Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: Senator Barack Obama and his wife Michelle wave to supporters after addressing a Women for Obama luncheon in Chicago on April 16, 2007


Today (all times Eastern)

11:30: The President welcomes the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House; South Lawn

2:10: Delivers remarks on working families; South Court Auditorium

5:10: Hosts a reception for Greek Independence Day


On This Day

Senator Obama and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley watch a video highlighting Olympic venues at a rally celebrating Chicago’s selection as the U.S. candidate to host the 2016 Summer Games in Chicago on April 16, 2007


Sen. Hillary Clinton speaks at a Democratic presidential debate with opponent Sen. Obama at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on April 16, 2008


President Obama listens as Vice President Biden discusses the Obama administration’s plans for promoting high speed rail service in areas of the United States in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on April 16, 2009


President Obama listens, during a meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan, in the Situation Room of the White House, April 16, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama receives an update on the explosions that occurred in Boston, in the Oval Office, April 16, 2013. Seated, from left, are: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Tony Blinken, Deputy National Security Advisor; Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor to the Vice President; Attorney General Eric Holder; Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; and FBI Director Robert Mueller (Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama talks with Vice President Joe Biden before boarding Air Force One at Pittsburgh International Airport prior to departure from Pittsburgh, Pa., April 16, 2014. President Obama and Vice President Biden were in Pennsylvania to tour the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center and to speak on the importance of jobs-driven skills training (Photo by Pete Souza)



94 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”

  1. April 16, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family. I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Thursday morning. Congrats Don, on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope you have your ideal utopia day today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ✩ ✩ ✩ 🚀 🚀 🚀

  2. April 16, 2015 at 8:27 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone, and congrats Don on #1! 🙂 Happy Thursday everyone! Thanks Chips for this wonderfabulous R & S round-up. 🙂

    • 8 vcprezofan2
      April 16, 2015 at 11:04 am

      😀 😀 Honestly Dudette, I don’t know where you find these things! Hahahahaha. I sure hope he didn’t pay that grumpy drummer. 😀

  3. April 16, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I heard this on the radio this morning. They ‘transfered’ the folks who brought this to people’s attention and refused to go along with the scam.

    UH HUH

    UH HUH

    Like I’ve said before…

    time for this man’s family to SUE SUE SUE!!!


    Sources: Supervisors told to falsify reserve deputy’s training records
    Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2015 12:00 am | Updated: 1:01 am, Thu Apr 16, 2015.

    World Enterprise Editor

    Supervisors at the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office were ordered to falsify a reserve deputy’s training records, giving him credit for field training he never took and firearms certifications he should not have received, sources told the Tulsa World.

    At least three of reserve deputy Robert Bates’ supervisors were
    transferred after refusing to sign off on his state-required training,
    multiple sources speaking on condition of anonymity told the World.

    Bates,73, is accused of second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Eric Harris during an undercover operation on April 2.

    The sources’ claims are corroborated by records, including a statement by Bates after the shooting, that he was certified as an advanced reserve deputy in 2007.

    An attorney for Harris’ family also raised questions about the authenticity of Bates’ training records.

    Additionally, Sheriff Stanley Glanz told a Tulsa radio station this week that Bates had been certified to use three weapons, including a revolver he fired at Harris. However, Glanz said the Sheriff’s Office has not been able to find the paperwork on those certifications.

    The sheriff’s deputy that certified Bates has moved on to work for the Secret Service, Glanz said during the radio interview.


    • 10 Dudette
      April 16, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Yep. It won’t bring their loved one but there’s some checks with a lot of zeroes about to be written, some official’s heads rolling and some jail time soon come.

      • 11 GGail
        April 16, 2015 at 10:47 am

        And the deputy that made the false certification and then moved on to work for the SS needs to be kicked out and brought up on charges.

  4. 12 jackiegrumbacher
    April 16, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Morning all. Chips, I hope you’re holding up under the strain of all the home improvements. It was wonderful to get things back in place last night after a day of absolute chaos and I think I’m going to postpone any new ideas for home decorating for some time. Hope everyone has a great day today.

    • 13 99ts
      April 16, 2015 at 8:52 am

      Hi Jackie – glad it’s all done! We did our floors a few years ago – absolute havoc – but must admit the carpet guys were amazing – not a word of complaint & they had to do some heavy lifting! I think it took me a week to unpack everything back into place .

  5. 14 99ts
    April 16, 2015 at 8:50 am

    GM Ms Cips and TOD folks – they be some fiery photos of Mrs Clinton – so happy that calm and collected won the day 🙂

  6. April 16, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  7. 18 Dudette
    April 16, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Link to Video in this tweet for Soldier Ride Welcome Event says it’ll start in about 2hrs so festivities might begin before 11:30.

      April 16, 2015 at 10:21 am


  8. 20 Dudette
    April 16, 2015 at 9:14 am

  9. 23 Dudette
    April 16, 2015 at 9:16 am

  10. 24 Dudette
    April 16, 2015 at 9:17 am

  11. 25 Dudette
    April 16, 2015 at 9:17 am

  12. 26 Dudette
    April 16, 2015 at 9:18 am

  13. 31 desertflower
    April 16, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Good morning everyone:)

    • 32 GGail
      April 16, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Morning DF. Is Sadie left home alone yet?

      • 33 desertflower
        April 16, 2015 at 9:39 am

        Morning, GGail! Yes, she is…I have to go to work everyday, so she has to spend some time on her own:) I just shut her on one side of the house and give her her bed and toys and food/water. She only has to be alone for about 3 hours at a time because the school I work in is 2 minutes from my house and I come home everyday for lunch…works out pretty well. I take her out and play with her at lunch time and let her run in the yard…then, she’s fine when I put her back in the kitchen when I leave again to go back to work. My son is off work today, so he’ll be here with her….hubby home tomorrow, so he’ll be here all day with her:) He missed his girl…

  14. 35 GGail
    April 16, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  15. April 16, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Good morning TOD folks! Love these memory photos. Makes every day of this presidency more poignant.

  16. 37 Dudette
    April 16, 2015 at 9:33 am

  17. 38 Dudette
    April 16, 2015 at 9:34 am

  18. 40 Dudette
    April 16, 2015 at 9:35 am


  19. 43 Dudette
    April 16, 2015 at 9:35 am

  20. 45 Dudette
    April 16, 2015 at 9:39 am


  21. 46 FoxfireTX
    April 16, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD! Rachel Maddow did an interesting segment last night on the GOP push to privatize veterans’ care, and had VA Secretary Robert McDonald on for the Interview. Both are worth watching.



    As we know from other efforts to privatize things like our military and prisons, this would be disastrous for our vets and surprisingly for the US healthcare system overall.

    • 47 Dudette
      April 16, 2015 at 9:46 am

      Saw that. Glad to see/hear response from VA Sec McDonald. Glad Rachel’s raising awareness!

      • 48 Vicki
        April 16, 2015 at 10:18 am

        I watched that segment with great pleasure also. Privatize the VA? No.
        Privatize the Post Office? No.
        Privatize SS? No.

        That is why we need competent charismatic democrats to run for every office in the Land and Win.

        • April 16, 2015 at 10:23 am

          It’s all about getting out to vote. I can not believe how people will sat home and not vote when they know what these Republicans are not for them.

  22. April 16, 2015 at 9:41 am

  23. 51 Dudette
    April 16, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Queen Latifah has an HBO movie about Bessie Smith coming out soon.

  24. April 16, 2015 at 9:42 am

  25. 55 Dudette
    April 16, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Have a great day everyone!

  26. April 16, 2015 at 10:05 am


  27. April 16, 2015 at 10:10 am

  28. 65 Judith Fardig
    April 16, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Morning all! Some great and revealing photos up there! The Wounded Warriors Ride always brings cheers. On this day 34 years ago, my son abruptly came into the world 6 weeks early. He’s happy, healthy, and loving life in San Francisco. We’ll go celebrate his birthday this weekend.

  29. 69 Vicki
    April 16, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Good morning, TOD.
    Yes, here I go again.
    If you are wondering where precisely HRC will position her campaign there is evidence available from which you can decide.

    Donna has been told by Clinton staffers that they will run on PBO’s accomplishments. This is apparently the Party Line and instructions.
    However, anonymous insiders reported that the intention was to run away from all things Obama.

    You decide.
    When the first ACA enrollment period for 2014 ended and the Obama Administration planned to celebrate, Chelsea Clinton chose that very day to announce her pregnancy. 7 or 8 months to go but Only that day was the right day!!!

    This time with excellent enrolment numbers and that announcement coming, HRC and a GOP sidekick—-I can’t recall who—-announced a particulary unnecessary bill to support S-CHIP.
    Unnecessary because S-CHIP was part of the Medicare Doc fix which finally passed this week. So an unneccesary feel-good safe stance on something that was getting done anyway. Might as well come out strongly for the sun coming up tomorrow.

    It doesn’t matter what Lady Walmart’s staff says on any topic.
    All I need to do is watch what they are actually doing.

    On TV they run away from discussing Obamacare unless they mention that 20 years ago HRC tried to do something about it. If you believe that carrying a 1300 page book around for a few weeks is trying, well, be my guest.
    POTUS tried and Got It Done.

    • 71 GGail
      April 16, 2015 at 11:12 am

      Good morning JER. Give me a minute to locate my ukulele and I’ll tip toe through the Tulips with you! 🙂

  30. 72 JER
    April 16, 2015 at 10:22 am

  31. 78 JER
    April 16, 2015 at 10:30 am

    • 79 desertflower
      April 16, 2015 at 10:38 am

      I like him better. Hope he can catch fire….

      • April 16, 2015 at 10:45 am

        ….i am now very conscious that what ever hits are made on any of the candidates…the GOP will magnify it after the primaries….so now when asked about any of the candidates i say that i will keep my options open and listen with an open mind…that does not mean that you cannot challenge their positions…but i am trying not to have a knee jerk reaction…… this is a CBS tweet…so of course the press will try to create drama where ever possible….by casting Gov O’Malley against Hillary Clinton it helps to reinforce that she is the one to be beaten…keeping the drama alive..

  32. 88 desertflower
    April 16, 2015 at 10:52 am

    off to work

  33. 90 Vicki
    April 16, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Is an ex-President allowed to be Vice president? Or SOS?
    I know we can’t have a third term, but what about Pres. Biden and VP Obama? Or Secty of State Obama?

    • 91 57andfemale
      April 16, 2015 at 11:40 am

      SoS for sure. I don’t think there is anything decided on V.P.

    • April 16, 2015 at 11:48 am

      Good day Vicki,

      I ‘get where you’re coming from’ 🙂

      One of the many reasons I want either VP Biden or Gov OMalley to be our next President is that I’m confident that either of them would recognize the exceptional value PBO could bring to SCOTUS and they would offer him the opportunity for his consideration. My fondest dream for PBO’s future is that he becomes one of our greatest Supreme Court Justices.

      Wishing all TODers a fine day …. bbl ….

    • 93 Nena20409
      April 16, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      Simple answer is Nope…….though the Constitution as it stands doesn’t address it since the 1940s. It’s like the Goldwater, G. Romney, McCain and Rafael Cruz affect. None of these issues have made it to the SCOTUS to render a decision.
      But then again, if it was a GOPer, under this current Roberts Court? If R is following the last name……this SCOTUS would allow it. If it is a D, they will not.

    • 94 Betsy
      April 16, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      No because the VP has to be ready to take over from the President; so since the president has already served 2 terms as president, if he had to take over, that would be a violation of the 22nd Amendment.

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