement officials to thank them for their service to our communities

4:15: Meets with Members of Congress to discuss criminal justice reform; Cabinet Room

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The First Anniversary of the Greatest Thing Ever

President Obama participates in an interview with Zach Galifianakis for “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis” in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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On This Day

President Obama has a moment alone with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Senior Advisor David Axelrod before addressing the Joint Session of the United States Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Feb. 24, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama hugs Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as he arrives to address a joint session of congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 24, 2009

President Obama greets Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as Vice President Biden watches on prior to addressing a joint session of congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 24, 2009

President Obama addresses the Joint Session of the United States Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C., Feb., 24, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama hugs Ty’Sheoma Bethea, a student from Dillon, South Carolina, who was pointed out during a speech by President Obama as he addressed a joint session of congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 24, 2009

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NSC Senior Director for Russian Affairs Mike McFaul briefs President Obama in the Oval Office, Feb. 24, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama talks with family members of Ambassador Daniel Ohene Agyekum of Ghana, during a credentialing ceremony in the Oval Office, Feb. 24, 2010 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

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First Lady Michelle Obama greets, from left, John Legend, Smokey Robinson, Berry Gordy, and Bob Santelli in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House before the Motown Music Series student workshop, Feb. 24, 2011 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

President Obama talks with Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office, Feb. 24, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Stevie Wonder receives a standing ovation during “The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House,” a concert celebrating Black History Month and the legacy of Motown Records, in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Vice President Joe Biden, joined by daughter Ashley Biden, left, wife Dr. Jill Biden, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, react to a joke made by performing artist Jamie Foxx during “The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House” in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama talks with White House Residence staff in the Butlers Pantry before addressing the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama announces the Best Picture Oscar to Argo live from the Diplomatic Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning!


94 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


    • February 24, 2015 at 10:32 am

      Gooooooooood evening Australia!!!!

      99ts, is this your furst furst since PBO was furst inaugurated?

      • 3 99ts
        February 24, 2015 at 10:48 am

        Couldn’t sleep – so then I found “leave a comment”. To the sane member of my family – Mr 99 – I am always first of the first 🙂

        GOP seems as insane as ever this am – I think our PM is in the same place – currently attacking the head of our Human Rights Commission cause he doesn’t like her recent report. Sigh.

        • February 24, 2015 at 10:54 am

          🙂 Well, I’m relieved to hear there’s one sane member of your family, that’s more than I have most days (and I include myself in the madness!)!

          • 5 99ts
            February 24, 2015 at 11:00 am

            Having researched my family history – as a well known Oz author once said “they’re a weird mob” – it is as well for the future generations that Mr 99 is part of their genes

    • 6 arapaho415
      February 24, 2015 at 10:55 am

      GM 99ts (Google tells me it’s 2 am where you are).

      Congrats on #1.

      Concerning news from Queensland:

      • 7 99ts
        February 24, 2015 at 11:03 am

        2am seems to be when I wake up some days! Interesting about the bus – I couldn’t get my bus card to work one day & the driver simply gave me a free ride – despite I wanted to pay him cash (which is sometimes still an option). I felt quite guilty as I had seen the ” ticket inspectors” on buses attack some young folks without mercy when they didn’t have a valid ticket.

  1. 8 Allison
    February 24, 2015 at 10:31 am

    GM Everyone!

    • 9 jackiegrumbacher
      February 24, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      Thank goodness I missed the Oscars red carpet. There is so much stupidity, body shaming, wealth admiring and stereotyping, it’s an ugly waste of time. I recently saw a photo of an ancient Egyptian mummy (female) who still had locs in place and in great shape. She herself was a bit weather after a couple of thousand years, but the locs lived on through the centuries. All of which means that they were the thing to wear in civilized society long before Europeans came out of caves and when the US was a vast wilderness inhabited by a few scattered tribes.

  2. 10 0388jojothecat
    February 24, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Congrats 99 on being furst…..

  3. 12 Judith Fardig
    February 24, 2015 at 10:45 am

    99ts – you did it!

  4. 14 donna dem 4 obama
    February 24, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Bringing my late response to Prettyfoot’s question over from the previous thread http://theobamadiary.com/2015/02/24/early-bird-chat-482/#comment-1270741

    ~We on the other hand have to LOVE our candidates before we can get up off our asses and go vote. We don’t have a propaganda machine pointing out to us the importance of voting so we don’t. People were willing to crawl over broken glass to vote for President Obama but 2 years later they can’t be bothered. That’s the real travesty with our electorate.”~

    *****************************
    Crucial Issue….how do we address this…

    I was busy at work and am just getting around to responding to Prettyfoot’s question.

    I have sent solutions to DWS (who needs to be replaced) to no avail. But here are a couple of my thoughts.

    First, we will probably never see in our lifetime another candidate like “Barack Obama” so stop putting all of your hopes and dreams in this one man to move people forever to the polls. For future elections you have to educate your electorate. Stop making these mid-term elections about the candidate. Instead make it about the party values. The Democratic Party brought this country so many benefits that we would never have the time to list them all. Speak about the policies that Dems have given and will continue to give our citizens and let them know how these policies affect their everyday lives.

    Explain to people (because they are ignorant) how their Governor and state leaders have a direct impact on the local roads they travel, the schools their children attend, the environment, their jails, their sexual orientation, their voting rights, their Medicaid..etc. You have to break it down into real life issues in order for our electorate to understand why it is imperative that they vote in every election. Do it in the form of a PSA (Public Service Announcement) rather than those stupid TV ads tearing someone down. Contrast our policies vs theirs and if you say it over and over again it will sink in.

    • February 24, 2015 at 10:57 am

      AMEN and DITTO x 100,000,000,000,000 and on and on to infinity!!!

    • February 24, 2015 at 11:09 am

      BRAVO.

      PBO came to us with ideas, with moral courage, with integrity. I’m starting to get the feeling that this generation of “leadership” in the DNC are out for themselves. They don’t seem to understand what you so plainly and expertly address. They seem dead set on making it all about identity politics and culture wars, which have led us to this mess we’re in right now.

    • 17 Vicki
      February 24, 2015 at 11:27 am

      100% agree.
      We want you to have health care. They Don’t. Over and over and over.
      We want a peaceful country. They want WAR for the profit it brings them.

    • 18 EricFive
      February 24, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      Great ideas Donna. Civics lessons instead of attack ads would do much to inform the public that the GOP/MSM has worked so hard at keeping ignorant of their own government.

    • February 24, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      So perfect! Amen. Amen. Amen. Required reading for ALL state and local Dems as well. This is a keeper!!

  5. 20 arapaho415
    February 24, 2015 at 10:53 am

    GM TODville,

    For those of you snowbound, or who have the time, reposting this from the Early Bird thread — author is a Yale law professor.

  6. 25 japa21
    February 24, 2015 at 10:57 am

    The left side of the first picture is stunning. Chips could you crop that?

    Congrats to 99ts.

    Donna, that is the question. Sure, in 2016, the Dems may win back the Senate and come close to winning back the House, and win the Presidency, but what happens in 2018. This is specially true because the midterms are when so many governorships are up for grabs as well as state legislatures, where the real damage is done.

    Somebody asked about the Chicago elections. Although it won’t impact much today, if it goes to a run off, Rahm may be in trouble, if his opponent is smart. It is well known that Rahm is friends with our new Governor who is out to destroy Medicaid, education and unions. There is a lot of anger towards Rauner (even his wife has criticized his new budget). Although the budget won’t pass, it has stirred up a lot of emotion, specially in Chicago. A smart opponent would run hard on tying Rahm to Rauner.

  7. 29 donna dem 4 obama
    February 24, 2015 at 10:59 am

  8. 30 57andfemale
    February 24, 2015 at 11:05 am

    • 31 99ts
      February 24, 2015 at 11:10 am

      That is a massive amount – is he a billionaire? The greed of much of the political class today is revolting – and they claim to be Christians while accumulating more and more and more for self.

      • 32 57andfemale
        February 24, 2015 at 11:20 am

        Yes. He’s a billionaire – He’s Romney-ish. He famously invested pension funds of IL workers and spectacularly lost them a ton of money. His answer: to call the state workers lazy, worthless freeloaders and he wants to slash their numbers and take away unions. He was the biggest individual donor in 2014, most of which was buying the governorship by saying how folksy he was for a year and a half leading up to the election. Our Democratic governor got no support from the party and was hurt by his feud with our Democratic King, Mike Madigan.

        Rauner said he would make Walker look like a liberal. He’s living up to that, and still voters stayed home in 2014.

        • 33 japa21
          February 24, 2015 at 11:28 am

          It was more than people staying home. Durbin won in a landslide and the only difference between Rauner and Oberweis is that Oberweis is more in the open about his craziness. There were enough people voting, but too many split their tickets. I am almost positive Rahm voted for Rauner thinking his relationship with him would help get more state money for Chicago. Ain’t gonna happen.

          • 34 57andfemale
            February 24, 2015 at 11:35 am

            He painted a folksy picture. Mr. Flannel from Winnetka! Unions were pissed at Quinn for trying to fix the mess left by Daley and previous governors, so he was unpopular. I heard from Chicago teachers who voted against Quinn! Did they think they were going to get anything from Rauner?!? I also know someone who lives in a small downstate town where a mental health facility was shuttered during the economic collapse, and this person blamed Quinn. Rauner’s first cuts: Medicaid and mental health!

            You’re right, Japa, about the ticket splitting. I should have thought about that before spouting off. Quinn did okay in the campaign, but without Madigan and the DNC he was all alone out there.

            Rahm thinking he’ll get state funds from Rauner – what a joke.

        • 35 99ts
          February 24, 2015 at 11:28 am

          I am just so thankful that the gov pensions in my state are run by an independent body. I find it so depressing reading that in too many US states pension funds are badly invested based on the advice of governors. We took a big hit 2008/09 but the growth since then has been well managed and recovered all the losses and more. We also have choices as to where our funds are invested and can choose low or high risk or any combination of same.

          Hard to believe that so many US states are run by the GOP who seem to do little other than use the positions to build their own wealth (and of course, legislate women’s bodies).

          • 36 COS
            February 24, 2015 at 12:05 pm

            Wasn’t Rauner endorsed by some of the AA ministers in Illinois?

            • 37 57andfemale
              February 24, 2015 at 12:52 pm

              Yup. I think the most devastating were past PBO organizers who showed up in ads.

              Rauner made a lot of promises to buy these people – that is CW here in IL. A park project would cost a pittance. It remains to be seen if that will be enough to keep them bought off, when jobs, roads, schools, hospitals and all other services start to disintegrate.

              My fear is that he also bought off the Democratic King, Mike Madigan, who will be retiring soon. My only hope is that he won’t want to tarnish the Democratic brand which could likewise tarnish his daughter Lisa’s political career. But it looks as if Rauner is crossing the line, big time.

              I HATE when certain pundits outside of IL talk as if our Democratic super-majority synonymous with “progressive”. We have a notoriously corrupt legislature and many, like Daley, might as well be GOP. At least, the recent grumblings I’m hearing is that Rauner is going way too far, way too fast. All Dems are grumbling pretty loudly, thank God.

          • 38 57andfemale
            February 24, 2015 at 12:09 pm

            It was even worse than that, 99ts. Previous governors and the previous mayor of Chicago stopped making payments to the pensions when the stock market was flying high to make up the difference. If there ever was a reason for strong regulation, it was these gamblers in government and the crooks who invested their money. This traces back directly to Reagan. Clinton didn’t help either.

    • 39 jackiegrumbacher
      February 24, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      57, Rauner must be a secret twin of our former, unlamented Pa Governor Corbett. He caused so much damage in four years, the state is still reeling. Hang in there and start looking for a candidate to run against him in 2018.

      • 40 57andfemale
        February 24, 2015 at 2:24 pm

        I hope Lisa Madigan is ready. She will win easily. But we also need a deeper bench for all elected positions.

  9. 41 57andfemale
    February 24, 2015 at 11:10 am

  10. 42 57andfemale
    February 24, 2015 at 11:23 am

    • 43 Vicki
      February 24, 2015 at 11:29 am

      Very hopeful article that I agree with.
      Thank you for posting it 57.

      • 44 57andfemale
        February 24, 2015 at 12:46 pm

        I don’t count any of my chickens before these hyper partisan hacks that Bush/Rove stuffed the courts with, rule but if they constrain PBO then there will be precedent to constrain a GOP POTUS, and they sure as hell don’t want to do that.

  11. 45 57andfemale
    February 24, 2015 at 11:30 am

  12. 46 JER
    February 24, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

    • 48 carolyn
      February 24, 2015 at 11:40 am

      This is why Elizabeth Warren needs to stay exactly where she is: in the Senate. I’m hoping she will be majority leader in 2016. She is learning the ins and outs of the arcane Senate rules, and smart as she is, she will be able to use them. Also, she has a magnetic personality that people will follow, and when she speaks, she speaks clearly. Being VP would be a waste. We need her in the Senate.

      • 49 0388jojothecat
        February 24, 2015 at 12:18 pm

        So true Carolyn….we lost Teddy who was the Lion in charge who could get the Dems in line and will soon lose Joe Biden who knew all the ins and outs of Congress.

  13. 50 carolyn
    February 24, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Good morning all. It is a beautiful, clear, sunshiny day today after a big enough snow yesterday to close all schools. Today my husband has a follow-up appointment with his wonderful new doctor. When he went for his first visit three weeks ago, he was in a bad way….couldn’t sleep, food tasted bad, no energy…edema…..Three weeks have made an appreciable difference. He is now sleeping well, thanks to a little pill, he’s eating, his sense of taste is coming back, and the edema is retreating. Will be glad to hear what the doctor does now.

    I have one thought as to why the press, big business, pundits, etc. hate PBO and Biden so much: They CANNOT be bought. These institutions have found no way to get these two to bow to their demands. They cannot understand it, and they hate it. Some previous presidenst could be bought in some way, and many Congress critters can be bought cheaply, ex: $250,000 for the KXL. Also, they have dug for seven years and can find no scandals…….how frustrating and maddening for these “powers.” These two men are GOOD, and people don’t know how to deal with that, so they try to destroy. All that’s in their arsenal.

  14. 51 99ts
    February 24, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Why can some folks invoke violence and never enter the justice system for the results of what they say? This is just awful – given the history of RW media hacks and their violent voices

    “We are writing with alarm about Bill O’Reilly’s response to our report investigating his characterizations of his reporting in “war zones.” We welcome criticism, but calling for our reporter “to be in the kill zone” crosses a line. Like everyone in media today, we are concerned about the safety of our staff. We’d have hoped that statements with this kind of violent tone would not come from a fellow media professional.”

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/mother-jones-concerned-for-bureau-chief%E2%80%99s-safety-after-bill-o%E2%80%99reilly-calls-for-him-to-be-in-%E2%80%9Ckill-zone%E2%80%9D/ar-BBhNw61

    • 52 japa21
      February 24, 2015 at 11:50 am

      The only problem is they are calling Billo a “fellow media professional”, which he isn’t, IMO. He is a bully who can’t handle it when he is challenged. His life, since he got to Faux News, is a record of doing outrageous things that would get people fired anywhere else and not having to deal with any consequences.

      • 53 COS
        February 24, 2015 at 12:02 pm

        GM Japa and TOD. Let’s not forget Dr. Tiller and the role he played in his death, by calling him “Tiller the baby killer”.

        • 54 0388jojothecat
          February 24, 2015 at 12:21 pm

          Many deaths were the result of Bill-O, Sean Inhumanity, and Glenn Beck who incited many people to go out and kill. Just recently someone when out shooting people because they got riled up by Fake Noise.

    • February 24, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Good morning TOD.
      Congrats, 99ts! It’s been a while since you reign #1.
      When I cannot sleep, it is a joy to Gond you here.
      Thank you for posting that article, but what the author failed to realize is Bill O’Reilly is cra/cra!
      Meaning he is no where near professional. He is crazy!
      The sad part is there are mentally disturbed people who watch him and others like him who take this to heart.
      They incite their internal anger and turmoil and we are all at risk.

    • 56 jackiegrumbacher
      February 24, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      This is what ‘intimidation’ means and GOP propagandists like O’Reilly are experts at it. If you create enough fear, people will hesitate to oppose you. It’s the classic mode of bullies and dictators.

  15. 57 arapaho415
    February 24, 2015 at 11:55 am

    This is why I love twitter.

    Local news RT’s tweets directly from the source of news, no need to tune into the MSM, which now occupy the niche of spin doctors for GOP.

    This tweet is re:

    If you were so inclined, you could have listened to the press conference itself (which @knx1070 alerted users via Twitter).

  16. 58 arapaho415
    February 24, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I am all thumbs here today.

    I responded to 99ts upthread, congratulating her on #1 and posted the wrong tweet. 😳

    From researchers in Queensland:

  17. February 24, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    GM TOD!

    iPhone and Mac users will be able to send emoji with different skin tones soon, a software release revealed Monday:

    “….There are emoji for pears, koalas, and jack-o’-lanterns; for a pine tree, a pizza slice, and a dragon’s head on a plate. But there are no emoji for black people. That seems likely to change soon: Diverse emoji are coming. The next system update for Apple Mac and iOS devices will let users type emoji with a variety of skin tones, a beta software release revealed Monday. Each human-like emoji, from the smiley face to the thumbs-up, will be available in one of five skin tones. And emoji that do not have a racial modifier will no longer appear as white—they’ll instead appear a Simpsons-esque yellow….

    ….This new update will let Apple smartphone users send each other diverse emoji. But as the emoji standard is jointly implemented by Apple and Google, it signals that the Unicode Consortium has chosen a method of typing emoji with different skin tones. (It’s unlikely Apple would implement these changes if they weren’t going to be the standard.) All this has been a long time coming. Emoji are part of Unicode, the vast and important standard used across nearly all modern computing systems. Unicode is what ensures that an “a” on my screen looks like an “a” on yours, and that ★ stays a star everywhere. Emoji—small pictographs that can be typed among paragraphs of text, somewhat like this ☺—actually predate modern smartphones, as they emerged first from Japan’s chaotic phone ecosystem. But it was not until 2010, with support from Apple and Google, the two most prominent American smartphone manufacturers, that Unicode standardized emoji…..continued”

  18. 61 arapaho415
    February 24, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    News from Europe, which is sounding more like America every day…

    • 62 Linda
      February 24, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      OMG….. my son is planning on going there this summer to show off his new baby to his live-in’s family over there.

      Yikes…..

  19. February 24, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Indeed Mr. President!

  20. 64 donna dem 4 obama
    February 24, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    smh/

    The Senate’s chief referee has dealt a significant setback to conservatives who want to send an ObamaCare repeal bill to the president’s desk this year.

    GOP sources say Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough has raised red flags in response to queries about whether it’s possible to use a special budgetary procedure to repeal the controversial law “root and branch,” as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said.

  21. 65 donna dem 4 obama
    February 24, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    I.Cannot.Stand.This.Guy!!!!!!!!!!

    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Tuesday that he will vote with Republicans against President Obama’s 2014 immigration executive orders as part of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) new plan to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

    “I agree the president went over, and he overstepped his boundaries,” Manchin said. “I will vote against those orders, basically, if we have to vote on it. I will be voting with the Republicans on that issue there.”

    He gives us 52% of his votes and a pain in the butt the other 48% of the time. Show me one Republican who votes with the Dems 48% and I’ll pay you 100.00 Bucks!!!

    http://thehill.com/policy/finance/233596-dem-senator-i-will-vote-against-obamas-2014-immigration-orders

    • 66 Nerdy Wonka
      February 24, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      First of all, Sen. Manchin, they were Executive Actions not orders.

      Second of all, sometimes, I wish he would just go ahead and switch to (R) for all the good he does Democrats. He’s clearly itching to caucus with them.

  22. 67 Linda
    February 24, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Harry Reid is wearing Roy Orbison glasses today.

  23. February 24, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Whatever…the fight for justice continues.

    • February 24, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      these are the rulings that break my heart…and rouse my anger….

      they kill our children (Trayvon, Tamir, Mike and countless others) and get away with it….Justice…is a fleeting thing here in America for Blk folks…

  24. 70 Nena20409
    February 24, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Awesome Post, Chips.
    99ts has earned the TOD Au ⭐ Yes!

  25. 71 Nena20409
    February 24, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Worth Repeating……

    Not only Pres ObamaCares, his ❤ for this Nation is making sure that 32M plus have Affordable Health Insurance…..A peace of Mind…….

    • 72 57andfemale
      February 24, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Guys, be aware that about 19M+ were already insured. That still brings us to our 12M+/- number that everyone refers to.

    • 73 Vicki
      February 24, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      This graph represents a much improved life for 32+ million of our fellow Americans. Bravo President Obama and some of our fellow Democrats.

  26. 74 JER
    February 24, 2015 at 12:50 pm

  27. 75 Nena20409
    February 24, 2015 at 12:51 pm

  28. 76 donna dem 4 obama
    February 24, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    • February 24, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Giuliani has a right to question if this President loves the country he was born in, but John Legend doesn’t have the right to say what he want too. ID laws are trying to keep more blacks from voting, but I wouldn’t expect a Fox reporter to report something they know nothing about, The Truth.

  29. 78 Nena20409
    February 24, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Making a change for what?

    FIFA is totally corrupt.

  30. 79 Nena20409
    February 24, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Beautifully…..Cold…….

  31. 80 Nena20409
    February 24, 2015 at 1:08 pm

  32. 81 Nena20409
    February 24, 2015 at 1:09 pm

  33. 82 Nena20409
    February 24, 2015 at 1:11 pm

  34. 83 Nena20409
    February 24, 2015 at 1:20 pm

  35. February 24, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    The presidency of Barack Obama has threatened the normalization of racism that allowed too many white people in this country to ignore it for the last 40 years. It’s now out in the open and it’s time for us to reckon with it. Aside from any other policies this President has implemented, that is the legacy he offers to us.

  36. 85 Nena20409
    February 24, 2015 at 1:26 pm

  37. 86 Nena20409
    February 24, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    LIVE……at the WH with Pres Sec: Josh “The Voice” Earnest…..already in progress.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/press-briefing-press-secretary-josh-earnest-64

    2-24-15

  38. 87 Nerdy Wonka
    February 24, 2015 at 1:41 pm

  39. 88 yardarm756
    February 24, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Good afternoon everyone…..Sorry I’m late to the party but there’s voting going on here and I had to scan the local news…..Some good stuff and some bad.
    OT….Can someone tell PBO that his chair, behind the Resolute Desk is not safe. It only has four legs and should have five. Ergonomically it is an accident waiting to happen.

  40. 89 Vicki
    February 24, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Maybe there is something wrong with me but I am completely bent out of shape by Bibi and the traitorous Dems who in my view are staging a coup against the President I love so much.

    This issue seems to be fading from view and accepted now.
    Not by me.

    Am I the only one this angry and am i being irrational?

  41. 90 yardarm756
    February 24, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Events

    2001 Iraq War Secretary of State Colin Powell on Iraqi WMDs: “He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors.”

    1969 First Close-Up Pictures of Mars U.S. space probe Mariner 6 is launched, sending back the pictures in July.

    1967 The Boston Strangler Albert DeSalvo escapes from a mental institution. He was captured the next day.

    1961 First U.S. pay TV is authorized by the FCC for a three-year trial. The first pay programs were broadcast in June of 1962.

    1949 First rocket to reach outer space is launched, by German engineer Wernher von Braun, at New Mexico.

    1938 First Commercial Production of Nylon The E.I. du Pont Co. uses it to manufacture toothbrush bristles.

    1863 Territory of Arizona is established by Congress.

    1803 First U.S. law overturned by the Supreme Court the case of Marbury vs. Madison.

    303 Christianity First official Roman edict for the persecution of Christians is published, by Roman Emperor Maximian.

    Births

    1955 Steven Paul Jobs d. 2011 American businessman, co-founded Apple Computer, Inc. (1975) working out of his parent’s garage.

    1947 Edward James Olmos American Emmy-winning actor. TV: Miami Vice (Lt. Martin Castillo).

    1945 Barry Bostwick American actor. Film: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, Brad Majors).

    1938 James Farentino American actor. TV: The Bold Ones (Neil Darrell) and Dynasty (Dr. Nick Toscanni).

    1932 Michel Legrand French Oscar-winning film composer. Film Music: Summer of ’42 (1971, Oscar) and Brian’s Song (1972, Oscar).

    1921 Abe Vigoda American actor. TV: Barney Miller (Det. Fish).

    1890 Marjorie Main d. 1975 (Mary Tomlinson), American actress. Ma of the Ma and Pa Kettle films (1947-55).

    1786 Wilhelm Karl Grimm d. 1859 German author. He and his brother wrote Grimm’s Fairy Tales (1812-15).

    1536 Clement VIII d. 1605 Italian religious leader, 231st Pope (1592-1605).

    1500 Charles V d. 1558 King of Spain (1516-56) and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (1519-56). He declared Martin Luther an outlaw and a heretic. Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church

    Deaths

    2006 Don Knotts b. 1924 American Emmy-winning actor. TV: Search For Tomorrow (the mute Wilbur Peabody), The Andy Griffith Show (Deputy Barney Fife), and Three’s Company (Mr. Furley). Film: The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964), The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966), The Reluctant Astronaut (1967), The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975).

    2006 Dennis Weaver b. 1924 American Emmy-winning actor. TV: Gunsmoke (deputy Chester Goode, Emmy), Gentle Ben (Tom Wedloe), and McCloud (title role).

    1998 Henny Youngman b. 1906 British-born American comedian, Quote: “Women today are crazy! I mean, take my wife… please!”

    1994 Dinah Shore b. 1917 (Frances Rose Shore), American singer, Emmy-winning TV personality. She won a total of 10 Emmy awards, more than any other performer.

    1993 Toy Caldwell Jr b. 1948 American guitarist, songwriter, formed the Marshall Tucker Band, Heard It in a Love Song (1977) and Take the Highway.

    1991 Jean Rogers b. 1916 (Eleanor Lovegreen), American actress, Dale Arden of the Flash Gordon movie serials (1936-38).

    1991 George Gobel b. 1920 American Emmy-winning TV and Radio star.

    1990 Malcolm Stevenson Forbes b. 1919 American magazine publisher.

    1982 Virginia Bruce b. 1910 American actress. Film: The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and The Invisible Woman (1941).

    1875 Robert Marc Séguin b. 1786 the Elder, French engineer. He and Guillaume Henry Dufour designed and built the first permanent wire-cable suspension bridge (1823).

    1825 Thomas Bowdler b. 1754 English physician. The term “bowdlerize” – meaning self-righteous censorship – is derived from his rewrites of Shakespeare and parts of the Old Testament in which he removed all text he considered offensive.

    1815 Robert Fulton b. 1765 American inventor, steamboat pioneer.

  42. 91 Nena20409
    February 24, 2015 at 1:52 pm

  43. 92 Nena20409
    February 24, 2015 at 1:53 pm

  44. February 24, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Mitch McConnell and John Boehner always knew they couldn’t use DHS funding to stop immigration reform. They lied to their own people.
    http://t.co/B5eGrPFL5g


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