Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama greets participants after a Land Titling event at the Plaza de San Pedro, Cartagena, Colombia, April 15, 2012. President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia is seen at right (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today (all times Eastern)

10:25: The President meets with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, President Alpha Condé of Guinea, and President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone; the Vice President will also attend

12:20: Departs White House

1:50: Arrives Charlotte, North Carolina

2:35: Participates in a town hall about working families issues; ImaginOn, Charlotte, North Carolina

3:30: First Lady Michelle Obama and Children from Across the Country Plant the Seventh Annual White House Kitchen Garden

4:55: The President departs Charlotte

5:50: Arrives White House


On This Day

At the Cuban Club during a fund raiser in Ybor City on April 15, 2007 in Tampa, Florida


President Obama speaks about Tax Day in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, April 15, 2009

President Obama presents a birthday cake April 15, 2009, to senior advisor Pete Rouse in the Oval Office (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama jokes with senior advisors Mona Sutphen and David Axelrod during a birthday party April 15, 2009, for senior advisor Pete Rouse in the Oval Office (Photo by Pete Souza)

Bo is shown the Oval Office April 15, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)


First Lady Michelle Obama hugs a woman working at New Roots Community Farm in San Diego, Calif., April 15, 2010 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Obama exits Air Force One with Rep. Suzanne M. Kosmas and Sen. Bill Nelson at the Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center on April 15, 2010

President Obama tours the commercial rocket processing facility of Space Exploration Technologies, known as SpaceX, along with Elon Musk, SpacdeX CEO at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida on April 15, 2010

President Obama is given an “I’m an Obamanaut” bumper sticker at NASA operations at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., April 15, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama meets with Press Secretary Jay Carney, left, and Senior Advisor David Plouffe, center, before an interview with Ben Feller of the Associated Press, in Chicago, Ill., April 15, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama serves himself during a buffet lunch with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia and U.S. and Colombian delegations at Casa de Huéspedes in Cartagena, Colombia, April 15, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama holds up an Alabama football jersey that was presented to him by Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron during ceremonies honoring the Crimson Tide as the BCS college national championships on the South Lawn of the White House on April 15, 2013


President Obama speaks during a statement to the press following explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in the briefing room of the White House April 15, 2013


First Lady Michelle Obama lights a candle during a Passover Seder dinner in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House, April 15, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)



97 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 COS
    April 15, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Hey Chips and TOD.

  2. 5 MightyPamela
    April 15, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Happy Birthday to Arapaho!

    • 6 jacquelineoboomer
      April 15, 2015 at 11:53 am

      Happy Birthday, Arapaho!

      Mornin’, Chips, MightyPamela, and TODville! We got this.

      • 7 arapaho415
        April 16, 2015 at 2:37 am

        Thanks, JO’B.

        Late (as usual) to the party, but heck, it’s still Wednesday on the west coast!

        As I recall, there’s lots of April birthdays here (including you?), which makes sense since there’s lots of June weddings. 😉

    • 9 Judith Fardig
      April 15, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      Yes, Happy Birthday Arapaho!

      • 10 arapaho415
        April 16, 2015 at 2:38 am

        Thanks, JF.

        Appreciate your kind thoughts, and always look forward to hearing about your tireless efforts on behalf of Dems and climate change.

    • 11 arapaho415
      April 16, 2015 at 2:34 am

      Hello, MP.

      Thank you for the good tidings, much appreciated.

      Glad to see you in good spirits, sorry to hear about the ailments/challenges you’ve been battling recently. But Dudette is right, Spring is here and you get to look forward to the long days that the North is blessed with.

      Love that it’s still light at 10pm, but makes for exhausting days when you realize how late it is, and you haven’t had dinner yet. Love your long twilight summers, too.

  3. 12 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2015 at 10:23 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats COS on #1! Happy Tuesday everyone 🙂

  4. April 15, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Bye y’all. Very pleased the Treasury had no problems accessing the funds transfer at midnight! Whew. Oh well, right? I love paying taxes when the money is used as it’s meant to be used and not just to pay for Lear jets for the too wealthy. Off this morn for an MRI on my neck. Back later hopefully with head still attached! ❤

  5. 16 Vicki
    April 15, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Never fails. I post and there is a new thread.

    Good morning, again and I love seeing the Cuban’s enthusiasm just as much as I enjoyed the Iranian cheers.
    Bravo, President Obama!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. 18 Dudette
    April 15, 2015 at 10:35 am

    PBO’s bear hug pizza guy still serving the community in a big way!

    “Eight members of the Independent Haitian Assembly of God church in Fort Pierce died this week as they traveled home from a Palm Sunday revival held on the west side of the State. In addition to those killed in the horrific crash, ten members of the church were injured, some critically. As the sun rose following the crash and in the days that have since passed, residents, churches and businesses of St. Lucie County, joined with many others from across the State with a strong desire to help the families affected by this Holy Week tragedy. Wednesday, April 15th, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Van Duzer Foundation, long known for its assistance for St. Lucie County families suffering from unforeseen tragedy and crisis, will be hosting an event titled “Eight Crosses”, which will be an evening of remembrance and celebration for the lives of the eight individuals who lost their lives

    One hundred percent of all food and beverage sales, tips, and even staff salaries from the evening will be donated to assist the families involved in the crash. St. Lucie County Commissioner Tod Mowery and Pastor Esperant Lexine of the Independent Haitian Assembly of God, will administer all donations received to the families affected based upon an equitable distribution. Also partnering with the Van Duzer Foundation and Big Apple Pizza will be the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, the St. Lucie County Fire District, the Fort Pierce Police Department, the Port St. Lucie Police Department, Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson, Port St. Lucie Mayor Greg Oravec, members of the St. Lucie County Commission, and a number of other individuals and organizations, all of whom have expressed a strong desire to assist in this time of grief and loss….”

  7. April 15, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Morning, all 🙂

    This is another health update.Not sure if y’all remember that I had to get an MRI to decide what other treatment I’ll need if any. Well, the results came back and it shows that I have a lot of the disease in the very, very, very low part of my spine and along my left leg. It explains why I’ve had more difficulty walking lately. I’ve scheduled an appointment with Radiation Oncology to discuss treatment. If something’s not dome, I may not be able to walk at all.

    Doc also gave me a prescription for two more drugs. One is very new. Just six months on the market. It’s called Ibrance. It’s a chemotherapy drug that’s used to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells. Ladies and gents, this drug costs $12,075.95 for TWENTY ONE day supply. Thank goodness I have Medicaid. The other is Letrozole and is used to decrease my estrogen levels.

    I’m just going to be a lump on a log for the next few days. Still paying for doing the dishes and cooking a few days ago. Unbelievable. SMH.

  8. April 15, 2015 at 11:05 am

    i am so impressed by these workers…and SEIU….May they know victory…

  9. April 15, 2015 at 11:12 am


  10. April 15, 2015 at 11:18 am

    A quick good day to all TODers!!!

    Congrats COS 🙂

    Lovely Tax Day R&S, Chips!! TY!

    No matter how it’s spun those Ds need that conspired against our President and FOR WAR need to be chastised, relentlessly ….



    back to lurking and tweeting whenever I get a break 🙂

  11. April 15, 2015 at 11:38 am

    This is an astonishing achievement. Let’s hope it’s under control.

  12. April 15, 2015 at 11:39 am

  13. April 15, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Very good read:

    • 76 Judith Fardig
      April 15, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      This and Spandan’s take on what was passed yesterday makes me cautiously optimistic.

      • April 15, 2015 at 12:22 pm

        Yes. The whole process is extremely fragile and it’s a shame that Congress has to insert themselves because they feel so powerless.

      • 79 Vicki
        April 15, 2015 at 12:23 pm

        Meta and Judith, I agree—good articles.
        if anyone wants a very short version of this please see my comments. Next to last on the Early Bird Chat.

        To summarize: NY Times and Peter Baker are paid to lie and in this case the lies are more of the ommision kind.
        Corker and others rendered impotent by the deal they are proclaiming is a win for them.

  14. April 15, 2015 at 11:42 am

    The main page graphic at DU is important. Can someone tweet that and bring it here? Thanks

  15. April 15, 2015 at 11:58 am

    • April 15, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      The obstruction is calling for extrordinary measures

      • April 15, 2015 at 12:55 pm

        Prettyfoot this is my reply to you on the last post regarding GOP bringing Loretta Lynch’s AG nomination up for a vote:

        Prettyfoot, I agree with you that the reckless GOP are not going to confirm Loretta Lynch for US AG. Repubs really hate President Obama and will do anything to obstruct him.

        Remember, on the newly elected POTUS inauguration night Jan-20-2009, 15 US congressional elected officials, plotted to obstruction and destroy President Obama, thus USA during the onset of the worst financial crisis since the “great depression”. You think the give a-shit-now?!

  16. 87 No Child Left Behind
    April 15, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    GoBrooklyn, I’ll keep you in my prayers. Hang in strong.

    • 88 MaewholoveourCIC
      April 15, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      Gobrooklyn, you have had so many trials and I admire your strength, courage, determination, and endurance. May God’s will be done in your life. Healing blessings to you. Much love to you.

  17. 89 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    I see that #ObamaTownHall is trending on Twitter.

  18. April 15, 2015 at 1:32 pm

  19. 92 donna dem 4 obama
    April 15, 2015 at 1:34 pm

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